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Story of Lakshman and Atikaya, son of Ravana, in the Ramayana

Atikaya, son of Ravana, was huge like Kumbhakarna. It was Lakshman who defeated Atikaya in the Ramayana. The story of Atikaya fighting Lakshmana is found in the Yuddha Kanda of Ramayana. Atikaya’s mother was Dhanyamalini, one of the wives of Ravana.
Atikaya was huge as a mountain and his eyes were yellowish-brown. His chariot was large and there were fierce weapons in it – both the chariot and weapons were given to him by Brahma. He was conversant in all weapons. He had defeated the Devas in the battle.
Atikaya brushed aside the Vanaras in the battle and headed towards Rama and Lakshman. He proclaimed that he did not want to fight against ordinary warriors and wanted to fight only with Rama or Lakshman.
Lakshman went to fight with Atikaya. The battle was fierce and both warriors were injured. When Lakshman attacked with arrows presided by Agni; Atikaya replied to them with Surayastra. Both continued to nullify each others arrows.
When it seemed there was no end to the fight, Vayu, wi…

Mumbadevi – About Goddess Mumbadevi

Goddess Mumbadevi is a manifestation of Mother Goddess Shakti and is the guardian deity of Mumbai area. Scholars are of the view that Goddess Mumbai Devi is Goddess Amba – Maha Amba became Mumbai. – Aai meanst mother in Marathi.
Mumbadevi is the patron deity of fishermen and salt collectors of the area.
The most famous temple dedicated to Mumbadevi is located at the Bhuleshwar area of Mumbai – north end of Zaveri Bazaar. The original temple was relocated a couple of times.
The murti of Mumbadevi is is depicted as sitting atop a Lion. The murti of Goddess is draped in Sari and she wears an ornamental head gear. On the side of Her there is a murti of Goddess Annapurna sitting on a peacock.
Legend has it that the present day area of Mumbai was terrorized by a demon named Mumbaraka – he had got the boon of invincibility from Brahma. Human beings were killed and eaten by the demon.
To escape from the demon, people offered prayers to Vishnu and Shiva. After intense austerities Shiva and …

Thillai Kali Temple – Thillai Kali Amman Temple in Chidambaram in Tamil Nadu

ThillaiKaliAmmanTemple at Chidambaram in Tamil Nadu is dedicated to Goddess Shakti. Goddess Thillai Kali is a ferocious form of Shakthi. She has four faces like Brahma and is also known as Brahma Chamundeswari. The temple is very unique as Dakshinamurti form of Shiva is also worshipped in this temple in the female form.
The murti of Brahma Chamundeswari face east and she is in standing posture. Special pujas are held during the Rahu Kalam period on Sundays.
StoryThillaiKaliTemple Legend has it that once there was a debate between Shiva and Goddess Shakti as to who is the best dancer. They entered into a dance contest. They both matched each other in steps and no one was superior. Then Shiva performed the Ugra Tandava. But Goddess Shakti could not dance in Ugra Tandava as it involved lifting the leg up.
Goddess Shakti accepted defeat but she was furious as it was not a fair competition. Brahma appeared and asked her to calm down. He praised her as Veda Nayaki – one who represents the V…

Book on Sun Temples in Gujarat – Ugta Rehjo Bhan in Gujarati

Ugta Rehjo Bhan in Gujarati published by the Gujarat State Archeology Department is dedicated to the sun temples in Gujarat. The book explores not just the famous ModheraSunTemple but nearly 100 sun temples scattered from Koteshwar in Sabarkantha to Rander near Surat in Gujarat.
The book is the result of the dedicated work of over a decade by Navinchandra Parekh and Dahyabhai Patel.  Times of India reports  The book says sun worship is as old as the Indian civilization. However, the tradition of worship in an idol form came in the third century BC. Sun worship took its roots from third to the 13th century across the subcontinent including Gujarat after which the trend waned. Places such as Vadnagar, Muli, Than, Delmal, Kotyark and Gop were thriving centers of sun worship and many of these have idols preserved for centuries.  "There have been two traditions of sun worship found in the state. While the idols of Mag Brahmins have Iranian influence (completed with boots and headgear)…

Grahpati Shiva – Story of Shiva as Grihapati

Grahpati Shiva is one of the manifestations of Shiva. The story of Shiva as Grihapati is mentioned in the Shaivagama. Grahpati means the lord of the planets.
Legend has it that once the wife of Sage Vishwanar had a desire to have a son. To fulfill the desire, Sage Vishvanar went to Kashi and offered prayers to Veereshwar Linga there.
After a year, Shiva appeared as a boy before Sage Vishwanar and granted him the boon that He will be born as their son. Shiva said that he will be known as Grahpati.
As per the boon, Suchimati, wife of Sage Vishwanar, gave birth to Grihpati. The sage performed all the sanskaras of the boy.
When the boy was nine year old, Sage Naraga visited Sage Vishwanar and told him that the boy will be struck by lightning during the 12 year of his life.
Sage Vishwanar was saddened by this fact. But Grihapati said that he will go to Kashi and offer prayers to Shiva and will overcome death.
Grihapati went to Kashi and made Shivling and started offering worship to it.

Anandmurti Gurumaa – Words to Ponder

If you think that your problems are big, think again…you have roof on your head, food in your belly, children with you… stop brooding.
Marriage is beautiful if you do not become a bonded slave to a man or woman and suffer your whole life.
If you sow a good seed, you get a good fruit; if you sow a bad seed, you get an undesirable fruit – and all these fruits will come back and you will have to accept them
When you act out of possessiveness, can you call it a good action?

Our world is created by our perceptions, therefore I can say that emotions are spontaneous reactions of individuals to objects experienced by the senses. Anandmurti Gurumaa

Today’s Hindu Calendar – August 16, 2013 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on August 16, 2013 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waxing phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Shukla Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waxing phase of moon till 7:13 PM on August 16. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day during the waxing phase of moon All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra – Jyeshta or Kettai or Triketta Nakshatra till 8:17 PM. Then onward it is Mool or Moolam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Vrischika Rashi 8:16 PM.  Then onward it is Dhanu Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – 
Kali Yuga Year – 5115
Vikram Samvant 2070 – Shravan Shukla Paksha Dasami Tithi or tenth day during the waxing phase of moon in Shravan month in calendars followed in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Jammu and Kashmir.
Vijayanama Sam…

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