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Kantheshwar Mahadev – About Kantheshwar Form of Shiva - 54th Shiva Temple in Ujjain

Kantheshwar Mahadev is worshiped in Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the 84 forms of Shiva worshiped in Ujjain. It is believed that worshipping Kantheshwar Form of Shiva will help in removal of all troubles.  Worship of this form will help in getting a place near Shiva. The temple dedicated to Kantheshwar Mahadev is located at Piplinaka. This form of Shiva is associated with King Satya Vikram. Kantheshwar Mahadev is counted among the 84 Shiva Temples in Ujjain and it is the 54th temple visited during the parikarama of Shiavalayas here. Story of Kantheshwar Mahadev Legend has it that King Satya Vikram lost his kingdom to enemies and was living in the forest for a long period. One day he happened to meet to Sage Vasishta. When the king narrated his sad tale, the Sage asked him to go to Mahakal Van (present day Ujjain) and meet a holy person who is meditating there. The king met the holy person. He tried to divert the king’s attention by showing and offer

Vaikuntha Loka – About Vaikuntha the Spiritual Heaven in Hinduism

Vaikuntha Loka in Hinduism is the abode of Bhagavan Vishnu and it is the spiritual heaven – those who attained moksha or liberation permanently reside here as they have escaped from the cycle of birth and death. They have no rebirth. It is said that in Vaikuntha consists of only pure goodness – Satvam. It is self luminous and the entire region has a golden color. The darkness of ignorance cannot penetrate Vaikuntha. Description of Vaikuntha Loka Some holy scriptures describe Vaikuntha Loka. The texts indicate that there exists a very large twelve storey golden temple which is resplendent as a thousand suns. The temple is made of pure gold and its pillars and windows are studded with precious stones. Decorated with thousands of golden lotuses, the temple houses nectar-filled rivers. In the temple, Vishnu resides with his consorts. The temple is occupied by all those living beings that have attained moksha through self realization. It must be noted that the concept o

Sri Annabuva Kalgaonkar Jayanti in Pune

Sri Annabuva Kalgaonkar Jayanti is observed in Paush month. It is the birth anniversary of Sri Annabuva Kalgaonkar. The day is of importance at the Sansthan associated with the pious soul in Pune. Sri Annabuva Kalgaonkar Jayanti 2023 date is January 3. Shri Annabuva Kalgaonkar was a great devotee of Samarth Ramdas. He spread the teachings of truth and non-violence. The followers of the great saint organize prayer meetings and charity on the day. Sri Annabuva Kalgaonkar Jayanti is annually observed on Paush Shukla Paksha Dwadashi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waxing phase of moon in Paush month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Khandoba Yatra at Pachwad near Khatav in Satara District of Maharashtra

Pachwad Khandoba Yatra is annually organized in Paush month at Pachwad village near Khatav in Satara District of Maharashtra. Hundreds of people arrive to witness the jatra, fair and festival. Pachwad Khandoba Yatra 2023 date is January 3. Khandoba Temple at Pachwad attracts devotees from nearby villages and town. The annual yatra is famous for its unique rituals. The temple is lavishly decorated on the occasion with flowers, leaves, lamps and lights. Pachwad Khandoba Yatra is annually observed on Paush Shukla Paksha Dwadashi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waxing phase of moon in Paush month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Khandoba Yatra at Thapling in Nagapur in Pune District of Maharashtra

Shree Kshetra Thapling Devasthan, also known as Thapling Temple, is dedicated to Khandoba. The deity is also referred as Shri Khanderaya. Thapling Khandoba Yatra is annually organized in Paush month at Nagpur village in Ambegaon Taluka in Pune District of Maharashtra. Thousands of people arrive to witness the jatra and festival. Thapling Khandoba Yatra 2023 date is January 3. The temple is located around 44 km from Shirur and around 25 km from Narayangaon. Thapling Khandoba Temple attracts devotees from nearby villages and towns. The annual yatra is famous for its unique rituals. The temple is lavishly decorated on the occasion with flowers, leaves, lamps and lights. A fair is organized here during the period. Thapling Khandoba Yatra is annually observed on Paush Shukla Paksha Dwadashi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waxing phase of moon in Paush month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Cave Home of Snake Vasuki in Bali in Indonesia

The cave temple named Pura Goa Lawah in Bali in Indonesia is believed to be the home of Snake Vasuki. This serpent is associated with Shiva in Hinduism. Locals believe that Snake Vasuki wears a crown of gold set with dazzling stones.  The New Indian Express reports    … the Hindu myth of the sacred snake Vasuki, the king of serpents curled around Lord Shiva, who lives in the mysterious recesses of the tunnel. The bats are his food and sustenance. The legend says a secret river of healing waters flows deep inside the cave, and those bathing in it will be cured of all disease. The place got its name from the innumerable bats that hang down from the ceiling and cling to the walls of the natural chasm—“ Goa ” means “cave” and “Lawah” means “bat” in Balinese.  Ancient temple buildings greet the visitor at the entrance to Pura Goa Lawah. Legend says an unnamed Indonesian holy man built the temples in 1007, but the original name of the site has been lost to antiquity until the bats