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Somanath Temple near Mangalore in Karnataka

SomanathaTemple, located near Mangalore in Karnataka, is a very ancient temple and is also popular as one of the 12 sacred Shiva Kshetras. Dedicated to Hindu God Shiva, the temple is also known Rudrapada Kshetra, and is also an important temple for perform Shradh and Tarpan rituals dedicated to the dead. The temple is around 13 km south of Mangalore.
Legend has it that the temple was built by a relative of demon King Ravana, named Kharasura. Thus the temple exists from the Ramayana period.
Pandavas is believed to have visited the temple. A lake near the temple was created by Bhimasena, the second of the Pandava brothers.
Scenic beauty SomanathaTemple is situated on the banks of Arabian Sea and is built on an elevated spot and some parts of the temple are in the form of a fort. Another highlight is the beautiful view of the sunset from the temple.
Opening and Closing time of the temple:
5:00 AM to 1:00 PM
5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
To Reach
Someshwara is around 13 km from Mangalore and there are …

Ravaneshwaram Village in Kerala – Cave Dedicated to Ravana and Shiva Temple Where Ravan Performed Puja

RavaneshwaramVillage located near Kanjangad in Kasargod District in Kerala is unique as it boasts of a temple and cave where Ravana is believed to have performed puja. Asura King Ravana of Ramayana was an ardent devotee of Shiva and there are numerous temples in India that is related to Ravana.
Deccan Herald writes  There is a cave where Ravana performed penance, a pond where he took bath and the Shivalinga which had the aura by Ravana’s poojas. These might be the reasons why the denizens here love Ravana, and they named the village ‘Ravaneshwaram’.SriPermthrikkovalappanShivaTemple in the village is the centre of attraction of the village and the legend of the temple reveals the connection of Ravana and the village. The main diety of the temple is Ravana’s favorite god Shiva. Ganapathi’s prathishta is also there. Hundres of devotees, mainly women come to this temple to worship Shiva. According to the legend, during Ravana’s voyage back to Lanka from Gokarna, he finds this forest area a…

H W L Poonja Musings

If you want to wake up, don’t think and do not make the effort. This is the only way. This may appear as wisdom with inquiry or as love by devotion, but both are the same.

True wisdom is the love of Self. The Supreme Self, the dearest love, the source of joy, must be meditated on day and night in whatever you are doing, if you want freedom now.
Disregard everything else, see only That, and all will be added to you. Only contemplate existence. This contemplation is to just be. Go straight to the light. There is no question of having time for this or not because it is that which is through all time. Your true nature is awareness; it cannot be practiced. H W L Poonja
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Today’s Hindu Calendar – April 17, 2012 – Tithi, Vrat, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on April 17, 2012 – Krishna Paksha Ekadasi Tithi orthe eleventh day during the waning phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Krishna Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day of the waning phase of moon till 6:58 AM on April 17, 2012. Then onwards it is Krishna Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or twelfth day of the dark phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.

Note in Calendars followed in Gujarat and Maharashtra it is Krishna Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or twelfth day during the waning phase of moon.
Nakshatra – Shatabhishak or Sadayam or Chathayam Nakshatra till 3:42 PM on April 17. Then onwards it is Purvabhadra or Pooruruttathi Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Kumbha Rasi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Ekadasi Fasting – Varuthuni Ekadasi.
Chaitra Krishna Paksha Ekadasi or eleventh day during the waning phase of moon in Chaitra month in calendars followed in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.
Chaitra Krishna Paksha Dwadasi or twelfth day du…

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