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Showing posts from February 2, 2011

Donkey as Vahana or Vehicle in Hindu Tradition

Donkey is the Vahana, or vehicle, of Goddess Kalaratri and of Goddess Shitala in Hindu tradition. The vahana, or vehicle, concept is unique to Hinduism and often has hidden symbolism. Goddess Kalaratri is one among the nine goddesses worshipped during Navratri. She is believed to ride on a donkey at night. She is also associated with the angry form of Goddess Shakti.

Fish Found in Ganga River Could Cure Heart Diseases

Zebrafish that lives in the GangaRiver, the holy river in Hinduism, could trigger a revolution in the treatment of heart disease – which could lead to the end of heart-transplant surgery. Medical researchers working with the British Heart Foundation are claiming to have discovered a small protein molecule in zebrafish that appears to play a critical role in orchestrating the repair of damaged cardiac muscle. Zebrafish is a tiny tropical fish found in the GangaRiver. It is also today widely found in aquariums. Mother Nature Network reports Zebrafish can regenerate damaged cardiac tissue at an incredible rate. In just a week's time, a zebrafish can repair as much as 20 percent of its heart muscle. Now medical researchers working with the British Heart Foundation hope that insight into the fish's amazing ability could lead to the development of new treatments that will one day allow the human heart to heal itself too. "Scientifically, mending human hearts is an achievable goal …

Janaki Jayanthi in North India

Janaki Jayanthi is the birthday of Sita Devi, who is also known as Janaki. Janaki Jayanthi 2018 date in North India is on February 8. King Janaka adopted Janaki; after he found her while, he was ploughing his field. The festival is observed on the eighth day of the Krishna Paksha (waning phase of moon) of Phalgun month (February – March).

It must be noted here that Janaki Jayanti in Phalgun month is more famous with Hindu communities in northern parts of India. In Western India it is observed on Vaishakh Shukla Paksha Navami day (April – May).

Janaki is an embodiment of purity and wifely devotion and is the consort of Lord Ram. Her abduction by Ravana and her subsequent rescue by Lord Ram, Lakshman, Hanuman and Vanar Sena is the central theme of the Ramayana. She is an incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi and is worshiped in temples dedicated to Lord Ram.

Swami Visharadananda Quotes

It is our attitude that makes us happy or unhappy. Attitude, in turn, is dependent on how we view things. If our view is based on a limited view of life, then we quickly become upset. We should think well before we jump to a conclusion. There is no one who is happy all through his life nor is anyone unhappy all his life. Even Lord Rama and Krishna were no exceptions. Rama had to weep like an ordinary person. Even after he became the king of Ayodhaya, Rama had to banish Sita to the forest, and later undergo mental suffering. Sri Krishna too did not have continuously happy situations. How many times he had to fight the demons and adversaries! And then he had to be a part of the great war of Mahabharata. This understanding makes a person a tapasvi — a man of introspection and forbearance. Swami Visharadananda (Source – Book titled – Human Values by Swami Visharadananda)