I had planned my day in such a way that I could finish visiting the places that were near to each other and then finally visit the Patalpani Waterfalls. As usual, I booked a cab for the full day. I was out of the Kanch Mandir by 7AM and headed directly to Annapurna Temple.
The distance to the Annapurna temple was only 3.5kms from Kanch Mandir. The temple was not very crowded, being a weekday and since the temple opened at 5AM, most of the devotees had finished their prayers. As with every temple premises, here too, there were many shops that sold items for worship as well as several fancy stores and toy shops.
The fascination for the temple starts from the entrance itself. The entrance has the statues of four huge elephants, two on either side, all of them decorated elaborately. Once inside, I proceeded straight to the main temple. It has the idol of Annapurna Devi, the goddess of nourishment. This is the main deity of this temple. The ornately decorated idol of the Devi also had several flower garlands adorned on her.
After offering my prayers, I stepped outside the main temple and visited the other three temples. The first temple has the idol of Lord Shiva, the second small temple has the idol of Hanuman and Rama and the third was that of Kal Bhairav. The huge statue of Lord Shiva, which is at a height of almost 14 feet, is so elegant and beautiful! The outer walls of the temple have carvings that were very artistic. It told several mythological stories and the motifs were fun to study. The pillars and the domes produced a sense of olden days!
Apart from the temples, there is also a huge “pravachan” hall. Annapurna temple is very famous in Indore for its architectural beauty. It is one of the oldest temples in the city and the architecture and design is inspired from the Madurai Meenakshi temple.
It is not only the enjoyment of art and architecture; a person can find utmost peace and serenity here. It is little wonder that pilgrims come from all over the world to visit the temple! By the time, I was out of the temple, it was almost 9.30AM and I headed to a nearby restaurant for breakfast and tea.