Articles — Temples

Somnath Jyotirlinga Shrine

Sep 29 2018 0 Comments Tags: Jyotirlinga, Pilgrimage, Shiva, Shivlinga, Temples

The Somnath temple is dedicated to Someshwara, another name of Lord Shiva with moon on his head. The temple is situated in Saurashtra. It is believed that Somraj, the Moon God himself had originally built the temple out of gold. Somnath is the first of all the 12 jyotirlingas. Though the temple is of Hindu origin, the Architecture has Jain influences. The Somnath temple has been destroyed six times and have been rebuilt. The temple faces the east direction. Externally the Somnath temple resembles the Rudramala temple at Siddhapur. The dome of the temple is the biggest ever made in...

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Sri Khatushyam ji Temple, Rajasthan

Sep 25 2018 0 Comments Tags: Khatu Shyam, Pilgrimage, Temples

Khatu Shyamji Temple is an important pilgrim centre of Rajasthan. However it is more popular for the annual fair that takes in the month of either February or March. The shrine is located at a distance of 48 kilometers from district of Sikar. The mela or fair takes place on the occasion of Phalgun Sudi Dashmi and lasts till Dwadashi. It lasts for three days and a large number of devotees flock the fair. Indian fairs are characterized by vitality, crowd and resplendence. KhatuShyam ji fair is no exception in this regard. Well-decorated shops, several kinds of shows and sweet...

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Mata Vaishno Devi Temple , Katra

Sep 24 2018 0 Comments Tags: Durga, Pilgrimage, Temples

Recognized as one of the 'Shakti Peethas', Mata Vaishno Devi Temple is situated in the folds of the 'Trikuta Hill' in Katra, Jammu and Kashmir. This abode of Goddess Durga is supposed to be one of the wish fulfilling places, where millions of devotees from India and abroad gather for Mata Vaishno Devi's blessings. People who visit the shrine constitute a heterogeneous profile comprising of wealthy & poor, aged & young, males & females from within and outside the country. The Shrine of goddess 'Vaishno Devi' is reached by an arduous climb. The scenic beauty, the landscape around and the constant...

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Panch Kedar Temples

Apr 13 2018 0 Comments Tags: Pilgrimage, Shiva, Temples

Panch Kedar refers to five holy places of the Shaivite sect dedicated to god Shiva. Panch Kedar temples are located in the Garhwal Himalayan region in Uttarakhand, India. The Kedar Khand region of the Garhwal Himalayas is home to Panch Kedar temples named as Kedarnath, Tungnath, Rudranath, Madhyamaheswar and Kalpeshwar. In these Five Kedars Lord Shiva is worshipped in five divine forms.  All of them are situated in the Kedar Valley. At Kedarnath, situated at the head of the Mandakini River, the Linga is a natural rock that resembles the hump of a bull. Madhyamaheshwar, situated at the base of Chaukhamba Peak is at an...

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Thousand Pillar Temple in Hanumakonda, Telangana

Jan 05 2018 0 Comments Tags: Shiva, Surya, Temples, Vishnu

The Thousand Pillar Temple or Rudreshwara Swamy Temple is a historic Hindu temple located in the town of Hanumakonda, Telangana State, India. Thousand Pillar Temple, a fine specimen of 'Kakatiya' architecture and sculpture. The temple was built by 'Rudra Devi' in 1163 AD. The temple is in shape of a star and has three shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva, Vishnu and Surya. The temple is built on a 1m high platform on the slopes of the Hanumakonda hill, and has a majestic monolithic Nandi. The black basalt Nandi, a monolith, has a lovely polished finish.  There are many small lingam...

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Shri Murudeshwar Temple in Karnataka

Dec 31 2017 0 Comments Tags: Pilgrimage, Shiva, Temples

Shri Murudeshwar Temple or Murudeshwara Shiva Temple is famous Lord Shiva  temple, located in the beach town of Murudeshwar, 16 km from Bhatkal in Uttara Kannada District, Karnataka. Murudeswara or Murudeshwar means Shiva or Eeshwara and the statue of Lord Shiva here is the World's tallest Shiva Statue, measuring 123 feet (37 m) in height. The statue of Lord Siva is constructed so that it directly gets sun light and thus appears sparkling. Located on the coast of the Arabian Sea, the town of Murudeshwara is also a beautiful picnic spot bounded by the hills of Western Ghats and situated...

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Shri Lingaraj Temple in Bhubaneshwar, Odisha

Dec 29 2017 1 Comment Tags: Pilgrimage, Shiva, Temples

Shri Lingaraj Temple is one of the oldest temples of Bhubaneswar, in Odisha ,India . This thousand years old temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, is an outstanding specimen of the Orissa style of temple building. Shri Lingaraj Temple is the largest temple of Bhubaneswar - the highly revered Hindu pilgrimage center famous as “the city of temples” or “Temple City of India”. was built in the 11th century by Somavamsi dynasty while the surrounding complex was built later by the rulers of Ganga Dynasty. Lord Shiva is enshrined as ‘Lingaraj' means 'the king of Lingas', where 'linga' is the phallic...

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Shri Amarnath temple , Jammu and Kashmir

Dec 29 2017 0 Comments Tags: Jyotirlinga, Pilgrimage, Shiva, Temples

Shri Amarnath cave temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. An enshrined image of ice naturally formed in a cylindrical form which resembles Lord Shivlinga, begins to take its shape on the first day of the bright half of the month and reaches its full size on the full moon day (Poornima). After getting its fullest shape, it begins to wane and disappear on the new moon day. According to the tradition, the largest ice formation is considered as Lord Shiva Linga, one on the left side of the linga is an ice formation of Lord Ganesha, and on the right...

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Pashupatinath Temple, Nepal

May 17 2017 0 Comments Tags: Shiva, Temples

Pashupatinath temple, is dedicated to Shiva and is situated beside the Bagmati river in Nepal.  Pashupati literally means Lord of the animals and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The Pashupatinath Temple is a famous 5th century Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva(Pashupati). The square two-tiered building stands on a single-tiered plinth in an open courtyard. The temple has silver-plated and gilt doors with niches on both sides containing images of gold painted guardian deities.  This richly decorated temple with wooden sculptures is believed to make wishes come true. One of the most astonishing decorations of the temple is the huge golden statue of Nandi -...

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Mount Kailash - The abode of Shiva

Apr 08 2017 0 Comments Tags: Pilgrimage, Shiva, Temples

Mount Kailash is located in the Kailash mountain range of the Trans-Himalayas. For Hindus, Buddhists, Bonpos and Jains alike it is the most sacred mountain in the world, attracting thousands of pilgrims every year to circumnavigate the holy mountain by foot in the belief that it brings good fortune. In Buddhist and Hindu cosmology, Mount Kailash is the earthly manifestation of Mount Sumeru, which is the spiritual center of the universe. Mount Kailash holds significant power, as the very tip of the mountain is the central point of the cosmos’ rotation. In Sanskrit Kailas means luminous crystal. Hindus believe Mt.Kailash to be the...

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Shiva Dwadasha Jyotirlinga Stotram with meaning

Mar 20 2017 0 Comments Tags: Jyotirlinga, Shiva, stotram, Temples

Shiva Dwadasha Jyotirlinga Stotram is a powerful devotional hymn used to worship Lord Shiva. Jyotirlinga refers to radiance sign of lord Shiva. There are twelve holy jyotirlinga Temples in India. Shiva Dwadasha Jyotirlinga Stotram is recite or chanting to worship of those twelve jyotirlinga temples of lord shiva. Shree Dwadasha Jyotirlingam Stotram श्री द्वादश ज्योतिर्लिङ्ग स्तोत्रम्: Saurashtre Somanatham Cha Shrishaile Mallikarjunam | Ujjaiyinyam Mahakaalam Omkarama-Maleshwaram |1|| सौराष्ट्रे सोमनाथंच श्री शैले मल्लिकार्जुनम् | उज्जयिन्यां महाकालमोंकारममलेश्वरम् || Meaning - Somanath in Saurashtra and Mallikarjunam in Shri-Shailam; Mahakaal in Ujjain, Omkareshwar in Amleshwar. ............................................................................................................ Paralyam Vaidyanatham Cha Dakinyam Bheemashankaram | Setubandhe Tu Ramesham Nagesham Darukavane |2|| परल्यां वैद्यनाथं...

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Gorakshya Peeth Siddhachal Mrigasthali , Nepal

Mar 18 2017 0 Comments Tags: Gorakhnath, Pilgrimage, Temples

Gorakshya Peeth Siddhachal Mrigasthali is located at the ancient place, loved by many siddhas over the time. This place is considered to be loved by lord Shiva and Parvati. Gorakshya Peeth Siddhachal Mrigasthali is located inbetween Pashupatinath at North, Guheshwori at south and Gauri-Ghat at West. It is surrounded at its three sides by Bagmati river. This is the famous place where Shiva used to roam in the form of deer. This is the place where Gorakshya Nath Meditated and Macchendra Nath blessed him. Now, there is a Gorakh Nath Temple and ashram with many Nath Yogis at this place....

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Pancha Bhoota Shiva Temples

Jan 05 2017 0 Comments Tags: Pilgrimage, Shiva, Temples

Pancha Bhoota Stalam or Pancha Bhoota Sthala refers to the five Shiva temples, dedicated to Shiva, each representing the manifestation of the five prime elements of nature- land, water, air, sky, fire.  Pancha indicates Five, Bhoota means elements and Stala means place. All these temples are located in South India with four of these temples at Tamil Nadu and one at Andhra Pradesh. The five elements are believed to be enshrined in the five lingams and each of the lingams representing Shiva in the temple have five distant names based on the elements they represent. Indian belief associates the origin...

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108 Divya Desams

Nov 27 2016 0 Comments Tags: Pilgrimage, Temples, Vishnu

108 Divya Desams are Vishnu temples that are mentioned [Mangalasasanam – Praising the glory of the lord] in the works of the Alvars. Divya Desams means a divine place. It is the term given to 108 temples of Lord Vishnu all over India and a few temples outside it. The mentioning of 108 Divya Desams is done in ancient Tamil writings by Tamil saints.Only 106 of these temples are in this material world. The other two being Paramapadam (at the feet of Lord Vishnu) and Vaikuntam (Lord Vishnu’s Holy abode). One of the remaining 106 (Salagrama) is in Nepal and...

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Tapkeshwar Mahadev Temple

Nov 26 2016 0 Comments Tags: mythology, Pilgrimage, Shiva, Temples

Tapkeshwar Mahadev Temple is one of the most famous temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. This famous holy temple of Lord Shiva is situated on the bank of seasonal Asan river near Dehradun, Uttrakhand. Tapkeshwar Mahadev Temple is known to have one of the oldest Shivling in the cave. Tapkeshwar Mahadev Temple is located at a distance of 6.5 km from Dehradun city. As water droplets continuously drops on the shivling, hence it was named as Tapkeshwar. Water drops from the ceiling of the cave trickle down over the Shivlinga in a continuous downpour, making for an interesting spectacle. Legend has it that Ashwathama, son...

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Bhairabsthan Temple , Nepal

Nov 08 2016 0 Comments Tags: Bhairav, Pilgrimage, Temples

Kaal Bhairab Temple, Bhairabsthan , Palpa , Nepal. Kal Bhairab Temple (Bhairabsthan) is one of the biggest hindu temple of lord Kal Bhairab (Bhairav) . It is located about 8 KM from Tansen, district headquarter in between Tansen Tamghas road on the hill of Bhairabsthan VDC, in the mid western part of Palpa District, Nepal. This temple was build by Pratam Samser Rana. This temple has the biggest trident (trishul) of asia. The main statue of Lord Bhairab is kept hidden because it's sight is unbearable and frightening. There's a copy of the main statue which people can see and worship. The...

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