Wonderful Episodes of Temples that were Saved During Muslim Invasion (Post No.3710)

 

Picture:-Tirupparankundram Murugan Temple

Written by S NAGARAJAN

 

Date: 10 March 2017

 

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Post No.3710

 

 

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Wonderful Episodes of Temples That Were Protected and Saved During Muslim Invasion

 

 by S. Nagarajan

 

Hindu Gods are very many. Shiva, Vishnu, Brahma etc. Shiva is destroyer. Vishnu is protector. Brahma is creator. And there is Goddess Devi, worshipped as Kali, Bhavani etc.

The atheists usually ask when there are so many Gods why not Hindu’s temples were not protected during Muslim invasion?

God’s ways are inscrutable. Let us go through some historical incidents.

Swami Vivekananda once went to Kshir Bhavani temple in Kashmir. The famous temple was in a dilapidated condition. Swamiji was very upset on seeing the condition of the temple. He mused within himself that this famous temple should not have met this state and calls for renovation.

 

Suddenly he heard a clear and commanding female voice, “I want to stay in such a state of the temple at My Will. Could not I get a huge temple constructed here if I so wished? What do you think in your mind? Do you protect me or I protect thee?”

Swamiji was stunned and later told this episode to his disciples on return to Kolkata.

 

Let us go back in time to Malik Kafur’s time. He was a famous general of Alauddin Khilji. He attacked Madurai and destroyed parts of the famous Meenakshi Temple. On his way back he was passing through Thirupparankundram.

Thirupparankundram is situated 5 miles from Madurai. It is one of the famous six abodes of Lord Muruga.

On seeing the temple tower at Thirupparankundram Malik kafur ordered his men to demolish the temple tower.

The soldiers assembled in front of the tower. At that moment one mason by name chitthan climbed over the temple tower.

 

From the top he jumped down. Dashing the ground his skull was broken into hundreds of pieces and blood was flowing like a stream.

On seeing this sudden sacrifice the soldiers trembled and out of fear they ran away from the temple.

And Malik kafur returned. Thus the temple was saved.

We may cite hundreds of episodes like this regarding Hindu temples.

One more incident from the pages of history.

Picture: Mayadevi temple, Haridwar

After the demise of Firoze Shah Tughlak, Taimur Lang reached the banks of Ganga, once. He reached the famous shrine Haridwar. He also demolished several temples on the way.

On reaching Haridwar Taimur looted the city. There was a Bairava temple n ear Mayadevi temple in Haridwar. While he struck the image of Lord Bairava, suddenly hundreds of snakes and scorpions appeared on the scene.

On seeing so many snakes and scorpions at a time, the army of Taimur felt highly terrified and started fleeing from the temple site.

The temple was saved without any damage.

 

If the history of Hindu temples in India is compiled, thousands of real incidents will surprise us. As we know God’s ways are inscrutable, the devotees were inspired to save the temples sacrificing their lives. Sometimes by Lord’s divine sports, snakes and scorpions were also played a role.

Many temples have their own stories of miraculous escape from evil forces.

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The Glory of Betelgeuse – Ardra Star! (Post No.3691)

Written by S NAGARAJAN

 

Date: 5 March 2017

 

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Post No.3691

 

 

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The Glory of Betalgeux – Ardra – Which Is Two Crores and Fifty Lakhs Spheres of the Size of the Sun!

 

In Sanskrit it is called as Ardra. In English it is Betalgeux. The astronomical name is Alpha Orion.

In Tamil only two stars are prefixed with the word ‘Thiru’ which means ‘most respected’. One is Thiruvadirai and the other is Thiruvonam.

Thiruvadirai is Betalgeux. This star denotes Shiva. The other star denotes Maha Vishnu.

The presiding deity of the star Betalgeux is Rudra, that is Shiva.

This star could be easily spotted in the sky because of its size and relatively close distance from the earth.

According to Sir James Jeans, the famous author of ‘Mysterious Universe’, the star Betalgeux is so voluminous that it can contain two crores and fifty lakhs of spheres of the size of our Sun. And the Sun is thirteen lakhs of times bigger than our earth. Such is the enormous size of Betalgeux.

 

It is so fiery in nature, that one observer has rightly describes the star after seeing it through 100 inch telescope from Mount Wilson Observatory in America thus: “I saw it blazing; How many millions of Suns rolled into one! I seemed almost to hear the roar of that unbelievable furnace seething across the night, burning for ever and ever, from the beginning of time to that incalculable day when time shall have no longer any meaning’.

This is the third brightest star in the sky.

 

The Hindu puranas give the name Manmada for the God of Love. Manmada is being identified as Sagittarius in the sky.

We can see the disappearance of Sagittarius, that is Manmada, in the western horizon as Rudra – Betalgeux – rises in the east. This has been effectively and picturesquely described in the purana through a simple story.

 

 

The puranas say that Manmada is immediately burnt and instantly reduced to ashes as fiery Rudra – Betelgeux – rose up and extended his fierce glance over the offending cupid.

This episode is being gloriously sung from time immemorial to this day in every nook and corner of India. The dancers with their imaginative skills capture this beautiful scene and reproduce it in every stage till this day.

 

In the Puranas we may find that always the demonic forces are 180 degrees opposite to that of the Divine forces.

The sky is divided into 360 degrees and always the divine forces win over the demonic forces which are always exactly opposite to them.

Thus, Ardra is one such star glorified by the Puranas, Lord Shiva burnt the evil passion instantaneously.

 

 

This is called Kama Dahanam meaning burning of evil passion.

Mahabharata describes the burning of Khandava Forests.

Valmiki in Ramayana describes as how Hanuman burnt the city of Sri Lanka.

Napoleon described the historic burning of Moscow in 1812 as ‘fierest, the most terrific and the most sublime sight the world ever beheld’.

 

 

These are all of the descriptions of the earthly fire of a much smaller area.

When we think of the fiery perennial burning for billions and billions of years in the sky we are dumbfounded.

We are reminded of this great Betalgeux in our every day life through a small story of Purana.

Observe the sky and then read the Puranas. We may understand the Puranic stories in a better manner the real meaning of which are hidden in the vast, never-ending, limitless, immeasurable space.

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Eagle in the Rig Veda and Egyptian Civilization (Post No.3672)

Most Imporatnt Vahana of Vishnu Temples

 

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Date: 26 FEBRUARY 2017

 

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Post No. 3672

 

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In the Rig Veda and the Egyptian literature Eagle or falcon was mentioned. Rig Veda is the oldest book in the world if we go by the dating of Herman Jacobi and BG Tilak.  Both used the astronomical data in the Veda independently and arrived at the same date, around 4500 BCE.

Picture of Eagle shaped Vedic Fire Altar

 

Hindus and Egyptians identified eagle or falcon with death and immortality. Both identified the bird with divinities and kingship. They praised the eagle or falcon sky-high. The beliefs were same.

 

In ancient Egypt, the falcon was a royal symbol, because the gaze was said to have paralyze birds as such the countenance of the Pharaoh his enemies. It was the manifestation of Sky God Horus, presumably because the bird flew so high.

 

Rig Vedic Reference:

Syena (eagle) is described as a strong bird in the Rig Veda (1-32-14; 1-33-2; 1-118-11; 1-163-1; 1-165-2; 2-42-2; 4-38-5 etc In the other Vedas lot of references are there.

Saghan is mentioned in Tattiriya Brahmana; it may be a vulture or an eagle.

Su-parna means well-winged and is mentioned in RV 1-164-20; 2-42-2; 4-26-4;8-100-8;10-48-3 etc

In the RV 4-26, 4-27 falcon is praised. But the full meaning is not explained in the translation. It may be the seed for later stories of Garuda and Amrita and Garuda and death and immortality.

(I am afraid there is no scholar at present to explain the significace of eagle in the Vedas. For example, there is one hymn addressed to The Falcon (4-27). No proper explanation is found in any book. Probably this is the only hymn addressed to falcon in ancient civilizations)

The Satapata Brahmana (12-2-3-7) praises eagle as Maha Suparna, i.e. Great Eagle

Roman eagle discovered in London Aldgate area.

In Rome

When Roman emperors were cremated ritually, an eagle was released above the funeral pyre to indicate that the soul has gone to dwell among the gods. One old Babylonian text tells us of the ascension of King Etana borne into the heavens by an eagle.

 

In fact, it is a Hindu belief. Hindus read the Garuda (Eagle) Purana during the 13 day mourning period after the death of a near and dear relative. Of the 18 major Puranas (Hindu Mythology), Garuda Purana is the only one that has got a special funeral liturgy called Pretakanda. Garuda (eagle) was the one who brought Amrita according to a Hindu story and so it symbolised immortality. Bird is always associated with the soul in Hindu literature.

 

Tamil Veda Tirukkural

Tamil Veda Tirukkural confirms it with a couplet:

The affinity of the body and the soul is like that of the nest and a bird in it. The soul departs from the body even as the chick deserts the nest – Tirukkural 338.

It is in Sangam Literature as well:

Tamil poet Kalladanar says in Akam 113:

“Oh, my friend! I won’t cry if my soul (life) leaves my body and goes to the place where my lover is working, like the bird that deserts its desolate nest and flies away”- said by a woman to her friend.

 

So, this is a Hindu concept of soul which is seen in many Hindu scriptures including Manu smrti and Bhagavad Gita with different similes.

 

Eagle is associated with Sun God in several cultures. In Palmyra in Syria, the eagle was associated with the Sun God.

Egyptian God Horus from Wikipedia

Garuda Vahana in Egypt

Horus is Sky god in Egypt recorded from 3000 BCE. Horus symbol is falcon, and he is generally depicted either wholly or in human form with a falcon’s head, exactly like Hindu’s Garuda Vahana.

Other divinities similarly portrayed were the Sun God Rue; Mentu, with adouble crown of feathers; Seker the god of the dead (as a mummified hawk); Hariese with the crown of Upper and Lower Egypt.

 

Horus is a form of the sun god. The alternative name Harakhti translates Horus of the horizon. He is sometimes depicted as a sun disc mounted between falcon’s wings. Kings are identified with Horus.

 

Horus as a baby on her mother Isis’ knee is as an amulet against snakes and other animals. In Hindu scriptures Garda mantra is used against snakes.

In many countries, such as Mexico, Thailand, Indonesia, India Garuda emblems are used.

The noticeable marking in the feathers under the hawk’s eyes is called Udjat-eye. This is Horus’ all seeing Udjat eye which became a symbol for visual acuity and imperviousness to injury as well as treasured amulet.

 

Assyrian Eagle Genie, 883 BCE (May be Garuda carrying amrita)

 

Christian World

Gothic windows portray the eagle carrying its unfledged young up into the sky to teach them to gaze into the sun. It figures in Norse mythology Odin. In Europe several saints have falcon as their symbol.

In Christian iconography, the eagle appears frequently as a symbol of  john the Evangelist, as an attribute of ascended phrophet Elijah and the resurrected Christ.

 

Quauhtli (eagle) is the 15th of the 20 days of the Aztec calendar. In ancient China it was the symbol of power and strength.

 

In Tamil Nadu, King Karikal Choza constructed an eagle shaped fire altar (Yaha Gunda) to perform a yaga according to Purananuru (verse 224). In Kerala even today eagle shaped fire altars are constructed for Atiratra  fire ceremony.

Eagle Vahana (Mount of God in processions) of Hindu temples

 

Eagle in Mahabharata similes

Bhima and Sikhandin wander about in the battlefield enraged like an eagle (6-78-28).

The Pandavas rush towards Jayadratha’s army as an eagle rushes towards meat (3-253-24)

The Pandavas and Kauravas fight like two  eagles fighting for meat (6-111-42)

I have already given the story of Garuda and Vinata as found in the epic.

 

Conclusion:

All ancient cultures used eagle, hawk and falcon as symbols of power and might.

But there are more similarities between Vedic and Egyptian cultures in attributing divinity to eagles.

Both identified eagle with Sun and Death and Immortality.

 

All other civilizations that used falcon and eagle have dies long ago and gone into museums. But the culture is still alive in Hindu India.

 

There are innumerable towns named after eagle and falcon; there are hundreds of temples where Eagle Vahana is use to carry Lord Vishnu’s idol.

 

Garuda is worshipped by villagers and sight of it is considered an auspicious sign.

Garuda Hymns and Mantra are used as anti-dotes for poison.

Rig Vedic hymns, the oldest in the world are still used!

 

(Please see below my previous articles on this subject)

 

Eagles fed at Tirukkazuku Kundram in Tamil Nadu Temple

 

Books used:

Rig Veda

Sangam Literature

Dictionary of Symbolism by Hans Biedermann

Encyclopaedia of Gods by Michel Jordan

Elements of Poetry in the Mahabharata

 

From my old article:

 

Hindu Eagle Mystery deepens, 16 February 2013

 

1.Why do Hindus worship eagle (suparna=garuda) from Rig Vedic Days till today?

2.Why do Hindus including the greatest Tamil king Karikal Choza built their Yaga Kundas (Fire altars) in eagle shape?

3.How is that two eagles come to Tirukazuku kundram just to eat rice pudding everyday for over 1300 year period?

4.Why do Hindus call Emeralds as Garuda Ratna (eagle gem), which Sindbad story writer copied it from the Hindus?

5.Why a Saivaite saint sang 1300 years ago about an eagle bringing flowers to Shiva every day?

6.Why do Tamil children shout ‘Drop me  a flower please’ when they see Garudas (falcon/eagle) in the sky? Why do Hindus recite a Sanskrit hymn when they see Garuda?

7.Why does Vishnu use Garuda as his Vahana (Mount of God)?

8.Why did Rama cremate an eagle Jatayu in Ramayana? Was it eagle totem people or real eagle? Why Tamils associate this with Vaitheeswarankoil (eagle town)?

  1. Why did Eagle people and Snake people (Garudas and Nagas) fight all over the world? We have the story here in Puranas, but symbols are in Egypt and Maya civilization?
  2. How come eagle brought Soma plant for the Yagas (Fire ceremonies of Hindus)?
  3. Why did a Greek build an eagle pillar with inscription calling himself as a great devotee of Vishnu?

  

Falcon symbols in Egypt

12.Tamil Encyclopedia Abithana Chintamani ( year 1899) attributes sixteen acts to Garudas. Many of them actually belong to people with eagle totem. They were against people with snake totem (Nagas). It is the ancient history of India. One must go deeper in to it to reveal the secrets.

  1. Why do women fast on Garuda Panchami day every year?
  2. Why is Garuda Purana is associated with the departed souls? It is read in the 13 day mourning period.
  3. Indus People painted eagle in (funeral ??)  potteries, Why? Has it anything to do with Hindus reading Garuda Purana after the funeral?
  4. Why is it that Amrita (ambrosia) is linked with Garuda/suparna?
  5. In the Assyrian bas-relief in Khorsabad (885 BC) Eagle headed  winged genie is carrying a vessel of lustral water and a pine cone sprinkler. It is one of the benevolent genies that protected men from diseases and evil forces. Is it Garuda with Amrita? (see the images)
  6. Why does Jaiminiya Brahmana (Vedic literature) say that eagle separates water from milk like Krauncha (swan) bird?
  7. Why does Romulus saw an eagle on the Aventine Hill and considered it as a good omen like Hindus and keep it in front of his army? Orthodox Hindus wait for Garuda Darsanam every day.

20.Why do newspapers report sighting of Garuda as a good omen during Kumbhabishekam or any religious event?

  1. Why does Krishna say that he is garuda/eagle among birds in Bhagavad Gita (10-30)(vainatheyascha pakshinam)? Western cultures also consider eagle as ‘King of Brids’.

If I write answers to all these questions it would become a big book. I am going to answer a few of these questions in this article.

(Please read the full article for more information)

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I have already written about Vahanas, eagle shaped fire altars of Karikal Choza, Eagle Vs  Naga clans enmity in Mayan civilization, Double headed Eagle, Garuda Sthamaba of Greek Ambassador etc. Please see the titles of the articles given below:-

Double Headed Eagle: Sumerian-Indian Connection, posted on 18 December 2011

Picture of Double Headed Eagle in Turkey (Ganda Beranada Bird of Hindu literature)

 

Eagle/Garuda in India, Rome and Sri Lanka

25 September 2014

Karikal Choza and Eagle shaped Fire Altar

14 January 2012

A Hindu Story in Sumerian Civilization

11 May 2014

Eagle shaped fire altar at Vedic ceremony

–Subham–

Lord Shiva’s Sandals on the Head of a Tamil King! (Post No.3663)

Written by London swaminathan

 

Date: 23 FEBRUARY 2017

 

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Post No. 3663

 

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Silappathikaram is the earliest among the available Tamil epics. It was written by a poet cum prince Ilango. The story of the epic is as follows:-

 

Kannaki came to Madurai along with her husband Kovalan to sell her anklet and start a new life. But, her husband was unjustly accused of stealing the anklet of the Queen and was killed under the orders of the King. To prove the innocence of her husband, and expose the heinous crime of the Great Pandya King, Kannaki went to his court with one of her anklets. She accused the Pandya King of having ordered the death of her husband without conducting proper trial. The Pandya Queen’s anklet had pearls whereas the anklet of Kannaki had gems inside. She broke her anklet in the presence of the king and proved that her husband Kovalan was not guilty. Immediately Pandya King and Queen died, probably of massive heart attack.

 

Afterwards Kannaki burnt the city by twisting one off her breasts and throwing it in the streets of  Madurai City , Capital of the Pandya Kingdom, sparing the elderly, invalids, children, Brahmins and women. In other words, all the bad people were burnt alive. Later she went to Chera Nadu (present Kerala in South India) and ascended to Heaven in the Pushpaka Vimana that came from the Heaven. When the Chera King Senguttuvan heard about it from the forest tribes who witnessed her ascension, he decided to go to Holy Himalayas to take a stone and bathe it in the holy Ganges and then carve a statue out of it for Kannaki. King Senguttuvan’s brother Ilango composed the Silappadikaram. Though the incidents happened in the second century CE, the epic in its current form is from the fourth or fifth century CE (Post Sangam Period).

Kannaki is worshipped in Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka as the Goddess of Chastity. Of the five Tamil epics, Silappadikaram (Cilappadikaram) is the most popular one. Chera King Senguttuvan was very powerful and he defeated the sea pirates and the Romans in the West coast of India. He was a great devotee of Lord Shiva. Just before leaving for the Himalayan Mountains, he went around the Shiva Temple with the sandals of Lord Shiva on his head. Later when the priests from the nearby Vishnu temple brought ‘prasadam’, he placed them on his shoulders. When he completed the Himalayan journey successfully and erected a statue for Kannaki, all the powerful North Indian Kings and Gajabahu of Sri Lanka were invited to see the consecration of the statue. A Brahmin by name Madalan figured in the epic from the very beginning. At the end, he blessed the king to live for eons, i.e. his name and fame will live for thousands of years. Madalan also praised him as a great devotee of Lord Shiva.

 

Let us look at the description of his devotion to Lord Shiva in the words of great poet Ilango:–

 

“The sovereign lord of the sharp sword, decorated his crown of gems with Vanci blossoms form the unflowering Vanci when the morning drum sounded at the gate, announcing the time for other kings of the earth, to pay their tributes. With the vicorious Vanci wreath were worn THE SANDALS OF THE GREAT GOD IN WHOSE FORM THE WHOLE UNIVERSE MANIFESTS ITSELF (SIVA), AND WHO WEARS THE CESCET MOON IN HIS LONG, DARK MATTED HAIR; AND HAVING LAID THE HEAD THAT BOWED TO NONE ELSE AT HIS HOLY SHRINE, HE CIRCUMAMBUATED IT. The sweet fumes from the sacrificial fires offered by the Vedic Brahmins deprived his garlands of its luxurious colour. He then mounted the nape of his proud war elephant.

There appeared before him some persons bearing the pracaatam pf the Lord Vishnu who slumbers in a yogic trance at Aatakamaatam and addressed him with benedictory words: May success attend on Kuttuvan, the Lord of the West! Since the king already placed on his crown of gems the beautiful sandals of the Lord whose matted hair bears the Ganga, he received this pracaatam and carried on his fair, bejewelled shoulders.”

–from Kalkot Katai, Cilappatikaram, Translated by Prof.V R Ramachandra Dikshitar, 1939

This shows that Senguttuvan was a follower of orthodox religion which consisted in the worship of Siva and Vishnu.

Aatakamaatam is identified with the Padmanabhaswamy temple of Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum). Some scholars thing it was another temple at Karur, which was known as Vanchi in the olden days.

 

There are numerous references to Lord Shiva in the epic. Siva’s dances and Siva’s temples are referred to in other sections.

 

Here is what the great Brahmin Madalan said in his blessings:

“It is not strange that people who do good things attain heaven and people who have worldly minds are reborn, and that good and bad deeds have their own reward and those dead should be reborn. Those are ancient truths. You who were born through the grace of HIM WHO RIDES ON THE SACRED BULL and have won distinction as king in the wide world, saw clear as an object held in the palm of your hand, the fruits of righteous deeds and the forms of holy people. Live long from aeon to aeon protecting the earth! Live long, gracious monarch.”

 

“Please with what the Brahmin Matalan said, the king endowed grants to the temple of the very youthful Pattini (Chaste woman) who twisted off her breast and there by raised flames which enveloped the noisy Kuutal (Madurai’s other name) of the great Pantiyan Kingdom, much celebrated in poetical themes.”

 

Silapadikaram has innumerable references to Hindu customs. Commentator Adiayrkkunallar has added encyclopaedic information about ancient Tamil Nadu.

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–Subahm–

 

 

 

The One and Only Big Temple at Tanjore, an Architectural Wonder of the World! (Post No.3658)

Written by S NAGARAJAN

 

Date: 22 February 2017

 

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Post No.3658

 

 

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 by Nagarajan

Just start a discussion to know about an architectural wonder of the world. Immediately you will be informed about the Big Temple built at Tanjore, South India.

UNESCO has declared this temple as one of the important world heritage in 2004.

 

The temple was built by the great king Raja Raja Cholan. The Tamilnadu was ruled by three great dynasties namely Pandyas, Cholas and Cheras.

Raja Raja Cholan who ruled the Chola Land built this temple during 1003 – 1009 A.D. The great King Raja Raja Cholan was a great warrior. His real name was Arulmozhivarman. He was given the title Raja Rajan which means King of Kings.

 

Every stone in the temple will speak itself a great story. The sanctum tower has 13 tiers built using granite to an astonishing height of 212 feet.

 

The top most octagonal stone piece is made out of multiple stones. One would wonder how such a beautiful heavy stone was housed at the top. What was the technique used? Nobody knows. An inclined ramp might have been used. This ramp, considering the height of the tower, might have been started from a far off place.

 

The cubolic doom at the top weighs 80 tonnes. Above this, a 12 high kalasam is installed. The four sided Vimana ends at a square at the top which is 26 feet by 26 feet.

Four Nandis meaning Bulls are installed at the four corners.

The Lord is called as Brahadeeswara. The main Lingam is 13 feet high. 108 Bharatanatyam poses has been planned to be depicted in the pathway around the Vimana. But only 87 poses have been completed.

 

The main Nandi is a very big one. Made of a single stone this Nandi is 19.5 feet long and 8.5 Feet broad and 12 feet high. This was added later by Nayak kings in the sixteenth century.

 

The shadow of the temple Vimana would not fall on the ground.

The living monument of this great temple for 1000 years attracts thousands of visitors.

Scientists, Engineers, Researchers, Worshippers are visiting this temple for various reasons.

 

Archaeological Survey of India took the control of the temple since 1946.

It is to be noted that the Big Temple withstood earthquakes and foreign invasions.

The Bharatha Natyam dancers used to assemble here and perform spectacular show.

 

 

The customary renovation called as mahakumbabhishekam was performed by Maratha King Serfoji II in the year 1803. After 177 years, in 1980, renovation was again performed. In 1997 one more renovation was performed.

In the year 2010, to mark the 1000th year of the anniversary of the temple, the State Government celebrated it inviting 1000 dancers from all parts of the country.

Needless to say, you have to mark it as a ‘must see’ architectural marvel and a spiritual shrine if you plan to visit this part of the country. After all seeing is believing.

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ABOUT SIN: from Tamil and Sanskrit Literature! (Post No.3653)

Picture of Hell with sinners

 

Compiled by London swaminathan

Date: 20 FEBRUARY 2017

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Post No. 3653

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A sin committed does not, like a cow, bear fruit soon; one sees it sons and grandsons, it not in oneself; a sin necessarily bears consequences like a heavy (indigestible) meal in the belly –Mahabharata 1-75-2

naa dharmas carito raajan sadyah phalati gaur iva

putresu vaa naptrsu vaa n aced aatmani pasyati

phalaty eva dhruvam paapam gurubhuktam ivo dare

-Mbh 1-75-2

 

Tamil Veda Tirukkural on Sin

 

There may be forgiveness for any sin but not for ingratitude (Tirukkural 110)

 

For those who harmed the cows, who did abortions, who harmed Brahmins, there is atonement; but for those who have been ungrateful, there is no atonement- Alathur Kizar in Purnanauru verse 34

 

Harming Brahmins is a sin: Puram34, 43

 

 

Deeds forbidden by the wise – who dare to do them? –even if they succeed, suffer grief and troubles (Tirukkural 658)

 

Though he sees his mother starving, let him not do those actions which are condemned by the wise (Tirukkural 656)

 

Never do a wrong for which you repent afterwards. Once done repeat it not (Tirukkural 655)

 

All profits, that make others weep, depart with tears. Even if lost, blessings flow from good deeds(Tirukkural 659)

 

Even in adversity, men gifted with an unfaltering vision, never do actions that are disgraceful (Tirukkural 654)

 

Picture 2 of Hell

 

Manu on Sins

 

Five Great Sins/ Pancha mahaapaataka

 

Killing of Brahmana- Brahmahatya

Consuming liquor- suraapaanam

Stealing- Steyam

Misbehaving with teacher’s wife- Gurvanga naagamah

Having association with the above – Samsargi

 

Brahmahatyaa suraapaanamsteyam gurvanganaagamah

Mahanti paatakaanyaahustasamsargi cha panchamah

–Manu smrti 11-54

 

If one mainly practises virtue [punya] and to a lesser extent vice [påpa], one obtains bliss in a heavenly realm, clothed with those very elements. 12:20.

 

But if one primarily practices vice and less virtue, one suffers, deserted by the elements, the torments inflicted by Yama. Having endured those torments of Yama, one again enters, free from taint, those very five elements, each in due proportion. 12:21-22.

 

He who has committed an offence and has repented, is freed from that offence, but he is purified only by [the resolution of] ceasing [to sin and thinking] ‘I will do so no more.’11:231.

 

He who, having either unintentionally or intentionally committed a reprehensible deed, desires to be freed from [the blame of it, must not commit it a second time. 11:233.

 

Having thus considered in his mind what results will arise from his deeds after death, one should always be good in thoughts, speech, and actions. 11:232.

 

The penances for transgressions [made public] have been thus declared according to the law; learn next the penances for secret [transgressions]. 11:248.

 

Sixteen suppressions of the breath [Prå±åyama] accompanied by [the recitation of] the Vyåhritis and of the syllable Om, purify, if they are repeated daily, after a month even the murderer of a learned priest. 11:249.

 

Even a drinker of [the spirituous liquor called] Sura becomes pure, if he mutters the hymn [seen] by Kutsa, ‘Removing by thy splendour our guilt, O Agni,’ &c., [that seen] by Vasishtha, ‘With their hymns the Vasishthas woke the Dawn,’ &c., the Mahitra [hymn] and [the verses called] Suddhavatis. 11:250.

 

Even he who has stolen gold, instantly becomes free from guilt, if he once mutters [the hymn beginning with the words] ‘The middlemost brother of this beautiful, ancient Hotri-priest’ and the Sivasaºkalpa sûkta. 11:251.

 

But if one fasts for three days, bathing thrice a day, and reciting [while standing in water] the Aghamarshana sûkta (Rig Veda10-190), is [likewise] freed from all offences causing loss of caste. 11:260. 5

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Picture of Punyaloka/Heaven

Sin in Bhagavad Gita

 

What pleasure can be ours, O Krishna, after we have slain the sons of Dhritarashtra? Only SIN will accrue to us if we kill these malignant.

Alas, what a great SIN have resolved to commit in striving to slay our own people through our greed for the pleasures of the kingdom.1-36, 45

 

But if thou doest not this lawful battle, then thou wilt fail thy duty and glory and will incur SIN.

Treating alike pleasure and pain,gain and loss, victory and defeat, then get ready for battle. Thus thou shall not incur SIN. 2-33, 38

But by what is a man impelled to commit sin, as if by force, even against his will, O Krishna? 3-36

The All pervading Spirit does not take on the SIN or the merit of any. Wisdom is enveloped by ignorance; thereby creatures are bewildered. 5-15

But those men of virtuous deeds in whom SIN has come to an end, freed from the delusion of dulaities, worship Me steadfast in their vows. 7-28

The gateway of this hell leading to the ruin of the soul is threefold, lust, anger and greed. Therefore, these three one should abandon 16-21

 

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Man is never punished FOR his sins but BY his sins. To dissipate our energies through the sense organs is the vulgar hobby of the thoughtless mortal.

–Swami Chinmayananda

Sin and mercury are hard to digest- Ramakrishna Paramahamsa

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Five Karma Candaalaah

 

Five lowest category of people are:

Atheist – naastikah

Wicked -pisunah

Ungrateful- krtaghnah

Sinner- dirgha dosakah

By birth- janmatah

Naastikah pisunashchaiva krtaghno diirghadosakah

Chatwaarah karmachandaalaa janmataschaapi panchamah

 

–Subham–

 

 

Four Wonderful Sri Chakra Temples near Chennai! (Post No.3640)

Picture of Mangadu Sri Kamakshi

 


Written by S NAGARAJAN

 

Date: 16 February 2017

 

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Post No.3640

 

 

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Four Wonderful Major Sri Chakra Temples near Chennai in India to visit and get all types of benefits

by S. Nagarajan

 

In my first article I have described the secrets of Sri Yantra. In the next article I have given the scientific findings of the famous Russian scientist Alexie Pavlovich Kulaichev .

 

In this article we will see four famous temples in which Sri Chakra have been designed correctly and installed.

There is a famous temple in Mangadu, situated 15miles south of Chennai. (Madras as it was called in earlier days)  This is the only temple solely dedicated to Sri Chakra in the whole of India. The Sri Yantra is said that the first Sankaracharya, generally known as Adi Shankara has installed it. In the entrance hall of the temple there is a stone image of Adi Shankara. The temple is very big with compound walls. But these walls were demolished by the Mohammadan invaders. Later these have been rebuilt. Thousands of devotees used to visit this Sri Yantra holy temple every day.

 

There is one more temple at Thiruvottiyur situated ten miles north of Chennai. A Kali Yantra has been installed here. This Yantra is a big one and has been covered by a big black stone of three feet diameter and one and half inch thick. This is said to be installed by Adi Shankara. Since this divine geometry is of ferocious one it was covered by the black stone by Shankara. It is very interesting to note that there are 27 Shiva lingas representing the 27 celestial constellations of stars. The temple is very famous and thousands of devotees are thronging here every day to have the holy sight of the deity.

 

There is one more temple at Thiruverkadu situated 12 miles west of Chennai. The temple is called Devi Yogakumari temple. Here also a Sri Chakra of size one foot by one foot by one foot has been installed.

 

The city Kanchipuram is very famous for its Kamakshi temple. It is situated at 72 kilometers south west of Chennai. The Yantra installed here is called as Bhuprastara Sri Chakra of size 18”x18”. Thousands of devotees are thronging it every day. The Yantra is surrounded by a stone wall and only the priest is allowed inside. The chakra was of a ferocious type. In order to make it amenable for worship,  Adi Shankara has mitigated the ferocity of the icon of Kamakshi by drawing the fierce aspect.

Picture of Kanchi Kamakshi Temple

 

It is said that Adi Shankara himself drew the Chakra here, in the temple of Kamakshi and consecrated it. The significant Yantra bestows all benefits to the visitors coming for worship.

The entire land of India is thus fully protected by the various Yantras installed at vulnerable points. The locations of these temples, longitude and latitude wise, if studied well, will reveal their wonderful significance specifically chosen for various aspects.

 

Good Luck to all who read this article. Have a Sri Chakra installed in your home and worship it every day. And don’t forget to offer some offerings after worship even it is of a small measure.

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Pigeons in Amarnath and Eagles at Thirukkazukkundram – A Miracle ! (Post No.3629)

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Written by S NAGARAJAN

 

Date: 12 February 2017

 

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Post No.3629

 

 

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  1. Nagarajan

Holy Himalayas. The World’s highest peak Everest is here. The entire area is called as Holy land or Punya Bhoomi. It is a sacred duty for a Hindu to visit Amarnath, Kedarnath and Badrinath at least once in his life time.

The distance from Jammu to Pahalgam is 363 Km. Pahalgam is 96 Km from Srinagar. From Jammu the Holy Cave of Amarnath is situated at about 410 Kms. From Pahalkam it is 47 kms.

The trekking in the Himalayas would be a mind blowing experience. As if walking in the heaven, the devotees usually feel the divinity around them.

Amarnath means deathless. It is also the name of Shiva. The cave was found by one Muslim Boy called Buta Malik some 400 years ago. One day while he was grazing his cattle in the Himalayas, he met a sage. The sage gave him a bowl full of coal. The boy carried it with him to his home. On reaching home, in the evening, when he took the bowl, it was full of Gold. Immediately he went back in search of the sage. At that time he found out the Holy Amarnath Cave. Even today part of the offerings paid to Lord Shiva at Amarnath Cave by the devotees goes to the heirs of Buta Malik. This cave is a fine example for Hindu-Muslim Unity.

The ice formation inside the cave gradually grows to form a very big Shiva Linga. At full moon day the Lingam attains its maximum height. The height of the Shiva Linga is about 24 feet from new moon day to the full moon day.

 

Exactly on the full moon day two pigeons appear in the cave symbolizing Lord Shiva and His consort Parvathi, the daughter of Himalayas.

The Legend goes like this. When Shiva was revealing the secrets of the creation of the universe to Parvathi, a pair of pigeons appeared there and overheard the conversation. Every year on the same full moon day these two pigeons appear in the cave without fail.

Even a hard core skeptic will be persuaded to believe the divine sports happens here every year. How could two pigeons appear exactly on the same full moon day at the exact spot! And how could  the ice attains its maximum height on the full moon day and gradually reduces, but never disappears fully.

The holy cave is situated at a height of 12792 feet.  The cave is a symbol of sublimity, serenity and strength. The length, width and height of this natural holy cave is 60,30 and 15 feet respectively.

Coming to down south we have one Thirukazhukundram, 68 km from Chennai, where two sacred eagles are appearing every day over the temple to worship  Lord Shiva. A large number of visitors used to wait there to watch this miraculous event every day. The two eagles used to come down to a rock where the sweet rice is offered as food.

It is said that these two eagles were actually two risihis namely Pusha and Vidhadha. After circling the sacred mountain they used to come near the priest walking. Balls of rice is being offered to the eagles. They eat the balls of rice and after cleaning their beaks in the water kept in a small vessel nearby, take off circle around the temple tower again and fly off. Every day, day after day, the event repeats. This is happening for the past several centuries.

One has to see these things to believe. Hinduism lives from Cape Comorin to the great Himalayas. There are thousands of miracles happen every day, even today in the Hindu Land!

 

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Be Always on God’s Side or Pray for God to Come to Your Side (Post No.3565)

Written by S NAGARAJAN

 

Date: 22 January 2017

 

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Post No.3565

 

 

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by S. Nagarajan

You might have heard about the competition between St Peter and Satan.

If not, please read now.

 

Once Satan invited St Peter and challenged him to a football game. St Peter was wonderstruck. How Satan could challenge when his defeat is certain.

Peter asked Satan, “Heaven versus Hell? Do you really want this match?”

“yes”said Satan.

Peter said,“But please understand that all the best players are with me in heaven. So how could you    win? You are going to lose.”

For this Satan replied,” Don’t worry. I have all the referees with me in hell!”

It is very common that the evil forces will always challenge the good men.

So, what would be Peter’s reply?

 

“Oh! God is on my side and I am always on God’s side”

Needless to say that Satan ran away from Peter.

One who is always on God’s side, he is certain that God would take care of him.

There is a story regarding an agreement between God and a devotee.

The devotee had to climb a rocky mountain. He prayed God for help. God appeared before him. There was an agreement. God should accompany him so that he could go forward with courage.

 

He started. There were four foot prints. He was glad that God is coming along with him. God’s foot prints was visible. After sometime the path was very rough. He could not go further. Suddenly at that moment he saw only two foot prints.

 

He cried, “Oh! God! So far you came along with me. Now I am seeing only two foot prints. Where have You gone? You have not honored the agreement  You had let me down.”

 

God appeared before him and said, “Oh! Dear, the foot prints you are seeing now is that of mine. So far I came along by your side. Now since the path is rough, I took you on my shoulders. That is why your foot prints are not there!”

Devotee realized that God’s grace is abundant.

God has never broken a promise ever spoken!

There is a big cathedral in Lubeck, Germany. Inside the cathedral there are many inscriptions. One of the inscriptions is a poem. The poem is this:

 

Ye call Me Master and obey Me not,

Ye call Me light and see Me not,

Ye call Me way and walk not,

Ye call Me life and desire Me not,

Ye call Me wise and follow Me not,

Ye call Me fair and love Me not,

Ye call Me rich and ask Me not,

Ye call Me eternal and seek Me not,

Ye call Me gracious and trust Me not,

Ye call Me noble and serve Me not,

Ye call Me mighty and honor Me not,

Ye call Me just and fear Me not,

If I condemn you, blame Me not.

 

A man may be equal to many zeros, buy if God comes to his rescue, He will stand before the zeros and his will value will increase. If he equals to, say, twelve zeros with God in front of the zeros his value will be one trillion.

If anybody says to you, ‘God is nowhere’, you may immediately retort saying, ‘with correct perspective if you see, God is verily there. Split the letters correctly and you will read ‘God is now here’!’

 

God is all pervading. Egoless. Ever helpful. Everlasting. Immeasurable. Omnipotent. Omniscient

Be on God’s side. Or pray God to come to your side!

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Manu’s Beautiful Definition of Dharma!(Post No. 3564)

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Date: 21 January 2017

 

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What are the sources of Dharma?

Veda- Four Vedas

Smrti – Law Books

Sadaacaara – Good Conduct

Priyamaatmanah – What is pleasing to mind

vedah smrtih sadaacaarah sasya ca priyamaatmanah

etat caturvidham praahuh sakshaaddharmasya lakshanam

–Manu Smrtih 2-12

 

Manu, the first law giver in the world has defined righteousness. As always believed Vedas and Smrtis (law books) are the source of Dharma. It is very difficult to translate the word ‘Dharma’ in English. But Tamils succeeded in Tamilizing that Sanskrit word as ARAM (Dharam in Hindi). The most interesting point of this definition is WHAT IS PLEASING TO MIND!

 

Does it mean that anyone can do anything that which pleases one’s mind? No. It must be a good conduct. Why did he add this after giving three sources? That is because Dharma also changes according to time, location and the circumstances. So, when one in doubt he does what pleases his mind  without violating the other three factors i.e. Vedas, Smrtis (law books) and accepted good conduct. I will give you one example.

 

Brahmin priests get enormous number of Dhotis (Veshti) in a year by performing various rituals. But they don’t get enough money to pay for their house rent, bills and travel etc. When they met Kanchi Paramacharya, he suggested that if there are too many dhotis involved in a ceremony, they can get money with a small thread representing Vesti/dhoti.

 

So, when someone is in doubt about following certain rules, one can always consult the saints or elders living at that time. Sri Sathya Sai Baba made Gayatri a universal mantra, available to everyone. He did not insist initiation or caste or sacred thread to recite Gayatri, the most powerful mantra in the three Vedas. This is applicable to Baba devotees, because they have already fallen in a divine, religious grew. So, nothing could go wrong if they are in the grew.

 

In the very first verse of the Second Chapter of Manu Smrti, Manu says, “Learn Dharma that is constantly followed and assented to in the heart by learned men, good men who have neither HATRED or PASSION – Manu 2-1

 

Narada Smrti says that the Four Feet of Dharma are

Jnaanam – Knowledge

Dhyaanam – Contemplation of Inner Self

Sama – Control of Mind

Dama- Control of Sense Organs

 

catushpaadaa hi dharmasya jnaanam dhyaanam samo damah

–Narada smrtih 1-8

Valluvar’s Definition

 

“That which should be done is virtue;

That which should be avoided is vice

–Tiruk Kural 4-40

 

Tiruvalluvar, author of the Tamil Veda, Tirukkural, also defines Dharma in ten couplets.

He says, “What brings more glory to man than righteousness? It gives prosperity (on earth) and also happiness (in heaven)- Kural 41

 

Do good deeds unceasingly, as far as you are able, by thought word and deed 43

Do the deeds of charity now without postponing them to your old age; for they will be unfailing help to you in the hour of death- 46

Buddha on Righteousness!

 

Gautama Buddha explains Dharma (righteousness) in 17 couplets in Dhammapada (Path of Dharma). He said nothing new. All are already in the Gita and Upanishads.

“A man is not great because he is a warrior and kills other men; but because he hurts not any living being, he in truth is called a great man” (269)

“A man is not on the path of Dharma if he settles matters in a violent haste (256)

“He in whom three sins (envy, greed and deceit) are uprooted and who is wise and has love, he is in truth a man of honour”(263)

 

Is short, everything said by Buddha is already in Mahabharata.

 

Long Live Dharma!

–Subham–