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Story of Hanuman and Aksha, Son of Ravana

Story of Hanuman and Aksha, son of Ravana, can be found in the Sundhara Kanda of Ramayana. The story happens after the meeting of Hanuman and Mata Sita.
Hanuman destroys the entire Ashokavana and announces his arrival in Lanka. A story army of 80,000 Rakshasas sent by Ravana is completely overrun by Hanuman.
Then an army led by Prahastha, one of the ministers of Ravana, confronts Hanuman. They too meet the same fate. The young rakshasa prince is killed and the army is destroyed.
Then Ravana summons his son, Aksha. The young warrior wearing an armor of gold ascended the chariot on the command from his father. He went to the place where Hanuman was waiting.
A terrible encounter happened between Aksha and Hanuman. Hanuman was full off praise for the young warrior but he was not ready to ignore Aksha as Hanuman thought that it was unwise to ignore a raging fire.
Hanuman killed the horses of the chariot of Aksha and broke the chariot.
Aksha then rose to the sky and started fighting with H…

Sahasralinga – About Sahara Linga Worship

Sahasralinga is one of the forms of Linga that humans can worship. In this rare Shivling, 1001 Shivling is carved on the pujyabhaga (the one facing devotee) of the main linga.
The 1001 lingas are created on the main Shivling by curving eleven lingas horizontally and 91 lingas vertically.
Sahasralinga is worshipped at Tiruvarriyur in Tamil Nadu in South India.
Please note that today places where numerous lingas are found together is also referred as Sahasralinga.

Sahasralinga is also the name of a place near Sirsi in Karnataka – here one can see hundreds of Shivlings carved on stone in the ShalmalaRiver.

Koothanur Saraswathi Temple in Tamil Nadu

KoothanurSaraswathiTemple in Tamil Nadu is a very rare temple dedicated to Goddess Saraswati. The temple is located at Koothanur near Poonthotam which is on Mayiladuthurai to Tiruvarur bus route. The shrine is small one but is of great significance due to the rarity of Saraswati Temples in India.
The temple is located on the banks of ArasalarRiver. The belief is that waters of Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati are present in the ArasalarRiver.
Legend has it that once there was huge quarrel between Goddess Saraswati and Brahma. They both cursed each other to be born on earth. Goddess Saraswati then prayed to Shiva to escape from human form. She merged with the ArasalarRiver. Before leaving she blessed the region with her presence in a shrine on the banks of ArasalarRiver.
The murti of Goddess Saraswati is three-eyed. She is seated in yogasana pattern on a white lotus and wears a white silk sari. She holds palm leaves in one had. One hand is in chinmudra and one hand holds Akshamala. One hand…

Shiva and Origin of Music in Hindu Tradition

As per Hindu tradition, the music originated from the five mouths of Shiva. The origin of saptaswaras (seven basic notes) and the musical instruments are traced to Shiva. Legend has it that once Goddess Parvati wanted to know about the origin of saptaswaras. Shiva then revealed the secret of the origin of the swaras and musical instruments.
The origin of music is associated with Panchanana Shiva – Shiva with five faces.
The five faces of Shiva are Sadyojat, Vamdev, Aghora, Tatpurush and Ishana. 
From the mouth of Sadyojat face of Shiva appeared the Gandharaswara. It is believed that earth also appeared from this face. Musical instruments like Mridangam which uses bark of trees or skin appeared from the Sadyojat form.
Rishaba and Shadjam Swaras appeared from the Aghora face. Agni appeared from this face. Musical instruments with strings appeared from Agni.
Daivata Swara appeared from Vamadeva face. It is believed that water appeared from this face. Musical instruments like Shankh etc…

You can be at ease with uncertainty when you realize certainty of Self – Sri Sri Ravishankar

Uncertainty causes craving for stability but you can be at ease with the uncertainty of the world when you realize the certainty of Self.
If you manipulate words, it is a lie. If you play on words, it is a joke. If you rely on words, it is ignorance – if you transcend words it is wisdom.
To come out of loneliness, you make friends but coming together in knowledge is rare. Be a friend in knowledge and uplift each other.

When the mind transcends the senses, it comes back to its true nature, which is innocence – in no sense’. Sri Sri Ravishankar