Glory of ancient India , visiting the temples of Belur and Halebidu is an life time opportunity. Temples of Halebidu are grand and are mesmerizing. There are 2 temples – Hoysaleswara Temple and Kedareshwara temple. These two temples of Halebidu which are equally beautiful. The fist one and most famous …
Friends, if I tell you about a temple which is related to Lord Rama and Lord Parshuram, wouldn’t you like to visit visit it. I am talking about Shri Kodandarama Temple which is situated at Hiremagalur village in Chikmagalur town of karnataka.
Kondand means bow and arrow. And since lord Rama’s idol is with bow and arrow, this temple is called as Kodandarama Temple.
Shri Kodandarama Temple is a thousands of year old temple, but the legend behind the temple goes back to the times of Lord Rama and Lord Parshurama.
It is said that the idol of Lord Rama here with Ma Sita and Lakshman is from that time and the worship tradition followed here is more than thousands and thousands of year old.
This beautiful Lord Rama temple is a must visit Lord Rama temple in country and one of the prominent temples of the region.
The construction of this temple seems to have been done during different times and different dynasties. And hence you can see both Hoysala architecture and Dravidian Architecture.
The village pond is known as Siddha Pushkarini because it is said that nine siddhas performed penance here.
Since Lord Vishnu’s incarnation, Parashurama, is said to have lived here, the town is also known as Bhargavapuri.
Legend behind shri Kodandarama Temple
As per local legend , Lord Rama subdued bhagwan Parshuram at this place of Hiremaglur.
Lord Parshuram requested Lord Rama to show him the scene of his (Lord Rama’s) marriage. Lord Ram granted him this wish.
And this is why we see here that Ma Sita is on the right hand side of Lord Rama, as it is in Hindu marriages.
This is probably the only idol where you see Ma Sita on the right hand side of Lord Rama.
Kodandarama Temple Architecture
The temple premises is surrounded by brick and mortar wall. The temple is a very ancient one and what we see today is the main temple where pooja is done.
The Garbhagraha i.e the main place where Lord Rama, Ma Sita and Lakshmans idol is placed was constructed during Hoysala times while others during Chola and Chalukyas times. The navaranga and mukhamandapa were constructed later.
Inside the sanctum, on a Hanuman pedestal, there are the figures of Rama, Lakshmana and Sita.
Figures of Vishnu in various forms, such as Hayagriva, Narasimha, and Krishna, are sculpted on the outer walls of the Garbhagraha and Sukhanasi. Lakshmi, Hanuman, Garuda, and Ganapati are also depicted.
Shri Kodandarama Temple timings
The temple is open from 5.00 AM to 12.00 in the noon. Temple is closed till 4.00 PM and then again remains open from 4.00 PM to 9.00 PM in the evening.
How to reach Kodandarama Temple
Kodandarama Temple is in Hiremaglur locality of Chikmaglaur.
Chikmaglur is very well connected to Bangalore / Mangalore and many other cities. You can take bus to reach Chikamaglur or you can also drive down.
The Bangalore – Mangalore highway is a nice drive and if you are travelling from Bangalore it will not take more than 5 to 6 hours and from Mangalore, it can be covered in 4 hours.
The temple is approximately 9 kms from KSRTC bus stand. You can easily get an auto from bus stand to the temple. The fare is approx Rs 80 /- to and fro.
They were later removed due to the disturbances caused by the coastal voyages. Though it has had a toll of time of more than 2 thousand years, it still stands tall.
The marvelous engineering and architectural monument will make the visitor awe-struck.
Best time to visit Konark Temple
You can visit the Konark Temple from September to march.
In the other months due to summers, there is a lot of humidity.
If you have a pre-planned trip you must visit the temple in the month of February as the Konark Dance Festival is held this month. You can witness the folk dance.
How can you reach Konark
The temple is well
connected by the means of roads, rail or air. The closest city is
Puri at a distance of 35 km.
you can reach the temple from Puri in around half an hour by cab or
state transport buses, they ply regularly.
the nearest railway station is Puri. From the station, the distance
to the temple is merely 15 km. You can come to Puri station from
almost all parts of the country. From here you can hire a taxi or bus
to go to the temple.
the nearest airport that one can fly to is Biju Patnaik International
Airport in Bhubaneshwar. The distance is 64 km to the temple. It can
be covered in 1 hour by cab or bus.
Brief History of Konark Sun Temple
The construction of this magnificent temple was ordered by Narsimha deva 1, one of the rulers from the eastern Ganga dynasty.
It was built to commemorate his victory over Tughral Tughan Khan in the 1255 CE. It is believed that there were magnets on top of the temple which used to interfere with the magnetic compasses of the sailors.
This used to lead to shipwrecks. The wheels built in the temple are actually sundials that tell time accurately to date.
The temple was commonly known as the black pagoda due to its colour. The temple we see today is just the entrance of the original temple, the rest is believed to have fallen with time.
There had been the destruction of the temple at the time of invasion by the Muslim invader Kala Pahad in the year 1568.
The architecture of the sun temple
The basic design of the temple is in the traditional Kalinga style. The temple is in the shape of a large chariot of the sun god.
There are 12 beautifully engraved pillars and 7 horses. The temple is east slanted so that the first rays of the morning sun shines right upon the main entrance. On the entrance, there are two huge lion structures that seem to be crushing a man and an elephant.
Monsters, animals, beasts, and warriors have been carved out on the walls. There is a similarity of the structures and carvings with those of the Khajuraho temple.
The main sanctum was 70 meters tall, but it fell in the year 1837 due to the weak soil. There is a surviving structure of a 30-meter-high hall.
The temple was originally right on the seashore but there is a considerable distance from the sea now as the sea has changed course.
There are a few more temples in the complex. They are believed to be the Navagraha temple, one of Lord Vishnu and another for the wife of Sun God.
Legend Behind Konark Sun temple
Why Sun God is not worshipped in the Konark temple?
There is a legend according to which when the temple was about to be completed the ruler had ordered a deadline to finish it. Failing which all the 1200 workers would have been beheaded.
The whole structure was ready but there was difficulty in installing the main idol due to the placement of magnets.
Dhramapada the son of the ruler came forward and solved the problem. But the ruler would kill the workers now as well if he came to know that the small boy was able to solve the problem while all the artisans were struggling for a solution.
So, he killed himself to save the lives of all the 1200 workers. But this death made the whole temple impure.
As a result, no worship is done. A myth also says that the young boy was an avatar of Lord Sun to destroy the big ego of the King which he had grown for the construction of this temple.
Today let me take you Shri Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple, which is at the foothills or Nandi Hills. We all are quite well aware of Nandi hills. A very popular weekend destination for many Bangloreans. However many of us don’t know that there is a very old temple dedicated to lord …
Don’t have time to visit Shri Tirupathi Venkateswara temple at Tirupathi. We have 3 temples around Bangalore, dedicated to Sri Venkateshwara Swamy or Lord Balaji temples around Bangalore. Let us look at these beautiful temples.
Bangaru Tirupati Temple – Kolar – Karnataka
In the list of Lord Balaji temples around Bangalore, first I will take you to Kolar.
This temple called as Bangaru Tirupati temple which is based in the Kolar region of Karnataka. The temple is not very far from Bangalore. So this temple is around 100 Kms from Bangalore and will take around 2 hours 30 minutes to 3 hours.
Roads are very good throughout and what more, kolar has so much to offer that you can visit so many temples around Kolar.
Apart from Bangaru tirupati, you can visit Kotilingeshwar Temple, Avani Temple, Anthargange temple, Someshwara temple, Kolaramma temple, Kurudumale Ganesha temple, Kanipakkam temple.
So you see there are many temple around Kola which you can visit. For all the temples near Kolar you can read more at this blog. ( Temples in Kolar = > Click Here )
Also we have a small video on this temple which you can visit here.
Chikka Tirupati – Malur – Bangalore – Karnataka
So in my list of Lord Balaji temples around Bangalore I will bring you back to Malur location of Bangalore. This location is around 10 Kms from Sarjapura and you can say it is near to Whitefield , sarjapura and Hoskote area.
The temple is a very beautiful temple with a very interesting story around this temple. I have written another blog post after I have visited this temple and you can read about this temple here – You can read more about the temple here
This is a very famous temple in this area and it is said that visiting this temple is considered same as visiting Lord Balaji at tirupati.
People come here for Mundan. Temple is very near to Bangalore and a must visit temple if you are residing in Bangalore.
We have a video around this temple which you can visit as below:
Dakshin Tirupati – Hosur – Tamil Nadu
And in my list of Lord Balaji temples around Bangalore I will take you to Hosur. In Hosur on a small hill top there is a very small temple, called as Dakshin Tirupathi.
The temple is very beautiful and the view from the top of the hill is amazing. So do visit this temple. It is located in Hosur Tamil Nadu and is very well connected to Bangalore. The temple will be around 54 Kms from Bangalore and will take approx 1 hr 30 mins.
The good thing is that you can also club your visit with Shri Chandra Chiodeswarar Temple which is also a very famous temple of the region.
We have covered articles on Char Dham yatra temples and today we will take you to the temple located at Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu – Shri Rameshwaram temple also called as Sri Ramanathaswamy Temple.
This temple is in Tamil Nadu. Devotees from the whole world throng the temple. It has great significance in the Hindu religion.
The followers of Hinduism wish to visit the temple at least once in their life. It is counted among the pious Char Dham Yatra pilgrims.
Shri Rameshwaram temple is devoted to Lord Shiva. The architecture is mesmerizing. It has one of the most famous Jyotirlinga temples of India.
The corridors are the longest in the world known for a temple. The carvings on the pillars are not seen anywhere else in the whole world.
The Lingam is believed to have been placed there by Lord Rama. But the temple has been renovated by several different rulers, so there is an amalgamation of different cultures in the design.
Shri Rameshwaram temple history:
It has a very interesting story associated with the Sri Ramanathaswamy Temple . A belief says that once Lord Rama had killed Ravana he was returning back to Ayodhya with Ma Sita.
But he was overtaken by guilt. He wanted to remove the guilt or the Dosha of having killed so many brahmins. So, the sages with him advised him to install and worship a shiva lingam.
He is the one who can forgive their sins. He wished for the largest lingam to be brought from the Himalayas. This was done by hanuman. But all this took a lot of time. So, in the meanwhile, Ma Sita made a small Shiva lingam out of the sand.
The lingam brought by Hanuman was the bigger one. It was placed beside the smaller one. The larger one is called Shiva lingam while the shorter one is called Rama lingam.
The original temple was just a shed made of straw. But later rulers of the Setupati dynasty built massive structures around the main shrine.
The world-famous corridors were the idea of Muthuramalinga. It is called the Chokkatan Mandapam. Architecture is so special that students from all over the world come to study design.
The intricate carving on the pillars is so profound. It is a beautiful and magical sight. The placement of these pillars is such that you can see the corners of the corridor can be seen from any end. The pillars have been placed with precision.
The architecture of the
The temple is very famous for its architecture all over the world. like all the other south Indian temples it also has high boundary walls and great main gate structures.
The corridors are built using sandstone pillars and ceilings. The total area covered by the corridors is 3850 feet, it is known to be the longest in the whole world. there are 1212 pillars in the outer corridor only.
Rameshwaram temple Rajagopuram
The prominent tower in the center is called the Rajagopuram, it stands 53 meters high. The main halls have been given different names like Sukravara Mandapam, Kalyana Mandapam, Anuppu Mandapam, Setupati Mandapam, and Nandi mandapam.
There are two lingams in the temple, unlike any other temple. The first one is a smaller one believed to have been built by Ma Sita herself.
The second one is the larger one brought by Hanuman from Kailash. There are also 22 holy water tirthas in the temple, these are small water bodies.
The devotees take a bath in the water from all of these to get rid of their sins. Interestingly the water from all of these has a different taste. The main one is called Agni Teertham.
Kaiwara a small town in the Chikballapur district of Karnataka has lots of places of historical and religious significance. Today I will take you to Sri Bheemalingeswara Temple situated in this beautiful town of Kaiwara. Bheemalingeswara Temple , Kaiwara, overview Mahabharata is one of the greatest epic of this world. …
Shri Jagannath Puri temple is a sacred temple built in the 11th century in the city of Puri. Its construction was ordered by King Indrayumna. The place is called as Jagannath Puri .
This magnificent puri temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu also known as Lord Jagannath. This temple is among the pious pilgrims that have been included in the Char Dham yatra. Others being in Badrinath, Rameshwaram, and Dwarka.
On his way, Vidyapati started to drop mustard seeds to form a secret pathway. Thereafter king Indrayumna went there to see the idols but could not find them.
One night in sleep a voice told him to construct a temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The voice also directed him towards logs floating in the sea.
He ordered to make idols out of that wood. The idols had been made of Jagannath, Subhadra, and Balabhadra.
The architecture of the Shri Jagannath Puri Temple:
The Jagannath temple is among the most sacred pilgrims in India for Hindus. It has mesmerising architecture. The temple is made in classical oriyan style.
The area covered is around 4,00,000 sq feet. The outer wall is called Meghananda Pacheri. It is around 20 feet high. The main Shikhar is higher than others in the complex.
The four main structures are The Vimana, the Nata Mandir, Jagamohan (porch), and the Bhoga Mandap. There are four main gates named Singhadwar-the lion gate, Ashwadwar-the horse gate, Vyaghrasan-tiger Gate, and the Hastidwar-elephant gate.
The Lion Gate is the main gate for entrance. On top of the temple is a wheel called the Neela chakra because of its blue colour.
This is made of many different metals together. A new flag is hoisted on the wheel every day.
Best time to visit Puri Temple
The temple is open all throughout the year. But the time of Rath Yatra is the best time to visit in the month of June or July.
You will be able to feel and experience the real devotion of the devotees. There special timings for the arti.
One can go there in the winter season as it will be pleasant as compared to the summers when it is quite hot and humid. You will be able to stay out in the sun longer.
How can you reach Jagannath Puri?
one wants to go by
the closest airport is the Biju Patnaik Airport in Bhubaneshwar.
From there it is 56 km by road. You can take a cab or go by bus; it
will take around 1 hour.
Puri is a well-connected railway station. Trains from all over the
country come here.
can come to Puri by
anywhere in India. It is situated on national as well as interstate
highways. You can come here from any place in India.
is a country where all the festivals are celebrated with great
excitement and it is a very colourful and musical event. Many such
festivals are celebrated here in the Jagannath Temple.
This is the most important festival; in fact, the whole country celebrates it in honour of this Jagannath temple each year.
It occurs in the month of June or July. In this, the three main idols are taken out of the temple and mounted on three huge and amazingly decorated chariots. The route is from Bada Danda to the Gundicha temple.
The temple is known as Jagat Mandir. It is dedicated to Lord Krishna and was made by his great-grandson Vajra Nabha.
He had built it over the land that was reclaimed from the sea. The architecture is based on the Chalukya style.
The city has been dated to the days of Mahabharata. The temple is five-storied and made of limestone and sand only.
There are intricate sculptures and the fineness of the artisans can be seen. The main idol of Lord Krishna is made of black stone.
In the temple complex, there are other shrines as well. These are dedicated to Subhadra, Vasudeva, Rukmini, and Balarama among many others. as a ritual, the devotees take a dip in the holy Gomti river before they enter the temple.
The Janmashtami festival is celebrated with joy and enthusiasm. At this time millions of devotees throng the temple on the same day.
There are prayers and rituals the whole day. The shrine can be considered as a hive of voices, colors, and faith all intertwining to give a surreal experience.
Shri Dwarikadhish Temple History:
The story behind the temple is very interesting. The temple is believed to be built by Vajra Nabha the grandson of Lord Krishna.
The name has been fondly kept as Dwarikadhish meaning the lord of Dwarka. The prestigious temple is among the four main pilgrims in the Char Dham yatra.
The temple is also among the 108 Divya Desam related to Lord Vishnu that has been mentioned in the old texts such as Divya Prabhanda.
The legend related to
the Idol of lord Dwarikadhish:
The first idol of the
temple is believed to have been offered prayers by Rukmini herself.
It was removed to save from the hands of the invaders.
The second one was
placed there. A devotee by the name of Badana visited the temple on
daily basis. She was so pure in her devotion that Lord Dwarikadhish
was pleased with her. He allowed her to take the idol to Dakor, her
place. The priest obstructed her way. But she offered to pay the
weight of the idol with an equal weight of gold. Lord Krishna showed
a miracle and the whole idol was just equal to a small ring. So she
had to give away only a small ring of gold.
The idol now we see
was found in the Savitri Talaav nearby unearthed during digging. It
is said that the idol was missing eyes but all the makeup and
There is a legend of
Rukmini Shrine as well. The temple was built by Krishna himself. It
is said the once a sage named Durvasa had gone to visit Krishna and
his wife Rukmini. As they were on the way to meet him, Rukmini grew
thirsty and wished to have some water. For this Krishna dug up a
hole and made the river Ganga appear. On the occurrence of this
event, Durvasa got very furious. He cursed Rukmini to stand where
she was forevermore. Thus this is the place where the shrine stands
Shri Dwarikadhish Temple architecture
Limestone and sand have been used to build this temple. The temple is five stories tall. There are 72 pillars in all. All of them have been carved intricately.
The spire is 78.3 m high. The shikar on the top is 42 m high and a flag made of 52 yards of cloth is up there.
The flag has the symbols of a sun and a moon that symbolize the reign of Lord Krishna over the area for as long as the sun and the moon shall exist.
There are 2 main gates of the temple. One for the entrance and the other for exit. The entry gate has been named Swarg Dwar and the exit door is known as the Moksha dwar.
On the south side of the temple, there are 56 steps that lead to the gomti river.
Best time to visit Dwarka
Though the devotees throng the temple alike throughout the year, you can go in winter. There is pleasant weather from October to March.
If you are interested to visit the temple on the occasion of Janmashtmi then you must plan ahead and go in the month of September.
Dwarikadhish Temple Timings
Dwarkadhish Temple darshan timings – The Darshan start from 6:30 am in the morning to 1 pm in the afternoon
After that the darshan is closed till 5 PM
And then from 5 pm in the evening till 9:30 pm at night temple is open.
Shri Dwarikadhish temple is more that 2500 year old templ
Does Dwarka has railway station?
Yes, the city of Dwarka has a railway station and if your city does not have a direct connectivity to Dwarka then you can also plan to travel to other near by railway stations like Porabandar, Ahemdabad, Jamnagar, Rajkot. Then from there you can take taxi or other public transport
Which is the nearest Airport to Dwarka
You can fly till Ahemdabad or Porbandar and then take taxi or other public transport. Remeber that Dwarka does not have a airport.
Is Bet Dwarka same as Dwarka City?
Betdwarka is also part of dev bhumi Dwarka , but it is a small island in the sea and has temples dedicated to Lord Krishna and many others. After you have visited the DwarkaDhish temple you can plan to visit Bet Dwarka. You need to take a boat to go there. There are tour operators who can book the complete package for you.
How far is Dwarikadhish temple from Dwarka railway station?
The main temple os around 2 Kms from Dwarka railway station.
What are Shr DwarkaDish Temple timings.
Morning 6.30 AM to 1.00 PM and evening 5.00 PM till 9.30 PM. ( All days a week)
How far is Shri Nageshwar Jyotirlinga temple from Shri Dwarikadhish temple?
Shri Nageshwar Jyotirlinga temple is around 17 Kms from Dwarakdhish temple and will take about 20 mins to reach.
Seated in the pristine Himalayas, sitting in the lap of the Garhwal range this sacred Kedarnath temple is a hot favourite among Hindus worldwide. Situated in Uttarakhand, Kedarnath is among the 12 most important Jyotirlingas of India. These are the special pilgrimage centers related to Lord Shiva. The temple is …
One of the Char Dham, the Badrinath temple also called as the Badrinath dham, dedicated to Lord Vishnu is one of the most important pilgrimage sites for Hindus. It is situated high in the Garhwal Hills along the River Alaknanda.
Badrinath temple is also mentioned in the 108 Divya Desams which mentions pilgrims dedicated to Lord Vishnu.
In the lap of snow-clad Himalayas at the height of 10,279 feet it is open only for six months.
Due to the adverse climate conditions, the temple is accessible only in summers. It is close to the Nar and Narayan Hills.
The Neelkanth mountain is in the backdrop of this magnificent piece of architecture.
About Badrinath Dham– Badrinath temple history
The temple Badrinath is believed to have been set up by the saint Adi Shankracharya himself. In this temple, there is an idol of Lord Vishnu made of black stone.
The height of this idol is around 1 meter. This idol is included in the 8 Swyama Vyakta Kshetras or better understood as the self-manifested statues of Lord Vishnu.
The pilgrim is mentioned in the 108 Divya Desams of Lord Vishnu. These hold a very special place for the devotees of Lord Vishnu.
Though the temple is open only for six months for worship but there is an Akhand Jyoti which is lit throughout the year. It has sufficient oil to last six months at a stretch even if no one adds more oil to it.
Best time to visit the Badrinath Temple
The temple is open for the devotees only for six months at a stretch. Due to extreme situations and cold weather which is not easy for humans to bear.
It is open from the month of April to October.
Badrinath temple timings
The timings for the temple for offering prayers are 4.30 AM to 1 PM and then 4.30 PM to 9 PM.
Every devotee needs to spend at least 2-3 hours or more. The temple is opened on the eve of Akshaya Tritiya each day in April.
The last day of offering prayers is the day of Bhatridwityia. After this day the temple is closed for six months.
The idol is taken to the Narsimha temple and only the Akhand Jyoti remains burning in the temple.
How to reach Badrinath Temple
There are no direct trains to Badrinath temple.
You will need to reach Haridwar or Rishikesh.
You can go from there by the means of Buses or Taxi. The temple is at a distance of 300km from Rishikesh and it takes 12 hours to reach there by road.
You can also go by air to the nearest airport of Jolly Grant Airport in the city of Dehradun. form here the distance is 314 km which can be covered by road. There are daily flights from Delhi and it is well connected to the whole world from here.
The nearest railway station is Rishikesh. It will is well connected from various places in India by rail. From there you will need to take the journey by road.
As per a new effort made by the Uttarakhand government, helicopter service from Dehradun has been started for those who can not reach the difficult terrain otherwise.
Legend behind Badrinath temple
According to the famous Hindu Legend Lord Vishnu once sat down for meditation at this place.
As the weather got severe and there was very cold weather, Goddess Lakshmi consort of Lord Vishnu saved him in the form of Badri Tree.
Lord Vishnu was very pleased with the devotion of Goddess Lakshmi and named the place Badrika Ashram from where it fondly became Badrinath over time.
Places around Badrinath temple
There are few more places which are a must visit around Sri Badrinath Temple
Tapt Kund ( Agni Teertha )
This is a hot sulphur spring that is believed to have medicinal values. It is in the temple. It is also believed that the river Alaknanda originates here.
Well known and very colourful festivals such as Mata Murti ka Mela and Badri Kedar festivals are celebrated with a lot of joy.
The water is at 45 degrees Celsius. It is believed to be the home of Lord Agni or the fire god. It is close to the riverbank of river Alaknanda so devotees enjoy a dip in the Kund as well as the river.
A dip in the Kund water is believed to relieve you of several skin diseases. Devotees take a dip in this kund and purify themselves before they enter the temple as a ritual.
It is believed to clean your souls of all the sins and make you pure. This also is known as Agni Teertha in Hindu mythology.
A belief says it was originated from the Kapal or head of Lord Shiva. the thermal energy that is present there is much greater than in other water bodies.
Charanpaduka ( on Narayan Parvat )
There are footprints that are believed to belong to Lord Vishnu himself. It is found at the top of a rock at the height of 3380ft and at a distance of 3 km from the main temple.
An arduous trek is required to reach the spot. The rock is equally important and visited by devotees each year.
This is believed to be the first step of Lord Vishnu on earth. This rock is situated on the Narayan Parvat. It takes around 1-2 hours to complete the trek.
These falls originate from between the Nar Narayan peak. It is in the village of Mana that is 9 km from the main temple.
Here the falls meet the river Alaknanda at a height of 12,000 ft. this is also believed to be the resting place of the Pandavas.
The visit to these falls is believed to clear your mind of impure thoughts. It can also be reached by trekking 6 km from Mana river.
It takes around 2 hours. The trek has a difficult stretch after crossing the Saraswati temple.
This is a bridge made of stones naturally on the river Saraswati. It is believed to have been found by one of the Pandava brothers named Bheem.
While some call it so as they think that Bhim threw the stones in such an arrangement to turn it into a bridge to cross the hills. It is a mesmerizing view.
Badrinath temple FAQ
Where is Badrinath temple located in India?
Badrinath temple is located in Badrinath which is a holy city in the state of Uttrakhand, India. It is situated at the height of around 3000 meters or 10K feet. It is one of the Char Dham places in India. Badrinath Temple is one of the most important pilgrimage destinations for Hindus all over the world.
Badrinath is situated on the bank of which river?
Badrinath is situated on the bank of river Alaknanda. Alaknanda is a river in Himalayas and is one of the two headstreams of river Ganga.
Badrinath temple is in which state?
Badrinath temple is situated in the Indian state of Uttrakhand
Who built Badrinath temple?
Is it said that the Badrinath temple was built by Sri Adi Shankracharya.
Badrinath temple is of which god?
Badrinath temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu.
How to reach Badrinath temple from Delhi?
If you want to drive down to Badrinath from Delhi, the time taken will be close to 17 to 18 hours. It is at a distance of approximately 550 kms from Delhi. You can travel by air till Dehradun and take a cab from there. Dehradun is well connected to major cities of India. You can also take train to Dehradun or Rishikesh and then take a cab from there.
How to go Badrinath from Mumbai or Bangalore?
Travel by air to Jolly Grant airport , Dehradun and take a cab from there. Or take a train to Dehradun or Rishikesh and take a cab from there. This is the best way to reach Rishikesh. You can also come to Delhi and then drive down from there or take a cab from there. But from Delhi it will take around 18 hours to reach Badrinath while from Dehradun 12 hours ( around 330 Kms) or from Rishikesh it will be 10 hrs ( 290 Kms)
How to reach Badrinath from Joshimath?
Badrinath is around 45 Kms from Joshimath and will take around 2 hrs to reach. Regular taxis are available. State road transport buses are also available, but check the timings.
How to go Badrinath from Haridwar?
From Haridwar it is 320 Kms , so it will take around 11 hours. You can take taxi which are available easily. You can go to Rishikesh by train and then take taxi from there.
Servarayan temple, also called as Shevaroy temple is one of the most famous temples in the region and is a must visit temple if you are visiting Yercaud.
Servarayan Temple (Shevaroy Temple)
Servarayan Temple (Shevaroy Temple) location
Servarayan temple is located in cave on the top of the Shevaroy hills in the city of Yercaud near Salem in Tamil Nadu.
Yercuad is a small but beautiful hill station in Salem district and located in the Shevaroy hill range and this historical and beautiful temple is located at the highest point in yercuad at the altitude of 1623 meters or 5326 feet.
The top of the hill where this temple is located is a flat surface and looks like a plateau. Because of which at top of the hill apart from temple you will also find few shops and activities like horse riding ATV etc.
But the view from top is amazing. There is a view point from which you get to see the city. But my suggestion is to walk around and enjoy the view. The surface is flat and hence gives you a nice area to stroll around with family and friends and enjoy the natures beauty.
There are small shop where you can buy some thing to eat, water , juice etc. You will also find restrooms there. Ample parking space.
The best part of this trip is journey to the top. It is so amazing with lot of spots which offers you a panoramic view of the area.
The hill gives an amazing view of all other hills around and the town of Yercaud. From my perspective this is one of the best spots in Yercaud which you should visit.
Servarayan Temple (Shevaroy Temple) History
Shevaroy Temple is a cave temple. This means that at the top of hill there is a cave in which this temple is located.
The cave has idol of Lord Servaryan and Goddess Kaveri. The Servarayan hills are named after the Lord and Goddess Kaveri represent the river Kaveri.
It is believed that Ma Kaveri is the guardian deity of the villages around this area.
It is also believed that the cave actually extends further deep behind the idol of Ma Kaveri and lord Servarayan. It is believed that river cauvery somewhere meets the cave further down. But of course you cannot go beyond the idols in the cave.
The cave itself is very narrow.
We spoke to the priest of the temple and came to to know that the temple itself is more than 1000 years old and lord Servarayan has been worshiped here from time immemorial .
All the villagers from around the area gather at the temple for a annual festival which is celebrated during the month of May.
There is a well near the temple. It is a old well and people say that it is a wishing well.
Activities for kids at Shevaroy Temple
As I mentioned before, the temple is at hill top, but the hill top is a flat surface and appears as a plateau.
Hence the view from top is just breathtaking. Also there are lots of activity for the kids.
There are some local games like
Baloon shooting – Rs 30/- for six chances
Horse riding – Rs 100 / round
ATV – Rs 100 / round
Other games like see saw etc
So there are activities which kids can definitely enjoy.
Best time to visit Servarayan Temple (Shevaroy Temple)
Yercaud is a hill station and hence it is a nice place to visit year round. But being situated in southern plateau it does becomes a bit hot in summers. But still not that hot.
But if you ask me, the best time to visit Yercaud will be from September to March. Immediately after rains, this place look becomes worth a visit. Also since it is colder in these months, it is easy to walk around.
Servarayan Temple (Shevaroy Temple) timings
The temple is open through out the day. It closes by 6.30 PM. So you can plan to visit this temple anytime during the day. However early morning offers one of the best views around.
In case you want to enjoy kids activities, better to go there by 9.00 AM when the shops are open. Remember that photography is not allowed inside the temple.
How to reach Servarayan Temple
The temple is located at around 6 to 7 KMs from Yecaud bus stand. Once you are ay bus stand you will find a big marking towards Servarayan Temple (Shevaroy Temple).
You will also cross Shri Raja Rajeshwari temple on the way. This is another beautiful temple on the way.
Then you will reach a junction where if you go straight, you will go towards Bangalore. So at this junction you need to take right. You keep on going straight you will reach this beautiful temple.
Over all Servarayan Temple (Shevaroy Temple) is a nice place to visit. The temple as I mentioned before is a very important temple of the region and is more than thousand years old. Apart from temple, the ride to the temple itself is very amazing and thrilling. And once you are at temple, you are at the top most place in Yercaud.
So friends, do visit this temple and this place when you are in Yercaud!
Somnath Temple or the Somnath Jyotirlinga Temple at Somnath is one of the holy twelve Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva.this temple is situated in the state of Gujarat in the city of Prabhas Patan.
Somnath Temple is believed to be among the oldest temples present in India. The mention of Somnath Temple is found in the ancient inscriptions and texts of Bhagavat Gita, Rig Veda, Shivpuran, Skandpuran, and so on.
Somnath Temple holds a special place as a pilgrimage in these texts for ages in the Hindu Religion. the place of building this temple is on the confluence of three rivers, known as Triveni Sangam of Kapila, Saraswati, and Hiran.
The Somnath Temple is honey coloured and can be seen from a distance due to its magnificent structure.
It is believed that Lord Shiva had appeared here in the form of a fiery column of light. The waves for the Arabian sea come to touch the feet of this temple and becomes pious.
The age of this temple has not been evaluated correctly to date bit evidence of its existence even before 649 BC has been found.
The temple has held strong its position against time as well. The temple was looted and attempts to destroy it was done several times by the Mughal rulers.
It is believed that there were as many as 17 attacks in total by Mohammad Ghazni, Alauddin Khilji, and Aurangzeb. Each time they found some gold.
Shree Somnath jyotirling temple history
History of the temple: it is said that the temple was originally made by Somraj the Moon God. It is believed to have been made of gold at that time.
Later it was made with silver by Ravana and then Krishna made it with Wood, and after that, it was made in stone by Bhimdev.
Restoration of Somnath Temple
The present-day structure and complex is the one that had been recreated in the year 1951 under the restoration work of the heritage site.
Sardar Vallabhai Patel was the person who initiated the work of reconstruction and revival of this holy temple. The temple attracts millions of devotees each year. They throng the temple throughout the year alike.
Somnath Temple architecture
The structure that can be seen now is a replica of the original and based on the traditional designs themselves. It is cream colored and there are small sculptures on the coastal side.
There is a large black Shiva Lingam at the center of the 12 sacred shrines in the complex. This main Shiva Lingam is known as the holy Jyotirlinga.
There are different forms of Natraja the dancing form of Lord Shiva. the flag on the top of the temple has the symbols of Nandi and Trishul drawn on them.
How to reach Somnath Temple:
The place is very well connected by road and rail. One can reach there by road as it is well connected to the cities around.
The closest one is Veraval at 7 km. The other cities are at a distance of 889 km for Mumbai, 400kms for Ahemdabad, 122 for Porbandar, and Junagarh at 85 km. By rail, the approach will be through Veraval, which is the closest rail station at a distance of only 6 km.
There are regular trains from across India from cities like Mumbai and Ahemdabad. By air one can reach Dui airport. It is the closest to the temple at a distance of 65 km from the temple.
Best time to visit Somnath Temple
Though the temple is open all the year round and devotees throng here in every season, but there are certain special occasions as well.
You must prefer to go in the months of October to February when the weather is cool.
Shivratri in the month of February or March is the most celebrated time for the devotees of Lord Shiva. The temple is decorated and is worth visiting.
There Another special time is that of the Kartik Purnima which comes close to Diwali. There are enthusiasm and religious spirit in the air. All the people are so full of happiness and spirituality.
Somnath temple timings
The timings for Darshan are from 6 am to 9:30 pm every day.
The special aarti timings are at 7 am in the morning, at 12 noon and 7 pm in the evening.
There is also a special light and sound show in the evening at 7:45 pm daily.
Somnath temple trust accommodation
Please visit Somnath temple trust website for details. You can perform Online Pooja, give donation, do room booking, and do a live darshan. There are many other information which you can get from this website. Please refer to below for links
There is a museum in the complex of the temple that has the old stones carved in the natural form. They may seem like clutters but they are the original stones of the temple.
There is a collection of seashells and pottery shards. There is also a unique collection of water from different rivers and sea from around the world. those found here are from the river Danube, Nile, Tigris, Murray, St. Lawrence, and the seawater from New Zealand and Tasmania.
Another important spot is the Bhalka teerth. It is believed to be the same place where Lord Krishna was mistaken for a deer and injured by an arrow as he was sleeping in the deerskin. There is a Sun Temple in the complex as well.
There is Somnath beach just behind the temple premises. There is clean sand and has a mesmerizing view. One can enjoy a camel ride and have coconut water.
You must plan a trip to this sacred Somnath Temple. It is bound to blow your mind with the unique architecture and design of the premises. There is clear sand and not very deep seawater. So it is ideal for a family visit.
Make sure to have an advance booking in the hotel where you stay so that you can get the best spot to enjoy the sunset and sunrise.
During festive times, there are numerous devotees in the area. Be aware of the route you shall be following. There are tour packages available to enjoy the area to the fullest. There are numerous places to visit in the area.
Plan a trip in the winter season to be able to have a long time in the open and enjoy.
Welcome once again to our website mytempletrips and today I once again I will take you to Salem, the land of one of the 18 Tamil siddha temples located at the foot hills of Kanja Malai called Kalangi Nathar Siddhar Temple and we will also talk about Lord Murgan Temple.
India has been and is a land of great saints and today we will taken you to the temple of one of the greatest saint of Tamil Siddha temples.
What is Siddha tradition
Before we talk about Kalangi Nathar Siddhar Temple let us look at little background about the great Tamil Siddhars and the Siddha tradition.
The Siddha system is a system of medicine , mainly practiced in the Southern part of India. It is one of the earliest traditional medicine systems in the world . Siddha Vaidya is the longest living medical system in the world.
India has been the birth place of many traditional philosophies including Siddha. The roots of this system are intertwined with the culture of ancient Tamil civilization.
Siddhargal – the 18 Tamil Siddhars
“Siddhargal” or Siddhars were the premier scholars of this system in ancient times. Siddhars, mainly hailing from Tamil Nadu laid the foundation for Siddha system of medicine. Hence, it is called Siddha medicine.
Siddhars were spiritual masters who possessed the ashta (eight) siddhis or unique powers. Agastyar or Agasthya, is believed to be the founding father of Siddha Medicine. Eighteen Siddhars are considered to be pillars of Siddha Medicine.
There were 18 siddhars who laid the foundation of this system. Hence there are 18 Siddha temple found in various part of South India mainly Tami Nadu.
The work of these saints are one of the greatest assets of our culture and civilization and the more we know the more amazed we are with their work.
The Kalangi Nathar Siddhar Temple is among the 18 temples of Tamil Siddha and is located at the foot of the Kanja Malai. Near the temple there are several perennial wells, waterfalls and small reservoirs.
Sidhar temple is located at a distance of 12 to 14 km towards the west of salem.
kanja malai hills meant to be the place of worship of Lord Shiva and Lord Murgan. It is a small village and shrine of siddhar is also called kalangi nathar . locals also call him lord siddeswara or siddar koil temple
It is said that the water of these wells have curative powers. On new moon and full moon days, special pujas are also held at this temple
The temple is associated with great saint and Tamil Siddar Kalangi Nathar & Bogar. And Kalangi Nathar is believed to be the guru of Bhogar and their relationship as the Guru and disciple was very much admirable.
Kalangi Nathar was also called as Kanjamalai Siddhar. Here. “Kanjam” means Gold, copper, and Iron and “Malai” means hill. It is a popular pilgrimage spot and special pooja is done on all full moon days and new moon days.
The temple is associated with mnay other prominent Siddhars namely seven of them those include: Indran, Soman, Rudhran, Kanduru, Brahman, Kanjamalaiyan and Kalangi Nathar.
It is believed that Kalangi Nathar went to China to spread the Knowledge of Yoga and Acupuncture. As per old texts he was called as Confucius in China.
It is said that the Kanjamali hills has many herbs that has curative properties. People take a dip in the water running here and consider it to be holy.
After returning back to india , he took Jeeva Samadhi at Kancheepuram.
So If you visit Salem, please do visit the temple for a wonderful experience.
People visit this palace to have sought of remedies for many ailment.
Kanjamalai Sitharkoil Murugan Temple / Lord Murgan Temple
As I mentioned , just before the Siddhar Temple on top of the small hill, you will see this beautiful Lord Murgan Temple.
Some nice photographs of Lord Murgan temple
How to Reach Kalangi Nathar Siddhar Temple
The Kalangi Siddhar temple is located at the foot of Kanja Malai. It is well connected to Salem city. The nearest railway station is the Salem railway station. One can easily take an auto-rickshaw from the city to the temple.
One you reach the parking spot on right hand side you will see the this Siddha Temple which is dedicated to Lrd Shiva and on left hand side you will se some stairs going up which is Lord Murgan Temple.
Time you need to visit Kalangi Nathar Siddhar Temple
Optimum duration of a visit is 1 – 2 hours. The operating hours of the temple are from 6 AM to 8 PM on all days.
Kalangi Nathar Siddhar Temple Timings
Like most temples, it is also closed during noon from 1 PM to 4 PM. There are daily pujas offered each morning.
Facilities at Kalangi Nathar Siddhar Temple
There are washrooms, food stalls and locker facitly available near by. I am sure you will have a wonderful experience there !
A beautiful hill with a presence of 1008 shiva lingas. Welcome to Ariyanoor 1008 lingam temple. This Sahasra Lingeswarar temples complex where you you will feel harmony and calmness. It is a must visit if you are in Salem.
Where is 1008 Shiva Lingam Temple
This 1008 Lingam Temple is one of the famous temples of Tamil Nadu.
This beautiful temple also called as Sahasra Lingeswarar temple and is in Ariyannoor.
Ariyannoor is a locality is salem and is approximately 8 Kms before the Salem city center. The temple is taken care by vinayaga mission.
What is 1008 Lingam Temple famous for?
The presence of 1008 Shiva Lingas on this hill make this temple complex so powerful and vibrating with great energy.
The main temple has a huge statue of Shiva linga with Nandi in the moolasthanam.
You will welcomed by an immense statue of Lord Vinayaka as we reach the gates of the temple.
It’s possible to hit the hill by vehicle or choose to walk and enjoy the scenery on the way.
The temple, surrounded by the Sankagiri mountains and greenery, which is a sight to behold, can be found atop the hill. On your visit to this magnificent temple, you will feel harmony and calmness.
What to see at Sahasra Lingeswarar temple
As soon as you start walking you will first see the lord Venkateswara temple, which is devoted to Lord Tiruapti Balaji . This temple complex has temples dedicated to many gods.
At the right of lord Venkateswara temple is lord Rama and Sita temple and once you walk further , you will find Lord Hanuman temple on right hand side.
Looking straight further on the left hand side you will see the main Lord Shiva temple, you can visit this temple and then go further up to visit other temples . or you can decide to go up further and visit temples of Lord Ganesha, Ma Mahalaxmi , Goddess Rajeshwari, Lord Murgan and come back to main temple ..
So you will find temples of Lord Palani murugan, swamimalai murugan, thiruhendur murugan, pazhamuthircholai murugan, tyruthani murugan, thiruparamkundram murugan, raja rajeswari, anjaneya, mahalaxmi, venkatesa perumal can also be found in lingams.
1008 Lingam temple salem timings
The temple complex is open from 8.00 AM morning to 8.00 PM evening.
Hotels near 1008 Lingam temples
Salem is a big city and a commercial city of Tamil Nadu. There are lots of hotels in Salem and this place being 8km from city center is easily accessible. Few close by hotels are
Sivaraj Holiday Inn, Grand Estanica, CJ Pallazio Hotel, Zibe Salem, Raddisson Salem, Hotel Palm Residency
Restaurants near 1008 Lingam Temple
There are many. Adayar Ananda Bhavan ( A2B) is just 3.5 KM away. Also near by around 9 KM is Sarvana Bhavan, Cascade resturant, Selvi Mess etc . There are many restaurants near by.
How to reach 1008 Shiva Lingam Temple
This temple is on Sale Coimbatore highway ( NH 544).
If you are travelling from Bangalore you need to take NH44 towards salem and then NH544 towards Coimbatore. You will see this temple on your right hand side. It will be around 8Kms before Salem city center.
A sacred hill located at 50 kms from Bangalore, known as Ramadevara Betta has this ancient temple called as Lord Pattabhirama temple.
It is said that the idol of Lord Rama exists here from the times of Ramayan and the idol was installed here by no other than the monkey king – Sugreeva. Hence this place is called as Ramadevara Betta.
Ramadevara Betta Location ( Ramanagara Hills )
Ramadevara Betta means Ramadevara hill and the hill gets its name from Lord Rama and hence the village at the foot hills is known as Ramanagara.
But, Ramanagara is also famous for two other things. Ramanagara Hills is famous for
Ramanagara is known as silk city of India and this area id famous for silk production
And Ramanagara Hills – this place also got its fame due to the film Sholay. The village depicted in movie Sholay is at this foot hills and the movie’s scene were shot on these hills.
But let us more concentrate on the history of Ramadevara Betta ( Ramanagara Hills )
Legend of Lord Pattabhirama at Ramadevara Betta
There are 2 stories which talk about this place.
The end of Sukhasura
As per one of the stories, after defeating Ravana, Lord Rama, along with Ma Sita and Lakshmana, returned to Ayodhya.
A grand ceremony was held in Ayodhya after Lord Rama returned to Ayodhya.
Lord Rama was king of Ayodhya and a grand celebration took place. The monkey king sugreeva was also present there and saw Lord Rama sitting on the throne with Ma Sita on one side and Lord Hanuman and Lakshman standing on other side.
Sugreeva wished that he could capture this moment and worship lord Rama in king form throughout and hence he got the statue of his diety lord Ram carved in a stone with Ma Sita on the left hand side and Lakshman and Hanuman on the other side.
While taking this idol back to his Kingdom Kishkindha, when he reached this place, he was attacked by a demon named Sukhasura and a strong fight erupted between them. To fight the demon Sugreev had to keep the idol on the ground.
In the fight , Sukhsura was defeated, but after defeating Sukhasura when Sugreev tried to lift the idol, it did not move.
After some time a akashwani was heard ( accouncement from sky) that Lord Wished to be here. Hearing this Sugreeva installed the idol here and since then this place is called as Ramanagara and the hills is called as Ramadevara Betta and Lord Ram is called as Lord Pattabhirama.
End of Kakasura
As per another legend, during their exile, Lord Rama and Ma Sita visited this place and Lord Ram was resting, while Ma Sita was sitting next to him.
Lord Ram was in sleep when the king of crows name as Kakasura attacked Ma Sita. Not wanting to disturb Lord Rama, Ma Sita tolerated the pain. But a drop of her blood fell on Lord Rama.
This disturbed Lord Rama and he woke up. Seeing the wound of Ma Sita, he got very angry. He got some darbha grass and made a arrow out of it and shoot it on Kakasura.
Kakasura got scared and approached Lord Bramha and Lord Shiva for help. But they advised Kakasura to go back to Lord Rama and ask for his forgiveness as he only has the power to stop this arrow.
Kakasura then approached Lord Ram and asked for forgiveness. Lord Rama, forgave the crow, however he asked the crow to sacrifice a part of his body to the arrow to stop it.
Kakasura sacrificed his left eye and it is said that since then all the crows cannot see from left eye.
As per local legend from that time , no crow has been seen in this region.
How to reach Ramadevara Betta ( Lord Pattabhirama temple )
The temple at Ramadevara Betta is in Ramanagara, the silk city of India.
Ramanagara is around 50 Kms from Bangalore. It is on Bangalore Mysore highway.
If you put Ramadevara Betta google maps it will take you straight to the parking lot.
You can also map – Sholay Shooting Point, Ramanagara. It will also lead you there.
This region lies in a vulture sanctuary and hence this place is also called as RamadevarabettaVultureSanctuary or RamanagaraVulture Sanctuary. At the gate of sanctuary you need to by an entry ticket which will be around Rs 75 / – ( four wheeler)
Ramadevara Betta ( Ramanagara Hills ) climb
The climb from bottom to top of the hill is around 600 steps.
The climb is not steep and the steps are well paved and painted colorfully. It might be that during summer times this becomes a challenge hence there are shades and sitting places provide.
But there is greenery all around and view from top is just amazing.
It takes around 30 mins for the climb.
On the way you will pass a small temple of Lord Shiva and Lord Hanuman.
Opposite to main temple there is a elevated rock on which another small temple is built which is called as Shri Rameshwara Swamy temple. There is a view point next to this temple.
The sorrounding view from this view point is just amazing.
Sita Devi Pond
There is a pond below the main temple. It is a huge and a very beautiful pond,
But this pond is barricaded and no one can go near the pond.
it is said that the depth of the pond is not known.
Over all, it is a very sacred and interesting place to visit. The idol of Lord Rama is from times of Ramayana and hence it makes this hill and sacred place to visit.
The existing temple around the idol is said to be more than 1000 years old.
Watch our video about this temple on youtube
So friends, do visit this temple when you find some time.
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Kanchipuram also known as the temple city of Tamilnadu is known for thousand of temples which exists in this city. Kanchipuram temples are famous across the world and this temple town is one of the most visited temple towns.
Kanchipuram is one of the most ancient city of Tamil Nadu and India and its history dates back to 2nd Century BCE.
so friends, let us look at the some famous Kanchipuram temples of the he temple town Kanchipuram!
Kanchipuram – One of the Sapta Puri Cities
Kanchipuram is also one of the Sapta Puri cities of India. Cities which are considered to be so holy that visiting them provides path to moksha. These are Ayodhya, Mathura, Haridwar, Varanasi, Kanchipuram, Ujjain and Dwarka.
Such is the importance of Kanchipuram. As par Garuda Puran this is a place to attain moksha!
What does the name Kanchipuram signifies
Kanchipuram is a tamil word, which means a place where Lord Vishnu is worshipped. Lord Varadharaja Perumal Temple is where Lord Vishnu is worshipped as Lord Varadharaja and is one of the most famous temples of Kanchipuram.
In sanskrit Kanci means girdle and it is said that the city is like a girdle to the earth.
Kanchipuram temples – Famous temple of Kanchipuram
Kanchipuram is a famous temple town, but let us look at some of the most famous temples of Kanchipuram
Shri Varadharaja Perumal Temple
One of the most famous Kanchipuram temples, Shri Varadharaja Perumal Temple, also called as Hastagiri or Attiyuran is dedicated to Lord Vishnu.
It is located in a suburb of Kanchipuram known as the Vishnu Kanchi which has many famous Vishnu temples.
It is one of the Divya Desams, the 108 temples of Vishnu. The temple along with Ekambareswarar Temple and Kamakshi Amman Temple in Kanchipuram is popularly known as Mumurtivasam Kanchipuram
Sri Varadaraja Perumal temple is known as: ‘Perumal Koil’.
Located in the main town (city center) this temple is very important to the shivaities and also is one of the temple associated with the five element the panch bhota stalams and signifies earth (Prithvi Lingam)
Adi Sankara is closely associated with this temple and is believed to have established the Kanchi math after this temple
Interestingly, it was built in the 8th century by Pallava king Narasimhavarman II, who also built the Shore Temple at Mahabalipuram.
The main shrine has a 16 sided Shivalinga in black granite stone deified in the sanctum sanctorum. Within the walls of the main shrine there is main pedestal with very elegantly carved images of gods. Nandi as in all Shiva temples is giving guard to the deity.
On each face of the outer walls of the main shrine there are many carvings of deities.
It’s said that a secret tunnel, built by the kings, was used as an escape route & is still visible..
This is an ASI protected monument and a must visit temple if you are in Kanchi.
Sri Kamakshi Amman Temple
Another very very important center for worship in Kanchipuram, the temple is dedicated to Ma Parvathi and is worshiped here as Kamakshi Amman. There is three major Kamakshi temples, one in Madurai , the Meenakshi temple, the other one as Akhilandeshwari temple in Thieuvanakaval and this one. The temple was built during Pallavas period.
Ma Kamaskhi Amman is seated in padmasana position in this temple which signifies peace and prosperity. This is the only Shakti temple is Kanchipuram. Spread over an area of around 5 acres, this temple is magnificent and must visit if you are in the city.
So the temple located to Lord Murga, who is son of Lord Shiva and Ma Parvati is located between the two temples, the Ekambareswarar temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and Kamakshi Amman temple dedicated to Ma Parvathi. .
This temple is one of the major temples of city and an important religious destination.
Shri Chitragupta Swamy Temple
There are not many temples dedicated to Shri Chitragupta. The patron deity of all Kayasthas in India. The Sri Chitragupta Swamy Temple in Kanchipuram is one of them.
A very small but beautiful temple, maintained by ASI, this temple should be on your list if you are visiting the city. One of the must visit temples for all Kayasthas.
This is one of the few temples in Kanchipuram which was buitl during Cholas period.
Shri Ashtabujakaram temple
Another important temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The temple is believed to be built during the period of Pallavas. Located in the area of Vishnu Kanchi, the same place where Shri Varadaraja Perumal Temple is located. It is a small temple but a prominent Vishnu temple of the area.
Other important Information
The city is also popular as an important center for Buddhism and Jainism.
The original set of the Jina Kanchi institution Mutt was in Kanchipuram. There is twin jain temple in kanchipuram which is maintained by Tamil Nadu archaeological department. Trilokyanatha Temple is one such temple built during Pallavas time.
Buddhists institutions from Kanchipuram were instrumental in spreading Theravada Buddhism to the Mon people of Myanmar and Thailand
There is a lot to write about Kanchipuram. This place is one of the most important places for Hindus and is dotted with thousands of temples. The temples we have listed out are one of the most important ones if you are visiting the town.
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GirjaBandh Hanuman Temple – एक अनोखा मंदिर जहाँ भगवान हनुमान स्त्री रूप में विराजमान है – A Unique Lord Hanuman Temple – हमारे देश में हनुमान जी के कई प्रसिद मंदिर हैं लेकिन आज जिस मंदिर की बात करेने जा रहे है वोह थोड़ा अलग है। शायद अपने इस मंदिर के बारे में जरूर सुना होगा। वैसे तो हनुमान जी बाल ब्रह्मचारी हैं लेकिन छत्तीसगढ़ के इस मंदिर में हनुमान जी की पूजा एक स्त्री के रूप में होती है। जी हाँ एक ऎसा अनोखा मंदिर जहाँ भगवान हनुमान स्त्री रूप में विराजमान है.
There are many famous Hanuman Temple in India. But the temple we are talking about today is a bit different. It is very unique temple because here Lord Hanuman is worshiped in female form.
Where is GirjaBandh Hanuman Temple
यह मंदिर छत्तीसगढ़ के बिलासपुर शहर से लगभग 25 किलोमीटर दूर रतनपुर जिले में स्थित है। इस मंदिर में हनुमान जी को पुरुष नहीं बल्कि स्त्री के रूप में पूजा जाता है। इस अनोखे मंदिर की स्थापना के पीछे की पौराणिक कथा भी काफी दिलचस्प है।
This unique temple is located in Girjabandh, Ratnakar district of Chattisgarh. This temple is around 25 Kms from Bilaspur. This unique temple has a very interesting story.
यहाँ भगवन पवपुत्र हनुमान जी स्त्री रूप में पूजे जाते हैं यहाँ उनका दिव्य रूप भी बहुत मनोहर हें रतनपुर के गिरजाबांध में मौजूद इस मंदिर में ‘देवी’ हनुमान की मूर्ति है। इस मंदिर के प्रति लोगों में काफी आस्था है। ऐसा माना जाता है कि जो कोई भी यहां पूजा अर्चना करता है, उसकी मनोकामना पूरी होती है।
Lord Hanuman is worshiped here in female form. People have a lot of faith in this temple and it is said that people who worship here, all their washes gets fulfilled.
Legend Behind GirjaBandh Hanuman Temple
इतिहासकारो की माने तो ये मंदिर १० हजार साल पुराना माना जाता हैं। कहा जाता है कि मंदिर का निर्माण “पृथ्वी देवजू ” नाम के राजा ने कराया था। राजा पृथ्वी देवजू हनुमान जी के बहुत बड़े भक्त थे औऱ उन्होंने कई सालों तक रतनपुर पर शासन किया था। माना जाता है कि वह कुष्ठ रोग से पीड़ित थे।
It is said that this temple is more that 10,000 years old and was established by the king named “Prithvi Devju”. King Prithvi Devju was a great devotee of Hanuman and he ruled Ratanpur for many years. He is believed to have suffered from leprosy.
इस मंदिर जुड़ी एकक पौराणिक कथा है एक रात देवजू राजा के सपने में भगवान ने दर्शन दिए और कहा की यहाँ मंदिर बनाओ जब मंदिर का निर्माण पूरा होने वाला था तब भगवान ने फिर दरसन दिए और कहा की महामाया कुंड से मूर्ति निकाल कर मंदिर में स्थापित करो ।
There is a mythology related to this temple. One night, in the dream of Devju Raja, God appeared and said that build the temple , when the construction of the temple was about to be completed, then the Lord again gave Darsan and said to remove the idol from Mahamaya Kund and install it in the temple.
राजा ने प्रभु के आगया का पालन किया जब प्रभु की मूर्ति निकाली तो वह बहुत आश्चर्य में पढ़ गए की हनुमान जी ये दिवय मूर्ति स्त्री रूप में थी फिर महामाया कुंड से निकली मूर्ति को पूरे विधि विधान से मंदिर में स्थापित किया गया। मूर्ति स्थापना के बाद राजा की बीमारी पूरी तरह से ठीक हो गई।
The king obeyed . But, when he took out the idol of the Lord, he was in great surprise that the divine idol of Lord Hanuman was in female form. After the idol installation, the king’s illness was completely cured.
Best time to visit GirjaBandh Hanuman Temple
रतनपुर में काफी ज्यादा गर्मी पड़ती है, इसलिए सर्दियों के दौरान आप यहां की यात्रा करना ज्यादा बेहतर रहता है । इस जगह की यात्रा करने का सबसे अच्छा समय अक्टूबर और मार्च के बीच है।
It is better to visit GirjaBandh Hanuman Temple during winter. The best time to visit this place is between October and March. Summers are very hot and is difficult to walk in sun.
How to reach Shri Girjabandh Hanuman Temple
आप रतनपुर बेहद आसानी से पहुंच सकते हैं।
यहां से सबसे निकटतम हवाई अड्डा रायपुर का स्वामी विवेकानंद एयरपोर्ट है, जो कि यहां से लगभग 140 किमी दूर है।
यहां से बिलासपुर के लिए सीधी टैक्सी और बस सेवा उपलब्ध है। वहां से आप रतनपुर के लिए कैब ले सकते हैं।
रतनपुर पहुँचने के लिए हवाई अड्डे से लगभग पाँच घंटे लगेंगे। बिलासपुर जंक्शन रेलवे स्टेशन निकटतम रेलवे स्टेशन है, जो रतनपुर से २५ km दूर है। स्टेशन के बाहर से कैब और बसें मिल जाती हैं।
You can reach Ratanpur very easily.
The nearest airport from here is Swami Vivekananda Airport of Raipur, which is about 140 km from here. Direct taxis and bus services are available from here to Bilaspur.
From there you can take a cab to Ratanpur. It will take about five hours from the airport to reach Ratanpur.
Bilaspur Junction railway station is the nearest railway station, serving Ratanpur (25 km away). Cabs and buses are available from outside the station.
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The Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh is home to the Vishwanath Jyotirlinga shrine, which is perhaps the most sacred of Hindu shrines. It is also one of the Padal Petra Stalam of Vada Naadu mentioned in Thevaaram.
The Kashi Vishwanath Templeis situated in Varanasi, the holiest city for Hindus, where a Hindu is expected to make a pilgrimage at least once in his life, and if possible, also pour the remains of cremated ancestors on the River Ganges. The temple stands on the western bank of the holy river Ganges, and is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas.
In fact, it is a place where Shakti peeta and Jyotirlingam are together. It is the holiest of all Shiva temples. The main deity is known by the name Vishwanath or Vishweshwara meaning Ruler of the universe.
The temple town, is considered the oldest living city in the world, with 3500 years of documented history, is also called Kashi.
It is believed that Banaras is the site at which the first Jyotirlinga manifested its supremacy over other gods, broke through the earth’s crust and flared towards heaven. This temple is said to be the dearest to Lord Shiva, and the people believe that those who die here achieve liberation.
Many believe that Shiva himself resided here and is the giver of liberation and happiness. This temple has been rebuilt several times but always continued to hold its ultimate significance.
History of Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple
The Kashi Vishwanath temple has stood the test of time and politics. It’s tough to date it, but the temple finds a mention in the Hindu “puranas”. The Kashi temple was first razed to the ground by the army of Qutb-ud-din Aibak in 1194 AD when he defeated the Raja of Kannauj.
It was rebuilt again during Iltutmish’s reign but was brought down again. It was rebuilt again by Raja Mann Singh under Akbar’s patronage. But local Hindus boycotted the temple because the Raja had allowed Mughals to marry with his family. Nevertheless, the temple was further restored by Raja Torad Mal.
A few decades later, the temple would be razed again, this time by Aurangzeb, who built the Gyanvapi Mosque in its place. Located within the temple is a small well called the Jnana Vapi (or Gyanvapi). It is said that the priest of the temple jumped in the well with the shivling to protect it from invaders. What can be confirmed though is that at least part of the premises of the original temple were incorporated into the mosque. Some claim that the former temple can still be seen in the foundation, columns and rear parts of the mosque.
The temple, as it stands today, was finally built by Maharani Ahilyabai Holkar a Maratha ruler who constructed the present temple adjacent to the mosque circa 1780.
Legend of Shri Kashi Vishwanath temple
The story goes that once Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu got into an argument over the superiority of their powers. Lord Shiva stepped in as a mediator and transformed himself into an endless pillar of light, or the jyotirlinga, and asked them to find the end of this shaft of brilliance.
While Lord Vishnu conceded defeat, Lord Brahma cunningly lied and said he had found the end. Lord Shiva was furious and cursed that Bramha would henceforth have no place in Hindu religious ceremony. Meanwhile, the places where Shiva’s light pierced through the Earth came to be known as the 12 jyotirlingas and Kashi Vishwanath is one of them.
While the shivling is housed in a silver altar within the main temple, there are also smaller shrines located within the complex of the temples devoted to other Gods.
Importance of Shri Kashi Vishwanath temple
The Kashi Vishwanath temple is one of the holiest places of worship in the Hindu religion and gets anything from a few thousand to a few lakh devotees every day.
Some scriptures claim that several saints and religious leaders such as Swami Dayananda Saraswati, Sathya Sai Baba and Guru Nanak have also visited this temple.
It is believed that a visit to the Kashi Vishwananth temple and bath in the Ganga is the path to moksha or salvation. And if one dies a natural death within the temple, then Lord Shiva himself will speak the mantra of salvation in the ears of that person.
The main Kashi Vishwanath temple among Dwadash Jyotirlingas is in Kashi from Anadikal.
This place is the initial place of Shiva and Parvati, hence Avimukteshwar is considered as the first gender in the form of Adiling.
It is also mentioned in the Mahabharata and the Upanishads. The Vishwanath temple, which was renovated by King Harishchandra in the 11th century BC, was renovated by Emperor Vikramaditya.
Kanpur is a famous industrial town of Uttar Pradesh, India and is famous for its leather and cotton products and attracts trade from India and world. There are many tourist places in and around Kanpur. At first glance, Kanpur is like any other city in India – busy, colorful, lively and always engaged in some activity. Apart from being industrial town there are many other places of interest in Kanpur. And if you are in Kanpur there are also a lot of temples which are very interesting like Sri Radhakrishna Temple, Bhitargaon Temple, Dwarkadhish Temple etc. So let us look at somefamous temples of Kanpur.
Famous temples in Kanpur
Here are list of some famous temples of kanpur which you should plan to visit if you are in town.
Also known as Sri Radha Krishna Temple. This is one of the famous temples of Kanpur. The temple is built by the JK Trust. The temple is a very good example of model temple architecture. This temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna, also has statues of Lakshminarayana, Shri Ardhanarishwara, Narmadeshwar and Sri Hanuman.
Address: First Street, Sarvodaya Nagar, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, 208005 Timings: 5 am to 12 pm and 4 pm to 10 pm Time needed to visit: 30 mins to 1 hour How to Reach: Many options. Local transport is available Festivals: Janmashtami, Holi
Jain Glass Temple
It is known by the name Jain Glass Temple because this temple is made entirely of glass. This jain temple is said to be one of the ancient and magnificent temples of Kanpur. This temple made of beautiful carvings. The temple has amazing decoration of glass.
The Jain Glass Temple was built by the Jain community in memory of the 24 Tirthankaras of their religion. The temple also has idols of Lord Mahavira and Tirthankaras. These sculptures stand on a marble platform under a huge umbrella. The walls have glass murals and depict the teachings contained in Jain texts.
Address: General ganj, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, 208001 Timings: 8 am to 11 am and 4 pm to 5 pm Time needed to visit: 30 mins to 1 hour How to Reach: Many options are available Festivals: Mahavir Jayanti, Jain New Year
One of the another popular temples of kanpur, the Dwarkadhish Temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna. The temple is located near the Kamala Tower in Kanpur. It is a magnificent temple in Kanpur. This temple is famous for its swing where devotees swing the Lord Radha Krishna with great enthusiasm.
Address:21/27, Dwarikaheesh Rd, Naughara, General Ganj, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh 208001 Timings: 7 am to 7 pm Time needed for visit Duration: 1-2 hours How to Reach: Many, Local modes of transport Festivals: Janmashtami, Gaur Purnima, Holi
The Bhitargaon Temple is very old temples and one of the very famous temples in Kanpur. It is in Bhitargaon village. The temple was constructed during the Gupta period, one of the golden era’s of Indian history. It was built in the 6th century. The temple got it’s name from the village it is located. It is considered to be the oldest temple of the region.
Address: Bhitargaon, Uttar Pradesh – 209214 Temple Timings: 6.00 AM till Sunset Time needed to visit: 1-2 hours How to Reach: Local transport
The temple of Brahmakuti situated in the city of Kanpur is the shrine of Lord Brahma, believed to be the supreme creator. The temple sits on the banks of the River Ganges. This temple is the only Brahma temple in the Kanpur region other than Brahmeshwar Mahadeva, a small temple . The temple is regularly visited by pilgrims in the town
A temple dedicated to Ravan? Yes there is one in Kanpur.
Ravana temple, is one of the unique temples of Kanpur, and is one of its kind in India. Ravana, who was Lord Shiva’s follower, is worshiped as patron deity here. Ravana was considered an evil man . Lord Ram and his army defeated him during the time of Ramayana. A epic we all know . Every year during Dussehra lots of devotees visit here.
Address: Shivala Area, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh Timings: 8 am to 9 pm Time needed for visit Duration: 1-2 hours How to Reach: Many, Local modes of transport
So friends if you are in town, do visit these temples and I am sure you are going to like it.
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We talked about “Panch Bhota Sthalams” in one of our posts before. These are set of 5 Lord Shiva temples dedicated to the five elements of life i.e earth, water, fire, air and space. The temple we talk about today is Shri Jambukeswarar Temple in Thiruvanaikaval, Tamil Nadu, India.
As we have mentioned before, below are 5 Panch Bhoota Sthalam temples:
So, Shri Jambukeswarar temple is one of the Pancha Bhoota Stalas (the 5 Shiva temples).
The presiding deity is the Appu Lingam – the water element.
It is one of the 275 Paadal Petra Sthalams, where all the Nayanars (Saivite Saints) have sung glories of the deity.
Why should you visit Shri Jambukeswarar Temple
Shri Jambukeswarar is a very ancient Shiva temple and hold a very important place in Hinduism. The temple is one of the Pach Bhoota Stalams and also one of the 276 Devara Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalams.
Shri Jambukeswarar temple was built by Kochengannan (one of the Chola Kings ) around 12000 years ago.
This is one of the 276 Devara Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalams and 60th Shiva Sthalam on the northern bank of the river Cauvery in Chozha Nadu (Vadakarai).
Shiva Linga in the temple is Swayambhu (self-manifested).
Lord Jambukeswarar is facing west and Goddess Akilandeswari is facing the east.
As I mentioned before this is one of the “Pancha Bootha Sthalams” and it represents Water element (called as Appu and hence Appu Lingam).
This is the first of the 70 Madakkovils built by King Kochengat Cholan.
All the three saints (Moovar) have rendered hymns on Lord Shiva of this temple.
It is believed that devotees worshipping here are blessed both in this birth and in next birth. People worship goddess Ahilandeswari here for good education and intelligence, marriage and wishes for child.
It is believed that by going around the fifth corridor (known as “Thiruneetran Thirumathil”) one’s prayers gets fulfilled.
Legend of Shri Jambukeswarar Temple
Once Ma Parvati mocked Shiva’s penance for betterment of the world. Lord Shiva got angry and directed her to go to the earth to do penance. Ma Parvathi left Kailash and came to Jambu forest to do penance. She came in the form of Akilandeswari . She made a lingam out of water of river Kaveri (also called as river Ponni) under the Venn Naaval tree and commenced her worship.
Hence, the lingam is known as Appu Lingam (Water Lingam).
Lord Siva at last gave darshan to Akilandeswari and taught her Siva Gnana. Akilandeswari took Upadesam facing East from Shiva, and Lord Shiva stood facing west. ( Hence this area is also called as Gnanashethram. And people come here for blessings for education and intelligence. Also since lord Shiva is seen as Guru here to goddess Parvathi, wedding festival is not celebrated here unlike other shiva temples)
As per another legend, there were two Siva Ganas (Siva’s disciples who lived in Kailash), ‘Malyavan’ and ‘Pushpadanta’. They always used to fight with each other.
In one such fight Malyavan’ cursed ‘Pushpadanta’ to become an elephant on earth and the latter cursed the former to become a spider on earth. So they both were reborn as Spider and Elephant and came to Jambukeswara forest
They both continued Shiva worship. The elephant collected water from river Kaveri and poured it over the lingam and the spider created a web over the lingam so that dry leaves do not fall on the lingam. However the elephant saw the web and thought it to be a dust and hence tore it and cleaned the lingam. This continued for many days.
The spider became angry one day and crawled into the trunk of the elephant and bit the elephant to death and also killing itself in the process.
Siva, in the form of Jambukeswara, was deeply moved by the deep devotion of the two and hence relieved them from the curse.
As an elephant worshipped Siva here, this place came to be known as Thiru Aanai Kaa (thiru means holy, aanai is elephant, kaa means forest).
Later the name ‘Thiruaanaikaa’ become ‘Thiruvanaikaval’ and ‘Thiruvanaikoil’.
Shri Jambukeswarar Temple Architecture
The temple is a beautiful example of Dravidian Style of Architecture and the immense importance given to temple architecture during chola period.
The massive outer wall covering the fifth precinct, known as the Vibudi Prakara, stretches over a mile and is two feet thick and over 25 feet high
The east facing main tower (Rajagopuram) has 13-tiers and the west facing Rajagopuram has 7-tiers. This temple has 7 main towers and 5 corridors.
Shri Jambukeswarar Temple address and timings
Address: Sri Jambukeswarar Temple, Thiruvanaikkaval Post, Trichy Tamil Nadu 620005.
From 06.00 AM to 01.00 PM and 03.00 PM to 08.00 PM.
6 AM 12 PM
3 PM 8 PM
6:30 AM 7:30AM
8 AM 8:45 AM
11 AM 12 PM
5 PM 5:45 AM
Important Festivals at Shri Jambukeswarar Temple
Vaikasi – Vasantha Urchavam (10 days)
Aadi – Aadipuram festival (10 days).
Purattasi – Navarathiri festival (10 days)
Thai – Thai Poosam, Thai theppam (Float) festival – Special poojas are performed during Fridays of Thai month.
Panguni – Brahmotchavam (40 days)
Car festival and Panchaprakara festival
Hope you liked this information. This is a very very important temple and center for Lord Shiva. People in this region are blessed to have this divine presence near them. Do visit this temple whenever you get a chance.
You would have crossed Hosur road many a times and would have noticed a beautiful temple made in white stone and marble and if you go a little bit further you will notice another newly built temple in red stone. Friends we are talking about Sri Parshwanath Sushil Dham and Sri Suswani Mataji Dham, the two famous Jain temples on Hosur Road Bangalore.
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Sri Parshwanath Sushil Dham – Famous Jain temples on Hosur Road Bangalore
This beautiful Jain Teerath Dham, was built in 1990’s and has since been a landmark on Hsour raod. This place is around 15 mins from Electronics city, the famous IT area of Bangalore.
This Jain teerth was built by the Surana family, and the central deity of this temple is Shankeshwar Parshwanath Ji and a Dadavadi of “Sushil Suriji” marasaheb.
The temple is built in beautiful white stone and marble and the architecture is beautiful one which is seen in all the Jain temples across the country.
There is a Bhojan Shala where you get tasty food. As with Jain tradition, the food is served till 7.00 PM only. Also there is a Dharamshala with in the premises.
There is also a small measeum in the premises.
It is a must visit temple if you are in city.
Sri Suswani Mataji Dham
This is the second Jain temple, just 500 meters from the Sri Parswanath Sushil dham. Again a beautiful temple, built in red stone the temple is dedicate to Suswani mata ji and also have idols of Sri Osiyan Mata, Sri Ambe ma.
There is also a beautiful Shiva temple is premises.
Its a newly built temple is worth a visit.
How to reach Sri Parshwanath Sushil Dham temple
The temple is on main Hosur road.
If you are travelling towards Hosur, it will be on your side (ie. left hand side)
So friends, do take some time out over the weekend and visit these 2 beautiful temples.
How many time have you visited Banerghatta National Park / Zoo. If you are in Bangalore, I am pretty sure that you must have visited Banerghatta once during your stay here. Today I am going to tell you about a very famous temple in Bangalore near Bannerghatta. Called as Sri Champakadhama Swamy temple ( or champakadhama temple ) is a very special temple.
Did you know about this temple ? It is a very old temple built during Hoysala dynasty situated just before the Banerghatta zoo?
Sri Champakadhama Swamy temple also known as sri champakadhama swamy devalayais a very very famous temple in bannerghatta.
Champakadhama temple is a historical temple which we tend to miss. A must visit temple near Banerghatta Zoo.
So let us talk about this bannerghatta temple today. It is one the oldest temple, situated just before the huge granite hill.
Infact you will see two temples one at the starting of the hill and one at the top of the hill.
The one below is called as Sri Champakadhama Swamy temple and once at the top of the hill is called as Sri Lakshmi Narshimha Swamy temple.
The temple was built in 12th Century during the rule of Hoysala Dynasty and hence this temple is of historical importance as well. Apart from being a important place for worhsip, this temple also plays a impoartant role in community building.
Please note that photography is not allowed with in the Sri Champakadhama Swamy temple
OK, how to reach Sri Champakadhama Swamy temple?
Temple is just before the Banerghatta National park. While travelling from Bangalore, you can take Banerghatta Road to reach Banerghatta.
If you are staying in Electronics City / Anekal or Sarjapura area, you can take NICE road and this way you can avoid city traffic. You can exit at Banerghatta.
As soon as you reach Banerghatta junction (“Y”), you have one road , the left one going to Zoo. You need to take the right one. You will see an arch. Take that road. The temple gopuram is visible from far, so you cannnot miss it.
Go straight and you will reach the temple parking area. Enough place to park there.
The temple gopuram itlself is majestic. This is Sri Champakadhama Swamy temple. Lord Vishnu is worshipped as Sri Champakadhama Swamy here. The lord is called Sri Champakadhama Swamy because it is a tradition here to offer Champak flower (Sapinge flower) to lord. There is also idol of ma Lakshmi inside the temple.
As soon as you come out of temple, from backside of the temple, there are steps which goes to top of the hill. There are around 200 steps and not very steep. Easy to climb. These steps lead to Sri Lakshmi Narashma temple at the top of the hill.
The view from top is amazing as well. It is also said that around 2 kms from here is Suvarnamukhi pond (kalyani) and water here has medicinal properties. But we could not go there. We will plan for it next time.
sri champakadhama swamy devalaya timings / bannerghatta temple timings
Then temple timings are 6 to 12.00 and then 4 to 7.00 PM so plan accordingly.
The zoo opens at 9.00 AM and hence you can plan to reach this place by 8.00 AM.
Spend an hour or so at the bannerghatta temple and then you can visit zoo as well.
Some views from top of hill:
This is such a beautiful temple, just before the zoo and we tend to miss it.
Please do visit this temple once and you will want to visit it again and again. It is such a divine feeling here!
Hinduism places a great importance to the five prime elements of nature ie. earth, water, fire, air and space and it said that our bodies are made of these 5 elements. These elements are present every where and so we have 5 shiva temples each dedicated to one of these five elements. These temples are called as “Pancha Bhoota Stalam“. Shri Ekambareswarar Temple Kanchipuram is one of these 5 Pancha Bhoota Stalam’s and is associated with the element of earth ie ma Prithvi
Check our video on youtube.
Which are the Panch Bhota Stalam temples
In total we have 5 Pacha Bhoota Sthalams temples ( each one a shiva temple). Each dedicated to one of the Panch Bhootas or the 5 elements. kambareswarar Temple Kanchipuram is one of them, dedicated to earth and hence also called as “Prithvi Lingam”. The complete list is as below.
The presiding deity of Shri Ekambareswarar temple is Lord Shiva.
Lord Shiva is worshiped as Ekambareswarar or Ekambaranathar, and the Shiva Lingam is known as Prithvi lingam here. His consort Parvati is depicted as Gowridevi Amman. Ekambareswarar temple is one of the five temple of pancha bhoota sthalam temples and hence a very important center of Shiva Worship.
What is Shri Ekambareswarar Temple famous for?
Shri Shri Ekambareswarar Temple Kanchipuram is one of the largest temple complexes in India. The temple complex is in more tan 25 acres and there are 4 gopurams ( entraces) on each side with the southern entrance being 55 meters tall ( 11 floors).
The temple has many big halls and the most famous of it is the “thousand pillars” hall which was built during the Vijayanagar empire.
As per local legend it is said that Ma Parvati was once cursed to become dark like Kali and to get rid of this curse she started doing penance under temples mango tree. Shiva tried to test her by distracting her. But he was not successful. Ma Parvati had made a Shiva Lingam from the sand of the nearby Vegavathi river. Finally she was able to win over Lord Shiva who was touched by her devotion.
History of Shri Ekambareswarar Temple Kanchipuram
It is said that this famous temple of Kanchipuram has been there from 600 AD. So it is one of the oldest temples in India.
This temple was further developed during the empire of Vijayanagar during 15th century. The temple is built upon the area of around 25 acres and its southern gopuram also called as Raja gopuram is one of the tallest in India.
Ekambareswarar Temple Kanchipuram Pooja Timings
06:30 to 07:30 AM
Kala Santhi Pooja
07:30 to 08: 30 AM
11:30 AM to 12:00 Noon
05:00 PM to 05:30 PM
06:00 PM to 07:00 PM
What you should mus see at the temple
Prithivi lingam : Main Shiva Linga, denoting the element earth
Sahasra Lingam – 1008 lingams carved in a single lingam
3500 year old Mango tree,(Sthala Vriksham). Ma Parvathi prayed for Lord Shiva under the tree.
Thousand pillared hall (Also called as Airam kal Mandapam).
Nilaathingal Thundathan(Mahavishnu )
How to reach Ekambareswarar Temple Kanchipuram
Kanchipuram is very well connected. It is 69 Kms from Chennai and 280 Kms from Bangalore.
If you are travelling by Chennai, by road is best option. Generally it takes around 2 hrs to reach.
If you are travelling from Bangalore, by road it will take around 6 hours. Roads are very good so many people tend to go by their own car. It is also better because then you can visit lots of other temple easily there.
Hyderabad today a famous IT hub, is also famous for many historical monuments, museums, parks, gardens and hyderabadi biryani. Ofcourse hyderabad is famous for food delicacies. But hyderabad is also known for some famous religious places. And today we look at some famous temples in Hyderabad!
So if you are in town and have a day or two in hand, do plan to visit few of these temples and take blessings of almighty.
The best time to visit this temple is during the Annual Ratha Yatra in Ashad Month. Other Attractions near the temple is KBR Park.
4) Chilkur Balaji Temple
This place is popularly known as ‘Visa Balaji Temple’. Situated on the banks of Osman Sagar this temple is dedicated to Lord Balaji.
This temple is a bit far from main city, but a very famous temple and popular among people seeking foreign visa. It is one of the unique temples of India. The temple is situated in Chilkur, a small beautiful village around 30 Kms from Hyderabad.
The temple is quite a old temple and is said to be more than 500 years old. A fine example of fine temple architecture of India, this temple is visited by thousands of people and should be a must visit if you are in Hyderabad
This temple claims not to accept any money from devotees visiting. This temple doesn’t have any green channel or extra privileges for VIP’s making it a special one. One of the similar kinds of the temple is located in Virpur (Rajkot), by the name of Jalabram temple. Located at a distance of 30 km from the main city this temple has a very pleasing architecture.
Temple Address: Chilkur Balaji Temple Rd, Himayat Nagar Temple Timings: 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM (All Days)
How To Reach: You can catch buses from Mehdipatnam and Patacheruvu Best Time To Visit: You can visit this temple throughout the year. Remember this temple is pretty crowded as people come here to seek lords blessings for visa. So weekend can be very crowded. Weekdays are best to visit.
5) Ratnalayam Temple
Ratnalayam temple is also one of the most famous temples near Hyderabad. This temple is dedicated to Lord Venkateshwara and also to Goddess Padmawati and Goddess Andal.
The temple has a main big hall where you can see devotees chanting Vishnu Sahashranamam (1000 names for lord Vishnu). This hall is used for meditation.
Located at a distance of around 30 kms from city center, this will be a nice one day temple trip for you.
6 am to 1 pm and 4 pm to 9pm (weekends and holidays)
5) Kesari Hanuman Temple or Karmanghat Hanuman Temple
A very famous temple, dedicated to Lord Hanuman.
The temple is located on the banks of Musi River in Jiyaguda. This 300 year old temple, is said to be constructed by Samartha Ramdas Swami, the Guru of Chhatrapati Shivaji.
It is said that this place is related to the period of Ramayana. As per mythology, during his search for Ma Sita, Lord Hanuman visited this place and at this place he worshipped Lord Ram. Hence Ram Navami and Hanuman Jayanti is celebrated at a grand scale here. It attracts devotees in large numbers.
Temple Address: Pachbai Alwa, Karwan Sahu, Karwan East
Temple Timings: 6.30 AM to 12 PM and 4 PM to 8 PM (all days except sundays)
How To Reach: The temple is around 12 Km from the MGBS bus stop. You can take bus or hire a auto / cab to reach there.
So these are five famous temples which you can visit if you are in town. But there are many other famous temples as well which can be part of your list.
Shri Shyam Temple
Shri Gnana Saraswati Temple
Shri Adinatha Jain Temple
Balkampet Yellama Temple
Keesara Gutta Ramalingeswara Devasthanam
There are many other historical temples in the state of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.
If you have visited any of above, do write to us about your experience.
Shri Kotilingeshwara Swamy Temple – Kolar – Karnataka is located in Kammasandra (Kolar district) in Karnataka. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and hosts one of the largest Shiva Lingas in the world. About kotilinga -Shri Kotilingeshwara Swamy temple The main temple or the main deity is Lord Shiva …
Bangalore, the IT city, called as silicon valley of India is a big commercial hub. But namma Bengaluru has a rich cultural heritage. Apart from the famous IT parks, Bangalore also has many old temples dating back to thousand of years. Today we look at the five famous temples in Bangalore which you should not miss if you are visiting the city.
Below are our list of five famous temples in Bangalore (old and new)
So below is our list of famous temples in Bangalore which you are definitely going to love. Wish you a very happy darshan !
Bull temple bangalore, one of the most famous temples in Bangalore, this temple is dedicated to Nandi, the vahana of Lord Shiva. The Nandi statue in the temple is almost 15 feet and is one of the largest Nandi Statues in the world. The interesting fact about this statue is that it is carved out of single rock.
Every year during the last Monday/Tuesday of the month of Karthik a huge groundnut fair is held at this temple. This fair is also called as Kadalekaye Parishe Festival.
In the same premises we also fine Dodda Ganesha temple, also called as Shakti Ganapthi is also one of the largest Ganesha statue in Bangalore.
So do visit this temple in Basavangudi when you find time.
Location: Basavangudi, Bull Temple Road Visiting Hours: 6 am to 12 pm & 5.30 pm to 9 pm
II) Kempfort Shiva Temple – shiva temple in bangalore
This is a fairly new temple, but a famous shiva temple in bangalore. This temple was built in 1995 and is one of the main attractions on old airport road in Bangalore. The temple is located near the locality called as Murgeshpallya. The Shiva statue is quite big and there is also a cave in the temple premises which has miniature statues of 12 Jyotirlingas.
You can also do some good shopping at the shopping mall in the front of the temple.
Location: Old Airport Road, Behind Kemp Fort mall, Bengaluru.
III) Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple
One of the oldest and famous temples in Bangalore, this is also one of the most visited temples in Bangalore. It is a cave temple and is said to be built in 16th century. People say that this temple is made up of a single rock.
The interesting thing about this temple is presence of stone discs which is an architectural marvel. It allows the sun rays to pass through and fall on the shrine during certain day of the year.
This temple is also famous for idol of Lord Agni, which also is a rare idol with 2 heads and 3 legs.
Location: Gavipura, Kempegowda Nagar Visiting Hours: 7.30 am to 12 pm &5 pm to 8.30 pm
IV) Bangalore Iskcon temple
This is again a fairly new temple. Bangalore iskcon temple is a large an imposing structure, this temple was built in 1997. ISKCON bangalore is one of the largest ISKCON temples in world. This temple is located in Rajajinagar area of North Bengaluru and is one of the must visit temples, if you are in town.
Dedicated to Lord Krishna, you will find beautiful idols for Lord in the temple and you can participate in various temple activities. Do visit bangalore iskcon temple when you find some time!
Location: Rajajinagar Timings: 4.15 am to 5 am, 7.15 am to 1 pm and 4 pm to 8.30 pm
V) Halasuru Someshwara Temple
Located in Ulsoor locality of Bangalore, this is also one of the oldest temples of Bangalore. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and was created during Chola rule and hence is one of the oldest temples of the region.
All these temples are so nice to visit. Both new and old we have tried to give you list of temples which you should try to visit if you are in town!
Antharagange Temple – The Dakshin Kashi, Antharagange is a word in local language (Kannada) which means Ganges from Inner Deep. Why this place is called by this name is a interesting to know, but this place is for great religious important and this place is also referred to as “Dakshin Kashi” or the “Kashi of the South”. Antharagange Temple is a very famous temple of this region and attracts a lot of visitors.
And hence the temple at the foothill is called as “Kashi Visheshwara temple” and the presiding diety of this temmple is Shri Kashi Vishveshwara.
What Antharagange temple ( The Dakshin Kashi ) famous for?
The place is called as Anthargange and as I mentioned before it means Ganges from Inner deep. This place is famous for a natural spring which is a perennial spring and comes out of a bull carved in stone and falls into the pond. The source of water is unknown and people believe that this eternal water spring comes from the Ganga in north and hence this place is called as Antharagange.
The water flows through out the year.
How to reach Antharagange Temple – The Dakshin Kashi?
Antharagange Temple (The Dakshin Kashi) ? is in Kolar district and is around 3 to 4 kms from Kolar itself. Kolar is around 70 Kms from Bangalore. If you are self driving, the best route will be Bangalore => Hoskote => Kolar => Anthargange
Road conditions are quite good through out, though the last 3 to 4 kms are a bit patchy.
You need to climb around 300 steps to reach the temple. Climb is not steep though. Just before the place from where you start climbing, there is a parking lot. But during weekends due to rush parking can be a challenge so plan accordingly. You need to pay a nominal parking fee.
Anthargange, apart from temple is famous for volcanic rock formations and natural caves and hence is it a very well known trekking destination. Just behind the temple, there is a way gooing to the top of the hill and this trekking can be challenging for kids and older people.
When to visit Anthargange temple ( Dakshin Kashi )?
If you are going to visit just the temple, then anytime of the year is fine. But if you also want to trek to the top then summer can be a big challange. Also plan trekking early in the morning. But this hill is quite popular among trekkers.
So do visit this temple and take the blessings of Shri Kashi Visheshwara.