Jageshwar Temples at Jageshwar Dham

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Jageshwar Dham temples are a group of over 100 temples built between the 7th and 12th centuries, in Uttarakhand state, India.These temples were built using cut stones. Apart from the 100 plus ancient temples, many new temples have also come up in the area, making a total of more than 200 temples in this area.

Jageshwar Temples at Jageshwar Dham
Jageshwar Temples at Jageshwar Dham

Many of the  temples are small, whereas a few ones are comparatively bigger ones. Most of the temples were built in the Nagara style of architecture, a north Indian style of architecture. Few South Indian and Central Indian architecture styled temples are also in this group of 100 plus Hindu temples. Most of the temples are dedicated to Lord Shiva. 124 Lord Shiva temples are situated in this area.

This town and its surrounding areas are a pilgrimage center and is called Jageshwar Dham (Dham  means pilgrimage region). Jageshwar Dham  is a protected area. This Dham is managed by the Archaeological Survey of India.

Some of the protected monuments situated here in Jageshwar  Dham includes Jageshwar Temple, Dandeshwar Temple, Chandi-ka-Temple, Nanda Devi or Nau Durga, Kuber Temple, Mritunjaya Temple,  Nava-grah temple, Surya Temple and a Pyramidal shrine.

Jageshwar Dham is situated midst the magic setting of Himalayan forests lined with cedar trees.   Kumaoni heritage  can be seen in these  temples. (Kumaonis are a group of people of this area, in Uttarakhand state.)

Jageshwar Monsoon Festival in July- August is the main festival of Jageshwar.  Maha Shivratri Mela (Shivratri festival) is also celebrated here.

People of the Himalayan states consider this area as sacred. Many people conducts last rites for their dear ones at Jageshwar temple site here.

There are other temples also with the same name in the same state. Notable among them is Jageshwar temple at Dalash.

How Do I Go to Jageshwar Temples or Jageshwar Dham?

Jageshwar  town is at around 36 kilometers northeast of Almora. There are many  hotels at Almora.

The nearest railway station (rail head) is at Kathgodam, at around 125 kilometers away. Jolly Grant airport at the capital city of the state in Dehradun town is at around 369 kilometers away.

Jageshwar Archaeological Museum

There is an Archaeological Museum at Jageshwar, run by Archaeological Survey of India. It houses more than 150 sculptures recovered from this area. These  sculptures dates back to  9th to 13th century AD.

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Chandragiri Fort

Simple Guidance for You In Chandragiri Fort and Museum

Chandragiri Fort is very ancient fort at Chandragiri near  Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh, India. This for has a history of a millennium to its credit. The fort is mainly associated with Vijayanagara Kings.

Chandragiri Fort
Chandragiri Upper Fort, Near Tirupathi.

Chandragiri was built by Yadava Naidu kings  in the 11th century. The Raja Mahal Palace is situated inside the fort. It is a fine example of Indo-Sarcen style of architecture, which was patronized during the Vijayanagara period.  The palace was build using brick, stone, lime mortar.

In 1367, after three centuries of its construction, this magnificent fort came into the hands of Vijayanagara rulers. When Golconda sultans attacked the capital city of Penukonda, Vijayanagara Emperor Rayas shifted the capital to this fort in Chandragiri city. Chandragiri fort and the surrounding city was the fourth capital of Vijayanagara Empire.

The heydays of the fort was during the reign of  Vijayanagara  emperor, Saluva Narasimha Rayalu. The most prominent Vijayanagara emperor, Srikrishna Devaraya, was confined to this fort, when he was the prince, till his coronation.

Chandragiri was annexed to Golkonda in 1646. Thereafter, it came under Mysore sultans. After 1792, this fort went into oblivion.

Raja Mahal Palace Archaeological Museum Inside Chandragiri Fort

The Raja Mahal Palace is now converted into an archaeological museum. It has a very large collection of stone and metal sculptures, dating as back as, to the 2nd B.C.

Bronze gallery has a large collection of coins, utensils, etc, dating back to the 10th century A.D. Idols of Hindu gods and goddess like Vishnu, Raman, Seetha, etc, are found in this gallery, along with other temple wares like bells, plates used for taking Aarti (Hindu religious ritual of worship).

The Museum also has a good collection of ancient armory like dragons, knifes, swords, head shields, etc, used during ancient days.

The stone gallery has many sculptress related to Hinduism, like Lord Shiva’s marriage to Parvathi, Lord Vishnu in seated posture, etc.

The model gallery has a collection of ancient coins, tools used during the Vijayanagara period.

There is a laser light show. Chandragiri fort sound and light show is in the evenings.

How Do I Go to Chandragiri Fort in Andhra Pradesh?

Chandragiri Fort in Andhra Pradesh is near to Tirupathi, the famous temple town. Chandragiri fort to Tirupati distance is around 15 kilometers. There are regular government bus services to the fort from Tirupathi bus terminal. It takes around 30- 40 minutes or a little longer, by bus.

Chandragiri railway station is the nearest railway station. 16 trains stops here. Its small railway station with just one platform. There is only a single railway line track in this route.  Tirupati railway station is a nearby major railway station.

Renigunta Junction railway station is another major nearby railway station to the fort. This railway station’s code is RU. Renigunta town is at around 26 kilometers from the fort.

There is a small airport at Renigunta. The nearest major international airports are at Chennai and Bangalore, at around 160 and 240 kilometers distance, respectively.

Chandragiri Fort Timings

Chandragiri fort in Andhra pradesh state is open from 9 am to 5pm. The Fort is closed on Fridays.

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The Largest Pair of Chandeliers at Jai Vilas Palace Museum & The Second Oldest ZERO

Gwalior Fort is a 8th century fort on a hill top near to Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh, state of India. The Fort was built during the 8th century.

Gwalior FortGwalior Fort, India.

Gwalior kila (kila means fort in Hindi Language) or Gwalior Fort complex consists mainly of 2 palaces Gurjari Mahal Palace & Man Mandir Palace and the outer fort.

Man Mandir Palace was built during the 15th century. Many structures including Palaces (Mahals) were added to the fort by different rulers. The Jahangir, the Karan, and the Shah Jahan are some of the other palaces inside the fort complex.

The fort extends over 3 square kilometers in area and is having a height of 35 feet. There are two gates to the fort; one at the northeast side and the other at southwest side. Elephant gate (Hathi Pul) is the main entry gate. Badalgarh Gate is the second gate.

There are 11 Jain temples inside the fort. Siddhachal Jain Temple Caves are believed to be built during 7th to 15th centuries. Rock cut cave temples numbering 21 are found here in the fort surroundings. There are many temples with hundreds of idols inside the fort!

Jain statues carved out of rock in the Gwalior FortJain statues carved out of rock in the Gwalior Fort.

The water tanks gets its water requirements from the nearby Swarnarekha river. This tank can store water to satisfy the needs of a 15,000 strong garrison (the number required to guard this fort)!

Gwalior kila was controlled by many dynasties during the course of time. 86 Kings belonging to the Pal dynasty has ruled Gwalior for the maximum period of 989 years. Others who controlled and ruled Gwalior include Gurjara-Pratihara Dynasty, Turkic rulers, Tomar rulers, Suri dynasty and Hemu, Mughal dynasty, Raizada dynasty, Maratha rulers (the Scindias) and the British.

Wold’s Second oldest existing “ZERO“, which is estimated to be 1500 years old, is found in a small temple here, on the way to the fort.

Some of the historical places in Gwalior, or places to visit in Gwalior fort, are given below.

Gurjari Mahal palace Museum or Gwalior Fort Museum

Gwalior Fort Museum or Gujari Mahal or Gujari Palace, Gwalior Fort
Gujari Mahal or Gujari Palace, inside Gwalior Fort

This Museum has rare collection of antiquities, some of which dates back to the 1st century A.D. Rare Hindu and Jain sculptures, dating back to the 1st and 2nd centuries BC, are also kept in this Museum. Miniature Statues are also there.

Gurjari Mahal palace, which is now an archaeological museum. This museum is also known as Gwalior Fort Museum. It was built by Raja Man Singh for the Queen Mrignayan. This palace gets its water supply through an aqueduct from the Rai River, situated close to the fort.

Teli ka Mandir, Lord Vishnu temple inside the Gwalior Fort

Teli Ka Mandir, Gwalior Fort
Teli Ka Mandir inside Gwalior Fort

Teli ka Mandir is a Lord Vishnu temple located within the Gwalior Fort. It is the oldest and loftiest surviving structure within the fort. This is believed to be constructed around 850 AD, during the reign of Mihira Bhoja, the Pratihara king. It is a combination of Nagara and Dravida style of architecture along with a little bit of Buddhist architecture styles. Gopuram is of Dravidan style, whereas the temple base is in Nagara style of architecture. Extensively carved outer walls of the temple with its excellent sculptures are a rare treat to the eyes.

HH Maharaja Sir Jiwajirao Scindia Museum at Jai Vilas Palace Gwalior

Jai Vilas Palace GwaliorJai Vilas Palace Gwalior.

Jai Vilas Palace or Jai Vilas Mahal is a 19th century palace spread over 1,240,771 square feet in area, in European style of architecture at Gwalior, situated close to the fort complex. Around 35 rooms of the palace now houses a Museum called HH Maharaja Sir Jiwajirao Scindia Museum or Scindia Museum. There is an entry fee to be paid to visit this Museum.

Jai Vilas Mahal is one of the best palaces with ultra modern facilities. There is a silver train was was used to bring items to the dinner table! (The details of the palace and the train are descried in detail in the book “Freedom at Midnight” written by Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre.) There are two gigantic 12.5 meter high, 3.5 tonne chandeliers, with 250 bulbs, which is believed to be the largest pair of chandeliers in the world. This palace is famous for its large Durbar Hall. It is the residence of the descendants of the former Scindia dynasty rulers.

How Do I Go to Gwalior Fort?

Gwalior is well connected by roads to all parts of the country. Gwalior Fort is situated very close to Gwalior Bus station. Gwalior Junction railway station is the nearest railway station, at a distance of 2 to 4 kilometers, depending on the route you take. ‘Rajmata Vijaya Raje Scindia Airport’ or Gwalior airport is at around 10 kilometers distance from the city.

There are many hotels at Gwalior.