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Story of Nageshwar Temple in Dwaraka – Nageshwar Jyotirlinga Story

Nageshwar Temple, believed to be a Jyotirlinga Temple, is located between Dwarka and Beyt Dwarka Island on the coast of Saurashtra in Gujarat. The story of this important Lord Shiva Temple is very interesting as it is associated with Darukavana – an ancient place mentioned in Puranas and Shiva is believed to have appeared here. Nageshwar Jyotirlinga Story Legend has it that the group of dwarf sages known as Balakhilyas performed intense meditation in the Darukavana. It is believed that the present day Nageshwar Jyotirlinga Temple is located in Darukavana.

To test the devotion, self control and patience, of the sages Shiva appeared as a nude ascetic.

The wives of the sages got attracted to the nude asetic.

This disturbed sages who were outraged and cursed the young ascetic to drop his linga.

When the curse materialized, it caused havoc in the universe.

Vishnu and Brahma requested Shiva to forgive the sages and take back the linga.

Shiva relented and this resulted in peace returning to…

Goddess Veeralakshmi - Information About Goddess Vira Lakshmi

Veeralakshmi is a manifestation of Goddess Lakshmi. She is the Goddess who provides strength to face enemies. There are many texts that identify Goddess Vaishno Devi with Veera Lakshmi. This form is also counted among one of the Ashta Lakshmis in some regions.

Veera Lakshmi is associated with valour and she is also the wealth of courage. She along with Vijaya Lakshmi were propitiated by kings and other rulers for victory in battle.

She is also the goddess of power. In some regions, she is also known as Dhairya Lakshmi as she provides the courage to human beings to perform impossible acts.

The murti form of Vira Lakshmi is quite similar to Goddess Durga. She rides a lion holds various arms like Trishul, sword and mace. In some images she is eight-armed with Trident, Sphere, Conch, Chakra, Bow, Bowl or lotus and Abhaya and Varada hand posture.
The offerings to Goddess Veeralakshmi are pure vegetarian food items. She is never offered non vegetarian food items.
The most popular story of G…

31 May 2019 Tithi - Panchang - Hindu Calendar - Good Time - Nakshatra – Rashi

Tithi in Panchang – Hindu Calendar on Friday, 31 May 2019 – Krishna Paksha Dwadashi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waning or dark phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Dwadashi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waning or dark phase of moon till 3:41 PM on May 31. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Trayodashi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the waning or dark phase of moon till 4:09 PM on June 1. (Time applicable in all north, south and eastern parts of India.)All time based on India Standard Time.
Good – Auspicious time on May 31, 2019, as per Hindu Calendar – Good and auspicious time till 5:15 PM.
Nakshatra – Ashwini or Ashwathy Nakshatra till 11:20 PM on May 31. Then onward it is Bharani on the entire day on June 1 and till 12:18 AM on June 2. (Time applicable in north, south and eastern parts of India.)
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, north Karnataka and south Rajasthan), it is Ashwini or Ashwathy on the entir…

Lead In Ancient India – Uses of Lead Metal By Hindus

Lead is the oldest of man made metals and the earliest archeological evidence of the use of lead is found in the Harappan period in ancient India. Ancient Hindus discovered lead metal from havan kund used for yajna or sacrifice. This is mentioned in the Yajur Veda.
Ancient Hindus used lead metal mostly for the manufacture of toiletry items, pencils, and lead pipes for water supply to houses as well as for drainage.
Historians have mentioned the use of lead as coinage metal in South India during the 2nd or 3rd century BC. It was the chief coinage metal during the Sangam period.
Some of the other used of lead in ancient India were as a base material for embossing and engraving art motifs on gold and silver ornaments.
It was also used as a joint-filling material to fix iron clamps that bind stone slabs together in dams and stone structures.
Lead oxide was also used for glazing pottery.
Zawar deposits in Udaipur in Rajasthan have been extensively mined, and furnaces as well as slag d…

Sri Ramakrishna Explains The Concept Of Neti Neti in Hindu Religion Teachings

Neti neti is an important concept in Hindu religion teachings. Sri Ramakrishna explains the concept in a simple form. Neti Neti means not that not that...

In the concept of neti, neti – First the seeker tries to separate his individual self from all diversities by negating them as mere superimpositions of the deluded mind.

Simultaneously he affirms that his individual self is the only reality and that it is the focus of the universal Self, the common Self of all beings and things.

First of all you must discriminate, following the method of  neti, neti:
He is not the five elements, nor the sense-organs, nor the mind, nor the intelligence, nor the ego. He is beyond all these cosmic principles. You want to climb to the roof; then you must eliminate and leave behind all the steps, one by one. The steps are by no means the roof. But after reaching the roof you find that the steps are made of the same materials—brick, lime, and brick-dust—as the roof.

It is the Supreme Brahman that has beco…

Baba Kali Kambli Walla - Kali Kambli Wale Baba of Himalayas

Kali Kambli Walla was a great saint who offered his life for the welfare of the poor, needy and pilgrims in the Himalayas. He walked up and down between the sacred shrines in Haridwar, Rishikesh and Badrinath providing shelters for the pilgrims. He used to be clad in only a black blanket and that is why he got his name, Kali Kambli Walla Baba, which means, the black blanket man.

Kali Kambli Walla Baba was born in Vikram Samvat Era 1882. Once while visiting Haridwar he became interested in spiritual activities and took Sanyasa. After years of travel, he realized the hardships and troubles faced by the pilgrims visiting the Himalayas during the that period.

To help the hungry and poor pilgrims he started a small food distribution center at Pilani  Later Kali Kambli Walla Baba travelled in India and with the help of businesspersons and rich people in Kolkata he formed Baba Kali Kambli Walla Panchayat Temple. With the help of funds collected, he opened Dharmashala (guest house to stay …

Kamandalu or Water Pitcher Symbolism – Making of Kamandalam from Pumpkin

Kamandalu or Water Pitcher is a symbol that is associated with Hindu Gods and Sanyasis. A Kamandalu is constantly seen along with the image of Shiva. Hindu saints or Sanyasis always carry the traditional water pitcher. Original Kamandalam is made from dry pumpkin and it attaches deep symbolism. The process of making of Kamandalu also holds spiritual significance.

Note – traditionally Kamandalu is also made from coconut shell. Today, the water pitcher is also made using metals like copper, steel, silver etc.

A ripe pumpkin is chosen for making a Kamandalu. It is then plucked from the pumpkin plant. The fleshy part of the pumpkin is then carefully scooped out or removed. It is then cleaned and the hollow pumpkin skin is then left to sun dry – just to remove the moisture content.

Once the moisture content is removed, the pumpkin is cut into the shape of a Kamandalu – a pitcher to hold water and a handle attached to it.

The Kamandalu of Shiva is believed to hold nectar. Traditional stori…

Tarigonda Vengamamba Jayanti in May

Tarigonda Vengamamba (1730-1817) is a shining representative of women who have transformed their lives of sorrow into a triumphant joy of devotion to the Divine – Lord Venkateswara. Her birth anniversary or jayanti is annually observed in May month. Tarigonda Vengamamba is the author of great works like Vishnu Parijatham and Golla Kalapam.

Tarigonda Vengamamba was married in her childhood but since her husband saw her as their Kuladaivam, Chowdeshwari, she could not live with him. In a few years he passed away.
Vengamamba was educated by her parents who put her in the charge of Vidwan Subramania Sastri of Madanapalle. From him she received a strong grounding in Vedanta shastras and initiation.
Soon after, she began writing devotional poetry. Her prime contributions are dramas written in the Yakshagana mode. That she sought to live a life without taking to a widow’s dress and dared to write poems and dramas almost challenging the male-dominated area brought her several problems. But …

Goddess Ekaveera – Information About Hindu Goddess Ekvira

Goddess Ekaveera is an incarnation of Goddess Shakti. The popular belief is that Goddess Ekaveera appeared at the spot where the right hand of Goddess Sati fell. This spot is located at Heure, which is around 19 km from Mahur, in Nanded District in Maharashtra. As per information, she is also known as Ekaveerika Devi. Goddess Ekvira is counted among the Ashta Dasa Peetahs – the 18 holy shrines dedicated to Goddess Shakti.

As per the Ashta Dasa Shakthi Peetha Stotram of Adi Shankaracharya the spot where the right hand of Goddess Sati fell and where Goddess Ekaveera appeared is at Mahur. This EkaveeraTemple at Mahur is not famous in Maharashtra. The most popular temple in Mahur in Nanded District in Maharashtra is dedicated to Goddess Renuka Mata.
Legend has it that after Sati’s death at the Yajna conducted by Daksha, Shiva started the dance of destruction with Sati’s body. It was destined to create havoc in the universe and in order to avoid the annihilation of the universe, Vishnu cu…

Matangi Beej Mantra Text – Benefits of Chanting Goddess Matangi Beej Mantra

Maa Matangi is the ninth among the Dasa Mahavidyas – the 10 Mother Goddess concept in Hinduism and Tantrism. Goddess Matangi is considered to be the hidden form of Goddess Saraswati. Matangi Beej Mantra is chanted for attaining knowledge. Some adepts chant this mantra for getting the knowledge hidden in the Vedas.
Matangi Beej Mantra Text in Hindi and English Kreem Hreem Matangi Hreem Kreem Swaha
क्रींह्रींमातंगीह्रींक्रींस्वाहा: Benefits of Chanting Matangi Beej Mantra Chanting her mantra helps students performing well in exams. Her blessing is sought before jobs and interviews.Her mantra is chanted to unravel the hidden knowledge in the universe.Tantrics worship her for attaining various Siddhis.