31 July, 2011

108 names of Lord Shiva with meaning

(1)  OM SHIVAYA NAMAHA - Salutations to the Auspicious One
(2)  OM MAHESHVARAYA NAMAHA - Salutations to the Great God Shiva
(3)  OM SHAMBHAVE NAMAHA - Salutations to the God who exists for our happiness alone
(4)  OM PINAKINE NAMAHA - Salutations to Shiva, who guards the path of dharma
(5)  OM SHASHISHEKHARAYA NAMAHA - Salutations to the God who wears the crescent moon in his hair
(6)  OM VAMADEVAYA NAMAHA - Salutations to the God who is pleasing and auspicious in every way
(7)  OM VIRUPAKSHAYA NAMAHA - Salutations to the God of spotless form
(8)  OM KAPARDINE NAMAHA - Salutations to the Lord with thickly matted hair
(9)  OM NILALOHITAYA NAMAHA - Salutations to the God splendid as the red sun at daybreak
(10)  OM SHANKARAYA NAMAHA - Salutations to the source of all prosperity
(11)  OM SHULAPANAYE NAMAHA - Salutations to the God who carries a spear
(12)  OM KHATVANGINE NAMAHA - Salutations to the God who carries a knurled club
(13)  OM VISHNUVALLABHAYA NAMAHA - Salutations to Shiva, who is dear to Lord Vishnu
(14)  OM SHIPIVISHTAYA NAMAHA - Salutations to the Lord whose form emits great rays of light
(15)  OM AMBIKANATHAYA NAMAHA - Salutations to Ambika's Lord
(16)  OM SHRIKANTAYA NAMAHA - Salutations to he whose throat is shining blue

30 July, 2011

Hindu Panchang of Shravan Month

(Calculation as per Ahmedabad, Gujarat)

Sunday, 31 July 2011
Sunrise/Set: 06:10:38/19:21:01
Moonrise: 06:32:27
Shaka: 1933 Khara
Ayana:Dakshinayana 
Ritu:Varsha
Vedic Ritu:Varsha
Shravana / Shukla Paksha
Tithi: Prathama till 21:47:44
Nakshtra: Aslesha till 28:16:30+
Yoga: Siddhi till 10:59:09
Karana: Kimstughna till 11:01:41
Rahukalam: 17:42:13-19:21:01
Yamagandam: 12:45:49-14:24:37
Gulikai: 16:03:25-17:42:13
Sun in: Karka 
Moon in: Karka 

Monday, 01 August 2011
Sunrise/Set: 06:11:03/19:20:29
Moonrise: 07:34:46
Shaka: 1933 Khara
Ayana:Dakshinayana 
Ritu:Varsha
Vedic Ritu:Varsha
Shravana / Shukla Paksha
Tithi: Dvitiiya till 19:06:43
Nakshtra: Magha till 26:19:30+
Yoga: Vyatipata till 07:51:21
Karana: Taitila till 29:41:48+
Rahukalam: 07:49:44-09:28:25
Yamagandam: 11:07:05-12:45:46
Gulikai: 14:24:27-16:03:07
Sun in: Karka 
Moon in: Simha at 04:16:30

Tuesday, 02 August 2011
Sunrise/Set: 06:11:29/19:19:56
Moonrise: 08:36:46
Shaka: 1933 Khara
Ayana:Dakshinayana 
Ritu:Varsha
Vedic Ritu:Varsha
Shravana / Shukla Paksha
Tithi: Tritiiya till 16:15:24
Nakshtra: P.Phalguni till 24:15:04+
Yoga: Parigha till 25:05:34+ 
Karana: Garaja till 16:15:24
Rahukalam: 16:02:49-17:41:22
Yamagandam: 09:28:35-11:07:09
Gulikai: 12:45:42-14:24:15
Sun in: Karka 
Moon in: Simha 

Wednesday, 03 August 2011
Sunrise/Set: 06:11:54/19:19:21
Moonrise: 09:38:37
Shaka: 1933 Khara
Ayana:Dakshinayana 
Ritu:Varsha
Vedic Ritu:Varsha
Shravana / Shukla Paksha
Tithi: Chaturthi till 13:22:11
Nakshtra: U.Phalguni till 22:11:40
Yoga: Shiva till 21:41:05
Karana: Vishti /Bhadra till 13:22:11
Rahukalam: 12:45:38-14:24:04
Yamagandam: 07:50:20-09:28:46
Gulikai: 11:07:12-12:45:38
Sun in: Karka 
Moon in: Kanya at 05:43:49

Shiv Aarti - Jay Shiv Omkara

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Symbols of Lord Shiva




















Lord Shiva, one of the most complex gods of India, embodies seemingly contradictory qualities – He is the destroyer and the restorer; the great ascetic as well as the symbol of sensuality; the benevolent herdsman of souls and also the wrathful avenger. Images of Lord Shiva have various symbols representing the powers and qualities of the deity.

Matted Hair
The matted hair represents Lord Shiva's connection with the wind and Brahma's "breath of life". Lord Shiva is also the master of yoga, and the three matted locks on His head signify the ideal of yoga that involves the integration of the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of life.

Unclad Body and Ash
The unclad body symbolizes the transcendental aspect of Lord Shiva. It is also believed in Hinduism that ultimately all creation is destroyed by fire and becomes ash, only to be renewed again in a new cycle. The ash smeared on Lord Shiva's body signifies that He transcends physical phenomena and is not affected by it.

Third Eye
Lord Shiva is also known as Tryambaka Deva, which literally means 'three-eyed Lord,' and is often depicted as having three eyes. His right and left eyes are the sun and moon respectively, while His third eye is the eye of wisdom. As His right and left eyes represent His activities in the physical world, the third eye in the middle of His forehead symbolizes spiritual wisdom and power, seeing beyond the apparent and also destroying evil and evil-doers.

Ganga
Ganga, or the river Ganges, is the most sacred river in India and represents the causal waters from which the earth arises. The holy water of the Ganges also signifies the essential element of ritual purification. By holding the Ganges in his matted hair, Lord Shiva allowed the holy river to traverse the earth and bring its purifying water to humans.

Crescent Moon
Often depicted on Lord Shiva's head is a crescent moon, representing the cyclical nature of the universe. The waxing and waning of the moon symbolizes the cycle through which creation evolves. Furthermore, since Lord Shiva is the Eternal Reality, He is beyond time and the cycle of creation.

Snake
Lord Shiva is often shown with a snake curled three times around His neck. The three coils of the snake represent the cycle of time – the past, present and future. The snake around Lord Shiva's neck symbolizes his transcendence over the cycles of creation and time.

Trident
The three-pronged trident known as the Trishul shown with Lord Shiva symbolizes His three fundamental powers, or shakti, of iccha, kriya, and jnana (will, action and knowledge). The trident also represents Lord Shiva's power to destroy evil and ignorance.

Tiger Skin
Lord Shiva is shown sitting on or wearing a tiger skin. The tiger is the vehicle of Shakti, the Goddess of power and force, and since Lord Shiva is the master of Shakti, He is beyond and above any kind of force. The tiger skin that Lord Shiva wears symbolizes His victory over every force. The tiger also represent lust, and Lord Shiva indicates, by sitting on the tiger skin, that he has conquered lust.

Importance of Shravan Month

Shravan Month starts from next sunday, 31 July 2011. Shravan month is the fifth month of the Hindu calender beginning from Chaitra, and is the most auspicious month of the Chaturmas. On Purnima or fullmoon day, or during the course of the month the star 'Shravan' rules the sky, hence the month is called Shravan. This month is spread out with innumerably religious festivals and ceremonies and almost all the days of this month are auspicious.

 

Shravan is considered the holiest month of the year. Each monday of this month, known as Shravana Somvar, is a special day in Shiva temples where the dharanatra hangs over the linga or the idol to bathe it with holy water, day and night. Devotees pile the linga high with Bel leaves and flowers and fast till sunset. The nandadeep (24 hour lamp) burns steadily in the temples.

 

Importance of Shravan Month:

Legend believe that when the churning of oceans - Samudra Manthan - took place in the month of Shravan, fourteen different types of rubies came out. Thirteen of these were distributed amongst the demons, except Halahal (poison). Lord Shiva drank the Halahal and stored it in his throat. Hence the name Neelkantha (meaning blue throat) is attributed to Shiva.To reduce the strong effect of poison, Lord Shiva wore the crescent moon on his head. All the Gods, thereafter started offering the Ganges water to Lord Shiva to make lessen the effect of poison.

 

Since, this happened in the month of Shravana, since then the Shiva devotees offer the Ganges water in this month. It is considered highly auspicious to wear a rudraksha in Shravan month. As, Mondays or Somvars of Shravan month are specially observed with austerity. All Mondays are devoted to the worship of Shiva as this day is sacred to Lord Shiva. No other Mondays of other months are so greatly honoured.The belief is that in Shravan month, offering milk to Lord Shiva earns a lot of punya.


(source: www.kashivishwanath.in)

14 July, 2011

Guru Vandana to Adi Sankaracharya

अखण्डमण्डलाकारं व्याप्तं येन चराचरम् । तत्पदं दर्शितं येन तस्मै श्रीगुरवे नमः ॥
Salutation to the noble Guru, who has made it possible to realise the state which pervades the entire cosmos, everything animate and inanimate.

अज्ञानतिमिरान्धस्य ज्ञानाञ्जनशलाकया । चक्षुरुन्मीलितं येन तस्मै श्रीगुरवे नमः ॥
Salutation to the noble Guru, who has opened the eyes blinded by darkness of ignorance with the collyrium-stick of knowledge.

गुरुर्ब्रह्मा गुरुर्विष्णुः गुरुर्देवो महेश्वरः । गुरुरेव परंब्रह्म तस्मै श्रीगुरवे नमः ॥
Salutation to the noble Guru, who is Brahma, Vishnu and Maheswara, the direct Parabrahma, the Supreme Reality.

स्थावरं जंगमं व्याप्तं यत्किंचित्सचराचरम् । तत्पदं दर्शितं येन तस्मै श्रीगुरवे नमः ॥
Salutation to the noble Guru, who has made it possible to realise Him, by whom all that is - sentient and insentient, movable and immovable is pervaded.

चिन्मयं व्यापियत्सर्वं त्रैलोक्यं सचराचरम् । तत्पदं दर्शितं येन तस्मै श्रीगुरवे नमः ॥
Salutation to the noble Guru, who has made it possible to realise Him pervades everything, sentient and insentient, in all three worlds.

त्सर्वश्रुतिशिरोरत्नविराजित पदाम्बुजः । वेदान्ताम्बुजसूर्योयः तस्मै श्रीगुरवे नमः ॥
Salutation to the noble Guru, whose lotus feet are radient with (the luster of) the crest jewel of all Srutis and who is the sun that causes the Vendanta Lotus (knowledge) to bloosom.

चैतन्यः शाश्वतःशान्तो व्योमातीतो निरंजनः । बिन्दुनाद कलातीतः तस्मै श्रीगुरवे नमः ॥
Salutation to the noble Guru,who is the ever effulgent, eternal, peaceful, beyond space, immaculate, and beyond the manifest and unmanifest.

ज्ञानशक्तिसमारूढः तत्त्वमालाविभूषितः । भुक्तिमुक्तिप्रदाता च तस्मै श्रीगुरवे नमः ॥
Salutation to that noble Guru, who is established in the power of knowledge, adorned with the garland of various principles and is the bestower of prospority and liberation.

अनेकजन्मसंप्राप्त कर्मबन्धविदाहिने । आत्मज्ञानप्रदानेन तस्मै श्रीगुरवे नमः ॥
Salutation to the noble Guru, who by bestowing the knowledge of the Self burns up the bondage created by accumulated actions of innumerable births.

शोषणं भवसिन्धोश्च ज्ञापणं सारसंपदः । गुरोः पादोदकं सम्यक् तस्मै श्रीगुरवे नमः ॥
Salutation to the noble Guru, by washing whose feet, the ocean of transmigration, endless sorrows is completely dried up and the Supreme wealth is revealed.

न गुरोरधिकं तत्त्वं न गुरोरधिकं तपः । तत्त्वज्ञानात्परं नास्ति तस्मै श्रीगुरवे नमः ॥
Salutation to the noble Guru, beyond whom there is no higher truth, there is no higher penance and there is nothing higher attainable than the true knowledge.


मन्नाथः श्रीजगन्नाथः मद्गुरुः श्रीजगद्गुरुः । मदात्मा सर्वभूतात्मा तस्मै श्रीगुरवे नमः ॥
Salutation to the noble Guru, who is my Lord and the Lord of the Universe, my Teacher and the Teacher of the Universe, who is the Self in me and the Self in all beings.

गुरुरादिरनादिश्च गुरुः परमदैवतम् । गुरोः परतरं नास्ति तस्मै श्रीगुरवे नमः ॥
Salutation to the noble Guru, who is both the beginning and beginningless, who is the Supreme Deity than whom there is none superior.

त्वमेव माता च पिता त्वमेव, त्वमेव बन्धुश्च सखा त्वमेव । त्वमेव विद्या द्रविणं त्वमेव, त्वमेव सर्वं मम देव देव ॥
(Oh Guru!) You are my mother and father; you are my brother and companion; you alone are knowledge and wealth. O Lord, you are everything to me.