Thursday, November 20, 2014

Powai Lake, Mumbai

Powai Lake is a tourist spot in Mumbai not far away from the City and for the dwellers of Mumbai also it is a wonderful place to take relax.It is only 40 km from the city and the place with beautiful pristine surroundings attracts everyone.
For those who are

 visiting Mumbai this serene peaceful place should also be included.This vast artificial lake was built in the year 1891 which spread over 21 and have a depth which vary from 3 m to 12 m.
The nature's beauty can be enjoyed at its best in this lovely place.
To the east of this lake is situated the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology(IIT) and also National Institute of Industrial Engineering is  situated here.
'River Mithu' flows nearby and whenever the lake overflows in rainy season the water flows into the river.
It was made in 1891 to provide drinking water to the city of Mumbai but later the water was used for irrigation purposes.
Powai Lake is included among the ten main lakes to be revived and improved.
Entering the water of the lake is prohibited .Visitors can enjoy a boat ride which will be a nice experience.
Powai Lake Garden , Hiranandani Garden and Nirvana Park  are nearby attractions which the tourists visit, relax and enjoy the serenity of the surroundings.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Mahalakshmi Temple,Kolhapur

Mahalakshmi Temple Kolhapur, in Maharashtra State is one of the Shakti Peethas (which are sacred places) stated in various puranas in Hinduism.
Kolhapur is a beautiful place worth seeing and has many monuments and places of interest and the place is well known all over India for its pure leather products especially 'Kolhapuri Chappals'.It is also known for jewellery and silks.
Mahalakshmi Temple at Kolhapur is of 7th century and is very beautiful with fine carvings.
Legend is that when Sati Devi's body was burnt in the Daksha Yaga Sala, the body was carried on the head by Lord Shiva and he danced fiercely 'Thandava Nritha' so violently that Gods were scared about the destruction of the Universe itself.They wanted to make him calm and Lord Vishnu sent an arrow and Sati Devi's body scattered  and its parts fell in different parts of Indian sub continent.All those places were considered as sacred and temples were aroused and those places were known to be 'Shakti Peethas'.The Sati Devi's eyes  fell at Kolhapur where the Mahalakshmi temple is existing at present.
It is believed that both Sree Lakshmi's  and Sree Vishnu's  presence is there at this place.The temple is having Mahalakshmi idol which is made of gemstone and is 5000 to 6000 years old.
The idol is adorned with precious stones.The statue of the Goddess has four hands and holds symbolic properties like mace,fruit etc.
On the crown of the Goddess Mahalakshmi are a cobra hood and a Shivling.
Standing behind  is depicted  her Vahana- a Lion.There are shrines for sub deities like 'Nav Grahas,Surya,Mahishasura Mardini,Shiva,Vishnu' etc also.
In the temple courtyard there is the famous temple tank known as 'Manikarnika Kund' and on its bank is a shrine for Vishweshar Mahadev.
There is a hall inside the temple known as 'Kurma Mandap' with an idol of a 'Kurma'(Tortoise) in the center.Devotees are sprinkled with holy water from a conch here.
The walls of the hall are adorned with intricate carvings made of black stone.
Navarathri festival is celebrated with pomp and splendor in this temple.
Chariot festival is celebrated in April every year when the deity is taken out in a procession on a chariot adorned with flowers and lights.The path of the chariot will also be decorated with flowers and oil lamps.
A festival image of the deity is taken out in procession around the temple on each Fridays and on full moon days also.
"Kirnotsava' is another auspicious celebration in this temple and it is celebrated when the rays of setting sun falls on the deity on certain days of the year.The phenomenon is that the sun rays of setting sun falls on the deity on the following days.
31st January and 9th November- Sun rays falls on the feet of the deity.
1st February and 10th November the rays falls on the chest of the deity
2nd February and 11th November Sun rays falls on entire body of the deity.
These days are considered auspicious and large number of devotees throng to have a glimpse of the deity glittering in the golden rays of the setting Sun.
There are five worship services conducted in this temple daily  for which large number of devotees takes part every day.

Monday, November 3, 2014

ISKCON Temple,Juhu,Mumbai

ISKCON  temple at Juhu is known as ' Sri Sri Radha Rasabihariji Temple'  which is also popular as 'Hare Rama Hare Krishna Temple' is  a very beautiful shrine which is visited by large number  devotees and tourists everyday which increases on holidays and Sundays.
This tall and very beautiful temple is situated near the  sea at Juhu.Juhu is a pleasant place in Mumbai and Juhu Beach is one of the most crowded beaches in Mumbai.
Iskcon temple is situated in an area of 4 acres and was built by Swamiji

Prabhupada as part of spreading 'Krishna Consciousness'  throughout the world.
The deities are Sri Sri Goura Nitai,Sri Sri Radha Rasabihari, and Sri Sri Sita Rama Laxman,Hanuman.The deities were installed by Swamiji Prabhupada himself.
This temple was established in 1978 and dedicated to Lord Krishna.
The temple complex consists of a huge Sanctum Sanctorum, an auditorium,
book publishing house and library,restaurant,twin towered seven storied guest house for the visitors.The visitors can stay there and participate in the various programs organised by the temple authorities daily.
The temple is a perfect retreat for the people   to take refuge for peace of mind from the daily hectic way of life.They can participate in Mantra chanting sessions and also in meditation etc.which relieves tensions and control the mind.
This temple has turned to be a major attraction of Mumbai at present.