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Jagadguru Cannabasavaraja Nidumamidi – Ja Ca Ni (1908 – 1996)

Ja Ca Ni is the abbreviated form of Veerashaiva Saint Jagadguru Cannabasavaraja Desikendra Shivacharya Mahaswamiji, Nidumamidi Samsthana, Guluru (1908 – 1996). He was a creative writer and researcher with more than 200 works to his credit including Vachanas, essays, biographies, poetry, plays and critical works on philosophy. He wrote in Kannada and Sanskrit. He upheld Dasoha, self subjection to a deity or man, and astravarana, eight coverings to protect a devotee. Ja Ca Ni Teachings As per his teachings, Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva stand for creation, preservation and transformation. The trinity represent omkara roopa. In Aum, rudra is indicated by A, Vishnu by U, and Brahma by M. He rejected all kinds of caste and color discrimination. He taught that one may become Brahmin, Kshatriya, Vaishya or Shudra through one’s character and profession. Jagadguru Cannabasavaraja Nidumamidi states that Rudra, Bhadra and Shiva are pioneers of religious harmony in

Baijnath Mahadev Agar Malwa in Madhya Pradesh

Baijnath Mahadev is the name of a famous temple dedicated to Lord Shiva at Agar Malwa in Madhya Pradesh. Wife of a British army personal constructed shrine in 18 th century after her husband was miraculously saved by Lord Shiva during a battle in Afghanistan. Lord Shiva is worshipped here in the form of a Shivling. The Shivling is lavishly decorated during major festivals. Apart from Shiva, Ganesha and Mother Goddess Shakti is also worshipped in the shrine. The original shrine was in a dilapidated state before it was built by the wife of a British army personal. The Shivling worshipped in the temple is ancient and no one knows about its origin. The most important festivals observed her is Shivratri. During Shravan month there is the Shahi Sawari of Shiva which attracts thousands of devotees.