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Rudreshwar – Shiva as Rudreshwar

Rudreshwar is a manifestation of Shiva. He got the name after He annhilated Gajasura – the elephant and wore its skin. Rudreshwar appeared in the form of Shivling at Kashi. This is mentioned in the Kashi Khand in the Skanda Purana. The popular belief is that those offering prayers to Rudreshwar will attain moksha or liberation.
Rudreshwar Shivling is currently located near the TripuraBhairaviTemple.
A Rudra kund (pond) was located near the Rudreshwar Shivling – the pond no longer exists. The popular belief is that taking bath in the kund is highly meritorious especially when Chaturdashi (14th day of fortnight) and Arda Nakshatra coincides. As Rudra Kund no longer exists people take bath in holy GangaRiver on the day.

About Ramayana in Laos

In Ramayana in Laos, Sri Ram is Phralam; Nang Sida is Mata Sita; Lakshman is Phralak; Hanuman is Houliman and Ravana is Hapkhanasouane. Alan Potkin, scholar from the Northern Illinois University, US, is digitally replicating lost Ramayana murals from Laos. Business Standard reports  As per Ramayana in Laos, Sri Ram was born in the Mekong valley. According to Sachchidanand Sahai, national professor (epigraphy), Archaeological Survey of India, it draws cultural parallels between the Ganges and Mekong. As per the Laotian version, Ravana was born in Cambodia and the great war was fought on the banks of Mekong. This is a classic example of how the Khmer, Laotian and Thai civilizations made the Ramayana their own.  Potkin’s project seeks to keep the vibrant renditions of this grand epic intact, ensuring the flow of knowledge from generation to generation. “We should learn a lesson from this project. In India, we keep searching for the ancient. But we forget that even  the modern heritage ne…

Skanda Purana Quotes

Just as some parts of the human body (e.g. the right hand or ear) are held to be purer (than others), so some localities on the earth are held to be holier than others. Teerthas are held to be holy on account of some wonderful natural characteristic of the locality or on account of the unique grandeur of the local waters or on account of the fact that some sage resorted to them (for austerity).  (Skanda Purana, 4.6.43-4)

The great wonder is that Gods take the form of trees.