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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 Purana As the name indicates the Linga …

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

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 wanted to know how to get such S…

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

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.

The five items 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 (near office or…

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.

Diwali Pushya Nakshatra 2018 Date and Time – Purchase of Account Books and Gold in October 2018

Pushya Nakshatra during Diwali is chosen by many people to buy new account books and gold. People also make investments during the Shubh time on the day. Diwali Pushya Nakshatra 2018 date and time is October 31. It is considered highly auspicious for beginning new ventures, investments and purchases. Pushya, or Pushyami or Pusya, is one among the 27 nakshatras as per traditional Hindu astrology.

Pushya Nakshatra time is from 3:51 AM on October 31 to 2:34 AM on November 1, 2018 
Pushya Nakshatra during Diwali is considered ideal to buy account books, gold and silver. 
According to Hindu astrology, the favorable alignment of the stars on Pushya Nakshatra day results in prosperity, success and happiness.

Difference between Diwali in North India and Deepavali in South India

Diwali, the festival of lights, is celebrated throughout India but there is a difference in origin, myth and the way in which it is celebrated. In 2018, Diwali is celebrated on November 6 in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala and parts of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. In North India, it is observed on November 7, 2018.

North India South India Dhanteras (Nov 5) 
Choti Diwali (Nov 6) Narak Chaturdashi Deepavali/ (Nov 6) Naraka Chaturdashi Diwali / Lakshmi Puja (Nov 7) Lakshmi Puja (Nov 7) Govardhan Puja/ Annakut/ Diwali Padwa (Nov 8)/
Gujarati New Year Kartik Shudda Padayami / Bali Pratipada (Nov 8) Bhai Dooj (Nov 9) Yama Dwitiya (Nov 9)
The word 'Diwali' is most popularly used in North India and South India it is mostly used as 'Deepavali.' The meaning of both the word is the same.

The Deepavali celebration is a four-day festival in South India and commences on Ashwin Krishna Paksha Chaturdasi. The first day of the festival is known as Naraka Chaturdasi and it commemorates t…

Broken Hindu Murtis (Idols) Are Worshipped at Asai near Etwah in Uttar Pradesh

Mohammed of Ghori destroyed and looted temples at Asai near Etwah in Uttar Pradesh. What was left after the plunder was broken murtis (idols) of Hindu gods and goddesses. Hundreds of years later, people of Asai continue to worship these broken murtis. Times of India reports
In Hinduism, praying to damaged-idols is considered inauspicious. Such an act apparently brings bad luck. But folks of Asai, a speck on the UP map amid the ravines of Chambal, have undying faith in the powers of their broken idols.  The defaced Shiva, Durga and Kali idols carved on stone draw thousands. Here there's no caste bar, everyone is welcome. The village has a damaged Mahavira statue too.   Legend has it that Mohammed of Ghori destroyed the shrines. "He ordered his men to smash the idols and loot the temple treasures," Shailendra Sharma, history teacher at a reputed Etawah college informed.   "Our gods have broken arms, they are defaced. Yet we revere and worship them.   Our forefathers o…

Abhyanga Snan during Diwali

Abhyanga Snan is a full body massage and ritual bathing on the Narak Chaturdasi day during Diwali. In some regions, Abhyang Snan is performed before sunrise. Abhyanga Snan 2018 date is November 6, November 7 and November 9. This ritual bath using traditional cleansing and rejuvenating items is more popular in Maharashtra and adjoining regions.

On the Abhyanga Snan, people wake up early in the morning and massage their bodies and head with specially prepared oil. Instead of soap, people use an Ayurvedic mixture known as Utane Churna or powder, which is known as herbal soap powder in local markets. The utane powder consists of Kapur kachari (camphor), kachora, Sveta Chandan (sandal wood), Wala, Nagarmotha, flowers and leaves.

In some regions people perform Abhyanga Snan on Diwali and also the following two days.

Dhanteras Puja Time in 2018 – Good Muhurt on Dhan Teras in 2018

On Dhanteras falling two days before Diwali, people perform Lakshmi Puja in some regions. The puja is performed during the Shubh Time. In 2018, Dhanteras is on November 5 and the Muhurat or Good time to perform puja are:

6:48 AM  to 8:12 AM
9:36 AM to 11:00 AM 1:47 PM to 7:35 PM 10:47 PM on Nov 5 to 12:25 AM on Nov 6
Please note that the time is based on Indian Standard Time.

Story – True Beauty

Long ago, there lived a king who was a slave of his senses. He became infamous as a womanizer. One day during his routine expedition through his kingdom, he happened to see a beautiful girl. The king was attracted to the girl and wanted to posses her.

The king sent a word to the father of the girl asking her to be brought to the palace immediately. An agonized father informed his daughter about the order of the king.

The girl was very clever, she told her father to tell the King that she needs one week’s time. He should give her two golden pots immediately. And after one week the king should send palanquins to pick her up.

The king agreed to the condition.

From that day, the girl only drank castor oil and salt water. Soon she started having loose motions and vomiting.

She filled her motion and vomit in the golden pots.

After one week, she became weak and was like a skeleton.

The palanquins arrived after a week. She entered the palanquin and placed the pots in it.

Soon the palanquin…