Friday, August 18, 2017

Hoyasaleshwara temple - Halebidu , Hasan district, Karnataka.

 A temple believed to be built in 12 -13th century, this  Hoysala monument is amazing .Situated in Hasan district of Karnataka this temple will offer a delightful experience to any tourist.

 This temple is known as Hoysaleshwara temple , houses Shivlinga known as  Hoysaleshwara. This temple has excellent ornate work in stone. Each stone is  cut and carved to perfection and is difficult to believe how one can create such intricate work in stone. Soap stones are used to create excellent art pieces.One can easily spend a day or two here enjoying the beautiful carvings .

Halebidu means ruined city and got its  name as it was ransacked twice during the invasion of  Malik Gafur. . Though the spire  of the temple is missing ,it is still  magnificent and just stands as a reminder of past glory.
Hoysaleswara shrine is situated near to the main entrance on the right side and  bang opposite outside one can see the gigantic Nandi  a monolithic structure with a fine gleam . Difficult to believe how these were carved with smooth finish in days of yore.

The statues in various poses, the ornaments they wear are mesmerizing. No two statues are alike and one can just imagine the creativity and vision of the creator.
There are also statues of Jain monks  here.

One can use the help of a guide here to get detailed description of monument and the stories associated with each statue here. This temple is under ASI.
More details  here
This temple is 149 Kilometers from Mysore.
Halebidu is just 25-30 from Hasan.
Will be sharing some more pictures in my next post.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Kasi Viswanathar temple Kumbakonam

Kumbakonam and nearby areas are surrounded by magnificent temples, each has interesting legends associated with it. Even after four or five visits , I am yet to cover a minuscule percentage of those.
But whatever I have seen are very very popular in that area . I am trying to share  the same through my brief descriptions and through pictures.

I do have lot of limitations ,I wish , I could have spent  more time in each of these holy places. But time constraints,situations and personal commitments allow me only a fleeting glimpses of these huge monuments.

This time I am taking you to Kasi Viswanathar temple in Kumbakonam.
The presiding deity here is  Lord Shiva, known as Kasi Viswanathar, His  consort is Visalakshi. This temple is small compared to other Kumbakonam temples. There is a separate shrine for Navakannigas ;7 rivers here. There are also shrines for Bhairava, Sun, Moon, Lindohbhava, Mahishasura Mardhini and Lord Dakshinamurthy.

This comes under Padal petra sthalam hence an important Shivalayam. Legend is that Lord Rama and Lakshmana prayed here to Lord Shiva and sought blessings to enable them to slay Ravana. The nine rivers Known as Nava kannigas prayed to Lord Shiva at Varanasi to absolve them of sins washed away by bathers. Lord directed them to bath in Mahamaham tank and pray to Lord Adi Kumbeshwara  here, yet another beautiful temple.
More details here.

Kai Viswanathar  temple is in the heart of city and is very close to the famous Mahamaham tank.

 I have included a few pictures of Mahamaham tank too.
Once in 12 years people gather here in large number to have a holy dip in the tank during the Mahamaham festival . It is believed that a holy bath during the festival will wash away one's sins and will purify the soul .
Legend is that a few drops of nectar from the Amritha Kumbham spilled in this place.
Last Mahamaham festival took place in February 2016.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Vainkunta Perumal Mangadu

Just half a kilometer form Kamakshi Amman temple is the abode of Vainkuta Perumal , He is the brother of Kanchi Kamakshi, and He came down to Mangadu to perform the wedding of Kamakshi Amman with Lord Shiva.

The wedding could not be solemnized in Mangaadu.

Perumal in this temple  is in a sitting position  with His consorts Boo devi and Sree devi.

He sits holding a ring in  His right hand which he carried as gift for his sister.
There are sub shrines here for  Kankavalli Thayar, Andal, Anjaneyar.

 There is also one more temple, temple of Shiva known here as Velleswarar  which is related to  Kamkshi amman temple. Will post the same soon.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Kamakshi Amman temple- Mangadu, near Chennai

Kamakshi Amman temple on the outskirts of Chennai at Mangadu  is very popular and Goddess Sakthi is worshipped here. This temple is  draws huge crowd on Tuesdays and Fridays as these days are considered to be auspicious to pray and perform rituals to Goddess and seek her blessings.

It is believed that Goddess Parvati arrived here from Kailasha once she was cursed by Shiva . To reunite with Shiva she did severe penance standing on one leg and other leg folded over fire in a Mangaadu ( mango forest). One can see this idol of Amman doing penance in a shrine here.

Lord Shiva pleased with her penance came down to Mangadu and blessed Her and married her at Kanchipuram and both bless their devotees in Ekambereshwar temple in Kanchipuram.
Read my blog Kanchi Kamakshi temple in Kanchipuram

The temple main sanctum houses a Ardhmeru Sri Chakra by Sri Sankaracharya when he found out that the place where Godess did the severe penance still was hot by  the power of Agni( fire) which did not subside even after the penance was complete.

The main worship with kumkum ( vermillion ) is performed for the Sri Chakra and no abhishegam here as Sri Chakra contains rare herbs.

There is also an idol of Kamakshi behind the Sri Chakra which was installed by Sri Kanchi Paramacharya.

Maangaadu is just 24 kms from Chennai city and is located off the Chennai Bangalore highway on the way from Poonamallee to Kunrathur.

Buses as well as cabs are available to reach this temple.
Also make it a point to visit Vaikunta Perumal temple near Kamakshi Amman temple. God came here to help Goddess Kamakshi, His sister during her wedding.