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Sthaneshwar Mahadev Temple at Kurukshetra in Haryana

An ancient temple, SthaneshwarMahadevTemple is located at Thaneshwar in Kurukshetra in Haryana. The temple is dedicated to Shiva. The temple is small but unique and it is believed that Pandavas before the Kurukshetra war in the Mahabharata took the blessings of Shiva here. SthaneshwarMahadevTemple is around 2km from the Kurukshetra Railway Station.
Shiva is worshipped here in the form of Shivling and the place is famous as Pandavas visited the shrine.
A water tank is located near the temple and the water in it is believed to have medicinal properties. Legend has it that many people including King Bana had got cured from leprosy after sprinkling the water from the tank.
Many believe that a visit to Kurukshetra is incomplete without having the darshan of Sthaneshwar Mahadev.
You do the puja of Shivling directly – a Nandi sits facing the Shivling.

Mainaka Mountain and Hanuman

MainakaMountain is mentioned in the Ramayana and is situated between India and Sri Lanka. When Hanuman was jumping over sea to Lanka, MainakaMountain rose up from the sea and provided resting place to Hanuman. There is an interesting legend as to why MainakaMountain rose up to help Hanuman.
Legend has it that in Kritayuga (the first of the four yugas in Hindu tradition) all mountains in the world had wings and they could fly like birds. But people were sacred that they might fall down anytime and cause damage.
Saints and other beings approached Indra for a solution. As assembly of Devas was called and it was decided to clip the wings of the mountains.
Devas caught hold of the flying mountains and Indra then cut off the wings of all mountains with his weapon Vajra. But when he tried to cut the wings of MainakaMountain it moved away. Devas tried to hold the mountain down but could not as it was moved from the spot again by a strong wind.
Vayu Deva, the wind god, was a friend of MainakaMoun…

Vedanta Kesari Monthly Magazine Online in pdf

Vedanta Kesari is a popular magazine published by Ramakrishna Mission. It is available online in pdf format and you can download it for free. The magazines contain articles by Swamijis associated with Ramakrishna mission and teachings of Swami Vivekananda, Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa and Holy mother Sharada Devi.
The monthly edition is published during the first week and the magazine is immediately available online in pdf format.
You can download Vedanta Kesari Monthly Magazine here.

A Short Discourse on Bhagavad Gita

Today is Gita Jayanti - the day as per Hindu tradition in which Sri Krishna rendered the Bhagavad Gita to Arjuna.
In studying the Bhagavad Gita it must not be treated as if isolated from the rest of the Mahabharata as it at present exists. It was inserted by Vyasa in the right place with special reference to some of the incidents in that book. One must first realize the real position of Arjuna and Krishna in order to appreciate the teaching of the latter. Among the numerous names of Arjuna, there is one strange name, Nara – simply means ‘man.’
But why a particular man should be called by this as a proper name may at first sight appear strange. Nevertheless herein lies a clue which enables us to understand not only the position of the Bhagavad Gita in the text and its connection with Arjuna and Krishna, but the entire current running through the whole of the Mahabharata, implying Vyasa’s real views of the origin, trials and destiny of man.
Vyasa looked upon Arjuna as man, or rather the re…

Today’s Hindu Calendar – December 6, 2011 – Tithi, Vrat, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on December 6, 2011 – Shukla Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day during the waxing phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Ekadasi Tithitill 11:44 AM on December 6, 2011. After 11:44 AM it is Shukla Paksha Dwadasi or the twelfth day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra – Revathi Nakshatra till 8:56 AM on December 6. Then onwards it is Ashwini or Ashwathy Nakshatram
Rashi or Moon Sign – Meena Rashi till 8:56 AM. Then onwards it is Mesha Rasi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Ekadasi Fasting – Mokshada Ekadasi. Bhagavad Gita Jayanti.
Margashirsh Shukla Paksha Ekadasi or the eleventh day of the light phase of moon in Margashirsh month in calendars followed in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa.
Margashirsh Shukla Paksha Ekadasi or the eleventh day of the waxing phase of moon in Margashirsh month in calendars followed in Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand…