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Sunrays on Shivling at Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple on Makar Sankranti Day

On Makar Sankranti day a unique phenomenon takes place at the GaviGangadhareshwaraTemple located near Bangalore. The sunlight passes in between the horns of Nandi and then falls on the Shivling in the sanctum sanctorum of GaviGangadhareshwaraTemple.
This unique phenomenon takes place only on Makar Sankranti day.
GaviGangadhareshwaraTemple is believed to have been established in the Treta Yuga by Rishi Gautam and Rishi Bharadwaj. The belief is that Surya Bhagvan (Sun God) takes the permission of Shiva before entering the Uttarayan period or his Northern Journey. On Uttarayana Punyakala, the rays of the sun pass between the horns of Nandi and falls on the Shivling, to seek the blessing of Lord Shiva
GaviGangadhareshwaraTemple is also known as the GavipuramCaveTemple. The temple is cut out of a monolithic rock and is more than 1000 years old.
The temple is also noted for its mysterious stone discs in the forecourt and the exact planning allowing the Sun to shine on shrine in certain time…

Story of Rahu and Shiva

Story of Rahu and Shiva is found in the Skanda Purana. Legend has it that once demon chief Jalandhara asked Rahu to carry a message to Shiva. The chief asked Rahu to inform Shiva that he was an incapable husband, as he could not appease Goddess Parvati as he roamed the cremation grounds. So Goddess Parvati should be sent to Jalandhara.

When Rahu said the same before Shiva, he opened his third eye and produced a huge being. That huge being threw Rahu into the sky. He thus became a navgraha.
This whole incident happened in a place known as Barbara and therefore  Rahu is also known as Barabarodhuta.

Paruveta Utsavam on Kanuma Day in Tirupati Balaji Temple in Tirumala

Paruveta Utsavam is observed on the Kanuma day at the Tirupati Balaji Temple in Tirumala. It falls on the day after Sankranti celebrations. Paruveta Utsavam 2018 date is January 15.

It commemorates the hunting expedition of Lord Venkateswara to Narayanavanam.

He happened to see Goddess Padmavathi while he was chasing a wild elephant. That is why the Paruveta (hunting) is celebrated on the day of Kanuma at Tirumala every year.

How is Paruveta Utsavam Observed? Lord Malayappa wears hunting dress, head guard and five weapons such as Sudarshana Chakra, Panchajanya Conch, Nandaka Sword, Koumodaki Gada and Sargabow besides Sword, Shield and Sphere, boarding Silver Chariot and reaches Paruveta Mandapa in Papavinashanam road nearly two kilometers away from temple by procession. Along with Lord Venkateswara, Lord Krishna as well reaches Paruveta Mandapa where both of them are made to sit and conduct musical and cultural concerts are organized at 2 PM by singing the songs of Annamayya.  In the…

Korambe Mahamaya Prabhu Mandir at Korambe in Lohardaga District of Jharkhand

Korambe Mahamaya Prabhu Mandir is located around 25 km from Lohardaga town and is an important religious place at Korambe in Lohardaga district of Jharkhand. This is an ancient shrine and is an important sacred place for the people of the region.

The temple is located amidst scenic surroundings.

The murti worshipped in the temple is made from black granite stone. The murti is adorned with a crown.

He is offered prayers for peace, prosperity, victory over enemies, good health and for good farm produce.

Thiruvathirai Festival in Tamil Culture

Tiruvathirai, or Thiruvathirai festival, in Tamil culture is observed on the day when Lord Shiva performed the Tandava. The festival is also a commemoration of Shiva’s Nakshatra (Birthday Star) Ardra. Thus the festival is popularly known as Ardra Darshan or Arudhara Darshanam. In 2018, the date of Thiruvathirai Festival is January 1. In Kerala, the neighboring state of Tamil Nadu, Thiruvathira festival is observed on the same day but for a different reason, it is more of a women’s festival with women emulating Goddess Parvati, who tries to get Shiva as her husband.

Read about Thiruvathirai in Kerala here.

The Thiruvathirai Festival is observed in the Tamil month of Margazhi (December – January). Special prayers are held on the day at all Shiva temples. Milk, honey, water, sandal paste and other cooling liquids are offered to Lord Shiva on this day. This is to cool a burning and turbulent Shiva who is performing the Tandava – the cosmic dance of Nataraja.

It is also believed that Kama…

Moksha is the highest value – Mahabharata

Moksha is the highest value.

One should do the duties of his station of life without any self-seeking. This is practicing dharma with indifference to sin or merit, riches or poverty, pleasure or pain.

Nishkama Dharma alone can break the cycle of life and death and supersede merit and sin, and lead to salvation in the absolute.
Both pain and pleasure are transitory, one following the other in a casual cycle driven by persisting desire. Of the two – happiness gained by effort driven by desire and happiness gained by forsaking desire – the latter is preferable because it frees man from cycle of pleasure and pain.
– Mahabharata

Today’s Hindu Calendar – January 11, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi or the fourteenth day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi or the fourteenth day during the waxing phase of moon till 7:32 PM on January 11. Then onward it is Purnima Tithi or the full moon day. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is January 11, 2017 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good day till 7:52 PM. Nakshatra – Mrigasira or Makayiram Nakshatra till 5:01 AM on January 11. Then onward it is Ardra or Arudhara or Thiruvathira Nakshatram.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Mrigasira or Makayiram Nakshatra till 5:33 AM on January 11. Then onward it is Ardra or Arudhara or Thiruvathira Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Mithuna Rashi
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Mithuna Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – A…