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Monday, 8 September 2014

Shri Vinayaka Temple, Idagunji, Honnavar

Shree Vinayaka temple, Idagunji is one of the popular temples of Karnataka attracting devotees all over the world. The temple is in Idagunji village and the legend dates back to the pre historic times. Idagunji is situated at a distance of fifteen kilometers from Honnavar, a small coastal town on the banks of Arabian Sea. On the Honavar - Bhatkal national highway before Mavinakatte (around 17 kms from Honnavar), there is a turn on left side with an arch of Idagunji temple. From the arch the temple is four kilometers away.

Lord Vinayaka's picture taken from temple website

Necessary things for performing rituals are available at temple office in the temple premise and also in the outside shops. Temple also has lodging facility at a very nominal rate but rooms are few and for better lodging facilities one can stay at Honnavar or Murudeshwara. Idagunji also has a sabha bhavana where marriages and functions can be arranged. Temple has arranged for free meals in the Mayura Bhojanalaya building everyday at free of cost.

Many people visit Idagunji with a belief that the God Vinayaka solves all kind of problems. Almost all people of this region visits this temple before proceeding for any celebration like marriage, house warming ceremony etc. in their family to take the blessings of Lord Vinayaka.

Visit the website, www.idagunjidevaru.com giving more information on temple, maintained by one of the devotees of Lord Vinayaka staying in USA.

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Kanipakam Varasiddhi Vinayaka Temple

Kanipakam Vinayaka temple or Kanipakam Varasiddhi Vinayaka Swamy Temple is in the vicinity of Chittoor city. Even though the temple is very old, it came into light in the recent time attracting devotees from many places. Many on the way back from Tirupati will visit Kanipakam to get blessings of Lord Ganesha. Kanipakam has Manikanteshwara temple and Sri Varada Raja Swami Temple.

Kanipakam Varasiddhi Vinayaka Swamy Temple

Temple premises

Temple entrance

Temple legend says that Ganesha idol was first observed in a well and small in size. Over a period of time the size of idol is being increasing. The water of well is being given as theertham to the devotees and water in well overflows during rainy season. Temple timings is from morning 4:00AM to 9:30PM in the night, in between various special poojas can be performed by the devotees.

Temple Tank

Shiva in the adjacent park


different postures of Lord Ganesha



Temple tank in front of temple has Ganesha idol in middle and it adds beauty to the gopuram. The park adjacent to Manikanteshwara temple has Lord Shiva and different postures of Lord Ganesha. Frequent buses and shared auto rickshaws are available from Chittoor to Kanipakam.

Friday, 27 June 2014

New Way to get Quick Tatkal Ticket on IRCTC

Tatkal tickets are quite difficult to get online and most of the time the ticket reservation will not be done even though the money will be deducted from our bank account. IRCTC has provided light version with few links not getting loaded during the Tatkal time but still getting ticket is difficult. I got the error page as soon as I gave user name and password.

error page I got on www.irctc.co.in

Here is the work around to get the Tatkal tickets quickly. Recently IRCTC has introduced the new generation ticketing system which gets loaded quickly and has new interface. Even though it is meant to book only the e-ticket (not i-ticket also), we can book Tatkal ticket also with little tricks. I thought of testing it during Tatkal time and it worked fine.

new login page using the new link

new interface of e-ticketing system

Use this link www.nget.irctc.co.in to open the new ticketing system interface providing user name, password and captcha image shown. Provide the source and destination stations and day of travel as next day as you are looking for Tatkal ticket. Search the trains and once the list is displayed, select Tatkal and click on the class of train you are looking for. You can easily proceed with the link and book the tickets. Only drawback is the net banking facility of few major banks are not available through the net banking facility link.

select Tatkal as shown in red box instead of default selected General

Tatkal tickets availability

payment system

I could easily login during Tatkal hours on Friday and could even book a ticket. Hope the site works with the same speed in future too!

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Belur Math and Dakshineshwar Kali Temple

We visited Belur math taking direct train from Howrah junction. The journey was of just twenty minutes and it is near to the entrance of Belur math. It is the main Monasetry of Ramakrsihna order It is really inspiring to see the museum nicely arranged museum, having collection of belongings and things used by Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, Sharada Devi, Swami Vivekananda and other disciples. Apart from museum, Belur math campus is having temples of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, Sharada Devi and Swami Vivekananda.

Entrance of Belur Math

Sri Ramakrishna vidya mandir

Sri Sharada Devi Temple

Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa temple

Even the campus has the Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda University, Quarters for the staff, Math office and also the guest houses. Museum will be closed on Mondays and few special days. Belur Math visiting hours is Morning 6:00AM to 11:30AM and evening 4:00PM to 7:00PM during the months of April to September and morning 6:30AM to 11:30AM and evening 3:30PM to 6:00PM during the months of October to March.

From Belur Math one can take boat service to reach Dakshineshwar to visit Kali Mandir situated on the banks of Hooghly River. 

way to boat service to Dakshineshwar

view of Belur Math from boat

view of Belur Math


Kali Mandir entrance 

Kali Mandir building 

Kali Mandir

Kali Mandir is famous for its association with Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa. The temple premise has twelve identical Shivalinga and Radha-Krishna temple adjacent to Goddess Kali shrine.

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Calcutta - Howrah and Victoria Memorial Hall

It was my first visit to Kolkata (also known as Calcutta). Having heard a lot about it and its contribution to Science I was thinking to visit this place at least once. The first thing I noticed coming out of Howrah railway station is Howrah Bridge connecting Howrah and Calcutta.

Howrah Bridge connecting Kolkata and Howrah


 



Also went for a ferry ride from Howrah to Calcutta - Babughat. It was a nice trip seeing the side by buildings. Visited nearby market but being Sunday most of the shops were closed except street vendors.



By afternoon went to explore Victoria Memorial Hall built in memory of Queen Victoria. One can witness the huge collection of things belonging to Historic times. Also, the information about all the Vice Roys’ ruled India for almost two hundred years can be found there.



Victoria Memorial

Procession depicted in Bronze


Victoria Memorial

Interior of Victoria Memorial Hall

outside view from Victoria Memorial Hall

Without much time to explore anything returned back with Rasgulla, special milk made sweet of West Bengal.