Famous Hindu Temples: Thousands kms Apart, But on Same Longitude, Built Thousands of Years Ago

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”

Pushpagiri- A Hari-Hara Kshetram, where Jagadguru too Stepped In

Pushpagiri, a small village in Cuddapah District of Andhra Pradesh, India, is one of the significant shrines in South India, with the history dating back to pre-vedic times. Pushpagiri (Pushpa=Flower and Giri=Hill), once called Kampalle, derived its name from an act by Lord Garuda, the vehicle-god of Lord Vishnu. To save his mother from his stepmother Kadhru, Garuda accepts his stepmothers’ wish of getting Amrutham/ holy nectar. Following this, Garuda wins a fight with King Indra (the heaven king) and wins the holy nectar. Continue reading “Pushpagiri- A Hari-Hara Kshetram, where Jagadguru too Stepped In”