Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Tripureswari Mandir, Tripura Sundari Temple

Tripura Sundari Temple is one of the ancient shakti peethas located in Udaypur, 55 kms. from Agartala, Tripura. Tripureswari Mandir was constructed by Maharaja Dhanya Manikya Dev in 1510 AD. This temple has square type sanctum with canonical dome.

Unlike other temples we find two idols of similar type with different sizes. One idol is of 5 feet tall (made of kasti stone – reddish black colour)  and other is 2 feet. Smaller idol is called as “Chotto Maa”, it is said that Kings of Tripura used to carry small idol along with them during wars and hunting to protect them and attain victory over opponents.


Significance of Tripura Sundari Temple:



   
According to the Hindu mythology, Daksha yagna and Sati self-immolation, Matabari is the holy place where "Right Foot” fell down. Local people call the deity with the name Tripura Sundari and her concert, Bhairava form of lord Shiva is worshiped with the name Tripuresh.

Tripureswari Mandir’s peethashan is called as Kurma Pith” as temple premises looks like Kurma (tortoise)

Legend of Tripura Sundari Temple:



During end of 15th Century there lived a king named Dhanyamanikya. One night king had a dream where goddess ordered to build temple by installing a goddess Tripurasundari on hilltop near the town of udaypur where there was already a temple dedicated to lord Vishnu. King was confused and had a doubt how come idol of goddess be there at a place where lord Vishnu is worshipped. Again king had a dream next night insisting to do what he dreamt. Following instructions king built a temple.

Every year there is a huge mela during the festival season of Diwali. During this mela temple is hit by more than 2 lakhs of devotees.

Apart from this one can find huge fishes and tortoises in Kalyan sagar in the eastern side of the temple. Devotees feed this species with muri and biscuits. One can find devotees offering animal sacrifices especially goats to goddess Tripura Sundari.


How to reach Tripura Sundari Temple:



Road: It is connected by Guwahati road via Shillong. One has to reach Agartala. From there we find many private and public sector transport facility.

Rail: Agartala-Lumding Express, Agartala-Silchar Passenger and Agartala-Dharmanagar Local are the major trains available.
Air: Agartala airport is the nearest airport.

Friday, 24 March 2017

Manasa Shakti Peeth - Manasa Sarovar Kailash, Manasa Devi Mandir

Manasa Shakti peeth is one of the 51 Shakti Peethas located at the foot of Mount Kailash, Tibet. Idols are placed just beside the most sacred and pure water body known as Manasa sarovar. Goddess is called with the name Manas or Dakshayani (Durga) and her consort lord shiva (bhairava form) is called with “Amar” (lord who is immortal).

Significance of Manasa Shakti Peeth:


According to the mythology Daksha yagna and Sati self-immolation, it is the holy place where “Right hand” fell down.



From ancient texts we can learn that Manas shakti peeth or Manasa Sarovar is one of the purest places on this planet where one can get rid of all their sins backed from all janmas with a single dip in the holy river and by circumbulating around it. Although it is compelling to visit this place, but it is not that simple to reach there.

Manasa sarovar lake is one of the places where one can get purest form of water. It is said one can see objects in water body with bare eyes. Also it is believed that this water has healing powers. One who drinks water from this lake will go to abode of lord Shiva after their death.

According to Ancient texts this lake is originated in the mind of lord Brahma. It is a Sanskrit word Manasa = mind and sarovar = lake.

Transportation:


Only limited people are permitted to this sacred place. When it comes to India, it is monitored by Indian and Chinese governments. One can find two routes to reach Manasa shakti peeth, in both routes private transport system comes into play.

For single person it may cost somewhere 2-3 lakhs with 20-30 days tour package.

Route 1: The Lipulekh Pass Route which has 25-30 day tour programme. Based on the travel agency period and package may vary.

Route 2: The Nathu La Pass Route, it is a bit shorter but might cost you.

One needs to take care of self as there is no proper security as its being driven by private authority where government has no action on them.

Visiting time: Just 1 hour
Best time to visit Manasa Shakti Peeth: March to October.

Road: As mentioned above there are many private vehicles.
Rail: No service
Air: Jammu airport can be considered as one of the nearest airport.

Friday, 3 March 2017

Thanumalayan Temple – Suchindram Sthanumalaya Perumal Temple

Thanumalayan Temple or Suchindram Sthanumalaya Perumal Temple is one of the ancient shakti peeth located in Suchindram, Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu. As per texts and literature it is estimated to be 2500 years old temple.

People also call this temple with the name “Sthanumalaya”  which means Trimurthies (Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwar). If we expand Sanskrit word “Sthanumalaya” we get Sthanu – Shiva, Mal – Vishnu and Ayan – Brahma. 

Legend of Thanumalayan Temple: 


According to Stalapurana and ancient texts Suchindram is the place where lord Indra got cleansed from the curse. Once Indra got infatuated on the beauty of Ahalya, wife of sage Gautama. In order to posses Ahalya, one night Indra came to the hermitage of sage Gautama and sounded like a cock indicating that Sun is about to raise and its morning. When sage went to river and completed his ablutions he realized that it’s still dark night. He returned back to his hermitage and got to know that there is some other person with his wife. With his powers sage got to know that it’s Indra who came to fulfill his lust towards his wife Ahalya. In anger, sage cursed Indra to cover his body full of Yoni (female organ) and Ahalya to become stone. Later when Indra realized of his mistake he prayed Trimurthies to get rid of his curse. After he got his original form he build Lingam representing Trimurthies with upper, middle and bottom parts.

There is also another legend of the story Anasuya where she made Trimurthies to children and later on transformed to their original form.
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Significance of Suchindram Sthanumalaya Perumal Temple :


    According to the Hindu mythology, Daksha yagna and Sati self-immolation, and as per the texts of Brahmanda Purana, it is the holy place where "Upper teeth” fell down. Local people call the deity with the name Narayani and her concert, Bhairava form of lord Shiva is worshiped with the name Sanhar.

          It is believed that lord Indra comes every day during night time and performs “Adharma Pooja”.

 

How to reach Suchindram Temple:


Road: It is about 11 kilo meters from Kanyakumari and 7 kilo meters from Nagarkoil. One can find many buses floating in this route.

Rail: Kanyakumari Express is one of the frequent floated train.

Air: Trivandrum International Airport is the nearest airport and is 67 kilometers from temple.

Friday, 20 January 2017

Kanya Ashram Kanyakumari Temple

Kanyashram of Balaambika or kanya ashram kanyakumari is one of the Shakti peeth located in cape Kanya Kumari, Tamil Nadu. Goddess is popularly known with the name “Bhagavathy”. In other regions goddess is also called with the names Kanya Devi, Kanya Kumari, Badrakali etc.

Significance:


    According to the mythology Daksha yagna and Sati self-immolation, it is the holy place where "Back part” fell down.
Devotees believe goddess removes rigidity of mind and many devotees say that they feel tears from eyes after praying to goddesss.



History:


Worshipping Kanya Kumari dates from vedic period. It has been mentioned in many puranas including Ramayana and Mahabharatha.

Legend:


As per the vedic books, their lived a demon named “Bana”, he ruled this place and was named as a great king. In greed to acquire whole universe, he did penance and obtained a boon from lord Brahma not to be killed by any source. lord Brahma said “this boon cannot be given, every creature on this universe who has birth will have death” then Bana asked for a boon that he should be killed only by a Kanya (adolescent virgin girl).

With the proud of the boon, he started creating havoc in all universes. He captured the throne of lord Indra and other gods. He imbalanced nature, as Bhagavathy is the form of nature, she manifested from “Aryavartha” to kill Bana.

Goddess had immense devotion towards lord Shiva from her childhood, to her devotion lord Shiva decided to marry her. Marriage muhurth was at Brahma Muhurtha (early morning) and all arrangements were made for marriage occasion. Sage Narada arrives in the form of Cock and gives a sound and misguides lord Shiva who is in the way to marriage ceremony. He says “you are late and sun is about to rise”, by listening to his words lord returns back.

Goddess Kanya Kuamri, who is waiting for the ceremony waited for whole day, disappointed with the incidence she plegeds a wow to remain Kanya till end. After days passed, Bana under proud couldn’t recognize goddess as almighty starts luring goddess. In anger, goddess sloughs Bana, moments before death Bana urges goddess to remove all his sins and remain here forever with her divine presence.

Festivals:


Chaitra purnima (full moon day usually occurs in the month of may), Navaratri, Vaisakha and Kalabham festivals are famous here. All the rites and rituals performed in Keralite way.   

How to reach kanya kumari


Road: As this is one of the famous temples in Tamil Nadu, you can find regular buses for every now and then.
Rail: Kanyakumari has its own railway station, it is well connected with all parts of India, Kanyakumari Express is well known train
Air: Trivandrum International Airport is the nearest airport and is 67 kilometers from temple.

Monday, 2 January 2017

Nainativu Nagapooshani Amman Temple

Nainativu Nagapooshani Amman Temple is one of the ancient and historic temples in Srilanka. It is located on the island of Nainativu, Srilanka. During the period of 9th Century, there lived a Hindu philosopher named Adi Shankaracharya who identified this temple is one of the 64 Shakti Peethas around the globe. 

Significance:


    According to the Hindu mythology, Daksha yagna and Sati self-immolation, and as per the texts of Brahmanda Purana, it is the holy place where " Silambu (Anklets)” fell down. Local people call the deity with the name Nagapooshani or Bhuvaneswari and her concert, Bhairava form of lord Shiva is worshiped with the name Nayinaar.

Legend:


According to epic Mahabharata, Lord Indra couldn’t overcome his sexual desire over Ahalya, wife of Gautama maharshi. In order to accomplish his sexual desire, Indra took the disguised form of a saint and started seducing Ahalya. When Gautama maharshi got to know the Indra’s attempt he cursed him to have thousand marks which resemble to yoni (female reproductive organ). Indra was humiliated with the name sa-yoni, unable be bear such humiliation, he started to know what mistake he has done. Seeking for mercy, he started praying Goddess Bhuvaneshwari, queen of whole universe. Pleased with Indra’s penance and prayer goddess transformed all yoni’s into eyes.



The Temple comprises of four gopurams (gateway towers) with each tower touching to 20-25 feets, among which eastern Raja Raja Gopuram has 108 feet height. We find such huge towers in Tamil nadu. When Portuguese invaded Srilanka (1620) they destroyed original temple the present structure is built during the period 1720-1790. 

As per the temple structure, its build with Dravidian Hindu Architecture. The structure consists of beautiful sculpture with oil painting. Approximately it has 10,000 sculpture in this temple. As mentioned above it has four gopurams, Raja raja gopuram, east, west and south gopurams.

Because of its scenic and historic presence, this temple is always crowded. In normal days we find minimum 1000 people and during festivals it crosses 1,00,000 mark.  Especially during the month of June/July (Aani month) there happens 16 day Mahotsav (Thiruvizha) which is celebrated with devotion.

Transport:


As Srilanka is an island, one need to reach Colombo and then reach to Jaffna and then to Nagapooshani Amman Kovil.

Route 1: Kurunegala – Dambulla – Anuradhapura – Vavunia – Jaffna – Temple
Route 2: Puttlam – Anuradhapura – Vavunia - Jaffna – Temple

Both above route is around 432 Kms. among which Colombo to Jaffna is around 400 Kms. and then around 32 kms.


Sunday, 18 December 2016

Virat Shakti Peeth Temple - Ambica Temple Bharatpur

Virat Shakti Peeth Temple is one of the 51 Shakti Peethas located at Bharatput, Rajasthan, India. Local people call Goddess with the name Ambica. As per research from ancient texts, location (peethasthan) where goddess Sati Devi’s body parts fell shows three places on earth. But we cannot find any temple or evidence in two of the places (West Bengal and Bangladesh). As per current information, Bharatpur is the only place where you can find a shrine and goddess. Also local people believe this is the only place of goddess and maa Ambica is being worshipped from many years. Lord Shiva is being worshipped as lord “Amriteshwar”.

Significance:


According to the mythology Daksha yagna and Sati self-immolation, it is the holy place where Sati Devi’s “left toes” fell down.

Temple timings: 5.30 A.M. to 8.00 P.M.




Major Events:

 

Makar Sankranti, Nav ratri and Deepavali are the major events. Ram navami, Sharad Purnima and Somvati Amavasya are other special events when devotees throng to the shrine to get blessings of goddess Ambica.

As per Hindu calendar Navratri (9 day festival) is being performed two times a year. One is during the months of March and April and second one is during September and October. This is the festival where devotees believe very auspicious and do fasting whole day.

Apart from all events Maha Shivratri is being considered as one of the auspicious day to worship lord Shiva (Amriteshwar). One can find lord is being offered abhisheka with milk and Bail (bilva patra) leaf.

How to reach temple:


Road: There are number of buses plying from Bharatpur to this temple.
Rail: There is a good connectivity from major cities of India to Bharatpur railway station. Especially from Delhi, Mumbai, Patna etc.
Air: Jaipur is the known International airport near to the location.

Places of Interest:


Lohagharh, Keoladeo Ghana National Park in Bharatpur, City Palace,Jantar Mantar and Hawa Mahal in Jaipur, amber fort etc.

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Manibandh Shakti Peeth Chamunda temple


Manibandh Shakti Peeth or Chamunda temple, at Gayatri hills in Pushkar (near ajmir) is one of the 51 shakti peethas in Rajasthan. This temple is considered as one of the ancient temples belonging to Treta Yuga (based on the idols available). We find two statues of lord Ganesh and goddess Kali towards extreme corners (left and right), these idols are said to belong to the age of Treta Yuga.

Significance:



    According to the mythology Daksha yagna and Sati self-immolation, it is the holy place where "Wrists” fell down. Bhairava form of lord Shiva is worshiped with the name Sarvanand.



          Devotees believe this temple is the ideal place to do Gayatri Mantra sadana and goddess is believe to relieve devotees from domestic issues and fulfill their wishes.

Pushkar is a place near the lake Pushkar which is associated with Brahma puran which says this place is linked with creation of universe. We find many Hindu temples nearby, it is said that many temples were destroyed during Muslim invasion.  

One of the famous temples nearby is Brahma temple and is believed to be build during 14th century. According to Ancient texts there are no temples to lord Brahma, so this temple belongs to one among rare temples of lord Brahma.

Places to visit near Pushkar:


Brahma temple, Papamochini temple, Pushkar lake, Rangji temple, Savitri temple and Panchkund Shiva temple.

Transport:


Road: Pushkar is well connected, it is about 5-6 kms. from Pushkar Brahma temple. One can easily travel to the temple by catching local auto or taxi.

Rail: Nearest railway station is at Ajmer which is about 15-16 kms.

Air: Although it is not near to the temple but one can drop at Pushkar, Jaipur which is about 135 kms. away from temple.

Note: It is preferred to visit during day time as its out of the city.

Saturday, 2 April 2016

Shri Devi Talab Mandir Jalandhar Shakti Peeth Punjab India | 51 Shakti Peethas

Jalandhar Shakti Peeth is one of the 51 shakti peethas situated in Jalandhar, Punjab, India.

Significance:
  • According to the mythology Daksha yagna and Sati self-immolation, it is the holy place where “Left Breast” fell down.
  • Local people call goddess with the name “Maa Turatpurni”(one who listens and responds immediately), devotees believe that maa listens devotees wishes when prayed with devotion and fulfills them immediately.
Goddess Sati is called with the name Tripurmalini and lord Shiva in the form of Bhairava is called with Bheeshan. It is said that lord Shiva himself came to the place where goddess Sati body part fell and established (installed) pindi form of idol and he took bhairav form to protect the temple. In later period when Adiguru Shankara Charyulu visited the temple, he realized the body part and covered the part and installed another idol which was found in the pond on top of the original idol.




Art and architecture of the temple is magnificent and there is a beautiful pond built with fresh water. One can see pointed dome type of the roof with golden colour. Flooring is finished with white and black marble with huge courtyard.

When it comes to accommodation, you can avail accommodation starting from Rs. 500. There are hotels which are even expensive with best facilities. If you come out for shopping, Jalandhar is famous for sports equipments, clothes and textiles and jewellery.

Tip: One need to bargain goods to get at lower price or else you will be looted.

Transport:

Road: There are many buses and auto rikshaw floating to the temple.
Rail: Jalandhar railway station is the nearest railway station.
Air: Amritsar is the nearest airport, from there you need to come to Jalandhar.

Note: During summer season, temperature shoots 40+ degrees.

Monday, 7 March 2016

Hinglaj Devi Temple Nani Mandir Balochistan Pakistan | 51 Shakti Peethas

Hinglaj Devi temple or Nani mandir is one of the Shakti peeth located in a remote hilly area of Lyari Tehsil, Balochistan, Pakistan. Hinglaj temple is on the mountain named Hinglaj on river bank of Hinghol.

Significance:

    According to the mythology Daksha yagna and Sati self-immolation, it is the holy place where "Bramharandra (part of the head)” fell down.

From our ancient scripts and local people we get to know that Hinglaj Mata is a powerful deity form of Durga who blesses her devotees and fulfill their wishes. Presence of Goddess Hinglaj is been stated in many ancient scripts like Kularnava Tantra, Kubjika Tantra, Tantrachudamani, Shivasharitha. Locally devi is called with different names like Kottari, Kottarisha Kottavi etc. and the Bhairava from of lord Shiva associated with goddess is called with the name Bhimalochan.

We find Hinglaj Devi is made with shapeless stone smeared with Sindhoor. Local Muslims provide security to the temple and call deity with the name Nani Mandir.


Every year during the month of April we find four day annual ceremony. Among four day ceremony, third day is celebrated with great devotion, on this day temple priest chant mantras and invoke gods to accept the offering (3 coconuts) bought by their devotees. Devotees from local and neighbor countries come here to worship. Devotees take all kind of transport systems like buses, private vehicles and even bicycle. Few devotees say that the more austerities we face, the more is the grace of goddess.

Other places of worship: 

Apart from main deity we have lord Ganesh temple, Brahma kundh, Gurugorak Nath Dooni, Chandra Goop, Ramjarokha Bethak, Tir kundh, Aghore pooja etc.

Transport:

 It is about 250 Kms from Karachi city