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ShiviFebruary 21, 20209min842

Har Har Mahadev

जिनके रोम रोम मैं शिव हैं
वही विष पिया करते हैं
ज़माना उन्हें क्या जलाएगा
जो श्रृंगार ही अंगार से किया करते हैं

 

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This Shivaratri, pay a visit to Tungnath, the world’s highest Shiva temple. Quick information and details about the highest Shiva temple in the world

State‎: ‎Uttarakhand

District‎: ‎Rudraprayag

Country‎: ‎India

Elevation‎: ‎3,680 m (12,073 ft)

 

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Yes, this is true – Tungnath is one of the highest Shiva temples in the world and is the highest of the five Panch Kedar temples located in the mountain range of Tunganath in Rudraprayag district, in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. The Tunganath (literal meaning: Lord of the peaks) mountains form the Mandakini and Alaknanda river valleys. It is located at an altitude of 3,680 m (12,073 ft), and just below the peak of Chandrashila. The temple is assumed to be 5000 years old and is the third (Tritiya Kedar) in the pecking order of the Panch Kedars. It has a deep legend linked to the Pandavas, heroes of the Mahabharata epic as well. It is built of solid granite slabs, and also resembles the ancient temple of Bageshwar and Jageshwar. 

 

What is unique about this temple 

The distinctive feature of this beautiful attraction is its location amidst magnificent mountain ranges and spiritual importance which has been drawing millions of Hindu pilgrims from around the world in the last five years. It is a phenomenal place to visit wonderfully for the adventure lovers out there for they are going to have a great time trekking to reach the temple. It is an excellent combination of spirituality, majesty, and tranquillity thereby making it a sure-shot and an ideal getaway for all the travellers.

 

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The architecture of Tunganath Temple 

The affluent temple is made up of stones embellished with decorations that are coated on the outside paintings of the tall towers. There is a wooden stage exactly on top of the highest dome which also has sixteen openings. The roof of the temple is formed of stone slabs and at the entrance lays a stone image of Nandi facing towards the idol of Lord Shiva. There is an image of Lord Ganesha also on the right side of the temple gate.

Inside the main chamber lies the ashtadhatu which is comprised of eight metals, idols of saint Vyas and Kala Bhairav and the followers of Lord Shiva. There are images of the Pandavas and four other Kedar shrines inside the temple as well. At the end of the trek path of Tungnath, the opening door of the temple is marked with the presence of the name ‘Tungnath’ painted atop an archway which has recently been constructed. 

 

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When does the temple open  

It opens when the Char Dhams of Uttrakhand opens up during April or May every year during Vaisakh Panchmi on the date that is decided by the Badro Kedar Temple Committee on Baisakhi. Although before planning to come here, make sure you inquire with your travel agent about the route, etc. Remember the temple is closed during the winter season after Diwali, and the image of the deity is moved to Mukunath which lies 19 km away from Tungnath by the temple priests during this time.

 

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Best time to visit Tungnath 

The ideal time to visit the shrine is during the summer season as the weather settles to be pleasant during this time with the temperature being 16 degrees Celsius to an average. 

How to reach 

Take private as well as state-owned buses which run regularly between the nearby cities to and from Chopta. 

The total distance is 448 km road between Delhi to Chopta and the rest is on foot. The trek from Chopta to Tungnath can be done or completed in 2 to 3 hours.

The nearest railway station is Haridwar lies closest to Tungnath at a distance of 225 km from Chopta. 

From here you can also take or hire a taxi directly to the base trek camp. 

The nearest airport is the Jolly Grant Airport at a distance of 260 km from Tungnath. 

From here one can take a taxi or bus till Chopta. From Chopta you can move for the trek as well on foot. 

 

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ShiviJuly 16, 20195min2888

The soul is your guru #gurupurnima2019 – The awakening

Connecting to your real guru in life is a tough job, many of you’ all would relate to what I meant to say here. We all go, behind the delusion of finding our real guru in life, who would guide us and show us a path of peace and nirvana. Today we are living in a world of uncertainty where things change with a blink. However, we all keep on trying to mould ourselves to these abrupt changes but we get shaken up and get disturbed with the consequences. What we shall do then? Here what is crucial to know Is that we seek guidance and perseverance to overcome this turbulence in life. And that’s when we need to have a Guru in our lives. How do we achieve, how do we find one, is all our destiny and luck? We get whatever is stored for us.

On the advent of Guru Purnima here’s what I feel of finding a guru in you.

According to me and my life’s experience, your ultimate guru is your soul. Yes, the soul which is immortal and is spiritual to the almighty. This inner voice is your world, within you, which balance your mind and heart. Now if we can figure out a way to connect directly with our soul we will be shining like a star forever. Which though in real life seem to be a tough one. As we all live in Kalyug today, this window of pure connection hazes. But mark my words – as the spiritual master is someone who is master of all the inner worlds. The one who’s consciousness is at the highest level and mingles tremendously with the outer world.

 

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The whole idea is to awaken the soul by putting all our energies into one manifold which is our inner realms. For many of us, our soul is dormant for ages but we can ignite it with all our mental capacities and meditation. The soul is the God Like element which resides inside the Anahata centre – the heart chakra, that is in the centre of the chest and a little above. Here’s a variation – one person’s soul may represent peace, another’s power, another can be joy and so forth. One can attain it all because if we master our soul to be our guru we have free access to the world’s power. This will eventually lead us to master the disciplines of the conscious mind.

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One can attain this balance by meditation. There are many other theories and therapies to attune the same. But meditation is the only matchmaker that can bridge the gap between your soul and outer world. It is like picking the generous wave, of the Guru’s mindfulness or like the dab of the thought merging for some time with the ocean waves. It is said that disciple is the key to everything in life and when you achieve it through meditation – Guru automatically appears. your heart and breath is your spiritual family which link it to your soul – the ultimate Guru 

 

Do leave a comment and share it as much as possible. Also, let me know what you would like to read next…


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ShiviApril 23, 20197min948

Let’s crack the code and debug our minds with BOOKS

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Dazzle the world with your writings and books. Everyone knows Books are your best friend and today is World Book Day, I would like you’ll to go through some of the iconic authors’ and poets we have had in the world. Before that lets us see a brief history of World Book Day

This day is dedicated to book lovers around the globe and is commemorated as World Book and Copyright Day, or International Day of the Book. The ideation is to promote reading habits, publishing and copyright. It was first observed on April 23, 1995, in an annual event organised by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Since then to facilitate the habit of reading and inculcating knowledge this day is celebrated all over the globe via reading sessions, book promotion, and author meets and book launches and etc. to celebrate the love for books.

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Go treat yourself to a new book today and enjoy these beautiful quotes from famous writers and authors.

If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking. – Haruki Murakami

A book is a device to ignite the imagination. – Alan Bennett

Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested. – Francis Bacon

A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading. – William Styron

A writer only begins a book. A reader finishes it. – Samuel Johnson

Books are the bees which carry the quickening pollen from one to another mind. – James Russell Lowell

Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counsellors, and the most patient of teachers. – Charles William Eliot

Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life. – Mark Twain

Books have immortalized great minds. Books have kept ancients secrets alive. A world which least value books, least value the real essence of wisdom and least know how to preserve what is precious!” – Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

Reading is a conversation. All the books talk. But a good book listens as well. – Mark Haddon

I have always imagined that paradise would be la kind of library. – Jorde Luis Borges

Books are uniquely portable magic. – Stephen King

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If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking. – Haruki Murakami

Never judge a book by its movie. – J.W. Eagan

Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light. –Vera Nazarian

 

These are few from my journals

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A book is like a dream that you hold in your hand and get blown away with the words in them – Spirited Blogger

We lose ourselves in books and eventually we find ourselves there too – Books are life! Spirited Blogger

For me, my books are the way to my personal freedom. – Spirited Blogger

Surrender yourself to books, as it is like cleaning an attic from your mind in order to make you a better version of yourself – Spirited Blogger  

 

 



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