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Story of the fight between Krishna and King Salva of Saubha

King Salva of Saubha was a friend of Shishupala – who was to marry Rukmini. Salva was also present at the Rukmini Swayamvara where he faced embarrassment when Rukmini ran away with Krishna and he and other warriors were defeated by Balarama. King Salva had then taken the wow to defeat Sri Krishna and Balarama and get the world rid of the Yadavas. In order to accomplish his mission, he did intense penance to please Shiva. He was able to please Shiva who gave him an aerial vehicle called Saubha. The vehicle was big as a palace and it could become invisible. When he heard about the beading of Shishupala by Sri Krishna, he thought this as the right opportunity to attack the Yadavas. Sri Krishna and Balarama were away at Indraprastha and Dwaraka was guarded by Sri Krishna’s son Pradyumna. King Salva attacked Dwaraka from the Saubha and caused havoc. Pradyumna and other sons of Krishna defended the city for 27 days. Finally, Salva mortally wounded Pradyumna who was re

Budhvar Vrat: Wednesday Hindu fasting dedicated to Krishna and Mercury

Budhvar, Wednesday, is dedicated to Lord Krishna and the planet Budh or Mercury. The day is also associated with Lord Vithal, an incarnation of Krishna . In some regions, Lord Vishnu is worshiped. Keeping a fast (Upvaas) on Budhvar is believed to help in leading a peaceful family life. Those devotees who undertake a fast on the day only take a single meal in the afternoon. The fasting is observed mainly by husband and wife together. Green color is considered highly auspicious on the day. In Astrology, mercury is considered to be compassionate and generous. Mercury is usually depicted riding a lion. In some regions, people start new ventures on Wednesday as Mercury or Budh is considered to help new business ventures. Educational activities begin on Wednesday in some places. You may also like to read How to observe Budhvar Vrat? Budhavar Vrat Katha Related Monday Dedicated to Lord Shiva About Tuesday Fasting Dedicated to Hanuman Thursday Dedica

Annual Hindu Spiritual and Service Fair

Hindu Spiritual and Service Foundation organizes an annual Hindu Spiritual and Service fairs to show case the large scale, but mostly unknown and invariably unpublicized service activities undertaken by the Hindu spiritual organizations. The 6th edition of the fair was held in July 2014. Once in a while you read one-off reports… about a village being adopted, a rural school being started, health camp organized in a slum, an old dilapidated temple being renewed, children attending a cultural class, youth engaged in planting trees, women organizing themselves into self help groups.  But now come and witness the power of collective work! More than 100 organizations- traditional and modern- are now collectively exhibiting their spiritual and service activities. The fair may be over but you can learn more about the activities of Hindu Spiritual and Service Foundation here.

Radha Vallabha Temple in Vrindavan

Radha Vallabha Temple in Vrindavan was built by Harivamsa Goswami, who had founded the Radha Vallabha sect. This temple is unique as there is no murti of Radha in the temple. She is worshipped in the form of a crown. The Radha Vallabha Temple is located near the famous Banke Bihari Temple in Vrindavan. Like many other temples in Vrindavan, the Radha Vallabha Temple too was destroyed by Aurangzeb in 1670. The present temple was constructed in 1972 near the destroyed temple. A black murti of Sri Krishna is worshipped in the temple. The crown of Radha is kept near the murti of Sri Krishna. All prayers are first offered to Radha Rani. The temple has a huge courtyard. One can find the Samadhi of Harivamsa Goswami here. Devotees here can pull a huge rope which is connected to a fan inside the main altar. Devotees stand in queue to fan the murti of Sri Krishna.

Mookam Karoti Vachalam and other prayers to Sri Krishna

Mookam Karoti Vachalam Pangum Langayat Girim, Yad Kripa Tamaham Vande Paramananda Madhavam I bow to that blissful Madhava ( Krishna , by whose grace the dumb become orators and the lame cross mountains. Krishnaya Vasudevaya Haraye Paramatmane, Pranatha Klesha Nashaya Govindaya Namo Namaha Salutations to thee, O Krishna. Salutations to thee, the Supreme Being. Salutations to thee, O Govinda, who removes the sorrows of those who seek relief from their difficulties by prostrating to thee. Janami Dharman Na Cha Me Pravritti, Janami Adharman Na Cha Me Nivritti Twaya Hrishikesha Hridastitena, Yada Niyunktosi Tada Karomi I know that righteousness is, yet I am unable to do it, I know what unrighteousness is, yet I am forced to do it! I Hrishikesha ( Krishna ), thou art the dweller in my heart, As thou guide me, so shall I act.