Sri Gavi Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy temple Denkanikottai . This is one of the famous Cave temple near Bangalore and Hosur and one of the oldest Lord Narashimha temple.
Gavi Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy temple located at Denkanikottai is a temple not very far from Bangalore and Hosur. The legend talks about the existence of this temple being 5000 years old, around the time of Mahabharata. It is said that Arjuna established this temple inside this cave and they have stayed here for some time during their vanwas perod.
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Denkannikottai is located in krishnagiri district in the state of tamil nadu .it is around 27 km hosur and 65 km bengaluru.
Why the name Denkanikottai? Legend behind Denkanikottai
There was a demon by name Devakandan who worshipped lord Brahma. Lord Brahma was happy with his tapa and gave him boon of immense strength.
He started troubling the sages as well as the Deva. To kill the demon, Lord Vishnu ( lord Narashimha ) took the form of hunter and killed him with the help of the weapon named as Denkani.
And hence people started calling this place as Denkanipuram. Then it was named as Denkani kottai (fort). Over a period of time people also started calling it as Thenkanikottai.
Story of Shri Sri Gavi Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy temple Denkanikottai
Gavi means cave in Kannada. The temple as the name suggests is a cave temple. The temple is dedciated to Lord Narashimha. Of the 10 avataars, Lord Narasimha is the intense avatar of Lord Vishnu.
It is said that Oandavas during their exile period visited this place. It is said that Arjuna has carved the idol of Lord Narashimha at the cave here in Denkanikottai.
With time temple got lost in the jungles around.
Later in time there was a king named Dharmavarma who ruled this area. He visited this forest for hunting. On his way back to his palace, he noticed this small hill lock. In search of an animal he ventured inside the cave at this small hilllock.
He did not find any animal there, but he did see the idol of Lord Narashimha. He was surprised to find an old Lord Narashimha temple inside the cave in this dense forest.
Sage Kanva used to live nearby and did penance there. He approached sage kanva and took him to this hilllock.
Sage Kanva then told the story of Lord Narashimha and how he killed Hyrunaksahyapa and also how one of the pandavas visited this place in past and has established this cave temple.
The temple today has been renovated and temple gopuram is coloured in golden. It is five tier strucure.
The sanctum sanctorum with the main diety is a cave temple. On the pillars of temple you will find various inscriptions of lord Vishnus various avataras.
Just before the entrance, outside the temple wall there is a stone marked with lotus feet of the lord.
As soon as you enter the temple you will see some stairs gioing down. That is the way to go down to the cave and the main temple is inside the cave as you can see.
How to reach Gavi Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy temple
Address of temple: Sri Gavi Narasimha Swamy & Betaraya Swamy temple, Denkanikottai, Krishnagiri.
The temple is situated on a hill. you can drive up the hill.
There are also stairs going till top so you can also park your car little bit down and then take the stair.
Denkanikottai is 16 Kms from Thali
Denkanikottai is about 27 Kilometers from Hosur.
From Krishnagiri one can reach Denkanikottai via Rayakottai or via Shoolgiri ( around 70 Kms)
From Bangaore its is around 70 Kms
5 km Denkanikoti bus stand
Regular bus from Bangalore and Krishangiri, salem to Hosur and from Hosur to Denkanikottai
This is a elephant prone area as this jungle lies in elephant corridor so it is advisable not to stay late in the area.
Temple is open only from 10.00 AM to 1.00 PM and 3.00 PM to 5.00 PM.
Hidden somewhere in a small hamlet near Bangalore and Hosur a place called as Athimugam, there is a temple, known as Sri Iravadeswarar Temple is of immense importance.
Athimugam is located in Shoolagiri Taluk in Krishnagiri District of Tamil Nadu State, India.
Sri Iravadeswarar temple in Athimugam, Hosur is believed to be a 1800 yrs old temple.
Watch the video here:
Legend of Sri Iravadeswarar Temple Athimugam
This is the temple where Indiran (King of Devas) and his vahana Iravadham got relieved of Brahmahathi dosham.
As the Iravadham or the wahana of lord indra worshipped the Lord shiva here in this temple, it is said the Shivalinga has that image on the face.
Hasthi means Elephant in Sanskrit and mugam means face. The village is also known as Hasthimugam which later got changed to Athimugam.
You will also find the small shrine of Mother Kamakshi Amman standing behind the Iravatheswar lingam within the same sanctum’s sanctorum (Garba graha).
Since we were not allowed to go very near to Shivainga in the temple we could not see the face of Iravadham on the shiva linga.. but the legend behuind this temple was enough for us to visit this temple and pay our repect to lord iradeshwara.
At the outer coridor of the temple you wil find lord Ganapathy and lord dakshinamurty.
The temple has two presiding deities. Besides the one mentioned above, Lord Shiva in the form of Sri Alageshwara Swamy graces with Mother Akilandeswari in a different sanctum in this temple.
This temple is an Irratai sannithi temple ie. there are two moolavars. The Iravatheswar shrine has Appar and Thirugnana Sambandar statues. So it is believed that this temple should have been visited by them.
This is also a temple of Sun Worship. Nandhi (Vahanam of Lord Shiva) is seated slightly away in front of Lord Iravatheswar leaving way for the Surya puja. The rays of Sun fall on the Lord during the first week of Tamil month of Thai (mid January to mid February). As Nandhi is on a side to facilitate Surya puja, other planets (navagrahas) are also in a calm and sitting form. The Navagrahas in this temple are in a calm and seated position.
There is a pancha lingam sannidhi with 5 Shiva lingams in 5 sanctums in a row with Nandhi in front of each Shiva linga.
The Sthala viruksham is Vilva tree. Vilva tree in this temple is about 1800 years old and it is said to be the very oldest, tallest and biggest in the world. The tree is still very lively and majestic.
Lord Murugan is seen with his consorts Valli and Deivanai. Lord Murgan’s vahanam peacock is seen facing the left side of Lord Murugan and it is a rare thing to see.
The temple is specifically beneficial for education and career growth. People pray for removal of obstacles in marriage , for child boon, achievements in education and career growth.
The Iravadeswarar Temple has immense religious as well has historical importance.
We have talked about Shri Varadaraja Perumal Temple before, 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.
Shoolgiri Temple Video
In case you are interested, you can have a look at this video as well:
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
Below is the video on the beautiful Shri Kashi Vishwanath temple at Shoolgiri
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.
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!
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.
In a hurry, watch this video instead:
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!
Selva Anjaneyar Temple is located in Chennimalai, Tamil Nadu’s Erode district. This temple is thought to be over 500 years old.
Selva Anjaneyar Temple Story
Anjaneya is said to have gone through Chennimalai on his way to find Ma Sita, who was imprisoned in Ravana’s Ashoka vatika.
Later, the location where he stayed turned into a rock. This rock serves as the foundation for the current temple.
People began to worship Sri Hanuman fifty years ago, when the idol was placed on the rock.
People have a strong belief that the Panchaloha (five metals) Anjaneya, weighing 650 kg, possesses incredible powers.
There are several Anjaneya temples around the country, the idols are all constructed of stone. This is probably the only temple with a 5.5-foot Panchaloha idol. feet in height It’s a temple on top of a hill.
Even greatest poets struggle to depict Sri Anjaneya’s majesty, heroism, and devotion to Lord Shri Rama, who had completely devoted himself to his service.
This temple is where he is gracing. When their prayers are answered, devotees offer Tulasi garland, sendura, and butter.
Selva Anjaneyar Temple timings
Morning: 6.00 AM to 11.00 AM / Evening: 4.00 PM to 8.00 PM
Selva Anjaneyar Temple pooja options
Special pujas are performed on the first day of each Tamil month and Sri Rama Navami are celebrated with great enthusiasm.
Importance of the temple
It is said that visiting this temple,
Remove fear of death, and the person is blessed with long and happy life
Remove negativities in life, bestow peace and harmony on the person
Frees the person from past sins and karmas
Clear bad effects of Saturn, bless purity and prosperity
Remove long patches of struggle, and gain financial stability
How To Reach Sri Selva Anjaneyar Temple, Chennimalai
By Air : Coimbatore Airport is the nearest airport
By Rail: You can reach Erode Railway station and then take a cab from there
By Road : The temple is situated on the Chennimalai-Perundurai Road. Buses from Erode bound to Palani and Darapuram pass through the temple. There are also town bus facilities from Kangayam and Perundurai.
Sri Selva Anjaneyar Temple Temple Address and contact details
Sri Selva Anjaneyar Temple, Mariappanagar, Chennimalai, Erode district, Tamil Nadu, Pincode – 638051.
I bow my head to salute Rama’s messenger, who has won over His mind, who is as fast as the wind, who has mastered his organs, who is the most knowledgeable, who is the wind God’s son, and who leads as the chief in the army of monkeys.
Sri Mangalanathar Mangaleswari Temple at Utharakosamangai also called as Uthirakosamangai temple in Ramanathapuram district of Tamil Nadu.
Mangalanatha Swamy temple, is a Shiva temple in the Ramanathapuram district which is an ancient temple , and the current construction is thought to have been built at various periods by Pandya rulers, Achutappa Nayak (1529–1542 CE), Muthuveerappar, and other Ramanthapuram monarchs.
The hymns of 9th-century saint Manickavasagar and 15th-century saint Arunagirinathar have exalted the shrine.
Below are the contact numbers which are available on internet. Request you to verify it once.
+91 4567221213 , +91 9442757691
Uthirakosamangai temple history
According to the legends, Mandodhari (wife of the Lanka Samrat Ravana) was very adamant that she would marry only a Shiva devotee.
And hence, she went to Lord Shiva and prayed to him. Lord Shiva ordered the sages at the ashram to take care of one of the veda writings (Agamas) and promised to deliver it to him when he returned. And he came to grace Mandodhari,
Lord Shiva then appeared before Mandodhari as a child. Ravana who came there touched the child as he knew that the child was Lord Shiva.
Lord Shiva tested Ravana by changing himself into fire form. And because of this all the places around the world caught in this fire.
But the sages failed to protect the book and died. But, sage Manickavasagar courageously withstood the fire and saved the book.
Then Lord graced Mandodhari’s wish and Mandodhari married Ravana.
Lord Shiva changed sage Manickavasagar into Shiv Linga and it is said that the sage is still in this temple in the Linga form.
Also There is a 6 ft (1.8 m) tall maragatha Nataraja idol carved out of emerald inside the temple.
The temple has a seven-tiered rajagopuram. There are separate shrines for Mangalanathar in the form of linga. A hall of Saharasralinga has thousand linga enshrined in it.
The temple is considered very sacred along with Ramanathapuram, Sethu Madhava Theertham and Lakshmana Theertham.
The emerald image of Nataraja is anointed with sandal paste round the year except on Tiruvathidirai festival day when special worship is done.
It is believed that even small vibrations can damage the image and hence no percussion instruments are used during worship.
The front hall has linga made of spatika, that is anointed with cooked rice every afternoon.
There is another nice story associated with this temple.
As per Hindu legend, one upon a time, Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma contested for superiority. Then Lord Shiva appeared as a flame, and challenged them to find his source.
Brahma took the form of a swan, and flew to the sky to see the top of the flame, while Vishnu became the boar Varaha, and tried to find its base.
Neither Brahma nor Vishnu could find the source. Lord Vishnu conceded his defeat. But Lord Brahma lied with the help of a thazhamboo (a flower) and said he had found the pinnacle.
As a punishment, Shiva ordained that there will not be any temple on earth dedicated to Lord Bhramha and that all Shiva temples will not use thazhamboo for worship.
But this is one temple, where thazhamboo is allowed for worship . Manickavasagar, the 9th century Tamil saivite saint poet and nayanar has revered Mangalanathar and the temple in his verses in Tevaram, compiled as the fifth Tirumurai.
Arunagirinatha, a 15th-century Tamil poet has composed Tamil hymns which glorifies Subramanya in the temple.
As per Hindu legend, Subramanya was awarded the Airavata (white elephant) of celestial deity Indra at this place.
Uthiram means – upadesam (teaching) and Kosam means rahasiyam (secret) and mangai means Ma Parvathi.
It is the place where Lord Shiva taught the secrets of veda to Parvathi and it is the place where Lord shiva gave dharshan to saint Sri Manikavasagar.
It is believed that Goddess Parvathi is worshipping Lord Shiva here. This temple is mentioned in 38 places in Thiruvasagam , the famous Shiva hymn.
How to reach Uthirakosamangai
Ramanathapuram has a railway station and is well connected to the major cities of the Country via Express / Passenger Trains.
Ramnathapuram has bus station which is well connected to major parts of Tamil Nadu.
You can also reach Uthirakosamangai via train or bus from Chennai or Madurai.
Other nearest railway station- (SRT)SATUR , (VPT)VIRUDUNAGAR JN, (CVP)KOVILPATTI
Thirupullani to uthirakosamangai distance – Around 10 Kms
Ramanathapuram to uthirakosamangai distance – Around 20 Kms, 30 mins of driving time
Chennai to uthirakosamangai distance – Around 540 Kms , 10 to 12 hrs of travel time
Bangalore to uthirakosamangai distance – Around 550 Ks , around 11 to 12 hours of travel time.
Hyderabad to uthirakosamangai distance – Around 1100 Kms
Rameshwaram to uthirakosamangai distance – Around 80 Kms 3 to 4 hrs of drive.
Sri Varadaraja Perumal Temple, Shoolagiri, Tamil Nadu. A very very old temple of immense importance near Bangalore.
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.
The temple I am talking about is Sri Varadaraja Perumal Temple, Shoolagiri which is right on the national highway connecting Bangalre – Hosur – Salem.
The temple we are talking about today, Sri Varadaraja Perumal Temple, is an ancient Vishnu temple. Located at the foothills of shoolgiri hills, this temple is said to exist from Dwapar Yuga.
Varadaraja Perumal 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.
What is unique about Varadaraja Perumal 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.
Varadaraja Perumal 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.
How to reach Varadaraja Perumal Temple Shoolgiri
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Never miss an opportunity to visit Kanchipuram if you are visiting Tamilnadu. October to February is an ideal time to visit.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!