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Lakshmi Beej Mantra Text in English and Hindi

Lakshmi Beej Mantra is chanted for attaining peace and prosperity. Beej Mantra is a basic mantra dedicated to a deity in Hindu Religion. The Beej mantra for Goddess Lakshmi is Shreem. The complete mantra is given below: Lakshmi Beej Mantra in English Om Shreem Hreem Shreem Kamale Kamalalye Praseeda Praseeda Shreem Hreem Shreem Om Mahalakshme Nama:
Lakshmi Beej Mantra in Hindi

Veersehwar Shiva – About Manifestation of Veereshwar

Veersehwar is a manifestation of Shiva and is believed to have appeared to rescue an ardent devotee. This devotee was a 16-year-old boy. This manifestation of Shiva is worshipped as Atma Veereshwar in Varanasi.

Legend has it that King Amitrajit and Queen Malayagandini had a male child. The child had attained the age of 16 immediately after his birth.

Astrologers who looked into the horoscope predicted that the child will have to be killed otherwise the king will die.

In order to save the king, the queen decided to kill the boy. The boy was ordered to be taken to Kashi and killed. However, nobody was ready to kill the boy. The boy then offered prayers to Shiva at Kashi; here Shiva appeared before the boy as Veereshwar.

The boy was told that nothing would happen to his father due to his birth. On the request of the boy, Shiva decided to be present in the form of Atma Veereshwar Shivling.

Legend has it that offering prayers to Atma Veereshwar Shivling in Kashi will help in attaining p…

Renukamba Temple at Chandragutti in Karnataka – Cave Temple Dedicated to Goddess Renuka

RenukambaTemple at Chandragutti in Karnataka is dedicated to Goddess Renuka. The temple is around 17km from Soraba. It is a cave temple and is in the form of half moon. The main deity worshipped in the temple is Goddess Renuka and she is also known as Guthiyamma. The hill on which the temple is located is known as Chandragutti. Story of Renukamba Temple at Chandragutti Legend has it that Renukamba, a king of the Chandragutti region, was married to Rishi Jamadagni. The king had got Renukamba as daughter after he offered prayers to Goddess Mookambika.
Renukamba was such a devout wife that she could carry water in pots made of sand and she is used to carry the water pot on her head with snakes as pads for the pot. Not a single drop of water fell from her pot.
But once Sage Jamadagni doubted her character and asked his son Parashurama to kill her. Parashurama took his mother to the cave at Chandragutti and cut her head leaving the torso in the cave. He took the head to his father. Sage Ja…

Madhya Pradesh Ratangarh Temple Stampede October 13, 2013 – 110 dead and Counting– Do We Care?

Nearly 100,000 devotees converged for the final day of Navratri Festival on October 13, 2013 at RatangarhTemple in Datia District in Madhya Pradesh. The stampede happened on a bridge leading to the temple killing more than 110 people mostly women and children. Do we Hindus care about the lives of our brothers and sisters? The official apathy and callous attitude shown towards crowd management during Hindu festivals is nothing new. Have we ever bothered to ask why there is always poor crowd-control techniques and planning by the authorities during Hindu festivals? This will continue in future because we Hindus are never united and are not bothered about the welfare of the community. 
The stampede resulted due to the overcrowding on a bridge that leads to the temple. The bridge is 500m long and just 10m wide.
This is not the first time a tragedy has struck in this temple. In 2006, 50 pilgrims had got washed away falling in panic into the SindhRiver from the same bridge.
As usual blame g…

Swami Vivekananda on Desire

When we seek enjoyment, we become objects of enjoyment for others. Desire thus enfolds both the subject and the object in its ambit, uses and wears both down.
We came here to sip the honey, and we find our hands and feet sticking to it.
We are caught, though we came to catch.
We came to enjoy; we are being enjoyed.
We came to rule; we are being ruled. We came to work; we are being worked. All the time, we find that. And this comes into every detail of our life.
We are being worked upon by other minds, and we are always struggling to work on other minds.
We want to enjoy the pleasures of life; and they eat into our vitals.
We want to get everything from nature, but we find in the long run that nature takes everything from us—depletes us, and casts us aside.
When we seek enjoyment, we become objects of enjoyment for others. Desire thus enfolds both the subject and the object in its ambit, uses and wears both down.
Swami Vivekananda

(Source - Prabhuda Bharata Magazine September 2013…