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Story of Monkey King Bali (Vali) and Ravana

Monkey King Bali or Vali, the brother of Sugriva in the Ramayana, was the ruler of Kishkinda. One of the most popular images of King Bali is that of him dragging the ten-headed Ravana. The story of Bali and Ravana is very popular as it is funny and also teaches the valuable lesson that arrogance only leads to downfall.

Bali had got the boon that he would get half the strength of his opponent who he chooses to fight. Ravana who heard about this wanted to kill Bali as the demon king thought that Bali would be a threat to him in future.
Ravana decided to kill Bali from behind when he went to take bath in the sea. He thought that the monkey could be easily overpowered. He then reached Kishkinda.
Ravana found Bali meditating on the seashore one morning and slowly reached him from behind. The idea of Ravana was to hold Bali by his tail and hit him on the ground and kill him.
Bali who realized the presence of Ravana behind him did not move. Instead he slowly put his long tail across the body…

Radhavallabh – About Hindu God Radhavallabha

Radhavallabh means lover of Radha. Thus Radhavallabh is Srimati Radha Rani and Sri Krishna. But prominence is given to Radha in this form of worship. It must be noted that Radhavallabh is not the name of a particular form of Sri Krishna. It is the name of the sect found in the 16th century by Hitaharivamsha.

In Radhavallabh worship – Radha is supreme. The two syllables Ra – Dha represents Supreme Knowledge. She is eternally married to Sri Krishna.
Radha is timeless. She is beyond form and qualities.
All living beings strive to be her companions. Therefore they can be devotees and friends to both Sri Krishna and Radha at the same time.
Where there is Radha, there is Krishna. Devotees of this sect merge in the constant Lila of Radha and Krishna – Marital bliss, separation, the romantic fights and the reunion.

Story – Tulsi Leaf and Sri Krishna Weighed on Balance Scale – Which is Heavy Bhakti or Material Possessions

Ooty Mariamman Temple

OotyMariammanTemple is dedicated to Goddess Mariamman, Goddess Kali and Goddess Katteri. OotyMariammanTemple festival is a major car festival in the region. Goddess is taken out in procession in various forms - Durga, Kamakshi, Parvathi, Meenkshi, Rajarajeswari, Heddhai Amman and Bhagavathi.

Ooty Mariamman Temple Goddess Durga represents three powers – Itcha Shakti, Gnana Shakti and Kriya Shakti.  Mari, Kali and Katteri represent the three Shaktis in the temple. It is very rare that all the three Shaktis are present in a single temple. Goddess Kali is not her furious form in the temple. She is calm and benign.
The temple is unique as the Navgrahas in the temple are present with their consorts.
Devotees offer black sari, cradles and lamps in the temple. Annadanam is another important offering made in the temple.
Mother blesses devotees with good health. Prayers offered to childless couples.
Mudikayiru, a special thread, prepared with Mantras in the KatteriAmmanTemple is believed to pro…

Bobbili Veena – About Saraswati Veena

Bobbili Veena, also known as Saraswati Veena, is a musical instrument that once enjoyed the status of a royal music instrument. Kings of Bobbili were responsible for the invention of the Veena.
Bobbili Veena is made using jackfruit wood and a full size Bobbili Veena is known as Saraswati Veena. With the lion’s head carved at one end, the frets of Bobbili Veenas are made of bell metal.
Bobbili Veenas were known as ‘ekanda veena’ for being made from one single piece of wood, today the veenas have two or more joints due to lack of availability the wood.  The New Indian Express reports  About 40 families belonging to the Sarvasidhi family in Gollapalli village near Bobbili, are the sole manufacturers of this instrument apart from about a dozen families of the same clan setting shops across the country. They obtained GI status for the instrument  in  March last year and thus, protected it from extinction. Sarvasidhi Achutanarayana, the descendent of Achanna who invented the Bobbili Veena,…

Gangadhara Shiva – Story of Shiva as Gangadhar

Gangadhara Shiva is the form of Shiva that holds Ganga on his matted locks. The story of Gangadhar Shiva is associated with the arrival of Ganga on earth. Legend has it that sixty sons of King Sagara were protecting the Ashwamedha horse.
In an Ashwamedha Yaga, the emperor releases a horse which travels through different kingdoms. Those kings who are ready to be a vassal of the emperor do not object the horse running through their kingdom. But those kings that are not ready to be a vassal stop the horse and then the issue is settled on the battleground.
The sixty sons of Sagara were known to be cruel and they practiced all forms of Adharma. Saints, human beings and Devas were fed up with their activities. All of them complained to Indra, the king of Devas. He promised to get solve the problem.
It must be noted that in some Puranas it is not sixty but King Sagara had sixty thousands sons as a result of a boon.
The sixty were following the horse released by King Sagara. One day Indra st…

On Mind – Teachings form Hindu Scriptures and Teachers

Teachings form Hindu Scriptures and Teachers on Mind
The mind alone is the cause of bondage and freedom. When associated with sense objects it leads to bondage; when dissociated from them it leads to liberation. (Amritabindu Upanishad)
The turbulent senses violently carry away the mind of even a wise man striving for perfection. (Bhagavad Gita, 2.60)
We should put our minds on things; they should not draw our minds to them. We are usually forced to concentrate. Our minds are forced to become fixed upon different things by an attraction in them which we cannot resist. To control the mind, to place it just where we want it, requires special training. It cannot be done in any other way. (The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda, 6.39)
The natural tendency of the mind is to run this way or that. Through japa it is directed to God. (Holy Mother Sarada Devi)

Bondage is of the mind; freedom too is of the mind. If you say, ‘I am a free soul. I am a son of God! Who can bind me?’ free you shall …