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Aja in Hindu Religion

Aja is a term frequently used in Hindu scriptures. When used as a name in Hindu Religion it means unborn or eternal. Thus Aja is one of the names of Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva, Surya and Krishna.

Aja is also used to refer to Bija or Seed.
Aja is also the combined name given to a group of sages who obtained moksha through self discipline. This is mentioned by Yudhishtira in the Mahabharata in the Shanti Parva.
Aja also means goat and is the vehicle of Agni, the Hindu god of fire. Aja is a male Goat. In Rig Veda, the animal is associated with Pushan.
Aja is also one of the kings who ruled Ayodhya. He is the grand father of Sri Ram and father of Dasharatha.
Numerous other deities, demi gods and demons are also called as Aja.

Vidurashwatha Temple History and Story

VidurashwathaTemple history is very unique and the story is interesting. The temple is associated with Vidura of Mahabharata. Vidura was the uncle of Pandavas and Kauravas and a good councilor to Dhrthirashtra. There is a holy pipal tree in the courtyard of the temple and the belief is that Vidura worshipped it with utmost devotion.
The pipal tree was planted during the Dwapara Yuga by Sage Maitreya. The worship of the Peepal tree was taken over by Vidura during his time. And the temple got the name VidurashwathaTemple.
The temple is dedicated to Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. Apart from this the temple is also noted for numerous murtis of Nagas.

The pipal tree is believed to one of the oldest trees in the world and is known here as Shri Ashwathanarayana Swami. People believe that prayers offered to the tree are answered.

Every failure is a lesson for us to learn from – Mata Amritanandamayi

Never return anger with the same. An angry person needs to be calmed down, not aggravated.
Every failure is a lesson for us to learn from.
When we are knocked down, spirituality helps us get back on feet.
When understood deeply, painful experiences have a positive effect on our life.
Always have the attitude of a beginner. A beginner is open receptive and innocent like a child. Mata Amritanandamayi