Somavati Amavasya

Somavati Amavasya

Somavati Amavasya is one of the most important and auspicious days that occur every year. This is not a recurring event and hence, should be given adequate importance in terms the benefits derived from the worship and charity done of this day. When the day of Amavasya (dark moon lunar phase ) fal...

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Maha Shivatri Rituals

Maha Shivatri Rituals

From the very early morning, Shiva temples are flocked by devotees, young and old, who come to perform the traditional Shivalingam worship (puja) and hence hope for favours from the god. Devotees bathe at sunrise, preferably in the Ganga, or any other holy water source (like the Shiva Sagartank at K...

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Pranayama The Lifeforce

Pranayama The Lifeforce

Pranayama is derived from two Sanskrit words - Prana (life force) and Ayama (control). Therefore, in its broadest description, Pranayama (Lifeforce) would mean the control of the flow of life force. One of the initiation techniques into Pranayama is through the practice of Yogic Breathing or Yoga...

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Mantra Recitation Meditation

Mantra Recitation Meditation

The silent repetition of a mantra is another popular technique. The Transcendental Meditation technique involves the repetition of a "personalized" mantra; in Buddhist meditation, there are a number of mantras to choose from. Simply repeat the mantra over and over silently to yourself; when a though...

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Shiva Jnana (Japa & Meditation)

Shiva Jnana (Japa & Meditation)

Japa and meditation of the sacred names of Lord Shiva will free you from all sins and lead you to the attainment of Shiva Jnana or eternal bliss and immortality. Shiva-nama is the very soul of all Mantras. Lord Shiva has manifested in the world in sixty different aspects. Vrishabharudha, Hari-h...

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Shaivism or Saivism

Shaivism or Saivism

Shaivism or Saivism is the name given to a group of religious traditions which regard Lord Shiva as the highest Supreme Self or Brahman and worship Him accordingly. It is considered to be one of the oldest, if not the oldest, sect of Hinduism, whose antiquity is said to be rooted in the prehistoric ...

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Kashmir Saivism

Kashmir Saivism

Kashmir Saivism is the most prominent of the North Indian schools of Saivism, and is thought to have been founded by Vasugupta in the eight century CE. It is named after the region in which Vasugupta is said to have found the Shiva Sutras, which along with the Saiva Agamas form the scriptual foundat...

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Worship of Shiva Linga

Worship of Shiva Linga

The popular belief is that the Shiva Lingam represents the phallus or the virile organ, the emblem of the generative power or principle in nature. This is not only a serious mistake, but also a grave blunder. In the post -Vedic period, the Linga became symbolical of the generative power of the Lord ...

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Story of the Shiva Linga

Story of the Shiva Linga

Shiva saw no sense in the transitory pleasures of life, so he rejected samsara, smeared his body with ash, closed his eyes and performed austerities. Shiva's tapas generated so much heat that his body transformed into a pillar of fire - a blazing lingam that threatened to destroy the whole world. Th...

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कल्याणरूप शिवतत्व

कल्याणरूप शिवतत्व

आनंदमय स्वरूपधारी शिव समस्त जग के कल्याणरूप शिवतत्व हैं। परात्पर सच्चिदानन्द परमेश्वर शिव एक हैं, विश्वातीत हैं और विश्वमय भी हैं। वे गुणातीत हैं, गुणमय हैं। वे एक होते हुए भी अनेक-अनेक रूप प्रकट कर कार्य कराते हैं। वे जब अपने विस्ताररहित अद्वितीय मूल स्वरूप में स्थित रहते हैं, तब मानो यह विविध विला...

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जगदगुरु शिव

जगदगुरु शिव

शिव ही जगदगुरु  हैं श्रीशिव के प्रति असंख्य प्राणियों की अगाध श्रद्धा इस बात का स्वतः ही परिचायक है कि वह समस्त कल्याण कारी व जगत पूजनीय हैं। श्रीशिव का एक बृहत परम् कल्याणकारी कार्य इस विश्व में शिव जगदगुरु के रूप में नाना प्रकार की विद्या योग, ज्ञान, भक्ति आदि का प्रचार करना है । जो उनकी कृपा क...

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Popular Shiva Temples in Uttarakhand

Popular Shiva Temples in Uttarakhand

To mark divine presence of Shiva in Himalaya a number of temples are built at different heights which are rich in architectural grandeur and lets one feel the existence of that supreme soul inevitably. Here are the most popular Shiva Temples found in Dev Bhumi Uttarakhand which speak about the thous...

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Lakhamandal Shiva temple in Uttrakhand

Lakhamandal Shiva temple in Uttrakhand

It is a temple located at a distance of 125 km from Dehradun. Common people and pilgrims visit this unique site for blessings. It is not just an ordinary visit. There are many legendary stories attached to this miraculous abode of Lord Shiva. The name Lakha Mandal means a lakh Shivlingas. The first ...

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The mystical third eye of Shiva

The mystical third eye of Shiva

The Pineal Gland or Third-Eye The pineal gland is considered one of the body's greatest mysteries. Today we know that it is an endocrine gland which secrets the hormone melatonin. It is shaped like a pine cone and placed exactly in the middle of the brain. The French philosopher Descartes suggested ...

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The Sadhus Devotees of Shiva

The Sadhus Devotees of Shiva

Apart from their participation in the Kumbh Mela, Sadhus usually live rather solitary lives, renouncing society and leading a monk-like existence, with basic food provisions and few possessions. Most Sadhus wear distinctly coloured clothes, to set them apart from the civilian population, while a num...

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Shiva Devotion and Meditation

Shiva Devotion and Meditation

Shiva is the god of the yogis, self-controlled and celibate, responsible for change both in the form of death and destruction and in the positive sense of destroying the ego, the false identification with the form. This also includes the shedding of old habits and attachments. Lord Shiva is the dest...

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Shivling and its Power, and Relation to Astrology

Shivling and its Power, and Relation to Astrology

A Shiva Linga consists of three parts, the lowest of which is called the 'Brahma-Pitha,' the middle one, the 'Vishnu-Pitha' and the uppermost one, the 'Shiva-Pitha.There is a mysterious or indescribable power or 'Shakti' in the Linga, to induce concentration of the mind, and helps focus one's attent...

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Lord Shiva Is Know As Kalantak: One Who Ends Time

Lord Shiva Is Know As Kalantak: One Who Ends Time

As we all know that Lord Shiva has many names and there is a story behind every name. He is also known as kalantak, The One who ends time. It also means that there is nobody in this world beyond Lord Shiva. He is the one who can save anyone from death and make him Immortal. He is the Mahayogi free f...

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Shiva - The Ultimate Truth

Shiva - The Ultimate Truth

Shiva is said to be at the core of the centrifugal force of the universe, due to his responsibility for death and destruction. Unlike the godhead Brahma the Creator, or Shri Vishnu the Preserver, Shiva is the dissolving force in life. But Shiva dissolves in order to create, since death is necessary ...

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