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Thirunelli Temple, Mananthavady, Kalpetta, Wayanad, Kerala, 673121, India
Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the history of the temple dates back to 3000 years. Archives and research have shown that Thirunelli was an important spiritual centre during the reign of Bhaskara Ravi Varma, a Chola king ( 962–1019 CE). It remained largely inaccessible due to impassable mountains and thick forest cover. Today, the temple is also known as 'Sahyamala Kshetram' or 'Kashi of the South'. <br /> <br />The temple has beautiful granite columns which add an aesthetic appeal to the whole architecture. A stream runs beside the temple, which provides water for the temple usage. The temple also has a pond, at the centre of which is a stone slab with the impression of Lord Vishnu's feet. <br />
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Thirunelli Temple
Thirunelli Temple, Mananthavady, Kalpetta, Wayanad, Kerala, 673121, India
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  • Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the history of the temple dates back to 3000 years. Archives and research have shown that...
West Uthrai Street, Srirangam, Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, India
<div> Dedicated to Lord Rangnatha, Lord Vishnu's reclining avataar, Sri Rangam Ranga Nathar Temple, is one of the most illustrious temples of South India, rich in lores and history. Millennia old, the temple, enclosed by 7 concentric walls, with &nbsp;21 gopurams (towers), 39 pavilions, 50 shrines, Ayiram kaal mandapam (a hall of 1000 pillars) and several small water bodies inside the complex that spread out over an area of 156 acres, is the largest (functioning) Hindu temple in the world. The beautiful idol of Lord Ranganatha, Vishnu in eternal repose, is 21 ft long. </div> <div> <br /> </div> <div> As you enter the complex you are faced with the 7 prakarams (the concentric walls), with the outer 2 being lined with shops, restaurants and flowers stalls where you can buy the necessary ritual items to pay homage. Non-Hindus can continue their exploration only until the second prakaram, but beyond that, inside the gold topped sanctum sanctorum, you will not be allowed. Over the sanctum sanctorum, is the Ranga Vimanam, in the shape of the Om symbol and plated with gold. Reclining on Adisesha, the coiled serpent, is Sri Ranganthar and at his feet sits Rangnayaki. Additionally, inside the sanctum, you can also see images of Brahma, Hanuman, Garuda and the symbols of Vishnu. The temple complex also houses shrines of the various forms of Vishnu including Chakkarathazhwar, Narasimha, Rama and Gopala Krishna.&nbsp; </div> <div> <br /> </div> <div> There are separate shrines for Ranganayaki and the major saints of the Vaishnava tradition. When you come across the majestic, granite cut sculptures of rearing horses trampling the heads of tigers in a planned theater like structure, you have entered the Hall of 1000 pillars, which is really 953 pillars. One wide aisle that runs through the center of the hall, intersected by transepts running across at right angles, is the path to take to explore the hall.&nbsp; </div> <div> <br /> </div> <div> Built by the once mighty Vijaynagar empire, the Garuda Madapa located on the south side of the third enclosure is an addition by the Nayaks as well as the Sesha Mandap, where leaping animals are carved onto the piers at its northern end. Adorned by grand sculptures and architecture heavily rooted in Dravidian architectural style, the sculptures throughout the magnificent, glorious complex include deities, dancers, musicians, mythological creatures and animals and scenes from courtly life.&nbsp; </div> <div> <br /> </div> <div> Dominating the skyline of Tiruchirappalli is the 236 feet Rajagopuram, the second tallest temple tower in Asia. The 13- tiered Rajagopuram was built in 1987 by Ahobila Mutt and can be seen rearing in the distant skies for miles around, while the remaining 20 gopurams (tower gateway) were built between the 14th and 17th centuries. The inscriptions you come across in the temple belong to the Chola, Pandya, Hoysala and Vijayanagar dynasties- each having shaped the destiny of this small city. They range in the date between 9th and 16th century A.D. </div> <div> <br /> </div> <div> Throughout its history, the temple has been invaded, its idol stolen and has been the site for military encampments of various armies- its walls, inscriptions and sculptures tell a thousand stories from the Vijayanagar empire’s golden age. Today, the temple continues to stand tall proudly and as majestically as it did eons ago. Throughout the year various festivals are celebrated in the temple like Vaikunta Ekadeshi, Jyestabhisheka, Brahmotsavam, Rathothsavam (the temple chariot festival) and many more.&nbsp; </div> <div> <br /> </div> <div> The origin of the Orlov diamond, part of the Diamond Fund of the Moscow Kremlin’s collection, can be traced back to this temple, where it once served as the eye of the presiding deity. Among historic diamonds, this resplendent relic, in the shape and proportion of half a hen’s egg, is considered unique as it still retains its original Indian rose cut style.&nbsp; </div>
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Sri Rangam Ranga Nathar Temple
West Uthrai Street, Srirangam, Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, India
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    6:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    2:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Dedicated to Lord Rangnatha, Lord Vishnu's reclining avataar, Sri Rangam Ranga Nathar Temple, is one of the most...
Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu, India
<b></b> <p>The crowning glory of Mahabalipuram, built as a testament to Mamallapuram’s might as a busy port during the times of Pallava king Narasimhavarman, Shore temple, named simply after its location, is one of India’s oldest structural stone temples and, fittingly, a World Heritage site. Built by King Narasimhavarman back in the 8th century out of massive slabs of granite, Shore temple is really a temple complex housing three temples, situated on the coastline of the Bay of Bengal. </p> <br /> <p>With its foundations overlain on mythical legends, Shore temple, visible afar from the sea, often acted as a guiding force to people and ships riding Bay of Bengal’s choppy waters, frequently luring them to the coastline of Mamallapuram. Soon the temple became the cornerstone of the Seven Pagodas legend and the temple a landmark known by mariners and explorers across the world, including Marco Polo.</p> <p><br /></p> <p>Having borne the wrath of 2004 tsunami, fortunately there was very little structural damage to the temple and in fact, what the tsunami did was to unearth many ancient sculptures, including the remnants of a 6 foot high, 70 meter long wall, two temples and a cave temple, all having being submerged for the better part of 10 centuries or more. While this hasn't provided conclusive proof for legend of Seven Pagodas, but it does indicate the presence of a much grander and more elaborate temple complex than was previously thought. In fact, the Archaeological Survey of India has unearthed inscriptions (Pallava grantha), coins and many other items all this while buried in the depths of the Bay of Bengal. </p> <p><br /></p> <p>Shore temple’s main shrine is the five-storied temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. In between the main temple and the other smaller temple dedicated to Lord Shiva as well, is the shrine dedicated to Lord Vishnu, represented in his reclining form. The entire complex and the temples themselves are glorious exemplars of Dravidian architectural style and are replete with incredible ornamentation, carvings, sculptures and mythical figures. Circling the complex is a wall carved with images of Yali (mythical tiger like creature), Varahas (boar) and Nandi, the bull (Lord Shiva’s mount).</p> <br />
Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu, India
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Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu, India
<b></b> <p>The crowning glory of Mahabalipuram, built as a testament to Mamallapuram’s might as a busy port during the times of Pallava king Narasimhavarman, Shore temple, named simply after its location, is one of India’s oldest structural stone temples and, fittingly, a World Heritage site. Built by King Narasimhavarman back in the 8th century out of massive slabs of granite, Shore temple is really a temple complex housing three temples, situated on the coastline of the Bay of Bengal. </p> <br /> <p>With its foundations overlain on mythical legends, Shore temple, visible afar from the sea, often acted as a guiding force to people and ships riding Bay of Bengal’s choppy waters, frequently luring them to the coastline of Mamallapuram. Soon the temple became the cornerstone of the Seven Pagodas legend and the temple a landmark known by mariners and explorers across the world, including Marco Polo.</p> <p><br /></p> <p>Having borne the wrath of 2004 tsunami, fortunately there was very little structural damage to the temple and in fact, what the tsunami did was to unearth many ancient sculptures, including the remnants of a 6 foot high, 70 meter long wall, two temples and a cave temple, all having being submerged for the better part of 10 centuries or more. While this hasn't provided conclusive proof for legend of Seven Pagodas, but it does indicate the presence of a much grander and more elaborate temple complex than was previously thought. In fact, the Archaeological Survey of India has unearthed inscriptions (Pallava grantha), coins and many other items all this while buried in the depths of the Bay of Bengal. </p> <p><br /></p> <p>Shore temple’s main shrine is the five-storied temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. In between the main temple and the other smaller temple dedicated to Lord Shiva as well, is the shrine dedicated to Lord Vishnu, represented in his reclining form. The entire complex and the temples themselves are glorious exemplars of Dravidian architectural style and are replete with incredible ornamentation, carvings, sculptures and mythical figures. Circling the complex is a wall carved with images of Yali (mythical tiger like creature), Varahas (boar) and Nandi, the bull (Lord Shiva’s mount).</p> <br />
Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu, India
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Kanchipuram Village, Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu, 631501, India
<div> Oldest temple in the ancient town of Kanchipuram, Kailasnath temple is an incredible architectural splendour built by the same Pallava king who built Mamallapuram's Shore Temple, Narasimhavarman II, in 8th century CE. With its compounds made of sandstone, the entire temple is a maze of incredible carvings of mythological creatures like Yali and has distinct influences of early Dravidian architectural pattern. </div> <div> <br /> </div> <div> Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the temple's walls are replete with panels showing Nataraja, the Lord of Dance and an avatar of Shiva, in various postures. Called the Stone temple of Kachipettu, Kachipettu Periya Thirukatrali, by Rajaraja Chola, Kailasnath temple is believed to be the architectural inspiration behind Brihadeeswarar temple in Thanjavur. </div> <div> <br /> </div> <div> Magnificent and stately without being imperious, Kailasnath temple is Kanchipuram's crowing glory in its hallmark understated elegance. </div>
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Kailasnath temple
Kanchipuram Village, Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu, 631501, India
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    5:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Devathanam, Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, India
<div> Rock Fort, as the rocky outcrop is called, at an age of over 3.8 billion years is as old as the rocks in Greenland and much older than the Himalayas. Begun in 600 CE by kings of the Chola dynasty, the Shiva temple is located in a gargantuan 274-foot-high rock that is visible for miles around. Much of it was built by the Nayak kings in the 16-17th centuries. There are 417 steps to the top and great panoramic views from there. At its summit, a height of 83 meters, is the 2 storied Rock fort temple built by the Pallavas and rebuilt by the Nayaks. </div> <div> <br /> </div> <div> The fort is really a complex where you can visit 3 more temples built in different eras over the course of time; Manikka Vinayakar temple at the foot of the hill, dedicated to Lord Ganesha, at the top of the hill the Ucchi Pillayar temple and the Taayumaanavar Koyil Shivastalam, a rock cut temple dedicated to Taayumaanavar, a Nayak era saint. </div> <div> <br /> </div> <div> On your way to the Ucchi Pillayar Temple, you can pay homage at Mathrubutheswarar, dedicated to Lord Shiva, that has a lingam, a projection of the rock itself. Be sure to pay particular attention to the inscriptions on the temples' walls, they date back to Mahendravarman I, the Cholas, the Vijayanagar rulers and the Nayaks of Madurai.As you approach the foot of the rock, there is a tank and a pavilion that is used during the float festivals and was built by Viswanatha Nayaka of Madurai to hold major religious festivals.&nbsp; </div> <div> <br /> </div> <div> Right next to the tank is a house and church built by Reverend Schwartz of Denmark in the 18th century. The incredible palace you see at the base of the rock was built by Chokkanatha Nayak, and is known as Rani Mangammal Mahal. It features a Durbar hall (Mughal court and ceremonial hall for gatherings during the British Raj). Daily six prayer services are offered here in addition to the festivals that are celebrated year round. </div> <div> <br /> </div>
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Rock Fort Temple
Devathanam, Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, India
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    6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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Car St, Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu 631502, India
<p>Ekambareswarar temple is the largest temple in Kanchipuram - the town of thousand temples. Ekambareswarar literally translates to ‘Lord of mango tree’. It is one of the <em>Panchabhoota sthala </em>Shiva Temples, representing Earth. The other four are: <a href="http://www.ixigo.com/nataraja-temple-chidambaram-india-ne-1282157" rel="nofollow">Thillai Nataraja Temple</a> in Chidambaram (sky), <a href="http://www.ixigo.com/jambukeswarar-temple-thiruchirappalli-india-ne-1700417" rel="nofollow">Thiruvanaikaval Jambukeswara Temple</a> in Trichy (water), <a href="http://www.ixigo.com/sri-kalahasti-temple-tirupati-india-ne-1652450" rel="nofollow">Sri Kalahasti Temple</a> in Kalahasti (wind)<br />and <a href="http://www.ixigo.com/annamalaiyar-temple-tiruvannamalai-india-ne-1045508" rel="nofollow">Thiruvannamalai Arunachaleswara Temple</a> in Thiruvannamalai (fire).<br /></p> <p><br />It was built by the Pallavas, remodelled by the Cholas and subsequently elaborated on by King Krishnadevaraya who led Vijayanagara empire to its glory. The Aayiram Kaal Mandapa or Hall of the Thousand pillars, is one of the highlights of the temple. The walls of the temple are decorated with 1008 Shiva Lingam. The inner sanctum contains a lingam along with an image of Lord Shiva. Adorning the main temple’s back is a Somaskanda iconography that represents Lord Shiva with Goddess Uma and Lord Skanda in the child form between them. </p> <br /> <p>As you walk into the sprawling temple complex you will come across 5 courtyards, also called<em> prakarams</em> and the sacred temple tank called <em>Kampai Tirthai</em>. There are separate shrines dedicate to Lord Vishnu and Ganesha.&nbsp; Stala Vruksham&nbsp; - a holy mango tree stands right next to the main shrine. It is said to bear 4 different types of mangoes on its 4 different branches. <br /></p> <br />
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Ekambareswarar Temple
Car St, Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu 631502, India
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    6:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Alagesan M.A Arulmigu Sangameswarar Temple, Bhavani Kudal, Bhavani - 638 301, Erode District.
This is the most popular and ancient Shiva Temple in Erode built on the confluence of 3 rivers- Kaveri, Bhavani and the third one an invisible mystic river named Sarasvati. This places is also known as Parikar Thalam. The <strong>Arulmigu Bhavani Sangameshwarar Temple</strong> is a famous Tamil Nadu tourism spot and has a huge hall for social events, a beautiful river side garden, round boat ride and a swim and bath area. <br />
Alagesan M.A Arulmigu Sangameswarar Temple, Bhavani Kudal, Bhavani - 638 301, Erode District.
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Tiruvarur, Tamil Nadu, India
A Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, Thyagraj Temple is one of the largest temple complex in the country. Here Lord Shiva is worshipped as Moolanathar in the form of a <em>lingam</em>. His consort, Goddess Parvati, is represented as Kamalambigai. The temple was built in the 9th century by the Cholas, with numerous later expansions attributed to the Vijayanagara empire. <br /> <br />There are four gateways - the eastern one being the tallest. The <strong>Thyagraj Temple</strong> is believed to be a cultural model for the <a href="http://www.ixigo.com/brihadeeswarar-temple-thanjavur-india-ne-1701041" rel="nofollow">Brihadeeswara Temple</a> in Thanjavur. There are many shrines and halls present in the temple complex, the primary deities being Lord Shiva and Lord Thanjavur. The temple tree (Sthala Vriksham) is a Trumpet Flower Tree. <br /> <br />The Chariot Festival celebrated furing April-May is the biggest festival at the Thyagraj Temple and attended by millions all over Tamil Nadu. The festival is usually followed by <em>Theppam</em> (Float Festival). The temple is also famous for <em>ajapa thanam</em> (dance without chanting), where the deity is said to dance himself. In practice, images of Lord Thyagraja are taken out on a procession and the bearers of the images dance along. <br />
Tiruvarur, Tamil Nadu, India
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Tirumala Venkateswara Temple, Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam, Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, 517101, India
<div> The <strong>Tirumala Venkateswara temple </strong>is the <strong> </strong>most visited temple by Hindus, along with being the second richest temple in the world. Located on the seventh hill of the Tirupati hills, it lies on the southern banks of Sri Swami Pushkarini. The seven peaks of the Tirumala Hills represent the seven heads of Adisesha. <br /> </div> <div> <br /> <strong><br />Architecture</strong> <br /> </div> <div> <br />The <strong>Tirumala Venkateswara temple</strong> showcases Dravidian styles of architecture, with exquisitely-carved doorways, mandapams and shrines. During the rule of Vijayanagar Kingdom, a lot of gold was donated to the temple which enabled the Vimana (inner shrine) and the roofing to be plated with gold. The main door is called the Padi Kavali Maha Dwara, that features a quadrangular base. A number of gods like Hanuman, &nbsp;Vaishnava, Kevale Narasimha and Lakshmi Narasimha can also be seen here. <br /> <br /> <strong><br />The Deity<br /></strong> <br />The inner temple or vimana houses the main deity, Lord Sri Venkateswara, who stands directly beneath a gilt dome called the Ananda Nilaya Divya Vimana. This exquisitely made deity is believed to be self-manifested. Lord Venkateswara bears Sri Lakshmi Devi on his right chest and Sri Padmavathi Devi on his left chest. <br /> <br /> <strong><br />The Legend</strong> <br /> <br />For Vaishnavites, there is no place in the universe equal to <strong>Tirumala Temple</strong>, the place Lord Vishnu chose as an alternative to Vaikuntha, his heavenly home. According to a Puranic legend, an angry Lakshmi once left Vishnu. Unable to find her, the grief-struck lord withdrew to an anthill located on this hill. He later married Laxmi's incarnation but, since ‘Lakshmi’ had left him, Lord Vishnu had no money for the wedding and had to borrow from Kuber. Devotees making offerings at Tirumala believe they are helping the lord repay his debt. According to Hindu Mythology, the Sastras, Puranas, Sthala Mahatyams and Alwar hymns unequivocally declare that one can only attain mukti in the Kali Yuga by worshipping Venkata Nayaka or Sri Venkateswara. <br /> <br /> <strong><br />Darshan and Facilities</strong> <br /> <br /> </div> <div> Around 50,000 pilgrims visit the <strong>Tirumala Venkateswara temple </strong>everyday, so Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD) has organised efficient ways to ensure smooth movement of the pilgrims by providing different kinds of Darshan. The entry for the Darshan is through Vaikuntam Queue Complex which is a series of interconnected halls that leads to the main temple. <br /> <br />The Queue Complex halls are clean, spacious and airy and TTD provides a wide range of facilities in the complex. The various activities of the temple include prasadam, hair tonsuring, hundi, arjitha seva and thulabharam. Festivals like Vaikuntha Ekadasi, Rama Navami, Brahmotsavam &nbsp;and Janmashtami are celebrated with great splendor, with thousands and thousands of pilgrims taking part in the festivities every year. <br /> <br /> <strong><br />Online Booking</strong> <br /> <br />You can opt for online booking for darshan at this famous temple at least 3 days prior to the date of visit and maximum 90 days in advance, so if you are planning a visit to here and want to avoid long queues, make sure you have advance e-darshan bookings at the temple's official website.&nbsp; <br /> </div>
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Tirumala Venkateswara Temple
Tirumala Venkateswara Temple, Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam, Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, 517101, India
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    5:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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Chettiar Clan Temple, Chettinad, Sivaganga, Tamil Nadu, 630102, India
<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, 'Arial Unicode MS', Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13.63636302947998px; line-height: 15px;">Placed in the heart of Chettinad, Chettiar Clan Temple is one of the ancient temples acknowledged for its brilliant architecture. It is a combination of nine clan temples. These temples span across nine villages including Nemam, Velankudi, Soorakudi and many others. It is believed that these temples were granted to the local Chettiar community by the Pandya Kings. You will find here idols of gods, goddesses and other local legendary characters. Also, this temple is known to house the biggest temple tank in comparison to the other associated temples.&nbsp;</span>
Chettiar Clan Temple, Chettinad, Sivaganga, Tamil Nadu, 630102, India
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    6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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Thirumagaral Shiva Temple, Magaral village, Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu, 631501, India
<strong></strong> <p>Glorious and ancient to its very core steeped in mythology, Thirumarugal was built by King Rajendra Chola. Dating back to the seventh century, it is believed to be one of the oldest Shiva temples in India. <span style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 11px;">Since its foundation, the temple has been overlain with numerous legends and folklore, all testament to the belief in its holiness and sanctity. Its layout is in the traditional temple architectural plan typical to the temples of Kanchipuram and Shiva Sthalams. While the presiding deity of Thirumarugal is Lord Shiva, he is in his self-manifested, swayambu, avatar at the temple. Also enshrined is Lord Murugan with an elephant as his&nbsp;<em style="font-style: normal;">vahan </em>(vehicle).</span></p>
Thirumagaral Shiva Temple, Magaral village, Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu, 631501, India
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    7:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Vaikunta Perumal Temple, Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu, 631501, India
<b></b> <p>Dedicated to Lord Vishnu and one of the 108 Divya Desams (108 Vishnu temples that find reference in the literary works of Tamil saints, Azhvars), Vaikunta Perumal temple is also known as Thiru Parameswara Vinnagaram. Created out of King Nandivarman’s (the 2nd) devotion and religious zeal, Vaikunta Perumal temple has been standing here since the 8th century. Heart of Sri Thirumangai Alvar’s, last of the 12 Azhvars, mangalasasanam (hymns sung for Divya Desams), Vaikunta <b><b><b><b><b><b><b><b><b><b><b>Perumal temple is replete with inscribed panels that tell the tale of King Nandivarman’s ascension to his throne.</b></b></b></b></b></b></b></b></b></b></b></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p><b></b></p> <p></p> <p><b></b></p> <p></p> <p><b></b></p> <p></p> <br /> <strong></strong> <p>With its hallmark Pallavan architectural grandeur, this temple has in fact been the inspiration behind the creation of other, much larger, temples all across Tamil Nadu. As you walk into the complex you will be faced with what seems to be one towering sanctum sanctorum when it is actually three separate shrines seated one on top of the other. The one on the ground floor contains the idol of Lord Vishnu is a seated position while the one on the first floor has Vishnu in a reclining position accessible only on ekadasi days. </p> <p><br /></p>The top floor sanctum sanctorum has Lord Vishnu in a standing position and is usually inaccessible to devotees. There are passages set around all the three sanctum sanctorum that lends themselves to circumambulation. Peer closely at the temple walls and nooks and corners, you will spot faded and slightly disintegrated sculptures and murals of Lord Vishnu.
Vaikunta Perumal Temple, Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu, 631501, India
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    8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu, India
<b>Known to its devotees as Sthalasayana Perumal Temple, Thirukadalmallai is one of the 108 Divya Desams (108 Vishnu temples that find reference in the literary works of Tamil saints, Azhvars) dedicated to Lord Vishnu in his Sthalasayana Perumal avatar as well as in his epic avatar, that of Lord Narasimha, and Mother Shakti in her Nilamangai Thayaar avatar. Yet another Pallavan architectural marvel, Thiruadalmallai has two separate shrines, one dedicated to Lord Sthalasayana Perumal and Nilamangai Thayaar and the other to Lord Narasimha. <br /><br />Standing on Mahabalipuram shore against the sparkling blue backdrop of the Bay of Bengal, Thiurkadalmallai is also the birthplace of Bhoothathazhwar, 2nd of the Azhwars, Tamil saints. Soul of Sri Thirumangai Alvar’s, (last of the 12 Azhwars) pasurams (hymn compositions), Thirukadalmallai finds reference in Nalayira Divya Prabandham, a collection of tamil verses, 4000 in total, composed by the 12 Azhwars well before the 8th century.<br /><br />With its foundation threaded in mythological lores and tales of devotional zeal, Thirukadalmallai is mesmerizingly beautiful. Surrounded by a canopy of evergreen shrubs and trees, casuarinas, there are a number of tiny villages settled near the temple where you can pick up unique handicrafts and antiques. </b>
Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu, India
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    5:00 AM - 9:00 PM
  • Known to its devotees as Sthalasayana Perumal Temple, Thirukadalmallai is one of the 108 Divya Desams (108 Vishnu temples...
Near Kalyan Mantapa, Hampi, Bellary, Karnataka, 583239, India
Archaeologists, historians, curators and explorers scramble to describe the splendour, grandeur and elegance of <strong>Vijaya Vittala Temple.</strong> A sprawling spectacle with pillared pavilions within pillared pavilions and shrines within temples, the temple appears more like a town. Back in the 15th and 16th century, before Hampi was invaded, a small township was settled around its complex, remains of which can still be seen. <br /> <br />Inside the temple complex, is the famous stone chariot which is Hampi's most iconic structure. It was actually a shrine housing Garuda, the Eagle God, and a vehicle of Lord Vishnu. The entire body is carved with battle scenes. Given the temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and the stone chariot faces the inner sanctum where Lord Vishnu's idol was housed, its presence and placement is symbolic. <br /> <br />The main hall has a series of balustrades carved with elephants and <em>yalis</em>, opening out to the <em>maha mandapam</em> where one of Vijay Vittala Temple's most popular and fascinating aspect is present--the musical pillars. Each massive pillar has been carved out of a single rock and the outermost pillars emit different musical tones. Unfortunately, due to unmindful tapping of the pillars over the years, they have sustained considerable damage and today tapping on them is prohibited. The entire complex is replete with fascinating and mesmerizing sculptures, carvings and stucco ornamentation. <br /> <br />
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Vijaya Vittala Temple
Near Kalyan Mantapa, Hampi, Bellary, Karnataka, 583239, India
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    8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Archaeologists, historians, curators and explorers scramble to describe the splendour, grandeur and elegance of Vijaya...
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