Kalangi Nathar Siddhar Temple & Lord Murgan Temple – Kanja Malai Hills – Salem

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.

Kalangi Nathar Siddhar Temple
Entrance of Kalangi Nathar Siddhar Temple

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.

Lord Murgan Temple
Entrance of 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 !

Have a blessed darshan!


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1008 shiva linga temple

Ariyanoor 1008 lingam temple – Salem – Tamil Nadu

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.

1008 lingam temple

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.

1008 lingam temple
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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.

Main Shiva 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.

Sita Mata Temple

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.


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Temples of Kanchipuram

Kanchipuram temples – The temple town of Kanchipuram

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’.

Shri Varadharaja Perumal Temple - Kanchipuram temples
Shri Varadharaja Perumal Temple

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This is one of the most sacred places for Vaishnavites. The fourth of the Divya Desams that completes this series is Melukote–which is known as Thirunarayanapuram.

Vaishnavites believe that visiting all four places without a break will guarantee one a place in paramapadam.

Shri Ekambareswarar Temple

Ekambareswarar Temple is temple dedicated to shiva and is the largest temple in city.

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)

Shri Ekambareswarar Temple - famous Kanchipuram temples

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Its gopuram, is 59 metres (194 ft) tall, making it one the tallest temple towers in India. The temple is one of five called Pancha Bhoota Stalams.

Shri Kailasanathar Temple

A very very famous Kanchipuram temples, Kailasanathar Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and was built by the Pallavas.

It is one of the oldest Hindu temple in existence here and is declared an archaeological monument by the Archaeological Survey of India.

Kailasanathar Temple - famous Kanchipuram temples
Kailasanathar Temple

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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.

Sri Kamakshi Amman Temple
Sri Kamakshi Amman Temple

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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.

Shri Muktheeswarar Temple

Shri Muktheeswarar Temple
Shri Muktheeswarar Temple

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Another very old Shiva temple in Kanchipuram built during the times of Pallavas.

It is a small temple but with nice carvings dating back to Pallava period.

Very near to bus stand is often missed, but should be on your list if you are visiting the city.

The main deity here is Sri Muktheeswarar and Goddess Sri Dharmasamvardhani Ambaal.

It is one of the 275 Paadal Petra Sthalams.

Sri Kumarakottam Temple

Another very famous temple in the city, dedicated to Muruga. This temple is located on main Raja Street and is between the Ekambareswarar temple and Kamakshi Amman temple.

Divya Stambha at Sri Kumarakottam temple
Divya Stambha at Sri Kumarakottam temple

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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.

Shri Chitragupta Swamy Temple
Shri Chitragupta Swamy Temple

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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.

Shri Ashtabujakaram temple
Shri Ashtabujakaram temple / Image Source

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.

Never miss an opportunity to visit Kanchipuram if you are visiting Tamilnadu. October to February is an ideal time to visit.

Have a blessed Darshan!

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Jambukareswarar temple

Shri Jambukeswarar Temple – Thiruvanaikaval, Tamil Nadu

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:

lementTemple NameCityCalled as
EarthEkambareswarar TempleKanchipuramPrithvi Lingam
WaterJambukeshwarar TempleThiruvanaikavalAppu Lingam
FireThiruvannamalaiArunachaleswara TempleAgni Lingam
AirKalahasti templeShri Kalahasti (near Tirupati )Vayu Lingam
SpaceThillai Natarajar TempleChidambaramAkasha Lingam
All the 5 Pancha Bhoota Stalam 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
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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.

Morning Darshan6 AM 12 PM
Evening Darshan3 PM 8 PM
Ushakkala Pooja6:30 AM 7:30AM
Kaalashandhi Pooja8 AM 8:45 AM
Uchikkala Pooja11 AM 12 PM
Saayaraksha Pooja5 PM 5:45 AM
Ardhajama Pooja9 PM

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.

Have a blessed darshan!

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Ekambareswarar Temple Kanchipuram

Shri Ekambareswarar Temple Kanchipuram – One of the Pancha Bhoota Stalam temples

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


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Ekambareswarar Temple Kanchipuram
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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.

ElementTemple NameCityCalled as
EarthEkambareswarar TempleKanchipuramPrithvi Lingam
WaterJambukeshwarar TempleThiruvanaikavalAppu Lingam
FireThiruvannamalaiArunachaleswara TempleAgni Lingam
AirKalahasti templeShri Kalahasti (near Tirupati )Vayu Lingam
SpaceThillai Natarajar TempleChidambaramAkasha Lingam
Pancha Bhoota Sthalam Temples

Presiding Deity of Shri Ekambareswarar Temple

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.

Ekambareswarar Temple Kanchipuram
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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.

Legend Behind Shri Ekambareswarar Temple Kanchipuram

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.

Ekambareswarar Temple Kanchipuram
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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

Pooja DetailsPooja Timings
Koo Pooja06:00 AM
Ukshakala Pooja06:30 to 07:30 AM
Kala Santhi Pooja07:30 to 08: 30 AM
Uchikala Pooja11:30 AM to 12:00 Noon
Pradhosa Kaalam05:00 PM to 05:30 PM
Sayaratchai Pooja06:00 PM to 07:00 PM
Arthajama Pooja08:00 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.

There are ample parking space.

The route is pretty straight.

Bangalore = > Krishangii => Vellore => Kanchipuram

There are many trains from Bangalore to Kanchipuram.

Otherwise the best way is to come to Chennai by train and take a bus or cab from there.

The temple itself is around 2 kms from Kanchipuram bus stand.

So guys if you are in Kanchipuram, this temple is a must visit. A very important center of worship for all Shiv Bhakts, this temple must be on your list.

Mus visit once in in lifetime.

If you have already visited this temple. Do share your comments / feedback!

Om Namah Shivay!

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Temples near Bangalore – beautiful temples of Shoolgiri

We have talked about Shri Varadaraja Perumal Temple in our previous post, which is a very very old and mythologically important temple of the area. This post Temples near Bangalore – beautiful temples of Shoolgiri, is another attempt to bring you the temples around Bangalore and Hosur area.

When we visit Shoolgiri, we also find Sri Vardaraja Perumal temple and 2 other beautiful temples around which are worth a visit.

So friends do plan to visit Shoolgiri over any of the weekends and be blessed.

Sri Varadaraja Perumal Temple

This is the temple we talked about in our previous post. The temple is a very old one and said to exist from Dwapar Yuga. It said that Arjuna worshipped here during the exile of Pandavas.

The temple is open from 6.00 AM to 11.00 AM during mornings and 5.00 PM to 8.00 PM in evenings.

Sri Kashi Vishwanath temple

Sri Kashi Vishwanath temple

This temple is located near to Vardaraja Perumal temple and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The goupram is quite impressive, though it looks to be newly created. The main temple premises has other god temples as well.

Sri Ayappa Swamy temple

This temple is just in front of Kashi Wishwanath temple. Another beautiful temple with a beautiful idol of Lord Ayappa. There is also a huge standing idol of Lord Hanuman.

Sri Ayappa Swamy temple

What we have found is that all these temples close at around 11.00 AM in morning time and reopen at 5.00 PM and are the open till 7 to 8.00 PM.

Hence plan your trip accordingly.

The way to reach Shoolgiri is very easy. You have to take the road to Hosur and keep going straight to reach Shoolgiri.

These temples are hardly 1.5 Kms from the national highway. You will see the exit markings for Shoolgiri. Do not take that. Take the flyover after that and exit to service road after the flyover.

Please note that once you enter the village, the road is called as dam road, after around 1 kms , you will see a small road going in. The google map will ask you to turn right. But since there is no concrete road, we tend to get confused and miss that. If you miss this turn, then google will re-roue to another 2 kms. So please keep a note of this.

Friends hope you will like this trip. Do visit and provide your feedback.

Hope you liked our post, Temples near Bangalore – beautiful temples of Shoolgiri. Have a blessed darshan!

-Kumar

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Temples near Bangalore – Sri Varadaraja Perumal Temple, Shoolagiri, Tamil Nadu

Friends, if I tell you about a temple which is said to exist from the times of Dwapar Yuga, won’t you be interested? Well let me take you there today. welcome to our new post “Temples near Bangalore – Sri Varadaraja Perumal Temple, Shoolagiri, Tamil Nadu.

Temples near Bangalore - Sri Varadaraja Perumal Temple, Shoolagiri, Tamil Nadu

The temple we are talking about today is an ancient Vishnu temple. Located at the foothills of shoolgiri hills, this temple is said to exist from Dwapar Yuga.

Temples near Bangalore - Sri Varadaraja Perumal Temple, Shoolagiri, Tamil Nadu

Temple History

The temple history dates back to Mahabharata times ( which was in Dwapar Yuga). The legend is that the Pandavas lost their kingdom to Duryodhan in the game of gambling and as per the terms set during the game, they were supposed to spent their time in exile. Most of us are quite aware of this incident of Mahabharata.

It is said that during their exile they wandered at many places and also came to shoolgiri. It is said that when they were here, Arjuna established this temple and worshipped Lord Vishnu.

This temple is called as ‘Dakshina Vaikuntam Hasthashyla Sree Kshethram’ (Vaikunatam of the South).

Here Lord Vishnu is know as Sri Varadaraja Perumal.

Temples near Bangalore - Sri Varadaraja Perumal Temple, Shoolagiri, Tamil Nadu

What is unique about this temple?

Being associated to Mahabharat times, this itself makes this temple a must visit, but few more important points to note is that

  • Lord faces west in this temple
  • Goddess Mahalakshmi faces east in a separate sanctum
  • During Utharanyana period (mid jan to mid july), the sunrays falls on the feet of Lord Varadaraja Perumal during sunset.
Temples near Bangalore - Sri Varadaraja Perumal Temple, Shoolagiri, Tamil Nadu

Temple timings

Please note that temple is open from 6.00 AM to 11.00 AM in morning time and 5.00 PM to 8.00 PM in evenings.

Temples near Bangalore - Sri Varadaraja Perumal Temple, Shoolagiri, Tamil Nadu

How to reach?

The route is pretty straight forward.

  • Bangalore = > Hosur => Shoolgiri
  • Just 1.2 kms from National Highway 48
  • Take the service road at the next left after crossing shoolgiri board
  • Food options – lots on the way.

Please note that once you enter the village, the road is called as dam road, after around 1 kms , you will see a small road going in. The google map will ask you to turn right. But since there is no concrete road, we tend to get confused and miss that. If you miss this turn, then google will re-roue to another 2 kms. So please keep a note of this.

Alternatively you can take a bus from Bangalore or Hosur to reach Shoolgiri and then take an auto.

Conclusion

Overall , this is a temple worth visiting. We were thrilled to visit a temple which is said to be associated to the great Arjuna and Pandavas.

However I was sad to see that the temple is not well maintained. The approach to the temple is narrow and during festivals or special occasions parking can be an issue. This is avery famous Vishnu temple as I mentioned before temple is also called as ‘Dakshina Vaikuntam.”

There are 2 more temples near by. Called as Kashi Vishwanath temple and Ayyappa Swamy temple. You can also visit these temple during your visit.

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Temples dedicated to Sri Venkateswara Swamy ( Lod Vishnu) – similar to Tirupathi Venkateswara temple

Don’t have time to visit Shri Tirupathi Venkateswara temple @ Tirupathi. We have 3 temples around Bangalore, dedicated to Sri Venkateshwara Swamy.

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Lord Annamalaiyar temple – Tiruvannamalai – Tamil Nadu

It has been long we wanted to visit this temple. Has always been on our mind. One of the most grand and most famous Shiva temple in this world. The Lord Annamalaiyar temple – Tiruvannamalai.

After visiting this temple, we felt why didn’t we paid a visit to Lord Annamalaiyar earlier. It magnificent just magnificent!

In a departure to my practice of giving the route information in end, let me give it at the start this time. We drove down to the temple from Bengaluru, but it is equidistant (almost) from Chennai.

How to reach Lord Annamalaiyar temple – Tiruvannamalai

Distance from Bangalore: Approx 200 Kms one way via NH48 and NH 77. Basically head towards Hosur and follow the marking. It is actually on half way through Pondicherry.
Distance from Chennai: Approx 200 kms froom Chennai as well. Via NH32 and NH77.
Just put google map. You are not going to get lost. It is a very straight forward route.
Road conditions: Very good
Eating options: Many on the way

Lord Annamalaiyar temple - Tiruvannamalai - magnificent Gopuram

Ok, now coming back to the temple, this temple is located at the base of Annamalai hills. The temple itself is spread across 10 hectares. It is just huge and one of the largest in the world. The it has four entrance one of each side and each entrance is a “gopuram” which is more than 11 stories. So you can imagine how big these gopurams are.

Inside this premises, the main temple is Sri Annamalaiyar temple and then there are numerous other temples.

The significance of this temple is that Lord Shiva is worshiped here as Agni Lingam. So this temple is part of Pancha Bhoota Stalam ( i.e set of five temple dedicated to lord shiva each representing five elements of universe that is earth, fire, water, air and space).

As such this temple is always full of devotees, but specifically during the full moon day between November and December each year a festival is celebrated here called as Karthikai Deepam. Where a fire is lit at the top of the hill and is seen and worshiped by millions of people who gather around the hill on that day (from across the world).

Apart from this there is ritual of Grivalam which is going around the hill. This is specifically performed by devotees during full moon and the total distance is around 14Kms.

Visit the official website => http://www.arunachaleswarartemple.tnhrce.in/ and you can get more information

Please note that full moon days and Karthikai Deepam days are days with huge rush. Devotees from all over the world come to Thiruvanamalai on this day and hence plan in advance as hotels may not be available.

There are lots of hotels around the temple and provide comfortable stay. You can walk down to the temple from these hotels and from my perspective it is a better option. But if you want a 3star+ hotel you have to look a bit away from temple and you need to drive down and parking can be an issue. So better hire a taxi or rikshaw. As fat as food is concerned, lots and lots of options there.

Sri Ramashree Ashram is also very near to temple and I would say its a must visit if you are there and there are many more temples around which could be visited. Unfortunately we did not had time and hence could not visit them.

But we will definitely go again with more time in hand!

Do visit once you have some time. You will find lots of peace there!

Have a good time!


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