Shiva
June 1, 2018

Jageshwar: Shiva as Lord of Nagas

Deep inside the Deodar forest near Almora in Kumaon region there is a 7th century temple complex dedicated to Lord Shiva. Deodars are considered extremely sacred among trees, and areas where such forests exist (Western Himalayas from Gandak river in central Nepal) have a pure and rare energy. The Jageshwar temple complex consists over 100 small temples dedicated to different forms of Devi, Surya, Ganapati, Vishnu with the main deity being Shiva. According to the ASI, some of the temples inside belong to the post-Gupta or the second half of 1st millennium while others belong to the 2nd millennium. Other…
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Shiva
May 21, 2018

Mahākāla

Mahākāla is a common deity in Hinduism and Buddhism. With the decline of the Pashupata and other Saiva sects, worship of Mahakala become restricted to the Kali Kula in Hinduism. Mahā (महत्; "great") and kāla (काल; "time/death") literally means One who is beyond Time. It is essentially Shiva but more limitless than the normal conception of Mahadeva. Beyond Mahakala there is nothing, no past, no future, no elements, no forms. Time or Kala kills all living beings. Mahakala is the death of Time itself. Contemplating on Mahakala is an excellent method of going beyond limitations and all ideation and concepts.…
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