Sowparnika River and Garuda Cave near Kollur | Road (Route) Map from Udipi to Kollur

Sowparnika River and Garuda Cave near Kollur | Road (Route) Map from Udipi to Kollur

Sowparnika River and Garuda Cave near Kollur

Sowparnika River

The river Sowparnika which flow in the sanctuary of Mookambika descend from Kodachadri hills with less depth. There are two more streams called Bhrungisha and Pippalada join the river Sowparnika.

There is a historical story pertaining the name of river which says that Suparna (Garuda) did a penance on the banks of this river praying to the Goddess for the salvation of his mother Vinutha’s sorrows. When the Goddess appeared before him, he prayed for her and she satisfied his wish and from then henceforth the river is known after him as Suparna and therefore came to be called as Sowparnika. The location where the Garuda did penance there is a small cave even today which is known as “Garuda’s Cave” which can be visited by the pilgrims.

The flow of the river contains a number of medicinal plants and roots through which the skin diseases can be cured by taking a bath in this river.

There is a historical belief that some of the valuable medicinal roots have been on the hill when Lord Hanuman used to take Sanjeevani Hill in order to recover Lord Lakshmana during the war with Ravana Brahma. The river joins in the Ocean at a place called Maravante.

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Man mandir Palace at Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh | Location Map of Man mandir Palace

Man mandir Palace at Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh | Location Map of Man mandir Palace

Man mandir Palace

‘Man mandir Palace’ is another building built by Raja Mansingh Tomer.  This palace has a big vicinity, rooms and windows which enable the queens to watch the cultural programs conducted in the palace.  There are pipes to supply water to some of the rooms.  These are the then air coolers.  Narrow pipes are arranged to talk to people in different storey.  These are telephones.  There are 8 hooks to the roof of a hall. Golden cradles were arranged to these hooks for the queens.  There is also a swimming pool.  Queens who heard the news of death of their husband used to do ‘Sahagamanam’ (Throwing oneself in to the fire) in this pool after removing all the water.

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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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October – March is Best time to watch Nelapattu bird sanctuary is | Road map to Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary fro Tirupati via Srikalahasti

October – March is Best time to watch Nelapattu bird sanctuary is | Road map to Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary fro Tirupati via Srikalahasti

Nelapattu bird sanctuaryNelapattu 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 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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