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.

Gwalior Fort at Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh | Location Map of Gwalior Fort

Gwalior Fort at Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh | Location Map of Gwalior Fort

Gwalior Fort

Another place which is a must visit is the fort of Gwalior.  This is on a hill.  Strong wall are built around the hill.  These are 2 miles long and 35 feet height and are intact even now.  The statues of Jain Teerdhankrs can be seen on the walls while going to the fort.  A local king carved them on the walls as he was interested in the Jain religion.  He destroyed some of them at the order of Mughals.  This fort went in to the hands of British rulers at a later stage.  This fort is so strong that Babur complimented that this is the best fort in the country.  When this fort was under Mughals. Aurangazeb had imprisoned his brother Murad in this fort.  He was hanged later.   51 subordinate kings were imprisoned here along with Hargobind Singh.  Queen Nurjahan ordered to release Hargobind Singh.  But Hargobind singh wanted all the kings to be released along with him. Then the Nawab laid a condition.  He said he will release all the kings who can come out holding the shirt of Hargobind singhHargobind singh’s shirt was torn in to pieces and made like a rope.  All kings came out holding that rope.

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Chowmahalla palace belonging to Nizams received UNESCO Asia Pacific Award | Road / Location map of Chowmahalla Palace in Hyderabad

Chowmahalla palace belonging to Nizams received UNESCO Asia Pacific Award | Road / Location map of Chowmahalla Palace in Hyderabad
Chowmahalla palace
Chowmahalla palace, the 270 year old historical monument near Charminar has proved its architectural brilliance once again to the world by bagging the ‘UNESCO Asia Pacific Merit Award’. This palace was built in the Persian style of construction in the year 1750 by Salabath Jung.  Asafjahi rulers used this building as the political consultations.  The palace had an open area of 60 acres but now only 12 acres remain.  The palace is a replica of Sha Iran Bungalow in Tehran.  This palace actually is a group of buildings.  Aftab Mahal, Tahniyat Mahal, Afzal Mahal, Mehtab Mahal, Roshan bungalow and Khilawat are some of the important buildings.  A marble throne used by the Nizam rulers can be seen in the palace.  This palace was in use till 1948.  In 2005, this palace was open for the visitors. In 2000 Princess Asra, wife of   Prince Mukarram Jah Bahadur started renovation works of the palace.  The renovation work was successfully done by Rahul Malhotra Association. They brought back the past glory to the palace.

Barrister Senior Counsel of Prince Mukarrm Jah said that steps have been taken to convert Chowmahalla palace in to a museum which will house various things belonging to the Nizams.  The artifacts of the Purani Haveli Nizam Museum will also be displayed here.  The Shiya Aalam the rare religious relics housed in one portion of the palace will also be opened for the public.

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Bandhavgarh, Kanha National Park….. Driving directions and route map to Bandhavgarh National Park and Kanha National Park from Jabalpur, MP, India

Bandhavgarh, Kanha National Park….. Driving directions and route map to Bandhavgarh National Park and Kanha National Park from Jabalpur, MP, India
Bandhavgarh, Kanha National Park

These are the most beautiful reserve forests situated in India.  Bandhavgarh  National Park is famous for tigers.  Elephant Safari facility is available here.  Kanha Park is the stage for many researches and preservation programs.  Many endangered species are also being preserved here.

Driving directions and route map to Bandhavgarh National Park from Jabalpur, MP, India:

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Driving directions and route map to Kanha National Park from Jabalpur, MP, India:

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Train Timings and schedules, Train Ticket Fare, Distance, Fastest train from Ahmedabad Junction to Bangalore City

Train Timings and schedules, Train Ticket Fare, Distance from Ahmedabad Junction to Bangalore City | Fastest train from Ahmedabad Junction to Bangalore City


8 trains between Ahmedabad Junction/ADI  and Krishnarajapuram/KJM  improve the transport.
6613 is the number for Coimbatore Express. It starts at 10:05 in the departure point of Ahmedabad Junction/ADI  and reaches the destination point of Krishnarajapuram/KJM  at 16:20 +1 night. It takes 30 h 15 min to travel 1573 kms of distance. Only on Sundays, this train is available.Rs.232 for general class, Rs.426 for SL class, Rs.1167 for 3A class, Rs.1609 for 2A class,  are charged. It is the fastest train from Ahmedabad Junction to Krishnarajapuram.

Ahmedabad Yeswantpur Summer Special train has number of number of 0925. It starts at 19:30 in Ahmedabad Junction/ADI  and reaches Bangalore Yesvantpur Junction/YPR  at 04:30 +2 nights. Within 33 h 0 min it travels a distance of 1564 kms.It travels only on Tuesdays.Cost of the tickets is Rs.232 for general class, Rs.437 for SL class, Rs. 1201 for 3A class, Rs.1609 for 2A class.

6501 train number makes up for the Bangalore Express. It makes it departure at 18:00 in Ahmedabad Junction/ADI and makes it to reach the destination at 04:45 +2 nights in Bangalore City Junction/SBC . It takes 34 h 45 min to pass the distance of 1801 kms.Only on Tuesdays, this train is available.Ticket expenses for this train is Rs.256 for general class, Rs.465 for SL class, Rs.1277 for 3A class, Rs. 1762 for 2A class.

Name of 6505 train number is Bangalore Express. It starts at Ahmedabad Junction/ADI  at 14:55 and reaches Bangalore City Junction/SBC  at 04:00 +2 nights. It covers a distance of 1661 km in 37 h 5 min.It travels only on Tuesdays.Fare for the travel is Rs.241 for general class, Rs.441 for SL class, Rs.1212 for 3A class, Rs.1670 for 2A class.

6507 is a train number also for Bangalore Express. It travels a distance of 1661 kms in the duration of 37 h 5 min. It goes off the Ahmedabad Junction/ADI  at 14:55 and reaches the destination of Bangalore City Junction/SBC by 04:00 +2 nights. 6507 starts at Ahmedabad Junction/ADI  on  Thursday, Saturday.Rs.241 for general class, Rs. 441 for SL class, Rs.1212 for 3A class, Rs.1670 for 2A class,  are charged.

6209 is a train number also for Ajmer Mysore Express. It travels a distance of 1661 kms in the duration of 37 h 5 min. It goes off the Ahmedabad Junction/ADI at 14:55 and reaches the destination of Bangalore City Junction/SBC by 04:00 +2 nights. 6209 starts at Ahmedabad Junction/ADI on  Sunday, Friday,. Rs.241 for general class, Rs. 441 for SL class, Rs.1212 for 3A class, Rs.1670 for 2A class,  is charged.

6531 is a train number also for Garib Nawaz Express. It travels a distance of 1745 kms in the duration of 37 h 50 min. It goes off the Ahmedabad Junction/ADI  at 14:55 and reaches the destination of Bangalore Yesvantpur Junction/YPR  by 04:45 +2 nights.It is scheduled only on Mondays.Cost of the tickets is Rs.248 for general class, Rs.453 for SL class, Rs.1245 for 3A class, Rs.1716 for 2A class.

Jodhpur Yesvantpur Express has the train number of 6533. It arrives the destination point of Bangalore Yesvantpur Junction/YPR at 04:45 +2 nights by leaving the departure point of Ahmedabad Junction/ADI  at 14:55. It travels a distance of 1744 kms within 37 h 50 min.It is scheduled only on Wednesdays.Ticket expenses for this train is Rs.248 for general class, Rs.453 for SL class, Rs. 1245 for 3A class, Rs.1716 for 2A class, .
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

Market place and touristic attractions of Cherrapunji

Market place and touristic attractions of Cherrapunji

Cherrapunji

Heavy rains wash out the top soil on the plateau and now Cherrapunji remained as a market place.  People of nearby villages come and sell their things here.  This market is held for every 8 days.  Government offices and hospitals work compulsorily on that day.  Taxis and Buses are also over crowded on the market day.
Though rainfall has decreased there are many places to be visited in Cherrapunji.  Nahkalikai waterfall is the 4th highest waterfall in the world. Honey, pepper, betel nuts and cinnamon are cheaper here.  Nohsngithiang waterfalls which are also called Seven sisters falls are another attraction.  This is at a height of 4,500 feet and Bangladesh is clearly visible from this height.  Mawsmai caves are located nearby.

Presently main attractions are Cherrapunji are the waterfalls and the limestone caves.  Mawsmai is one such cave. The ceiling of this cave is 30 – 40 feet at some places.  Water trickles from the ceiling.   These caves are very dark. Trekking and adventure caving facilities are available for those who are interested.

Cherrapunji is famous for root bridges.  These are formed with the roots of big trees.  These bridges can bear the weight of 50 people.  October – April is the best place to visit Cherrapunji.