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Story of Origin of Fever or Jwara in Hindu Tradition

The origin of fever or Jwara in Hindu tradition is traced to the infamous Daksha Yajna in which Sati self immolated and Shiva wrecked havoc. Jwara sometimes talked as a demon is believed to have appeared from the perspiration that fell from the forehead of Shiva.
Puranas states that Shiva was deliberately not invited by Daksha, father of Sati, for the Yajna he conducted. Sati who went to ask about this insult of her husband was insulted and jeered. Shiva had forewarned Sati that she will be insulted at the Yajna. Unable to bear this unruly behavior, She self immolated.
Enraged at the death of Sati, Shiva destroyed the yajna. Shiva Ganas destroyed all that they saw. The Yajna took the form of a deer and flew into the sky. Seeing this Shiva took his bow and took aim at the deer. In this act, Shiva got furious and a fierce looking perspiration fell on to the earth.
As the drop fell on earth a terrible fire was produced. From it appeared a short and ugly looking demon – he had red eyes, gol…

Official Website of Sri Kurmam Temple at Srikakulam in Andhra Pradesh

SriKurmamTemple at Srikakulam in Andhra Pradesh is dedicated to the Kurma Avatar of Hindu God Vishnu. The administration of SriKurmamTemple has created an official website in English and Telugu with temple timings, pujas, darshan, contact information, history, accommodation details and a gallery. Kurma, means Tortoise in Sanskrit, and is the second of the 10 ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu. It is believed that this is the only temple in world dedicated to the Kurma Avatar of Vishnu.

The original temple is believed to have been built before 2nd century AD and it is believed that the temple was revived by Sri Ramanuja Acharya. The temple underwent huge renovation in the 11th century and is noted for its sculptures and architecture. The temple is mentioned in numerous Puranas like Padma Purana, Brahmanda Purana.
You can visit the Official Website of Sri Kurmam Temple here.
Related Kurma Avatar Story – The Story of the Turtle Incarnation of Vishnu

Sri Namdev Punyatithi – Namadeva Maharaj

Sri Namdev Punyatithi is the death anniversary of Sri Namadeva Maharaj. Sant Namdev was one of the pillars of the Bhakti cult that developed around the worship of Bhagavan Vitthal of Pandarpur in Maharashtra during the middle ages. Namdev Punyatithi 2018 date is August 9.
Namdev Punyatithi is observed on Ashada Krishna Paksha Trayodashi as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.
Sant Namdev devotional compositions, Namdev's Gatha, are very popular with Vithal devotees.
He also composed devotional songs in Punjabi and 60 of his devotional songs are included in the Guru Grantha Sahib, the Holy Scripture in Sikhism.
A legend associated with Namdev says that he as child once stood before Bhagavan Vitthal at Pandarpur to make sure that the food he offered was eaten by Bhagavan Vitthal. When the child stood adamant and did not move for hours, it is said that Lord Vithal appeared before Namdev and ate the offering he made.
Sant Namdev was also a companion of Sant D…

Adi Shankaracharya – A true friend is one who keeps you away from evil

Who is a blind man? One who performs deeds not prescribed by Dharma.
Who is a deaf man? One who refuses to listen to the voice of wisdom.
Who is a dumb man? One who does not discuss about spiritual matters with those who know more than himself.
What is meant by Daana (Charity)? Daana is a gift given to another, even without a request from the other for such a gift.
Who is a friend? One who keeps you away from Evil.