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Markandeshwar Mahadev in Ujjain – Story of Markandeshwar Form of Shiva – 36th Shiva Temple in Ujjain

Markandeshwar Mahadev is worshiped in Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the 84 forms of Shiva worshiped in Ujjain. It is believed that those worshipping Markandeshwar form of Shiva will get healthy and intelligent children.

The temple dedicated to Markandeshwar Mahadev is located behind the Ram Janardan temple complex.

This form of Shiva is associated with Rishi Markandeya and devotee Mukand.

Markandeshwar Mahadev is counted among the 84 Shiva Temples in Ujjain and it is the 36th temple visited during the parikarama of Shiavalayas here.

Story of Markandeshwar Mahadev form of Shiva in Ujjain Mukand was an ardent devotee of Shiva. But he did not have any children. To overcome this, he performed intense austerities in the Himalayas. Pleased with his devotion, Shiva asked him to offer prayers to a Shivling located north of Pattaneshwar in Mahakaal Van (present day Ujjain).

Mukand went to Ujjain and performed austerities at the Shivling. Shiva and Parvati appeared from the Shivling a…

Shri Sant Tukaram Maharaj Palki Prasthan from Dehu to Pandharpur

The annual Pandarpur Yatra to the PandharpurVithobaTemple starts with the Shri Tukaram Maharaj Palki Prasthan from Dehu in Pune District of Maharashtra. In 2017, the date of the beginning of Sant Tukaram Maharaj Palki from Dehu is June 16. Pandarpur Yatra ends on Ashadi Ekadasi on July 4, 2017. Warkaris (pilgrims) follow the Palki of Sant Tukaram to the VithobaTemple. This is one of the most popular pilgrimages in Marathi culture and people from all walks of life participate in the Yatra. The Palkhi or Palanquin contains the Padukas or foot prints of Sant Tukaram.

On the second day of the yatra, the palki of Tukaram Maharaj arrives at Akurdi Vitthal temple and halts there for the night.



On the third day of the yatra, the palki halts at Nivdungya Vithoba temple at Nana Peth.

On the fourth day, the palki stays in the city. Complete rest.

The palki proceeds towards Pandarpur the next day morning and leaves Pune city.

From Pune the Palki heads towards Yavat - Baramati - Indapur (Ringat i…

Pandharpur Yatra 2017 date – Pandarpur Yatra - Waari Schedule in 2017 in Maharashtra

The annual Pandharpur Yatra (Waari) to the famous VithobaTemple at Pandharpur in Maharashtra from Dehu and Alandi attracts thousands of people and pilgrims known as warkaris. In 2016, Pandarpur Yatra date on Ashadi Ekadasi is on July 4, 2017. In 2017 schedule, the date of commencement of Tukaram Maharaj Palkhi from Dehu is June 16. Sant Dnyaneshwar Palkhi from Alandi begins on June 17, 2017. Pilgrims follow the Shri Tukaram Maharaj Palkhi from Dehu and Sant Dnyaneshwar Palkhi from Alandi, which is a 21-day travel by foot to Pandarpur.

The Pandarpur Yatra is a pilgrimage to the VithobaTemple, also known as VitthalRukhminiTemple, which is dedicated to Lord Krishna. Pandharpur Ashadi Ekadasi Wari Yatra has been taking place for more than 700 years.

The main Pandarpur Yatra starts from the SantTukaramTemple at Dehu in Pune District. The warkaris or pilgrims follow the Tukaram Maharaj Palkhi procession. This main procession is joined by Sant Dnyaneshwar palkhi from Alandi near Pune. Numer…

Bhuta Shuddhi in Tantric Worship

Bhuta Shuddhi is an important part of tantric worship and is performed before the worship of a deity in Tantrism. The human body is made of five bhutas or elements – earth, water, fire, air and vaccum or ether.

By purifying the five bhutas a tantric aspirant transforms his body into a divine form. The aspirant does this ritual so that the body can be fit to be an abode of the deity.

Primarily the body is cleansed so that it can be fit for the deity to enter it and reside in it.

Bhuta Shuddhi is attained by smearing body with ash, sprinkling it with water, reciting mantras and through breath control or pranayama.
It is one among the eight external steps in Tantra. It is known as Bahya Upasana.

Once you find inner peace it impacts your work positively – Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Today the need of society is inner strength, realizing our inner potential and uniting with people all around us, realizing that we can coexist with all differences.

Whether atheist or believer, both are looking for something – something that is ethereal, that can improve life, which can be a solace or solution to one’s challenges and problems.

Once you find inner peace, it impacts your work positively.

Once you learn to manage your inner strength, then, any conflict, anywhere does not bother you. There is a saying in hindi “Man jeete, jagjeet – the world is yours once you know who you are.
– Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Today’s Hindu Calendar – June 27, 2016 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Monday, June 27, 2016 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waning phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waning phase of moon till 10:26 AM on June 27. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day during the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is June 27, 2016 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good date after 8:10 AM. Nakshatra – Purva Bhadrapada or Pooruruttathi Nakshatra till 6:39 AM on June 27. Then onward it is Uttara Bhadrapada or Uthrittathi Nakshatram.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Purva Bhadrapada or Pooruruttathi Nakshatra till 8:10 AM on June 27. Then onward it is Uttara Bhadrapada or Uthrittathi Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Kumbha Rashi till 1:08 AM. Then onward it is Meena Rashi.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Go…

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