Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple
Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple

Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple is one of the sacred temples of the Hindu god Hanuman in the city of Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India. It is situated by the Assi river on near to the Durga and the New Vishwanath temple within the Banaras Hindu University campus.

Sankat Mochan in Hindi means reliever from troubles. The current temple structure was built in early 1900s by the educationist and freedom fighter, Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya, the founder of Banaras Hindu University. Hanuman Jayanti, the birthday of Hanuman, is celebrated in fanfare, during which a special shobha yatra, a procession starting from Durgakund adjacent to the historic Durga Temple to Sankat Mochan, is carried out.

Legends:

It is believed that the temple has been built on the very spot where Tulsidas had a vision of Hanuman. Sankat Mochan Temple was founded by Tulsidas who was the author of the Ramacharitamanasa, which is the Awadhi version of the Sanskrit epic Ramayana originally written by Valmiki.

Tradition promises that regular visitors to the temple will gain the special favor of Lord Hanuman. Every Tuesday and Saturday thousands of people queue up in front of the temple to offer prayers to Lord Hanuman.

According to Vedic Astrology, Hanuman saves human beings from the anger of the planet Shani (Saturn), and especially people who have an ill-placed Saturn in their horoscopes visit this temple for astrological remedies. This is supposed to be the most effective way for appeasing Shani.

While it is suggested that Hanuman did not hesitate to engulfe in his mouth the sun, the lord of all planets, which humbled all the gods and angels, making them worship him for the Sun’s release. Some astrologers believe that worshiping Hanuman can neutralize the ill-effect of Mangal (Mars) and practically any planet that has an ill effect on human life.

About the Deity:

Hanuman Ji was also one of the four people who heard Shrimad Bhagvad Gita from Shri Krishna, rest three being Arjuna, Sanjaya and Barbarika. Not only the time of Ramayana, the time of Mahabharata also was blessed by the presence of Hanuman Ji.

Bhima was considered to be the brother of Lord Hanuman Ji as well, as they both were having same father, Vayu. To vanquish Bhima’s arrogance Hanuman Ji appeared as a weak and old monkey in front of him during Pandava’s exile. Roaming in forest Bhima reached a place where Hauman Ji was lying with his tail blocking the way. Unaware of his identity Bhima asked the monkey to remove his tail but Hanuman Ji refused.

Enraged Bhima tried himself to move out the tail but despite of his immense strength he was unable even to shift it a bit. Soon he realized that it was no ordinary monkey but Lord Hanuman himself. He immediately apologized and requested him to demonstrate the figure he assumed when he was crossing the sea to reach Lanka. Hanuman Ji agreed and also promised to protect the Pandavas during Mahabharata.

 

Sri Rama Navmi: The festival of Kausalya Rama and Kalyana Rama

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Rama Navmi

Sri Rama Navmi: The festival of Kausalya Rama and Kalyana Rama

Rama Navmi : “Rama”, the one name that is an intrinsic part of our lives right from infancy to the final journey! We have been put to sleep as infants with “Rama Laali/Jo Jo Rama”, blessings from elders have been worded as “Sri Rama Raksha” and we bid god-speed to the departed souls with “Ram Nam Satya Hai” (Rama’s name is true.) Lord Rama is celebrated and glorified in every household and holds a special place in everyone’s heart for being an embodiment of all the virtues.

What is Sri Rama Navami and when is it celebrated?

Sri Rama Navami marks the glorious appearance (birthday) of Lord Rama as Kausalya Rama (the son of queen Kausalya) and the wonderful wedding ceremony of Lord Rama as Kalyana Rama (the bridegroom Rama.)

Sri Rama Navami is celebrated on Navami tithi (ninth day) in the Shukla paksha (waxing phase of the moon) of the Chaitra month. It was on this day in the Treta Yuga, that Lord Rama took birth as the first child of king Dasaratha. It is believed that a few years later, it was again on this day that king Janaka gave his beautiful daughter, Sita’s hand in marriage to Lord Rama.

Sri Rama Navami also concludes the Chaitra Navratri celebrations.

Significance of Sri Rama Navami:

Lord Vishnu incarnates in various forms to protect the pious, correct/punish the miscreants and to establish the principles of righteousness. When the demon king Ravana troubled the pious and saintly people, all the heavenly gods headed by Lord Brahma requested Lord Vishnu to appear on Earth and to re-establish peace and happiness.

Lord Vishnu thus appeared (took birth) as the son of king Dasaratha and queen Kausalya of the Ikshvaku kingdom as a result of their special fire sacrifice to beget children. Lord Rama killed Ravana and several other demons and established peace and harmony in the society. Throughout His stay on Earth, Lord Rama led a dutiful, righteous life and guided everyone on the path of dharma.

Sri Rama Navami is a special day that gives an opportunity to worship, glorify and thank Lord Rama for being such a kind and benevolent God.

Appropriate way to celebrate Sri Rama Navami:

• Wake up early in the morning and take a head-bath.
• Worship Lord Rama along with goddess Sita in their picture or deity form at home.
• Keep a fast till sunset or at least till noon.
• Recite Sri Vishnu Sahasranama
• Listen to Sri Dasavatara Stotra here and learn the stotra here
• Visit a nearby temple of Lord Rama and participate in Sri Sita Rama Kalyanotsav (celebration of the wedding of goddess Sita and Lord Rama.)
• Recite the powerful Sri Rama Raksha Stotra and listen to it here

 

 

This year, Sri Rama Navami is celebrated on Sunday, 25 March 2018. OnlineTemple wishes all of you a very happy and blissful Sri Rama Navami! May Kausalya Rama and Sita Rama provide you Sri Rama Raksha and bless you with happiness, peace and prosperity!

Keesaragutta Temple – Sri Ramalingeswara Swamy Temple,Keesara

Keesaragutta Temple
Keesaragutta Temple

Keesaragutta Temple (Sri Ramalingeswara Swamy Temple, Keesara Gutta)

Keesaragutta is a small village which is 30-40 kilometers from Hyderabad in the state of Telangana. It is the mandal headquarters of Shamirpet in Keesara revenue division. Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Siva and his consorts Bhavani and Sivadurga.

About the Temple:

The temple at Keesaragutta is known as Ramalingeshwara Temple,as lord Sri Rama had installed the lingam. A peaceful place and and scenic views of distant hyderabad. The temple except on Shivaratri days and during the Karthika month is not very crowded and one make a very peaceful stay perform abshikams. There are 101 lingas of varying heights within the temple complex.One can see the scattered shiva laingas around the temple hill.

Sri Ramalingeswara Swamy Temple, Keesara Gutta is located on the hillock. Vehicles can go upto the hillock. Gutta meaning rock.Over the years, the name has been transformed as Keesara and the hillock as Keesaragutta. On the rock, there are many Siva Lingas scattered around the temple. The important festival is the Sivarathri, and the people, not only from Twin cities, from different places throng the place to worship the Lord.

The scenic beauty around the temple is very fine and one can spend a half day without any difficulty. There is Vedic Patashala (school) in this area and there are Engineering colleges too in this locality.Praying to Shiva Linga helps elevate the consciousness of the devotee and helps in gaining the supreme knowledge. Ram and Ravana from the well known “Ramayana” were the great devotees of Lord Shiva. Devotees also call Shiva as “Bholenath”.

Monkeys are very familiar around at this hillock. Temple is a very calm and beautiful place, far from the city. the temple itself brings peace at heart. Monsoon is the best time. lots of devotees and tourists visit the Sri Ramalingeswara Swamy Temple on Shivaratri and karthika masam.

During kaarthikamaasam (lord shiva’s favorite month) the temple is a bit crowded but will get a great darshan . The temple attracts thousands of devotees on Shivaratri. The priests at the temple proudly say that the rituals the temple follows were laid by Lord Rama himself.

About The Deity:

Shiva is one of the most revered deity in Hinduism. He is one of the three main Gods Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh, the trio were considered to be responsible for everything in this world. Shiva is also represented in the form of “Linga” or “Lingam” representing phallus, the symbol of power. In Sanskrit, linga means “symbol” or mark and hence Lord Shiva is also worshipped in the form of Shiva Linga.

Shiva Linga is believed to that it speaks to the devotee in the language of silence. ShivaLinga is usually either Black or White in color and made in marble. Though shape varies but usually it is oval in shape. Shiva Linga represents the immense power of Lord Shiva which is believed to be guarding and guiding this universe.

Linga states that creation is effected by the union of ‘Prakriti’ and ‘Purusha,’ the female and male powers of Nature. Linga also signifies ‘Satya,’ ‘Jnana’ and ‘Ananta’ which is Truth, knowledge and Infinity.

Ways to visit the Temple :

Keesaragutta Temple is thirty to forty kilometers approx distance from Hyderabad. A pleasant visit well connected by buses from Secunderabad station. It goes via Taranaka, Nacharam, ECIL x roads, Kushaiguda, Rampalli areas.

Om Namah Shivaya !!

 

 

Shree Varad Vinayak Temple (Ashtavinayak)

Shree Varad Vinayak Temple

 

Shree Varad Vinayak Temple Ashtavinayak

Shree Varad Vinayak Temple (Ashtavinayak)

The idol of  Shree Varad Vinayak Temple (Ashtavinayak) Varada Vinayak is a swayambu (self-originated) and was found in the adjoining lake in an immersed position in 1690 AD. This temple is said to be built in 1725 AD by Subhedar Ramji Mahadev Biwalkar. The temple premises are on one side of a beautiful pond. The idol of this temple faces the east and has his trunk turned to the left. There is an oil lamp in this shrine which is said to be burning continuously since 1892. This temple also has the idol of Mushika, Navagraha Devtas and Shivalinga. There are 4 elephant idols guarding the 4 sides of the temple. In this Ashta Vinayak Temple, devotees can enter the Garbagriha and pay their homage and respects to the idol personally. Devotees visit the Varadvinayak shrine throughout the year. During festivals like the Magha Chaturthi huge crowds of devotees can be seen in this temple.

Legend

Legend has it that the childless king, Bhima of Koudinyapur and his wife met the sage Vishwamitra while they had come to forest for penance. Vishwamitra gave the king a mantra (incantation), Ekashar Gajana Mantra to chant and thus his son and heir, prince Rukmaganda was born, who grew up into a beautiful young prince.

One day, during a hunting trip, Rukmaganda stopped at the hermitage of Rishi Vachaknavi. The Rishi’s wife, Mukunda fell in love at the sight of the handsome prince and asked him to fulfill her desires. The virtuous prince flatly refused and left the ashram. Mukunda became lovesick. Knowing her plight, King Indra took the form of Rukmaganda and made love to her. Mukunda became pregnant and gave birth to a son, Gritsamada.

In time, when Gritsamada learned of the circumstances of his birth, he cursed his mother to become an unattractive, thorny, berry-bearing “Bhor” plant. Mukunda in turn cursed Gritsamada that a cruel rakshas (demon) will be born from him. Suddenly they both heard a heavenly voice saying, “Gritsamada is the son of Indra”, leaving them both shocked, but it was too late to alter their respective curses. Mukunda was transformed into the Bhor plant. Gritsamada, ashamed and penitent, retreated to the Pushpak forest where he prayed for reprieve to Lord Ganesha (Ganapati).

Lord Ganesha was pleased by Gritsamada’s penance and offered him a boon that he will bear a son who would not be defeated by anybody other than Shankara (Shiva). Gritsamada asked Lord Ganesha to bless the forest, so that any devotees who pray here will be successful, and also urged Ganesha to stay there permanently and asked upon the knowledge of Brahma. Gritsamada built a temple there and installed a Ganesha idol called Varadavinayaka. Today the forest is known as Bhadraka.

It is said that, if the coconut received as prasad during Maghi Chaturthi is consumed, one will be blessed with a son. Hence the temple is especially full with devotees during Maghi Utsav.

Region where Ganesha is worshipped

Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated throughout India and particularly in Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and many other parts of western and Southern India. Outside India, the festival is observed in regions of Nepal, United States, Mauritius and Canada.

Religious Festivals Based On The Deity

Ganesh Chaturthi is the Hindu festival that is celebrated in the honor of the elephant god. The festival is celebrated in public and at home as well. The festival lasts for ten days and ends on the fourteenth day of the Fortnight. The month of Bhadrapada in the Hindu calendar and in the month of August or September marks the festivities of the deity. Aarti is also performed with friends and family during this festival typically in the morning and evening.

Matsya Jayanti: The appearance of the goldfish

Matsya Jayanti

 

Matsya Jayanti

Matsya Jayanti: The appearance of the goldfish who was eight million miles long

Matsya Jayanti : Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Is it easy for you to believe that the tiny goldfish which is liked by children and grown-ups too can swim for 432 years? Impossible, isn’t it? The average life span of a goldfish is somewhere between 10 and 20 years.

The distance traversed by a goldfish during such a short duration of its lifetime is hardly a few kilometres. Have you heard of the goldfish who swam across the length and width of the ocean of inundation not for 4 or 3 or 2 years but for 4.32 billion years? Let us now know the story behind that goldfish.

Story behind the goldfish:

King Satyavrata, who later came to be known as Manu was once offering oblations of water on the banks of river Kritamala to Lord Vishnu as a part of his daily rituals and found a tiny fish in the water contained in his palms. The fish requested the king for protection. King Satyavrata, the kind and righteous king that he was, kept the fish in a jug of water. Very soon the fish outgrew the jug and was transferred to a well by the king.

The fish grew bigger making the well an unfavourable place for its stay. The king then transferred the fish to a lake and surprisingly the fish grew to a great size that even the lake couldn’t accommodate the fish. Finally, the king transferred the fish to a sea. But it wasn’t too late before the fish grew to a gigantic size making the sea too unsuitable for its stay. By now, it was clear to the king that it was not an ordinary fish rather it was Lord Vishnu Himself.

Upon realizing the identity of the fish, king Satyavrata requested Lord Vishnu to enlighten him about His (Lord Vishnu’s) incarnation as a fish. Lord Vishnu told to the king that there would be a great deluge within 7 days from there and He asked the king to gather the saintly people, herbs, seeds and other living entities.

Lord Vishnu would then appear in His incarnation as a one-horned fish and protect all of them. King Satyavrata was further instructed by Lord Vishnu that a large boat would come to his rescue at the time of inundation and it should be fastened to the horn of the fish with the help of the serpent Vasuki.

The day of great deluge:

Finally, the day of great deluge had arrived. The entire universe was inundated with torrents of rain. As promised, a huge boat came to the rescue of the king and the others who were assembled. Upon prayers from the king, Lord Vishnu appeared as a huge one-horned goldfish who was eight million miles long.

King Satyavrata anchored the boat to the horn of the fish incarnation of Lord Vishnu with Vasuki. Lord Vishnu in the form of a fish swam across the ocean of inundation for the entire night of Lord Brahma, which is equal to 4.32 billion years!

During the entire journey, Lord Vishnu enlightened king Manu and the other saintly people on science, puranas, vedic literature, bhakti (devotion) and self-realization.

When did Lord Vishnu appear as Matsya?

It was not the first time that Lord Vishnu took the form of a Matsya. Once, at the end of the previous kalpa too, Lord Vishnu appeared as Matsya to protect the Vedas that were stolen by the demon Hayagriva. Hayagriva stealthily took away the vedic knowledge from Lord Brahma at the time of annihilation. Lord Vishnu then appeared as Matsya, killed the demon and restored the vedas to Lord Brahma.

Significance of Matsya Avatar:

• The day on which Lord Vishnu took the form of Matsya, the gigantic goldfish is celebrated as Matsya Jayanti. It falls on Tritiya (third day) of the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of the moon) of the Chaitra month as per the Hindu calendar.

Thus, every Chaitra Shukla Tritiya is celebrated as Matsya Jayanti, the appearance of Lord Vishnu as Matsya.
• Like all the other incarnations of Lord Vishnu, He appeared as Matsya to protect the pious, punish the miscreants and to uphold dharma (righteousness).

• As mentioned in the 59th and 60th slokas of the 24th chapter taken from the 8th canto of Srimad Bhagavatam, all the sins of the person who faithfully reads/listens to the appearance of Matsya Avatar of Lord Vishnu will be destroyed.

• The faithful devotee will have all his desires fulfilled and will attain to the supreme abode of Lord Vishnu.

Appropriate way to celebrate Matsya Jayanti:

• Take an early morning bath and worship Lord Vishnu at home.
• Recite Matsya Stotra (as given below) from Sri Dasavatara Stotra

“Pralaya-Payodhi-Jale Dhritavan Asi Vedam Vihita-Vahitra-Caritram Akhedam Kesava Dhrita-Mina-Sarira Jaya Jagadisa Hare”
Translation: Oh Keshava! Oh Lord of the universe! Oh Lord Hari, who have assumed the form of a fish! All glories to You! You easily acted as a boat in the form of a giant fish just to give protection to the Vedas, which had become immersed in the turbulent sea of devastation.

• Recite Sri Vishnu Sahasranama
• Listen to Sri Dasavatara Stotra here
• Visit any nearby temple of Lord Vishnu and perform archana.
• Matsya Gayatri mantra: The following is the Matsya Gayatri mantra suitable for recitation by the people who are initiated by a guru into chanting of the Gayatri mantra:

“Om Jalacharaaya Vidhmahe Mahameenaya Dheemahe Thanno Matsya Prachodayath”
• It is important to note that any mantra recitation generates immense energy and the same needs to be returned to the universe in the form of tarpan or in the form of blessings to the near and dear. The reciter can give away the energy to the universe through tarpan by reciting “tatsa brahmarpana mastu” at the end of the mantra recitation. One can also distribute the energy through rays by blessing the near and dear. Whenever the energy tarpan is performed to the universe, one receives blessings from the universe.

Additional Details:

• Matsya Avatar is the first incarnation of Lord Vishnu.
• As a deity, Matsya Avatar is worshipped in a four-armed form with the upper torso of a man and the lower of a fish.

This year, Matsya Jayanti is celebrated on Tuesday, 20 March. OnlineTemple wishes all the devotees a very happy Matsya Jayanti! May Lord Vishnu protect you from the dangers of the material ocean and guide you to the eternal home!