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Goddess Manasa Devi

Manasa Devi is a snake goddess worshipped in eastern parts of India especially in Bengal, Jharkhand and Orissa. She presides over the serpents or Nagas. Her worship is very ancient – some scholars are of the view that she was worshipped from pre-Aryan Time.

Manasa Devi is believed to be the daughter of Shiva. Some texts suggest that she is the sister of Snake Vasuki.
The popular belief is that she can cure snakebites and give relief to people from any adversity.
She is worshipped on the Panchami day in Ashar and Shravan months. The most important date is the Nag Panchami day.
Legend has it that when people stopped worshipping snakes, Manasa requested, Lord Shiva, to include her in the pantheon, so that she is worshiped by humans. Shiva responded that if Chand, a businessman, of Anga kingdom agrees to worship her, then her wish would be fulfilled.
Chand had no respect for Mansa Devi as he was an ardent devotee of Shiva. Due to the activities of Goddess Manasa he suffered immensely. He…

T. Shankar – A Ramayana Research Scholar

No one exactly knows there are how many versions of Ramayana in the world. T. Shankar is an independent research scholar and an avid student of the Ramayana, who explores the stories in various different versions of Ramayan.

Puspha Chari talks to T Shankar about the various versions of Ramayana in the The Hindu. There is only one, yet many Ramayanas have been composed through the millennia. What do you think is the reason? Valmiki’s Ramayana and the subsequent versions were written in Sanskrit. I think poets felt the need to focus on the local language to take the great epic to the people. The subsequent Ramayanas were trans-creations and, therefore, reflect changes over time. Could you tell us some of the similarities as well as the differences of the many Ramayanas? The broad story is the same. Though Valmiki is acknowledged as aadhikavi, every writer of the original Ramayana is a poet and philosopher. And every Ramayana is a master piece. As for differences, in Valmiki’s Ramayana,…

We don’t have to win every time in order to be happy – Swami Sukhabodhananda

There are two sources of stress, internal and external. Internal stress involves thoughts, values, beliefs and opinions. External stress involves wrong exercises, faulty breathing habits, unhealthy eating habits, pollution and sleep problems.

Nobody can avoid stress in life. One has to minimize stress. That is possible if one can work on both internal and external stress. The most important factor is our mind and how it looks at life.
Transforming the mind involves the understanding that there is no complete satisfaction in life; there is only a possibility to improve upon the existing state of affairs. We don’t have to win every time in order to be happy; happiness does not depend only on success. Learn to respond and not to react to events and incidents in life. If one continues reacting, reaction becomes a habit. Then an egoistic and reactive "I" emerges. It will have its own foolish logic.
In esoteric teaching there is an important law called the law of three. The posit…