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Story of Sambhukumara – Son of Surpanakha

Sambhukumara was the son of Vidhyujjihva and Surpanakha. His story is found in the Aranya Kanda of Kamba Ramayana. Sri Ram, Mata Sita and Lakshman had arrived at Panchavati area of the Danadaka forest during their 14-year exile and decided to put up an ashram there.
They decided to build an ashram at a spot surrounded by five pipal trees. Lakshman decided to cut some trees from the area for building ashram. He performed the required puja to the forest gods and asked for permission from the trees and the birds and other residents of the trees.
While he was felling the trees, one of the trees that were cut down disappeared immediately and a dead body of a Rakshasa appeared on the spot.

It was the corpse of Sambhukumara. When Sri Ram was in Dandaka forest, Sambhukumara was performing austerities to become more powerful. But he happened to see Mata Sita and was attracted by her beauty. He was following Mata Sita and at Panchavati transformed himself into a tree to enjoy the beauty of Ma…

Goddess Brahmi

Goddess Brahmi is one of the Ashta Matrikas. Description about Goddess Brahmi is found in the Svacchanda Tantra X. She is the mother of speech and mother of supernatural powers. Goddess Brahmi is a manifestation of Goddess Parvati. Among the Ashtamatrikas, Her location is South-Eastern corner.
Her complexion is like the color of lotus. She wears beautiful ornaments, not seen by human beings. Durga Saptasati states that in the battle against demon Raktabija, she goes to the battle field mounted on a swan.
Goddess Brahmi is part of Ashta Matrikas (eight mothers). In some regions, the number is reduced by one and the deities are known as Sapta Matrikas.
Goddess Brahmi is popularly known as Goddess Brahmani and she is worshipped during the Navratri.

Mangadu Kamakshi Amman Temple near Chennai

MangaduKamakshiAmmanTemple is an ancient temple dedicated to Goddess Parvati near Chennai. It is believed that Goddess Parvati performed a penance here by standing on Panchagni. The place was then surrounded by mango trees and therefore the area got the name Mangadu. The Sri Chakra that is worshiped in the temple is a very rare one and was installed by Sri Adi Shankaracharya.
Story of Mangadu Kamakshi Amman Temple

Legend has it that Goddess Parvati once closed the eyes of Shiva and this plunged the universe into darkness. All living beings suffered.
For her mistake, Goddess Parvati decided to do penance. She arrived on earth at Mangadu. Here she created fire and performed the penance. She stood one legged on the fire. The right leg was folded. She held her right hand above the head and it was holding a Japamala. This murti of Mother Goddess can be seen in the MangaduTemple.
Shiva was pleased with the penance and came down to meet Mother Goddess. The temple associated with the arrival o…

Puri Jagannath Temple Murtis - Anthropological Representation of Four Major Human Races of the World

Vedic Science Research Center of Berhampur in Orissa has come up with a theory that the four important deities – Jagannath, Balabhadra, Subhadra and Sudarshan Chakra – worshiped in the Puri Jagannath temple are anthropological representation of four major human races of the world. The Hindu reports Senior life science scientist Sachidananda Padhi, who is attached with this organisation and researches on ancient scientific studies in India, said the four deities worshipped in the Sri Jagannath temple in Puri do not have resemblance with any idols worshipped in any other temple in the country. These deities do not have resemblance with any god of Indian mythology. “They are nothing but metaphorical representation of four major human races in the world,” Mr. Padhi said.  According to him Prof. Padhi, the four major human races are Negroids, Caucasoids, Mangoloids and Australoids. “The unique colorations of deities of Puri represent these human races,” Prof. Padhi said. According to him t…

Vedanta Teachings

Vedanta brings, first of all, the lesson of universal toleration – that there is truth in all religions.
Vedanta points out that all are true for their day and generation. No other position, they say, will stand logical analysis. For, if what we believed yesterday be false because we think differently today, then our today’s belief is equally false because we shall certainly advance from it to another belief hereafter…
The vedantists say that each successive modified belief is part of a main stairway… of progress toward the ideal, of which each particular stair is as necessary as every other…Each individual step, from the lowest to the highest, is necessary and important and true.
Every thought of our mind, every act of our body, has its cause and will in turn be a cause. And what one is today is nothing other than the sum of the thoughts, desires and aspirations of one’s past.

Source - Prabuddha Bharata magazine December 1905