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Big Shivling In Gupteswar Cave Near Jeypore – Koraput – Odisha

Gupteswar Cave is around 55 km from Jeypore and 80 km from Koraput in Odisha. The cave is famous for a big Shivling which is growing in size. The cave, also known as Gupta Kedra Shabari, is in a lush green hill in deep forest. A stream adds beauty to the place. It is a limestone cave. The popular belief is that Lord Rama offered prayers in this cave on his way to Panchavati. One has to pass through a bamboo bridge atop a river to reach the spot.

Sabha Lakshanam – Characteristics Of Audience For Music – Dance in Hindu Temples

Sabha Lakshanam refers to the characteristic of a Sabha of music, dance or similar cultural, social or political purpose. Some Hindu temples in South India have kanaka Sabha and nritya mandapa. Nandikeshvara, in his renowned text, Abhinaya Darpanam, has given the characteristics of audience in Hindu temples. It should have an audience like a kalpavriksha (a tree of heaven which fulfills all desires). The branches are Vedas, the flowers are Shastras (sciences) and the scholars are the bees that hover round the flowers. In other texts, qualifications of actors, musicians, audience and size of the theatrical   place are given clearly. According to Natya Shastra, enjoyment of rasa (aesthetic pleasure) is the main motive behind artistic performances. Hence, all factors have to be subservient to the concept of rasa, and the audience including the head of the sabha should help in the success of the performance. Sabhapati (head of sabha) is expected to be seated on Simhasana (

Walking Around In A Circle In Temple – Pradakshina Importance Meaning

Walking around in a circle in a Hindu temple is known as Pradakshina. It has numerous symbolic and spiritual meaning. The act of pradakshina is of great importance in Hinduism. Every point on the circumference of a circle is equidistant from the centre. This means that everywhere one is equally close to the lord. His grace flows towards us without partiality. Parikrama or Pradakshina refers to circumambulation of sacred places like fire, trees and plants in Hindu tradition. It is walking around in a circle as a form of worship.  Pradakshina is done around Tulsi plant and Peepal tree also. Parikrama means “the path surrounding something” in Sanskrit and is also known as Pradakshina (“to the right”) representing circumambulation. Meaning of Pradakshina The letter “Pra” removes all fears and worries, the letter “Da” blesses with moksha / renunciation, “KSHI” removes all kinds of diseases (Sarva vyadhi nivarana), “NAM” blesses with all round prosperity and wealth. P

12 Shaktis In Satvata Samhita In Hindu Religion – Propitiate Them For Peace And Prosperity

The 12 Shaktis are mentioned in Satvata Samhita a scripture associated with Hindu religion. Propitiating the twelve Shaktis, helps in achieving peace and prosperity. Symbolically, the 12 Shaktis are twelve different characteristics that a person should develop while living on earth. Lakshmi represents will power Pushti is prosperity Daya is compassion Nidra is sleep. Kshama is forgiveness. Kanti is beauty and luster. Saraswati is learning Dhriti is endurance Maitri is benevolence Rati is sexual life Tushti is contentment and satisfaction and Mat is intellect. Lakshmih pushtir daya nidra kshama kanti – saraswati Dhritir maitri, rati – tushtir matir dwadasami smrita. Following the above said principles helps in leading blissful life on earth. When there is balance in our actions and thoughts, there is prosperity. We need not neglect or abandon a particular aspect of life. We should lead an all-inclusive life. Today, many of us ignore and neglect certain aspect

Find Out What We Really Want In Life – For Peace And Success In Life

The young one of a bird was learning to fly. He often fell down and yet was trying his hard to fly. His mother would often help him out and give some practical tips to improve. And then one day, when he felt confident to fly alone, he decided to make a maiden trip to a nearby forest. As a caution and advice, the mother bird told the young one to be aware of the hunters who spread the grains and cast a net over it. To ensure that he remembers it, the mother told him, ‘Repeat, “I will be aware of hunters, I will be aware of hunters. . .”’ The young one repeated and flew off. In the evening, when he did not return, the mother bird, worried and anxious, went in search of him. After much flying around, she finally heard her young one’s voice. He was repeating, ‘I will be aware of hunters, I will be aware of hunters’ and was lying caught in the net which the hunter had laid! That is our life, too. We repeat and reiterate our freedom but are often caught in the nets of our own pas