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Lord Shiva as Sharabha – The Sharaba Incarnation

According to some Puranas, Lord Shiva took the form of Sharabha to pacify and control the Narasimha Avatar of Lord Vishnu. If Lord Vishnu as Narasimha was half-man half-lion; Lord Shiva as Sharaba was part human, part animal and part bird with numerous claws and legs – some writers equate the form to a dragon. Sharabha manifestation of Lord Shiva is not very popular and there is popular notion that this incarnation of Shiva was created to position Shiva as greater than Vishnu by some Shaivites.
Lord Narasimha's terrifying rage could not be dissipated even after He had slain the Demon King Hiranyakashipu. A more ferocious form of Sharabha was able to pacify Narasimha Vishnu. Soon Vishnu appeared in the pleasant form before his devotees.
Shiva Purana describes the Sharabha for like this: He had a thousand hands and wore matted locks. His head was adorned by the crested moon. He appeared like a bird with wings and beak. His body was fierce and fully developed. His fangs were very s…

Shukra Ast 2017 – Shukra Astha months in 2017 in Hindu Calendar

Shukra Ast is a specific period in Hindu calendars. During this period no auspicious ceremonies are held in North India. Shukra Ast 2017 time and date is given below;

Shukra Ast is from November 30, 2017 to February 19, 2018. Marriages are not performed during the period. You will find no dates marked in Panchangs in December 2017, January 2018 and till Feb 19, 2018.
The total number of days in a Shukra Ast are 73 to 74 days. Roughly two months and a fortnight.

Thonnakkal Idayavanathu Bhagavathy Temple Kartika Festival

Thonnakkal Idayavanathu Bhagavathy Temple is located in Thiruvananthapuram District in Kerala and is around 18 km from Thiruvananthapuram town. The annual festival or Utsavam in the temple is observed in Malayalam Kumbham month on Kartika Nakshatram day. The shrine is dedicated to Mother Goddess Bhagavathy. Thonnakkal Idayavanathu Bhagavathy Temple festival 2016 date is March 7. The festival ends on March 14, 2016.

The annual festival is noted for various rituals and offerings.

Thousands of people arrive on the day to witness various rituals and festivities.

Traditional performing arts, music and dance are staged during the period.

The temple is traditionally decorated with plantain, coconut leaves, flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights.
The festival ends with arattu.

Prithukeshwar Mahadev in Ujjain – Story of Prithukeshwar Form of Shiva – 49th Shiva Temple in Ujjain

Prithukeshwar Mahadev is worshiped in Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the 84 forms of Shiva worshiped in Ujjain. It is believed that worshipping Prithukeshwar Form of Shiva will help in redemption of sins resulting from the killing of cow.

The temple dedicated to Prithukeshwar Mahadev is located on the banks of Shipra River near Kedareshwar Temple on the Chhota Pool.

This form of Shiva is associated with Shani Bhagavan who is also known as Sthavar.

Prithukeshwar Mahadev is counted among the 84 Shiva Temples in Ujjain and it is the 49th temple visited during the parikarama of Shiavalayas here.


Story of Prithukeshwar Form When Prithu ruled his kingdom, it became impossible to conduct yajnas and havan as Mother Earth did not allow it. There was no food in his kingdom and living beings were suffering.During this time, Sage Narada arrived in the kingdom and told the king that the only solution was to attack Mother Earth.

The king then dispatched Agniastra on Earth. The earth starte…

Beej Mantras – What is a Beej Mantra?

Beej Mantra is a basic mantra dedicated to a deity in Hinduism. The mantra is of a single word or syllable. The Beej mantras are chanted alone or along with a combination of words. The Beej mantra for Lord Shiva is Hom The Beej mantra for Goddess Durga is Dum The Beej mantra for Goddess Kali is Kreem The Beej mantra for Goddess Lakshmi is Shreem The Beej mantra for Goddess Saraswati is Aim The Beej mantra for Lord Ganesha is Gam

Arookutty Sree Mathanam Temple Festival

Arookutty Sree Mathanam Temple is located in Alappuzha District in Kerala and is around 12 km south of Kochi. The annual festival or Utsavam in the temple is observed in Malayalam Kumbham month. The shrine is dedicated to Mother Goddess Bhagavathy. Arookutty Sree Mathanam Temple festival 2016 beginning date is March 6.

The annual festival is noted for various rituals and offerings.

Thousands of people arrive on the day to witness various rituals and festivities.

Traditional performing arts, music and dance are staged during the period.

The temple is traditionally decorated with plantain, coconut leaves, flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights.
The festival ends with arattu.

Banalinga – Story of Bangalinga from Narmada River

Banalinga is a unique Shivling found in NarmadaRiver in India with a number of striations formed by a natural process. Banalinga are Swayambhu – appeared naturally. Legend has it that Banalnga appeared on earth when Shiva destroyed the Tripuri palaces of demons. The stones from the Tripuri that fell on NarmadaRiver turned into Banalinga.

Banalinga is named after Demon Banasura as he was an ardent devotee of Shiva and Shiva blessed him with them. It is believed that Banasaura who was doing austerities to please Shiva on the banks of Narmada collected the Lingas. As the Lingas were in the possession of Banasura it got the name.
Another legend has it that Shiva appeared in the form of Linga before Banasura on the Narmada River bank and the pieces from the linga that flowed into the Narmada River are the Banalingas.

Huge Varaha Statue at Eran in Madhya Pradesh

Eran Village is located on the banks of Bina River. The village is famous for a colossal statue of the Varaha incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Eran is located around 75 km northwest of Sagar and 80 km northeast of Vidisha.

The colossal statue of Yajna Varaha is 14 feet long, 5 feet broad and 11 feet high. It is believed to have been constructed by Chandragupta Vikramaditya. It is decorated with sculpted bands with an inscription of the first year of Huna King Toramana’s reign.

The huge body of Varaha is covered with miniature sculptures of various Hindu gods and goddesses and sages. Bhudevi is shown hanging on the tusk of Varaha.
Eran is also famous for seven feet mutilated Narasimha Murti and 13 feet Vishnu murti.

Use your wisdom to understand your sexual energy – Anandmurti Gurumaa

Ask yourself, the momentary pleasure obtained through sexual gratification, will it be binding or will it help in my liberation? Use your wisdom to understand your sexual energy. Question your mind using your discriminative wisdom, for sex is nothing more than a transient momentary pleasure.

Convert the sexual energy for your spiritual growth. The energy is the same, and it is your choice if you want to waste it or make it rise up through spiritual practices.

If the seed of sexual desire resides in your mind, it will come out on the slightest pretext. So, the fact that it is manifesting as sexual urge means that you need to accept the presence of sexual desire in you. Now you can either strive to get liberated from it or opt to get more entrenched in it.
Sex too is energy. If it flows downward it will be wasted, but if it ascends then it will energize you, invigorate you.
Anandmurti Gurumaa

Today’s Hindu Calendar – February 1, 2016 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Monday, February 1, 2016 (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 6:49 PM on February 1. 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 February 1, 2016 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good and auspicious date till 1:40 PM
Nakshatra – Swathi or Chothi Nakshatra till 11:09 AM on February 1. Then onward it is Vishaka or Vishakam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Tula Rashi
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days –
Kali Yuga Year – 5117
Vikram Samvant 2072 – Magh Krishna Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day during the waning phase of moon in Magh month in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattis…

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