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Shravan Purnima

Sawan Purnima, or Shravan Poornima, is the full moon day in the month of Shravan (July – August). The day is of great significance in Hindu religion many auspicious rituals and festivals are held on this day. The Amarnath Yatra comes to a culmination on this day. Raksha Bhandhan is also celebrated on Shravana Purnima day. In 2018, date of Shravan Purnima is August 26.

Shravan Purnima is known as Narali Purnima in Maharashtra. It is known as Akshar Purnima in Gujarat. The month long pujas dedicated to Lord Shiva in North India comes to an end on the Shravana Purnima day. Jhulan Yatra festival comes to an end on the day.
Sravana Purnima is an important auspicious day in Telugu calendar and special pujas are performed on the day. Avani Avitam in Kerala and Tamil Nadu falls on the day. Also Rig and Yajur Upakarma rituals are performed in Karnataka on the day.
Some devotees fast on the Purnima day. The fasting is based on the usual Poornima day Vrat.


Marulasiddeshwara is one among the five Panchacharya or ascetics who are traditionally regarded as the founders of Virashaivism. He is also known as Marularadhya and Marulsiddha.

The five great saints are venerated as emanations from the five heads of Shiva and as incarnations in each age.

Another belief is that the five saints emerged from the five sthavaralingas.
Marulasiddeshwara is associated with the Shivling worshipped at Ujjaini in Bellary District in Karnataka.

Markanda Temple in Maharashtra

Markanda Temples are located on the banks of Waiganga River and is around 216 km southeast of Nagpur in Gadchiroli District in Maharashtra. Two of the important temples located here are dedicated to Sage Markanda and his father Mrkunda. The place is also known as Markandi or Markanda Deva.

Most the temples located here contain Shivlings. Originally, there were 24 temples but now only 18 temples are found.

The most important temples are Markanda Rishi Temple, Yamadharma Temple, Mrkunda Rishi and Shankara Temple.
The Markanda Rishi Temple is believed to have built during the 12 century AD. The temple faces east and is cruciform in plan. The Shivling worshipped here is known as Markandeshwara. The roof of the sanctum sanctorum contains human and animal motifs.

The exterior of the temple is lavishly carved with sculptures which include that of various Hindu gods and goddesses and stories of Shiva and Parvati.
The other deities worshipped in the temple include Ganesha, Surya, Vishnu, God…