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Stotras on Devi Meenakshi – मीनाक्षी स्तोत्र

Meenakshi is an Avatar of the Goddess Parvati, her consort being Shiva Sanskrit: उद्यद्भानुसहस्रकोटिसदृशां केयूरहारोज्ज्वलां विम्बोष्ठीं स्मितदन्तपङ्क्तिरुचिरां पीताम्बरालङ्कृताम् । विष्णुब्रह्मसुरेन्द्रसेवितपदां तत्त्वस्वरूपां शिवां मीनाक्षीं प्रणतोऽस्मि सन्ततमहं कारुण्यवारांनिधिम् ॥१॥ Translation: Udyad-Bhaanu-Sahasra-Kotti-Sadrshaam Keyuura-Haaro[a-U]jjvalaam Vimbo[a-O]sstthiim Smita-Danta-Pangkti-Ruciiraam Piita-Ambara-Alangkrtaam | Vissnnu-Brahma-Surendra-Sevita-Padaam Tattva-Svaruupaam

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Places of Worshipping Hinduism

Generally, there are no basic guidelines that was given in the scriptures as to when the temple should be attended by Hindus for Worshiping. However, on important days or festivals, many Hindus use the temple as a place of worship.

Many temples are dedicated to a specific deity and the deity’s statues or images are included and or erected in those temples. Such sculptures or pictures are known as murti.

Hindu worshiping is commonly referred to as Puja. There are several different elements involved, such as images (murti), prayers, mantras and offerings.

Hinduism can be worshiped in the following places

Worshiping from the Temples – Hindus believed there are certain temple rituals that will help them connect with the god they are focusing on. Take for instance, they may walk clockwise around a shrine as part of their worship, which has a statue (murti) of the deity in its innermost part. To be blessed by the deity, they will even bring offerings such as fruit and flowers. This is rather a personal experience of worship, but in a group environment it takes place.

Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple
Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple

Worshiping from Homes – At home, many Hindus have their own place of worship called the shrine of their own. This is a space where they put pictures that are important to them of selected deities. Hindus appear more often to worship at home than they worship in a temple. To make sacrifices, they normally use their home shrine. The most sacred place of the home is known to be the shrine.

Worshiping from Holly Places – In Hinduism, worshiping in a temple or other structure does not need to be performed. It can be done outdoors as well. Holy places outdoors where Hindus worship include the hills and the rivers. The mountain range known as the Himalayas is one of these holiest places. As they serve the Hindu deity, Himavat, Hindus believe that these mountains are central to God. Furthermore, many plants and animals are considered sacred by Hindus . Therefore, many Hindus are vegetarians and often behave towards living things with loving kindness.

How Hinduism is  been Worshiped

During their prayers in the temples and at homes, Hindus use a number of methods for Worshipping. They include:

  • Meditation: meditation is a quiet exercise in which a person focuses on either an object or a thought to keep his mind clear and calm.
  • Puja: This is a devotional prayer and worship in praise of one or more deities that one believes in.
  • Havan: Ceremonial offerings that are burned, usually after birth or during other important events.
  • Darshan: Meditation or yoga with an emphasis performed by in the deity’s presence
  • Arti: This is a rite in front of the gods, from which all the four elements ( i.e., fire, earth, water and air) are depicted in the offerings.
  • Bhajan as part of worship: singing the special songs of the gods and other songs to worship.
  • Kirtan as part of worship- this involves narration or recitation to the deity.
  • Japa: This is a mantra’s meditative repetition as a way of concentrating on worship.
This Idol of lord Ganesh signifies Purushartha
This Idol of lord Ganesh signifies Purushartha, as the tusk is on the right hand side of the idol’s body

Worshiping in Festivals

Hinduism has festivals that are celebrated during the year (like many other world religions). Usually, they are vivid and colourful. To rejoice, the Hindu community usually comes together during the festive season.

At these moments, distinctions are set aside so that relationships may be established again.

There are some festivals that are associated with Hinduism that Hindus worshiped seasonally. Those festivals are illustrated below.

diwali 1 The Hindu FAQs
diwali 1 The Hindu FAQs
  • Diwali – One of the most widely recognised Hindu festivals is Diwali. It recalls Lord Rama and Sita’s storey, and the concept of good overcoming bad. With light, it is celebrated. Hindus light diva lamps and there are often large shows of fireworks and family reunions.
  • Holi – Holi is a festival that is beautifully vibrant. It is known as the Colour Festival. It welcomes the coming of spring and the end of winter, and also shows appreciation for a good harvest for some Hindus. During this festival, people also pour colourful powder on each other. Together, they still play and have fun.
  • Navratri Dussehra – This festival reflects good overcoming bad. It honours Lord Rama battling and winning the war against Ravana. Over nine nights, it takes place. During this time, groups and families gather for celebrations and meals together as one family.
  • Ram Navami – This festival, which marks the birth of Lord Rama, is usually held in the springs. During Navarati Dussehra, Hindus celebrate it. People read stories about Lord Rama during this period, alongside other festivities. They may worship this god as well.
  • Ratha-Yatra – This is a procession on a chariot in public. People gather during this festival to watch Lord Jagannatha walk down the streets. The festival is colourful.
  • Janmashtami – The festival is used to celebrate Lord Krishna’s birth. Hindus commemorate it by trying to go for 48 hours without sleep and by singing traditional Hindu songs. To celebrate this venerated deity’s birthday, dances and performances are performed.
Shri Sankat Mochan hanuman | Hindu FAQs

Hanuman, renowned for his courage, strength, and the greatest devotee Rama. India is a land of temples and statues, so here is the list of top 5 tallest Lord Hanuman statues in India.

1. Hanuman statue at Madapam, Srikakulam district.

Hanuman statue at Madapam | The Hindu FAQs
Hanuman statue at Madapam

Height: 176 feet.

Number one in our list is Hanuman statue at Madapam, Srikakulam district. This statue is 176 feet tall and the budget of this constructios was around 10 million Rupees. This statue is under its final stage of construction.

2. Veera Abhaya Anjaneya Hanuman Swami, Andhra Pradesh.

Veera Abhaya Anjaneya Hanuman Swami | Hindu FAQs
Veera Abhaya Anjaneya Hanuman Swami

Height : 135 Feet.

Veera Abhaya Anjaneya Hanuman Swami is second largest and tallest statue of lord Hanuman . It is situated near Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh .
The statue is constructed with pure white marble ans is 135 feet tall. The statue was established in 2003 .

3. Jhaku hill Hanuman statue, Shimla.

Jhaku hill Hanuman statue | Hindu FAQs
Jhaku hill Hanuman statue

Height: 108 feet.

The third tallest lord hanuman statue at Jakhu Hills in Shimla Himachal Pradesh. The beautiful red colour statue is 108 feet long. The budget of this statue was 1.5 crore rupee and the statue was inaugurated on 4th Day of November, 2010 on Hanuman Jayanti
It is said that lord hanuman stayed there once when he was search of sanjeevni booti.

4. Shri Sankat Mochan hanuman, Delhi .

Shri Sankat Mochan hanuman | Hindu FAQs
Shri Sankat Mochan hanuman

Height: 108 feet.

108 feet Shri Sankat Mochan hanuman statue is beauty of delhi and one of the major public attraction.  It is on New Link Road, Karol Bagh. . This statue is an iconic symbol of Delhi. The statue not only shows us art but the use of engineering and technology is incredible. The hands of the statue moves, making the devotees feel that Lord is tearing his chest and there are small idols of Lord Rama and Mother Sita inside the chest.

5. Hanuman Statue, Nandura

Hanuman Statue, Nandura | Hindu FAQs
Hanuman Statue, Nandura

Height: 105 Feet

The fifth tallest lord Hanuman idol is around 105 feet . It is situated at Nandura Buldhana in maharasthtra state. This idol is the major attraction on NH6.  This is built with white marble but used different colors at right places

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Akshardham temple, delhi

This is the list of top 14 largest hindu temples.

1. Angkor Wat
Angkor, Cambodia – 820,000 Sq.Meter

Angkor Vat in Cambodia | Hindu FAQs
Angkor Vat in Cambodia

Angkor Wat is a temple complex at Angkor, Cambodia, built for the king Suryavarman II in the early 12th century as his state temple and capital city. As the best-preserved temple at the site, it is the only one to have remained a significant religious centre since its foundation first Hindu, dedicated to the god Vishnu, then Buddhist. It is the world’s largest religious building.

2) Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, Srirangam
Trichy, Tamil Nadu, India – 631,000 Sq.Meters

Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, Srirangam | The Hindu FAQs
Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, Srirangam

Srirangam temple is often listed as the largest functioning Hindu temple in the world (the still larger Angkor Wat being the largest existing temple). The temple occupies an area of 156 acres (631,000 m²) with a perimeter of 4,116m (10,710 feet) making it the largest temple in India and one of the largest religious complexes in the world. The temple is enclosed by seven concentric walls (termed prakarams (outer courtyard) or mathil suvar) with a total length of 32,592 feet or over six miles. These walls are enclosed by 21 Gopurams. The Ranganathanswamy Temple complex with 49 shrines, all dedicated to Lord Vishnu, is so huge that it is like a city within itself. However, the entire temple is not used for the religious purpose, the first three out of seven concentric walls are used by private commercial establishments such as restaurants, hotels, flower market, and residential homes.

3) Akshardham Temple, Delhi
Delhi, India – 240,000 sq.meter

Akshardham temple, delhi
Akshardham temple, delhi

Akshardham is a Hindu temple complex in Delhi, India. Also referred to as Delhi Akshardham or Swaminarayan Akshardham, the complex displays millennia of traditional Indian and Hindu culture, spirituality, and architecture. The building was inspired and moderated by Pramukh Swami Maharaj, the spiritual head of the Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha, whose 3,000 volunteers helped 7,000 artisans construct Akshardham.

4) Thillai Nataraja Temple, Chidambaram
Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu, India – 160,000 sq.Meter

Thillai Nataraja Temple, Chidambaram
Thillai Nataraja Temple, Chidambaram

Thillai Natarajah Temple, Chidambaram – Chidambaram Thillai Natarajar-Koothan Kovil or Chidambaram temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located in the centre of the temple town of Chidambaram, east-central Tamil Nadu, South India. Chidambaram is a temple complex spread over 40 acres (160,000 m2) in the heart of the city. It is truly a large temple which is completely used for religious purpose. The main complex to Lord Shiva Nataraja also contains shrines to deities such as Sivakami Amman, Ganesh, Murugan and Vishnu in the form Govindaraja Perumal.

5) Belur Math
Kolkata, West Bengal, India – 160,000 Sq.Meter

Belur Math, Kolkata India
Belur Math, Kolkata India

Belur Maṭh or Belur Mutt is the headquarters of the Ramakrishna Math and Mission, founded by Swami Vivekananda, a chief disciple of Ramakrishna Paramahamsa. It is located on the west bank of Hooghly River, Belur, West Bengal, India and is one of the significant institutions in Calcutta. This temple is the heart of the Ramakrishna Movement. The temple is notable for its architecture that fuses Hindu, Christian and Islamic motifs as a symbol of unity of all religions.

6) Annamalaiyar Temple
Tiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu, India – 101,171 Sq.Meter

Annamalaiyar Temple, Tiruvannamalai
Annamalaiyar Temple, Tiruvannamalai

Annamalaiyar Temple is a noted Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, and it is the second largest temple (by the area used completely for religious purpose). It has got four stately towers on all the four sides and four high stone walls just like the rampart walls of a fort. The 11-tiered highest (217 feet (66 m)) Eastern Tower is called the Rajagopuram. The fortified walls pierced with four gopura entrances offer a formidable look to this vast complex.

7) Ekambareswarar Temple
Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu, India – 92,860 Sq.Meters

Ekambareswarar temple kanchipuram
Ekambareswarar temple kanchipuram

Ekambareswarar Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, located in Kanchipuram in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. It is one of the five major Shiva temples or Pancha Bootha Sthalams (each representing a natural element) representing the element Earth.

8) Jambukeswarar Temple, Thiruvanaikaval
Trichy, Tamil Nadu, India – 72,843 Sq.Meter

Jambukeswarar Temple, Thiruvanaikaval
Jambukeswarar Temple, Thiruvanaikaval

Thiruvanaikaval (also Thiruvanaikal) is a famous Shiva temple in Tiruchirapalli (Trichy), in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. The temple was built by Kocengannan (Kochenga Chola), one of the Early Cholas, around 1,800 years ago.

9) Meenakshi Amman Temple
Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India – 70,050 Sq.Meter

Meenakshi Amman Temple
Meenakshi Amman Temple

Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple or Meenakshi Amman Temple is a historic Hindu temple in the holy city of Madurai in India. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva — who is known here as Sundareswarar or Beautiful Lord — and his consort, Parvati who is known as Meenakshi. The temple forms the heart and lifeline of the 2500-year-old city of Madurai. The complex houses 14 magnificent Gopurams or towers including two golden Gopurams for the main deities, that are elaborately sculptured and painted showing the architectural and sculpting skills of the ancient Indian sthapathis.

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10) Vaitheeswaran Koil
Vaitheeswaran Koil, Tamil Nadu, India – 60,780 Sq.Meters

Vaitheeswaran Koil, Tamil Nadu
Vaitheeswaran Koil, Tamil Nadu

Vaitheeswaran Temple is a Hindu temple located in Tamil Nadu, India, dedicated to the god Shiva. In this temple, Lord Shiva is worshiped as “Vaitheeswaran” or the “God of medicine”; worshipers believe that prayers to Lord Vaitheeswaran can cure diseases.

11) Tiruvarur Thyagaraja swamy Temple
Tiruvarur, Tamil Nadu, India – 55,080 Sq.Meter

Tiruvarur Thyagaraja swamy Temple
Tiruvarur Thyagaraja swamy Temple

The ancient Sri Thyagaraja temple at Tiruvarur is dedicated to the Somaskanda aspect of Shiva. The temple complex has shrines dedicated to Vanmikanathar, Tyagarajar and the Kamalaamba, and covers an area of over 20 acres (81,000 m2). The Kamalalayam temple tank covers around 25 acres (100,000 m2), one of the largest in the country. The temple chariot is the largest of its kind in Tamil Nadu.

12) Sripuram Golden Temple
Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India – 55,000 Sq.Meter

Sripuram Golden Temple, Vellore, Tamil Nadu
Sripuram Golden Temple, Vellore, Tamil Nadu

The golden temple of Sripuram is a spiritual park situated at the foot of a small range of green hills in a place known as “Malaikodi” in the city of Vellore in Tamil Nadu, India. The temple is at the southern end of the city of Vellore, at Tirumalaikodi.
The salient feature of Sripuram is the Lakshmi Narayani temple or Mahalakshmi temple whose ‘Vimanam’ and ‘Ardha Mandapam’ have been coated with gold both in the interior and exterior.

13) Jagannath Temple, Puri
Puri, Odisha, India – 37,000 Sq.Meter

Jagannath Temple, Puri
Jagannath Temple, Puri

The Jagannath Temple in Puri is a famous Hindu temple dedicated to Jagannath (Vishnu) in the coastal town of Puri in the state of Odisha, India. The name Jagannath (Lord of the Universe) is a combination of the Sanskrit words Jagat (Universe) and Nath (Lord of).

14) Birla Mandir
Delhi, India – 30,000

Birla Mandir, Delhi
Birla Mandir, Delhi

The Laxminarayan Temple (also known as the Birla Mandir) is a Hindu temple dedicated to Laxminarayan in Delhi, India. The temple is built in honour of Lakshmi (Hindu goddess of wealth) and her consort Narayana (Vishnu, Preserver in the Trimurti). The temple was built in 1622 by Vir Singh Deo and renovated by Prithvi Singh in 1793. During 1933-39, Laxmi Narayan Temple was built by Baldeo Das Birla of Birla family. Thus, the temple is also known as Birla Mandir. The famous temple is accredited to have been inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi in 1939. At that time, Gandhi kept a condition that the temple would not be restricted to the Hindus and people from every caste would be allowed inside. Since then, funds for further renovations and support have come from the Birla family.

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Mahaganpati, Ranjangaon - Ashtavinayaka

Here is the third Part of our series “Ashtavinayaka: The eight abodes of Lord Ganesha” Where we will discuss the final three Ganesha which are Girijatmak , Vighneshwar and Mahaganpati . So lets start…

6) Girijatmaj (गिरिजत्मज)

It is believed that Parvati (Shiva’s wife) performed penance to beget Ganesha at this point. Girija’s (Parvati’s) Atmaj (son) is Girijatmaj. This temple stands amidst a cave complex of 18 caves of Buddhist origin. This temple is the 8th cave. These are called Ganesh-leni as well. The temple is carved out of a single stone hill, which has 307 steps. The temple features a wide hall with no supporting pillars. The temple hall is 53feet long, 51feet wide and 7feet in height.

Girijatmaj Lenyadri  Ashtavinayaka
Girijatmaj Lenyadri Ashtavinayaka

The idol faces north with its trunk to the left, and has to be worshipped from the rear of the temple. The temple faces south. This idol seems to be little different from the rest of the Ashtavinayak idols in a sense that it appears to be not very well designed or carved like the other idols. This idol can be worshipped by anyone. There is no electric bulb in the temple. The temple is constructed such that during the day it is always lighted up by the sun-rays!

Girijatmaj Lenyadri  Ashtavinayaka
Girijatmaj Lenyadri Ashtavinayaka

7) Vighneshwar (विघ्नेश्वर):

The history encompassing this idol states that Vighnasur, a demon was created by the King of Gods, Indra to destroy the prayer organized by King Abhinandan. However, the demon went a step further and destroyed all vedic, religious acts and to answer the people’s prayers for protection, Ganesh defeated him. The story goes on to say that on being conquered, the demon begged and pleaded with Ganesha to show a mercy. Ganesha then granted in his plea, but on the condition that demon should not go to the place where Ganesha worshipping is going on. In return the demon asked a favour that his name should be taken before Ganesha’s name, thus the name of Ganesha became Vighnahar or Vighneshwar (Vighna in Sanskrit means a sudden interruption in the ongoing work due to some unforeseen, unwarranted event or cause). The Ganesha here is called Shri Vighneshwar Vinayak.

Vighneshwar, ozhar - Ashtavinayaka
Vighneshwar, ozhar – Ashtavinayaka

The temple faces east and is surrounded by a thick stone wall. One can walk on the wall. The main hall of the temple is 20feet long and the inner hall is 10feet long. This idol, facing the east, has its trunk towards the left and rubies in its eyes. There is a diamond on the forehead and some jewel in the navel. Idols of Riddhi and Siddhi are placed on the two sides of the Ganesha idol. The temple top is Golden and is possibly built by Chimaji Appa after defeating the Portuguese rulers of Vasai and Sashti. The temple is probably built around 1785AD.

Vighneshwar, ozhar - Ashtavinayaka
Vighneshwar, ozhar – Ashtavinayaka

8) Mahaganpati (महागणपति)
Shiva is believed to have worshipped Ganesha before fighting the demon Tripurasura here. The temple was built by Shiva where he worshipped Ganesha, and the town he set up was called Manipur which is now known as Ranjangaon.

The idol faces the east, is seated in a cross-legged position with a broad forehead, with its trunk pointing to the left. It is said that the original idol is hidden in the basement, having 10 trunks and 20 hands and is called Mahotkat, however, the temple authorities deny existence of any such idol.

Mahaganpati, Ranjangaon - Ashtavinayaka
Mahaganpati, Ranjangaon – Ashtavinayaka

Constructed so that the rays of the sun fall directly on the idol (during the Southward movement of the sun), the temple bears a distinct resemblance to the architecture reminiscent of the 9th and 10th Centuries and faces the east. Shrimant Madhavrao Peshwa used to visit this temple very often and built the stone sanctum around the idol and in 1790AD Mr. Anyaba Dev was authorised to worship the idol.

Ranjangaoncha Mahaganapati is considered to be one of the Ashta Vinayak shrines of Maharashtra, celebrating eight instances of legends related to Ganesha.

Legend has it that when a sage had once sneezed he gave out a child; since being with the sage the child learnt many good stuff about lord ganesha, however had inherited many evil thoughts within; when he grew he developed in to a demon by name Tripurasura; thereafter he prayed to Lord Shiva and got three powerful citadels (the evil Tripuram forts) of Gold, Silver and Bronze with a boon of invincibility until all the three are in linear; with the boon to his side he caused suffering to all beings in the heavens and on earth. Upon hearing the fervent appeals of the Gods, Shiva intervened, and realized that he could not defeat the demon. It was upon hearing Narada Muni’s advice that Shiva saluted Ganesha and then shot a single arrow that pierced through the citadels, bringing an end to the demon.

Shiva, the slayer of the Tripura citadels is enshrined at Bhimashankaram nearby.
A variation of this legend is commonly known in South India. Ganesha is said to have caused the axle in Shiva’s chariot to break, as the latter headed to battle the demon without saluting Ganesha before he set out. Upon realizing his act of omission, Shiva saluted his son Ganesha, and then proceeded victoriously to a short battle against the powerful demon.

Mahaganapati is portrayed, seated on a lotus, flanked by his consorts Siddhi and Ridhi. The temple dates back to the period of Peshwa Madhav Rao. The temple was erected during the rule of the Peshwas. Peshwa Madhavrao had constructed the Garbhagriha, the sanctum to house the swayambhoo statue.

The temple faces east. It has an imposing main gate which is guarded by two statues of Jay and Vijay. The temple is designed in such away that during Dakshinayan[ the apparent movement of the sun to the south] the rays of the sun fall directly on the deity.

The deity is seated and flanked on both sides by Riddhi and Siddhi. The trunk of the deity turns to the left. There is a local belief that the real statue of Mahaganpati is hidden in some vault and this statue has ten trunks and twenty arms. But there is nothing to substantiate this belief.

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Varad Vinayak - Ashtavinayaka

Here is the second Part of our series “Ashtavinayaka: The eight abodes of Lord Ganesha” Where we will discuss the next three Ganesha which are Ballaleshwar, Varadavinayak and Chintamani. So lets start…

3) Ballaleshwar (बल्लाळेश्वर) :

Like a few other murtis, this one has diamonds embedded in the eyes and navel, and with His trunk pointing to the left. One speciality of this temple is that the prasad offered to this Ganapati at Pali is Besan Laadu instead of Modak that is normally offered to other Ganapatis. The shape of the idol itself bears a striking remblance with the mountain which forms the backdrop of this temple. This is more prominently felt if one views the photograph of the mountain and then sees the idol.

Ballaleshwar, pali - Ashtavinayaka
Ballaleshwar, pali – Ashtavinayaka

The original wooden temple was reconstructed in to a stone temple by Nana Phadanavis in 1760. There are two small lakes constructed on two sides of the temple. One of them is reserved for the puja (worship) of the Deity. This Temple faces the east and has two sanctums. The inner one houses the murti and has a Mushika (Ganesha’s mouse vahana) with modaka in his forepaws in front of it. The hall, supported by eight exquisitely carved pillars demands as much attention as the idol, sitting on throne carved like a Cyprus tree. The eight pillars depict the eight directions. Inner sanctum is 15 feet tall and outer one is 12 feet tall. The temple is constructed in such a way that after the winter (dakshinayan : southward movement of the sun) solstice, the sun rays fall on the Ganesha murti at sunrise. The temple is built with stones which are stuck together very tight using melted lead.

History of Temple
The legendary story of Shri Ballaleshwar is covered in Upasana Khand Section -22 occurred in Pali the old name Pallipur.

Kalyansheth was a merchant in Pallipur and was married to Indumati. The couple was childless for quite some time but later was blessed with a son known as Ballal. As Ballal grew, he spent much of his time in worshiping and praying. He was devotee of Lord Ganesha and used to worship stone idol of Shri Ganesha in the forest along with his friends and companions. As it used to take time, the friends would reach home late. Regular delay in returning house used to irritate the parents of the friends of Ballal who complained to his father saying that Ballal was responsible for spoiling the kids. Already unhappy with Ballal for not concentrating on his studies, Kalyansheth was boiling with anger when he heard the complaint. Immediately he reached the place of worship in the forest and devastated Pooja arrangements organized by Ballal and his friends. He threw away the Stone Idol of Shri Ganesh and broke the pandal. All the kids got frightened but Ballal who was engrossed in Pooja and japa, did not even know what was happening around. Kalayan beat Ballal mercilessly and tied him to the tree saying to get fed and freed by Shri Ganesha. He left for home thereafter.

Ballaleshwar, pali - Ashtavinayaka
Ballaleshwar, pali – Ashtavinayaka

Ballal semiconscious and tied to the tree in the forest was lying as that with severe pain all over, started calling his beloved God, Shri Ganesha. “O Lord, Shri Ganesha, I was busy in praying you, I was right and humble but my cruel father has spoiled my act of devotion and hence I am unable to perform Pooja.” Shri Ganesha was pleased and responded quickly. Ballal was freed. He blessed Ballal to be superior devotee with larger lifespan. Shri Ganesha hugged Ballal and said that his father would suffer for his wrongdoings.

Ballal insisted that Lord Ganesha should continue to stay there at Pali. Nodding His head Shri Ganesha made his permanent stay at Pali as Ballal Vinayak and disappeared in a large stone. This is famous as Shri Ballaleshwar.

Shri Dhundi Vinayak
In the above mentioned story the stone idol which Ballal used to worship and which was thrown away by Kalyan Sheth is known as Dhundi Vinayak. The idol is facing west. The birth celebration of Dhundi Vinayak takes place from Jeshtha Pratipada to Panchami. From ancient time, it is a practice to take darshan of Dhundi Vinayak before proceeding to main idol Shree Ballaleshwar.

4) Varad Vinayak (वरदविनायक)

Ganesha is said to reside here in the form of Varada Vinayaka, the giver of bounty and success. The idol was found in the adjoining lake (to Mr. Dhondu Paudkar in 1690AD), in an immersed position and hence its weathered look. In 1725AD the then Kalyan subhedar, Mr. Ramji Mahadev Biwalkar built the Varadavinayak temple and the village of Mahad.

Varad Vinayak - Ashtavinayaka
Varad Vinayak – Ashtavinayaka

Mahad is a pretty village set in the hilly region of Konkan in the Raigarh district and the Khalapur Taluka of Maharastra.Lord Ganesha as Varad Vinayak fulfills all desires and grants all boons. This region was known as Bhadrak or Madhak in ancient times. The Original Idol of Varad Vinayak can be seen outside the sanctum. Both Idols are located in two corners- the Idol on the left is smeared in vermillion with its trunk turned left, and the idol on the right is made of white marble with its trunk turned to the right . The sanctum is made of stone and is surronded by beautiful stone elephant carving which house the idol. There are 4 elephant idols on 4 sides of the temple. Two stone idols of Riddhi & Siddhi can also be seen in the sanctum.

This is the only temple where devotees are allowed to personally pay their homage and respects to the idol. They are allowed in the immediate vicinity of this idol to perform their prayers.

5) Chintamani (चिंतामणि)

Ganesha is believed to have got back the precious Chinatamani jewel from the greedy Guna for sage Kapila at this spot. However, after bringing back the jewel, sage Kapila put it in Vinayaka’s (Ganesha’s) neck. Thus the name Chintamani Vinayak. This happened under the Kadamb tree, therefore Theur is known as Kadambanagar in old times.

Known to be one of the larger and more famous of the eight revered shrines, the temple is situated in the village of Theur, 25 km from Pune. The hall has a black stone water fountain in it.  Beside the central shrine dedicated to Ganesha, there are three smaller shrines in the temple complex dedicated to Shiva, Vishnu-Lakshmi and Hanuman. Lord Ganesha is worshipped by the name ‘Chintamani’ in this temple as it is believed he provides deliverance from worries.

Chintamani - Ashtavinayaka
Chintamani – Ashtavinayaka

The lake behind the temple is called Kadambteertha. The temple entrance is North facing. The outer wooden hall was built by Peshwas. The main temple is supposed to have been built by Dharanidhar Maharaj Dev from the family-lineage of Shri Moraya Gosavi. He must have built this around 100 years before Senior Shrimant Madhavrao Peshwa built the outer wooden hall.

This idol also has a left trunk, with carbuncle and diamonds as its eyes. The idol faces the East side.

Theur’s Chintamani was the family deity of Shrimant Madhavrao I Peshwa. He suffered from tuberculosis and died at a very young age (27years). He is supposed to have died in this temple. His wife, Ramabai committed Sati with him on 18 November 1772.

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A decor showing all Ashtavinayaka

Ashtavinayaka , also pronounced as Asthavinayaka, Ashthavinayaka (अष्टविनायक) literally means “eight Ganeshas” in Sanskrit. Ganesh is the Hindu deity of unity, prosperity & learning and removes obstacles. The term Ashtavinayaka refers to eight Ganeshas. Ashtavinayaka yatra trip refers to a pilgrimage to the eight Hindu temples in Maharashtra state of India that house eight distinct idols of Ganesha, in a pre-ascertained sequence.

A decor showing all Ashtavinayaka
A decor showing all Ashtavinayaka

The Ashtavinayaka yatra or pilgrimage covers the eight ancient holy temples of Ganesha which are situated around Maharashtra, A state of India. Each of these temples has its own individual legend and history, as distinct from each other as the murtis (Idos) in each temple. The form of each murti of Ganesha and His trunk are distinct from one another. All the Eight  Ashtavinayak Temples are Swayambhu (self-originated) and Jagrut.
The eight names of Ashtavinayaka are:
1. Moreshwar (मोरेश्वर) from Morgaon
2. Mahaganpati (महागणपति) from Ranjangaon
3. Chintamani (चिंतामणि) from Theur
4. Girijatmak (गिरिजत्मज) from Lenyadri
5. Vighneshwar (विघ्नेश्वर) from Ojhar
6. Siddhivinayak (सिद्धिविनायक ) from Siddhatek
7. Ballaleshwar (बल्लाळेश्वर) from Pali
8. Varad Vinayak (वरदविनायक) from Mahad

1) Moreshwara (मोरेश्वर):
This is the most important temple on this tour. The temple, built from black-stone during the Bahamani reign, has four gates (It is supposed to have been built by one of the knights named Mr. Gole, from the court of Bidar’s Sultan). The temple is situated in the centre of the village. The temple is covered from all sides by four minarets and gives feeling of a mosque if seen from a distance. This was done to prevent attacks on the temple during Mughal periods. The temple has 50 feet tall wall around it.

Morgaon temple - Ashtavinayaka
Morgaon temple – Ashtavinayaka

There is a Nandi (Shiva’s bull mount) sitting in front of this temple entrance, which is unique, as Nandi is normally in front of only Shiva temples. However, the story says that this statue was being carried to some Shivamandir during which the vehicle carrying it broke down and the Nandi statue could not be removed from its current place.

The murti of Lord Ganesha  is three eyed, seated, and his trunk is turned towards the left, riding a peacock, in the form of Mayureshwara is believed to have slain the demon Sindhu at this spot. The idol, with its trunk turned to the left, has a cobra (Nagaraja) poised over it protecting it. This form of Ganesha also has two other murtis of Siddhi (Capability) and Riddhi (Intelligence).

Morgaon Ganpati - Ashtavinayaka
Morgaon Ganpati – Ashtavinayaka

However, this is not the original murti -which is said to have been consecrated twice by Brahma, once before and once after being destroyed by the asura Sindhurasur. The original murti, smaller in size and made of atoms of sand, iron, and diamonds, was supposedly enclosed in a copper sheet by the Pandavas and placed behind the one that is currently worshiped.

2) Siddhivinayak (सिद्धिविनायक ):

Siddhatek is a remote little village along the river Bhima in the Ahmednagar district and Karjat tehsil in Maharashtra. The Siddhivinayak Ashtavinayak Temple at Siddhtek is considered an especially powerful deity. God Vishnu is supposed to have vanquished the asuras Madhu and Kaitabh after propitiating Ganesha here. This is the only murti of these eight with the trunk positioned to the right. It is believed that the two saints Shri Morya Gosavi and Shri Narayan Maharaj of Kedgaon received their enlightenment here.

Siddhivinayak Siddhatek temple - Ashtavinayak
Siddhivinayak Siddhatek temple – Ashtavinayak

The Mudgala Purana narrates that at the beginning of Creation, the creator-god Brahma emerges from a lotus, that rises the god Vishnu’s navel as Vishnu sleeps in his yoganidra. While Brahma starts creating the universe, two demons Madhu and Kaitabha rise from the dirt in Vishnu’s ear. The demons disturb Brahma’s process of creation, thereby compelling Vishnu to awake. Vishnu battles the battle, but cannot defeat them. He asks the god Shiva the reason for this. Shiva informs Vishnu that he cannot succeed as he had forgotten to invoke Ganesha – the god of beginning and obstacle removal – before the fight. Therefore Vishnu performs penance at Siddhatek, invoking Ganesha with his mantra  “Om Sri Ganeshaya Namah”. Pleased, Ganesha bestows his blessings and various siddhis (“powers”) on Vishnu, returns to his fight and slays the demons. The place where Vishnu acquired siddhis was thereafter known as Siddhatek.

Siddhivinayak, Siddhatek Ganpati - Ashtavinayaka
Siddhivinayak, Siddhatek Ganpati – Ashtavinayaka

The temple is North-facing and is on a small hillock. The main road towards the temple was believed to be built by Peshwa’s general Haripant Phadake. The inner sanctum, 15 feet high and 10 feet wide is built by Punyashloka Ahilyabai Holkar. The idol is 3feet tall and 2.5feet wide. The idol faces North-direction. The stomach of the murti is not wide, but Riddhi and Siddhi murtis are sitting on one thigh. This murti’s trunk is turning to the right. The right-sided-trunk Ganesha is supposed to be very strict for the devotees. To make one round (pradakshina) around the temple one has to make the round trip of the hillock. This takes about 30 minutes with moderate speed.

Peshwa general Haripant Phadake lost his General’s position and did 21 Pradakshina around the temple. On the 21st day Peshwa’s court-man came and took him to the court with royal honor. Haripant promised the God that he will bring the stones of the castle which he will win from the first war he will fight as the general. The stone pathway is built from the Badami-Castle which was attacked by Haripant soon after he became the general.

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In the vast sea of knowledge of Hindu mythology, the word “Jyotirlinga” Or “Jyotirling” (ज्योतिर्लिंग) holds a very strong religious and emotional significance as it represents the abode of Lord Shiva. The word Jyotirlinga is derived from the Sanskrit words “Jyoti” meaning “radiance” or “light” and “Linga” referring to the symbol of Lord Shiva, Jyotirlinga embodies the divine cosmic energy of the Supreme Being. These sacred abodes of Lord Shiva are believed to be alive with His presence and are revered as the most visited pilgrimage sites in India.

The origin of the term “Jyotirling” (ज्योतिर्लिंग) can be traced back to ancient scriptures and religious texts. The Puranas, particularly the Shiva Purana and the Linga Purana, extensively mention the significance and stories of the Jyotirlingas. These sacred texts describe the legends associated with each Jyotirlinga and the divine manifestations of Lord Shiva at these holy sites.

The worship of the Shivalinga holds utmost importance for devotees of Lord Shiva, considering it as the primary form of worship. It is believed that the Shivalinga represents the resplendent light or flame-like form of the Shiva himself, one of the principal deities in the Hindu trinity. It is a powerful and ancient symbol associated with the divine masculine energy, creation, and the eternal cycle of life.

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Shiv Ling (शिवलिंग) – Represents the cosmic pillar of energy and consciousness from which the entire universe emerges – HinfuFaqs

Here are some key aspects and interpretations associated with the Shiva Lingam:

  1. Creation and Dissolution:
    The Shiva Ling represents the union of the cosmic energies of creation and dissolution. It symbolizes the cyclic process of birth, growth, death, and rebirth. The rounded top of the Linga represents the energy of creation, while the cylindrical base represents dissolution or transformation.
  2. Divine Masculine Energy:
    The Shiva Ling is a representation of the divine masculine principle. It embodies qualities such as strength, power, and spiritual transformation. It is often worshipped by devotees seeking blessings for inner strength, courage, and spiritual growth.
  3. Union of Shiva and Shakti:
    The Shiva Ling is often seen as a representation of the union between Lord Shiva and his consort, Goddess Shakti. It symbolizes the harmonious balance of the divine masculine and feminine energies, known as Shiva and Shakti, respectively. The Linga represents the Shiva aspect, while the yoni  represents the Shakti aspect.
  4. Fertility and Life Force:
    The Shiva Ling is associated with fertility and the life force energy. It represents the procreative energy of Lord Shiva and is worshipped for blessings related to fertility, progeny, and the continuation of family lineage.
  5. Spiritual Awakening:
    The Shiva Ling is revered as a sacred object of meditation and spiritual awakening. Devotees believe that meditating upon the Linga can help awaken the peaceful spiritual energy within and lead to self-realization and liberation.
  6. Ritual Worship:
    The Shiva Ling is worshipped with great reverence and devotion. Devotees offer water, milk, bilva leaves, flowers, and sacred ash (vibhuti) to the Linga as a gesture of respect and adoration. These offerings are believed to purify the mind, body, and soul and invoke the blessings of Lord Shiva.

It is important to note that the Shiva Ling is not considered a phallic symbol in a purely sexual context. Its representation goes beyond the physical aspect and delves into the profound symbolism of cosmic creation and spiritual transformation.

The manifestation of Lord Shiva as a Jyotirlinga holds a special place in Hindu mythology. It is believed that during the night of the Aridra Nakshatra, Lord Shiva revealed himself as the Jyotirlinga. Though the appearance may not have distinguishing features, it is said that individuals who have reached higher levels of spiritual attainment can perceive these lingas as columns of fire penetrating through the earth. This celestial phenomenon further enhances the true significance attached to the Jyotirlingas.

Initially, there were believed to be 64 Jyotirlingas, but 12 of them hold immense auspiciousness and sanctity. Each of these 12 Jyotirlinga sites is dedicated to a specific presiding deity, considered as distinct manifestations of Lord Shiva himself. The primary image at each of these sacred sites is a linga or lingam, symbolizing the timeless and eternal Stambha pillar, which represents the infinite nature of Lord Shiva.

The Jyotirlingas evoke deep religious sentiments among devotees, who perceive them as powerful sources of divine energy and blessings. Pilgrims from far and wide regions of India and from the world undertake long journeys to visit these sacred sites, seeking spiritual upliftment, inner transformation, and closeness to Lord Shiva. The presence of the Jyotirlingas serves as a constant reminder of the transcendental nature of God and the infinite possibilities of spiritual realization.

  1. 12 Jyotirlinga (ज्योतिर्लिंग) In India – Temples Of Lord Shiva

    Somnath Jyotirlinga Temple – Located in Veraval, Saurashtra region In Gujarat
    Nageshwar Jyotirlinga Temple – Located in Daarukavanam region In Gujarat
    Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga Temple – Located in Pune region In Maharashtra
    Trimbakeshwar Jyotirlinga Temple – Located in Nashik region In Maharashtra
    Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga Temple – Located in Aurangabad region In Maharashtra
    Vaidyanath Jyotirlinga Temple – Located in Deoghar region In Jharkhand
    Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga Temple – Located in Ujjain region In Madhya Pradesh
    Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga Temple – Located in Khandwa region In Madhya Pradesh
    Kashi Vishwanath Jyotirlinga Temple – Located in Varanasi region In Uttar Pradesh
    Kedarnath Jyotirlinga Temple – Located in Kedarnath region In Uttarakhand
    Rameshwaram Jyotirlinga Temple – Located in Rameswaram region In Tamil Nadu
    Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga Temple – Located in Srisailam region In Andhra Pradesh

Dwadasa Jyotirlinga Stotra by Adi Shankaracharya:

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Dwadasa Jyotirlinga Stotra by Adi Shankaracharya – HinduFAQs

Dwadasa 12 Jyotirlinga Stotra In Sanskrit

“सौराष्ट्रे सोमनाथं च श्रीशैले मल्लिकार्जुनम् । उज्जयिन्यां महाकालमोकांरममलेश्वरम् । परल्यां वैद्यनाथं च डाकिन्यां भीमशंकरम् । सेतुबंधे तु रामेशं नागेशं दारूकावने । वाराणस्यां तु विश्वेशं त्रयंम्बकं गौतमीतटे । हिमालये तु केदारं घुश्मेशं च शिवालये ।
ऐतानि ज्योतिर्लिंगानि सायं प्रातः पठेन्नरः । सप्तजन्मकृतं पापं स्मरणेन विनश्यति ।”

Dwadasa 12 Jyotirlinga Stotra English Translation

‘Saurashtre Somanaatham Cha Sree Saile Mallikarjunam. Ujjayinyaam Mahaakaalam Omkaare Mamaleswaram. Himalaye to Kedaram Daakinyaam Bhimashankaram. Vaaranaasyaam cha Viswesam Trayambakam Gowtameethate. Paralyaam Vaidyanaatham cha Naagesam Daarukaavane
Setubandhe Ramesham Grushnesam cha Shivaalaye ||’

Meaning of Dwadasa 12 Jyotirlinga Stotra in English:

“In Saurashtra is Somnath, and in Shri Shailam is Mallikarjuna, In Ujjain is Mahakala, and in Omkareshwar is Amaleshwara, In Parli is Vaidyanath, and in Dakini is Bhimashankara, In Setubandha is Rameshwara, and in Daruka Forest is Nageshwara, In Varanasi is Vishweshwara, and on the banks of Godavari is Trayambakeshwara, In the Himalayas is Kedara, and in Kashi is Gushmeshwara, By reciting these Jyotirlingas in the evening and morning, A person is relieved from sins committed in seven lifetimes.”

Note: This Sanskrit stotra or hymn highlights the 12 Jyotirlinga, including Somnath, Mallikarjuna, Mahakaleshwar, Omkareshwar, Vaidyanath, Bhimashankar, Rameshwaram, Nageshwara, Vishweshwara, Trayambakeshwara, Kedarnath, and Gushmeshwara. It emphasizes the power of reciting the names of these sacred lingas in relieving one from the sins accumulated over multiple lifetimes.

1. Somnath Jyotirlinga Temple – Veraval, Gujarat
The Eternal Shrine of Lord Shiva

The Somnath Jyotirlinga Temple, in the holy town of Prabhas Patan near Veraval, Gujarat, holds a prime spot among the 12 Jyotirlinga dedicated to Lord Shiva. Enshrining the first and foremost Jyotirlinga, this divine temple radiates with the powerful presence of Lord Shiva. The significance of the Somnath Temple can be traced back to ancient times, as mentioned in sacred scriptures and revered hymns.

Let us embark on a spiritual journey to explore the glory and devotion that surround the first Jyotirlinga – Somnath.

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Nomenclature and Significance of Somnath Temple:

The term “Somnath” is derived from two Sanskrit words – “Soma” and “Nath.” “Soma” refers to the Moon God, while “Nath” translates to “Lord” or “Master.” The name signifies the divine association of Lord Shiva with the Moon God, indicating the significance of this sacred abode.

Importatance of Somnath Temple

The Somnath Temple’s importance lies in its status as the first among the 12 Jyotirlinga. The term “Jyotirlinga” comprises two elements: “Jyoti” meaning “radiant light” and “Linga” representing Lord Shiva’s formless cosmic manifestation. The Jyotirlingas are considered the supreme abodes of Lord Shiva, where devotees can experience his divine presence and seek spiritual enlightenment.

History and Significance Of Somnath Temple:

The history of the Somnath Temple is intertwined with ancient mythology of Indian history. It is believed that Lord Shiva manifested himself as the first Jyotirlinga at Somnath, signifying the eternal divine light. The temple’s origin traces back to the Satyug era, and its prominence finds mention in revered scriptures like the Skanda Purana, Shiva Purana, and Dwadasha Jyotirlinga Stotram.

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Throughout its existence, the Somnath Temple witnessed the rise and fall of dynasties, facing numerous invasions and destruction. It stood as a testament to the unwavering faith and devotion of countless devotees, who rebuilt the temple time and again. The temple’s history includes the devastating invasions by Mahmud of Ghazni in the 11th century and subsequent reconstruction efforts by different rulers, explains the resilience and spirit of Shiva devotees.

Architectural Marvel Of Somnath Temple:

The Somnath Temple’s architectural marvel showcases a fusion of ancient and contemporary styles. The temple is truly magnificent, with its beautiful carvings, tall towers, and delicate sculptures. The Shiv ling is inside the gabhara. It represents a never-ending beam of light and reminds us of Lord Shiva’s everlasting presence in the universe.


Architectural Marvel Of Somnath Jyotirlinga Temple. Photo Credits: Gujarat Tourism

Pilgrimage and Worship in Somnath Temple:

Pilgrims from far and wide undertake a spiritual journey to the Somnath Temple, seeking divine blessings, solace, and liberation from the cycle of life and death. The temple resonates with the enchanting chants of Vedic hymns and the deep devotion of devotees, creating an atmosphere charged with spiritual energy.

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Festivals like Mahashivaratri, Kartik Purnima, and Shravan Month witness grand rituals and ceremonies at the Somnath Temple. Devotees immerse themselves in sacred rituals, offering prayers and performing abhishekam (ritualistic bathing) to seek Lord Shiva’s divine grace and blessings.

Nageshwar Jyotirlinga Temple: Dwarka, Gujarat
The Sacred Jyotirlinga of Lord Shiva – Dwelling of the Mighty Serpent

Introduction of Nageshwar Jyotirlinga Temple:

Situated near the city of Dwarka in Gujarat, the Nageshwar Jyotirlinga Temple holds immense significance as one of the 12 Jyotirlinga dedicated to Lord Shiva. Known as the “Dwarka Nageshwar Jyotirlinga,” this divine temple’s sanctorium enshrines the Nageshwar Linga, symbolizing the presence and divine power of Lord Shiva. Let us walk on a spiritual journey to explore the profound history, sacred legends, and the spiritual essence surrounding the Nageshwar Temple.


Nageshwar Jyotirlinga Temple: Dwarka, Gujarat. Photo Credits: Gujarat Tourism

Nomenclature and Mythological Significance behind Nageshwar Jyotirlinga Temple:

The term “Nageshwar” is derived from two Sanskrit words – “Naga” meaning “serpent” and “Ishwara” representing “Lord.” Nageshwar signifies the Lord of Serpents, as Lord Shiva is often associated with snakes in Hindu mythology. The temple derives its name from the sacred association with the serpent lord.

Legends and Historical Significance related to Nageshwar Jyotirlinga Temple:

According to ancient stories, it is believed that the Nageshwar Temple holds a strong connection with the legendary tale from in the Shiva Purana. The story revolves around the demon couple Daruka and Daruki, who were devotees of Lord Shiva. Impressed by their unwavering devotion, Lord Shiva granted them a boon to be invincible. However, the demon Daruka misused his powers and created havoc on Earth.

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To restore balance and protect the world, Lord Shiva manifested as the Nageshwar Jyotirlinga, emerged as a towering column of light, and vanquished the demon Daruka. The temple’s location is believed to be the site where this divine intervention took place, cementing its historical and mythological significance.

Architectural Marvel and Sacred Rituals associated with Nageshwar Jyotirlinga Temple:

The Nageshwar Temple showcases exquicent architectural craftsmanship, blending intricate carvings and vibrant beautiful sculptures. In the sanctum sanctorum holds the Nageshwar Linga, a self-manifested linga, which is a naturally formed oval-shaped stone believed to embody Lord Shiva’s presence.

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Devotees gather to the Nageshwar Temple to seek the blessings of Lord Shiva and participate in sacred rituals. The Maha Rudra Abhishekam, is performed with great devotion, where milk, water, and flowers are poured over the lingam. The chanting of name of lord shiva and the resonating sounds of bells and conches create an atmosphere charged with spiritual calmness.

Pilgrimage and Spiritual Significance of Nageshwar Jyotirlinga Temple:

Pilgrims from far and wide landscapes of India and the world takes the spiritual journey to the Nageshwar Temple, seeking solace, divine blessings, and spiritual awakening. The temple radiates a calming aura, inviting devotees to immerse themselves in deep contemplation and connect with the divine essence of Lord Shiva.

Devotees believe that worshiping at the Nageshwar Temple grants liberation from the cycle of birth and death, bringing inner transformation and spiritual enlightenment.

Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga Temple: Pune, Maharashtra
The Divine Jyotirlinga of Lord Shiva – Manifestation of Strength and Serenity

Introduction about Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga Temple:

Situated in the mid of the scenic Sahyadri Mountains of Maharashtra, the Bhimashankar Temple stands as one of the 12 Jyotirlinga dedicated to Lord Shiva. Known for its mesmerizing natural beauty and spiritual aura, this sacred abode holds deep significance for devotees seeking the divine blessings of Lord Shiva.

Mythological Legends and Significance of Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga Temple:

The Bhimashankar Temple derives its name from the ancient mythological tale associated with Lord Shiva’s incarnation as Bhima, known for his immense strength. According to legend, Lord Shiva appeared in the form of a fierce and majestic Jyotirlinga to vanquish the demon Tripurasura, who threatened peace and harmony in the universe. The temple’s location is believed to be the spot where Lord Shiva manifested his divine presence to protect and restore cosmic order.

Architectural Marvel and Sacred Surroundings of Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga Temple:

The Bhimashankar Temple stands as an architectural marvel, blending traditional Nagara-style and Hemadpanti architectural elements. The temple’s intricate carvings, ornate pillars, and exquisite sculptures create a mesmerizing visuals, transporting devotees into a realm of divinity and soulfullness.

Surrounded by lush greenery and cascading waterfalls, the temple is nestled in the Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary, providing a serene backdrop for spiritual awakening. The natural splendor and serene atmosphere further enhance the spiritual experience for pilgrims and seekers.

The Sacred Rituals of Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga Temple:

The sanctum sanctorum of the Bhimashankar Temple houses the revered Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga, representing Lord Shiva’s supreme cosmic energy. The linga is adorned with intricate jewelry and offerings.

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Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga: Pune, Maharashtra. Photo Credits: RVA Temples

Devotees engage in various rituals and prayers at the temple to seek the blessings and divine grace of Lord Shiva. The rhythmic chants of Vedic hymns, the fragrance of agarbatti and Dhoopam or Dhoop, and the resonating sounds of bells create an atmosphere charged with spiritual upliftment. The Abhishekam, the ceremonial bath of the linga with holy water, milk, and sacred substances, is performed with utmost devotion, symbolizing the purification of the devotee’s mind, body, and soul.

Pilgrimage and Spiritual Essence of Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga Temple:

The Bhimashankar Temple attracts devotees from far and wide, who embark on a sacred pilgrimage to seek spiritual solace and enlightenment. The serene surroundings and the divine energy permeating the temple inspire a deep sense of devotion and reverence.

The pilgrimage to Bhimashankar is not only a physical journey but also an inner transformation. The spiritual vibrations and the divine presence of Lord Shiva help seekers attain inner peace, dissolve worldly attachments, and experience the profound connection between the self and the supreme consciousness.

Trimbakeshwar Jyotirlinga Temple: Nashik, Maharashtra
The Sacred Abode of Lord Shiva – The Source of the Sacred Godavari River

Introduction of Trimbakeshwar Jyotirlinga Temple:

Located in the beautiful town of Trimbak in Maharashtra, the Trimbakeshwar Jyotirlinga Temple holds immense spiritual significance as one of the 12 revered Jyotirlingas dedicated to Lord Shiva. Known as the “Trimbakeshwar Jyotirlinga,” this divine sanctuary not only represents the presence of Lord Shiva but also serves as the originating point of the sacred Godavari River. Let us embark on a spiritual journey to explore the ancient legends, architectural splendor, and the profound spiritual essence surrounding the Trimbakeshwar Temple.

Trimbakeshwar Jyotirlinga Temple: Nashik, Maharashtra
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Mythological Legends and Sacred Origins of Trimbakeshwar Jyotirlinga Temple:

The Trimbakeshwar Jyotirlinga Temple is steeped in ancient mythology and legends. According to one popular belief, the sacred Godavari River is said to originate from a reservoir called the “Kushavarta Kund” located within the temple complex. It is believed that Lord Shiva himself released the Ganges River from his matted locks, which then flowed down to earth as the Godavari River, bestowing divine blessings upon the land.

The temple’s origin dates back to the ancient times, and its significance finds mention in sacred scriptures such as the Skanda Purana and the Shivapuran. Legends also narrate how Lord Shiva, in the form of Trimbakeshwar Jyotirlinga, granted salvation to countless devotees who sought spiritual liberation.

Architectural Marvel and Sacred Rituals related to Trimbakeshwar Jyotirlinga Temple:

The Trimbakeshwar Jyotirlinga Temple stands as an architectural masterpiece, reflecting the Indo-Aryan style of architecture. The temple’s elaborate entrance, intricately carved walls, and ornate spires create a captivating sight for devotees and visitors. The sanctum sanctorum houses the revered Trimbakeshwar Jyotirlinga, which is believed to possess immense spiritual power and radiate divine energy.


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Devotees flock from all over the world to the Trimbakeshwar Temple to engage in various rituals and seek the blessings of Lord Shiva. The Rudra-bhishek, a ceremonial bath of the linga with sacred substances like milk, water, honey, and sandalwood paste, is performed with deep reverence and devotion. The temple resonates with the enchanting sounds of Vedic chants, hymns, and prayers, creating an atmosphere charged with spiritual fervor.

Pilgrimage and Spiritual Significance of Trimbakeshwar Jyotirlinga Temple:

The Trimbakeshwar Jyotirlinga Temple holds a special place in the hearts of pilgrims who undertake a sacred journey to seek spiritual solace and divine blessings. The temple’s serene surroundings, located between the lush greenery of the Brahmagiri Hills, provide a breath taking environment for introspection and contemplation.

Devotees believe that visiting the Trimbakeshwar Jyotirlinga Temple, taking a dip in the holy Kushavarta Kund, and offering prayers with utmost devotion can purify one’s soul and wash away sins. The pilgrimage to Trimbakeshwar is not only a physical endeavor but also a spiritual quest to experience the divine presence of Lord Shiva, leading to spiritual awakening and inner transformation.

Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga Temple: Aurangabad, Maharashtra
The Sacred Abode of Lord Shiva – Gateway to Divine Healing and Blessings

Introduction about Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga Temple:

Nestled in the serene town of Verul, Maharashtra, the Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga Temple stands as one of the 12 revered Jyotirlinga dedicated to Lord Shiva. Known as the “Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga,” this ancient and sacred temple holds immense spiritual significance for devotees seeking divine healing, blessings, and spiritual upliftment. Let us embark on a spiritual journey to uncover the mystical legends, architectural splendor, and the profound spiritual essence surrounding the Grishneshwar Temple.

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Mythological Legends and Divine Miracles related to Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga Temple:

The Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga Temple is intertwined with captivating mythological legends that depict Lord Shiva’s divine grace and miraculous interventions. One popular legend tells the tale of a devout woman named Kusuma, who was childless and yearned for a child. Impressed by her unwavering devotion, Lord Shiva blessed her with a son at the Grishneshwar Temple. This divine intervention earned the temple its name, as “Grishneshwar” translates to “Lord of Compassion.”

Legends also narrate how Lord Shiva bestowed divine healing and restored the health of devotees who sought solace and liberation at the temple. The sacred space of Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga Temple is believed to be a powerful conduit for experiencing divine grace and blessings.

Architectural Marvel and Sacred Atmosphere of Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga Temple:

The Grishneshwar Temple stands as a testimony to magnificent architectural work. The temple showcases beautiful delicate carvings, sculptured walls, and beautifully adorned spires that reflect the grandeur of ancient Indian temple architecture. The sanctum sanctorum houses the revered Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga, emmiting an aura of divinity and tranquility.

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The temple’s serene atmosphere, adorned with fragrant flowers and resonating with Vedic chants, creates a sacred ambiance that invites devotees to surrender their minds and hearts to Lord Shiva. The divine energy permeating the temple’s surroundings instills a deep sense of devotion and reverence in the hearts of the seekers.

Pilgrimage and Spiritual Significance of Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga Temple:

Pilgrims from far and wide undertake a sacred journey to the Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga Temple, seeking divine blessings, spiritual solace, and liberation from worldly afflictions. Devotees believe that worshiping at this sacred abode can bestow prosperity, peace, and fulfillment in their lives.

The temple serves as a spiritual gateway for inner healing, where devotees can offer prayers, perform rituals, and seek divine guidance. The recitation of ancient Vedic mantras and hymns creates an atmosphere charged with spiritual vibrations, facilitating a profound connection between the individual soul and the supreme consciousness.

Baidyanath Jyotirlinga Temple: Deoghar, Jharkhand
The Divine Abode of Lord Shiva – The Epitome of Healing and Well-being

Introduction of Baidyanath Jyotirlinga Temple:

Nestled in the ancient city of Deoghar in Jharkhand, the Baidyanath Jyotirlinga Temple stands as one of the 12 Jyotirlingas dedicated to Lord Shiva. Known as the “Vaidyanath Jyotirlinga,” this sacred pilgrimage site holds deep spiritual significance as the abode of Lord Shiva, the divine healer and healer of health and well-being. Let us embark on a spiritual journey to unravel the captivating legends, architectural marvels, and the profound spiritual essence surrounding the Baidyanath Temple.

Baidyanath Jyotirlinga Temple: Deoghar, Jharkhand
Baidyanath Jyotirlinga Temple: Deoghar, Jharkhand

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Mythological Legends and Healing Grace of Baidyanath Jyotirlinga Temple:

The Baidyanath Jyotirlinga Temple is steeped in mythological legends that depict Lord Shiva’s role as the divine healer. According to ancient scriptures, Lord Shiva assumed the form of Baidyanath (the Divine Physician) to heal and protect the sufferings of humanity. It is believed that worshiping Lord Shiva in this form at the Baidyanath Jyotirlinga Temple can restore divine healing, cure ailments, and restore overall well-being.

Legends also narrate how Lord Ravana, the mythical demon king, undertook a rigorous penance to seek Lord Shiva’s blessings at this sacred site. Impressed by his devotion, Lord Shiva granted Ravana a divine linga, which later became the Baidyanath Jyotirlinga, symbolizing the eternal healing power of the divine.

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Architectural Splendor and Sacred Atmosphere of Baidyanath Jyotirlinga Temple:

The Baidyanath Jyotirlinga Temple showcases exquisite architectural work, blending traditional North Indian and Mughal architectural styles. The temple complex features intricately carved walls, majestic domes, and beautifully adorned spires, all symbolizing the grandeur of divine presence.

Upon entering the temple, devotees are greeted by a serene and sacred atmosphere, resonating with the echoes of devotional chants and prayers. The sanctum sanctorum houses the revered Baidyanath Jyotirlinga, radiating a divine aura that instills hope, faith, and healing energy in the hearts of devotees.

Rituals and Divine Offerings for Baidyanath Jyotirlinga Temple:

Devotees engage in various rituals and offerings at the baidyanath Jyotirlinga Temple to seek divine healing and well-being. The holy water from the Ganges River, also known as “jalabhishek,” is poured over the linga as a symbol of purification and the healing grace of Lord Shiva. Devotees also offer bilva leaves, flowers, and sacred chants to express their devotion and seek blessings for good health.

Pilgrimage and Spiritual Significance of Baidyanath Jyotirlinga Temple:

The pilgrimage to the Baidyanath Jyotirlinga Temple holds immense significance for devotees seeking healing, both physical and spiritual. It is believed that sincere prayers and offerings at this sacred abode can remove obstacles, and bring about complete well-being.

The spiritual journey to the Baidyanath Jyotirlinga Temple allows devotees to deepen their connection with Lord Shiva as the ultimate healer and experience profound inner transformation. The serene surroundings and the divine energy of the temple serve as a catalyst for spiritual growth, healing, and self-realization.

Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga Temple: Ujjain, Madhya pradesh
The Majestic Abode of Lord Shiva – The Eternal Protector and Destroyer of Time

Introduction of Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga:

Situated on the banks of the holy Kshipra River in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh, the Mahakaleshwar Temple stands as one of the 12 Jyotirlingas dedicated to Lord Shiva. Known as the “Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga,” this ancient and sacred temple holds immense spiritual significance as the abode of Lord Shiva, the eternal protector and destroyer of time. Let us embark on a divine journey to explore the rich history, mystical legends, and the profound spiritual essence surrounding the Mahakaleshwar Temple.

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Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga Temple: Ujjain, Madhya pradesh

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Mythological Legends and Timeless Grace of Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga:

The Mahakaleshwar Temple is steeped in captivating mythological legends that depict the awe-inspiring power and grace of Lord Shiva. According to ancient scriptures, Lord Shiva manifested in the form of Mahakaleshwar to protect the universe from evil forces and restore cosmic balance. It is believed that worshipping Mahakaleshwar at this sacred abode can grant liberation from the cycle of birth and death, symbolizing the eternal nature of time and the transcendence of worldly attachments.

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Legends also narrate how the Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga temple witnessed numerous divine interventions and miraculous occurrences, amplifying the god’s presence and compassionate blessings of Lord Shiva. Devotees believe that Mahakaleshwar’s grace can bestow divine protection, spiritual awakening, and liberation from worldly illusions.

The Battle between Lord Shiva and Lord Yama:

A legend associated with the Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga involves a fierce battle between Lord Shiva and Lord Yama, the god of death. It is believed that the ruler of Ujjain, Raja Chandrasena, once unknowingly disturbed a sage named Vriddhakar and his consort. In anger, the sage cursed the king with a deadly disease. In order to save the king, his wife, Queen Madhavi, performed intense penance to seek Lord Shiva’s intervention. Pleased with her devotion, Lord Shiva appeared and defeated Lord Yama, thus liberating the king from the curse. This event is believed to have occurred at the present site of the Mahakaleshwar temple.

The King Vikramaditya’s Association with Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga Temple:

King Vikramaditya, a legendary ruler, is said to have played a significant role in the history of the Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga. It is believed that he renovated and expanded the temple during his reign. He was a devout worshipper of Lord Shiva and made significant contributions to the temple’s development, making it one of the most prominent pilgrimage sites in India.

Architectural Splendor and Sacred Rituals associated with Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga:

The Mahakaleshwar Temple showcases beautiful architecture, with its towering spires, intricately carved walls, and majestic entrance gateways. The temple’s distinct Bhumija and Maru-Gurjara architectural styles reflect the rich cultural heritage of the region. The sanctum sanctorum houses the revered Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga, radiating a divine aura that mesmerizes devotees with its timeless presence.

Devotees flock to the temple to partake in sacred rituals and seek blessings from Mahakaleshwar. The Bhasma Aarti, a unique ritual where the deity is adorned with sacred ash, is performed daily in the early morning hours, creating a mystical atmosphere filled with devotion and reverence. The divine chants, hymns, and prayers reverberate through the temple, creating an environment charged with spiritual energy and devotion.

Pilgrimage and Spiritual Significance of Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga Temple:

The pilgrimage to the Mahakaleshwar Temple holds immense spiritual significance for devotees seeking divine grace, protection, and liberation. The temple serves as a gateway to profound spiritual experiences and inner transformation. It is believed that a visit to the temple and sincere devotion can help seekers transcend the limitations of time and attain spiritual enlightenment.

The sacred city of Ujjain, with its association with Lord Shiva and its historical and cultural heritage, further adds to the spiritual significance of the Mahakaleshwar Temple. Pilgrims from far and wide undertake the journey to seek Mahakaleshwar’s blessings, immerse themselves in the divine vibrations, and connect with the eternal essence of Lord Shiva.

Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga Temple: The Sacred Confluence of Devotion and Divinity – Uniting the Divine Energies of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati

Introduction of Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga Temple:

Nestled on the serene island of Mandhata in the Narmada River, Madhya Pradesh, the Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga Temple stands as a revered pilgrimage site dedicated to Lord Shiva. Known as the “Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga,” this ancient temple holds immense spiritual significance as the abode of Lord Shiva, the supreme consciousness, and represents the cosmic union of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Let us embark on a spiritual journey to discover the captivating legends, architectural marvels, and the profound spiritual essence surrounding the Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga Temple.

Legends and Divine Confluence of Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga Temple:

The Omkareshwar Temple is enshrined with captivating legends that depict the divine confluence of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. According to ancient scriptures, it is believed that Lord Shiva assumed the form of Omkareshwar (the Lord of Omkara) to appease the gods and goddesses and seek their blessings. The temple represents the eternal bond between Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, symbolizing the harmonious blending of masculine and feminine energies, creation, and dissolution.

The sacred island of Omkareshwar is said to resemble the shape of the sacred syllable “Om,” representing the cosmic vibration and the primordial sound of the universe. It is believed that chanting the sacred sound of “Om” in the vicinity of the temple enhances spiritual vibrations and leads to self-realization.

The Legend of Vindhya Mountains:

According to Hindu mythology, there was once a rivalry between the Vindhya Mountains and the Mount Meru, both of whom were seeking supremacy. In their quest for dominance, the Vindhya Mountains performed severe penance to please Lord Shiva. Pleased with their devotion, Lord Shiva appeared before them and granted their wish to be known as Omkareshwar, the divine form of Lord Shiva himself. The temple derives its name from this legend.

The Tale of King Mandhata:

The island on which the Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga Temple is situated is believed to be named after King Mandhata, an ancient ruler mentioned in Hindu scriptures. It is said that King Mandhata undertook a rigorous penance and worshiped Lord Shiva on this island, seeking his blessings and guidance. Lord Shiva was pleased with his devotion and granted him a boon, making the island sacred and declaring it as his abode.

The Divine Confluence of the Narmada and Kaveri Rivers:

One of the unique features of the Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga Temple is its location at the confluence of the Narmada and Kaveri rivers. This confluence, known as the “Mamaleshwar Sangam,” is considered highly auspicious and is believed to possess immense spiritual energy. It is believed that taking a holy dip at this sacred confluence can cleanse sins and bestow blessings upon devotees.

The Miraculous Appearance of the Lingam:

Another legend associated with the temple tells the story of a devotee named Mandhata. He was an ardent follower of Lord Shiva but was childless. In his prayers, he pleaded for a child. Pleased with his devotion, Lord Shiva appeared before him and granted his wish. Lord Shiva transformed himself into a Jyotirlinga and blessed Mandhata. This divine lingam is believed to be enshrined in the Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga Temple.

Architectural Splendor and Sacred Significance of Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga Temple:

The Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga Temple showcases exquisite architectural splendor, combining the Nagara and Dravidian architectural styles. The temple complex features intricately carved walls, magnificent spires, and ornate gateways, reflecting the grandeur of Indian temple architecture. The sanctum sanctorum houses the revered Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga, radiating an aura of divine energy and profound spirituality.

The sacred Narmada River flows around the island, forming two distinct hills, symbolizing the sacred presence of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Devotees undertake a parikrama (circumambulation) of the island, offering prayers and seeking blessings from the divine couple. The spiritual ambiance of the temple, coupled with the soothing sounds of the flowing river, creates a serene and sacred atmosphere for devotees to connect with the divine energies.

Pilgrimage and Spiritual Significance of Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga Temple:

The pilgrimage to the Omkareshwar Temple holds immense spiritual significance for devotees seeking divine blessings, spiritual awakening, and liberation. It is believed that sincere devotion and offerings at this sacred abode can bestow inner peace, harmony, and divine grace.

The island of Omkareshwar is considered one of the holiest sites in Hinduism, attracting pilgrims from far and wide. Devotees undertake rigorous penance, perform sacred rituals, and participate in religious festivals to deepen their connection with Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. The annual festival of Mahashivratri is celebrated with great fervor, where devotees engage in night-long prayers and immerse themselves in devotion and spiritual practices.

Kashi Vishwanath Temple: The Sacred Abode of Lord Shiva in the Spiritual Capital of India

Introduction of Kashi Vishwanath Jyotirlinga Temple:

On the banks of the sacred river Ganges in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, Kashi Vishwanath Temple stands as one of the 12 Jyotirlingas dedicated to Lord Shiva. Recognized as the “Kashi Vishwanath Jyotirlinga,” this venerable temple carries immense spiritual weight as the dwelling of Lord Shiva, the supreme luminary and cosmic pillar of light. Let us embark on a spiritual sojourn to unravel the deep-seated history, intriguing myths, and the overwhelming spiritual ambiance that envelops the Kashi Vishwanath Temple.

Mythological Legends and the Spiritual Legacy of Kashi Vishwanath Jyotirlinga Temple:

Kashi Vishwanath Temple is immersed in profound mythological tales that express the extraordinary power and grace of Lord Shiva. Ancient scriptures narrate that Lord Shiva manifested as Kashi Vishwanath to illuminate the universe with divine wisdom and light. Devotees believe that worshipping Kashi Vishwanath at this hallowed site can grant liberation from the cycle of life and death, signifying the transcendence of earthly attachments and realization of ultimate truth.

Kashi Vishwanath Temple has witnessed numerous divine manifestations and miraculous happenings, strengthening the devotees’ faith and reinforcing the ceaseless blessings of Lord Shiva. It’s believed that Vishwanath’s benevolence can confer divine protection, spiritual enlightenment, and liberation from materialistic illusions.

The Legend of Lord Shiva and the City of Light:

One prominent legend associated with the Kashi Vishwanath Jyotirlinga involves Lord Shiva and the mystical city of light, Varanasi. It is said that Varanasi is the divine city of Lord Shiva and the center of spiritual wisdom. Shiva resided here and his potent light emanated, piercing through ignorance and darkness. The divine lighthouse, known as Vishwanath, is believed to have manifested in the place where the Kashi Vishwanath temple stands today.

Association of King Harishchandra with Kashi Vishwanath Jyotirlinga Temple:

King Harishchandra, a legendary ruler known for his honesty and integrity, is said to have been closely associated with the Kashi Vishwanath Jyotirlinga. His story is a testament to the divine powers of the temple. Harishchandra was blessed by Lord Shiva after enduring many trials and tribulations, reinforcing the spiritual importance of Kashi Vishwanath temple as a place that grants divine blessings and transformation.

Architectural Grandeur and Sacred Rituals of Kashi Vishwanath Jyotirlinga Temple:

Kashi Vishwanath Temple exhibits architectural grandeur with its towering spires, exquisitely sculpted walls, and magnificent entrance gateways. The temple’s sanctum sanctorum houses the revered Kashi Vishwanath Jyotirlinga, which exudes a divine aura that spellbinds devotees with its ever-present radiance.

Devotees visit the temple in droves to participate in sacred rituals and seek blessings from Kashi Vishwanath. The Ganga Aarti, a spiritual ritual that pays homage to the holy Ganges river, takes place every day, creating an ethereal ambiance filled with devotion and reverence. The divine chants, hymns, and prayers echo through the temple, enhancing its spiritual vitality and devotion.

Pilgrimage and Spiritual Significance of Kashi Vishwanath Jyotirlinga Temple:

The pilgrimage to Kashi Vishwanath Temple holds immense spiritual importance for devotees seeking divine grace, protection, and liberation. The temple serves as a doorway to profound spiritual experiences and inner transformation. It is believed that a visit to the temple and earnest devotion can help individuals transcend worldly limitations and attain spiritual enlightenment.

Varanasi, with its historical and cultural heritage associated with Lord Shiva, further adds to the spiritual significance of the Kashi Vishwanath Temple. Pilgrims from various corners of the world undertake the journey to seek Vishwanath’s blessings, immerse themselves in divine vibrations, and connect with the eternal essence of Lord Shiva.

Kedarnath Jyotirlinga Temple: A Sacred Himalayan Abode of Lord Shiva’s Divine Presence

Introduction of Kedarnath Temple:

Nestled in the lofty Himalayan peaks in Rudraprayag, Uttarakhand, the Kedarnath Temple stands as one of the most sacred pilgrimage destinations for Hindus. Known as one of the 12 Jyotirlinga, Kedarnath Temple holds immense spiritual significance as the divine abode of Lord Shiva, often depicted as the transformative force of the universe. As we begin our spiritual journey, let’s delve into the rich history, enthralling legends, and the profound spiritual essence encompassing the Kedarnath Temple.

Enthralling Legends and Divine Aura of Kedarnath jyotirlingaTemple:

Steeped in awe-inspiring legends and ancient mythology, Kedarnath Jyotirlinga Temple symbolizes the omnipotent and merciful nature of Lord Shiva. As per the legends, the Pandavas, after the great Mahabharata war, sought Lord Shiva’s blessings for redemption from the sins committed during the war. Lord Shiva, disguised as a bull, took refuge in Kedarnath to evade the Pandavas. However, when Bhima, one of the Pandavas, tried to hold the bull by its tail and hind legs, it sank into the ground, leaving behind the hump on the surface. This conical projection is worshipped as the idol in the Kedarnath temple.

Another fascinating tale associated with Kedarnath Temple involves the construction of the temple. It is believed that the temple was initially built by the Pandavas, and later, Adi Shankaracharya, the great 8th-century philosopher and reformist, refurbished the current temple.

Adi Shankaracharya’s Samadhi near Kedarnath Jyotirlinga Temple:

Near the Kedarnath temple, one can find the Samadhi or the final resting place of Adi Shankaracharya. It is believed that Shankaracharya took Samadhi at the young age of 32 after establishing the four ‘mathas’ in the four corners of India. The Samadhi site pays tribute to his remarkable contribution to Hindu philosophy and spirituality.

Architectural Grandeur and Sacred Rituals of Kedarnath Jyotirlinga Temple:

Constructed in a traditional Himalayan architectural style, the Kedarnath Temple showcases intricate carvings and stone-work. The structure is made of large, heavy, and evenly cut grey slabs of stones, bearing the harsh weather conditions of the region.

The sanctum sanctorum houses the revered Shiva Linga, which is worshipped as the hump of Lord Shiva in his bull form. The temple’s spiritual ambiance and serene surroundings, coupled with the enchanting chants and hymns, create an environment filled with spiritual energy and divine blessings.

Pilgrimage and Spiritual Significance of Kedarnath Jyotirlinga Temple:

The pilgrimage to Kedarnath Temple is considered an arduous journey, as it involves trekking through challenging terrains, enduring harsh weather conditions, and overcoming physical and mental barriers. Yet, this journey is believed to be a spiritually transforming experience, signifying the human soul’s journey toward divine enlightenment.

Kedarnath is also part of the Chota Char Dham Yatra in Uttarakhand, which includes Yamunotri, Gangotri, and Badrinath. Undertaking this pilgrimage is considered a path to attain salvation or Moksha in Hinduism.

With its breathtakingly beautiful surroundings, the temple not only offers a spiritual retreat but also a chance to connect with nature. The mesmerizing views of the snow-clad Himalayas, the cascading river Mandakini, and the lush green forests, all add to the divine and serene experience that Kedarnath Temple offers.

Whether it’s the devout pilgrim seeking divine blessings or the passionate traveler intrigued by India’s rich cultural heritage and history, Kedarnath Temple stands as a symbol of spiritual enlightenment, resilience, and eternal devotion to the divine.

Rameshwaram Jyotirlinga Temple: A Sacred Pilgrimage to the Southern Abode of Lord Shiva

Introduction to Rameshwaram Jyotirlinga Temple:

Situated on the peaceful island of Rameshwaram, off the southeastern coast of Tamil Nadu, the Rameshwaram Temple, also known as Ramanathaswamy Temple, is a celebrated pilgrimage destination revered by Hindus worldwide. The temple venerates Lord Shiva and forms part of the sacred Char Dham pilgrimage, showcasing the diverse spiritual culture and architectural brilliance of India. Let’s embark on this spiritual sojourn, exploring the captivating history, fascinating legends, and the profound spiritual charm of Rameshwaram Temple.

Enchanting Legends and Holy Significance of Rameshwaram Temple:

Rameshwaram Temple is enshrined with engrossing myths and legends from the epic Ramayana. According to mythology, it’s the place where Lord Rama, along with his wife Sita and brother Lakshmana, constructed a bridge across the sea to Lanka to rescue Sita from the demon king Ravana.

Before launching the final battle against Ravana, Lord Rama wished to seek blessings from Lord Shiva. To this end, he asked Lord Hanuman to bring a Shiva Lingam from the Himalayas. However, when Hanuman was delayed, Sita made a Lingam out of the sand. This Lingam, called Ramalingam, is the main deity worshipped in the temple.

Lord Rama sanctified this place by worshipping Lord Shiva here, which has since been a sacred spot of worship, and hence, the name Rameshwaram (meaning “Lord of Rama” in Sanskrit).

Architectural Brilliance and Sacred Rituals of Rameshwaram Temple:

The Rameshwaram Temple exhibits the magnificent Dravidian style of architecture with intricately carved granite pillars, towering gopurams (temple towers), and expansive corridors. Notably, the temple boasts the world’s longest corridor among all Hindu temples. The corridor is adorned with around 1212 pillars, each elegantly designed and finely sculpted.

Ritualistic practices at the temple include a ceremonial bath in the 22 holy wells or ‘theerthams’ within the temple precincts, each believed to have medicinal properties. The act of bathing in these theerthams is considered to purify the devotee from sins and afflictions.

Pilgrimage and Spiritual Significance of Rameshwaram Temple:

Rameshwaram Temple holds a vital place in Hinduism, being a part of the Char Dham pilgrimage, alongside Badrinath, Puri, and Dwarka. It is also associated with the Pancha Bhoota Stalam and Jyotirlinga, two important pilgrimage circuits of the Shaivites.

Moreover, Rameshwaram plays a pivotal role in the Sethu Yathra, a religious journey associated with performing last rites and rituals. It is believed that performing these rituals here brings peace to the souls of the ancestors.

Rameshwaram, with its serene beaches, vast ocean expanse, and the omnipresent spiritual tranquility, provides a unique blend of divine and natural beauty. The holistic environment, coupled with the echoing chants and hymns, fills the atmosphere with peace, mysticism, and spiritual fervor.

Rameshwaram Temple stands as a beacon of faith, spirituality, and devotion. Its sacred ambience and architectural splendour continue to enchant pilgrims and travelers alike, casting an everlasting impression on those who venture to this divine island city.

Mallikarjuna Temple: The Sacred Abode of Lord Shiva and Devi Parvati

Introduction to Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga:

Situated in the picturesque town of Srisailam on the lush Nallamala Hills in Andhra Pradesh, the Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga, also known as Srisailam Temple, is a cherished pilgrimage destination, venerated by devotees across the globe. This ancient temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and forms a crucial part of the 12 Jyotirlinga pilgrimage in India. Let us journey into the entrancing world of Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga and delve into its riveting history, enthralling legends, and profound spiritual aura.

Captivating Legends and Divine Significance of Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga:

The enchanting lore of Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga originates from ancient Hindu scriptures. According to legend, Lord Ganesha was married before his brother Kartikeya, which upset the latter. Kartikeya left for the Kraunch Mountain in a huff. To pacify him, Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati assumed the forms of Mallikarjuna and Bhramaramba respectively and resided on the Srisailam Mountain.

The Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga is thus the form of Lord Shiva that resides eternally on the Srisailam Mountain. The temple also houses the Bhramaramba Devi, one of the eighteen Maha Shakti Peethas, making it a unique temple where both a Jyotirlinga and a Shakti Peetha can be worshipped together.

Architectural Grandeur and Sacred Rituals at Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga:

The temple is an epitome of the Vijayanagara architectural style, boasting intricately carved stone pillars, resplendent gopurams (temple towers), and an expansive courtyard. The main sanctum sanctorum houses the Jyotirlinga, worshipped as Mallikarjuna, and the shrine of Goddess Bhramaramba.

Devotees engage in various religious practices like Abhishekam, Archana, and Aarti, with profound devotion and reverence. Special rituals are conducted during festivals like Maha Shivaratri, Navaratri, and Karthika Pournami, attracting a multitude of pilgrims.

Pilgrimage and Spiritual Significance of Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga:

Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga is not only part of the revered Jyotirlinga pilgrimage but also an essential stop in the Shakti Peetha, Pancharama Kshetras, and Astadasa Shakti Peethas circuits.

The serene natural surroundings, the calming chants reverberating in the air, and the spiritual energy that permeates the atmosphere makes Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga a spiritual haven. The divine vibes of the temple bestow peace upon the minds of the devotees, inspiring a sense of spiritual liberation and inner tranquility.

Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga stands as a profound testament to India’s rich spiritual heritage, its enigmatic myths, and architectural brilliance. The temple continues to lure pilgrims and tourists with its mesmerizing blend of divinity, serene ambience, and ethereal beauty, imparting an ineffable sense of peace and spirituality.

In Conclusion:

The 12 Jyotirlingas of India stand as profound pillars of the country’s profound spiritual history, reflecting the indelible footprints of divine energy of lord shiva, spread across its sacred landscape. Each Jyotirlinga, uniquely stands strong in different parts of India, ranging from the bustling cities to the tranquil mountains, narrates tales of divine interventions, ancient traditions, and enchanting legends. They echo the celestial tunes of spirituality, speaking volumes about India’s rich mythology, deep-rooted faith, and grand architectural splendor.

From the snow-clad peaks sheltering Kedarnath to the coastal tranquility of Rameshwaram, the deep forests of Srisailam hosting Mallikarjuna to the vibrant city of Varanasi reverberating with the energy of Vishwanath, each of these 12 Jyotirlingas offers a distinct spiritual experience. Each temple serves as a beacon of peace and spiritual awakening, attracting seekers from all walks of life. They offer solace, inspiration, and a profound sense of connection with the divine.

The spiritual journey across these 12 Jyotirlingas is not just a pilgrimage, but an expedition that instills serenity, invigorates the soul, and elevates one’s consciousness. It is a pilgrimage that offers a deeper understanding of India’s spiritual heritage, allows one to delve into the essence of devotion, and leaves one with an indelible imprint of divinity on their hearts.

The spiritual saga of the 12 Jyotirlingas thus unfolds, guiding seekers through the path of divine enlightenment and the eternal cosmic dance of creation, preservation, and dissolution. The aura of these sanctums continues to illuminate the spiritual paths of countless devotees, kindling in their hearts the eternal flame of faith, devotion, and spiritual bliss.

Om Namah Shivay

The Sundial at Konark Sun temple in India built in 1250 A.D is a treasure trove of secrets of ancient India. People still use it today to tell time. We know how the sundial works and shows time accurate to the minute. What is interesting is what is missing from the picture!
konark Sun temple
For the uninitiated the sundial has 8 major spokes that divide 24 hours into 8 equal parts, which means that the time between two major spokes is 3 hours.

8 Major spokes. Distance between 2 spokes is 3 hours.
8 Major spokes. Distance between 2 spokes is 3 hours.

There are 8 minor spokes as well. Each minor spoke runs exactly in the middle of 2 major spokes. This means that the minor spoke divides the 3 hours in half, so the time between a major spoke and a minor spoke is an hour and half or 90 minutes.

8 Minor spokes between 2 major spokes dividing 3 hours, i.e. 180 minutes into 90 minutes each
8 Minor spokes between 2 major spokes dividing 3 hours, i.e. 180 minutes into 90 minutes each

The edge of the wheel has a lot of beads. There are 30 beads between a minor and a major spoke. So, the 90 minutes are further divided by 30 beads. This means that each bead carries a value of 3 minutes.

There are 30 beads between a minor and a major spoke
There are 30 beads between a minor and a major spoke

The beads are large enough, so you can also see if the shadow falls in the center of the bead or on one of the ends of the bead. This way we can further calculate time accurately to the minute.

The beads are large enough, so you can also see if the shadow falls in the center of the bead or on one of the ends of the bead.
The beads are large enough,to check the shadow position.

Imagine how much time and coordination would have happened between the astronomers, engineers and sculptors to create something like this, 750 years ago.

There are 2 questions that one would get in their mind. The first question would be, what happens when the sun moves from east to west. Since the wheel is carved on a wall, the sun would not shine on this wheel at all. How can we tell time in the afternoons? Now, the Konark sun temple has another wheel or sundial, located on the west side of the temple as well. You can just use the other sundial that will work perfectly from afternoon, until sunset.

The second and the most interesting question about the Konark sun temple. How do you tell time after sunset? There would be no sun, and hence no shadows from sunset till the next morning’s sunrise. After all, we have 2 sundials in the temple which work only when the sun shines. Well, actually, the Konark sun temple does not have just 2 wheels like this. The temple has a total of 24 wheels, all accurately carved just like the sundials. Have you heard of the Moondial? Do you know that the moondials can work just like sun dials during night time? What if the other wheels in the temple could be used as moondials?

Some of the other wheels
Some of the other wheels

Many people think that the other 22 wheels were carved for decorative or religious purposes and do not have an actual use. This is what people thought about the 2 sundials as well. Believe it or not, people thought that all the 24 wheels were just carved for beauty and as Hindu symbols. About 100 years ago, it became known that this was a sundial when an old yogi was seen calculating time secretly. Apparently selected people were using these wheels for generations and for 650 years no one else knew about it. They say that when they asked him about the purpose of the other 22 wheels, the yogi refused to talk and simply walked away.

And our knowledge of just these 2 sundials themselves is actually very limited. There are multiple circles of beads. There are carvings and markings all over these sundials, and we don’t know the meaning of most of them. For example, this carving on a major spoke has exactly 60 beads. Some carving you can see leaves and flowers which may mean Spring or Summer. Some carvings you can see monkeys mating, which only happens during winter. So, these sundials could have even been used as an almanac for a variety of different things. Now you can understand how limited our knowledge is about the rest of the 22 wheels.

There are clues on these wheels that people have overlooked for centuries. Notice how a woman wakes up and looks at a mirror in the morning. Notice how she is stretching, being tired and ready to go to sleep. And you can also see that she is engaging in sexual activity during night. For centuries, people have ignored these hints and thought that these were carvings of Hindu Goddesses.

woman wakes up and looks at a mirror in the morning and doing her daily chores
woman wakes up and looks at a mirror in the morning and doing her daily chores

This is also a perfect example of how people think ancient unexplained carvings are just for beauty or religious purposes. If ancient people spent a lot of time creating something, there is a very good chance that it was done for a valuable, scientific purpose.


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Tirumala Balaji temple do make money in millions but they do donate it. There are many trusts and schemes which helps the poor. Some of the trusts are mentioned below.


1. Sri Venkateswara Pranadana Trust
2. Sri Venkateswara Nitya Annadanam Trust
3. Balaji Institute of Surgery, Research &    Rehabilitation (BIRRD) Trust
4. Sri Venkateswara Balamandir Trust
5. Sri Venkateswara Heritage Preservation Trust
6. Sri Venkateswara GosamrakshanaTrust
7. Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Nitya Annaprasadam Trust
8. S. V Vedaparirakshna Trust
9.  S.S Sankara Netralaya Trust

Tirumala temple Tirumala Venkateswara Temple

1 .  Sri Balaji Arogyavaraprasadini Scheme (SVIMS)

1.       Sri Venkateswara Pranadana Trust :
Sri Venkateswara  Pranadana Trust aims at providing free medical facilities to poor  patients afflicted with life threatening diseases related to the heart,  kidneys, brain, cancer etc., for which the treatment is expensive.
The scheme also  proposes to encourage research and development in the treatment of  diseases / conditions like chronic renal failure, hemophilia,  thalassamia and cancer. Basic amenities including blood-bank, artificial  limbs, physiotherapy, tools and implants will be provided to poor  patients, free of cost.

This scheme is  applicable to all poor patients, irrespective of caste, creed or  religion. Treatment will be provided at all TTD-run hospitals – SVIMS,  BIRRD, SVRR and the Maternity Hospital.

2.  Sri Venkateswara Nitya Annadanam Trust :
Sri Venkateswara Nithya Annadanam Scheme provides free meals to the pilgrims in Tirumala.
The  scheme was started on a small scale in 6-4- 1985, with food being  served to around 2,000 persons a day. Today, free food is served to  nearly 30,000 pilgrims a day. The number increases to about 50,000  pilgrims a day during festivals and other important occasions.

Recently free food is  being supplied to the waiting pilgrims in Vaikuntam Complex -11 with  free tiffin, lunch and dinner to about 15,000 pilgrims per day. Free  food is also served to nearly 2000 patients a day in the TTD managed  SVIMS, BIRRD, Ruia and Maternity Hospitals.

3. Sri Balalji Institute of Surgery,Research and Rehabilitation for the disabled Trust (BIRRD)
Sri  Balalji Institute of Surgery, Research and Rehabilitation forthe  Disabled (BIRRD) Trust is a premier medical institute, that treats  patients suffering from polio myelitis, cerebral palsy, congenital  anomalies, spinal injuries, and the orthopaedically handicapped.
It comprises a centrally air-conditioned hospital with the latest medical equipment, built byTTD at a cost of Rs. 4.5 crores.  BIRRD  makes use of state-of- the- art medical technology and provides  services to the poor, at no cost. It also distributes artificial limbs,  calipers and aids, free of cost, to the needy and the poor. Food and  medicine are supplied free of cost.
TTD accepts generous  contributions from the philanthropists to this reported medical  institute. Towards cost tothe inpatients ofthe BIRRD.

4.   Sri Venkateswara Balamandir Trust 
              The  T.T.Devasthanams has undertaken various social and welfare activities  in fulfillment of its Motto of “SERVING THE LORD BY SERVING HUMANITY”.  With a view to give a helping hand to the destitutes and orphans, the  TTD has established Sri Venkateswara Balamandir in Tirupati in the year  1943.
Children,  both boys and girls, who have no parents as well as those whose father  expired and mother is unable to bring up the children and vice-versa are  admitted to this institution. The TTD is providing accommodation, food, clothing and education to the children admitted to    Sri Venkateswara Balamandir from 1st class onwards.
The  children are given education upto graduation in TTD run schools and  colleges. Meritorious students are also given coaching for EAMCET. It is  the motto of the TTD to see that orphans admitted to the Balamandir  live on their own. Give a helping hand to the orphans.
The  TTD has created a separate Trust for improving this Institution with  following objects. (a) To run an Orphanage for orphans, destitutes and  disadvantaged children of both sexes; (b) To provide free accommodation  and boarding to orphans, destitutes and disadvantaged children; and (c)  To provide free education to these children. upto post graduation and  professional courses like MBBS and Engineering.

5. Sri Venkateswara Heritage Preservation Trust
Our Temples symbolize India’s hallowed calture and sanatana dharma.   Temples,  which are the repositories of sculpture, paintings, music, literature,  dance and other art forms, are built for the prosperity and well-being  of all people. According to sastras, God monifests Himself in the images  and fulfils the desires of the devotees on account of the spiritual  penance of the great sages who consecrated the deities in the temples  and the regular rituals performed there and due to the enchanting beauty  of the idols, which conform to the silpa agamas. It is the bounden duty  and responsibility of every Indian to preserve these temples, which are  the centers of vedic culture, to renovate any dilapidated portion of  the temples or rebuild them. It may be the vimana or prakara, balipeetha  or dwajasthambha or it may be even the main idol. It is said natural  disasters like flood and drought may occur not only in the villages  where such ruined temples are located but also in the entire country.
Many acharyas have  expressed their displeasure as raising new temples indiscriminately and  stressed the need for preserving the ancient temples, consecrated by the  great sages-they may be temple – like edifices, which reflect the glory  of vedic culture and religion or places of archeological interest.
it is an uphill task  for individuals alone to undertake their preservation and renovation.  With a view to accomplish this lofty aim, Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams  has launched ‘Sri Venkateswara Heritage, Preservation Trust’. ‘Karta  Kartayite chaiva preraka syonu modaka’ which means one who organizes or  execules a noble task, encourages, approves and derives pleasure from  it, enjoys all fruits of such a merilorious act.
We earnestly appeal to  all philathropists to contribute generously to ‘Sri Venkateswara  Heritage Preservation Trust and participate in this sacred endeavor.  There is need for renovating dilapidated temples in every village and in  every town for universal welfare.

Lord Sri Venkateswara did it.
In  ‘Sri Venkatachala Mahathyam’ Lord Brahma became a cow, Lord Siva became  a calf and Sri Lakshmi become a Yadava maid and both the cow and calf  were sold to Chola king by Sri Lakshmi in a bid to provide milk to  meditating Srinivasa in Venkatachalam. There also He protected the cow  from the curse of its herdsman.  The  Lord did it, we do it. Sri Venkateswara Gosamrakshana Trust is  established for protecting the cow and emphasizing the spiritual  importance of the cow apart from its economic aspect.
The  Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams proposes to create a modern Gosala at  Tirupati with all the facilities for maintaining the bovine population.  Cow is the greatest blessing of human race, lands grow rich, homes  flourish and civilization advances where the Cow is kept and cared for.  The Trust also aims at improving the living conditions of cows outside  Goshala by providing technical inputs to the general public.

The S.V. Dairy Farm,  TTD, Tirupati supplies milk and curd to all the TTD Temples for rituals,  prasadams, Abhishekhams etc., to the service institutions like S.V.  Balamandir (Orphanage), SV.Deaf and Dumb School, S.V. Training Centre  for the Physically handicapped, S.V. Poor Home (Leprosy Hospital) S.V.  Vedapatasala, S.V. Oriental College Hostel, TTD Hospitals, “Annadanam”  scheme of TTD etc.

7. Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Nitya Annaprasadam Trust :
Goddess  Sri Padmavathi Devi of Tiruchanoor, the divine consort of Lord  Venkateswara, is the immeasurable ocean of compassion and love. She is  renowned as Annalakshmi, who grants peace and plenty to the seekers.
This  scheme provides forthe distribution of prasadam, free of cost, to  pilgrims at Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple, Tiruchanoor, on a continous  basis, during the temple working hours. Donations can also be sent for  free distribution of Annaprasadam to the pilgrims on the occasion of  Panchami –Theertham clebrated during Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Annual  Brahmotsavams held every year.

A.      Sri Balaji Arogyavaraprasadini Scheme{SVIMS)
( Sri Venkateswara Institute of Medical Sciences)
For  ages, Tirumala, the abode of Lord Venkateswara, has been a great centre  of pilgrimage. Thousands of devotees visit the sacred Hills every day  and offer their solemn prayers to the Lord for their spiritual and  physical well-being.
Alleviating  human suffering has been a part of dedicated efforts of TTD to the  mankind. TTD already manages a Leprosarium, centre for physically  handicapped, a poor home and also a central hospital. To provide the  most advanced medical technology to the needy, the TTD has launched  another remarkable institution a blessing from the Lord Sri Venkateswara  Institute of Medical Sciences a sophisticated super speciality center  on the lines of AIIMS of New Delhi, JIPMER of Pondichery and PGIMS of  Chandigarh. Total well being of man is the aim of Sri Venkateswara  Institute of Medical Sciences, which apart from offering service,  training and education in medical sciences also facilitates Research and  Development.
It  is the fervent desire of the Devasthanams that the doors to such a  state of the art technology should be open to our poor and disabled  breathren. With a view to achieving this goal, Sri Venkateswara  Institute of Medical Sciences has introduced a new scheme, Balaji  Arogyavaraprasadini Scheme. To accomplish the goal of making available  the cutting edge medical technology to every individual at an affordable  rate, we invite the generous cooperation of philanthropists and the  general public.

Tirupati Balaji Tirupati Balaji