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Timings at Dehu Road Ayyappa Temple – Opening and Closing Darshan Time at Dehu Road Ayyappa Temple

Dehu Road Ayyappa Temple is located on the old Mumbai – Pune Road and is around 25 km from Pune after Pimpri – Chinchwad and Nigdi. The temple timings are given below in detail. Opening and closing darshan time is extended on Saturdays and other important ritual days. Morning Darshan Timings at Dehu Road Ayyappa Temple 5:00 AM to 10:30 AM Evening Darshan Time 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM Detail Temple Timing 5:00 AM - Palli Unarthal 5:30 AM - Nirmalyam - darshan of murti without alankara 5:45 AM - Abhishekam 6:00 AM - Ganapathi Homam 5:30 PM - Opening of temple 6:30 PM - Deeparadhana On Saturday – the evening Darshan Time is up to 9:00 PM

The Quest – Biopic on the life of Swami Chinmayananda

Biopic titled – The Quest: Film on A Visionary’s Life and Mission – is based on the life of Swami Chinmayananda, one of the worlds most renowned and revered exponents of Vedanta and founder of Chinmaya Mission. The timeline of the film is from the time Chinmayananda was a child till he became old. The film is directed by RS Prasanna in associated with Chinmaya Mission. The film will be released in 2014. From the flyer Who was he before he became the great Swami Chinmayananda? How did this passionate, witty, outspoken freedom fighter and atheist turn into an enlightened master?  His life is a story of an unconventional seeker – a mischievous child, a rebellious youth, a revolutionary freedom fighter, a witty journalist and even a daring atheist. Watch his story unfold from the young child, Balakrishnan Menon to the mighty Swami Chinmayananda, one of the most powerful orators of Truth who ever lived – and one who would live long after his time.  ‘The Quest’ is an

Patalesvara Temple – a Shiva Temple inside Jagannath Temple Complex

Patalesvara Temple , a shrine dedicated to Shiva, is located in the northern inner courtyard of the Jagannath Temple complex in Puri. Pataleshvara Shiva is one of the guardian deities of the temple. The unique aspect of the temple is that it is erected 27 feet below the ground level. A swayambhu Shivling is worshipped in the temple. It is a panchamukhi Shivling – five faced. The Shivling is installed below the Shaktipitha and therefore it is not visible outside. So the temple is known Pataleshvara – Patal meaning underground. Built in sandstone and facing east, the temple consists of three structures – vimana, jagamohana and natamandapa. The temple is very important from archeological point of view due to numerous inscriptions. It is equally important architecturally because of the rare underground structure and sculptures. 

Chhinnamasta Mahavidya – About Goddess Chinnamasta - Mantra and Yantra

Chhinnamasta Mahavidya is the incarnation of Mother Goddess Shakti that appeared before the Devas, or Demi Gods, who sought for a wife for Shiva. Chinnamasta is one of the Dasa Mahavidyas – the ten goddesses. Chhinnamasta means ‘She whose head is severed.’ Mahadev Shiva led an ascetic life. He saw no sense in transitory pleasures of life. Devas realized that this would create an upheaval in the universe as there will be no creation if all the living being start to follow the path of Shiva. So they prayed to Goddess Shakti to help in solving the peculiar situation. Goddess Shakti then appeared before the Devas as Chhinnamasta. In this form, Mother Goddess was headless. She held a sword in one hand and in the other hand was her cut head. The head was drinking the blood that spurted from her cut head. Chhinnamasta is flanked by Jaya and Vijaya. In some painting it is two women that are on both the sides of the Goddess. She stands over Kama (God of Love) and his conso