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#SaturdayMotivation #templeconnect
Mind boggling awesome architecture
Kopeshwar Temple near Kolhapur in #Maharashtra is a masterpiece of Chalukyan temple architecture

Garbhagriha or the sanctum has 2 Lingas & there is an interesting legend about it.
There r Madanikas on the
walls of sanctum as well. This is rare. 
the temple shimmers in the morning due to rays of the sun.
Swarg Mandap – Is the most unique architectural feature of this temple
Any one will be stand awestruck by the beauty They say, No matter how many images or videos we see,there is
nothing like standing on the large circular stone disc surrounded by 48 carved pillars with an opening to the sky
There are different views on when this temple was exactly built. Sources point to it being first built in 7th CE,probably built by Badami Chalukyas
#SaturdayThoughts
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#मृत्युंजय
मृत्यु हमें जीवन से दूर करती है और यह जीवन अपने आरंभ से ही मृत्यु की तरफ निरंतर गतिमान रहता है, मृत्यु और जीवन के बीच का यह शेष समय हमें हर क्षण यह बोध कराता रहता है कि हमारी हर श्वांस ईश्वर का किया इक उपकार है हमपर, एक अवसर है स्वयं को उनके निकट आभास करने का।
कितने ही संबंध बना लें, अंत निश्चित है।अंत में ही प्रारम्भ है इसी प्रारम्भ में प्रारब्ध निहित है, जो इस आरम्भ से अंत तक की यात्रा को समझ गया,वही इसके प्रारब्ध से परिचित हो अपने संचित कर्मों का ज्ञान कर इसकी अनुभूति को स्पर्श करता हुआ अपनी आत्मा में इसे ढाल सकता है.
#महामृत्युंजय
आध्यात्म कि इस यात्रा में जीवन और मृत्यु एक सी हो जाती है "शिव" सी हो जाती है, उस शिवत्व में हर अंधकार हर अज्ञान हर अहंकार भस्म हो जाता है, काशी के मणिकर्णिका घाट सा हो जाता है।
#मणिकर्णिका_घाट
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Five Faces of Bhagawan Shiva & Temples connected.

1. ️Tatpurusha
2. ️Vāmadeva
3. ️Aghora
4. ️Sadyojāta
5. ️Īshāna

Shiva’s 5 faces can be associated with many groupings of 5 such as the 5 elements, the 5 koshas and the 5 chakras.
#Mahashivratri #महाशिवरात्रि
Tatpurusha is the eastern face. This face represents the supreme soul behind the physical being. This form is Ānānda Shaktī, the power of bliss. Connected with Annamaya kosha, in its higher manifestation it is bliss; in lower manifestation it's the concealing power of Shiva.
This face is associated with the earth element, muladhara chakra and is considered beneficial for increasing focus.
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#RudraChamakam #Mahashivratri .
The Taittariya Samhita, Chapter 7 has the #Chamakam, and the 11th Anuvaka talks about "'wanting numbers".

(1/x)
#RudraChamakam #MahaShivaratri
ONE :
Nature or Parkriti
(2/x)
#RudraChamakam #Mahashivratri
THREE :
The three gunas, namely sattwa, rajas and tamas
(3/x)
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#MahaShivratri is celebrated by the devotees of Lord Shiva, who is the God of meditation, austerity, and contemplation. It is believed that Lord Shiva and Parvati got married on this auspicious night of Maha Shivratri.🙏🌿
On the month's 13th night/14th day, but once a year in late winter (February/March, or phalgun) and before the arrival of Summer, marks Maha Shivaratri which means "the Great Night of Shiva". There's a Shivaratri in every luni-solar month of the Hindu calendar. 🌿
Devotees strongly believe that praying to Lord Shiva on this auspicious day washes away their sins and takes them closer to the path of salvation. On this day, devotees observe strict fast and worship Lord Shiva with Milk, honey, sandalwood paste, Bel Leaves, flowers, fruits. 🌿
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#Mahashivratri had NOTHING to do with "astronomical phase of the planet". In fact, astronomical phase of the planet is not even a real thing. No special astronomical alignment happens on this day.
Do not, even for a moment, believe the #pseudoscience being peddled by @SadhguruJV
As some people like to know more information about this, here are some points worth considering.
1. given that our luni-solar calenders have to add Adhika Maasa every 2.5 years, the earth's location w.r.t. sun and stars is not the same every year's mahashivratri.
2 phase of any astronomical body is merely an optical effect based on how that body appears to the observer - it has nothing to do with the body itself. E.g. half the moon is always lighted, irrespective of tithi. We just see differing part of lighted portion.
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Herath Poshte to all.

Why is #Mahashivratri known as Hairath/Herath in Kashmir?

Kashmiri Hindus had a tradition of carving Linga with snow on Shivaratri

Jabbar Khan, Afghan governor, banned Shivaratri & ordered Hindus to celebrate festival in snow-less Ashadha month(June-July)
That year, it miraculously snowed in Ashadha and Shivaratri was celebrated.Everybody was shocked (Hairat=shock in Persian) and festival was celebrated.

Kashmiris have a saying "Wuchton yih Jabbar, jandah, Haras tih karun wandah"- look at Jabbar wretch, he turned Hara into snow"
Incidentally, Jabbar was the last Afghan governor of Kashmir.

Within 8 years of this incident, a general of Maharaja Ranjit Singh named Misr Diwan Chand (who himself was an ardent Shiva devotee) invaded Kashmir & Afghan rule came to an end.

Afghans were expelled from Kashmir.
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On the auspicious occasion of #MahaShivaratri, here's a thread on one of the grandest temples build for Lord Shiva. The Brihadeeshwara temple at Thanjavur.
Built in the early 10th century by the great Raja Raja Chola, the Rajarajeshwaram as it was then called set new architectural standards for Temples to emulate.

We can now say with certainty that its sheer size & grandeur remains unmatched after a 1000 years of its construction.
The Keralantakan Gopuram is one of the 2 Gopurams at the entrance of the Brihadeeshwara temple.

It was built by Raja Raja Chola after be brought a part of the Chera ruled Kerala under his realm.
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"I shall leave my dreams in their argent air,
For in a raiment of gold and blue
There shall move on the earth embodied and fair
The living truth of you..."

#A_Gods_Labour
#SriAurobindo
#MahaSamadhi

(Art: Unknown)
"Storm is the dance of the locks of the God assenting to greatness..

Veiled in events he lives and working disguised in the mortal
Builds our strength by pain, and an empire is born out of ruins..”

#Illion
#SriAurobindo
#VijayDiwas
#Bangladesh

(Art: Leslie Abraham)
"Yet all we dream and hope are memories treasured,
Are forecasts we misspell,
But of what life or scene he who has measured
The boundless heavens can tell.."

#Rebirth
#SriAurobindo
#WinterSolstice

(Art: KaalChakra, Konark Sun temple)
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Belur Chennakeshava Temple, built by Hoysala King Vishnuvardhana, proposed to be listed under UNESCO heritage sites.
Hoysaleswara Temple, Halebidu,Karnataka dedicated to Lord Shiva, built during d rule of Hoysala King Vishnuvardhana.
7th century Virupaksha Temple, Hampi dedicated to Lord Shiva, designated as UNESCO world Heritage site.
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Hinduism expansion in Asia, from its heartland in Indian Subcontinent, to the rest of Asia, started circa 1st century
Greater India was the historical extent of the culture of Hinduism & Buddhism beyond the Indian subcontinent.
Ruins of Ayutthaya Temple in Wat Cha Wattanaram, Ayutthaya Historical Park, Thailand which was named after Ayodhya.
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