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Story of Goddess Annapoorna and Lord Shiva

In Hinduism, Goddess Annapoorna, or Annapurna Devi, is the Goddess of food. She is an incarnation of Goddess Parvati; in essence one of the numerous forms of Shakti. In this incarnation she nourishes all living beings and therefore Hindus consider ‘Annam’ (food) as holy. There is an interesting incident involving Lord Shiva and Goddess Annapoorna, which explains that even Moksha (salvation) is not possible on an empty stomach.Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati used to play the game of dice. Once the game became so interesting that they started betting – Parvati kept her jewels and Shiva his trident. Shiva lost the game and lost his trident.To get back his trident, Shiva betted serpent and this time too he lost the game. Finally, when the game ended, Shiva lost all that he had including his begging bowl. A humiliated Shiva left for the Deodar forest. Lord Vishnu approached Shiva and asked him to play again to win back all that he had lost.Taking advice from Vishnu, Shiva played again and w…

2009 Greendex survey – India Tops the Chart in Environmentally Friendly Consumer Behavior

Indian consumers hold top ranking in 17-country 2009 Greendex survey, conducted by the National Geographic Society and the international polling firm GlobeScan. The survey is conducted to measure and monitor consumer behaviors that have an impact on the environment. An interesting aspect in the survey is that majority of the Hindus don’t eat beef and this means they are greener as beef requires greater energy to grow.Some results from the SurveyFactors contributing to the high ranking of India include a low incidence of having home heating (41 percent) and hot running water (38 percent) and a high incidence of using on-demand electric water heating (45 percent among those with hot running water), using solar energy to heat water (15 percent), and purchasing “green” electricity (34 percent, up 10 points from the past year). Contributing to the increased housing score are improvements in performance on several behaviors such as ownership of energy-efficient appliances, minimizing the us…