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
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
- Gwalior Fort
- Gujari Mahal
- Man Mandir Palace
- Jai Vilas Palace
- Surajkund lake
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October – March is Best time to watch Nelapattu bird sanctuary is | Road map to Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary fro Tirupati via Srikalahasti
Nelapattu bird sanctuary: Pulicat is a picnic spot for the migratory birds and Nelapattu is the abode for them. This is at a distance of 20kms from Pulicat and 4 kms from Doravarisatram Mandal. Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary is one of the biggest bird preservation centers in Asian countries. Pelicans can be seen here. Attigunta, Neredugunta lakes are very big. They are spread at a distance of 202 acres. Innumerable trees are there on the banks of the lakes. Pelicans have large pouched bills. They catch the fishes and store them in the pouch to eat them leisurely. Nearly 1500 birds come here to lay eggs. When the little birds grow wings, they go back to their places. There is also a dense forest here. Various deers, tortoises, foxes and snakes can be seen here. Environmental Education center is also situated here. There is a library, museum, auditorium, audio visual equipment etc. October to March is the perfect time to watch migratory birds. This is also a good place to spend summer holidays.
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Chowmahalla palace belonging to Nizams received UNESCO Asia Pacific Award | Road / Location map of Chowmahalla Palace in Hyderabad
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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Temples including Madurai Meenakshi are major attractions of Madurai and the accommodation facilities | Road map from Chennai to Madurai with driving directions
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
This 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
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 singh. Hargobind singh’s shirt was torn in to pieces and made like a rope. All kings came out holding that rope.
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