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Bel Fruit and Shiva – Importance of Bilva Fruit in Worship of Shiva

The most important fruit offering to Shiva is the Bel fruit – Wood Apple in English. Bel, or Bilva, is widely associated with Shiva – the leaves of the tree is an important offering as its leaves are equated with the three eyes of Shiva and it also resemble the trident and; Shiva is believed to meditate under the Bilva tree; the fruit is offered and consumed as Prasad by Shiva devotees especially during the Mahashivaratri.

Symbolically, Shiva is like the bell fruit – hard outside but soft inside.
A story mentioned in the Brihaddharma Purana states that Goddess Lakshmi offered 10,000 lotus everyday while worshipping Shiva. One day she fell short of two buds. She the decided to offer her breasts instead of lotus flowers. She cut on breast and offered it. When she was about to offer the next, Shiva appeared before her and stopped her. It is said that the cut breast became the Bel fruit.
Bel is widely used in Ayurveda medicine – Charaka Samhita describes the medicinal properties of it. T…

Adi Shankaracharya Temple in Badrinath

AdiShankaracharyaTemple is a small shrine located on the stairs to the BadrinathTemple and is on the way to the Tapt Kund (Holy hot spring). The shrine is dedicated to Adi Shankara, who visited the region at a young age and established Badrinath Dham.

Adi Shankaracharya established four mutts in the four directions of India and Badrinath is one among them. The belief is that the murti worshiped in Badrinath temple was discovered by Adi Shankaracharya at Narad Kund and he consecrated the murti in the present temple.
Daily puja and bhog are offered at the AdiShankaracharyaTemple.
Apart from the AdiShankaracharyaTemple, Murti of Adi Shankaracharya and his four disciples are found along the Parikrama inside the BadrinathTemple.

Purusha Suktam mp3 – Download Purusha Sukta Mantra Audio for Free – Hindu Prayer

This Purusha Suktam Mantra in mp3 audio is provided for free by the Veda Mantram website. Purusha Suktam is dedicated to Hindu God Vishnu and is one of the Pancha Suktams. It is a very popular mantra and prayer in Hinduism. Purusha Sukta is found in the Rig Veda and is considered to have fundamental nature of all Srutis by Veda Vyasa.

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Adi Shankaracharya – Eternal Teachings

Of the tree Samsara ignorance is the seed the identification with the body is its sprout attachment its tender leaves, work its water, the body its trunk, the vital forces its branches, the organs its twigs, the sense-objects its flowers, various miseries due to diverse works are its fruits, and the individual soul is the bird on it.  (Vivekachudamani 145)
This bondage of the non-Self springs from ignorance, is self-caused, and is described as without beginning and end. It subjects one to the long train of miseries such as birth, death, disease, and decrepitude. (Vivekachudamani 146)
There are three things that are rare indeed, a human birth, the longing for liberation (freedom from reincarnation), and the protecting care of a perfected sage. (Vivekachudamani 3)
Since all beings without exception are modifications of the essence of food and since all are equally descendents of Brahman, why is man alone unique? Because of his pre-eminence. In what again does this pre-eminence consist…