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Revive your Spiritual Senses on South India Temple Tour

Posted on January 18th, 2013 by admin  |  Comments Off on Revive your Spiritual Senses on South India Temple Tour

Speaking volume about its architectural beauty, South India temples are simply stunning. The magnificence of temples in South India makes them extraordinary gems in the state.

Meenakshi Temple MaduraiMeenakshi Temple Madurai

India, the haven of religious places, has always been on the must-visit travel places in my list. One factor about India that makes me leave speechless is its never-ending faith in God. That is why there are innumerable temples and sacred spots.

Let me recall my South India temple trip, which still leaves my mind with awesome memories. I was in Tamilnadu for some project work and after accomplishing my official work, I set out my South India temple tour.

I am a devotee of Lord Shiva and the temples dedicated to Him are on the top of my wish-list. That encouraged me to start my Tamilnadu trip with Shri Meenakshi Temple in Madurai. Legends say that Shiva and Meenakshi (the consort of Shiva, known as Parvati) were married in Madurai.

As I entered the temple with my two colleagues, Ashka and Shabby, we were simply amazed to gaze at the large temple complex of Meenakshi temple. It had 12 gopurams or towers, adorned with brightly coloured sculptures of Hindu deities. Well, we could easily make out that we had to devote more time and it actually happened. It took us hours to explore the far-stretched temple complex but we were contended with our visit to Meenakshi temple.

Rameshwaram TempleRameshwaram Temple

Next in our travel plan, Rameshwaram was on the top. Having read a lot about the significance of the temple, I was eager to step into this religious abode. Select any Tour packages for south India temples, the outcome will be great. An important Hindu pilgrimage spot, Rameshwaram was the place where Lord Rama built a bridge across the sea to the island of Lanka. There was another spectacular temple, The Ramanathaswamy Temple. It dates back to the 17th century and serves as a finest specimen of Dravidian temple architecture.

How could we miss out The Shore Temple in Mamallapuram on our South India temple travel! The history of the temple dates back to the 7th century. The Dravidian-style temple made you wonder how could such perfection be carried out in the ancient era without technology.

Holding back our curiosity, we moved on to Kanchipuram, another amazing destination of spiritual tours of south India. Being one of Hinduism’s seven sacred cities, it is packed with spectacular temples. We headed to Kamakshi Amman Temple where Goddess Shakti was worshipped. It is one of the most famous temples in Kanchipuram.

Our South temple tours ended smoothly and we were back with lots of wonderful memories.

South India-The Land of Remarkable Temples Part-1

Posted on November 11th, 2011 by manish  |  Comments Off on South India-The Land of Remarkable Temples Part-1

I still remember the day when my father planned a South India tour. We, all five members of the family were really excited because for one or another reason, the tours earlier planned by us got limited to just planning only. It was for the first time when my whole family accompanied me on this 18 days tour.

Elephanta Cave Fort St. George

Well, we reached Chennai by flight from Delhi. On being reached and welcomed there in the evening, we were transferred to a good hotel. Believe me, staying out with your family is a wonderful experience. Next day, the tour started with morning city tour of Chennai.

While visiting the Fort St. George, we realized that we were in a new world. Beautifully surrounded by cannon-proof walls, the fort reminds one of old era. Within the fort, we came across little St Mary’s Church and Protestant church. The day was good and we returned to hotel in night.

Next day, we embarked on a full day sightseeing tour of two famous cities-Mahabalipuram and Kanchipuram. There we reached Kanchipuram, the Golden City of a Thousand Temples. I was too delighted as I love to explore religious spots and there I was.

We all visited some temples of 7th and 8th centuries like the Vaikunthaperumal Temple, Ekambareshwar Temple, Kamakshi Temple and Kailashnath Temple. My father who has a great interest in exploring new places, shared his knowledge with us about the temples. It reminded me of my childhood days when we all siblings used to sit beside my father and heard many religious stories.

Well, we moved ahead and shop around Kanchipuram. Embellished with striking patterns there are fine silk saris and my mother could not help herself buying one.

At Mahabalipuram, we came across several attractions related to Mahabharata age. There is exquisitely rock cut temple, known as Five Rathas, dedicated to Pandavas and Draupadi. We also saw ‘Arjuna Penance’, which is a group of elephants.

Next day, we headed towards Pondicherry. This union territory is situated within the state of Tamil Nadu.
Based on our experience, I can say that the city is like a living monument of French culture in India.

We got an opportunity to visit The Aurobindo Ashram, where we meditated for some time. It was a great experience. The tranquil ambience of the Ashram fills your heart with calmness and peace. ‘Auroville‘, the international township was also became a part of my exploration.

Our enjoyment, and curiosity was piqued with each passing day. The next day started with paying a visit to Tanjore, where we visited a big temple, dedicated to lord Shiva. Another attraction which we visited there was Tanjore museum. It houses a beautiful collection of South Indian sculptures and paintings.

Sri Ranganathaswami Temple Sri Ranganathaswami Temple

In Trichy, we came across several worth-admiring temples. Located on 83 m long rock outcrop,  Rock Fort Temple, showcasing the finest example of architecture.

We also visited Sri Ranganathaswami Temple, which is 7 km from Trichy. It is said to be the abode of Sri Ranganatha. It is said to be the largest temple in India. Visiting temple was already a great delight and moreover, the magnificence of temples just left us amazed.

To be continued…

Madurai Tour- A Blissful Experience!

Posted on September 17th, 2009 by Pooja Chaudhary  |  Comments Off on Madurai Tour- A Blissful Experience!

Meenakshi TempleMeenakshi Temple

“Architecture, of all the arts, is the one which acts the most slowly, but the most surely, on the soul”. This quote sits smug on the culturally rich city, Madurai. Fashioned in the shape of a lotus flower, this city was the next attraction on my list of places in India I wish to visit. Once the capital of the empire of the Pandayas, Madurai is the oldest and second largest city of Tamil Nadu. It is internationally famed for its incredible Meenakshi Temple, which is one of the highly revered pilgrimages of the Hindus.

As I set out for a visit to the Meenakshi Temple my guide Rakesh acquainted me with a wonderful legend about it. According to the legend Lord Shiva poured nectar or ‘Madhu’ on the land of Madhurai. Hence the city was blessed and named Madhu. Later the name was distorted to Madurai after the 14th century.

We reached there early morning as I wanted to attend the aarti. I was completely overwhelmed at the sight of the temple. The exquisite carvings of the temple are a treat to the eyes. What enchanted me the most were the incredible gopurams decorated with stucco figures of deities, mythical animals and monsters painted in vibrant colours . I wonder how talented the artists were! I also saw the thousand pillared hall festooned with amazing sculptures.

While exploring the Kalyana Mandap, Rakesh told me that this hall serves as a venue for the celebration of the marriage of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. This celebration is observed during the Meenakshi Thirukalayanam in the month of Chaitra (April).

Post lunch, I went to the Chitirai bazaar in Madurai to buy some souvenirs. The bazaar was stocked with glass bangles, handloom saris, woodcarvings, brass ware, palm basket and jaggery. I bought some souvenirs and with golden memories of the temple came back to the hotel.