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Saptakoteshwar Mandir Goa – Saptakoteshwar Temple Narve – History – Divar

Saptakoteshwar Mandir at Narve in Goa is a very ancient temple and reference of it is found in the Skanda Purana. The temple dedicated is Lord Shiva. The temple was originally located in Divar. History Of Saptakoteshwar Temple Sapta Rishis offered prayers to Lord Shiva in the region for several years. Pleased with their devotion Lord Shiva blessed them with his presence. Sapta Rishis asked Shiva to appear in the Dipavati Island (today known as Diwadi or Divar). Shiva appeared here in the form of a swayambhu Shivling. Kadambas, the rulers of the region, made Saptakoteshwar their family deity during the 10 th century. A grand temple was built on the island by Shiv Chitta Permadideva (1147 – 1172 AD). The temple was looted and destroyed by Muslim invaders and later by Portuguese. One can still find a Koteswar Tali on the island. The Shivling worshipped in the temple was desecrated and it was later saved by Narayan Shenvi Suryarao. He took the Shivling to Latambar

King Sagara – Ruler Of Ikshvaku Dynasty

Kinga Sagara was on the most powerful kings in the Ikshvaku dynasty of Surya Vamsha (the solar lineage). Sagara was the son of Bahuka, born posthumously. Srimad Bhagavata Purana narrates the story of this famous ruler of ancient India. He conquered many kingdoms but was considerate to his enemies, Yavanas, Talajanghas, Shakas, Haihayas and the indigenous communities. It is said that he had sixty thousand children by his queen Sumati. King Sagara performed an Ashwamedha Yajna to celebrate his victories; however, the sacrificial horse was stolen by Indra out of jealousy, who hid it in the hermitage of Sage Kapila. King Sagara, with the help of sixty thousand, searched everywhere in vain for the horse. They dug the earth while looking for the horse and in the process ocean water flowed into land. They did find the horse in the Ashrama of Sage Kapila and, blind with fury, called the sage a thief. The enraged sage burnt all of them to death. Amsuman, son of Sagara

Child Form Of Ganesha In Thirumandhamkunnu Temple in Kerala

Baby Ganesha in murti form is found rarely in Hindu Temples. A child form of Ganesha is worshipped at the famous Thirumandhamkunnu Temple at Angadipuram in Kerala. This form is worshipped below the peepal tree on the west side of the Bhadrakali Temple here. The child form of Ganesha worshipped here is associated with the legend of the temple. King Mandhata had ruled the region for a very long period. Finally, he abdicated the throne and took Sannyasa. He then meditated on Shiva and attained the holiest Shivling in Kailash. King Mandhata carried the Shivling to his kingdom and got it installed on a hill where the present Thirumandhamkunnu Temple is located. This Shivling actually belonged to Goddess Parvati. When she realized it was missing, she asked Goddess Bhadrakali and Bhoothas to get it back from the king. But it was not easy to take away what was gifted by Shiva. Finally, Bhadrakali took her most ferocious form and started pulling the Shivling to which the ki

Ganesha Represents This Element in Panchayatana Worship

Panchayatana form of worship introduced by Adi Shankaracharya has assigned one element to one of the five deities in Hinduism. Ganesha is the embodiment of Apa Mahabhuta (water) among the five elements. The five elements are ether/space, air, fire, water and earth. The five deities in Panchayatana form of worship are Vishnu, Mother Goddess, Ganesha, Surya and Shiva. In this concept, the five deities are worshipped in the form of sacred stones found in five holy rivers. Ganesha, the embodiment of Apa Mahabhuta, is worshipped with red sonbhadra found in the Son River.

Swami Chinmayananda Sayings

A collection of sayings of Swami Chinmayananda Those who are constant doubters can enjoy neither here nor there. Such men are psychologically incapable of enjoying any situation, because the doubting tendency in them will poison all their experiences. In the Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna condemns such men of endless doubts, and points out their tragedy in life. The Lord says that such men who "doubt the Self" will not find any joy or happiness anywhere—"neither here nor in the hereafter." Doubts are but the shadows of your own mind’s dancing. Quieten the mind through prayer and realize that which is beyond all doubts. When through the practice of Karma yoga, we have learnt to renounce our attachments to the fruits-of-action, and yet to work on in perfect detachment—when every doubt in us regarding the Goal-of-life has been completely removed in our own inner experience of the nobler and the diviner in us—as a result of the above two, the ego comes to re