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Kamantakamurti – Shiva as Kamantaka Murti

Kamantakamurti of Shiva is associated with the famous incident mentioned in the Puranas in which Shiva burns down Kama or Manmatha, the god of love. After death of Sati, Shiva entered into severe penance and this caused imbalance in the galaxy. Demon Taraka wrecked havoc in the universe as he had got a boon that only a son of Shiva will annihilate him.

Since Shiva was performing intense austerities, Demon Taraka knew that he will never father a son. Meanwhile, Goddess Shakti had appeared as Parvati but Shiva showed no intention of returning to worldly life.
Devas then deputed Kama, the god of love, to create lascivious thoughts in the mind of Shiva.
Kama aimed flowery arrows at Shiva. Angry at being disturbed, Shiva opened his third eye and burnt Kama into ashes.
As Kamantakamurti, Shiva is sitting in meditating posture and Kamadev is sculptured as having fallen down at the glance of Shiva.
The murti of Shiva has three eyes, four arms and his head is covered with a jata mukuta. He ha…

Interactive multimedia DVD on Brihadeeswarar Temple in Tamil Nadu

An Interactive multimedia DVD on BrihadeeswararTemple in Tamil Nadu is created by the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA). There are Seven DVDs detailing aspects from floor plan to iconography to rituals and festivals of BrihadeeswararTemple.
Built in 1010 AD by Raja Raja Chola, the BrihadeeswaraTemple at Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu, popularly known as BigTemple, is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
BrihadeeswararTemple, originally known as the Rajarajeshvara temple, is acclaimed as the finest achievement of Chola art and architecture. The temple is dedicated to Shiva.

You can get more details of the Interactive multimedia DVD on Brihadeeswarar Temple here.

Vichar Sagar Teachings

I am that undiluted Infinite Bliss that is eternal, self-effulgent, and all-pervading substratum of name and form; which the intellect conceives not but which conceives the intellect.
Of the nature of an infinite ocean am I and like its waves are Brahma, Vishnu, Mahesh, Surya, Chandra, Varuna, Yama, Shakti, Kubera, and Ganesh.
The gracious omniscient Ishvara, conditioned by adjuncts, who becomes the object of meditation of sages is also reflected as an illusion in me.
Just as a rope appears as a snake when the knowledge of the former is absent, and the latter disappears with the knowledge of reality, similarly this world [of names and forms] disappears when the realization of ‘I am He’ dawns.
That Rama [without attributes], whom the pious sages worship without motive in order to attain enlightenment, is my Self. Whom then may I salute?
Vichar Sagar of Nishchal Das (1791-1863)