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Sankaranarayanan – About God Sankara Narayana

Sankaranarayanan is a combined form of Shiva and Vishnu. Legend has it that once Goddess Parvati performed intense austerities to see Shiva and Vishnu together. To please her, Shiva is believed to have appeared in the form of Sankara Narayana. Temples dedicated to the Sankaranarayana is mainly found in South India - Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.

Scholars are of the view that the murti of Sankara Narayana was an attempt to find peace among Shaiva and Vaishnava devotees.

Hindu religious scholars claim the murti explains the core teaching of Hinduism that all gods and goddess are one – the different forms are just manifestation of one single Supreme Being (Brahman).
An important prayer dedicated to the deity is the famous Sankara Narayana stotram.

No Scales or Measuring Tapes Used in Constructing the Chariots of Puri Rath Yatra

Instead of scales and measuring tapes, carpenters use their hands and fingers to do all the measuring while building the three traditional huge chariots used during the Puri Rath Yatra. This is really a wonder when considering the height of the highest chariot that of Lord Jagannath is 13.5 meters and nearly 150 carpenters work for three months to build the three chariots using nearly 2200 pieces of wood.
Talking to CNN–IBN a craftsman said ‘We have got used to making the raths and we make no mistakes even without the help of any scales for measurement.’
The skills of the traditional craftsmen who build the three chariots are incomparable. They work in unison and present three faultless chariots that are pulled for more than two miles by thousands of people and which is witnessed by nearly a million people.
You may also like to read The size and other facts about the Puri Rath Yatra chariots

Sri Vaithamanidhi Perumal Temple at Tirukolur in Thoothukudi in Tamil Nadu – Third Nava Tirupati Temple Associated with Chevvai or Mars

Sri Vaithamanidhi Perumal Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is located at Tirukolur in Thoothukudi in Tamil Nadu. It is one of the Nava Tirupati Temples and one among 108 Divya Desams. This is the third Nava Tirupathi Temple and is associated with Mars (Navagraha Chevvai or Chowa or Mangal). Sri Vaithamanidhi Perumal Temple is around 8 km from Srivaikuntam and around 2 km southeast of Azhwar Tirunagari.

There is no separate Navgraha Chevvai Murti in the temple. The main deity represents the Navgraha. The main murti of Vishnu worshipped in the temple faces east and is in Bhujanga Sayanam or in reclining position. Adi Sesha forms a canopy over the head of Lord Vishnu. Moolavar is known as Vaithamanidhi Perumal. Urchavar is known as Nikshoba Vithan.

Consorts of Vishnu worshipped here are Kumuda Valli Nayaki and Kolur Valli Nayaki.

The sacred temple pond is known as Kubera Teertham.

Those having problems in life due to the bad positioning of Chevvai or Mangal in their horoscope will …