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How Mata Sita Could Be Kidnapped by Ravana?

Mata Sita could not have been kidnapped by Ravana had She listened to the words of Lakshman. Demon Maricha in the disguise of a golden dear first tempts Mata Sita. Rama goes after the deer to capture it. The demon is killed by Sri Ram but before dying he cries out loud in the voice of Rama – Ha Sita! Ha Lakshman!
Lakshman and Sita hear the cry. Lakshman is not moved as he knows about the powers of Rama. He is sure that no raksshasa or human or deva could harm his brother.
But Mata Sita was moved by the cry she heard. She started crying and shouting at Lakshman. Her behavior was like that of country-bred women who is ignorant of good manners.
She accuses Lakshman of having no love for Sri Ram.
The worst accusation that Sita hurls at Lakshman is that his intentions are evil and he is hoping to make Sita his wife.
Lakshman reminds calm in spite of such serious accusations. He tries to explain about the prowess of Rama to Sita.
But Sita calls Lakshman Anarya. She states that Lakshman w…

Goddess Harasiddhi

Harasiddhi is one among the nine forms of Goddess Durga mentioned in the Agamas. This is a calm and serene form of Goddess Durga. To Her devotees, She is the wish fulfilling mother. Information about Harasiddhi is found in the Skanda Purana and Narada Purana.
By worshiping Harasiddhi, man shall be blessed with all Siddhis.
In murti form worshiped in temples, Harasiddhi has four arms and she holds damaru, kamandala, khadga and a drinking vessel.
Temples dedicated to Harasiddhi are found in many parts in North and Western parts of India.
Harasiddhi was the family deity of Emperor Vikramaditya and there is a temple dedicated to Her near the MahakaleshwaraTemple.

Harasiddhi is also the family deity of Yadavas. She is believed to have been worshipped by Sri Krishna before going into battle against Jarasandha.

Raja Durga Temple – Tiruvarur Raja Durga Temple

RajaDurgaTemple is a separate shrine inside the SriThiyagarajaTemple at Thiruvarur and is dedicated to Goddess Durga. The murti of Goddess Durga is seated on a lion and she faces east. She provides peace and prosperity to all devotees. Fridays in the Aadi month are highly auspicious. The temple is located in the Tirumanjanam Street in Tiruvarur town
The murti of Raja Durga is four-armed and holds conch, discus, sword and trident. She wears a crescent moon on the head.
The popular belief is that those people born in Hast Nakshatra get all sort of relief after visiting the RajaDurgaTemple. The belief is that Rahu resides inside the murti of Goddess Durga.
Darshan timing at RajaDurgaTemple 7:00 AM to 12.30 PM 5:00 PM to 9.00 PM

Atharva Veda – Read Online with Text, Meaning and Commentary in Hindi

Atharva Veda in Hindi is provided by the official website of Aryasamaj Jamnagar. You can read Atharva Veda in Hindi online text, meaning and commentary.  Please note that this is not in pdf format and there is no download option. The online version of the Atharva Veda is the Hindi translation of it from Sanskrit. Pages from the Hindi translation book have been scanned to create this online version.

You can read the Atharva Veda Online in Hindi here atthe official website of Aryasamaj Jamnagar.

The Bull of Siva: About Nandi the Vehicle of Lord Shiva

Nandi, or Nandin, is a white bull constantly associated with Lord Shiva. It is Shiva’s vehicle. A murti of Nandi is found in almost all Shiva Temples. The bull is seated in front of the sanctum sanctorum (garbhagirha) and is the guard or door keeper or gate keeper.

Puranas associated with Shiva, details about the role played by Nandi as guard. He is also the chief of Shiva’s ganas (attendants) and Nandishvara is another name of Lord Shiva.

Nandi means ‘causing gladness.’ Nandi is always represented as quiet and benign. He also symbolically represents sexual energy tamed by Shiva. The disciplined bull, which is calm and docile, symbolizes Dharma, an image of controlled power. He is also considered to be the guardian of four-legged animals.

The image of Nandi is often placed outside the sanctum sanctorum facing the Linga or the murti of Shiva. Sometimes the images are found on the corners of the sanctuary of Shiva temples.

In North India, Shiva is also depicted as dancing on the bull. I…