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Turtles in Champeswar Temple Tank in Orissa – Worshipped as Incarnation of Lord Vishnu

The pond in Champeswar Temple in Cuttack District in Orissa is home to more than 200-turtles. Champeswar Village is around 112 km from Bhubaneswar and the villagers associate the turtles with the Kurma (first Avatar) incarnation of Lord Vishnu. But the temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The successful conservation of the endangered turtles has now caught the attention of wildlife conservationists and the governments.Priya Abraham writes about this unique temple in The Telegraph, KolkataAccording to historians, the temple is about 1,000-year-old and the 150sqft tank — adjacent to it — seems to be as old. Local villagers worship the turtles as incarnation of Lord Vishnu.“Two giant turtles emerge out of the water when called by their name Balia and Kalia,” claimed a village elder.According to historians, the temple is about 1,000-year-old and the 150sqft tank — adjacent to it — seems to be as old. Local villagers worship the turtles as incarnation of Lord Vishnu.The huge number of turtle…

Anant Chaturthi – Anant Puja

Anant Chaturthi is popularly noted for the immersion of Ganesha idols after Vinayaka Chaturti – Sarvajanik Ganapati Visarjan. Anant Chaturthi 2017 date is September 5. It falls on the 14th day of Bhadrapad shukla paksha (waxing phase of moon) in a traditional Hindu calender. Anant Puja is held on the day at homes mainly in Maharashtra. Anantapadamanabha Vrata is observed on the day in South India. Anant Vrata is dedicated Lord Vishnu.

Note - The original name of the day is Anant Chaturdasi (Anant Chaturthi is a wrong interpretation but as people inquire about it we have published the article under this title.)

On the day Anant Chaturthi day, devout Hindus in Maharashtra perform Vishnu Puja, Krishna Puja and Satyanarayana Puja. The puja also consists of Yamuna Puja, Shesha Puja and Anant Puja. Water in a kalash (pot) is assumed to be yamuna, Shesha is made of grass and Anant consists of 14 knotted threads. The 14-knot thread is known as Ananta Dharam.

The number 14 is of great signific…

Teachings from Bhagavad Purana on overcoming the ocean of Maya

A chapter in the Bhagavad Purana deals with the dialogue between King Nimi and Nava Yogis. One of the questions asked by King Nimi was on how to cross the Ocean of Maya – which can be loosely termed as illusion.

Sage Prabuddha answers: One who has taken sole refuge in Narayana, the Supreme Lord, crosses over the ocean of Maya.

It is not, however, possible to do this without adopting certain basic disciplines and ways of life.

First of all one must realize that wealth, family and friends by themselves cannot give one perfect happiness.

This conviction one must get from one’s own experiences as well as by keenly observing the experiences of others and the nature of the world of things and happenings around.

After getting the conviction, one who is eager to know the path by which he can cross over the mire of Maya, should approach a Guru who is well-versed in the scriptures as well as firmly established in his intimate experience of the Divine.

To overcome Maya, he should practice int…