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Route of Thiruvabharanam Procession from Pandalam to Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple – Temples Giving Reception to Thiruvabharanam Procession for Makaravilakku

Thiruvabharanam Procession from Pandalam in Kerala is held to the famous Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple for Makaravilakku puja. The route of the Thiruvabharanam procession begins from Pandalam Valiyakoickal Sree Dharma Sastha temple. The procession which carries gold ornaments to be worn on murti of Ayyappa is given reception at various Temples enroute to Sabarimala. Pandalam Valiyakoickal Sree Dharma Sastha temple is around 120 km away from  Sabarimala   Ayyappa   Temple . First Day of Procession After leaving Pandalam Valiyakoickal Sree Dharma Sastha temple, the procession will reach Kulanada Devi temple through the road passing by Kaippuzha Srikrishna Swami temple . The procession will then reach Ullannoor temple via the traditional path of Mudappana and Kallumparathu Junction. The three boxes carrying the jewelry will be kept open for darshan at Ullannoor temple. The procession will then take the traditional route through Karikara Junction and  Parayankara Junction

Hindu Devotees from India Visit Katasraj Temple Dedicated to Shiva in Pakistan

Katasraj Temple is located in Chakwal District of Pakistan. The temple is dedicated to Hindu God Shiva. A group of 177 devotees from India were given permission to visit the temple. The devotees are visiting the temple under the aegis of Kendriya Sanatan Dharam Sabha. Dedicated to Shiva, the Katasraj temple is part of several Hindu Puranas. On hearing Sati’s death, two tears trickled down from Lord Shiva and fell on earth. It is believed that the pond at the Katasraj temple complex was formed by the tear that fell here. The temple was later built near the holy pond. Times of India reports  While talking to TOI, president of jatha, Shiv Partap Bajaj rued that Pakistan high commission denied visa to 31 devotees which had hurt Hindu religious sentiments. "There are several youth who are disappointed on not getting Pak visa as they wanted to see the historical temples," he said. He informed that they would spend two days at Katasraj and pay obeisance at a clust

Triketta Nakshatra Matching Stars for Marriage – Kettai Nakshatra Marriage Compatibility

  Triketta or Kettai Nakshatram matching stars for marriage in details is given below. It is the 18th birth star among the 27 Nakshatra in Hindu horoscope and astrology. Triketta marriage compatibility or the very best matching stars are Kartika, Ayiliyam, Uthiram, Chithira and Vishakam. Other good matching stars with Triketta are Makayiram, Thiruvathira, Punirtham, Pooyam, Makam, Chothi, Anizham and Triketta. Rohini, Pooram, Atham, Moolam, Uthiradam, Avittam, Chathayam and Revathi are okay – means not bad. Star that do not match with Jyeshta are Ashwathy, Bharani, Pooradam, Thiruonam, Pooruruttathi and Uthrittathi.

Sri Narasimha Saraswati Jayanti – Sri Narsingh Sarasvati Birth Anniversary

Sri Narasimha Saraswati is believed to be the second avatar of Sri Dattatreya. Sri Narsingh Saraswati Birth Anniversary is annually held on Paush Shukla Paksha Dwitiya. Sri Sri Narasimha Saraswati 2022 date is December 25. Sri Narasimha Saraswati is believed to have lived during the 14th century at Karanja in Maharashtra . He showed spiritual inclination as a young child. His childhood name was Narhari. He learned the Vedas and other scriptures. He followed the life of a Brahmachari. He left home at an early age and took Sanayasa at Kashi and changed his name to Sri Narasimha Saraswati. He settled in Gangapur in Karnataka after traveling to many places in India . Sri Narasimha Saraswati is believed to have performed numerous miracles and this is detailed in the Guru Charita. He is believed to have had several disciples and helped many devotees to travel in the path of self realization. Apart from Karanja, the places where he gave sermons center of pilgrimages and few

Kalaseshwara Temple at Kalasa in Chikmagalur District in Karnataka

Kalaseshwara Temple is dedicated to Hindu God Shiva and is located at Kalasa in Chikmagalur District in Karnataka. The temple is also known as Agastya Kshetra as the temple is associated with Sage Agastya. The temple is located in Kalasa Village which is around 96 KM from Chikmagalur. It is believed that the temple existed before 10th century AD. Story of the Kalaseshwara Temple at Kalasa in Skanda Purana Importance of the temple is mentioned in the Thungabhadra Khand of Skanda Purana. It is believed that two saints named Mitra and Varuana were meditating on the banks of the Thungabhadra River . Indra , the king of the Devas, feared that he will be overthrown by the brothers as they were becoming spiritually more powerful. To create hindrance in the austerity of the brothers, Indra deputed Urvashi , the celestial woman. Urvashi was able to create passion in the mind of brothers. The semen that flowed from Mitra was collected by Devas in a Kalasha (pot). Rishi

Arghyam in Hinduism – What is Arghyam in Hindu Rituals?

Arghyam in Hinduism is the water that is offered during puja to the deity. It is also the water that is offered to Guru, Swami or guests on arrival at home or other places. Arghyam is an important part of Hindu Rituals. Many communities offer water to the deities. They wash the feet of the deity and also offer water near the mouth of the deity. This process is referred as Arghyam. When a guest arrives at home, he is provided fresh water to wash his feet and face. Water is also offered to drink. This traditional gesture is also referred as Arghyam. Arghyam means ‘offering’ in Sanskrit.

Gita in Assamese – Download Bhagavad Gita in Asamiya in Pdf format for free

Srimad Bhagavad Gita in Assamese in Pdf format for free is provided by Swami Shri Adgadanad Ji’s of Yatharth Geeta. This downloadable Asamiya Bhagwad Geeta is strictly for personal use. You can only download the eighteen chapters in Assamese separately and not as a single book. The Assamese Bhagavad Gita is in pdf format and you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader or any other pdf reader installed on your computer. You can download the Bhagawad Gita in Assamese from this link –  Assamese Bhagavad Gita . Note  – the chapter headings are given in Assamese. On clicking each chapter you will get the Asamiya Gita. If the above link is not working you can use this link in google drive to  download  Assamese Bhagavad Gita

Anizham Nakshatram Matching Stars for Marriage – Anizham Nakshatra Marriage Compatibility

Anizham Nakshatram matching stars for marriage in details is given below. It is the 17th birth star among the 27 Nakshatra in Hindu horoscope and astrology. Anizham marriage compatibility or the very best matching stars are Rohini, Thiruvathirai, Punirtham, Pooyam, Ayiliyam, Atham, Chothi and Vishakam. Other good matching stars with Anizham are Makayiram, Pooram, Uthiram, Chithira, Anizham and Triketta. Ashwathy, Bharani, Kartika (2nd, 3rd and 4th quarter), Magham, Pooradam, Thiruonam, Pooruruttathi, Uthrittathi and Revathi are okay – means not bad. Star that do not match with Anizham are Kartika (1st quarter), Moolam, Uthradam, Avittam and Chathayam.

Sachiya Mata – About Goddess Sachiya Mata

Sachiya Mata is a powerful and fierce incarnation of Mother Goddess Shakti. Goddess Sachiya Mata is believed to the name given to Mahishasuramardini form of Durga by the Oswal Jaina Community in Rajasthan. The original murti of Sachiya Devi depicts the Goddess pressing down the demon Mahishasura on to the ground with her legs and the lion (Vahana or vehicle of Goddess) pouncing on the demon. Another image of Sachiya Devi is that of twelve-armed like the Mahishasuramardini form of Durga. It is stated that Ratnaprabha Suri, a Jaina teacher, was against worshipping the ferocious deity. He performed intense austerities and converted the ferocious form into pure form. The Goddess then came to be referred as Satyaka and she came to be known as Sachiya Mata. This form is mainly worshipped by Jains. The most famous temple dedicated to Sachiya Mata is located at Osian in Rajasthan.

Mahabharata Flower at Govardhan Eco Village in Galtare at Hamrapur near Thane

Mahabharata Flower is grown at Govardhan Eco Village in Galtare at Hamrapur at Wada in Thane District in Maharashtra . The flower has several layers of petals. The lower 100 petals is considered to be Kauravas, the five metals in the middle layer is considered as Pandavas, the three petals above is considered as Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva and finally a single petal on top is considered as Sri Krishna. The flower is known as Passiflora Caerulea and is native plant of South America . Locals due to the unique combination of the petals are referring to it as the Mahabharata flower. Govardhan Eco village is project dedicated to His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanata Swami Prabhupada, Founder Acharya of the International society for Krishna consciousness (ISKCON). You can get more details about Govardhan Eco village here.

Which Hindu God is worshipped on Monday?

A particular day in a week is dedicated to a Hindu God as per Hindu tradition. So which is the Hindu God worshipped on Monday? Monday in Hinduism is generally dedicated to Shiva. People visit temples dedicated to Shiva and also observe Monday fasting . Some people observe Solah Somvar Vrat or fasting for sixteen Mondays. People offer water, honey, milk etc to Shivling on the day. But the best offering on the day is feeding hungry children and elderly people. The money that you spent on milk or honey can be used to feed a person on the day. The best offering is food as per Hinduism.

Book – A Southern Music – The Karnatik Story

A Southern Music – The Karnatik Story is written by T.M. Krishna and is published by Harper Collins. The book explores the world of Carnatic music. The Hindu Business Line reports  “It is the greatest book on any subject I have read,” said Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen launching A Southern Music: The Karnatik Story, a book by T. M. Krishna, a renowned Carnatic vocalist. Heaping wholesome praise on Carnatic vocalist T.M. Krishna’s book A Southern Music – The Karnatik Story, which he launched, Professor Sen said it was one of the best books he had read. “What you get from the book is the deeper sense of experience, a better understanding, context and, of course, a kind of commanding view of the history of the discipline,” he said. The book, he added, also dealt with contemporary event in music and its impact. A Southern Music – The Karnatik Story Author - T.M. Krishna Published by Harper Collins Cover Price – 699/- Number of pages - 350 pages

Chothi Nakshatra Matching Stars for Marriage – Choti Nakshatra Marriage Compatibility

Chothi Nakshatra matching stars for marriage in details is given below. It is the 15th birth star among the 27 Nakshatra in Hindu horoscope and astrology. Choti marriage compatibility or the very best matching stars are Makayiram, Thiruvathira, Punirtham (1st, 2nd and 3rd quarter), Uthiram (2nd, 3rd, and 4th quarter), Atham and Chithira (1st and 2nd quarter). Other good matching stars with Chothi are Bharani, Kartika, Rohini, Punirtham (4th quarter), Ayiliyam, Pooram, Uthiram (1st quarter), Chithira (2nd and 3rd quarter), Chothi, Uthiradam and Revathi. Ashwathy, Pooyam, Magham, Vishakam, Anizham, Triketta, Pooradam, Thiruonam, Avittam, Chathayam and Pooruruttathi are okay – means not bad. Stars that do not match with Chothi are Moolam and Uthrittathi.

Ramanuja Gita Bhashya in Hindi in pdf – Bhagavad Gita Bhashya of Sri Ramanujacharya in Hindi

Ramanuja Gita Bhashya is one of the most popular commentaries on the Bhagavad Gita. Now you can read the Hindi translation of Sri Ramanujacharya's Sanskrit Commentary. The translation is provided by Gita Press and it is in pdf format. You can download and save a copy. The file size is 36 MB. Link  -  Ramanuja Gita Bhashya in Hindi Related Ramanuja Gita Bhashya in English – Read Bhagavad Gita Bhashyam of Sri Ramanujacharya

Chaturveda Navaneetha Santhana Krishnan Temple at Ariyallur near Chennai – Four Vedas Depicted as Four Cows

Chaturveda Navaneetha Santhana Krishnan Temple is a unique temple located at Ariyallur near Manali in Northern Part of Chennai in Tamil Nadu. The temple is dedicated to Sri Krishna. Apart from the murti of Navaneetha Santhana Krishna – there are murtis of four cows symbolically representing the four Vedas. The temple also has a murti of Garuda, the vehicle of Bhagvan Srihari Vishnu. Deccan Chronicle reports The temple has been planned to have Ghosala (shelter for cows) at the temple and the devotees would be encouraged to pe­r­sonally feed them.  The cows, portraying the four Vedas, and also the idol of Santhana Krishnan were sculpted by Sthapathi Shankern­arayanan.  “Since the Vedic times importance has been attached to cows…all the gods are believed to reside in the body of Kamadhenu - the generic cow. Her four legs are the scriptural Vedas,” says Subramanian.  Apart from patronising Ghosala, steps would be taken to conduct Gho pujas, he said and added that thi

Quotes From Thiruppavai Of Andal

Let me tell you the objective of why we come to you early morning, bow at your lotus feet and sing your praise! What we have come for is not to just get your grace and boons today alone. What we seek is this… Forever and forever, in the next seven births that we may take and we should be privileged to have a relationship with You in all Your avatars… O Lord, please ensure that any other desires of ours other than this are removed from our minds. Thiruppavai - 29 Oh Lord (KaNNaa) of rain (mazhai) and oceans (aazhi), please do not discontinue (kai karavEl), any thing (OnRu). Diving (pukku) into (uL) the ocean (aazhi); fetching the water (mugandhu kodu), causing thunder (aarthu); going up to the sky (ERi); darkening (kaRuththu) your body (mey) like (pOl) the form (uruvam) (uruvam) of the prime Lord (mudhalvan) of the universe (oozhi); standing (ninRu) and roaring (adhirndhu) like (pOl) the shining (minni) conch (valamburi) and the chakram (aazhi) of Lord Padhmanab

Abhaya Hasta Mudra of Hindu Gods

Abhaya Hasta is the pose of hands common to most Hindu Gods. One hand of several of the murtis (idols) of Hindu Gods depicts this pose. The Abhaya Hasta Mudra shows the pose of the hand while conferring protection. Abhaya means to give shelter or protection. In Abhaya Hasta Mudra, the palm of the hand is depicted with fingers pointing upwards. The mudra is in such a way that one feels as if the deity is enquiring about the welfare of the devotee. Those people seeking refuge and escape from materialistic values should meditate on murtis having Abhaya Hasta pose. Related Varada Hasta Mudra of Hindu Gods

Atham Nakshatram Matching Stars for Marriage – Atham Nakshatra Marriage Compatibility

Atham Nakshatram matching stars for marriage in details is given below. It is the 13th birth star among the 27 Nakshatra in Hindu horoscope and astrology. Atham marriage compatibility or the very best matching stars are Ashwathy, Bharani, Rohini, Makayiram, Thiruvathira, Punirtham, Pooyam, Ayiliyam, Uthiram (2nd, 3rd, and 4th quarter), Thiruonam and Revathi Other good matching stars with Atham are Kartika, Magham, Pooram, Uthiram (1st quarter), Atham, Chithira (1st and 2nd quarter), Vishakam, Pooradam, Uthiradam, Pooruruttathi and Uthrittathi. Chithira (3rd and 4th quarter), Chothi, Anizham, Triketta, Moolam and Avittam are okay – means not bad. Birth Star that does not match with Atham is Chathayam.

Gautam Rishi Temple in Kullu – Manali in Himachal Pradesh Performs Pran Pratishta After 1000 years

Dedicated to Sage Gautam, the Gautam Rishi Temple is located at Goshal Village in Kullu – Manali in Himachal Pradesh. The temple is also dedicated to Sage Vyas and Kanchan Nag. The Pran Pratishta was held after 1000 years in the temple on December 1. This ritual of infusing life into the murti is a very rare ritual. Times of India reports  Thousands of devotees, including tourists, thronged the village to witness the three-day once-in-a-lifetime ceremony. The ceremony included erecting an over 70 feet high huge wooden staff (dhwaja) in temple premises after about 31 years. The pole was brought to the temple from a nearby forest, using ropes.  Palanquins of Goddess Hadimba, Manu Rishi, Vashisht Rishi, Parashar Rishi, Piyuli Nag and Mata Sharvari were present at the ceremony.

Sai Baba Murti Porcelain figurine from Lladro – Sai Baba Idol from Lladro

Lladro  is a world famous Spanish Company noted for high quality porcelain figurines. Lladro during the past couple of years released murtis of various gods in Hinduism. Now as part of the Lladro 2013 collections, Sai Baba idol has been released. Sai Baba Murti is priced at 45,000 Rupees. The murti is depicted as wearing white dress and seated in the famous posture. Lladro figurines are noted for its beauty, detailing and no compromise in materials used. You may also like to read Shiva as Nataraja from Lladro Limited Edition New Ganesha Idols from Lladro – Dancing, Mridangam, Bansuri and Veena Ganesha

Bhagavad Gita Chapter 9 - Verse 29 – An Explanation

I am impartial to all the created beings, I have neither any friend nor any foe. But they who worship Me by virtue of Spiritual Absorption are in Me and also I am in them – Chapter 9 Verse 29 By this the Lord sets forth His particular relationship with His Spiritual workers and also the general relation with the whole world. Many people come forward with an accusation here that the Gita bears no definite truth at all; because in the first line of this verse the Lord says that He has neither any friend nor any foe, again in the second line He contradicts His first statement by saying that His Spiritual worshippers are in Him and He is in them. Therefore it is apparent, as they say that He is subject to flattery. This is not the case. For example; - A king is the common friend to all his subjects: this is his general favor towards his people. But a man who is his most competent minister can always live with the king: this is the special favor of the king towards his worker.

Mother of Bhim – Who is the Mother of Bheema in the Mahabharata?

Who is the mother Bhim in the Mahabharata? Was Bheema divine born or from a human mother. Story mentioned in the Mahabharat answers as to who is the Mother of Bhim. Queen Kunti was married to Pandu, the prince of Hastinapura. But Pandu could not have sexual union with Kunti because of a curse. Kunti in her teenage due to her service to Sage Durvasa had got a boon that she will be able to summon a god and have children in him. Pandu requested Kunti to make use of the boon. Thus Bheema was born when Kunti summoned Vayu, (the wind god in Hinduism) The mother of Bhim is Kunti. Now a question arises as to did Kunti give birth to Bheema or she received him as an infant as a blessing from Yama. No one has ever bothered to answer this question in the scriptures but it is widely believed that she gave birth to Bhim.

Book on Saraswati River – Vedic Sarasvati River

Vedic Sarasvati River is a new book the Saraswati River which disappeared long time ago. The book is written by P S Thakkar, a retired scientist from ISRO and now a researcher. The book states that the Saraswati River had its origin in the Mount Kailash and merged with the Arabian Sea on Gujarat Coast . The writer is of the view that the river disappeared from the surface of the earth due to tectonic activities including earth quake. Times of India writes "If we look at our religious scriptures, Saraswati has been hailed as one of the most important rivers of the land. We find its mention in all four Vedas, Brahmans, Puranas and both the epics - Ramayan and Mahabharat. Right in Mahabharat, we get description that the flow of the river had started thinning. About 2,500 years ago, the river disappeared," says Thakkar. Thakkar claims that Saraswati started from a lake northeast of Mansarovar in Tibet and entered today's Uttaranchal. It then flowed in Ut

Australia's National Museum to Return 900-year-old Nataraja Murti to India

A 900-year-old Nataraja Murti which was stolen from India will be returned to India . Nataraja, the dancing murti of Shiva, is currently in Australia 's National Museum . The murti was purchased from a person now arrested for stealing several murtis of Hindu Gods and Goddesses from various temples in India . The Telegraph reports  Australia ’s national art museum will return a prized 900-year-old dancing Shiva to India after it emerged the £2.8 million statuette – purchased from disgraced international art dealer Subhash Kapoor – was stolen and smuggled out of south India . The National Gallery of Australia has for months resisted Indian pleas to return the sculpture and other works which Indian officials insisted were stolen. But the gallery has now accepted the items were stolen after Kapoor’s New York-based assistant admitted to involvement in the sale of 150 looted items, some of which dated back 2,000 years. 

Uthiram Nakshatram Matching Stars for Marriage – Uthiram Nakshatra Marriage Compatibility

Uthiram Nakshatram matching stars for marriage in details is given below. It is the 12th birth star among the 27 Nakshatra in Hindu horoscope and astrology. Uthiram marriage compatibility or the very best matching stars are Thiruvathira, Pooram and Uthrittathi. Other good matching stars with Uthiram are Ashwathy, Bharani, Kartika, Rohini, Pooyam, Makam, Uthiram (1st quarter), Chothi, Uthiradam (1st quarter) and Revathi. Makayiram, Punirtham, Ayiliyam, Uthiram (2nd, 3rd and 4th quarter), Moolam, Pooradam, Uthiradam (2nd, 3rd and 4th quarter), Chathayam and Pooruruttathi (4th quarter) are okay – means not bad. Birth Stars that do not match with Uthiram are Atham, Chithira, Vishakam, Anizham, Triketta, Thiruonam, Avittam and Pooruruttathi (1st, 2nd and 3rd quarter).

Thanka Anki 2022 Procession Date - Thanga Angi Procession to Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple for Mandala Puja

The Thanka Anki Procession to the famous Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple for Mandala puja will begin on December 23, 2022 from the Aranmula Ayyappa Temple. The Thanka Anki is the golden ornaments that will be worn on Ayyappa Murti during Mandala Puja. The deeparadhana (evening prayer) performed with Thanka Anki is held on Mandala Pooja day. The procession starts from the Aranmula Sree Parthasarathy Temple four days prior to the Mandala Pooja day. Mandala Puja is on December 27, 2022. The procession will be given reception more than a dozen temples on the way to Sabarimala from Aranmula. Aranmula Sree Parthasarathy Temple is around 100 km away from Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple

Goddess Bandi Devi

Goddess Bandi Devi is a manifestation of Mother Goddess Shakti and information about her is found in the Kashi Khand of the Skanda Purana. She is worshipped in murti form in a temple in Varanasi located near the Dasaswamedh Ghat. Bandi Path is a popular prayer dedicated to the Goddess. The popular belief is that offering prayers to Goddess Bandi will help childless couples in getting children. She also blesses devotees with prosperity. She is known as the giver of children and protector from hardships. Tuesday is the day associated with Goddess Bandi Devi. It must be noted that in prayers associated with Goddess Bandi she is equated with Goddess Durga.  Her story is similar to that of Goddess Durga fighting various demons that ends with the annihilation of Mahishasura.

Who is the father of Yudhisthira in the Mahabharat?

Yudhisthira was the first of the Pandavas. His mother was Kunti. Who is the father of Yudhisthira in the Mahabharat is explained below in the story. Kunti was married to Pandu. But Pandu could not have sexual union with Kunti because of a curse. Kunti due to her service to Sage Durvasa had got a boon that she will be able to summon a god and have children in him. Pandu requested Kunti to make use of the boon. Thus Yudhisthira was born when Kunti summoned Dharmaraja, or Yama. But as per social custom that was followed at the time of Mahabharata, Pandu is the father of Yudhisthira. 

Ancient Manuscript with Mantras on How to Use Weapons mentioned in the Mahabharata

An ancient manuscript with mantras on how to use weapons mentioned in the Mahabharata was found in the collection of Ashtavaidyan Vaidyamadham Cheriya Narayanan Namboodiri in Kerala. Late Ashtavaidyan Vaidyamadham Cheriya Narayanan Namboodiri had submitted 1300 bundles of manuscript written in palm leaves for digitization. Among them a 63-folio manuscript in palm leaves, believed to be rewritten about 120 years ago, provides information on how to use all the deadly weapons mentioned in the Mahabharata. How to use the weapons are described in 48 mantras. The manuscript will be soon available online. Times of India reports  "It was Cheriya Narayanan Namboodiri's wish to digitize all his manuscript collections — 1,300 bundles — for the benefit of researchers, students and the future generation. The particular manuscript was noticed while we were digitizing the collections using the most reliable method, reprography," said A R Krishnakumar, project manager at Centr

On Corruption at Vaikuntam complex in Tirupati Balaji Temple

There are numerous complaints by devotees regarding officials taking bribe and allowing people to jump queue at the Vaikuntam complex in Tirupati Balaji Temple . The Hindu looks into this matter in an article titled  “Vaikuntam complex turns corridor for corruption.” Middlemen, with the help of staffers of the hill shrine, are making hay by allowing devotees for a faster darshan illegally Every time the management endeavours plugging the loopholes, the ‘highly-connected’ middlemen come out with a nefarious design and thwart the efforts of the administration in maintaining a corrupt-free system, reportedly by luring the staff working at the centres. With the management focusing much of its attention on the Vaikuntam – I Complex through which all the VIPs and paid ticket holders are allowed for darshan, the second Vaikuntam Complex meant for the ordinary pilgrims naturally has become more susceptible to corruption. The normal inattention nevertheless has proved a blessing i

Kamantakamurti – Shiva as Kamantaka Murti

Kamantakamurti of Shiva is associated with the famous incident mentioned in the Puranas in which Shiva burns down Kama or Manmatha, the god of love. After death of Sati , Shiva entered into severe penance and this caused imbalance in the galaxy. Demon Taraka wrecked havoc in the universe as he had got a boon that only a son of Shiva will annihilate him. Since Shiva was performing intense austerities, Demon Taraka knew that he will never father a son. Meanwhile, Goddess Shakti had appeared as Parvati but Shiva showed no intention of returning to worldly life. Devas then deputed Kama, the god of love , to create lascivious thoughts in the mind of Shiva. Kama aimed flowery arrows at Shiva. Angry at being disturbed, Shiva opened his third eye and burnt Kama into ashes. As Kamantakamurti, Shiva is sitting in meditating posture and Kamadev is sculptured as having fallen down at the glance of Shiva. The murti of Shiva has three eyes, four arms and his head is cover

Pooram Nakshatra Matching Stars for Marriage – Pooram Nakshatra Marriage Compatibility

Pooram Nakshatra matching stars for marriage in details is given below. It is the 11th birth star among the 27 Nakshatra in Hindu horoscope and astrology. Pooram marriage compatibility or the very best matching stars are Bharani, Makam, Uthram (1st quarter), Pooruruttathi and Revathi Other good matching stars with Pooram are Ashwathy, Kartika, Rohini, Makayiram, Thiruvathira, Punirtham, Pooyam, Ayiliyam, Pooram, Pooradam, Uthiradam (1st quarter) and Uthrittathi. Uthiram (2nd, 3rd and 4th quarter), Chithira (3rd and 4th quarter), Chothi, Vishakam, Triketta, Moolam, Uthiradam (2nd, 3rd and 4th quarter) and Avittam (3rd and 4th quarter), are okay – means not bad. Starts that do not match with Pooram are Atham, Chithira (1st and 2nd quarter), Anizham, Thiruonam, Avittam (1st and 2nd quarter) and Chathayam.

Charma Munda Devi – Goddess Charma Munda Devi

Charma Munda Devi is a fierce form of Mother Goddess Shakti. Information about Charma Munda Devi is found in the Kashi Khand of Skanda Purana. The goddess is worshipped as an unimaginably huge figure that is attempting to devour the galaxy. In murti form, Charma Munda Devi holds a knife and skull in her hands. She has huge hands. In some descriptions she has thousand hands. She completely devours all that follow Adharma. It is widely believed that Charma Munda Devi protects and helps those who follow dharma. One of the temples dedicated to this form of Goddess Shakti is located in Varanasi .

Makam Nakshatram Matching Stars for Marriage – Magham Nakshatra Marriage Compatibility

Makam Nakshatram matching stars for marriage in details is given below. It is the tenth birth star among the 27 Nakshatra in Hindu horoscope and astrology. Magham marriage compatibility or the very best matching stars are Moolam and Chathayam Other good matching stars with Magham are Ashwathy, Rohini, Ayiliyam, Magham, Pooruruttathi (4th quarter) and Uthrittathi Bharani, Kartika, Makayiram (1st and 2nd quarter), Thiruvathira, Punirtham, Pooyam,  Pooram, Uthiram (1st quarter), Atham, Chithira (3rd and 4th quarter), Chothi, Vishakam, Triketta, Pooradam, Thiruonam, Avittam (3rd and 4th quarter), Poorruttathi (1st, 2nd and 3rd quarter) and Revathi are okay – means not bad. Starts that do not match with Magha are Makayiram (3rd and 4th quarter), Uthiram (2nd, 3rd and 4th quarter), Chithira (1st and 2nd quarter), Anizham, Uthiradam and Avittam (1st and 2nd quarter).

Rubbing of Ghee on the Stone Walls of Kedarnath Temple Threatens to Erode the Temple

Kedarnath Temple Withstood the Himalayan Deluge of June 2013 but people who are working on the restoration of the temple have found a new problem – ghee. Devotees after offering ghee with bare hands to the Shivling in the temple rub their hands on the walls of the Kedarnath Temple . This is a bad manner followed by devotees in most temples in India . The bad practice of cleaning off the ghee on the temple walls have been going on for decades. Now there is a thick layer of ghee on the walls of the temple and is infested with worms. The thick layer stops the natural breathing of the rocks and this is leading to decay of the walls. Due to this bad practice, engravings and paintings on the temple walls have been damaged. India Today reports  ASI Director ( Science branch) K. S. Rana says, " We have not witnessed the typical problem in any of our projects, which we had to face in the Kedarnath shrine. The ghee deposits turn hard with drop in temperature in the valley

Route of Thanka Anki Procession From Aranmula to Sabarimala Temple – Temples Giving Reception to Thanga Angi of Ayyappa

Thanka Anki Procession is held to the famous Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple for Mandala puja. The route of the Thanka Anki begins from Aranmula Parthasarathy Temple. The Thanga Angi is given reception at various Temples enroute to Sabarimala. Aranmula Sree Parthasarathy Temple is around 100 km away from Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple. Thanka Anki Procession begins from Aranmula Parthasarathy Temple at 7 AM on December 22. First Day of Procession After leaving Aranmula Temple, the procession will be given traditional receptions at Moorthitta Sree Ganapathi Temple, Punnamthottam Temple,  Nedumprayar Thevalkasseri Devi Temple, Pampadimon Temple,  Elanthur Sree Bhagavathikunnu Devi Temple,  Ganapathi Temple, Mezhuveli Temple, Elavumthitta Devi Temple Prakanam Idanattidom Temple, and the procession will halt on the first day at Omallur Sree Rakthakadnaswami Temple. Second Day of Procession Kodunthara Sree Subramanian Temple, Pathanamthitta Sree Dharma Sastha Te

Book with Stories in the Yoga Vasishta - Download in pdf format

Yoga Vasishta contains some of the most important teachings of Hinduism. Many of the teachings are explained through stories. Some of the important stories in the Yoga Vasishta are found in the Lagu Yoga Vasishta translated into English by K Narayanswami Aiyer. The book was published in 1896. You can read the stories in pdf format at the Archive website. Link – Stories in the Yoga Vasishta Note the book is in pdf format and the file size is nearly 39 MB.

Sanskrit A Binding Force For Knowing The Relationship Of Different Languages And Cultures Of Asia And Europe

An article in the Hindustan Times titled ‘Sanskrit - a powerful binding force’ written by Dr Satyamurti attempts to understand the linguistic unity in Europe and Asia . And Sanskrit is the key to understanding the linguistic unity. ‘Sanskrit - a powerful binding force’  The history of the development of various languages of Asia and Europe reveals an interesting fact. Nearly 4000-5000 years ago, the ancestors of the majority of people in Asia and Europe had been living together for hundreds of years at one place and our forefathers, whom we call arya, used to speak one language. The original language of the aryans has been termed as Proto Indo-European language -- called PIE in short. While studying the family tree of Indo-European languages, the similarity among languages becomes very visible. It has been established that Sanskrit is more similar to classical languages like Greek, Latin, Avestan and Gothic than the modern languages like English, German and French that have be

When is next Kumbha Mela? – Date of Next Kumbh Mela

When is next Kumbha Mela? Next Kumbha Mela will be held at Trimbakeshwar in Nashik in Maharashtra . The first ceremony date is July 14, 2015. The first bathing date is August 29, 2015. The next important bathing date is September 13. The third important bathing date is on September 25, 2015. When Jupiter (Guru) and Sun are in zodiac sign Leo (Simha Rashi), Kumbh Mela is celebrated in Trimbakeshwar, Nashik. There are two important reasons why Kumbh Mela is held in  India . One is based on stories in scriptures and another is a practical reason. The practical reason is that Kumbh Mela is meant for the great minds in Sanatana Dharma (Hinduism) to meet and discuss and share knowledge for the welfare of the living beings. Decisions and new findings in philosophy and science taken during the Kumbh Mela are then carried by the saints to different parts of the world.

Varaha Purana in Hindi – Read Varah Purana Online in Hindi

Varaha Purana is one of the most important Puranas. The Purana narrates the story of Varah incarnation of Vishnu. The Puran contains valuable information on the observance of numerous vrats and pujas. It also details regarding the origin of various rituals. It also narrates many important stories and teachings. Now the Ved Puran website is offering the entire Varaha Purana in Hindi online. It is not in pdf format so you cannot download it. So you can only read it online. Link –  Read Varaha Purana in Hindi online.

How is Neyyabhishekam Performed at the Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple? – How is ghee offering made to Ayyappa?

Neyyabhishekam is the anointing of the murti of Ayyappa at Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple . The Ghee offering to the murti of Ayyappa is made from 4:20 AM to 11:00 AM daily when the temple is open. Those devotees who reach the sanctum sanctorum of the temple after 11:00 AM will have to wait for the next day to perform the Neyyabhishekam. The ghee or Neyyu for the Neyyabhishekam is carried by devotees inside a coconut known as Neyyuthenga. The coconut is then broken in the courtyard of the temple and the ghee is then collected in a vessel. This ghee is then used to perform Neyyabhishekam. A portion of it is returned to the devotee. Some devotees pour the ghee in a vessel kept in the sanctum sanctorum and do not wait for the ghee to be returned. The coconut in which Ghee was carried is thrown in the huge fire pit in front of the temple. Related Significance of Neyyabhishekam at Sabarimala

Rare Six Face Muruga Murti (Idol) on Display in Art Institute of Chicago

A very rare six face Muruga Murti (Idol) is currently on display in Art Institute of Chicago. The murti believed to be of 12th century AD has twelve arms. The six faces are arranged in a circular fashion and the murti is seated on a peacock. Two of the arms are in Varada and Hasta posture. The other arms hold various weapons associated with Muruga.

Importance Of Magh Purnima – Magha Purnima 2023 Date And Time

Magh Purnima is the full moon day in the Hindu month of Magh (January – February). Magha Purnima 2023 date is February 5. Magha, or Maghi, is month during which the famous Kumbh Mela and the annual Magh Mela takes place at Sangam in Prayag or Allahabad. The day is considered highly auspicious by the Hindu devotees and thousands of people converge at Sangam in Allahabad to take a dip in the holy waters. Amazing Mohini Sculpture At Chennakesava Temple, Belur, Karnataka It is believed that Vishwamitra II performed the ritual bath during the Kumbh Mela on a Magh Purnima in 2382 BCE. Magh Purnima is an important bathing date during the Kumbh Mela and the Magh Mela. Maghi Purnima usually comes at the end of Magh month and it usually signals the end of the Kumbh Mela. Most Kalpvasis start their return journey from Sangam on this day. Another major event during Magh Purnima is the Baneshwar Fair. It is held at the confluence of Mahi, Som and Jhakham Rivers in Banswara District in Rajas

Pandu Purnima

Pandu Purnima is observed on the full moon day in Margashirsh month (November – December). The day is of great significance in Orissa and especially in Lord Jagannath Temples. Pandu Purnima 2022 date is December 8. Lord Jagannath is believed to be performing Shradh to his parents during his incarnations of Lord Krishna and Lord Ram. Lord Jagannath gives darshan to his devotees in white color silk cloth on the day. Thousands of devotees gather to have this rare darshan of Lord Jagannath.

Revathi Nakshatra Matching Stars for Marriage – Revati Nakshatra Marriage Compatibility

Revathi Nakshatra matching stars for marriage in details is given below. Revati is the 27th birth star among the 27 Nakshatra in Hindu horoscope and astrology. Revathi marriage compatibility or the very best matching stars are Uttara Phalguni (2nd, 3rd and 4th quarter), Swathi, Vishaka (1st, 2nd and 3rd quarter), Jyeshta, Moola, Uttarashada, Shravan, Dhanishta (1st and 2nd quarter), Purvabhadra, and Uttarabhadra. Other good matching stars with Revathi are Krittika (2nd, 3rd and 4th quarter), Mrigasira, Punarvasu, Pushya, Aslesha, Uttara Phalguni (1st quarter), Hasta, Chitra, Vishaka (4th quarter), Anuradha, Purvashada, Dhanishta (3rd and 4th quarter), Shathabhisha and Revathi. Ashwini, Krittika (1st quarter), Rohini, Ardra, Magha and Purvaphalguni, are okay – means not bad. Star that does not match with Revathi is Bharani.

Ayiliyam Nakshatram Marriage Compatibility – Ayiliyam Nakshatra Matching Stars for Marriage

Ayiliyam Nakshatram Marriage compatibility or matching stars with Ayiliyam for marriage in detail is given below. It is the 9th among the 27 Nakshatra in Hindu horoscope and astrology. The best matching star with Ayiliyam born is a person born in Kartika and Revati Nakshatra. Other good matching stars with Ayiliyam Nakshatra are Makayiram (3rd and 4th quarter), Thiruvathira, Punirtham (1st, 2nd, and 3rd quarter), Triketta, Avittam, Chathayam, Pooruruttathi (4th quarter) and Uthrittathi. Ashwathy, Bharani, Rohini, Makayiram (1st and 2nd quarter), Punirtham (4 th quarter), Pooyam, Ayiliyam, Magham, Uthiram, Chithira, Vishakham, Anizham, Moolam, Pooradam, Uthiradam and Pooruruttathi (1st, 2nd, 3rd quarter) are okay – neither good nor bad. Stars that do not match with Ayiliyam Nakshatra are Pooram, Atham, Chothi, and Thiruvonam.

Pooyam Matching Stars for Marriage – Pooyam Nakshatra Marriage Compatibility

Pooyam Nakshatra matching stars for marriage in details is given below. It is the eighth birth star among the 27 Nakshatra in Hindu horoscope and astrology. Pooyam marriage compatibility or the very best matching stars are Punirtham and Revathi Other good matching stars with Pooyam are Bharani, Rohini, Makayiram (3rd and 4th quarter), Thiruvathira, Anizham, Thiruonam, Pooruruttathi and Uthrittathi. Ashwathy, Kartika, Makayiram (1st and 2nd quarter), Pooyam, Ayiliyam, Atham, Chothi, Vishakam (4th quarter), Triketta, Moolam, Pooradam, Uthiradam (1st quarter), Avittam and Chathayam are okay – means not bad. Stars that do not match with Pooyam are Magham, Pooram, Uthiram, Chithira, Vishakam (1st, 2nd and 3rd quarter) and Uthiradam (2nd, 3rd and 4th quarter).

Malayalam Calendar 2014 Online – Download Kerala Calendar 2014 in PDF format for free

Malayalam Calendar 2014 in pdf for download is provided by the Deepika Newspaper and Kerala Kaumudi (not yet updated) in Kerala. Last year Mathurbhumi had also provided their calendar online but they have stopped it. Malayala Manorama does not provide the 2014 calendar online for free. The 2014 Malayalam calendar contains important festivals in Kerala and uses Malayalam language to mention Nakshatram and festival details. You can visit the newspaper website and download it here -  Deepika Malayalam Calendar 2014 Kerala Kaumudi Calendar 2014 in PDF format - You download it here at  Kerala Kaumudi calendar 2014 .

Swami Virajananda Teachings on Ahimsa

Teachings on Ahimsa by Swami Virajananda. That Ahimsa (Non-injury) is the supreme virtue is no doubt true. But merely professing it by word of mouth is worse than useless; merely refraining from killing animals, as for example, not taking fish or meat, is not Ahimsa. True non-injury can only be practiced when God is seen in all beings, that is, when the Self is realized. The very nature of living necessarily involves at every moment, whether knowingly or unknowingly, destruction of or injury to the lives of countless beings, visible and invisible. The Yogis practise austerities by living upon milk, because it is a purely Sattvic food. But to obtain that milk the calf which has its birthright to the whole of its mother’s milk, has to be deprived of a part of its natural food. Is this not an act of injury or cruelty? But the more one can live without consciously injuring or harming others, so much the better. However, by the habitual practice of real non-injury, o

Punartham Matching Stars for Marriage – Punartham Marriage Compatibility

Punartham Nakshatra matching stars for marriage in details is given below. It is the seventh birth star among the 27 Nakshatra in Hindu horoscope and astrology. Punartham marriage compatibility or the very best matching stars are Ashwathy, Rohini, Makayiram, Thiruvathira, Moolam, Thiruonam, Pooruruttathi and Uthrittathi. Other good matching stars with Punirtham are Bharani, Kartika, Punirtham, Pooyam, Uthram (2nd, 3rd, 4th quarter), Atham, Chithira (1 and 2 quarter), Chothi, Vishakam, Anizham, Pooradam, Uthiradam, Avittam, Chathyam and Revati. Ayiliyam, Magham, Uthram (1st quarter), Chithira (3 and 4 quarter), and Triketta are okay – means not bad. Star that does not match with Punirtham is Pooram.

Chintapurni Devi – About Goddess Chintpurni Maa

Chintapurni Devi is a manifestation of Goddess Chinnamastika Devi. Some scholars are also of the belief that Chintpurni Maa is another name of Goddess Chinnamastika. The most popular temple dedicated to Chintapurni Devi is located at Chhaproh around 5 km from Bharwai in Una District in Himachal Pradesh. The popular belief is that the murti of Goddess Chinnamastika in the form of Chintapurni Devi was found by an ardent Shakti Devotee named Mai Dasa. Legend has it that once on his way to the next village, Mai Dasa happened to take rest under a pipal tree. He soon fell into deep sleep and had a dream. In the dream Chintapurni Devi told him that her pindi was located nearby and he should build a temple in honor of her. Soon Mai Dasa woke up and searched for the pindi and found it nearby. He also discovered a pond nearby. A temple dedicated to Chintapurni Devi was built here. Related Story of Chinnamastika – About Hindu Goddess Chinnamastika

Panchalinga Darshana Temples in Talakad in Karnataka – Five Shiva Temples That are Visited Part of Talakad Panchalinga Darshana

Panchalinga Darshana is visit to the five major Shiva temples in Talakad in Karnataka and is held in once in 12 years or when Kartik Amavasya falls on Monday. The five Shiva temples have to be visited on a single day. The five temples are: Vaidyeshwara Temple Maruleshwara Temple ( Sri Kanteshwara) Pathaleshwara Temple Arakeshwara Temple and Mallikarjuneshwara Temple Devotees first visit the Vaidyeshwara temple. Then they walk through the sand dunes to visit the Pathaleshwara and Maruleshwara Temple . The Arakeshwara and Mallikarjuneshwara temples are located on the outskirts of Talakad and visited in a vehicle. Lord Shiva dwells in holy Talakadu in the form of five Lingas. The holy pond here is known as Gokarna. Every year when the Sun enters Tula Rashi, Ganga from Kashi comes and joins the stream here. Devotees take dip in Gokarna Tirtha and worship Vaidyeshwara, take a dip in Purva Vahin Kaveri (east flowing Cauvery river) and worship Vasukishwara,

Dhanishta Nakshatra Matching Stars for Marriage – Dhanishta Nakshatra Marriage Compatibility

Dhanishta Nakshatra matching stars for marriage in details is given below. Dhanishta  is the 23rd birth star among the 27 Nakshatra in Hindu horoscope and astrology. Dhanishta marriage compatibility or the very best matching stars are Magham, Uttar Phalguni (2nd, 3rd and 4 th quarter), Swathi, Vishaka (1st, 2nd, 3rd quarter), Moola, Uttarashada and Shravan. Other good matching stars with Dhanishta are Krittika, Uttar Phalguni (1 st Quarter) Hasta, Chitra, Vishaka (4th quarter), Anuradha, Jyeshta, Purvashada, Dhanishta and Shatabhisha. Ashwini, Bharani, Rohini, Ardra, Pushya, Aslesha, Purva Phalguni, Purvabhadra and Uttarabhadra are okay – means not bad. Stars that do not match with Dhanishta are Mrigasira, Punarvasu and Revathi.

Uttarabhadra Nakshatra Matching Stars for Marriage – Uttara Bhadra Nakshatra Marriage Compatibility

Uttarabhadra Nakshatra matching stars for marriage in details is given below. Uttara Bhadra is the 26th birth star among the 27 Nakshatra in Hindu horoscope and astrology. Uttara Bhadra marriage compatibility or the very best matching stars are Hasta, Swathi, Vishaka (1st, 2nd and 3rd quarter), Purvashada, Uttarashada, Shravan and Purvabhadra Other good matching stars with Uttarabhadra are Rohini, Ardra, Pushya, Uttaraphalguni (2nd, 3rd and 4th quarter), Chitra, Vishaka (4th quarter), Anuradha, Jyeshta, Moola, Dhanishta, Shathabhisha, Uttarabhadra and Revathi. Bharani, Mrigasira, Punarvasu, Aslesha, Magha, Purvaphalguni and Uttaraphalguni (1st quarter) are okay – means not bad. Stars that do not match with Uttarabhadra are Ashwini and Krittika.

Panchalinga Darshan 2013 at Talakad in Karnataka – A Rare and Auspicious Event

The Panchalinga Darshan is held at Talakad in Karnataka and involves the darshan of five Shivling during an auspicious period as per Hindu Panchang. Panchalinga Darshan 2013 at Talakad begins on December 2 and ends on December 7. The pujas and rituals associated it with begins on November 28, 2013. The Panchalinga Darshana constitutes of darshan of Shivling at Vaidyeshwara, Pataleshwara, Maruleshwara, Mallikarjuneshwara and Arakeshwara temples. It is believed that a darshan of the five Shivlings during the special occasion helps in attaining peace and prosperity. People also undertake the darshan to fulfill their desires. Panchalinga Darshana is usually held once in 12 years at Talakad and depends on specific astrological calculation. But the 12 year cycle is broken depending on astrological calculation. The last Panchalinga Darshan was held in 2009. Panchalinga Darshan 2013 is an odd one as it falls before the next 12-year cycle. The Panchalinga Darshana in 2013 is bec

Purvabhadra Nakshatra Matching Stars for Marriage – Purva Bhadra Nakshatra Marriage Compatibility

Purvabhadra Nakshatra matching stars for marriage in details is given below. Purva Bhadra is the 25th birth star among the 27 Nakshatra in Hindu horoscope and astrology. Purva Bhadra marriage compatibility or the very best matching stars are Vishaka, Moola and Uttarashada. Other good matching stars with Purvabhadra are Ashwini, Punarvasu (1st, 2nd and 3rd quarter), Uttara Phalguni (2nd, 3rd and 4th quarter), Hasta, Chitra, Swathi, Anuradha, Purvashada, Shravan, Dhanisha, Shathabhisha and Purvabhadra (1st, 2nd and 3rd quarter). Bharani, Krittika, Rohini, Mrigasira, Ardra, Punarvasu (4th quarter), Pushya, Magha, Purvaphalguni, Uttara Phalguni (1st quarter), Jyeshta, Purvabhadra (4 th quarter) and Uttarabhadra are okay – means not bad. Stars that do not match with Purvabhadra are Aslesha and Revathi

Lakshadeepam 2020 at Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Trivandrum

On the Makar Sankranti day in 2020,  Sree   Padmanabha   Swamy   Temple  in  Trivandrum , Kerala, will celebrate the unique festival of Lakshadeepam – lighting of one hundred thousand deepams or one lakh lights. Murajapam which began on November 19, 2019 will conclude on the day. The Murajapam is held for 56 days. Lakshadeepam marks the culmination of ‘murajapam.’ Murajapam is nearly two month long chanting of mantras for the welfare people and the land. The tradition of murajapam and lakshadeepam was started in 1750 AD by the then Travancore King primarily to mitigate the sins occurred during wars and annexations. Murajapam and Lakshadeepam are held once in six years. Laksha-Deepam was last held on January 14, 2014. From January 14, 2020 to January 17, 2020, the entire Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple will be adorned with traditional lamps. The aazhivilakkula in the Sheveli Pura, and temporarily made Thatti vilakkukal and Edinjilvilakkukal will be lit for four days. 

Shathabisha Nakshatra Matching Stars for Marriage – Shathabisha Nakshatra Marriage Compatibility

Shathabisha Nakshatra matching stars for marriage in details is given below. Shathabisha is the 24th birth star among the 27 Nakshatra in Hindu horoscope and astrology. Shathabisha marriage compatibility or the very best matching stars are Uttarphalguni (2nd, 3rd and 4th quarter), Chitra, Swathi, Vishaka, Jyeshta, Moola, Purvashada, Uttarashada, Shravan and Dhanishta. Other good matching stars with Shathabisha are Krittika, Ardra, Aslesha, Purvaphalguni, Uttarphalguni (1 st quarter), Hasta, Shatabhisha, Purvabhadra (1st, 2nd and 3rd quarter) and Revathi. Ashwini, Bharani, Rohini, Mrigasira, Punarvasu (1st, 2nd and 3rd quarter), Anuradha, Magham and Purvabhadra (4th quarter), are okay – means not bad. Stars that do not match with Shathabisha are Punarvasu (4th quarter), Pushya and Uttarabhadra.

A 7th Century Mukha Linga on Display in Vietnam - First Intact Mukha Linga Discovered In Southeast Asia

The formless Supreme Truth, Shiva appeared in the form of Shivling to satisfy His devotees. There are several types of Shivlings and one of the rare forms is the Mukha Linga with face of Shiva carved on the lingam. An 7th Century Mukha Linga was recovered from the complex of Cham temple ruins in Quang Nam Province in central Vietnam recently. It is now on display My Son Champa. The Shivling on display is made from a block of brownish gold sandstone. It is 1.46 meters high. The Shiva bust on the round head of the Shivling. This is the first intact Mukha Linga discovered in  Southeast Asia. Thanh Nien reports    Doctor Ngo Van Doanh from the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies at Vietnamese Academy of Social Sciences called the mukhalinga special, and the first intact one of its kind to be discovered in Southeast Asia Nguyen Cong Huong, chief manager of My Son, said mukhalingas were only known in Vietnam through images and documents.  “The display has been a