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Daksha Yagna Temples Daksha’s Head Severed

In Hinduism on July 23, 2014 at 10:16

Daksha Prajapathi was the Human being to be created by Lord Brahma.

 

While there by be differences among the Puranas on some legends, thee is no variation in the Legend of Daksha.

 

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Shivlingam- This is the neck portion of Daksh Prajapati who was decapitated by Maha Rudra.

 

“As mentioned in the Mahabharata and other texts of Hinduism, King Daksha Prajapati, the father of Sati, Shiva’s first wife, performed Yagna at the place where the temple is situated. Although Sati felt insulted when her father did not invited Shiva to the ritual, she attended the yagna. She found that Shiva was being spurned by her father and she burnt herself in the Yajna Kunda itself. Shiva got angry and sent his Gaṇas, the terrible demi-god Vīrabhadra and Bhadrakali to the ritual.[2] On the direction of Shiva, Virabhadra appeared with Shiva’s ganas in the midst of Daksha’s assembly like a storm wind and waged a fierce war with the gods and mortals present culminating in the beheading of Daksha, who was later given the head of a goat at the behest ofBrahma and other gods. Much of the details of the Ashvamedha Yagna (Horse Sacrifice) ofDaksha are found in the Vayu Purana.”

 

There are quite a few Temples in India where Daksha is reported to have performed the Daksha Yagna.

 

Kamakya, Assam, near Gwahati,

 

Kankhal, about 4 km from HaridwarUttarakhandIndia

 

Draksharama, Andhra Pradesh,

 

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Draksharama Temple.

and curiously,

 

in Kerala,Kottiyoor.

 

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Daksha Yagna, Neyaatam,Kottiyoor.

 

Loard Brahma and Loard Vishnu approached Lord Siva and prayed to shed his anger. Siva became calm and agreed to restore Daksha’s life for yaaga completion. As his head could not be traced, head of a lamb was fixed on Daksha’s body and he was revived. By the grace of Loard Siva Daksha completed his yaaga.

The site of this yaaga was subsequently covered with dense forest. Centuries later hill tribes called Kurichyas were hunting deer in this forest area and he was sharpening his arrow on a stone, suddenly blood oozed out. This strange phenomenon confused the hill tribes and they reported this incident to nearby Padingitta Namboothiri’s illam. The Namboothiri well-versed in tantric lore got an intuition that an idol is lying at a particular spot. Namboothiri  told Kurichyas to inform four prominent Nair families in Manathana village. Kurichyas reach Manathana and informed Kulangarayath, Aakkal, Karimbanakkal chathoth and Thittayil families.

All four members of Nair family and Padingitta Namboothiri were went to the spot where the incident happen. Great surprise they found a bleeding stone in the forest.  Ablutions with water, ghee and milk could not control the blood flow and finally tender coconut water stopped the blood.

On consultation with astrologer they come to know that it is a holy land where Daksha conducted his yaaga and bleeding stone was a ‘swayambu idol’. It is belived that Lord Siva took form of ‘swayambu ’ next to where Devi Sathi immolated herself in the ‘yaagagni’.

The place where swayambu idol was found is known as ‘Akkare Kottyoor’. “Akkare Kottiyoor”  is opened only during the Vyskha Mahotsavam.   ‘Ikkare Kottiyoor’ is nalukettu temple complex where regular poojas happening. Regular poojas and other rituals were to be conducted and it is believed that Sri Shankaracharya who set out present day rituals with his spiritual vision.

 

I am curious as to how a King from Himalayas could have performed this in deep South.

 

To me Haridwar seems to be the correct one,Kamakya could have been the place where Sati immolated herself.

 

Inputs welcome.

“The name Draksharama is said to be a corrupted form of ‘Draksharama’ or the garden of Drakshaprajapathi. The place is said to depict the well-known puranic legend of Dakshaprajapathi’s Yagna. According to this, Dakshaprajapathi’s daughter Dakshayani had married Lord Siva, though Drakshaprajapathi was not very happy over it. Once Drakshaprajapathi performed a great yagna, to which, out of his ‘dambha’ and ‘darpa’, he did not invite Lord Siva. Dakshayani was anxious to attend this Yagna of her father, but at the same time could not openly attend it in as much as her Lord viz., Lord Siva, had been deliberately excluded from it. She was thus torn between two compelling desires. Finally, she resolved to attend the sacrifice even though she too had not been invited as the consort of Lord Siva.”

 

Citation.

http://www.hindubooks.org/temples/andhrapradesh/draksharama/page4.htm

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daksheswara_Mahadev_Temple

 

http://kottiyoordevaswom.com/index.php/component/content/article?layout=edit&id=107

 

 

 

 

 

Slokas To Recite In The Morning.

In Hinduism on July 23, 2014 at 09:03

For a Hindu, apart from performing the Morning Sandhyavandana, these slokas are to be recited.

 

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Hindu Prays.

 

One would notice that these Prayers are not only for the individual but foe the world as well.

कराग्रे वसते लक्ष्मिः करमध्ये सरस्वति ।
करमूले तु गोविन्दः प्रभाते करदर्शनम् ॥
Karaagre Vasate Lakssmih Karamadhye Sarasvati |
Karamuule Tu Govindah Prabhaate Karadarshanam ||

Meaning:
1: At the Top of the Hand (i.e. Palm) Dwell Devi Lakshmi and at the Middle of the Hand Dwell Devi Saraswati,
2: At the Base of the Hand Dwell Sri Govinda; Therefore one should Look at one’s Hands in the Early Morning and contemplate on Them.

 

समुद्रवसने देवि पर्वतस्तनमण्डले ।
विष्णुपत्नि नमस्तुभ्यं पादस्पर्शं क्षमस्वमे ॥
Samudra-Vasane Devi Parvata-Stana-Mannddale |
Vissnnu-Patni Namastubhyam Paada-sparsham Kssama-Svame ||

Meaning:
1: (Oh Mother Earth) The Devi Who is having Ocean as Her Garments and Mountains as Her Bosom,
2: Who is the Consort of Sri Vishnu, I Bow to You; Please Forgive Us for Touching You with Our Feet.

 

गङ्गेच यमुने चैव गोदावरी सरस्वति ।
नर्मदा सिन्धु कावेरी जलेऽस्मिन् संनिधिं कुरु ॥
Gangge-Ca Yamune Ca-Iva Godaavarii Sarasvati |
Narmadaa Sindhu Kaaverii Jale[a-A]smin Samnidhim Kuru ||

Meaning:
1: O Holy Rivers Ganga and Yamuna, and also GodavariSaraswati,
2: NarmadaSindhu and Kaveri; Please be Present in this Water Near Me (and make it Holy).

 

प्रातः   स्मरामि   हृदि   संस्फुरदात्मतत्त्वं
Pratah Smarami Hridi Samsphurad Aatma Tattvam.
प्रातः स्मरामि हृदि संस्फुरदात्मतत्त्वं
सच्चित्सुखं परमहंसगतिं तुरीयम् ।
यत्स्वप्नजागरसुषुप्तिमवैति नित्यं
तद्ब्रह्म निष्कलमहं   भूतसङ्घः ॥१॥
Praatah Smaraami Hrdi Samsphurad-Aatma-Tattvam
Sac-Cit-Sukham Parama-Hamsa-Gatim Turiiyam |
Yat-Svapna-Jaagara-Sussuptim-Avaiti Nityam
Tad-Brahma Nisskalam-Aham Na Ca Bhuuta-Sangghah ||1||

Meaning:
1.1: In the Early Morning I remember (i.e. meditate on) the Pure Essence of the Atman shining within my Heart, …
1.2: … Which gives the Bliss of Sacchidananda (Existence-Consciousness-Bliss essence), which is the Supreme Hamsa(symbolically a Pure White Swan floating in Chidakasha) and takes the mind to the state of Turiya (the fourth state, Superconsciousness),
1.3: Which knows (as a witness beyond) the three states of DreamWaking and Deep Sleepalways,
1.4: That Brahman which is without any division shines as the Iand not this body which is a collection of Pancha Bhuta(Five Elements).

प्रातर्भजामि मनसा वचसामगम्यं
वाचो विभान्ति निखिला यदनुग्रहेण ।
यन्नेतिनेतिवचनैर्निगमा अवोचं_
स्तं देवदेवमजमच्युतमाहुरग्र्यम् ॥२॥
Praatar-Bhajaami Manasaa Vacasaam-Agamyam
Vaaco Vibhaanti Nikhilaa Yad-Anugrahenna |
Yan-Neti-Neti-Vacanair-Nigamaa Avocam_
s-Tam Deva-Devam-Ajam-Acyutam-Aahur-Agryam ||2||

Meaning:
2.1: In the Early Morning I worship That, Which is beyond the Mind and the Speech,
2.2: (And) By Whose Grace all Speech shine,
2.3: Who is expressed in the scriptures by statement “Neti Neti”, since He cannot be adequately expressed by Words,
2.4: Who is called the God of the GodsUnbornInfallible (i.e. Imperishable) and Foremost (i.e. Primordial).

प्रातर्नमामि तमसः परमर्कवर्णं
पूर्णं सनातनपदं पुरुषोत्तमाख्यम् ।
यस्मिन्निदं जगदशेषमशेषमूर्तौ
रज्ज्वां भुजङ्गम इव प्रतिभासितं वै ॥३॥
Praatar-Namaami Tamasah Param-Arka-Varnnam
Puurnnam Sanaatana-Padam Purussottama-[A]akhyam |
Yasminn-Idam Jagad-Ashessam-Ashessa-Muurtau
Rajjvaam Bhujanggama Iva Pratibhaasitam Vai ||3||

Meaning:
3.1: In the Early Morning I Salute That Darkness (signifying without any Form) which is of the nature of Supreme Illumination,
3.2: Which is Purna (Full), Which is the Primordial Abode, and Which is called Purushottama (the Supreme Purusha),
3.3: In Whom this endless World is settled endlessly (i.e. from the beginning of creation), …
3.4: … and (this endless World) appear like a Snake over the Rope (of the Primordial Essence).

श्लोकत्रयमिदं पुण्यं लोकत्रयविभूषणम् ।
प्रातःकाले पठेद्यस्तु  गच्छेत्परमं पदम् ॥४॥
Shloka-Trayam-Idam Punnyam Loka-Traya-Vibhuussannam |
Praatah-Kaale Patthed-Yas-Tu Sa Gacchet-Paramam Padam ||4||

Meaning:
4.1: These three Slokas, which are Holy (unites one with the Whole), and the ornaments of the Three Worlds,
4.2: He who recites in the early Morninggoes to (i.e. attain) the Supreme Abode (of Brahman).

ब्रह्मा   मुरारिस्त्रिपुरान्तकारी
Brahma Murari Tripurantakari
ब्रह्मा मुरारिस्त्रिपुरान्तकारी
भानुः शशी भूमिसुतो बुधश्च ।
गुरुश्च शुक्रः शनिराहुकेतवः
कुर्वन्तु सर्वे मम सुप्रभातम् ॥१॥
Brahmaa Muraaris-Tripuraantakaarii
Bhaanuh Shashii Bhuumisuto Budhash-Ca |
Gurush-Ca Shukrah Shani-Raahu-Ketavah
Kurvantu Sarve Mama Suprabhaatam ||1||

Meaning:
1.1: (In the early morning I remember) The Devas BrahmaMurari (The enemy of demon Mura, refers to Sri Krishna or Vishnu) and Tripurantakari (The One Who has brought an end to Tripurasuras, refers to Sri Shiva), …
1.2: … The Planets Bhanu (The Sun), Shashi (The Moon), Bumisuta (Mars) and Budha (Mercury), …
1.3: … Guru (Jupiter), Shukra (Venus), Shani (Saturn), Rahu and Ketu, …
1.4: May all of them make my Morning Auspicious.

भृगुर्वसिष्ठः क्रतुरङ्गिराश्च
मनुः पुलस्यः पुलहश्च गौतमः ।
रैभ्यो मरीचिश्च्यवनश्च दक्षः
कुर्वन्तु सर्वे मम सुप्रभातम् ॥२॥
Bhrgur-Vasisstthah Kratur-Anggiraash-Ca
Manuh Pulasyah Pulahash-Ca Gautamah |
Raibhyo Mariicish-Cyavanash-Ca Dakssah
Kurvantu Sarve Mama Suprabhaatam ||2||

Meaning:
2.1: (In the early morning I remember) The Sages BhriguVasisthaKratu and Angira, …
2.2: … ManuPulasyaPulaha and Gautama, …
2.3: … RaibhyaMarichiChyavana and Daksha, …
2.4: May all of them make my Morning Auspicious.

सनत्कुमारः सनकः सनन्दनः
सनातनोऽप्यासुरिपिङ्गलौ  ।
सप्त स्वराः सप्त रसातलानि
कुर्वन्तु सर्वे मम सुप्रभातम् ॥३॥
Sanatkumaarah Sanakah Sanandanah
Sanaatano[a-A]py[i]-Aasuri-Pinggalau Ca |
Sapta Svaraah Sapta Rasaatalaani
Kurvantu Sarve Mama Suprabhaatam ||3||

Meaning:
3.1: (In the early morning I remember) The Sages SanatkumaraSanakaSanandana, …
3.2: … SanatanaAsuri and Pingala,
3.3: The seven Swaras (Musical Notes) and the seven Nether Worlds,
3.4: May all of them make my Morning Auspicious.

सप्तार्णवाः सप्त कुलाचलाश्च
सप्तर्षयो द्वीपवनानि सप्त ।
भूरादिकृत्वा भुवनानि सप्त
कुर्वन्तु सर्वे मम सुप्रभातम् ॥४॥
Sapta-[A]arnnavaah Sapta Kula-Acalaash-Ca
Sapta-Rssayo Dviipa-Aanaani Sapta |
Bhuur-Aadi-Krtvaa Bhuvanaani Sapta
Kurvantu Sarve Mama Suprabhaatam ||4||

Morning:
4.1: (In the early morning I remember) The seven Seas, the seven Kula Parvatas (seven Holy Mountains), …
4.2: … The Saptarshis (seven Sages), seven Forests, …
4.3: … The seven Worlds starting with Bhur Loka,
4.4: May all of them make my Morning Auspicious.

पृथ्वी सगन्धा सरसास्तथापः
स्पर्शी  वायुर्ज्वलितं  तेजः ।
नभः सशब्दं महता सहैव
कुर्वन्तु सर्वे मम सुप्रभातम् ॥५॥
Prthvii Sa-Gandhaa Sa-Rasaas-Tatha-Apah
Sparshii Ca Vaayur-Jvalitam Ca Tejah |
Nabhah Sa-Shabdam Mahataa Sahai[a-E]va
Kurvantu Sarve Mama Suprabhaatam ||5||

Morning:
5.1: (In the early morning I remember) Mother Nature manifesting as the Prithivi (Earth) which is connected with Gandha(Smell), Apah (Water) which is connected with Rasa (Taste), …
5.2: … Vayu (Air, Wind) which is connected with Sparsha (Touch), Tejah (Fire) which is connected with Light and …
5.3: … Sky which is connected with Sabda (Sound); I remember all these Mahat Tatvas (Material Energy),
5.4: May all of them make my Morning Auspicious.

इत्थं प्रभाते परमं पवित्रं
पठेत् स्मरेद्वा शृणुयाच्च भक्त्या ।
दुःस्वप्ननाशस्त्विह सुप्रभातं
कुर्वन्तु सर्वे मम सुप्रभातम् ॥६॥
Ittham Prabhaate Paramam Pavitram
Patthet Smared-Vaa Shrnnuyaac-Ca Bhaktyaa |
Duhsvapna-Naashastv-Iha Suprabhaatam
Kurvantu Sarve Mama Suprabhaatam ||6||

Morning:
6.1: In this manner, in the early Morning, this very purifying Hymn, …
6.2: … on recitingremembering or listening with Devotion,
6.3: … has the quality of destroying bad dreams and making the morning Auspicious,
6.4: … making the Morning Auspicious by the grace of the Divine.

सूर्याष्टकम्   -   आदिदेव   नमस्तुभ्यं
Suryashtakam: Adi Deva Namastubhyam
आदिदेव नमस्तुभ्यं प्रसीद मम भास्कर ।
दिवाकर नमस्तुभ्यं प्रभाकर नमोऽस्तु ते ॥१॥
Aadi-Deva Namastubhyam Prasiida Mama Bhaaskara |
Divaakara Namastubhyam Prabhaakara Namostu Te ||1||

Meaning:
1.1: (Salutations to Sri Suryadeva) My Salutations to You O Adideva (the first God), Please be gracious to me O Bhaskara(the Shining One),
1.2: My Salutations to You, O Divakara (the maker of the Day), and again Salutations to You, O Prabhakara (the maker of Light).

सप्ताश्वरथमारूढं प्रचण्डं कश्यपात्मजम् ।
श्वेतपद्मधरं देवं तं सूर्यं प्रणमाम्यहम् ॥२॥
Sapta-Ashva-Ratham-Aaruuddham Pracannddam Kashyapa-[A]atmajam |
Shveta-Padma-Dharam Devam Tam Suuryam Prannamaamy[i]-Aham ||2||

Meaning:
2.1: (Salutations to Sri Suryadeva) You are mounted on a Chariot driven by seven Horses, You are excessively Energeticand the Son of sage Kashyapa,
2.2: You are the Deva Who holds a White Lotus (in Your Hand); I Salute You, O Suryadeva.

लोहितं रथमारूढं सर्वलोकपितामहम् ।
महापापहरं देवं तं सूर्यं प्रणमाम्यहम् ॥३॥
Lohitam Ratham-Aaruuddham Sarva-Loka-Pitaamaham |
Mahaa-Paapa-Haram Devam Tam Suuryam Prannamaamy[i]-Aham ||3||

Meaning:
3.1: (Salutations to Sri Suryadeva) You are Reddish in colour, and mounted on a Chariot; You are the Grandfather of all persons (being the Adideva, the first God),
3.2: You are the Deva Who removes great Sins from our minds (by Your Illumination); I Salute You, O Suryadeva.

त्रैगुण्यं  महाशूरं ब्रह्मविष्णुमहेश्वरम् ।
महापापहरं देवं तं सूर्यं प्रणमाम्यहम् ॥४॥
Trai-Gunnyam Ca Mahaa-Shuuram Brahma-Vissnnu-Maheshvaram |
Mahaa-Paapa-Haram Devam Tam Suuryam Prannamaamy[i]-Aham ||4||

Meaning:
4.1: (Salutations to Sri Suryadeva) You are the Heroic One having the Three Gunas of BrahmaVishnu and Maheswara (i.e. Qualities of Creation, Sustenance and Dissolution),
4.2: You are the Deva Who removes great Sins from our minds (by Your Illumination); I salute You, O Suryadeva.

बृंहितं तेजःपुञ्जं  वायुमाकाशमेव  ।
प्रभुं  सर्वलोकानां तं सूर्यं प्रणमाम्यहम् ॥५॥
Brmhitam Tejah-Pun.jam Ca Vaayum-Aakaashame[a-I]va Ca |
Prabhum Ca Sarva-Lokaanaam Tam Suuryam Prannamaamy[i]-Aham ||5||

Meaning:
5.1: (Salutations to Sri Suryadeva) You are a massively Enlarged Mass of Fiery Energy, which (i.e. that energy) pervades everywhere like Vayu (Air) and Akasha (Sky),
5.2: You are the Lord of all the WorldsI salute You, O Suryadeva.

बन्धुकपुष्पसङ्काशं हारकुण्डलभूषितम् ।
एकचक्रधरं देवं तं सूर्यं प्रणमाम्यहम् ॥६॥
Bandhuka-Pusspa-Sangkaasham Haara-Kunnddala-Bhuussitam |
Eka-Cakra-Dharam Devam Tam Suuryam Prannamaamy[i]-Aham ||6||

Meaning:
6.1: (Salutations to Sri Suryadeva) You appear beautiful like a Red Hibiscus Flower and You are adorned with Garland andEar-Rings,
6.2: You are the Deva Who holds a Discus in one Hand; I salute You, O Suryadeva.

तं सूर्यं जगत्कर्तारं महातेजः प्रदीपनम् ।
महापापहरं देवं तं सूर्यं प्रणमाम्यहम् ॥७॥
Tam Suuryam Jagat-Kartaaram Mahaa-Tejah Pradiipanam |
Mahaa-Paapa-Haram Devam Tam Suuryam Prannamaamy[i]-Aham ||7||

Meaning:
7.1: (Salutations to Sri Suryadeva) You, O Suryadeva are the Agent behind the World (i.e. Who gives energy for action to everyone), You enliven others with great Energy (and thus imparting the ability to work),
7.2: You are the Deva Who removes great Sins from our minds (by Your Illumination); I salute You, O Suryadeva.

तं सूर्यं जगतां नाथं ज्ञानविज्ञानमोक्षदम् ।
महापापहरं देवं तं सूर्यं प्रणमाम्यहम् ॥८॥
Tam Suuryam Jagataam Naatham Jnyaana-Vijnyaana-Mokssadam |
Mahaa-Paapa-Haram Devam Tam Suuryam Prannamaamy[i]-Aham ||8||

Meaning:
8.1: (Salutations to Sri Suryadeva) You, O Suryadeva are the Lord of the World, Who grants Understanding and Knowledgewhich leads to Liberation,
8.2: You are the Deva Who removes great Sins from our minds (by Your Illumination); I salute You, O Suryadeva.

Citation.

My 28 Names For Intelligence Wisdom Lord Subrahmanya Murugan

In Hinduism on July 22, 2014 at 21:33

Skanda worship is very important in the Vedas.

 

While organizing the innumerable Deities mentioned in the Vedas and those followed by misinterpretations of the Vedas, Adi Shankarachatya gave the pride of place in the Shanmathas, the six systems of worship, The Kaumaram.

 

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Lord Subrahmanya.

 

The Tamils speak of Lord Subrahmanya, best among Brahmins, as Murugan, embodiment of Beauty and the Tamil Language represents Lord Muruga in all his aspects.

 

Innumerable Hymns abound in Sanskrit,Tamil and other Regional languages of India.

 

Lord Subrahmanya is called as Karthikeya in India other than Tamil Nadu where he is worshiped as Murugan.

 

A rare stotra of Lord Kathikeya where Lord Subrahmanya Himself mentions His Twenty Eight Names, where he declares that these names would grant one Intelligence and Wisdom, among other things.

 

Kartikeya Pragya Vivardhana Stotra.

 

कार्तिकेय    प्रज्ञाविवर्धन    स्तोत्र
Kartikeya Pragya Vivardhana Stotram
योगीश्वरो महासेनः कार्तिकेयोऽग्निनंदनः ।
स्कंदः कुमारः सेनानीः स्वामी शंकरसंभवः ॥१॥
Yogiishvaro Mahaa-Senah Kaartikeyo[a-Aa]gni-Nandanah |
Skandah Kumaarah Senaaniih Svaamii Shankara-Sambhavah ||1||

Meaning:
1.1: (Salutations to Sri Kartikeya) Who is a Master Yogi, Who is known as Mahasena when referred to as the Son of Agni Deva and Who is known as Kartikeya when referred to as the son of the six Kritikas,
1.2: Who is known as Skanda when referred to as son of Devi Parvati, Who is known as Kumara when referred to as son of Devi Ganga, Who is the Leader of the Army of Devas, Who is our Master and Who is Born of Lord Shankara.

गांगेयस्ताम्रचूडश्च ब्रह्मचारी शिखिध्वजः ।
तारकारिरुमापुत्रः क्रौंचारिश्च षडाननः ॥२॥
Gaangeyas-Taamra-Cuuddashca Brahmacaarii Shikhi-Dhvajah |
Taaraka-Arir-Umaa-Putrah Krauncaa-Rishca Ssaddaananah ||2||

Meaning:
2.1: (Salutations to Sri Kartikeya) Who is Loved by Mother Ganga and His Follower Tamrachuda, Who is Celebate and hasPeacock as His Emblem,
2.2: Who is the Enemy of Tarakasura and Krauncasura, Who is the Son of Devi Uma and has Six Faces.

शब्दब्रह्मसमुद्रश्च सिद्धः सारस्वतो गुहः ।
सनत्कुमारो भगवान् भोगमोक्षफलप्रदः ॥३॥
Shabdabrahmasamudrashca Siddhah Saarasvato Guhah |
Sanatkumaaro Bhagavaan Bhogamokssaphalapradah ||3||

Meaning:
3.1: (Salutations to Sri Kartikeya) Who is Accomplished in the Knowlege of the Ocean of Sabda-Brahman, Who is Eloquent in describing the Great Spiritual Secrets of the Sabda-Brahman and hence aptly known as Guha when referred to as the Son of Lord Shiva (who is the embodiment of Sabda-Brahman),
3.2: Who is Always Youthful and Pure like Sanatkumara, Who is Divine and Who Grants both the Fruits for Worldly Enjoyment(due to meritorious deeds) and final Liberation.

शरजन्मा गणाधीश पूर्वजो मुक्तिमार्गकृत् ।
सर्वागमप्रणेता  वांच्छितार्थप्रदर्शनः ॥४॥
Sharajanmaa Gannaadhiisha Puurvajo Muktimaargakrt |
Sarvaagamaprannetaa Ca Vaancchitaarthapradarshanah ||4||

Meaning:
4.1: (Salutations to Sri Kartikeya) Who was Born on Shara, a particular variety of grass and hence known as Saravana, Whose Elder is Sri Ganesha and Who has Created (i.e. Shown) the Path of Liberation,
4.2: Who is Reverentially Saluted by All the Agamas (Scriptures) And Who Shows the Way towards the Desired Object of Spiritual Life (as mentioned in the Scriptures).

 

अष्टाविंशतिनामानि मदीयानीति यः पठेत् ।
प्रत्यूषं श्रद्धया युक्तो मूको वाचस्पतिर्भवेत् ॥५॥
Assttaavimshatinaamaani Madiiyaaniiti Yah Patthet |
Pratyuussam Shraddhayaa Yukto Muuko Vaacaspatirbhavet ||5||

Meaning:
5.1: My Devotees who Repeat My Twenty Eight Names and Contemplate on My Spiritual Precepts …
5.2: Everyday in the Early Morning with Faith and Devotion, will Become a Master of Speech even if he is Dumb (due to lack of wisdom).

 
महामंत्रमयानीति मम नामानुकीर्तनम् ।
महाप्रज्ञामवाप्नोति नात्र कार्या विचारणा ॥६॥
Mahaamantramayaaniiti Mama Naamaanukiirtanam |
Mahaaprajnyaamavaapnoti Naatra Kaaryaa Vicaarannaa ||6||

Meaning:
6.1: My Spiritual Precepts and Devotional Repetition of My Names will act like Maha Mantra,
6.2: Also Devotee will Obtain Great Wisdom and Intelligence by Contemplating on My Divine Leela (Play).

 

इति श्रीरुद्रयामले प्रज्ञाविवर्धनाख्यं
श्रीमत्कार्तिकेयस्तोत्रं सम्पूर्णम् ॥७॥
Iti Shrii-Rudrayaamale Prajnyaa-Vivardhan-Aakhyam
Shriimat-Kaartikeya-Stotram Sampuurnnam ||7||

Meaning:
7.1: Thus Ends the Description which Augments the Intelligence and Wisdom from the Rudra Yamala text,
7.2: Thus Ends the Eulogy of the Illustrious Sri Kartikeya.

 

Citation.

http://www.greenmesg.org/mantras_slokas/sri_murugan-kartikeya_pragya_vivardhana_stotram.php

 

 

 

Devi’s Foot Fell During Dance Tripurasundari Temple

In Hinduism on July 22, 2014 at 17:04

Legend has it that Goddess Uma’s right foot fell during Her Dance competition with Lord Shiva.

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Lalitha Tripura Sundari.Image credit.Sivanis kitchen

 

The temple in Tripura, North East of India, dedicated to Tripurasundari is also one of the SakthiPeetas, where Sati‘s right foot fell.

There are two identical images of the same deity inside the temple.

They are known as Tripura Sundari (5 feet high) and Chhotima (2 feet high) in Tripura.

The idol of Maa Kali is worshiped at the temple of Tripura Sundari in the form of ‘Soroshi’.

One is made of kasti stone which is reddish black in colour.

It is believed that the idol was Chhotima was carried by king in battlefield.

 

 

This temple is also known as Kurma Pitha because it the temple premises resembles kurma i.e. tortoise.

 

Goddess Parvati (also spelt as Partvathi) is worshipped here as Tripurasundari, Tripureshwari and “Soroshi” (a local variation of the name).

The temple is a small, square edifice, measuring just 24 square feet (7 square metres) at the base with a height of 75 feet (24m approximately). The structure of the shrine resembles that of a tortoise, with a roof shaped like the humped back of a tortoise.

For this reason, the shrine is also known as “Koorma Peetha” (Koorma meaning Tortoise).

As in other typical Hindu shrines, stalls along the approach road sell flowers and baskets of offerings that visitors can buy and take up to be offered to Tripura Sundari and returned as Prasadam.

A specialty here is the sweet, brown, condensed milk Pedas that devotees carry back from the temple, to be distributed among family and friends back home.

The red hibiscus flower is also prized as an offering.

 

 

How To Reach.

 

Airport : The closest airport is at Agartala.

Railhead :The nearest rail head is Kumarghat on N. E. Railway.

It is 1475 km from Kolkata via Guwahati and 140 km from Agartala.

From here you can pick a bus or taxi to reach the temple.

Road TransportThe Temple is situated close to the capital city of Agartala in Tripura. NH 44 connects the state with many north eastern states by road.

Agartala, the capital of Tripura, is connected by regular bus services with all sub-divisional towns of Tripura. Besides, bus service is also available from SilcharGuwahati, Karimganj and Shillong.

Staying near the Tripura Sundari Temple
The temple is very close to the state capital, Agartala. So, accommodation is not a problem for the tourists coming to visit the Tripura Sundari Temple in Tripura. Though not of very high class, you may find hotels, which may be convenient and comfortable for you.

 

Citation.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tripura_Sundari_Temple

Lord Subrahmanya Murugan Foot Print

In Hinduism on July 20, 2014 at 08:46

Of the few major Deities mentioned in the Vedas ,Subrahmanya is One.

 

He is called Skanda in the Veda.

 

The ancient language Tamil venerate Him as the God of Tamil and He is the personification of Tamil.

 

The eighteen consonants and vowels are represented by Murugan, Murugu in Tamil means exquisitely beautiful, by His six faces and twelve forms.

 

He imparted Brahma Gnana to Brahma and even preached His Father, Lord Shiva.( The temple depicting this incident is Tiruthani, Tamil Nadu, where Lord Shiva kneels before Subrahmanya!

 

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Pazhani Dhandayuthapani Raja Alankaram.

 

One who realized Brahman is a Brahman.

 

In Sanskrit, when you add the prefix ‘su’, it means the ‘highest, best’

 

Of the Trimurtis Shiva is a Brahmin.

 

Subrahmanya is the Best or the Higher Brahmin for He taught Shiva!

 

Subramanyas’ footprints..

 

Murugan's footprint Jnanamalai Tamil Nadu,India.jpg.

Lord Subramanya’s Footprints,Jnana malai,Tamil Nadu,India. On the west side of Jnanamalai hillock there is a small Siva temple. Behind it one finds what appear to be deep footsteps in the rock. They appear as footprints on molten lava. Incidentally this is a volcanic mountain from all appearances. There is a local belief that these footsteps are those of Lord Muruga Himself.There is also a belief that Murugan visited this place after marrying Valli Amman in Vallimalai on way to Tiruttani. Tiruttani and Vallimalai form form a triangle with Jñāna Malai and both can be seen from this hill. Around the hill there is a lake and in the rainy season Jnanamalai looks like an island.

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Murugan Footprint Palani.

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Murugan Footprint Kinathukadavu.Perched on the 600-ft. imposing hillock, adored as Kanakagiri, Sri Pon Velayudhaswami temple of Kinathukadavu (located midway between Pollachi and Coimbatore) has the glory and pride of place as one of the few shrines in Kongu Nadu, celebrated by Saint Arunagiri Nathar in his divine hymns. The hill shrine can be reached by climbing an easy flight of 200 neatly carved steps. The origin of the temple dates back to the thirteenth century. The temple was renovated by the rulers of Mysore

 

http://www.hindu.com/fr/2005/08/19/stories/2005081900330300.htm

 

Raja Alankaram Image Credit.

http://murugan.org/gallery/moolavars/pages/PazhaniDandayuthaSwamyRajaAlangaram.htm

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