Sunday, July 29, 2007

Ganesha The God of Wisdom

Ganesha (Sanskrit: गणेश also spelled Ganesa or Ganesh) : is one of the best-known and most worshipped deities in Hinduism. He is son of lord Shiva and Parvati. Several texts relate mythological anecdotes associated with his birth and exploits, and explain his distinct iconography.

Ganesha is known also as "sidhi data" or bestower of success in work. Ganesha is worshipped as the lord of wisdom and success, begining and as the lord of defender and remover of obstacles, and patron of arts and sciences.

Ganesh has to be propitiated first before worship to other gods. He is honoured with affection at the start of any ritual or ceremony and invoked as the "Patron of Letters" at the beginning of any writing.
Ganesha is widely worship in all over asia including Thailand. In Thailand we can find many Ganesha shrine. Also see a Book about 32 paintings of Ganesha by Thai Aartist MR. Choosak Vissanukamron

Ganesha's elephant head makes him easy to identify. But have you ever notice, that his elephant head has only one full tusk, while other is broken. There is several saying about his broken tusk. He said to have lost it in a fight with Parashuram (left image). It's also said that he broke it to write The Mahabharat to the dictation of sage "Vyasa" (right image). His elephant head is believed to be emblem wisdom and his mount an emblem of sagacity . His mount is the "Mooshika" called shrew. Some Ganesha Statues is just arrived At Our Gallery.

Ganesh Dancing Pose
Ganesha Oil Lamp Set (Sukunda )

Recommend Books On Ganesha


Saturday, July 28, 2007

Sankha (Conch Shell)

LEFT HANDED CONCH RIGHT HANDED CONCH Sankha (Conch shell) is known as an offering vessel, or we can see lord Vishnu and other gods are also holding shankha in their hands. Sankha is a symbol of Lord vishnu in Hindu tradition, Conch shell extensively used in wars by ancient Indians.

RIGHT HANDED CONCH Silver PendentThere is two types of Conch shell Left Hand Side (Normally left hand shell you can find easily) and Right hand side (see picture above right), which is rare and worshiped as a symbol of Laxmi, Goddess of wealth. We have some very nice hand made Laxmi Statues in our Gallery. Hope you may like the statues,
Newari Style Laxmi Statues *new arrived

White conch whoes humming sound proclaims the glory of the saints. it's especially given as a symbol to the gods as the sound vibrated through a shell penetrates far and wide.

In Buddhist Tradition Conch shell is one of The Eight Auspicious Signs or symbol. is symbolizes the blessedness of turning to the right and proclaims the glory of the saints by it's humming's believe when you blow Conch shell ,it's sound keeps evil away from home and place where is ritual ceremony are being perform.

Some new arrival Conch shells. If you like to buy plz Contact Our Dharma Shop at Silom Complex 3rd fl. mobile no 087-0426994 .

Click the link If you like to read about 8 auspicious Signs

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

The World's Highest Railway Beijing to Lhasa

May be all of you heard about Train To Tibet. I have been search in Internet and Found Some Information about train to Tibet. I think it is a useful information for them who like to visit Tibet. Now there is another way to Visit Tibet by Train through Beijing (china). I thought this information is helpful for you. So plz have a look . If anyone of you already travel in this train, wy don't you share your feeling in comments . If you like to know more! Use Tibet and Nepal travel Words in search box on the top of the blog(Google search box in my blog is more accurate for Tibet and Nepal then normal Google search ).

The Beijing-Lhasa train will run at a speed of 160 km per hour on the plain, but will slow down at 120 km per hour when it reaches the Qinghai-Tibet section.The line includes the Tanggula Pass, at 5,072 m above sea level the world's highest rail track. More than 960 km, or over 80% of the railway, is at an altitude of more than 4,000 m. There are 675 bridges, totaling 159.88 km, and over half the length of the railway is laid on permafrost.Train from Beijing to Lhasa takes 47 hours 28 minutes, covering 4,064 km (2,500 miles), departs at 21:30 from Beijing West, and arrives in Lhasa at 20:58 on the third day .

The useful tips for plateau travel will be printed on the back of the ticket and passengers who want to go to Lhasa should fill in a "health registration card", which should be hand into the trainman when getting onto the train. Besides, no smoking is required on the train.According to the stipulation of the Ministry of Railways, the Qingzang Railway (Qinghai-Tibet Railway) is not allowed to hold passengers over strength.

All the trains to Lhasa require one ticket for one seat/berth. No standing-room-only ticket is on sale. In addition to Beijing, some other Chinese cities, including Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chengdu, will also launch direct railway passenger transportation to Lhasa as of July 1 2007,.

There are 45 stations along the 1972 km long Qinghai-Tibet railway from Xining to Lhasa and every station has unique scenery. To provide travelers better opportunity to enjoy the stunningly beautiful scenery on that way, nine scenery viewing platforms have been set up at nine stations. These include: Yuzhu Peak Station, Chumaer River. Tuotuo river, Buqiangge, Tanggula Mountain, Lake Namtso, Nagqu, Damshung, Yambajan. The platform is around 500-meter long and 1.25 meters high. On the platform, visitors can enjoy the views around that area and take photos. The authority has scheduled the trains so that passengers will be able to make use of the viewing platforms during daytime.
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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Ritual Implements in Tibetan Buddhism

Ritual Implements in Tibetan Buddhism:
A Symbolic Appraisal Rites and rituals are an essential part of Tibetan religion and reflect its practical side. Not restricted to temples alone, they are performed in a variety of places and circumstances, for a myriad of purposes. Daily ceremonies are conducted in temples, although they are perhaps not so elaborate as those that take place in Hindu temples in Nepal and India.
Throughout the year, too, special rituals are performed to propitiate deities, to precipitate rain, to avert hailstorms, diseases, and death, to ensure good harvests, to exorcise demons and evil spirits, and of course to destroy the passions of the mind and, ultimately, the ego. All these practices-whether occult, magical, or shamanistic, require various implements which are as important as the images of the deities in whose service they are employed.
Some deities Statues Hold Ritual Implements

Each such object is pregnant with symbolic meaning and is frequently imbued with magical power and potency
Many of these ritual implements also occur as hand-held attributes of various important Buddhist deities (Above Statues Click for Detail). Many of these weapons and implements have their origins in the wrathful arena of the battlefield and the funerary realm of the cremation grounds. As primal images of destruction, slaughter, sacrifice, and necromancy, these weapons were wrested from the hands of evil and turned-as symbols-against the ultimate root of evil, the self-cherishing ego.

In the hands of wrathful and semi-wrathful deities, protective deities, the siddhas and the dakinis, these implements became pure symbols, weapons of transformation, and an expression of the deities' wrathful compassion, which mercilessly destroys the manifold illusions of the inflated human ego.
Read Some of the important ritual implements:
· The Vajra or Thunderbolt, also known in Tibetan as dorje.

· The Bell, known in Sanskrit as the Ghanta, and in Tibetan as dril bu.

· The Phurpa (Ritual Dagger)

· The Skull Cup, known as kapala in Sanskrit. (will be posted soon)
Also See some detail picture of Crystal Kapala

Dakini Using Skull Cup (Kapala) and Kapala offering Painting

· The Curved Knife or Chopper

· The Curved Knife or Chopper