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5 Popular Temples in & around Mysore

5 Popular Temples in & around Mysore

Acknowledged for its rich history, cultural heritage, and picturesque surroundings, Mysore is one of the most famous tourist destinations in South India, and among the must include places in Karnataka tour packages. Often called as ‘Cultural Capital of Karnataka’, Mysore was the capital of the Wodeyar dynasty and also the home of the famous Tipu Sultan. Given its royal past, the city houses magnificent palaces, gardens, ancient temples, and monuments. However, one of the most beautiful aspects of this palace city is its varied list of exquisitely built temples including the ancient as well as more recent ones, each temple around Mysore is unique in its own way.

Here is the list of some famous temples in and around Mysore.

Chamundeshwari Temple

Perched atop the Chamundi Hill, Chamundi Hill Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Goddess Chamundeswari, an incarnation of Goddess Parvathi who took this form to destroy Mahishasura. It is one of the major places of pilgrimage in Karnataka, and one of the oldest temples in the palace city of Mysore. Also known as Krouncha Pitham, Chamundi Temple was built in the 12th century CE, and is one among the 18 Maha Shakti Peethas representing the hair of Sati Devi. The temple is one of the must-visit places as part of Mysore tour packages. The most striking feature of the Chamundeshwari temple is its intricate and ornate architectural style and carvings, reflecting the profoundly artistic culture of Mysore.

Sri Ranganatha Swamy Temple, Srirangapatna

About 19 km from Mysore, Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple is a famous temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is one of the most important Vaishnavite temples in South India. The temple is considered as one of the Pancharanga Kshetras, the other four being Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple of Srirangam, Sarangapani Temple of Kumbakonam, Appakudathan Temple of Trichy, and the Parimala Ranganathaswamy Temple of Mayiladuthurai. Located inside the Srirangapatna Fort on the banks of the Kaveri River, it is one of the largest temples in Karnataka, among the most popular places to visit in Srirangapatna. With a blend of Hoysala and Viyanagara architectures, it consists of a Mahadwara with a huge tower followed by a mukha mandapa, maha mandapa, and Garbhagriha.  Also known as Aadi Rangam, the idol of Vishnu in the sanctum is reclining on the seven hooded Adishesha with his consort Lakshmi at his feet. This shrine is protected by the Archaeological Survey of India as a monument of national importance.

Melukote Temples

Melukote is a historical town located at a distance of 50 km from Mysore and 133 km from Bangalore. Also known as Thirunarayanapuram, it is one of the popular pilgrimage places in Karnataka and also one of the best places to visit near Mysore. The town is home to two popular temples, one is Cheluvanarayana Swamy Temple and the other one is Yoga Narasimha Swamy Temple. The main temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu known as Thirunarayana or Cheluvaraya. The temple has been under the patronage of the Mysore royal family and is endowed with valuable jewellery given to the lord by the Wodeyars. The Vairamudi festival held in March – April is the main festival of Sri Cheluvanarayana Swamy Temple and is attended by more than 400,000 people.

Built on a hillock, Yoga Narasimha Swamy Temple is another major temple in Melukote and is dedicated to Lord Narasimha. The main deity is in a seated posture with the Yogapatta. It is believed that the idol of Lord Yoganarasimha was installed in the temple by Prahlada. The temple is considered to be one of the seven holy centers devoted to the worship of Narasimha, and among the major places to visit on the way to Mysore from Bangalore. There is a Sanskrit Pathashala inside the temple that dates back to 1853. One has to climb nearly 400 steps to reach the temple from the foothills.

Shreekanteshwara Temple, Nanjangud

Situated on the banks of River Kapila, Nanjundeshwara Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, who is known as Nanjundeshwara or Srikanteshwara here. Built-in the Dravidian style, it is one of the popular religious places to visit near Mysore. The temple was constructed during the reign of the Ganga dynasty while the renovations were also done by the Hoysalas. That time the deity was called ‘Hakim Nanjunda’ that was being suggested by Tipu Sultan when his elephant got cured through the prayers offered to the deity. It houses three main deities, Lord Nanjundeshwara, Goddess Parvathi, and Lord Vishnu with Sridevi and Bhudevi. It is one of the most prominent pilgrimage sites near Bangalore. The temple witnesses maximum footfall during the “Dodda Jaathre”, a 3-day chariot festival held every year by the end of March.

Talakadu Temples

Talakadu is a historical place situated on the banks of the Kaveri River in Karnataka. About 49 km from Mysore, and 139 km from Bangalore, it is one of the popular Mysore tourist places, and among the famous weekend getaways from Bangalore. Talakadu had over 30 temples, most of them are buried in the sand today. Some of these temples have been excavated and are open to the public. Dates back to the times of the Ganga and Woedyar dynasty, these ancient Hindu places of worship have been constructed by different South Indian rulers and dynasties. There are five temples dedicated to Lord Shiva – Pathaleshwara, Maruleshwara, Arkeshwara, Vaideeshwara, and Mallikarjuneshwara Temple. The Keerthinarayana temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu is a beautiful site with wonderful carvings. A famous festival called Pancha Linga Darshana is celebrated here once in 12 years. It is held on new moon day in the month of Karthika when two stars conjoin, the stars of Khuha Yoga and Vishaka.

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The Only APPLE PIE Recipe You'll Need

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Everyone has to make this Classic Apple Pie Recipe for Thanksgiving! You will love the flaky pie crust and the apple pie filling will surprise you!
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Paneer Makhani Naanza Recipe | Naan Pizza | Chef Sanjyot Keer

Paneer Makhani Naanza Recipe | Naan Pizza | Chef Sanjyot Keer

Full Written Recipe for Paneer makhani naanza

For making makhani sauce
• Oil 1 tbsp + butter 2 tbsp
• Jeera 1 tsp
• Hari elaichi (Green cardamom) 4-5 nos.
• Onions 2 medium size (sliced)
• Sabut Kashmiri lal mirch 4-5 nos.
• Tomatoes 1 kg
• Salt to taste
• Garlic 12-15 cloves
• Ginger 1 inch
• Cashew nuts 10-12 nos.
• Powdered spices:
1. Dhaniya powder 1 tbsp
2. Haldi powder 1/4th tsp
3. Kasuri methi 1 tsp
4. Garam masala 1 tsp
• Water 500 ml
• Set a wok on medium high heat, add oil and butter, jeera and hari elaichi, sauté the spices for a minute.
• Further, add onions and sauté it for 3-4 minutes on medium high flame and let the onions caramelize a little bit.
• Add Kashmiri lal mirch, tomatoes and salt to taste, mix and stir for 1-2 minutes.
• Further add garlic cloves, ginger, cashew nuts and powdered spices, mix and cook for 8-10 minutes.
• Add water, mix, cover and cook for 10-12 minutes. Switch off the flame and cool down the mixture to room temperature for grinding.
• Transfer the mixture to a grinding jar and grind to a fine puree, strain and keep aside, if you’re not obsessed with the silky-smooth texture of the gravy, you can choose to skip the step of straining, but make sure you grind the mixture really smooth and fine. Keep aside to be used later as a spread in making naanza.

For Paneer tikka
• Paneer 250 gm (cubes)
• Mustard oil 1 tbsp
• Powdered spices:
1. Kashmiri red chilli powder 2 tbsp
2. Coriander powder 1 tbsp
3. Turmeric powder ½ tsp
4. Jeera powder 1 tsp
5. Black salt ½ tsp
6. Amchur powder 1 tsp
7. Kasuri methi 1 tsp
8. Garam masala 1 tsp
• Fresh coriander 1 tbsp (chopped)
• Lemon juice 1 tsp
• Ginger garlic paste 1 tbsp
• Hung curd ½ cup
• Capsicum ½ cup (diced)
• Onions ½ cup (petals, diced)
• In a mixing bowl, add mustard oil and Kashmiri red chilli powder, mix well to bleed the natural red colour, further add the remaining powdered spices, freshly chopped coriander leaves, lemon juice, ginger garlic paste and hung curd, mix well further add diced onions and capsicum and paneer cubes, mix and marinate well but gently without breaking the paneer cubes.
• Smoke the marinated paneer, by placing a live charcoal and pouring few drops over it, keep it covered for at least 3-4 minutes to impart smoke flavour in it.
• Skew the paneer, onions and capsicum and char them on open flame, further, apply some melted butter over the charred paneer and cook them again briefly on open fire, you can also choose to grill them on pan.
• Once, grilled or charred, remove it from the skewer and cut them into bite size, keep it aside to be used as a topping over the naanza.

For making the naanza bread or naan bread
• Refined flour 2 cups
• 1/4 tsp salt
• 1 tsp sugar
• 1/2 tsp baking soda
• 1/4 cup dahi
• Water as required to knead a soft & super stretchy dough
• In a mixing bowl, add refined flour, salt, sugar, baking soda, mix it and further add, curd and water, mix until you have got a sticky mixture & the flour comes together.
• Now add some oil & start kneading the dough. As soon as you add the oil you will notice that the dough is easier to handle. You can sprinkle some dry flour if the dough is very sticky.
• Knead well for 10-12 minutes at least or until the dough is smooth & isn’t sticky anymore.
• Cover with a damp cloth for a minimum of 30 minutes.
• After the rest, shape it in dough balls, cot it with dry flour, flatten it rolling pin keeping it little bit thick as naans are, stretch from one side.
• Set an iron tava on high flame. Note that the tava should be an iron tava. The tava should be really hot.
• Now apply water nicely on the back of the naan. Stick the naan on the hot tava water side down.
• Cook until bubbles appear which should take half a minute. Now invert the tava & cook on direct flame while directing the tava from different angles to cook the naan well.
• Once the naan is cooked perfectly, remove & keep aside to be used as a base for making naanza.

Assembly for making naanza
• Naan bread as required
• Makhani sauce
• Paneer tikka
• Mozzarella cheese
• Veggies:
1. Onions
2. Capsicum
3. bellpeppers

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Yoga For Leaner Legs ♥ Strength, Tone & Balance | Ubud Yoga

Yoga For Leaner Legs ♥ Strength, Tone & Balance | Ubud Yoga

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An Overnight Treatment for Dry Skin that Works

An Overnight Treatment for Dry Skin that Works

It has happened to everyone, something causes you to have a spot on your face that is extremely dry and flaky. This is one of the worst things to have to deal with when trying to apply any type of makeup. There has to be a way to get rid of these dry spots quickly.

Step by Step Instructions to Get Rid of Dry Flaky Skin

When you notice that you have an extremely dry spot on your face you will want to fix it quickly. Here is how to get rid of dry skin overnight. You will need:

  • A Shower
  • Non-Foaming Face Wash
  • A Towel
  • A Face Serum (Hyaluronic Acid or Glycerin Based)
  • Gel Based Face Mask

Follow These Steps To Banish Your Dry Skin

1.   Take a Cool Shower

You want to make sure the water temperature is as low as you can handle. While in the shower wash your face with a non-foaming face wash. Make sure that you completely wash away all of the face wash before leaving the shower.

2.    Dry Your Face

Use a clean towel to pat your face dry. Be sure not to rub the towel on your face just patch away all the water.

3.    Moisturize

Once your face is completely dry immediately apply the face serum. Make sure the serum either has Hyaluronic Acid or Glycerin based. You must make sure to do this immediately so you can lock in all the moisture.

4.    Face Mask

Next, you will want to apply a gel face mask. Make sure that you choose a brand that is going to provide you with a lot of moisture.

5.    Go to Bed

Keep the mask on and go to sleep. Make sure you go to bed and get a full night’s sleep. You need to sleep for a minimum of 8 hours.

6.    Morning Routine

When you wake up the next morning, follow your normal morning beauty routine. You should notice that the dry skin on your face is completely gone. This is a great routine to even add weekly to your skincare regiment to make sure to avoid dry skin from coming back.

Tips to Avoid Dry Skin

There are some things that you can do to help to avoid dry flaky skin.

●     Avoid Hot Water

Hot water dries your skin out. Instead, only take warm showers and make sure that you close the door to the bathroom so it will hold the humidity in the room with you.

●     Avoid Using Rubbing Alcohol (Except in Hand Sanitizer)

Rubbing Alchohol is extremely drying so you will want to avoid products that include it.

●     Invest in a Humidifier

Humidifiers manage the humidity in your home. This helps to make sure that your skin does not dry out. It is also great for your sinuses as well.

●     Hydrate

Drink plenty of water. This is an easy step that is great for your skin and your whole body overall. You should drink half of your weight in ounces of water a day. So if you weigh 200lbs you should drink 100 oz of water a day.

Never Suffer From Dry Flaky Skin Again

Now that you know all the tips to avoid dry skin, you need to make sure to follow them so you can avoid the headache that comes with it. Make sure to be aware of how hot you are letting the water get next time you jump in the shower or fill your tub. Drink your water! Get a water bottle and keep it with you at all times. If you make a few simple changes, you will have beautiful glowing skiing before you know it.

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What If Planet Nine Exists?

What If Planet Nine Exists?

Legend has it that somewhere beyond Neptune and Pluto, there is a ninth planet, with a mass that is five times greater than Earth’s. Planet Nine, also known by its more ominous name of Planet X, is shrouded in mystery. Some people even believe that this planet is the reason the dinosaurs died.
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5 Popular Museums in Pondicherry

5 Popular Museums in Pondicherry

Placed along the Coromandel Coast of Bay of Bengal, Pondicherry or Puducherry is a city and capital of the Union Territory of Pondicherry. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in South India, and among the prominent places to visit near Chennai. Also called as ‘The Europe of India’, the place boasts of a unique blend of rich heritage, and culture that comprise statues, museums, and colonial buildings. The museums in Pondicherry are the powerhouses of art and culture having an unusual collection of things that were uncovered from the Arikamedu site near Pondicherry. Also, a few other museums have been restored from the homes of ancient royals and artists. In addition, these museums are a house to the culture and traditions that prevailed during the reign of Pallava & Chola dynasties, colonial years and the times of trade during the pre-Christian age.

Here is the list of popular museums in Pondicherry that one should not miss during your Puducherry Trip.

Pondicherry Museum

Also known as Pondy Museum, Pondicherry Museum is one of the must-visit places as part of Pondicherry tour packages for all the history and culture lovers. Situated in the former Law Building on Saint Louis Street, this museum has a rich assortment of some rare and finest stone and bronze sculptures belonging to Cholas and Pallavas rule of Pondicherry and Karaikal. Besides, this place displays a plethora of artifacts reclaimed from the Arikamedu Roman settlement. Burial urns, French furniture, terracotta figures, crockery, guns, swords, paintings, mirrors, and several other things dating back to different periods are preserved here. The Pondicherry Museum also has a wide collection of snail shells collected from the beaches near Pondicherry.

Bharathidasan Museum

Bharathidasan Museum is another popular museum, that also serves as a research center in Pondicherry. Named after the great Tamil poet and scholar Kanaka Subburatnam, the museum displays the poet’s spectacular life and work. It is one of the famous places to visit in Pondicherry. It has been used as the abode of the noteworthy poet and was converted into a museum after his death. Owing to his devotion to Subramanya Bharathi, he became more famous as Bharathidasan, which translates to ‘Disciple of Bharathi’. The house conserves his finest literary work that serves as a motivational source for visitors. Some of the scripts which he wrote for women empowerment are also found here. Apart from the manuscripts and literary works, this famous museum in Pondicherry also displays several items used by Bharathidasan like his walking stick, spectacles, shawl, clipboard, watch and diary.

Jawahar Toy Museum

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Although one may not find Jawahar Toy Museum on many bucket lists, Jawahar Toy Museum is certainly worth a visit during your Pondicherry Trip. It is one of the rarest museums in India and is extremely popular among children. Situated close to the old lighthouse on Goubert Avenue, the museum displays around 120 toys that have been collected from several states of the country including states like Maharashtra, Gujarat, Assam, Rajasthan, Haryana, and Punjab. Another attraction of this museum is a little fairyland that is showcased with a small-sized idol of Lord Ganesha that is positioned in a way that looks as if he watches over the procession.

Bharathiyar Museum

The Bharathiya Museum is one of the popular museums located in Pondicherry
and among the best places to visit during your Pondicherry Trip. The museum
got its name from the renowned Tamil poet, and patriot of the past Subramanya
Bharathi, who arrived in Pondicherry as a fugitive from British India in 1908. It
earlier used to be the home of the poet and is now revered as a pilgrimage site
for the present-day Tamil people who consider him the pioneer of modern Tamil
poetry. Comprises 3 rooms, the first room showcases photos of all those people
who have influenced the life of Bharathi. The second room exhibits all those
journals that the poet has written and all his articles that got published. And
finally, the third room is the largest of all that exhibits an oil painting of
Bharathi along with pictures of his family members and also his patriotic poems
and letters that he wrote to prominent freedom fighters of that time.

Ananda Ranga Pillai Museum

Ananda Ranga Pillai Museum is one of the oldest buildings located in Pondicherry, among the most popular tourist places in India. The mansion was erected in 1735 and was named after Ananda Ranga Pillai, who was the courtier of Governor Joseph Francois Dupleix. Also known as Natives Quarters, this museum is a treasure house to understand the French colonial period in Pondicherry as documented by Pillai in his diaries. Besides, the museum was one of the few buildings to survive the British invasion and has been recognized by the Puducherry government as a heritage building and one need to require special permission to visit this mansion-cum-museum.


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