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Timings in Yediyur Siddhalingeshwara Temple – Opening and closing Timing at Yediyur Siddhalingeshwara Temple

Timings in YediyurSiddhalingeshwaraTemple follow the same pattern followed in major Shiva temples in Karnataka Opening and closing Timings at YediyurSiddhalingeshwaraTemple in detail is given below. YediyurSiddhalingeshwaraTemple is one of the most popular Shaivaite centers in South India. The temple is located at Yediyur village in Kunigal taluk of Tumkur District in Karnataka. The temple is on National Highway 48 and is around 90 km from Bangalore.

Timings in YediyurSiddhalingeshwaraTemple
Darshan in the morning begins at 4:30 AM
The temple closes at 8:30 PM.
There is extended darshan and change in time during Rathotsava festival held on the 7th day after Ugadi.
Special puja arrangements are also made during Sharvana and Kartika Months.

Who is the mother of Rama in Ramayana?

Who is the mother of Rama in Ramayana? There is no complexity involved in this question like that of Mata Sita. Mother of Rama in Ramayana is Queen Kaushalya.

Kausalya was the first wife of Dasaratha, king of Ayodhya and father of Sri Ram. She was the daughter of the King of Uttara Kosala. A daughter named Santa was born to Dasaratha by Kausalya. After this, no sons or daughters were born to Dasaratha for a long time.
Kausalya was also the chief wife of Dasaratha. The king had two other wives named Kaikeyi and Sumithra.

Annavaram Temple Timings – Sri Veera Venkata Satyanarayana Swamy Vari Devasthanam Opening and Closing Timings

SimhachalamTemple is dedicated to Hindu God Vishnu and is located in East Godavari District in Andhra Pradesh. DetailAnnavaramTemple timings are given below. The Devasthanam opening and closing time change only during special occasions and festivals. The temple remains closed during Surya and Chandra Grahan (Solar and Lunar eclipse).

Darshan Time for All Devotes at Annavaram Temple 6:00 AM to 12:00 PM
12:30 PM to 9:00 PM
AnnavaramTemple Timings: Suprabhatha Seva – 3:30 AM to 4:00 AM Abhishekam and Archana 4:00 AM to 5:15 AM Balabogam 5:15 AM Panchaharathulu andNeerajana Mantra Pushpamal - 5:30 AM Ashtothara Sathanama Poojas and Sahasranamarchanas 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM Abhishekams can be performed by devotees from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM Sri Vari Nitya Kalyanam – 9:30 AM Rajabhoga Mahanivedana -  12:30 PM to 1:00 PM Darbaru Mandapam Seva - 06:00 PM to 07:00 PM Sri Swamy Vari Darbaru Seva - 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM Sri Ammavarla Ekanta Seva - 8:30 PM to 9:00 PM Temple closes at 9:00 PM

Simhachalam Temple Timings – Sri Varaha Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Devasthanam opening and closing time

SimhachalamTemple is dedicated to Sri Varaha Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy and is located near Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh. DetailSimhachalamTemple timings are given below. The Devasthanam opening and closing time change only during special occasions and festivals. The temple remains closed during Grahan (Solar and Lunar eclipse).

SimhachalamTemple Timings: The temple opens daily at 3:30 AM Suprabhatham – 3:30 AM to 4:30 AM Avakasa Darashanam – 4:30 AM to 5:00 AM Aradhana – 5:00 AM to 6:30 AM All types of Darshan and Pujas – 7:00 AM to 11:30 AM The temple closes from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM (Rajabhog) Darshan – 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM The temple closes from – 2:30 PM to 3:00 PM (Pavalimpu) All types of Darshan and Pujas – 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM Aradhana – 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM Darshan – 8:30 PM to 9:00 PM Temple closes at 9:00 PM

Story of Demon Disguised as Janaka in Kamba Ramayana

What makes many of the regional versions of Ramayana interesting are the numerous sub plots. One such sub plot is of a demon disguised as Janaka, father of Mata Sita, and it is found in the Tamil Kamba Ramayana.

Ravana, the demon king, tried numerous methods to go near Mata Sita but he was unsuccessful in all his attempts. He then resorted to trickery. To achieve his desire, he deputed a clever magician demon named Marutta.
Marutta put on the guise of King Janaka, father of Mata Sita. In the capacity of a loving father, Marutta consoled Sita. He also cleverly advised to yield to the wishes of Ravana. He suggested that it was the only way to escape from Lanka.
Mata Sita immediately recognized the demon and asked him to get out of her sight.
Marutta then assumed his original form and went away.

Difference between Om Nama Shivaya and Shivaya Nama

Om Nama Shivaya and Shivaya Nama are mantras dedicated to Mahadev Shiva. But is there a difference between them?
Om Nama Shivaya – Sthula Panchakshara
Shivaya Nama – Sookshma Panchakshara
Om Nama Shivaya is chanted to gain worldly objectives.
Shivaya Nama is chanted to attain Moksha – Liberation
Saint Vallalar wrote that when one applied sacred ash on the forehead, one should say ‘Sivaya Namaha,’ because it confers on a devotee good speech, good company, good qualities and moksha.  K. Sambandan explains about the difference in an article in The Hindu.
Each of the letters in these mantras has significance. ‘Na’ represents our pride, ‘Ma’ represents the impurities in our minds, ‘Si’ represents Lord Siva, ‘Va’ represents Goddess Sakti, and ‘Ya’ represents the atma. So when we say, ‘Sivaya Namaha,’ the atma, represented by ‘ya,’ is in the middle. On one side are pride and other impure thoughts represented respectively by ‘Na,’ and ‘Ma.’ On the other side of ‘ya,’ we have Lord Siva and Go…

Pure love transcends the body – Mata Amritanandamayi

Pure love transcends the body. It is between hearts. It has nothing to do with bodies.
Bhakti is love – loving god, loving your own self, and loving all beings.
Love just happens. Nobody thinks about how to love, or when and where to love. Nobody is rational about love. Rational thought hinders love. Love is sudden rising in the heart. Love is an unavoidable, unobstructable longing for oneness. There is no logic in this. It is beyond logic. So do not try to be rational about love. It is trying to give reasons for the river to flow, for the breeze to be cool and gentle, for the moon to glow, for the sky to be expansive, for the ocean to be vast and deep, or for the flower to be fragrant and beautiful.  Mata Amritanandamayi