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Thursday, September 21, 2006

Shiva Mandir - location unknown

Beautiful Shiva Mandir, with Shiv pooja - mantras being chanted in the background


  1. This video is from some bollywood movie. The one thing that annoys me is that the man is doing siva puja wearing sunglasses and a gold watch. It's ridiculous. Siva might forgive him for his showy-ness, but it annoys the rest of us who find such displays an affront to the Great God. From the improper pronounciation of the mantras, it is clear that it is a bollywood movie - where image is more important than content. Shiva is the absolute represenation of "simplicity" and is the opposite of ego/arrogance/pretentiousness. Otherwise, yeah, cool background vistas. I love this blog!!!

  2. For an example of real devotion, i'd cite Bhaktha Kannappa. He starts out as an atheist, or rather as one who hates god, but in the course of events, he becomes his greatest devotee; sacrificing his own eyes to Lord Siva's statue. Of course, Siva's eyes were not really bleeding, it was a test of Kannappa's devotion.

  3. Thanks for your comments anonymous

    I did a quick search and came up with this. This story referenced in the above comment is related to SRI KAALAHASTI temple of Lord Shiva.

    When I hear of such stories, this story by itself represents a single quality by which this life can be redeemed. There is no need to do any pilgrimage or sing bhajans, just exhibiting such pure love for God or for mankind is by itself willing to get us Moksha. What about the Canadian teacher Roberta Langtry who left millions to Charity? She has left an everlasting message with her simplicity and dedication for the weak.

    At Srikalahasti, Lord Shiva tested the unshakable devotion of Kanna (Later became Bhaktha Kannappa) before the sages gathered at Srikalahasti. With his divine power, Lord Shiva created a Tremour and the roof tops of the temple began to fall. All the sages ran away from the scene except Kannappa who covered the Linga with his body from any damage. In another incident, Kannappa plucked out one of his eyes and placed in the eye of Linga which was oozing with blood and tears. When the tears and the blood were still trickling from another eye, Kannappa decided to remove his second eye and placed one of his feet on the spot of the right eye of the Shiva Linga. Before he could pull out his second eye with the arrow, Lord Shiva appeared and restored his eye while granting him a boon to occupy a place close to him.


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