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Vishnu Ghat – Haridwar

Vishnu Ghat, Haridwar is an important bathing spot at Haridwar on the banks of GangaRiver. Legend has it that God Vishnu mediated here. Another legend has Srihari Vishnu took holy dip at this Ghat. The bathing Ghat is around 500 meter from the famous Har Ki Pauri. It is also near the Ramghat.
Hundreds of people take holy dip at Vishnu Ghat. Bathing here is highly meritorious and is believed to help in attaining Moksha.
Vishnu Ghat is located in the heart of Haridwar city and there are numerous hotels nearby. The place is also famous for its unique markets.

Panchabootha Lingam - Shiva Worshipped as Five Elements

Panchabhootha Lingam is the combined name referring to the Shivlings in five ancient temples in India where Hindu God Shiva is represented in the form of five elements – earth, water, fire, air and ether (aksasha or sky or space). In these five temples, linga or lingam which symbolically represents Shiva is in the form of elements.

Panchabootha Lingam is five important Shiva Temples in South India.
Earth – EkambaranathaTemple or EkambareswararTemple in Kanchipuram – Shivalingam here is the element earth. The Shiva Lingam here is believed to have been created by Goddess Parvati from sand or earth.
Water – JambukeshwarTemple or ThiruvanaikavalShivaTemple in Srirangam – Jambukeshwara represents the element water. The deity is found under a Jambu tree over a small river. The small stream engulfs the idol during the rainy season.
Fire – ArunachaleswaraTemple or AnnamalaiyarTemple at Thiruvannamalai – Arunachaleswara or Shiva represents the element fire here. Shiva here is in the form of Ling…

Elephanta Caves Video

ElephantaCaves located in Raigad District in Maharashtra is carved out of solid rock in 6th century AD. The caves are 11 km north-east of the Apollo Bandar, Mumbai. Archeological survey of India has created a short video explaining the importance of the caves and the sculptures. The important sculptures are Trimurti Sadashiva Shiva, Ardhanarisvara, Parvati, Andhakasuravada murti, cosmic dance of Nataraja, Kalyanasundara murti, Gangadhara murti, Ravana shaking Kailasa, Siva as Lakulisa and a panel depicting Saptamatrikas.

Link - Elephanta Caves Video

Hanuman Prayers in Gujarati in Audio - Download Prayers for free

Hanuman Prayers audio in Gujarati is provided by the Salangpur Sansthan – HanumanjiTemple. The prayers are available for free download. You can also listen them online for free. The prayers include Hanuman Chalisa in Gujarati, Mari Naiya Ne Par Utaro, Bajarang Ban, Sundar Kanda by Lalita Ben, Dada Jamava Ne Avajo and Hanuman Arati.
LinkHanuman Prayers in Gujarati

Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji Thoughts

If both are qualitatively the same, then what is the difference between God and a soul?
Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji: The difference is that the soul attached to nature, forgets its real identity and quality! That’s how karma starts getting accumulated. Just like soot covers light, the a:thma jn:ana (soul’s knowledge) gets covered by karma because of which the soul considers itself to be a man, woman, animal, tree, etc. 
The soul is actually above all these. As long as the soul is in a body, the eight-fold knowledge remains covered. Once it regains its original form, the soul displays its natural qualities again. God, on the other hand, is not attached to nature and He knows how to control it. He comes to us and wants us too to realize our true nature. This is how He helps us. Just like parents and teachers always wish to help their pupil, God, out of unlimited kindness always wants to help us in many ways.
Related Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji on How to Control the Mind?

Sri Ramanuja Teachings

Devotion and absolute self-surrender are the happiest and best means to reach God.

A seeker must acquire a true knowledge of the individual self and the Supreme; he must devote himself to meditation, worship and the adoration of the Supreme; this knowledge with discipline leads him to the realization of the Supreme.
The pathway to the final good of life is the blissful communion with Brahman by way of devout and loving contemplation named bhakti, facilitated by a life of virtue and founded on assured philosophical understanding.
According to Ramanuja, there are three classes of souls, viz., Nitya (eternal), Mukta (free) and Baddha (bound). The eternal souls have never been in bondage. They are eternally free. They live with God in Vaikuntha. The freed souls were once subject to Samsara, but have attained salvation now and live with God. The bound souls are caught up in the meshes of Samsara and are striving to be released. They wander from life to life till they are redeemed. (As per…

Original Spot Where Goddess Sati Self Immolated – Daksha Yajnashala at Kankhal, Haridwar

The spot where Daksha conducted the famous yajna, in which Sati self Immolated and Shiva created havoc, mentioned in the Puranas happened at the present DakshaMahadevTemple at Kankhal near Haridwar. The original spot where Sati gave up her life on hearing the insults showered on Shiva can still be found in the temple. It is the same spot where Veerabhadra cut off the head of Daksha, it is also the spot where Shiva Ganas created havoc, it is also the place where Shiva repented and replaced the head of Daksha with that of a goat.
There is a sculpture of Shiva carrying the body of Sati in the temple. Another highlight is a huge Banyan tree – this is a wish fulfilling tree and people tie red threads on the roots that hang down.
Near the famous Yajnashala or the original spot where Goddess Sati gave her life, there are numerous sculptors and pictures of the episode.
DakshaMahadevTemple is dedicated to Shiva. The temple was reconstructed in 1962.

Our own sense organs are enemies but if won over they turn to be friends – Adi Shankaracharya

Who is a slave? – He is a slave who is indulged in physical pleasure.

What is salvation? – Detachment from all physical longings is salvation.
What is the worst hell? – Longing for body is the worst hell.
What is heaven? The state of no lust is heaven.
Who are enemies? – Our own sense organs are enemies but if won over they turn to be friends.
What is the cause of pain? Affection is the cause of pain.
Related Adi Shankaracharya – Food for Thought

Telugu Lalitha Sahasranama Stotram Text in pdf – Download for free the Telugu Lyrics

This Telugu text or lyrics  of Lalitha Sahasranama Stotram is provided by Sri Rama Dasa Mission. It is in pdf format and you can download it for free if you have pdf reader installed. Lalitha Sahasranama Stotram is dedicated to the Goddess Lalitha form of Mother Goddess and extols her glory in 1000 names. Lalitha Tripura Sundari form of Mother Goddess is worshipped through the Lalitha Sahasranama Stotram prayer.
Link - Lalitha Sahasranama Stotram in Telugu

Parad or Mercury Shivling in Haridwar – Paradeshwar Mahadev at Harihar Ashram in Kankhal

Parad Shivling is a unique Shivling worshipped at Harihar Ashram in Kankhal near Haridwar. This holy Shivling is made from 151 kg of pure Mercury. This is a one of kind Shivling in the world. As per Holy Scriptures, Parad Shivling is a Mahalinga.
Solidification of mercury is a difficult process and this makes the Shivling unique.
Thousands of devotees visit the Harihar Ashram to offer prayers to the Parad Shivling and is known as Paradeshwar Mahadev.
The Shivling was offered first prayer during the Kumbh Mela in 1986 at Haridwar.

Concept of Sachidanandam in Hindu Tradition

As per the teachings of Sanatana Dharma (Hinduism or Hindu Tradition), the aim of human life is Moksha. When a person attains Brahman realization he is able to understand himself and the world – because he is always merged in Brahman. Such people are believed to be in a state of mind known as Sachidanandam.

Liberation or Moksha is possible only through self realization. Self realization happens when we are able to shelve the thought of the second. When we realize that all animate and inanimate is Brahman. To understand this we need not look outside but look inside.
To attain the state of Sachidanandam one has to remove the dust that is covering the truth inside us and also remove all physical weaknesses. Yoga helps in removing the various weaknesses.
Hatha Yoga and Raja Yoga are meant to help in removing various weaknesses. Hatayoga helps in removing physical weakness. Raja Yoga helps in controlling breath.By concentrating on Urdaprana one attains Atmajana.

Satchidananda is Sat + Chi…

Toys of Little Known Characters in Hindu Scriptures

Little Known Heroes is a project by a team of three designers – Soujanyaa Boruah, Manjari Sheel, Chris Dame – supported by two Delhi based design studios. They worked with local painters and carvers in India to bring to life the characters and back stories of six of the little known heroes from Hindu scriptures. The six characters are Bali, Sharabha, Jambavan, Garuda, Vasuki and Jatayu.

The collectable toys are made from local, sustainable materials by skilled craftsmen – it is an amalgamation of modern illustration styles and traditional crafting techniques.
A single piece toy is priced at 900/-. It is currently available at the online store afday.
You can read more about Little Known Heroes project here atTehelka.
You can also view a short video on the project here.
Related Ramayana and Mahabharata Board Games For Children Parama Pada Sopanam – Buy Traditional Version of Snake and Ladders

Baba Hari Dass Quotes

If you run after the world the world will run from you. If you run from the world, it will run after you.

Life and the duties of life always go together. The Bhagavad Gita, and all universal religious scriptures, teaches that to have meaning, satisfaction and happiness in life one must practice one’s duty. Duty means taking care of one’s self, one’s family, one’s community and one’s county, as well as caring for the human family and God’s creation. Duty also means discovering one’s nature-born qualities and developing one’s hidden talents so that our best is shared.
Compassion is our nature. It is blocked by the ego and develops when the mind is pure. The mind is purified by dispassion. Compassion means deep sympathy for the sufferer. Because we have experience of sufferings and we understand the sufferings of others, so we develop compassion. But it is still a lower type of compassion. The highest compassion is with dispassion. We are not attached to the act of compassion. It automa…

Maya Devi Temple, Haridwar

MayaDeviTemple is an important Shakti Shrine in Haridwar. The temple is dedicated to Mother Goddess Shakti. The temple is located to the east of Har ki Pauri and Navratri during Chaitra and Ashwin attracts thousands of devotees. The 11th century temple has murtis of Goddess Maya, Goddess Kali and Goddess Kamakhya.

Importance of Maya Devi Temple to Haridwar

The popular belief is that worship at the temple helps in fulfillment of desires.
Haridwar was earlier known as Mayapuri and the deity at the temple is the Adhisthatri God of Haridwar.
Legend of the Temple

Another legend associated with temple states that the navel of Goddess Sati fell here (some believe it is the heart) when She was carried around the earth by Shiva after Her death. At the Daksha Yajna, Sati jumped into the fire and self immolated as she could not listen to the insults hurled at her husband, Shiva, by her father Daksha.

An angry Shiva roamed around the universe with the body of Goddess Sati. There was total imbalance…

Kolhapur Mahalakshmi Temple Video – With Darshan of Goddess Lakshmi

MahalakshmiTemple in Kolhapur is a popular shrine dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi. A high quality video on youtube provides the darshan of the main murti worshipped at the KolhapurMahalakshmiTemple. The video commentary is in Marathi.

Link - Kolhapur Mahalaxmi Temple Video

Everything can be realized simply through love of God – Sri Ramakrishna

You shall have to banish your ego completely from the heart. If you have the egoistic feeling, ‘I am the doer,’ you can never see God.
One attains God when one feels yearning for Him. An intense restlessness is needed. Through it the whole mind goes to God.
Everything can be realized simply through love of God. If one is able to love God, one does not lack anything.
Do not be in a hurry, but progress each at his own pace! You are sure to arrive at your destination, so there is no need to run! But you must not stop!
Related Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa – Words of Wisdom

Kanakadhara Stotram Text in Kannada – Download Kanakadhara Stotra Prayer Lyrics in Kannada

Kannada Kanakadhara Stotra text is provided by Sree Rama Dasa Mission. Kanakadhara Stotram is a popular prayer dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi and was composed by Adi Shankaracharya. This is Kanakadhara Stotram lyrics in pdf in Kannada. You can download the text in Kannada in pdf format. You can also take print of the prayer and share it with older people.
Link – Kanakadhara Stotram Kannada
Related Kanakadhara Stotram pdf in English with meaning Story of Kanakadhara Stotram

Suraj Kund Temple in Haryana Dedicated to Surya

SurajKundTemple in Yamunanagar District in Haryana is dedicated to Surya, the sun god in Hinduism. This important temple is part of the Kapal Mochan Tirth. A highlight of the place is that women come here to pray to get healthy children. SurajKundTemple is around 4 km from JagadhriTown.
An ancient temple dedicated to Surya is the main attraction here. A pond (kund) located here is sacred.
An important fair is held here August/September in Bhadrapad month.
It is also believed that the water in the Suraj Kund has curative properties.
Other nearby holy places includes Shri Kapal Mochan, Shri Badri Narain, Shri Mantra Devi, Shri Kedar Nath, Shri Rin Mochan, and Shri Saraswati Udgam Sthal.

Meena Om Quotes

Tranquility is an inner peaceful, content and consistent state of mind. It is not loneliness. It is liberation from all emotional and physical bondage.
Most of us cannot relate to ourselves, or to our own truth inside. We do not realize that there is joy in every thing, rising as well as falling, as it is all meant for our growth. It is a joy to watch ourselves grow. The more we resist what ever is happening to us in our life, the more it is disquieting. The moment we realize and accept it as a part of the Universal design for our growth, we become comfortable with it. This is when miracles happen. Our passage becomes smooth.
Simply by practising and preaching that we are one or we should be one, problems do not get solved. There is a direct relationship between perfection and imperfection. Greater the imperfection, greater the perfection required to eradicate it. We have to acquire a power greater than the power of falsehood. This can happen only when one reaches that level of consc…

Lalitha Sahasranama Stotram Text in Malayalam in pdf – Download for free

This Malayalam text of Lalitha Sahasranama Stotram is provided by Sree Rama Dasa Mission. It is in pdf format and you can download it if you have pdf reader installed. Lalitha Sahasranama Stotram is dedicated to the Mother Goddess and extols her glory in 1000 names. The Lalitha Tripura Sundari form of Mother Goddess is worshipped through the Lalitha Sahasranama Stotram prayer.
Link - Lalitha Sahasranama Stotram in Malayalam

Goddess Priti

Goddess Priti is the consort of Kamadeva – the Hindu God of Love. Goddess Priti is personification of affection/joy/delight. Kamadev or Manmatha has two consorts Rati and Priti.

The most popular consort of Kamadeva is Rati and most literature associated with the exploits of the God of Love does not mention Priti.
Legend has it that Goddess Priti and Rati helped Goddess Parvati in her attempts to win Shiva as Her husband. Shiva who was deep in meditation after Goddess Sati’s death showed no interest in Goddess Parvati.
Goddess Parvati used clean the cave in which Shiva was meditating. She used bring fresh flowers and fruits hoping that Shiva will be pleased. But all her attempts failed.
Goddess Parvati then takes the help of Goddess Priti who converts the cave into a paradise filled with flowers, butterflies, bees and birds.

Padmasana Ganesha Murti Porcelain figurine from Lladro – Latest Hindu God Ganesh Idol from Lladro

Lladro is a world famous Spanish Company noted for high quality porcelain figurines. Lladro during the past couple of years had released four idols (murtis) of Hindu God Ganesha in various forms – Veena Ganesha, Dancing Ganesha, Bansuri Ganesha and Mridangam Ganesha. Now as part of the Lladro 2012 collections, Padmasana Ganesha has been released.

Padmasana Ganesha is priced at $810 in the online store.
Lladro figurines are note for its beauty, detailing and no compromise in materials used.
Lladro signature stores are there in New Delhi, Gurgaon, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Bangalore.

Most the Hindu murtis by Lladro are limited edition.
Related Veena Ganesha, Dancing Ganesha, Bansuri Ganesha andMridangam Ganesha from Lladro

Ordinary human love results in misery but Love for God brings blessedness – Mother Sarada Devi

The mantra purifies the body. Man becomes pure by repeating the name of God. So repeat His name always.
You should work, no doubt. Work saves the mind from going astray. But prayer and meditation also are necessary. You must sit for meditation at least once in the morning and once in the evening. That will be like the helm of a boat. When one sits in meditation in the evening, there is self-examination in respect of the work done in the course of the day.
Ordinary human love results in misery. Love for God brings blessedness.
Many take the name of God after receiving blows in life. But he who can offer his mind like a flower at the feet of the Lord right up from childhood is indeed blessed.
Related Mother Sarada Devi on Compassion

Tamil Text Shani Prayers – Download Sani Bhagavan Mantra and Prayer in pdf for free

This prayer in pdf format is the Sani Bhagavan Mantra and it is in Tamil. This prayer is chanted by those people having bad Shan in their horoscope. Astrologers are of the opinion that chanting prayers dedicated to Shani will help in removing all bad influences of Shani. You can download it for free.
Link – Shani Prayer in Tamil in pdf 

Ulsoor Subramanya Temple in Bangalore

Sri Subramanya SwamiTemple at Ulsoor in Bangalore is a popular shrine in Karnataka dedicated to Hindu God Muruga. The popular belief is that the murti of Subrahmanya worshipped in the Ulsoor temple is the exact replica of the murti at Tirutthani, one of the holiest abodes of Muruga in Tamil Nadu. Another highlight is that the temple has separate sanctums for Valli and Devasena, the consorts of Muruga.

The main Sanctum Sanctorum of Ulsoor Subramanya Temple has a murti of Sri Subramanya Swami along with a Shatchakra.
The temple also has small shrines dedicated to Ganesha, Ardhanarishvara, Durga, Chandi Keshvara, Surya Narayana, Agasthya Rishi and Kalabhairava.
Opening and Closing time: Morning 6:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Evening 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Location The temple is located about 8 km from the Bangalore city center (Kempe Gowda Main Bus Stand). Lido theatre bus stop and Adarsha theatre bus stops are the BMTC bus stops nearest to the temple.
The most important puja in the temple is the Panchamr…

Importance of Ellu or Thilam or Til in Tarpanam Ritual dedicated to the Dead

Tarpanam is an important ritual dedicated to the dead and it is the offering of Black Til – Sesame. It is known as Ellu or Thilsam in regional languages. The tarpanam itself is also known as Thila Tarpanam in South India. But why is Til exclusively offered to the dead and is part of Shradh rituals.

Til contains fire, water and earth. Only Til has the correct combination of the three elements. Pitrus come down and enter Til during the Shradh ceremony. Pancha Bhutas which form the body is represented through Til.
If one eats Til it produces heat in the body this is Agni.
Til contains oil and this is fluid.
Black color is associated with earth.
The Pancha Bhutas are space, air, fire, water and earth.

About Official Website of Rameshwaram Temple

Dedicated to Hindu God Shiva, RamanathaswamyTemple located at Rameshwaram in Tamil Nadu is one of the most visited Hindu temples in the world and is noted for its architectural splendor. The official government website of Rameshwaram Temple provides important details regarding accommodation and e-puja details in both English and Tamil.
The website also has several rare photographs, videos and architectural details. E-hundi and e-donation options are also available.
Link - Official Website of RameshwaramTemple
Related Virtual Tour of Rameshwaram Temple

Essential Wisdom – Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Breath and mind are linked like body and mind. Breath sorts out the imbalances in the body and the mind. It is the secret of life which we have forgotten.
Let go of all impressions…Be hollow and empty. Think fresh and feel free.
Don’t go to God as a beggar. Prayer is not necessarily asking for something. Prayer is gratefulness; a recognition of the huge tidal waves of love that God is showering on you every moment.
Leg to of all efforts, search and desires, for He can be felt only in deep peace and stillness.
Related Sayings of Sri Sri RaviShankar

Eating Beef to Hurt Religious Sentiments of Hindus – And We Hindus Fall For It

A Beef festival conducted by a group of people at OsmaniaUniversity with the intention to hurt the religious sentiments of Hindus has become international news. The intention of the beef festival was to provoke Hindus and we Hindus fell for the trap. Secular scholars have started writing articles on beef – quoting elaborately from Hindu texts. Digital version of Vedas and other Hindu scriptures are searched for cow, beef and ox meat – to prove that beef was eaten in ancient India or at least cows were killed. They have made it into a caste issue.

Beef Festival is the latest symbol of secularism. Eating beef to show rebellion is suddenly a fashion among intellectuals. Hope these intellectuals are aware of the health risks involved in eating beef. Especially Indian beef – the meat of bull and cow fed on unnaturally rich diets to fatten, growth-promoting hormones and antibiotics. Also our cows and bulls eat plastic to anything found on streets. Intellectuals from Kerala will help in this…

Daily 2,900 Million Liters of Sewage Is Discharged Into Ganga River

Prime minister of India said on April 17, 2012 that every day 2,900 million liters of sewage was being discharged into the Ganga. HolyRiverGanga is sacred to Hindus – only sacred in prayers. It is we Hindus who are responsible for the present state of GangaRiver. Seeking Her blessings and shamelessly polluting Her with all possible waste go side by side. We forget that She who can Bless also can Curse.

Ganga provides water to over 40% of India's population in 11 states.
The existing infrastructure has a capacity to treat only 1,100 million liters of sewage per day.
Most of the waste water comes from tanneries, distilleries, paper mills and sugar mills along the banks of the Ganga. Human waste, plastics etc cannot be kept track of.

Prim Minister as usual has talked in detail about the problems and solutions. This talk has been going on for several years with no concrete result on the ground. If you like to read about the problems and solutions you can read it here at the Hindust…

Lalleshwari Teachings

Just for a moment a flower grows,
Bright and brilliant on a green-clad tree: Just for a moment a cold wind blows Through the bare thorns of a thicket free.
Only is he blessed and at peace, False hopes abandoned, who ascends Where the hard loans of desire cease, Where no debt, nor anyone that lends.
Thou art the heavens, and thou the earth: Thou alone art day and night and air: Thou thyself art all things that have birth, Even the offerings of flowers fair.
Lalleshwari – a 14th century mystic poetess who lived in Kashmir – an ardent devotee of Shiva.
Related Quotes on Lord Shiva - Lalleshwari

Somanath Temple near Mangalore in Karnataka

SomanathaTemple, located near Mangalore in Karnataka, is a very ancient temple and is also popular as one of the 12 sacred Shiva Kshetras. Dedicated to Hindu God Shiva, the temple is also known Rudrapada Kshetra, and is also an important temple for perform Shradh and Tarpan rituals dedicated to the dead. The temple is around 13 km south of Mangalore.
Legend has it that the temple was built by a relative of demon King Ravana, named Kharasura. Thus the temple exists from the Ramayana period.
Pandavas is believed to have visited the temple. A lake near the temple was created by Bhimasena, the second of the Pandava brothers.
Scenic beauty SomanathaTemple is situated on the banks of Arabian Sea and is built on an elevated spot and some parts of the temple are in the form of a fort. Another highlight is the beautiful view of the sunset from the temple.
Opening and Closing time of the temple:
5:00 AM to 1:00 PM
5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
To Reach
Someshwara is around 13 km from Mangalore and there are …

Ravaneshwaram Village in Kerala – Cave Dedicated to Ravana and Shiva Temple Where Ravan Performed Puja

RavaneshwaramVillage located near Kanjangad in Kasargod District in Kerala is unique as it boasts of a temple and cave where Ravana is believed to have performed puja. Asura King Ravana of Ramayana was an ardent devotee of Shiva and there are numerous temples in India that is related to Ravana.
Deccan Herald writes  There is a cave where Ravana performed penance, a pond where he took bath and the Shivalinga which had the aura by Ravana’s poojas. These might be the reasons why the denizens here love Ravana, and they named the village ‘Ravaneshwaram’.SriPermthrikkovalappanShivaTemple in the village is the centre of attraction of the village and the legend of the temple reveals the connection of Ravana and the village. The main diety of the temple is Ravana’s favorite god Shiva. Ganapathi’s prathishta is also there. Hundres of devotees, mainly women come to this temple to worship Shiva. According to the legend, during Ravana’s voyage back to Lanka from Gokarna, he finds this forest area a…

Pipal Jatra or Vasantotsava at Kullu in April 2019

Pipal Jatra or Vasantotsava is an important spring festival at Kullu in Himachal Pradesh. Pipal Jatra or Vasantotsava 2018 date in Kullu is from May 7 to May 10, 2019. The highlight of the festival observed at Dhalpur Ground in Kullu is the participation of local deities.

Today, the festival is more popular for its cultural programs. Artists from various states in India and abroad participate in the festival.
Earlier 16 village deities used to assemble at the Dhalpur Ground. The Raja of Kullu used to sit under a Pipal Tree and witness the fair.
The fair is also noted for a temporary market that comes during the period.

It is annually held on the same date.

Karpur Linga

Karpur Linga is instantaneously prepared using Camphor by a devotee to worship Shiva. It is prepared when devotee does not have access to a stone lingam for worship. It must be noted that in some regions deep pure white colored lingas are also known as Karpur Lingas.

A devotee uses camphor to give shape to the linga for worship. The devotee then offers prayers to this form that he/she has created.
After prayers the camphor is removed and used for puja purposes.
Such freedom of worship helps a devotee in performing prayers in any region and in any situation.  
Apart from camphor, mud, clay and flowers are also used to prepare instant Lingas for Shiva worship.

Tallest Shivling in India - Naturally Formed

Official Website with Selection and Status of Yatris for Kailash Manasarovar Yatra 2012 – Government of India

Government of India has created an exclusive website for Kailash Manasarovar Yatra 2012 with all information including selection and status of Yatris. In 2012, there are 1,394 eligible applicants this year. Out of these, 944 yatris will be selected and divided into 16 batches. The computerized draw for selection of Yatris for the Kailash Manasarovar Yatra 2012 is yet to take place.
If you had applied and want to know whether you are selected or not or your status in the list you can know from the official website. 
Currently there are no information on yatri selection and status. 
Link - Official Website Kailash Manasarovar Yatra 2012 –Government of India

Swami Avdheshananda Thoughts

When you develop a craving to know the Truth, the mountains and caves start attracting you.

Meditation gives energy, bliss, peace and vitality. When you close your eyes and sit in a proper posture, energy will grow and flow at a very rapid speed. Just close your eyes and observe it. There is nothing more powerful than dhyana. Dhyana gives birth to you, it introduces you to your own Self.
Material world cannot provide the inner peace that one seeks, as there is no end to one’s desires. This is where spirituality comes into play.
By adopting moderation in everything that we desire, positive changes can be effected for the benefit of mankind.

Avvaiyar Sayings

However virtuous one may be, the low always speak of one’s faults; even as in a fruitful garden, full of flowers and haunted by the bees, the crow seeks only the margossa fruit.
Youth is a bubble on water; abundant riches are the long rolling waves of the ocean, and the body lasts no longer than letters traced on water. Why then, my friends, do you not worship the Lord?
The gem that adorns an assembly is a man of learning.
The very noble are as the lofty palmyra tree in giving. They take very little and give much. Avvaiyar

Poila Baisakh Recipes

Shubho Nobo Borsho – It’s Bengali New Year. And Poila Baisakh is incomplete without traditional Bengali Nobo Borsho recipes. Food is an essential part of all festivals in India. Here is a collection of few Poila Baisakh Recipes and it includes Bhektkir Dhakai Paturi, Aloo Jhinga Posto, Potoler Dorma, Henshel Thakurer Kosha Mangsho, Chhaana Mochar Tikki, and Mymensingh Murghi Bhaja. You can find the following recipes – Bhektkir Dhakai Paturi, Aloo Jhinga Posto, Potoler Dorma, Henshel Thakurer Kosha Mangsho - in Telegraph India
How to prepare Chhaana Mochar Tikki, and Mymensingh Murghi Bhaja can be found here at Telegraph India.

Ear Piercing of Male Child in Hinduism

Ear lobe piercing, known as Karnvedh Sanskar, is considered an important ceremony for male child in many Hindu traditions. But today most boys do not perform this ceremony. Earlier the ritual was strictly performed on the male child in many Hindu communities. Many communities even now continue this tradition. For male child the first ear pierced is the right ear. Some Hindu men are now taking up this tradition.

It is believed that ear piercing helps in getting rid of hysteria and other diseases. The earrings are believed to help in maintaining the flow of electric current in a human body. It is also believed that ear piercing helps in increase of brainpower. It has also been proved that ear piercing improves immunity.

The ritual is performed on odd years after the birth of the child – 3rd or 5th year.
Ear piercing in some regions is performed by the Goldsmith and he uses gold needle to pierce the earlobe. Gold never rusts and this is the reason for using gold needles.
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International Conference on Muruga Bhakti in 2012 in Malaysia

An international conference on Hindu God Muruga is being organized from August 9, 2012 to August 12, 2012 at University Malaya at Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. The aim of the conference is to discuss, understand and appreciate the various aspects of Muruga and also Murugan Bhakti. The conference is organized by Thirumurugan Thiruvakku Thirupeedam and University Malaya (Indian Studies Department).

The delegate fee is RM 200 and is inclusive of inclusive of food, lodging in University campus, articles and books.
You can find more details about the conference and how to participate in it, forms, brochure etc here at the official website of Thirupeedam.

Kanakadhara Stotram Text in Telugu – Download Kanakadhara Prayer Lyrics in Telugu

Kanakadhara Stotram is a popular prayer dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi and was composed by Adi Shankaracharya. This is Kanakadhara Stotram lyrics in pdf in Telugu. You can download the text in Telugu in pdf format. You can also take print of the prayer and share it with older people.

Link – Kanakadhara Stotram Telugu
Related Kanakadhara Stotram pdf in English with meaning Story of Kanakadhara Stotram

Words of Inspiration – Swami Sivananda

Renunciation is not running away to the caves of the Himalayas. Only aspirants with Para-Vairagya are fit to do that; on the part of others it is only cowardice. Stand up, bold aspirants, and renounce egoism. Wherever you run, it will run with you. You will have to annihilate it wherever you are. Renounce this ego by means of self-surrender to the Lord, self-sacrificing service to humanity, self-purification through Japa, Kirtan and Dhyana, self-denial through Vedantic Nididhyasana and attain Self-realisation. Then you will enjoy perennial peace, immortality and eternal bliss.
Steady the mind. Fix it on the Lord. Plod on patiently like the farmer at his plough. Be preserving. This is real Sadhana. Be regular in your Sadhana. This will give you freedom, bliss, peace and immortality.
Related Obstacles in the Path of Success and Progress – SwamiSivananda

Rameshwaram Temple Darshan Timings

RameshwaramTemple in Tamil Nadu is open daily for darshan from 5 AM in the morning to 1:00 PM in the afternoon and from 3:00 PM in the afternoon to 9:00 PM in the night. There will be change in timings once or twice a year during important festivals. The temple will be open for longer hours. Rameshwaram Temple Daily Puja Timings is given below:  Details of Puja Timings in RameshwaramTemple: 5:00 AM – Early morning Deeparadhana known as Palliyarai Deeparathana
5.10 AM – Early morning second Deeparadhana known as Spadigalinga Deeparathana
5.45 AM – Thiruvananthal Deeparathana
7:00 AM – Vila Puja
10:00 AM – Kalasanthi Puja
12:00 PM – Noon Puja - Uchikala Puja
6.00 PM – Sayaratcha Puja
8.30 PM – Arthajama Puja
8.45 PM – Palliyarai Puja
The numerous Teerthas and subsidiary temples are also open from 5 AM in the morning to 1:00 PM in the afternoon and from 3:00 PM in the afternoon to 9:00 PM in the night.

Banashankari Temple, Bangalore Darshan Timings

ShreeBanashankariDeviTemple located at Banashankari in Kanakapura Main Road in Bangalore is a popular Shakti Shrine in the city. Detail darshan timings of the temple is given below. Special darshan timings on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday.

BanashankariDeviTemple Darshan Timings: Pooja Timing – Tuesday – Friday – Sunday Tuesday 6.00 AM to 1.00 PM and 3.00 PM to 9.00 PM
Friday 6.00 AM to 1.00 PM and 4.30 PM to 9.30 PM
Sunday 6.00 AM to 1.00 PM and 4.30 PM to 9.30 PM
Darshan Timing on Monday – Wednesday – Thursday - Saturday 6.00 AM to 1.00 PM 4.30 PM to 8.00 PM
Daily Abhisheka Timing: Morning: 6:30 AM to 8:30 AM
Pooja Timing Change During Rahu Kala: Sunday 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Tuesday 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Friday 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Goddess Vimala in Hinduism

Goddess Vimala is an incarnation of Mother Goddess Shakti. She appeared on earth from the body part of Sati that fell on earth after the famous episode of Shiva carrying the body of Sati around the universe and Vishnu cutting it with his Sudharshana Chakra to save the world from total destruction.
Goddess Vimala appeared where the crown of Goddess Sati fell on earth.
A group of scholars claim that the spot is located at Kireetkona village, 3 Km from Lalbag Court Road station under district Murshidabad, West Bengal, India.
Some scholars claim that the place is located on the banks of Ganga at Batnagar in Bangladesh. This temple is one among the 51 Shaktipeetahs.
Please note that the spot where the navel of Goddess Sati fell is also dedicated to Goddess Vimla. A popular temple dedicated to Goddess Vimala is located at Puri in Orissa.

Manuscripts from the Archives of Bharat Ithihaas Samshodak Mandal Digitized

More that 40, 000 manuscripts from the archives of Bharat Ithihaas Samshodak Mandal, including those dating back to the 14th century AD, have been digitized and will be digitally available at national libraries for academic research. Rare documents in Persian, Kannada, Tamil, Marathi and Sanskrit are part of the archives of Bharat Ithihaas Samshodak Mandal.

Bharat Itihas Sanshodhak Mandal, popularly known as Itihas Sanshodhak Mandal or just ‘Mandal’, is an Indian institute providing resources and training for historical researchers. It is located at Pune in Maharashtra. Indian Express reports
A team from the NMM worked at the Mandal for the past few months to ensure that these bundles are preserved for posterity. Each bundle contains 10-1,000 documents.  The manuscripts contribute significantly towards research for scriptures and literature in the country. The documents contain texts from the Mahabharata, Ramayana, Puranas and Rig Veda along with the stotras and yagnas they contain. O…

A man of perfection is one who does not identify himself with his mental or emotional estimation of things – Swami Chinmayananda

Self-realization is not a melancholy parade, crawling to a pre-destined tomb, but it is a joyous ride to the Palace of Truth, from which man has wandered away in his own ignorance and confusion.
A Perfect Man is one who has lifted himself from the world of his mind—intellect and has awakened to his inner Spiritual Nature.
A Man of Perfection is one whose beloved object, the Self can never be apart from him. And he has no sense of attachment with any other object. Having attained the Self, the inhabitant of his heart, he has such a complete sense of fulfillment that he has no desire for attaining anything. The Self being the All, he has at once attained everything.
A Man of Perfection is one who does not identify himself with his mental or emotional estimation of things. Also to one who has won over joy and grief, and who has gained a certain amount of detachment from external objects, desire for obtaining the pleasant or the unpleasant is no emotion at all. Where there is no desire, …

Video of Pattadakal Temples and Monuments

Pattadakal located in Bijapur District of Karnataka is home to some of the most beautiful temples in India. Archaeological survey of India has created a short video explaining the architectural importance of the temples. The important temples here include the Virupaksha Temple, Kadasiddheswara Temple, Jambulingeswara Temple, Galaganatha Temple, Chandrashekhara Temple, Sangameswara Temple (the oldest), Kasivisweswara Temple, Mallikarjuna Temple and the Papanatha Temple.
Link – Video of Pattadakal Temples

To rise above limitations we have only to realize that we are deeper than our personalities – Swami Kriyananda

No man can truly succeed in life if he fails to develop the feminine side of his nature. And no woman can succeed who does not resolutely develop her masculine side. But neither can succeed without awakening their feminine side.
Many of our problems are actually worried into existence. Worry is caused, not by outward circumstances, but by our reactions to them. A healthy mind will remain poised under all circumstances. Where, indeed, is misfortune, if one dose not accept it as such?
Once we bring God into our lives, we rise above limitations. We have only to realize that we are deeper than our personalities. We need to step aside and watch our personalities, until we can see that the whole thing is merely a coat, covering our divinity.
Related Words of Wisdom – Swami Kriyananda 

Padmanabhaswamy Temple Timings – Trivandrum Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple Opening and Closing Time

SriPadmanabhaswamyTemple located at Trivandrum in Kerala is dedicated to Hindu God Vishnu. The templedarshan timings are from early morning hours to evening. Detail timing both morning and evening is given below. The temple is open only to Hindus and only those wearing traditional dress are allowed inside – Sari for women, Pattu Pavada for girls – For men and boys, Mundu only.

PadmanabhaswamyTemple Darshan Timings:
Morning Hours 3:30 AM to 5:15 AM 6:15 AM to 7:15 AM 8:15 AM to 11:15 AM 12:00 PM to 12:15 PM
PadmanabhaswamyTemple Evening Hours Darshan Timings 5:15 PM to 6:15 PM From Deeparadhana to 7:15 PM.

Kuteti Devi Temple Mela in Uttar Kashi

KutetiDeviTemple, dedicated to Goddess Durga, is located atop Hari Parwat in Uttar Kashi. Kuteti Devi is a deity closely associated with the Maharaja of Kota in Rajasthan. Kuteti Devi Temple Mela 2019 date is April 27. The Mela is annually held on the Vaishakh Krishna Paksha Ashtami as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India.

Legend has it that the daughter of a Maharaja of Kota was married to a boy in the village in Uttar Kashi. The princess was unhappy as she was not able to worship Goddess Kuteti. The young couple prayed to the Goddess. She once appeared in the dream of them and said that she will be ever present in Uttar Kashi. As her symbol, She told them that She will find three murtis of her in a field nearby.
The current temple is located at the exact spot were the murtis were found.
The annual fair attracts Goddess Shakti devotees from the region.
KutetiDeviTemple is located about 2 km from Uttar Kashi town center.

Neelkanth Linga

Neelkanth Linga is a very rare form of Shivling – naturally formed and are counted among the Bana Lingas found in the Narmada River. Neelakantha is pure white in color and what distinguishes it from other white colored Lingas is a single black dot on it.  This linga symbolically represents Shiva who drank the poison Halahala that appeared from Samdura Manthan or Churning of ocean. Shiva got the name Neelkanth or the one with blue throat after this incident.

The description about the linga is only found in a text credited to Hemadri, a 13th century who wrote books related to murtis, temple architecture and construction.
Naturally occurring Neelakanth Linga are found in the Narmada River.

Muslim Practicing Yoga – Please Don’t Raise the Eyebrow

Muslim practicing yoga is news because yoga is a sin against Islam. It is blasphemous. The bigger picture is often ignored. When Yoga was first practiced there was no religion in the world. Educated modern people have forcefully thrust the idea of religion into Yoga. Yoga does not teach religion. Yoga is for the welfare of all living beings. Yoga only helps in maintaining a healthy body and healthy mind.

Sanatana Dharma (Hinduism) is not sectarian. All it says is that Truth is one and there are several paths to realize Truth. Teachings of Santana Dharma focus on individual’s efforts to have a peaceful and happy coexistence with nature. Yoga is a path just a path. 
Shutting out Yoga just because the great minds that discovered Yoga and propagated them in modern day is associated with a particular religion is narrow mindedness. Yoga is not going to gain or lose anything if Muslims practice Yoga. But people lose a lot of good things in life by ignoring Yoga.
New York Times reports about …

How to overcome fear of spiritual failure? – Sri Chinmoy

You have to know that failure is and what failure can do. Fear is bound to go when you know that failure is not something shameful, damaging, destructive, or painful. Feel that failure is something natural. When a child starts to walk, he often stumbles and falls down. But he does not feel that stumbling is a failure. He thinks that it is a natural process to stand up for a moment and then fall again.
If you think of failure in that light, not as something that is against or totally distant from reality but as something that is forming, shaping, molding and becoming reality, then there cannot be any fear.
We take failure as something contrary to our expectation and our God-realization. But failure is not contrary to our realization. Failure is something that is urging us towards our realization. What we call failure, in God’s Eye, is only an experience. Sri Chinmoy
Related Sri Chinmoy – Words of Wisdom

Akka Mahadevi Quotes and Teachings

Having made one’s home on the hill-top, how can
One afford to be afraid of the beasts? Having made one’s home on the seashore, how can one afford to be afraid of the surging waves?
Having made one’s home in the market-place, how Can one afford to shrink from its noise? Hear what I say, O Chenna Mallikarjuna:
Having been born in this world, one should not Lose one’s temper at praise or blame But maintain the poise of one’s spirit.
Like treasure hidden in the ground, like flavor in the fruit, like gold in the rock, and oil in the seed, the Absolute is hidden in the heart. Akka Mahadevi (twelfth-century Virashaiva saint)

Like a silkworm weaving her house with love from her marrow,
and dying in her body's threads winding tight, round and round, I burn desiring what the heart desires. Cut through, O Lord, my heart's greed, and show me your way out, O Lord white as jasmine Akka Mahadevi (Source: Show Me Your way out, a poem by Akka Mahadevi)
Related Poems of Akka Mahadevi

Radha Chalisa Lyrics in English

Radha Chalisa is a popular prayer dedicated to Radha, the divine consort of Sri Krishna. Chalisa is a prayer in 40 verses. Radha is a manifestation of Goddess Lakshmi. This lyrics of this prayer is in English and you can download it for free.
There is no direct download. You need to copy or write down the Radha Chalisa.
Link - Radha Chalisa Lyrics in English
Related Story of the Birth of Radha as a Blind Child – consort ofSri Krishna

Awareness of the Self is absolute and requires no object - Sri Ramana Maharshi

There is no duality. Your present knowledge is due to ego and is only relative. Relative knowledge requires a subject and object, whereas awareness of the Self is absolute and requires no object.
Remembrance is similarly relative, requiring an object to be remembered and a subject to remember. When there is no duality, who is to remember whom?
The Self is ever-present. Each one wants to know the Self. People want to see the Self as something new. But it is eternal and remains the same all along.
They desire to see it as a blazing light. How can it be so? It is not light, not darkness. It is only as it is. It cannot be defined. The best definition is ‘I am that I am’. Sri Ramana Maharshi
Related All are seeing God always, but they don’t know it - RamanaMaharishi Thoughts

Books on Hanuman – Top Five Good Books on Hindu God Hanuman

Hindu God Hanuman is the embodiment of devotion, strength, wisdom and humility. He gives hope and confidence to devotees to aim for Moksha. There are thousands of books on Hanuman. Here is a collection of five good books on Hanuman that is a must read for students and devotees of Hanuman.
Valmiki Ramayan 
Ramayana needs not introduction and remains the authentic source for information on Hanuman. Available online for free.  Hanuman An Introduction – Devdutt Pattanaik
An ideal choice for common man to understand the important aspects of Hanuman. Lot of illustrations. Good for children and adults.
Hanuman – art, mythology and folklore – K. C. Aryan and Subhashini Aryan
An exclusive study that covers the important aspects of Hanuman. Hanuman's Tale: The Messages of a Divine Monkey - Philip Lutgendorf
Exhaustive study but certain chapters are scholarly in nature and is critical in nature. Good for students and researchers. Hanuman in art culture thought and literature – Shanti Lal…

Online Live Darshan of Hanuman Temple – Live Streaming from Salangpur Hanuman Temple

SalangpurHanumanTemple at Ahmedabad in Gujarat is a popular HanumanTemple. The temple is offering online live darshan during puja period. To watch the live darshan you will need windows media player installed. In the temple the murti of Hanuman is shown as trampling on Panvati – a form that symbolically represents all the bad astrological influences. The belief is that darshan of Salangpur Hanuman helps in solving astrology related problems.
Note – The live darshan seems to be available only on Internet Explorer. There was difficulty with firefox, chrome and opera.
Link - Online Live Darshan from Salangpur Hanuman Temple

Related Live Darshan from Mahavir Hanuman Mandir in Patna in Bihar

Tirupati VIP Darshan Tickets Cancelled But Will It Help Devotees

Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) Board has decided to do away with VIP Darshan Tickets at the famous TirumalaTirupatiBalajiTemple. Currently VIP Darshan tickets are categorized into top priority, priority and general VIPs. Scrapping of VIP darshan tickets mean thousands of common people will enjoy darshan without waiting for long hours in queue. But will this be a reality in a temple where corruption is rampant?
The Hindu writes
Senior management officials feel that the board has not only has succumbed to political pressure but has also opened the floodgates for black marketers through its hasty decision.
The scrapping of the categorization of VIP tickets, officials fear, will see a spurt in the black marketing of darshan tickets and recommendation letters will be openly sold at all major hotels and tourist cabs in the district.Hindu Blog View
Corruption cannot be rooted out from Tirupati. Wealth is the problem here. Who provides money to the temple? The devotees. So we can stop this…