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Garudeshwar – Story of Shiva as Garudeshwar – Shivling Installed by Garuda

Garudeshwar Shivling is worshipped in Kashi and was installed by Garuda, the vehicle of Bhagvan Vishnu. Garuda and his mother Vinita were enslaved by Kadru and her naga sons. But Garuda rescued his mother from slavery after a tough struggle. Story of Shiva as Garudeshwar is found in Skanda Purana.
Later Vinita told Garuda that she might have performed some bad deed in her past life to suffer the life of a slave. To get redemption from sins of past life, she wished to visit Kashi and offer prayers to Shiva.
Garuda took his mother to Kashi and there installed a Shivling and performed intense austerities. Pleased with devotion of Garuda, Shiva appeared before him and told him that his mother had got redemption.
Shiva also told that Garuda, the dutiful son, will become the vehicle of Bhagavan Vishnu in future.
Shiva then blessed Garuda that the Shivling he installed will be known as Garudeshwar and those who worship it will be blessed with knowledge to attain self realization.
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How is Neyyabhishekam Performed at the Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple? – How is ghee offering made to Ayyappa?

Neyyabhishekam is the anointing of the murti of Ayyappa at SabarimalaAyyappaTemple. The Ghee offering to the murti of Ayyappa is made from 4:20 AM to 11:00 AM daily when the temple is open. Those devotees who reach the sanctum sanctorum of the temple after 11:00 AM will have to wait for the next day to perform the Neyyabhishekam.
The ghee or Neyyu for the Neyyabhishekam is carried by devotees inside a coconut known as Neyyuthenga.
The coconut is then broken in the courtyard of the temple and the ghee is then collected in a vessel.
This ghee is then used to perform Neyyabhishekam. A portion of it is returned to the devotee.
Some devotees pour the ghee in a vessel kept in the sanctum sanctorum and do not wait for the ghee to be returned.

The coconut in which Ghee was carried is thrown in the huge fire pit in front of the temple.
Related Significance of Neyyabhishekam at Sabarimala

Paush Purnima 2014 date – Poush Poornima in 2014 Date and Time

Poush or Posh Purnima is the full moon day in the Hindu month of Paush (December – January). It is a highly auspicious day for several Hindu communities. Magh Mela – Snan at Prayag in Uttar Pradesh begins on Paush Purnima. In 2014, the date of Paush Purnima is January 16. Time is from 7:07 AM on January 15 to 9:35 AM on January 16. The day is also sacred for Shakambari Ma devotees. Poush Poornima is known as Pushya Pournami in Andhra Pradesh.

Magh Snan is an important bathing ritual at Sangam in Allahabad. There is a popular belief that taking a holy dip at Sangam on the Paush Purnima day will help in attaining Moksha.

Paush Poornima also marks the end of Shakambari Navratri. Many temples in India conduct important pujas and rituals on the day.

You can find more details about Poush Purnima in this article.

Marathi Griha Pravesh Dates in 2014 – Vastu Muhurat in 2014 Dates in Maharashtra

Marathi Griha Pravesh Muhurat is the auspicious time to move into a new house as per Hindu Astrology. Here are the Vastu Muhurat dates in 2014 as per Marathi Panchang and Calendars followed in Maharashtra. Please note that the Griha Pravesh Muhurtas may vary for various Marathi communities and these dates are only to give a general idea. Marathi Griha Pravesh Dates in 2014 January 2014 – January 18, 22, 23 and January 24 February 2014 – February 1, 5, 12, 17, 19, 20, 21 and February 22. March 2014 – March 19, 22, 24, 26 and March 27. April 2014 no dates May 2014 – May 1, 2, 5, 10, 12, 15, 19 and May 24. June 2014 – June 6, 13, 18, and June 20. July 2014 no dates August 2014 – August 11, 14, 15, 20 and August 22 September 2014 no dates October 2014 no dates November 2014 – November 28 December 2014 – December 1, 3, 6, 17, 18, 24 26 and December 27.
All dates are based on Indian Standard Time

Rare Six Face Muruga Murti (Idol) on Display in Art Institute of Chicago

A very rare six face Muruga Murti (Idol) is currently on display in Art Institute of Chicago. The murti believed to be of 12th century AD has twelve arms. The six faces are arranged in a circular fashion and the murti is seated on a peacock. Two of the arms are in Varada and Hasta posture. The other arms hold various weapons associated with Muruga.

Magh Purnima 2017 – Magha Poornima 2017 Date and Time

Magh Purnima, or Magh Poornima, is the full moon day in month of Magh (January – February) in traditional Hindu calendar. In 2017, the date of Magh Purnima is February 10. Time is from 7:08 AM on Feb 10 to 6:00 AM on February 11. Magh Poornima is considered highly auspicious in Hinduism and thousands of Hindu devotees take a holy dip at Sangam in Allahabad. It is an important holy bathing date in Magh Mela. For some Hindu communities, it is the last date of Magh Snana.
Magh Purnima is also an important day at the Baneshwar Fair held at the confluence of Mahi, Som and JhakhamRivers in Banswara District in Rajasthan.

You can find more details about Magh Purnima in this article.

Related Purnima Vrat – Fasting on Full moon day

Pandu Purnima

Pandu Purnima is observed on the full moon day in Margashirsh month (November – December). The day is of great significance in Orissa and especially in Lord Jagannath Temples. Pandu Purnima 2017 date is December 3. Lord Jagannath is believed to be performing Shradh to his parents during his incarnations of Lord Krishna and Lord Ram.

Lord Jagannath gives darshan to his devotees in white color silk cloth on the day.

Thousands of devotees gather to have this rare darshan of Lord Jagannath.

Meditation is not about doing something, but rather it is about doing nothing – Anandmurti Gurumaa

Anandmurti Gurumaa Teachings on Meditation

Meditation is not about doing something, but rather it is about doing nothing.
Meditation is a way of life. It is to be lived. We have a vast reservoir of energy in us, lying unused, untapped. Once we get in touch with this energy, our life changes from just being an ordinary to a Divine one. Meditation is being in tune with our inner energy source.
Meditation is to explore the inner space where you remain absolutely untouched from the ill-effects of the mind.
Releasing ourselves from the clutches of our mind is called meditation. 
Meditation is about moving into the inner zones of emptiness, where stress can never touch you.
Anandmurti Gurumaa

Related Anandmurti Gurumaa Spiritual Advises

Today’s Hindu Calendar – December 2, 2013 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on December 2, 2013 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Chaturdasi and Amavasya Tithi or the fourteenth day during the waning phase of moon and No Moon Day inHindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is is Krishna Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi or the fourteenth day during the dark phase of moon till 7:40 AM on December 2. Then onward it is Amavasya Tithi or the no moon day. All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra – Vishakha or Vishakam Nakshatra till 7:10 AM on December 2. Then onward it is Anuradha or Anusham or Anizham Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Tula Rasi till 1:21 AM. Then onward it is Vrishshicka Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Amavasya Vrat. Somvati Amavasya as it is Monday.
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