Vishakam Nakshatram – Special Abhishekam to Sathguru Shrimath Santhananda Swamigal

on account of visakam Nakshatram the birth star of Sathguru Shrimath Santhananda Swamigal on 14.12.09 there will be a special abhishekam and alankaram to Sathguru Shrimath Santhananda Swamigal at 10.30 am followed by deeparadanai at the Chennai Om Sri Skandasramam.

Hanumath Jayanthi on 16.12.09

Hanumath Jayanthi will be celebrated grandly to Lord Pancha Mukha Anjaneyar on 16.12.09 at the Chennai Om Sri Skandasramam, 1 Kambar ST, Mahalakshmi Nagar, Selaiyur, Tambaram, Chennai-73, ph-22290134 / 22293388 / 94446 29570, website-www.skandasramam.com, blog – http://www.chennaiomsriskandasramam.wordpress.com. At 10 am there willbe a special abhishekam to Lord Pancha Mukha Anjaneyar followed by 1008 Vadai Malai at 12 Noon. At 5. 30 PM there willbe a special Vennai Kappu alankaram.

Crown for Sathguru Shrimath Santhananda Swamigal

Crown for Sathguru Shrimath Santhananda Swamigal at Chennai Om Sri Skandasramam
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Goddess Prathiyankira Devi

Goddess Prathiyankira Devi
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There are different legends regarding the origin of Goddess Maha Prathiyankira Devi. Some say that Prathiyankira Devi emerged out from the third eye of Lord Sarabeswarar (manifestation of Lord Shiva) with 1,008 lion faces, 2,016 hands and a blood-stained tongue protruding out. She helped to reduce the ferocity of Lord Narasimha.

While the other say that when all the Gods were helpless to pacify Lord Narasimha, the three Goddess Parvathi Devi, Lakshmi Devi and Saraswathi Devi created Prathiyankira Devi and sent to fierceful Lord Narasimha, who was destroying the whole world after he extinguished the Demon King Hiraniyakasipu. When Prathiyankira Devi sat on Lord Narasimha´s thigh, he was calmed down.

Some believe that in ancient time when two rishis, Prathiyankira and Angiras, were meditating discovered a goddess through a Moola Mantram who was nameless. Later she privileged the rishis by naming her after them and hence she was called as Prathiyankira Devi.

Narasimhika is her another name. ´Naran´ means human and ´Simha´ means Lion, so she appears with Lion´s face and human body. It is also said that she has destroyed the arrogance of the Shiva´s ugra avatar ´Sarabeswarar´. It is believed that when Narasimhika shakes her mane, she shambles the stars in the universe. It is said that One wing of Lord Sarabeswarar is Goddess Sulini Devi while the other wing is Goddess Prathiyankira Devi.

She is also known as Aparajitha the invincible. In this Kali yuga, where evil is manifest in varied forms, Goddess Prathiyankira is regarded as the saviour of mankind, alleviating the sufferings of humanity. She possesses the power to offset the influences of black magic. Though fearsome in appearance, she is the very embodiment of benevolence and grace to her devotees.

In the Dasa Maha Vidya it is said that the COSMIC MOTHER manifested to various forms to destroy the evil forces. One such was the form was of Mother PRATHIYANKIRA DEVI. She has conquered the time Kala and is beyond Time. She is being worshipped for so many yugas. As she is not bound by Kala or Time she is also known as Kali.

Mother Prathiyankira Devi is considered to be a powerful repellent of the influences generated by witch-craft. In Sri Chakra worship, she protects her devotees against all odds and guides them along the right path. She is enveloped as bliss in the letter “Ksham”.

Appearance
In some image she is shown as dark complexion, terrible in aspect, having a lion’s face with reddened eyes and riding a lion or wearing Blue / black garments, she wears garland of human skulls; her hair strands on end, and she holds a trident, a serpent in the form of a noose, a hand-drum and a skull in her four hands. She is also associated with Bhairava, and she has a variant form viz. Atharvana-Bhadra-Kali. She is fond of red flowers and lemon.

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Goddess Prathiyankira Devi is also known as Atharvana Bhadra Kali because she is the guardian of the Atharvana Vedam, the vedam which holds the secret of Mantras Tantras Yantras from good to evil.

Temples of Goddess Sri Prathiyankira Devi.

1. Chennai Om Sri Skandasramam (near Camp Road, Tambaram in Chennai).
Facing the Sannidhi of Lord Veera Sarabeswara is the 12-foot panchaloka icon of Goddess Ugra Prathiyankira Devi. She is lion – faced and is seated on a lion. Her four hands bear a noose in the form of a snake, trident, hand-drum and bowl (kabaala paathram). She wears a garland of skulls.

2. Ayyavadi(Aivar Padi) near Kumbakonam (South India)
Here Deity is lion faced with 18 hands.

3. Vedian Enthal a small village near Manamadurai (South India).
Here she is five faced and seated on a lotus.

4. In the corridor of the Karumariamman Temple (Chennai).

5. Goddess Prathiyankira Devi Temple at Solinga Nallur (Chennai).

6. Goddess Prathiyankira Devi Temple near Pondicherry.

7. Sri Vatapathrakaliamma Temple in Singapore, there is a statue of Goddess Prathiyankira Devi. The Kumbabhishekam was performed by His Holiness Shrimath Sathguru Santhananda Swamigal.

Prathiyankira Devi Homam is done for destruction of any negative forces (Disease, Misfortune, Obstacles, Rivalry and regaining of Power).

Goddess Prathiyankira Devi is worshipped for curing all illness and to prevent major accidents and any health issues caused due to poisoning. It is also believed worshipping this Goddess helps in the removal of all mental blocks

New Moon, Astami are good days to worship her. Those one can worship her always.
POOJAS FOR GODDESS PRATHIYANKIRA DEVI IN CHENNAI OM SRI SKANDASRAMAM
Apart from the Prathiyankira Sarabha Sulini Homam which is performed everyday, special abishekam is performed every month to Goddess Prathiyankira Devi on New Moon days. Poojas, Abhishekams on Fridays of the Tamil months of Aadi & Thai, Adi puram festival, Navarathri and Deepavali.
PRATHIYANKIRA SARABHA SOOLINI KOTI HOMAM IN CHENNAI OM SRI SKANDASRAMAM
An important activity at the temple is the daily conduct of Prathiyankira Sarabha Soolini Koti Homam. The Homam with the moolamantras of the presiding deities of the Ashram is conducted every day as per Sathguru Srimath Santhananda Swamigal’s directions and in strict adherence to the vedic canons. This Homam is conducted for the welfare of the country and for the benefit of mankind.
The dwelling of a Rishi is an Ashram. The dharma and order set by the siddha purusha is the tradition of the Ashram, followed by His faithful sishyas. H.H.Sri Santhananda Swamigal took to sannyasa at a tender age and attained siddhi after severe tapas aand extensive travel all over India. He established the Bhuvaneswari Adhistanam first at Pudukottai. In 1970 Om Sri Skandashram, Salem came into being. On June 24, 1999 Sri Swamigal established Chennai Om Sri Skandashram when the Kumbhabhishekam to the main deities in the Ashram was performed. For sixty tears, Sri Swamigal through His service to humanity has become renowned for conducting Homams and rare yagnas challenging conventions.
According to Hindu shastras there is a Moolamantra for every Devathai. By reciting this as a japam, the journey of a Devotee towards merging with his Ishta-Devathai begins. A Homam is the avahanam of the Devathai in Agni when all auspicious articles are offered while simultaneously reciting the Mantra. The Mantra’s effect is at once multiplied a hundred times. The offerings to the Devathai during a Homam are multiplied infinitely. A single grain of rice that is offered in the Homam is multiplied by infinity and immediately reached to the Devathai. Imagine every granary in all the worlds beginning to overflow at the offering of just one-grain of rice. Similarly a single flower offered in the Homam is equal to covering the cosmic form of the deity with the fragrance and beauty of that flower. Thus a Homam conducted to strict vedic practices, becomes an immediate force multiplier. The Devathai so satisfied with the sincerity and conduct of the Devotees, has no alternative but to meet every wish and command.
An important activity of Chennai Om Sri Skandashram is the daily conduct of Prathiyankira sarabha sulini koti Homam. The Homam with the Moolamantras of the presiding deities of the Ashram is conducted everyday at the yagasalai as per Sri Swamigal’s directions and according to strict Vedic requirements since Kumbhabhishekam. This Homam is conducted for the welfare of the country and for the benefit of all.
The sincere Devotee of Lord Veerasarabeshwarar, is protected against All enemies, who shall be removed from his path while the howling force of a cyclone. The evil intent of his adversaries caused by their hatred will be burnt away in the ranging forest fire and fruitful uggraham that precedes the arrival of Lord Veerasarabeshwar. Enemies set about demons and asuras causing depression, diseases and death. They can even weave spells of black magic around helpless Devotee. These are uprooted and torn away mercilessly by Ugra Prathiyankira Devi. A neighbour, friend, or anyone can cast their evil eye or bad aspersions upon the individual. Unpredictable obstacles and unexplained hurdles prevent the sincere devotee from reaching genuine objectives. Improper timing of actions and inauspicious influence of the grahas create unfortunate and difficult times. The fearsome Sri Soolini Devi will ensure conquest over all the known and unknown enemies of the Devotee. The Mantras of each of these three devathais is equivalent to the force of a “nuclear weapon”, and this Homam seeks the protection of the oppressed Devotee from all evil and inimical forces.
Devotees are requested to come with their family, and start the Homam with the “sankalpa, in the morning when their name, Nakshtra and details of their family members also will be specially included. Lord Veerasarabeshwar the Kuladevathai of Emperors and Rulers bestows robust health, an alert mind and long life to those He protects. Prayers of the genuine Devotee to Lord Veerasarabheshwar soften the harsh tones of prarabdha karma. For the benefit of all mankind and for protection of his near and dear ones by the “Rakshikara Devathais” of this Ashram, the Devotee may participate in the NITHYA PRATHIYANKIRA SARABHA SULINI HOMAM and obtain prasadhams. For more details please contact Chennai Om Sri Skandasramam – email – cossct@rediffmail.com.

* If there are any other temples please let us know so that this can be included in the post.

Vasantha Navarathri and Sri prathiyankira Devi Mula Manthra Mangala Chandi Mahayagnam

Vasantha Navarathri Vizha for Goddess Prathiyankira Devi
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Vasantha Navarathri Vizha for Goddess Prathiyankira Devi will be performed at the Chennai Om Sri Skandasramam from March 27th to April 4th 2009. There will be a special Sri Prathiyankira Devi Mula Manthra Mangala Chandi Mahayagnam on all these days. The day starts with the Go puja at 7. 15 am followed by Homa Sankalpam, Sri Ganapathy Homam, Sri Navagraha Homam and Sri Prathiyankira Devi Mula Manthra Homam at 9 am. There will be a special abhishekam at 10 am to Goddess Prathiyankira Devi and a special alankaram. 12 noon deeparadanai followed by annadanam. At 4 pm the Sri Prathiyankira Devi Mula Manthra Mangala Chandi Mahayagnam resumes and the Maha purnahuddhi will be at 7. 30 PM. At 8 pm there will be a special abishekam to Sri Chakra Purna Mahameru follwed by Prasad distribution.

Sri Prathiyankira Devi Mula Manthra Mangala Chandi Mahayagnam
Date Mula Manthram

27.3.09 – Sri Atharvana Bhadrakali
28.3.09 – Sri Brahmi Prathiyankira
29.3.09 – Sri Narayani Prathiyankira
30.3.09 – Sri Raudhri PRathiyankira
31.3.09 – Sri Ugra Krthya Prathiyankira
1.4.09 – Sri Kalarathri Prathiyankira
2.4.09 – Sri Goora Prathiyankira
3.4.09 – Sri Bhadra Prathiyankira
4.4.09 – Sri Saubhagya Prathiyankira

All devotees are requested to participate in the above and get the divine blessings of Sathguru Shrimath Santhananda Swamigal and Goddess Prathiyankira Devi.

MATHA BHUVANESWARI

Matha Bhuvaneswari
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Bhuvaneswari is the Queen (Eswari) of the phenomenal world (Bhuvan) and is one of the Dasa (10) Maha Vidyas (while the others are Kali, Tara, Shodasi, Tripurabhairavi, Cinnamastha, Dhumavati, Bagalamuki, Rajamathangi and Kamalathmika) and is fourth in the line. Bhuvaneswari is mainly associated with the earth and the physical world. She is depicted as the Sovereign, the mistress of the worlds. Like Goddess Rajarajeswari, another form of the goddess, she rules the universe.
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Bhuvanam means Universe and Eswari is Ruler. Goddess Bhuvaneswari is the Universal Mother and Ruler of the Universe. Her Bheeja is `HREEM’ and she resides in the Manidveepam – a fort. She has four hands, two of which bless the devotees while the other two holds the noose to draw the devotee closer to her and angusam to rid the devotee of their sufferings. It is believed that the 10 incarnations (Dasavatara) of Lord Vishnu emerged from the 10 fingernails of Goddess Bhuvaneswari. It is said that one eye of Goddess Bhuvaneswari is regarded as Raja Mathangi, who bestows prosperity and erudition while the other eye is that of Goddess Bhuvaneswari is Varahi- the Commander-in-chief of the celestial army, who protects devotees from all evil.
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According to some Hindu traditions, Bhuvaneshvari, who is known for her beauty, co-operates with Shiva in bringing forth from the formless primal light the elements of the physical cosmos, in giving shape to the inchoate; hence her epithet “Creator (or Co-creatrix) of the World”. Also Bhuvaneshwari is considered as the supreme goddesses who creates everything and destroys all the unnecessary evils of world. She is also considered as the Mother goddess of Kali, Lakshmi, and Saraswati also Gayatri. In Hindu Mythology she is considered as the most powerful goddess in the universe. Parvati is Sagun Roop of Goddess Bhuvaneswari. Lord Shiva is the cause behind the evolution of this creation and his powers lies in goddess Bhuvaneswari. Her ambrosia nurtures the whole world.
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The Sri Lalitha Sahasranama describes Bhuvaneswari as the protector of the 14 worlds (bhuvana). Bhuvana also means water. Thus, She is considered as the protector of the land and the oceans. In the Tripurasiddhanta (a scripture) we also find that Devi is called Bhuvaneswari because She blessed her Guru who was known as Bhuvanandanatha. Bhuvaneswari is also called Prakriti, the active force in the cosmic creation. She is the underlying energy creating, sustaining and maintaining the physical world which is the supreme power embodied in names and forms. Devotional songs describing Her names say, “She initiated the worlds, all the five elements are born from Her. She entered the worlds, sustained them and nourished them.” Most often she is associated with Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva, the sustainer and the destroyer of the universes. She is Hara Hari, the Shakti of Vishnu and Shiva and She is adored by them. In other scriptures, Brahma, the creator, is also mentioned. Ultimately, what she represents goes beyond creation itself. She is the source of all that from which creation proceeds. Thus, Bhuvaneswari also personifies the original cosmic Space, the Ether (Akasha).
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In several hymns, we find Bhuvaneswari being identified with the Kundalini, the subtle force lying at the base of the spine in the human body. Bhuvaneswari is the one who increases the Shakti. She is in everyone in the form of Kundalini Shakti. The hymns also describe Kundalini Shakti saying, “She has the form of a snake, She is yellow in color and She is like lightning. She is in everyone. She is in the flesh and blood, She is even in the skin.”
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More than any other Mahavidya with the exception of Kamalatmika, Bhuvaneshvari is associated and identified with the energy underlying creation. She embodies the characteristic dynamics and constituents that make up the world and that lend creation its distinctive character. She is both a part of creation and also pervades its aftermath.
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Bhuvanesvari means Mistress of the World. Bhuvaneshvari’s beauty is mentioned often. Her dhyana describes her as having a radiant vermilion complexion resembling the sunrise and a beautiful face, framed with flowing hair the color of black bees. Her eyes are broad, her lips full and red, her nose delicate. Her firm breasts are smeared with sandal paste and saffron. Her waist is thin, and her thighs and navel are lovely. Her beautiful throat is decorated with ornaments, and her arms are made for embracing. She is seated on a throne, adorned with a flower garland and anklets, bracelets of fine gems. She is also found seated on lions, also group of lions sit around her throne. A crescent moon adorns her forehead, resting atop a jeweled crown. She has three eyes and a pleasant, nurturing smile. She has four arms, in two of which she holds a noose and a goad. With her lower left hand, she makes the gesture (varada-mudra) of offering a boon, and with the lower right she signals fearlessness (abhaya mudra). She is a shakti present everywhere but not seen anywhere.
Sometimes she is represented with a lotus and a jewel bowl in tow of her hands, and in other cases her left foot is placed on a jewel bowl.
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The Great Cosmic Power Bhuvaneswari is sitting on a bed resembling a throne, which consists in representing the five forms of manifestation of the God Shiva, as we described them in the article about the Great Cosmic Power Tripura Sundari.

From this throne, the Great Cosmic Power Bhuvaneswari controls and organizes the movement of the entire universe. Different gods and goddesses who serve her and immediately obey her orders surround the Great Cosmic Power Bhuvaneswari.

Meditating with great perseverance on this beautiful goddess’s form, the sincere practitioner may obtain her infinite grace, become even enlightened, and reveal his or her supreme Self.
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This beauty and attractiveness may be understood as an affirmation of the physical world. Tantric thought does not denigrate the world or consider it illusory or delusory, as do some other abstract aspects of Indian thought. This is made amply clear in the belief that the physical world, the rhythms of creation, maintenance, and destruction, even the hankerings and sufferings of the human condition is nothing but Bhuvaneshvari’s play, her exhilarating, joyous sport.

She is also known as Om Shakthi or Adi Shakthi q.e one of the earliest forms of shakthi. She is capable of turning situations according to her wish. It is considered that even the navagrahas cannot stop her from doing anything.

Both Bhuvaneswari and Kali are intimately connected as representing time and space, which made creation possible. Kali arranges the timing of the cosmic dance while Bhuvaneshwari stands for the original space before creation in which Kali’s cosmic dance takes place. Devotional songs say that Bhuvaneswari is like Saraswathi, the goddess of learning, wisdom and knowledge. She is described as “Jnana Swaroopa,” the highest form of wisdom. It is also said that Bhuvaneswari has so much power that a mere glance from Her gives boons to the goddesses Lakshmi, Parvathi and Saraswathi. She confers confidence, sympathy, beauty and wisdom on them because all these qualities are within Her.
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STORY OF MOTHER BHUVANESWARI
Mythology tells us that in the beginning, Surya, the sun, appeared in the heavens. In order to create the world, the sages offered soma (a sacred plant) to the sun. The sun was pleased and through the power of Shakti, He created the three worlds (Bhuvanas). Having created the worlds, the goddess assumed the form of Bhuvaneswari and ruled and protected them.

We also find the name of Bhuvaneswari mentioned in the part of Hindu philosophy called Tantra, the religious literature expounding the worship of the Divine Mother. The tantric works describe ten aspects of Shakti (Mahavidya), the universal energy.
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BHUVANESWARI DEVI
Bhuvaneswari is the fourth major power described in the Tantras. The term Mahavidya means “great knowledge” or wisdom. Each of these ten great deities is an outstanding personality of the Divine who bestows or reveals spiritual knowledge.
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BHUVANESWARI & SPACE
Bhuvaneswari is the fourth in the list of the Dasa Maha Vidyas, Bhuvaneswari stands for the concept of space. Space has many levels of manifestation: The space of the physical Universe and the space of the mind. Just as there are many layers of space in the Universe, there are many layers in the higher levels of the mind. In our body, the heart is where the infinite space of the Universe resides, and this is the seat of the Divine Mother, Bhuvaneswari, who represents this Space. By creating space, we release ourselves from stress and tension. Those seeking the supreme peace should invoke and worship the Goddess Bhuvaneswari, who is the power of infinite expansion, peace and equanimity. Her sound-body is Hreem, which is as powerful as Aum. Hreem connects the space within the heart with the infinite, vast space of Consciousness.

MAYA
Like most of the aspects of the Divine Mother, Bhuvaneswari is associated with Maya. Maya comes from the Sanskrit root, “ma”, to measure. Maya is also a synonym for illusion. Thus, Bhuvaneswari symbolizes the dynamic power of God, which manifests itself in a multitude of visible and impermanent forms. In Hindu philosophy, the manifestation is ultimately considered as unreal because of its inconstancy and impermanence. But at the same time, the devotional scriptures say that Bhuvaneswari is also distinct from the illusion She creates because She controls it. But She is not caught in it. This quality of mastery over the worldly illusion gives Her the power to help human beings not to be involved in Maya and not to be bound by it but instead to go beyond it.
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BENEFITS OF BHUVANESWARI WORSHIP
The name of the Mahavidya itself means the ruler of the world and a Sadhak of Bhuvaneswari is always victorious on all fronts in life and becomes all-powerful. Even Ram had to propitiate the Goddess before defeating Ravan who had conquered even heaven.

A Sadhak of Bhuvaneswari:
Gains a mesmerizing personality that draws all people to him and makes them readily obey his command.
Diseases, enemies and problems are forever banished from his life.
He has unexpected and huge monetary gains.
He conquers all problems in life – even the danger of untimely death.
He leads a joyous family life and gains fame and respect nation and worldwide.
Whatever he wishes for is fulfilled, for he is bestowed with 64 divine virtues which help him succeed in every venture that he undertakes.
She can bestow totality in married life and make it happy, prosperous and comfortable.
Grant a good life partner.
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The concept of Goddess Bhuvaneswari as the supreme goddess emerged in historical religious literature as a term to define the powerful and influential nature of female deities in India. Throughout history, goddesses have been portrayed as the mother of the universe, through whose powers the universe is created and destroyed. The gradual changes in belief through time shape the concept of Bhuvaneswari and express how the different Goddesses, though very different in personality, all carry the power of the universe on their shoulders.She is almighty.
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Sathguru Shrimath Santhananda Swamigal referred to Goddess Matha Bhuvaneswari as the “Goddess of the entire universe!” . It is said that Sathguru Shrimath Santhananda Swamigal is an incarnation of Goddess Matha Bhuvaneswari. He has built temples for Goddess Matha Bhuvaneswari in Pudukottai, Chennai Om Sri Skandasramam.

MAHASIVARATHRI – 23rd Feb

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Mahasivarathri will be celebrated grandly to Lord Mahasahasralingamurthy (Lord Shiva – 1008 lingams) on 23rd Feb Mon at the Chennai Om Sri Skandasramam, 1 Kambar St, Mahalakshmi Nagar, Selaiyur, Tambaram, Chennai -73. ph – 22290134 / 22293388 / 94446 29570 Website -www.skandasramam.org. There will be Mahanyasam in the evening at 7 PM , 8 PM abhisheka sankalpam, 9 PM 1st kalam special abhishekam for all sannadhis, 2nd kalam special abhishekam at 1.30 am – special abhishekam to Lord Mahasahasralingamurthy, Lord Nandikeswarar and Maha Meru, 3rd Kalam at 3 am special abhishekam to Lord Mahasahasralingamurthy, Lord Nandikeswarar and Maha Meru, 4th Kalam at 5 am – special abhishekam to Mahasahasralingamurthy, Lord Nandikeswarar and Maha Meru.

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All devotees are requested to take part in the grand Mahasivarathri celebrations and get the bountiful blessings of Lord Mahasahasralingamurthy, Lord Nandikeswarar and Sathguru Shrimath Santhananda Swamigal.