Hinduism

Siddhas In Karnataka Bangalore Prehistoric Writings Images


The general information about the Siddhas are very limited.

Even here, there is a misconception that the Siddhas are Tamils and their presence is limited to Tamil  Nadu.

When Siddhas can transcend Time and Space, a Country is nothing for them.

There are Siddha sites in Karnataka, that too near Bangalore.

Siddhara Betta, Siddhas' Hills, near Bangalore.jpg Siddhara Betta, Siddhas’ Hills, near Bangalore

There are prehistoric sites.

Siddha lokasAshram.jpg On one of the hills surrounding Siddhaloka is a massive pattern (about 30 metres, or 90 feet high) etched naturally on the rocks. If you observe carefully, it appears as a picture of the goddess Durga or Shakti, mounted on a lion, crown on head, arm raised with sword in hand.

Siddhaloka is described as the world inhabited by Siddhas, the Perfected Ones. An Ashram (hermitage) of this name is situated about 40 km from Bangalore in Southern India. This is the seat of the Siddha Yoga Dham, a registered charitable institution whose spiritual head is Param Poojya (His Holiness) Swami Chetanananda Saraswati, who belongs to the ancient lineage of Siddha Gurus.

Siddhaloka is a place full of splendour and serenity. The ashram is surrounded by hills and forests, with a breathtaking view, and is in the heart of rural Karnataka. The place is blessed by Siddhas and is an ocean of Siddha Shakti (divine power). There is no pollution of any form. One is inspired to remain indrawn and experience the natural meditative state..

Siddha Lokam near Bangalore.jpg, The cave derives its name from the peculiar picture-script found on its walls, which have been estimated by experts to date back to prehistoric times. The script is referred to as Shankha or ‘Conch-shell’ script. The actual height of the picture shown here is about four metres…

Siddhara Betta, Siddhars Mountain.

Siddhara Betta, around 12 Kms away from Koratagere in Tumkur district,

Tumkur can be reached by Train, Buses from Bangalore.

Airport.Bangalore.

From here, we climbed back on to the path where visitors walked and soon we were back in contact with the people moving all over the place. We then, moving ahead, reached the spot which is the destination of tourists and religious seekers. This is the main location of the Siddheshwara Temple and the healing waters. This also had entrance to large number of caves in which many yogis did their sadhana for years together. We were told to take a guide with us or there was a possibility of missing important places or literally getting lost in the caves. What is told to be caves is nothing but the spaces between these incredibly huge rocks but as one proceeds deeper into the space it gets darker and there was multiple twists and turns that one could keep wandering. We did not know whom to ask but as we moved ahead a man came walking along with us and spoke in Kannada stating that he would show us around. i was told earlier before coming to this place that a guide is a must to navigate in these caves or one could get lost or one could miss out the main spots needed to be seen. They charge between Rs.100/- and 200/-
 
The entrance to the holy temple and caves had crystal clear water flowing as though it was meant to wash the feet of those who went it. The water on this hill is very pure and is known for its medicinal properties full of healthy vital natural elements in it and also spiritually vibrant. The guide took us first to a dark space filled with lot of people and there seemed to be an arati going on. Reaching close to it, we found that this was the temple. There were no electric lights and the only visibility was a gas lamp lit in front of the big Shiva Linga. People made different offerings here and the priest was doing arati and puja for the devotees. In front of the Shiva Linga was a small natural water tank in stones which was filled with the holy waters. The guide told us that the Siddhas used water from here for worship. There were few very ancient idols also there, the most prominent being Lord Ganesha’s. Then, the guide took us through a narrow dark passage. We had carried our torches and that came very handy here along with the torch of the guide. Everything from here was dark inside. He moved through various narrow spaces that needed climbing, sliding, crawling on knees, have steep navigations that required careful and slow maneuvering. He helped us navigate through these spaces, sometimes himself demonstrating techniques on foot placement and shifting body weight to narrow down into steep rock spaces. By now it was evident that there is no way one can come here without a guide for there are so many passages that one can literally get lost. We were the only four of us (physically) in that location at that time.
 
He stopped at certain locations to show us the well-known spots that some Siddhas did their tapas for years. He also showed us a space where there was a natural stream of water filled in a space from where the Yogis drew and used water. He then took us to one remote cave around which a wall was built with a door and two windows and it looked like a room, but it was actually the entrance to a cave, where even today a Siddha lives. The door was locked and outside was carved “Marul Siddheshwar Mutt” which means ashram. There was another such kind of cave with a door a little ahead. i asked the guide where was the Yogi and he said that during the day he goes away some unknown place during the day because of the disturbance of people there flocking for favours and comes back only in the night to meditate there. Moving further, he showed us more spaces and seats of Yogis. He added that even meditators come and sometimes use this place for their meditation. We asked if anyone can sit to which he said anyone can, but rarely does anyone use it.
Citations.

http://www.siddha-loka.org/ashram.html

http://www.divinetravel.info/2012/04/siddharbetta-hill-of-siddhas.html

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Hinduism

Hanuman Sheds Tears Bangalore, Govt. Blocks The Only Video


There was a comment for my Post Hanuman sheds Tears, Real Life Story in Facebook that the Idol of Lord Hanuman at Banswadi, a suburb of Bangalore sheds tears on Hanuman Jayanthi Day.

I sought information from the writer.

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Hanuman, Banswadi, Bangalore.

No sooner than I posted the reply, I realised that I could Google for the information.

I did just that.

For the web search term ‘hanuman tears banaswadi’, I could get information.

This included the one from Bangalore Tourism .

I am providing the excerpt from the site.

But for Video search, the search returned with the only Video.

The catch is that the Video has been blocked by the Government Of India!

This is the search result.

https://www.google.co.in/search?q=hanuman+tears+banaswadi&espv=2&biw=1366&bih=643&tbm=vid&source=lnms&sa=X&ved=0CAkQ_AUoA2oVChMI0ZeG_8LnxgIVTgiOCh3kPA5h&dpr=1

This is the message for the Url..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVDbg8ZNtDA

Well, what reason could there be?

That It is Hanuman, ?

Hanuman Sheds Tears, Banswadi , Bangalore.

‘Every year on the eve of Hanuman Jayanthi which falls between December 16 to January 14 usually on a full moon-day in the month of Chaitra, this deity is attracted by a miracle; it so happens that tears come out from the idol and people flock from all parts of Bangalore to witness this miracle.

The Most important prehistory of this temple was constructed in dravidian fashion, it is 100 years old. and it has small small temples to denote their prehistory themselves and dedicated to Lord Rama, Shiva and Ganapathi within the walled compound.

 http://www.bangaloretourism.org/bangalore-Banaswadi-Hanuman-Temple.php

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human interest

Where Are These Muslims?


My father worked in Bodinayakkanur, Tamil Nadu,as a Teacher before he settled down in Srivilliputhur.

 

He served as a Teacher for 35 years.

 

He had a student, Habib, who was a Devout Muslim at Bodinayakkanur.

 

After quite a few years he received a message from Habib that he had become a DEO, District Educational Officer and he would be visiting the school where my father was working,Srivilliputhur.

 

DEOs visit schools to inspect them and as such,schools, especially aided schools are very vigilant and accord all respects to the DEO when he is on Inspection tour.

 

He had informed my mother, not my father, through a messenger , that it had been long since he ate my mother’s food, he would like Ragi Dosa every night and he would be sending a boy to pick it up daily during his stay at the Traveler’s Bungalow.

 

After completing the inspection, he sat with the Headmaster of the school , informed him that he was satisfied with his inspection and he would be leaving.

 

The Headmaster who knew the relationship of the DEO with my father asked hm whether he had visited my Fathers Class.

 

He is reported to have replied that he could not visit his teachers class and he(Habib) was  an example of what a Teacher could do a poor student.

 

Till his untimely demise, he used to come to our Home at least once a year and pay  his respect to my father!

 

I was in Bangalore with three of my friend and we were staying together for about six years.

 

I had/have a friend Syed Siddique.

 

He might even forget the dates of Ramzan and Bakrid, but very sure about Amavasya!

 

He was very much attached to my parents.

 

He used to go to my mother in kitchen and demand food/special dishes and she would oblige him.

 

My father had a stroke and was admitted to a Hospital.

 

Siddique came till the Hospital and refused to come inside the room saying he could not bear the sight of my father lying sick.

 

My father expired the next day.

 

Siddique was nowhere to be found.

 

While we were preparing the body for funeral.

 

He came, inebriated, crying , demanding that he be allowed to carry my father’s body to the cremation ground.

 

The priests objected to this, him being a Muslim.

 

My eldest brother said that Siddique was more attached to our father than us and my father reciprocated that.

 

Siddique carried the body.

 

He vowed that he would not eat non vegetarian food and sop drinking till the thirteenth day ceremony and he stuck to it,

 

When I lost my first wife he was one of the few who was by  side leaving his family commitments and consoled me.

 

Even after 40 years, I can not forget his affection .

 

I am still searching for him for we went our ways because of our profession.

 

He is a native of Chozhachakkaranallur,near Myiladuthurai, en route to Vaitheeswara Koil.

 

I have tried to locate him, in vain.

 

If some one, his children, grand children happen to read this remind ‘Swamigal’, that’s how I used to call him because of his knowledge of Hinduism, or Vellai Iyer is searching for him.

 

Now where are all these Muslims Gone?

 

Are we missing them or they are not showing up?

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Hinduism

Nada Yoga Nama Sankeertana


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,
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14 Feet Ganesha, Someshwara Temple Without Foundation


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.

 

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