Kambada Narasimha of Kote Betta

Kambada Narasimha is an avatar of Lord Vishnu wherein he kills a Rakshas by name Hiranyakashipu. This statue is at the top of ‘Kote Betta’ (Kote Hill).

Tamilnadu temple visits

Astrologer driven visits to some of the well known Tamilnadu temples on the banks of river Cauvery. Wondering whether temple visits are the national pastime of Indians!

Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, Srirangam, TN

This Srirangam temple is the largest functional Hindu temple in the world! The temple is composed of 7 concentric walled sections and 21 gopuram. The main gopuram of the temple is called the Rajagopuram and is 236 feet (72 m) tall, the tallest in Asia!

Shilabalikas of Belur

Shilabalika, a.k.a. ‘salabhanjika’, is a standard decorative element of Indian sculpture depicting in stone a young female under a stylized tree in various poses, such as dancing, grooming herself or playing a musical instrument.The salabhanjika concept stems from ancient symbolism linking a chaste maiden with the sala tree or the asoka tree through the ritual called dohada, or the fertilisation of plants through contact with a young woman. The symbolism changed over the course of time and the salabhanjika became figures used as ornamental carvings, usually located in the area where worshipers engage in circumambulation, near the garbhagriha of many Hindu temples.

Garuda statue of Belur temple

The Garuda statue is at the entrance of Chennakesava temple, Belur. Chennakesava literally means “handsome Kesava” and is a form of Hindu God Vishnu. This particular statue has been done by Javaracharya Mysore, as the inscription behind the statue depicts.

Bhagandeshwara temple, Coorg

This temple is on the banks of Triveni Sangama (joining point of three rivers). At this place, the Kaveri is joined by two tributaries, the Kannike and the mythical Sujyoti river. Anyone who visit Talakaveri, the birth place of River Kaveri (a.k.a. Cauvery ), would have certainly visited Bhagandeshwara temple

Kotilingeshwara: 1 crore Shiva lingas

Kotilingeshwara quite literally means 1 crore Shiva Lingas. Kotilingeshwara has more than 33 lakh Shiva lingas and has the biggest Shiva linga in the world.

Bylakupee Golden temple

When the Chinese occupied Tibet, back in 1959, Indian government set aside a sizeable land space for the fleeing Tibetans near Bylakupee, in Karnataka. Bylakupee is now the second largest Tibetan settlement outside of Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh. Namdroling Monastery is the largest monastery in Bylakupee. The monastery is famous for the three copper and gold […]

Naga Pratishta

Naga (snake) Pratishta (establishment) is commonly done in India to get rid of ‘Naga Dosha’  – an Indian term that refers to issues concerned with fertility, child birth or other ill omen relating to the child’s future – predicted by Astrologers!

Happy New Year – Chamundi Temple Gopura

Dearest Readers, Wish you all a fantastic new year. I hope your life is filled with just the right measure of all emotions, but with the presence of abundant Love! I hope you keep visiting and enjoying this blog! Always, Anoop