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Vaikom Mahadeva Temple near Kottayam in Kerala

VaikomMahadevaTemple is one of the oldest Hindu temples in Kerala and was also the ground zero of the famous Temple Entry Proclamation in Kerala before independence. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the Madevar temple and Vaikom are mentioned in the Bhargava Purana and Sanalkumara Samhita. 
Legend has it that Vyaghrapada Maharshi got darshan of Shiva here. The name of the place is shortened version of Saint Vyaghrapada.

Three forms of  Vaikkathappan

Shiva gives darshan to his devotees here in three forms In the morning as DakshinamurtiIn the noon as Kiratha MurtiIn the evening, he is the Lord of Kailash who is seated in a happy mood with his family – Goddess Parvati, Ganesha and Kartik.Sacred Bhasma at Vaikom Mahadeva Temple 

The most important Prasad at the temple is bhasma or ashes. It is taken from the kitchen in the temple. It is believed that Lord Shiva comes here in disguise and cooks food. Devotees believe that the bhasma has power to cure poison related problems, wounds and hysteria. Th…

Why Ganga is Known as Jahnvi?

Jahnvi is one among the numerous names of Ganga River. Here is the reason shy Ganga is known as Jahnvi. King Bhagirath performed intense tapas to bring Ganga down on earth to wash away the sins of his forefathers.
Finally, Bhagirath succeeded in bringing Ganga down from heaven to earth. Ganga followed the footsteps of Bhagirath. He led her down the mountains into the plains. 
The feisty Ganga continued to flow with a powerful current and she flooded the hermitage of Sage Jahnu - present day Ajgaivinath Temple at Sultanganj in Bhagalpur in Bihar.
The sacred fire was extinguished and all the items of the ashram were destroyed.
Sage Jahnu became furious. He chanted a mantra and sipped some water from Ganga.
This resulted in the disappearance of Ganga.
A worried King Bhagirath explained to the sage about the need for Ganga to flow on earth.
Sage Jahnu was moved by the plight of King Bhagirath and he allowed the river to flow from his left ear.
After this incident, Ganga was known as Jahn…

Kalpadi Tithi

Kalpadi Tithi is the starting of a day of Brahma. A day of Brahma is equal to 4,320,000,000 human years. There has been several Kalpas. At the end of a Kalpa there is the cosmic flood which marks the end of a cycle of creation. Then it is the night time of Brahma. The cycle of creation again begins on a Kalpadi Tithi.

Kalpadi Tithis are

Chaitra Shukla Paksha Pratipada – Yugadi Chaitra Shukla Paksha Panchami Chaitra Shukla Paksha Tritiya Kartik Shukla Paksha Saptami Margashirsh Shukla Paksha Navami Magh Shukla Paksha Trayodasi Falgun Shukla Tritiya It is considered highly meritorious to perform Shradh and Tarpan rituals on Kalpadi Tithis.
Related Concept of Time in Hinduism – Trivia

Putrada Ekadasi

The Ekadasi by the name of Putrada Ekadashi is observed during the waxing phase of the moon in the month of July/August and also December/January. In 2017, the date of Putrada Ekadasi in Paush month (January - February) is December 29. Putrada Ekadasi is also observed during the waxing phase of the moon in Shravan month (July – August) in some parts of North India, Gujarat, Orissa, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh and it is on August 22, 2018. The corresponding name of Ekadasi observed in North India during the Shukla Paksha in Shravan month is the Pavitra Ekadasi.

Ekadasi is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is observed on the 11th day of waning and waxing phase of moon in traditional Hindu calendar. It is believed that by fasting on Putrada Ekadasi one is relieved of all the sins committed. The greatness of this Ekadasi was explained to Yudhishtira by Lord Krishna and is found in the Bhavisyotara Purana.
There is a popular belief that married couples without children will be ble…

Bhairavnath Yatra at Varud in Khatav, Maharashtra

Varud Bhairavnath Yatra is annually held in Magh month. This is the most important annual fair and festival at the Bhairavnath Temple at Varud in Khatav, Maharashtra. Bhairavnath Yatra 2018 date is January 31. Bhairavnath Mandir is an important worship place in the region and attracts hundreds of devotees.

The temple is beautifully decorated during the period traditionally with flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights.

The day is of importance to the villagers. People from nearby towns and villages arrive to participate in this annual fair and festival. Important rituals are held during the period.
Varud Bhairavnath Yatra is annually held on Magh Purnima tithi or the full moon day in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

You are looking for water where it does not exist – Swami Chinmayananda

We are bound by wrong thinking.
Clinging to bondages hinder us from progressing.
You are looking for water in the desert. Poor desert! It does not have water to give you. If it had, it would surely give. All it has is a mirage. It is not the desert’s fault. You are looking for water where it does not exist.
You want happiness from this world? But the world is like the desert. It does not have any happiness to give you. You are looking in the wrong direction.
If you want happiness – take a right about-turn and look within.
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