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Baijnath Temple in Himachal Pradesh

BaijnathTemple is located on the Pathankot-Chakki-Manali National Highway No. 20 and is around 20 km from Palampur in Himachal Pradesh. The temple is dedicated to Hindu God Shiva – a Swayambhu Shivling is worshipped in the temple. The Shivling worshiped in the temple is believed to have appeared during the Treta Yuga. Shiva is worshipped at BaijnathTemple, as the Lord of the Physicians.
It is believed that Shiva pleased with the devotion of demon king Ravana in the Ramayana decided to accompany him in the form of a Shivling. Ravana carried the Shivling from Himalayas but when he reached the area near Baijnath, he needed to answer nature’s call. Ravana handed the Shivling to a shepherd and went to answer nature’s call. The Shepherd could not carry the huge weight for long time and he placed it down. This Shivling is worshiped in the BaijnathTemple.
The present temple was built in AD 1204 around the Shivling by two merchant brothers.
The temple has a huge murti of Nandi and also a sepa…

Wonderful things can be accomplished through steady practice – Krishna – Arjuna dialogue

Sri Krishna – As a lamp in a windless place does not flicker so also is the mind fixed on the Supreme Self that is not disturbed by selfish desire. Let him gain little by little, tranquillity by means of reason controlled by steadiness and having fixed the mind on the Self, let him not think of anything else. Whenever the mind wanders, let him restrain and bring the mind to the focus of concentration.
Arjuna – This control of mind that you describe is very hard indeed. It is as difficult as trying to control the wind.
Krishna – Yes, but it can be done with steady practice. Wonderful things can be accomplished through steady practice. It becomes easier if we constantly remind ourselves of the goal to be attained. Thinking of That, directing one’s whole conscious being to That, making That their whole aim, with That as the sole object of their wisdom, they reach the supreme state. Even here on earth, the world of duality is transcended by one whose mind is established in equality. Bhag…