Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Ayodhya-The Ram Janam Bhumi

Ayodhya Ram Janam Bhoomi
Shri Kanak Bhawan Ayodhya Ji
Ayodhya is the holiest city for all Hindu’s in worldwide. Ayodhya is famous worldwide due to it is the birthplace of the Hindu’s Lord Shri Ram. Lord Shri Ram was the 7th Avatar of God Vishnu. Most popularly in local or in India called Ayodhya as ‘Ram Janam Bhumi’. There is Ram Mandir at the birthplace of Lord Shri Ram which is not constructed or completed till date due to ‘Ayodhya dispute’. 
Ayodhya is an ancient city of Uttar Pradesh, India which is among the Hindus seven sacred cities. For Lord Rama’s devotees, Ayodhya is an important pilgrim. Every year lots of Lord Shri Ram devotees come to Ayodhya for Hindus very famous festival Ram Navami.

Ayodhya-The Ram Janam Bhumi
Raja Dasrath Ji ka mahal
Tourist places in Ayodhya

There are lots of places to visit in Ayodhya. List of important places to see in Ayodhya listed below.
  • Shri Ram Janma Bhoomi
  • The Hanuman Garhi
  • Kanak Bhavan Temple
  • Moti Mahal
  • Sita Ki Rasoi
  • Nageshwarnath Temple
  • Janki Mahal
  • Sri Maniram das Chavani
  • Dashrath Bhavan
  • Tulsi Samarak Bhavan Museum
  • Treta Ke Thakur
  • Guptar Ghat
  • Naya Ghat
  • Ram ki Paidi
  • Sita Ram Mandir
Ayodhya-The Ram Janam Bhumi
Shri Sita Ram Mandir
Ram Navami in Ayodhya

All Hindu festivals celebrated very well in Ayodhya but Ram Navami is directly related to Lord Shri Ram. As per Hindu mythology, Ram Navami is considered as Birthday of the Lord Shri Ram. So lots of devotees reach from various places of all over India to see the Lord Shri Ram in Ayodhya. There is a river in Ayodhya called Saryu which is also very famous. So the devotees who come to Ayodhya take a bath in the Saryu River.

Ayodhya-The Ram Janam Bhumi
Shri Dasrath Gaddi
Ayodhya dispute

India is considered as a Hindu country that why its name also Hindustan. But till date, there is no Lord Shri Ram temple at the Lord Ram’s birthplace in Ayodhya. The reason behind this, there was a dispute behind the land so called Ram Janambhoomi between Hindus and Muslims. There was a Babri Masjid which was broken by some peoples called Kar Sevaks 1992. The main concern of the Ayodhya dispute is that Hindus want to rebuilt of Lord Shri Ram temple at the place of Ram Janambhoomi but the Muslims not agree for this and they claim that there was a Mosque Babri Masjid) so they will now allow for Hindu temple on their land.

Seven sacred cities of Hindus

For Hindus, there are seven scared or divine cites in India. List of all cities with their reason listed below.
  1. Ayodhya- Birthplace of Lord Shri Ram.
  2. Dwarka- Capital of Lord Krishna where he lived after killing Kamsa.
  3. Haridwar- The city of Ganga called Gateway to Lord Vishnu.
  4. Kanchipuram- Famous for historical Kamakshi Amman Temple of Lord Shiva.
  5. Mathura- Birthplace of Lord Krishna.
  6. Varanasi- The city of Moksha famous for Lord Shiv Kashi Vishwanath temple.
  7. Ujjain- The city of temple famous for Lord Shiva Mahakal temple.
Best Time to visit Ayodhya

February to March during Ram Navami it is the best time to visit Ayodhya. That time climate is also good not much hot or not much cold. After this time, you can go to Ayodhya during Diwali in October or November Month of the year.

How to Reach Ayodhya

Ayodhya is well connected by road and railway. For the airport, you have to go to the nearest city Lucknow. You will get trains, transport and private buses from various cities for Ayodhya. Ayodhya is only 2-3 hours journey by train, bus or private cab due to it is approximately 134 km from Lucknow.

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Forest Research Institute - Dehradun

Forest Research Institute - Dehradun
Front view of the FRI main building
F.R.I.-Forest Research Institute is one of the most famous educational and tourist place in Dehradun, India. It is popular for British era colonial architectural beauty with a lush green campus of the institute spread over in 450 hectares. It is a good attraction for those tourists who are nature lover, students and teachers of Environmental, Botanical and Forestry science and also for Civil and Architecture students.

FRI Highlights
  • Made by British the government in 1878 for forest research of Uttrakhand with name as the British Imperial Forest School.
  • Reestablished in 1906 as the Imperial Forest Research Institute for British Imperial Forestry Services.
  • Guinness Book of Records kept FRI in its records for a time due to its building is the largest pure brick structure.
  • The main principal front of building is approx. 1000 feet long. 
  • FRI building is the example of Colonial architectural and Greco-Roman style.
  • It was built in1906 so its building has features of mixed architectural style such as Mughal towers, Roman columns edged, formed arches and very large size of the building.  
  • Get status of Forest Research Institute (Deemed to be University), Dehradun in December 1991.
  • It works as headquarter of Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE).
  • It has the largest Forestry Research human resource in South Asia.
FRI Museum

For agriculture students, FRI museum is the best thing for visiting and learning. A common person can also learn from the museum lots of things of nature. There are six museums and open to all at a nominal entry fee to see it.
  1. Entomology Museum- Collection of more than 3000 various stages of insects and pest found in the forest.
  2. Pathology Museum- Collection of all type plant diseases and pathogens found in the forest.
  3. Social Forestry Museum- Collection of models and photographs showing the importance of forest in our lives.
  4. Timber Museum- Collection of 126 commercial important kinds of wood and their uses.
  5. Non-Wood Forest Products Museum(NWFPM)- Collection of forest products such as Lac, essential oils, edible products, spices, drugs, tans, gums, etc. and their uses
  6. Silviculture Museum- Displaying various types of models and photographs on Silvicultural System.
FRI in Bollywood movies

FRI is not only attracted the tourists, but it also attracts the Bollywood movie makers for the shooting of the movie. Lots of movies shot here such as Dulhan Ek Raat Ki, Student of the year, Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein, Pyaar Tere Naal he, Paan Singh Tomar, and Krishna Cottage. Latest Bollywood Movie Student of the year - 2, which released in 2019. Many parts of the movie shot in the FRI.

Forest Research Institute - Dehradun
A click during the movie shooting on FRI
Visiting timing for tourists

FRI nearby peoples go there for morning and evening walks. For tourists, it opens in 09:30 am to 05:00 pm daily except Monday. Total time for visiting this nice place will be 2 to 3 hours.

How to reach FRI

Forest Research Institute is very popular in Dehradun city you can directly bus, auto and taxi from the Dehradun railway station and ISBT bus stand. It is only 6 km from the railway station.

FRI nearby tourist places

Dehradun is full of tourist places in all places so all list goes so long. I just mention here FRI nearby places such as Tapkeshwar temple at Garhi Cant, Indian Military Academy, and Robber’s Cave.    

Friday, 16 March 2018

Shri Balaji Dham Jhajra Dehradun

Shri Siddh Hanuman Mandir 

Balaji Mandir Dehradun
Shri Balaji Dham
Shri Balaji Dham- Shri Siddh Hanuman Mandir is situated at national highway 72, Jhajra, Dehradun, Uttarakhand. This temple was established by Baba Ram Kishan Das Barfani in Jhajra in 1957. Balaji is a very famous name of Hindu God Hanuman. Balaji's name is famous in north India. Balaji means Baal Hanuman or the childhood form of Lord Hanuman.

Balaji Mandir Dehradun
Shri Siddh Hanuman Mandir
The most famous Balaji Mandir is Mehandipur Balaji Mandir in Dausa, Rajasthan. Shri Balaji Dham temple is established with the same theme as the Mehandipur Balaji Mandir. Prayer of Balaji and worship methods for the Balaji is the same as in Mehandipur Balaji Mandir. There are the main statue of Shri Balaji, Bhairav Baba and Shri Pretraj Sarkar are established in the Shri Balaji Dham. Other than these God, Lord Shiva, Shivling, Radha Krishna, Durga Mata, Lord Shani, etc statue also there.

Persons who suffer or affected by several types of bad or evil spirits, ghosts come here for getting relief from them by the prayer methods followed by here such as Arji, Sawanani, and Darkhast. In the Balaji Dham, they give special Prasad to offer the Gods. We have to offer Boondi or Boondi k laddu to Shri Balaji and rice with urad daal to Bhairav Baba and Shri Pretraj.

Bhandara (Feast distribution) at Balaji Mandir

Balaji Dham is full of devotees daily but on Saturday and Tuesday there a huge crowd of devotees in the temple because these days are special for the Shri Balaji. Every Tuesday and Saturday there is a feast for all devotees. Bhandara starts in the afternoon after the Prasad or Bhog offered to Shri Balaji.
Since the 16th April 2003 in the Shri Balaji Dham, each and every year Shri Balaji Jayanti or Lord Hanuman Jayanti is celebrated on large scale. So there is a huge crowd of Balaji devotees in the temple which is very well managed by the temple authorities. 

Balaji Mandir Dehradun
Bhandara- Feast distribution to every devotee
Shri Balaji Dham Temple facilities

Temple has enough space for all arrangements and all facilities are there such as drinking water, hand or foot-washing water, washroom, meditation area, storage room, shoes or sandal stand, etc. Temple is well managed by the patron, Baba Balram Das Hathyogi.

Shri Balaji Dham Timing

Shri Balaji Dham is open for devotees in the early morning and closes the late night. So you can easily visit the Balaji Mandir during the day period.

Prasad for Balaji

Inside the temple, there is a counter where the special Prasad is distributed for the Balaji offering. The cost of Prasad is Rs. 10 only. This prasad is only offering for Shri Balaji, Bhairav Baba, and Shri Pretraj Sarkar.

There many shops outside the main gate of the temple that sell various types of Prasad for offering other God and Goddess inside the temple. Such as Boondi for Hanuman Ji, Mustered oil Deepak (oil lamp) for God Shani Ji, etc.

How to Reach Shri Balaji Dham

Shri Balaji Dham is on the main road of national highway 72, Jhajra in Dehradun, so its easy to reach there by private car, auto or Bus. It takes a maximum of 20 minutes to reach Shri Balaji from the ISBT Dehradun. The total distance is approx. 15 km from ISBT Dehradun to Shri Balaji Dham.

Shri Balaji Dham Temple video

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Ayyappa Shaneshwar Mandir- Bishrampur

Ayyappa Swamy Temple
Shri Swami Sarnam Ayyappa Mandir Bisrampur
The most popular Ayyappa Swamy Temple of Hindu God Ayyappa is situated at Sabarimala in Kerala but his devotees found all over in India. So Ayyappa Swamy temple found in many states of India. There are also lots of temples in foreign countries of Lord Ayyappa such as Ayyappa temple in the USA, Ayyappa temple Chicago, etc. There is an Ayyappa Shaneshwar Mandir in Bishrampur. Bishrampur is a small town of district Surajpur, Chhattisgarh. The Ayyappa Shaneshwar temple is very popular among the nearby cities of Bishrampur. Ayyappa Temple is situated in a very peaceful place in Bishrampur and having lots of space for all type of worship activities.

Ayyappa Swamy Birth Story

Ayyappa is the son of Lord Shiva and Mohini. Mohini is the female avatar of God Vishnu. Lord Vishnu takes Mohini Avatar for killing the Bhasmasura. Bhasmasura had the power to kill anyone by touching on anyone's head. Lord Shiva gave this power to Bhasmasur but for testing, this power Bhasmasur want to touch the Lord Shiva head so Lord Vishnu takes Mohini avatar. Bhasmasur falls in love with Mohini and touch his own head and killed himself.

Lord Shiva also gets attracted to Mohini. Hence Lord Ayyappa was born by the union between Lord Shiva and Mohini (Lord Vishnu). Hence Lord Ayyappa was born by the union between Lord Shiva and Mohini (Lord Vishnu). So Lord Ayyappa also called as Hariharan Puthiran means son of Lord Shiva and Vishnu. Word 'Hari' is used for Lord Vishnu and 'Haran' is used for Lord Shiva.

Lord Ayyappa Birthday Date

As per Tamil calendar, Panguni Uthiram is considered as the Ayyappa Swamy birthday date. Panguni Uthiram is a very important festival in Tamil Nadu. Ayyappan Jayanti is celebrated each and every year in Tamil Nadu. Panguni is the last month of the Tamil calendar. As per the English calendar, it will come in March or April month.

Ayyappa Temple History

Ayyappa Temple Bishrampur
Inside view of Ayyappa Mandir
The Ayyappa Shaneshwar temple was established on the 15th January in the year 1984 with the huge support of the local people of the area. The temple is built as same as like Ayyappa Swamy Temple situated at Sabarimala in Kerala. For the establishing the statue of Lord Ayyappa a priest called Brahmashree Mahesvaran Adiraman Bhattarai from Kerala. Statue of the Lord Ayyappa made from Ashtadhatu by the famous statue maker in Kerala.

Lord Ayyappa Worship Methods

Prayer of Lord Ayyappa in the Ayyappa Shanihwer temple done in the same way as following in the Ayyappa Swamy Temple at Sabarimala in Kerala. There is a good link between the Lord Ayyappa and Lord Shani. A devotee of Ayyappa who takes Ayyappa Deeksha of 41 days with a prescribed way he will be free from the Shani Dasha of seven years. In this temple, there is other Gods statue also established such as lord Shani, Lord Ganesha. This temple is popularly known as Ayyapa Swamy Mandir or Shani Mandir among the local people.

Ayyappa Shaneshwar Temple- Bishrampur
Night view of Ayyappa Shanishwer Mandir Bisrampur
There are lots of ways to Lord Ayyappa worship for their devotees. The list is very long. I just give you a list of some popular methods of them and other worship activities inside the temple.
  • Saneeswar Puja
  • Ashtabhishekam
  • Ganesh Hawan Puja
  • Ashtadravya G hawan
  • Mrithunja Hawan
  • Karuka Hawan
  • Vahan Puja
  • Nithya Puja
  • Devi Puja
  • Annadan
  • Nirmala
Shree Ayyappa Seva Samiti

There are no shops outside the Ayyappa temple for purchasing Prasad and other items for the worship of Lord Ayyappa. All management of the Ayyappa temple is under the Shree Ayyappa Seva Samiti. So there is a counter inside the temple which provides all worship items, fruits, and sweets, etc for offering to Lord Ayyappa. There is a board of long list of all types of puja which can be done inside the temple. The price of all type of worship is also mention in the list. You will get a bill for anything purchased from the counter or for any type of worship you done inside the temple. The members of the Shree Ayyappa Seva Samiti belongs to South India. The priest of the temple also a south Indian.

Festivals in Ayyappa Temple

Lord Ayyappa is linked with the most famous festival Makara Sankranti so there is annual function and feast for all devotee is organized by the local people and South Eastern Coalfields Limited (A Government Company) on this day. Every year lots of people come on this day to pray to Lord Ayyappa from nearby cities.

Important Notice for All Devotees

Ayyappa Shaneshwar Mandir- Bishrampur
Notice Board for Devotees in Ayyappa Mandir
  • All devotees have to follow the Ayyappa temple Aachar Sanhita.
  • Slippers, Sandals, and shoes are not allowed inside the temple so please remove them before entering the temple.
  • Please enter the temple with full faith, holiness, and devotedness.
  • With full faith, keep your puja items in front of Lord Ayyappa statue.
  • Don't touch the statue of Lord Ayyappa inside the Ayyappa Temple.
  • After entering in temple use left side stairs for going up. Then use left side stairs for going down.
  • Women can come in the temple after seven days of their monthly periods.
  • Devotees can take Prasad only after the visiting Lord Ayyappa.
  • Circumambulate the Ayyappa temple five times.
  • Mobiles are strictly prohibited inside the main temple.
Ayyappa Temple Entry Ticket

Entry gate of Ayyappa Temple
Second entry gate of Ayyappa Mandir
There is no entry ticket for the Lord Ayyappa's devotees in the Ayyapa Temple Bishrampur. There are two entry gates for entering the temple. Inside the temple the main gate of the temple which is in front of Lord Ayyappa. The main gate is only open on 15th November in the year during the very famous festival.

Ayyappa Temple Timing

Ayyappa Temple Bishrampur Timing
Ayyappa Mandir Timing
Sunday to Friday
  • Morning: From 05:00 am to 10:00 am
  • Evening: From 05:00 pm to 08:00 pm
On Saturday
  • Morning: From 05:00 am to 11:00 am
  • Evening: From 05:00 pm to 09:00 pm
Ayyappa Temple Address

Lord Ayyappa Temple is situated near to Bishrampur Bus stand and is at walkable distance. Ayyappa Temple will be approximately less than 1 km far from the bus stand of Bishrampur. The Ayyappa Temple from the Bishrampur Railway station far away approximately 3 km. The address of the Ayyappa Temple is written below.

Shree Ayyappa Temple
Shree Ayyappa Seva Samiti
Near Bishrampur Bus Stand
Bishrampur Colliery Surguja(C.G)

Bishrampur town was first under the Surguja district but now it under the Surajpur district.

How to Reach Ayyappa Temple Bishrampur

Bishrampur is a small town but it is well connected by the private transport bus services from various cities such as Varanasi, Renukut, Raipur, Ambikapur, Patna, etc. It is also well connected by railway. You can get trains from Anupur or Katni for Bishrampur. You can reach from train also, Bishrampur railway station only 1 km from the main market. From the railway station, you have to take a private vehicle because there is no public transport available. Ayyappa Temple is near to Bus stand. You have to book a private taxi or auto for going there. If you have own vehicle it is best.