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About Badrinath Temple

BadrinathTemple, dedicated to Bhagvan Vishnu, is located in Uttarakhand and is part of the Chardham Yatra. The temple is about 297 km from Rishikesh. Bhagvan Vishnu is worshipped here in meditative posture.

BadrinathTemple is located on the banks of AlaknandaRiver and is surrounded by two mountains – Nar and Narayana.
It is believed that Vishnu chose this spot to mediate as it was covered by berry plant. Badri means berry.
Nearby the BadrinathTemple is the Tapta Kund – a hot spring. Devotees take a dip in this pond before visiting the temple.
The temple is open every from May to early November and is closed for winter from second week of November to third week of April.
The shrine is very old and belongs to the Vedic Age. The temple in the current form was consecrated by Adi Shankaracharya.
Nearest Railway Station – Rishikesh (297); Kotdwara (327). Rishikesh is directly connected by rail with Howrah, Bombay, Delhi and Lucknow.
The temple is around 324 km from Haridwar.

Omkareshwar Mahadev in Ujjain – About Omkareshwar Form of Shiva - 52nd Shiva Temple in Ujjain

Omkareshwar 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 Omkareshwar Form of Shiva will help in achieving success in journeys.
The temple dedicated to Omkareshwar Mahadev is located at Khatikwada on Dhaba Road. This form of Shiva is associated with OM the primordial sound and the story associated with is a symbolic explanation of the importance of OM.
Omkareshwar Mahadev is counted among the 84 Shiva Temples in Ujjain and it is the 52nd temple visited during the parikarama of Shiavalayas here.

Story of Omkareshwar MahadevLegend has it that Shiva created a man. When he wanted to know his duty, Shiva asked him to know his Atma. The man did not understand what exactly Shiva wanted. He went into deep thought and from him another man appeared.

Shiva named the new man Omkar.  Shiva then ordered the man to create Vedas, devatas, human, rishis etc. Shiva was pleased with Omkar and asked him to go to M…

Rukmini Ashtami

Rukmini Ashtami is dedicated to Rukmni, or Rukmini, the consort of Lord Krishna. It is observed on the eighth day during the Krishna paksha, or waning phase of moon, in Paush month (December – January). Rukmini Ashtami 2018 date is December 29. It is believed that Goddess Rukmini is an incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi.

Special pujas and rituals are held in Lord Krishna temples on the day. They day is also of great significance is places associated with Lord Krishna like Mathura and Vrindavan.

Some people observe a fast dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi on the day. It is believed that observing a fast on the day will bring happiness and prosperity.

How many Shivling can be worshipped in home? – How many Shivalingam can be kept in Puja Room in the house?

Many people have doubt regarding how many Shivalingam can be worshipped in home. The number of Shivling that can be kept in the puja room in the house varies from region to region. But the general opinion among astrologers and pandits (pujaris) is that only one Shivling should be worshipped in the puja room.
Please note that some Hindu communities do not keep Shivling at home. This is because quite often it is hard to offer pujas daily including performing Jal Abhishek – ritual of pouring water on Shivling.
But there are many devotees who keep Shivling at home. Such people should offer prayers daily and perform Jal Abhishek.

You should keep a Shivling at home only if you are sure that you can perform pujas daily.
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Goddess Saraswati Llladro Idol – Porcelain figurine from Lladro – Goddess Saraswati Murti

Goddess Saraswati Idol is from the world famous Spanish Company, Lladro, noted for high quality porcelain figurines. Lladro during the past couple of years had released idols or murtis of various Hindu gods. Goddess Saraswati is part of the series. Goddess Saraswati murti shows Goddess Saraswati in sitting posture playing Veena. She is surrounded by swan and peacock. The price of the murti is not yet revealed.

Lladro figurines are noted for its beauty, detailing and no compromise in materials used.

Lladro Goddess Saraswati is limited edtion – 750 pieces only.

Mulanjoor Kallikunnu Pichamkurissi Subrahmanya Swamy Temple Thaipooyam Festival

Mulanjur Kallikunnu Pichamkurissi Subrahmanya Swamy Temple Thaipooyam festival is annually organized in Malayalam month Makaram. It is dedicated to Muruga or Subrahmanya. The annual pooyam festival here attracts scores of devotees. Mulanjur Kallikunnu Pichamkurissi Subrahmanya Swamy Temple Thaipooyam Festival 2017 date is February 10.

Special pujas, rituals, abhishekam, Subrahmanya sahasranama archana and numerous other activities are held on the day.

Various types of Kavadi are taken to the shrine.
It is considered highly meritorious to perform puja and take blessing of Sri Subrahmanya Swami on the day.

Excerpts – Swami Vivekananda

We have all been hearing from childhood of such things as love, peace, charity, equality, and universal brotherhood; but they have become to us mere words without meaning... Great souls, who first felt these great ideas in their hearts, manufactured these words; and at that time many understood their meaning. Later on, ignorant people have taken up those words to play with them and made religion a mere play upon words, and not a thing to be carried into practice.
Religions of the world have become lifeless mockeries. What the world wants is character. The world is in need of those whose life is one burning love, selfless. That love will make every word tell like thunderbolt.
Intellect is necessary, for without it we fall into crude errors and make all sorts of mistakes. Intellect checks these; but beyond that, do not try to build anything upon it. It is an inactive, secondary help; the real help is feeling, love. Do you feel for others? If you do, you are growing in oneness. If you d…