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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…