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Temple Prasad In Bulk,Selling Wrong

In Hinduism on March 30, 2014 at 19:44

 

Prasad on Sanskrit means,

 

prasada (Prasad) 1. an illumined ease and clarity.2. [food offered to a deity or to a spiritual teacher; this same food distributed to devotees as a blessing].”

 

Hinduism believes that  Food is a Gift from God.

 

In this connection, there is an interesting point in Blessing others in Hinduism.

 

Food offering to God

Prasadm,Offering to God

 

‘Yogyadha Siddirasthu- May You deserve this.

 

“Bhogyadha Siddirasthu- May you be endowed with the conditions to enjoy what you have.

 

You may have very thing going good for you, in terms of Wealth, Home, Children.

 

Yet you may be a Sugar Patient, Diabetic, you can not eat  what you like, enjoy them.

 

We may have money , we may not get food, hotels/shops may be closed, food may not be available.

 

Hence we should thank God for having bestowed us with Food and the opportunity to enjoy it.

 

 

So God is propitiated by offering food firs to God and partake it with the others later.

 

This process is called Naivedyam(Please read my post on this).

 

What has been offered and  distributed is called Prasadam.

 

One meaning of the word is Illumining.

 

The Food that is offered to God and then distributed is healthy and illumines the Spirit.

 

Food that is not offered to God first is equivalence to eating stolen food.

 

Prasads are offered in Temples.

 

They are then distributed among the devotees.

 

One of the rules of Naivedyam is that the entire food prepared must  be placed before God,

 

 

Now Food is prepared in bulk, a token is shown before the Deity and distributed.

 

Temples, including Tirupati,Palani and elsewhere are following this practice.

 

Worse still is that a Tender is floated for Prasad ,and the winner gets the Right to prepare and sell them in shops in the Temple premises.

 

Online booking of Prasad is also available.

 

This is incorrect and has to dissuaded by the people and the Temple administration must not dilute basic principles.

 

Citation:

http://www.miraura.org/lit/skgl/skgl-16.html

 

 

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Rivers Different Colors Devi’s Teeth Danteshwari Shakti Peeta

In Hinduism on March 26, 2014 at 07:45

Dev’s teeth fell in Dantewada,Chattisgarh,India.

 

Situated in Dantewada, south-west of Jagdalpur, at the confluence of the holy rivers Shankini and Dhankini,both the rivers have different colors,this six hundred year old temple is one of the ancient heritage sites of India and is a representation of the religio-socio-cultural history of the Bastar region. Little is known about this shrine to much of India. The vast temple complex today is truly a standing monument to centuries of history and tradition. With its rich architectural and sculptural wealth and its vibrant festival traditions, Danteshwari Mai temple serves as the most important spiritual center for the people of this region.

 

 

Fagun Mela is Special here.

 

Dasara is a very important festival here.

 

 

How To Reach.

  • Monday – Friday: 6.00 AM – 7.00 PM , Saturday: 6.00 AM – 7.00 PM , Sunday: 6.00 AM – 7.00 PM , Public Holidays: 6.00 AM – 7.00 PM

Devotees have to wear Dhoti before entering the Temple.

 

The Danteshwari Temple is situated at a distance of about 84 km from the city of Jagdalpur.

 

It is located in Dantewada, to the south-west of Jagdalpur, near Bastar Palace and Gole Bazaar and at the confluence of the holy Dhankini and Shankini rivers.

 

Click The Link below for details.

 

http://www.ixigo.com/how-to-reach-maa-danteshwari-temple-dantewada-india-ne-1287983

 

 

 

 

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Flaming Devi Jwalamukhi Shakti Peeta

In Hinduism on March 23, 2014 at 08:32

Devi‘s Head fell in Vaishnav Devi near Kangra, Himachal Pradesh.

There are versions that it the place where The Devi’s Tongue fell.

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Here The Goddess called Jwalamukhi, Flamng Face,is with a Flaming Mouth.

Jwalayam Vishnavi devi, Gaya Mangalya gourika //’ Ashtadasa Stotram Ad Shankaracharya.

The Emanating Flames are worshiped as the manifestations of the different forms of Goddess Jwala Maa.

The Nine flames are,

Maha Kali,

Annapurna,

Chandi,

Hinglaj,

Vindhyavasini,

Maha Lakshmi,

Maha Saraswati,

Maa Ambika and

Anjana Devi.

The Fires continue to burn without any Fuel being added.

Mughal Emperor Akbar visited this Temple to verify this.

How To Reach.

By Air: Gaggal airport, also known as Dharamsala airport, in Kangra valley is about 40 km away from Jwalamukhi. This airport connects domestic flights to Delhi. International travelers have to connect through Delhi Airport, which is about 450 km away from Dharamsala. Delhi Airport is connected to all major cities in India and abroad.

By Road: Regular bus services ply regularly from several cities to Jwalamukhi and Kangra. Private luxury buses are also available from Delhi and other north Indian cities.

By Rail: Nearest railway station is Kangra Mandir but all trains do not stop here. The nearest railhead is Pathankot, about 85 km away from Dharamsala. Pathankot is well connected to all major cities in India.

Temple Timings.

Timings – Opening & Closing:
Monday – Friday: 6.00 AM – 7.00 PM ,
Saturday: 6.00 AM – 7.00 PM ,
Sunday: 6.00 AM – 7.00 PM ,
Public Holidays: 6.00 AM – 7.00 PM

The Legends:

One is known to all, that of Daksha Yaga and Sati immolating herself.

According to another legend, the Goddess appeared in a dream to a Brahmin in faraway South India, and directed him to proceed to the hills of Kangra in the shadow of the Dhauladhars and search for small tongues of flame leaping from the ground. The Brahmin, it is said responded discovered the sacred spot and in due course of time, erected a temple. Some people believe that Jwalamukhi represents the flaming mouth of Jalandhara, the demon whom Lord Shiva crushed to death by placing on him a huge mass of mountains.

Dhyanu Bhagat is well known devotee of Maa Durga. It is him who spread Devi Mata’s name. He lived at the time of the Mughal Emperor Akbar. Dhyanu Bhagat was going to Jwalaji with a group of pilgrims. Akbar summoned him to his court to inquire into the nature of their Goddess. Dhyanu Bhagat told him She is all powerful and answers the prayers of Her devotees.

To test Her power Akbar cut off the head of Dhyanu’s horse ordering him to have the Goddess put it back. Dhyanu went to Maa Jwalaji and prayed day and night to no avail. Out of desperation he cut of his own head and offered it to Devi Maa. She then appeared to him riding a lion. She reconnected both his head and that of the horse. Devi Maa also offered Dhyanu Bhagat a boon. He requested that it should not be so difficult for pigrams to show their devotion. Mata said that in the future if someone offered a coconut she would accept it as if they had offered their own head. To this day people continue to offer coconuts to the Goddess in Her temples all over the world. After the knowing that the head of horse is reconnected, Akbar the great Mughal Emperor visited the temple. The water course which today drips into a tank in the temple premises is said to have been constructed by Akbar in an attempt to douse the jets of flames in the temple.

The story goes that when the flames refused to be vanquished by the water channel specially constructed for the purpose, Akbar with utmost humility, became a devotee of the Goddess, and overcome by emotion, presented a chattra (umbrella) of gold to the Goddess. But when leaving, the Emperor looked back with immense pride at the valuable gift that he had made to the Goddess, and was mortified to find that the gold had turned into copper! Later Akbar’s son Jahangir invaded the Kangra valley and after seeing Jwalamukhi, wrote in his Tuzk (memories) near the temple and on the slope of the hill there is a sulphur mine and its heat causes flames to continually burst forth. They call it Jwalamukhi(flaming face or fiery mouth), and regard it as one of the idol’s miracles. Jahangir goes on to relate the legend of Shiva and Parvati and other stories connected with Jwalamukhi.

Citation:

http://www.maavaishnavi.com/2011/12/11/maa-jwala-devi-jwalamukhi-shakti-peeth-9th-among-51-shakti-peethas/

 

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Tantric Temples Of India List

In Hinduism on March 11, 2014 at 18:26

I am furnishing a list of Tantric temples in India

Deora Tantric temple

Vaital Temple

1.Kamakya Temple,Assam.

2.Kalighat,West Bengal.

3.Baitala Deula or Vaital Temple.Bhubaneswar,Odisha.

4.Ekling,Rajasthan.

5.Balaji,Rajasthan.

6.Khajuraho,Madhya Pradesh

7.Kaal Bhairon Temple,Madhya Pradesh.

8.Maha Kaleswar Temple,M.P.

9.Jwalamukhi Temple,Himachal Pradesh.

10.Baijnath ,Himachal Pradesh.

11.Kodungallur Bhagavathy Temple,Kerala.

12.Valayanad Devi Temple,Kerala.

13.Mookambika Temple,Karnataka.

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Temple Where Nandi Grows No Crows

In Hinduism on March 1, 2014 at 23:13

Sounds incredible?

True,

Nandi at Yganti Temple grows.

Nandi That grows

There is a Temple in Yaganti Andhra Pradesh, India, 100 km from Kurnool.

The devotees believe that the Nandi ( Bullock , Lord Shiva’s) idol in front of the temple is continuously increasing its size. The locals say that the idol was initially much smaller than its present size. They say that certain experimentation was carried out on this idol and it was said that the type of rock out of which the idol is carved has a growing or enlarging nature associated with it. As per Archaeological Survey of India the rock grows at the rate of 1 inch per 20 years (10 mm per 8 years).

 

It is said that people used to do Pradakshinas (rounds) around it in the past. The temple staff has already removed one pillar as the size of the Nandi has increased.

According to Potuluri Veera Brahmendra swamy, the Basavanna (stone nandi) of Yaganti will come alive and shout when Kali Yuga ends.

 

Sri Yaganti Uma Maheswara Temple is one of the few temples patronized by one of the great dynasties of India. Every year Maha Shivaratri is celebrated and a large number of devotees from all over Andhra Pradesh visit. Shiva, Parvati and Nandi are the main deities in this temple.This temple is 14 km away from Banaganipalli in Kurnool district.

Yaganti Shiva temple

Uma Maheshwara temple,Yaganti

The Legend:

This temple was constructed by King Harihara Bukka Rayalu of the Sangama Dynasty of the Vijayanagara Empire in the 15th century. It was built according to Vaishnavaite traditions.

One story of the site’s origin is as follows: The sage Agastya wanted to build a temple for Lord Venkateswara on this site. However, the statue that was made could not be installed as the toe nail of the idol got broken. The sage was upset over this and performed a penance for Lord Shiva. When Lord Shiva appeared, he said the place suits Shiva better as it resembles Kailash. Agastya then requested Lord Shiva to give the devotees a Parvathi Goddess as Lord Uma Maheswara in a single stone, which Lord Shiva obliged.

A second story is as follows: Chitteppa, a devotee of Lord Shiva, was worshiping Lord Shiva and Lord Shiva appeared to him as a tiger. Chitteppa understood that it was Lord Shiva in tiger form, and shouted Neganti Shivanu ne kanti (meaning: I saw Shiva I saw), and danced with joy. There is a cave called Chitteppa nearby.

The story according to the priests is that when the sage Agastya completed his uttara desha yatra and started dakshina desha yatra he found the beautiful and pleasant place called yaganti( Nekanti-i have seen)and thought to build a temple for Lord Venkateswara on this site . while roaming around caves one of the caves was found to have a very old statue of Lord Vishnu . After all the yagna, homa and pooja he found that the statue really contains a small defect as broken nail on the foot thumb finger. To seek an explanation he prayed to Shiva and Shiva explained that at this place which contains natural springs and nature only I can be worshipped. Then the sage Agastya asked a boon to Shiva to reside in this place for eternity with Mother Parvathi. So this place is called as Umamahesware (Uma: parvathi, Maheswara: shiva) temple. The shrine contains the statue of Shiva and Parvathi on a single stone.

The temple has Caves as well, where sage Agastya stayed.

Please check the Link.

Source:

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

 

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