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Hindu Cave Temples in India

Hindu cave temples in India are holy spots were Supreme Truth manifested to save humanity and to reveal knowledge to free living beings from the cycle of birth and death. Many ancient seers of Hinduism attained self realization in these caves. These caves today house Swayambhu Murtis (images that appeared on its own) of gods in Hindu religion. Here are some of the popular cave temples in India.

Amarnath Cave Shrine – Ice Shivling – Dedicated to Shiva A natural ice Shivling gets formed in the holy cave of Amarnath. This wonder takes place at a narrow gorge in the Lidder valley in Anantnag District of Jammu and Kashmir – the cave Temple of Amarnath. The journey to Amarnath Cave is restricted to two months before Shravan Purnima (June – August).

Vaishno Devi Temple Vaishno Devi Ji Temple is located at Katra in Jammu and Kashmir and is visited annually by more than 5 million devotees. The temple is located on the folds Trikuta - a three-peaked mountain. The murti of Goddess Vaishnodevi is …

Ardhanarishvara Linga

Ardhanarishvara Linga is a very rare form of Shivling. Ardhanarishvara Linga is half white and half red – some also have marks of trishul (trident) and Damaru (glass drum). The description about the linga is only found in a text credited to Hemadri, a 13th century who wrote books related to murtis, temple architecture and construction.

In the Ardhanarishvara Linga, the white portion represents Shiva and the red portion represents Shakti.
Ardhanarishvara Linga is part of the Bana Lingas and is naturally formed.
There are carved Ardhanarishvara Linga – not naturally formed but creations of sculptors.
The most famous carved Ardhanarishvara Linga is found in the ElephantaCaves near Mumbai, Maharashtra.
Naturally occurring Ardhanarishvara Linga are found in the NarmadaRiver.
There are also some sacred spots in India with Ardhanarishvara Linga carved on a single stone.

Kavalai Devi Yatra at Tembvali in Devgad – Kauvlai Devi Temple Fair and Festival

Kavalai Devi Yatra is observed in Ashwin month. It is the annual fair and festival at the Kauvlai Devi Temple at Tembvali near Devgad. The jatra attracts scores of devotees to the shrine. Kavalai Devi Yatra 2017 date is October 15.

Kavalai Devi is a manifestation of Mother Goddess Shakti. She is an important village deity or Grama devata. She is also the family deity of many people in the region.

Hundreds of people participate in the various rituals and festivities organized as part of the yatra.

People from nearby villages and towns arrive to participate and witness the annual event.
Kauvlai Devi Yatra at Tembvali is annually observed on Ashwin Krishna Paksha Ekadasi tithi or the eleventh day during the waning phase of moon in Ashwin month.

Siddharameshwar Maharaj Punyatithi at Basavana Bagewadi

Siddharameshwar Maharaj Punyatithi is observed in Ashwin month. It is the death anniversary of Shri Sadguru Siddharameshwar Maharaj. He was a great teacher in the Lingayat tradition. Siddharameshwar Maharaj Punyatithi 2017 date is October 15.

A math dedicated to the great saint is located at Basavana Bagewadi in Bijapur in Karnataka. Thousands of devotees visit the holy spot.

People from various walks of life participate in the various spiritual programs organized on the day.
Siddharameshwar Maharaj punyatithi is annually observed on Ashwin Krishna Paksha Ekadasi tithi or the eleventh day during the waning phase of moon in Ashwin month.

Dhanusahatreshwar Mahadev – Story Dhanusahatreshwar Form of Shiva worshipped in Ujjain

Dhanusahatreshwar Mahadev is one of the 84 forms of Shiva worshipped in Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh. Glory of Sahastradanukeshwar form of Shiva is mentioned in the Skanda Purana. Offering prayers to this form of Shiva will help in defeating enemies.
The temple dedicated to Dhanusahatreshwar Mahadev is located near Girinari Hanuman in Ujjain city.



The single-dome small shrine has a small Shivling with Nandi facing it.
This form is worshipped for peace and prosperity. He is also worshipped for strength to overcome physical and mental struggles.
Dhanusahatreshwar Mahadev is counted among the 84 ShivaTemple is Ujjain and it is the 63rd temple visited during the parikarama of Shiavalayas here.

Story of Dhanusahatreshwar Mahadev

Legend has it that there once lived a king named Vidurath. During a hunting expedition, he happened to see a cave. A saint informed him that a demon named Kumjam uses it to come out from the netherworld. The saint asked the king to defeat the demon so that the area wil…

Punarpoosam Matching Stars for Marriage – Punarpoosam Marriage Compatibility

Punarpoosam Nakshatra matching stars for marriage in details is given below. It is the seventh birth star among the 27 Nakshatra in Hindu horoscope and astrology. Punarpoosam marriage compatibility or the very best matching stars are Ashwini, Rohini, Mrigasira, Arudara, Moola, Sravana, Purvabhadrapada and Uttarabhadrapada.

Other good matching stars with Punarpoosam are Bharani, Karthigai, Punarpoosam, Poosam, Uthraphalguni (2nd, 3rd, 4th quarter), Hasta, Chithirai (1 and 2 quarter), Swathi, Vishaka, Anusham, Purvashada, Uttarashada, Dhanishta, Sadayam and Revati.

Aslesha, Magha, Uthraphalguni (1st quarter), Chithirai (3 and 4 quarter), and Triketta are okay – means not bad.
Star that does not match with Punarpoosam is Purvaphalguni.

Thiruvathirai Natchathiram Female Characteristics

One of the most important characteristics of Thiruvathirai Natchathiram born female is that they will be indecisive. Another important character of the birth star is that they will have lot of friends. Other Thiruvathirai Nakshatra female characteristics are given below:

Will have long life. Will easily find the fault of others. Will be proud. Will be honored and rewarded for excellence. Might lie purposefully Will be able to easily understand the root cause of a problem. Will make good friends especially those in power and high positions. They make money wisely and spend it scrupulously.  They are good in debates and are fond of arts.

Hindi Mantra To Solve Marriage Problems – Mantra in Hindi Language for Happy Married Life

Below is a prayer in Hindi language to solve marriage problems. Anyone can chant this mantra for a happy married life. The mantra should be chanted continuously for 40 days to be effective. The person can decide the number of times it is chanted. It is ideal to chant the prayer in the morning. During the chanting your mind should not wander around.
Any one of the following shloka can be chanted.


Kannada Mantra To Solve Marriage Problems – Mantra in Kannada Language for Happy Married Life

Below is a prayer in Kannada language to solve marriage problems. Anyone can chant this mantra for a happy married life. The mantra should be chanted continuously for 40 days to be effective. The person can decide the number of times it is chanted. It is ideal to chant the prayer in the morning. During the chanting your mind should not wander around.
Any one of the following shloka can be chanted.


Telugu Mantra To Solve Marriage Problems – Mantra in Telugu Language for Happy Married Life

Below is a prayer in Telugu language to solve marriage problems. Anyone can chant this mantra for a happy married life. The mantra should be chanted continuously for 40 days to be effective. The person can decide the number of times it is chanted. It is ideal to chant the prayer in the morning. During the chanting your mind should not wander around.


Tamil Mantra To Solve Marriage Problems – Mantra in Tamil Language for Happy Married Life

Below is a prayer in Tamil language to solve marriage problems. Anyone can chant this mantra for a happy married life. The mantra should be chanted continuously for 40 days to be effective. The person can decide the number of times it is chanted. It is ideal to chant the prayer in the morning. During the chanting your mind should not wander around.

November 2017 Sagai – Good date for Sagai in November 2017

Sagai is one of the most important ceremonies before vivah or shaadi. Here are the good dates for Sagai in November 2017. The entire day is auspicious for the purpose. Please note that the dates are based on Hindu calendar and Panchang.

Good date for Sagai in November 2017

November 1
November 2 November 3 good date till 1:45 PM
November 6 good date till 2:35 PM November 7 November 8
November 9 good date till 4:40 PM November 10 November 11 November 12 November 14
November 15 good date till 1:10 PM November 19 November 21
November 22 good date till 1:30 PM November 23 November 25 November 26 it is good date till 9:50 AM
November 27 November 28 November 29

Lehra Durga Mandir – Goddess Lehra Devi Temple at Durgapur near Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh

Lehra Durga Mandir is located at DurgapurVillage, which is around 54 km from Gorakhpur, in Uttar Pradesh. This GoddessLehraDeviTemple is considered to be Siddha Shatipeetha. Located on the banks of PavahRiver, the name of the goddess is derived from the estate called Lehra in which the shrine is located.
Legend has it Pandavas during their exile period in the Mahabharata discovered the murti of Goddess Durga worshipped here and installed it and performed the first pujas. Thousands of years ago it is said that Goddess Lehra was sitting on the banks of PavahRiver. She asked a boatman to drop her on the other side. But the boatman tried to snatch her jewelry. The boatman died immediately and Goddess turned into a stone remained on the boat. Pandavas discovered the murti on the boat years later.



The present Lehra Durga Mandir was built around 200 years ago.
Goddess Lehra Devi is worshipped here in the form of three pindis. The pindis are always covered with colorful clothes. The face of…

Supari in Hindu Pujas – Why is Supari or Betel Nut used in Hindu rituals and pujas?

Supari or betel nut is an essential item in many Hindu pujas and rituals. But ever wondered why is supari or betel nut used in Hindu rituals and pujas? As per Hindu tradition, Supari symbolically represents Ganesha or Ganapati, the lord of success and remover of obstacles.


In some regions, Supari also represents Goddess Lakshmi.
In Hinduism, Supari is considered as Nirgun Nirakar Vigraha or murti. It means nature given formless bodies that are representatives of God’s nirakar nirlep niranjan form.

If this is a shadow world then what is the Being that casts the shadow? – Vanamali

Advaita Vedanta postulates that the world is a world of shadows. Modern science has used the same words. It has as much reality as the dancing patterns that portray the drama of life on the unchanging TV screen.
Without the immutable, colorless, unshaken screen behind, the show could not be projected …
The rishis of the old knew that this is a shadow world, maya, and illusion. But they asked the million-dollar question:
“If this is a shadow world then what is the Being that casts the shadow?”
A shadow obviously cannot exist on its own. All our scriptures have given the answer that there is a Being that causes shadows. This exists because That exists. If that were not to be, then ‘This’ would cease to be.
In the Bhagavad Gita, Bhagvan Sri Krishna declares, “All things exist in Me, but mark my mystery, I do not exist in them.”
Fish exist in the water but the water does not exist because of the fish. Fish cannot exist without water but water can exist without fish.
What Krishna means t…

Today’s Hindu Calendar – October 5, 2015 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Monday, October 5, 2015 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day during the waning phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day during the waning phase of moon till 6:53 PM on October 5. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day during the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is October 5, 2015 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good and auspicious day.
Nakshatra – Ardra or Arudhara or Thiruvathira Nakshatra till 12:49 PM on October 5. Then onward it is Punarvasu or Punirtham Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Mithuna Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Jivitputrika Vrat
Kali Yuga Year – 5117
Vikram Samvant 2072 – Ashwin Krishna Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day during the dark phase of moon in Ashwin month in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Prad…

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