Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Santala Devi Temple (Santore Garh) Dehradun Uttarakhand

Tourist Places in Dehradun
Santala Devi Temple (Santore Garh) Dehradun Uttarakhand
Santala Devi Mandir is a very popular and ancient hilltop temple of Dehradun. The temple is also famous as Santora Devi temple among the devotees. The Santala Devi temple is situated in the village Jahariwala. Temple is situated at the hilltop and at the bottom of the hill there is a very beautiful river Nun which makes it a very beautiful location for the tourist who comes to visit this temple. Santala Devi temple is at about 2083 m height. There are other Gods statues also in the Santala Devi Temple such as Gauri Sankar Statues, Lord Hanuman, Lord Shani Dev, Maa Kali, etc.

Santala Devi Temple is located in the green dense forest at a beautiful location. From the Santala Devi temple, view of Dehradun, Mussoorie and nearby area, the river looks so mesmerizing. It will be a memorable visit for everyone. The Santala Devi temple is also considered as a symbol of brother and sister unbreakable relation. There is a Manokamna fulfill tree at Santala Devi temple. Devotees tie the thread on the tree for their wish fulfillment.

Santala Devi Temple Pics
Santala Devi Temple Dehradun Main Gate
The Santala Devi temples come under the 5/1th Gorkha rifles army area. The Santala Devi temple management and maintenance are also are taken care of by maximum Gorkha peoples. You can see the many constructions works in the Santala Devi temple done by the Gorkha army persons. Their name mentioned in the entry gate of the Santala Devi temple.

Maa Kali Temple at Santala Devi Temple

Temples of Dehradun
Maa Kali Temple at Santala Devi Temple
At the Santala Devi temple, there is a Ma Kali temple also. At the Maa Kali temple, devotees came to gives Bali of small animals such as cock, goat after the fulfillment of their wishes. But due to Supreme Court orders, the killing (Bali) of animals at temples is fully banned. So devotees just for symbolism offers these animals in the temple of Maa Kali.

History of Santala Devi Temple

History of Santala Devi temple is about 400 years old. The Santala Devi temple was established by the Mahant Shri Patiram. As per legends, Santala Devi was the daughter of Nepal's King. During the Islamic rule in India, a Mughal emperor Aurangzeb wanted to marry Santala Devi. When Santala Devi know about Mughal emperor Aurangzeb wish then she moved from Nepal with his brother Santor and started living at the Doon's hill at Panjabiwala. That time this place is known as Santore Garh. Both Santala Devi and his brother lived in their fort which was known as Santore Garh Fort.

Mughal emperor Aurangzeb started searching to Santala Devi and found that she was living at the hilltop of Santore Garh. Then Mughal emperor attack on them. Mughal emperor attacked with a good number of soldiers and war continued for a long time. So Santala Devi and his brother felt that they will defeat definitely. Santala Devi and his brother both were very devotees of Goddess Maa Durga so he started praying to God. God blessed both and suddenly a bright light comes then all soldiers of Mughal emperor Aurangzeb get blind and fell down from the hill. Finally Mughal emperor Aurangzeb get defeated in this war.

After the bright light fell down on both, Santala Devi and his brother Santore turned into stone statues. Later Santore fort converted into Santala Devi temple. Santala Devi devotees started to come and see their statues. The day was Saturday on which Santala Devi turned into stone. So devotees come on Saturday especially.

Mythologies of Santala Devi Temple

There is a story, a British officer who had no child. When he knows about the Santala Devi temple, he came to Santala Devi temple and done worship with full faith. Within a year he became a father of a baby boy. The British officer also gave a Hindu name to his child. So peoples who wish the kids come here to worship Santala Devi. Devotees of Santala Devi also offers Silver Chhatra to Santala Devi when their wish fulfilled. You can see lots of small Silver Chhatra in the Santala Devi temple.

Best Time to Visit Santala Devi Temple

Santala Devi temple is much crowded during the Navratri. The best time to go Santala Devi temple will be early morning. In the morning everyone fresh and energetic so the trekking the way of temple easily complete. You can go Santala Devi temple any time except rainy season but the best time will be from March to April and from September to October.

Timing of Santala Devi Temple

Santala Devi temple opens daily. Temple is crowded more on Saturday and Sunday. Santala Devi temple opens in the morning at 06:00 am and closed in the evening after 06:00 pm. For one hour in the afternoon, the Santala Devi temple is closed due to lunchtime. Santala Devi temple is closed for one month during the rainy season from 15th July to 15th August.

Visiting Time Duration of Santala Devi Temple

From the Dilaram Chowk, Santala Devi temple is about 11 km far away and about half an hour time will be consumed. In the trekking, about 30 to 40 minutes time will be taken by a normal person. But when you return from the temple it will take only 20 minutes. Total time depends on you. An average for reaching, trekking and visiting the Santala Devi temple will consume about 2-3 hours.

Facilities at Santala Devi Temple
  • Drinking water is available at the temple.
  • A washroom is available.          
  • Prasad shops are available near the temple.
  • Snacks shop also available near the temple at the hilltop.
  • There are many shops for foods and snacks at the starting point of the temple trek.
  • Vehicle parking is available near the main road of the temple.
  • Within two-three months the new cemented roads and stairs construction started by the local leaders. So the trekking road is in some good condition.
  • Resting benches for rest are available on the trekking temple way. So you can rest for some time there or can take selfies or photos from there.
How to Reach Santala Devi Temple

Santala Devi Temple Story
Entry Gate of the Santala Devi Temple
Santala Devi temple is about 12 km from the Clock tower (Ghanta Ghar) Dehradun and 13 km from the Dehradun railway station. If you are at ISBT Dehradun then it is about 15 km far. There is a direct bus service for Jaitunwala from the Dilaram Chouk. So you will easily be reached Santala Devi temple foothill. From the base, you have to trek about 1-2 km on foot to reach up to temple.

Maximum devotees go to Santala Devi temple by own vehicle or by booking of private taxi or auto. Because they have to celebrate a picnic near the river at the Santala Devi temple.

TouristBug’s Recommendations

Tourist Places in Dehradun
Peoples enjoying Picnic near Nun River at Santala Devi Temple
  • You must carry water and snacks with you during the trekking.
  • You must wear good footwear’s because the way is the steep walking road.
  • Avoid the rainy season from July to August for visiting the Santala Devi temple.
  • Peoples also come here to see Sunset during the evening. It looks so beautiful from the hilltop.
  • Photography is allowed outside the temple. So you can take many photos and enjoy the beauty of location at the height.
  • The mobile network will not be available at the hilltop at the Santala Devi temple. You can see a weak mobile network on your smartphone.
  • Please wear helmets if you are going by two-wheelers to Santala Devi temple because it comes under the Army area and they didn't allow to go there without a helmet. If two persons, then both have to wear a helmet.
  • The way to the temple is very steep so be careful during going there. There are no railings on the maximum way so you have to careful.
  • Don't spill garbage here and there on the way of the temple. You will spoil the natural hill beauty so use dustbins.
  • If you are in Dehradun then you must visit once the Santala Devi temple.
Nearby Tourist Destinations

The nearest tourist place from the Santala Devi temple is the Tapkeshwar Temple which is situated in Ghadi Cantt.

Saturday, 29 June 2019

Mussoorie - The City of Tourist places

Tourist Places in India
A Photo of Mussoorie
The city of hills in India is Mussoorie. Mussoorie is a bunch of tourist places. It is not a city, it is totally a tourist place. Mussoorie is popularly known as Queen of Hills in India. If you come here to visit then at least you have to spend 2 to 3 days here. Mussoorie is one of the best tourist destinations for each type of travelers. Mussoorie is one the most popular hill stations of India. Mussoorie is the best choice of tourist place for north Indians. Maximum tourists come from the nearby states, such as from New Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, etc.

Mussoorie is the best tourist spot for summer vacation, honeymooners, travelers, nature lovers, adventurous tourists. Mussoorie is about 35 km far from Dehradun city. Dehradun is the nearest city where you can reach by train and airplanes for going to Mussoorie. Mussoorie altitude is about 1880 meters from the sea level. Lal Tibba of Landore is about 2275 meters which is the second-highest point in the Mussoorie.

History of Mussoorie

There is a shrub called Mansoor which is found in these hills commonly, so the name Mussoorie is derived from that shrub. This area was under the Umer Singh Thapa in 1803. After the war between Britishers and Gorkhas in 1814, this area goes under the Britishers. Captain Frederick Young, the man who was behind establishing the Mussoorie. British military officer Captain Young with Mr. Shore came to these hills for the purpose constructed a shooting lodge in year1825.

Mussoorie - The Honeymoon Capital of India

Mussoorie is the one the best city for honeymoon couples. There are many waterfalls, boating, fishing, trekking, rafting and much more things available for couples. At the height, you will feel like you are walking in clouds. During snowfalls, raining, etc., in every season Mussoorie looks very beautiful. You will enjoy the real beauty of nature in Mussoorie. Every season Mussoorie is filled with couples who came from different cities of India for enjoying their honeymoon. There are good facilities for couples like hotels, restaurants, markets, etc.

Tourist places in Mussoorie

Tourist Places in Mussoorie
Mussoorie Library
There is a long list of tourist places in the Mussoorie so if you are going there you have to spend at least 2-3 days for visiting these places. I listed here some of these tourist places of Mussoorie.
Water Falls in Mussoorie
Kempty Fall Mussoorie
  • Lakha Mandal
  • Happy Valley
  • Library Bazaar
  • Company Garden
  • Mossy Falls
  • Nag Tibba Trek
  • Jharipani Falls
  • Bhatta falls
  • Cloud's end
  • The Mall Road
  • Jwalaji Temple
  • Mussoorie Lake
  • Mussoorie Mall Road
  • Camel's Back Road
  • Surkhanda Devi Temple
  • Shedup Choepelling Temple
  • Mussoorie Heritage Centre
  • Benog Wildlife Sanctuary
  • K Dev Bhoomi Wax Museum
  • George Everest's House
  • Jabarkhet Wildlife Reserve
  • Soham Heritage Centre
  • Mussoorie Christ Church
  • Mussoorie Adventure Park

Best Time to Visit Mussoorie
Mussoorie Ropeway
I visited Mussoorie 3-4 times but till date, I also not visit all the places. I visited only a few tourist spots in Mussoorie.

Best Time to Visit Mussoorie

The best time to visit Mussoorie is started after our colorful festival Holi which comes in March. So you can go to Mussoorie from March to June which the best time to go there. After winter and before the rainy season. That's why maximum tourist come here during the summer vacations of their kids. When maximum cities of India becomes hotter, Mussoorie provides a cool environment and beautiful locations to tourists.

During Monsoon, from July to September there is a rainy season and due to landslides it tough and risky to go Mussoorie. Roads are blocked and become slippery. So, you can avoid this time period and go other time to Mussoorie which is good to go there.

During winter, from October to February you can enjoy snowfall in Mussoorie. During summer when north India suffers from heatstroke there is a very cool and pleasant environment in Mussoorie which attracts the tourists.

How to Reach Mussoorie

Tourist Places near Dehradun
Roads of Mussoorie
There is no direct train or Airplanes for the Mussoorie, only buses and private taxies available for reach there. Mussoorie is about 35 km far from Dehradun city. Dehradun is the nearest city where you can reach by train and airplanes for going to Mussoorie. So for going to Mussoorie, you have to come to Dehradun first.

You will get private taxies and government buses for Mussoorie from the bus stand which is near the Dehradun railway station. For the different tourist places in Mussoorie, you will get private taxies, Riksha, and buses in the Mussoorie bus stand and taxi stands.

New Delhi is only 250 km from the Dehradun. There are ten trains for the Dehradun from New Delhi, in which six are running every day and four trains run two or one days in a week. You will get lots of buses from New Delhi Kashmiri Gate for Dehradun. You will reach Dehradun within 6-7 hours from New Delhi by Bus.

TouristBug’s Recommendations for Mussoorie
  • If you want to come here to see waterfalls then come after the monsoon from September to October.
  • If you want to come here for snowfalls then you have to come to Mussoorie in winters from December to January.
  • If you planning to come to Mussoorie for trekking, rock climbing, and camping then you have to come in summers from March to June.
  • I will suggest booking a private taxi or cab then you can visit many places in Mussoorie in a day.
  • Mussoorie is hilly area so everywhere cabs or taxies not available then you have to go there on foot.
  • If you plan to go for waterfalls then kept a set of dress for bathing.
  • Please kept first aid items with you and drugs for vomiting, headache, etc.
Nearby Tourist Destinations Mussoorie

The nearest city is Dehradun from the Mussoorie. There are many tourist places comes on the way of Dehradun to Mussoorie, like Malsi Deer Park or Dehradun Zoo and Shri Prakasheshwar ShivTemple, etc. So if you have time then you can also visit the tourist places of Dehradun. Some of the most popular tourist places of Dehradun, I listed below.

Monday, 24 June 2019

Khajrana Ganesh Mandir Indore Madhya Pradesh

Tourist Places in Indore
Khajrana Ganesh Mandir Indore Madhya Pradesh
In the Indore, the most famous Lord Ganesh temple is Khajrana Ganesh Mandir. It is very famous among the Lord Ganesh devotees, they believe that Lord Ganesh will fulfill their wishes after visiting the Khajrana Ganesh Mandir. Khajrana Ganesh Mandir is the major tourist spot of Indore also where nearby cities tourists and devotes always come to visit here. The Khajrana Ganesh Mandir is also among the richest temple in Indore and India also.

The Khajrana temple of Indore is situated nearly outer to the main city. It is one of the ancient temples of Indore. Temple building architecture and arrangement is good. The main temple of Lord Ganesh is covered with pure silver and statue of Lord Ganesh is colored with orange Sindure and beautifully decorated with many things. There are two small statues of wives of Lord Ganesh also. Riddhi and Siddhi are the wives of Lord Ganesh. Statutes of wives of Lord Ganesh is left and right side of Lord Ganesh.

In the Khajrana temple, Lord Ganesh is the main God which is mainly worshiped. There are many more Gods statues are also there in the Khajrana temple such as Lord Shri Ram, Lord Shiva, Lord Hanuman, and Maa Durga.

Khajrana Ganesh Mandir History

Khajrana Ganesh temple Indore
Inner view of Kajaran temple Indore
History of Khajrana Ganesh Mandir is related to Maharani Ahilyabai Holkar who was the Queen of the Maratha Malwa kingdom. Maharani Ahilyabai Holkar was very religious and devotee so she built lots of Hindu temples and Dharmashalas in India. Khajrana Ganesh Temple was built by Maharani Ahilyabai Holkar in the year 1735.

As per Khajrana Ganesh Mandir story, it is said that a local Pandit saw a very ancient statue of Lord Ganesh in a dream. He informed to Maharani Ahilyabai Holkar then Maharani Ahilyabai Holkar given the order to take out the Lord Ganesh statue and established a temple there. Later this temple size increased and popular as Khajrana temple in nearby cities. The place where the Lord Ganesh statue was found now there is a well. You can see there which is in front of Khajrana Ganesh Mandir.

Wish-fulfilling Khajrana Ganesh Mandir

As per se, it is said that devotees come here to fulfill their wishes in the temple and draw a reverse pic of Swastik on the back of Lord Ganesha. When their wish is completed then they draw a right pic of Swastik. They also offer Modak to Lord Ganesh.

Devotees also use Kalawa to tie in the temple when they pray for a wish fulfilled. When the wish is complete they remove the Kalawa.

Festivals at Khajrana Ganesh Mandir

Til Chaturthi: Every year on the Til Chaturthi there is a big festival organized at Khajrana Ganesh Mandir. As per Priest of the temple, on the Til Chaturthi, this Khajrana Ganesh temple was established. Since then every year Til Chaturthi Festival is organized by the temple committee. Earlier this festival was organized for one day but later its time increased for up to three days.

The Til Chaturthi fair begins with the worship of the flag. Khajrana Ganesh Mandir is beautifully decorated with lights and flowers. Lord Ganesh Statue will be worn with Diamond, Golden, silver, and pearls dresses.  During this time thousands of Lord Ganesh devotees come to visit this Khajrana temple. Devotees’ offer Lakhs kg Laddus made up by Til-Gud to Lord Ganesh every year and then these Laddus is distributed among the peoples. There are lots of celebrities and cricketers come here to get Darshan of Lord Ganesha during this festival.

Ganesh Chaturthi (Vinayaka Chaturthi) the festival is a very big festival which organized at the Khajrana temple annually. It also starts with the worship of the flag. This is a 10 days festival in which every day thousands of devotees come from the all over India in Indore. Vinayak Chaturthi is always organized at the grand level in the month of August and September.

Khajrana Ganesh Mandir Timing 

Khajrana Ganesh temple Indore history
Khajrana Ganesh Mandir Photo
Khajrana Ganesh temple is open daily. It is closed for four hours in the afternoon and for 7 to 8 hour in the night. Khajrana Ganesh temple Indore timings are given below.

Khajrana Ganesh Mandir opening time
  • Morning at 05:00 am to 12:00 pm
  • Evening at 04:00 pm to 09:00 pm
Khajrana Ganesh Mandir closing time
  • Afternoon at 12:00 pm to 04:00 pm
  • Night at 09:00 pm to 05:00 am
Khajrana Ganesh Mandir Aarti Time

In the Khajrana Ganesh Mandir Aarti of Lord Ganesh does by the priest daily two times in a day. So keep note and try to be present at the time of Khajrana Ganesh Mandir Aarti, it will be more beneficial for you.
  • In Morning: 08:30 am to 09:00 am
  • In Evening: 08:00 pm to 08:40 pm
Visiting Time Duration of Khajrana Ganesh Mandir

For the Khajrana Ganesh Mandir, the total visiting time duration will be 1-2 hours on normal days.  Khajrana Ganesh Mandir on Wednesday and other Hindus festivals days such as Ganesh Chaturthi, Rangpanchami, Hindus New Year, etc. is more crowded. So you have to stand in a queue for the Darshan of Lord Ganesha.

During the Aarti of Lord Ganesh, Khajrana Ganesh Mandir is more crowded than normal timing. On normal days you get Darshan of Lord Ganesha within half an hour but during Aarti, you have to wait for more time.

Best Time to Visit at Khajrana Ganesh Mandir

Going to any temple in the morning is good but I will suggest going Khajrana Ganesh Mandir in the evening during the Aarti time when the temple looks so beautiful due to lighting and decoration. During summers, when the Indore environment gets cooled in the evening going to the Khajrana temple will be good. In winters you can go in the morning.

Special Worship and Arti at Khajrana

Wednesday is considered as the Lord Ganesha's day. So it is believed that worship and Aarti on Wednesday of Lord Ganesh will be more fruitful than other days. That's why the Khajrana temple is more crowded on Wednesday. On Sunday Khajrana temple is also more crowded than normal days.

First invitation to Lord Shri Ganesh

Local Indore peoples and nearby cities devotees always come to Khajrana temple before starting any new work or job. If they purchase any new vehicle, land or home, etc they come here to get blessed by Lord Ganesh. In Hindus, the tradition is that devotees give the first invitation to Lord Ganesha in the temple for good works such as marriage, birthday celebrations, etc and worshiped firstly to Lord Ganesh before starting any work. So that there is no problem in the future and all work is auspicious.

Facilities at Khajrana Ganesh Mandir

khajrana Ganesh mandir opening time
Sweets and Prasad Shops at Khajrana Ganesh temple Indore
  • Khajrana Temple is spacious and there is also other Gods temple also.
  • Vehicle parking stand is there and it is spacious also.
  • Many Prasad and sweets shops are there.
  • Drinking water is available for devotees.
  • CCTV camera facility is there in the temple.
How to Reach Khajrana Ganesh Mandir

Khajrana Ganesh temple pictures
Entry Gate of Khajrana Ganesh Mandir Indore
Indore is well connected to every city of India by Train, Bus, and Airplanes so reaching to Indore is easy from anywhere in India. Khajrana Ganesh Mandir is situated at the Khajrana road near Ganeshpuri colony in Indore. There are lots of buses, auto, and Vikram available for the Khajrana temple because it is situated on the route. So you can reach directly to the temple by a city bus, auto, and Vikram. It on the road so no need to walk more on foot.

From the Khajrana square, it is only 700 meter far away. From the Indore railway station, it is approx 5 km far away and from the Sarwate Bus Stand it also about 5 km far away. Khajrana Mandir is only 3 km far away from the Palasia Square of the Indore. From the Devi Ahilya Bai Holker International Airport, the Khajrana temple is about 13 km far away.

Address of Khajrana Ganesh Mandir

Khajrana Ganesh Mandir
Ganeshpuri Main Road,
Ganeshpuri, Khajrana,
Indore, 52016
Madhya Pradesh

TouristBug’s Recommendations for Khajrana Ganesh Mandir
  • Photography is not allowed inside the temple but you can take pics outside the main temple.
  • I will recommend that if you go Indore you must go once at Khajrana Ganesh temple.
  • Temple is neat and clean so keep support in it.

Thursday, 20 June 2019

Sanjay Van Vatika Ambikapur Sarguja

Yoga Center in Ambikapur
SanjayVan Vatika Ambikapur Sarguja
Sanjay Van Vatika Ambikapur is popularly famous as Sanjay Park in Ambikapur. Sanjay Park is the only park in the Ambikapur. There are lots of facilities for kids, youngsters, and peoples of every age group. Sanjay Van Vatika is like a mini zoo in Ambikapur. There is no other zoo also in Ambikapur. It is a very beautiful place which would provide you some time with nature and peace of mind.

Picnic Spot in Ambikapur
It is situated at Ramanujganj Road, Ambikapur. Peoples come here with the whole family and enjoy like a picnic because there are Bamboo rooms for stay, canteen for foods and drinking water available. They can do boating, enjoy the mini train, etc. Sanjay Van Vantika comes under the forest department and its management was care by them. They are planning to make Sanjay Van Vatika as mini safari. They will add the Baans Baadi area in Sanjay Park which is just behind the Sanjay Park and comes under the forest department.

Sanjay Park as a Yoga Centre of Ambikapur

Zoo in Sarguja
Local peoples of Ambikapur come here in morning and evening for the doing Yoga in the fresh and cool environment of Sanjay Van Vatika. This place provides relaxation and peace of mind from the cities busy life. Every year on Yoga day lots of peoples comes here for Yoga. Various Yoga camps always organized in the Sanjay Van Vatika in which lots of peoples participate actively.

Timing of Sanjay Van Vatika Ambikapur

Sanjay Van Vatika or Sanjay Park of Ambikapur has opening and closing timing is different for summer and winter season.

During Summer Season
  • Opening Time: Morning at 08:30 am
  • Closing Time: Evening at 07:30 pm
During Winter Season
  • Opening Time: Morning at 10:00 am
  • Closing Time: Evening at 06:30 pm
Visiting Time Duration for Sanjay Van Vatika Ambikapur

If you are single or couple then maximum visiting time duration will for the Sanjay Park 1- 2 hours only. If you want to stay more, you can stay. With family or kids, you will enjoy more because there are more things for kids.

Best Time to Visit Sanjay Van Vatika Ambikapur

The best time for visiting Sanjay Park Ambikapur will be in the morning and in the evening during the summer season. But in winter the afternoon time will be best for visiting the Sanjay Van Vatika of Ambikapur.

Entry Fees of Sanjay Van Vatika Ambikapur
  • There is an entry ticket of 10 rupees for everyone kids and adults. There are no entry tickets for kids below 3 years. But there is no time duration you can enjoy the whole day there.
  • The entry tickets fee is only 5 rupees per student, for those students who come to visit Van Vatika Ambikapur in a group with their teachers from the schools.
  • There is an annual fee of 1200 per person for those peoples who want to come daily in the Sanjay Van Vatika for the Yoga.
  • There is a charge for photography. For simple camera 5 rupees, for digital camera 10 rupees and for video recording 100 rupees.
Facilities at Sanjay Van Vatika Ambikapur

Tourist Places in Ambikapur Sarguja
Deers (Cheetal) in Sanjay Van Vatika Ambikapur
There are lots of facilities in the Sanjay Van Vatika or Sanjay Park Ambikapur. I listed all the facilities here which is available inside Sanjay Park.
  • Rare forest medicines
  • Forest medicines
  • Iron trek
  • Mini Train for kids
  • Jhula for kids
  • Water fountain
  • Bamboo Huts
  • Various birds Peacock, Owl, Pigeon, etc.
  • Cheetal and other animals
  • Yoga and meditation center
  • Boating
  • Chilled and normal water available
  • Canteen for food and snacks
  • Washrooms in many places.
Things to do in Ambikapur
How to Reach Sanjay Van Vatika Ambikapur

Sanjay Park is about 9 km far from the Ambikapur railway station and 4km from the Ambikapur bus stand. You can easily reach there by auto, Vikram or city bus. It is situated at the main road in Ambikapur.

Ambikapur is the last stoppage of the rail line in Surguja district. So there are limited trains who comes to Ambikapur. You will get trains from Katni Anuppur and other nearby cities. Ambikapur is connected to various cities by bus services.  So reaching to Ambikapur is not a big issue.

Address of at Sanjay Van Vatika Ambikapur

Sanjay Van Vatika
NH 343, Ambikapur
Surguja, 497001

TouristBug’s Recommendations for Sanjay Van Vatika Ambikapur
  • If you there in Ambikapur then you can go there for relaxing 1 or 2 hours with nature. For one time visiting it is good.
  • Sanjay Van Vatika is a good place for the local peoples to enjoy their weekends with family and kids.
  • Smoking, chewing of addictive things, and alcoholic drinks are prohibited inside the park. You may be charged 500 rupees for that as fine.
  • Don't throw the garbage here and there, use dustbins for the waste.
  • Don't give edibles to animals inside the park. It is fully prohibited.
Nearby Tourist Destinations

Ambikapur is a good tourist spot there are many tourist destinations in the nearby areas. I listed some of the major tourist attractions.
  • Nikunj or Mahamaya Mandir
  • Tattapani
  • Mainpat
  • Thinthini Pattar
  • Chendra waterfall
  • Ramgarh and Sita Bengra
  • Kudargarh in Surajpur District
  • Bhaiyathan in Surajpur District
  • Dipadih (Ancient Sculptors)
  • Rakasganda Fall
  • Sitabengara
  • Semarsot
  • Maa Vaneshwari Devi temple
  • Durga Temple
  • Jogimara Caves

Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Jai Shri Shri Kalu Sidh Baba Sidh Peeth Kaluwala Dehradun

Char Sidh of Dehradun
Jai Shri Shri Kalu Sidh Baba Sidh Peeth Kaluwala Dehradun
Shri Shri Kalu Sidh Baba Sidhpeeth in Kaluwala village is popularly known as Kalu Sidh and among the one the temple of famous Char Siddh Peeths of Dehradun. It is a local pilgrim place and famous in nearby cities devotees also. It is situated in a very dense forest area near the river. There is a Shiv Ling also in the Kalu Sidh Peeth. It is believed that in the fifteenth century, the Shiv Ling was established in Kalu Sidh, which is under the open sky. Efforts to make the roof on this have always been failing.

Kalu Sidh Baba is considered as a Shiv Swaroop. It is believed by Kalu Sidh Baba devotees that they provide kids to those who did not get kids after many tries. People get into Baba's shelter to get rid of drunkenness too. When peoples purchase new vehicles then they come here to get blessed of Shri Shri Kalu Sidh Baba. Former Uttarakhand Chief Ministers Shri Harish Rawat Ji and Current Chief Ministers Shri Trivendra Singh Rawat Ji both had already visited Shri Shri Kalu Sidh Peeth.

History of Kalu Sidh Temple

As per legends, in Treta period famous Saint Shri Atri Ji and Mata Shri Anasuiya lived. Both were very devotee of the Trinity. Trinity was happy by the penance of both. The Trinity (three God Bramha, Vishnu and Mahesh) came to test the penance of Shri Atri Ji and Mata Shri Anasuiya. Both were passed in the test taken by Trinity.

Then all three God Bramha, Vishnu and Mahesh promised them they will take birth as their child. Later Mata Shri Anusuiya gives the birth of a baby boy. They named his son as Dattatreya. Dattatreya was a sharp-minded boy and the owner of many powerful powers. He learne many skills and arts from his 24 Guru. Later he was famous as Guru Dattatreya Ji.

 For human welfare, he makes 9 Naths and 84 disciples and trained them. When Lord Dattatreya becomes old they instructed to their disciples to go in all over India and penance of Lord Shiva. All 84 disciples went in all over India and started the penance of Lord Shiva for getting powers for human welfare. The places where these disciples do penance and got heaven, later famous as Sidhpeeths. Among the 84 disciples, the four disciples Laxman, Manak, Kalu, and Madu Ji came in the Dehradun region.

Four Sidh Peeth of Dehradun
Entry Gate of Kalu Sidh Peeth Mandir Dehradun
The capital of Uttarakhand, Dehradun city has four Siddh Peeth among the 84 Siddha Peeth. These Peeths are very famous in Dehradun as ‘Char Siddh of Dehradun’. All these Sidh Peeths are situated at the outers of the Dehradun City. All four famous Siddh Peeths are listed below.
  1. Laxman Siddh
  2. Kalu Siddh
  3. Madu Siddh
  4. Manak Siddh
As per belief of devotees, the person who visits the all 'Char Siddh of Dehradun' in a single day without taking food, his wish will be fulfilled by the Baba. Laxman Siddh and Kalu Sidh are more popular in the 'Char Siddh Peeth of Dehradun'.

Maa Durga and Maa Kali Temple at Kalu Sidh

Temples in Dehradun
Maa Kali Temple at Kalu Sidh
Maa Durga and Maa Kali Temple are just in front of Kalu Sidh Peeth. There are a Maa Durga and Maa Kali statues in the Kalu Sidhpeeth where devotee of Maa Durga and Maa Kali worship these Goddess. There is also a place you can break Coconut for offering there Goddess.

Fair at Kalu Sidh Temple

Every year on the second Sunday of the June month there are huge fair and Bhandara for devotees is organized by the Kalu Siddh Mandir Samiti. This year in 2019 the huge Bhandara was organized on the 9 June and more than 40000 Shri Kalu Siddh devotees participated in this fair and Bhandara. This annual function is so popular in local and nearby cities devotees.

Best Time to Visit Kalu Sidh Temple

Best time to visit Kalu Siddh temple will be the second Sunday of June month when the annual function of Kalu Siddh temple is organized. During March to April environment of Dehradun is good. May and June some hot and in July rainy season starts. Best time to go Kalu Sidh is early morning in a fresh environment from 08:00 am to 12:00 pm. You can go in the evening also.

On the Hindu festivals, especially on Mahashivratri Kalu Siddh temple is very crowded and a huge queue of devotees are there for visiting the Kalu Siddh and Lord Shiv Shivling. In Navratri, there is also a huge crowd since there a temple of Maa Durga and Maa Kaali also.

Timing of Kalu Sidh Temple

Shri Shri Kalu Sidh Peeth opens in the early morning at 06:00 am and closed in the evening at 07:00 pm. In the afternoon from 01:30 pm to 02:30 pm for one hour the temple is closed. The total time duration for Kalu Sidh temple is one hour. In one hour you will be easily visited everywhere in the temple.

Worship in Kalu Sidh Temple

Maa Kali Temple in Dehradun
Maa Durga Statute at Kalu Sidh Temple
Similar to other Siddh Peeth of Char Siddh temple of Dehradun here the worship method is the same you have to offer Jaggery (Gud) to Shri Shri Kalu Siddh Baba. The priest will take half of the Jaggery and returned half to you. You have to tie the small Chunary to at its place in the Kalu Sidh Peeth. Since there are Maa Durga and Maa Kali temple also devotees take coconut and Prasad items which are offered to Maa Durga and Maa Kali.

Movie on Kalu Sidh Baba

Jai Shri Shri Kalu Sidh Baba is so famous in the Dehradun and in nearby cities. That's, why there is a short movie on the Shri Shri Kalu Sidh baba. Which was made by the local film producer, in the film the Garhwali actors did acting. The film is available on Youtube also. In this film, you can see the story of Char Sidh of Dehradun.

Facilities of Kalu Sidh Temple
  • Lots of parking space is there but at own risk. There is no parking stand for vehicles.
  • Drinking water taps are available for the devotees.
  • Washroom facilities are also available.
  • There is only one Prasad shop near the main gate on the road where you can purchase Prasad.
  • Food and snacks shops are not available near the Kalu Siddh temple.
Things to be remembered at Kalu Sidh Peeth
  • Leather items not allowed inside the Kalu Sidh temple such as Purse, belt, slippers, etc.
  • Keep your slippers at its stand.
  • Don't use plastic items such as polyethylene here and there and use dustbins for that.
  • Use Dhoopbatti and Agarbatti at its places only.
  • Kalu Sidh Peeth gate is always closed, to avoiding the monkeys to enter inside the temple. You just open, get entered and close it again.
How to Reach of Kalu Sidh Temple

How to reach Char Sidh of Dehradun
A beautiful view of Kalu Sidh Peeth from the road
Shri Shri Kalu Sidh Baba Sidh Peeth is situated at the Kaluwala village near the Bhaniyawala. It is about four km far from the Bhaniyawala Rishikesh Dehradun highway. It is approx 30 km from the Dehradun railway station and ISBT Dehradun. From the Jolly Grant Airport, it is only 11 km.

There is no direct bus, Auto or Vikram is available for the Kalu Sidh temple. You have to go there by private taxi or by own vehicle. You can directly reach up to Doiwala there is a city bus from Dehradun to Doiwala. Then you can book an Auto or taxi for Kalu Sidh Peeth.

Address of Kalu Sidh Temple

Jai Shri Shri Kalu Siddh Baba Siddhpeeth,
Kaluwala, Bhaniyawala
Hrishikesh, 248143,
Uttarakhand, India

TouristBug’s Recommendations for Kalu Sidh Peeth
  • Photography is allowed at Kalu Siddh Peeth so you can take lots of pics at this beautiful location.
  • Going to be on Sunday at Kalu Siddh is beneficial. Generally, on Sunday many devotees of Shri Shri Kalu Sidh Baba devotees organize Bhandara for the others. 
  • Kalu Siddh temple is situated in the very dense forest and village area so there are lots of monkeys. Don't carry food items in hands, monkeys can snatch these items and harm you.
  • As a good tourist and a person, we should respect all these places and help and support in the cleanliness of these places. So don't throw garbage here and there, use dustbins.

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Maa Sharda Devi Devotee's Temple - Alha Dev Mandir

Alha aur Udal ki kahani
Alha Dev Mandir Maihar
Alha Dev Mandir is the second most famous tourist place in Maihar after the Maa Sharda Devi temple. Any tourist or devotee of Maa Sharda, who comes the first time to visit the MaaSharda Mandir also visit the Alha Dev temple. Alha Dev Mandir is about 2 km far from the Maa Sharda Devi temple. We can see Alha Dev Mandir easily from the Shri Sharda Devi temple.

Maa Sharda and Alha Temple in Maihar
Akhand Jyoti in the Alha Dev Mandir Maihar
In the Alha Dev Mandir, there is a big Khadau (wooden slipper) of Alha and his great sword kept safely. After seeing the Sandals of Alha in Alha and in Alha Udal Akhada you can imagine the huge size of Alha and Udal body. You can see the statue of Alha on the Alha Dev temple. Inside the temple also a big Shivling established. In the temple ground floor, there is an Akhand Jyoti is burning.

Who is Alha?

Alha and Udal were brothers and the reputed members of the 12th Century Chandel king Paramaldev's court. Both were kids of commander Deshraj. His mother name was Deval. His father was dead in the war. Then King Paramaldev took care of both brothers. Being young, both of these brothers became famous all over the world in bravery.

The adventures of these brothers have brightened the name of Mahoba. Both won many wars for their king. The war of these two brothers came from Prithviraj Chauhan, the then ruler of Delhi. Prithviraj Chauhan had to lose in the war. The stories of Alha and Udal very famous in Bundelkhand region of Uttar Pradesh and sung by the local singers in the form of folk song.

Maa Sharda Devi and Alha

Alha was very devotional and religious also. He was a very devotee of Maa Sharda Devi. It is a legend that Alha discovered this Maa Shardaa temple in the forests of Triukuta Mountains and then did 12 years very hard Tapasya for Maa Sharda. Maa Sharda get very happy with Alha Tapasya and blessed to Alha for immortal. Alha used to call Goddess Saraswati as Sharda Mai that's why the temple was later famous as Sharda Mai Mandir. As per belief of peoples, even today Alha come to worship the goddess of Goddess Alha.

Alha Talab and Alha Akhada

worship of Maa Sharda by Alha
Alha Talab with full of Lotus Flowers
There is a big pond at the backside of the Alha Dev temple known as Alha Talab. It is said that, every day Alha came here in night and take bath in this pond and used this pond flowers in the worship of Maa Sharda Devi. At the half km from the Alha Dev temple, there is an Alha Udal Akhada where both brother practices of wrestling. Alha Udal Akhada is very spacious.

Tourist Places in Maihar Satna
Alha Udal Akhada in Maihar
Timing of Alha Dev Mandir

Alha Deo temple opens in the morning at 05:00 am and closed in the evening at 07:00 pm. So you can easily visit anytime as per your convenience at the temple.

Best Time to Visit Alha Dev Mandir

As I already mentioned in my post - Maa Sharda Devi Temple Maihar, devotees come here at the Hindus religious festivals, especially during Navratri. So the best time will be from October to March.

Facilities at Alha Dev Mandir
  • Parking space is there to park your's two or four-wheeled vehicles.
  • Drinking water is available.
  • Prasad shop is available.
How to Reach Alha Dev Mandir

No one comes for especially for Alha Dev Mandir visiting. Everyone comes for Darsan of Maa Sharda Devi then he comes for the Alha Dev Mandir and Alha Akhada and Talab. You can read in my post the different ways to reach up to Maa Sharda temple Maihar. How to reach Maa Sharda Devi temple Maihar.

After reaching to Maa Sharda Devi Mandir, reaching to Alha Dev Mandir is not a big task. For the Alha Dev Temple and Alha Akhada, there is no direct bus or Auto or Vikram facility. You have to book an Auto they will charge 100 to 150 rupees from you and you can visit these places easily. Alha Dev Temple is only 2 km from the Maa Sharda Devi Temple in Maihar. So you can go on foot also If you want you will be reached only in 20 minutes.

TouristBug’s Recommendations
  • As per my recommendation when you will come the first time to visit the Shri Sharda Devi temple, you can also visit this great devotee of Maa Sharda temple.
  • Lotus flowers plucking from the Alha Talab is not allowed.
  • Bathing in Alha Talab also restricted.
  • Any type dirtiness not allowed in or in area of Alha Talab.
  • Camera and photography are not restricted so you can enjoy photography.