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Raudreya – Why Hanuman is known as Raudreya?

Raudreya is one among the numerous names of Lord Hanuman. There are numerous stories in Hindu tradition, which narrates the birth of Hanuman. Some stories are of the view that Hanuman is son of Shiva, some claim he is an avatar or incarnation of Shiva, some say he is amsha or manifestation of Shiva. Raudreya is used to refer to Hanuman when his birth is associated with Shiva. Legend has it that Vishnu took the form of Mohini to distribute the Amrut, or elixir of life, that the Devas and Asuras received after the Samudra Manthan or Churning of ocean. Asuras and Devas started a fight over who will have the Amrut first. Mohini appeared to distribute the Amrut peacefully. Shiva who happened to know about the beauty of Mohini wanted to see it. Shiva was enamoured by the beauty of Mohini. Scintillating nature and the beauty of Mohini made Shiva spill his semen. The semen spilled was collected by Rishis in a leaf and deposited in the womb of Anjana – who was meditating on Shiva fo

Bilva Tree and Shivling for Desire Fulfillment – Secret Worship

Bilva Tree is highly auspicious and it is associated with Lord Shiva. The holy tree is worshipped by Shiva devotees. If you are looking for means for desire fulfillment, then there is a secret worship involving Bilva Tree and Shivling. On Monday , a devotee should place a black Shivling made of stone under a Bilva Tree and then offer prayers to Shiva. The devotee should then chant ‘Om Namah Shivaya’ 108 times. He should then offer water to the Shivling. The Shivling should then be taken home. The puja should be performed for 7 consecutive Mondays. On the final Monday, after puja, the Shivling should be dropped in a river or pond. The devotee should then plant a sapling (small tree) and take care of it. Fruit bearing tree like mango, pomegranate, awala or neem is highly auspicious. Related How many Shivling can be worshipped in home?

Temple Ponds in Kerala – Importance and Interesting Facts About Kerala Temple Ponds

Almost all the temples in Kerala have a pond. These ponds never dry and were perennial source of water. Our ancestors were capable of detecting the right water channels below earth. Here are some interesting temples ponds in Kerala. There was a temple pond in Kerala built by Perumthachan – to a person viewing the pond appeared in different shape from each corner. Temple ponds were meant for devotees to take bath, wash their face, hands and feet. Devotees entered the temple only after washing their hands and feet. Each temple pond has a belief and history attached to it. Some temple ponds like the one at Ambalappuzha Sri Krishna Swamy Temple is attached to the temple that it gives a great view to the temple from a distance. The temple pond in Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple is known as Bhasma Kulam. The temple pond of the famous Padmanabha Swamy Temple in Trivandrum is known as Padmatheertham. The pond at Cherthala Thiruvizha Mahadeva Temple is known as Thavala Chelakul