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29/Nov/2022

Parli city of Maharashtra is famous for Shri Vaijnath Temple. It is no coincidence that this temple is in Maharashtra as most of the Mahadwadash Jyotirlingas, to be precise, 5 of them are found in this Indian state. Parli Vaidyanath Temple is located within the tourist periphery of Beed city. The scenic beauty of this temple complex and the abundance of nature make it a healthy and healing destination for all visitors. However, it is one of the dreaded places of worship for the devotees belonging to the Shaivism sect of Hinduism. But that does not mean others couldn’t come. The doors of Parli Vaidyanath Temple are always open for all.

Parli Vaidyanath Temple

History of Parli Vaidyanath Temple

 

Lord Shiva Shankar resides here with Parvati. They two stays together in Parli, there is no such belief anywhere else. That is why this place  called Anokhi Kashi. Lord Vishnu had made the deities get the nectar of victory here. That is why this pilgrimage place also called ‘Vaijayanti’.

Strong and paved stairs built in 1108 to go to the temple. The temple was renovated by Ahilya Devi Holkar in 1706. Shrimant Peshwa had given a large land in the form of Jagir for the arrangement of this Devasthan. Veer Shivaji had visited this temple and gave it his full patronage. The grand hall of the temple  built by Ramrao Nana Desh Pandey.

The Legend of Parli Vaidyanath Temple

 

Fourteen gems came out of the nectar churning done by the gods and demons, among them were Dhanvantari and Amrit Ratna. When the demons ran to get the nectar, Shri Vishnu hid Dhanvantari along with the nectar in the linga idol of Lord Shankar. As soon as the demons wanted to touch the Linga idol, flames came out from the Linga idol. The demons ran away, but when the devotees of Shiva touched the Linga idol, streams of nectar came out of it. Even today there is a method of visiting this Jyotirlinga by touching it. Due to the presence of Dhanvantari and Amrit in Linga Murti, it also called Amrisheshwar and Dhanvantari.

Lord Shiva
Shivaji

There is a grand temple made of stones at a high place near Parli village. Due to the direction outside the temple, the rays of the sun fall directly on the linga idol of Vaidyanath at sunrise on special days in the months of Chait and Ashwin in the temple. There are 42 strong and wide stairs to reach the temple.

The Linga idol of Vaidyanath ji made of Shaligram rock. It is very soft, luxurious, and luscious. From 1885, lamps keep burning around the sanctum sanctorum of the temple.

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The grand auditorium of the temple built by the late Ramrao Nanadesh Pandey with the help of artisans and devotees of the village. Mrs. Peshwa had provided a large land in the form of Jagir for the arrangement of this Devasthan. There are 11 other temples of Lord Shiva on the premises of Vaidyanath itself. The temple arrangements done by a committee. As Parli is a place of devotion to Shiva, similarly Harihar is also a place of meeting.

 

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.

Parli Vaidyanath Temple

 

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 is duly worshipped. Shivji’s daily anointing is 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 are also celebrated with great pomp. In the month of Shravan, by bringing water from the Godavari river from far away, Rudrabhishek of Mahadev is offered to Billa Dal.

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 was killed by Bholenath on the day of Kartik Purnima i.e., Tripurari Purnima, that is why the ritual of daily worship is organized here for a month i.e., from Kojagiri Purnima to Tripurari Purnima.

How To Reach Parli Vaidyanath Temple

By Air:

The nearest airport is at Nanded, which is located at a distance of 105 km from Parli Vaidyanath Temple.

By train:

The nearest station is Parli and Parli is 2 km from Parli Vaidyanath Temple. There are direct trains from Secunderabad, Kakinada, Manmad, Visakhapatnam, and Bangalore.

By road:

There are many buses available from Aurangabad, Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, and nearby cities.

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27/Nov/2022

Chaurasi Mandir Bharmour is located in the center of Bharmour city of Chamba district in Himachal Pradesh and has immense religious importance due to the temples built around 1400 years ago. Life of the people in Bharmour is 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.

Chaurasi Mandir Bharmour

Mythological Story of Chaurasi Mandir Bharmour

It is 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 and her importance would decline.

Chaurasi Mandir Bharmour

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 and 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.

Another story about the temple is that of King Sahil Varman, who ruled during the tenth century. 84 sages came to his kingdom and being pleased with his welcome and hospitality, blessed him with ten sons and one daughter. The city of Chamba said to have been named after his daughter. The city of Chamba said to have been named after his daughter Champavati. The temple also holds significance for being the residence of the Pandavas during their 14 years of exile.

 

About the Temples in Chaurasi Mandir Complex

Chaurasi Temple, the temple of Lakhna Devi is the oldest temple in Bharmour. It retains many of the old architectural features of the wooden temples and has a richly carved entrance hall. It said to have been built by King Maru Varman (680 AD). Durga depicted here as the four-armed Mahishasuramardini, the slayer of the demon Mahishasura.

Lord Shiva

Manimahesh (Shiva) Temple:

The Manimahesh Temple which is located in the center of the Chaurasi Temple is the main temple housing a huge Shiva Linga. Shiva Linga nothing but a symbol of the distinctive sign of Lord Shiva and worshiped as a symbol.

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Narasimha (Narasimha) Temple:

Narasimha also called Narasimha, a name translated from Sanskrit as “man-lion”. An avatar of Vishnu Narasimha in which the god depicted in the pantheon as half man and half lion. The bronze statue of this deity, which exquisitely cast, is awe-inspiring.

Nandiji

Lord Nandi Bull Temple:

The life-size metal bull Nandi, locally known as Nandigan with broken ears and tail, can be seen standing in a modern shed in front of the Manimahesh temple. Nandi is the chief servant of Ganesha and Shiva, who had the shape of a bull and the qualities of a great devotee. Typically, in front of Shiva temples, there is a provision in the Shilpa texts for a couchant bull to roam outside and gaze at its lord Shiva. But here we have a life-size Nandi bull standing on all four legs (feet). The ‘Vishnudharmotra Purana’, however, describes such a bull, Nandi, who represents the firmness and stability of dharma.

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Dharmeshwar Mahadev (Dharmaraja) Temple:

Dharmaraja, known as Dharmeshwar Mahadev, given a seat by Maru Varman on the northern corner of Chaurasi. It is a belief of the local people that every departed soul stands here to seek final permission from Dharmaraja to proceed and travel through this temple to the abode of Shiva after death. It  believed to be the court of Dharmaraja and locally called ‘Dhai-Podi’, which means two and a half steps.

Lord Ganeshji

Ganesha or Ganapati Temple:

Lord Ganesha Temple situated near the entrance of the Chaurasi Temple of Bharmour. The temple built by the rulers of the Varman dynasty, as stated in an inscription made in the temple, by Meru Varman around the 7th century AD. The temple of Ganesha enshrines a bronze image of Ganesha. This magnificent image is life size with both feet missing.

How To Reach Chaurasi Mandir Bharmour

The best time to visit the Chaurasi Temple is from May to November as it is bitterly cold and snow falls during winter. Devotees visit it during their journey to Manimahesh Kailash and the pilgrimage takes place during this period. There is no dearth of places to stay in Bharmour and it  also relatively easy to reach the temple, being well connected to Chamba which is 65 km away with several special buses plying on this route. When so many gods reside together, it becomes even more compelling to have a darshan and remove all sins.

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21/Nov/2022

Baijnath, the tehsil headquarters of the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh, is famous for the Baijnath Shiv Temple, Kangra built in the 13th century. Baijnath means “Vaidya + Nath” which means lord of medicine or medicines. Lord Shiva, to whom this temple is dedicated, also known as Vaidya + Nath.

 

This temple is situated right next to the Pathankot-Mandi National Highway in Baijnath. The old name of Baijnath was ‘Keergram’ but with the passage of time this temple became famous and the name of the village became Baijnath. The Binwa river, which later joins the Beas River, flows at the north-west end of the temple.

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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 are 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 are inlaid with a large number of paintings of great beauty and symbolic importance. Some of them are very rare and are found elsewhere.

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Pilgrimage at Baijnath Shiv Temple, Kangra

 

 

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.

This temple is a beautiful and excellent example of the Nagada style of pre-medieval north Indian temple architecture.

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Baijnath Shiv Temple, Kangra- Center of Religious Faith

Baijnath Shiv Temple, Kangra holds an important place for the religious faith of people coming from far and wide. The temple attracts a large number of tourists and pilgrims from all over India and abroad throughout the year.

Prayers offered every day in the morning and evening. Apart from this, special worship done on special occasions and festivals. Festivals like Makar Sankranti, Maha Shivratri, Vaishakh Sankranti, Shravan Somwar, etc. celebrated with great enthusiasm and grandeur.

Every Monday falling in the month of Shravan considered to be of special importance for worshiping in the temple. Every Monday of the month of Shravan celebrated as a fair. A five-day state-level function organized every year on Maha Shivratri.

The Dussehra festival, which traditionally celebrated to burn an effigy of Ravana, celebrated in Baijnath as a mark of respect for the penance and devotion done by Ravana to Lord Shiva.

Shivji

The special importance of bathing in Kheer Ganga Ghat

Bathing in the Kheer Ganga Ghat built on Vinva Khad flowing along the temple has special importance and earns virtue by getting rid of sins.

 

Ravana Gave Sacrifices of Ten Heads Here

 

There are many ideas regarding the establishment of Shivling in Baijnath Shiva temple. According to legend, during the Ram-Ravana war, Ravana had done severe penance on Mount Kailash to please Shiva and asked Lord Shiva for a boon to go to Lanka so that victory could be achieved in the war.

 

Lord Shiva pleased and promised to walk with Ravana to Lanka in the form of a Pindi and at the same time put a condition that he should take this Pindi directly to Lanka without keeping it in the ground.

 

As soon as Ravana left for Lanka with this divine Pindi of Shiva, Ravana felt a slight doubt at a place called Keergram (Baijnath) and he handed over the Pindi to a person standing there for a while. Retiring from the slightest doubt, Ravana saw that the person in whose hand he had given that Pindi had disappeared and the Pindi had been established in the ground.

Ravana tried a lot to lift the established Pindi but could not get success, then he did severe penance at this place and sacrificed his ten heads in the Havan Kund. Pleased with the penance, Rudra Mahadev reinstated all the heads of Ravana.

Front view of the temple

Pandavas Build The Temple Partially

Baijnath Shiv Temple, Kangra built during the unknown abode of Pandavas in Dwapar Yuga. According to the local people, the remaining construction work of this temple completed by two merchants named Ahuk and Manuk in 1204 AD and since then till now this place is famous in northern India as Shivdham.

 

Significance of Sacred Kunda

 

It said that the water of Brahma Kund used for drinking. Mahakal anointed with the water of Shiv Kund and this water can also be used for bathing. The water of Sati Kund is not said to be used. It said that 3 queens were sati here at some point.

 

Recent History of Baijnath Shiv Temple, Kangra

 

In the year 1905, there was a severe earthquake in Kangra, Himachal Pradesh, which caused huge destruction. A large part of this temple had collapsed in that earthquake. That part has been redone. The special thing is that the Durga temple here was established by the king of Mandi about four and a half hundred years ago. But the king’s only son had passed away, so he refused to install the idol.

It said that after this whoever wanted to install the idol, an accident would happen to him or his family members. In a situation, after many years, in the year 1982, Swami Ramanand installed the Durga idol here. By the way, there is also a Shani temple at this place.

 

How To Reach Baijnath Shiv Temple, Kangra

 

The nearest airport to Baijnath Shiv Temple, Kangra is the Gaggal Airport, located at a distance of 37 km.  Flight can also be taken from Shimla airport, which is located in Jubbarhatti at a distance of 225 km from the temple. A private cab or taxi to travel to Baijnath Shiv Temple, Kangra can be hired.

 

Alternatively, one can hire a state transport bus from Shimla to Mandi and then can hire a taxi to reach Baijnath Shiv Temple, Kangra as there is no direct flight or train between Baijnath and Shimla. One can also hire a taxi or state-run bus from Shimla to Dharamshala, after which one can hire a private taxi to Baijnath Shiv Temple, Kangra, which is located at a distance of 54 km from Dharamshala.

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19/Nov/2022

 

Dharmaraj or Yamraj Temple also known as Dharmeshwar Mahadev Temple, Himachal in the 84-temple complex, Bharmour and is believed to be the only temple of Lord Dharmaraj or Lord Yamraj in the world.

 

It is such a temple that people have to come there when their life expectancy is over. Be it a believer or an atheist, everyone has to come to this temple. Such is the belief in this temple region of Himachal. There is probably no other temple like this in the world.

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Location of Dharmeshwar Mahadev Temple, Himachal

 

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.

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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.

 

The temple of Yamraj, known as Dharmeshwar Mahadev, was built by Maru Varman on the northern corner of Chaurasi. Now it is enshrined in a temple made of stone and wood, the roof of which is covered with slate. It is believed to be the court of Dharmaraja and is 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.

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The Temple Complex of Dharmeshwar Mahadev Temple, Himachal

 

Eighty-four ancient temples stand high in the midst of natural beauty. Melbandhan of Shaiva, Shakta, and Vaishnava. The temples made of a combination of wood and stone dating back to the 10th century. Each temple is an exquisite work of art. Accommodation in Varmore is good. The Archeology Department is responsible for the maintenance of these temples. This is the only temple of Yamaraj in the world.

 

There are eighty-four small and big temples in this temple complex. Most of the temples made of stone. Dharmeshwar Mahadev Temple is more attractive. Darkness descended to see other temples like Narasimhadev Temple, Lakshmanadevi Temple, Brahma-Vishnu-Maheswara, Ganesha Temple, etc. One will be surprised to notice that even in the evening, the evening light does not give here.

 

How To Reach Dharmeshwar Mahadev Temple, Himachal

 

To reach the 84th temple complex in Varmaur, the ideal route would be Delhi-Pathankot-Chamba-Varamour. The road to Bharmaur is good, but the road is a bit dangerous. Therefore, it is mandatory to be proficient in driving or have an experienced driver to drive your vehicle.

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16/Nov/2022

 

There are many temples in India where incredible things happen. Although the modern mind does not want to accept this. But these temples were not built anew. Very old, hundreds of years old. A girl’s wedding ornaments can be found by dipping her hand in the water of a temple’s tank, a girl’s wedding cooking utensils are found in a pushkarni (Pond), somewhere else she has dreamed of idol and wants to be established her in a temple, there are many such legends around many temples in India. One such temple is the Srikanteshwara Temple, Nanjangud.

The Srikanteshwara Temple Nanjangud

Location of the Srikanteshwara Temple, Nanjangud

 

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.

The Srikanteshwara Temple Nanjangud

 

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.

The Srikanteshwara Temple Nanjangud

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 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.

 

After that, his beloved elephant slowly recovered. The same story is found (as in the Gazetteer of Mysore). Another incident is also recorded in the history of the temple. Hyder Ali Sahib’s beloved elephant once lost its sight but by the grace of the Lord regained its sight after taking a vow in the court of the local Nanjundeshwar deity. The Sultan pleased and placed a gold necklace around Nanjundeshwar’s neck.

Since then, Nanjundeshwar also called Baidyanath. Even today he is regarded as a healing deity by his devotees who believe in him. Even today, some follow the religious practice of taking a bath in the Kapila river to cure disease.

A very old bel tree can be seen within the temple premises, it is said that a visit to this sacred tree brings the blessings of the deity. Many sick people consume the leaves of this tree regularly for recovery. So along with Devdarshan many devotees and curious people flock to see the bel tree. No one can guess how old this bell tree is. Beel leaves are already very sacred for Shiva worship. Considered to be the abode of Shivathakur.

 

The confluence of the Kapila and Kaundiniya rivers is located near Nanjangud. This place is known as Parashuram Kshetra. It is said that Maharishi Parasurama was freed from the sin of beheading his mother by visiting this place.

The Srikanteshwara Temple Nanjangud

Mythological Story of the Srikanteshwara Temple, Nanjangud

It said that Parashurama came to this place and found great peace of mind which he never found anywhere else. So, he decided that he would do penance at the place where the Srikanteshwara Temple, Nanjangud is located. At that time, only the original Keshav temple existed (which is now next to the main temple). He intends to clean the place with his axe before sitting on penance.

At that time Lord Shiva was meditating under the ground of that place. When Parasurama was cleaning the place with an axe, he unknowingly hit the head of Lord Shiva who was doing penance underground. Immediately, blood started flowing from the injured area of ​​Lord Shiva.

Parasurama was very afraid of committing another sin again. Then Lord Shiva consoled him and said, you are not responsible for this accident in any way. If you build a temple adjacent to the original Keshav temple, then all your worries and anxiety will be removed from your mind. Lord Shiva also asked Parashuram to do penance at Nanjangur. When Parashuram built the temple as per the instructions of Lord Shiva, Shiva was very happy and blessed him saying, those who come to Nanjangur and visit Nanjuleshwara must visit the temple built by Parashuram then all the wishes of the devotees will be fulfilled. Saying this he disappeared from there.

Festivals at the Srikanteshwara Temple, Nanjangud

A grand Rath Yatra is held here every two years. At that time thousands of people throng to pull this famous chariot. The idols of Lord Srikanteshwar, Goddess Parvati, Lord Ganapati, Lord Subramanya, and Lord Chandiveshwar are kept in five separate chariots. After the worship of the idols, the chariot procession with the deities begins. Continue along the old city streets, thousands of Devotees pay their respects by pulling chariots.

The Srikanteshwara Temple, Nanjangud Timings

Temple remains open from Morning 6 AM to Evening 8:30 PM with a break from 1.00 to 4.00 PM

How to Reach the Srikanteshwara Temple, Nanjangud

Bangalore to Mysore can be reached by bus, car, or train. This temple is near the famous Chamunda temple.

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Virupaksha Temple is located at Hampi, 350 km from Bangalore in the state of Karnataka in South India. Hampi, the capital of the Vijayanagara Empire, is situated on the banks of the Tungabhadra River. The temple is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Most people believe that this temple was built by the great Sri Krishnadevaraya. But the temple was built by Lakkan Dandesh, the chieftain of Deva Raya II of the Vijayanagara Empire.

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

Virupaksha Temple

History of Virupaksha Temple

The temple 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.

Virupaksha Temple

 

Architecture of Virupaksha Temple

The Virupaksha temple 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 temple  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 temple.

Virupaksha Temple

The temple decorated with beautiful artifacts during the reign of the Vijayanagara kings. The walls of the temples engraved with murals, sculptures, and cultural programs. Under the rule of Sri Krishnadevaraya, the road leading to the temple was beautified by restoring beautiful sculptures. During the 15th and 16th centuries, many foreign travelers visited this place and declared the greatness and marvelous view of the temple and the city of Hampi. Even though after Sri Krishnadevaraya, the Muslim invaders completely destroyed the beautiful structures and magnificent sculptures of Hampi city and Virupaksha temple.

Excellent Architecture

However, the glory of Virupaksha Temple did not diminish, devotees continued their pilgrimage to the temple. Major restoration work of the temple done in the early 19th century. The destroyed parts restored, the roofs of the temple painted, and north and east gopurams  constructed to bring back the glory of the Virupaksha temple.

Beautiful Carvings

How to reach Virupaksha Temple

This is the main temple inside Hampi and any auto driver will easily take you to the temple. If you’re on the hippie side, use the boat to cross the river to reach just behind the temple. We crossed the river from the hippie side and reached the Virupaksha temple. There is no bridge and one has to take a detour of 45 km to cross the river by road. So, it is better to take a boat and cross the river in 5 minutes.

 

Government buses ply from the temple to the railway station with good frequency. We did not take these buses but saw them leaving the bus stand near the temple all the time.

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Situated on the eastern coast of the Bay of Bengal, the Konark Sun Temple is one of the most spectacular destinations in Odisha. The 13th-century temple complex is designed as a huge ornate stone chariot led by seven stone horses and is dedicated to Surya, the Sun God. Also known as the Black Pagoda, the temple is an incredible masterpiece of architecture that attracts tourists, historians, and archaeologists from all over the world. It is located a few hours drive from some of the major cities of Odisha like Bhubaneswar and Cuttack.

The Konark Sun Temple

About the Konark Sun Temple

 

 

The Konark Sun Temple was 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 is 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 is 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 is 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).

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The Great Wheel

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. On a rock in Dhulia near Bhubaneswar, Ashoka engraved the story of his conversion. Later, with the rule of King Kharavela, one of the greatest Oriya kings, Jainism became the leading religion of the region.

The Konark Sun Temple

With the rule of the Kesari kings, Brahmanism returned to Orissa and during the rule of the Kesari and Ganga dynasties that the famous temples built at Bhubaneswar, Puri, and Konarak. Orissa evolved a distinct style of religious architecture that carried echoes of its Buddhist and Jain past.

Built between the 8th and 12th centuries, temples like the Lingaraja, Jagannath, and Surya Deul at Konarak are among the greatest architectural creations in the country. In medieval times Orissa saw a time of great confusion with the rule of Afghans followed by the conquest of the Mughals and the invasion of the Marathas till the 19th century when it became a part of the British Raj.

The Konark Sun Temple

Architecture of Oriya Temples and The Konark Sun Temple

 

The state of Orissa curves along the Bay of Bengal with its long shoreline of golden beaches and turbulent seas. The tropical climate makes this a land of palm trees, mango groves, jute, and paddy fields. There is a large tribal population in the forests of sal, teak, and sandalwood and some of their forest deities become Brahmanism and included in the Hindu pantheon. Here on the seaside, by the groves of bamboo and casuarina trees, they built temples with high curving towers and walls vibrant with sculpture.

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Orissa evolved its own school of temple architecture with its local terminology. The style follows the Nagara school of the north but with some beautiful variations. The sanctum with the tower called the deul or Rekha deul. The tower also has a distinctive shape, rising in straight lines from the square sanctum and then curving gently inwards to the apex.

At the summit the wide fluted disk of the amalaka topped by the finial called the Kalash. The shikharas of the Orissa temples among the tallest in the country The exterior of the temples profusely decorated with carvings while the interiors, unlike Khajuraho, left severely plain. With the passage of time embellishments became richer and by the time of the last temple of the period Konarak, was nearly ostentatious.

Nartaki

The mandapa or main assembly hall attached to the sanctum called the Jaganmohan. The other mandapa often added in large temples the bhoga mandir, the hall of offerings, and the natya mandir, the hall of dance These two were at times attached to the main structure and at other times built at a distance.

The mandapas of the earlier temples have flat roofs but later they wen given a many-tiered pyramidal roof; the tiers were referred to as pidas. Also, the large temples have an enclosing wall and other structures like subsidiary shrines and kitchens that were placed within the courtyard. The important temples like the Jagannath temple at Puri and Bhubaneswar’s Lingaraj have many enclosing walls and a multitude of structures, creating a complete world within their sprawling courtyards.

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How to reach The Konark Sun Temple

The Konark Sun Temple is easily accessible by any transport route. This temple is at a distance of about 68 km from Bhubaneswar.

 

Rail Route to Reach the Konark Sun Temple

The nearest rail route to Konark Temple is Bhubaneswar. Bhubaneswar station connects to all major railway stations in India.

 

Road Route to Reach the Konark Sun Temple

NH 16 to reach Konark Temple. This national highway connects the country from West Bengal to Tamil Nadu.

 

The Konark Sun Temple is located in the state of Odisha, it is about 68 km from Bhubaneswar.

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Kangra Brijeshwari Temple is a world-famous temple known as Shakti Peeth, which is located in the city of Kangra Nagar. Hindu mythology says that after Lord Shiva carried the burning body of his beloved wife on his shoulder, Goddess Sati set herself on fire.

 

To stop the angry and depressed Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu divided the body of Goddess Sati into 51 parts, each part falling on different parts of the world to form a Shaktipeeth. The burning goddess Sati’s left breast fell on the ground where the breathtaking Kangra Brijeshwari Temple is today, making it one of the most visited pilgrimage sites in India. Based on this it becomes one of the top temples in Himachal Pradesh.

Kangra Brijeshwari Temple

Location of Kangra Brijeshwari Temple

Kangra Brijeshwari Temple is located about 125 KM from Una Nagar in Himachal Pradesh and about 30 km from Jwalaji. This Shaktipeeth is established in Kangra Nagar. Bus facilities are available from all the places to reach Devi place.

Mythological Story of Kangra Brijeshwari Temple

There is a huge temple building, and the golden Kalash is adding to its beauty. Beautiful sculptures of Mahavir, Bhairon, Shiva, Dhyanu Bhagat, and Devi are made in this temple. This is the place of Sri Taradevi. It is said that the breast of Sati fell at this place. According to historical facts, the old name of Kangra was Susharmapur, named after King Susharma. Reference to this is found in the Mahabharata. It is also called Jalandhar Peeth because Jalandhar is spread over an area of ​​12 yojanas from the Shivalik hills. 64 pilgrimages and many temples are established in this circumambulation itself. History shows that all these temples were full of gold, silver, and wealth.

History of Kangra Brijeshwari Temple

 

The history of Shaktipeeth Brijeshwar Devi is very rich and prosperous. This temple always has been full of wealth and prosperity.

In 1009, Mahmud Ghaznavi looted diamonds and jewels and gold, and silver in the temple. In the year 1337, Muhammad Tughlaq and between 1363-86, Ghiyasuddin, the king of Kashmir, looted.

This Shaktipeeth was rebuilt by the Katoch dynasty king Sansar Chandra in the 15th century. In 1540, Khawas Khan, the general of Sher Shah Suri, plundered here, Akbar visited this temple with Todarmal, whose details are recorded in Ain-Akbari.

Year 1611 the European traveler William Finch, and in 1666 the French traveler Thevenet visited this temple. In 1809, Maharaja Ranjit Singh offered a golden umbrella to the temple. The English rulers Kanayam and Lady Irwin made several offerings to the temple. In the present period, Prime Minister Atal Bihari Bajpai, Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal, and Nitish Kumar, many ministers, governors, judges, MPs, and MLAs have visited here.

Sardar Desa Singh Majithia, the Governor General at the time of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, built this temple according to the Kangra style and Sikh tradition. Rani Chand Kaur put gold on its dome. On April 4, 1905, the temple was again destroyed by the divine earthquake, and the building of the present temple was rebuilt in 1920.

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Kangra Brijeshwari Temple

On reaching Kangra, the grand urns of the temple are visible from afar. Shri Mata Brijeshwari Devi is the total deity (kuldevi) of the whole of Uttar Pradesh, however, devotees from all corners of India come to see the mother. There is a line of long stairs to reach the gate of the huge temple, on which there is a market on both sides. Puja materials and offerings etc. are conveniently available in the market at reasonable prices. The travelers reach the courtyard by entering through the lion gate of the temple. From here the height of the grand temple seems to touch the sky.

Mata Vrajeshwari Devi seen in the form of Pindi. Mata’s makeup, worship, and aarti done here regularly. This place has special glory and tradition. When Shri Brijeshwari Devi won the victory by slaying the demons in Satyuga, all the gods praised the mother in many ways. At that time, it was the festival of Makar Sankranti. Wherever there were wounds on the body of the goddess, the deities together applied ghee. Considering this tradition, even today, 14 quintals of butter on Makar Sankranti, washed one hundred times in cold well water, decorated with dry fruits and many types of fruits, rubbed on Pindi for a week which distributed as Prasad. Skin diseases cured by this butter.

Kangra Brijeshwari Temple

This Shaktipeeth of Mata Brajeshwari is unique and special in itself because not only do Hindu devotees bow their heads here, but the devotees of Muslim and Sikh religions also come to this Dham and offer flowers of their faith. It said that the three domes of the Kangra Brijeshwari Temple symbols of these three religions. The first is a symbol of Hinduism, whose shape like a temple, then the second is a symbol of Muslim society and the third dome is a symbol of the Sikh sect.

It said that the devotee who reaches this court of a mother with true devotion in his mind, none of his wishes remain unfulfilled. Whether it is the desire of the desired life partner or the desire to have a child. Mother fulfills the wishes of every devotee. There is a law of aarti five times in this court of the mother, whose desire to be a witness is in the mind of every devotee.

 

One must also visit Kripaleshwar Mahadev Temple, Kurukshetra Kund, Baba Virbhadra Temple, Guptganga, Aksharamata, Chakrakund, etc. around the temple.

The area of ​​the temple is about 4 acres. The Yatri Sadan, Sarai run by the temple trust.

The temple has 50 priests from 6 families, 43 employees, 12 home guards, and 18 trust members. The annual budget of the temple is 5 crores. There are about 150 shops selling fruits and flowers, offerings and books around the temple. 1200-1500 on ordinary days, 2 thousand on Sundays, 2 lakh in both Navratri, 1 lakh in Sawan, 1 lakh on Makar Sankranti, and 10-11 lakh devotees visit throughout the year.

How To Reach Kangra Brijeshwari Temple

 

Air Route: The nearest airport is Gaggal Airport which is 11 km away from Kangra Devi Temple. Domestic flights are available for Gaggal from major cities of India. You can easily hire taxis, and autorickshaws from the airport.

Rail Route: Kangra city has its own railway station but it is a narrow-gauge line. and  not directly connected to other railway stations in the country. The nearest Broad-Gauge station is Pathankot which is 87 K from Kangra.

Bus Route: Being an important district, Kangra well connected by road to major cities of North India. You can take direct buses from many cities.

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One of the main Temples of these is the Kangra Chamunda Devi Temple, which is located in the Kangra district in the state of Himachal Pradesh. Himachal Pradesh also called the Land of Gods. It also known as the house of the gods. There are more than 2,000 Temples throughout Himachal Pradesh and most of them remain the center of greatest attraction.

Coming here, offer flowers of her feelings at the feet of Mother Chamunda Devi. It  believed that all the wishes of the devotees who come here are fulfilled. Devotees from all corners of the country come here to receive the blessings of the mother. The Kangra  Chamunda Devi Temple is 1000m above sea level. Located at an altitude of. It is at a distance of 15 km from Dharamsala. Here nature has provided its beauty in abundance. Kangra  Chamunda Devi Temple is situated on the bank of the Bunkar River. It is also a picnic spot for tourists. Here the natural beauty attracts people. Kangra  Chamunda Devi Temple is mainly dedicated to Mata Kali. Mother Kali is the goddess of power and destruction. Every time there is a crisis on earth, the mother has killed the demons. Due to the destruction of the demon Chand-Munda, her mother’s name was Chamunda.

Kangra  Chamunda Devi Temple is 25 km from Kangra. 140 KM from Hoshiarpur and 160 KM from Una.

This is the place of Shiva and Shakti, which is known as Chamunda – Nadikeshwar Dham. Situated on the banks of Baan Ganga, this Ugra-Shaktipeeth has been a secluded, peaceful, and natural place for yogis and tantriks since ancient times. In the form of Mahakali Chamunda, the cremation ground of twenty-two villages  considered to be a bountiful area of ​​mantra learning and accomplishment, where Lord Shiva is seated with Mother Chamunda. Here the devotees worship with Shiva and Shakti mantras, donate and do Shraddha Pinddaan, etc. The mythological story and history of Shri Chamunda are explained in the seventh chapter of Durga Saptashati.

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Mythological Story & History: Kangra  Chamunda Devi Temple

 

It is clear from the ancient tradition and geographical location of the Temple that this is the place where the Chand-Munda demons came to fight with the Goddess and the Goddess killed them by taking the form of Kali. After his death, a demon named Raktabeej appeared in front of the goddess with a huge army and started fighting with the goddess. The goddess started killing the army of Raktabeej. In this way, by killing Raktabeej, the goddess made the gods confident.

This dark fearsome form of the goddess called ‘Chamunda’ in the scriptures and worldly beings known as ‘Mahakali’. When Kalika, who born from Ambika’s browbone, presented Chanda and Munda’s heads as a gift to him, Amba pleased and gave a boon that you have killed Chand-Munda, so you will be famous in the world by the name Chamunda.

It said that in a dream to a devotee of this village, Chamunda Bhagwati ordered that my idol should be established on the body on which I worship every day. Across the Ganges there is my idol under the ledge, install the same on it and worship me there. Since then, Bhagwati worshiped by this idol. This Temple has  built by some goddess devotees and is 700 years old.

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Nandikeshwar Mahadev Temple

The Temple of Nandikeshwar Mahadev  established next to Chamunda Devi. This place is the joint place of Shiva Shakti. There was a sage named Nandi in Tretayuga, he did severe penance for many years to get the devotion of Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva  pleased and appeared to him and asked him to ask for a boon. Nandi said- ‘Lord I have seen you, I have got everything, I wish to keep chanting your name day and night.’ Hearing Nandi’s wish, Lord Shiva said- ‘O! Nandi, from today onwards you will get worshiped all over the world with the effect of my boon. You will be immortal forever. You will have a prominent place in my ranks. The world will call you Nandikeshwar.

The sage accepted the order of Lord Shiva with folded hands and  established there in the name of Nandikeshwar. In the sanctum sanctorum of this Shiva Temple, Shivling  established in a small cave under a huge rock. Here hardly one or two persons can sit and worship the Shivling.

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Puja And Rituals at Kangra  Chamunda Devi Temple

 

The complete idol of the mother  seen in the Temple of the goddess. The four walls of the sanctum  decorated with silver plates. The idol  adorned daily with clothes, ornaments, and flowers. Both times’ worship  done in the Vedic manner by Shodashopachar. The aarti of both times has become a symbol of public faith. In the year, festivals like Sharad Navratri, Chaitra Navratri, Shravan Gupt Navratri, Shivratri, Krishna Janmashtami, Diwali, Lohri, etc. celebrated with great pomp. Sanskrit Vidyalaya by Temple Trust. Music Hall, Library, and Yatri Niwas operated.

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Other Information

The area of ​​the Temple is 1 acre. The annual budget of the Temple is Rs 2 crore 15 lakhs. There are 7 priests, and 56 workers, employed in the Temple. 500-1000 thousand on normal days, 6-8 thousand on Sunday, Saturday, and Tuesday, 2 lakhs during Navratras, and 4-5 lakh devotees visit every year.

How To Reach Kangra  Chamunda Devi Temple

The famous Kangra  Chamunda Devi Temple is just 15 km away from Dharamsala via Yol Cantt. Regular bus service is available from Dharamsala to Kangra  Chamunda Devi Temple. You can also reach Kangra  Chamunda Devi Temple from Pathankot via a toy train. The nearest airport (22 km) from Kangra  Chamunda Devi Temple is Gaggal Airport.

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09/Nov/2022

Kalahasteeswarar Vayu Lingam Temple is located in the city of Srikalahasti in the state of Andhra Pradesh.  It is one of the most famous Shiva temples in South India and said to be the place where Kannappa  ready to offer both his eyes to cover the blood flowing from the Shiva linga before Shiva had Stopped them and granted them salvation.

 

Situated 36 km from Tirupati, the Kalahasteeswarar Vayu Lingam Temple is famous for its Vayu Linga, which is one of the Panchabhuta sites representing the wind. The temple  also known as Rahu-Ketu Kshetra and Dakshina Kailasam. The inner temple built around the 5th century and the outer temple built in the 11th century by Rajendra Chola I and the Vijayanagara kings. Shiva in the form of Vayu worshiped as Kalahasteeswarar.

Kalahasteeswarar Vayu Lingam Temple

Mythological Story of Kalahasteeswarar Vayu Lingam Temple

 

During the early days of creation, Vayu performed penance for thousands of years for the “Karpoora Lingam” (Karpooram meaning camphor). Pleased with his penance, Shiva appeared before him and said, “O Vayu Dev! Though you are dynamic by nature, you stayed here without movement and performed penance for me. I am pleased with your devotion. I will grant you three boons. “. Vayu said, “Swami! I want to be present everywhere in this world and want to be an integral part of every living being which is none other than the manifestation of the Supreme. I want to name this Karpoor Linga, which Represents you”.

Samba Shiva said, “You are deserving of these three boons. According to your wish, you will be spread in this world. There would be no life without you. This lingam of mine will always be known by your name, and all Suras, Asuras, Garudas, Gandharvas, Kinnars, Kimpurushas, ​​Siddhas, Sadhvis, humans, and others will worship this Lingam”. After granting these boons, Shiva disappeared. After this, this Karpoor Vayu Lingam  worshiped by all the world.

 

There are many other legends associated with the glory of the temple. Chief among them is Parvati who cursed by Shiva to abandon her heavenly body and assume human form. To get rid of the above curse, Parvati did a long penance here. Pleased by her deep devotion, Shiva rebuilt her body – a hundred times better than her previous heavenly body – and initiated various mantras including Panchakshari. As a result of this, Parvati gained fame and came to be known as Shiva-jnanam Jnana Prasunamba or Jnana Prasunambika Devi.

Kalahasteeswarar Vayu Lingam Temple

Cursed to become a ghost, Ghankala prayed for 15 years at Srikalahasti and after chanting Bhairav ​​Mantra several times Shiva restored his original form. Mayur, Chandra, and Devendra were also freed from their curse after bathing in the Swarnamukhi river and praying at Srikalahasti. For the devotee Markandeya, Shiva appeared in Srikalahasti and preached that only a guru can give esoteric teachings, and therefore he is Brahma, Vishnu, and Maheshwara.

 

According to another legend, Vayu and Adish had a dispute to find out who was superior, to prove superiority, Adish surrounded Kailasam, and Vayu tried to remove this circle by making a twister. Due to the twister, 8 parts of Kailasam fell at 8 different places which are Trincomalee, Srikalahasti, Thiruchiramalai, Thiruencoimalai, Rajathagiri, Nirthagiri, Ratnagiri and Suvethagiri Thirupangeli.

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History of Kalahasteeswarar Vayu Lingam Temple

 

 

The Chola king Rajendra Chola I rebuild the temple and built the main structure of Kalahasteeswarar Vayu Lingam Temple.  The temple received contributions from various ruling dynasties such as the Chola dynasty and the Vijayanagara Empire. The hundred-pillared halls with intricate carvings commissioned during the reign of Krishnadeva Raya in 1516 AD.

Nakkishar, a Tamil poet. has sung the glory of Kalahastishvara in the 8th century. Chola Rajaraja I renovated it in 989 and got beautiful paintings painted inside the temple. The famous 12th-century poet Sekkijhar praised the glory of this temple in detail in his treatise Periya Purana.

King Krishnadeva built a seven-story gopura in 1516. The Chola king Vijayanagara Raya and the Pallava kings have carried out various construction works from time to time in this temple and there is a hill on the banks of the river Swarnamukhi, about one and a half kilometers away from the abundant conservation station. It  called Kailashgiri. This is one of the three peaks of Kailash that Nandishvar established on earth. Adjacent to it at the bottom of the hill is the huge temple of Kalahastishvara.

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The presiding deity of the temple, Gyan Prasunambika Devi, was born in the Velathurar gotra of Senguntha Kaikolar. In the Shiva Parvati wedding held here, it is customary for the bride to bring home the dowry and deposit it by these Velathur people.

The Architecture of Kalahasteeswarar Vayu Lingam Temple

 

There is a linga idol of Lord Shiva at the main place of the temple. This air element is linga. That is why even the priests do not touch it. A gold plate installed near the idol. Worship done by offering garlands etc. on the same. In this idol, the signs of spider, elephant, and snake teeth are visible. It said that the first spider, elephant, and snake worshiped Lord Shiva. The name Srikalahasteeswarar named after him. Shree means spider, Kaal means snake and Hasti means elephant. There is also a separate temple of Bhagwati Parvati on the premises of the temple. The entire temple rests on 1,000 pillars of black color. The height of each pillar is 35 feet.

The temple built by Rajendra Chola I, and the 120 ft (37 m) high main gopuram and the 100 pillared mandapam constructed in 1516 by the Vijayanagara king Krishnadevaraya. The presiding image of Shiva in the form of a linga made of white stone. In the shape of an elephant’s trunk. The temple faces south while the sanctum sanctorum faces west.

While the temple is situated at the foot of a hill, there is also a belief that the temple was carved out of a monolithic hill. 9 feet (2.7 m) below ground level is a rock-cut temple of Vinayaka. Vallabh Ganapati, Mahalakshmi-Ganapati, and Sahasra Lingeshwara are some of the rare images found in the temple. There is a large temple dedicated to Kalahateshwar’s wife, Jnanaprasannamba. The temple has smaller shrines for Kashi Vishwanath, Annapurna, Suryanarayana, Sadyogapati, and Subramanya. There are two big halls called Sadyogi Mandap and Jalkoti Mandap. Two water bodies named Surya Pushkarni and Chandra Pushkarni connected.

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Significance of Kalahasteeswarar Vayu Lingam Temple

 

 

As one of the Pancha Bhoot Stalam where the presiding deity worshiped as Vayu Linga (air). This temple considered the “Kashi of the South”. Shaivite saints of the 1st century sang about this temple. It is the only temple in India that remains open during solar and lunar eclipses, while all other temples remain closed. This temple is famous for Rahu-Ketu worship. It is believed that by performing this puja, people saved from the astrological effects of Rahu and Ketu. According to Hindu mythology, Kalahatishvara was worshiped by Brahma at this place during the four Yugas.

The Pandava prince Arjuna is believed to have worshiped the presiding deity during the Mahabharata. The legend of Kannappa, a hunter who accidentally turned into an ardent devotee of Shiva, is associated with the temple. The temple is also mentioned in the works of Nakirar and Nalvars, i.e., in the canonical works of Appara, Sundarar, Sambandar, and Manikavasagar Tirumura. As the temple is revered in Tevaram, it is classified as Padal Petra Sthalam, which is one of the 275. The temples are mentioned in the Shaivite Canon.

 

Inspired by meditation, Lord Shiva appeared to him and granted him the boon he had sought. Now, this lingam is not going to say your name anymore. That era will pass and Kalkasti is gaining popularity as a heavenly place among the Panchaputra sites.

 

This Vayu Lingam was worshiped by Mata Parvati. Sand Base Kanchipuram Ekampareshwar Water Thiruvanaikaval Thiruvannamalai like fire. Goddess Parvati meditated on Lord Shiva in this temple, and the history of the temple is also mentioned.

 

Pujas and Rituals of Kalahasteeswarar Vayu Lingam Temple

 

The temple of Amman is located parallel to the Shiva temple.

The temple follows the Shaivite tradition. Maha Shivratri is the most important festival when lakhs of devotees pray to seek the blessings of the Lord. The Mahashivratri Brahmotsavam  celebrated similarly to Maha Shivaratri for 13 days, during which the festive idols of Shiva and Parvati will be taken to Vahanam in a procession around the streets of the temple.

 

Important Information about Kalahasteeswarar Vayu Lingam Temple

 

25 panda priests, 250 employees, and 20 police personnel employed in the service of the temple. There are more than 300 shops for flowers, prasad, and books around the temple. The temple owns 2,500 acres of land. On normal days, 20-25 thousand per day, 50-60 thousand on Saturday, and Sunday, 1 lakh on Shivratri, 80 thousand on Kartik Monday, and more than 1 crore devotees visit in the whole year. The area of ​​the temple is 20 acres.

Route Introduction

Renigunta to Kalahasti 25, Hyderabad 540, Chennai 150, Delhi 1,800, Lucknow 1,950, Tirupati 30 km. is far. The distance of the temple from the station is about 2 km.

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