Padmashali Historical Places
Bhrighu Rishi Temple (Bharuch - Gujarat)

Bharuch is an ancient town with a 2000 year history situated on the mouth of Narmada River, in Gujarat. It is renowned for its textile mills and long staple cotton. Bharuch is 70 km south-west of Vadodara.
The town got its name 'Bhrigukachba' from the temple of Bhrigu Rishi, the name later shortened to Bharuch. In the 17th century, English and Dutch factories were established here.
Major tourist attractions include Bharuch Fort and the temple of Bhrigu Rishi. A gigantic banyan tree which covers a hectare, situated in the nearby island of Kabirwad, in the Narmada River, is another spot worth visiting.
The nearest airport is at Vadodara. Bharuch Railway Station is a major rail head of the Western Railways. National Highway 8 passes through Bharuch. By road, Bharuch is linked with Surat, Narmada, Vadodara, Navsari and Anand.

Markandeya Ji Temple (Bilaspur-Himachal Pradesh)

Markandeya Ji Temple is situated in a beautiful place known as Markandeya, situated 20 kms from Bilaspur. It is on Ghagus-Brahmpukhar road. This place is named after Markandeya, who was born here. Nearby flows a spring of water, which attracts the pilgrims of Char Dham. Markandeya Ji temple holds much significance, especially amongst childless couples. It is said that if a childless person applies kajal in one eye of the idol of Markandeya ji and vows to apply the same in the other eye when blessed by a child, he becomes a parent very soon. Markandeya ji is also believed to be a savior of children and couples pray to him for long life of their children. People also say that a dip in the holy spring situated here is said to cure infertility and infant diseases. A festival is celebrated here annually on Baisakhi with great pomp and splendor.
Markandeya Temple is dedicated to Sage Markandeya who lived and worshipped here. Legends claim that a tunnel connected Markandeya and Vyas caves and the sages used to visit each other through this subterranean route.

Markandeya Hill (Kolar District - Karnataka)

The Markandeya hill is situated near the town of Vokkaleri in Kolar District of Karnataka state. There is a temple and also a reservoir of the same name in Kolar district. This was used as a peaceful place by Lord Markandeya for his tapas. This hill is surrounded by thick forest. This temple is a testimony of the story when Yama came to take Markandeya’s Soul. We can see the Yama pasha marks inside the temple.

Markandeya Dam (Belgaum-Karnataka)

Gokak Town is located around 70 km from Belgaum at the junction of Ghataprabha and Markandeya rivers. Though primarly an agricultural outpost, the Gokak cotton mills has been in existence since British times. Agriculture being the main occupation of the state, Irrigation place most significant part in obtaining increased yields from the land. Now, the Karnataka Government is constructing Markandeya dam using Ghataprabha as a sub-basin. After construction of the Dam 4 TMC water will be availabe for irrigation and domestic supply. It is expected that more than 19,000 hectares will be irrigated through the water from Right Bank and Left Bank Canals.

Markandeya Sarovar (Puri-Orissa)

As in Benaras, at Puri, five sacred bathing places are there viz., The Markandeya Sarovara, The Rohini Kunda with Vatakrsna, Mahodhih or the sea and the Indradyumna Lake. The most devout pilgrim always starts with a visit to the Markandeya Sarovara which is stoned lined throughout, covering an area of nearly four acres and of irregular shape. On its South-West bankstands the temple of Markandeswara Mahadev. The pilgrims first perform the necessary abulations in the sarovara reciting prayers to Lord Sankara and vedic suktas. The pilgrims adore siva in this temple. And then goes for darshan of Puri Jagannath.

Markandeya Ganga (Bantoli - Uttaranchal)

Bantoli is a beautiful place. With a small iron bridge and a fantastic valley around the confluence of Madmaheswar Ganga and Markandeya Ganga, it presents itself like a mountain lass. Madmaheshwar is one of the five Kedars in India. According to legend, Lord Shiva's navel fell here torn apart by whom else…Bhima! When lord Shiva was trying to avoid the Pandavas in the guise of a buffalo, Bhima recognized him with a trick and caught hold of the buffalo. The resultant tug-of-war dismembered the buffalo into six parts. The five places where the five parts fell are the five Kedars – Kedarnath, Madmaheshwar, Tunganath, Rudranath and Kalpeshwar. The sixth part fell in Nepal, and that is the Pashupathinath temple.

Sri Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple (Vikarabad - Andhra Pradesh)

According to Skanda Purana, it is believed that the temple is installed by the Rishi Markandeya in Dwapara Yuga. Attracted by peaceful atmosphere of Ananthagiri hills, Markandeya Rishi came here for yoga sadhana. Every day, Markandeya used to go to Kasi from Ananthagiri to take a holy bath in Ganga through a cave due to his yoga sadhana. On one day, he was not able to go to Kasi as Dwadasi enter the early hours of the morning. Lord Visweswara gave Darshan in dream and arranged ganga to flow to perform a holy bath for Rishi. Sri Anantha Padmanaba Swamy also gave darshana to Markandeya at this place. Nizam Nawabs used to come here for hunting and to take rest in the peaceful place of Ananthagiri hills, one day Lord Sri Anantha Padmanabha Swamy came to Nawab dreams and asked him to build the temple for him. The main temple of lord is constructed by Hyderabad Nawab.

Bhrigu Lake (Kulu-Himachal Pradesh)

Bhrigu lake is one of the popular beautiful Lakes surrounded by magnificient Peaks in Kullu, Himachal Pradesh at an altitude of 4235 Mts. This is situated East of Rohtang pass and is about 6 kms from the village Gulaba. The shores of this clear water lake are devoid to human habitation. This lake is held sacred to sage Brighu. It lies on various trek routes of the region. A circular trek which offer a lot to less exprienced can be undertaken from May to June.

Places to visit are:
Panorama Museum Kurukshetra, Mountaining institute Museum Manali.
Site seeing places are:
Kurukshetra: Manasarovar, Panorama Museum, Shekh Chilly ka makabra.
Manali : Hadimba Devi temple, Mall road, Vashisht temple, Snow Shiva Linga temple, Solang Valley, Rohtang Pass, Mountaineering institute.

Kandiyoor Mahadeva Temple (Mavelikara-Kerala)

One among the Mahakshetras of Kerala, Kandiyoor Temple is the oldest historical evidence of the rich heritage of Mavelikara. This is also known as DakshinaKashi. There are 108 famous Siva temples all over the world. Kandiyoor temple is one among them. Rishi Mrikandu, the father and guru of famous Markandeya, got a beautiful idol of Kiratha Morthy while taking a bath in the holy river, the Ganges. He heard a divine voice (Assariri) that the idol must be laid in a very holy and suitable place. The Rishi traveled far and wide and reached Kandiyoor, which he realized as the apt place (Kandathil nallathe Kandiyoor). Thus the temple was established. From Kandayoor it became kandiyoor. This is the legend of the temple. It is belived that centuries later Parasurama, the avatar of Vishnu, renovated the temple. He gave the tanthrik right to the family of Tharananallur. As per Ilamkulam Kunjan Pillai, the second kind of Kulasekhara kingdom, Rajasekhara Varma re –constructed Kandiyoor temple. This proves that the temple existed years before AD 800.

Saptashringi Devi (Nasik - Maharashtra)

The temple of goddess Saptashringi Devi resides 55 kms from Nashik at Vani. As we approach the temple a large rocky hill greets you. This is Saptashringi Hill. The goddess is known to have possessed 18 weapons in 18 hands and is positioned ready to fight the demons. Markandeya wrote about Kundalini, the first about realization. Markandeya was actually the dearest son of Adi Shakti, because he is the one who incarnated her. The Goddess touched this mountain and leaved this print. Rishi Markandeya discovered that Shri Adi Shakti is the power of Shri Shiva, he went to the Saptashringi hills and started to meditate upon the primordial Mother with constant attention. He was, infact the first one to meditate upon Shri Adi Shakti. It was Markandeya who wrote the Devi Mahatyam -The greatness of the Devi from which the Devi Kavacha has been extracted. And it was from this mountain that he shot his arrow into the mountain behind us here and revealed the Swayambhu. A Swayambhu is a natural manifestation from the Earth of a divine principle. And that divine principle was realized by the great sage Markandeya, who, realized that this Swayambhu was here in this mountain and perceived it. It was created by the Mother Earth and emits the vibrations of the Adi Shakti.

Sri Oppilliapan Temple-Bhoomidevi (Thanjavur-Tamilnadu)

The Lord is in a standing position facing east, while Mother Nachiar is in sitting position facing north. Rishi Markandeya is seen in the sanctum sanatorium as offering a maiden in marriage. Bhoomidevi is the daughter of Muni Markandeya. The Lord gave darshan to Nammalvar in five forms, Ponnappan, Maniappan, Muthappan, Ennappan and Thiruvinnagarappan as named by the Alwar in his Mangalasasanam. The Lord also bears the names Thanniharilla Appan (meaning none equal to him) Sri Venkatachalapathy. There is no separate shrine for Mother who is just by the Lord himself.
The shrine for Vedanta Desika is just out of the sanctum sanatorium. Garuda, Cauvery, Darma Devata, Markandeya had the luck of having Lord’s dharshan in this temple. This temple is also celebrated as Markandeya Kshetram.

The Wos Valley - Rishi Markandeya’s Journey (Ubud-Indonesia)

Village temples … are linked together in a given area by hereditary ties or because of allegiance to a princely house or to that of a Brahmana high priest. At Campuan, in the gorge just west of Ubud, Indonesia, above a fork in the River Wos, is the temple Pura Gunung Lebah. The name means literally ‘low mountain’, ‘below the mountain’ or ‘the mountain below’. It is held in local lore to be especially sacred. Pura Gunung Lebah has a range of associations and meanings, constituted in different ways. It is (a) the pura masceti (regional irrigation temple) for a group of subak, (b) a royal temple of the puri, and is associated (c) with a group of villages, including Ubud, and their barong, (d) with the travels of Rsi Markandeya, (e) with the Wos Valley as far as Taro, and is finally (f) a visiting place (pasimpangan) for the goddess of Mt/Lake Batur. Throughout the Wos Valley, the Markandeya story is trundled out routinely in response to questions about the foundation of local villages and temples. To its inhabitants, this area is known by such names as Ujung Taro, Bukit Taro, Gunung Taro, Gunung Raung or Bukit Gunung Lebah and is replete with material evidence of Rsi Markandeya’s exploits, mostly in the form of temples.

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