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Monday, April 21, 2008

Trimbakeshwar : Jyotirlinga In India

Trimbakeshwar: Jyotirlinga in India (Lord Shiva Jyotirlinga)

One of the holy places of not only Maharashtra but the whole India is near Nashik. Trimbakeshwar is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas (of lord shiva) in India. At the time of the marriage of Lord Shiva with Miss Parvati, all the Devarshis gathered together. Brahmadev, the creator of the Universe, seeing the beauty of Parvati, had a discharge of semen. Lord Shiva observing this, offered him water of Ganges, the purest water and said, “You will wipe off your sin by this water”.

Brahmadev kept the holy water in his kamandalu (a particular container made out of dried fruit carried by Sadhus) and was purified by its bath. Rathayatra of Trimbakeshwar - On the full moon day of the month Kartika , called Tripuri Paurnima- sometime in November

Where to Stay

There are modern Dharmashalas (caravansary) built by charitable Gujarathi Community available for stay for three days to any individual. The stay can be extended by written permission of the trustees. Besides, there are big houses of Kshetropadhyes (the local priests), where lodging and boarding is made available.

Friday, April 11, 2008

108 Names of Ganesha, All Name of Lord Ganesha

108 Names of Ganesha (Lord Shiva Son), All Names of Lord Ganesha

108 Names of Ganesha (Lord Shiva Son), All Names of Lord Ganesha

Ganesha Name :
1 Akhuratha : One who has Mouse as His Charioteer
2 Alampata : Ever Eternal Lord
3 Amit : Incomparable Lord
4 Anantachidrupamayam : Infinite and Consciousness Personified
5 Avaneesh : Lord of the whole World
6 Avighna : Remover of Obstacles
7 Balaganapati : Beloved and Lovable Child
8 Bhalchandra : Moon-Crested Lord
9 Bheema : Huge and Gigantic
10 Bhupati : Lord of the Gods
11 Bhuvanpati : God of the Gods
12 Buddhinath : God of Wisdom
13 Buddhipriya : Knowledge Bestower
14 Buddhividhata: God of Knowledge
15 Chaturbhuj : One who has Four Arms
16 Devadeva : Lord of All Lords
17 Devantakanashakarin: Destroyer of Evils and Asuras
18 Devavrata : One who accepts all Penances
19 Devendrashika: Protector of All Gods
20 Dharmik : One who gives Charity
21 Dhoomravarna : Smoke-Hued Lord
22 Durja : Invincible Lord
23 Dvaimatura : One who has two Mothers
24 Ekaakshara : He of the Single Syllable
25 Ekadanta : Single-Tusked Lord
26 Ekadrishta : Single-Tusked Lord
27 Eshanputra : Lord Shiva's Son
28 Gadadhara : One who has The Mace as His Weapon
29 Gajakarna : One who has Eyes like an Elephant
30 Gajanana : Elephant-Faced Lord
31 Gajananeti : Elephant-Faced Lord
32 Gajavakra : Trunk of The Elephant
33 Gajavaktra : One who has Mouth like an Elephant
34 Ganadhakshya : Lord of All Ganas (Gods)
35 Ganadhyakshina: Leader of All The Celestial Bodies
36 Ganapati : Lord of All Ganas (Gods)
37 Gaurisuta : The Son of Gauri (Parvati)
38 Gunina : One who is The Master of All Virtues
39 Haridra : One who is Golden Coloured
40 Heramba : Mother's Beloved Son
41 Kapila : Yellowish-Brown Coloured
42 Kaveesha : Master of Poets
43 Kirti : Lord of Music
44 Kripalu : Merciful Lord
45 Krishapingaksha : Yellowish-Brown Eyed
46 Kshamakaram : The Place of Forgiveness
47 Kshipra : One who is easy to Appease
48 Lambakarna : Large-Eared Lord
49 Lambodara : The Huge Bellied Lord
50 Mahabala : Enormously Strong Lord
51 Mahaganapati : Omnipotent and Supreme Lord
52 Maheshwaram : Lord of The Universe
53 Mangalamurti : All Auspicious Lord
54 Manomay : Winner of Hearts
55 Mrityuanjaya : Conqueror of Death
56 Mundakarama : Abode of Happiness
57 Muktidaya : Bestower of Eternal Bliss
58 Musikvahana : One who has Mouse as His Charioteer
59 Nadapratithishta : One who Appreciates and Loves Music
60 Namasthetu : Vanquisher of All Evils and Vices and Sins
61 Nandana : Lord Shiva's Son
62 Nideeshwaram : Giver of Wealth and Treasures
63 Omkara : One who has the Form Of OM
64 Pitambara : One who has Yellow-Coloured Body
65 Pramoda : Lord of All Abodes
66 Prathameshwara : First Among All
67 Purush : The Omnipotent Personality
68 Rakta : One who has Red-Coloured Body
69 Rudrapriya : Beloved Of Lord Shiva
70 Sarvadevatman : Acceptor of All Celestial Offerings
71 Sarvasiddhanta : Bestower of Skills and Wisdom
72 Sarvatman : Protector of The Universe
73 Shambhavi : The Son of Parvati
74 Shashivarnam : One who has a Moon like Complexion
75 Shoorpakarna : Large-Eared Lord
76 Shuban : All Auspicious Lord
77 Shubhagunakanan : One who is The Master of All Virtues
78 Shweta : One who is as Pure as the White Colour
79 Siddhidhata : Bestower of Success and Accomplishments
80 Siddhipriya : Bestower of Wishes and Boons
81 Siddhivinayaka : Bestower of Success
82 Skandapurvaja : Elder Brother of Skand (Lord Kartik)
83 Sumukha : Auspicious Face
84 Sureshwaram : Lord of All Lords
85 Swaroop : Lover of Beauty
86 Tarun : Ageless
87 Uddanda : Nemesis of Evils and Vices
88 Umaputra : The Son of Goddess Uma (Parvati)
89 Vakratunda : Curved Trunk Lord
90 Varaganapati : Bestower of Boons
91 Varaprada : Granter of Wishes and Boons
92 Varadavinayaka : Bestower of Success
93 Veeraganapati : Heroic Lord
94 Vidyavaridhi : God of Wisdom
95 Vighnahara : Remover of Obstacles
96 Vignaharta : Demolisher of Obstacles
97 Vighnaraja : Lord of All Hindrances
98 Vighnarajendra : Lord of All Obstacles
99 Vighnavinashanaya : Destroyer of All Obstacles and Impediments
100 Vigneshwara : Lord of All Obstacles
101 Vikat : Huge and Gigantic
102 Vinayaka : Lord of All
103 Vishwamukha : Master of The Universe
104 Vishwaraja : King of The World
105 Yagnakaya : Acceptor of All Sacred and Sacrficial Offerings
106 Yashaskaram : Bestower of Fame and Fortune
107 Yashvasin : Beloved and Ever Popular Lord
108 Yogadhipa : The Lord of

Sri Sailam : Jyotirlinga ( Lord Shiva) Andhara Pradesh India

Sri Sailam : Jyotirlinga ( Lord Shiva) Andhara Pradesh India

Sri Sailam Jyotirlinga Picture
Significance: This is one of the greatest Saivite shrines in India and it constitutes one of the 12 Jyotirlingam shrines of Shiva. The presiding deities here are Mallikarjuna (Shiva) and Bhramaramba (Devi).

Temple of Sri Sailam Andhara Pradesh, Sri Sailam Jyotirlinga Photo, Picture
This is an ancient temple with fort like walls, towers and a rich endowment of sculptural work. This huge temple built in the Dravidian style with lofty towers and sprawling courtyards is one of the finest specimens of Vijayanagar architecture.

Sri Sailam Jyotirlinga Andhara Pradesh, Lord Shiva Jyotirlinga
The Satavahanas of the 2nd century AD have referred to it and the Saivite Tamil Saints have sung its glory. The Kakatiyas and the Vijayanagar kings (esp Krishnadevaraya) have made several endowments here. This temple is of immense religious, historical and architectural significance.

Antiquity The origins of this temple are buried in antiquity. The Skanda Purana has a chapter dedicated to it. The great religious leader Aadi Sankara is said to have visited this shrine and composed his immortal Sivananda Lahiri here. Praise of this temple has been sung by the Tamil Saint poets of the past millennium.
The shrine dedicated to Bhramaramba is considered to be of great significance. Legend has it that Durga is said to have assumed the shape of a bee and worshipped Shiva here, and chose this place as her abode.
Temples in the vicinity:
1. Tripurantakam to the east of Sree Sailam.
2. Siddavatam of Cuddapah district to the South
3. Alampur Navabhrama temples in Mahboobnagar district to the West
4. Umamaheswaram in Mahboobnagar district to the North.
5. Paladhara Panchadara - the spot where Adi Sankara is said to have meditated.
6. Hatakeswaram: another Shiva temple near Paladhara Panchadara where the lingam was originally made of gold.
7. Sakthi Ganapathi temple: It is considered important to visit this temple before visiting Sri Sailam.
8. Kailasa Dwaram: The main entrance to Sri Sailam for those trekking to the temple
9. Sikharam: There is a hill temple dedicated to Shiva at a height of 2850 feet above sea level in the Nallamalai hills
10. Patalaganga: is where the bathing ghats associated with Sri Sailam are located. (Krishna river).
Tripurantakam, Siddavatam, Alampura and Umamaheswaram are considered to be the four gateways to Sri Sailam.

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Monday, April 7, 2008

Lord Shiva Photo, Shiva Pictures, Shiva Snaps, Wallpapers

Lord Shiva Photo Shiva Picture

Lord Shiva Photo, Pictures, Wallpapers, Photo of Shivaji, Shiva Parvati Photo

Shiva Alone Picture Shiva with Ganesh Picture

Shiva and Parvati Picture Parvati, Shiva and Nandi Ox Picture

Shiva with Nandi Ox Photo Shiva Jyotirlinga Photo

Shiva, Rama, Laxman Photo Shree Ganesh, Shiva, Parvati Photo

Shiva Many Picture Shiva with Om Namah Shiva Picture

Shiva Jyotirlinga Snaps Shiva Snaps
Shiva and Ganga Photo Shiva Wallpapers

Shiva Miss Parvati Photo

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Benares (Vishwanath) : Jyotirlinga India

Varanasi (Vishwanath) : Jyotirlinga in India

Varanasi - Benares – Kaasi (in India) is considered to be the holiest of all pilgrimage sites in India. It is considered home to Lord Shiva - Visweswara. Benares is also known as Kaasi because it is beleived that Supreme brilliance shines there, and lights the way to salvation (Kas - to shine). Varanasi is located between two rivers Varana and Asi, and hence the name Varanasi (in Uttar Pradesh) UP.

This place is said to give the greatest delight to Hindu God and hence the name Anandakanana; the five elements lie in this great cremation ground as will all dead bodies at the time of the final deluge and hence the name Mahasmasaanam.

Benares has been a pilgrimage center since time immemorial. It is believed that the fifth head of Hindu God Bhrama which clung to Shiva's palms came unstuck only after he reached Varanasi. Varanasi has been mentioned in the Tamil Tevaram hymns of the first millennium CE. Kasi is mentioned repeatedly in the scriptures such as the Bhramanas, Upanishads, Kavyas and Puranas. It is the oldest center of learning, and is vibrant with centuries of tradition.
Benares houses the Kaasi Visweswara (Viswanatha) temple, enshrining one of the twelve Jyotirlingams of Lord Shiva. This temple was desecrated and rebuilt several times. The latest structure dating back to the 18th century (thanks to the efforts of Rani Ahilyabhai Holkar) is the center of attention of the millions of pilgrims who converge here, to perform an abhishekam to the sacred Jyotirlingam, with water from the Ganges. Benares is also considered to be one of the Shakti Peethas of India. It is believed that the left hand of Sati fell at Varanasi, and that Annapurna or Visalakshi represent the Shakti Peetham here.

Apart from these temples, there are five other sacred spots in Benares. The Asi-Ganga sangamam, at Lolarka houses a temple to the Sun God. The rivers Ganga and Varana converge at a spot where there is a shrine to Kesava. The Panchaganga Ghat houses a temple to Bindu-Madhava. It is believed that five rivers Kirana, Ganga, Yamuna, Saraswati and Dhuta-papa converge here. The Dasaswamedha Ghat where it is believed that the ancient kings performed the aswamedha sacrifice ten times and took a dip in the Ganga.

The last of the sacred spots is the Manikarnika Ghat. Legend has it that Vishnu dug a pit with his chakra, and the sweat created during his meditation filled the pit. Shiva shook his head and his jeweled earring fell into the pit, hence the name Manikarnika. Tradition has it that those that die at Benares and get cremated at the Manikarnika ghat, get liberated from the cycle of life and death.

Hyuen Tsang, the Chinese traveller visited Varanasi in the 7th century. His travel accounts speak of the grandeur of the city and of its temples. This writer describes a hundred feet high statue of Shiva Maheshwara made of brass that adorned the city.

Several other temples and shrines adorn the city of Benares. Virtually every block houses a shrine here. Mention must be made of the modern shrine to Kaasi Viswanatha elsewhere in the city. Shivaratri in the month of Aquarius is a season of great festivity at Benares.

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