12 JYOTIRLINGA DARSHAN of 12 SHRI GRISHNESHWAR

12 JYOTIRLINGA DARSHAN 12. SHR1 GRISHNESHWAR

“Blessed by VerulNagar, there is no other place like it on this earth, where Lord Grishneswara resides, the best place on this earth. -Madhwamunishwar On this holy pilgrimage of the JyotirLingas of Lord Shankara, the last one, with out whiten the Pilgrimage will not be considered as complete, is the…

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12 JYOTIRLINGA DARSHAN 11. SHRI KEDARNATH

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Among the twelve JyotirLingas of Bhagwan Shankara, the one at Kedarnath is located in the snow-covered area of the Himalayas. This JyotirLingas can be visited only during six months is a year, From the month of Vaishakha to Ashwin (Ashwiyaja) is the time when pilgrims can make the journey to…

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12 JYOTIRLINGA DARSHAN 10 SRI TRYAMBAKESHWAR

SRI TRYAMBAKESHWAR

Of the twelve JyotirLingas of Lord Shankara, the tenth one is known as Tryambakeshwara. This great JyotirLingas on the banks of Gautami has a unique form. The Lord in this Temple’s Garbhagriha is not worshipped with Abhisheka with water (Jalahari) unlike others. There is just a bottom part of the…

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12 JYOTIRLINGA DARSHAN 9 Kashi Vishwanath

Where the Varana and Asi rivers joint the Ganges, a beautiful city was built there in the ancient times. It was named Varanasi. Varanasi, a place of pilgrimage, a tribe called kasha used to live. Therefore, Varanasi was also known as kashi. Near Kashi, Ganga flows in the shape of…

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12 JYOTIRLINGA DARSHAN 8 SRI NAGANATH

12 JYOTIRLINGA DARSHAN 8 SRI NAGANATH

When Dakshaprajapati held a Mahayana, he did not invite Shankara for it. Parvati could not tolerate this slight. She jumped into the Agnikund of the holy fire and gave up her life. This made Shankara very unhappy and sorrowful. He started to wander in the forests. He reached a huge…

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12 JYOTIRLINGA DARSHAN 7 SRI RAMESHWAR

12 JYOTIRLINGA DARSHAN 7 SRI RAMESHWAR

Taking the Ganga water to Rameshwar, is considered as a very suspicions and pious thing to do after the pilgrimage of the four holy shrines. After taking a holy bath in the Bindumadhav with Ganga waters, the holy water is carried and offered in Dhanushkoti Setumadhav, After this a little…

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12 JYOTIRLINGA DARSHAN 6 SHRI BHIMA SHANKAR

SHRI BHIMA SHANKAR

On the banks of the River Chandrabhaga (Bhima) on the expansive meadows, a large number of devotees (Varkari) can be seen dancing as if they are in a trance. This is a constant scene in Pandharpur. Bheemamayya (mother Bhima) is equated with Ganga-Bhagirathi and people take a holy dip in…

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12 JYOTIRLINGA DARSHAN 5 SRI VAIDYANATHA

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If one is to draw aline between Kanyakumari and Ujjain, Parali Village can be clearly seen on that line. This village is located on the slopes of Meru or Naganarayana Mountain. Parali is an ancient village located near three rivers, Brahma, Venu and Saraswati. because of the location of one…

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12 JYOTIRLINGA DARSHAN 4. SRI OMKARAMAMALESHWARAM

OMKARAMAMALESHWARAM

From the Vindhyanchal mountain range in Madhya Pradesh, the main river of India, Narmada, turns westward and meanders in that direction. The deep wide river looks like it has assimilated into itself all the sins and sorrows of the humans and releasing them from these. This river Narmada, which flows…

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12 JYOTIRLINGA DARSHAN 3 SRI MAHAKALESHWAR

SRI MAHAKALESHWAR

Usually there is a Temple built for the village. Or a village exists for I the Temple. Or sometimes, a village is full of Temples, This is a very rare I occurrence. On the banks of river Kshipra, the city of Ujjain exists in Madhya I Pradesh. It is also…

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12 JYOTIRLINGA DARSHAN 2 .SRI MALLIKARJUNA

SRI MALLIKARJUNA

Srisailam is located in Kumool district in Andhra Pradesh. Shouts of joy fill the place. This whole area is full of forests of Kadali, Bilwa trees, mountain ranges and Patalaganga. All of them echo from these joyous voices of devotees. In the ancient times, Lord Shankara was supposed to be…

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12 JYOTIRLINGA DARSHAN 1 SAURASHTRA-SOMNATH

DWADASA JYOTIRLINGAS

“Jay Somanath! Jay somanth”! The Viraval port and Prabnas Pattana in Sourashtra, echo will shouts ol joy with the above chanting by hordes of pilgrims. The waves hitting the steps of the Mandirghat seem to join the happy chanting. They seem to say ‘Jay Shankar, Jay Shankar” This low baritone…

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JYOTIRLINGA : THE STORY OF THE light

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There is a holy place called “Jwala Mukhi” in the valleys ot tho Himalayas. Afire, emerging from the very core of earth, burns constantly, lighting up the entire area. The Lord Parameshwara Himself, Shubhanknr Shankar, has taken an incarnation of the Eternal Light. The place is always bustling with large…

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SHRI KSHETRA SRIKALAHASTI Other places of Interest

Other places of Interest

1. Bharadwajasa Tirtham: It is situated to the east of Sri Kalahasthi temple. It is amidst three hills. It is a pilgrim centre. To the south of the temple, atop a hill there is the sannidhi of Panchamukheswara. Some sculptures can be seen there. Maharishi Bharadwaja is said to have…

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SHRI KSHETRA SRIKALAHASTI The Temples associated with the Panchalingas

SHRI KSHETRA SRIKALAHASTI The Temples associated with the Panchalingas

Thirukkachi Ekambam – Temple of Ekambaranath – Kanchipuram Arcot, Chenglepet and Nellore districts were referred to as Thondamandalam in olden days. Kanchipuram was the capital of Thondamandalam. The palavers ruled this place between third century and ninth century A.D. Inscriptions and other archaeological evidence indicate that this place was also…

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SHRI KSHETRA SRI KALAHASTHEESWARA

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Sri Gancshaya Namaha namo narno dantavaktraya ncirno namo parvatisha putraya namo namo navashakti rupaya namo namo namaste kumara agrajaya Introduction The temple at Sri Kalahasthi is regarded as one among the prominent temples of South India. This is in fact considered as the Kailas of the South or Dakshin Kailas….

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AMBALAPADY – MAHAKALI AND JANARDANA TEMPLES

AMBALAPADY MAHAKALI AND JANARDANA TEMPLES

There are two popular temples in the temple town of Udupi which are generally visited by most of the pilgrims coming to see Krishna in Udupi. These are the temples of Mahakali and Janardana located in Ambalapady. The existence of these two temples together is itself considered rare, apart from…

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PAJAKA KSHETRA – Birth Place of Sri Madhvacharya

PAJAKA KSHETRA Birth Place of

The history of Udupi is integrally connected with a small but great centre of spiritual importance, known as Pajaka Kshetra. Situated only 11 kms. north-east of Udupi, this little known locality is a part of the Kunjaru grama, locally called as ‘Pajeyi’ in the Tulu language. This village has been…

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UDUPI – A noted Vaishnava Centre

UDUPI A noted Vaishnava Centre

Udupi, a flourishing town on the west coast of Karnataka, very near Mangalore, is the seat of Lord Krishna and a holy pilgrim centre for all Hindus, particularly for the Madhva followers. It is famous for the Krishna temple, which was established here by Sri Madhvacharya, the propounder of Dwaita…

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TALAKAD – PANCHALINGA DARSHANA

TALAKAD PANCHALINGA DARSHANA

Once the capital of Gangas and Cholas, ancient Talakad is situated on the left bank of the river Cauvery in Mysore district. There are five famous shrines of Lord Shiva, besides several others, popularly known as ‘Pancha Linga’ and one Vaishnava temple dedicated to Kirthi Narayana, which is said to…

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TIPPU SULTAN – His Devotion and Respect to Sringeri

TIPPU SULTAN His Devotion and

Tippu Sultan, though called an intolerant bigot, by some historians incorrectly, had unusual respect and devotion to the Sringeri Math and its Swamiji. Twenty three letters written by Tippu Sultan addressed to Sri Sachchidananda Bharati Swamiji, the contemporary Guru of Sringeri, have come to light during the recent repairs to…

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THE TEMPLE OF VIDYA SHANKARA AT SRINGERI

THE TEMPLE OF VIDYA SHANKARA

The beautiful little town of Sringeri, an ancient seat of religious learning, is situated at a distance of about 90 kms. west of Chickmagalur in Karnataka state, on the left bank of river Tunga. It is hallowed by the sacred memory of Adi Shankara, the great exponent of Advaita system…

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SRINGERI – Sharada and Shankara Temple

SRINGERI Sharada and Shankara

Sringeri, a beautiful little town on the banks of river Tunga, in Chikmagalur district of Karnataka, nestles at the foot of the Western Ghats, in the midst of fields of paddy and climbing palms of coconut and areca, and timber trees. It was once a city with epic associations. The…

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SOMANATHAPUR TEMPLE

SOMANATHAPUR TEMPLE

Somanathapur temple, not to be confused with Somnath temple near Veraval in Sourashtra, which was pillaged by Mohammad of Ghazni, is a temple of great architectural and sculptural beauty. It is located in a small village, about 40 kms. east of Mysore City in Karnataka. Situated on the right bank…

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YELLAMMA TEMPLE AT SAVADATTI

YELLAMMA TEMPLE AT SAVADATTI

Yallamma temple is situated on a hillock, about 5 kms. from the town Savadatti near Dharwar of Karnataka. It is a popular place of pilgrimage for many devotees and families of Karnataka and Maharashtra. Every day, pilgrims visit the temple of Yellamma with great devotion. The full moon days during…

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YOGANANDISHWARA TEMPLE ON NANDI HILL

YOGANANDISHWARA TEMPLE ON NANDI HILL

Nandi has also a picturesque hill by the side of the town. It is also famous for its ancient monuments and temples and particularly as a popular summer resort. The high granite hill is encircled by Gopinatha Gudda, Brahma giri and Chennakeshava Betta. Nandi is the highest place in the…

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THE SHIVA TEMPLE AT NANDI BHOGANANDISHWARA

THE SHIVA TEMPLE AT NANDI

Nandi is a small town at the bottom of the well known hill resort, Nandi Hills, situated at a distance of about 60 kms. north-east of Bangalore, and is famous for the ancient Shiva temple, popularly known as Bhoganandishwara. The temple as it appears today, is composite. The Chollas, the…

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CHAMUNDESHWARI TEMPLE AT MYSORE

CHAMUNDESHWARI TEMPLE

On the outskirts of Mysore City, is a rocky hill rising to a height of 1063 metres above sea level. Owing to it isolated position and precipitous sides, it renders the position of Mysore city conspicuous. The oldest temple on this hill is that of Mahabaleshwar, which was endowed by…

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THE TEMPLE AT MELKOTE

THE TEMPLE AT MELKOTE

Melkote, the celebrated place of Sri Vaishnavites, is very near Mysore city on the road to the famous Jain shrine at Shravanabelagola. Picturesquely situated on the rocky hills of Yadugiri at a height of about 1200 metres above sea level and overlooking the Tirumalasagara and the Cauvery valley, it is…

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THE TEMPLE OF MOOKAMBIKA AT KOLLUR

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Kolhapura ‘Adi Maha Lakshmi’, popularly known as ‘Kollur Mookambika’, is an ancient sacred Sri Kshetra and a famous Siddhi Kshetra, whose mythological lore runs back to millenniums. It is an enchanting place in the midst of a t hick forest, encircled by mountain ranges all round, with line natural beauty….

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THE TEMPLE OF MAHADEVA ITAGI

THE TEMPLE OF MAI I AD EVA

Notable among the dynasties which have left their deep impression in South India is the Chalukyan dynasty which allowed diversity of religious sects, Buddhism, Jainism, Shaivism, etc., to influence art and archaeology, with the result that this region became an active centre of treat to architectural development. The Chalukyan style…

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HAMPI-The Glory of Vijayanagara Temples

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Hampi, or ‘Pampa’ as it was known centuries ago, stands on the southern bank of river Tungabhadra in Hospet taluk of Bellary district of Karnataka. A World Heritage   centre, Hampi, is the most beautiful and captivating of all ruins in Karnataka. It is full of delightful surprises comprising of ancient…

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HALEBIDU TEMPLES

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Halebidu, meaning ‘Old camp’, the famous capital of the Hoysala line of kings between the 11th and 14th centuries, is very near Belur, and has developed into a famous tourist spot. It was founded in the 11th century before Belur came to prominence and was known as Dorasamudra, Dwarasamudra or…

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BILIGIRI RANGANATHA TEMPLE

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The Biligiri Rangan Hills, popularly called as the B.R.Hills in short, are situated near Mysore of Karnataka, and the place has an ancient temple dedicated to Ranganatha. ‘Biligiri’ in Kannada means ‘white hill’ and from the plains the hill range looks greyish, enveloped by white clouds. Surrounded by thick forests…

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BELUR CHENNAKESHAVA TEMPLE

BELUR CHENNAKESHAVA TEMPLE

Temples in South India have achieved marked excellencerecogni sed universally. The modern world, which places considerable importance on the achievements and benefits of technology, often finds it hard to comprehend the exemplary work that has gone into the making of beautiful temples and monuments by the sweat of the brow…

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THE SHIVA TEMPLE AT MAHAKUTA

THE SHIVA TEMPLE AT MAHAKUTA

The period starting from the 5th century till the 8th century A.D., witnessed a brisk temple building activity around Aihole, Badami and Pattadakal – all in the Bijapur district of Karnataka. The movement initiated several significant forms of temples, which later developed into characteristic Nagara and Dravidian styles. Of the…

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THE TEMPLE OF BANASHANKARI AT BADAMI

THE TEMPLE OF BANASHANKARI AT BADAMI

The region neighboring the southern parts of Badami in the Bijapur district of Karnataka begins from the Sitimati hills. The landscape is typically that of gnesiss and granite, with irregular rock exposures separated by black soil. Locked in-between two gorges, Badami was the flourishing capital in the Chalukyan days, as…

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PATTADAKAL TEMPLES

PATTADAKAL TEMPLES

On the left bank of Malaprabha river lies the world heritage centre of Pattadakal. Like Aihole and Badami, Pattadakal is noteworthy for its beautiful early Western Chalukyan temples. They belong to the time of Vikramaditya II (whose art loving queen Trailokyamahadevi reverently named the deity after herself). Pattadakal, or ‘Pattada…

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THE CAVE TEMPLES AT BADAMI

THE CAVE TEMPLES AT BADAMI

Situated picturesquely at the foot of two hills and a beautiful expansive tank, Badami is a small town in Bijapur district of Karnataka, which is now an important tourist centre. Badami, under the name of Vatapi was the capital of the Chalukyas in the sixth century. It is famous lor…

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AIHOLE TEMPLES – Peep Into The Past

AIHOLE TEMPLES Peep Into The Past

Off the beaten track of modern progress, situated in Bijapur district of Karnataka, on the banks of the Malaprabha river, is a squalid little village known as Aihole, originally known as Ayyavole. The place name has a legendary origin and is associated with Parashurama, who having destroyed the whole race…

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MADURAI KSHETHRA – Palamudircholai Murugan Temple

Palamudircholai Murugan Temple

This is one of the six of the holiest of Morgan shrines refered to as the Aarupadai Veedugal. Unlike the other five temples, there is no grand edifice surrounding the central shrine of worship. However, this is a holy shrine venerated by the Skanda purana and by Nakkeerar’s Thirumurugatrupadai of…

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MADURAI KSHETHRA – Sri Alagar Temple

Sri Alagar Temple

The Mahabharata says that this temple was visited by both Yudhisthira and Arjuna. It is said that Koorattalwar, the chief disciple of saint Ramanujan, regained his eyes by worshipping the deity here. Don’t miss the 2000 years old Sudarsana-Chakra in this temple. The God Alagar comes to Madurai Vaigai Rivera…

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