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How to Perform Bheema Ammavasi? - Bheemana Amavasi Ritual Procedure and Rules

Bheema Ammavasi or Bheemana Amavasya Vrata is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Parvati and is observed by women in Karnataka. It takes place on the Amavasi or non moon day in the month of Ashada. Also referred as Jyoti Bheemeshwara Vratam, the ritual is observed for the well being of the male members in the family. 
How to observe Bheema Ammavasi? Requirements A pair of mud kalikamba lamps representing Shiva and Parvati or picture of Shiva and Parvati or Silver lamps.Dough balls or Kadubus with coins hidden in them (Bhandara).Thembittu lamps or traditional lampsTurmeric rootsYellow threadNombu sacred thread (usually made instantly or bought)Cotton Local flowersBetel leavesBetel nutsbananasUnbroken coconutFruits All things needed for the Puja are arranged. There are no strict rules you can always substitute things. House is cleaned and decorated, especially the Puja area. Fried things are not prepared on the day.
Preparation for the Puja Kadubus or dough balls with coins stuffed inside are pr…

Story of Kannappan – Who Donated His Eye to Shiva

Kannappan was a Shaivite saint who attained liberation through pure devotion. His story proves that what matters is devotion and not rules, customs and rituals.
Kannappan was a hunter who once discovered a Shivling. He did not know the rules and rituals associated with worship. He followed his instincts and performed worship as per his rough lifestyle.
He did not follow the orthodox rituals. He offered flesh of the animal that he had hunted. He sometimes offered blood. At other times, impure water. However, he was true in his devotion and never wavered from his devotion what ever happened in his life.
A Brahmin also discovered the Shivling and started performing rituals as per tradition. He found the offerings of hunter to be of vile nature.
The Brahmin also discovered that the hunter defiled the flowers he offered to Shiva.
The Brahmin then complained to Shiva.
Shiva then decided to show the Brahmin the depth of Kannappan’s devotion.
One day when Kannappan appeared to make his dail…

Story of Andhaka Demon and Shiva in Hindu Tradition

Andhaka was the son of Shiva. He is also the foster son of Demon Hiranyaksha. Legend has it that once Goddess Parvati closed the eyes of Shiva with her hands. Suddenly the entire cosmos plunged into darkness. The intense heat produced by Shiva’s third eye combined with his sweat gave birth to a blind and deformed child - Andhaka.
During this period demon Hiranyaksha was performing intense austerities to please Shiva and get a powerful son. Shiva appeared before Hiranyaksha and bestowed him Andhaka. Shiva also gave the warning that if Andhaka performs Adharmic activities he will himself kill him.
Andhaka grew up and pleased Brahma with his devotion and austerities. He got is eyesight restored and a boon that he will only be killed if he ever chose his mother in marriage.
Several years later Andhaka happened to see Goddess Parvati and wished to marry not knowing that she was his mother.
Prahlada, son of Hiranyakashipu, warned Andhaka about his doom but this did not deter Andhaka. He se…

Balumama Punyatithi – Death Anniversary of Balumama at Adampur

Devavtari Sadguru Sant Shri Balumama Punyatithi is annually observed in Shravan month. It is the death anniversary of Balumama Maharaj. The saint has thousands of followers especially among the shepherd community in Maharashtra, Karnataka, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. The day is of great importance at Adampur in Maharashtra. Balumama Punyatithi 2018 date is August 30.
Balumama (1892 to 1966) was a shepherd by profession and he came into contact with the lower strata of society and helped them in attaining true knowledge. He spread the teachings like many Sants in the great Bhakti Tradition in the region.

He performed numerous miracles during his lifetime. It is said that the farmer’s field in which the sheep of Balumama used to graze was blessed with peace and prosperity.
A temple dedicated to Balumama is located at Adampur.
On the punyatithi, prayer meetings, satsangs, and charitable activities are held.
Balumama Punyatithi is annually observed on Shravan Krishna Paksha Chaturthi …

Mayil Kavadi

Mayil Kavadi is one of the different types of Kavadi taken by devotees to the hill shrines of Muruga. Mayil Kavadi is one of the most popular Kavadis. Mayil means Peacock and the bird is the vehicle or vahana of Muruga – Subramanya or Kartik.
In the Mayil Kavadi, the stick is decorated on either side with peacock feathers, has a canopy of silk cloth, flowers and bells. It is brightly painted. Many tassels hand down.

People carry Mayil Kavadi for desire fulfillment and as part of thanksgiving for favor received. Some people carry it purely out of devotion to Muruga.

There are numerous designs of the Mayil Kavadi - some are simple. Some have two or three or five tiers. Some are beautifully decorated.

Vemulawada Shiva Temple – History and Story of Vemulawada Shiva Temple

Vemulawada Shiva Temple is located at Vemulawada in Telangana. The temple is around 180 km north of Hyderabad. This a very ancient temple and its history can be traced to the Bhavishyothara Purana. The story of the origin of the temple is associated with the holy temple tank known as Dharma Gundam.

The unique aspect of the temple is that Lord Shiva is flanked by Goddess Raja Rajeshwari (Goddess Durga) and by Lakshmi Sanhitha Siddhi Vinayaka in the main sanctum.

Lord Shiva in the form of Sri Raja Rajeshwara is popularly known as Rajanna of Vemulawada. The shrine is located at the center of the town atop a small hill.

The temple has a gateway leading up the hill and a typical south Indian style gopuram marks the entrance to the shrine.

Story of Vemulawada Shiva Temple The shrine has got a holy tank named Dharma Gundam, the waters of the tank is believed to have medicinal properties. Legend has it that in ancient times a king bathed in the tank and got cured of his leprosy. He also found…

Shyama Temple – Darbhanga – Goddess Shyama Temple in Madheshwar campus at Darbhanga in Bihar

Shyama Temple, dedicated to Goddess Kali, is located near the campus of Lalit Narayana Mithila University in Darbhanga in Bihar. The temple part of the Madheswar Campus associated with the erstwhile rulers of the region. Goddess Shyama is another name of Mother Goddess Kali. The temple is an important center of Shakti worship in the region.
The murti worshipped in the temple is unique – it is of Goddess Shyama standing atop Shiva. Mahadev Shiva is lying in the Sadashiva form – calm form.
The murti of Goddess Shyama wears a snake as sacred thread – janeu. The murti is 10-feet high and is adorned with sari and golden crown.
The sanctum sanctorum also has Mahakal Shiva standing in Rudra form, Kartik, Ganesha and Shaligram stone (Vishnu).
There is a huge bell on the east of the main temple. It is used only during the Aarti period. The bell is made of eight metals – Ashtadhatu.
The verandah of the temple is known as Jagmohana and represents the universe. The ceiling of the Jagmohana has s…

Sabarimala Temple August 2017 Monthly Puja

SabarimalaTemple will open on August 16, 2017 evening for the Chinga Masa Puja. The shrine will be open from August 16, 2017 to August 21, 2017. During this short period, thousands of Ayyappa devotees visit the hill shrine of Sabarimala to have a darshan of Lord Ayyappa.

SabarimalaTemple opens on the first day of every Malayalam month and the shrine remains open for the next five days for the monthly poojas including Padi puja. Thousands of Ayyappa devotees make use of this opportunity to visit the Sabarimala shrine to have a hassle free darshan. There are several Ayyappa devotees who make it point to visit the shrine every month. The shrine remains opened during the first five days each Malayalam month.

Udayasthamana pooja, padipooja and pushpabhishekam are performed during these days.

Ujjain Mahakaleshwar Temple

Swamyambhu Shivling (self appearing) at UjjainMahakaleshwarTemple is one of the Jyotirlingas. UjjainMahakalTemple is located at Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh and it was first constructed before 6th century BC. The structure underwent numerous changes during various periods. The temple was also attacked by invaders. The present temple was rebuilt during the 18th century.

Legend has it that the demon Tripurasura was defeated by Shiva at Ujjain. Another legend has that Brahma himself started the creation of the temple. As per Skanda Purana once due to Shiva’s anger the ambrosia in Bhogawati, the land of nagas, dried up. The nagas then created the Shivling at UjjainMahakalTemple and successfully worshipped It to get back the ambrosia.
The most popular belief is that one who has darshan of Mahakal will not have rebirth.
The present temple is three-storied. Mahakaleshwar is worshipped in the lowest part. The middle part is dedicated to Omkareshwara and the topmost portion is dedicated to Nagac…

Dadi Janki on the bad effects of Negative Thinking

Negative thinking is damaging in so many ways. Negativity is all-consuming and cannot share space with positivity. It can crowd your mind and your spirit to the point that it blocks any feeling of happiness from reaching you.
When negative thoughts prevail in mind, do they help you come to constructive conclusions or solutions? Of course not...they actually prevent you from doing so. What is more, they don’t make the situation go away any faster or create a quicker resolution. They don’t help in any way at all.
Another internal damaging effect from negative thinking is that it becomes a barrier around your mind and soul, blocking out any light from getting in. In that obscurity, your mind becomes busy and easily falls into circular thinking patterns, where the same ideas and memories keep going around and around, never letting up. Your spirit becomes heavy, sadness or anger creeps in and takes up any room you may have had for feeling great. You find it hard to sleep, hard to smile, h…

Good Date for Travel in October 2015 – Good and Auspicious Dates for Journey in October 2015

Some Hindus look for good date for travels, especially long distance journey, foreign travel, while traveling on plane, train etc. Here are the good and auspicious dates for journey in October 2015 for travels.
October 2 October 3 October 14 October 15 October 16 October 18 October 19 October 22 October 23 October 25 October 31