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Rudraksha for Pregnancy – Which Rudraksha Should Pregnant Women Wear?

The Rudraksha associated with Pregnancy is the one associated with Shiva and Shakti. It is said that Ardhanarishwara – which is the half man and half woman manifestation – blesses pregnant women. So the Rudraksha that should be worn by pregnant women is the Do Mukhi Rudraksha – the one with two face. Shiva and Shakti are the deities of this Rudraksh. It is also blessed by Chandra, the moon god. It is said that by wearing the do mukhi rudraksha the pregnant women will overcome all fears. She will also not have bad dreams, hysteria, and illness. The pregnant women can wear the rudraksha on stomach or any part of the body. She can also keep it under the pillow on her bead.

Baba Amreshwar Dham near Khunti in Jharkhand

Baba Amreshwar Dham is located at Angrabadi which is around 10 km from Khunti in Jharkhand. The temple is dedicated to Hindu God Shiva. The Shivling worshipped in the temple is Swayambhu – appeared on its own. The deity worshipped in the temple is known as Baba Amreshwar because the Shivling worshipped in the temple is near a Mango tree. There is no roof above the main Shivling in the temple. This is because whenever an attempt was made to build a temple around the Holy Shivling; Shiva came in the dream of the person working on it and asked to stop it. Currently the main Shivling is under a Banyan Tree. The huge temple complex is located in 8 acres of land. There are temples of Ma Parvati, Durga, Ganesha, Sri Ram, Sita, Lakshman and Hanuman. There is also a Radha Krishna Temple in the complex. There is also unique minar-shaped temple in the complex. Baba Amreshwar is popular as a wish fulfilling deity. Lots of devotees arrive at the temple to get their wish fu

Eight Qualities Associated with the name Shiva

Shiva is the name attributed to the Supreme Truth in Hinduism. On a lesser plane of knowledge he is referred as the third God in Hindu trinity. He is also referred as the god of destruction. The word ‘Shiva’ has eight qualities attached to it. They are: Auspiciousness Bliss Final beatitude Good fortune Welfare Well Being Prosperity Happiness Vedic Mantras give the meaning of auspiciousness to Shiva. In Mahabharata too the term is used to mean auspiciousness or good.

Daksha Prajapati Temple at Banapur in Orissa – Dakshesvara Siva Temple

Daksha Prajapati Temple , also known as Dakshesvara Shiva Temple , is a 13 th century AD temple at Banapur in Orissa. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is famous for its architecture. The temple is noted for its exquisite sculptors, Pidha temple and stepped well. The main murti worshipped in the temple is Shiva. The subsidiary deities worshipped in the temple are Ganesha, Kartikeya, Goddess Parvati, Gaja Lakshmi, Chamunda, Hanuman, Agni, Indra, Yama, Varuna, Vayu, Kubera, Isana and Nriti. Beautiful sculptures of Gaja Vidala, female figures, devatas, dikapalas and other deities adorn the temple walls and pillars. The temple also has a very rare sculpture of Kamdev with his two consorts Rati and Priti. You can find the image of important sculptures in the temple here at ignca website.