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Story of Shishupala – Curse – Deformed Birth – Boon From Krishna and 100 Forgiveness And Death

Shishupal was an important king mentioned in Mahabharata, Srimad Bhagavata Purana and other puranas. He is associated with Sri Krishna. It was Sri Krishna who killed him after forgiving him 100 times. The life of Shishupala is very interesting and is lesson on how anger, jealousy and hatred can cause one’s downfall.

Birth of Shishupala – Jaya – Vijaya Door Keepers Of Vaikuntha Shishupala and Dantavakra were the manifestation of Jaya and Vijaya in Dwapara Yuga. They were undergoing their last birth according to the stipulation in the curse inflicted on them. Jaya – Vijaya were the guards of Vaikuntha. They were once cursed by the four manasaputras of Brahma for denying them an audience with Lord Vishnu.
The four manasaputras were Sanandana, Sanaka, Sanat Sujata and Sanat Kumara. Deformed Birth of Shishupala And Prediction of His Death Shishupala was the king of Chedi and a cousin of Sri Krishna.
Sri Krishna was the son of his paternal aunt.
When Shishupala was born he had three eyes…

Download Rig Veda in English for Free – Rig Veda English Pdf

There are numerous English translations of the Rg Veda currently available online. You can download one such ancient translation of Rig Veda in English in pdf format for free.

The Rig Veda is the foundation text of Hinduism and is the earliest of the four Vedas. It is popularly believed the Vedas is of divine origin and composed by no man. Popular belief is that the divine words were first compiled Veda Vyasa. Vedas are considered to be an eternal text and is rediscovered during each new cosmic era.



Link: Download Rig Veda in PDF format
The Rig Veda in English is by Ralph T.H. Griffith and was translated in 1896. You will need pdf reader to read it.

24 January 2019 Tithi – Panchang – Hindu Calendar – Sankashti Chaturthi Vrat - Good Time – Nakshatra – Rashi

Tithi in Panchang - Hindu Calendar on Thursday, 24 January 2019 – Krishna Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waning or dark phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the third day during the waning or dark phase of moon till 4:15 AM on January 24, 2019. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waning or dark phase of moon till 2:00 AM on January 25, 2019. (Time applicable in all north, south and eastern parts of India.)All time based on India Standard Time.

Good – Auspicious time on January 24, 2019, as per Hindu Calendar – There is no good and auspicious time on the entire day.
Nakshatra – Magha or Makam Nakshatra till 12:50 AM on January 24. Then onward it is Purva Phalguni or Pooram Nakshatra till 11:15 PM on January 24. Then onward it is Uttara Phalguni or Uthram Nakshatra till 9:51 PM on January 25. (Time applicable in north, south and eastern parts of India.)
In western …

Lesser Known Incarnations of Lord Vishnu - Unknown Avatars of Vishnu in Hinduism

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 Dashavatar 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 Balarama, 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…

Bhagavad Gita On Person Who Has Achieved Self Realization

Bhagavad Gita chapter two mentions about a person who has achieved self realization. The behaviour and attitude of the person is mentioned in the chapter.



When a man has given up the desires of his heart and is satisfied with the Self alone, be sure that he has reached the highest state.
The sage, whose mind is unruffled in suffering, whose desire is not roused by enjoyment, who is without attachment, anger or fear – take him to be one who stands at that lofty level.
He who wherever he goes is attached to no person and to no place by ties of flesh; who accepts good and evil alike, neither welcoming the one nor shrinking from the other – take him to be one who is merged in the Infinite.
He who can withdraw his senses from the attraction of their objects, as the tortoise draws his limbs within its shell – take it that such a one has attained Perfection.
The objects of sense turn from him who is self-disciplined. Even the relish for them is lost in him who has seen the Truth.

Soundarya Lakshmi – About Hindu Goddess Of Beauty

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.
She is worshipped for beauty, radiance and divinity. It must be noted here that physical beauty is worthless without internal beauty, intelligence and commonsense. Physical beauty becomes a curse when there is lack of understanding and knowledge.
When worshipped with devotion and proper understanding, Soundarya Lakshmi provides a person with both internal and external beauty.
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Prayers and Mantras Dedicated to Goddess Saraswathi

This is a collection of prayers and mantras dedicated to Goddess Saraswati - the goddess of learning in Hinduism. The prayers are in English and Hindi. Saraswati Beej Mantra OM Aim Saraswati Namah Prostrations to Mother Saraswati

Saraswati Mantra for studentsविद्या दे मां सरस्वती, सब सुखों की मूल, दुष्टों से रक्षा करती हाथ में लिए त्रिशुल।
Mantra 2
लक्ष्मीर्मेया वरा रिष्टिगौंरी तुष्टिः प्रभा मतिः।
एताभिः पाहि तनुभिरष्टाभिर्मां सरस्वतिः।।

Meaning - विद्या की देवी मां सरस्वती आप अपने आठों रूपों लक्ष्मी, मेधा, वरा, रिष्टि, गौरी, तुष्टि, प्रभा और मति से हमारी रक्षा करें। हम में बसी हर बुराई को दूर करके कुशाग्र बुद्धि और उन्नति दें। Goddess Saraswati Shloka Saraswati
Namastubhyam
Varade Kamarupini
Vidyarambham Karishyami
Siddhir Bhavatu Me Sada O Goddess Saraswathi;
Salutations to you
The giver of boons - The one who fulfills desires.
I shall begin my studies.
May there always be accomplishment for me. Saraswati Vandana या कुन्देन्दुतुषारहारधवला या शुभ्रवस्त्रावृता
या वीणावरदंडमण्डितकरा या श्वेतपद्मा…

What does Mukunda mean? - Lord Vishnu Mukunda Form

Mukunda is one among the 1008 names of Lord Vishnu. Mukunda means ‘liberator.’ As Mukund or Mukunda, Lord Vishnu saves a devotee from the endless cycle of birth and death and blesses him with Moksha.
Mukunda also means passionless as per some scholars. This means that he is devoid of all the Gunas. 
A dhyana sloka in Vishnu Sahasranama reads like this - 
May Mukunda, with the discus, mace, conch and lotus in His hands, purify us
Today Mukunda is also a term used to refer to Krishna Avatar of Vishnu.
'Jaya Krishna Mukunda Murare' a famous prayer in Hinduism was sung by Sage Narada, praising Lord Vishnu.
A famous temple dedicated to Mukunda form of Vishnu is the Nava Mukunda Vishnu temple at Thirunavaya, Malappuram District, Kerala.

23 January 2019 Tithi – Panchang – Hindu Calendar – Good Time – Nakshatra – Rashi

Tithi in Panchang - Hindu Calendar on Wednesday, 23 January 2019 – Krishna Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the third day during the waning or dark phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waning or dark phase of moon till 6:35 AM on January 23, 2019. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the third day during the waning or dark phase of moon till 4:15 AM on January 24, 2019. (Time applicable in all north, south and eastern parts of India.)All time based on India Standard Time.

Good – Auspicious time on January 23, 2019, as per Hindu Calendar – There is no good and auspicious time on the entire day.
Nakshatra – Ashlesha or Ayilyam Nakshatra till 2:29 AM on January 23. Then onward it is Magha or Makam Nakshatra till 12:50 AM on January 24. (Time applicable in north, south and eastern parts of India.)
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, north Karnataka and south Rajasthan), Magha or Ma…

Simhastha Associated With Godavari River In Hinduism

Simhastha is a very holy occasion in Hinduism. It occurs when Navagraha Guru or Brihaspati (planet Jupiter) enters Simha Rashi (zodiac sign Leo) in Hindu astrology. As Guru takes about twelve years to complete one full rotation around Surya (sun), it passes through all twelve rashis in twelve years. Its transit through Simha Rashi takes place periodically after every twelve years.

Puranas state that when Brihaspati graham is in Simha Rashi, the holy gana is deemed to flow into Godavari River in a hidden form.
When Simhastha takes place, it is presumed that all the gods and goddesses in Hindu pantheon take holy dip in the Godavari River.
It is also believed that the holiness of all the sacred places and teerths in the world join in Godavari during the period. Therefore it is believed that taking a holy dip Godavari River during the period will help in achieving sin redemption, moksha and fulfillment of desires. An important mela is held during this period at Nashik in Maharashtra.
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