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Vijayadashami  is one of the most great & holiest Hindu festival celebrated on the tenth day of the Hindu autumn lunar month of Ashvin, or Ashwayuja which falls in September or October of the Western calendar, from the Shukla Paksha Pratipada, or the day after the new moon which falls in Bhadrapada, to the Dashami, or the tenth day of Ashvin. The first nine days are celebrated as Maha Navratri(Sanskrit: नवरात्रि, ‘nine nights’) or Sharada Navratri {the most important Navratri) and culminates on the tenth day as Vijaya dashami

Vijyadashmi 13th Oct’ 2013

विजयादशमी का दिन बहुत महत्त्व का है और इस दिन सूर्यास्त के पूर्व से लेकर तारे निकलने तक का समय अर्थात् संध्या का समय बहुत उपयोगी है। रघु राजा ने इसी समय कुबेर पर चढ़ाई करने का संकेत कर दिया था कि ‘सोने की मुहरों की वृष्टि करो या तो फिर युद्ध करो।’ रामचन्द्रजी रावण के साथ युद्ध में इसी दिन विजयी हुए। ऐसे ही इस विजयादशमी के दिन अपने मन में जो रावण के विचार हैं काम, क्रोध, लोभ, मोह, भय, शोक, चिंता – इन अंदर के शत्रुओं को जीतना है और रोग, अशांति जैसे बाहर के शत्रुओं पर भी विजय पानी है। दशहरा यह खबर देता है।..

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Vijaya Dashmi is a divine festival.

All  the hindu festivals are important in their own way, but Vijaya Dashmi or Dussehra is unique in that it points towards the over all development in life. Though a series of festivals follows Dussehra, it is the festival of Dussehra that marks the beginning of a person’s all round development.

Dussehra or Vijayadashmi reminds us that one who indulges the ten senses in the objects of the world and seeks enjoyment therefrom loses the battle of life like Ravana.

The wise one, who restrains his ten senses and reposes in his True Self, and also leads others towards Self Bliss, emerges victorious like Lord Rama, and attains the Immortal state as well.

One who moves towards the Eternal, experiences inner peace, inner light and contentment like Lord Rama. But the one, who forgoes the eternal and seeks happiness from the impermanent, meets Ravana’s fate. To drive this principle home, and to rid us of the attraction towards the impermanent, is the objective of burning Ravana’s effigy on every Dussehra.

The body is transient, wealth is not eternal, and we are steadily heading towards death with each passing day. Our only duty is to garner the wealth of dharma; and for that purpose human birth alone is suitable.

Life is an art and one who doesn’t know the art of living fails to know the art of dying as well. He dies and is re-born again and again. One who knows the art of living, his life unites him with the Bestower of life, and death merges him with the deathless Lord. Life is a celebration, a song, and a melody. Live life in a way that would illuminate life, and die as would exude fragrance…it is for this very purpose that you have come to this world.

You have not come to rot in this world. You have not come to give birth to a few sons and daughters, become a mother-in-law, grandmother or grandfather, and then die in the end. You have come to experience, before death comes, your Eternal Self, Whom even death can’t touch; and Dussehra inspires you towards this goal.

The war between Ramji and Ravana is over, but the war between the Rama-attitude and Ravana-attitude within us continues. Lest the jiva is defeated in the war, Tulsidasji guides us, saying –

Pure discrimination does not arise without the compassionate Grace of God or the Sadguru.
Without the Grace of the Sadguru, without Satsang, one remains bereft of the insightful discrimination that provides answers to questions like, “Where lies real happiness? For what purpose have we been endowed with human life?”, etc. Without the Sadguru’s benign Grace, the jiva has been wandering in search of peace and bliss not for a couple of days or years or lives, but for ages together, with no idea about the right source of true peace and bliss. It therefore needs to avail itself of the Sadguru’s company and Satsang.
The company of saints equips one with the insight as to what should be done, and what should not be done, what brings excellence to life and what needs to be done before death strikes. Once you have known all this, you have truly benefited from the holy company of saints and accomplished the very goal of human life.

The craving for sense enjoyments takes one on the path of Ravana, while the techniques imparted by the Saints fill one’s life with inner bliss. And sooner or later, the jiva realizes its True Self, which is the true goal of human life.

Dasha-Hara is the festival of Victory of Good over Evil.

Jai maa durga

Victory of Durga Mata over Mahishasura
Some of the demons, or Asuras, were very powerful and ambitious and continually tried to defeat the Devas, or Gods , and capture Heaven. One Asura, Mahishasura, in the form of a buffalo, grew very powerful and created havoc on the earth. Under his leadership, the Asuras defeated the Devas. The world was crushed under Mahishasura’s tyranny, the Devas joined their energies into Shakti, a single mass of incandescent energy, to kill Mahishasura.
A very powerful band of lightning emerged from the mouths of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva and a young, beautiful female virgin with ten hands appeared. All the Gods gave their special weapons to her. This Shakti coalesced to form the goddess Durga. Riding on a lion, who assisted her, Durga fought Mahishasura. The battle raged for nine days and nights. Finally on the tenth day of Ashvin shukla paksha, Mahishasura was defeated and killed by MaaDurga.
Hence Dasha-Hara is also known as Navratri or Durgotsav and is a celebration of MaaDurga’s victory. Devi Durga, as Consort of Lord Shiva, represents two forms of female energy – one mild and protective and the other fierce and destructive.

Homecoming of Durga Maata
Daksha, the Lord of the Earth, and his wife Menaka, had a daughter called Sati. As a child, Sati started worshipping Lord Shiva as her would-be-husband. Lord Shiva was pleased with the Sati’s worship of him and married her. Daksha was against their marriage but could not prevent it. Daksha arranged a yagna to which everyone except Lord Shiva was invited. Sati, feeling ashamed of her father’s behaviour and shocked by the attitude meted towards her husband, sacrified herself in the holy fire. Lord Shiva was anguished when he discovered this. He lifted Sati’s body on his shoulders and started dancing madly. As the supreme power was dancing with wrath, the world was on the verge of destruction.
Then Lord Narayana came forward as a saviour and used his Chakra to cut Sati’s body into pieces. Those pieces fell from the shoulders of the dancing Shiva and scattered throughout the world. Shiva was pacified when the last piece fell from his shoulder. Lord Narayana revived Sati. The places where the pieces of Sati fell are known as the “Shakti Piths” or energy pits. Kalighat in Kolkata, Kamakshya near Guwahati and Vaishnav Devi in Jammu are three of these places.
In her next birth, Sati was born as Parvati or Shaila-Putri (First form of Durga), the daughter of Himalaya. Lord Narayana asked Shiva to forgive Daksha. Ever since, peace was restored and Durga Adi Shakti with her children Saraswati, Lakshmi, Kartikeya, Ganesh and her two sakhis – Jaya and Vijaya visit her parents each year during the season of Sharatkal or autumn, when Durga-Puja is celebrated.

End of Agnyatawas of Pandavas
In the age of Dvapara Yuga, Pandavas – the five acknowledged sons of Pandu (Sanskrit: पांडु), by his two wives Kunti and Madri – lost to Kauravas in a game of dice, and both spent twelve years of Vanawas, or exile to the forest, followed by one year of Agnyatawas. The brothers hid their weapons in a hole in a Shami tree before entering the Kingdom of Virat to complete the final year of Agnyatawas. After that year, on Vijayadashmi, they recovered the weapons, declared their true identities and defeated Kauravas, who had attacked King Virat to steal his cattle. Since that day, Shami trees and weapons have been worshipped and the exchange of Shami leaves on Vijayadashmi has been a symbol of good will and victory. This is also called Shami/Jammi Puja.

Devotees perform “Aditya Homa” as a “Shanti Yagna” and recite Sundara Kanda of Srimad Ramayana for nine days. These Yagna performances are thought to create powerful agents in the atmosphere surrounding the house that will keep the household environment clean and healthy. These rituals are intended to rid the household of the ten bad qualities, which are represented by ten heads of Ravana as follows:

Kama (Lust)
Krodha (Anger)
Moha (delusion)
Lobha (Greed)
Mada (Over Pride)
Matsara (Jealousy)
Manas (Mind)
Buddhi (Intellect)
Chitta (will)
Ahankara (Ego).

Some householders perform Yagnas thrice daily along with Sandhya Vandana, which is also called Aahavaneeya Agni, Grahapatya Agni or Dakshina Agni. In addition, the Aditya Homa is performed with the Maha Surya Mantras and the Aruna Prapathaka of the Yajurveda. These mantras are believed to keep the heart, brain and digestive functions in balance in the absence of adequate sunlight in the winter months.

The ceremony of Vidyarambham (Vidya means “knowledge” , arambham means “beginning’), a Hindu tradition where children between two and three years old are formally initiated, is held on Vijayadashami.
The last three days of the Navaratri festival, i.e. Ashtami, Navami, and Dashami are celebrated as Sarasvati Puja. The celebrations start with the Puja Veypu (Placing for Worship). It consists of placing the books for Pooja on the Ashtami day. It may be in one’s own house, in the local Nursery School run by traditional teachers, or in the local temple. The books will be taken out for reading, after worship, only on the morning of the third day (Vijaya Dashami). It is called Puja Eduppu (Taking from Puja). Children are happy since they are not expected to study on these days. On the Vijaya Dashami day, Kerala celebrates the Ezhuthiniruthu or Initiation of Writing for the little children before they are admitted to nursery schools. This is also called Vidyarambham. The child is made to write for the first time on the rice spread in a plate with the index finger, guided by an elder of the family or by a reputed teacher. The little ones will have to write “Hari Shri Ganapataye Namah” and recite the same to mark the auspicious entry in to the world of education. This is considered a memorable event in the life of a person. Ayudha Puja is also conducted during this period.

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Somvati Amavasya 23 rd Jan 2012

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Somavati amavasaya
सोमवती अमावास्या की शुभकामनायें

Somvati Amavasya Akhand Mantra Jap

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Somvati Amavasya falls on 23rd jan 2012 till 1PM afternoonIST (indian standard time), Pujya Bapuji has advised that observing the following tips on this day would be very beneficial for sadhaks:

 

23 january 2012

till afternoon 1.00 pm IST

सोमवती अमावस्या 23 january 2012
दोपहर 1PM तक ही है ।

this time is indian standard time for other parts of the world time is different according to the sunrise of that places so convert ist to ur time ok

Priya Atman
on 23 jan 2012 is somavati amavasya is very dear to Lord Shiva & very holy to devotees

a very auspicious holy day for chanting & worshipping Tulsi or holy basil plant

This is very impotant for jobless person to get good jobs or promotions in their present jobs & removing poverty from life

get a green Tulsi plant just a liitle one before 22 Jan 2012

keep the tulsi plant in a small pot ur prayer or ur own room where u get some privacy

worship the plant by lighting lamp on the day before somvati Amavasya tat is 22nd jan morning & evening

& on 23rd jan early morning u worship this tulsi plant, & keep this plant in the middle of ur room ,so get some space

& do 108 parikrama circumambulations aound the Tulsi plant clockwisejust go round slowly around the tulsi plant , atleast 108 times

For Attaining Prosperity and/or Relief from Financial troubles

If a devotee performs 108 circumambulations (parikrama) of the holy Tulsi (basil) plant on Somvati Amavasya, he will be relieved from financial problems and will attain increased success and prosperity in his job/service/business, etc. Pujya Bapuji advised that this tip is especially important for people who are doing a job (service) and nurture fears of their boss, anxiety of being laid off, etc. People, who have failed in their business earlier or have taken loan and would like to repay it, should also take benefit from this divine technique om

108 parikrama of Tulsi for removing dridrata ( Poverty). GuruJi has also advised that doing japa and meditation (dhyan) on Somvati Amavasya is lakh times more beneficial as compared to doing the same on any other day. He further said that performing japa Chanting and meditation on Somvati Amavasya would afford the same high religious merits as doing them on the supremely holy nights of Diwali, Holi, Shivratri, Janmashtami or during an eclipse.

for reaping rich spiritual benefits, a sadhak should try & practice the following on Somvati Amavasya:
i. Observe Maun (silence) or speak as little as possible
ii. Devote maximum time to japa & meditation (dhyan)
iii. If possible, do upvaas (fast) and stay only on milk.
iv. Sleep on the ground on Somvati Amavasya and on the night before as well.
v. On the night before Somvati Amavasya , the sadhak should make a firm resolve, “Tomorrow, I will observe maun (silence), study the holy scriptures & other Satsang books like Divya Prerna Prakash,Jeevan Vikas & Ishvar ki Or, and will engage myself constantly in japa and meditation.”

But all other sadhaks or devotees should definitely perform worship of the Lord and circumambulation of the Tulsi plant on Somvati Amavasya, setting aside all their other tasks. This will afford rich financial, intellectual and spiritual benefits to tthem whole life om om om…

Somvati Amavasi, or Somavati Amavasya, is no moon day that falls on a Monday (Somvar) in traditional Hindu calendar. In 2011, Somvati Amavasya date is May2. It is considered a highly auspicious day and millions of people take a holy dip in sacred Rivers like Ganga and Yamuna on the day. Married men and women also perform different pujas and rituals and also undertake Somavara Amavasya Vrat.
The Significance of Somvati Amavasya was narrated toYudhishtra by Bhisma in the Mahabharata. It is said that who ever takes a bath in the sacred rivers on the day would be prosperous, free of diseases and would be free from grief and sorrow. There is also a popular belief that the soul of ancestors will rest in peace if children and relatives take a holy dip in the sacred rivers.
Married women take the holy dip for a happy married life and for the long life of their husbands. They also worship the pipal tree on the day. Somavara Amavasya Vrata (fasting) is observed for a long and happy married life by couples. Many devout Hindus also fast on the day and some people only have a single meal.
On the day thousands of people take a dip in Ganga at Haridwar, Triveni and other places.

Pujya Bapuji adviced to perform 108 parikrama of Tulsi for removing dridrata ( Poverty). GuruJi has called on to all sadhaks to do jap and parikrama of Tulsiji.

Pujya Bapuji has also advised that doing japa and meditation (dhyan) on Somvati Amavasya is lakh times more beneficial as compared to doing the same on any other day. He further said that performing japa and meditation on Somvati Amavasya would afford the same high religious merits as doing them on the supremely holy nights of Diwali, Holi, Shivratri, Janmashtami or during an eclipse.

The Ashram.Org team is pleased to organize 24 hour non-stop Global Jap Yagna of  ” GURU MANTRA , OM HRIM OM and MAHA MRITYUNJAY  Mantra  on the eve of Somvati Amavasya.

Sankalp: Let us get together and participate in this Akhanda Japa for world peace and for safeguarding our Indian culture (Sanaatan Sanskriti).

;Somvati Amavasya Anushthaan vidhi

सोमवती आमवस्या इस बार

Somvati Amavasya  Pujya Bapuji has advised that observing the following tips on this day would be very beneficial for sadhaks:


इन तिथियों पर जप/ध्यान करने का वैसा ही हजारों गुना फल होता है जैसा की सूर्य/चन्द्र ग्रहण में जप/ध्यान करने से होता है:

१. सोमवती अमावस्या –
२. रविवार को सप्तमी हो जाए.)
३. मंगलवार की चतुर्थी हो जाए.
४. बुधवार की अष्टमी हो जाए.

इन तिथियों पर जप/ध्यान का फल ग्रहण के समय किये ही जप/ध्यान के सामान होता है. इसलिए हमें इन तिथियों पर जादा जप करना चाहिए, जिस से हमें थोडे में ही जादा लाभ मिले
सोमवती अमावस्या के दिन 108 बार अगर तुलसी की परिक्रमा करते हो, ओंकार का थोड़ा जप करते हो, सूर्य नारायण को अर्घ्य देते हो; यह सब साथ में करो तो अच्छा है, नहीं तो खाली तुलसी को 108 बार प्रदक्षिणा करने से तुम्हारे घर से दरिद्रता भाग जाएगी l

Maha MrityunJaya Mantra Shloka

Om Haum Joom Saha | Om Bhoorbhuvaha Svaha | Om Trayambakam Yajaamahe Sugandhim Pushtivardhnam Urvvarukamiva Bandhanaan Mrityormuksheeya Maamrataat Om | Svaha Bhuvaha Bhooh Om | Saha joom haum om |


Maha-Mrityumjaya Shloka in Shri Sureshananji’s Voice

Maha Ardra Nakshatra Yog 8/1/2012

Param Pujya Sant Shri AsaramJi BapuJi

Please Chant the OM mantra as much as u can

the fav Yog of Lord Shiva
Maha Ardra Nakshatra Yog is very very very auspicious & holy time for chanting the holy “OM” mantra AUM

chanting even one time is equal to infinite times,so chant as much as u can please

please chant the OM mantra as much as u can, as much asu om om om om om om om

Indian Standard Time
Saturday 8 January 2012, 3.35 A.M
to
Sunday 8 January 2012, 12.47 P.M

8 th jan morning 3.35 Am to afternoon 12.47 Pm

CHANT “OM” THE HOLY MANTRA as much as u can om om om om om om om om om om om om om om om om om

Jai Siya Ram

Vijaya Dashami

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Vijayadasami or Dusshera is an Hindu festival celebrated on the tenth day of the Hindu autumn lunar month of Ashvin, or Ashwayuja which falls in September or October of the Western calendar, from the Shukla Paksha Pratipada, or the day after the new moon which falls in Bhadrapada, to the Dashami, or the tenth day of Ashvin. The first nine days are celebrated as Maha Navratri(Sanskrit: नवरात्रि, ‘nine nights’) or Sharada Navratri {the most important Navratri) and culminates on the tenth day as Dasara.

Dasha-Hara is the festival of Victory of Good over Evil.

Victory of Durga Mata over Mahishasura
Some of the demons, or Asuras, were very powerful and ambitious and continually tried to defeat the Devas, or Gods , and capture Heaven. One Asura, Mahishasura, in the form of a buffalo, grew very powerful and created havoc on the earth. Under his leadership, the Asuras defeated the Devas. The world was crushed under Mahishasura’s tyranny, the Devas joined their energies into Shakti, a single mass of incandescent energy, to kill Mahishasura.
A very powerful band of lightning emerged from the mouths of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva and a young, beautiful female virgin with ten hands appeared. All the Gods gave their special weapons to her. This Shakti coalesced to form the goddess Durga. Riding on a lion, who assisted her, Durga fought Mahishasura. The battle raged for nine days and nights. Finally on the tenth day of Ashvin shukla paksha, Mahishasura was defeated and killed by MaaDurga.
Hence Dasha-Hara is also known as Navratri or Durgotsav and is a celebration of MaaDurga’s victory. Devi Durga, as Consort of Lord Shiva, represents two forms of female energy – one mild and protective and the other fierce and destructive.

Homecoming of Durga Maata
Daksha, the Lord of the Earth, and his wife Menaka, had a daughter called Sati. As a child, Sati started worshipping Lord Shiva as her would-be-husband. Lord Shiva was pleased with the Sati’s worship of him and married her. Daksha was against their marriage but could not prevent it. Daksha arranged a yagna to which everyone except Lord Shiva was invited. Sati, feeling ashamed of her father’s behaviour and shocked by the attitude meted towards her husband, killed herself. Lord Shiva was anguished when he discovered this. He lifted Sati’s body on his shoulders and started dancing madly. As the supreme power was dancing with wrath, the world was on the verge of destruction.
Then Lord Narayana came forward as a saviour and used his Chakra to cut Sati’s body into pieces. Those pieces fell from the shoulders of the dancing Shiva and scattered throughout the world. Shiva was pacified when the last piece fell from his shoulder. Lord Narayana revived Sati. The places where the pieces of Sati fell are known as the “Shakti Piths” or energy pits. Kalighat in Kolkata, Kamakshya near Guwahati and Vaishnav Devi in Jammu are three of these places.
In her next birth, Sati was born as Parvati or Shaila-Putri (First form of Durga), the daughter of Himalaya. Lord Narayana asked Shiva to forgive Daksha. Ever since, peace was restored and Durga Adi Shakti with her children Saraswati, Lakshmi, Kartikeya, Ganesh and her two sakhis – Jaya and Vijaya visit her parents each year during the season of Sharatkal or autumn, when Durga-Puja is celebrated.

End of Agnyatawas of Pandavas
In the age of Dvapara Yuga, Pandavas – the five acknowledged sons of Pandu (Sanskrit: पांडु), by his two wives Kunti and Madri – lost to Kauravas in a game of dice, and both spent twelve years of Vanawas, or exile to the forest, followed by one year of Agnyatawas. The brothers hid their weapons in a hole in a Shami tree before entering the Kingdom of Virat to complete the final year of Agnyatawas. After that year, on Vijayadashmi, they recovered the weapons, declared their true identities and defeated Kauravas, who had attacked King Virat to steal his cattle. Since that day, Shami trees and weapons have been worshipped and the exchange of Shami leaves on Vijayadashmi has been a symbol of good will and victory. This is also called Shami/Jammi Puja.

Devotees perform “Aditya Homa” as a “Shanti Yagna” and recite Sundara Kanda of Srimad Ramayana for nine days. These Yagna performances are thought to create powerful agents in the atmosphere surrounding the house that will keep the household environment clean and healthy. These rituals are intended to rid the household of the ten bad qualities, which are represented by ten heads of Ravana as follows:

Kama (Lust)
Krodha (Anger)
Moha (delusion)
Lobha (Greed)
Mada (Over Pride)
Matsara (Jealousy)
Manas (Mind)
Buddhi (Intellect)
Chitta (will)
Ahankara (Ego).

Some householders perform Yagnas thrice daily along with Sandhya Vandana, which is also called Aahavaneeya Agni, Grahapatya Agni or Dakshina Agni. In addition, the Aditya Homa is performed with the Maha Surya Mantras and the Aruna Prapathaka of the Yajurveda. These mantras are believed to keep the heart, brain and digestive functions in balance in the absence of adequate sunlight in the winter months.

The ceremony of Vidyarambham (Vidya means “knowledge” , arambham means “beginning’), a Hindu tradition where children between two and three years old are formally initiated, is held on Vijayadashami.
The last three days of the Navaratri festival, i.e. Ashtami, Navami, and Dashami are celebrated as Sarasvati Puja. The celebrations start with the Puja Veypu (Placing for Worship). It consists of placing the books for Pooja on the Ashtami day. It may be in one’s own house, in the local Nursery School run by traditional teachers, or in the local temple. The books will be taken out for reading, after worship, only on the morning of the third day (Vijaya Dashami). It is called Puja Eduppu (Taking from Puja). Children are happy since they are not expected to study on these days. On the Vijaya Dashami day, Kerala celebrates the Ezhuthiniruthu or Initiation of Writing for the little children before they are admitted to nursery schools. This is also called Vidyarambham. The child is made to write for the first time on the rice spread in a plate with the index finger, guided by an elder of the family or by a reputed teacher. The little ones will have to write “Hari Shri Ganapataye Namah” and recite the same to mark the auspicious entry in to the world of education. This is considered a memorable event in the life of a person. Ayudha Puja is also conducted during this period.

Somavati Amavasya 9th August 2010

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Somavati amavasaya
सोमवती अमावास्या की शुभकामनायें

Somvati Amavasya Akhand Mantra Jap

Priya Atman,

Somvati Amavasi, or Somavati Amavasya, is no moon day that falls on a Monday (Somvar) in traditional Hindu calendar. In 2010, Somvati Amavasya date is August 9. It is considered a highly auspicious day and millions of people take a holy dip in sacred Rivers like Ganga and Yamuna on the day. Married men and women also perform different pujas and rituals and also undertake Somavara Amavasya Vrat.

The Significance of Somvati Amavasya was narrated toYudhishtra by Bhisma in the Mahabharata. It is said that who ever takes a bath in the sacred rivers on the day would be prosperous, free of diseases and would be free from grief and sorrow. There is also a popular belief that the soul of ancestors will rest in peace if children and relatives take a holy dip in the sacred rivers.

Married women take the holy dip for a happy married life and for the long life of their husbands. They also worship the pipal tree on the day. Somavara Amavasya Vrata (fasting) is observed for a long and happy married life by couples. Many devout Hindus also fast on the day and some people only have a single meal.

On the day thousands of people take a dip in Ganga at Haridwar, Triveni and other places.

Pujya Bapuji adviced to perform 108 parikrama of Tulsi for removing dridrata. He has called on to all sadhaks to do jap and parikrama of Tulsiji.
Pujya Bapuji has also advised that doing japa and meditation (dhyan) on Somvati Amavasya is lakh times more beneficial as compared to doing the same on any other day. He further said that performing japa and meditation on Somvati Amavasya would afford the same high religious merits as doing them on the supremely holy nights of Diwali, Holi, Shivratri, Janmashtami or during an eclipse. (For checking out the tips given by Pujya Bapuji for Somvati Amavasya kindly view the Video of Bapuji on the top-tight corner of this page)

The Ashram.Org team is pleased to organize 24 hour non-stop Global Jap Yagna of ” GURU MANTRA , OM HRIM OM and MAHA MRITYUNJAY Mantra on the eve of Somvati Amavasya. Each participant can register for minimum of 30 mins and perform the jap in their respective location based on guidelines given below. Jap starts from 9th,Aug ’10, 6.00 AM IST to 10th,Aug ’10 7:00 AM IST.

Sankalp: Let us get together and participate in this Akhanda Japa for world peace and for safeguarding our Indian culture (Sanaatan Sanskriti).

Somvati Amavasya Anushthaan vidhi

Somvati amavasya on 9 th august 2010

सोमवती आमवस्या इस बार ९ अगस्त २०१० को है

इन तिथियों पर जप/ध्यान करने का वैसा ही हजारों गुना फल होता है जैसा की सूर्य/चन्द्र ग्रहण में जप/ध्यान करने से होता है:

१. सोमवती अमावस्या – (15thMarch’10, 9thAug’10 )

२. रविवार को सप्तमी हो जाए. (21stFeb’10, 7thMar’10, 4thJul’10, 12thDec’10)

३. मंगलवार की चतुर्थी हो जाए.(19thJan’10, 2ndFeb’10)

४. बुधवार की अष्टमी हो जाए. (15thSept’10)

इन तिथियों पर जप/ध्यान का फल ग्रहण के समय किये ही जप/ध्यान के सामान होता है. इसलिए हमें इन तिथियों पर जादा जप करना चाहिए, जिस से हमें थोडे में ही जादा लाभ मिले

सोमवती अमावस्या के दिन 108 बार अगर तुलसी की परिक्रमा करते हो, ओंकार का थोड़ा जप करते हो, सूर्य नारायण को अर्घ्य देते हो; यह सब साथ में करो तो अच्छा है, नहीं तो खाली तुलसी को 108 बार प्रदक्षिणा करने से तुम्हारे घर से दरिद्रता भाग जाएगी l

The pious tithi (date) of Somvati Amavasya falls on 9th Aug ’10, Pujya Bapuji has advised that observing the following tips on this day would be very beneficial for sadhaks:

Tip 1: For Attaining Prosperity and/or Relief from Financial troubles

If a devotee performs 108 circumambulations (parikrama) of the holy Tulsi (basil) plant on Somvati Amavasya, he will be relieved from financial problems and will attain increased success and prosperity in his job/service/business, etc. Pujya Bapuji advised that this tip is especially important for people who are doing a job (service) and nurture fears of their boss, anxiety of being laid off, etc. People, who have failed in their business earlier or have taken loan and would like to repay it, should also take benefit from this tip.

Pujya Shri further advised that we may also offer our respects to the Tulsi plant by lighting a diya (lamp) near it, one or two days prior to Somvati Amavasya.

Tip 2: For Rapid Spiritual Advancement

Pujya Bapuji said that doing japa and meditation (dhyan) on Somvati Amavasya is lakh times more beneficial as compared to doing the same on any other day. He further mentioned that performing japa and meditation on SomvatiAmavasya would afford the same high religious merits as doing them on the supremely holy nights of Diwali, Holi, Shivratri, Janmashtami or during an eclipse.

Pujya Bapuji has advised that for reaping rich spiritual benefits, a sadhak should try & practice the following on Somvati Amavasya:

i. Observe Maun (silence) or speak as little as possible

ii. Devote maximum time to japa & meditation (dhyan)

iii. If possible, do upvaas (fast) and stay only on milk.

iv. Sleep on the ground on Somvati Amavasya and on the night before as well.

v. On the night before Somvati Amavasya (8th Aug ’10), the sadhak should make a firm resolve, “Tomorrow, I will observe maun (silence), study the holy scriptures & other Satsang books like Divya Prerna Prakash,Jeevan Vikas & Ishvar ki Or, and will engage myself constantly in japa and meditation.”

Pujya Bapuji advised that if a lady is in her menstruation period, she is exempted from the above tips. But all other sadhaks should definitely perform worship of the Lord and circumambulation of the Tulsi plant on Somvati Amavasya, setting aside all their other tasks. This will afford rich financial, intellectual and spiritual benefits to the sadhak.

Maha MrityunJaya Mantra Shloka

Om Haum Joom Saha | Om Bhoorbhuvaha Svaha | Om Trayambakam Yajaamahe Sugandhim Pushtivardhnam Urvvarukamiva Bandhanaan Mrityormuksheeya Maamrataat Om | Svaha Bhuvaha Bhooh Om | Saha joom haum om |


Maha-Mrityumjaya Shloka in Shri Sureshananji’s Voice

Sri Ram Setu -The Power Of Shiva & Shakti

Sri Rameshwar Jyotirlinga of Lord Shiva is situated on the peninsular tip Rameshwaram on the Divine Sri Ram Setu which was built by Lord Sree Rama to reach Lanka. Many Hindus start their day with reciting shloka of with the Dwadash JyothirLinga Stotra.

SAURASHTRA SOMNATHAM CHA SHRISHAILE MALLIKARJUNAM ||
UJJAINYAM MAHAKALOMKARE MAMMALESHWARAM ||
PARLYAM VAIJNATHAM CHA DAKINYAM BHEEM SHANKARAM ||
SETU BANDHE TU RAMESHAM NAGESHAM DARUKA VANE ||
VARANASYA TU VISHWESHAM TRIBAKAM GAUTAMITATE ||
HIMALAYE TU KEDARAM GHURMESHAM CHA SHIVALAYE ||
AETANI JYOTIRLINGANI SAYAM PRATAHA PATHENNARAHA ||
SAPTA JANMA KRITAM PAPAM SMARANEN VINASHYATI |

The Sri Ramcharitra Manas Says

JE RAMESHWAR DARSHAN KARI HAHI |
TE TANU TAJI MAM LOKA SIDAARI HAHI ||

Meaning : Those who go to Rameshwar and seeks my blessings, shall always reside in Shivloka. The temple of Rameshwar is very big and huge. There are many other idols of Shiva and other gods other than the main linga. There is a big idol of Nandi, the vehicle of Shiva. There is greatness associated of the ceremonial bath given to the linga by water of the Ganga.

There is a Shrine named Dhanushkodi 20 miles away from Rameshwaram. It is known for rites performed for the deceased ancestors. In the vicinity of this there are a number of temples.

Rameshwar, the most sacrosanct pilgrimage where Sri Ram had constructed the bridge( Sri Ram Setu ) has the supreme place among all the pilgrimages. Having a ‘Darshana’ of this pilgrimage helps a man to develop devotions in lord Shiva and lord Vishnu and he gets liberated from the cycles of births and deaths. Sighting this bridge gives virtues similar to the virtues acquired by the performance of all the oblations.

A man who takes a holy bath at this pilgrimage goes to the abode of lord Vishnu and achieves liberation.

A man who meditates upon this ‘setu’ (bridge), `Rameshwar- linga’ and ‘Gandhamadan-Parvat’ (mountain) is freed from all of his sins. Even the sands at the shore of the sea is considered very sacred and a man who lies on the sands has all his sins of Brahma-hatya (killing a brahmim) gets destroyed.

The air around the bridge is so sacrosanct that its mere touch on the body destroys the sins acquired by having wine to the extent of ten thousand bottles.

If the ashes of the bones of a man are immersed in the water of the sea by his sons or grandsons then his (dead man’s) sins of stealing gold for ten thousand times gets destroyed.

A man who takes a bath here and thinks about another man while bathing all the sins acquired by him (about whom he thinks) because of being in the company of the most lowly and sinful men, gets destroyed.

A man who aspires to become wealthy has his aspirations fulfilled by taking a bath at this sacred pilgrimage of Rameshwar.

It would be appropriate to say that all the wishes and desires of a man gets fulfilled if he takes a bath at Rameshwar.

SOME OTHER SACRED PILGRIMAGES AROUND RAMESHWAR:

Lord Ram while on his way to Lanka had constructed the bridge over the sea with the help of the Vanaraas. The place where he had taken rest came to be known as ‘Darbhashayan teerth’.

There are many sacred sites situated on the bridge itself among which twenty-four sites are considered to be the main. They are as follows:
‘Chakra-teertha’, ‘Vetal-varad teertyha’, ‘Pap-Vinashan teertha’, ‘Sita-Sarovar’, ‘Mangal-teertha’, ‘Amrit vapika’, ‘Brahma-Kunda’, ‘Hanumat-kunda’, ‘Agastya teertha’, ‘Ram-teertha’, ‘Laxman teertha’, ‘Jaya-teertha’, ‘Laxmi teertha’, ‘Agni-teertha’, ‘Chakra-teertha’, ‘Shiv-teertha’, ‘Shankha-teertha’, ‘Yamuna-teertha’, ‘Ganga-teertha’, ‘Koti-teertha’, ‘Sadhyamrita-teertha’, ‘Manas-teertha’ and ‘Dhamush-Koti teertha’. These are the main pilgrimages situated on the bridge. All these pilgrimages are considered as very sacred and a man who visits these sites gets all of his sins destroyed.

Chakra Teertha: A ferocious demon ran towards sage Malav who was meditating at the banks of Dharma-puskarini. As the demon was very hungry he wanted to devour the sage. The sage called on lord Vishnu for his protection. Lord Vishnu sent his weapon ‘Sudarshan-Chakra to kill the demon. The Sudarshan Chakra instantly killed the demon by beheading him. Sage Malav requested the ‘Sudarshan Chakra’ to remain there. Sudarshan Chakra accepted his requested and stayed there. That pilgrimage became famous as ‘Dharma-Pushkarini Chakra-teertha.

SITA SAROVAR: Sita the daughter of Janak to prove her chastity to lord Ram had entered into the fire which was witnessed by all the deities. Sita came from the fire without being harmed. She created a pond for the welfare of the human beings. She took bath in that pond. Later on this pond came to be known as Sita-Sarovar.

MANGAL-TEERTHA: Goddess Laxmi always dwells at Mangal-teertha. In the ancient time a king by the name of Manojava and who was in the lineage of the moon took refuge in the forest along with his wife and children, after being defeated by the enemies. His hungry child demanded something to eat. Being unable to meet his demand both the king and his wife fainted. Sage Parashar was passing through that forest. Seeing him ‘Sumitra’ made salutations to him and narrated her whole story to him. By contemplating on lord Shiva, Sage Parashar touched the king and as a result the king regained his consciousness. Sage Parashar instructed them to go near the Gandh Madan mountain, where according to him was situated a sacred reservoir. He also asked them to take a holy bath in it as the result of which all of their miseries would end.

The king, following the instructions of sage Parashar went to the said place and chanted cryptic mantra for three months. As the result of his penance he acquired various divine weapons, a divine chariot. The king then defeated his enemies and regained his kingdom.

This mangal teertha is very sacred and gives liberation and salvation to a man.

EKANTA RAMNATH: Sri Ram along with Sita, Laxman and Hanuman dwell at Ekanta Ramnath, to oblige his devotees. There is situated, a pond by the name of Amrit Vapika, A man who takes a dip in this pond, is freed from the fears of old age and death. A man, who bathes in the holy water of Amrit Vapi, attains immortality by the blessings of Lord Shankar.

BRAHMA KUNDA: This sacred and great pilgrimage is situated in the middle of the bridge, at the ‘Gandh-Madan’ mountain. Having a darshan of this ‘Brahma-Kunda’ destroys all the sins of a man. It also neutralizes the sins of acquired by lakhs of ‘Brahmhatya’ (killing of Brahmin). One, who applies the sacred ashes of Brahmakunda on his forehead (tripunda), attains salvation. One who takes a holy bath in the Brahma-Kunda, finds the doors of the ‘abode of salvation’ open for him. This ‘Brahmakunda’ liberates a man from the bondage’s of the world. It also fulfills all the wishes and desires of a man.

HANUMATKUNDA: While returning from Sri Lanka, Sri Ram along with his army which comprised of the monkeys, reached ‘Gandhamadan’ mountain. Hanuman, the son of wind (Pawan) created a supreme pilgrimage, for the benediction of the human beings. One who takes a bath in this reservoir attains to the abode of lord Shiva.

AGASTYA TEERTHA: Sage Agastya, while travelling towards south, went to the Gandhamadan mountain. After coming to know about the greatness of Gandhamadan Mountain he constructed a very virtuous pilgrimage in his own name. Even today, he along with his wife dwell at this pilgrimage. One who takes a bath in the holy water of this pilgrimage becomes free birth, death and rebirth.

RAM TEERTHA: This sacred reservoir created by lord Raghunath imparts religious merits and destroys the sins. Even performance of a minor oblation, at the banks of Ram-teertha, gives complete virtues. Similarly a self-study and chanting of Mantras, at the banks of Ram-teerths gives complete virtues. The great Shiva-linga with a desire to oblige the human beings, manifested at the banks of Ram teertha.’ A man, who takes a bath in the holy water of Ram teerth and then has a darshan of this Shiva-linga attains salvation.

JATA TEERTHA: After the killing of Ravana the pond in which, Sri Ram had washed his locks of hair, came to be known as ‘Jata-Teertha’. Taking a bath in the holy water of this pilgrimage purifies the conscience of a man. It also bestows the self-knowledge and as the result of this self knowledge a man attains salvation.

LAKSHMI TEERTHA: A man who takes a bath in the holy water of Lakshami teertha gets all of his desires fulfilled. This pilgrimage makes a man prosperous by driving away the poverty. It also destroys the gravest of sorrows. It helps a man in attaining to the heaven, in the attainment of the salvation, makes him free from the burden of the debts and helps him to have ‘good’ progenies.

RAMESHWAR-MAHALINGA

A man who has a ‘darshan’ of ‘Rameshwar-Shivlinga’, established by Sri RamChandra, achieves unification with lord Shankar and which is just like attainment of salvation.

The virtues attained in ten years in the era of ‘Satya’ are equivalent to the virtues attained in one year, in the era of ‘treta’ and to the virtues attained in one month, in the era of ‘dwapar’ and to the virtues attained in one day in the era of ‘Kali’. The same virtues by becoming crore-folds are attained in a moment, by having a ‘darshan’ of lord Rameshwar.

All the deities all the pilgrimages and all the pilgrimages and all the ancestors dwell in the Rameshwar-linga. Rameshwar-Shivlinga, which has been worshipped by Sri Ram, is Sancro-Sanct that even its mere remembrance frees a man from the pains of Yamaraj (death.) Just as a fire burns the wood to ashes in the same way having a darshan of lord Rameshwar burns (destroys) all the sins.

A man who has a ‘darshan’ of ‘Rameshwar Mahalinga’ even destroys. The sins committed by other people instantly. If a man has a ‘darshan’ of Rameshwar-Mahalinga at the time of his death then he does not have a second birth.

A man who bathes Rameshwar-Mahalinga with the milk of the cow liberates his twenty-one generations and attains to the abode of ‘Shiva’.

If a man bathes Rameshwar-Mahalinga with the curd attains to the abode of lord Vishnu.

If a man bathes Rameshwar-Mahalinga with the water of river Ganges, he is even revered by lord Shiva himself.

Therefore a man, aspiring to attain salvation, should worship, eulogize and meditate on the form of Rameshwar-Mahalinga till he is alive.

Sri Ramnath Swamy Temple Rameshwaram

ESTABLISHMENT OF RAMESHWAR-LINGA

When lord Ram returned from Lanka after achieving victory, sage Agastya along with his disciples, went to the Gandhamadan Mountain, to see him.

Sri Ram inquired from him about the means of atonement, for his sins acquired by the killing of Ravana. Sage Agastya advised him to establish a Shiva linga and worship it. He also said that it would appropriately act as an atonement for his sins and it would also bestow virtues to the common man, similar to that of having darshan of Kashi-Vishwanath. “This ‘Shiva-linga’ would become famous by your name” said sage Agastya.

Hearing this lord Ram fixed an auspicious time for the establishment of Shivalinga and he also sent Hanuman to bring ‘Shivalinga from Kailash mountain.

But, when the sages saw that Hanuman did not return in time and there was a fear of the auspicious time being over, they requested Sri Ram, to establish the Shiva linga, made of sand by Sita.

Sri Ram followed the instructions and established the Shiva-linga, at one end of the bridge on the ‘Gandhamadan’ mountain amidst the chanting of auspicious mantras by the sages and Sita. At that particulars time lord Shiva and goddess Parvati had manifested themselves in the Shiva-lingas. Lord Shiva was present with his full splendour and magnificence moon’s phase on his forehead and river Ganges flowing out from his locks of hair.

Lord Shiva becoming pleased by Sri Ram blessed him with a boon, that anyone who has darshan of his Shiva lingas, his gravest of sins would be destroyed just as taking a bath in Dhanuskoti destroys the gravest of sins of a man.

After establishing the Shiva lingas Sri Ram also established an idol of Nandikeshwar, and then he bathed Rameshwar-Shivlinga with the water, which was acquired by piercing the earth with his arrow. This pond came to be known as ‘Koti-teertha’.

When Hanuman returned, he told Sri Ram about the reason for being late. He told that, when he reached Kailash mountain, he did not have a darshan of Lord Shiva, so he pleased lord Shiva by his penance and then received a Shivalinga as his blessings.

“Now I find that you have already established the Shiva linga, what do I do with the Shivalinga, I have brought” said Hanuman.

Sri Ram then consoled Hanuman and asked him to establish the Shivalinga himself. This Shivalina would become famous in all the three world, by your name and it would also act as an atonement for your sins, which you have acquired by killing ‘Bramha-Rakshas’ (Brahmin-Demon)”- said Sri Ram.

The Shiva-linga established by Hanuman became famous as Hanuman-Shivalinga, which was gifted to him by lord Shiva himself.

For every Hindu
Ramayan is our life Sri Ram Setu is our Pranna & Sri Rama is Atman

The Ramayana is not only our divine holy scripture but also shows us Dharma and guides us on how we should lead our lives and live with others in the family and society.

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Ram Sethu construction in Valmiki Ramayana

Nala on his part initiated a monumental bridge in the middle of the ocean. The bridge was built at that time with the cooperation of other Vanaras, of terrific strength.
Seeing that Rama’s accomplishment, which was amazing and arduous; celestials, Siddhas (semi-divine beings possessing supernatural faculties) and Charanas (celestial bards) along with great sages, forthwith approached Rama and consecrated him with very splendid waters separately.
Rama the glorious and righteous man, wielding a bow along with Lakshmana together with Sugriva, went in front of that army.

Valmiki describes the construction of Ram Sethu in great detail. Here is an excerpt and text (translation) of the entire sarga (Book VI: Yuddha Kanda, Book of War, Chapter [sarga] 22) where this description occurs in Valmiki Ramayana.
The architect who led the construction was Nala. This was also confirmed by Veda Vyasa in Mahabharata.
Veda Vyasa refers to the Sethu as Nalasetu (Mahabharata: 3.267.45)
…which even today, popular on earth as Nala’s bridge, mountain like, is sustained out of respect for (Lord) Rama’s command. (Nala was son of Vishwakarma).
When Rama is about to release a missile presided over by Brahma from His bow, the sea-god appears in person before Him with joined palms and advises Him to get a bridge constructed by Nala across the ocean. The ocean god disappears after giving this advice to Rama. Nala accordingly constructs a bridge across the sea with the help of other vanaraas.
athovaaca raghushreSThaH saagaram daaruNam vacaH| adya tvaam shoSayiSyaami sapaataalam mahaarNava || (2-22-1)
Then, Rama spoke these harsh words to the ocean: “O, Ocean! I will make you dry up now along with your nethermost subterranean region.”
sharanirdagdhatoyasya parishuSkasya saagara | mayaa nihatasattvasya paamsurutpadyate mahaan || (2-22-2)
“O, Ocean! A vast stretch of sand will appear, when your water gets consumed by my arrows; when you get dried up and the creatures inhabiting you get destroyed by me.”
matkaarmukanisR^iSTena sharavarSeNa saagara | param tiiram gamiSyanti padbhireva plavaN^gamaaH || (2-22-3)
“By a gush of arrows released by my bow, our monkeys can proceed to the other shore even by foot; O, Ocean!”
vichinvannaabhijaanaasi pauruSam vaapi vikramam | daavnavaalaya samtaapam matto naama gamiSyasi|| (2-22-4)
“O, Sea the abode of demons! You are not able to recognise my valor or prowess through your intelligence. You will indeed get repentance at my hands.”
braahmeNaastreNa samyojya brahmadaNDanibham sharam | samyojya dhanuSi shre SThe vicakarSa mahaabalaH || (2-22-5)
“Fixing an arrow resembling the Rod of Brahma (the creator) charged with a missile (presided over by Brahma) to his excellent bow, the exceedingly powerful Rama stretched it towards the sea.”
tasminvikR^iSTe sahasaa raaghaveNa sharaasane | rodasii sampaphaaleva parvataashca chakampire || (2-22-6)
While Rama was stretching that bow, both the heaven and earth suddenly seemed to be split asunder. Mountains also were shaken.
tamashca lokamaavavre dishashca na chakaashire | praticukshubhire caashu saraamsi saritastadaa || (2-22-7)
Darkness enveloped the world. All the quarters were obscured. Lakes and rivers were soon agitated.
tiryak ca saha nakshatraiH samgatau candrabhaaskarau | bhaaskaraamshubhiraadiiptam tamasaa ca samaavR^itam || (2-22-8) pracakaashe tadaakaashamulkaashatavidiipitam| antarikshaachcha nirghaataa nirjagmuratulasvanaaH || (2-22-9)
The moon, sun and the stars moved obliquely and though the sun’s rays lighted the sky, it was enveloped by darkness and shined with a blaze of hundreds of meteors while thunders reverberated with an unparalleled sound in the sky.
vapuHprakarSeNa vavurdivyamaarutapaN^ktyaH | babhaJNja cha tadaa vR^ikshaan jaladaanudvahan muhuH ||(2-22-10)
Series of celestial winds blew in their colossal form and the winds, then sweeping away the clouds, tore up the trees again and again.
aarujamshcaiva shailaagraan shikharaaNi babhaJNja ca | divi ca sma mahaavegaaH samhataaH samahaasvanaaH || (2-22-11) mumucurvaidyutaanagniimste mahaashanayastadaa |
The wind, shattering the mountain peaks, broke off the points of the rocks. Winds of great velocity struck together in the sky and emitted flashes of radiance proceeding from lightning with a great sound and then there were great thunders.
yaani bhuutaani dR^ishyaani chukrushushcaashaneH samam || (2-22-12) adR^ishyaani ca bhuutaani mumuchurbhairavasvanam | shishyare caabhibhuutaani samtrastaamyadvijanti ca || (2-22-13) sampravivyathire caapi na ca paspandire bhayaat |
The visible creatures cried out along with the thunders. The invisible beings too gave off a terrific noise. The creatures were overpowered, frightened, agitated, lied down and also very much anguished. They did not move due to fear.
sahabhuutaiH satoyormiH sanaagaH saharaakshasaH || (2-22-14) sahasaabhuuttato vegaadbhiimavego mahodadhiH | yojanam vyaticakraama velaamanyatra samplavaat || (2-22-15)
The great ocean with its waves and water, along with its living creatures including snakes and demons soon became possessed of a terrific velocity. Due to that speed and swelling of waters, the ocean crossed beyond the other shore to the extent of a yojan (eight miles).
tam tathaa samatikraantam naaticakraama raaghavaH | samuddhatamamitraghno raamo nadanadiipatim || (2-22-16)
Rama born in Raghu dynasty and the annihilator of enemies, did not retreat before that ocean, which swelled and crossed its limits.
tato madhyaat samudrasya saagaraH svayam utthitaH | udayan hi mahaashailaan meror iva divaa karaH || (2-22-17)
Then, Sagara (the ocean god) himself rose from the middle of the ocean as the sun rises at dawn from the huge mountain of Meru.
pannagaiH saha diipta aasyaiH samudraH pratyadR^ishyata| snigdha vaiduurya samkaasho jaambuu nada vibhuuSitaH || (2-22-18)
That ocean along with snakes of flaming jaws appeared with a hue of glossy emerald adorned with gold.
ratna maalya ambara dharaH padma patra nibha iikSaNaH| sarvapuSpamayiim divyaam shirasaa dhaarayan srajam || (2-22-19)
jaataruupamayaishcaiva tapaniiyavibhuuSito bhuuSaNottamaiH| aatmajaanaam ca ratnaanaam bhuuSito bhuuSaNottamaiH || (2-22-20)
dhaatubhirmaNDitaH shailo vividhairhamavaaniva | ekaavaliimadhyagatam taralam paaNDaraprabham || (2-22-21)
vipulenorasaa bibhratkaustubhasya sahodaram | aaghuurNitataraN^-gaughaHkaalikaanilasamkulaH || (2-22-22) gaN^gaasindhupradhaa-naabhiraapagaabhiH samaavR^itaH|
devataanaam saruupaabhirnaa-naaruupaabhiriishvaraH|| (2-22-23) saagaraH samatikramya puurvam aamantrya viiryavaan | abraviit praanjalir vaakyam raaghavam shara paaNinam || (2-22-24)
The valiant ocean, the lord of rivers, wearing a wreath of pearls, with his eyes resembling lotus leaves, bearing a beautiful garland made of all kinds of flowers on his head, with ornaments of refined gold, adorned with excellent jewels made of pearls from his domain, decorated with different kinds of gems and metals, resembling Himavat mountain, wearing on his broad chest a locket shedding a white luster, resembling a Kaustubha gem (adorning the blossom of Lord Vishnu) and hanging in the middle of a single string of pearls, with a multitude of waves whirled around him, encircled by the clouds and winds, escorted by rivers mainly the Ganga and Sindhu, endowed with diverse forms resembling various deities, approached Rama with joined palms, who stood with arrows in hand, addressing him first as ‘Rama!’ and spoke the following words:
pR^ithivii vaayur aakaasham aapo jyotiH ca raaghavaH | svabhaave saumya tiSThanti shaashvatam maargam aashritaaH || (2-22-25)
“O, beloved Rama! Earth, wind ether, water and light remain fixed in their own nature, resorting to their eternal path.”
tat svabhaavo mama api eSa yad agaadho aham aplavaH | vikaaras tu bhaved raadha etat te pravadaami aham || (2-22-26)
“Therefore, I am fathomless and my nature is that it is impossible of being swum across. It becomes unnatural if I am shallow. I am telling you the following device to cross me.”
na kaamaan na ca lobhaad vaa na bhayaat paarthiva aatmaja| raagaannakraakulajalam stambhayeyam kathamcana || (2-22-27)
“O, Prince! Neither from desire nor ambition nor fear nor from affection, I am able to solidify my waters inhabited by alligators.”
vidhaasye yena gantaasi viSahiSye hyaham tathaa | na graahaa vidhamiSyanti yaavatsenaa tariSyati|| (2-22-28) hariiNaam taraNe raama kariSyaami yathaasthalam |
“O, Rama! I shall make it possible to see that you are able to cross over. I will arrange a place for the monkeys to cross me and bear with it. As far as the army crosses me, the crocodiles will not be aggressive to them.”
tamabraviittadaa raamaH shR^iNu me varuNaalaya || (2-22-29) amogho.ayam mahaabaaNaH kasmin deshe nipaatyataam |
Then, Rama spoke to that ocean as follows: “Listen to me. This great arrow should not go in vain. In which region should it be descended?”
raamasya vachanam shrutvaa tam ca dR^iSTvaa mahaasharam|| (2-22-30) mahodadhirmahaatejaa raaghavam vaakyamabraviit |
Hearing Rama’s words and seeing that powerful arrow, the large splendid Ocean spoke the following words to Rama:
uttareNaavakaasho.asti kashchitpuNyataro mama || (2-22-31) drumakulya iti khyaato loke khyaato yathaa bhavaan |
“Towards my northern side, there is a holy place. It is well known as Drumatulya, in the same way as you are well known to this world.”
Hearing those words of the high-soled ocean, Rama released that excellent and splendid arrow towards that place as directed by the ocean.
tena tanmarukaantaaram p^ithivyaam kila vishrutam || (2-22-35) vipaatitaH sharo yatra vajraashanisamaprabhaH|
The place where the arrow, whose splendor was akin to that of a thunder and a thunderbolt, was descended by Rama- that place is indeed famous as desert of Maru* on this earth. (*Maru is Malwar in Rajasthan, India)
nanaada ca tadaa tatra vasudhaa shalyapiiDitaa || (2-22-36) tasmaadbaaNamukhaattoyamutpapaata rasaatalaat |
The earth there, pierced by the dart, then emitted a sound. The waters of the penultimate subterranean region gushed forth from the mouth of that cleft.
sa babhuuva tadaa kuupo vraNa ityeva vishrutaH || (2-22-37) satatam cotthitam toyam samudrasyeva dR^ishyate |
Then the hollow became known as Vrana. Water constantly seen, gushing forth from it resembled seawater.
avadaaraNashabdashca daaruNaH samapadyata || (2-22-38) tasmaattadbaaNapaatena apaH kukshiSvashoSayat |
A terrific splitting sound was born in that place. Water was dried up in those cavities, as a result of hurling of that arrow by Rama.
vikhyaatam triSu lokeSu madhukaantaarameva ca || (2-22-39) shoSayitvaa tu tam kukshim raamo dasharathaatmajaH | varam tasmai dadau vidvaanmarave.-amaravikramaH || (2-22-40)
That desert of Maru became famous in the three worlds. Rama (the son of Dasaratha), a wise man and a valiant man resembling a celestial, made that cavity dried up and gave a boon to that desert of Maru.
pashavyashcaalparogashca phalamuularasaayutaH | bahusneho bahukshiiraH sugandhirvivi-dhauSadhiH || (2-22-41) evametairguNairyukto bahibhiH samyuto maruH | raamasya varadaanaacca shivaH panthaa babhuuva ha || (2-22-42)
Due to granting of a boon by Rama, that desert of Maru became the most congenial place for cattle rearing, a place with a little of disease, producing tasty fruits and roots, with a lot of clarified butter, a lot of milk and various kinds of sweet-smelling herbs. Thus it became an auspicious and suitable move, bestowing these merits.
tasmin dagdhe tadaa kukshau samudraH saritaam patiH | raaghavam sarvashaas-trajJNamidam vacanambraviit || (2-22-43)
While that cavity was burning, ocean, the lord of rivers, spoke these words to Rama who knew all scientific treatises.
ayam saumya nalo naama tanujo vishva karmaNaH | pitraa datta varaH shriimaan pratimo vishva karmaNaH || (2-22-44)
“O, Excellent man! This one, named Nala, a glorious person, is the son of Vishvakarma; who was given a boon by his father and is equal to Vishvakarma.”
eSa setum mahaautsaahaH karotu mayi vaanaraH | tam aham dhaarayiSyaami tathaa hi eSa yathaa pitaa || (2-22-45)
“Let this greatly energetic monkey build a bridge across me. I can hold that bridge. He is just the same as his father.”
evam uktvaa udadhir naSTaH samutthaaya nalas tataH | abraviid vaanara shreSTho vaakyam raamam mahaabalaH || (2-22-46)
Thus speaking, the god of ocean disappeared from that place. Then Nala, the more distinguished among vanaraas stood up and spoke the following words to Rama of great power:
aham setum kariSyaami vistiirNe varuNa aalaye | pituH saamarthyam aasthaaya tattvam aaha mahaaudadhiH|| (2-22-47)
“The great ocean disclosed a truth. I will construct a bridge across this large ocean, taking recourse to the skill and ability of my father.”
asau tu saagaro bhiimaH setukarmadidR^ikshayaa | dadau daNDabhayaadgaadham raaghavaaya mahodadhiH || (2-22-48)
“This Sagara, the formidable mass of water, in fear of punishment, gave a passage to Rama, wishing to see a bridge constructed on it.”
mama maatur varo datto mandare vishva karmaNaa | aurasas tasya putro aham sadR^isho vishva karmaNaa || (2-22-49)
“On the mountain of Mandara, the following boon was given by Vishvakarma to my mother: “O, god like lady! A son equal to me will be born to you.”
aurasastasya putro.aham sadR^isho vishvakarmaNaa| smaarito.asmyahametena tattvamaaha mahodadhiH || (2-22-50) na ca api aham anukto vai prabruuyaam aatmano guNaan|
“I am a son born of Vishvakarma’s own loins. I am equal to Vishvakarma. This god of ocean has reminded me. The great ocean spoke the truth. Being unasked, I have not told you my details earlier.”
samarthshcaapyaham setum kartum vai varuNaalaye || (2-22-51) tasmaadadyaiva badhnantu setum vaanarapuN^gavaaH |
“I am capable of constructing a bridge across the ocean. Hence, let the foremost of vanaraas build the bridge now itself.”
tato nisR^iSTa raameNa sarvato hari yuuthapaaH || (2-22-52) abhipetur mahaaaraNyam hR^iSTaaH shata sahasrashaH |
Then, being sent by Rama, hundreds and thousands of monkey heroes jumped in joy on all sides towards the great forest.
te nagaan naga samkaashaaH shaakhaa mR^iga gaNa R^iSabhaaH|| (2-22-53) babhanjur vaanaraas tatra pracakarSuH ca saagaram |
Those army-chiefs of monkeys, who resembled mountains, broke the rocks and trees there and dragged them away towards the sea.
te saalaiH ca ashva karNaiH ca dhavair vamshaiH ca vaanaraaH|| (2-22-54) kuTajair arjunais taalais tikalais timishair api | bilvakaiH saptaparNaishca karNikaaraishca puSpitaiH || (2-22-55) cuutaiH ca ashoka vR^ikSaiH ca saagaram samapuurayan |
Those monkeys filled the ocean with all types of trees like Sala and Asvakarna, Dhava and bamboo, Kutaja, Arjuna, palmyra,Tilaka, Tinisa, Bilva, Saptaparna, Karnika, in blossom as also mango and Asoka.
samuulaamH ca vimuulaamH ca paadapaan hari sattamaaH|| (2-22-56) indra ketuun iva udyamya prajahrur harayas taruun |
The excellent monkeys, the forest animals lifted and brought, like Indra’s flag posts, some trees with roots intact and some others without roots.
taalaan daaDimagulmaamshca naarikelavibhiitakaan || (2-22-57) kariiraan bakulaannimbaan samaajahruritastataH |
From here and there the vanaraas brought Palmyra trees, pomegranate shrubs, coconut and Vibhitaka, Karira, Bakula and neem trees.
hastimaatraan mahaakaayaaH paaSaaNaamshca mahaabalaaH || (2-22-58) parvataamshca samutpaaTya yantraiH parivahanti ca |
The huge bodied monkeys with mighty strength uprooted elephant-sized rocks and mountains and transported them by mechanical contrivances.
prakSipyamaaNair acalaiH sahasaa jalam uddhatam || (2-22-59) samutpatitam aakaasham apaasarpat tatas tataH |
The water, raised up due to sudden throwing of mountains in the sea, soured upward towards the sky and from there again, gushed back.
samudram kshobhayaa-maasurnipatantaH samantataH || (2-22-60) suutraaNyanye pragR^ihNanti hyaayatam shatayojanam |
The rocks befalling on all sides perturbed the ocean. Some others drew up strings a hundred yojans long (in order to keep the rocks in a straight line.)
nalaH cakre mahaasetum madhye nada nadii pateH || (2-22-61) sa tadaa kriyate seturvaanarai rghorakarmabhiH |
Nala on his part initiated a monumental bridge in the middle of the ocean. The bridge was built at that time with the cooperation of other monkeys, of terrible doings.
daNDananye pragR^ihNanti vicinvanti tathaapare || (2-22-62) vaanaraiH shatashastatra raamasyajJNaapuraHsaraiH | meghaabhaiH parvataabhashca tR^iNaiH kaaSThairbabandhare || (2-22-63)
Some vanaraas were holding poles for measuring the bridge and some others collected the material. Reeds and logs resembling clouds and mountains, brought by hundreds of monkeys, lead by the command of Rama, fastened some parts of the bridge.
puSpitaagraishcha tarubhiH setum badhnanti vaanaraaH | paaSaaNaamshca giriprakhyaan giriiNaam shikharaaNi ca || (2-22-64) dR^ishyante paridhaavanto gR^ihya daanavasamnibhaaH |
Monkeys constructed the bridge with trees having blossom at the end of their boughs. Some monkeys looking like demons seized rocks resembling mountains and peaks of mountains and appeared running hither and thither.
shilaanaam kSipyamaaNaanaam shailaanaam tatra paatyataam || (2-22-65) babhuuva tumulaH shabdas tadaa tasmin mahaaudadhau |
Then, a tumultuous sound occurred when the rocks were thrown into the sea and when mountains were caused to fall there.
kR^itaani prathamenaahnaa yojanaani caturdasha || (2-22-66) prahR^iSTaijasamkaashaistvaramaaNaiH plavaN^gamaiH |
On the first day, fourteen yojans of bridge was constructed by the vanaraas speedily, thrilled with delight as they were, resembling elephants.
dvitiiyena tathaivaahnaa yojanaani tu vishatiH || (2-22-67) kR^itaani plavagaistuurNam bhiimakaayairmahaabalaiH |
In the same manner, on the second day twenty yojans of bridge was constructed speedily by the monkeys of terrific bodies and of mighty strength.
ahnaa tR^itiiyena tathaa yojanaani tu saagare || (2-22-68) tvaramaaNairmahaakayaireka-vimshatireva ca |
Thus, on the third day twenty-one yojans of the bridge was constructed in the ocean speedily by the vanaraas with their colossal bodies.
caturthena tathaa caahnaa dvaavimshatirathaapi vaa || (2-22-69) yojanaani mahaavegaiH kR^itaani tvaritaistataH |
On the forth day, a further of twenty-two yojans was constructed by the dashing vanaraas with a great speed.
paJNcamena tathaa caahnaa plavagaiH kshiprakaaribhiH || (2-22-70) yojanaani trayovimshat-suvelamadhikR^itya vai|
In that manner, on the fifth day, the monkeys working quickly constructed twenty-three yojans of the bridge up to the other seashore.
sa vaanaravaraH shriimaan vishvakarmaatmajo balii || (2-22-71) babandha saagare setum yathaa caasya tathaa pitaa |
That Nala, the strong and illustrious son of Vishvakarma and an excellent monkey built the bridge across the sea as truly as his father would have built it.
sa nalena kR^itaH setuH saagare makara aalaye || (2-22-72) shushubhe subhagaH shriimaan svaatii patha iva ambare |
That beautiful and lovely bridge constructed by Nala across the ocean the abode of alligators, shone brightly like a milky way of stars in the sky.
tato devaaH sagandharvaaH siddhaaH ca parama R^iSayaH || (2-22-73) aagamya gagane tasthurdraSTu-kaamaastadadbhutam|
With a desire to behold that marvel, celestials along with Gandharvas, the heavenly musicians, Siddhas (semi-divine beings of great purity and perfection, possessing super natural qualities) and great sages came then and stood up in the sky.
That colossal bridge, which was broad, well-constructed, glorious, well postured and held together firmly, looked beautiful like a separating straight line in the ocean.
Vibhishana, wielding a mace in his hand, stood up on the seashore along with his ministers, for the purpose of invading the enemies.
sugriivastu tataH praaha raamam satyaparaakramam | hanumantam tvamaaroha aN^gadam tvatha lakshmaNaH || (2-22-80) ayam hi vipulo viira saagaro makaraalayaH| vaihaayasau yuvaametau vaanarau dhaarayiSyataH|| (2-22-81)
Thereafter, Sugriva on his part spoke to Rama, the truly brave man as follows: “O, Valiant man! This ocean, the abode of alligators, is indeed vast. You ascend the shoulder of Hanuman and let Lakshmana ascend the shoulder of Angada. These monkeys can hold both of you while flying in the sky.”
agratas tasya sainyasya shriimaan raamaH salakshmaNaH| jagaama dhanvii dharma aatmaa sugriiveNa samanvitaH || (2-22-82)
Rama the glorious and righteous man, wielding a bow along with Lakshmana together with Sugriva, went in front of that army.
Seeing that Rama’s accomplishment, which was amazing and arduous; celestials, Siddhas (semi-divine beings possessing supernatural faculties) and Charanas (celestial bards) along with great sages, forthwith approached Rama and consecrated him with very splendid waters separately.
jayasva shatruun nara deva mediniim | sasaagaraam paalaya shaashvatiiH samaaH | iti iva raamam nara deva satkR^itam| shubhair vacobhir vividhair apuujayan || (2-22-87)
The celestials, Siddhas and others exalted Rama, who was duly respected by kings with their auspicious words as follows: ” O, king! Defeat the enemies. Rule the earth and ocean eternally for years.”
Thus completes 22nd Chapter of Yuddha Kanda of the glorious Ramayana of Valmiki, the work of a sage and the oldest epic.
Source: http://www.valmikiramayan.net

Sri Ram setu is the living Proof of our Sanatan Hindu Dharma

Pictures taken by NASA [National Aeronautics & Space Administration], USA from space show the remains of what appears to be an ages old man-made bridge between Rameshwaram and Sri Lanka.The bridge is 30 miles (48 km) long and separates the Gulf of Mannar (southwest) from the Palk Strait (northeast). Some of the sandbanks are dry and the sea in the area is very shallow, being only 3 ft to 30 ft (1 m to 10 m) deep in places, It was reportedly passable on foot up to the 15th century until storms deepened the channel: temple records seem to say that Rama’s Bridge was complete above sea level before a cyclone in 1480 AD.

According to Hindu scriptures and belief, Lord Ram and his vaanar sena had built a bridge from Rameshwaram to Sri Lanka about 17 lacs 25 thousands years ago. The discovery of Shri Ram Setu by NASA confirms that Hindu scriptures and belief are correct in this matter and that Ramayana is ‘history’ and not “mythology” as is often construed

What is Setu (Sethu) Samudram Project?

The Setu (Sethu) Samudram Shipping Canal Project (SSCP) is an Evil ,most idiotic project & biggest blunder in the history of world that has been approved by the Government of India and its work has been started near Kodand Ram Temple. In this project, Palk Gulf and Gulf Mennar will be linked by making a shipping canal through Rameshwaram Island.

Even after the disappproval of Indian Navy

Many naval officials stated that even after the completion of SSCP, the depth of the canal shall be only 12 meters (about 36 feet), and only small and medium sized vessels shall be able to pass. Large sized vessels and carriers shall not be able to pass &greatest danger of both easy naval attack by enemies & it will create a deepwater route for another devastating tsunami This SSCP will only amount to damaging a monument of both historical and religious importance to Hindus.

An attempt to humiliate Hindus religious sentiments
The drill, which is being used to demolish the Sri Ram Setu bridge, is named ‘Jai Hanuman!’
Thus, as declared by the hermitage, this is a direct attempt to humiliate Hindus. Two such machines taken there have broken down. The government should take a lesson or two from this, says the hermitage.

It is a large conspiracy to erase the proof of Sanatan Dharama that is Shri Ram sethu from ancient history of Hindus.

 Would any government in China even think about destroying or even altering The Wall of China for the sake of any amount of money? Will any one allow the pulling down of the Pyramids of Egypt in lieu of any uncountable amount of money?
If the answer to the last two questions is NO, then why is this 17,25,000 year-old man-made monument both historical and religious importance of Bharat being destroyed for the sake of some coins?

Why Ram Setu (Sethu) should not be damaged?

Spiritual Significance

1. This is a divine bridge & one of the most Sacred Monuments of Sanatan Dharma.
2. Lord Rama and his vaanar sena had built it 17 lacs 25 thousands years ago.
3. In Puranas, the importance of Setu is explained in great details, especially in Skanda Purana, Vishnu Purana, Agni Purana, and Brahma Purana.

Physical Significance

1. Ram Setu (Sethu) a natural barrier to Tsunami: During the last tsunami, the Rama Bridge (at a high elevation) from the rest of the shoal accumulations acted as a natural barrier preventing the direct devastation of the entire Bharatam coastline south and southwest of Nagapattanam. – Dr. Murthy, Chief editor of the reputed International Tsunami Journal “Science of Tsunami Hazards”
2. Ram Setu (Sethu) prevented the tsunami from advancing from Rameshwaram to Kerala.
3. Threat of Tsunami: Many geologists, earth scientists, and oceanographers have commented critically, against the disastrous consequences of constructing SSCP. Amongst these is the impending devastation of Kerala and other souther tips of indian peninsula, which will suck in after implementation of SSCP, after next Tsunami hits it Read details: Sethusamudram project will and impending Tsunami devastation. http://www.hindujagruti.org/news/1623.html

Social Significance

1. The construction of evil SSCP is trampling upon the feelings and emotions of millions and millions of Hindus.
2. As one of the world’s oldest man-made structures, this bridge is of great significance not only to Hindus, but all of humankind. It is much older than the pyramids of Egypt and the Wall of China, and represents a great feat for human civilization.
3. Ram Setu has sentimental, religious and historic value.
4. People have crossed the sea using the Rama-Setu, for many thousand years, until the 15th century.
Better alternative solutions are also available!
According to specialists, a sea route may be prepared for navigation without damaging Sri Ram Setu, by removing the barren sand heaps near the village Mandapam between Rameshwaram and Dhanushkoti railway. This will not only provide a shorter route for navigation but also protect the oldest man-made heritage.

Important Significance Of Sri Rama Sethu In Vastu shastra of Bharatha India

According to Vasthu shatra (The Agni kon) the south east direction of any land is of great significance .This place is governed by Lord Agni The God of Fire so there must not be any water resource in this direction for the protection of land.
This South East direction of any land is always vulnerable to attacks by enemies so this direction must be protected by all means

Till the lanka of Ravana was not connected by the land of Bharatha, Ravana enjoyed the privilage of better Vasstu over Bharata an caused lots of destruction to Bharatha.
Lord Sri Rama knew this secret of Lanka , so being capable of drying the whole Ocean with one arrow Lord Sri Rama considerd better to construct a Setu (bridge) between Bharata & Lanka for the all time good to the land of Bharata .
Lord Sri rama orderd to construct a bridge in the South East Direction Agni Kon which connects the Bharata bhumi with Lanka.Thus making the Vastu of Bharata auspicious & more favorable.
Sri Ram Setu was construted by dumping million & millions of great mountains & rocks on the sea Each one with The Sacred Mantra “SRI RAM” written on it.
After the constrution of Sri Ram Setu by engineers of Gods Nal & Neel & Vaanar Sena the privilage of Vastu returned to Bharata .After the constrution of Setu Sri rama did Praan Pratishta of Sri Ram setu & worshipped Goddess Adi Shakti for Nine Nights( Navaratri) on the Sacred Setu. Pleased by the worship of Sri Rama Lord Shiva & Goddess Shakti showerd their blessings on Sri Rama Setu.
and Lanka of Ravana faced the ill effects of Bad Vastu and Ravana’s lanka Lost the Privilage of being better Vastu over Bharatha.
Worried Ravana being the Knower of many Shastra including the Vastu Shastra tried many ways to destroy Sri Ram Setu but was every time unsuccesful in his evil attempts.And after that History Kniows the rest that Ravana was defeated to dust.
After winning the War Lord Sri Rama with his wife Sri Sita worshipped Lord Shiva & Goddess Shakti , they made a Shiva lingam of sand & also requested Lord Shiva to reside eternally here so that entire mankind should benefit from it. Shiva then manifested himself as the Shiva Lingam and Shiva & Shakti got installed there for eternity.

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Proof of Vastu Shastra in Recent History & past

Bharata was the super power in ancient times till the Sacred mount Kailash was a part of the Bharata Bhumi in the (Eshaan Kon ) North East direction. Chinese being rationlists learnd the Vastu Shastra & applied on themseleves ,for this reason they conqured Tibet where the Holy Mount Kailas is situated.

Soviet Union was much powerful than USA before Alaska become the part of America.

The Pentagon is the headquarters of the United States Department of Defense, uses the concept of Vasthu Shastra & Panchakon Raksha Yantra

There are many more examples one can get from the history that every developed & Super power Nations are applying our Vedic Knowledge of Bharat & making them practical.

Germans used our Swastika
Japanese used our Indian Fig Tree Peepal to get rid of the after effects of Nuclear Attack on their enviroment.
Brazil doing reserach on the wonder Power of healing of Indian Cows
Arabs using Vastu Shastra for finding Pure underground Water
Nasa Scientist started learnig Indian Jyothish ,astonished by the accuracy in calculations of Vedic Astrology in predicting eclipes’s and many other amazing things such as the distance between the earth & Sun by famous Aryabhatt etc

Now Each & Every Indian had recognized the Power of Sanatan Hindu Dharama & are coming back to their Ancient Vedic Tradition

From Ancient Times The Sacred SRI RAM SETU of our Lord Sri Rama is protecting our land Bhrata Bhumi it is for this reason that no other civilization could not even mark a trace except Bharthyia Sanatan Dharma Sanskruti on Earth.
All Saints from differnt hermitages & Hindu oganisations are making efforts to save Lord Rama’s bridge.Shankaracharyas of all four peeths decided to unite in a bid to save Lord Rama’s 17 ½ lakh year old bridge. Unite All Children Of Sanantana Hindu Dharma Save Sri Ram Setu,

JAI SRI RAM


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Om Namaha Shivaya

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Shiva Panchakshara Stotra>

Nagendra haraya Trilochanaya,
Basmanga ragaya maheswaraya,
Nithyaya shudhaya digambaraya,
Tasmai nakaraya namashivaya.

Mandakini salila chandana charchithaya,
Nandeeswara pramadha nadha maheswaraya,
Mandra pushpa bahu pushpa supoojithaya,
Tasmai makaraya namashivaya.

Shivaaya gowri vadanara vinda,
Sooryaya daksha dwara naasakaya,
Sri neela kantaya vrisha dwajaya,
Tasmai sikaraya namashivaya.

Vasishta kumbhodhbhava gowthamadhi.
Munendra devarchitha shekaraya,
Chandrarka vaiswanara lochanaya,
Tasmai vakaraya namashivaya.

Yaksha swaroopaya jada dharaya,
Pinaka hasthathaya sanathanaya,
Divyaya devaaya digambaraya,
Tasmai yakaraya namashivaya

Phalasruthi

Panchaksharamidham punyam,
Ya padeth Shiva sannidhou,
Shivaloka maapnothi,
Shive na saha modathe.

Mahashivaratri 12 Feb 2010

Shivaratri : The Supreme Vrata

[Excerpts from the Satsang of Pujya Bapuji]
In the Skanda Purana, Sutaji says, ”Shiva is the Lord. Shiva is the kinsman unto embodied beings. Shiva is the Atman. Shiva is the jiva as well. There is nothing else other than Shiva. Worthy is the tongue that sings praises of Lord Shiva. Worthwhile is the mind that remains engrossed in meditation of Lord Shiva. Truly worthy are the ears that always remain eager to hear the glory of Lord Shiva, and blessed indeed are the hands that worship Him. One whose all senses are fully engrossed in activities related to the worship of Lord Shiva in the aforesaid manner, transcends samsara and attains both worldly pleasures and salvation. (- Brahmottar Khanda : 4.1, 7, 9)
Mahashivaratri is the festival to worship and propitiate Lord Shiva, the Lord of all riches, the Supreme Being, the all pervading, the very personification of Truth- Absolute, Consciousness- Absolute and Bliss-Absolute, the attributeless, the formless, the Supreme Lord of the universe. It was on the auspicious day of Mahashivaratri that jyotirlinga came into existence on earth; and this is the pious day of Lord Shiva’s marriage too. As per the laws of Nature, it is the unique occasion when the stars and planets are conducive to the union of the individual consciousness of the jiva with the Supreme Consciousness of Shiva and thus aid in the realization of their essential unity.
Shiva means beneficence. Mahashivaratri is a night of supreme beneficence. Jap, austerities and fast done on this day earn a thousand times more religious merits compared to that accrued from the same effort exerted on any other day.
In the Ishana Samhita, Lord Shiva says to Maa Parvati, ”The fourteenth lunar day of the dark fortnight of the month of Falguna is a dark auspicious night known as Shivaratri. Anyone observing a fast on this day successfully propitiates Me. A fast observed on this day is far superior to any other form of worship like bathing Me and even offering clothes, incense and flowers to Me.”
A vrata is primarily characterized by faith, fasting and prayers. A vrata has the capacity to convert an atheist to a theist, a hedonist to yogi, a selfish person to an altruistic, a miser to a generous, an impatient to a patient and an intolerant to a tolerant one. Those, firm in their vrata and righteousness, elevate their lives. The Shivaratri vrata destroys all sins and primarily facilitates the accomplishment of yoga and God-Realization.
The Skanda Purana states, ”The vrata of Shivaratri is supreme, there is none superior to it. The jiva who does not worship the Lord of all the three worlds on this day with ardent devotion is bound to be mired in the vicious cycle of life and death for thousands of years.”

The vrata of Shivaratri involves staying awake at night, worshipping Lord Shiva with Bael leaves, sandalwood paste, flowers etc. and engaging in jap and meditation. 1,25,000 number of jap of the Beeja Mantra ”Bum” ( बं) done on this day, greatly helps to alleviate joint pains and diseases related to Vata Dosha.

If you remain awake on this night with the conviction that you are not going to fritter away this precious human birth in petty pursuits of sense enjoyments, but would rather persevere to take advantage of its true worth by utilizing it to attain Enlightenment, the supreme goal of human-birth; then such a night vigil will be supremely rewarding. It destroys the sins accumulated over a multitude of previous births and purifies the intellect. This paves the way for the final attainment of the very essence of Shiva, the Supreme Consciousness.
Other festivals like Deepawali, Holi, Makar Sankranti give importance to delicacies, wearing new clothes and meeting people; but Shivaratri is not like that. This is a day of taking and observing vows of fasting and austerities so that the real meaning of Upawas i.e. proximity to God -is realized. In other festivals one reaches out to meet others whereas Shivaratri is an occasion to destroy one’s own ego and become one with the Lord. It is a day when one can and should strive to attain oneness with the Shiva-Consciousness. A man, as such, is intrinsically endowed with extraordinary happiness, peace and capabilities. He is capable of experiencing the Supreme bliss in which Lord Shiva is perennially engrossed. If he gets the opportunity to be in the holy company of the Self-realised Saints, who are ever engrossed in the Shiva-Consciousness, listens to their satsang, obtains their guidance and is blessed with their nectarine glance, this night can very well turn into that of ultimate beneficence, into the real Shivaratri.
Mahashivaratri is the supreme festival of realizing the Supreme Being, the Shiva. It is the day of worshipping the Shiva of one’s True Self and becoming established therein.

Shiva Manasa Pooja
By Adi Sankara Bhagwat Pada

Aaradhayami mani sannibham athma lingam,
Maayapuri hrudaya pankaja sannivishtam,
Sradha nadhi vimala chitha jalabishegai,
Nithyam samadhi kusmaira punarbhavai.[1]

Rathnai Kalpitham asanam, Himajalai snanam cha divyambaram,
Naana rathna vibhooshitham mruga madha modhanvitham Chandanam,
Jathi champaka bilwa pathra rachitham, pushpam cha deepam Thada,
Deepam deva dayanithe pasupathe, hrud kalpyatham gruhyatham.
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Souvarne nava rathna Ganda Rachithe, pathre Grutham Payasam,
Bakshyam pancha vidam Payo dadhiyutham, rambha phalam panakam,
Saaka namayutham jalam ruchikaram, karpoora gandojwalam,
Thamboolam manasa maya virachitham Bhakthyo prabho sweekuru

Chathram Chamarayoryugam vyajanagam, chaa darshakam nirmalam,
Veena bheri mrudanga kahala kala geetha nruthyam thada,
Sasthangam pranthi sthuthir bahu vidha, hyethat samastham maya,
Sankalpena samapitham thava vibho , poojam gruhana prabho.

Aathma thwam Girija Mathi sahacharaa, prana sarreram gruham,
Pooja theey vishayopa bhoga rachana, nidhra samadhi sthithi,
Sanchara padayo pradakshina vidhi, , sthothrani sarva giraa,
Yadyath karma karomi thathad akhilam, shambho thavaradhanam.

Kara charana krutham vaak kayajam karmajam vaa,
Sravana nayanajam vaa maanasam vaa aparadham,
Vihithamavihitham vaa sarva methath Kshamaswa,
Jaya Jaya katunabdhe sri Mahadeva Shambho.
Please pardon Oh lord

Matha cha Parvathy Devi,
Pitha devo Maheswara,
Bandhava Shiva Bakthamscha,
Swadeso Bhuvana thray.


Biliwa Patra Mahima

Bili tree is a form of Mahadeva. Even deities worship the tree. All the pious places of pilgrimage are located at the rrots of Bili tree. A pious person who worships Lord Shiva in his linga Swarropa installed at the roots of Bili tree attains Salvation. By performing the Abhishek on Lord Shiva at the roots of Bili tree, one can attain the Punya of having holy dip at all the places of pilgrimage. Mahadev is pleased to see a Bili tree which is watered properly and nurtured. A seeker can attain Shivlok by worshiping Bili tree with Sandal, flowers etc. and his progeng flourishes. One can attain enlightenment by lighting lamps at the roots of Bili tree. All the sins are destroyed by worshiping this tree. Immense which is cooked in milk and ghee. 

Punya and wealth can be attained offering food to the devotees of Lord Shiva. Adyaguru Shankaracharya has explained the benefits of offering Bili leaves to Lord shiva in Bilvashtaka. 

Bilivashtaka
A Bili Patra consisting of three Bili leaves represents three attributes – Satva, Rajas and Tamas. It also represents three eyes of Lord Shiva. I ofer this Bill Patra which destroys all the sins committed during past three lives.
I worship Lord Shiva with tender and best Bili Patra which do not here any holes. I ofer the same to Lord Shiva.
By Worshipping Nandikeshwar Shankara with unbroken Bili Patra, all the sins are destroyed. I offer the same to Lord Shankara.
By offering a Bili Patra to Lord Shankara, Punya equivalent to donating a shaligram to a Brahmin could be accumulated. I ofer the same to Lord Shankara.
By offering Bili Patra to Lord Shankara, Punya equivalent to donating crores of elephants, performaing hundreds of Ashwmedha yagya or crores of Kanyadan can be accumulated. I ofer the same to Lord Shankara.
Bili Pratra which originated from the breats of Goddess Laxmi and which is plesing to Lord Mahadev. I offer the same to Lord Shankara.
Sight and tough of a Bili tree can destroy allt he sins, including that of the lowest category. I offer this Biloi Patra to Lord Shankara.
A Bili Patrais the form of Brahma at the roots, the orm of Vishna in the middle and the form of Shiva on the top. I offer the same to Lord Shankara.
A seeker who recites Bilvashtak in close vicinity of Lord Shankara is Liberated from all the sins and attains salvation. 

Bilivashtaka

[The Octet to the Bilwa]

[The leaves of Bilwa (Aegle marmelos), which has multiple leaves, with each leaf consisting of three leaves is very dear to Lord Shiva. Offering this leaf to Lord Shiva pleases him especially on the Shivarathri .There are several stories how people got salvation by offering one Bilwa leaf to Lord Shiva.]

Tridalam trigunakaaram trinethram cha triyayusham,
Trijanma papa samharam Eka bilwam shivarpanam. 1

I offer one leaf of Bilwa to Lord Shiva,
Which has three leaves,
Which causes three qualities,
Which are like the three eyes of Shiva,
Which is like the triad of weapons,
And which destroys sins of three births.

Trishakhai bilwapathraischa hyachidrai komalai shubai,
Shiva poojam karishyami, Eka bilwam shivarpanam. 2

I offer one leaf of Bilwa to Lord Shiva,
Which has three shoots,
Which do not have holes,
Which are good and pretty,
And worship Lord Shiva.

Aganda bilwa pathrena poojithe nandikeshware,
Shudhyanthi sarva papebhyo, Eka bilwam shivarpanam. 3

I offer one leaf of Bilwa to Lord Shiva,
For if an uncut leaf is offered,
To his steed the god Nandi,
We get cleaned of all our sins.

Shalagrama shilamekaam vipranam jatha cha arpayeth,
Soma yagna maha punyam, Eka bilwam shivarpanam. 4

I offer one leaf of Bilwa to Lord Shiva,
For it is equal to, offering a shaligrama to a Brahmin,
Or the great blessing got out of performing Soma Yaga,

Dandi koti sahasrani vajapeya sathani cha,
Koti kanya maha danam, Eka bilwam shivarpanam. 5

I offer one leaf of Bilwa to Lord Shiva,
For it is equal to gifting thousand elephants,
Or the performing of hundred fire sacrifices,
Or giving away billions of girls.

Lakshmyasthanutha uthpannam mahadevasya cha priyam,
Bilwa vruksham prayachami, Eka bilwam shivarpanam. 6

I offer one leaf of Bilwa to Lord Shiva,
For it is equal to giving a tree of Bilwa,
Which was born from the breast of Lakshmi,
And which is very dear to the Lord Shiva.

Darshanam bilwa vrukshasya, sparsanam papa nasanam,
Aghora papa samharam, Eka bilwam shivarpanam. 7

I offer one leaf of Bilwa to Lord Shiva,
As seeing and touching of a tree of Bilwa,
Washes away ones sins and also very great sins.

Kasi kshethra nivasam cha kala bhairava darshanam,
Prayaga madhavam drushtwa, Eka bilwam shivarpanam. 8

I offer one leaf of Bilwa to Lord Shiva,
After living in the city of Kasi,
Seeing the Kala Bhairawa,
And also visiting the temple
Of Madhawa in Allahabad.

Moolatho brahma roopaya, madhyatho Vishnu roopini
Agratha shiva roopaya, Eka bilwam shivarpanam 9

I offer one leaf of Bilwa to Lord Shiva,
As Brahma resides at its bottom,
Lord Vishnu lives in its middle,
And Lord Shiva lives in its tip.

Bilwashtakam idham punyaam, padeth shiva sannidhou,
Sarva papa nirmuktha Shiva loka maapnuyath. 10

Reading this holy octet of Bilwa,
In the presence of Lord Shiva,
Would save one from all sins,
And in the end take him to the world of Shiva.

Dwadasha Jyotirlinga
श्री द्वादश ज्योतिर्लिङ्ग स्तोत्रम्

Saurashtre Somanaatham Cha Sree Shaile Mallikarjunam
Ujjayinyaam Mahaakaalam Omkaaram amaleswaram
Paralyaam Vaidyanaatham cha Daakinyaam Bhimashankaram
Setubandhe tu Ramesham Naagesam Daarukaavane
Vaaranaasyaam tu Viswesam Trayambakam Gowtameethate
Himalaye tu Kedaram Grushnesam cha Shivaalaye.
Aethaani Jyuothir lingangani Saayam Prathaha Pathen
Nara Spata Janma Krutam Paapam Smarena Vinashayti

The twelve Jyotir Lingas are,
Somanatha in Sourashtra,
Mallikarjuna in Sri Shailam,
Mahakala in Ujjain,
Omkaram in Amaleshwara,
Vaidhyanatha in Parali,
Bhimasankara in South,
Rameshwara near the bridge in Sethu,
Nageswara in Daruka forest,
Visweswara in Varnasi,
Trayambakeshwara in the shores of Godavari,
Kedareshwara in Himalayas,
And Ghushmesha in Sivalaya.
He who remembers them,
Morning and evening,
Would wash away sins,
Committed in his seven births.

1 Sourashtra dese Visadhethi ramye,
Jyothirmayam Chandra kalavathamsam,
Bhakthi pradhanaya krupavatheernam,
Tham Soma nadham saranam prapadhye., 1

I seek refuge of the Soma Nadha,
Who is in the holy and pretty Sourashtra,
Who is dazzling with light,
Who wears the crescent of the moon,
Who has come there to give,
The gift of devotion and mercy.

The Somnath temple is dedicated to Someshwara, another name of Lord Shiva with moon on his head. The temple is situated in Saurashtra in a place called Prabhas Pattan near the port of Veravel. It is believed that the Moon God himself had originally built the temple out of gold. Somnath is the first of all the 12 jyotirlingas. The Somnath temple has been destroyed six times and has been rebuilt. Last time it was after independence by Sardar Vallab Bhai Patel. The temple faces the east direction.

2
Sri Shaila sange vibhudathi sange,
Thulathi thune api mudha vasantham,
Thamarjunam mallika poorvamekam,
Namami samsara samudhra sethum., 2

I salute him who is the bridge to the ocean of life,
Who is in the company of all gods,
And living in the union of Sri Shaila,
Who resides on the peak of Thula,
And who is called Mallikarjuna,

The Sri Shailam Temple located in Kurnool district. Sri Shailam is a small city situated in the densely forested Nallamalai hills. This temple is considered very holy and is dedicated to Mallikarjuna Swamy and Bhramaramba. One unique feature of the temple is that all the devotees who visit the temple are allowed to touch the idol which is not prevalent in any other temple in South India. According to popular legends, Adhi Shankara had composed his famous Sivananda Lahiri here It is also believed that Goddess Durga had taken the form of a bee and worshiped Lord Shiva here and selected this holy place as her abode.

3Avanthikayam vihithavatharam,
Mukthi pradhanaya cha sajjananam,
Akalamruthyo parirakshanatham,
Vande maha kala maha suresam., 3

I salute that Maha Kala,
Who is the lord of all devas,
Who has incarnated in the city of Avanthi,
For giving salvation to good people,
And to save people from untimely death.

Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga Temple is situated in Ujjain, the historical capital of Central India. This Temple is situated near a lake. The idol in the temple is known as Dakshinamurti, facing the south and is white in colour. Among the 12 Jyotirlingas, the Mahakal Jyotirlinga is believed to be swayambhu, meaning ‘born of itself’. The Mahakaleshwar temple is made in five levels, one of which is underground.. The underground sanctum is lightened by brass lamps. The prasada in the temple can be re-offered unlike other temples. According to the legends, a demon called Dushana tormented the people of Avanti and then Lord Shiva appeared from the ground and rescued the people and then on the request of the people, Lord Shiva permanently settled there as Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga.

4 Kavaerika narmadhayo pavithre,
Samagame sajjana tharanaya,
Sadaiva mandha tripure vasantham,,
Onkarameesam shivameka meede., 4

I meditate only on Shiva,
With the form of the letter Om,
Who lives In the city of Mandhatripura,
Which is in the holy confluence
Of rivers Cauvery and Narmadha,
For helping good people cross,
The Ocean of the misery of life.

Lord Omkareshwara or Amaleshwara temple is located in an island on the banks of the Narmada, is located on the Mandhata hill in Madhya Pradesh. The Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga shrine and the Amareshwar temple is one of the 12 revered Jyotirlinga shrines of Shiva. The river Narmada branches into two which forms an island Mandhata or Shivapuri in the center. Ironically, the island’s shape resembles the visual representation of the Omkara sound, Om. The temple can be reached by ferry. As per the legend, Vindhya mountain once prayed to Lord Shiva or Omkareshwara and got blessed in return. Other story says that the Shivalinga was split into two upon the request of the Devas. Thus, the formation of Omkareshwara and Amareshwar.

5 Poorvothare prajjwalika nidhane,
Sada vasantham girija sametham,
Surasuradhitha pada padmam,
Sri Vaidyanatham tham aham namami., 5

I salute that Vaidyanatha,
Whose lotus feet are worshipped,
By all asuras and devas,
And who lives in place of eternal shine,
In the north east of Bharata,
Along with his consort Parvathi.

Vaidhyanath is located at Deogarh in the Santal Parganas area of Bihar. Deogarh is also known as Vaidyanath. The temple faces the east. The top of the Shiva Lingam is slightly broken which as per the legend happened when Ravana tried to uproot it. Sivaganga lake is positioned just near the temple. While the Chandrakoopa well found near the main entrance is said to have been filled with water by Ravana from several thirthams. The Shiva’s temple is almost 72 feet tall in the form of a lotus. There are three ascending shaped gold vessels on the top. Then there is a ‘Punchsula’ as well as an eight petalled lotus jewel called ‘Chandrakanta Mani’. According to mythology, Ravana meditated hard to invoke Lord Shiva. In his desire to become invincible, he attempted to lift Lord Shiva’s abode, Mount Kailash. The act offended the Lord. He punished him but with Ravana pleading for mercy, he left him on one condition. He gave him one of the twelve lingas which were not supposed to be kept on ground in any case. But Ravana’s promise gave way in front of nature’s call & kept the linga on the ground. In order to rectify the mistake, Ravana started cutting off nine of his heads as a part of his repentance. Shiva was pleased by this & he joined the heads again to the body. Worshipping Vaidhyanath Jyotirlinga is considered to eliminate one’s all worries and miseries. It even imparts salvation.

6Yaamye sadange nagare adhi ramye,
Vibhooshithangam vividaischa bhogai,
Sad bhakthi mukthi prada meesa mekam,
Sri Naganatham saranam prapadhye., 6

I seek refuge of Lord Naganatha,
Who lives in the pretty town
Of Sadanga in the southern part,
Who is well decorated,
Who grants all kinds of pleasures,
And who is the only God who grants,
Devotion and salvation..

The temple is located between Dwarka and Dwarka Island in Gujarat on the coast of Surat. The Jyotirlinga in the temple is known as Nageshwar Mahadev. The temple is being visited by thousands of pilgrims every year. The Jyotirlinga situated in the temple is considered to protect everybody from all sorts of poisons. It is believed that one who offers prayers in the temple becomes poison free.

7 Mahadri parswe cha thate ramantham,
Sampoojyamanam sathatham muneendrai,
Surasurair yaksha mahoraghadyai,
Kedarameesam shivameka meede., 7

I meditate on Shiva who is the Lord of Kedara,
Who takes pleasure in the valley of the great mountain,
Who is always worshipped by great sages,
And also devas, asuras, yakshas and nagas.

Kedarnath is a Hindu holy town located in the Indian state of Uttaranchal. And is the northern most Jyothirlinga. The place is located at an altitude of 3,584 m and at the origin of the river Mandakini, The place is accessible after a steep 13 km trek over a paved path from Gaurikund. Rishikesh, Haridwar, The credit for the construction of this heavenly temple is given to the Pandavas. According to the saying it is believed that the Pandavas came to Lord Shiva to seek blessings to atone their sins after the battle of Mahabharata. Lord Shiva evaded them continuously and took refuge in Kedarnath in the form of a Bull. On being chased, Lord Shiva left his hump behind. This conical protrusion is worshiped in the temple. The temple is located on the Rudra Himalaya range, also known as the Pancha Parvata. It is believed that four of the Pandavas died on one of the peaks, Swargarohini.

8 Sahyadri seershe vimale vasantham,
Godavari theera pavithra dese,
Yad darsanal pathakamasu nasam,
Prayathi tham Traimbaka meesa meede.
, 8

I meditate on the lord of Triambaka,
Who lives on the peak of western ghats,
In the holy shores of river Godavari,
And who destroys all sins,
Of his devotees who see him.

Tryambakeshwar is one of the 12 Jyotirlinga shrines situated 30 km from Nasik in Maharashtra. Considered to be the birth place of the river Godavari, the shrine’s beauty is still well intact .A small Shivalingam or Tryambaka, is placed amidst a spacious courtyard & the sanctum which is crowned with a graceful tower, a giant amalaka(goose berry) and a golden kalasha. The Shivalingam is situated in a depression on the floor of the sanctum. Continuous flow of water from the top of the Shivalingam adds to the mystic beauty. Shivalingam is generally covered with a silver mask which is then substituted with a golden mask with five faces on festive occasions. These faces have their respective golden crowns. While, the silver mask is similar to the processional images seen in South Indian temples.

9 Suthamra varnee jala rasi yoge,
Nibhadhya sethum visikhaira sankyai,
Sri ramachandrna samarpitham tham,
Ramesamakhyam niyatham smarami., 9

I meditate with devotion the lord of Rama,
Who lives in the confluence of river,
Thamravarnee with the sea,
Where a bridge has been built.
With the help of umpteen arrows,
By the Lord Sri Rama Chandra.

Rameshwar Jyotirlinga of Lord Shiva is situated on the peninsular tip Rameshwaram. It was Lord Rama who installed this Linga there, when he was on his way to attack Ravana he reached this place where he made a linga of sand and worshipped it. Lord Shiva blessed him accordingly. He also requested Lord Shiva to reside eternally here so that entire mankind should benefit from it. Shiva then manifested himself are the Linga and got installed there for eternity.

10 Yam dakini sakinika samaje,
Nishevyamanam pisithasanaischa,
Sadaiva bheemadhi pada prasidham,
Tham shnkaram bhaktha hitham namami., 10

I salute that Lord Sankara
Who is the darling of his devotees,
Who is being worshipped by rakshasas,
In the company of Ghosts called Dakini and Sakini,
And who is well known as “Bheema”.

This temple is located near Pune of Maharashtra on the shores of river Bhima. And is located on a high peak, surrounded by thick dense forests. The shrine Bhimashankaram, dates back to the 13th century. Lord Shiva’s killing of the demon Tripurasura is the main legend associated with the temple. It even states that Shiva took abode on the Sahyadri hills in the form of a Bhima upon the request of the Gods, on the crest of the Sahyadri hills. The sweat of Shiva poured after the battle ultimately led to the origin of Bhimarathi river.

11Sayanda mananda vane vasantham,
Mananda kandam hatha papa vrundam,
Varanasi nadha manadha nadham,
Sri Viswanadham saranam prapadhye., 11

I seek the protection of the Lord of universe,
Who lives is happily in the forest of joy,
Who is the basis of all happiness,
Who destroys all accumulated sins,
Who is the lord of the city of Varanasi,
And who is the lord of all who do not have anybody.

This temple holiest of the holies to any Hindu is situated in the banks of the holy river Ganga in Varanasi. The temple has been destroyed several times by invaders but has been rebuilt every time. It is believed the priests of the temple have sacrificed their all several times to preserve the holy Lingam. The present temple has been built by Ahalyabhai, a Maharashtrian queen.

12 Ilapure ramya visalake asmin,
Samullasantham cha jagad varenyam,
Vande maha dhara thara swabhavam,
Ghusruneswarakhyam saranam prapadhye., 12

I seek the refuge of Ghusraneswara,
Who lives and plays in the pretty city of Ilapura,
Who is the greatest among the universe,
And who is by his nature extremely kind.

The Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga Temple is one of the ancient and holiest shrines of India.. The temple in Maharashtra.was once known as Devagiri. Ahilyabhai Holkar constructed the Grishneshwar Temple,. Grishneshwar is also known as Ghushmeswara. According to legend, a devotee called Kusuma worshiped Lord Shiva by immersing a Shivalingam everyday in a nearby pond. Kusuma’s husband’s first wife out of jealousy because of Kusuma’s piety in the society killed her son. An aggrieved Kusuma continued her daily ritual and when she dipped the Shivlingam in the Pond her son miraculously revived. From then on the people started worshiping Lord Shiva in the form of a Jyotirlinga Ghusmeshwar.

Jyothir maya dwadasa linga kanam,
Shivathmanam prokthamidham kramena,
Sthothram padithwa manujo athi bhakthyo,
Phalam thadalokye nijam bhajescha.,

This prayer which tells about,
The twelve resplendent lingas,
If read with devotion by men,
Would make them be worshipped by others.

Shivaratri Pooja

Shivaratri Pooja has been given tremendous significance in Hindu mythology. It is said that ritual worship of Lord Shiva on a Shivaratri day pleases Lord Shiva the most. Devotees further believe that by pleasing Lord Shankara on the auspicious Shivaratri day, a person is absolved of past sins and is blessed with Moksha or salvation.

Merits of Shivaratri Puja 
According to Shiva Purana, sincere worship of Lord Shiva yields merits including spiritual growth for the devotees. It also provides extensive details on the right way to perform Shivratri Puja. 

Shiva Purana further says that performing abhisheka of Shiva Linga with six different dravyas including milk, yoghurt, honey, ghee, sugar and water while chanting shiva Stotrai pleases Lord Shiva the most. According to the Sacred Text, each of these dravya used in the abhisheka blesses a unique quality:

Milk is for the blessing of purity and piousness.
Yogurt is for prosperity and progeny.
Honey is for sweet speech.
Ghee is for victory.
Sugar is for happiness.
Water is for purity.

Getting Ready for Shivratri Puja

To perform the worship of Lord Shiva on Shivratri, devotees wake up early and take a ritual bath, preferably in the holy waters of river Ganga or chanting the name of Ganga while batheing gives the virtues of a Ganga Snaan This is followed by worship to Sun God, Vishnu and Shiva in accordance with the purification rite observed on all-important Hindu festivals.
As a tradition, devotees observe a fast on a Shivaratri day.Devotees then wear fresh washed clothes and pay a visit to the nearest Shiva temple or do Shiva worship in you own Puja place by chanting the Shiva Mantras.
Start Puja by Shri Ganesh Stuti & Shri Guru Dev Stuti ,then worship Lord Kumar Kartikeya, Shri Hanumanji, then Goddess Parvati & Lord Shiva also by offering water on ShivaLing, lighting the diya and incense and ringing the temple bells,singing hymns and verses in praise of Bhagvan Shiva.

Offering Bilwa Patra leaves with water chanting ” Om Namaha Shivaya “Mantra pleases Lord Shiva Whole night Of Maha Shiva ratri till morning.

Shri Shiva Mahapuran

Om, I bow down to Lord Shiva
In ancient times, spiritually accomplished sages and seers of India acquired the true knowledge of Sanatan Dharma and recorded it as Vedas, Upanishads, and Puranas Paranas have acquired a significant status in rural India. 

For centuries, Indians are connected through culture and traditions. Our culture has nurtured the principles of truth, justice, love and good conduct. The red flavor of our values and traditions could be experienced by studying Vedas, Upanishads and Paranas. Our day-to-day conduct, thinking and beliefs reflect our cultural values. Paranas. have contributed a great deal in preserving these principles and values. 

There are total 18 Paranas. and number of Uppuranas. Shiva Mahapuran is one of them. Each Purana represents one God and describes him as the supreme most and glorifies him. The Purana consists of other relevant anecdotes and stories, also which make it more interesting . At the same time, it makes us available . Some historical facts, also . By studying these Paranas., we can learn how to find some solace while experiencing struggle and hardships in life. Paranas. have kept our cultural values alive. They have nurtured our spiritual progress, also. 

For us, Paranas. are as important as Vedas. Paranas. have made it easier for a common man to understand the divine knowledge explained by VedasShiva Mahapuan’s is one of the 18 Paranas. It was written by Rishi Ved Vyas. It consists of 24,000 Shloka’s in 7 Samhitas.

” The Shiva Purana has twenty-four thousand shlokas. These are divided into six samhitas or sections.”
The names of the sectiosn are –
1 – Jnana Samhita,
2 – Vidyeshvara Samhit,
3 – Kailasa Samhita,
4 – Sanatkumar Samhita,
5 – Vayaviya Samhita and
6 – Dharma Samhit.

Each samhita is further subdivided into chapters (Adhyaya).

Jnana Samhita has Seventy-Eight Chapters,
Vidyeshvara Samhita Sixteen Chapters,
Kailasa Samhita Twelve Chapters,
Sanathkumar Samhila Fifty-Nine Chapters,
Vayaviya Samhita Thirty Chapters and
Dharma Samhita Sixty-Five Chapters.

The Shiva Purana was recited by Vedavyasa’s disciple Romaharshana, alternatively, Loma-harshana.

Romaharshana and The Other Sages

There were many sages who lived in a forest named naimisharanya. One day, these sages accosted Romaharshana and said, Romaharshana, you are blessed.

You have taught us a lot, but we are still not satisfied. You have had the fortune of studying under Vedavyasa and there is nothing that you do not know, past, present or future. Tell us about Shiva, we do not know very much about Shiva.

Romaharshana replied, I will relate to you that which you want to know and i am not going to make anything up. Many years ago, the sage Narada had wanted to find out about Shiva from his father, Brahma. Whatever Brahma had instructed his son. I am going to relate to you.

As per, Hindu Scriptures, significance of Kailash-mansarovar yatra is immense. Kailash is considered as abode of Shiva-Parvatiji. The peak of Kailash is the most beautiful among all other peaks.

Kailash Peak has been center of devotion from ancient times for the Devas, Danavas, Yakshas, Kinners, Vidyadharas, Gandharvas, Apsaras, yogis, Munis, Siddhas, Tapes and humans. A lot of pilgrims visit Kailash-Mansarovar every year. It is our bad luck that today kailash-Mansavrover belongs to Tibet. Therefore, these days only a few pilgrims can visit Kailash-Mansarovar with permission of authority. As a person always pine for visiting his birth place, devotes of Lord Shiva are always eager to visit Kailash-Mansarovar. All the time, they dream of visiting this place.

Rajatgiri Kailash which is 22028ft. above sea level is difficult to access. Pilgrims have to cross many mountain ranges to reach there. There are various routes to reach kailash from India.
One route goes from Ladakh region of Kashmir;
Second route passes through Gangotri towards Nailang Ghat;
Third route is from Badrinath via Man Ghat;
Fourth route goes via Niti Ghat which is in North- East direction of Joshi Math;
Fifth route goes via Almora, Dharchula, Gabyang, and Lipu Ghat;
Sixth route goes from Nepal towards Kailash-Mansarovar.

Man-Sarovar

Lord Brahma has created this lake through power of intent, so it is called Mansarovar it is divine it is situated 4485 mt. Above sea level and spread over 320 sq. km. It’s circumference is about 86km and it is 90 mt. Deep in the (middle) central part.

During winter, water freezes to solid ice. Tibetish people cross the lake without any fear by walking across or on yak.

As per Shakt Granth, hands of Sati had Fallen here. As a result Mansarovar is created. There fore, it is considered as one of the fifty one shaktipeeth. Here we can see Raj Hamsa and ordinary Hamsa. A Raj Hamsa is a pure white Swan and an ordinary Hansa is of muddy grey colour. Their red beaks are very tender and they can fly very high main rivers of India originate from Mansarovar. During summer melting ice falls downs and produces loud sound similar to that of a Mridanga. Pilgrims visiting Mansarovar during summer feel hyptonized, listening to this divine music. It is not easily possible to have bath in freezing cold water of Mansarovar. Some courageous pilgrims take a holy dip into the water. It is believed that by having a dip in this water, one can get rid of all sins & attain Rudraloka.

The most beautiful description of Kailas Mansarovar is in the Poem of Great Kalidasa
Kumarasambhava’ the birth of Kumara

One of Kalidasa’s greatest works is ‘Kumarasambhava’. the epic poem. The work describes the marriage of Lord Shiva and his consort Parvati. It begins with a fine description of that giant among mountains, the Himalaya. Kalidasa writes: “Himalaya is rich in life. Living there are the Siddhas. Kinnaras and Vidyadhara beauties. Clouds in front of the caves look like curtains. You can trace the track of lions’ by looking at the precious stones spilled from the heads of elephants and not by bloodstains. You have to know the paths they tread by recognizing ‘Sarala’ trees against whose stem the elephants rub themselves attracted by the sweet milk exuded by the trees. All the things needed for a sacrifice (‘Yajna’) are available here. Brahma (the God of creation) himself has made this the king of the mountains.” It is not only a place for lovers who want to find happiness in life; it is also an ideal retreat for those who want to meditate.

Parvati is the daughter of Parvataraja, the King of the Himalayas. In course of time she blossomed into a girl of matchless beauty. She was very good-looking, like a fine portrait drawn by a master-painter. Women wear jewelry with a feeling that their beauty is enhanced by it. But the neck of Parvati appeared to enhance the beauty of the necklace itself. Parvati’s speech was sweet as the playing of the Veena. And her bearing reminded one of a deer.

Narada, a great sage in our epics, is a wandering minstrel. He once came to the court of Parvataraja, and predicted that the king’s daughter would marry Lord Shiva. But Parvataraja was doubtful whether Lord Shiva would accept the bride. Neither he 
volunteered to ask Shiva nor did the latter came forward to ask for the hand of Parvati. Shiva was in penance atop one of the biggest mountains in the Himalayas. Parvataraja sent his daughter to serve the Lord who acquiesced to have her near him. Parvati served him with utmost, pure hearted devotion; she would daily cleanse his place of penance, and keep ready the articles of ‘Tapas’ like pure water, leaves of grass, flowers, etc.

While Shiva sat thus in penance, a ‘Rakshasa’ named Tarakasura began to trouble the Devas. They, in panic, went to Lord Brahma, the creator of the universe, and sought salvation. He told them that Parvati had. To marry Lord Shiva and that the son born out of their wedlock would be able to defeat demon Taraka. But then, how to make Lord Shiva, in deep penance to awake physically and consent to marry Parvati?

Devendra is the king of the Devas. One of the Gods at his court was Kama (Manmatha) whose wife was the beautiful Rati. Kama had the capacity to make any one desire to marry.Devendra king of Devas commanded him to see that Lord Shiva would develop a wish to marry Parvati. Kama, Rati and their friend Vasanta (Lord of spring) set about the task.

Though it was not the season, Kama created all the glory and beauty of the spring. Mild, pleasant breeze began to blow from the south. Flowers were sprinkling down from ‘Ashoka’ trees. Birds and the bees began to savor the fresh flower of the young mango leaves.

But all this would not deter Lord Shiva from his penance. Kama went there. Shiva was 
doing his penance sitting on a tiger-skin under a Devadaru tree. Kama was overwhelmed on seeing the exquisite grace of Lord and the cupid’s bow and arrow fell down without his being aware of it. At this time, Parvati arrived on the scence to attend to her daily chores of service to the Lord. She wore a saree colored like the bright red rays of the Sun. Nice spring flowers adorned her plait. A diamond chain shone on her forehead. Her gait was like that of a delicate flower- creeper.

This great beauty of Parvati inspired Kama, who hitherto was somewhat, dejected, again to strive to fulfil his task. Parvati raised her hands to offer her garland of lotus flowers to Shiva who also eagerly came out of his penance to accept the offering. Kama was waiting for such a moment and exercised his ‘sword of love’.

Kama was ready with his and arrow for action.

Lord Shiva was angry and opened his Third Eye. A great fire flowed forth. Kama was burnt to ashes and Shiva then disappeared. Rati, seeing her husband destroyed collapsed unconscious. Parvati’s father sorrowfully took her to his home.

Regaining consciousness after some time, Rati lamented that she too would end her life. Then a voice from the sky told her that Kama would come back to life when Lord Shiva married Parvati.

Meanwhile,Parvati sat for a highly strenuous penance. She would setup a huge fire around her and standing amidst the fire in blazing Sun would stare at the Sun God. She would sit unmoved in pouring rain and biting cold and winds. To test this damsel engaged in such severe penace,

Lord Shiva himself appeared before her in the guise of a ‘Brahmacharf (a young lad who had his ‘Upanayana’ or sacred thread ceremony) and began to pour abuse on Shiva thus; “Why do you wish to accept the hand of one whose bracelet is a snake? Why do you, a damsel in glorious silk, seek unison with one wearing an elephant-skin? Don’t people laugh to see you driving around with Him sitting on an old, emaciated ox? Add to his grotesqueness his three eyes! Why did you? Have to choose such a groom?”

Not knowing that the lad was Shiva in disguise, Parvati naturally was angry with him for abusing Shiva. She asked her aide to’ send the boy away and she herself rose to leave the place. Shiva then appeared to her in his true form. Parvati on seeing his divine form was overwhelmed. She stood glued to the ground not knowing what to do. The poet’s description of this scene is extraordinarily beautiful.

Parvati sent word through her maid to Shiva to ask him to talk to her father about their marriage. Shiva thereupon sent a message to him through the seven great Sages. The king of the Himalayas gladly agreed. The marriage took place in a grand style.

The part authored by Kalidasa in ‘Kumarasambhava’ . The remaining episodes are
such as the birth of the son Kumara to Shiva
and Parvati, his becoming the Commander of the Devas’ forces and the slaying of the demon Tarakasura

Kalidasa’s works are known for their triple qualities — a sense of beauty, a capacity for appreciation of the aesthetic values and our traditional culture. Kalidasa’s portrayals of the great Himalayan mountain and of the mode in which the season of spring (vasanta’) blossomed are some of the most lyrical expressions in the language. His descriptions are vivid and heart-warming; it is as if we are seeing the events happening before us. Kalidasa’s portrayal of Parvati’s grace and beauty magnificently shows his ability as a poet. Rati’s lament upon Kama being consigned to flames moves us to tears. Kalidasa is equally at ease in portraying the happy marital life of Shiva and Parvati as a couple   deeply in love as also of picturing the grace and beauty of both nature and man,   Feelings of joy and sorrow and all other emotions.
Crowning all these pen-pictures of things that are beautiful and sweet in life is Kalidasa’s extolling of a noble culture. What does ‘culture’ mean? It is a sense of decent behavior – in body and mind;  it is the blossoming of the mind and heart to savor the rich and colorful beauty around us — such as the color and fragrance of flowers which gladden the hearts of one and all. The thought, word and action of a man’s mature mind give happiness to others. Besides describing these in a masterly style and imagination, Kalidasa also exhibits his powers of perception while recognizing what we can call as ‘beauty in action and behavior’.  Episodes such as the Parvataraja’s not going by himself to see Shiva even when sage Narada tells him that Parvati was to marry Shiva, his agreeing for Parvati’s desire to go to serve Shiva, her sitting for penance, his acceptance of Shiva’s offer, sent through the seven Sages, to marry Parvati — all these enable us to weave in our minds his personality shining with full grace and honor. Parvati allows no distraction of her mind and engages herself with singular devotion; she sits for a strenuous penance to make Shiva accept her and would not tolerate anyone abusing Him. All these show the high culture in which she is molded. Shiva, in his anger at being disturbed in his penance, burns down Kama, puts Parvati’s mind and thoughts to test, sends the seven Great Sages to Parvataraja — thus exhibiting his maturity ofmind. In fact, Shiva was not enamoured  by the physical beauty of Parvati and only destroyed Kama who attempted to make him desire her physically. Actually he admired her several fine, noble qualities and her devout penance. Both he and Parvati were performing penance and leading a life of sacrifice — i.e., ‘tapasya’. Both were embodiments of purity. Born to them was Kumara. His parents’ penance fortified him with strength to destroy the demon Taraka.
Kalidasa’s poem gives us a vivid picture of what a good, meaningful life a man could and should lead as propounded by our learned ancestors.