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Badami Cave Temple


Location : Badami, Karnataka
Depicting : Various Mythological Characters
Known For : Cave Temples


Badami Cave TempleBadami is an interesting place to visit in Karnataka. Badami is picturesquely situated at the mouth of a ravine between two rocky hills. The place has an artificial lake, ancient temples, Museum and Hindu and Jain caves carved in the Sandstone hills. It was once the Capital of the erstwhile Chalukya Empire. They built many temples and monuments, marking the beginning of the Hindu style of architecture. The examples of Chalukyan style can be seen in cave temples of Badami, Aihole, Pattadakal and many other Buddhist and Jain monasteries in the region.

Badami is famous for its cave temples - all hewn out of sand stone on the precipice of a hill. The main attractions of Badami are the caves found there. Badami Cave temple comprises of four caves, the third cave temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu is the largest and the most picturesquely ornamental.

Badami Cave temples have some spectacular carving displaying the Hindu gods, Narasimha and Hari Hara. The temples also have paintings on the ceiling and interesting bracket figures on the piers. Overlooking the cave temples is a reservoir dotted with temples dedicated to Vishnu and Shiva. Also a must are the Bhutanath temples that lend their name to the lake beneath the cave temples. The caves found here are as follows:

Cave 1
The first cave made of red sandstone, dates back to 578 A.D. and was probably the first to be carved. On the ceiling one can see the paintings of amorous couples. Shiva and his consort Parvati, and a coiled serpent. The 18-armed lord Nataraja can be seen in 81 dancing poses. One has to climb up 40 odd steps to reach the colonnaded verandah, a hall with numerous pillars and a square shaped sanctum hollowed in the control back wall. Column shafts are masterfully crafted.

Cave 2
The second cave is atop a sandstone hill. It is dedicated to lord Vishnu, depicted as a dwarf or 'Trivikrama' of awesome dimensions with one foot mastering the Earth and the other the sky. Another form of Vishnu portrayed here is as 'Varaha' or as a boar. Then there is a frieze endearingly depicting Vishnu as Lord Krishna.

Badami Cave TempleCave 3
A climb higher up one comes across third cave antedating 578 A.D. The facade of the cave is nearly 70 feet wide; the carvings of ganas can be seen on the plinth. It gives a virtual insight into the art and culture of the 6th century like costumes, jewelry hairstyle lifestyle etc. The sheer artistry and sculptural genius makes this cave the highlight of Deccan art. The other attractions to be looked carefully in this cave are the high relief of Vishnu with a serpent, Vishnu as Narasimha (Vishnu as Man-Lion) Varaha, Harihara (Shiva Vishnu) and Vishnu as Trivikrama.

Cave 4
It is the only Jain cave that lies to the east of Cave 3. The construction of Cave four started in the 6th century and completed after nearly 100 years later then the earlier three caves. Here one can see the carvings of the Tirthankara Parshavnatha with a serpent at his feet; The 24th Tirthankara- Mahavira, sitting in a comfortable posture also can be seen in the shrine.

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Guruvayoor Temple


Location : 29 Kms North-West Of Thrissur, Kerala
Popularly Known as : Dwaraka of the South
Dedicated To : Lord Krishna
Significance : Most Important Hindu Pilgrim Centre in Kerala


Guruvayoor TempleGuruvayoor Temple is one of the biggest like Tirupati, Badami, and Puri. The presiding deity is four armed Lord Maha Vishnu, while his reincarnation Lord Krishna is worshipped by devotees here. The devotees have unflinching faith in the wish fulfilling that makes the greatness and glory of this temple special. The legend has it that the temple was erected by Guru and his disciple Vayudeva (Air) on receiving the recommendations of Lord Paramashiva who conjoining the names of Guru and Vayu named the place as Guruvayoor.

Guruvayoor is one of the most sacred and important pilgrim places in Kerala. The idol is carved out of an utmost sacred stone 'Pathala Anjana Sila'. The walls of the famous Krishna Temple are inlaid with exquisite carvings and paintings. The temple is also foremost in rice feeding ceremonies and hosting the maximum number of marriages.

At the outer enclosure, ‘Chuttambalam’, of the temple there is a 33.5-m tall ‘Dwajastambham’ the flag post that is gold-plated. The square is the most sacred part of the temple called ‘Sreekovil’ that houses the main deity. Also within the temple are images of Ganapathi, Edathedathi Kavil Bhagavathi and Sree Ayyappa. At little distance of 2 Kms there is home of 50 temple elephants.


Guruvayoor TempleHow to Get There
Air : Nearest international airport is at Nedumbassery (87 km).
Road : The place is well connected to neighbouring places by good motorable roads.

Timings
The temple is open 03:00 am to 01:00 pm & 04:30pm to 08:30 pm.


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Kanchipuram Temple


Kanchipuram TempleLocation : 75-Km From Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Called : Religious Capital Of South India
Famous Temples In Kanchipuram : Kamakshi Amman Temple, Varadaraja Temple, Kailashanathar Temple, Ekambareshwar Temple, Kumara Kottam, Ulahalanda Perumal Temple
Important Festivals Celebrated :
Brahmotsavam -Varadaraja Temple In May .
Garuda Sevai- Varadaraja Temple In June.
Float Festival -Varadaraja Temple In February And November.
Kamakshi Ammam Festival - February.
Mahashivaratri Festival - Kailashanatha Temple In February.
Panguni Uthiram -Ekambareshwara Temple In March-April.


Kanchipuram Temple
Kanchipuram is a small, rural town about 75-km from Chennai in the state of Tamil Nadu. Kanchipuram was under the Pallavas from the 6th to 8th century AD and later became the citadel of the Cholas, Vijayanagar Kings, the Muslim and the British. It has been a center of Tamil learning, cultural and religious background for centuries. Kanchipuram has magnificent temples of unique architectural beauty bearing eloquent testimony to its glorious Dravidian heritage. With the Sankara Mutt acting as the hub of Hindu activities and the temples, Kanchipuram is one of the most highly visited pilgrimage spots in India, and can rightfully be called the "Religious Capital of South India".

Kanchipuram TempleAll the religious cities in India support one of the two sects in Hinduism - Vaishnavism and Shaivism, but Kanchipuram has blended itself equally to both the sects, dividing itself into Vishnu Kanchi, surrounding the Varadaraja Temple, and Shiva Kanchi, surrounding the Ekambareshwara Temple. The perfect balance is created by Kamakshi Amman Temple that stands in between as a place of Shakti worship.

How to Get There
Air : Chennai is the nearest airport to Kanchipuram.
Rail : Trains for Kanchipuram are available from Chennai, Chengalpattu, Tirupati, and Bangalore.
Road : Kanchipuram is 75-km away from Chennai and is well connected by a network of roads. There are frequent buses from the city to Chennai, Bangalore and other places. For local transportation bicycles can be hired from the shops near the bus stand. Cycle Rickshaws and auto rickshaws are also available on hire to move in and around the city.


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