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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.