A Pilgrimage to Western Ghats Temples in Karnataka
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A Pilgrimage to Western Ghats Temples in Karnataka

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Item Code: NAN923
Author: Swami Atmashraddhananda
Publisher: Sri Ramakrishna Math, Chennai
Language: English
Edition: 2013
ISBN: 9788178836157
Pages: 136 (Throughout B/W Illustrations)
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 7.0 inch x 5.0 inch
Weight 100 gm
About the Book

The Western Ghats are a mountain range along the western side of India. These mountains are notable for their rich verdant cover, spectacular valleys and rushing rivers. Western Ghats also enshrine several reputed and ancient temples where millions of devotees offer their worship every year. While the Western Ghats are spread over several Indian states, this travelogue focuses on the temples in the state of Karnataka. This travelogue provides a brief history of some of the centres of pilgrimage along with a description of their spiritual, cultural and architectural features. This book introduces the readers to India's living spiritual tradition enshrined in these temples.

Publisher's Note

The Western Ghats or the Sahyadri are a mountain range along the western side of India. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, these mountains are notable for their rich verdant cover, spectacular valleys and rushing rivers. While Western Ghats are a home to numerous species of flowering plants, trees, mammals and birds, they also enshrine several reputed and ancient temples, big and small, where millions of devotees offer their worship every year.

The following travelogue appeared as a series of articles from September 2011 to May 2012 in The Vedanta Kesari, the spiritual and cultural monthly published from this Math. While the Western Ghats are spread over several Indian states, this travelogue focuses only on the temples in the state of Karnataka. The travelogue provides a brief history of some of the well-known centres of pilgrimage along with a description of their spiritual, cultural and architectural features. This travelogue is now being brought out in this form for the benefit of larger readership. The narrator is monk of the Ramakrishna Order and editor of The Vedanta Kesari. His earlier travelogue on Rameshwaram and Kanyakumari written on similar lines was published from this Math in 2010.

This slender volume, we believe, will appeal to everyone interested in knowing more about India's priceless and living spiritual tradition that these temples embody.

Contents

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A Pilgrimage to Western Ghats Temples in Karnataka  
The Land of Pilgrimage 1
The Western Ghats 3
The Pilgrimage 8
Helebedu 8
Belur 9
Shravanabelagola 13
Into Malenadu, the 'land of rains' 17
Annapurna Temple, Hornadu 21
Kalasa 25
Towards Sringeri 27
Legend of Sringeri 29
Shankara Math, Sringeri 34
Narasimhavanam and Other Places 44
Kigga-the Temple of Rishyashringa 49
Agumbe Ghat 50
The Temple of Mookambika at Kollur 52
A Visit to Kudajadri 59
Towards Udupi 65
An Ancient Place 67
The Krishna Temple 69
A Visit to Pajaka Kshetra 78
Mangalore City 81
Mangala Devi Temple 83
Ramakrishna Ashrama 85
Rajarajeshwari Temple, Polali 88
Towards Dharmasthala 93
Dharmasthala: A Brief History 94
The Temple 97
The Statue of Bahubali 98
Annapurna, the Kitchen 100
Two Museums 102
Meeting the Dharmadhikari 106
Towards Gokarna 108
Idagunji Ganesha 109
The Legend 112
Murudeshwara 117
Gokarna 120
Conclusion 128
References 130

 

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