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.

Tourist places in Madhya Pradesh
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.

Thursday, 20 June 2019

Sanjay Van Vatika Ambikapur Sarguja

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

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

Sanjay Park as a Yoga Centre of Ambikapur

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

Timing of Sanjay Van Vatika Ambikapur

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

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

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

Best Time to Visit Sanjay Van Vatika Ambikapur

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

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

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

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

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

Address of at Sanjay Van Vatika Ambikapur

Sanjay Van Vatika
NH 343, Ambikapur
Surguja, 497001

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

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

Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Jai Shri Shri Kalu Sidh Baba Sidh Peeth Kaluwala Dehradun

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

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

History of Kalu Sidh Temple

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

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

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

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

Maa Durga and Maa Kali Temple at Kalu Sidh

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

Fair at Kalu Sidh Temple

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

Best Time to Visit Kalu Sidh Temple

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

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

Timing of Kalu Sidh Temple

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

Worship in Kalu Sidh Temple

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

Movie on Kalu Sidh Baba

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

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

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

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

Address of Kalu Sidh Temple

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

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