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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.

Kalamukha – One of the Schools of Shaivism in South India

Kalamukha was an important Shaiva sect from the 10th to the 13th century in the present day Karnataka in India. As per some scholars, the Kalamukha school of Shaivism was an extreme sect who indulged in practices like eating food in a skull and besmearing the body with ashes.

The followers of the sect was known as Mahavratin – men with great vows. They marked their foreheads with black streaks.

Kalamukha had its stronghold in parts of present day Karnataka, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and to some extent in Tamil Nadu.
It is widely believed that the Kalamukhas were replaced by the Virashaivas during the end of the 13th century.

Take blame and burn away negative karma – Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

When someone blames you, what do you usually do? You blame them back or you set up some resistance in yourself.

How do you feel when someone blames you? Hurt, unhappy, sad, heavy? This is all because you are resisting. What you resist, persists. You get hurt because you resist the blame.

Know that when someone blames you, they take away some negative karma from you. If you understand this, you will only feel happy about it.
If you resist when someone blames you, you are not allowing them to take away the negative karma. Even if you don’t reach outwardly, you may still be resisting inside. Actually it is fine to resist outside, but inside don’t resist. You will feel immediately lighter. You can feel happy: Oh, good, somebody is blaming me and taking some of my negative karma.
 – Sri Sri Ravi Shankar