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Uppinangady Temple – Sahasralingeshwara Temple at Uppinangady in Karnataka

Sahasralingeshwara Temple at Uppinangady in Karnataka is dedicated to Shiva. The place is famous for thousands of lingas in the nearby river. The temple is believed to very old; the original Shivling of the Uppinangady Temple is covered by sand and is on the banks of Netravathi River – to the left of the temple. Worship is offered by removing the sand during annual temple festival. Sahasralingeshwara Temple also has a separate shrine dedicated to Goddess Mahakali. The form of Mahakali worshipped is the ferocious one – that of her annihilating the demon Rakhta Beeja. Legend has it that Shivlings found in and around Sahasralingeshwara Temple were created by Bhima, the second of the Pandava brothers. There is also a separate shrine dedicated to Kal Bhairav form of Shiva. Uppinangady Temple Location Sahasralingeshwara Temple is located at Uppinangady, on NH 17 about 60 Kms from Mangalore. Nearest most important town is Puttur in Dakshina Kannada Distri

Pandarpur Palki Route in Pune

Here is the route of Sant Tukaram and Sant Dnyaneshwar Palkhi during the Pandarpur Yatra on June 12, June 13, June 14, June 15 and June 16, 2020. The Sant Tukaram Palkhi travels to Akurdi via Nigdi on the second day (June 13, 2020). It then goes through Chinchwad, Pimpri, Sant Tukaram Nagar, Nashik Phata, Kasarwadi meeting Sant Dnyaneshwar Palkhi at Wakdewadi. (June 14, 2020) Sant Dnyaneshwar Palkhi will start on June 13, 2020 from Alandi. It will head towards the city on June 14. Both the palkhis will take the Wakdewadi to Engineering College Chowk, Sancheti Chowk, Dnyaneshwar Paduka Chowk, Tukaram Paduka Chowk, Khandoji Baba Chowk, Tilak Chowk, Vijay theatre Chowk, Dulya Maruti Chowk and Nana Peth route. (June 14, 2020) The Tukaram Maharaj palkhi will halt at Nivdungya Vithoba Temple in Nana Peth and the Sant Dnyaneshwar Maharaj palkhi will halt at Palkhi Vithoba Temple in Bhavani Peth. (June 14, 2020) Complete rest in the city on June 15, 2020. On June

Inside Pictures of Kedarnath Temple after June 2013 Flash Flood

Indian Express has published the inside pictures of Kedarnath Temple after flash flood and torrential rain in June 2013. There is destruction all around. The sanctum sanctorum of the temple is covered with slit. Only the top portion of the main Shivling worshipped in temple is visible. The main murti in the form of Shivling is visible due to the Bilva leaves that were offered on it before the flash flood. The entrance area of the temple which has the golden hue Nandi is filled with slit and belongings of people. You can view the pictures here in the slide show by Indian Express

God in Hindu Religion - Brahman

That from whom all the beings come out is Brahman (The Supreme Truth or God in Hinduism). By whose existence others exist and sustain after taking birth is Brahman. In whom every being merges after death is Brahman. (Taittiriya Upanishad) O Arjuna! I’m the soul living in the heart of all beings. (Gita 10:27) The indestructible, transcendental living entity is called Brahman; and its eternal nature is call adhyatma, the self. (Gita 8:3) Whatever is there in this universe is the Absolute Brahman. Use and utilize them with discretion and by not getting attached to them. (Ishavasya Upanishad) Brahman very is this immortal Being. In front is Brahman, behind is Brahman To the right and to the left. It spreads forth above and below. Verily, Brahman is this effulgent universe. (Mundaka Upanishad) Beyond, time, beyond space, Thou art he from whom sprang The three worlds. Filled with Brahman are the things we see; Filled with Brahman floweth all th

Losing Belief in God – Thoughts on the Backdrop of Uttarakhand Crisis

Losing belief in God is quite natural especially for those who lost near and dear ones in the Uttarakhand rains and flash flood. People who lost their father, mother, brother, sister, sons, daughters, relatives and friends will doubt the existence of God as the crisis happened during a pilgrimage. If you are losing your belief then you never understood the teachings of Sanatana Dharma (Hinduism). Thus it is better to lose the wrong belief and realize the Truth. There are two issues here one is pilgrimage and another is belief in God. Most of the devotees who go on pilgrimage are not real pilgrims. Sadly they are tourists – going to an exotic location like Uttarakhand to have a glimpse of God. These people might have never bothered to visit a nearby shrine which is at a walking distance. In Sanatana Dharma, pilgrimage (Teerth Yatra) is not going to meet God in some distant place. Pilgrimage is a walk for self realization. The ultimate destination is of little signif

Vyasa Gaddi at Naimisaranya – Sage Vyasa Divided Vedas into four and compiled 18 Puranas Here

Vyasa Gaddi at Naimisharanya forest is believed to be the holy spot where Sage Vyasa divided the Vedas into four and compiled 18 Puranas. Vyasa Gaddi is located around 90 km from Lucknow in Sitapur District of Uttar Pradesh. Earlier the place located on the banks of Gomti River was a thick forest. Today there is only a small forest here. A small temple and a banyan tree stands at the place where Vyasa divided the Vedas. Chakratirtha and Lalita Devi temple are located nearby. The place attracts thousands of devotees on Vyasa Purnima (Guru Purnima) in Ashada Month. Recently Vedic Scholars from Chennai visited the place and performed yajnas, pujas and chanted the Vedas. You can read about it here in the Hindu.

Travel to Kukke Subramanya Swami Temple – Bangalore – Mangalore

The easiest way to travel to Kukke Subramanya Swami Temple is from Mangalore. For those people traveling from Bangalore take the National Highway 48 and take the state highway 114 from Gundya. The temple is around 280 km east of Bangalore . For those coming from Mangalore, the temple is around 110 km west of Mangalore. They can take the National Highway 48. Take the state highway 88 at Mani to Puttur and then follow the state highway 100 to the temple. Kukke   Subramanya   Temple  is a popular  Hindu   Temple  located at Subrahmanya, Sullia Taluk, Dakshina Kannada District in Karnataka. Hindu God Subrahmanya is worshipped here but the temple is famous as Naga or  Snake   Temple  as divine serpent Vasuki and other snakes found safety here. The temple is famous for alleviating Sarpa Samsakara or Sarpa Dosha. View Larger Map

Curse of Goddess Dhari Devi and Uttarakhand Floods – Coincidence or Warning

There is a talk among local people that the flood in Uttarakhand in June 2013 is due to the anger of Goddess Dhari Devi. She is the guardian deity of the region. On June 16, 2013, the murti of Goddess Dhari Devi was evicted to construct a hydel power project. Government plans to shift the temple. Hours before the cloud burst and flash flood, the government had removed the visible part of the murti from the temple. Is it a mere coincidence or warning? Is it a warning by Mother Earth to stop looting her.  Goddess Dhari Devi is a guardian deity and is believed to be the manifestation of Goddess Kali. She is the protector of the Hills and the living beings that reside there. She is also the guardian of the Char Dham Temples. People are of the view that the region faced the floods and rain due to the ire of Goddess Dhari Devi. The temple was located around 19 km from Srinagar in Pauri Garhwal. Zee News reports  As per believers, Uttarakhand had to face the Goddess’ ire

Ulsoor Someshwara Temple Timings – Drashan – Opening and Closing Time

Ulsoor Someshwara Temple is dedicated to Hindu God Shiva. Detail Drashan Timings of the temple with opening and closing time in detail is given below. Ulsoor Someshwara Temple is a popular temple in Bangalore with murtis of important Hindu deities. The temple is also a popular shrine for conducting marriages. Ulsoor Someshwara Temple Timings – Darshan Hours Opening Time for morning darshan 6:00 AM to 12:30 PM Opening Time for Evening darshan 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM The closing time of the temple is extended during Shivratri and other festivals – also during Temple Festival .

Old Kedarnath Temple Pictures – Kedarnath Temple in 1882

Here are few pictures of Kedarnath Temple in 1882. Compare these old pictures of Kedarnath Temple with the latest pictures to see what human greed has done to this holy place. Images are from the Geological Survey of India website. The photos are credited to Carl Griesbach. In the beginning there were only small huts around the temple called chhan or chhappar. They were used by priests, saints and devotees. People used to trek all the way to Kedarnath from Haridwar and nearby places. First permanent structure was built around 1960. Then Pandas (or Priests) started building their own tin sheet structures. Large scale construction started in late 70s and 80s. Soon Human Greed looted the place economically and environmentally. Moral values to be followed in the holy place were not followed. About Kedarnath Temple At an altitude of 3581 meters, the Kedarnath temple is located at the head of the  Mandakini   River  and is around 14 km trek from Gaurikund.

Pandarpur Yatra Route – The Road Taken During Pandharpur Waari

Pandarpur Yatra Route or the annual road taken for the 21-day pilgrimage known as Pandharpur Waari is unique, preplanned and followed for centuries. The annual Pandharpur Yatra to the famous  Vithoba   Temple  at Pandarpur in  Maharashtra  from mainly from Dehu and Alandi near Pune attracts thousands of warkaris.  The yatra takes place in the month of (June – July). Pandarpur Yatra Route The Palki of Sant Tukaram Maharaj starts first from Dehu (around 34 km from Pune). The next day the Palki of Sant Jnaneshwar Maharaj starts from Alandi. Both palkis reach Pune and halts for a day. Route followed by  Palki of Sant Jnaneshwar Maharaj After a brief halt Sant Jnaneshwar Maharaj palki proceed to Pandharpur via Saswad – crossing the Nira River . The pilgrimage reaches Lonand and thousands of devotees join the Waari here. Then the Palki goes to Taradgaon, Barad, Phaltan, Natepute, Malsiras, Velapur, Shegaon and reaches Vakhari – the most important halt. R

About Ramayan Mandali in Mauritius

Ramayan Mandalis is the age-0ld tradition of group Ramayan Chanting which was very popular in many Indian cities. In India , it has become obsolete. But in Mauritius Ramayan Mandali is very popular thanks to the efforts made by Hindus there to save the tradition. Times of India writes  The mandali, comprising mainly youngsters in the age group of 6 to 30 years, has popularised Ramayan recital not only in the different cities of Mauritius but even in other countries.   Group leader, Cullychurn Shreedanand shared, "Although the Hindus at Mauritius have maintained their traditions till date, but there was a time when we realised that our culture was in danger. The group was then formed named as 'Esperance Trebuchet Hindu Cultural Association' on the name of our village in Mauritius . The group is now 12 years old and around 500 Mauritian of North Indian origin are its members at present," informed Shreedanand.  He further informed, "It is important for

Goddess Medala Devi – About Hindu Goddess Medaladevi

Medala Devi is a manifestation of Goddess Parvati, in this form she is worshipped mainly in parts of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh in India . One of the popular names of Medaladevi is Bramarambika . In this form she is worshipped at the  Srisailam   Temple . Medala Devi is essentially a village deity and she helps people at times of diseases and other calamities. She is also propitiated for good harvest – keep natural elements in control. A popular legend associated with Medala Devi suggests that she took the form of bees to annihilate demon Arunasura.

Prayers for Uttarakhand and Homage to People who Died

Humble prayers. Let all people who lost their lives in the rain and flash flood in Uttarakhand attain Moksha. Humble prayers. Let all animals that lost their lives attain moksha. Let all plants that were destroyed forgive us. Humble prayers. To the relatives of those who lost near and dear ones in the flood give courage to face life and successfully move ahead in life. I can’t even ask forgiveness to you Mother Earth , I knew such a huge disaster was going to happen. I daily study and read about them. I was aware but I did nothing. There are more such disasters waiting but I sit helplessly. Tolerating Adharma is Adharma – I am equally responsible for the death of thousands of human beings and animals and also the destruction of nature. I failed the teachings of Sanatana Dharma. I failed the teachings of Sri Krishna. I bow my head in shame. O Krishna forgive me – I will not idly sit at home and tolerate the Adharma. I will do my bit. I will follow Dharma

Ulsoor Someshwara Temple Address - Location and Bus Station

Ulsoor Someshwara Temple is located around 8 km from Kempe Gowda Main Bus Station in Bangalore . The temple is around 3 km from Cantonment Railway Station. Ulsoor Someshwara Temple Address in detail is given below. Lido theatre bus stop and Adarsha theatre bus stop are the BMTC bus stops located near the Ulsoor Someshwara temple. The detail temple address is given below: Executive Officer Shree Someshwara Swamy Temple , Ulsoor Bangalore Pin – 560008 Phone - 9945640246, 9845050299

Symbolism – Photo of Shiva Murti in Ganga in Rishikesh during June 2013 Flood

Shiva murti in Ganga in Rishikesh is very famous. Shiva is always worshiped in the linga form – Shiva is formless. All animate and inanimate are his forms. But in Rishikesh man created a human form of Shiva. (Sorry to say but this murti in itself was encroachment and against the basic tenants of Shiva worship – Shiva should always be worshiped in linga form). During the June 2013 flood in Rishikesh, the image of furious Ganga above the danger mark lashing on the Shiva murti was flashed across the world. The murti of Shiva at Rishikesh is serene and calm. It is not of Kal Bhairav – one who consumes everything at the end of an eon. It is also not that of Shiva performing the Rudra Tandava. Perhaps human imagination cannot capture these two forms of Shiva in a murti. Those that even witness a minute part of It are consumed by It even before they realize what is happening. During the flash flood, Ganga was continuously and violently hitting the murti of Shiva. But

Kedarnath Temple Safe But Closed For 2013

Kedarnath Temple region was the worst hit during the torrential rains and flash flood that lashed the Uttarakhand region in June 2013. Kedarnath Temple is safe but will remain closed for a year. 18-km stretch between Gaurikund and Kedarnath is the worst hit region. There is nearly eight to ten feet debris in the area. Kedarnath   Temple  is part of the  Char Dham Yatra  in  Uttarakhand ,  India . In 2013, Kedarnath   Temple  opened on May 14, 2013. The annual pilgrimage to the temple attracts thousands of people. Annually, the temple closes during Diwali. The shrine remains closed during the harsh winter period (November to April). In 2013, the early monsoon and the flash flood that accompanied it caused havoc in the region. There is no idea regarding the number of deaths.  Roaring waters of River Mandikini in Kedarnath Valley washed away all encroachments. The ancient Kedarnath Temple alone stands. Much of these shops and hotels were built on

Goddess Lalita – About Hindu Goddess Lalitha

Lalita is one among the numerous forms of Mother Goddess Shakti. Lalitha is also one of the names of Goddess Sarasvati. She is a kind, calm and serene form of Mother Goddess Shakti. The most important prayer dedicated to Goddess Shakti is known as Lalitha Sahasranama. As per scriptures, Goddess Lalita is depicted in a standing posture, with four arms. The left arms hold mirror and conch and right arms hold fruit and a box containing beauty product for eyes. Agni Purana mentions that when Goddess Parvati is wearing a crown and holding beads she is referred to as Lalitha. It must be noted that certain schools of thought give the name Lalitha Devi to the form of Mother Goddess that went into battle against demon Bhandasura. 

Kedarnath Temple Covered in Mud and Slush due to Torrential Rain in June 2013

The famous Kedarnath Temple in Rudraprayag District of Uttarakhand bore the brunt of torrential rain on June 17, 2013 and was covered in mud and slush. A portion of the Kedarnath temple compound was washed away but news reports states that no damages were reported to the structure itself.  Ram Bada area, a busy spot near the temple, has been completely submerged and was not visible from rescue choppers.  There is no clue regarding the number of deaths. Some reports suggest that there was a stampede in the temple when water started rising. Chardham Yatra to Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri remains suspended. Kedarnath   Temple , part of the Chardham Yatra in Uttarakhand, is one among the 12 Jyotirlinga temples dedicated to Shiva in  India . Located at an altitude of 11, 760 feet, the temple is more than thousand years old and was consecrated by Adi Shankaracharya. Hindu Blog View Unchecked commercialization of the place, encroachment of riverbed,

Cow Urine Uses

Cow urine has medicinal properties and Hindus knew about it from time immemorial. Below are health products made from cow urine: Health Products From Cow Urine Cow Urine Cool Drink - Cancer Cure Tonic - To Control Cholesterol Levels, Reduce Stones, Swelling, Joint Pains, Cold, Cough Oil - For Relieving Joints Pain and Muscle Pain Tablets - Liver Cleanser, Blood Purifier, Digestive Aid Cream - For Skin Diseases, Ringworm, Eczema, Psoriasis and Infected Wounds For Acidity, Gas, Constipation, Piles, Intestines-Stomach Problems, Ulcers, Nervousness, Sleeplessness, High BP, Rheumatism, Loss of Appetite For Menstrual Problems - Weakness, Nervousness, Dizziness, Burning Sensation of Palm & Feet, Headache, Gas, Restlessness & Pimples Eye Drops - For Red Eyes, Burning & Itching Sensation, Headache due to Eye Problem, Tension, Immature Cataract, Watery Eyes Children's Tonic - Cold, Cough, Vomiting (excess milk), Diarrhea, Indigestion

Vidurashwatha Temple History and Story

Vidurashwatha Temple history is very unique and the story is interesting. The temple is associated with Vidura of Mahabharata. Vidura was the uncle of Pandavas and Kauravas and a good councilor to Dhrthirashtra. There is a holy pipal tree in the courtyard of the temple and the belief is that Vidura worshipped it with utmost devotion. The pipal tree was planted during the Dwapara Yuga by Sage Maitreya. The worship of the Peepal tree was taken over by Vidura during his time. And the temple got the name Vidurashwatha Temple . The temple is dedicated to Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. Apart from this the temple is also noted for numerous murtis of Nagas. The pipal tree is believed to one of the oldest trees in the world and is known here as Shri Ashwathanarayana Swami. People believe that prayers offered to the tree are answered.

Venkataramana Swamy Temple Bangalore – Address – Location and Contact Information

Venkataramana Swamy Temple Bangalore contact information, address and location are given in detail. Sri Laldas Venkataramana Swamy Temple is dedicated to Hindu God Vishnu and is popular temple in Bangalore city limits. Venkataramana Swamy Temple Bangalore Address Sri Laldas Venkataramana Swamy Temple , O.T.C Road , Bangalore . Pin – 560053 Location: The temple is located at Akkipet ( Bangalore ) which is located at a distance of about 0.5 Km from Kempegowda (KSRTC) bus station. Contact information: 91-80-22262293 (PP) 9845876506

Vidurashwatha Temple Timings

Vidurashwatha Temple Timings in detail is given below. Daily darshan timings and festival time are given separately. Vidurashwatha Temple located at Vidhurashwatha Village which is around 1 km away from Bangalore-Hindupur state high way. Hindupur is around 15 km from the temple. Daily Vidurashwatha Temple Timings – 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM Time during special days and during Jathra (festival – 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM midnight. Vidurashwatha Temple  is a famous temple dedicated to Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh. The temple is also famous as a  Naga   Temple  (Snake Worship).

Bhairav Raksha Kavach

Bhairav Raksha Kavach is associated with the Kal Bhairava form of Mahadev Shiva. The common belief is that those people wearing the amulet will be protected and blessed by Bhairava. It protects people from the fear of ghosts and darkness. Bhairav Raksha Kavach is also widely used by people who believe that their progress is hampered by mantras and tantras of their enemies. The belief is that the person who wears the kavach is invisible to enemy mantras and tantras. It is also worn for good health, to wipe out thoughts of failure and to overcome lethargy.

Goddess Tara in Hinduism

Goddess Tara in Hinduism is a manifestation of Mother Goddess Shakti. She is one of the forms that is part of the Mahavidyas – 10 goddesses who are forms of Goddess Shakti. Special pujas dedicated to Goddess Tara are held during the Chaitra Ashtami day. In some scriptures Goddess Tara is known as Ugra Tara, a manifestation of Goddess Kali. This form is worshipped in the Kamakhya region in Assam . Goddess Tara is equated with Goddess Kali in eastern parts of India . Other Tara in Hindu scriptures Tara  is the name of the wife of Brihaspati, the guru of Devas. She had eloped with Chandra, the moon god. In Chandra, she had a son – Budha. Tara is also the name of wife of Bali , the Vanara king (monkey king) in Ramayana. She was well known for her beauty and intelligence. Tara, a Vanara, was also the name of a minister in the court of Bali. He was the son of Brihaspati. He was huge in size and was more intelligent than other monkeys. 

Vilacheri Village – Navratri Kollu Dolls Made Here Are Famous

Keeping Navratri Kollu Dolls is a unique tradition in South India . The best Kollu Dolls are made at Vilacheri Village near Madurai in Tamil Nadu. The village is also famous for papier-mache dolls.  The Hindu reports about this unique village in the The Potter’s Trail a trip organized by Storytrails. Story trails is a unique new service in the area of creative outings and alternative tours especially in Tamil Nadu. You can read more about Vilacheri Village here in the Hindu

Kalyanji Temple Diggi Rajasthan

Kalyanji Temple is dedicated to Hindu God Vishnu and is located at Diggi in Rajasthan. The temple is more than 5600 years old. Story of Kalyanji Temple Legend has it that King Digva had leprosy as he was cursed by a celestial maiden. He became a leper as he had offended the maiden. To get rid of leprosy, the king offered penance and did intense austerities. As a result of his penance, Vishnu appeared him in his dream and told about a buried murti on seashore. The king was asked to install the murti in a temple. When the murti is installed the king will be cured of his illness. The king followed the dream and installed the murti in a temple. That temple is the Kalyanji Temple at Diggi in Rajasthan. The murti worshipped in Kalyanji Temple The murti is carved out of white marble. It has four hands. The widespread belief is that the murti blesses devotees with prosperity and peace. People having leprosy are cured after offering worship here. Apart fro

Story – How Banana Leaves Got The Partition

Banana or Plantain leaves have a partition through the middle. The story as to how the banana leaves got the partition is associated with Bhagavan Sri Ram and Hanuman. The incident happened in the ashram of Sage Bharadwaja. Bhagvan Sri Ram, Mata Sita, Lakshman and Hanuman were returning from Lanka after rescuing Mata Sita and defeating Ravana. They were heading towards Ayodhya. They decided to take rest at the ashram of Sage Bharadwaja. When food was about to be served, Bhagavan Sri Ram drew a line across the banana leaf that was provided to him to make it into two half. He wanted to have food with Hanuman on the same leaf. Sri Ram did this to acknowledge the services rendered by Hanuman and also to show to the world what unwavering devotion can fetch. Thus God and his prime devotee had food from a single banana leaf. From that day onward banana leaves started having a natural partition. 

At Bihar Koteshwarnath Temple Branches of a Peepal Tree Are Moving Towards the Temple

Koteshwarnath Temple at Main Village near Belaganj in Gaya District in Bihar is famous for the Sahastra Lingi Baba Koteshwarnath - huge Shivling which has a thousand Shivling chiseled on it. There is an old peepal tree near the temple whose large branches have turned towards the temple bending downwards as if offering prayers to Lord Shiva. The tree only has one-sided growth of its branches and it is towards the temple. Times of India reports  As per the CM's directive, a communique of the principal secretary, art, culture and youth affairs department, Chanchal Kumar, is being sent to the Forest Research Institute (FRI), Dehradun, to take measures to conserve the peepal tree and determine its age and study the scientific reason behind the one-sided growth of its branches towards the temple, said director of archaeology, Bihar government, Atul Kumar Verma.  The CM was surprised to see the one-sided growth of the peepal tree branches. The FRI had, in its report, descri

Narasimha Purana in Hindi – Read Narasimh Puran online in Hindi

Narasimha Purana is one of the most important Puranas. Narasimh Puran contains valuable information on the incarnation of Vishnu as Narasimha and the observance of numerous vrats and pujas. It also details regarding the origin of various demons and bhakti tradition associated with Prahlada. Now the Ved Puran website is offering the entire Narasimha Purana in Hindi online. It is not in pdf format. So you can only read it online. Link –  Read Narasimha Purana in Hindi online.

Kengal Hanuman Temple Channapatna – Kengal Anjaneya Hanuman Swami Temple in Karnataka

Kengal Hanuman Temple at Channapatna is famous for a wish fulfilling five-and-half-foot tall Hanuman Murti. The temple is also famous for a 45-foot mace, which is kept in the temple premises. Mace (Gada) is the favorite weapon of Hanuman. The popular belief is that Kengal Hanuman murti worshipped in temple was consecrated by Sage Vyasa. The murti is Swayambhu. Origin Kengal Hanuman Temple Legend has it the area of the present day temple was part of a thick forest. Merchants used to rest in the area but were often attacked by a tiger. One night the tiger carried away an ox of a merchant group. They searched for a while but had to stop because of darkness. They decided to continue their search next morning. During that night the merchants had a dream in which Hanuman assured them that the ox will be safe. He also asked to build a temple for him in the area so that they will always be protected. When the merchants went in search of the ox in the morning, they

Sri Durga Yantra - Benefits

Sri Durga Yantra as the name indicates is associated with Mother Goddess Durga. Yantra in Hindu tradition is a geometric composition used as a tool in meditation. It belongs to the Hindu Tantric tradition especially to the Shakti cult. Yantra is also the visual representation of the deity. Benefits of Durga Yantra Grants peace and prosperity to devotees that follow Dharma. Helps in defeating enemies and overcoming difficulties. Fulfillment of desires. The popular belief is that Mother Goddess Herself takes over the protection of the devotees who worship Sri Durga Yantra by following Dharma. Where can the Sri Durga Yantra be placed? The Yantra can be placed at home, office, shops, factories, work cubicle etc.

Devotees from Gujarat to Travel to Hinglaj Mata Temple in Pakistan to Bring Eternal Flame

Hinglaj Mata Temple located at Balochistan in Pakistan is one of the important temples dedicated to Mother Goddess Shakti – it is one among the 52 Shaktipeetahs. Hinglaj Mata devotees from Gujarat will be traveling to bring eternal flame from the Hinglaj Mata Temple in February 2014. Gujarat devotees are planning to build a shrine dedicated to Hinglaj Mata Temple in Verad village of Bhanvad taluka in Jamnagar . The eternal jyoti that is lit in the Hinglaj Mata Temple is highly meritorious and the people are planning to light a lamp from the jyoti and bring it to the new temple. Times of India reports  "It is amongst one of the 52 Shakti Peeths of goddess Sati. We want to bring the 'jyot' from her temple and place it at Hinglaj temple in Verad village of Bhanvad taluka in Jamnagar . We have urged the followers of the deity from Saurashtra and Kutch to join us on our tour," said P P Bhalodiya, a member of Shree Hinglaj Mata Mandir Trust

Hindus Sages Share Food with Widows to Break Institutionalized Oppression against Them

Hindus Sages in Varanasi took a step to break institutionalized oppression against widows by eating and sharing food with them. Hindu seers and Sanskrit scholars shared a meal with more than 100 widows in Varanasi , who are often considered ill omen and untouchables by a section of Hindu society who are ignorant of the true teachings of Sanatana Dharma. Deccanherald writes  Widows from different parts of the country who are living in different ashrams in Varanasi broke traditions, with prominent Sanskrit scholars and saints at a function held at Kashi Vidyapeeth in the holy city.  The function was organised by Sulabh International, a non-government organisation (NGO) active in the field of sanitation.  “It was an exercise to create awareness against the practice of widowhood in the country. Such programmes will help end this treatment,” said Sulabh International founder Dr Bindeshwar Pathak, who sought support of the Hindu seers, saints and Sanskrit pundits to oppose widow

Pechi Amman Temple in Madurai in Tamil Nadu – Pechiamman Temple Madurai

Pechi Amman Temple is a unique temple as the deity worshipped in the temple is the one who provides speech to people who cannot speak. Pechu also means speech. Pechiamman Temple is located at Simmakkal around 2 km from the Madurai Meenakshi Temple . It is situated within the Madurai Town limit. The popular belief is that those people having speech problems like stammering, those unable to speak, various other communication problems get relief by offering worship in the temple. The murti worshipped in the temple is an incarnation of Mother Goddess Durga. The murti is Swayambhu – it appeared on its own. The murti is depicted as holding a sword in one hand and head of a demon in another hand. The temple is located on the banks of the Vaigai River . Local legend has it that she is the guardian deity of villages. It is also believed that she guards the Madurai Meenakshi Temple . A Host of Subsidiary Shrines Another unique aspect of the temple is that th

Kalyanji Temple Shravan Purnima Festival in Rajasthan

Shravan Purnima Festival at Kalyanji Temple in Dighi in Rajasthan attracts thousands of devotees. The temple is dedicated to Hindu God Vishnu. In 2024, Kalyanji Temple Shravan Purnima Festival date is August 19. People walk to the temple from distant place to attend the Shravan Purnima. Singing and dancing are part of the journey that takes place during the period to Kalyanji Temple . Other important event includes satsang, fair etc. The temple located at Dighi in Rajasthan and is located around 70 km from Jaipur.

Goddess Kanakadurga – About Goddess Kanaka Durga

Mother Goddess Shakti is worshipped in the form of Kanakadurga in the famous Kanaka Durga Temple near Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh. The popular belief is that Goddess Kanakadurga grants the wishes of her devotees immediately. Legend has it that a Yaksha named Indrakeela worshipped Goddess Shakti. His unwavering devotion got the blessing of Goddess. She granted Indrakeela Her eternal presence to him. The Yaksha then assumed the form of a hill and Goddess resided on the hill. Kanaka Durga Temple is located on the Indrakiladri Hill. How Goddess got the name Kanakadurga? Long ago King Madhava Varma ruled the present region of the temple. Once the prince of the kingdom was convicted of killing infants. The king ordered his son to be hanged till death. Pleased with his righteousness, Devi showered gold and resurrected the dead infants. Thereafter, Vijayawada came to be known as Kanakapuri and Amba as Kanakadurga. Scholars explain that Goddess Kanakadurga rep

Documentary of Tirupati Balaji Temple – Venkateswara Vaibhavam Documentary by TTD Made in 1952

Venkateswara Vaibhavam is a documentary made in 1952 by Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) in 1952. The documentary is in Telugu. Please note that the murti of Sri Venkateswara Balaji that is shown in the documentary is not the original Murti. A set of the temple was put to show the important rituals on the main murti of the temple. The documentary is excellent as it provides all the important aspects of the Balaji Temple including important spots, rituals and areas around Tirupati. A highlight is the prayers that are chanted during the pujas.

Story Of King Yuvanshva – The Man Who Became Pregnant

Yuvanashva was a king in the Ikshvaku dynasty – the lineage in which Bhagwan Sri Ram appeared. By accident he had become pregnant and delivered a boy who became an illustrious king. The whole incident happened during the Krita Yuga. King Yuvanshva had no children. Like all kings, he was worried about his subjects and his dynasty. He tried numerous methods to solve the problem. But he was not successful. Disappointed and disgusted, the king left for the forest with his wives. The sages who resided in the forest came to know about the arrival of the king and met him. They decided to help the king by performing a yajna. The sages successfully performed the yajna and collected the holy water and placed it in a pot. The sages wanted to give the water to wives of the king next day morning. During the night, the king felt extremely thirsty and in half sleep drank the holy water without realizing its holiness. Next day morning the Rishis discovered that the pot to be emp

Aranya Devi Temple Arrah in Bihar – Aranya Devi Ara Temple

Aranya Devi Temple Arrah in Bihar is dedicated to Aranya Devi – Goddess of Forest. The temple is located at Ara (Arrah) in Bihar and  is located around 49 km from Patna . Ara town area got its name from Goddess Aranya Devi. Mother Goddess Shakti is worshipped here as Aranya Devi – Goddess of Forest. The temple is one of the Siddhapeetha in the country. The popular belief is that the murti worshipped in temple was consecrated by Yudhishtira, the eldest of the Pandavas. The main temple of Aranya Devi is located in the middle of a big Verandah. On the right side of the main temple is a shrine dedicated to Radha and Krishna . On the left side there is a shrine dedicated to Sri Ram, Mata Sita, Lakshman, Bharata, Shatrughna and Hanuman. In the courtyard of the temple there are four Shivlings. On Mondays and Pradosh Vrat dates, devotees offer water to the Shivling. The popular belief is that childless couple will be blessed with children after worship in the Aranya Dev

Bharani Nakshatra Marriage Compatibility – Bharani Nakshatra Matching Stars for Marriage

Bharani Nakshatra Marriage compatibility or matching stars with Bharani for marriage in detail is given below. It is the second among the 27 Nakshatra in Hindu horoscope and astrology. The best matching star with Bharani born is a person born on the 4th quarter of Vishaka Nakshatra. Other good matching stars with Bharani Nakshatra are Ashwini, Vishaka (1st, 2nd and 3rd quarter), Purvashada, Utharashada, Purva Bhadrapada and Uttara Bhadrapada Bharani, Kartika, Rohini, Mrigasira, Ardhra, Punarvasu (1st, 2nd and 3rd quarter), Makam, Purva Phalguni, Uttara Phalguni, Chithira, Swathi, Moola, Shravan, Dhanishta and Sadayam are okay – neither good nor bad. Stars that do not match with Bharani Nakshatra are Punarvasu (4th quarter), Pushya, Aslesha and Hasta.

Kadiyali Mahishamardini Temple in Udupi in Karnataka

Kadiyali Mahishamardini Temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga and is located around 2 km from Udupi Town in Karnataka . Kadiyali temple is believed to have been built more than 1200 years ago and is noted for its unique murti worshipped in the temple. The murti of Durga worshiped in the Kadiyali Mahishamardini Temple is in standing posture – Mother Goddess Durga as Mahishamardini holds the Prayaga Chakra (the discus) and in Her upper left hand, the Shanka (conch shell) in her upper right hand. She is piercing the head of Mahishaasura, the buffalo-head demon, who has fallen at Her feet, with the Trishul (Trident) held in Her lower right hand. She is pulling the tail of Mahishaasura with Her lower left hand. Kadiyali Mahishamardini Temple Story Legend has it that the long ago the present spot where Kadiyali Mahishamardini Temple is located was thick forest. There was a small water tank in the thick forest which was frequented by saints and gandharvas. A youth who was car