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Salmali Island – Salmalidvipa in Hindu Scriptures

Information regarding SalmaliIsland (Salmalidvipa) is found in the Vishnu Purana. It is one among the important seven islands (dvipa). This is a huge island and is surrounded on four sides by sugarcane juice. (Some texts claim that the island is surrounded by sura (liquor).

There are seven mountains in the SalmaliIsland. They provide shelter to various living beings including human beings. The seven mountains separate the island into seven regions and they contain rare trees, creepers, plants, flowers and herbs. It is also said that the mountains have huge deposits of precious stones.
There are seven holy rivers in the Salmalidvipa – Yoni, Toya, Vitrna, Chandra, Mukta, Vimochani and Nirvrti. It is said that merely remembering the name of the rivers will give redemption from sins.
The people in the island worship Vishnu in the form of Vayu (wind god).
The island takes the name from a tree which grows here known as Salmali. It is said that the tree provides comfort to the mind.

Shambhu Lingeshwara Temple at Nalgonda – Reappears from Underwater

ShambhuLingeshwaraTemple at t Panagal near Nalgonda town had gone underwater with the rise in the water in the Udaya Samudram balancing reservoir. The temple is more than 1000 years old and had gone underwater around five years ago during a flood.
The New Indian Express reports 
The ‘kala shilpam’ of the Shambhu Lingeshwara Swamy indicates that it was constructed by the Kundur Chola kings sometime during 1040- 1290.  The temple went under the Udaya Samudram reservoir five years ago during a flood. No initiative was taken then to shift the temple idols to high ground.  The people of Chandanapally village told The Sunday Standard that the temple was built at the same time as the Chaya Someshwara temple and Pacchala Someshwara temple at Panagal village.  The temple is consecrated to Lord Shiva and Nandi, his vehicle, sentinel and acolyte. The Shila Shasanam inscription is engraved on the temple floor and local people feel that if the inscriptions can be decoded, the historicity of the tem…

Random Quotes – Rabindranath Tagore

When, like the river, we women keep to our banks, we give nourishment with all that we have: when we overflow them we destroy with all that we are.
Let the veil of ‘I’ fall apart and the pure light of consciousness break through the mists revealing the everlasting face of Truth.
If we re-establish that eternally alive idea of goodness of our ancestors in our hearts as our living component and apply that in every sphere of our society, then we will be able to attain the vast Hindu civilization.
So long as there is life in man there are problems for him. His process of living is to ceaselessly give answers to problems.  Rabindranath Tagore