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Nag Panchami Festival in Battis Shirala Village in Maharashtra – Display of Poisonous Snakes

ShiralaVillage in Maharashtra is famous for Snake or Naga Worship and display of Snakes during Naga Panchami - in 2018 it is on August 15. The proof to it is that there are nearly Sixty Snake Clubs in BattisShiralaVillage in Sangli District that display poisonous Snakes during the popular Hindu Nag Panchami Snake Festival. High Court had banned the display of Snakes and district administration has put several restrictions to prevent the capture of snakes but display of poisonous snakes continues. Indian Express Reports In 2002, a petition was filed by animal right activists saying that snakes were being ill treated during the festival. The High Court passed an interim order banning the display of Snakes. Since then the festival is held under strict observation of the district administration and forest department officials. The Villagers of Battis Shirala claim that they celebrate the festival peacefully without harming Snakes. Usually, around 300 poisonous snakes are on display on t…

About Garuda – Story of Garuda in Hinduism

Majority of Hindu Gods and Goddess have a vehicle or Vahana and Garuda is the Vahana of Bhagvan Vishnu. Murti of Garuda is in the form of a man with a big beak and wings. The story of origin of Garuda is found in the Mahabharata and numerous other Puranas.
Garuda was the son of Sage Kashya and Vinata. Legend has it that when Garuda came out of the egg, the Devas (demi gods) mistook him for Agni and praised him and requested him to diminish his splendor a little so that people can view him.
Garuda soon discovered that his mother was held in slavery by his fathers’ other wife Kadru. The sons of Kadru were all snakes and promised to free his mother if they brought Amrut or ambrosia from the gods.
He then went to abode of gods and after a fight with the guards got hold of the pot of ambrosia. While returning, he met Bhagvan Vishnu and requested him to make him his vehicle – the request was granted
Garuda brought the amrit to his step brothers and placed it on a heap of kusha grass. On s…

Bal Gopal Idol – Porcelain figurine from Lladro – Bal Gopal Murti

Bal Gopal Idol is from the world famous Spanish Company, Lladro, noted for high quality porcelain figurines. Lladro during the past couple of years had released idols or murtis of various Hindu gods. Bal Gopal is part of the series. Bal Gopal murti shows young Krishna playing flute and standing on a lotus flower. The murti is priced at Rs 70,000/-

Lladro figurines are noted for its beauty, detailing and no compromise in materials used.

Baijnath Temple in Uttarakhand – Shiva Mandir at Baijnath near Bageshwar in Uttarakhand

BaijnathTemple is located at Baijnath town on the banks of GomatiRiver near Bageshwar in Uttarakhand. The Shiva Mandir here is popularly known Baijnath. The temple is around 19 km from Kausani and 26 km from Bageshwar. The temple is famous for a murti of Goddess Parvati carved from a single black granite stone.

The temple is believed to have been built during the 11th and 12th century. Shiva here is worshipped in the form a Shivling – here He is Vaidyanath – the Supreme Physician.
The six-foot murti of Goddess Parvati in the shrine is adorned with important scenes in the life of Shiva, Goddess Parvati and Goddess Sati.
Apart from the BaijnathTemple, there are nearly 17 more shrines in the complex. They have murtis of Ganesha, Kaal Bhairav, Dwarpal, Vishwakarma and Kubera.
The GomatiRiver near the temple is famous for Rahu Fish. The bhoga to the temples is first offered to the fishes.

There is something good in all seeming failures – Swami Sivananda

Meditation is painful in the beginning but it bestows immortal Bliss and supreme joy in the end.
The more we come out and do good to others, the more our hearts will be purified, and God will be in them.
It is divinity that shapes, not only your ends, but also your acts, your words and thoughts.
Practice self-denial. Cultivate indifference and dispassion. Practice meditation regularly. This will enable you peace and bliss.
Wisdom is the Master-key to open the realms of eternal bliss and everlasting peace.
There is something good in all seeming failures. You are not to see that now. Time will reveal it. Be patient.
Swami Sivananda

Dakshin Mukhi Hanuman – About Dakshinamukhi Hanumanji

The south facing form of Hanumanji is known as Dakshin Mukhi Hanuman and is worshipped by people who are suffering from constant fear, troubles, and do not have peace in life.  Dakshinamukhi Hanumanji helps such devotees. As per Hindu belief, Kaal or Yama, the god of death, resides in the South (Dakshin), and Hanumanji has the blessings of Yama.
Again Kaal is under the control of Bhagvan Shiva and Hanuman is an incarnation of Shiva.
Therefore offering prayers to this form of Hanumaji will help in removing all fears associated with death.
It is also believed that hanging picture of Dakshina Mukhi Hanuman in homes which have the main door towards south will help in alleviating Vastu Dosh.
Related Hanuman and Yama

Dying in Kashi – Why is it considered holy or auspicious to die in Kashi or Varanasi?

In Hindu religion it is considered auspicious to die in Kashi or Varanasi. Dying in Kashi is holy and many persons arrive here and stay in dharmashalas or ashrams till death. By why is it considered holy to die in Kashi?
In Hinduism, Kashi is the only Mahashmashan, the great cremation ground.
It is believed that those who die in Kashi would get moksha. Shiva would give the dying person the tarak mantra which will bestow the person to achieve moksha or liberation.
The dying persons in Kashi also wish to get cremated at Manikarnika Ghat. It is believed that Shiva resides at Manikarnika Ghat along with Goddess Parvati.

Simian – black-and-white graphic novel Based on Ramayana from Hanuman’s Point of View

Book titled ‘Simian’ is a black and white graphic novel based on Ramayana. The epic is retold is narrated from Hanuman’s point of view. Simian is written by Vikram Balagopal. From the flyer of the book 
When Bhima chances upon an ailing monkey blocking his path in the forest, little does he realize that he is meeting his brother Hanuman, one of the greatest heroes of his time and Ram's closest ally. As the brothers settle in for a night of exchanging stories and notes, Hanuman tells a surprising tale: of the great war between Ram and Ravan, through his eyes.  In the twilit world of war, things are not what they seem and this chance encounter between a warrior and a great legend will destroy a myth. Vikram Balagopal’s black-and-white, gritty re-imagining of the Ramayana brings to life the scars - physical, moral and spiritual - borne by Hanuman, for his is a life full of questions that cut and gnaw at him, questions that have no answers unless history itself is replayed.  Raw and …

Bagnath Mandir – Bhagnath Shiva Temple on the Confluence of Sarayu and Gomati Rivers at Bageshwar in Uttarakhand

Bagnath Mandir at Bageshwar is dedicated to Shiva. This ancient temple is located on the confluence of Sarayu and GomatiRivers in Uttarakhand. The mandir is around 90 km from Almora. Bhagnath Mandir story is associated with Sage Vasishta escorting SarayuRiver on earth. But the journey of the river was blocked by Sage Markandeya who was meditating on Shiva.
Sage Vasishta took the help of Shiva to overcome the crisis caused by a Shiva devotee.
Shiva appeared before Sage Markandeya in the form of a tiger and attacked a cow. The sage came out of his meditation to save the cow. Sarayu was able to take its course now.
Sage Markandeya who realized that it was the leela (divine play) of Shiva prayed to Him to stay at Bageshwar. Bholenath Shiva never disappoints his devotees and readily agreed to reside there as Bagnath.

The present day shrine was built in 1450 AD by King Lakshmi Chand of the Katyuri Dynasty.
Seven kalash hangs on top of the Shivling which is placed in a six feet circumferen…

How Kubera Became the King of Yakshas and Kinnaras?

Kubera, the treasurer of Gods, is also the king of Yakshas and Kinnaras. He was the elder brother of Ravana – the demon King in the Ramayana. Here is story as to how Kubera became the lord of Yakshas and Kinnaras.
Sage Vaishravana had three sons – Kubera, Ravana and Vibhishana. Kubera was the king of Lanka. But he was defeated by Ravana. The demon king also took away all the wealth of Kubera including the aerial vehicle, Pushpaka Vimana.
The displaced king roamed around the world and years later he reached Kashi. Here he offered prayers to Shiva for several years.
Shiva always helped those whom the world shuns. Kubera was short, with a big potbelly and had only one eye. The world was not kind to him but Shiva was.
Shiva gave him several boons and made him the treasurer of wealth of gods. He asked Kubera to go and live in the city of Alakapuri in the Himalayas.
He then made kubera the king of Yakshas and Kinnaras.

Yakshas and Kinnaras are semi diving beings in Hinduism.

Bihar Lunar Eclipse Time on January 31, 2018 – Chandra Grahan time in Patna on January 31, 2018

A Total lunar eclipse, or Chandra Grahan, will be visible in Bihar on January 31, 2018. The Chandra Grahan will be visible in Patna, Gaya, Bhagalpur, Muzaffarpur, Purnia, Darbhanga and other towns from 5:18 PM on January 31 to 8:41 PM on January 31, 2018 – as per Indian standard time.
The Grahan takes place during the night to midnight and it is visible to the naked eye.

Those Hindus following Grahan fasting and rituals need to follow it.

All temples will remain closed 9 hours before the grahan and will only open next day morning after pujas and purification rituals.
Detail Timing of Lunar Eclipse in Bihar Eclipse begins 5:18 PM on January 31Mid Eclipse is at 7:00 PM on January 31Eclipse ends at 8:41 PM on January 31

Baba Baidyanath Live Darshan – Online Live Darshan from Deoghar Baba Dham Live Video

BabaBaidyanathTemple, dedicated to God Shiva, is one of the Jyotirlinga Temples in India. The Deoghar Baba Dham is now offering live darshan. You can view the live video online for free. The live darshan from Baba Baidyanath temple was started recently. There are many cams installed. Rarely do we get to view the main Shivling worshipped in the temple.



You can find the live darshan here at the official website.

Gopeshwar Mandir near Chamoli – Rudranath or Gopinath Temple in Uttarakhand

Gopeshwar Mandir, also known as Rudranath or GopinathTemple, is an important Shiva shrine and is located at Chamoli on the ancient routine between Badrinath and Kedarnath. The temple was built by Katyuri dynasty between ninth and eleventh century. The temple is around 10 km from Chamoli on the way to Ukhimath.

Legend has it that Rati, wife of Kamdev, meditated here after her husband was burned into ashes by Shiva. Pleased with the devotion of Rati, Shiva appeared before her at Gopeshwar and gave her the boon that Kamdev will reappear. Some religious scholars believe Shiva reduced Kamdev to ashes at Gopeshwar.
Another legend has it that a trident of Parashuram was broken into three parts to calm him when he was annihilating Kshatriyas. A part of the trident can be found in the temple.
The main square sanctum sanctorum enshrines a swayambhu Shivling named as Gopinath. Nandi and Shiva Parviar can be found in this main sanctum.
The temple complex has murtis of Ganesha, Hanuman, Vishnu, B…

Chandrasekara Saraswati Swamigal of Kamakoti Teachings on Desire

When we intensely desire an object we try to get it by fair means or foul. It is deadly enemy, desire: it eggs us on to commit sin.
While desire fulfilled leads to further desire, desire frustrated turns into anger, like the rebound of a ball thrown at a wall.
A person in the grip of desire loses his reasoning power and consequently all this actions will be in the wrong directions.
Desire flares up like fire. The more it is fed the more it becomes hungry. Indeed desire blackens your mind. When a desire is gratified there is joy for the moment, but soon it goes in search for more ‘food’ and in the process we lose our peace of mind and happiness and become victims of sorrow and anger.
If you wish to be free from the evils of desire you ought to free yourself of thought that you are the body and this should happen when you are in this world.
Chandrasekara Saraswati Swamigal

How Lord Muruga Got the Name Guha?

Guha is one among the numerous names of Lord Muruga. He is the son of Shiva and is popularly known as Kartik in North India and as Muruga and Subrahmanya in South India and among Tamil and Malayali communities around the world. Here is how Lord Muruga got the name Guha?
Shiva and Goddess Parvati was engaged in cosmic bliss for many eons and was disturbed by Devas who wanted his help to defeat demon Tarakasura. Shiva thus accidentally dropped his semen.The fiery seed that fell from Shiva could not be held by Earth. Mother Earth cannot bear the heat. She took the help of Agni, the Hindu God of Fire. Agni took the form of a dove and swallowed the fiery seed.
But he too could not tolerate the heat. He deposited it in the Himalayas. Himavan the king of mountain could not bear the fierce heat that emanated from the seed. So He deposited it in the River Ganga.
Ganga Maa carried the seed and deposited it on clump of grass on its banks. The grass acted as womb and nurtured the fetus. And Muru…

Book – Saktapramodah – 19th century Book on Tantric Goddesses Republished

Saktapramodah was published in 1860 by Raja Deva Nandan Singh and contains the correct practices for worshipping Tantric Goddesses. Now this 19th century book has been republished with a 100-page introduction by Madhu Khanna, professor of Indic religion and Sanskrit scholar. The Indian Express reports  After the British invasion, the practice of goddess worship was mostly lost and many were resorting to fraudulent means. So Raja Deva Nandan Singh, an aristocratic zamindar of Muzaffarpur, Bihar, compiled the correct practices of worship of goddesses and brought out the book Saktapramodah in the 19th century (1860). “What I have done is, I have edited and revised the text in Sanskrit and also added a 100-page introduction in the book. Now, it is bilingual,” says Madhu. She says that in the 15th and 16th centuries, the worship of goddesses was an anti caste tradition — outside the vedic mainstream. “Like Mathangi who is associated with impure substances and Umavathi, a widow. It was a tr…

Ukhimath Temple in Uttarakhand – Swaroop of Shiva from Kedarnath Temple is Worshipped Here During Winter

When the KedarnathTemple in Uttarakhand is closed after Diwali for winter, the swaroop of the Shiva from the temple is carried to the UkhimathTemple. Shiva as Kedarnath resides during the harsh winter (till Akshaya Tritiya day) at the UkhimathTemple.



The utsvamurti, or the murti used for worship during rituals and festivals, from the Panch Kedar shrines – Kedarnath, Madhya Maheshwara, Tunganath, Rudranath and Kalpeshwar – too are brought to the Ukhimath temple during winter.
Believed to be more than 5000 years old, UkhimathTemple propagates Veerashaivism.
A deed of gift – giving lands to the temple – by Janamejaya, great grandson of Pandavas, is still persevered in the Kedar Peetha established here.
The temple has a swayambhu Shivling and an imposing murti of Nandi.
Legend has it that Usha daughter of Banasura got married to Anirudh, grandson of Sri Krishna, here. It is believed that Usha had reconstructed the temple here.

Shiva Teachings on Devotion

Supreme devotion is the same as supreme knowledge and is easier to practice.
Devotion has the power to attract me as nothing else can.
One who is engrossed in devotion enjoys perpetual bliss.
In this Age of Kali (Iron age or Kali Yuga), there is no path so easy and pleasing to me (Shiva) as the path of devotion.
In this decadent age, spiritual knowledge and detachment have become misused and neglected. People who can grasp them are rare. But devotion can give the benefits of spiritual knowledge and detachment and is most pleasing to Shiva.
All gods are subservient to those who are devoted to them.

Ekadasi Food – What can be eaten on Ekadashi?

Ekadasi, or Ekadashi, is an important Upvaas (fast) dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Millions of Hindu devotees observe Ekadasi, which is considered highly auspicious by Lord Vishnu devotees. The traditional approach is to abstain from food completely on the day. But nowadays a complete fast is not possible for many people. Such people consume certain food items on the Ekadasi day and observe only a partial fast.
It is believed that demon Mura found a dwelling place in the rice and Lord Vishnu appeared in the form of Ekadasi to annihilate Mura. Therefore devotees who fast on the Ekadashi day avoid food made from grains.

Many devotees due to several reasons – like health and job commitments – observe partial fast on the day. Such people avoid non-vegetarian and food items made from beans, pulses and grains, especially rice. The most preferred Ekadasi fasting food in western parts of India is Sabudana Khichadi with potatoes and ground nut - but no onion and garlic.
The food that can be consu…

Lakhamandal Shiva Temple on Naugaon – Barkot Route in Dehradun in Uttarakhand

LakhamandalTemple is famous for its unique architecture and hundreds of granite murtis of Hindu gods and goddess. The main shrine is dedicated to Shiva. Legend has it that Kauravas had conspired to kill Pandavas by burning them in the house of lac here. The temple is located on the Naugaon – Barkot Route and is around 70 km from Dehradun.



Legend has it that a cow from a nearby region used to swim the river and go into the forest and return after a couple of hours. When the king of region was informed about the unique event, he asked his soldiers to follow the cow. The soldiers found that the cow was pay obeisance to a Shivling. This led to the discovery of the Shivling.
The temple is a classic example of Katyuri architecture. The main Shivling in the temple is surrounded by several black granite murtis of Hindu gods and goddesses.
There are beautiful black granite murtis of Ganesha, Shiva, Parvati, Kartik, Krishna, Vishnu, Navgrahas, Vishwakarma, Mata Anjani, Hanuman, Durga, Surya,…

The real difficulty is always in ourselves, not in our surroundings – Sri Aurobindo

Be that Fire and that Sun and that Ocean. Be that joy and that greatness and that beauty.
We create our own truth of existence in our own action of mind and life, which is another way of saying that we create our own selves, are our own makers.
The joy of perfect union can come only when what has to be done is done.
The real difficulty is always in ourselves, not in our surroundings.
To have a developed intellect is always helpful if one can enlighten it from above and turn it to a divine use.
What men call knowledge, is the reasoned acceptance of false appearances. Wisdom looks behind the veil and sees.

What the soul sees and has experienced, that it knows; the rest is appearance, prejudice and opinion. Sri Aurobindo

Shravan Month in Gujarat – Importance of Sawan Mahina in Hindu Gujarati Culture

Shravan (July – August) is one of the holiest months in a traditional Hindu calendar. Each region in India considers this month as holy and numerous vrats and rituals are performed during the period. In 2018, Shravan Month in Gujarat begins on August 12 and ends on September 9. Shravan is the 10th month in a traditional Gujarati calendar and numerous Vrat and rituals are observed in the month.

In Gujarat, Shravan is the month of Vrats and the Vrat cycle for many Hindu communities commences in Shravan. There are people who only take a single meal during the Shravan month. Strict vegetarian diet is followed by many. Some people read a particular holy scripture during the month.

Mondays in Shravan month is dedicated to Lord Shiva and devout Hindus perform the Shravan Somvar Vrat and continue it on all Mondays in Sawan. Some people observe it for years on the Shravan month. Usually, Shravan somwar Vrat is observed to get a good husband or for the welfare and long life of husbands and for…

Godha Jayanti in Vishnu Temples

Godha Jayanti, also known as Andal Jayanti, is dedicated to Andal, an incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi. This unique festival in Tamil month Aadi celebrates the birth of Godha Jayanti in Vishnu Temples. Godha Jayanti 2017 date is July 26. It is observed on the Pooram or Puram birth star, which is one among the 27 Nakshatras in Hindu astrology.
Godha is renowned for her steadfast devotion for Sri Ranganatha (Lord Vishnu) and for the unparalled literary compositions of Thiruppavai and the Nachiyar Thirumozhi.
There are numerous legends in Tamil folklore which clearly indicates that Godha is an incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi. Even her birth is wrapped in mystery. You can read about an important legend here.
Godha Jayanti is of great significance in Vishnu Temples in Tamil Nadu.

Vishwanath Mandir at Uttarkashi – Famous Shiva Temple at Uttarkashi in Uttarakhand

Vishwanath Mandir at Uttarkashi in Uttarakhand is dedicated to Shiva and is one of the famous temples in the region. The temple is also referred as ShriKashiVishwanathTemple. Information about the temple is found in the Kedar Khand of the Skanda Purna. Shiva mentions in it that Uttarkashi is the Kashi of Kaliyuga, the present age.

The swayambhu Shivling in the temple is very unique as it leans towards the south. This makes the Vishwanath Mandir holy and it is mentioned in some scriptures that the temple is as holy as all the 12 jyotrilingas put together.
Some legends suggest that it was on this Shivling that young Markandeya held on to escape from Yama. Shiva appeared and chastised Yama for attempting to take the life of a Shiva devotee.
The temple has a shrine dedicated to Ma Shakti. A 19.5 feet Trishul is found in the temple. As per local legend the trident has the combined power of Vishnu’s Sudarshana Chakra, Shiva’s trident and Parashuram’s axe.
There are murtis of Ganesha, Dund…

The wise grieve neither for the living nor the dead – Bhagavad Gita

People today, because they are driven by insatiable desires, have become tightly bound by scheming and anger. They spend their lives grabbing for riches and amassing wealth. Stuffed until choking with pride and conceit, drunk with their own affluence and assets, they have given themselves to the dark forces of insolence and cruelty. Thus they sing deeper into their despondency.
The wise grieve neither for the living nor the dead.
There was never a time when I did not exist, nor you, nor any of these rulers of men; nor will we ever cease to be hereafter.
Contacts of the senses with objects produce cold and heat pleasure and pain. They come and go and are impermanent. Bear with them. The person who these cannot afflict, who is the same in pleasure and pain, wise, he is fit for immortality.

This Self cannot be cut, cannot be burnt, cannot be made wet, cannot be dried up. It is eternal, all-pervading, stable, immovable and primeval. Bhagavad Gita

Goddess Masani Amman – Story and History of Goddess Masani Amman

Goddess Masani Amman is a popular deity worshipped in certain regions in South India. Story and history of Goddess Masani Amman is one of repression. Legend has it that during the Sangam Era, a cruel ruler named Nannan ruled over Anaimalai which was then known as Nannanur.


The ruler had large mango plantation and had appointed guards to protect them. He had proclaimed that he would kill any person who trespassed into the mango plantation.
A young woman was once bathing in the River Aliyar and happened to see a mango floating in the water. She grabbed it. This was noticed by the guards who took her into custody and produced before the king.
The father of the young girl offered to give the king a golden mango. But the king did not relent. The father then offered an image made of gold equal to the weight of her daughter by way of compensation together with 81 elephants. This also was not acceptable to the ruler.
The king ordered her to be beheaded.
People of the region who came to know…

Chhattisgarh Lunar Eclipse Time on January 31, 2018 – Chandra Grahan time in Raipur on January 31, 2018

A total lunar eclipse, or Chandra Grahan, will be visible in Chhattisgarh on January 31, 2018. The Chandra Grahan will be visible in Raipur, Bhilai, Raigarh and other towns from 5:18 PM on January 31 to 8:41 PM on January 31, 2018 – as per Indian standard time.
The Grahan takes place during the night to midnight and it is visible to the naked eye.
Those Hindus following Grahan fasting and rituals need to follow it.

All temples will remain closed 9 hours before the grahan and will only open next day morning after pujas and purification rituals.
Detail Timing of Total Lunar Eclipse in Chhattisgarh Eclipse begins 5:18 PM on January 31Mid Eclipse is at 7:00 PM on January 31Eclipse ends at 8:41 PM on January 31

Virtual Tour of Dakor Temple through Photos – 360 degree view of Dakor Temple pictures

Virtual Tour of Dakor Temple is provided by the Gujarat Pavitra Yatra Dham website. You cann view the photos of the temple in 360 degrees. Dakor temple is dedicated Bhagvan Sri Krishna. He is worshiped as Ranchhodji here. There are two beautiful pictures of the temple.

You can take the virtual tour of Dakor Temple here. 

You can have the view of Dakor Gomati Ghat here. 

Baba Vishwanath Mandir – Shiva Temple at Shahjahanpur in Uttar Pradesh

Baba Vishwanath Mandir is dedicated to Shiva and is located at Shahjahanpur in Uttar Pradesh. The temple is famous for its philanthropic activities. Earlier there was a school located in the premises. Now there is a medical facility. The temple also has a hearse service of the poor.
The main Shivling worshipped in the temple is covered with silver. There is also a silver hooded Snake that provides canopy to the Shivling. The main sanctum also has murtis of Ganesha, Kartik and Goddess Parvati.
There are also murtis of Durga, Sri Ram, Lakshman, Sita and Hanuman in the temple. The Shani Dev murti in the temple attracts many devotees on Saturdays. There is also a special area dedicated to Radha and Krishna.
Navratri, Shivratri and Sri Krishna Janmashtami are the important festivals observed here.

Nanjundeshwara – Story of Shiva as Nanjundeshwara

Shiva as Nanjundeshwara is worshipped in the famous SrikanteshwaraSwamyTemple at Nanjangud in Karnataka. The story of Nanjundeshwara is associated with the Samudra Manthan or the churning of the ocean. Nanjunda means one ‘who has consumed poison.’
Legend has it that Devas and Asuras started the SamudraMantha or churning of ocean to get Amrit or elixir of life. But the first thing to appear was dark sticky foam. It was the dreaded poison Halahala, which had the power to destroy the universe.
The poison started emitting fumes and soon started to spread in water and air. Lord Shiva soon realized that the poison had the power to destroy the cosmos and immediately gathered the poisonous foam in his hands and drank it to save the world.
Thus Shiva became Nanjunda. He is also known as Visha kanta and Srikanta for having digested the poison. The deity is also known as Srikanteshwara, one cures diseases.
The waters and the soil around the banks of Kapila or KabiniRiver near the Nanjundeshwara…

Narasimha Gayatri Mantra text in Hindi and English – Narasimha Mantra

Narasimha Gayatri Mantra is dedicated to the Narasimha incarnation of Hindu God Vishnu. The mantra is chanted for alleviating fear and ushering in peace and prosperity. You can read the Narasimha Gayatri Mantra text in Hindi and English below.


Om Narasimhaya Vidmahe Vajra Nakhaya Dheemahee Tanno Narasimha Prachodayat.

Kedar Vrat in Orissa

Kedar Vrat is Orissa is observed in Kartik Month and is dedicated to Shiva. Kedar Vrat 2018 date is November 23. It is an auspicious day and coincides with the Kartik Purnima.
Special pujas and rituals are held on the day during the period in Shiva temples. Those participating in the rituals also undertake a fast. The fasting is from sunrise to sunset.
Kedar Vrat in Orissa is observed on Kartik Purnima or the full moon day in Kartih month.

Kerala Hindu Temple Mural Paintings Now on Saris and Dresses

Mural Paintings are unique aspects of Hindu Temples in Kerala. Murals in Kerala are note for the profusion of line drawings and their distinctive coloring. Now saris and dresses adorned with Mural paintings are in great demand. The Hindu reports  Not just saris, but flower pots, pen holders, kurtas, photo frames, file folders and jewellery, adorned with Kerala murals are in great demand globally.  The bright colours and intricate designs make them eye-catching, and they have woven their way to the fashion circuit quite effortlessly. “I had a hard time explaining to a woman in Bangalore that Kerala murals had a history of centuries and they used to decorate temple walls. She was not ready to believe that what she was wearing was a poor imitation of a great art form that requires years of dedicated effort and talent to master,” said Sasi Edavarad, a noted mural artist, known for his venture ‘Dhyanasankalpam,’ which is on a mission to reclaim public spaces for mural paintings.  “A perfect…

Trivati Nath Mandir – Shiva Temple at Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh – Baba Trivatinath Temple

Trivati Nath Mandir is dedicated to Shiva. The original Shivling worshipped in the temple was found near three Vat Vrikshas (banyan trees). Today the three trees have joined together and appear like a single tree. The temple gets its name from the Vata Vriksha.

Legend has it that a cowherd was once sleeping under the canopy of the Vat Vrikshas and he had a dream of Shiva waking him up in his Virat Swaroop.
The main murti worshipped in the temple is in Shivling form. Ten forms of Goddess Shakti are also worshipped in the temple.
The temple complex has a separate section known as Ramalaya. This separate temple consists of murtis of Ganesha, Sita, Ram, Lakshman, Hanuman, Radha, Krishna and Lakshmi Narayan.
Shaigram, symbol of Bhagvan Vishnu, is also worshipped in the temple.
Sri Krishna Janmashtami and Shivratri are the most important festivals in the temple.

Love is when the soul starts to sing and the flowers of your life bloom on their own – Rabindranath Tagore

What we want, we want in error; what we get we want not.
If you cry because the sun has gone out of your life, your tears will prevent you from seeing the stars.
Love is when the soul starts to sing and the flowers of your life bloom on their own.
The real friendship is like fluorescence, it shines better when everything has darken.
Love is the only reality, it is the ultimate truth that lies at the heart of creation.
Reach high, for stars lie hidden in you. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal.

Life is given to us, we earn it by giving it. Rabindranath Tagore

Kartik Ekadasi

Ekadasi falls on the eleventh day during the waxing and waning phases of the moon in a traditional Hindu calendar. In 2018, the date of Kartik Ekadasi is November 19. Kartik Ekadasi is the Ekadashi that falls during the waxing phase of moon in Kartik Month (October - November), one of the holiest months is a Hindu calendar. It is also known as Utthana Ekadasi and Prabodini Ekadashi.

As usual there are two Ekadasis in Kartik month but the one during the waxing phase of moon or that comes after Diwali is considered highly auspicious. Kartik is the eighth month in the traditional Hindi calendar and Maharashtrian calendar and several other regional calendars. But Kartik is the first month in the Gujarati calendar.

Some of the auspicious events during Kartik Ekadasi include: The Chatur Mas period comes to an end during Kartik Ekadasi. Tulsi Vivah is observed by some communities on the day. Pandharpur Palki Kartik Ekadasi Yatra is observed on the day in Maharashtra. Vrindavan Mathura Parikram…

Shiva Chaturdashi in Shravan Month

Shiva Chaturdashi in Shravan Month is of great importance in North India. It is also referred as the Shivratri in Shravan month. Shiva Chaturdashi 2018 date is August 10. On the Krishna Paksha Chaturdashi day (14th day during the waning phase of moon) in Shravan or Sawan month millions of people visit Shiva shrines in North India to perform special Gangajal Abhishekam.
On the day people offer Gangajal, bilva leaves, honey and milk. Shivling in the temples are continuously bathed in Gangajal. 
Kanwarias in large numbers carry Gangajal (holy water from Ganges) to Shiva shrines and to bathe Shivling in their home.
Special pujas are held in famous temples like Kashi Vishwanath, Ujjain Mahakaleshwar, Deoghar Badrinath Dham and other Shiva temples in North India.

Shiva Chaturdashi in a month is also referred as Masa Shivratri.

Gahininath Yatra in Aurangabad – Gahininath Gad in Beed District

Gahininath Yatra is annually held in the Shravan Amavasi day in Aurangabad in Maharashtra. Gahininath Gad is the place where the Samadhi of Gahininath Gahininath Maharaj is located and it is in Beed district. Gahininath Yatra 2018 date is September 9.
Gahininath Maharaj was a nath yogi and a disciple of Gorakhnath.
Nirvitti elder brother of Sant Jnaneshwar was a disciple of Gahininath Maharaj.
It is said that Gahininath Maharaj used to live in caves in present day Maharashtra. Nirvitti Maharaj met the pious saint in a cave and he attained self realization.
The annual yatra to the Samadhi of the saint attracts thousands of devotees.
Gahininath Yatra is annually held on Shravan Amavasya, or no moon day in Shravan month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar in Maharashtra.

Goddess Khokhi Devi – Information about Khokimata

Khokhi Devi is a regional deity worshipped mainly in Varanasi. Goddess Khoki Devi is a manifestation of Mother Goddess Shakti. People offer worship to Khokimata for early cure from cold and cough.
Khokh means to cough.
Such deities are formed when there is a great epidemic. The belief is that Mother Goddess Shakti takes a new forms every time when her children are in distress.
Goddess Khokhi Devi is mainly worshipped in Benaras or Varanasi.

Symbolism in Breaking of Pot during Cremation Ritual in Hinduism

A clay pot is broken during cremation ritual in Hinduism. The pot is taken around the dead who is kept on a pyre and the pot is broken. There is a deep symbolism in breaking of pot.
The pot is filled with water and the person who is the chief mourner or one who lights the pyre takes the pot around the dead. The pot is kept on the left shoulder of the person and he stands facing south and throws the pot backwards, so that it breaks into pieces.
The breaking of the pot is symbolically considered as the breaking of existing relationship between the deceased and the chief mourner – one light the pyre.

Manikarnika Ghat Snan in Varanasi in Kartik Month

Manikarnika Ghat is one of the most popular ghats in Varanasi. This all important ghat in Kashi is famous as a cremation site. Taking holy bath or snan here on Vaikunta Chaturdasi is considered highly meritorious. Manikarnika Ghat Snan in Kartik month in 2018 is on November 22.
The bath in the Manikarnika Ghat is taken during the last quarter of night. Thousands of devotees arrive during the auspicious period.
Manikarnika Ghat Snan in Varanasi in Kartik Month is observed on the Shukla Paksha Chaturdasi day – fourteenth day during the waxing phase of moon in Kartik Month.

New Study Finds Water from Ganga River Can Cause Cancer

New study finds that the water in GangaRiver is suffused with Chromium 6 metal. Chromium 6 is a well-established carcinogen associated with lung, nasal, and sinus cancer. Dermal exposure to Chromium 6 can also cause skin irritation, corrosion, ulcers, sensitization, and allergic contact dermatitis. Z News reports
"Chromium is essential as well as toxic. The toxic form of chromium is hexavalent chromium. We have determined its content in the Ganga water collected during Kumbha Mela. It was 1 ng/ml, almost 50 times the permissible limit," NCCM head Dr Sunil Jai Kumar, was quoted as telling a leading newspaper. We should hang our heads in shame. We are responsible for the state of Ganga and 100 other rivers in India.

Dhopeshwar Nath Mandir at Bareilly – Dhopeshwar Nath Shiva Temple in Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh

Dhopeshwar Nath Mandir, located at Bareilly near Uttar Pradesh, is dedicated to Shiva. The temple also has murtis of several Hindu Gods and Goddesses. The main Shivling is 12 cm in height. The sanctum sanctorum of Dhopeshwar Nath Mandir has murtis of Kartik, Ganesha, Parvati and Nandi.
The huge entrance wooden door with images of twelve Jyotirlinga is a main attraction.
The temple complex has a pond known as Dhopa Sarovar. The water in the pond has medicinal properties and cures skin ailments.
Vaishno Devi Gufa, Murtis of Ram Parivar, Ganesha, Lakshmi Narayan, Surya, Nav Durga, Vishnu, Brahma and Mahesh are located in the temple complex.
Another huge attraction is the 21-feet murti of Hanuman.
There is another 21-feet murti of the Ardhanarishwara form of Shiva.
Vaishno Devi Gufa in the temple complex is similar to the famous Vaishnodevi Mata Shrine near Jammu. There is also another cave shrine dedicated to Adi Kumari.
ThakurdwaraTemple in the complex is dedicated to Sri Krishna and …

Kedara Vratham in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Karnataka

Kedara Vratham is dedicated to Shiva and Goddess Parvati. It is observed on the Diwali day mainly in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Karnataka. Kedara Vratham 2018 date is November 7. Legend has it that Goddess Gauri (Parvati) observed the Kedara Vratham and she finally merged with Shiva. Thus Shiva and Parvati together became Ardanarishwara.
Today the Vratham is performed for happy and peaceful life by couples. Unmarried women perform it for a good husband.
The number 21 is given importance in the Vratham as it is believed that Goddess Parvati had performed the Vratham for 21 days.
21 fruit, 21 betel leaves etc are used in the Puja.
The puja is of great importance in Karnataka, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.

Amar Das Baba Punyatithi at Risod in Washim District – Sant Amardas Baba

Amar Das Baba Punyatithi is annually held in Bhadrapad month at Risod in Washim District in Maharashtra. Amar Das Baba Puniyatithi 2018 date is September 10. This is the death anniversary of Sant Amardas Baba.
Amardas Baba was a pious saint in the great Bhakti tradition. He was noted for his spiritual teachings and philanthropic activities.



Amardas Baba Mandir is located at Risod in Washim District.
Satsang and Jatra are held on the occasion of the Punyatithi.
Amar Das Baba Punyatithi is annually held on Bhadrapad Shukla Paksha Pratipada or the first day during the waxing phase of moon in Bhadrapad month as per traditional Marathi calendar in Maharashtra.

Sant Sena Maharaj Punyatithi

Sant Sena Maharaj was an ardent devotee of Lord Vitthal and Rukmini. His punyatithi or death anniversary is annually held in the Shravan month. Sant Sena Maharaj Punyatithi 2018 date is September 7.
Sri Sena Nhavi – popularly known as Sant Sena Maharaj – was a barber by occupation. It is said that he was immersed in the worship of Lord Vitthal that one day he had acquired the wrath of a local king. To pacify the king and rescue Sri Sena Nhavi it is said that Lord Vithal himself appeared.
The great Lord appearing as a barber to rescue his devotee impressed Sant Sena Maharaj who then became a Bhakti saint in the tradition of Sant Jnaneshwar Maharaj and Sant Tukaram Maharaj.
Sant Sena Maharaj Punyatithi is annually held on the Shravan Krishna Paksha Dwadasi – the 12th day during waning phase of moon as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Pahi Pahi Gajanana mp3 – Download Pahi Pahi Gajanana song for free

Pahi Pahi Gajanana Parvathi Nandana Gajanana is a popular prayer dedicated to Hindu God Ganesha. You can download the song in mp3 format for free at Kamakoti website. The prayer is taught children in an earlier age.
Link - Pahi Pahi Gajanana mp3 song … in the link right click on the audio click to play and use the save link as option.

Durga Saptashloki mp3 prayer – Download Saptashloki Durga Stotra in mp3 for free

Durga Saptashloki is a prayer dedicated to Goddess Durga. This Saptashloki Durga prayer in mp3 audio format is provided by Kamakoti Ashram and you can download it for free. Chanting this prayer is considered an easy way to please Goddess Durga. It is believed that daily chanting of prayer helps in fulfilling one’s wishes.
Link – Durga Saptashloki mp3 – in the link right click on the audio click to play and use the save link as option.

108 Names of Muruga with meaning in English in pdf format

The 108 names of Muruga were first chanted by Sage Viswamitra and is found in the Skanda Purana. You can download the 108 names with meaning in English in pdf format below.
It is believed that those who recite the 108 names of Muruga become courageous, contented, and happy. Those pregnant women who reads or hears the 108 names would be blessed with a son of virtue and fortune; and if unmarried girls read they are sure to secure ideal husbands.
Link - 108 Names of Muruga in pdf format

Agneyi Chaturdashi Vrat for Long Life

Agneyi Chaturdashi Vrat is dedicated to Hindu God Shiva and is observed from Chaturdashi or fourteenth day of the fortnight of a lunar month. The vrat is observed for long life. The vrat is also dedicated to Agni, the Hindu fire god.
Person observing the vrat should take complete fast on the Chaturdashi tithi and perform Shiva puja. He should also keep jagran till midngit – stay awake till midnight. Then the person should sleep down on floor. Puja includes chanting the mantra Om Namah Shivaya and offer bilpatra or bilva leaves to Shivling.
The vrat ends next day morning with puja of Shiva.
This Vrat should be performed for a year.
It is also highly meritorious to perform Annadanam or food donation or distribute clothes on any day of Chaturdashi Vrat.

Jhula Teej – Hariyali Jhoola Teej in Shravan Month

Jhula Teej is observed on the third day of the Shukla Paksha or waxing phase of moon in Shravan month. Jhula Teej 2018 date is August 14. The ritual is also popularly known as Hariyali Jhoola Teej and is the first of the three important Teej festivals in North India.
Jhula Teej is dedicated to Shiva and Goddess Parvati. On the day, women pray for the welfare of their husbands and for a happy married life.
In some regions in North India, Jhula Teej is dedicated to the eternal love of Lord Krishna and Radha. Some Hindu communities worship Chand or Chandra – the moon god - on the day. The day is also of great importance in Vrindavan.
Numerous fairs and festivals are also observed on the day in many parts of North India, especially in Rajasthan where color processions of the idols of Goddess Parvati are taken out.
Numerous fairs and festivals are also observed on the day in many parts of North India, especially in Rajasthan where color processions of the idols of Goddess Parvati are tak…

Maharashtra Lunar Eclipse Time on January 31, 2018 – Chandra Grahan time in Mumbai, Pune, Nashik, Nagpur, Thane on January 31, 2018

A total lunar eclipse, or Chandra Grahan, will be visible in Maharashtra on January 31, 2018. The Chandra Grahan will be visible in Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Beed, Nashik, Thane and other towns from 5:18 PM on January 31 to 8:41 PM on January 31, 2018 – as per Indian standard time.

The Grahan takes place during the night to midnight and it is visible to the naked eye.

Those Hindus following Grahan fasting and rituals need to follow it.

All temples will remain closed 9 hours before the grahan and will only open next day morning after pujas and purification rituals. Detail Timing of Total Lunar Eclipse in Maharashtra Eclipse begins 5:18 PM on January 31Mid Eclipse is at 7:00 PM on January 31Eclipse ends at 8:41 PM on January 31

Story of Origin of Kusha Grass Involving Bhagvan Sri Ram and Mata Sita

There are numerous stories regarding the origin of Kusha Grass. One interesting story involves Bhagvan Sri Ram and Mata Sita. Legend has it that Mata Sita decided to return to Mother Earth. Earth opened up to receive her daughter. Sita entered into the opening.

Bhagvan Sri Ram attempted to pull her back. However, He could only grab a few strands of hair of Mata Sita. The hair of Mata Sita took the form of Kusha grass.

Some of the other stories associated with the origin of the Kusha Grass claim that it was born from Brahma and Vishnu.

Another story indicates that demon Jayanta who carried away the pot of elixir (Amrita) after Samudra Manthan kept it in four places and Kusha Grass grew in the places where the pot was kept.

Kusha Grass garlands are widely offered to Ganesha in South India.

Today Kusha grass is widely used in medicines meant to cure indigestion and other stomach ailments.

Seat made of Kusha Grass is used by Vedic pundits.

Goddess Chatpati Mata – Information about Chatpati Mata

Chatpati Mata is a regional deity worshipped mainly in Varanasi or Kashi. Goddess Chatpati Mata is a manifestation of Mother Goddess Shakti. People offer worship to her for quick recovery from fever.
Chatpati means quickly or instantly.
Such deities are formed when there is a great epidemic. The belief is that Mother Goddess Shakti takes new forms every time when her children are in distress.
Goddess Chatpati Mata is mainly worshipped in Benaras or Varanasi.

Sarada Ashram at Ulundurpet in Tamil Nadu Grows 150 Varieties of Traditional Paddy and Herbal Plants

Sarada Ashram at Ulundurpet in Tamil Nadu is associated with the Ramakrishna Mission. The Sarada Ashram is dedicated to the upliftment of women. One of the praiseworthy activities of the ashram is agriculture – 150 varieties of paddy and numerous herbal plants are cultivated on the lands belonging to the Sarada Ashram.
The Ashram has also adopted 150 villages. The Hindu reports These traditional paddy varieties have unique properties.

For example, Neelachamba and Kuzhiyadichaan help increase lactation in nursing mothers.

Diabetics who take Maapillai Samba are able to reduce their insulin dose.

If you thought that grains that can be harvested quickly are a recent phenomenon, think again. Arubataamkuruvai and Kaattuyaanam can be harvested in 60 and 180 days respectively.

Kalarpaalai can be grown where water is scarce and the soil is bad.

Vaadansamba does well where the soil is good, but water is scarce. Madumuzhangi is for areas prone to flooding.

Hundred and fifty villages have been a…

Alakhnath Mandir – Shiva Temple at Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh

Alakhnath Mandir, located in Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh, is dedicated to Shiva. AlakhnathShivaTemple is an important center of Anand Akhara of the Naga Sadhus. A unique aspect of this mandir is that it is never closed. The temple is always open. There are numerous small shrines in the huge compound of the temple.
The puja details of the main Shivling is a secret and is only revealed to an apt student who is a Naga Sanyasi. The main Shivling worshipped in the temple is located in a small trench. It is nearly 1 foot high.
The temple is routinely visited by Ash smeared Naga Sadhus. The temple complex also has numerous ash pits.
A major highlight of the temple is a huge 51-feet sindhoor colored Hanuman murti.
A very old Vat Vriksha is found in the temple complex with huge bells tied on it.
Naga Alikhiya Baba, also known as Alakh Giri, attained Samadhi here. The spot can be seen in the temple.
There is a pond in the temple with floating rocks brought from Rameshwaram in South India.
The t…

If you are a giver of happiness you get joy and love - Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

When you bring some relief and happiness to someone through selfless service, good vibrations come to you.
Wherever there is sincerity and talent there will be people who recognize it. It may take some time. You simply have to have patience and hold on. 
Meditation is soul food. There is a natural craving for food. In the same way, the soul yearns for meditation & this tendency is in everyone.
If you are a taker of happiness you get misery, if you are a giver of happiness you get joy and love.
The power of spiritual knowledge gives you centeredness which recuperates your energy, keeps you enthusiastic, and brings the much-needed passion for work.
Where your intentions are pure and clear, nature will support you to go forward in unimaginable ways. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Kedar Vrat From Navratri to Diwali

Kedar Vrat during Diwali is still observed in many regions in India. It is observed from 21 days. Starting from the Durga Ashtami during Navratri and ends on the Diwali day. In 2018, Kedar Vrat is from October 10 to November 7.
Legend has it that Goddess Durga observed the Kedar Vrat and she finally merged with Shiva. Thus Shiva and Shakti together became Ardanarishwara. This legend is mentioned in the Skanda Purana.
A symbolic fast is observed in many regions during the period. Many people avoid non-vegetarian food during the period.

Today this rare vrat is only observed on Kartik Amavasya (November 7, 2018).

Shri Chakradhar Swami Jayanti

Shri Chakradhar Swami was a great saint in the Bhakti tradition in Hinduism and was the founder of the Mahanubhava Sect in the 13th century. Shri Chakradhar Swami Jayanti 2018 date is September 11. This is the birth anniversary of the great saint.
Shri Chakradhar Swami attempted to teach people the true teaching of Sanatana Dharma and to ignore the ritualism. He propagated his teachings mainly in the villages in Maharashtra.
Mahanubhava Sect followed the Bhakti tradition of Vaishnavism but did not follow complicated rituals.
Shri Chakradhar Swami Jayanti is annually observed on the Bhadrapad Shukla Paksha Dwitiya Tithi – second day during the waxing phase of moon in Bhadrapad month as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Eklingji – Shiva as Four-Faced Eklingji Worshipped in Udaipur in Rajasthan

Shiva is worshipped as Eklingji in the famous Eklingji Temple in Udaipur District of Rajasthan. In this form, Shiva is the Parabrahma – one without a second. He is the ruler of the Mewad region and Sisodia Ranas rule the region as his ministers.

Shiva as Eklingji is creator, preserver and destroyer. The Mother Goddess Shakti is worshipped here as Mata Ratneshwari. The worship and stories of the deity and the temple are closely associated with the history of the Mewad kingdom.

The shivling worshipped as Eklingji is four-faced. Eklingaji's four faces symbolize Lord Brahma in the west, Lord Vishnu in the north, Maheshwara (Shiva) in the South, and Surya in the east.

People believe that Mewad can never be conquered as it has the blessing of Eklingji.

In 734 AD, Mewad Ruler Bappa Rawal, on the advice of his spiritual guru, Harit Rishi, established and declared Eklingji as the deity to be worshipped by his successors. Acharya Vishwaroop, the contemporary
of Adi Shankaracharya, helped …

Drona of Mahabharata Did Penance in this Cave near Dehradun – Drona Gufa

Drona of the Mahabharata was one of the greatest archers of his era. He was the Guru of both Pandavas and Kauravas. It is believed that Dronacharya did penance for 12 years in a cave near Dehradun in Uttarakhand. The cave is today famous as the TapkeshwarTemple.
It is said that Shiva appeared before Drona in the cave. He was pleased with the supreme skills of Dronacharya in archery and blessed him.
Several years later, Ashwathama, son of Dronacharya, did penance in the cave standing on one foot. Shiva is believed to have appeared before him and blessed him with great skills in archery.
Today one can see the sculpture of Guru Drona on the entrance of the cave temple.

Augadhnath Mandir – Augarnath Shiva Temple at Meerut in Uttar Pradesh

Dedicated to Shiva, Augadhnath Mandir is located in the Cantonment area on Boundary Road in Meerut. Augarnath temple is of great significance both religiously and historically. It is associated with the independence movement of India. The temple was one of the important places during the revolt of 1857.
During the rule of the Marathas in the region, the Peshwas used to seek blessings here before going to war. The temple was also an important meeting point of freedom fighters.
The present structure of AugarnathTemple was built in 1969.
Shiva in the form of Augadhnath Baba and Goddess Parvati is worshipped in the sanctum sanctorum. A small Shivling is placed in the sanctum. Ganesha and Nandi stand in attendance near the Shivling.
Various forms of Shiva can be seen on the temple walls including that of Shambu, Pinaki, Girish, Sadashiva, Nataraja, Neelakantha and Mahakal.
There are also murtis of Radha, Krishna, Durga and other deities in the shrine.
There is a Shaheed Smarak (memorial …

Shiva Teachings to Sati

Some of the important teachings in Sanatana Dharma were revealed through the dialogue between Shiva and Sati. Here are some of the teachings that Shiva imparted to Goddess Sati.
O Goddess Sati, listen carefully for I shall give you that knowledge that shall free all souls in bondage. O goddess, known that the supreme knowledge consists in experiencing the great truth, - I am Brahman – Aham Brahmasmi.
In a perfect intellect, nothing else is remembered. This sort of consciousness is very rare in the world. But, O beloved, remember that I myself am the Supreme Brahman, as is Vishnu. Devotion to him or me is the easiest method of attaining salvation.
Supreme devotion is the same as supreme knowledge and is easier to practice.
One who is engrossed in devotion enjoys perpetual bliss.
Devotion has the power to attract me as nothing else can.

True devotee believes that whatever I bestow on him is for his good.
True devotee dedicates everything to me and keeps nothing for himself.

Source - Shi…

Choti Kashi Shiva Mandir at Gola Goraknath – Shiva Temple near Lakhimpur Kheri

The most popular ShivaTemple at Gola Gorakmath, which is around 60 km from Lakhimpur Kheri in Uttar Pradesh, is known as Choti Kashi. The name of the temple itself gives an idea of its importance in the region. The origin of the Gola Goraknath Choti Kashi temple is associated with demon king Ravana of Ramayana. Story of Choti Kashi Shiva Mandir at Gola Goraknath Legend has it that Ravana performed intense penance and pleased with his devotion Shiva appeared before him. Ravan asked Shiva to reside in Lanka. Shiva agreed and gave a Shivling which had his presence. But Shiva put the condition that the Shivling should not be kept on the ground.
While returning from Kailash, Ravana had strong urge to urinate and he gave the Shivling to a shepherd to hold it. But when Ravana returned he did not see the shepherd and the Shivling was fixed on the ground.
Ravana tried to remove it but he could not. In the attempt to remove the Shivling, the upper part of the Shivling was damaged by his thumb.…