Kalika Mata Temple Pavagadh Gujarat

Kali Mata Temple located at the summit of Pavagadh Hill in the Panchmahal district of Gujarat is a famous Hindu pilgrimage centre in India. Dedicated to Goddess Kali, the temple is one of the Shakti Peetha shrines in Hinduism. It is believed that the toe of the Goddess Sati have fallen here. Kalikamata Temple complex, located 2500 ft above sea level, is part of the Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Temple Architecture

The central figure of worship is Goddess Kali or Kalika Mata, she is accompanied by Maha Kali on the right and Bahucharamata on the left. This chief shrine lies on the ground floor, which is made of marble presented by the Minister of Limbdhi from Kathiawar.

Kalika Mata Temple Pavagadh Gujarat

The architectural brilliance of Kalika Mata Temple is exuded through its conventional as well as certain unconventional patterns and constructions which are a treat for sore eyes. The simplicity reflected by its every facet is further pronounced by the well-structured fortifications and an open yard that adorns the anterior part of the temple. The yard is kept accessible for pilgrims visiting at all hours. The two altars present in front of the shrine, is the sacrificial spot where ritualistic sacrifices are done to the Goddess during festive occasions. A stellar row of lights adorning the temple structure are used for adding the much needed appeal during festive hours. It must also be mentioned that the temple is a seat of the Kali yantra and forms one of the chief attractions. The spire of the temple has a dome structure which is influenced from Muslim architecture.

Festivals 

Popular with devotees from all over the world, the temple is one of the biggest and the greatest centers for pilgrimage in Gujarat. A Chodhri tradition, pilgrimage to this pious spot every year is considered a very spiritually enlightening feat. The worship of the goddess is carried out by beating bell-metal symbols. On the month of Chaitra Sud 8, the temple premises see the commencement of a fair which invites people from all over the state. Hindus of all classes congregate to conduct meetings in the full moon month of Chaitra.

How to reach

Located at about 140 km from Ahmedabad, this temple beckons tourists along a long flight of stairs. The access route of the temple is not very complicated and one can easily reach there with the help of the pathway that traverses through a forest and runs till 5 kilometres. However, travelling with the elderly and children would not be a problem because of the alternate ropeway route.

Chaturmas 2015 Vrat Significance

The period of Chaturmas is an extremely auspicious phase comprising of four months (usually from mid July to October) that is said to begin with Shayani Ekadashi and end with Prabodhini Ekadashi. This period which spans the month of monsoon, is said to be the time when Lord Vishnu is said to be asleep. The last day of the phase is when he finally wakes up from sleep. In 2015, Chaturmas Vrat begins on 27 July and ends on 22 November 2015.

Significance 

The significance of Chaturmas Vrat period is observed greatly among Hindu devotees and worshippers from all over the world and India. The story behind the season has been narrated very clearly in the Bhagwata Puran and follower of the religion hope to attain the blessings of the mighty Lord Vishnu by offering extra devotion to his and well as the presence of Goddess Lakshmi – his wife. The months are significant because devotees are not supposed to awaken the Gods and Goddess with elaborate rituals and practices, and hence no marriages are held during these months. Devotees observe bathing in holy rivers, penance, austerities, and fasting during Chaturmas.

Chaturmas 2015 Vrat Significance


 Interesting Facts

The diverse myths, faiths and beliefs that the great Hindu religion comprises of, are often the sources of the major festivities that are held in India. During Chaturmas period of the monsoons, Lord Vishnu is considered to be asleep and therefore noisy celebrations are avoided. Considered unsuitable for weddings, the season is apt for annual renewals by householders. Fast and various other morally and spiritually cleansing rituals are carried out to devote oneself to the Lord’s service. There is however, a scientific explanation to the fasts which enable people to stay in the best of health during these months which are conducive to disease spreading.

Kottukal Cave Temple Kollam

Kottukal Cave Temple in Kollam is situated in the village named Kottukkal, near Anchal in Kerala. The shrine is also known as Kottukkal Kal Thrikovil Cave Temple in Malayalam. The cave temple is a living example of rock cut architecture built between 6th and 8th centuries CE. The shrine features two caves of unequal size facing east. An idol of Lord Ganesha can be seen in between the two caves.

The larger cave temple has an idol of Lord Shiva in Shivalinga form with a monolithic Nandi (bull) in front. The smaller cave enshrines the idol of Lord Hanuman. The temple is managed by Travancore Devaswom Board and daily pooja services are conducted.

Kottukal Cave Temple Anchal Kollam

Kottukal Cave Temple is located in the middle of a large extent of green paddy fields. Kottukkal got its name from Kottiya Kallu which literally means “carved rock”. The name Thrikovil was derived as the cave has three deities Shiva, Hanuman and Ganapathy. Historians date back the cave to 7th century AD when “Nedila Paranthaka Nedumchadayan” who ruled Chadayamangalam, constructed the rock cut temple.

How to Reach

Kottukal Cave Temple is 45 km from Kollam and 65 km from Thiruvananthapuram. Anchal is 8 km away. Jadayu Para in Chadayamangalam is a popular tourist attraction located just 10 km away.

Nava Tirupathi Temples Tiruchendur Tirunelveli

Nava Tirupathi Temples is a group of nine temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu located on the Tiruchendur - Tirunelveli route, Tamil Nadu, India. All these 9 temples are on the banks of Thamiraparani River and are part of the 108 Divya Desams of Mahavishnu. Starting from Tirunelveli or Tiruchendur, all the Navathirupathi Temples can be visited in a day.

The 9 Tirupathi Temples are

1) Sri Mayakoothar Temple in Thirukkulandhai, Perunkulam

2) Makara Nedunkuzhai Kannan Temple, Then Thirupperai

3) Rettai Tirupathi - South Temple, Tholaivillimangalam

4) Rettai Tirupathi North Temple, Tholaivillimangalam

5) Vaithamanidhi Perumal Temple, Thirukolur

6) Adhinaatha Perumal Temple, Thirukkurugur (Azhwar Thirunagari)

7) Kaaisinavendhan Temple, Thiruppulinkudi

8) Vijayaasana Perumal Temple, Thiru Varagunamangai (Natham)

9) Sri Vaikuntanatha (Kallapiran) Temple - Sri Vaikuntam

Festivals

The most important festival celebrated in all these temples is the Garuda Sevai Utsavam in the month of Vaikasi (May - June).

Nava Tirupathi Temples Tiruchendur Tirunelveli

Hindu Devotional Blog will be posting each of the nine Navatirupati temple details in the upcoming posts. 

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