• Temple of Tamil Nadu

    Vayalur Murugan Temple

    Vayalur murugan temple
    Vayalur murugan temple

    About

    Lord Muruga blessed the Saint Poet Arunagiri Nāthar at Vayalur and initiated him to compose Tirupugal. Arunagirināthar wrote 18 verses (910-927) on Vayalur in the famous Thiruppugazh. Lord Natarajar is in the Sadura Danda pose in this temple.

    Vayalur is located nine kilometers west of Trichy (Tiruchirappalli). On the way, we come across Uyyakondan Hill, Somarasam Pēttai. Vayalur is also known as Kumara Vayalur, Adi Vayalur, Vanni Vayalur, and Agnishwar. Poet Saint Arunagirināthar calls Vayalur as Vayali, Vayarpati Melai Vayali, Seippati, and Vaishali Nagar.

    Sarpa Nadi river originates from Uyyakondan Hill. The pathway is adjacent to the river. The temple is surrounded by lush green fields called vayal in Tamil and hence the name Vayalur. As the name implies, the temple is on the plains surrounded by fields.

    In front of the temple we find a beautiful pond and this is called Sakti Tīrtham. This is believed to have been created by the Sūlāyudham of Lord Muruga.

    History

    Vayalur Lord Murugan is called Vayaluran, ādi Kumaran, Vannita Kumaran and Muttukumara Swamy. In the second prakara we find the Kīla Pillayar and Mela Pillayar Shrines. Near the pond, we find the Teradiyan Shrine. 

    Vanni maram

    As we enter through the main doorway we find the sthala vriksham – Vanni Maram and a well in the first prakara. After worshipping the sthala vriksham we cross another gateway to enter the second prakara. The New Gopuram is found on this gateway. The Agnīswarar sannidhi is located in this prakara. Just behind the Iswar sannidhi we find the Shrine of Lord Arumuga with his two consorts Valli and Deyvanai. 

    In the prakara around the sanctum sanctorum, we find the Shrines of Arunagirināthar and Vinayāgar in the south and the Shrines of Mahalakshmi and Navagraha in the North. The outer prakara is 320 feet in length facing the east-west direction and 87 feet in breadth in the north-south direction.

    Utsava murthi

    The utsava murti or processional deity is a metal icon and known by the name sri Muttukumara Swamy. He is seated on the peacock.In the sanctum sanctorum, Sri Subramanian along with his consorts Valli and Devayani is seated on a peacock. Behind the main sanctum sanctorum, there is a temple for Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva here is said to be a Swayumbu lingam known as Agniswarar. Adjacent to Agneeswarar is the shrine for his consort Sri Adi Nayaki and is known as Munnilai Nayaki. One of the special features about Lord Nataraja idol here is it has both its legs placed on the ground.

    Mythology

    Arunagirinathar with murugan

    At Tiruvannamalai Lord Muruga blessed Sri Arunagirinathar with the first few lines “Muthai Tiru”. After writing these few lines Śri Arunagirinathar goes back into deep meditation. Lord Muruga beckoned him to Vayalur and asked him to sing Tirppugal. Sri Arunagirnathar was overwhelmed and requested the Lord to show him the mode of presentation. With Lord Muruga’s blessings he initially wrote a verse on Sri Poiya Ganpati Kaithala NiraiKani and later the Thiruppugazh verses. Thus Vayalur gains great importance as this is the place where Sri Arunagirinathar wrote Tiruppukal which is the main gospel for Muruga bhaktas

    Historically the Subramanyar temple at Kumaravayalur dates back to the period of the Cholas, as testified by the inscriptions seen here. The Chola kings who had Uraiyur as the capital in the 9th century built this temple. Later Sri Kripananda Variyar contributed immensely towards the further development of this temple.

    Festivals 

    • Panguni uthiram
    • Vaikasi visakam
    • Kanda sasti
    • Panguni uthiram
    • Sri arunagirinathar utsavam
    • Sri vinayagar chathurthi
    • Thaipusam

    Timings: 

    6 AM to 1 PM and 3.30 PM to 9 PM

    Hotels near the temple

    SRM HOTEL IN TRICHY – https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g31
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  • Temple of Andhra Pradesh

    Mantralayam

    Mantralayam
    Mantralayam

    About

    Mantralayam is a Hindu religious place where the Moola Brindavanam of Sri Guru Raghavendra Swamy is located. Sri Guru Raghavendra Swamy (1601-1671) was an influential saint in Hinduism. He advocated Vaishnavism (i.e. worship of Vishnu as the supreme God.) and Dvaita philosophy advocated by Sri Madhavacharya. He is considered to be a reincarnation of Prahalada, the devotee who was saved by Vishnu, in his avatar of Narasimha. Shri Raghavendra Swamy is said to have performed many miracles during his lifetime and is believed to continue to bless his devotees to this day and will continue to do so.

    The town is located in the Karnataka border of Andhra Pradesh on the southern bank of Tungabhadra river. Majority of people here are conversant with both Telugu and Kannada languages. You can also find people speaking Tamil.

    History

    Mantralayam is one of the important pilgrimage centers in South India as it is a holy place where the great Vaishnava saint Sri Raghavendra (1601-1671) took his Jeeva Samadhi. Devotees visit Mantralayam to have the darshan of the Brindavan of Sri Raghavendra Swamy.

    As per records, the barren land around Mantralayam along the river banks of Tungabhadra was handed over to the Mutt of Shri Raghavendra Swamy by Nawab Siddi Masud Khan of Adoni. Shri Raghavendra Swamy was the disciple and the successor of Sri Sudheendra Theertharu of Kumbakonam, who taught him Dvaita Vedanta, grammar and ancient literary works and Vedic texts.

    Later, Shri Raghavendra Swamy came to be known as ‘Manchale Ragappa’ by his ardent followers.  He attained Jeeva Samadhi at Mantralayam in 1671. It is believed that Shri Raghavendra Swamy was the incarnation of Bhakta Prahalada, who was deeply devoted to Lord Vishnu. It is also believed that, by attaining Samadhi, Shri Raghavendra entered into the Vrindavana (Sajeeva Vrindavana) and that he will fulfill his devotees’ wishes for another 360 years.

    Today, the small town of Mantralayam is synonymous with the ‘raghavendra Swamy Mutt’, which is known by the name ‘Vrindavana’ (Vrindavan is a holy town in Uttar Pradesh), Mantralayam is also popular for Manchalamma Temple and Venkateswara Swamy Temple.

    Facts abouts mantralayam

    Sri Guru Raghavendra Swamy
    Sri Guru Raghavendra Swamy

     It is believed that Sri Guru Raghavendra Swamy will be in the Brindavan alive for 700 years and blessing the devotees. Also known as Rayaru and Guru Raya by his devotees.

    Manchallamma
    Manchallamma

    Manchallamma

    The village was known by the name Manchali or Manchalaya because of the grama devata or the presiding deity of the village Goddess Manchalamma.

    Even today, before taking the darshan of Raghavendra Swamy, one has to first take the darshan of Goddess Manchalamma and only then proceed.

    There are three chariots in the temple, one plated in gold, the other in silver, and the third in sandalwood. A new chariot is being made of Navaratna Stones (9 Precious Stones) which will be used for special occasions.

     The Saint was visible and audible only to Munro, who received Manthraksha (God’s blessing).The Collector went back and wrote an order in favor of the Math and the village.

    Rayaru was a devotee of Rama and Sri Pachamukha Anjaneya ( the five-faced form of Hanuman).

    Mantralayam was under the rule of Nawab of Adoni. The Nawab decided to test the power of Rayaru, brought a plate of meat covered with a white cloth and offered it to Rayaru. Rayaru sprinkled some water and when the cloth was removed, the meat had turned into fresh fruits.

    Tungabhadra river

    Tungabhadra river
    Tungabhadra river

    Tungabhadra river

    The Mantralayam Temple, located on the banks of river Tungabhadra, is dedicated to Saint Raghavendra Swamy, where his Brindavan, the sacred tomb, is worshipped as the presiding deity. It is a stone structure, believed to have been erected around his mortal frame. This is well decorated and ceremonial worships are conducted regularly to this Brindavan, at various times of the day, as per the laid down norms. The Mantralayam temple has arisen around this tomb.

    Chariots in mantralayam

    Chariots in mantralayam
    Chariots in mantralayam
    Gold plated chariot   silver plated chariot
    Gold plated chariot   silver plated chariot

    Gold plated chariot   silver plated chariot

    Gold plated chariot   silver plated chariot
    Gold plated chariot   silver plated chariot

    Navarathinam pathitha chariot

    There are 4 types of chariots in mantralayam.There are gold plated chariot,silver plated chariot,sandalwood chariot and navarathnam pathitha chariot.

    Festivals in mantralayam

    Festivals in mantralayam
    Festivals in mantralayam
    Maharathostavam aradhana utsavam
    Maharathostavam aradhana utsavam

    Maharathostavam aradhana utsavam

    Timing for opening the temple

    The general timing of the temple is from 6 am to 8 pm.

    How to reach

    • By Air :  The Hyderabad Airport is nearest to the temple at a distance of 236 kilometers from Mantralayam. Once you disembark the flight, you can rent cabs for reaching the temple.
    • By Train:  The Mantralayam Road is the nearest railway station to the Raghavendra Swamy Temple. It is about 12 kilometers from Mantralaya. It lies on the railway route of Mumbai-Chennai, Delhi-Bangalore, and Hyderabad-Tirupati.
      It takes about an hour to reach the Mantralayam Temple from the railway station. Private Cabs, Auto Rickshaws, Vans, and Buses are available at the railway station, which can take you directly to the shrine.
    • By Road:  Regular bus service is available from all the major South Indian cities such as Bangalore, Mysore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Tirupati, and Bellary.

    Hotels in mantralayam

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    Madurai Kalalagar Temple

    Madurai Kalalagar Temple

    Azhagar temple

    About 

    Located at a distance of 21 km away from Madurai, Alagar Kovil Temple, also known with the name of Azhagar Kovil is one of the prominent temples situated at the foothills of Alagar hills. This temple has high religious significance as well as presents a captivating architecture. What makes it even more enchanting is the natural setting surrounding this temple. With a history that dates back to early Sangam age, this temple is a must visit when on a Madurai tour.

    Alagar Kovil Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is known for its intricate sculpting and mandapams. Alagar Hills also have great importance in the Hindu religion; this hill is called Alagar as the Lord Thirumal is known with the name of Alagar here, hence the hills are named on the Lord.

    Sanctified eternal lamp is ever burning in this shrine. The Azhagar Malai is none other than Dharma Devatha in the mountain form. This temple was built by the father of Madurai Meenakshi Amman Malaiyadhvaja Pandian and renovated by Pandya and Vijayanagara naickar Kings.

    History

    Once upon a time Yama Dharma Rajan (the Lord of death) came under a curse. To get relief, he offered penance at Virusuba Giri. The mountain consists of seven hills.Appreciating the penance of Dharma Raja, Perumal made his appearance. To honor the mercy shown to him by Perumal, Yama asked for a boon to offer pooja to Perumal once a day at least. Perumal granted it and even today the ‘Arthajama Pooja’(mid night pooja) is deemed to be performed by yama himself every day. In consonance with the wish of Dharma Raja for the welfare of all people the temple with the ‘Somachanda Vimana’ (circular in shape) was constructed. There are several festivals conducted on this temple and the important one is ‘Chithirai Thiruvizha’.

     The mythological story behind the temple is one where Lord Vishnu wanted to attend her sister’s (Goddess Meenakshi) marriage. When he was entering the Madurai city he was stopped by the flood in the Vaigai river. Before he could cross the floods and reach the marriage spot the marriage was completed. So he got angry and he didn’t enter further inside the Madurai and returned from Vaigai river itself. To represent this incident the Chithirai Thiruvizha of Kallazhagar entered the Vaigai river.

    The Meenakshi Amman Temple in Madurai has a connection with Kallazhagar where, according to legend, it is Azhagar as Vishnu, Meenakshi’s brother, who hands her over in marriage to Shiva as Sundareswarar.

    Deities in azhagar temple

    Kallazhagar

    The main deity of Alagar malai,”The Sundara Raja Perumal”.The newly constructed temple has Lord Vinayaga at the entrance while Lord Sundararaja Perumal (Kallazhagar) stands with his consorts – Sri Devi and Boo Devi. Lord Karudalwar stands at the entrance of the sanctum sanctorum facing the deities.The architecture of the Azhagar temple corresponds to any of those of south Indian temples, with large gopurams and pillared mandapams.The style of the buildings denote, 3rd or early 4th Century construction.

    Guardian of Azhagar Malai – 18-steps Karuppanasamy

    18 padi karuppu

    After finishing the prayers in the temple,be prepared to climb by walk or in the vehicle to the top of the hill,there we have the darshan(worship) of Lord Muruga of Palamuthircholai and Goddess Sri Raakachi Amman. To reach the top of the hill,the temple’s van has been arranged with nominal charges.Now we are going to see the two important Shrines of Alagar malai.

    Special festival in madurai kallalagar temple

    Special festival in madurai kallalagar temple

    Float festival or Chithirai Thiruvila or Teppakulam festival

    ‘Madurai Float festival’ or ‘Madurai Teppakulam Festival’ deserves a special mention among the festivals of Tamilnadu, as it is one of the most gorgeous and grandeur celebrations in South India. Most often the float festival falls in the late of January or the beginning of February. On the full moon night, the complete celebration takes place as per the tradition.

    On the eve of the Float festival, Madurai Meenakshi Amman temple remains closed as the Moolavar effigies of Lord Sundareswaran and Goddess Meenakshi were brought out for the procession.

     Mariamman Teppakulam

    Mariamman Teppakulam

    On a full moon day, ornamented icons of goddess Meenakshi and her consort are taken out in a colorful procession to the huge ‘Mariamman Teppakulam’. The golden palanquins carry the effigies of the Lords, escorted by the temple elephants. Till evening the Lord and Goddess are stationed beside the banks of the Theppakulam and graces to the devotees. To view this spectacular procession, people throng around the sacred tank. The island is lit with lamps and decorated with colorful lanterns and flowers. Next to this festival is the celestial wedding of Lord Sundareswarar and Goddess Meenakshi, this is a ten days festival that takes place with great pomp and fervor.

    Other festivals in madurai kallalagar temple

    Thallakulathil Ethir Sevai

    Sri Kallazhagar Vaigai Aatril Ezhuntharural

    Timings of Alagar kovil, Madurai

    6 AM to 12.30 PM. 

     3.30 PM to 8 PM.

    How to Reach:

    By Air

    Madurai Airport is the nearest and located at Avaniyapuram, about 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) from Madurai city.

    By Train

    Madurai Junction is the nearest railway station to reach here.

    By Road

    Buses from State Transport Corporation ply from Madurai city regularly. Can reach in their own vehicles from Madurai city.

    Hotels near in kal alagar temple

    Hotel temple city – http://hoteltemplecity.com/

    Saravana residency – https://www.booking.com/hotel/in/saravanaa

  • Temple of Tamil Nadu

    Madurai Koodal Alagar Temple

    Madurai Koodal Alagar Temple
    Madurai Koodal Alagar Temple

    ABOUT

    The temple is situated in the heart of Madurai city and is famous for several reasons. Firstly being the singing of Thirupallandu, which are the first 12 verses of the 4000 divyaprabandham, Periyalwar in praise of the splendor of Azhagar., This temple is considered to be one of the 108 Lord Vishnu’s holy abodes (divyadesams).

    This temple attracts devotees with its impressive architecture as well. The five-tiered rajagopuram which is the gateway is one of the most attractive features of this temple. The temple and all its shrines are surrounded by granite walls. The main shrine of the temple has the idol of the main deity Koodal Azhagar. There is a shrine of Goddess Madhuravalli who is the consort of Koodal Azhagar towards the south. Along with this, there are many small shrines of other Gods and Goddesses such as Lord Krishna, Lord Rama, Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Narayana.

    History of koodal alagar

    Vishnu tunes with the ringing of the bells tied to the elephant.

    The King celebrated this victory by seating Vishnu Chittha on the decorated throne placed on the back of a royal elephant and he himself led the procession accompanied by the vedic Pandits. Vishnu Chitta got himself immersed in the infinite beauty of the lord, expressing his wishes in the form of twelve verses in Tamil known as ‘Thirupallandu’. Vishnu Chitta recited the verse in tune with the ringing of the bells tied to the elephant. The Pandya King praised Vishnu Chitta as ‘Battarbiran’ while the lord gave him the name ‘Periyalwar’.

    Twelve alwars in koodal alagar temple

    Vishnu Chitta is regarded as the foremost among the twelve Alwars by the merit of his infinite love and utterance of Pallandu.

    This temple was initially built during Pandya reign, while the pillars and shrine were developed later during the rule of Madurai Nayak kings. The history of this temple can be traced back to the Sangam Period and so, it is believed that the construction was initiated by the Pandya kings and later supported by successive rulers. At a height of 125 feet in 5 tiers, the main tower of the temple stands to its architecture. Intricates are painted with the epics Ramayana and Mahabharatha. The temple covers an area of 2 acres enclosed by granite walls.

    During the Pandyan regime also, the Avani Onam festival dedicated to Lord Koodal Alagar used to be celebrated for a span of seven days.

    SITTING POSTURE OF KOODAL ALAGAR 

    The Lord is found in three postures in three levels in the temple

    1) In the lower portion of the temple, the lord appears as “Viyooga soundararajan” in a sitting posture called veetrirundha thirukolam under Adhiseshan.

    2) In the second portion the lord is in sleeping posture and known as Andhra Vanathu Empiraan.

    3) In the final portion the lord appears as Sooriya Narayanan in nindra thirukolam or standing posture.

    Other poetries for koodal alagar temple

    There are many other mentions of the Lord and the temple associated with this temple in ancient poems of Sangam period during 3rd Century in works such as Madurai Kanchi by Mangudi Marudan, Kaliththokai, Paripāṭal and Silappatikaram.

    Festivals celebrated in koodal alagar temple

    However the temple’s charm increases during festivals such as Car festival and float festival. Float festival, which is a 10 day long festival celebrated, is one of the best times to visit. Garuda Seva, Celestial Wedding Festival, Adhyayana utsavam, Navarathri festival, Vasantha Utsava, etc. are a few other small festivals that are celebrated here.

    How to reach

    The nearest railway station is ‘Madurai junction railway station’ and is located at a distance of 1km away from this temple.The distance can be covered by taking an auto ,bus or cab service.

    Also the nearest airport is ‘Madurai international airport’ and is located at a distance of 11.2km  away from this temple.

    Koodal Azhagar Temple Timings

    Koodal Azhagar Temple is open from 6 AM to 12 PM. 

    From 5 PM to 9 PM.

    Hotel near the temple

    Hotel templecity dreamz inn – https://www.agoda.com/en-in/hotel-temp

    Vishwa service apartment – https://www.booking.com/hotel/in/viswa-s

  • Temple of Karnataka

    Kollur Mookambika Temple

    Kollur Mookambika Temple
    Kollur Mookambika Temple

    About

    The Kollur “Shree Kshetram”, situated in the Udupi District of Karnataka State, is one among the seven abodes of Salvation, in the creation of Parashurama. The Shree Kshethram is set up by Adi Shankaracharya. This is an abode where the Goddess Shakthi is worshiped. ‘Devi Mookambike’ is worshiped here as the ‘Shakthi Devatha’. The Monster or troll Kaumhaasura, known as Mooka was put to death in this Kshethra. Mookambike is an Adi Shakthi as the Linga has integrated on its left side ” Mahakali”, Maha Lakshmi” and Maha Saraswathi”.

    Maha Saraswathi
    Maha Saraswathi

    Moogambigai amman

     The Adi Shakthi in this form can be seen only here. In the form of Udbhava Linga, Mookambike has also integrated Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva on the right side. A gold Chain is dividing this Jyotirlinga into left and right portions. The left side of the Lingam represents the Shakthi and right represents Shiva. Since Devi had appeared in his divine sight during his meditation, Adi Shankara had set up the statue of Devi on “SriChakra Yantra”. Shri Shankaracharya’s Peetha is on the western side of the Sanctum Sanctorum of the Temple. Even today the worshiping ritual is being continued as per the Vijayagama system formulated by Adi Shankaracharya.

    History 

    According to Mookambika temple history, this temple is the only one that is dedicated to Parvathi, the Goddess. The creation of this temple is believed to have been done by Parashurama. People of Tamil Nadu especially take much interest in this temple. Parvathi is called Thai Mookambika in Tamil. Parvathi had killed Kamsasuran who had become powerful through his penance while staying there. Veerabadra, Shiva and Ganapathi helped the Goddess successfully to make Kamsasura dumb. This is how he started to be called Mookasuran. This name was given to him because ‘mooka’ means dumb. Eventually, Parvathi killed him with her chakra. This incident took place in the night of Shukla Ashtami. After this, Devi came to be popularly known as Kollur Devi Mookambika. The divine energy of the Devi came to be worshipped with the lingam by Kola Maharishi. When you visit the temple, you will be able to see this lingam as the main deity. Worshippers call this Jyotirlinga. To be precise, Devi Mookambika endorses four arms and three eyes. In her hands, she has the divine disc and conch.

    Story of adi sankara and devi mookambika

    Story of adi sankara and devi mookambika
    Story of adi sankara and devi mookambika

    It is said that the Goddess Saraswati of learning and wisdom received extreme worship from the highly esteemed spiritual leader, Adi Shankara. Devi Saraswati appeared before him, acknowledging the prayers. Adi Shankara avowed his wish to Devi, pleading her to put her presence in Kerala where there was still no temple in her respect. Devi Saraswati accepted his wish based on one condition that Adi Shankara would have to lead her way to the destination. On the way, he cannot doubt and look back to confirm her presence even for one time. The moment he fails to keep this condition, Devi will just stop and remain exactly where she would be at that moment. However, the condition was accepted by Shankara and they started their journey down the Kodachadri hills. Shakara led the way and the tinkling sound of the goddess kept him canny. Suddenly, the tinkling sound disappeared after they walked several distances. After waiting for some time, Shankara turned back to take a quick note of the goddess who watched him with reprove. On the basis of the condition, Devi Saraswati stopped at that very moment and place. But without losing all hopes, Shankara effusively apologized for failing to keep the condition and consistently pleaded and begged the goddess to come along with him. The goddess was ultimately very impressed to see his determination and she agreed to go with him. She would be present in Kerala at Chottanikkara Temple in the mornings and return to Kollur Mookambika temple by midday. 

    Pooja in mookambika temple

    Every day morning at 5.00 am “Nirmalya Pooja ” takes place and during that time the Devotees have an opportunity to see the Swayambhoo Lingam. Every day Trikala Pooja is performed in the Temple. Thousands of devotees visit the temple to find solace, from their problems, pains and difficulties or to dedicate their religious vows or to enjoy the natural scenic beauty of the environment. Thousands of devotees from various states are visiting the Shri Kshethra on every Tuesday, Friday, and during the month of Shravana or on the Moola Nakshatra day of the months of Phalguna (Which is the birthday of Shree Devi) Important Politicians (Representatives of People) Film Stars, major Industrialists etc are visiting this Temple regularly. The famous singer Mr. Jesudas performs Chandika Homa seva and “darshan” of Devi, every year on his birthday. The Temple celebrates all traditional Hindu Festivals and during the days of Navarathri Festival the visits of the Devotees reaches the peak.

    Moogambigai villaku

    Mookambika Aishwarya deepam has the effect of bringing home blessings of Devi Mookambika. The speciality of this lamp is that each piece of this lamp is blessed by the main temple priest who does Pooja for Devi. Buy it online from a devotional store 

    Interesting facts in moogambigai temple

    This sacred shrine is dedicated to Shree Mookambika Devi, an incarnation of Adi Shakthi who is depicted with three eyes, four arms, with a disc and conch in hands.

     The temple is located on the banks of the river Souparnika and the Goddess here can be seen in the form of Swayambhu Linga.

    When his sins cross the limit, Goddess Parvathi descends in a powerful form and kills Mookasura and takes the name Mookambika. So, today, Devi here in Kollur is worshipped as Mookambika and thus the name Kollur Mookambika.

    The kollur temple is largely dedicated to knowledge and art and the Goddess here is also worshipped as Vagdevathe (Lord of Speech and Letters). 

    The idol of Mookambika is said to be made of Panchaloha (Gold, Silver, Copper, Iron, and Lead).

    Festivals in moogambigai temple

    1. Car festival  ugadi
    2. Navratri festival
    3. Dhanurmasa
    4. Shivarathri
    5. The annual car festival
    6. Ugadi
    7. Ashta Bandhana brahmakalashotsava 
    8. Chandika homa

    How to reach mookambika temple

    The Mookambika Temple is situated 2 km north of the city bus stand and 100 m north of the bazaar and guest houses. From Udupi we can reach Mookambika Temple – Kollur by bus. The nearest airport is the Mangalore airport located at Bajpe, 60 km away from Udupi. There are regular flights from different parts of the country. You can also hire a cab to reach the temple.

    Hotels near the temple

    Abimon residency kollur – https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Revie
    Hotel Mahalakshmi residency in kollur – https://www.mahalakshmiresidency.com

  • Temple of Tamil Nadu

    Ramar Patham Temple

    Ramar Patham Temple
    Ramar Patham Temple

    About 

    At a distance of 30 minutes from Dhanushkodi. Ramar Padham is a Temple for Ram’s Feet, It is  Situated in the sandy hillock named Gandha Madhana parvatham. The word Parvatham Literally meant Mountain, as per the reference in the epic Ramayana, there was a  mountain in this place in ancient times.

    The feet of Lord Rama are engraved in a stone chakra in this place. The Ramar padham is the highest point in the Rameswaram, one can see the full panoramic view of Rameswaram island by standing on the top of this Temple.

    Ramar Patham
    Ramar Patham

    Ramar Patham

    It is said that one can view sri Lanka by standing on the top of Ramar padham. It is however a lie you cannot be able to see Srilanka from here. The view of Pamban bridge, Doordarshan Tower,  villoondi theertham, olaikuda lighthouse, Ramanatha swamy Temple, Rameswaram bus stand, Sea can be viewable  clearly.

    It is believed that it is at this place; Lord Hanuman told Lord Ram that he had found Goddess Sita in Sri Lanka. This is the highest altitude of Rameswaram as per the old historical representations.

    History

     Pamban palam

    According to popular beliefs, this is the place where Lord Rama stood and planned for the bridge, before he finally built the (Ram Sethu) across the sea. It is also mentioned in the Ramayana that this is the same place where Hanuman rested with his team mates before he flew to Sri Lanka in search of Sita.

    The temple is situated at a high point of the hillock and one can view the surrounding sea, lighthouse and Ramanatha Swamy Temple from its top.

    A portion of earth at the foundation of the historic ‘Ramar Patham’ temple here caved in, causing anxiety among scores of pilgrims who visited the temple to offer worship at “Lord Rama’s feet”, imprinted on the chakra in the sanctum.

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    Outside view of ramar patham

    Outside view of ramar patham

    Rameswaram is a town, located on Pamban Island in Ramanathapuram district in the state of Tamilnadu. The Island is separated from the land India by the Pamban channel and is about 50-60 Kilometers from Mannar Island, Srilanka.  The Rameswaram Island is connected to mainland India by Pamban Bridge.

    ` Rameswaram is famous for the Sri Ramanathaswamy temple. The Rameswaram name itself relieves Lord Rama who worshiped the lord Shiva (Ishwar) to expiate his sin due to the killing of Raavana, the king of Lanka.

    Theertham in Ramar Patham

    There are 64 theertham around the rameshwaram island.rameshwaram is equally sacred for both saivitas and vainavas.one of the seas nearest to the temple named as agni-theertham,considered as a most powerful theertha which absolved the sin of the people. 

    Other places to visit around ramar patham

    • Kothandaramar Temple
    • Jadayu Theertham
    • Moondram Chathiram
    • Dhanuskodi
    • Five Faced Hanuman
    • Viloondi Theertham
    • Olakudai Beach
    • D.R A.P.J Abdul Kalam House
    • Festivals in Ramar Patham temple
    • Rama Navami

    Temple opening time 

    7.00 AM TO 1.00 PM

    3.00 PM TO 6.00 PM

    How can I reach ?

    • There are no frequent busses for Ramar Padham .
    • Tourists are requested to take Auto, Taxi or Private Vehicles.

    Hotels near Ramar Patham

    Hotel Rameswaram Knp Nest – http://www.knpnest.com/

    The Rama Palace Guest House – http://ramapalace.bookingsstay.com/

  • Temple of Tamil Nadu

    Thiruvarur Thyagaraja Temple

    Thiruvarur Thyagaraja Temple
    Thiruvarur Thyagaraja Temple

    ABOUT

    The Thiyagaraja temple at Thiruvarur is one of the ancient heritage sites of India and is a representation of the religio-socio-cultural history of the Tamil region for a period spanning over a millennium and a half. Little is known about this shrine to much of India.

    Located near Thanjavur in Tamilnadu, Thiruvarur is an ancient shrine steeped in mysticism. It is rich in legend, history and tradition.

    A Shiva Lingam represents God, and he is worshipped as Vanmiganathar. Daily poojas are performed for his idol, which is called Maragatha Lingam.The main, presiding deity is Sri Thyagaraja, in the form of Somaskanda. His consort, Parvati, is seen in the form of Kondi. 

    The Thyagaraja temple is considered one of the largest in the country as it sits over 30 acres of land. The Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department belonging to the Tamil Nadu Government is in charge of the temple’s administration. Tiruvarur is home to the Trinity of Carnatic music – Shyama Shastri, Thiyagaraja and Muthuswami Dikshitar.

    History

    Indra has to face a battle against the demons.He was able to win the war with the help of  the emperor mushkuntha.Indra wanted to present a gift and asked what he wanted.mushkundha asked for shivalinga in indra’s possession which was worshiped by Lord Vishnu keeping on his chest. He made a trich with divine sculpture mayan making such as six lingas and presented them to the emperor mushkundha to find them fake.indra offered the original shivalinga along the six new lingas totally 7 lingas.The original shivalinga is in Tiruvarur.other six is installed in other six temples.that is known as,

    • Tiruvarur
    • Thirunallar
    • Thiru Nagai
    • Thiru Kaaraayil
    • Thiru Vaaimoor 
    • Thiru Kolili
    • Thirumaraikadu 

    These are all called saptha vidanga sthalangal. 

    Purana hall is in the temple’s northern part. Rajanarayana hall is a public hall, and Rajendra Chola or Sabapathi hall houses the museum of the temple. There are intricate carvings on the pillars and walls of the temple.

    Abishegam of the lord Thiagaraja

     Abishekam is not performed to Lord Thiagaraja but to the Maragatha Lingam (precious emerald Linga known as Veedhi Vidanga Linga believed to have been worshipped earlier by Indira) 

    After the abishek is over, the Linga would be placed in a silver box with flowers and covered by a silver vessel. This will be then locked in the presence of officials and placed on the right side of Lord Thiagaraja.

    Navagraham

    Here all the nine Navagrahas (planetary deities) are located towards the south in a straight line also located in the northwest corner of 1st (prakaram). It is believed that all the planetary deities got relieved off their curse and hence worshiped Thyagaraja. 

    Two legs of the Lord Thiagaraja 

    The foot of Thyagaraja is shown twice a year and on other occasions it is covered with flowers. The left leg of the deity is displayed during “panguni uthiram” festival and the right leg on “thiruvathirai”. 

    Deities in Thiagaraja temple

    Vanmeega nathan and kamalambigai 

    Some of the major shrines in the temple are of Anantheswaran, Neelothmbal, Asaleswarar, Adageswarar, Karaneeswarar, Annamalai Eswarar and Kamalambal. The unique feature of the temple is the standing Nandi facing the presiding deity.

    Amazing factors in thyagaraja temple

    Kamalalayam theertham
    Kamalalayam theertham

    The temple has seven prakarams (corridors) and over 100 shrines. There are over 24 

    temples on the premises and 86 Vinayaka idols. 

    The temple complex occupies around 33 acres, and the Kamalalayam tank lies to its west. 

    There are four gateway towers (gopurams). The tallest is the eastern tower at the height of 118 feet.

    The largest chariot in Asia is in this temple.

    The Thyagaraja Temple is renowned for the Ajapa Thanam or dance without chanting, that is performed by the deity itself. 

    It is said that all seven Thyagaraja idols will dance when taken in procession.

    The bearers of the processional deity are the ones who actually dance.

     The Theertham associated with the temple is the Kamalalayam Theertham, considered   to be the largest temple tank in the country.

    The temple complex represents the Sri Chakra with the seven enclosures representing the seven layers of the Sri Chakra. 

    There is a particular point in the temple, from where seven gopurams can be viewed.

    Festivals 

    • Marzhali thiruvizha
    • Panguni uthiram
    • Aruthra Utsavam 
    • Chariot Festival in Panguni
    • Vasantha Utsavam
    • Aadi Pooram 
    • Masi Magam
    • Chithirai festival 
    • Pradosha Poojas 
    • Deepavali
    • Pongal 
    •  Makar Sankranti

    Chariot festival

    The chariot is the largest of its kind in Asia and India

    300 tonne90 feet 
     in the Chariotin the Chariot 

    The chariot comes around the four main streets surrounding the temple during the festival. The event is attended by lakhs of people from all over Tamil Nadu. The chariot festival is followed by the “Theppam”, meaning float festival.

    Temple Opened from

    Morning : 5.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m.

    Evening : 4.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.

    How to Reach Thyagaraja Temple, Tiruvarur
    By Air

    Trichy International Airport is the nearest airport and lies 123 kilometers away from the temple.

    By Rail

    Tiruvarur Railway Station is 2 kilometers away from the temple, and it is the nearest.

    By Road

    The town is well connected with most major cities. There are public buses and private vehicles.

    Hotels near Thyagaraja temple

    Sudharshan complex hotel – https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_RevieHotel selvis – https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review

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  • Temple of Tamil Nadu

    Pazhamudhir solai temple

    Palamudhir solai is a sixth padai veedu of lord murugan
    Palamudhir solai is a sixth padai veedu of lord murugan

    About 

    Palamudhir solai temple is also called a sri solaimalai murugan temple.

    Pazhamudhir Solai temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Karthikeya or Murugan. The temple is located atop a hill in the thick Solai jungle.  It is among the six abodes of Muruga and an important pilgrimage site. The temple is located around 25 km north of Madurai and is close to Azhagar Kovil’s Vishnu temple.  It is believed that the main deity of Pazhamudhir Solai temple was relocated from Azhagar Kovil to Pazhamudircholai during the rule of Thirumalai Nayak.

    Apart from Muruga, the temple has separate shrines for his consorts Valli and Deivayanai. A shrine for Ganesha is also present in the temple. The idol of Muruga has four hands and one face and is in standing posture. As compared to other famous temples in Madurai, Pazhamudhir Solai temple is small. It has an intricately carved vimana and a beautiful gopuram. The temple is mentioned in Silapathikaram.

    Located 25 km away from Madurai, Pazhamudhircholai is one among the 6 prominent abodes of Lord Muruga, called as Arupadaiveedu. Other important abodes of Lord Muruga are Thiruparankundram Subramanya Swamy Temple, Palani Dandayudhapani Swami Temple, Swamimalai Swaminatha Swami Temple, Tiruchendur Senthil Andavar Temple, and Tiruttani Subramanya Swamy Temple. On the top of a hill with forests around, it is quite close to the temple of Lord Vishnu Azhagar Kovil.

    Lord Muruga is seen here with his two divine consorts Goddesses Valli and Deivayanai. Devotees visit here to seek lord’s blessings. Many devotees come here for weddings, children and even academic blessings. The scenic beauty of the place also attracts many visitors here.

    Lord Subramanyar has all the three powers (iccha – will power, kriya – power of action, gyaana – power of knowledge) with (within) Him, in this abode.

    History

    According to a popular legend associated with this temple, a great Tamil poet Avvaiyar, who was also an ardent devotee of Lord Muruga was tested by Lord here under a tree near the temple. This tree is still being worshipped with the devotees who come to visit the temple.

    As per the legend, Avvaiyar, while travelling under hot sun had taken refuge under a fruit tree. She didn’t have anything to eat or drink while she rested under this tree. It is then Lord Muruga, in the guise of a young boy, appeared in front of her and asked her if she wanted roasted or unroasted fruits. Being highly well-informed herself, Avvaiyar sneered at the idea of roasted fruits and asked the boy to just pick unroasted fruits for her. Later she picked up the fruits fallen out of the tree. As she was blowing off the dust from the fruits, a young boy asked if she was cooling down her roasted fruits. Hearing such intelligent play of words and poetic knowledge by a small village boy left her astonished. She when realising it is not something common, asked the boy to let her know his true identity. After her fervent pleading, Lord Muruga appeared and blessed her.

    Naval marathadi pillayar

    Naval marathadi pillayar
    Naval marathadi pillayar

    Lord Ganesha with four hands known as “Vithaga Vinayakar”, as sung by Avvaiyar in her Vinayagar Agaval, is seen in the outer praharam. Another important sannidhi is that of Adhi Vel, which was the Moolavar in the early days. It indicates Gyana Shakthi, power of knowledge. Towards the right of the main temple, is the famous “Naaval Maram – Jamun Tree”, which is the sthala vriksham (sacred tree of the temple). There is an idol of Lord Ganesha beneath the tree, “Naval Marathadi Pillayar”.

    Lord subramanya with sri Valli and Devasena

    Lord subramanya with sri Valli and Devasena
    Lord subramanya with sri Valli and Devasena

    One can view the moolavar sannidhi of Subramanya from the Kodi Maram itself. Lord Subramanya with four hands standing along with His consorts Valli and Devayani, having Vel in His hands, is indeed a treat to our eyes. He is a beauty personified. Lord Vishnu, residing at the foothills is a personification of beauty. Hence the hill is named Azhagar Malai. With moist eyes and a heart brimming with joy, we offer our salutations.

    Why tourist come palamudhir solai

    It is one of the six prominent temples of Lord Murugan. It is about 4-5 km from Alaar Koil on the hills. Lord Murugan along with his brother Ganesha and his Aayudha appears in a pleasant way and blesses the devotees . Said to be prayed and praised plentifully by the famous devotee Auvaiyyar, Lord Muruga resides in this hill temple giving darshan to his devotees. Monkey menace is to be guarded against.

    Festivals in pazhamudhir solai

    Festivals in pazhamudhir solai  Car festival
    Car festival
    • Sashti festival
    • Surasamharam
    • Skanda sashti
    • Car festival

    Visiting time for pazhamudhir solai temple

    Every day in morning 6.00AM TO 6.00AM

    Hotels near pazhamudhir solai temple

    Hotel president in pazhamudhir solai-https://www.expedia.com.hk/en/Pazha

    Sri Annapurna tower – https://www.agoda.com/sri-annapoorna-tow

  • Temple of Tamil Nadu

    Thiruthani Temple

    Thiruthani is a fifth arupadai veedu of lord muruga

    ABOUT

    Thiruthani is the place where Lord Murugan shed his anger and fury after conquering and destroying the Demon Surapadman in Thiruchendur. It is also said that Lord Rama, after putting an end to Ravana, worshipped Lord Shiva at Rameswaram, then came to Tiruttani to find perfect peace of mind by worshipping Lord Subramanya.

    The hill has 365 steps indicating 365 days of the year The temple has 365 steps representing each day of the year. Sri Vallimalai Swamigal began Padi Puja (worshipping the steps) in the year 1917. On New Year’s eve, each step would be washed and adorned with turmeric and Kumkum. Offering an Arti with camphor, while singing a Tirupugazh hymn, is also part of the ritual. After the puja (prayer ritual) to the steps, special pujas are performed to Lord Murugan at midnight to welcome the new year. Among others, 

    History

    When lord muruga killed  surabadma and he moved the place for thiruchendur and slowly moved another place for palani hills.then lord muruga wanted to have a peace of mind,so he came to thiruthani.The thiruthani is one of peaceful palace.

    It is said that Lord Murugan wants to marry Sri Valli, daughter of the king Nambiranjan. He sought help from Ganesha who then frightened Srivalli by becoming a wild elephant. Murugan saved her from the elephant and expressed his wish to marry, Srivalli expressed her willingness and they both got married here. It is said that Indra (God for Heaven offered) Sandalwood stone as part of a marriage gift. Till today, Sandalwood paste applied to the lord will be prepared on this stone.

    Lord muruga married to valli

    Lord muruga married to valli

    Valli was found as a baby in the jungle and raised by hunter-gatherers. Lovestruck with the unseen god, Valli made a solemn vow to marry only the great Lord Murugan and never any mortal man. To test her love, Murugan appeared before her disguised as an old ascetic. In a secret plan, Sri Ganesha appeared in the form of a wild elephant to frighten Valli. The ascetic then scared the elephant away and rescued Valli, who rushed into his arms. In return for rescuing her, he then asked Valli to marry him.

    Though thankful, she refused to marry him. At the end of the drama, Lord Murugan revealed himself to her and she accepted the proposal. It is believed that the wedding of Lord Murugan and Valli took place in Thiruthani.

    However, bound by tradition, Indra refused to accept the return of a gift that he had made, but instead requested the head of the temple’s elephant statues face his direction, which is why the elephants in this temple face the east; the direction of Indra.

    Sandal paste for medicinal value in Thiruthani

    Another legend has it that Indra presented a sandal stone as a part of his daughter’s dowry. Sandal paste made on this stone is said to acquire medicinal value when applied to the image of Murugan.

    Today, the sandal paste used in Murugan worship in Tiruttani has a divine significance. It is not ground on regular stones, but on the one believed to be gifted by Indra. Devotees do not put this sandal paste on their forehead but dissolve in water and consume it as it is believed that to cure them of any disease. This divine offering is available only on festival days.

    Saravana Poigai

    Saravana Poigai

    The sacred tanks of the shrines of our Lord are all known as Saravana Poigai The tank at Tiruttani, which (unlike in other places) is at the very foot of the hill, is particularly renowned for its sacred water (teertham) having curative effect for ailments both bodily and mental, as it is rich in minerals such as sulfur, iron, etc. A bath in this holy tank refreshes the devotee and makes him hale and healthy to propitiate our Lord with faith and devotion.

    Festivals in Thiruthani

    Aadi krithigai
    Aadi krithigai

    Aadi krithigai

    Aadi Krithigai – Aadi Krittikai festival (in July-August) lasts for three days with the Float Festival when lakhs and lakhs of devotees come to this holy place from far and near. 

    December 31st Step Festival – singing the melodious Tiruppugazh songs and burning camphor on each of the hill’s 365 steps, one for each day of the New Year.

    How to Reach

    By Air

    Chennai Airport

    By Train

    Southern Railway also operates frequent passenger services to and from Chennai.Many electric trains are operated and some express trains which pass through this station stops here.The first local train from Chennai Central is 4:00 am and last train is at 8:15 pm.

    By Road

    Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation operates frequent buses from locations including Chennai, Salem, Bangalore, Tiruvallur, Vellore, Arakkonam, Chittoor, Chengalpet, Kanchipuram, Thiruvannamalai, Thiruppathi and Local Bus Services Available to nearby Villages/Towns.

    Hotels near the Thiruthani

    Sri athira grantee in thiruthani- http://sriathiragrande.com/Indira regency in thiruthani – https://www.booking.com/hotel/in/indra-re

  • Temple of Tamil Nadu

    Swami Malai Temple

    Swami malai is 4th arupadai veedu of lord murugan
    Swami malai is 4th arupadai veedu of lord murugan

    About:

    As hills are the abodes of lord muruga. He is gracing from this hill  temple.There are 60 steps  to reach the hill temple representing the 60 tamil years. The deities of  the tamil years are praying to lord muruga in the form of step. Tamil word muruga means youthfulness and handsomeness personified. muruga shines in every alangaram. The temple is built on an artificial hillock of about sixty feet height with sixty beautifully laid stone steps representing the Hindu cycle of sixty years – leading to the Lord . On the ground floor there are temples dedicated to Lord Sundareswarer and Goddess Meenakshi.

    History

    The temple is said to have been built in early 2nd century BC by Parantaka Chola I. It is the fourth of six Aarupadai Veedu (the six most significant shrines dedicated to Murugan in Tamil Nadu) and is important because this is when and where the secret of the Pranava Mantra “Aum” was revealed.Once Brahma, the Lord of all creation, disrespected Murugan when he was visiting Mount Kailash.

     Then, the ever-playful Murugan boldly asked Brahma the meaning of the Pranava Mantra “AUM”. Failing to answer the question, Brahma admitted his ignorance. Murugan knocked his forehead, and imprisoned Brahma, bringing the whole of creation to a standstill.

    The demigods prayed to Lord Shiva for the release of Brahma. But Murugan insisted the imprisonment was a just punishment for Brahma’s ignorance. Lord Shiva then asked Murugan whether he Himself knew the meaning of Pranava “Aum”.

    Murugan said he knew its meaning, but would only explain it if Lord Shiva accepted him as a guru and listened to him as a devoted disciple. Shiva accepted the request, and the son became the teacher. He then imparted upon the father the meaning of the sacred Pranava mantra “Aum” and the divine father, proud of understanding the significance, conferred respect to Murugan for his wisdom.

    Lord muruga as a teacher to shiva

    Lord muruga as a teacher to shiva
    Lord muruga as a teacher to shiva

    You will see in the main shrine in the temple complex in Swamimalai that Murugan is depicted as a teacher and Shiva is listening as a disciple and, in this temple, the son is on a higher pedestal than the father.

    Elephant depicted as a peacock for lord muruga vaganam

    In Swamimalai, Murugan mounts an elephant instead of a peacock and this is depicted in the inner sanctum of the temple. The elephant is called ‘Airavadham’ and it is a gift from the king of heavens himself, Indra, after the destruction of the demon Harikesa by Murugan.

    Theertham of swami malai

    Don’t miss out on the sacred tanks at Swamimalai, the Vajra Theertham, Kumara Theertham, Saravana Theertham, and Netra Theertham. These divine water sources are in and around the temple. One legend tells the story of a blind devotee called Sumathi who lost his sight because of his sins. He then took the advice of Sage Bharadwaja and took a dip in the Netra Theertham to regain his sight.

    Gopurams in swami malai

    The temple has three ‘Gopurams’ with three ‘Praharams’. The ‘Gopuram’ on the south side of the temple is decorated with statues and contains five storeys while the other two entrances have no towers above them. The first Praharam is at the base of the hill, the second halfway up the hill and the third at the top surrounding the sanctum. Once you pass the ‘RajaGopuram’ and the ‘KalyanaMandapam’ you reach the shrine dedicated to Goddess Sakti at the base. In addition to this there are other shrines for various other deities and the well with ‘vajra Teertha’.

    Festivals in swami malai

    • Monthly Karthigai festival
    • Thaipusam festival in January
    • Panguni Uthiram festival in March
    • Temple Car festival in April
    • Visakam festival in May
    • Navratri festival in May

    Temple Timing

    Morning 05.00Am to 12.00Am

    Evening 4.00Pm to 10.00Pm

    How to reach swami malai?

    Swami malai is situated in the Thanjavur  district.so you can go to thanjavur and then go to swami malai.The distance from thanjavur to swami malai is 38.8km that is travel hour is 1 hour 2 min.

    You can reach Thanjavur by car,bus,train or flight.

    Hotels near by to the swami malai