Friday, August 22, 2014

A temple Tour - 1 Horanadu, Sringeri, Kalas,Udupi, Kukke Subramanya

A temple Tour
Two days trip to -Horanadu, Sringeri, Kalas,Udupi, Kukke Subramanya
Last week we went o Bangalore to see my son . My younger brother in law arranged two days .This is the first time I am visiting this place and  I expected a lot about this hill station and it is far beyond my expectations , it is  so cold that the entire place is  covered with full of mist and fog.I am very much excited and  really happy after landing there.
A trip to the Horanadu Adishakthyathmaka Annapoorneshwari temple would be most fulfilling if other pilgrimage spots en route to the temple are also included in the travel plans. Some of the places that will be encountered in that order would be Kalaseswara temple in Kalasa, Sringeri, Udupi Krishna, Malpe Beach, Dharmasthala, and Kukke Subrahmanya.
On the way to horanadu:

The journey starts from my Bangalore , ranging from deep semi-deciduas forests, soundless runs & endless grasslands, waterfalls, Streams  mist, lust green tress and carpet of greenery. 
 The elements of nature are just a pleasure to eyes. The water flows from the top of a hill and reaches down to the valley below. The cascading waterfall forms a stunning view against the backdrop of luxurious green cover. Even the road leading to the waterfall winds through deep valleys on one side and woody hills on the other side.
Apart from the scenic beauty of the waterfall the remote place is free from all kinds of disturbances. 
The only sound that can be heard at the place is that of the water gushing down the rocks and the bird chrip/cooing somewhere in the wide forest stretch. The area surrounding the waterfall and the natural pathway leading to the waterfall is also very clean. Away from the commotion of city life, natural beauty is a real treat for anyone who wants to relax among unpolluted and untouched natural splendor.

The breath taking beauty of the tea, coffee estate and the various plantations like Areca, Black pepper, Cardamom, Vanilla and supari tree  make the place to feel like Paradise.
 It was nice just to relax in the incredible beauty of the estate. The cool climate and the refreshing smell of tea plants will offer you a beautiful experience. A walk along the tea plantations will refresh your mind, body and soul. 

 The music of the birds and the rush of the stream of waters make for harmonious notes in one’s ears. Watching the sun set upon this paradise is an experience in itself.Enjoying nature we reached kalasa by 6 pm.

 Kalasa Kaleeshwara Temple
Just half an hour away from Horanadu is the temple of Kalasa. This is a temple on a hill, on the foothills of which flows the Bhadra River. This place seems to be a picnic spot, as it was filled with people. The idol of kalaseshwara, a lingam, is believed to be Shiva who manifested himself in a kalasam, a vessel in which water is kept, to the great rishi, Agasthya. One has to climb a few steps to reach the temple.
 Tradition traces the origin of this town to events related in the Skanda Purana. The wedding of Parvati and Parameshwara was held in Kasi, and all the gods and Rishis and celestials assembled there. This caused the Northern plate to go down by the sheer weight of the divine personages. 
 This caused the earth to be unbalanced. To balance that Shiva requested Agasthya to travel south.   Since Agasthya told that he needs to witness the wedding, Shiva gave him a divine vision, which made Agasthya to see the marriage being in any part of the world, and hence he travelled south to Kalasa.

 So, Sage Agasthya proceeded south, and the balance of the earth was restored. Sage Agasthya halted at Kalasa, and saw the wedding from here. A Shiva Linga appeared out of his Kalasha, the pot. He built a temple here and installed the Linga in it. This is the temple now called Kalaseshwara. The Linga is enshrined in a silver mandapa. The Devi in this temple is known as Sarvanga Sundari.We went to this temple in evening. Kalasa is located at a distance of about 300 km away from Bangalore.Having darsharn of Kalasehwara  we reached Annapoorna by 7. 15 pm.
(To be Cont)

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