Wednesday, 4 December 2019

Neelkanth Mahadev Temple Rishikesh Uttarakhand

Tourist places in Rishikesh
Neelkanth Mahadev Temple Rishikesh Uttarakhand
Neelkanth Mahadev Temple is among the top famous temples of Rishikesh. It is the Lord Shiva temple which shows their very famous Neelkanth form. Neelkanth Mahadev Temple is situated in the Valley of Manikoot Mountain. For reaching there you will get the transport facility from the Laxman Jhula. It is about 30 km from Laxman Jhula. The Neelkanth Mahadev Temple is situated at an altitude of 1675 meters from the sea level.

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Neelkanth Mahadev Temple Campus
Neelkanth Mahadev Temple is surrounded by the green dense forest which looks so beautiful. Neelkanth Mahadev Temple is situated in the middle of valleys of Manikoot, Brahmakoot, and Vishnukoot. Nar-Narayan mountain ranges are near the temple. You can also see the confluence of Pankaja and Madhumati rivers here. At the Neelkanth Mahadev temple, there is a natural waterfall also. Devotees take a holy bath here.

History of Neelkanth Mahadev Temple

As per Hindu mythology, Neelkanth Mahadev temple is very old and related to the legend of the Samudra Manthan. Once Gods and Demons decided to churn to the ocean for getting Amrit (nectar). During the churning of the ocean, they get many things such as Goddess Laxmi, Kalpvrish, Kaamdhenu, etc. They divided these items among themselves. But when the poison emerges, no to ready to take poison.

Then both Gods and Demons decided to go to Lord Shiva for the solution. Lord Shiva decided to take this poison for world welfare. Lord Shiva drank the poison but stopped it at their throat. So due to the effect of poison Lord Shiva's throat turned into blue in color. After this Lord Shiva famous as Neelkanth Mahadev. The place where Lord Shiva had drunk poison at that time, that place is now popular as Neelkanth Mahadev temple.

Architecture of Neelkanth Mahadev Temple

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Akhand Dhuna in the temple
Neelkhanth Mahadev temple beautiful architecture looks like south Indian temples. You can see on the temple Samudra Manthan's storytelling statues. On the walls of the temple, you can see the depicted story. There are statues of Dwarpals on the main gate of the temple. Inside the temple, there are other Gods statues also established such as Lord Ganesh, the statue of Kapil Muni, etc. Inside the temple campus, there is an Akhand Dhuna, where devotees burn Dhoop or Agarbatti.

Best Time to Visit Neelkanth Mahadev Temple

Neelkanth Mahadev Temple can be visited anytime but due to its location and time taking in the journey, I will suggest you go there in the early morning then you will get Lord Shiva Shivling Darshan in the morning period.

As per climate, you can go there from February to April months. It is a good time for trekkers who go temple by trekking. As per festivals, you can go during Mahashivratri when there is a very huge fair organized for the devotees. During Maha Shivratri going to Shiv temple is very good as per Hindu religion.

During Maha Shivratri and Shravan month there will be a crowd so you did not get Darshan easily. Except for this period you can easily get Dharan of Shivling in the year.

Timing of Neelkanth Mahadev Temple

Neelkanth Mahadev Temple opens daily. So you can reach there any day for Lord Shiva's visit. The temple opens early morning and closed in the evening. The temple timing is from morning 05:00 am to evening 06:00 pm.

Visiting Time duration of Neelkanth Mahadev Temple

Temple visiting duration depends on you. If you go temple by trekking then you will be reached at the temple in 4 hours. So for complete going and coming back after visiting the temple by trekking takes your whole day. If you use a private vehicle or own vehicle then in only 3-4 hours is sufficient.

Fair at Neelkanth Mahadev Temple

The most famous festival of the Neelkanth Mahadev temple is organized during the Mahashivratri festival. Temple is heavily crowded during this time and very long ques of devotees for the worship of Shivling. During July- August when Shravan month of Hindu calendar start temple also decorated beautifully. During Shravan month lots of Kawandis come to Neelkhanth Mahadev temple for offering Ganga water, milk, bell leaf, coconut, flowers, etc. on the Shivling.

Facilities at Neelkanth Mahadev Temple

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Entry Gate of the temple on the road
  • There are many shops for Prasad, religious items and many other things.
  • There are many shops for snacks and food items.
  • There is a Police post in front of the temple so in an emergency you can contact them immediately.
  • Washroom, drinking water, etc. all the facilities available here.
  • Parking space is available on roadsides but there is no parking stand for the vehicles.
  • Temple has CCTV facilities so no one can do the wrong things here.

How to Reach Neelkanth Mahadev Temple

Buses for Char dham in Rishikesh
Rishikesh Bus Stand
Rishikesh is well connected by railway and roadways. The nearest main railway station is Haridwar which is about 25 km away from Rishikesh. Rishikesh has also a railway station but mainly passenger trains are run there. Maximum trains come to Rishikesh via Haridwar. From Haridwar, Rishikesh is only a half-hour journey.

Rishikesh is connected by other cities via national highway 58. Rishikesh is a hilly area but it is well connected by the government roadways buses and by private transport buses. You will get here buses for popular Char Dham Pilgrim places. From New Delhi, it is only a 6-hour journey by bus.

The nearest airport for Rishikesh is Jolly Grant airport at Dehradun which is about 35 km far away from the Rishikesh. You will get flights for Dehradun from New Delhi and Lucknow also. 

There are many ways to reach to the Neelkanth Mahadev temple from the Rishikesh. The popular way is from the Laxman Jhula taxi stand. Here you can get a private taxi or shared taxi both. If you take a private taxi then you have to pay 1100 Rs for going to the temple and coming back to the taxi stand. If you take a shared taxi then only 150 Rs will be charged for both going to the temple and coming back to the taxi stand.

Many devotees go to the temple by trekking. The way of the temple is surrounded by green lushed hills with rivers. By trekking, you will reach the temple in about 4 hours from Rishikesh. You can go to the temple by own vehicle but you must have the experience to drive your vehicle in the mountains.

TouristBug’s Recommendations
  • There is no place to keep your valuable items at the temple campus so carry with you.
  • Remove your slippers or shoes at the Prasad shops where you take Prasad.
  • If you are going by own vehicle then you should have good experience of driving on hills.
  • If you want to take a bath in the temple's waterfall then you should keep one set of clothes.
  • Photography is allowed in the temple but not at the main place of the temple where Shivlinga established. So you can enjoy photography.
  • Monkeys are present in the temple campus and outside of the temple area, so beware of them.
  • If you are going to visit this temple by trekking then keep essentials in your bag and wear comfortable sports shoes having a good grip.

Tuesday, 27 August 2019

Omkareshwar Mamleshwar Jyotirling Temple Khandwa Madhya Pradesh

MamleshwarJyotirlinga Temple Madhya Pradesh
Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga Temple Madhya Pradesh
In India, there are very famous Lord Shiv 12 Jyotirlingas. Among these very popular Shiv Jyotirlingas, Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga is situated at the bank of Narmada River in Khandwa city of Madhya Pradesh. It is situated about 140 km far from the very famous Lord Shiva’s Mahakal temple in Ujjain. Omkareshwar is one of the important pilgrimage places for Hindu and lakhs of Lord Shiva devotees come to visit this place every year.

Omkareshwar Temple is established on the small island which is known as Mandhata or Shivapuri. Mandhata Island is in the Narmada River. There is a dam also in the Narmada River near the Omkareshwar temple which protects the temple area from the flood. There are two temples one is Omkareshwar which is more popular and another is Mamleshwar which is less popular. Mamleshwar temple is situated at another bank of Narmada River near the Omkareshwar Temple.

Omkareshwar meaning is Lord of Omkara and Amreshwar mean Immortal Lord. Lord Shiva has both names. Amaleshwar Jyotirlinga is also known as Mamleshwar Jyotirlinga. Mamleshwar temple in ancient times known as Amareshwar temple. Both Omkareshwar and Mamleshwar Shivalingas are considered as the same Jyotirlinga.

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Mamleshwar Jyotirlinga temple Madhya Pradesh
Main Omkareshwar temple campus is the five-floor building. There is a temple of Mahakal on the first floor. Omkareshwar Temple is on the second floor. At the third floor, Siddhnatha temple is situated. At the fourth floor, Gupteswar temple situated and on the fifth floor Rajeshwer Mahadev temple. All these temples are Lord Shiva temple and these are different names of Lord Shiv.

Inside the Garbhagriha one side, Omkar Shiv linga and another side Goddess Parvati and Lord Ganesh idols established. Around the Jyotirlinga always water is filled. You can see also there are temples of Panchamukhi Ganesha, Govindeshwar and Maa Annapurna. Omkareshwar temple always crowded so there is a queue system. The main entrance gate is small. You have to walk on the stairs which is more than 50 to 60.

The Twelve Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva

As per Hindu legends and as mentioned in Puranas, Jyotirlingas are those places where Lord Shiva manifested as Jyoti form and established as Shivlinga. The twelve Jyotirlingas are listed below.

Jyotirlings in India
The 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva
  1. Somnath Jyotirlinga at Veraval, Gujarat
  2. Mahakaleswar Jyotirlinga at Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh
  3. Omkareshwar - Mamleshwar Jyotirlinga in Khandwa, Madhya Pradesh
  4. Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga at Srisailam, Andhra Pradesh
  5. Kedarnath Jyotirlinga in Himalayas, Uttarakhand
  6. Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga, Maharashtra
  7. Viswanath Jyotirlinga at Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
  8. Triambakeshwar Jyotirlinga at Nashik, Maharashtra
  9. Vaidyanath Jyotirlinga, Deogarh, Jharkhand
  10. Nageswar Jyotirlinga at Dwarka, Gujarat
  11. Rameshwar Jyotirlinga at Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu
  12. Grishneshwarnear Jyotirlinaa at Aurangabad, Maharashtra
History of Omkareshwar Mamleshwar Jyotirlinga

The history of Omkareshwar Shivling found in Purans. As per legend, once Narad Muni Ji went to Vindhya Mountain. Then Vindhya Mountain narrates about his prideful things then Narad Muni Ji replies you have many qualities but Meru Mountain is higher than you. Then the Vindya Mountain becomes sad.

Vindya Mountain had jealous to Meru Mountain. So he decided to do penance of Lord Shiva. Then Vindya Mountain goes to Omkar place and made a Shivling from clay. He started very hard penance of Lord Shiva. After six months Lord Shiva become pleased from the penance of Vindya Mountain and come in front of them. Lord Shiv shows them their divine form and blessed them. At that time other gods and Rishi muni came and prayed to Lord Shiva to stay and stable here for forever.

As per the desire of Vindhyaparvat, Lord Shiv performed two parts of his linga called Omkareshwar. Then one called as Omkareshwar and the other as Amaleshwar. Even though the place and the temple of both Lingas are separate, the power and nature of both are considered the same.

After getting the desired wish from Lord Shiv, Vindhya Mountain starts grows and becomes larger than Meru and other mountains. It is so big now it starts obstructed the Sun and the Moon. Peoples now worry and go to the shelter of Agastya Rishi. Agastya Rishi with his wife goes to Vindhya Mountain convinced him for not grow further till they not again come back. But Agastya Rishi and his wife never returned to Vindhya Mountain.

Mythologies related to Omkareshwar Mamleshwar Jyotirlinga Temple

As per another legend, once there was a fierce war between Deities and Monsters. Monsters win the war so Deities go to the shelter of Lord Shiva and pray. Lord Shiv get pleased with their prayer and appeared as Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga near the bank of Narmada River. Then Lords or Deities starts worship to Jyotirlinga and get powerful and defeated the Monsters.

As per legends, this temple is established by the King Mandhata who was the ancestor of Lord Ram. King Mandhata was the devotee of Lord Shiva. He made this place as his capital. Then this place later famous as Omkar Mandhata. That's why this island is also called Mandhata. King Mandhata did penance of Lord Shiva here for many years and pleased them. When Lord Shiva appeared in front of Mandhata then Mandhata prayed to Lord Shiva a boon to reside in this area. That is why God got established here in Omkar form.

Lord Shiva Sleeps at Omkareshwar Mamleshwar temple

As per Hindu mythology, Lord Shiva comes Omkareshwar Mamleshwar temple daily after traveling on the Earth for the resting in the night. That's why daily temple priest does Shyan Arti of Lord Shiva.  Omkareshwar is the only temple where Lord Shiva's Shayan Arti done by the priests of the temple. Omkareshwer temple priest daily at 08:30 pm did Lord Shiv Shayan Arti in a very secret way.

Om Shaped Parikrama Path at Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga Temple

Temples in Madhya Pradesh
The starting point of the OM parikrama path at Omkareshwar temple
Mandhata Parvat or Shivpuri is an island, around this Narmada River is flowing. There is a Parikrama Path on this island which looks like Hindus auspicious symbol OM from the height. This Om Parikrama Path is about 7-8 km long and the way is completely full of temples.

Parikrama Path starts from the near Narmadha ghat. Parikrama Path is clockwise around the Omkareshwar temple. You have to go upstairs to some places and in some places go downstairs. There are many Aasrams, trusts and resting places for the devotees in the way. You have to complete this path by foot only and it takes approx. 3-4 hours easily.

Festivals and Fair at Omkareshwar Mamleshwar temple

Maha Shivratri is the main festival of any Shiv temple. Since it the Jyotirlinga temple so here Maha Shivratri celebrated at the very grand level. Here Maha Shivratri fair is organized for those days. At that time temples open for all times. Temple committee organizes lots of feasts (Bhandara) for devotees. Temple distributes Prasad many places during this time. Lakh of Lord Shiv devotees come from the all over India get Darshan of Omkareshwar and Mamleshwar Jyotirlinga.

There is a big fair organized on the Kartik Purnima. Lots of devotees come here and offering Prasad. Lord Shiva Arti is organized with great grandeur. Ganesh Chaturthi and Anant Chaudas also celebrated here very promptly.

Timing of Omkareshwar Mamleshwar Jyotirlinga Temple

Omkareshwar temple opens daily in the morning at 05:00 am and closed in late night at 10:00 pm after Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga aarti. You can offer milk and water till 04:00 pm only.
Temple is closed for half an hour from 12:30 pm to 13:00 pm in the afternoon.
Mamleshwar temple opens daily. The timing of the temple is from morning 5:30 AM to the evening at 9:00 PM.

Visiting Time duration Omkareshwar Mamleshwar Jyotirlinga Temple

The total time required to travel completely Omkareshwar and Mamleshwar temple will be 2-3 hours. If you walk on the Om Path then 3-4 hours more needed. If you want to do boating and visit Sangam place then time also increase up to one hour. If you come from a nearby city like Khandwa, Ujjain, Indore, etc. then in a day you will complete your journey.

Best Time to Visit Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga Temple

The best time to visit Omkareshwar temple is early morning but you can also enjoy in the evening also. I will suggest to you if you want to walk on Om Path then you can do it in the early morning or in the evening in summer. In winter afternoon time will be good.

Going to Omkareshwar temple is good any time but if we consider as per season and location, the going to after the rainy season will be the best time. Best season for the Omkareshwar temple is from September to March. Hills looks lush green, rivers will have water and environment will so beautiful.
If you want to get darshan of Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga easily and without much crowd then you have to go there after 04:00 pm during normal days.

Ancient Temple below the Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga

Omkareshwar photos
Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga Main temple 
In the Omkareshwar temple, the main Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga is not just below the temple peak. As per temple rule, the main Shivling must be below the temple peak. Archaeologist thinks that Jyotirlinga was originally located in a small ancient temple. That's why they want to do a 3D survey of the Omkareshwar temple. They think there is a small chamber or temple will be just below the main Shivling.

Facilities at Omkareshwar Mamleshwar Jyotirlinga Temple

Omkareshwar Mamleshwar is very famous temples of India and there are lakhs of devotees come from all over India and from abroad countries. That's why there is every type of facilities available from the government.
  • Washrooms and Shulabh Shauchalay are available in many places.
  • Drinking water and food stalls available.
  • Various types of shops available like Prashad, sweets shops, wooded items shops, etc.
  • Hotels, restaurants, Dharamshala, and lodges are available for tourists.
  • Parking facility is available but at some distance from the Omkareshwar temple.
  • Boats available for going to Omkareshwar or Mamleshwar temple and for Sangam of two rivers.
  • Medical facilities are also available.
How to Reach Omkareshwar Mamleshwar Jyotirlinga Temple

For reaching to Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga you have to come at Shivpuri or Mandhata Mountain which is an island. For reaching to Omkareshwar temple you can use the bridge or Jhula Bridge on Narmada River. You can also go there by boat in Narmada river they will charge only 20 rupees per person. Mamleshwar is directly connected to the road so no need to cross the Narmada River, just go downstairs from the main road and you will reach the temple.

Omkareshwar is well connected by road. Connectivity by trains is temporarily unavailable. Omkareshwar has a railway station named Omkareshwar Road. But it is a small railway station where mainly meter gauge passenger trains were running. But now its gauge under changing process and this will also become a broad gauge railway station in the near future.

The nearest main railway station is Khandwa which is about 70 km from the Omkareshwar. The second nearest main railway station is Indore which is approximately 80 km far away from Omkareshwar. From both places i.e. Khandwa and Indore you will get private buses easily for the Omkareshwar in the day time but in night frequency of buses very rare. There is no government bus service for the Omkareshwar temple.

If you want to reach the nearest stoppage of the Omkareshwar temple the bus will be best for you. You will get lots of buses from the Sarvate Bus stand which is near the railway station Indore, they will drop you at the nearest stoppage of the Omkareshwar temple within two hours.
If you want to come here by airplane then the nearest Airport is in the Indore. Then after that, you can come by private taxi or by Volvo buses.

Omkareshwar Mamleshwar Jyotirlinga Temple Address

Shiv Jyotirlinga Shri Omkareshwar Temple, Khandwa
Ward No 11, 12, Khandwa - Indore Road,
Mandhata, Madhya Pradesh

TouristBug’s Recommendations for Omkareshwar Mamleshwar Jyotirlinga Temple

How to reach Manleshwar Jyotirlinga
Temples and trusts on the Om Parikrama Path at Omkareshwar Temple
I have been personally traveled Omkareshwar and Mamleshwar temple more than five-times when I was living in Indore. So on the basis of my personal experience, I share some recommendations.
  • Omkareshwar Temple is good for the photographic session. Here a photographer gets a full package of mountains, river, dam, temples, etc. with natural beauty. During the Sunrise and Sunset, Omkareshwar places look so beautiful.
  • Photography inside the main Omkareshwar temple is not permitted. But you can take lots of pics outside.
  • I will suggest taking a Boat ride during the evening and early morning, it will be a good experience for you. You will enjoy boat riding on the Narmada River. You can go by boat to the place where the Narmada river dividing into two rivers.
  • Many devotees due to not aware properly, visit only Omkareshwar temple and forget to visit Mamleshwar temple. So don't forget to go Mamleshwar Jyotirlinga.
  • You can take bath in the Narmada River, there are many Ghats for the devotees and tourists who want to take a holy dip in the Maa Narmada River. So you have to keep one set of clothes to change there.
  • Beware from the unauthorized peoples, who offer you for Jalbhishek of Jyotirlinga, VIP darshan, special worship and demanding money for that. You can easily go there and do it by itself.
  • There are lots of monkeys in the Omkareshwar temple area so be careful from monkeys and keep your kids safe from them. Don't give food items to monkeys and don't keep food items or Prasad openly in hand they can snatch it from you.
  • You can Purchase Prasad from the various shops near the temple or on way of temple. Omkareshwar temple trust sells Basan laddu as Prasad. You can purchase Laddu Prasad from the temple trust outlet. They will take Rupees 100 for 8 Laddus. If you want some special Puja then lots of Priests there which can do at their different charges.

Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Santala Devi Temple (Santaurgarh) Dehradun Uttarakhand

Tourist Places in Dehradun
Santala Devi Temple (Santaurgarh) 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.

Santala Devi Temple Video

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.