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Tungareshwar Lord Shiva Temple, Vasai - Mumbai

An ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva at Tungareshwar – deep inside SanjayGandhiNational Park at Vasai, Mumbai, Maharashtra – is visited by more that 200,000 devotees during Mahashivratri – now anglicized as the ‘The Night of Shiva.’ 

The devotees also visit the caves at Kanheri in the national park. The caves part of the World Heritage Site of UNESCO was occupied by Buddhist monks from 2nd century AD.
From the base of Tungareshwar, there is a three kilometer hike to reach the 100-year-old temple. The walk passes through two streams. There is pond in the premise of the temple.

Lord Shiva is worshiped here in the form a Shivling. Nandi is seen facing the Shivling.

The subsidiary deities worshiped in the temple are Ganesha and Khodiyar Mata.

The temple attracts maximum crowd during Shivratri, Mondays in Shravan month, Tripurai Purnima and during Vaikunta Chaturdasi.

Nearest Railway Station is Vasai Road Railway Station.

Herath – the Shivaratri of Kashmiri Pandits

Mahashivaratri is on the most popular festivals of Hindus in Kashmir, especially that of Kashmiri Pandits. In Jammu and Kashmir, Shivratri is known as Hayrath or Herath. And the most important day of the festival is the 13th day of the dark half of Phalgun month. A day ahead of the normal Shivratri day in other parts of India. To Kashmiris, Mahasivaratri signifies Lord Shiva's wedding with Parvathi.

The preparation for the festival starts well in advance. In fact, it is a 21-day celebration. The most important days are Thrathshi, Choutash, Amavas and Parva. The first two weeks are meant for preparing for Shivratri. House and surroundings are thoroughly cleaned and the puja requires several items especially numerous earthen pots.
Before starting the puja on the main day (two days before Amavasi), several earthen pots (even steel or brass) representing Shiva, Parvati, Ganesha and other gods in Hindu pantheon are neatly placed in the puja room. Two big pots represent Shiva and…

Shravan Nakshatra Tree – Which is the tree associated with Shravana birth star Born People?

There are trees associated with each 27 nakshatrams or birth stars. Shravan Nakshatra also has a particular tree dedicated to it. People born on each nakshatra should worship the particular tree. The tree associated and worshipped by Shravana Nakshatra Born People is Crown Flower.

Hindi name of the Shravan Nakshatra Tree is Safed aak Telugu name is Jilledi Puvvu Malayalam name is Erukku Tamil Name is Erukku Kannada name is Arka In Marathi it is known as Rui Bengali name is Akanda
Shravan Nakshatra born people should plant the Crown Flower. Water it. They should also protect the tree.

Realizing Supreme Truth

We always hear about Supreme Truth in Hinduism (Sanatana Dharma). Self-realization or knowing the supreme truth is a constant topic in spirituality. True knowledge is Supreme Truth. In simple terms, Supreme Truth or Supreme soul is what we call god.

As per Sanatana Dharma, God appears is various forms.

Unimaginable and innumerable are the forms of God. There is no end to the characteristics of That.

If we attempt to focus on various forms, we will be exhausted and this will result in suffering.

Therefore, we need to get out of the trap of going after forms.

Instead, we should be focusing the reason or cause of all these forms.

When we do this, ignorance will be removed.

We will then see the single source of energy shining in all forms.

This single source is Supreme Truth or Supreme Soul or God or Krishna or Vishnu or Shiva or Devi…
This realization results in permanent bliss or self-realization.

Today’s Hindu Calendar – February 12, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Sunday, February 12, 2017 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waning phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the first day during the waning phase of moon till 5:06 AM on Feb 12. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waning phase of moon till 4:53 AM on Feb 13. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is February 12, 2017 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good date. Nakshatra – Magha or Makam Nakshatra till 8:51 AM on February 12. Then onward it is Purva phalguni or Pooram Nakshatram till 9:18 AM on Feb 13.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Magha or Makam Nakshatra till 8:39 AM on Feb 12. Then onward it is Purva phalguni or Pooram Nakshatram till 8:59 AM on Feb 13.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Simha Rashi.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Simha …