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Story of the Birth or Origin of Goddess Durga as per Hindu Scriptures

Many people want to know the story of the birth or origin of Goddess Durga in Hindu scriptures. It must be noted that Goddess Durga is the one without birth or death. Only She exists – all animate and inanimate beings are like bubbles in ocean. Goddess Durga appeared in a form (which is wrongly called as birth or origin) to help his devotees.
Story of origin of Goddess Durga
Mahishasura acquired innumerable power through boons and defeated the gods and the demons. He attacked the heaven and captured it and made ‘devas’ his slaves. He proclaimed that he is now Indra – the lord of the gods. The gods led by Brahma approached Vishnu and Shiva and appraised them of the situation.
The actions of Mahishasura caused intense anger in the Trimurtis. The anger emerging out of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva combined to the take the shape of a terrible form and this was Durga.
It is said that the flames of fire that gushed out of the eyes of the Trimurtis – Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva – formed a mountain,…

Construction of Vedic Fire Altar – Agnichayana in Vedas

Agnichanaya is the term used to refer to the Vedic fire altar construction in the Vedas. All yajnas are perfumed after constructing the altar. Details regarding the construction of Vedic fire altar are found in the Shatapatha Brahmana. It is mentioned in this scripture that the mere construction of the altar is highly meritorious.
The vedic fire altar symbolizes the universe and is the representation of the body of prajapati, the creator.
The mantras and prayers to be chanted while constructing the altar is mentioned in the Vajasaneyi Samhita of Yajur Veda.
Thousands of bricks are used in the construction and many of the bricks have special shapes and names.
The most common shape of a Vedic altar was in the form of a hawk with outstretched wings. There were numerous other shapes like trough, chariot wheel etc.
The Vedic fire altar of the Soma sacrifice had five layers.
A sacrifice is performed when a layer is built. When the first layer is built soma sacrifice is performed; when the…

On Hindu Temples Destroyed by Mughal Ruler Aurangazeb

The religious intolerance practiced by Mughal Ruler Aurangazeb is well known. The number of Hindu temples destroyed during his ruler is yet to be ascertained as the left historians who dominated the universities after independence and who also had a free hand in deciding the history of Hindustan conveniently tried to destroy all documents that could have helped in determining the atrocities committed by the Mughal rulers on the Hindus in Hindustan.
Truth can be hidden for a small period of time but cannot be destroyed. Truth will come out one day. Slowly many Indian newspapers and magazines are attempting to unravel to what happened to Hindus during the rule of Mughal rulers like Aurangazeb. The New Indian Express writes  Aurangzeb, like his predecessors, was determined to reinforce and expand the might of the Mughal Empire to the farthest corners of Hindustan. His principal obsession was to live his life true to the guiding principles of the Sharia. But his ability to successfully …

Thoughts from Atharva Veda

The creator is perfect, He possesses perfect power, Whence is created perfect Nature. The perfect universe derives life, From the perfect Creator. Let us comprehend this perfect power, That bestows life on all beings.
In the beginning was the golden womb The seed of elemental existence, The only Lord of all that was born, He upheld the heaven and earth together To what God other than Him, should we dedicate our life?
I am “Satya,” the Truth. I manifest myself in the great epic. I appear as the Truth through the “jataveda” fire. None is above me. I am the Ultimate.
Atharva Veda