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The Ishvara Temple in Arasikere, Hassan, Karnataka

Ishvara Temple, Arasikere

The east-facing Ishvara Temple dedicated to Shiva, built in 1220, boasts unique design and layout within the Hoysala framework. Set amidst grassy verdure, it reveals artistic excellence among the surviving monuments of the era. The delicate sculptures on its outer walls and ceilings of its halls are particularly captivating. Though modest in size, this Ekakuta temple with a single vimana or cella, reveals complex architectural style. A distinguishing feature is the presence of dual mandapas or halls – one closed hall sans windows, and another, open. The prime attraction here is the 16-pointed star-shaped open hall with a domical ceiling. Almost the entire hall is laid with stone benches, another rare design feature of the times. The ceilings are elaborately ornamented with sculptures that has elegantly carved niches with surmounted miniature towers, again a feature uncommon to single-shrine temples of this period.

The Shiva Temple or Ishvara Temple which has magnificent architecture dates back to 1220 CE rule of Hoysala Empire. The temple is located in Arasikere town in the district of Hassan. The deity worshipped in Ishvara Temple is Shiva.

Arasikere in the local language refers to ‘Queens Tank’ as Arasi means ‘Queen’ and Kere mans ‘Tank’. The Ishvara temple is considered as one of the most complicated architecture amidst the surviving structures of Hoysala. The temple is situated at a distance of 140 km from Mysore and 41 km from Hassan.

Architecture of Ishvara Temple Arasikere

The sanctuary, like all Hoysala sculptures, faces east and uses soapstone as construction material. It is an Ekakuta (single) shrine temple with two mantapas, one is open and another one is closed. The sanctum beholds the linga representing Lord Shiva. Unlike the Hoysala construction, the open mantapa of the temple provides no entry to the devotees. The entrance to the sanctuary is through a bay between the two mantapas. The ceiling of the closed mantapas is segregated into nine bays. The ceiling is supported by four lathe turned in to pillars. The closed mantapas have no windows

How to Reach Ishvara Temple Arasikere

The closest city to Ishvara temple is the city of Hassan, which is closely connected by rail and road. Hassan does not have an Airport and the closest Airport is that of the city of Bangalore and Mysore.

 

Manikarnika Ghat, Varanasi

Temples submerged by the rage of Ganges River


Manikarnika Ghat, Varanasi

Manikarnika Ghat (Hindi: मणिकर्णिका घाट) is one of the holiest among the sacred riverfronts (ghats), alongside the river Ganga. It is believed that a dead human’s soul finds salvation (moksha), when cremated here. Thus, scores of the elderly across the whole country seek to walk up to its edges, and spend their last days absorbing the charisma of the ghat – which makes even death painless and insignificant to be pondered upon.

Kalki Avatar slaying demons

Kalki Avatar slaying demons

Kalki (meaning “eternity” or “mighty warrior”) is the last incarnation of Vishnu. He is not expected to appear until the end of Kali Yuga, the time period in which we currently exist. He will come, it is believed, to rid the world of oppression by unrighteous rulers. It is said that he will appear riding a white horse and carrying a fiery sword.

Radhe Krishna with Parrot

Beautiful Painting of Radhe Krishna with Parrot

 

Ambaji Temple Gujarat

Ambaji is an important temple with millions of devotees visiting every year. It is one of the 51 Shaktipeeths. The temple is worth seeing for its holy significance, the worship of the supreme power of cosmic energy & is also for its wonderful carvings displaying an Indian culture.

Ambaji temple is one of the famous temples in India and one  among the 51 shakthi peethas. Ambaji is an important temple town. In this holy Indian temple there is no idol or image of  the goddess  Visa Yantra who is worshipped as main deity. The real idol of Goddess Ambaji is situated on the top of Gabbar Hill .The yantra of this temple cannot be seen by the naked eye. A huge number of devotees visit this temple during Purnima days.During Diwali the whole temple is decorated with light.

It is believed that this Hindu temple was formed when Shiva carried the body of Shakthi and while dancing the part that was his heart fell in this place.This is a famous Hindu temple.For the Shaivite sect this is one of the important temples.All the shakthi peeths have  separate Kalabhairava shrines associated with them.The Kalabhairava for Amba Mata temple is Batuk Bhairav. It is believed that Ambaji Mata blessed Lord Rama when he went to kill Ravana.

This is the principal shrine of a goddess who has been worshiped since the pre-Vedic period. She is often referred to as Arasuri Amba, named for the location of the temple in the Arasur hills, near the source of the Saraswati river at the south-western end of the Aravali mountain range.

There is no idol or picture in the temple but a simple cave like Gokh in the inner wall, in which A Gold Plated Holy Shakti Visa Shree Yantra having kurma back convex shape and 51 Bij letters therein, connected with that of the original Yantras of Nepal and Ujjain Shakti Piths, is also ritually installed in such a way it can be visible for devotion, but never photographed in past nor can be so done in future. The worship of this Visa Shree Yantra is done only after tying a bandage on the eyes.

Lord Krishna Leelas: The Birth of Krishna

Shree Krishna and his Bal Leela are subject of fascination for people of all ages. Such was his divine avatar even Lord SHivacame down to earth in the guise of a sage to get a glimpse of the Lord. As a child, he had everybody wrapped around his finger.

In Hindu faith Krishna has been considered as manifestation of God, an incarnation with all the sixteen sublime qualities. His name, forms, attributes and spectacles are indivisible

Lord Krishna Leelas: The Birth of Krishna

Please find Lord Krishna’s Marvelous Photos. Consider As a complete “Krishna Leela” or “Complete Bhagvad Geeta Sar”. It is so peaceful & loveable.

Aakashvani of Devaki’s Child

It was prophesiedby a voice in the sky that Krishna will take birth from Devaki and kill Kamsa. Hearing this, Kamsa immediately tried to kill Devaki, but her husband Vasudeva intervened.

Krishna’s Birth

Krishna,avatar of Vishnu took birth at Janmashtami at midnight,the darkest hour,to fill our lives with divine light!

Vasudeva Carryinga Balakrishna

Vasudeva taking little Krishna to Nandavanam where Lord Krishna grows till time comes to execute Kamsa.

Krishna Janmastami Celebration

Mother Yashoda bathes Krishna

Yashoda’s Village Welcomes Krishna. Yashoda and her village folk are delighted to see baby Krishna, who appears to be the most beautiful baby one has set their eyes upon. He has a radiance and aura emanating from him. He seems to have brought joy and happiness to Gokul dham

Krishna with Mother Yasodha

Yasodha, who is fortunate enough to raise the Lord (who is eternal and exists everywhere) as a little boy, is the wife of Nanda

Putana – the Witch

When Krishna was 6 days old, the demoness Putana disguised as a beautiful lady, tried to feed Krishna by applying deadly poison on her chest. Demon Putana tried to kill little Sri krishna by breastfeeding him. Do you know giving breastfeeding to him was her desire in previous birth?

Shaktasur: Over turning of Cart

Kansa the maternal uncle of Lord Krishna sent Sakatasura Demon to kill him. Sakatasura took the form of cart with the intention to crush the little baby Krishna. Over turning of Cart by baby Krishna resulting the death of Demon Sakatasura

Trinavarta – the Whirlwind Demon

The demon caught Krishna and tried to kill him inside the whirlwind. But, realizing that the tornado was actually a demon, Krishna concentrated all his strength inside the core of the tornado and pulled it apart with one mighty heave. Trinavarta’s body was torn into two pieces and the demon fell dead on the ground.

Krishna Balram Naamkaran

नन्द के आनंद भयो, जय कन्हैया लाल की “हाथी घोड़ा पालकी, जय कन्हैया |

Universe in Krishna’s mouth

Bal Krishna

All the living beings are friends to Krishna as they are only his form

Navratri Puja

Navratri_Puja

Navratri puja is one of the most popular pujas done by Hindu households. Navratri puja is dedicated worshiping Maa Durga and is said to confer great merits and prosperity to the observers. Navratri puja is a great occasion to connect with the most merciful Maa Durga, the embodiment of all powers, wisdom, compassion, and glory. Therefore take the puja very seriously and exhibit full devotion, concentration and love. Keep the puja place very clean and serene.


नवरात्रि में इस आराधना का विशेष महत्व है। इस समय के तप का फल कई गुना व शीघ्र मिलता है। इस फल के कारण ही इसे कामदूधा काल भी कहा जाता है। देवी या देवता की प्रसन्नता के लिए पंचांग साधन का प्रयोग करना चाहिए। पंचांग साधन में पटल, पद्धति, कवच, सहस्त्रनाम और स्रोत हैं। पटल का शरीर, पद्धति को शिर, कवच को नेत्र, सहस्त्रनाम को मुख तथा स्रोत को जिह्वा कहा जाता है। इन सब की साधना से साधक देव तुल्य हो जाता है।

1. नवरात्रि माता शैलपुत्री की पूजा (Navratri Mata Shailputri Ki Puja)

2. नवरात्री माता ब्रह्मचारिणी की पूजा (Navratri Mata Brahmacharini Puja)

3. नवरात्रि माता चंद्रघंटा की पूजा (Navratri Chandrghanta ki Puja)

4. नवरात्रि माता कूष्माण्डा की पूजा (Navratri Maa Kushmunda Ki Puja)

5. नवरात्रि स्कंदमाता की पूजा (Navratri Skandmata Ki Puja)

6. नवरात्रि माता कात्यायनी की पूजा (Navratri Mata Katyayani Ki Puja)

7. नवरात्रि कालरात्रि पूजा (Navratri Kaalratri ki Puja)

8. नवरात्रि महागौरी की पूजा – (Navratri Mahagori ki Puja)

9. नवरात्रि सिद्धिदात्री की पूजा – (Navratri Siddhiji ki Puja)

Nava means nine and ratri means night so navratri means nine nights, and it tenth day is known as dashmi and is also known as vijaydashmi. There are five types of navratri in a year, they are as

1) Vasanta Navratri also known as Chaitra Navaratri
2) Gupt Navratri also known as Ashadha Navratri
3) sharadiya Navratri also known as Maha Navratri
4) Pushya Navratri in shukla paksha of Pushya month
5) Magha Navratri is also kind of gupt navratri in magha month

 

Indian School Poster : Childrens

Please find Collection of Indian school posters. These are Beautifully designed illustrated posters for Indian school children.

Many of the posters are from the Indian Book Depot, which was established in 1936 in Lahore, and is now located in Delhi’s Sadar Bazaar. A few are from other publishers such as Sriram, Madurai.

INDIAN SCHOOL POSTERS: Children of the World

Children of the World

INDIAN SCHOOL POSTERS: Children of India

Children of India

Children of Indian Region

Children of India Region

People of the World

INDIAN SCHOOL POSTERS: People of India

Dance of India

 

 

Beautiful Krishna Painting with Flute

Krishna Painting with Flute

Credit: @LauraMegara :Wonderful work by Laura

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