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Goddess Huligemma Devi - Importance - Temples - History

Huligemma Devi is an incarnation of Goddess Renuka Devi . It is believed that Mother Shakti appeared in the form of Goddess Huligemma before two of her ardent devotees named Nagajogi and Basavajogi at Huligi in Karnataka. Goddess Huligemma Devi appeared in the form of Shaligram and Sri Chakra in the village of Huligi . Many communities believe that it is through her presence at the village that the region is able to overcome natural calamities. The most important dates in a month associated with Goddess Huligemma Devi are Tuesdays, Fridays, Full moon day and No moon day (Amavasi). Shibikotsava, Devi Bhagavata reading, Purana patana rituals are performed in the temple associated with Goddess Huligemma Devi. The most important temple is located at Huligi.

Large Unique Vishnu Kurma Murti Discovered in Cambodia

Cambodia’s Apsara National Authority discovered a large turtle (Vishnu Kurma Murti )   sculpted from sandstone at the Kandal Srah Srang temple of Siem Reap province’s Angkor Archaeological Park. The statue, which measures approximately 22 by 37 inches, is estimated to be about 1,000 years old, and may have been used in the preparation of offerings to the Hindu god Vishnu associated with the Sea of Milk churning ceremony. The turtle is known as one of the avatars of the Hindu god, Vishnu. Sometimes, turtles are placed as a votive object in a temple’s foundations or at its centre. As for the turtle we found, we don’t know its purpose yet. However, according to our preliminary assessment, the turtle was probably prepared to be placed at the temple’s foundation,” said Mr Socheat. “It could also be a valuable stone, which was placed for the celebration of any religious ceremony during that time,” he added. He said such sculptures and crystal stones had also been foun

Rahasya Upadesha – Secretive Instruction In Vaishnavism

Rahasya upadesha is a secretive instruction in Vaishnavism given by an preceptor (acharya) to a disciple (shishya). The learned acharya recites an initiatory mantra into the disciple’s ear. This intimate and confidential instruction can be a charm, spell, incantation or a formula of prayer sacred to a particular deity. The most important of these mantra are: Tirumantra – That is ashtakshara (8 syllables) – om namo narayanaya Dvaya Mantra – Surrender and prostration at the feet of Sriman Narayana Charama Shloka of Krishna – 18 th chapter of Bhagavad Gita, 66 th Shloka Charama Shloka of Rama – 18 th canto of Yuddha kanda, 33 rd Shloka of Epic Ramayana Charama Shloka of Varaha as in Varaha Purana Gayatri Mantra of Vishwamitra Maharishi Sudarshana mantra compiled from Ahirbudhya Samhita Narasimha Mantra of Narasimha Purana Sri Mantra of Sri Sukta in all the four Vedas. In addition there are rahasya granthas – works dealing with esoteric matters – written by Pillail

Karma Of Past Life Yielding Results In This Life

Karma of past life yielding results in this life is referred to as Prarabhda Karma in Hinduism. As per Hindu teachings, Karma is the law of cause and effect. Prarabdha means that which has already started. Karma acts are of three kinds: Sanchita – the whole stock of all acts accumulated in past lives. Prarabdha – those acts in the Sanchita karma which have started yielding their results – acts that are responsible for the present birth. Agami – generally acts that are performed in this birth. All acts do not fructify all at once. Some of them are ripe and fructify, while others wait their maturation. Those acts that have started yielding their consequences, cannot be impeded in their operation. The will inexorably run their course and their results have to be gone through. The body of a human being is an instance of ripened moral acts. Even the right liberating knowledge cannot stop this continuance of the body till death. A person who becomes enlightened by

Akbar Fort Near Sangam Prayagraj – Home to Patalpuri temple and Saraswati Koop

Akbar Fort near Sangam – Prayag in Prayagraj houses the Patalpuri Temple and Saraswati Koop. The fort, also known as Allahabad fort, is under the control of the Indian Army and it was earlier opened for devotees during Kumbh Mela at Prayagraj. Hindu Sacred Places And Temples in Akbar Fort It is believed that River Saraswati follows beneath the Saraswati Koop – a deep well in the fort. The Patalpuri temple is believed to have been visited by Bhagvan Sri Ram and also finds a mention in the accounts of Chinese traveler Hiuen Tsang. Akshay Vat tree located within the fort is a very old banyan tree, believed to be dating back to the Mahabharata times. Other two important spots in the fort are Patalpuri Dwar and Ganga Dwar. The Army’s ordnance depot is located in this fort, which was built in the 16th Century. Highlights of the fort The fort is made of red sandstone. It took 45 years to complete the construction of the fort. 20,000 laborers and artisans worked in c

Mystical Experiences – Sri Ramakrishna

Sri Ramakrishna describes two of his mystical experiences: One day, while worshipping Shiva, I was about to offer a bel-leaf on the head of the image, when it was revealed to me that this Virat, this Universe, itself is Shiva. After that my worship through the image came to an end. Another day I had been plucking flowers, when it was revealed to me that the flowering plants were so many bouquets … adorning the Universal Form of God. That was the end of my plucking flowers. ………… He (Sri Ramakrishna) appeared to be an ordinary person, but his facial smile was unique. I have never seen the like of it. When he smiled or laughed, it appeared as if the wave of ananda was flowing through his eyes, face and even the entire body. And that divine blissful smile removed from one’s heart all the miseries forever. His voice was sweet, so sweet that one desired to just keep sitting and listen to his voice only, a voice which ‘poured nectar on the ears’. His eyes were bright, his l