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How Many Jyotirling in India?

There are twelve Jyotirling temples in India. But there is controversy regarding location of two Jyotirlinga. Controversy or no controversy the answer to how many Jyotirling temple in India is always twelve. This is because there is a Stotra dedicated to the Jyotirling temples credited to Adi Shankara which names all the twelve temples.
The twelve Jyotirling Temples are: SomnathTemple at Saurashtra in Gujarat. MallikarjunTemple in Srisailam, or Shrishailam, in Andhra Pradesh. MahakalTemple, or Mahakalaswar, in Ujjain Madhya Pradesh. OmkarTemple, or Amishvar, at Omkareshwar on the banks of NarmadaRiver in Madhya Pradesh. Kedarnath Temple or Kedareshwar in Uttarakhand. Bhimashankar Temple at Dhakini in Maharashtra. KashiVishwanathTemple, or Viswesh, at Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh. TrimbakeshwarTemple near Nasik on the banks of GautamiRiver in Maharashtra. Baidyanath Dham or VaidyanathTemple at Deoghar in Jharkhand. NageshwarTemple near Dwarka in Gujarat. RameshwaramTemple in Tamil Nadu. Grishneshwar…

Story of Panchmukhi Hanuman – Why Did Hanuman Appear With Five Faces?

Story of Panchamukhi Hanuman is found in the episode in which Ahiravana and Mahiravana kidnaps Sri Ram and Lakshman and takes them to Patala to offer to their deity. Hanuman appears with five faces to extinguish five lamps. To kill Ahiravana and Mahiravana, Hanuman had to put out five lamps that were placed in five different directions. The life force of the two demons was kept in these lamps.
In Panchmukhi Hanuman form – only one head is of Hanuman and the other heads are that of Hayagriva, Narasimha, Varaha and Garuda.
Hanuman took this form and extinguished the five lamps kept in five directions. Thus he was able to kill the demons and rescue Sri Ram and Lakshman.

Importance of Amavasya on Tuesday

Amavasya or no moon day falling on Tuesday is considered highly auspicious in Hinduism. It is known as Bhoumi or Bhoumavati Amavasi. 
The popular belief is that taking bath on the day in sacred waters is equal to taking holy bath during millions of Surya Grahan or Solar Eclipse.
The day is also beneficial for those having trouble in the horoscope related to Mangal Grah.
It is also an ideal day for propitiating Shiva.

Which Rudraksha Should Mesha Rashi Born People Wear?

Each Rashi born people as per Hindu Astrology should wear a particular face Rudraksha for success, love, peace and prosperity. Mesha Rashi born people should wear Rudraksh with three or five faces. Wearing of which will bring in all round success to Mesha Rashi or Aries Zodiac.


The deity associated with Five Face Rudraksha is Shiva.
The deity associated with three face is Agni
The devotee who wears it will also have the blessing of Mangal Graha or Mars and Brihaspati Graha or Jupiter.
Along with wearing of the Rudraksh one should practice self control, worship of personal deity and good thoughts.
Performing food donation and distributing clothes after the wearing the Rurdraksh is highly meritorious for Mesha Rashi People.

Which Rudraksha Should be Worn For Attaining Peace of Mind?

There is no doubt regarding the power of Rudraksha but many people have confusion with faces of Rudraksh. For attaining peace of mind the most popularly worn Rudraksha is the one with six face or the one with thirteen face. Both of which have the blessing of Shukra Navgraha.
The six face Rudraksha will help in removing all the problems associated with life. It helps in creating a peaceful atmosphere. A devotee can attain peace and prosperity through worshiping it.
The thirteen face Rudraksha also helps in attaining peace and prosperity.
Along with wearing the holy bead one should also practice self control, good thoughts and devotion to personal deity.

What is the meaning of Ayodhya?

Ayodhya is one the seven mokshdayi puris in Hinduism. Bhagvan Sri Ram was born in Ayodhya. It was also his capital city. But what is the meaning of Ayodhya?
Ayodhya means one that cannot be won over in a war. Yuddh means war and A means cannot. It is believed that Ayodhya could not be defeated in war because of the several efficient rulers the land had.

According to Skanda Purana, the three letters A, Yo and dhya represents Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva respectively. 
Related Road from Ayodhya to Janakpur

Top 5 Tallest Hanuman Murtis (Idols or Statues) in the World

Devotees of Hanuman around the world have created some huge murtis of Hanuman. Here are the Top five tallest Hanuman murtis (Statues or Idols) in the world.

Veera Abhaya Anjaneya Hanuman Swami at Paritala near Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh in India – 135 feet (41 m)

Hanuman Murti at Jakhu Hills in Shimla Himachal Pradesh in India - 108 feet (33 meter)



108 Foot Shri Sankat Mochan Murti in Delhi

Hanuman Murti at Nandura in Maharashtra in India – 105 feet (32 meter)

Hanuman of Carapichaima in Trinidad and Tobago – 85 feet (26 meter)

Hanuman of the Ram Tirath temple at Amritsar in Punjab in India – 80 feet (24.5 meter)

Note - a new Hanuman murti is under construction at Madapam near Narasannapeta in Srikakulam District in Andhra Pradesh - when completed this will be the tallest Hanuman murti. The height of this murti is 176 feet.

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Story of the Origin of Kanikonna Flower – Vishu Kani Konna

Kanikonna Flower, or Vishu Kani Konna, is the yellow flower that is used for Kani during the Vishu festival in Kerala. Origin of Vishu Kani Konna flower is associated with Sri Krishna – and it symbolically shows the power of devotion.

Once there was a boy who regularly worshipped at a SriKrishnaTemple near his home. The boy had only one wish that he wanted to see Gopalakrishna or the child form of Bhagavan Sri Krishna. He only prayed for the fulfillment of this wish.
Moved by his devotion, Sri Krishna appeared in the child form before the boy. The boy had tears rolling down his cheeks. He stood numb.
Sri Krishna asked the boy what he wanted. With tears in his eyes, the boy answered what more can I get other than seeing you. He had no other wish.
Sri Krishna was happy with the boy and gave him the ornament that was worn around his waist – Aranjanam.
The boy the golden chain carried it with him and showed to his friends. But none of them believed the story. They all said it was a fake …

Hanuman Jayanti Thoughts from Hindu Blog

Hanuman symbolizes physical and mental strength, self-control, power, selfless service, humility, and unfathomable devotion. To navigate through the world of ignorance and reach the lotus feet of the Lord, we must develop these qualities. Hanuman is the living example of a true devotee. To attain Moksha follow Hanuman.

The universe is filled with living and non-living things. Hanuman also reminds us that all animate and inanimate are connected through one another – through the single supreme force. It’s our ego, arrogance and ignorance that make us think that we are separate and some beings are inferior.
By making Hanuman his greatest devotee, Sri Ram, incarnation of Vishnu, was giving a message. The message that each organism is as important as human beings.
Related Thoughts and Quotes on Hanuman Jayanti

Today – April 15, 2014 – is Hanuman Jayanti

Today is Hanuman Jayanti – April 15, 2014 – the birthday of Sri Hanuman and it is observed on the full moon day in the month of Chaitra in many parts of India. In Hinduism, Hanuman is the perfect manifestation of devotion, humility, discipline, strength and selfless service. He is the one who has conquered the senses and ego. He is the ideal living being.
This year Hanuman Jayanti is highly auspicious as it falls on Tuesday, which is the day dedicated to Hanuman.

Read more about Hanuman Jayanti
Related Hanuman Quiz – A quiz on Hindu God Hanuman What to do on Hanuman Jayanti? How to observe Hanuman Jayanti fasting?

Today’s Hindu Calendar – April 15, 2014 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on April 15, 2014 (Today) – Purnima Tithi or the full moon day in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Purnima Tithi or the full moon day till 12:52 PM on April 15. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the first day during the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra – Chitra or Chithirai Nakshatra till 11:03 PM. Then onward it is Swathi or Chothi Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Kanya Rashi till 10:43 AM. Then onward it is Tula Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Full moon day – Purnima; HanumanJayanthi; Vishu in Kerala; Phoela Baishakh – Bengali New Year; Bihu – Assamese New Year.
Kali Yuga Year – 5116
Vikram Samvant 2071 – Chaitra Purnima Tithi or the full moon day in Chaitra month in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Jammu and Kashmir.
Jayanama Samvatsar/ Shalivahana Saka 1936 …

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