Thursday, September 27, 2018

Bhadrachalam-Sriramachandra Swamy temple - Telangana

Sriramachandra Swamy temple at Bhadrachalam is situated on the banks of river Godavari and is known as Dakshina Ayodhya.
The temple is situated on a small hillock and a few  steps would lead one to the temple.
The sanctum here has beautiful granite idols of Sri Rama with consort Sita sitting in his lap with  Lakshmana  standing nearby with an arrow in his hand. 

The legend is that Sri Rama, Sita and Lakshmana spent their days here in Dandaka forest during their exile . Rama's grace turned a  hillock into a human form called Bhadra who was a great devotee of Rama and he spent his life chanting Tarak mantra. He wanted Rama to reside there on his head but as  Rama was in search of Sita as she was abducted by Ravana ,he promised to return after finding her; a promise which was never fulfilled in his life time.

As Bhadra's penance continued, Lord Vishnu manifested to bless his ardent devotee as Vaikunta Rama with  conch, disc, bow and  arrow in His four hands forgetting that Rama was a mortal being. 

To give salvation to Bhadra ,he was again turned into hillock and as per his wish Lord decided to reside at the hillock. The hill also came to be known as  Bhadradri (bhadrachalam).

This temple was constructed by Bhakta Ramdas in 1674 AD.
More details here.

Tips to devotees

Lift facility is available for physically challenged and very old  citizens.
Paid darshan tickets are available inside the temple complex which allows devotees to go closer to the sanctum.
Mobile phones are not allowed inside the temple and there is a cloak room for safe keep of phones for a small fee of  Rs 5.
Bhadrachalam road is the nearest rail head and one can travel by bus or cab to reach Bhadrachalam temple town which takes about a 45 minutes by road.
Only Chatrams and budget hotels are available in the temple town.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Murudeshwar temple, Bantwal Taluk, Karnataka

  Lord Shiva is known as Murudeshwar here and  this temple is set beautifully right on the sea shore atop a small hill. The massive tower in front of the temple is magnificent and so is the huge image of Siva .The temple is  surrounded on all three sides by water.

Once inside the temple, the sanctum houses Shivalinga  and there are sub shrines around the temple.
The interior of the temple is maintained well . The breathtaking view of sea from the terrace of the temple is something that one should experience as I am at a loss for right choice of words. 

It is believed that the deity here is the  Atma Linga which Ravana received from Lord Shiva himself as he wanted to take it with him to Lanka. Read the legend here.

The massive tower of the temple has 20 storeys and an elevator  helps devotees to reach the top  of the tower .
Don't miss the stunning view of Maravanthe beach,here the river Jog is running parallel to the sea with road running in between when one approaches Marudeshwar from Kundapur.

This temple is situated in Bhatkal taluk and is in North Kannada.

                                                             Massive tower
                    Gigantic Shiva statute on beach which is  visible from top of the temple
                                                             Main shrine

                                                                Sub shrines

                                                         The Golden Vahana
                                                       A beautiful view
                                                                 Main temple

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Annapoorneshwari temple-Horanadu, Dakshin Kannada

The temple of Annapoorneshwari is situated in Horanadu, a quaint village  nestled in the forest range of Western ghats which is just 100 Kms from the town of Chikmaglur.

The scenic beauty of this place will mesmerise all. The hill ranges with  a lavish coat of greenery, the  veil of mist, the river Bhadra flowing by will have a calming effect on one's mind . Peace descends as soon as one sets his  foot here. The rest is done by the benevolent glance of Mother and one experiences pure bliss . A perfect place  for those are in search of spiritual retreats.

Goddess of this temple is  known as Adhyasakthyathmaka Annapoorneshwari and the idol of the Goddess stands tall decked from top to toe with gold . She is none other than Goddess Parvati incarnate. It is believed that whoever visits this temple would not go without food in their life time.

Anna means food or grains and poorna means perfect food. Serving Anna known as Annadanam is a daily  service in the temple and no devotee leaves this temple without partaking the prasad .

Follow this link for details of the temple.
Temple website
Photography is not allowed inside the temple.


Friday, May 11, 2018

Sowthadka Shree Maha Ganapathy temple, Dakshin Kannada.

Lord Mahaganapathy  here , sits majestically  in the open  courtyard on a large platform  in  lush green surroundings. Serenity envelops this divine place and renders a unique experience.

The image of Ganesha, is carved out of black granite stone and is  fully decked up with bright coloured floral garlands. He is visible to devotees  right from the entrance of the temple. Scores of bells varying in size are hung all around the temple and they are offerings made by the devotees to their dear God.The air reverberates with the sound of bells. The vibrations created by the chimes, chanting by the priests, the fervent prayers by the devotees standing all around will help one to make a divine connect with the Lord easily.  

This temple is in Bellthangadi district near Kokkada village in Dakshina Kannada and 16 Kms from Dharmasthala and about 30 Kms from Kukke Subramanya but many are unaware of this temple's existence.More details here.

Other famous temple of Ganesha-   Madanantheswara  Siddhi Vinayaka temple in Kasargod, Kerala. Gokarna and Karpagavinayagar temple in Pillayarpatti, Tamil nadu

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Gangaikonda Cholapuram - Brihadeeshwara temple, Tamilnadu

Brihadeeshwara temple at Gangaikonda Cholapuram is yet another contribution to the world from the Chola kings. One can say, it is a smaller version of Brihadeeshwara temple at Tanjore; a marvel that remains unparalleled even after thousands of years.

Gangaikonda cholapuram temple, was built by King Rajendra Chola, son of Rajaraja Chola  to commemorate his war victory over Pala dynasty.
The temple main gate faces East and has a big Nandi facing the sanctum. The Brihadeeshwara Lingam is also  very tall.
The ornate spire above the sanctum  though a little shorter than the Tanjore temple is  beauty to behold.
Shiva's consort  Periyanayagi is in a shrine outside the main temple. There also shrines for Ganesha, Durga .

Outside walls and corridor are in a ruined state and so are many sculptures.
The town of Gangaikondapuram was destroyed but the main temple has remained intact.

There is a big well on the right side of the temple and a sculpture of lion near it.
The well was dug during Rajendra Chola's reign and he got pots of water from Ganges to be poured in the well. After conquering the  cities along the river Ganges in North, He came to be known as Gangaikondan., the Chola who conquered the Ganges.

 The temple is a world Heritage site and is maintained beautifully with green lawn and flowering trees. 
Best time to visit is from  November to February. It is difficult to walk up to the temple as the walkway to the temple gets heated up during other months.

Otherwise make the visit before 9 Am.
More details about the temple.

This temple is just 70 Kms from the Tanjore temple and midway one can visit the Darasuram temple too , yet another amazing contribution from the Cholas.

                                         Nagalinga tree,Cannon ball tree in the temple