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Story of Sharabhanga Rishi and Sri Ram in the Ramayana

Story of Sharabhanga Rishi is found in the Aranya Kanda of Ramayana. The meeting between Sri Ram and Sharabhanga Rishi takes place in the Dhanka forest. When approaching the ashram of Sharabhanga Rishi, Sri Ram, Mata Sita and Lakshman notices a glorious chariot standing in air and driven by green horses.
Sri Ram understood that it was Indra, the king of Devas, who had arrived on the chariot. Indra had come to take Sharabhanga Rishi to the Brahmaloka but the Rishi had refused to leave the ashram. The pious soul was waiting for the arrival of Sri Ram.
When Indra left Sri Ram entered the ashram of Sharabhanga Rishi.
The sage then narrated about the arrival of Indra and how he refused to go with him.
Sharabhanga Rishi had earned Brahmaloka through intense tapas and austerities for several years.
The Rishi wanted to gift his Tapa Shakti to Sri Ram. But Bhagavan refused it stating that He should earn it for Himself.
Sri Ram wanted a dwelling place in the area. Sharabhanga Rishi then direc…

Maheshwara – Story of Shiva as Maheshwara

Maheshwara is one among the numerous names of Hindu God Shiva. Legend has it that Shiva got the name Maheshwara during the fight against the Tripurasuras who ruled the Tripuri. Tripura or Tripuri are the flying cities made of Gold, Silver and Iron. Demons Tarakaksha, Maya and Vidyunmali ruled over the three cities.
The three demons had propitiated Brahma and as boon asked for immortality which was denied and later they asked for three fortified cities which could fly around and could only destroyed with one shot of an arrow.
Devas failed to dislodge the demons from the cities and they lost control over the heaven.
Finally, Devas approached Shiva and He agreed to destroy the cities.
Vishwakarma built the chariot for the mission. The Charioteer was Brahma. Earth was the body of the chariot. Sun and Moon where the wheels of the chariots. The four Vedas became the four steds.
To achieve success in the fight against the three demons, Shiva sought and obtained one half of the strength of a…

Tharamangalam Mariamman Temple near Salem in Tamil Nadu

TharamangalamMariammanTemple is located near Salem in Tamil Nadu and is dedicated to Goddess Mariamman. This is a unique temple as one can see Goddess Mariamman and Goddess Kali in the same sanctum sanctorum. Aadi festival and Navratri are the two important festivals observed in the month.
The murtis worshipped in the temple are Swayambhu – appeared on its own.
Subsidiary shrines in the temple are dedicated to Nagaraja and Ganesha.
A unique ritual is followed in the temple in which childless couple tie a small cradle and fill it water from Sanjeevi Tirtham, sacred pond, in the temple. The cradle is then rocked by the couple.
People who have trouble related to speech tie a bell in the temple and also light a lamp made of rice flour. The lamp is lit using ghee.
Those who have there wish fulfilled walk through a fire pit in the Aadi month (July – August). Childless couple who had their wish fulfilled walk carrying the child through fire pit and feed the child the milk that is offered to …

Rig Veda Search – Search Rg Veda in English, German and Sanskrit

Rig Veda search is a wonderful tool developed by Kevin M.Ryan (Assistant Professor Department of LinguisticsHarvardUniversity). You can search the Rg Veda hymns in Sanskrit, German and English. The English translation of Ralph T.H. Griffith, [1896] is used in the English search.
Link - Rig Veda Search

This information was shared by Vivek Yaji, a reader of Hindu Blog

Teaching on Oneness of Atman in Upanishads

In the beginning, my dear, this universe was the existent only, one alone, without a second. (Chandogya Upanishad VI, 2, 1)
Where one sees nothing else, hears nothing else, understands nothing else – that is the Fullness. (Chandogya Upanishad VII, 24, 1)
Atman, indeed, is this all. (Chandogya Upanishad VII, 25, 1)
Verily, this all is Brahman. (Chandogya Upanishad III, 14, 1)

Brahman, indeed, is this all’ Atman verily, was this universe, one alone, in the beginning. (Aiteraya Upanishad I 1, 1)