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Akrureshwar Mahadev in Ujjain – Story of Akrureshwar Form of Shiva – 39th Shiva Temple in Ujjain

Akrureshwar 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 Akrureshwar form of Shiva will help in attaining Shivalok.

The temple dedicated to Akrureshwar Mahadev is located in the Ram Janardan temple complex. This form of Shiva is associated with Akrur Shiva Gana.

Akrureshwar Mahadev is counted among the 84 Shiva Temples in Ujjain and it is the 39th temple visited during the parikarama of Shiavalayas here.

Story of Akrureshwar Mahadev form of Shiva in Ujjain Akrur was a Shiva Gana but he never worshipped Goddess Parvati. He constantly meditated on Shiva. Goddess Parvati tried to make him understand that it she who nourishes all beings. But Arkur was not ready to listen to her.

One day, an angry Goddess Parvati cursed him to be born on earth. Akrur immediately fell from the Kailash.

On earth, he performed intense austerities. Shiva then appeared before him and asked him to offer prayers to Godde…

Bhimavaram Someswara Swamy Temple – Gunupudi Bhimavaram Shiva Temple

Bhimavaram Someswara Swamy Temple, is one of the Pancharama Kshetras, and is located at Gunupudi Village in Bhimavaram, West Godavari District, Andhra Pradesh. Lord Shiva is worshipped here as Someswara. The shrine is at walking distance from Bhimavaram Junction Railway Station. Bhimavaram is located around 105 km east of Vijayawada. The shrine is around 140 km west of Kakinada.

Unique Shivling at Gunupudi Someswara Swamy Temple The unique aspect of the Shivling worshipped in the temple is that it changes color depending on the size of the moon. On Purnima or full moon days, the Shivling is white in form. The Shivling brightens. On Amavasya or no moon day it turns into black in form. The Shivling brightens during the waxing phase of moon and darkens during the waning phase of moon.

Goddess Murti atop Shivling Goddess Annapurneshwari is worshipped in the sanctum sanctorum and she is the divine consort of Shiva in the shrine. But the interesting aspect is that murti of Goddess Annapurna …

Amavasya July 2017 Date and Time – No Moon Day in July 2017 in Hindu Calendar

Amavasya is the no moon day in a month in a traditional Hindu lunar calendar. Amavasya July 2016 date is July 23, Sunday. Amavasya time is - 6:27 PM on July 22 to 3:15 PM on July 23. The Amavasya Vrat is on July 22, 2017. Snan, dhan, Shradh and Tarpan are performed on July 23 in all regions.

Hariyali Amavas in North India is observed on July 23, 2017.

Bheemana Amavasya in Karnataka on July 23.

Gatari Amavasya in Maharashtra on July 23.

Chitalagi Amavas in Orissa is observed on July 23, 2017.

Aadi Amavasi (July 23) in Tamil Calendars.

Karkidaka Vavu Bali (July 23, 2017)  is observed on the day in Kerala.

Amavasya is the darkest day in a traditional Hindu month and is considered both auspicious and inauspicious by different Hindu communities.
There are many Hindus who undertake a fast on Amavasi. Some devotees only take a single meal on the day.

Uma Chaturti

Uma Chaturthi is dedicated to Goddess Parvati, who is also known as Uma. Uma Chaturti 2018 date is June 17. It is observed on the fourth day during the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) of Jyeshta month. The rituals associated with this Chaturthi are more popular in eastern parts of India especially in Orissa, Jharkhand and Bengal.

Uma Chaturti is based on the tough austerities undertaken by Goddess Parvati to get Lord Shiva as her husband. It must be remembered that Shiva had forsaken the world after Sati’s death. Goddess Sati appeared again as Parvati but Shiva did not show any interest in marrying her and led a life of ascetic. Parvati then performed severe austerities to get Shiva as husband.

Women perform the rituals for the welfare of the family and for a happy and peaceful life.

The ritual is quite similar to the famous Hartalika Vrat observed in North India.

Openness to learning brings progress – Dadi Janki

Openness to learning brings progress.

I need to keep my mind constantly open to learning in order to experience constant progress. When I have this attitude I learn from everything that happens. Then I will be able to improve in each and every task

The one who is constantly full of enthusiasm inspires others.
Whenever I encounter a difficult situation, I need to make a special effort to remain free and light. The more enthusiastic I am, the more progress I will make. My attitude will inspire others, too.
– Dadi Janki