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Somaskanda – Murti or Idol of Shiva, Muruga and Parvati – Symbolic Meaning of Somaskandamurti

Somaskanda stands for Shiva with Uma and Skanda. In the Somaskanda murti (or idol), Muruga, or Skanda son of Shiva and Uma (Parvati), stand between the divine couple. Symbolically, this unique murti extols the importance of family life and the importance of child in marriage.
There are numerous other symbolic meaning attached to this unique murti – some scholars are of the view that the three divine figures seated together represent sat, chit and ananda.
Another symbolic meaning suggest that the figures represent Iccha-Shakti, Kriya-Shakti and Jnana-Shakti respectively.
Again Shiva in the company of Uma and Skanda symbolizes universal parentage.
In his famous literary work of Kumarasambhavam, Kalidasa, suggests that the divine couple is the Father and Mother of the World and Muruga their son.
According to Shaivite rituals, a devotee must worship both Shiva and Uma together to receive the maximum amount of blessings.
The figure of Smaskanda is more popular in South India. You may …

Hindu Priest Training Academy in Malaysia

Majority of the priests in Hindu Temples in Malaysia are recruited from India. Now Malaysia has started its first academy to train Hindu priests. The academy will conduct a five-year course developed in consultation with similar institutions in India. There are more than 3,000 Hindu Temples in Malaysia mostly dedicated to the Tamil Hindu Community in the country. The HinduPriestTrainingAcademy is located at Jelapang Tambaha in Ipoh.Economic Times writes
Human Resource Minister S. Subramaniam, who opened the academy Sunday, said the country's Tamil Hindu community will continue to get priests from India since the training, grading and certifying of priests will take time. Subramaniam, who is also Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC) secretary general, said the training centre would reduce the community's reliance on priests from India.

"With the academy, the community is also assured of qualified and accredited priests to perform various Hindu ceremonies.

"This is a new begin…

Haridwar Kumbha Mela Mesha Sankranti Shahi Snan Parv 2010

One of the most important bathing dates during the Haridwar Kumbha mela 2010 is the Mesha Sankranti Shahi Snan, which will take place on April 14, 2010Mesha Sankranti marks the beginning of the Sun’s transition from Mesha to Vrishabha or from Aries to Taurus. There are 12 Sankranthis in a Hindu Solar Calendar and Meshan Sankranti is the first in one cycle. Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to take a holy dip at Haridwar on the day. This is last most important bathing day during the Haridwar Kumbha Mela 2010.

How to achieve concentration of mind? – Swami Sivananda

Make the mind one-pointed by collecting all the dissipated rays of the mind. Withdraw the mind from all sense-objects again and again and try to fix the mind on your Lakshya or point of meditation or center. Gradually you will have concentration of mind or one-pointedness. You must be patient and persevering. You must be very regular in your practice. Then only you will succeed. Regularity is of paramount importance.Swami Sivananda

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