Sunday, 29 January 2012

Kadiri LakshmiNarasimhaswamy temple: Interesting stories behind the legend

Kadiri LakshmiNarasimhaswamy temple: Interesting stories from the mythology 

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Overview: The state road from NH7 to Kadiri is very scenic with boulders of different shapes to see and the winding roads made the drive more exciting.
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We reached Kadiri at around 8:30am and the temple complex was quite impressive. This place is most revered by the people across the state and the nearby states and it is believed to be the place where Lord Narasimhaswamy was worshipped by the Gods after he slayed the demon Hiranyakashyap at Tirumala hills. The legend behind the name of the place comes from the word Khadri denoting a place with a hill representing the feet of God Vishnu. Another Legend says that the idol of the Lord was found under the roots of the Khadri tree or Acacia Catechu. It is also believed that Vedavyas imparted lessons to his disciples.
The temple is enclosed in a 500ft square high walled compound with 4 entrances having a gopuram at each entrance. The temple is facing east with the Kalyanamantap in its front, a Yagashaala and a Paakashala or dining hall is present at the left, Asthana mantap in the north and Utsava Vigraha of the Lord which is made to sit during festivals are some of the prominent parts of the temple.
The inscriptions in the temple point to the Vijayanagara period and the temple was built during the 12th century. Food is served at the temple premises everyday.
It is said that sweat oozes out of the idol of the Lord during abhishekam and the priests continously wipe it off continously during the puja. The abhishekam begins at 9am everyday and continues till 11am. At around 12pm the lunch is served as prasadam to the devotees.
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How to reach: Bus: From Bangalore, there are direct buses to Kadiri.
Car: From Bangalore, head on NH7 towards Hyderabad road and on entering the AP state, watch out for a signboard indicating directions for Kadiri and Puttaparthi. Turn right at the signboard near Palasamudram to reach Kadiri.
Food/Accommodation: Small restaurants are present in Kadiri for food. Food is also served at the temple premises everyday.

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Gorantla: Ancient temple in a little known town

Gorantla: Ancient temple in a little known town 

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Overview: This was a welcome surprise for us early in the morning on the way to Kadiri. We could see an ancient temple on the left side of the road and decided to explore it. The Madhavarayaswamy temple is a 15th century structure built by the Vijayanagara rulers. It consists of a small shrine chamber, large central hall, and a pillared mantapa in front. The pillars of the temples are carved with base relief sculptors representing scenes from the Ramayana and the Puranas. There is also a big tank adjacent to the temple which is undergoing some maintenance work.
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How to reach: Bus: From Bangalore, there are direct buses to Gorantla.
Car/Bike: From Bangalore, head on NH7 towards Hyderabad road and on entering the AP state, watch out for a signboard indicating directions for Kadiri and Puttaparthi. This road leads to Gorantla which is around 10 kms from NH7.
Food/Accommodation: There are very limited options for food near this place.

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Rayalaseema, AP: Driving along a very interesting circuit

Rayalaseema, AP: Driving along a very interesting circuit 

Overview: Having heard a lot about the scenic landscape of the Rayalaseema area of Andhra Pradesh, we made a dash towards some good places in AP. Being quite some distance away from Bangalore, I decided to club the places to make it a 2-day trip. I finalised the following itinerary:
Day 1:

Day 2:

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Trip Timelines:
Place Distance Day Arrival Departure Remarks
Bangalore 128 km – about 2 hours 45 mins 1   04:15:00 AM  
Gorantla 50 km – about 1 hour 5 mins 1 07:05:00 AM 07:20:00 AM Have Breakfast
Kadiri 113 km – about 2 hour 15 mins 1 08:25:00 AM 12:35:00 PM Have Lunch at the temple
Gandikota 75.2 km – about 1 hour 45 mins 1 02:50:00 PM 04:30:00 PM  
Banaganapalli   1 06:05:00 PM   Dinner at Banaganapalli
Banaganapalli 13 km – about 20 mins 2   06:35:00 AM  
Yaganti 35.4 km – about 55 mins 2 06:55:00 AM 08:45:00 AM Have Breakfast at Yaganti
Owk Reservoir 10 km – about 20 mins 2 09:40:00 AM 09:50:00 AM  
Belum Caves 300 km – about 6 hour 05 mins 2 10:10:00 AM 01:05:00 PM Have lunch at the restaurant inside Belum caves premises
Bangalore   2 07:10:00 PM   Stopover for tea at 5:00 at Kamat Upachar near Chikkaballapur

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Lost temples of Karnataka: Basaralu

Basaralu: Stories sculpted in stone… 

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Overview: Done this during the trip to Kambadahalli near Nagamangala. This is a tiny village and the temple can be reached on the route between Mandya and Nagamangala. Its a small temple dedicated to Lord Mallikarjuna. The temple architecture reflects the Hoysala style with the emblem on the top. The pillars and Gopurams have intricate carvings of Gods and elephants as well. The temple was locked when we went there but the priest's house was nearby so they opened the gates for us. Inside the inner garbhagrihas are the sculptors of serpent God and the Sun God sculptor. The outer carvings on the walls match with those of Halebid.
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References: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basaralu
How to Reach: To reach Basaralu, travel along Mysore road, at Mandya, turn right towards Nagamangala. Enroute is Basaralu. Buses are available from Mandya to Nagamangala via Basaralu.
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