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Konsar Nag Lake Pilgrimage – Kousar Nag Yatra

Konsar Nag Lake Yatra is held annually in the Shravan month to pray to Vishnupad. Konsar Nag Lake pilgrimage begins after Shravan Amavasya as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in Jammu and Kashmir . In 2023, the Kousar Nag Yatra begins on July 17. The annual pilgrimage attracts thousands of devotees. Konsar Nag Lake is located at Reasi District in Jammu and Kashmir . It falls in the high altitude Mahore mountains. Surrounded by thick forests, the lake is an important Hindu pilgrimage spot. It is believed that the lake was created by the footprint – Vishnupad – of Hindu God Vishnu.

Vaijayanti Mala – Garland – Necklace of Vishnu – Vaijayantimala

Vaijayanti Mala is the long garland or necklace worn by Bhagvan Vishnu. Symbolically this garland made of gems implies victory. Vaijayantimala is made upon five gems – Pancharatnas. The five gems are pearl, ruby, sapphire, diamond and emerald. The five gems – mukta, manikya, nila, vajra and marakata – are also associated with Panchabhutas – five elements of nature. Vishnu Purana states that Vaijayantimala is also known as Bhuta Mala as it is associated with the five elements. It must be noted that in some scriptures especially in Vishnu Rahasya, ruby, diamond and emerald are replaced by Kaustubha, cat’s eye (gomedakam) and Topaz (pushya ragam). Kaustubha is a jewel associated with Vishnu only. It appeared during the churning of ocean and Vishnu wears it. Thus in this description Vaijayanti Mala is made up of Kaustubha, cat’s eye, topaz, pearl and sapphire. As per this description Sapphire represents earth, pearl represents water, kausthubha represents fire, cat

Pashupatinath Shivling – Symbolism Uniqueness and Importance Shivling at Pashupatinath Temple in Nepal

This Shivling worshipped at Pashupatinath temple in Nepal is of great importance in Hinduism due to its unique form. Pashupatinath Shivling - Uniqueness and Importance The Shivling worshipped in the temple appeared on its own or is swayambhu. The Shivling is 6 feet high and is five-faced. On the Pashupatinath Shivling, four-faces are in four directions and the fifth face is etched on the top of the Shivling looking upwards. Each of the five faces is unique and different. The right hand of each face holds a rudraksha mala and the left hand holds kamandalu (water pot). The four faces symbolically represent the four Vedas and the four holy places in Hinduism. The fifth face is associated with self-realization or moksha (liberation). The Shivling is also known as Panchanana Shiva or Panchamukha Shiva Linga. As per Shiva Purana, the Shivling was established in the form of Jyotirlinga. This is not the Pashupatinath Shivling it is a representational image. No one is allow

Purna – The Idea And Concept Of Fullness In Hinduism

Purna is an important concept in Hinduism. It is fullness and is a characteristic of the Supreme Reality. In Hindu tradition, purna conveys the idea of fullness, totality and perfection. The word Purna is derived from the root ‘pr’ (to fill or to satiate). It may also have been derived from the root pur (to increase). As a symbolic and philosophical concept, it represents the Supreme Being, the Absolute, in its unalterable fullness, as the embodiment of absolute perfection, auspiciousness, the abode of all powers, the ultimate source of the entire creation. The idea is reflected in the Vedic literature (purnat purnamudachati purnam purnena sicyate  Atharva Veda X 8.29). In Brihadaranyaka Upanishad (V.1.1), too, the nature of the Supreme Brahman as the Integral Reality is focused as a concept which is full in itself, the one without a second, without suffering from any deficiency. As a perfect equilibrium of the cosmic and transcendent nature, purna indicates the

Sheetla Mantra – A Collection Of Sheetla Devi Mantra In Hindi

Sheetla mata is a powerful deity who should be worshipped in the present age. Pollution and dirt created by human beings are unleashing powerful diseases all around the world. Ancient Hindus worshipped Mata Sheetla to keep away disease causing microorganisms. She was also worshipped for good health and good immunity. Sheetla Devi Carries a broom – it symbolically indicates cleanliness. Collection Of Sheetla Devi Mantra In Hindi Chant this mantra to overcome infectious diseases like chicken pox. शीतले त्वं जगन्माता शीतले त्वं जगत्पिता। शीतले त्वं जगद्धात्री शीतलायै नमो नमः।। Chant this mantra daily for the good health of children and other family members ॐ ह्रीं श्रीं शीतलायै नमः Chant this mantra for early cure of serious diseases. वन्देहंशीतलांदेवीं रासभस्थांदिगम्बराम्। मार्जनीकलशोपेतां सूर्पालंकृतमस्तकाम्।।

Bhakta Pundalik – Life – History – Information – Story Of Pundalik of Pandharpur

Bhakta Pundalik was a devotee of Lord Vitthal. He is revered as a great devotee in the Varkari tradition. Little information, however, is available about him or his personal life. Legend has it that once, when Pundalik was engaged in serving his parents, Vithal (Lord Krishna) came to his and stood outside. Ad Pundalik did not want to leave his ministrations, he threw a brick towards Vithal and asked him to wait. The Lord stood on that brick waiting for him. Vitthala was pleased with this devotion to parents, so he granted a boon to Pundalik. Pundalik asked Vithal that he should stand there on the brick for ages for giving darshan to the devotees. Accordingly, even now Vitthala stands on that brick in the temple at Pandharpur. Besides this tale told by Sant Namdev, there are several others narrated by Eknath, Bahinabai, Sridhar and Mahipati. None of these, however, tells us about the exact place and time of Pundalik, or his family background. According to one account

Rebirth In Hinduism - Meaning - Importance

The concept of rebirth in Hinduism is known as punarbhava. The term punarbhava is a combination of two words, punah (again) and bhava (birth). This concept of death and rebirth is explained in all major systems of Hindu philosophy. As per the major schools of thought this conception is corollary to the law of karma. Rebirth Explained In Hinduism A commonly encountered question is whether man exists after death or not. Hinduism firmly believes that the atman within the body is immortal and that it never perishes. But from death to death, it travels by the force of its own karma, born of delusion. The atma is tossed from one birth to another and one state of atma to another, like a weaver’s shuttle moving without cessation. After death, only the physical body gets disintegrated, according to this law. Each individual self has another subtle body, consisting of the sense and mind. It survives death and is the bearer of character. At the time of death, this subtle

Lalleshwari Teachings And Quotes - From Poems Of Lalla

Lalleshwari  – a 14th century mystic poet who lived in  Kashmir  – an ardent devotee of Shiva. This is a collection of quotes and teachings of Lalla. Just for a moment a flower grows, Bright and brilliant on a green-clad tree: Just for a moment a cold wind blows Through the bare thorns of a thicket free. Only is he blessed and at peace, False hopes abandoned, who ascends Where the hard loans of desire cease, Where no debt, nor anyone that lends. Thou art the heavens, and thou the earth: Thou alone art day and night and air: Thou thyself art all things that have birth, Even the offerings of flowers fair. When my mind was cleansed of impurities like a mirror of its dust and dirt I recognised the Self in me: When I saw dwelling in me, I realised that He was the everything and I was nothing. Some, who have closed their eyes, are wide awake Some, who look out at the world, are fast asleep Some who bathe in sacred pools remain dirty Some are at home in the world