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In Me the universe had its origin,
In Me alone the whole subsists;
In Me it is lost—Siva,
The Timeless, it is I Myself,
Sivoham! Sivoham! Sivoham!

Salutations to Lord Siva, the vanquisher of Cupid, the bestower of eternal bliss and immortality, the protector of all beings, destroyer of sins, the Lord of the gods, who wears a tiger-skin, the best among objects of worship, through whose matted hair the Ganga flows.

Lord Siva is the pure, changeless, attributeless, all-pervading transcendental consciousness. He is the inactive (Nishkriya) Purusha. Prakriti is dancing on His breast and performing the creative, preservative and destructive processes.

When there is neither light nor darkness, neither form nor energy, neither sound nor matter, when there is no manifestation of phenomenal existence, Siva alone exists in Himself. He is timeless, spaceless, birthless, deathless, decayless. He is beyond the pairs of opposites. He is the Impersonal Absolute Brahman. He is untouched by pleasure and pain, good and evil. He cannot be seen by the eyes but He can be realised within the heart through devotion and meditation


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A collection of Stories and Tales of Shiva or Mahadeva

You will find selected tales from Hindu mythology, whose origin goes back to ancient Hindu scriptures. You will find tales on Ganga, Sati, Parvati, Brahma, Vishnu and more. Just scroll down, and be fascinated. Definitely share with your friends and your kids.
Lord Shiva is known to have an extra eye, on his forehead. But he didn’t always have the third eye, it was created. One day, while Lord Shiva was lost in deep meditation, Goddess Parvati decided to play a little game with him. She sneaked up behind him and quickly covered his eyes with her hands. As Lord Shiva could not see anything, the Universe was plunged into complete darkness.
The darkness affected the whole world and it began to crumble and disintegrate. There was great panic all around as no one could do anything to restore the light.
Sensing the chaos in the Universe a third eye suddenly appeared on Lord Shiva’s forehead. As he opened it, there was light in the world once again and it was saved from being destroyed.

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Its #St.Patrick'sDay !! Time for celebrations!! Time to become Irish again!!

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Latest Blog on #valentinesday


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FROM THE UPLAND TO THE SEA

Shall we wake one morn of spring,
Glad at heart of everything,
Yet pensive with the thought of eve?
Then the white house shall we leave.
Pass the wind-flowers and the bays,
Through the garth, and go our ways,
Wandering down among the meads
Till our very joyance needs
Rest at last; till we shall come
To that Sun-god's lonely home,
Lonely on the hillside grey,
Whence the sheep have gone away;
Lonely till the feast-time is,
When with prayer and praise of bliss,
Thither comes the country side.
There awhile shall we abide,
Sitting low down in the porch
By that image with the torch:
Thy one white hand laid upon
The black pillar that was won
From the far-off Indian mine;
And my hand nigh touching thine,
But not touching; and thy gown
Fair with spring-flowers cast adown
From thy bosom and thy brow.
There the south-west wind shall blow
Through thine hair to reach my cheek,
As thou sittest, nor mayst speak,
Nor mayst move the hand I kiss
For the very depth of bliss;
Nay, nor turn thine eyes to me.
Then desire of the great sea
Nigh enow, but all unheard,
In the hearts of us is stirred,
And we rise, we twain at last,
And the daffodils downcast,
Feel thy feet and we are gone
From the lonely Sun-Crowned one,
Then the meads fade at our back,
And the spring day 'gins to lack
That fresh hope that once it had;
But we twain grow yet more glad,
And apart no more may go
When the grassy slope and low
Dieth in the shingly sand:
Then we wander hand in hand
By the edges of the sea,
And I weary more for thee
Than if far apart we were,
With a space of desert drear
'Twixt thy lips and mine, O love!
Ah, my joy, my joy thereof!

By WILLIAM MORRIS

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FROM THE UPLAND TO THE SEA

Shall we wake one morn of spring,
Glad at heart of everything,
Yet pensive with the thought of eve?
Then the white house shall we leave.
Pass the wind-flowers and the bays,
Through the garth, and go our ways,
Wandering down among the meads
Till our very joyance needs
Rest at last; till we shall come
To that Sun-god's lonely home,
Lonely on the hillside grey,
Whence the sheep have gone away;
Lonely till the feast-time is,
When with prayer and praise of bliss,
Thither comes the country side.
There awhile shall we abide,
Sitting low down in the porch
By that image with the torch:
Thy one white hand laid upon
The black pillar that was won
From the far-off Indian mine;
And my hand nigh touching thine,
But not touching; and thy gown
Fair with spring-flowers cast adown
From thy bosom and thy brow.
There the south-west wind shall blow
Through thine hair to reach my cheek,
As thou sittest, nor mayst speak,
Nor mayst move the hand I kiss
For the very depth of bliss;
Nay, nor turn thine eyes to me.
Then desire of the great sea
Nigh enow, but all unheard,
In the hearts of us is stirred,
And we rise, we twain at last,
And the daffodils downcast,
Feel thy feet and we are gone
From the lonely Sun-Crowned one,
Then the meads fade at our back,
And the spring day 'gins to lack
That fresh hope that once it had;
But we twain grow yet more glad,
And apart no more may go
When the grassy slope and low
Dieth in the shingly sand:
Then we wander hand in hand
By the edges of the sea,
And I weary more for thee
Than if far apart we were,
With a space of desert drear
'Twixt thy lips and mine, O love!
Ah, my joy, my joy thereof!

By WILLIAM MORRIS

Read more at http://www.theholidayspot.com/valentine/poems/

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#Christmas #Decorations
Christmas - the season to deck your home with boughs of hollies, stars, candles and wreaths. Decorating for the holiday season is always a pleasure. While these days you can choose from hundreds of different styles, colors, designs and themes from the market, it is always a pleasure to decorate your house in your own way without spending a fortune. Christmas decoration starts at least a week before the Big Day. Adorn your Christmas with Th

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According to Shiv purana, Lord Shiva appeared for the first time in front of Lord Vishnu and Brahma in from of a fiery column, when the latter two were fighting for their supremacy. Vishnu took the form of a boar while Brahma took the form of a bird and both of them searched for the two ends for eons, but were unable to find so. They then accepted His supremacy and Shiva appeared in his normal form. The puranans also state that Shiva left 12 Jyotir lingas on earth. One who is spiritually attained, can see a column of light emancipating from these lingas going to heaven. For lesser mortals, it gives us great virtues by visiting and worshiping them, washing our sins, and helping us to escape the cycle of rebirth. Even by chanting the names of the 12 Jyotir lingams, we can attain powers of nirvana and wash away our sins. However, due to the long course of time, and lack of proper documentation, some of the Jyotir lingas are is dispute, that is to say, more than one location claim for a particular yotir ling location. As a pious Hindu, to be on the same side, it is prudent to complete pilgrimage of all the locations, disputed or undisputed. It is difficult in modern life to complete all the destination at one journey. It would be prudent to break up the journey in parts. Here we are listing the Jyotir lingams, disputed and undisputed, by proximity. Visit each of the links, study, and make your travel plans: Maharashtra This state has 4 Jyotirlingas, 3 of which are undisputed. The neighboring states that has Jyotiringas are Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh. Read on: BhimaShankar: Close to Pune, this is located in the serene reserve forests of Bhima Shankar. One should make Pune their base to visit Bhimashamkar. Click here to plan your journey http://www.indiatravelcompanion.com/maharashtra/pune BhimaShankar Temple Vaijnath temple, Parli: Though this is disputed with Baidyanath of Jharkhand and Baijnath of Himachal, a lot many believes it to be one of th true twelve. Visit this link to plan out how to visit this temple http://www.indiatravelcompanion.com/maharashtra/parli-vaijnath Trayambakeswar . This is near Nasik, and it is also famous for cleaning the sarpa dosh found in horoscopes of many. One would need to create base a Nashik to visit the temple. Click here to visit our Nashik page. It is also spelled as Trimbakeshwar or Trambakeshwar nad is lovingly called Kashi of West. http://www.indiatravelcompanion.com/maharashtra/nasik Grishneshwar : This is situated in the Ellora district and a visit here is always combines with the visit to Ellora abd Ajanta caves. Aurangabad serves as a good base. Check out our Ellora page for details on visit. http://www.indiatravelcompanion.com/maharashtra/ellora-caves Grishneshwar Temple Gujarat: Nageshvara : Gujarat has two Yotirlings of which one is disputed. The Nageshwara temple as a yotirlingam temple is disputed and most identify the 'Jageswara' temple in Almora, Uttarkhand as Nageshvara Jyotirlinga Never-the-less, you can click here to plan your visit to Nageshwar, Dwarka by clicking here. http://www.indiatravelcompanion.com/gujarat/dwarka Somnath: The supreme Somnath temple, ancient and undisputed, is situated at Somnath, Gujarat. Click here to know about one of richest and most looted temple of India, and a prime Yotirlingam. It also house the biggest lingam. http://www.indiatravelcompanion.com/gujarat/somnath Somnath Temple Madhya Pradesh Madhya pradesh has its fair share of yotir lingams too, counting to two. They are: Mahakaleshwar temple, near Ujjain or Audh, is a prime Jyotirlingam, and one needs to base a Ujjain for the same. It is unique for it is believed tht the lingam here has been created by its own self. It is also the only one facing south and also the temple to have a Shree Yantra perched upside down at the ceiling of the Garbhagriha (where the Shiv Lingam sits). Shakti peeta and Jyotirlingam are together here, giving it the most powerful divinity Click here for our Ujjain page http://www.indiatravelcompanion.com/madhya_pradesh/ujjain Mahakaleshwar Temple Omkareshwar at Mamaleshwar temple : Situated beside the Narmada river, this lingam is on two parts. One half is called Omkareshwara and the other Mamaleshwar Click here for travel directions ot Omkareshwar http://www.indiatravelcompanion.com/madhya_pradesh/omkareshwar Omkareshwar Temple Uttar Pradesh: Kashi Vishwanath in Varanasi One of the most well known Shiva temples of India, this is an undisputed of the 12. Varanasi is also world's oldest living city, and a hub of Hinduism. The temple is bang in the middle of the city. Click here to know more about Varanasi or Benaras and the temple. http://www.indiatravelcompanion.com/uttar_pradesh/varanasi Kashi Vishwanath Temple Uttarakhand: Kedarnath: The most revered and most remote, it is open for only about half of the year, the rest of the period being inaacssible due to snow. Visiting Kedarnath requires trekking or travelling by pony. It is also a trekker's delight. Click here to know about the Kedarnath journey Kedarnath Temple Jageswara temple in Almora: Though some dispute it to the Nageshwar temple of Dwarka, most believe this to the Yotirlingam, owing to the descriptive texts found in puranas that it is situated amongst Daruvana, or forests of Daru trees, found only here. The location is beautiful and heavenly, abounding natural Himalayan beauty. Click here for a complete travel guide and directions. http://www.indiatravelcompanion.com/uttarakhand/almora-binsar-jageshwar Himachal Pradesh: Baijnath temple,Baijnath, Himachal Pradesh It is a 1000 year old temple, nestled in the picturesque hills of Baijnath. The place boasts of tranquality and serinity. Some dispute her Yotirlingam with Baidyanath dham and Vaijnath of Parli. Which is true is difficult to decide, but a visit is always recommended. Click here for travel guide to this place of Himachal. http://www.indiatravelcompanion.com/himachal_pradesh/baijnath-palampur-and-devi-chamunda-temple Baijnath Temple Vaidyanath Dham, Jharkhand: As mentioned earlier, this is disputed, but the majority believes it to be a true Yotirling. As the revered Adi Shankara puts it Poorvo thare prajwalika nidhane sada vasantham girija sametham sura suraradhitha padapadmam sri vaidyanatham thamaham namami This states that Vaidyanath jyotirlinga is located at Prajwalika nidhanam (meaning funeral place i.e., chithabhoomi) in the North-Eastern part of the country. Deoghar is far located in east compared to Parli which is in west central part of the country. Also Chidabhoomi indicates that, in olden days, this was a funeral place, where corpses are burnt and post-death ceremonies were performed. This place could have been a centre of tantric cults like Kapalika/Bhairava whereLord Shiva is worshipped significantly as smasan vasin (meaning, residing in crematorium), sava bhasma bhushita (meaning, smearing body with ashes of burnt bodies).[3] Interestingly, the same shrine of Vaidyanath is considered as on of 51 Shakti Peethas, where 'yoni peetham' of jyotirlinga itself is considered as the Shakti Peetha Deoghar is the place for Baidyanath dham, click here for travel information to Deoghar http://www.indiatravelcompanion.com/jharkhand/deoghar Baidyanath Temple Andhra Pradesh: SriShailam Mallikarjuna: Situated on a mountain on the river Krishna, it is fondly called the Kashi Vishwanath of South India. It is a beautiful temple, with an undisputed Yotir lingam. Click here for travel information to this place. http://www.indiatravelcompanion.com/andhra_pradesh/srisailam Srisailam Temple Tamil Nadu: Rameshwaram. Situated in southernmost India it is home to the spraling Ramalingeswarar Jyotirlinga temple. There are a lot of other religious tourist destinations too, in the area. Click here for a travel guide of the area http://www.indiatravelcompanion.com/tamil_nadu/rameshwaram Rameshwaram Temple Back to Home
According to Shiv purana, Lord Shiva appeared for the first time in front of Lord Vishnu and Brahma in from of a fiery column, when the latter two were fighting for their supremacy. Vishnu took the form of a boar while Brahma took the form of a bird and both of them searched for the two ends for eons, but were unable to find so. They then accepted His supremacy and Shiva appeared in his normal form.   The puranans also state that Shiva left 12 Jyotir lingas on earth. One who is spiritually attained, can see a column of light emancipating from these lingas going to heaven. For lesser mortals, it gives us great virtues by visiting and worshiping them, washing our sins, and helping us to escape the cycle of rebirth. Even by chanting the names of the 12 Jyotir lingams, we can attain powers of nirvana and wash away our sins.   However, due to the long course of time, and lack of proper documentation, some of the Jyotir lingas are is dispute, that is to say, more than one location claim for a particular yotir ling location.   As a pious Hindu, to be on the same side, it is prudent to complete pilgrimage of all the locations, disputed or undisputed.   It is difficult in modern life to complete all the destination at one journey. It would be prudent to break up the journey in parts.   Here we are listing the Jyotir lingams, disputed and undisputed, by proximity. Visit each of the links, study, and make your travel plans:   Maharashtra   This state has 4 Jyotirlingas, 3 of which are undisputed. The neighboring states that has Jyotiringas are Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh. Read on:   BhimaShankar: Close to Pune, this is located in the serene reserve forests of Bhima Shankar. One should make Pune their base to visit Bhimashamkar. Click here to plan your journey http://www.indiatravelcompanion.com/maharashtra/pune                                                                                                                  BhimaShankar Temple   Vaijnath temple, Parli: Though this is disputed with Baidyanath of Jharkhand and Baijnath of Himachal, a lot many believes it to be one of th true twelve. Visit this link to plan out how to visit this temple http://www.indiatravelcompanion.com/maharashtra/parli-vaijnath     Trayambakeswar . This is near Nasik, and it is also famous for cleaning the sarpa dosh found in horoscopes of many. One would need to create base a Nashik to visit the temple. Click here to visit our Nashik page. It is also spelled as Trimbakeshwar or Trambakeshwar nad is lovingly called Kashi of West. http://www.indiatravelcompanion.com/maharashtra/nasik     Grishneshwar : This is situated in the Ellora district and a visit here is always combines with the visit to Ellora abd Ajanta caves. Aurangabad serves as a good base. Check out our Ellora page for details on visit.  http://www.indiatravelcompanion.com/maharashtra/ellora-caves                                                                                                               Grishneshwar Temple   Gujarat: Nageshvara : Gujarat has two Yotirlings of which one is disputed. The Nageshwara temple as a yotirlingam temple is disputed and most identify the 'Jageswara' temple in Almora, Uttarkhand as Nageshvara Jyotirlinga Never-the-less, you can click here to plan your visit to Nageshwar, Dwarka by clicking here. http://www.indiatravelcompanion.com/gujarat/dwarka     Somnath: The supreme Somnath temple, ancient and undisputed, is situated at Somnath, Gujarat. Click here to know about one of richest and most looted temple of India, and a prime Yotirlingam. It also house the biggest lingam. http://www.indiatravelcompanion.com/gujarat/somnath                                                                                                                     Somnath Temple       Madhya Pradesh   Madhya pradesh has its fair share of yotir lingams too, counting to two. They are:   Mahakaleshwar temple, near Ujjain or Audh, is a prime Jyotirlingam, and one needs to base a Ujjain for the same. It is unique for it is believed tht the lingam here has been created by its own self.  It is also the only one facing south and also the temple to have a Shree Yantra perched upside down at the ceiling of the Garbhagriha (where the Shiv Lingam sits). Shakti peeta and Jyotirlingam are together here, giving it the most powerful divinity Click here for our Ujjain page  http://www.indiatravelcompanion.com/madhya_pradesh/ujjain                                                                                                           Mahakaleshwar Temple Omkareshwar at Mamaleshwar temple : Situated beside the Narmada river, this lingam is on two parts. One half is called Omkareshwara and the other Mamaleshwar Click here for travel directions ot Omkareshwar  http://www.indiatravelcompanion.com/madhya_pradesh/omkareshwar                                                                                                                                                                                                     Omkareshwar Temple   Uttar Pradesh:   Kashi Vishwanath in Varanasi One of the most well known Shiva temples of India, this is an undisputed of the 12. Varanasi is also world's oldest living city, and a hub of Hinduism. The temple is bang in the middle of the city. Click here to know more about Varanasi or Benaras and the temple. http://www.indiatravelcompanion.com/uttar_pradesh/varanasi                                                                                                                 Kashi Vishwanath Temple     Uttarakhand:   Kedarnath: The most revered and most remote, it is open for only about half of the year, the rest of the period being inaacssible due to snow. Visiting Kedarnath requires trekking or travelling by pony. It is also a trekker's delight. Click here to know about the Kedarnath journey                                                                                                                    Kedarnath Temple     Jageswara temple in Almora: Though some dispute it to the Nageshwar temple of Dwarka, most believe this to the Yotirlingam, owing to the descriptive texts found in puranas that it is situated amongst Daruvana, or forests of Daru trees, found only here. The location is beautiful and heavenly, abounding natural Himalayan beauty. Click here for a complete travel guide and directions. http://www.indiatravelcompanion.com/uttarakhand/almora-binsar-jageshwar     Himachal Pradesh:   Baijnath temple,Baijnath, Himachal Pradesh It is a 1000 year old temple, nestled in the picturesque hills of Baijnath. The place boasts of tranquality and serinity. Some dispute her Yotirlingam with Baidyanath dham and Vaijnath of Parli. Which is true is difficult to decide, but a visit is always recommended. Click here for travel guide to this place of Himachal.  http://www.indiatravelcompanion.com/himachal_pradesh/baijnath-palampur-and-devi-chamunda-temple                                                                                                                      Baijnath Temple     Vaidyanath Dham, Jharkhand: As mentioned earlier, this is disputed, but the majority believes it to be a true Yotirling. As the revered Adi Shankara puts it   Poorvo thare  prajwalika  nidhane sada vasantham  girija  sametham sura suraradhitha  padapadmam sri vaidyanatham thamaham  namami   This states that Vaidyanath jyotirlinga is located at Prajwalika nidhanam (meaning funeral place i.e., chithabhoomi) in the North-Eastern part of the country. Deoghar is far located in east compared to Parli which is in west central part of the country. Also Chidabhoomi indicates that, in olden days, this was a funeral place, where corpses are burnt and post-death ceremonies were performed. This place could have been a centre of tantric cults like Kapalika/Bhairava whereLord Shiva is worshipped significantly as smasan vasin (meaning, residing in crematorium), sava bhasma bhushita (meaning, smearing body with ashes of burnt bodies).[3] Interestingly, the same shrine of Vaidyanath is considered as on of 51 Shakti Peethas, where 'yoni peetham' of jyotirlinga itself is considered as the Shakti Peetha   Deoghar is the place for Baidyanath dham, click here for travel information to Deoghar http://www.indiatravelcompanion.com/jharkhand/deoghar                                                                                                      Baidyanath Temple   Andhra Pradesh:   SriShailam Mallikarjuna: Situated on a mountain on the river Krishna, it is fondly called the Kashi Vishwanath  of South India. It is a beautiful temple, with an undisputed Yotir lingam. Click here for travel information to this place. http://www.indiatravelcompanion.com/andhra_pradesh/srisailam                                                                                                     Srisailam Temple   Tamil Nadu:   Rameshwaram. Situated in southernmost India it is home to the spraling  Ramalingeswarar Jyotirlinga temple. There are a lot of other religious tourist destinations too, in the area. Click here for a travel guide of the area   http://www.indiatravelcompanion.com/tamil_nadu/rameshwaram                                                                                                                        Rameshwaram Temple   Back to Home
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#Thanksgivingrecipes

Lovely cozy dinners, hot roasted turkeys, corn meals, and other occasional, but tasty dishes, that's what thanksgiving is all about. And to bring you the best of thanksgiving dishes, we have got the best of recipes for you to try, and make your dinner special.

Along with a variety of turkey dishes, that have roasts, stuffings, and even something for leftovers, we also have other non-vegetarian dishes, and presto, some vegetarian dishes, to try out the fall festival in the vegetarian way. So gear up your plates, trays, bowls, and microwaves, and click on the link below of your choice!
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Here are few #Decoration #Ideas for #Thanksgiving to decorate your home and dinner table.

home decorations for thanksgiving

How to fold a turkey napkin
Specific instructions on how to choose, prepare and fold a decorative cloth napkin turkey for your Thanksgiving holiday theme.
Making a Thanksgiving wreath
Making a Thanksgiving wreath can be a lot of fun, not to mention the money you can save doing it yourself.
Thanksgiving Paper Chain Decoration
Discover the cheap and easy way to bedeck your home with colorful paper chains.
Interior and Exterior Decorations

Read more at http://www.theholidayspot.com/thanksgiving/decorations/
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