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Shri Hari Hara Ksetra


The banks of Gandaki river and the eastern banks of Alakanada river is known as Hari Hara Ksetra. At this temple, Lord Hari (Lord Vishnu) and Lord Hara (Lord Shiva) are both simultaneously self-manifested in one Deity as the Absolute Truth.Here the best of the Vaishnavas, Lord Shiva, and Lord Vishnu are eternally performing kirtan to Gauranga. The glories of this place are millions of times more glorious than Kasi and Kailash combined. If one leaves his mortal body at this place, then Lord Shiva himself personally comes and chants the name of Gauranga in the dying person's ear at the moment of death and thus transports him across the ocean of the material world. There is factually no difference between Shiva and Vishnu since they both are manifested from Sankarsana. Mahadeva Shiva, accepting tama guna, the mode of ignorance, in one part of him, destroys this material world at the time of the universe's annihilation. He also fulfills the desires of the living entities. He increases the bewilderment of those who are not devotees, and he blesses with Krishna bhakti those who are devotees of the Lord. He performs Krishna bhajan residing in Kailash, Bhuvanesvar and Kasi.


Lord Shiva is the commander and chief of all the Vaishnavas and is extremely dear to Lord Hari. Due to this great affection and love Lord Hari has for Lord Hara, they combined into one form to show that they are non-different. At times sastra tells that Lord Shiva and Lord Krishna fight against each other. In reality this is never actually so. All these activities merely appear in this way to satisfy Lord Krishna's desires and to increase His transcendental pastimes. But those living entities who oppose Lord Krishna and worship Lord Shiva like Banasura, Jarasandha and Sudaksina, are known as asuras, demons. Nothing they do can bear fruit and they are eventually killed by Lord Hari.


The Tenth Canto of Shrimad-Bhagavatam mentions that after Krish­na cut off the head of Paundraka, the false Vasudeva, and also Kasiraj, the king of Kasi, He sent His sudarsan cakra to Kasi and burnt the whole city of Kasi to ashes. At that time Lord Shiva left and came and took shelter at this place.Understanding Shiva tattva is subtle. If it is not accurately conceived of, it will be misunderstood. An example of this is that once at Rameshwara, Lord Ramacandra installed a Shiva linga. Lord Rama Himself named this site Rameshwara. But people, knowing that Lord Rama worshiped Lord Shiva at this place, misinterpreted the name Rameshwara as Ramaseswara, the Lord of Ramacandra. Being ignorant about the actual tattva, they concoct their own interpretation and consider Lord Shiva the Lord of Ramacandra. The demigods learned about this and objected. They said that Rameshwara is the combined name of Lord Rama and Iswara, Lord Shiva. They said that both Rama and Shiva are the Lord. Hearing both these concocted interpretations, Mahadeva Shiva became very upset and began speak­ing directly from the Shiva linga. Mahadeva said that both meanings of Rameshwara were totally wrong. According to the exact rules of Sanskrit grammar, Rameshwara means that Rama is the controller of Iswara, meaning that Rama is the controller of Shiva. In this way Lord Krishna is the Supreme controller of all controllers and Shiva is His dearmost servant.


The Shrimad-Bhagavatam illustrates this point. When Pradyumna, Krishna's grandson, and Usa, the daughter of Banasura, were married, there was a fight at that time between Krishna and Banasura. Mahadeva Shiva took the side of Banasura and fought against Krish­na. After Lord Shiva was soundly defeated, he prayed to the Supreme Lord Krishna for the life of his devotee Banasura. Lord Krishna wanted to please His devotee Shiva and to keep His promise to Prahlad Maharaj that He would always protect his dependents. He also did not want to sadden Usa, His future daughter-in-law. Krishna therefore chopped off all of Banasura's 1000 arms except four and allowed him to become a personal associate of Mahadeva Shiva.All the previous acaryas considered Mahadeva Shiva as very dear to Lord Krishna and consider Shiva the guru of every Vaishnava. He is therefore renowned through all the worlds as the greatest of Vaishnavas: Vaishnavanam yatha sambhu. In Shri Navadwip Dham, Shri Vrindavan Dham, and in both Jagannath Puri and Dwarka Puri, Lord Shiva is known as Ksetrapal, the protector of the holy land. In Vraja, accepting the most elevated mood of Gopi, he is known as Gopeswara and he gives Krishna prema to qualified living entities and grants them service in Vrindavan.


Sometimes Lord Shiva, because he is easily pleased, accumulates devotees who turn against Krishna and cause him difficulties. Shiva himself is always ready to instantly follow the desires of Lord Krishna and he is virtually the champion of all the demigods in their battles with the asuras. At the time of the churning of the milk ocean, Mahadeva Shiva, understanding the desire of Lord Vishnu, drank the poison and thus protected the universe.Mahadeva, feeling despondent and depressed from the effects of this poison, received the Shri Ananta Samhita from Lord Vishnu. This scripture describes Lord Gauranga's transcendental pastimes in Shri Navadwip Dham, and it explains that by serving Gauranga one is guaranteed to attain the direct association of Shri Shri Radha Krishna.


gaura murier bhagavatah pada sevam vina sati

bahu janmar jitaih punyair na radha krishna apnuyat


"Without service to the lotus feet of the Supreme Lord Gauranga it is not possible to attain Shri Shri Radha Krishna, even after earning pious deeds in many births." (Shri Ananta Samhita, Chaitanya Janma Khanda, sloka 62)


Also Mahadeva Shiva, following implicitly Lord Krishna's wishes, incarnated as Sankaracarya to propound the mayavadi doctrine, which is factually in direct opposition to the Vedas. By the order of the Supreme Lord, he covered the knowledge of pure devotion and of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Chastising the atheistic followers of Buddha and the atheistic karma khandis, Sankaracarya destroyed their philosophies and converted them, driving Buddhism outside the boundaries of India. In this way Mahadeva Shiva is always performing devotional service to his Lord and master, Krishna. Hare Krishna!