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Story of Origin of Onion in Hinduism

There are numerous stories regarding the origin of onion in Hinduism. This particular story is associated with Vedic Yajnas. During the Satya Yuga, Sages performed Gomedha Yajna (cow sacrifice) and Ashvamedha Yajna (horse sacrifice) for the welfare of the people. During the course of the yajna, a cow or horse was sacrificed. At the culmination of the Yajna, the same cow or horse was brought back to life by the Rishis through mantras but with a younger body.
Once, a sage was performing Gomedha Yajna. The wife of the sage was pregnant and she desired to eat meat. She believed that if a pregnant woman had a desire to eat and did not eat then the child born will always have saliva coming out of the mouth.
So when the cow was sacrificed, she took a small piece of meat and hid it.
Soon the sacrifice ended and the Rishi chanted mantras and brought back the cow to life but he soon noticed that a small piece of flesh was missing from the left side of the cow.
The wife of the Sage realized th…

Darshan in two hours at Tirupati Balaji Temple in Andhra Pradesh

A new plan is being studied and will be implemented soon which will allow darshan in two hours at TirupatiBalajiTemple in Andhra Pradesh. Now devotees have to wait for several hours to have darshan at this popular shrine. As per the new plan a software is being tested in Tirumala to allot a specific time of darshan to each devotee and accordingly the devotee would have to join the queue line at a stipulated point about two hours in advance. The Hindu reports A three-tier system was being introduced in Tirumala and he examined its efficacy, Endowments Minister Pydikondala Manikyala Rao said. The system would be convenient to the devotees as they would clearly know the time when they have to join the queue line. Rather than endlessly wait in the queue, the devotees could utilise the time to visit other temples and come to have darshan within two hours of joining the queue line, he added.

Khekparta Shiva Temple in Lohardaga – Khakhparta Shiv Mandir at Lohardaga in Jharkhand

ShivaTemple located atop a mountain at KhekpartaVillage, around 8 km from Lohardaga in Jharkhand, is unique as the Shiv Mandir is constructed directly on the surface of the hill without any foundation. Khakhparta temple is a protected monument.

The temple is believed to have been constructed between 9th and 10 century AD. The architecture of the small shirne is similar to Nagar Style prevalent in Orissa.
The main temple consists of a Shivling. There is a murti of Ganesha, Surya and Nandi in front of the temple. Shivling without any temple cover is also found in the complex.
There is no priest or worship practice. Devotees do their own pujas and worship.
The temple attracts huge crowd during Shivratri and Shravan month.
Khekparta Shiv Mandir is around 90 km northwest from Ranchi, capital of Jharkhand.

Pandit Rajmani Tigunait Thoughts

Unless you understand the purpose of life and work toward attaining that, life remains pointless.
The power to shape our destiny in this life and beyond is a unique privilege available to those of us who understand the immense potency of our life force.
For those who know the purpose behind their birth, life is the gateway to freedom. Such people are not attached to the body, mind, senses, and worldly possessions. They know these are merely tools to achieve the goal of life, not goals themselves. They use these tools wisely and leave them behind when they are no longer needed. This is the way of yogis.
For those who do not know the purpose behind their birth, life is the gateway to sorrow. Not knowing any better, they become attached to the body, mind, senses, and their worldly possessions. Lacking wisdom, they have little or no inclination to use these tools to achieve the main goal of life but become preoccupied with preserving these tools, only to lose them to death. This is the w…