Religious Significance of Banalinga


Banalinga is a sacred stone and symbol of worship for Shaivites. This stone is available majorly in the banks of river Narmada in India. For this reason, it is also called Narmada Banalinga or Narmadeshwara Shiva Linga. According to the Legend, there lived a king of Demon ‘Banasura’ and he possessed a city called ‘Tripura’. […]

Skandagiri Temple Maha Sivarathri Pooja (Hyderabad)

Maha Sivarathri is a popular festival celebrated at Skandagiri Temple, Hyderabad. In 2015, Maha Sivarathri date is 17 February, Tuesday. Here is the detailed schedule of Maha Sivarathri Pooja 2015.. Morning 7-30 A.M – Mahanyasa Poorvaka Ekadasa Rudrabhishekam and Abhishekam to Sri Ekambareswarar and Sri Kamakshi Evening Four Kala Pooja 1st Kala Pooja – 6.00 […]

Significance of Jyothirlingam – Abode of peace, salvation & enlightenment

Hinduism is divided into two major sects Saivites and Vaishnavites. The former are worshippers of Lord Shiva while the latter are the devotees of Lord Vishu. Since time immemorial Shiva’s devotees worship their lord in the form of Shivalingam or the resplendent light. This symbolizes that God is formless and is worshipped as a source […]

Why Shivarathri is celebrated by the Hindus?

Hindus observe the major festival named Shivarathri throughout India on the thirteenth night from the New Moon day in the month of Palghun, which is falling between Feb-March of the English calendar every year, to get the blessings of Lord Shiva, one of the Hindu trinities.According to the legends coming out of Puranas prevailing in […]

Why should Hindus worship Lord Shiva?

Lord Siva is one of the most revered gods of the Hindu pantheon, regarded as the Lord of the all powerful Gods themselves. Among all the 33 crore Hindu dev-devis , if there is one god who has successfully treaded all social hierarchies and enjoyed popularity among people from all classes and castes, then it […]

Why do Hindus worship Lord Shiva?

Lord Shiva is one among the gods of the Trinity. He is also known as the god of destruction. But one should know that creation and destruction go hand in hand. As day and night coexists. Both night and day will be there on the earth. But we cannot perceive them simultaneously. Lord Shiva is […]

Lord Shiva & Vedic deities: Identification

A major rise of Lord Shiva in the pantheon to a major status and position in Hinduism was mainly because of his large scale facilitation and his personal identification with a host of Vedic deities like Vayu, Prajapati, Indra, Agni and many others. It is to be noted that Agni and Rudra have a close […]

Lord Shiva & Lord Rudra relationship

It is to be highly noted that the Vedic god Rudra has several features that largely shares with Lord Shiva. In a number of Hindu traditions, these two Lords greatly shares same personality. In accordance with the element, Rudra represents as a fierce and destructive deity. Lord Rudra is regarded as the god of the […]

What is Maha Shivaratri?

Maha Shivratri is one of the foremost and important Hindu festivals. It is grandly celebrated every year in the month of February or March as per the Georgian calendar or on the 13th night/14th day of the Maagha or Phalguna month of the Hindu traditional calendar in reverence of Lord Shiva. This particular auspicious day […]

Interesting facts about Lord Shiva

Among the many interesting facts regarding Lord Shiva, the most interesting foremost facts are that the Lord is the destructive force. He is the most fascinating of Gods and The God Who’s Always High. The Destructive Force: Lord Shiva is strongly believed to be at the core of the centrifugal force of the universe, it […]

Lord Shiva, The Powerful God

Lord Shiva is power or ‘shakti’, the Lord is regarded as the destroyer, the most powerful god among the Hindu pantheon. The Lord is one of the godheads in the Hindu Trinity that consist of Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu and Lord Bhrama. This particular Lord is popularly known by several names that are regionally and […]

Who is lord Shiva?

One of the chief gods in the Hindu pantheon is Lord Shiva who is largely considered as the “the Auspicious One” in Hinduism. According to the Hindu religious scholars and pundits, Lord Shiva is part and parcel of the Trinity or Trimurti. Lord Shiva is considered as “the destroyer”, Lord Vishnu is considered as “the […]

Religious Importance of Mahashivratri

India is well known globally as the land of festivals with its rich cultural heritage. Mahashivratri is an important Hindu festival that is totally dedicated to Lord Shiva – One of the trinity Gods of Hindu religion. As per Hindu mythology Lord Shiva is known as destroyer of the evil. Mahashivratri is regarded as an […]

What you should know about Lord Shiva?

In Hinduism, there are many Gods and Goddesses. Among the several interesting facts related to Lord Shiva, the foremost interesting facts are that the Lord is The God Who’s Always High, The destructive force. And The Lord is the most fascinating of Gods. Lord Shiva is the dissolving direct or indirect force in life Unlike […]

Importance of Lord Shiva in Hinduism

In Hinduism, it is to be highly noted that Lord Shiva has many titles and several names that is locally and regionally famous among the devotees and pilgrims across the nation and abroad. As per the Vedas, Lord Shiva is known generally as Rudra “the Terrible One”or “the Howler (Roarer)”. On the other hand, Lord […]

Lord Shiva, One of Trimurthi

The Lord Shiva is one of the godheads in the Hindu Trinity that include of Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu and Lord Bhrama. Lord is very power or ‘shakti’, the Lord is considered as the destroyer, the most powerful god among the Hindu pantheon. The most complex of Hindu deities is Lord Shiva. This particular Lord […]

Why is Lord Shiva worshiped by Shaivites?

Lord Siva is worshipped down the ages as the creator and destroyer of this world. Chanting of the mantra ‘Om Nahma Shivaya’ while offering prayers with Bael or Bilva leaves, Dipa, camphor, sandal-sticks, fresh water, lot of flowers and food to the Lord everyday gives peace of mind, to attain spiritual enlightenment and come out from […]

Shaivism in North India

Shaivism in North India – origin, history & importance of Shaivism in North India… Among the four major sects in Hinduism, Shaivism is the sect which says Lord Shiva is the Supreme of this Universe. The people following Shaivism are known as Shaivas or Shaivites. Mount Kailash, the holy river Ganga, Varanasi Temple and all […]

When is the right time to Chant Om Namah Shivaya?

When is the right time to Chant Om Namah Shivaya? The chant – Om Namah Shivaya is a mantra in Hinduism; especially in Shaivism. This is also called as the “Panchakshara”, meaning five syllable mantra. Kids at most Hindu homes will be asked to chant the mantra before they go to bed. Is this a […]

Important Concepts of Saiva Siddhanta Church

The Saiva Siddhanta Church was instituted in the year 1957 in San Francisco by Satguru Subramuniyaswami. This church helps in encouraging temple worship as well as disseminates the precepts of Shaivite Hinduism. Some of the most important concepts of Saiva Siddhanta are as follows: Siva, based on the concepts of Saiva Siddhanta, is the final […]