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Apasmara Purusha – Shiva Stands on This Demon as Nataraja

In the Nataraja Dance form, Hindu God Shiva is depicted as dancing on a dwarf demon. This demon is known as Apasmara Purusha – the demon of ignorance. Apasmara Purusha has the face of a demon and body of an infant. He is crushed by the right foot of Nataraja. The word Apasmara means forgetfulness and symbolizes the ignorance that makes us lose our balance and consciousness and run after sensuous things.

Legend has it that this demon used to trouble human beings, saints and devas. Human beings prayed to Shiva who crushed him under his feet.
Symbolically, Shiva standing on Apasmara Purusha is asking us to crush laziness, ego, jealousy, envy and hatred and realize the Supreme Truth. By this self realization one attains bliss on earth.

Related Symbolism of Shiva’s drum Damaru

Book: English Translation of Nine Tandirams of Tirumandiram

Tirumandiram composed over 2000 years by Siddha Tirumular is a classical Shaiva Siddanta philosophy work and is also related to yoga, Tantra and spirituality. This classic text contains nine chapters, known as nine tandirams. The current English translation of Tirumandiram by Babaji’s Kriya Yoga, a Canadian based publisher and charity, contains its transliteration, translation and commentary in nine volumes and a 10th volume with Glossary, select bibliography and index in separate tenth volume.From the Publishers:What is it that inspires us to publish the Tirumandiram? Put simply, this great work inspires us to realize our greatest potential as human beings. As humans we have the unique ability, unlike any other species, to not only conceive of perfection, but to notice our own imperfections. Furthermore we have the imagination and the power to devise means and apply these means to transforming ourselves perfectly.

Achyutam Keshavam Lyrics – Download Bhajan Lyrics in PDF Format

Achyutham Kesavam Rama Narayanam Krishna Damodaram Vasudevam Harim is a popular bhajan dedicated to Lord Vishnu. This Bhajan is chanted in the evening while performing puja and prayer. You can download Achyutam Keshavam Lyrics in PDF format here - Achyutam Keshavam Lyrics. Below is the full prayer Achyutam Keshavam for you. If you do not prefer to download then you can copy it and use it.

Tekdi Ganapati Yatra – Nagpur Tekadi Ganesh Temple

Tekdi Ganapati Yatra is observed in the famous TekadiGaneshTemple in Nagpur. Tekdi Ganapati Yatra 2019 date is January 24. It is observed on the Sankashti Chaturthi day in the Paush month as per traditional Marathi lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra. Another important festival here is observed during Ganesh Chaturthi in Bhadrapad month.

The murti of Lord Ganesh worshipped here is Swayambhu – one that occurred naturally.

The temple is called Tekdi as the mandir is constructed atop a mountain and in Marathi language Tekdi means hill.

The TekdiGanapatiTemple is located near the Nagpur Railway Station.