Only Temple for Gargay Maharishi , Kerala

Gargayswarar, Pallassana

During my recent visit to Pallasana, near Palghat, I made it a point to visit Gargayswarar Temple, nearby. This is the only one of its kind for Gargay Maharishi, my Gotra too!

Gargayswarar Temple, Pallassana

Gargay  is a rare Gotra and the Temple is a beautiful, quiet place by the side of a Nice Tank and a Big Peepul Tree!(அரச மரம் மரங்களுக்கெல்லாம் அரசன் as it inhales max CO2 and gives out Max O2 to surroundings! See our ancestors’ Scientific designs in every aspect of Life!) 

Gargayswarar, Pallassana

Gargayswarar, Pallassana

According to the Brihadaranyaka Upanisad 2.2.6, Gautama and Bharadvāja, Viśvāmitra and Jamadagni, Vashishtha and Kaśhyapa and Shandilya are seven sages (also known as saptarishi); the progeny of these seven sages are declared to be gotras. This enumeration of seven primary gotras seems to have been known to Pāṇini. The offspring (apatya) of these seven are gotras and others than these are called gotrâvayava.

There exists another theory about gotra: sons and disciples of a sage would have the same gotra; it is believed that they possess similar thought and philosophy. People of the same gotra can be found across different castes too.

Gargayswarar, Pallassana

Gargayswarar Temple

Gaargya belongs to ANGIRA LINEAGE.

There are two Gaargas and one lady.

1. Men – a. Vruddha Gaargya aka Senior Garga who lived around 5,450 yearsago and as all Angiradescendants

He is an expert on AtharvaNa Veda. and also a Jyothish Scholar

b. Garga Muni , a grand son of Senior Garga did NaamakaraNam for Balaraama and Krishna ; He is a  Kula Guru for Yaadavas.

2.Lady Gaargi is an ancestor of the above . She is a great vedic Scholar ,a contemporary of King Janaka.






(Tks to Respected Vedhic Scholar, Balakrishna Ramaraju who furnished me the above details in 2007 about Gargay Gotra!)

For those interested to contribute for the ensuing Sivarathri Special Puja on 13th to 17th February  for this unique Gargayswarar Temple:




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Marvels of India – Sringeri

Sringeri Vidyaranyar Temple

Sankara Jayanthi

When Lord Parameaswara Himself was reborn in Kalady!

If one makes a trip to Kodajadri one can imagine how it is impossible to trek to that place even Today! Unless AdiSankara is Parameaswara Himself some 1300 yrs back He cdn’t have made it! 

On Sankara Jayanthi, A journey to Sringeri is a pilgrimage bringing me immeasurable Happiness.

Selfish Eeeee Sringeri

Enjoy the intricate Carvings, shadows falling exactly on the Zodiac signs of that month, an architectural Marvel! 

Take a dip in the Thungabadra!

Visit Rishyasringar Temple!

Don’t forget Simhagiri across the river! A Peaceful Paradise!

Adi Sankara Temple Sringeri

Vidyasankar Temple is an architectural Marvel!

Sringeri Sankaracharyas

The Vidyashankar temple was built in commemoration of the pontiff Vidyashankara, around 1357-58 C.E.. It was built by Vidyaranya, patron-saint of Harihara and Bukka  the brothers who founded the Vijayanagara empire! 

The niches in the temple have a number of sculptures from Hindu mythology. Inscriptions in the temple record contributions made by several Vijayanagara emperors. One must not miss the Stone Chains unique in only few Temples like Avudaiyar Koil, Perur, apart from Sringeri! 

The architecture  is also an exhibition of the astronomical expertise of medieval south Indian temple builders. The main temple hall features 12 pillars designated for the 12 signs of the zodiac. Windows and doors along the temple walls are arranged such that equinoxes sunrise views reach the deity. The northern and southern gates enable the sunrise view from the hall during solstices. The structure stands on a high plinth and commands a magnificent view from the hills and their slopes all round. It is more or less a rectangle with apisidal east-west ends. On the western side is the Garbhagriha, with Vidya Ganapathi  on one side and Durga on the other side of the entrance.

In the eastern half of the structure is a mantapa with twelve pillars, huge monoliths carrying large figures and carrying heavy projecting corbels on top. These twelve pillars are marked by the twelve signs of the zodiac in their regular order, and arranged in such a manner that the rays of the sun fall on each of them in the order of the twelve solar months. On the floor is a large circle, marked with converging lines to indicate the direction of the shadows. The central ceiling is an exquisite piece of workmanship with lotus and pecking parrots. The vimana over the Garbhagriha rises magnificently with shikhara, mahapadma and stupa. The rest of the roof is made up of sloping channelled slab. The basement is elaborately sculpted with animals, puranic stories, and Dasavathara . From the caves of the corners of the central hall chains of stone rings hang which is a unique master piece! 

Stone Chains Sringeri

Puri Jagannath Temple!

Puri Jagannath Temple

Puri Jagannath Temple 
The temple is an important pilgrimage destination and is particularly visited by devotees of Supreme lord Sri Krishna and is one of the Char Dham, Kedaranath, Badrinath, Puri, Rameswaram,  pilgrimages that any devoted Hindu,  is expected to make in one’s lifetime.

Nila Chakra pillar at Puri Jagannath

The major construction of Jagannath temple was initiated by king chodagangadeva (known for also building the Sun temple of Konark and several major Shaivism temples). And was completed by his grandson Anangabhimadeva in the late 12th century.

Nila Chakra pillar at Puri Jagannath

Puri Jagannath Temple

Adi Shankara established Lord Jagannath in this place, having established one On West Dwaraka for Lord Krishna, one on North and South, Kedaranath and Rameswaram for Lord Siva, to revive Hinduism! So this temple is sacred to all Hindus and especially,the Vaishnava traditions andsaints , Ramananda & Ramanuja were closely associated with the temple. Ramanuja 
also established the Emar Matha near this temple. The Govardhan Mutt which is the seat of one of the four Shankaracharyas is also located here. It is also of particular significance to the followers of the Gaudiya Vaishnavism whose founder, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, was attracted to the deity, Jagannath, and lived in Puri for many years. Hence Swami Bakthivedanantha who established the ISKCON Temple in USA has two Temples here with a well run Vegetarian Restaurant, Govinda !


Chaithanya and Bakthivedanantha Swami

Govinda Restaurant Run by ISKCON

Govinda Restaurant Run by ISKCON

The temple has 3 icons, Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabadra and Subadra, all made of Neem Tree logs and being replaced in all fervour once in 12 years!
The Nila Chakra pillar at the eastern entrance was originally in front of Konark Sun Temple and brought here by a local king in the 17th century!

There is such a mad unorganized crowd inside this temple, one has to pray only to Lord Jagannath to come out in One Piece! If successful, have a nice Breakfast @Geetanjali Restaurant :

Geetanjali Restaurant


There is a Surya Temple, again brought from Konark on the Southern side and Kanchi Ganesh and Bhimeswara Temple on the back, which establish beyond proof the architectural genius of the 12th century Indians!