Darasuram- Shiva Temple Kumbakonam

Darasuram is home to Airavateswar Temple. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Airavateswar Temple was built by Chola King Raja Raja II in the 12th century AD. This shiva temple at Darasuram near Kumbakonam is a UNESCO world heritage site and a treasure trove of Art, Carvings and Architecture. The temple gets its name after Airavat the white elephant of Lord Indra who came here to worship. Along with Brihadeswarar Temple of Thanjavur & Gangaikondacholapuram, The Airavateswar Temple at Darasuram forms a triad of the Great Living Temples of Cholas and is a must visit.

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Thanjavur Big Temple

The Brihadeeswarar Temple in Thanjavur is one of the greatest architectural creations in India. Popularly called as Thanjavur Big Temple it is a sculptor's dream, a historian's mine, a dancer's vision and a sociologist's scoop! The Thanjavur Big temple which recently completed its 1000th birthday 2010 remains the finest specimen of Chola architecture, sculpture, bronze casting and painting. There are several interesting legends, mysteries and even a curse associated with this thousand year’s old temple! 

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Madurai Meenakshi Temple

Madurai Meenakshi Temple

Madurai Meenakshi Temple is one of the largest Temples of the World and an Architectural marvel. Over the last 2500 years Madurai Meenakshi Temple has been the lifeline of the City of Madurai. Madurai Meenakshi Temple has played a crucial role in promoting Tamil Art, Music, Dance & Culture. In fact, Madurai Meenakshi Temple is supposed to have been the host of the third assembly of Tamil Sangam, the ancient Literature Meet. As many as 30000 sculptures can be found in the Madurai Meenakshi temple complex! No wonder it was in the list of top 30 nominees of “New Seven Wonders of the World”.  

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Amarnath Yatra, a Himalayan Pilgrimage

Amarnath Yatra an Introduction

Amarnath Yatra is a magical journey to the holy cave at 14000 feet above sea level on the Himalayas where Lord Shiva is in the form of a Lingam formed by a stalagmite. Nestled in a narrow gorge at the farther end of Lidder Valley, Amarnath Cave is 140 KMs from Srinagar in the state of Jammu & Kashmir and attracts thousand of Pilgrims every year despite the hostile conditions. Here is a Pilgrim's account of this unforgetable expedition along with some travellers tips.

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Sathuragiri trek-land of Siddhars & Siddha Yoga

Genesis of the Idea of Sathuragiri Trek

It all began with a message from Gman on Facebook sometime in May’12 asking me if I wanted to join him for a trek to Sathuragiri. My antlers went up after reading the “trek” part. I immediately said yes and started reading more about Sathuragiri. It turned out that Sathuragiri is the abode of the famous saints and devotees of Lord Shiva called Siddhars who were learned men of olden times and were saints, doctors, alchemists and mysticists. Siddhars like Agasthya are believed to control and transcend the barriers of time and space by meditation. A mountain to climb was good enough, but a mountain with a legend of magic and mystique got me all excited.

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