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.

Chintakunta caves in Kadapa believed to have paintings done by ancient man | Road map and driving directions of Chintakunta Caves from Kadapa

Chintakunta caves in Kadapa believed to have paintings done by ancient man | Road map and driving directions of Chintakunta Caves from Kadapa

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Chintakunta caves in Muddanur mandal of YSR district are the historical witness to the existence of ancient man.  Rock paining and rock shelters belonging to Stone Age came to light in Chintakunta village in the caves near Survey number 425.  These are believed to be the proofs of existence of ancient man who lived before 25,000 years.  Chintakuna village also has caves like Belum caves and Borra caves.  Line drawing of Stone Age can be seen in these caves.  Rock painting in Chintakunta caves has the pictures of deer, snakes, birds, human beings, line forms, line drawings of human beings catching bow, elephants, foxes, rabbits, hyenas etc.  Total number of pictures in these caves is nearly 200.  Local people call this as Eddula Aavula Gundu.  These are believed to   belong to middle Stone Age.

Collector orders survey

A committee with Archeology, revenue and other government officials as members will conduct a survey of these pictures.  Government has ordered stopping of mining works near survey number 425.

An archeologist from Australia has mentioned in his book ‘Line on Stone, the Prehistoric Rock Art of India’ about Chintakunta caves. INTAC members and authorities of Archeological Survey of India visited this place on 17th August.  Professors of History and Archeology department, Yogi Vemana University also visited this place.  In this context, line drawings of Chintalakunta caves became famous.  Local people did not know the importance of these caves and line drawings.

There is a need to give world wide publicity to these caves in Chintakunta village.  Many evidences proved that pre historic humans resided in Spain and France 25,000 years back.  Now Chintakunta has come to light as a place where ancient human beings believed to roam here.  There are many beautiful line drawings in Eddulagundu caves.  Basing on these it is evident that ancient man moved about in these caves.

Largest rock painting in south India

An ancient rock painting is present in the state of Maharashtra, India.  But the rock paining at Chintakunta village is the biggest in South India.  These painting are believed to be as old as 22 to 30 thousand years.  Depending on the report of survey, future action plan will be suggested to the government.

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Train Timings and schedules, Train Ticket Fare, Distance, Fastest train from Mumbai to Secunderabad

Train Timings and schedules, Train Ticket Fare, Distance from Mumbai to Secunderabad | Fastest train from Mumbai to Secunderabad.

Passengers can choose from 8 trains to travel from Mumbai Lokmanya Tilak Terminus/LTT  to Secunderabad Junction/SC .
2750 train number corresponds to LTT Vishakhapatnam SF Express. It departs at 12:25 at the Mumbai Lokmanya Tilak Terminus/LTT  and arrives the destination at Secunderabad Junction/SC  at 02:00 +1 night. Distance travelled by this train is 773 kms and it reaches its destination in 13 h 35 min. The departure days of 2750 is on  Sunday, Thursday,. They charge Rs.150 for general class, Rs.310 for SL class, Rs.817 for 3A class, Rs.1112 for 2A class.It is the fastest train from Mumbai to Secunderabad.

2701 train number corresponds to Hussain Sagar Express. It departs at 21:50 at the Mumbai CST/CSTM  and arrives the destination at Hyderabad Deccan Nampally/HYB  at 12:10 +1 night. Distance travelled by this train is 790 kms and it reaches its destination in 14 h 20 min. It has daily departures and daily arrivals.Fare for the travel is Rs.151 for general class, Rs.312 for SL class, Rs.823 for 3A class, Rs. 1119 for 2A class, Rs.1876 for 1A class.

Bhavnagar Kakinada Express has the train number of 7203. It arrives the destination point of Secunderabad Junction/SC  at 10:20 +1 night by leaving the departure point of Kalyan Junction/KYN  at 19:45. It travels a distance of 735 kms within 14 h 35 min.Except Saturday the train won’t schedules.Cost of the tickets is Rs.144 for general class, Rs.282 for SL class, Rs.764 for 3A class, Rs.1047 for 2A class.

7017 train number makes up for the Secunderabad Express. It makes it departure at 19:45 in Kalyan Junction/KYN  and makes it to reach the destination at 10:30 +1 night in Secunderabad Junction/SC. It takes 14 h 45 min to pass the distance of 735 kms. The departure days of 7017 is on  Monday, Wednesday, Thursday,. Fare for the travel is Rs.144 for general class, Rs.282 for SL class, Rs.764 for 3A class, Rs.1047 for 2A class.

1019 represents Konark Express. This train departs at Mumbai CST/CSTM at 15:10 and reports an arrival at 07:50 +1 night at Secunderabad Junction/SC . 16 h 40 min are required for it to travel 789 kms of distance. This is available for daily departure and daily arrival.Fare for travelling in this train is Rs.151 for general class, Rs.292 for SL class, Rs.793 for 3A class, Rs.1089 for 2A class.

7057 is the number for Devagiri Express. It starts at 21:05 in the departure point of Mumbai CST/CSTM  and reaches the destination point of Secunderabad Junction/SC      at 14:15 +1 night. It takes 17 h 10 min to travel 881 kms of distance. It has daily departures and daily arrivals.Rs.163 for general class, Rs.313 for SL class, Rs.851 for 3A class, Rs.1169 for 2A class, Rs. 1963 for 1A class,  are charged.

7031 train number corresponds to Hyderabad Express. It departs at 12:45 at the Mumbai CST/CSTM  and arrives the destination at Hyderabad Deccan Nampally/HYB at 05:55 +1 night. Distance travelled by this train is 790 kms and it reaches its destination in 17 h 10 min. It runs seven days a week. It costs Rs.151 for general class, Rs.292 for SL class, Rs.793 for 3A class, Rs.1089 for 2A class.

0731 train number also indicates Dadar Hyderabad Summer Special. It leaves Mumbai Dadar Central/DR  at 16:50 and reaches Hyderabad Deccan Nampally/HYB  at 10:00 +1 night within duration of 17 h 10 min travelling a distance of 781 kms.This train is scheduled only on Sundays.Tickets costs as follows: Rs.151 for general class, Rs.292 for SL class, Rs.793 for 3A class, Rs.1089 for 2A class.
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Train Timings and schedules, Train Ticket Fare, Distance, Fastest train from Kolkata to Chennai

Train Timings and schedules, Train Ticket Fare, Distance from Kolkata to Chennai | Fastest train from Kolkata to Chennai
Passengers have 11 trains from Kolkata Howrah Junction/HWH to Chennai Central/MAS .
2841 train number makes up for the Coromandel Express. It makes it departure at 14:50 in Kolkata Howrah Junction/HWH and makes it to reach the destination at 17:15 +1 night in Chennai Central/MAS . It takes 26 h 25 min to pass the distance of 1662 kms. It has daily departures and daily arrivals.They charge Rs.241 for general class, Rs.461 for SL class, Rs.1242 for 3A class, Rs.1700 for 2A class, Rs.2875 for 1A class.It is the fastest train from Kolkata to Chennai.

2508 represents Ernakulam Express. This train departs at Kolkata Howrah Junction/HWH at 01:05 and reports an arrival at 04:15 +1 night at Chennai Central/MAS . 27 h 10 min are required for it to travel 1661 kms of distance.Except Saturday the train won’t schedules.Fare for travelling in this train is Rs.241 for general class, Rs.461 for SL class, Rs.1242 for 3A class, Rs.1700 for 2A class.

2510 is a train number also for Guwahati Bangalore Express. It travels a distance of 1661 kms in the duration of 27 h 10 min. It goes off the Kolkata Howrah Junction/HWH  at 01:05 and reaches the destination of Chennai Central/MAS  by 04:15 +1 night. It has departures on  Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday,.Ticket expenses for this train is Rs.241 for general class, Rs.461 for SL class, Rs.1242 for 3A class, Rs.1700 for 2A class.

Name of 2516 train number is Guwahati Trivandrum Express. It starts at Kolkata Howrah Junction/HWH at 01:05 and reaches Chennai Central/MAS  at 04:15 +1 night. It covers a distance of 1661 km in 27 h 10 min.This train is scheduled only on Thursdays.Ticket expenses for this train is Rs.241 for general class, Rs.461 for SL class, Rs.1242 for 3A class, Rs.1700 for 2A class.

Name of 5902 train number is Dibrugarh Yesvantpur Weekly Express. It starts at Kolkata Howrah Junction/HWH  at 01:05 and reaches Chennai Perambur/PER  at 04:20 +1 night. It covers a distance of 1662 km in 27 h 15 min.It is scheduled only on Sundays.They charge Rs.241 for general class, Rs. 441 for SL class, Rs.1212 for 3A class, Rs.1670 for 2A class.

2839 train number makes up for the Howrah Chennai Mail. It makes it departure at 23:45 in Kolkata Howrah Junction/HWH  and makes it to reach the destination at 03:50 +2 nights in Chennai Central/MAS. It takes 28 h 5 min to pass the distance of 1662 kms. It has daily trips.Fare of this train is Rs.241 for general class, Rs.461 for SL class, Rs.1242 for 3A class, Rs.1700 for 2A class, Rs.2875 for 1A class.

Kanyakumari Express has the train number of 2665. It arrives the destination point of Chennai Egmore/MS at 20:00 +1 night by leaving the departure point of Kolkata Howrah Junction/HWH  at 16:10. It travels a distance of 1689 kms within 27 h 50 min.Only on Mondays, this train is available.Ticket expenses for this train is Rs.243 for general class, Rs.465 for SL class, Rs.1252 for 3A class, Rs.1715 for 2A class.

2663 relates to Howrah Trichy Express which starts at 16:10 in Kolkata Howrah Junction/HWH and reaches the destination point of Chennai Egmore/MS  at 20:00 +1 night. It takes 27 h 50 min to complete the travelling of 1689 kms. It starts from boarding point on  Sunday, Thursday,. Fare for the travel is Rs.243 for general class, Rs.465 for SL class, Rs.1252 for 3A class, Rs.1715 for 2A class.

5228 number corresponds to the Yesvantpur Express train. Kolkata Howrah Junction/HWH  is the starting point for this train and Chennai Central/MAS  is the destination point. It leaves at 23:15 and reaches at 03:50 +2 nights. 1661 kms of distance is travelled in 28 h 35 min.Only on Mondays, this train is available. Rs.241 for general class, Rs.441 for SL class, Rs.1212 for 3A class, Rs.1670 for 2A class, Rs.2825 for 1A class,  is charged.

6324 train number corresponds to Shalimar Trivandrum Express. It departs at 22:45 at the Kolkata Shalimar/SHM and arrives the destination at Chennai Central/MAS  at 03:50 +2 nights. Distance travelled by this train is 1660 kms and it reaches its destination in 29 h 5 min. The operation of 6324 starts on  Sunday, Tuesday,. Ticket expenses for this train is Rs.241 for general class, Rs.441 for SL class, Rs. 1212 for 3A class.

5624 relates to Guwahati Ernakulam Express which starts at 03:50 in Kolkata Howrah Junction/HWH and reaches the destination point of Chennai Central/MAS  at 10:35 +1 night. It takes 30 h 45 min to complete the travelling of 1570  kms.Only on Saturdays, this train is available.Cost of the tickets is .
Indian railways have given a chance to its customers to know advance reservations, train ticket bookings, berths / seats availability, PNR status sitting at home by visiting their official website www. indianrail.gov.in.

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

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

9 trains run between Delhi Hazrat Nizamuddin/NZM  and Secunderabad Junction/SC .
2430 is a train number also for Bangalore Rajdhani. It travels a distance of 1660 kms in the duration of 21 h 45 min. It goes off the Delhi Hazrat Nizamuddin/NZM  at 20:50 and reaches the destination of Secunderabad Junction/SC  by 18:35 +1 night. It starts from boarding point on  Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday.  Rs.1725 for 3A class, Rs.3775 for 1A class,  is charged.It is the fastest train from Delhi to Secunderabad.

2494 is the number for Bangalore Rajdhani. It starts at 20:50 in the departure point of Delhi Hazrat Nizamuddin/NZM  and reaches the destination point of Secunderabad Junction/SC at 18:35 +1 night. It takes 21 h 45 min to travel 1660 kms of distance. The departure days of 2494 is on  Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, It costs Rs.1725 for 3A class, Rs.2260 for 2A class, Rs.3775 for 1A class.

2438 train number corresponds to Secunderabad Rajdhani Express. It departs at 16:00 at the Delhi Hazrat Nizamuddin/NZM  and arrives the destination at Secunderabad Junction/SC  at 14:00 +1 night. Distance travelled by this train is 1660 kms and it reaches its destination in 22 h 0 min.Except Sunday the train won’t schedules. Rs. 1725 for 3A class, Rs.2260 for 2A class, Rs.3775 for 1A class,  is charged.

2286 train number also indicates Nizamuddin Secunderabad Duronto. It leaves Delhi Hazrat Nizamuddin/NZM  at 15:50 and reaches Secunderabad Junction/SC at 14:00 +1 night within duration of 22 h 10 min travelling a distance of 1660 kms. 2286 starts at Delhi Hazrat Nizamuddin/NZM  on  Monday, Friday,.Fare for travelling in this train is Rs.655 for SL class, Rs.1695 for 3A class, Rs.2215 for 2A class, Rs.3565 for 1A class.

2650 train number is Karnataka Sampark Kranti Express. It starts at Delhi Hazrat Nizamuddin/NZM is the departure point and Hyderabad Kacheguda/KCG  is the destination point for this train. 06:45 is the time it leaves at the departure point and reaches the destination at 07:05 +1 night. It covers a distance of 1666 kms in 24 h 20 min. This train leaves on  Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday.Ticket expenses for this train is Rs.241 for general class, Rs.461 for SL class, Rs.1242 for 3A class, Rs.1700 for 2A class, Rs.2875 for 1A class.

Andhra Pradesh Express is indicated by 2724 train number. It consumes 25 h 40 min of time for covering a distance of 1667  kms.  The departure timing at New Delhi/NDLS  is 17:35 and arrival at Secunderabad Junction/SC  is 19:15 +1 night. It runs seven days a week. Ticket expenses for this train is Rs.241 for general class, Rs.461 for SL class, Rs.1242 for 3A class, Rs.1700 for 2A class, Rs.2875 for 1A class.

2708 number corresponds to the Andhra Pradesh Sampark Kranti Express train. Delhi Hazrat Nizamuddin/NZM  is the starting point for this train and Secunderabad Junction/SC is the destination point. It leaves at 07:25 and reaches at 09:15 +1 night. 1660 kms of distance is travelled in 25 h 50 min. 2708 starts at Delhi Hazrat Nizamuddin/NZM  on  Sunday, Wednesday, Friday,.Ticket expenses for this train is Rs.241 for general class, Rs.461 for SL class, Rs.1242 for 3A class, Rs.1700 for 2A class.

2648 represents Kongu Express. This train departs at Delhi Hazrat Nizamuddin/NZM  at 08:40 and reports an arrival at 12:20 +1 night at Hyderabad Kacheguda/KCG . 27 h 40 min are required for it to travel 1666 kms of distance.This train is scheduled only on Wednesdays.Fare of this train is Rs.241 for general class, Rs.461 for SL class, Rs.1242 for 3A class, Rs.1700 for 2A class.

2722 number corresponds to the Dakshin Express train. Delhi Hazrat Nizamuddin/NZM  is the starting point for this train and Secunderabad Junction/SC  is the destination point. It leaves at 22:50 and reaches at 04:05 +2 nights. 1660 kms of distance is travelled in 29 h 15 min. It runs seven days a week.  Rs.241 for general class, Rs.461 for SL class, Rs.1242 for 3A class, Rs.1700 for 2A class,  is charged.
The Indian railways have launched an official website www. indianrail.gov.in for facilitating the passengers to know about the details of advance reservations, train ticket bookings, berths / seats availability, PNR status.

Melukote is also called Thirunarayanapuram | Road map to Melukote from Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

Melukote is also called Thirunarayanapuram | Road map to Melukote from Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

Thirunarayanapuram

Melukote is also called Thirunarayanapuram.  ‘Mel’ means above and ‘Kotai’ means a small hill having a fort.  As per tradition Melkote is called Gnana mandapam, Kanchi is the Tyaga mandapam, Srirangam is the Bhoga mandapam and Tirumala is called the Pushpa mandapam.  Melkote is situated near Mandya town in Karnataka state.  Devotees can reach this place from Bangalore or Mysore.  As per sthalapuraanam, in the krutha yugam, a sage Sanatkumar brought the Utsavamurthy of Lord Vishnu from Satya lokam.  Thus this place was called Narayanadri.  In Threta yugam, Dattatreya worshipped this idol with Vedadhyayanam and so it was then called Vedadri.   In Dwapara yugam Lord Srikrishna worshipped the idol here and so it was called Yadavadri.

The temple at Melkote belongs to 11th or 12th centuries.  Bhagawadramanujam stayed here for 12 years when the Chola king Krimitantudu was torturing the people.  He restored the Melkote temple with the help of King Vishuvardhana.  Ramanujam re-installed the utsavamurthulu which were with Delhi Nawab.  The idol in this temple appears as a 14, 15 years handsome boy.  Goddess Lakshmi is called Yadugiri nachiyar.  Lord Narsimha swamy temple is situated on a temple here.  Brahmotasavam and Vairmudi festival are the important festivals here.

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