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Guruvayur Temple Darshan Timings

SriKrishnaTempleat Guruvayur in Thrissur District, Kerala, is renowned in the Hindu world for the unique idol murti of Krishna – Krishna is known here as Unnikrishna or Balakrishna. The darshan timings in the Guruvayur temple are as follows:

The temple opens daily at 3 AM. The temple closes for a brief period from 12:30 PM to 4:30 PM. The temple closes at night at 9:15 PM. (Timings changes on special occasions).
Morning PujaNirmalyam - 3:00 AM to 3:30 AM  Oilabhishekam, Vakacharthu, Sankhabhishekam – 3:20 AM to 3:30 AM
Malar Nivedyam, Alankaram – 3:30 AM to 4:15 AM
Usha Nivedyam – 4:15 AM to 4:30 AM
Ethirettu pooja followed by Usha pooja – 4:30 AM to 6:15 AM
Seeveli,Palabhishekam,Navakabhishekam, Pantheeradi Nivedyam, and Pooja -7:15 AM to 9:00 AM
Ucha pooja (the noon pooja) – 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Evening Puja
Seeveli – 4:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Deeparadhana – 6:00 PM to 6:45 PM 
Athazha pooja Nivedyam – 7:30 PM to 7:45 PM 
Athazha pooja – 7:45 PM to 8:15 PM
Athazha seeveli – 8:45 PM…

Anjaneri Mountain – Hindu God Hanuman’s Birthplace

AnjaneriMountain, around 20 km from Nashki, near Trimbakeshwar, is the birthplace of Hindu God Hanuman. A temple dedicated to Anjani, mother of Hanuman is located here. The temple attracts more than 100, 000 devotees during Hanuman Jayanti. The place also attracts large crowd on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
The temple is located in the Sahyadri Mountain Ranges and is around 20 km from Nashik. The temple is near Trimbakeshwar.
AnjaniTemple is built in stone and is situated 4,200 ft above sea level.
The place is surrounded by forests and barren land. There is no proper road to reach the place.
The Hanuman Jayanti fair at AnjaneriVillage is famous for jatra (procession) and wrestling.
A 10 minutes walk from the temple to the left side takes one to the SitaCave, another place associated with Ramayan.

Bhadrakali Temple at Kurukshetra – Shri Devi Koop

BhadrakaliTemple, also known as Shri Devi Koop, is one among the 51 shaktipeetahs. It is believed that the right heel of Goddess Sati fell here. It is believed that before the Kurukshetra War in the Mahabharata, Pandavas took blessings at this BhadrakaliTemple. The temple is located on the Jhansa Road and is north of ThanesarTown.
It is also believed that mundan sanskar – hair removing ceremony – of Sri Krishna and Balram was performed at the BhadrakaliTemple.
SthaneshwarMahadevTemple dedicated to Shiva is located nearby.

Jyotirlinga Temple near Pune in Maharashtra

The Jyotirlinga Temple near Pune is the famous Bhimashankar Temple. It is the sixth among the twelve or Dwadash Jyothirlingas. Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga is located on the banks of the Bhima River and is about 125 km from Pune in Maharashtra. Shiva appeared here in the form of a Jyoti (small flame).
The murti of Swayambhu Jyotirlinga is in an underground chamber and is visible through the light of a lamp. Marigolds and Bilva leaves are offered here.

Bhimashankar Temple daily opens at 04:30 AM. Aarti is performed thrice a day-04:30 AM, 3:00 PM and 7:00 PM. The Sanctum Sanctorum is closed after 3:00 PM for a short period on Mondays and during special tithis (days) like Pradosh etc.

Mahapuja is performed at 12:30 PM. The temple closes at 9:30 PM. A devotee can enter the Sanctum Sanctorum and perform pujas and abhishek.

Jaya – Vijaya and the Story of the Birth of Sri Ram

Jaya and Vijaya were the doorkeepers of Vaikunta. They were the favorites of Hindu God Vishnu. Once Sanakadi Rishis – Sanaka, Sanandana, Sanatana and Sanat Kumara – wanted to pay respects of Vishnu in Vaikunta but Jaya and Vijaya stopped them. The arrogance of doorkeepers resulted in the Sanakadi Rishis cursing them to be born in Mrtyu Lok as Rakshasas (demons).

In Vaikunta there is no aging or death. So the curse that be born on earth – suffer and finally die.
Jaya and Vijaya were then born as Hiranyakashipu and Hiranyaksha. Sri Hari Vishnu took the Avatar of Varaha and annihilated Hiranyaksha. As Narasimha Avatara, Sri Hari Vishnu killed Hiranyakashipu.
Jaya and Vijaya were then born as Ravan and Kumbhakarna. This time, Vishnu took birth as Sri Ram and killed Ravan and Kumbhakarna.
This story symbolically suggests that all living beings are good. It is due to ignorance that we become bad. When bad qualities reaches its zenith and begins to harm other living beings, Sri Hari Vishnu …

Guru Sangamam - Confederation of Indigenous Spiritual Movements

Guru Sangaman literally means a confluence of Gurus. This is a confederation of indigenous spiritual movements of India – an initiative by the present heads of the ancient spiritual lineages of the country to present the various hues and colors of Indian spirituality on a common platform.

The first meeting of the confederation has been fixed on 12th April 2012, between 11:00 am and 4:30 pm in New Delhi.
Objectives of Guru Sangamam To create a common non-religious, non-political platform for all spiritual movements having their origin in the sacred land of India and which are focused towards spiritual liberation of an individual, irrespective of one's caste, creed, belief or ritual. To nurture the fundamental longing in a human being to seek the truth about the nature of one's existence. To educate the world about the universal nature of India's spirituality To collectively work towards presenting India as the "Spiritual Capital of the World," in a manner that …

Sant Dadu Dayal Teachings

God belongs to the caste of love, love is dear to Him; Love is his body, and love alone is His color.
When love and devotion arise, one is firmly established in blissful meditation.
The One alone dwells within my heart, Day and night I repeat His Name. The Name of God alone is true; keep that within thy heart. Forsake all hypocrisies and cumbrous practices; this is the teaching of all Saints, O Dadu.
The vessel of flesh is impassable and rough, the subtle transmigratory body is drowning in it; Dadu says: If the body is without Ram the mind cannot be controlled.