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How Lord Muruga Got the Name Guha?

Guha is one among the numerous names of Lord Muruga. He is the son of Shiva and is popularly known as Kartik in North India and as Muruga and Subrahmanya in South India and among Tamil and Malayali communities around the world. Here is how Lord Muruga got the name Guha?
Shiva and Goddess Parvati was engaged in cosmic bliss for many eons and was disturbed by Devas who wanted his help to defeat demon Tarakasura. Shiva thus accidentally dropped his semen.The fiery seed that fell from Shiva could not be held by Earth. Mother Earth cannot bear the heat. She took the help of Agni, the Hindu God of Fire. Agni took the form of a dove and swallowed the fiery seed.
But he too could not tolerate the heat. He deposited it in the Himalayas. Himavan the king of mountain could not bear the fierce heat that emanated from the seed. So He deposited it in the River Ganga.
Ganga Maa carried the seed and deposited it on clump of grass on its banks. The grass acted as womb and nurtured the fetus. And Muru…

Book – Saktapramodah – 19th century Book on Tantric Goddesses Republished

Saktapramodah was published in 1860 by Raja Deva Nandan Singh and contains the correct practices for worshipping Tantric Goddesses. Now this 19th century book has been republished with a 100-page introduction by Madhu Khanna, professor of Indic religion and Sanskrit scholar. The Indian Express reports  After the British invasion, the practice of goddess worship was mostly lost and many were resorting to fraudulent means. So Raja Deva Nandan Singh, an aristocratic zamindar of Muzaffarpur, Bihar, compiled the correct practices of worship of goddesses and brought out the book Saktapramodah in the 19th century (1860). “What I have done is, I have edited and revised the text in Sanskrit and also added a 100-page introduction in the book. Now, it is bilingual,” says Madhu. She says that in the 15th and 16th centuries, the worship of goddesses was an anti caste tradition — outside the vedic mainstream. “Like Mathangi who is associated with impure substances and Umavathi, a widow. It was a tr…

Ukhimath Temple in Uttarakhand – Swaroop of Shiva from Kedarnath Temple is Worshipped Here During Winter

When the KedarnathTemple in Uttarakhand is closed after Diwali for winter, the swaroop of the Shiva from the temple is carried to the UkhimathTemple. Shiva as Kedarnath resides during the harsh winter (till Akshaya Tritiya day) at the UkhimathTemple.

The utsvamurti, or the murti used for worship during rituals and festivals, from the Panch Kedar shrines – Kedarnath, Madhya Maheshwara, Tunganath, Rudranath and Kalpeshwar – too are brought to the Ukhimath temple during winter.
Believed to be more than 5000 years old, UkhimathTemple propagates Veerashaivism.
A deed of gift – giving lands to the temple – by Janamejaya, great grandson of Pandavas, is still persevered in the Kedar Peetha established here.
The temple has a swayambhu Shivling and an imposing murti of Nandi.
Legend has it that Usha daughter of Banasura got married to Anirudh, grandson of Sri Krishna, here. It is believed that Usha had reconstructed the temple here.

Shiva Teachings on Devotion

Supreme devotion is the same as supreme knowledge and is easier to practice.
Devotion has the power to attract me as nothing else can.
One who is engrossed in devotion enjoys perpetual bliss.
In this Age of Kali (Iron age or Kali Yuga), there is no path so easy and pleasing to me (Shiva) as the path of devotion.
In this decadent age, spiritual knowledge and detachment have become misused and neglected. People who can grasp them are rare. But devotion can give the benefits of spiritual knowledge and detachment and is most pleasing to Shiva.
All gods are subservient to those who are devoted to them.