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Story of Siddhashrama in the Ramayana

Young Sri Ram and Lakshman hear about Siddhashrama from Sage Vishvamitra in the Balakanda of the Ramayana. The two young princes were then on their journey along with Sage Vishvamitra to Siddhashrama. Sri Ram and Lakshman were on a mission to protect the yajna of the sage from Rakshasas. After killing Tadaka in the Tataka Vana, Sage Vishwamitra led the two young princes towards the holy place.
Srihari Vishnu had performed Tapas at Siddhashrama. Vamana incarnation of Vishnu also happened at the holy place.
Sage Vishvamitra had built his ashram at Siddhashrama. He was planning for a yajna for very long time. But it was constantly interrupted by Rakshasas.
Sri Ram and Lakshman vanquished Demons Maricha and Subahu and protected the yajna and sanctity of the place.

Gangai Amman Temple Gudiyatham in Tamil Nadu

GangaiAmmanTemple at Gudiyatham is a very popular shrine dedicated to Goddess Gangai Amman. The temple is located on the KoundinyaMahanadhiRiver, which is believed to be River Ganga itself. Even though the temple has the name Gangai Amman, the temple is more popularly associated with Goddess Renuka Devi. Gangai Amman Thiruvizha observed on the first day of Vaigasi month attracts thousands of devotees.
Legend has it that Sage Koundinya performed austerities at the temple spot to cleanse all his sins. Please with his austeritiesRiverGanga flowed through the place cleansing all the sins of the sage.
The temple has shrines dedicated to Goddess Renuka Devi, Sage Koundinya, Ganga Devi and Ganesha.
Gudiyatham Gangai Amman Temple is today famous for the Sirasu festival associated with the Renuka Devi legend which is observed on the first day of Vaigasi Month (May 15/16). A freshly prepare head of the murti is carried on to the temple from around 3 km away by a washer man family. The 3 km str…

Symbolism in Vrishabha as the Vehicle or Vahana of Lord Shiva

Vrishabha, or Nandi, is the carrier of Lord Shiva. The word Vrishabha, or Vrushabha, has two meaning – the ordinary meaning is the Bull – the vahana of Lord Shiva. There is a hidden symbolism in Vrushabha. A shloka says ‘Vrsham Bhasyati iti Vrushabha – one who illumines right actions, their results and all dharmas. Vrshabha thus symbolizes ‘the best’ and the Vahana of Lord Shiva can be taken as the symbol of a realized soul or Jivanmukta.
Vrishabha is also symbolically related to Lord Shiva’s role of destructor. Only a realized soul can easily understand the significance of death. Death is the beginning of regeneration and it is only a minuscule part in the great cycle of birth and death.
On the concept of Vrishabha as the Vahana of Shiva, Swamini Saradapriyananda writes Shiva’s destruction comes every now and then whenever a man’s life-span is over. But it is not the final end, because we are born again and again to exhaust the ‘Vasanas.’ How to attain the final salvation? The Vris…

Speak the Truth and Never Get Angry – Sathyam Vad Krodham Maakuroo – Story told by J P Vaswani

An incident in the life of the eldest of the Pandava brothers explains the true meaning of Sathyam Vad Krodham Maakuroo. As boys, Pandavas went to an ashrama and the very first teaching passed on to them by their guru was – “Sathyam Vad Krodham maakuroo!” which means “speak the truth and never get angry!”
The next day the teacher asked the Pandava brothers if they had learnt the lesson. All of them, expect Yudhishtira, the eldest, said they had remembered the lesson. Yudhishtira said, “Sir, I have learnt only the first half of the lesson. The latter half I have not yet been able to learn!” So, the teacher very patiently made him repeat the words, “Krodham maakuroo! Krodham maakuroo!”
But again, on the following, day when the teacher asked his students if they had remembered the teaching, Yudhishtira said he had not been able to memorize the second half of the lesson.
So the Guru again made him repeat the words. This continued for a week.
After a week when Yudhishtira insisted that h…