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Symbolism of the Crescent Moon on Lord Shiva’s Head

Lord Shiva is shown with a crescent moon on his matted locks. There are several stories in the Puranas regarding how the crescent moon appeared on Lord Shiva’s head. The Crescent Moon on the hair also has a symbolic meaning – it represents the cyclical nature of the universe and is also the nectar of life.
There is a belief that the rays from the moon fall on earth and nourish the animals and plants on earth – thus it is the nectar of life. Thus Shiva is the Supreme Force that nourishes the earth.
Another symbolism is that the crescent moon represents the cyclical nature of the universe. The waxing and waning of the moon symbolizes the cycle through which creation evolves – birth and death. This cycle of creation and destruction is controlled by Lord Shiva – who is time, creation and destruction.
Some scholars are of the view that the crescent moon Shiva wears on his crown, is a symbol of love – the nightly love of creation and thus a fertility symbol.
In some texts the crescent moo…

Khuddur Yatra – A 1940s Modern Interpretation of Ramayana by Abanindranath Tagore

Abanindranath Tagore (1871-1951) was the chief artist of the Bengal school of painting and the first major exponent of swadeshi values in Indian Painting. Also a note writer, Abanindranath Tagore had created a 272-page scrap book titled Khuddur Yatra (Journey of Khuddu) which is a post-modern interpretation of the epic Ramayana. The work originally done between 1934 and 1942 was never published and it was discovered recently by Priyabrata Deb, publisher of Pratikshan, who is bringing out the book.Satarupa Basu writes in Hindustan Times about the book and its discoveryIt is one of the versions of the Ramayana that Tagore wrote.It draws on a mode of storytelling that is splintered into multiple voices, tonalities and modes, to form a collage of doodles, diagrams, fashion drawings, natural history drawings, ornamental and abstract designs, emblems, insignia, labels, wrappers, advertisements, fragments of texts and captions cut from newspapers and periodicals.“I chanced upon the manuscrip…

Sharamkuthi at Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple – Importance of Sharam Kutti

Sharamkuthi is one the last holy spots on the way to the SabarimalaAyyappaTemple. ‘Sharam’ means arrow. Legend has it that Lord Ayyappa and his followers after defeating the Marvapada (an army of thugs) discarded their weapons at Sharam Kutti. Today, first time visitors to the Sabarimala Shrine leave Sharakol, or arrows, they carry at Sharamkuthi.First time Ayyappa devotees to the temple who follow and participate in the Petta Thulal from Erumeli to the SabarimalaAyyappaTemple also leave their Sharakol at Sharamkuthi.The Thrivabharanam Procession carrying the ornaments to be worn on Lord Ayyappa is given ceremonial welcome at Sharamkuthi.

Tripur Bhairav Jayanti

Tripur Bhairav Jayanti is observed on the Margashirsh Shukla Paksha Chaturdashi – the fourteenth lunar day during waxing phase of moon in the month of Margashish (November – December). Tripur Bhairav Jayanti 2018 date is December 21. Tripura or Tripur Bhairva is one of the incarnations of Lord Shiva and this is a highly powerful and ferocious form of Lord Shiva.

As Tripur Bhairav, Lord Shiva is the consort of Tripura Bhairavi.

Tripura Bhairavi is believed to a ferocious form of Goddess Shakti.

Shukravar Vrat Katha – The Story of Friday Fasting in Hinduism

Friday fasting in Hinduism is dedicated to Shukra, or Venus. Those people who believe in astrology and horoscope worship and pray to Shukra on the day for wealth and prosperity. Those observing Shukravar Vrat listen to a popular story associated with fasting. The story of Friday fast varies from region to region and this one of them. Once there was an old woman who used to observe Shukravar Vrat for the welfare of her family. She worshipped an idol of Shukra. On all Fridays, she used to wash the idol and perform a holy dip of it and used to offer the best food available in the house as ‘Prasad’ or Bhog.One day the old woman decided to go on a pilgrimage. She asked her daughter-in-law to continue the rituals and observe Friday fast. The daughter-in-law wanted to get rid of the mother-in-law and was not at all happy with her Friday rituals so she agreed to take care of the idol and perform the rituals.Soon the old lady left for pilgrimage. For few Fridays, the daughter-in-law sprinkled …

Dadaji Amiya Roy Chowdhury Quotes

You fulfill your life purpose by living a natural life, doing your work and enjoying everything and everyone as His Creation. The relationship between the physical and the spiritual is so close that it is impossible to enjoy one without the other.God is in you and all around you. He is chanting Mahanam (God's Name) within you 24 hours a day, giving you life.Mahanam is the Eternal Truth which will enable the devotee to reach the transcendental Reality. This is possible only by the annihilation of the ego and by complete surrender to the Absolute by having faith in Mahanam.Anyone who thinks he's anybody is full of ego.Dadaji Amiya Roy Chowdhury (1906-1992)