Monday, 26 November 2012

Budhiya Mai Mandir in Gorakhpur

Location About 8 km from railway station, on NH-28 towards eastern part of Gorakhpur, U.P.,India
Ideal timeThroughout the year, especially during Navratri
How to reach Hire a cycle rickshaw or auto rickshaw from Golghar area of the city. 
Bhudhiya Mai Mandir

This temple, located on opposite side of Vinod Van, is nestled in very quiet surroundings and dedicated to the Goddess called Budhiya Mai.Though the temple is small; yet a large number of devotees come here for worshipping especially during Navaratri. Devotees cook here first and the same is offered to the deity & taken back as Prasad. Instead of red Chunari (headgear); white Chunari is offered to the deity here.


Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Shani Dev Temple- Humayunpur Gorakhpur

This was the first Shani temple of Gorakhpur, U.P. and is located in Humayunpur North, in Subhash Nagar locality. It opens from 7am-8:30pm. Huge black idol of Shani Dev is installed in the sanctum. Saturday is the special day when in the evening people start thronging in large numbers to offer prayer.

Ramgarh Tal Boating Platform Gorakhpur

Ramgarh Tal Boating Platform is located at the southern end of Ramgarh Tal, on the Ramgarh Tal bank/Circuit house road at a distance of about 5 km from railway station. This platform has been developed to provide boating facility in the Tal. But presently the place is not well maintained and the boating facility is not availed to the visitors because of poor infrastructure and logistics.

Union Church Gorakhpur

Union Church is located on Medical College road, in Rapti Nagar locality of Gorakhpur, U.P., at a distance of about 5 km from railway station. It opens on all days. Christmas, Good Friday & Easter are celebrated here & Sunday is the special day. (Phone- +91-551-2502357)

St. John's Church Gorakhpur

This Church comes under the Diocese of Lucknow, Church of North India and is located in the Basharatpur locality of Gorakhpur, U.P. at a distance of about 5 km from railway station. It opens at 8am during March-November & 8:30am during December-February. Commune service is held here on every Sunday, which is also a special day when people gather here to offer prayers.

Sammay Mata Mandir Gorakhpur

The temple is located in Turkmanpur locality of Gorakhpur, U.P. This is a small temple and idols of many Gods & Goddess are installed here, viz., Lord Ganesha, Hanuman, Maa Kali, Radha Krishna, Ram-Janaki, Saraswati, Vishnu & Laxmi. Navratri is celebrated here.

Railway Museum Gorakhpur

LocationAbout 1 km from Gorakhpur railway station, near railway golf course, House No.5, Railway Colony, Gorakhpur, U.P., India
TimingsTuesday-Sunday: 12noon-9pm, Monday closed
Entry FeeRs. 5, Rs. 10 for toy train (up 12 year old only)
Ideal timeThroughout the year
How to reachHire a cycle rickshaw from any part of the city
This rail museum & amusement park is a newly added attraction of the city, which was inaugurated on 2nd July 2007 and is one of its own kinds in U.P. The museum, displays the development of NER economically, technically, as well as culturally. The major attraction of this museum is Lord Lawrence's Steam Engine, which was built in 1874, in London and brought to India by sea. It was the first engine that was used by NER, once it became operational. The museum also houses a gallery which has many significant articles, such as- clocks used in saloons, furniture, uniforms used by railway men at different times, a photo gallery, materials pertaining to railway traffic control, library etc. A toys train ride is also available for children. A unique Food Plaza housed in a railway compartment adds to the attraction of this place.

Kali Mandir- Daudpur Gorakhpur

This temple is located in Daudpur area of Gorakhpur, near Firaq crossing. Goddess Kali is the main deity of the temple. Navratri & Janmashtami are celebrated here.

Jain Temple in Gorakhpur

This Parshvnath Diagamber Jain temple is situated in the heart of Gorakhpur city, U.P., at about 5 km from railway station in the Aryanagar (Alinagar) locality of the city. It is believed to be more than 250 years old. The present temple was renovated in 1853. The temple is in hall shape and houses about 50 idols of various Jain Thirthankars in its sanctum. The hall can accommodate about 50 devotees. Mahavir Jayanti & Shravan Mela are celebrated here.

Gurudwara Gorakhpur (Paidleyganj)

This Gurudwara is located in the Paidleyganj locality of Gorakhpur city, U.P. and is about 2.5 km from railway station. It opens from 8am-8pm and closes on Sundays. Prakash Parv is celebrated here when Sabad-Kirtans are also organized apart from various other activi

Govt. Buddha Museum Gorakhpur

LocationAbout 5 km south east of railway station & bus station in the Ramgarh Tal project area, Gorakhpur, U.P., India
Ideal timeThroughout the year
Timings10am-5pm, closed on Monday, second Sunday of every month & Gazetted holidays
How to reachHire a cycle rickshaw from any part of the city.
Govt. Buddha Museum Gorakhpur was established in 1987 but the present building came into existence in 1997.The museum's main aim is the collection, preservation, documentation, exhibition of the cultural property and to make them available for educational activities to create awareness about the glorious past. It show cases items like age old sculpture, figurines, terracotta items, beads etc. Most of the objects here are rare and priceless. 
Presently four galleries are on display in the museum. About 2023 pieces of metal and stone sculptures, terracotta, potteries, thankas, miniature paintings etc. have been displayed in the galleries.

In the second gallery, miniature paintings of Rajasthani, Pahari and Bundi style are on display. In the third gallery Hindu sculptures are displayed which are very useful for iconographical study. In the fourth gallery terracotta from various Buddhist sites like Sarnath, Rajdhani, Kopia and other places are on display. Animal figures, pots, seals, Suka-Sarika, eight headed Ganesha, dakini (a baby eater), human figures ranging from Maurayan period down to Gupta period certainly deserve appreciation from the visitors.

Gita Vatika Gorakhpur

LocationAbout 4 km. from railway station on Jail Road, near Asuran Ckowk, Shapur, the northern part of Gorakhpur, U.P., India
Ideal timeThroughout the year, especially during Radha Ashtami celebrations, opens on all days
How to reachHire a cycle rickshaw or auto rickshaw from Dharmshala market area
Gita Vatika, spread over 5.2 acres, is situated in the northern part of the city. It has been established by the founder editor of Kalayan, Swami Hanuman Prasad Poddar, who lived here for 45 years and established the Hanuman Prasad Poddar Memorial Samiti. The Samiti has set up a Shri Radha Krishna Meditation Centre and built a magnificent temple of Sri Radha Krishna in Naagra style of north India. 'Hare Ram & Hare Krishna' chanting, started from 1968, is still continuing day and night. Recently a majestic Mandap (canopy) has been constructed for this purpose. 
The Samadhi of Hanuman Prasad Poddar, his wife and Samadhi of head priest of the temple- Radha Baba (Saint) is also situated within the premises. Radha Baba has established "Giriraj" in the temple premises. On the day after Deepawali devotees flock here to worship 'Giriraj' and offer "Annakoot". Radha Ashtmi is celebrated here when a large number of devotees visit the temple. A Cancer Hospital managed by the same samiti, is also situated adjacent to the Gita Vatika building

Ek Minar Mosque

This small mosque is located at about 5 km from Gorakhpur railway station, near Jhankar talkies in Nasirabad locality of Gorakhpur, U.P. Id-ul-fitra, Id-ul-zuha are celebrated here. Friday is special day when people visit the mosque for offering Friday Namaj.

Christ Church in Gorakhpur

Presently, Gorakhpur has eight churches but oldest among them is the Christ Church, situated in Civil lines, Gorakhpur, U.P. at a distance of about 3 km from Gorakhpur railway station, between St. Andrew Degree College & St. Andrews Inter College, at the crossing called Shashtri Chowk. This church was built in 1825, by private subscription. It has retained the original glory without any renovation till date. Christmas, Easter and New Year are celebrated here. (Timings-7-10am, opens only on Sundays) The church can be accessed by hiring a cycle rickshaw from any part of the city.

Saturday, 4 August 2012

Govind Ballabh Pant Park in Gorakhpur

It is near about 1 km from railway station, in Gorakhpur, U.P. Though the park is a part of D.D.U. Gorakhpur University Campus but is maintained by GDA (Gorakhpur Development Authority). It is most popular park for the morning & evening stroll. Spacious green garden with fountains attract both children & elderly. The park remains blossom with children, adult & elderly people during day in winters and morning & evening during summer.

Sai Dham in Gorakhpur

This is the newly added temple in the large list of temples of Gorakhpur & is located at a distance of about 5 km from railway station, near Jamuna Lal Bajaj Park, in Judges Compound of Gorakhpur city, U.P.

Gopal Temple in Gorakhpur

The temple of local importance is located on NH-28 in Mohaddipur locality of Gorakhpur, U.P. at a distance of about 5 km far from railway station. It opens from 5am-3pm & 4pm-9pm. Idols of Radha Krishna, Lord Shiva, Vishnu, Laxmi, Hanuman and others are installed in the temple.

Surya Mandir/Suraj Kund in Gorakhpur

Location About 6 km far  from railway station, in Suraj Kund Colony, Gorakhpur, U.P., India
Ideal timeThroughout the year, on the following day of Deepawali festival, when all the stairs of the pond are lit by thousands of earthen lamps, during Chhat Pooja (festival of Sun), Shivratri & Nagpanchmi fair
Timings10:30am-4:30pm, opens on all days
How to reachHire a cycle rickshaw from any part of the city.
Sun temples are rare in India or abroad. The people of Gorakhpur are lucky to have one sun temple, which is located in the north western part of the city, beyond railway line. It wide range of 10 acres of land. The main temple is located in the middle of the tank & is surrounded by water from all sides. It is one of the 26 Surya Kund of the Country and it is believed to be the worshipping & resting places of Lord Ram. Presently Kali temple, Annapurna temple & Ram Sita temple do also exist here.
About 100-125 years ago, Baba Muneshwar Das, who was an ardent worshipper of Lord Sun, is said have dug the present Suraj Kund (tank) himself to initiate the worshipping of Lord Sun & Lord Laxmi Narayan.

Tarkulha Devi Temple Near By Gorakhpur

The Tarkulha Devi Temple is a famous and religious place for devotees of Hindu religion. Tarkulaha Devi was the Ishta Devi of freedom fighter Senani Babu Bandhu Singh. On the eve of Chaitra Ramnavmi a one month large fair is organized every year.
Tarkulha Devi Temple is one of the major attractions close to Chauri Chaura. This Temple is situated around 5 kilometers from Chauri Chaura. The temple has been historically associated with the great freedom fighter Shaheed Bandhu Singh. There is also a memorial built to honour Shaheed Bandhu Singh.
He used to fight British with Gurilla war technique. There is a saying that he used to sacrifice heads of enemies in the Tarkulha Devi Temple.Finally he was arrested by British and hanged publicly at Ali Nagar Chauraha in Gorakhpur on 12th August 1857. People say that 7 times the hangman was not able to hang him due to rope breaking every time by grace of Tarkulha Devi. It was successful only at 8th time when Bandhu Singh prayed Mata Tarkulha Devi.

Monday, 23 July 2012

Indira Bal Vihar in Gorakhpur

This park is located right within the heart of the city, in Golghar, the main business hub of the city & is about 1.5 km from railway station. It has a large number of swings, playing wheels and other amusements like funny mirror etc. A large number of children coming with their parents can be seen in the evening especially on weekends and on holidays.