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Meenakshi Temple Bangalore – Timings and Details

Meenakshi Sundareshwara Temple in Bangalore is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Siva is worshipped here as Sundareshwara and Ma Parvati as Meenakshi. The shrine is located on Bannerghatta Road. Temple details and timings are given below in detail Meenakshi Sundareshwara Temple Bangalore The shrine is small but very well maintained. The architecture of the temple is typical of temples in Tamil Nadu. A compound wall and tall gopuram with beautiful sculptures of murtis on it welcome a devotee. On entering the temple, we have the darshan of Dwajasthama and Nandi. Then we have the view of the temple open hall. It has beautiful carvings of marriage of Shiva and Parvati and of Hindu deities and incidents from Puranas. Mother Meenakshi and Sundershwara have separate sanctum sanctorum. The outer walls of both the sanctum have sculptures. The subsidiary deities worshipped in the temple are Venkateswara, Ganesha, Subrahmanya, Ayyappa and Kala Bhairava. There is a s

Vontimitta Temple in Andhra Pradesh – Sri Rama – Sita and Lakshmana Worshipped on a Single Stone

The life-size murtis (idol)s of Sita, Rama and Lakshmana worshipped in the ancient Vontimitta Temple in Andhra Pradesh are carved from a single stone. The murtis worshipped in the Kodanda Rama temple is also known Ekasila Nagaram. The shrine is at a distance of 26 km from Kadapa and is located on the Kadapa – Rajampet road. The shrine is peculiar for various reasons including the absence of Hanuman murti in the main sanctum sanctorum. History of Vontimitta Temple Lord Hanuman and Jambavan (the elderly bear in Ramayana) carved the murtis worshiped in the temple and they founded the first temple, which was later renovated to its full glory in the 16th century during the rule of Vijayanagara Emperor,  Sada Siva Rayalu. As the murtis were installed by Jambavan, it is also known as Jambavantha Pratishta. ( Jambavan and Hanuman are Chiranjeevis in Hinduism ) Another legend has it that Lord Ram and Lakshman arrived here and killed the demons that were harassing and causing d

Saint Poet Annamacharya eulogizes Lord Sri Rama as Archavatara Murti

Oh! Sri Rama! You emerged from the boon inherent in ‘Paramanna Prasadam’ during the sacrifice called ‘Putra Kameshti’ done by the royal couple Dasaratha and Kausalya as ‘Paradevata Murti.’ You are the sole monarch in your Suryavamsam who ruled the entire universe as Parabrahma Murty. You are the incarnation of Lord Vishnu and the magnificent embodiment punishing the wicked and protecting the innocent and the good. You are the concrete form of Rama Mantra for meditation that always resides in the hearts of ‘Yogiswaras.’ You are the ‘Omkara Pranava Murti’ inherent in the Vedas, the Vedangas and the philosophical science. You are residing on Sri Venktadri. You are the first and the foremost entity in the entire creation. Oh! Lord Sri Rama! Bless Us All with Peace and Prosperity Sankeerthana – 169  Saint Poet Annamacharya