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LORD DHANVANTHRI - THE  DIVINE DOCTOR
The word dhanus is only indicative (upalakshna). It denotes the science of surgery. The one who has seen the end (anta) of it is DHANVANTARI.
Commonly worshipped as the Hindu God of Medicine, the Master of Universal Knowledge, Physician of Gods and the Guardian Deity of Hospitals, DHANVANTARI is regarded as the original exponent of Indian medical tradition called AYURVEDA, the ‘eternal science of life.’
HISTORY
Lord Dhanvantari the father of Ayurvedha, is known as such , since he was the first divine incarnation to impart its wisdom amongst humans. He first appeared during the great churning of the cosmic ocean of milk (Samudra manthan) to deliver amrit (ambrosia, or Divine nectar) to the demigods.
The churning of the ocean of milk is a famous episode in the Puranas that represents the spiritual endeavor of a person to achieve Self-realization through concentration of mind, withdrawal of the senses, control of all desires, austerities and asceticism. It is celebrated in India every twelve years in the holy festival known as Kumbha Mela.
Om Namo Narayana !
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2014-08-07
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CHIDAMBARAM TEMPLE – A SPIRITUAL MARVEL
In South India, five temples were built for each of the five elements – Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Space. These are the Pancha Bhuta Sthalas. Geographically, they are all within the Deccan Plateau – four in Tamil Nadu and one in Andhra Pradesh. The temple for water is in Thiruvanaikaval, fire is Thiruvannamalai, Kalahasti is air and Kanchipuram is earth. The temple for space is in Chidambaram.
Nataraja – The Lord of Dance

At the Chidambaram temple, there is the Nataraja, Shiva as the Lord of Dance - one of the most significant forms of Shiva.
 Nataraja standing in Chidambaram is very symbolic because what you call as Chidambaram is just absolute stillness. That is what is enshrined in the form of this temple. The classical arts are to bring this absolute stillness into a human being. Without stillness, true art cannot come.
One thing about Chidambaram is the Nataraja, but the main deity is an empty space. This temple was consecrated by Patanjali himself (“Father of Modern Yoga” . Patanjali consecrated this temple with a certain science behind the whole thing though he is not a devotee, he is a scientist and he set up proper ways of how to conduct the temple. He prepared a group of people who have to maintain a certain level of sadhana and discipline and a method of daily ritual in the temple. This is followed even today.
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2014-08-06
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SABARIMALA SREE AYYAPPA SWAMY TEMPLE

 Sabarimala Sree Ayyappa Temple which attracts millions of devotees every year from all over the country and abroad, is one of the ancient mountain shrines situated in a deep, dense forest on the virgin hill of Sabari, in the Ranni-Perunad village of Pathanamthitta district of Kerala, in South India.Surrounded by lush tropical jungles and 18 hills, the shrine is over 4000 ft above sea level. Sabarimala is part of Sahyadris (Western Ghats); remnants of ancient temples are visible in the adjoining hills and at Nilackal, Kalaketi and Karimala offerings are still made to the devis/devas.The Temple which can be reached only on foot has been captivating devotees from ancient times. The arduous trek of nearly four kilometres through the thick jungle, after crossing River Pampa, has been a source of spiritual chastisement and cleansing for the devotees who visit the shrine every year driven by divine magnetism.It is believed that after visiting the shrine once will bring the desire the temple again and again for anyone who has deep devotion in their heart . The rituals and the uniqueness of the Lord ayyapa and the temple’s ambience are startling experiences. Swamy saranam.
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THE CURIOUS CASE OF SHANI AND HANUMAN
Today is Saturday,best for worshipping Lord Shani . He is one of the Navagrahas which are the nine primary celestial beings in Hindu astrology (that is, Vedic astrology). Shani is embodied in the planet Saturn. Shani is the Lord of Saturday; the word Shani also denotes the seventh day or Saturday in most Indian languages.
The worship of Lord Hanuman is a panacea(solution) for the harsh effects of the 'unfavourable' presence of Lord Shani. In the Ramayana, Lord Hanuman is said to have rescued Shani from the clutches of Ravana and in gratitude, Shani promised Hanuman that anyone who prayed to Him (Hanuman), especially on Saturdays, would be rescued from the "malefic" effects of Saturn, or at the very least, the effects would be softened.
Another version of the encounter between Lord Hanuman and Shani is that once Shani climbed on to Hanuman's shoulder, implying that Shani's influence was beginning on Lord Hanuman. At this, Hanuman assumed a large size, and Shani was caught painfully between Hanuman's shoulders and the ceiling of the room they were in.
As the pain was unbearable, Shani requested Lord Hanuman to release him, promising in return, that if a person prayed to Lord Hanuman, he (Shani) would moderate the malefic effects of his influence on that person if not all together have no malefic influence on the person; following this, Lord Hanuman released Shani.
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2014-07-25
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SRIVARI PADALU – THE FEET OF THE LORD !

Today is Thursday and can it get better than by worshipping  holy lotus feet of Sri Varu (LordVenkateswara) - called Sri Vari Paadaalu in Telugu language - which is a  place on the Tirumala hill shrine .
It is believed,the lord of Seven Hills,Lord Sri Venkateswara had for the first time set his foot when he came down from Vaikuntam. This sacred place of Srivari Paadaalu is located on a peak in the forests of Narayanadri hill range where the holy Lord is said to have left his ‘foot imprints’on a rocky surface.
This sacred place is about five kilometers away from the main Srivari Temple and is undoubtedly one of the choicest destinations of millions of pilgrims who visit the holy Tirumala hill shrine every year. It re confirms the fact that we must surrender our life and desires to the lords feet before setting on a spiritual trail , to fulfil ones destiny .
It is also the right method of taking darshan for Lord Venkatesa and almost all Gods , by looking at their feet first and then going up to the face . Om namo venkatesaya !
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