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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

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.

Importance of Magh Purnima – Magha Purnima 2018 Date and Time

Magh Purnima is the full moon day in the Hindu month of Magh (January – February). Magha Poornima 2018 date is January 31. Magha, or Maghi, is month during which the famous Kumbh Mela and the annual Magh Mela takes place at Sangam in Prayag or Allahabad. The day is considered highly auspicious by the Hindu devotees and thousands of people converge at Sangam in Allahabad to take a dip in the holy waters.

It is believed that Vishwamitra II performed the ritual bath during the Kumbh Mela on a Magh Purnima in 2382 BCE. Magh Purnima is an important bathing date during the Kumbh Mela and the Magh Mela.

Maghi Purnima usually comes at the end of Magh month and it usually signals the end of the Kumbh Mela. Most Kalpvasis start their return journey from Sangam on this day.

Another major event during Magh Purnima is the Baneshwar Fair. It is held at the confluence of Mahi, Som and Jhakham Rivers in Banswara District in Rajasthan. Tribals and other communities from Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Madhy…

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 2018 date is December 22. 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.