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Gopinath Mahadev Temple at Patan in Gujarat

Gopinath Mahadev Temple is dedicated to Hindu God Shiva and is located at Patan in Gujarat . This shrine is located around 110 km from Gandhinagar. This small shrine has a Shivling in the sanctum sanctorum. The shrine also has other murtis (deities). This is a small but well preserved shrine. The shrine attracts hundreds of devotees during special occasions. Patan Gopinath Mahadev Temple is around 105 km from Ahmedabad. Regular Puja time is followed. 6 AM to 10 AM and 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM Time is extended during festivals, rituals and auspicious occasions. 

Smashan Kali – Goddess Kali of the Crematorium

Smashan Kali is the fiercest form of Goddess Kali. Smashan means Crematorium or burial ground. She is wild and she is uncontrollable. She is never part of the society and cannot be controlled. The image of Smashan Kali is quite similar to other Kali images but on close scrutiny there is a huge difference. Smashan Kali steps on Shiva with her left foot. She holds the sickle in right hand – in raised form. Bhadra Kali steps on Shiva with her right foot. She holds the sickle in the left hand – in raised form. It is Smashan Kali that brings an end to the creation and prepares the universe for the next cycle of creation.  Smashana Kali is the embodiment of the power of destruction. With her left foot atop Shiva, she performs the dance of destruction. When Adharma goes beyond control, mother earth invokes Mahakali and she appears in the wild and uncontrollable form. She is beyond control.... The activities of human beings are slowly unleashing Smashan Kali....She

Sant Kejaji Maharaj Utsav at Taroda near Wardha

Sant Kejaji Maharaj Utsav or annual festival is held on Paush Amavasya day. The day is of great significance at at Taroda near Wardha in Maharashtra . Sant Kejaji Maharaj was a saint in the Bhakti Tradition in Maharashtra . Sant Kejaji Maharaj Utsav 2024 date is February 9.  The festival and fair take place at Sant Kejaji Maharaj Mandir at Taroda. The temple attracts hundreds of devotees on the day. Sant Kejaji Maharaj Utsav is annually held on Paush Amavasya day or no moon day in Paush month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra .

Nityanand Mohite Maharaj Punyatithi at Akola in Maharashtra

Nityanand Mohite Maharaj Punyatithi is annually observed in Paush month. It is the death anniversary of Sant Nityanand Mohite – a pious soul who spread teachings of humanity, truth and love. Nityanand Mohite Maharaj Punyatithi 2024 date is February 8. The day is of importance at Akola in  Maharashtra . Temple and sacred place associated with Nityanand Mohite Maharaj is located in Akola . Hundreds of followers attend various ceremonies on the day. Nityanand Mohite Maharaj Punyatithi is observed on Paush Krishna Paksha Trayodashi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the waning phase of moon in Paush month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in  Maharashtra .

On Hollywood Movies Inspired by Hinduism

The philosophy behind a couple of super hit movies in Hollywood is based on Hinduism. Nirpal Dhaliwal looks into the plots of some of the movies that he believes is based on Vedic teachings. He gives examples of Hollywood movies like Interstellar, Matrix and Star Wars. The idea that propels the plot of Interstellar – there is a universal super-consciousness that transcends time and space, and in which all human life is connected – has been around for about 3,000 years. It is Vedic.  When the film’s astronaut hero, declares that the mysterious and all-knowing “they” who created a wormhole near Saturn through which he travels to save mankind – dissolving his sense of material reality in the process – are in fact “us”, he is simply repeating the central notion of the Upanishads, India’s oldest philosophical texts. These hold that individual human minds are merely brief reflections within a cosmic one.  You can read the complete article in The Guardian