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Soundarya Lakshmi – Hindu Goddess Soundaryalakshmi

In Hinduism, Soundarya Lakshmi is a form of Goddess Lakshmi. In this form Lakshmi, is the Goddess of beauty. Puranas indicate that Soundarya Lakshmi had turned an average looking Rati, Brahma’s daughter, to the most beautiful woman in the three worlds. It is believed that Rati and her husband, Manmatha, god of love, worships Soundarya Lakshmi. It is said that the Solah Shringar, the sixteen beauty methods used by a Hindu bride, was first given to Rati by Soundarya Lakshmi. There are no major independent shrines dedicated to Goddess Soundarya Lakshmi. She is also rarely counted among the Ashta Lakshmis.

Lesser Known Incarnations of Lord Vishnu

Dasha Avatar, the ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu, is very well known. It is believed that when Adharma spreads, Lord Vishnu incarnates to dispel the evil and ego-inflated beings and to uphold Dharma. Apart the popular ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu, there are numerous other incarnations of Vishnu that are found in the Puranas and other holy scriptures associated with Hinduism.
Some of the popular incarnations that are not included in the Dasha Avatar are:
Mohini – the beautiful female who stole the Amrita from the demons and gave it to Devas after the Samudra Manthan (Churning of Ocean).
Hayagriva – the horse-headed incarnation that rescued the Vedas from the demons.
Balrama – Lord Balrama, the elder brother of Sri Krishna, is counted as an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. In South India, he is one among the Dasha Avatar.
Dhanvantari – the physician of the Gods is believed to be an incarnation of Lord Vishnu.
Some of the famous and wise sages of ancient world like Dattatreya, Sanat Kumar…

Surya Jayanti

Surya Jayanti, or Surya Jayanthi, is a festival dedicated to Lord Surya, the Sun God in Hinduism. The festival is popularly known as Ratha Saptami. It is observed on the seventh day (Saptami) of the Shukla Paksha (bright fortnight) of the month of Magha Masam (January – February). The corresponding Tamil Month is Masi or Thai. In 2018, the date of Surya Jayanti is January 24.

Surya Jayanti is believed to be the day when Lord Surya appeared. The day is also observed as Magha Saptami.

Tirumala Tirupati Balaji temple conducts special pujas are rituals on the day.

Prayers dedicated to Lord Surya like the Aditya Hridayam is chanted on the day. It is a major event in South India for certain Hindu communities in Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.

Words of Wisdom – Swami Ramsukhdasji

If you want peace, root out your pride because it is the root of all the demoniac traits. All the other demoniac traits of Kali Yuga such as anger, greed, infatuation, jealousy, fraud and hypocrisy etc., depend on pride, because pride is their originator.Feeling of mine-ness with Bhagavan is the easiest and best of all spiritual practices.The man’s desire for God realization never perishes, though he may not accept and know it. He has a desire from this heart to be completely happy, free from all bondages and distresses. This is the desire for God realization. This desire is certainly satisfied, because this is the real and true desire of a creature.Man is not made a slave by things rather its desire makes him a slave. Swami Ramsukhdas

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