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Goddess Uma – About Goddess Uma

Uma is Mother Goddess Shakti. She appeared as the daughter of Himavan, King of Himalayas, and his wife, Mena. Uma means ‘one who measures Shiva.’ ‘U’ means ‘Shiva’ and ‘ma’ means one who measures. She is Shakti.
Goddess Uma appeared before Indra, the king of Devas, to impart the knowledge of Brahman (Supreme Reality) – this is mentioned in the Kena Upanishad.
As per Matsya Purana, Uma appeared after the death of Sati to bring back Shiva into householder’s life. But Shiva was not ready to accept Uma and then she performed severe austerities to please Shiva.
Popular stories of Goddess Uma are found in the Kumarasambhava of Kalidasa. Goddess Shakti performed severe tapas without taking food. As per Kumarasambhava, Uma means ‘do not daughter.’ Here ‘Ma’ means ‘do not’ and ‘U’ means ‘my daughter.’ Legend has it that Mena, mother of Goddess Uma, was worried about her daughter undertaking severe penance and therefore constantly uttered ‘Uma’ and Goddess got the name.
Goddess Uma is popularl…

Kailash Yatra 2014 Will Proceed Through the Original Uttarakhand Route

Kailash Manasarovar Yatra 2014 will proceed through the original route through Uttarakhand state in India. An alternate route was being considered for the annual yatra, as the original route was damage during the flash flood and rains in June 2013. But the government of Uttarakhand has assured that the roads will be ready by June 2014. Hindustan Times reports  Keeping in view the condition of the road, the foreign ministry was considering an alternative route for the pilgrimage, but the Uttarakhand government has assured the road will be repaired by June.  A total of 18 batches comprising 1,080 pilgrims will visit Kailash, which is 120 pilgrims more than previous years so as to accommodate last year's left out pilgrims. Because of last year's, which killed about a 1,000 persons, only one batch could visit Kailash.    However, the border roads organisation is yet to complete repairs on Pithoragarh-Tawaghat national highway along the pilgrimage route.  Similarly, a crucial link …

Hindu Scriptures on Learning – Quotes on Learning in Hindu Books

When children, O Brihaspati, giving names to objects, sent out Vak’s first and earliest utterances, all (knowledge) that was excellent and spotless, treasured within their hearts, was disclosed through (Vak’s) grace. (Rig Veda, 10.71.1)
The student learns a fourth from this teacher, a fourth through his own intelligence, a four from his fellow pupils, and the remaining fourth in course of time (by experience).
Wonderful indeed is this treasure of yours, O Bharati (goddess of learning)! It increases with expenditure and dwindles on hoarding!
He that has not cultivated his intelligence but has merely heard of many things can scarcely understand the real import of the scriptures, like the spoon that has no perception to the taste of the soup it touches. (Mahabharata, Sabha Parva, 54.1)