Details of Badrinath pilgrim | Route Map to Badrinath Temple

Details of Badrinath pilgrim

Badhrinath Temple

The temple at Badrinath is on the banks of river Alakananda. From a distance of 150 yards from the temple, a big black stone raised platform of 156 feet length, 76 feet height and 5 feet thickness can be seen. This is called the Brahmakapaalam.

Haridwar is at a distance of 322 km from Badarinath. River Alakananda continues to flow from Badarinath. Other rivers Dhawalaganga, Nandaakini, Vindaraganga, Mandakini and Bhagirathi join Alakananda in that order. After joining Bhagirathi, the river enters the plain stretch open land at Rishikesh as River Ganga.
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Gwalior offers many places of historical importance to the tourists (From temples to palaces and Museums) | Road map and driving directions from Agra to Gwalior

Gwalior offers many places of historical importance to the tourists (From temples to palaces and Museums) | Road map and driving directions from Agra to Gwalior

Man mandir Palace

People who want to visit some different places other than temples, pilgrim centres should visit Gwalior once.  Some of the palaces in Gwalior are the evidences for history of Gwalior. The wealth of queens, love story of Mrignayani, Brutality of Aurangazeb, sweet notes of Tansen and the grandeur of Rajputs are some of the notable features of Gwalior.  The most interesting places of in and around Gwalior are

  1. Gwalior Fort
  2. Gujari Mahal
  3. Man Mandir Palace
  4. Jai Vilas Palace
  5. Surajkund lake

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Temples including Madurai Meenakshi are major attractions of Madurai and the accommodation facilities | Road map from Chennai to Madurai with driving directions

Temples including Madurai Meenakshi are major attractions of Madurai and the accommodation facilities | Road map from Chennai to Madurai with driving directions

Madurai Meenakshi 1 Madurai Meenakshi 2

Madurai is the second biggest city in Tamilnadu state after Chennai.  Railway station of Madurai is at the center of the city.  Bus stand is at a distance of 3kms from the city.  A big main road can be seen next to the Railway station.  On the other end of the road which is opposite to the station there is a choultry  ‘Rani Mangammal’.  This road leads to Meenakshi temple. Opposite to the railway station there are many hotels which provide accommodation to the devotees. The distance between the station and the temple is about three fourth of a kilometer.  One and a half kilometer towards south from the temple, one can see the ‘Nayakar Mahal’.   Auto riskshaw are available to visit this place.  Thiruparankundram, which has the temple of Lord Subrahmanyam is towards south from Madurai.  One can reach this place by buses and auto rikshaws.   Meenakshi temple and Thiruparankundram temple are closed by 12:00O clock in the afternoon and are opened at 04:00 pm.  There is a light and sound show at Nayakar Mahal.  This show can be seen in  Tamil at 06:00 in the evening and in English at 07:00 pm daily.  On one side of Madurai a temple tank ‘Teppakulam’ is situated.  On the middle of the tank there is a temple dedicated to Goddess ‘Adisakti’.  Boating can be done in the tank.  City buses are run to this place.  ‘Alwar Temple’, a temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu is situated at the bottom of hills towards west at a distance of 11kms.  This is the most ancient temple and is very sacred for the people of Madurai.

On top of the hills at a distance of 3kms and in the midst of the forest there is a place ‘Palamudir Solai’ where there is a temple for the third form of Lord Subrahmanyam.  This is a very pleasant place.   Mini bus services are run from station to the temple.

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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

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.

 

Importance of Mookambika Temple in Kollur | Rooute map and driving direction to Mookambika temple in Kollr fro Udipi, Karnataka

Importance of Mookambika Temple in Kollur | Rooute map and driving direction to Mookambika temple in Kollr fro Udipi, Karnataka

Mookambika Temple in Kollur

Mookambikadevi temple is one of the ancient temple located at Kollur.  Kollur is beside the 17th national high way in the Kundapur taluq, Udipi district, Karnataka.  Temple of Goddess Mookambika is located on the banks of Souparnika at the bottom of the hill Kodachadri in Western Ghats.  It is said that an eagle named penance on the banks of this river to attain salvation and so this river is called Souparnika.  Devotees believe that the water of the river has medicinal values and taking bath in this river cures many diseases.

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Places to visit at Shirdi, that have close association with Sai Baba

Places to visit at Shirdi,  that have close association with Sai Baba

Important places to be visited

Baba left this world physically on 15th October 1918.  The temple is the place Samaadhi of Baba.  People from the four corners of the world come here to have a darshan of Baba.  Daily rituals like puja, abhishekam and Aarthi for four times are performed here.  Baba’s paadukalu are place in the south of this temple.  Apart from the temple there are many places to be visited.

Gurusthaanam

Gurusthaanam is the place devotees long to visit after the famous  Samaadhi Temple and Dwarakamai.  Baba was seen first time in Shirdi as a small Muslim boy of 16 years under this Neem tree.  Baba used to meditate under this tree.  He used to call this place as ‘Gurusthaanam’.   Baba used to say that he did penance in the house which is under the neem tree along with his Guru.

Dwarakamai

This is the mosque where Baba lived for 60 years in Shirdi.  This is very near to the temple.  Dhuni which was lit by Baba is still burning at Dwarakamai.  Ash from this Dhuni is given to the devotees.

Chavadi

Baba used to sleep in this chavadi every alternate day for the last ten years of his life.  The practice of performing Kakada Aarthi and Shej Aarthi has started here.  Afternoon Aarthi and Dhoop Aarthi were sung at Dwarakamai.  Every Thursday Baba’s photo, Satkaa and Paadukalu are kept in a palanquin and taken to Chavadi from Dwarakamai.  Even today women are not allowed in to  this Chavadi where Baba used to sleep.

Lendi Vanam

This is the garden where Baba used to go for a walk.  Once upon a time this was a big garden.  Lendi stream was passing near the garden.  So this got the name Lendi Bagh.  There are many trees here which were grown by Baba.  Baba used to water these plants personally.  Flowers from these garden are used for Baba’s daily rituals and for decorating the temple.  The peepal tree, the Nanda deepam under this tree, the samaadhi of Baba’s favorite horse, Budkhi baawi , the temple of Dattatreya and many more which are mentioned in the book Guru Charithra can be seen at Lendi Vanam.

Sai Museum

Hand mill used by Baba, Satka, Huqqa pipes, paadukalu, stone on which Baba used to sit, his clothes, blanket, a copper container Baba used to take bath , gifts he received, a throne gifted by devotees and a chariot (Baba never used these two) and many more belongings of Baba are displayed here.  Must visit for all the devotees.

Khandoba temple

A devotee Mahalsapathi has called Baba,  ‘Sai’ for the first time.  He used to worship God Khandoba.  Baba used to give most of the gifts and money he received for the maintenance of this temple.  Even now the successors of Mahalsapathi perform rituals in this temple.

Apart from these places the Maruthi temple which Baba used to visit daily, Sathewada, Cottage of a Muslim devotee who used to read Quran sitting at the feet of Baba, House of Taatyaa who used to call Baba as uncle, Samaadhi of Lakshmibai shinde who received nine coins from Baba are some important places.  The samaadhi of Baahukumbhaar who used to give earthern pots to Baba to water the plants at Lendi Vanam, the house of Mahalsapathi are some more important places. Devotees say that every inch of Shirdi is worth seeing.