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Neelkanth Mahadev Temple, Rishikesh

NeelkanthMahadevTemple is located around 12 km from Rishikesh and is dedicated to Hindu God Shiva. The temple is associated with Shiva’s holy act of drinking the Halahala poison during the Samudra Manthan or churning of ocean. The temple is located near the Swargashram.

Legend has it that after drinking the Halahala poision, Shiva rested under a peepal tree. He mediated here for several years and annihilated the effects of the poison. It is believed that Goddess Parvati and other deities in Hindu pantheon had darshan of Shiva here.
The peepal tree or Vat vriksh under which Shiva meditated can be still seen here.
NeelkanthMahadevTemple has a gopuram similar to one found in South India temples. The gopuram depicts the Samudra Manthan episode.
The temple is a four hour trek from Rishikesh. For quicker approach there are taxis and jeeps.
The main murti worshipped here is the Shivling.
In the Shravan month thousands of Kanwaris reach the temple to pour water over the Shivling.

How To Do Shiva Puja At Home?

Puja to Hindu God Shiva can be performed at home. It is really simple and anyone can perform it. Prayers can be offered to photo or painting of Shiva. Another option is to perform puja to Shivling. Shivling can also be prepared immediately for puja using camphor, turmeric, mud, clay or flowers.

All pujas begin after purification ritual – this includes bathing, cleaning the puja area etc.
Choose a quiet and clean place to perform the puja.
First pray to Ganesha to help in the successful completion of the puja.
Light a lamp before the murti of Shiva and offer prayers.
Touch the feet of the Shiva murti or painting and take blessings.
Offer bilva leaves or flowers.
Chant ‘Om Namah Shivaya.’
If you have ash, apply it on forehead.
Offer a fruit. Later share it with family members.
Meditate for sometime or read stories of Shiva.
Related Lingam Puja – How to Worship Shivling at Home?

Book – The Upanishads – Sushila Krishnamurthi

The book titled – The Upanishads deciphering their goal, purpose and content by Sushila Krishnamurthi attempts to interpret the teachings in the Upanishads in light of present day situations and problems. The book is not another translation of the Upanishads instead the book discusses the key topics and verses in 12 main Upanishads.
You can get more details about the book, the author and read short essay on the topic of freedom, ego, self and knowledge here at the website of the book – Upanishads the Book.

Meditation is a ladder from mortality to immortality – Sri Karunamayi

Meditation remodels our life and elevates us to divinity. So meditation is nothing but purification, inner purification. Gradually we begin to control our anger, lust, greed, jealousy and hatred.
When we have liberation from these negative qualities of anger, lust, greed, hatred, and jealousy, we have so much peace. We enjoy peace; we enjoy a balanced state of mind, equal vision and real wisdom. We understand reality, and the entire universe also, from the inside.
So how can we achieve that state? By constant practice of meditation. Meditation balances our mind. It reduces the restlessness of our ego, ignorance and all the dark forces. It develops the virtues, the divine attributes, and gradually the buds within us bloom. These buds are inside our body. These divine attributes are in the form of little seeds in our heart. Gradually we have selflessness and we have peace of mind.
Related Sayings of Sri Karunamayi

Today’s Hindu Calendar – May 14, 2012 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on May 14, 2012 – Krishna Paksha Navami Tithi orthe ninth day of the waning phase of moon day in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Krishna Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day during the waning phase of moon till 7:31 PM on May 14, 2012. Then onwards it is Krishna Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the dark phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.

Nakshatra – Shatbhisha or Sadayam or Chathayam Nakshatra till 11:18 PM on May 14, 2012. Then onwards it is Purvabhadra or Pooruttathi Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Kumbha Rasi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days –
Vaishakh Krishna Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day of the waning phase of moon in Vaishakh month in calendars followed in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa
Jyeshta Krishna Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day of the waning phase of moon in Jyeshta month in Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himacha…