Thursday, January 16, 2014

Importance of Pradosham

                             ImportancePradosham   

                                                 
An auspicious day dedicated to Lord Shiva, Pradosham falls on   the 13th day (Trayodashi) of the lunar fortnight (Paksha).  Pradosham Vratam occurs during the two different phases of the moon (waxing and waning) as per the traditional Hindu lunar calendar. A Pradosham falling on a Monday is called Soma Pradosh or Chandra Pradosh, on a Tuesday is known as Bhauma Pradosh, and on a Saturday is called Shani Pradosh. Among all the Pradosham vrats, the Soma Pradosh and Shani Pradosh are the most
significant one observed by most devotees. The fast is observed from sunrise until sunset and is considered to be highly beneficial. To know more on the meaning and importance of Pradosham Vratam, continue
glancing through the lines herein.Pradhosha Vrata SignificanceAccording to the Shiva Puranas, observing a fast on Pradosham Vratam is regarded as highly auspicious and beneficial. One would be blessed with
wealth, children, happiness and honor. While the fast is undertaken by all Shiva devotees, but all women who have been longing for a son specially observe this. Also, praying to Lord Shiva during the course
of the fast is said to liberate the devotee from all his previous and present sins and evil deeds committed. According to one legend, Lord Shiva is believed to have drunk the Halahala poison during Pradosham.
This poison was mixed with the Ocean of Milk (Samudra Manthan).Another importance - On the Trayodashi day during the evening twilight, Shiva Shakti is said to be in a propitious and favorable mood. Hence, all prayers and grants demanded by a sincere and loyal devotee are easily fulfilled. Additionally, Bael or Bilva leaves are offered to the Lord during this twilight period as it is regarded to be very fortunate. Hence, all stern Shiva devotees observe both the fasts that occur on two Pradosha days in a month. Such devotees consume only water during their fast and break their fast by eating Prasad after the evening prayersonly.Furthermore, they eat cooked food only from the next morning. Some devotees follow another method for fasting during Pradhosham Vratam. These eat fruits while observing the vrat and resume with eating cooked food on the same day after the evening prayers. Therefore, the strictness followed during the Pradosha fasting totally relies on the devotee. Nonetheless, there are devotees who do not observe a vrat on this day but offer prayers and worship Shiva either at home or in temples......

Jai Shiva Shakti

Lord Shiva and the old man

Lord Shiva and the old man

         One day, Lord Shiva appeared to Saint Namdev in a dream and said, "You are a good devotee of mine but you still have to learn something before you can be with me all the time. Visit the temple and meet another one of my devotees. His name is Vithoba. After that, tell me what you have learned from him." Then Lord Shiva disappeared. Namdev woke up in the morning and as per Lord Shiva's guidance, He set out to visit the temple.

         When Namdev got to the temple, he inquired about the devotee Vithoba. While He was waiting, Namdev saw an old man, sitting with his feet on the statue of Lord Shiva. Namdev could not believe that a man could disrespect Lord Shiva like that. Just then the temple priest introduced Namdev to the old man, saying that the old man was Vithoba.

         Namdev was quite confused! What could He learn from someone who was so disrespectful towards God! Just then Vithoba said, 'O Namdev, I am so old that it is difficult to even move my limbs. Please move my feet to a place where there is no God." Namdev began to move the old man's legs here and there, but wherever He put the old man's legs, Lord Shiva appeared !

         Repentant, Namdev fell to the feet of the devotee Vithoba and begged for his forgiveness. Thus, Saint Namdev learned from the devotee Vithoba that God or Lord Shiva is present everywhere in this Universe, in all living and non-living things. With this learning He soon experienced God's presence everywhere and remained with God wherever He went.

Moral : This story reminds us that God's presence is in everything. The God principle is present in the people around us, animals, birds, wind, fire and even our schoolbooks, pencils, toys and so on. Hence, to experience God's joyful presence, we should treat everyone and everything around us with respect. Also, we can pray to all the things we use, before starting an activity. For example, if we are about to eat, we can pray to the God principle in the food, Deity Annapurna, to make us strong and to be able to remember God (chant) with every bite.

FACE BOOK-LORD SHIVA Believers PAGE
















Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Lord Shivas     Shakthi Peedam

The origin of Sakthi Pidam :

Sati, Lord Shiva's consort in spite of her husband's objection, attended the grand 'yaga' conducted by her father. Dhaksha the father-in-law of Lord Shiva intentionally ignored Shiva and his daughter in his guest list. Sati showed up at the yaga without her consort. However, Dhaksha humiliated her and her husband in his absence in front of everyone. Sati could not bare the humiliation and jumped in to the fire. When lord Shiva learnt this, he created Veerabdhra and Maha Kali from a strand of his lock to avenge Daksha. Later, lord shiva is to hurt by the news of his wife's death that he literally carries her and dances ferociously. This type of dance is called Rudra Thandava.   Bhrama, Vishnu and the rest of gods and goddess were worried and in order to subdue Lord Shiva's anger, Lord Vishnu with his 'sudharshan chakra' slashes Sati in to 51 pieces. each piece fell in to different parts of the earth. And the places were these parts fell came to be known as Shakthi Pidam.  Shakthi means Energy, Pidam means throne.  It is believed that these places resonates strong energy and are the holiest of holy places!  Going forword, I will pen down each and every story of Shakthi Pidam. 

There are different lists of 50/51/52 Shakti peethas.
These numbers resemble the Matrikas(Letters) of Sanskrit language.
This list of Panchasat Shakti peethas is collected from Tantra Chudamani.



No:
Place:
Part of the body:
Bhirava:
Shakti:
1.
Hingula
(Pakistan)
Brahma randhra (Head)
Bhima lochana
Kottari
2.
Sharkarara
(Maha rashtra)
Trinetra ( eyes)
Krodheesha
Mahisha mardini
3.
Sugandha
(Bangla desh)
Nasika (Nose)
Triambaka
Sunanda
4.
Kashmira
(Jammu&Kashmir)
Kantha desha (throat)
Tri sandhyeshwara
Maha maya
5.
Jwala mukhi
(Himachal pradesh)
Jihwa (Tongue)
Unmatta/
Vatukeshwara
Siddhida/
Ambica
6.
Jalandhara
(Punjab)
Vama stana (Left Breast)
Bhishana
Tripura malini/
Tripura nashini
7.
Vidya natha
(Bihar)
Hridaya (heart)
Vidya natha
Jaya durga
8.
Nepala
(Nepal)
Janu dwaya (Knees)
Kapali
Maha maya
9.
Manasa
(Tibet)
Dakshina hasta (Right hand/palm)
Amara/
Hara
Dakshaini
10.
Utkala/
Viraja
(Orissa)
Nabhi (Navel)
Jagannatha
Vimala/
Vijaya
11.
Gandaki
(Nepal)
Dakshina ganda (Right Cheek)
Chakra pani
Gandaki chandi
12.
Bahula
(West bebgal)
Vama bahu (Left arm)
Bhiruka/
Tivraka
Bahula
13.
Ujjaini
(Madhya pradesh)
Kurpara (Elbow)
Kapilambara
Mangala chandi
14.
Chattala
(Bangla desh)
Dakshina bahu (Right Hand)
Chandra sekhara
Bhavani
15.
Tripura
(Tripura)
Dakshina pada (Right Foot)
Tripuresha
Tripura
16.
Trisrota
(West bengal)
Vama pada (Left Foot)
Ambara/
Eshwara
Bhramari
17.
Kama giri/
Kama rupa desha
(Assam)
Maha mudra/ (Vagina)
Yoni
Umananda
Kamakhya/
Dasha maha vidya
18.
Yugadya/
Ksheera grama
(West bengal)
Dakshina (right foot)
padangushta
Ksheera kantaka
Bhoota dhatri
19.
Kali peetha
(West bengal)
Dakshina padanguli (Right Toes)
Nakuleesha
Kali
20.
Prayaga
(Uttar pradesh)
Hastanguli (Fingers)
Bhava
Lalitha
21.
Jayanti
(Bangladesh)
Vama jangha (Left Thigh)
Kramadeeshwara
Jayanti
22.
Kireeta/
Kireeta kona
(West bengal)
Kireeta (Crown)
Samvarta/
Siddha rupa
Vimala/
Bhuvaneshi
23.
Manikarnika/
Varanasi
(Uttar pradesh)
Karna kundala (earring)
Kala bhirava
Vishalakshi
24.
Kanyashrama
(Bangladesh)
Prishta (Back)
Nimisha
Sharvani
25.
Kurukshetra
(Haryana)
Dakshina gulpha (Right Ankle)
Sthanu
Savitri
26.
Manivedika
(Rajasthan)
Mani bandha (Wrists)
Sarvananda/
Sharvananda
Gayatri
27.
Srisaila/
Sri hatta
(Andhra pradesh)
Greeva (Neck)
Samvarananda/
Shambarananda
Maha lakshmi
28.
Kanchi
(Tamil nadu)
Kankala ( Ottiyana (Ornament covering stomach)
Ruru
Deva garbha/
Veda garbha
29.
Kala madhava
(Assam)
Vama nitamba (Left Hips/buttocks) 
Asitanga
Kali
30.
Shona
(Madhya pradesh)
Dakshina nitamba ( Right Hips/buttocks)
Bhadra sena
Narmada
31.
Rama giri/
Raja giri
(Uttar pradesh)
Dakshina stana (right Breast)
Chanda
Shivani
32.
Brindavana
(Uttar pradesh)
Kesha jala (Hair)
Bhootesha/
Krishna natha
Uma/
Katyaini
33.
Shuchi(Susindrum)/
Anala
(Tamil nadu)
Oordhwa danta pankti (Upper teeth)
Samhara/
Samkrura
Narayani
34.
Pancha sagara
(Maharashtra)
Adho danta pankti (base Teeth)
Maha rudra
Varahi
35.
Kara toya tata
(Bangladesh)
Vama talpa (North )
Vamana
Aparna
36.
Sri parvata
(Andhra pradesh)
Dakshina talpa (Right )
Sundarananda
Sundari
37.
Vibhasa
(West bengal)
Vama gulpha (Left ankle)
Sarvananda
Kapali/
Bhima rupa
38.
Prabhasa
(Gujarat)
Udara (Belly/stomach/abdominon)
Vakra tunda
Chandra bhaga
39.
Bhirava parvata
(Madhya pradesh)
Oordhvoshta (upper lips)
Lamba karna
Avanti
40.
Jana sthana
(Maharashtra)
Chibuka (Chin)
Vikritaksha
Bhramari
41.
Godavari teetra
(Andhra pradesh)
Vama ganda (Left Cheek)
Danda pani/
Vatsa nabha
Vishwa matrika/
Rakini
42.
Ratnavali
(West bengal)
Dakshina skandha (Right shoulder)
Shiva
Kumari
43.
Mithila
(Nepal)
Vama skandha (North Shoulder)
Mahodara
Uma devi/
Maha devi
44.
Nalahati
(West bengal)
Nala (Vocal chord with part of the tracheae)
Yogeeshwara
Kali
45.
Karnata
(Karnataka)
Karna (ear)
Abhiru
Jaya durga
46.
Vakreshwara
(West bengal)
Manas (Heart)
Vakra natha
Mahisha mardini
47.
Yashora
(Bangla desh)
Vama hasta ( Left Hand)
Chanda
Yashoreshwari
48.
Attahasa
(West bengal)
Adharoshta(lower lips)
Vishweshwara
Pullara
49.
Nandi pura
(West bengal)
Kantha hara (Neck lace)
Nandikeshwara
Nandini
50.
Lanka
(Sri lanka)
Nupura (Anklet)
Rakshaseshwara
Indrakshi
51.-
Virata
(Rajasthan)
Vama padanguli (Left Toe)
Amrita
Ambika
52.?
Magadha
(Bihar)
Dakshina jangha (Right Thigh)
Vyoma kesha
Sarvanandakari