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Hayagriva Beej Mantra – Benefits and Importance of the Mantra

Hayagriva incarnation of Hindu God Vishnu is associated with Vedas. Srihari Vishnu appeared with a human body and horse head to recover the Vedas, which were stolen by Asuras or Demons. Hayagriva Beej Mantra and its importance are mentioned in the Sri Hayagriva Upanishad. The benefit of chanting mantra is that it helps in attaining self realization. On the request of Sage Narada, Brahma taught his all important Beej Mantra.

The single syllable Hayagriva Beej Mantra is ‘Hlaum’
Sri Hayagriva Upanishad says – this single-syllable beeja-mantra is the word Hlaum, which consists of the three letters h, l, and om.
Benefits and Importance of Hayagriva Beej Mantra
They who chant this Hlaum beeja-mantra attain both wealth and learning.They attain knowledge of the transcendental form of Lord Hayagriva and they also attain liberation, becoming free from the entanglement of residing in a material body.They become the rulers of the dik-palas, kings, and nagas.Surya and others diligently chant this …

Siddharameshwara Temple at Yelanadu in Karnataka

Siddarameshwara temple at Yelanadu is located in Chikkanayakanahalli Taluk in Tumkur District in Karnataka. This is one of the 57 temples associated with Shivayogi Siddarama – the holy saint is said to have constructed temples at various place where he under took penance for spreading Shaivism during the 12th century. His Holiness Siddarama is considered as one of the prophets of Lingayat Religion.

The place, where the temple currently stands, was once a thick forest and Shivayogi Siddarama during his journey of spreading Shaivism stayed at this place and performed Tapas under a tree. As time passed he was surrounded by an ant hill. Cattle of a nearby village used to give milk on its own on this ant hill which was observed by the cattle grazer and informed the fact to his master in the village.
A temple was then built on the spot. One of the most important offering in the temple is Ellu or Sesame.
The temple is around 7km from Huliyar and 50 km from Hosadurga Road Railway Station.

Ravana Temples in India - Hindu Temples Dedicated to Ravan in Ramayana

There are several temples dedicated to Ravana in India. Ravan is one of the biggest demons in Hindu Scriptures. Although he is the chief of demons in the Ramayan, Ravana is worshipped for his intense devotion to Shiva and his scholarly trait. Known temples dedicated to Ravana are found in Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. It must be noted that there will be numerous other temples dedicated to Ravan which is yet to be recorded.

DashananTemple at ChinnamastikaTemple in Kanpur
DashananTemple is a small shrine dedicated to Ravana on the premises of ChinnamastikaTemple in Kanpur. The shrine is only opened during the Dasara Festival. A 5ft murti of Ravana is found in the temple.
45ft Ravana Murti at KhonpuraVillage in Madhya Pradesh
The huge murti of Ravan is worshipped on the open ground of the KhonpuraVillage. The murti is more than 200 years old. You can read about this murti here.
Mandore in Rajasthan - Ravana is Son-in-Law here
Mandore near Jodhpur in…

Valuable Lessons – Swami Sivananda

Be tranquil within. Let that inner peace and joy radiate through a serene countenance. A serene countenance is peaceful, smiling and serious and does not betray any violent emotions. It is like the surface of a still lake.
Do not boast of your birth, position, qualifications and spiritual attainments. Praise others. See good in all. Treat even the lowliest creatures as your equal and with respect.
Be artless. Be simple in your speech. Do not twist words and topics. Be plain; avoid diplomacy, cunningness and crookedness. Be simple in your dress. Be simple in your food.
Let your words agree with the thoughts; let your actions agree with your words. Let there be harmony among your thoughts, words and actions. Swami Sivananda