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Bileshwar Shiva – Billeshwar Mahadeva

Bileshwar is one among the numerous forms of Shiva. As Billeshwar Mahadeva, he is the lord of the Bilva leaves. One of the most important offering to Shiva is the Bilva leaves and Bilva fruit.
Billeshwar Mahadeva is one of the eighty four Mahadevas in Ujjain. He is worshipped in this form at AmodiyaVillage near Ujjain.
One of the most important temples dedicated to Bileshwar is located in Gujarat. The shrine is located near Porbandar in Gujarat. Legend has it that when Mughal ruler Aurangzeb’s army came to raze the temple then poisonous “Bhamra” were produced and the soldiers were bitten and killed and the temple remained untouched.
Information about Billeshwar Mahadeva is found in Skanda Purana.

Parankundram Cave near Madurai – Classical Nataraja Thandava Form Cut in Relief in a Cave

ParankundramCave is located about 7 km from Madurai in Tamil Nadu and is a famous cave temple. Classical Nataraja Thandava form cut in relief in a cave makes the Parankundram cave unique. The Hindu reports 
The classical Nataraja has been sculpted with a circular flaming areole complete with two makara forms at the base, the wavy tresses of the Lord, the Damaru and flame held in his stretched hands, Muyalagan, the dwarf demon underneath, four-headed Brahma on the tabla below and saint Karaikkal Ammaiyar on the side. The Lord’s Consort Sivakami looks on as specified in the canons. The sculptor’s mastery over the medium is evident in the way he has removed the material to position the left foot almost entirely out of the wall, giving the entire body the classic three bends – the Tribanga. Sadly, both the sculptures have been badly mutilated. It is interesting to note that on both sides of the dancing form are the reliefs of Ganesha, as the five-headed Heramba Ganapathy seated on a lion a…

Facts are many, but the truth is one – Rabindranath Tagore

The man who aims at his own aggrandisement (the act of increasing the wealth or prestige or power or scope of something) underrates everything else.
Every endeavor to attain a larger life requires of man to gain by giving away, and not to be greedy.
Facts are many, but the truth is one.
All our egoistic impulses, our selfish desires, obscure our true vision of the soul. For they only indicate our own narrow self. When we are conscious of our soul, we perceive the inner being that transcends our ego and has its deeper affinity with the All.
Our soul when detached and imprisoned within the narrow limits of a self loses its significance. For its very essence is unity. It can only find out its truth by unifying itself with others, and only then it has its joy.
Rabindranath Tagore