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Book: Rudra – The Idea of Shiva

The book ‘Rudra – The Idea of Shiva’ by Nilima Chitgopekar tries to understand Lord Shiva through the eyes of Lord Vishnu, Mata Sati, Daksha, Goddess Parvati and Lord Ganesha. An authority on Shaivism, Nilima Chitgopekar delves deep into the classical texts dealing with Shiva and picks up vital information and narrates it through the eyes of Hindu gods associated with Lord Shiva.The views of the different gods in Hindu pantheon about Shiva are presented as first-person accounts. The accounts of the various gods are aided by the author’s scholarly notes and comments.About the book from Penguin flyerNa punyam na papam, Na saukhyam na duhkham
Na mantro na tirtham, Na vedam na yajna
Aham bhojanam naiva bhojyam na bhokta
Chidananda rupah Shivoham Shivo’ham

Beyond sin and virtue, beyond joy and sorrow, beyond scripture, ritual and pilgrimage, and beyond familiar experience. This is Shiva, in essence.

Once feared as the capricious and terrifying Rudra, Shiva, the most ‘un-Brahmanic’ of gods, has…

Trees Cut from Orissa Forests for Puri Rath Yatra Chariots Could Create Environmental Problems

Each year three new chariots are built for the annual Puri Rath Yatra festival held at the famous JagannathTemple. Big trees are cut annually from the forests of Orissa for the car festival and the woods are never reused. This is slowly eating away the forests of Orissa and inviting an environmental disaster. But luckily some people are trying to avert the ecological disaster by planting new trees.The wood needed for the making of the chariots for Puri Rath Yatra is provided free by the Orissa government. In fact, the temple authorities have been finding it difficult to find the right timber needed for making the huge chariots.The Rath Yatra at the PuriJagannathTemple has been taking place for centuries. Each year nearly 1000 trees are felled for building the three chariots. The chariot construction requires about 1,135 big logs of about 400 cubic meters.Trees preferred for chariot making are Phasi, Kadamba, Dharua, Devadaru, Simili, Asana, Mahalima, Moi, Kalachua, Paldhua etc. The Na…

Tirumala Tirupati Temple Introduces Online Sale of Hindu Religious Publications, Audio and Video CDs and DVDs

The Tirumala Tirupati Lord Venkateswara Temple has introduced E-sales enabling devotees from all over the world to buy Hindu Religious Publications, devotional books, Audio CDs, Video CDs and DVDs. With introduction of the new service devotees can buy TTD publications in Sanskrit, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Hindi, Urdu and English online.Items available online will include devotional audio CDs including the sacred Suprabhatham sung by M S Subbalakshmi and Video DVDs of festivals conducted at Tirumala including Navratri Brahmotsavam festivals. The TirupatiBalajiTemple was one of the first Hindu Temples in the world to introduce a host of online internet services including sale of Pooja and darshan tickets.

The new E-sale adds to the existing online services offered by the TirupatiVenkateswaraTemple like E-Seva, E-Darshan, E-Accommodation, E-Hundi and E-Donations.You can find the E-sale page here – Tirupati Tirumala Devasthanams e-sales.

Shri Gajanan Maharaj Sayings

Those who can lead one to the truth without any expectations alone are called Sadguru. One does not have to hunt high and low from place to place for Sadguru. One comes across one's Master spontaneously.No religious opinion ordains or supports violence.Fundamental religion of the mankind is only one. During the course of time, the intellectuals, while interpreting it, have caused confusion and mislead simple people.Purpose of religious observances (fasting, vows etc.) is only to realize God.
Shri Gajanan Maharaj

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