17/Dec/2022

Kailash Manasarovar spread over an area of about 320 square kilometers. Mount Kailash in its north and Rakshatal lake in the west. According to the Puranas, the 120-kilometer circumference and 300 feet deep sweet water lake Mansarovar situated at the highest altitude of 17 thousand feet above sea level in the world originated when Lord Shiva  pleased with the penance of Bhagirath.

Such a wonderful natural lake is not in any country at such a height. According to the Puranas, the lake formed due to the water velocity revealed by Lord Shankar later got its name ‘Mansarovar’ – surrounded by Mansarovar Lake further enhances the religious importance of Mount Kailash. Since ancient times, this place had special significance for various religions. Various beliefs and folk tales associated with this place reflect only one truth: the unity of all religions.

It is a holy place according to the Hindu religion. Thousands of people participate in the Kailash Manasarovar Yatra every year to see it. According to our scriptures, Lord Brahma had kept the tears of joy of the Supreme Father God in his Kamandal and established “Mansarovar” on this earth at a place like “Trieshtakam” (Tibet) heaven.

Description of Kailash Mountain

The holiest Mount Kailash holds its special place in Hinduism. According to the Hindu religion, it is the permanent abode of Lord Shankar and the mother of the world Parvati. The Kailas range extends from Kashmir to Bhutan. Between Lha Chu and Zhong Chu  situated Mount Kailash, the northern peak  named Kailash. Mount Kailash  also known as ‘Ganparvat and Rajatgiri’. Perhaps this also the Meru mentioned in ancient literature. It believed that this mountain is self-manifested. The south side of Mount Kailash considered sapphire, the east side crystal, the west side ruby, and the north side gold. Mount Kailash is like a stone pyramid with a height of 22,028 feet above sea level, the shape of whose peak is like Virat Shivling.


30/Nov/2022

Legend of Hinglaj Bhavani Mandir: According to one of these beliefs, after the marriage of Lord Shiva and Goddess Sati, Goddess Sati’s father Daksha insulted Lord Shankar, then Goddess Sati committed self-immolation. After the self-immolation, 51 parts of Devi’s body fell at different places. Hinglaj is also considered one of these places. It is said that this temple is situated where the head of Goddess Sati fell. That is why the mother is not seen in her full form in the temple, but only her head is visible.

Hinglaj Bhavani Mandir

For Hinglaj Bhavani Mandir, Pakistan, there is no difference between Hindu and Muslim among the devotees. Here Muslims are also seen bowing their heads in front of the Goddess with equal reverence. For Pakistanis, this temple is Nani’s temple. Many people call the difficult journey here Nani’s Hajj. Thousands of devotees from all over the world come and bow their heads in this temple of Nani. This Shaktipeeth is considered very auspicious and very important for Hindus all over the world. It is also believed that if any devotee walking on a 10 feet long road of coals reaches the mother to visit, all his wishes will be fulfilled. Nowadays this practice may have ended, but the faith in this temple and mother has not diminished.

This temple is completely dedicated to Hinglaj Devi. Muslims call it by the names of ‘Bibi Nani’ and ‘Nani’. Hinglaj Devi is accompanied by another goddess known as Kurukullah. Sati’s mouth was filled with Hingul (sindur), the hill on which she fell is known as Hingul Parvat, and that Peeth is called Shri Hinglaj Mata. This Shaktipeeth is considered most important because the mother’s head has fallen at this place.

Here in the cave, there is a darshan of Jagjanani Bhagwati Hinglaj. One must go on foot into the cave. Along with this, Kali Maa is also visible. Tumreka Dana of Hinglaj is famous. Saints wear its garland. In Hinglaj there is light emanating from the earth.


28/Nov/2022

Festivals at Parli Vaidyanath Temple:- Along with Lord Shankar, the festival of Lord Krishna also celebrated with great pomp in this joint holy land. This is also the holy land of Satyawan Savitri Katha. The banyan tree of Savitri Katha is still standing here on the hill of Narayan and there is also a Vateshwar temple nearby.

The beloved Chilia child of King Shripal and Queen Changuna  resurrected by the grace of Shiva, that place is Parli Vaidyanath. There are many temples, ashrams, samadhis, pilgrimages, and holy places in Parli. Vaidyanath has to be visited only after seeing Ganesh Ji without a trunk, who is sitting like a wrestler’s seat.

The Architecture of Parli Vaidyanath Temple

 

Parli Vaidyanath Temple is 80 feet high from the ground level and has three gates in all three directions. There are strong banks around the temple. There are three entrances on the three sides of the temple. Due to the sanctum sanctorum and assembly hall being on the same level in the temple, Shivling can be seen from the assembly hall only.

Every Monday Shri Baijnath  duly worshipped. Shivji’s daily anointing done only with the water of Harihar Tirtha. Bholenath’s palanquin comes out on the festival of Dussehra and Mahashivratri. Apart from this, the festivals of Varsha Pratipada, Shravan month, Vijayadashami, Vainkuth Chaturdashi, and Tripurari Purnima also celebrated with great pomp. In the month of Shravan, by bringing water from the Godavari river from far away, Rudrabhishek of Mahadev offered to Billa Dal.

Vaidyanath Temple

There is a huge crowd of devotees here in the month of Shravan. On the day of Kartik Shuddha Chaturdashi i.e., Vaikuntha Chaturdashi, Lord Vishnu received the Sudarshan Chakra of Lord Shiva Shankar. On this day Mahapuja takes place in Shri Baijnath temple. Tripurasura killed by Bholenath on the day of Kartik Purnima i.e., Tripurari Purnima, that why the ritual of daily worship organized here for a month i.e., from Kojagiri Purnima to Tripurari Purnima.


27/Nov/2022

Life of the people in Bharmour centered around the temple complex – Chaurasi Mandir so named because of the 84 temples built in its precincts. Chaurasi is the Hindi word for the number eighty-four.

The quaint little town of Bharmour is highly respected as this place’s holy land houses eighty-four temples. It is a complex housing several temples with Lakshmi Devi, Ganesha, Manimahesh, and Narasimha.

Mythological Story of Chaurasi Mandir Bharmour

It believed that the land was first seen by Goddess Bharmani Devi. One day 84 Siddhas, who had come from Kurukshetra, were passing through Bharmour on their way to Manimahesh with Lord Shiva. He asked Bharmani Devi if he could take shelter for the night at Bharmour.

Bharmani Devi gave her permission but when she woke up the next day, she saw smoke and fire. She saw that 84 Siddhas had settled on his land. Enraged by this trespass, she ordered Shiva and the Siddhas to move out of the place as he believed that now people would pray to Lord Shiva. Her importance would decline.

Shiva pleaded with all his humility and to console Bharmani Devi he said: “Whoever comes to Manimahesh has to first take a dip in the pool of Bharmani Devi only then the journey will be complete”. For this Bharmani Devi went up to the ridge of the Bhudhal valley. From there at any point, one cannot see the Chaurasi temple. Lord Shiva left but the 84 Siddhas transformed themselves into 84 Shivalingas as they fell in love with the calmness of Bharmour and decided to meditate here.

Equally interesting is the legend about how she became a goddess. It said that the Brahmani lived in a garden on a high peak and her son was very fond of Chitkor (a kind of bird). Chitkor killed by a farmer and his son could not bear the loss and die. Heartbroken, she buried herself alive and the spirits of the three of them began to haunt the local people.

Chaurasi Mandir


19/Nov/2022

 

Baijnath Shiv Temple

The architecture of Baijnath Shiv Temple, Kangra: The sanctum sanctorum of the temple entered through an antechamber, in front of which a large square mandap built and large balconies made on both the north and south sides. In the front part of the mandap, there a small verandah supported by four pillars, in front of which there a statue of the Nandi bull under a small stone temple. The whole temple surrounded by a high wall and there are entrances on the south and north.

Two long inscriptions on the verandah of the temple indicate that the temple of Shiva existed at the spot even before the construction of the present one.

The present temple a beautiful example of early medieval North Indian temple architecture known as the Nagara style of temples. The swayambhu form of the Shivalinga enshrined in the sanctum sanctorum of the temple, which has five projections on each side and a tall curved shikhara.

The outer walls of the temple have several curved images of gods and goddesses. Many paintings also fixed or engraved on the walls.

The outer doors in the porch as well as the inner doors leading to the sanctum sanctorum of the temple inlaid with a large number of paintings of great beauty and symbolic importance. Some of them are very rare and are found elsewhere.

Baijnath Shiv Temple, Kangra visited by a large number of tourists and pilgrims throughout the year from all over India and abroad. Special prayers offered in the morning and evening every day except for special occasions and during the festive season.

On the outer walls of the temple, there are idols of many gods and goddesses made to display the idols and other ornaments. Many pictures  carved on the walls. The outer gate of the verandah and the inner gate leading to the sanctum sanctorum filled with innumerable paintings depicting the ultimate beauty and importance. It is rare to find some of these pictures anywhere else.


17/Nov/2022

It is one of the 51 shakti peethas. Ambaji Mata Temple is a major shakti peeth of India. Millions of devotees visit the temple every year. It situated at a distance of approximately 65 kilometers from Palanpur, 45 kilometers from Mount Abu, and 185 Kilometers from Ahmadabad, 50 kilometers from Kadiyadra near the Gujrat and Rajasthan border.

In the holy temple of ‘Arasuri Ambaji”, there is no image or statue of the goddess the holy “Shree Vishwa Yantra” which worshiped as the main deity. No one can see the Yantra with a naked eye. Photography of the yantra not allowed.

The original seat of Ambaji Mata on a Gabbar hilltop in the town. A large number of devotees visit the temple every year, especially on Purnima days. A large mela on Bhadarvi Purnima (full moon day) held. Every year from all over the country people come here walking all over from their native place just to worship Maa Ambe in September. The whole Ambaji lighted up as the whole nation lighted up in the festival of Dewali.

 

Myth:

The shrine of Amba  regarded as a major Shrine by the Shakta (Shaktism)  religious sect of Hinduism.

A long time ago in Satya Yuga, Sati, wife of Lord Shiva, daughter of Daksha, immolated herself in protest of her husband Shiva’s insult by her father. Lord Shiva  shocked by the incident and in anger, he kept the dead body of Sati on his shoulder and started the dance of destruction, and started moving towards the East. Watching his devastating attitude Bramha and the other Gods became worried.

They worried that the universe may be destroyed. They knew that the body of Sati on the shoulder of Lord Shiva would not decompose so long it remained in touch with Shiva’s body. But it  important to detach the body of Sati from that of Siva to bring Lord Siva out of such a great shock and avoided the catastrophe of the universe.  They knew what to do but they were not sure how to do it.

Ambaji Mata

 

 


17/Nov/2022

Dharmeshwar Mahadev Temple, Himachal is located at Varmore in the Chamba district, just 500 km away from India’s capital Delhi. The temple located in a high place looks like a habitable house. But many people do not dare to enter there, and their chest trembles. So many times, even while entering the temple, the visitors come back out of fear. This is because Dharmaraj resides in this temple.

 

Mythological Story of Dharmeshwar Mahadev Temple, Himachal

 

 

One who has finished his pastimes in this world has to go to Dharmaraj or Yamaraj. This is the idea of ​​the theist. There is an empty room within this temple of Dharmaraja. It is called Chitragupta’s house. Chitragupta is Yamaraj’s secretary. It is this Chitragupta who decides the day of death of the living being. It is said that when a living being dies, Yamaraj’s emissaries first bring the soul of the deceased to this temple. Here they are judged according to Karma then they are sent elsewhere.

Dharmeshwar Mahadev Temple

The temple of Yamraj, known as Dharmeshwar Mahadev, built by Maru Varman on the northern corner of Chaurasi. Now it enshrined in a temple made of stone and wood, the roof of which covered with slate. It  believed to be the court of Dharmaraja and locally called ‘Dhai-Podi’, which means two and a half steps. These stairs may now be located under the Dharmaraja temple in the 84-temple complex at Bharmour.

This temple called ‘Yamra’ because Yamaraja judges living beings here. Here Yamaraja received the souls brought by his attendants. It said that there are four darshan gates in this temple. Ingots made of gold, silver, copper, and iron. Souls sent through these doors to go to heaven, death, hell, the underworld, etc. according to Yamaraja’s judgment. Garuda Purana also mentions four such doors.

 


15/Nov/2022

 

Nanjangud is located on the banks of the Kapila River in Mysore, the ancient capital of Karnataka. The Srikanteshwara Temple, Nanjangud here is very famous. There is an interesting phenomenon in this temple that is simply unbelievable.

Surprises at the Srikanteshwara Temple, Nanjangud

 

The roof opens up to the sky at a certain point inside this temple. At that time, a bel tree spreading its branches over the sanctum can be seen through that open space. Surprisingly, the tree’s roots are not visible anywhere in the soil. It is very surprising how the bell tree survives without getting soil or water.

Also, another amazing thing is that there are many pillars in this temple, as in many temples. But the specialty here is that though there are many pillars in the temple, only one of them shows the face of Mata Gauri from time to time. According to those who visit the temple regularly, Goddess Gauri’s face is constantly changing. Not only that, but sometimes it looks very clear and transparent.

 

History of the Srikanteshwara Temple, Nanjangud

 

It believed that sage Gautama stayed here for some days. At that time, he installed a linga in the image of Shiva. Nanjangur also known as the Kashi of the South or the Varanasi of the South because of its many temples. The temple probably built in the 9th century when the Ganga rulers occupied the region. At that time, the temple’s presiding deity was called Hakim Nanjuda; Tipu Sultan also prayed to the deity by this name.

It is known that Tipu Sultan had a very favorite elephant. That elephant once fell ill and died. But the Sultan’s Kabiraj and Maulawis did not make any mistake in their best efforts. But nothing worked in the treatment. Then Tippu Sultan earnestly prayed to Nanjundeshwar to restore the life of the elephant.

 

 

 


12/Nov/2022

Virupaksha Mandir the main center of pilgrimage in Hampi and  considered the holiest sanctuary for centuries. It remains intact among the surrounding ruins and still used in worship. Virupaksha Mandir dedicated to Lord Shiva and the consort of the local goddess Pampa, who  associated with the Tungabhadra River.

History of Virupaksha Mandir

The Mandir has an uninterrupted history dating back to about the 7th century. The Virupaksha-Pampa sanctuary existed long before the capital of Vijayanagara was located here. The inscriptions mentioning Shiva date back to the 9th and 10th centuries. What started as a small temple developed into a large complex under the Vijayanagara rulers.

Evidence indicates that some additions made to the temple towards the end of the Chalukya and Hoysala periods, although most of the temple buildings attributed to the Vijayanagara period. The huge temple building built by Lakkana Dandesh, a chieftain under Deva Raya II, the ruler of the Vijayanagara Empire. When the rulers defeated by Muslim invaders in the 16th century, most of the wonderful ornamental structures and works destroyed. Major renovations and additions made to the structure in the early 19th century.

 

Architecture of Virupaksha Mandir

The Virupaksha Mandir consists of an open pillared hall and pillared hall, three east chambers, and a sanctum. The entrance to the east has nine levels and the largest of all the entrances is 50 meters high. The stone base has two levels and the superstructure made of bricks.

From the eastern entrance, one can enter the outer court consisting of several small temples. The Mandir constructed in such a way that the river Tungabhadra flows along its terrace, descends into the kitchen of the temple, and passes through the outer courtyard. The central pillared hall the most ornate structure and believed to added by the famous Vijayanagara emperor Krishnadevaraya. The hall built by the emperor in 1510 AD. The stone plaque inscriptions provide a detailed account of the emperor’s contribution to the Virupaksha Mandir .

Virupaksha Mandir


10/Nov/2022

The Konark Sun Temple built in the 13th century by the great King Narasimhadeva I of the Ganga dynasty. Its shape is like that of a huge chariot of the great Sun God with 12 pairs of wheels made with great artistry. This chariot shown being pulled by seven horses. Konark Sun Temple is a perfect example of Kalinga architecture. It is near the beach. Here the natural beauty of the beach is made on sight.

Odisha known for its three great temples and together they are called the Golden Triangle. There are two other temples falling within this triangle – the Jagannath Temple of Puri and the Lingaraja Temple of Bhubaneswar. The color of the Konark temple is black. Therefore, it also called Black Pagoda. Be aware that another name for Jagannath temple is also White Pagoda.

The Konark Sun Temple has been a landmark for the sailors who came to Odisha for centuries. Konark is also a big pilgrimage for Hindus where people come every year in February to visit the Chandrabhaga fair.

The Konark Sun Temple included in the list of World Heritage Sites by UNESCO in 1984 for its great architecture, subtle artifacts, and abundant sculptures.

Also, the Konark Sun Temple protected as the National Framework of India by the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, 1958 (Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains (AMASR) Act) and its rules (1959).

 

Konark Sun Temple

History of Building of The Konark Sun Temple

 

In ancient times ships used to start from the ports of Orissa, crossing the Bay of Bengal to voyage across the Central & Indian oceans for the distant lands of Burma and Java. This maritime land called Kalinga and Utkal and its name indelibly linked to that of the Mauryan king Ashoka.

It was his war to conquer Kalinga that made Ashoka face a moral transformation as he watched the carnage he had caused on the battlefield. A penitent Ashoka gave up wars of aggression and became a Buddhist and Kalinga too embraced the new religion.