ISKCON NVCC Temple Pune Is Ideal For Those Who Are Seek Peace


From the Rajiv Gandhi Park, we headed towards our next destination which was the ISKCON NVCC Temple Pune. Being a resident of Uttar Pradesh, I have always been associated with holy places since my birth. I have travelled to various ISKCON temples located across the country and seriously mesmerized by the calmness they bring. The community of ISKCON is made up of 400 temples along with more than 100 vegetarian restaurants.

ISKCON NVCC Temple Pune

ISKCON NVCC Temple Pune | Image Resource : iskcondesiretree.com

The ISKCON New Vedic Cultural Center, just like other ISKCON temples in the country, is dedicated to Radha and Krishna and attracts a large number of Hindu worshippers from various corners of the state. It is located at a place called Kondhwa which is at a distance of around 12 km on the southern side of Pune. If you are looking to spend some peaceful and holy time away from the busy urban life, you can easily travel to this temple located on the city’s fringes.

The Indian Society for Krishna Consciousness NVCC Pune isn’t very old though. It was only during the celebration of Nityananda Tryodshi in the month of February in 2013 that the country’s President Mr. Pranab Mukherjee had inaugurated the temple as well as the Vedic Cultural Centre. On entering the temple, we were really surprised by the serenity of the ambience. We could easily feel the essence of the Lord at every point inside the temple.

Sri Radha Vrindavan Chandra

Sri Radha Vrindavan Chandra | Image Resource : iskcondesiretree.com

We also went to the massive Matchless Gift Stall in order to buy some items associated with Lord Krishna for my family members. We also spotted a Govinda’s stall and a Govinda’s restaurant which offer all types of sanctified foods such as Chinese, North Indian, South Indian, etc. Another great thing about the temple is that it offers a panoramic view of huge mountains in the backdrop.

The main motive behind the establishment of the ISKCON community is to spread the knowledge of universal principles of God’s consciousness and self realization which help in spiritual peace, unity and understanding. The temple is one of the biggest followers of the Vedic scriptures, believes in eternal religion or sanatana dharma and preaches non sectarian teachings.

Advertisements

Saras Baug Pune Is A Place of Beauty and Worship


After being disappointed with the pathetic nature of the Vishrambaug Pune, we moved on towards our next destination which was the Saras Baug. It is considered to be one of the major landmarks of the city and has been created above a small lake which had dried up. It is situated at a distance of around 1 km from the main Swargate bus stand and around 6 km from the main Railway Station. The complex is extremely big and covers a total area of 10 hectares.

Saras Baug Pune

Saras Baug Pune | Image Resource : propertydirection.com

The main attraction of the Saras Baug is the Ganesh Temple known as Talyatla Ganpati. We came to know that the temple’s construction began in 1750 after a decision made by Mahadji Shinde and Sawai Madhavrao Peshwa from Maratha Confederacy. It took around 34 years to complete the temple’s construction with the establishment of the idol. It was built along a lake close to the Parvati Temple which also acted as the main residence for the chief of Maratha Confederacy.

Ganesh Temple at Saras Baug

Ganesh Temple at Saras Baug | Image Resource : flickr.com

We came to know that the Saras Baug Pune has witnessed renovations a number of times over the last 200 years of existence. Even the East India Company had carried out renovations in 1842 during their rule in India. One of the locals told us that it was under the supervision of Anandrao Mane and Mahadev Kumthekar that the last significant renovation was organized in the year 1969. It was due to this renovation that the 25 acre area of the Baug was extended by the Peshwe Park, a zoo.

Beautiful View of Saras Baug Pune

Beautiful View of Saras Baug Pune | Image Resource : sachinkgupta.com

We did visit the area where the zoo was located but couldn’t find any animal. This is due to the fact that all the animals belonging to the zoo had been transferred to the Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park during the period between 1999 and 2005. We were happy that the garden was maintained very properly and the main reason for doing so was definitely the Ganesh Temple. We also visited the small museum which had several hundred idols of Ganesha on display. The museum was established in the year 1995 and attracts a large number of devotees who come to worship at the temple.

ISKCON Temple, Ahmedabad – Peaceful, Serene and Divine


The city of Ahmedabad impressed me a lot. It is one of those cities, which truly deserve to be one of the best cities of India in every term. I was very much inspired by its heritage, legacy and also the rich diversity of culture. I had one more place to visit before wind up my Ahmedabad trip, and it was to the famous ISKCON temple.

ISKCON Temple Ahmedabad

ISKCON Temple Ahmedabad | Image Resource : iskcondesiretree.com

The ISKCON temples are the largest and one of the biggest communities spread around the world and they are dedicated to Lord Krishna. It was started by the founder of ISKCON Srila Prabhupada.

The ISKCON temple in Ahmedabad is located on the Satellite Road at Sarkhej Gandhinagar Highway Crossing. The temple is open from 4.30 am to 1 pm and from 4 pm to 9 pm. The architecture of the temple is a blend of the Rajasthani Khamira style and Gujarat’s Sompura style. It also features India’s largest temple rooms.

ISKCON Temple

ISKCON Temple | Image Resource : budgetindianvacations.wordpress.com

The architecture of the temple from inside was simply amazing. It consisted of ornate stone clad pillars and marble floorings, which were engraved with the granite designs in colors. The place is very peaceful in terms of the vibes and energy. The tranquility of the place is truly divine. It is one of those places where you can always come to find your lost peace of mind. I sat in a corner of the temple and saw people chanting the mantra of Hare Krishna and Hare Rama.

The temple is truly wonderful in terms of ambience and the maintenance well carried out. Amidst the noise and hustle bustle of a busy place, which is full of mega structures, modern infrastructures, there are temples like ISKCON where people can spend time being on their own. The serenity of the temple truly makes one go in a state of trance. The place is easily accessible from any part of Ahmedabad.

Radha Govinda Shrine at Iskon Temple

Radha Govinda Shrine at Iskon Temple | Image Resource : iskcondesiretree.com

The visit to ISKCON was really an icing on the cake. I spent some wonderful moments in this amazing city of Ahmedabad. The visit to the temple cheered me and I was thoroughly motivated to come back to this place sometimes sooner in my life.

Vaishno Devi Temple, Ahmedabad – Time to Get the Blessings of Mata


I was still in awe for the architecture and beauty of the Adalaj Step Well that I will always remember the place. My itinerary had a few spiritual places too, which I make it a point to include in my visit to the places. The Vaishno Devi Temple in the Ahmedabad temple was quite popular and could hardly be ignored. It wasn’t far away from Adalaj and located on the Sarkhej Gandhinagar highway.

Vaishno Devi Temple

Vaishno Devi Temple | Image Resource : goldenauragirl.wordpress.com

The temple is dedicated to Goddess Vaishno Devi and modeled on the similar lines of the one in Jammu and Kashmir. The temple was very crowded when I visited it and one could see devotees from all over the country.

After conversation with the locals, I came to know that this temple draws huge crowds throughout the year and especially during the Navratris when people from far-off places come to visit it. The temple is a small replica of the one located in Jammu district in J&K. This temple can be visited in less than 2 hours as compared to the real one, where it takes at least a day to reach. The temple replicates the original experience of trekking and mountain style worship and darshan of the shrine.

Vaishno Devi

Vaishno Devi | Image Resource : nrigujarati.co.in

Having seen temples and places of worship in different architectures and styles, the Vaishno Devi Temple is quite a surprise. I never expected that it will be a replica in such a good form. The artificial mountain type structure of the temple is also very good. This temple is for everyone in Gujarat and beyond who cannot go to Jammu to pay a visit and get the blessings of Mata Vaishno Devi, the Goddess is everywhere! The token given in the temple by the priest is same as that in the original one, i.e. a small silver coin.

Vaishno Devi Temple Ahmedabad

Vaishno Devi Temple Ahmedabad | Image Resource : panoramio.com

The mini Vaishno Devi temple visit in Ahmedabad was a peaceful experience. In less than two hours I was done with taking the blessings of the Goddess. The trek was nice as the weather was very pleasant and not so hot. In two hours I was free to visit some other place.

I decided to invest this time by paying a visit to another prominent landmark of the city, which is the Sardar Patel National Memorial.

Serenity, Divinity and Nirvana at Mangalagiri Temple


I wanted to vist to Mangalagiri Temple, which is found 25 km far from the Guntur City. There were numerous buses connecting Guntur and Mangalagiri thus I chose to catch an early transport to the temple.

Mangalagiri Temple Guntur

Mangalagiri Temple Guntur | Image Resource : holidayiq.com

I could find three temples in Mangalagiri and they are Panakala Narasimha Swamy Temple, Gandala Narasimha Swamy Temple, and Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple. The first and second temples are on the uphill, the third is on the foot of the hill. I enjoyed the scenic and the architectural beauty of the temple and the timings mentioned on them to be open until 12.30 pm. I decided to visit them in the morning for there were no “archana” in the evening times.

Mangalagiri Temple

Mangalagiri Temple | Image Resource : wikimedia.org

I reached the foothill; it was right around 8.30 am. I gathered a few more details about the temples. Mangalagiri is one among the famous eight temples in India, where Lord Vishnu showed himself. I took after the devotees climbing the steps to Sri Panakala Laksmi Narasimha Swamy Temple. While climbing, I offered prayers to God to the foot shaped impressions of Maha Prabhu Chaitanya.

Sri Panakala Lakshmi Narasimhaswamy

Sri Panakala Lakshmi Narasimhaswamy | Image Resource : wikimedia.org

Inside the temple, I remained at the sanctorum and offered Pooja to God. Strolling behind the temple, I stopped at Sri Lakshmi Temple to offer my prayer to God. Close to this temple, there were steps leading to Unadavalli Caves.

I also visited the Gandala Narasimha Swamy Temple and lit a light, where there was no statue or idol . After the prayer to God, I descended to offer my prayer to God at the Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple at the foothill. The temples are known to have the most astounding tower or Gopuram in India with a tallness of 153 feet and width 49 feet. The tower has eleven stories and its doors confront the east and west bearings.

Pannaka Narasimhaswami Temple

Pannaka Narasimhaswami Temple | Image Resource : blessingsonthenet.com

The structural planning on the Gopuram is very attractive and demonstrates the craftsmanship of the builders. There is a tank on the back side, which is said to be manufactured to straighten the tower to prove support. The temple conducts celebrations, for example, Brahmotsavam consistently. It was getting hot and we needed to go to our next destination.

Destination of the week : Sri Lakshmi Chennakesava Swamy Temple Guntur


Sri Lakshmi Chennakesava Swamy Temple Guntur

Sri Lakshmi Chennakesava Swamy Temple Guntur | Image Resource : manatemples.net

This temple is located in the Macherla town of Andhra Pradesh and shares a long lineage of tale with the town and the many dynasty that ruled this capital. The temple is worth visiting. The Ethipothala Falls cascading the mixed waters from the water bodies nearby is a few kilometers away and it’s a beautiful sight to be captured in a lens..

Simhachalam Temple Visakhapatnam – A perfect Combination of architecture and Divinity


I woke up late next morning, while enjoying the morning tea at the hotel I was cherishing the beauty of the Loard Shiva and Parvathy at Kalasagiri Park. My next destination in the agenda was the Simhachalam Temple. I exited the hotel 8 am and the city was busy around by then. The sanctuary is located at a distance of 20 km from the hotel.

It took around 2 hours to reach the temple and I reached the sanctuary around 10 am. Since my visit was in the beginning of spring the sun was not very hot still and Visakhapatnam lies in the seaside region of Andhra Pradesh and it has 7 shorelines encompassing the city.

Simhachalam Temple

Simhachalam Temple | Image Resource : excitingindia.in

The sanctuary is situated on a top slope. Despite the fact that there were sufficient transports accessible to the sanctuary, my esteem for trekking made me pick the trekking expedition to the sanctuary.

Simhachalam Temple's Entrance

Simhachalam Temple’s Entrance | Image resource : yatrastotemples.com

The trekking course is through narrow natural steps which was thrilling. I enjoyed the grand beauty of entire Vizhag from the top slope. Though the climbing was hard for me to start with then I got used to it.

In between I offered pooja in the Bhoolkamma Thalli. I enjoyed the scenery of the nature and could see the entire city and air terminal, port, HPCL refinery, etc. After a brief time we came to the tarred road, which connects the temple and I walked through the road. Following two hours of climbing, I came to the temple. I was hypnotized by the excellent craftsmanship and architectural beauty of the temple.

Lord Varaha Narasimha Swami

Lord Varaha Narasimha Swami | Image Resource : vizaginfo.com

The temple was built in the 11th century and the deity worshipped in the temple is Lord Narasimha, which is the Avatar of Lord Vishnu. More than a million of individuals from everywhere throughout the nworld visit this spot for worshipping and to enjoyed the structural excellence of the temple. The diety showcases both Varaha and Narasimha avatar and the deity are covered with Sandal paste, which looks like the Shiva Lingam. Just once in an yer during the Chandana Visarjana, the sandle paste is removed and the god is presented to the devotees.

Lord Varaha Stone Statue at Simhachalam Temple

Lord Varaha Stone Statue at Simhachalam Temple | Image Resource : panoramio.com

The construction modeling of the temple much looks like that of the Konark temple with the carvings of elephants, blossoms and plants. The external walls were decorated with carvings of Narasimha and we delighted in the marriage lhall constructed excellently with 16 pillars . I enjoyed each and every sculpture in the temple and it was a treat for my eyes and appreciated the peacefulness and godliness of nature around and moved down to the foothill

Lord Narasimha Rock Statue Backyard Simhachalam

Lord Narasimha Rock Statue Backyard Simhachalam Temple | Image Resource : wikimedia.org