Friday, November 28, 2014

Sri Subramanya Swamy temple , Vishweshwarapuram , Bangalore

subramanya temple

Sri Subramanya Swamy temple is one of the oldest and famous temple in the heart of the Bangalore, situated in Sajjan Rao Circle, V V Puram, Bengaluru. The temple attracts lot of devotes through out the year and especially on Tuesdays, Shravana Masa, Shasti and on special occasions like Subramanya Shasti (Skanda Sashti).
subramyana vvpuram

Annual festival is held during the Subramanya Shasti where the lord is taken on a procession on a silver chariot.

silver chariot

Sri Subramanya Swamy
Sajjan Rao Circle
lord subramanya
silver chariot procession

This place is also famous for the 'Food Street', a hub for every foodie in Bengaluru would like to visit to fulfill their gastronomic cravings. People gather here in thousands during the silver chariot procession to get blessings as well to enjoy the foodie delight in thindi bedi (food street).

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Meenakshi Temple - Madurai

meenakshi amma
Meenakshi Temple is dedicated to lord Parvati who is known as Meenakshi and Shiva who is known as Sundareswara  in this temple. The temple is located in the southern bank of river Vaigai and is situated in  the heart of  the city of  Madurai, Tamil Nadu in South India, covering an area of 17 acres, the entire city being  built around it.
The temple complex has 14 gateway towers called gopurams, ranging from 45-50m in height, the tallest tower being the southern tower, 51.9 metres (162 feet) high along with two golden sculptured vimana gopuram.
All fourteen towers have been segregated   based on the stages they are:
  • 4 Rajagopurams – Nine tier gopurams ranging from 152 feet to 162 feet with carving of mythological stories
  • 1 Seven tier – Chittirai gopuram is about 177 feet in height and contains 730 aesthetic sculptures of exquisite refinement
  • 5 Five tier gopurams above Swami Sannidhi
  • 2 Three tier  gopurams above amma sannidhi
  • 2 Golden gopurams
meenakshi temple
The main shrine of Meenakshi and Sundareswarar are surrounded by three enclosures and each of these are surrounded by four minor towers the outer tower is larger and higher as compared to the corresponding inner one. Both the Meenakshi and Sundareswarar shrines have gold plated Vimanam (tower over sanctum). The area covered by the shrine of Sundareswarar is exactly one fourth of the area of the temple and that of Meenakshi is one fourth of that of Sundareswara.
Temple is also famous for many halls, some of the very famous ones are:
  • Kilikoondu Mandapam (“bird cage corridor”) is the hall surrounding the sanctum of the Meenakshi amma
  • Kambatadi Mandapam (“Hall of temple tree”) is the hall with seated Nandi
  • Puthu Mandapam (“new hall”) is constructed by Tirumala Nayak which contains a large number of sculptures
  • Ashta Shakthi Mandapam (“Hall of eight goddess”) is the first hall in the entrance of Meenakshi shrine tower near to East Tower
  • Viravasantharaya Mandapam is a large hall with a huge corridors to the south of the pillared hall
  • The Mangayarkarasi mandapam is a newly built hall situated opposite to the marriage halls and bears the name of saindy queen
  • Mudali Pillai Mandapam or Iruttu Mandapam (Dark hall) is a wide and long hall built by Muthu Pillai during 1613
  • The Meenakshi Nayakkar Mandapam (“Hall of 100 pillars”) has two rows of pillars carved with images of yali (mythological beast with body of lion and head of an elephant), commonly used as the symbol of Nayak power. It is situated to the north of Sundareswarar flag staff hall.
  • Thousand Pillar Hall was built in 1569 with a excellence of the engineering and artistic skill. The pillars in the hall are carved in the Dravidian style, there are 985 halls instead of 1000 pillars.

The most important festival associated with the temple is the “Meenakshi Thirukalyanam” (The divine marriage of Meenakshi) that is celebrated in April every year. 

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Sri Kshetra Jarni Narasimhaswamy Temple, Bidar

Sri Narasimha Swamy Temple at Bidar (Narasimha Jhira Water Cave Temple):
Narasimha Swami Temple is known to be a sacred temple for a Hindu devotee. This water cave temple virtually runs into a cave with water measuring 300 meters. The temple is a powerful deity of Lord Narasimha as per the belief where one has to wade through water up to chest height to have darshan of the idol. It s a thrilling experience to travel through the cave as there is natural water within it. The bats and owls sitting on the roof top of cave are harmless to the devotees. The place is surrounded by picturesque valley.

This is an old Hindu cave temple dedicated to Lord Narasimha. It is excavated in a tunnel, A legend says that Vishnu after Killing Hiranyakashyap, slew another giant named Jharasura. While breathing his last breath, Jharasura beseeched Vishnu to reside in the cave in which he was living and to grant boons to devotees. Granting last wish of his, Narasimha came to live in the cave. There is a roughly carved image of Narasimha on a stone wall at the end of the cave.

For seeing the deity, the visitor has to wade through a canal of 91 meter. The flow of water in the channel is continuous. The depth of the water in the channel is generally 1.37 meters. A good number of devotees visit this temple. Papnash Kshetra is another sacred place of Bidar city. The Shivaling hear is worshiped with much devotion.

How to reach:

  • By Air: The nearest airport is Begumpet international airport (Hyderabad)(just 120km)
  • By Rail: Bidar is connected by well maintained rail network running to Hyderabad and Bangalore. 
  • One can also travel to Gulbarga city from where take a bus to reach Bidar within one and half hours.
  • By Road: Regular luxury buses run from Bangalore via Hyderabad on NH 7 and NH9; the journey takes nearly 16 hours.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Gunti Anjaneya Swamy Temple, Vinukonda

This Temple has very famous history in Ramayana. The place vinukonda historically called as Srutha giri. After that it became as vinna konda or vinukonda.

Here in this his Lord Rama heard that Ravana took Sita to Lanka from Jatayuvu. That's why it was known in the history as "Sruthagiri" means listened.

It was known as Tapa Anjaneya swami means Postman. He was behaved like a Postman between Rama and Sita in the Ramayana. He started his journey to Lanka from this place only.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Sri Venkateswara Temple in Tirumala, Tirupati

venkateswara temple

Sri Venkateswara Temple in Tirumala, Tirupati is one of the famous Hindu temple in South India. Temple is located on the seventh peak of Venkatadri hill also known as Venkatachala or Venkata Hill. The Tirumala Hill comprises seven peaks namely Seshadri, Neeladri, Garudadri, Anjanadri, Vrushabhadri, Narayanadri and Venkatadri. The main deity of the lord Venkateswara is also worshiped here by various other names like Balaji, Govinda and Srinivasa. The main sanctum (Garbha Gruha) is beneath a gilt dome Ananda Nilaya Divya Vimanam also known as Vimana Gopuram.

gilt gopuram tirumala

Lord Venkateshwara is offered pooja at six times in a day starting from Usha Kala (before sunrise), Pratha kala (after sunrise and finish before noon), Madhyanika (at noon), Aparahana (when the sun starts to descend), Sandhya Kala (around the sunset) and end at Ardharatri (when the horizon is completely dark).

Every year 1000s of pilgrims visit this temple in the world and devotees visiting the temple offer money and gold to Venkateshwara Hundi (Donation Pot) as a token of their love towards lord. Temple offers world famous Tirupati Laddu as prasadam to all devotees visiting the temple.

Tirumala hills are located in Tirupati in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh. It is around 600 km (370 mi) from Hyderabad, 138 km (86 mi) from Chennai and 291 km (181 mi) from Bangalore.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Kateel Sri Durga Parameshwari Temple

kateel durga parameshwari devi
Kateel is a town in the Dakshina Kannada district of Karnataka, India. The town is famous for Goddess Durga Parameshwari temple located on the bank of river Nandini. “Kati” means waist and “Ila” means earth. So ‘Katil’/‘Kateel’ stands for the center of the river Nandini where Devi emerged in the form of 'Linga'.

shree durga parameshwari temple

History: As per the legend, Goddess killed demons Shumbha and Nishumbha. However Arunasura, one of their ministers fled from the battlefield and saved his life. Later he became the leader of the demons. He began to disturb the sages and destruct their Yajnahs. As a result, the Devas stopped raining, which resulted in total draught and scarcity of water and food grains on the earth. Moved by the pathetic conditions of the people Maharshi Jabali, the sage decided to perform a Yajnah and sought help of Lord Indra. He approached Devendra and requested him to send Kamadhenu (a sacred cow) with him to the earth for the ritual. Devendra agreed to this, however Kamadhenu was away in Varunaloka, so he ordered her daughter Nandhini to accompany Jabali to the earth. Nandini however refused to accompany Jabali as she termed it the land of sinners. The sage repeatedly requested Nandini to accompany him however she refused to honor his request. The angry Jabali cursed her to flow as a river on the earth. Nandini prayed Jabali for mercy, kindhearted sage advised her to pray Adhishakti for relief from the curse. Pleased by her deep meditation Goddess appeared before Nandini and told her that she has to flow as a river as a result of the curse, because nobody can trespass the curse of a holy sage. However she assured that ‘she would take birth as her daughter and purify Nandini from the curse’. Satisfied by the assurance by goddess Nandini emerged as a river from Kanakagiri and made the earth green once again.

Meanwhile Arunasura acquired a boon from Brahma, which made him free from death by Trinity, Devatas, men or women or by any two legged, or four legged animals & creatures. Goddess Saraswathi also blessed him with Gayathri Mantra. With this boon he became very powerful and defeated the Devatas and conquered Heaven. The devatas went to Adhishakthi for the rescue. Since Arunasura was reciting Gayathri Manthra even goddess wasn’t able to kill him and suggested them to send Brihaspathi to distract Arunasura from reciting of Gayathri manthra. As suggested by Goddess, Guru Brihaspathi approached Arunasura and flattered him by saying he himself is divine and no need of any meditation. Arunasura believing Brihaspathi’s words stopped meditating Gayathri Manthra and started vainly felling that he was more than God himself. As promised to the Devatas, Goddess reincarnated herself as Mohini (a charming woman) appeared before the demon Arunasura, who was flattered by her beauty, decided to marry her and proposed her. However she opposed to the demons request and teased him as coward for fleeing from war field to save his life from the lady who killed his masters Shumbha & Nishumbha. He became furious and tried to overpower her, but she disappeared inside a rock. Arunasura broke the rock with his sword and suddenly a vast swarm of bees emerged from the rock and stung him. Devi had taken the form of a big, furious bee that is 'Bhramara' and stung him repeatedly and killed the demon.
nandini river

Since the sanctum is in the middle of the river, during rainy seasons, the river Nandini overflows and the sanctum gets flooded with water. It is a real treat to visit the temple during this period and watch the scenic beauty around the temple. Every day free food (annadhaana) is offered to the devotees as prasadam in the temple.

Sri Kateel Yakshagaana Mela is a famous Yakshagaana troupe. Kateel Mela is an important ‘Harake Seva’ troupe. It performs on request by devotees who have taken a vow (Harake) to arrange a show of Yakshagaana for fulfillment of a desire or as a service.

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Kateel is about 360 kilometers from Bangalore and about 26 km from Mangalore. Nearest airport is the airport at Bajpe, just 16 kms from Mangalore city and you can also reach the place by train through the Konkan Railways. Katil is well connected to other places by road by NH 48 and NH 17.
kateel temple
kateel temple entrance

Kateel Temple Address:Kateel Shree Durgaparameshwari Temple
Kateel Post, Mangalore,
Dakshina Kannada District.
Pin Code-574 148, Karnataka State, INDIA
Phone: +91 824 2200361 / 2200591
Fax : +91 824 2200561
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