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Online Virtual Tour of Gangaikonda Cholapuram Temple – 360 degree view of Gangaikondacholapuram

Gangaikonda Cholapuram was the capital of Chola Empire during the 11th century. The most important GangaikondaCholapuramTemple is a ShivaTemple. In this virtual tour provided by one can get a 360 view of temples and monuments at Gangaikonda Cholapuram. There are 15 images of various structures.
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You can take the virtual tour here - Gangaikonda Cholapuram Temple pictures

Laddoo Holi

Ladoo or Laddoo Holi is celebrated in Barsana, which is around 50 kilometers from Mathura. Barsana is considered to be the native place of Radha. It is believed that Lord Krishna arrived here to meet Radha and her parents on the Laddoo Holi day. On this day people distribute Laddoos (sweet) to mark the arrival of Krishna in Barsana. It is observed on the Ashtami day before holi. In 2018, Laddo Holi is on February 25.
Laddoo Holi is celebrated more than a week before the actual Holi celebration. It takes place a day before Lathmar Holi.
Legend has it that after his arrival in Barsana, Krishna and his Gopas (friends) played pranks on Radha and her friends. The next day they were chased out of the village by Radha and friends.
Incidentally, Barsana has a temple dedicated only to Radha.
The Holi celebrations in Vrindavan, Mathura, Barasana and other neighboring villages are spread over a fortnight and ends with Rang Panchami.
Related Rang Pashi Holi Holika Dahan Bhai Dooj Holi

Guheshwar Mahadev in Ujjain – Story of Guheshwar Form of Shiva – 2nd Shiva Temple in Ujjain

Guheshwar Mahadev is worshiped in Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the 84 forms of Shiva worshiped in Ujjain. Those offering prayers to Guheshwar Mahadev will attain various Siddhis.

The temple dedicated to Guheshwar Mahadev is located at Ram Siddhi (Ramghat) on the banks of Shipra River – near Pishachamukteshwar.

This form of Shiva is associated with Mangkanak Rishi.

Guheshwar Mahadev is counted among the 84 Shiva Temples in Ujjain and it is the 2nd temple visited during the parikrama of Shivalayas here.

Story of Guheshwar Mahadev form of Shiva in Ujjain Mangakanak Rishi did intense penance and tapas for attaining various Siddhis. One day with his Siddhi, he was able to produce a child. He became so happy that he started to dance. His dance created problems in the universe.

Devas complained to Shiva about Mangakanak Rishi.

Shiva asked Mangakanak Rishi to stop his dance. The Rishi then told Shiva about the Siddhi he had gained. Shiva then moved the tip of his finger and ash, or …

Akhandalamani Temple at Aradi in Bhadrak, Odisha

Akhandalamani Temple at Aradi in Bhadrak in Odisha is dedicated to Shiva. He is worshipped in the temple in the form of a Shivling. The shrine is located around 37 km from Bhadrak. The temple is also famous for miracles especially related to curing of diseases.

Legend has it that the Shivling was worshipped in all the yugas – Satya Yuga, Treta Yuga and Dwapara Yuga. In the present Kali Yuga, the Shivling was hidden for several years. A king in the region had a dream in which the location of the Shivling was revealed.

The main festivals observed in the temple are Shivratri and Pana Sankranti. Special rituals are observed in the Shravan month.

Subsidiary deities worshipped in the temple are Ganesha, Hanuman, Goddess Bhadrakali, Radha Krishna, Nandi and Maa Barunai. Sculptures of various avatars of Vishnu can be found on the walls.

The temple is alsonoted for its architecture and sculptures. There are numerous rare sculptures in the temple especially of deities from Hindu pantheon.


Hidden power of God is the cause of all that is manifest – Mata Amritanandamayi

Spirituality has nothing to do with blind faith; it is the principle of awareness that dispels darkness.

Science air-conditions the outer world, spirituality air-conditions the inner world.

Faith is the foundation of everything.

It is the faith and devotion of people, not rituals or ceremonies, that fill temples with spiritual energy.

The hidden power of God is the cause of all that is manifest.
If you have enough faith, any water can become as holy as the Ganges River, but without faith, the Ganges is nothing but ordinary water.

– Mata Amritanandamayi

Hindu Calendar Today – March 6, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Monday, March 6, 2017 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day during the waxing phase of moon till 5:20 AM on March 6. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day during the waxing phase of moon till 3:03 AM on March 7. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is March 6, 2017 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good and auspicious day. Nakshatra – Mrigasira or Makayairam or Mrugasheersham Nakshatra till 8:49 PM on March 6. Then onward it is Ardra or Arudhara or Thiruvathirai Nakshatram till 7:22 PM on March 7.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Mrigasira or Makayairam or Mrugasheersham Nakshatra till 7:42 PM on March 6. Then onward it is Ardra or Arudhara or Thiruvathirai Nakshatram till 6:36 PM on March 7.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Vrishabha Rashi ti…