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Indreshwar Mahadev in Ujjain – Story of Indreshwar Form of Shiva – 35th Shiva Temple in Ujjain

Indreshwar Mahadev is worshiped in Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the 84 forms of Shiva worshiped in Ujjain. It is believed that those worshipping Indreshwar form of Shiva will get redemption from sin.

The temple dedicated to Indreshwar Mahadev is located at Anantapeth in Ujjain.

This form of Shiva is associated with Indra, the king of Devas, defeating Vritasur and regaining his celestial world.

Indreshwar Mahadev is counted among the 84 Shiva Temples in Ujjain and it is the 35th temple visited during the parikarama of Shiavalayas here.

Story of Indreshwar Mahadev form of Shiva in Ujjain There was a pious prince named Kushdwaj. He was the son of Prajapati Twashta. One day for some reason, Indra, the king of Devas, killed Kushdwaj. An angry Prajapati Twashta, removed a strand of hair and threw it into fire. From it appeared Vritasur, who defeated Indra and made him a prisoner. Vritasura now ruled heaven.

Brihaspati, the guru of Devas, secured the release of Indra.

Indra asked h…

Giridurga – Hill Fort

Giridurga is one of the categories of forts. It finds mention in Arthasashtra, Manusmriti, Mahabharata and Vastushastras. As per Arthasasthra, Giridurga is to be located atop a hill or in the caverns of a hill. Majority of Giridurgas had Hindu temples and sacred places associated with saints.

Giridurga was the strongest defensive measure in the ancient world as its location makes it naturally inaccessible.

In the ancient world, the kingdom of Chandelas was defended by eight hill forts of which Kainjar was the strongest.

Kingdoms in the Sahyadri and Aravali ranges had erected a number of hill forts. Hill forts can be seen today in Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.

It was nearly impossible to win a hill fort through assault. They were usually annexed through bribery or sieges.
Giridurga of ancient India were of different shapes – square, circular or rectangular. They had parapets and watchtowers. They also had outside obstructions like knee-breakers, mounds of earth, pits, dit…

There is No Individuality Except in the Infinite – Swami Vivekananda

People are frightened when they are told that they are Universal Being, everywhere present. Through everything you work, through every foot you move, through every lip you talk, through every heart you feel.

People are frightened when they are told this. They will again and again ask you if they are not going to keep their individuality.

There is no individuality except in the Infinite. That is the only condition which does not change. Everything else is in a constant state of flux.

We are not individuals yet. We are struggling towards individuality, and that is the Infinite, that is the real nature of man.

He alone lives whose life is in the whole universe, and the more we concentrate our lives on limited things, the faster we go towards death.

Those moments alone we live when our lives are in the universe, in others; and living this little life is death, simply death, and that is why the fear of death comes.
The fear of death can only be conquered when man realizes that so lon…

Today’s Hindu Calendar – July 18, 2016 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Monday, July 18, 2016 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi or the fourteenth day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the waxing phase of moon till 3:20 AM on July 18. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi or the fourteenth day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is July 18, 2016 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is not a good date. Nakshatra – Mool or Moolam Nakshatra till 3:05 PM on July 18. Then onward it is Purva Shada or Pooradam Nakshatram.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Mool or Moolam Nakshatra till 3:02 PM on July 18. Then onward it is Purva Shada or Pooradam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Dhanu Rashi.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Dhanu Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days –
Kali Yuga Year –