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Dhananjaya – Why Arjuna in the Mahabharat is also known as Dhananjaya?

Dhananjaya is one among the ten names of Arjuna in the Mahabharata. Arjuna narrates the meaning of his names to Uttara, son of Virata. Kaurava army had stolen the cows of Virata. To get them back, the son of Virata went to battlefield with Arjuna, who was disguised as Brihannada, as his charioteer.
On seeing the Kuru army, the prince is frightened and attempts to escape from the battleground. Brihannada stops him and reveals that he is Arjuna and he will fight against the Kauravas.
But the prince is not ready to believe Brihannada. He then wants to know the various names of Arjuna. To convince the frightened prince, Arjuna narrates all his ten names and how he got them.
Arjuna in the Mahabharat is known as Dhananjaya because he conquered various kingdoms and obtained their wealth. As he stood amidst the riches that he conquered, he was named Dhananjaya.
This incident is mentioned in the Go – Grahana Parva in the Mahabharata.
The ten names of Arjuna given in the Go – Grahana Parva in …

Huge Functional Sculpture of Jatayu from Ramayana to come up on Jatayupara near Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala

Jatayupara is a cluster of rocks located near Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala. It is believed that the huge bird Jatayu fought with Ravana on this rocks and fell down while attempting to rescue Mata Sita. Now a 61-metre-long, 46-metre wide and 15-metre tall functional sculpture of Jatayu is planned on the Jatayupara. When completed it will one of the biggest functional sculpture in Asia.
Jatayupara is located around 50 km from Thiruvananthapuram on the Trivandraum – Kottarakara Road. The Hindu reports   According to lore, Jatayu tried to stop Ravana aboard flying chariot Pushpakaviman with Sita in tow. But when Ravana cut down Jatayu’s wing, the bird collapsed beak down firston top of what is now called Jatayupara . The impact created a small crater on top of the sun-battered and wind-swept rock from which water sprang. Jatayupara also bears the markings of what are believed to be the feet of Lord Ram, who is said to have come here looking for Sita.  The 61-metre-long, 46-metre wide an…

Words of Wisdom – Shirdi Sai Baba

You keep on doing your normal duties but with determined devotion in your mind. Then you will never be let down, nor will you be faltered. Just surrender every one of your actions to God. Then even if you are very low in spiritual evolution, you will be considered by the God great than even the best of the highborn.
Develop faith in God; Banish all desires from heart; Give up all hatred towards others; Do not grieve; Cultivate the habit of viewing joys and sorrows alike; practice silence; Be content with whatever you are given. If you cannot banish desires from your heart soon, try to do it gradually; Give up egoism; don’t think that you are greater than others.
The demand of senses can be reconciled and harmonized by treating both good and bad with equal mindedness.
Shirdi Sai Baba