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Hindu Temple Constructed by Britisher

The Only Hindu Temple Built By the British

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The Only Hindu Temple Built By the British

In 1879, when there was British were ruling in India, Lt. Col. Martin of Agar Malva was leading the army in the war against Afghanistan.

Col. Martin used to regularly send messages of his well-being to his wife. The war continued for long & Lady Martin stopped getting messages. She was very upset.
Once riding on her horse, she passed by the temple of Baijnath Mahadev. She was attracted to the sound of Conch & Mantra. She went inside and came to know that the Brahmanas were worshipping Lord Shiva. They saw her sad face and asked her problem. She explained everything to them. They told her that Lord Shiva listens to the prayers of devotees and takes them out of difficult situations in no time. With the advice of the Brahmanas she started the ‘Laghurudri Anushtthan’ of the Mantra: ‘Om Namah Shivaya’ for 11 days. She prayed to Lord Shiva that if her husband reaches home safely, then she would get the temple renovated.

On the last of the ‘Laghurudri’ a messenger came and gave a letter to her. Her husband had written: ‘I was regularly sending messages to you from the battle grounds but suddenly the Pathans surrounded us from all sides. We were entrapped in a situation where there was no scope of escaping death. Suddenly I saw a Yogi of India with long hair, carrying a weapon with three pointers (Trishul). His personality was amazing and he was maneuvering his weapon with a magnificent style. Seeing this great man, the Pathans started running back. With his grace our bad times turned into moments of victory. This was possible only because of that man of India wearing a lion skin & carrying a three-pointer weapon (Trishul). That great Yogi told me that I should not worry and that he had come to rescue me because he was very pleased with my wife’s prayers.’

Tears of joy were falling down the eyes of Lady Martin’s eyes while reading the letter. Her heart was overwhelmed. She fell into the feet of Lord Shiva’s statue and burst in tears.

After a few weeks Col. Martin returned. Lady Martin narrated the whole incident to him. Now both husband & wife became devotees of Lord Shiva. In 1883 they donated Rs. 15,000 for renovating the temple.
The information engraved slab for the same is still there in the Baijnath Mahadev Temple of Agar Malva.
This is the only Hindu temple built by the British.

Sri Vidya Raja Rajeshwari Temple, Nanganallur ago, His Holiness Sri Chandra Sekharendra Saraswathi – praised as Maha Periaval by the devotees was on a pilgrimage to Parangimalai for Lord Nandikeswara darshan. He also visited Trisulam to worship Lord Trisula Nathar and Mother Tripura Sundari and proceeded through Pazhavanthangal, the place where the temple now exists. He relaxed there under a tree. Disciples relaxed in a nearby place.


Periaval was thirsty and called a disciple to get him water. But his words did not reach the disciple’s ears. Soon, a little girl appeared before him and offered water. When Periaval turned to return the water bowl to the girl, She was not there. When Periaval asked the disciples if they saw a little girl in the place, they replied in the negative.


Periaval sat in meditation for a while and found that the Little Girl was but Mother Sri Rajarajeswari. He called the elders and the people of the place and told them that Ambica was some where under the ground in the place and asked them to find it out. He continued his pilgrimage.


The people of the place dug the place and found the idols of Mother as a little girl and Chandikeswari and informed Sri Jagadguru. Sri Periaval advised the people to install the idols and begin Sri Srividya Raja Rajeswari worship.


Location: Sri Srividya Raja Rajeswari temple, Nehru Colony, Pazhavanthangal, Chennai.


Bateshwar Dham

About 70 km from Agra near Bah, there is dham called Bateshwar. It is said that the Chardham Yatra is only complete if you visit Bateshwar Dham.

The name Bateshwar is derived from the main Bateshwarnath Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva (Bateshwarnath Mahadev). As per the mythology and legends, here under a marvelous Banyan tree (Bat in Sanskrit), lord Shiva took rest for some time under that tree which stile standing at that place, the place known as Bat-Ishwar; the banyan lord.

Bateshwar Temples 70 km from Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India on the banks of River Yamuna.

The name Bateshwar is derived from the main Bateshwarnath Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva (Bateshwarnath Mahadev). As per the mythology and legends, here under a marvelous Banyan tree (Bat in Sanskrit), lord Shiva took rest for some time under that tree which stile standing at that place, the place known as Bat-Ishwar; the banyan lord.
Bateshwar Temples 70 km from Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India

Bateshwar is regarded as the Paternal home of Lord Krishna. Lord Krishna’s father Vasudeva was actually from Bateshwar.

Since ages Bateshwar remained a renowned religious centre both for Hindu and Jain communities. In the epic Mahabharat Bateshwar is supposed to be referred as Shouripur a city of king Suresaine. It is known for 101 Shiv Temples built by Raja Badan Singh Bhadauria on a dam on the banks of Yamuna. Shaouripur, near Bateshwar, which is the birthplace of the 22nd Tirthankar of Jain faith, Lord Neminath. Each year the region hosts a cattle fair in October and November. The commercial livestock event is also of significance to Hindus, who make pilgrimage to the river Yamuna in honor of Lord Shiva.

Bateshwar has long been celebrated for its annual fair, believed to have been a fixture since time immemorial given the significance of Shauripur/Bateshwar in Hindu mythology. Although the origins of this ancient fair are religious, and of immense importance in the Hindu religious calendar, the fair is also of great commercial value [1] and is renowned as the 2nd largest animal fair in the country (Sonepur in Bihar being the largest).

Bateshwar is the ancestral village of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.


Experience: Bateshwar is like a mini Kashi and people conduct cremation on the banks of Yamuna Nadhi. Bateshwar, the main shrine, on meditating there, one feels that the person is in a very big and powerful dhaam.

He is taken to a no mind state in no time. Very ancient, and almost on top of Yamuna, Bateshwar is much ancient than myths. Yet, it is unpolluted and the originality remains.

Navagraha Temple in Guwahati, Assam

The Navagraha Temple is found on the top of Chitrasal Hill (or Navagraha Hill), in Guwahati city, Assam, India. The speciality of the temple is that it is a big domed hall with nine shivalingams symbolising 9 planets. Enshrined in this temple are nine Shivalingams, representing the nine Celestial bodies, each covered with a colored garment symbolic of each of the celestial bodies, with a Shivaligam in the centre symbolising the Sun. The Navagraha temple was built by Ahom King Rajeswar Singha in the late 18th century. It has been renovated in recent times during the late 1923-45.

Guruji Sundar in the future intends to build a similar temple. It is one of Guruji’s cherished dream projects

Navagraha Temple


Vasai – near Mumbai – The ancient Tirtha Sthala

History of Vasai

The history of Bassein dates back to Treta Yuga. Bassein (or Vasai or Oppire or Orparak or Shorparag or Shurparaka as it was called from time to time) was established by Bhagawan Parashuram. Bhagvan Parsuram established Vimaleshwar Mandir and Vimala Sarovara. He established the 64 yoginis in and around Vasai, since the yoginis were considered to be the devotees of His mother Goddess Renuka. He also established 108 Teertha Kundas or Pushkarinis in Vasai. This is quoted in the Holy Edict Skanda Purana and Padma Purana (Lotus Purana ).

Shamedis came as expert singers to Shurparak (Bassein) during the Buddha era 1500 BC from the remote areas of Orissa, then called as Utkala. During the Buddhist rule, their following of Vedic Dharma was loosened. At the advent of Adya Shankaracharya in Nirmal around 497 BC, the Buddhist Monks were defeated in the debates and returned to the Vedic Fold. Hinduism in the Samedis returned and they started strict following of the Vedic Dharma. They regarded Adi Sankara Jagadguru as their cardinal preacher. This is quoted in Holy Text Siva Leela Amrut.

Purna, the disciple of Gautama Buddha, belonged to “Vasai” i.e. earlier “Shoorparak”, and he preached in the Eastern India. Even after the advent of Sankaracharya, some Buddhists were left who used to criticize the Vedic Philosophy. Thus the King Jalauk of Kalinga took the then Jagat Guru Shankaracharya of Eastern India, i.e. H.H. Shankaracharya of Puri, to Shurparaga. He was 5th Shankaracharya of Puri named Swami Vidyaranya. His Holiness Swami Vidyaranya defeated remaining Buddhist Monks from Karla Caves, Mahad Caves, Kaneri Caves, and Shruparak and strongly revived the Vedic Dharma. Dur to old age and at the earnest prayers of the local Shamedis and Bhandaris Jagad Guru Shankaracharya Vidyaranya Swami of Puri Peetham took Mahasamadhi at the Nirmal Vimaleshwar Mandir in 404 BC on the dark 11th day of Kartik. Emperor Jalauk (son of Ashoka) built a big Samadhi Mandir according to the Orissa architecture.

Later during the Vijaya Yatra the grand disciple of Swami Vidyaranya, named Swami Padmanabha Tirtha, the 7th Jagadguru Sankara charya of Puri Govardhan Peetham arrived in Vasai during the “Vijaya Yatra” . His Holiness stayed here for some months and later attracted to this Holy Place decided to reside eternally at this place of his grand Guru.

Thus Swami Padmanadha Tirtha Shankaracharya, who was devotee of Lord Vallabha (thus He was also called Vallabha Swami) (i.e. Krishna achieved Mahasamadhi at Vasai in 373 BC on a hillock next to the Nirmal hillock. A temple devoted to Lord Krishna in front of His Samadhi by the then Kashmiri Brahmin community who used to reside in Nirmal, brought by Raja Jalauk, from the area around Shankaracharya Parbat, Sri Nagar (Jammu and Kashmir).

Later this place was visited by 38 th Shrimad Jagadguru Shankaracharya Swami Shivananda Saraswati of Puri Govardhan Peetham during the rule of the Satvahan Kings.

During the times of Raja Bhimdev of Puri, in order to solve the religious difference in between the Kshatriyas, the 106 th Jagadguru Shankaracharya Swami Sukhabodha Tirtha arrived in Vasai during the 13th century AD.

This Holy place was visited by Swami Vidyaranya, the 13th Shankaracharya of Sringeri Sharada Peetham in the 15th century. His samadhi is located at Hampi, Karnataka.

During 1543, Portuguese started their rule in Bassein and started destruction of various cultural places in Vasai. The temple of Padmanabha Swami which was located at the hillock place now called “Nirmal Naka” was destroyed. The Brahmins, Shamedis and Bhandaris who regarded Jagadguru Shankarachrya as their Holy Guru were sad at this ill act and they brought the stones of the samadhi of Padmanabha Swami and placed them in front left hand side of Vidyaranya Swami Samadhi Mandir. During this period, 200 religious places were destroyed by foreigners in Bassein. The atrocities of the Portuguese were on rise .At the request of the Citizens of Vasai Chimaji Appa Peshwa attacked Portuguese at Vasai and conquered Vasai in the 18th Century AD.

He requested the guidance of monk – Swami Vidya Shankara Bharati who was the 8th generation of the institution of Karvir- Sankeshwar (this is the institution established in the 16th century in Sankeshwar, Karnataka). He was the disciple of Jagadguru Shankaracharya.

At the guidance of Swami Vidya Shancara Bharati, Chimaji Appa renovated, in the Orissa Architecture, the Samadhi Mandir of Swami Vidyaranya and Swami Padmanabha Tirtha, the 5th and 7th Shankaracharya of Puri Peetham,.

This place due to atrocities of Portuguese rulers were devoid of Brahmins. Under the guidance of Swami Vidya Shankara Bharati, Chimaji Appa Peshwa, in consultations with Peshwa Bajirao, appointed 1 Konkanastha Chitpavan Brahmin, 1 Karhade Brahmin, 1 Devrukhe Brahmin and 4-5 Shukla Yajurvedi Gujrathi Brahmins in this region. Thus there were only 7-8 houses of Brahmins in whole Sopara region. Later Swami Vidya Shankara Bharathi went back to Sankeshwar and attained samadhi on the banks of River Hiranyakeshi.

In 1926, Swami Bharati Krishna Tirtha, the 143rd Jagadguru Shankaracharya of Puri Govardhan Peetham was received with warm welcome in a specially reserved train at Nala Sopara station.

The Jagadguru Swagat Samiti was presided by a well known Shamedi Shri Vaze. Jagadguru had the Holy bath in the Vimaleshwar Sarovar then had Darshan of the Shri Sureshwar Mandir, Shri Vimaleshwar Mandir, and the two Samadhis of the previous Shankaracharyas viz. Swami Vidyaranya and Swami Padanabha Tirtha of the Puri Govardhan Peetham. This time Jagadguru addressed a large gathering of Shamedis. A big Yajnya was organized to commemorate this event. Again the same Puri Shankaracharya Swami Bharati Krishna Teerth visited Shurparak in the 1950s. This time also there were huge gatherings which were hosted by Swami Nityananda of Ganeshpuri. This time also Shamedis extended great efforts in organizing the event.

Ishwarpuri (Sandipani Samadhi)

Ishwapuri Ashram is located at Chandip Village situated on Shirshad Vajreshwari Raod, Spacial about this is you can find samadhi of Guru Sandipani ( Guru of Krishna, Balram and Sudama), A shiv Temple is also located at this place, some basic facility is available for this mountainous nature.
Tungareshwar Mountain
Tungareshwar Mountain
Way to Ishwarpuri

Way to Ishwarpuri

samadhi sthaan of rishi sandipaani
samadhi sthaan of rishi sandipaani
samadhi of Rishi Sandipani
samadhi of Rishi Sandipani
words in his samadhi shrine
samadhi sthaan of rishi sandipaani – words in his samadhi shrine
shiva temple ishwarpuri
shiva temple ishwarpuri
shiva temple ishwarpuri

shiva temple ishwarpuri


Also courtesy: wikipedia

Banganga – Walkeshwar – Jeeva Samadhi and Swayambhu Lingam in Mumbai


This is the swayambhu lingam at the highest point in Mumbai, Walkeshwar.


Legend has it that Hindu god, Ram paused at that spot on his way from Ayodhya to Lanka in pursuit of the demon king, Ravana who had kidnapped his wife, Sita. Then Lord Rama was advised to worship Shiv linga and he is said to have constructed the original linga of sand, after getting tired of waiting for his brother, Lakshman to bring an idol. The name is etymologically derived from the Sanskrit word for an idol made of sand — Valuka Iswar, an Avatar of Shiva.
As the story progresses, later when Ram was thirsty, as there was no fresh water readily available (only sea water), he shot an arrow and brought Ganges over here. Hence Bana (arrow in Sanskrit) Ganges. The water that feeds the tank stems from an underground spring at that spot, despite its proximity to the sea.


The temple and the attached fresh water Banganga Tank were built in 1127 AD by Lakshman Prabhu, a Gaud Saraswat Brahmin minister in the court of Silhara dynasty Kings who ruled Thane, and the islands of Mumbai during 810 to 1240 AD. The temple was destroyed by the Portuguese during their reign over Mumbai (Portuguese Bom Bahia) in the 16th century. It was rebuilt due to the generosity of Mumbai businessman and philanthropist, Rama Kamath, another Gaud Saraswat Brahmin (known in British records as ‘Kamati’) in 1715. The main temple has been substantially reconstructed and many smaller temples have come up around the Banganga Tank. By 1860, the temple started attracting greater crowds and 10 to 20 other temples had come up around it and 50 dharamshalas.

Even today the temple itself and much of the property in the complex belongs to the Gaud Saraswat Brahmin Temple Trust.
The temple is generally busy every month only during the full moon, and at Amavasya (new moon).

Jeeva Samadhi

Walkeshwar also has the jeeva samadhi of Madhavendra Tirtha of the Madhva lineage, in Kashi Math.

He entered samadhi live around 300 years ago.

Madhavendra Tirtha Swami

Madhavendra Tirtha Swami

Cemetary at Banganga

the Dashnami Goswami Akhada, or the Banganga Goswami cemetery, as it is more popularly known. This is no ordinary cemetery where all and sundry are cremated (as is the case with all Hindu deaths), but this is a special area reserved for those who have taken the vows of Sanyas (renunciation) – Sanyasis as we know them. Of course, the more popular Sanyasis are those who are the pontiffs of the various mutts in India, but there are others who have lived the life of normal householders, but have taken the path of renunciation later in life. There are innumerous samadhis of sannyasins in this cemetary, but the main place in the heart of the cemetary is the Jeeva Samadhi(live tomb) of the founder of this cemetary.

Noted samadhis of recent saints include Nisargadatta Maharaj, Ranjit Maharaj amongst many others.

Jeeva Samadhi



Maagaral Temple


This is the 7th Devaram Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalam in Thondai Nadu. Thiruganasambadar has sung hymns in praise of Lord Shiva of this temple.

Iraivan : Iraivan is called by 12 names different names and they are Sri Adaikalam  Thantha Nathar ( Parikara name), Sri Maham Vaazhvithavar, Sri Udumbeesar, Sri Paarathazhumbar, Sri Putridangondaar, Sri Nilaiyitta              Nathar, Sri Mangalangathavar, Sri Parinthukathavar, Sri Agastheesar,   Sri Abathsahayar, Sri Maakaraleeswarar, Sri Thaduthatkondavar.

Iraivi    : Sri ThirupuvanaNayagi, Sri BhuvanaNayagi.

Some of the important features of this temple are….

  1. The temple is facing east with a 5 tier Rajagopuram. Sthala Viruksham is lemon tree and theertham is Agni Theertham.
  2. The temple is about 1500 years old  and Iraivan gave dharshan to king Rajendra Chozhan in the form of golden Udumbu (உடும்பு  = a Monitor Lizard  ).
  3. The moolavar is like Udumbu tail. As per Gurukkal, Moolavar was made out of navapashanam  and worshiped by Agasthiyar.
  4. The two asuraras called Maaharan and Maalayan worshiped Lord Shiva of this temple.
  5. The moolavar Vimanam is of gajabirushtam type and the sanctum sanctorum is in the form of agazhi.
  6. Urchava moorthams are kept in the artha mandapam.
  7. In koshtam Vinayagar, Dhakshinamoorthy, Brahma  and Durgai.
  8. In the prakaram sannadhi for Aarumugaswamy ( sitting on peacock vahanam (Peacock’s face is on the right side, is an unusual one ), Adhikara Nandhi along with 63var, Valampuri Vinayagar, Mahavishnu, Valli Devasena samedha Subramaniyar, Ambal sannadhi, Arthanari Bairavar ( back side of Ambal sannadhi ), Murugan on white elephant ( story with picture is up loaded below ).
  9. After Murugan killed Surabadhman, he married Deivanai. On that occasion,  Indran asked Murugan to sit on his white elephant Iravatham in presence of Thirumal. Also it is be noted that elephant was his vahanam before Peacock.


  1. Ilayanarvelur – Kanchipuram – Perungkattur bus passes through this place Maakaral.
  2. Buses from Kanchipuram to Uthiramerur via Orikkai passes through this place Maakaral


  1. Shaunmuga Sundara Gurukkal may be contacted through his mobile 9444810396



A very lively and ancient temple which was filled with life energy. After 6 pm the space is totally different.

Bheesma Pitamah’s lone temple in Daraganj, Allahabad

This temple is the lone temple for Bheesma Pitamah in the world. As he is a son of Ganga, his temple is also in the banks of Ganga. This temple was built in 1961.

Some proclaim that he is Lord Shiva’s incarnation and is one of the Ashta vasu’s.

Some proclaim that his lineage as follows

Lord Anjaneya (an incarnation of Shiva)

Sage Durvasa (an incarnation of Shiva)

Bheesma Pitamah

Saint Trailinga Swamigal (Walking Lord Shiva of Varanasi)


Details about the temple are given in the link below

Kaila devi, Rajasthan

Kaila Devi Temple is a temple dedicated to twin Goddess Kaila devi and Chamunda devi situated 23 km from Karauli and 37 km from Gangapur City in the Rajasthan state in India. The temple is located on the banks of the Kalisil River, a tributary of the Banas River in the hills of Trikut, 2 km to the north-west of Kaila village.

KEDAR Gufa Temple


This is the original temple of Kaila Devi. This place is near the jungle of the Ranthambore. This is 3km far from the town. Devotees can walk there for the darshan. This also hosts the jeeva samadhi of Kedar Giri Maharaj who installed the temple.

The kedar gufa is really very divine and ancient. For a true seeker is always loved here by the saint.

காஞ்சி காமாட்சி – Guruji Sundar

எத்தனை நூற்றாண்டுகள், எத்தனை யுகங்கள், எத்தனை மனித தொடர்,  எத்தனை ஆத்மா ஞானிகள் உன்னை வணங்கியிருப்பர்.

அதே தொடரில் நானும் ஒரு சங்கிலி பிணைப்பாக வந்து தரிசிக்கின்றேன்.

நான் எத்தனை பிறவி எடுத்து எத்தனை முறை உன்னை வணங்கி இருப்பேன் என்று எனக்கு தெரியாது. ஆனால் உனக்கு நன்கு தெரியும்.     இந்த முறையாவது எனது பிறவி எனும் நோயை நீக்கி என்னை உனது கடைக்கண் படும் பார்வை தூரத்தில் வைத்துக் கொள் தாயே !!


உன்னை எத்தனை முறை பார்த்தாலும் எனக்கு நிறைவு வருவதில்லை, அது ஏன் ? நீ எனக்கு திகட்ட திகட்ட தேனை ஊற்றி கொடுத்தாலும் நான் மயக்கம் தெளிந்த பின் உன்னிடம் தான் கையேந்தி நிற்கின்றேன்.

ஞான மார்க்கம் என்ற ஆன்ம தேடலில் போர் வீரனாக திகழ்ந்த என்னை, நீ மட்டும் எப்படி நொடி பொழுதில், என்னை பக்தியில் ஊற்றெடுக்க வைக்கின்றாய்.

நீ எப்போது இருவருக்கும் இடையே உள்ள தூரத்தை குறைக்க போகின்றாய். பல காலம் என் இதய கதவை திறந்து தானே வைத்திருக்கின்றேன்.

நீ ஏன் என் அரியணையில் அமர்ந்து ஆட்சி புரிய தயங்குகின்றாய். நீ எப்போது என்னை இரைக்காக பாடுபடாமல், இறையில் முழு நேரமும் கழிக்க வைக்க போகின்றாய்!!!

இந்த வரம் என்னக்கு மட்டும் அல்லாமல் என்னை சேர்ந்த அனைத்து சிஷ்ய, பக்த கோடிகளுக்கும் நீ அருள வேண்டும்.


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