Iconic Temples

Dwarkadheesh Temple, Dwarka

I conclude Char Dham yatra at Dwarkadheesh temple in Gujarat

The melodies of a distant shenai are wafting in the air, I hear the drumbeats. I lift my head and I see a large maroon flag sweeping the blue sky. It's striking, splendid; connoting majesty !!! There is a bustle around me, a sense of urgency, people are rushing in a direction ...
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Nageshwar Temple

Nageshwar Mahadev at Dwarka: The 12th Jyotirlinga

Nageshwar or the Lord of Nagas is the 12th jyotirlinga of Lord Shiva. This temple is located very close to the Dwarka town, the place where the iconic Dwarkadheesh temple is located. The devotees who visit Dwarka usually accommodate a short trip to Nageshwar in their itinerary. It takes about 30 ...
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Somnath Temple

Somnath: History, mythology & the 1st Jyotirlinga of Lord Shiva

21st April, 2018; a fine dawn, I woke up for the nth time. I had been doing this for last 2 hours just to fall asleep each time. But this time before my eyelids could redo what they have been doing, I was hit with a strong pungent smell. As ...
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Kanchipuram

Kanchipuram : The heritage city of Temples

Kanchipuram is a very old town and is well known for its temples. The town is believed to be one of the holiest places and is one of the Sapta Puris of Hinduism. Kanchipuram was ruled by the Pallava rulers followed by the Cholas, the Pandyas and the Vijayanagara empire ...
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Pilgrimage to Mata Vaishnodevi shrine #2: Adhkwari to Bhawan

Trek to Mata Vaishnodevi shrine is an arduous pilgrimage and often tests the endurance of the devotees to its limit. Yet year after year millions of devotees undertake the trek with unflinching devotion for the divine mother. Most devotees divide their journey (at least psychologically) into 2 parts - Ban ...
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Mata Vaishnodevi shrine at Katra #1: Ban Ganga to Adhkwari

A shivering cold night, mantras played on speakers are wafting in the air accompanied with zealous chants of "ZORR SE BOLO... JAI MATA DI...", there are horses and mules rushing up and down the tortuous paths and there are enervated people climbing with their walking sticks, panting, struggling to catch ...
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Jagannath Puri

Mystic dham of Lord Jagannath at Puri

The moon was in the sky casting its effulgence on the billowing ocean. A roaring sea piercing the silence of the night. There is no better place to see the moon; no better time. The only other things visible were tiny glitters of the lamps of the fishermen who have ...
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