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Garuda – Snake Vasuki Fight To Bring Shiva Back From Cosmic Sleep

After the death of Mata Sati in the infamous Daksha Yagna, Shiva showed no interest in the universe and went into cosmic sleep. As result there was total imbalance in the universe. Snake Vasuki who was cursed to live in the Patala Loka by Brahma came out to pay his last respects to Mata Sati and take care of her remains. Bhagavan Vishnu saw this as an opportunity to bring back Shiva from his cosmic sleep. Garuda Vasuki Yuddham on the walls of  Hoysaleswara Temple, Halebidu, Karnataka Bhagavan Vishnu ordered Garuda, the nemesis of snakes, to attack Vasuki. Garuda fights with Vasuki and thrashes him on to the ground. Unable to bear the pain of the attack, Vasuki cries out the name of Shiva. Shiva wakes up from the cosmic sleep and comes to the rescue of Vasuki. Shiva attacks Garuda. Vishnu then comes to help Garuda. Shiva was then forced to fight Vishnu. With Shiva back in vigor, the universe gained its balance. Darkness was replaced with light. Shiva soon realized the motive of

Dharmrajeshwar Temple – Hindu Temple Carved Out Of Single Rock

Dharmrajeshwar Temple, also famous as Dharmrajeshwar Cave Temple, is located in Garoth town of Mandsaur District, Madhya Pradesh. Dharmrajeshwar Temple is a monolithic temple. This brilliant temple was carved in a huge rock not built separately. In the 9th century, this temple was carved by using solid natural rocks. The temple is carved in the North Indian style architecture. Dharmrajeshwar Temple is compared with world famous Kailash Temple of Ellora.  The main temple houses a Shivling and a murti of Bhagwan Vishnu. The temple has been carved out of a rock that was 50 m high and 20 m wide. Sculptures of Bhagavan Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi have been engraved in the frame of the entrance of the main temple. The smaller temples of the complex have sculptures of Bhairava, Goddess Kali, Shiva, Garuda and Goddess Parvati.

Kakkara Bhagavathi Temple - History - Festival Theyyam And Kaliyattam

Kakkara Bhagavathi Temple, also known as Kakkarakavu temple, is located at Kadannappally in Kannur in Kerala. This is an important Bhadrakali Kavu. Kakkara Bhagavathy Temple Theyyam and Kaliyattam 2023 date is February 2. The annual Theyyam and Kaliyattam festival is observed on Makaram 20. The important theyyams performed here are Kakkara Bhagavathi, Narambil Bhagavathy, Vishnumoorthy, Karutha Bhootham. This place is mentioned as Kanalkurakavu in Thottam Pattu. The deity worshipped in Kakkara Bhagavathi Temple is the fierce form of Bhadrakali who was on her way to annihilate demon Daruka. Legend has it that the deity was worshipped in Kalakattu Illam. But due to some unfortunate incident the elder member of the family got angry at the goddess and threw her sword in a nearby river. The sword was found by the elder member of the Poonthanam illam. He consecrated the sword at Kakkara.

Arukalil Mahadeva Temple - Interesting Facts - Festival

Arukalil Mahadeva Temple is located around 3 km east of Adoor in Pathanamthitta District in Kerala. The annual festival in the temple is observed in such a way that the 10-day festival ends with Arattu on the Thiruvathira nakshatra day in Malayalam Kumbham month. A unique aspect of this temple is that it has a circular sanctum sanctorum which is quite rare in these parts of Kerala. The main deity worshipped in the temple is Shiva. The main subsidiary deity worshipped in the temple is Ganapati. The annual festival is noted for special temple rituals, pageantry, processions, traditional dance, music and folk arts.

Quotes On Importance Of Self Effort In Hinduism

A collection of quotes on the importance of self effort in Hinduism. The Bhagavad Gita (6.5) teaches, "Let a man uplift himself by his own self. Let him not belittle or lower himself, for he himself is his friend, and he himself is his enemy." Sri Ramanuja explains that uplifting ourselves by ourselves means uplifting our mind that is ensnared by the sense organs with the help of buddhi, our discriminating faculty. According to a well-known Sanskrit verse, "The Goddess of Prosperity favors only those who are diligent and hardworking. Only cowards say that everything depends on destiny. With the help of the divine power inherent in you, assert yourself and get rid of destiny. If despite all your efforts you do not succeed, then what does it matter?" [At least, you have made your best efforts.] According to another verse, "Only hard work helps in the attainment of goals, not dreams and mere intentions. [The way to hell is paved with good intent