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HAppy HOLI !

One of the major festivals of India, Holi is celebrated with enthusiasm and gaiety on the full moon day in the month of Phalgun which is the month of March as per the Gregorian calendar.

Holi festival may be celebrated with various names and people of different states might be following different traditions. But, what makes Holi so unique and special is the spirit of it which remains the same throughout the country and even across the globe, wherever it is celebrated.

Holi festival has an ancient origin and celebrates the triumph of ‘good’ over ‘bad’. The colorful festival bridges the social gap and renew sweet relationships.    Happy Holi!!

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Holi HAI!

According to mythological records, it is said that Mathura is actually the birth place of Lord Krishna, whereas Vrindavan is the place where he spent the early days of his childhood and left behind tales of mysticism and divinity. This explains the enigma of Mathura Vrindavan, where one can still feel the divine presence of the Lord. This is the place where Lord Krishna introduced the modern form of Holi. This is the reason that Holi is celebrated with great zeal here.

This legend is wonderfully brought alive each year all over India, particularly in Mathura, Vrindavan, Barsana and Nandgaon-the places associated with Krishna and Radha.

In fact, the entire country gets drenched in the colour waters when it is time for Holi and celebrate the immortal love of Krishna and Radha.

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Garuda: The Embodiment Of Strength and Service!!

Location: Tirupathi,India

Garuda is popularly known as the vahana or vehicle of Vishnu. In this form he can be found in every South Indian temple dedicated to Vishnu and even in the temples of South-East Asia. However, his stature is far greater than this apparent submissiveness. Garuda and Hanuman are the strongest of the strong powers in the universe. Even Shiva and Vishnu would find it hard to match strength and abilities with them. Both these great beings, Garuda and Hanuman, have dedicated their lives to service instead of using their powers to rule over the cosmos. Garuda’s reward is immortality and a stature that is, literally, always above Vishnu.

The commonly accepted Garuda story in India is as follows. The great rishi Kashyapa was the progenitor of most life forms on the planet. This happened because  the creator god, gave him thirteen wives who were only partly human and retained many aspects of their origins from vegetation and animals. In the early days of creation. Kashyapa was a good husband but he was essentially a spiritual person. He used to retire occasionally from this excess of connubial bliss and domestic felicity to recoup his powers with meditation and tapasya. Such absences left the field open for his wives to engage in bitter conflicts with each other.

Of all the malicious strife, none was as bad as the one between Kadru, the serpent mother and Vinata, mother of our hero. Kadru was the senior wife, a socially and culturally advantageous position, and she spitefully exploited it to vex Vinata. When their oblivious husband asked them to choose a boon as to the types of children they wanted, Kadru asked for a hundred mighty serpents to be born to her. Vinata saw her chance and asked for only two sons, but they were each to be superior to the sons of Kadru. Naturally, matters only deteriorated after thisIn time, Kadru brought forth a hundred eggs from which would hatch a race of Nagas, Man-serpents. Vinata had only two eggs to console her and they seemed to be endlessly incubating. Thoughtlessly she broke open the shell of one of them and a furious divine being emerged, who had been formed only up to his waist.

He cursed his mother into slavery for so deforming him, but modified the curse so that his younger brother would redeem her. He then rose up into the sky to become Arun, the charioteer of the Sun God.  So bright was the blaze coming off him that the gods were afraid that Agni, god of fire, had decided to burn up the universe. He had the head, wings, beak and talons of an eagle, but the body of a man. His face was white, with red wings and a golden body. Since he was the son of the great sage, his wings had a peculiar quality in that every time they moved, verses from the Holy Vedas would be heard. The very presence of Garuda was thus a blessing and benediction. His immense powers were also a gift conferred upon Kashyapa by the Valkhilya rishis, supernatural beings of miniscule size but immense spiritual accomplishments.

Indra, King of the Gods, had made the mistake of laughing at them, and they set about using their powers to create a being greater than Indra, capable of going anywhere at will, mustering any measure of strength and assuming any form at will.

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Wishing All a Happy Shivratri:

Location: Haridwar, Uttarakhand India

Shiva is referred to as ‘the good one’ or the ‘auspicious one’. Shiva – Rudra is considered to be the destroyer of evil and sorrow. Shiva – Shankara is the doer of good. Shiva is ‘tri netra’ or three eyed, and is ‘neela kantha’ –  blue necked (having consumed poison to save the world from destruction. Shiva – Nataraja is the Divine Cosmic Dancer.

He is both static and dynamic and is both creator and destroyer. He is the oldest and the youngest, he is the eternal youth as well as the infant. He is the source of fertility in all living beings. He has gentle as well as fierce forms. Shiva is the greatest of renouncers as well as the ideal lover. He destroyes evil and protects good. He bestows prosperity on worshipers although he is austere. He is omnipresent and resides in everyone as pure consciousness.

Om Namah Shivaya:

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{{Om Shiva}}

Shivalingam denotes the primeval energy of the Creator.It is believed that at the end of all creation, during the great deluge, all of the different aspects of God find a resting place in the Lingam; Bhrama is absorbed into the right, Vishnu to the left and Gayatri into the heart. The Shivalingam is also a representation of the infinite Cosmic Column of fire.

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Beyond Relationships and Community..
Seek The SHIVA Within:
While the ultimate result of any truly spiritual path is the negation of the individual ego-self, one cannot begin on one’s own personal path of spiritual realization unless one establishes his/her individuality. That means freeing oneself from the demands of organized religions, creeds, socially accepted beliefs, the dictates of any prophet. All of these characteristics of religious participation establish only the group-identity, the body of like-minded believers. People can spend an entire lifetime following the teachings and beliefs of others, without ever finding the path that is right for them personally…

OM Namah Shivaya:

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Kanyakumari, India

Picture Taken: Kanyakumari ,India

Kanniyakumari is a town on the southern most tip of the main land of India, in the state of Tamil Nadu. It is also known as Cape Comorin.

India is  one of those privileged lands which have high mountains on one side and oceans and sea shores on the others. India is also one of those rare countries that have their shores shared between not one, not two, but three great seas – The Bay of Bengal, the Arabian Sea, and the Indian Ocean. And there is probably only one place in the whole world where one can witness the ‘confluence’ of three great seas; and that place is Kanyakumari. This unique geographical phenomenon has made this little town in the southern most tip of mainland India one of the significant destinations in any religious or pleasure trips that one seeks to undertake in this country. where the fame of Kanyakumari has in the past attracted great saints like Swami Vivekananda and Mahatma Gandhi. There is beauty in every part of this little town and one has to be there to witness it. Moreover, Kanyakumari is one of the few places in the world where one can witness both the sunset and sunrise at the same beach due to the geography.

-Source:Wikitravel

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The WEB..

Nature’s DANCE is a celebration of LIFE XPRESSING itself!

WISHING YOU ALL A HAPPY NEW YEAR..Progressing towards Love and LIGHT!

{{{OM  NAM :AH  SHIVA YA}}}

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Docked Boat ,kerala India

Picture Taken : Kerala,India

A boat made by tying together pieces of wood.  Jack wood planks are joined together with coir rope and then coated with black resin made from boiled cashew nut shells. The materials that go into the making are all local and Eco friendly bamboo poles, coconut fiber ropes.

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Backwaters , Kerala India

Picture Taken : Kerala,India

The serenity and calm of Kerala backwaters . The sense of ethereal peace felt in the tranquil backwaters of Kerala has to be experienced to be truly appreciated.

Complete PEACE of MIND, BODY and SOUL!!

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Houseboats & Backwaters.. Kerala India

Picture Taken : Kerala,India

Kerala is the Southern State of India. It has an area of 15,005 square miles (38,863 square kilometres), only about 1 percent of the total area of the country.

Houseboat (Kettuvallam) is a kind of house boat in Kerala, India. Kettuvallam literally means “bundle” or “package” boat ( Kettu means tied with ropes, and vallam means boat – Malayalam language). A house boat is about 60 to 70 feet in length and has a width of around 15 feet in the middle. The boat is made of wooden planks joined and stiched together using coconut fiber ropes.Usually the wood used will be ‘Anjili’, The roof covering is made of bamboo poles and palm leaves. The outside of the boat is painted using cashew nut oil, which acts asa protective coating. During the time when road and rail transportation was expensive or unavailable, traders used Kettuvallam as a form of main transportation in the inland waterways. The boats had enough facilities for cooking and sleeping for the boatmen. Sometimes boatmen’s families also accompanied them.

Houseboats are renovated forms of original Kettuvallams. The modern type House Boat like these  have all the creative comforts like a Hotel ie well-furnished bedrooms, modern hygienic toilets, cozy living rooms, dining area, beautiful kitchen and in some cases even a balcony for angling. Most of the Houseboats are powered by remarkably unobtrusive inboard diesel engines and use solar energy for power requirements.

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Watching the sun go down

Picture Taken: Vagator Beach Goa, India

Some times watching the sun go down can be such a timeless experience.. some thing we take for granted stuck in our daily troubled lives , pretending busy caught up with so many things..thats when we realize every thing around you is happening for you..Stoping by to slow down and pause your mind can be very relaxing..


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A visionary to the past ,Hampi, Karnataka India

Picture Taken: Hampi, Karnataka, India

An opportunity to glimpse into the unseen world of one’s own spiritual field of consciousness

Vibrant paintings on the ceiling portraying the marriages of Virupaksha and Pampa and Rama and Sita, as well as some scenes of Shiva. These were painted during the 19th century renovation of the building – though some scholars do speculate that they may have replaced paintings originally done during the Vijayanagara period.

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ॐExperience The Kundalini Risingॐ

Picture Taken: Vagator Beach Goa, India

I bow to the vibrant source of my innermost bliss.

“Kundalini’ literally means coiling, like a snake. It refers to the sense of untapped potential energy. Perhaps more meaningfully kundalini can be described as a great reservoir of creative energy at the base of the spine. Kundalini energy is the very foundation of our consciousness so that when kundalini moves through our bodies our consciousness necessarily changes with it.

Kundalini is a psycho-spiritual energy, the energy of the consciousness, which is thought to reside within the sleeping body, and is aroused either through spiritual discipline or spontaneously to bring new states of consciousness, including mystical illumination. Kundalini is Sanskrit for “snake” or “serpent power,” so-called because it is believed to lie like a serpent in the root chakra at the base of the spine. In Tantra Yoga kundalini is an aspect of Shakti, the divine female energy and consort of Shiva.

The power of kundalini is said to be enormous. Those having experienced it claim it to be indescribable. The phenomena associated with it varies from bizarre physical sensations and movements, pain, clairaudience, visions, brilliant lights, superlucidity, psychical powers, ecstasy, bliss, and transcendence of self. Kundalini has been described as liquid fire and liquid light.

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River Pampa and Pampapati

Picture Taken: Hampi, Karnataka, India

The ancient name of the river was Pampa. According to the legends, Pampa, the daughter of Brahma (the God of creation) did penance to please Lord Shiva. Impressed by her devotion Shiva married her and taken the name Pampapati (means husband of Pampa). The name Hampi has origin in Pampa. On the banks if the river, there are numerous shrines and idols associated with the worship of Lord Shiva

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Rowing down Rishimukh parvath,Hampi India

Picture Taken: Hampi, Karnataka, India

Rishimukh Hill and it’s environs fall within the traditionally laidback scene of Hampi. A few lodges and some seasonal restaurants are located nearby. Otherwise the main attraction of Rishimukh is the Chandramouliswara Temple that’s undergoing a vigorous restoration work. Also this is a vantage point to see the ruins of the ancient bridge built across the river. Close to this temple is an Ashram (hermitage) from where you can hear practically nonstop chanting of the sacred texts.

 

 

 

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Sadho re, yae murdon ka gawo!!!!!!

Sadho re, this is a village of the dead.

The holy men have died,
Dead are the living mendicants,
The ruler is dead, so are the ruled,
Dead are both the physician and the patients.

The moon is dead, so is the sun,
Dead is the entire sky,
Rulers of all lands are dead,
What hopes from these dead can one have?

The names live on till eternity,
Nothing else lives on,
Says Kabir, listen o’ brother,
Don’t search in vain, anyone. — Agni The Band

Picture Taken: Hampi, Karnataka, India

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An after life story still told,Hampi, India

After seeing its golden reign during King Krishna Deva Raya (AD 1509 – 1529), Hampi fell down to the attacks of the five Sultans of Deccan – Bidar, Bijapur, Golconda, Ahmednagar and Berar in the year 1565. The city was looted for a period of 6 months. The temples were destroyed and the markets were plundered. The golden empire had come to an end.

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Stone chariot,Hampi, India

Location: Vittala Temple ,Hampi

The stone chariot in this temple is of great fame. Its stone wheels, each shaped in the form of a lotus, are capable of revolving. It represents the sprakling creativity of the artistes of the fifteenth century. Temple chariots are often mobile reproductions of a temple. The stone chariot here is in turn a static version of the mobile temple chariot.

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Avatar of Lord Vishnu
This is the largest statue in Hampi. Narasimha is sitting on the coil of a giant seven-headed snake called Sesha. The heads of the snake acts as the hood above his head. The god sits in a cross-legged Yoga position with a belt supporting the knees. Sometimes this is referred as Ugra Narasimha (i.e. Narasimha in its terrifying form). The protruding eyes and the facial expression are the basis for this name.Narasimha (means half-man’half-lion in local the languages) is on of the ten incarnations (avatar) of Lord Vishnu. The original statue contained the image of goddess Lakshmi, consort of the god, sitting on his lap. But this statue has been damaged seriously during the raid leading to the fall of Vijayanagara. Even the damaged portion of such a large statue of Lakshmi carved on his lap is missing. Probably it may be laying around in tiny pieces. But the goddess’s hand is visible resting on his back in embracing posture. If you get a chance to go inside this enclosure, it is possible to see the hand of the goddess. Even the nails & the rings on her fingers are so perfectly executed.
Somehow this single statue alone can demonstrate at the same time how creative and destructive the human mind can be.

Location: Hampi,  India

This is the largest statue in Hampi. Narasimha is sitting on the coil of a giant seven-headed snake called Sesha. The heads of the snake acts as the hood above his head. The god sits in a cross-legged Yoga position with a belt supporting the knees. Sometimes this is referred as Ugra Narasimha (i.e. Narasimha in its terrifying form). The protruding eyes and the facial expression are the basis for this name.Narasimha (means half-man’half-lion in local the languages) is on of the ten incarnations (avatar) of Lord Vishnu. The original statue contained the image of goddess Lakshmi, consort of the god, sitting on his lap. But this statue has been damaged seriously during the raid leading to the fall of Vijayanagara. Even the damaged portion of such a large statue of Lakshmi carved on his lap is missing. Probably it may be laying around in tiny pieces. But the goddess’s hand is visible resting on his back in embracing posture. If you get a chance to go inside this enclosure, it is possible to see the hand of the goddess. Even the nails & the rings on her fingers are so perfectly executed.

Somehow this single statue alone can demonstrate at the same time how creative and destructive the human mind can be.

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Virupaksha Temple ,Hampi, Karnataka India

Virupaksha Temple is located in Hampi 350 km from Bangalore, in the state of Karnataka in southern India.

Hampi sits on the banks of the Tungabhadra River in the ruins of the ancient city of Vijayanagar, capital of the Vijayanagara empire. Virupaksha Temple is the main center of pilgrimage at Hampi and has been considered the most sacred over the centuries. It is fully intact among the surrounding ruins and is still used in worship. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, known here as Virupaksha, as the consort of the local goddess Pampa who is associated with the Tungabhadra River.

Source :Wikipedia

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May Peace Prevail!  Om Shanti!
Let there be peace in the heavens, the Earth, the atmosphere, the water, the herbs, the vegetation, among the divine beings and in Brahman, the absolute reality. Let everything be at peace and in peace. Only then will we find peace.In some spiritual traditions this type of spiritual communication is known by words such as visualize, craft, spell, meditate, affirm or bless.There is no wrong way to pray for peace. Our intention is to engage the Divine within and without for the purpose of peace; peace for the individual,the family, the countries of the world, indeed,for all life.Prayer beads as a devotional tool are universal.The English word bead is derived from the Anglo-Saxon “bidden” (to pray) and “bede” (prayer). The use of beads to support prayer appears to have originated with the Hindus in India.
Let there be peace in the heavens, the Earth, the atmosphere, the water, the herbs, the vegetation, among the divine beings and in Brahman, the absolute reality.
Prayer beads as a devotional tool are universal.The English word bead is derived from the Anglo-Saxon “bidden” (to pray) and “bede” (prayer). The use of beads to support prayer  originated with the Hindus in India.
Today, two-thirds of the world’s population utilizes some form of prayer beads. The circular form of prayer beads has different levels of religious and psychological meanings.
In meditation, the circle draws the mind into contemplation: one uses prayer beads, ringing oneself in, thus concentrating energy. The Peace Beads are modeled on Hindu and Buddhist malas and mantra meditation. A mala usually has 108 beads or a division thereof; 54 or 27. The number 108 has ancient mystical significance in these systems.

 

Location: Tirupathi,India

Let there be peace in the heavens, the Earth, the atmosphere, the water, the herbs, the vegetation, among the divine beings and in Brahman, the absolute reality. Let everything be at peace and in peace. Only then will we find peace.In some spiritual traditions this type of spiritual communication is known by words such as visualize, craft, spell, meditate, affirm or bless.

Prayer beads as a devotional tool are universal.The English word bead is derived from the Anglo-Saxon “bidden” (to pray) and “bede” (prayer). The use of beads to support prayer  originated with the Hindus in India.

Today, two-thirds of the world’s population utilizes some form of prayer beads. The circular form of prayer beads has different levels of religious and psychological meanings.

In meditation, the circle draws the mind into contemplation: one uses prayer beads, ringing oneself in, thus concentrating energy. The Peace Beads are modeled on Hindu and Buddhist malas and mantra meditation. A mala usually has 108 beads or a division thereof; 54 or 27. The number 108 has ancient mystical significance in these systems.

Significance of Number 108.

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The Prayer Wheel : Spiritual Technology
Tibetan prayer wheels (called Mani wheels by the Tibetans) are devices for
spreading spiritual blessings and well being. Rolls of thin paper, imprinted with many, many copies of the mantra (prayer) Om Mani Padme Hum, printed in an ancient Indian script or in Tibetan script, are wound around an axle in a protective container, and spun around and around. Typically, larger decorative versions of the syllables of the mantra are also carved on the outside cover of the wheel.
Tibetan Buddhists believe that saying this mantra, out loud or silently to
oneself, invokes the powerful benevolent attention and blessings of Chenrezig, the embodiment of compassion.
Viewing a written copy of the mantra is said to have the same effect — and the mantra is carved into stones left in piles near paths where travelers will see them. Spinning the written form of the mantra around in a Mani wheel is also supposed to have the same effect; the more copies of the mantra, the more the benefit.

Location :Manali,Himachal Pradesh

Tibetan prayer wheels (called Mani wheels by the Tibetans) are devices for spreading spiritual blessings and well being. Rolls of thin paper, imprinted with many, many copies of the mantra (prayer) Om Mani Padme Hum, printed in an ancient Indian script or in Tibetan script, are wound around an axle in a protective container, and spun around and around. Typically, larger decorative versions of the syllables of the mantra are also carved on the outside cover of the wheel.

Tibetan Buddhists believe that saying this mantra, out loud or silently to oneself, invokes the powerful benevolent attention and blessings of Chenrezig, the embodiment of compassion.

Viewing a written copy of the mantra is said to have the same effect — and the mantra is carved into stones left in piles near paths where travelers will see them. Spinning the written form of the mantra around in a Mani wheel is also supposed to have the same effect; the more copies of the mantra, the more the benefit.

‘Om Mani Padme Hum’ in Sanskrit or ‘Om Mani Peme Hung’ as in Tibetan Buddhism is known to contain the essence of all of Buddha’s teachings in this magical six syllable mantra of the bodhisattva of compassion, Avalokiteshvara .

OM MANI PADME HUM purifies us at 3 levels Mind, Body & Speech and in this way liberates us from all negative karma. This Mantra is popularly known as ” The Jewel in the Lotus ” or ” The Diamond in the Lotus ” ( “mani” means Diamond , a precious jewel and Padma means Lotus flower which is the spiritual symbol of consciousness )

OM MANI PADME HUM

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Diwali: Light the Lamp of Wisdom

Diwali or Deepavali is amongst the most celebrated Indian festivals. The word Deepavali originates from two Sanskrit words ‘ Deepa ‘ which means ‘light’ and ‘ Avali ‘ which means ‘a row’. This is why Deepavali is called ‘the festival of lights’.

Each one of us has positive and negative tendencies. When we identify with the good in us, work towards something beyond our selfish interests the lower, negative tendencies fade away. Our desires get sublimated and through constant sadhana (spiritual practice) we overcome our ego and desires. The darkness of ego and desire are banished, replaced by the light of wisdom. Knowledge that we are not incomplete and limited as we think ourselves to be. But that we are that Divine Self that is free and independent of the entire world has to offer.

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Location: Chirala Andra Pradesh,India

What is it to be a child? It is to look out at the world and see it as a series of great, dancing, phantasmagorical, kaleidoscopic magical vistas, all of which exist prior to the adult-erated compartmentalization and stultification of the singular, bewildering show.

“The more you know, the more you feel how ignorant you are.

And those who are really wise, they become ignorant.

They become as simple as children or as simple as idiots.”

-Osho

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Mahout and his Elephant!

Location : Bandipur Forest,India

Usually, a mahout starts as a boy in the ‘family business’ when he is assigned an elephant early in its life and they would be attached to each other throughout the elephant’s life.

The most common tool used by mahouts is a goad called anlius, or ankusha – a sharp hook used to guide a tamed elephant by prodding on the back of its head.

Sanskrit language distinguishes three types: Reghawaan, who use love to control their elephants, Yuktimaan, who use ingenuity to outsmart them and Balwaan, those who control elephants with strength and cruelty.

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Awakening of Durga..
Durga Puja is to Bengal what Ganesh Chaturthi is to Maharashtra in India – an occasion to celebrate, worship, bond together, to get festive, to exhibit one’s artistic abilities, and all in the name of the Divine Mother.
Relating to God as Mother forges a personalised relationship, strengthening the bond between bhakta and bhagvan, as between a child and mother. Celebrated as Navratri in other parts of India, these nine nights are devoted to the worship of the Divine Mother – some do it through dancing the Garba or Dandiya Raas as in Gujarat, and some do it through austerities and fasting.
Also , Mother Kundalini, the Divine Cosmic Energy that is hidden in Us ! As t Kali, Durga,Adisakti, Rajarajeswari, Tripurasundari, Maha-Lakshmi, Maha-Sarasvati! We Give  all these names and forms. Which is manifested as Prana, electricity, force, magnetism, cohesion, gravitation in this universe. This whole universe rests in Thy bosom. Crores of salutations unto thee.
O Mother of this world! Lead me on to open the Sushumna Nadi and take me along the Chakras to Sahasrara Chakra and to merge myself in Thee and Thy consort, Lord Siva.
Read more here: » Kundalini Yoga: Preface to Kundalini Yoga by Sri Swami Sivananda

Location : kalibari,hyderabad,India

Durga Puja is to Bengal what Ganesh Chaturthi is to Maharashtra in India – an occasion to celebrate, worship, bond together, to get festive, to exhibit one’s artistic abilities, and all in the name of the Divine Mother.

Relating to God as Mother forges a personalised relationship, strengthening the bond between bhakta and bhagvan, as between a child and mother. Celebrated as Navratri in other parts of India, these nine nights are devoted to the worship of the Divine Mother – some do it through dancing the Garba or Dandiya Raas as in Gujarat, and some do it through austerities and fasting.

Also , Mother Kundalini, the Divine Cosmic Energy that is hidden in Us ! As the Kali, Durga,Adisakti, Rajarajeswari, Tripurasundari, Maha-Lakshmi, Maha-Sarasvati! We Give  all these names and forms. Which is manifested as Prana, electricity, force, magnetism, cohesion, gravitation in this universe. This whole universe rests in Thy bosom. Crores of salutations unto thee.

O Mother of this world! Lead me on to open the Sushumna Nadi and take me along the Chakras to Sahasrara Chakra and to merge myself in Thee and Thy consort of Lord Siva.

Read more here: » Kundalini Yoga: Preface to Kundalini Yoga by Sri Swami Sivananda

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Tuskarr….

Location : Bandipur Forest,India

A tusker is an elephant that wear tusks. All African elephants, of both sexes, are tusksers. In India (before the poaching during the seventies) about 50% were tusker´s, the others are refered to as Maknas.

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A Depiction Of Kali…The Dark Mother!

Picture Taken : Hyderabad,India

Kali (Sanskrit: काली,Kālī), also known as Kalika (Bengali: কালিকা, Kālikā), is a Hindu goddess associated with eternal energy. The name Kali means “black”, but has by folk etymology come to mean “force of time (kala)”. Despite her negative connotations, she is today considered the goddess of time and change. Although sometimes presented as dark and violent, her earliest incarnation as a figure of annihilation still has some influence. More complex Tantric beliefs sometimes extend her role so far as to be the “ultimate reality” or Brahman. She is also revered as Bhavatarini (literally “redeemer of the universe”). Comparatively recent devotional movements largely conceive Kali as a benevolent mother goddess.

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Gan::esha! God of planet Jupiter!

Ganesha’s head symbolizes the Atman or the soul, which is the ultimate supreme reality of human existence, and his human body signifiesMaya or the earthly existence of human beings. The elephant head denotes wisdom and its trunk represents Om, the sound symbol of cosmic reality. In his upper right hand Ganesha holds a goad, which helps him propel mankind forward on the eternal path and remove obstacles from the way. The noose in Ganesha’s left hand is a gentle implement to capture all difficulties.

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Age of Kali!

Kali’s four arms represent the complete cycle of Creation/ Destruction/ Creation/Destruction, contained within her. She represents the creative and destructive rhythms of the cosmos. Her sword is the sword of knowledge, that slices through ignorance and destroys false consciousness. She is said to open the gates of freedom with this sword, having cut the bonds that bind human beings.

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Festival..of Power..

 

Bonalu ( Telugu: బోనాలు ) is a Hindu festival for the Goddess of power, Mahakali or Kali, celebrated in Hyderabad,Secunderabad and parts of Telangana and Rayalaseema in India.[1] It is celebrated in the month of Ashada masam, in July/August. Special poojas are performed for Yellamma on the first and last day of the festival. The festival is also considered a thanksgiving to the Goddess for fulfillment of vows.
Bonam means Bojanaalu or a meal in Telugu, is an offering to the Goddess. Women bring cooked rice with milk, sugarsometimes onions in a brass or earthen pot, adorned with small neem branches and turmeric, vermilion (kunkum) or Kadi (white chalk) and a lamp on the top. Women place the pots on their heads and take it to Goddess temple, led by drummers and dancing men.
Goddess temples have names such as Mysamma, Pochamma, Yellamma, Pedamma, Dokkalamma, Ankalamma,Poleramma, Maremma, Pochamme, Maramma, Yellammma etc. and are decorated with special illumination buntings and festoons.

Bonalu ( Telugu: బోనాలు ) is a festival for the Goddess of power, Mahakali or Kali, celebrated in Hyderabad,Secunderabad and parts of Telangana and Rayalaseema in India.[1] It is celebrated in the month of Ashada masam, in July/August. Special poojas are performed for Yellamma on the first and last day of the festival. The festival is also considered a thanksgiving to the Goddess for fulfillment of vows. Bonam means Bojanaalu or a meal in Telugu, is an offering to the Goddess. Women bring cooked rice with milk, sugarsometimes onions in a brass or earthen pot, adorned with small neem branches and turmeric, vermilion (kunkum) or Kadi (white chalk) and a lamp on the top. Women place the pots on their heads and take it to Goddess temple, led by drummers and dancing men. Goddess temples have names such as Mysamma, Pochamma, Yellamma, Pedamma, Dokkalamma, Ankalamma,Poleramma, Maremma, Pochamme, Maramma, Yellammma etc. and are decorated with special illumination buntings and festoons.

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Face your fears!

Kali (pronounced kah’lee), the Hindu triple Goddess of creation, preservation, and destruction is the animating force of Shiva, the destroyer (lord of the Dance). She is the insatiable hunger of time that births then devours. Skulls, cemeteries, and blood are all associated with her worship. Kali‘s energy is uncontrollable. After killing two demons, she got drunk on their blood and began dancing on their dead flesh. She danced herself into a frenzy until she realized she almost danced Shiva to death.

The Lessons of this Goddess

Kali has begun her dance in your life to tell you it is time to face your fears. All that is lurking ominously, eithre buried deep in your inner darkness or close by, needs to be stared in the eye and brought into the light of consciousness. Are you fears serving you by warning you about dangerous places, things, or people? Or do your fears prevent you from dancing your dance, living your life, creating with Creation? The Goddess comes to tell you that your dance is needed as part of the whole Dance of Creation. Wholeness is nurtured when you reclaim the pieces of yourself that you’ve given over to fear. Most fears are formless. By naming and witnessing the fear, you gain power. Wholeness is created when you learn to acknowledge your fears and walk through them.

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Tomb of Muhammad Qutb Shah in Hyderabad, India.

The famous tombs of the seven Qutub Shahi rulers in the Ibrahim Bagh are located close to the famous Golkonda Fort.

The domes were originally overlaid with blue and green tiles, of which only a few pieces now remain.
The tombs are domed structures built on a square base surrounded by pointed arches.

The mausoleums of the Sultans of Golkonda, the founding rulers of Hyderabad are truly magnificent monuments that have stood the test of time and braved the elements. They lie about a kilometre north of the outer perimeter wall of Golkonda Fort’s Banjara Darwaza amidst the Ibrahim Bagh. The tombs form a large cluster and stand on a raised platform. They display a distinctive style, a mixture of Persian, Pathan and Hindu forms. The tombs are graceful structures with intricately carved stonework and are surrounded by landscaped gardens.

The tombs were once furnished with carpets, chandeliers and velvet canopies on silver poles. Qurans were kept on supports and readers recited verses from the holy book at regular intervals. Golden spires were fitted over the tombs of the Sultans to distinguish their tombs from those of other members of the royal family.

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Pyramid Of Faith!

Maitreya-Buddha Pyramid, is the World’s Largest Pyramid built solely for practicing intensive meditation. It has a base area of 160ft. x 160ft. and is as tall as a ten stroreyed building at 104ft. height. The exterior surface of the Pyramid is covered by beautiful murals depicting various elements of nature.

This Pyramid is constructed on the principles of Giza Pyramid, oriented exactly in the North – South direction, having the golden angle of inclination at 52° 51’ on all sides and the King’s Chamber located at the center to 1/3rd the height of the Pyramid.

Over 640 natural Himalayan crystals are fitted inside the Pyramid meditation hall to amplify the Pyramid energy and help in more profound meditational experiences.

Pyramid Power

Pyramids are store-houses of energy. Their geometric design collects, radiates, and stores Cosmic Energy. Pyramids help to reduce the level of stress and tension in the physical body.

Meditation done inside a pyramid or underneath a Pyramid is called Pyramid Meditation and it is thrice more powerful. Most people who have experimented with Pyramid Meditation, describe as experiencing a total relaxation of their body, shutting out of irrelevant thoughts and finally achieving an altered state of consciousness.

Location: Pyramid Valley,Kanakapura Road, Bangalore, Karnataka, India

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Colors Of Faith!

Colors in your environment affect your chemical balance, causing some pretty strong physical phenomenon. Reds and oranges for instance affect your sense of time and such a waiting room at the doctors or dentists can make your wait seem interminable. A blue or green waiting room will do the opposite.Reds and oranges affect the adrenal system, pushing increased energy into your system. In a cascade effect, other related systems may be activated such as the immune system, vascular pulmonary, or sexual systems.Greens and blues soothe and allow the time sense to be accelerated so that time seems to go faster and a wait appears shorter than with a red surrounding. Blues and greens trigger the endocrine system and a set of neurotransmitters are produced which calm and inspire a slower gentler spirituality than red.

According to Albert Einstein, different colors represent differing energies of the field of relativity. Colors are a universal language and each human relates quickly to each other through use of colors. Colors reach a direct response from our brain circuits, not only the lower circuits but very strongly from the higher brain circuits also. Compilations of names indicate there are more than 7,500 names of colors and scientists have shown that the human eye can discern as many as 15,000,000 different colors.

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Neelkanth at Sunrise..

Neelkanth is a pyramidical-shaped snowy peak towering above Badrinath and is known as the ‘Garhwal Queen’. The Mata Murti temple stands on the right bank of the Alakhnanda River. It is dedicated to the mother of Shri Badrinathji. Mana Village nearby, is the last village before Tibet on this route. The Vyas Gufa is the rock cave of Saint Ved Vyas. The Bhim Pul is a natural bridge over the Saraswati River.

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Shri Badrinath Temple!

The Abode Of Lord Vishnu
Cradled in the twin mountain ranges of Nar and Narayan is the holiest of the four main shrines, Badrinath along the left bank river Alaknanda. With the splendid Neelkanth mountains as the backdrop, it is an important destination on the scared itinerary of every devour Hindu. Once the spot was carpeted with ‘badris’ or wild berries and hence was famous as ‘Badri Van’.

Badrinath is considered the holiest of the four important shrines in Garhwal. The town is at an altitude of 3,133 m. above sea level, situated on the left bank of river Alaknanda and exactly between the two mountains Nara and Narayan. The shrine is dedicated to Vishnu, the preserver and falls in the religious itinerary of every devout Hindu.

The present temple was built about two centuries ago by Garhwal Kings. It is a conical structure, 15 m. tall and has small cupola of a gilt bull and spire. There are 15 idols in the temple complex, each sculpted in black stone. The principal idol represents Vishnu in a meditative posture and is flanked by Nara-Narayan. Legend dates it prior to the Vedic age though it is believed to have been re-established by Adi Shankaracharya, an important Hindu saint in 8th century A.D. Some of the other images include Laxmi (Vishnu’s consort), Garud (Vishnu’s mount), Shiva & Parvati and Ganesha.

The temple has been renovated several times due to damages by avalanches. It looks fairly modern now due to the colourful “Singh Dwara” or the main entrance gate. It has three parts- Garbha Griha (the sanctum sanctorum), Darshan Mandap (for pujas) and Shobha Mandap (for devotees to assemble). The revered shrine is still alive with myriad legends from mythology. Its sanctity is emphasised in the ancient scriptures as “There are many sacred spots of pilgrimage in the heavens, earth and the nether world, but there has been none equal to Badri, nor shall there be”.

Best Time to visit: The ideal time or peak season to go for a Char Dham Yatra is from May to October, except monsoons. This is because; all the four sacred sites are perched in Garhwal Himalayas, which is prone to heavy snowfall. As a result, all the passage leading to the shrines are blocked. Moreover, during the monsoon season, there is undue threat of having landslides, which can further disrupt the journey. For safety reasons, the gates of the temples are also closed for this period of time and the idols are shifted to nearby pilgrim points.

Accessibility

  • Airport
    Jolly Grant (317 kms.)
  • Railhead
    Rishikesh (300 kms.), Kotdwar (327 kms.)
  • Road
    Well connected to Rishikesh, Haridwar, Dehradun, Kotdwar and other hill stations of Garhwal and Kumaon region
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Neelkanth Parvath….On a Full Moon resembles a YOgi..

If you Look Closely. You will find a Face. A Face of a YOgi..! This picture was taken on a Full moon night. Almost makes you feel like a Sage..Looking down at The Badrinath Dham….

Apparently there is a Vyasa Gufa (Cave) of the Saint Ved Vyas , If You Look closely at this picture u may just see Saint Veda Vyas 🙂

About Saint Ved Vyas:
Hindus traditionally hold that Vyasa categorised the primordial single Veda into four. Hence he was called Veda Vyasa, or “Splitter of the Vedas,” the splitting being a feat that allowed people to understand the divine knowledge of the Veda. The word vyasa means split, differentiate, or describe.It has been debated whether Vyasa was a single person or a class of scholars who did the splitting.