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Temple Dedicated to the Kurma Incarnation of Lord Vishnu

Kurma means Tortoise in Sanskrit and is the second of the 10 ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu. There is only one temple in the world dedicated to the Kurma Avatar of Lord Vishnu and it is the famous Sri Kurmanatha temple at Srikurman in Andhra Pradesh. The idol of Kurma worshipped in temple represents the head and body of a tortoise. The idol consists of two feet long two scared stones coming out of the ground.
The Kurma incarnation of Lord Vishnu is associated with the myth of the churning of the cosmic ocean (Samudra Manthan). The temple is believed to have been built before 2nd century AD and it is believed that the temple was revived by Sri Ramanuja Acharya. The temple underwent huge renovation in the 11th century and is noted for its sculptures and architecture. The temple is mentioned in numerous Puranas like Padma Purana, Brahmanda Purana.
Apart from being the only temple dedicated to the Kurma incarnation of Lord Vishnu, the deity installed in the temple has its back to the en…

British Woman who could not get pregnant had a baby after Darshan of Lord Shiva

After chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer, Clare McVerry was told she would never get pregnant but had a baby after visiting Lord Shiva in India. Clare who is from Sutton Coldfield in United Kingdom says, ‘After I saw Shiva I was filled with a powerful feeling.’ Emma Morton writes in The Sun
Clare McVerry saw the statue of Shiva — also the god of love — on a holiday to India with partner Tony Clarke. A week later she was pregnant. Clare, 41, had breast cancer in her 30s and needed chemotherapy which docs said had left her infertile. And she has a weak spine after a car crash in her 20s, so medics said it was impossible for her to carry a child. Doctors say it is a miracle she is a now mum to son Mitchell. Mitchell was born in December 2007, a healthy 7lb 10oz. Clare said: “It was the most amazing moment to hold him in my arms. “When Mitchell grows up I will tell him how special the statue of Lord Shiva turned out to be.” Clare’s consultant Dr Simon Bowman said: “He really is a mir…

Hindu Prayers and Mantras on Friday

Friday, or Shukrawar, is mainly dedicated to Hindu Goddesses. The different manifestations of Goddess Shakti are worshipped on the day. Prayers and mantras dedicated to Santhoshi Matha, Durga, Lalitha and Kali are chanted on the day.Apart from simple prayers and meditating on the Goddesses. People recite various bhajans and prayers dedicated to the Hindu Goddesses. The most important bhajans that are chanted on Friday are Lalita Sahasranamam and Durga AshtotaramYou can download Lalita Sahasranamam and Durga Ashtotaram in PDF format from below Link to download Lalita Sahasranamam in PDF formatLink to download Durga Ashtotaram in PDF formatYou may also like to read Each Day of a Week Dedicated to a Particular Hindu God

Swami Anand Arun – Why meditation is a necessity in modern world?

In the past, meditation was only for the seekers. People used to follow their family lineage profession and their limited knowledge was passed from generation to generation. Nowadays people are exposed to so much information and knowledge that it is said that a single edition of The New York Times or The Wall Street Journal newspaper contains more information than a person living in the 19th century could acquire in his life time. Now people have to know and update themselves with so many things that their mind is constantly overloaded. And there is no place for intelligence and intuition to play the role in their life. Those who are successful don't have time to enjoy their success; they are full of stress and are restless. Those who are not successful are depressed and frustrated. Both have miserable life. Meditation is an art of balancing our emotions and giving some rest to overtaxed mind. Without meditation there is only one alternative that is medication. Unknowingly people …