144 ft tall Kailashnath Mahadev Statue, Sanga, Kathmandu, NEPAL
History: ******** The construction of the statue began in 2004 and was completed in 2011. Kamal Jain and his company was the key contributor for the construction of this structure. Kamal Jain is an entrepreneur who established "Hilltake" in 1992, a company dealing with several products such as Water Tanks, in Nepal. This statue is also promoted as an official marvel of the Hilltake Group as well as Nepalese engineering
Brahma Sarovar, as the name suggests, is associated with Lord Brahma, the creator of the Universe. Taking dip in holy water of sarover during Solar Eclipse is considered equal to the merits of performing thousands of Asvamedha Yajnas. According to Local Legends this tank was first excavated by King Kuru the ancestor of Kauravs & Pandavas. Having seen its huge water body Abul-Fazl the courtier of Mughal emperor Akbar during solar eclipse has described the vast water body of this sarovar as miniature Sea. According to the local tradition a tower was erected by Yudhistar in the island situated in the middle of sarovar as a token of his victory in the Mahabharta battle. In the same island complex lies a ancient Draupadi kupa. The shrine of Lord Shiva located on the northern bank of the sarovar is called Sarveshwar Mahadev. According to the tradition, the Shiva Linga was installed here by Lord Brahma himself. Annual Gita Jyanti celebrations is held on banks of bramsarover in November-December. Many devotees consider one prikarma of this tank equal to making one visit to all the tirth lying within the holy circuit of Kurukshetra 48 Kos
Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Temple, George Town, Penang, Malaysia
The main deity of this temple is Murugan. Visitors need to climb 513 stairs to reach the temple. It is the focal point of the Hindu festival of Thaipusam in Malaysia, after the Batu Caves. The hilltop temple, with its seven-storey 21.6m-tall gopuram (main tower), has been touted as the largest Lord Murugan temple outside India
Sankirtana will always be appreciated, because it is the special blessings of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu on the people of this fallen age of Kali. _rishnam Vande Jagadgurum (कृष्णं वन्दे जगद्गुरुम्) ******************************** The guide of the universe ******************************** वसुदेव-सुतं देवं कंस-चाणूर-मर्दनम् | देवकी-परमानन्दं कृष्णं वन्दे जगद्गुरुम् ||
vasudeva-sutam devam kaMsa-chANUra-mardanam | devakI-paramAnandam kRiShNam vande jagad-gurum ||
to the son-of-vasudeva, to the god, to the killer-of-kaMsa and chANUra | to the utter-bliss-of-devakI, to kRiShNa, praise, to the universal-guru ||
********************************** And now the language aspects -
वसुदेव-सुतं = vasudeva-sutam = to the son of vasudeva vasudeva वसुदेव was kRiShNa's father, and hence kRiShNa is also called vAsudeva वासुदेव . Note the first 'a' becoming 'aa' or 'A' a long vowel. See the earlier post (Salutations to Krishna - गोविन्दाय नमो नमः) for details on this.
देवं = devam = to the god, divine this words comes from divya, which means brilliant, splendid, luminous.
कंस-चाणूर-मर्दनम् = kaMsa-chANUra-mardanam = to the killer of kaMsa and chANUra kaMsa कंस was kRiShNa's mother's brother and for his fate, he believed a prophecy that his sister's eigthth son will be his death. purANa पुराण also tells us that kaMsa कंस and shishupAla शिशुपाल were the third and last incarnation of viShNu's gatekeepers, jaya जय and vijaya विजय . And they were cursed by RiShi-s ऋषि to go down to the mortal world, due to their rudeness to the RiShi-s. The only way for them to come quickly back was for them to be the greatest evil-doers so that viShNu himself will have to come down and kill them to liberate the earth of atrocities.
The other incarnations were the brothers hiraNyAkSha हिरण्याक्ष and hiraNyakashipu हिरण्यकशिपु (causing the varAha वराह (wild boar) and nRisiMha नृसिंह (man-lion) incarnations of viShNu) and of rAvaNa रावण and kumbhakaraNa कुम्भकरण (causing viShnu to come as rAma राम ).
देवकी-परमानन्दं = devakI-paramAnandam = to the [bringer of] supreme bliss of devakI devakI was kRiShNa's mother. parama = ultimate, supreme Ananda = bliss, joy.
कृष्णं = kRiShNam = to kRiShNa kRiShNa means dark as well as attractor (from kRiSh to attract, to pull, as a plough pulls theough the earth, tearing it, so does kRiShNa pulls you towards him, tearing all bondages.)
वन्दे = [one] salutes i.e. salute, priase the kRiShNa
जगद्गुरुम् = jagadgurum = to the guru of the world jagat जगत् = universe, the manifest world guru गुरु = teacher, guide, mentor, remover of ignorance
due to sandhi rules, the trailing 't' of jagat changes, as in jagat जगत् + nAtha नाथ = jagannAtha जगन्नाथ (protector of the world) jagat जगत् + Isha ईश = jagadIsha जगदीश (lord of the world) (Mexico City, Mexico)
Kumbhalgarh Fort almost has more than 350 temples including Hindu and Jain Temples. Currently only some of major temples are in good condition with the statues. Rest of the temples were successfully restored but without the main statues.
Amazing view of ancient Ramkot (literally meaning city of Ram), Kashmir Dated- Excavated artifacts suggest that it was built as early as 5th century CE. Remains of ancient Shiva temple also found there
Doddabasappa Temple at Dambal, 12th century CE, Gadag District, Karnataka
The sanctum contains a Shiva linga, the symbol of the presiding deity, God Shiva. The temple interior is a standard construction and consists of a sanctum (cella), a vestibule (antarala) and a main mantapa (also called navaranga or hall). The vestibule connects the sanctum to the mantapa. The Western Chalukya monuments, regional variants of existing dravida (South Indian) temples, defined the Karnata dravida architectural tradition.
Neelkanth Mahadev Temple, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand State
Dedicated to Nilkanth (Lord Shiva). The temple is situated at a height of 1330 meters.
The temple is one of the most revered holy shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva and is a prominent Hindu pilgrimage site. It is surrounded by dense forests and is adjacent to the mountain ranges of Nar-Narayan. It is enveloped between the valleys of Manikoot, Brahmakoot and Vishnukoot and is located at the confluence of the rivers Pankaja and Madhumati.
LEGEND: ********** According to scriptures, the place where the Neelkanth Mahadev Temple currently stands is the sacred location where Lord Shiva consumed the poison Halahala that originated from the sea when Devas (Gods) and Asuras (Demons) churned the ocean in order to obtain Amrita. This poison that emanated during the Samudramanthan (churning of ocean) made his throat blue in color. Thus, Lord Shiva is also known as Neelkanth, literally meaning The Blue Throated One.
The Temple: *************** The shikhara of the temple is adorned with sculptures of various Devas and Asuras depicting the Samudramanthan. Neelkanth Mahadev in the form of Shivalinga is the presiding deity of the temple. The temple complex also has a natural spring where devotees usually take a holy bath before entering the premises of surrounded by dense forests.
Madan Mohan Temple, located near the Kali Ghat was built by Kapur Ram Das of Multan. One of the oldest temples in Vrindavan, it is closely associated with the saint Chaitanya Mahaprabhu . The original idol of Lord Madan Gopal was shifted from the shrine to Karauli in Rajasthan for safe keeping during Aurangzeb's rule. Today, a replica of the original (deity) is worshiped at the temple.
Floating Statue of Konark Temple : Proof of Levitation in Ancient World In India
A temple constructed in the pyramidal style of Maya asura once had a huge capstone made from loadstone whilst another was said to be located underground which allowed the temples deity to float in the air. Although damaged and missing its capstone the Sun temple at Konark temple still stands today.
Iron bands are incorporated with the courses of stone blocks which compose the temple wall as if to shape the magnetic lines of force created by the temples capstone.
The Uniqueness of the Sun Temple at Konark lies in the fact that it was built using the concept of magnets.
The peak of the temple was said to be a giant 52 ton magnet. The statue of the Sun inside the temple was said to be floating free in air based on the unique arrangements of the main magnet and the reinforced magnets around the temple walls.
Between every two stone pieces in the temple there lies an iron plate. The temple was constructed from oxidized and weathered ferruginous sandstone by King Narasimhadeva-I of the Eastern Ganga Dynasty.