Routes of Shiva

Routes of Shiva is the ideal tour to find your inner peace. This temple is devoted to Lord Shiva. Active with the sounds of prayers and pious rendition, Hindu temples in India have their distinct spiritual rhythm. Every destination is an energy zone and has a different impact on life energies.

 

Day 01. Arrive at Ahmedabad Airport where our driver will be there to receive you and hand over the travel documents. Travel to Dwarka en route stopover at Rajkot for Lunch and later continue to Dwarka. Evenings at leisure or you can visit Bhadkeshwar Mahadev Temple Built on the very edges of Dwarka City and located on a small hillock and near to the sea. Around five thousand years ago, a Shivalinga was revealed in the Arabian Sea, today it is known as Shri Bhadkeshwar Mahadev Mandir.

This Shiva Temple of absolute bliss and rapture. There are very few words to describe the ethereal beauty of the Bhadkeshwar Mahadev Temple. With a well-built path leading up to the hillock from the shore and stairs leading straight to the temple itself, accessing Bhadkeshwar Mahadev Temple is rarely an issue. As it is built off the shore, the ebb and flow of ocean water flood the surroundings of the temple as well the path leading up to it. This is not much of a hindrance, but rather adds to the beauty of it all.

During monsoon, the ocean itself performs Abhishek the Shivling, and for some time this temple becomes the part of the ocean. Return to your hotel for Dinner and an overnight stay in Dwarka.

 

Day 02. Today early morning drive to Dwarkadish Temple to attend Mangla aarti at 6.30 am for half an hour. The black magnificent idol of Lord Krishna appears to be so appealing that devotees feel the presence of the Lord before them. The temple showcases intricate sculptural detailing done by the ancestral dynasties that ruled the region. The shrine is a hive of colours, voices, and faith transforming itself into inner silence and sanctity. Dwarkadish Temple is also known as the Jagat Mandir, constructed in a Chalukyan styled architecture, dedicated to Lord Krishna. The five-storied main shrine is grand and marvellous in itself constructed of limestone and sand. The 2200-year-old architecture is believed to be built by Vajranabha, who constructed it over the land reclaimed from the sea by Lord Krishna. Return to your hotel for breakfast and later drive to visit Nageshwar Jyotirling also sometimes known as Nagnath Temple, the main deity here is Lord Shiva, also known as Nageshwar Mahadev. According to the Shiva Purana, those who pray at the Nageshwar Jyotirlinga become free from all poisons, snake bites, and worldly attractions. Unlike other Nageshwar Temples, the statue or the Linga here faces south. A major highlight of the Nageshwar Temple is the massive 80 feet tall statue of Lord Shiva. The temple itself is characterized by typical Hindu architecture. Offer Abhishek pooja here and later drive to Beyt Dwarka. Continue to Bet Dwarka is the actual old temple of Lord Krishna. Reaching Beyt Dwarka takes a 15 minutes boat ride to an island. Beyt Dwarka is believed to have once been the residence of Lord Krishna and his family. This picturesque island now features several shrines dedicated to Krishna, along with beautiful white sand beaches, coral reefs, and water sports facilities.

 

Return to Dwarka en route visiting Rukmani Temple {Only Archeological site left in Dwarka}. Once Lord Krishna and his wife Rukmini went to the sage Durvasha to invite him for dinner at Dwarka. He agreed on the condition that Krishna & Rukmini would have to pull his chariot instead of any animal. The couple happily obliged. While pulling the chariot, Rukmini became thirsty so Lord Krishna prodded his toe into the earth to draw a spring of the holy Ganga water. Rukmini took a sip without offering Durvasha. Annoyed by her impoliteness he cursed Rukmini that she would be separated from her beloved husband. Hence Rukmini temple is located 2 km away from Dwarka's Jagat Mandir. Maybe 2500 years old, but its domed mandapa and stepped sanctuary cannot be older than the 12th century in its present form.

The exterior of the Rukmini Temple is richly carved. It has a panel of sculpted naratharas (human figures) and a panel of sculpted gajatharas (elephants) at the base. The traditional spire of the main shrine contrasts strongly with the hemispherical dome of the pavilion. The garbhagriha (inner sanctum) has a recessed seat on which the present image of Rukmini, wife of Lord Krishna, was consecrated. The usual sculptures of gods and goddesses, along with male and female figures, are seen on the exterior of the shrine. Evenings free to walk in Devbhoomi Dwarka. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. 

Day 03. Early breakfast and drive to Somnath via Porbandar {230 km – 5 hrs}. You will be visiting ‘Kirti Mandir’ which is the memorial house kept in memory of Mahatma Gandhi now a museum. Continue to Somnath – Check into your hotel pre-booked – Later you will be visiting Bhalka Teerth - Where Lord Krishna is said to have been mistakenly shot in the foot. Nearby is Dehotsarg, where he succumbed to his mortal wound. The temple at Bhalka Tirth is known as Mahaprabhuji's Bethak, and a tulsi tree has been planted in Lord Krishna's memory. The temple also contains a beautiful tribhangi idol of Lord Krishna playing his flute. Later visit Somnath Temple. Which is believed to be the first among the twelve Jyotirling shrines of Shiva. Reconstructed several times in the past after repeated destruction by several Muslim invaders and Portuguese the present temple was reconstructed in Chaulukya style of Hindu temple architecture and completed in May 1951. The site of Somnath has been a pilgrimage site from ancient times on account of being a Triveni Sangam (the confluence of three rivers — Kapila, Hiran, and Saraswati. Attend evening aarti at 7.00 pm followed by the Sound and Light show have been planned to highlight all facets of the historic site. The show will weave the three strands of the narrative – mythical, historical, and modern – to put together the fabric of the story of Somnath in the most spectacular manner. The shows tell you about the history of the temple that was destroyed and reconstructed several times. Return to your hotel for Dinner. Overnight in Somnath.

Day 04. Post breakfast drives to Diu for a short duration to see the Gangeshwar Temple. This temple has five Shivlings, believed to be established by the five Pandavas during their exile from Hastinapur. If the tide is high, you will see only the tip of these rocks, as the seawater tends to submerge them. Continue to Bhavnagar. Depending upon the time of the tide you can visit Nishkalank Mahadev Temple. According to historians, the temple was built by the Pandavas after the Kurukshetra War. The structure remains immersed in the sea and can be seen only during a certain period. One can identify the shrine with the help of a tall flag placed at the shrine. The tide is active especially during no Moon and Full Moon days and devotees eagerly wait for the tide to disappear on these days. Dinner and overnight stay in Bhavnagar.

Day 05. If you have missed the visit to the Nishkalank Mahadev Temple, you can visit this temple today after early breakfast and proceed to Ahmedabad for an overnight train to Indore.

Day 06. Arrive in Indore early morning where your driver will transfer you to the hotel pre-booked. Later drive to Omkareshwar Jyotirling located on Omkar hill an island in mid of Narmada. It is said that on completion of pilgrimage all the Hindus come to Omkareshwar and offer the Holy water to Omkareshwar only then their visit to other pilgrimage is considered to be complete. Offer your Abhishek Pooja or any special worship through the local priests. Drive to Maheshwar. It is said that there are more than 100 temples in Maheshwar. Each Temple tells the long history of Maheshwar, most temples are spread along with the right bank of the river near Maheshwar ghat and the vicinity of the fort. The Temple of Vindhyavasini Maheshwari, which is one of the Shakti Peeths of Goddess Kali. Drive back to Indore. If not tired today the evening can be spent doing shopping in Indore. Dinner and overnight in Indore.

Day 07. After breakfast drive to Ujjain. Check into your hotel pre-booked. Later visit Kal Bhairav Temple. Liquor is one of the offerings made to the temple deity. Every day, hundreds of devotees offer liquor to the deity. The devotee's hand over the liquor bottles to the priest, who pours the liquor in a saucer. He then offers prayers and takes the saucer near the deity's lips, which have a slit. He tilts the plate a bit, and the liquor starts disappearing.

The temple priests, as well as several devotees, claim that the slit doesn't have any cavity and that the deity miraculously swallows the liquor offered to him. However, the temple priest does not allow visitors to examine the statue. Day free to explore the holy city of Ujjain. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 08. One of the 12 Jyotirlingas in India, the lingam at the Mahakaal is believed to be swayambhu (born of itself) deriving currents of power shakti) from within itself as against the other images and lingams which are ritually established and invested with mantra-Shakti.

Today early morning attend the Bhasma Aarti at Mahakaleshwar Temple at 4.00 am. {Reach the temple at about 1.00 am or so and obtain prior online bookings are to be done in advance}. Later return to your hotel for early breakfast and drive to Indore Airport / Ujjain Railway Station for a journey back home.