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Why Hindu God Shiva Sits On a Tiger Skin? – The Story of Why Siva Wears a Tiger Skin

One of the most popular images of Hindu god Shiva is that of him sitting on a tiger skin. Another popular image is that of him wearing a tiger skin or he walks with a tiger skin wrapped around him. Symbolically, the tiger skin suggests that Shiva is the controller of all powers in the world. There is an interesting story in the Shiva Puran that mentions how Shiva came to sit on a tiger skin or why he wears it.

Shiva used to wander around the world as a bare-bodied sage. Once he reached a forest which was home to several powerful saints. The saints lived there with their wives in their ashrams. The wives of the saints were attracted to the young bare-bodied Shiva – although he remained unaware of their presence. But the wives could not concentrate on their daily routine and this led to many miss-happenings in the ashrams.

When the saints realized that the reason for the waywardness of their wives was the young bare-bodied sage, they decided to teach him a lesson. The saints dug a huge…

Hanuman Chalisa Lyrics in Hindi Font – Download Chalisa Hindi Script in pdf format

Hanuman Chalisa is written by Goswami Tulsidas and is the most popular prayer (bhajans) dedicated to Hanuman. Here is Hanuman Chalisa Lyrics in Hindi Font. It is in pdf format and you can download the Chalisa Hindi in Script using pdf reader installed on your browser.
Link - Hanuman Chalisa Lyrics in Hindi font

Dharni Vrat – Dharani Vrata dedicated to Vishnu

Dharni Vrat is dedicated to Srihari Vishnu and is observed in the Kartik month. It is observed on the 12th day of the Shukla Paksha or waxing phase of moon in Kartik Month. Dharni Vrat 2017 date is October 31.

Note – Some Hindu communities observe this vrat on the 12th day during the waxing phase of moon in Margashirsh month. This date is on November 30, 2017.

The popular belief is that observing this ritual will help in attaining Shradha, which will help in moksha. Hands, legs, eyes, ears and nose of Vishnu are worshipped on the day.

The importance is this Vrata is mentioned in the Matsya Purana.

Swami Yatiswarananda Thoughts

A danger in spiritual life is to be extremely selfish. Many a time, I have found that at least in the beginning of spiritual life, spiritual seekers think too much of themselves. They forget about others. So it is good to pray not only for one’s own welfare but also for the welfare of all. Just as you aspire after peace, you want to attain purity; you want to attain illumination, so also pray for peace, purity and enlightenment for everybody. ‘Let all people move towards the Supreme Being. Let all people become pure. Let all people become illumined.’ This kind of prayer has a broadening effect on our mind. You will be astonished to see how quickly this kind of prayer soothes your nerves and calms your mind. Besides expanding our consciousness to some extent, this kind of prayer and salutation greatly helps us in the practice of meditation. Swami Yatiswarananda - Associated with the Ramakrishna Mission Source – Book – Meditation and Spiritual Life, Swami Yatiswarananda, Ramakrishna Math.