Showing posts with label Temples. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Temples. Show all posts

Thirupathi - Must Visit Richest Temple in the World!!

Thirupati - Thirumala Temples is considered to be the richest Hindu temple in the world. and It is a best tourist place near Bangalore and Chennai. Located in the Eastern Ghats of Andhra Pradesh is the grand temple of Lord Vekateshwara or Balaji. The temple is located on the seventh peak, Venkatadri and hence the deity is also known as 'Lord of the Seven Hills'. These hills are said to resemble the shape of the mythical serpent Shesha and so the deity is also referred to as 'Sheshachalavasa'.There are two main ways to reach Tirumala. One way is a road designed for vehicles with a distance of 22 kms and the other, a stepped pathway, 12kms long. It is estimated that on an average, 50,000 pilgrims visit the temple every day and the number exceeds one lakh during the 'Brahmotsavam' festival. And richer is the 'prasadam' - fondly called Tirupati Laddu, made of cashew nuts, raisins, boondi and sugar syrup.


How to reach :
Direct flights to Tirupati are available from Hyderabad and Chennai only.

From Bangalore
Tirupati is 258 km away from Bangalore (via Kolar and Chittoor). The KSTRC and APSRTC runs daily buses between Bangalore and Tirupati.

Mysore-Tirupati Fast Passenger train is runs daily from Mysore to Tirupati via Bangalore. 

From Chennai 
137 km from Chennai (via Red Hills, Utthukottai, Nagalapuram, Puttur and Renigunta)
145 km from Chennai (via Poonamalli, Tiruvallur, Tiruttani, Nagiri and Puttur)
152 km from Chennai (via Red Hills, Tada and Sri Kalahasti).

From Hyderabad
Tirupati is 562 km from Hyderabad (via Kurnool, Cuddapah and Kodur).


APSRTC runs daily buses between Hyderabad and Tirupati. The types of buses are: Express/ Luxury/ Hi-tech/ AC Sleeper Coach.


Places to visit near Tirupati

Sri Kalahasti

Must Visit Shiva Temple in South India - Sri Kshethra Dharmasthala


Dharmasthala is a must visit famous Shiva temple in Dakshina Kannada District of Karnataka and it is a must visit popular tourist place in South India. Dharmasthala is the perfect embodiment of the word "Dharma" for it displays every shade of meaning with which the word is imbued. The greatness of Dharmasthala, however is the fact that it has added an active element to "Dharma", such that it touches the lives of people with a transformational directness that is unique. and one of the popular tourist place near Mangalore.

To those that come for worship, Dharmasthala represents religious tolerance wherein caste, 
creed and faith of pilgrims are no bars. For here, the Jain Theerthankara is worshipped on the same consecrated grounds as the native Daivas and Lord Manjunatha (Lord Shiva). The priests are Vaishnavite Brahmins and the guardian of the temple is Heggade, a Jain by faith. Altogether forming a confluence of faiths that harmonize in belief of the Omnipotent.

To those that come for justice, Dharmasthala is the scale that does not tip in favour of a lawyer's glib tongue. Here, without any legal formality or argument the Heggade dispenses justice, acting in the tradition of his ancestral role as the Heggade and representing the presiding deities.

To those that come in need, Dharmasthala is an Oasis, where succour, solace and hope abound in the serenity of the temple and in the free hostelries that provide food and shelter.

And to those that come in curiosity, Dharmasthala is a miracle of paradoxes. Here different faiths co-exist in harmony just as traditions make room for experimental services, High or low, rich or poor, devout or atheist, at Dharmasthala all are equal.

The temple is about 800 years. The temple houses a shiva linga of gold. It is belived that Shiva linga was brought by Lord Annappa fom a place called Kadri near Mangalore. The temple is unusual in that this Shaiva kshetra is headed by a Jain administration and poojas are conducted by Vaishnava priests.



Dharmasthala, a sacred place, as its name indicates, is a place of the Truth, Faith, Communal harmony and spiritual experience in the Holy Land. Here, everyone enjoyes the generous hospitality, irrespective of caste, creed or class whatsoever. Dharmasthala pilgrim center located on the banks of river Nethravathi in Beltangady Taluk of Dakshina Kannada (South Canara) District.

Dharmasthala is popular for temple of Sri Manjunatha, God Shiva’s another avatar, Hence, The Maha Shivaratri is celebrated grandly in temple premises. So we have arranged a trip to Dharmasthala from Bangalore.


First, we booked seats in KSRTC’s new venture ‘Karanataka Vaibhava’ Its as same as ‘Rajahamsa’ (KSRTC’s Delux Bus Service) and the fare is very cheaper than the Rajahamsa. Bus fare is little more than KSRTC’s ordinary service ‘Karnataka Sarige’ (Karnataka Sarige – Rs. 220/-, Karanataka Vaibhava – Rs. 237/-).



We started at Sunday night from Bangalore and reached Dharmasthala at 5.00 a.m. on the day of Shivarathri. Once we reached there, we tried to book a room, but since there is very crowd, we did’nt get the room, so we taken ticket for ‘Hairike Mudi’ and went for queue. Its amazing!!! There a queue stands more than a kilometer for harike mudi at the time of 6.00 a.m. we also included in that queue. after seven hours of waiting, we reached the harike mudi place ( Note : On the eve of Shivaratri, there are more than one lakh pilgrims visited Dharmathala. On other days, you may finish within an hour).
Once we finished, we went to Nethravathi river to take bath, (2kms from temple) and came back to temple at 3.00 p.m. and the temple will open for darshan at 5.00 pm, so we went for lunch in Annapoorna Complex (Temple’s free annadana complex). and went to see gommateshwara statue.

We got Darshan at 7.30 p.m. and went again for dinner at 8.00p.m.

We have taken tickets for return to Bangalore in Karnataka Vaibhava bus, and reached Bangalore at 5.00 a.m. 
Overall, it’s a pleasant journey!!!!

The Official Website of Sri Khsethra Dharmasthala

More Tourist information About Dharmasthala

Tourist Attractions near Dharmasthala

Sri Rama Kshethra



Ghati Subramanya -Must Visit Subrahmanya Temple Near Bangalore

Ghati Subramanya is one of the must visit tourist place and Lord Subramanya's temple near Bangalore located near Dodadaballapur of Bangalore Rural District. Ghati Subramanya is around 60kms from Bangalore. The temple is belongs to Lord Subramanya and Lord Lakshmi Narasimha and in history of the temple says that the idol of Shri Subrahmanya is self originated. The unique of this temple is Sri Subrahmanya is facing east and Sri Lakshmi Narasimha is facing west, in a single view image, once can have Darshan of Lord Narasimha through a mirror placed rear side. It is a Sri Subramanya’s temple and very much similar with the Kukke Subramanya temple near Mangalore. In this temple, you find him in the "Naga" avathar and all the ‘Sarpa (snake) dosha’ related poojas are performed here.


This temple is attracting thousand together visitors, devotees and many people for its uniqueness. Brahmarathotsava also will take place on the day of Pushya shudda shasti narasimha jayanti. This is main festival celebration of the temple. Marriage functions are also held in this temple. Free Lunch aslo be provided for devotees who visit the temple. Local transportation is available from Doddaballapur to Ghati Subramanya. Makali Durga on the Bangalore - Guntakal lane is the nearest railway station Nearest Airport to the temple is Bangalore International Airport.

Sri KarinjeshwaraTemple - A Weekend Destination from Mangalore

The Sri Karinjeshwara temple is one of the most honoured tourist place near Mangalore  This temple is situated in the Bantwal taluk and is atop a hill in the Karinja village.
Sri Karinjeshwara Temple – Overview 

The Surya Sadashiva Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and his consort Goddess Parvati. A devotee will have to climb as many as 555 steps in order to reach the Sri Karinjeshwara temple. On the way to the Shiva temple is the temple of Parvati. At the same level of the Parvati temple, is another temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha.



Some of my Friends visited the temple and wrote there experiences here.

The first twenty kilometers of the drive was along the Mangalore -Bangalore highway. But once we left the highway and took the road towards Dharmasthala, the scene soon turned green. We drove past villages and settlements scattered between patches of woods. About eight kilometers down this road, we had to turn right to take a narrow winding road towards Kavalamudur village. This stretch passes through a densely wooded forest and is a visual treat. A clean level ground at the base of a rocky hill suddenly jumps into view as you turn a bend in the road. A couple of shops selling coconuts and bananas for offering at the temples stand on the bank of a fairly large rectangular tank of water. Having parked the car in front of one of the shops, we made our way up the flight of steps cut into the side of the hill. The steps were small and paved with rough hewn granite and were interrupted every now and then by wide landings which made the climb relatively easy. Though it was a Sunday during a month when most schools in the region were having vacations, there were not many visitors. A winding climb of a few hundred steps brought us to the first of the two shrines. Situated halfway up the hill, this Parvathi temple is surrounded by a clean courtyard, at one end of which is a new, almost completed anna chathra - a dining hall. Another steeper flight of steps leads up to the peak of he hill on which is situated the Karinjeshwara temple. The peak of the hill provides a breathtaking panoramic view of the forested foothills of the western ghats. A troop of friendly monkeys have made their home here. Each morning, after the daily pooja, the naivedyam is ritually offered to the monkeys.


The top of the hill on which these temples are situated is accessible only by foot. Each stone and each beam of wood that was used in building the temple must have been carried manually up the hill. The amount of physical labour that was involved in the task must have been astounding.


Distance:
35 kms from Mangalore

How to get there:
Frequent buses available from Mangalore.
If you are driving from Mangalore, take the Mangalore-Bangalore Highway. Immediately after the BC Road (Bantwal Cross Road) bus stop, turn left into the Dharmasthala / Moodigere road. About 8 kms down the road, turn right at the Karinje junction and drive another two kms.

Driving conditions:

Most of the roads are in good condition. The stretch after BC Road, has a few tight and steep curves. Look out for private buses driven by maverick drivers.

What we liked about the place:
The beautiful view from the top of the hill
The antics of the resident monkeys
Not crowded (unless you are visiting during Shivarathri when there is a Jathre at the place), relatively clean.



Tips:

  • Reach early unless you enjoy climbing a steep hill under a blazing sun.
  • Dont forget your caps and sunglasses.
  • Take a few bottles of water frozen solid in the freezer overnight. By the time you reach the hill, they would have thawed into refreshingly cool water.
  • And finally, dont forget to take a camera.

Karnataka West Coast Travelogue




The West Coast of Karnataka is having lots of tourist places. My friend had a pelasant trip on his Civic and written this travelogue in Team-BHP.com

Karnataka West Coast Travelogue

And we are planning a trip in next month, its starting from Bangalore, and it will includes - Bangalore Shimoga – Jog Falls – Yana- Gokarna – Murdeshwar – Kollur – Agumbe – Shringeri – Horanadu – Dharmasthala – Belur- Halebeedu- Shravana Belagola – Bangalore. We will write the detailed travelogue about that trip in our future posts.

Must visit temples near Dharmasthala

Lakhs together pilgrims visiting Sri Kshetra Dharmasthala every year. The are many ancient temples are hidden in the villages near Dharmasthala. But the visitors of the Dharmasthala are not have enough details of these temples. here we listed some of the temples near dharmasthala. 


1) Sri Sadashiva Rudra Temple: 
This temple located in Suriya Village,near Dharmastala is one among them. Manly dedicated to Lord Shiva, the temple has got a unique tradition of offering clay sculptures to God. Generally people offer money or gold to God when their wishes are fulfilled as a symbol of gratitude, but in this temple people make clay offerings to the God.The Suriya temple is probably only one of its kind because of its unique tradition of clay offerings. 

Devotees pray god for their wishes/desires.Once it is fulfilled the devotees along with their clay offerings have to go to the temple preferably on Mondays along with a coconut and a kg of rice.The offerings are available in temple premises which are clay sculptures of your requests.For example chair and table symbolizes job, marriage means small sculptures of bride and groom, human body parts like ear,eyes,heart etc. You can also see children, cradles, limbs, houses, automobiles, coconuts, cattle,eggs, computer,watch,aeroplane etc.., this list is probably endless.

Here is a small tank near by the temple.All the clay offerings are made in a separate place called Mannina Harake Bana ( Clay Offerings Place) which is close to temple.You can see a huge collection of clay sculptures there. ts believed that temple is around 700 years old.But no one in the temple knows the importance behind this clay offerings.
Clay is within the tradition of India.We make ganesha idol,durga mata idol(usually in West Bengal) and many more using clay.So clay must be pure and good compared to anything and I believe god likes to get clay offerings.
How to Reach :
Suriya is around 12km from Dharmastala,which has good connectivity from all parts of Karnataka.You can hire a jeep or auto from Dharmastala to get in to the place.
Temple timings : 7 30AM to 2PM and 4PM to 6.30PM.
Address of the temple :
Administrator. Sri Sadashiva Rudra Temple
Surya, Nada Grama, Permanu. Beltanagday Tq, DK-574214. 
2) Shishileshwara Temple, Shishila




The Shishileshwara temple is situated on the banks of Kapila River in Shishila village of Belthangady Taluk, Dakshina Kannada district.

The history of Shishileshwara temple dates back to 700 years. This place is also referred as Matsya Theertha. The Mahashir (in Tulu 'Peruvelu') fish is found in huge numbers in the Kapila river.

The fish in the Kapila River at Shishila are believed to be sacred and Naivedyam is offered to them after offering daily pujas. It is also believed that one can get rid of all types of skin disease after worshipping at Shishileshwara temple and feeding the fish in Kapila River.

The other attractions of this place are two rocks, 'Huli Kallu' (rock named after tiger), and 'Dana Kallu' (rock named after cow). It is believed that, a tiger and a cow reached the river and tiger chased the cow. To avoid violence, Shishileshwara converted tiger and cow into rocks. These rocks are also worshipped during the annual festival.

The annual festival at Shishila is held at the end of May and celebrated for 9 days with unique feature in each day.

Note: Fishing is restricted in Kapila River in and around 2 kilometers from Shishileshwara temple.

Distance from Shishila
Mangalore: 110 km
Dharmasthala: 30 km
Belthangadi: 45 km
Kokkada: 15 km

How to Reach
From Beltangady one has to travel via Uppinangady (which is located at National Highway 48) and Kokkada. One has to cross the river to reach Shishila.

Few Buses also ply to Shishila from Uppinangadi and Dharmasthala.


3) Sowthadka Mahaganapathi Temple

This temple is just 20km away  Dharmasthala,. It is unique in the sense that it has no temple structure. 

Pooja Timings : 7:15 am, 12:15 pm, 7:15 pm


Shree Anantha Padmanabha Swamy - The Richest God of the World


Shree Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple is one of the most important Vaishnavite Temples in India. And now it is the richest temple in the world. The city carrying the name of Anantha later became Thiruvananthapuram. Due to the presence of this temple, Thiruvananthapuram even had a name "Ananthasayanam".

Vilwamangalam Swamiyar who was roaming in search of Sree Krishna, reached Ananthan Kaadu and there, Vishnu appeared in front of him in the form of Ananthasayana. Swamiyar plucked some tender mangoes from a nearby mango tree and gave it to Vishnu as his offering. Vishnu accepted that offering and was pleased. This is what the tales tell.

The Idol of Sree Padmanabha Swamy is made of Kadusarkkara Yogam, an ayurvedic mixture, with Vishnu sleeping on the serpent Ananta with his head pointing towards south, facing east. The idol is made up of 12000 salagramams that compose the reclining figure. They are considered extraordinary because they are from Nepal, from the banks of the Gandhaki river, and they were allegedly brought to the temple by elephant in an elaborate ceremony. On top of them, “katusarkara yogam”, navaratnams, a special ayurvedic mix, was used to create plaster. Followers believe that the Lord has personally come in disguise and had saved the Travancore Kingdom from enemy attack on multiple occasions.

In late June 2011, a review of the temple's underground vaults was undertaken by a seven-member panel appointed by the Supreme Court of India to generate an inventory, leading to the discovery of a vast hidden collection. Estimates suggest that the temple could be the richest in the world; unofficial estimates on the sixth day of the inventory placed the value of contents at close to 100,000 crore (US$22.3 billion).

The riches come from the donations that were made by the Royal family and traders, who used to come from other parts of the country and abroad, as offerings to the deity, and were sealed within the thick stone walls and vaults of the temple for over a millennium. Zee news reported that the value of the Ancient offerings made to the lord Padmanabhaswamy may be in excess of 500000 crore ( USD$ 100 Billion). The temple is now considered wealthier than the Tirumala Venkateswara Temple in Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh – by official records considered to be the richest shrine in India

The temple that houses a sleeping idol of Lord Vishnu is the richest temple in the world. Treasure worth Rs 100,000 crore was recently found in secret chambers on temple land. Golden crowns, 17 kg of gold coins, 18 ft long golden necklace weighing 2.5 kg, gold ropes, sack full of diamonds, thousands of pieces of antique jewellery, and golden vessels were some of the treasures unearthed during the weekend.

The main treasure found was a one foot (12 angulams) height golden idol of Lord Mahavishnu and a 30 kg golden ‘anki’. This golden idol of Lord Vishnu is believed to be the replica of the ‘utsava vigraham' used in the temple. The golden idol of Padmanabhaswamy studded with more than 1000 previous stones is valued to around Rs. 500 Crore. Another golden idol of Lord Sree Krishna was also found which weighs around 5 kg. Several golden coins were also unearthed which are believed to be issued during the reign of Krishnadeva Rayar in the 16th century AD. Numerous golden ornaments which were used to adorn the main deity were also found in the Vault marked A. Ornaments studded with emeralds were also found on Saturday. Numerous golden human figurine weighing 1 kg, golden bangles, golden rope, are other interesting treasure found in the Vishnu Temple. Two coconut shells made of pure gold were also found. One of this golden coconut shell was students with rare antique stones including emeralds and rubies. 



Explore the Temple



How to Reach
Shree Padmanabhaswamy Temple can easily be accessed by road being its ideal location near the Trivandrum City Bus Station in East Fort, Thiruvananthapuram. The inter-state highway, National Highway 47 (NH 47) connects Thiruvananthapuram to all major cities and nearby states including Kollam, Ernakulam (Kochi), Thrissur, Nagercoil, Coimbatore, Kanyakumari, Chennai, and Bangalore. 

Nearest Railway Station
Thiruvananthapuram Central Railway Station is the nearest railway station, just 1 km away from Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple. Trivandrum Central Railway Station is one of the major railway stations in Kerala, managed by Southern Railways. Himsagar Express (Kanyakumari - Kashmir), Rajdhani Express, Howrah Express, Sabari Express (Trivandrum – Hyderabad), and Guruvayur Express (Chennai – Guruvayoor) are some of the major trains passing through Trivandrum Railway Station.

Nearest Bus Station
Thiruvananthapuram City Bus Station at East Fort is the nearest bus station to reach the temple. The City Bus Station is just a walking distance from the temple. Thiruvananthapuram Central Bus Station, situated opposite to the railway station, is just a kilometer away from the temple.

By Flight / Airport
Trivandrum International Airport is the nearest airport to reach Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple. The airport is just 7 km from the temple. 

Kukke Subramanya - The Richest Temple in Karnataka



Lapped in the luxurious abundance of the beauty of the nature the village of Subramanya lies in the Sullia Taluk in Dakshina Kannada. The temple is situated in the heart of the village. Nature reveals herself in all her unhidden beauty in the rivers, forests and mountains which the temples is surrounded by. It is about a 105 KM from Mangalore and can be easily reached by train,buses or taxis. and its a must visit tourist place near Mangalore.


According to one Mythology, after killing the demon rulers, Tharaka, Shurapadmasura and their followers in a war, Lord Shanuka reached Kumara parvatha with his brother Ganesh and others. He was received by Indra and his followers. Indra being very happy prayed Lord Kumara swamy to accept and marry his daughter Devasena for which the Lord readily agreed. The divine marriage took place on Margashira shudha shashti at Kumara parvatha. Gods like Brahma, Vishnu, Rudra and many other deities assembled for the marriage and coronation ceremony of Shanmukha for which waters of several holy rivers were brought. With these waters of Mahabhisheka fell down to form a river which was later known by the popular name Kumaradhara.

Kukke Subrahmanya is situated in a picturesque surrounding at the feet of Western Ghats in the Sullia Taluk of Dakshina Kannada District of Karnataka State. The Subrahmanya Temple is one of the famous and richest temples of South India. This place is directly connected by road from Bangalore, Mysore, Mangalore, Udupi, Dharmasthala and other places. It is surrounded by Kodagu district in the east, Puttur Taluk of Dakshina Kannada district in the west, Sakleshpur of Hassan district in the north, and Sullia, the Taluk headquarter in south. Direct buses are moving between Subrahmanya and these places.



The train route to Subrahmanya is very picturisque and it is passes through green thick forest of Shiradi. The railway track from Sakleshpur to Mangalore passes through some of the most picturesque hills of the western ghats. The train pulls down through these ghats chug-chugging along the bridges and tunnels. The whole stretch of the railway line passes through a number of such bridges and tunnels.You wont wish to forget, if you travelled through the train from Sakleshpur to Subramanya Road. ok, we will post the details and most beautiful pictures of the 'green route' in our next posts.

The Official webisite of the temple



Madurai Meenakshi Temple - Biggest temple in Tamil Nadu



Madurai, the second largest city in Tamil Nadu, is known for its world renowned Meenakshi Temple. This temple is famous for its intricate carvings and scriptures. The city of Madurai is situated at the bank of river Vaigai and boasts of a rich culture and heritage. More than 2,500 years old, it is one of the most ancient cities of India. Once the capital of Pandya kings, Madurai is considered to have been built by Pandyan King Kulasekara, in the 6th century BC.

It is situated at a distance of 427 km from Bangalore and is one of the must visit tourist destinations in South India. Often known as the Athens of the East, the city comprises of a number of temples and historical monuments. Thousands of pilgrims and tourists visit Madurai every year in search of spiritual peace. Apart from temples, tourists can also visit other such examples of Tamilian architecture in British and Islamic styles. There are also a number of mosques and cathedrals in the city, where people can receive divine sermons.

Madurai has something for everybody. The famous Float Festival is of great religious importance and attracts pilgrims from across the country. The adventurous lot of tourists can visit Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary and Megamalai tea estates, while the nature lovers can go to Kodaikanal, Suruli and Kumbakkarai Water Falls. Thus, Madurai presents a beautiful blend of art, culture, spirituality, technology and entertainment, thus making it a popular tourist destination.