Vahanas – The Rides of Hindu Deities

Hindu Gods and Goddesses travel in a specific animal or bird. Vahanas, or Vehicles, are the names given to these modes of transportation. They serve the same purpose as modern-day vehicles that may travel by air, land, or sea. These divine vehicles are either animals or birds, and they represent the many spiritual and psychological forces that each deity carries. Vahanas are used by the gods in both warfare and travel.

Real Ramayana Places – Rama Vanvaas Sthalam (Part 1)

यत्क्रौञ्चमिथुनादेकमवधीः काममोहितम् – the shloka used by Mahrishi Valmiki to initiate writing the legend of Ramayana, making this itihas an eternal part of our values and traditions. This shloka means that a pair of krounchas (heron) were separated with the male bird being killed by the hunter because of his desire, desire to hunt innocent animals and birds for pleasure and business purposes. ‘Desire’ was the core and prime reason for the whole Ramayana. Maa Kaikeyi expressed her desire to make his son ‘Bharata’ the Maharaja of Ayodhya Saamrajya and asked Shri Rama to go into exile for 14 years away from their kingdom. For the sake of his father’s (Maharaja Dashratha’s) promise that he made to Kaikeyi, Shri Rama left for vanvaas and that’s how we got our ‘Maryada Purushottam’.

Srikalahasteeswara temple – The Kashi of South

Srikalahasteeswara Temple (also known as Srikalahasti Temple) is one of South India’s most well-known Shiva temples. Kannappa, a famous Shiva devotee, was about to donate both of his eyeballs to cover the blood gushing from the Siva linga when Lord Siva stopped him and granted mukti. The temple is also regarded as Rahu-Ketu kshetra and …

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5 Temples of Sabarimala Pilgrimage Circuit

Location:- Swami Ayyappa Temple is located in Sabarimala hill inside the Periyar Tiger Reserve in the Perinad Village, Pathanamthitta district, Kerala, India. The Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) is working on a pilgrimage circuit that will connect five temples with legendary ties to Sabarimala’s Lord Ayyappa temple. The Sastha temples at Pandalam, Kulathupuzha, Aryankavu, Achankovil, and Erumeli are included in the …

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Guruvayoor Temple, Kerala:

Guruvayoor Sri Krishna Temple is a Hindu sanctuary devoted to the Hindu god Guruvayurappan (a four-armed connection of the Hindus god Vishnu), situated in the town of Guruvayur in Kerala, India. It is one of the important holy place for Hindus of Kerala and is frequently referred to as Bhuloka Vaikunta. which means the “Heavenly Abode of Vishnu on Earth”. . The main deity is a four-armed standing Krishna carrying the conch Panchajanya, the plate Sudarshana Chakra, the mace Kaumodaki and a lotus with a Holy basil garland. This image addresses the grand form of Vishnu as revealed to Krishna’s parents Vasudeva and Devaki around the hour of Krishna’s birth; subsequently Guruvayur is otherwise called “Dwarka of South India”.

Why Does Bhagawan Vishnu Likes Shankh? Positive Energies of Blowing Shankh & Shankh Puja

Why do we blow shankh before starting puja? Shankh or shankam in Sanskrit means “a conch holding the sacred water.”In Hinduism, a Shankha (conch shell) is used in sacred rituals.The shankha is a sacred emblem of Vishnu, the Hindu preserver god, in Hindu mythology. It is still used in Hindu rituals as a trumpet, and …

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Shree Padmanaba Swamy Temple Pond

Shree Padmanabhaswamy Temple

Location:-  Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India. Architecture Type:- An intricate fusion of the Chera style (Kerala Architecture) and the Malayala style (Tamil Architecture), featuring high walls, and a 16th-century gopura. The Temple is regarded as the world’s most valuable site of worship. In Malayalam, the name ‘Thiruvananthapuram’ means “The City of Lord Ananta (Vishnu)”, referring to the deity of the Padmanabhaswamy temple. …

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What is Uttarayana?

Uttarayana marks the daytime of the Devas. The 6 months of Uttarayana, beginning on Makara Sankranthi on January 14th, are considered fortunate since we go towards the Sun. During Uttarayana, harvest and spring celebrations, marriages, and other auspicious occasions are commemorated. This period begins with short daytimes, which gradually lengthens as the days become longer …

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Lord Brahma

Tale Behind The Four Faces of Brahma The Creator

Lord Brahma is responsible for the creation of mankind as a whole. Lord Brahma’s four faces or heads are thought to represent the Hindu religion’s four Vedas. Rig-Veda, Sama-Veda, Yajur-Veda, and Atharva-Veda are the Vedas dedicated to each head. the four faces, according to another tale, represent the four primary directions of the universe: north, …

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Maa Lalitha


What is Lalitha Sahasranamam? Lalitha is the Self’s exuberant, vibrant, and enthralling expression. A free consciousness is inherently joyous and vigorous because it is free of cravings and aversions and is well-founded in the Self. This is Lalitha’s personal place. Sri Lalitha Sahasranama is in the 36th chapter of Lalitopakyana in Brahmanda Purana.It is offered …


Narmada Parikrama: The Great Circumambulation

Parikrama is a Sanskrit term derived from the base words “Pari” which means “around” and “krama” which means “to move.” Thus, Narmada Parikrama refers to a river circumambulation. Pilgrims begin walking from any place along the river after collecting Narmadaji’s water in a vial and proceed along the river to their right. According to tradition, …

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Jharni Narasimha Temple: A Cave Temple Filled With Water

LOCATION: The temple is located in a cave in the Bidar district of Jharni in North Karnataka. Bidar city is a kilometer away from this temple. To get to the murti’s feet, you must wade through waist-deep water. This temple is located beneath the Manichoola mountain range and opens at 8:00 a.m. It’s a 300-meter-long …

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In Sanskrit, the coconut is known as Sriphala, or “God’s Fruit.” The coconut is the only fruit that is associated with the word ‘God.’ Coconuts are one of the most typical temple offerings in the Hindu religion. It is also an important part of all pujas.The coconut is a satvic fruit, which means it is …


Sringeri Sharadhambal Temple, Karnataka :

Sri Adi Shankaracharya established the Sringeri Sharada Temple in the eighth century. It housed a standing sandalwood sculpture of Shardamba introduced by Adi Shankarachaya until the fourteenth century, when the Vijayanagara rulers and Sri Vidyaranya (twelfth Jagadguru) installed a situated gold sculpture of Sri Shardamba. The old temple of Sri Sharada, the presiding divinity of Sringeri, has a great history that starts with Sri Sankara Bhagavatpada’s foundation of the Dakshinamnaya Peetham. Initially, it was a basic holy place with the Murti of Sharada made of sandalwood introduced over the Sri Chakra cut on a stone by Sri Adi Shankara. Sri Bharati Krishna Tirtha and Sri Vidyaranya consequently had a temple constructed in the Kerala style, with a timber and tiled rooftop.

Brahma emerging from Bhagawan Vishnu

Relativity of Time: Our One Year Is Just 10micro seconds for Lord Brahma

According to Puranic scriptures, Krishna’s departure marks the end of the Dvapara-yuga and the beginning of the Kali-yuga. We are halfway through Brahma’s lifetime (maha-kalpa). A maha-kalpa is followed by an equal-length maha-pralaya (complete disintegration). Each kalpa (Brahma’s day) is followed by an equal-length pralaya (Brahma’s night or partial dissolution). Each manvantara has a manvantara-sandhya (connection period) …

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Gokarna Mahabaleshwar Temple, Karnataka :

The Mahabaleshwar Temple, Gokarna plays an important part in giving beach town Gokarna the reputation of a pilgrimage centre. The temple is devoted to Lord Mahabaleshwar, a form of Lord Shiva. The temple is named after the stunning 6 ft. tall Atma Linga situated inside the temple on a square molded dark stone dais (Shaligrama Peetha) with an opening at the centre. The devotees can just get a glimpse of the highest point of the linga until the day of Ashta Bandana Kumbhahishekam in every 40 years when it is seen completely.
The principal god at this shrine is a 1500 year old antique stone sculpture of Lord Shiva.

The Spiritual Meaning Of Namaskar – Bow to the Baghawan in You

Prahalad had very deep bhakti and saw Baghawan Narasimha everywhere. He is one of the highest examples which shows Bhagawan is there every nook and corner of each Anu (atom). As he can be there in non-living things even more true for living beings and humans. Namaste (Namas + te) is derived from Sanskrit .” …

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Baba Balaknath – Reincarnation of Lord Kartikeya

Location:- Around 45 kms away from “Hamirpur” near the border of Hamirpur and Bilaspur districts of Himachal Pradesh, India. Baba Balak Nath or Sidh Baba Balak Nath is a Hindu deity worshipped in the northern Indian states of Punjab and Himachal Pradesh. His shrine is known as “Deotsidh”. Baba Balak Nath is believed to be a …

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Maa Baglamukhi Temple, Himanchal Pradesh :

Bagalamukhi or Bagala is one among the 10 mahavidyas (great knowledge goddesses) in Hinduism. Bagalamukhi Devi crushes the devotee’s misguided judgments and delusions (or the devotee’s enemies). She is moreover called Pitambara Maa in North Bharat. Bagalamukhi Devi is one among the 10 Hindu Goddesses of force. The sanctuary of Bagalamukhi is found at the entryway of Kotla Fort near Kangra. it’s accepted that the love of Bagalamukhi not exclusively lessens the capacity of the enemies, but makes them defenseless too. Baglamukhi sadhana and siddhi puja being performed at the famous Baglamukhi sanctuary, inside the town of Bankhandi, Kangra district, Himachal Pradesh state.

Kapaleeshwarar Temple, Chennai :

Kapaleeshwarar Temple is a Hindu sanctuary committed to Lord Shiva situated in Mylapore, Chennai in the Indian province of Tamil Nadu. The form of Shiva’s consort Parvati revered at this sanctuary is called Karpagambal is from Tamil Nadu (“Goddess of the Wish-Yielding Tree”). The sanctuary was built around the seventh century CE and is an illustration of Dravidian architecture. The sanctuary has various hallowed places, with those of Kapaleeswarar and Karpagambal being the most conspicuous. The sanctuary complex houses numerous corridors. The sanctuary has six day by day customs at different occasions from 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., and four yearly celebrations on its schedule.

Annapoorani Temple, Horanadu

The Annapoorneshwari Temple is a Hindu shrine committed to the goddess Annapoorneshwari (Annapoorna), situated at Horanadu, India, 100 km from Chikmagalur in the thick forests and valleys of the Western Ghats of Karnataka. It is located on the banks of stream Bhadra. The word Annapoorna is a made of two words Anna significance rice grains or food and Poorna meaning great and complete. Subsequently, Annapoorna means total or wonderful food. Sri Annapoorneshwari is considered to be a manifestation of Goddess Parvati, wife of Lord Shiva.

Ardhanareeswarar Temple, Thiruchengode :

Arthanareeswarar sanctuary is an antiquated Hindu sanctuary, situated in Tiruchengode, in the southern Indian province of Tamil Nadu. The sanctuary is devoted to Arthanāreeswarā, the special half-male ,half-female form of Lord Shiva. The god here is otherwise called Madhorubagan and Ammaiyappan (mother-father). The well known Chenkottu Velavar Temple, devoted to Lord Murugan, is additionally arranged on a similar slope. One more name for the Arthanareeswara Temple is Thirukodimada Chenkundrur.

Masani Amman Anamalai, Tamilnadu :

One of the extremely interesting Amman sanctuaries in India, is Masani Amman sanctuary. This sanctuary is based upon the cremation ground, and the sanctum of Goddess Amman is likewise based upon the cremation region and thus the Amman is called as Masani Amman by local people and later it turned into the name of the sanctuary. This sanctuary is situated at Annaimalai close to Pollachi. It takes 1.30 hrs from Coimbatore to arrive at this sanctuary. The idol of the goddess is seven feet in length and is in tremendous sleeping position, her head is in East side and her feet faces the West. It is an extremely unique type of Amman, no other Amman in India is found in resting position. Toward the end of the god’s feet, a sculpture of Asuran is found, close to it around two feet high model of Masani stands gloriously.

Palitana Jain Temple, Gujarat

Located on the bank of stream shetrunji in the district of Bhavnagar, Palitana is a 1200 years of age spot of journey. Its a widely acclaimed place. The name Palitana is acquired from Padaliptpur – Palittanak Acharya Pradaliptasuri’s follower Nagarjuna assembled the town and gave it the name Padliptapur. The sacred spot is situated at the height of 1800 ft. on mountain Shetrunjya. After ascending 3475 stage, one can reach to the Derasarof Shri Adishwar Bhagavan.

Ambaji Temple, Gujarat:

mbaji, a popular journey spot of Gujarat in India is located close to border of Gujarat and Rajasthan near Abu Road, in the Danta Taluka of Banaskantha District. It is close to the beginning of the renowned Vedic river Saraswati, on the slopes of Arasur Parvat in Ambica woods , towards south-west side to old slopes of Arvalli. It is one of the Fifty One (51) Shakti Peeths, the principle Center of Cosmic Power in India. . Ambaji mata temple is a significant Shakti Peeth of India.

Shamlaji Temple, Gujarat:

Shamlaji, likewise spelled Shamalaji, is a significant Hindu journey place in Aravalli region of Gujarat province of India. The Shamlaji sanctuary is committed to Vishnu. Several other Hindu sanctuaries are found close by. The current sanctuary committed to Shamlaji, a type of Vishnu was maybe begun in the eleventh century in Chaulukya style, however the current design dates from the fifteenth sixteenth hundreds of years.

Dakor Tirth Kshetra, Gujarat

Dakor, in its previous stages as pilgrimage centre in Gujarat, was well known for the Danknath sanctuary, a temple of shiva worship. In the later stages it transformed into a Vaishnavite focus with the developing acclaim of Ranchhodraiji [form of Lord Shri Krishna] sanctuary, which was worked in 1772 A.D. As of late, Dakor is remembered for one of the six significant journey places under “Yatradham Vikas Board” by Government of Gujarat for advancement as an all around arranged and efficient journey spot to work with the lacs and lacs of visiting travelers.

Ram Pagdandi, Gujarat:

Gujarat is home to places like Sabari Dham, Pampa Lake, Anjani Kund, Rameshwar and Unaai that stand observer to occasions of the old epic ‘Ramayana’. Some of these spots even discover notice in old sacred writings and strict texts in setting with Lord Ram’s excursion looking for Devi Sita. These spots that were once visited by Lord Ram are altogether called as Rampagdandi in Gujarat.

Bhuteshwar Temple, Haryana

Devoted to Lord Shiva, Bhuteshwar Temple is located in Jind, Haryana. As per the natives, the monarch of the Jind neighborhood, Raghbir Singh constructed this sanctuary, which is known as the Bhuteshwar Sanctuary. The Sanctuary is encircled by a large water tank and hence Bhuteshwar Temple is also known as Rani Talab. The main idol of Bhuteshwar sanctuary is an icon of Lord Shiva. It’s a unique and unconventional idol since it’s constructed from the white headstone and the hero of the deity has a mortal face.

Bhima Devi Temple, Haryana

Alexander Cunningham, during his investigations in 1878-79, found in 27-line engraving of tenth century AD referencing Panchapura from which current name Pinjore is inferred. The notice of Panchpura in the Handi stone engravings (1167 AD) likewise appear to allude to this spot. The name Pinjore likewise seems, by all accounts, to be founded on the legend that the Pandavas had remained here throughout their outcast. Later on, this spot additionally came to be known as Bhima Nagar- – after a much venerated neighborhood sanctuary that came to be made at this old site. These confirmations propose that the ancient site of Panchapura and Bhima Nagar must have been a place of considerable importance between ninth to twelfth century AD.

Dilwara Temples – Panch Svetambara Derasar (Part 2)

Pittalhar Temple, also called Adinatha Temple, is a temple dedicated to Rishabhanatha – the first tirthankara of Jain Dharma and founder of Ikshvaku Vansh. The temple was built by Bhima Shah, a minister in Gujarat Sultanate whose Sultan was Mahmud Begada. Established between 1316-1432 AD, this shrine features a huge metal statue caste out of five metals of the Rishabhanatha Swami – the principal deity of this temple.

Dilwara Temples – Panch Svetambara Derasar (Part 1)

The Dilwara Temples, popularly known as ‘Delvada Temples’ are some of the finest Jain Temples known all over the world for their incredible architecture and marvellous marble and stone carvings, having them acquire a superiority over Taj Mahal in the field of architecture by some experts. These temples are situated around 2.5 km from Mount Abu, the only hill station of Rajasthan situated in the Sirohi district. Built between the 11th and 16th centuries AD, these shrines are made up of white marble quarried from Arasur Hills near Ambaji in Banaskantha district, Gujarat, which represents the Maru-Gurjara architecture.