Harsiddhi Mata Temple | Ujjain | Madhya Pradesh

No Comments

Harsiddhi Mata Temple Ujjain is situated on the Eastern bank of river Shipra in one of the ancient city of world Ujjain , this city is also mentioned in ancient Hindu text as Ujjaini, Avanti , Avantika and Avantikapuri . It was the center for learning Astronomy & Astrology in the early days of Sanatan civilization .

img_1570

This temple is one of the 51 Shaktipeeths, it has a important place in the ancient Hindu texts, according to Shiva Puran when lord Shiva was carrying away the burning dead body of Ma Sati , her elbow fell here , this place is over a hillock in the west of Mahakaal temple near the Shipra river .

The original temple at this site was supposed to be built by King Vikramaditya, at the entrance there are statue of Bharaiv Nath on both side of entrance. The present temple is built by the Maratha rulers with the impressive stone carved lamp pillars .

img_1566-2

The original seat of Harsiddhi Mata is at Kyolo Dungar Miyani, Porbandar Gujarat   https://promarktravels.com/blog/2015/12/harsiddhi-mata-temple-miyani-gujarat/    It is said to be built by Lord Krishan who worshiped Amba Mata to defeat the demon King Jarasandha after the win he built the temple at this place and accepted her as his Kul Devi . The present temple is built in 1300 AD by a merchant Jagdu Shah

How this temple was built at Ujjain by King Vikramaditya legend is the King visited the Kyolo Dungar to pay his respect at the temple , he was blessed by the Harsiddhi Devi and asked him for a boon , King requested her to come and stay at Ujjain where he will worship her daily, Devi accepted the request and put a condition that she will stay at night in Ujjain and during the day she will be present at Miyani Gujarat..

According to Skandha Puran ( ancient Sanatan text ) two demons Chand and Prachand wounded the Nandi Bull to enter into the Kailash territory , Lord Shiva got angry called Ma Chandi to kill them , after her success Lord named her Harsiddhi .

img_1563-2

The present temple is constructed by Maratha rulers  surrounded by a wall with four gates there, there are two large stone lamp post smaller is female and larger is male , at a time eleven hundred lamps are lighted , a 10th century, step well built during Parmar rulers , Ma Harsiddhi is over Shree Yantra in the sanctum  along with Ma Sarasvati and Ma Lakshmi also there is a Shri Yantra in the assembly hall with fifty one pictures of goddesses with the Beej Mantara .

Legend is that King Vikrmadtiya use to offer his head to Ma Harsddhi every twelve years, it happens eleven times that Ma reinstalled the head but on twelfth time it could not happen and King died .

For more information contact : +91 9810506646

Office Contact : +91-011 45725562 , 63 , 65

Email : promark@promarktravels.com

Blog : http://promarktravels.com/blog 

Youtube : youtube/c/promark travel diaries 

Ekling Ji Temple|Nagada|Udaipur

Ekling Ji Temple Nagda Udaipur was built in 734 AD by the Bappa Rawal (Prince Kalbhoj) a devout Lord Shiva Upasak and a Yati ( a person with full control over his passions), the eighth ruler of Guhilot Rajput dynasty and founder of Mewar, it was repaired by Maharana Mokal ( assassinated at the age of 24) 46th ruler,  the present main temple was rebuilt in 15th century by Maharana Raimal grand father of Rana Kumbha  from the ruins over the destroyed temple. This place is also known as Kailash Puri .

Main entrance Ekling Ji Temple Nagda , Udaipur Rajasthan

Main entrance Ekling Ji Temple Nagda , Udaipur Rajasthan

There are two silver idol of Lord Ganesh and Kartikey to ward off the evils, after crossing this gate no cameras are allowed, photography is strictly prohibited inside.

The temple is big, magnificent in conception and perfect in making , a fifty feet high Shikhar has a sixty feet circumference at base, the Garbhagriha has four doors in four directions , each gate has a Nandi (the Bull) statue facing the main idol.The South and the western Gates are covered with silver strips. The temple complex is enclosed within high wall of hard rocks and in addition to the main temple there are 108 more temples carved out of marble and sand stone.

Ekling Ji Temple , main gate Silver idol of Lord Ganesha

Ekling Ji Temple , main gate Silver idol of Lord Ganesha

Just before the Sabha mandap in the west direction there is a black stone Nandi and small one made of Ashtdhatu on a raised platform facing the Garbhagriha .on the same platform is the statue of Bappa Rawal with folding hands facing the East looking at the statue of Maharishi Harit engraved at the main entrance of Sabah Mandap. Two big white statues of elephants stand before the main entrance to the Mandap .

The main Shikhar Ekling Ji Temple , Nagda, Udaipur, Rajasthan

The main Shikhar Ekling Ji Temple , Nagda, Udaipur, Rajasthan

A five face black marble Shivaling was established by Maharana Raimal son of Rana Kumbha at the end of 15th century, the West face is of Lord Brahma , East is of Lord Surya, North face is of Lord Vishnu, South face is of Rudra and upward is Shivalinga with a silver snake . Shivlinga is encircled by Goddess Parvati, Lord Ganesha and Lord Kartikay. In the North direction there are two water tanks. The Mewar Ruling family is a Suryavanshi Rajputs therefore above the Western door in the garbhagriha there is a silver image of Lord Surya.

Ekling Ji Image courtesy Wikipedia

Ekling Ji Image courtesy Wikipedia

Another very important Temple only one in the world is Lakulish Temple, within the complex  built in 971 AD. According to Linga Puran and Skandha Puran the Hindu Religious texts, the Lord Shiva worshipers oldest sect Lakulisha is supposed to be the 28th and last avtar (incarnation) of lord Rudra or Shiva who also introduced the Yoga system in the worship .

Bappa Rawal had his religious education from his Guru Sage Harit who meditated in a cave near by, he educated the code of conduct for the ruling families of Mewar to follow which has been the guiding source. The Ruler of Mewar is lord Shiva himself and Maharana of Mewar is the Diwan ( Prime minister) a representative of Ekling Ji. When Maharana is in Udaipur, every Monday night they pay a visit and worship the deity . Only the Maharana of Mewar can perform the Pooja of Shri Ekling ji, the daily puja is performed by the pujaris and receives the blessings on behalf of Mewar Maharana .

For more information contact  +91- 9810506646

Callers from oust side India (+05.30 GMT)  +44 7700093414

Office contact (+05.30) +91 011 45725562, 45725563, 45725564

Email : promark@promarktravels.com

Website : promarktravels.com

Blog : promarktravels.com/blog

 

 

Yatra Chardham Uttrakhand in Winters

Yatra Chardham in the Uttrakhand also called the Chota Chardham is a journey of four places or Dhams done from spring to autumn months, and as per the Hindu calender, from Akshaya Tritia till the Bhai Dooj ( April end /May first week till October end / November second week) . During this time, all the roads and trekking routes are accessible and free from any Snow.

During the Winters when all Dhams are closed due to snowfall in the higher  reaches of the Himalaya , the main deities for worship are brought down at the temples located in the villages for the uninterrupted  daily Puja and rituals, one saves on the long uphill treks which are difficult for the Senior Citizens. Hotels are less expensive and temples are not crowded. One can spend as much time to perform the puja and dhyan. The usual Yatra Chardham is of 14 days in summer months from Delhi by road but same journey can be done comfortably  in 10 days in winters

 Ma Yamuna is worshiped at village Kharsali seven kms before the Yamunotri main Temple,  just across river Yamuna at Janki Chatti, it is a picturesque village which has the oldest Lord Shani temple. 

Ma Yamuna stays with her brother Lord Shani during the winters.

Shani Dev , Naag Devta Temple at Kharsali

Ma Ganga is worshiped at village Mukhwa near Harsil. A lesser known and ignored fact about Harsil  is that Harsil is a place where many rivers meet which forms a Maha Prayag like Vishnu Ganga, Jalandhari, Pawan Ganga, Hatya Harini, Kheer Ganga , Kakora, Tilangana and  Bhim Ganga pouring their waters into the main River,  Bhagirathi. 

Harsil’s Mayank Parvat  has mention in Kedarkhand a chapter in Skandh Purana. This place is also famous for Ashram of Maharishi Markandaeya, who composed the Durga Saptshati at Mukhwa

Ma Gangotri Winter Seat , Mukhwa Village , Uttrakhand

Lord Kedarnath ( Lord Shiva) is worshiped at Gupt Kashi  Ukhimath, located on the banks of  Mandakini river, where, during the winter months, the Idols are brought in from the main temple of Sri Kedarnath .

Lord Kedarnath Winter seat , Ukhimath

At Gupt Kashi it is said  “जितने पत्थर उतने शंकर ” (All the stones are Lord Shiva) 

One can visit and offer prayers at places associated with Sanatan HinduMythology, at Guptkashi namely Ardhnarishwara, Manikarnika Kund ( Pond)Love legend of Anirudha (the grand son of Lord Krishna ) and Demon King Banasura‘s daughter Usha and then killing of Banasur, Grave of Nala of epic Ramayna,

One gets a beautiful view of Chaukhamba , Kedarnath and Neelkantha peaks.

Lord Badri Vishal Winter Seat Pandukeshwar , Uttrakhand

 

Lord Badri Vishal is worshiped at Pandukeshwar  during the winters, this place is 18 kms from Joshimath and very close to Govind Ghat. Pandukashwer is also associated with King Pandu father of Five Pandavas of Mahabharata

After the curse from a Sage, ( Rishi) Kindama, mistakenly killed by King Pandu, spent his life here and his queens Kunti and Madri gave birth to the five Pandva brothers, Namely Yudhishthir, Arjun, Bheem, Nakul and Sahdev (in order of their ages, elder first).

Yudhishthir, Arjun and Bheem were born from Kunti and Nakul, Sahdev were born from Madri.

All these places hold equal importance in Sanathan Hindu Mythology, as the main Shrines of Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath. These places have been the winter seats for these gods for generations.

For more information and packages contact + 91 9810506646

Callers from outside India call + 44 7700093414

Email : promark@promarktravels.com

Blog : www.promarktravels.com/blog 

 

 

 

Yatra Chardham – Sri Badrinath

No Comments

Sri Badrinath Dham is situated at a height of 3415 meters from the sea level on the right banks of river Alaknanda between Nar and Narayan mountains , in the back drop is the Neelkanth peak , this place was re established by Adi Shankarcharya in Eight Centenary , legend is that the black Shaligram stone idol was lying in the bed of Alaknanda river and was taken out by the Shankaracharya to establish it in the cave near the Tapt Kund .

Main Entrance Sri Badrinath Temple

The present temple  was built by King of Garhwal afterwards there were changes and renovations done because of the earthquake and rebuilt in the year 1803, it is a 50 ft tall stone structure with top covered with gold gilt roof , there is a tall arched gate after the flights of stairs the walls are painted blue, red and yellow giving a view of a Buddhist Mut , the Garbha griha is having the main idol of Lord Badrinath sitting in a Padmasan mudra under a gold canopy Badri tree , surrounded by the idols of Nar and Narayan, Narad , Ganesha, Udhava, Narsimaha ( the forth incarnation of lord Vishnu) Ma Lakshmi , Kuber and Garuda Nav Durga ( nine incarnations of Ma Durga ) , before entering the temple pilgrims consider to have bath in the Tapt Kund just next to the main entrance .

Legend

When Lord Badri was meditating here the Ma Lakshmi was standing next to him sheltering the Lord from the harsh weather and turned into a Badri tree .

It is said once Lord Shiva and Ma Parvati were in deep meditation here , a small child came crying disturbing the  Lord , Ma Parvati asked the child what he wanted , the child replied that he wanted the Badrinath for meditation, they discovered that this child was none other than Lord Narayan they left the place and moved to Kedarnath.

In Bhagvat Puran it is said that Lord Vishnu in his incarnation as Rishi Nar and Narayan are in deep meditation for the welfare of all the living beings , according to Skandha Puran there is no better palace in this universe than Badrinath , according to Padma Puran this place is full of unlimited spiritual treasures.

 

It is also said that the person born with Birth Sun Sign ( Rashi ) Sagittarius ( Dhanu), Leo (Shimha) and Taurus (Maesh) must pay a visit once in their life time at Sri Badrinath Dham.

 For more information and packages contact +91-9810506646 or email : promark@promarktravels.com

Visit our website  www.yatrachardham.com