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Ernakulam Shiva temple

Ernakulam Shiva Temple, also known as Ernakulathappan Temple is one of the major temples of Kerala, located in heart of Ernakulam

The temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, is considered as the city temple, with the deity as the protector of the city.

The deity is reverently called Eranakulathappan.

The temple’s legend  is  associated with Arjuna, the 3rd Pandava who made a severe penance to please Lord Shiva. Pleased with Arjuna’s devotion Shiva accompanied with his consort Sri Parvathi set out from their abode at Mount Kailash to meet Arjuna.It’s the story of Lord Shiva coming as Kiratha and Arjuna making Shiv Linga out of mud.

Years later based on the  legend of Devala, the place got its new name, Rishnagakulam (The pond of Rishi Nagam) and temple was constructed by the public.

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Vedas

Vedas in sanskrit  means knowledge is derived from the root vid- “to know”.The texts constitute the oldest layer of Sanskrit literature and the oldest scriptures of Hinduism.According to Hindu tradition, the Vedas are not of human agency and  are supposed to have been directly revealed, and thus are called sruti.

Vedas are divided into four

  • The Rigveda Samhita is the oldest extant Indic text.It is a collection of 1,028 Vedic Sanskrit hymns and 10,600 verses in all, organized into ten books.The books were composed by poets from different priestly groups over a period of several centuries, commonly dated to the period of roughly the second half of the 2nd millennium BC.
  • The Yajurveda Samhita consists of archaic prose mantras and also in part of verses borrowed and adapted from the Rigveda.
  • The Samaveda Samhita  consists of 1549 stanzas, taken almost entirely (except for 78 stanzas) from the Rigveda.
  • The Artharvaveda Samhita is the text ‘belonging to the Atharvan and Angirasa poets. It has 760 hymns, and about 160 of the hymns are in common with the Rigveda.The Atharvaveda is concerned with the material world or world of man and in this respect differs from the other three vedas. Atharvaveda also sanctions the use of force, in particular circumstances and similarly this point is a departure from the three other vedas.
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Why Temples are important?

June 30, 2011 Leave a comment

Hinduism is an ancient religion which has stood the test of time and onslaughts. It has continued its existence as the singularly and statistically biggest and oldest religion in India. But now it meets the misfortune of being neglected by its own followers. This is due to the fact that there is a lack of proper understanding of its tenets and principles.The temples are the centres which offer infinite peace to the mind of man.

Temples act as bridges linking both science and philosophy- Science sees many in one and philosophy sees one in many…

The present generation has started questioning the age-old concepts. For example, why worship at the temple? Why not at home? Why spend so much money on poojas? Hinduism is the religion which encourages questions always.If we look Bhagawat Gita and say epics everything has been mentioned in a very logical and rational way.Lord Krishna even says towards the end to Arjuna that eventhough he has told all these things still it’s up to Arjuna to discriminate what is correct and to do what he thinks is best… It’s very good that one asks questions like this, because if it’s sincere because that can surely lead hem to the right path just like Swami Vivekananda did .

Temple remind us that each human being has “divine nature and destiny”; They help us everyone in growing together in love and faithfulness. But all of these requires proper understanding and discrimination.

Basically what temples tell us is that the there is the presence of divinity in everyone. We should be able to see divinty in the whole creation just like we see divinity in the idol.It’s said that one can be born in a temple but should not die in a temple which again points to the fact that in the beginning we need all these for our spiritual progress but in a later stage we should become temple ourselves ie; we should be peaceful and should radiate peace to others too..There are many other reasons too which I will post later.

So because we  are not in such a stage now we should understand the importance of temples right from this very moment… NAMAH SHIVAYA!!!!

 

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Om Namah Shivaya!! What it means?

June 29, 2011 Leave a comment

Om Namah Shivaya is also called Panchakshara, the “five-syllable” mantra.Basically its meaning is adoration to shiva who is present in everywhere……..

There are many other meanings and interpretations to this maha mantra .The most beautiful one may be

Na  signifies not or negation. mah means mine. So Namah means not mine. What is not mine? that belongs to Shiva

Thus this mantra, in its subtle meaning, emphasises negating our ego of possession and moving to the state of being possessed by the supreme being.

Another interpretation is that the 5 letters, represent the 5 primary elements which constitute the entire universe

Na  is the sound of earth
Ma effects water factor
Shi  energises the fire factor
Va  energises the air factor
Ya  energises the  space

Everything in the universe, including our body is made up of these five basic elements. . So the mantra purifies the whole body and the surrounding.

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Dakshineshwar Kali Temple

June 28, 2011 Leave a comment

Dakshineswar Kali Temple is located in “Dakshineswar” near  Kolkata on the bank of the Hoogly River .Deity of the temple is Bhavatarini Kali, meaning, ‘She who takes Her devotees across the ocean of existence’. standing on the chest of a lying Lord Shiva. The temple was built by Rani Rashmoni, a philanthropist and a devotee of Kali in 1855. The temple is famous for its association with Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa.He was responsible for bringing fame and pilgrims to the temple.The temple is built in the traditional ‘Nava-ratna’ or nine spires style of Bengal Architecture.

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Rameshwaram(Indiaforeveryone)

June 21, 2011 Leave a comment

Rameswaram is a town in Ramanathapuram district in Tamil Nadu. It is located on Pamban Island separated from mainland India .  This is the place from where Lord Rama built a bridge Ram Setu across the sea to Lanka to rescue his consort Sita from Ravana.The  temple has the biggest  corridor in India.The temple comprises twenty two wells where the taste of the water of each well is different from the other. The corridor is about 1219 m in length.The beach of Rameswaram is famous for its beautiful sea featured with no waves at all.The sea god granted a boon to lord Ram  that the sea waves will be less to aid him in building a rock bridge.The temple is known as the Varanasi of the south.

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Hanuman Chalisa

June 21, 2011 Leave a comment
  • Shri guru charan saroj raj, Nij mane mukur sudhaari | Varnau raghuvar vimal jasu, Jo dhaayaku phal chaari || Budhihien tanu jaanike, Sumerau pavan-kumar | Bal budhi vidhya dehu mohe, Harahu kalesa vikar ||
  • Jai hanuman gyan gun sagar |
    Jai kapise tihun lok ujagar ||
    Ram dut atulit bal dhama |
    Anjani putra pavan sut nama ||
    Mahabir bikram bajrangee |
    Kumati nivas sumati ke sangi ||
    Kanchan varan viraj subesa |
    Kann kundal kunchit kesa ||
    Haat vajra aur dhuvaja  viraaje |
    Kandhe muj janeu sajee |
  • Sankar suvan kesrinandan |
    Tej pratap maha jag vandhan ||
    Vidhyavan guni aati chatur |
    Ram kaaj kaibe ko aatur ||
    Prabhu charitra sunibe ko rasiya |
    Ram lakhan sita maan basiya ||
    Susham roop dhari siyahi dhikhava |
    Vikat roop dhari lanka jarava ||
    Bhim roop dhari asur sanghaare |
    Ramchandra ke kaaj savare ||
  • Laye sanjeevan lakhan jiyaye |
    Shriraghuvir harashi ure laye ||
    Raghupati kinhi bahut badai |
    Tum mam priye bharat sam bhai ||
    Sahart badan tumarhu yash gaavey |
    As kahi shripati kant lagavey ||
    Sankadik bhramadhi munisa |
    Narad saarad sahit aheesa ||
    Yam kuber digpal jaha thi |
    Kavi kovid kahi sake kahan thi ||
  • Tum upkar sughreevahin keeniha |
    Ram milaye raj pad deenha ||
    Tumraho mantra vibheeshan mana |
    Lankeshvar bhaye sab jag jaan ||
    Yug sahastra jojan par bhanu |
    Leelyo tahi madhur phal janu ||
    Prabhu mudrika meli mukh mahi |
    Jaldhi lanhi gaye acraj nahi ||
    Durgam kaaj jagat ke jete |
    Sugam anugraha tumre tete ||
  • Ram dwaare tum rakhvare |
    Hoat na aagya binu paisare ||
    Sab sukh lahai tumhre sarna |
    Tum rakshak kahu ko daarna ||
    Aapan tej samharo aape |
    Teno lok hakte kape ||
    Bhut pesach nikat nahi aaveh |
    Mahavir jab naam sunavai ||
    Nase rog hare sab peera |
    Japat nirantar hanumat bal bira ||
  • Sankat se hanuman chudave |
    Maan karam bachan dayan jo lavey ||
    Sab per raam tapasvi raja |
    Tin ke kaaj sakal tum saaja ||
    Aur manorat jo kayi lave |
    Sohi amit jeevan phal pavey ||
    Charo yug pratap tumarah |
    Hai prasidh jagat ujeyara ||
    Sadhu sant ke tum rakhvare |
    Asur nikandan ram dulare ||
  • Ashat sidhi navnidhi ke dhaata |
    As var deen jaanki mata ||
    Ram rasayan tumhre pasa |
    Sada raho raghupati ke dasa ||
    Tumreh bhajan raam ko paavey |
    Janam janam ke dukh bisravey ||
    Ant kaal raghubar pur jayee |
    Jaha janam hari bhagat kahaei ||
    Aur devta chitna dharehi |
    Hanumat seye sarav sukh karaei ||
  • Sankat kate mite sab peera |
    Jo sumirai hanumat balbira ||
    Jai jai jai hanuman gusai |
    Kripa karo guru dev ki  nyaahin ||
    Jo sat bar paat kar koi |
    Chutehi bandhi maha sukh hoyi ||
    Jo yahe pade Hanuman Chalisa |
    Hoye siddhi sa khi gaureesha ||
    Tulsidas sada hari chera |
    Kijeye nath hridaye maha dera ||
  • Pavantnaye sankat haran, Mangal murti roop |Ram lakhan sita sahita, Hridaye basau sur bhup ||
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