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Someshwar Puja in Shravan Month

Someshwar Puja is observed during the Shukla Paksha of Shravan month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in North India. Someshwar form of Shiva is worshipped during the puja. Information regarding this puja is found in the Narad Puran. Some devotees observe a vrat on the occasion.

The puja and vrat is associated with Shiva rescuing moon (Chandra or som) and giving refuge to him in his matted locks.

Those observing the vrat wake up early morning, take bath, and perform puja to Shiva by making clay Shivling. Only vegetarian food is eaten on the day. White colored Prasad is prepared and offered in the evening.

The fast is observed for three months on all Mondays during Shukla paksha or waxing phase of moon.
It is believed that on successful completion of the vrat, a devotee will be blessed with knowledge, health and wealth.

Story – How King Bali Became Powerful?

King Bali, or Mahabali, was the grandson of Prahlada, an ardent devotee of Vishnu who had the darshan of Narasimha Avatar. Prahlada trained his grandson in all the arts of warfare and taught him the Vedas.

King Bali conquered all the kingdoms on earth and attained the title of Chakravarti.

Although an asura, King Bali was an ardent devotee of Vishnu. He performed intense austerities and attained the status of Indra, the king of devas.

During a war between Asuras and Devas, the army led by Indra, the king of Devas, defeated King Bali.

Later, King Bali with the help of his guru Shukracharya performed a yajna.

From the sacrificial fire came a golden chariot, a horse of the same color as that of Indra and bright banner with lion as a symbol on it.

Pleased with the yajna, Lord Brahma appeared before Bali and presented him with a divine bow and powerful arrows. He also gave him a divine conch.

King Bali now became powerful and had enough strength to conquer the three worlds –  Pathala, Bhu…

Pancha Kanchukas

Pancha Kanchukas are the five outer coverings or sheaths of consciousness in Kashmir Shaiva Philosophy. The five Kanchukas are:

Kala Vidya Raga Kaala and Niyati.
The background on which the pancha kanchukas remain steadily abiding is maya, the deluding aspect of Shiva, who is pure consciousness in essence. When maya is counted under the Kanchukas, the number becomes six – Sat Kanchukas.

Bonalu 2018 dates – Mahankali Bonalu Jatara 2018 in Hyderabad and Secunderabad in Telangana

Bonalu Festival observed in Hyderabad and Secunderabad in Telangana in India is dedicated to Mother Goddess (Shakti) and is observed in the month of Ashada (July – August). It must be noted that on the Sundays in Ashada month (June – July) temples in Telangana. Bonalu Jatra 2018 dates are July 15, July 22, July 29, and August 5. Bonalu 2017 date at the UjjainiMahankaliTemple is July 29 and the Rangam is on July 30.

Lal Darwaja, Akkanna Madanna, Bangaru Maisamma, Bhagyalakshmi temple are some of the important temples where the offering is made.

The festival starts with a procession of Rottela Jathara from Langerhouz center to Golconda Sri Jagadamba Mahankali temple on the first Sunday of Ashada month. 

The festival concludes with a huge procession from Matheswari temple of Lal Darwaja in Old City

Bonalu means on ‘food’ and women in large numbers offer food to Mahankali. Bonalu Jatara is a month long affair and includes colorful processions and community feasts.

Bonalu is mainly held at…

A Prayer to Who is One Eternal Pure and Changeless

I prostrate myself before that Sat Guru, the Brahman Who is Bliss; Who is giver of Supreme Happiness; Who is the Absolute; Who is the form of Knowledge; Who is beyond the Pairs of Opposites; Who is vast like Ether; Who is attainable through assertions like “Tat Tvam Asi,” Who is One, Eternal, Pure and Changeless; Who is the witness of all the states of the Mind, Who transcends Modifications; Who is devoid of the three modes of Prakriti