Amravati, Temple Town

Amravati is a historic temple town in the Vidharbha region of Eastern Maharastra state, India. (There is another ancient town with the same name ‘Amaravathi’, in Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh state, where the ancient and famous Amareswara temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is situated.)

Amravati Ambadevi Temple

Temples dedicated to Ambadevi, Shri Krishna and Shri Venkateshwara are the main historic temples in the Temple Town of Amravati. Ambadevi temple dedicated to Goddess Amba (Goddess of Shakti) is the most famous temple among these, situated at the heart of the city, at Gandhi Square, 1.5 kilometers from the Amravathi Bus station.

It is believed that Lord Krishna ran away with Goddess Rukhamini, a day before her planned marriage with King Shishupal of Ched, from Shri Ekvira Devi Temple which is situated in the vicinity of Amba devi Temple, to a near by holy place Koundinyapur, through an underground tunnel (which still exists ; but closed for visitors).

Navaratri Festival is the main festival which is celebrated with various cultural and religious programs in the temple and the city; Dandiya dance being the most famous among these cultural activities, in which nearby villagers takes part enthusiastically.

Bhakti Dham Temple on Amravati – Badnera road where idols of Lord Krishna and Radha are work-shipped and Sridham Temple at Rallies Plot in the heart of the city where idols of Lord Krishna, Goddess Radha, Lord Ram and Goddess Sita, Lord Ganesh, Lord Shiva and Rani Satiji are kept, are two other famous temple in the Amravati city.

Some of the other famous temples are Sai temple at Sai nagar and an ISKON temple (dedicated to Lord Krishna and his wife Shri Rukhmini devi at Rathi nagar).

How do I Go to the Temple Town of Amravati?

Nagar city, the hub for the Logistics industry in India, is at around 156 kilo meters from Amravati (Nagapur being at the center of India). The Temple city is very close to the passes which connects the state of Maharastra to nearby states. World famous UNESCO World Heritage site of Ajanta caves, belonging to the 2nd century BCE with Buddhist rock-cut cave monuments, are situated at around 300 kilometers distance from this ancient temple city.

Amravati is close to the borders of Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and the newly formed Telungana state. NH 6, Surat – Kolkoata National Highway, passes through the holy city of Amravati.

There are 3 railway stations connecting Amarvathi with the rest of India. Badnera Junction (BD) is the main station which connects the temple city of Amravathi with other cities of India. There are two other railway stations in the city. They are Amravathi (AMI), and New Amravathi (NAVI) stations.

Nagpur is the nearest airport with commercial operations, even though Amravathi has a small airport which is not uses for commercial operations.

Rajat Prapat Falls (Silver Falls)

Rajat Prapat Falls is in Hoshangabad district of Mahya Pradesh state, India.

Rajat Prapat FallsPachmarhi valley where Rajat Prapat Falls is situated. Photo Source : Creative commons Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0. Photo by Abhayashok.

For interested in statistics, Rajat Prapat Falls is the 30th highest falls in India. Rajat Prapat Falls is a horsetail type of fall (single drop fall), with a height of approximately 120 meters from a long cliff across a steep gorge. Rajat Prapat Falls is at an altitude of around 2800 feet above sea level.

Rajat Prapat Falls is also known as “Big Falls” due its its sheer height. This fall is also known as “Silver Falls” , as the color of the fall looks like silver when sunlight falls on it (In Hindi, Rajat means Silver and Prapat means falls).

You can trek to the base of the fall. Those who are adventurous can trek to the top of the Rajat Prapat Falls, from Apsara Vihar, which is close to Apsara Fall, another nearby waterfalls. Once you reach the top of Rajat Prapat Falls, you can take a bath there! You fell like standing on top of world, with a spectacular view of the falls and the serene forests below.

How do I go to Rajat Prapat Falls?

Rajat Prapat Falls is accessible from Pachmarhi hill station, which is part of ‘Satpura Mountain Ranges’. Pachmarhi is known as the “Queen of Satpura”. Pachmarhi is mainly a Cantonment area serving the Indian Army.

Pipariya (known as Pips locally) on the Howrah-Allahabad-Mumbai main line, with station code ‘PPI’, is the nearest railway station to Pachmarhi hill station at around 50 kilo meters distance. Bhopal is the nearest airport to Pachmarhi , at around 200 kilo meters away. The world renowned UNESCO Heritage site Khujuro temples are situated at around 425 kilo meters from Pachmarhi.

Sanghol Museum, Harappan Site

Sanghol is the major center of Art, Culture, Civilization in India. Sanghol is situated in Fatehgarh Sahib District of Punjab state, on the Ludhiana-Chandigarh Road.

Sanghol has a Museum maintained by Archaeological Survey of India. This Museum has a rich collection of archaeological treasures dating back to the Harappan period (C.2000- B.C. 1200), excavated from nearby sites in Punjab.

1st/2nd century Buddhist Stupa remains site in Sanghol1st/2nd century Buddhist Stupa remains site in Sanghol. Photo Source : Creative commons.

Very rare coins and seals belonging to the 5th and 6th century Central Asian Hephthalite emperors, Toramana and his son Mihirakula, were excavated from here and is displayed in the Museum at Sanghol.

Little bit of History on the Hephthalite alias Hunas or Huns empire

Hephthalite Empire (known as Hunas or Huns in India) consisted of parts of present day countries of Afghanistan, China, India, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Hephthalite (Hunas) emperor Toramana have overthrown the Gupta emperors of India in the late 5th century and captured parts of central and northern India. Later they were defeated in early 6th century by Indian Kings Yasodharman (Maharaja of Malwa) and the Gupta emperor Narasimhagupta Baladitya. These two Kings were credited with driving the Hephthalite (Hunas) out of India.

Victory pillar of Yashodharman at Sondani
Victory pillar of Yashodharman at Sondani. Photo Source : Creative commons. ]

There is a Victory pillar of Yashodharman at Sondani, in Mandsaur district of Madhya Pradesh state, India. Narasimhagupta Baladitya defeated the Huns headed by Mihirkula, on the Ganga-Brahmaputra delta. Narasimhagupta Baladitya was the son of the Gupta king, Purugupta (reigned 467–473), who lost his kingdom to Hunas.

How do I go to Sanghol in Punjab?

Sanghol village is at a distance of 40 km from Chandigarh, the capital of Punjab and Haryana states. Sanghol is easily accessible by road.

Sun Temple Konark, UNESCO Heritage Site

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Sun Temple at Konark is a famous and gigantic chariot shaped 13th century temple dedicated to the Sun God, Surya. Konark Sun Temple was built by the Eastern Ganga Dynasty king Narasimhadeva I.

Sun TempleKonark Sun Temple.
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Konark is a city on the Bay of Bengal Coast in the Puri district of Odisha state, India. Sun temple at Konark is also known as “Black Pagoda”, as the temple is built of black granite from ‘Khondalite’ rocks. (Jagannath temple at Puri is known as White Pagoda). Sun Temple Konark is a UNESCO World Heritage site and much of the 12 th century temple is in a ruined state now.

Konark Sun Temple’s pillars, walls and the chariot wheels are all carved extensively and the temple was featured as one of the “seven wonders of India”, by the leading Indian News / TV Channel networks of NDTV and Times of India. 12 pairs of the chariot wheels of the temple are of 3 meters in width and is pulled by 7 pairs of horses (one pair of horses is ruined now). Sun Temple Konark is a great example of ‘Kalinga’ architecture. The architecture of the temple is in such a way that first sunrise rays falls on the principal entrance of the Sun Temple, Konark.

Sun Temple KonarkAnother view of Sun Temple Konark. Photo Source : Creative commons Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.

Due to the heavy weight of the 70 meter tall structure and the nature of the loose soil on the coastal area, the main original sanctum sanctorum fell in 1837. Thirty meter tall audience hall is still intact and is the principal structure now. The dance hall and dining hall also have survived the test of time.

Two ruined temples were also discovered close to the main temple. ‘Mayadevi Temple’, situated on the south-western side of the main temple is one among them. This temple is dedicated to Mayadevi, wife of Sun God. This temple is believed to be constructed in the 11th century. Existence of older Mayadevi temple along with other evidence suggests that another Sun temple may have existed at the current site (which may have been damaged). The second ruined temple is close to the main Konark Sun temple and is dedicated to an unknown ‘Vaishnava’ deity.

There is a museum at Konark, which houses some of the sculptures and other ruins of the temple.

Konark is also famous for the annual Indian classical dance festival called “Konark Dance Festival”, held during the month of December.

How do I go to Konark Sun Temple?

Sun Temple at Konark is situated at a distance of 65 kilo meters from Bhubaneswar, the capital of Ohidha state.

Hundru Falls, Jharkhand

Hundru Falls is situated in Jharkhand state of India. Hundru Falls is on the river Swarnarekha. This fall has a height of 320 feet. This makes the Falls at Hundru one of the best natural sceneries in the state.

Hundru FallsHundru Falls. Photo Source : Creative commons. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0. Photo by Skmishraindia.

There is a pool at the fall base, which can be used to take bath in summer. In monsoon season, the fall waters are very formidable and bathing is not advisable. Hundru Falls is situated in a forest area and the spectacular sight of the falls is a sight to behold. This fall mesmerizes any tourist and is a great weekend get-away place for Ranchi residents. The different rock shapes in this falls also is a great attraction here.

Hundru Falls and surrounding areas are also a popular trekking destination for adventure lovers. “Suvarna Rekha Hydal Project”, which is situated downstream, is also a nearby tourist place.

How do I go to Hundru Falls?

Hundru Falls is at around 45 kilo meters distance from the waterfall city of Ranchi. The falls is 21 kilo meters off Ranchi-Purulia Road. Alternatively, you may travel to the fall on the Ormanjhi-Sikidiri route, which is shorter than the main route by 6 kilo meters.

Railway station code for the nearest major station ‘Ranchi’, is ‘RNC. “Birsa Munda Airport” at Ranchi is the nearest airport to Hundru Falls. Ranchi is well connected by roads to other parts of India. NH 23 and NH 33 connects Ranchi with the rest of India.

Which are the nearby cities to Waterfalls city, Ranchi?

Jamshedpur city is nearly 128 kilo meters away from Ranchi, the capital of Jharkhand state. Raurkela is at 130 kilo meters away and Bhubaneswar is at 350 kilo meters from Ranchi. Patna is at 250 km distance from Ranchi. Buddhist Temple town of Gaya is at 163 km distance from Ranchi. Korba is at 287 kilo meters and Muzaffarpur city at 308 kilo meters distance from Ranchi. Dhanbad is at 122 kilo meters from the waster fall city of Ranchi.