Katas Raj- One of the significant Hindu Shrines of Pakistan

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”

An Indian Shrine Where Demon-King Ravana Worshipped!

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!”

The Only Brahma Temple Considered as the ‘King of Temples’

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’”

A Desert-Shrine With Temples Submerged under Sand Dunes; Seen Once in 12 years!

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!”

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!”

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!”