Jatoli Shiva Temple, highest Shiva temple in entire Asia. Took 39 years to complete, and is one of the most beautiful Dakshin-Style temple situated in Himachal Pradesh. ♥️ #Shambhu .
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Brihadishvara Temple, also called Rajarajesvaram or Peruvudaiyār Kōvil, is a Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva located in South bank of Kaveri river in Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, India. It is one of the largest South Indian temples and an exemplary example of a fully realized Dravidian architecture. Wikipedia
Narasimha Maha Mantra:
ugram veeram maha-vishnum
jvalantam sarvato mukham
nrisimham bhishanam bhadram
mrityur mrityum namamyaham
Meaning: Oh Angry and brave Maha-Visnu, your heat and fire permeate everywhere. O Lord Narasimha, you are everywhere. You are the death of death and I surrender to You.
Narasimha who is one of the most powerful avatars of Lord Vishnu, (the protector in the Hindu Triad) is known to be fierce to fight and remove all that is evil and as a result protect all his devotees from every negative aspect of life. He is regarded as the embodiment of victory of good over evil.
Vishnu assumed this fierce form on top of Himvat mountain (Harivamsa). He is believed to have taken the avatar to destroy the demon king Hiranyakashipu.
Lord Narasimha is said to have half human and half lion appearance where the torso and the lower body is that of human while the face and claws are that of a ferocious lion. In conjunction with the bodily appearances, Lord Narasimha is described in various forms and is said to have about more than 74 forms with respect to different postures and weapons that he holds in his hands. The 9 main ones are collectively known as Nava-narasiṁha and as follows :
Out of these forms, the Lakṣmī-narasiṁha is the form where Goddess Lakshmi is sitting on His lap and the Lord is calmer than the other forms.
Due to the nature of Narasiṁha’s form (divine anger), it is essential that worship be given with a very high level of attention compared to other deities.
In many temples only lifelong celibates (Brahmācārya) are able to have the chance to serve as priests to perform the daily puja. Forms where Narasiṁha appears sitting in a yogic posture, or with the Goddess Lakṣmī are the exception to this rule, as Narasiṁha is taken as being more relaxed.
They carved out an entire temple from a single piece of Rock! .. and today history is singing their stories! 😍
Kailasa Temple of Ellora from 6th Century CE. #HinduHeritage .
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Raja Gopura of #MurudeshwaraTemple
●Located in Murdeshwar, Karnataka
●Marvelous 20-storied Gopuram
●Height of 237.5 ft (72 Meters)
●The Lanka King Ravana wanted to attain immortality by obtaining the Atma-Linga (Soul of Shiva). Since the Atma-Linga belonged to Sri Maheshwara, Ravana worshipped Shiva with devotion. Pleased by his prayers, Sri Mahadevaappeared before him and asked him what he wanted. Ravana asked for the Atma-Linga. Sri Rudra agreed to give him the boon on the condition that it should never be placed on the ground before he reaches Lanka. If the Atma-Lingawas ever placed on the ground, it would be impossible to move it. Having obtained his boon, Ravana started back on his journey to Lanka.
Lord Vishnu, who came to know of this incident, realised that with the Atma-Linga, Ravana may obtain immortality and wreak havoc on earth. He approached Sri Ganesha and requested him to prevent the Atma-Linga from reaching Lanka. Sri Skandapurvaja knew that Ravana was a very devoted person who performed prayer rituals every evening without fail. He decided to make use of this fact and came up with a plan to confiscate the Atma-Linga from Ravana.
As Ravana was nearing Gokarna, Sri Mahavishnublotted out the sun to give the appearance of dusk. Ravana now had to perform his evening rituals but was worried because with the Atma-Linga in his hands, he would not be able to do his rituals. At this time, Sri Shashivarnam in the disguise of a Brahmin boy accosted him. Ravana requested him to hold the Atma-Linga until he performed his rituals, and asked him not to place it on the ground. Sri Vinayaka struck a deal with him saying that he would call Ravana thrice, and if Ravana did not return within that time, he would place the Atma-Linga on the ground.
Ravana returned to find that Sri Chaturbhuja had already placed the Atma-Linga on the ground. Sri Keshava then removed his illusion and it was daylight again. Ravana, realising that he had been tricked, tried to uproot and destroy the linga. Due to the force exerted by Ravana, some pieces were scattered.
Finally, he threw the cloth covering the Atma-Linga to a place called Mrideshwar or Murdeshwar. 📸 : @themandirguy
Vrindavan has something for everyone and for you art lovers too. The walls of Vrindavan are being beautified by this absolutely mind-boggling traditional art. These are locally known as Kalakriti.
So next time you visit the city, you might want to watch out for them!
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Purna Kumbha or Purna Kalasha an important element of Hindu Architecture is often seen in Temple pillars.
Due course of time the shape of Purna kumbha changed to as seen in this StepWell from Adalaj.
The Kalasa which represents the Life or Earth became insignificant but the Mango leaves of purnakumbha attained prominence spreading all over the architectural elements.
Mango leaves of Purna Kumbha represent the aspect of "Kaama"
Just enjoy the intricacy of leaves on this magnificent pillar.
तमिलनाडु में पंचवर्णस्वामी मंदिर है ।। वहाँ यह मूर्ति 2000 वर्ष प्राचीन है, ऐसा वैज्ञानिकों का मानना है।
जबकि सायकल का अविष्कार कर्ता किसी और को मानकर श्रेय दिया जाता है। भारत के स्वर्णिम इतिहास की अनदेखी कर इसे सँपेरों और भिखारियों का देश बनाने का पाप किसने किया ?
No words in this world can describe my love for Mount Kailash the heavenly residence of Mahadev. No words can describe my desire to go there once and feel the divine presence of Lord of the Universe.. all I want is to become eligible for his bhakti so that by no means I go there as a tourist but as a pure son of Lord Shiva! ♥️ #shivoham 🙏🏻
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24333 hours ago
Temple Trails: Aniruddh Temple, Uttrakhand
The statue of Aniruddh (grandson of Krishna) has been sculpted in the Vaishnava tradition. From the top clockwise, one can see the Ayudhapurushas (human personifications of Vishnu's weapons/astras)...
1. Shankha Dev (conch)
2. Kaumodaki Devi (Vishnu's mace)
3. Padma Dev (Lotus)
4. Sudarshan Dev (Vishnu's chakra/discuss)
5. Nandaka Dev ( Vishnu's sword)
Here the language of stone surpasses the language of man”, says Rabindranath Tagore, about the iconic Sun Temple at Konark.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Konark Sun temple is a striking model of ancient artistry, fluidity of ideas, and a pedagogic treasury. Dedicated to the sun god, Surya, the first rays of the sun fall on the entrance of the temple. Much of the temple has fallen into rack and ruin but what remains still holds enough charm to captivate. An interpretation of a greater imagination, it has seen empires rise and fall, identities washed away, yet appealing to our sensorium even today.
Konark Sun Temple Information
Believed to have been built in the 13th century CE the temple was built by the King Narasimhadeva I hailing from the Eastern Ganga dynasty between 1238-1250 CE. The temple was commissioned by the king while Samantaraya Mahapatra was the one in charge of its construction. ‘Konark’ means the sun and the four corners. The temple was called Black Pagoda attributing to its dark facade by the Europeans who used it for navigation for their ships. It is said that the temple could draw ships to the shore due to its magnetic powers.
Here is to those million curious eyes looking up to you. Since that day this one question has been on our minds, "What kind of world are we building for them?" 🤔
This post is a reminder of our responsibility as travelers. 💪 For us travelers, it starts with things as small as keeping separate bag for all the garbage - leftovers, empty packets/bottles. . 📝Here's a list of things we take care during our trips -
🍡- eat local buy local - we mostly eat at the local joints; keep protein bars, candies for emergencies. Eating from street-side vendors gets you an authentic taste of the place. It's a win-win for both, locals as well as us
🚰- carry reusable water bottle - we refill at restaurant, hotel instead of purchasing new ones; saves money and creates less waste
🚮- carry leftovers, packets with us till we find a garbage bin
🔠- learn small phrases in local language such as hello, help, directions, food etc - locals respect and are more willing to help when they see a non-local making efforts with their language .
Let us know below, if you found our tips useful.
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3433 hours ago
Have you ever noticed the 1st to 5th of the Dashavatars (Incarnations of Lord Vishnu) on Udupi Sri Krishna Matha's Gopuram, Karnataka!
I enjoy seeing these little roadside temples. This one looked fairly old type. And on the main door there was this Shiva shrine.
On the side there was a Karthikeyan shrine. And one of the dwarpalikas was holding a bird in his hand.
Below this dwarpalika sat a fortune teller with a deck of cards. A couple of folks sat by him... customers or friends maybe. #southindia
Where stone walls have no windows, doorways have no doors, fables are chiseled into unyielding granite, where art, sculpture and faith all converge. This 10th century Dravidian structural temple complex inside a walled courtyard has shrines erected to Shiva on behalf of the legendary King and princes of ancient Ayodhya
Sometimes, in life, all you need is to look everything from a different perspective than the normal. Maybe for this photo looking upside down is one of it. A normal standing-on-floor point of view gets into this long hallway of these 1000 year old pillars at Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple. But the upside down view almost makes this feel like a place of impossible fantasy.
P.S. Ofcourse, yes there is always light at the end every tunnel
Visiting #hoysaleswaratemple is a peaceful experience.
Its uniqueness, marvellous architecture, artwork that represent stories of those days, makes visiting the temple a breathtaking experience.💫
It is a 12th-century Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva. It is the largest monument in Halebidu, a town in the state of Karnataka, India and the former capital of the Hoysala Empire. The temple was built on the banks of a large man-made lake, and sponsored by King Vishnuvardhana of the Hoysala Empire
During the early 14th century, Halebidu was twice sacked and plundered by the Muslim armies of the Delhi Sultanate from northern India, and the temple and the capital fell into a state of ruin and neglect.
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