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Mahanandi

Mahanandi

in Andhra Pradesh, South India, Temple | 0 comments

Mahanandi is located on Nallamala Hills near Nandyal, Kurnool district, Andhra Pradesh, India. Thick forest surrounds this village. Mahanandi is one of the Nava     Nandi’s.  All other Nava Nandis surrounds this place. Maha Shivaratri festival celebrates so grandly during February and March.   What to see at Mahanandi: Mahanandi Temple: This is the major attraction of this place. This temple is dates back to 1500 years old.  Other name of this temple is Mahanandiswara Swamy Temple. 10th century inscriptions can be seen on this temple. This temple was rebuilt for several times.   One legend of this place is Once Nanda one of the kings of Nandyal wants to perform Abhishekam to lord Shiva. So he asked to send cow milk to the kingdom. Every day all the people were pouring milk but only one cowherd boy is coming empty. King wants to know the reason so he followed that boy. Cow is giving milk at one ant’s hill. When boy observed that king is seeing him he disappeared and cow in its hurry trampled the ant hill. At that time hoops of the cow are deeply marked on the ant hill. Lord Shiva came in the dream of the king and asked to worshipped him at this place. Pools: Other attractiosn of this place are pools. Fresh water pools are located at Mahanandiswara Swamy temple premises. Other names of these pools are Pushkarni and Karyani. There are three pools at this place. One big pool is located inside the temple and other two small pools are located at the entrance of the temple. Water source of big pool is originates at the Garbhagruha. It is just below Swayambhu Linga. Visitors can touch the water near Shivalingam. Water source will be constant irrespective of the Change of season.   What to see around Mahanandi: Prathama Nandi: It is located very near to Nandyal railway station which is 19kms away from Mahanandi. This is situated upon a high soil base. Naga Nandi: It is located near Nandyal Bus stand. This Nandi is situated inside the Anjaneya temple which is 18kms away from Mahanandi. Soma Nandi: This is also situated in Nandyal town. It is located near Jagajanani temple. Surya Nandi:...

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Roopkund

Roopkund

in Nature, North India, Temple, Trekking, Uttarakhand, Valley, Water falls | 0 comments

Roopkund is also known as Mystery Lake. It is located in chamoli district of Uttarakhand, India. At the edge of the lake visitors can see hundreds of human skeletons. No one does not know how these skeletons come to this lake edge when the snow melts. So this place is known as Mystery Lake. Existence of these skeletons found dates back to 9th century. This lake is also known as Skeleton lake.   What to see at Roopkund: This place is famous among the natural lovers and for trekking lovers. Major trekking basis of this Roopkund are  Nanda Ghunti and Trisul. Nanda Ghunti height is 6310 meters and Height of Trisul is 7120 meters. Major festival celebrates at this place is Bedni Bugyal. This festival celebrates during autumn season. All nearby villagers participate in this festival. Nanda Devi Raj Jat is the larger celebration of this place. This celebrates once in every 12 years. At that time Goddess Nanda is worshipped. This river covered with snow most of the year. Journey toward this lake is a memorable experience.   For trekking to Roopkund, there are different routes. One is travel to Lohajung or wan by road. Then Climb hill rock and reach Ran Ki Dhar. Other trekking place is at Bedni Bugyal. At that place visitors can see grounds for sheeps, horses and mules. Other places to visit at this place are a small lake and two temples. Closer view of Trisul peaks is possible from Bedni Bugyal. Landslides and waterfalls can also be seen at Bedni.   What to see around Roopkund: Gopeshwar: Temples are the major attractions of this place. Gauchar fair is most famous fair in this area. Gopeshwar Attractions are Gopinath Temple, Snow covered hill, Mountain climbing, Trekking, Anasuya Devi Temple, Tungnath Temple. Other attractions of this town of this town are mountain climbing and trekking. Auli: This is most popular winter destination of Uttarakhand. From this place visitors can have best view of the Himalayan Mountain range. Badrinath: Major attraction of this town is Badrinath Temple. Badrinath Attractions are Badrinath Temple, Tapt Kund, Surya Kund, Charanpaduka, Brahma Kapal, Narada Kund. Joshimath: It is one among the 4 Peeths (centres).  This is most sacred place...

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Hidimda Devi Temple

Hidimda Devi Temple

in Architecture, Himachal Pradesh, History, Mahabharata, Nature, North India, Temple, Trekking, Valley, Water falls | 0 comments

Hidimdi Devi Temple is located in Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India. Other name of this temple is Hidimba Temple. This temple is dedicated to Hidimbi Devi. She is the sister of Hidimba. Hidimba and Hidimbi are the character in the epic Mahabharata.   What to see at Hidimba Devi Temple: This is ancient cave temple. Temple is surrounded by cedar forest. Over the huge rock cutting out of the ground a sanctuary was built. This is worshiped as image of the deity.  In 1553, a structure was built.  It is believed that temple was built at the place where Hidimba did meditation. Hidimba got married to Bhima, one of the brothers of Pandavas. They gave birth to Ghatotkacha.   Structure of this temple is the main attraction of this temple. It was carved with wooden doors. Tower above the sanctuary is 24meters tall. Tower consists of 3 square roofs. Roofs are covered with timber tiles. Main door carving of the temple is Goddess Durga. Mud covered stone work can be seen at the base of the temple. Inside the temple enormous rock work can be seen. Goddess Hidimba Devi image is only 3 inches. 70 meters away from this temple a shrine is dedicated to Ghatotkacha son of Hidimba. Footprints of the Goddess can be seen here.   What to see around Hidimba Devi Temple: Jagatsukh: It is located 8kms away from the temple. Jagatsukh consists of several temples dedicated to Goddess Sandhya Gayatri and Lord Shiva. Earlier this place acted as capital of Kullu. Arjun Caves are another attraction here. Naggar Castle: This was built by Raja of Kullu before 600 years. Now it was converted into heritage hotel. From this castle visitors can have excellent view of Naggar Valley. It is located 21kms away from the temple. Nehru Kund: After drinking water from the pond by Jawaharlal Nehru it was named as Nehru Kund. It is located 7kms away from the temple. Vashisht: This village is having a temple which is dedicated to Sage Vashisht who is the Guru of Lord Rama. Several sand stone temples and natural springs can be enjoyed here by the tourists. It is located 4kms away from the temple. Rahala and Rozy Waterfalls:...

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City Palace Jaipur

City Palace Jaipur

in Architecture, History, Musuem, North India, Palace, Rajasthan, Temple | 0 comments

City Palace is located in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India. This palace consists of Mubarak Mahal and Chandra Mahal. It was built by Sawai Jai Singh II between 1729 and 1732. European, Mughal, and Rajputs architecture can be seen here.   What to see at City Palace: Mubarak Mahal: European, Rajput and Islamic architecture can be seen here. It is a museum. Major attractions of this museum are Sanganeri block prints, royal formal costumes, embroidery shawls, Silk Sarees, Kashmiri pashminas. Clothes worn by Sawai Madhosingh I are also placed here. Pitam Niwas Chowk: It is inner courtyard. 4 seasonal gates can be seen here. Gates are North east Peacock Gate dedicated to Lord Vishnu, North West Green Gate dedicated to lord Ganesha, Southwest Lotus Gate dedicated to Lord Shiva parvati. Rose Gate dedicated to Goddess Devi. Chandra Mahal: In the city palace complex it is a commanding building. It is 7 storied building. Major attractions of this mahal are floral decorations, mirror work on walls, unique paintings. Visitors are allowed only into first floor which consists of museum. Manuscripts, carpets and other items of royal family can be seen here. Diwan-i-Aam: It is a public audience hall. Major attractions of this hall are miniature paintings, carpets, Kashmir Shawls, embroidered rugs, ancient texts. Manu scriptures of Bhagavad Gita can be seen here. Now it is acting as art gallery. Diwan-i-Khas: It is a private audience hall of Maharajas. World’s largest sterling silver vessels are located here. These were used to carry water of Ganges to drink at the time of trip to England by Maharaja Sawai Madho.  It is situated between art gallery and armoury. Bhaggi Khana: It is a museum consists of European cabs, palanquins and old carriages. This was used to carry a ratha and priests. Govind Dev Ji Temple: This temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna. It was built in garden environment during early 18th century. Every day aarthi conducts 7 times a day. Maharani Palace: It was the residence of royal queens. Now it is converted into museum. Belongings of 15th century can be seen here. Small canon, walking sticks also located here.   What to see around City Palace: Jal Mahal: It is located in the middle...

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Chandni Chowk

Chandni Chowk

in Delhi, Havelis, History, Masjid, North India, Temple | 0 comments

Chandni Chowk is the oldest market in New Delhi, India. This place is not only famous for marketing but also several historical records can be seen here. It is situated between Red Fort and Fatehpuri Masjid. This is most lovable place for the shopping lovers as well as historical lovers. Chandni Chowk means Moonlit Market. It was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan during 17th century. His daughter Jahan Ara designed this market.   What to see at Chandni Chowk: Dariba Kalan: Earlier merchants from Holland, China and Turkey come to this place. It is well known for natural perfumes, gold & silver jewellery and Pearls. Bhagirath Palace: For electrical goods this is Asia’s largest market. This place also offers allopathic medicines and medical equipments. Katra Neel Cloth Bazaar: At this place visitors can have all kinds of fabrics such as muslin, cotton, crepe, satin, silk. Kinari Bazaar: This is the best place for zardoji and Zari trimmings and tinsel. Khari Baoli: This is the right place for spice lovers. Other market places: Other market places are Lal Kuan, Nai Sarak. Religious Buildings: At Chandni Chowk several religious building are situated. They are Sri Digambar Jain Lal Mandir, Hindu Gauri Shankar Temple, Central Baptist Church, Sikh Gurdwara Sis Ganj Sahib, Sunehri Masjid, Fatehpuri Masjid. Haveli: At Chandni Chowk along with market places and religious buildings some of the Havelis can also be seen. Few Havelis are Begum Samru’s Palace, Naughara Mansion, Khazanchi Haveli, Mirza Ghalib Haveli, Chunnamal Haveli, Zeenat Mahal Haveli, Haksar Haveli ( Jawarharlal Nehru got married to Kamla Nehru), Naharwali Haveli.   What to see around Chandni Chowk: Humayun Tomb:  After the death of Humanyun his wife Hamida Begum commissioned the construction of his tomb. It was constructed between 1562 to 1572. It is located 9kms away from the chowk. Qutub Minar: It is the tallest minar in India. Brahmi inscriptions can be seen on the iron pillars. Marble and red sand stone was used in the construction of this minar. It is the Qutub complex. It is located 16kms away from the chowk Jantar Mantar: This was constructed by Sawai Jai Singh II between 1699 to 1743. This look like gallery of modern art on the...

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Maha Mandir Temple

Maha Mandir Temple

in Architecture, Jodhpur, North India, Rajasthan, Temple | 0 comments

Maha Mandir Temple is an ancient temple in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India. This temple has great historical values. It is located on the coast of Mansagar Pond. This pond was made by King Mansingh. This pond never be filled with water. In case if it was filled, within 3 days it was re-emptied. Reason behind this is, Pond has sandy base.   What to see in Maha Mandir Temple: Stone work of this temple is so famous. Yogic Postures of stone work at this temple is well known throughout the world. This temple is located 2kms away from Jodhpur. It was built in 1812. This temple was carved with 84 pillars. In the premises of this temple several shrines and temples can be seen. Architecture of this temple is most unforgettable thing. Traditional motifs can be seen on the pillars and walls of the temple. Master architecture of this temple is supported by 14 pillars. Yoga training class use to hold at this temple in beautifully designed hall. Figures depicting several postures of Yoga can be seen here. Royal architecture is the major attractions among the tourists.   What to see around Maha Mandir Temple: Mehrangarh Fort: In India, this is one of the largest forts. Within the fort there are several palaces. Most famous palaces of the fort were Sheesh Mahal, Phool Mahal, Moti Mahal, Daulat Khana, Sileh Khana. Major attractions of this fort are impressive armoury, furniture, costumes, instruments, folk music, miniature paintings, royal cradles, howdas, and collection of palanquins. It is located 5kms away from Maha Mandir Temple. Girdikot & Sardarkot Market: This market is famous for fine Rajasthani Jewellery, marble knick knacks with decorative works, clay elephants, clay camels, handicrafts, Rajasthani Textiles. It is located 6kms away from Maha Mandir Temple. Government Museum: It is located in the middle of Umaid Public Garden. This museum is famous for miniature paintings, local arts & crafts, textiles and ornaments. Other attractions of this museum are images of Jain Tirthankars, manuscripts, portraits of rulers.  It is located 3kms away from Maha Mandir Temple. Umaid Garden: Major attractions of this garden are fountains, seasonal flowers, roses, towering Ashoka Trees, Green Lawns. Area covered by this garden is 82 acres. Inside...

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