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Trinetra Shiva – About Shiva’s Third Eye – Shiva Trinetra

Trinetra is one of the important names of Shiva. It is also believed that at the end of a cycle of creation, Shiva opens his third eye to effect the change needed for the next cycle of creation. The story of the origin of Shiva’s third eye is interesting as it is not associated with destruction but with sustenance.
About Origin of Shiva’s Third Eye
Time immemorial, Shiva was sporting with Goddess Parvati in the Himalayas. The divine couple was in a playful mood – they were moving all around the cosmos taking various forms– and Goddess Parvati suddenly closed the two eyes of Shiva with her hands.
The entire universe was at once submerged in darkness. All activities came to a standstill due to cosmic darkness. There was no production of food, there was no light… Devas, Saints, Humans and all living beings became still. Everything was quiet.
Mahadev who realized what was happening in the universe dispelled the cosmic darkness by opening his third eye – Trinetra. A minutest part of the fi…

How to perform Gowri Ganesh Puja or Ganesha Gouri Habba?

Gouri Ganesha Puja, or Gowri Habba, is an important festival observed in Karnataka on the previous day of Ganesh Chaturthi. It is observed during waxing phase of moon or Krishna Paksha in the month of Bhadrapada in Karnataka and parts of Andhra Pradesh and in Aavani month in parts of Tamil Nadu. Gowri Habba celebrates the extraordinary creation of Ganesha by Goddess Parvati (Goddess Gowri), which symbolizes women’s power to create life. Here is a general idea to do or observe Gowri Ganesh Puja or Gowri Habba. It must be noted here that the method of performing puja varies from community to community and from region to region. Therefore what is more important is not the ritual but devotion and self-realization. Things needed Image of Gowri made using Turmeric paste or Clay idol of Parvati. Never use Plaster of Paris versions as it pollutes the water body. Threshing pan or MuramRiceLentilsBananasFlowers Betel leaves, betel nuts, coconut etc and other usual pooja accessories Purna Kumbh…

No University in India offers a Comprehensive Course in Hinduism Studies

Subadra Muthuswami, who has a master’s degree in public health from Columbia University, wanted to pursue her interest in Hinduism so she searched for a comprehensive course in Hinduism studies in universities in India. But no university in India offers a comprehensive course in Hinduism Studies. There are only programmes in Indian Philosophy. But most of the universities in India have separate departments for Christian and Islamic studies.  The Hindu reports She discovered that the University of Madras has programmes in vaishnavism and Indian philosophy. She enquired with universities such as Madurai Kamaraj, Annamalai and Sastra, but without success. Finally, she went to MadrasSanskritCollege in Mylapore, where she was informed that she could register as an independent research candidate or seek help from the University of Madras.  “While you may study Indian philosophy in the philosophy department or vaishnavism or saiva siddhanta, which is in Tamil medium only, you cannot study th…

Be spotlessly pure in heart – Tirukkural

Be spotlessly pure in heart.  (4.4)
Knowledge is an inner fortification that enemies cannot destroy, and is the ultimate impregnable defence.   (Tirukkural, 421)
That is righteousness which is free from these four things: envy, lust, wrath and harsh word. (4.5)
Virtue begets honour as well as riches and so can there be a greater good for mankind than virtue?
All lives on this earth will venerate the man who has gained control over his soul. (268) Tirukkural