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Harihar Temple - Harihara Murti - Shiva and Vishnu Together as Single Idol

Harihar is an amalgamation of Hindu Gods Vishnu (Hari) and Shiva (Hara) as a single murti (idol for worship). Harihar Temples are very rare. There is one temple dedicated to Harihar at Badrana in Udaipur in Rajasthan, India.

This particular murti at the HariharTemple is made from black stone and is nearly 4.5 feet tall. The left side of the murti has symbols of Vishnu and the right side has symbols of Shiva.

The murti has four hands and the left side hands hold Shankh and Chakra – popular symbols of Vishnu.

The right side hand holds Trishul. The right part of the head of murti also holds a crescent moon.

Badrana is located about 55 km from Udaipur.

You may also like to read Harihar – Vishnu and Shiva

Satyakama Jabala – The Story of Satyakama from Chandogya Upanishad

The story of Satyakama Jabala is found in the Chandogya Upanishad. Satyakama wanted to find out the nature of Brahman (the Supreme Truth). Apart from this the story also states that anyone can seek truth – family, caste, creed and religion are of no value for a true seeker. A seeker of truth must be honest and should always speak truth.

This particular narrative of the story of Satyakama Jabala is taken from the ‘Eternal Stories from the Upanishads By Thomas Egenes, Kumuda Reddy.’ You can find the book here at Google Books. Long ago, in a small hut in the dense forests, lived a boy and his mother. The boy's mother named him Satyakama, which means "seeker of truth". More than anything, Satyakama wanted to live the life of a student, meditating and studying about Brahman in an Ashram. But to become a student, he had to know his father's family name, because in those times teachers only accepted students from certain families. So Satyakama went to his mother, Jabala, a…

On Silence

Learn the art of silence if you are a seeker of truth – silence mean just not keeping quiet but also keep your mind quiet.
There is a voice of truth inside us; but we are unable to hear due to the external and internal noise. 
This small voice inside us the reverberation of the primordial sound “OM.”
Supreme Truth can be realized only in silence, as words cannot explain That.
The road to self realization begins with silence.
When there is internal and external silence, we become one with the Supreme Truth. It is in such rare moments we realize our true essence.  www.hindu-blog.com Abhilash

Today’s Hindu Calendar – February 7, 2016 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Sunday, February 7, 2016 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi or the fourteenth day during the waning phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi or the fourteenth day during the waning phase of moon till 10:01 PM on February 7. Then onward it is Amavasya Tithi or the no moon day. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is February 7, 2016 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is not a good and auspicious date.
Nakshatra – Uttarashada or Uthiradam Nakshatra till 6:15 PM on February 7. Then onward it is Shravan or Sravana or Thiruonam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Dhanu Rashi till 1:14 AM. Then onward it is Makar Rashi
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days –
Kali Yuga Year – 5117
Vikram Samvant 2072 – Magh Krishna Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi or the fourteenth day during the waning phase of moon in Magh month in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Hima…