Where Flame Lit with Coconut Water!

We are speaking about a small village called Agrahaaram in the Anantapur District of Andhra Pradesh. Its a village that has its history dating back to pre-15th Century. The village is famous for its Nrusimha Swamy hill temple, which has unique and stunning facts surrounding it. The villagers perform a annual day-festival called Madugu Bhajana (A Worship of Utmost Devotion), as an offering to the main deity in the hill temple. The interesting part of this festival is that the devotees lit deepam (holy flame) with coconut water! Continue reading “Where Flame Lit with Coconut Water!”

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A Temple of Sweating Idol !

Did you ever hear about Kadiri (or Khadri), a famous pilgrimage in the Anantapur District District, Andhra Pradesh? You would feel like, if you read this article. The main deity of the temple is Lord Nrusimha, called as Ashta Bahu Sri Nrusimha. The main deity idol in the temple is so unique that it sweats like human after the performing of obeisance called Abhishekam performed for the temple every day, even after the priests performing the custom wipe it clean with the cloth. Continue reading “A Temple of Sweating Idol !”

Where, the Idol’s color keeps changing!

Thirunallur Temple or Kalyanasundar Temple in Kumbakonam, Thanjavur District, Tamilnadu, India is a pilgrimage that has an unique Shiv Ling (the idol of Lord Shiva).The temple houses a unique Shiv Ling (the main deity) that keeps changing in colors, five times during the day, and some say, it changes for every 2 hoursand 24 minutes.  Continue reading “Where, the Idol’s color keeps changing!”

A Temple of Gradually-Growing Idol

Did you ever heard of a growing idol? Then you must know about Yaganti (originally Neganti) shrine in Kurnool District of Andhra Pradesh, India. The famous Yaganti cave and hill temple has with Umamaheswara as its main deity and also a maginificent Nandi idol, in front of ‘Garbhagruha’ as in all Lord Shiva temples usually. The interesting part of this temple is the ‘growing Nandi idol’.You heard it right. The Nandi idol in the temple has been growing gradually over the centuries. The idol, which was very small over the last century, has grown in size over a century, and has currently filled the space between the idol and the pillar beside it, the path of pradakshina (moving around holy idols in Hindu temple tradition). Continue reading “A Temple of Gradually-Growing Idol”

A Place Where Eagle Guards God’s Jewelry

Sabarimala Temple of Kerala, India is one Indian temple that is unique of its kind in various aspects. Thousands of devotees throng to this temple on the auspicious ‘Makara Sankranti’ season, which usually falls in the month of January. The temple is opened only during this season and various miracles take place during this period, following the ‘Makara Jyoti’ at the east of Sabarimala Hill, which is very popular. The history says Continue reading “A Place Where Eagle Guards God’s Jewelry”

A Shrine with Holy Flames burning since immemorial

What you read in the headline is true. We are speaking about the Jwala or Jwalamukhi temple in the the lower Himalayas in Jawalamukhi town of the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh, India. Revered as one of the significant Shaktipeethas, this temple is considered as one of the most ancient temples besides the famous Vaishno Devi temple. The uniqueness here is that ‘flame’ in the cave, which can be seen, represents the goddess, instead of an idol. Interestingly,  Continue reading “A Shrine with Holy Flames burning since immemorial”

Sahasralinga- A Shrine That has River with Thousand Shivlingas

Sahasralinga, in the Sisri Taluk of Uttara Kannada, Karnataka, is a definite place to visit for the pilgrim travelers. The shrine is actually famous because of the River Shalmali that flows there. As the name suggests, the shrine has Sahasra (Thousand) Linga (Shiva Ling), but, not in a single temple. Interestingly,  shivlingas are spread across the bank and also within the Shalmali River. They can be seen when the water level of river is low and when the water is high, obviously, cannot be seen. Each shivlinga carved has also Nandi carved opposite to it. Continue reading “Sahasralinga- A Shrine That has River with Thousand Shivlingas”