Pancha Bhootam Pilgrimage TourCultural Heritage, South India / 5 days / View on map
Hinduism states that all life on Earth originated by the combination of planetary globes and manifestations of five natural elements - Air, Water, Fire, Land and Sky. Together these are called Pancha Bhootam in Sanskrit, which translates to ‘Five Elements’. Pancha Bhoota Sthalam are five temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, each representing a manifestation of the five elements. The five elements are enshrined in the five lingams of the temples, with each lingam named based on the element represented. This pilgrimage has been thoughtfully designed to cover these holy sites located in Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.
₹ 24,250onwards / person
A religious pilgrimage to all the Pancha Bhoota Temples
Transportation in a chauffeur driven private air conditioned vehicle
Stay at well appointed hotels throughout the journey
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Arrival in Chennai
Arrive at Chennai airport. Following customs, immigration formalities and baggage collection, our representative will meet & assist you as you exit the arrivals terminal building and holding a placard with your name. Later you would be transferred to the hotel. Chennai, India’s fourth largest city, is also called the Gateway to the South. From a tiny hamlet in 1639, it grew around the Fort St. George built by the British. A lush green city famed for its temples, silk, music and dance, Chennai gives a sense of serenity and spaciousness, enhanced by one of the world’s longest and most beautiful beaches, the Marina beach. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.
Chennai - Srikalahasti - Chennai
Breakfast at the hotel. Today we will proceed to visit SriKalahasti Temple which represents the element of Air. Srikalahasti temple is a Shiva temple located in the state of Andhra Pradesh about 140kms from Chennai. It is one of the most well known temples of South India and is known for being the place where Kannappa happily sacrificed both of his eyes to stop the blood flowing out of the Shiva Lingam and he continued doing the same so long till the time, he was not stopped by Lord Shiva. After the incidence Lord Shiva being happy with his devotion gave him salvation. Kannappa also called as Kannappa Nayanar and one of the 63 saints and the devotee of Lord Shiva. This temple is known for having one of the Panchabhoota Sthalams, Vayu Linga which represents Air. Srikalahasti temple is located at a distance of about 36 km from the Tirupati temple. Besides that, the temple is also considered as Dakshina Kasi and Rahu-katu-Kshetra. The interior of the temple was built during fifth century while the outer part was built by Vijayanagara and Chola kings in twelfth century. Lord Shiva, is worshipped as Kalahasteeswara in the form of Vayu. Later drive back to hotel, rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.
Chennai - Kanchipuram - Thiruvannamalai
Breakfast at the hotel. Later, checkout from the hotel and driven to Thiruvannamalali enroute visiting Kanchipuram Ekambareswarar temple represents Earth and is one of the five Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Shiva located in Kanchipuram in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. This vast temple is famous for its huge ‘Gopuram’ which dominates the skyline of the temple town of Kanchipuram. This town is among the seven most important pilgrimage centers in India and attracts numerous tourists. The temple gains further significance as it’s historically among the most ancient temples, with its existence dating back to around 600 AD. This sprawling temple covers an area of more than 40 acres and reaches a maximal height of 57 meters. The temple’s main entrance – the ‘Raja Gopuram’ is among the tallest in South India and is carved with graceful art forms and sculptures in various poses. Later continue drive to Thiruvannamalai to visit Arunachaleswarar Temple Shiva and Parvathi are the two deities that are worshipped here at Annamalaiyar temple, the temple represents the fire element - Agni. Shiva is known by devotees as Annamalaiyar here and this is believed to be the largest temple in the world dedicated to Shiva. The history of this Annamalaiyar temple dates back to thousand years. Mention has been made in the Thevaram and Thiruvasagam, both great works in Tamil. The greatness of this Arunachaleswarar temple was glorified through poems written by poets Appar, Sundarar, Manickavasagar, and Sambandar. This is also well known as the Padal Petra Sthalam in Tamil besides few more temples in Tamil Nadu that enjoys this status. Many kings of those periods have contributed their share to the growth and welfare of this Arunachaleswarar temple. Construction was going on at a steady pace over the last thousand years indicating its importance and patronage received by this temple from the public. It has continuously expanded due to the initiative of the kings and the public contribution. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.
Thiruvannamalai - Chidambaram - Trichy
Breakfast at the hotel. Later, checkout from the hotel and driven to Trichy enroute visiting Chidambaram Chidambaram is one of the five holiest Shiva temples, representing the Sky element - Akasha The temple complex spreads over 50 acres in the heart of the city. It is an ancient and historic temple dedicated to Lord Shiva Nataraja and Lord Govindaraja Perumal, one of the few temples where both the Shaivite and Vaishnavite deities are enshrined in one place. Later continue drive to Trichy visit Jambukeshwarar Temple This temple is situated in Coromandel between two rivers, Cauvery in south, Coleroon in North. This temple of lord Siva represents the element of water. As Lord Siva is seated below Jambu tree at this temple, it got its name Jambukeswaram. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at the hotel
Departure from Trichy
Breakfast at the hotel. You will be transferred to the airport to board your flight. Dress code at all the temples: Male: Wear dhoti, shirt, pyjama or pant and shirt Female: Wear saris or churidhar or 'pavadai' with half-sari. Devotees wearing lungi, bermudas, jeans and tight-leggings will not be allowed by the temple management.
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Transportation in a chauffeur driven private air conditioned vehicle
Accommodation for 4 nights on Continental plan
All Applicable Taxes
Anything not mentioned in the program inclusions
Expenses of Personal nature such as meals and shopping
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