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Gandharvanagara – The Concept of Imaginary City or Mirage Town in Hindu Books

Gandharvanagara is a concept found in Hindu books. It is an imaginary city or mirage town. Hindi Sabdasagara describes Gandharvanagara as follows:
Owing to different optical illusions, villages and cities may appear to exist in the sky and also on seas, rivers, etc. When during summer the air on the upper strata of deserts, seas etc. gets heated, expanded, and rises up, the light passing through it becomes multi-coloured and gives reflections in the sky in the form of village parts or  cities. Also can be seen therein reflections of trees, boats etc. This is a mere optical illusion. This reflection immediately fades out also. This unreal city, which is an optical illusion, is Gandharvanagara.
Sage Vyasa in Mahabharata equates Sages disappearing from sight like the Gandharvanagara fading out.
Gandharvanagara, an interesting atmospheric phenomenon, is also mentioned in works on Hindu philosophy — especially the Advaita Vedanta — as an illustration of something which appears but does no…

Badi Patan Devi Temple at Patna, Bihar

Badi Patan Devi Temple, at Patna in Bihar, is one among the 52 Shaktipeethas. The temple is located near Harmandir Sahib in Patna. The popular belief is that right thigh of Goddess Sati fell here.

Legend has it that when the body part of Goddess Sati touched the ground here three Goddesses – Mahakali, Mahalakshmi and Mahasaraswati – appeared. All the three goddesses are worshipped at the Badi Patan Devi Temple.

Black stone murtis of the three goddesses are worshipped in the main sanctum sanctorum. The goddesses are in standing posture. Their attire is sari and crown. Murti of Vyom Bhairav represents Shiva in the sanctum.
Devotees make offering in a big havan kunda found in front of the sanctum.

A murti of Mother Goddess sitting on a lion is found on the Verandah behind the main sanctum. A large bell is also found here.

Tuesday is the most auspicious day in the temple.

Pujas are performed here as per Vedic and Tantric tradition.

The most important festival here is the Vasant Navratri…

Our attachments lend a false beauty to things – Swami Chinmayananda

We can impartially judge something only when we stand apart from it. Detachment cannot exist when we have a sense of intense ownership or possessivness. That is why an author or an artist consults reviewers for their opinions. Our attachments lend a false beauty to things; blinded with the pride of possession, we often fail to see the ugliness of cherished possessions.

Just as we, blinded by attachments and prejudices, fail to see the real nature of things and beings, so also do we, deluded by our lack of detachment, remain blissfully ignorant of our own weaknesses and faults. The divine life starts with the practice of detaching ourselves from our body, mind, and intellect, and impartially estimating the motives, intentions, and purposes that lie behind our thoughts, words and deeds.

Such impartial witnessing is called introspection.
 – Swami Chinmayananda

Related Swami Chinmayananda on Life of Harmony