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Brahma Temple, Trinity, Goa Most Famous Temple

George Thiruvilakalayil George

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Brahma Temple is one of the oldest temples in Goa with an intricately carved 12th century Brahma idol as the main deity.

Brahma Temple, Goa
Brahma Temple, Goa. Image courtesy – goa-tourism.com website

Brahma Temple or Brahma Karmali Temple as is known officially, has the deity of Lord Brahma, the supreme creator of the holy trinity as per Hindu belief. The deity belongs to 12th century, Kadamba Dynasty period. The Kadambas were good at art, architecture, etc. The deity Brahma is shown in the form of “Trimurti” (combination of three); Trinity of Lord Brahma the creator, Lord Vishnu the preserver and Lord Shiva the destroyer or transformer.

During the Portuguese invasion and subsequent rule of Goa around five centuries back, the idol was taken out of the original temple at Karmali alias Carambolim village in the island of Tiswadi. The idol was later installed at Sattari and then at Valpoi and finally at a small shrine at Nagargaon, on the banks of a stream in a dense forest.

Brahma temple is Goa’s most famous temple.

How Do I Go to Brahma Temple?

Brahma temple is located at the Nagargao village, at around 7 kilometers from Valpoi, the headquarters of the Sattari Taluk in Goa. The temple is at around 60 kilometers from Panaji, the capital of Goa state.

Goa is well connected by all modes of transport. There is an international airport and a major railway station at Goa. Goa is connected by roads to other parts of the country.

Chausath Yogini Temple

George Thiruvilakalayil George

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Chausath Yogini Temple is an ancient Lord Shiva temple believed to be constructed in 1323 AD, situated at Morena district in the state of Madhya Pradesh, India. This temple is also known as Ekattarso Mahadeva Temple.

Chausath Yogini Temple
Chausath Yogini Temple alias Ekattarso Mahadeva Temple.

Chausath Yogini temple was built by the Kachchhapaghata king Devapala (1055-1075 CE). The temple has 64 chambers and an open mandapam (hall) in the center. The chambers and the hall are separated by a circular courtyard. 100 steps leads to the entrance of the temple. The central hall or shrine has slab coverings with perforations, so that rain water drains to a large underground storage area. the pipe lines from the roof top are also connected to this area.

Chausath Yogini Temple is situated on top of a small hill, which is around 100 feet in height.

Its believed that the Indian Parliament’s architecture is inspired from the Chausath Yogini Temple.

Ekattarso Mahadeva Temple is believed to be used for providing education in the fields of astrology and mathematics; based on the movement of Sun.

How Do I Go to Chausath Yogini Temple alias Ekattarso Mahadeva Temple?

The temple situated at Mitaoli village (also spelled as Mitawali or Mitavali) and is well connected by roads to other parts of the country. Morena railway station is the nearest railway station to Chausath Yogini Temple. The nearest airport, Gwalior airport, is at around 40 kilometers distance from this historic Ekattarso Mahadeva Temple..

Pushkar Camel Fair, Pushkar Lake, Brahma Temple, Palaces

George Thiruvilakalayil George

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Pushkar is a pilgrim town at average elevation of 510 meters or 1,670 feet above sea level, in Ajmer district, Rajasthan, India. The town is considered as one among the 5 sacred dhams for a Hindu. (Hindi word dham means pilgrimage site)

Pushkar  temple
Pushkar Lake.

Pushkar is believed to be one of the oldest existing cities of India. Legend is that the town’s creation is associated with Lord Brahma. The town lies on the shores of the famous Pushkar Lake.

It is believed that Pushkar Lake was formed by the tears of Lord Shiva. The legend is that when Goddess Sati died (the first consort of Lord Shiva), God Shiva cried so much that his tears created two ponds; Pushkar Lake and the Lake at Ketaksha (which literally means ‘raining eyes’) in nearby Pakistan.

Many Hindus believe that visiting Pushkara and taking a dip in the holy waters of the Lake is the last step to attain salvation; after visiting the other 4 holy pilgrim sites. Some Hindus believe that taking the dip here is equivalent to 100 years of meditation.

Camels at a watering point at Pushkar Camel Fair.
Famous Brahma temple at Pushkar.

There are many temples at this town. Many were damaged centuries back and some of these were restored. The most famous among such temples is the Brahma Temple built during the 14th century. Very few Lord Brahma temples exists in the world.

There are around 400 to 500 temples and more than 50 palaces around the lake. Still, the lake appears serene and calm.

How to I Go to the Pilgrimage Town of Pushkar?

Pushkar is located at around 14 kilometers north-west of Ajmer Town, head quarters of Ajmer District. Marwar bus stand to the north of Pushkar is well connected to major cities like Delhi, Jodhpur and Bikaner. Ajmer bus stand is the other major nearby bus stand, which is connected to almost all nearby cities and towns.

Budha Pushkar Halt railway station with station code BPKH, a small station with 2 platforms, is the nearest station to Pushkar town. Ajmer railway station is the nearest major railway station, where almost all trains stop.

The nearest airport, Sanganer Airport at Jaipur, is at around 145 kilometers from Pushkar.

Pushkar Camel Fair

Camels at a watering point at Pushkar Camel Fair
Camels at a watering point at Pushkar Camel Fair.

This town is also famous for its annual Camel fair, Pushkar Camel Fair, held in November. The annual trade fair which is also called as Pushkar Festival, is one of the largest livestock fairs (mainly camels) in the world.

Jalakandeswarar temple, Vellore Fort

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Jalakandeswarar Temple is a Vijaynagar period Lord Shiva temple situated inside the Vellore Fort in Tamil Nadu State, India.

Jalakandeswarar Temple , Vellore, Tamilnadu
Jalakandeswarar Temple , Vellore, Tamilnadu

Tamil Nadu state Government has taken over the administration of the Temple through a government order. The temple structure is maintained by Archaeological Survey of India.

It is believed that there was a giant ant-hill where temple’s sanctum now stands, surrounded by stagnant rain water. Shiva Lingam (lord Shiva idol) was placed in these waters around the ant-hill and people started working worshiping here. Vijayanagar chieftain, named Chinna Bommi Nayaka, who was controlling the Vellore fort that time, had a dream in which Lord Shiva asked him to construct a temple there. Chinna Bommi Nayaka proceeded with the temple construction and demolished the anthill in 1550 AD, The temple got its name as the Lord Shiva Lingam was surrounded by water (Jalam in Tamil). Jalakandeswarar when translated to English, means “Lord Siva residing in the water”. Sadasivadeva Maharaya (1540 – 1572 AD) was the Vijaynagar king that time. The temple is also having the idol of Sri Akhilandeshwari Amma; consort of Jalakandeswarar.

Architecture of the Jalakanteshwara Temple is that of Vijayanagaram Architecture. The temple is famous for its exquisite Gopuram (tower) carvings The stone pillars are richly carved. , the temple will make you spellbound with its sculptures and monoliths. The temple tower is having a height of more than 100 feet. The temple Hall (Mandapam) is built on carved stone pillars of horses , dragons and lion like creature known as yalis.

The temple is situated in a water tank. There is a 2 faced sculpture of a bull and an elephant. in the Kalyana Mantapam (wedding hall).

There is an earthen lamp, which revolves when some people puts their hands on it and is believed that their wishes have been granted. To get rid of ‘sarpa dosham’, devotees worship the snake sculptures and the golden and silver lizard sculptures.

How Do I Go to Jalakandeswarar temple near Vellore?

Vellore is well connected by road and rail network to the rest of the country. The nearest International airport is at Chennai. Jalakandeswarar temple is at around 3 kilometers distance from Kadpadi Junction Railway station, a major railway station in the state of Tamilnadu. Kadpadi Junction is the nearest railway station to Jalakandeswarar temple, at 7.1 kilometers distance.

Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga, Shakti Peeth in India

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Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga is a famous Lord Shiva temple in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh and is one among the 12 Jyotirlinga temples in India.

Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga at UjjainMahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga at Ujjain

Three storied Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga temple, sacred abode of Lord Shiva, is believed to be built in 6th century B.C on the banks of Rudra Sagar lake. The main deity is placed as dakshinamurti, i.e. facing the direction of south. Ujjain Jyotirlinga temple is the only such temple among the 12 Jyotirlinga temples. 12 Jyotirlinga tour packages are available with tour operators across India, for those interested in visiting these 12 holy adobes of God Shiva. Idols of Ganesh, Parvati and Karttikeya are also there in West, North and East sanctums of this holy temple. The shrine at Ujjain is also one among the 18 Maha Shakti Peeth in India. Shakti Peethams are the places of worship, where the ashes of the goddess Shakti or Sati were placed.

Maha Shivaratri is the main festival here and a huge fair is conducted during that time. 7th century.C.E, Tamil Shiva Poets and saints like Tirugnanasambandar, Sundarar and Tirunavukkarasar has glorified this temple in their works.

The present day structure of the temple was built in 1736 and renovations were carried out in later years.

How Do I Go To Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga temple?

Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga temple is the heart of the Ujjain City. the city of Ujjain is well connected by roads to all parts of India. Ujjain Junction railway station is the main railway station in the city. Devi Ahilyabai Holkar Airport at a distance of 55 kilometers at Indore is the nearest airport to Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga and Shakti Peeth in India.

Murudeshwar Temple

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Murudeshwar Temple is situated at Murudeshwar town in Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka state in India, on the Arabian sea coast. Murudeshwar Temple has the World’s second tallest Lord Shiva statue, with 123 feet height.

Kailashnath Mahadev Statue near to Kathmandu in Nepal is 143 feet high statue of Lord Shiva, which is the world’s tallest Lord Shiva statue.

Murudeshwar TempleView of Murudeshwar Temple

Murudeshwar Temple is situated on top of the “Kanduka Hill”, surrounded by Arabian sea on three sides. 20-storied, 249 feet, ‘Raja Gopuram’ of the temple, built in 2008 is one of the main attractions in the temple. You can go by lift to top of the Gopuram, which is the tallest Raja Gopuram (temple tower) in the world. The sight of the magnificent 123 feet tall Shiva idol, from the top of this Raja Gopuram is a magnificent sight, which you will never forget in your lifetime. There are many other smaller statues of other gods around the main Shiva statue.

You may check the official temple site, murudeshwar.org/history.htm, for getting full information on the history of Murudeshwar Temple..

Gokarna temple is a nearby famous temple and Gokarna hotels are there for those interested in staying there.

How Do I Go to Murudeshwar Temple?

Murdeshwar railway station with station code “MRDW” on the Konkan railway line is the nearest railway station to the Murudeshwar temple, at a distance of around 2 kilometers.

Mangalore city is at around 157 kilometers from Murudeshwar Temple, if you are traveling by NH17. Bangalore To Murudeshwar distance is around 480 kilometers. Mysore is at around 450 kilometers from Murudeshwara Temple.

What About Murudeshwar Hotels?

There are many hotels in and around Murudeshwar temple. Kamat Homestay and Hotel, Kamath Yatri Nivas Hotel, Mavalli Beach Heritage Hom, RNS Residency, Sea View Resort, Naveen Beach Resort, etc, are to name a few hotels near to Murudeshwar temple.