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Shrikhand Pilgrimage in Himachal Pradesh to the Mountain Resembling Shivling

ShrikhandMountain or the Srikhand Mahadev peak in Himachal Pradesh resembles the Shivling. Numerous Lord Shiva devotees undertake the difficult trek to the mountain during the main pilgrimage season (July – August). Atop the mountain there is a small shrine of Lord Shiva. This pilgrimage is surely not for the weak because at times a trekker needs all the skills of an expert mountaineer.

But the difficult trek is not keeping Lord Shiva devotees away. Shrikhand peak is getting more and more visitors. It is usually undertaken to coincide with the Ashada Poornima (full moon day in June or July) as per the Hindu Vikram calendar. It continues till the Purnima of Ashwani month (full moon day of September or October).
Srikhand Mahadev peak is located at an altitude of 5,155 meters and is believed that Lord Shiva mediated here. It is also believed that the Pandavas used to visit the peak.
Himachal Pradesh state government organizes a pilgrimage tour during the month of July and August. The j…

Vijayanagara Visions – Religious Experience and Cultural Creativity in a South Indian Empire

The book Vijayanagara Visions – Religious Experience and Cultural Creativity in a South Indian Empire is written by William J. Jackson Professor, Department of Religious Studies at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis. The book focuses on the religious imagination and the visual images of the great South Indian Bhakti saints such as Vidyaranya, Purandaradasa, Jayatirtha, Vedanta Deshika, Potana, Vemana, Kanakadasa, Annamacharya, Appaya Dikshita and Badhrachalam Ramadas. About the book from Oxford University PressWilliam J. Jackson discusses two specific themes – patterns shared in the culture of bhakti, and visionary experiences of saints. There are vivid phrases, ideas, images, and melodies that echo in the lyrics of the singer-saints across the different regions and centuries. Jackson investigates these patterns and the persistent continuities in the bhakti tradition.The work is scholarly in nature and Vanamala Parthasarathy reviews the book in The Hindu - the book …