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Goddess Hingula – Information about Goddess Hingula

Goddess Hingula is a form of Mother Goddess Shakti. She is associated with cooking and is known as Hinglaj Mata, Goddess Hingulei or Hingulaksi. Information about Goddess Hingula is found in the Sarala Mahabharata . As per Puranas, Goddess Hingula appeared in that spot where a part of the head of Goddess Sati fell after her body was split into 51 pieces by Vishnu. Shiva was roaming in the universe with the body of Goddess Sati and this was causing havoc in the universe. Vishnu split the body to rescue the universe. As per Sarala Mahabharata, one can achieve his/her desired object if he/she worships or mediates on Goddess Hingula. It is also believed that food cooked become delicious through the blessings of the Goddess. King Nala was blessed by Goddess Hingula and that is the reason why he was able to cook such delicious food. Goddess Hingula is worshipped in the form of fire and she is linked with the Agni Kona or southeast direction. Although murtis of the Goddess are fo

Panch Akasha – Five Spaces in Yogic Practice

Panch Akasha are five spaces inside body in yogic practice. Akasha or Shunya means space, vaccum or sky and panch means five. These five spaces are Shunya Akasha Ativa Shunya or Ati Shunya Maha Shunya Shunyati Shunya and Antah Shunya As per Hathayogapradipika, Shunya Akasha is inside the heart lotus (Anahata Chakra); Atishnuya is the akasha inside the throat lotus. Mahashunhya is the akasha inside the lotus between the ajna chakra (eyebrows) Information about Shunyati Shunya and Antah Shunya is found in the Satchakranirupana of Paramananda. It is said that meditation on Antah Shunya brings about mukti or liberation.

Bhadrakali Gyaras

Bhadrakali Gyaras is observed on the 11th day of the Krishna Paksha (dark fortnight) – waning phase of the moon – in the month of Jyeshta (May – June). Bhadrakali Gyaras 2023 date is May 15. This day is dedicated to Goddess Kali and is mainly observed in Punjab, Haryana and  Jammu and Kashmir  especially by Aryan Saraswat Brahmins. Hindu communities that observe Bhadrakali Gyaras believe that Goddess Kali appeared on the day on earth to protect her devotees.

Kundeswar Mahadev in Ujjain – Story of Kundeswar Form of Shiva – 40th Shiva Temple in Ujjain

Kundeswar 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 Kundeswar form of Shiva will help fulfilling all desires. The temple dedicated to Kundeswar Mahadev is located near Gomti Kund in Ujjain. This form of Shiva is associated with Kunda Shiva Gana. Kundeswar Mahadev is counted among the 84 Shiva Temples in Ujjain and it is the 40th temple visited during the parikarama of Shiavalayas here. Story of Kundeswar Mahadev form of Shiva in Ujjain One day Shiva and Goddess Parvati was traveling to Mahkaal Van or Ujjain. The divine couple decided to take rest on a mountain. Shiva decided to roam around the mountain. He appointed Shiva Gan Kunda as the guard and guide of Goddess Parvati. Shiva did not appear for a long period. Goddess Parvati asked Kunda to go in search of Shiva but he did not move as he was told by Shiva to guard Goddess Parvati. In anger, Goddess Parvati cursed Ku

Vandevi Temple at Jamshedpur in Jharkhand – Van Devi Mandir

Vandevi Temple at Jamshedpur is dedicated to Goddess Kali. She is the presiding deity of the city of Jamshedpur in Jharkhand . Van Devi mandir is also known as the main dwar or gate of the city. The black stone murti of Goddess Kali is north facing. She stands on Shiva with protruding lips. She wears several gold ornaments and has a mukut or crown. The main offering to Goddess Vandevi is hibiscus flower. The most important puja here is performed on Kali Puja on Diwali day. Another auspicious day is December 22 – Shatchandi Yagya is performed every year on the day. The murti worshipped in the temple is very old. The present temple structure was built in 1997. Truck drivers make special offering in the shrine for a safe journey. Hundreds of years ago, the area was part of forest and no one visited the place. Trucker drivers who passed through the area offered prayers to the Goddess and sought her blessings for an incident free journey.

Story of Guha, the Boatman in the Ramayana

Guha is the king of fisher folk and it is he who ferries Bhagavan Sri Ram, Mata Sita and Lakshman across the river on the first day of their exile period in the Ramayana. Guha, the boatman, who heard about the exile immediately, asked Sri Ram to stay with him. But Bhagavan told him that during exile period he cannot stay in a human settlement. Guha then offered to cook some food. But Sri Ram told him that he cannot eat cooked food as during exile he can only eat what he gets from forest. Guha then asked to take him as a servant. This was also denied as hermits they cannot have servants. Finally, Guha took out his boat into the waters. He ferried them across to the other side to the starting of Dandaka forest. Bhagavan then instructed Guha not to ferry anyone else across the river for the rest of the day. He did not want anyone to follow them into the forest. Guha is an important character in Bhakti literature. Bhagavan Sri Ram treated him as a friend and with respect.

Hiranyakeshi Dharmasutra

Hiranyakeshi Dharmasutra belongs to the Taittiriya Shaka of Krishna Yajurveda. It is part of Hiranyakeshi Kalpa. It is a textbook on rules of conduct and religious and civil law. The text is credited to Satyasadha Hiranyakeshi and is believed to have been composed during 2nd century AD. It forms the 26th and 27th prasnas of Hiranyakeshi Kalpa. It is also not an independent work as many of the rules found in the book is found in other Dharmasutra texts. What makes Hiranyakeshi Dharmasutra an important work in later Vedic literature is that it may be taken as the oldest proof for checking the authenticity of the text of Apastamba. Srauta Sutra or Apastamba belongs to the Taittiriya Shaka of Krishna Yajurveda. The text is concerned with the rules, duties and responsibilities about the conduct of the people as the members of a family, society or a kingdom. It also deals with marriage, sacraments, brahmacharin, etc.

Kanika in Mahabharata

Kanika was a cunning minister of Dhritarashtra, the blind king in the Mahabharata. He was learned, shrewd, cunning and crafty. He earned the name ‘Kanika Kuta Niti’ because of his political philosophy. As per the Adi Parva of the Mahabharata, when war with the Pandavas was in the offing and various ideas were being aired, King Dhritarashtra took the advice of Kanika. He advocated the annihilation of the Pandavas. Here are some of the political philosophies of Kanika. Threaten the timid. Bow before the strong, Bribe the greedy. Kill the enemy even if he were your son, friend, brother, father or preceptor. This is the royal path to success. Never disregard an enemy even if he be weak. Note that even a spark of fire will burn down a forest with external help like the wind. Carry the enemy on your shoulder when times are adverse. Once times become favorable, break him, even as a mud pot on a stone slab. Political assertions of Kanika can be found in Adi Parva chapter 13

Hoysaleswara Temple in Halebid

Hoysaleswara Temple at Halebid in Karnataka extols the superiority of Hindu architecture. This 12th century temple is one of the most ornate temples built by Hoysala. The shrine is known for its minute details. Literally several thousands of sculptures adorn this wonderful temple. Hoysaleswara Temple is dedicated to Hindu God Shiva. The temple is divkuta, having two sanctum sanctorums, two sukanasis and two navarangas. It appears like two temples were built symmetrically side by side and was connected by a small corridor. The temple is in the form of a star and stands on a platform. The shrine is built of soapstone. The southern shrine has a linga named Vishnuvardhana and the northern side has a linga named Shantaleshwara. In front of the navarangas are two nandimandapas and in the far east is a shrine for Surya . The horizontal friezes of the shrine has sculptors illustrating episodes from the Ramayana, Mahabharata and the Srimad Bhagavad Purana. Above the fr

Story of Mandhata – Omkareshwar Island near Indore in Madhya Pradesh

Mandhata – Omkareshwar Island is a holy spot on the banks of Narmada River, near Indore in Madhya Pradesh. A popular legend has it that when King Mandhata ruled the region, the island shone brightly.  A puzzled sage Narada asked Shiva why the island appeared bright. Shiva replied that the Mandhata – Omkareshwar Island would change forms in four yugas or ages. It would appear as a giant sparkling gem in the Satya Yuga, a mountain of gold during Treta Yuga, copper during Dwapara Yuga and rock during the present Kali Yuga. The island comprises of two lofty hills and the hills are divided by a valley in such a way that, when viewed from above, it appears to form Om. The famous Omkareshwar temple, one of the 12 jyotirlinga temples, is located on the island. The entire island has numerous temples and is a sacred spot.

Different Names of Narmada River

Narmada River is known by several different names in Hindu Puranas. Here are some of the different names of Narmada River with its meaning. Narmada is known as surasa as her waters (rasa) destroy sin and pollution. She is known as Kripa as she bestows favors to the world. She is known as Mahati and Reva due to her swift flow. Narmada is known as Karabha because she radiates happiness. She is known as Vipapa – one without sin. Vishalya as she is healer of wounds.

Kigga Temple Timings – Opening and Closing Pooja Time – Darshan at Sringeri Kigga Temple

Kigga Temple, located near Sringeri in Karnataka, is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Shiva and Sage Rishyashringa is worshipped in the combined form here and the shrine is also known as Rishyashringeshwara Swamy Temple. Kigga Temple Timings are given below. Please note that the darshan timing will be extended during festivals and important rituals. The opening and closing time will be curtailed when there is grahan or eclipse. Kigga Temple Morning Timings 5:30 AM to 8:30 AM 10:00 AM to 1:30 PM Evening Timings 4:30 PM to 8:15 PM The shrine is open for 24 hours on Shivratri and on Rathotsava festival day.

Tarkulha Devi Mandir in Gorakhpur – Uttar Pradesh

Tarkulha Devi gets the name from the tad, or palm trees, found in the region. Tarkulha Devi Mandir is a very popular Shakti Temple in Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh. Legend has it that the murti worshipped in the temple belonged to Shaheed Bhandu Singh, who was hanged for participating in the revolt of 1857 against the British rule in India. The shrine of Goddess Tarkulha Devi is east facing. There is a pindi form and murti form of Tarkulha Devi in the sanctum sanctorum. The marble murti form of Goddess is 4 feet in height. She is covered with chunari and flowers. Only the face of Mother is visible. She wears a crown. Bells of different size can be found in front of the temple. Goat sacrifices are still made in the shrine. The most important festival in the shrine is the Chaitra Navratri, thousands of people visit the temple to participate in the month long mela.

Lumpeshwar Mahadev in Ujjain – Story of Lumpeshwar Form of Shiva – 41st Shiva Temple in Ujjain

Lumpeshwar 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 Lumpeshwar form of Shiva will help in washing away sins of committed in seven births. The temple dedicated to Lumpeshwar Mahadev is located near Khedapati Hanuman Temple at Bhairavgarh in Ujjain. This form of Shiva is associated with giving relief to king Lumpadeep. Lumpeshwar Mahadev is counted among the 84 Shiva Temples in Ujjain and it is the 41st temple visited during the parikarama of Shiavalayas here. Story of Lumpeshwar Mahadev form of Shiva in Ujjain There lived a king named Lumpadeep. Once he happened to hear about a saint who possessed a divine cow. The king wanted to own the cow. He reached the ashram of the saint along with his army and demanded the divine cow. The saint was not ready to part with his cow. In anger, the king destroyed the ashram and killed the saint. A few hours later, the son of the saint r

Jagannatha Dasa Bhagabata – Oriya Version of Srimad Bhagavad Puran

Jagannatha Dasa Bhagabata is a classic text in Oriya which contains ethical principles, philosophical ideas and spiritual values. This Oriya version of Srimad Bhagavad Puran was completed during the 16 th century AD and is credited to Jagannatha Dasa. The original version contains eleven volumes or Skandas. There is a 12 th and 13 th chapter which many believe was composed by some other poet. From the arrangement of the theme in Jagannatha Dasa Bhagabata, the eleventh volume appears to be the last because it describes the departure of Bhagavan Sri Krishna from earth. Jagannatha Dasa Bhagabata contains 329 chapters. The author has deviated from the original text in several ways.

Kigga Temple Address – Contact Address of Kigga Rishyashringeshwara Swamy Temple near Sringeri in Karnataka

Kigga Temple, located near Sringeri in Karnataka, is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Shiva and Sage Rishyashringa is worshipped in the combined form here and the shrine is also known as Rishyashringeshwara Swamy Temple. The detail contact address with phone number is given below. Kigga Temple Address Executive Officer, Shri Rishya Shringeshwara Swamy Temple, Kigga Post, Sringeri Taluk, Chikkamagalur District, Pin code - 577 139 Telephone: 08265-258722 Email: kiggatemple[at]gmail[dot]com

Garuda Stambha and Garuda Dhvaja

Garuda Stambha is a stone pillar topped by a stone image of Garuda , the half man – half eagle Vahana or vehicle of Lord Vishnu . The same pillar is called a Garuda Dhvaja when it is an imperial sign. One of the earliest Garuda Stambha and Dhavaja belongs to the 2nd century BC and is found at Vidisha in Madhya Pradesh. Heliodorus of Taxila, who was sent by Indo-Greek ruler Antialkidas to the court of King Bhagabhadra, erected it in honor of Bhagavan Srihari Vishnu . Free standing pillars with garuda figure is an essential feature of temples dedicated to Vishnu or his avatars in India and Nepal . A Garuda Stambha in a Vishnu temple is of same importance as Nandi in a Shiva Temple.

Agastyamuni Mandir in Uttarakhand – Agastya Muni Temple

Agastyamuni Mandir is located around 25 km from Guptkashi and around 7 km from Tilwara in Uttarakhand. The shrine is dedicated to Sage Agastya . The sanctum sanctorum of the temple has a murti of Agastya Muni, Shringi Rishi and Hanuman. The temple complex also has murtis of Sri Krishna and Vishnu. The mandap area of the temple has a Shivling with Lord Vishnu and Ganesha standing in front of the pillars. The outside wall of the main temple has sculptures of Bhima and Hanuman . The guardian deity of the shrine is Chetrapal Bhairav. There is also a havan kund in the temple which is opened only once in twelve years. The main temple structure is simple with its chhatra mounted with wooden cupola. A brass kalash is atop the shikar. The important festival observed here are Panchami and Chath. Important rituals include Ratri Puja and Char Prahar Puja. A shobha yatra, which passes through 217 villages, is held in Baishakh month . The main offering in the shrine are

Ramana Maharshi On Supreme Devotion

The end and aim of the path of devotion consists in the devotee leading a life of absolute purity in thought, word and deed. He considers himself merely a servant of the Lord and ever acts with that faith and devotion that he has no desire to enjoy the fruits of his labor. Such a devotee finally comes to realize, not as a matter of intellectual ratiocination, but by direct and indubitable experience and by submergence in the Divine, the truth, namely that all his acts are really the acts of the Supreme Ordainer. He does not feel as having an individual will of his own or any initiative in the acts he does or even an independent being separate from that of the Lord. He is entirely free from the sense of “I” and “mine,” no matter what his body may appear to do or what he may appear to possess. He thus shines in the resplendent glory of the selfless Existence. This indeed, is what is called Parabhakti, or Supreme Devotion. Ramana Maharishi

Arumugan – Why Muruga is known as Arumuga?

Arumugan is one among the numerous names of Muruga . He is known as Arumuga, or the one with six faces, because when Goddess Parvati joined him he had six faces and twelve hands. Lord Muruga, also known as Skanda, Subrahamaniya and Kartik, was born as six different babies to Lord Shiva after he awoke from the deep meditation after Goddess Sati’s death. Six Krittika stars looked after the six babies. When Goddess Parvati found the six babies, she hugged them, and they became one. He then came to be known as Arumugan. Significance of the six faces One face removes ignorance and spiritual darkness engulfing the world. One face showers boons on devotees who follow dharma. One face watches the pujas and offerings and blesses those devotees offering it with a pure mind. One face helps those in search of self realization and investigating the truth of Pranavam or Om. One face destroys the enemies and those how practice adharma. One face looks lovingly at his consort

Abar Mata Mela

Abar Mata Mela is observed in Vaishakh month. It is the annual fair and festival at the Abar Mata Temple in Madhya Pradesh.  Abar Mata Mela 2023 date is May 5. Abar Mata is a powerful grama devata. She is worshipped for attaining wealth and peace. The festival and fair attracts hundreds of devotees to the mandir. Processions, pujas, rituals, fireworks etc are part of the festivities. For the annual festival, the shrine is decorated with lamps, lights, flowers, leaves and sugarcane for the occasion. Abar Mata Mela is annually observed on Vaishakh Purnima tithi or the full moon day in Vaishakh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Madhya Pradesh.

Ashta Siddhi – Eight Yogic Powers as per Hinduism

Ashta Siddhi is the eight Siddhis or yogic powers as per Hinduism. They are: Anima – becoming very minute like an atom. Laghima – becoming very light in weight like cotton Mahima – becoming large in size like a mountain or an ocean. Prapti – touching faraway object with one’s hand. Prakamya – the power to behave according to one’s desire. Vasihstva – controlling all beings and things in the world. Ishitva – Controlling births and deaths of beings and things. Vasishta – the power of making all beings and things behave according to one’s will. These siddhis are mentioned in Vyasa Bhashya on Yogasutra of Patanjali (III:45). To attain them one has to bring the five elements (earth, water, fire, air and space) under control through intense practice. Related Laghima Siddhi

English Translation of Bhaja Govindam by Adi Shankara

Composed by Adi Shankaracharya, Bhaja Govindam, or Bhajagovindam, is a popular devotional song in Hinduism. The 31 stanza composition in Sanskrit is not just a devotional song. Each word in Bhaja Govindam is pregnant with meaning and the composition is a sort of short synopsis of the teachings of Sanatana Dharma. This English translation of Bhaja Govindam was found in a magazine published in Autumn 2003 by the Sivananda Ashram. The magazine also contained an article on the song by Dr M.N. Nandakumara. Sadly, I was not able to locate the name of the translator. Adi Shankaracharya’s Bhaja Govindam 1 Seek Govinda, Seek Govinda, Seek Govinda, O Fool! When the appointed times comes (death), grammar rules surely will not save you. 2 O Fool! Give up the thirst to possess wealth. Create in your mind, devoid of passions, thoughts of the Reality. With whatever you get, entertain your mind, be content. 3 Seeing the full bosom of young maidens and their navel, do

Tamisram Hell in Hinduism

Details regarding Hell in Hinduism are found in the Puranas especially the Garuda Purana. Tamisram Hell is mainly used to punish those people who rob others of their wealth, wives and children. In the Tamisram Hell, people are bound with ropes by attendants of Yama and beaten till they faint. After they recover their senses, the beating is repeated. Those who try to escape are bound and pushed again into the hell. This concept of heaven and hell in Hindu tradition is based on Puranas. Such stories and incidents in Puranas are meant to keep human beings disciplined on earth. Upanishads state that hell and heaven are on earth and lucky are those who realize the true self and attain bliss here. 

Vindhyavasini Durga – Goddess Vindhya Vasini

Vindhyavasini Durga is one of the most popular forms of Durga in North India and this form of Goddess Shakti is associated with the Vindhya Mountains . Vindhyavasini Durga is widely believed to be residing in the tough mountains of Vindhyas and it is her favorite abode. The word Durga also means ‘not easily accessible’ due to her residing in the Vindhyachal. Stories of Vindhyavasini Durga are found in the Vamana Purana. Vindhayavasisni Durga is referred as Sashi Mukhi – the moon-faced. She has the glow of the lightning. On her tapering crown, there is a crescent. She is depicted sometimes as three-eyed. In some icons and images she is depicted as having four arms but in some she has eight arms. When she has four arms; they carry conch, discus, and two hands in the posture of blessing and protection. When she is eight-armed she carries discus, conch, sword, mace, arrow, bow, trident and noose. She is mostly accompanied by a lion , which stands by her side and

Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple at Sholingur in Vellore District of Tamil Nadu

Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple at Sholingur is dedicated to Narasimha Avatar of Vishnu. Legend has it that Narasimha Swamy gave darshan to Saptarishis here for a split of second and they attained moksha. It is also believed that Prahlada had darshan of Yoga Narasimha Murti here. There is also a shrine dedicated to Hanuman here. Anjaneya helped a king and saved his kingdom by annihilating a demon on a Sunday. Sunday is therefore great importance at the shrine of Hanuman here. The water in Chakra Teertham here contains medicinal properties. The temple is divided into three separate shrines: Big Hill Temple – shrines of Yoga Narasimha Swamy Shrine and Amirthavalli is located here. Small Hill temple – Murti of Hanuman is located here. Town Shrine – Shrines of Adi Keshava, Bakhtositha Swamy, Alwars and Andal are located here.

Devipatinam – Navapashanam Where Rama Worshipped Navagrahas before going to Lanka

Devipattinam or Devipatinam is a coastal village near Rameshwaram in Tamil Nadu. It is believed that the Lord Ram prayed to Navagrahas at Devipattinam before embarking on his journey to Lanka. Lord Ram placed nine stones as symbols of the nine planets, Navagrahas, at Devipattanam and therefore the place is also known as Navapashanam or Navabashana. It is an important place visited by pilgrims on the way to Rameshwaram Dhaam. The nine stones placed upright by Lord Ram can be still seen in the water close to the beach near a bathing ghat of the Thilakeshwar Temple , also known as Navagraha Temple . The nine stones symbolize the nine planets or Navagrahas. Lord Ram performed the ritual so that the nine planets would shed their auspicious light on him in the battle with Ravana to rescue Sita. The Thilakeshwar Temple is dedicated to Shiva and Parvathi (Durga). Shiva here is known as Thilakeswarar and the Goddess is known as Soundaryanayaki. The shrine has a beautif

Story Narasimha and Demon Ambarya

Story of Narasimha avatar of Vishnu and Demon Ambarya is mentioned in the Brahma Purana. This story happens after Narasimha vanquished Hiranyakashipu. Legend has it that after killing Hiranyakashipu, Narasimha roamed around the world annihilating all that practiced Adharma. He killed scores of demons. He then arrived on the banks of Godavari River near Dandakaranya forest. Demon Ambarya ruled the region. Even Devas were unable to defeat him. Demon Ambarya and his large army attacked Narasimha. In the terrible fight, the entire army was vanquished. The invincible demon was killed and the place was rid of his terror. The place where the demon was vanquished came to be known as Narasimha tirtha

Navadha Bhakti as Mentioned in the Srimad Bhagavatam - Nine Forms Of Devotion

Navadha Bhakti is the nine forms of devotion explained by Prahlada in the Srimad Bhagavatam. Here are the nine ways: Fellowship with Saints Fondness for the Lord’s Divine Stories Service of Guru’s Feet without Conceit Singing Lord’s Virtues Innocently Mantra Japa with Unflinching Faith Sense control and Attendant Characteristics Experiencing the World Equanimously Contentment with Whatever One Gets Guilelessness, Uprightness and Straightforwardness As per some scholars the list of Navadha Bhakti is: Sravana (hearing the name, episodes, etc., of Vishnu) Kirtana (singing His episodes, etc, of Vishnu) Smarana (remembering the name of Vishnu) Pada Sevanam (rendering Him service) Archana (worshiping Him) Vandana (paying obeisance to Him) Arpana (dedicating all actions to Him0 Sakhya (confiding in Him as a friend) Atma Nivedana (dedicating one's body and belonging to His service and care. The first three emphasize the name of Bhagavan and evoke faith in Him. The next th

Symbolism in Peacock the Vehicle or Vahana of Hindu God Muruga

Peacock is the vehicle or Vahana of Hindu God Muruga, who is also known as Kartik, Subramanya, Skanda and Shanmukha. The blue color of peacock represents infinity. Peacock is noted for its excessive pride – this is a negative trait – but here it symbolically represents the pride that a seeker of Truth should have for Supreme Self. By being proud of Supreme Self, he/she shunts out all other diversions and constantly meditates on the Supreme Being. In most images of Muruga, the peacock is shown clutching serpent with its claws. The serpent represents ego and fleeting pleasures. The peacock does not kill the serpent even though both are sworn enemies. The peacock keeps the serpent under control indicating the need to enjoy worldly pleasures through discrimination and by not overindulging in it.

Prahlada Natakam during Narasimha Jayanti Festival at Varadaraja Temple at Melattur

During the Narasimha Jayanti festival at Varadaraja Temple at Melattur near Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu, the famous Prahlada Natakam is enacted which is based on the story of the Narasimha Avatar of Vishnu. Prahlada Natakam was written by Venkatarama Shastriar during the 19 th century. The Varadaraja Temple at Melattur has a murti dedicated to Narasimha. The temple also has an awe-inspiring mask of Narasimha, which the actor who plays the role of Narasimha incarnation wears every year. It is believed that the actor enters into a kind of spiritual trance whiling enacting the drama.

Gangeshwar Mahadev in Ujjain – Story of Gangeshwar Form of Shiva – 42nd Shiva Temple in Ujjain

Gangeshwar 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 Gangeshwar form of Shiva is equal to visiting all the sacred teerths on earth. The temple dedicated to Gangeshwar Mahadev is located at Khargata Sangam (Mangalnath ghat). This form of Shiva is associated with the descent of Ganga on Earth. Gangeshwar Mahadev is counted among the 84 Shiva Temples in Ujjain and it is the 42nd temple visited during the parikarama of Shiavalayas here. Story of Gangeshwar Mahadev form of Shiva in Ujjain Legend has it that once River Ganga was cursed by the sea god. River Ganga approached Brahma to find a solution to the curse. Brahma asked Ganga to go to Mahakaal Vana (Ujjain) and do penance before a Shivling located on the banks of Shipra River. Ganga reached Ujjain and did penance before the Shivling. She was relieved from the curse and got darshan of Shiva here. As Ganga did penance h

Chitreshwar Shiv Mandir – Chitreshwar Shiva Temple in Jharkhand

Chitreshwar Shiv Mandir is an ancient temple dedicated to Hindu God Shiva . It is located in Chitreshwar Village, which is around 12 km from Baharagoda in Jharkhand . The site of the shrine is between Swarnrekha River and Rangro Canal and is famous for Gajan festival in which devotees walk over fire. The temple is more than 3000 years old and is mentioned in the Utkala Khanda of Skanda Purana . The shrine has one of the largest natural Shivling. A unique offering here is the murti of Nandi . One can see hundreds of Nandi murti in the temple. The temple complex houses a separate shrine dedicated to Goddess Durga . She sits atop a lion and the murti is made of Ashtadhatu. Another shrine in the complex is that of Raghunathji. There is also a beautiful life size murti of Garuda in the temple. The most important festivals in the temple are Makar Sankranti, Chatira Sankranti, Shivratri , and Navratri – Durga Puja. Chaau Nirtya is performed during Chaitra Navratri (

Taruna Ganapati - Mantra - Importance - Benefits

Taruna Ganapathi is one among the 32 forms of Ganesha . Taruna Ganapati is depicted as having a compassionate face. It is believed that this form of Ganesh helps in curing health problems. The Taruna Ganapathi mantra is - Pashankusha pupa kapitha  jamboo swadanta shalikshuapi  svahasthai dhattai sadaa yah  tarunarunabh payathsa yushman  taruno ganeshah. In this form Ganesha has eight hands and holds noose, goad, berry, golden apple, paddy, broken tusk , modak and sugarcane. The body color of Taurana Ganapati is that of midday sun. The popular belief is that worship of this form will help in getting good health. A murti of this form is worshipped in the Mahakaleshwar Temple in Ujjain .

Why Surya is also known as Martanda or Martandan?

One among the numerous names of Surya , the Sun God, in Hinduism is Martanda or Martandan. He got this name as he was born from a dead egg (Anda or Andam). A pious couple once found a still egg – it had golden color. Not knowing what to do with the couple prayed to Brahma. Brhama asked them to place it at a sacred place known as Satisar and pray to Shiva for a solution to revive the still golden egg. Shiva directed the couple to Vishnu, who broke the egg with his Sudarshana Chakra and from it Surya appeared in the form of Martanda – wearing yellow garments, with four arms bearing a lotus, a book, a rosary and a raised open palm. Satisar is a holy place located in Jammu and Kashmir. There is a famous Martanda temple here.

Vishnu’s Symbol Shankh – Story Of Origin Of Conch Of Vishnu

Shankh or Conch is an important symbol of Vishnu. After the great deluge, Bhagavan Srihari Vishnu was floating on the waters of deluge (Vatapatrashayi). Vishnu then created Brahma and asked him to begin the next cycle of creation. Brahma who was given the freedom of creation soon became arrogant and forgot about his origin. His ego created numerous errors in creation. To teach the arrogant Brahma a lesson, two demons named Lokan and Kantakan emerged out of the ears of Vishnu. They chased Brahma with an intention to kill him. Brahma now realized his mistakes and took refuge at the feet of Vishnu. The ever-compassionate God forgave Brahma. For their service, Vishnu offered Lokan and Kantakan boons. As boon, they asked Vishnu to fight them for a month and then kill them and give moksha. Vishnu blessed the demons with the boon. He fought them for a month and then annihilated them. He then made the demons Nithyasuris – part of him. Thus Lokan was transformed into

Parijata Tree – The Story of How the tree of Heaven Reached Earth

As per Hindu Tradition, Parijata Tree appeared during the Samudra Manthan or Churning of Ocean. The tree was carried to heaven by Indra. It was Sri Krishna who brought the tree from heaven to earth. There are a couple of popular legends associated with Parijata was brought to earth. The most famous and widely accepted story is that of Sri Krishna bringing it to earth. After defeating Narakasura, Sri Krishna and his wife, Sathyabhama, went to heaven to return umbrella and earrings of Aditi, the mother of Indra. Narakasura had forcefully taken them away. While returning, Sathyabama asked Sri Krishna for a Parijata Tree to be planted in her garden. Sri Krishna immediately uprooted a Parijata Tree and carried it to Dwarka. The act of uprooting the divine tree angered Indra. Blinded by anger and ego, Indra stopped Sri Krishna. A war ensued and the foolish Devas and their King Indra was easily overpowered by Sri Krishna. When Parijata Tree was brought to Dwarka, Rukmi

Story of Mohini Avatar of Vishnu and Virochana

Virochana was the son of Prahalada, ardent devotee of Vishnu and Narasimha Avatar appeared to save him. The Story of Virochana teaches us how lust overpowers man and destroys him. Vishnu in Mohini Avatar teaches this important lesson. Legend has it that Virochana attained the title of Shriman and he became more powerful and illustrious than Indra, the king of Devas. He became Shriman as he was blessed by Surya, who gave him a crown on which Goddess Lakshmi resided. Shriman is one with whom Goddess Lakshmi resides. Virochana was an Asura (demon). With the blessings of Goddess Lakshmi and with the help of the Sanjivani Vidya (that mantra which had the power to bring back the dead), Virochana overpowered Indra and other Devas. Indra then sought the help of Vishnu. Vishnu then took the form of Mohini, the enchantress. Virochana who came to know about the beauty of Mohini was desperate to see her. Virochana was mesmerized by the beauty of Mohini. He lost all his c

Tek Chand Maharaj Jayanti – Birth Anniversary of Tekchand ji Maharaj

Tek Chand Maharaj Jayanti is observed in Vaishakh month. It is the birth anniversary of Tekchand Ji Maharaj – the divine guru of Damodar Vanshiya Kshatriya Gujrati Darji samaj. Tek Chand Maharaj Jayanti 2023 date is May 5. His followers organize various spiritual programs and prayer meeting on the day. Thousands of devotees participate in the various program held across North India. Tek Chand Maharaj Jayanti is annually observed on Vaishakh Purnima Tithi or the full moon day in Vaishakh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Madhya Pradesh.

Sita Lava Kusha Temple at Wayanad in Kerala

Sita Lava Kusha Temple is located at Pulpally in Wayanad District in Kerala. Sri Pazhassi Raja constructed the shrine in the 18th century. The murtis worshipped in the temple are that of Mata Sita, Lava and Kusha. The temple and its surrounding areas are believed to be places where Sita stayed after Sri Ram abandoned her in the Ramayana. There are separate shrines of Mata Sita, Lava and Kusha here. Kava and Kusha is known as Murikkanmar. The subsidiary deities worshipped in the temple are Ayyappa, Ganapati, Subrahmanya and Vettakkorumakan (Shiva). Nagas are also worshipped in the shrine. The main nivedyam for Sita Devi is sweet or payasam made out of white rice. Special offering to Lava and Kusha are sweet appam. The main festival in the shrine is observed in Malayalam Dhanu month from 18 th to 23 rd . Another festival is observed on the Revathi Nakshatram day in Makaram month. Special pujas are observed during the Mandalam season (November middle to December e

Sarameya in the Vedas

In the Vedas, Sarameya is the combined name of the two dogs of Yama, the god of death. They were individually known as Shabala and Shyama. It is believed that their mother was Sarama, who is believed to be the mother of all dogs on earth. Sarameya is also found on the flags of Vedic deities who guard the eight corners of the earth. Some scholars believe that these dogs protect the soul on its journey to the next world. Related Dog in Hindu religion and scriptures

Idol of Virabhadra and Daksha Prajapati with Goat Head at Mogili Shiva Temple

Virabhadra is one of the Shiva Ganas. Idol or murti of Virabhadra worshipped at Mogili Shiva Temple is seen along with Daksha Prajapati with goat head. Mogili Shiva Temple is ancient temple dedicated to Shiva and is located around 22 km from Chittoor in Andhra Pradesh. Virabhadra originated from a single strand of hair that was thrown on to earth by Lord Shiva on hearing the death through self-immolationby Goddess Sati . A fierce Virabhadra entered the arena where Daksha was performing the yajna. He destroyed everything and cut off the head of Daksha . Later Shiva replaced the head of Daksha with that of a goat . At Mogili Shiva Temple, the murti of Virabhadra is made of stone. It is located on the western wing of the main shrine. He is seen holding arrow in the upper right hand, bow in the upper left, sword in the lower right and shield in the lower left hand. Daksha, with goat’s head stands to the bottom right with hands clasped in ‘anjali’ pose.

A Quiz on Adi Shankaracharya – Quiz based on Life, Writings and Teachings of Adi Shankaracharya

This Adi Shankaracharya quiz is based on the life, writings and teachings of Adi Shankaracharya. The aim of the quiz is to help the reader learn more about Adi Shankara and also do personal research of one of the greatest saints of Hinduism. The quiz is not in any order. Some questions are easy. Some might need bit research. You will also need to read the questions carefully before answering. If you find any discrepancies in the quiz you can write to me or post it in the comment section. The quiz is embedded below: HB Quiz Adi

Goddess Shakti Represent This Element In Panchayatana Form Worship

Panchayatana form of worship introduced by Adi Shankaracharya has assigned one element to one of the five deities in Hinduism. Mother Goddess (Shakti or Devi or Bhagavati) is the embodiment of Agni Mahabhuta (fire) among the five elements. The five elements are ether/space, air, fire, water and earth. The five deities in Panchayatana form of worship are Vishnu, Mother Goddess, Ganesha, Surya and Shiva. In this concept, the five deities are worshipped in the form of sacred stones found in five holy rivers. Mother Goddess, the embodiment of Agni Mahabhuta, is worshipped in the form of swarnamukhi stone or rekha shila found in Godavari River in Andhra Pradesh.

Hanuman is Worshipped in Human Form at Harni Hanuman Temple in Vadodara

Hanuman is generally worshipped in Vanara form – with the face of a monkey. But at the famous Harni Hanuman Temple in Vadodara, Hanuman has the face of a man with moustache, beard and other human facial features. This unique murti or idol of Hanuman in the temple is due to the blessing of Bhagavan Sri Ram. Hanuman defeated demon king Hirankashpu at Harni. He saved many saints and innocent devotees through this divine act. When Hanuman performed this divine act, Bhagavan Sri Ram appeared there and blessed him that he will slowly shed his Vanara form and appear with a human face. For this miracle to happen, Bhagavan Sri Ram asked devotees to perform pujas and prayers daily. As a result of daily pujas and prayers, Hanuman worshipped in Harni Hanuman Temple has human facial features. Related Hanumanchatti Temple – Hanuman Chatti Mandir in Uttarakhand

Sant Bhura Bhagat Jayanti

Sant Bhura Bhagat Jayanti celebrates the birth anniversary of Sant Bhura Bhagat, the founder of the Katiya Samaj. Sant Bhura Bhagat Jayanti 2023 date is April 28. His Jayanti is observed on the Shukla Ashtami day or eighth day during waxing phase of moon in Vaishakh month as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India . He exhorted people to come out of the narrow confinements of caste, creed, religion and nationality and to understand the one Supreme Truth. He asked people to realize that the Supreme Truth is everywhere including in them. Akhil Bhartiya Katiya Samaj organizes numerous programs on the day including satsang, community feeding etc.

Vrishabha Sankranti – Brusha Sankranthi

Vrishabha Sankranti, or Brusha Sankranti, is the day when the Sun enters the Taurus or Vrishabha in a traditional Vedic calendar. In 2023, the date of Vrishabha Sankranti is May 15. The Sankranti time is 3:27 PM on May 15. Vrishabha is the Sanskrit term used to refer ‘bull’, and is another name for Lord Shiva’s carrier Nandi . Vrishabha period starts on the day and continues for 30 days and the next one is Mithuna Sankranti. Vrishabha Sankranti is known as Brusha Sankranti in Odisha and it also marks the beginning of the second month in Odia calendar. The day is also an auspicious days for Vishnu devotees. Special prayers are offered on the day. In some regions special rituals are held. Transit of sun from Mesha or Meda Rashi to Vrishabha Rashi (Aries to Taurus) is known as Vrishabha Sankranti.

Angarkeshwar Mahadev in Ujjain – Story of Angarakeshwar Form of Shiva – 43rd Shiva Temple in Ujjain

Angarkeshwar 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 Angarakeshwar form of Shiva will result in attaining peace and prosperity on earth. The temple dedicated to Angarkeshwar Mahadev is located in Mangalnath temple complex. This form of Shiva is associated with Angarak or Mangal. Angarkeshwar Mahadev is counted among the 84 Shiva Temples in Ujjain and it is the 43rd temple visited during the parikarama of Shiavalayas here. Story of Angarkeshwar Mahadev of Shiva in Ujjain Legend has it that Angarak appeared from the body of Shiva. Soon after his birth, Shiva placed him on earth. But intense heat of Angarkeshwar caused great hardships to all living beings on earth. Saints and human beings complained to Lord Brahma. He took them to Shiva. Shiva called Angarak and asked him to be beneficial to people on earth. He asked him to go to Mahakaal Van (present day Ujjain) and

Krishna 108 names in Malayalam– 108 Names of Sri Krishna in Malayalam in pdf

Chanting 108 names of Sri Krishna is considered highly meritorious. Below is the link to Sri Krishna 108 Namavali in Malayalam in pdf. The names can be chanted on all days. You can also select one particular name from the list and chant daily. The text is in Malayalam language. Chanting the mantra on Sri Krishna Jayanti is highly meritorious. It is highly auspicious to chant the mantra on Wednesday. It is chanted for gaining self confidence and for peace and prosperity. Those facing various problems in life will get relief by remembering the names of Sri Krishna daily. Link  –  Sri Krishna 108 names in Malayalam

Krishna 108 names in English– 108 Names of Sri Krishna in English in pdf

Chanting 108 names of Sri Krishna is considered highly meritorious. Below is the link to Sri Krishna 108 Namavali in English in pdf. The names can be chanted on all days. You can also select one particular name from the list and chant daily. The text is in English language. Chanting the mantra on Sri Krishna Jayanti is highly meritorious. It is highly auspicious to chant the mantra on Wednesday. It is chanted for gaining self confidence and for peace and prosperity. Those facing various problems in life will get relief by remembering the names of Sri Krishna daiy. Link  –  Sri Krishna 108 names in English

Kurma Stotram in Telugu in Pdf – Kurma Avatar Stotra in Telugu

Kurma Stotram is chanted to get the blessings of Kurma – the avatar of Lord Vishnu. The prayer is for wish fulfillment and overcoming all forms of prayer. The Kurma Avatar Stotra in Telugu in pdf format is given below. The text or lyrics of the stotra in Telugu language is provided by Sundar Kidambi of prapatti. It can be chanted daily morning and evening. Link  –  Telugu Kurma Stotram

Hari Mandir at Dhanbad in Jharkhand

Hari Mandir is located within Dhanbad town limits in Jharkhand. The shrine is dedicated to Lord Vishnu or Hari. The main murti worshipped in the temple is that of Radha Krishna and is believed to be more than 100 years old. Apart from the ashtadhatu murti of Radhakrishna, there is a Shivling in the sanctum sanctorum. Another murti found in the sanctum sanctorum is that of Mahaprabhu, also known as Gaurnitay. The architecture of the main temple reflects mehraab style. The one acre temple complex also has murtis of Lord Hanuman, Goddess Kali and Goddess Durga. The main festival observed here are Sri Krishna Jayanti and Shivratri. A special puja is organized on Magh Purnima day here.

Parashu Weapon - The Divine Axe Weapon of Parshuram and Shiva

Parashu, axe, is the divine weapon associated with Parashurama , the sixth incarnation of Vishnu. The divine weapon was given to Parshuram by Shiva. Legend has it that Shiva got this axe after the infamous Daksha Yaga in which Mother Sati self immolated . After Sati’s death, Shiva in a fit of rage had unleashed the trident (Trishul) which was finally stopped by Nara Narayana . Narayana, who was meditating in Badrayashrama, deviated the trident towards Shiva. Shiva whose anger remained uncontrollable approached Narayana with the trident . Nara who was meditating nearby took an arrow and released it towards Shiva. The arrow soon changed into an axe. Shiva then made this Axe as his weapon. Years later Sri Parashuram left home to do austerities to please Shiva. Shiva was pleased with Parashuram’s extreme devotion, intense piety and unmoved and perpetual meditation. Shiva presented Sri Parashuram with divine weapons. The most important was the unconquerable and indestructi