Saturday, 24 May 2014

Temple Trips South India


Lonely Planet offers you Guidebook to South Indian temples: covers temples, festivals and pilgrimages and also informs you about the history, heritage and culture of the destinations.

South India is known for its old and magnificent temples, its grandeur,its sheer size and presence make the place divine and sacred. Guidebook - Temple Trips South India is a first-of-its-kind travel guide from Lonely Planet. The book explores popular Hindu pilgrim destinations across South India and the temples or kshetras (holy places) that invoke devotion. The information in the book will not only make your journey easy and pleasant, providing you information to reach the places without much hassle, and it will also give you the history and heritage of the ancient temples and the deity you visit for blessing and solace. It's a great help to plan your holy itinerary, including lodging, food and mode of travel for young and old pilgrims and travelers from India and abroad.

People going on pilgrimages and temple visits are soaked with prayer and faith. Temple darshan includes family or group visits during auspicious days, occasions or to fulfill prayers and vows. Apart from being a devotee; if you are a lover, student or admirer of history, architecture and culture, temples are fantastic places to observe and study the past and its cultural history played out through the centuries. The temples listed here are showcased for sculptural beauty, architectural grandeur and cultural festivals.

The 276 page colourful travel guide is reasonably priced at Rs 495 and was published on March 2014.

The highlights of the book:

·        Specialized information by the world’s leading travel expert on hotels, transport, eating options and sightseeing opportunities alongside each temple destination.

·        Details on the importance of each deity and temple’s history and the wealth of its antiquity and history.

·        The reader will be informed on special features, temple legends or sthalapurana and symbolism, festivals and important occasions associated with each temple.

·        Quick facts on what kind of offerings, special pujas and prasadam are associated with each temple and its presiding deity. 

·        Experts in the fields of South India’s temple architecture and sculptural styles, cultural and historical references unique to the South, sacred grove and other aspects that offer special insights to understand the world of temples and gods better.

·        It includes features by Bharatanatyam dancer Alarmel Valli, Carnatic vocalist TM Krishna, South Indian temple historian Pradeep Chakravarthy and architectural expert Chithra Madhavan, author and journalist Nalini Rajan among others.  


The guide is also a feast for the eyes, studded with colourful images and maps informing the location of the temples in all four states of South India – Tamilnadu, Kerala, Andhra and Karnataka.
  
Temple Trips South India combines the fascinating world of travel and Hindu temples, making both the physical and spiritual journeys come true. 

You can order the book for yourself or gift it to your friends or loved ones –Place your order with: Lonely Planet India Pvt Ltd or their authorized distributors.



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