Tuesday, September 2, 2014

A Temple Tour3- Agumbe Ghats,Udupi,Malpe Beach,Kukke Subramanya

Agumbe Ghats
After darshan in sringeri we proceed to Udupi. Enroute, watch the amazing beauty of Agumbe Ghats..
Agumbe is one of the most scenic places on the Western Ghats of the Southern  India. Added to the lush green view all around, the attractions for the visitors is the spectacular sunset and vast opportunities   it offers to the trekkers. Within 9 kilometers we can gothrough  more than 15breathtaking hairpin and horseshoe curves.And it isone of the most breathtaking scenic routes of Karnataka
It is lying in the Thirthahalli taluk and the Malnad region and surrounded by dense lush green forests, small streams and ghats
Agumbe is famous for spectacular sunset and many visitors come here to watch it. The sunset here gets reflected from the Arabian Sea onto the horizon. The best season for viewing sunset of Agumbe is from November to January.

Agumbe is also known Cherrapunji of South India because this place receives highest rainfall in Karnataka state

Udupi Sri Krishna Temple:
Udupi is a divine shrine in the coastal region of Western Ghats. Situated about 60 kms from Mangalore, it is a fairly large and upcoming town that was sanctum of Madhvacharya, the great Sanskrit Philosopher. The famous temple here, has a fascinating idol of Lord Krishna that is richly adorned with jewels. It is the center for education, social and religious activities in the district of South Canara. It is known for the famous Sri Krishna temple. The reasons for its fame are the statue of Sri Krishna installed by the great saint Sri Madhvacharya and the penance and influence of Sri Vaadiraja yathivarenya. 
Another attraction of this temple is the 'Kanakana Kindi' -a small window through which Krishna is believed to have given darshan to his ardent devotee, Kanakadasa. He is  an ardent believer of  Lord Krishna. He come to see God to udupi;But as he was from a lower caste,he was not permitted to enter the temple.He worship Krishna from back side of the wall.Sri Krishna, pleased by the worship of Kanakadasa created a small hole in the back wall of the temple and turned to face the hole so that Kanakadasa could see him.This window is known as Kanakana Kindi.
Madvasarorava ( Madhava Pushkarani)
Adjacent to the main corridor through which the pilgrims enter the Krishna temple, there is the holy tank called Madvasarorava ( Madhava Pushkarani). The tank was originally known as Anantha Theertha, but after the Ganga descended into this tank for the sake of Madhvacharya, it came to be designated as Madhvasarovara The tank has stone steps all round and a mandapam in the centre.

 It is believed that Ganges water flows in to this tank once in 12 years. For daily abhisheka of Sri Krishna water from this tank is used. The Swamijis have to bathe in this tank before they commence the worship at the shrine.

Ratha orchariot being made out of wooden logs one of the main attraction of this temple
Malpe Beach:
A natural port located just 6 km from Udupi, Karnataka; the Malpe beach is known for its charming and attractive golden brown sand and turquoise blue waters. 
It is lined with palm trees and the blue skies above add to the scene, where you can fully enjoy the rest and peace that you require together with nature and relish every single moment.

Kukke Subramanya:
After having lunch at udupi we, proceed to Kukke Subramanya, a popular religious destination which is surrounded by lush green forest along with hills. It is situated on the banks of the Kumaradhara River. The main temple located in Kukke is of Subrahmanya that is dedicated to the Snake God Vasuki and Lord Subramanya.
The temple is famous for religious rituals pertaining to snake god. The epics relate that the divine serpent Vasuki and other serpents found safety under Lord Subrahmanya when apprehended by Garuda.The devotees enter the courtyard from the back side and walk around to go before the idol. There is Garuda pillar covered with silver between the sanctuary and the portico entrance. It is believed that the pillar was charmed and planted there to shield the devotees from the poison flames streaming from the breath of Vasuki who resides inside. Devotees circle the pillar. Beyond the pillar is the outer hall and then the inner hall and after that the sanctuary of Sri Subrahmanya. In the center of sanctuary is a pedestal. On the upper dais stands the idol of Sri Subrahmanya and then the idol of Vasuki and somewhat lower the idol of Shesha. Devotions to these deities take place daily. After having darshan, Then proceed to Bangalore. Trip ends

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