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Special rakhi for Lord Shiva in Madhya Pradesh temple on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan

A specially decked out Lord Shiva was offered a Bhasmarti (special puja) and tied a silver rakhi (sacred thread) to mark the start of the festival in MP temple

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Ujjain, August 18: The festival of Raksha Bandhan, which is an ancient Hindu festival, is being celebrated on Thursday across Madhya Pradesh starting with a special ceremony in this city ar the famous Mahakaleshwar temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.

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As early as 3 a.m, a specially decked out Lord Shiva was offered a Bhasmarti (special puja) and tied a silver rakhi (sacred thread) embedded with gems to mark the start of the festival.

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Also offered to Mahakaleshwar, who defines the cultural life of the city, were 1.25 lakh laddus (sweets of gram and wheat flour shaped into balls) to be later distributed to the devotees as ‘prasad’.

Thousands of people visit the Mahakaleshwar temple every day. (IANS)

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A temple full of secrets and filled with millions of visitors daily, is also the one of the richest

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The Temple of Sree Padmanabhaswamy is unique as it is called as the crown of Travancore, Wikimedia Commons
The principal deity of the temple is Lord Vishnu. Wikimedia Commons

Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple is one of the fascinating temples in Kerala. In terms of its architecture, the story of its installation and prolonged historical significance, the temple is a top tourist place. It has found the reference in many historical books, including the Vedas which count it as special. Padmanabhaswamy Temple is one of the most prominent Hindu temples in India and even across the world.

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Many facts have led to the popularization that magnetizes millions of visitors, here are a few of them:

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2. The walls and design of the temple are Dravidian styles, one of the rarest and most fascinating designs.

3. It has 5 chambers, out which Chamber B cannot be opened as it is believed to be cursed.

4. The Temple has a dress code of dhoti or mundu for men and saree for women.

The Temple of Sree Padmanabhaswamy is unique as it is called as the crown of Travancore, Wikimedia Commons
The Temple of Sree Padmanabhaswamy is unique as it is called as the crown of Travancore, Wikimedia Commons

5. The temple has Z security mark, it is the most secure temple with foolproof plans.

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6. The temple has three and a half feet gold statue of Mahavishnu in the chamber which weights 30 kg.

7. The temple is mentioned in Brahman Purana, Mahabharata, Skanda Purana and Varaha Purana as a shrine.

8. The temple has an image of Lord Vishnu which is sketched with 12,000 fossilized shells of Gandaki River.