St. Philomena's Church
This is the most beautiful church in Karnataka and was built by a French Architect in the 19th century. The church is dedicated to a 3rd century Greek Saint named Philomena whose statue is here in a reclining position. A part of the saint's bones and clothes are still in the church. The church was earlier known as St. Joseph Chaver. The church is inspired from the St. Patrick's Church in New York and a local church of Cologne. King Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV laid the foundation of the church. The stained glass windows with the beautiful paintings of the incidents of the life of Jesus Christ. The most attractive are the birth of Christ and his Baptism.
Namdroling Monastery (Golden Temple)
The Namdroling Nyingmapa Monastery is the biggest showing focus of the Nyingma ancestry of Tibetan Buddhism in the world. The cloister was set up by throne-holder Kyabje Penor Rinpoche in 1963, after his 1959 way out from Tibet as the second seat of the Palyul Monastery, one of the six awesome Nyingmapa Mother religious communities of Tibet preceding addition. Every day Namdroling religious community invites many guests, both from India and abroad to encounter the teachings and make the most of our grounds, sanctuaries and thoughtful environment. For travelers wishing to see their grounds and sanctuaries, it is conceivable to stay in inns in the neighborhood town of Kushalnagar without license and make day excursions to the monastery. Tourists and different guests with non-Indian international IDs for the most part stay in inns in Kushalnagar, a short auto Rickshaw ride from the cloister (10 rupees for every individual, 30 rupees if more individuals). Amid extraordinary occasions, the religious community may book the spaces for uncommon visitors so check close before your entry to protect accessibility.
Namdroling Monastery was established by throne-holder of Tibetan mother (one of six) monastery Palyul, Penor Rinpoche in 1963. It is the largest teaching centre of the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism in the world. The stunning compound is currently home to over 5,000 lamas (monks and nuns), a teaching institution and even a hospital. The best time to visit Bylakuppe and especially Namdroling is during the Tibetan New Year festival of Losar.
The oldest and the most important mosque of the city, it is also one of the largest in the whole world. It was started by Sultan Qutub Quli Shah in the year 1643 and was completed by Emperor Aurangzeb in the year 1698. It is known that the Sultan called all the Islamic leaders of the world to lay the foundation of this mosque. It is located beside the Charminar in the south western direction and has a huge blocking wall with two octagonal pillars on the west. These are said to have been built with the same graniite. The name Mecca Masjid is because everything from the design, detailing and architecture was based on the huge Mosque and shrine of Mecca. The bricks used to build this mosque were also brought down from Mecca only. The mosque can accomodate more than 100000 devotees at one time and a gallery inside the mosque is also said to house a relic of Prophet Muhammad.
Tashi Lhunpo Monastery
When the Chinese army dismantled the 569-year-old Tashi Lhunpo Monastery in Tibet, many senior lamas left Tibet to build monastic institutions in other parts of the world. But the late Panchen Lama, head of Tashi Lhunpo refused to leave his home and therefore its counterpart in India could never become a proper university like Sera. But the campus in Bylakuppe built in 1972, still invites young monks for teaching and learning.
Malik Deenar Mosque
Built by Malik Ibn Deenar, this is a typical Kerala style mosque which is in the Thalankara region. It is one of the best preserved mosques of the state. Long time back in the 7th Century, this man was a trader who ame down to India with 12 of his associates to trade in this country and with another aim of spreding Islam in other parts of the world. They started spreading their message along with trading here peacefully. The king Cheraman Oerumal got to know about this and was highly impressed by theoir ways of spreading religion. On being asked, Ibn Deenar replied that the secret behind his honesty was his recent turn to Islam. The king was so happy with them and was so highly convinced that he himself embraced Islam. Later, this mosque was built and Ibn Deenar was made the first Qazi. He is also said to be the first person who had brought Islam to the country.
Hakeem Baba Dargah
Hakeem Baba Dargah is near by Jubilee Hills IN Hyderabad, from Hakeem Baba Dargah one can see entire city including Golconda fort. There is a Lotus pond and KBR national park located nearby which is often visited during specific morning and evening hours. Jubilee hill is just a posh area in Hyderabad after Banjara hills.
The dome was really surprising for me. So was the architecture. I had previously visited mughal monuments in Delhi, Agra and nawabi monuments in Lucknow, Faizabad but this architecture is quite different from that of those monuments. Granite black stones have been used in making this dome which is mostly found in the Deccan plateau in the country. On the other hand, monuments in north India are built using either marble or sand stones.It was almost 5 pm when I completed visiting Gol Gumbaz. Then, I moved to the Jamia Maszid in the city of Bijapur. It was the time of evening prayer for muslims. I felt peace and harmony in the Mosque. I spent half an hour sitting on a side wall and looking at the beauty of Mosque. It was again an splendid example of deccan architecture. In almost all the monuments black stones have been used extensively. Limestone has also been used in Jamia maszid.
Ibrahim Rauza Masjid
Then I visited in the bijapur city till 8 pm. This city has monuments, walls, minars everywhere. This city was on its zenith during the reign of Adil shah and Ibrahim shah II. I had delicious meal there in the city and then returned to my hotel. I had not slept last night so I was too tired to roam anywhere else. I came back to hotel around 9 and slept within no time. It was a nice day to visit Bijapur, especially Gol Gumbaj. When I saw it , I remembered the days in the school when we used to match the famous monuments with their names in our exercises. And , believe, I remember the picture of Gol Gumbaj from that exercise of the history book.Next morning I woke up at 8 am. I freshened up myself and left the hotel for some remaining monuments in Bijapur. My first stop was at Ibrahim Rauza, an ispiration for the Taj Mahal( people say it and below pictures prove it ). This is the mausoleum of Ibrahim Adil Shah II. It has two buildings, one tomb and one mosque facing each other. This is the most ornate monument in Bijapur.
Malik Deenar Juma Masjid
Around 1400 years old, This mosque reminds of the Islamic influence in Kerala. Built in a typical Kerala style architecture, this mosque was built by Malik bin Deenar, the first people to bring Islam into Kerala. The place is sacred to Muslims as it has the grave of Malik Ibn Mohammed, one of the descendants of Malik Bin Deenar. It is one of the monuments that speaks of the cultural heritage of Kerala. It is one of the Historical places to visit in North Kerala.
Makkah Masjid, is one of the oldest mosques in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India, And it is one of the largest Mosques in India. Makkah Masjid is a listed heritage building in the old city of Hyderabad, close to the historic landmarks of Chowmahalla Palace, Laad Bazaar, and Charminar.Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah, the fifth ruler of the Qutb Shahi dynasty, commissioned bricks to be made from the soil brought fromMecca, the holiest site of Islam, and used them in the construction of the central arch of the mosque, thus giving the mosque its name. It formed the centerpiece around which the city was planned by Muhammad Quli Qutub Shah.
One of the oldest and largest in the city of ruins, this temple was built in the 7th century and is still in use. The temple is on the southern banks of the River Tungabhadra and has a very simple design and architecture. Over so many years and the changing rule of so many kings, a number of additions and expansions had been made in the form of pillars and small rooms. The temple is one of the gems of this ruined place and was built of simple brick and mortar. The life size idols of Lord Shiva is attractive and overall this place is an important site of pilgrimage for Shaivites. The present temple is also almost in ruins but still in use.
This forms the central temple of Hampi and is the most beautiful piece of architecture here. The grandeur of this temple till today cannot be expressed in words. The pillars and sculptures inside this 15th century temple are just awesome. The taste of art and the expertise of sculptors and artists even so long back will make you awestruck. The stone chariot is the most attractive part of this temple and the mineral paintings left till date on the lower part of this extravagant stone chariot tells a lot about the type of art in that time. The temple is believed to have been beautified and expanded by all the following kings of this place. Vitthala is a form of Lord Vishnu who is believed to have been worshipped as the cult deity especially of the cattle rearers during the 15th century. The elephant statues, main mantap, the Narasimha carvings on the pillars of the northern hall and the life size statue of God Garuda are all very beautiful too.
Badami Cave Temples
Badami is a small town on the north of Karnataka and was built by Pulakesin I of the Chalukyan Empire. This town is mainly known for the cave temples here. These caves were carved out of soft sandstone and bear the remains of Hindu and Dravidian styles of architecture. A major attraction in these caves is the 18 armed statue of Lord Shiva. Cave 1 is probably the oldest of all the caves and is made of red snadstone. The whole cave is adorned with the murals of Hindu deities. The life size statue of Lord Shiva with his consort and the snake is beautiful. Over here you will also be able to find also the statues of dancing Nataraja in 81 different poses. Caves 2 and 3 are dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Cave 4 is a Jain Temple.
Hazara Rama Temple
An important shrine and a hindu temple, this is located right in the middle of the royal omplex in Hampi. This temple was once the private temple of the Vijayanagara rulers and the others following them. The temple is now in ruins but the bas and the relics here still look beautiful. These are the specialties of the temple and on them are depicted the whole story of the epic Ramayana. The temple was built during the 15th Century during the rule of the Vijayanagara Ruler Devaraya II and initially had nothing but a single mandap. Later all the pillars and designed structures were added to make this temple look more beautiful. The name Hazara Rama came from the fact that there are a large number of idols and structures of the deity here. Also there are relics of royal scenes, horses, elephants and other royal animals. Surrounding this temple is a sprawling lawn which is a popular spot of tourists especially during the afternoon.
Hemakuta Hill Temple Complex
This is a whole temple complex where most of them are in complete ruins and some are partly in ruins. The temples all look like Jain Temples mainly due to their beautiful architecture of typical Jain Temples but most of these are dedicated to Lord shiva, Vishnu or Lord Ganesha. As you go further, you find a beautiful ond which is now dry but the group of temples around, especially the Veerupaksha Temple complex is extensive and beautiful. The other temples are the Kalu Ganesha, Kadalekalu and Sasivekalu Ganesha. The Lakshminarasimha and Badavalli are two more attractions and there is also an old Hanuman Temple here. This is a perfect spot for history buffs and photographers.
Atmalinga of Lord Shiva is worshiped in this Temple.Tips for the Trip:1. Gokarna can be really humid, do carry water and please do not litter. Sunscreen and a hat are must to protect from the scorching sun.2. If you plan to follow the same route, get your lunch packed before the trek, as on Half Moon Beach the number of shacks are negligible and they might not be serving lunch.
Sasivekalu Ganesha Temple
The specialty of this temple is the huge monolithic statue of Lord Ganesha which was built by a rich trader of chandragiri, which is the present day Andhra Pradesh. This temple was built in the honor of King Narasimha II. The idol of Lord Ganesha here holds a noosh in one hand, a modak in another, his broken tusk in the third and an axe in the fourth. It is said that once Ganesha ate so much that his belly was about to burst and so he took a snake and tied it round his belly as a belt. Even in this temple there is a snake carved on the belly of Lord Ganesha according to this story. This temple is on the southern foothills of the Hemakuta Hill and is almost in ruins.
A completely marble made Mandir, Birla Mandir in Jaipur is not only famous but one that gives a feeling of peace and calmness to the visitors. Though, there are a number of Birlan Mandirs around the nation, the one in this city is quite hugs. The cleanliness, the maintenance and the well-planned structure and system is bound to take you off your feet. Apart from that, the architecture of the entire monument is worth a heavy sigh. The temple is a dedication to Lord Vishnu and Goddess Laxmi. It is also known as the LaxmiNarayan Temple for these reasons. There are quite a number of foreign tourists visiting this place all throughout the year.
Tambdi Surla Mahadev Temple
Mahadev Temple, Tambdi SurlaThe temple is located in the village of Tambdi Surla , at the foot of hills Ghat Anmod that connects Goa to Karnataka state. Approximately 65 km from the capital of the city of Panaji (Goa), this Shiva temple of 13th century survived several centuries of the reign of Muslims and Portuguese. The temple sits comfortably in a distant jingle and is accessible after trekking through dense forest. It takes 45 minutes of brisk walking to reach this place.Surla Tambdi in GoaThe idiosyncrasy of the temple attracts thousands of travellers and explorers. It's a bit off the beaten track location that make it a day trip for adventure lovers. Like a lost page of an old book of history, Tambdi Surla is simply beautiful. The sanctuary is surrounded by the tower and jungle that adds to make it a perfect holiday trip.Built in Jain style, this temple offers some interesting minutiae about the construction which is always debatable. This inexplicably carved, petite temple is made out of black basalt and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple was built by accomplished craftsmen in between 10th and 14th century. The complex carvings adorn the sides and interior of the building.The temple is surrounded with rich flora and cascading Tambdi Surla in the background. The last stop before reaching the place is the village where visitors walk to the water fall. The cascading waterfall from a great height can be heard from a distance. The calm landscape in the middle of culture and nature makes it an amazing blend of adventure and knowledge. This place is thronged by several devotees during Shivratri. If you visit it sometime, you can observe the unfinished semblance of the temple. This is because the temple was built in hurry by the Pandavas of Mahabharata.
Earlier known as the Vijayanarayana Temple, this is the prime attraction of th Belur Region of Karnataka. The temple is stuated on the banks of the Yagachi River and was once the capital of the Hoysala Empire Empire. There are also other temples in Belur and the neighbouring Halebid is a popular tourist attraction. The maning of the word Chennakesava is 'Handsome Krishna'. One of the most attractive temples, this temple is decorated inside out. Light greenish colour soapstone is mainly used to make the Chennakesava being carried on a Garida and the entrance with the Golden Lion makes the temple look even better. There are also other smaller shrines and temples inside this huge temple complex.
This temple is the main pilgrim attraction of the temple town of Gokarna. This is a Shaiva pilgrimage site and is visited by hundreds of people every month. It is said that the Atmalinga brought here by Ravana got struck and he was unable to extract it. During his trial, the coverings of the atmalinga flew away to the temples of Murudeshwara, Gunavanteshwara and Shejjeshwara. After this, Ravana left the atmalinga here as it was Mahabala or very strong and the temple was established here. The idol inside the temple is said to be almost 15000 years old and is in a standing posture with two hands.
Malyavanta Raghunath Temple
The Malyavantha hill, on which the Malyavantha Raghunatha temple is located, is the most sought after sunset point in Hampi. A small gate from the back of the temple opens to the west, with plenty of little rocks for one to choose their vantage point from. The sunset we managed to witness was truly one of the most special memories of the trip, the solitude and the beauty lending it a serenity quite unparalleled.
The island has a handful of places for sightseeing and we kickstarted ours with the Hanuman temple. It's a temple located on a hill where lord hanuman is said to be born and took around 20 minute ride from our guest house (Route Courtesy : our very own Google maps :D). A good short hike of 500 odd steps led us to the temple. The temple premises offers splendid views of the paddy fields and villages located near the foothill.
Infront of the Krishna Temple Complex in Hampi, there was once a buzzing market evident from the structure of the buildings around. Circled with rocky structures and raised platforms this is where the central marketplace of the city used to be during the times of the ancient kings. This place is now just a place of loose, huge rocks and historic ruins.
Sri Chamundeshwari Temple
This is a famous religious center on top of the Chamundi Hills in Mysore. This temple was built ust after the Wodeyars started their rule on this place and the Goddess Shakti was thei cult deity. Later, many contributions were made by the Hoysalas and Vijayanagara rulers. The legend goes that after the Goddess Chamundi had slayed the demon kind Mahishasura, everyone started praying to her and thus was built a very small shrine in devotion of the Goddess. This is the same temple which was rebuilt and beautified to form what we see today.
Temples of Karnataka
Karnataka is a state in the south west of India and has the Arabian Sea to the West of it. Bangalore is the largest city as well as the capital of Karnataka. The official language spoken here is Kannada which is also known as the cultural language of India. The history of this place in written dates back to the time of Chandragupta Maurya and then followed by many other rulers which lasted till the rule of the Mughal Sultans and then the British East India Company. The states surrounding Karnataka are Maharashtra, Goa, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Tamil Nadu. The state was earlier known as the State of Mysore to be changed to present day Karnataka in the year 1973. There are a number of tourist attractions including temples, sceneic attractions, beaches, zoos and other religious places too. Some of them are the city of Bangalore which itself is one of the major tourist attractions, city of Mysore, Shravanabelgola and Belur. The other attractions also include Halebid, Coorg, Hampi, Gokarna, Pattadikal and many others.
We left the temple around 06:15 pm. While along the way we saw a magnificent and beautiful Achyutaraya Temple. The temple has a beautiful outside complex. The view inside the temple was mesmerizing. The entire temple complex was covered with grass which makes it look beautiful. The temple was near to a hill.After spending sometime in the beautiful temple, we left the temple. We met many people from abroad in Hampi. We spoke with few of them. They had an really interesting story to tell and importantly showed patience to listen to our stories as well.
Originally known as the Chennakeshava Temple, this is in the town of Somanathapura. It was built by a general named Somanatha of the Hoysala empire during the reign of Narasimha III. This temple was built to honor not only the cult deity of the Hoysalas but also to honor the king who is known to have been extremely loving to his subjects. The prime deity of this temple is Lord Vishnu and the style of architecture is a typical Hoysala Style. This 13th century temple is also one of the best examples of Hoysala Art and architecture. This is the best preserved Hoysala temple and is very attractive mainly due to the carvings on the stone pillars especially on the eastern face of the temple.
Madikeri Golden Temple
Madikeri is 135KM from Mysore. One of the best roads for a drive in India. Road with trees on both sides, cool breeze and few shops in between for a pit stop. Our first stop was famous "Golden Temple" in Kushal Nagar. Also known as "Namdroling monastery", it's a huge area and a neat place.
Your final pitstop for the day can be the world-renowned Murudeshwar Temple, thanks to its second-tallest Shiva statue in the world. It's really not just the physical stature of the deity that is to see here, it's more the ethereal beauty that takes your breath away. The temple is built on the Kanduka Hill, surrounded by the Arabian Sea on three sides. A 20-storied structure is built close to the statue so that the latter's magnanimity can be enjoyed to the fullest.Come back to Om Beach