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Harihara – Hindu God Harihara

Harihara is an amalgamation of Hindu God Vishnu (Hari) and Shiva (Hara). In Hinduism, the Supreme Truth can be approached through diverse ways. Harihara is one among the numerous attempts by human mind to define the Supreme Truth which is beyond imagination or definition. This form was worshipped mainly in Cambodia . Some scholars are also of the opinion that Harihara form was worshipped by those people that accepted both the teachings of Vaishnava and Shaiva sects. We humans are attached to form and innumerable are the attempts made by us to define and give form to Brahman. There is no doubt that Harihara is the form given to the formless Brahman by devotees who considered this form as the most ideal form to worship Brahman. In Harihara murti form, usually Shiva is shown in the left and Vishnu in the right. There are also images with Shiva on the left and Vishnu on the right. So there is no uniformity. Shiva is shown as holding a trident ( Trishul ) and Vishn

Goddess Samaleswari – About Maa Samaleshwari

Maa Samaleswari is a manifestation of Mother Goddess Shakti and is worshipped mainly in Odisha and parts of Chhattisgarh in India . She is worshipped as Jagatjanani, Adishakti, Lakshmi and Saraswati. It is believed that the goddess is called Samaleshwari as she is worshipped under a Simili plant (cotton tree). Some scholars claim that the goddess was originally known as Somaleswari – one who bestows eternal bliss – with soma referring the plant in the Vedas. Legend has it that Balaram Dev, who ruled Sambalpur from 1540 to 1557 AD, had discovered the murti of Goddess Samaleswari. Once the king was hunting on the right bank of Mahanadi River with his dogs. There he witnessed his ferocious hunting dogs being chased by a small rabbit. After chasing away the dogs, the rabbit returned to the foot of a huge simili tree on the left bank of Mahanadi and disappeared. That night Balaram Dev had a dream in which Goddess Samaleswari manifested herself before him and said that she was

Gomati Chakra – What is Gomti Chakra?

Gomati Chakra is a rare natural product, a form of shell stone, and is found in Gomti River in Dwarka, Gujarat in India . It is believed to bring luck and is used in spiritual and Tantric rituals. Gomati Chakra resembles the Sudarshan Chakra or Discus of Lord Krishna. It is used as a Yantra and also is used in worships. It is believed that those people who possess Gomti Chakra will be blessed with money, good health and prosperity. It is also believed to protect children. Some people bury Gomti Chakra in the foundation of buildings as it is believed to bless the residents with long life and prosperity. Some people hang it in front of the house, shops and buildings for peace and prosperity. In some regions, eleven Gomti Chakras are wrapped in a red cloth and placed in rice or wheat containers. This is for food security. In some region, Gomti Chakra is worshipped on the Diwali day along with Goddess Lakshmi. Gomti Chakra is available in pure form and als

Nabakalebara 2015 in Puri Jagannath Temple – Nabakalebara Ceremony in 2015

Nabakalebara is the change of the murtis worshipped in the world famous Puri Jagannath Temple in Orissa. Nabakalebara 2015 date is July 15 midnight. The new murtis will particiapte in the Rath Yatra taking place on July 18. The present murtis will be replaced with new murtis made out of neem tree. The change of murtis is known as Nabakalebara and takes place when there is an Adhik Ashada Masa or extra Ashada month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar. In 2015 there is an additional Ashada month from June 17 to July 16. The change of murtis last took place 19 years ago. The murtis are made from a special type of neem wood known as Daru Bramha. The murtis of Jagannath, Balabhadra, Subadhra and Sudarshana Chakra are changed. The new body is referred to as Nabakalebara. A wrapped package of brahma (life) is removed from the old murti and is place in the new one. The old murtis are buried. The murtis are made from a special type of neem wood known as Daru Bramha.