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Viswanath (Lord Shiva) Temple –  Kasi (Varanasi or Banaras)

Viswanath (Lord Shiva) Temple – Kasi (Varanasi or Banaras)

The most famous Hindu temple of India; dedicated to Lord Shiva. According to the legend, the Viswanath temple at Kasi has a cosmic origin. Lord Brahma created a wonderful city called ‘panchakosi’ by his divine…

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Senthil Aandavar (Lord Muruga) at Tiruchendur

Senthil Aandavar (Lord Muruga) at Tiruchendur

The legend is that Lord Muruga used this place as the base camp in his battle against the demon Tarakasur. The idol at this temple is like a commander or Senapathi. Tiruchendur is considered second…

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Badrinath (Lord Vishnu)Temple

Badrinath (Lord Vishnu)Temple

A famous Hindu temple of India.The legend tells us that one day Goddess Mahalakshmi happened to see Lord Vishnu taking penance in the open air without even a shield to protect from the biting cold.…

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Somnath (Lord Shiva)Temple – Veravel, Gujarat

Somnath (Lord Shiva)Temple – Veravel, Gujarat

First amongst the Jyotirlinga temples. One of the famous Hindu temples of India.  It is believed to be consecrated by Lord Chandra (the moon). The temple has a unique place in the history of India…

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Dandayudhapani (Lord Muruga) at Palani

Dandayudhapani (Lord Muruga) at Palani

A well-known Hindu temple in South India; a famous abode of Lord Muruga in Tamilnadu. The legend is that Goddess Parvati got a special fruit from the cosmic sage Narada. She announced a small contest…

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Chardham of Uttarakhand -Introduction

Chardham of Uttarakhand -Introduction There are two temple clusters by the name ‘Chardham’ in India. One is traditional, popularised by  Sankaracharya – the well-known reformer of Hinduism- and the other developed by local practice. The…

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Jyotirlinga Temples-Introduction

Jyotirlinga Temples-Introduction

Jyotirlinga Temples-Introduction The twelve Jyotirlinga temples of Lord Shiva are considered as the most sacred shrines of Lord Shiva worship in the country. The Jyotirlinga temples are spread across India; five in Western India, one…

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Muruga Worship- Introduction

Muruga Worship- Introduction

Muruga Worship-Introduction There is an interesting story on Muruga’s birth. One day when Lord Shiva matted with his wife Parvati his sperm accidentally fell on earth. It filled the entire universe; the heat of the…

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Ballaleswar (Lord Ganesh)Temple- Pali

Ballaleswar (Lord Ganesh)Temple- Pali

Legend of this Ashtavinayak is associated with the devotion of a boy called Ballala to Lord Ganesh. Ballala was an ardent devotee of Lord Ganesh. One day he organized a special pooja in his village-…

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Vishnupad (Lord Vishnu)Temple, Gaya

Vishnupad (Lord Vishnu)Temple, Gaya

A well-known, well-visited Hindu temple in India and one of the holiest temples for a devote Hindu. Offering Pindam (offering to the ancestors) here is a must to get Moksha or Salvation to the dead. …

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