What to see in and around Aurangabad | Road (Route) map to Aurangabad from Shirdi

What to see in and around Aurangabad | Road (Route) map to Aurangabad from Shirdi

Aurangabad is the city which is formed based on the name of the king Aurangzeb who is the last of the Mughal Emperors. There are no special places to be visited in this place but the Aurangabad is the way to reach the famous tourist spots, Ajanta and Ellora caves. The Ellora caves are 32km away from Aurangabad. The Daulatabad fort is at the route of Ellora. The Ghrushneshwar temple which is one among the Dwadasa Jyotirlingas is at the second side of the Ellora caves. The Ajanta caves are 105km away from the East of the Aurangabad. There is the construction of Bibika- Macbara which is at one end of the Aurangabad, which is built by the son of Aurangzeb in the memorial of the wife of Aurangzeb. It appears same like that of the Taj Mahal which is in Agra but it is not as big as of the original Taj and also not as beautiful as Taj.

The Panchakki place is on the other end of Aurangabad. There is a story that one orphan old man had made a permanent living in this place by taking care of the orphan children and used to take care of them. As the children cannot do the heavy works he used to place the small utensils which are useful in cooking like grinding stones of flour mill and other heavy utensils which are useful in the process of cooking. He also made arrangements to get the water from the pipes from the water project which is near to the Aurangabad. He used the force of that water to work as the power supplier for those five utensils and made use of those utensils. By this arrangement, the children used to cook the food very easily without any hard work. The place where those five utensils are there is called as Panchakki. The tomb of that old orphan is in that surrounding only. Just one km away Aurangabad, there are Ellora like caves but the complete area has become like a forest and it is not possible to reach that place.

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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.

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Amarkantak…. Driving directions and Road map to Amarkantak from Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, India

Amarkantak…. Driving directions and Road map to Amarkantak from Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, India

Amarkantak

This is the birth place of Narmada devi.  This is a holy place for Hindus.  This place is in the midst of dense forests and mountains.  To reach this place one has to cross a forest named ‘Achankar Marg’Kapil Dhara and Doodh Dhara waterfalls are situated here.  The atmosphere here is very pleasant.  Facilities are provided for trekking.

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Mahabalipuram is famous for its beautiful sculptures

Mahabalipuram is famous for its beautiful sculptures | Mahabalipuram is situated at a distance of 57 kms from Chennai
Mahabalipuram
There are around 50 places of interests in south India.   Mahabalipuram is one of them.  Mahabalipuram is situated at a distance of 57kms from Chennai in south.  This is famous for its art of sculpture.  These sculptures are not brought here from other places but are carved out of hills.  Temples, halls, human forms and animals are carved beautifully in the stone.

Chariots of Pandavas are located at a distance of 1 km in the south of Mahabalipuram.  Five chariots are constructed for five Panadavas and another for Draupadi, wife of Pandavas. Another marvel is the temple on the banks of the sea.  In 1911 it was found out that a temple is buried in the sand.  The height of the temple is 90feet.  There is a shivalingam with 16 faces.  Foreigners were also astonished to see the construction of the temple.

All these temples were built by Pallava kings in 6th century.  Other than these4 there is a Ranganatha temple and other temples in the middle of Mahabalipuram.  Pakshiteertham is located in the route of Mahabalipuram and Chengalpattu.  Vedagirishwara temple is located on a hill in the middle of Chengalpattu.  This temple is also carved out of a hill.

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Churches in Goa built in the Roman-gothic architectural style | Road map and driving directions from Mumbai to Goa

Churches in Goa built in the Roman-gothic architectural style | Road map and driving directions from Mumbai to Goa


UNESCO team travels in the world to selects place and buildings that should be visited by the future generations as World Heritage sites.  UNESCO has selected Goa, Pattadakal and Hampi in India along with other places.

Ancient Goa is on the banks of river Mandavi.  In 16th century Bijapur Nawab Adil shah wanted to change his capital to ancient Goa and built a wonderful palace their.  At the same time Portuguese Army commander occupied this place.  For the next 340 years, Goa was the capital for the Portuguese rule in India.  Not only in trade, culture but also in culture and religion it was similar to the cities of Europe.  The churches in the main square brought back the memories of Portuguese grandeur and Roman Catholic world.

Bam Jesus’ Basilica church

‘Bam Jesus’ Basilica church which was selected as a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1986 has the main deity Child Jesus.  The idol is very small.  The idol of St Ignatius Loyola idol which is at the back of Jesus idol is about 3 meter height.  At the top of the head, shining sun and the symbol of I.H.S. Jesuit can be seen.  Saint Loyola is the founder of Jesus Society.  The whole inside of the church has the gold plated covering.  This is the first church in South Asia which got the ‘Basilica’ status.  Roman Catholic Christians visit this church at least once in their life time.

The mortal remaining of St Xavier is preserved in this church.  This saint’s mortal remaining is preserved in a silver box since 400 years.  This box is kept on the right side of the main deity in a three storey marble tomb.  Saint’s body is taken on 3 rd December once for each decade for the devotees to visit. The body is going to taken out in 2014 for this decade.

Se Cathedral

‘Se-cathedral’ church is another famous church which is the biggest church in Asia.  This was built by a Portuguese Emperor.  This was built as a symbol of wealth, authority of Portugal.  This church is dedicated to St. Catherine.  This was built in the Portuguese-Gothic architectural style. Four small temples built for St. Anthony and St. Bernard and others can be seen on the right side of the temple.  The golden bell in the church is the biggest in Asia.  Pope Pious presented a Golden rose to the church in 1953.

St. Francis church

St. Francis church is located at the back of ‘Se-Cathedral’ church.  St. Antony Chapel and Lady of Rosary are the other main churches.  Viceroy Arch is situated on the banks of River Mandavi which has a historical prominence.  Great grand son of Vasco Da Gama, Francisco Da Gama who was a governor built this arch to welcome Portuguese Viceroys who come to Goa.

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Places of interests near LEH are Kargil, Pugtal, Rangdum etc | Route map and driving directions to LEH fronm Srinagar, J&K, India

Places of interests near LEH are Kargil, Pugtal, Rangdum etc | Route map and driving directions to LEH from Srinagar, J&K, India

leh valley

Highest mountain ranges, covered with white blanket of snow, vast green Nature, beautiful blue rivers, lakes and deep valleys. Leh is in between them.  This beautiful town is a heavenly abode for the foreign tourists.  It is a great destination for home tourists also.  This village attracts the customers with its beauty.

Leh is at an altitude of 11,500 kms , and is located in Jammu & Kashmir near the Indian border. This is a district head quarter.  Not only that, this is the largest district in India.  Half of the area of Jammu & Kashmir is in this district.  When British ruled India, they were very much interested in visiting Leh.  Nearly 18,000 national and international tourists visit Leh annually.  Tourists are also attracted to the Buddhist culture.

The Buddhist memorials in Leh are a treat to the eyes.  Many tourists visit the Shanti Stupa which is outside the town.  In the middle of the town there is a Kali mandir which is 800 years old, on a hill which mesmerizes the tourists.  Tourists can also visit Leh palace belonging to 17th century and is built in the Tibetan architecture tradition.  Most valuable and most ancient of all the places, is the Hemis gompa monastery.

Mountaineering

Many foreign tourists come to Leh to climb the mountain Nanukun, which is in the Himalayan mountain range.  Availability of transport facility is one of the main reasons for the tourists to visit this place.  Para Gliding facility is also arranged for the adventurous tourists. July and August months are suitable for swimming and rafting in the rivers Indus, Zanskar and Shyok (in Nubra valley).  Camel riding is available at Nubra region.   This place is suitable for trekking as the surroundings are pleasant.

River Indus

It is not an exaggeration to say that there are no words to describe the beauty of river Indus.  This river originates in Tibet and flows through Kashmir, Pakistan and discharges into the Arabian ocean.  A festival with the name ‘Sindu Darshan’ is organized by the government of India every year in May and June months.  The journey of this river starts from the holy Manasarovar in Tibet.  So devotees consider this river a sacred one.  Many devotees throng to this place during the festival.  Devotees from various parts of India bring water from their nearest rivers and mix the water in Indus during the festival .

Nearby places

Drass is another place of interest which is at a distance of 60kms from Leh.  This is the second most coldest place on earth. Winter snow fall can be enjoyed here.  In winter – 40o temperature is also recorded here.  Kargil,  Phugtal,  Rangdum, Sani and Suru valley are the other interesting places.

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