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Chinmudra Posture of Hindu deities – Cinmudra Hand Posture of Hindu Gods

Chinmudra is an important hand posture of a Hindu deity. The murti holds the right hand up in such a way that all the fingers expect the index finger points upwards. The index finger is gently bent and it touches the thumb. Cinmudra posture symbolizes imparting of spiritual education.
Chinmudra is also known as Vyakhyana Mudra.
This hand posture basically symbolizes teaching, explanation or instruction.
The mudra is usually ascribed to gods and saints.
One of the most important examples of a deity holding the hand in Cinmudra is that of Dakshinamurti form of Shiva.
The essence of teachings of Shiva is depicted in Cinmudra. As per the teachings of Dakshinamurti, the Lord is Pati, the human beings are pashu and worldly things are pasam.
The thumb represents pati, index finger represents pashu and the other three fingers represent worldly things.
Pasam is of three kinds: Anavam, Kanmam and Maya. These three pasams are depicted by the three fingers pointing upwards.
Human beings are a…

Sarada Temple Dedicated to Shiva at Shamshabad near Hyderabad – Temple Maintained by Sringeri Sarada Peetham

SaradaTemple is located near National Highway 44 at Shamshabad near Hyderabad. The temple is dedicated to Shiva and is famous for its serene surroundings. Shiva is worshipped here as Chandramouliswara – in the Shivling form. The temple also has murtis of Goddess Sri Sarada, Ganesha, Subramaniam Swami, Krishna, Navgrahas and Adi Shankara. The New Indian Express reports  The construction of the Shiva temple took place under the supervision of the former civil servant, who earlier served as the Executive Officer of the Tirumala-Tirupati Devasthanams, and Vedantam Subramanyam Ravi, former deputy general manager at Singareni Collieries. “The work on the `3 crore project began in 2009 and was funded by the Peetham. It was thrown open to the public in November, 2012, after the consecration of the main idol by Sri Bharati Theertha Swami, the 36th Shankaracharya, head of the peetham.”  Besides the main temple, an additional 1,100 sq yards were also allotted which now house an ‘archaka’ complex …

Sri Narasimha Saraswati Quotes

I do not want to enjoy the objects of the senses which can only lead to misery. So, I shall pass on from the state of celibacy directly to the life of a sannyasi.
Wealth, family ties and responsibilities are as unreal as a dream.
Youth is transient as a flower which soon withers. Thus life is very short when viewed in the light of the only purpose of it, i.e., Self-realization.
To be emotionally attached to anything in this phenomenal world amounts to mere self-betrayal and is self-defeating too.
This body, with the skin as its surface layer, flesh, bones and the blood within, is as frail a structure as a water bubble.
Excessive fondness for one’s spouse and children is the root of all other evil tendencies.
In itself, this body of ours is made of inanimate matter and is ever changing and perishable.
Only the ‘Self’ within is eternal and is our only true being.
Sri Narasimha Saraswati – an incarnation of Sri Dattatreya and appeared before Swami Samarth of Akkalkot