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Meeting of Parashuram and Sri Rama in the Ramayana

Meeting of Parashurama and Sri Rama in the Ramayana is awe inspiring - two avatars of Vishnu meeting on earth. One was calm and serene another angry like the thunder. The meeting happens when Sri Ram was returning to Ayodhya with Mata Sita after their marriage in Mithila. They meet in the middle of a forest.
Sage Vasishta offers Arghya to Parashuram. Dasharatha pleads him to spare them.
Parashuram goes straight to Sri Ram and says that he has been hearing lot of the prowess of him. You broke the bow of Mahadeva at Mithila. I want to see your prowess.
He offers his bow and asks to life it, string it and shoot an arrow with it. This bow like the bow of Mahadeva was built by Vishwakarma and was used by Vishnu.
Parashuram also states that if he cannot lift the bow then he should either fight him or accept defeat.
Rama was standing silent during the entire episode.
Sri Rama then took the bow and arrow from Parashurama with ease. He strung the bow and fixed an arrow to it.
All of it se…

Sitikantha – About Shiva as Sitikantha

Sitikantha is one among the numerous names of Shiva. Mahadev got this name when he destroyed the Daksha Yajna after the death of Goddess Sati. Unable to hear the insults hurled on Shiva by her father Daksha, Goddess Sati jumped into the fire and got self immolated.
Goddess Sati's death aroused unimaginable fury in Shiva. He became Rudra and destroyed everything in Daksha Yajna. Shiva thrust his flaming trident continuously on Daksha and on all those who came in his path. He thus burnt everything in the yajna.
An angry Shiva then threw the trident in fury and it fell near the Ashrama of the Naraand Narayana at Badrinath with terrific force. The glow from the weapon was so powerful that the hair on the head of Narayana turned green,
Narayana then threw the trident back and it returned to Shiva howling.

Shiva who was still spitting fire in anger ran up to Narayana. To stop the fury of Shiva, Narayana seized him by his throat and hence the name Sitikantha.

Peraiyur Temple – Madurai – Muthukuzhi Amman Temple

MuthukuzhiAmmanTemple is located near Peraiyur near Madurai in Tamil Nadu. The temple is a manifestation of Mother Goddess Shakti. The temple is famous for a unique (controversial) ritual - Kuzhi Mattru Vizha – which is held once in five years on the Wednesday after Aadi Amavasya (July – August). In the ritual, elders and children are buried in pit for a few seconds.
People who have had their wish fulfilled after offering prayers in the PeraiyurTemple perform the ritual.
It is widely believed Goddess Muthukuzhi Amman bless childless couple with children. Prayers are also offered in the temple for speedy recovery from illnesses.
Muthukuzhi Amman Story Legend has it that once a woman lost her only child to small pox even after offering prayers to the Goddess. She buried the child and when she was returning home a woman in the village was possessed by the spirit of Goddess Muthukuzhi Amman. The possessed woman told the mother that Amman will never disappoint her devotees and the child is…

Limited Edition Ganesha Currency Coin To Be Released by Ivory Coast – Country in West Africa

A limited collectors' edition Ganesha Currency Coin will be released by Ivory Coast – Country in West Africa. The coin will be released during the auspicious occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi on September 9, 2013. You can place an order for the coin by paying 8001 rupees at Kolkata-based firm AG IMPEX.
The Ganesha Currency coin is minted at Germany's Mayer mint.
The coin is made of pure silver.
A colored image of Ganesha is shown on peepal leaf.
The Sanskrit Shloka 'Vakratunda Mahakaya' is inscribed on the coin.
The coin weighs 25 gm.
The value of the coin is 1001 Francs Cfa 
The coin is also studded with Swarovski Crystal  The financial express reports  The Ganesha coins have not been issued by any government and are therefore treated as bullion unlike commemorative currency coins which have a much higher value. "There is a lot of demand for Ganesha coins in India. But since the Indian Mint generally doesn't make coins on religious figures, we do not have any curr…

Story – Shiva Burning Kamadeva

Kamadeva is the Hindu God of Love and in an important story in the Puranas, Kamdeva was assigned with the mission to stop Lord Shiva’s penance that he started after the death of Sati Devi.
After the death of Sati, Lord Shiva entered into yogic penance in the Himalayas. Lord Shiva was no longer interested in the world.
Taking advantage of the situation, a demon named Tarakasura, son of Vjranga and Varangi, did Tapas (penance and austerities) and pleased Lord Brahma and got two boons. As the first boon, he asked Brahma to make him the most powerful man in the world. As the second boon he sought that his death should only happen at the hands of a son born to Shiva – thinking that Shiva will never again marry.
After getting the boons, Tarakasura showed his true color and started attacking the demi gods, saints and humans. He defeated all the Kings and Devas and took control over earth and heaven.
All the Devas and saints sought refuge at the feet of Brahma who told that the only solution…

Teachings on Humility in Hinduism

Forsaking conceit, force, pride, lust, wrath and (superfluous) possessions; egoless and tranquil at heart, one becomes worthy of becoming one with Brahman. (Bhagavad Gita, 18.53)
Mastery over the senses is the source of humility; from humility flow all noble qualities. True nobility wins human hearts; and people’s love is the fount of felicity. (Bharavi)
There are two signs of knowledge: first, absence of pride, and second, a peaceful nature. (Sri Ramakrishna)
Be not proud, says Kabir, of your high and tall mansion; death will lay you down to ground and grass will grow over all. (Kabir)
Humility is a great aid to self improvement. All virtues come to a humble person. (Swami Turiyananda).