September 3, 2014

Lal Devi Temple - Haridwar

Site Name: Lal Devi Temple
Site Type: Hindu Temple
Location:  Haridwar, Uttarakhand state, India
Highlights: Replica of Vaishno Devi cave temple, Amarnath Shiva Linga and other main temples of India
Nearest Railway Station: Haridwar
Nearest Airport: Dehradun - 35 kms from Haridwar
How to reach: Well connected by road 
Hotel: A lot of options including low cost and free accommodation such as ashrams
Restaurants: Varieties of options - but only vegetarian

Haridwar is a religious city located on the banks of the beautiful Ganges river in Uttarakhand state of India. The city is an ancient city and has so many sacred places and temples for Hindus. It is considered as one of the seven most sacred sites of Hindus. Haridwar is dotted with a lot of religiously important sites such as temples and ghats. Let us explore a popular temple called Lal Devi Temple in this article.

Lal Devi temple was built in 1990s. The temple is dedicated to Lal Devi, a female saint. It was built by the ashram of that saint. The temple is built on an artificial hill and has an artificial cave also.

The outside of the temple is full of large stucco images of Hindu deities such as Ganeshji, Hanuman, Surya seated on the chariot pulled by seven horses and driven by his charioteer Aruna and Ram, Lakshman and Sita seated on a boat rowed by Guha.

Inside the temple, there is a replica of the popular cave temple of Vaishno Devi. There is another replica of the popular Amarnath Shiva Linga idol. Similarly, there is a shrine dedicated to the famous and the richest temple Tirupati Balaji. Another shrine enshrines Meenakshi of Madurai city whereas there is a separate shrine for Kumari Amman from the southernmost city of India, Kanyakumari. 

The temple is full of shrines and large sized idols. Some of the idols found in the temple apart from what was mentioned above are:


  • Lakshmi Narayana
  • Ganesha
  • Sheetla
  • Chamunda
  • Krishna and Radha
  • Mumbayi Devi
  • Kali and Shiva
  • Krishna
  • Narasimha along with Prahalata
  • Parashurama
  • Kali
  • Santoshi
  • Shiv Pariwar
  • Ram Darbar
  • Hanuman
  • Dakorji
  • Satya Narayan
  • Pancha Mukha Anjaneya
  • Lal Devi
  • Vithala
  • Saraswati 
  • Jagannath, Balaram and Subhadra
  • Badrinath
  • Shiva and Parvati
  • Dattatreya
  • Lakshmi
  • Durga
  • Vishnu
  • Rameshwar Dham
  • Kedarnath Dham
  • Dwarakadeesh
  • 12 Jyotir Lingas
Happy travelling.


September 2, 2014

Sapta Rishi Ashram and Sapta Sarovar - Haridwar

Site Name: Sapta Rishi Ashram and Sapta Sarovar
Site Type: Hindu Temple, Ashram and river
Location:  Haridwar, Uttarakhand state, India
Highlights: An interesting tourist attraction of Haridwar city
Nearest Railway Station: Haridwar
Nearest Airport: Dehradun - 35 kms from Haridwar
How to reach: Well connected by road 
Hotel: A lot of options including low cost and free accommodation such as ashrams
Restaurants: Varieties of options - but only vegetarian

Haridwar is a religious city located on the banks of the beautiful Ganges river in Uttarakhand state of India. The city is an ancient city and has so many sacred places and temples for Hindus. It is considered as one of the seven most sacred sites of Hindus. Haridwar is dotted with a lot of religiously important sites such as temples and ghats. Let us explore a peaceful place called Sapta Rishi Ashram in this article.

Sapta Rishi Ashram is a quiet and calm place located at a distance of around 5 kms from Haridwar city in a place called Motichur on the banks of the river Ganga. The river is called as Sapta Sarovar in this place as it splits herself into seven currents. 

This beautiful ahsram was started in 1940s by Sanatana Dharma Society of Punjab. It is well maintained place which houses Sanskrit college and hostel rooms for poor students. 

The complex also houses sever shrines such as Ganeshji, Hanuman, Ram Panchayat, Durga, Sapta Rishis and Pancha Pandavas and Draupadi on the river banks.

Legend:

As per the mythology, the seven great sages namely Kashyapa, Vashishtha, Atri, Vishwamitra, Jamadagni, Bharadwaja and Gautama meditated in this place and hence it is called as Sapta Rishi Ashram. The river did not want to disturb them and hence it got split into seven currents. Hence, the river is named as Sapta Sarovar here.

It is also believed that the heroes of Mahabharata epic, Pancha Pandavas and their wife Draupadi visited this place on their way to the heaven in their last few days.

Happy travelling.


September 1, 2014

Pawan Dham - Haridwar

Site Name: Pawan Dham
Site Type: Hindu Temple made full of glass materials
Location:  Haridwar, Uttarakhand state, India
Highlights: An interesting tourist attraction of Haridwar city
Nearest Railway Station: Haridwar
Nearest Airport: Dehradun - 35 kms from Haridwar
How to reach: Well connected by road 
Hotel: A lot of options including low cost and free accommodation such as ashrams
Restaurants: Varieties of options - but only vegetarian

Haridwar is a religious city located on the banks of the beautiful Ganges river in Uttarakhand state of India. The city is an ancient city and has so many sacred places and temples for Hindus. It is considered as one of the seven most sacred sites of Hindus. Haridwar is dotted with a lot of religiously important sites such as temples and ghats. Let us explore one of the modern day tourist attractions, Pawan Dham Glass Temple, of this ancient city.

Pawan Dham Glass Temple has become a major tourist attraction of Haridwar city in the last two decades. It is a branch of Geeta Bhawan Trust Society, Moga, Punjab state of India. It is lcoated at Sapta Sarobar Road at a distance of around 3 kms from Har Ki Pauri river ghat in Haridwar. 

The temple is popular due to wonderful mirror works, artistically designed walls and ceilings decorated with the pieces of colorful glasses and elaborately decorated marble idols of various deities. There are many Hindu temples found in India where the mythological stories are depicted in the form of mural paintings or relief images. However, this temple is unique where the Hindu deities and the mythological characters are depicted with the colorful glass materials. The reflections from the colorful glasses all over the temple complex makes the entire place very pleasingly colorful and attractive atmosphere. 

The temple has many shrines. Some of the important idols found in the temple are:
  • Ganesha in the sitting posture
  • Ganesha in the standing posture and carrying trident like Shiva
  • Krishna - Radha
  • Vishnu - Mahalakshmi
  • Santoshi Mata
  • Shiva - Shakti
  • Ram, Sita, Lakshman and Hanuman
  • Shivji on meditation with Natarja on the back side
  • Hanuman in the standing posture with abhaya mudra (unique feature)
  • Krishna playing flute with cow on his back
  • Durga with eight arms seated on her mount lion
  • Krishna in Vishwaroop - with multiple heads and multiple arms
  • Krishna preaching Gita to Arjun seated on the chariot
  • Ram with Sita, Hanuman and his three brothers
Happy travelling.