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Gandhamadana Mountain - the abode of Kubera

GandhmadanaMountain is frequently mentioned in the Hindu scriptures, especially the Puranas. It is the abode of Kubera and Yakshas. The mountain gets its name from the fragrant and healing herbs that grow on it.
In the Mahabharata it is mentioned that on the slopes of Gandhamadana lives saints, siddhas and semi divine beings like Gandharvas, Apsaras, Kinnaras and Kimpurushas.
One legend has is that Hanuman brought a piece of the mountain to Rameswaram.
The palace of Kubera is located atop the mountain.
A beautiful description of the mountain is found in the Mahabharata.
Some scriptures give the suggestion that the mountain is located near MountKailash. Some scriptures especially the Puranas indicate the location to be in the present day Garhwal Himalayas.
Some scriptures suggest that River Mandakini and Alakananda flow on its slopes.
The mountain is also found in the literary works of Kalidasa and Bana. In Kalidasa’s Vikramorvashiya it is mentioned that Urvashi went to Gandhamad…

Back To Traditional Roots – Marriage in Hindu Temples is on the Rise in Tamil Nadu

Marriages were earlier held in Hindu Temples but there was a break in tradition when people opted for wedding halls or huge marriage halls. But once again many young couples are opting for marriages in ancient Hindu temples. The Hindu reports
“This generation thinks differently,” says Jothi Mahalingam, manager at the Pallava-period Sri Parthasarathy Swamy temple, Triplicane. “People these days like to go back to their traditional roots.” Mahalingam, who has been with the temple for 32 years, adds that, people believe that married life will be prosperous if it begins in a temple, and in the last eight years he has seen a steady increase in the number of weddings conducted here. “To have a wedding at the temple, there are several rules and regulations,” says the man at the ticket counter at Sri Kapaleeshwar temple. “You will need to submit birth certificates, address proof, age proof, a tahsildar-attested document stating that it is the first marriage for both bride and groom, and most …

Multiplicity of desires leads to ambiguity – Yogi Ashwini

Just close your eyes and observe what is going on inside the brain…give it two minutes. You will find so many thoughts – of children, spouse, business, and your emotions. All these thoughts indicate the desire of soul and it is because of these thoughts or desires that we are unable to go beyond human existence; peace and happiness prove elusive.
When the mind is engaged in thoughts of the physical, it cannot think beyond because at one point of time, mind can only do one thing and think of one thing.
Our bodies are programmed to achieve anything, provided it is only one thing at a time.
Words like ekagrata, ek tattva nirantar abhyas, bhumadhya all indicate the path to success as one-pointed focus.
The problem starts when our desires divide. Multiplicity of desires leads to ambiguity; lack of understanding of what one wants makes it difficult to be successful.
Yogi Ashwini