Newcastle, Mar 9, 2017: The Siva Subramanian Hindu temple located in Newcastle, South Africa is aiming to install a 6-meter tall statue (Murti) of Lord Siva.
According to the PTI report, work on the project, estimated to cost Rs. 200,000 approximately, will begin this month.Funds are being raised to meet the expenditure. Hindus, or non-hindus, all are welcome in this Hindu temple to visit and attend its events and services.
Rajan Zed, a Hindu activist has applauded the efforts of the temple leaders in realizing the majestic Murti of Lord Siva.
Zed further said that it was utmost important to pass on Hindu traditions, spirituality and concepts to future generations amidst the innumerable distractions in today’s consumerist society. Rajan stressed that our focus should be on inner search and self-realization, working towards achieving moksh (liberation), and not on the materialistic gains we run after.
Along with the worship services, Hindu festivals like Janmashtami, Navratri etc are also organised by the Siva Subramanian temple throughout the year. The Thaipusam Kavadi festival was celebrated to honour and worship Lord Muruga in the month of February. Bala Govender and Pravesh Sewlal are two of the important Temple leaders.
The goal of Hinduism is attaining Moksh. It is not only the oldest, but also the Third Largest religion in the world. It has about one billion followers.
Bangalore often referred as the Garden City and Silicon Valley
The city is also home to many temples that are regularly flocked by devotees
Bangalore is endowed with many titles that capture the essence of the city. Garden City and Silicon Valley are often used to refer to this culturally rich city. Due to a large influx of people from all over the world into the city, Bangalore is now a melting pot of culture and attracts people from various walks of life. The city is also home to many temples that are regularly flocked by devotees. Apart from these, there are quite a few places of worship around Bangalore that are worth a visit.
Located on the outskirts of Bangalore, at distance of 60 km from the city, Ghati Subramanya temple has Lord Karthikeya as its primary deity. The temple also houses idols of Lord Narasimha and the idols of both these deities are believed to have emerged from the earth.
The temple has a history that dates back to almost 600 years and is believed to be developed under the Ghorpade rulers of Sandur. Devotees believe that when couples having trouble conceiving take a vow at this temple, they will be blessed with children.
Chamundi temple, located on the famous Chamundi Hills is a popular temple in Mysore and is visited by devotees and tourists alike throughout the year. The temple is located about 160 km from the city of Bangalore, which makes it a little over a 3-hour drive from the city.
The temple is also believed to be one among the 18 Shakti Peethas. The construction of the temple is credited to the Hoysala rulers, who reportedly built it in the 12th century. However, the tower of the temple is believed to have been constructed by the Vijayanagara rulers in the 17th century. The temple also has a flight of one thousand steps which were built in 1659 and leads to the summit of the 3000-foot hill. The temple also has several idols of Nandi, but the biggest one is the one situated on the 800th step. This idol of Nandi is about 15 feet in height and 24 feet in length.
The Kotilingeshwara temple is located 96 km from the city of Bangalore, in the district of Kolar. You can reach the place in around two and a half hours by road. The temple is famous due to its huge lingams (Shiva idol), which is the largest lingam in the entire world, which stands 108 feet tall.
The temple has ten million lingas as indicated by its name, where ‘Koti’ stands for crore or ten million. These were installed by Bhakta Manjunatha, an ardent devotee of Lord Shiva with the help of Maharaja Ambikeshwaravarma and his family. Bhakta Manjunatha, born to a pious Shaiva family was an atheist who did not believe in Lord Shiva. He is believed to have insulted Lord Shiva ten million times. The ten million lingas installed by him were done as an act of repentance of this after he came to realize the divinity of Lord Shiva.