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Lord Shiva as Sharabha – The Sharaba Incarnation

According to some Puranas, Lord Shiva took the form of Sharabha to pacify and control the Narasimha Avatar of Lord Vishnu. If Lord Vishnu as Narasimha was half-man half-lion; Lord Shiva as Sharaba was part human, part animal and part bird with numerous claws and legs – some writers equate the form to a dragon. Sharabha manifestation of Lord Shiva is not very popular and there is popular notion that this incarnation of Shiva was created to position Shiva as greater than Vishnu by some Shaivites.
Lord Narasimha's terrifying rage could not be dissipated even after He had slain the Demon King Hiranyakashipu. A more ferocious form of Sharabha was able to pacify Narasimha Vishnu. Soon Vishnu appeared in the pleasant form before his devotees.
Shiva Purana describes the Sharabha for like this: He had a thousand hands and wore matted locks. His head was adorned by the crested moon. He appeared like a bird with wings and beak. His body was fierce and fully developed. His fangs were very s…

Prithukeshwar Mahadev in Ujjain – Story of Prithukeshwar Form of Shiva – 49th Shiva Temple in Ujjain

Prithukeshwar 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 Prithukeshwar Form of Shiva will help in redemption of sins resulting from the killing of cow.

The temple dedicated to Prithukeshwar Mahadev is located on the banks of Shipra River near Kedareshwar Temple on the Chhota Pool.

This form of Shiva is associated with Shani Bhagavan who is also known as Sthavar.

Prithukeshwar Mahadev is counted among the 84 Shiva Temples in Ujjain and it is the 49th temple visited during the parikarama of Shiavalayas here.

Story of Prithukeshwar Form When Prithu ruled his kingdom, it became impossible to conduct yajnas and havan as Mother Earth did not allow it. There was no food in his kingdom and living beings were suffering.During this time, Sage Narada arrived in the kingdom and told the king that the only solution was to attack Mother Earth.

The king then dispatched Agniastra on Earth. The earth starte…

Beej Mantras – What is a Beej Mantra?

Beej Mantra is a basic mantra dedicated to a deity in Hinduism. The mantra is of a single word or syllable. The Beej mantras are chanted alone or along with a combination of words. The Beej mantra for Lord Shiva is Hom The Beej mantra for Goddess Durga is Dum The Beej mantra for Goddess Kali is Kreem The Beej mantra for Goddess Lakshmi is Shreem The Beej mantra for Goddess Saraswati is Aim The Beej mantra for Lord Ganesha is Gam

Banalinga – Story of Bangalinga from Narmada River

Banalinga is a unique Shivling found in NarmadaRiver in India with a number of striations formed by a natural process. Banalinga are Swayambhu – appeared naturally. Legend has it that Banalnga appeared on earth when Shiva destroyed the Tripuri palaces of demons. The stones from the Tripuri that fell on NarmadaRiver turned into Banalinga.

Banalinga is named after Demon Banasura as he was an ardent devotee of Shiva and Shiva blessed him with them. It is believed that Banasaura who was doing austerities to please Shiva on the banks of Narmada collected the Lingas. As the Lingas were in the possession of Banasura it got the name.
Another legend has it that Shiva appeared in the form of Linga before Banasura on the Narmada River bank and the pieces from the linga that flowed into the Narmada River are the Banalingas.

Huge Varaha Statue at Eran in Madhya Pradesh

Eran Village is located on the banks of Bina River. The village is famous for a colossal statue of the Varaha incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Eran is located around 75 km northwest of Sagar and 80 km northeast of Vidisha.

The colossal statue of Yajna Varaha is 14 feet long, 5 feet broad and 11 feet high. It is believed to have been constructed by Chandragupta Vikramaditya. It is decorated with sculpted bands with an inscription of the first year of Huna King Toramana’s reign.

The huge body of Varaha is covered with miniature sculptures of various Hindu gods and goddesses and sages. Bhudevi is shown hanging on the tusk of Varaha.
Eran is also famous for seven feet mutilated Narasimha Murti and 13 feet Vishnu murti.