Someshwara Temple Mangalore

Someshwara Temple Mangalore

Someshwara Temple Mangalore

Someshwara Temple Mangalore Video 

The Someshwara Temple Mangalore is located at a distance of 13km from Mangalore that is situated beside the Someshwara village. This temple is one of the Dwadasha Kshetra of our country. And it is because of this temple that the place is called Someshwara. This temple is unique in its own way and is visited my thousands every year from all over India.

History of Someshwara Temple Mangalore

The temple has mythical history that speaks of legendary time’s right from Trethayuga of Ramayana times. The temple was built as is believed by King Kharasura who worshipped Lord Somanatha. He was a relative of Ravaana.  People also say that the temple was visited by Pandavas who worshipped the Lord.

But historically speaking it was built by Kings of Alupa Dynasty in 10th century A.D. The temple was under the Administrative rule of Kadambas of Banavasi, and Choula Kings of Ullala of 12th Centrury A.D. The two inscriptions found in the temple says that it was renovated in 15th Century A.D. at the time of Vijayanagara King Immadi Devaraya by Rajaguru Sree Kriyashaktri Devavodeya.

Significance of Someshwara Temple Mangalore

  • A lake near Somanatha temple exists that is called as “Gadha Teertha” and said to have been built by Bhimasena.
  • Two famous stone inscriptions are found on the temple walls. One is at the western side Gopura (tower) of the temple another is inscribed on a small stone pillar near Pakashala.
  • The first inscription numbered 467 has got 25 lines and said to be written on Monday the Chandrasuddha Padya of Dondhibi Samvatsara i.e., on April 1, 1443 AD.
  • The second stone inscription numbered 468 bears only two links the rest of which is completely perished. The two links read as:
    “Saka 1117”
    “Swasthi Samastha Bhuvivikyatha”.
  • Queen Abbakka was the devotee of this temple and she has donated Jaladhani about 450 years back. It is well preserved in the temple and used during Jathra festval.

Someshwara Temple Mangalore Timings

  • Someshwara Temple Mangalore timings are from 5:00 am to 1:00 pm in the morning.
  • The general timing during the evening is from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Festivals at Someshwara Temple Mangalore

  • The Jathra Mahotsava is the grand festival held here. It is a 7 days ritual with many a poojas and splendour.
  • Laksha Deepotsava in the temple is held in Tula masa. On the day Kshetra pooja is held in the beginning and then Appada pooje and Ranga pooja of Sri Siddivinayaka is held.
  • On the day of Shivarathri, Shiva pooja, Ranga pooja rituals are held and Bhootabali is given. After this the archaka of Holla sect seeks the blessing of the Main Deity for offering prasada to Kattige i.e., for Nagabana.

How to reach Someshwara Temple Mangalore

  • By air: Mangalore International Airport at Kenjar is the nearest airport to the temple located at a distance of about 41 Kms.
  • By rail: Mangalore is the Major Railway Station nearest to the temple located at a distance of about 13 Kms from the temple. The Ullala Railway Station is located near the temple at a distance of 1 Km from the temple.
  • By road: Someshwara (Mangalore City Bus services ) Bus stop is at a walking distance from the temple. Regular bus services are available.

Hotels near Someshwara Temple Mangalore

  • Goldfinch Hotel at Bunts Hostel road near Jyothi circle is a great place where you can check in. It provides grand facilities and is near the location.
  • The Gateway Hotel of Old Port Road is another place to check in. It has a fitness centre and an outside pool which guests enjoy.

Places nearby Someshwara Temple Mangalore

  • Bekal Fort: Located 63 Kms south of Mangalore is in the state of Kerala. The unique Bekal Fort stands amidst the roaming but heartening music of the seas along with the eternal note of the unending waves, carrying the thrilling memories of a bygone era.
  • Kadri Manjunatha Temple:it is located on Kadri hills, in Mangalore is just 3 Km away from the venue. This popular and beautiful temple is surrounded by tanks with natural springs and late rite caves. These caves are also called as Pandava Caves. It is believed that the Pandavas came to this cave and stayed there.
Nagercoil Nagaraja Temple

Nagercoil Nagaraja Temple

Nagercoil Nagaraja Temple

Nagercoil Nagaraja Temple is one among the prime attractions situated nearby Kanyakumari. Nagercoil, the headquarters of Kanyakumari District, is situated 22 km from Kanyakumari town and 7 km from Suchindram. This Hindu temple is famous for its worshipping of the King of Serpents or Nagaraja- Vasuki. Nagercoil town derives its name from this very temple only. This temple has a huge number of naga statues that are famous all over India.

Nagercoil Nagaraja temople

History of Nagercoil Nagaraja Temple

Nagas are children of Kashyapa and Kadru.  Among the prominent nagas of Hinduism are Manasa, Sesha, and Vasuki Ananda Krishna and Nagaraja. It is believed that Nagaraja Temple was earlier a Jain temple which is evident from the images of Jain Tirthankaras, Mahavira and Parswanatha found on the pillars of the temple. There is no authentic epigraph to help us understand its chronology. The mountain Mahendragiri in the Kanyakumari district is referred to as the abode of Nagas in the Ramayana of Valmiki. From this, it can be presumed that the origin of Naga influence in the area goes back to legendary times.

However there is a local story that goes around. Once there was a girl who was cutting paddy when suddenly she cut her hand and blood began to spurt out. Soon she saw that the sickle had cut into a five headed serpent. Scared the girl went to the village and told the villagers about this miracle. They all came to see this peculiar event and  they cleared the space allotting it to the Lord.

Significance of Nagercoil Nagaraja Temple

  • Nagraja deity, which is considered to be originated itslef , is situated below the ground level in a square plot which is a wet place.
  • The deity has five faces. Only the place where the Nagaraja seats is wet.
  • The soil here underneath the Prathishta has a saffron colour.It is because of the blood that oozed form the head of the idol. The soil is given as Prasada.
  • The temple has a distinct style of their own by the lavish use of wood, stone and metals. The surrounding walls of temple are made of mud. The roof is constructed using coconut leaves and bamboo poles.
  • The soil will not lessen even though lots of quantity is being taken day by day. This soil is considered as a good medicine for skin diseases.

Nagercoil Nagaraja Temple Timings

  • The temple is open from 4.00 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. and from 5.00 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.

Festivals at Nagercoil Nagaraja Temple

  • Thai Brahmmotsavam in January-February; Aavani Sundays and Aavani Aslesha (Aayilyam) star day and Krishna Jayanthi in August-September.
  • Navarathri in September-October and Tirukarthikai in November-December are the festivals celebrated in the temple.

How to reach Nagercoil Nagaraja Temple

  • By air: nearby airport is Madurai, Thiruvanathapuram. Regular flights from major cities are available.
  • By rail: Nagercoil junction is the nearby railway station. One can easily take trains from here.
  • By road: The temple is one kilo metre far from Nagercoil Vadaseri and from Meenakshipuram bus stand. Adequate road facilities are available to reach Nagercoil from all parts of the state.

Hotels nearby Nagercoil Nagaraja Temple

  • Hotel Sahana Castle at Distillery road, vadaseri is reviewed to be a great place with suitable accommodations. It is located opposite to the Omni bus stand.
  • Hotel Udupi International is another grand place to check in. It is located about 20 km from Kanyakumari. It has splendid facilities including its advantageous position making communications available at its doorstep.

Places nearby Nagercoil Nagaraja Temple

  • Padmanabhapuram Palace, is one of the chief attractions of Tamil Nadu located in Padmanabhapuram village of Kanyakumari District about 15 km from Nagercoil. It was built by King Iravi Varma Kulasekhara Perumal around 1601 A.Dwhich is best known for its antique and tricky woodworks.
  • Vivekananda Rock Memorial is a popular tourist attraction in Kanyakumari built in 1970 in honor of Swami Vivekananda and his teachings.
  • Devi Kanya Kumari temple is one among the 108 Shakthi Peethas in the world was built by sage Parshurama around 3000 year ago and dedicated to the goddess Bhagavathy Amman.
Suchindram Thanumalayan Temple

Suchindram Thanumalayan Temple

Suchindram Thanumalayan Temple

Suchindram is an important pilgrimage for Hindus all over India and abroad. It is located at a distance of 13 km from Kanyakumari. Dedicated to Lord Hanuman this temple is also called “Suchindram Lord Anjaneyar Temple “. The word Suchindram comes from Sanskrit meaning ‘purify’. Suchindram Thanumalayan temple is also known as ‘Sthanumalayan’ temple which indicates to the trinity, worship of three Gods – Lord Brahma, Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu. “Sthanu” means Siva; “Mal” means Vishnu; and the “Aya” means Brahma.

Suchindram Thanumalayan Temple

History of Suchindram Thanumalayan Temple

Built during the 17th century the temple boasts an interesting history. It was previously controlled by the Namboodiris, one of the main Namboodiri families called the Thekkumon Madam. It’s a belief that Lord Shiva stayed at Suchindram Temple when Devi came for self-punishment at Kanyakumari. Lord Indra, the king of Devas was believed to be got rid of His curse by worshiping the sacred Lingam at this Thanumalayan Temple. And hence it is said that Lord Indra visit this temple everyday to worship Lord Shiva. The temple has a huge appeal to Vaishnavites and Saivites all over India.

Significance of Suchindram Thanumalayan Temple

  • The statue of Lord Hanuman stands majestically at a height of 22 feet, which is carved of a single block of granite, the temple is revered as one of the tallest statues in India.
  • Hanuman was said to be concealed underground at this temple in 1740 to protect it from the attack by Tipu Sultan, a ruler of the Kingdom of Mysore.
  • There are four musical pillars carved out of a single stone, and which stand at 18 feet (5.5 m) in height; these are an architectural and design highlight of the temple grounds.
  • The representation of the three central gods of Hinduism in one linga makes it unique in India.
  • The gopuram has been carved with Ramayana and Mahabharatha stories by using herbal ink.
  • Goddess Aram Valartha Nayaki, Indra Vinayaka, Kala Bhairava and Saakahi Ganapathy are also enshrined here. Inscriptions believed to date from the 9th century are found in this temple making it more ethnic in its core.
  • The dancing hall of this temple contains an additional 1035 pillars filled with wonderful carvings.

Suchindram Thanumalayan Temple Timings

  • The Abhiseka for moola lingam takes place at 4:15 a.m.
  • Abhiseka for Thanumalayan shrine takes place at 4:15 a.m also.
  • The daily pooja takes place at 5:30 a.m.
  • Tharai Abhiseka pooja takes place at 6:30 a,m,
  • Mistanga pooja takes place 7:15 a.m.
  • Ucchikala pooja takes place at 11:00 a.m.
  • At 6:30 p.m takes place the Deepa aradhanai, Ahala and Arthama pooja.

Festivals at Suchindram Thanumalayan Temple

  • The Avani festival takes place at August.
  • The Masi festival takes place at March.
  • Marghazi festival being an important one takes place for two months at December and January.
  • Chiththirai festival takes place at April.

How to reach Suchindram Thanumalayan Temple

  • By air: Thiruvanathapuram International airport is the nearest airport located at a distance of 70 km from the temple. Regular flights ply in.
  • By rail: Nagercoil junction located at a distance of 3 km from the temple is the nearest station where regular trains are available.
  • By road: About 11 km from Kanyakumari and 7 km from Nagarkoil Suchindram lies between these two towns. Busses ply from Thirunelveli, Kanyakumari and Trivandram.

Hotels near Suchindram Thanumalayan Temple

  • Pioneer Grand Palace is roughly 7 km from Parakkai Lake and 1 km from Vadasery Bus Stand. The property in Nagercoil is a budget accommodation offering free buffet breakfast and great atmosphere.
  • Hotel Reech at 57 Court Road, Nagercoil is another suitable place to check in. It is reviwed to be an excellent clean place.

Places nearby Suchindram Thanumalayan Temple

  • The world famous Arulmigu Bhagavathyamman Temple is located nearby.It is an important temple situated near to Nagercoil – colachel State highway in Mandaikadu. During the month of Masi, people from all over India come here to celebrate the famous Kodai vizha festival. Arulmigu Bhagavathyamman Temple is located at the confluence of three seas of India’s South Corner. This temple was constructed before 3000 years by Parasuram and then renovated by one of the kings of Pandya Dynasty. It is believed that Goddess Bhagavathy stood here as a spinster and she killed the demon Banasuran on Vijayadasami, the last day of Navarathiri festival.
triveni sangam

Triveni Sangam Allahabad

Triveni Sangam Allahabad

The word “Sangam” originates from Sanskrit language which means according to the Hindu tradition – the confluence of three rivers. These three rivers are essentially Ganga, Yamuna and the mystical Saraswati River. This confluence is at Prayaga, India where the legendary Kumbha mela is held for the past twelve years. The river Saraswati is invisible and is said to flow underground eventually joining the other two rivers from below. The point of confluence is a sacred place for all Hindus. A bath here at Triveni Sangam, said to wash away all of one’s sins and free one from the cycle of rebirth and finally attain ‘Moksha’ and inner peace.

Allahabad’s ancient name is Prayaga. The sacred holy site of sangam is located at about 7 km from Civil Township at Allahabad.

triveni sangam

History of the Kumbha Mela

It is said that Kumbha the very word comes from the immortal Pot of Nectar, which the Demigods (Devtas) and Demons (Asuras) fought over. Our ancient scriptures like the puranas also mention about how the demigods and demons together made the nectar of immortality and decided to share half of it for each. To churn the portion of the milky ocean they came at the sea shore where the Mandara Mountain was used as the churning rod.  But as a deadly poison was produced at first Lord Shiva drank the whole of it without getting harmed. And while drinking the few drops spilled was licked by serpents and reptiles.

After 1000 years of churning, Dhanwantari appeared with the Kumbh of immortal nectar in his hands. The demigods, being fearful of the demons’ ill intent, forcibly seized the pot with its safety entrusted onto the four Gods – Brahaspati, Surya, Shani, and Chandra.

Significance of Triveni Sangam Allahabad

  • Here one of the former prime ministers of India, Indira Gandhi used to come for a holy dip.
  • Hindu pilgrims take boats to bathe from platforms erected at the confluence. This, together with the migratory birds gives a picturesque look to the river during the Kumbha Mela, in January.
  • It is believed to be the place where drops of nectar fell from the pitcher, from the hands of the Gods.
  • The Rig Veda, which says, “Those who bath at the place where the two rivers, white and dark, flow together, rise up to heaven. More than a thousand years later, the classical Sanskrit poet, Kalidasa, described the confluence of the white ‘waters of the Ganga with the blue waters of the Yamuna as if they were a string of pearls and sapphires combined, or a garland of white and blue lotuses intertwined’.

Festivals at Triveni Sangam Allahabad

  • One of the most revered festivals – the Kumbha Festival is held at Prayag on the lunar conjunction day.
  • During the period of Kumbha Mela (special dates assigned for spiritual bathing), it is believed that a thousand times stronger confluence takes place. Apart from self-purification purposes, thousands of people also come to the shores during Kumbh Mela to offer pind for their deceased parents.

How to reach Triveni Sangam Allahabad

  • By air: Allahabad is well connected to the major cities of India. Regular flights are easily available. The Bamrauli airport is nearest.
  • By rail: You can easily get regular trains to Allahabad from other major cities of the country. Nearby Railway Station(s) are- chheoki (COI), allahabad junction (ALD), allahabad city (ALY), naini (NYN), phaphamau junction (PFM), prayag (PRG), subedarganj (SFG), bamhrauli (BMU).
  • By road: there are quite a number of bus stops connecting with major areas in Allahabad.

Hotels nearby Triveni Sangam Allahabad

  • Hotel Crown Palace at Rambagh Hewett road of South Malaka is a grand place to check in. It is close to the area and has a great view to look at.
  • Hotel Kanha Shyam at strachay road civil lines is another great place to tuck in. it has well suited accommodations and reasonable pricings.

Places to visit nearby Triveni Sangam Allahabad

  • Allahabad fort is a great place to visit and it is archeologically important. It gives you beautiful visibility from top including famous Sangam of Allahabad. It is a historic site that landmarks legend from the days of yore.
  • Shankar Viman Mandapam is situated very near to Sangam this temple is of Lord Shiva but architecture looks like south India temple. Beautiful view of Sangam can be enjoyed from the top floor of this temple.
  • Alopi Devi Mandir is one of the foremost shaktipeeth. Many people come to visit it to offer their prayers and receive blessings from Devi Ma.
Samarlakota Kumara Bhimeswara Swamy Temple

Kumararama – Samarlakota Kumara Bhimeswara Swamy Temple

Kumararama – Samarlakota Kumara Bhimeswara Swamy Temple

Samarlakota Kumara Bhimeswara Swamy Temple Video 

Sacred to the great Lord Shiva, Kumararama Samarlakota Kumara Bhimeswara Swamy Temple is one of the Pancharama Kshetras in India. It is located in Samarlakota of East Godavari at Andhra Pradesh.  The other four temples are Amararama, Draksharama, Ksheerarama and Somarama.  It has been written in the Puranas, that to visit a Shiva temple a person has to have the “yogam” / “Yog”(opportunity given by god/boon). So if you are seeking Moksha you should visit this place blessed with pure sanctity.

History of Samarlakaota Kumara Bhimeswara Swamy Temple

There is an interesting legend regarding the name of the place and with the existence of Lord Shiva manifesting here. During the legendary Tarakasura vadha, the Shiva Linga which was in the throat of Tarakasura broke into five pieces and one of the pieces fell here. Thereafter, it came to be known as Kumararama. Lord Bhimeswara Swamy was placed here by Kumara Swamy (son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati) and hence the temple is called Kumararama. This temple was built in Dravidian style, by the King Chalukya Bhima. Hence the name came to be known as Bhimeswara.

Significance of the Samarlakota Kumara Bhimeswara Swamy Temple

  • The temple has carvings of apsaras on its walls.
  • The Chalukya king built this temple to record his history of 300 victories in wars.
  • Mantapam is supported with 100 pillars can be seen.
  • Eka Shila Nadi is placed opposite to the Shiva Lingam at the entrance.
  • The main entrance of the temple is also called as Surya Dwaram. The main shrine is a free standing monument lying at the centre of the inner enclosure. The temple is a rectangular structure and has two stories.
  • The lime stone Lingam, placed on the shrine, is 14 feet tall, such that it rises from the pedestal on the ground floor and enters the second floor by piercing the roof, where the Rudrabhaga is worshipped.
  • One can see the sculpture design of both Turpu chalukyas’ and kakatiyas. Here the Goddess knownas Bala Trupura sundari.

Timings of Samarlakota Kumara Bhimeswara Swamy Temple

  • Samarlakota Kumara Bhimeswara Swamy Temple is open from morning 6:00 am to afternoon 12:00 pm.
  • In the evenings from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm darshan takes place.

Festivals at Samarlakota Kumara Bhimeswara Swamy Temple

  • During Karthika and Margashira months that are November/December, Abhishekams are carried out every day.
  • During the months of February/March, Kalyana Mahotsam Magha Bahula Ekadashi day is celebrated reverently.
  • Dusherha is also celebrated in the months of October.
  • Till Maha Shivarathri, a lot of grand celebrations in the temple can be seen especially the car festival. These festivals are a grand spectre for visitors.

How to reach Samarlakota Kumara Bhimeswara Swamy Temple

  • By road: Samarlakota is 15 Kms from Kakinada, 49 kms from Rajahmundry, and 125 kms from Visakhapatnam, so frequent trains are easily there for transportation. Busses are available connecting this place through the National Highway.
  • By rail: it is on the Vijayawada-Howrah broad gauge railway line of South – Central Railway, a lot of trains stop here.
  • By air : Vishakapatnam is the nearest international airport and Rajahmundry nearest domestic airport .

Hotels near Samarlakota Kumara Bhimeswara Swamy Temple

  • Theatre Royal Hotel on 81, Seddon Street has themes rooms with antique furnishings that please all those who stay here.

Places near Samarlakota Kumara Bhimeswara Swamy Temple

  • Bhavanarayana swamy temple is a great place to visit that is believed to belong to Mauryas and the presiding immortal deity is Bhavanarayanaswamy.
  • Sri Golingeswara Swamy temple was built by the Eastern Chalukyas in the 9th-10th centuries. The temples are a fine example of the architectural grandeur that was prevalent in the Dravidian style.  A stone sculpture of Ganesha in the village shows true mastery of Chalukyan craftsmanship.
  • Ayyappa Swamy Temple is also called Andhra Sabarimala. In 1989, Swamy Ayyappa Panchaloha idol was installed in Dwarapudi temple in Mandapeta mandal of East Godavari district, by Shri Jayendra Saraswathi Swamigal, and also the largest Harihara statue. The holy eighteen steps and cluster of shrines are the attraction for this Ayyappa temple.
Palakollu Ksheera Ramalingeswara Swamy temple

Ksheerarama – Palakollu Ksheera Ramalingeswara Swamy Temple

Palakollu Ksheera Ramalingeswara Swamy Temple

Palakollu Ksheera Ramalingeswara Swamy Temple Video

Located in the West Godavari district of Andhra, Palakollu is a place famous for its grand temple of Lord Shiva that is considered to be one of the Pancharama temples. This temple is called Palakollu Ksheera Ramalingeswara Swamy temple profoundly. The presiding deity here is Lord Shiva whose form was established by Lord Vishnu. Locally this temple is also known as Pedda Gopuram.

History of Palakollu Ksheera Ramalingeswara Swamy Temple

The temple was constructed during the reign of Chalukya Bhima of Chalukya dynasty in the 9th century. Sri Velupathi designed it’s Prakara during the 10th century. The architecture is a clear reflection of the art practised during the Chalukya dynasty reigns. During the 14th century, the Gopuram was built by Sri Alladu Reddy. During the 17th century, Kalyana mantapam (choultry) and Ashtha Bhuja Lakshmi Narayanaswamy alaya were constructed.

Significance of Palakollu Ksheera Ramalingeswara Swamy Temple

  • It is known and revered that the Shivalingam at Ksheerarama temple is the tallest one and found to be of a very unique milky white in color.
  • The shiva lingam which is known moola virat can be seen from all four sides of the sanctum sanctorum or garbha griha. In addition several other gods like the Sun God, Devi Parvati and Lakshmi, Veera Bhadra, Kanaka Durga, Nataraja, Shankara, Radha Krishna can also be viewed from all four sides.
  • Locally there is a saying that staying for a day at Ksheerama is equal to staying at Varanasi.
  • The temple has 72 pillars made of black stones.
  • The mythology of the temple was that during Tarakasura vadha, it is said that the Shivalingam which was present on the throat of Tarakasura, a powerful asura, was divided into five pieces.

Timings of Palakollu Ksheera Ramalingeswara Swamy Temple

  • Palakollu Ksheera Ramalingeswara Swamy Temple remains open from 6:00 am to 8:00 pm throughout the whole week.

How to reach Palakollu Ksheera Ramalingeswara Swamy Temple

  • By road: buses are frequently available from all parts of Andhra Pradesh moving towards Bhimavaram to Palakollu.
  • By rail: trains are very much available on a regular basis from Vijaywada railway junction.
  • By airport: nearest aiport is Vijawada from where regular flights are available.

Hotels nearby Palakollu Ksheera Ramalingeswara Swamy Temple 

  • Palavalli Boutique Resorts which is 12km from Palakollu town centre has a great location where guests enjoy their peace and solitude.
  • Falcon Nest Hotel behind the coastal city centre at Bhimavaram is a grand place to check in.

Places nearby Palakollu Ksheera Ramalingeswara Swamy Temple

  • Sri Someswara Temple which is 117 km from Vijaywada is one of the Pancharama Kshetras where one can visit to offer prayers to the Lord. It is said that the main Lingam was installed by Lord Chandra.
  • Sri Venkateswara Swamy Temple is another pilgrim place to visit during this trip. It is located on the top of the Seshachala hill in Tirumala. The self-manifested Idol of the Lord of the temple was founded by saint Dwaraka .
  • Shri Lingaraj Temple is a famous Hindu temple dedicated to lord Harihara, a form of lord Shiva and is one of the oldest and largest temples in Bhubaneswar, the capital of the East Indian state of Odisha (formerly Orissa). The temple is the most prominent landmark of the Bhubaneswar city.
mangalagiri temple

Mangalagiri Temple – Panakala Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy

Mangalagiri Temple – Panakala Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy

Mangalagiri Temple Video 

The place Mangalagiri means “the auspicious hills”. It is of great significance as it is one of the 8 important sacred places or Mahakshetrams in India where Lord Vishnu manifested himself. Originally this place was known as Thotadri where Devi Lakshmi did her tapasya. There are three Narasimha Swamy temples in Mangalagiri -the Panakala Narasimha Swamy on the hill, the Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy at the foot of the temple and the Gandala Narasimha Swamy at the top of the hill. During the Vijayanagara Kingdom, this place was also known as Mangala Nilayam. The Mangalagiri Temple is a sacred place where a devout person can find peace and bliss.

History of Mangalagiri Temple

A very intriguing story revolves around how the hill or mountain came into existence. The hill looks like an elephant in shape. Hrasva Srungi who was the son of the king Pariyatra, visited all holy places for the purpose of regaining normal bodily stature. He finally came to Mangalagiri and stayed there for three years to fulfil his penance. His father came to take him back home but he to serve Lord Vishnu for eternity took the shape of an elephant and remained at the place. It is said that all the Devas asked him to stay at the place so that he can attain Moksha and salvation in his life.

Significance of Mangalagiri Temple

  • The steps to the Mangalagiri Temple were constructed by Sri Channapragada Balaramadasu in 1890.
  • On the right side of the steps to reach the Mangalagiri Temple, there lies a stone inscription by Sri Krishnadeva Raya of Vijayanagar and further up, one can see the foot prints of Mahaprabhu Chaitanya.
  • A temple of Lord Panakala Lakshmi Narasimhaswamy can be found at midway of the steps where there is only the face with the mouth widely opened.
  • Behind the Mangalagiri Temple there is the abode of Sri Lakshmi, to the west of which there is a tunnel that is believed to lead you to the great Vundavalli caves on the banks of the Krishna.
  • Panakala Narasimha Swamy is the God Who Drinks Panakam.
  • The god is self-existent here. No staues but only the wide opened mouth can be seen.
  • The God takes jaggery water as an offering served by a conch. When the Jaggery water is actually poured into the mouth of the Lord, a gargling sound is heard as if the Lord is actually drinking it.  The sound becomes shriller and shriller when the Lord is drinking.

Timings of Mangalagiri Temple

  • Mangalagiri Temple opens at 7 am in the morning for Darshan and closes at 8:30 pm.
  • The morning Archana takes place from 7:00 a.m to 7:30 a.m.
  • 7:30 a.m to 1:00 p.m. special offerings especially the Panakam and a grand seva darshan takes place.
  • At 1:00 p.m the Mahanirvedana takes place.
  • At 3:00 p.m the temple doors are closed.
  • Since it is believed that during evenings Gods and Devathas worship the Lord so there are no sevas or archanas from the part of the devotees.

Festivals celebrated at Mangalagiri Temple

  • The Panakala Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Brahmothsavam is the grand annual festival. It is believed that the celebration was istarted by Dharmaraja at the behest of Lord Krishna. This festival is celebrated for 11 days during the months of February-March.
  • Srirama Navami, Hanumajayanthi, Narasimhajayanthi, Vaikunta Ekadasi, and Mahasivarathri are other festivals celebrated on a large scale. On Mahasivarathri, the Lord goes on a procession on a small chariot.
  • The Phalguna Suddha Purnima that happens on Chaturdasi, commences the marriage of Santha Narasimha Swamy, and Sridevi and Bhoodevi.

How to reach Mangalagiri Temple

  • By air: the nearest airport Vijayawada is connected by Hyderabad and Vishakapatnam.
  • By rail: Vijayawada is connected with all major cities in India so the rail route is frequently availed.
  • By road: Vijaywada is well connected with Madras, Nellore, Vizag etc.

Hotels nearby Mangalagiri Temple

  • Fortune Murali Park Hotel- this hotel is situated along the banks of the Krishna River and overlooks the Indrakiladri Hills. Fortune Murali Park Hotel is three kilometers from the Vijayawada Railway Station and 20km from the airport.
  • The Gateway Hotel, M.G.Road is another grand place to check in. It has an welcoming atmosphere with luxurious decorum.

Places to visit near Mangalagiri Temple

  • Kanaka Durga Temple is a siginificant temple in Vijayawada. High up on the Indrakiladri Hill, the temple is boosted by devotees. On Friday evenings, when the goddess is dressed in silken finery, and she is at her glittering best, the place remains always crowded.
  • At Amararama Temple, Lord Shiva is worshipped as Amaralingeswara Swamy or Amareswara Swamy, along with his consort Bala Chamundika. This Temple along with the Draksharama Temple in Draksharamam, Ksheerarama Temple in Palakol, Somarama Temple in Bhimavaram and the Kumararama Temple in Samalkota, forms the holy Pancharama Kshetram.
  • The Undavalli Caves are a great architecture of cave complex. A cluster of 64 caves of black rock make the place truly magnificient. They hold lovely figurines made of monolithic black granite rock. The most notable is the stunning image of a reclining Vishnu.
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Kalyana Venkateswara Swamy Temple – Srinivasa Mangapuram

Kalyana Venkateswara Swamy Temple – Srinivasa Mangapuram

Srinivasa Mangapuram temple is regarded as the lord-prescribed alternative for Tirumala Devastana, and has been bestowed with great divine power.  It is an ancient Hindu Vaishnavite temple located at Srinivasamangapuram which is 12 km from Tirupati in Chittoor District of Andhra Pradesh, India.  The temple is dedicated to Lord Venkateswara, a form of Vishnu and is referred to as Kalyana Venkateswara. The presiding deity of the temple is Venkateswara who is referred to as Kalyana Venkateswara. The deity will be facing west and is in standing posture with four hands with left two hands one in varada mundra and one holding Chakra and right two hands one in kati mudra and the other holding Shanka.

History of Srinivasa Mangapuram Temple

The temple itself is believed to have I existed from very ancient times and it is said that Sri Venkateswara is referred to even in the Rigveda. ‘Sri Venkatachala Mahatrnyam’ contains Puranic lores from the twelve Mahapuranas. After celebrating the marriage of Lord Venkateswara Swamy with Goddess Padmavathi, he did not immediately return to the Tirumala hills. But instead he visited the sage Agasthya’s ashram to seek blessings. Yes, even the lord is humble enough to seek blessings from elderly and wise. As it was scientifically wrong for the newlyweds to scale the hill for six months, the lord was unable to immediately return to the Tirumala mountain-temple. At this situation the sage Agastya suggested that Swamy Venkateswara along with his wife could stay at his humble ashram. The Lord graciously accepted this request and blessed with the ashram with his presence for the entire six months.

About the temple history, this is no substantial indication about its construction. It is believed that the ancient was ruined in 1324, during the reign of Sultans. As per the inscriptions on the temple, it is said that the grandson of Sri Annamacharya, Sri Tallapaka Chinna Tirumala Acharya had renovated this temple during 16th Century. It was maintained by the Tallapaka Family over a long period of time. Later it came under the administration of Archaeological Department, Government of India. Finally in 1967, it came under the control of TTD.

Significance of Srinivasa Mangapuram Temple

  • Considered next to only Tirupati Balaji Temple, Sri Kalyana Venkateswara Swamy Temple is considered as an alternative to those devotees who are unable to visit the Balaji Temple on the Tirumala Hills. It is also visited by many newly-wed couples who come here to seek the lord’s blessing for a happy married life.
  • Sri Rama Temple, Sri Ranganayaka Temple, Sri Padmavathi and Sri Andal Temple are other shrines in this complex. Devotees can also find small shrines including Sri Sakti Vinayaka Swami, Sri Veerabhadra Swami, Sri Avanakshamma, Sri Parasareswara Swami and Sri Agastheeswara Swami.
  • According to Vaikhanasa Bhagavat Shasthram Lord Venkateswara’s idol is described as ‘Sthanaka yoga Viraha Murthy’. Sthanaka means Standing, Yoga means this idol is mainly for Rishis who wish to attain Mukthi, Viraha means without Sanka and Chakra. Here Panchamurhty Aradhana is followed which is the best amoung the Temples around world.
  • The idol at Srinivasa Mangapuram is consecrated by Srikrishna Devaraya with the help of Vaikhanasa Priests at Tirumala so that He will be always in touch with the Lord Balaji as he is a diehard devotee of him. So it is a Pratista made by Humans. Whereas in the Tirumala Temple Lord Balaji has self manifested himself and it is said that a self manifested idol is more powerful than a Pratistitha idol.

Timings of Srinivasa Mangapuram Temple

  • General Darshan timings are from 5:30 a.m to 7:30 p.m.
  • The Kalyanotsavam Timing: 11 AM – 12 PM every day.
  • Sahasranamarchana takes place at 7:30 a.m.
  • Sarvadarshanam takes place throughout the day at regular intervals.

Festivals at Srinivasa Mangapuram Temple

  • The premier focus of the Sri Kalyana Venkateswara Swamy temple is the “Kalyana Utsavam” every day.
  • The “Bramhostav” held during the months of February and March.  On this occasion the Lord Kalyana Venkateswara Swamy ascends on a Simha Vahanam (Lion Carrier Ratham) to be a drawn-along with the devotees.

How to Reach Srinivasa Mangapuram Temple

  • By road: it is 12km from Tirupati. Local buses and autos are available making the journey easier.

Hotels nearby Srinivasa Mangapuram Temple

  • Hotel Fortune Select Grand Ridge is one of Tirupati’s five star hotels located at the intersection of Chennai-Bangalore highway, on the Tiruchanoor road. This hotel is located just beside Shilparamam Theme Park..
  • Situated at a distance of 17 km from Tirupati Airport, KVP Residency provides ample car parking space. Sri Venkateswara Swamy Vaari Temple is situated at a distance of 25 km from the place.

Places to visit nearby Srinivasa Mangapuram Temple

  • Kanipakum Temple:- You may visit one of the most important Vinayaka temple in south India, located at a distance of 86 KM from the Sri Kalyana Venkateswaraswami Temple.
  • Tirumala Venkateshwara Swamy Temple:- Is located at a distance of 12 KM. These are connected with frequent buses at a frequency of 10 minutes. Or you can reach through private vehicles.
  • Srikalahasti Temple:- Is located a distance of 60 KM. This distance could be covered under one and half hours with a private vehicle or taxi cab.
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Somarama Temple Bhimavaram

Somarama Temple Bhimavaram

Somarama Temple Bhimavaram

Somarama is one of the Pancharama Kshetras which is located in Bhimavaram of West Godavari district. Somarama Temple Bhimavaram is also called as Someswara Temple and Bhimavaram. The existence of this temple can be traced to 4th century and was believed to be constructed by the King Chalukaya Bheema. The Shiva Lingam of the temple called as Someswara was believed to be installed by Lord Chandra (Soma). A tinge of modernity becomes conspicuous due to the coloured paintings and sculptures on the wall.

History of Somarama Temple Bhimavaram

The mythology of the temple was that during Tarakasura vadha, it is said that the Shivalingam which was present on the throat of Tarakasura, a powerful asura, was divided into five pieces. The Pancharama Kshetras are built on the place where the five pieces fell.

There are two famous legends about the temple. First one is widely illustrated in Hindu mythology as one of the PanchramaKshetras. The legend says that, the Shivalinga was owned by Rakshasa King Tarakasura and he was so powerful that no one could win over him due to the power of Shivalinga. Lord Kumara Swamy used his powers (Sakthi Ayudha) to kill Tarakasura into pieces but failed as they reunited again and again. On the guidance of Lord Sriraman Narayana who informed him to break the Shiva lingam worn by Tarakusura into pieces first and then place them in five different places forming the sacred temples (PancharamaKshetras). All these temples were formed by the power of Agniyasthra used by Lord Kumara Swamy. The Lord Chandra installed Shivalinga in Bhimavaram temple and hence the name SomeshwaraSwamy.

Another legend says that, Lord Shiva when destroyed Tripura’s during ‘Tripura Samharam’, all that was left was a Shivalingam in the throat of Lord of Tripuras was broken into five pieces and installed for worship in five different places as Pancharama Kshetras.

Significance of Somarama Temple Bhimavaram

  • The Pancharama Kshetras are: Amararama at Amaravati, Guntur Draksharama at Draksharama, East Godavari Somarama at Bhimavaram, West Godavari Ksheerarama at Palakol, West Godavari Bhimarama at Samarlakota, East Godavari.
  • Within the premises on to the left side of the entrance lie the shrines of Lord Hanuman, Lord Sriram, Lord Kumaraswamy and Navagrahas in a hall. On to the right is an open hall with a huge statue of Nandi.
  • One of the most special features of this temple is that the color of the Shivalingam will change its color regarding the lunar aspects, the shape of the illuminated (sunlit) portion of the Moon. And hence during Pournami (full moon days), the color of the Shivalingam will be in white and during Amavasya (dark nights), the color of the lingam will be shaded to black.
  • The other deities present in the temple are Goddess Adilakshmi, Lord Anjaneya Swamy, Lord Kumara Swamy, Sun God, Lord Ganesha, Navagraha (the nine planets) and Nandi (the mount of Lord Shiva). The Pushkarani (temple tank) of Somarama Temple is called as Soma Gundam Pushkarani.

Timings of Somarama Temple Bhimavaram

  • The temple remains open in the morning from 5:00 AM to 11:00 AM and in the evening from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

Festivals at Somarama Temple Bhimavaram

  • Maha Shivaratri is a foremost festivals taking place in the months of February/March.
  • Sarannavarathri is another grand event that takes place during the months of September/October.

How to reach Somarama Temple Bhimavaram

  • By road: Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) runs buses frequently from Palakollu, Rajahmundry and Vijayawada.
  • By air: the nearest airport is Rajahmudry or Vijaywada from where flights can be availed.
  • By rail: the temple is 2km away from Bhimavaram railway station.

Hotels nearby Somarama Temple Bhimavaram

  • Visiv Stay-This lodge is located in Bhimavaram. It offers polished, sophisticated and a visual pleasure to its guests. The rooms are neat, well lit and are replete with all basic amenities.

Places nearby Somarama Temple Bhimavaram

  • Dwaraka Tirumala is visited for Chinna Tirupati Temple (Small Tirupati Temple), a Lord Venkateshwara Temple situated on the top of the Seshachala Hill.
  • Dindi is set about 80 kms from Rajahmundry and is characterised by a village character with virgin backwaters, palm-fringed canals, lakes, lagoons and rivulets around it.
  • Pithapuram and Draksharamam are two pilgrimage centres that are typically visited together with Kakinda as the base town for a stay.
  • The Bhadrachalam Temple Seetaramachandra Swamy temple is a 17th Century Lord Rama temple and a very important pilgrimage centre.
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Govindaraja Swamy Temple – Tirupati

Govindaraja Swamy Temple – Tirupati

Govindaraja Swamy Temple Video

Associated with Sri Venkateswara Swamy Tirupati, The Sri Govindaraja Swamy temple is one of the earliest proofs’s of the everlasting bliss of Sri Venkateswara. It is an ancient Hindhu-vaishnavite temple situated at the heart of the Tirupati city in Chittoor District of Andhra Pradesh state in India. The temple is one of the earliest structures in Tirupati and also one of the biggest temple complexes in Chittoor district. The Tirupati (down hill) city is built around this temple. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, who is referred to as Govindarajaswamy. Govindarajaswamy is believed to be the elder brother of Lord Venkateswara.

History of Govindaraja Swamy Temple

A large number of inscriptions found in this temple and in the Sri Venkateswara Temple at Tirumala help to locate its history. The earliest of the records belong to the year 1235 A.D when the Chola King, Raja Raja III was ruling the place. In the year 1239 A.D the queen of Viranarasinga of Yadavaraya made a gift for decoration of the chariot and carrying necessary repairs. The temple came in for greater importance in 1506 A.D. during the rule of Saluva dynasty of Vijayanagar and from then onwards different rulers in a different way developed the temple. It is built by the Nayakas, the successors to the Vijayanagar Empire.

Before consecrating Govindarajaswamy as presiding deity, Sri Parthasarathy Swamy was the presiding deity of the temple. Kotturu, a village at the foot of Tirumala hills was shifted to the vicinity of Sri Govindarajaswamy Temple which was later emerged into city of Tirupati.

Significance of Govindaraja Swamy Temple

  • It’s outer Gopuram which is visible from a quite a distance.
  • Govindaraja Swami Temple has two main shrines dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Lord Krishna. The shrine to the north is Sri Govindaraja and The shrine to the south is Sri Parthasarathi (Lord Sri Krishna as the charioteer of Arjuna).
  • The idols of Rukmini and Satyabhama (Krishna’s wives) are also found here. The original temple had Sri Parthasarathi on the main altar. ‘Sri Ramanuja’ added the Sri Govindaraja deity around 1130 AD.
  • Nearby shrine is dedicated to Sri Ramanuja and on the left of the second entrance is a ‘Kurma’ Deity, Lord Vishnu as a tortoise. There are carvings depicting the pastimes of the Ramayana and Lord Krishna’s pastimes on the second gopuram.
  • Sri Govindarajaswamy temple is a huge complex with many other sub shrines in it. Parthasarathy temples, Kalyana Venkateswara Temple are of more importance among the sub-shrines. There are also shrines dedicated to Pundarikavalli, Andal, Chakratalwar, Alwars, Lakshmi Narayana Swamy, Anjaneya, Tirumala Nambi, Bhashyakars.

Timings of Govindaraja Swamy Temple

  • Govindaraja Swamy Temple is open for darshan from 5:30 am to 9:30 pm.
  • 5:30 am to 6:30 am takes place the Viswarupa sarva darshan.
  • 8:00 to 8:45 a.m takes place the Archanantharam darshanam.
  • From 1:15 p.m to 4:45 p.m takes place the Sarvadarshanam.
  • From 6:00 p.m to 8:00 p.m Sarvadarshanam again takes place.

Festivals at Govindaraja Swamy Temple

  • The Sri Govindaraja Swamy Temple is home to many festivals of great perchance and importance. On every Saturday festival there is an onrush of visitors seeking blessings to gain health and immediate wealth.
  • All the festivals of this temple are held here with great aplomb. These involve Bramhostavam, Float festival, Rathasapthami and other utsavam’s that are held at Tirupati or surrounding temples.

How to reach Govindaraja Swamy Temple

  • By air: The nearest airport to Sri Govindaraja Swamy Temple is Chennai international airport, Chennai which is 108 km away from Sri Govindaraja Swamy Temple.
  • By rail: The nearest railway station to sri Govindaraja Swamy temple is renigunta train station which is 10 km away from Sri Govindaraja Swamy Temple.
  • By road: bus and car services are available on a fair amount basis. This makes the journey to the temple easier.

Hotels nearby Govindaraja Swamy Temple

  • Hotel Bhimas Deluxe at G Car Street, Tirupati is Easily reachable from Tirupati RailwayStation (0.25 km). This hotel in Tirupati provides comfortable accommodation.
  • Hotel Fortune Select Grand Ridge is one of Tirupati’s five star hotels located at the intersection of Chennai-Bangalore highway, on the Tiruchanoor road. This hotel is located just beside Shilparamam Theme Park .

Places nearby Govindaraja Swamy Temple

  • Sri Kodandaramaswami Temple- This temple dedicated to Sri Rama is situated within a distance of about a kilometer from Tirupati Railway station. The Temple was built to commemorate the visit of Sri Rama, Lakshmana and Sita to tirupati, while returning from Lanka.
  • Alamelumangapuram(Tiruchanur) Tiruchanur, also known as Alamelumangapuram, located about 5 kms from tirupati is also an ancient sacred place. The Temple of Sri Padmavathi Devi, the consort of Lord Venkateswara is situated in this place. It is said that the visit to tirumala is fruitful only after a visit to sri Padmavathi devi temple at tiruchanur.
  • Sri Kalyana Venkateswara Swamy temple is situated at an easily commutable distance of 12 KM to the west Tiruapti. It’s regarded as the lord-prescribed alternative for Tirumala Devastana, and has been bestowed with great divine power.
  • An important Lord Krishna temple renowned as the Sri Venugopala Swamy Temple. This is the only Krishna temple located in the vicinity of Tirupati, depicting the Childhood of Lord Krishna. It is located at the town Karvetinagaram, located at a distance of 42KM from the Tiruapti.