Somnath: History, mythology and 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 I looked around with dizzy eyes, everyone in the bus was struggling with the smell, either fanning their hands in front of their noses or covering it. I drew the curtains to look outside and saw factories lined up along the road. Continue reading “Somnath: History, mythology and the 1st Jyotirlinga of Lord Shiva”

Mukhteshwara & Raja Rani temple at Bhubaneswar

Mukhteshwara (Lord of Freedom) temple, often called the “Gem of Odisha culture” is a 10th century temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Mukhteshwar temple has a typical Kalinga architecture featuring a Mukhasala, a Jagamohana and the Vimana. Continue reading “Mukhteshwara & Raja Rani temple at Bhubaneswar”

Madurai trip & visit to the Meenakshi Amman Temple

Madurai situated on the banks of river Vaigai is one of the oldest city in India. Hindu mythology has legends mentioning this place in events that happened millions of years ago. Madurai is believed to be the site of the celestial wedding of Lord Shiva and Tadaatagai (an incarnation of Goddess Parvati). An annual 10 day Meenakshi Tirukalyanam festival is observed during April and May to celebrate the wedding , which attracts over 1 million visitors. Continue reading “Madurai trip & visit to the Meenakshi Amman Temple”