Situated at an altitude of 1360 meters above sea level amid the splendid Himalayas, the city of Rishikesh is one of the most sacred cities to Hindus. The name Rishikesh comes from Lord Vishnu's incarnation as Lord Rishikesh after sage Raibhya did a penance here. The wider area of Hrishikesh is actually an incorporation of the surrounding places of mythological significance. Rishikesh is the gateway to the Char Dham pilgrimage of North India and is dotted with many ancient temples. The Neelkanth Mahadev temple is the place where Lord Shiva is said to have consumed the poison that emerged from the churning of Ksheera Saagra to save the world. Lord Shiva infact lodged the poison in his throat, making his throat blue leading to the name Neelkanth, and as such the place is considered very holy. The holy river Ganges that flows through the city is an extremely important river in Hindu mythology and a dip here in the pristine waters is enough to grant devotees salvation. Rishikesh is also the Yoga capital of the world and many celebrities – national and International come to learn meditation at Rishikesh's serene locales from internationally acclaimed masters. The place is also turning into a major center for skiing, trekking, water sports like river rafting and the likes.
Rishikesh is one of the oldest cities in the country and it's references in several ancient texts give a sense of the city's antiquity. There are many temples dotting this beautiful city and the most important of them are the Neelkanth Mahadev temple – situated at a distance of 14 kilometers from Rishikesh at an altitude of around 1650 meters from sea level, the external temple is an architectural depiction of the great mythological event of Ksheera Sagara Mathan or the churning of the great ocean, to produce holy nectar.
Legend has it that during the churning, a great poison emerged from the ocean and was threatening to decimate entire mankind. The Gods and Demons who took opposite sides to churn the great ocean were equally clueless about how to destroy the threat. Lord Shiva came to the rescue, consumed the poison and placed it in his throat. His throat thus turned blue and he came to be known as Neelkanth ever since. The Lord's gracious act was acknowledged with this fabulous temple here. The Sivalinga here is encased in silver and has an opening through which one can have a view of the original. The temple is set against a backdrop of breathtaking natural beauty and worshiping the Lord here is an entirely different and serene experience.
Most of the important Hindu festivals are celebrated here at Rishikesh with Diwali and Mahasivaratri the most notable. Specific to Rishikesh is the international Yoga festival, which falls in February.
There are plenty of Ashrams providing accommodation in this holy city apart from a wide array of private lodgings. The price range is also wide enough to be comfortable with.
Ghati Sri Subramanya Temple is a standout amongst the most prominent sanctuaries among the hundreds that are scattered in and around Bangalore. Individuals run in thousands to this sanctuary and the directing divinity, Sri Subramanya, is especially famous with the Tamilian populace of Karnataka.
Sri Kukkuteswara Swamy temple is one of the famous temple in India. It is also one of the astadasa Shakti Peeta and also an ancient Shiva kshethra from Krutha Yuga.
The Birja Devi Temple, Jajpur was consecrated as Dakshayanis navel part fallen here. The presiding deity of Jajpur Asta dasha shakti peetha is Goddess Girija Devi. Goddess Girija Devi is also worshiped with various names such as Goddess Birija Devi, Goddess Virija. The temple of Sri Girija Devi is a very small construction when we compare it to Puri Jagannath Temple or Lingraja Temple of bhubaneshwar. Nobody knows the exact time of the Girija Devi temples construction. But it was renovated in the 13th Century. Jajpur is also called as Baithangi Theertha or Birija Kshetram or Oddyana Peetha (an Oddiyana is an ornament worn by a woman around her navel).
Bhadrachalam temple is one of the most important temples of Lord Rama in the country. It has a rich history and is a major pilgrimage center of south India. Hundreds of thousands visit the temple each year to catch a glimpse of the Lord.
Maisigandi maisamma temple Kadthal is located in Amangal mandal, Maisigandi Village . Maisigandi is a small village in the Srisailam Hyderabad highway. The temple of Maisamma (local name for Goddess Mahakali) comes before Maisigandi village. It is a robust developing temple of Mahakaali, it is also a must see temple, resembles the cultural and mythological feelings of local Banjara people.
The temple is one of the Panchabhoota Sthalams (signifying the 5 natural elements) and the sanctum of Lord Jambukeshwara has an underground water stream. And one can see water (neer) coming out of that stream, Hence this temple is also reverred as 'Appu Sthalam' and the ShivaLingam here is called as 'Appu Linga'. The Presiding Deity is Devi Akilandeswari Amman. Akhilandeshwari means 'Ruler of the Universe' (Akilam Universe, Aanda Ruler, Eswari Goddess).
Srikalahasti Temple is situated in Chittoor district of the state of Andhra Pradesh. In South India, it occupies a place of eminence among the holy Siva kshetras. The temple is called as Dakshina Kailasam located on the banks of the river Swarnamukhi. The architecture of Srikalahasti Temple-Chitoor is extraordinary, it has three massive Gopurams which are breathtaking. Another striking feature of the temple is its huge Mantapam with hundred pillars.
Situated between the rivers Vashishta and Gautami, tributaries of River Godavari, is a small village, Ryali, which is known for the temple of Lord JaganMohini Keshava Swamy.
Lord Vishnumaya or Kuttichathan is akin to Sastha, Muruka or Vigneswara but this Sivanandana (The Child of Siva) is worshiped not in common but by a special kind of devotees who need extra ordinary result. ?Vishnumaya is easily pleased and humans? are the words of Devotees. Let us look into the glory of Peringottukara Kuttichathan Vishnumaya. On his way for the divine hunt Lord Siva happens to see Koolivaka, a tribal woman. She was a devotee of Goddess Parvathy.
Sri Lakshmi Tirupatamma temple that was built as far back as in the seventeenth century is attracting streams of devotees round the year and is one of the very famous temples in the Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh, whose phenomenal growth started from the date of her immolation(agnipravesham). Each year lakhs of devotees from all over Andhra Pradesh visit the temple seeking Sri Lakshmi Tirupatamma talli(mother/goddess) blessings during tirunallu (Ritual celebrated during the months of March and April).
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