Akshayavat and Shukdev Ashram, Shukratal, Muzaffarnagar District, Uttar Pradesh

The sacrosanct tirthasthala of Shukratal now known as Shukrateerth (Shukratirth) is one of the most picturesque places located on the course of the downstream Ganga. This beautiful place full of ancient temples, bathing ghats and wells is truly a spiritual treasure trove for the followers of Sanatana and Advaita.   This divine place derives its name from the... Continue Reading →

Gopeshwar Mahadev Temple, Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh

The sacrosanct Braj Dham has four guardians namely Bhuteshwar Mahadev in Mathura, Chakleshwar Mahadev in Govardhan, Kameshwar Mahadev in Kaman and Gopeshwar Mahadev in Vrindavan. Gopeshwar Mahadev holds the distinction of being the only temple dedicated to Lord Shiva in his female form built in the ancient times.   According to the Srimad Bhagavatam, on the... Continue Reading →

History of Banaras – Part VII (Conclusion)

अयोध्या मथुरा माया काशी काञ्ची अवन्तिका । पुरी द्वारावती चैव सप्तैते मोक्षदायकाः॥ Kashi, a name that evokes a multitude of emotions ranging from bliss, joy, ecstasy, love and relief is the city that promises liberation. Since the dawn of time, Kashi has been considered to be the centre of learning, knowledge, wisdom and Advaita. Sages,... Continue Reading →

Chakleshwar Mahadev Mandir (Chakreshwar Mahadev), Govardhan, Mathura District, Uttar Pradesh

The revered town of Govardhan is barely 20 km from Mathurapuri and draws lakhs of devotees every year especially on the auspicious occasion of Guru Purnima. This sacred tirthasthala is a part of the Braj Mandala Parikrama that starts at the Vishram Ghat in Mathurapuri.   According to the Srimad Bhagavatam, when Lord Krishna saw the elaborate preparations for... Continue Reading →

Rangeshwar Mahadev Mandir, Mathura, Uttar Pradesh

Rangeshwar Mahadev Mandir, located in the southern part of Mathurapuri is the third guardian of the sacred city. This temple along with Shree Pipleshwar Nath Mahadev, Bhuteshwar Mahadev and Gokarneshwar Mahadev are located in the four cardinal directions.   According to the Srimad Bhagavatam, Kamsa extended an invitation to Lord Krishna and Lord Balarama to visit... Continue Reading →

History of Banaras – Part II

The stature of Benares as the seat of learning, knowledge and wisdom grew under the patronage of the Maukharis of Kannauj, Gurjara-Pratiharas and the mighty Kalachuris towards the end of the 10th century.   The period of the Kalachuris is often referred to as the golden era in the city's history marked with the construction... Continue Reading →

Bhuteshwar Mahadev Mandir, Mathura, Uttar Pradesh

Bhuteshwar Mahadev Mandir, located in the western part of Mathurapuri is one of the most revered temples in the ancient city. Considered to be one of the four guardians or custodians of Shri Krishna Janmabhoomi, Bhuteshwar Mahadev is considered to be a manifestation of the sacrosanct Kashi Vishwanathji of Benares.   According to the Hindu... Continue Reading →

Shree Pipleshwar Nath Mahadev (Peepleshwar Mahadeo Temple), Mathura, Uttar Pradesh

Mathurapuri known as Sri Krishna Janmabhoomi is one of the oldest and most sacrosanct places of Akhanda Bharat. It has been mentioned as one of the Sapta Puri in the Hindu scriptures that bestows moksha - अयोध्या मथुरा माया काशी काञ्ची अवन्तिका । पुरी द्वारावती चैव सप्तैते मोक्षदायकाः ॥   This ancient city is the birthplace... Continue Reading →

History of Banaras – Part I

Banaras, the golden city of knowledge, wisdom, spirituality and Advaita, has from the ancient times been considered to be one of the most sacrosanct places of Akhanda Bharat. This glorious city has a rich history that can be traced back to the time of creation.   Archaeological excavations have uncovered rare artefacts from the Vedic Period... Continue Reading →

Veni Madhav Temple, Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh

Veni Madhav Mandir located at Daranganj close to the sacrosanct Triveni Sangam is one of the oldest shrines dedicated to Lord Vishnu in Prayag. This is one of the Dwadasha Madhav Temples of this historical city.   This ancient temple dedicated to Lord Krishna and Lakshmi Devi has been mentioned in the Matsya Purana, Agni Purana and Padma Purana... Continue Reading →

Patalpuri Mandir and Akshayavat, Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh

Akhanda Bharat has many stunning gems in its bosom but the crown jewel is undoubtedly the ancient Patalpuri Temple and the extraordinary Akshayavata. Akshayavata is derived from the Sanskrit words akshaya meaning eternal or imperishable or indestructible and vata meaning banyan or sacred fig and therefore, literally translates to the eternal banyan (fig).   According to the Hindu scriptures,... Continue Reading →

Someshwar Temple, Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh

Someshwar Mahadev Mandir (also known as Someshwar Nath Mandir) situated across the holy Yamuna River in Arail village is one of the eight important tirthsthalas of Prayagraj. This sacrosanct temple finds mention in the Padma Purana and Shiva Purana and is worshipped by all the devotees who participate in the Kumbha, Ardha Kumbha and Magha Mela.   According to the... Continue Reading →

Nag Vasuki Temple, Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh

Nag Vasuki, an ancient temple located on the bank of the holy Ganges to the north of the sacrosanct Triveni Sangam draws lakhs of devotees on the auspicious Kumbh, Ardha Kumba, Magha Mela, Naga Panchami and the month of Shravan. A trip to Prayagraj is deemed complete and successful only if a pilgrim has a dip in the... Continue Reading →

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