Here are listed some unusual and rare Devee Devtaa temples.
Prominent among the temples of Ganesh are a cluster of eight temples
popularly known as Asht Vinaayak temples which are totally dedicated to
Shree Mahaa Ganapati. These temples are very ancient where Vinaayak had
manifested in different cosmic ages. They are,
(1) Shree Mayooreshwar at Moregaon
(2) Shree Siddhi Vinaayak at Siddhatek
(3) Shree Ballaleshwar at Pali
(4) Shree Varad Vinaayak at Mahad
(5) Shree Chintaamani at Theur
(6) Shree Girijaatmaj at Lenyadri
(7) Shree Vighneshwar at Ozhar
(8) Shree Mahaa Ganapati at Ranjangaon
All these eight temples are located in the state of Mahaarashtra within a
radius of about 100 km from Pune city. It is not possible to cover all these
temples visit within one day. It requires minimum two or three days for a
complete visit. Conducted tour facilities are available from Pune as well as
from Mumbai cities. Total distance coverage from Pune will be around 650 km
and from Mumbai it will be around 750 km.
The Koodalmaanikyam Temple in Iringalakuda, Trissur district in the state of
Kerala is the only temple of Bharat in India. It holds the Deity Bharat as a
sage, not as a prince. There are four ponds that are located in and around
the temple. The largest of the four are Kuttan Kulam, located outside the
compound on the Eastern side, and Kulipini Teertham, located inside the
Dash Mahaavidyaa Temple
Situated in Bhojpur, 30 km from Bhopaal in Madhya Pradesh, "Nikhildham"
is a rare place of worship. It is the only temple in India dedicated to the
‘Dasa Mahavidya’ or the ‘Ten Mahavidyaa’. Most temples have one deity or a few
deities, but a place of worship dedicated to all the Mahaavidyaa is rare. Nikhil
Dhaam was inaugurated in March 2005. Spread over five acres, the temple has the
idols of all the Ten Mahavidyaa, specially carved by inspired artisans of Raajasthaan.
Nikhildham is home to numerous trees, herbs and hrubs, which are rare and unique
for pure Tantra Saadhanaa. The complex is serene and situated on the bank of a river.
It is a unique place in the world of spirituality. You may look at the photos at :
There is a Girnaar Hill, in Joonaa Garh
area of Gujaraat, where a famous temple of Dattaatreya is there. One has to climb
10,000 stairs to reach there. People do this climbing overnight and have his Darshan.
It is on the way to Somnaath Jyotirling if one is traveling by train. The hill can
be seen with steps going up , there was a white colored monument.
Maruthurvattam. It is a place near Cherthala and is famous for its Dhanvantari
Temple there. This place got the name so because the Vaidyan Moos from Kottaayaam
stayed there in olden days and he used to give medicines only once, the diseases
used to get cured. The Moos Vaidyan became very famous and patients from far of
places started coming to see him. He used to say to those patients coming from
distance to their query "Marunnu oru vattam Mathi" - that prescribed
medicines are sufficient. Repetition of the medicines for a 2nd time is not needed.
As days went on the Moos Vaidyan got famous as Marunnu Oruvattom Vaidyan. The place
got the name Marunnu Oruvattam and later it got shortened to "Maruthoor
Vattaam" (Read from the legend about Maruthoor Vattam Temple from the Temple
There are two Maatrikaa's Temples - Sapt / Ashta Maatrikaa Temples in Kerala at
Kodungallur and Ameda. In both these temples the main deities are Maatrikaa.
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The Mallikaarjun Temple in Basaraalu is one of the typical Hoysala Temples. It
was built by one Harihar Naayak who was the commander in chief under the Hoysala
King Raajaa Imaadi Narasimha. The Temple is built in a typical Hosyala style
with the base being star shaped. The carvings depict various stories from the
Mahaabhaarat in the Puraan. The place is maintained well by the ASI.
The temple has a
beautiful Dravidian Shikhar on its main Garbh Griha, which houses a “Balahari
Shiv Linga” and a beautiful lotus on the ceiling . The two small Garbh Griha
facing each other, house a “Naag Naagin” sculpture in one and the “Soorya Dev”
(Sun god) in the other. The vestibule has the symbol of Hoysala, Sala killing a
lion. Photography is not allowed inside the sanctum scrotum.
of Basaralu, was built in 13th Century AD, and it can be reached from Bangalore
-> Mysore highway -> Mandya ->Take right to Chick Mandya -> then take
Left to Basaralu - total distance is about 80 miles (130 Kms) Overall road
conditions are all right.
(1) There is a pillar, believed to be the pillar of appearance of Narasinh
Bhagavaan to kill Hiranyakshyap, in Dhaaraadh village, in Poornea District
in Bihaar. A big temple of Narasinh Bhagavaan exists behind the same
(2) There is
one temple more in Mahaaraashtra, near the banks of River Krishna, in
Sangalee District. It is underground and one has to literally crawl down
to reach the inside to witness the beautiful stone carved sculptured
Narasinh and Lakshmee.
Nava Narasinh Temple
See also Nava Narasinh Kshetra
Here is a travelogue to Nava Narasinh Temple, also called "Dakshin
Ahobilam" at Avaniyapuram near Vandavasi / Cheyyar:
Highlights of this temple are:
* Twin temples on a small hillock
* One at the middle tier for Lord Narasinhar with Goddess Lakshmee - also with a lioness face
* The top tier temple is for Lord Venkateshwar
* There are nine Narasinhars and so is called Dakshin Ahobila
* Shrines for Sholingar Narasinhar, Sri Ranganathar and Varadhraja Perumal
The world's first temple dedicated to
Patanjali was inaugurated by His Holiness Shree Shree Yogaachaarya B.K.S. Iyengar
in his holy birthplace of Belloor, a village in Karnaatak, South India, on the 31st
October 2004. Patanjali was the son of the Divine Yoginee Gonikaa and is the Divine
Expounder of Yog as taught by Kapil Jee (the primordial Holy Incarnation of Vishnu,
son of Rishi Kardam and Devahooti)
(1) There is one Saraswatee Temple in Koothanur in Tanjaavur district (Tamilnaadu).
(2) There is an important Saraswatee Temple in Basar at a distance of 40 km from
Nizaamaabaad, in Aadilaabaad District, Aandhra Pradesh on the banks of Godaavaree
Seetaa Samaahit Temple
The Seetaa Samaahit Temple stands exactly on the mound where Seetaa Jee descended
into Earth. Within the campus of the main temple there exists temples of Seetaa
Jee and Shiv Jee. There also stands a 108 feet high statue of Hanuman Jee, the
tallest statue of Hanumaan, installed
on an artificial rock of 20 feet high. Under this hillock there is a cave having
a small temple of Hanumaan Jee. Seetaamarhi is a historical place of immense
significance and is being visited by large number of pilgrims with great faith
and devotion. It is one of the five Teerth (holy places) in Poorvaanchal - (1)
Prayaag, (2) Seetaamarhi, (3) Saarnaath. (4) Vindhyavaasinee and (5) Kaashee,
all can be visited within 3 days.
How to reach? It is situated almost midway from Allahabad and Vaaraanasiee. Jangiganj
and Bheeti are situated on the GT Road (NH-2 also known as Sher Shah Suri Marg) from
where roads lead to Seetamarhi. It is 13 Kms from Jangeeganj and just 7 Kms from
Bheeti. One can get bus or taxi from Gopeeganj* - an important town between Allahabad
and Vaaraanasee. Allahabad is an important Railway Junction and all trains arrive
here from all directions, while Vaaraanasee finds an important place on the air map
Shiv, Vishnu and Brahmaa Temple (1)
This Temple is located in a beautiful location with Kaaveree flowing in
front at Kodumudi. It is one of the very few temples which enshrines all
the three Moorti - Brahmaa, Vishnu and Shiv in exclusive shrines with
legendary significance. It is a highly popular Parihaar Sthal for all
types of problems. There is a holy and mystic Vannee Tree which is said to
be 3000 years old It is a living tree with one side of the tree having
thorns and the other side without it. This is the place where river
Kaaveree was relieved of her curse of Sage Agastya from his Kamandal. The
river which flows Southward from Karnaatak, turns 90 degrees in front of
the temple and flows Eastward from here. It is one of the 275 important
Shiv temples glorified by Thevara hymns. Sundarar composed his Namachivaaya
Patikam here. Saint Arunagirinathar sung "Thirupugazh" on Lord
Muruga Kaarttikeya or Skand or Kumaar) of this temple.
Shiv, Vishnu and Brahmaa Temple (2)
There is yet another shrine, perhaps 1000 years old, in a village called Nallur,
Tamilnaaadu), 10 KMs from Kumbaakonam, on the way to Vallangaiman, where all
three Moorti - Brahmaa, Vishnu and Shiv give Darshan to devotees. This temple
is known as Dakshin Kailaash. Where Shiv was married to Paarvatee and marriage
rituals were performed by Brahmaa, and Kannigadhanam by Vishnu. There is a
Swaayambhu Ling which changes color five times in a day and known as Panch
Aavarneshwar. Lot more is written in Sthal Puraan about this famous temple.
[Lot of spiritual significance about the Temple and you can google it for
more details - under Nallur, near Kumbaakonam or Panchavarneswarar]
There are only 2 Temples of Trivikram in India. One installed by Brahmaa Jee
near Tirukoilur and another one installed by Vaadiraaj at Sodhe.
Varun Dev Temple
A Varun Dev Temple is located in Manoraa Island in Karaachee, Sindh, Paakistaan. The
Temple is devoted to Varun, the god of the oceans. The exact year of the Temple's
construction or foundation is not known (it may be thousands of years old) but it is
widely believed that the current structure was built in around 1917–18. Today, the
temple is in a dilapidated state as humid winds are destroying into the structure
and the rich carvings on the walls of the temple are slowly eroding. At present,
the building is not used for worship and the last ritual was held in the 1950s. Currently,
this temple belongs to the Hindu Council of Paakistaan. According to a legend, it was
around 16th century when a wealthy sailor by the name of Bhojomal Nancy Bhattia bought
Manora Island from the Khan of Kalat, who owned most of the land along the coastline
at that time and then his family commissioned a temple on the lay terrain.