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Chakras: What are the 7 chakras? Where are they located?

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You must have read some books or have heard from many yogis about Chakras. But, do you know what chakras are? How do they work? In the Sanskrit language, chakra means wheel. Here, the spiritual meaning of chakra is “a wheel of flowing energy” in the body. We have 114 chakras in total in the human body, and they work as the connection or junction of the Nadis. The Nadis are the passage of prana or energy in the body.

Out of the 114 Chakras, two of them are outside the physical body. In reality, we can only work on 108 chakras from the remaining 112 Chakras. However, we only need 21 chakras to be active in our body to live a full-fledged life. Due to the three dimensions of energy, Pingala, Ida, and Sushumna, these 21 Chakras form 7 sets, each of them with three functioning Chakras that work as one. Therefore, you will be complete if your 21 chakras are functioning physically, psychologically, and emotionally.

Besides, the rest of the chakras need to be activated if other dimensions have to become a living truth. Also, intellect needs to fuel up with energy. A numb intelligence is similar to being non-existent. A computer that has no electricity is similar to a slab of stone. Similarly, the human system can work as a supercomputer, but most human beings have kept it functioning only to the level of survival.

We need to activate our complete system to open the doors of new possibilities. For this, Hatha Yoga can work as the key to start the whole system. Unfortunately, some people consider Hatha yoga as just a type of exercise or health regime. Yoga has more benefits than simple exercise. It helps to activate the human system, which naturally leads to physical and intellectual growth.

How to awaken the 7 Chakras in our body?

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Muladhara Chakra

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Muladhara or root chakra is the first chakra of the body, known by its name Mula-Adhara means foundation. This chakra is the foundation of the physical structure and the energy body. Further, the root chakra is at the base of your spine at the Perineum. And, majority of people have their consciousness stuck in this chakra for their entire life.

A person won’t understand health, well-being, and a sense of stability until the Muladhara chakra gets stable. Thus, people who easily get dominated and possessed by materialism, dullness, and sexual activities, get their energies accumulated and bound around the Root chakra. 

Mantra: लं (LAM)

Element: Earth

Swadhishthana Chakra

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Swadhisthana-chakra-Sacral chakra

Swadhisthana chakra or Sacral chakra is at the base of the spine and between the navel. The word Swadhishthana stands for an abode of the self. Working with Swadhisthana chakra is one of the most complex and mesmerizing things we can do in the yogic system.

The Swadhisthana chakra supports desires, creativity, sexuality, and personal expansion and connects with the kidneys, bladder, and reproductive organs. The element of the chakra is water that represents flexibility and flow. This energy helps in the transformation and acceptance of change in life.

Mantra: वं (VAM)

Element: Water

Manipura Chakra

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The Manipura chakra lies between the navel and the bottom of the rib cage in a human body that symbolizes energy and emotions such as ego, annoyance, and violence. The other name for Manipura chakra is Solar Plexus chakra. You can solve digestive problems, liver problems, and diabetes by concentrating at the point of Manipura chakra.

Apart from the physical benefits, Manipura chakra has emotional benefits that can help in psychological problems like depression, lack of confidence, anger, and many more. Therefore, imbalance in the Manipura Chakra can lead to fatigue, digestive disorders, overeating, etc.

Mantra: रं (RAM)

Element: Fire

Anahata Chakra

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Anahata-chakra-Heart-chakra

Anahata chakra is one of the most prominent energy points in all the chakras. And, another name for Anahata chakra is the Heart chakra. Exploring the divine with love stimulates this chakra. Anahata stands for “unstruck.” This chakra is near the heart, which allows a person to meditate in a different stage and gain experiences with an open heart. Therefore, the chakra triggers consciousness, love, compassion, and attachment.

The element of this chakra signifies freedom and expansion. Besides, this chakra can be activated by controlling and maintaining the calmness of the heart. Also, knowledge starts manifesting automatically in a person when the Anahata chakra awakens. One becomes a highly confident, secure, responsible, and emotionally balanced personality. 

Mantra: यं (YAM)

Element: Air

Vishuddha Chakra

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Visuddha chakra is also known as the Throat chakra. Located at the base of the Throat, the element energy governed by Vishuddha chakra is prominent communication. Besides, this chakra creates a strong connection between vocal and body language. The Sanskrit word “Vishuddha” stands for purification of the body from toxic elements. This chakra revives the energy by detoxifying and removing the impurities from our body and mind. Unhealth, Tamasic food, and polluted air block the Throat chakra.

Imbalance in Vishuddha chakra can lead to a breakdown in communication. The person ignores and refuses to listen to others and even avoids his inner self. People around do not understand that leads to loneliness in life. Therefore, the use of negative words and aggressive behavior is also a sign of disturbed Throat chakra.

Mantra: हं (HAM)

Element: Space

Ajna Chakra

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The Ajna chakra is at the center of the forehead between the eyebrows. This chakra is also known as the Third-eye chakra and pronounced as “Agya chakra.” The Ajna chakra is the concentration point for many asana and meditation practices. Thus, chakra helps to create a connection with the external world through inner vision. The consciousness increases and transcends to a higher realm when a person awakens the Ajna chakra. The Ajana chakra balances the spiritual and physical qualities and unites the body and mind.

The expanding requirement for material things disconnects a person from his actual self. There is eagerness, assumptions, burdens from the past, and many more negative thoughts that block the person’s vision. Since Neurons of the brain get affected by the imbalance in the third eye chakra, it has signs like headaches, eye problems, migraines, and brain disorders. 

Mantra: उ (OM)

Element: Light

Sahasrara Chakra

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Sahasrara-chakra-crown-chakra

Lastly, the seventh chakra lies in the crown of the head in a human body. The location of the Sahasrara chakra in the head has given it another name, the crown chakra. The Sahasrara chakra refers to spirituality, enlightenment, energized thoughts. Therefore, it helps in gaining spiritual consciousness and connects our soul to the cosmic energy of nature. When balanced a Sahasrara chakra, you will get free from vivid thoughts, frustration, destructive emotions, and other sinful feelings. Thus, if you want to balance your Sahasrara chakra, you may perform Shirshasana (headstand).

Mantra: ॐ (AUM)

Element: N/A

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Significance of offering water to the sun

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Introduction

Lord Surya has a great significance in Sanatan Dharma. He is considered one of the most significant gods with exceptional capabilities and divine powers. Also, he is the principal source of light on earth and is a supporter of life. Apart from Sanatan dharma Lord Surya is also preached around the world for his gifts to the humankind

Benefits of offering water to Lord Surya

There are many advantages of offering water to Bhagwan Surya and various other aspects of worshipping him, with the benefits being scientifically proven.

1. Offering Water to the sun during the early morning promotes the absorption of Vitamin D in our body that keeps us healthy.

2. We get advised by our ancestors to take a bath before worshipping Bhagwan Surya. Bathing helps your body to get rid of all the impurities and negative energies acquired during the night. Scientifically, taking a bath in the morning promotes body health and reduces the chances of getting ill.

3.Before worshipping Lord Surya, it is mandatory to worship Lord Ganesha. While worshiping Lord Ganesha, we apply kumkum and Mauli on our forehead. The application of tilak is in itself significant and helps us with our mental concentration. 

4. When we offer water to the sun with a copper vessel, the lights pass through the water and splits into seven rays of the sun (also known as Seven horses of Surya Bhagwan) and are absorbed by our body and balances the seven colors in our body.

5. After we worship Lord Ganesha, we offer water to Lord Surya. When we offer water to Lord Surya early in the morning, it boosts our focus power. When we look at the sun while offering water, our eyes focus on the sun. Besides, it may help your eyes to adjust to the daylight more naturally.

6. The act of offering water daily to Lord Surya can help you achieve disciplined life with a healthy mind and body.

7.It helps in controlling our emotions and actions. It helps us to stabilize our anger, ego, stress, and more.

8. In the morning, our spiritual mind is quite active that helps us in deep meditation. Meditation helps us in concentrating and evaluating our actions and goals with more clarity and positivity in mind.

9. Chanting Gayatri Mantra while offering water to lord Surya have many health benefits and keeps our mind calm.

Importance of offering water to Lord Surya in astrology

Other than scientific benefits and spiritual context, offering water to Lord Surya is also good in astrology. Surya has a great significance in deciding our daily horoscope. When a person allows water to Lord Surya daily, he acquires positivity. The sun’s direction changes all around the year and helps you live a strong horoscope and definite life. It disciplines our actions and virtues throughout our life. The act of worshipping provides a sense of devotion. Meanwhile, the thought of being checked by a supreme power motivates us to stay true to our moral deeds.

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51 Shakti Peethas: How did they form?

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Shakti Peethas: Everyone is familiar with Shiva Shakti, but do you know the vital manifestation of shakti? What are Shakti Peethas? Sati, Durga, the goddess who defines shakti. Sati is the Adi Shakti of Lord Shiva. Further, there are three supreme incarnations of Sati Mata, which are Gauri, Mahakali, and Durga. 

There are four Adi-Shakti Peethas, considered the main Peethas located in Puri (Jagannath), Behrampur, Guwahati, and Kolkata (Kalighat Kali Temple). Moreover, there are fifty-one Shakti Peethas, of which eighteen are main Shakti Peethas. 

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Story Behind Shakti Peethas?

Sati, the daughter of King Daksha (one of the ten Manas Putra of Brahma), fell in love with Lord Shiva and wanted to marry him. However, King Daksha Prajapati was against this marriage. He considered Lord Shiva as an Aghori and denied accepting him as a god. 

Even after King Daksha refused to marry her daughter with Lord Shiva, Sati Mata married him. In his anger, King Daksha disowned Sati Mata. Once King Daksha decided to conduct a maha Yagna in his kingdom and invited all the gods and goddesses except Lord Shiva. Further, when Sati Mata knows about the Yagna and the invitations, she was angry and thought it was disrespectful to her husband. 

Sati Mata went to the venue where the Maha Yagna was going on. She was furious and wanted King Daksha to answer her questions. King Daksha disrespected her in front of everyone present there. Sati Mata, in her grief, requested Lord Agni to burn her alive. Lord Agni clarified by saying he was incapable of burning Sati Mata (Shakti). Moreover, Agni Dev added that Shakti resides in Lord Shiva, Lord Brahma, and Lord Vishnu. Even if he would try, he was incapable of burning her.

Sati Mata of her grievance created her fire from within and burned herself. Lord Shiva was unable to bear the loss of her beloved wife and punished King Daksha. Later, he carried the dead body of Sati Mata on his shoulder for years. 

Everyone became tensed because Lord Shiva is the creator of the universe, and his grief could disturb the balance of the universe. All the gods went to Lord Vishnu for a solution. They insisted him to talk to Lord Shiva. But, Lord Shiva was not ready to listen. Therefore, Lord Vishnu chopped pieces of Sati Mata’s dead body, scattering them on the earth with his Sudarshan Chakra. These pieces of Sati Mata’s body are now called Shakti Peethas. 

The Shakti Peethas has its mention in the Kalika Purana and Ashtashakti. These temples are spread all over India and its neighboring countries. Also, the Peethas have their mention in the Brihat Samhita that explains the location of Adi-Shakti Peethas.

“रुशिकुल्या तटे देवी, ताराकाश्या महागिरि, तस्य श्रुंगे स्थिता तारा, वशिष्ठ रजितपारा”

Where are the 51 Shakti Peethas?

There are four Adi-Shakti Peethas mentioned in Kalika Purana:

  • बिमल़ा पादखंडनच
  • स्तनखंडनच तारिणी
  • कामाख्या योनिखंडनच
  • मुखखंडनच कालिका

Bimala Shakti Peetha: Though there are 51 Shakti Peethas, Bimala Shakti Peetha has its great significance as an Adi Shakti Peetha, located in Puri, Orissa in India.

Tara, Tarini Sthana Peetha: Tarini Shakti Peetha is one of the four Adi-Shakti Peetha and has its location in Orissa on the banks of Rushikulya river in Behrampur, India. 

Kamakhya Shakti Peetha: Kamakhya temple is the main temple among the four Adi- Shakti Peethas. Situated in Guwahati, India, Kamkhya Devi Temple is one of the major temples to worship Goddesses. 

Kalighat Kalika Shakti Peetha: Located in West Bengal, India is visited by thousands of devotees every year from throughout the world. 

Shakti Peethas other than Adi-Shakti

  1. Mahamaya, Amarnath, Jammu, and Kashmir (India)
  2. Phullara, in Attahasa, West Bengal (India)
  3. Bahula, Bardhaman, West Bengal (India)
  4. Mahishmardini, Bakreshwar, Siuri town (India)
  5. Avanti, Bairavparvat Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh (India)
  6. Aparna, Bhavanipur (Bangladesh)
  7. Gandaki Chandi, Chandi River (Nepal)
  8. Bhambri, Janasthaan (India)
  9. Kottari, Hinglaj, Karachi (Pakistan)
  10. Jayanti, Bourbhag Village (Bangladesh)
  11. Yogeshwari, Khulna district (India)
  12. Jwala or Shakti Siddhida, Kangra, Himachal Pradesh (India)
  13. Kalika, Kalighat, West Bengal (India)
  14. Kali in Kalmadhav, Amarkantak, Madhya Pradesh (India)
  15. Khamakya, Guwahati, Assam (India)
  16. Devgarbha/Kankleshwari, Birbhum, West Bengal (India)
  17. Sravani, Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu (India)
  18. Chamudeshwari/Jaya Durga, Chamundi Hills, Mysore (India)
  19. Vimla, Murshidabad, West Bengal (India)
  20. Kumara Shakti at Anandamayee Temple of West Bengal (India)
  21. Shakti Bhraamari, Ratnavali, West Bengal (India)
  22. Shakti Dakshayani, Manasarovar (China)
  23. Gayatri Manibandh, Pushkar, Rajasthan (India)
  24. Uma at Mithila (border of Nepal and India)
  25. Indraksh, Nainativu, Manipallavam (Sri Lanka)
  26. Maharashtra, Guhyeshwari near Pashupatinath Temple (Nepal)
  27. Bhawani at Chandranath Hills (Bangladesh)
  28. Varahi, Panch Sagar, Uttar Pradesh (India)
  29. Chandrabhaga, Junagarh, Gujarat (India)
  30. Lalita of Prayag (India)
  31. Savitri/Bhadra Kali, Kurukshetra, Haryana (India)
  32. Maihar/Shivani, Satna, Madhya Pradesh (India)
  33. Nandini or Nandikeshwari, Birbhum, West Bengal (India)
  34. Sarvashail/Rakini on Godavari river banks at Kotilingeswar Temple (India)
  35. Mahesh Mardini at Shivaharkaray near Karachi (Pakistan)
  36. The Narmada Shondesh, Amarkantak, Madhya Pradesh (India)
  37. Sundari at Sri Sailam ( in Bangladesh)
  38. Maha Lakshmi at Sri Shail ( in Bangladesh)
  39. Devi Narayani, Suchindram, Tamil Nadu (India)
  40. Suganda of Shikarpur ( in Bangladesh)
  41. Tripura Sundari, Udaipur in Tripura (India)
  42. Mangal Chandika at Ujjain (India)
  43. Vishalakshi, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh (India)
  44. Kapalini of Vibash, Medinipur, West Bengal (India)
  45. Ambika, Bharatpur, Rajasthan (India)
  46. Uma at Vrindavan/Bhooteswar Temple of Uttar Pradesh (India)
  47. Tripurmalini, Jalandhar, Punjab (India)
  48. Amba at Ambaji, Gujarat (India)
  49. Jai Durga, Deogarh, Jharkhand (India)
  50. Danteshwari, Chattisgarh (India)
  51. Nabi Gaya, Biraj, Jaipur(India)

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Hasta Uttanasana: Amazing Benefits of Performing Hasta Uttanasana

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Hasta Uttanasana, the standing forward bend position, is a component of the Sun Salutation series of asanas. It appears because of the 2nd pose and the 11th pose within the Sun Salutation or Surya Namaskara. It particular is employed in yoga practice to warm up and strengthen the spine. Further, to open up the chest and heart to permit for deep, full breaths.

Procedure of Hasta Uttanasana:

• Stand erect and lift both hands above the top.

• Let there be shoulders length between the arms.

• Bend the trunk and head backward to make a slight curve.

• Raising the arms and bending the torso back is finished at a similar time.

• take a breath deep while raising the arms.

• When done as a part of the Surya Namaskara (Sun Salutation exercises), you will chant a mantra while performing this asana.

• Hasta Uttanasana is encountered as the 2nd pose and also the 11th pose. The mantra to be chanted, given below:

During the 2nd posture, carry on chanting “Om Ravaye Namaha.” It means salutations to the shining one.

During 11th pose chant “Om Arkaya Namaha”. It means salutation to the one who deserves praise.

Benefits of Hasta Uttanasana:

• Firstly, improve digestion.

• Secondly, stretches and tones the muscles of the abdomen.

• Thirdly, expand the chest and also the skeletal structure leading to the correct intake of oxygen. The lung capacity gets fully utilized.

Some other Health Benefits of Hasta Uttanasana

Targets multiple body parts: 

Bending forward enables individual segments of the legs to stretch fully. An identical effect experienced by the medulla spinalis helps to elongate the muscles that line with it. Professionals who spend long hours stuck to chairs may have the benefit of this prolifically. Regular practicing of yoga can result in better posture and a strong balance over one’s body.

Stress reliever: 

All yoga poses are beneficial in reducing stress, and Uttanasana is not an exception. Also, the standing forward fold bend may be a great stress and fatigue reliever. The upside-down hanging-like position gives the sensation of tranquility while the concentration to place into maintaining the balance keeps the brain engaged yet relaxed.

Therapeutic effects:

 Exercising this asana helps cure numerous diseases like asthma, high-pressure level, osteoporosis, infertility, and insomnia. Therefore, the pose unveils the chest, improving the lung capacity, especially in elders, and promotes a healthy neurological system, enabling people with sleep disorders to enjoy a sound sleep.

Improves digestion:

 The asana gives a delicate massage to the abdominal organs, especially the kidneys and liver. To clarify, kidney and liver stimulation means an enhanced functioning of the organs, toning, and strengthen abdomen muscles, detoxification of the organs, improved blood flow, and digestive organs. Once activated results in nutrient absorption abilities and a daily and consistent laxation.

Healthy system:

Proper functioning of the nervous system means healthy functioning of the general body. Moreover, One of the first benefits of Uttanasana is that it boosts the nervous functioning that results in proper brain functioning, prevents premature aging, good for cardiovascular health, improves memory, relieves body aches, improves the system, enhances the training capacity.

A blessing for ladies:

Menopause may be a tumultuous period for women, and Uttanasana helps relieve its symptoms. Moreover, it elevates the mood, strengthens the bones, prevents premature menopause, reduces hot flashes and night sweat, stables hormones, improves sleep, enhances memory, improves sexual drive, and helps with other physical and mental changes.

How To Perform Hasta Uttanasana

  • Stand together with your feet hip-distance wide. Also, point your big toes forward. Allow your arms to hold by your sides. Reach the crown of your head toward the sky. Point your tailbone toward the ground.
  • Reach your arms forward and up with an inhale, palms facing forward. Gently arch back and gaze diagonally upward. Keep length in your spine.
  • Hold the pose for an instant.
  • Lower your arms with an exhale.

Alignment cues

  • Feet hip-distance wide
  • Outer edges of feet parallel
  • Hands shoulder distance wide
  • Palms facing forward
  • Lengthen spine
  • Do not compress low back.

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12 Ancient Jyotirlinga of Lord Shiva

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The word Jyotirlinga originates from Sanskrit Language, which means Symbol. Further, the Agama text defines the literal meaning by breaking it into three pieces. “Jyoti” means light, “Ling” means to dissolve or destroy and, “Ga” means to emerge or create. The in-depth sense of jyotir linga lights on Lord Shiva’s infinite nature, we are a creation of Lord Shiva (Universe), and we all dissolve back into him at the end. Jyotirlinga marks the cosmos of the universe.

There are twelve traditional Jyotirlinga shrines in India. The 12 Jyotir lingas are Somnath in Saurashtra (Gujarat), Mallikarjuna in Srisailam (Andhra Pradesh), Mahakaleswar in Ujjain (Madhya Pradesh), Omkareshwar in Madhya Pradesh, Kedarnath in Uttrakhand, Bhimashankar in Pune (Maharashtra), Vishwanath in Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh), Trimbakeshwar in Nashik (Maharashtra), Baidyanath Temple in Deoghar District of Jharkhand, Nageshvara Temple at Dwarka in Gujarat, Rameshwar in Rameshwaram (Tamil Nadu) and Grishneshwar at Ellora near Aurangabad, in Maharashtra.

Somnath Temple, Gujarat

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This Jyotir linga is one of the first jyotir linga Shrine of Lord Shiva. The Somnath temple has its location in Prabhas Patan, also known as Somnath Patan or Prabhas Kshetra, historically named Dev Patan. Morever, considered one of the most auspicious pilgrimages of Sanatan Dharma, the temple is also a famous tourist attraction of Gujarat. Further, the term Somnath derives from the Sanskrit word “Som” and “Nath,” an epithet of Lord Shiva. According to the legends, lord Chandraman (God of Moon) himself created the Somnath temple. The temple has witnessed numerous attacks by foreign invaders (destroyed 16 times and rebuilt), but it resisted and still stands with dignity.

Mallikarjuna Temple, Andhra Pradesh

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The Amllikarjuna Jyotirlinga temple has its location at Srisailam in Andhra Pradesh. According to the legends, Lord Shiva and Devi Parvati stayed in Shrishailam to live close to their son, lord Kartikey, who choose to live in penance on Mount Kravunja. Mallikarjuna is one of The Paadal Petra Sthalam that are 275 temples revered in the verses of Saiva Nayanars and are amongst the grand Shiva temples of Asia.

Kedarnath Temple, Uttarakhand

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The Kedarnath Jyotir linga temple has its location in the Garhwal Himalayan Range near the Mandakini river in Uttarakhand. Also, the temple is open for the public from April till November due to extreme weather conditions. According to the legends, the temple was built by the Pandavas and later revived by Adi Shankaracharya. It is also one of the 275 Paadal Petra Sthalam.

Mahakaleshwar Temple, Madhya Pradesh

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The Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga have a location in the ancient city of Ujjain. Also, the idol at the temple is also known as Dakshinmurti (facing in the South). The Jyotir linga has believed to be born by itself (Swayambhu). According to the Puranas, Ujjain is known as the devotional epicenter and was famous for its beauty and scriptures during ancient times.

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Omkareshwar Temple, Madhya Pradesh

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Omkareshwar Temple, situated on Mandhata, an island in the Narmada river, Madhya Pradesh. The shape of the island is said to be like the holy symbol “OM.” There are two main temples of Lord Shiva here. Firstly, Omkareshwar (Lord of Om Sound) located on the island. Secondly, Mamleshwar (Lord of immortals) located on the bank of Narmada. It is the second Jyotir linga in Madhya Pradesh after Mahakaleshwar.

Bhimashankar Temple, Maharashtra

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The Bhimashankara of Sahyadri hills in Maharashtra is one of the 12 ancient Jyotir linga. According to the legends, the name Bhimashankara originated from the river Bhima. However, the river evaporated due to the energy generated during the war between Lord Shiva and Demon Tripurasura. Chatrapati Shivaji and Rajaram Maharaj, known to visit this Jyotir linga.

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Trimbakeshwar Temple, Maharashtra

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Trimbakeshwar temple is another Jyotirlinga in Maharashtra. The location of  Nashik city temple lies between the three mountains, Brahmagiri, Nilagiri, and Kalagiri. According to the legend, Gautam Rishi and Godavari request Lord Shiva to reside in Trimbakeshwar. Also, it is a unique Jyotir linga with three faces, symbolizing Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu, and Lord Shiva. The current temple has built by Peshwa Bajirao.

Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Uttar Pradesh

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Kashi Vishwanath temple is one of the most popular Jyotir linga. Located at the western banks of the holy river Ganga, this Jyotir linga is a sacred Shiva temple. Moreover, the name Vishwanath originates from the Sanskrit language, meaning “Lord of the Universe.” Therefore, Varanasi city known as Kashi during ancient times, and hence the temple is popularly called Kashi Vishwanath Temple. The temple has a mention in the Puranas as well as in the Kashi Khanda of Skanda Purana. 

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Baidyanath Temple, Jharkhand

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Baidyanath Temple is one the most sacred abodes of Lord Shiva. This Jyotirlinga shrine, located in Deoghar, Jharkhand. To clarify, the name Baidyanath originates from the term Vaidya, meaning doctor. Lord Shiva healed and cured demon king Ravana at this place when he offered his ten heads to the lord. Ravana was one of the eminent worshippers of Lord Shiva. 

Nageshvara Temple, Gujarat

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Nageshvara Temple is one of the sacred Shiva temples and Jyotirlinga of Lord Shiva. A self-manifested Shivalinga appeared after Lord Shiva killed the demon named Daruka. Daruka imprisoned a Shiva Devotee named Supriya. Close to the temple is another important spiritual spot called Gopi Talav Tirth, a lake that’s connected to the legends of Gopis visiting Lord Krishna.

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Rameshwaram Temple, Tamil Nadu

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Ramanathanswamy Temple is an ancient Jyotirlinga of Lord Shiva. Located on the Rameswaram island in Tamil Nadu, it is one of the holy 275 Paadal Petra Sthalam. According to the Ramayana, the Jyotirlinga, established by Lord Rama himself to make amends of Killing Demon king Ravana, as he was a brahmin. Moreover,  here are two Shivalinga inside the temple – one made by Lord Rama, from the sand. The second Linga brought by Lord Hanuman from Kailash, known as Vishwalingam. Lord Rama instructed to worship the Vishwalingam first brought by Lord Hanuman from the abode of Lord Shiva. 

Grishneshwar Temple, Maharashtra

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Grishneshwar Temple, refers to the Ghumeshwar Temple that is one of the 12 Jyotirlinga of Lord Shiva that, also mentioned in Shiva Purana. Moreover, the name Grishneshwar means “Lord of Compassion.” The ancient pilgrimage, located in Ellora, near the Ellora Caves (UNESCO Heritage Site). It is approx. 30 km away from the city of Aurangabad. 

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Pranam Asana: Amazing Traditional Yoga for Cyber World

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Pranam asana is the foremost centering Yoga exercise and a part of everyday Indian culture. Pranam asana denotes the practice of Namaskar, which is that the traditional greeting of respect in Dharmic religions – Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism. As a Yoga practice, it is the start and concluding asana of Surya Namaskar sequences. The core elements of the pose consist of spiritual enlightenment and devotion energy. Over the years, several people have started practicing this asana to bring stability to their minds and body.

How to perform Pranam asana?

Although the practice of Pranam asana is a simple attempt to enjoy it within the various steps, to experience the most goodness, this asana can emit.

  • Stand on the Yoga mat in an erect position by ensuring your feet, placed together perfectly.
  • Bring your palms together, face one another parallel to the chest in Namaskar posture.
  • Make sure your eyes are looking straight parallel to the bottom.
  • A deep breath to relax the body and follow it with one or two or more breaths so that the pranic energy refreshes you.
  • Close your eyes, concentrate on the central part of your brain and utter a couple of Sanskrit Mantras.
  • Let these mantras help you to enlighten your soul for 4-5 minutes.
  • If you’re facing the Sun, it might be good. If you would like to advance the asana, you’ll practice this on one foot.

Health Benefits of Pranam Pose

  • Sponsors mental calmness: Pranam asana has a peaceful Yoga exercise practiced during a stationary position. You need to maintain your calm within the body and mind. It is a practice of remembering the ultimate God by being within the zone of extreme silence. Amid the work environment, the brain, bound to induce frustration, which the Prayer pose cures most astonishingly. Once you change the posture of Pranam asana and shut your eyes in prayer, it gives a sensation of tremendous tranquility to bring peace to the brain.
  • Improves body posture: Posture shows how confident you’re. It depicts the extent of your self-reliance. The standing Yoga pose of Pranam asana may be a way to reinforce the posture of your body. Elongating the spine, the Prayer Pose makes sure the body does not have to feel the pain of mental and physical loosening. With a strong body posture, you will face the person you are talking face to face. It creates enormous self-belief in you.
  • Promotes relaxation within the body: To relax the mind and therefore the body parts, fall in love with the wonder of Pranam asana. one of the most effective relaxing Yoga exercises. The Prayer posture is practiced by many yogis and recommended by most yoga experts to achieve mental repose. Pranam asana is like Meditation, which is all about letting go of all those negative thoughts from the brain. The practice could be thanks to killing old and senile body cells and build new ones to form you’re feeling young and energetic.
  • Instills spiritual energy: Pranam asana is the way of greeting in Indian culture known as Namaskar. It is how you worship the Lord. It is a yogic practice that fills your body and mind with spiritual energy and leads them on the trail of spiritual enlightenment to achieve mental purity. Pranam asana consists of everything that Yoga stands for, from peace to spirituality and from health to grace. The mantras pronounced during the practice of the asana illuminate the body and bring positivity to the brain.
  • Stabilizes the body and mind: Balance is a crucial aspect of a healthy human life. Stability is the key to success and perfection. Pranam asana is the most beautiful yoga pose. It helps to keep up a balance between the mental and physical energy in the body. It helps develop awareness about balance and equality, which are extremely important for understanding the art of walking on the road to beauty. The practice permits you to enjoy your life by nourishing the immense potential hidden within you.
  • Nourishes the leg muscles and bones: If you fill in one place for quite a while, it’s normal to feel strain within the thighs and lower leg. 

Pranam asana, being a standing pose, boosts the flexibility of your legs to sustain more pressure. The practice helps to strengthen the muscle, bones of your legs, augments the joints, knees, ankles, hips, etc. The health benefits of Pranam asana exceed buttressing the arm muscle and wrist joints. You shall experience nurturing within the system.

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Antiyeshti: Why the last rites should be performed during daytime?

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Performing the last rites as per the Hindu traditions

Sanatan Dharma consists of sixteen rites and rituals to follow when you are alive. However, Antiyeshti is the last rite of a person after they die. The majority of religions in the world believe in burying their dead. Hindus believe in burning the dead body after performing certain rituals. The reason behind burning the deceased is to purify the body before it continues its journey as a new person. 

All the offerings are made to gods and goddesses in fire because it is pure as per the Hindu scriptures. Similarly, when a body has burned during Antiyeshti, the fire helps in bringing the soul closer to salvation. Moreover, the energy produced by the fire is in the upward direction towards heaven.

After a person dies, they abandon their physical body. Antiyeshti is the last sacrifice a person undergoes before leaving the present world. The funeral of the dead person by its family members and close ones after death. Sanatan Dharma believes that the person returns to the five elements of nature after death. 

The Garuda Purana has proper rites mentioned for Antiyeshti according to Sanatan Dharma. These rituals help to escape the illusions of the materialistic world and achieve salvation. The Garuda Purana states a person living on this earth has to die someday. No one can trick time to live longer than the time destined for their death. 

The Scriptures lays stress on performing funeral rites before sunset. Moreover, it explains the various consequences that may arise if a person burned after sunset. Following are some consequences mentioned in the Garuda Purana:

  • Cremating a person after death can lead to affecting the new life of the person. To clarify, a person burned after sunset may suffer from physical or mental disability in the next life. 
  • According to Sanatan Dharma, the gates of heaven are open till sunset. After dusk, it is difficult for the soul to enter heaven, forced to go to hell. It is because Hindus preach Aditya gods, which are active during the daytime. After the sunset, Pyshachas are active.

In Sanatan Dharma, we believe that a soul leaves its physical vessel after its death and moves into a new body. By doing so, they preach and pray to achieve the ultimate goal of salvation. Before attaining salvation, they suffer for purification of their soul from sinful deeds and recycle life several times as various creatures. 

The scriptures divide death into multiple stages. However, these stages begin after a person dies, while some may start while they are alive till they die. After the person dies, chanting of hymns and mantras by their family and the Hindu priest. It is to focus the energy of the deceased on the head. In Sanatan Dharma, a soul leaves its body from the head.

You must have seen a family member of the deceased revolving around the body with a pot with a hole consisting of water. According to the Garuda Purana, a person’s life is like a pot with a hole, and water depicts time. The water keeps pouring out of the clay-pot just like time flying away from a person’s life. The ritual of revolving around the deceased with water removing helps the soul to get rid of the love it has for its physical body.

Scientists have proven that cremation is the fastest way, which a body mixes with the five elements of nature. Moreover, the impact of pathogens forming in the deceased body eliminates to the maximum when burnt. In conclusion, Sanatan Dharma is a practice of living accomodating crucial scientific facts. Every ritual and practice mentioned in Sanatan Dharma is deeply rooted in science.

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Ashta Siddhi-8 superpowers mentioned in the ancient scriptures

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There are 8 siddhis mentioned in our ancient scriptures, also known as Ashta Siddhi. The Scriptures also include the abilities gained by the seeker after the attainment of the Ashta Siddhis. The seeker needs to be very disciplined and learn to control the mind as it is not so easy to attain these siddhis. After attaining siddhis, the seeker rises above worldly attachment. Longing for desires of the materialistic world ends. It is said in the scriptures that Mata Sita blessed Lord Hanuman. He can grant anyone with Ashta siddhis and nine Nidhis. The lines from Hanuman Chalisa that describes the above are as follows:

‘अष्ट सिद्धि नव निधि के दाता, असवर दीन जानकी माता। ‘

Siddhis are spiritual and supernatural powers and abilities attained by deep spiritual Sadhanas, including Yoga and Meditation. 

What are the Ashta Siddhis?

अणिमा महिमा चैव लघिमा गरिमा तथा |

प्राप्तिः प्राकाम्यमीशित्वं वशित्वं चाष्ट सिद्धयः |

Anima, Mahima, Garima, Laghima, Prapti, Prakamya, Ishatva and Vastava. These Siddhis together are called “Ashta Siddhi.” These Ashta Siddhis are also known as Brahma Pradana Siddhi (Divine attainments).

Anima: The ability to make oneself subtle is called anima. By attaining this Siddhi, a person can turn extremely small. The person is capable of holding a body similar to an atom.

Mahima: The second Siddhi is Mahima. After attaining this Siddhi, man can make himself infinitely huge. He can stretch his body to any extent. At the same time, he can also expand nature.

Garima: The third Siddhi is Garima. After attaining Siddhi height of the person remains limited, but the bodyweight increases to an extent, no one can move it. Just like when the powerful Pandava, Bhima, was unable to move the tail of Hanuman Ji.

Laghima: The fourth Siddhi is Laghima. After attaining this Siddhi, one’s body becomes very light that it can fly faster than the air. The weight of his body becomes minimal. 

Prapti: The Prapti Siddhi gives the seeker the ability to reach any place in the universe according to his will.

Prakamya: The sixth Siddhi is Prakamya Siddhi. After attaining this Siddhi, a person can know and understand what is on one’s mind. He can tell what is on the other person’s mind, whether he speaks or not.

Ishitva: The seventh Siddhi is Ishatva, and it means hegemony. It is the title of God. After attaining this Siddhi, the person stands in the category of God. 

Vashitva: The eighth Siddhi is Vashitva. After attaining this Siddhi, a seeker can subdue any person or thing. Whether it is an animal, a bird, or a human being, he can defeat anyone.

Methods to attain Ashtha Siddhi?

Several ways are mentioned by acharya Patanjali in his Yoga Sutra to attain supernatural powers. Some of the ways to achieve Siddhis are as follows:

“जन्मौषणधभन्त्रतऩ्सभाणधजा् णसद्धम्”

Janma ( by birth): A newborn whose parents attain high spirituality, attain Siddhi just by residing in the womb. Moreover, the child can achieve Siddhi faster in comparison to others.

Aushadhi (Medicines): With some medicines and herbs help, you can get supernatural powers and abilities. 

Mantra (incantation): Chanting hymns with proper pronunciation can help you in achieving special abilities. The mantras possess powers to enhance your physical and mental capabilities. 

Tapah (Austerity): When you avoid conflicts and distractions of the mind, your body starts formulating self-discipline. It will help in controlling the five elements that help in achieving Siddhi. 

Samadhi (one with consciousness): The ultimate way of achieving Siddhi is through Samadhi. The body becomes one with nature while having consciousness. The person is Siddh and has the power to leave their body whenever they want.

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The Process of Reproduction explained in Garud Puran

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Science lies even before technologies. Before Vedic scriptures, what were the sources of attaining Vedic science? People in the ancient period gain knowledge from their forefathers or gurus verbally. Sanatan Dharma explained the birth of a human even before modern science and technologies. 

Garud Puran is one of the written scripture along with Vishnu Puran, Ramayan, Bhagwadgita. The pages of Garud Puran explain the biological development of an embryo into a fetus. The procedure described in the Garud Puran is detailed. It consists of every ounce of change that happens in the womb of a mother. It clearly shows that the roots of Puran are associated with Modern Science.

According to the verses of Garud Puran, Lord Vishnuhttps://vedicgyaan.com/?p=514 explains the process of reproduction as, “when men and women unite in between the period of menstruation (the three days which Indra shared with women for the sin of brahmicide) the fetus starts to form.”

The zygote starts taking the form of seed (Embryo) in the womb according to its karma and attains its body after taking birth as a creature. 

Initially, it takes a shape similar to a lump. Gradually, it forms a spherical shape, turning into the flesh of an egg. By the first month, the head forms. Further, developing arms and limbs. Other parts of the body start forming from the beginning of the third month, such as nails, hair, bones, skin, and other cavities. 

In the fourth month, bodily fluids start developing, and by the fifth-month, hunger and thirst arise. Moreover, the fetus is enveloped and moves to the left of the womb. By the seventh month, it gains consciousness and trembles to move out of the womb and moves out like a newborn.

The details mentioned in the Garud Puran are no less than that explained in the modern sciences. Isn’t it fascinating? While the scientific discoveries are about a century older, Garud Puran, written thousand years before, holds such details.

It explains that our Sanatan Dharma laid down on scientific phenomenons of nature is truly fascinating. The Garud Puran has verses, which tell life, death, and fruits of deeds one does in its life span. 

Some Shlokas from the Garud Purana 

ये हि पापरतास्तार्क्ष्य दयाधर्मविवर्जिताः।

 दुष्टसंगाश्च सच्छास्त्रसत्सङ्गतिपराडंमुखाः।।

This verse from the epic Garuda Purana explains that people who have done sinful acts in their life span go to hell. People who didn’t preach kindness or are friends with such people are disposed to hell.

आत्मसंभाविताः स्तब्धा धनमानमदान्विताः ।

आसुरं भावमापन्ना दैवीसम्पद् विवर्जिताः ।।

It says that people who think they are the supreme creatures and no one else can stand beside them. Such people remain alienated from the fruits of heaven and are blind to the illusion of the materialistic world. 

अनेकचित्विभ्रान्ता मोहजालसमावृताः ।

प्रसक्ताः कामभोगेषु पतन्ति नरकेऽसुचौ ।।

People lost in the play of mind, full of temptations and sex, belong to the unholy heaven.

ये नरा ज्ञानशीलाश्च ते यान्ति परमां गतिम् ।

 पापशीला नरा यान्ति दुखेन यमयातनाम ।।

A person who has the wisdom to attain the ultimate speed of life. On the other hand, those who are busy performing sinful deeds lead a miserable life.

 सुकृतं दुष्कृतं वाऽपि भुक्त्वा पूर्वं यथाऽर्जितम ।

  कर्मयोगात्तदा तस्य कश्चिद् व्याधिः प्रजायते ।।

The disease that we attain in old age is a fruit of karma of the sinful actions we did in our entire lifespan.

Many versions of the Garuda Purana exist today. It contains more than 16000 verses. The chapters deal with adversely diverse topics. Some of the topics are cosmology, mythology, relationship between gods, the theory of Yoga, good versus evil, various schools of Santana philosophies, the theory of “heaven and hell” with “karma and rebirth”, ancestral rites and soteriology, rivers and geography, types of minerals and stones, examining methods of gems for their quality, Category of plants and herbs,

various diseases and symptoms, medicines, aphrodisiacs, prophylactics, Santana calendar, astronomy, moon, planets, astrology, architecture, building home, essential features of a Santana temple, rites of passage, duties of a king, politics, state officials and their roles, the genre of literature, rules of grammar, and other topics. The final chapters discuss how to practice Yoga, self development, and the benefits of self-knowledge

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Shiva Linga: The Real Meaning of Shiva Linga

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Shiva Linga- The Real meanng of Shiva Linga

The Internet has become an active source of false and manipulated content. You must be aware of the knowledge you seek. Many people have misunderstood the real meaning of linga in ‘Shiva Linga.’ The western world has compared linga to a sex organ many times. But, the word linga consists of a deeper meaning. 

The word ‘linga’ in Sanskrit means symbol (chinha). Moreover, the Agama text explains by breaking the literal meaning into two primary pieces where ‘ling’ means to dissolve or destroy whereas ‘ga’ means to emerge or create. The intended meaning is that we all are creations of Lord Shiva (universe), and at the end, we all dissolve back into him. Thus, Shiva Linga marks the cosmos of our universe.

Now, you know the real meaning of Shiva Linga. Further, you must be wondering what does the linga symbolizes. To answer this part of your question, we may move on to a story. 

Once, a sculptor had to create a sculpture of the god from a rock. He got puzzled because god belongs to everyone. He did not want to portray the god similar to a specific creature. Therefore, he kept the rock formless. This formless creation of god’s idol symbolizing the infinity of the universe is linga. Linga defines the universe and everything within the universe. 

To clarify, the crucial motive of this story is to explain to you that god is formless. Our modern science has proven that our whole world emerged from nothingness and will dissolve in it. The form and creation of something lie inside this nothingness. 

The linga in itself defines a universe of nothingness. Depending upon our minds and visualization, we have created something having a form. God is formless. Our ability to visualize and create has given shape to our god. 

A story concerning Shiva Linga

The story revolves around a debate that occurred between Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma regarding superiority as an individual. They went on to have an endless quarrel when a wall of fire emerged between them. Brahma went up to measure the end of the wall in the form of a swan. On the other hand, Lord Vishnu became a boar to measure the dead-end by digging underground. 

They both kept on exploring the ends of the wall but were unable to find it. Disappointed by their failure, both returned. While Lord Vishnu accepted his defeat in reaching the end of the wall, Brahma lied, boasting that he found Keiki flowers at the top of the wall. 

The lies of Brahma went on to burst open the wall of fire. A divine figure came out of the wall cursing Brahma for his impatient lies and ignorance. He was Lord Shiva. After that day, the practice of worshipping the stone pillar as a piece of Shaligram stone started. It is linga or Shiva linga. 

Moreover, it reminds a symbolic container of ideas and reality ahead of our senses. The belief extends to the worshipping of a formless linga that can break us free from the walls of perceptions and divisions like gender, status, inequality, lineage, etc. 

Scientific Facts related to a Shiva Linga

There are several facts related to the shiva linga. Some of these facts are as follows:

  • Many researchers and geologists have mentioned that the unique composition of linga formed in the river Narmada is due to meteorite crashes, which took place many years ago.
  • The particles of the meteorite with the earthly minerals resulted in the creation of a new unique type of crystalline rock.
  • The linga possess extraordinary energies. When combined with elliptical shape as that of the universe align with the positive vibrations of our body.

Nonetheless, the Matsya Purana (Chap. 165-169) states that drinking water from the river Ganga and worshipping the lingam may bring freedom from all states of grievance.

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