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  • Plan Your Travel To Lake MacDonnell For Colourful Nature Photography

    Lake MacDonnell is one of the famous salt lakes in Australia as compared to others. Contrasting colours of pink, blue and green creates the striking stunning scene leading to beautiful Cactus Beach at the end of the path which is a renowned surfing location with two left hand and one right hand surfing breaks. One side is the Pink Lake, the other side is Green Lake and further down over the small bridge is the Blue Lake. The Pink Lake is caused by salt loving algae called dunaliella salina and bacteria called halobacteria that secrete carotenoid red pigments, that turns the water bright pink. One of the Most Oldest Inhabited City in the World Lake MacDonnell is a salt lake on western Eyre Peninsula near the Nullarbor Plain, close to Penong town. It is the site of a former salt mine and the largest gypsum mine in Australia, on the largest gypsum deposit in the southern hemisphere. It has been mined at Lake MacDonnell since 1919 and the gypsum deposit may contain as much as 500-700 million tonnes. Information Sources:Link 1, 2, 3, 4 Image Source: Google Images

  • Om Shanti Om: Peaceful Shanti Mantras That Leads To Profound Unwinding

    The Shanti Mantras or Peace Mantras are Hindu prayers for Peace (Shanti) found in Upanishads which are supposed to calm the mind of the reciter and environment around him/her. At the point when recited, the Shanti mantra can soothingly affect the psychye and lead to profound unwinding. These are very powerful and said to be miraculous because it calls in for the Lord to protect us and bless us with the powers he has. Reciting them is also believed to be removing any obstacles for the task being started. Generally they are recited at the beginning and end of religious rituals and discourses. Om Shanti mantra is the bringer of cosmic peace and has a deep philosophical meaning. It reminds us of the Supreme and how we are connected to it. It reminds us that being at peace is our true form and true self. By chanting these mantras you are purifying your physical body of any diseases, any negative energy or sufferings. Your body is refreshed. Hare Krishna Maha Mantra Meaning | Know More Shanti Mantras always end with the sacred syllable Om (Auṃ) and three utterances of the word "Shanti" which means "Peace". The Vedics had very intricate knowledge about how the mind works and they had well-established methods to achieve a meditative state. When Shanti mantras are recited, obstacles from the below given realms are believed to be pacified. The reason for uttering three times is for calming and removing obstacles in the three realms: Physical or Adhi-Bhautika realm can be source of obstacles coming from external world, such as from wild animals, people, natural calamities etc. Divine or Adhi-Daivika realm can be source of obstacles coming from extra-sensory world of spirits, ghosts, deities, and demigods. Internal or Adhyaatmika realm is source of obstacles arising out of one's own body and mind, such as pain, diseases, laziness, and absent-mindedness. Famous Om Shanti mantras from Vedas: ॐ द्यौः शान्तिरन्तरिक्षं शान्तिः oṃ dyauḥ śāntir antarikṣaṃ śāntiḥ पृथिवी शान्तिरापः शान्तिरोषधयः शान्तिः । pṛthivī śāntir āpaḥ śāntir oṣadhayaḥ śāntiḥ वनस्पतयः शान्तिर्विश्वेदेवाः शान्तिर्ब्रह्म शान्तिः vanaspatayaḥ śāntir viśvedevāḥ śāntir brahma śāntiḥ सर्वं शान्तिः शान्तिरेव शान्तिः सा मा शान्तिरेधि ॥ sarvaṃ śāntiḥ śāntir eva śāntiḥ sā mā śāntir edhi ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः ॥ oṃ śāntiḥ śāntiḥ śāntiḥ — यजुर्वेद ३६:१७ — Yajurveda 36:17 Meaning: May peace radiate there in the whole sky as well as in the vast ethereal space everywhere. May peace reign all over this earth, in water and in all herbs, trees and creepers. May peace flow over the whole universe. May peace be in the Whole Universe. And may there always exist in all peace and peace alone. Om peace, peace and peace to us and all beings — (Translation by Swami Abhedananda, Ramakrishna Vedanta Math, India) ॐ असतो मा सद्गमय । oṃ asato mā sad gamaya तमसो मा ज्योतिर्गमय । tamaso mā jyotir gamaya मृत्योर्माऽमृतं गमय ॥ mṛtyor mā 'mṛtaṃ gamaya ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः ॥ oṃ śāntiḥ śāntiḥ śāntiḥ Meaning: Lead us from the unreal to the real. Lead us from darkness to light. Lead us from death to immortality. Om peace, peace, peace! ॐ सर्वेषाऺ स्वस्तिर्भवतु । oṃ sarveṣāṃ svastir bhavatu | सर्वेषाऺ शान्तिर्भवतु । sarveṣāṃ śāntir bhavatu | सर्वेषाऺ पूर्णं भवतु । sarveṣāṃ pūrṇaṃ bhavatu | सर्वेषाऺ मङ्गलं भवतु । sarveṣāṃ maṅgalaṃ-bhavatu | ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः ॥ oṃ śāntiḥ śāntiḥ śāntiḥ || Meaning: May there be Well-Being in All. May there be Peace in All. May there be Fulfilment in All. May there be Auspiciousness in All. Om Peace, Peace, Peace. — (Translation by Swami Abhedananda, Ramakrishna Vedanta Math, India) Information Help Sources Links 1, 2 & 3

  • Travel Gokarna: Known For Beaches & One of Seven Hindu Pilgrimage

    Gokarna is known as one of the seven important Hindu pilgrimage centers. It is on what was once an unspoiled beach near the estuary of the river Aghanashini. Recently, due to the influx of tourists, the character of the town has changed, it is no longer just a centre of pilgrimage. Gokarna is a small temple town on the western coast of India in the Kumta taluk of Uttara Kannada district of the state of Karnataka. The drive up the winding path that leads to Gokarna is scenic, with the rocky mountains and Western Ghats on one side and the Arabian Sea on the other. Gokarna is known for the beaches. Gokarna's famous 'Mahabaleshwar Temple' is a 4th-century CE 'Lord Shiva Temple' which is built of granite in the classical Dravidian architectural style. This temple houses what is believed to be original image of Lord Shiva's linga (Atmalinga). The deity, a carved stone image of Lord Shiva, is seen in a standing position with two arms. The stone image is said to be 1500 years old. As per legend, Ravana was given Atmalinga by Lord Shiva and instructed that it would stay permanently where it is first placed on the land. But Lord Ganesha came in the form of a boy and planted it in Gokarna while Ravana was performing rituals. Once placed Ravana could not remove it from the ground, but he removed some pieces of the Linga and threw them in different directions. It resulted in his throwing the coverings of the Linga to Dhareshwara, Gunavanteshwara, Murudeshwara and Shejjeshwar temples. Ravana was unable to lift the linga from the ground again and called the Shiva linga as Mahabala, one with great strength, and ever since, the linga illustrious as Mahabaleshwara. Shiva learned all these from Vayu Deva, the god of wind, and came on to Earth with Goddess Parvati devi and his train of Gods, he visited these five places and worshipped the linga which had now taken five forms. He acknowledged that these five places would be his "Pancha Kshetras" (Five Holy Places). There are many other temples all over this small town. The temple faces the Karwar city beach on the Arabian Sea in which Hindu pilgrims cleanse before visiting the temple for worship. The temple is considered as holy as the Shiva temple at Varanasi or Kashi in North India on the banks of the Ganges River. Foreigners, including practicing Hindus of non-Indian (Western) origin are not allowed to enter the sanctum-sanctorum and see the Shivalinga. According to another legend believe, Lord Shiva emerged from the ear of a cow (Prithvi, the Mother Earth) here. It is at the ear-shaped confluence of two rivers Gangavali and Aghanashini. The legend story is that Lord Brahma who out of arrogance arising out of his power to create the universe, sat penancing to redeem himself from curse of Shiva, Lord Shiva appeared in front of him from the ears of a cow. So the place came to be known as Gokarna or ear of the cow. Hindu Puranas says that when Lord Parashurama, the sixth avatar of Lord Vishnu created Kerala, it was from Gokarna to Kanyakumari. Information Source: Link 1 & 2

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