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Sun Temple at Aurangabad in Bihar – Surya Mandir at Deo near Aurangabad

Sun Temple at Aurangabad in Bihar is unique as it faces west, the setting sun not the usual rising sun. Surya Mandir is located at Deo or Dev around 22 km from Aurangabad. The presiding deity here is known as Trikal Surya – Forms of Brahma, Shiva and Vishnu. Brahma depicts the rising sun, Shiva the mid-day sun and Vishnu represents the setting sun.
Outside the main sanctum sanctorum, in the front hall section, there are three broken murtis. They are not worshipped but it is believed these were the original murtis worshipped in the temple. Invaders destroyed it. The broken murtis are of Surya (the Sun God) with seven horses, Uma- Maheshwara and Vishnu. Shivling and Ganesh murti can also be found in the shrine.

It is believed that the present shrine was constructed between 8th and 12th century AD.
The structure of the temple is simple and follows the Nagar style of architecture prevalent in North India.
Legend has it that originally the temple faced east. During the invasion of Kala Pa…

Chokka Panai in Kartika Month in Tamil Nadu

Chokka Panai is the lighting of the bonfire in temples, houses and streets during the Karthigai Deepam festival. Apart from lighting numerous lamps on Karthigai Deepam, people also create bonfire. The bonfire is created both by Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu devotees. Chokka Panai 2018 date is November 22. The festival is observed for three days.

The popular belief by Lord Shiva devotees is that the Chokka Panai that is lit during Karthigai Deepam is a smaller version of the Tiruvannamalai Mahadeepam lit on Karthigai Purnima at the Annamalai hills near the Sri Arunachaleshwar temple. This Mahadeepam is believed to be the form in which Lord Shiva appeared before Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma.

Chokka Panai is observed as Vishnu Deepam by Lord Vishnu devotees and the legend of it is associated with that of Sri Hari Vishnu sending King Bali to Patala or the netherworld.

Another belief is that the fire is lit to remove all the unwanted agricultural waste and keep the streets and villages clean.…

Dhanada – About Dhanada Form of Kubera

Dhanada is one among the numerous names of Kubera, the god of wealth. He gets this name as he is the Hindu God associated with money, wealth and material possessions. Another similar name of Kuber is Dhaneshvara. Dhana means wealth.
It must be noted that Dhanada do not bless devotes with wealth but he is believed to be the deity who distributes wealth wisely among the desired devotees and protects it.
As per Puranas, Dhanada is also the leader of Yakshas.
He lost an eye due to a curse by Goddess Parvati. Dhanada performed intense austerities and pleased Shiva and Goddess Parvati. The divine couple appeared before him. Dhanada was astounded by the splendor and beauty of Goddess Parvati who was bedecked with jewels. Goddess Parvati mistook Kubera’s staring for evil intention and she cursed that let one of his eyes burst.
Dhanada was now left with one eye and he explained that he had no evil intention and he had stared as he had not seen such fine gold jewelry before.
Goddess Parvati re…

Nerimangalam Sri Dharma Sastha Temple

Nerimangalam Sri Dharma Sastha Temple is located at Nerimangalam near Thodupuzha in Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Lord Ayyappa or Sastha. The shrine is around 18 km from Thodupuzha town.

The annual temple festival is observed in Dhanu Masam (January).

Apart from Ayyappa the other deities that are worshipped in the temple include Ganesha and Nagas.
The shrine is an important stop for Ayyappa devotees to Sabarimala from this part of Kerala and Tamil Nadu.

Shiva and Tripuri, the story of the flying cities

One of the famous stories associated with the warrior form of Shiva is that of him destroying Tripuri. Tripura or Tripuri were the flying cities of demons made of Gold, Silver and Iron. Demons Tarakaksha, Maya and Vidyunmali ruled over the three cities. The three demons were the son of Tarakasura who was defeated by Kartikeya. The three demons had propitiated Brahma and as boon asked for immortality which was denied and later they asked for three fortified cities which could fly around and could only destroyed with one shot of an arrow.

The demons then with the help of Maya, master architect, built three cities in sky, air and earth. With safety of the boon, the demons defeated the devas and invaded cities in the universe. They started propagating Adharma.
Indra tried to bring down the city with a single arrow but failed. Finally, Devas, saints and human approached Shiva.
Shiva agreed to put an end to the rule of the flying cities. Vishwakarma built the chariot for the mission. The C…

Online Virtual Tour of Yelagiri Murugan Temple – 360 degree view of Muruga temple at Yelagiri in Tamil Nadu

Yelgairi is a beautiful hill station located in Vellore district in Tamil Nadu. A small Lord Muruga Temple is located atop a hill. You can take an online virtual tour of Yelagiri Murugan Temple at view360. You can view the beautiful surroundings and the temple in 360 degree. Yelagiri Murugan Temple is dedicated to Muruga, son of Shiva, who is also known as Kartik or Subramanya.

LinkOnline Virtual Tour of Yelagiri Murugan Temple

Vaikanasa Deepam

Vaikanasa Deepam is annually observed on the Kartika Purnima day in Tamil Calendar. Karthigai Pournami or full moon day in Tamil Karthigai Masam is highly auspicious in South India. Vaikanasa Deepam 2018 date is November 22. The day is popularly known as Karthigai Deepam
Vaikanasa is an important sect in Hinduism and follows Vishnu and his various avatars. Teachings of Sage Vaikhanasa are followed by this sect.
Vaikanasa Deepam is observed by lighting bonfire known as Sokkappanai and is based on the legend of Trivikrama (Vamana Avatar) of Lord Vishnu.
Legend associated with Vaikanasa Deepam is an interpretation of Vamana Avatar asking three steps of land from King Bali. Here instead of land it is based on the movement of sun and earth. It is said that the two steps of Vamana are the Uttarayan and vernal equinox. And the third step which sends Bali to the underworld is the autumn equinox and the bonfire lit on Vaikanasa Deepam remembers this event.

God wills a rich harmony and not a colorless uniformity – Dr S Radhakrishnan

To obliterate every other religion than one’s own is a sort of bolshevism in religion which we must try to prevent. We can do so only if we accept something like the Hindu solution, which seeks the unity of religion not in a common creed but in a common quest.

Let us believe in a unity of spirit and not of organization, a unity which secures ample liberty not only for every individual but for every type of organized life which has proved itself effective.

For almost all historical forms of life and thought can claim the sanction of experience and so the authority of God.

The world would be a much poorer thing if one creed absorbed the rest.

God wills a rich harmony and not a colorless uniformity.
SourceThe Hindu View of Life Page 58-59