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Story of Origin of Chandra or the Moon Good

An interesting story related to the origin of moon god is found in the Matsya Purana. As per the legend, Chandra was the son of Sage Atri and his wife Anasuya.
Legend has it that Brahma, the Hindu God of creation, once deputed Sage Atri to create a unique world which is filled extraordinary beings.
To fulfill the job, Sage Atri performed intense penance. One day while he was meditating, an intense light emitted from the eyes of the sage. The light took the form of a ball and it could not be controlled. Due to it the day never came to an end. All the living beings were confused and there was commotion in the universe.
Dikpalakas, the guardians of the eight corners of earth, could not manage and keep the light in check. So they threw the ball of light into the ocean.
Thousands of years later, when Devas and Asuras performed the churning of ocean (Samudra Manthan), the ball of light came up and it got a place in sky and was named Chandra, the moon god.

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Nanjangud Shiva Temple – Srikanteshwara Swamy Temple – Nanjundeshwara Temple at Nanjangud in Karnataka

NanjangudShivaTemple is located at Nanjangud, about 25 km from Mysore in Karnataka, and is dedicated to Hindu God Shiva as Nanjundeshwara. Nanjunda means ‘one who has consumed poison’ and the story relates to Shiva consuming the Halahala poison during the Samudra Manthan or churning of the ocean.

The place is also known as Dakshina Kashi and is located on the banks of the Kapila or KabiniRiver. Taking a holy dip in the river is equivalent to taking bath in the holy GangaRiver.
People also believe that the soil around the NanjangudShivaTemple have curative properties. Those suffering from skin ailments have found relief after applying the soil.
Legend has it that Parashurama offered prayers here for redemption of committing the sin of beheading Mother Renuka.
NanjundeshwaraTemple is also one of the biggest temples in Karnataka and measures 385 feet by 160 feet, with a total area of 50,000 square feet.  The temple is a protected monument.
The walls of the temple are adorned with more th…

Sama Veda in Hindi in pdf – Download Samaveda in Hindi in pdf for free

Sama Veda is one of the holiest texts in Hinduism and is one of the four Vedas. Now you can download Sama Veda in Hindi thanks to the website. The Samaveda in Hindi is in pdf format and you can download it for free.
It is popularly believed the Vedas are of divine origin and composed by no man. The divine words were first compiled and divided into four by Veda Vyasa. Vedas are considered to be an eternal text and is rediscovered during each new cosmic era.
Link – Download Sama Veda in Hindi in pdf (you can right click and save it or read it browser and then save)

Few lines of Wisdom – Adi Shankaracharya

If the mind ever so slightly strays from the ideal and becomes outgoing, then it goes down and down, just as a play-ball inadvertently dropped on the staircase bounds down from one step to another.
As a swan separates milk from water, so does he — a dhira, a wise person— separates good from the pleasant.
The Shruti [the Upanishads, the essence of human wisdom] are nudging the sleeping soul from its endless sleep of ignorance and tells man to approach those wise men who have known the Self and seek the way to Self-realisation from them. Indeed the path of seeking the Self is extremely challenging and exacting like walking the sharpened edge of a blade or razor. Be up and doing.
There are three things that are rare indeed, a human birth, the longing for liberation (freedom from reincarnation), and the protecting care of a perfected sage.
Adi Shankaracharya