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Story of Ganga Captured by Sage Jhanva in His Ear – Why Ganga is also known as Jhanavi?

King Bhagiratha had brought Ganga down on to earth through intense austerities to free the souls of his ancestors. But during the journey of the river from Himalayas to Gangasagar in Bengal there were numerous difficulties. One such story is that of Ganga being captured by Sage Jhanva in his ear. Due to this incident Ganga is also known as Jhanavi.
King Bhagiratha rode his horse swiftly down the Himalayan slopes and the HolyGangaRiver was following him. The ashes of his ancestors were lying at present day Gangasagar.
On the way, the king passed through the ashram of Sage Jhanva. But Ganga was about to destroy the Ashram of the sage. To avoid any trouble to his ashram and its living beings, the powerful sage calmly took her into his body through the left ear.
Soon King Bhagiratha discovered that Ganga was not following him. He then returned to the ashram of Sage Jhanva and pleaded with the sage to release the holy river.
The Sage obliged and allowed the GangaRiver to come out of his …

On Forgotten Hindu Soldiers Who Participated in World War I

The role of Hindus in the First World War is by and large expunged from the history books. They have been conveniently ignored and forgotten. Hindu sepoys were one of the highest numbers of volunteers as combatants and non-combatants in World War I.
You can read more about the Hindu Soldiers Who Participated in World War I in this article with numerous references.
The role of Hindus in the First World War is by and large expunged from the history books.  Merely a cursory gaze at the figures reveals startling fact – In total 1,338, 620 Hindus participated in the war. This number exceeds the total number of army personnel from Australia, Canada, New Zealand and South Africa by 178,000.
Hindu soldiers were involved in the lands as diverse as Palestine, France, Syria and Mesopotamia. A school of thought says it was the Hindu army which changed the course of the war by turning German soldiers at Marne.
Thousands of Hindu soldiers lost their lives and no hero’s welcome awaited the survivors…

Akhileshwar Dham at Lohardaga – Akhileshwar Shiva Temple at Bhandra near Lohardaga

Akhileshwar Dham is an 8th century ShivaTemple located at Bhandra, around 12 km from, Lohardaga in Jharkhand. A part of the original temple was rebuilt around 50 years ago after it had collapsed.
A Swayambhu Shivling of three feet is worshipped in the temple. A copper naga is found near the Shivling.
The Goddess worshipped in the shrine is known as Satbahini. The sanctum sanctorum also houses a small Shivling.
The temple is a famous destination in the region for conducting marriages.
Bali or sacrifice was earlier practiced in the temple but has not been stopped completely.
An important fair is held during the Shravan Purnima here.
Jagannath Rath Yatra is also held at the temple.
During the Shravan month, Shiva devotees from neighboring areas bring water to offer to the Shivling.

Real Poverty is the greed for more and more – Swami Rama Tirtha

The more you get, the more you become greedy, niggardly and less happy. Happiness lies not in accumulation of wealth but in content only.
Rise above desires and they are fulfilled; beg and their fulfilment recedes further from you.
Mind can be purified by killing all selfish desires one by one and singing the syllable OM.
One who rises above all desires is always spreading good as spontaneously and naturally as a flower gives perfume, or a star spreading light, without even being aware of it.
The real poverty does not consist in want of riches but in an unsatiated want or greed for more and more.
Swami Rama Tirtha