Category: Temples in India

Siddhavat – where Post-funeral rites are performed

Siddhavat of Ujjain holds a special place for all hindu pilgrims. Post-funeral rites are performed here at the Siddhavat ghat of holy Shipra. Skanda Purana has referred to this place as Preta-shila-tirth. According to some opinion Parvati performed her penances here. This has also been a place of worship for the followers of Nath sect.

Siddhavat is a huge banyan tree that has flourished on the bank of River Shipra and holds immense religious importance, like the Akashyavat in Prayag and Gaya and the Panchavat of Nasik. A good number of pilgrims take a dip in River Shipra from the bathing ghat built at the place. The site was popular as the worshipping place of the followers of the Natha sect.
It is said that the Mughal rulers cut off the banyan tree and they covered the entire area with iron sheets to restrict the growth of the tree. However, this sacred tree pierced the iron sheets and flourished significantly. There is a hamlet near Siddhavat, called Bhairogarh, which is renowned for its tie and dye painting for decades.

Naina Devi Temple

Naina Devi Temple – According to legend, Lord Shiva’s consort Sati once burnt herself alive in Yagna to avenge an insult to Lord Shiva. The distraught Shiva picked her corpse and gyrated his horrified dance. Then Lord Vishnu unleashed his Chakra and cut the Sati’s body into fifty one pieces to save the earth from Shiva’s wrath. All the fifty one places – where parts of Sati’s body fell, became known as Shakti Peeths.

Bijli Mahadev temple

Bijli Mahadev temple, 10kms. from Kulu across the Beas river,  is one of the striking temples in the temples strewn district. It can be reached by a tough but rewarding climb of 10 kms. trek. From the temple a panoramic view of Kulu & Paravati valleys can be seen. A 60 feet high staff of Bijli Mahadev temple glistens like a silver needle in the sun. in this temple of lightening it is said, the tall staff attracts the divine blessings in the form of lightening. The rest of the story can be heard from the priest, which is un-believable but true.

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Shri Naina Devi Temple

Shri Naina Devi Temple is located on an altitude of 1177 meters in Distt. Bilaspur, Himachal Pradesh. Several mythological stories are associated with the establishment of the temple.According to a legend, Goddess Sati burnt herself alive in Yagna, which distressed Lord Shiva. He picked the corpse of Sati on her shoulder and started his Taandav dance. This horrified all deities in the heaven as this could lead to holocaust. This urged Lord Vishnu to unleash his Chakra that cut the Sati’s body into 51 pieces. Shri Naina Devi Temple is the place where eyes of Sati fell down.

Maa Chamunda Devi

The mythology of Maa Chamunda Devi has been chronicled in “Durga Sapt-Shati’.The Chamunda Devi Temple is located  in the District Kangra,  Himachal Pradesh a North Indian State. It stands on the banks of the famous Baan Ganga River, the temple is housed with extremely sacred idol of Chamunda Devi, and as such the idol is wrapped by a red cloth. The location of this sacred temple is also significant since it is believed to be the same spot where the Mata or the Maa Kali assassinated the demon kings Shumbh and Nisumbh. The two generals were namely Chanda and Munda. It is their name that gave Goddess Kali, a new name called Chamunda.

The Kalaram temple

The Kalaram temple is an old Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Rama in the Panchavati area of Nashik City in Maharashtra, India.The temple derives its name from the statue of Lord Rama that is black in colour. The literal translation of Kalaram means black Rama. The sanctum sanctorum also houses the statues of goddess Sita and Lakshman. Thousands of devotees visit it every day. The temple was funded by Sardar Rangarao Odhekar. It was built around in 1792. It was said that Sardar Odhekar had a dream that the statue of Rama in black colour is there in the river Godavari. Odhekar took the statues from river and built the temple. The place where statues were found was named as Ramkund. The main entrance of the temple has Lord Hanuman idol which is black.

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Shri Mata Vaishno Devi

Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine is one of the most religious & oldest Hindu pilgrimage destination in India located in the state of Jammu & Kashmir. The Holy Cave of the Mother Vaishno is situated at an altitude of 5200 feet on the holy “Trikuta Hills”. The Maa Vaishno Devi’s abode is in 100 feet long cave with a narrow opening. The holy cold and crystal clear water washes the lotus feet of the Mata’s “Pindian”. There are no statues or idols inside the Cave, but there are three natural pindies representing, Goddess Maha Sarswati,Maha Lakshmi,  Maha Kali, which represent creative, Preservative, and Destructive aspects of the Super Power “Adi Shakti”. It is an ancient shrine whose reference is found in the Vedas and ancient scriptures.

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Kailash Manasarovar – physical beauty and thrilling nature

Kailash Manasarovar Yatra is known for its religious value, cultural significance, physical beauty and thrilling nature.A journey, that is both outwards and inwards. Located in the Himalayan mountain ranges of the remote Southwestern corner of Tibet, Kailash is not just one of the highest parts of the world and the source of four mighty rivers of Asia — the Brahmaputra, the Sutlej, Ganges and the Indus — but it’s also one of the most significant spiritual spots in the world, revered by millions of people from different religions across the world.It gives us divine pleasure in facilitating the pilgrimage of the all-faithful “Shiv-Bhakts” to the Mother of all “Tirtha Sthaan” – Kailash Manas Sarovar. Mount Kailash is one of the world’s most sacred spots. To experience its spiritual energy you must go there but with the right intention in mind. The Kailash Mansarovar Yatra, is a pilgrimage and the intent should be to visit it for peace, both within each person and then the world.

Kartik Swami temple – Dedicated to the elder son of Lord Shiva, Kartikeya

Kartik Swami temple is located near Kanak Chauri village on Rudraprayag – Pokhari route in the Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand A mild 3k trek from Kanak Chauri village takes you to the stunning beauty of Kartik Swami temple.Kartik Swami temple is dedicated to the elder son of Lord Shiva, Kartikeya, who offered his bones as testimony of his devotion to his father. It is believed that the incident took place here. Lord Kartik Swami is also known as Kartik Murugan Swami in the southern part of India. According to Hindu mythology, Lord Shiva (the destroyer) told his sons Ganesha and Kartikeya whoever reach first after taking a round of Universe will receive blessings to be worship first by devotees. As Ganesha was unable to do so because of mouse his vehicle he used his intelligence and took a round of his mother Parvati and father Shiva as he consider them as Universe and had blessings to worship first by devotees. When Kartikeya returned and heard about blessings and the reason for the same he was angry. He scarified his flesh and bones. In this temple bones of Kartikeya is as an idol worship by devotees. Kartik (also known as Kartikeya) Swami temple is situated at Krounch Parvat (mountain). Krounch was a senapati (commander) with demon Tarakasur army. Kartikeya was born to kill Tarakasur. When Tarakasur was killed Krounch surrender.

Rudranath Temple – One of the Panch Kedars

Rudranath Temple

The Rudranath temple is believed to be established by the Pandavas, the heroes of the Hindu epic Mahabharata.One of the Panch Kedars in the lap of the Himalaya, Rudranath is the temple where Rudra, the angry incarnation of Lord Shiva is worshipped with complete devotion. It is the place where during the days of the Mahabharata, the face of Shiva, who was in the disguise of a bull dropped here. The face of the deity is worshipped here as Neelkantha Mahadev. Shiva’s idol has a mask covering and it is taken off by the priest in the morning while arranging a royal bath for the deity.

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Sri Surya Pahar – A confluence of the three religions

Sri Surya Pahar, located about 12 km southeast of Goalpara town and about 136 km northwest of Guwahati, is a significant unknown archaeological site in Assam, India. Sri Surya Pahar, a confluence of the three religions of Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism, is a treasure trove of ancient monuments. Sri Surya Pahar was the place of worship of Surya – the Sun God. It was one of the two places where Surya was worshiped in ancient Assam. According to popular belief, 99999 Shiva Lingas were engraved here by sage Vyasa to make it a second Kashi. There are still hundreds of Shiva Lingas scattered all over the hill particularly at the foot of the hill. The only place in the North-East of India where the remains of Jainism can be found, there is a carving of Adinath – the 1st Tirthankara of the Jains. There are also other Jain carvings all of which date back to 9th century A.D. These carvings were done by the followers of Adinath or Rishabhanath. The name of ‘Sri Surya Pahar’ implies that the site was perhaps associated with the cult of sun worship. Literary accounts corroborate that among other Hindu deities worshiped in ancient Assam, ‘Surya’ (or the Sun God) occupied a prominent place in its cultural history. References are found in the Kalika-Purana (c.10th century) about two seats of sun worship in ancient Assam.

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Bakreswar temple

Bakreswar is famous for its Bakreswar temple which is dedicated to Lord Bakranath (Shiva) and Goddess Kali. The temple is believed to be erected at the spot where the forehead and brows of Goddess Sathi fell. The main temple of Bakreswar is surrounded by many small shrines which are dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Bakreswar is also known for its eight hot springs which has varying temperatures. The hottest of these springs is called Agnikund and it has a temperature of about 93.33° C. It is believed that the water of these springs have healing properties.

Aswaklanta Temple – Built in 1720

Aswaklanta Temple was built by Ahom King Shiva Singha in 1720. Shiva Singha built most of the biggest Hindu temples of Assam including the famous Shiva Dole of Sivasagar. The temple is situated by the bank of mighty Brahmaputra. There are two temples in that holy place. One situated in the foot hill and the other in the up hill – Kurmayanardan and Anantasayi by name.There are also some other stories regarding the horse that was attacked near this temple and that its name should have been ‘Aswakranta’ and not ‘Aswaklanta’. There was earlier a ‘Kunda’, a place of sacrifice near the temple – this has since disappeared, perhaps eroded by the river Brahamputra. Inside this temple, there are two images – one of ‘Janardana’ and the other of ‘Anantasai’ Vishnu. The latter is a fine specimen of eleventh century sculpture. There is one stone inscription on the body of the temple located at north Guwahati. The shrine in the temples is dedicated to Lord Vishnu.Ideally located on the bank of the river, it is linked by regular ferry services with the south bank. It can be reached by road across the Saraighat Bridge.

Temple of Goddess Ugratara

The “Temple of  Ugratara” is situated in village Mahishi , It has a great archeological, historical and religious values. The temple is of ancient times and is a main center of “Tantra Meditation” too due to its speciality of forming an equilateral with “Chandi Temple” of Biratpur and “Katyayani Temple” of Dhamara Ghat near Nepal Border. Thus this temple is an immense source of power and draws devotees from far and wide not only from India but also from adjoining countries like Nepal, Bhutan, China and Tibbet. According to one, 500 BC Maharshi Vashishtha did a deep meditation of “UgraTara” in china and after that Devi Tara agreed to live with him as a teenage girl so he can worship in presence of her but she kept a condition that if anybody would talk evil of them, she will disappear. Maharshi Vashishtha agreed upon this and came with her to the forests of then “Mahishmati” now “Mahishi” and started worshipping her.

The Umananda Temple

The Umananda Temple is built in Guwahati in 1594, by the Ahom King of Assam. Among the temples in Assam, this temple is one of the mostly visited one. The devotees as well as the tourists coming to Assam, takes a visit to this temple. Umananda Temple is devoted to Lord Shiva.This hallowed Siva temple is located on the ‘peacock island’ (as named by some poetic British Administrator).known as the Urvashi Island in the middle of the river Brahmaputra near Guwahati. Large numbers of devotees visit the temple on the occasion of Siva Ratri. A special puja is observed here on the Amavasya day when it falls on a Monday. The Umananda temple is atop the Bhasmachal Hill or the Hill of ashes. The hill is said to symbolise the site where Siva burnt Kama – the God of Love, to ashes with his third eye.

Navagraha Temple – The Nine Planets Temple

Navagraha temples are  dedicated to Navagraha – the nine major celestial bodies of Hindu astronomy. These celestial bodies are named Surya, Chandra, Mangala, Budha, Brihaspati, Shukra, Shani, Rahu and Ketu. In Hindu’s Astrology, it is strongly believed that the nine planets (navagarahams) play an important role in a man’s fate According Hindu religion, it was trusted that these planets (navagrahas) were in-charge for punishing or giving judgements for those did sins in their poorva janam(Post Birth). Also if you done any good deeds in your poorva janam, these planets will gives us luxuries in our life. So worshipping these navagrahas regularly will reduce its effects on us.

Laxmi Narayana Temple

Chamba is the District of State Himachal Pradesh, India, Chamba id covered with Forests and Mountains. The famous temple of Laxmi Narayan in the pictures, The temple was built by Sahil Varman in the honour of his daughter Champavati who is worshipped as a goddess in Chamba. This glorious journey of one thousand years is a rich repository a highly civilized, cultured and developed society which existed in the lap of Himalayas. The unique architect of houses and temples, splendid wood and metal craft, world fame Chamba Rumal and Chappal and of course the exquisite pahari paintings are some salient features of this one thousand years young town.

Churdhar Hills – Residence of Lord Shirgul Maharaj

Churdhar is a famous Religious Place of Sirmaur and Shimla District of Himachal. TheTemple of Lord Shirgul Maharaj is situated at the Churdhar Peak (About 11969 feet Height). Maximum area of Churdhar is covered with Forests. Churdhar Hills Forest have been covered with the Snow for 6 months in year. Lord Shirgul Maharaj Temple Churdhar is about 12 K.M. from Sarahan, 20 K.M. from Nohradhar on foot.

Chandi Devi Temple, Haridwar

Chandi Devi Temple, Haridwar

It  is a hindu temple dedicated to goddess chandi devi in the holy city of haridwar in the uttarakhand state of India. The temple occupies a position on the top of neel parvat constructed in the year 1929 by the king of kashmir suchat singh, the temple is dedicated to goddess chandi devi, after whom it is named. River ganges flowing just by the site adds much to the overall appearance of chandi devi.

Dev Kamrunag – The Historical lake formed by pushing elbow and forearm on the peak of the mountain

Kamrunag : Known as the Lord of Rain, Temple in Distt.Mandi, Himachal Pradesh, India. The temple of Kamru Nag is situated at village Kamrah in Mandi covered with dark Deodar Trees. Dev Kamrunag’s original name was Ratan Yaksh and he was a self learned warrior. He would practice by keeping Lord Vishnu’s idol in front of him and he considered it as his master, A fair is held at this place on 14th of June every year. People make various offerings including ornaments, coins etc. According to tradition the offerings to the deity are thrown in a small lake nearby. A priest acts as a medium on behalf of the Nag Devta. Mythology says that this lake was formed by Pandawas when they were on their way after Mahabharata with Deity Kamrunag (Kamru Valley today) to find best place for their teacher, Dev Kamrunag and Deity love the isolation of this place so much that he decided to stay here for the rest of his life. On his request, Bheemsen one of the Pandava brothers formed the lake by pushing his elbow and forearm on the peak of the mountain. And that is the reason believed by locals after oval-shaped lake with depth is unknown. 

The Mahabharata

In the Mahabharata, a Hindu epic text, the Pandava (also Pandawa) are the five acknowledged sons of Pandu, by his two wives Kunti and Madri. Their names are Yudhisthira, Bhima, Arjuna, Nakula and Sahadeva. All five brothers were married to the same woman, Draupadi. (Each brother also had multiple other wives.)

Together, the brothers fought and prevailed in a great war against their cousins the Kauravas, which came to be known as the Battle of Kurukshetra.

Tungnath Temple , Uttarakhand

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Tungnath Temple

Tungnath Temple

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Tungnath is the highest Shiva temple in the world and is one of the five and the highest Panch Kedar temples located in the mountain range of Tunganath in Rudraprayag district, in the Indian state of Uttarakhand, India

Tungnath temple, at an altitude of 3680 Mtrs, is considered to be the highest temple of Lord Shiva and is one of the Panch (Five) Kedars. Madhmaheshwar, Tungnath, Rudranath and Kalpnath with Kedarnath form the Panch Kedar and considered as the five most important temples of Lord Shiva in Garhwal Himalayas.

Chandrashilla, at an altitude of 4000 Mtrs, is highest point of the mountain on which Chopta and Tungnath are situated. Chandrashilla offers 270 degree views of the Himalayan range and is located 1.5 KMs further upwards from Tungnath Temple which makes it a 5 KMs trek from Chopta.

Chopta is situated at an altitude of 2600 Mtrs in Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand and is well known as a base point for a trek to Tungnath Temple and further to Chandrashilla peak. But, Chopta itself offers a beautiful snow meadow in winters locally called as Chopta Bhugyal (bhugyal meaning meadow).

The Sanatan Dharma

Code of God

Kumbh derives its name from the immortal Pot of Nectar, which the Demigods (Devtas) and Demons (Asuras) fought over, described in ancient Vedic scriptures known as the Puranas. It is these Vedic literatures that have stood the test of time, out of which the tradition has evolved into the one that the world now knows as The Kumbh Mela

The Sadhu (also known as yogi and sanyasi), is a Hindu ascetic who has renounced caste, social position, money and authority, and occupies a special place in Hindu society. As one who seeks the Universal Soul in order to be absorbed in it, the Sadhu is set apart from the orthodox priesthood as renunciation is considered superior to the rituals of the priests.

Earth’s Greatest Men feast – Mahakumbh

Mahakumbh

Earth’s Greatest Men feast – Mahakumbh

Kumbh derives its name from the immortal Pot of Nectar, which the Demigods (Devtas) and Demons (Asuras) fought over, described in ancient Vedic scriptures known as the Puranas. It is these Vedic literature’s that have stood the test of time, out of which the tradition has evolved into the one that the world now knows as The Kumbh Mela