Discover the best top things to do in Viluppuram District, India including Arulmigu Lakshmi Narashima Swamy Temple, Sadhana Forest, Mailam Murugan Temple, Lakshmi Narasimhaswamy Temple, Ulagalantha Perumal Temple, Panchavati Panchamukha Anjaneyar Temple, Matrimandir, Auroville, Auroville Visitors Center.
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temple inner most deities are closed and due for kumbaabisekam. only uchavar possible to see. pls check temple before your visit
5.0 based on 163 reviews
Sadhana Forest is a reforestation project and a sustainable living community in Auroville, Tamil Nadu, South India. Visitors are most welcome to visit Sadhana Forest at any time! Every Friday the community offers a big tour, screens a documentary and serves a vegan organic dinner. All activities are free of charge and reservations are not required. Check the Sadhana Forest website for more info.
I heard about Sadhana Forest a while ago but I didn't really know what to expect and if I want to stay a month at one place. So I first came on the friday tour to have a look at it. The tour is offered by Sadhana Forest for free every friday. They pick you up and show you the whole place, explain you everything and are open for any questions. After this there is a eco - movie night followed by an amazing vegan dinner where you can connect with volunteers and get to know more about the personal experiences at Sadhana Forest. The tour really touched and inspired me so I had no doubts anymore and I decided at the same day: I definitely want to stay a month! I already felt that the place is spreading a really special energy, is following great values and offers you so much to learn. You experience that it is possible and even very enjoyable to live a zero waste live and not only this but even giving something back to the world by reforestation. Your personality can grow so much in this project not only by the sevas (selfless service instead of "work") but also by being part of this wonderful community. You live together with people from all over the world, everyone has a different background and different skills which are often shared with everyone interested by giving workshops. So I came here to stay for 4 weeks and I love it. It is such a beautiful place with beautiful people. Everybody is taking care of each other you integrate very fast, learn so much from each other and about yourself and your doing something that is truly meaningful. In Sadhana forest a giving economy is practiced which truly leads to happiness. Pure giving without expecting anything in return is wonderful, we do not need to fear that there will not be enough for ourselves or that we might lose anything by giving. There is enough for everyone and giving brings people together and creates happiness. I am very grateful to be here and be a part of the project now. I already feel how grounding this experience is. The vegan food is kind of healing your body, gives you more energy and increases your health, the sevas and the life in the community gives you the opportunity to reconnect with your core values and live aligned with them. If you want to get an impression of Sandhana Forest I can truly recommend you the Friday tour but everybody is welcome to visit at any time. There will always be a volunteer to show you around and you are always welcome to join for breakfast, lunch or dinner and you can even try out the sevas. I am sure you will not regret it and maybe you even feel attracted to this place and want to stay longer. I am so grateful for this experience here realised by this amazing project and the wonderful people who support it. <3
4.5 based on 20 reviews
It is a famous murugan temple located on the top of a hill. It is near to Thindivanam and Pondicherry. Very neat and clean. Parking facility available. When going by bus you can get down in kooteripattu and take mini bus or share auto to reach Mailam temple. It is crowded during season time and wedding day.
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The movie 'Lion King' was released in 1994. It garnered 2 academy awards and led to the broadway adaption later. But do you know who was the first 'Lion King' of the world - It is the 'Lord Narasimha' who is worshipped by the Hindus in India. Lord Narasimha, as the name implies, is a combination of 'Nara' and 'Simha' which means Man and Lion respectively. He is the fourth incarnation of Lord Vishnu. This Lakshmi Narasimhar temple in Poovarasankuppam was built by the ruler Narasimha Pallavar 1 in the 7th Century. This temple is also known as South Ahobilam. Other things that you might know by now - 1) 3 temples in a straight line. (Singirikudi - Poovarasankuppam - Parikkal) Imagine this sort of geospatial positioning being achieved 1000+ years ago... Truly Amazing ancient Indians. 2) Goddess Lakshmi sitting on the lap of the Lord with one eye looking towards the devotees and the other looking at the Lord. Hence, the name Lakshmi Narasimhar 3) All of the Narasimhar temples have a sacred tradition of offering free food for the devotees (Anna Dhanam). However, there were no receipts given to us, though the person noted down the name and address. I wish we had more options to donate money through Bhim UPI, Gpay, PayTM, PayPal etc in this digital age. TNHRCE - PLEASE PLEASE Wake up 4) Lord Venugopal Swamy Sannathi in the right side of the temple along with Andal Sannithi and Amirthavalli Sannithi's 5) This temple is an example of Men and Women being treated equally in India 1400 years ago. I really liked the marketing of the person who was selling flowers in front of the temple. Hats off to our unsung heroes. He very well knew that we were on our way to the next temple stop - Parikkal (remember we had the blessings of Singirikudi Narasimhar by then). He asked us to buy flowers there in Poovarasankuppam itself as the flowers would not be available in Parikkal by the time we reach there. We got a lovely wonderful Thazambu garland for the Parikkal Lord Narasimha. Please refer to the picture attached for more details of the place and the other Narasimha temples in Tamil Nadu. Jai Sri Narasimha
4.5 based on 19 reviews
One of the sacred 106 Divya Desams...just no words to express the vaibhavam of the Lord called as Trivikrama or Ulgalantha Perumal...just beautiful...the temple premises is vast and houses other deities Sri Krishna, Sudarshan Alwar, Sri thayyar and the alwars...the temple gopurams are just magnificent... understand the main temple tower is the second tallest measuring 56 meters...a must visit for a Vaishnava...Hare Krishna
4.5 based on 18 reviews
36 feet tall Anjaneyar deity in the temple. Fairly newly constructed. Easily accessed from Puducherry, taking the exit about 200 meters away from the toll booth on the highway to Tindivanam and driving down about 10 kms or so. Ample parking space is available. Crowded on saturdays, but quite peaceful and easy to visit during the mid week. While four faces are visible from the front, when doing the rounds of the temple, the fifth is visible from behind. Well maintained premises.
4.0 based on 1,210 reviews
Inside MatriMandir tours are every morning at 8:30 am except Sunday. To get tickets to go inside, you need to pick up the free pass in person, only between 10-11 am and 2-3 pm and they will be for the next available day. Ask at the Visitor's Center the location (it is upstairs and not clearly marked). We went on Wednesday afternoon and the first available date was Friday. However, it rained on Friday so MatriMandir was closed! Luckily we could go on Saturday as they honored our pass. It was an amazing experience to go inside! Highly recommended. The outside viewing is available daily and the vibration is very peaceful, even if there are crowds of people making noise all around.
4.0 based on 280 reviews
This is surely a Must visit place while in Pondicherry. The place in bit far from main Pondicherry town and you have to hire a bike or taxi to visit this place. The area is very peaceful and actually very big. You need atleast 3-4 hours to see this place. The place is very well managed by the trust. It’s peaceful and full of natural surroundings. The food is also there. Overall a must see place.
4.0 based on 97 reviews
I have visited Auroville 4 times in the past as many years. It is a lovely place. The Visitor center is very tourist friendly place. It is very peaceful, the food court is lovely and the meals are super healthy. I had a Healthy Meal - it was a full meal with Beetroot soup and salad and a lot of other things. It s a must visit place for any tourist in Pondichery.. The shops there are also lovely.
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