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Thousand Pillar Temple


Location : 4-km From Hanumakonda Crossroad In Warangal District
Architecture : Kakatiya Style Of Architecture
Built By : Rudra Devi
Dedicated To : Lord Shiva, Vishnu And Surya


Thousand Pillar TempleA Specimen Of Kakatiya Architecture
Noted today for its beautiful lakes, magnificent temples and wildlife, the ancient city Warangal possess the marvelous thousand pillared temple, built by King Rudra Deva in the 12th century. Thousand Pillar Temple is 4-km from Hanumakonda crossroad in Warangal district. The temple is a fine specimen of 'Kakatiya' architecture and sculpture. It is the main attraction of Hanumakonda.

The temple is in shape of a star and has three shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva, Vishnu and Surya. There are many small lingam shrines surrounding the gardens. The temple is famous for its richly carved pillars, screens and detailed sculpture. The temple is built on a 1m high platform on the slopes of the Hanumakonda hill. The black basalt majestic Nandi, a monolith, has a lovely polished finish. The atmosphere is calm and serene with the sonorous ringing of the puja bells, gentle chirping of the birds and the soothing cool breeze.

Thousand Pillar TempleHow to Get There
Air : The nearest airport is at Hyderabad, 157-km away.
Rail : Warangal has a railway station and is well connected by rail to important cities of India.
Road : APSTRC and Private buses connect Warangal with Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Karimnagar, Khammam and some other districts.


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Tirupati Tirumala Balaji Temple


Location : Tirupati, 67-kms From Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh
Famous as : Lord Venkateswara Or Venkateshwara Or Venkatramana
Dedicated To : World's Richest Temple
Significance : Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam


Tirupati Tirumala Balaji TempleTirupati Balaji temple is famous for Lord Venkateshwara Deity. The Cupola over the sanctorum is covered entirely with gold plate and is known as "the Ananda Nilayam". The town of Tirupati-Balaji is one of the most sacred places in India. The name Tirupati-Balaji means the 'lord of Lakshmi'. The shrine is located 853m above the sea level on Tirumala hill range, a cluster of seven hills known as Venkatachalam, and lies on the southern banks of Sri Swami Pushkarini. He is also called the Lord of the Seven Hills. The epics like Rig Veda and Asthadasa Puranas describe Sri Venkateswara as the great bestowed of boons.

The annual festival called ‘Brahmotsavam’ is the most famous and is celebrated on grand scale for nine days in September. It attracts pilgrims and tourists from all parts of the country when everyday is a day of festivity at Tirumala. With the highest daily offerings by devotees, Indians and foreign, it is said to be the richest temple in the world. This temple is a vibrant cultural and philanthropic institution with a grand history. The shrine consists of three 'Prakarams' or enclosures.

The other shrines that can be visited are Sri Kapileswaraswami Temple, the only temple dedicated to Lord Siva; the Sri Govindrajaswamy Temple consecrated by Saint Ramanujacharya in AD 1130; and the legendary Sri Kalyana Venkateswaraswami Temple; and Sri Kothandaramaswamy Temple, which has Rama, Sita, and Lakshmana as the presiding deities.


Tirupati - A Fine Example Of Dravidian Temple Architecture
Tirupati Tirumala Balaji TempleThe temple at Tirumala is believed to have existed from ancient times. The dynasties like the Pallavas of Kanchipuram, the Cholas of Tanjore, the Pandyas of Madurai and the Kings and chiefs of Vijayanagara, vied with one another in endowing the Shrine and offering worship of the presiding deity. The Tirupati temple with its 'gopuram' or tower is a fine example of Dravidian architecture.

The elaborate rituals and mode of worship in the temple were prescribed by the saint Ramanujacharya and are being followed even today. Anointing the idol with camphor, and the offering by pilgrims of the hair on their heads by getting themselves shaved by licensed barbers are the important customs in vogue at Tirupati Temple.

The 'Vimana' or Cupola over the sanctum sanctorum is covered entirely with gold plate and is known as "the Ananda Nilayam". The Shrine consists of three 'Prakarams' or enclosures. The outermost enclosure contains the 'Dhvajastambha' or the banner post and, among others, the statues of Vijayanagara king Krishnadevaraya and his consorts, and of Todarmal, the minister of Akbar. The idol of the deity, the full figure of Lord Venkateswara or 'Venkataramana' or 'Srinivasa' or 'Balaji' (as is called in various parts of the country) has the attributes of both Vishnu and Shiva, preserving and destroying aspects of the Hindu Trinity.

Festivals of Tirupati
Everyday is a day of festivity at Tirumala. The most famous is the annual festival called 'Brahmotsavam', which is celebrated on grand scale for nine days in September, attracting pilgrims and tourists from all parts of the country. The fifth and ninth days of the festival are especially significant in as much as Garudostavam and Rathotavam takes place on those days.

The Daily Routines - Tirupati Tirumala Balaji Temple
The daily program starts with 'Suprabhatam' (awakening the Lord) at three in the morning and end with the 'Ekanta Seva' (putting the Lord to sleep) at one in the night. Daily, Weekly and Periodical 'Sevas' and 'Utsavams' are performed to the Lord. Interested pilgrims can choose from the list and pay to get the Sevas or Utsavams done on their name. Devotees offer their gifts and donations in the "Hundi", which is the main source of income.


Kanyakumar Temple, Kanyakumari


Kanyakumar Temple, KanyakumariIt is at the confluence of the Bay of Bengal, the Indian Ocean, and the Arabian Sea where the sacred pilgrimage site of Kanyakumari is situated. It is the southernmost tip and land’s end of Indian Peninsula. Kanyakumari is also known as Cape Comorin.

The goddess Devi Kanya, an incarnation of Shiva's wife, visited this place, to bathe in the sacred waters and worshipped before conquering demons and secured freedom for the world. The virgin goddess did penance to obtain the hand of Lord Shiva. It is one of the most sacred places where pilgrims visit in great numbers to worship the Trinity, Brahma, Vishnu, and Isvara (Mahesh). The Kumari Amman temple is dedicated to Parvati.

Southeast of the Kumari Amman temple there are two rocks that reach out to the ocean. The footprints of the virgin goddess are to be seen on one of these called Sri Padaparai, where Swami Vivekananda sat in deep meditation. Vivekananda Rock Memorial stands here, built in 1970.

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Bull Temple, Bangalore


Constructed in 16th Century by Kempe Gowda, the Bull Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Bull Temple, Bangalore As per the legend once a bull entered the fields of a well-grown crop and started grazing. On seeing his crop being destroyed by the bull, the farmer hit it with a club. The Bull suddenly transformed into a stone. It was quite a shock for the farmers who thought that the atonement was possible only by building a temple for the bull. The decision so taken was immediately implemented.

But the farmers were shocked to see that the stone bull was growing taller every day! The worried farmer then refuge and prayed to Lord Shiva who advised him to retrieve a trident buried a few feet away from the bull. The retrieved trident be placed on the forehead of the stone statue to stop it from growing. The temple is particularly famous for the giant bull (4.6 metres tall), carved out of a single boulder.

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Kalpathy Temple, Palakkad


Kalpathy Temple, PalakkadThe Kalpathy Vishwanatha Swamy shrine at 3 Kms from Palakkad is the oldest Shiva temple. Kombi Achan, the then Raja of Palakkad built this temple around 1425 A.D. It is the oldest temple in Malabar dedicated to Shiva. It is famous for the annual Chariot Festival, and this gala event lasts for seven days. Kalpathy Car Festival is based on Vedic Tamil Brahmin Culture. Vedic recitals are held in the temple throughout the festival.

Thousands of devotees ceremoniously draw three beautifully decorated temple chariots through the streets amidst soul stirring chants rending the air. The chariots are bedecked with flags and flowers, each sanctified by the presence of the lord. The weeklong annual Chariot Festival begins in the month of November, every year. Thousands of devotees attempt reaching out to be one of the privileged to haul the huge, intricately carved temple chariots through the streets proceeding in stately grandeur.

Kalpathy come alive with the Vedic chants sonorously recited by the Vedic scholars escorting the god, makes the festival spirit exude true devotion and joyous celebration.

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