MAHAVIDYASINTRODUCTIONThe Mahavidyas are the ten forms of Ma Shakti Devi in Hinduism. The ten forms of Mahavidyas are Kali Devi, Tara Devi, Tripura Sundari (Shodoshi), Bhuvaneshvari Devi, Tripura Bhairavi, Chhinnamasta, Dhumavati, Bagalamukhi, Matangi and Kamala.After the introduction of the Mahavidya worship, Shaktism had gained popularity. People began to worship Ma Shakti Devi in various forms, and all the females deities are considered as an aspect of Ma Shakti Devi. Shakti Devotees began to perform puja to the Mahavidyas, and in various texts of Hinduism, especially in the Devi Bhag..
LORD MUTHAPPANINTRODUCTIONMuthappan is a guardian god of Kerala people, and he is an aspect of Lord Shiva and Vishnu, and his famous temple is situated in Madappura. Lord Muthappan contains divine weapons like Bow, arrow and sword, and his vehicle is dog. He is particularly worshiped by the people in Kannur District of Kerala and Coorg region of Karnataka. During the performance of puja to Lord Muthappan, fish flesh would be offered to him. Even other religious people are entitled to worship Lord Muthappan in his temples, and they are allowed to partake with his holy Prasad items als..
JYOTIRLINGAM:INTRODUCTION:A Jyotirlinga also called as Jyotirlingam and Muktilingam, is another form of Lord Shiva. Usually Shiva would be worshipped in the form of Lingam, and Jyotirlingam means Lingam which contains shining in its appearance, and it would appear with full of brightness. Actually there are twelve Jyotirlinga Temples in India.As per our auspicious Shiva Purana, once Lord Brahma and Vishnu were conversing about their supreme powers, and during their argument, Lord Shiva had appeared in the form of bright flames in a gigantic form, and he covered the entire universe through his ..
HANUMAN ASHTAKAMINTRODUCTIONHanuman Aashtakam, is a divine song written and composed in praise of Lord Hanuman. This song was written by Sri Tulsidas, who was a great devotee of Lord Rama and Lord Hanuman. Astakam, literally means the poems written in praise of the deities. In most of the Hanuman Temples, this famous Hanuman ashtak is chanted after the chanting of Sri Hanuman Chalisa. This mantra benefits the devotees as well as his family members. This mantra relieves from mental stress and would give peace of mind for us. Chanting this mantra would prosper our lives. The contents presen..
GOPAL KRISHNA GOSWAMI:INTRODUCTION:Gopal Krishna Goswami is a leader in ISKCON spiritual movement and he is the direct disciple of Sri Prabhupada. Gopal Krishna is still working as an active guru in ISKCON. His birth name is Gopal Krishna Khanna.Gopal Krishna Goswami was born in the year 1944 in New Delhi. After finishing his degree, he studied in foreign countries and become a Marketing professional in an MNC.He met his guru Prabhupada in the year 1968 in Canada, and after conversing with him, he accepted him as his spiritual master. In the year 1969, he has become one of the Prab..
GAYATRI ASHTAKAM: INTRODUCTION: Ma Gayatri is the consort of Lord Brahma, and she is the giver of knowledge, wisdom and spiritual enlightenment. By reciting Gayatri Ashtakam, also known as Gayatri Stotram, we would get goodness in our lives and all of our reasonable needs would be satisfied.The contents present in the Gayatri Ashtakam are as follows:I meditate on Ma Gayatri, Who is the consort of Lord Brahma, and who is worshipped by the saints and the sages, who gives good knowledge, who contains a beautiful..
INTRODUCTION: Ekambareswarar Temple is a Shiva Temple, located in Kanchipuram. It is one of the Pancha Bhoota Stalas, Prithvi. Lord Shiva is worshiped as Prithvi lingam. Mata Parvati is worshipped as Gowridevi Amman. The greatness of the temple was praised in the 7th century sacred work, the Tevaram, written by the great nayanars and classified as Paadal Petra Sthalam. The temple is one of the largest in India. The temple has numerous shrines, and also contains many halls. Ancient kings have paid more attention to this temple, and they have introduced Puja sch..
INTRODUCTION: Ma Durga Ashtakam is a divine stotram written in praise of Ma Durga. Ma Durga is an incarnation of Ma Shakti Devi, and she has killed powerful demons, and acts as a mother guardian for us. Similar to our affectionate mother, she would console us during the time of our worries, and would remove our tears.The contents present in the holy Durga Ashtakam are as follows:My humble Salutations to Ma Durga,Who is called by various names, who looks very beautiful like a fresh lotus flower, and who also contains divine weapons on her hands in order to destroy the bad behaviour f..
INTRODUCTION: In order to become a saint, we must move in a humble manner with others. Along with that, we have to do meditation, yoga and fasting also. In order to realize the almighty, we have to compulsorily surrender at his feet, and must have pure bhakti on him. God is showering his grace to all of his devotees, irrespective of their caste, creed and community, and he never differentiates his devotees as rich or poor. Few hundred years ago, in a village in Puri, a pious person with the name Dasia Bauri was lived. He was a weaver by profession, and he earned for his livelihood, b..
INTRODUCTION: Brahmacharini is a form of Ma Shakti Devi. Ma Brahmacharini is worshipped during the Navaratri festival days with much delight and enthusiasm. Ma Brahmacharini appears with full of beauty, and she appears with white coloured clothes, holds a Mala and a holy Kamandala on her hands. She is considered as calm and worshipful goddess, among all other incarnations of Ma Shakti Devi.Brahmacharini means the self-existent goddess, and she is the absolute and Universal goddess, who contains good knowledge in Vedic subjects. She looks similar to a pious female sage, and she conta..
INTRODUCTION: Annapurna is an aspect of Ma Shakti Devi, and she is the one who provides food to all the living beings in this world. Annapurnashtakam is a Stotram written in praise of Ma Annapurna by the great Advaita scholar Sri Adishankaracharya.The contents contained in the holy Annapurnashtakam are as follows:Hey, Ma Annapurneswariyou are the supreme Goddess of Kasi,and through your kindness,you makes the people happy,and gives boons and provides food, cloth and shelter to all,and also removes the miseries and sorrows from their life.Hey, Ma Annapurneswari,you are the holy goddess of ..
INTRODUCTION: Ahobilam is a holy site and is located in the Nallamala forests of Kurnool district in Andhra Pradesh. It is surrounded by several mountain hills and the place looks very attractive. The temple consists of nine shrines of Lord Narasimha. There is also a famous Prahalada Varadhan temple in the bottom of the mountain. Lot of devotees from all parts of India, as well as from foreign countries are visiting this holy shrine of Lord Narasimha, and getting his divine blessings. Ahobilam is the sacred place where the Lord Narasimha killed the great demon king Hiranyakasip..
INTRODUCTION: Adi Kumbeswarar Temple, Kumbakonam is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, is situated in Kumbakonam in Thanjavur District Tamil Nadu, India. Here Lord Shiva is worshiped as Adi Kumbeswarar, and is represented by the lingam. His consort Parvati is worshipped as Mangalambigai Amman. This temple is praised in the sacred text Tevaram, written by the Nayanmars. It is believed that this ancient temple remained intact even at the time of deluge. Ancient kings have renovated this temple for many times, and they have built several shrines in the temple. Ancient Shaivite sai..
INTRODUCTION: Sri Ganesha Ashtakam was written by the great Saint Sri Adi Shankaracharya in praise of Lord Vinayaka. Lord Vinayaka is the obstacle remover, and he is considered to be the first god. By reciting this Stotra regularly, we would get all kinds of prosperity in our lives, and we would get the full grace of Lord Ganesha.The contents contained in the Ganesha Ashtakam are as follows:My humble Salutations to the elephant God who contains very beautiful, and he can be compared to thousand Manmadas, with regard to his beauty, and he is the leader of Ganas, has only one tusk, con..