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The Huge Shivling at Bhojpur Shiva Temple near Bhopal

The BhojpurShivaTemple, or BhojeshwarTemple, also known as Somanath of the East is an unfinished temple located at BhojpurVillage near Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. A massive Shiva lingam rising to a height of 22 feet and made of a single block of polished stone is the main attraction in this ornate temple. The linga is one of the tallest in India.

Interestingly, the linga faces west that is towards the setting sun. Usually the idols in the temple face east towards the rising sun. This is the usual procedure according to the Vastu Shastra. The linga remained broken for several hundred years due to a roof collapse, which happened during the construction of the temple. Recently, Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) had restored to linga to its original glory.
The BhojeshwarTemple located near the BetwaRiver was founded by the legendary Parmar King of Dhar Raja Bhoj (1010-1055).
The surrounding of the unfinished temple is strewn with huge boulders and many of them have intricate carvings. A…

What to do on Tamil New Year? - How to Observe Tamil Puthandu? - Chithirai 1 or Varsha Pirappu

Varsha Pirappu, the Tamil New Year day, observed in the month of Chithirai is observed or celebrated mainly by viewing ‘Kanni,’ reading or listening to Tamil Panchangam (New Year Predictions) and by eating the nevadiya neem leaf pachadi. The list of what to do on Tamil New Year day varies from region to region and from community to community.

Note - Kanni is optional as it is not followed by all Tamil Hindu communities.
Things Needed New clothes for the familyNew Year PanchangamNeem leaves and Neem flowersUsual fruits used for PujasUsual FlowersFor Kanni – viewing of auspicious things in the morning of New Year – Gold, silver, jewelry, mirror, new clothes, new calendar, bananas, arecanut, betel leaves, raw rice, coconuts, fruits, vegetables and other newly harvested farm products. To Begin House is thoroughly cleaned and doors and windows are decorated with festoons – especially leaves of mango.After bathing, the eldest female member in the family starts the Puja arrangement.Kolam or Ra…

Swapneshwar form of Shiva – Swapneshwar Mahadev

Swapneshwar Mahadev is one among the numerous forms of Shiva. In this form He is the one who helps devotees overcome fear of bad dreams. Shiva in the form of Swapaneshwar is worshipped in the UjjainMahakaleshwarTemple complex. Information about this form of Shiva is found in the Skanda Purana.
Swapneshwar Mahadev is one of the 84 Mahadeva temples in the city of Ujjain.

The temple is located in the northwest direction of MahakaleshwarTemple near the SankatmochanSiddhadasHanumanTemple.
According to Skanda Purana, prayers to Swapneshwar help one not to see evil dreams.
In a fortnight, the eighth (Ashtami tithi) and fourteenth (Chaturdasi tithi) day are dedicated to the worship of Swapneshwar Mahadev.

Dharmasthala Temple Timings – Darshan - Opening and Closing Time at Dharmasthala Temple in Karnataka

Dharmasthala Temple is a unique temple located in Karnataka. Below is the daily darshan and opening and closing time at the temple. Please note that the temple timings might change during festivals and other important rituals.
Dharmasthala Temple Timings
Morning Darshan Time is from - 6:30 AM to 7:30 PM Archana and Abhisheka is from 8-30 AM to 11-00 AM Thulabhara Seva is from 7:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Evening Darshan Time is from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Tree to Carve Lord Sudarshan for Puri Jagannath Temple Nabakalebara Found at Gadakuntunia Village near Balakati

The tree to carve Lord Sudarshan murti during Nabakalebara 2015 was found at Gadakuntunia Village near Balakati on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar. Along with Sudarshan, Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra are the four important mutis worshipped at Puri Jagannath Temple.
During the Nabakalebara ritual, new murtis are carved and they replace the existing murtis worshipped in the Puri Jagannath Temple. The Asian Age reports  Hundreds of devotees on Sunday made a beeline for Gadakuntunia village under Balakati block, on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar, where the daru (neem tree) meant to be used for construction of the idol of Lord Sudarshan, one of the four major idols of Sri Jagannath Temple, Puri, is located.  By afternoon, the crowd had swelled to more than a thousand as people from far and wide descended on this nondescript village that has now etched its name into the pantheon of the Cult of Jagannath. Religious fervour ran high as people were seen paying obeisance to the d…

What comes and goes bustling about the world is Maya – Sant Kabir

My good men, what comes and goes bustling about the world is Maya.
Where there is bliss, sorrow is far away.
Those who break the circuit of the senses are not very far from their destination.
I have convinced my heart to be content; for when the heart is content; it comprehends Hari.
They are the fortunate ones who have kept the company of good men, and hence are imbued with Hari’s color – they share in the Lord’s substance. They have found perennial happiness, in this word, in that one – they have won the priceless object.
Hari becomes sugar and scatters himself in the sand. No elephant can sift the crystals from the sand grains. Kabir says, renounce all family, caste, and clan. Turn into an ant’ instead – pick the sugar from the sand and eat.
Sant Kabir