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Uppinangady Temple – Sahasralingeshwara Temple at Uppinangady in Karnataka

SahasralingeshwaraTemple at Uppinangady in Karnataka is dedicated to Shiva. The place is famous for thousands of lingas in the nearby river. The temple is believed to very old; the original Shivling of the UppinangadyTemple is covered by sand and is on the banks of NetravathiRiver – to the left of the temple. Worship is offered by removing the sand during annual temple festival.
SahasralingeshwaraTemple also has a separate shrine dedicated to Goddess Mahakali. The form of Mahakali worshipped is the ferocious one – that of her annihilating the demon Rakhta Beeja.
Legend has it that Shivlings found in and around SahasralingeshwaraTemple were created by Bhima, the second of the Pandava brothers.

There is also a separate shrine dedicated to Kal Bhairav form of Shiva.
Uppinangady Temple Location

SahasralingeshwaraTemple is located at Uppinangady, on NH 17 about 60 Kms from Mangalore. Nearest most important town is Puttur in Dakshina Kannada District which is around 12 km away.
Kabaka-Puttur…

Uttarakhand Tragedy Could Have Been Averted – Met Department Warning Ignored

Times of India reports that government officials ignored several warnings of very heavy rains and suspension of Chardham Yatra issued by Uttarakhand Meteorological Department on June 14, June 15 and June 16, 2013. Thousands of lives could have been saved had these warning been taken seriously. Sadly no one knows how many lives were lost – the government daily comes up with new numbers 1000, 2000,... currently the latest number is 10,000.

We need to create new words to describe the official apathy in India. Existing words cannot capture the real negligence of the government officials whose daily food is soaked in the blood of innocent children, mothers, grand parents, brothers, sisters, husbands and wives who lost their life in Uttarakhand. These government officials feed their family food that has smell of death and cries of victims of official apathy.


Times of India reports  The warnings had been sent to a slew of top officials, including the state's chief secretary, the district…

Sincerity of devotion is that matters not form of God – Swami Chinmayananda

It is vain to waste one’s time considering which God to worship. Worship Him in any form. It is the sincerity of devotion that matters.

You have two eyes but one vision. The eyes are two but the light that emanates from them both is one – vision.
A man firmly established in wisdom in tranquil and his equipoise is never broken even when he is investing his entire energy in the world outside for the service of mankind.
The Great Masters of old who apparently had reached a state of utter joy of satisfaction, perfect health and supreme harmony, unanimously declare that these depend primarily upon man’s inner thought habits and not upon his outer luxury.
Swami Chinmayananda

On Shiva and Shivling – Brahma Kumaris

Brahma Kumaris organization teaching gives the symbolic meaning Shiva and Shivling:

The linga is worshipped as the very image of Shiva, indicating that Shiva has neither male nor female form. Shiva is invoked as an incorporeal point of light. That is why the 12 renowned Shiva Temples in India are also known as Jyotirlinga, signifying light.
The three-line mark on the Shivling known as Tripundi symbolizes the three-fold characteristics of the Trimurti, the lord of three subtle deities; Trinetri or the one who has the third eye of wisdom; Trikaldarshi or the one who surveys three aspects of time and Triloknath or the lord of the three worlds.
Shiva is also known as Shambhu or Swayambhu – the One who incarnates on his own, onto this Earth, or the One who cannot be created – and Sada Shiva meaning that he is the Supreme Soul.
The Sanskrit word Shiva, according to some scholars, is the confluence of two phonetic part, Shi and Va, meaning redeemer and liberator from sins and sufferings.



Rela…

Pandarpur Palki Route in Pune

Here is the route of Sant Tukaram and Sant Jnaneshwar Palki during the Pandarpur Yatra on June 16, 2016, June 17, June 18, June 19 and June 20, 2017.
The Sant Tukaram Palki travels to Akurdi via Nigdi on the second day (June 17, 2017). It then goes through Chinchwad, Pimpri, Sant Tukaram Nagar, Nashik Phata, Kasarwadi meeting Sant Jnaneshwar Palki at Wakdewadi. (June 18, 2017)

Sant Dnyaneshwar Palki will start on June 17, 2017 from Alandi. It will head towards the city on June 18.
Both the palkhis will take the Wakdewadi to Engineering College Chowk, Sancheti Chowk, Dnyaneshwar Paduka Chowk, Tukaram Paduka Chowk, Khandujibaba Chowk, Tilak Chowk, Vijay theatre Chowk, Dulya Maruti Chowk and Nana Peth route. (June 18, 2017)
The Tukaram Maharaj palkhi will halt at NivdungyaVithobaTemple in Nana Peth and the Sant Dnyaneshwar Maharak palkhi will halt at PalkhiVithobaTemple in Bhavani Peth. (June 18, 2017)
Complete rest in the city on June 19, 2017.
On June 20 the Palkis will take the Camp,…

Inside Pictures of Kedarnath Temple after June 2013 Flash Flood

Indian Express has published the inside pictures of KedarnathTemple after flash flood and torrential rain in June 2013. There is destruction all around. The sanctum sanctorum of the temple is covered with slit. Only the top portion of the main Shivling worshipped in temple is visible.

The main murti in the form of Shivling is visible due to the Bilva leaves that were offered on it before the flash flood.
The entrance area of the temple which has the golden hue Nandi is filled with slit and belongings of people.
You can view the pictures here in the slide show by Indian Express


Kannada Shravana Masam 2018 – Sravana Masa - Shravan Month in Karnataka in 2018

Sravana Masa is the fifth month in a traditional Hindu Kannada calendar followed in Karnataka. Kannada Sravana Masam 2018 is from August 12 to September 9. Nag Panchami, Varalakshmi Vratam, Ashunya Shayana Vrat, Rg and Yajur Upkarma and Sri Krishna Jayanti.

Mangala Gouri Puja is performed on all Tuesdays in the month.

Pradosh Fasting Dates in Shravana Masam are:
Pradosh – August 23 Pradosh – September 7
Ekadasi Fasting dates in Sravana Masam are: Putrada Ekadasi – August 22 Aja Ekadasi – September 6
Sankashti Chaturthi monthly fasting dedicated to Lord Ganesh in Shravan Month is August 30 – Moonrise or Chandrodaya is at 9:30 PM – Indian Standard Time.

Kannada Shravana Month 2018 Shukla Paksh and Krishna Paksha

Kannada Sravana Masa 2018 Shukla Paksha (Waxing phase of moon) is from August 12 to August 26. Kannada Shravana Masam 2018 Krishna Paksha (Waning phase of moon) is from August 27 to September 9, 2018.

Purnima in Kannada Shravana Masam Shravana Purnima or Full moon day is on August 26…

God in Hindu Religion - Brahman

That from whom all the beings come out is Brahman (The Supreme Truth or God in Hinduism). By whose existence others exist and sustain after taking birth is Brahman. In whom every being merges after death is Brahman. (Taitiriya Upanishad)
O Arjuna! I’m the soul living in the heart of all beings. (Gita 10:27)
The indestructible, transcendental living entity is called Brahman; and its eternal nature is call adhyatma, the self. (Gita 8:3)
Whatever is there in this universe is the Absolute Brahman. Use and utilize them with discretion and by not getting attached to them. (Ishavasya Upanishad)
Brahman very is this immortal Being. In front is Brahman, behind is Brahman To the right and to the left. It spreads forth above and below. Verily, Brahman is this effulgent universe. (Mundaka Upanishad)
Beyond, time, beyond space, Thou art he from whom sprang The three worlds. Filled with Brahman are the things we see; Filled with Brahman floweth all that is; (Svetasvatara Upanishad)

Losing Belief in God – Thoughts on the Backdrop of Uttarakhand Crisis

Losing belief in God is quite natural especially for those who lost near and dear ones in the Uttarakhand rains and flash flood. People who lost their father, mother, brother, sister, sons, daughters, relatives and friends will doubt the existence of God as the crisis happened during a pilgrimage. If you are losing your belief then you never understood the teachings of Sanatana Dharma (Hinduism). Thus it is better to lose the wrong belief and realize the Truth.
There are two issues here one is pilgrimage and another is belief in God.
Most of the devotees who go on pilgrimage are not real pilgrims. Sadly they are tourists – going to an exotic location like Uttarakhand to have a glimpse of God. These people might have never bothered to visit a nearby shrine which is at a walking distance.
In Sanatana Dharma, pilgrimage (Teerth Yatra) is not going to meet God in some distant place.
Pilgrimage is a walk for self realization. The ultimate destination is of little significance.
In the wal…

Google Crisis Map of the Uttarakhand region 2013 – With Helpline Phone Numbers and Person Finder and Relief Fund Details

Google is doing its bit to help in the Uttarakhand crisis in 2013.  It had earlier created a person finder page. Now Google has come up with an interactive crisis map of the Uttarakhand region. The page also contains helpline phone numbers, person finder and how can help in the relief work.
Link – Google Crisis Map of the Uttarakhand region

Vyasa Gaddi at Naimisaranya – Sage Vyasa Divided Vedas into four and compiled 18 Puranas Here

Vyasa Gaddi at Naimisaranya forest is believed to be the holy spot where Sage Vyasa divided the Vedas into four and compiled 18 Puranas. Vyasa Gaddi is located around 90 km from Lucknow in Sitapur District of Uttar Pradesh.
Earlier the place located on the banks of GomtiRiver was a thick forest. Today there is only a small forest here. A small temple and a banyan tree stands at the place where Vyasa divided the Vedas.
Chakratirtha and Lalita Devi temple are located nearby. The place attracts thousands of devotees on Vyasa Purnima (Guru Purnima) in Ashada Month.

Recently Vedic Scholars from Chennai visited the place and performed yajnas, pujas and chanted the Vedas. You can read about it here in the Hindu.

Story of the Curse – Why Narada Wanders Around the Earth?

Sage Narada always wanders around the earth and never resides in a single location. It is said that the Narada is forced to wander around the earth due to a curse by Daksha Prajapati. Brahma asked Daksha to create subjects or living beings. He thus created Devas, hermits, Asuras, serpents and numerous other living beings from his mind.


But none of the subjects created by Daksha Prajapati was procreating. So he decided to create subjects through the coition of male and female. He thus had five thousand sons by his wife Akini. They were called the Haryasvas. They were to procreate but Sage Narada appeared before them. He suggested to them that they were mere children and they did not have any knowledge of the ways of the world. He told them that they had the power to go up, down and sideways. So they should first try to find the beginning and end of the universe.
They took the advice of Sage Narada and went in different directions and never returned.
Daksha again begot thousand sons by…

Travel to Kukke Subramanya Swami Temple – Bangalore – Mangalore

The easiest way to travel to Kukke Subramanya SwamiTemple is from Mangalore. For those people traveling from Bangalore take the National Highway 48 and take the state highway 114 from Gundya. The temple is around 280 km east of Bangalore.
For those coming from Mangalore, the temple is around 110 km west of Mangalore. They can take the National Highway 48. Take the state highway 88 at Mani to Puttur and then follow the state highway 100 to the temple.
KukkeSubramanyaTemple is a popular HinduTemple located at Subrahmanya, Sullia Taluk, Dakshina Kannada District in Karnataka.
Hindu God Subrahmanya is worshipped here but the temple is famous as Naga or SnakeTemple as divine serpent Vasuki and other snakes found safety here. The temple is famous for alleviating Sarpa Samsakara or Sarpa Dosha.


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Curse of Goddess Dhari Devi and Uttarakhand Floods – Coincidence or Warning

There is a talk among local people that the flood in Uttarakhand in June 2013 is due to the anger of Goddess Dhari Devi. She is the guardian deity of the region. On June 16, 2013, the murti of Goddess Dhari Devi was evicted to construct a hydel power project. Government plans to shift the temple. Hours before the cloud burst and flash flood, the government had removed the visible part of the murti from the temple. Is it a mere coincidence or warning? Is it a warning by Mother Earth to stop looting her. 
Goddess Dhari Devi is a guardian deity and is believed to be the manifestation of Goddess Kali. She is the protector of the Hills and the living beings that reside there. She is also the guardian of the Char Dham Temples.
People are of the view that the region faced the floods and rain due to the ire of Goddess Dhari Devi.

The temple was located around 19 km from Srinagar in Pauri Garhwal.


Zee News reports  As per believers, Uttarakhand had to face the Goddess’ ire as she was shifted fr…

Only they are pure who have completely cleansed their thinking – Sant Kabirdas

You haven’t puzzled out any of the weaver’s secrets: It took Him a mere moment to stretch out the whole universe on His loom.
Kabir says, I have convince my heart to be content: For when the heart is content it comprehends Hari
Only they are pure who have completely cleansed their thinking.
Do not be proud of your wealth and do not laugh at any pauper; your boat is still rocking in the ocean and you don’t know what can happen.
Kabir

Perumal – About Hindu God Perumal

Perumal is a term commonly used to refer to Hindu God Vishnu in Tamil Nadu. The word is widely used by Vaishnavites. Perumal is also used to refer to other deities worshipped in a temple. Kings in ancient times in Tamil land were also called as Perumal – a mark of respect.

Some of the temples associated with Bhagavan Vishnu with the title Perumal are Sundararaja Perumal, Varadaraja Perumal, Lakshmi Narayana Perumal, Adi Narrayana Perumal, Venkateswara Perumal etc.
Perumal simply means ‘god’. Thus they use it along with Muruga, Shiva and Ganesha. Thus we have Shivaperumal.
Currently the term Perumal is a synonym of Vishnu and His manifestations like Balaji or Venkateswara.

Ulsoor Someshwara Temple Timings – Drashan – Opening and Closing Time

UlsoorSomeshwaraTemple is dedicated to Hindu God Shiva. Detail Drashan Timings of the temple with opening and closing time in detail is given below. UlsoorSomeshwaraTemple is a popular temple in Bangalore with murtis of important Hindu deities. The temple is also a popular shrine for conducting marriages.
UlsoorSomeshwaraTemple Timings – Darshan Hours
Opening Time for morning darshan 6:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Opening Time for Evening darshan 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM

The closing time of the temple is extended during Shivratri and other festivals – also during TempleFestival.

Old Kedarnath Temple Pictures – Kedarnath Temple in 1882

Here are few pictures of KedarnathTemple in 1882. Compare these old pictures of KedarnathTemple with the latest pictures to see what human greed has done to this holy place. Images are from the Geological Survey of India website. The photos are credited to Carl Griesbach.



In the beginning there were only small huts around the temple called chhan or chhappar. They were used by priests, saints and devotees. People used to trek all the way to Kedarnath from Haridwar and nearby places. First permanent structure was built around 1960. Then Pandas (or Priests) started building their own tin sheet structures. Large scale construction started in late 70s and 80s. Soon Human Greed looted the place economically and environmentally. Moral values to be followed in the holy place were not followed.


About KedarnathTemple
At an altitude of 3581 meters, the Kedarnath temple is located at the head of the MandakiniRiver and is around 14 km trek from Gaurikund.
Origin of KedarnathTemple
KedarnathTemple, p…

Sage Kapila Quotes

Teachings of Sage Kapila are found in many Hindu Scriptures. The following quotes are from Bhagavad Purana
The Atman in you is the Purusha. He has no beginning and no end. He is self-luminent, and there is nothing which is not the Purusha. He pervades everything. He is eternal.
For one to free from Maya one path is enough – Bhakti Yoga – Think on the Lord all the time.
Bhakti will of its own accord grant you Jnana and Vairagya. You do not have to seek them.
Love for Narayana will make you indifferent to other loves and so non-attachment is achieved. Bhakti will show you the way to the feet of Narayana. When a Bhakta realizes that the only aim in his life is to reach Narayana and strives for it that means that he has learnt the truth and his Avidya has vanished. He knows that Narayana is the Truth and nothing else. Sage Kapila

When the love, the lover and the beloved have become one, when we see God and love him as the innermost Self in all beings; and when there is a continuous current…

Pandarpur Yatra Route – The Road Taken During Pandharpur Waari

Pandarpur Yatra Route or the annual road taken for the 21-day pilgrimage known as Pandharpur Waari is unique, preplanned and followed for centuries. The annual Pandharpur Yatra to the famous VithobaTemple at Pandarpur in Maharashtra from mainly from Dehu and Alandi near Pune attracts thousands of warkaris.  The yatra takes place in the month of (June – July).
Pandarpur Yatra Route
The Palki of Sant Tukaram Maharaj starts first from Dehu (around 34 km from Pune).
The next day the Palki of Sant Jnaneshwar Maharaj starts from Alandi.

Both palkis reach Pune and halts for a day.
Route followed by  Palki of Sant Jnaneshwar Maharaj

After a brief halt Sant Jnaneshwar Maharaj palki proceed to Pandharpur via Saswad – crossing the NiraRiver.
The pilgrimage reaches Lonand and thousands of devotees join the Waari here.
Then the Palki goes to Taradgaon, Barad, Phaltan, Natepute, Malsiras, Velapur, Shegaon and reaches Vakhari – the most important halt.

Route followed by Palki of Sant Tukaram Mahara…

About Ramayan Mandali in Mauritius

Ramayan Mandalis is the age-0ld tradition of group Ramayan Chanting which was very popular in many Indian cities. In India, it has become obsolete. But in Mauritius Ramayan Mandali is very popular thanks to the efforts made by Hindus there to save the tradition. Times of India writes  The mandali, comprising mainly youngsters in the age group of 6 to 30 years, has popularised Ramayan recital not only in the different cities of Mauritius but even in other countries.   Group leader, Cullychurn Shreedanand shared, "Although the Hindus at Mauritius have maintained their traditions till date, but there was a time when we realised that our culture was in danger. The group was then formed named as 'Esperance Trebuchet Hindu Cultural Association' on the name of our village in Mauritius. The group is now 12 years old and around 500 Mauritian of North Indian origin are its members at present," informed Shreedanand.  He further informed, "It is important for each member of…

Sage Narada – Wise Sayings

The praises of Narayana even if they are couched in wrong words, even if they are sung all out of tune, will assure of the Grace of the Lord.

Like a pieces of Arni, which, when churned, will give forth smoke first and later fire which will consume the wood itself, even so, the mind of man, when churned by constant devotion of the Lord, will make all the evil in him come out on to the surface. The true satvic nature of man will then blaze forth and, like fire, will consume the bondage of karma and grant him salvation for ever and ever.
Action which is performed in the world with a desire for returns involves man further in the coils of Maya. These same actions, however, when performed without any desire, with a dedicated frame of mind, will only hasten to break the bonds of Maya. Knowledge of Brahman wedded to the path of devotion will help man to perform actions dedicated to the Lord. Soon, very soon, the conditioned Atman will find freedom from the coils and become one with the infi…

Significance of Garland of skulls Around the Neck of Goddess Kali

Excerpt from the book Wisdom through the Eyes of Nimishananda

When you surrender to the Divine Mother, you stop measuring and analyzing everything with your trained, logical mind. You begin to accept every day as a gift from Her and realize that the circumstances in your life will rarely occur in the sequential order that you expect. The way your life is arranged is the best possible combination that is required to foster your internal growth and evolution. When you surrender at the Lotus Feet of the Mother with this attitude, she accepts the skull called your intellect and wears it in the garland around Her Neck.
The intellect is only one expression of the Ego. Ego has multiple manifestations. Even after you surrender the intellect, various heads of the Ego keep popping up in the form of impatience, anger, jealousy, greed etc. Each of these heads has to be chopped off. To accomplish this, the Divine Mother sends a Guru to you, who will initiate you into a ‘bijamantra’ (a powerful sac…

Teachings on Death in the Bhagavad Gita

Some teachings associated with death found in the Bhagavad Gita.

Indeed, certain is death for the born, and certain is birth for the dead; therefore, over the inevitable, you should not grieve. (2.27)
He who is able, while still here (in this world) to withstand, before the liberation from the body (death), the impulse born out of desire and anger, he is a Yogin, he is a happy man. (5.23)
And whosoever, leaving the body, goes forth remembering Me alone, at the time of his death, he attains My being; there is no doubt about this. (8.5)
At the time of death, with an unshaken mind full of devotion, by the power of ‘yoga’ fixing the whole ‘prana’ (breath) between the two eyebrows, he (the seeker) reaches the Supreme Resplendent ‘PURUSHA.’ (8.10)
If the embodied one meets with death when Sattwa Guna is predominant, then he attains to the spotless worlds of the "Knowers of the Highest’. (14.14)
Meeting death in Rajas Guna, he is born among those attached to action; and dying in Tamas G…

Goddess Medala Devi – About Hindu Goddess Medaladevi

Medala Devi is a manifestation of Goddess Parvati, in this form she is worshipped mainly in parts of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh in India. One of the popular names of Medaladevi is Bramarambika. In this form she is worshipped at the SrisailamTemple.

Medala Devi is essentially a village deity and she helps people at times of diseases and other calamities. She is also propitiated for good harvest – keep natural elements in control.
A popular legend associated with Medala Devi suggests that she took the form of bees to annihilate demon Arunasura.

Prayers for Uttarakhand and Homage to People who Died

Humble prayers. Let all people who lost their lives in the rain and flash flood in Uttarakhand attain Moksha.
Humble prayers. Let all animals that lost their lives attain moksha. Let all plants that were destroyed forgive us.
Humble prayers. To the relatives of those who lost near and dear ones in the flood give courage to face life and successfully move ahead in life.
I can’t even ask forgiveness to you Mother Earth, I knew such a huge disaster was going to happen. I daily study and read about them. I was aware but I did nothing. There are more such disasters waiting but I sit helplessly.
Tolerating Adharma is Adharma – I am equally responsible for the death of thousands of human beings and animals and also the destruction of nature. I failed the teachings of Sanatana Dharma. I failed the teachings of Sri Krishna.
I bow my head in shame.
O Krishna forgive me – I will not idly sit at home and tolerate the Adharma. I will do my bit.

I will follow Dharma.

Four Stages of Spiritual Evolution

Four Stages of Spiritual Evolution was mentioned by T.Rajarathinam, in a discourse.

There are said to be four stages in spiritual evolution.
The first is to do with rituals.
The second is to do with the recitation of mantras. The third involves yoga. The fourth is the most evolved stage of jnana.
A fruit begins its journey as a bud. The bud blooms into a flower, which then becomes an unripe fruit and ripens later.
Likewise, ritualistic worship is like a bud. Worship through mantras is like a flower. Yoga is the unripe fruit, and the ultimate stage of jnana is the ripe fruit.

Slant of Earth Due to Shiva’s Marriage and How Sage Agastya Rectified It

Skanda Purana narrates an interesting tale which narrates the greatness of Sage Agastya. The incident took place during the marriage ceremony of Shiva and Goddess Parvati. The divine wedding was happening in the Himalayas and all the living beings on earth headed towards the great White Mountains.
Now all the living beings on the earth assembled on the Himalayas and the great mountain slanted due to the imbalance in weight. As a result the earth slanted.
There was confusion on earth and to maintain equilibrium, Shiva asked Sage Agastya to head towards the South.
Agastya then moved towards South and sat in meditation on the southern tip and equilibrium of earth was restored.
This story symbolically narrates the spiritual greatness of Sage Agastya.

Ulsoor Someshwara Temple Address - Location and Bus Station

UlsoorSomeshwaraTemple is located around 8 km from Kempe Gowda Main Bus Station in Bangalore. The temple is around 3 km from Cantonment Railway Station. Ulsoor Someshwara Temple Address in detail is given below.
Lido theatre bus stop and Adarsha theatre bus stop are the BMTC bus stops located near the Ulsoor Someshwara temple.
The detail temple address is given below: ExecutiveOfficer
ShreeSomeshwaraSwamyTemple,
Ulsoor
Bangalore
Pin – 560008

Phone - 9945640246, 9845050299

Symbolism – Photo of Shiva Murti in Ganga in Rishikesh during June 2013 Flood

Shiva murti in Ganga in Rishikesh is very famous. Shiva is always worshiped in the linga form – Shiva is formless. All animate and inanimate are his forms. But in Rishikesh man created a human form of Shiva. (Sorry to say but this murti in itself was encroachment and against the basic tenants of Shiva worship – Shiva should always be worshiped in linga form). During the June 2013 flood in Rishikesh, the image of furious Ganga above the danger mark lashing on the Shiva murti was flashed across the world.



The murti of Shiva at Rishikesh is serene and calm. It is not of Kal Bhairav – one who consumes everything at the end of an eon. It is also not that of Shiva performing the Rudra Tandava. Perhaps human imagination cannot capture these two forms of Shiva in a murti. Those that even witness a minute part of It are consumed by It even before they realize what is happening.
During the flash flood, Ganga was continuously and violently hitting the murti of Shiva. But the serene face of Shi…

Kedarnath Temple Safe But Closed For 2013

KedarnathTemple region was the worst hit during the torrential rains and flash flood that lashed the Uttarakhand region in June 2013. KedarnathTemple is safe but will remain closed for a year. 18-km stretch between Gaurikund and Kedarnath is the worst hit region. There is nearly eight to ten feet debris in the area.
KedarnathTemple is part of the Char Dham Yatra in Uttarakhand, India. In 2013, KedarnathTemple opened on May 14, 2013. The annual pilgrimage to the temple attracts thousands of people. Annually, the temple closes during Diwali. The shrine remains closed during the harsh winter period (November to April).

In 2013, the early monsoon and the flash flood that accompanied it caused havoc in the region. There is no idea regarding the number of deaths. 

Roaring waters of River Mandikini in KedarnathValley washed away all encroachments.

The ancient KedarnathTemple alone stands. Much of these shops and hotels were built on encroached land. Nearly 40 hotels on the banks of Mandakin…

Goddess Lalita – About Hindu Goddess Lalitha

Lalita is one among the numerous forms of Mother Goddess Shakti. Lalitha is also one of the names of Goddess Sarasvati. She is a kind, calm and serene form of Mother Goddess Shakti. The most important prayer dedicated to Goddess Shakti is known as Lalitha Sahasranama.

As per scriptures, Goddess Lalita is depicted in a standing posture, with four arms. The left arms hold mirror and conch and right arms hold fruit and a box containing beauty product for eyes.
Agni Purana mentions that when Goddess Parvati is wearing a crown and holding beads she is referred to as Lalitha.
It must be noted that certain schools of thought give the name Lalitha Devi to the form of Mother Goddess that went into battle against demon Bhandasura.

Kedarnath Temple Covered in Mud and Slush due to Torrential Rain in June 2013

The famous KedarnathTemple in Rudraprayag District of Uttarakhand bore the brunt of torrential rain on June 17, 2013 and was covered in mud and slush. A portion of the Kedarnath temple compound was washed away but news reports states that no damages were reported to the structure itself.  Ram Bada area, a busy spot near the temple, has been completely submerged and was not visible from rescue choppers. 
There is no clue regarding the number of deaths. Some reports suggest that there was a stampede in the temple when water started rising.

Chardham Yatra to Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri remains suspended.

KedarnathTemple, part of the Chardham Yatra in Uttarakhand, is one among the 12 Jyotirlinga temples dedicated to Shiva in India. Located at an altitude of 11, 760 feet, the temple is more than thousand years old and was consecrated by Adi Shankaracharya.
Hindu Blog View Unchecked commercialization of the place, encroachment of riverbed, greediness, loot and no concern and…

Out of purity and silence comes the word of power – Swami Vivekananda

My ideal indeed can be put into a few words and that is: to preach unto mankind their divinity and how to make it manifest in every movement of life.
Those who give themselves up to the Lord do more for the world than all the so-called workers. One man who has purified himself thoroughly accomplishes more than a regiment of preachers. Out of purity and silence comes the word of power.
He who has realized the Atman becomes a storehouse of great power. From him as the centre a spiritual force emanates, working within a certain radius; people who come within this circle become inspired with his ideas and are overwhelmed by them. Thus without much religious striving they derive benefit from the spiritual experience of an illumined person. This is called grace.
The elephant passing through the marketplace is always beset by curs (barking dogs), but he cares not. He goes straight on his own way. So it is always, when a great soul appears there will be numbers to bark after him. Swami Viveka…

Gandharvas in Hinduism

Gandharvas are celestial singers and musicians. The root word of Gandharva is ‘gandha’ meaning scent. It is stated that Gandharvas appeared from Brahma’s nose. Some scriptures are of the view that Gandharvas are sons of Sage Kashyapa. Their mothers are the daughters of Daksha Prajapati. The most important Gnadhrava is Kubera – the treasurer of Gods.

Gandharvas are all said to have sweet voices, and they are seen as radiant, graceful, and beautiful. They are mentioned in Vedas, epics and Puranas. They are magicians and they can multiply at will and take any form.
Most stories of Gandharvas have them being cursed by demigods or saints. They are then born on earth and get relief from the curse due to the avatars of Vishnu.
There are numerous stories of them residing on earth. In the Mahabharata, Chitraratha Gandharva and his friends are attacked by an arrogant Duryodhana aided by Karna. The Gandharvas easily over power the Kuru army and capture them. All except Karna are put inside a Ga…

Cow Urine Uses

Cow urine has medicinal properties and Hindus knew about it from time immemorial. Below are health products made from cow urine:
Health Products From Cow Urine
Cow Urine Cool Drink - Cancer Cure
Tonic - To Control Cholesterol Levels, Reduce Stones, Swelling, Joint Pains, Cold, Cough
Oil - For Relieving Joints Pain and Muscle Pain
Tablets - Liver Cleanser, Blood Purifier, Digestive Aid
Cream - For Skin Diseases, Ringworm, Eczema, Psoriasis and Infected Wounds
For Acidity, Gas, Constipation, Piles, Intestines-Stomach Problems, Ulcers, Nervousness, Sleeplessness, High BP, Rheumatism, Loss of Appetite
For Menstrual Problems - Weakness, Nervousness, Dizziness, Burning Sensation of Palm & Feet, Headache, Gas, Restlessness & Pimples
Eye Drops - For Red Eyes, Burning & Itching Sensation, Headache due to Eye Problem, Tension, Immature Cataract, Watery Eyes
Children's Tonic - Cold, Cough, Vomiting (excess milk), Diarrhea, Indigestion due to Spoilt Milk, Gassiness, Worms in Sto…

Rabindranath Tagore – Words and Thoughts

The mystery of creation is like the darkness of night – it is great. Delusions of knowledge are like the fog of the morning.

What you are you do not see, what you see is your shadow.
O beauty, find thyself in love, not in the flatter of they mirror.
The dry river-bed finds no thanks for its past.
The sparrow is sorry for the peacock at the burden of its tail.
Rabindranath Tagore

Aja in Hindu Religion

Aja is a term frequently used in Hindu scriptures. When used as a name in Hindu Religion it means unborn or eternal. Thus Aja is one of the names of Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva, Surya and Krishna.

Aja is also used to refer to Bija or Seed.
Aja is also the combined name given to a group of sages who obtained moksha through self discipline. This is mentioned by Yudhishtira in the Mahabharata in the Shanti Parva.
Aja also means goat and is the vehicle of Agni, the Hindu god of fire. Aja is a male Goat. In Rig Veda, the animal is associated with Pushan.
Aja is also one of the kings who ruled Ayodhya. He is the grand father of Sri Ram and father of Dasharatha.
Numerous other deities, demi gods and demons are also called as Aja.

Vidurashwatha Temple History and Story

VidurashwathaTemple history is very unique and the story is interesting. The temple is associated with Vidura of Mahabharata. Vidura was the uncle of Pandavas and Kauravas and a good councilor to Dhrthirashtra. There is a holy pipal tree in the courtyard of the temple and the belief is that Vidura worshipped it with utmost devotion.
The pipal tree was planted during the Dwapara Yuga by Sage Maitreya. The worship of the Peepal tree was taken over by Vidura during his time. And the temple got the name VidurashwathaTemple.
The temple is dedicated to Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. Apart from this the temple is also noted for numerous murtis of Nagas.

The pipal tree is believed to one of the oldest trees in the world and is known here as Shri Ashwathanarayana Swami. People believe that prayers offered to the tree are answered.

Every failure is a lesson for us to learn from – Mata Amritanandamayi

Never return anger with the same. An angry person needs to be calmed down, not aggravated.
Every failure is a lesson for us to learn from.
When we are knocked down, spirituality helps us get back on feet.
When understood deeply, painful experiences have a positive effect on our life.
Always have the attitude of a beginner. A beginner is open receptive and innocent like a child. Mata Amritanandamayi 

Venkataramana Swamy Temple Bangalore – Address – Location and Contact Information

Venkataramana Swamy Temple Bangalore contact information, address and location are given in detail. SriLaldasVenkataramanaSwamyTemple is dedicated to Hindu God Vishnu and is popular temple in Bangalore city limits.
VenkataramanaSwamyTempleBangalore Address SriLaldasVenkataramanaSwamyTemple,
O.T.C Road,
Bangalore.
Pin – 560053
Location: The temple is located at Akkipet (Bangalore) which is located at a distance of about 0.5 Km from Kempegowda (KSRTC) bus station.
Contact information:
91-80-22262293 (PP)
9845876506

Meaning of Ashvattha Tree – Inverted Tree in Hindu Scriptures

This tree of the world is an ashvattha (literally, ‘not existing tomorrow’) that which by its nature is ever unsteady, like the peepul tree, shaken as it is by the wind of desire and deeds; . .  downwards are its branches, consisting of heaven, hell, and states of beasts and ghosts; (it is) existing from time immemorial, having no beginning. That very thing—which is the root of the tree of the world — is white, pure, resplendent — being in reality the light of the Self which is Consciousness. (Kathopanishad 2.3.1) Commentary of Adi Shankaracharya

The above description of the tree of world that we live in have the following Implications
The world is impermanent; it is ever changing The world is full of dualities of life, of pain and pleasure, good and bad. The world, though impermanent, is ever-rooted in God—in other words, it emerges from the Self or Pure Consciousness. It does not come from nothing; it comes from God. The way out of the world is through the practice of detachment a…

Vidurashwatha Temple Timings

Vidurashwatha Temple Timings in detail is given below. Daily darshan timings and festival time are given separately. VidurashwathaTemple located at VidhurashwathaVillage which is around 1 km away from Bangalore-Hindupur state high way. Hindupur is around 15 km from the temple.
DailyVidurashwathaTemple Timings – 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM

Time during special days and during Jathra (festival – 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM midnight.
VidurashwathaTemple is a famous temple dedicated to Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh. The temple is also famous as a NagaTemple (Snake Worship).

Nirvana Shatakam Teachings

Few teaching from the Nirvana Shatakam of Adi Shankaracharya
I am not mind, intellect, ego, or the reflection of inner self (Chitta). I am not the five senses, but beyond that. I am not ether, the earth, the fire, the wind (the five bhutas). But I am that eternal knowing and bliss, Shiva, love and pure consciousness.
I cannot be termed as energy (Prana) or five types of breath (Vayus), or the seven material essences, the five sheaths (pancha kosha). I am not the five instruments (elimination, procreation, motion, grasping or speaking). But I am that eternal knowing and bliss, Shiva, love and pure consciousness.
I do not have any hatred or dislike, affiliation or liking, greed, delusion, pride or haughtiness, feelings of envy or jealousy. I have no duty (dharma), any money, any desire (Kama) even for liberation (Moksha). But I am that eternal knowing and bliss, Shiva, love and pure consciousness.  Nirvana Shatakam

Bhairav Raksha Kavach

Bhairav Raksha Kavach is associated with the Kal Bhairava form of Mahadev Shiva. The common belief is that those people wearing the amulet will be protected and blessed by Bhairava. It protects people from the fear of ghosts and darkness.
Bhairav Raksha Kavach is also widely used by people who believe that their progress is hampered by mantras and tantras of their enemies. The belief is that the person who wears the kavach is invisible to enemy mantras and tantras.
It is also worn for good health, to wipe out thoughts of failure and to overcome lethargy.

Dada JP Vaswani – unclutter the mind to achieve success and happiness

Thoughts are things, thoughts are forces, and thoughts are the building blocks of life. Therefore we must keep our thoughts clean. Whatever we think about, we bring about.
If we wish to be happy, we must unclutter our house — the house of our heart. We must throw out all the joy-killers, the negative thoughts of greed, ill will, jealousy, malice and envy. But throwing these out is not enough – we must fill our minds with happy thoughts – thoughts of prayer, love, kindness, prosperity and peace.
We are so obsessed about external cleanliness that we tend to neglect what’s on the inside, don’t we? And isn’t what’s inside far more important?
When your mind and heart are uncluttered, when they are filled with light, joy-giving thoughts, your spirit too, can soar high!
When you unclutter your mind and cleanse your thoughts, you will find that confidence, hope and optimism fill your mind and you will achieve success and happiness. Dada JP Vaswani

Goddess Tara in Hinduism

Goddess Tara in Hinduism is a manifestation of Mother Goddess Shakti. She is one of the forms that is part of the Mahavidyas – 10 goddesses who are forms of Goddess Shakti. Special pujas dedicated to Goddess Tara are held during the Chaitra Ashtami day.

In some scriptures Goddess Tara is known as Ugra Tara, a manifestation of Goddess Kali. This form is worshipped in the Kamakhya region in Assam.
Goddess Tara is equated with Goddess Kali in eastern parts of India.
Other Tara in Hindu scriptures
Tara is the name of the wife of Brihaspati, the guru of Devas. She had eloped with Chandra, the moon god. In Chandra, she had a son – Budha.
Tara is also the name of wife of Bali, the Vanara king (monkey king) in Ramayana. She was well known for her beauty and intelligence.
Tara, a Vanara, was also the name of a minister in the court of Bali. He was the son of Brihaspati. He was huge in size and was more intelligent than other monkeys.

Vilacheri Village – Navratri Kollu Dolls Made Here Are Famous

Keeping Navratri Kollu Dolls is a unique tradition in South India. The best Kollu Dolls are made at VilacheriVillage near Madurai in Tamil Nadu. The village is also famous for papier-mache dolls. 
The Hindu reports about this unique village in the The Potter’s Trail a trip organized by Storytrails.
Story trails is a unique new service in the area of creative outings and alternative tours especially in Tamil Nadu.

You can read more about Vilacheri Village here in the Hindu

Story of Nishakara Rishi and Sampati in Ramayana

Story of Nishakara Rishi and Sampati, is mentioned in the Kishkindha Kanda of Valmiki Ramayana. Nishakara Rishi lived in an ashram in the VindhyaMountains. The Rishi gave refuge to Sampati, a huge bird, who had lost his wings while trying to protect his younger brother Jatayu.

Once Sampati and his younger brother Jatayu had a contest – who could fly high. Jatayu flew so high that the heat of the sun started to burn him. To protect Jatayu, Sampati flew above his younger brother and in the process got his wings burned.
Sampati fell atop the VindhyaMountains and was found by Nishakara Rishi.
Nishakara Rishi, who could see future, told Sampati about the incarnation of Sri Ram in the future. He then told the huge bird that Vanara Sena (Monkey Army) will reach the place and when he guides them about the whereabouts of Mata Sita, he will get back his wings.
Nishakara Rishi then took Samadhi.
Sampati then waited for the arrival of the Vanara Sena. Thousands of years later the army arrived a…