Friday, September 23, 2011

Temples along the way from Rishikesh to Haridwar

God is everywhere in the holy towns of Rishikesh, Haridwar; between and beyond as well. While driving down the 28 km stretch from Rishikesh to Haridwar, one comes across innumerable shrines and temples spread all over the highway. Pilgrims do take out time to visit these as well, some of which are described below –

Glass Temple

Houses idols of various Gods and Goddesses and attracts a large number of pilgrims due to its magnificent and dazzling works of mirror patchworks and glass architecture.

A colorful mosaic of Lord Ganesha in a Glass Temple along the way from Rishikesh to Haridwar
The elephant headed Lord Ganesha in a riot of festive colors

Idols of Radha -Krishna in a Glass Temple along the way to Haridwar
Radha-Krishna in glowing pink glass shades
Among all persons, it is Sri Radha in whose company Lord Madhava (Krishna) is especially glorious, as She is especially glorious in His. ~ Rig-parisishta

A fascinating mosaic of a Krishna leela in a Glass Temple along the way to Haridwar
A mosaic depicting the butter thief prank (makhan chori leela) 
of mischievous child Krishna

A scene from the epic Mahabharta represented in glass a Glass Temple along the way to Haridwar
Lord Krishna imparting the doctrine of Bhagavad Gita (Gita Updesh)
to Arjuna in the battlefield of Mahabharata

Wonderful mosaic idols of Radha Krishna in a Glass Temple along the way to Haridwar
Idols of Shiv and Parvati in a Glass Temple along the way to Haridwar
Attractive images of Lord Shiva along with His consort Goddess Parvati

An Ancient SatyaNarayan Temple

A 500 year old ancient temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu and His consort Goddess Laxmi.

Ancient Laxmi Narayan Temple along the way from Rishikesh to Haridwar
Goddess Laxmi along with picture frames of various other Gods alongside

An old Rudraksh tree, the seeds of which are traditionally used for making  prayer beads beads in Hinduism, in the compound is worth a mention here.

A very old tree in the premises of the Ancient Laxmi Narayan Temple along the way from Rishikesh to Haridwar
A close up shot of a very old tree in the premises of the Ancient SatyaNarayan Temple along the way from Rishikesh to Haridwar
A very old evergreen Rudraksh tree in the SatyaNarayan temple premises

Sphatik Shivling

Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the sphatik (mercurial) Shivling inside the temple is popular among the locals.

Sphatik Shivling Temple along the way from Rishikesh to Haridwar
Sphatik Shivling inside the temple with an image of
Lord Shiva in the background

50 comments:

  1. ऊपर के दिखाये गये पहले छ: चित्र वाली जगह तो मैंने भी नहीं देखी है, या ये कहो कि कभी देखने की सोचा ही नहीं जबकि मैं इनके सामने से कई बार होकर गया हूँ।
    बाद वाली सभी जगह देखी हुई है। आभार दिखाने के लिये।

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  2. These pictures are lovely. And yes, many ashrams as well. :)

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  3. Beautiful pictures. Faces of Radha and Krishna are glamourous. However the height of the sculptures seem inadequate.

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  4. Wow , wonderful information . Thanks for sharing

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  5. as always..nice photographs..with good explanation..Sometimes I wonder how u manage to travel this much :)

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  6. What awesome captures for the day, Arti! Of course, yours are always awesome, but these are really special! Thank you for the beauty, the interesting information and another wonderful look at your country and its people! Enjoy your weekend!

    Sylvia

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  7. What beautiful, beautiful artwork and colors! I have always been attracted to bright colors like this, and because of this I may have dressed a bit like a clown when I was younger. They just attract me. I have learned through the years to tone things down with my dressing, but I still am colorful at heart. The second picture, I thought they were real girls, so lifelike!

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  8. Fantastic Arti..My desire to visit these places is ever growing fire and your posts are kindling it..
    I loved these posts.!

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  9. Gorgeous! I simply loved the Radha-Krishna in Pink glass and the Sphatik Shivling. We can just keep admiring them. :)Lovely pics, Arti!

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  10. Believe me, I love this post. Being in Boston, I miss temples and this post has injected life in me. Divine and thanks for sharing...

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  11. In Aurangabad I saw a Hanuman temple decorated with colorful glass chips. Great glimpses of your travel.

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  12. Makhanchor Nandkishore is my favorite today .I fell in love with Glass Temple .Thank you so much for sharing .
    Have a beautiful weekend Arti .

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  13. Wow - those mirror mosaics are just amazing! Lovely shots indeed - magical!

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  14. I love the mixture of colors, particularly the use of gold and silver.

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  15. Arti the glass art work in this city is just incredible! Your pictures are great at showing the beauty; I wish I could see it in person, but the pictures are certainly the next best thing. Incredible!

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  16. yupps...lots of temples between haridwar and rishikesh......we never stop at any one of them during our drives to and fro ...but next time we shall stop at some of them for sure....if i can convince the husband to!!!

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  17. OMG, such sperkling images - quite inspiring to me! Hope your weekend is happy - and adventurous as ever! xx

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  18. There are many temples in Japan,too. The religious people visit 48 temples in Shikoku region and get the seal of their temples. After visiting all 48 temples, they make a hanging scroll by all 48 seals.
    The glass works of your country are very very beautiful. It's demanded high skill, I think.
    Thank you for sharing gorgeous works.

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  19. Hi, Arti. Wow! I was looking and reading this entry with so much fascination. Thank you for sharing! :) Happy weekend. :)

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  20. Hi Arti,

    Thank you for sharing your photographs and all the wonderful information of your culture.
    That is the great thing about blogging we can see what our friends do around the world.
    You asked about the Skytower, and yes they do bungee jump from off there. We have often been dining in the restaurant and you see people leaping off.

    Happy Sunday
    Hugs
    Carolyn

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  21. I have also been on this route some times, but never stopped to watch any temple.
    Arti you are doing very noble cause with your Blog letting us to places where we never have been.
    Thanks !

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  22. Amazing art and I would love to see an example of the prayer beads sometime. :)

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  23. Hi Arti, I'm amazed by the intricate glasswork and vivid colors. So lovely.

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  24. The pictures are lovely ... radha krishna look so beautifull in pink hues ...the mercurial shivling looks so divine ... here in south it is always black stone so it is really different when it looks white.

    Super Yummy Recipes

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  25. Hello, Arti.

    Thank you for introducing the noble portraits.
    They let me feel the grand history.

    ruma

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  26. Hello Arti! I so love visiting you. I don't always comment but I am always blown away by the beauty of the land, buildings, and in this case, the shrines and temples. The glass work is AMAZING! so ornate, its mesmerizing. As always... thank you for sharing.

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  27. My goodness, that glasswork is spectacular.

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  28. Beautiful photos, love all the glasswork!! xx

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  29. Nice illustrations! I bowed in my heart to everyone of those pics as I scrolled. Thanks Arti.
    USMasala

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  30. I just loved the glass work. Your pictures are so interesting and I like all your information, thanks. Thank you for coming by, have a nice week.

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  31. Hi, Arti! There's always something special in each post of yours - this time, glassworks. I'm fascinated by the mosaic glass statues and painting. Thank you for sharing.

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  32. Beautiful presentation.
    Pictures are stealing the heart.

    Have you been to 'dudhahari ashram','shaanti kunj'
    jairam ashram ?

    You visited my blog, I am really thankful to you.
    Would try to write the new post shortly.

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  33. A lovvely description of these wonderful places

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  34. What amazing art work in the statues you have shone here. The color and detail work in each one is incredible. I am being a homebody right now and just enjoying the peace and quiet. As the season changes so to does my surroundings. Have a wonderful week.

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  35. wow!!! The artwork is breathtaking as is the sweet radiance in the images!!! Thank you for posting something that would have been missed even at proximity!!!

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  36. What beautiful idols! That idol of Radha Krishna is amazing :)

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  37. Those idols are very beautiful.

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  38. Simply beautiful.. the glass ganeshs looks lovely. What a treat to be able to go to these places.

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  39. such beautiful pictures--thank you.

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  40. Couldn't help saying this -- those idols are very cute :)

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  41. OMG Arti...all the gods and goddesses are so well adorned...I just loved it...GORGEOUS! esp the Ganesha, Radha-Krishna, Gita and Shiv-Parvathy. The rudraksh tree is so austere in appearance.

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  42. Travelled many times on this route..but never been to these temples.Next time I will surely visit all these. Thanks for information.

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  43. awesome and very informative post thanks for sharing
    navratan

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  44. thanks , welcome and salutation for the bliss showered by these photograps

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