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Vibhishana – Story of Vibhishana in Ramayana and Why He Helped Bhagvan Sri Ram

Vibhishana was the brother of Ravana and Kumbhakarna in the Ramayana. He was the third son of Sage Vishravas and Malini. The story of Vibhishana is interesting – even though born to same parents he was diametrically opposite to Ravana. He helped Bhagvan Sri Ram in the war against Ravan because he had imbibed the good qualities of his parents – Sage Vishravas and Malini.
Valmiki Ramayana Sundara Kandha (V.37) clearly shows the farsightedness and Dharma of Vibhishana. He pleads with Ravana to set Mata Sita free as soon as he finds out that She has been abducted. He already realized the greatness of Sri Ram and considered it Adharma to forcibly carry away women.
It was Vibhishana who directed Hanuman to Ashoka Vatika during Bajarang Bali’s search of Mata Sita in Lanka.
Again when Ravana wanted to kill Hanuman, Vibhishana reminded him about the diplomatic laws – an emissary should never be harmed.
When the war in Ramayana was to start, Vibhishana asked Ravana to return Mata Sita and seek…

Story of Gopeshwar Mahadev – Shiva Taking the Form of a Gopi to Participate in Raas Lila

Gopeshwar Mahadev is a form of Shiva worshiped in the famous GopishvaraTemple at Vrindavan. The story of Gopeshwar Mahadev is associated with Sri Krishna’s Raas Lila in the Vrindavan. Legend has it that Shiva and Parvati wanted to take part in the Raas Lila in Vrindavan.
But Shiva could not enter the Raas Lila arena as He was a male. Gopi Vrinda explained to Shiva that only females could participate in the Raas Lila. But Shiva was not ready to budge. So Gopi Vrinda asked Shiva to take bath in YamunaRiver and come back. (Some scriptures suggest that she asked Shiva to take the dip in the ManasarovarRiver.)
After taking dip in the YamunaRiver, Shiva attained a female form. Sri Krishna who saw the new gopi addressed her as Gopishwara.
Gopishwara from that day onward stands guarding the Raas Lila arena. He only allows only those who are qualified to enter the arena.
The famous GopeshwarMahadevTemple located in Vrindavan is dedicated to this divine event. The temple is unique as worship…

Mathura Kaliamman Temple - Madurakalimman at Siruvachur near Maduari in Tamil Nadu

MathuraKaliammanTemple at Siruvachur near Madurai in Tamil Nadu is associated with the famous Kannagi legend. This is a highly powerful Shakti Shrine. People who have offered prayers here and led a dharmic life enjoy the blessing of Kaliamman. She protects her devotees and blesses them with peace and prosperity.
Story of Mathura Kaliamman Temple Legend has it that Kanngai’s husband Kovalan was falsely accused of stealing and he was beheaded by the Mathura King. Kannagi in anger is believed to have burnt the Madurai city and arrived at the village where the present MathuraKaliammanTemple is located.
Here there was a temple dedicated to Selliamman but she was under the control of an evil magician. Kannagi invokes Mathurai Kali Amman her family deity. She helps her in killing the magician.
Selliamman then asked Kannagi to stay in the temple as Mathura Kali Amman. Selliamman went to nearby Periasamy Hills.
Kannagi agreed to stay in temple but she said she will give darshan to devotees onl…

Pandavanpara – Rocks Associated with Pandavas near Chengannur Town in Kerala

Pandavanpara is a group of rocks believed to have been used by Pandavas during their exile period in the Mahabharata. The rocks are located around 2 km from Chengannur town in Alappuzha District in Kerala. At Pandavanpara there is a temple dedicated to Sri Krishna.
Three rocks behind the temple show lotus in various stages of its bloom – first bud, second in half-bloom and third in full bloom.
Other rocks in the area include one shaped like a frog with its mouth open, a rock that produces musical vibration, a chair and a carry case of betel leaves and arceneut.
A rock in the shape of a giant body is unique – Bhima is believed to have reclined on the rock. There are also giant footprints of Bhima. There are also five rocks in the shape of chair believed to have been used by the Pandavas.  The Hindu reports  Though the rocks are in need of conservation, the local temple authorities prefer anonymity to increased footfalls. The temple's renovation was completed last year with generous…

Kapalin Shiva – Story of Shiva as Kapalin

Kapalin Shiva is the form Shiva with the skull of Brahma stuck to His hand. The story of Shiva as Kapalin begins with Shiva taking the form of Bhairava to cut off the fifth head of Brahma.
Shiva was unhappy with the suffering in the world and He was unhappy with the creation of Brahma. But Brahma was proud of his creation and looked all around with four heads. His pride no knew end and he popped up a fifth head to look around. Shiva cut off this head.
But Shiva repented when Brahma told him that he did not create suffering. Suffering is the result of the ignorance of living beings. Soon Shiva felt remorse and for redemption of the sin, Brahma asked Shiva to become a wandering ascetic and beg for food in a skull. Thus Shiva became Kapalin.
Many Shiva sects took inspiration from Kapalin form and choose it as a way to attain self realization. A Kapalin is one who has moved away from society. He attempts to brush away the dust of ignorance which is blocking his path to self realization.

Teachings on Death from Bhagavad Gita

Here are few teachings on Death from the Bhagavad Gita
Indeed, certain is death for the born, and certain is birth for the dead; therefore, over the inevitable, you should not grieve. (2.27)
Better is one's own ‘duty’, though devoid of merit, than the 'duty' of another well discharged. Better is death in one's own ‘duty’; the 'duty' of another is fraught with fear (is productive of positive danger) . (3.35)
He who is able, while still here (in this world) to withstand, before the liberation from the body (death) , the impulse born out of desire and anger, he is a YOGIN , he is a happy man. (5.23)
And whosoever, leaving the body, goes forth remembering Me alone, at the time of his death, he attains My being; there is no doubt about this. (8.5)
And I am all-devouring Death (10.34)
If the embodied one meets with death when SATTWA is predominant, then he attains to the spotless worlds of the "Knowers of the Highest.” (14.14)
Meeting death in RAJAS, he is born …