A Drive to Historic City of Madurai

403207_2587821854221_1893461808_n My Journey to Madurai started from Bangalore at 6 AM and I reached Madurai by 2 PM. It was a well planned Journey. Road from Bangalore to Madurai  is  great and you can drive all the way at high speed. Hosur ,Krishnagiri, Dhramapuri, Salem,Dindigul are few major cities in between Bangalore and Madhurai. Suggestion : You can have your Lunch or Breakfast in these cities but I will suggest have it either in Hosur or Salem as they are big city and you can find good restaurant in these places. Total distance between Bangalore and Madurai is 450km, so I would suggest to plan it well if you are single driver in group. About Madurai: Madurai is one of the oldest city of south India also called as temple city.  It has old history which starts from 3rd century,ruled by many dynasty and empire but it only grew & grew and its culture became more strong and strong. Some say its Athens of India other say Its Mathura of South. Whatever you say Its Must see place in India particularly Minakshi Temple where after one point only Hindu’s are allowed to proceed. But still seeing it from outside only will leave you speech less. Its architecture is unique and beautiful. Madurai is built around the Meenakshi Amman Temple, which acted as the geographic and ritual center of the ancient city of Madurai About Meenakshi Amman Temple 424694_2587830614440_1844628967_n426447_2587832894497_324496489_n The original temple was built by Kulasekara Pandya, but the entire credit for making the temple as splendid as it is today goes to the Nayaks. The Nayaks ruled Madurai from the 16th to the 18th century and left a majestic imprint of their rule in the Meenakshi – Sundareswarar Temple. The temple complex is within a high-walled enclosure, at the core of which are the two sanctums for meenakshi and Sundareshwara, surrounded by a number of smaller shrines and grand pillared halls. Especially impressive are the 12 gopuras. Their soaring towers rise from solid granite bases, and are covered with stucco figures of dieties, mythical animals and monsters painted in vivid colors.   Mythology Legend has it that the reigning deity Meenakshi was born out of holy fire as an answer to the prayers of King Malayadwaja and his wife Kanchanamalai. She married Lord Shiva and both ruled the city of Madurai as Lord Sundareshwar and Goddess Meenakshi. It is also believed that Lord Indra founded the temple along with a suyambu lingam. There is mention about the temple in ancient Tamil literature through It is said that Lord Vishnu, Meenakshi’s brother travelled all the way from Srivaikuntam- his abode to witness the marriage. But he couldn’t make it on time and the marriage was solemnized without his presence. Angered by this insult, he vowed never to enter Madurai and settled in nearby Azaghar Kovil. He was later convinced and to this day, his pacification is celebrated as Azhaghar Thiruvila. Modern Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple History It is said that the temple was plundered in the 14th century by the Muslim raider Malik Kafur who looted the temple for its valuables. Restoration was undertaken by the Nayak ruler Vishwanatha Nayakar around the 16th century. It was Vishwanatha Nayak who rebuilt the temple in accordance to shilpa shastra. Food and Stay Food in Madurai is very authentic south Indian food with lots of curry flavor. I liked non veg especially chettinad chicken . Stay in Madurai is affordable you can find many hotel around temple. The below link can help you to find other places to explore other than Meenakshi Amman Temple which remains center of attraction. http://www.mustseeindia.com/Madurai/attractions Points to Remember

  1. Plan your trip well if you are going by road.
  2. Have food in between at some city when you are driving from Bangalore.
  3. Get your vehicle checked properly
  4. Fuel up your tank on regular basis were ever you find Gas Store.
  5. Must Visit Place is Meenakshi Amman Temple.
  6. Try chettinad chicken.

Happy Journey…

The Land of world’s most Handsome Personality … “Lord Krishna”…

Dwarka is place were Lord Krishna, world’s most handsome personality lived and ruled.

Word Dwarka is has wonderful meaning ‘Dwar’, a door and in early times its thriving harbor was measured to be the doorway to the central region of India. As ‘Ka’ defines ‘Brahma’ denotation, opening to Moksha. 

Dwarka is one of the most pious places in hindu religion. LORD Krishna selected this area as his home and kingdom after leaving mathura. This is the place where krishna’s friend sudama came to meet him for help.

Bet Dwarka an island  is situated next to the shores of Okha which is about 29 km from Dwarka,  in the Gulf of Kutch , also known as Bet Shankhodhara and Ramandeep .

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History

The town of Dwarka in Gujarat has a history that dates back centuries, and mentioned in the Mahabharat epic as the Dwaraka Kingdom. Situated on the banks of river Gomti, the town is known of being the capital of Lord Krishna. Archaeological excavations have uncovered underwater stone structures which have been described as showing settlement during proto-historic times.

About The Temple

The present temple was built in 16th century CE, while the original temple was believed to have been built by Krishna’s great grandson, King Vajra. The 5-storied temple is made of limestone and sand. A flag hoisted in the temple tower five times each day. There are two gateways – Swarga Dwar, where pilgrims enter, and Moksha Dwar, where pilgrims exit. From the temple one can view the Sangam (confluence) of River Gomati flowing towards the sea. In Dwaraka, there are also shrines for Vasudeva, Devaki, Balarama and Revati, Subhadra, Rukmini Devi, Jambavati Devi andSatyabhama Devi.
There is a special temple for Rukmini Devi on the way to Bet Dwarka temple, which can be reached by boat. A similar deity of Lord Dwarakanath is also kept in Bet Dwaraka. The temple has many Shrines for Lakshmi Narayana, Trivikrama, Jambavati Devi, Satyabhama Devi and Rukmini Devi.

 

 

 

Dwarkadhish Temple

This is also called Jagat Mandir where you get darshan all the major deities . At entrance you have start with darshan of Kusheshwar Mahadev who is kuldevata of lord Krishna .It is said that unless you don’t take darshan of lord kusheshawar lord Dwarkadhish will not bless you.

While visiting this temple there are lot of intelligent pandas who wander around for money . They will say that we are funded by temple trust . And then they will give you the details of all the deities and while finishing they will ask for money in a very polite manner which you cannot or will not deny.

Place to Visit:

 

  • Somnath Temple
  • Dwarka Lighthouse
  • Dwarkadish Temple
  • Nageshwara Jyotirlinga Temple
  • Rukshamanee Mandir
  • Beyt Dwarka
  • Gomati Sangam Ghat
  • Gita Mandir

Ways to Travel Dwarka.

Dwarka is well connected By Road & By Train.

But If you love travelling take road…

The distance between Somnath and Dwarka is 231 km. It takes around five hours to reach Dwarka from Somnath, by car. The road is straight and simple. Start from Somnath temple and follow NH-8. Cross Chorwad after 31 km and drive 18 km more to reach Mangrol. 82 km from Mangrol, is Porbandar, where one needs to get onto NH -8E. Cross Navadra after 51 km and keep driving for another 49 km to reach Dwarka.

Transport options from Somnath to Dwarka

Somnath to Dwarka By Car: By Cab: Rent a car or hire a cab from Somnath to reach Dwarka, which takes around 5 hours.

Somnath to Dwarka By Bus: Take a bus from Somnath to Dwarka, a journey of around 7 hours. The bus stand near Dwarka is located at a distance of 21 km in Mithapur. Take a taxi from the Mithapur Bus Stand to reach the city center of Dwarka. Suitable option for backpackers and individual travelers.

 

Happy Travelling….