Monday, November 26, 2012

Lingashtakam

On the occasion of second Monday of Kartika maasam, here is Lingashtakam. May Lord Shiva Bless everyone with health and prosperity. Feel free to correct me if there are any typos.

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In case you missed Siva-sthothram of first Monday of Karthika maasam.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thanksgiving Day!

Every day is a Thanksgiving day for everything we have.
"Pride slays thanksgiving, but an humble mind is the soil out of which thanks naturally grow. A proud man is seldom a grateful man, for he never thinks he gets as much as he deserves."
-Henry Ward Beecher

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Quiz of the day (46)

I enjoy answering quiz questions. If you are like me, here is a random quiz question of the day in general knowledge for you to answer or else check back tomorrow for the answer.
We know the meaning of suffix "ology" as study of. I was curious to find out what would someone study if they are interested in ichythyology? Can you figure out?
a) fish
b) mollusks
c) ice
d) marine mammals
Quiz of the day (45) Answer: b) Bandi Chorr Divas (celebrates the release of the sixth Sikh Guru, Guru Hargobind, from imprisonment; by lighting hundreds of lamps at the Golden Temple)

Monday, November 19, 2012

Siva sthothram


Today is the first Monday of Kartika maasam. I am posting Siva sthothram, try to chant for HIS blessings. Feel free to correct me if there are any mistakes in  my entry.
 
 శివ స్తోత్రమ్   
నమో దేవాదిదేవాయ త్రినేత్రాయ మహాత్మనే /
రక్త పింగళ నేత్రాయ జటామకుట ధారిణే //
భూత భేతాళ జుష్టాయ మహా భోగోపవీతినే /
భీమాట్టహాస వక్త్రాయ కపర్ది స్థాణవే నమ: //
పూష దంత వినాశాయ భగనేత్ర హణే నమః /
భవిష్య ద్వృషచిహ్నాయ మహా భూత పతే నమ: //
భవిష్య త్త్రిపురాంతాయ తథాంధక వినాశినే /
కైలాస వరవాసాయ కరికృత్తినివాసినే //
వికరాళోర్ధ్వ కేశాయ భైరవాయ నమోనమః /
అగ్నిజ్వాలా కరాళాయ శశి మౌళిభృతే నమ: //
భవిష్య త్కృత కాపాలి వ్రతాయ పరమేష్ఠినే /
తథా దారువనధ్వంసకారిణే తిగ్మశూలినే //
కృతకంకణ భోగీంద్ర నీలకంఠ త్రిశూలినే /
ప్రచండ దండ హస్తాయ బడబాగ్ని ముఖాయ చ //
వేదాంత వేద్యాయ నమో యజ్ఞమూర్తే నమో నమ: /
దక్షయజ్ఞ వినాశాయ జగద్భయకరాయ చ //
విశ్వేశ్వరాయ దేవాయ శివ శ్శంభో భవాయ చ /
కపర్దినే కరాళాయ మహాదేవాయ తే నమ: //
ఏవం దేవై స్స్తుతశ్శంభు: రుగ్రధన్వా సనాతనః /
ఉవాచ దేవదేవో యం యత్కరోమి తదుచ్యతే //

ఇతి శ్రీవరాహపురాణాంతర్గత దేవకృతశివస్తోత్రమ్.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Quiz of the day (45)

I enjoy answering quiz questions. If you are like me, here is a random quiz question of the day in general knowledge for you to answer or else check back tomorrow for the answer.
The most significant festival of lights, Diwali, marks the victory of good over evil. Regional names vary for Diwali, what would Sikh community commonly call?
a) Choti Diwali
b) Bandi Chorr Divas
c) Dev Diwali
d) Deepavali
Quiz of the day (44) Answer: a) ants (an anthill)

Monday, November 12, 2012

Happy Deepavali!

May this DEEPAVALI fulfill all your dreams and bring happiness to your life for ever!

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"Fill the Heart with the oil of love.
Place in it the wick of single-pointed mind.
Light it with the Knowledge of Truth and remove
the darkness of ignorance around you."
-Swami Swaroopananda

Thursday, November 1, 2012

November flower

November flower - Chrysanthemum
Meaning - Love and Cheerfulness
Hidden meaning - "You're a wonderful friend"
Symbolizes - cheerfulness and friendship
Other name - mum
Derived - greek "chrysos" meaning gold and "anthemon" meaning flower
"chrysanthemum city" - Chinese city Chu-Hsien
Imperial seal - Japan
Official city flower - Salinas, California; Chicago, Illinois
Wedding gift - 13th anniversary
"The plants which stand next to dwarf trees in importance with the Chinese are certainly chrysanthemums, which they manage extremely well, perhaps better than they do any other plant".
- Robert Fortune