Home Of The Guardian Of All Treasures Of Puri – The Loknath Temple

The people of Puri are deeply religious and it is one of the holiest destinations for Hindus. Especially for the devotees of Lord Shiva, the city of Puri and its holy temples have incomparable importance. According to Hindu Mythology, the Loknath Temple located close to the world famous pilgrimage the Jagannath Temple was dedicated to Lord Shiva by Lord Rama himself.

Lord Rama is considered the incarnation of Lord Vishnu and hence the importance of the Loknath Temple can hardly be overestimated. Millions of devotees visit the Loknath Temple and the Jagannath Temple every year in order to find solutions to their small and large problems in life.

Loknath Temple Puri

Loknath Temple Puri | Image Resource : tourmet.com

The Lord Shiva Lingam established at the Loknath Temple is special many different ways. One of the most striking features is the continuous flow of water over its top through a small brook.

This natural formation becomes unique as it matches with the mythological description where The Ganges first falls over the Shiva Lingam and then flows to the Earth; hence Lord Shiva protects people from the fierce force of the Ganges. There are several other interesting tales regarding the Loknath Temple.

The Saranti Somavar Fair is another very important event at the Loknath Temple. It is a five century old fair which is organized annually at the Temple. Even though I was not lucky enough to witness the fair but the locals told me thousands of interesting facts about this immense affair. It is believed that getting the Darshan of the Shiva Lingam at Loknath temple during the Saranti Somavar Fair can cure any disease and in this hope millions of devotees line up every year during the fair to get a glance of the holy Lingam.

The Loknath Temple deity is also considered the protector and guardian of all treasures in Puri. The jewels and Treasures of Lord Jagannath which can only be estimated are also considered to belong to the Guardian. The people who visit the Loknath Temple come with faith in their hearts and go with love for the Lord Shiva, in a hope that their lives will never be the same again.


Destination Of The Week : Jagannath Temple Puri

Jagannath Temple Puri

Jagannath Temple Puri | Image Resource : google.com

Summarization : I heard from my friend that a visit to Puri will never be complete without visiting the Jagannath Temple. The marvel of the temple simply blew my senses and I enjoyed the cultural and religious activities that was happening around the temple. It’s a must visit place as it upholds our culture and traditions to the hilt.

Puri Beach – The Centre of Festivity on the Shores of Orissa

Orissa is one of the largest states in Eastern India and it is also among the most culturally vibrant states in the country. The people of Orissa have always stayed very close to their own culture and traditions. This unique culture is closely weaved with the natural features of the state which includes a long coast at the Bay of Bengal.

The city of Puri is a port city and hence has a long coast line. It is also a major tourist destination given its religious importance and natural heritage. The wildlife diversity of Puri is also known around the world.

Puri Beach

Puri Beach | Image Resource : trekearth.com

The Puri Beach is among the most popular, busiest and longest beaches in the country. Do not expect to get the opportunity of a long peaceful walk in solitude while visiting the Puri Beach. It is a fast paced place in Puri and filled with an air of excitement at all times.

If you are careful and observant enough you can find some isolated places one of which is the Puri Beach Promenade. This is a long walkway which is quite often calm and peaceful. Enjoying the rushing waves in the evening when the sun is setting at the horizon on this walkway is a tremendous experience, one which I had the opportunity to explore and one which I will remember for long.

Camel Drive in Purfi Beach

Camel Drive in Purfi Beach | Image Resource : trekearth.com

The Puri Beach is also very popular for its cultural events and festivals. All throughout the year many religious events and art festivals are organized close to the beach. People from all around the nation witness artistic work from all around the country. The beach is most crowded generally during the evenings but the mornings are quite calm and serene.

Sunset View in Puri Beach

Sunset View in Puri Beach | Image Resource : holidayiq.com

The beach can be easily accessed from the Puri Railway station and hence it was the first item on my itinerary. It is just 2 km away from the station. If you wish to visit the Puri Beach from other parts of the state, it is just 60 km from the capital city Bhubaneswar. The enriching and refreshing experiences at the Puri Beach filled me with zeal to continue on my wonderful journey through the streets of Puri.

Paying Respects to the Gods – At The Dhirdham Temple, Darjeeling!

Hinduism is prevalent in all parts of our country. Paying homage to the abode of the Gods is a blessing. I decided to take the road to the Dhirdham Temple of Darjeeling today. This beautiful Nepali styled temple is a Hindu temple, built as a tribute to Lord Shiva, by Purna Bahadur Pradhan in 1939.

Dhirdham Temple

Dhirdham Temple | Image Resource : trekearth.com

Rai Saheb as he was known, wanted the Dhirdham Temple of Darjeeling to be a replica of the Pasupatinath Temple of Katmandu, Nepal and so the Gorkhali architect Beg Raj Sakya designed it with multiple layered Pagodas from the outside, while the inside maintains the looks of the Pasupatinath Temple.

The entire premise is filled with trees and shrubbery, making the place of worship very calm, peaceful and pleasing to both the eye and the soul. There is a sense of holiness and serenity once you enter the temple courtyard.

Dhirdham Temple Darjeeling

Dhirdham Temple Darjeeling | Image Resource : windamerehotel.com

Located right below the Toy Train Railway Station and south of the Darjeeling Market center, the Dhirdham temple is a sight for sore eyes. This is infact one of the most beautiful temples that I have ever witnessed, in both its architecture and its divinity.

The Temple and its History

This phenomenal looking temple is a Tibetan style structure, and is painted with vivid red, white and yellow colors. There is a statue of the Lord Shiva inside the premises. The statue itself depicts the Lord’s five expressions along with his third eye. Collectively this is known as the “Panch Bakram Tri Netram”.

The Temple also sits before a splendid backdrop of hills and valleys and is in fact one of the oldest temples in the town. Remember, you may click as many pictures as you please outside the compound are restricted to bring any camera devices into the premise.

Dhirdham Temple of Darjeeling

Dhirdham Temple of Darjeeling | Image Resource : hoparoundindia.com

The Arti takes place on a daily basis both at 8AM and 6PM. The priests are very warm and welcome one and all into the temple, bestowing to one and all visitors with their signature bindi upon your forehead.

There is a special attraction the temple during the months of February and March for the festival of Maha Shivratri, which is celebrated with great pomp and utmost gaiety in this little town of Darjeeling. Entry is free to people of all caste, creed and religion.

If you visit Darjeeling, do visit the Dhirdham Temple.

Photo Of The Week : Ghoom Monastery Darjeeling

Ghoom Monastery Darjeeling

Ghoom Monastery Darjeeling | Image Resource : bookahotel.in

About Ghoom Monastery Darjeeling :  The Ghoom Monastery is one of the finest monasteries in India. I persoanlly, enjoyed my visit here. The monastery also known as Yiga Choeling Monastery, contains images of the disciples of Chenrezi, Buddha and Chongapa. It was built in the year 1875 by Lama Sherab Gyatso and is one of the biggest monasteries in Ghoom. This monastery is definitely worth a visit.

Soulful Trip to the Beatles’ Ashram in Rishikesh

As my Uttarakhand trip was coming to an end. I decided to visit one final place of visit. This was a place which I longed to visit for quite some time now so i had kept it for last. It was the Beatles Ashram in Rishikesh. Beatles, one of my favourite Rock bands from England, visited India for a spiritual tour in 1968 for meditation.

It was only after the visit of Beatles to Rishikesh that it became a world famous site for meditation and peace. The Rock band members had come to India to learn the art of transcendental meditation from their master Maharishi Mahesh yogi.

Beatles Ashram, in Rishikesh

Beatles Ashram, in Rishikesh | Image Resource : frontline.in

It was in this ashram where Mahesh Yogi conducted sessions for the Beatles members. Many Beatles historians believe that their time at Rishikesh was the most productive and golden period. When the entire world was gripped by Beatlesmania the band visited India to learn spirituality. George Harrison one of the band members also conducted a music concert for the people of Rishikesh that time.

It is said that constant media attention in Britain and America caused Beatles a lot of stress and anxiety, it also affected their personal relations and they were not able to concentrate on music. It was this time hen maharishi Mahesh yogi helped the Beatles’ members to concentrate on life and maintain good positive thoughts about everything. After the visit of Beatles in India, the city of Rishikesh sort of became a spiritual haven for all the International seekers and there was a large influx of tourists to the place.

View of Beatles Ashram

View of Beatles Ashram | Image Resource : adventuresofagoodman.com

The visit of Beatles to India completely changed the attitude of westerners towards Indian spirituality and meditation. Yoga and meditation combined with the counter culture movements of the 60s and 70s became a new trend and a fad for the western hipsters. This made Rishikesh the Yoga and Meditation capital of the world.

It was an amazing trip to the Beatles Ashram and with it my trip to Uttarakhand came to an end. I had visited some of the most beautiful temples and natural wonders of the place and with me I was taking the amazing memories of this part of the country which I will always cherish in my life.

Kartik Swami Temple – A Temple among the Clouds

After the visit to the amazing Gangotri temple, the next place of visit in Uttarakhand was the soaring Kartik Swami Temple which is dedicated to the Lord Shiva’s elder son Kartikeya. The temple is located amidst the serene magnificence of the Garhwal range of Himalayas.  It is located in the Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand. The temple is located at the very end of the deep ridge with deep valleys all around and at an altitude of 3050 metres above the sea level the temple offers an amazing view of the snow clad peaks of the Himalayas.

Of all the temple and places I visited till now, Kartik Swami temple was the most amazing temple according to me. The temple is also very famous because of the beautiful trek route hich goes from the dense forest to the ridge from where one can see majestic sunrise and the beautiful sunset.

Kartik Swami Temple

Kartik Swami Temple | Image Resource : triphills.com

The temple is also quite famous for its natural beauty, birds and the amazing views of the Himalayan peaks. Some of the peaks which are visible from the temple are the Bandar punch peak, the kedarnath dome, meru and Sumeru and neelkanth Mahadev.

The temple has a legend associated with it. It is said that this temple preserves the bones of lord Kartikeya as shown in the idol. The location of the temple is perfect and the amazing surrounding landscapes add many dimensions to its beauty and splendour. The temple is also an amazing site to click panoramic pictures of the Himalayan range. The place is easily accessible from all the major cities of Uttarakhand via buses, taxis and also shared cabs. It is a must visit place for all the people who travel to Uttarakhand.

The distance of kartik Swami temple from Haridwar is 200 km and from Rudraprayad it is only 40 km where you can hire a taxi at normal rates which will take you to the temple after a short trek. Of the entire temple I had visited so far, this was the best one I liked.

After this visit the next place of visit was The Beatles Ashram in Rishikesh.