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Story of Origin of Footwear in Hindu Tradition

The story associated with the origin of footwear in Hindu tradition is found in the Mahabharata. Legend has it that the heat of the sun became unbearable for people on earth. Fed up with the heat of sun, Sage Jamadagni, father of Parashurama, started sending arrows at the sun. Sage Jamadagni’s wife Renuka was supplying him with the arrows.

Mata Renuka kept on filling the quiver with arrows. Sage Jamadagni continued sending arrows at the sun.
Surya, the sun god in Hindu tradition, then heated up the route of Mata Renuka. She could not bear the heat and fell down near a banyan tree.
Sage Jamadagni was angry at not getting enough arrows. When Mata Renuka returned and informed Sage Jamadagni what had happened, he was even more angrier and increased the number of arrows against the sun.
Surya then came in the disguise of an old saint and told Sage Jamadagni that he will not be able to bring down or block the sun with his arrows.
But Sage Jamadagni was determined to block the sun with his…

Born During Rahukalam – Is birth during Rahu Kalam Bad in Hindu Religion

Many people in Hindu religion conclude that born during Rahukalam is bad. But reality is that birth during no time is bad. So the answer to the question – Is birth during Rahu Kalam Bad is No.
If one goes through the Hindu scriptures it is clearly stated that all living and nonliving beings are nothing but the Supreme Truth (called by names like Vishnu, Devi, Shiva, Ganesha etc). So as per Hinduism there is neither birth nor death. One form transforms into another form.
What is time? Time is nothing but a human creation. So anything that is based on it is not true.
Birth of a being takes place long before it comes out of the womb. So it is near impossible to find the so called birth time of a baby.
Now a question arises why do we see Rahu Kalam in calendar? This has been part of some cultures for a long time. So it is being followed by some people. It must be noted here that there are millions of Hindus who do not look into Rahu Kalam. Again in some regions Rahukalam is constant bu…

Ravan Chhaya – Oral Tradition of Shadow Puppetry in Orissa Based on Ramayana

Ravan Chhaya is struggling puppetry tradition in Orissa based on Ramayana. This oral tradition follows the Vichitra Ramayana version of Valmiki Ramayan by medieval poet Vishwanath Khuntia.
Indian Express writes about Ravan Chhaya  The folk form, once seen as a means of livelihood of some indigenous communities, was neglected because of a lack of patronage and insufficient funds. It almost disappeared in the 1940s. Right now, Ravan Chhaya Natya Sansada, a registered cultural group, stands as the lone preserver of the art form, which exists only in an oral format. At the helm of the project is 75-year-old Khageshwar Pradhan, who has been staging Ravan Chhaya for more than 50 years. "We are often told to take up new projects with new stories, but Ravan Chhaya is the tradition and, with the support of SangeetNatakAcademy, we have retained the ancient format," he says. Unique to the Angul district of Orissa, Ravan Chhaya is performed at least 15 times a year in the state and acr…

Sanatkumara Gita Teachings

It has been positively stated that perfect non-attachment to things other than the soul, firm and constant love of the attribute-less Brahman and the Self constitute the means to the final beatitude of men.

Just as fire ignited from arani consumes its own source, the man, by force of his knowledge and non-attachment, burns down his subtle body consisting of five subtle elements and enveloping his soul, in such a way as to render it un-revivable.
When the screen or sheath which, till then intervened between the Supreme-Soul (Paramatman) and the soul, is destroyed, the person becomes freed from all the attributes pertaining to the subtle body which has been burnt down. He does not perceive which are within him, nor objects which are external to him, just as a man awakened from a dream does not see the objects he perceived in his dream.
The mind of those who brood over objects of worldly enjoyment is distracted by their senses which are attracted to objects of worldly pleasure. Thereby …