Be it architecture, art, unfolding mysteries, among other aspects, most of the ancient temples have their unique mark in one or the other aspect. One such temple with an unique feature is the Chaya Someshwara Temple/Trikootaalayam, often termed as the ‘Temple of Relentless Shadow (Chaaya)’. Built by Chola kings of the Ikshwaku Dynasty, in around 11-12th century, the temple is so unique that the idol of main deity in garbhalaya, Lord Someswara, notably has a relentless shadow, falling on it standstill, on it all through the day. Continue reading “A Temple of Mysterious Shadow”
If you are interested about adventureous destinations, then you should know about Nishkalankeswar Temple in Gujarat, India. This temple, with its history dated back to DwaparYug, is located in the Arabian Sea, in the Koliyak village of the Bhavnagar District, Gujarat.
One has to go about 1.5 km into sea to have darshan of the Lord, as the temple is located there. Since its located in sea, the temple is visited and closed, depending on the tide flow in the sea. Continue reading “Nishkalankeshwar- A Sea Temple”
Nallamala Forest Zone is a basket of secrets, ‘n’ number of unknown things, and also houses decades-old Hindu shrines of historical value. At a distance of 25 km from the Srisailam (Kurnool District, Andhra Pradesh, India) Main Temple, in the deep Nallamala forest area, core tiger zone, lies a small, but a powerful shrine. The idol of main deity in this shrine, Goddess Istakameshwari, is unique of its kind. Surprisingly, no idol in the world matches with this idol in many aspects, one being its ‘lively appearance’. With its history dated back to 8-9th century A.D., this shrine is said to have been very popular during the medieval times, however, is in a bad state, currently. Continue reading “A Shrine of an Unique Idol”
Ahobilam is situated in the Kurnool District of Andhra Pradesh State, South India. The Ahobilam temple is located in the Nallamala Range of Kurnool district in a town called Allagadda.
Ahobilam’s history dates back to Kruta Yuga, the Yuga that had the fourth incarnation of Lord Vishnu, Nrusimha. This is the place, where the most-powerful Lord Nrusimha Swamy was said to have emerged out, ‘as a half man (Nara)-half lion(Simha)’, from a pillar to kill the demon-king Hiranyakasapa, as a saviour of Bhakta Prahlada, the demon’s son, but the devotee of the Lord. In fact, the entire Ahobilam was the kingdom of Hiranyakasapa. Continue reading “Ahobilam- Birth Place of the Almighty God”
While many world-famous temples are located in India, the world’s largest religious monument and temple is located in Cambodia. With Lord Vishnu as main deity, Angkor Wat temple (originially as ‘Vrah VishnuLok’) is considered as the largest temple religious monument in the world and also as the heart and soul of Cambodia. Built by Suryavarman II of Khmer Empire in the 12th century in Yashodharapura, as the earthly representation of sacred Mt. Meru, the temple is spread at 162 hectares and the main deity is measured 3.25 mts i.e. 10.6 ft in height, with eight arms each holding weapons. Continue reading “Angkor Wat-The World’s Largest Temple”
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Saleswaram, often termed as Telangana Amarnath Yatra, is one of the oldest divine destinations in the Telugu-speaking region of South India, in the Nallamala Forest range of Mahbubnagar (Telangana)-Kurnool (Andhra Pradesh) border, near the famous Srisailam.
The temple has its history dating back to DwaparaYuga, where, King Arjuna of Pandavas was said to have performed japa, for getting Paasupataastra from Lord Shiva. The main deity at this place is called ‘Lingamaiah’ and is located in deep caves. This is also a destination of scenic beauty with a long waterfall (thousand meters high) and the natural forest view. Enthusiasts also choose this destination for their ‘trekking’ activity. Continue reading “Saleswaram-‘Amarnath’ of South”