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What does Mukunda mean?

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.

Why there are Very Few Brahma Temples?

Hindu Temples dedicated to Lord Brahma, the creator, are few in number. In fact, there are only two famous temples dedicated to Brahma – the BrahmaTemple at Pushkar in Rajasthan and another at Kumbakonam in Tamil Nadu. When Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva have thousands of temples, why is it that Lord Brahma has very few temples? Legend has it that Lord Shiva was disappointed with the world that Brahma created. Shiva saw disease, pain, suffering, death… in the world. He saw human beings madly scampering for momentary pleasure under the influence of Maya. But Brahma was happy with his creation and he brought forth four heads to look in all direction. Brahma’s pride knew no limits and he popped up a fifth head to have a look at his creation. This pride of Brahma enraged Shiva and he became Bhairava.Shiva as the ferocious Bhairava attacked Brahma and he cut off the fifth head for creating a world filled with misery, Shiva cursed Brahma that people will not worship him and will not conduct puj…

Satapatha Brahmana Quotes

The Gods (Devas) and the Asuras (Demons), both of them sprung from Prajapati, entered upon their father’s inheritance – both truth and untruth: both Gods and Asuras, spoke the truth, and they both spoke untruth; and, indeed, speaking alike, they were alike. (9th Kanda, 5th Chapter, 1st Brahmana, Verse 12)
The gods relinquished untruth, and held fast to truth, and the Asuras relinquished truth, and held fast to untruth. (9th Kanda, 5th Chapter, 1st Brahmana, Verse 13)
The gods spoke nothing but truth, and the Asuras nothing but untruth. And the gods, speaking the truth diligently were very contemptible and very poor: he who speaks the truth diligently, becomes indeed very contemptible and very poor; but in the end he assuredly prospers, for the gods indeed prospered. (9th Kanda, 5th Chapter, 1st Brahmana, Verse 16)
And the Asuras, speaking untruth diligently were very prosperous: he who speaks untruth diligently, thrives indeed, and becomes very prosperous; but in the end he assuredly…