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Abhayeshwar Mahadev in Ujjain – Story of Abhayeshwar Form of Shiva – 48th Shiva Temple in Ujjain

Abhayeshwar 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 Abhayeshwar Form of Shiva will help in attaining peace and prosperity. The person worshipping Abhayeshwar Shivling will lead a peaceful and happy life and finally merge with the Supreme Truth.

The temple dedicated to Abhayeshwar Mahadev is located near Dani Darwaja or Dani Gate behind Porwal Dharmashala in Ujjain.

This form of Shiva is associated with the belief that Shiva gives refuge to anyone who offers prayers to Shivling.

Abhayeshwar Mahadev is counted among the 84 Shiva Temples in Ujjain and it is the 48th temple visited during the parikarama of Shiavalayas here.

Story of Abhayeshwar Mahadev When one cycle of creation ended, Surya and Chandra also disappeared. Brahma was worried about the next cycle of creation. When he was thus thinking two tears rolled down his eyes.

As soon as the tears touched earth, they turned into two demons…

Attukal Temple Kuthiyottam Ritual – Attukal Bhagavathy Temple Kuthiyotta Vratam

Kuthiyottam is an important ritual held during the annual temple festival and Pongala at Attukal Bhagavathy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. Boys below the age of 12 perform Kuthiyottam ritual. The ritual is performed to please the Goddess and get her blessings. Attukal Temple Kuthiyottam Vratam begins on March 5, 2017.

Bookings for participating in the ritual begin well in advance.

The young boys represent the wounded soldiers of Goddess Mahishasura Mardini.

On the third day of the annual temple festival these young boys receive the prasadam (offering) from the temple priest and start a seven day penance to purify their body and mind.

For the Kuthiyottam ritual they have to pass through rigorous physical and mental discipline such as sleeping in mat, observing strict diet restrictions, staying in the temple etc.

Besides these, the boys have to undergo such disciplines like prostrating 1008 times before the deity after their morning and evening oblations.
The Kuthiyottam is of…

Shruti Gita

Shruti Gita is part of the Srimad Bhagavad Purana. It is found in the 87th chapter of the tenth book of Srimad Bhagavad Purana. Shruti Gita consists of twenty verses. It was sang by Shruti (sruti personified) to wake Narayana from his cosmic sleep (Yoga Nidra) at the begging of the kalpa – (a day of Brahma or 432 million human years).

As per Srimad Bhagavad Purana, King Parishit wants to know what the Vedas says about the nirguna parabrahman.

Sage Suka then narrates a story. Once, Sage Narada had the same doubt. He went to Sage Narayana in Badarikashrama and asked the same question.

Narayana then quoted what Sanandana Rishi had told him on the subject.

As per Sanandana Rishi, Vedas sang the praise of Nirguna Parabrahman at the beginning of creation even before Brahma had appeared.

Thus Shruti Gita extols the glory of nirguna parabrahman.

Few verses from Shruti Gita: O Lord, You’re the only One who can overpower the beginningless maya which keeps the rest of the world under its spell.

The term Brahman stands for the totality of Reality, physical and not physical – Swami Ranganathananda

Just as the different branches of the physical sciences are but different approaches to the study of one and the same reality; and just as all such branches of study ultimately tend to mingle and merge into a grand science of the physical universe, into a unified science of the without of nature, so the science of the ‘within’ and the science of the ‘without’ mingle and merge in a science of Brahman, the total Reality. This is how Vedanta views Brahma-vidya, the science of Brahman – the term Brahman standing for the totality of Reality, physical and not physical.
When the significance of this ‘within’ of things is recognized in modern science, the scientific “background material” will undergo a spiritual orientation and thus come closer to Brahman, the “background reality” of the Vedanta. The synthesis of the knowledge of the ‘within’ and the ‘without’ is philosophy; and it is what India achieved in her Vedanta ages ago as samyak-jnana, comprehensive or perfect knowledge of total Real…