An Insight to 4 Significant Temples in India

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Are you fed up with the fast pacing city lifestyle and looking for a break then plan a trip for India Temple Tours this holiday. India is best known for its famous and ancient temples that are located at different parts of the country. So a trip to different pilgrimages of India is sure to raise your spiritual senses and will offer you the perfect break.

In across the world, India holds its unique identity of being a unique nation with diverse religion and culture followers. This made our nation a land of diversity and harmony, where people from different religion and culture followers live in together with peace. This in turn has dotted the entire nation with plethora of temples and pilgrimages that are visited by millions of devotees and travelers from all across the globe.

These pilgrimage sites have turned into tourist places because of their divine significance as well as their marvelous architecture which are also referred to as architectural wonders that are worth witnessing. So here is a list of few major pilgrimages sites of India that are must to add in your India Temple Tour. A brief of few major temples in India is:

Tirupati Temple:

Tirupati Temple

Tirupati Temple

‘Tirupati Tirumala temple’ is recognized as the most visited temple which is located on Venkata or Venkatachala Hill. The temple is also known for being the richest temple in world. The divine aura and amazing Dravidian style architecture of temple attracts millions of devotees every year. This is one of the must to visit temples of India.

Meenakshi Temple:

Meenakshi Temple

Meenakshi Temple

The beautiful Meenakshi temple is dedicated to the Lord Shiva and his consort Deity Parvati, which is in the forms of Sundareswarar and Meenakshi. This temple is best known for its outstanding architecture which is an example of finesse of Dravidian art work. Being an architectural wonder, this holy site attracts a large number of travelers and devotees throughout the year. The architecture of the temple is done with an elevation of 160 ft and 12 elevated Gopurams that are carved with multi-colored sculptures of Gods, Deities, Demons and also Beasts. It is the main attraction for the tourist in Madurai.

Jagannath Puri Temple:

Jagannath Puri Temple

Jagannath Puri Temple

Shri Jagannath Puri is the most magnificent shrine which is 65 metre tall structure built in 12th century by the famous king of Ganga Dynasty named as Ananta Varman Chodaganga Deva. This temple is one of the four most important Hindu sacred sites of Hindus. This temple reflects magnificence as well as a story of magnificent aura. This attracts a large score of devotees to the temple every year.

Shirdi Sai Baba Temple:

Shirdi Sai Baba Temple

Shirdi Sai Baba Temple

Constructed in the years 1922 over the Samadhi of Sai Baba. The beautiful temple is just 296 km away from Mumbai and is visited by millions of devotees from different religions, castes and creeds coming to pay reverence to Sai Baba. The shrine of Shirdi Sai Baba was built by a follower of Sai Baba who is a Nagpur-based businessman. The temple is a beautifully designed with marble and with two silver pillars. There is a beautiful and enormous idol of Sai Baba which is made of Italian marble with Sai Baba shown as seated on a throne.

So pack your bags for a spiritual and divine trip to India Temple Tours. For more details about other pilgrimage sites log on to Wttw and book your tickets.

Discover the Spiritual Life by Sikh Pilgrimage Tour

Sikh pilgrimage tour involves journey to various holy places that are immensely believed and majorly visited by Sikh devotees.

There are my many sikh friends who must be intending to visit Sikh pilgrimage destination in India. Well my friends, here I am to inform you about the best and comfortable solution to make your travel full-fledged.

Window to the world is a renowned company who have been dealing into travel industry as well as successfully assisting the travelers in their tour to diverse places in India.

You know what friends; this company understands the needs and requirements of the customers and render service as per the necessity of excursion.

As we all know that voyage to pilgrimage sites matters a lot in person life of any religion. Whether it is Sikh, Muslim, Christian, Hindu, Buddha or any other religion, we all have firm belief and faith in god and goddesses.

Generally it is said by our ancestors and elders that pilgrimage journey is an vital part of life as it gets you salvation or freedom from the life cycle which is often called “moksha”.

For sure, there are number of beliefs and faiths that we follow as well as carry forward for whole life along with us.

In the same way, sikh pilgrimages destination is visited by enormous number of devotees with full devotion and love for their god. This company has availed well-planned tour packages to cover shrines of sikh community. It includes:

Golden Temple Tour

Golden temple

Golden temple

In this package, major destinations for sikh abodes are included like Delhi, Agra, Jaipur and Amritsar. In sikh religion, temple is known as gurudwara which means gate to god. Whereas friends, we all know very well that Amritsar is famous for its golden temple and this sacred abode is also renowned as Harmandir Sahib or Darbar Sahib. Other than temples, people are even taken on tour to see the splendid and magnificent attractions of this cities.

Hemkund Sahib

Hemkund Sahib

Hemkund Sahib

This is another very vital as well as devoted temple by Sikh people. From all around the country, devotees of all religion visit this holy place with lots of hope and love in heart for their god or guru. This temple or gurudwara is dedicated to Guru Gobind Singh Ji, who was the 10th sikh guru as per the traditions. It is located in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, India. This beautiful temple is set amidst seven snow capped mountains as well as has a holy pond which is believed that dip taken into this pond washes away all sins.

So friends, these are the packages which comprises of tour to sikh pilgrimage destination situated in our country.

I advise you to plan such spiritual trip with your family or just go alone. Discover yourself as well as the truth of life and enjoy the never-ending blessings of god as well.

A Sojourn at Kailasanathar Temple, Kanchipuram

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80 kms southwest of Chennai rests the city of Kanchipuram famous worldwide for its silk sarees. During Kanchipuram tour one would come to the fact that the city was capital of the Pallava dynasty in 6th to 8th centuries- the era in which the Pallavas were erecting the great stone monuments of Mamallapuram.

At present, a typically chaotic modern Indian town, Kanchipuram is famous for its innumerable important & devotees-packed Kanchipuram temples, some dating back from Pallava, Vijayanagar or Chola periods, and also for its, as I mentioned earlier, high-quality silk sarees, woven on handlooms by many families in the city and adjacent places.

Famous as the ‘City of Thousands of Temples’, Kanchipuram is considered as one of the seven sacred cities of India for Hindus. Here is a detailed view of one of Kanchipuram’s famous temples Knachi Kailasanathar Temple, which is the oldest temple in Kanchipuram.

This holy place is in Dravidian architectural style and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. This place of Holi was constructed in 685-705 AD by a Rajasimha ruler of the Pallava dynasty. The low-suspend sandstone compound features a huge number of carvings together with many half-animal deities quite popular during Dravidian architectural era. The structure includes 58 small holy places that are dedicated to different forms of Shiva.

Geography of the Temple:

The place of worship is located on the banks of the Vedavathi River at the western regions of Kanchipuram. The holy place faces east and its location, defined as per se the religious beliefs, is one of three “Kanchis”, the Shiva and other are Vishnu and Jain Kanchis. The temple is laid at a distance of 75 kms from Chennai.

Architecture of the Temple: The shrine depicts the Pallava architecture blended with two other styles formed by the Chola dynasty and Vijayanagara emperors.

The temple is of stone built architecture not similar to stone cut structural design built into hallowed caves or engraved into rock outcrops as in Mahabalipuram. The temple complex is to the right with a tower to the left.

Kanchipuram Kailashanathar Temple

Kanchipuram Kailashanathar Temple

The foundations of the temple are made of granite that could endure the weight of the shrine, while the brilliant structural design featuring the carvings is made of sandstone. Originally, just the main sanctuary subsisted with pyramidal vimana & a separate Mandapa.

The complex of the temple is complete in all aspects as it features sanctum sanctorum (garbagriha), inner enclosure (antarala), Mandapa, a high compound well, the gopuram and an entrance gate. The mandapa that was initially separate was made part of the main holy place by interposing an ardhamantapa (smaller hall).

The pillars of the tower have the repetitive features of mythical lion mounts carved on them.

The structure is made in a simple design with a tower or Shikara at the heart of the complex. The shikara above the main temple is square in plan facing the sky in a curvilinear style or pyramidal shape.

 The tower includes many levels rising proportionately. At the crest of the tower, there is a doom-shaped roof. At the entrance, the gopuram walls have been plastered, which features eight small temples and a gopura, forerunner to the main gopura. The place of worship is delimited within walls forming a rectangular design.

Festivals:

The biggest festival celebrated in Kailasanathar Temple is Maha Shivaratri on which thousands of devotes trough the shrine at evening hours to offer prayers to the main deity

Top 5 Sikh Pilgrimage Destinations

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The Sikh Religion is around almost 500 years old and there are various discrete chronological places of adoration found within India as well as native country Pakistan. There are temples present that venerate various aspects of the Sikh religion. Every temple or Gurudwara here is allied with a historical story linked with the birth and the ongoing work that went into the formation of Sikhism.

Sikhism is moderately a novel religion, when compared to other major South Asian religions. It has roots with both Hinduism and Islam, where rudiments from these two religions have been espoused by the Sikh belief. So as to comprehend the affluent history of Sikhism, it is imperative to learn about these historical locales and visit the Sikh Pilgrimage Destinations.

Check out these top 5 Sikh Pilgrimage Destinations

The Golden Temple in Amritsar

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The holiest place of worship for Sikh pilgrims and one of the most beautiful cities of India, Amritsar lies within the northern area of India in Punjab. Reason why this is believed to be the holiest place for Sikh pilgrims is “The Golden Temple” that’s visited by thousands and lakhs of pilgrims all across the world. Not only Sikhs but people from other communities and religion pay their visit here. Amritsar has the same prestigious value as the Vatican City.

The Five Seats (Takhats)

Akal Takhat

Akal Takhat

Generally, there are five Takhats that are found within the Sikhism and when it comes to pilgrimage, all five seats (takhats) play a vital role and every Sikh pilgrimage tends to visit. Each Takhat correspond to a chronological period that was associated with one of the ten Gurus. This one is in the Amritsar in Golden Temple premises. It was here where Guru Hargobind Ji was smoothed publically as the sixth Guru and Baba Buddha concluded the ceremony.

Takhat Sri Kesgarh Sahib

Takhat Sri Kesgarh Sahib

The Takhat Sri Kesgarh Sahib is located in the Anandpur Sahib and the place where Khalsa was first twisted by the tenth Guru Gobind Singh Ji. This site is believed to be one of the most significant landmarks of the Sikhism and every Sikh pilgrim ends to visit here at least once. This is here, The Guru Bond Singh Ji established the five K’s of Sikhism as the religious code of conduct and summoned that a constant baptized Sikh must wear all five K’s in order to fully fill his/her religious duties.

Takhat Sri Damdama Sahib  

Takhat Sri Damdama Sahib

Situated in the village of Talwandi Sabo near Bhatinda, Takhat Sri Damdama Sahib is certainly a place where the Senior guru and the founder of Sikh Religion Guru Gobind Singh stayed for almost a year and amassed the final edition of the Guru Granth Sahib which is also known as the Damdama Sahib Bir in 1705. He included to the original version prepared by Guru Arjan Dev Ji the doggerel of Guru Teg Bahadur Ji. A huge number of new converts joined the fold of the Khalsa here. The first Guru Granth Sahib hand written by Guru Gobind Singh resides here.

Takht Sri Patna Sahib 

Takht Sri Patna Sahib

Located in the Patna city the state of Bihar, Patna Sahib is one of the place where Guru Gobind Singh was born in 1666 and spent almost his 6 early years by moving to the Anandpur. Apart from being the birthday place of the founder of Sikhism Guru Gobind Singh, Patna is also honoured by the visits from Guru Nanak as well as Guru Tegh Bahadur.

Takht Sri Hazur Sahib 

Takht Sri Hazur Sahib

The oldest bank of Godavari in Maharashtra, Takht Sri Hazur Sahib, is a place where Guru Gobind Sahib took his last breath and left the whole Sikh Community mourn with shock. The inner room of the temple is called as the Angitha Sahib. Takhat Sachkhand Sri Hazur Abchalnagar Sahib is the principal shrine at Nanded as it marks the site where the Guru had his camp in 1708 A.D

Get a Better Insight of India with Indian Religious Tour

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India is a land of many religions, spirituality, faiths as well as philosophy, which has resulted to the birth of several religions and cultures. However, the religious tolerances among the people have led to flourish many cultures and religions that make India, a religious diversified nation. Because of which, the country is full of temples, mosques, churches, guru dwaras and monasteries.

Some popular religions of India are Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Sikhism, Christianity and Jainism. For the people of India, devotion of Gods plays a very significant role, which is why they pay tribute to Gods and devotees keep on going to several pilgrimage tours, which is also called ‘Tirtha Yatras’. The importance of this among the people of India is to attain salvation.

Here is the list of the Places that comes under the Char Dham tour of the Hindu’s:

Ayodhya

Ayodhya

Ayodhya

In the Faizabad district of Uttar Pradesh, the ancient and historical city of Ayodha is located. This city has nationwide popularity because of being the birth place of the Hindu God ‘Lord Rama’, who is an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. It is one opf the less populated city which is visited by thousands of devotees coming from all over the world. However, the major tourist attractions of the city are Ramjanambhumi, bathing ghats and numerous temples.

Vrindavan

Vrindavan

Vrindavan

The holy city of Vrindavan is the transcendental abode of the Lord Krishna, which is located at a distance of 15kms away from the city of Mathura in the state of Uttar Pradesh. The city is famous for beautiful temples. Few of them are the ancient ones and rests are the beautifully constructed temples in the recent years. The beauty of this city is best known as the remembrance of lovable and playful characteristics of Lord Krishna. So among the fo0llowers of the Lord Krishna, this is the most popular destination. However, the famous temples of Vrindavan are banke-bihari, madan mohan, radha vallabh and shahji.

Bodhgaya

Bodh Gaya

Bodh Gaya

The holy city of Bodhgaya is of most significance and sacred pilgrimage centre of the Buddhist’s in the world. According to their mythology, Gautam Buddha sat under a tree in this city and attained supreme knowledge and become Buddha the enlightened one. The city finds its location in the southern parts of Bihar and on the banks of the river Falgu. This city is referred as one of the most sacred places among the four major destinations from Buddha’s life. Every year, the city is visited by a large number of devotees, who are in a search of tranquility and solace. However, the other major tourist spots of this holy city are animesh lochan chaitya, mahabodhi temple, chankramana, bodhi tree and ratnagarh.

Sarnath

Sarnath

Sarnath

Situated at a distance of 16 km from Hindu pilgrimage centre Varanasi, Sarnath is one of the four most famous holy sites of Buddhism. In the deer park of this city, it is being said that after attaining enlightenment, Gautama Buddha first taught dharma there. To experience the religious fervor of Buddhism, a large number of tourists come to visist this holy place. Talking about the popular tourists sites of the city, then it can be named as dhamekh stupa, sarnath museum, chaukhandi stupa and mulagandha kuti vihar.

So, if you want to have a deeper knowledge of the Religions of India, then do plan for an Indian Religious tour.

Experience the inner peace of mind and real power of life at Buddhist Pilgrimage sites in India

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Buddhism is an eminent religion that was initiated by Lord Buddha. The followers of this holy religion are known as Buddhists. Buddhism covers a variety of practices, beliefs, and traditions that are utterly based on the preaching of Siddhartha Gautama. There are two major branches of Buddhism- Mahayana and Theravada. Mahayana mainly persists in East India that includes Japan, China, Vietnam, Korea, Taiwan, Singapore etc, and Theravada is found in Southeast Asia and Sri Lanka.

Buddhist Pilgrimages come to incredible country, India, all around the year to witness the loveliness of Buddhist shrines. If you want to perceive the amazing beauty of these pilgrimage sites, you should set off for India.

Four sacrosanct Buddhist Pilgrimages are listed below-

1)      Lumbini- It is the birth place of Lord Buddha, and hence considered The Mecca of Buddhists. It is a sacrosanct spot and every Buddhist must visit Lumbini once in his/her life.  It is entrenched in the awestruck foot hills of colossal Himalaya in Nepal. The spot looks beautiful due to its spellbound emerald forests, and beautiful lansacpe. When you come to Lumbini, relish the stunning exquisiteness of Maya Devi Temple, Ashokan Pillar and Buddhist Monastery. You can reach this holy pilgrimage site either by air, railway or road depending on the location to Lumini.

2)      Bodhgaya- It is the most sacred place of Buddhists, located near Phalgu river, because Lord Buddha got the enlightenment there under the Buddhi tree. Every pilgrim who come to visit it feel a kind of tranquility in the atmosphere that gradually on its own enters into his/her soul, and proffer extreme relief and inner peace of mind that unconsciously run down the spine. You would feel the extreme pleasure after seeing Mahabodhi temple, an attraction for the followers of Buddhism that houses Shiva Lingam which is a majestic embodiment of sculpture.

Buddhist Pilgrimage

Buddhist Pilgrimage

 

3)      Sarnath– It is located quite close to Varansi, famous Hindu pilgrimage destination. In the eye of Buddhist, Saranth is sacrosanct as Gautam Budh went to that place after gaining enlightenment. You can witness the beauty of Dhamekha Stupa, Chaukhandi, Asokan Pillar, The Monasteries, as well as The Digambar Jain Temple. On your itinerary, you can visit Varanasi, just 10 Km away from Sarnath; Chunar Fort, and Ramnagar, merely 15 Km away from Varanasi.

4)      Kushinagar- It is another indispensable pilgrimage spot for Buddhist because Lord Buddha had died there, close to Hiranyavati River. The cremation of Lord Buddha took place at Ramabhar stupa. This holy spot is located in Uttar Pradesh. Wat Thai Temple, Mahaparinirvana temple, Nirvana Stupa and temple, Japanese temple, and Ramabhar Stupa are the major attractions that you can visit when com to this holy place to spend your vacations.

Moreover, Kapilvastu, Ajanta Caves, Sanchi and Ellora Caves are other Buddhist pilgrimage destinations. To feel the existence of Lord Buddha, plan a jaunt to this sacred place and select the best Buddhist pilgrimage tour packages.

A Short Tour to Punjab’s Gurudwaras, making a perfect Sikh Pilgrimage Tour!

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Sikhism is one of the largest religions in India and the community of Sikh hence there are plentiful Sikh Pilgrimage tour places where you can visit to take the blessings and to refresh your soul to fullest. If you intend to head out for the Sikh Pilgrimage tour then visit Punjab a center of Punjab community and a beautiful state with plentiful lush green farms. In Punjab and its renowned city such as Chandigarh, Amritsar, Bhatinda and other places, there are plentiful pious and attractive built aged old Gurudwaras where you can easily visit. Some of those have been mentioned below.

Some of the renowned Gurudwaras in Punjab include-

 Takht Sri Keshgarh Sahib, Anandpur Sahib: Takht Sri Keshgarh is the birthplace of Khalsa. In the late 16th A.D in 1699 in the month of march, Guru Gobind Sahib the inventor of Sikh religion  baptized 5 Sikhs with amrit (sweetened and holy water) stimulated with his Khanda and called them his Five Beloved Ones and gave them the last name ‘Singh’ which means Lion. Guru Gobind Singh then respectfully convex prior to the five dearly loved Ones and asked them to instigate Him into the Khalsa Brotherhood.

Goindwal Sahib: Easily reachable from the Tarn Taran was the centre of Sikh religion during the time of the third Prophet, Guru Amar Das ji. The deep well (bauli) in the Gurudwara has 84 steps. Every devotee who visits here takes the bath here and chants Japji Sahib (divine symphony of the first clairvoyant of the Sikhs, Sri Guru Nanak Dev ji) at each step, and recur the recital pursued by soak in the Holy Well 84 times, attends Nirvana (Moksha), because he lives out 84,000 cycles of birth representing each species created by God.

Sri Harimandir Sahib, Amritsar: Lied into the heart of Punjab’s capital, The Harimandir Sahib (meaning Temple of God) is also renowned as the Golden Temple or Darbar Sahib (Divine Court). The Golden Temple is indeed a livelihood pictogram of the pious and chronological ethnicity of the Sikhs. Golden temple is a source of stimulation for all Sikhs and their chief place of pilgrimage.

Fatehgarh Sahib, Sirhind: It’s quite an important pilgrimage destination for Sikhs. This Gurudwara was supposed to be around 300 years ago. Guru Gobind Singhji’s two young Sahibzadas were entombed breathing by the Mughals because they had repudiated to embrace Islam under duress of the Nawab of Sirhind.

Damadama Sahib also identified as Guru -Ki- Kashi Talwandi Sabo, Bathinda: This is believed to be the rather sacred place as Guru Govind Sahib stayed around here for nine months and it was just the right there that he worked on the Adi Granth. Damdama decided by him as the centre for spreading the Sikh conviction and called it ‘Khalsa De Takht’ or Throne of the Khalsa. It holds a great significance among the overall Sikh community.

Relish a Soul Soothing Journey during Kanchipuram Tour

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The southern part of India is well equipped with the broad spectrum of bounty of beauty which is naturally breathtaking. Rather than modern aged buildings, malls, artificial allures, region will introduce you with the natural taste that is breathtaking and mesmerizing in many ways. If you are someone exactly looking out the ways to explore the way of witnessing the best of India then South India is terrific indeed which includes the wide range of exotic allures. There are multiple cities and states in India which you can explore during your journey. Though Kerala’s backwater and Tamil Nadu’s temples are renowned all across the globe but this blog will take you through the ride of Kanchipuram tour that is built with the spiritual factors.

Kanchipuram, also known as Kanchi and previously Romanized as Kanchi-pura, Conjevaram is a city in the state of Tamil Nadu which is just 72 km (45 mi) from Chennai. Kanchi has been ruled by many rulers such as Pallavas, the Medieval Cholas, the Later Cholas, the Later Pandyas, the Vijayanagar Empire, the Carnatic kingdom, and the British hence you can find the impression of British culture. Kanchipuram is adorned with various historical monuments and temples and this is what why this city is known for.

Kanchipuram tour

Kanchipuram tour

This is called as the “City of 1000 temples”, “Golden City of Temples” by the tourists across the world and this also holds the pride of being one of the oldest cities of south India. Few Kanchipuram temples were incarnated during Pallavas dynasty (3th-9th centuries) period and later extended or added during Cholas & VIjayanagara Dynasty. One out of the seven most sacred cities in India and 2nd place next to Varanasi, Kanchi is indeed a beautiful place to pay a visit. You can’t even think of missing out a single allure of this amazing land.

There are many temples to visit during the journey but, Kamakshi Amman Temple is one of the finest temples where you will love to visit and won’t be able to miss out during your journey. In order to experience the best of nature and sacred testament of the region, you must pay your visit to this magnificent temple with your family, friends etc. This is located in the heart of the city which is surrounded by many other temples. It’s moderately significant that this eminent shrine is not the original one of Kamakshi.

The actual one is near to this in Adi Peeta Parameswa that you should not miss to visit. It’s also noteworthy that the existing temple was once a Jain Tara temple until 12th century after which it was progressively developed to Shakti temple. In order to identify that it was once a Jain temple, there are few inscription. There is no entrance fee and you can easily carry your camera inside and can capture the pics of this grandiose temple. Ultimately, if you are on your trip to Tamil Nadu, Kanchi is a must visit destination. http://www.wttw.in/

Quick Facts about Meenakshi Temple in Madurai

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Would you mind if I say that Madurai is a true representation of the cultural ethos of India as well as the opulence of Indian art, I don’t think so! It’ll neither be an exaggeration to state such comments because Madurai deserves it. The central attraction of this magical city is “Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple” that alone captures the attention of thousands or even more tourists and beckons pilgrims from all across the corners of planet.

According to the legend this temple is dedicated to the Meenakshi who is an incarnation of Parvati and her Consort Shiva who is almighty among all God and goddess in Hindu religion.

About Goddess Meenakshi

According to the legend, the gorgeously beautiful Meenakshi (incarnation of Parvati) was born with tree breasts which is quite strange as per the human breed. This divination: her redundant breast would melt away when she met her husband. And, then event came to pass when she met lord shiva and became his consort. The name “Mīnachchi” denotes to the fish eyed and is derivative from the words “mīna” that means fish and “aksi” meaning eyes.

The lady Meenakshi is the principal deity of the Meenakshi Temple but not the Sundareswarar. As per the legends, , the goddess herself gave a windfall to Kanchanamalai in one of her preceding births that she would have the concession of mothering the goddess and the girl who came out from the holy fire had three breasts and she was Meekshi.

History relates to Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple

It was believed to be founded by Indra (king of Devas, celestial deities) who was on his South India Pilgrimage to cure his misdemeanors. And to take off his burden, he decided to stop over near the nearing the swayambu lingam which is a self formed lingam, a depiction of Shiva used for worship in temples in Madurai. When he managed to heal from his misdeeds, he described the miracle to the lingam and erected the temple and enshrined the lingam there.

Architecture, Shrines and Gopurams

The geographic and the ritual center of the ancient city of Madurai is one of the largest temple complexes in Tamilnadu. The complex of the temple is beautifully divided into various concentric quadrangular enclosures which are enclosed by high masonry walls. The origin of the temple goes back 2000 years when Madurai was a Pandya capital. This is beautifully surrounded by the Gopurams (Gateway Tower). There are 10 gopurams where the tallest one is famous southern tower, rises to over 170 ft (52 m) which was built in 1559.

Rituals

There are approx 50 priests in the temple who perform Puja daily or on the festivals. Cognate to other temples in Tamil Nadu, priests belong to Shivaite to the Adishaivas, a Brahmin sub-cast. All the priests hired for this temple belong to the nearby areas. The temple is having six time pooja calendar every day. Each puja comprise 4 rituals following as- abhisheka (sacred bath), alangaram (decoration), neivethanam (food offering) and deepa aradanai(waving of lamps) for both Meenakshi and Sundareswarar.

Festivals celebrated in Meenakshi Temple

•Meenakshi Thirukalyanam (The divine marriage of Meenakshi) celebrated in the month of April every year

Ther Thiruvizha” (chariot festival)
•Theppa Thiruvizha” (float festival)
•Avani Moola Utsavam
•Navratri
•Shivratri etc

This is one of the largely visited temples in Tamil Nadu that beckons thousands of tourists from far wide countries…

Feel the true sound of piousness during your Buddhist pilgrimage tour

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India is a blend of oodles of religions where all religions are worshipped with equal ethnicity and reverence. This is the only country where Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Christian, Bodhis, Jains and people of other religions stay with unity. It’s not because of the human efforts but with the bliss of nature because here you can see temples, churches, Moscow and Gurudwara’s (Sikhs temple). There are numbers of pilgrimage centers on Sikh Pilgrimage the land of India.

golden temple

golden temple

There are several sites for pilgrims to visit belonging to almost every religion including Buddhism. In search of religious emancipation and pious distinction a pilgrimage is one of the longest journeys that required being undertaken. For Buddhist pilgrimage there are various Buddhist temples. We can’t forget the fact that it was India where the great saint Gautama Buddha sermonized the novel religion based on peacefulness and nonviolent coexistence and love for all, Buddhism.

buddhism Pilgrimage

buddhism Pilgrimage

What does the Buddhist pilgrimage tour package include? For the pilgrims who are in quest of religious emancipation, Buddhist tour is quite vital. It shows them the real way of serenity. If you want to know the real meaning of life then Buddhist tour is right for you. There are many things as well as informative aspects you will get opportunity to explore during your journey. On your journey, you will get to explore Buddhist Pilgrimage the four major places of Buddhist tour that include Kapilavastu, Bodh Gaya, Benaras, and Kusinagara the places where he was born, attained his enlightenment, sermonized his very first preach of harmony, and got his PARINIRVANA or travel to the other world (left his soul out of the body).

India is beautifully adorned with plentiful Buddhist temples and places or sites such as Sarnath and Kushinagar in Uttar Pradesh and Bodh Gaya in Bihar. And, last but the major, Lumbini that is the birthplace of Buddha is now located in the neighboring country Nepal. If you are just going to watch the Lumbini then you should not prepare with any sort of Visa because there is a verbal negotiation between the security officers.

There are many places that have Buddha trail in India but Bihar has always been special because most of the Buddhist activities were initiated here on the land of Bihar hence numbers of people who are planning to go out for the Buddhist tour don’t forget to visit Bihar. This is because of the close proximity of Bihar with Nepal which is a birthplace of Lord Buddha. This is because of its close proximity to Nepal and the birthplace of Gautam Buddha.

Patna, which is a capital of Bihar, was earlier known as Pataliputra which was the seat of prominent Mauryan Empire and one of the supreme Buddhist centers in the country. There are many other places that could be covered during your Buddhist tour by the train tour include a list like- Raigir, Vaishali and Nalanda in Bihar and Sravasti in Uttar Pradesh, Ajanata and Ellora in Maharashtra, Dhauli in Odisha, and Nagarjunakonda in Andhra Pradesh.