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Nada Yoga Nama Sankeertana

In Hinduism on September 11, 2014 at 18:40

The Ultimate aim of Human Life, according to Hinduism , is Self Realization .

 

To see God in Yourself is Realization.

 

To realize God with Name and Form is Realization.

 

To see God in every living thing is Realization.

 

To see God in everything, animate and Inanimate is Realization.

 

The Reality is without name and Form.

 

One needs to take the first step of Realizing God with Name and Form.

 

Human Mind, as it is , can realize God with Name and Form easily.

 

It is emotional and it is emotion that drives us all.

 

 

This short cut to Realizing God is given the name Bhakti Yoga, in Hinduism.

 

Yoga means Union.

 

In Bhakthi,Devotion, one identifies oneself with God.

 

Some times language is required, Art is required to kindle this emotional aspect.

 

Bhakti cult  in Hinduism, has mastered this art.

 

This is a Part of Yoga, called Nada Yoga, where one gets lost in Music,no language, cultural barrier.

 

Music moves all.

 

Music when combined with suitable emotional content expressed through the medium of language, strikes a chord in you.

 

You are moved.

 

You do not need logic here.

 

Hinduism as I said earlier has developed this into an Art form.

 

Songs, lyrics have been composed for this.

 

The accompaniments are minimal .

 

Great Sanits like Thygaraja,Muthuswamy Dikshitar, Appayya Dikshitra, Sant Thukaram, Samartha Ramadas are some  who have realized God  through this form.

 

Their Keerthans, lyrics set to Carnatic music, are sung  even to day in Music festivals, and on auspicious occasions.

 

There is another form of this where the slokas and Keerthanas, either written by the singer or they use the Keerthnas of Saints.

 

There have been great practitioners of this from. the latest being Swami Haridas Giri.

 

The other name for this Nama Sankirthana, chanting of the Lord’s name.

 

Colloquially  it is called Bhajan.

 

Meera excelled in this form.

 

Special format for this type is found in Marathi,called Abhang.

 

Nama Sankeerthana is practiced even today at various places.

 

One such is being held at Malleswaram, Bangalore.

 

BHAJANA MELA 2014
On Sunday, 21st September, 2014
at Sringeri Shankara Mutt Complex,
6th Main, 11th Cross, Malleswaram,
Bangalore08:00 AM to 11:00 AM Sri J.S. Sriram & Party – Secunderabad11:00 AM to 02:30 PM Sri Chengottai Hari & Party02:30 PM to 05:30 PM Bhaktha Meera Bhajana Mandali – Lead by Smt. Chitra Jairam, Thrippunithara, Chochin.

05:30 PM to 08:30 PM

Sri Sattanathar & Party – (Disciple of Sri Sri Murlidhar Swamijee) Chennai

Keertana Yoga (Music Theraphy) is one of the best ways to beat stress and overcome tension. It is needless to mention about the importance of the access to Keertana Yoga to everyone living in Metro Cities like Bangalore. To preserve traditions, MBBM explores the possibility of spreading NAMASANKEERTHANAM by creating expanded platforms for Bhajans.

There is an association between the seed letter (Beejaaksharas) and Raagas with the presiding deities. Hence, devotees are encouraged to sing the Bhajans in that particular raga.

Let us cultivate the habit of singing, listening and learning God’s name with Love and Compassion.

Invitation to everyone to be part of this unique and august gathering.

Please call Girish Krishnan
for any further assistance in this respect at +91 – 97427 35307 or
Mail to pkg.blr@gmail.com

Experience it,

14 Feet Ganesha, Someshwara Temple Without Foundation

In Hinduism on August 24, 2014 at 11:11

The legends in Hinduism are intriguing , many from diverse sources. Puranas, Ithihasas like Ramayana, Mahabharata and of places and people.

 

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Kurudumale temple. image credit.http://www.mulbagal.com/kurudumaletemples.html

 

Intriguing because of their consistency and though they may be appear to contradict each other, on critical examination they are in agreement.

 

Be it the route taken by Lord Rama,the travels of Arjuna,Adi Shankaracharya………..

 

Read my posts on these.

 

And the architectural marvels, they are too many.

 

Please check my posts filed under Hinduism.

 

Sun’s rays falling on images on specific days,springs from unexpected places…..

 

One such is the temple dedicated Lord Ganesha at Kurudumale near Mulbagal.

 

Kolar district of Karnataka state, India,it is just 8km away from the Mulabagal town. is known for its Ganesha temple built by a Vijayanagara kings. This place was believed to be the place where Devas would descend from the heavens for helping recreation on earth. The ganesha temple is considered to be very powerful.

 

Note that the Devas do not create but assist Brahma in creation of the Universe.

 

This is in agreement with the Puarans.

 

Another temple located nearby is built without foundation, dedicated to Someshwara,.

 

The interesting thing about this temple is that it is built of a rock without any foundations. Another interesting thing is the architectural style of the temple; this temple is considered to be older than the Ganesha temple and was built during the Cholas period. Half of the temple has different style of carving, believed to have been done by artist Jakanachari and the other half is believed to have been carved by his son Dankanachari. The part of the temple supposedly built by Dankana’s has statues and carvings which are more intricate and sophisticated. Ganesha temple in Kurudumale, situated on the same road as that of Someshwara temple, but here a huge Ganesha idol is being worshipped from ages unknown. It is said that the Ganesha statue was being worshipped in an open field, until Krishnadevaraya built a temple around it. Ganesha(14 ft in all),  here , isbigger than the Dodda Ganesha of Basavanagudi.(http://www.mulbagal.com/kurudumaletemples.html)

 

How to reach.

110 Km from Bangalore.

Airport  Bangalore.

Bus statio.Mulabgal.

 

Marriage Terms Before Shiva Omkareswara Madikeri

In Hinduism, Travel on May 21, 2014 at 18:10

There is a Temple dedicated Lord Shiva in the form of Onkareswara, in Madikere ,Mercara(Madikeri) in Karnataka.

 

Located 267 km from Bangalore Madikeri is a place of scenic beauty and Nature’s splendor, yet to be unspoiled.

 

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Omkareswara temple,Madikeri, Karnataka. Image Credit. http://karnatakatravelogue.blogspot.in/

 

The small town has interesting locales, Raja’s Seat,Old Fort , where the Government offices are houses now, Nisargadama, a wild life sanctuary, 3 km off Madikeri on the Madikeri Mysore Highway ,Dubare Forest(48 km from Madikeri) Abbi Falls(9 km),Talacauvery(the origin of River Cauvery and Bhaga Mandala(4 km)

 

In Madikeri the Onkareswara temple is situated.

 

A small shrine, more influenced by Kerala Architecture( Bhaga Mandala also has the same pattern) is in the center of the town.

 

The temple has no separate Sannidhi for Ambal.

 

What is more interesting  is the fact that parents of the bride and  the bride groom, on the day of betrothal, declare the terms of marriage, accompanied

by their relatives(!) state openly the terms for the marriage including the Monetary ones, before Lord Onkareswara , have the blessings of Lord Shiva.

 

I understand that this the custom among the Kodava Community, who are ardent worshipers of Shiva.

 

The temple is very clean and has a beautiful tank.

 

It is open from 7 am 12 and between 4 and 8 pm.

 

It is just a km from Bus station , Madikere.

 

Madikere can be reached from Bangalore by Bus(267 km), Mysore 9210 km)

 

 

 

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Bomb Blast in Chennai Helplines

In India, News on May 1, 2014 at 18:36

There has been a Bomb Blast in Central Station ,Chennai,India to-day in the  Guwahati Bangalore Express.

 

 

Chennai: 044-25357398 

Bangalore: 08022356409, 08022156553 

Railway control number: 08022876288 , 044-25357398, for inquiries.

 

Two Bombs were blasted in Chennai

Twin Bomb Blast in Chennai

 “One passenger died and nine others were injured in a bomb blast at an express train stationed at the Chennai Central station on Thursday.

The blast took place at around 7.30am on the Guwahati-Bangalore Express.

Police identified the dead as Swathi, 22, from Guntur.

The condition of a few passengers is serious. Investigators who visited the spot said it appeared to have been two explosions, below seat number 70 of S4 compartment and seat number 30 of S5 compartment.

Southern Railway general manager Rakesh Mishra said the blasts appeared to be of low intensity. He confirmed that Swathi, 22, a passenger to Guntur died in the blast.

“Two other passengers are grievously injured and seven suffered relatively lesser injuries. All other trains are on schedule. The affected train will resume its journey in an hour, after the police give the clearance.
The train had reached the Chennai Central railway station at 7.05am at Platform No 9 and some passengers had got down from the train. Few others going further towards Guwahati stayed back in the train which was to leave the station at 7.50am.”

 

News Source.

 

Times of India.

 

Zee News

 

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7000 Years Old Temple In Bangalore

In Hinduism on April 29, 2014 at 11:58

Many associate Bangalore as an IT hub and a city founded by Kempe Gowda.

 

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Other researches say it is ,

 

An inscription, dating back to 890 AD, shows Bengaluru is over 1,000 years old. But it stands neglected at the Parvathi Nageshwara Temple in Begur near the city … written inhale Kannada (old Kannada) of the 9th Century, the epigraph refers to a Bengaluru war in 890 AD in which Buttanachetty, a servant of Nagatta, died.”

 

But the fact, according to latest reports is that Bangalore is at least 7000 years Old!

 

ancient nandeeshwara temple at malleswaram 17th cross was discovered only three years ago, but it has stood for 7,000 years on that spot. being buried over the years hasn’t diminished its aura at all. it still draws huge crowds all day. 


According to residents living nearby, the temple was completely buried and the land above it was a flat stretch. “three years ago, a politician tried to sell this plot. but people objected on the grounds that the land should first be dug through to see if they could find something,” says the priest, ravi shankar bhatt. and so when they started digging up the land, they found buried underneath, this temple. it was in perfect condition, preserved by the thick layers of soil. 
this underground temple was enclosed within a stone cut courtyard supported by ancient stone pillars. at the far end of the courtyard, a nandi was carved out of a black stone with eyes painted in gold. from its mouth a clear stream of water flowed directly on to a shivalinga made out of the same black stone at a lower level. there were steps that led to a small pool in the centre of the courtyard where the water flowed and collected. the pool’s centre had a 15 feet deep whirlpool. 
everything remains the same today. nobody knows where the water comes from and how it passes from the mouth of the nandi idol on to the shivalinga. nobody knows how the whirlpool came into being. the source of water, the sculptor, even the time when it was built remains a mystery. 
“there has been no scientific explanation for the source of water till date,” says resident shivalingaiah. “some say it was built by shivaji maharaj. some say it’s older. but of one thing we were sure, the temple has remained untouched over the years. we found it exactly as it might have been before it was covered by soil,” he adds. “

 

Citations.

7000  year old Temple in Bangalore

 

 

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