Month: January 2016

The crying lion

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This is another post on a monument. This is not a religious building as such yet a very important monument. This is called as lion monument and located in Switzerland.

The history

Don’t get confused with the title. The monument has nothing to do with any lion. You might be wondering what is strange here.

Well, its theme is strange. You shall see a crying lion in the front of the monument. But, it really is not dependent on a lion. It is made in memory of some Swiss guards who were killed during French revolution.

More than 600 Swiss guards were killed during August of 1792. The idea to build the monument was by Karl Pfiffer von Altisofen. Danish sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen tried to build the monument.

Lukas Ahorn did hewn this monument in 1821 AD.

The exact structure

The monument does depict a crying lion. Impaled by a spear and covered by a shield. The length is 10 metres and its height is 6 metres.

At the bottom of the lion, there is an inscription which states the essence of the monument is about the dead scene of Swiss Guard. It mentioned that approx. 760 were killed and 350 were wounded. This is unique of its kind type of monument as a dying lion is depicted to show the sufferings of some security guards.

Mark Twain did mark the sculpture as “the most mournful and moving piece of stone in the world” and called it the most impressive monument ever.

The most ultimate temple

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This is another post on one more temple. This time in Karnataka. Probably such a temple would have been seen nowhere. It is a temple dedicated to dogs.

While it is true that people would love dogs. Some call them cute pets while some consider them best possible friend of mankind.

A scholarly resource where dogs are considered management guru and points out 6 important leadership lessons we learn from dogs.

But the idea of having a temple dedicated to dogs is marvelous. The local villagers have developed a temple dedicated to a dog couple. Yes, that isn’t a joke; you shall see the statues of a dog and a bitch. The statues are well decorated and respected as if the GOD is inside that dog family.

The local villagers think that if dogs are happy with you, no theft cases shall be reported. WOW! What a belief. It should not be doubted that dogs are friends of mankind  but to this level – you must develop their religious buildings and worship them?

This is hilarious concept. It is really strange as this is what is probably seen nowhere. The temple exist in Chennapat Taluka in Ramnagar district and is considered as holy as the main deity. This temple is near to the main temple of the village. Daily people visit this place and consider it auspicious to please the dog diety.

GOD! Please provide me VISA

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Let us see one more strange place. Another temple! this time Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh – Chilkur Balaji.

As per Indian beliefs, Balaji is a form of almighty Vishnu – the preserving GOD. (Indians believe that GOD has 3 forms – Creator Brahma, Preservor Vishnu and Terminator Rudra)

So, in this temple dedicated to Balaji; you will find a huge population of devotee. The GOD of this temple is a special one – lord Balaji shall decide who shall get VISA for international temple and who shall not.

Don’t get confused – Balaji is not going to send VISA to your home. Actually, as we all know that VISA is a lengthy and interview involving process, people often develop a fear that their VISA application may not be approved.

Therefore, they apply for a VISA, come to this temple, pray and offer holy food, do the worship including (but not limited to) multiple circumambulations and request GOD to simplify further processes for them. Once all this is done, they happily go back in a relaxed mood as they are now sure that GOD is with them.

In a cheerful and relaxed mood, they prepare for the upcoming VISA processes.

It works in most of the cases. However, I think it is their confidence which helps them get the VISA and not any GOD’s intervention; but let it be.

The temple is famed for being called VISA offering temple. Due to this going trend, more temples are carved which claim to aid you in VISA approval process. Khadia temple in Ahmedabad, Gujarat is one of them.

GOD’s own motorcycle

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This post is about what no one on this planet can ever imagine. It is about a temple where a motorbike is worshipped.

Strange temples are built in India. This is about a shrine in Pali district in Rajasthan and is known by the name Bullet Baba.

Note: Don’t confuse the term bullet with the weapon used in guns. Bullet is a famous name of a motorcycle brand in India.

The motorcycle belonged to a man named Shri OM Banna. One day, while riding the bike; he met with an accident. Mr. Banna died on the spot. As per Indian beliefs, only body dies, the soul doesn’t.

It is believed that his aatma still rides the bike. This assumption has a logic. Post the death of Mr. Banna; the police tried to separate the bike from the dead body and they managed to do during day time. However, by evening; the bike was back on the same place. The trend did not change even after replacing the location and emptying the fuel tank.

The police surrendered to this divine miracle. Not all policemen are staunch atheists, right?

This is counted in world records where the motorcycle shows her immense love for its owner.

A temple has been built and it is a tradition to visit here while moving out from homes. The spirit of the almighty Bullet Baba shall save you from troubles during any journey.

It is also a coincidence that after that day, not even a single incidence of road accidents is reported.

P.S. the upcoming posts shall cover more wonderful temples. Wait for new surprises.

He came to change the world

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Introduction

A young man named Narendranath Dutta was running in a forest in India. After all, a group of monkeys have attacked. He did not know where to go. Suddenly, he met a man who told him to turn back and face the monkeys. Within no time, monkeys went away.

Narendranath Dutta then decided to make a decision – do not fear any problems. Face them and they shall fade away.

What a memory

During his college time, Narendranath used to be very fond of books. At that time, India was under British rule. So, one day; he was reading a book and a British saw this. Narendra happened to turn pages at abnormally fast rate.

The British man thought that he must be simply turning pages rather than reading the book. He asked Narendra as if he was joking. Narendra turned the book towards that British and said – you can ask whatever you want.

His memory was shocking for that Briton.

A caring attitude

Narendra chose to move ahead on spiritual path. He took permission from his mother. She told him to bring a knife. He brought it. He was holding it in unusual manner.

The sharp edge was pointed to himself. The mother said – you will always care for rest of the world.

Narendra taught Yoga and spirituality to many people worldwide and taught Vedanta spirituality overseas as well.

A philanthropist mentality

Narendra was of caring nature right from his childhood. His focus was remarkable. He was a philanthropist as well. At the same time, he was blunt and outspoken. One day, he saw a man who said that he could walk on water easily. He demonstrated the same. Narendranath asked him how many years it took to develop those powers. The man replied – 10 years.

Narendra said – you were born human not a fish. You wasted 10 precious years to get that power which a fish can do anyway. Had you utilized those 10 years for benefit of the world, it would have been better.

Not only this, but Narendra founded a spiritual mission named after his Guru with primary goal to uplift the poor. He went overseas to teach universal love and harmony.

One day, he went inside a Shiv Temple and notably mentioned this:

There are 2 ways to worship Shiv. The inferior involves worship through rituals. One must understand that the lord is not bound to rituals. The superior way is to see Shiv in every poor man and worship him while helping the oppressed.

A charismatic personality

Narendra possessed a great personality. He was capable enough to impress many great minds. With his team, he explained Vedanta to US and the West. In Chicago, he did start the speech with “Brothers and Sisters” which was done for the first time ever.

Dr. Carl Sagan, Ms. Annie Wood Besant, Sir Niels Bohr, Erwin Shrodinger were among those inspired from his works.

The final journey

It was 1st July 1902 and Narendra turned 39. He told one of his disciple Mr. Nityananda that his body cannot contain his soul and the soul should now leave the body.

On 4th July (3 days later), his soul was freed and the body was destroyed. Narendra is considered a role model for the youth and his Date of Birth 12th January is celebrated as Indian Youth Day.

He is better known by the name Swami Vivekananda. He was a strange man but a real human.

The minister who copies

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One of my friends who lives nearby to my present location told me to write on a present news. The news was related to vehicle number coding in New Delhi, India.

Well, number coding isn’t new to me. Have already covered Filipino number coding here.

But, the case of Delhi was very funny. The Chief Minister did instruct to an odd numbered vehicles on even days and vice versa. The rule started from the very first day of this new year. So, cars ending in 0,2,4,6,8 were banned on 1st Jan 2016. As per the CM, the rule is copied as it is from China. The rule is in place till 15th Jan 2016.

Well, indian ministers rarely do radical innovations. India is perceived as a country of improvisation (called Jugaad in the local language) and not radical innovation.

The minister did instruct a hefty fine of close to 31$ on rule breakers. Till date around 5893 fines were made. The CM thought that the rule shall decrease pollution.

Nothing comes without exception. Here, the exceptions were very funny.

  1. All 2 wheelers are exempted (No one knows why?)
  2. Cars driven by female drivers with children are exempted (Don’t they pollute?)
  3. Natural Gas powered vehicles are exempted for obvious reasons
  4. Vehicles of court judges, armed personnel, Delhi Police, Minister level are also exempted
  5. The rule does not work on Sundays.

The Chief Minister has himself decided to use car pooling.

The drama

The ministry can do drama really well. The media is full of reports where it shows Chief Minister calling any random individual and educating him of the rule. There he mentioned that the volunteers had told a man to use the correct numbered car. He went home and came on a bike.

WOW! If you happen to travel in a wrong car, you must go back home and come on a 2 wheeler. That will reduce pollution.

A second drama was also in place.

His volunteers were actually found burning wood in evening and when interrogated the reason – they mentioned that the state government has suggested this. They were asked whether this will pollute OR not. Then they replied – it won’t pollute Delhi but it can pollute outer areas / NCR.

WOW! What a politics – deliberately pollute nearby areas. So, in future, if this leads to a civil war on pollution grounds, that is allowed.

The criticism

The rule looked very easy but it wasn’t. Firstly, it totally ignored non vehicular pollution like industrial, dust, other means.

Media report confirms that the odd – even rule made the situation even worse.

The conclusion

The high court has ordered government to submit the reports of pollution. All the details are already there and the court shall share the results tomorrow.

As per the transport minister, the rule shall anyway end after 15th Jan 2016 since they have got enough money. This money shall be used to subsidize bicycle procurements.

All this drama to end very soon.

The jani festival

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Latvia is a wonderful country in the Europe. Let us discuss a great tradition of the country. It is about a summer solstice festival called Jani. Given the fact that in Latvia, you might notice 16 – 17 hours of sunlight, it seems a tropically hot nation. Well, Latvians respect summer and the summer solstice day is celebrated countrywide.

It should be noted that 49% of the country is covered by forests and the area turns into a scenic beauty during this Jani festival.

The history

The festival started for the farmer community. It is celebrated during the last week of June. During this period, the farmers used to wear garlands completely made of plant leaves. Today, people wear garlands of oak flowers. The festival is celebrated in the midst of nature.

Proceedings

The celebrations happen regardless of the weather. Be it sunshine OR be it rainy, merrymaking shall happen.

People believe that the herbs plucked on this day are composed of various healing powers. Everything will be decorated in this country on this day. There is another strange and complicated belief.

Latvians believe that one shall not sleep in the night. If at all you want to sleep, you should do so during the day time after seeing the sunrise. Additionally, men like to walking through the morning dew which they believe can bring prosperity and money. On the other hand, women consider it traditional to wash their faces with this dew to increase their beauty.

In addition to what is mentioned above, people often sing and dance and the activities continue till the dawn.

It is a good festival to experience. Latvia is a country ranked among Top 3 in environmental Index and you will enjoy its beauty during Jani time.

Journey to heaven / hell

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This post is about a very strange place in India. Located near Chamba district in Himachal Pradesh, this place is called Bharmour.

The place is famous for 84 temples called Chaurasi in the local language. The legend says that Hindu GOD Shiva along with 84 spiritually uplifted people arrived here to do Penance. While going, all of them decided to create various shivalingam.

Thus 84 Shivalingam are created.

The lord of Death Yamaraj too decided to stay here. That place is called as Dharmaraj Temple and is located in the north side of 84 temples. Though, Dharmaraj temple is considered a Shiv Temple.

The temple of Bharmani Goddess exists to 3 kilometers to the north of the site. It is mandatory to visit there to make the journey complete.

The image below is taken from Indianetzone.com and contains an overview of how 84 temples look like.

84

The speciality

Everyone knows that it is GOD sends souls to heaven to hell after death. There must be some place where it is decided where souls are supposed to go.

These 84 temples are the place where it is decided whether souls should go to heaven OR hell.

It has a courtlike structure where souls are interrogated and Yamaraj and Shiva are themselves the judges.

The places contain the marking – “Way to go to heaven”

However, the path is not suitable for bodies and due to extreme cold weather and dangerous path, only souls are allowed to go.

Some miracles

People have confirmed hearing interrogative questions when actually no one was present. They believe that it is soul who is being intervened. Some have confirmed that they saw souls. Several tourists have visited there and it is recommended to visit here at least once.

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