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Brothers of Ravana - Who are the brothers of Ravan in Ramayana?

Who were the brothers of Ravana in the epic Ramayana? Ravana had two brothers in the Ramayan. They were both powerful. One brother always slept but was known for his immense strength. Another brother was a devotee of Vishnu. The two brothers of Ravana are: Kumbhakarna and Vibhishana . Kumbhakarna was killed in the battle. After Ravana’s death, Vibhishana became the king of Lanka. Related Kumbhakarna – Story of Kumbakarna in the Ramayana

Symbolism in the Several Heads of Hindu Gods and Goddesses

Symbolism plays an important role in Hindu religion. We find Hindu gods and goddesses having several head sometimes two, three, four or five. Multiplicity of heads denotes presence of their concurrent abilities. Three heads symbolizes presence of three gunas – sattva, rajas and tamas It also symbolizes shaktis or powers like iccha (will), jnana (consciousness) and kriya (action). Four heads symbolizes the four Vedas. It also symbolically indicates that the deity guards four directions. Five heads symbolizes the panchabhootas or the five elements. Five heads also symbolizes creation, expansion, withdrawal, concealing and preservation until the next cycle of creation. It must be also noted that with the development of society new sects and cults appeared. Such cults and sects were blind followers. To show that their deity is more powerful, they started adding extra heads. Multiple heads are also an attempt to capture the core teaching of Sanatana Dharma

Which God is Worshipped on Wednesday?

In Hindu religion, each day of a week is dedicated to a particular God. So, which God is worshipped on Wednesday? The is dedicated to planet Mercury (Budh). It is believed highly meritorious to worship Lord Vittal , an incarnation of Krishna, on Wednesday. Vittal Rukmini Devi in Pandarpur Temple Hindu God Budh is one among the  Navgrahas  and is an important graha in the Hindu Vedic Astrology. Budha, or Mercury, is associated with wisdom and is believed to provide devotees with the correct discretionary power. You can offer worship in a temple with Navgrahas to get the blessings of Budha. Lord Vittal is widely worshipped in Maharashtra and Karnataka. You may also like to read Budhvar Vrat Katha How to observe Wednesday fasting or Budhvar Vrat?

Panpoli Murugan Temple near Tenkasi in Tirunelveli District in Tamil Nadu

Panpoli Murugan Temple is located at Panpoli Village near Tenkasi in Tirunelveli District, Tamil Nadu. The shrine nestles atop a hill and one has to climb 625 steps to reach the shrine. Legend has it that in the beginning only Vel – the lance of Muruga was worshipped in the temple. The temple priest once had a dream. In the dream, Muruga asked him to retrieve a Muruga murti (idol) from a nearby anthill and install it in the temple. The priest informed the king about this dream. The murti was discovered and installed in the temple. The hill atop which the shrine is located is also known as Trikoodamalai. One climbs the hill after offering prayers to Vallabha Vinayaka murti at the foothill. Two padukas also can be seen here. As one climb the 625 steps one can see another shrine of Vinayaka and one dedicated to Idumban. The sacred spring near the temple atop the hill is known as Ashta Padmakulam (also known as Poonjunai. Murits of Sapta Kannikas can be seen near the sp

Hinduism Facts That They Do not Tell You

This article explores many Hinduism facts that is conveniently overlooked by many popular websites and articles. They don’t tell you the real facts – they are more interested in the number of Hindus (third largest religion); they are interested in the countries where Hinduism is followed (India, Nepal, Fiji, Guyana..) and the caste system. Oldest Living Religion Hinduism is the oldest living religion in the world. It has no name – a name that comes closest to defining the religion is Sanatana Dharma. Hindu religion is perhaps the only evolving religion in the world. The name Hinduism was coined by the British during the 1800s. …who really knows? Who will here proclaim it? Whence was it produced? Whence is this creation? The gods came afterwards, with the creation of this universe. Who then knows when it has arisen? When this creation has arise – perhaps it formed itself, or perhaps it did not – the one who looks down on it, in the highest heaven, only he knows – or perhaps

Dundeshwar Mahadev in Ujjain – Story of Dundeshwar Form of Shiva – 3rd Shiva Temple in Ujjain

Dundeshwar Mahadev is worshiped in Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the 84 forms of Shiva worshiped in Ujjain. Those offering prayers to Dundeshwar Mahadev will get all their sins washed and they will also attain heaven. The temple dedicated to Dundeshwar Mahadev is located at Ram Siddhi (Ramghat) on the banks of Shipra River. This form of Shiva is associated with Shiva Gana Dundu. Dundeshwar Mahadev is counted among the 84 Shiva Temples in Ujjain and it is the 3rd temple visited during the parikrama of Shivalayas here. Story of Dundeshwar Mahadev form of Shiva in Ujjain One day Shiva Gana Dundu visited heaven. Here he happened to see Apsara Rambha. He got playful and threw flowers on her. Indira, the king of heaven, happened to witness this and cursed him to be born on earth. After his birth on earth, Dundu performed intense austerities in the Mahendra Mountain. One day he heard a voice from the sky. It directed him to go to  Mahakaal Vana (present day Ujj

South Africa Hindu Calendar 2017 in pdf – Based on Standard Time Hindu Panchang 2017 followed in South Africa

South Africa Hindu Calendar 2017 in pdf is presented by mypanchang. It contains all the important festivals, auspicious time etc as per Hindu Panchang 2017 for cities in South Africa like Durban, Johannesburg, Pretoria, and Cape Town. The calendar is based on local time followed in South Africa. Link  –  South Africa Hindu Calendar 2017 in pdf

Samudra Yoga in Hindu Astrology

Samudra Yoga is a position indicated by the combination of certain planets in a horoscope in Hindu astrology. A person having Samudra Yoga will be rich, powerful and famous. In a horoscope, if all the seven planets are positioned in the kendra houses with difference of one rashi such a combination constitutes Samudra Yoga. In the yoga, the seven planets would be in the houses 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12. Rahu and Ketu are avoided in calculating Samudra Yoga. If all the natural benefices are in the Kendra houses (1 st , 4 th , 7 th and 10 th ) with two planets, conducive of each other, being in the lagna, this combination turns into Samdura Yoga. The presence of the yoga promises over-lordship.

The Story of Worshipping White Elephant Along With Goddess Lakshmi

Elephant is worshipped along with Goddess Lakshmi in many regions and the goddess is also known as Gaja Lakshmi. Two white elephants are also depicted along with the image of Goddess Lakshmi and the animal is also believed to be the Vahana (vehicle) of the Goddess. The popular belief is that worshipping Gaja or elephant will help in attainment of wealth and prosperity. There is an interesting story which connects the worship of Goddess Lakshmi and elephant. Long ago a king had two wives. The first wife had many children and the second wife had only a single son. The first wife and her children once made a huge white elephant of clay and worshiped it along with Goddess Lakshmi. The second wife was unable to perform the worship as she did not want her son to make a huge clay idol of the elephant all alone. But the son noticed that his mother was sad and when he found out the reason for her sadness, he decided to alleviate it. The son prayed to Lord Indra and asked for

Britain Hindu Calendar 2017 in pdf – Based on Standard Time Hindu Panchang 2017 followed in United Kingdom

Britain Hindu Calendar 2017 in pdf is presented by mypanchang. It contains all the important festivals, auspicious time etc as per Hindu Panchang 2017 for the United Kingdom. The calendar is based on time in Eastern Standard Time followed in cities like London, Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool and Edinburgh in U K. It must be noted that the vrat, festival dates in India and England might be different many times. So if you are residing in United Kingdom and are keen to follow the local time then the calendar will be of great help. Link  –  United Kingdom Hindu Calendar 2017 in pdf

Nanda Vrata – Nanda Vrat Dedicated to Shiva – How To Observe?

Nanda Vrata is dedicated to Shiva and it is believed that Goddess Sati observed this vrat to get Shiva as her husband. It is observed during Phalgun Shukla Paksha Saptami as per some scholars. In 2023, it is on February 26. Some scholars are of the view that the Vrat is also observed during Ashwin Shukla Paksha Ashtami (eighth day during the waxing phase of moon in Ashwin month). Detail procedure on how to observe the Nanda Vrat is given below. It is said that the Vrat can be observed on the Shukla Paksha Saptami – seventh day during the waxing phase of moon in any Hindu month – especially in Phalgun, Chaitra, Ashada and Shravan. The Vrat is observed for getting good husband or wife. It is exclusively performed to get the desired person as husband or wife or the person whom you love. Goddess Sati performed it to get Shiva as Her husband as She only wanted Him as Her husband. The procedure of Nanda Vrat is simple… It involves fasting from sunrise to next day morning su

At Shri Mankameshwar Mandir in Agra – Shivratri Puja Ends with Holi

Shri Mankameshwar Mandir in Agra is dedicated to Lord Shiva. A unique feature of the temple is that five pujas are offered instead of the regular four pujas and the fifth Shivratri night puja is Holi. Lord Shiva plays with colors. Shri Mankameshwar Temple is located at Mantola, Agra, Uttar  Pradesh. Shivratri in the temple is famous for – Abhishek throughout night Shringar Shiva appears in the form of groom. Marriage festival of Shiva. The five pujas dedicated to Shiva here are: The first puja is in which Shiva comes out as the groom. In second puja, Shiva the groom appears at the doorsteps of Himavan, father of Goddess Parvati. Third Puja – Shiva show his ferocious form to Mina , mother of Goddess Parvati. Fourth puja – Shiva appears as the handsome groom with ornaments made of diamonds. Fifth Puja – Shiva returns after marrying Goddess Parvati. Devotees celebrate it like holi by playing with colors. It is believed that having darshan of Shiva at M

Kal Bhairav Mantra in Hindi

Kal Bhairav is the fierce manifestation of Shiva. Below is the Kal Bhairav Mantra in Hindi. It is believed that those who follow Dharma and have unwavering devotion will have their wishes fulfilled immediately by Kal Bhairav . The best day to chant the mantra is Sunday. It should be chanted 108 times. Kal Bhairav Mantra in Hindi ॥ऊं भ्रं काल भैरवाय फ़ट॥ ।। ॐ हं षं नं गं कं सं खं महाकाल भैरवाय नम : ।। || ॐ भयहरणं च भैरव : || शत्रु बाधा निवारण हेतु - ऊं ह्रीं बटुकाय आपदुद्धारणाय कुरूकुरू बटुकाय ह्रीं। Related How to do Kal Bhairav Ashtami Puja? 

Lightning Strikes on the Shivling in this Shiva Temple at Kullu in Himachal Pradesh

Lightning strikes on the Shivling worshipped at the Bijli Mahadev Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva at Kullu in Himachal Pradesh, shattering it into pieces. The priest of the temple then applies freshly collected butter from the village with reverence and sincerity and sticks the pieces of Shivling together. The butter loses its melting point and the stone becomes one. Bijli Mahadev Temple, at an altitude of 2460 meter, is located around 14 Km to the south-east of Kullu and a three Km trek from Mansari village. It is said that the Shivling worshipped at Bijli Mahadev Mandir gets damaged due to lightning every year in Shravan month – the temple priests then gathers the broken pieces and puts them together using butter. Therefore the name Bijli Mahadev Temple – Bijli means lightning. A local legend has it that the Shivling at the temple captures the powerful energies from the atmosphere and keeps the world safe. Every year lightening breaks the Shivling that is worshipped

Sand Sculpture of Lord Shiva and Shivling on Vamsadhara Riverbank during Shivratri

Tarani Prasad Mishra made a sand sculpture of Lord Shiva and Shivling at Vamsadhara riverbank during Shivratri. The place is near to Srimukhalingam, Jalumuru mandal of Srikakulam district, Andhra Pradesh. Related You can find Tarani Prasad's Nagula Chavithi sand sculpture here

Quotes and Teachings on Shivling from Puranas

The distinctive sign through which it is possible to recognize the nature of someone is called a Linga (Shivling) (Shiva Purana 1.16.106) Shiva is signless (sexless), without color, taste, or smell, beyond word and touch, without quality, changeless, motionless. (Linga Purana 1.3.2-3) Basic nature is thus called the linga. The owner of the linga is supreme divinity. (Linga Purana 1.17.5) It is not the Linga itself which is worshipped but the owner of the linga, the Progenitor, the Purusha. The linga leads to the Supreme Man, to Shiva, whose symbol it is. Related Story of Shivling Worship of Linga On Shiva and Shivling – Brahma Kumaris Why is Siva worshiped in the form of Shivling?

Seven Earth like Planets Discovered – Saptarishis in Hindu Religion

Seven earth-size exoplanets were discovered by NASA scientists . As per scientists, some or all of which could harbor water and possibly life. Now there is a concept of Saptarishis in Hinduism – they are seven divine beings who reside in the sky. In Hindu religion, they are the mind born sons of Brahma and creation is carried out through them. Those are not seven earth like planets but far superior than earth. The cycle of creation and destruction goes on, and at each new beginning the saptrarishis appear from the Supreme Truth (Vishnu or Shiva or Devi) to continue the process of creation. If you are a follower of Hinduism, or a person having keen interest in the religion, you might be aware that Hinduism strongly believes that there are far more superior beings outside in the universe than the human beings are. Scriptures of Hinduism are full of hints of inferior and superior beings out in the universe. There are millions and millions of life forms out there in the v

Chana Dal and Jaggery Offering to Vishnu

Certain Hindu communities offer Chana Dal and Jaggery to Lord Vishnu. It is considered highly meritorious to make the offering. It is believed that offering Chana Dal and Jaggery helps in overcoming all forms of financial difficulties. It also helps in overcoming other difficulties associated with property, studies and relationship. Chana Dal is slight yellow in color and so is jaggery in some regions. The popular belief is that making yellow color offerings to Lord Vishnu helps in desire fulfillment. 

Saptarishis in Hinduism

Saptarishis are the seven great seers in Hinduism. They are believed to have existed even before the Vedic period. They are divine beings and they are stars. They reside in the sky. The saptarishis are – Brhaspati, Kashyapa, Gautama, Atri, Vishwamitra, Jamadagni and Vasishta. Saptarishis are seven in number and are possessed of seven virtues. They are all long-lived and composers of Vedic mantras or hymns possessed of divine powers and transcendent vision and senior in merits, learning and age. They are credited with an intuitive or direct perception of Dharma or the divine law. (Vayu Purana) Sri Krishna mentions about them in the Mahabharata and they were born of His will. All these Seven Seers are Prajapatis, possessing uncommon spiritual glow and wisdom. Being creators of beings, they are known as the Seven Brahmas. (Mahabharata, Shanti Parva) Ursa Major constellation or Great Bear constellation is known as Saptarishi in Hinduism. Saptarishis live for a Kalpa o

Ghantakarna Story In Hinduism - Demon Who Wore Bells

Ghantakarna was created by Lord Shiva to help Goddess Bhadrakali overcome smallpox. He had the power to lick smallpox out a person’s body. The demon wore bells in his ears hence the name Ghantakarna. Ghantakarna wrongly believed that Lord Vishnu was his enemy. Here therefore put bells (ghanta) in his ears (karnas) to not to hear the name Vishnu. However, Shiva revealed to Ghantakarna that all manifestations are the essence of the Supreme. He then became a devotee of Vishnu and chanted the name of the Lord to attain salvation. Ghantakarna is believed to have met Sri Krishna at Badaryasrama and here he witnessed the Vishwaroopa. After this incident, Ghantakarna attained moksha and entered Vaikunta. Some Vaishnava temples have the image of Ghantakarna. In the sculptures, he has eighteen hands. He is offered prayers for cure of diseases. 

Jagamohana Ramayana – Odia version of Ramayana

Jagamohana Ramayana is the Odia (Oriya) version of Ramayana and it was composed by Balarama Dasa. It was composed during the 16 th century in Odisha (Orissa). The text is known as Jagamohana because Balarama Dasa was inspired by Lord Jagannath of Puri to write the text. Jagamohana is one among the numerous names of lord Jagannath. The text is also referred as Mahanataka or Daskhini Ramayana by some communities in Orissa. It is also one of the earliest attempts to translate Sanskrit Ramayana into a regional language in India.

Which God is Worshipped in Badrinath?

Badrinath is one of the most important temples in Hindu religion. So, which Hindu God is worshipped in Badrinath? Bhagvan Vishnu is worshipped here in meditative posture. It is believed that Vishnu chose this spot to mediate as it was covered by berry plant. ‘ Badri ’ means berry and thus Badrinath is Lord Vishnu. The temple is located in Uttarakhand and is part of the famous Chardham Yatra. The temple is also associated with Adi Shankaracharya. The temple remains open from April/May to October/November. Badrinath along with Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri are part of the Char Dham Yatra to the Himalayas . You may also like to read Char Dham of Vishnu – four most sacred places associated with Lord Vishnu Teerthayatra – Holy Pilgrimage in Hinduism About Badrinath Temple

Importance of the number 108 in Hinduism

What is the importance of 108 in Hinduism. Most of us might have heard about the 108 names of Lord Ganesh and Lord Shiva , and some people recite certain mantra 108 times like the Hanuman Chalisa. Numerous gods and sages in Hindu religion have 108 names. The importance of the number is also found in other religions and cultures. So what is the significance of 108? There are numerous explanations given in scriptures to this. Vamana Avatar of Vishnu The Vedic system believes that 108 represent the universe or supreme. Lord Krishna had 108 gopis,  There are 108 beads in Hindu rosary, There are 108 Upanishads, There are 108 holy places associated with Lord Vishnu (Divyadesams) and Sati’s body split into 108 pieces on hearing Daksha insulting her husband Lord Shiva.  Diameter of sun is 108 times the diameter of earth Distance from sun to earth is 108 times diameter of sun The average distance from moon to earth is 108 times diameter of the moon Ayurveda talks about 108 mar

Ghee Lamp for Hanuman

Lighting Ghee lamp for Hanuman is considered highly meritorious in Hinduism. Ghee lamp with one wick is lighted before Hanuman for good health. For success in life, ghee lamps with seven wicks are lighted before Hanuman. It is considered highly meritorious to light Ghee lamp before Hanuman on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Offering prayers to Hanuman with ghee lamp on Saturday help in overcoming all troubles associated with Shani in horoscope. Related Each Day of a Week Dedicated to a Particular Hindu God

Bhaang And Shivratri – Intoxicating Drink Made During Shivratri

Bhang is an edible form of Cannabis and a drink is prepared from it during Shivratri. Bhang is made from the leaves of Hemp and is considered the least intoxicating of the cannabis preparations in India. But is capable of giving a high for the entire day and is sold openly during Shivratri and Holi festival. The drink is made by grinding the leaves and various spices are added to it. It is also known as Cannabis Sativa, Ganga or weed or pot. The dried plant or leaves is soaked in water and then it is cleaned and finally grounded on a stone slab to get the paste which is taken along with Badam milk or any sweet preparation. Bhang is considered as a medical preparation in North India. Some people consider it as an auspicious plant. Story of Shiva and Bhang It is believed that Shiva drank Bhang after the Samudra Manthan episode mentioned in the scriptures. Shiva had to consume the poison Halahala, to save the universe – Halahala was the poison that came out during the c

Which God is known as Giridhar?

Giridhar is the name of one of Gods in Hindu religion. So which God is known as Giridhar? Giri means mountain. Giridhar is one who lifted the mountain. Yes, Giridhar is Lord Krishna. Krishna got the name Giridhar after lifting the mountain Govardhan . The story of Krishna lifting Govardhan Mountain is found in the Harivamsha, Srimad Bhagavad Purana and numerous other scriptures. Related Story How Sri Krishna Got the Name Giridhar

Bhim Agiyaras

Bhim Agiyaras is very popular Ekadasi fasting and it is performed by many Hindus without even drinking water. Bhim Agiyaras 2023 date is May 31. Bhim Agiyaras fasting is very tough and different from the usual ekadasi fasting method. Devotees do not drink water on the day. Neither do they eat anything for the entire day. The fasting is from sunrise to next day (Dwadasi) morning sunrise. This particular name for the Ekadasi is famous in Gujarat. The popular belief is that observing Bhim Agiyaras is equal to observing all the 24 Ekadasis in a year. Bhim Agiyaras Story Bhim Agiyaras is associated with Bhima, the second of the five Pandava brothers. Bhima was always hungry and he could not fast during Ekadasi. Therefore he wanted to find a solution to fast on Ekadasi by consuming food and he went to Sage Vyasa to find a solution Veda Vyasa advised Bhima to observe Nirjala Ekadasi falling in the Shukla Paksha of Jyeshta Month. It has the benefits of observing all the 24 Ekadasis in

Holy Book in Hinduism

If you are looking for a single Hinduism Holy Book like the Quran or the Bible you will be disappointed. Hinduism is not a scripture based religion. It is not a religion in the conventional sense. It is a way of life. Hindu religion too has innumerable holy books. The essence of it all can be summed up in ‘Tat Tvam Asi’ – Thou Art That. Holy Books in Hinduism are The Vedas – Rig Veda, Yajur Veda, Sama Veda, and Atharva Veda ( Teachings from Vedas ) Upanishads, which are part of the Vedas, contain the core teachings of Sanatana Dharma (Hinduism) ( Teachings from Upanishads ) Bhagavad Gita, the most popular scripture in Hindu Religion. ( Bhagavad Gita Lessons ) Ramayana and the Mahabharata – How to follow Dharma? – the Hindu way of life is explained in these scriptures. Puranas – Hindu teachings narrated through stories and incidents in them. ( Teachings from Puranas ) Yoga Vasishta – Conversation between Lord Ram and Sage Vasishta. ( Gems of wisdom from Yoga Va

Four Mathas of Adi Shankaracharya

The four mathas (monasteries or mutts) established by Adi Shankaracharya in the four corners of India were meant to uphold Sanatana Dharma (Hinduism). It was also meant to propagate Vedanta. The four mathas of Adi Shankara are: Sri Sringeri Sharada Peetam in Chikmaglur in Karnataka Jyotir Matha in the Garhwal region in Uttarakhand. Kalika Matha in Dwarka in Gujarat. Govardhana Matha in Puri in Odisha. Sri Sringeri Sharada Peetam in Chikmaglur in Karnataka Deities worshiped here – Malahanikara Linga, Varaha, – Goddess – Sharada Holy River – Tungabhadra River Veda – Yajur Veda Sampradaya – Bhurivala Mahavakya – Aham Brahmasmi Titles followed – Saraswati, Puri, Bharati, Aranya, Tirtha, Giri, Ashrama First Acharya of Peetah – Sri Sureshwaracharya (direct disciple of Adi Shankara) Kalika Matha in Dwarka in Gujarat Deities worshiped here – Siddheshwara – Goddess – Bhadra Kali Holy River – Gomati River Veda – Sama Veda Sampradaya – Kitavala Maha

Anala – About Hindu God Anala

Anala is a minor deity mentioned in various Hindu scriptures especially the puranas. As a deity, Anala is associated with Agni or fire. He is also an attendant god. He had prominence during the Vedic period. Anala is one among the eight Vasus. He answered to Indra. He is worshipped for attaining wealth and prosperity. Anala was also one among the seven children that Ganga threw away into the river. Related Vasus in Hinduism

Vishnu Mantra in Hindi – Various Bhagavan Vishnu Mantras in Hindi

Below are various Vishnu mantra in Hindi language. You should read the Bhagavan Vishnu mantras on Purnima and Ekadasi. It can also be chanted during daily prayers. सुख - शांति , सफल दांपत्य के लिए इस मंत्र का 51 बार पाठ करें मूकं करोति वाचालं पंगुलंघयतेगिरिम्। यत्कृपा तंहम् वन्दे परमानन्दं माधवम्।।   सर्वकामना सिद्धि के लिए इस मंत्र का 21 बार पाठ करें   शान्ताकारं भुजगशयनं पद्मनाभं सुरेशं विश्वाधारंम गगनसदृशं मेधवर्णं शुभांगम्। लक्ष्मीकान्तं कमलनयनं योगिभिध्र्यानगम्यं वन्देविष्णुं भवभयहरं सर्वलोकैकनाथम्।।   रोग - व्याधि विनाश के लिए शशंक चक्रं किरीटकुंडलं सपीतवस्त्रं सरसिरूहेक्षणं। सहस्त्राक्षवक्षस्थलकौस्तुभश्रियं नमामि विष्णुं शिरसा चतुर्भुजम्।।

Crocodile at the Ananthapura Lake Temple in Kasargod in Kerala

Ananthapura Lake Temple in Kasargod in Kerala is the only lake temple in Kerala and it is equally famous for a crocodile in the temple pond. The temple is located in the middle of a pond and the sanctum sanctorum of temple is reachable only by a bridge. The crocodile named ‘Babia’ lives in the pond. There is only a single crocodile in the lake. Elders in the region state that it is the third crocodile in the temple pond. When one crocodile dies, another one appears magically in the lake. There is no river or pond nearby where there is a crocodile population. How the crocodile came to the pond? From where the new one appears, remains a mystery. The crocodile survives on the rice provided by the temple. It is harmless to human beings. Some people are of the view that the crocodile is here to remind people about Gajendra Moksha . Ananthapura Lake Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It is the moolasthanam (original abode) of Ananthapadmanabha, the deity of Sree

Hinduism Beliefs

Hinduism Beliefs - There is only one Supreme Truth called by different names. That is present in all animate and inanimate. Everything rise and fall in this Supreme Truth. There is nothing outside That. This is the core Hindu belief. Hinduism thus extols equality of not just human beings but also of plants and animals. All are forms of That. Hinduism gives the freedom to an individual to define the Supreme Truth. Thus, Hinduism has numerous gods and goddesses. A person might use any form to understand the Supreme Truth. New forms will be used in future. So there is no end to forms through which Supreme Truth can be understood. Happiness is not outside but it is within. This is one of the most important teachings of Hinduism. All we have to remove the veil of ignorance and realize the Light within. That same light is present in all animate and inanimate. Human beings suffer due to ignorance. Ignorance in the form of attachment, desire, anger, ego etc. When there is clear unde

108 Names Of Lord Shiva In Hindi

Below is the 108 names of Lord Shiva in Hindi. Chanting them is considered highly meritorious. Chanting of the name helps in attaining peace and prosperity. It is chanted daily during morning or evening hours. On Monday, Pradosh, Shiv Chaturdashi , Shravan Month (all days) and during Shivratri. १ - ॐ भोलेनाथ नमः , २ - ॐ कैलाश पति नमः , ३ - ॐ भूतनाथ नमः , ४ - ॐ नंदराज नमः , ५ - ॐ नन्दी की सवारी नमः ६ - ॐ ज्योतिलिंग नमः ७ - ॐ महाकाल नमः ८ - ॐ रुद्रनाथ नमः ९ - ॐ भीमशंकर नमः १० - ॐ नटराज नमः ११ - ॐ प्रलेयन्कार नमः १२ - ॐ चंद्रमोली नमः १३ - ॐ डमरूधारी नमः १४ - ॐ चंद्रधारी नमः १५ - ॐ मलिकार्जुन नमः १६ - ॐ भीमेश्वर नमः १७ - ॐ विषधारी नमः १८ - ॐ बम भोले नमः १९ - ॐ ओंकार स्वामी नमः २० - ॐ ओंकारेश्वर नमः २१ - ॐ शंकर त्रिशूलधारी नमः २२ - ॐ विश्वनाथ नमः २३ - ॐ अनादिदेव नमः २४ - ॐ उमापति नमः २५ - ॐ गोरापति नमः२६ - ॐ गणपिता नमः २७ - ॐ भोले बाबा नमः २८ - ॐ शिवजी नमः २९ - ॐ शम्भु नमः ३० - ॐ नीलकंठ नमः