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Naada Habba – Dasara in Karnataka

Naada Habba, the 10-day festival of Dasara, or Dusshera, is one of the most popular festivals in Karnataka, especially in the Mysore region. In 2018, Naada Habba begins on October 10 and ends on October 19. Dasara celebration in Karnataka is more than six hundred years old and traces its origin to the Vijayanagara kingdom (1336 AD -1565 AD). In Karnataka, the origin of Naada Habba is mainly associated with the slaying of the demon Mahishasura by Chamundeswari, an aspect of Durga worshipped in this region. The highlight of the 10-day festival is a procession on Vijayadasami day (final day) which symbolizes the victory of good over evil.
The important pujas, ceremonies and rituals associated with Dasara in Mysore is observed in AmbaVilasPalace by the Wodeyars, the erstwhile rulers of the region. The head of the Wodeyar family conducts all the religious rituals associated with Dasara on all ten days. He appears in royal robes and holds a durbar at the AmbaVilasPalace and he gets the res…

Story of Navratri and Durga Puja in Hindu Religion – Durga slaying Mahishasura

The story associated with Navratri and Durga Puja is found in the Markandeya Purana. The chapters 81 to 93 in the Markandeya Purana talks about the slaying of demon Mahishasura or Mahisha by Durga and it is referred as Devimahatmya and is recited during the Navaratri and Durga Puja. It symbolized the victory of good over evil. In 2018, Navratri begins on October 10 and ends on October 19.
Devi-Mahatyma extols the greatness of Durga in 700 hymns grouped into 537 sections and therefore it is also known as Durga Sapta Sati. It details the exploits of the goddess in her three major forms: Kali, Lakshmi and Saraswati, representing the three fold energy: strength, wealth and wisdom. The most famous episode is Durga killing Mahishasura.
Birth of Mahishasura Legend has it that two sons of Danu called Rambha and Karambha performed penances to gain more powers. Rambha performed the austerities by standing amidst five ritual fires called Panchagni and Karambha by standing in neck-deep in water.

Meghnadeshwar Mahadev in Ujjain – Story of Meghnadeshwar Form of Shiva – 23rd Shiva Temple in Ujjain

Meghnadeshwar Mahadev is worshiped in Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the 84 forms of Shiva worshiped in Ujjain. Those offering prayers to Meghnadeshwar Mahadev will reach Rudralok – an abode of Shiva.

The temple dedicated to Meghnadeshwar Mahadev is located at Chhota Sharafa (near Narsingh Temple) in Ujjain.

This form of Shiva is associated with the rains.

Meghnadeshwar Mahadev is counted among the 84 Shiva Temples in Ujjain and it is the 23rd temple visited during the parikarama of Shivalayas here.

Story of Meghnadeshwar Mahadev form of Shiva in Ujjain

Once there was a severe drought on earth. There was no water and food to be found. Living beings started killing and eating each other.

Devas then reached Mahakaal Vana (present day Ujjain) and offered prayers to a Shivling. Soon rain clouds appeared on the sky. There was rain for several days. It washed away the sins of the people and their rulers. Vegetation appeared again.

Devas were happy and sang praise of Shiva. They nam…

Shivling – Porcelain Figurine from Lladro – Shivalingam Idol from Lladro

Lladro is a world famous Spanish Company noted for high quality porcelain figurines. Lladro during the past couple of years released murtis of various gods in Hinduism. Now as part of the Lladro 2016 collections, Shivling has been released.

Shivalingam Idol is priced at Rupees 110,000. Shivling has the base, Gauripatta, and it is decorated with flowers. A snake forms a canopy for the Shivling.
Lladro figurines are noted for its beauty, detailing and no compromise in materials used.

Life is full of joy to the man who thinks positively and speaks positively – Dada J P Vaswani

Life is full of joy to the man who thinks positively and speaks positively.

In everything that you do, pour the best that is in you.

Be a master over circumstances, passions, desires and animal appetites. Therefore, learn self control.

The man who is a slave of his desires and appetites soon finds that life becomes a burden.
The more we turn away from God, the more we shall continue to wander, the more restless will our hearts become.
– Dada J P Vaswani