Hayagriva Madhava Temple Assam

Hayagriva Madhava Temple

Hayagriva Madhava Temple is a holy place of bothHindus and Bhuddhists. The shrine is positioned at Monikut hill and the hill is located at Hajo which lies in the state of Assam. The temple has gained its solid structure by mean of King Raghudeva Narayan in 1583. The image of Hayagriva Madhava is worshipped here. Hayagriva signifies Lord Vishnu having the head of horse. Hayagriva consists of two words viz ‘Haya’ which means horse and ‘griva’ which means neck. Lord Buddha had visited this place and had gained Nirvana or Moksha. It is highly esteemed sanctum of India. The body of the temple is characterized by the rows of elephants. It is a finest example of Assamese architecture. The temple is completely made up of stone. The glory of this temple is at par.

Getting There

One can reach Hayagriva Madhava Temple by mean of three modes: road, rail and air. There is a regular bus service to reach towards Guwhati. The railway station is also situated near Guwhati. The airport is also situated near Guwhati. After reaching Guwhati one can hire local bus or taxi to reach towards the shrine.

Security and Some Tips

There are many security services at Guwhati which are provided to people for safety and protection. These security services are Attivo Protezione Pvt Ltd, National Protection Services, Sis Security India Ltd, and Black Cobra Security Force, Religare Securities Ltd in Guwahati, Anand Rathi, Black Cobra Security Force and Vardhaman Associates etc.

 

When To Visit

This temple can be visited any time of the year. Its timings are: 6:00 AM to 9:00 PM. The duration of visiting the temple is 30 minutes. There is no entry fee to visit the temple.

What To See And Do

For reaching towards the shrine of Hayagriva Madhava Temple one has to climb a long series of stairs. It consists of large entrance hall which is made up of bricks. The outer portion of the shrine is designed by 10 figures in which Buddha is the nineth one. The temple has three fragments i.e. the Sikhara, the high basement and the middle part of the sanctum. The basement is designed beautifully. The main sanctum consists of different stone deities in which the presiding one is of Hayagriva Madhava. The divine deities made up of black stone, which is covered with white garment and decorated with flowers and garlands. The main sanctum is just like a cave.

Where To Stay

There are many dharamshalas at Guwhati which provide stay at reasonable price. These dharamshalas are: Guwahati Musafir Khana, Sanganeria Dharamsala and Holi Ram Dakha Bhawan Dharamshala etc.

Where Else To Stay

There are also hotels at Guwhati which provide stay along with luxury. These hotels are: Brahmaputra Jungle Resort, Aarian Aatithya, Charming homestay for the discerning traveller, Hotel Ambarish Grand Residency, Hotel Lilawati Grand and Hotel Millennium etc.

 

Festivals

Festivals are a part of our cultural heritage. The festivals of Janmastami, Doul and Bihu are celebrated here with pomp and vigor every year. Holi is the grand festival of this temple which is celebrated on large scale.

Side Trips

There are many places to visit around this temple. These places are: Saraighat Bridge, Sri Ganesh Temple, Bor Sattra And Na Sattra Temple, Ram Thakur Mandir, Rani Chapari Manasha Temple, Grayamma Devata Mandir and Bhubaneshwari Temple etc.

Travel Tips

Yatris should take video camera with them in order to trap each and every activity of the whole trip. They should also take a personal diary for having the written record of the whole trip along with the feelings and emotions at that period of time. They should also hire a tourist guide for having the complete knowledge of the shrine including its history. They should also take first aid for curing frequent injury.

Thus, the sign of our cultural beauty with divine power of revered god is Hayagriva Madhava Temple.

 

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Ram Raja Temple Madhya Pradesh

Ram Raja Temple

Ram Raja Temple finds its residence at Orchha which lies in the state of Madhya Pradesh (India). It is aholy place of Hindus. It is worshipped and visited in the honour of Lord Ram. A large number of devotees visit this temple in which the number of inland tourists in a year is 650,000 and foreign tourists are 25,000. The assortment of pilgrims visiting the temple in a whole day is 1500 to 3000. The left side of the main idol is occupied by Goddess Sita (wife); right side is occupied by Laxman (brother), Narsingh Bhagwan, Maharaj Sugreev and Durga Mata. The deity of Jamwant ji and Hanuman ji is placed below the Sita in a praying position. It is a unique temple of Orcha. Here Lord Rama is deified as king.

Getting There

One can reach Orcha by mean of three modes: road, rail and air. There is good bus network which connects Orcha to many other cities. The closest railway station is Jhansi by which so many trains are connected. The nearby airport is Khajuraho by which various airlines are connected. After reaching Orcha one can hire bus or taxi to reach the shrine.

Security And Some Tips

There are many security services at Orcha which are provided to people for safety and protection. These security services are Leader Star Security Limited, Attivo Protezione Pvt Ltd, Home Guard Office, Baiswara Security Agency, Skywave Security Services Pvt Ltd and Gautam Security and Man Power Services etc. There is a security guard standing daily for temple’s security. Yatris should not carry cash and ornaments with them. They should keep their luggage at safe and secure place.

When To Visit

The best time to visit the shrine is during the sunrise and during the month from January to March and October to December. The timings of its opening during the month from March to September are 8:00 AM, 12:00 AM, 12:30 PM, 8:00 PM, 10 PM and 10:30 PM and during the month from November to January are: 9:00 AM, 12:30 PM, 1:00 PM, 7:00 PM, 9:30 PM and 11:30 PM. The duration of visiting the temple is below 1 hour. There is no entry fee to visit the shrine.

What To See And Do

The base at which Ram Raja Temple is erected is square in shape. The exterior of the temple is simple and natural. It is covered by subtle line of domes. The outer portion is colourful and reveals the remarkable art of ancient India. The walls of the temple are decorated beautifully. There is a big ground outside the temple. After entering the shrine there is a deity of Lord Ram which is bearing sword in right hand and shield in left hand. The deity follows the sitting posture, crossing one leg over another. Food and other services are offered to the idol and that food is distributed as Prasad.

Where To Stay

There are two dharamshalas at Orcha where yatris can have their stay at reasonable price. These dharamshalas are: Raja Ram Dharamshala and The Sanctuary, dharamshala etc.

Where Else To Stay

There are many hotels at Orcha where Yatris can have their stay and these hotels provide luxury to travellers. These hotels are: Hotel Raj Mahal, Amar Mahal, Orchha Home-stay, Hotel Fort View Orchha, Bundelkhand Riverside and Hardik Resort etc.

Festivals

There are many festivals which are celebrated in the Ram Raja Temple with pomp and vigor. These festivals are: Lord Ram’s Wedding, Rath Yatra, Ganga Dussehra, Rahesya Pooranmashi, Sawan Teej, Rahesya Pooranmashi, Vivha Panchami, Ganesh Kunwari Jayanti and Holika Festival etc.

 

 

Side Trips

There are many places to visit around Ram Raja Temple. These places are: Jarai Mata Temple Complex, Vandana Dubey Cooking Class, Anand Mahal Garden, Dinman Hardaul’s Palace, Ramayan Kala Sangrahalay and Dao Ki Kothi etc.

Travel Tips

Yatris should take video camera with them in order to trap each and every activity of the whole trip. They should also take a personal diary for having the written record of the whole trip along with the feelings and emotions at that period of time. They should also hire a tourist guide for having the complete knowledge of the shrine including its history. They should also take first aid for curing frequent injury.

Hence, the true masterpiece of Ancient India is Ram Raja Temple.

Kandariya Mahadeva Temple Madhya Pradesh

Kandariya Mahadeva Temple

Kandariya Mahadeva Temple is sited at Khajuraho which lies in the state of Madhya Pradesh (India). It is a sacred place of Hindus. It is a temple belonging medieval period of India. This shrine was erected by the king Dhangadeva. It is truly dedicated to Lord Shiva. The most magnificent shrine of the place is Kandariya Mahadeva Temple. The building and sculpture of this temple is the sign artistic talent of the Central India. The impression provided by this temple is finest and effective. The temple is adorned beautiful sculpture and carving. This temple is protected by Archaeological Survey of India. This temple is decorated by the engraved idols of horses, elephants, warriors, acrobats and musicians, warriors and hunters, devotees, dancers and miscellaneous scenes. It possesses the simple interior and design.

Getting There

One can reach Khajuraho by mean of three modes: roads, rail and air. The route of Khajuraho is connected to many other cities which are carried out by the car. The nearest railway station of Khajuraho is Khajuraho Railway Station. The domestic airport of Khajuraho is City Airport Khajuraho. After reaching Khajuraho one can reach the shrine by hiring bus or taxi.

Security And Some Tips

The security mechanism at Kandariya Mahadeva Temple is average. The security is only up to the level of crowd management. Yatris should not carry cash and ornaments with them. They should keep their luggage at safe and secure place.

 

When to Visit

The best time to visit the temple is during the month from January to March and October to December. It is opened all the days of the week. Its timings are: 5AM to 12:00 PM and 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM. The entry fee is Rs 10 for each person.

What To See And Do

The temple is large and big covering a great span with stunning carved statues and paintings. The shrine is made up of brown stone. The Shikara of this sanctum reveals Mount Kailash having a height of 31 meters. This Shikara is enveloped by 84 other Shikaras. This shrine comprises 646 statues. For taking entry in to the temple yatris have to cross a series of stairs. The porch of this temple is decorated with garlands. After entering the shrine there is a lingam of Lord Shiva made up of marble and an idol of Lord Shiva bearing trident and snake accompanied by the idols of Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu.

Where To Stay

There are many dharamshalas and youth hostels at Khajuraho which provide stay at economical prices. These dharamshalas and youth hostels are: Circuit House, Jain Lodge, Jain Dharamshala, Laxmi Lodge, New Bharat Lodge and MPTDC Jungle Camp Panna etc.

Where Else to Stay

There are many hotels at Khajuraho where yatris have their stay with luxury. These hotels are: Radisson Jass Hotel Khajuraho, Hotel Isabel Palace, Hotel Clarks Bundela, Hotel Gautama, The Jass Oberoi, Jass Trident Hotel, GW Grand Hotel, Hotel Gautama, Hotel Usha Bundela and Hotel Shanti etc.

Festivals

Khajuraho Dance Festival is organized every year at this shrine. Here best classical dancers use to perform. Dances like Bharatnatyam, Kathak, Manipuri, Odissi and Kuchipudi etc. are performed in this temple.

Side Trips

There are many interesting places to visit around Kandariya Mahadeva Temple. These places are: Western Group of Temples, Chitragupta Temple, Matangesvara Temple, Matangeshwar Temple, Chausath Yogini Temple, Nandi Shrine, Archaeological Museum Khajurao, Chandragupta Temple, Brahma Temple, Eastern Group of Temples, Shantinath Temple, Jain Museum and Meera Bells etc.

Travel Tips

Yatris should take video camera with them in order to trap each and every activity of the whole trip. They should also take a personal diary for having the written record of the whole trip along with the feelings and emotions at that period of time. They should also hire a tourist guide for having the complete knowledge of the shrine including its history. They should also take first aid for curing frequent injury.

Hence, Kandariya Mahadeva Temple is a sign of Indian art, architecture and culture.

 

Ananta Vasudeva Temple Orissa

Ananta Vasudeva Temple

Ananta Vasudeva Temple is a revered shrine of Hindus. It finds its residence in Bhubaneshwar which lies in the state of Orissa. It is worshipped and visited in the honour of Lord Krishna. The temple has gained is solid structure in thirteenth century. It lies among the category of Vaishnav Temple. It entails three deities Lord Krishna, Subhadra and Balarama. The bank of Bindu Sarovar Lake lies on the east of the temple due to which a magnificent view can be seen. The glory of this temple is at par which is due to its extraordinary and exotic carving and architecture. The sculptures are engraved in this temple in a beautiful manner. It is a matter of disappointment that the carvings of the temple are faded because of stones’ softness.

Getting There

One can reach Bhubaneswar by mean of three modes: road, rail and air. There is a good bus network to Bhubaneswar to many other cities. There is also a good rail network to connect Bhubaneswar to many other cities. The Biju Patnaik Airport at Bhubaneswar connects daily flights of other cities. After reaching Bhubaneswar one can reach the temple by hiring bus or taxi.

Security And Some Tips

There are many security services at Bhubaneswar which are provided to people for safety and protection. These security services are: Metro Guards India Pvt Ltd, Top Guarding Services Pvt Ltd, K1 Security services pvt ltd, Giss Security Services Pvt Ltd, Onetrack Security Services and Ask Security Services etc. Yatris should not carry cash and ornaments with them. They should keep their luggage at safe and secure place.

When To Visit

The best time to visit the shrine of Ananta Vasudeva is during the month from January to March. The temple is opened for all the days of the week. It is also opened at public holidays. The timings are: 6:30 AM to 7:00 PM. There is no entry fee to visit the shrine.

What To See And Do

Ananta Vasudeva Temple follows the Kalinga architecture. The whole temple premises consist of Jagmohan (worship hall), main shrine, bhogmandap, nathmandir and shikara. The temple’s walls are fully decorated with sophisticated and stunning design. It is also adorned by unknown female figures. The temple is surrounded by gardens and has peaceful environment. The main shrine consists of three deities of Lord Krishna, Subhadra and Balarama. Balarama is positioned under a seven hooded serpent, the two hands bear jewel pots and lotus and one foot is placed over other jewel pot and chakra, mace, conch and lotus are beard up by Lord Krishna. Butter, milk and curd are offered and distributed as Prasad. Food is also prepared at bhogmandap and is distributed among devotees as Prasad.

Where To Stay

Visitors can stay at guest house of Bhubaneswar. One of the guest houses of Bhubaneswar is Patra Guest House which provides accommodations and food facility along with the private boat to have a tour of Chilka Lake.

Where Else To Stay

There are many hotels near Biju Patnaik Airport of Bhubaneshwar to stay and take rest along with the food facility. These hotels are-        Hotel Hindusthan International, Hotel Sambit Royale, Hotel Pushpak, Sambit Palace, Hotel Excellency, Hotel Grand Central, Hotel Sutrupti, Hotel Swosti, The New Marrion Hotel, The Presidency, The Presidency Classic etc.

Festivals

The main festival which is celebrated in this sanctum is the festival of Janamanshtami. During which the whole shrine is festooned in a beautiful manner. Special bhajans are chanted by devotees during this festival. A large number of devotees visit the shrine during this festival. All religious ceremonies are performed at the shrine with full devotion during this festival.

Side Trips

There are many places to visit around Ananta Vasudeva Temple. These places are: Swarna Jaleshwar Mandir, Bindu Sagar Lake, Uttameshwar Mandir, Kalika Mandir, Maitreshwar Mandir, Ganga Yamuna Mandir and Ananta Vasudev Mandir etc.

Travel Tips

Yatris should take video camera with them so as to trap each and every moment of the trip. Yatris should also take a personal diary for having the written record of the whole visit along with the feelings and emotions at that time. They should also hire a tourist guide who gives the complete knowledge of the temple including its history. They should also take first aid so as to cure frequent injury.

Hence, a devotional tour with scenic beauty is Ananta Vasudeva Temple.

Cuttack Chandi Temple Orissa

Cuttack Chandi Temple

Cuttack Chandi Temple finds its residence near the bank of Mahanadi River of Cuttack which lies in the state of Orissa. It is a holy place of Hindus. It is worshipped and visited in the honour of Goddess Chandi. Another name of Goddess Chandi is Maa Katak. The worship of Goddess Chandi is done in the form of Bhubaneswari along with the chanting of Bhubaneshwari mantra. It is one of the revered temple of India. The interior of the temple is designed beautifully. The atmosphere prevails in the temple premises is peaceful and makes the heart of the people delightful. Cuttack Chandi Mata is considered as “The Living Goddess”. The temple is characterized by a large number of aficionados who use to offer their prayer to Devi and takes the blessings of her.

Getting There

One can reach Cuttack by mean of three modes: road, rail and air. There is a good bus network which connects the Cuttack to other cities and state of India. There is also a good rail network which connects Cuttack to many other cities and state of India. The airport which is closest to Cuttack is Biju Patnaik Airport. After reaching Cuttack one can reach the temple by hiring bus or taxi.

Security and Some Tips

There is good security arrangements established within the temple premises. CCTV cameras are installed to visualize each and every activity of devotee. Police official are also there for crowd management and safety. Yatris should not carry cash and ornaments with them. They should keep their luggage at safe and secure place.

When To Visit

The best time to visit the Cuttack Chandi Temple is during the month from January to March and from October to December. The timings of visiting this temple are not specific. One can visit the shrine at any time. The duration of visiting the temple is around 1 to 2 hours. It is opened all the days of the week. There is no entry fee to visit the temple.

What To See And Do

The structure of the temple is colourful covered with brown tiles. The statue of lion imprinting elephants on either side guards the entrance of the temple. The shrine’s top is also adorned with two lions and yellow dharam chakra. The shape of the structure of main sanctum is square. It consists of stunning idol of Goddess Chandi. Goddess Chandi has four arms bearing granting boon (Varada), signs showing fright (Abhaya), rod (Ankusha) and a snare (Paasha). The decoration of the presiding deity is done by beautiful garlands and flowers. The head of the deity is covered by golden crown. The deity is placed at silver cataract. Small gulab jamuns are distributed as Prasad which provide mental peace and gratification to devotees.

Where To Stay

There are many dharamshalas and youth hostels at Cuttack which provide stay at reasonable price. These dharamshalas are: Ganeshghat Dharmashala,       Mahima Niketan, Dharmashala, Jagannath Sewa Sadan, Swma Atithi Bhawan, Ashutosh Hostel, Rangala Hostel and Thakkar Bapa Hostel etc.

Where Else To Stay

There are many hotels in Cuttack which provide stay to Yartis along with luxury. These hotels are: Blue Lagoon Hotel, Pramod Club Resort, Ashoka Hotel, Akbari Continental Hotel, Bombay Inn Hotel, Panthanivas, Sagarshree Hotel, Silver City Hotel and Jashmine Hotel etc.

Festivals

The glory of this temple is at par due to annual Durga Puja and Kali Puja festivals. The duration of Durga Puja festival is of 16 days. It starts from dark fortnight of Ashwina Krishna Ashtami to Ashwina shukla navami and Vijayadashami. A good number of [people flocked towards this shrine during these festivals.

Side Trips

There are many places to visit around Cuttack Chandi Temple. These places are: Dagarpada Hanuman Mandir, Swarna Devi Mandir, Gadgadia Ghat Mandir, Barabati Fort, Netaji Birth Place and Oriya Baptish Church etc.

Travel Tips

Yatris should take video camera with them so as to trap each and every moment of the trip. Yatris should also take a personal diary for having the written record of the whole visit along with the feelings and emotions at that time. They should also hire a tourist guide who gives the complete knowledge of the temple including its history. They should also take first aid so as to cure frequent injury.

Hence, the holy tour of Cuttack Chandi Temple provides strength and mental peace to its devotees.

Dakshineswar Kali Temple West Bengal

Dakshineswar Kali Temple

Dakshineswar Kali Temple is a holy place of Hindus. It is sited at Dakshineswar near Kolkata. The temple is worshipped and visited in the honour of Goddess Bhavatarini who is a facet of Goddess Kali. The temple has gained its solid structure by Rani Rashmoni who is a philanthropist and an aficionado of Kali. The most stunning temple of India is Dakshineswar Kali Temple. The temple’s compound is very well maintained and neat and clean. Its location is near to the Ganga river. Accompanied by this temple there exists 12 Shiv temples and Radha-Krishna shrines. It is stretched over wide area. Another name of Dakshineswar Kali Temple is Navaratna Temple.The name of Goddess Bhavatarini signifies that Devi liberates her devotees from the ocean of existence i.e. Sa?s?ra’. The temple of Dakshineswar Kali consists of so many memories devoted to Sri Ramakrishna and Sarada Devi (wife of Ramakrishna).

Getting There

One can reach Kolkatta by mean of three modes: road, rail and air. Regular bus services are provided by West Bengal Surface Transport Corporation (WBSTC), The Calcutta State Transport Corporation (CSTC) and Calcutta Tramways Company (CTC) to connect Kolkatta to many other cities and states. Kokatta is also well equipped by good rail network and the trains like Shatabdi Express and Rajdhani Express connects Kokatta to many other cities and states. The airport which is nearest to the city is Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport which carried out the journey through air. After reaching kokatta one can reach the shrine by hiring local bus or taxi.

Security And Some Tips

There are many security services at Kolkatta which are provided to people for safety and protection. These security services are Royal India Securitaus, Secura Security, 4 Star Security, Life Guard Management PVT LTD and Apex Services etc. Yatris should not carry cash and ornaments with them. They should keep their luggage at safe and secure place.

When To Visit

The best day to visit the temple is Wednesday or Thursday. Its timings are from 6:00 AM to 12:30 PM and 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM. It is opened all the days of the week. The duration of visiting the shrine is 2 to 3 hours. There is no entry fee to visit the temple.

What To See And Do

The temple is very big in area. There is a big ground at the entrance of the shrine. The temple is surrounded by a large courtyard. It’s boundary walls consists of rooms. It follows the Bengali architecture. It structure follows the format of ‘Nava-ratna’ or nine spires. This temple is placed on high platform having a series of steps. The presiding deity of Bhavataraini is placed in garbha griha, erected on the chest of Shiva. These two deities reside on thousand-petaled lotus which is made of silver. The presiding deity is made up of black stone. The head of the goddess is covered with a golden crown. The Devi is decorated with jewelry and garlands. It consists of a protruding red tongue. The aarti of devi takes place during the morning and evening time. Holy bhog (food) is distributed as Prasad.

Where To Stay

There are many dharamshalas at Dakshineswar Kali Temple which provide stay at economical price. These dharamshalas are Binani Dharamshala, Bisale Jone Kalyan, Satyanarayan Mandir, Digambar Jain Dharmashala, Binani Dharamshala and Kanoria Dharamshala etc.

Where Else To Stay

There are many hotels near this temple which provide stay along with luxury. These hotels are: The Peerless Inn – Kolkata, Hotel Heera, Neeranand, Dalhousie Hotel, The LaLiT Great Eastern Kolkata, Lytton Hotel, Hotel Diplomat and Sapphire Suites etc.

Festivals

The festival of Durga Puja is celebrated at Dakshineswar Kali Temple with pomp and vigor. People from distant places come here to enjoy the festival and get blessed from Devi. This is the best time to visit the shrine.

Side trips

There are many places to visit around Dakshineswar Kali Temple. These places are: Sri Ghanteswar Mahadev Mandir, Church Of Our Lady Of Dolours, Nakhoda Mosque, Hind Palace Cinema, St Mark’s Church, Osmond Memorial Church and Raja Ram Mohan Roy Memorial etc.

Travel Tips

Yatris should take video camera with them in order to trap each and every activity of the whole trip. They should also take a personal diary for having the written record of the whole trip along with the feelings and emotions at that period of time. They should also hire a tourist guide for having the complete knowledge of the shrine including its history. They should also take first aid for curing frequent injury.

Hence, the only way to gain spiritual and divine strength and power is Dakshineswar Kali Temple.

Cheti Chand

Which god worship on the occasion of Cheti Chand?

Sindhis patron saint, IshtadevaUderolal, popularly known as Jhulelalworship on the occasion of Cheti Chand.

History of the above occasion

Origin of this occasion lies in the story of ChalihoSahab. ChalihoSahab is observed by the no. of followers of Jhulelal. On the bank of Sindhu, they perform all the rituals and underwent vigil for a very long duration i.e. for forty days and nights. During this period, they don’t wear new clothes, they don’t wear new shoes, they did not apply shave on their face to remove their beard or moustache, they don’t make use of any opulent thing, don’t use soap or apply oil, shampoo on their body. However, their clothes are just washed by them, they make them dried and wore them next day and like this they live for these forty days.During the evening time, Lord Varun who is considered as the god of Vedic deity of cosmic order and water worshipped by the people, they remember him by sung songs and prayed him. When the time period of 40 days has been completed, this occasion was celebrated by the followers of Jhulelalin which they were expressed their feelings and said Thanks to them and this day from that time to till today starts celebrating as “Thanks Giving Day”. And thus people celebrate this occasion in the remembrance of patron saint of Sindhis, Jhulelal and the name is Cheti Chand.

Cheti Chand derives its name,Sindhis followed the calendar whose each month starts with a new moonand Chaitra is the first hindi month and it is known as Chet in Sindhi, thus it is called as Cheti-Chand.

What is the significance of the above occasion?

This occasion is celebrated by all the Sindhi people of Pakistan and India across the world as on this day their IshtadevaUderolal who is known by a very famous and popular name Jhulelal is having his birth day and people on this day worship and by this remember him which helps them in getting god wishes and blessings leads to remove all the obstacles they are facing in their lives. And with this they are saying thanks to the god from the bottom of their heart. Thus, this occasion has a great importance especially for the Sindhi people.

What are the things or material required for the worship of this puja?

Idol or Statue of JhulelalDevta,Mishri (Crystal Sugar), Cloth, flowers, Akha,Kalash (Water jar),Phota (Cardamom), Fruits,Coconut, leaves, Jyot ( Lamp containing oil), are the things or material required for the worship of this puja.

What is the vidhi (method) of worship?

Puja is worship in a simple way. Sindhis worship water which is considered as the basic necessity of life. People collect the things required for worship which is collectively known as Baharana Sahib and take them to a lake or river situated nearby them. They perform the rituals, worship the god and went their home.

How to celebrate this occasion?

Cheti Chand is considered as the biggest festival among all the Sindhi people and they celebrate the same with great level of enthusiasm, gaiety and pomp. They just celebrate the festival like New Year’s celebrations and enjoy a lot.

What are the timings to celebrate this puja or occasion in a year?

As per the Hindu Calendar, this puja or occasion is celebrated in the first hindu month of Chaitra, on its second day, means on the next day of Ugadi and GudiPadwa. In Sindhi Chaitrais known by Chet and thus its name is CHET-I-CHAND.

In which parts of the country, this puja is considered as more important?

As Cheti Chandis considered as the biggest festival among all the Sindhi people, so this is considered as important across the world, not in a specific part of the country.

Vaishno Devi Temple

Vaishno Devi Temple

Vaishno Devi is a well- known goddess of India. It is popular by two other different names and i.e. Mata Rani and Vaishnavi. It is another picture of mother DURGA. The holy Hindu temple of India is Vaishno Devi Temple.The temple of Vaishno Devi is situated in the Trikuta Mountain. It is positioned 61 km north of Jammu which lies in the northern state of Jammu and Kashmir. The monument of Vaishno Devi resides in a cave that is located in the lower Himalayas. The base camp for vaishno Devi memorial is Katra i.e. the town at the foot of the Trikuta hills.A number of devotees from India and abroad are attracted towards this temple as it is a saying that Mata Rani hears and eradicate every wish and sorrow of her true devotee. The constant chanting of “Jai Mata Di” provides mental peace to the devotees. The doors of this shrine are open throughout the whole year. Its journey is difficult in winters as it is blocked by snowfall.

Getting There

The yatra of Vaishno Devi has been started from Katra. Yatris get ‘Yatra Parchi’ from Katra only so as to have the Darshan of Mata. Yatris are not charged even 1 Re for ‘Yatra Parchi’. The yatra of Vaishno Devi is being started after taking this ‘Parchi’. We have to make entry at ‘Baan Ganga’ check post after 3 hours of taking the ‘Parchi’. The ‘Yatra Parchi has got lapsed if entry at check post is not made. Therefore to take the ‘Parchi’ is a convenient option of Yatra.Katra is located at 2500 feet above the sea level. Different modes of transport are available for completing the yatra from katra to Bhawan. These modes of transport are as follow: own vehicle, auto-rickshaw, helicopters, ponies, palanquins, pittus and foot.

Security And Some Tips

There are many arrangements are made for security. For the security of devotees there is provision of X-Ray Baggage Inspection Systems and Door Frame Metal Detectors. CCTV cameras are installed to visualize the activities of devotees. Yatris should not carry cash and ornaments with them. They should place their luggage at column rooms (extra rooms provided for placing the luggage and belongings).

When To Visit

The shrine can be visited throughout the year. There is so much rush in the month ofMay, June and July. As people has to wait for a long hours for the darshan of Mata so the time to visit the shrine during rush should be avoided. It is opened all the days of the week. The timings are 5:00 AM to 12:00 PM and 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM. The duration of the visit is 14 hours. There is no entry fee to visit the temple.

What To See And Do

There is entire route of 13 Km. The path is cleaned and swept time to time. There is an arrangement of refreshment and food place to place. The yatra of Vaishno Devi consists of four stoppage and they are:

  • Darshani Darwaja or Darshan Deodhi

The key ingress of Trikuta Hills called as Darshani Darwaja or Darshan Deodhi as Trikuta hills can be viewed from here completely. It is the place where meeting of Vaishno Devi Mata and Devotee Shridhar had taken place.

  • Ardhakuwari Temple:

After crossing 6 KM there comes the holy cave named as Ardhakuwari. The Ardhkuwari Temple lies in the mid of Vaishno Devi Yatra. Mata resided here for 9 months to hide from Bhairo Nath. When he found and chased her then she moved toward Bhavan. The yatra of Vaishno Devi is not prolific without visiting this Temple. Another name of Ardhkuwari Temple is Garbha Joon.

  • SanjiChhat:

There is arrival of Sanji Chhat after 9.5 KM of journey. The distance between sanjichhat and bhawan is 2.5 Km. To cross the way towards bhawan the Yatris have to walk downhills from

SanjiChhat.The facility of accomodations like rooms, hotels and Dharmshalas is provided here. The fresh food is also provided here at judicious prices. It also consists of hospitals so as to provide medical facilities to the devotees.

  • Bhawan:

The final place which is the end point of Yatris is Bhawan. It is the holy cave where Mata killed Bharion Nath and abandoned her human form and took the form of rock and finally settled here to bless the people. Devotees after reaching Bhawan have the Darshan of mata. There is a long queue for darshan. The darshan of mata is done by mean of token system. Token reveals the group no. and the time for the Yatri’s turn. The idol of mata is made up of marble wearing red poshak. After Darshan the process of aarti takes place which is completed in 2 hours. After aarti the parshad is distributed among Yatris. Makhane, dry fruits and coconuts are distributed among devotees as parshad with red oodhni of Mata.

  • Bhairon Mandir:

The Bhairon Mandir is 3 km away from bhawan. When Mata killed Bhairon nath then he realized his mistake and apologized in front of her as a result of it she had put mercy on him and gave him a boon that he would be worshipped by people after her worship. The Yatra would only be completed after the darshan of Bhairon Mandir. The coconut has been offered to the Bhaironji and bhabhuti is distributed among the devotees as parshad.

Where To Stay

There are many dharamshalas in Katra so as to provide stay at reasonable price. These dharamshalas are: Badri Yatri Niwas, Dharambir Dharamshala, Rawalpindi Dharamshala, Sonu Dharmshala, Nav Durga Mandir Trust and Jagdamba Yatri Niwas etc.

Where Else To Stay

There are many hotels near Vaishno Devi temple which provide stay along with luxury. These hotels are: Hotel Bhawani International, AMR Lords Eco Inn, Hotel Katra Continental, Hotel The Vaishnodevi, Hotel Asia Vaishno Devi and Hotel Bandhu Palace etc.

Festivals

The festival of Navaratri is not only celebrated in the temple itself but in whole of the town called Katra. The whole town is adorned with marvelous decorations and people from every corner flocked towards the temple at this time. It is the festival of nine days and beginning of celebration is marked by showering of flowers from the helicopters on the very first day of Navaratri. The temple is adorned with flowers brought from Russia, Sweden, Norway and other countries during Navaratri. Devotees celebrate the festival of Navaratri with great joy and enthusiasm.

Side trips

There are many places to visit near Vaishno Devi temple. These places are: Raghunath Temple, Dera Baba Banda, Shiv Khori, Banganga, Himkoti, Bhimgarh fort, Baba Dhansar, Gori Temple, Dudhari Temple and nandini wildlife sanctuary.

Travel Tips

Yatris should take a personal diary in order to trap the whole visit in a written form along with the feelings and emotions at that moment. Yatri should hire a tourist guide to have a complete knowledge of the whole trip. Yatris should take first aid for curing the frequent injury.

Hence, this is the devotional tour which visualizes true faith and spiritualism.

Shirdi Sai Baba Temple

Shirdi Sai Baba Temple

The temple of Sai Baba was built near that tree in 1922. Shirdi Sai Baba Temple is located in Shirdi which is 296 Kilometers from Mumbai (Maharashtra) in India. Shirdi is known as “Land Of Sai”. It is closely and highly connected to Ahmednagar city. Sai Baba used to do meditation under a tree of neem and he was died under that tree. Shirdi Sai Baba was and is the true and tangible belief of people. Both of his Muslim and Hindu devotees esteemed him with a deep soul. He is the most popular saint of India. People of all over the world worship him with a true faith. Perishable things were not the part of his divine love. His spirit is mostly concentrated on self-realization. A moral code of love, forgiveness, helping others, charity, contentment, inner peace, and devotion to God and guru were taught by him. His teachings followed the path which covers up the characteristics of both the Hinduism and Islam. His sayings are:

  • Allah Malik Ek-means one god governs all
  • Trust in me and your prayer shall be answered
  • Allah Malik– means god is king

Getting There

One can reach Shirdi sai baba Temple by mean of three modes: road, rail and air. There is abus network from all major destinations of Maharastra.The important railway station near Shirdi is Daund-Manmad Line and Manmad. The airport which is near to Shirdi is at Nasik, Pune and Mumbai. People can reach the shrine by mean of local transport.

Security And Some Tips

The security arrangements are good at this temple. So many CCTV cameras are installed within the temple premises. The private security guards which are employed here are 730 in number for the purpose of crowd management. Yatris should not carry cash and ornaments with them. Yatris should also place their luggage at safe and secure place.

When to Visit

The best time to visit this shrine is during the month of September to April. The timings of the temple are 5:30 AM to 10 PM. People from distant places flocked towards Shirdi to visit the temple for getting mental peace.

What To See And Do

The temple consists of an assembly hall comprises near about 600 devotees. The first floor of the temple consists of the paintings of the saint which reveals his life story. The Sai Baba Temple complex comprises:

  • The Khandoba temple: the place where baba has gained the title of Sai
  • Gurusthan: the place where he spend a large part of his time under neem tree
  • Dwarkamai- a mosque i.e. a dwelling place of baba
  • Chavadi- the place where baba used to spend his alternate nights
  • Lendi Garden- The place which holds Nanda deep set up between a neem and a bodhi tree planted by baba himself. The lamp-Nand Deep has never been extinguished.

The deity of Sai Baba is the stunning figure made up of Italian marble. Darshan of Sai baba is the most delightful and divine achievement of the devotees. The starting of the day takes place by morning aarti which is held at 5:30 am daily. After that the holy bath is carried out. At temple entrance devotees use to make queues since 4 am so as to have regular Darshan starting at 7am. The Sai Baba temple complex consists of four gates and the queue for the darshan starts at gates 2 & 3. The closing time of gate is 10 pm after the night aarti.

The temple does not accept cooked food from outside as an offering. Following items are offered to make the parshad of the temple and also to participate in the temple services:

  • Clothes (Dress) for Baba: The holy bathing of baba use to take place daily and for that dresses are offered.
  • Flowers: After holy bathing and changing of clothes garlands of fresh flowers is offered to Baba daily. The number of garlands that are offered daily is about eight to ten.
  • Fruits: The offerings of fruits use to take place during whole of the day at the time of worship.
  • Oil: The oil lamp which burns all the time in the temple use to get lighted by Sesame oil.
  • Naivedya: It is offered thrice daily to Baba and is made inside the temple itself.

Where To Stay:

There are many dharamshalas in shirdi for having stay at economical price. They are: Gobind Dham, Shri SAI Dham, Shri Sainivas Mega Dharmasala and Gobind Dham. The rooms in these people are big enough for providing space for about 10 people.

Where Else To Stay

There are so many hotels in Shirdi which provide luxury and they are meant for rich people. These hotels are: Hotel Sai Mahal, Veer Sai Hotel, Sun-N-Sand, Marigold Regency, Matrix Inn, Keys Hotel Temple Tree and Hotel Sai Leela

Festivals

Lakhs of people are gathered in the temple premises to celebrate the festivals. People use to do puja and chant bahjans during these festivals. The festivals which are celebrated here are Guru Purnima (celebrated during the month of July), Ramnavami (celebrated during the month of March-April) and Vijayadashami (celebrated during the month of September).

Side Trips

There are many fascinating places to visit near Shirdi. These places are: Muktidham, Kalaram Temple, Shanishinganapur, Ellora Caves, Daulatabad, Shanishinganapur, Coin Museum, Pandavleni Caves and Ramkund.

Travel Tips

Yatris should take a personal diary with them in order to have a written record of the whole visit. Yatris should also hire a tourist guide to have the complete knowledge of the temple including its history. They should also take first aid in order to cure frequent injury.

Hence, devotees use to get mental peace and purity of soul at this temple.

Sidhivinayak Temple

Sidhivinayak Temple

The sign of traditional beauty and architecture is Sidhivinayak Temple. It is devoted to that idol of Hinduism which has the head of elephant to which we call “Lord Ganesh”. This temple is positioned at Prabhadevi which is in Mumbai (Maharashtra).Over 25,000 devotees have rushed towards the temple so as to offer prayers and get blessed by Lord Ganesh. The most important day of Worship and Darshan is Tuesday. So many Bollywood celebrities visit the place and get blessed by Lord Ganesh so as to be prosperous forever. It is the good-luck charm of many people. It is the great masterpiece of art with a feeling of divinity.The temple was of 2550 sq m consisting of two 3.6 m Deepamalas, a rest house and living quarters for the caretaker. In the early 19thcentury a lake of 30 x 40 sq. m. was dug in order to meet out the scarcity of water. In 1950s and 60s the temple become so much popular. The number of aficionados was increased after 1975.

Getting There

One can reach Mumbai by mean of three modes road, rail and air. The journey through air can be carried out by Chhatrapati Shivaji international Airport and Santacruz domestic airport. Mumbai is connected by many cities through the rail network. The other way to reach Mumbai is by mean of self-drive. After reaching Mumbai one can reach the shrine by mean of hiring car, taxi, auto-rickshaw and bus.

Security And Some Tips

There are good security arrangements at this shrine. 25 police personals are appointed for temple’s security and crowd management. A number of CCTV cameras are installed within the temple premises for putting an eye on each and every activity of devotees. The scanner and metal detector is placed at the entrance of the shrine so as to avoid the entry of unwanted element like bomb, gun and knife etc. Yatris should not carry cash and ornaments with them. They should keep their luggage at safe and secure place.

When To Visit

The best time to visit the temple is early in the morning on Tuesday and Friday. It is opened all the days of the week. Its timings are 5:30 AM to 10:30 PM. The duration of the visit of this temple is 1 to 2 hours.

What To See And Do

The design of Sidhivinayak Temple is beautiful. The deity of Lord Ganesh is carved from a single black stone whose height is 2½ feet. The idol’s trunk is skewed from right and the figure is represented with 4 hands. Figures of ‘Goddess Riddhi’ and ‘Goddess Siddhi’ have surrounded both sides of the idol. Lord Ganesh is positioned at the small hall i.e. ‘mandapam’ of the shrine. The deity of Lord Ganesh is covered by ‘Gabhara’ which is an octagonal shelter that is about ten feet wide. The beauty of the idol is boosted by gold plated inner roof of Gabhara.The laddus and pedas are distributed as Prasad.

There are two types of darshan takes place in the shrine i.e. General Darshan and Common (Mukha) Darshan or Darshan from a Distance.

For having general Darshan of Lord Ganesh there are two gates:

  • Siddhi Gate:

This gate is situated at S K Bole Marg (Cadell Road side). After crossing police security check devotees come across Siddhivinayak Police Chowky from which a left turn is taken to join the queue going towards Gate No. 7.which is the Queue for free General Darshan.

  • Riddhi Gate:

This gate is situated at Kakasaheb Gadgil Marg (Nardulla Tank Maidan side). The same process is carried out as by Siddhi gate.

After General Darshan Devotees has to cross Gate no 4 for getting exit. Normal day takes 30-45 minutes while Tuesday and holidays take 1.5 -2 hours for General Darshan.

Common (Mukha) Darshan is meant for those devotees who do not have a time for Darshan. When devotees pass Riddhi or siddhi gate then they have to approach Gate no 5 and join the queue of Common (Mukha) Darshan or Darshan from a Distance. Here also Gate no 4 has to be crossed for exit.

Where To Stay

There are many dharamshalas in Mumbai where people can have their stay at economical price. They are: Agashi Jain Dharamshala, Marwadi Panchayati Wadi, Shri Sukkur Panchayat Of Bombay, Kabutar Khana Jain Dharmashala, Motisha Jain Derasar and Mahavir Dham Dharamshala etc.

Where Else To Stay

Yatris can also have their stay at hotels near Sidhivinayak Temple as they provide luxury. These hotels are: Centralline Guest House, Marigold Residency, Hotel Karishma, Hotel Avon Ruby and The Emerald – Hotel & Executive Apartments etc.

Festivals

The festival which is celebrated in this shrine is Ganesha Chaturthi which is celebrated in the month of Bhadra (mid-August to mid-September). Devotees pray for the god whole of the day during this festival. Sweets, coconut, jaggery, rice, flowers and coins are offered to the god. Special events and pujas are organized during this occasion.

Side Trips

There are many places to visit around Sidhivinayak Temple. These places are: Ravindra natya mandir, Prabha Devi Mandir, Pl deshpande art gallery, Vaman Dev Mandir, Jakhadevi Temple, Gyan Mandir, Fame Nakshatra and Holy Cross Church etc.

Travel Tips

Yatris should take video camera to trap whole of the visit as a living memory. They should also take a personal diary so as to have a written record of the whole visit along with the feelings and emotions at that moment. They should also hire a tourist guide for having the complete knowledge of the temple including its history. They should also take first aid in order to cure frequent injury.

Thus, for getting the happy and prosperous life one has to visit a divine beauty i.e Sidhivinayak Temple so as to get blessed from Lord Ganesh.