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Story – Why Rice Offerings Are Made to Crows During Rituals Dedicated to the Dead?

Cooked rice is offered to crows during rituals dedicated to the departed souls. The belief is that pitrs or dead ancestors and relatives in the form of crows come and eat the rice offered. The story as to why crows have the right to eat the rice offerings is found in the Uttara Ramayana.

Legend has it that once a king named Marutta performed a huge ritual named Maheshwara Sattara. Indra and all other demigods attended the ritual. Yama, the god of death, was also present at the function.
Ravana, the demon king, who heard about the assembly of the gods, visited the ritual with the intention of attacking the unarmed Devas.
Devas who came to know about the arrival of Ravana and his army fled the ritual arena assuming the forms of different birds.
Yama took the form of a crow and escaped from the area. Yama was pleased with the crow form.
He then gave crows the boon that when humans worship the departed souls with rice offerings, the crows will have the right to eat the rice.

Uchangidurga Temple

UchangidurgaTemple is dedicated to Goddess Durga and is located near Davanagere and Harapanahalli in Karnataka. Also known as, UtsavambaTemple and UcchangammaTemple the shrine is located in a fort.

The most important abhisheka in the temple include Panchamrutha Abhishek, Betel leaf puja, Ksheeraabhisheka and Kunkumarchane.
Opening And Closing Time: Morning 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Special Days 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM During Hunnime and Jatra uthsava temple will be opened day and night.
Location:UchangidurgaTemple Temple is located on Ucchangi hill at UcchangiVillage. The temple is located at a equidistant of 29 KM from Davanagere and Harapanahalli.

Father of Sati – Who is the Father of Goddess Sati?

Sati was an incarnation of Mother Goddess Shakti. Who is the father of Sati? On earth, Daksha Prajapati was the father of Sati. Daksha did not like Shiva as he considered Mahadeva far removed from reality and led a life outside the society. But Sati loved Shiva. She married Shiva in spite of the objections of Daksha. But Daksha insulted Shiva and once performed a yajna without inviting Shiva. Sati who wanted to know the reason for Shiva not being invited was insulted by Daskha. She then committed self immolation. (More on this story can be read here.)

Top 5 websites to download Bhagavad Gita in English

There are numerous websites providing Bhagavad Gita in English. Here is a list of top five websites that provide Bhagavad Gita online for free in English. You can also download it for free.

Download Bhagavad Gita in English with commentary of Swami Chinmayananda for free. You can find more about this in this article.  ‘Bhagavad Gita As It Is’ is the English translation of the Holy Bhagavad Gita by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the founder of the Hare Krishna Movement (ISKCON). You can find more details about it here in this article Bhagavad Gita Shankaracharya Commentary in English – Read Gita Bhashyam of Sri ShankaracharyaRamanuja Gita Bhashya in English – Read Bhagavad Gita Bhashyam of Sri RamanujacharyaYathartha Gita in English by Shri Paramhans Swami Adgadanandji – You can download the Gita in separate pdf files.
Note – This list is not based on any criteria. It is purely meant to provide information on Bhagavad Gita available online in English for free download which are easy…

Teachings of Rishabha

Your pursuit should be the pursuit of the only knowledge worthwhile; the knowledge of Brahman.
Surrender yourself to the Lord. Dedicate your actions to Him. Listen to stories about Him and keep the company of the devotees of the Lord.
Hate no one because everyone is an image of the Lord.
Share the pain of others.
Control anger.
Be alone with yourselves whenever you can because solitude helps you to think of the Lord.
Do your duties properly. Do not neglect any of them.
Speak sparingly and think more.
Teachings of Rishabha is found in the chapter 4 and chapters 5 & 6 of Skandha V of Srimad Bhagavad Purana