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Importance of Pradakshina or Going Around the Deity or the Sanctum Sanctorum in Hindu Temple

Pradakshina or circumambulating is an important customary act performed in a temple by Hindus. Going around the Deity or the Sanctum Sanctorum in a HinduTemple is of great significance and it also has symbolic meaning. Everything begins and ends in God or Bhagvan or Ishwara. God is the point of origin of everything and we are constantly connected to it. After praying to the deity we go around the deity or the Sanctum Sanctorum to recognize the fact that we begin in him and end in him. While circumambulating, we kill our ego and we realize, we are moving at the end of the thread which is controlled by him. It is also believed that the deity in the sanctum sanctorum is placed in such a way that it absorbs and sends out vibrations and radiations. And a person going around the deity will be benefited from this.‘Pradakshina’ means ‘moving rightward.’ Some people also go around themselves or turn in a full circle suggesting that the divinity resides in them. It must be note that the devotee…

Lord Shiva is Offered Brooms at Pataleshwar Temple in Moradabad in Uttar Pradesh

Different kinds of offerings are made to please the gods in Hinduism. Puranas are full of description about what can be offered to a particular deity. Hindus have also added to that list a whole lot of new items including broom, which is offered to Shiva at PataleshwarTemple in SadatbadiVillage near Moradabad in Uttar Pradesh.Many people might consider broom as an unusual offering. But is it? Shiva accepts anything that is given wholeheartedly by his devotee. He even drank the poison halahala during the Samudra Manthan (churning of ocean). So, why are brooms offered? People here believe that those people suffering from any sort of skin diseases get cured after taking an oath to offer broom at PataleshwarTemple. Shyamlal Yadav writes in India TodayThe brooms offered to the god are always in circulation. Once offered, these brooms are sold by the temple authorities to the shopkeepers sitting outside the complex, from where they are bought again by devotees and offered to the deity.This …

How Ramakrishna Taught Swami Vivekananda the Need of a Guru?

When Swami Vivekananda first visited Ramakrishna Paramahamsa he asked ‘I have read the Bhagavad Gita and other scriptures several times, I lecture and give discourses on the Gita and Ramayana. Do I still need harbor of a saint; do I still need a guru?’

Ramakrishna didn't reply to Vivekananda's question. After a few days Ramakrishna called upon Vivekananda and handed him a parcel to be delivered at a nearby village a few hours away by the sea route.

Early morning the boat and sailor would be ready and all he needed to do was to go to the village and deliver the parcel to the designated person.

Vivekananda agreed and decided to start early. He found the boat and the sailor ready to put out to sea. Suddenly, upon sitting in the boat, Vivekananda realized that he didn't know the road to the village. He inquired of the sailor who had no clue, either. Vivekananda decided to go back to his guru to ask him the shortest way to the village.

Upon this Ramakrishna said, ‘Narendra, this is…