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Trademark for Hindu Temple Deity Pictures – Should Hindu Temple Deities be Patented?

Few months back, AttukalTemple at Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala had secured trademark protection for the picture of the deity and the title (tag) associated with the temple – Sabarimala of Women. AttukalBhagavathyTemple at Trivandrum holds the Guinness world record for the largest gathering of women in the world during the world famous Attukal Pongala Festival (February – March). Now Kerala High Court has registered a suo motu case against patenting of temple deity, on the complaint of a resident from Trivandrum, who has alleged that patenting means that the temple is a business project and not in tune with religious purpose.Trademark on the picture of the Attukal Devi and title ‘Sabarimala of Women’ means that only the AttukalTemple administration body has the right to use them and this helps to prevent unauthorized use of the picture and the title. (Even this blog cannot publish the picture of the deity.)The present case that has been registered against the trademark of Attukal Deviw…

Batuk Bhairav Jayanti

Batuk Bhairav is an incarnation of Lord Shiva and is associated with Bhairav Nath. In 2018, the date of Batuk Bhairav Jayanti is June 22. This form of Lord Shiva is mostly associated with Tantra and he is propitiated in this form for material gains. Batuk Bhairav is also the child form of Shiva as Bhairav Nath. Another form is Maha Kal or Kal Bhairav.

It is believed that Lord Shiva appeared in the form of Batuk Bhairav on the tenth day during the waxing phase of moon in Jyeshta Month. Batuk Bhairav Stotra is chanted on the day.

There are numerous Batuk Bhairav shrines in North India and the day is observed with special pujas and rituals in these temples. Lord Shiva as Batuk Bhairav and Kal Bhairav is worshipped by Tantriks and who believe in Tantrism.

Quotes from Uddhava Gita

With a pure mind one should observe in all beings as well as in oneself only Me, the Atman, who am both inside and out, and unobstructed like the sky.
Ideas of rivalry, jealousy, pity, and egoism quickly depart from a man who always thinks of Me in all men.
Charity, the performance of one’s duty, the observance of vows, general and particular, the hearing of the scriptures, meritorious acts, and all other works – all these culminate in the control of the mind. The control of mind is the highest Yoga.
The foolish man who, with his vision blinded, is tempted by such illusive creations as women, gold, ornaments, apparel and the like, considering them as objects of enjoyment, is destroyed, like the moth. (Uddhava Gita 3.8)
The clever man should take the essence out of all sources, from scriptures small as well as great – like the bee from flowers. (Uddhava Gita 3.10)
Expectation is surely the greatest misery, and the giving up of all expectations is the greatest bliss. (Uddhava Gita 3.44…