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Vishnu Sahasranama in Gujarati - Download Vishnusahsranama Pdf in Gujarati Text for Free

Vishnu Sahasranama is one of the most popular mantras dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Vishnusahsranama consists of the 1000 names of Lord Vishnu. This is a pdf version of the Vishnusahsranamam text in Gujarati . Two versions of it are popularly chanted – one found in the Mahabharata and the other in the Padma Purana.
This free version of Vishnusahasranamam in Gujarati text is provided by Bhuj Mandir.
You can download Vishnu Sahasranama pdf here at Bhuj Mandir.

Bhogasanamurti Form of Bhagvan Vishnu

Bhogasanamurti is a unique murti of Bhagvan Vishnu. In this form Vishnu is depicted on a Simhasana or throne with consorts Goddess Lakshmi and Goddess Bhumidevi.
Bhogasanamurti is dark in color with four arms. One right hand holds the chakra and the other right hand is in Varada or Abhaya posture.
One left hand holds the Shankha. The other one rests on the hip or is on the lap or is kept in Simhakaran pose.
Goddess Lakshmi is seated to the right of Vishnu with her left leg fold and resting on the throne. The right leg has to be in hanging posture. She is two-armed and holds a lotus flower. One hand rests on the throne or on her lap or is in Kataka posture.
Goddess Bhumidevi is seated to the left of Vishnu with her right leg fold and resting on the throne. The left leg has to be in hanging posture. She is two-armed and holds a nilotpala flower in the right hand. One hand rests on the throne or on her lap or is in Kataka posture.

Book – Shikhandi and Other Tales They Don’t Tell You

Book titled “Shikhandi and Other Tales They Don’t Tell You” by Devdutt Pattanaik is a compilation of 30 stories and incidents from Hindu scriptures and folk tales which border on the queer. These are stories that have homosexual, lesbian, gay, bisexual, cross dressing… undertones.
Many of us must be aware of the story of Shikhandi from the Mahabharata… who is regarded as eunuch or hijra… and who was responsible for the death of Bhishma. But there are numerous other characters in Hindu scriptures whose actions can be termed as queer.
Not all stories in the collection can be termed as dealing with queerness. Some of them get a homosexual overtone when we are forced to look at it in that way. For example the story of Chudala, Indra loosing his manhood due to curse…
Again not all cross dressing is performed to satisfy sexual desires. Cross dressing has been widely used as a method to overcome enemies. Some of the cross dressing instances from Hindu stories which was purely used as a tri…

Kaitha Shiv Mandir – Shiva Temple at Ramgarh in Jharkhand

Kaitha Shiv Mandir is located around 3 km from Ramgarh in Jharkhand. This ShivaTemple is currently in a dilapidated situation but the architecture is unique as it is a combination of Bengal, Rajput and Mughal style of architecture.

The east facing temple was constructed during the 17th century and a part of the temple was used for military purpose.
The main Shivling worshipped in the temple is placed at a height of more than 12 feet and is accessed by stairs.
The main Shivling has a five-hooded naga canopy. There are tridents and murti of Hanuman in the temple complex.
There is also a cave in the complex which leads to a nearby pond.

Sri Ramakrishna Says

There are two kinds of renunciation: intense and feeble.
Feeble renunciation is a slow process; one moves in a slow rhythm. Intense renunciation is like the sharp edge of a razor. It cuts the bondage of maya easily and at once.
One farmer labors for days to bring water from the lake to his field. But his efforts are futile because he has no grit. Another farmer, after laboring for two or three days, takes a vow and says, ‘I will bring water into my field today, and not till then will I go home.’ He puts aside all thought of his bath or his meal. He labors the whole day and feels great joy when in the evening he finds water entering his field with a murmuring sound. Then he goes home and says to his wife: ‘Now give me some oil. I shall take my bath.’ After finishing his bath and his meal he lies down to sleep with a peaceful mind.
Sri Ramakrishna Says
God laughs twice: Once when two brothers divide a piece of land by a line telling this much is mine, that one yours. God laughs to thi…