Religious tourism

River Souparnika

River Souparnika figures prominently among the holy rivers of India. It flows through the Kundapur Taluk in the South Indian state of Karnataka. For [...]

Kottiyoor Vysakha Mahotsavam

Every year, the Shiva Temple at Kottiyoor sees an influx of pilgrims in June. The Kottiyoor Vysakha Mahotsavam, the annual festival of the temple, is held on [...]

Serpent worship in Kerala

Serpent worship is common among Hindus. It is particularly common among the Hindus of Kerala. According to legends, it was Parashurama (Rama with an axe [...]

How to reach the temple of Lord Ayyappan from Erumeli

Sabarimala is one of the most popular pilgrimage centers in the whole world. The annual pilgrimage season lasts less than 60 days (mid-November to mid-January) [...]

Guruvayoor Ekadasi 2016

The month long Ekadasi celebrations have begun at the Sree Krishna Temple at Guruvayoor. The celebrations started with the ceremonial lighting of Ekadasi [...]

Sabarimala Pilgrimage | The austerities that pilgrims observe

Hindus believe that periodic Vrithams (austerities observed for a certain period of time) have the power to purify one’s mind and body. A Sabarimala pilgrim [...]

Who is Darma Sastha?

Of all the Sastha temples in South India, the Sree Dharma Sastha Temple at Sabarimala is the most famous. The deity of this temple is popularly called Swami [...]

Shani Shinganapur

The Shani Temple at Shinganapur became famous all over India when Gulshan Kumar produced his epic movie ‘Suryaputra Shanidev’. Shani is unlikely to figure [...]

Road trip to Shirdi

Last week, we visited Shirdi. It was my first ever visit to the Holy shrine of Shirdi Sai Baba. Although I am not a staunch devotee of Baba, I have been [...]

Most popular Hindu deities

  Hinduism is essentially a monotheistic religion. Still, Hindus worship numerous gods and goddesses. All of these gods and goddesses are thought to be [...]