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Panchajanya Conch of Sri Krishna – The story how Lord Krishna go the Shankh Panchajanya

Panchajanya is the holy conch of Lord Krishna and the divine conch is also worshipped in Hinduism. One of the popular images of Lord Krishna in Hindu religions is that of Him blowing the Shankh Panchajanya at the beginning the 18-day Kurukshetra battle in the Mahabharata. There is an interesting story which explains how Sri Krishna came into possession of the Panchajanya. The Guru of Sri Krishna was Saint Sandipani. After the completion of his education, Lord Krishna wanted to offer a Guru Dakshina. As Guru Dakshina Guru Sandipani asked Lord Krishna to find his lost son. After searching for a while, Lord Krishna found out that the Guru’s son was captured and abducted by a demon named Panchajana. The demon lived under the sea in the form a conch shell. Krishna soon entered into a fight with the demon and killed him. He rescued the son of Saint Sandipani and took the conch shell. The conch, Panchajanya, is named after this demon. Another legend suggests

Akshaya Tritiya Story in Hindu Scriptures and Puranas

One of the most important and popular story associated with observing Akshaya Tritiya is that of Sri Krishna and Kuchela. Another significant story is that of the Pandavas receiving the Akshaya Patra from  Krishna . Interestingly, Sri Krishna plays and important part in the stories associated with Akshaya Tritiya. In the most famous story associated Akshaya Tritiya, Kuchela, a poor Brahmin and schoolmate of Sri Krishna, visited Sri Krishna with the intention of asking some financial favor. Kuchela, also known as Sudama, carried with him handful of poha or aval (beaten rice). Kuchela was received warmly by Sri Krishna at Dwarka. On reaching, the  palace  of  Krishna , Kuchela was ashamed to give the ‘poha’ to  Krishna – as it was filled with stones and it also was drenched in his sweat. But the ever playful  Krishna  noticed the small bag in the hand of his schoolmate and soon grabbed it and ate a handful of ‘poha’. Kuchela could not believe his eyes,  Krishna , the Lord all