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Kavar Mela in Shravan Month in Uttarakhand

Kavar Mela is observed in the Shravan Month (July – August) in UttarakhandState in India. The Kavar Mela 2018 at Haridwar is from July 28. Shiva devotees carry holy water from the Gangotri glacier and take it to the Shiva temple in Garh Mukteshwar or Neelkanth. Devout Hindus who carry the holy Ganga Water to the ShivaTemple is known as Kavar.

In 2018, Shravan month in North India begins on July 28 and ends on August 26.

Some Kavars also carry the holy water from the GangesRiver to Shiva temple in their respective village. They are popularly known as Kanwaris and they travel from their homes in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and other places in North India to Haridwar, Rishikesh, Gaumukh and to the origin of River Ganga in Uttarakhand.

The water is carried in pot or bottle and is tied on the two ends of a bamboo pole and is never kept on the ground.

It must be noted that thousands of people travel in the Shravan month to collect Ganga Water and this results in unruly scenes on …

Kanthadeshwar Mahadev in Ujjain – Story of Kanthadeshwar Form of Shiva – 34th Shiva Temple in Ujjain

Kanthadeshwar 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 Kanthadeshwar form of Shiva will have long life.

The temple dedicated to Kanthadeshwar Mahadev is located near Siddhanath in Ujjain.

This form of Shiva is associated with Rishi Pandav and his son Harshvardhan.

Kanthadeshwar Mahadev is counted among the 84 Shiva Temples in Ujjain and it is the 34th temple visited during the parikarama of Shivalayas here.

Story of Kanthadeshwar Mahadev form of Shiva in Ujjain There lived a Rishi named Pandav. He performed intense austerities and secured the boon from Shiva that he will have an intelligent and dutiful child.

In due course of time, Rishi Pandav had a son named Harshvardhan.

During the yajno pavit ceremony of the son, the other Rishis present did not bless him with long life as the child was destined to die soon.

Rishi Pandav was in tears. Seeing the tragic condition of his father, y…

Parasara Gita

Parasara Gita is a text attributed to Sage Parasara, father of Sage Veda Vyasa. This text stresses on the importance of dharma as the means to moksha – escape from the cycle of birth and death.

Parasara Gita states that in order to practice dharma, the mind must be pure and duly strengthened and steadied by association with everything that is good and noble, like good people and good thoughts, surroundings etc.

The text is believed to have been composed around 5th century BC.

Related Story of the birth of Sage Parasara

There are always rich mines of healthy ideas lying broadcast throughout life’s fields – Swami Chinmayananda

What we regularly encourage and consistently cultivate in our mind – this determines our character formation, and ultimately, our destiny. Evidently, an intelligent choice of thought changes the character pattern in us – placing, thus, the entire destiny of our life in our own hands.

We must keep our mind constantly open to all helpful suggestions. There are always rich mines of healthy ideas lying broadcast throughout life’s fields; only we ignore them, refusing to explore them fully.

We must, as the most important thing, discover in ourselves an expectant, helpful, unselfish attitude towards the world of beings and happenings around us. On all occasions let us bring into full play our stronger, more vigorous and most uplifting traits which we have within us today. When consciously brought into continuous play they grow, and such a positive nature, when asserted persistently and lived, adds to our mental resources and reserves.
Confidence in oneself, quietness within, serenity in t…