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Dakshinaraya – About God Daksinaraya in Bengal

Dakshinaraya is a deity worshipped in parts of West Bengal and Bangladesh. Daksinaraya protects devotees from the attacks of tigers. The deity is worshipped mainly in the forests of Sunderban and 24 Parganas district in Southern West Bengal.
Dakshinaraya is a handsome warrior. He carries a bow and arrow and a quiver and shield on his back. Later images of Dakshinaraya have him holding a gun. He is depicted as riding a horse or tiger. He wears a crown and other ornaments.
Dakshinaraya is not mentioned in Vedas or Puranas but He has been worshipped by Hindus from the medieval period.
Important rituals and pujas dedicated to Daksinaraya are held in the Magh month (January – February).
The human form of the deity is rarely worshipped. Instead Daksinaraya is represented by Badha – a metal pot symbolizing the deity.
The metal pot is hung from trees in forest. Those who venture into the forest offer prayers at any time of the day for protection and safe return. He is also worshipped as Khe…

Mother of Yudhisthira – Who is the Mother of Yudhisthira in the Mahabharata?

Who is the mother Yudhisthira in the Mahabharata? Was he divine born or from a human mother. Story mentioned in the Mahabharat answers as to who is the Mother of Yudhisthira. Queen Kunti was married to Pandu, the prince of Hastinapura. But Pandu could not have sexual union with Kunti because of a curse.
Kunti in her teenage due to her service to Sage Durvasa had got a boon that she will be able to summon a god and have children in him.
Pandu requested Kunti to make use of the boon.
Thus Yudhisthira was born when Kunti summoned Dharmaraja, (Yama, the Lord of Judgment)
The mother of Yudhisthira is Kunti.
Now a question arises as to did Kunti give birth to Yudhisthira or she received him as an infant as a blessing from Yama.
No one has ever bothered to answer this question in the scriptures but it is widely believed that she gave birth to Yudhisthira.

Sankalpa means seeing this present moment in context with the whole of universe – Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

When we are too formal, we move away from our natural dispositions.
We are made up of both matter and spirit. What does this spirit consist of? Truth, love, compassion, joy, trust, or anything that boosts our enthusiasm, brings people together in love and harmony and give life a bigger dimension.
Sankalpa means seeing this present moment in context with the whole of universe.

Billions of years have passed and billions will come in the future, but what is our lifespan? 50, 60, 70 or 80 years! This is not even a drop in the ocean of time when you see life in the context of time and space! If you begin to see life from this perspective, your own consciousness will spread out. You will start thinking ‘big’ and forget the petty things in life. If we all start thinking about this, then pettiness, selfishness and fanaticism will surely disappear. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
Source - Spirituality and Universality: The Fifth Annual Public Affairs Lecture