Andhra Pradesh – New Knowledge Power House

Andhra Pradesh is set to become the new knowledge power house.  In fact the Bifurcation of the state of Andhra Pradesh has been a boon for education in the region. The state was divided in a most UN-democratic way. The residual state of Andhra Pradesh has been left with literally no money to pay even for the staff salaries. However, there were some promises made on developing the state and one of them is to sanction some high end Education institutions like IIM, IIT, NIT, IISER, AIIMS etc. The government is planning to diversify these in to different regions and according to the development plan of the state in different regions. Most of the development is concentrated in the Telangana Read More …

Sri Bhava Narayana Swamy Temple – Kakinada

Sri Bhava Narayana Swamy Temple located in Kakinada – The sleepy town on the eastern coast of India. The Town did not get the fame it deserves given the uniqueness it has. This place boasts more than a Century of heritage, Home to an Engineering and Medical Collages, Port, and many othe important things located within the town. This is the Head Quarter of East Godavari District in Andhra Pradesh. The town has a very very ancient history. Sarpavaram, loacted in the outskirts of the town, boasts of a rich heritage and even finds its mention in the ancient Brahma Vaivartha Purana The Lord here is said to be Installed by Sage Narada, the Brahmachari Saint and Manasa Putra of Lord Read More …

Astadasa Shakthi Peethalu in Telugu

I have been looking for Astadasa Shakthi Peethalu in Telugu script for quite some time. I have found the same in English and Hindi, in various locations. Finally i have decided to make this my self. There are 18 Maha Shakthi Peethas said to be the places where the body parts of maa Sathi Devi fell and became sacred places. The maa goddess is called with different names at each location. This stotra written by Adhi Shankara names the places of Shakthi Peethas and the name of the Goddess in temples there. the English version is available around, which i have reproduced here. The English Version is here. Lankayam Shankari devi, Kamakshi Kanchika pure Pradyumne Shrinkhala devi, Chamunda Krouncha pattane Read More …

Narasimha Swamy Temple, Kadiri

The prominence of this place is that the Lord here is believed to have emerged out from the roots of this Khadri tree also called as “Maddi” tree in Telugu. The Lord s consort Sri Maha Laxmi Devi is in the adjoining sanctorum and is called as Sri Amrutha Valli Ammavaru. The construction of this temple of Narasimha Swami is said to have been commenced during the regime of Paschima Chalukyas and completed during the time of Vijayanagar rulers.If you get time to stay for some time and perform abhishekam (anointing the God as a part of religious ceremony) to the deity, don t forget to observe the water droplets trickling out continually as they are being wiped off.History : Read More …

Madurai Meeanakshi Temple, Madurai

According to Hindu legend, Shiva came down to earth in the form of Sundareswarar to marry Meenakshi, an incarnation of [Parvati].The temple is the geographic and ritual center of the ancient city of Madurai. The temple walls, streets and finally the city walls (ancient) were built around the temple in concentric squares. Ancient Tamil classics mention that the temple was the center of the city and the streets happened to be radiating out like the lotus and its petals. It is one of the few temples in Tamil Nadu to have four entrances facing four directions. The complex is in around 45 acres (180,000 m2) and the temple is a massive structure measuring 254 by 237 meters. The temple is surrounded by Read More …

Shri Jagannath Temple – Puri

Jagannath Temple is one of the most renowned as well as the biggest temples of Orissa. Established in the 12th century, the temple is dedicated to Lord Jagannath (Lord Krishna), Lord of the Universe. The credit for laying the foundation of the Jagannath temple of Puri goes to Raja Ananta Varman Chodaganga Dev. The temple is located at a distance of 60 km from Bhubaneswar, on the coast of Bay of Bengal, and is greatly revered by the devotees following the Vaishnava traditions. There is an interesting legend associated with the Jagannatha temple of Puri. It is said that King Indradyumna, the ruler of the territory, saw Lord Jagannath in his dreams and following the Lord’s wishes, as told to him Read More …

Sri Veera Venkata Satyanarayana Swamy Temple, Annavaram

Sri Ram Sahitha Veera Venkata Satynarayana Swamy temple is located Annavaram, a village situated on the banks of river Pampa in East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh. The meaning of Anna-varam is as follows. “Anna” means whatever you say or you desire and “varam” means boon, hence whatever you desire will be given as boon by the deity. The most distinctive feature of Annavaram is the shrine to Lord Veera Venkata Satyanarayana Swamy on the hill top. The name of the Goddess is Ananta- lakshmi Satyavathi Ammavaru. History  This temple is located on the hill called Ratnagiri, Named after Ratnakar, the son of the great mythological Mountain. Meru has two sons Bhadra and Ratnakara. Bhadra is the hill on which Read More …

Ancient Someshwara Temple – Bengaluru – Karnataka

Talking of Older Temples in Bangalore, you cannot  miss the Someshwara Temple which is one the oldest temples of Bangalore. Built during the 12th and 13th Centuries by the Hoyasalas(Cholas), this is the oldest temple in Halasuru(Ulsoor). This temple is one of the most striking examples of ancient Indian architecture and a mixture of Hoyasala, Vijaynagar and chola architectures. There are large number of eloborately carved pillers inside the temple premise.This temple has been rebuilt and beautified by the great King Kempe Gowda, during the 16Th Century by building a Compund wall and the Rajagopuram The temple is dedicated to Someshwara (Lord Shiva). Also present are Godess Kamakshamma, Arunachaleswara, Bhimeswara, Nanjundeswara and Panchalingeswara.Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma are also worshipped Read More …

SRI SAMPATH VINAYAKA SWAMY TEMPLE – VISAKHAPATNAM

The famed Sri Sampath Vinayaka swamy Temple in the busy Asilmetta area is among the most popular temples of Vizag. Scores of devotees believe that praying at the Sri Sampath Vinayaka Swamy Temple will bring them luck and remove all the obstacles on the path of success.You will find a temple of Lord Vinayaka in every nook and corner of Vizag. This is done chiefly to ward off possible Vastu Dosha to the residents of the buildings.Especially the dosha related to Veedhi Soola ( When the building is facing directly to a road. This happens in ‘T’ junctions.) Lord Vinayaka is known as Lord of success in life and its accompaniments of good living, prosperity and peace. In all ceremonies, Read More …

Surya Narayana Swamy temple, Arasavalli,

This is a shrine of the Sun in a well preserved state. The temple dates back to the 7th century and a Kalinga king is said to have constructed it. The image of worship is a 5 ft tall one of black granite holding lotus buds – flanked by Usha and Chhaya. Padmapani is the name of this Sun God – padma stands for wisdom usha and chhaya stand for eternity. This shrine is located near Srikakulam in Andhra Pradesh.http://www.arasavallisungod.org/home.htmlThe famous Sun God Temple situated in Arasavalli Village which is at a distance of about 1 K.M. east of Srikakulam Town in Andhra Pradesh head quarters of the coastal district in Andhra Pradesh . It is one of the ancient and Read More …