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Story of Origin of Saffron - Kesar - in Hinduism

Story of origin of saffron or kesar in Hinduism is associated with the Trimurtis. The legend is mentioned in the Matsya Purana. Shiva the formless took a form for the first time and appeared before Vishnu and Brahma as a huge pillar of fire known as Lingodbhavamurti. Saffron was produced from the saubhagya or fortune that rested on the chest of Vishnu. The saubhagya melted due to the heat generated by the appearance of Shiva. Saffron appeared from the melted saubhagya. This legend is found in Matsya Purana (60.9). Saffron is an important offering in many temples. It is rarely used in pujas at home but used in the bhog or prasad prepared for the deity. 

Hindu Temple Inscription Reveal that South India had Elected Judiciary Before 9th Century AD

Inscriptions found at the Sri Ambalavana Swamy Temple at Manur near Tirunelveli, and the Sri Bakthavatsala Perumal Temple at Tiruninravur in Tamil Nadu clearly indicates that these regions in South India had elected judiciary before 9th century AD. The Hindu reports Tamil Nadu had an elected judiciary more than 1,200 years ago, with rules stipulating that the judges should have sterling character (su vrittaraiai iruppar), should have passed examinations in legal treatises (Dharma Sastras), should rely only on written evidence (lekhya pramanas) and so on.  While the Manur inscription belongs to the Pandya king Maranjadayan of eighth century CE, the inscription at Tiruninravur is dated 930 CE, the period of Parantaka Chola I, according to R. Nagaswamy, former Director, Tamil Nadu Archaeology Department. Dr. Nagaswamy said the Tiruninravur inscription talks about how the great village assembly (mahasabha) met during the 27th regnal year (930 CE) of Parantaka Chola I an