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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 SabarimalaAyyappaTemple 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 SabarimalaAyyappaTemple.
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 Swamitemple.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 to reach Kurianappally temple. The…

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

KatasrajTemple 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 cluster of Hindu temples …

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 2019 date is December 28.
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 of them are Narso…

Kalaseshwara Temple at Kalasa in Chikmagalur District in Karnataka

KalaseshwaraTemple 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 KalasaVillage which is around 96 KM from Chikmagalur. It is believed that the temple existed before 10th century AD. Story of the KalaseshwaraTemple 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 ThungabhadraRiver. 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 Agastya later appeared from the …

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 GovardhanEcoVillage 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.

Every effort to express Its nature is trying to kill its reality – Swami Sivananda

There is no paper on which to write the Nature of Truth.
There is no pen which can dare write It.
There is no person living who can express It.
It merely is everything that is, and there ends the matter.
Every effort to express Its nature is trying to kill its reality.
Thou art that Great Being! Thou art this, thou art that! Thy glory knows no bounds. Thy power is indestructible. Thou art the most blessed, the Immortal, the Real.
Realise thy real Nature through discrimination, dispassion and sacrifice of things earthy. Swami Sivananda

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.

Story of Sage Bhringi and the Origin of Ardhanarishwar

Shiva as Ardhanarishwar is half-woman half-man. Story of Sage Bhringi and Ardhariswar form of Shiva is found in Tamil culture. Legend has it that Sage Bhringi once went to Kailash to pay darshan to Shiva. He wanted to circumambulate Shiva.
But Goddess Parvati was always with Shiva and the sage was not ready to circumambulate Goddess Parvati.
Now Goddess Parvati was not ready to make way for the sage and She sat on the lap of Shiva. This made it impossible for the sage to circumambulate only Shiva.
Sage Bhringi then took the form of a bee to fly around the head of Shiva.
But Goddess Parvati merged with Shiva and the divine couple became Ardhanarishwar. This is believed to be the origin of Ardhanarishwar.
The legend continues… and it is said that the sage took the form a worm and entered the body of Ardhanarishwar and created hole and circumambulated only Shiva.
Goddess Parvati became furious and cursed Bhringi to loose his flesh and blood. The sage was reduced to a skeleton and coul…

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

Only those who want nothing are masters of nature – Swami Vivekananda

Only those who want nothing are masters of nature.
Work done rightly leads to freedom.
Unchaste imagination is as bad as unchaste action.
Controlled desire leads to the highest result.

Through the power of love the senses become finer and higher. The perfect love is very rare in human relation, for human love is almost always interdependent and mutual. Swami Vivekananda 

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

ChaturvedaNavaneethaSanthanaKrishnanTemple 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 this was for the first time tha…

God Can Only Be Known by Symbols Because In Its Ultimate Reality It Defies Logic and Exceeds Perception – Sri Aurobindo

The spirit who lies concealed behind the material world, has given us, through the inspiration of great seers, the Scriptures as helpers and guides to unapparent truth, lamps of great power that send their rays into the darkness of the unknown beyond which He dwells, tamasah parastat.
They are guides to knowledge, brief indications to enlighten us on our path, not substitutes for thought and experience.
They are shabdam Brahma, the Word, the oral expression of God, not the thing to be known itself nor the knowledge of Him.
Shabdam has three elements, the word, the meaning and the spirit. The word is a symbol, vak or nama; we have to find the artha, the meaning or form of thought which the symbol indicates.
But the meaning itself is only the indication of something deeper which the thought seeks to convey to the intellectual conception. For not only words, but ideas also are eventually no more than symbols of a knowledge which is beyond ideas and words. Therefore it comes that no …

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 Padhmanabha (paRpanaaban) with br…

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 GautamRishiTemple is located at GoshalVillage 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.
Or as fire…

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

VedicSarasvatiRiver is a new book the SaraswatiRiver 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 SaraswatiRiver had its origin in the MountKailash and merged with the Arabian Sea on GujaratCoast. 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 Uttar Pradesh and Bihar before …

Desiring is the only erroneous doing; so cast that off and become happy – Avadhuta Gita

When all is One, then there is neither birth nor death.
The fundamental human consciousness by which you contemplate upon Being – that fundamental human consciousness is also Brahman itself. Thus that fundamental consciousness is also not there.
Then bondage meaning mind going in other directions, and liberation meaning mind residing in the Self – all this has also become Brahman; then there is neither good nor bad as well, because all that too has become Brahman.
When all is One, then oh child, why do you still cry? What is name and form for the One now? Therefore, neither name nor form is yours or mine. Thus neither is there name nor form.
The Self is Omnipresent; therefore It is in every place. Desiring is the only erroneous doing; so cast that off and become happy.
Avadhuta Gita

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 NationalMuseum. 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.

One cannot realize God without the faith that knows no guile – Sri Ramakrishna

Heinous sins — the sins of many births and accumulated ignorance—all disappear in the twinkling of an eye through the grace of God. When light enters a room that  has been kept dark, does a thousand year’s darkness go little by little or instantly? Of course, at the mere touch of light all the darkness disappears.
It is on account of the ego that one is not able to see God. In front of the door of God's mansion lies the stump of ego. One cannot enter the mansion without jumping over the stump.
The ego seems to vanish this moment, but it reappears the next. Unless one enounces the ego, one does not receive the grace of God.
When a man has true knowledge he feels that everything is filled with Consciousness.
One cannot realize God without the faith that knows no guile, the simple faith of a child.
Sri Ramakrishna

Ravana and Story of His Golden Shivling

Ravana was an ardent devotee of Shiva and there are numerous stories associated with Shiva, Shivling and Ravana. In the Uttara Khanda of the Ramayana it is mentioned that Ravana always carried a golden Shivling. Ravana had also composed the famous Shiva Tandava Stotram.
Where Ravana went he carried with him the golden Shivling for his worship. He used to create a pedestal of sand and place the Shivling on it. He then used to worship it. Puja was performed with incense and fragrant flowers.
Golden Shivling is intended for constant worship. Ravana worshipped it from the desire of sovereignty.
It is described in the Tantric texts that a golden Shivling should be worshipped when any one desires sovereignty.
It is also believed that worshipping a Shivling made of gold grants wealth (Sripadam).
SourceElements of Hindu Iconography – Vol II. Part 1 – by T. A. Gopinatha Rao.

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 2017 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 22, 2017 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 Thanga 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 26, 2017.

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

Teachings from Hindu Holy Books on Desire

Whatever activity is undertaken (by beings) is the movement of desires. (Manu Smriti)
The self is identified with desire alone. What it desires, it resolves; what it resolves, it works out; and what it works out, it attains. (Brihadaranyaka Upanishad)
At first in darkness hidden darkness lay, Undistinguished as one mass of water, Then That which lay in void thus covered A glory did put forth by Tapah! First desire rose, the primal seed of mind, (The sages have seen all this in their hearts Sifting existence from non-existence. Its rays above, below and sideways spread. (Rig Veda Nasadiya Sukta)
Desire is never satisfied by enjoying desire; it only increases as fire when butter is poured upon it. (Bhagavad Purana)

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.

Lessons from Bhagavad Gita

Heat and cold, and pleasure and pain arise from the contact of sense organs. They come and go, being impermanent. Bear with them patiently. (Bhagavad Gita, 2.14)
He who is able to withstand even while alive the agitation caused by lust and anger — he is the self-controlled one and he is the happy man. (Bhagavad Gita, 5.23)
One should uplift one’s lower self by the higher self. One should not demean or downgrade oneself. For the self is verily one’s friend and one’s enemy. (Bhagavad Gita, 6.5)
To him who has conquered his lower self by his higher self, the self acts like a friend. But to him who has not conquered his lower self, the self is always hostile and functions like an enemy. (Gita, 6.6)

Religious Significance of Bakula Tree in Hinduism – Kesara or Spanish Cherry Tree

Bakula is a tree of religion significance in Hinduism. It is popularly known as Spanish Cherry, Indian Medlar Tree and Bullet Wood. In Hindi it is referred as Maulsari, Kesara and Bakula. In Bengali it is known as Bakul. In Tamil it is known as Magizhamboo. In Marathi it is known as Bakuli. In Kannada it is known as Ranjal. In Malayalam it is known as Ilanni. In Kannada it is known as Ranjal.
The Shradh meal offered on the Amavasya day (no moon day) in Paush month (December – January) is known as Bakula Amavasya in Bengal, Orissa, Jharkhand and parts of North India.
The creamy-white and star-shaped flowers are offered in religious worship. It is offered to Vishnu and His avatars and various other deities.
Offering the flower on Krishna Paksha Ekadasi in Jyeshta month (May – June) is highly meritorious. This Ekadasi is known as Yogini Ekadasi.
In scriptures, it is mentioned that when Kuchela went to visit Sri Krishna he rested under a Bakula Tree.
In Ramayana, Vanarasena (the monkey a…

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.

Truth demands a mind that is totally free – Jiddu Krishnamurti

Attention is the flame in which sorrow ends.
The essence of goodness is a mind that is not in conflict.
Truth demands a mind that is totally free.
Observe your attachment or aggression without direction, motive or desire. In that very observation there is an ending of it.

Through negation of all that man has built within himself, the positive comes into being. Jiddu Krishnamurti

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 Central Counci…

There Is No Delusion for One Who Has Understood the Concept of Oneness – Swami Vivekananda

If you go deep enough, all will be seen as only variations of the One, and he who has attained to this conception of Oneness has no more delusion.
What can delude him? He knows the reality of everything, the secret of everything. Where is there any more misery for him? What does he desire? He has traced the reality of everything to the Lord, the Centre, the Unity of everything, and that is Eternal Existence, Eternal Knowledge, Eternal Bliss. Neither death nor disease, nor sorrow, nor misery, nor discontent is there. All is Perfect Union and Perfect Bliss. For whom should he mourn then?
In the Reality, there is no death, there is no misery; in the Reality, there is no one to mourn for, no one to be sorry for. He has penetrated everything, the Pure One, the Formless, the Bodiless, the Stainless. He is the Knower, He the Great Poet, the Self-existent, He who is giving to everyone what he deserves.
They grope in darkness who worship this ignorant world, the world that is produced out …

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 TirupatiBalajiTemple. 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 in disguise for t…

Meaning of Tirtha and why pilgrimage is not the real meaning of Tirtha – Swami Purnananda

The Sanskrit word ‘tirtha’ is derived from the root verb ‘tr’, meaning ‘to cross’, ‘to surpass.’ So according to the derived meaning, a ‘tirtha’ is a place from where one can surpass or overcome one’s evil actions or a place from which one can ascend to a higher stage of life.
A holy place raises us by leading to a higher mental plane; it has the power to manifest godliness in the human heart by making it pure.
The ultimate Truth is the foundation of spiritual science. All scientific truths – even religions and philosophies – are but lower steps of the seemingly infinite flight of stairs that leads to the summit of spirituality. Pilgrimage also happens to be one such step.
In English, one who goes on pilgrimage is called a pilgrim. The world ‘pilgrim’ is derived from Old French ‘peligrin’ or from Late Latin ‘Pelegrinus’, meaning foreigner.
A pilgrim is ‘one who journeys in foreign lands’. So a place of pilgrimage is by implication, a foreign land. But this differs greatly from the me…

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 covered with a jata mukuta. He ha…

Interactive multimedia DVD on Brihadeeswarar Temple in Tamil Nadu

An Interactive multimedia DVD on BrihadeeswararTemple in Tamil Nadu is created by the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA). There are Seven DVDs detailing aspects from floor plan to iconography to rituals and festivals of BrihadeeswararTemple.
Built in 1010 AD by Raja Raja Chola, the BrihadeeswaraTemple at Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu, popularly known as BigTemple, is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
BrihadeeswararTemple, originally known as the Rajarajeshvara temple, is acclaimed as the finest achievement of Chola art and architecture. The temple is dedicated to Shiva.

You can get more details of the Interactive multimedia DVD on Brihadeeswarar Temple here.

Vichar Sagar Teachings

I am that undiluted Infinite Bliss that is eternal, self-effulgent, and all-pervading substratum of name and form; which the intellect conceives not but which conceives the intellect.
Of the nature of an infinite ocean am I and like its waves are Brahma, Vishnu, Mahesh, Surya, Chandra, Varuna, Yama, Shakti, Kubera, and Ganesh.
The gracious omniscient Ishvara, conditioned by adjuncts, who becomes the object of meditation of sages is also reflected as an illusion in me.
Just as a rope appears as a snake when the knowledge of the former is absent, and the latter disappears with the knowledge of reality, similarly this world [of names and forms] disappears when the realization of ‘I am He’ dawns.
That Rama [without attributes], whom the pious sages worship without motive in order to attain enlightenment, is my Self. Whom then may I salute?
Vichar Sagar of Nishchal Das (1791-1863)

Ramayana Manjari Quotes

Wealth is incomplete if one does not have a charitable mind.
When the mind is peaceful, everything appears pleasant. For the person who is happy, even the unpleasant appears pleasant. For one who is unhappy, even the pleasant looks unpleasant.
Speech is incomplete and useless if it is not truthful.
A wicked man, a dog’s tail, a snake and a camel’s neck cannot be straightened by any amount of hymns or by medicines.
Education is incomplete unless it helps you to subdue your emotion.  Ramayana Manjari

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.

Rajasthan Vivah Muhurat Dates in 2014 – Shaadi Dates in Rajasthan in 2014 as Per Hindi Calendar

Rajasthan Vivah Muhurat Dates in 2014 based on Hindi Panchang and Calendar 2014 is given below. Please note that these are Shaadi dates for 2014 in Rajasthan and are not applicable in other parts in India. The dates are for place like Jaipur, Jhodhpur, Alwar, Ajmer, Pushkar, Jaisalmer, Barmer, Churu, Udaipur, Bikaner, Nagaur, Sikar and MountAbu. Rajasthan Vivah Muhurat or Shaadi Dates in 2014 January 2014 - January 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 and January 31
February 2014 - February 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 17, 18, 20, 22, 24, 25 and February 26
March 2014 - March 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9
April 2014 - April 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 26 and April 27
May 2014 - May 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 15, 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29 and May 30.
June 2014 - June 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21, 24, 25 and June 26
July 2014 - July 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and July 7
August 2014 – No Vivah Muhurat Dates
September 2014 - No Vivah Muhurat Dates
October 2014 - No…

Swami Sivananda on Gross and Subtle Egoism

When you identify yourself with your gross physical body, it is gross egoism. When you identify yourself with your mind and the Karana-Sarira (seed body), it is subtle egoism.
If you destroy pride, selfishness, desires and identification with the body, the gross egoism will perish, but the subtle egoism will remain lurking. You must annihilate the subtle egoism also.
The subtle egoism is more dangerous and difficult to eradicate. I am a rich man. I am a king. I am a Brahmin. I am a learned scholar; — this is gross egoism.
I am a Yogi. I am a Jnani. I am a moral man. I am a good Sadhaka or Sadhu; —this is subtle egoism.
If you, through virtuous actions, destroy the idea of ‘I’ at the root (in the mind), then it will not spring up again. Atma-Jnana or knowledge of the Self is the fire which destroys the conceptions of Abhimana, Ahankara, etc., which are the seeds of the tree of mind. Swami Sivananda

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 KedarnathTemple. 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. We had to use a ho…

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 Temple, Kadammanitta Rishikesa…

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.
LinkStories in the Yoga Vasishta

Note the book is in pdf format and the file size is nearly 39 MB.

Symbolism of Eighteen Steps at Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple – Symbolism of Pathinettam Padi

One has to climb the Pathinettam Padi or the eighteen steps to reach the Sanctum Sanctorum of the SabarimalaAyyappaTemple. There is deep symbolism associated with the eighteen steps. One can climb the eighteen steps only if one is carrying the irumudi.
The widely accepted belief is that the eighteen steps represent the eighteen mountains in Sabarimala.
Another popular belief is that Lord Ayyappa had placed each one of his eighteen weapons on the eighteen steps and entered the temple and merged with the murti in the temple.

There is another belief which states that eighteen steps are the eighteen Puranas.
Another belief is that the eighteen steps are associated with Yoga. Some people also claim the steps represent the eighteen chapters of the Bhagavad Gita.
It is also believed that the first five steps represent five Indriyas or Panchandriya; The six to thirteen steps represents Ashta Roga – Raga, Dwesha, Kama, Krodha, Lobha, Moha, Mada and Matsarya; The fourteen to sixteen represen…

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 been direct…

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.

The only method by which you can get out of this mad world is by turning inward – Swami Chinmayananda

Renunciation is not to be construed as mere physical retirement from the activities of the world, but it is measured by the disinterest that an individual bears for the world at the mental level. It is a state of mind.
True renunciation can be developed through constant practice of right living, devotion, and scriptural studies.
TURN INWARD! This is the only method by which you can get out of this mad world!
Sit down and consciously withdraw your mind as though in sleep and experience that stage where there is no object, emotion or thought. That conscious "sleep" is called Samadhi.
The disease of life is called the perception of plurality. This is caused by a very powerful germ called ‘ego’ or separative idea. This thrives on the mind and the intellect. Swami Chinmayananda

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 SabarimalaAyyappaTemple. 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.