Friday, 29 March 2019

Four Siddh Peeths of Dehradun

Tourist Places of Dehradun
Shree Laxman Siddh Mandir Dehradun
The famous Char Sidhs of Dehradun situated in the corners of Dehradun in each direction. All Siddh Peeths situated in very calm and naturally beautiful places near the river or forest. After visiting these places you will feel relax and peace in mind. These four Siddh Peeths very famous among the Dehradun and nearby cities devotees. The famous Char Siddhs comprises four temples. These four temples are listed below.
  1. Laxman Siddh
  2. Kalu Siddh
  3. Madu Siddh
  4. Manak Siddh
History of Four Siddh Peeths of Dehradun

History of all four Siddh Peeths is same and started from the same place. The history of Char Siddh of Dehradun started from the Treta Yug. At that time very famous Risimuni Shri Atri Ji and Mata Anusuiya Ji lived. Both were the very devotee of all three Gods (Trinity) and do hard penance. So Trinity (Lord Bramha, Vishnu and Shiva) came to earth to test their penance. Trinity was very happy with the penance of Mata Anusuiya. Trinity promise to Mata Anusuiya that Trinity will take birth as a child from her womb.

Later Mata Anusuiya gives birth to a baby boy. That boy was very talented and the owner of multi powerful powers. The name of the child was Dattatreya. Lord Dattatreya earn knowledge and skills from the 24 different Gurus. In a very short period, they became expert in all arts. Later they also famous as Guru Dattatreya Ji. For human welfare and distributing his knowledge and skill to others, they make 9 Naths and 84 disciples. These 84 disciples learn knowledge and did penance of Gods. When Lord Dattatreya became old and their disciple learns all skill and knowledge. Lord Dattatreya send them to all over India for the human welfare and guide to do penance of Lord Shiva and gaining salvation.

The places where these 84 disciples did the penance and get the salvation that places later famous as the Siddh Peeths in India. Among these 84 Siddh Peeths Dehradun has four Siddh Peeths where Shri Kalu, Laxman, Manak, and Shri Madu Ji did penance and take Samadhi there. These places are famous with these names from the thousand years.

Mythologies of Four Siddh Peeths of Dehradun

Temples in Dehradun
Shree Manak Siddh Temple Dehradun
As per mythology and believe it said that visiting these four temples in a single day without taking food will fulfill the devotees wish. So if you want to do so I will recommend that you start with Kalu Sidh then go Laxman Siddh then Manak Siddh then finally Madu Siddh temple. In this way, you can visit all four Siddh Peeths of Dehradun in a single day. Shri Kalu Siddh and Laxman Siddh temple are near to each other. Similarly, Shri Manak Siddh and Madu Siddh are near to each other. So you can also start visiting with Madu Siddh then Manak Siddh then Laxman Siddh and finally Kalu Siddh temple.

Things to Remember of Four Siddh Peeths of Dehradun
  • All four Siddh Peeth is basically Lord Shiva temple where we worship all Siddh Babas as Shiv Swaroop.
  • At all four Siddh Peeth of Dehradun, the main Prasad is Jaggery (Gud). Other than Jaggery you can offer Ghee, Curd, gram as per your faith.
  • Photography is allowed in all four Siddh Peeths of Dehradun so you can enjoy photography.
Best Time to Visit Four Siddh Peeths of Dehradun

Tourist places in Dehradun
Shree Madu Siddh Mandir Dehradun
All Four Siddh Peeth opens daily. In comparison to other days Sunday more crowded. During Hindu festivals such as Mahashivratri, Navratri, Basant Panchmi, Janmashtami, etc these temples also more crowded. Best time to go there is on Sundays from February to June month every year. There are fair and Bhandara is organized during this period for the devotees.

Timing of Four Siddh Peeths of Dehradun

All four Siddh Peeth opens in the morning at 08:00 am and closed in late night after 06:00 pm.

Facilities of Four Siddh Peeths of Dehradun

All basic facilities are available in all four Siddh Peeths of the Dehradun. Since all Four Siddh Peeth situated in the forest and city outer the all these places are calm and beautiful. So relaxing and meditation can be done very easily.

How to Reach at Four Siddh Peeths of Dehradun

Four Siddh in Dehradun
All Four Siddh Peeth is situated in the outer of the Dehradun so reaching there by city bus or Vikram and taxi are not possible directly. It will be best you book a cab or private taxi and within 3-4 hour in a day, you can visit all four Sidh Peeths of Dehradun. If you have own vehicle then it will be best to visit all these four Siddh Peeth of Dehradun.

TouristBug’s Recommendations
  • I will recommend visiting all four Siddh Peeth in a single day. You plan accordingly for it and it will be more beneficial for you.
  • Beware from monkeys on these places because of all four Siddh Peeth situated in forests.

Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Siddh Peeth Shri Manak Siddh Baba Mandir Dehradun

4 Siddh in Dehradun
Manak Siddh Baba Mandir Dehradun Uttarakhand
Manak Siddh temple is one of the famous temples of Char Sidh of Dehradun. Manak Siddh Baba Mandir is present in the Shamla bypass located in the Badowala area. Among all four Siddh temple, Manak Siddh Temple is near to the city. Dehradun and nearby cities devotees know about this temple and always come here during the fairs and annual celebrations of the Manak Siddh Temple. Siddh Peeth Shree Manak Siddh Baba Mandir is commonly known as Manak Siddh Mandir.

Manak Siddh temple has statues of many Gods Such as Lord Narsingh, Lord Hanuman, and Lord Ram with Mata Sita, Lord Vishnu on Sheshnag, and more. There is a big Shivling is also there. You can see the main temple of Shree Manak Siddh Baba temple near the Akhand Dhuna. Temple has an Akhand Dhuna of Shri Manak Siddh Baba. In the temple, at one place there are lots of Trishools in which lots of chunari are tied.

History of Manak Siddh Temple

History of all Char Siddh Peeth of Dehradun is almost the same. History of Manak Siddh starts from the Treta Yug. There was very famous Maharshi Atri and Mata Sati Anasuiya. Both were the very devotee of Trinity (Lord Vishnu, Bramha and Shiva). So all three Gods came to earth for the testing their penance. The Trinity (Lord Vishnu, Bramha and Shiva) were very happy with their penance and promise them that they will take birth as his child. Later the Trinity take birth from the womb of Mata Anusuiya.

The son of Mata Anusuiya later famous as Guru Dattatreya Ji. Lord Dattatreya was very intelligent, powerful, owner of lots of magical powers since birth. They learned lots of arts in various fields from the 24 Gurus. For human welfare, they make 9 Naths and 84 disciples. These 84 disciples of Lord Dattatreya gain knowledge from them and moved in all over India for the penance of Lord Shiva and human welfare. The places where these disciples of Lord Dattatreya did penance are presently known as Siddh Peeths with their names. One of the disciples of Lord Dattatreya, Shri Manak Ji did penance here and go to heaven after samadhi later this place popular on his name as Manak Siddh Temple.

There are four Siddh Peeths in the Dehradun which famous as Char Sidh of Dehradun. All four Siddh Peeth is situated in the outer of Dehradun city at calm and in forest areas. All Siddh Peeths of Dehradun listed below.
  1. Laxman Siddh
  2. Kalu Siddh
  3. Madu Siddh
  4. Manak Siddh

Four Siddh Peeth in Dehradun
Shri Madu Siddh Mandir Aamwala Dehradun
As per legends, those who visit all these four Siddh Peeths in a single day without taking the meal, God will complete their wishes.

Functions at Manak Siddh Temple

Annual function of Manak Siddh temple is organized on the first Sunday of June month. In the annual function of the Manak Sidh temple, a huge crowd of devotees comes here. Various types of a function such as Bhajan Kirtan, dance, Jagran, Havan-Yagya organized in the temple and Prasad distribution and huge Bhandara also organized for the devotees. In the annual function of the temple, local and nearby cities people offer their first harvested crop of wheat to the Manak Siddh Baba.

Best Time to Visit Manak Siddh Temple

Best time to visit the Manak Sidh temple will be any Sunday from February to June. You can visit this temple on Hinduism holy festivals such as Mahashivratri, Vasant Panchami, Janmashtami, and Navratri, etc. On every Sunday Manak Siddh temple is very crowded and devotees came here from various places and nearby cities also. During the annual function of Manak Siddh temple, lots of religious activities organized in the temple.  At that time you can enjoy more. The best time to visit this temple will be at 10:00 am to 04:00 pm.

Timing of Manak Siddh Temple

Manak Siddh temple opens daily in the morning at 08:00 am and closed at 10:00 pm. The total time duration for the visiting this temple will be approx. two hours.

Worship in Manak Siddh Temple

Tourist Places of Dehradun
Jaggery is the main Prasad which you have to offer to Manak Siddh temple. Many devotees also offer Ghee, Curd, and Gram in the Manak Siddh temple. Since in the Manak Siddh temple there are other Gods temple also then you can take more and different Prasad to offer to the various Gods. Every Sunday Manak Siddh Baba main puja conducted by the main priest of the temple. Every Sunday Bhandara is organized by the Siddh Peeth Shri Manak Siddh Baba Mandir Samitee and the Manak Siddh Baba devotees.

Facilities of Manak Siddh Temple
  • For two and four-wheelers parking space is available but on own risk. There is no commercial parking stand for vehicles.
  • Drinking water is available for the devotees.
  • Washroom facilities are also available.
  • Temple has space for resting the devotees.
  • Temple has good space for functions like Bhajan Kirtan etc.
  • There are few Prasad shops where you can purchase Prasad.
  • Few food and snacks shop also available there.
  • Near the temple campus, a park also there where small kids can enjoy there with Jhulas.
How to Reach of Manak Siddh Temple

Manak Siddh temple is located at the Karbari Grant and a half kilometer far from the Post Office Karbari, East Hopetown. Manak Siddh Temple can be easily accessible from the Shimla Bypass road and about 16km far from Dehradun railway station. From ISBT bus stand it will be 12 km and from the Clock tower of Dehradun, it will be 17 km.

There is no direct city bus Vikram or Auto for the Manak Siddh temple. You have to book a taxi or a cab for it. If you have own vehicle then you can go there very easily by road. The road is good and can be accessible by four-wheelers. From the Badowala, Manak Siddh temple is only four km far away.

Address of Manak Siddh Temple

Siddh Peeth Shree Manak Siddh Baba Mandir
Karbari, East Hopetown,
Dehradun 248007
Uttarakhand, India

TouristBug’s Recommendations
  • Photography is not prohibited so you can enjoy photography.
  • Manak Siddh temple is situated in the forest area so there are lots of monkeys are there so be careful from them. Monkeys can snatch the eating items from you and harm you.

Monday, 25 March 2019

Shri Madu Siddh Mandir Dehradun

Shri Madu Siddh Temple Dehradun
Shri Madu Siddh Mandir Dehradun
Among the four Sidh Peeth of the Dehradun, Madu Siddh temple is situated near the village of Aamwala. Madu Siddh Temple is at the very dense forest near the Nimi River. The Madu Siddha temple is at a calm place very far from the city life. You can reach there by two ways, one way is from Chakrata road via Premnagar and another via Kaulagarh road. Actually, Madu Sidh temple is a Lord Shiv temple where you can see the Swayambhu Shivling. This Swayambhu Shivling is worshiped here from Treta Yug. Local and nearby city devotees regularly visit this Madu Siddh temple.

History of Madu Siddh Mandir

In Treta period famous Saint Shri Atri Ji and Mata Shri Anasuiya lived. All three God Bramha, Vishnu and Mahesh who is known as Trinity, came to Earth for the testing of penance of Shri Atri Ji and Mata Shri Anasuiya. Trinity was very happy with the penance of them. They promise to born as her baby from his womb. Later Mata Shri Ansuiya gives birth a baby boy who was the form of Trinity. They named his son as Dattatreya. Dattatreya was very sharp minded, powerful, Bright. Lord Dattatreya gained knowledge from 24 Guru and became expert in all type skills. Dattatreya had many powers. Lord Dattatreya later became popular and famous as Guru Dattatreya Ji.

Lord Dattatreya had 9 'Naths' and 84 disciples. They trained all of them for human welfare. As time passed Lord Dattatreya became old and called all his disciples. Lord Dattatreya said to all disciples to do worship of Lord Shiv and get the powers from them. Lord Dattatreya blessed all disciples to get success in life and doing human welfare. All these 84 disciples went in all over in India for human welfare and started the Tapasya. The places where all these 84 disciples of Lord Dattatreya done Tapasya, later famous as Siddh Peeth.

Four disciples Laxman, Manak, Kalu, and Madu Ji of Lord Dattatreya came in Dehradun of North India. They did hard penance and make happy to Lord Shiv. Lord Shiva came and give them the blessing to go to heaven. The places where Lord Dattatreya disciples did penance and left her body, now famous as Siddh Peeths in Dehradun. Lord Dattatreya's disciple Saint Madu Ji did penance here and taken Samadhi here. That's why this temple is known as Madu Siddh temple.

Among all 84 Siddh Peeth, Dehradun has four Siddh Peeths. All four Siddh Peeths situated in outers of Dehradun. List of all four Sidh Peeth of Dehradun listed below.
  1. Laxman Siddh
  2. Kalu Siddh
  3. Madu Siddh
  4. Manak Siddh

Char Siddh Peeth of Dehradun
Jai Shri Laxman Siddh Baba  Mandir Dehradun
As per saying of local peoples, those who visit all four places in a single day on foot without eating food. Their wishes complete by God.

Best Time to Visit Madu Siddh Mandir

Madu Siddh Temple Dehradun photos
Madu Sidh Temple opens daily so you can go there any day in a week. But as per the weather of Dehradun, I will suggest going there from February to June months. During rainy season going there is not advisable. On the Hindus holy day Vasant Panchami there is a huge fair organized at the Madu Siddh temple. So going there at that time will be best. The best time to visit the temples is morning so you can go to Madu Siddh temple in the morning.

You can also go there other Hindu festivals such as Mahashivratri because Madu Siddh is considered as a Lord Shiv Swaroop. There are lots of devotees came to offer milk and Ganga water on the Shivling from nearby cities and villages.

Timing of Madu Siddh Mandir

Madu Siddh Peeth Mandir daily opens in the morning at 08:00 am and closed at 06:00 pm in the evening. There is no specific time mention in the temple. You can go there in the morning and visit this temple situated in a beautiful place. Madu Siddh Peeth temple is not so big so the total expense time for the temple will be less than an hour.

Worship in Madu Siddh Mandir

Four Siddh of Dehradun
Madu Siddh Peeth temple has a very old Shivling which is worshiped as a Madu Siddh. You have to offer the Jaggery in the Madu Siddh temple and offer water on the Shivling. You can offer flowers and burn the Dhoop there. There is very old Dhuna known as Akhand Dhuna where devotees burn wood, dhoop, etc.

Fair at Madu Siddh Temple

At the Madu Siddh Temple, there is a huge fair organized by the Shri Madu Siddh Mandir Samitee on the Vasant Panchami annually. There are lots of devotees came to visit the temple. Shri Madu Siddh Mandir Samitee organizes Bhandara for the devotees during the fair. Vasant Panchami is considered as the best day for the starting new activities. Other than Vasant Panchami on second Sunday of May and June Bhandara also organized at Madu Siddh temple.

Facilities of Madu Siddh Mandir
  • Vehicle parking space is available. There is no parking stand for vehicles.
  • Drinking water is available for the devotees.
  • Washroom facility also not there.
  • There is only one Prasad shop where you can purchase Prasad.
  • Food and snacks shops are not available near the Madu Siddh temple.
How to Reach of Madu Siddh Mandir

Madu Siddh Peeth temple is approximately 6 km far from the Nanda Ki Chowki bus stoppage on the Chakrata road of Dehradun. If you reached Nanda Ki Chowki then just take the right turn from the main Chakrata road you have to follow the main road and after 5-6 km driving, you will see the Madu Siddh temples directions on the main road.

Madu Siddh Mandir is situated near Aamwala. Madu Siddh temple is about 15 km from the Dehradun railway station. From ISBT bus stand it will be approximately 16 km. The Jolly Grant Dehradun Airport is about 40 km far away from Madu Siddh Temple.

No direct taxi, Vikram or city bus is available for the Madu Siddh Mandir. So you have to book a private taxi or cab for it. If you have own vehicle then it will be best for going there. You can get e- Riksha from the Nanda Ki Chowki but it also not go to the temple. You have to go one km or more by foot.

Address of Madu Siddh Mandir

Shri Madu Siddh Mandir,
Phulsani, Near Aamwala,
Dehradun, Pin-248007,
Uttarakhand, India.

TouristBug’s Recommendations
  • Photography is allowed in the Madu Siddh Temple. Temple is situated in the forest near the river so you can take many photos with good locations.
  • You can visit Madu Siddh temple on Basant Panchami because on this day huge fair is organized and Bhandara for all devotees also organized. Other days the Madu Siddh temple has low crowded.
  • There are no snacks and lunch shops so if you want to spend some more time then you have to carry some snacks with you.

Saturday, 16 March 2019

Jai Shri Laxman Siddh Baba Mandir Dehradun

Temples of Dehradun
Jai Shri Laxman Siddh Baba Mandir Dehradun
There are four very famous and old Siddh temples in Dehradun. Among all four Laxman Siddh Temple is very famous than others. Every local person of Dehradun know about these temples and go there during the fairs organized and festivals. Laxman Siddh temple is situated in the dense, beautiful, cool forest of Lachhiwala where you can feel the solitude and pray to God easily. There is a Shiv temple also where Lord Shiv Shivling is established.

There is no statue inside the Laxman Siddh temple. There is a big brown marble Chabutra on which a beautiful Om is established which is made of from brass metal. There is a small Trishul near the OM which is also made up of brass. Laxman Siddh considered as Lord Shiv Swaroop. That's why we worship as Lord Shiv.

Laxman Siddh temple has very religious value in the Dehradun that's why former Chief Minister of Uttarakhand Shri Harish Rawat Ji in November 2016 and current Chief Minister Shri Trivandra Singh Rawat Ji visited this temple in April 2017 for the bright future and economic prosperity of Uttarakhand state.

History of Laxman Siddh Temple

Laxman Siddh Mandir
History of Laxman Siddh related to Lord Dattatreya. As per Hindu religious story during of Treta Yug, when the Trinity- Bramha, Vishnu, and Shiva, come down to Earth to test the penance of Maharshi Atri and Sati Anasuya. They were happy with Mata Anasuya and give the promise to born as her baby from his womb. Trinity born as Lord Dattatreya. Lord Dattatreya trained 84 their disciples for human welfare. These disciples went all over India and started 'Tapasya' and human welfare. All these 84 places where Lord Dattatreya disciples did Tapasya and human welfare work are today known as Siddh Peeth. Laxman Siddh is among these 84 Siddh Peeth.

As per legends, Lord Laxman came here for did penance for getting rid of the blame of 'Brahmahatya'. That's why this place is known as Laxman Siddh. As per another legend, Lord Dattatreya's disciple Saint Swami Laxman did penance here and taken Samadhi here.

There is a well about 400 meters far from the Laxman Siddh temple. The story is about the well is that initially in the well milk came out but later Lord Laxman by his power started water to came out in this well.

Dehradun city has four Siddha Peeth among the 84 Siddha Peeth. These Siddh Peeths are very popular in Dehradun as ‘Char Siddh of Dehradun’. All these are situated in the outer of the city. All four Siddha Peeth listed below.
  1. Laxman Siddh
  2. Kalu Siddh
  3. Madu Siddh
  4. Manak Siddh
As per belief of local peoples a person who visits the all 'Char Siddh of Dehradun' in a single day without eating food, his wish will be completed. Among all 'Char Siddh Peeth of Dehradun', Laxman Siddh is more popular than others.

Laxman Siddh Fair at Laxman Siddh Temple

Char Siddh Peeth of Dehradun
Laxman Siddh Fair Dehradun
Every year on the last Sunday of the April month there are huge fair and Bhandara for devotees is organized by the Laxman Siddh Mandir Samiti. The Laxman Siddh fair is so popular in the Dehradun and nearby cities. During the festival, lots of devotees come from different states also. You can see the traditional culture of the local people during the Laxman Siddh fair.

You can also see the various types of local food items during the festival. Laxman Siddh Mela is a local religious fair which is awaited by local devotees to celebrate with joyful. Laxman Siddh temple has lots of space and facilities for the devotees for resting and spending time during the festival.

Things to Remember of Laxman Siddh Temple
  • Laxman Siddh temple not allowed to Marriage for anyone.
  • You can contact the temple committee if you want to organize the feast or Bhandara for devotees.
Best Time to Visit Laxman Siddh Temple

Laxman Siddh temple opens every day and you can visit any day this temple. You can go any Sunday to visiting the Laxman Siddh temple it will be good. Every Sunday there is a fair organized by the temple and feast or Bhandara for devotees also organized. Every Sunday there is a huge crowd and the rest of the day you also get the crowd but due to fair and Bhandara, Sunday is the most crowded day in the temple.

Best time to visit this temple will be last Sunday of April month when the Laxman Siddh temple fair is organized. You can go there from March to April when the environment of Dehradun is good for visiting tourist places. The best timing will be from 10:00 am to 04:00 pm for visiting the temple. On Mahashivratri Laxman Siddh temple is also very crowded and a huge queue of devotees are there for visiting the Laxman Siddh and Lord Shiv Shivling.

Timing of Laxman Siddh Temple

Daily in the morning at 08:00 am Arti of Laxman Siddh is started by the priest. If you reached before 08:00 am you can see it. Laxman Siddh temple is opened in the morning at 07:00 am and closed at 09:30 pm in the night. For Laxman Siddh temple visiting time will be 1-2 hours. You can visit the complete temple within 2 hours.

Worship in Laxman Siddh Temple

Four Siddh of Dehradun
Laxman Siddh Mandir Dehradun
All 'Char Siddh temple of Dehradun' has worship method is the same and mainly you have to offer Jaggery (Gud) to Laxman Siddh. Other than Jaggery, devotees also offer Ghee, Curd and Gram (Chana). There are Prasad shops which mainly sell Jaggery, flower, Dhoop etc. The priest kept half part of Jaggery and return you the remaining part of Jaggery.

There is a very ancient 'Akhand Dhuna' inside the Laxman Siddh. Devotees and priest offer woods or 'Hawan items' etc in the Dhuna. Devotees keep the ashes of Dhuna as the Prasad of Laxman Siddh. Before starting the Bhandara, the first plate of the food items always offered in this Dhuna. After this, the Bhandara starts.

Facilities of Laxman Siddh Temple

Temples of Dehradun
Parking Space at Laxman Siddh Mandir Dehradun
  • Parking space is there but on own risk. There is no parking stand for vehicles.
  • Drinking water is available for the devotees.
  • Washroom facilities are also available.
  • A big resting hall also available for devotees.
  • There are many Prasad shops where you can purchase Prasad.
  • Food and snacks shops are available in the Laxman Siddh temple campus.
How to Reach of Laxman Siddh Temple

Address of Laxman Siddh Temple Dehradun
Directions of Laxman Siddh temple at Dehradun Haridwar road
Laxman Siddh Mandir is situated near Harrawala on Haridwar-Rishikesh National Highway 7. Laxman Siddh temple is about 13 km from the Dehradun railway station. From ISBT bus stand it will be approximately 14 km. The Jolly Grant Dehradun Airport is about 12 km far away from Laxman Siddh Temple.

If you coming from the train to Dehradun then you can go to Harrawala railway station. It is the nearest railway station to Laxman Siddh Temple and about 2 km from the temple. You will be reached in the temple within 10 to 15 minutes.

From Dehradun, you have to take a bus for Harrawala which will you drop at the main road of the Haridwar-Rishikesh highway. From there temple is only one km. On Sunday you will get Vikram also for the temple. It will be better to book a private taxi or cab for the temple if you are new in the city and don't know the exact address of the temple.

Address of Laxman Siddh Temple

Jai Shri Laxman Siddh Baba Mandir,
Lachhiwala Range, Doiwala Road,
Near Harrawala, Dehradun,
Uttarakhand 248005, India

TouristBug’s Recommendations
  • Photography is allowed so you can take lots of pics with dear ones. Temple location is good so you can enjoy photography also.
  • I will recommend going Laxman Siddh temple on any Sunday because on every Sunday fair and feast organized. You will get Vikram easily and the temple will be crowded on Sunday.
  • Laxman Siddh temple is situated in the forest so there are lots of monkeys. Don't carry food items in hands, monkeys can snatch these items and can 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.

Saturday, 9 March 2019

Jai Maa Daat Kali Manokamna Siddh Peeth Mandir Dehradun

Daat Kali Mandir Dehradun
Jai Maa Daat Kali Manokamna Siddh Peeth Mandir Dehradun
Jai Maa Daat Kali Manokamna Siddh Peeth Mandir is popularly known as Daat Kali Mandir in Dehradun. Daat Kali Mandir is among the popular temples of the Dehradun. Daat Kali Mandir is dedicated to the Goddess Kali. Goddess Kaali is the avatar of Goddess Shakti. Maa Daat Kali Mandir is considered as the Sidh Peeth temple. Every devotee of Maa Daat Kali comes here to get blessings before starting new work. It is situated outer of the city on the National Highway Number 72 A Dehradun Saharanpur road. Maa Daat Kali is situated in the beautiful forest area near the mountains.

History of Daat Kali Mandir Dehradun

History of Daat Kali temple is about 220 years old. As per information, this temple was initially situated in the middle of the forest. Later this temple was established on 13th June 1804, during the construction of the Dehradun Saharanpur highway. At the time of temple construction, there was no tunnel. After 20 years of Daat Kali temple establishment, the first tunnel of Dehradun on the Dehradun-Saharanpur highway was built. Then more devotees of Maa Kali started to come to the temple who were unable to come before the tunnel and temple becomes more popular.

Mythologies of Daat Kali Temple

Jai Maa Daat Kali Temple Ashkrodi Dehradun Uttarakhand
Maa Daat Kali Temple Dehradun
As per local peoples saying, during the construction of the National Highway 72 a project engineer dreamed of Maa Kali and decided to build the temple of Maa Kali. Then this project engineer gives a Maa Kali statue to a priest Mahant Sukhbir Gusain for establishing the Maa Kali temple.

During the British ruling period, Britishers want to make a way to enter in Dehradun. After lots of tries they were unable to make a tunnel then they go to Maa Daat Kali temple and request to Maa Kali for the tunnel. There is also another temple of Maa Kali known as ‘Bhadrkali Mandir’ which was established by the Balbhdra Thapa.

As per Maa Daat Kali devotees, the person who reads the 'Daat Chalisa' for 11 days with full faith in Maa Daat Kali his all troubles vanished.

Worship of Maa Daat Kali

Near the temple, there is many sweets and worship items shop where you can purchase many things to offer Maa Kali. Devotees offer oil, ghee, flour, coconut, sweets etc. If you want to offer more things you can also offer it, all things related to worship are available in nearby shops.

Ghat Kali Temple to Daat Kali Temple

As per very old local peoples of Dehradun and nearby area Daat Kali Temple was previously known as Ghat Kali temple. Mountains are called as Ghat in Hindi and since this Maa Kali temple was situated in the mountains so this temple is known as Ghat Kali temple. Daat meaning in Hindi is 'a thing use to close the mouth of anything' such as cork'.

Daat Kali Mandir Importance in Dehradun Peoples

Local peoples of Dehradun, if purchase a new vehicle, car, bike etc. then they go to the Daat Kali Mandir for the blessing of Maa Kali to protect from the accidents, evil eyes, and other problems. They believe that they and their vehicle will remain safe. Maa Daat Kali Mandir priest also conducts special worship for the safety of vehicles. The priest uses coconut, black thread, and Vahan Durga Yantra. Maa Daat Kali is considered as Goddess of Uttarakhand. Dehradun and nearby cities peoples use to tie the 'Chunari' of Maa Daat Kali in the vehicle.

What to See at Daat Kali Mandir Dehradun

For the last 100 years continuously there is a divine flame burning inside the Daat Kali Mandir, so Maa Daat Kali Mandir becomes more attractive for the devotees. This Daat Kali temple is a Siddh Peeth and devotee comes here for fulfilling their wishes and desires.

Functions Celebrated at Daat Kali Mandir Dehradun

Navratri is the main function of the Maa Daat Kali Mandir. Temple organize huge worship of Maa Daat Kali during this festival. Temple also organize a huge feast for the Maa Daat Kali devotees. Temple also distribute Prasad to every devotee. Before the new tunnel, during the festivals, there was a huge crowd of Maa Daat Kali devotees and then for some time highway had to stop to avoid accidents but now highway is totally free and there is no rush of vehicles.

Maa Daat Kali temple was established on 13th June 1804. As per Hindu calendar, on the Ashtami of Shukla Paksha of Aashad month. Since then every year annual function is organized. Annual function of Maa Daat Kali Mandir is celebrated very joyfully by the Maa Kali devotees.

Daat Kali Mandir Tunnel Dehradun
Inside pic of the Daat Kali temple Dehradun
Every year six days temple annual function is organized by the temple committee and the nearby local people at very hugely level. They organize a huge feast for the devotees of the Maa Daat Kali every year and also distributed the Prasad to every devotee. They also organize the Jagran in which lots of peoples participate actively.

Maa Daat Kali Mandir Samiti always organize feast (Bhandara) for Maa Kali devotees on every Saturday, Sunday, and Tuesday.

Best Time to Visit Daat Kali Mandir Dehradun

Before the new tunnel started, there was heavy traffic of vehicles. So devotees were unable to visit the temple properly. Now, this road is traffic free and no roadways and heavy vehicle pass from the road. You can go Maa Daat Kali Mandir anytime in the year. But going during the Navratri will be more beneficial.

Since Dehradun is a hill city temperature goes very down during winter so the best time will be from March to June for visiting the Maa Daat Kali temple. For visiting the temple best time will be from 10:00 am to 04:00 pm.

Timing of Daat Kali Mandir Dehradun

Maa Daat Kali Mandir opens in the early morning at 05:00 am and closed in late night at 09:00 pm.
Maa Daat Kali Mandir is not so big so you can visit the whole temple within an hour. But if you are going for some special purpose then time may be increased. On the highway near Maa Daat Kali Mandir two other small temples also. So you can also go there.

Facilities at Daat Kali Mandir Dehradun

Tourist places in Dehradun
Photo of Daat Kali Mandir at Dehradun-Saharanpur Highway
  • There is a big hall inside the temple where you can sit and rest.
  • Washrooms and drinking water available.
  • Vehicle parking facility is there but on own risk.
  • Sweets, worship items and refreshment shops are available there.
How to Reach Daat Kali Mandir Dehradun

Before starting the new tunnel on the Dehradun Saharanpur highway anyone who went outside the Dehradun by State transport bus or private bus to Saharanpur side always saw the Maa Daat Kaali Mandir. Because it is situated near the tunnel on the main highway can be easily visible. But after starting the new tunnel, this road becomes optional and now only Maa Daat Kali devotees go to this road for visiting Maa Daat Kali. The new tunnel has two-way road and easily transport buses and private vehicles can go to Saharanpur and come to Dehradun without the waiting for their chance near the tunnel.

Reaching to Maa Daat Kali is very easy from the Dehradun. There are many direct city buses which go to Maa Daat Kali. You will get these city buses from ISBT and Clement Town stoppage. You can get also Vikram, Auto, and taxi for the temple.  You can also get Vikram from the Clement Town for Maa Daat Kaali. Maa Daat Kali temple is approximately 8 km from the ISBT Dehradun and more than 12 km from Dehradun railway station. The distance between the Airport and Maa Daat Kali Mandir is approx. 39 km. You will not get a direct city bus or Vikram from the railway station and from the airport, you have to book a private taxi or auto. Going to Maa Daat Kali by own vehicle also a good option for those who have vehicles.

Address of Daat Kali Mandir Dehradun

Jai Maa Daat Kali Manokamna Siddh Peeth Mandir
NH 72A, Near Dehradun Saharanpur Tunnel,
Ashkrodi, Uttarakhand.

TouristBug’s Recommendations
  • Photography inside the temple is not allowed. Especially where the Maa Daat Kali statue is established.
  • Maa Daat Kali temple is situated in the forest area so there are lots of monkeys. So be careful from them they can snatch food items from you and can harm your kids.
  • There are two small temples also so you can also visit those temples.

Monday, 25 February 2019

Nataraja Temple Chidambaram World’s Largest Shiva Temple

Thillai Nataraja temple Chidambaram
Nataraja Temple Chidambaram
Chidambaram city of district Cuddalore in Tamilnadu is famous in India mainly for two things one is Thillai Nataraja Temple and another is Annamalai University. I visited both during my visit to Chidambaram city. Lord Shiva dancing form called as Nataraja. Nataraja means kings of dance. Before Nataraja Temple, I had not seen any Lord Shiva temple where we worship Lord Shiva in the form of Nataraja. In the Nataraja Temple Lord Shiva worshiped as Akash Lingam so there is no physical Shiv Linga.

This Shiv temple is popular in India by various names such as Chidambaram Nataraja temple, Thillai Nataraja temple, Nataraja temple, Shiv Nataraja Temple and Chola’s Temple Chidambaram. Chidambaram city was previously called as Thillai. That's why this Lord Shiva Nataraja Temple is popular as Thillai Nataraja Temple.

Before visiting this temple, I really didn't know Nataraja temple's unbelievable facts and grandness of the temple. After visiting this temple, I knew about temple unique features. Here I share some information with all of you.

Why See Thillai Nataraja Temple

There are lots of reasons to see Chidambaram Nataraja Temple. Some of them listed below.
  • Largest Lord Shiva temple in World.
  • It is among the Pancha Bhoota Sthalam.
  • It is among the top largest temple of the World.
  • Nataraja temple is the identity of Chidambaram city.
  • Nataraja temple is also popular for its Chidambara Rahasyam (secrets).
  • It is among the best architectural and very ancient temple of Tamil Nadu.
Chidambaram Nataraja Temple History and Mythologies

As per mythology, Nataraja temple was constructed by the King Simha Varman. As per the story, he was cured of leprosy after taking a dip in the pond of Thillai forest. The exact date of the temple construction not found anywhere but major constructions of the Nataraja Temple during the 9th to the 10th century by the Chola's Kings during their ruling period (880-1279 CE).

On the inscriptions, many descriptions are given for temple construction during the periods of Cholas, Pandya kings and local rulers. Who was the Nataraja temple founder is not known exactly but details of this temple are found in many religious historical books such as Chidambaram Mahatmyam.

Nataraja Temple Architectural Features

Pancha Bhoota Sthalam
Chidambaram Nataraja temple towers (gopuram)
The Nataraja Temple is rectangular in the area and spread over more than 50 acres. Inside the temple campus various small shrines, halls, pond, and entering gates. There are four towers in each direction and each tower is approximately more than 40 feet in height. The temple towers (gopuram) have lots of poses of Bharatanatyam and stories related to Lord Shiva statues. In the Nataraja Temple, all major things are listed below.
  • Chit Sabha
  • Kanaka Sabha (Golden Hall)
  • Deva Sabha
  • Nrithya Sabha
  • Raja Sabha (1000 Pillar Mandap)
  • Hundred pillared Hall
  • Kalyana Mandapa

Identity of Chidambaram city
A pic of the inside of Nataraja temple
In the Nataraja temple, there are Shrines of many Gods. Which listed below.
  • Shrine of Moolasthana Linga
  • Brahma and Chandikeshvara Temple
  • Lord Govindaraja (Lord Vishnu) Temple
  • Nine Lingas Temple
  • Murugan Temple
  • Sivagamasundhari Temple
  • Ganesha Temple
There are five courtyards called 'Prakara' and the general public can only entre till the fifth to second Prakara. Only priests can enter the first Prakara. There is a holy water tank called Sivaganga Tank.

Pancha Bhoota Sthalam

Nataraja temple of Chidambaram is among the Pancha Bhoota Sthalam. Pancha Bhoota Sthalam means five prime elements of nature which are land, air, sky, water, and fire and Chidambaram Nataraja temple refer to the Sky element. The other temples of Pancha Bootha Sthalams are listed below.
  • Ekambareshwarar in Kanchipuram represents the Earth element.
  • Jambukeshwarar in Thiruvanaikaval represents Water element.
  • Kalahastheeswarar in Sri Kalahasthi represents Air element.
  • Arunachaleshwarar in Tiruvannamalai represents Fire element.
All these temples are Lord Shiv temples and in each temple, Lord Shiv worship as per representing the element.

Largest Lord Shiva Temple in the World

Thillai Nataraja temple is the largest Lord Shiva temple in the World. Nataraja temple is spread in the approximately 40 acres in the main city of Chidambaram. The Largest Hindu temple of the World is Angkor Wat which is situated in Cambodia and spread in approximately 500 Acres. It was originally dedicated to the Lord Vishnu, later it became a Buddhist complex.

Nataraja temple is also the second largest Hindu temple in Tamil Nadu. The first largest temple is the Sri Ranganathaswami Temple situated in Srirangam, district Tiruchirapalli, Tamil Nadu and spread in 156 acres area. Chidambaram Nataraja Temple is the world's fifth largest Hindu temple and spread in over 50 acres. In India, it is the third largest Hindu temple.

Chidambaram Nataraja Temple Festival

Maximum festivals are celebrated in Chidambaram related to Nataraja temple functions.

Rathotsava or Car festival

Rathotsava or Car festival is one of the main festival celebrated very prominently in Chidambaram Nataraja temple and in the Chidambaram city. Lots of traditional and religious functions organized in the temple during the festival. Car festival is celebrated two times in the year. All Hindus celebrate Rathoutsav very joyful. Car festival is organized as per Tamil Hindu calendar calculations.

Natyanjali Festival of Nataraja temple

Chidambaram temple dance festival is known as Natyanjali. Natyanjali is the annual festival which is celebrated every year during Hindu’s famous festival Mahashivratri. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva (Nataraja) and initially started in Nataraja temple. Nataraja is the God of Indian classical dance Bharatanatyam. Now it is celebrated in many places and cities of Tamil Nadu. Lots of talented dancers come from all over India and performed the Bharatanatyam dance. Chidambaram temple dance festival

Chidambaram Nataraja Temple Important Facts
  • Chidambaram temple is one of the Lord Shiv temples where you see Lord Shiva Nataraja in the cosmic dancing form.
  • Nataraja Temple is unique to other Lord Shiv temples in sense to worship Lord Shiv in the Aakash Lingam form.
  • Nataraja Temple has four very big towers in four directions. Each tower showing historical events in the form of statues.
  • Nataraja (Lord Shiva) and Govindaraja (Lord Vishnu) both are adjacents at the same place in the Nataraja temple. 
  • Nataraja temple is unique in the point that it has statues of Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva. Which not found easily in other temples.
  • A human takes the 22600-times breath in a day. For representing this in the temple there is a Golden roof which is made up of 22600 tiles.
  • A human body has 72000 veins. For denoting this temple has 72000 nails fixed on the wooden roof.
  • There are 9 pots in the temple, representing the human body 9 gateways.
  • For representing Hindu's four Vedas there are four pillars in the Chit Sabha.
  • There is a mandap which has 18 pillars representing Hindu's religious 18 Purans.
  • In the Nataraja temple, Lord Shiva Ananda Tandav form is represented everywhere. There are lots of bronze metallic statues of Nataraja in different poses.
Best Time to Visit Thillai Nataraja Temple

Chidambaram is a hot place and during summer visiting this place is not advisable. April to June is the hottest months and from October to December there will be raining. So as per my recommendation best time to go there from July to August and January to March.  Best time to visit the Nataraja Temple will be during the Arudra Darshanam. So don't forget it.

Chidambaram Nataraja Temple Visiting Time

Chidambaram Nataraja Temple best visiting hours will be in the evening when Lord Shiv Lingam and Nataraja Statute worshiped would be performed. You can visit the temple in the morning also and see the various religious activities in the temple.
  • Morning from 06:00 am to 13:00 pm
  • Evening from 16:00 pm to 22:00 pm
Nataraja Temple remains closed in the afternoon from 13:00 pm to 16:00 pm. So keep Nataraja temple timing in mind before going there. In the Nataraja temple, there is six times the worship of Nataraja. Three times in morning session and three times in the evening after 04:30 pm. So you can go there any time and involved in the worship of Nataraja.

Entry Fees for Thillai Nataraja Temple

There is no entry fees or ticket to entry in the World largest Lord Shiva Temple.
In the temple, you can get special Prasad called 'Pasatham' for which you have to pay Rs 100/-

Facilities at Thillai Nataraja Temple
  • Nataraja temple has four ways. So you can go there from any gate.
  • Nataraja Temple is in the main city so outside the temple there is the car or bike parking space is there. You can park your vehicle roadside any of the ways of the temple. There is a parking fee for vehicles.
  • Drinking water is available inside the temple but for the washroom, you have to go outside of the temple.
How to Reach Thillai Nataraja Temple

I reached there by bus. I first came to Chennai by railway then by using state transport bus I reached to Chidambaram. Chidambaram Nataraja Temple is just 2 km from the Chidambaram Bus Station and if you are at Chidambaram Railway Station then it will be only one km from the railway station. For traveling in the city you will easily get an auto and private taxi.

Chidambaram is well connected by both rail and bus services. The State Transport Corporation operates many buses for long and short distances daily at the regular time interval. So you will get easily bus for cities such as Chennai, Bangalore, Salem, Erode etc. Chidambaram railway station also well connected to nearby cities.

You will get easily trains for Chennai, Cuddalore, Varanasi, Bangalore, Tirupathi, Mana Madurai, and Rameswaram. Nearest Airport to Chidambaram is the Puducherry which is approximately 60 km far away. The second nearest Airport is at Tiruchirappalli which is approximately 165 km far away from the Chidambaram. Chennai Airport is more than 200 km far away from Chidambaram.

TouristBug’s Recommendations for Thillai Nataraja Temple Chidambaram

Thillai Nataraja temple facts
Nataraja Temple Shivganga Pond
  • I will recommend visiting this temple full day because in a few hours you can't visit the whole temple.
  • There is no special or VIP or VVIP queue for visiting the Lord Nataraja and other Gods statues.
  • Nataraja Temple is so big so be careful with your kids they can go here and there.
  • Nataraja Temple is closed in the day time for 3 hours. So you can take lunch and relaxed outside the temple or can shopping in the local market.
  • You can't take photos or pics inside the main temple. But you are free to take pics outside the temple.
  • In the Nataraja temple, a big pond is there in which lots of fishes. You can give foods to them.
  • Don't drop litter inside this historical Nataraja Temple. Many foreign tourists come here to visit this temple.
  • In Chidambaram local people speaks Tamil and English they don't know Hindi. So you learn some words in Tamil it will be beneficial for you. You can speak in English also literacy level is good there.
  • In the Nataraja Temple, you will get all facilities free of cost so don't give money to anybody for anything.
  • Other than bathing and using for worship water of Shivganga is prohibited for other purposes such as washing, swimming etc.
  • You will get many hotels and Lodges to stay there easily but during festivals and peak season you have to book in advance for getting a room.

Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Kiliyur Falls Yercaud Salem

Tourist Places in Salem
Kiliyur Falls Yercaud
Kiliyur Falls is situated in Yercaud, Salem district. Yercaud is a very famous hill station in the Salem district just like the Mussoorie. There are many things to see in the Yercaud such as Yercaud Lake, Anna Park, Ladies Seat, Gents Seat, Kiliyur Falls and many more. That time I visited this place I don't know about this place so much so I visited Kiliyur Falls, the most popular place of the Yercaud. Kiliyur Falls is in the Servarayan hills. The Servarayan hills are the huge mountains approximately 1650 m high in the Eastern Ghats of the Tamilnadu.

Kiliyur Falls Yercaud
The way of Kiliyur Falls
From the Yercaud Bus-stand Kiliyur, Fall is about 3 km far away and you have to walk there by your foot. So it is like trekking instead of visiting a place. The track is narrow and only 2-3 persons can walk in the track once. The track is not advisable for small kids, elderly people and patients of Asthma. After parking stand, there is a clear way of stairs. There will be approximately 200-250 stairs.

Source of water of Kiliyur Falls

Water from the Yercaud Lake and the Servarayan hills is the main source of water of the Kiliyur Falls. So during monsoon or rainy season water level of the lake increases and more water comes from the Servarayan hills then Kiliyur Fall looks so beautiful to see.

Main Attraction of the Kiliyur Falls

Main Attraction of the Kiliyur Falls is the waterfall. No extra things are there to see there to expense more time there.

Things to do at Kiliyur Falls

The only one thing can you do here is trekking. Other than trekking if want to bath there then water is not so much.

Best Time to Visit Kiliyur Falls

Servarayan hills Yercaud Salem
The beautiful look of Servarayan hills from Kiliyur Falls
During summer water level of the Yercaud Lake become very low and hence the Kiliyur Falls also becomes less water. Then it looks not so good. Just after monsoon when the water level becomes more and the natural environment becomes more beautiful then Kiliyur Fall looks very beautiful. Water falling from the very high looks milkish in color. So I will suggest going there after the monsoon during August-September.

Timing Kiliyur Falls

There is no entry gate for opening and closing so you can go anytime there for visiting this place. Going to early morning will be the best time to go there then you can enjoy more there. Maximum time will be 2-3 hour for traveling this place completely. The best timing will be from 08:00 am to 04:00 to visit Kiliyur Falls.

Entry Fees Kiliyur Falls

There is no entry fee for visiting for Kiliyur Falls. If you have a vehicle then you have to pay for the parking stand.

Facilities Kiliyur Falls
  • When I visited this place in 2010 there were no cemented stairs to go down and the track was totally full of stones and soil. But now some part of the track has cemented stairs with railings. So it is easy to go down.
  • There are no washrooms and changing rooms so you have to manage accordingly.
  • Shops and edible items available but till parking stand.
How to Reach Kiliyur Falls

Waterfals in Salem
Direction to guide for Kiliyur Falls
The nearest railway station from the Yercaud is Salem Junction which is approximately 32 km far from the Yercaud. Yercaud is a very famous tourist place in Salem, so you can easily get local city buses or a private taxi. From Salem central bus stand lots of buses pass at regular interval. Yercaud is about 30 km from the Salem and about one hour journey from the bus. Local tourists go there on their own vehicles or bike.

TouristBug’s Recommendations
  • Go there as early as possible in the morning to avoid the heat. It will be from 08:00 am to 10:00 am will be the best time to reach there.
  • If you are young, energetic, love trekking and have time then Kiliyur Falls for you.
  • The way is very slippery so I will recommend you will wear good grips shoes or sandals.
  • Keep water or juice with you to avoid weakness during going down or coming upwards.
  • Killiyur Falls is not for small kids and elderly persons because you have to go much downwards and again coming back to upwards which is not suitable for them.
  • Take a good quality camera or high megapixel camera mobile for taking quality pictures. The Kiliyur Fall is full of photogenic scenes.
  • Beware from the monkeys and don't keep food items in hands openly, they can snatch food items and harm you.
  • Being a good tourist, don't littering at these places and use dustbins.
  • Liquoring is prohibited so don't do this type of activity.
  • Local peoples speak Tamil but if you ask in English then you will get information.
  • If you want to purchase something from Yercaud then you can try for natural oils, perfumes and coffee powder they are good and effective.
  • Kiliyur Fall is good for nearby tourists but especially going to for just for Kiliyur Falls is not a good idea from other cities. Instead, you can plan to visit the full place Yercaud and Salem. Then it will be beneficial for you. I will suggest Kiliyur Falls for one time visit when you are there or nearby.
Nearby Tourist Destinations to Kiliyur Falls

Tourist Places in Salem
At Yercaud there are many places to see and enjoy. Yercaud is an Ideal place for the nearby cities peoples to enjoy a full day here. So if want to enjoy here you have to give full day here. I mention some of the nearby tourist places you can visit here and in Salem. Due to lack of time and information, I did not visit many places there. So I share this information with all of you so you can visit this place. The next time when I go there I will visit some more places.
  • Yercaud Lake
  • Anna Park
  • Deer Park
  • Ladies Seat
  • Gents Seat
  • Pagoda Point Road
  • Dear’s Cave
  • Shervarayon Temple
  • Annamalaiyar Temple