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Kanyakumari Temple

Kanyakumari Temple is located in the city of Kanyakumari, the southernst city of India. It is a popular tourist destination and also a sacred pilgrimage site as it is believed to be a Shakti-Peeth. It is believed that the shoulder of goddess Sati fell at this site and that is why the region has kundalini shakti. Today, the temple of goddess Kanyakumari Devi attracts tourists and pilgrims from all over the world and Vivekananda Rock is also another important site in this place. The most popular legend says that Devi Kanya, an avatar of goddess Parvati, was planted by Lord Shiva on his wedding day when he did not show up. Legend has it that Lord Narada prevented the wedding from taking place because he could see the future and predict that a demon named Bana would wreak havoc and could only be killed by a virgin girl. On the morning of the wedding, he sent the wrong signal to Lord Shiva letting out the cry of the rooster and Shiva thought that the auspicious moment of the wedding, first thing in the morning, had already passed. The bridal procession returned. All the rice and other grains intended for the wedding were left intact and uncooked and eventually turned to stone. It is said that the pebbles found on the shore of the Kanyakumari by the sea, which look like grains of rice, are actually the stone grains turned into wedding beads that never took place. It is said that the Devi Kanya remained unmarried ever since and performed strict penance at the place where the temple is now being built. Years later, when Bana appeared, he tried to lure Kanya Devi without realizing who he was. In her rage at being solicited without her permission, Kanya Devi took Bhadrakali's image and immediately killed Bana and destroyed everything around her. Later, at her last moment, Bana realized that she was the goddess Shakti and asked her for forgiveness during her last moments. There is no entrance fee to enter the temple, but Kanyakumari Temple hours are from 4:30 a.m. to 12 noon and again from 4 p.m to 8 p.m.

Virupaksh Temple

Virupaksha Temple (or Prasanna Virupaksha Temple) is located on the banks of the Tungabhadra River in Hampi. Built during the seventh century, the beautiful architecture and history of the temple have made it a UNESCO World Heritage site. The temple is the abode of one of lord Shiva's forms called Lord Virupaksha. While located in present-day Hampi, it was once a smaller shrine in the midst of the ancient and majestic Vijayanagara empire. You will find beautiful stone inscriptions dating from the seventh century on the walls of the temple as proof of its rich heritage. Architecture lovers and history bists, visit the temple when you are in Hampi! Virupaksha Temple is built in South Indian architectural style. It has three gopurams; the eastern gopuram is the largest, the other two are the smaller gopurams in the eastern interior and the inner northern sides of the temple complex. The gopuram of the eastern entrance is nine stories and 50 meters high. Beautiful sculptures of many Hindu gods adorn the outer face of the gopurams. As you enter through the eastern gate through the gopuram, you will enter the outer courtyard which has many shrines for smaller deities. The Bhuvaneshwari shrine in the complex has ornate pillars and intricate stonework that highlight the architecture of the Chalukyan period. Lord Virupaksha for whom the temple was built, is the consort of Goddess Parvathi, who is venerated as 'Pampa' in the region. In addition, Hampi's ancient name is Pampakshetra and refers to the Thungabadra River, which was also called Pampa. Where Hampi now stands, the capital of the Vijayanagar empire once prospered. However, the Virupaksha temple is said to have originated even before the Vijayanagara empire raised its capital in the region. A simple structure was built during the Chalukyan and Hoysala (ninth century AD.C.) periods for Virupaksha, but the temple complex expanded and stone artworks were added during the rule of the Vijayanagar empire. The Archaeological Survey of India acknowledges that the temple was built by the Queen of Vikramaditya II, named Lokamahadevi, to commemorate the king's success in a battle for the Pallavas of Kanchi. Therefore, many inscriptions also refer to the temple as 'Lokeshwara Mahasila Prasada' in praise of the queen's generosity. What began as a small 'pre-Virupaksha temple', was made larger with multiple gopurams and columned aisles under the rule of King Deva Raya II. While subsequent invasions of Vijayanagar by northern empires destroyed most of the Vijayanagar and Hampi empire, many parts of the majestic Virupaksha temple were fortunately unharmed. Instructions for visiting:-

Meenakshi Amman Temple

Meenakshi Amman Temple, also known as Minakshi-Sundareshwara Temple, is one of the oldest and most important temples in India. Located in the city of Madurai, the temple has great mythological and historical significance. It is believed that Lord Shiva assumed the form of Sundareswarar (the handsome one) and married Parvati (Meenakshi) at the site where the temple is currently located. Renowned for its amazing architecture, the Meenakshi temple was nominated as one of the wonders of the world, but failed to make the list of the "Seven Wonders of the World". However, the temple is definitely one of the "Wonders of India". It is also one of south India's top attractions with thousands of devotees crowding it every day. During the "Tirukalyanam Festival", which takes place over a period of 10 days, the temple attracts more than one million devotees. Even though many people visit it every day, the temple is well maintained and was named the "Best Iconic Place of Swachh" (the cleanest iconic place) in India. According to a legend, Meenakshi emerged from a "Yajna" (sacred fire) when she was a three-year-old girl. The "Yajna" was performed by a king named Malayadwaja Pandya along with his wife Kanchanamalai. Since the royal couple had no children, the King offered his prayers to Lord Shiva, asking him to grant them a son. But to her dismay, a three-breasted girl emerged from the sacred fire. When Malayadwaja and his wife expressed concern about the girl's abnormal appearance, a divine voice ordered them not to worry about the girl's physical appearance. They were also informed that the girl's third breast will disappear as soon as she meets her future husband. The relieved king appointed her Meenakshi and, in due course, crowned her as his successor. Meenakshi ruled the ancient city of Madurai and also went on to capture the neighboring kingdoms. Legend has it that he even captured Indralok, the abode of Lord Indra, and was also on his way to capture Kailash, the abode of Lord Shiva. When Shiva appeared before her, Meenakshi's third breast disappeared and she knew she had met her half-orange. Shiva and Meenakshi returned to Madurai where their wedding took place. It is said that the wedding was attended by all the gods and goddesses. Since Parvati herself had assumed the form of Meenakshi, Lord Vishnu, Parvati's brother, handed it over to Lord Shiva. Even today, the wedding ceremony is celebrated every year as "Chithirai Thiruvizha", which is also known as "Tirukalyanam" (the big wedding). The history of the Meenakshi temple dates back to the first century AD.C. and scholars claim that it is as old as the city itself. Kulashekarar Pandyan, a king who ruled the Pandyan dynasty, is said to have built the temple according to instructions given in his dream by Lord Shiva. Some religious texts belonging to the first to the fourth century AD.C speak of the temple and describe it as the central structure of the city. Texts dating from the early sixth century describe the temple as a place where scholars met to discuss important issues. However, the temple as it stands today was rebuilt throughout the sixteenth century, as it was destroyed by Muslim invaders. During the fourteenth century E.C., Malik Kafur, a commander of the Delhi Sultanate, led his army to most of southern India and looted many temples, including the famous Meenakshi Temple. Valuables such as gold, silver and precious gems were brought to Delhi. Since temples in those days had an abundance of valuables, most of the temples were destroyed and left in ruins. When the Vijayanagar Empire seized Madurai after defeating the Muslim Sultanate, the temple was rebuilt and reopened. The temple was further expanded in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries by Vishwanatha Nayakar, a king of the Nayaka dynasty. According to the researchers, while rebuilding the temple, the rulers of the Nayaka dynasty followed the architectural style of 'Silpa Shastras'. 'Silpa Shastras' is a set of architectural laws found in ancient texts.

What is Bermuda Triangle?

The Bermuda Triangle has always been shrouded in mystery. It's a place of alien abductions, strange disappearances, and ghost sightings, so naturally, people get a little nervous when they think about flying over it. Bermuda Triangle also known as the Devil's Triangle or Hurricane Alley, this area of the Atlantic Ocean has been credited with causing mass disappearances and several shipwrecks over the years. While people love to launch conspiracy theories about each of these Bermuda Triangle stories, there may be perfectly logical explanations for all of them. Still, superstition continues around this relatively small portion of the ocean, so much so that some people refuse to travel around it. Despite the creepy stories, you'd be surprised to know how many times people have sailed or flew over the area and haven't noticed anything out of the ordinary. Where is the Bermuda Triangle? The Bermuda Triangle, according to the Encyclopedia Britannica, is an area of the Atlantic Ocean that does not necessarily have an agreed boundary but is generally considered to be the area bounded by the southeast coast of the U.S., Bermuda, and the islands of Cuba, Hispaniola, Jamaica, and Puerto Rico. According to some estimates, the area represents between 500,000 and 1.5 million square miles and is shaped like a triangle. It's a fairly large area of the ocean in general, though relatively small considering that the ocean covers about 70 percent of the planet or about 139.7 million square miles. According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, it is not known how many ships or aircraft have "disappeared" in the Bermuda Triangle, but some estimates assume that around 50 ships and 20 aircraft have disappeared there. Despite these figures, the data do not show that disappearances are more likely in this place. There are two incidents that are considered mysteries of the Bermuda Triangle, specifically the disappearances of Flight 19 in 1945 and the USS Cyclops in 1918. There are no clear indications that these disappearances have anything to do with the supernatural, but they still have no explanation.
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