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Panchamukha Shivalinga – Hindu God Shiva with Five Faces

Panchanana Shiva is Hindu God Shiva with five faces. Panchanana is also referred as the five emanations of Shiva. Siva appears in this form in the Panchamukha Shivling found in very rare temples. Four faces are in four directions and in some Shivalingams the fifth face is shown facing the sky and in some it is the southeast direction. The five faces are known as Ishana, Tatpurusha, Aghora, Vamadeva and Sadyojatha.
Ishana faces south east or faces sky or zenith. It is the highest aspect and represents Shiva as Ishwara. In this aspect he is also known as Sadashiva, or the Eternal Siva. Symbolically, it represents Shiva ruling over the sky. Spiritually, this aspect of Shiva grants liberation or Moksha.

Tatpurusha faces the east. This form of Shiva controls the air. On the spiritual sphere this aspect of Shiva helps in removing ego, darkness and obscurity.
Aghora faces the south and represents the destructive and regenerative aspect of Shiva which first absorbs all life and then renovates t…

Book on the Hindu Sun God – Surya

The book titled ‘The Sun God – Soorya’ written by Srikant and published by Integral Books explores the symbolism associated with the worship of Hindu God Surya. The book aims to understand sun worship through the eyes of science and religion. There are chapters on the history of the worship of Surya and on the important sun temples associated with Hindu religion but majority of the chapters tries to unravel the symbols and hidden secrets of Sun worship.From the flyer of the bookWorship of Sun-God has been a universal phenomenon. It inspired a relentless philosophical quest that probed into the deeper realities of Nature. From it emerged life-evolving practices of physical and spiritual culture such as the Soorya-namaskaara, Sooryopaasana, etc., which assume much relevance today in bestowing harmony to the tension-ridden modern life. The Sun-God rides in a chariot drawn by seven horses, each with a hue of the rain-bow, and all with white hooves. Such symbology as this is explained in t…

Sashti May 2011 date – Muruga Shashti Fasting

Sashti fasting is dedicated to Lord Muruga and the main observance on the day is fasting. In May 2011, the Sashti fasting date is May 9. This is the Shasti Vritham in the Vaigasi month as per traditional Tamil Calendar. Shashti fast falls on the sixth day after Amavasi (no moon) and Pournami (full moon) in a traditional Hindu calendar. The Sashti day after Amavasi is chosen by Muruga devotees fasting. Shasti fasting is mainly observed in South India and in those regions around the world where Lord Muruga is worshipped. It is a 24-hour fast starting from sunrise to next day sunrise. Most devotees take a single meal on the day. Lord Muruga is also known as Skanda, Shanmugha and Subramanian. In North India, Lord Muruga is known as Kartik or Kartikeya. On Sashti fasting day, devotees visit Lord Muruga temples from early morning and some people only eat the Prasadam given from the temple. Some temples conduct special pujas and spiritual discourse on the Shasti day. There are also temples th…

Antya Pushkarini – Ritual Bathing in Vaishaka, Ashada, Kartik and Magha Months

Antya Pushkarini is a unique bathing ritual observed by some Hindu communities in South India, especially in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and parts of Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra. In the Antya Pushkarini ritual, devotees perform bath before sunrise in the months of Vaishakh, Ashada, Kartik and Magha as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in the above regions.It is believed that the Antya Pushkarini ritual is good for health. If a person is not able to take bath on all days in the above said month, he can do it on Trayodashi (13th day of fortnight), Chaturdhasi (14th day of fortnight) and Purnima or full moon day.

Sage Yajnavalkya Thoughts and Quotes

The senses are in the nature of hindrance only as long as they are not directed inward, towards the Atman. The eye cannot choose but see; and the ear cannot choose but hear. Similarly the mind.Make the senses calm, make the mind almost blank; do not think of anything in particular, and then you will hear in your heart the voice of the infinite.If you find it to be too hard a path, let the ear hear of the Atman, let the eye see that all this is the manifestation of the Atman and let the mind meditate uninterruptedly on the nature of the Atman. In this way, the scattered faculties are all co-ordinated and directed towards the Atman. That is the way. That will reveal to you that the knowledge of the Atman is superior to all else. The Atman is all in all. There is nothing in this world but the Self, the Atman. Sage Yajnavalkya