Where is Anjuna Beach in Goa? | How to reach Anjuna Beach? | Interesting places in and around Anjuna village

Where is Anjuna Beach in Goa? | How to reach Anjuna Beach? | Interesting places in and around Anjuna village

Anjuna Beach Goa

Many people plan to spend their holidays in Ooty or Kodaikanal to get relief from souring summer heat.  Visit Goa this time.  Get over fatigue on the beautiful Anjuna beach.  Preserve those beautiful moments for a life time.

Anjuna beach is situated at 18 kilometers from the capital city of Goa.  This is praised as heaven by the tourists.  The waves of Arabian ocean entrance the tourists.  Anjuna beach is care of address for full moon day parties.  These parties are the main attraction here.  There is a fair on every Wednesday.  Nature lovers should visit Anjuna beach at least once in a life time, which gives mental peace as well as experiences which can be preserved for a life time.

It is not an exaggeration to say that Goa is the best place to get mental peace and to spend time in the nature, forgetting the outside world.  Anjuna village lies between Arabian sea and high mountain range, in an area of five square miles. A cave which is formed naturally with big mountain rocks is very beautiful.  The beauty of this cave, which is formed with the combination of white sand and black rocks, cannot be described.  Tourists who visit Anjuna beach, will  desire  to come back again and again.

Trader’s heaven

Wednesday’s in Anjuna, bustle with activity.  This place is crowded with tourist’s vehicle from 11 am itself.  The Wednesday fair is called ‘Wednesday Day flea market’.  Everything is available here.  This is described as the heaven of traders.  Beautifully designed Tibet, Kashmiri and Gujarati clothes are available cheaply here.  Traditional handicrafts are also available here.  Along with these European snacks, music cassettes under the name ‘Goa trans’ are sold like hot cakes.  Artificial jewellery and T-shirts are also available for lesser prices.

Anjuna beach is famous for full moon parties.  Young tourists are attracted to these parties.  There is a worldwide craze for these full moon parties.  These parties continue till the early mornings.  And beach fires go through all the night.  The parties with the full moon light and back ground music of the waves of Arabian Sea stay in the memories of tourists for a long time.  The traditional dances for western music by hippies are the high light of these parties.

Weather

Goa has a pleasant atmosphere throughout the year. Coats made with thin wool are needed in December and January months.  April and May months are warmer.  June and October months witness heavy rains. In summer the temperatures are between 240 centigrade and 32.70 centigrade. In winter the temperatures vary between 21.30 and 32.20.

Air Services: Tourists can reach Anjuna beach in many ways.  Air services are available till Dabolim Airport which is 29 kms from Panaji.  Anjuna beach is at the distance of 47 kms from ‘Dabolim’.

Train Journey: Tourists can get down at Karmali Railway Station which is 11 kms from Panaji and reach Anjuna beach which is 29 kms from there.

Road ways: Buses to Anjuna beach (8 kms from Mapusa) are available for every one hour from Mapusa which is at a distance of 18 kms from Panaji. Local bus services are also plenty. Tourists also can hire a motor cycle or a taxi from ‘Mapusa’.

How to reach Pinjore / Pinjaur in Chandigardh? Location map of Pinjore gardens:

How to reach Pinjore / Pinjaur in Chandigardh? Location map of Pinjore gardens:
Pinjore

Interesting places in Chandigarh:

Chandigarh is an excellent newly designed city. In this city the main place to be visited is Nackchand Rock Gardens. The other places which are looks very attractive for tourists are the construction of University Building and Secretariat Building. From the distance of 20 Km from Chandigarh there is a beautiful garden which is in the form of steps in the mountain ranges like view at a place called Pinjore / Pinjaur which is a one of the tourist place to be visited by everyone. There is a temple called Goddess Manasa Devi which is at the outside of the city. In the same way there is a place called Kalka which as temple of Goddess Kalika which starts at the way from Chandigarh to Simla. Among the Nine temples which are treated as Nava Durgas by the people of that area the Manasa Devi and Kalka Devi temples are two of them.

How to reach Pinjore / Pinjaur in Chandigardh? Location map of Pinjore gardens:

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How the Kollur Mookambika got that name? | The temple architecture and Mookambika idol details

How the Kollur Mookambika got that name? | The temple architecture and Mookambika idol details

Kollue MookambikaThis temple has a history for its origin.  In Kritayugam there was a demon Kamasura in this place.  He did penance to please Lord Shiva.  Goddess Parvathi  made him dumb to prevent him from asking boons.  Later she killed him on Jesta sukla ashtami on the Kodachadri hill.  So the Goddess is called Mookambika.

Kollur Mookambika temple is built in the Kerala architecture style.  There is a 20 feet Deepa sthambam at the entrance.  Gaja sthambam which has golden plating is a little shorter.  Devotees have the darshan of these stambhas and then enter the sanctum sanctorium.  Male devotees have to take off their vests and shirts before entering the temple.  Mookambika Devi appears in a cross-legged position.  Mookambika has four hands, with the chakram and sankham in the upper hands.

The idol of Goddess Mookambika was installed along with the Srichakram by Adisankaracharya.  Adisankaracharya peetham is at the west side of the sanctum sanctorum.  Earlier Devi appeared ferocious.  Adisankaracharya did penance and make her tranquil.  Adisankaracharya went to north India with the permission of the Goddess, it is said.  All the kings who ruled this place worshipped and developed this religious place.

A Jyothirlingam is present in front of the idol of Mookambika.  This lingam is divided unequally by the line.  Devotees believe that the small portion of the lingam is the place of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva; the big portion is the place for Saraswati, Mahalakshmi and Mahakali.  Decorations and Pujas are held for the idol and Abhishekam to the Lingam.

Vishnu Temple with navagrahas built by Krishnadevaraya as per his mother wish at Nagalapuram | Ganesh or Ganapati in Standing posture

Vishnu Temple with navagrahas built  by Krishnadevaraya as per his mother wish at Nagalapuram | Ganesh or Ganapati in Standing posture

Vishnu Temple

During the Pallava rule, only Sanctum Sanctorum was built for Lord Vedanarayana.  Later in 1517, Srikrishnadevaraya visited this temple on his way to Tamilnadu.  And the temple was built as per the desire of his mother.  The construction was completed in an area of 12 acres.  There are 7 dwaraalu and 4 gopuraalu.  Earlier Nagalapuram was called Harikantapuram.  After the completion of the temple construction Krishnadevaraya has given the name Nagalambapuram after his mother.  It has become Nagalapuram gradually.

Lord Dakshinamurty, Lord Ganesha are on the south side of the temple, Brahma and Durga on the north, Lakshinarasimha Swamy is on the west side of the temple.  Sanctum sanctorum is designed in such a way that sun rays touch the idol for 3 days during Chaitramasam.

Niluvunamaala Ganapathi

The main idol of Nagalapuram is facing west.

  • The statue of Ganapathi is seen in every other temple in sitting position.  But in this temple he can seen standing and with Niluvunamaalu (generally Vaishnavas wear a vertical mark on the forehead).
  • Vedanarayana Swamy is also called Prayogachakradhari.
  • Generally no Vaishnava temple has Navagrahalu.  But here Navagrahalu can be seen on the upper part of Mahadwara.

Train Timings and schedules, Train Ticket Fare, Distance, Fastest train from Delhi to Ahmedabad

Train Timings and schedules, Train Ticket Fare, Distance from Delhi to Ahmedabad | Fastest train from Delhi to Ahmedabad
Indian railways have allotted 13 number of trains between New Delhi/NDLS  to Ahmedabad Junction/ADI.
2958 is the number for Swarna Jayanti Rajdhani. It starts at 19:55 in the departure point of New Delhi/NDLS  and reaches the destination point of Ahmedabad Junction/ADI  at 10:05 +1 night. It takes 14 h 10 min to travel 934 kms of distance. It has daily trips.Prices as below are applicable:  Rs.1210 for 3A class, Rs.1595 for 2A class, Rs.2660 for 1A class.It is the fastest train from Delhi to Ahmedabad.

2215A specifies Sarai Rohilla Bandra Garib Rath Special. It starts at 09:20 at Delhi Sarai Rohilla/DEE and reaches Ahmedabad Junction/ADI  at 01:20 +1 night. It consumes 16 h 0 min of time for travelling a distance of 951 kms.Except Tuesday the train won’t schedules.Prices are Rs.481 for Chair car sectionRs.578 for 3A class.

2215 number corresponds to the Delhi Bandra Garib Rath train. Delhi Sarai Rohilla/DEE  is the starting point for this train and Ahmedabad Junction/ADI  is the destination point. It leaves at 09:20 and reaches at 01:20 +1 night. 951 kms of distance is travelled in 16 h 0 min. It has departures on  Monday, Thursday, Saturday.Fare for travelling in this train is Rs.481 for Chair car sectionRs.578 for 3A class.

2476 train number corresponds to Sarvodaya Express. It departs at 21:50 at the New Delhi/NDLS  and arrives the destination at Ahmedabad Junction/ADI  at 14:05 +1 night. Distance travelled by this train is 1092 kms and it reaches its destination in 16 h 15 min.Except Monday the train won’t schedules.Tickets costs as follows: Rs.186 for general class, Rs.371 for SL class, Rs.988 for 3A class, Rs.1348 for 2A class.

2474 train number also indicates Sarvodaya Express. It leaves New Delhi/NDLS  at 21:50 and reaches Ahmedabad Junction/ADI  at 14:05 +1 night within duration of 16 h 15 min travelling a distance of 1092 kms.It is scheduled only on Thursdays.They charge Rs.186 for general class, Rs.371 for SL class, Rs.988 for 3A class, Rs.1348 for 2A class.

Sindhu Express has the train number of 2478. It arrives the destination point of Ahmedabad Junction/ADI  at 14:05 +1 night by leaving the departure point of New Delhi/NDLS  at 21:50. It travels a distance of 1092 kms within 16 h 15 min.It travels only on Sundays.Ticket expenses for this train is Rs.186 for general class, Rs.371 for SL class, Rs.988 for 3A class, Rs.1348 for 2A class.

2918 number corresponds to the Gujarat Sampark Kranti Express train. Delhi Hazrat Nizamuddin/NZM  is the starting point for this train and Ahmedabad Junction/ADI  is the destination point. It leaves at 14:05 and reaches at 06:30 +1 night. 1085 kms of distance is travelled in 16 h 25 min. It starts from boarding point on  Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday. Prices as below are applicable:  Rs.186 for general class, Rs.371 for SL class, Rs.988 for 3A class, Rs.1348 for 2A class.

2916 train number also indicates Ashram Express. It leaves Old Delhi/DLI  at 15:05 and reaches Ahmedabad Junction/ADI  at 07:40 +1 night within duration of 16 h 35 min travelling a distance of 933 kms. It has daily trips. Rs.169 for general class, Rs.343 for SL class, Rs.909 for 3A class, Rs.1238 for 2A class, Rs.2081 for 1A class,  is charged.

0980 represents Haridwar Ahmedabad Kumbh Special. This train departs at Delhi Hazrat Nizamuddin/NZM  at 06:30 and reports an arrival at 23:15  at Ahmedabad Junction/ADI . 16 h 45 min are required for it to travel 1085 kms of distance.It travels only on Mondays.Rs.186 for general class, Rs.371 for SL class, Rs.988 for 3A class are charged.

9270 is a train number also for Muzaffarpur Porbandar Express. It travels a distance of 932 kms in the duration of 18 h 10 min. It goes off the Old Delhi/DLI  at 13:10 and reaches the destination of Ahmedabad Junction/ADI  by 07:20 +1 night. The operation of 9270 starts on  Monday, Tuesday,. Fare for the travel is Rs.169 for general class, Rs.323 for SL class, Rs. 879 for 3A class, Rs.1208 for 2A class.

Name of 4311 train number is Ala Hazrat Express. It starts at Old Delhi/DLI  at 11:45 and reaches Ahmedabad Junction/ADI  at 06:10 +1 night. It covers a distance of 932 km in 18 h 25 min. It starts from boarding point on  Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday. They charge Rs.169 for general class, Rs.323 for SL class, Rs. 879 for 3A class, Rs.1208 for 2A class.

9264 train number makes up for the Porbandar Express. It makes it departure at 08:20 in Delhi Sarai Rohilla/DEE  and makes it to reach the destination at 02:55 +1 night in Ahmedabad Junction/ADI . It takes 18 h 35 min to pass the distance of 929 kms. It starts from boarding point on  Monday, Thursday,.  Rs.168 for general class, Rs.321 for SL class, Rs.873 for 3A class, Rs.1200 for 2A class  is charged.

9106 train number also indicates Haridwar Ahmedabad Mail. It leaves Old Delhi/DLI  at 22:35 and reaches Ahmedabad Junction/ADI at 18:40 +1 night within duration of 20 h 5 min travelling a distance of 955 kms. It has daily trips. Rs.172 for general class, Rs.327 for SL class, Rs.891 for 3A class, Rs.1225 for 2A class, Rs.2059 for 1A class,  is charged.
Passengers have now the facility of knowing the info of advance reservations, train ticket bookings, berths / seats availability, PNR status from the Indian railways official website www. indianrail.gov.in

Arasavelli-One of the few temples for Sun God | Mythological importance of Arasavelli and how to reach there

Arasavelli- One of the few temples for Sun God | Mythological importance of Arasavelli and how to reach there

Arasavalli

Sun is the main source for food cycle. Sun is important for the existence of life on earth. This is the reason why Sun has been worshipped by Aryans, Greeks, Romans and Egyptians. Sun is worshipped in the form of Sri Suryanarayana Murthy at Arasavilli.

Arasavilli is situated in Srikakulam district where sun god is worshipped along with his wife. There are very few temples for Sun and Lord Brahma. Arasavilli is one of the prominent temples of Sun.

Konark temple in Orissa comes to mind when we think of Sun temples. History tells us that this was destroyed by Kala pahad in 1568 A.C. But the statue of the deity is missing. So Arasavilli has become the only temple in India where Sun is worshipped. Devotees believe that people who worship Lord Sun get health, wealth and happiness. That is why this village is also called ‘Harshavalli’.

 

Sthala Puraanam

This temple belongs to seventh century. In Dwapara yugam, Lord Balarama started for a pilgrimage in east direction, at the time of Kurukshetra war.  He created a river for the benefit of people with his plough. That river is called ‘Nagaavali’ now. He installed panchalingaalu on the banks of this river. He invited all Gods to install Sri Umarudra Koteswara Swamy in Arasavelli. Lord Indra was late for the ceremony, and Nandi refused to let him in. And there was a war between these two. Lord Indra became unconscious and fell at the distance of three miles from the temple in the east direction. He prays to Lord Sun. Sun advices him to construct a pushkarini at that place to get the lost grandeur. While digging the pushkarini with his Vajraayudham, Indra could find a beautiful statue of Lord Suryanarayana. This tank is now called ‘Indrapushkarini’. This statue was installed in Arasavelli by Indra. That is the temple now in Arasavelli.

Lord Sun is worshipped along with Goddesses Usha, Padmini and Chayadevi. Devotees believe that Sun God gives health and longer life to the living things. Thousand of prilgims throng this temple to offer prayers. Coming to the statue of the Deity, there is a sword at the waist of the God. The Driver of the Chariot is Anurudu. Anurudu means the person who has no thighs. He is the brother of Garutmanthudu. Two servants Sanskasananda serve the God with chatrachaamaralu.

Kalyanam of Lord Suryanarayana is performed on Chairtra sudda Ekadasi. Other important programs at the temple are teppa tirunaallu on kartika sudda dwadasi, Rathasaptami, Kamadahanotsavam on Phalguna Sudda Purnima and Dolotsavam. Rathasaptami is a big festival here. The number of devotees increases in the months of Maagham, Vaisaakham and Karthikam.

Every year the first rays of Sun enter the temple in the dates of March 8, 9, 10, 11 and 1, 2, 3, 4 dates of October. They fall on the Dhwajasthambam through the gopuram of the temple. They directly touch the feet of God. These fall on the foot, naval and head of the statue and the God looks beautiful at that time. The devotees who watch this are in a trance for some time. That is why there is a heavy rush on these days.

Shape of the temple

It can be known through the inscriptions that the temple was constructed in 673 B.C by the King of Kalinga, Devendra Verma. This temple was destroyed by Subedar of Nizam Nawaab, Sher Mohammed Khan. An employee of the Nawab, Yalamanchili Sitaramaswamy threw the statue of the deity in a well to save it from the Subedar. Then he reconstructed the temple in 1778 AC. The temple was renovated in the year 1999. The construction of the temple is in the form of chariot.

Suryanamskaras

Arasavilli is considered to be the place which cures skin, eye and psychological diseases through suryanamaskaras. There is a navagraha mandapam situated here. As part of the suryanamaskaras, 12 different asanaas are practiced by the people here. Seven special namaskaras are dedicated to saptarishis. They are Namaskara mudra, Thadaasna, Paadahasthana, Aswasanchaalaasana, Bhujangaasana, Parvathasana and Ashtaanga namaskaraasana. It is believed that since all the planets revolve around sun, worshipping God is equal to worshipping all the planets. And this gives mental peace and cures all diseases.

To reach Arasavelli

This temple is located at a distance of 13 kilo meters from Srikakulam railway station and nearly 3 kilo meters from Srikakulam complex. Air passengers can get down at Visakhapatnam and reach Arasavelli through road and rail ways.