Tulsi the divine plant


 

 

A very special devotee of Lord Krishna named Tulasi Devi has appeared in the form of plant so that we can get the special mercy of personally serving and worshipping her for attaining pure love of God. Therefore tulasi worship is a standard part of our daily morning devotional program. After rising early no later than 4am, attending mangala arati, and singing prayers to Lord Nrsimhadeva the devotees then worship this most sacred of all plants. Tulasi is so special that Krishna will not accept any offering of foodstuffs unless it is accompanied by a tulasi leaf.

The tulasi plant is of the topmost importance in the ultimate self realization process of devotional service and is thus described in the Skanda Purana as follows: “Let me offer my respectful obeisances unto the tulasi tree, which can immediately vanquish volumes of sinful activities. Simply by seeing or touching this tree one can become relieved from all distresses and diseases. Simply by offering obeisances to and pouring water on the tulasi tree, one can become freed from the fear of being sent to the court of Yamaraja [the King of death, who punishes the sinful]. If someone sows a tulasi tree somewhere, certainly he becomes devoted to Lord Krishna. And when the tulasi leaves are offered in devotion at the lotus feet of Krishna, there is the full development of love of Godhead.”

One can sow a tulasi plant at home and worship her at home.

  
Sankarshan Das Adhikari

 

 

“We should always be very grateful to Krishna for giving us the Hare Krishna mantra, and we should show our gratitude by chanting it as much as possible. That way we will bond with Him, which is our heart’s greatest desire. 
Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare
 Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare.”

 

Ntaraja Temple, Chidambaram


If Chidambaram figures in your itinerary, it is because you want to
visit its Shiva temple! For Chidambaram is a small town, barely 5 sq
km in area with nothing to recommend it except the temple. But what a
temple! This famous shrine is dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva, known
as Nataraja, Lord of Dance when he performs the tandava, the cosmic
dance of destruction.

The architecture of the temple, the exquisite beauty of its icon
makes it the highlight of the temple circuit. Shiva is the third
member of the divine trinity that includes Brahma the Creator and
Vishnu the Preserver – and upon Lord Shiva is enjoined the task of
Apocalypse. An enraged Shiva unleashes total destruction when he
performs the Roudra Tandava, the devastating dance of death that not
merely destroys but sets the scene for the creation of a new universe.

Natraja Temple

The temple at Chidambaram is exceptional in more ways than one – it
is the only temple where Shiva is enshrined as Nataraja, the Lord of
Dance and where Shiva and Vishnu share sacred space. It also has the
cachet of being one of the five holiest shrines for Saivites, devotees
of Shiva. Another feature unique to Chidambaram’s Nataraja temple is
it is open to people of all races and religions. Nataraja- the icon:
“Siva’s cosmic dance…magnificent bronze sculptures of dancing
figures with four arms whose superbly balanced and yet dynamic
gestures express the rhythm and unity of life.”- Fritjof Capra, The
Tao of Physics.

The three eyes of the god represent the sun, moon and fire. The deity
has four arms, in the rear right hand, he holds a drum (damaru) the
symbol of sound and creation as from it emanates the sounds that gave
birth to music. The palm of the front right hand is raised in a
gesture of protection and blessing. The rear left hand holds a pot of
fire signifying destruction while the other points downwards to the
left foot raised in a dance pose. The hand is the source of divine
grace and bliss while the raised foot represents salvation. The right
foot firmly represses Mauyalka, embodiment of human cruelty and
ignorance, victory over whom leads to salvation. Surrounding the
figure of the dancing god is an aureole of flames, representing
wisdom, truth and the vital forces of creation sustained by the cosmic
energy generated by the divine dancer. And so, the dance becomes a
metaphor of life, wherein are balanced good and evil, creation and
destruction.

Nobody is still quite certain when and how the temple came to be –
but it does date back to the early decades of the Christian era and is
an amalgam of architectural styles typical of the region. Spread
across 40 acres defined by a gopuram on each side, the ancient
Nataraja temple sits square in the middle of Chidambaram. Its
brilliant gold plated roof beckons both religious and secular visitors
who flock to see the resident deity, the magnificent image of Nataraja
frozen in a moment of sheer lyrical grace. The exquisite image of
Shiva lost in the rapture of dance is breathtaking in its beauty and
leaves an indelible impression on all those fortunate enough to see
it.

The Nataraja Temple has five halls, Kanaka Sabha, Chit Sabha, Nritta
Sabha, Deva Sabha and Raja Sabha. Shiva Nataraja and his consort
Parvati Sivakami preside over the garba-griham or the sanctum
sanctorum in the Kanaka Sabha while the sanctum of the Chit Sabha
houses the Akasalingam (Lingam of Space). Interestingly, there is no
image or representation of Shiva because here the god is worshipped in
his all-encompassing `formless’ state.

The Hall of Dance, the Nritta Sabha is the most outstanding of all
the halls – designed like a horse drawn chariot; it has 56 pillars
portraying 108 poses of Bharatnatyam, the classical dance form
associated with Shiva and with Tamil Nadu. Festivals were organised in
the Deva Sabha, the hall of the gods. The thousand pillared pavilion,
the Rajya Sabha was the venue for victory celebrations and
thanksgiving ceremonies during the reigns of the Pandya and Chola
dynasties.

A short walk from the Nataraja Temple is the Thillai Kaliamman
temple, dedicated to the Goddess Kali. The Kaliamman temple was built
sometime between 1229 AD and 1278 AD by the Chola King Kopperunjingan.

The Natyanjali Dance Festival is held on the temple grounds in
February with performances by eminent dancers. The 5 day long festival
is held during the Mahashivratri celebrations in February, and
attracts the finest classical dancers who perform in the `prakararam’
in the temple grounds.

You can spend a few hours, a few days or a few years at Chidambaram –
all depends on how much Nataraja captivates you!

Best time to visit
The climate here is tropical and the best time to visit this place is
in the winter months any time between September and February.

Trivia
Chidambaram’s secret! The garland of sacred bilva leaves hanging in
the sanctum actually represents the invisible `chakra’, symbol of the
divine union of Shiva and Parvati as Nataraja and Sivakami and is
known as Chidambaram’s Rahasyam (secret)!

Leaves of the bilva or bel tree, (Indian wood apple, Aegle marmilos)
are always offered to Shiva in a tradition begun by Lord Vishnu
himself. Legend tells us that once, when Vishnu ran out of offerings
while worshipping Shiva, the goddess Lakshmi came to his rescue and
using the powers of her austerity created the Bel tree, the leaves of
which were then used by Vishnu to complete his pooja.

Timing
The Nataraja Temple is opened from 6:00am to 1:00am and 4.00pm to
9:00pm. The Kali Temple is opened from 7:00am to 12 Noon and then
6:00am to 9:00pm.


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Chidambaram Nataraja Temple


If Chidambaram figures in your itinerary, it is because you want to
visit its Shiva temple! For Chidambaram is a small town, barely 5 sq
km in area with nothing to recommend it except the temple. But what a
temple! This famous shrine is dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva, known
as Nataraja, Lord of Dance when he performs the tandava, the cosmic
dance of destruction.

The architecture of the temple, the exquisite beauty of its icon
makes it the highlight of the temple circuit. Shiva is the third
member of the divine trinity that includes Brahma the Creator and
Vishnu the Preserver – and upon Lord Shiva is enjoined the task of
Apocalypse. An enraged Shiva unleashes total destruction when he
performs the Roudra Tandava, the devastating dance of death that not
merely destroys but sets the scene for the creation of a new universe.

Natraja Temple

The temple at Chidambaram is exceptional in more ways than one – it
is the only temple where Shiva is enshrined as Nataraja, the Lord of
Dance and where Shiva and Vishnu share sacred space. It also has the
cachet of being one of the five holiest shrines for Saivites, devotees
of Shiva. Another feature unique to Chidambaram’s Nataraja temple is
it is open to people of all races and religions. Nataraja- the icon:
“Siva’s cosmic dance…magnificent bronze sculptures of dancing
figures with four arms whose superbly balanced and yet dynamic
gestures express the rhythm and unity of life.”- Fritjof Capra, The
Tao of Physics.

The three eyes of the god represent the sun, moon and fire. The deity
has four arms, in the rear right hand, he holds a drum (damaru) the
symbol of sound and creation as from it emanates the sounds that gave
birth to music. The palm of the front right hand is raised in a
gesture of protection and blessing. The rear left hand holds a pot of
fire signifying destruction while the other points downwards to the
left foot raised in a dance pose. The hand is the source of divine
grace and bliss while the raised foot represents salvation. The right
foot firmly represses Mauyalka, embodiment of human cruelty and
ignorance, victory over whom leads to salvation. Surrounding the
figure of the dancing god is an aureole of flames, representing
wisdom, truth and the vital forces of creation sustained by the cosmic
energy generated by the divine dancer. And so, the dance becomes a
metaphor of life, wherein are balanced good and evil, creation and
destruction.

Nobody is still quite certain when and how the temple came to be –
but it does date back to the early decades of the Christian era and is
an amalgam of architectural styles typical of the region. Spread
across 40 acres defined by a gopuram on each side, the ancient
Nataraja temple sits square in the middle of Chidambaram. Its
brilliant gold plated roof beckons both religious and secular visitors
who flock to see the resident deity, the magnificent image of Nataraja
frozen in a moment of sheer lyrical grace. The exquisite image of
Shiva lost in the rapture of dance is breathtaking in its beauty and
leaves an indelible impression on all those fortunate enough to see
it.

The Nataraja Temple has five halls, Kanaka Sabha, Chit Sabha, Nritta
Sabha, Deva Sabha and Raja Sabha. Shiva Nataraja and his consort
Parvati Sivakami preside over the garba-griham or the sanctum
sanctorum in the Kanaka Sabha while the sanctum of the Chit Sabha
houses the Akasalingam (Lingam of Space). Interestingly, there is no
image or representation of Shiva because here the god is worshipped in
his all-encompassing `formless’ state.

The Hall of Dance, the Nritta Sabha is the most outstanding of all
the halls – designed like a horse drawn chariot; it has 56 pillars
portraying 108 poses of Bharatnatyam, the classical dance form
associated with Shiva and with Tamil Nadu. Festivals were organised in
the Deva Sabha, the hall of the gods. The thousand pillared pavilion,
the Rajya Sabha was the venue for victory celebrations and
thanksgiving ceremonies during the reigns of the Pandya and Chola
dynasties.

A short walk from the Nataraja Temple is the Thillai Kaliamman
temple, dedicated to the Goddess Kali. The Kaliamman temple was built
sometime between 1229 AD and 1278 AD by the Chola King Kopperunjingan.

The Natyanjali Dance Festival is held on the temple grounds in
February with performances by eminent dancers. The 5 day long festival
is held during the Mahashivratri celebrations in February, and
attracts the finest classical dancers who perform in the `prakararam’
in the temple grounds.

You can spend a few hours, a few days or a few years at Chidambaram –
all depends on how much Nataraja captivates you!

Best time to visit
The climate here is tropical and the best time to visit this place is
in the winter months any time between September and February.

Trivia
Chidambaram’s secret! The garland of sacred bilva leaves hanging in
the sanctum actually represents the invisible `chakra’, symbol of the
divine union of Shiva and Parvati as Nataraja and Sivakami and is
known as Chidambaram’s Rahasyam (secret)!

Leaves of the bilva or bel tree, (Indian wood apple, Aegle marmilos)
are always offered to Shiva in a tradition begun by Lord Vishnu
himself. Legend tells us that once, when Vishnu ran out of offerings
while worshipping Shiva, the goddess Lakshmi came to his rescue and
using the powers of her austerity created the Bel tree, the leaves of
which were then used by Vishnu to complete his pooja.

Timing
The Nataraja Temple is opened from 6:00am to 1:00am and 4.00pm to
9:00pm. The Kali Temple is opened from 7:00am to 12 Noon and then
6:00am to 9:00pm.

Prem Mandir in Brindavan


Features of ‘Prem Mandir’ temple in Vrindavan in UP

prem mandir photo
For those who don’t know, let me tell you that, Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj is the founder of Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat and Prem Mandir. ‘Prem Mandir’ completion took almost all 11 years. Many people might ask question like what is ‘Prem Mandir’ made of? The answer would be that ‘Prem Mandir’ is made of white Italian marble. Here you can see 84 scenes of Radha Krishn leelas which are carved into the temple’s outer walls. Satsang Bhawan will be opened by 16th Febuary 2012. Kripalu Trayodashi, which is the overview of philosophy of Hindu dharm in only 13 verses, composed by Kripaluji Maharaj, can be seen next to the shrine. Historical Saints and the Jagadgurus of India are also displayed here.

How to reach Prem Mnadir in Vrindavan in Uttar Pradseh

Prem Mandir is situated on the outskirts of Vrindaban in Braj District of UP on a 50-acre site. The surrounding area of Prem Mandir is being developed as a place of pilgrimage for visitors from around the world. After completion, one can find a fully charitable hospital, a 10,000-seat satsang bhavan (hall), dining and living facilities etc. Philosophical books and other devotional material can be found out at shops. A museum will also be made which will show India’s antiquity and the history of the creation of the brahmand.

Highlights of Prem Mnadir and satsang bhawan in Vrindavan, UP

Some of the highlights of Prem Mnadir and satsang bhawan which is located in Vrindavan in Uttar Pradesh are as follows 

  • It is the second largest Bhawan in the world. 
  • Its area is more than 73,000 square feet in which 
  • There are no pillars.
  • Distance between two walls is about 275 square feet. 
  • More than 25,000 devotees can worship at a time.
 
Vinod.P.R.

From: Jayalakshmi Ranganathan <jayagopiranganathan@gmail.com>
To: dtea1976pusaroad@yahoogroups.co.in 
Sent: Thursday, 26 April 2012 9:39 PM
Subject: Re: [dtea1976pusaroad] PREM MANDIR, VRINDABAN, INDIA INAUGURATED FEBRUARY 2012

 
 
and where would this beautiful temple be???? jaya

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PREM MANDIR, VRINDABAN, INDIA
INAUGURATED FEBRUARY 2012
 
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It is one of the largest and most beautiful Hindu 
Lord Krishna Temples on fifty acres of land 
surrounded by beautiful gardens
 
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