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Panchanana Shiva – Shivling with Five Faces

Lord Shiva is worshipped as Panchanana Shiva (Siva with five faces) in some temples in India. The five faces are etched on Shivling or Shivalingam and is known as Panchamukha Shiva Linga – five heads of Shiva carved on Linga. The five faces of Lord Shiva are known as Sadyojat, Vamdev, Aghora, Tatpurush and Ishana. And they represent direction and an aspect of Lord Shiva. Some ancient temples also have sculptures of Lord Shiva with five faces. Some paintings also depict Shiva with five faces.
An important prayer (Stotra) dedicated to Panchanana Shiva is the Shiva Panchanana Stotram. It explains about the glory of the each face of Lord Shiva in the Panchamukha Shivalinga.
As per the prayer, the four faces of Shiva faces four directions and the fifth faces the sky.
In some texts, the fifth face facing the sky is replaced by a face on the southeast direction. Another symbolism suggests that the fifth face is the energy that sustains all and is present everywhere. Most idols do not show the…

Amar Chitra Katha Comics Based on Hindu Gods Available in iPhone and iPod

Amar Chitra Katha Comics based on Lord Krishna, Lord Rama and Bhagavad Gita are now available in iPhone and iPod. The product is launched by ACK Media, India's leading entertainment and education company for young audiences, in partnership with iRemedi Corp. Amar Chitra Katha Comics is available to the iPhone and iPods users through the Apple iTunes store.Before the arrival of television, internet and other modern digital solutions, it was Amar Chitra Katha Comics that introduced the stories in various Hindu scriptures to children. Even today, many parents find Amar Chitra Katha Comics as the simplest and easiest method to introduce Hindu Gods and Hindu scriptures to children.Amar Chitra Katha content is available on iRemedi's ETHER MEDIA, an innovative media content delivery solution for the iPhone platform. iPhone users need to log on to the Apple iTunes store and search by Amar Chitra Katha or iRemedi or by the title names. Most titles are available for purchase at $1.99 al…

Hindu Christian Dialogue in Mumbai – another pointless exercise

Several Catholic Church and Christian websites are reporting about a dialogue between Catholics and Hindus in Mumbai on June 12, 2009. Some of the Holy Men and Saints who will be representing the Hindus include Kanchi Sankaracharya Swami Jayendra Saraswati and Sri Sri Ravisankar, Swami Vageeshananda (Ramakrishna Mission) and Dadi Janakiji (Prajapati Brahma Kumaris). The list provided by official Catholic websites also includes the name of Swami Chidananda Saraswati (who is mentioned as president, Divine Life Society, Uttaranchal. But Swami Chidanandaji attained Mahasamadhi (passed away) in August 2008.
Majority of the Christians in India and Hindus have no problem and they respect each others faith. The problem is for a minority in both the communities – who are the self-proclaimed agents and defenders of the respective religions. A minority in Christian community in India still dreams of converting India into a Christian country. A minority in Hindu community opposes this overzealous …

Aashar Month 2010 in Bengali Calendar

Aashar, or Aashara, is the third month in a traditional Bengali Calendar. In English or Gregorian calendar, the Aashar month begins in Mid June and ends in Mid July.The current year in traditional Bengali Calendar is 1417. In 2010, Aashar month begins (date) on June 16 and ends on July 17.Some of the important festivals and auspicious days in the month are:Amabashya (No moon) – July 11Ambubachi Festival (June 22 to June 26)Ratha Yatra (July 13)Purnima (June 26)Nagpanchami and Manasa Devi Ashtanag Puja (July 16)

Shri Nimishananda Thoughts

Your life starts from a thought. The thinking process keeps generating thoughts. When you enact these thoughts you experience the fruition of your actions. Thought is the root and the outcome of action is the fruit.Life is evolving; it is changing constantly from the root to its fruit. Between the roots and fruits lie the trunk, branches, leaves, buds and flowers. These are our various thought processes. Thoughts make the mind. As are your thoughts and thinking, so is your mind. And that is your life. The 'tree' of life.Your mind and intellect together generate strong likes and dislikes – raag and dvesh – which create intense beliefs and disbeliefs. These lead us to love and hate relationships with fellow human beings and also with Divinity. When we understand this true aspect we can clearly see that our life is based on our mind, level of intelligence, strong beliefs and disbeliefs.Shri Nimishananda(Source : Excerpts from an article written by Shri Nimishananda in Times of In…

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