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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 Kannap

Andhaka Son Of Shiva - Story - Shiva And Andhaka Demon

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 de

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 2023 date is September 3. 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 K

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 lep

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

Ujjain Mahakaleshwar Temple

Swamyambhu Shivling (self appearing) at Ujjain Mahakaleshwar Temple is one of the Jyotirlingas. Ujjain Mahakal Temple 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 Ujjain Mahakal Temple 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 topmo