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Sunday, February 7, 2016

Sachiya Mata Temple or Shri Osiya Mataji Jodhpur,India

Sachiya Mata Temple (Also known as Shri Osiya Mataji) is a renowned local pilgrimage and considered main deity for some of the local communities of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.
Osian is categorised as 

Osiya Mata Temple
Temple in Osian (Photo Courtesy: L T Gandhi)

Reasons to Visit

  • Osian is an excursion from Jodhpur and also a desert retreat at just 60 km from Jodhpur.
  • Osiyan is home to some very intricately carved and freshly restored Jain Temples.
  • Osiyan also has a Hindu temple of great local significance.
  • Osiyan is home to an experiential retreat Camel Camp Osian where guests can experience overnight camel safaris and exclusive dune camping. 


  • Significant Pilgrimages in and around Jodhpur and Jaisalmer
    "60 kms from Jodhpur on the Jaisalmer route is desert town of Osian. Sachiya Mata Temple in Osian is very significant regionally.and well visited all through the year. Shri Osiyaji Tirth is a set of well visited Jain Temples (8th and 9th centuries). Some of the temples are in ruins and others are well maintained. Osiyan is typically visited as a day excursion from Jodhpur."
  • "60 kms West of Jodhpur, Osiyan offers guests exclusive Sand dunes experience. Osiyan offers an option to travellers to Jodhpur an option for evening exclursion to sand dunes without having to travel to Jaisalmer"
  • "Shri Osiyaji Tirth is a set of well visited Jain Temples (8th and 9th centuries). Some of the temples are in ruins and others are well maintained. This is best day visited from Jodhpur (60 kms). "
  • Destinations on Jodhpur - Jaisalmer Route
    "Osian is renowned for its Sand Dunes at 60 kms from Jodhpur and where guests can experience camel safaris and visit ancient Jain temples / Osiyaji Mata Temple. "

Access Information

  • Nearest Airport -Jodhpur (65kms), Udaipur (320kms)
  • Nearest Railway Station - Osian
  • Osian is an Ex-Jodhpur Getaway
  • Osian is connected by Day train with New Delhi, Jaipur


Monday, February 1, 2016



A Gudimallam village about 30 kms from Tirupati in the Tirupati – Sri kalahasti route near to PapaNaidupeta, has got great prominence because it has a beautiful Shiva Temple, which is popularly known as “the Parasurameswara Temple.” This is considered as the oldest Shiva temple identified so far tracing to 3rd century BC. The Lord here is known as Parasurameshwara, and this lingam is believed to depict the trinity. The legend of the temple connects it to Parasurama, an avatar (incarnation) of Lord Vishnu.
Renowned for its earliest extant sivalinga in India datable to second/third centuries B. C. the main temple consists an apsidal shrine in lower level with Ardha 
Mandapam and mahamandapam in front, all facing east and each higher than the previous one.  The Main entrance to the shrine is, however from the south side of Maha mandala when the walled enclosure is added by an ornamental pillared porch (dwarapala). The main shrine is closed all round externally by a peristyle cloister,the Vimana over the shrine is of brick,hollow inside and is apsidal on plan,elevation resembling a linga nut hence termed as lingakruti Vimana. The sanctum has a false ceiling over wooden joints. A devi shrine is added at north-west corner.other minor shrines within the prakara include kartikya and subramanya,a plain  gopura is provided at the western entrance of the compound wall.the stone temple complex is in late pallava/bana and chola style and good number of inscribed records speak of the perpetual gifts made by kings,the earliest belonging to the bana’s(a feudatory royal family under the later pallava’s,circa 842-904 centuries AD) and latest of the time of yadaya devaraya(AD 1346) inscription of the time of vikramachola refers to complete rebuilding of the temple in 1126 a.d. along with gopura and the well.

The linga on its frontal faceta relief figure standing siva. He has two hands the right one holds a ram by the hind legs head hanging downwards. In the left a globular pot is held and a battle axe(parasu) rests on the left shoulder. The linga is fixed within two stone rings during the earliest phase inside the sanctum which served as arghapitha. The standing form of the god reveals Vedic and protopuranic concepts of Rudra. He is shown standing on the shoulders of a crouching dwarf Yaksha whose features are unique. He is seated on the knees body shrunken, and light teethed as if resisting the super lord. The ears are leaf shaped while the terminals of feet show their merman affinity this save dika linga set up was apparently in open during the early centuries B.C. and surrounded by allow three bared on slabs ecalling of baruhut and bodhgaya. The tops of the railing were found broken,but now renovated to its original height and matching color expect the main linga and the pithas surrounding by a stone railing all the other structural embellishments are later additions by successive rulers and the temple continued to be venerated from circa third century B.C. down to the present day.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

मारवाड़ मन्दिर -चमत्कारी मन्दिर, amazing magic temple of Marwad,Rajasthan,India

एक मंदिर ऐसा भी है जहा पर पैरालायसिस(लकवे ) का इलाज होता है ! यहाँ पर हर साल हजारो लोग पैरालायसिस(लकवे ) के रोग से मुक्त होकर जाते है यह धाम नागोर जिले के कुचेरा क़स्बे के पास है, अजमेर- नागोर रोड पर यह गावं है ! लगभग ५०० साल पहले एक संत होए थे चतुरदास जी वो सिद्ध योगी थे, वो अपनी तपस्या से लोगो को रोग मुक्त करते थे ! आज भी इनकी समाधी पर सात फेरी लगाने से लकवा जड़ से ख़त्म हो जाता है ! नागोर जिले के अलावा  पूरे देश से लोग आते है और रोग मुक्त होकर जाते है हर साल वैसाख, भादवा और माघ महीने मे पूरे महीने मेला लगता है !
 सन्त चतुरदास जी महाराज के मन्दिर ग्राम बुटाटी में लकवे का इलाज करवाने देश भर से मरीज आते हैं| मन्दिर में नि:शुल्क रहने व खाने की व्यवस्था भी है| लोगों का मानना है कि मंदिर में परिक्रमा लगाने से बीमारी से राहत मिलती है|

राजस्थान की धरती के इतिहास में चमत्कारी के अनेक उदाहरण भरे पड़े हैं| आस्था रखने वाले के लिए आज भी अनेक चमत्कार के उदाहरण मिलते हैं, जिसके सामने विज्ञान भी नतमस्तक है| ऐसा ही उदाहरण नागौर के 40 किलोमीटर दूर स्तिथ ग्राम बुटाटी में देखने को मिलता है। लोगों का मानना है कि जहाँ चतुरदास जी महाराज के मंदिर में लकवे से पीड़ित मरीज का राहत मिलती है।

वर्षों पूर्व हुई बिमारी का भी काफी हद तक इलाज होता है। यहाँ कोई पण्डित महाराज या हकीम नहीं होता ना ही कोई दवाई लगाकर इलाज किया जाता। यहाँ मरीज के परिजन नियमित लगातार 7 मन्दिर की परिक्रमा लगवाते हैं| हवन कुण्ड की भभूति लगाते हैं और बीमारी धीरे-धीरे अपना प्रभाव कम कर देती है| शरीर के अंग जो हिलते डुलते नहीं हैं वह धीरे-धीरे काम करने लगते हैं। लकवे से पीड़ित जिस व्यक्ति की आवाज बन्द हो जाती वह भी धीरे-धीरे बोलने लगता है।

यहाँ अनेक मरीज मिले जो डॉक्टरो से इलाज करवाने के बाद निरास हो गए थे लेकिन उन मरीजों को यहाँ काफी हद तक बीमारी में राहत मिली है। देश के विभिन्न प्रान्तों से मरीज यहाँ आते हैं और यहाँ रहने व परिक्रमा देने के बाद लकवे की बीमारी अशयजनक राहत मिलती है। मरीजों और उसके परिजनों के रहने व खाने की नि:शुल्क व्यवस्था होती है।

दान में आने वाला रुपया मन्दिर के विकास में लगाया जाता है। पूजा करने वाले पुजारी को ट्रस्ट द्वारा तनखाह मिलती है। मंदिर के आस-पास फेले परिसर में सैकड़ों मरीज दिखाई देते हैं, जिनके चेहरे पर आस्था की करुणा जलकती है| संत चतुरदास जी महारज की कृपा का मुक्त कण्ठ प्रशंसा करते दिखाई देते।

Monday, January 18, 2016

The Sun Temple, Modhera, at Modhera in Gujarat,INDIA

The Sun Temple, Modhera, at Modhera in Gujarat, is a temple dedicated to the Hindu Sun-God, Surya. It is situated on the bank of the river Pushpavati, 25 km from Mehsana and 102 km from Ahmedabad. It was built in 1026 AD by King Bhimdev of the Solanki dynasty. In the present times, prayers are not offered in this temple. This temple is now under the supervision of Archaeological Survey of India.
According to the Skanda Purana and Brahma Purana, the areas near Modhera were known during ancient days as Dharmaranya (literally meaning the forest of righteousness). According to these Puranas, Lord Rama, after defeating Ravana, asked sage Vasistha to show him a place of pilgrimage where he could go and purify himself from the sin of Brahma-hatya (the sin of killing a Brahmin, because Ravana was a Brahmin by birth). Sage Vasistha showed him Dharmaranya, which was near the modern town of Modhera. In the Dharmaranya, he settled at a village Modherak and performed a yagna there. Thereafter he established a village and named it Sitapur. This village is about 15 km from Becharaji Modherak village and it subsequently came to be known as Modhera.
The Sun Temple was built by Bhimdev I of Solanki dynasty in 1026. This was the time when Somnath and the adjoining area was plundered by Mahmud Ghazni and reeled under the effects of his invasion. The Solankis, however, regained much of their lost power and splendour. Anhilwad Patan, the Solanki capital, was restored to glory.
Solankis were considered to be Suryavanshi Gurjar or descendants of Sun god. The temple was so designed that the first rays of the sun fell on the image of Surya, the Sun God, at the time equinoxes.
Plan of Temple and Reservoir
The Sun temple is of a unique architecture. The temple comprises three separate, axially aligned and integrated elements: Surya Kund, Sabha Mandap and Guda Mandap.
Surya Kund
This Suryakunda, also known as Ramakunda, is a large rectangular stepped tank measuring 53.6 x 36.6 meters under the east face of sabhamandap used to store pure water. Devotees were required to perform ceremonial ablutions here before worshiping the Sun God. The Suryakund is a finest example of geometry. The organization of stone into composition gives shape to a dazzling pattern of art. It is proportioned with innumerable stone steps leading devotees down to its base. 108 miniature shrines are carved in between the steps inside the tank. Also number 108 considered to be auspicious by Hindus as Hindu rosary has same number of beads.
Panoramic view of the Surya Kund
Reservoir deities
 There are four terraces to descend to reach the bottom of the tank. Small pyramid-shaped steps are for each terrace. God and Goddess depicted in immortalized stone unfold the sculpture wealth: Lord Vishnu, Lord Ganesh, Lord Natraj, Sitlamata's presence a marvel created during Solanki era.
Two huge ornamental arches called Toran forms a gateway to the Sabha Mandap (assembly hall)/{aztaca}.
Sabha Mandap
The Sabha Mandap with ornately carved pillars and ceiling
This hall of religious gatherings is a magnificent pillared hall. It is open from all sides and has 52 intricately carved pillars representing 52 weeks in a year. The carvings depict episodes from the Hindu epics of Ramayan, Mahabharat and Krishna Lila (i.e., story of Lord Krishna).
Between the Sabha Mandapa and the sanctum sanctorum is a beautiful hall with pillars and arches, whose facade has been renovated and partially redone. The walls have 12 niches showing the different aspects of the Sun God in each month.
Sanctum sanctorum
The Guda Mandap
This is called the main temple or the Sanctum sanctorum. Lotuses open with sunrise and close itself with sunset; it is considered to be the sun's flower. The entire temple is therefore based on an inverted lotus-base plinth. It was designed so that the rays of the rising and setting sun on the day of Summer solstice 21 June and NOTequinox (20 March and 21 September generally) fell on the bejeweled pure gold idol of Sun riding on his chariot driven by Saarthi Arun. Sun's chariot has seven horses and Saarthi Arun sits on the fourth. The entire gold idol (including the charioteer, chariot and horses) was placed on a pit that was 15 feet deep and filled with gold coins. It was built by the Solankis in honour of their ancestral God. It was plundered by Mahmud Gazni. The entire gold idol was taken away by him.
The exterior of the temple walls has 12 different postures of Adityas - Sun God along with eight Dikpals, Lord Vishwakarma - who constructed Golden Dwarka city for Shri Krishna, Varundev - God of Water, Agnidev - God of Fire, Ganesh - God for starting, Mata Saraswati - Goddess of Education & Wisdom. Also seen Samundramanthan.
Erotic sculptures
All important religions of India like Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism have presented erotic motifs in their art. It was seen as an act that brought about fertility. Hence at this temple a most profound depiction of sexual iconography is displayed, at the exterior walls of the main temple itself.
Erotic motifs in Indian temples are not meant for artistic scultures. The errotic motifs were meant for training the minds of the Jain aspirants. These young aspirants have to be celibates throughout their lives. Therefore, they must have a knowledge of sexual acts. The aspirants are given chance to think about remaining celibate. Various theories are there right from challenging aspirants to not go to toughest part of celibates to artistic erotic sculptures being seen as very normal and normal revered human nature which commanded reverence and admiration.
Detail from Wikipedia

Sri Nrusinghanath Temple in Orrisa, India

Sri Nrusinghanath, One of the great temples of Orissa in India. Orissa is always been known as the place of Lord Jagannath and Sun Temple Konark. However, there are few exciting places remains hidden to the popularity for different reason. One of such place is Sri Nrusinghanath. Sri Nrusinghanath temple is situated at the foot of Gandhamardhan Hill in Bargarh district of Orissa.The nearest bus stop to Nrusinghanath is Paikmal around 40 Kms. from Nuapada and around 190 kms from Raipur. From Paikmal take right turn to Sri Nrusinghanath. The Sri Nrusinghanath temple is one of the ancient temple of Orissa. It always excite forest lovers. On the way to the temple from Nuapada, one will enjoy the exciting dense forest both side of the road. The Nrusinghanath temple it self is covered by forest and a small water fall. Apart from the temple one can also visit Patora dam near by. The Patora dam is around 20 kms. from Nuapada. The temple is well connected by road from each side. However, a direct rail connection is yet to be there. People coming by rail have to get down at Khariar Road and take a taxi to Nuapada. From Nuapada, take left to Paikmal and then right turn to Nrusinghanath temple. From Nuapada, one can take right turn to Patora Dam. Here are few exciting moments of my tour to the place.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Adurru Buddhist Site, East Godavari, Andhra Pradesh, India

Adurru Buddhist Site

  • Destination: East Godavari
Adurru is a village located in the Razole Taluk of East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh. It is an ancient Buddhist religious centre which lies on the west banks of Vainetaya branch of Godavari River. It is situated in very close from Bay of Bengal. The district headquarters is at Kakinada, which is 77 km away from the village.
Adurru is popular abode for the followers of Buddhist religion. In 1953, The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has unearthed the century’s old heritage of Viharas, Chaityas, and Buddhist Stupas from this site. These excavations have also revealed ancient artefacts like shreds of red pottery, jars, and bowls of kaolin. The prime attraction of this religious site is a Maha Stupa which stands with a diameter of 17 feet and has been carved out as a wheel on a raised platform. There is also a pyramid shaped structure in Adurru village which is popularly referred to as “Dubaraju Gudi” by the locals.
The popular Buddhist Stupa present here is said to be built during the reign of Emperor Ashoka and it was called as “Mahakshetram”. The Maha Stupa has been also declared as a protected monument by Archaeological Department of India. The place also bears a foundation stone laid by Ashoka’s daughter, Sanghamithra while she was on her way to Sri Lanka. She was a famous Buddhist nun also. On the front side of the site, i.e. towards east, there are two Upa-Stupas on both sides with the same wheel based structure. You will also witness square shaped and round shaped structures towards the west side of the main Stupa. They are systematically well connected with each other from all the sides.
Some of the other enthralling findings at this Buddhist site are the presence of an underground passage to Godavari River and the diamonds-square shaped structures on the main Stupa. The whole excavation site stretches to an area of 2.04 acres and its scenic beauty makes this site a worth visit place.


Adurru Buddhist Site
Boudha Sthupam Road, Adurru,
Dist. East Godavari, Andhra Pradesh


Taluka: Razole Area: East Godavari

Fast Facts

State: Andhra Pradesh District: East Godavari
Languages: Telugu, English Weather: 25°C to 42°C (Max.)
Best Time to Visit: November-March
STD Code: 08862 Pin Code: 533247

How to Reach

By Air

Visakhapatnam Airport is the nearest one, 234 km away from the site and is well connected to major cities of India and abroad.

By Rail

Nearest railway station is at Rajahmundry, 74 km away and is well linked with major cities of India. It lies on Howrah-Chennai rail route.

By Road

APSRTC operates regular buses to Amalapuram, 14 km away from the site and is well connected by road from all the major cities of the state. You can hire a taxi from Amalapuram to reach Adurru.

Distance from Nearby Cities

Vijayawada—188 km
Visakhapatnam—230 km
Hyderabad—462 km
Tirupati—600 km

Bhavani Island Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh,India

Bhavani Island

  • Destination: Vijayawada


It is a river island amidst the Krishna River located near Vijayawada in the Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh. The island exhibits one of the biggest lagoons in the region. It encompasses an area of over 133 acres. It is situated in close vicinity from Prakasam Barrage.
Bhavani Island is full of references to the exotic and serene spots of the area. It is known as one of the most peaceful and impressing islands of the state. Various water sport activities like Snorkelling, Reef Walking, Canoeing, Sailing Yachts and Kayaking are being offered here. It is a place to rest, relax and enjoy oneself with its mangroves, well-manicured gardens, immaculate woodlands and sparkling water bodies. The island is a fabulous place to plan for a trip with your family especially on weekends and hundreds of visitors visit this place every year to enjoy the picturesque exquisiteness of the island. The popular drink available for tourists at the island is fresh coconut water. Fishing is another soothing activity that one can enjoy at this island. It is the piece of Nirvana on Earth with its goodwill from Mother Nature.
APTDC is trying to develop this island into a major tourist spot of the state in the near future. They are also developing a project named Shilparamam (Arts and Craft Village) which will encourage the local artisans and weavers to showcase their extraordinary work. They are also planning to include some more adventure sports activities, resorts and a ropeway.
APTDC also runs a resort named Haritha Resort at Bhavani Island where the visitors can stay in the unique treetop cottages that are elevated on stilts.
For more details about the accommodation, visit .


Bhavani Island
Bhavanipuram, Opposite Neelima Theatre, Vijayawada,
Dist. Krishna, Andhra Pradesh


Area: West Vijayawada Phone: 0866-2418507

Fast Facts

State: Andhra Pradesh District: Krishna
Languages: Telugu, English Weather: 25°C to 48°C (Max.)
Best Time to Visit: October-March
STD Code: 0866 Pin Code: 520001

How to Reach

By Air

Vijayawada Airport is the nearest one, 25 km away and has direct flights to Bangalore and Hyderabad. Major International Airport is at Hyderabad (280 km), which is well connected to major cities of India and abroad.

By Rail

The nearest railway station is at Vijayawada, about 4 km away from the island and is superbly connected with major cities of India. It is a major junction of South India and lies on Howrah- Chennai as well as on New Delhi- Chennai rail route.

By Road

APSRTC and other private travels operate regular bus services to Vijayawada from major cities of the state. After reaching there, you can take a cruise boat from Haritha Berm Park Hotel located in Bhavanipuram area to Bhavani Island. For Day Trippers, the cruise fee is Rs. 40 per head for a 3 hour stay on island. Those who have accommodation at the resort located on the island do not have to pay this cruise fee.

Distance from Nearby Cities

Hyderabad – 264 km
Visakhapatnam – 360 km
Chennai– 463 km
Bangalore – 667 km

Puttaparthi , Anantapur Andhra Pradesh,India


  • Destination: Anantapur


Puttaparthi is a small town located in the Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh, 55 km away from the district headquarters. It is located on the banks of Chitravathi River and is surrounded by the scorched and rocky mountains. This town was the residence of the notable spiritual leader, Sri Sathya Sai Baba. Eminent as the birthplace of this very legend, the town has become the divine pilgrimage for all the people from different parts of the world. Though this small town does not offer any beautiful vistas of nature, but it has been acclaimed as a tourist place of religious significance after the establishment of Prasanthi Nilayam Ashram in 1950 by Sri Sathya Sai Baba. The most beautiful aspect of the town is the temple complex that houses a multitude of magnificent attractions. It makes every visitor awestruck. It has all the amenities of a metro city.
Puttaparthi was formerly known as Gollapalli. The history of Puttaparthi revolves around Sai Baba. For the outside world, Puttapathi means Sai Baba himself. It is because of this saintly man that the town is furnished with all modern amenities and infrastructures like Airport, Railway Station, Super Speciality Hospital and a chain of educational institutions. The common languages spoken in the town are Telugu, Kannada, Tamil, English and Hindi as it is the home of different people coming from different parts of the world.

Sri Sathya Sai Baba

Shri Sathya Sai Baba was born as Sathyanarayana Raju on November 23, 1926 to a couple named Meesaraganda Easwaramma and Peddavenkama Raju Ratnakaram in Puttaparthi. From childhood days, he was a brilliant child with extraordinary qualities. At the age of 14, he proclaimed himself as the incarnation of Sai Baba, the holy saint from Shirdi and had died eight years before Sathya was born. By the advent of time, this boy became a well known spiritual leader with staunch followers all across the world. He built a temple for his devotees in 1944. It is now referred as ‘Old Mandir’. In 1954, he also built a small free general hospital in Puttaparthi mainly for the poors. He was a man of unbelievable spiritual powers with restorative and magical abilities. He preached everyone the noble ideology of universal religion. He was the man of wisdom and was regarded as Living God by his followers. His teachings were mainly based on the principles of truth, peace, love and non-violence. He died on April 24, 2011 due to respiration-related problems. He once also said that he would be born again eight years after his death as Prema Sai Baba in Mandya district of Karnataka. His noteworthy followers are APJ Abdul Kalam, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Narendra Modi, Sachin Tendulkar, Sunil Gavaskar and Aishwarya Rai among others.


The main attraction of the town is Sai Baba’s Prasanthi Nilayam Ashram. Apart from this, Puttaparthi has many places depicting historical importance as well as modern marvels. Major tourist attractions are:
Chaitanya Jyoti Museum
Sri Sathya Sai Baba Space Theatre
Spiritual Museum
Sri Sathya Sai Hill View Stadium
Sri Sathya Sai University
Sri Sathya Sai Mirpuri Music College
Anjaneya Swami Temple
Sathyabhama Temple
Shiva Temple
Wish Fulfilling Tree
Meditation Tree
Gopuram (Ganesh Gate)
Village Mosque

Best Time to Visit

September to February


Most of the hotels are located in the close vicinity to Sai Baba’s ashram. As compare to other towns, rooms here are cheaper and offer all the necessary amenities. Puttaparthi’s hotels are also known for their royal treatment towards their guests.


By Air

Puttaparthi has a local domestic airport known as Sri Sathya Sai Airport, is just 4km away from main Ashram. It is a small airport with more facilities mainly for chartered flights. Nearest International Airport is at Bangalore (130 km) and is well connected to major cities of India and abroad.

By Train

Puttaparthi has its own railway station named as Sri Sathya Sai Prasanthi Nilayam, which is 8km from the ashram. It lies on Bangalore-Guntakal railway line and is well connected to major cities of India. It is easy to reach town from railway station through auto rickshaws, cabs and APSRTC buses.

By Road

APSRTC, KSRTC and state private travels operate regular buses to Puttaparthi from major cities of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Karnataka. The best way to reach there is by your own means of transport like car or private taxis.

Dwaraka Tirumala Temple West Godavari, Andhra Pradesh,India

Dwaraka Tirumala Temple

  • Destination: West Godavari


Dwaraka Tirumala Temple, also known as Sri Venkateswara Swamivari Devasthanam, is located at the Dwaraka Tirumala village in the West Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh. It is the holy abode of Lord Venkateswara and a popular pilgrimage centre of India. It is around 40 km from Eluru, its district headquarters. This place is also known as “Chinna Tirupati” by the devotees. Lord Venkateswara is also called as “Kaliyuga Vaikuntha Vasa” by the local pilgrims.

History of the Temple

This place was named after a saint Dwaraka, who found the self manifested idol of Lord Venkateswara after the great penance at Valmikam, an ant hill. The region is garlanded by two great Indian rivers namely Krishna and Godavari. Dwarka Tirumala is a very ancient temple according to the Puranas. It has its origin in Kruta Yuga. According to Brahma Purana, Aja Maharaja (Grandfather of Lord Rama) also worshipped Lord Venkateswara. He crossed the temple of Dwaraka when he was on his way to Swayamvaram of Indumati. He did not stop at the temple that time. The bride Indumati welcomed him but he had to face the fury of the kings who came for Swayamvaram in form of a battle. He apprehended that the battle was plunged on him for ignoring the temple on the way. Hence, he realises his mistake and pleaded for forgiveness to Lord Venkateswara. Suddenly, rest of the kings stopped the battle. Soon after that, he went to the temple and seeked Lord’s blessing.

Construction of the Temple

On entering the sanctum sanctorum, one can feel the divine and soothing atmosphere of the temple. There are two main idols under one Vimana Sikharam. One is the full statue and other one is the half statue of the upper portion of the Lord. The upper portion of the Lord in half statue is a self manifested idol located by sage Dwaraka. The idol is visible till the bosom and lower part is regarded to be submerged in the Earth. The saints thought that prayers are not complete without Lord’s holy feet, therefore Srimad Ramanuja, a social reformer during 11th century installed the full size idol of Lord Venkateswara at the back of the main idol.
There are many shrines dedicated to different forms of God in the temple complex. The temple has been rebuilt and renovated several times over the centuries. The magnificent structures of the temple like Vimana, Gopura, Mantapa and Prakara are attributed to be made by Dharma Appa Rao (1762-1827). The various Silver vahanas and golden ornaments were gifted by a beautiful queen, Rani Chinnamma Rao of Mylavaram, Krishna district (1877-1902). The main Rajgopuram exhibits five storeys and faces the southern direction. The other three ‘gopurams’ are illuminating the other three sides of the temple. The Vimana is in the form of Nagara style. The old Mukhamantapa has been restored and extended. The entire huge complex has been tiled with sandstone. A variety of flower trees and stones enrich the site with their peaceful and exotic appearance.

Best Time to Visit

October to April

Temple Timings

The temple remains open for pilgrims from 4AM to 9PM every day.
Darshanam timings are from 6AM to 1PM, 3PM to 5:30PM and 7PM to 9PM every day.

Official Website

For more details about the temple, visit .


By Air

Vijayawada Airport is the nearest one, 80 km away from the temple and has well connected flights with major cities of India.

By Rail

The nearest railway station is at Bhimadole, 15 km away and lies on Vijayawada-Visakhapatnam rail route. But only passenger trains halt here. Major railway junction is at Eluru, which is well connected to major cities of India.

By Road

APSRTC runs regular bus services to Eluru from major cities of the state. After reaching Eluru, you can opt for a bus or hire a taxi to Dwaraka Tirumala.

Mahanandi Temple ,Kurnool,India

Mahanandi Temple

  • Destination: Kurnool


Mahanandi Temple is located at Mahanandi village near Nandyal town in Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh. The temple is also known as “Sri Mahanandiswara Swamy Temple”. It is surrounded by Nallamala Hills which range towards east and encircled by thick forests. This temple is one of the nine Nandi temples, which are referred to as Nava Nandis. Nandi denotes a bull that is the sacred vehicle of Lord Shiva. The other eight Nandi temples are situated within the range of 15 km radius from this temple. The presiding deity of the temple is Lord Shiva.

History of the Temple

According to a legend, there was a King named Nanda who was the ruler of Nandyal in ancient time. He thought of performing Abhishekam to Lord Shiva. His thought was taken care of and as a result, hundreds of cows were being brought from Gopavaram for this cause. The main supply to the king among all the cows was from the lone black cow. After few days, it was noticed that this cow was coming empty everyday and its milk production also get lessened. To see the main reason of it, the cowherd followed the cow one day and he hides beneath a bush. He was astonished to see the cow’s milk oozing out on anthill and saw Lord Krishna in the form of young child drinking that milk. The king was amazed after hearing this and to get glimpse of it, he followed the cow next day. As usual, the cow did the same routine. The king after witnessing this miracle was overjoyed and therefore, trampled upon some provisions. As a result, the child disappeared and the cow embossed the anthill in fright. Then, the king realises his mistake and asked Lord Shiva to forgive him. Pleased with the King’s devotion, Lord Shiva appeared in his dream and told him that the anthill will cool down and would become a Swayambhu Lingam at Mahanandi. The king started worshipping lord Shiva at this place and constructed the temple.
The imprints of the cow can be still seen on top of the anthill. The temple is ancient in much sense and dates back over 1500 years. It is said that Devashilpis, the architect of Gods, reconstructed this temple during 10th century. The temple is rebuilt and repaired several times over the centuries.

Construction of the Temple

The temple has a glorious architecture. It has a Nandi bull statue at the entrance and therefore this place is also known as Mahanandi Tirtha. You can see the Nandi from each and every part of the village as it is so huge. It is said that this is the world’s biggest Nandi statue. After passing the Nandi at the entrance, you will find two eternal pools with crystal clear water in them. By walking a little further, one will see the second prakara (temple compound) and then, 60 square feet large Pushkarani or Kalyani (Holy water tank) with a Mantapam (Pavilion like structure) at its centre. A small Shiva Linga is installed in this Mantapam.
This temple is known for its curative and miraculous powers found within this holy tank. The inlets and outlets of the tank are constructed in such a way that the depth of the water remains constant at 5 feet for the devotees to take a bath in. The interesting thing is that this holy water is cold during the summer and hot in winter naturally. The devotees can touch the Shiva Linga here, which is unusual as in other Shiva temples; devotees can’t touch the main deity.
If you want some peace and want to witness the nature exotica, do visit Mahanandi.

Best Time to Visit

October to March

Temple Timings

Temple remains open for pilgrims from 5:30AM to 9PM every day.


By Air

Hyderabad Airport is the nearest one, 290 km away from the temple and has well connected flights to major cities of India and abroad.

By Rail

The nearest railway station is at Nandyal, which is just 20 km away and is well connected to major cities of India.

By Road

APSRTC operate regular buses that ply to Nandyal and Kurnool from major cities of the state. From there, you can go by a bus or taxi to Mahanandi.

Tarkarli, Maharashtra, Sindhudurg, India



  • Destination: Maharashtra, Sindhudurg


Tarkarli is a strip of beach located in Malvan Taluka of the Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra. It is situated 64 km away from its district headquarters. The most beautiful thing about this beach is its sparkling clean and blue water. The clear water gives a view of almost 20 feet deep into the seabed which is a rarity. The place is endowed with amplitude of natural beauty and offers tourists one of the best holiday experiences ever. The tall Shuru tree, distinctive to this region, adds to the attractive value of the beach.


Tarkarli has the best white sand beach in the entire Konkan stretch. It is one of the most-visited beaches in southern Konkan despite its very close proximity to Goa. The beach is sandwiched by the beautiful Karli backwaters on one side and the tranquil blue sea on the other. Tourists love to take a stay here as the wide river, the unique sailboats and the picturesque hamlets on the riverbank offer them an experience that they cannot enjoy anywhere else. Sighting dolphins is another key attraction for tourists here, which is again a rarity on Indian beaches. Fishing is the main occupation of the locals here as the sea water remains gathered throughout the year in the region. Apart from beach, there are many old forts also in the region dated back to 17th century including famous Padmagarh Fort.

Main Attractions

Tourists come here to experience the calm waves of turquoise blue water and the silver-white sandy beaches which stretches out for 6 miles. There are state-run and privately organized boat cruises available on the tranquil backwaters of the Karli creek for a exotic ride. The fresh seafood is definitely one of the highpoints for those who love no-vegetarian food. The MTDC Resort is the best place to stay as rooms and air-conditioned cottages are available at cheaper prices. It is advisable to book rooms in advance if you plan to go in the peak season.
If you want to spend the holiday reading a good book on the beachfront, there are number of hammocks and beach umbrellas scattered all over the place. Take a note that cell phones do not work here as there are no mobile towers around this area. However, MTDC resort provides landlines so that you may remain connected to the outside world in case of emergency. Konkani huts are also a great option for a unique staying experience. Booking houseboats to stay can also be a thrilling experience. They offer cruises during daytime around Tarkarli every day. Tarkarli is also the abode for adventure sports enthusiasts. You can do Snorkeling, Boating, White Water Rafting and Scuba Diving here. It is a great way to explore the exquisite underwater life and the seabed.
There are many other places nearby Tarkali which you must visit. These places are Sindhudurg Fort, Malvan Market, Sangam, Golden Rock, Kunkeshwar Temple, Malvan Rock Garden and Nivati Beach.
Ram Navmi and Ganesh Festival are the major festivals celebrated here.

Fast Facts

Taluka: Malvan District: Sindhudurg
State: Maharashtra Languages: Marathi, Hindi, English
Best Time to Visit: October-May Weather: 17°C to 37°C (Max.)
STD Code: 02365 Pin Code: 416606

How to Reach

By Air

Dabolim Airport is the nearest one, 128 km away from the beach and is well connected to major cities of India and abroad.

By Rail

Nearest Railway Station is at Kudal, 29 km away and is well connected to Mumbai, Pune and Goa. It lies on Ratnagiri- Madgaon rail route. Other railway stations nearby are Sindhudurg (35 km) and Madgaon (135 km).

By Road

State transport and private buses runs at regular intervals from Mumbai, Pune, Ratnagiri and Malvan to Tarkarli. Malvan is only 7km away from Tarkali beach.

Distance from Nearby Cities

Madgaon – 135 km
Ratnagiri – 147 km
Pune – 391 km
Mumbai – 534 km

Panchgani, Maharashtra, India



  • Destination: Maharashtra, Satara
Panchgani is a vibrant hill station located in the Satara district of Maharashtra. It is situated 48 km away from its district headquarters. Panchgani, basically means the place of five hills. This pictersque hill resort is located at an altitude of 1,334 metres. It is an exotic destination and its beauty multiplies with the backdrop of spectacular hilly terrains on one side and coastal plains at the other side. This town had been once used by the British officials as their summer resort.
The Panchgani hill station is popularly known for its unpolluted aroma and it is believed that the oxygen content in atmosphere is more here as compared to other regions. The ambience of this place is very cool and tranquil.
Panchgani was founded in 1854 by Sir John Chesson. It had been taken over as the best place for army retirees. The area was originally spread over five villages namely Dhandeghar, Khingar, Amral, Godavli and Taighat. In an attempt to build up a new township, the then Superintendent invited all kinds of workmen including building contractors, tailors and other professionals to construct and frame the entire township from scratch.
The place allocated for the Indian workmen was called Gaothan and it exists below the bazaar area even today also. Sir Chesson himself is buried in the St Peter’s Church graveyard, which he had helped construct. It is well known that dynasties of Mauryas, Chalukyas, Bahmani and Rashtrakutas once ruled over this region. Then, the Adil Shahi dynasty and the Marathas along with Peshwas and then Satavahanas also enjoyed their stay over a period of time at this very place. Later, it was conquered by the Mughals and then the British, almost all had left their footprints and historical facts at Panchgani.
After the advent of British, the attractive hill station became famous for its boarding schools as most of these schools were set up here in the early 19th century. This place is now renowned for its international quality education. It is also the preferred residential address for Parsis. Panchgani is also famous for its strawberry farms. Apart from trekking and hiking, one can also enjoy paragliding, as it is the most popular sport among tourists and adventure lovers who comes to this paradise.

Major Attractions

Sydney Point
Table Land
Parsi Point
Devil’s Kitchen
Mapro Garden
Kamalgad Fort
Rajpuri Caves
Lord Karthikeya Temple

Fast Facts

Taluka: Wai District: Satara
State: Maharashtra Languages: Marathi, Hindi, English
Best Time to Visit: All Seasons Weather: 10°C to 35°C (Max.)
STD Code: 02168 Pin Code: 412805

How to Reach

By Air

Pune Airport is the nearest one, 109 km away and is well connected to major cities of India and abroad.

By Rail

The nearest railway station is at Satara, which is just 52 km away. It lies on the Mumbai-Madgaon rail route and is well connected to all the major cities of India.

By Road

MSRTC and various private travels operate regular buses that ply to Panchgani from the major cities of state. The best way to reach here in less time is by your own means of transportation like car or private taxis.

Distance from Nearby Cities

Mahabaleshwar – 20 km
Pune – 98 km
Kolhapur – 171 km
Mumbai – 244 km
Panjim – 373 km

Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra, INDIA


  • Destination:
Mahabaleshwar is situated among the lush green hills and the farms of strawberries with awe-inspiring scenery. It is one of the highly visited tourist spots of not only Maharashtra, but also the country, especially during monsoons.
Mahabaleshwar is located in Satara district of Maharashtra amidst the Western Ghats. It is in close vicinty to Pune and Mumbai. It boasts several attractions that are tourist hotspots such as Venna Lake, the Mahabaleshwar temple, Pratapgad Fort and over 25 mesmerizing and adventurous points such as Arthur’s Seat, Babington Point, Lodwick Point etc. with exotic views of this lovely hill station.
The nearest landmark to Mahabaleshwar is Panchgani which is also known as “Old Mahabaleshwar”.


The word Mahableshwar has been derived from the word Mamleshwar which means “God of Mavalas”, who is Lord Shiva. The origin of Mahabaleshwar can be trailed back to the year 1215 and it is said that King Singhan, the ruler of Deogiri, built a small temple with a water tank near to the Krishna River in Old Mahabaleshwar. Then, a Brahmin dynasty ruled the city during 1350. The city came into stature around 16th century when this dynasty was defeated by Chandarao More. During this time, the old temple was reconstructed.
The historical Pratapgad fort was constructed in 1656 under the reign of great Maratha warrior, Shivaji Maharaj, when he captured Maharashtra and Javli. During the British rule, the district of Satara came into the territory of Raja of Satara. Mahabaleshwar was a place often visited by army troops and soldiers. The famous point Arthur’s Seat was named after Sir Arthur Mallet. The current hill station of Mahabaleshwar, however, came into actual existence around 1829. This place was also referred as Malcolm Peth as per the old records.
By the end of the 19th century, it had become one of the most attractive hill stations of the world. Raj Bhavan, the summer residence of the Governor of Maharashtra, is also situated here. The mighty river Krishna which flows through Maharashtra, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka originates from Mahabaleshwar.
Mahabaleshwar is undoubtedly the “Paradise of Maharashtra”.

Major Attractions

Arthur’s Seat
Kate’s Point
Needle Hole Point/Elephant Point
Wilson Point
3 Monkey Point
Pratapgad Fort
Venna Lake
Chinaman’s fall
Dhobi Falls
Lingmala Falls

Fast Facts

Taluka: Mahabaleshwar District: Satara
State: Maharashtra Languages: Marathi, Hindi, English
Best Time to Visit: July-March Weather: 13°C to 35°C (Max.)
STD Code: 02168 Pin Code: 412806

How to Reach

By Air

Pune Airport, is the nearest one, 130 km away and is well connected to major cities of India and abroad.

By Rail

The nearest railway station is at Satara, which is just 60 km away. It lies on the Mumbai-Madgaon rail route and is well connected to all the major cities of India.

By Road

MSRTC and various private travels operate regular buses that ply to Mahabaleshwar from the major cities of state. The best way to here is by your own means of transportation like car or private taxis.

Distance from Nearby Cities

Pune – 120 km
Kolhapur – 179 km
Mumbai – 231 km
Panjim – 380 km

Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur ,india

Taj Lake Palace

  • Destination: Rajasthan, Udaipur

Location & History

Taj Lake Palace is a luxury hotel, which is an exotic abode of 83 beautiful rooms and suites featuring white marble walls, managed by Taj Group of Hotels, in picturesque city of Udaipur. It is situated on the island of Jag Niwas in Lake Pichola and its natural foundation spans across 4 acres. The hotel runs a speed boat which transports tourists through a jetty from the City Palace Complex to the hotel. It has also been voted continuously over the years as the most romantic hotel of India.
The bright and striking moonlight, the picturesque lake side, what could the princess resist. Maharana Jagat Singh II, the 62nd successor of royal Mewar dynasty, used to have moonlight picnics with the ladies of Zenana on this beautiful lake island. It was only till the time his father found out about it and closed this option for him. Therefore, he decided to make his own palace. It was built between 1743- 1746 AD and the palace was named as Jag Niwas, after the name of its founder.
As the years gone by, this palace started to lose its charm. But, Maharaja Bhagwat Singh, who was the last ruler of the Mewar, decided to convert this palace into Udaipur’s first luxury hotel as it was the only way visible through which the palace could be preserved for years to come. This beautiful palace was turned into a luxury hotel in 1971. Jamshyd D. F. Lam of the Taj Group greatly helped in the restoration of the original property with his works and experiences. He was also the first General Manager of the Taj Lake Palace & the youngest at that time in India. Later in 2000, a second restoration was also undertaken.


The palace was erected facing east, so as to allow its inhabitants to pray to the Surya, the Hindu Sun God, at the crack of dawn. The successive rulers used this exotic palace as their summer resort, holding their regal durbars in its courtyards. The upper room of the palace is a perfect circle and is about 21 feet in diameter. Its floor is studded with black and white marbles. Also, the walls are ornamented with niches and adorned with arabesques of different colored stones. There are many courtyards present inside the premises with fountains, open terraces, beautifully done gardens. Many rooms by names of Ajjan Niwas, Bada Mahal, Phool Mahal, Khush Mahal and Dhola Mahal are there in Lake Palace. These rooms are exquisitely done with pink and green lotus leaves, glass work, unique paintings and carved arches.
At present, this hotel is placed among the top 10 luxurious hotels of the world. This breathtaking palace cannot be described in words and just one look at this heavenly creation will take your breath by its charm and beauty. The quiet Pichola Lake and the tranquil locations around will give one that needed break from the hustle bustle of the city. Taj Lake Palace is also a perfect movie location. Famous movies shot here are namely James Bond Octopussy, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani and Ram Leela to name a few.


Taj Lake Palace
P.O. Box 5, Lake Pichola,
Opposite to City Palace Complex,


Area: Udaipur Phone: 0294-2428800
Room Reservations: Refer the website

Fast Facts

State: Rajasthan District: Udaipur
Languages: Hindi, Mewari, English Weather: 18°C to 43°C (Max.)
Best Time to Visit: August-March
STD Code: 0294 Pin Code: 313001

How to Reach

By Air

Udaipur has its own airport, 24 km away from Taj Lake Palace and is well connected to major cities like New Delhi, Mumbai and Jaipur.

By Rail

Udaipur has its own railway station, just 3 km away from Taj Lake Palace and is well connected to all the major cities of India.

By Road

RSRTC and various private travels operate regular buses that ply to Udaipur from the major cities of state. The best way to reach here in less time is by your own means of transportation like car or private taxis.

Distance from Nearby Cities

Chittorgarh – 116 km
Ahmedabad – 255 km
Jodhpur – 259 km
Ajmer – 271 km
Jaipur – 402 km

Panchavati- Nashik,India

Panchavati- Nashik

  • Destination: Maharashtra, Nashik


Panchavati is a famous pilgrimage site which is situated in the holy city of Nashik of Maharashtra state. It lies on the banks of Godavari River. Panchavati means the garden of five trees. This place has a huge spiritual, historical and religious significance among Hindus. Pilgrims from all over India comes here in large numbers to take a dip in the holy Godavari River for purification of their sins. Kumbh Mela, the largest peaceful gathering of the world, is also organized here after every 12 years on rotation with Ujjain, Allahabad, and Haridwar. Over a 100 million people from different parts of the world visit this Mela to seek blessings. The northern part of Nashik is referred to as “Panchavati”, because of the presence of five Banyan trees which are believed to be existed here from the times of Ramayana till today.

History and Architecture

As depicted in Ramayana, Panchavati once used to be an integral part of the Dandakaranya forest. This was the very place where Lord Rama constructed his abode with his brother Laxman and wife Sita when he was sent to an exile of 14 years.
There is another popular religious place called Tapovan, which is in very close vicinity from Panchavati. According to Hindu mythology, Lakshmana, the brother of Lord Rama cut off the nose of Surpanaka, the sister of Ravana here when she tried to kill Sita. The whole Aranya Kanda is set in Panchavati itself.
The famous attractions at Panchavati are:

Sita Gufa

One can enter this cave through a narrow staircase. It is located at the western end of the Kalaram Temple. It is the place where Goddess Sita is said to be kidnapped by Ravana. It is believed that she was resting at this place before the demon Ravana came here and abducted her. Inside this cave, the idols of Ramayana trinity – Rama, Sita, and Lakshmana can be seen. There is also a staircase inside the cave which leads to Shiv Linga.

Kalaram Temple

The Kalaram temple was constructed by the Peshwas.It took 12 years to build this temple. The black coloured deities of Lord Rama, Goddess Sita and Lakshmana are present here festooned with knick-knacks. The temple is about 70 feet high and is all made up from black stones. The temple has a gold plated dome which is specially made from copper. There are many additional brilliant sculptures in this temple which represents the magnificent architectural beauty of that era. The Kalaram temple is one of the most historic temples of Nasik, and during special festivals like Dussehra and Ram Navami, it is filled with hundreds of devotees.


The popular belief is that Lord Ram had his bath at Ramkund, during some point of his exile. And therefore, thousands of devotees visit this place to take a holy dip in it. Mortal remains (Asthi) submerged in this Kund, are immediately absorbed in the water. A dip in this holy kunda is considered very religious. The ashes of Gandhiji were also dropped in Ramkund after he passed away on 30th January, 1948. During Kumbha Mela, thousands of Sadhus, holy men and millions of pilgrims dip themselves in the holy Ramkund and Kushavarta reservoirs.

Ganga Ghat

Nashik is a hub of religious activities, which mostly take place on the sacred banks of the Godavari River. The banks of this holy river are broad with scenic ghats and beautiful temples. These bathing ghats produces an echo with holy recites of people who come here to offer the last ritual to their beloved ones. Ganga Bathing Ghat, whose holy waters are presumed to cleanse the sins, offers an imposing view to the pilgrims. The majestic Ganga Ghat looks incredibly magical in the twilight, when the holy water of the sacred river is illuminated with multitude of oil lamps and hovers of flowers.
Other Major Attractions at Panchavati includes Godavari Temple, Sundarnarayan Temple and Naroshankar temple. Tapovan, Akshardham and Shri Kailash Math are also located in very close vicinity to Panchavati.
During the auspicious occasion of Kumbh Mela, millions of people flock here. The next Kumbh Mela will be held at Nashik in 2015 from 15th August to 13th September. If you want to experience the spiritual ecstasy, do visit Panchavati once in a lifetime.


Area: Nashik Website:
Timings: Refer the website Phone: 0253-2621830/2516531
E-mail ID :

Fast Facts

State: Maharashtra District: Nashik
Languages : Marathi, Hindi, English Weather: 16°C to 34°C (Max.)
Best Time to Visit:October-April
STD Code: 0253 Pin Code: 422003

How to Reach

By Air

Mumbai Airport is the nearest one, 170 km away from the site and is well connected to major cities of India and abroad.

By Rail

The nearest railway station is at Nashik Road, 9 km away from Panchavati and is well linked with major cities of India.

By Road

Several buses ply to Nashik from major cities of the state. After reaching Nashik, you can take an auto or a private cab to reach Panchavati.

Distance from Nearby Cities

Mumbai – 170 km
Pune – 210 km
Ahmedabad – 478 km
Hyderabad – 668 km

Srisailam Temple, Kurnoo,India


  • Destination: Kurnool, Srisailam
Srisailam temple located in Srisailam, Kurnool District is about 250 kilometres away from Hyderabad. Lord Mallikarjuna is the prime deity of the temple. Hindus from all around India visit this temple every day. Most of the lord Shiva Devotees visits the temple frequently.
The temple is on the banks of Krishna River and the shrine of the god is on the flat top of Nallamalai Hills. This temple is considered as one of the oldest temples in India. People say that this temple exists from the ages. This holy mountain is also called with other names such as Siridhan, Srigiri, Sirigiri, Sriparvatha and Srinagam.
Lord Mallikarjuna Swamy shrine situated in srisaiam is one of the twelve Jyothirlingas and Bhramaramba Devi shrine located in srisailam is one amongst the eighteen Mahasakthis. It is fortunate for the devotees of both shiva and devi, as they can see Jyothirlingam and Mahasakthi at srisailam, only one of its kind.


History says that the way to srisailam was traced by Pulumavis Nasik in the first Century A.D. when Sathavahanas started ruling South India they found the exact way to srisailam.
The Sathavahanas, the Ikshavakus, the Pallavas, the Vishnukundis, the Chalukyas, the Kakatiyas, the Reedy Kings, the Vijayanagara Emperors and Chatrapathi Shivaji are the emperors who were devotees of God Mallikarjuna Swamy and also participated in the development of srisailam.
Prataparudra of Kakatiya Dynasty had involed in the development of Kshetram and granted Paraganas for its maintenance.12000 Golden Nanyas were spent by Ganapathideva for the maintenance of the temple.
The Reddy Kings had played the major role in the improvement of the temple. Prolaya Vema Reddy had constructed steps to Srisailam and Pathalaganga in the 14th century whereas Anavema Reddi constructed Veera Siromandapam for veerashiva devotees who had cut their hands, tongue, limbs with devotion to attain moksha, blessings and the realisation of the God and this type of sacrifices done by devotees is known as Veeracharam.
The Mukhamantapam of Swamy shrine and a Gopuram on Southern Side of the temple was constructed by Second Harihararaya of Vijayanagara Empire.
The Rajagopuram on Eastern side and Salumantapas on both sides of the temple were constructed by Sri Krishnadevaraya in15th Century. Gopuram on northern side was constructed by Chatrapathi Shivaji in the year 1667 A.D.

Better time to visit the Temple


Pooja Schedule

: Suprabhatha Seva and Viswarupa Darshanam: 5:00am

Mahamangala Harathi

: 6.00 am

Darshanam, Poojas etc

: 6.30amto 12.30 pm


: 1.15pm to 3.30 pm

Susandhyam, Mahamangala Harathi

: 5.20pm to 5.45pm

Balkampet Yellamma temple Hyderabad,India

Balkampet Yellamma temple

  • Destination: Hyderabad
Balkampet Yellamma temple is located at Balkampet in Hyderabad. This temple is dedicated to goddess Yellamma, a traditional manifestation of Goddess Parvati or Shakti. It is known to be the one of the oldest and famous temples of Hyderabad and considered that it was being existed from 15th century and has got renovated form in the year 1919.
The presiding deity Yellamma in the temple means “the mother of all” lies 10 feet beneath the ground level (bhoogarbha swayambhu vigraham). The Yellamma Devi is considered as the Kaliyuga avatar of Goddess Chinnamastha Devi who is worshipped as one of the Dashamahavidya. But the popular legend says she is believed to be Renuka Devi, mother of Lord Parasurama. There is well in the temple and people believes that a person who takes a bath with the water of the well gets free from all the diseases and the water is considered as Theertham.
Different festivals are celebrated in the temple, among them the major festival is divine marriage ceremony of Goddess Yellamma. It is celebrated in Ashada masam. Bonalu in Ashada masam, Durga Navaratri during Dasara in Ashwayuja masam, and Vasantha Navaratri in Chaitra masam are also celebrated with lot of gusto.
The other shrines of gods also reside in the Balkampet Yellamma Temple Complex some of them are Addala Mantapam, Sri Ganesha Temple, Sri Pochamma Temple, Sri Nagadevata Temple, Sri Rajarajeshwari Devi Temple, etc. The temple committee is making arrangements to construct Pilgrims Bonalu Complex.

Hanuman Temple, Karmanghat, Hyderabad,India

Hanuman Temple, Karmanghat

  • Destination: Hyderabad
Karmanghat Hanuman Temple is located at Karmanghat in Hyderabad. It is one of the oldest temples of Hyderabad. It was constructed in the year 1143 AD (approximately). The temple is spread across 3 acres of land and is painted in the colour characteristic of Hanuman-vermillion. There’s a pond in the complex where devotees take a dip.
As per a legend, the Kakatiya king, Pratapudra II went for hunting into the forest and got lost; he heard the roar of a tiger. He looked a bit to hunt it, but could not find it. After some time, he heard the chant of ‘Sri Ram’. Thinking that who could be Ram devotee in this dense forest, he went into deeper and found an idol of Hanuman in a posture of meditation. He prostrated to the Lord and went back to his fort. The same night, Lord Rama appeared in his dream and said Pratapudra to construct a temple at the place he did found the idol. Then Pratarudra constructed a temple for Lord Hanuman who was in the posture of meditation. As the Lord Hanuman was in the posture of meditation and is called as ‘Dhyan Anjaneya Swami Temple’. Where ‘Dhyan’ means meditation and Anjaneya is another name for Hanuman. This temple is famous as Karmanghat because once the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb was on the spree of destroying Hindu temples across the country; few of his men come to destroy this temple also. Because of some mystical force, the men could not enter the temple. This news was said to Aurangzeb; he also came to the temple for destroying Dhyan Anjaneya Swami Mandir. He was also occurred with the same situation as his men and a voice came from inside of the complex which said that ‘If you want to enter the temple, you must make your heart stronger (kar-man-ghat)”. The crowbar is Aurangzeb’s hand slipped and he made a hasty retreat. That’s how the temple is now known as Karmanghat Hanuman Temple.
The temple is also hosted by many other shrines dedicated to Lord Rama, Ma Durga, Ma Saraswati, Jagannatha, Nageshwara, Lord Shiva, Vigneshwara, Venugopala Swamy, and the Navagrahas etc. Ma Durga is much revered as she is considered to be the Shakti, the mother of the Universe. The Navagrahas- the nine planets, are considered the controllers of man’s destiny and are sincerely worshipped. Lord Shiva also draws many followers here. Continuous worship of 40 days cures illnesses, they say. It is also said that ladies who pray to Dhyan Anjaneya are blessed with healthy children.

Distance to Karamanghat Hanuman Temple:

16 Kilometres from Secunderabad Railway Station (60-70 min drive)
9 Kilometres from MGBS Bus Stop, Hyderabad ( 30-40 min drive)

Public Transport to Karmanghat Hanuman Temple:

Buses from Secunderabad – 90L2, 8A-158M-104R, 40-277, 40-104R, 104J, etc.
Buses from MGBS Bus Stop, Hyderabad – 72L-104A, 104A, 72V-104R, 1Y-277, 1Y-104R, 203A, 104R, 277

Temple Timings:

Daily 6:00 AM to 12:00PM and 4:00 to 8:00PM.
On Tuesdays and Saturdays – 5:30 AM to 1.00 PM and 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Nearby Tourist Attractions:

Kosagundla Lakshmi Narashimaswamy Temple
Ashta Lakshmi Temple

ISKON Temple, Hyderabad ,India

ISKON Temple

  • Destination: Hyderabad
ISKON Temple is located at Nampally in Hyderabad. Lord Krishna is the main god of this temple and also other gods are hosted in the temple they are Sri Gaura-Nitai, Sri Jagannatha Baladeva-Subhadra, and Sri Radha Madana-Mohana. This temple is constructed by the ISKCON organization as one of the branch in Hyderabad.
Srila Prabhupada has eastablished the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON). The other name of Srila Prabhupada is Abhay Caranarvinda Bhaktivedanta Swami was born in the year 1896 on September 1st in an orthodox Vaishnava family in Calcutta, India. Srila Prabhupada built 108 temples all over the world and spread the transidental knowledge of the Vedas in different languages. Srila Prabhupada wrote and published many books his famous books are “Bhagwat Gita As It Is” (World Record), “Srimad Bhagwatam” (Set of 18 Vol.), “Purna Purushottam SRI KRISHNA”, “Nector of Intructions”, “Nector of Devotion”, “Sri Ishopanishad” and many more. He started a magazine “Back To Godhead” in 1944 and now onwards it is spreading like anything. At present there are more than 1000 temples & 4000 centres all of over the world and it is feeding more than 2,00,000 students per day with Krishna prasad free of cost and Providing free education on “Bhagwat Gita & Other scriptures”. It is also spreading the Holy Names of Lord (Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare) by Mantra Meditation. Regularly conducting Mahanagar Sankirtan and Lord Jagannath’s Rath Yatra every year, Celebrating Sri Krishna Janmashtami, Gour Pournima, Narsimha Caturdashi, Nityanand Triyodashi, Ram Navami, Balram Jayanti and other festivals every year and the regularly happening Sunday Feast program.
In the temple there are different programmes conducted daily and special programmes are conducted on Sundays. . Bhakti Vrksha facilitates devotees to get personal attention and guidance on how to exercise bhakti yogas and sustain good association.
Devotees regularly visit this temple daily and on the day of Krishnashtami heavy crowd will be seen in the temple. The temple is under high security of police and metal detectors are also used at the gateways as part of security. This place has become the main temple of Hyderabad and is visited by many people and also considered as one of the tourist attractions of Hyderabad.


4:30 – 5:15 am : Mangala Arati
5:15 – 6:45 am : Japa Meditation
6:45 – 7:30 am : Nagar Sankirtan
7:30 – 7:45 am : Sringar Arati
7:45 – 8:15 am : Srila Prabhupad Guru puja
8:15 – 9:00 am : Srimad Bhagavatam Class
7:00 – 8:00 pm : Sandhya Arati
8:30 – 8:45 pm : Sayana Arati
10:30 – 12:30 pm : Sunday Children School
12:30 – 1:00 pm : Raj Bhoga Arati
1:00 – 2:30 pm : Lecture on Bhagavad Gita (Telugu/Hindi)
2:30 – 3:30 pm : Prasadam feast
5:30 – 7:00 pm : Youth Program
7:00 – 8:00 pm : Special Sandhya Arati
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