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The text of the Gupta Lalitambika desribes Goddess Chinnamasta as follows: "She who is the embodiment of virtue, love, humanness, anger, valiancy, terror, odiousness, mysticism, humor and tranquility all put together." It is quite a neat description of the Goddess. The name by itself connotes 'one with the severed head'. She is refered as Prasanda Chandika and comes 6th in line of the ten Mahavidyas. There is mention of the Goddess in not only Hindu texts but also Buddhist Tantric scriptures. She is also called Vajreshwari and is likened to the thunderbolt of Lord Indra. Her eyes are expressive and some devotees also call her Indrani. Those who follow her become inspired and courageous.
Chhattisgarh state department of archaeology and culture plans to seek help from Nasa and Isro for research on 10,000 year old rock paintings depicting aliens and UFOs in Charama region in Kanker district in tribal Bastar region. According to archaeologist JR Bhagat, these paintings have depicted aliens like those shown in Hollywood and Bollywood movies. Located about 130km from Raipur, the caves come under village Chandeli and Gotitola.
A retired history professor who has written articles arguing that stories from the Ramayan and the Mahabharat are truthful accounts of events that took place has been named chief of the ICHR, the government agency to promote historical research. Yellapragada Sudershan Rao, whose interests include Vedic literature, Sanatana Dharma and Bharatiya Sanskriti, set the tone for his three-year tenure after taking charge on Saturday.
The media describes him as an RSS man and the author of the Mahabharata Project, but very little is known about the mild-mannered historian from Telangana in academic circles. Yellapragada Sudershan Rao, the new chairman of the Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR), describes himself as a colonial historian and argues that faith and reason can go hand in hand in the writing of history.
Priests at an ancient Shiva temple in South Gujarat have decided to remove a Sai idol from the temple complex following Dwarka Peeth Shankaracharya Swami Swaroopanand Saraswati's controversial claim that Hindus should not worship deified figures. "We totally accept and agree with Swami Swaroopanandji. Going by the Vedic Sanatan dharma, Sai Baba cannot be considered a God. And then, there are no documents and writings as a matter of evidence to establish him as a deity," Shivji Maharaj said. "Our temple goes by the directives of the Shankaracharya who heads the Sanatan dharma."
Reality ends beyond the cracked mud huts of Sripuranthan, 300 km off Chennai. A rubble path winds past scraggy cattle and frolicking children, into the eerie quiet of a tumbled ruin: Brihadeeswara temple. A man-sized stone warrior guards the doorway, half-sunk in sand. Hundreds of bats whirl overhead, shrieking at the intrusion. Exposed beams, textured by time and mould, add to the musty smell in the air. Cobwebs on prayer lamps enhance the sense of abandonment. The altar is stripped bare, like a frame without a picture: It's a temple without a god. The 1,000-year-old guardian of the temple, Shiva Nataraja, is missing from his abode.
An 800-year-old Nataraja bronze, stolen about four years ago from Suthamalli, a remote Tamil Nadu village, is at the centre of a quickly unravelling story of illicit international trade in antiquities. Hot pursuit of sculpture’s trail provided key evidence that led to the extradition to India in mid-July of Subhash Chandra Kapoor, an antique gallery owner from New York accused in the case.
Lord Ayyapan is considered to be one of the greatest gods in the Southern Indian states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala and has devout followers across the world in countries like Malaysia, Indonesia, etc. He is also addressed as Lord Ayappa or Lord Manikandan. The deity is said to be the son of the Destroyer, Lord Shiva and the beautiful enchantress Mohini, who is the female avatar of Lord Vishnu, the Preserver. Hence, the great god is the holy union of two supreme gods of the Hindu triad, making him the ultimate progeny. He is thus also known as Hariharanputra. Hari means Lord Vishnu while Haran means Lord Shiva. The famous story of his birth is as fascinating as his incredible parentage.
During my years of experience in the field of providing astrological guidance, I saw that a very great number of people who contacted me were in fact victims of low self-confidence, fear, depression, anxiety and were confused due to their lack of overall idea as to what life is all about. It was very clear that the roots of such problems lie deep within the mind of such persons. I could see that logical guidance, counseling, had very little impact on the persons suffering. It led me into the quest to find effective tools to help such persons.
The following prediction of Jesus Christ is found in the ancient Hindu scripture known as Bhavishya Purana. Bhavishya means "future", and Purana means "history", so the name means the "history of the future". The Bhavishya Purana was originally written 5,000 years ago by the sage Vyasa, who was the compiler of the Vedic scriptures. Usually Puranas are historical narrations of universal events that happened in ancient times, but in the case of the Bhavishya Purana, Vyasa is providing a narration of events that will happen in the future, beginning with the arrival of the age of kali yuga.
A belief that Jesus travelled to India and adopted Buddhist teachings and methods has been around since at least the 19th Century when scholars attempted to explain the similarities between Christianity and the much older Buddhist teachings. Traditions have it that during the ‘missing years’ i.e. those not chronicled in the New Testament, Jesus travelled to the ‘lost tribes’ of Israel who had not returned to the Holy Land but had settled in Afghanistan, Northern India and beyond.
The following is a video documentary by the Government of India on Jesus in Kashmir, India.
It is a commonly-held belief among Christians and Muslims that Jesus rose to heaven, and that his body was never buried. However, recent media coverage has brought the attention of the world to the Rozabal Tomb in Kashmir, said to contain the body of one Yuz Asaf, a name supposedly adopted by Jesus when he was in India. This has reignited widespread debate on this topic. Local tradition states that the entombed was a prophet of Ahl-al-Kitab, or People of the Book (traditionally Christians and Jews), and his name was ‘Isa – the Qur’anic name for Jesus.
A belief that Jesus survived the crucifixion and spent his remaining years in Kashmir has led to a run-down shrine in Srinagar making it firmly onto the must-visit-in India tourist trail. In the backstreets of downtown Srinagar is an old building known as the Rozabal shrine. It’s in a part of the city where the Indian security forces are on regular patrol, or peering out from behind check-posts made of sandbags.
The birthday of Jesus Christ, who many believe is the son of God and the Savior, is celebrated by most Christians around the world on Dec. 25. However, there exists many mysteries and contradictions regarding the biography of the historic Jesus. Among the most fascinating and controversial parts of his life have to do with what he did and where he went during his adolescence and early manhood -- roughly between the ages of 13 and 30 -- i.e., the "lost years" (which the New Testament completely omits).
Kala Bhairava is an incarnation of Lord Shiva and the Devata of the Lord Rahu (Navagraha Planet). Kala Bhairava is also regarded as the guardian of Lord Shiva temples. Kala Bhairava is the Rudra Avatar of Shiva who is the omnipresent time or Kala. Kala or time is the fearsome face of Shiva as time stops for none. Each and every living being is afraid of time as it spares none. Hence Kala is feared by one and all. The Kala Bhairava Ashtakam was composed by the great philosopher saint of the 8th century, Adi Shankara. The Kala Bhairava Ashtakam is recited to make your journey through time or life free from troubles and dangers.
Kala Bhairava is a fierce manifestation of Lord Shiva and is highly revered across the Indian subcontinent. He is depicted in an aggressive form with angry eyes shaped like lotus blossoms, blazing hair, tiger’s teeth, snake coiled around his neck or crown, and an eerie garland of human skulls. Often terrifying, Kala Bhairava carries a trident, a drum and the severed fifth head of Brahma. The deity is blue throated from swallowing poison to save the world. Hence, he is considered to be the vanquisher of death. His third eye represents eternal supreme wisdom.
Nataraja is the form of Lord Shiva as the Lord who dances at the time of universal destruction. The dance of Shiva in Tillai, the traditional name for Chidambaram, forms the motif for all the depictions of Shiva as Nataraja. He is also known as "Sabesan" which splits as "Sabayil aadum eesan" in Tamil which means "The Lord who dances on the dais". The form is present in most Shiva temples in South India, and is the prime deity in the famous Thillai Nataraja Temple at Chidambaram. The sculpture is usually made in bronze, with Shiva dancing in an aureole of flames, lifting his left leg (or in rare cases, the right leg) and balancing over a demon or dwarf (Apasmara) who symbolizes ignorance. It is a well known sculptural symbol in India and popularly used as a symbol of Indian culture.
For 150 years now, the Shri Ratneshwar Mahadev Temple has been the center of spirituality and festivity for the Hindu worshipers living in this southern Pakistani city. More than 25,000 pilgrims, coming from all parts of the country, gather here every year for a grand, spiritual festival. Yet this Hindu temple is now under threat. Just a stone's throw away, property tycoon Malik Riaz is constructing the country's future tallest building — a large commercial plaza. To ease the flow of traffic near the project, a flyover and an underpass are also being built.
5000 years ago, the sage Vidura counseled King Dhritarashtra on leadership and the characteristics of wise people. Vidura seeks to prevent war by urging evil king Dhritarashtra to reconsider his behavior and actions against the Pandava cousins.
The Ramayana helped to mold concepts of state and kingship in Malaysia. The epic probably reached Malaysia by way of Javanese traders who brought their shadow play, Wayang Kulit. Many changes developed in the Malay version Ramayana and those changes depended upon the local traditions and politics. Religious beliefs also influenced these changes since the Malays were followers of Islam.
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