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Kamal Nabhi at Kurukshetra

Located at Kurukshetra in Haryana, Kamal Nabhi Temple is dedicated to Hindu God Vishnu and Brahma. The sacred spot is associated with creation in Hindu tradition - Brahma atop lotus from navel of Vishnu. It is located near Thanesar town and is around 3 km from Kurukshetra Railway Station.
As per Hindu tradition, after the great deluge, Srihari Vishnu alone floats atop a banyan leaf. Jagadamba (Goddess Shakti) appears before the Vatapatrasayi Vishnu and reminds him that it is time for the next cycle of creation. Then from the navel of Vishnu appears a lotus with Brahma atop it.

KamalNabhiTemple at Kurukshetra is based on this divine event. The temple has numerous images of Brahma and Vishnu.
A sacred tank is located near the temple.

The Story of Skanda as Son of Agni

Skanda, popularly known as Muruga, Kartik, Subrahmanya and Shanmugha, is the son of Shiva. But there are some legends that suggest that Skanda is the son of Agni. As per this legend Skanda is the son of Agni and Goddess Svaha.
Legend has it that Agni was enamored by the beauty of the seven wives of Sapta Rishis or the seven sages – Kashyapa, Atri, Bharadhvaja, Vishvamitra, Gauthama, Jamadagni and Vashishta.
Goddess Svaha was worried that Agni would end up doing something stupid and would end up getting cursed by the Rishis.
Goddess Savaha then took the form of the six wives of Saptarishis and made love to Agni, her husband. Skanda was born to Goddess Svaha after this incident.
It must be noted that in the story of Skanda as son of Shiva, it is Agni who carries the fiery semen of Shiva to Ganga who deposits in the forest and where Skanda is born as six babies looked after by Krittika Nakshatra. The six babies are later joined together by Goddess Parvati.
Thus in all stories associated with …

Hindu Stories on Mobile - Divya Kathayein from UTV Interactive

Divya Kathayein from UTV Interactive will have stories of Hindu Gods Sri Ram, Krishna, Shanidev, Ganesha, Durga, Vishnu, Shiva and Shirdi Sai Baba and you can listen to them on your mobile. The service is available in various languages like Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Oriya and Bengali. Currently the service is available on Reliance Communications, for Rs 30 per month.  Hindu Business Line reports
“Indian mythology is one of the richest elements of our culture and a large number of stories have been passed from generation to generation either by word of mouth and carefully stored scriptures,” UTV Interactive Senior Vice-President (Voice Products), Ms Lavina Tauro, said.  In today’s age of nuclear families, people still want access to these stories and tales, which were often told by grandparents, and ‘Divya Kathayein’ offers this on a friendly platform like the mobile handset, she added.  “We are starting with 5-6 stories, which will be refreshed every fortnight. So, ther…

Humility alone is the way to God – Mata Amritanandamayi

To become humble is the very goal of spiritual life. Humility alone is the way to God.

Society is made up of individuals. The thoughts and actions of each individual influence the culture of that society. Instead of waiting for others to improve, we should try to improve ourselves. Once our attitude has changed, we will be able to perceive goodness throughout world. If there is a positive change in us, it will also be reflected in others. It is only what we give that we can hope to get back.
There is no harm in having many religions and faiths, but it is harmful to think that they are different and that one faith is higher and the other one is lower. Children, do not see the differences. See the unity in them and the great ideals that they teach. Mata Amritanandamayi
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