Hanuman is a very popular Monkey-God. He can be seen in many Indian temples. He is the God of power and strength. He did not marry anybody in his life. He worshipped Lord Rama. He spent his entire life serving Lord Rama. Lord Rama loved him a lot. Tuesday is treated as the day of Hanuman Hundreds of Hindus worship him on this day.
Hanuman has a short thick neck, a round red face, sharp white teeth, beautiful hair and a long tail. He is very powerful. He can increase or decrease his size to either as big as a mountain or as small as a fly. A lot of stories about the brave Hanuman have been written in the Ramayana.
The Mahavishnu Temple, Thrichittatt, Chengannoor is one of the five Vishnu temples associated with the five Pandava brothers, the principal characters of the Mahabharata. It is believed that Yudhisthira, one of the brothers, performed penance at this site. It is one of the “Divya Desams”, the 108 temples of Vishnu revered by the 12 poet saints, or Alwars.
About The Temple
The Lord faces east and the holy tank is known Shanku Teertam (or tank of the conch). Unlike other Vishnu temples, the Lord holds the conch in his right hand instead of discuss. There are also shrines for Sastha and Lord Krishna.
During Mahabharata war, Yudhisthira, the head of the Pandavas, who never before uttered a lie, lied in one instant to defeat his Guru, Dronacharya. To overcome the sin of the lie, he underwent penace worshipping the lord here. Imayavar(Devas) came to this place prior to Yudhisthira and hence the deity here is referred as Imayavarappar.
About the Deity
The main murti worshiped in the shrine is Vishnu in standing posture. It is made using Krishna Shila. The unique aspect of the murti is that it holds conch in right hand instead of the discus or chakra. Subsidiary deities worshiped in the temple are Ganesha, Sastha and Goshalakrishan. Goshalakrishan has a separate quite big shrine in the temple complex. He is offered special pujas. Special rituals are observed during festivals. The temple pond is known as Shankha Theertha. The temple has a large Nalambalam and Namaskara Mandapam. Wooden carvings are another noteworthy feature. The sanctum sanctorum is round and is made out of huge stones.
Legends and Stories
Lord Vishnu is worshiped here as Imayavarappan. It is believed that the murti worshiped in the temple was first offered prayers by Devas or celestial beings. Imayavar means Devas. As per 108 Divya Desham concepts, Vishnu worshiped here is known as Devathideva Perumal. There is no murti of Goddess Lakshmi in the temple. But the divya desham concept mentions the presence Goddess Lakshmi in the shrine as Raktapankaja Valli. In the Mahabharata war, Dronacharya was invincible. To kill him Yudhishtira uttered the lie that Ashwathama, his son died. After hearing the words from the mouth of Yudhishtira, Drona put his weapons down. Dhrishtadyumna used this opportunity and cut off the head of Dronacharya. Yudhishtira carried the remorse of lying for a long period. It is believed that he did penance at Thrichittatt Mahavishnu Temple for the sin. He installed the murti and offered prayers to it here.
The Universe – Spiti, Himachal Pradesh, India
This was shot at Langza, Spiti and probably the most popular place of spiti.Though there are many shots taken from this location here i tried to present this in my visual ways.
Spiti Valley is also known popularly as Little Tibet and is situated in the part of Himalayas located in Himachal Pradesh. It can be accessed only during the summer season and is basically a remote location. It is a nature lover’s delight given the fact that it is surrounded by glaciers and mountains. You can also see a number of villages nestled high atop mountain crests and several monasteries that have a lot of history in spite of their rather quaint appearance. The streams and rivers here are as clear as crystal. With the many monks dressed in robes and prayer flags swaying in the wind, you can be forgiven for thinking that you are somewhere in Tibet.
Origin of the name
The word Spiti means middle land, which indicates its location between India and China. It was originally known as Piti.
How to get to Spiti
The commonest way to get to Spiti is by cabs or buses that ply to this location from different towns in Himachal Pradesh and other parts of North India. You can first come by rail or bus to Shimla, which is 309 km from Spiti. The railway stations of Jogindher Nagar and Chandigarh are located pretty close by as well. The road that comes through Rohtang Pass is normally closed for 6 months owing to snowfall. You can also take the road via Manali since it is supposed to take the least time.
Ishvara Temple, Arasikere
The east-facing Ishvara Temple dedicated to Shiva, built in 1220, boasts unique design and layout within the Hoysala framework. Set amidst grassy verdure, it reveals artistic excellence among the surviving monuments of the era. The delicate sculptures on its outer walls and ceilings of its halls are particularly captivating. Though modest in size, this Ekakuta temple with a single vimana or cella, reveals complex architectural style. A distinguishing feature is the presence of dual mandapas or halls – one closed hall sans windows, and another, open. The prime attraction here is the 16-pointed star-shaped open hall with a domical ceiling. Almost the entire hall is laid with stone benches, another rare design feature of the times. The ceilings are elaborately ornamented with sculptures that has elegantly carved niches with surmounted miniature towers, again a feature uncommon to single-shrine temples of this period.
The Shiva Temple or Ishvara Temple which has magnificent architecture dates back to 1220 CE rule of Hoysala Empire. The temple is located in Arasikere town in the district of Hassan. The deity worshipped in Ishvara Temple is Shiva.
Arasikere in the local language refers to ‘Queens Tank’ as Arasi means ‘Queen’ and Kere mans ‘Tank’. The Ishvara temple is considered as one of the most complicated architecture amidst the surviving structures of Hoysala. The temple is situated at a distance of 140 km from Mysore and 41 km from Hassan.
Architecture of Ishvara Temple Arasikere
The sanctuary, like all Hoysala sculptures, faces east and uses soapstone as construction material. It is an Ekakuta (single) shrine temple with two mantapas, one is open and another one is closed. The sanctum beholds the linga representing Lord Shiva. Unlike the Hoysala construction, the open mantapa of the temple provides no entry to the devotees. The entrance to the sanctuary is through a bay between the two mantapas. The ceiling of the closed mantapas is segregated into nine bays. The ceiling is supported by four lathe turned in to pillars. The closed mantapas have no windows
How to Reach Ishvara Temple Arasikere
The closest city to Ishvara temple is the city of Hassan, which is closely connected by rail and road. Hassan does not have an Airport and the closest Airport is that of the city of Bangalore and Mysore.
Temples submerged by the rage of Ganges River
Manikarnika Ghat (Hindi: मणिकर्णिका घाट) is one of the holiest among the sacred riverfronts (ghats), alongside the river Ganga. It is believed that a dead human’s soul finds salvation (moksha), when cremated here. Thus, scores of the elderly across the whole country seek to walk up to its edges, and spend their last days absorbing the charisma of the ghat – which makes even death painless and insignificant to be pondered upon.