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Shiva Temple without Shiva or Linga

In Hinduism on September 2, 2014 at 17:08

Religions which were born yesterday ridicule Hinduism and touts as USP that it does not worship Idols and worship God without Form.

 

 

Funny that these religions ended up with worshiping their messiahs, one Hs and His mother’s image and the other so devoted that they would  not allow others to even mention his name without salutation !

 

In terms of Time scale and antiquity, as compared to Hinduism,they were born yesterday.

 

Hinduism knows that Reality is Formless.

 

More aware that Human mind can not contemplate in a vacuum.

 

So they devised Idol worship .

 

Please read my posts under Hinduism.

 

There is a Shiva Temple in Tamil Nadu, which has no Idol of Shiva or Linga.

 

Instead in the sanctum one finds only a pedestal, to which is offered the Pooja.

 

It is Avudayar Kovil ,Thiruperundurai.

 

Lord Shiva graces in three postures in the sanctum sanctorum as formless, form-formless as the Kuruntha tree and in form as Manickavasagar.

 

As the Kurundha tree is praised as Lord, 108 conch Abishek (Sangabishekam) is offered on Mondays of Karthikai month – November-December.

Only a square shape Avudayar-the mount on which the Linga is placed – is in the sanctum sanctorum.

A bowl – Kuvalai in Tamil – is placed on the Avudayar personified as the body and the inner empty space as Athma-soul.

As Lord dwells in all beings being their Athma, He is praised as Lord Athmanathar.

A kind of oil prepared with 108 herbal is used for abishek during all the six time puja – Aarukala puja in Tamil.
Generally, the Arati offered to deities in temples are shown to devotees who touch it and place their hands in eyes.

But the Arati plate in Avudayarkoil Lord is not brought out of the sanctum sanctorum as Lord by Himself is a Jyoti.  Worshipping Lord or the Arati makes no difference.
There are three deepas (lamps) lit in the sanctum sanctum behind the presiding deity in white, red and green as the three eyes of Lord Shiva representing Sun (white), Agni (red) and Moon (green).

 

As Lord is formless, these three lamps are lit.
A Shiva form in the temple is known as Kudhirai Swami – Horse God.

 

 

For Saint Manickavasagar, Lord Shiva brought horses and delivered them to King Arimardhana Pandian.

 

 

 

He also rode on a horse along with other horses.

 

Hence he is praised as Kuthirai  Swami– Horse Swami wearing horseman dress with a whip in hand.

 

He is in the Panchakshara Mandap.

 

There are foxes too under the horses praised as Ashwa Nathar.
Every entrance in the temple has Deepas (lamps) in specific numbers.

 

The Thiruvasi (a metal frame in upside U shape around Lord Shiva has 27 lamps representing 27 stars, the two nearby the Jeevatma-Paramatma philosophy, 5 representing the five arts, 36 representing many philosophies, 51 letters. 11 mantras and 224 world divisions.

Those facing planetary problems offer ghee for lighting the deepas around the Thiruvasi.

There is no shrine for Navagrahas in the temple but they are in pillars.

While Rahu and Ketu (serpent planets) are in the first pillar, Shukara –Venus, Sani Bhagwan-Saturn, Jupiter-Guru and Sevvai-Mars are in the second pillar.

Sun with His consorts Pradyusha and Usha and Mercury (Budha) are in the third.

Moon is at the fourth pillar.

In the next two pillars nearby are Lord Kalatheeswar and Mother Gangadevi.

There are four Vinayakas in the four corners in the second prakara one of them with Mother Annapoorani facing north.

 

Naivedya,Offering.

Steaming Boiled Rice, No salt< Greens without salt.

 

1000 Stone Pillar Mantap raises musical notes on tapping .

 

Temple Timings.

The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and from 4.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.

Sri Athmanatha Swami Temple, Avudayarkoil, Pudukkottai district.

+91 4371 233301( cross check the Phone number.

 

 

Temple web site.

http://avudaiyarkoil.com/

 

Citation.

http://temple.dinamalar.com/en/New_en.php?id=641

 

How To reach.

 

http://www.distancesbetween.com/distance-between/distance-from-pudukottai-to-avudaiyarkoil/915085/r3/

Reality Orders Trimurthis Are Not Brahman Matsya Purana

In Hinduism on September 2, 2014 at 12:29

Reality is the core of Vedas.

 

That the Reality is non dual is Advaita, qualified non dualism Visishtadvaita and Dualism is Dwaita.

 

Normally one does not find Brahman given more importance in the Puranas as each Purana extolls the virtues of the God on whose name the Purana is named.

 

Matsya Purana, Purana meant to extol the Virtues of Vishnu speaks of Brahman ordering and assigning jobs to the Trimurti.

 

What is interesting is that this chapter (Chapter 6)  does not state that a particular God, Shiva, Vishnu as the embodiment of Brahman.

 

Instructions by Brahman.

 

To Narayana.

 

Marry Lakshmi, destroy the wicked and protect the Righteous by taking Avatars.

 

 

To Shiva.

Marry Parvati,be present in Holy places, bless people and perform Creation, Sustenance and Destruction.

 

To Brahma.

Determine the fate of every one based on their Actions.

 

On this basis, Vishnu is present as Naranarayana in Badrinath,Madhava in Prayag,Sri Hari in Haridwar,Renganatha in Srirangam,Venkateswara in Tirupati,and as Krishna in Dwaraka.

 

Shiva is present as,

Somanatha in Saurashtra,Mallikarjuna in Srisailam,Mahakala in Ujjain,Rameswara in  Sethu (Rameswaram) and as in all Dwadasa Kshetras as Jyotir Linga.

 

Parvati blesses as Sakthi

in 18 Sakthipeetas,

and as village deity in villages.

Source.Matsya Purana

Atharva Veda Medicine Black Magic Text

In Hinduism on August 31, 2014 at 12:55

Of the Four Vedas, the Scriptures of the Hindus,the Ataharva Veda is less known as compared to Rig,Yajur and Sama Vedas.

 

It is not Athavana Veda as most people pronounce it.

 

Atharveda is not as large as the Rug Veda.

 

There are 10552 verses in Rig Veda and around 5987 verses (varies slightly based on recessions) in Atharva Veda.

 

Thus Atharva Veda is a little more than half the size of Rig Veda.

 

It is three times bigger than Yajur Veda or Sama Veda.

 

From the preliminary analysis of the text, it is revealed that Atharva Veda was centered around the northern Sarasvati region and later became the text of the shamans in the Kuru kingdom which got established to the east of Sarasvati (in Haryana).

 

Practitioners of Atharva Veda are now limited and they are found mostly in Maharashtra and Kerala, Gujarat.

 

As compared to the other three Vedas, the Atharva Veda speaks more of Daily problems and solutions, like diseases,black magic.

 

The name Atharva Veda is a compound of Atharva, the Rishi who compiled it and Veda, meaning Knowledge.

 

The Atharvaveda was mainly composed by two groups of rishis known as the Atharvanas and the Angirasa.

 

Hence its oldest name is Ātharvāṅgirasa. In the Late Vedic Gopatha Brahmana, it is attributed to the Bhrigu and Angirasa.

 

Additionally, tradition ascribes parts to other rishis, such as Kauśika, Vasiṣṭha and Kaśyapa.

 

There are two surviving recensions (śākhās), known as Śaunakīya (AVS) and Paippalāda (AVP)

 

The Schools,Shakas.

 

  1. paippalāda, regions south of the Narmada River
  2. stauda
  3. mauda
  4. śaunakīya, regions north of the Narmada River
  5. jājala
  6. jalada
  7. kuntap
  8. brahmavada
  9. devadarśa
  10. cāraṇavaidyā

 

Disease and Medicines in Atharva Veda.

 

Atharva Veda is the first Indic text dealing with medicine.

It identifies the causes of disease as living causative agents such as the yatudhāna, the kimīdin, the krimi or kṛmi and the durṇāma.

The Atharvans seek to kill them with a variety of incantations or plant-based drugs in order to counter the disease .

This approach to disease is quite different compared to the trihumoral theory of Ayurveda.

Atharva Veda suggests germs as a cause for leprosy and also talks about Anti-Biotics.

 

Atharva Veda also talks about Warfare.

 

A variety of devices, such as an arrow with a duct for poison (apāskambha) and castor bean poison, poisoned net and hook traps, use of disease-spreading insects and smoke screen.

 

Abhicarika Prayoga, Deployment of Black Magic.

 

The major rituals covered by the Atharva Veda are marriage in kāṃḍa – XIV and the funeral in kāṃḍa – XVIII.

There are also hymns that are specific to rituals of the bhṛgu-aṅgirasas, vrātyas and kṣatriyas.

One peculiar rite is the Viṣāsahi Vrata, performed with the mantras of the XVII kāṃḍa in a spell against female rivals.

 

Atharva Veda contains mantras for white magic (defensive magic) as well as black magic (offensive magic).

It deals with rivalries between women in relationship with the same man, rivalries between two men, attracting /seducing a man by a woman or a woman by a man and suggests incantations that can be used in such situations.

 

Atharva Veda Black magic and Western Black magic.

 

Many of the hymns in Atharva Veda containing invocations to cure diseases or to ward of diseases and magical incantations to defend against evils done by enemies or to proactively attack evil-doers indicates a religion and philosophy which has its parallels in the Shamanic traditions in the whole world.

Since Atharva Veda is the oldest text describing these practices and since it is still preserved without much modification, it is possible that Shamanic traditions worldwide have their origins in the Atharva Vedic religion.

This could mean that the Shamaic traditions in Europe such as those in Ireland, Belgium etc could have its origins in the Atharva Vedic-homeland in Saraswati-Ganga basins.

Similar traditions are also found in the southern India and in various pockets of central and eastern India.

This situation however can also be explained without a migration scenario.

It is possible that the Shamanic traditions well-preserved in Atharva Veda was one important part of the global Shamanic traditions that had already spread throughout Asia, Africa and Europe during the early days of awakening of the human civilization.

 

Atharva Veda Text in  English by Ralph T.H.Griffith.

 

Citation.

 

http://ancientvoice.wikidot.com/article:atharva-veda

 

Dwajasthambam Significance Hinduism

In Hinduism on August 29, 2014 at 09:32

Dwajasthamba,a,Flagpole is erected in the Hindu temple before the Sanctum and after the room immediately,Thirukkadavur. .

In some temples it is situated outside the main hall where the Deity is.,Palani

The Devatas are believed to follow us in the temples.

The Dwajasthamba is believed to carry the power of the God in the temple.

The Dwajasthamba is very Holy and all festivals are conducted only after performing Pooja for the Dwajasthamba and a flag is hoisted.

The flagpole temple Dwajasthamba.jpg

Dwajasthamba Hindu Temple.
Image credit.www.multiverse.org

One has to prostrate before the Dwajasthmba and never in between the Dwajasthamba and the Idol.

The number of prostrations also varies and depends on the main deity or custom of the temple architecture. Before visiting the main deity (moolavar) inside generally pradakshina is done with number varying from 1, 3 5, etc. The broad significance of pradakshina in a clock wise direction is: By doing the pradakshina main deity is always in the center and we maintain equidistant from the center. The energy and grace which enters inside the human soul is immeasurable. When you do pradakshina you are faithfully and sincerely winding divinity around you. We are supposed to do the pradakshina of desired numbers and then enter inside to be with main deity. Of course all this is not possible in a temple like Tirupathi or in other crowded temples. In such case one has to be satisfied by doing atmapradakshina.

The top portion of the flag staff has three horizontal perches or three branches pointing towards the Sanctum. It symbolizes righteousness, reputation and propriety or the Trimurtis – Vishnu, Brahma and Shiva.

Initially, it was temporary and was primarily used to indicate the beginning of a festival or other auspicious days and occasions.

  • Dwajastambham which also symbolizes the spine or Back-Bone. Near the Dwajastambham in case of South Indian temples is the Bali Peetam. Rice and other anointments are offered here by the priests, who then progress to all other presiding deities around the temple and subsequently to the main deity. The significance of Garuda in the Dwajastambham is, that he is waiting eagerly to guide us to the lord.Garuda also removes any sarpadoshas in the body.

The Construction of Dwajasthamba.

 

“”Garba Gruha Sirahapoktam antaraalam Galamthatha
Ardha Mandapam Hridayasthanam Kuchisthanam Mandapomahan
Medhrasthaneshu Dwajasthambam Praakaram Janjuangeecha
Gopuram Paadayosketha Paadasya Angula Pokthaha
Gopuram Sthupasthatha Yevam Devaalayam angamuchyathe”

Viswakaramyam Vaasthu Sastra.

The Ancient scriptures mention that the Temple is not only a home of God but stunningly the form of God Himself, by comparing the structure of the Temple to God as perceived in human form. For this, the Girba-Griha (or womb chamber) is considered to be the Head of God, Mahamandapa the stomach and Gopuram the feet. (Medhrasthaneshu Dwajasthambam – Dwajasthambam is male organ)

2) Dwajasthambam parts and residing devatas:

Panjaratra Agama based:

From top to bottom

Yashti – Indra
Rajju – Anandan

Dwajam – Vihakesanan
Valayam – Vasuki.

Bhedika – Brahma, Vishnu, Rudra

Mani – Lakshmi
Mala – Saraswathi

Padma Madhyam – East (Garuda), South (Pakshirajan), West (Suparnan), North (Vinatasutan)

Pradamavaranam – Sankam, Chakram, Musalam, Katkam, Gadha, Sarngam, Padmam, Vajram

Dwitiyavaranam – Lokabalakas

Mekalai – Mandalatrayam
Dhandakre – Vinatasudam

Reference.
Sripadmatantra Prayokaadharsah, Azhisur T Srinivasachariyar, Sri Raghavasimham Press, Mylapore, Chennai, Page 86, Total Pages 184 + 44, Year of Publication 2002.
https://in.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20110605202750AAEdJRS

Fifteen Immortals Chiranjeevis Hinduism

In Hinduism on August 25, 2014 at 22:01

Though there are Avatars of God in Hinduism, none of them are immortal, except  Parashurama.

 

Immortals of Hinduism are very interesting.

 

They Seven are,

 

“Ashwathaama Balir Vyasaha Hanumantha VibeeshanahaKripa ParashuramaschaSaptaitey Chiranjivinaha”

 

1.Aswathama-Son of Dronacharya.

 

2.Mahabali who was slain by Lord Vishnu in the Avatar of Vamana/Trivikrama.

 

3.Vyasa-who compiled the Vedas and wrote the Mahabharata,some consider him as an avatar of Vishnu, though his name does appear in the ten Avatars of Vishnu.

 

4.Hanuman-Disciple  and devotee of Rama .

 

5.Vibheeshana-Brother of Ravana, who defected to Lord Rama.

 

6.Kripa-military guru of the princes in the Mahabharata.

 

7.Parashurama-Avatar of Vishnu.

 

The common criteria for all the immortals is Bhakthi, surrender to God.

 

All of them are the devotees of Lord Vishnu, except Parashurama, who was a devotee of Lord Shiva.

 

For Aswathama, Immortality has been granted as a Curse.

 

Post follows on this.

 

In addition to this there are eight more Immortals.

 

They are,

 

Jambavan, Markandeya, Devapi, Maru, Saptarishis, Bhusunda (Crow), Alha and Udal

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