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London Kashi

posted 15 Mar 2013, 09:00 by Sri Nithya Atmeshwaran   [ updated 4 Aug 2013, 09:04 by Ma Nirvikalpini Nithya ]
In December 2012, Paramahamsa Nithyananda blessed London with the Spiritual name of Kashi.

Kashi (“the luminous one”) is another name for the holy city of Varanasi on the banks of the river Ganges. It is one of seven sacred cities in Hinduism. It is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world and the oldest in India. There are 15,000 verses in the Skanda Purana vedic text describing the glory of the city. It was historically a centre of literature, art, culture and learning. Lord Shiva is said to have described Kashi as follows: "The three worlds form one city of mine, and Kashi is my royal palace therein."

Lord Kaala Bhairava is a manifestation of Lord Shiva and is the Lord of Kashi. Kaala Bhairava is the lord of time space. Kalashtami / Bhairavashtami, is the most auspicious day dedicated to Lord Kaala Bhairava, commemorating the day He appeared on earth (in 2013, the day falls on 23 November).

Lord Kala Bhairava is also known as Kshetrapalaka, the guardian of the temple. In honor of this, keys to the temple are ceremonially submitted to Lord Kaala Bhairava at temple closing times and are received from him at opening time. The vahana (vehicle) of Lord Kaala Bhairava is the dog. Feeding and taking care of dogs is another way of showing devotion to Lord Kaala Bhairava.