ma durga kavach

श्री दुर्गा कवच – Ma Durga Kavach – Durga Kavach hindi (Chaupai) & sanskrit text

Ma Durga Kavach in Hindi – जय माता की दोस्तों। माँ दुर्गा के भक्तों को माँ दुर्गा के कवच का महत्व बताने की जरूरत नहीं है। यह कवच से माँ दुर्गा की स्तुति करने से मन के सरे डर खत्म हो जाते है। यह कवच आपके और आपके परिवार को सुरक्षा प्रदान करना है। अगर आप Durga Kavach hindi text खोज रहे हैं तो हम नीचे Ma Durga Kavach का हिंदी में पाठ दे रहे हैं जिसे आप डाउनलोड भी कर सकते हैं।


माँ दुर्गा कवच – Ma Durga Kavach ( In Hindi – )

॥अथ श्री देव्याः कवचम्॥

॥जय माता की ॥

ऋषि मार्कंड़य ने पूछा जभी !
दया करके ब्रह्माजी बोले तभी !!
के जो गुप्त मंत्र है संसार में !
हैं सब शक्तियां जिसके अधिकार में !!
हर इक का कर सकता जो उपकार है !
जिसे जपने से बेडा ही पार है !!
पवित्र कवच दुर्गा बलशाली का !
जो हर काम पूरे करे सवाल का !!
सुनो मार्कंड़य मैं समझाता हूँ !
मैं नवदुर्गा के नाम बतलाता हूँ !!
कवच की मैं सुन्दर चोपाई बना !
जो अत्यंत हैं गुप्त देयुं बता !!
नव दुर्गा का कवच यह, पढे जो मन चित लाये !
उस पे किसी प्रकार का, कभी कष्ट न आये !!
कहो जय जय जय महारानी की !
जय दुर्गा अष्ट भवानी की !!
पहली शैलपुत्री कहलावे !
दूसरी ब्रह्मचरिणी मन भावे !!
तीसरी चंद्रघंटा शुभ नाम !
चौथी कुश्मांड़ा सुखधाम !!
पांचवी देवी अस्कंद माता !
छटी कात्यायनी विख्याता !!
सातवी कालरात्रि महामाया !
आठवी महागौरी जग जाया !!
नौवी सिद्धिरात्रि जग जाने !
नव दुर्गा के नाम बखाने !!
महासंकट में बन में रण में !
रुप होई उपजे निज तन में !!
महाविपत्ति में व्योवहार में !
मान चाहे जो राज दरबार में !!
शक्ति कवच को सुने सुनाये !
मन कामना सिद्धी नर पाए !!
चामुंडा है प्रेत पर, वैष्णवी गरुड़ सवार !
बैल चढी महेश्वरी, हाथ लिए हथियार !!
कहो जय जय जय महारानी की !
जय दुर्गा अष्ट भवानी की !!
हंस सवारी वारही की !
मोर चढी दुर्गा कुमारी !!
लक्ष्मी देवी कमल असीना !
ब्रह्मी हंस चढी ले वीणा !!
ईश्वरी सदा बैल सवारी !
भक्तन की करती रखवारी !!
शंख चक्र शक्ति त्रिशुला !
हल मूसल कर कमल के फ़ूला !!
दैत्य नाश करने के कारन !
रुप अनेक किन्हें धारण !!
बार बार मैं सीस नवाऊं !
जगदम्बे के गुण को गाऊँ !!
कष्ट निवारण बलशाली माँ !
दुष्ट संहारण महाकाली माँ !!
कोटी कोटी माता प्रणाम !
पूरण की जो मेरे काम !!
दया करो बलशालिनी, दास के कष्ट मिटाओ !
चमन की रक्षा को सदा, सिंह चढी माँ आओ !!
कहो जय जय जय महारानी की !
जय दुर्गा अष्ट भवानी की !!
अग्नि से अग्नि देवता !
पूरब दिशा में येंदरी !!
दक्षिण में वाराही मेरी !
नैविधी में खडग धारिणी !!
वायु से माँ मृग वाहिनी !
पश्चिम में देवी वारुणी !!
उत्तर में माँ कौमारी जी!
ईशान में शूल धारिणी !!
ब्रहामानी माता अर्श पर !
माँ वैष्णवी इस फर्श पर !!
चामुंडा दसों दिशाओं में, हर कष्ट तुम मेरा हरो !
संसार में माता मेरी, रक्षा करो रक्षा करो !!
सन्मुख मेरे देवी जया !
पाछे हो माता विजैया !!
अजीता खड़ी बाएं मेरे !
अपराजिता दायें मेरे !!
नवज्योतिनी माँ शिवांगी !
माँ उमा देवी सिर की ही !!
मालाधारी ललाट की, और भ्रुकुटी कि यशर्वथिनी !
भ्रुकुटी के मध्य त्रेनेत्रायम् घंटा दोनो नासिका !!
काली कपोलों की कर्ण, मूलों की माता शंकरी !
नासिका में अंश अपना, माँ सुगंधा तुम धरो !!
संसार में माता मेरी, रक्षा करो रक्षा करो !!
ऊपर वाणी के होठों की !
माँ चन्द्रकी अमृत करी !!
जीभा की माता सरस्वती !
दांतों की कुमारी सती !!
इस कठ की माँ चंदिका !
और चित्रघंटा घंटी की !!
कामाक्षी माँ ढ़ोढ़ी की !
माँ मंगला इस बनी की !!
ग्रीवा की भद्रकाली माँ !
रक्षा करे बलशाली माँ !!
दोनो भुजाओं की मेरे, रक्षा करे धनु धारनी !
दो हाथों के सब अंगों की, रक्षा करे जग तारनी !!
शुलेश्वरी, कुलेश्वरी, महादेवी शोक विनाशानी !
जंघा स्तनों और कन्धों की, रक्षा करे जग वासिनी !!
हृदय उदार और नाभि की, कटी भाग के सब अंग की !
गुम्हेश्वरी माँ पूतना, जग जननी श्यामा रंग की !!
घुटनों जन्घाओं की करे, रक्षा वो विंध्यवासिनी !
टकखनों व पावों की करे, रक्षा वो शिव की दासनी !!
रक्त मांस और हड्डियों से, जो बना शरीर !
आतों और पित वात में, भरा अग्न और नीर !!
बल बुद्धि अंहकार और, प्राण ओ पाप समान !
सत रज तम के गुणों में, फँसी है यह जान !!
धार अनेकों रुप ही, रक्षा करियो आन !
तेरी कृपा से ही माँ, चमन का है कल्याण !!
आयु यश और कीर्ति धन, सम्पति परिवार !
ब्रह्मणी और लक्ष्मी, पार्वती जग तार !!
विद्या दे माँ सरस्वती, सब सुखों की मूल !
दुष्टों से रक्षा करो, हाथ लिए त्रिशूल !!
भैरवी मेरी भार्या की, रक्षा करो हमेश !
मान राज दरबार में, देवें सदा नरेश !!
यात्रा में दुःख कोई न, मेरे सिर पर आये !
कवच तुम्हारा हर जगह, मेरी करे सहाए !!
है जग जननी कर दया, इतना दो वरदान !
लिखा तुम्हारा कवच यह, पढे जो निश्चय मान !!
मन वांछित फल पाए वो, मंगल मोड़ बसाए !
कवच तुम्हारा पढ़ते ही, नवनिधि घर मे आये !!
ब्रह्माजी बोले सुनो मार्कंड़य !
यह दुर्गा कवच मैंने तुमको सुनाया !!
रहा आज तक था गुप्त भेद सारा !
जगत की भलाई को मैंने बताया !!
सभी शक्तियां जग की करके एकत्रित !
है मिट्टी की देह को इसे जो पहनाया !!
चमन जिसने श्रद्धा से इसको पढ़ा जो !
सुना तो भी मुह माँगा वरदान पाया !!
जो संसार में अपने मंगल को चाहे !
तो हरदम कवच यही गाता चला जा !!
बियाबान जंगल दिशाओं दशों में !
तू शक्ति की जय जय मनाता चला जा !!
तू जल में तू थल में तू अग्नि पवन में !
कवच पहन कर मुस्कुराता चला जा !!
निडर हो विचर मन जहाँ तेरा चाहे !
चमन पाव आगे बढ़ता चला जा !!
तेरा मान धन धान्य इससे बढेगा !
तू श्रद्धा से दुर्गा कवच को जो गाए !!
यही मंत्र यन्त्र यही तंत्र तेरा !
यही तेरे सिर से हर संकट हटायें !!
यही भूत और प्रेत के भय का नाशक !
यही कवच श्रद्धा व भक्ति बढ़ाये !!
इसे निसदिन श्रद्धा से पढ़ कर !
जो चाहे तो मुह माँगा वरदान पाए !!
इस स्तुति के पाठ से पहले कवच पढे !
कृपा से आधी भवानी की, बल और बुद्धि बढे !!
श्रद्धा से जपता रहे, जगदम्बे का नाम !
सुख भोगे संसार में, अंत मुक्ति सुखधाम !!
कृपा करो मातेश्वरी, बालक चमन नादाँ !
तेरे दर पर आ गिरा, करो मैया कल्याण !!


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माँ दुर्गा कवच – Ma Durga Kavach ( In Sanskrit)

॥अथ श्री देव्याः कवचम्॥

ॐ अस्य श्रीचण्डीकवचस्य ब्रह्मा ऋषिः, अनुष्टुप् छन्दः,
चामुण्डा देवता, अङ्गन्यासोक्तमातरो बीजम्, दिग्बन्धदेवतास्तत्त्वम्,
श्रीजगदम्बाप्रीत्यर्थे सप्तशतीपाठाङ्गत्वेन जपे विनियोगः।
ॐ नमश्चण्डिकायै॥

मार्कण्डेय उवाच ॐ यद्गुह्यं परमं लोके सर्वरक्षाकरं नृणाम्। यन्न कस्यचिदाख्यातं तन्मे ब्रूहि पितामह॥१॥
ब्रह्मोवाच अस्ति गुह्यतमं विप्र सर्वभूतोपकारकम्। देव्यास्तु कवचं पुण्यं तच्छृणुष्व महामुने॥२॥
प्रथमं शैलपुत्री च द्वितीयं ब्रह्मचारिणी। तृतीयं चन्द्रघण्टेति कूष्माण्डेति चतुर्थकम् ॥३॥
पञ्चमं स्कन्दमातेति षष्ठं कात्यायनीति च। सप्तमं कालरात्रीति महागौरीति चाष्टमम्॥४॥
नवमं सिद्धिदात्री च नवदुर्गाः प्रकीर्तिताः। उक्तान्येतानि नामानि ब्रह्मणैव महात्मना॥५॥
अग्निना दह्यमानस्तु शत्रुमध्ये गतो रणे। विषमे दुर्गमे चैव भयार्ताः शरणं गताः॥६॥
न तेषां जायते किंचिदशुभं रणसंकटे। नापदं तस्य पश्यामि शोकदुःखभयं न हि॥७॥
यैस्तु भक्त्या स्मृता नूनं तेषां वृद्धिः प्रजायते। ये त्वां स्मरन्ति देवेशि रक्षसे तान्न संशयः॥८॥
प्रेतसंस्था तु चामुण्डा वाराही महिषासना। ऐन्द्री गजसमारुढा वैष्णवी गरुडासना॥९॥
माहेश्वरी वृषारुढा कौमारी शिखिवाहना। लक्ष्मीः पद्मासना देवी पद्महस्ता हरिप्रिया॥१०॥
श्वेतरुपधरा देवी ईश्वरी वृषवाहना। ब्राह्मी हंससमारुढा सर्वाभरणभूषिता॥११॥
इत्येता मातरः सर्वाः सर्वयोगसमन्विताः। नानाभरणशोभाढ्या नानारत्नोपशोभिताः॥१२॥
दृश्यन्ते रथमारुढा देव्यः क्रोधसमाकुलाः। शङ्खं चक्रं गदां शक्तिं हलं च मुसलायुधम्॥१३॥
खेटकं तोमरं चैव परशुं पाशमेव च। कुन्तायुधं त्रिशूलं च शार्ङ्गमायुधमुत्तमम्॥१४॥
दैत्यानां देहनाशाय भक्तानामभयाय च। धारयन्त्यायुधानीत्थं देवानां च हिताय वै॥१५॥
नमस्तेऽस्तु महारौद्रे महाघोरपराक्रमे। महाबले महोत्साहे महाभयविनाशिनि॥१६॥
त्राहि मां देवि दुष्प्रेक्ष्ये शत्रूणां भयवर्धिनि। प्राच्यां रक्षतु मामैन्द्री आग्नेय्यामग्निदेवता॥१७॥
दक्षिणेऽवतु वाराही नैर्ऋत्यां खड्गधारिणी। प्रतीच्यां वारुणी रक्षेद् वायव्यां मृगवाहिनी॥१८॥
उदीच्यां पातु कौमारी ऐशान्यां शूलधारिणी। ऊर्ध्वं ब्रह्माणि मे रक्षेदधस्ताद् वैष्णवी तथा॥१९॥
एवं दश दिशो रक्षेच्चामुण्डा शववाहना। जया मे चाग्रतः पातु विजया पातु पृष्ठतः॥२०॥
अजिता वामपार्श्वे तु दक्षिणे चापराजिता। शिखामुद्योतिनि रक्षेदुमा मूर्ध्नि व्यवस्थिता॥२१॥
मालाधरी ललाटे च भ्रुवौ रक्षेद् यशस्विनी। त्रिनेत्रा च भ्रुवोर्मध्ये यमघण्टा च नासिके॥२२॥
शङ्खिनी चक्षुषोर्मध्ये श्रोत्रयोर्द्वारवासिनी। कपोलौ कालिका रक्षेत्कर्णमूले तु शांकरी॥२३॥
नासिकायां सुगन्धा च उत्तरोष्ठे च चर्चिका। अधरे चामृतकला जिह्वायां च सरस्वती॥२४॥
दन्तान् रक्षतु कौमारी कण्ठदेशे तु चण्डिका। घण्टिकां चित्रघण्टा च महामाया च तालुके ॥२५॥
कामाक्षी चिबुकं रक्षेद् वाचं मे सर्वमङ्गला। ग्रीवायां भद्रकाली च पृष्ठवंशे धनुर्धरी॥२६॥
नीलग्रीवा बहिःकण्ठे नलिकां नलकूबरी। स्कन्धयोः खङ्गिनी रक्षेद् बाहू मे वज्रधारिणी॥२७॥
हस्तयोर्दण्डिनी रक्षेदम्बिका चाङ्गुलीषु च। नखाञ्छूलेश्वरी रक्षेत्कुक्षौ रक्षेत्कुलेश्वरी॥२८॥
स्तनौ रक्षेन्महादेवी मनः शोकविनाशिनी। हृदये ललिता देवी उदरे शूलधारिणी॥२९॥
नाभौ च कामिनी रक्षेद् गुह्यं गुह्येश्वरी तथा। पूतना कामिका मेढ्रं गुदे महिषवाहिनी ॥३०॥
कट्यां भगवती रक्षेज्जानुनी विन्ध्यवासिनी। जङ्घे महाबला रक्षेत्सर्वकामप्रदायिनी ॥३१॥
गुल्फयोर्नारसिंही च पादपृष्ठे तु तैजसी। पादाङ्गुलीषु श्री रक्षेत्पादाधस्तलवासिनी॥३२॥
नखान् दंष्ट्राकराली च केशांश्चैवोर्ध्वकेशिनी। रोमकूपेषु कौबेरी त्वचं वागीश्वरी तथा॥३३॥
रक्तमज्जावसामांसान्यस्थिमेदांसि पार्वती। अन्त्राणि कालरात्रिश्च पित्तं च मुकुटेश्वरी॥३४॥
पद्मावती पद्मकोशे कफे चूडामणिस्तथा। ज्वालामुखी नखज्वालामभेद्या सर्वसंधिषु॥३५॥
शुक्रं ब्रह्माणि मे रक्षेच्छायां छत्रेश्वरी तथा। अहंकारं मनो बुद्धिं रक्षेन्मे धर्मधारिणी॥३६॥
प्राणापानौ तथा व्यानमुदानं च समानकम्। वज्रहस्ता च मे रक्षेत्प्राणं कल्याणशोभना॥३७॥
रसे रुपे च गन्धे च शब्दे स्पर्शे च योगिनी। सत्त्वं रजस्तमश्चैव रक्षेन्नारायणी सदा॥३८॥
आयू रक्षतु वाराही धर्मं रक्षतु वैष्णवी। यशः कीर्तिं च लक्ष्मीं च धनं विद्यां च चक्रिणी॥३९॥
गोत्रमिन्द्राणि मे रक्षेत्पशून्मे रक्ष चण्डिके। पुत्रान् रक्षेन्महालक्ष्मीर्भार्यां रक्षतु भैरवी॥४०॥
पन्थानं सुपथा रक्षेन्मार्गं क्षेमकरी तथा। राजद्वारे महालक्ष्मीर्विजया सर्वतः स्थिता॥४१॥
रक्षाहीनं तु यत्स्थानं वर्जितं कवचेन तु। तत्सर्वं रक्ष मे देवि जयन्ती पापनाशिनी॥४२॥
पदमेकं न गच्छेत्तु यदीच्छेच्छुभमात्मनः। कवचेनावृतो नित्यं यत्र यत्रैव गच्छति॥४३॥
तत्र तत्रार्थलाभश्च विजयः सार्वकामिकः। यं यं चिन्तयते कामं तं तं प्राप्नोति निश्चितम्। परमैश्वर्यमतुलं प्राप्स्यते भूतले पुमान्॥४४॥
निर्भयो जायते मर्त्यः संग्रामेष्वपराजितः। त्रैलोक्ये तु भवेत्पूज्यः कवचेनावृतः पुमान्॥४५॥
इदं तु देव्याः कवचं देवानामपि दुर्लभम् । यः पठेत्प्रयतो नित्यं त्रिसन्ध्यं श्रद्धयान्वितः॥४६॥
दैवी कला भवेत्तस्य त्रैलोक्येष्वपराजितः। जीवेद् वर्षशतं साग्रमपमृत्युविवर्जितः। ४७॥
नश्यन्ति व्याधयः सर्वे लूताविस्फोटकादयः। स्थावरं जङ्गमं चैव कृत्रिमं चापि यद्विषम्॥४८॥
अभिचाराणि सर्वाणि मन्त्रयन्त्राणि भूतले। भूचराः खेचराश्चैव जलजाश्चोपदेशिकाः॥४९॥
सहजा कुलजा माला डाकिनी शाकिनी तथा। अन्तरिक्षचरा घोरा डाकिन्यश्च महाबलाः॥५०॥
ग्रहभूतपिशाचाश्च यक्षगन्धर्वराक्षसाः। ब्रह्मराक्षसवेतालाः कूष्माण्डा भैरवादयः ॥५१॥
नश्यन्ति दर्शनात्तस्य कवचे हृदि संस्थिते। मानोन्नतिर्भवेद् राज्ञस्तेजोवृद्धिकरं परम्॥५२॥
यशसा वर्धते सोऽपि कीर्तिमण्डितभूतले। जपेत्सप्तशतीं चण्डीं कृत्वा तु कवचं पुरा॥५३॥
यावद्भूमण्डलं धत्ते सशैलवनकाननम्। तावत्तिष्ठति मेदिन्यां संततिः पुत्रपौत्रिकी॥५४॥
देहान्ते परमं स्थानं यत्सुरैरपि दुर्लभम्। प्राप्नोति पुरुषो नित्यं महामायाप्रसादतः॥५५॥
लभते परमं रुपं शिवेन सह मोदते॥ॐ॥५६॥


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Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

वाराणस्यां तु विश्वेशं त्र्यम्बकं गौतमीतटे।

The Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh is home to the Vishwanath Jyotirlinga shrine, which is perhaps the most sacred of Hindu shrines. It is also one of the Padal Petra Stalam of Vada Naadu mentioned in Thevaaram.

The Kashi Vishwanath Temple is situated in Varanasi, the holiest city for Hindus, where a Hindu is expected to make a pilgrimage at least once in his life, and if possible, also pour the remains of cremated ancestors on the River Ganges. The temple stands on the western bank of the holy river Ganges, and is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas.

Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple

In fact, it is a place where Shakti peeta and Jyotirlingam are together. It is the holiest of all Shiva temples. The main deity is known by the name Vishwanath or Vishweshwara meaning Ruler of the universe.

The temple town, is considered the oldest living city in the world, with 3500 years of documented history, is also called Kashi.

 It is believed that Banaras is the site at which the first Jyotirlinga manifested its supremacy over other gods, broke through the earth’s crust and flared towards heaven. This temple is said to be the dearest to Lord Shiva, and the people believe that those who die here achieve liberation.

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Many believe that Shiva himself resided here and is the giver of liberation and happiness. This temple has been rebuilt several times but always continued to hold its ultimate significance. 


History of Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple

The Kashi Vishwanath temple has stood the test of time and politics. It’s tough to date it, but the temple finds a mention in the Hindu “puranas”. The Kashi temple was first razed to the ground by the army of Qutb-ud-din Aibak in 1194 AD when he defeated the Raja of Kannauj.

It was rebuilt again during Iltutmish’s reign but was brought down again. It was rebuilt again by Raja Mann Singh under Akbar’s patronage. But local Hindus boycotted the temple because the Raja had allowed Mughals to marry with his family. Nevertheless, the temple was further restored by Raja Torad Mal.

A few decades later, the temple would be razed again, this time by Aurangzeb, who built the Gyanvapi Mosque in its place. Located within the temple is a small well called the Jnana Vapi (or Gyanvapi). It is said that the priest of the temple jumped in the well with the shivling to protect it from invaders. What can be confirmed though is that at least part of the premises of the original temple were incorporated into the mosque. Some claim that the former temple can still be seen in the foundation, columns and rear parts of the mosque.

The temple, as it stands today, was finally built by Maharani Ahilyabai Holkar a Maratha ruler who constructed the present temple adjacent to the mosque circa 1780.


Legend of Shri Kashi Vishwanath temple

The story goes that once Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu got into an argument over the superiority of their powers. Lord Shiva stepped in as a mediator and transformed himself into an endless pillar of light, or the jyotirlinga, and asked them to find the end of this shaft of brilliance.

While Lord Vishnu conceded defeat, Lord Brahma cunningly lied and said he had found the end. Lord Shiva was furious and cursed that Bramha would henceforth have no place in Hindu religious ceremony. Meanwhile, the places where Shiva’s light pierced through the Earth came to be known as the 12 jyotirlingas and Kashi Vishwanath is one of them.

While the shivling is housed in a silver altar within the main temple, there are also smaller shrines located within the complex of the temples devoted to other Gods.


Importance of Shri Kashi Vishwanath temple

The Kashi Vishwanath temple is one of the holiest places of worship in the Hindu religion and gets anything from a few thousand to a few lakh devotees every day.

Some scriptures claim that several saints and religious leaders such as Swami Dayananda Saraswati, Sathya Sai Baba and Guru Nanak have also visited this temple.

It is believed that a visit to the Kashi Vishwananth temple and bath in the Ganga is the path to moksha or salvation. And if one dies a natural death within the temple, then Lord Shiva himself will speak the mantra of salvation in the ears of that person.


The main Kashi Vishwanath temple among Dwadash Jyotirlingas is in Kashi from Anadikal.

This place is the initial place of Shiva and Parvati, hence Avimukteshwar is considered as the first gender in the form of Adiling.

It is also mentioned in the Mahabharata and the Upanishads. The Vishwanath temple, which was renovated by King Harishchandra in the 11th century BC, was renovated by Emperor Vikramaditya.

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Shri Kashi Vishwanath Live Darshan

Have a look at this Live Darshan Link of Shri Kashi Vishwanath Ji

You can also book tickets online. Check the link below

Shri Kashi Vishwanath Mandir Trust

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Jyotirlinga temples- The 12 most sacred abodes of Lord Shiva

Om Namah Shivay friends. Mahadev or the Lord Shiva is also called as “Devon ke Dev – Mahadev” ( देवों के देव महादेव) . We all probably know that there are 12 Jyotirlinga temples as per Hindu texts.

But what are these Jyotirlinga temples and what is the legend behind them? Where are they located and Why it is different from other Shiva Lingas. Let us try to find answers to all these questions today.

Why Jyotirlinga temples called Jyotirlinga?

We are probably too small and too naive to define a Jyotirlinga. It is the universe. It is the life. It is the Shiva himself present around us.

But let us try to understand the meaning of this word. Jyotirlinga means the Radiance of the Linga the symbol of Lord Shiva. Jyotirlingas are shrines where Lord Shiva has said to have manifested himself as a fiery column of light.

Lord Shiva Statue Jyotirlinga temples

Jyotirlingas are the holiest shrine dedicated to the worship of Lord Shiva. The word is a combination of 2 word – Jyoti which means light and Linga which is Sanskrit means a Symbol . ie. The Symbol of Lord Shiva. Hence Jyotirlingam mean the “Light of Lord Shiva” or the “Radiance Of Lord Shiva”.

Difference between Jyotirlinga and Shiva Linga

The basic difference between a Jyotirlinga and other Shiva linga is that the 12 Jyotirlingas are said to be ‘Swayambhu’ or self-manifested while all other Shiva lingas are established by man (i.e man made).

It is said that these 12 famous Jyotirlingas are places where Lord Shiva appeared in the form of light (Jyothi) and a Shiva Linga was formed there.

It is believed that a person is pure, is a Shiva Bhakt and one who has attained a certain degree of spirituality sees these Shiva Lingas and it is seen as a column of fire piercing through the earth.

These Jyotirlingas has been there from time immemorial and holds a special belief in the Hinduism.

List of 12 Jyotirlinga temples

12 Jyotirlinga temples in India are:

NamePlaceState
Sri Somnath JyotirLingSaurashtraGujarat
Sri Mallikarjun jyotirlingSrisailamAndhra Pradesh
Sri Mahakaleshwar jyotirlingUjjainMadhya Pradesh
Sri Omkareshwar jyotirlingmamaleswaraMadhya Pradesh
Sri Baijnath jyotirlingDevgharBihar
Sri Nageswar jyotirlingDarukavanamGujarat
Sri Kedareswar jyotirlingKedarnathUttrakhand
Sri Trambakeswar jyotirlingNashik Maharashtra
Sri Rameshwar jyotirlingRameshwaramTamil Nadu
Sri Bhimashankar jyotirlingDakiniMaharashtra
Sri Visweswar jyotirlingVaranasiUttarpradesh
Sri Ghrishneswar jyotirlingDevasrovarMaharashtra
List of 12 Jyotirlingas
  • Out of 12, two jyotirlinga are on the sea shore
  • Three jyotirlinga are on river banks
  • four jyotirlinga are located on the mountains and
  • three jyotirlinga are located in villages / Cities

Legend behind Jyotirlinga temples

The Legend of the “Jyotirlinga” is mentioned in the Shiva Purana and it goes as below.

Once Lord Vishu and Lord Brahma were debating over who is supreme. Lord Shiva was witnessing this fight.

Lord Shiva then produced a vast pillar of light and asked both of them to find the end of the light in both directions.

Lord Brahma lied that he had found the end, and hence Lord Vishnu accepted defeat. Lord Shiva got angry at this and cursed Lord Brahma that even though he is the creator of the Universe, he won’t be worshipped.

It is believed that the Jyotirlingas have appeared from that infinite pillar of light produced by Lord Shiva.

So the Jyotirlinga is the for of Lord Shiva himself.

It is believed that originally there were 64 Jyotirlingas out of which these 12 are most important ones.

Each of the twelve Jyotirlinga sites take the name of the presiding deity and each is considered to be different manifestation of Lord Shiva

All the 12 , Jyotirlingas are located at geographically and astronomically significant points

Sri Jyotirlinga Stuti Mantra

सौराष्ट्रे सोमनाथं च श्रीशैले मल्लिकार्जुनम्. उज्जयिन्यां महाकालमोंकारं परमेश्वरम्॥
केदारं हिमवत्पृष्ठे डाकियां भीमशंकरम्. वाराणस्यांच विश्वेशं त्र्यम्बकं गौतमीतटे॥
वैद्यनाथं चिताभूमौ नागेशं दारूकावने. सेतूबन्धे च रामेशं घुश्मेशंच शिवालये॥
द्वादशैतानि नामानि प्रातरूत्थाय यः पठेत्. सप्तजन्मकृतं पापं स्मरणेन विनश्यति॥
यं यं काममपेक्ष्यैव पठिष्यन्ति नरोत्तमाः. तस्य तस्य फलप्राप्तिर्भविष्यति न संशयः॥


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. Read more …..

How was Sri Kedarnath Jyotirlinga temple formed?

There is an interesting story of Shri Kedarnath.

Shri Kedarnath Jyotirlinga is situated in Kedarnath in the state of Uttarakhand. Situated in the Himalayas the ‘Kedarnath Temple’ revered as one of the highest amongst all the twelve Jyotirlingas.

It is said that pleased with the Pandavas, Lord Shiva appeared in the form of a Jyotirlinga at this place.

Hence the temple was originally built by the Pandavas and was later rebuilt by the our revered guru, Shri Adi Shankaracharya Ji.

Closing Thoughts

These were the information related to all the twelve Jyotirlinga. Hope you liked this article. These Jyotirlingas are very powerful and that is why is regarded as the most sacred place of worship.

Try to visit as many of them as possible and get the blessing by Lord Shiva himself. Also reciting the Dwadash Jyotirlinga Strotra is very valuable and helps in getting rid of past lives sins.

So please do visit some of these Jyotirlingas when you have the possibility. Om Namah Shivay!

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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!

famous Jain temple on Hosur Road

Sri Parshwanath Sushil Dham and Sri Suswani Mataji Dham – Famous temples on Hosur Road – Bangalore

You would have crossed Hosur road many a times and would have noticed a beautiful temple made in white stone and marble and if you go a little bit further you will notice another newly built temple in red stone. Friends we are talking about Sri Parshwanath Sushil Dham and Sri Suswani Mataji Dham, the two famous Jain temples on Hosur Road Bangalore.


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Famous Jain temple on Hosur Road – Bangalore – Near Electronics City

Sri Parshwanath Sushil Dham – Famous Jain temples on Hosur Road Bangalore

Famous Jain temples on Hosur Road Bangalore

This beautiful Jain Teerath Dham, was built in 1990’s and has since been a landmark on Hsour raod. This place is around 15 mins from Electronics city, the famous IT area of Bangalore.

This Jain teerth was built by the Surana family, and the central deity of this temple is Shankeshwar Parshwanath Ji and a Dadavadi of “Sushil Suriji” marasaheb.

Famous Jain temples on Hosur Road Bangalore

The temple is built in beautiful white stone and marble and the architecture is beautiful one which is seen in all the Jain temples across the country.

Famous Jain temples on Hosur Road Bangalore

There is a Bhojan Shala where you get tasty food. As with Jain tradition, the food is served till 7.00 PM only. Also there is a Dharamshala with in the premises.

Famous Jain temples on Hosur Road Bangalore

There is also a small measeum in the premises.

It is a must visit temple if you are in city.

Sri Suswani Mataji Dham

This is the second Jain temple, just 500 meters from the Sri Parswanath Sushil dham. Again a beautiful temple, built in red stone the temple is dedicate to Suswani mata ji and also have idols of Sri Osiyan Mata, Sri Ambe ma.

There is also a beautiful Shiva temple is premises.

Famous Jain temples on Hosur Road Bangalore

Its a newly built temple is worth a visit.

How to reach Sri Parshwanath Sushil Dham temple

  • The temple is on main Hosur road.
  • If you are travelling towards Hosur, it will be on your side (ie. left hand side)

So friends, do take some time out over the weekend and visit these 2 beautiful temples.

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Sri Champakadhama Swamy temple and Sri Lakshmi Narshimha Swamy temple – Banerghatta – Bangalore

How many time have you visited Banerghatta National Park / Zoo. If you are in Bangalore, I am pretty sure that you must have visited Banerghatta once during your stay here. Today I am going to tell you about a very famous temple in Bangalore near Bannerghatta. Called as Sri Champakadhama Swamy temple ( or champakadhama temple ) is a very special temple.

Did you know about this temple ? It is a very old temple built during Hoysala dynasty situated just before the Banerghatta zoo?

Sri Champakadhama Swamy temple also known as sri champakadhama swamy devalaya is a very very famous temple in bannerghatta.

Champakadhama temple is a historical temple which we tend to miss. A must visit temple near Banerghatta Zoo.

So let us talk about this bannerghatta temple today. It is one the oldest temple, situated just before the huge granite hill.

Infact you will see two temples one at the starting of the hill and one at the top of the hill.

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Granite hill

The one below is called as Sri Champakadhama Swamy temple and once at the top of the hill is called as Sri Lakshmi Narshimha Swamy temple.

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Front View – Sri Champakadhama Swamy temple
famous temple in Bangalore
Gopuram of Lakshminarashimha temple

The temple was built in 12th Century during the rule of Hoysala Dynasty and hence this temple is of historical importance as well. Apart from being a important place for worhsip, this temple also plays a impoartant role in community building.

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Side view – Sri Champakadhama Swamy temple

Please note that photography is not allowed with in the Sri Champakadhama Swamy temple

OK, how to reach Sri Champakadhama Swamy temple?

Temple is just before the Banerghatta National park. While travelling from Bangalore, you can take Banerghatta Road to reach Banerghatta.

If you are staying in Electronics City / Anekal or Sarjapura area, you can take NICE road and this way you can avoid city traffic. You can exit at Banerghatta.

As soon as you reach Banerghatta junction (“Y”), you have one road , the left one going to Zoo. You need to take the right one. You will see an arch. Take that road. The temple gopuram is visible from far, so you cannnot miss it.

Go straight and you will reach the temple parking area. Enough place to park there.


The temple gopuram itlself is majestic. This is Sri Champakadhama Swamy temple. Lord Vishnu is worshipped as Sri Champakadhama Swamy here. The lord is called Sri Champakadhama Swamy because it is a tradition here to offer Champak flower (Sapinge flower) to lord. There is also idol of ma Lakshmi inside the temple.

As soon as you come out of temple, from backside of the temple, there are steps which goes to top of the hill. There are around 200 steps and not very steep. Easy to climb. These steps lead to Sri Lakshmi Narashma temple at the top of the hill.

Starting of steps leading to Sri LakshmiNarashimha temple

The view from top is amazing as well. It is also said that around 2 kms from here is Suvarnamukhi pond (kalyani) and water here has medicinal properties. But we could not go there. We will plan for it next time.

Steps leading to Sri Lakshmi Narashimha temple

sri champakadhama swamy devalaya timings / bannerghatta temple timings

Then temple timings are 6 to 12.00 and then 4 to 7.00 PM so plan accordingly.

The zoo opens at 9.00 AM and hence you can plan to reach this place by 8.00 AM.

Spend an hour or so at the bannerghatta temple and then you can visit zoo as well.

Some views from top of hill:

Backside view of sri Champakadhama temple
Backside view of Sri Champakadhama swamy temple
Banerghatta from top
Sri Lakshmi Narashimha temple

This is such a beautiful temple, just before the zoo and we tend to miss it.

Please do visit this temple once and you will want to visit it again and again. It is such a divine feeling here!

So do share you experience. Have a blessed visit!

Sanjeev@mytempletrips!

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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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Five famous temples in Bangalore you should not miss

Bangalore, the IT city, called as silicon valley of India is a big commercial hub. But namma Bengaluru has a rich cultural heritage. Apart from the famous IT parks, Bangalore also has many old temples dating back to thousand of years. Today we look at the five famous temples in Bangalore which you should not miss if you are visiting the city.

Below are our list of five famous temples in Bangalore (old and new)

So below is our list of famous temples in Bangalore which you are definitely going to love. Wish you a very happy darshan !

I) Bull temple bangalore ( Dodda Basavana Gudi temple) & Dodda Ganesha Temple

Bull temple bangalore, one of the most famous temples in Bangalore, this temple is dedicated to Nandi, the vahana of Lord Shiva. The Nandi statue in the temple is almost 15 feet and is one of the largest Nandi Statues in the world. The interesting fact about this statue is that it is carved out of single rock.

famous temples in Bangalore
image courtesy: sarvagnya (link to wikipedia)

Every year during the last Monday/Tuesday of the month of Karthik a huge groundnut fair is held at this temple. This fair is also called as Kadalekaye Parishe Festival.

In the same premises we also fine Dodda Ganesha temple, also called as Shakti Ganapthi is also one of the largest Ganesha statue in Bangalore.

So do visit this temple in Basavangudi when you find time.

Location: Basavangudi, Bull Temple Road
Visiting Hours: 6 am to 12 pm & 5.30 pm to 9 pm

II) Kempfort Shiva Temple – shiva temple in bangalore

This is a fairly new temple, but a famous shiva temple in bangalore. This temple was built in 1995 and is one of the main attractions on old airport road in Bangalore. The temple is located near the locality called as Murgeshpallya. The Shiva statue is quite big and there is also a cave in the temple premises which has miniature statues of 12 Jyotirlingas.

famous temples in Bangalore
Kempfort Shiva Temple – old airport road, Bangalore

You can also do some good shopping at the shopping mall in the front of the temple.

Location: Old Airport Road, Behind Kemp Fort mall, Bengaluru.

III) Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple

One of the oldest and famous temples in Bangalore, this is also one of the most visited temples in Bangalore. It is a cave temple and is said to be built in 16th century. People say that this temple is made up of a single rock.

Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple
image courtesy : Pavithrah link to wikipedia

The interesting thing about this temple is presence of stone discs which is an architectural marvel. It allows the sun rays to pass through and fall on the shrine during certain day of the year.

Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple
image courtesy : Pavithrah link to wikipedia

This temple is also famous for idol of Lord Agni, which also is a rare idol with 2 heads and 3 legs.

Location: Gavipura, Kempegowda Nagar
Visiting Hours: 7.30 am to 12 pm &5 pm to 8.30 pm

IV) Bangalore Iskcon temple

This is again a fairly new temple. Bangalore iskcon temple is a large an imposing structure, this temple was built in 1997. ISKCON bangalore is one of the largest ISKCON temples in world. This temple is located in Rajajinagar area of North Bengaluru and is one of the must visit temples, if you are in town.

famous temples in Bangalore
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Dedicated to Lord Krishna, you will find beautiful idols for Lord in the temple and you can participate in various temple activities. Do visit bangalore iskcon temple when you find some time!

Location: Rajajinagar
Timings: 4.15 am to 5 am, 7.15 am to 1 pm and 4 pm to 8.30 pm

V) Halasuru Someshwara Temple

Located in Ulsoor locality of Bangalore, this is also one of the oldest temples of Bangalore. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and was created during Chola rule and hence is one of the oldest temples of the region.

famous temples in Bangalore
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All these temples are so nice to visit. Both new and old we have tried to give you list of temples which you should try to visit if you are in town!

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Have a blessed darshan!

kumar@mytempletrips

Talakaveri – and other beautiful temples in Coorg

Coorg is a very beautiful hill station near Mysore / Bangalore. It is also called as scotland of India due to is scenic beauty. Coorg offers its visitors unmatched scenic beauty , greenery all around, lush green coffee estates, water falls, trekking destinations and lots more. But Coorg also offers its visitors beautiful and mythologically important temples which are a must visit if you are visitng Coorg. Friends welcome to our post ‘Talakaveri – and other beautiful temples in Coorg”

Talakaveri is one of the most important and known destination because this is the place where river Cauvery originates and it has a beautiful temple at this place. We have visited Coorg recently and below are the temple which can be planned in any trip to Coorg

Remember Coorg is area which has many small towns. For all practical purposes Madikeri is best and you can book hotels / homestays here. All these temples are near by Madikeri.

How to reach Madikeri? There are 3 routes

Route 1: Banglore -channapatna -mandya-mysore-kushalnagar-madikeri

Route 2: Banglore-nelamangala-kunigal-yadiyur-channapatna-kushalnagar-madekeri

Route 3: Banglore- nelamangala-kunigal-yadiyur-nelmangala-bettadapura-kushalnagar madekeri

Talakaveri

Talakaveri is one of the most important pilgrimage center in this area and also a very popular tourist destination. Talakaveri temple premises has temples dedicated to Lord Ganesha, Lord Agasthya and Mata Caveri.

River Cauvery is one of the seven holy rivers of India and is also called as Ganga of south. A the temple premises, there is a small tank which is also called as Bhrama Kundike or Cauvery Kundike and this is where the river Cauvery originates as a perennial spring and then again disappears underground. It remerges again at Bhagamandala where it is joined by 2 other rivers, Kannike and Sujyothi. This place hence is called as Triveni Sangam and is also another important pilgrimage center.

talakaveri temple

Near the Bhrama Kund, there is a small temple. The most important day of this temple is Tula sankrama of Makar Masa. It is said that on this day goddess Cauvery appeared on this earth. It is said that during this day the water level of the Bhrama Kund suddenly increases. This is a sacred place for all the Hindus and devotees from across country come here to take a dip at this holy kund!

sage agashtya

After taking bath in the kud, there are rooms where you can change the clothes. Other facilities like place where you can keep your shoes, bags etc is present. You can also have nice prasadam at the annadanam there.

Talakaveri is at the foothills of Bhramagiri hills which is altitude of 1276 m above the sea level. There are around 600 steps which can take you at the peak of the hills and view from there is awesome.

steps leading to top of the bhramagiri hills

Talakaveri temple timings

6 am Temple Open
6-7 am Darshan
7-7.30 am Abhisekh
7.30-5.30 pm Darshan timings
5.45- 6pm Maha Arti
6 pm close

Sri Bhagandeshwara Temple , Bhagamandala

Another beautiful temple and important pilgrimage center of this area, Bhagamandala is the place where river Cauvery meets the other 2 rivers Kannike and Sujyothi and this place is called as Triveni Sagam. Devotees take dip in this holy Sangam.

bhagamandala temple entrance

Just next to this Sangam is an important temple of the area call as Shri Bhagandeshwara Temple.

triveni Sangama

This temple is built in Kerala Style with red tiled roof. The courtyard is huge. This place is around 8 Kms before Talakavveri.

Sri Omkareshwara temple – Madikeri

Sri Omkareshwara temple is also one of the important temple of the area. This temple is dedicated to lord Shiva and is located near Madikeri fort. The temple was built by the king Linga Rajendra II and is unique in the sense that the architecture is heavily influenced by Islamic and Gothic architectural styles.

Sri Omkareshwara temple - Madikeri

The temple is open throughout the year and has no restriction on timings. An important temple of this area is a must visit of you are in Coorg/Madikeri.

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Have a good day!

-Kumar

Famous temples of Amritsar

Punjab or the land of five rivers, is a land of rich history and culture. If you want to experience it’s rich history and culture, a visit to temples in this region is a must. Amritsar is one of the most important cities of Punjab and is famous for the world famous Shri Golden Temple. But Amritsar has many other olders and historically important temples. In our Jorney to temple towns we take a look at Amritsar today. So friends lets look at some famous temples of Amritsar.

1. Golden temple

Counted in one of the most spiritual places in India, Golden Temple, is the holiest shrine for Sikhs. It is also known as Sri Harmandir Sahib. The temple was orginally built in 1604 by 5th Sikh guru Arjan. The temple was destroyed several times by Afgan invaders. It was finally rebuilt by Maharaja Ranjit Singh, from pure marble and gold.

The prime focus in the premises is the tank, the Amrit Sarovar. The shrine lies on an island in the middle of the tank. The name Amritsar is derived from this Amrit Sarovar.

golden temple amritsar
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Golden temple is one of the most important religious destination and sikh pilgrimage center in the world.

Golden temple should be one of the must visit place on your list if you are visting Amritsar.

2. Mata Lal Devi Temple

Mata Lal Devi temple is one of the prominent and mystic temples in Amritsar. This temple is also popularly known as Seesh Mahal.

It is said that, women across country visit this temple seeking blessings for child. The temple is dedicated to the femail saint Mata Lala Devi. It is also said that the temple is a miniature version of Mata Vaishnav Devi in Jammu and Kashmir.

lal devi mandir amritsar

Address: 61/62, Model Town, Rani Ka Bagh, Mohindra Colony, Amritsar, Punjab 143001

The temple is decorated with lot of mirrors and lamps. The idols of dieties are placed in main courtyard and temple has artifact and paintings of sant mata lal devi. The atmosphere in this temple is carnival like and makes it a worth visit.

3. Durgiana Mandir, Amritsar

Durgiana temple Amritsar, is also known as Shri Lakshmi Naryan temple is one of the promient temples of Amrtisar. The temple architecture is similar to Shri Golden Temple.

The temple derives its name from goddess Durga who is worshipped here, but there are also idols of goddess Lakshi amd Vishnu and hence also the name Shri Lakshmi Narayan temple

Durgania temple Amritsar
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Address: Hathi Gate, Goal Bagh, Amritsar, Punjab 143001

The oroginal temple was built around 16th century and the this place is said to be associated to the time of our great epic Ramayana. It is said the courtyard of this temple has a tree where Luv and Kush bound Lord Hanuman after they have captured the Ashwamedha Yagna horse.

4. Gurudwara Baba Atal Rai

Just a short walk from Shri Harmindar Sahib like Gurudwara Baba Atal Rai which is one of the finest Architecture marvels of Amritsar.

gurudwara baba atal rai
By Amarpreet.singh.in at the English language Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2924402

It is a 33 meter high octagonal tower located towards the south eastern side of Golden Temple. This religious site was built between the year 1778 and 1784, representing the nine years of Baba Atal’s life. He was the son of Guru Hargobind Sahib, who is the sixth Sikh Guru and had his Samadhi in this place.

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5. Shri Mukteshwar Mahadev Temple

Shri Mukteshwar Mahadev is basically a cave temple. This temple is located at the banks of river Ravi. The temple as the name suggests is dedicated to Lord Shiva and also has the idols of Lord Ganesha, Ma parvati, Lord Vishnu, Lord Hanuman etc.

It is said that this temple exists from the time of Mahabharat and as per legend, Pandavas spent some time here during their exile and worshipped here.

The cave and the temple is carved on one of the rocky hill and temple is at the hill top. The shivalingam is made up of white marble and the temple also has the idols of other gods.

6. Gurudwara Mata Kaulan

Gurudwara Mata Kaulan is a sacred sikh shrine located near golden temple. The temple is named after Bibi Kaulan who was a holy lady born as a muslim girl who later became a faithful desciple of Guru Har Gobind.

A siant named Mia Mir, brought her to Amritsar where she spent rest of her life dedicated to Sri Guru Har Gobind Ji , performing her religious duties.

Address: Near Golden Temple, Atta Mandi, Katra Ahluwalia, Amritsar, Punjab 143001

gurudwara mata kaulan

Her melodious Kirtans which she used to sing are still played in the Gurudwara. Mata Kaulan gurudwara is one of the most important religious places in Amritsar and a must visit during your trip there.

So friends these are the temples which are must visit if you are travelling to Amritsar. But there are many other temples which should also be part of your list if you have some more time and these are

  • ISCKON temple Amritsar
  • Bada Hanuman Mandir: This temple is close to Durgania mandir and is at walkable distance. It is dedicated to Lord Hanuman
  • Ma Bhadrakali Mandir: This temple is dedicated to Ma Kali and is an ancient temple in Amritsar
  • Bhaiyan da shivala Mandir: A popular Shiva temple in the region
  • Valmiki temple or Ram tirath: Another prominent temple at the outskirts of Amritsar.

So friends, do visit these temples if you are planning to visit Amritsar. If have already visited or live the Amritsar do share your feedback / inputs for the benefit of other fellow religious travellers!

Jai Mata ki!

team @ mytempletrips

Rajarajeshwari & Hanuman Temple – Attibele – Bangalore

I have seen “Rajarajeshwari & Hanuman temple – Attibele – Bangalore”, every time I have crossed Attibele and always wanted to visit it.

I was fortunate enough to visit this temple this weekend.

Attibele is suburb of Bangalore. Located on Bangalore Hosur highway, this place has got superb connectivity from Bangalore and connects Bangalore to Anekal and further to place like Thally in Tamil Nadu.

Anekal, itself is home to many important temples, which I will write more about latter.

The temple I am going to show today is a newly renovated temple. Painted in full golden color this temples looks so impressive that you are not going to miss it if you are crossing Attibele town.

This temple complex is actually a big one and features Lord Hanuman temple, Devi temple and Sri Shani temple.

Rajarajeshwari & Hanuman Temple - Attibele - Bangalore

At the left hand side of the temple premises there is a huge gopuram with a huge Hanuman Statue. All painted in golden color, looks majestic.

Rajarajeshwari & Hanuman Temple - Attibele - Bangalore
Rajarajeshwari & Hanuman Temple - Attibele - Bangalore

The first temple behind this huge gopuram is dedicated to Lord Hanuman.

The next temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga and her various manifestations.

Rajarajeshwari & Hanuman Temple - Attibele - Bangalore

And the last temple in the premises is dedicated to Lord Shani. Since it was Saturday when we went, we would see a lot of people visiting Shani Maharaj temple.

Rajarajeshwari & Hanuman Temple - Attibele - Bangalore
Rajarajeshwari & Hanuman Temple - Attibele - Bangalore

As I mentioned before the temple premises is quite big. There is a good parking place inside the premises. On some special occassions I ahve seen a good riush there, but in that case there are good options to park your vehicle outside.

Over all it is a very calm and quite place, though its on the main road. If you are living in Bangalore, this can be a good half a day trip for you.

I understand that the temple itslef is quite old, but has been renoavted recenlty and hence looks new.

Do visit when you find time and take blessings from all three gods!

Have a blessed darshan!

-mytempletrips

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A fort, a hill and a small and beautiful 500 year old temple

Friends are you looking for beautiful temples around Bangalore.

Today we take you to a small and beautiful temple situated on a small hill-top near Bangalore.

Today we are talking about Thimmarayansway temple situated on a small hilltop in an old village just behind the electronics city, a famous area in Bangalore. This village is called as Bettadasanapura. Today we have lots of development around this village.

But the hill itself is a granite hill, with a bit flat top and temple on that.

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It offers an excellent view of the area around.

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The temple is a fort temple. As you can see this temple is built inside a small fort inside the temple. The arch towards the fort is around 500 mts on the foothill and as you go up, you will see the fort.

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The fort itslef is built just using the stones and there is a small entrance at the fort which will lead you to the temple.

There is no much history available around this temple, but it is said that temple is around 500 years old. Local legends say the Marrhisi Gautham meditated here and temple is built at this spot.

There are 2 temples here. First one is Sri Thimmarayansway temple. Shri Thimmarayansway temple is dedicated to lord Vishnu. And then there is a adjacent temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, called as Kashi Vishwanath temple.

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Inside the temple, there is also a small Kalyani.

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This granite hill offers an excellent view around.
It is also said that some episodes of Malgudi days were shot here, but I am not really sure.

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But, I would say please do visit this small, but beautiful temple.

I was very impressed and I am sure you will like it to.

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How was your trip. Do let us know your comments!

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Arch for the temple entrance

You can also check out some other beautiful temples around Bangalore. There a some nice to visit temple in Hosur.

Dakshin Tirupathi temple – Hosur

Shri Chandra Choodeswarar Temple – Hosur

Kumar

Akshardham temple – A must visit if you are in Delhi

Delhi has a lot to offer to it’s visitors. There are a lot of historical and religious places in Delhi to keep you occupied. Today we talk about a beautiful temple in delhi and is well known, called as Akshardham temple.

We recently visited Delhi and had half a day in hand to go around and we planned to visit Akshardham temple. We would say that it is a must visit if you are planning to visit Delhi and can spare some time out of your schedule.

Image Courtesy: Please note that photography is not allowed with in temple premises and all the photos below are courtesy https://akshardham.com & https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akshardham_(Delhi)

Akshardham means the divine abode of God.
The temple was constructed by Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha
It was inspired by HH Yogiji Maharaj and Created by His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj

Also known as Sri Swaminarayan Akshardham temple, this temple is made of nicely carved sandstone and marble.

How to reach Akshardham temple

Akshardham is a prominent landmark in the city and is very well on tourist map. Hence you just need to tell the auto / cab or taxi guy that you need to go to Akshardham.

Main temple

We took the metro. The metro station is called as Akshardham metro station . The Delhi metro is extremely fast and convinient to use…If you are alone or with a small family then definitely use the metro.

Akshardham temple – Our Experience

As we got out of the station, we walked for about 5 minutes to the entrance of the temple. Also remember that you will have to reach the temple by 6:30 pm as it is the last entry time.

As we entered we were given slips and trays, we are supposed to write our name,residence address, phone number,etc. and submit our phones, cameras and other electronics items. Remember all these are not allowed in the temple.
This whole procedure took around 35 to 40 mins. It all depends upon the rush. Weekends the rush is more and hence more time. Also Akshardham is best when visited during evening and hence rush is more during evening times.

OK, we then head over to the security check which took another 20 mins.

We have to remove our belts, keys, chains,watches etc. and send it through the scanner. This safety procedure needs to be followed.

We also noticed that there were separate queue for males and females. And this becomes a challenge when you are with a big group. So plan your time accordingly and also keep patience as these procedures do take time.

What to do at Akshardham temple

We then entered the temple premises…we were first greeted by the 10 gates, which represents the 10 directions according to Vedic literature. These gates show that goodness will continue to come in from all the directions. The carvings on the walls are just amazing.

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Akshardham temple - beautiful temples around delhi

There are couple of things to do there. Main temple of course needs to be visited. Apart from that there is a exhibition showcasing our cultural values and then in the evening there is a water show.

There is a fee for Exhibition and Water Show. Water show is only in the evening.

Before entering the main temple you can deposit the shoes at footwear deposit counter.. There was simple science that fascinated us The
temple had blackish brown and white tiles. we were supposed to walk on the white tiles as they were not hot at all!!!

As we entered the temple we were amazed to see so many sculptures, Akshardham Temple comprises 200 sculptured stone figures of India’s sages, monks, Acharyas and divine incarnations. It also consists of
234 ornately carved pillars, 9 ornate domes, Gajendra Pith and 20,000 statues of divine figures of India.

The detail were amazing, every corner was sculpted to represent some or the other holy figure, the domes and everything had been detailed very carefully and creatively.

Akshardham temple - beautiful temples around delhi

There are many small snacks stalls in the temple premises and you can buy anything if you are really hungry.


The temple has 11 feet high beautiful statue of Lakshmi Narayan and other statues of Shiva Parvati, Radha Krishna and Sita Ram within the memorial. The theatre within the premises, which is known as Nilkantha. It reflects the events from the life of God Swaminarayan.

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The temple has also achieved a place in the Guinness Book of World Records. On 17 December, 2007, the Akshardham Temple was declared as The Largest Comprehensive Hindu `temple in the World by the
International Organization.

Akshardham temple - beautiful temples around delhi

Overall, it was an amazing experience visiting Akshardham. It is definitely a must visit if you are visiting Delhi.

Image Courtesy: Please note that photography is not allowed with in temple premises and all the photos below are courtesy https://akshardham.com & https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akshardham_(Delhi)

You can visit above website for more information about the temple.

-Kumar

Check out another beautiful temple – Devi Patan, Tulsipur, Uttar pradesh

Someshwara Temple – Kolar – Karnataka

Today we take you to Sri Someshwara Temple Kolar. We have covered a lot about Kolar in our many of previous posts. There are many beautiful temples in and around Kolar which are of great religious and historical importance.

We have written about Kolaramma temple, Sri Kotilingeshwara Temple, Avani temple, Sri Kurudumule Ganesha temple, Sri Anjenaya Swamy temple (ardhigiri), Sri Bangaru Tirupati temple all of which are in / Around Kolar and are must visit. Follow the link to read more about them.

Sri Someshwara temple Kolar is also one of the very old temples of Kolar region. More than 1000 years old, this temple was also built during Chola , Chalukya and Vijanagara dynasities. A good example of Vijayanagra style of architecture.

The goupuram, ie, the entrance of temple is huge. It looks just majestic.

Someshwara Temple Kolar
The Majestic Gopuram of Sri Someshwara Temple

The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva ( worshipped as Lord Someshwara here). This temple is at walking distance from Kolaramma temple and hence you can club both the temples during one visit.

The view from temple entrance is equally impressive. The “Dhwaja Stambh” can be seen from outside.

Someshwara Temple Kolar
Someshwara Temple Kolar
Another view of Dhawaja Stambh

As you enter inside you will find that the main temple structure. A classic example of dravidian temple architecture. The square sanctum is surrounded by narrow passage way for people to do parikrama.

Someshwara Temple Kolar
Someshwara Temple Kolar
The narrow passageway

The carvings on the pillar are also worth seeing.

There are a lot of carvings on the pillar of temples. Various mythological characters are depicted along with animals like horses.

Someshwara Temple Kolar
Someshwara Temple Kolar

The main temple premises has Kalyan Mantappa and Vasantha Mantappa, apart from Mukha Mandap.

Someshwara Temple Kolar

It would be a nice trip, I assure you. If you are in Bangalore, it takes around 90 mins to reach there and an hour or so for both Someshwara temple and Kolaramma temple. Hence can be covered in a half a day trip.

Directions to Someshwara Temple Kolar:

You need to reach Kolar. The temple is very near to the national highway (approx 2 to 3 kms). Google maps are best. But below are my comments on 2 main routes. ( The directions are same as Kolaramma temple directions and both the temples are at walking distance from each other)

  • Bangalore -> Hoskote -> Kolar -> Someshwara temple
  • Bangalore -> Sarjapura – >Malur -> Kolar – > Someshwara temple

Remember, the temple closes at around 1.30 PM and then reopens at 4.00 PM and hence it is very important that you plan accordingly.

So do plan to visit and let us know your experience!

Have a wonderful trip

Sanjeev@mytempletrips

sai chalisa

Planning for trip to Shridi during summer holidays – Some tips to help you plan

There is hardly anyone who does not know about the Shri Shridi Sai Baba, and Shridi , the land of Sai.

We were fortunate to visit Shri Shridi Sai baba temple and below are some of our experiences which might help you to plan your visit in case you are planning to go.

Visiting Shri Shridi Sai Baba temple is a very blessing experience. This place is full of positive energy.

This was our visit after a gap of 10 years and hence a lot has changed. If you are also going there first time or after a long gap, this might help.

How to reach Shirdi?

If you are planning to go by your own car, then best is to follow google maps. Google (maps) are now part of our lives like roti, kapda and makan 🙂

For others there is Shridi railway station (station code: SNSI) and Shridi Airport (SAG). As most people travel to Shridi by train below are couple of points to know!

  • Shridi station (SNSI) has few trains and hence the other good option is to travel till Kopargaon (KPG). Kopargaon is on main line and hence lot of trains cross kopargaon (Kopargaon is 15kms from Shirdi). Once you get down at Kopargoan you will find lot of auto and small taxis (shared ones) offering a ride to Shridi for rs 50 to 60 per person. Now this can be negotiated, remember this.
  • Then you can also book a full auto or small taxi (mahindra ace etc). They will generally ask for Rs 700 and but if you are good at negotiation you can book it for 400 as well .. in general they end up with 400 to 500 INR. So don’t just agree to what the auto guys say at kopargaon. Negotiate
  • Third point, if you are booking a full auto/taxi, then agree in advance that they will take you to the hotel and in case there is a issue with hotel address, they will find you the correct hotel with out any extra charge. This is very important as many hotel names are similar there and once you reach to a hotel which is not actually what you booked, the taxi/auto guy will ask for extra money to find and take you to right hotel and some times they also do this purposefully to make money.

Your Stay at Shridi (Hotel)

Remember Shridi is a religious place and hence it is not a luxry vacation destination. There are few luxry hotels as well there, but I am more talking about regular hotels around the temple. So here are some tips

  • Best is to book hotels around Gate 2 and 3. They give you the best access to temple.
  • Don’t expect hotel to be great, basic amenities should be there. But being a dry place, we suggest that you book AC room(s) at-least in summer. You will really need a good night sleep if you are staying overnight right? Make sure that AC works as soon as you enter the room.
  • Important point – many hotel guys ask you to deposit some advance amount before you travel and then only confirm the booking and when you reach there they again ask you to deposit full amount and would say that they will refund the excess amount once you check out. This is a bit wiered. But if you are asked to deposit room rent in advance, insist on paying only the difference amount.
  • If you order something at room, they will generally ask for the payment immediately. Do ask for the bill in that case. You need to make sure that it’s not added to you room rent during check out.

Your Visit to Shri Shridi Sai Baba Temple

I assume that you are planning to visit now. Remember that exams are over and summer holidays have started. There will be huge rush. Though it isvery hot weather, but that will not deter Sai devotees visiting Shri Sai Baba temple 🙂 . So plan in such a way that you have time in hand for all the activities you do. Some tips from our experience

  • If you are planning to go for morning aarti at 4.30, you need to be there well before in time. Many a times people start reaching the waiting area as early as 1.00 AM and hence the queue gets long by 4.30 AM
  • During normal season the regular visit to temple (from entry to exit), takes 1 to 2 hrs. During rush hours and special occasions it might take 3 hours or more. And this time does not include the time you spend in taking pass for darshan.

So let me give you the steps:

  • There is a token counter near gate 1 / 2. You need to take token first ( now it is a bio-metric system to get token). Free for regular queue and Rs 200/- ( at the time of writing this post) for VIP darshan.
  • Deposit your luggage at Luggage counter ( no charge). Anything you have like a bag pack, any metal item (except keys) etc needs to be deposited.
  • Deposit your mobile phone at mobile phone deposit counter ( Rs 5 /- per mobile).
  • Deposit your footwear at footwear deposit counter.
  • Camera and Phones are not allowed inside the temple
  • Then go to Entry Gate ( it is in front of coupon counter)
  • Once you have had the Darshan, you come out and then you can visit a Shri Shridi Sai baba Dhuni and a small Sai baba meusum.
  • There is a donnation counter where you can donate any amount you wish to under various heads like “Annadan”, “Ambulance Service”, “Education” etc
  • You will get some prasad packets once you come out of main temple and you can buy some more in case you need to.
  • You can exit from Gate 3 or 4.
  • There are few other places you can visit in/around Shirdi. Most important being “Shani Signapur” and “Sai Heritage Village”.

Some important points to note:

  • All shops will try to sell lot of items to you including a flower garland (starting from Rs 20 to Rs 150), Chaddar for Sai Baba ( it again depends on what size and what kind of cloth you take). Some other pooja stuff and once you stop at their shop they try to do this in a hurry so that you do not ask much questions on price extra or hesitate to ask. If you do not ask properly the whole pooja package will easily cost you 1000 bucks. So our tip for you is take your time in choosing the items and ask for price of each and every item and then decide.
  • Then, they will say phone and cameras are not allowed and as a service they offer free locker. Don’t go for free locker. As I have mentioned before, there are lockers available at coupon counter. Same is true for foot wear.

And once you are out of temple and darshan is done don’t forget to eat Sai Prasad at “Prasadalaya”. It will be a divine experience.

Prasadalaya is a bit far from temple so better take a auto or you can board free buses to Prasadalaya (you might have to wait though for your turn). A prasadalaya , take the coupons and wait for your turn.

Your visit to Shani Signapur

Shani Signapur is the most famous Shani temple and is around 75 kms from Shirdi. And hence a trip to Shirdi also means a trip to Shani Signapur 🙂

This village is also famous for the fact that no house in the village has a door and lock. It is believed that the Lord Shani is taking care of this place. There has not been any incident of theft in this village. Lord Shani is said to be Swyambhu here. So how to go Shani Signapur and tips from us.

  • Shani Signapur is 75 kms from Shirdi and that is a long distance. Last 25 kms of the stretch is under construction and hence a lot of dust on the road. Also during summer it is very very hot and dry. So remember these points specifically if you are with kids.
  • From Shirdi, you can take shared taxi, costs around Rs 150 per person (for complete journey i.e to Signapur, Vsiting temple and back to Shirdi). But remember this is negotiable. You can bargain up to Rs 100 per person.
  • Our suggestion is that if you are with kids, avoid shared taxi. Better book a car, the cost will be around Rs 1000 for the journey (that is Shani Signapur and back to Shirdi). If you negotiate, you will be able to book in Rs 800/-.
  • In Signapur, the taxi guy will stop in front of his known shop and they try to sell lot of things. Please note that main thing to offer Shri Shani maharaj is oil. These guys try to sell around 250ml oil for Rs 150. (minimum). But you can buy oil near main temple, there are small bottles of oil costing Rs 20 to Rs 50 and that can be given in offering. You can take other items based on your requirement.
  • Make sure that you carry water bottles with you and keep yourselves and kids hydrated. It is going to be very hot this time.

So above were some tips based on our experience. I feel that you should give at-least 2 days in Shirdi. There are many websites which can give you some good information on Shirdi.

https://www.sai.org.in : website for Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust

The trust also offers a very affordable accommodation at Shirdi and you can use below link to check and book accommodation.

https://www.sai.org.in/en/accomodations
https://www.shrisainivas.com/

For booking Darshan and Aarti services online you can visit below

https://online.sai.org.in/#/login

We hope that you liked the above information. It is indeed a divine feeling to visit Shri Shirdi Saibaba Temple. Do enjoy your stay there and have a blessed darshan.

Do write back your experience.

Om Sai Ram!

Kumar@mytempletrips

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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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