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Nag Panchami Festival in Battis Shirala Village in Maharashtra – Display of Poisonous Snakes

ShiralaVillage in Maharashtra is famous for Snake or Naga Worship and display of Snakes during Naga Panchami - in 2018 it is on August 15. The proof to it is that there are nearly Sixty Snake Clubs in BattisShiralaVillage in Sangli District that display poisonous Snakes during the popular Hindu Nag Panchami Snake Festival. High Court had banned the display of Snakes and district administration has put several restrictions to prevent the capture of snakes but display of poisonous snakes continues. Indian Express Reports In 2002, a petition was filed by animal right activists saying that snakes were being ill treated during the festival. The High Court passed an interim order banning the display of Snakes. Since then the festival is held under strict observation of the district administration and forest department officials. The Villagers of Battis Shirala claim that they celebrate the festival peacefully without harming Snakes. Usually, around 300 poisonous snakes are on display on t…

About Garuda – Story of Garuda in Hinduism

Majority of Hindu Gods and Goddess have a vehicle or Vahana and Garuda is the Vahana of Bhagvan Vishnu. Murti of Garuda is in the form of a man with a big beak and wings. The story of origin of Garuda is found in the Mahabharata and numerous other Puranas.
Garuda was the son of Sage Kashya and Vinata. Legend has it that when Garuda came out of the egg, the Devas (demi gods) mistook him for Agni and praised him and requested him to diminish his splendor a little so that people can view him.
Garuda soon discovered that his mother was held in slavery by his fathers’ other wife Kadru. The sons of Kadru were all snakes and promised to free his mother if they brought Amrut or ambrosia from the gods.
He then went to abode of gods and after a fight with the guards got hold of the pot of ambrosia. While returning, he met Bhagvan Vishnu and requested him to make him his vehicle – the request was granted
Garuda brought the amrit to his step brothers and placed it on a heap of kusha grass. On s…

Bal Gopal Idol – Porcelain figurine from Lladro – Bal Gopal Murti

Bal Gopal Idol is from the world famous Spanish Company, Lladro, noted for high quality porcelain figurines. Lladro during the past couple of years had released idols or murtis of various Hindu gods. Bal Gopal is part of the series. Bal Gopal murti shows young Krishna playing flute and standing on a lotus flower. The murti is priced at Rs 70,000/-

Lladro figurines are noted for its beauty, detailing and no compromise in materials used.

Baijnath Temple in Uttarakhand – Shiva Mandir at Baijnath near Bageshwar in Uttarakhand

BaijnathTemple is located at Baijnath town on the banks of GomatiRiver near Bageshwar in Uttarakhand. The Shiva Mandir here is popularly known Baijnath. The temple is around 19 km from Kausani and 26 km from Bageshwar. The temple is famous for a murti of Goddess Parvati carved from a single black granite stone.

The temple is believed to have been built during the 11th and 12th century. Shiva here is worshipped in the form a Shivling – here He is Vaidyanath – the Supreme Physician.
The six-foot murti of Goddess Parvati in the shrine is adorned with important scenes in the life of Shiva, Goddess Parvati and Goddess Sati.
Apart from the BaijnathTemple, there are nearly 17 more shrines in the complex. They have murtis of Ganesha, Kaal Bhairav, Dwarpal, Vishwakarma and Kubera.
The GomatiRiver near the temple is famous for Rahu Fish. The bhoga to the temples is first offered to the fishes.

There is something good in all seeming failures – Swami Sivananda

Meditation is painful in the beginning but it bestows immortal Bliss and supreme joy in the end.
The more we come out and do good to others, the more our hearts will be purified, and God will be in them.
It is divinity that shapes, not only your ends, but also your acts, your words and thoughts.
Practice self-denial. Cultivate indifference and dispassion. Practice meditation regularly. This will enable you peace and bliss.
Wisdom is the Master-key to open the realms of eternal bliss and everlasting peace.
There is something good in all seeming failures. You are not to see that now. Time will reveal it. Be patient.
Swami Sivananda