Hinduism

Regain Lost Status Position Thiruppanjeeli Shiva


I have found,during my research into the so-called legends/stories(?) In Hinduism ,that the persons/events narrated in totally different contexts check out to be facts.

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For example the 196 places visited by Lord Rama checks out when one hears the local legends and temple histories.

One such is the Temple at Thiripaingeli, about 20 km from Thiruchirapalli, Tamil Nadu, India.

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Shiva In Thiruvannamalai.

Thirukkadavur , Tamil Nadu where Lord Shiva stripped Yama , the God of Death, of post to save His( Shiva) Devotee Markandeya who was destined to die at the age of 16, from Death, is also the Abode of Goddess Abhirami.
Now that the God of Death is stripped off his power to take away Lives as determined by Fate, how can people die?
The answer lies in Thirupaingeli, where Lord Shiva restored God of Death, Yama’s post so that the affairs of the world could continue.
In Hinduism, though it is stressed that even God can not change Fate,which is dtermined by one’s actions, there areinstances where God seems to interfere to shower His Blessings on His Devotee.
Again if one were to check the Puranas, one shall find a justification for this interfetence.
Seeming contradictions are lost in the larger scheme of things in the Universe.
In this case to create an Immortal to spread Dharma.
This temple is about 25 km from Srirangam, 23 km from Thiruchirapalli and is Just 6 km from Thiruvellarai ,where there is Temple built by Lord Rama’s ancestor Sibi Chakravarthi.
These two temples lie in the same route.
Buses bound for Thanjavur pass through Thiruvellarai.
One has to have either provate transport or engage an auto from Thiruvellarai.
This might cost Rs 150 to 200 to go to Thiruppaingeli and back to Thiruvellarai.
Buses are available at frequent intervals from Thiruchirapalli to Thanjavur or from Srirangam.
As this is the place where Yama regained his position, one may worship Shiva here to regain their lost their position,job and status.
‘Gneli, means Plantain tree.
It is a special plantain tree called Kalvaazhai, barren plantain.
There are a couple of huge plantain trees in a separate enclosure in the temple.
Legend has it and people who have followed it, assert that if a boy or unmarried girl performs parihara in the form of tying Thasli or Mangal Sutra to the tree their marriage plans shall fructify.
They have to do this and worship Shiva as Sotruvana Natha(one who is amidst a forest of Food).
This parihara is being performed everyday between 8 am and 12 noon.
There is also the interesting idol of Somaskandha along with Yama and Shiva in the Sanctum
This is quite rare.
Devi is called Thirupaingeli Amman.
The nearest airport is Tiruchirapalli.
Railway station Tiruchirapalli and Srirangam.
‘ There is Rathina Sabha in this temple also like Chidambaram. One time, Viyakirapatha munivar and Pathanjali Munivar went to Kailasam to see Shiva’s dance, that time shiva told, go to Chidambaram, there I will give my Nataraja Darshan. As per shiva’s words, they went to Chidambaram, Shiva gave his darshan to them on the day of thaipoosam. By hearing this incident, Vasista Munivar asked Shiva, “When I will see this Darshan in Chidambaram?” Shiva told him, “I will give Nataraja Dharshan to you in Gneelivanamagiya Thirupangneeli”. As per that, Shiva gave Nataraja Dharshan to Vasista Munivar in Rathina Sabha of this temple. …
Vayu Bhaghvan and Adiseshan had a dispute to find out who is superior, to prove the superiority adiseshan encircled the Kailasam, Vayu tried to remove this encircle by creating santamarutham (Twister). Because of the santamarutham, 8 kodumudigal (parts) fell from kailasam into 8 different places which are Thirugonamalai, Thirukalahasti, Thiruchiramalai, Thiruenkoimalai, Rajathagiri, Neerthagiri, Ratnagiri, and Suwethagiri. In this Suwethagiri is called as Thirupangeeli. Because this place came from Kailasam, it is called as Thenkailasam in Tamil.
To give boon to Markendaya to live forever, Shiva killed Yamadharman in Thirukadaiyur. Since yama died, people started living without death, world became over populated, there was no poojas in temple, all caste people forgot their duties, Bhoomadevi (Bhoodevi) codn’t bear the weight, entire world started suffering. But, Poojas were happening in only Thirupangeeli temple and no issues here. So Mahavishnu, Bramha, Bhoomadevi, and Shiva disciples all came to this temple and worshipped & requested Shiva to give Birth to yama. As per their prayer, Shiva gave rebirth to yama through pilathuvaram on the day of Thaipoosam. Shiva gave power to yama again, so he also called Adikaravallavar. (In Tamil, athikaram means power.)

Citation and reference.
<a href="http://www.gneelivaneshwarartemple.tnhrce.in/history

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Bhogar Explains Gayatri Mantra New Approach


The interpretation of the Gayatri Mantra depends on one’s spiritual status and his enlightenment level.

I have written a few articles on the meaning of the Gayatri Mantra, including the explanation by Adi Shankaracharya.

The interpretation  depends on one’s system of Philosophy/Faith.

Whatever the interpretation  is the core meaning and the power of Gayatri remains unchanged.

Siddhas are Realized souls who are timeless.

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The Gayatri Mantra.

Their interpretation of the Gayatri Mantra provides a different and novel Perspective.

One might notice that no deity is mentioned in the Gayatri mantra.

This is like the Ganesha Mantra,

suklambratharam vishnum sasi varnam chatur bhujam,

prasanna vadnam dhyayeeth sarva vignopasanthaye.

The term Vishnu means the one who supports.

Siddhas refer to Reality the Brahman as Nirguna, Without Attributes.

And the mention Siva  mostly in the sense of attribute-less reality as auspicious.

Siva means auspiciousness.

An interesting explanation of the Gayatri Mantra is provided by Bhogar,a Siddha on par with sage Agastya.

He occupies the second list of Siddhas after Siva and is among the top of the eighteen Sidddhas.

Bhogar explains,

The sound ‘o’ expanded by an explosion into the sounds of ‘A’,’U’ and ‘M’

These three sound became the Motion.

This in turn expanded into the Five Elements,

Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Ether.

These in turn combined to form four different wombs and seven births.

This expands as the Universe.

This power is in many Forms

This Power Impels our Mind to function.

Let us Pray to Light the most potent of this Power .

Seven births indicate the number of births one has to undergo.

As to four wombs (Yonis) one explanation can be the three genders,Male, Female and Neuter.

In this case what does Bhogar indicate?

The other explanation is the essence of Saiva Siddhantha.

Pasu, ( Jivatma, individual soul)

Pathi (Paramatma, the Brahman, Universal Soul without Attributes.

Paasam, the bond akin to Maya/Avidya of Advaita.

I am trying to get clarification on this

 

‘ஓ என்ற புள்ளியாகிய இறைவன் ஓம் என்ற பிரணவமாக பெரு வெடிப்பானான் . இந்த பிரணவம் அகார உகார மகார என்ற சக்தியாக விரிவானது . இந்த ஓங்காரம் விரிவடைந்து அகார உகார , மகர நாத விந்து சக்தியானது . . இது பஞ்ச வித்தாக , பஞ்ச பூதமாக விரிவானது . பஞ்ச பூதங்கள் நால்வகை யோனி எழுவகை பிறப்பாக இப்பிர பஞ்சமாக விரிவானது . இந்த பஞ்சபூத இறை சக்தி நமது புத்தியை செயல் படவைக்கிறது. இந்த இறை சக்தி பல வடிவாக இந்த பிரபஞ்சதில் உள்ளது அவற்றுள் மிக சிறந்த வடிவான ஒளி வடிவத்தில் இறைவனை தியானிப்போம் . இந்த விளக்கத்தில் காயத்திரியும் இல்லை சூரியனும் இல்லை

Reference and citation

http://www.siddharyogam.com/siddharphilosopies/gayathrimanthra

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Hinduism

I Am My Great Grand Father Lord Shiva


Lord Shiva, not to be confused with Rudra, who is an Amsa of Shiva, is called ,

Anaadi, without a Beginning,

Ayonija, one who does not stay in the womb.

He, as an Avatar,appears from nowhere and disappears in a flash, unlike Vishnu, who in His avatars was born of a human being.

Some of my researches show that Lord Shiva lived as a Human being before being elevated into Godhood, but this needs additional proof( I am working on it)

One also finds that Parvati, Shiva’s wife is called,

Poorvaja, beyond beginning, elder to the beginning, Poorva Plus Aja.

Aadya. the Beginning.

Lord Vishnu is described as

Anaadi,

‘Anaadi nidhano dhatha, vidhaatha dhathuruthamaha  -Vishnu Sahasranama.

What do the Vedas say?

Despite the Polytheism of the Vedas, the core message is that the Reality is

without Attributes,

without name and Form and is a

Principle.

The Upanishads spend the whole text on this point.

However, as Hinduism is aware of the fact that it is difficult for the mind to concentrate on a Vacuum, allows the worship of personal Gods as a tool for Self Realization.(Iswara)

Patanjali speaks of this in his Yoga Sutras as Iswarapranidhaana.

Please read my post  Does God have Name and Form

Necessity of God in Yoga Sutra

However one finds one God being placed ona higher pedestal than the others in Hindu texts.

This is called Henotheism.

This is to instill a higher degree of faith to the deity one is inclined to worship.

So we find various gods being praised as being Superior to the others, while the Reality Brahman is without name and Form.

As to Shiva , when compared to other Deities he is more often described as The One who is without a Beginning.

Tamil calls Him as Piravaa Yaakaip Periyon,

The Eldest who is Never Born.

But as I said earlier each Purana Praises One God.

Many mistake the birth of Rudra to that of Shiva.

Excerpt fro Srimad Bhagavatham(SB)

SB 3.12.4: In the beginning, Brahma created four great sages named Sanaka, Sananda, Sanatana and Sanat-kumara. All of them were unwilling to adopt materialistic activities because they were highly elevated due to their semen’s flowing upwards.
SB 3.12.5: Brahma spoke to his sons after generating them. “My dear sons,” he said, “now generate progeny.” But due to their being attached to Vasudeva, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, they aimed at liberation, and therefore they expressed their unwillingness.
SB 3.12.6: On the refusal of the sons to obey the order of their father, there was much anger generated in the mind of Brahma, which he tried to control and not express.
SB 3.12.7: Although he tried to curb his anger, it came out from between his eyebrows, and a child mixed blue and red was immediately generated.
SB 3.12.8: After his birth he began to cry: O destiny maker, teacher of the universe, kindly designate my name and place.
SB 3.12.9: The all-powerful Brahma, who was born from the lotus flower, pacified the boy with gentle words, accepting his request, and said: Do not cry. I shall certainly do as you desire.
SB 3.12.10: Thereafter Brahma said: O chief of the demigods, you shall be called by the name Rudra by all people because you have so anxiously cried.
SB 3.12.11: My dear boy, I have already selected the following places for your residence: the heart, the senses, the air of life, the sky, the air, the fire, the water, the earth, the sun, the moon and austerity.
SB 3.12.12: Lord Brahma said: My dear boy Rudra, you have eleven other names: Manyu, Manu, Mahinasa, Mahan, Siva, Ritadhvaja, Ugrareta, Bhava, Kala, Vamadeva and Dhritavrata.
SB 3.12.13: O Rudra, you also have eleven wives, called the Rudranis, and they are as follows: Dhi, Dhriti, Rasala, Uma, Niyut, Sarpi, Ila, Ambika, Iravati, Svadha and Diksh.
SB 3.12.14: My dear boy, you may now accept all the names and places designated for you and your different wives, and since you are now one of the masters of the living entities, you may increase the population on a large scale.’

Now there is video that explains the birth of Shiva quoting a text which says that Shiva declared  that Brahma to be His father, Vishnu ,Grandfather and he ( Shiva) is his great Grand father.(Posted at the beginning of the Post)

While this makes an interesting read, there is no authentic source for this.

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Kumbakonam Panchakrosha Shiva Temples


I have written on Two Panchakrosha Temples of Lord Shiva, Varanasi and around Tirunelveli ,Tamil Nadu,India

There are two more such group of temples,each group consisting of Five Shiva temples, which are located in about 6.5 Km or five miles (Panchakrosha) and are endowed with the Immanent presence of Lord Shiva in both animate and inanimate beings.

Visiting them on the same day brings in the blessings of the ancestors (Pitrus0 and Prosperity.

Mahalinga swamy Tiruvidaimaruthur

Mahalingam, Thiruvidaimaruthur

 

They are.

Ujjain and

around Kumbakonam ,Tamil Nadu.

The Panchakrosha Temples around Kumakonam are,

Swamimalai,

Thirunageswaram.

Karuppur,

Darasuram and

Thiruvidaimaruthur.

 

1.Swamymalai.

Thiruverakam, popularly known as “Swamimalai” is located at a distance eight kilometers from Kumbakonam in Thanjavur district on the northern banks of the river Cauvery. It is one of the six famous abodes (Arupadaiveedu) dedicated to Lord Muruga (also spelt Murugan). Lord Muruga preached Pranava mantra “ OM ” to Lord shiva and that why he is called “Swaminathan”.

The temple is built on an artificial hill and is reached by a flight of steps. It is believed that the sixty steps of the temple ascending to the sanctum sanctorum represent the sixty months of the ancient Tamil calendar. Lord Shiva enshrined at the foot of the hillock is known as “sundaresar” and the Devi is known as “Meenakshi”.

Temple Timings.

5 to 12 Noon and 4 to 10 pm

2.Thirunageswaram.

Sri Naganathaswamy Temple or Rahu Sthalam is one of the 9 Navagraha Temples in Tamil Nadu and is associated toLord Rahu (Raaghu Bhagvan).

It is 7 km east of Kumbakonam on the Kumbakonam – Nannilam Road, in Thanjavur District, Tamilnadu.

The main presiding deity of Thirunageswaram Rahu Temple is Lord Naganathaswamy (Lord Shiva)

Consort Giri Gujambika (Goddess Parvathi) who is enshrined with Goddess Lakshmi and Goddess Saraswati by Her side.

Rahu Bhagavan is seen with his two consorts Nagavalli and Nagakanni.

Here Lord Shiva was worshipped by Rahu (Raghu) and got relived of a curse.

A unique feature of Naganatha Swamy temple is that Lord Rahu is seen with human face. While in other places, Lord Raaghu is worshipped with a serpent face.

Milk turns blue when Abhisheka is performed.

3.Karuppur.

Koranattu Karuppur Shiva temple and Petti Kali amman

Location: 3 kms from Kumbakonam in the Chennai highway
Main deity:
Sundareswarar with Abhirami ammai

Significances:
A big box, containing a beautiful half portion (hip to head) wooden image of the Goddess Kali, now being called Petti kali amman, with eight hands which was floating on the river Cauvery, drifted ashore here. She is kept in the temple and being worshipped. The box is opened only once in a year with all rituals.

4.Darasuram.

Location:  Darasuram near Kumbakonam,Tamil Nadu
Built in: 12th Century
Built By:  Raja Chola the second
Completed By : Pandya Rulers
Dedicated to: Lord Shiva,Airavateshwara
Entry:Free
Photography: Allowed.
Temple Timing: 6:00 Am to 10 Pm
Best time to Visit: all time
Nearest Railway Station: Kumbakonam
Nearest Air Port: Trichy.

5.Thiruvidaimaruthur.

Thiruvidamaruthur , A Saivite Kshetra, is located  8Km  from Kumbakonam and about forty minutes drive from Myladuthurai.

The Temple is dedicated to Lord Mahalingam,Siva in Linga Form.

It is one of the Panchakrosha Sthalas. The Ammbal Shrine is one of the Sakthi Bheetas. Chakkara Maha Meru is installed here.

Temple Timings.

6 to 12 Noon and

4 to 9 PM.

I have written in detail about Thiruvidaimaruthur.

I shall be writing in detail about each of these temples.

  • There are variations to this list of Panchakrosha Sthalams.

Citation and reference.

https://shanthiraju.wordpress.com/around-kumbakonam-2/

Related.

https://ramanan50.wordpress.com/2014/10/28/invisible-rama-kills-visible-vaali-enacted-in-sculpture/

https://ramanan50.wordpress.com/2012/09/01/thiruvidaimaruthur-mahalingam-and-brahmahathi/

 

 

 

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Rishis Siddhas A Comparison


The similarities and differences  between the Rishis and the Siddhars are very striking and also very difficult to notice, though this sounds paradoxical.

Both are Realized souls.

Both have recorded their experiences with Godhood in the form of Mantras by the Rishis and by Poems by the Siddhars.

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 The 18 sidddhas

Both have established Guru Sishya Lineage.

Both have their Idols installed in temples, though they are limited in Number.

Both were devoted to the welfare of the Mankind.

Both transcend Time and Space.

Differences.

While only seven Rishis are reported to be be beyond Space , Time and live forever, all the Siddhars are Timeless.

All Siddhars were/are followers of Sanatna Dharma Vedas and a unique system developed by them, The Siddha system, while the Rishis  followed on only Sanatna Dharma.

Vasishta, Viswamitra, Agstya are some exceptions.

Siddhars seem to have worshiped only shiva while the Rishis all the Gods.

Though some siddhars like Bhogar worshiped Goddess Bhuvaneswari, Agastya Ganesha, Subrahmanya.

The Siddhars worshiped reality, Nirguna Brahman as sound.light and as Saguna Brahman Lord Shiva.

Most of the Siddhars are from the South of Vindhyas though there are references that the North Indian Guru Parampara came from the Siddhas.

Please read my articles on this.

The Rishis, Seekers of Truth

Rishis of India

The Siddhas expressed themselves in Tamil while the Rishis in Sanskrit.

Some Rishis have been advisers to Kings, like Vasishta, no Siddha is associated as an adviser to King.

All Siddhas have been Rishis while not all Rishis were Siddhas.

The Yoga system by the Siddhas is slightly different from the one By Patanjali in Sanskrit, though Patanjali is from South and a Siddha.

Siddhas have developed alternate system of medicine based on hers found in the South, the Rishis , based on the herbs found in the North.

 

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