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Lord Shiva in the Hindu Puranas

The Hindu Puranas are a treasure house of stories and details related to Lord Shiva. Most Puranas devote to one god like Lord Shiva in the Shiva Purana and Vishnu in the Vishnu Purana. But stories and information about the other gods in the Hindu pantheon appear in all the Puranas. Thus we have references of Lord Shiva in all the important Puranas. Shiva Purana As the name indicates, Shiva Purana deals exclusively about Lord Shiva. It describes about the origin, character, attire, austerities, valiance, sacrifice and family of Lord Shiva. Shiva Purana contains numerous stories of Lord Shiva. It explains why Shiva lives in isolation, why he resides in cremation grounds and about the numerous Shiva symbols including the Shiva Linga. Destruction of evil and importance of the sacred symbol Aum are part of the Purana. Rudra Samhita is an important chapter in Shiva Purana and describes the origin of Shiva and the creation of Vishnu from Shiva. Linga Pura

Onam Pookalam 2012

Important photographs of Pookalam in 2012. Talk about Onam in Kerala and one of the first images that come to mind is that of the flower bed or floral (designs) arrangements known as Pookalam or Athapookalam. Onam Pookalam 2012 designs are given below. The traditional Onapookalam usually consists of ten rings indicating the ten day ritual during the ten day celebrations of Onam which begins on Atham and ends on Thiru Onam in the month of Chingam (August – September).  Onam Pookalam 2012 Photos Below are prize winners in a 2012 competition Related Onam Pookalam Photos 2011

Siddheshwar Mahadev – About Siddheshwar Form of Shiva – 59th Shiva Temple in Ujjain

Siddheshwar Mahadev is worshipped in Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the 84 forms of Shiva worshipped in Ujjain. This form of Shiva is associated with attaining various Siddhis. The temple dedicated to Siddheshwar Mahadev is located at Khatriwada near an ancient pipal tree. This form of Shiva is worshipped for attaining Siddhis which will help in realizing Supreme Truth. Siddheshwar Mahadev is counted among the 84 Shiva Temples in Ujjain and it is the 59th temple visited during the parikarama of Shiavalayas here. Story of Siddheshwar Mahadev Long ago lived a king named Ashvishwara. The subjects of the kingdom were happy to have a king who followed Dharma. He had performed numerous sacrifices and attained various Siddhis. Once Saint Kapila and Saint Jaigashtya visited the king. The king wanted to know about creation and role played by Vishnu. The two saints then showed creation and role of Vishnu in the palace through their Siddhis. The king then w

Palani Panchamirtham – Recipe and Making of the famous Sweet Prasad Panchamirtham at Palani Murugan Temple in Tamil Nadu

Panchamirtham is the famous sweet Prasad offered in Palani Murugan Temple in Tamil Nadu. Panchamirtham making is fully automated in the temple. The recipe of Palani Panchamirtham involves seven ingredients. The secret to the taste lies in the preparation and quantity of ingredients. Palani Panchamirtham Recipe includes following items: Banana, Sugar, Ghee, Honey, Seedless Dates , Cardamom and Sugar Candy How much quantity is used is a guarded secret. It is also believed that the taste of the Panchamirtham is because it is used perform abhishakam of the famous Muruga murti in the temple. 

Panchamrit Abhishek Of Krishna - Ingredients - Benefits

Panchamrit abhishek of Bhagavan Sri Krishna is a unique Hindu ritual dedicated to Hindu God Krishna. Food items are offered to deity in the ritual. In Panchamrit Abhishek of Krishna, five puja items are poured on the small idol or murti of Krishna in small quantities. Benefits of the offering include desire fulfillment, early marriage, and good health. The five ingredients that are used in Panchamrit Abhishek of Krishna are: Milk Yoghurt Honey Ghee and Sugar First milk yoghurt is offered, then honey, then ghee, then sugar and finally milk. Only very small quantity of the above said ritual are used in the abhishek of Krishna.

Diwali Activities and Ideas for Adults – Employees – Corporates

Diwali is one of the most special times of the year. There are several Diwali ideas and activities for of adults, employees and corporates. Your Diwali can become special if you can bring smile on face of an unfortunate. There are thousands of unfortunate people around us. We can remember one of our past colleagues who due to some fateful event had to quit his job. Employees can help the person or his/her family. Just a visit to the family during Diwali will be of great reassurance. Corporates can make a difference to their Diwali in many ways. There are hundreds of people who have retired from your company. Thousands of them will be spending Diwali on their own. Let us make it special by visiting them. Even if they are not living alone, this Diwali you can give them the best gift by telling them that their hard work, effort and dedication is not forgotten. Diwali Walk – We are always busy so we travel by vehicles. During Diwali, we can take a walk to the neighborhood (ne

Panchamrit Ingredients – Items used for making Panchamrita

Panchamrit is made using five ingredients. Panchamrita is a combination of two words ‘Pancha’ meaning five and Amrita meaning immortal. It is believed that the combination of the five items make it amrut – elixir of life. Panchamrit ingredients are: Milk Yoghurt Honey Ghee and Sugar The above items are taken in equal proportion and mixed well to create Panchamrita. Please note that the famous Panchamrita made in Palani Muruga Temple in Tamil Nadu is prepared using an entirely different set of ingredients. 

Dhanteras Puja Time in 2023 – Good Muhurat on Dhanteras in 2023

On Dhanteras falling two days before Diwali, people perform Lakshmi Puja in some regions. The puja is performed during the Shubh Time. In 2023, Dhanteras is on November 10 and the Muhurat or Good time to perform puja are: Morning: From 6:51 AM to 11:00 AM Noon: From 12:00 PM to 1:46 PM Evening: From 5:35 PM to 6:23 PM Night: From 9:23 PM to 11:00 PM  Please note that the time is based on Indian Standard Time.