Monday, 21 March 2016

ARUNACHALESWARA TEMPLE - TIRUVANNAMALAI , TAMILNADU

Agni Linga , One of the Five Pancha Bhoota lingas, is located at the foot hills of the Annamalai Hill in the Town of Thiruvannamalai , Tamilnadu. Lord shiva is worshipped here as Arunachleswara , represented as Agni Lingam.with his concert Unnamulaiyamman ( Apitakuchabaal-Parvati).
The temple complex spans 10 hectares . It is one of the largest temples in India. It has  4 Outer  Gopurams and 2 inner Gopurams . , the tallest being the eastern tower with 11 storeys. And a height of 217 feet, renowned as one of the tallest gopurams in India.

The legend is Parvati , wife of Lord shiva once playfully closed the eyes of Shiva in a flower garden at Kailasa. Although it was a moment for the Gods , all the light was taken away from world. And earth , inturn, submerged in darkness.  Godess Parvathi performed penance and Lord Shiva appeared on the top of Annamalai hills returning light to the world and merged with parvathi to form Ardhanareeswara, half male and half female form of shiva. , the annamalai or Red mountain.
Panchabhootas  are five ingridigents required for the life i.e., Akasa(ether), Vaayu(Wind), Agni(Fire), Jala(Water), Pridhvi(Earth). Shiva is also known as Panchabhooteswara.
The temple is famous for marvelous carvings. In one of the carving Lord Shiva is shown in Dancing Posture
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The circumumbulation of Arunachla Hill is a pious act, which is known as Giri Pradakshana. Giri means Hill. Pra stands for removal of sins,da stands for fulfillment of desires kshi stands for relief from future births, na stands for deliverance through jnana.
Through out the year piligrims engage in Giri pradakshana streching 14kms . There are 8 shrines of lingas in this 14 kms circumbrance  are termed as Asthalinga.During the pradakshna and worshiping the Astha lingas is practice.
Kartika Deepam is lit on in Kartika Maasam on the Highest of Arunachalam peaks  with embers taken in pots lit in Arunachala temple,with gallons of  Ghee mixes with Camphor at Six PM as sunsets with laks of devotees chanting “ Arunachala Siva”. To participate in this  event devotees from far off places  within the country and outside the country come and experience the bliss.
We can also see Sri Ramana Maharishi Ashram , which renders peaceful atmosphere and Peacocks in the Ashram are feast to eyes.

Sunday, 20 March 2016

TEPPOSTAVAM (FLOAT FESTIVAL) - TIRUMALA


Every Year on Phalguna Pournima Teppostava is celebrated at Swamy Pushkarini at Tirumala on large scale.
Starting on Phalguna Ekadasi, Teppostava is celebrated for five days. 
On the First Day, Lord Rama, Godess Sita with Sri Lakshmana are offered pujas and taken around for pleasure ride in Pushkarini.
On second day , Lord Krishna along with Rukmini are offered puja and taken pleseant ride  around on the float, around  Swamy Pushkarini.
Starting Trayoadasi upto Paurnima (Full Moon Day) Sri Malayappa Swamy alongwith Sridevi and Bhoodevi are taken around the Pushkarini on a celestial ride on a well decorated float.
Starting on third day -- three rounds, on fouth day-- five rounds and on final day Seven Rounds, the Ustava Murthis of Sri Malayappa Swamy alongwith Sridevi and Bhoodevi are taken around Temple Tank(Pushkarini), on pleasure ride on a beautifully, impressively decorated float .
Ramana Maharishi Ashram is very famous. His preachings are very great.
The Piligrims throng for the glimpse of the event and darshan of murthis on all the Five days and the furore is more on final day as the charm of Full Moon adds grandeur to the devine beauty.
Arjitha seva ticket holders will have darshan of lord Balaji after the event Teppostavam.
The Teppostava (Float Festival) is an annual event  and cost of the seva is Rs. 500/- for each person. 
Tickets are booked well in advance. 



Sunday, 13 March 2016

Srisailam Mallikarjuna Bramaramba Temple- Srisailam

Srisailam  Mallikajuna Swamy Temple is one  of the 12 Jyotirlingas and  one of the most famous temples in India.  According to pre historic studies the habitation history of Srisailam goes back to about 30000  to 40000 years.
Sri Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple of Srisalam is situated on the picturesque Nallamala Hills on the banks of Krishna River  212 km from Hyderabad, 179 Km from Kurnool in Andhra Pradesh, India. It was earlier called as srigiri. Godess Bramaramba Temple is also located in the same complex, It is considered to be one of the Eighteen Shakti Peethas, Bramarambha is a fierce deity.
The sathavahanas, the pallavas, the Vishnukundis, the Chalukyas, Vishnukundais, the Chalukyas, the kakatiyas, the Reddy kings, the Vijayanagara Emperors, and Chatrapati Shivaji are the emperors who worshiped  God Mallikarjuna Swamy.
The Mallikarjuna Linga is accessible to each and every devotee and anybody can go into the sanctum of Mallikarjuna, touch him and perform abhishekam and Archana himself to the recitation by Archakas without caste or creed or religion.
 According to legend Chandravathi princess of of Chandra Gupta patana , situated near Srisailam on the banks of the Krishna River has gone up the Hill , one day she found that one  of the cows standing above a natural rock formation resembling the Shivalanga and shedding its milk over it. In dream the princess was informed  that the stone was self manifested Linga of Lord Mallikarjuna and took worshipping to it. The story is mentiond in the Skanda Purana. The prakara wall , sculptures depict this story.
Other visiting place at Srisailam : The Panchmatams, Hatakeswaram, Prahlada Panchdhara, Saakshi Ganapathi, Kailasadwaram, Bheemunikolanu, The temple of Istakameswari, Akkamdevi Caves, Kadalivanam, Nagalooty, Bhramaramba Cheruvu,Sarvswaram, Guptha Mallikarjunam.
The schemes at the SriSailam Hills include , Annadanam Scheme, Kalyanostava Scheme, Cottage Donation Scheme, Sri srisaila Pushkarini, Jaladhara Scheme, Jeernodharana Scheme, The Pancha Matas, Haritha Project, Sri Sailam Jalanidhi Scheme, Srisailam Dormitory Donation Scheme, Suvarna Kavacha Pathakam, Gosala Samrakshana Nidhi, Hospital Welfare Fund,
It is believed that Lord Shiva and goddess parvathi visit this place on Purnima (Full Moon Day) and Amavasya ( No Moon Day) respectively . Visiting Jyothirlinga not only blesses one with innumerable wealth,but also name and fame.
The Sevas conducted at Srisailam Such as Abishekam, Kalyanam performed at Both Mallikarjuna and Bramarambha Temple can be seen in the link http://www.srisailamtemple.com/srisailam/sevas-poojas.html