Sunday, December 28, 2014

Govindji ka Mandir,Jaipur, Rajasthan

Govindji Ka Mandir  is a beautiful temple nestled in the heart of the city of Jaipur, Rajasthan. Govind means  protector of  cows, another name for  Krishna who is darling God of many all over the world. This temple was  built by Raja Sawai Jai Singh II , He built this temple in such a way so that he can see the Lord from his palace. Sawai Jai Singh  got the image of Govindji from Brindavan.

It is believed that this deity resembles exactly like the Lord Krishna when he was at birth and this image was created by Krishna's great grand son known as Bajranabh. The idol is small and decorated well.
This temple is visited by thousands of pilgrims everyday and worship is offered in the form of Aarti and Bhog 7 times a day.The Bhog  is distributed among the devotees.

 (I am back,was away from  blogging due to personal commitments. Hope and pray I will be active as I was in the past. I missed all my blogger friends, shall be visiting all of you soon).
Wish all dear friends  a Happy and Prosperous New Year!!

Flowers for the Lord 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Sri Chamundeshwari temple- Mysore, Karnataka

This ancient  temple is situated on  a small hill known as Chamundi  hills about 13 kilometers  from the city of Mysore.
The goddess here is Chamundeshawari ,a reincarnation of  Goddess Parvati, consort of Shiva who fought  a fierce battle and slayed demons Chanda, Munda and  Mahishasura saving the world from their  evil clutches. She is also known as Mahishasura Mardini ,the one who  killed the Mahishasura.

The image of goddess here is believed to be powerful and is seen seated in the sanctum in richly decorated finery. Dussehra festival is celebrated on a grand scale at this temple.
The temple architecture is very simple  but the temple tower is magnificent; it is a beauty to behold.

Just outside the main temple there is a small niche for Aanjaneya and a few feet away from temple one can see a colorful  image of Mahishasura . One can have a panoramic view of Mysore city from the hills here, and also there is a huge Nandi , mount of Shiva  around 16  feet which attracts lot of tourists  here.
There temple timings are
7.30 am to 2 pm
3.30 pm to 6 pm
7.30 pm to 9 pm

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Varanasi- Kasi Viswanath temple, Uttar Pradesh

Varanasi /Benares/Kasi is an ancient Hindu city  blessed by the Holy river Ganga. Every Hindu likes to visit this Holy city at least once in his life time to worship the Lord of Varanasi, Kasi Viswanath and to bathe in the river Ganga which is believed to cleanse one's sins.

River Ganga, is the life line of Kasi and the river is lined  with around 90 Ghats,( landings) each identified with a name which is   linked to either history or Mythology on a stretch of 3-4 Kms . These ghats are  always a buzz of activity thronged by pilgrims performing various rituals.  One can see a number of boats plying up and down the river and every activity here is dedicated to Mother Ganga .  Worship is offered to  Mother  in the form of flowers and floating lamps.

The temple  Kasi Viswanathar is small  and is guarded heavily and approach to the temple is through extremely narrow lanes in which  pedestrians, two wheelers. and cows jostle to find their way forward.  It needs great skill to meander through and reach the temple.

 The temple  has a beautifully carved  Golden spire  and every devotee here can make their offerings to the deity directly . The Sivalinga is placed in a square pit about 2 feet deep  and is always immersed in a pool of milk and water offered by devotees.

Just outside the main shrine there are 2 sub shrines for Siva and other of  Goddess Annapoorna, Guru of Kasi Viswanath.

A few yards from this temple lies the temple of Kasi Vishalakshi the consort of Viswanath. This is a Sakthi Peetam.

There are also 2 burning ghats here where dead bodies are cremated , it is believed that  death in Kasi helps one to attain moksha - Liberation . One can see funeral processions reaching the Ganga Ghat continuously and in the days of yore many old people used to travel to Kasi leaving their families to attain liberation;  to unite with the Lord. The local authorities give  a decent farewell  to people who die in the Holy city.

Ganga Aarti is a grand ceremony performed at Dasashmedh ghat. This takes place in the evening after sunset and it is really an amazing spectacle which is not to be missed.  Tourists from all over the world  watch this ritual which goes on for about 45 minutes. One can watch this either from the ghats or from the boats parked in  front during this worship.
It was really a great experience watching the Ganga Aarti and floating lamps in the river.
 Check my captures of Ganga aarti to get a feel of the ritual.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Mathura , Vrindavan- Uttar Pradesh

Mathura and Brindavan are two ancient towns  related to life of Lord Krishna . Mathura is the birth place and Brindavan is the place where Krishna spent his early childhood .

Mathura has many small shrines dedicated to Krishna and there is also a cell (Krishna Janma Bhoomi) where he was born . This temple draws thousands of devotees everyday and security arrangements are very tight here and frisking is done twice before pilgrims are allowed inside. The Mathura temple and a mosque share a common wall here. No cameras are allowed near the temple and I do not have any picture to share of Krishna Janma Bhoomi.

 Banke Bihari is the  most popular temple in Brindavan; built in 1921. This temple is situated in a crowded narrow  by- lane and one has  to really wade through a sea of people , cattle, vehicles and what not.

The Krishna is  known here  as Banke Bihari ; the idol is bent at 3 places i.e it is  in a dance posture.  The beauty of the idol here is, it has  large expressive eyes which are believed to be powerful and magnetic. It is believed that looking at his eyes for a long time will make one swoon hence curtains are drawn and opened  every few seconds. Monkeys are plenty here and one has to be careful about their belongings, specifically their spectacles and locals keep reminding visitors about the same.

Our  guide took us to Nanda -Yasodha's house,  situated near river Yamuna and we also saw the sacred tree where Krishna used to play his flute mesmerizing all Brajvasis .  Nidhi Van, is yet another holy place where there are lush green groves which was once a Tulsi Van. It is believed that every night Radha and  Krishna visit this place to play Ras.

 Mathura- Brindavan echoes only Krishna's name. It makes one feel Krishna is right among us.They greet each other in Krishna's name..'Radhe, Radhe"  Every heart here beats only Radhe..Radhe Every activity here is dedicated to Lord Krishna here. Some thing different and great.

Mathura is situated at a distance of 160 Kms. from Delhi. The distance between Brindavan and Mathura is only 15 Kms.
Mathura can be easily approached by road or rail from Delhi. 

Banke Bihari temple

Radhe Radhe

Nidhi Van

Nidhi Van

Nanda's house ,a shrine now.

The tree where Krishna  used to play his flute