Ramanathaswamy Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to god Shiva located on Rameswaram island in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. It is one of the 275 Paadal Petra Sthalams, where the three of the most revered Nayanars (Saivite saints), Appar, Sundarar and Tirugnana Sambandar, have glorified the temple with their songs. The temple was expanded during the 12th century by Pandya Dynasty, and its principle shrines were renovated by Jeyaveera Cinkaiariyan and his successor Gunaveera Cinkaiariyan of the Jaffna kingdom. The temple has the longest corridor among all Hindu temples in India.The temple is located in Rameswaram, an island town in South India, considered a holy pilgrimage site for Shaivites, Vaishnavites and Smarthas. The temple is also one of the twelve Jyothirlinga temples, where Shiva is worshipped in the form of a Jyotirlingam. The Pamban Bridge is a cantilever railway bridge on the Palk Strait which connects the town of Rameswaram on Pamban Island to mainland India.
Kanyakumari is the ‘Land’s End’ of the Indian subcontinent, located in the state of Tamilnadu in south India. It is famed for its incomparable geographical location of not only its land’s end, but also for Tri-sea (Arabian sea, Indian Ocean and Bay of Bengal) confluence. Here, the Bay of Bengal meets the Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea. A dip in the ‘Triveni Sangam’ (confluence of the three seas) at Kanyakumari is considered holy. Chaitrapurnima (Tamil for the April full moon day) is one of the best times to experience the sunset and moonrise over the ocean in Kanyakumari simultaneously. Though the sunrise can be viewed round the year, the sunset is visible only from 15, October to 15, March from the southern most tip. Lakhs of tourists, round the year lured by the serene beauty of this place and the spectacles of sunrise and sunset. In the sea just 400 meters offshore, there are two rocks known as ‘twin rocks’, both contributing to the rich Indian heritage with the monuments of Swami Vivekananda and the great Tamil poet Saint Thiruvalluvar.
Considered to be world's richest temples, among the many dazzling architectural features of Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple is the ornate gopuram or the tower at the temple's main entrance is something of unique construction. It has seven floors with a pair of window like openings at the center of each floor on its opposite sides. On the exact two days of the Equinox ( close to March 21st & September 23rd) one gets to see the Setting Sun aligned and passing exactly through each of the windows in roughly 5-minute intervals. Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple of Thiruvananthapuram in South India is a fine example of exquisite architecture that blends Dravidian and traditional Kerala styles.
Adiyogi Shiva Statue
The Adiyogi Shiva statue is a 112-foot-tall (34 m) statue of Hindu deity Shiva located at Coimbatore in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Designed by Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, founder of the Isha Foundation, it was built by the foundation and weighs around 500 tonnes. Sadhguru said that the statue is for inspiring and promoting yoga, and is named Adiyogi, which means "the first yogi", because Shiva is known as the originator of yoga.
Tirupati Balaji Temple
Tirupati is one of the most popular temple towns situated in the Chittoordistrict of Andhra Pradesh. Tirupati is also known as Tirumala that is far-famed for the Sri Venkateshwara Temple, purely consecrated to Lord Vishnu. The mandir is situated on the hill top of Tirumala, while the town is spreads on the foothills. Moreover, the Tirumala hill will have to be crossed with 7 peaks known as Sapthagiri. This seven hills mark as a sign of exemplifying the 7 hoods of Adisesha -- the serpent lying majestically nether the Lord Vishnu lives in Vaikuntha. Pilgrims visiting the temple are filled with spiritual divinity and pray for a good fortune in their life. This temple town is an exciting and awe-inspiring tourism spot. Pilgrims visiting the place can make their dharshan to visit the Lord Vishnu, either by availing special Sevas or free dharma dharshan. The seva time starts from 3 in the morning and closes around 12 pm in the night. Generally, it takes around 4 to 5 hours of queue waiting to get the dharshan of Lord Vishnu! Either the Free dharshan or Paid dharshan, disciples must have to wait in a long queue. TTD method of approach by using the computerized issuing of tokens is being dispatched to the pilgrims. This method has greatly reduced the waiting time in a queue. Pilgrims can enjoy visiting the place and buy the prasadhams being sold there. As well-known, Tirupati is popularly known for Laddu -- the most familiar known prasadha!
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