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Why Hindu God Shiva Covers His Body With Ash?

Lord Shiva’s body is always covered with ash and Shiv devotees wear ash tilak on forehead and hands. There is an interesting story in the Shiva Purana which narrates how Lord Shiva came to be associated with Ash. There once lived a sage whose lineage was traced to the famous Saint Bhrigu. This sage performed intense austerities and became very powerful. He used to consume only fruits and later only green leaves and thus got the name – Parnada.
Sage Parnada continued his intense tapas and controlled all the animals and plants in the forest he lived. Once while cutting some grass to repair his hermitage, the sage cut his middle finger. But to his surprise instead of blood he saw sap of tree oozing through the cut.
Now Parnada thought that he had become so pious that instead of blood, sap is oozing through his body. Pride filled his mind and he started shouting in joy that he is the most pious man in the world now.
Lord Shiva who witnessed this event took the guise of an old man and re…

Kalyanotsavam at Delhi in March 2010 – Tirumala Tirupati Venkateswara Kalyanotsavam

The Kalyanotsavam ritual held at the TirupatiBalajiTemple will be held by Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) in Delhi on March 21, 2010. TTD will also be organising the wedding ceremony of the Lord Venkateswara at the famous SriVenkateswaraCollege in New Delhi.Sri Srinivasa Kalyanotsavam is an important ritual or ‘Seva’ held at the TirumalaTirupatiVenkateswaraTemple. The utsava murti or idol of Lord Balaji is the bridegroom and his consorts Sridevi and Bhoodevi are the brides in the celestial wedding. The rituals followed in the divine marriage ceremony are similar to those observed during Hindu marriages.Kalyanotsavam ritual which is regularly held at the TirumalaTemple is now performed in various towns and cities in India by TTD to propagate spiritual values among the people.

Vivekachudamani – Words of Wisdom

Faith (Shraddha), devotion and the Yoga of meditation – these are mentioned by the Shruti as the immediate factors of Liberation in the case of a seeker; whoever abides in these gets Liberation from the bondage of the body. It is verily through the touch of Ignorance that thou who art the Supreme Self findest thyself under the bondage of the non-Self, whence alone proceeds the round of births and deaths. The fire of knowledge, kindled by the discrimination between these two, burns up the effects of Ignorance together with their root.The true nature of things is to be known personally, through the eye of clear illumination, and not through a sage: what the moon exactly is, is to be known with one’s own eyes; can others make him know it?Vivekachudamani