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  • Naimisharanya : the place where Sin cannot enter
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    Naimisharanya : the place where Sin cannot enter

    2 months ago

    Naimisharanya is a sacred place of pilgrimage. Situated in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, the place is related to ancient mythology. With the "bottomless" pond Chakratirtha, it is worth visiting.

  • Rudravarta Tirtha : A miraculous experience
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    Rudravarta Tirtha : A miraculous experience

    3 months ago

    Rudravarta Tirtha, a relatively unknown remote holy place in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, offers some unique phenomena to the devotees which are regarded as miracles of Lord Shiva.

  • Bharbhut, the abode of Bharbhuteswar Mahadeva
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    Bharbhut, the abode of Bharbhuteswar Mahadeva

    3 months ago

    Bharbhut, with many temples including that of Bharbhuteswar Shiva is an ancient pilgrimage site in the Indian state of Gujarat on the south bank of the sacred river Narmada near its mouth.

  • Shukla Tirtha
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    Shukla Tirtha

    3 months ago

    Shukla Tirtha, situated on Narmada river near Bharuch in the Indian state of Gujarat, is an important place of pilgrimage in the route of Narmada Parikrama (circumambulation of the river Narmada).

  • Nishkalank Mahadeva : Shiva who takes away all sins
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    Nishkalank Mahadeva : Shiva who takes away all sins

    3 months ago

    Nishkalank Mahadeva temple at Koliyak in Gujarat, India remains under the sea & appears only for few hours in a day so that people can go there to worship the 5 Shiva Lingams present there.

  • Elephanta Island : The City of Caves
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    Elephanta Island : The City of Caves

    6 months ago

    The rock cut cave sculptures of the Elephanta Island off the Mumbai shore is a World Heritage site, where one can see examples of the grand ancient Indian architecture.

  • Bhaja Caves-ancient Buddhist Caves in Maharashtra, India
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    Bhaja Caves-ancient Buddhist Caves in Maharashtra, India

    6 months ago

    There are a number of ancient rock cut caves in the hills & mountains of the Sahyadri range in Maharashtra, India. Bhaja caves, a group of 22 rock cut caves from 2nd century BC is one of those.

  • Bramha Giri : the holy mountain of the Deccan
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    Bramha Giri : the holy mountain of the Deccan

    6 months ago

    Bramha Giri mountains near Trimbakeswara in Maharashtra, India is a holy mountain to Hindus.. The picturesque Bramha Giri, considered as Lord Shiva, has many Tirthas (holy places).

  • Mana : “the Last Indian village”
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    Mana : “the Last Indian village”

    18 months ago

    Mana is the last Indian village in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, India at the northern end of NH 58, 24 km from Indo-China border. This picturesque village has many mythological connections.

  • GIRI VALAM – The circumambulation of the Arunachalam hill
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    GIRI VALAM – The circumambulation of the Arunachalam hill

    19 months ago

    Giri Valam is the ritualistic circumambulation of the sacred hill Arunachalam Giri, considered as the Lord Shiva Himself. Arunachalam Giri is situated in Thiruvannamalai in the state of Tamil Nadu.

  • Aathara Sthalam: Abodes of Shiva, Guardian of the Tantrik Chakra-s of the human body
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    Aathara Sthalam: Abodes of Shiva, Guardian of the Tantrik Chakra-s of the human body

    19 months ago

    Aathara Sthalams are the abodes of Lord Shiva in different forms, which are regarded as the guardians of the Chakras (a concept found in Tantra, the ancient Study of the Mystic) of the human body.

  • Ancient ruins of Bamuni Hills, Tezpur, Assam
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    Ancient ruins of Bamuni Hills, Tezpur, Assam

    22 months ago

    Ancient ruins on a hill on the bank of the river Bramhaputra near Tezpur, Assam, display an awesome array of stone sculptures, waiting to be seen & explored by the lucky ones who visit this place.

  • Ayodhya : The city where Lord Rama was born
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    Ayodhya : The city where Lord Rama was born

    23 months ago

    Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh, India is the birthplace of Lord Rama. Now a major pilgrimage site for Hindus, it is equally important to the followers of several religions, including Buddhism & Jainism .

  • Chitrakoot Dham : Part V :Other places of interest
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    Chitrakoot Dham : Part V :Other places of interest

    24 months ago

    Chitrakoot Dham, where Lord Rama spent long eleven & half years, is dotted with many places associated with Him, Sita Devi, Lakshman & Bharat. Devotees spend a lot of time to all these places.

  • Chitrakoot Dham Part II : River Mandakini
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    Chitrakoot Dham Part II : River Mandakini

    2 years ago

    Mandakini, considered holy by Hindus because of its connection with Lord Rama, is a picturesque river meandering through Chitrakoot Dham. Temples & Ghats (Bathing areas) are aplenty along its course.

  • Chidambaram : Temple of Nataraja, the Cosmic Dancer
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    Chidambaram : Temple of Nataraja, the Cosmic Dancer

    2 years ago

    Chidambaram Nataraja temple in Tamilnadu is one of the five Pancha Bhoota Stalam ("Places of primal elements"). Here Lord Shiva is worshiped in His three forms : the Formed, Semi-formed & the Unformed

  • Taptapani : where the goddess Kandhuni Mata oozes hot water
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    Taptapani : where the goddess Kandhuni Mata oozes hot water

    2 years ago

    Taptapani is one of the popular hot springs in the state of Odisha, India. Situated in a densely forested hilly terrain of the Eastern Ghat mountains in the Ganjam district, this place is famous for its hot spring,...

  • Nageswar, the 8th Jyotirlingam of Lord Shiva
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    Nageswar, the 8th Jyotirlingam of Lord Shiva

    2 years ago

    Of the countless temples dedicated to Lord Shiva , twelve are bestowed with great importance by the scriptures. They are the twelve Jyotirlingams . Nageswar is one of them (actually the 8th).

  • Jajpur, Odisha: A place of many attractions
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    Jajpur, Odisha: A place of many attractions

    2 years ago

    Jajpur in the Indian state of Odisha is one of the 51 Shakti Pithas of the Shakta cult. Situated on the banks of the holy river Baitarani, this place offers many excellent temples & an Ashokan pillar

  • Pathra : a unique story
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    Pathra : a unique story

    2 years ago

    Pathra is near Medinipur in West Bengal, India . Here, many Hindu temples built in 17th-18th centuries are looked after & renovated by a local Muslim. This is a fantastic example of communal harmony.

  • Buxa Fort : A mute witness of the freedom fight of India
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    Buxa Fort : A mute witness of the freedom fight of India

    2 years ago

    Situated at an altitude of 867 metres inside the Buxa Tiger Reserve in West Bengal, Buxa Fort is a nice place to visit. It's importance is mainly for it's association with the freedom fight of India.

  • JALI (lattice work) : A photographic introduction
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    JALI (lattice work) : A photographic introduction

    3 years ago

    Jali work is used in Indian architecture from ancient times, reaching it's peak in the Mughal periods. This is an photographic introduction to stone Jali work , often described as Poetry in stone.

  • Temples of Khardah, West Bengal
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    Temples of Khardah, West Bengal

    3 years ago

    Temples of Khardah Khardah is a small town in the district of North 24 Parganas, West Bengal. It is on the eastern bank of the sacred river Ganges, about 25 km from Kolkata. Khardah is an important place for the...

  • Terracotta in Islamic structures of West Bengal
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    Terracotta in Islamic structures of West Bengal

    3 years ago

    Terracotta in Islamic structures West Bengal Introduction Terracotta means Burnt Clay, in contrast to Terracruda, which is sun-dried clay. Due to paucity of stone in Bengal, clay was in use for sculpture &...

  • Temples of Bonkati-Ajodhya
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    Temples of Bonkati-Ajodhya

    3 years ago

    Temples of Bonkati-Ajodhya Bengal is dotted with villages, & almost all villages are blessed with temples dedicated to various gods & goddesses of the Hindu pantheon. Some of these temples are new or of...

  • Panchthupi, the place where three religions meet
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    Panchthupi, the place where three religions meet

    4 years ago

    Panchthupi, where the three great religions meet Panchthupi is an ancient village in the district of Murdshidabad in West Bengal, India. Its name is derived from the words “Pancha Stupa” meaning Five...

  • Temples of Supur, Birbhum, West Bengal, India
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    Temples of Supur, Birbhum, West Bengal, India

    4 years ago

    Temples of Supur Supur, an otherwise non-descriptive village in the district of Birbhum in West Bengal , is important for three ancient temples, one is that of Suratheswar Shiva temple & the other two , part of...

  • Temples of Dwarhatta, Hooghly, West Bengal
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    Temples of Dwarhatta, Hooghly, West Bengal

    5 years ago

    Temples of Dwarhatta Bengal is dotted with thousands of villages. Each of these villages is picturesque with lush green fields, small rivulets, big trees, small hay-roofed huts, ponds & one or more temples...

  • Mahaanaad : forgotten history
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    Mahaanaad : forgotten history

    5 years ago

    Mahaanaad is a small village about 30 km from Chuchura, the district head quarters of Hooghly district, West Bengal, India. Now a very ordinary Bengal village, the place was once the busiest centre in Eastern India for...

  • The Imam Bargahs of Lucknow
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    The Imam Bargahs of Lucknow

    5 years ago

    Imam Bargahs are actually replicas of tombs dedicated to The Holy Prophet Muhammad & his family members (Peace be on them) & centre for mourning of the Shia Muslims established for commemoration of the...

  • Hadal-Narayanpur, the little known heaven of terracotta art
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    Hadal-Narayanpur, the little known heaven of terracotta art

    5 years ago

    A scene from the epic Ramayana where Hanuman, the monkey Lord is carrying Lord Rama & Lakshmana on his shoulder & at the same time carrying Goddess Durga with his hands. Another scene from Ramayana where...

  • Aundha Nagnath - the oldest Jyotirlingam of Lord Shiva
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    Aundha Nagnath - the oldest Jyotirlingam of Lord Shiva

    5 years ago

    Stone sculpture on the outside wall of Aundha Nagnath temple Stone sculpture on the outside wall of Aundha Nagnath temple Aundha Nagnath temple Stone sculpture on the outside wall of Aundha Nagnath temple Stone...

  • Parli Vaijnath - the 5th Jyotirlingam of lord Shiva
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    Parli Vaijnath - the 5th Jyotirlingam of lord Shiva

    5 years ago

    A priest with a sacred head gear The wooden Mandap (pavilion) The brass bulls (Nandi at the centre) Decoration of the wooden Mandap A ceremonial palanquin inside the wooden Mandap The top of the main temple of...

  • Tomb of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb
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    Tomb of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb

    5 years ago

    The tomb of an emperor Entrance of the tomb Closer to the entrance The tomb The tomb : a close look How a man can be measured ? By his wealth? By his academic  levels?  By his post or job? By his...

  • Bibi-ka-Makbara-- the Taj Mahal of South India
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    Bibi-ka-Makbara-- the Taj Mahal of South India

    16 months ago

    Is it Taj? The main entrance gate Picturesque The second Taj! Or the first? Symmetry One of the minarets Stucco work The grave of Rabia-ul-Daurani Inlay work on marble 1 Inlay work on marble 2 Lattice work in...

  • Barakar Temples : neglected Gems
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    Barakar Temples : neglected Gems

    5 years ago

    Barakar is a small town about 17 km from Asansol (220 km from Calcutta) at the junction of the states of West Bengal & Jharkhand. A dusty & congested  town in the midst of coal mines, Barakar boasts of a...

  • Jhansi - Where a legend of a gallant queen was born
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    Jhansi - Where a legend of a gallant queen was born

    5 years ago

    Jhansi fort 1 Jhansi fort 2 Jhansi fort 3 Rani Mahal (front view) Rani Mahal 2 Durbar Hall inside Rani Mahal Art work inside Rani Mahal 1 Art work inside Rani Mahal 2 One of the cannons of Jhansi fort Jhansi...

  • Shib Sagar : the ancient capital of the Ahom kings in Assam
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    Shib Sagar : the ancient capital of the Ahom kings in Assam

    6 years ago

    Vishnu Dol Charai Deo (incidentally, this photo is taken from a brochure of Assam tourism) Rang Ghar 1 Rang Ghar 2 Art work in the wall of Rang Ghar Art work in the wall of Rang Ghar Inside Talatal Ghar Talatal...

  • Shiva Dol -- the tallest Shiva Temple in India
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    Shiva Dol -- the tallest Shiva Temple in India

    6 years ago

    Shiva Dol Sixteen-armed Mother Goddess Lord Vishnu in his boar-headed Avatar Baraha Shiva Dol -- front view A devotee performing AARTI with lighted lamps Saraswati, the goddess of Learning A Sadhu in front of...

  • Kedarnath : the abode Lord Shiva in the high Himalayas
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    Kedarnath : the abode Lord Shiva in the high Himalayas

    7 years ago

    Hindus all over the world believe that the abode of Lord Shiva, The Destroyer One of the Holy Trinity, is in the Himalayas, the mightiest mountain of the world. Of the countless Himalayan temples dedicated to lord...

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