Its known that the Indian temples are rich in history and architecture.
Be it pillars, stone carvings, among others, the Indian temple architecture is most spoken about and especially, the South Indian temples built during the Vijayanagar Empire hold high significance when it comes to art and architecture.
Among many others, one such significant aspect of South Indian temple architecture is ‘Musical Pillars’. The first name that strikes one’s mind in this matter is Sri Vittala Temple in Hampi, Karnataka State of South India. Continue reading “Indian Temples of Musical Pillars”
Shiv Ling has a key significance in Sanathana Dharma, which is today called Hinduism. Representing the five elements of nature, earth, water, fire, air and sky, there are five famous Shiva temples one need to visit in life time. These five temples housing Shiv Lings are called Panchabhoota Kshetrams including, Kanchipuram (for Earth called Prithivi Lingam), Jambukeshwaram or Thiruvanaikaval (for water, called Appu Lingam), Thiruvannamalai (for fire), Kalahasti (for air, called Vaayu Lingam), Chidambaram Temple (for sky). Continue reading “Famous Hindu Temples: Thousands kms Apart, But on Same Longitude, Built Thousands of Years Ago”
Katas Raj site in the Chakwal District of Punjab Province, Pakistan is considered as one of the most significant Hindu shrines of Pakistan. The site, housing a group of temples with Lord Shiva as main deity, has its history dating back to the pre-vedic times, around 615-960 CE. Notably, the shrine (called Dwaitavana according to the epic Mahabharata) is famous for its history of housing Pandavas of Mahabharata during their exile for almost 12 years. Continue reading “Katas Raj- One of the significant Hindu Shrines of Pakistan”
In the Indian Hindu mythology, demons, despite of their demonic qualities, also hold significance in the history. One among such is demon-king Ravana, who is considered as the most talented and powerful in all aspects, and even there are many stories where Gods praised Ravana for his knowledge. However, his act toward kidnapping Goddess Sita, among other bad deeds in Ramayana, made Ravana bad. He is always respected for his knowledge and vedic texts also have slokas written by Ravana, one being Rudram. Continue reading “An Indian Shrine Where Demon-King Ravana Worshipped!”
Brahma, Vishnu and Maheswara are considered as the ‘Trumiurthis’ (Trio) responsible for the operations (Birth, Life and Death) of the entire universe. Of the three, we have large number of temples for Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva. But, we rarely hear about the temples for Lord Brahma. The only shrine that is considered as the only Brahma temple in the world is ‘Pushkar’, Rajasthan, India. The temple’s history dates to pre-vedic period, back to more than 2000 years. The name Pushkar was derived from the words Push (Flower) and Kar (Hand), and is considered the place where the petals of the Lotus flower (the weapon of Lord Brahma) fell on ground, Continue reading “The Only Brahma Temple Considered as the ‘King of Temples’”
Talakadu (Talakad) of Mysore, Karnataka, India is the place we are speaking about. Situated on the banks of River Cauvery, Talakad is a rare combination of desert and river. Talakad is famous for its sand dunes and has decades-old temples submerged under dunes, and a village nearby, Malangi. The shrine houses around 30 temples temples, which remain submerged under sand and opened only during the Karthika Maasam (Indian month) that has five Mondays, which happens once in 12 years. So, the temple is opened only once in 12 years! Continue reading “A Desert-Shrine With Temples Submerged under Sand Dunes; Seen Once in 12 years!”
The Jagannadh Temple of Puri, Orissa, India is unique of its kind in many aspects. The temple houses Lord Jagannadha, BalaBhadra and Subhadra, as three dieties, with Jagannadha being the main deity. With its overall history dating back of Puranic times, the temple houses the idols made of wood, unlike any other temples, where idols are usually seen in stone or metal form. The legend has it that the idols were made with a log of wood during the time of King Indradyumna who ordered for the same, upon a divine direction from Lord Narada. Continue reading “Puri Jagannadh Temple- More of Mysteries and Uniqueness”