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Narmadeshwar Lingam – Shivalingam found in Narmada River

Narmadeshwar Lingam is the Shivalingam found in NarmadaRiver in India. River Narmada is one of the sacred rivers associated with Hinduism. The Narmadeshwar lingams are naturally formed due to the flow of the river. The Linga is also known as Bana Lingams. Possessing this Shivalingam is considered highly auspicious and is believed to bring peace, progeny, luck, wealth, fame and prosperity.Importance of Narmadeshwar Lingam is mentioned in the Shiva Purana. It is said that Lord Shiva blesses the place where Narmadeshwar Lingam is kept and worshipped.People worship Narmadeshwar Lingam by offering water and bel leaves. Tilak using ash is also applied on the Linga. Narmadeshwar Lingam is a natural appearing lingam but there is no apt method to identify it. You can only be sure that you are having a Narmadeshwar Lingam, if you are able to personally pick it up from the NarmadaRiver.

History of Talakad and Story of the Curse That Buried Talakkad below Sands

Talakad in Karnataka is famous for temples that are buried under sand – the Cauvery Riverbed. Situated on the banks of the Cauvery, the town of Talakkad is famous for the Panchalinga Darshan – a rare darshan of five Shiva temples during rare astrological calculations. The history of the town goes back to the 8th century AD but what is more popular than history is a myth – a curse that buried the town under sands. Meera Iyer writes about the History and the Myth of Talakkad in Deccan Herald Talakad has a long history, going back to at least the eighth century when it was the capital of the Ganga kings. In later years, it was also a prominent city under the Cholas, the Hoysalas, the Vijayanagar kings and the Mysore Wodeyars, with each successive dynasty adding its own architectural stamp to the city.  Like any other ancient city in India, Talakad too has its share of colourful myths. But of the several stories about this ancient town, one that reverberates through the years down to t…

The Story of Ekadasi Fasting – Ekadashi Vrat Katha

Ekadasi is a highly auspicious day dedicated to Lord Vishnu on the eleventh day of every lunar fortnight in traditional Hindu calendar. There are 24 Ekadasis in a year and 26 Ekadashis when there is an Adhika Masa in a Hindu lunar calendar. The yearly cycle of Ekadasi begins with the Utpanna Ekadasi in November/December. There is an interesting story regarding Ekadasi fasting and how the Ekadasi day gained such prominence is explained in the Ekadashi Vrat Katha.
Once Devas (demigods) and their King Indra were driven out of Swarga (heaven) by Asuras or Demons. As usual the Devas took refuge at the feet of Lord Vishnu and pleaded to him to restore their lost kingdom.
The current crisis for the Devas was created by Demon Mura – son of Demon Nadijangha and the ruler of Chandravati. Mura defeated all the demigods and started living in heaven.
Lord Vishnu promised to help them and asked the Devas to assemble at Chandravati to fight Demon Mura. Soon Mura appeared before them with a huge a…

Jejuri Khandoba – Malhari Martand Bhairav Festival and Rathotsav

Malhari Martand Bhairav is a form of Lord Shiva worshipped in Maharashtra and parts of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. Khandoba – Malhari Martand Bhairav Rathotsava and Festival is held at JejuriTemple near Pune for six days starting from Kartik Amavasi as per traditional Marathi calendar. In 2018, Malhari Martand Bhairav Rathotsav and festival begins on December 8 and ends on Chamba Shasti day on December 13.
Legend has it that Khandoba had fought the demons Malla and Mani for six days starting from Kartik Amavasi. The festival celebrates the victory of Khandoba over the demons – victory of good over evil. Mhalsa and Banai are his consorts.

Khandoba is known by numerous names - Khanderao, Khanderaya, Malhari Martand and Mallu Khan in Maharashtra. He is known as Mallana in Andhra Pradesh and Mailara in Karnataka.

Malhari Martand is a very popular family deity in Maharashtra. He is worshipped by all class of people and is the patron deity of warriors, farmers, herders, hunters and gath…

Osho Thoughts on Fear and Guilt

Fear is natural; guilt is a creation of the priests. Guilt is man-made. Fear is in-built, and it is very essential. Without fear you will not be able to survive at all. Fear is normal. It is because of fear that you will not put your hand in the fire. If the child has no fear there is no possibility that he will ever survive. His fear is a life-protective measure. Fear is intelligence – so when you see a snake crossing the path, you jump out of the way. It is not cowardly, it is simply intelligent. But there are two possibilities. Fear can become abnormal, it can become pathological.Fear can become abnormal, then it is pathology. And because of this possibility, priests have used it, politicians have used it. All kinds of oppressors have used it. They make it pathological, and then it becomes very simple to exploit you. The priest makes you afraid of hell. Just look in the scriptures -- with what joy they depict all the tortures, with really great relish.The priests became aware very …