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Thirunageswaram Temple Timings

Thirunageswaram is an important temple dedicated to Rahu in Tamil Nadu. The detail opening and closing timings of temple are given below. The time is to give a general idea. The temple will be open for longer period during special occasions like Rahu Transition (Peyarachi) and festivals.

Thirunageswaram Timings:
Morning the temple is open from 5:30 AM to 1:00 PM Evening the temple is open from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Story of Ravana and Gokarna

Legend has it that the Shivling worshipped in the famous MahabaleshwarTemple in Gokarna was gifted to Ravana, the demon king in Ramayana, by Shiva. Legend has it that Ravana conquered the world and turned towards Kailash, the abode of Shiva. Ravan attempted to uproot the HolyMountain and tried to shake it. Shiva just pressed his toe on the Mountain and Ravana was crushed by the weight of the mountain.

Ravana who realized the omnipotence of Shiva immediately started singing the Sama Veda to impress Mahadev.
Shiva was impressed by Ravana’s piety and gave him a Shivling.
Shiva promised Ravana that no one will be able to conquer him as long as the Shivling is worshipped in Lanka.
Shiva put a condition that if the Shivling was kept down before reaching Lanka, then it will not move from the place.
Ravana carried the Shivling to Lanka but on the way at Gokarna he wanted to take bath. So he gave the Shivling to a little boy and asked him to not to keep it down. The boy agreed. But put a co…

Book – Commentary on Valmiki Ramayana – Read Online

Valmiki Ramayana commentary by L Ananta Rama Rao explores the various aspects of the great epic. You can read the entire book titled Valmiki Ramayana online for free. The author also tries to point out some important differences occur in regional versions especially with the Kamba Ramayana. The book is basically a commentary on the Valmiki Ramayana.
Link – Book Commentary on Valmiki Ramayana

Amritabindu Upanishad - Words of Wisdom

Mind is said to be of two kinds, the pure and the impure. That which is associated with the thought of desire is the impure, while that which is without desire is the pure.
To human beings, their mind alone is the cause of bondage or emancipation.
That mind which is attracted by objects of sense tends to bondage, while that which is not so attracted tends to emancipation.
When a mind is freed from the desires for objects and controlled, it attains the reality of Atma then it is in the Supreme Seat.
Till the time desires perishes, the mind should be controlled. This is only true wisdom and meditation.