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Here are 6 Popular Places in Madhya Pradesh for Perfect Temple Wedding!

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Wedding of goddess Meenakshi stucco work in Amman Sannathi of Sri Meenakshi temple ; Madurai. Pixabay
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July 14, 2017: Weddings are said to be one of the most sacred occasions in India and the temples have served as the divine venues for the wedding, irrespective of any region, religion or culture. This is due to the holiness associated with temples and many people believe it that doing so will lead to a successful marriage. Another reason why people prefer such venues is to keep the wedding simple, surrounded by close relatives.
The loud trumpet, high pitched songs and the bustling of crackers in ‘Big Fat Indian Wedding’ celebrations add to the pollution and noise and today’s smart generation understands the cons attached with the ‘band baja baraat’ concept.
Couples have started opting out for temple weddings, not only to keep it short and simple but also to avoid the excess noise and pollution as in the case of former. They want it to be the perfect venue for their big day to make it a mesmerizing affair. We bring you some of the best destinations in Madhya Pradesh for a temple wedding.
Madhya Pradesh is one the state which is quite famous for its many historic temples and shrines. The sanctity and the epic view of these temples offer the perfect setting required in a Hindu wedding. It instigates in you a sacred feeling of starting a relationship that binds you and your partner forever.
Khajuraho Temple
Khajuraho. Wikimedia Commons
The temples of Khajuraho are considered to be a commemoration of the wedding of Lord Shiva & Parvati. Undoubtedly the city of Khajuraho tops the list of temple weddings in Madhya Pradesh. Adorned by the ancient heritage it is the city with temples signifying love and erotism. These destinations offer the perfect backdrop essential for an intimate union of a couple who are closely attached to the divine plan of creation. Khajuraho, the perfect example of excellence, prestige and erotic sculptures, is an ideal venue for temple wedding in India. Also, it has been declared as world heritage site by UNESCO.
Matangesvara temple among the temples of Khajuraho is the most suitable venue for temple weddings. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this temple is known to have the world’s largest shivlings that stand about 8 ft tall and are made up of yellow limestone.
According to Hindu Mythology,  a sage named Matanga highly thought of as Lord Shiva, controlled the God of love by demonstrating himself in the form of a lingam. The temple which carries such a great importance in the history would be a perfect location for making the wedding an unforgettable affair.
Bhojeshwar Temple
Lingam of Bhojeshwar Temple. Wikimedia
Bhojpur is a historical town on the outskirts of Bhopal known for its greenery and the tranquility of the Betwa river. The town has been named after the acclaimed ruler of Paramara dynasty- King Bhoja. The Bhojeshwar temple which is dedicated to Lord Shiva is surrounded by lush greenery. This makes it an attractive place for the wedding.
The Archaeological Survey of India is responsible for the maintenance of this architectural wonder and the most amazing fact about the temple is that the linga inside the temple has been crafted out of a single rock. Apart from the clean surrounding, the crystal clear water of the Betwa river flowing next to the temple provides the perfect ambiance required for a temple wedding in this state.

 

Ahilyeshwar Temple. Wikimedia Commons
Ahilyeshwar Temple
Maheshwar, also known as the temple town, is one of the best wedding destinations due to the historical glory and authenticity of the place. The city has some historical sites which provide the solemn environment suitable for a wedding setup.
The Ahilyeshwar temple is one such place demonstrating the architectural skills of the Marathas. The softness of the Narmada waves adds to the serenity around the temple and makes it one of the desired location for wedding ceremonies.
Chintamann GaneshTemple, Ujjain. Wikimedia
Chintamann Ganesh Temple
The Chintamann Ganesh Temple is an ancient temple situated in Ujjain. Constructed on the Shipra River, it is the largest temple in the area devoted to Lord Ganesha. The simplicity and the soothing environment around makes It is an ideal place to conduct a ritual of the heavenly alliance called marriage.
Raja Ram Mandir. Wikimedia
Raja Ram Mandir
Raja Ram Mandir, also known as the palace temple is located opposite to the Orchha Fort. With the magnificent backdrop of the fort, the temple is the perfect setting for an auspicious day like the wedding.
Veiw of Gwalior city from Gwalior Fort. Wikimedia Commons
Gwalior
Also known as the fort city, Gwalior was founded by a ruler named Maharaja Suraj Sen. The panoramic view of the fort at the top of the hill and the spectacular palaces rule the whole city in terms of attractive sites. It is the host of the pearl of all Indian fortresses and so deserves to stand out as one of the epic locations for getting hitched in the state of Madhya Pradesh.
So, choose these perfect wedding destinations for your big day to make it a mesmerizing affair and a moment to cherish to forever.

by Sabnam Mangla of NewsGram, Twitter: @sabnam_mangla

 

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12 Interesting Facts About Somnath Temple Probably You Didn’t Know

The Somnath Temple is popular due to various legends connected to it. The place is an important pilgrimage and tourist spot.

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Somnath Temple is located in Veraval on the western coast of Gujarat, India. Wikimedia Commons
Somnath Temple is located in Veraval on the western coast of Gujarat, India. Wikimedia Commons
  • Somnath Temple is believed to be the place where Lord Krishna ended his Lila and thereafter left for heavenly abode
  • The first Siva temple at Somanath is believed to have been built at some unknown time in the past
  • Gujarat was raided by Mahmud of Ghazni in 1024, plundering the Somnath temple and breaking its sacred jyotirlinga

Somnath Temple is a specimen of fine architecture of one of the 12 Jyotirlingas Shrines of Shiva. This place is believed to be the place where Lord Krishna ended his Lila and thereafter left for heavenly abode, therefore it is dubbed as Eternal Shrine. This legendary temple has been vandalized numerous times in the history but with the help of some Hindu Kings, the temple was reshaped each time.

Somnath Temple is located in Veraval on the western coast of Gujarat, India. The temple is popular due to various legends connected to it. The place is an important pilgrimage and tourist spot. Lord Shiva has a strong connection here and also known as shrine eternal.

Somnath Temple History

According to popular tradition, the first Siva temple at Somanath is believed to have been built at some unknown time in the past. The second temple has been built at the same site by the “Yadava kings” of Vallabhi around 649 CE. In 725 CE, Al-Junayd, the Arab governor of Sindh destroyed the second temple as part of his invasions of Gujarat and Rajasthan. In 815 CE, the Gurjara-Pratihara king Nagabhata II constructed the third temple, a huge structure of red sandstone.

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The Chaulukya (Solanki) king Mularaja possibly built the first temple at the site sometime before 997 CE, even though some historians believe that he may have renovated a smaller earlier temple.

Somnath Temple Attacks

Gujarat was raided by Mahmud of Ghazni in 1024, plundering the Somnath temple and breaking its sacred jyotirlinga. Ghazni took away the wealth of almost 20 million dinars. As per historical records, the damage to the temple by was quite negligible because there are records of pilgrimages to the temple in 1038, which has no much mention of any damage to the temple.

In14th century, Gujarati Muslim pilgrims were noted by Amir Khusrow to stop at that temple to pay their respects before departing for the Hajj pilgrimage. Wikimedia Commons
In14th century, Gujarati Muslim pilgrims were noted by Amir Khusrow to stop at that temple to pay their respects before departing for the Hajj pilgrimage. Wikimedia Commons

But claims are there that Mahmud had killed 50,000 devotees who tried to defend the temple. The temple at the time of Ghazni’s attack appears to have been a wooden structure, which is said to have decayed in time.

According to an inscription of 1169, Kumarapala rebuilt it in “excellent stone and studded it with jewels,”

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Then in 1299, the Somnath Temple was invaded by Alauddin Khalji’s army, led by Ulugh Khan. They defeated the Vaghela king Karna and sacked the Somnath temple. Legends state that the Jalore ruler Kanhadadeva later recovered the Somnath idol and freed the Hindu prisoners, after an attack on the Delhi army near Jalore. However, some other sources state that the idol was taken to Delhi, where it was thrown to be trampled under the feet of Muslims.

The Somnath Temple was rebuilt by Mahipala I, the Chudasama king of Saurashtra in 1308 and the lingam was installed by his son Khengara sometime between 1331 and 1351.

In14th century, Gujarati Muslim pilgrims were noted by Amir Khusrow to stop at that temple to pay their respects before departing for the Hajj pilgrimage.

In 1395, the temple was again destroyed for the third time by Zafar Khan, the last governor of Gujarat under the Delhi Sultanate and later founder of Gujarat Sultanate.

In 1546, the Portuguese who were based in Goa attacked ports and towns in Gujarat including Somnath Temple and destroyed several of its structures.

Somnath temple to Dwarka

Dwarka is an ancient city in the Indian state of Gujarat. It is very near to Somnath temple and due to its relevance to Hindu pilgrimage; people do tend to visit this place also.

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The magnificent Temple of Dwarka has an elaborately tiered main shrine, a carved entrance and a black-marble idol of Lord Krishna.

Somnath Temple said to have been safely hiding the famous Syamantak Mani within the hollowness of Shivalinga. Wikimedia Commons
Somnath Temple said to have been safely hiding the famous Syamantak Mani within the hollowness of Shivalinga. Wikimedia Commons

The road distance between Dwarka and Somnath is 231 km and the aerial distance from Dwarka to Somnath is 210 km. One can also cover the distance through train which is almost 398km distant.

Here are some facts that are attached to this sacred and architecturally marvellous temple.

  1. The present-day Somnath Temple was built in five years, from 1947 to 1951 and was inaugurated by then President of India Dr Rajendra Prasad.
  2. Somnath Temple said to have been safely hiding the famous Syamantak Mani within the hollowness of Shivalinga, the Philosopher’s stone, which is associated with Lord Krishna. The stone is said to be magical, which was capable of producing gold. It is also believed that stone had alchemic and radioactive properties and thus it remains floating above the ground.
  3. The temple finds its reference in the sacred texts of Hindus like Shreemad Bhagavat, Skandpuran, Shivpuran and Rig-Veda. This signifies the importance of this temple as one of the most popular pilgrimage sites in India.
  4. According to records, the site of Somnath has been a pilgrimage site from ancient times as it was said to be the junction of three rivers, Kapila, Hiran and the mythical Saraswati. The meeting point was called as Triveni Sangam and is believed to be the place where Soma, the Moon-god bathed and regained his lustre.
  5. According to Swami Gajanand Saraswati (a Hindu scholar), the first temple was built 7, 99, 25,105 years ago as derived from the traditions of Prabhas Khand of Skanda Puran.
  6. The temple is said to be located at such a place that there is no straight-line land between Somnath seashore till Antarctica continent. In a Sanskrit inscription, found on the Arrow-Pillar called Baan-Stambh is stated that the temple stands at a point on the Indian piece of land, which happens to be the first point on land in the north to the south-pole on that particular longitude.

    The saga of Somnath temple is related to moon god and curse of his father in law Daksha Prajapati. Wikimedia Commons
    The saga of Somnath temple is related to moon god and curse of his father in law Daksha Prajapati. Wikimedia Commons
  7. According to the text of Skanda Purana, the name of Somnath Temple will change every time the world is reconstructed. It is believed when Lord Brahma will create a new world after ending the one we are living, Somnath will acquire a new name of Pran Nath Temple.
  8. On the walls of Somnath Temple, the sculptures of Lord Brahma, Shiva and Vishnu can be seen.
  9. According to another reference in the Skanda Purana, there are about 6 Brahmas. This is the era of 7thBrahma who is called Shatanand.
  10. The flag mast on the peak of Somnath Temple is 37 feet long and it changes 3 times a day.
  11. The saga of Somnath temple is related to moon god and curse of his father in law Daksha Prajapati.
  12. Non-Hindus doesn’t require any special permission to visit Somnath Temple. The decision was taken in view of security issues.Now, pack your bags and begin your journey to one of the most the sacred places of India.