Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Arunachaleshwar temple-Tiruvannamalai

I am sharing a few pictures of my recent visit to the Annamalaiyar temple. All pictures were captured on my mobile

I have already made a post about this temple. refer here for details.

Monday, November 11, 2019

Ulagalanda Perumal Koil - Tirukoilur, near Tiruvannamalai

Ulagalanda Perumal Koil  (Lord  who measured the universe) is a temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu which is situated 35 Kms from Tiruvannamalai; is one among the 108 divyadesams of Vishnu.

The temple is very ancient and the idol of the Moolavar known as Trivikrama is huge and made of Tharu wood.( deodhar). The idol is brightly painted decked up well with right leg  lifted up as if measuring the sky.

Inside sanctum we also find idols of King Mahabali  sitting near the Holy feet and there are other idols of Brahma, Mahalakshmi and Vamana. There is also a huge idol of Garuda , Lord Vishnu's mount outside the sanctum facing the main deity. A 40 feet Garuda pillar facing the temple  is also a speciality of this temple. Thayar, Lord's consort  has a separate shrine.

There are shrines around the temple for Lord Narasimha , Andal and Lakshmi Hayagrivar.
There is Lord Venugopala swamy shrine in the first prakaram and the idol here is made of saligrama. Many offer prayers here  before proceeding to worship the main deity.This is one of the Pancha Krishna temples and Utsavar here is Gopalaswamy, a beautiful idol with a whip in hand and cows around.
There is also a swayambhu Durga near to Lord's shrine and she is worshipped here during Rahukalam.

Details and legend related to temple can be found here 

Monday, June 17, 2019

Kala bhairav temple - Ujjain

India the land of mysticism,  strange beliefs systems and unique rituals never cease to surprise and amaze  me. The visit to Kalbhairava temple in Ujjain was no different. 
I witnessed an extraordinary ritual where the devotees were queuing up to offer liquor to the deity. This one deity, many who love booze would never fail to admire. 
There are many shops selling liquor and shopkeepers coax you get a bottle before you enter the temple premises. Its not compulsory to carry the bottles. The Lord here blesses everyone who prays in his durbar. 
Once inside the sanctum the priest pours out the content from the bottle on to a plate and holds it close to the mouth of the idol  by tilting the plate little  and one would  see the contents going down. Its a mystery as gallons of liquor goes down and disappears here everyday.

This visit was really  intriguing and felt so happy I could witness this strange ritual.
Check this link to see Kalabhairav temple ritual.

Things to remember: no mobiles and electronic gadgets and avoid carrying huge bags. 

Its at a distance of 6 kms from Mahakaleshwar Ujjain main temple and is on jail road, Bhairavar Garh. 

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Kalyanan venkatesha perumal - Mangapuram

Kalyana Venkatesa Perumal temple is 12 Kms from the town of Tirupati in Chittoor district
This temple is considered in importance next to Tirumala temple and one can have darshan of Lord here in a unhurried manner and ample time to pray in a serene atmosphere. The deity here  is exact replica of Tirumala Venkateshwara.  
There are no sub shrines. There's a pushkarani ( temple pond) opposite to the temple.
 Lord  of Tirumala is  believed to have stayed here for 6 months post his marriage to Goddess Padmavati hence the name Kalyana Venkateswara. 
Newly wedded couples visit this temple to seek Lord's blessing.

An entry  fee of Rs 5 is collected for  Darshan which goes for the upkeep of the temple. This temple is also under the TTD administration now.
Things to remember :
Do not carry mobile/camera and other electronic gadgets inside the temple. 

As photgraphy is prohibited this picture is shared form Wikipedia

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Badrinath temple, Chamoli district, Uttarakhand

Badrinath is the abode of  Lord Narayana and the temple is situated on the banks of Alakananda river in Chamoli district , this is a divyadesam of Vishnu and the idol here is  known as Badrinarayan. Lord Narayana sits here in this temple under the Badri tree  and the  idol is made of salagrama.
This is the  only temple that is believed to be in existence from Satyayuga and is  mentioned in our ancient religious texts. It is also glorified in Nalariyam Divyaprabandan

There is separate  shrine for Mahalakshmi , consort of Lord Narayana.
The temple puja and worship was designed by Sri Shankaracharya.
The temple is flanked by the snow capped Nar Narayan parvats.
There is a hot water spring just outside the temple and pilgrims take bath as it is supposed to have medicinal effect.
The mahadwara of the main temple is richly decorated and is a stark contrast to the snow laden surroundings.
This temple remains open only for 6 months and during winter months it gets covered in snow.