Charm of South India

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   SOUTHERN CHARM
09/10 Days


Kamatchi Amman Temple: This temple dedicated to Kamakshi, one of the forms of the goddess Parvati and is also associated with Sankaracharya, one of the greatest Hindu gurus. The Meenakshi Temple in Madurai, the Akilandeswari temple in Thiruvanaikaval near Tiruchirappalli and this Kamakshi are the important centers of worship of Parvati as the mother goddess, in the state of Tamil Nadu.
After the visit continue your drive to Mahabalipuram and check in at the hotel.
Later visit the Pancha Rathas, Arjuna’s Penance and the Shore Temple
Pancha Rathas: Each of the five monuments in the Pancha Rathas complex resembles a chariot (ratha), and each is carved over a single, long stone or monolith. Though sometimes mistakenly referred to as temples, the structures were never consecrated because they were never completed following the death of Narasimhavarman.
Arujuna’s Penance: Arjuna’s Penance is a story from the Mahabharata of how Arjuna, one of the Pandava brothers, performed severe austerities in order to obtain Shiva’s weapon.
Shore Temple: Built in 700-729 AD, this temple is so named because it overlooks the shore of the Bay of Bengal. It is a structural temple, built with blocks of granite dating back to 18th century. At the time of its creation, the village was a busy port during the reign of Narasimhavarman II of the Pallava dynasty.
Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 3: MAHABALIPURAM – TANJORE
After Breakfast, proceed to Tanjore, enroute visiting Chidambaram and Gangaikandacholapuram and Darasuram as time permits.
Chidambaram temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva is located in the heart of the temple town of Chidambaram. This temple forms another of the Pancha Bootha Shtalams and here it represents- Akasha or Sky. The temple is known as the foremost of all temples to Saivites and has influenced worship, architecture, sculpture and performance art for over two millennium.
Gangaikandacholapuram, founded in the year 1020 and taking approximately nine years to fully complete the construction work. Gangaikondacholapuram Temple of Tanjore is dedicated to Lord Shiva and the credit of erecting this temple is to be given to King Rajendra Chozhan, son of Raja Raja Chozhan
Darasuram, dedicated to Lord Shiva. Airavata, Lord Indra’s elephant with four tusks and seven trunks, was cursed by Sage Durvasa for disrespecting him. As a result the spotless white elephant ended up with skin discoloration, which was cured only after Airavata took a dip in the sacred waters of this temple. The temple and the presiding deity derive its name from this incident. Continue your drive to Tanjore and check in at the hotel.
Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 4: TANJORE- TRICHY
After an early breakfast visit Brihadeeshwara Temple, which is built by the King Raja Raja Chola 1 is an outstanding example of the Chola architecture and is listed in world heritage. It is one architectural exemplar, which showcases true form of Dravida kind of architecture in temples and is a representative of ideology of Chola Empire and Southern India’s Tamil civilization. Brihadeeswarar Temple “testifies to Chola’s brilliant achievements in architecture, painting, bronze casting and sculpture.

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