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Lohaja Lingas – Shivling Made of Metals

Lohaja Lingas are Shivling made of metals. They form part of Chala Lingas or lingas that are moveable. Lohaja lingas can be made of eight metals. They are gold, silver, copper, bell-metal, iron, lead, brass and tin.
Shivling made of metals are worshipped in home. They are small in size. The most popular is the Shivling made of brass.
Lohaja Lingas are worshipped in the subsidiary shrines in many temples dedicated to Ganesha, Devi, Muruga and Vishnu.
Impure metals or combination of two metals should not be used to prepare Lohaja Lingas.

Who Killed Demon Narakasura?

The story of demon Narakasura is found in the various Puranas including Bhagavatam. It is also mentioned in the Mahabharata. Narakasura was killed by Satyabhama, an incarnation of Goddess Bhu Devi. Please note that it was not Sri Krishna who killed Narakasura.
Demon Narakasura had got a boon that He will only be killed by his mother. Sri Krishna to annihilate the demon took the help of Satyabhama, a manifestation of Bhu Devi who was the mother of Demon Narakasura.
Story of the Birth of Narakasura

Ganesha Murti in Wood – Intact for 95 years

Shintre Family at Kurli in Chikkodi Taluk in Bellary in Karnataka prays to a Ganesh Murti made of wood. The murti is more than 95 years old. The murti has never been repainted or repaired. The wood is so exquisite that it has not faded nor has it developed any cracks.
Thousands of people visit the Ganesha Murti which is offered sarvajinik prayers during Ganesh Chaturthi.
Deccan Chronicle Reports
The Shintre family achieved great success in all business sectors they ventured into 95 years ago that made them retain the idol brought into their house the same year till now.  The house where the Shintres have installed the idol is 150 years old where many generations of the family have stayed over the years. The idol was carved in  wood as per the Hindu calendar in 1840 (95 years ago). The date on which the idol was carved has been written on the idol. The wood is so exquisite that it has not faded at all, says Vijaykumar.  Many villagers from Kurli have been regularly offering prayers to…

Teachings on Contemplation from Vedas

By self-dedication one obtains consecration, by consecration one obtains grace; by grace one obtains faith, and by faith is truth obtained. (Yajur Veda, 19.30)
My ears are turned (to hear him), my eyes (to see him); this light that is placed in the heart (seeks to know him); my mind—the receptacle of distant (objects)—hastens (towards him). What shall I declare (him)? How shall I comprehend (him)?   (Rig Veda, 6.9.6)
His form is not within the field of vision; nobody sees him (this Self) with the eye. He is revealed by the intuition of the higher mind (free from occupation with sense objects), which resides in the heart and controls all thinking. Those who know this become immortal. (Katha Upanishad, 2.3.9)