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thought for the day- pg 66- ASHTALAKSHMI STOTRAM (Page 43)

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Linga Showing Brahma, Vishnu, Mahesha and Surya

List of the Brahmalingeshwara Shrines

Karnataka

In Ninjur, most of the temples are either Nagadevatha or Brahmalingeshwara, with Ganadevathas of Maheswar.

At Kokkarne there is a highly revered Shri Bramalingeshwara Temple, with Bramadev linga as the presiding Deity, and subsidiary shrines for Nandikeshwara and Ammanavaru.

At Brahmavar is a Brahmalingeshwara temple that was built by the Alupas. This temple was constructed in the Alupas' unique architectural style, examples of which are found in numerous places around India, including the temples at Barkur, Kotinatha, and Suratkal.

The Kedinje Brahmalingeshwara Temple in Udupi is a compound marked by a stone of Brahma that is placed on a cliff in front of the temple. There is said to be a well hidden beneath the shrine floor.

The nearby Maladi Shree Adi Brahmalingeshwara Temple features a Naga stone, and there is a mandala of the Ashlesha Bali festival sketched near the naagabana (shrine). A ganahoma, or fire yajna is performed regularly in honor of Lord Ganapathi.

In addition to the deity of Lord Brahmalingeshwara, there are various stones depicting a naaga deity, and other bhuta stones throughout the neighborhood. There are stones representing a Rakteshwari Siri shrine and Kumara shrine on the rocky hill, named Deevarakatte and Siripaade. The temple's sacred spring also sits above, on a rocky elevation.

During worship of Brahmalingeshwara in the temple, prayers are made and flowers given to Kumara, giving him darshan before Brahmalingeshwara. Prasadam is distributed, and there are processions and perambulations around Brahmalingeshwara, Kumara and the various temple complex idols.


Tamil Nadu

Further south, in Tamil Nadu there is the Sri Kalyanasundareswarar Temple in Nallur, at which Brahmalingeshwara is not the presiding deity, but is offered regular worship. Located 5 kms. east of Papanasam, this ancient Shiva shrine is home to a lingam made of a shining metal that actually changes colour five times a day. Because of the linga's changing colors, which can be easily observed if you spend several hours at the temple, the deity is known as Panchavarneswarar.

Shiva and Parvati on Rishaba with Vishnu and Brahma are worshipped in the sanctum. The presiding deity here is Kalyana Sundarar, representative of Shiva's having granted the Sage Agasthya a vision of his marriage here. Behind the lingam are images of Shiva and Parvati getting married, with Lord Brahma performing the marriage rites. On the left, Vishnu is depicted giving away Parvati in marriage.


Maharashtra

In the town of Trimbak, in the Nashik district of Maharashtra, is an ancient site known as the Trimbakeshwar (Tryambakeshwar, Trambakeshwar) Shiva Temple. One of the twelve Jyotirlingas resides here, and its three faces embody the Trimurti: Lord Visnu, Lord Brahma, and Lord Rudra.


Andhra Pradesh

Finally, in Andhra Pradesh we find our last two Brahmalingeshwara temples. The first is nearNarsipatnam (Narasapatam), Vizagapatam, in the small village of Balighattam, situated two miles southwest of Narsipatnam on the banks of the Varahanadi River.

Narsipatnam is known throughout the region for its Brahmalingeshwara Temple, which stands at the foot of a small hill on the other side of the river. A large festival is held there during Sivaratri.

The shrine, like that of Visvesvara at Benares, faces west instead of east. This, and the fact that for a short distance, the river flows north and south mark this as a particularly sacred site. The local pandits quote a sloka which says, "Where a lingam faces west and a river runs north, that place is equal to Kasi (Benares), and there one will surely obtain celestial bliss.

The Brahmalingeshwara temple structure itself is not very ornamented. It is said to have been built by Brahmadev, and the river put down by Lord Visnu, during His incarnation as Varaha, thus the name, Varahanadi River. Certain deposits of white clay in the river bank are said to be the ashes of a sacrificial fire held in this place by Bali, the demon king for whom the village is named.

Chaturmukha Brahmalingeshwara

Lastly, we find the Sri Chaturmukha Brahmalingeshwara Swamy temple in Chebrolu. The Chebrolu temple is located 10 kms. from Guntur district, Andhra Pradesh. This very beautiful shrine is situated in the middle of a tank. The linga has catur-mukha - Lord Brahma's four faces - carved on the lingam

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i heard abt panchavarneswarar.
nice to knw abt other temples too 

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KNOWLEDGE SPEAKS WISDOM LISTENS



sadashiva brahmendrals parents ( before he was born) had a dream that they would be blessed with a pious boy

the child was born and they named him sivaramakrishnan, he was very brilliant and had good knowledge in sanskrit , music ,grammar, logic 

he was called by his parents who were residing in another city,rom his school

 he came to know that he was called for engagement with a girl

suddenly he felt hungry,and craved for food . he then realised when he cant control his hunger for food, how can he control the family  and children in future

he realised he is not born for this family bondage, he is not going to be the scape goat which doesnt realise its going to be butchered, it butcher gives something to eat and the goat eats it happily  and the next moment its going to be chopped

he flew to madurai and  took shelter in the ashram of  guru of kamakoti paramendrashiva saraswathi

he recited many songs and granthas and was proud of himeself, and would drag others to argument to prove his intellectuality

his guru was annoyed by this

he called brahmendral and said wont his mouth stop speaking

from that day he stopped  speaking ( guru bhakthi)

silence  conserves the inner bliss, 

he wandered as a maniac in the forests , he was a pure yogi, who had complete control of his mind and it never stopped thinking of the god

one day a caterer( one who cooks food for marriages) came to the forest in search of wood for his kitchen, he saw brahmendral in samadhi sthithi( dhyana) and played pranks on him

he placed the bunch of wood on his head, brahmendral didnt realise there was somethign on the top of his head, he kept walking and the caterer was making fun of him all the way

brahmendral without his knowledge kept walking and reached the caterers place, the caterer removed the bundle and again made fun of him

brahmendral moved and the caterer went to his kitchen and put the woods in the kitchen, the whole place caught fire

he ran to brahmendral and asked for forgiveness, brahmendral signal what?( as he wouldnt speak)

he said he kept the bundle of woods on his head( as he didnt know what happened he was in samadhi sthithi) and because of his ill deed his kitchen caught fire

brahmendral's mere look at the kitchen restored everything which burnt, he blessed the caterer

, he wandered like a vagabond,

one day he came across a butcher shop, as he was a avadhoothal( one who doesnt wear clothes all the directions are his clothes, dhigambara swami), he walked towards the shop the butcher taunted him as shameless, brahmendral didnt realise what the butcher was speaking 

the butcher got angry and chopped his hand, but brahmendral didnt react to this, the butcher realised he is no ordinary man

the butcher asked for frogiveness, he signaled what?( as he wouldnt speak) the butcher said he chopped his hand( brahmendral didnt realise as he was in samadhi sthithi)

his hand was lying on the floor, he consoled the butcher signaling this is just a body which is perishable , brahmendral signaled the butcher to take the hand, he picked and gave it to brahmendral , he placed and just gavve asoft touch, it got back to normal, his hand was restored


he was crossing the river cauvery and sudeenly it rained heavily and there was heavy flood in cauvery, he was buried inside the sands but still he was in samadhi sthithi, when the flood receded some builders who came to take sand for building houses found something under the sand, when it was dragged they found brahmendral still alive ( as he was in samadhi sthithi)

shridhara ayyaval( who was also a pious man) suggested that he should speak but only god's name and nothing else( as nama sankreerthana can only liberate this soul) by keeping silent our feelings are suppressed by taking god's name, it gets realeased along with god's name

and this soul gets completely liberated from all feelings

He started reciting rama nama from that day and later attained samadhi as the 58th pontiff of kanch kamakoti peetam

the life history of brahmendral is briefed by vishaka hari below

brahmendral says 

just like hanuman crossed the 100 yojagana ocean and reached the other side to find seetha he had to overcome the 10 headed ravana

mOha mahArNava tArakakAri rAma dvESa mukhAsuramAri

moha maharnava- the ocean of moha or desires
taraka ramadwesha mukhasuramari- demons like 10 headed ravana ( 10 senses/ 5 senses and their functions like eyes- eyesight...)
ramadwesha- these 10 senses always pull you away from rama ( or salvation)

shAnti vidEha sutA sahacAri daharAyOdhyA nagara vihAri

shanthi videha suta- seetha ( here bhodhendral compares to peace)
darahaayoidhya nagara vihari- place of rama( yourheart)

paramahamsa sAmrAjyOddhAri satva jnAnAnanda sharIrI

paramahamsa- always peaceful

samrajya- he resides in the heart

gyananandha shariri- in this knowledgeble ( non ingorant) soul

on the whole
in this heart of your body
you have to overcome the desires( the ocean), win the 10 senses( ravana)
and find peace(seetha)

we dont stop while having lunch for once 
we take something three times a day
whats wrong in taking god's name again and again
this hunger will make you chant more of rama nama

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