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Hanuman Chanting Garuda Mantra to Save Sri Ram and Lakshman from the effect of Nagapasha

Hanuman chants the Garuda Mantra in the Yuddha Kanda of the Ramayana to save Sri Ram and Lakshman from the effect of Nagapasha arrow. Indrajit, the son of Ravana, was a master magician and prince of illusions. During the battle in the Ramayana he disappears into the sky and shoots Nagapasha arrow to tie down Sri Ram and Lakshman. Nagas or poisonous snakes form coils on the body Rama and Lakshman and they are made immobile. The poison takes effect on the brothers and both fall unconscious. The only way to save Sri Ram and Lakshman is by breaking the coils of poisonous snakes. This deed can only be performed by Garuda. Hanuman then sat down facing east and started chanting the Garuda mantra. Garuda is Lord Vishnu’s vehicle. He is also the avowed enemies of snakes. Hardly had Hanuman finished chanting the mantra, there was a huge wind in the sky. The huge wind causes waves to rise like mountains. It was the arrival of the divine bird Garuda. All the snakes had bound Sri

Sthala Vrikshams in Tamil Nadu Hindu Temples to be preserved through Cloning

Each Hindu Temple is Tamil Nadu has a tree attached to it and it is known as Sthala Vriksham. The trees are so unique that some of them are considered as miracle tree. The Vanni tree at the Magudeshwara Temple at Kodumudi and the mango tree at the Ekambershwara Temple at Kancheepuram are nearly 3,500 years old. Now the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments (HR&CE) Department in Tamil Nadu is planning to preserve these unique trees through cloning. The Hindu reports  Describing every Sthala Vriksham as a unique germplasm, a recent communication of the department urges the officials to take the help of experts from the Agriculture Department or the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) for the task.  The communication, issued by Additional Chief Secretary R. Kannan to HR&CE Commissioner P. Dhanapal, also asks the executive officers to ensure that enough clones are kept in carefully quarantined, separate places in nandavanam or flower garden. Even in privat