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Story of the Birth of Shishupala and why he was killed by Sri Krishna

Shishupala was killed by Sri Krishna during the Rajasuya Yajna conducted by Yudhishtira at the Indraprastha. Shishupala was killed by Sri Krishna to give moksha to him. Story of his birth is found in the Puranas and Mahabharata.
Shishupala was Jaya, one of the guards of Vaikunta, Vishnu’s abode. He along with Vijaya had once denied entry to Sanat Kumaras. The sages cursed them to be born on earth.
Jaya and Vijaya then prayed to Vishnu for a solution to the curse. Vishnu told them that they can take seven births on earth as his ordinary devotees or take three births as his enemies.

Jaya and Vijaya opted for three births as enemies as they wanted to return to Vaikunta at the earliest.
They pleaded that they should meet their end in each birth at the hands of Vishnu.
Thus Jaya was born as Shishupala when Bhagvan Vishnu appeared as Sri Krishna.
He was killed by Sri Krishna during the Rajasuya Yajna conducted by Yudhishtira at the Indraprastha. Krishna had promised Shishupala’s mother t…

Ancient Murti of Bhagvan Sri Ram Stolen from Raghunath Temple in Kullu in Himachal Pradesh

A 17th-century murti of Bhagvan Sri Ram was stolen from the RaghunathTemple on the premises of the KulluPalace in Sultanpur in Himachal Pradesh. This is the murti taken out first during the famous Kullu Dasara. Nearly 200 deities from the nearby villages arrive during Kullu Dasara rituals to pay respect to Bhagvan Sri Ram.
The made of ashtadhatu (a combination of eight metals, including gold and silver) is about three inches long and weighs around 500 gm.
Apart from the murti of Raghunath, murtis of Ganesha, Hanuman, Narasimha and Saligram Shila were stolen from the temple.
You can read more about the importance of the deity here.

All troubles come to an end when the ego dies – Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa

Water appears to be divided into two parts if one puts a stick across it. But in reality there is only one water. It appears as two on account of the stick. This ‘I’ is the stick. Remove the stick and there remains only one water as before.
The ego, is like an intruder in a house who has been accommodated and accepted as one of the inmates of the house. But when we begin to look into its antecedents—from where it came, its status, its very existence—then it seems to disappear.
Maya is nothing but the egotism of the embodied soul. This egotism has covered everything like a veil.
All troubles come to an end when the ego dies.
If by the grace of God a man but once realizes that he is not the doer, then he at once becomes a Jivanmukta. Though living in the body, he is liberated. He has nothing else to fear.
This maya, that is to say, the ego, is like a cloud. The sun cannot be seen on account of a thin patch of cloud; when that disappears one sees the sun. Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa