Why go to historic temples? Meet this writer who shares insightful particulars on historic temples and their distinctive traditions
I like visiting old temples and are curious to know more about them? ‘The Ancient Houses of Sudha Raju: My Travelogue’ shares interesting experiences that explain his interest in exploring ancient temples. In an interview with Swapna Raghu Sanand of The Financial Express Online, the author shared the challenges he faced when he started writing.
He said: “Ancient temple literature is not very common, whether you are a pilgrim, a pilgrim, or a traveler, if the book is comprehensive, it can benefit three people. The old temple is a book in itself. The only thing is that you have to feel free to read about this and learn from it. ”
What prompted you to write this book in ancient temples?
A few years ago, I wrote a few articles in a journal. Two years ago when I went to another temple in Srikakulam District in Andhra Pradesh, I sent pictures and explained in detail the temples to my best friend. She loves photography and writing and encouraged me to start a blog. So I started writing blogs about travel and the temple and writing down all my experiences.
Often what is offered online may not be so accurate.
I had this experience about other temples. The pictures on the internet and the real temple look very different.
My goal has always been to provide accurate images and information to interested people.
Initially, writing a book was not my goal but later, after learning more about ancient temples, I decided to make a book.
Travel notes are a place of interest today.
How do you feel about your experience based on how you have registered travelogue?
Walking is popular these days. While many people leave plans and plans for others, there are many who would like to explore their destination before accomplishing their goals. It is for such people that travel documents are very useful. Since I am in the last group of people, I have written my book in a way that will help those who are interested in going to the old temple.
In writing this book, can you share with you some of the exciting things related to temple ceremonies in your book?
Temple traditions have been followed for hundreds of years and sometimes thousands of years have been very exciting.
At Simhachalam temple of Visakhapatnam, according to sthala purana, King Pururava and Urvashi found the murti of Sri Varaha Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy. He was advised by the akashavani (divine word), to cover it with shoes and to remove it on the third day of the month of Vaisakha. To this day, the same rituals are followed and murti is covered with sandalwood paste throughout the year.
On the third day of Vaisakha, sand dunes are removed in one day and worshipers can see the true appearance of the Swamy. The ceremony is called Chandanotsavam.
In Vizianagaram, the leading deity is Pyditalli ammavaru.
On the first Tuesday VijayaDashami, Sirimanu utsav celebrates. Fifteen days earlier, the goddess appeared in a pujari dream and instructed her on which tree could be used for the shaman. Pujari’s pooja on the tree is cut to make a cylinder – a long rod and a wheel attached to a cart for use.
In Ahobilam, the Chenchu tribe sees Sri Narasimha Swamy as their daughter-in-law, when she married Chenchu Lakshmi (Lakshmi Devi born in the Chenchu tribe). The Chenchu tribe is given a special tribute to the Makara Sankranti.
In Bhadrachalam to this day, during the Sri Rama Navami ceremony, the ruler (today, the government) sends pearls of the Sita Rama Kalyanam, a ritual that dates back to the late 17th century by Taneshah.
At Upamaka, the temple on the hill is open from 7.30am to 10.30 am and 4 to 5 pm. This is because they believe that Sri Venkateshwara Swamy comes to sleep. This place is called ‘pavalimpu kshetram.’
Have you been writing history in your book or have you been emphasizing spirituality and culture?
I have covered many well-known ancient temples in my book. But wherever I have gone, I have tried to combine divinity, architecture and sculpture, the Phanas of Puranas and local history. In some places I just have to go with a local account because most are not available in all temples.
What are the difficulties in publishing a book on ancient temples? Can you share your experiences so far?
The books of ancient temples are not the most popular. I am a first-time writer so I decided to print my own book. I started and finished the book at the time of closing and printing the Kindle version via Amazon. Then I want to be printed next to the Notion press, and use my book and submit it for publication.
My book is beautifully illustrated so I decided to print colors with good quality paper which made the printing price look good. That is why my printing book is a little cheaper. However, my readers were very appreciative.
What do you think, what is the difference between the world of ancient temples and modern or worldly temples?
Ancient temples have a strong hold. When worship has been practiced for centuries, good music is always strong. Moreover, the ancient temples taught us much about rulers and ancient culture.
We cannot fail to admire the skills and abilities of our ancient architects and temple architects.
Modern people, no matter how beautiful they may be, have missed this point.
Since the tour is very disruptive from March 2020 to September 2020, do you think tourists are ready to visit the temples?
The plague has so severely affected travel agencies. There are many people who want to go to the old temple because it is a source of strength for them. However, because of the plague, many are not at risk of traveling long distances, hoping to improve their situation and to rebuild temples.
That’s why I’m looking forward to safe times soon.
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