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Friday, August 14, 2009

Trip to Bhadrachalam Ram Rama Temple:

Trip to Bhadrachalam Ram Rama Temple:

You can write to me on templeashok@yahoo.co.in for any clarifications /doubts.. I shall try my best to be of use to u so that u have a good dharshan..you can also write to me on the mail id above for adding anything more to make it more useful and informative every small info will help as it has probably helped you so please write in..…


About General Place: http://wikitravel.org/en/Bhadrachalam



India code for Phone call by people outside of India- +91

STD Code of Bhadrachalam- 08743


Hotels:

We stayed at Hotel Ratan ph no 0873 233384/85. 9885584181, 9866277341. It costs Rs 850 for a non ac double room which was fairly neat. There are also ac rooms. They take reservations on the telephone. It is just opposite the bhadrachalam bus stand and so very convenient. There is a hotel kalki very next door where you get good tiffen and meals etc.

You also have a ap tourism hotel for the same tariff. 850 rs non ac and 1400 for AC Rooms.Again very neat.ph no 08743 231463,231481. you can mail for reservations there in nd@aptdc.in

Apart from this you can reserve by sending dd’s with the devasthan office. Use link below.


http://www.bhadrachalarama.org/accommodation.htm


Details about the temple through links:

Official Website: http://www.bhadrachalarama.org/



Photos of temple: http://www.bhadrachalarama.org/photogal-main.htm



Temple Phone Number and Contact:

Additional info and guides:


Std Code- Phone Number :
Other Links:

http://www.sitaramaswamy.com/visiting_places.htm

boat ride-this is interesting...http://www.go2india.in/ap/godavari-launch-journey.php


How I went:

I traveled to Hyderabad from Coimbatore. From there I was joined by my cousin and we took a train at 10.45 pm that goes to Machilipatnam. (normally departs from platform 10 from secunderabad station. So you can ask auto drivers to drop you at the rear entrance on platfrorm 10. Midway they dismantle the coach and attach to a different train and the train reaches Bhadrachalam Road otherwise also called Kotthagudam by localites at 4.50 am. ( if by any chance you miss this station don’t worry the train terminates 50 km from there in a place called manuguru about 1 hr from bhadrachalam road from where you need to retrace)From there you just can walk out 50 meteres from station and take a bus to bhadrachalam proper. It takes 45 minutes to an hour to reach bhadrachalam from bhadrachalam road by bus.

Note: If you are landing there between march and june it is one of the hottest places in India and you will do well to have a AC room.


Once we settled in at Hotel Ratan we took an auto for Rs 15 to take us to the temple. The temple is on a small hillock and you need to climb about 100 steps. The place where the steps end on your left you find an office where you can get ticket for archana to lord anjaneya/hanuman separately Rs.20 and a separate rs 20 or rs 50 special darshan ticket to lord rama. There is also a free darshan que. IF you take Rs 50 ticket you can sit near the lord and offer your pooja. Don’t carry any camera or video inside temple as it is not allowed. Before you enter the main temple you have lord hanuman right near the place where the steps end. Please worship him and seek his blessings and then visit lord rama. There are smaller gods and goddesses around the temple inner path. Out of this lord lakshmi is so beautiful. You will do well to offer poojas to her. Towards the right of the steps once you climb towards the temple is a Prasad counter where you can buy tamarind rice,laddoos etc. Its good. No where you need to pay anything extra etc. After this we retired to the room. I had a good buffet lunch at hotel APTDC. Then in the evening right opposite the temple for Rs 20 from hotel rattan or bus stand you can ask the auto guy to drop you on banks of river godavari for a good bath. From there the temple is 200 meteres away and you can reach temple by walk or by auto again for Rs. 10. Then we rested and took a bus to kothegudam or bhadrachalam road(normally from platform no 2 but please ask couple of people as everything is written in telugu). The buses have a request stop right in front of railway station. From the place you get down near railway station there is a broad road opposite railway station where if you walk 75 meteres on the right (when you walk down opposite railway station not towards it) ask for annapoorna in a small lane with stairs going up. You get good lunch and dinner there which is more like home made stuff. We then boarded the train to secunderabad by 10 pm to reach secunderabad by 4.45 am. Its just a overnight journey.

Places of interest around the place: http://www.sitaramaswamy.com/visiting_places.htm


How to reach

Nearest Airport – Hyderabad.

Nearest Rail Head/ Railway Station – Bhadrachalam road otherwise called Kothagudam by localites

Preferred travel base: Secunderabad,Bhadrachalam


Railway Station code for MAS(central station) for all trains bound north east and west and MS(egmore)for all trains from Chennai to southern towns, Bangalore SBC, New Delhi –NDLS,DLI or NZM, Kolkatta- HWH, Mumbai –DR,CSTM,LTT, Karaikudi-KKDI
HYB Hyderabad, SC- Secunderabad, BDCR for bhadrachalam road.




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Sunday, March 29, 2009

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Trip to pattamangalam guru dakshinamurthy temple

Trip to Pattamangalam Dakshinamoorty Guru:

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About General Place:

This place is one a very powerful place to worship planet Jupiter as guru





Hotels:

You should stay with travel base as Karaikudi.


From here you can take a bus to tirupathur and thenanother bus to pattamangalam. Travel time is about 1 hr 20 minutes from karaikudi.

Details about the temple through links:

Official Website:



Photos of temple:



Temple Phone Number and Contact:

Additional info and guides:


Std Code- Phone Number :
Other Links:


How I went:

I traveled to trichy from coimbatore by shatapdi train. Started at 7.15 am and the train reached by 11.30 am. From here I took a bus to karaikudi(2.5 hrs away). From here I boarded a bus next day morning to tirupattur about 3/4 hour away. From here took a bus to pattamangalam about 25 min away.

Lor dakshinamoorthy is situated in separate shrine inside. There is a very big banyan tree behind him. You have a path around the lord covering tha banyan tree( with many ariel roots ) to go around him.Some people were doing 108 rounds around the shrine. You can do a minimum of 3 rounds.

Places of interest around the place: http://www.karaikudi.com/othertemples.htm

How to reach

Nearest Airport – Madurai,Trichy

Nearest Rail Head/ Railway Station – Karaikudi

Preferred travel base: Virudhunagar

STD Code of -

Railway Station code for MAS(central station) for all trains bound north east and west and MS(egmore)for all trains from Chennai to southern towns, Bangalore SBC, New Delhi –NDLS,DLI or NZM, Kolkatta- HWH, Mumbai –DR,CSTM,LTT, Karaikudi-KKDI




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For Travel by Private bus to and fro to any major town in India and some interstate destinations use the links below for bus booking through internet.

http://www.redbus.in/

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Shiva, dakhshinamoorthi,dakshinamurthy,guru

Trip to Kundrakudi

in process

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Trip to Sathuragiri, Sadhuragiri:

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About General Place:

This place is one where it is believed all the siddhars congregate and worship Lord shiva till today.

Read more on them in link below

http://www.sathuragiri.com/


In this temple


Shiva is called: Sundara Lingam andSanthana Lingam

Ambal (Ambe)is called : She is supposed to have sat on a rock near Santhana lingam and performed tapasya on Lord Shiva.




Hotels:

You should stay with travel base as Virudhunagar or Sriviiliputur or Watrap. There isno hotel or lodge on top of mountail though the temple authorities have a few eating halls where you can sllep for night. They also serve you free food on top of mountain.




You could go by bus from Virudhunagar to watrap and get down at thaniparai on the way and take an auto at Rs 10 per person to foot hills. O


Details about the temple through links:

Official Website: http://www.sathuragiri.com/



Photos of temple:

Refer gallery tab in above site


Temple Phone Number and Contact:

Additional info and guides: http://www.sathuragiri.com/index1.htm


Std Code- Phone Number : agnilingam@yahoo.com
Other Links:


How I went:

I traveled to Virudhunagar and from there took a bus to watrap. These busses stop at Thani parai. From there I took and auto for Rs 10 to foothills. It was 4 pm. I started my climb. I reached the top by 9 pm. Just before that you have a temple to Pilavadi karuppar a local deity who you are supposed to worship for getting his and shiva’s blessings. There are many streams on the way. You should be careful not to venture alone on the climb as well as near waterholes.as jungle animals are there. There are showers in open for you to have a bath. I did that and then prayed then had free meals in the annadhana and slept in open. It was full moon day. Generally amavasya and full moon days are very crowded. The climb is tough but not so very difficult. Picking up a stickthat are strewnall alongthe way helps in climbing. Next day again did a darshan and climbed down. The way down cld be managed in 3hrs. about 1 hr into the climb you reach valukku parai(so calledbecause during rains it is slippery since it is a single holdless big rock face. Thereyou get some tea/ ginger coffee and something to eat. It is best to carry your own water(very imp) and food. On top in morning you do get some shops who may serve some breakfast. Free food from temple is available.

Places of interest around the place:

How to reach

Nearest Airport – Madurai

Nearest Rail Head/ Railway Station – Virudhunagar,Krishnankoil,Srivilliputur

Preferred travel base: Virudhunagar

STD Code of -

Railway Station code for MAS(central station) for all trains bound north east and west and MS(egmore)for all trains from Chennai to southern towns, Bangalore SBC, New Delhi –NDLS,DLI or NZM, Kolkatta- HWH, Mumbai –DR,CSTM,LTT, Virudhunagar-VPT




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For Travel by Private bus to and fro to any major town in India and some interstate destinations use the links below for bus booking through internet.

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Saturday, May 3, 2008

Trip to Aaachalpuram

You can write to me on templeashok@yahoo.co.in for any clarifications /doubts.. I shall try my best to be of use to u so that u have a good dharshan..you can also write to me on the mail id above for adding anything more to make it more useful and informative every small info will help as it has probably helped you so please write in..…


About General Place:

This place is one of the 276 Siva temples most famous in south and sung on by one of the four major shiva poets of south. They are Appar, Thirugyana Sambandar, Manickavasagar and Sundarar.Read more on them in link below

http://www.geocities.com/profvk/WOVpage11.html

Some temples are sung on by all four of them( eg Thiruvannamalai).

This temple has found mention in Sanbandar’s works. Normally most of the hymns were sung by the above after visiting the place and the poetry is a live experience of how they saw Lord Siva and his consort Parvati in that temple. Normally each temple has Siva and Parvati known by a separate name in that particular temple.

It is believed that the marriage of Sambandar was held here and all who attended the wedding got salvation to shiva’s feet.


In this temple


Shiva is called: Shivalokatyagar

Ambal (Ambe)is called : Tiruvenneerammai, Uma Devi



http://www.templenet.com/Tamilnadu/s159.html


Hotels:

You should stay with travel base as Chidambaram (http://templevisitsofashok.blogspot.com/2007/05/trip-to-chidambaram-natarajar-nataraja.html)


Hotel: I have given two below
I stay in hotel Vandyar very near busstand and for Rs.250 you get very decent double bed room. AC room is Rs 500. Ph 04144 225374, 225375
Slightly more costly is Hotel Saradharam Non ac double is Rs.550 and Ac is 1000.
ph 04144 221336
both are very near bus stand
some more link to hotel:

http://www.hotelstamilnadu.com/chidambaramhotels.htm

http://www.vegetarian-restaurants.net/India-Guide/IndianStates/Tamil-Nadu/Chidambaram.htm




You could go by bus from here in 45 minutes though the frequency is little low. Alternatively you can go to a place called kollidam and travel from there.

Auto from Chidambaram can cost Rs.250 to and fro with 1 hour wait.

I would recommend Mr.Raja. Very nice person. Very reasonable with rates. Do agree on rates before hand. You can call from outstation on +91-9976866781 or dial 0 and then the number or if calling from chidambaram itself dial the number straight




Details about the temple through links:

Official Website: NA


Photos of temple:

http://www.templenet.com/Tamilnadu/s159.html


Temple Phone Number and Contact: Not available .However the priest there is

Mr.Mahalingam (alias Mani as he is known here) Gurukkal. Ph No 04364 277620.
His son is Mr.Ravi Gurukkal.

Std Code- Phone Number :
Other Links:

http://www.templenet.com/Tamilnadu/s159.html


How I went:

I traveled to Chidambaram by bus from Chennai. It is a 5 hour ride. I stayed a vandyar hotel near bus stand and after early morning bath took an auto to the place. I have given the priests number below. Little further down is a must visit temple called mahendrapaali which found a mention in my previous blog. Please do visit the same. Today happened to be sani (Saturn ) pradosh a very important pradosh day among the daily and monthly pradosh. I had been longing to do pradosh pooja for 15 years in some famous temple but never could do it. So today was the day shiva had in mind to give me that blessing and had decided on this very important temple also. I did pradosh pooja in this temple with lot of abhishek and to my hearts content.

http://www.shaivam.org/siddhanta/Pradhosham.html

Places of interest around the place:

How to reach

Nearest Airport – Chennai or Trichy

Nearest Rail Head/ Railway Station – Kumbakonam,Trichy

Preferred travel base: Chidambaram

STD Code of -

Railway Station code for MAS(central station) for al trains bound north east and west and MS(egmore)for all trains from Chennai to southern towns, Bangalore SBC, New Delhi –NDLS,DLI or NZM, Kolkatta- HWH, Mumbai –DR,CSTM,LTT, Allahabad-ALD




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Trip to Mahendrapalli

Trip to Mahendrapalli:

You can write to me on templeashok@yahoo.co.in for any clarifications /doubts.. I shall try my best to be of use to u so that u have a good dharshan..you can also write to me on the mail id above for adding anything more to make it more useful and informative every small info will help as it has probably helped you so please write in..…


About General Place:

This place is one of the 276 Siva temples most famous in south and sung on by one of the four major shiva poets of south. They are Appar, Thirugyana Sambandar, Manickavasasagar and Sundarar (read more on them in link below

http://www.geocities.com/profvk/WOVpage11.html

Some temples are sung on by all four of them( eg Thiruvannamalai).


This temple has found mention in Sanbandar’s works. Normally most of the hymns were sung by the above after visiting the place and the poetry is a live experience of how they saw Lord Siva and his consort Parvati in that temple. Normally each temple has Siva and Parvati known by a separate name in that particular temple.

Every year Panguni 7th to 13th ( approx March 19th to 26th) Sun’s rays fall on Shiva linga at about 6am approx for 15 minutes. Soorya is supposed to be worshipping him.

In this temple

Shiva is called: Tirumeniaz(l)hagar, Somasundareswarar
Ambal (Ambe)is called : Vadivambikai

http://www.templenet.com/Tamilnadu/s226.html


Hotels:

You should stay with travel base as Chidambaram (http://templevisitsofashok.blogspot.com/2007/05/trip-to-chidambaram-natarajar-nataraja.html)

Hotel: I have given two below
I stay in hotel Vandyar very near busstand and for Rs.250 you get very decent double bed room. AC room is Rs 500. Ph 04144 225374, 225375
Slightly more costly is Hotel Saradharam Non ac double is Rs.550 and Ac is 1000.
ph 04144 221336
both are very near bus stand

Some more links to hotel:

http://www.hotelstamilnadu.com/chidambaramhotels.htm

http://www.vegetarian-restaurants.net/India-Guide/IndianStates/Tamil-Nadu/Chidambaram.htm

You could go by bus from here in 45 minutes though the frequency is little low. Alternatively you can go to a place called kollidam and travel from there.

Auto from Chidambaram can cost Rs.250 to and fro with 1 hour wait.

I would recommend Mr.Raja. Very nice person. Very reasonable with rates. Do agree on rates before hand. You can call from outstation on +91-9976866781 or dial 0 and then the number or if calling from chidambaram itself dial the number straight

Details about the temple through links:

Official Website: NA

Photos of temple:
http://www.templenet.com/Tamilnadu/s226.html

Temple Phone Number and Contact: Not available .However the priest there is

Mr.Gurusamy Gurukkal. Ph No 04364 292309.

Std Code- Phone Number :
Other Links:

http://www.templenet.com/Tamilnadu/s226.html


How I went:

I traveled to Chidambaram by bus from Chennai. It is a 5 hour ride. I stayed a vandyar hotel near bus stand and after early morning bath took an auto to the place. I have given the priests number below. Please check on his availability to open the temple as he is the only one looking after the temple. On the way there is a temple at Aachalpuram which will find a mention in my next blog. Please do visit the same. Today happened to be sani (Saturn ) pradosh. We have daily pradosh and I donated 1 litre cows milk and bilva patra (leaf) mala to the priest and asked him to use the same in abhishek and use the bilva garland after shiva is fully adorned between 4.30 and 6 pm.


http://www.shaivam.org/siddhanta/Pradhosham.html


Places of interest around the place:

How to reach

Nearest Airport – Chennai or Trichy

Nearest Rail Head/ Railway Station – Kumbakonam,Trichy

Preferred travel base: Chidambaram

STD Code of -

Railway Station code for MAS(central station) for al trains bound north east and west and MS(egmore)for all trains from Chennai to southern towns, Bangalore SBC, New Delhi –NDLS,DLI or NZM, Kolkatta- HWH, Mumbai –DR,CSTM,LTT, Allahabad-ALD




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Sunday, February 10, 2008

Trip to Allahabad Triveni Sangam:

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About General Place:

http://www.vegetarian-restaurants.net/India-Guide/IndianStates/Uttar-Pradesh/Allahabad.htm


http://wikitravel.org/en/Allahabad


Hotels:

You could stay at Allahabad.



Stdcode of Allahabad is: 0532. If any phone numbers are not reacheable try adding a 2 before the phonenumber given and then dial.

I stayed at Hotel Milan on Leader Road which is the road leading left from Allahabad main station and is about 300 meters away. A cycle rickshaw can drop you there at Rs 5.

Ph No 0532-2403776

There is a hotel Arjun(opp Milan) and New Sangam(100 mts before Milan) too.

A little higher end hotel is suncity ph 0532-2405130,2405372

Other hotels refer link below

http://www.vegetarian-restaurants.net/India-Guide/IndianStates/Uttar-Pradesh/Allahabad.htm

http://allahabad.nic.in/entrypage.htm

http://www.allahabadtoday.com/tourist/hotels.html


Details about the temple through links:

Official Website: NA


Photos of temple:
NA

Temple Phone Number and Contact:

Std Code-0532 Phone Number :
Other Links:


How I went:

I traveled Allahabad by gangakaveri express from Chennai.

I checked in at hotel Milan in leader road very near main station. Rs 5 by cycle rickshaw. Triveni sangam is a place very near dara ganj station that comes before Allahabad say 6 km before. Most people who were familiar with the place got down at this place. I got down only at Allahabad. After checking into the hotel I took a cycle rickshaw to dara ganj which cost me Rs.30. It takes about 25 mts to reach. Thre are also share autos plying at Rs.10. The day I landed was a particularly crowded day. Hence I took a cycle rickshaw. On my way back I came back by share auto. The other thing is I also always like to take in a city at slower pace and cycle rickshaw gives you a better view of the city in toto.


I went to dara ganj police station. From there shiv mutt is very near.The numbers are given below. I took directions from them and walked 2 km to triveni sangam and took a boat only for myself for Rs 200(was a very crowded mararsankranthi amavasya day). I am told only Rs.50 is the charge on a normal day. There is a platform on which the boat docks where you can have a dip and normally do a small pooja for Rs.50 at least(some milk and flower offerings for rs.20 and 3 coconuts for rs.10 each.). On my way back visited the temple in fort and sankracharya’rs temple, bada hanuman temple(he is a swayambu below the earth level) and then Vishnu(madhav) temple very near shiv mutt that is supposed to be the teerth lord of triveni sangam.

After this I visited a sakthi peet called alopi mata about 1 km from dara ganj and then went back to hotel.


For any pind dhan/ pooja by priest/panda you may get in touch with shiv mutt at dara ganj very near triveni sangam. Ph no is 0532 -2500799. You can touch with mutt headMr.Sundar Sastry also on his mobile 9935685978. It is a mutt with rooms also and you can stay at low cost.

Places of interest around the place:

At Allahabad

http://allahabad.nic.in/entrypage.htm

Around Allahabad Excursions:

http://allahabad.nic.in/entrypage.htm

How to reach

Nearest Airport – Allahabad

Nearest Rail Head/ Railway Station – Allahabad

Preferred travel base: Allahabad

STD Code of Indore -0532

Railway Station code for MAS(central station) for al trains bound north east and west and MS(egmore)for all trains from Chennai to southern towns, Bangalore SBC, New Delhi –NDLS,DLI or NZM, Kolkatta- HWH, Mumbai –DR,CSTM,LTT, Allahabad-ALD




For Internet/ Mobile Railway ticket Booking in India use

http://www.irctc.co.in/


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Trip to Vindyanchal Vindyavasini

Trip to Vindyanchal Vindyavasini
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About General Place:
One of the famous and prominent Shakti Peeths, Vindhayavasani Devi Temple, Asthbhuja Devi Temple and Kalikhoh Devi Temple.
By train you need to get down at Mirzapur. You can then take a share auto. Vindhyanchal is 8km from here.
http://mirzapur.in/RELIGION.HTM



Hotels:


UPSTDC Hotel Janhavi, near Shastri Bridge, Mirzapur Tel.: 264262,263494
UPSTDC Yatri Niwas, Vindhyachal
Book UP Tourism accommodation on line:
log on to : www.up-tourism.com


I stayed at Allahabad. This place is just 93 km away and took ataxi to reach this place and back. From Varanasi it is just 70 km and you can again take a taxi from there. Read my varanasi blog for taxi travel no. There is also a pankaj Pandeyfor taxi. Ph no 9838692170. A good driver.


Stdcode of Allahabad is: 0532. If any phone numbers are not reacheable try adding a 2 before the phonenumber given and then dial.

I stayed at Hotel Milan on Leader Road which is the road leading left from Allahabad main station and is about 300 meters away. A cycle rickshaw can drop you there at Rs 5.

Ph No 0532-2403776

There is a hotel Arjun(opp Milan) and New Sangam(100 mts before Milan) too.

A little higher end hotel is suncity ph 0532-2405130,2405372

Other hotels refer link below

http://www.vegetarian-restaurants.net/India-Guide/IndianStates/Uttar-Pradesh/Allahabad.htm

http://allahabad.nic.in/entrypage.htm

http://www.allahabadtoday.com/tourist/hotels.html


Details about the temple through links:

Official Website:

Photos of temple:


Temple Phone Number and Contact:

Std Code-Phone Number :
Other Links:


How I went:

I traveled to from Allahabad by taxi in 1.5 hrs. I was guided by one Mr.Aashish Pandey. Ph No. 9836085543 There are three temples tosee in this place as given above.

Places of interest around the place:



How to reach

Nearest Airport – Allahabad or Varanasi

Nearest Rail Head/ Railway Station – Mirszapur

Preferred travel base: Allahabad or Varanasi

STD Code of Vindyanchal –


Railway Station code for MAS(central station) for al trains bound north east and west and MS(egmore)for all trains from Chennai to southern towns, Bangalore SBC, New Delhi –NDLS,DLI or NZM, Kolkatta- HWH, Mumbai –DR,CSTM,LTT, Allahabad-ALD

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Trip to Patna Patan pattan devi bada bari

Trip to Patna Patan pattan devi bada bari:

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About General Place:

http://wikitravel.org/en/Patna

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patna

http://discoverbihar.bih.nic.in/pages/patna_place.htm

Hotels:

You could stay at Patna. Always first find whether retiring rooms at railway station is available.



Stdcode of Patna is : 0612. If any phone numbers are not reacheable try adding a 2 before the phonenumber given and then dial.

I had stayed at Hotel Windsor. Ph 0612 2203250 to 58. Fax 22122428. Email info@hotelwindsorpatna.com Website: hotelwindsorpatna.com

Link for other hotels - http://www.vegetarian-restaurants.net/India-Guide/IndianStates/Bihar/Patna.htm



Details about the temple through links: There are two devi temples- one is bari patan devi and the other choti patan devi temple in patna. One should visit both. Together they form a Shakti peet.

Official Website: NA

Photos of temple:


Temple Phone Number and Contact:

Std Code-0612 Phone Number :
Other Links:

http://www.mandirnet.org/temples_list/templedetails.php?country=India&state=Bihar&city=&ID=371&HNETSEID=271eb06050bd540356a1ecbe0598c75b


http://www.india9.com/i9show/Choti-Patan-Devi-Temple-55481.htm


How I went:

I traveled from bokaro after seeing chinnmastika to Patna. It is a overnight train.


Places of interest around the place:
http://wikitravel.org/en/Patna

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patna

http://discoverbihar.bih.nic.in/pages/patna_place.htm


How to reach

Nearest Airport – Patna

Nearest Rail Head/ Railway Station – Patna

Preferred travel base: Patna

STD Code of Indore -0612

Railway Station code for MAS(central station) for al trains bound north east and west and MS(egmore)for all trains from Chennai to southern towns, Bangalore SBC, New Delhi –NDLS,DLI or NZM, Kolkatta- HWH, Mumbai –DR,CSTM,LTT, Patna-PNBE, Bokaro- BKSC


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Trip to Chinnamastak, Chinnmastika, Chinmasta, Rajrappa Chhinnamastika, Chhinnamasta, Chinnamasta, Chinnamastika:

Trip to Chinnamastak, Chinnmastika, Chinmasta, Rajrappa Chhinnamastika, Chhinnamasta, Chinnamasta, Chinnamastika):

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About General Place:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bokaro_Steel_City



The famous Maa Chhinmastika temple is situated here. A little off the Ramgarh - Golla highway, it is situated on the confluence of Damodar and Bhairavi rivers. During Kalipuja many rituals and ceremonies are performed here.



Hotels:

You could stay at Bokaro. By taxi the temple is 2 hrs distance and the taxi charges to and fro would be about Rs.850. If you say rajrappa temple they will understand better.


Stdcode of Bokaro is : 06542. If any phone numbers are not reacheable try adding a 2 before the phonenumber given and then dial.

I stayed at hotel limcs 06542 270889,277953,270800,288613 fax 242082. It cost me rs 1500. It is 20 min 12km drive from station to here(main bokaro city where you have the hotels).

There is a parent hotel of this called Limcas hotel which is much costlier.Ph no is 240896 to 902.

Details about the temple through links:

Official Website:


Photos of temple:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/tags/chinnamastika/

Temple Phone Number and Contact:

Std Code-Phone Number :
Other Links:


How I went:

I traveled to Bokaro by train from Jasidih near devgarh. Took a hotel in Bokaro,hired a taxi to rajrappa.


Priest/Panda: Please Contact Santosh Panda – 9835535743, 9934141589
I had paid Rs.100 after his services. He was real sweet. Tell him ashok from Chennai who had used his servies had referred.

Places of interest around the place:



How to reach

Nearest Airport – Kolkatta

Nearest Rail Head/ Railway Station – Bokaro Steel City about 12 km away from main city bokaro.

Preferred travel base: Thanjavur

STD Code of Bokaro -06542

Railway Station code for MAS(central station) for al trains bound north east and west and MS(egmore)for all trains from Chennai to southern towns, Bangalore SBC, New Delhi –NDLS,DLI or NZM, Kolkatta- HWH, Mumbai –DR,CSTM,LTT, Allahabad-ALD



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Trip to Devgarh Deogarh Baidyanath Dham :

Trip to Devgarh Deogarh Baidyanath Dham :

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About General Place:

http://www.babadham.org/reach.php



Layout of temple
http://www.babadham.org/maintemple/maintemple.php


Hotels:

Get down at Jasidih. This is a midway place between Howrah and Patna.Take an auto to Devgarh. Auto cost is Rs50.


Stdcode is : 06432. If any phone numbers are not reacheable try adding a 2 before the phonenumber given and then dial.

I stayed at Hotel yashodha – 06432-225387

Details about the temple through links:

Official Website: www.srithiyagarajatemple.org


Photos of temple:

Click on darshan of all deities in link below

http://www.babadham.org/maintemple/maintemple.php


Temple Phone Number and Contact:

Baba Baidyanath Temple, Deoghar, Jharkhand, INDIA Tel 91 6432 232295
Contact Persons

Mr. Manish Ranjan (I.A.S.), Deputy Commissioner Deoghar and Chief Executive OfficerBaba Baidyanath Temple Management Board, Government of Jharkhand, Jharkhand, INDIAPhone: (91-6432) 232680 (Office), 232720 (Residence)

Mr. Binod Shankar Mishra, District Supply Officer-cum-Temple MagistrateBaba Baidyanath Temple Management Board, Government of Jharkhand, Jharkhand, INDIAPhone: (91-6432) 232680 (Office), 232295 (Temple)Mobile: 9430730663

Fax: (91-6432) 232967Email: dcdgr@rediffmail.com, contact@babadham.org

Std Code-06432 Phone Number :
Other Links:


How I went:

I traveled to Jasidih and took an auto to this palce. Put up at yashodha hotel. Organised a guide for myself. Even otherwise from hotel it is about 1 km by walk to temple.


Priest/Panda: Please Contact Yoga Baba a very nice man aged about 60 +. If you stay in hotel yashoda you can ask the hotel for his services or call on 9835385436. The phone will be picked by his son Mr.Balkrishen. Ask him to put you on to Mr.Yoga baba his dad for taking you around the temple and doing the pooja. I had paid Rs.100 after his services. He was real sweet. Tell him ashok from Chennai who had used his servies had referred.



Places of interest around the place:

http://www.babadham.org/otherplaces/otherplaces.php


How to reach

Nearest Airport – Howrah,Patna

Nearest Rail Head/ Railway Station – Jasidih

Preferred travel base: Devgarh,Deogarh.

STD Code of Indore -06432

Railway Station code for MAS(central station) and MS(egmore)for all trains from Chennai to southern towns, Thanjavur- TJ, Bangalore SBC, New Delhi –NDLS,DLI or NZM, Kolkatta- HWH, Mumbai –DR,CSTM,LTT, Patna – Pnbe,Jasidih-JSME




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Sunday, January 20, 2008

Trip to Pudukottai Bhuvaneswari Bhuvaneshwari,Bhuvaneswari:

Trip to Pudukottai Bhuvaneswari Bhuvaneshwari,Bhuvaneswari:

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About General Place:

Pudukkotai is located about 57 km from Thanjavur

Hotels:

You could stay at Thanjavur..

Stdcode is : 04362. If any phone numbers are not reacheable try adding a 2 before the phonenumber given and then dial.

http://www.tanjore.net/hotel.htm

Details about the temple through links:

Official Website:


Photos of temple:


Temple Phone Number and Contact:

Std Code-04322 Phone Number :221440,222128
Other Links:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pudukottai

How I went:

I traveled to Thanjavur by train and then took a bus to pudukottai.

You can alsotake a train direct from Chennai whose details are given below It will reach thanjavur at 6.15 am. Then you can take a bus.

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The temple has godess bhuvaneswari as main deity and judge swamigal Samadhi also inside temple. There is 18 handed durga lakshmi, 5 faced anjaneya, and many other deities inside the temple. It is of recent origin but very powerful. There is also a powerful srichakra meru here. It is a very neat temple.

Please read the link elow of the guru who created the temple.

http://www.omsriskandhashramam.org/swlife4.html

Places of interest around the place:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pudukottai

How to reach

Nearest Airport – Trichy

Nearest Rail Head/ Railway Station – Thanjavur

Preferred travel base: Thanjavur

STD Code of Pudukkotai -04322

Railway Station code for MAS(central station) and MS(egmore)for all trains from Chennai to southern towns, Thanjavur- TJ, Bangalore SBC, New Delhi –NDLS,DLI or NZM, Kolkatta- HWH, Mumbai –DR,CSTM,LTT




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Trip to Sikal Sikkal Singaravelan, Singaravelar,Muruga, Murugan Kartikeya:

Trip to Sikal Sikkal Singaravelan, Singaravelar,Muruga, Murugan Kartikeya:

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About General Place:

Sikkal is located about 18km from Thiruvarur

Hotels:

You could stay at Tiruvarur. Many hotels surround the bus stand.

Stdcode is : 04366. If any phone numbers are not reacheable try adding a 2 before the phonenumber given and then dial.

Sekar (222525),

President (222748)
.Hotel Selvies (222080; fax 222424),

Royal Park (221020; fax 221024)


Details about the temple through links:

Official Website:

Photos of temple:


Temple Phone Number and Contact:

You can get it from S Sekar Gurukkal 04365 245452
Std Code-04365 Phone Number :
Other Links:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sikkal_Singaravelan_Temple


http://www.murugan.org/temples/sikkal.htm

http://nagapattinam.nic.in/sikkal.html



How I went:

I traveled to Thanjavur by train and then took a bus to tiruvarur from there to sikkal by another bus. The bus will drop you very near the temple. Please keep the bus conductor informed. All bus to nagapattinam from tiruvarur or thanjavur will pass through this place

You can also take a train direct from Chennai whose details are given below It will reach thanjavur at 6.15 am. Then you can take a bus.

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The temple has Shiva and his consort as main deties. But lord Muruga or Kartikeya gets high importance here. There is also a Vishnu or Narayan temple here.

Places of interest around the place:

Tiruvarur,Nagapattinam

How to reach

Nearest Airport – Trichy

Nearest Rail Head/ Railway Station – Thanjavur

Preferred travel base: Thanjavur

STD Code of Sikkal -04365

Railway Station code for MAS(central station) and MS(egmore)for all trains from Chennai to southern towns, Thanjavur- TJ, Bangalore SBC, New Delhi –NDLS,DLI or NZM, Kolkatta- HWH, Mumbai –DR,CSTM,LTT




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Trip to Tiruvarur Thiruvarur :

Trip to Tiruvarur Thiruvarur :

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About General Place:

Tiruvarur, located about 55km from Thanjavur

Hotels:

You could stay at Tiruvarur. Many hotels surround the bus stand.

Stdcode is : 04366. If any phone numbers are not reacheable try adding a 2 before the phonenumber given and then dial.


You can stay in VPK lodge very near bus stand Ph no.04366 222309 225509. Rough single room cost would be Rs.400 and Rs.600 for double room. There is Vasan sweets and internet centre in the same complex as the lodge. Sweets are excellent here. There is also vasan hotel for eating near the lodge. Good food. Filter coffee is excellent here. From lodge you can walk straight for a km to get to the temple or pay around rs.20 to auto. On my return from thiruvarur came to Needamangalam and took a kumbakonam bus to Alangudi hardly 7 km away. This is Jupiter Navagraha's place. Auto from alangudi to temple will be rs 30. You can also walk down.


Sekar (222525),

President (222748)
.Hotel Selvies (222080; fax 222424),

Royal Park (221020; fax 221024)


Details about the temple through links:

Official Website: www.srithiyagarajatemple.org


Photos of temple:


Temple Phone Number and Contact:

The Executive OfficerSri Thiyagaraja TempleThiruvarur - 610001Tamilnadu - IndiaPH: 04366-242343Email:info@srithiyagarajatemple.org
Std Code-04366-242343 Phone Number :
Other Links:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiruvarur

How I went:

I went from Coimbatore on 18th aug 2015. Took a 12.15 am night train chemmozhi express from coimbatore to Needamangalam reaching there by 6.45 am. There is also a train at 3 am straight to thiruvarur from coimbatore. From Needamangalam I took a bus from very near the station and reached thiruvarur in 40 minutes.

I traveled to Thanjavur by train and then took a bus to tiruvarur.

You can alsotake a train direct from Chennai whose details are given below It will reach thanjavur at 6.15 am.

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The temple is very old and many places are delapidated. Please eat the tamarind rice prasadam. It is excellent

Generally the temple is closed from 1 pm to 4 pm . There are two shivas and two consorts. The main temple inside would open at 5 pm. Thiagarajar Siva(right near the moolavar or main shiv ling) will open at 6 pm. I had reached there by afternoon 2 pm. There is a small cafĂ© called SRR Cafe inside the bus stand. This is run by women. It had quite good food. So went to the temple tank on the west side(auto from busstand would cost rs 20. Took bath in it is is one of the largest tanks. Then went inside the outer prakaram of temple and slept for 2 hours. Then had dharshan. One major fact here is that navagrahas are normally found in a square matrix in all temples..Here they are all standing in a straight line here. Rina vimosakar is a special siva here who specifically heals bad health problems and debts etc. You have to light 11 lamps and make 11 rounds with a salt pepper  plate(from shop near for that) and put the salt after that into a box provided for salt. Pray for whatever you want in the 11 rounds. If your wish is fulfilled you can come to temple on any day at 6 am and pay rs.300 at office andperform abhishegam to the lord.

It is a very big temple and there are many shiv lings installed by various rishis here. Shiva here has enacted 56 different dharshans here for his ardent devotees.

There is also a very powerful durga inside the temple. Just before  coming out of east tower if you see to your right there will be a tower in south through which you can visit RAJA DURGA temple very near. it is powerful and is a place to appease rahu.


Places of interest around the place:

Sikkal Muruga Kartikeya, Nagapattinam

How to reach

Nearest Airport – Trichy

Nearest Rail Head/ Railway Station – Thanjavur

Preferred travel base: Thanjavur

STD Code of Indore -04366

Railway Station code for MAS(central station) and MS(egmore)for all trains from Chennai to southern towns, Thanjavur- TJ, Bangalore SBC, New Delhi –NDLS,DLI or NZM, Kolkatta- HWH, Mumbai –DR,CSTM,LTT




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Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Trip to Kohlapur Mahalakshmi, Mahalaxmi Temple:

You can write to me on templeashok@yahoo.co.in for any clarifications /doubts..i shall try my best to be of use to u so that u have a good dharshan..you can also write to me on the mail id above for adding anything more to make it more useful and informative every small info will help as it has probably helped you so please write in..…


About General Place:

It is one of the 52 Sakthi peet




Hotels:

Hotel Raj purush 0231-2664888, 6682244 – www.hotelrajpurush.com

Hotel Venkatesh 0231-2544089

Hotel Priya- 0231- 6684827,6951060


Details about the temple through links:

Official Website:

Photos of temple:


Temple Phone Number and Contact:

Std Code-0231 Phone Number : Given above.
Other Links:

http://www.maharashtratourism.gov.in/MTDC/HTML/MaharashtraTourism/Default.aspx?strpage=../MaharashtraTourism/CitiestoVisits/Kolhapur/KolhapurAttraction.html


How I went:

I traveled here from Mumbai. There are two trains at 6 pm and 8 pm to reach here from Mumbai. There is also a direct train from Bangalore. It is an overnight travel. But though normally it should reach by 7.30 am it is very normal for the train to reach here only by 9 am. I had a quick bath and then hired an auto for showing me around for rs 250. You can reach Mr.Datatreya the auto driver and refer that Ashok from Chennai had given the ph no .09960391652. he is a good person. We went to panch ganga and had a bath in the ghat. From there went to the temple and had a dhashan of mahalakshmi. If it is crowded you can only not go near her in que but have a good dharshan of her from near ganesh in the temple. From there we went to Jyotiba who is siva and elder brother to her on the hill. It is costomery to visit him and seek his blessings after visiting her. This place is 20 km away. After that I did not go to triveni sangaam for want of time. Had a good food in Hotel Rajpurush just opposite the station.(good food).from here left for Bangalore by the afternoon train at 2 pm.


Places of interest around the place:

http://www.maharashtratourism.gov.in/MTDC/HTML/MaharashtraTourism/Default.aspx?strpage=../MaharashtraTourism/CitiestoVisits/Kolhapur/KolhapurAround.html

http://dreamindia.net/Travel/kolhapur1.htm

Narashimawadi 50 km away is a important place to visit. Similarly you can also visit triveni sangam.

How to reach

Nearest Airport – Kohlapur

Nearest Rail Head/ Railway Station – Kohlapur

Preferred travel base: Ahmedabad.

STD Code of Ahemedabad -079 and Srisailam -08524

Railway Station code for Kohlapur- KOP Chennai- MAS, Bangalore SBC, New Delhi –NDLS,DLI or NZM, Kolkatta- HWH, Mumbai –DR,CSTM,LTT




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Trip to Ujjain Mahakaleswar and Kali Temple:

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You could stay at Ujjain

http://www.vegetarian-restaurants.net/India-Guide/IndianStates/Madhya-Pradesh/Indore.htm


At Indore you could stay at Hotel New Sunder – 0731(std code) ph 2529051, 2520128, 2520056, 4040624. The landmark near is patel bridge end with Sardar patel’s statue. Walkable from station if light on luggage or else it is Rs.10 or Rs.15 by auto. Normal for auto to use meter.


Alternatively you could book at Hotel Geeta Shree at Omkareswar itself- ph 07280 271560, 09926069444.

About General Place:

It is one of the 12 Jotirling.


Hotels:

http://www.mptourism.com/dest/ujjain_accomm.html

I stayed at station retiring room which was real good.

Details about the temple through links:

Official Website:

http://www.vegetarian-restaurants.net/India-Guide/IndianStates/Madhya-Pradesh/Ujjain.htm

http://www.mptourism.com/dest/ujjain_ms.html

Photos of temple:


Temple Phone Number and Contact:

Std Code-0734 Phone Number :
Other Links:



How I went:

I traveled to Ujjain from Indore by early morning sitting train from Indore at 6.30 am. Reached by 9 am. Took a retiring room.


Hired an Auto for Rs 175. The auto driver’s name is Mukesh Nimade. Ph no 9977608831. You can refer my name as Ashok from Chennai. He is very reliable.

Places to see are sandipani ashram,mangalnath,sidhvat,kal bairav,gand kalika(Kalidas was blessed by this kali),badruhari caves,mahakaleshvar,bada narayan,har siddi mata(kali who blessed vikramaditya) char dham,ram ghat(kumbh mela place) and gopal bhawan.

Pandit Sarvesh did pooja for me at Mahakaleshvar temple and I found him to be good . I paid Rs 200. His mobile no is 09300692430. You can refer my name as Ashok from Chennai.


Places of interest around the place:

http://www.mptourism.com/dest/ujjain_ms.html


How to reach

Nearest Airport – Indore

Nearest Rail Head/ Railway Station – Ujjain

Preferred travel base: Indore or Ujjain

STD Code of Indore -0731 and Ujjain -

Railway Station code for Indore- INDB, INDM(Meter Gauge), Ujjain UJN Chennai- MAS, Bangalore SBC, New Delhi –NDLS,DLI or NZM, Kolkatta- HWH, Mumbai –DR,CSTM,LTT




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Trip to Omkareshwar Omkareswar Temple:

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It is best to stay at Indore from where it is a 3.0 hours ride

http://www.vegetarian-restaurants.net/India-Guide/IndianStates/Madhya-Pradesh/Indore.htm


At Indore you could stay at Hotel New Sunder – 0731(std code) ph 2529051, 2520128, 2520056, 4040624. The landmark near is patel bridge end with Sardar patel’s statue. Walkable from station if light on luggage or else it is Rs.10 or Rs.15 by auto. Normal for auto to use meter.


Alternatively you could book at Hotel Geeta Shree at Omkareswar itself- ph 07280 271560, 09926069444.

About General Place:

It is one of the 12 Jotirling.


Hotels:
Mentioned above.

Details about the temple through links:

Official Website:

http://www.vegetarian-restaurants.net/India-Guide/IndianStates/Madhya-Pradesh/Omkareswar.htm

Photos of temple:


Temple Phone Number and Contact:

Std Code-07280 Phone Number :271228
Other Links:

http://www.vegetarian-restaurants.net/India-Guide/IndianStates/Madhya-Pradesh/Omkareswar.htm


How I went:

I traveled to Indore by train from Mumbai. Stayed at hotel Sunder at Indore. Left by 7 am bus to Omkareswar. You get mini busses from near the sardar patel statue very near the hotel. It is a 2.5 hr ride to omkareswar road. From there it is a half hour ride to omkareswar by another bus. Sometimes you get direct bus to omkareswar itself. Once there visited two temples there and offered prayes. There is a special entrance ticket too for Rs.100. You can also get a panda for Rs 200. From here I hired a boat with others for two people(my son too) for taking me around the island for parikrama. The boat takes you to triveni sangam and then around. There is a 200 meter stretch you may need to walk as the boat finds it very tough to go up current wit people. The entire omkareswar temple is on an island formed in the middle of Narmada river in the form of Om. After this we left for Indore.

For any need at omkareswar and guide you can call Aasish on 09424535569. he is a tall man and will be of good help. You can refer my name as ashok from Chennai.

You can get in touch with pandit Satyanarayan sharma on 07280 271256 or Nandlal Sharma 09893610409 for your pooja and dharshan needs. Pls refer my name as Ashok from Chennai.

Fix a rate before you use their services. I feel Rs 200 is in order.


Places of interest around the place:

http://www.maharashtratourism.gov.in/MTDC/HTML/MaharashtraTourism/Default.aspx?strpage=../MaharashtraTourism/CitiestoVisits/Kolhapur/KolhapurAround.html

http://dreamindia.net/Travel/kolhapur1.htm



How to reach

Nearest Airport – Indore

Nearest Rail Head/ Railway Station – Indore and Omkareswar road( on meter gauge line)

Preferred travel base: Indore

STD Code of Indore -0731 and Omkareswar -07280

Railway Station code for Indore- INDB, INDM(Meter Gauge), Omkareshwar Road(meter Guage) - OM (use only meter guage codes if u want to travel from indore to omkareswar by train)Chennai- MAS, Bangalore SBC, New Delhi –NDLS,DLI or NZM, Kolkatta- HWH, Mumbai –DR,CSTM,LTT




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Trip to Ambaji and Modhera Sun Temple:

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You could stay at Mehsana from where Ambaji is about 2.5 hrs and Modhera about half hour drive.

About General Place:

It is one of the 52 Sakthi peet




Hotels: There are many hotels to stay. Given below are some from their devasthan.

AMBAJI:

1
Shri. Ambica Vishram Gruh
Near S.T. Stand, Ambaji
Phone : 02749-262143
2
Shri. Ambica Bhojanalay
Near S.T. Stand, Ambaji
Phone : 02749-262505
3
Shri. Jagat Janani Pathikashram (Holiday Inn)
Opp. S.T. Stand, Ambaji
Phone : 02749-262800
4
Shri Diwali Ba Guru Bhawan
Danta Road, Ambaji
Phone : 02749-262143
5
Flyover Bridge connected with Chachar Chowk
Near S.T. Stand, Ambaji

6
Tourist Bath Rooms and Public Toilets
Near Flyover Bridge, AmbajiKhodi Vadli, Ambaji

7
Locker Rooms for Tourist
Near Flyover Bridge, Ambaji

8
Big Parking Plot for vehicles of tourists
Near Flyover Bridge, AmbajiNear Gabbar Taleti (Bottom)




Details about the temple through links:

Official Website: http://www.ambajitemple.org/





Photos of temple:

http://www.ambajitemple.org/

Temple Phone Number and Contact:

Shri Arasuri Ambaji Mata Devasthan Trust (SAAMDT) Trust Reg. No. A-497 (B. K.)Ambaji , Pin : 385110 , Dist : Banaskantha, Gujarat (India) Phone : 0091-02749- 262136 / 264536 / 262930 / 262636, Email: info@ambajitemple.org
Std Code-02749 Phone Number : Given above.
Other Links:


How I went:

We drove from Ahmedabad to Mehasana ( an hours drive) by 5am. Took a half hour drive from there to Modhera. This is a protected monument . There is no sun god here as the idol was taken during foreign invasion. The temple tank is such a master piece. What remains here is just the temple with excusite carvings.

From here we went to Ambaji. We first went to tirth where tonsure(takloo) is done. After that went to the temple with offerings for godess. We could get inside after a small que. There is a shiva ling slightly below ground opoosite the mata. We prayed to him and then went in line(there were 4 lines) leading to her and had a good dharshan of her.

What we did not do was go up the gabber hill (see link of temple above.). Please make it a point to go there too.

Many people come here on foot especially during durga pooja time.

Places of interest around the place:

Please refer to the temple link above.

About 2km from the temple is a Ekavan Shakthipeet where Kanchi mutt seer has installed 51 sakthi peet deities around kanchi kamatchi. It is a must visit. Ph no of temple is 02749 264151,264551.


How to reach

Nearest Airport – Ahmedabad

Nearest Rail Head/ Railway Station –

Preferred travel base: Ahmedabad.

STD Code of Ahemedabad -079 and Srisailam -08524

Railway Station code for Ahmedabad ADI Chennai- MAS, Bangalore SBC, New Delhi –NDLS,DLI or NZM, Kolkatta- HWH, Mumbai –DR,CSTM,LTT




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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Trip to Thiruvotriyur, Tiruverkaadu, Thirumullaivayil,, Thiruvalithaayam, Thiruvanmiyur Thirumayilai MylaporeTemples Chennai

Trip to Thiruvotriyur, Tiruverkaadu, Thirumullaivayil,, Thiruvalithaayam, Thiruvanmiyur Thirumayilai MylaporeTemples Chennai:

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About General Place: The above 5 Shiva Siva Sivan Temples are in Chennai

Hotels:


There are many rooms available between Rs 150 to Rs.300 near temple.


Details about the temple through links:

Official Website:




Photos of temple:

Temple Phone Number and Contact:


Std Code-044 Phone Number :
Other Links:

Tiruvotriyur - http://templenet.com/Tamilnadu/s051.html

Tiruverkaadu - http://templenet.com/Tamilnadu/s272.html

Thirumullaivayil - http://templenet.com/Tamilnadu/s239.html

Tiruvallithaayam - http://templenet.com/Tamilnadu/s246.html

Thiruvanmiyur - http://templenet.com/Tamilnadu/s254.html

Thirumayilai Mylapore -http://templenet.com/Tamilnadu/s225.html




How I went:

I took a bus at 6 am to thiruvotriyur. Got down at theradi. The godess is better known than siva. Ask for Vadivudaiamman. There is a dakshinamoorthy(guru) temple (call ph 044 25727951, 9841711001 for quries on temple it is not temple no) before going into the temple on the left. Did archana to him. The temple is fantastic. Thre is patinathar’s Samadhi here. He is a very great saint who has sung praises of Siva.

From there I took a bus to Thiruverkadu. This place is famous for two temples. One is Siva temple and the other is Mariamman temple.(open through out the day also better to enquire in the ph no given below so that you can see this temple between `1 and 3 pm when other temples are closed) First I went to Siva temple about 1 km away from mariamman temple offered my prayers then went to the older mariamman temple called aadhi(first) mariamman temple very near it. Then I visited tiruverkadu mariamman temple. Ph no is 044-26800430, 26800487.

Came to koyambedu bus stand and took a bus to tirumulaivayil temple.. Reached there by 4.30. Offered prayers.


Then on the way visited padi tiruvalithayam temple. Here too there is temple for dakshinamoorthy(guru). Ph no 044- 26540706

From here took a bus to tiruvanmiyur siva temple and from there to mylapore luz where I prayed to kabaleeswarar and returned home. Kapaleeswarar temple Ph No is 24641670 I have earlier gone similarly in scooter and car. You can cover all in a day. Take care to avoid being in temple between 1 pm and 4 pm in any other siva temple except tiruverkadu as they may be closed)




Places of interest:




How to reach

Nearest Airport – Chennai

Nearest Rail Head/ Railway Station – Chennai

Preferred travel base: Chennai

STD Code of Chennai -01364

Railway Station code for Hyderabad HYB Secunderabad-SC, KCG(this is also another station in Hyderabad) Chennai- MAS, Bangalore SBC, New Delhi –NDLS,DLI or NZM, Kolkatta- HWH, Mumbai –DR,CSTM,LTT,BCT




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Saturday, October 20, 2007

Trip to Srisailam Siva Shiva and Bhramaramba Devi Temple:

The above is the leaflet for going to certain places around Srisailam and hotel reservation.

The above is the image of leaflet for going to Srisailam from Chennai by bus

CLICK ON THE ABOVE IMAGES AND USE FULL BRIGHT SCREEN MODE


Trip to Srisailam Siva Shiva Jyotirlinga and Brahmaramba Devi Temple:


You can write to me on templeashok@yahoo.co.in for any clarifications /doubts..i shall try my best to be of use to u so that u have a good dharshan..you can also write to me on the mail id above for adding anything more to make it more useful and informative every small info will help as it has probably helped you so please write in..…


You need to stay at Hyderabad or Secunderabad to go to Srisailam. You could stay at railway retiring room if u have a railway ticket.

See link below to know more on hotels and sight seeing at Hyderabad.

http://www.vegetarian-restaurants.net/India-Guide/IndianStates/Andhra/Hyderabad.htm

Please also visit the link below for local sight seeing at Hyderabad and for other tourist locations in Andhra Pradesh.


Have given some hotels and ph nos.

Yatri nivas, S.P RoadSecunderabad,Andhra Pradesh, IndiaPhone: 040-27816375 04027893100

Urvasi Residency (next to Yashodha Hospital Secunderabad)
040-39122222 –Tariff between Rs.800- 1600

Budget Hotel- Secunderabad –Hotel Padmini -04027805460,39185460 –Rs-200 to Rs.1600

Other hotels in Hyderabad - http://www.miceindia.org/wrtourismguide/ap2.html



About General Place:

It is one of Shiva’s Jyotirlinga. http://www.templenet.com/jyotir.html




Hotels:

Srisailam:

Hotel Ilapuram 08524 -288199

Hotel Punami - 08524 288311.

http://www.srisailamtemple.com/Srisaila_devasthanam/Accommodation.HTM


Details about the temple through links:

Official Website: http://www.srisailamtemple.com/Srisaila_devasthanam/index.htm


It is both a Shiva Jyotirlinga and one of the 18 shakthi peet (See ASTADASA MAHA SAKTHI-PEETHAS in link

http://www.srisailam.co.in/


Photos of temple:

http://www.srisailamtemple.com/Srisaila_devasthanam/Photo%20Gallery.HTM


Temple Phone Number and Contact:

Executive Officer
Srisaila Devasthanam
Srisailam – 518101,
Phone: 08524(Std Code) - 288883,288885,288886,288887,288888.
E-mail: eo@srisailamtemple.com

Std Code-08524 Phone Number : 288883,288885,288886,288887,288888
Other Links:

http://www.vegetarian-restaurants.net/India-Guide/IndianStates/Andhra/Srisailam.htm

http://www.templenet.com/Andhra/sailam.html

http://www.srisailam.co.in/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Srisailam

http://wikitravel.org/en/Srisailam



How I went:

You will have to reach to reach Hyderabad/Secunderabad(twin cities jus 10 km away)) or Kacheguda or Kachiguda(as is also locally known). This is also another station in Hyderabad.


You can either take a taxi or go by bus from here to Srisailam. It is 6.30 hrs away(230 km) some of which is in ghat section on hill. The other important info is that if you are enroute and you have not reached mannaor about 2 hrs away from srisailam from where hills section or ghat road starts you will have to stay put and proceed only next day as there are wild animals in this area and the gate or entry point at mannanoor is closed. Though they say 6.30 hrs is the total journey time I feel 7 to 7 ½ hrs is the real time with the city traffic conditions.

I traveled by APSRTC(Andhra govt ) bus. Given below is the time table link.

Bus timing link to Srisailam:

http://apsrtc.gov.in/TIME-TABLES/Hyderabad-JBS.htm


Bus timing link from Srisailam:

http://apsrtc.gov.in/TIME-TABLES/Srisailam.htm


JBS(Jubilee Bus Stand) bus stand is about 1.5 km from Secunderabad station. From here the bus starts and goes via MGBS bus stand which is in Hyderabad. There is a 20 min stop there. So for people who are staying in Hyderabad MGBS bus terminus is nearest boarding point and for people staying in Secunderabad JBS is the nearest boarding point.

I boarded from Secunderabad. You will do well to book tickets in advance in these bus stands though there are busses every half hour. Choice is yours. I would say you will be able to get tickets even without booking in advance. Choice is yours

If you want to do any special abhishek to shiva or godess, you get the tickets for Rs 600 and Rs.350 at 6.30 am for that particular day. I did special abhishekam for shiva and kum kum archana to Srichakram both. All pooja materials are supplied by temple itself. You need not take anything. But if you want to you can take. You can do pooja to Shiva linga on your own. You can touch the linga too. I did about 16 abhishekams

1)Gingily oil
2)Turmeric
3)Raw Rice powder
4)Milk
5)Curd
6)Panchamrit(misxture of mashed banana, Gur or Jaggery, Honey,Ghee, Raw sugar rough crystals(kalkandu),dates

7)Honey
8)Sweet lime Juice
9)Tender coconut
10)Abhishek powder
11)Sandal
12)Javvadhu(a scent)
13)Rose Water
14)Vibhuthi(Sacred Ash)
15 Gangal Water
16)Bilwa Leaf garland

Did aarti after that.

See link below for details

http://www.srisailamtemple.com/Srisaila_devasthanam/Sevas%20&%20Poojas.HTM



Places of interest:

List is given below. Jeeps and autos are available. I visited 5 places for Rs 100 by an auto. They are Sikharam, Hathakeswaram, Phaladhara-Panchadhara, Sakshi Vinayaga, Lalitambika temple

http://www.srisailamtemple.com/Srisaila_devasthanam/Other%20Visiting%20Places.HTM

You can call auto driver Mallikarjuna on 9989770469 for local sight seeing ..found him to be good...you can refer my name ash ashok from chennai

How to reach

Nearest Airport – Hyderabad. Actually the airport is nearer to Secunderabad railway station.


Nearest Rail Head/ Railway Station – Hyderabad/Secunderabad (TwinCities).

This is only preferable. Just as a matter of info, the nearest railway stations are at Kurnool and Markapur(90km) on the Guntur-Hubli Section

Preferred travel base: Hyderabad

STD Code of Hyderabad -040 and Srisailam -08524

Railway Station code for Hyderabad HYB Secunderabad-SC, KCG(this is also another station in Hyderabad) Chennai- MAS, Bangalore SBC, New Delhi –NDLS,DLI or NZM, Kolkatta- HWH, Mumbai –DR,CSTM,LTT




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Sunday, September 30, 2007

Trip to Naimisaranya Naimisharanya Naimisharanyam Naimisaranyam Temple

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About General Place: Naimisarnyam



Hotels:

I stayed at Lucknow –hotel sagar(room rent Rs.1580pn no 0522- 2206601 to 05, fax 0522-2206644, email mailto:info@hotelsagar.com,%20hotelsagar@satyam.net.in Website-www.hotelsagar.com) and took a taxi to this place and back at Rs1000. You can also stay at sitapur and come to this place.

Other hotels: Use link - http://www.vegetarian-restaurants.net/India-Guide/IndianStates/Uttar-Pradesh/Lucknow.htm

Details about the temple through links:

http://divyadesamonline.com/hindu/temples/kolkota/naimisaranyam-temple.asp


NaimisaranyaThis is where the Srimad Bhagavatam was spoken. It is said that a pilgrimage to Badrinath and Kedarnath is incomplete without a visit to Naimisaranya. In the Mahabharata it is said, “Anyone who fasts, prays, and attains perfection at Naimisaranya finds happiness in all the worlds.”
When Lord Brahma contemplated a great wheel that would span the entire universe, the wheel’s center was at xe "Naimisaranya" Naimisaranya. Naimisaranya has a parikrama (circumambulation) path of 16km, in which all the sacred places in India are believed to be located.
Lord Balarama, Dadhici Muni, the Pandavas, Prabhu Nityananda, and Ramanujacharya all came here. The Pandavas are said to have come here when they were in exile. This is the place where the demigods came to ask Dadhici for his body, to be able to create a weapon that would be able to kill the demon Vritrasura. Lord Rama is said to have performed a sacrifice here for killing Ravana.
It is said that if you bathe in Chakra-tirtha Kund and make an offering to the presiding deity, Lalita, on a full moon day that falls on a Monday, you will wash away all the sins committed in a lifetime. About 10,000 people come for this. Lalita Devi, the presiding female deity of Naimisaranya, is said to grant fulfillment of desires.
InformationIt takes about two or three hours to see the major places here. I hired a guide for Rs 100 for two hours. He did not speak very good English, but he knew all the places. These places would have been difficult to find without him, as almost no one here spoke English and the places are spread out.
If you would like to walk around Chakra-tirtha, which is what most of the pilgrims do, remember to bring clothes for bathing.
Chakra Tirtha KundAt the junction of Dwapara and Kali-yuga, 80,000 sages headed by Saunaka Rishi wanted to perform a sacrifice to hold off the effects of the oncoming age of Kali. They asked Lord Brahma where they should hold the sacrifice, and he told them he would send his disc to the earth and they should perform the sacrifice where it hit. It struck the earth at Naimisaranya. The disc passed through the earth at this spot, Chakra-tirtha.The Bhagavat Purana says there is no holy place on earth that compares to this one.
Chakra-tirtha is said to be the center of the universe. It is said that the large sweet-water spring that marks the location of Chakra-tirtha has no bottom. The British wanted to disprove this as mythology, so they brought a cable and attempted to find the bottom. After more than 1000 metres (3300 ft) they ran out of cable and gave up.
Vyasa GaddiClose to Chakra-tirtha is where Vedavyasa is said to have divided the Vedas into four parts and written the Puranas. There is a big banyan tree here which is said to be over 5,000 years old and the place where Vyasa sat. In the temple there is a deity of Vyasadeva.
Hanuman Garhi & Panch PandavaThere is a 5½m (18 ft) self-manifested Hanuman deity here. In the Ramayana it says that Ravana captured Rama and Laksman and kept them in Patalaloka at the bottom of the universe. Hanuman came and rescued them. When he came back to earth he arrived at Naimisaranya. There is a deity of Hanuman, with Rama on one shoulder and Laksman on the other. Pilgrims buy big sweets and put them in his mouth.Panch Pandava is a temple dedicated to the Pandavas.
Other PlacesSuta Gadi is where Suta Goswami sat while instructing the sages 5,000 years ago. He spoke the Srimad Bhagavatam here.
There is also the Narada Deva Temple with 108 altars and the 1008 Siva-linga Temple, containing copies of the four Vedas and Puranas, including Srimad Bhagavatam (Bhagavat Purana).Where to Stay and EatYou would normally come here for a day trip from either Lucknow or Sitapur. It is best to bring your own water, as I did not see any place that sold bottled water or cold drinks. There is a decent basic Government Bungalow here, which usually does not have electricity.
TravelNaimisaranya is about 80km northwest of Lucknow and 60km from Sitapur. To get here you would normally go first to Lucknow or Sitapur.
From Lucknow there are regular buses (3 hr) from the Kasierbagh Bus Stand. It could be a good idea to take a taxi to Naimisaranya from Lucknow, as the bus trip is long and painful. You can also take a passenger train from Lucknow to Sitapur, and then get a bus to Naimisaranya from there. This complete trip would take four or five hours one way. There are regular buses to and from Sitapur (2 hr).
The bus stand in Naimisaranya is about an eight-minute rickshaw ride from Cakra-tirtha. The bus stand is a little off the road.


Photos of temple

Temple Phone Number:

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How I went:

I stayed at Lucknow and took a taxi to this place and back at Rs1000. You can also stay at sitapur and come to this place. The taxi service phone no is Mr.Shafi -9839071274.

Visited Chakra Tirtha first, Go(cow thirtha) jus adjacent when you do a circumambulation of chakratheertha. There is a shiva temple on chakrathirtha which you can worship. Next I went sakthi shakthi peet of godess Lalita and then to gomti river, vyas gufa, hauman temple and finally to Narayan temple which is a 108 divya desam temple.

The place is very old and has lot of link to vedic age.


How to reach

Nearest Airport – Lucknow

Nearest Rail Head/ Railway Station – Lucknow or Sitapur.

Road Access: By local busses from Lucknow or Sitapur

Preferred travel base: Kolkata

STD Code of Kolkatta -033

Railway Station code for Lucknow – LKO ,Sitapur – STP and for Chennai MAS


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