MADURAI KSHETHRA – MariammanTeppakulam

MariammanTeppakulam

This big Temple Tank (1000 feet length and 950 feet wide) is also known by all as VandiyurTeppakulam which is about 5 km east of the city. There is an ancient small Mariamman temple in the northern side of the Tank and also there is a Shiva temple on the…

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MADURAI KSHETHRA – Koodal Alagar Temple

Koodal Alagar Temple

In the west of the city there is an ancient Vaishnavism temple with beautiful sculptures. This temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu is older than the Meenakshi Temple.This temple is one of the 108Thirupathis.The Moolavar (presiding deity)is known by the name “Koodal Alagar” and the thana (mother)is known as” Maduravalli”.Periyalvar sang…

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MADURAI KSHETHRA – Thirumalai Naick Palace

Thirumalai Naick Palace

The another interesting place of interest in Madurai is Thirumalai Nick Mahal. It is about lk.m. south-east of the Meenakshi Temple. This graceful palace was constructed in Indo-saracenic style by King Thirumalai Nick in 1636 A.D. This Palace once again illustrates the architectural mastery of the Nick. What remains of…

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MADURAI KSHETHRA – Mukuruni Ganapathy East Tower

Mukuruni Ganapathy

Devotees should meditate the five holy alphabets, recite the sacred names of the Lord, sing divine songs and go round the shrine.While going round the first corridor, Amravati Vinaya on the south-east, Villa Vinaya on the south-west, Nirutha Ganapati and Muthukumaraswamy and Chandikeswarar on the northwest must be worshipped.While going…

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MADURAI KSHETHRA – Procedure of worship

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Worshipping Devi Meenakshi at first had been the manner of prayer traditionally. Devotees should enter the temple through Amman Sannathi, pass along Ashtasakthi Mandapam, Meenakshi Nayar Mandapam and Mudali Mandapam,Golden Lotus tank. Foremost, they must worship the Viboothi Vinayakar on the south of the sacred tank. From the southern bank,…

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MADURAI KSHETHRA – Thousand Pillared Hall

Thousand Pillared Hall

This famous Thousand Pillared Hall is eastern side of Kambathadi Mandalay. It was built by Dalavai Ariyanatha Mudaliyar in 1569 A.D. who built this treasure-house of art. Now this hall actually contains 985 pillars only. This space for the remaining 15 pillars were taken up for two small temples. As…

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MADURAI KSHETHRA – Kambathadi Mandapam

Kambathadi Mandapam

In this Mandapam contain Golden Flag Staff ,Nandi Mandapam, Bali pedal and eight stone pillars with carving images of Lord in his various forms. The famous sculpture of Devi Meenakshi Wedding is a striking illustration of the excellence of South Indian Art.This mandapam was built by Krishna Veneralia kayaker in…

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MADURAI KSHETHRA – Sri Meenakshi Shrine

MADURAI KSHETHRA Sri Meenakshi Shrine

After seeing the Golden Lotus tank we crossed the Vembathoor Tower and enter in outer Praharam of Meenakshi Shrine. In this Praharam the Golden Flag Staff, Thirumalai Vinayak, King Thirumalai Nick Mandalay, Gold Mandalay, Koodal Kumarar are seen. Completing this Praharam we returns to the Flag staff and enter into…

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MADURAI KSHETHRA – Ashta Sakthi Mandapam

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of the Islamic conqueror Malikkapur. As kings who were followers of Islam were noted for their intolerance towards other religions, the invaders destroyed most of the ancient sculptures of the temple. The temple was restored to its pristine glory in the late 14th century when the Hindu Kings came back to…

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MADURAI KSHETHRA – Parrot Cage Mandapam

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origin goes back to legendary times. Only a shrine of Siva existed in the 7th century AD. The shrine of Meenakshi was built during the reign of King Chadayavarman Sundara Kandyan, in the 12th century AD. The temple was almost completely destroyed in the year 1310 following the invasion

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MADURAI KSHETHRA – South Tower madurai meenakshi temple

South Tower

After King Kulasekara Pandyan, Malayadwaja Pandyan succeed to the throne. As he had no children, he and his wife Kanchanamala performed a yagna to get a child. They were pleasantly surprised to see a girl emerge from the holy fire. The child had three breasts. A divine voice consoled them…

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MADURAI KSHETHRA – Origin Of The Temple

Origin Of The Temple

The sacred Swayambu Lingam(self manifested) discovered by the king of Gods ‘Indira’ at Kadambavanam, was later enshrined by him in Madurai. Many years ago, what is the present city of Madurai was a forest of Kadamba trees. Once The King of Devas Indra, carried the sin of Brahmahathi. To rid himself of the sin,…

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Madurai KSHETHRA

Madurai

Madurai is well know all over the world because of the magnificent temple of Goddess Devi Menakshi. Madurai also which is stepped in cultural and literature. It is the second largest city in Tamilnadu and one of the most ancient pilgrim center in India. Reference to this city is made…

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MAHANANDI KSHETHRA – ASWATHA VRIKSHA

There is terrace (chakram) of Aswath rikisha (the holy fig) and statue of Sri Vera Hanuman and nags (two) are showing the method of panorama to control the mind. In front of the rooms. The devotees circumambulate (pay the homage solemnly walking round it with the right hand towards it)…

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MAHANANDI KSHETHRA – THE ROOM UNDER-GROUND

There are two big rooms near the math. One of them is scared with its spiritual value. There is a small pial (a a raised level place) about 6 feet (2 metres) length, Siva Linga, and a small pond with pure water in the room under ground. It is a…

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MAHANANDI KSHETHRA – MEANING OF CHIMMUDRA OR JNANA MUDRA

There are 5 fingers to the hand. The first finger or the thumb (Augusti) indicates Siva or Atman, The forefinger (Tartini) indicates Java. The other three fingers indicate guns (Satwa, Raja and Tamoguna) In Chimaera the Thaijini or the fore finger touches the middle line of Augusti or the thumb….

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MAHANANDI KSHETHRA – GORLAIAH’S MATH

There is a math called “Gorlaiahs Math”, near Garuda Nandi. There is a samadhi (tomb) of Sri Purnanada Swamy (who was born in vista community) in it. The samadhi was established and the statue of Swamy in Chin Mudra (one of the five Dhyana Mudras) was established (stayed) firmly on…

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MAHANANDI KSHETHRA – SOMA NANDI

Soma Nandi is in the eastern doors of Nadya town. Soma means the moon. He meditated Edward for a long time and pleased him. Siva told him that the place was famous by name  Soma Nandi” Sri Devi in this place in famous by name Sri Someswari Devi. Sufficient land…

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MAHANANDI KSHETHRA – VISHNU NANDI (OR) KRISHNA NANDI

This is in the northern side of Mahanadi in a distance of 4 km. near the village Kampala kalpa. The lord Vishnu meditated Nandeewara and was blessed. So it is named as ‘Vishnu Nandi”. The water from this place wets many hectares of the fertile land. Sri Chittibotla Eswara Sharma…

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MAHANANDI KSHETHRA – SURYA NANDI

Surya Nandi is nearly within a distance of 8 kms.’in the western side of Mahanadi, near the village Thammadapalli. The golden rays of the rising sun spread on the Linga in the time of the sun-rise. So it is called” Surya Nandi.” The sun god meditated here about Siva. The…

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MAHANANDI KSHETHRA – SIVA NANDI (OR) RUDRA NANDI

It is in 10 kms. away from Mahanadi on the northern side near the village kadamala kala. Another five temples of Siva were built there as same as at Mahanadi. Pilgrims visit there now and then and perform worship. This temple is the biggest among all the temples of Navanandis….

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MAHANANDI KSHETHRA – GARUDA NANDI

This is in the western side of Maha Nandi. Garuda or Garutmantha, the son of Vinaya Meditated for the success in his attempt in getting nectar (Amruta) to release his mother from the slavery and pleased Siva. So it is famous by name “Garuda Nandi”.

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MAHANANDI KSHETHRA – VINAYAKA NANDI

It is in the south-east side of Siva temple on the bank of a pond at Mahanadi. Vinayaka made tapas for lord Siva and was blessed and this place is named as Vinayaka Nandi’ as his desire. It became the abode of peace.

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MAHANANDI KSHETHRA – NAGA NANDI

It is now in the temple of Sri Anjaneya Swamy at Nandyal town. Long ago naga with the fear of Garutmanta meditated Nandivahana (Siva). So it is named “Naga Nandi” Nandi Vahana or Parama Siva was pleased and protected them. Festivities are arranged in Dasara and Sri Ramanavami Festivals. Marriages…

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Mahanandi Kshethra – PRADHAMA NANDI

Pradhama Nandi is in the east-south side of the Nandyal town on the bank of a small canal named ‘Chama Kaluva’. Vidhata or Brahma meditated about Paramsiva. Siva blessed him and existed there as Pradhama Nandeeswara. Parvathi Devi is famous here by name Sri Kedareswari Devi. Through out the month…

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Mahanandi Kshethra – NEW TOWER

The second compound wall and the tower are constructed  recently. As parama siva said to the king Nandana in his dream  he existed in nine places called Navanandis (Nava Nandulu). The  place surrounding these Nava Nandis is called ‘Nandi Mandala’ NANDI Generally we think that siva rides on Nandi. Siva…

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Mahanandi Kshethra – NAVAGRAHALAYA

The temple of Navagraha (The Sun, The Moon, The Mars, The Mercury, The Jupiter, The Venus, The Saturn, The Rahu the name of the ascending node of the Moon, and the ketu the name of decending node of the moon) is built for devotees. This temple is useful for Grahasanthi.

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Mahanandi Kshethra – JIN A SANKARA TAPOVANAM

Brahmeebhutha Sri Sri Sri Swamy Ramakrishnananda established an Ashram named Jina Sankara Tapovanam in 2kms away from Mahanadi on the bus route to Nandyal (via) Gajulapalli railway station. He made it the spiritual training centre. Satsanga programmes are conducted there on important days. Devotees and shakes (practitioners) use to attend…

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Mahanandi Kshethra – THE TEMPLE OF STI KODANDA RAMA

Late Srimathi Bhairvajosula Seshamma, the wife of Mahanandaiah thought that Mahanandi Kshethra is a devine place for the Saivas only. So she constructed a temple of Sri Kodanda Rama Swamy in the north-east side of Sivalaya, established (stayed) the statues of Sri Kodanda Rama Swamy, Lakshmana Swamy, Seetha Devi and…

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Mahanandi Kshethra – SHIVARATRi FESTIVITIES

SIVARAHRl FESTIVITIES

In the war of Surasura (Devas and Rakshasas) Suras were afraid of Asuras. Indra, the king of Suras went to Brahma and told him about their difficulty. Brahma approached Sri Maha Vishnu. He suggested them to churn “Ksheera Sagara” (the sea of milk) with the mountain Mandara using Vasuki as…

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Mahanandi Kshethra – IMPROVEMENT OF THE KSHETHRA

Sri Bhairava Josyulu Mahanandaiah, who was the Chair- man of the trustees of the temple for nearly 45 years developed a lot. His brother Sri Ramachandraiah helped him in this work. Towers, Mantapas, two ponds at the outside, chariot, roads and other things were made. Many facilities for the pilgrims…

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Mahanandi Kshethra – RUDRA GUNDAM

Rudra Gundam was repaired and steps for four sides were constructed by the devotees. Pancha lingas were stayed in the temple in the middle of the pond. (Swamy’s Pushkarini) 1) Pridhvi (Bhu) Linga 2) Jala (Water) Linga 3) Thejo (Fire) Linga 4) Vayu (Wind) Linga 5) Akasa (Sky) Linga. Are…

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Mahanandi Kshethra – TEMPLE OF KAMESWARI DEVI

The Diety of Parvathi is famous by name “Kameswari Devi” in this place. It was constructed in the southern side of the temple “Siva”. Many of the devotees helped to construct and improve this temple. Sri Byravajoshula Ramachandraiah and Mahanandaiah were famous among them. The statue of Kameswari Devi was…

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Mahanandi Kshethra – SWAYAM BHU LINGA

The Siva Linga at Mahanandi is Swayam Bhu Linga. Generally the Linga was fixed in the trench or base. But in this place the trench itselfis fixed to the phallus (Linga). The hoof of the cow appears clearly even now. So it is clear that the sthalapurana (The History of…

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Mahanandi Kshethra – HISTORY OF MAHANANDI KSHETHRA

India is an abode of Maharshis with their tapas and teachings. The ancient rishis selected the kshetras orthirthas which are the divine places for meditation (tapas). Kshethra and thirtha are having seperate meanings in their value. Kshethra is sacred with the statue or murthy (Deva or Devatha) and the Thirtha…

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Mahanandi Kshethra – MAHANANDI TEMPLE

Sarveswara is Sarvamaya who spread all over the world. Though the milk is produced from all parts of the body of a Cow, it is available in its under only. In the same way Sarveswara, though spread allover the world existed in the sacred places to enable the ordinary man…

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TUNGABHADRA DAM

It is 3 miles away . from Hospet. This was built across the river 1$ Tungabhadra. It is about 2 miles long and 160 ft. || high. The two hillrocks flanking the Dam are called Kailasa and Vaikunta. Vaikunta it is 200 Ft. high. There is Anjaneya Temple just below…

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ANANTASHAYANA GUDI

It is near Hospet. The village, has the same name as the temple. It was built by Krishnadevaraya in 1518. The inner sanctum doesnot have the idol.

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MALAPANA GUDI

It is on the road to Hospet from Kamalapur. It is a small vilage with temple of Mallikarjuna built during the period of Sangama Dynasty.

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MUSEUM

It is in Kamalapur. The statues, ancient coins, swords and other artifacts are worth seeing. A miniature replica of the entire area has been created in the middle of the building.

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PUSHKARANI

Once Jambukeshwara of Anegundi fought Mohammad Bin Tughlak, the emperor of Delhi. This became the foundation of Vijayanagar. At a distance of one mile from Anegundi there are Ranganatha Temple, Anjaneya Hill, Pampa Sarovara and Herritage of Shabari. This village has a fort with a trench.  

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