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Mansa Devi Temple – Haridwar

MansaDeviTemple, Haridwar is located atop the BilwaMountain in the Shivalik Hills in Haridwar. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Mansa, an incarnation of Goddess Shakti. The temple is located near the famous ChandiDeviTemple. The temple is located around 4 km from Har ki Pauri and is a 3 km arduous trek from Chandi Ghat. Most devotees make us of the ropeway (Mansa Devi Udankhatola), which starts near the GauriShankarTemple.
MansaDeviTemple is counted among the Panch Tirth and is also a Siddh Peeta in Haridwar. It is believed Mansa Devi is a wish fulfilling deity.
The sanctum sanctorum of the temple has two murtis – one is an eight armed form of Goddess Mansa. Another murti is three-headed with five arms.
The temple is open from 8 AM to 8 PM.

Symbolism of the Weapons in the Hands of Goddess Durga

The most famous weapon associated with Durga is the Trishul or the trident. The trident is always part of the iconography of Goddess Durga killing demon Mahisha – the Mahishasura Mardana. The Goddess is depicted as killing the demon with the Trishul. The Trishul symbolizes the balance of the three forces of preservation, creation and destruction.

Another popular weapon associated with Durga is Sword. Sword represents knowledge – Razor sharp knowledge that cuts through ignorance.
Another weapon that Goddess Durga uses is the Sudarshana Chakra or discus. The ever revolving discuss in the index finger has a deep symbolism. The discus represents all the desires and attractions in the world. We have to remain rooted in the Supreme Mother – be the index finger. If we waver, the finger gets bruised.  Desires and attractions only create bruises.
Another popular weapon associated with Goddess Durga is the bow and arrow. It is not easy to use bow and arrow successfully. It needs lot of discip…

A film on Barbareek – Khatu Shyam – in Mahabharata, with actors from the famous Doordarshan Mahabharata serial

Khatu Shyam, also known as Babreek, is the grandson of Pandava Bhima and son of Ghatotkacha. He willingly gave his head in charity to Sri Krishna before the Mahabharata war as he was forced to side with the Kauravas. Now a film is being made on the story of Barabareek and the highlight being the actors who portrayed the characters in the famous Doordarshan Mahabharata serial will enact the same roles the in the film.

Legend has it that the head of Khatu Shyam was placed atop a hill near the Kurukshetra and it watched the entire Mahabharata war from there. Sri Krishna also gave the boon to Barbareek that he will be worshipped in the Kaliyuga just like him. Famous temples dedicated to Khatu Shyam are located in North India, especially in Rajasthan. Times of Indiareports  The show that became a household favourite will feature on the silver-screen, thanks to producer K.K. Yadav and director Dharmesh Tiwari. Interestingly, the film, titled Barbareek, will star all of the show's origin…

From blazing fire thousands of sparks of fire fly out so these various beings you see in the world all spring forth from Brahman – Mundaka Upanishad

As from a blazing fire, thousands of sparks of fire fly out, so these various beings you see in the world all spring forth from Brahman and go back to Him again. Pure, higher than the highest, He has no body, no breath, no mind; He is inside and outside everything. Yet, from Brahman have come your life, your mind, eyes, ears, hands, feet, space and air, light and water, and the very earth itself. It is He who binds all these together.

Knowledge will be your bow. Your mind, sharpened by worship and meditation, will be the arrow. Fixing it on the bow, with full concentration, draw back and hit the target, the Indestructible Brahman.
There is a sacred word – OM – which is the bow; your own self is the arrow and Brahman is the target. Without trembling, hit the mark, and like the arrow, lose yourself in It! Then all the knots of the heart are broken, all doubts disappear and all actions trail away when He is realized, who is the farthest away of the far away, the nearest of the near, th…