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Dikpalas and Elephants

In Hindu tradition, Ashta dikpalas are the eight deities that guard the eight quarters of the world. The eight deities protect the eight cardinal directions with the help of elephants. Eight elephants and their wives assist the Dikpalas – the protectors of the quarters.
The eight dikpalas and eight elephants are –
Indra – East – Airavata and his wife Abhramu (The name of the elephant that guards east is mentioned as Virupaksha in the Ramayana).
Agni – Southeast – Pundarika and his wife Kapila.
Yama – South – Vamana and his wife Pingala. (The name of elephant that guards south is mentioned as Mahapadma in the Ramayana).
Surya – Southwest – Kumuda and his wife Anupama.
Varuna – West – Anjana and his wife Anjanavati. (Ramayana mentions Saumanasa as the elephant that guards West).
Vayu – Northwest – Pushpadanta and his wife Shubhadanti.
Kubera – North – Sarvabhauma and his Tamrakarna. (Ramayana mentions Himapandara as the elephant that guards North).
Soma (Chandra) – Northeast – Supratik…

Goddess Lalitha Tripura Sundari – The story of Sri Lalita Tripura Sundari

Goddess Lalitha Tripura Sundari is one of the manifestations of Goddess Shakti (Parvati). Words fail to capture the powers and beauty of Sri Lalita Tripura Sundari – she is beyond imagination. The Goddess is believed to have appeared when Shiva stared at the ashes of Kamadeva or Manmatha.

Shiva after the death of Sati had entered into a deep meditation. Without his energy no creation was possible and this led to an imbalance in the universe.

To bring him out of his deep meditation, Sati took birth as Parvati. But Parvati failed to wake up Shiva from his meditation.

Kamadeva, or Manamatha, the God of love was given the mission of disturbing the meditation of Shiva by infusing the seeds of love. But the glance of an angry Shiva burned Kamdev into ashes.

Devas and Rati, the wife of Kamdev, prayed before Shiva for the life of Kamdev.

Shiva then stared at the ashes and from it appeared a demon named Bhandasura. He was so powerful that he made the entire world his slave. Sage Narada then re…

Maharana Pratap Jayanti – Birth Anniversary of Maharana Pratap

Maharana Pratap Jayanti is annually observed in Hindu lunar month of Jyeshta. It is the birth anniversary celebrations of one of the greatest warriors in India who took on the Mughal rule in India. Maharana Pratap Jayanti 2018 date is June 15.

Maharana Pratap (9 May 1540 – 29 January 1597) successfully defeated Mughal army and freed a large part of Rajasthan from Mughal rule. His battles against Mughal ruler Akbar are even today remembered for it ferocity and tactics used.
Maharana Pratap was the only Rajput ruler who had not become a vassal of the Mughal Empire. Several treaty options with Mughals were turned down by the powerful Rajput ruler as he found them all as being subservient.
Akbar’s army defeated the army of Maharana Pratap at the famous battle of Haldighati. But in a famous counterattack, the fierce warrior defeated the Mughals and recaptured the kingdom with the help of Bhils, a tribe in the region.
The great warrior died in 1597 during a hunting expedition.
Maharana Pr…

How Hindu God Indra Lost His Pride?

There is an interesting story in the Brahma Vaivarta Purana which shows how Indra lost his pride. After defeating Vritra, Indra became the king of the demigods (Devas). This victory created unwanted pride in Indra and to commemorate the victory he asked Vishwakarma, the divine architect, to build a palace. 
Vishwakarma designed and built a beautiful palace but Indra was not satisfied and he kept on suggesting improvements. Finally an exhausted Vishwakarma took the help of Vishnu and Shiva.
Vishnu one day came to Indra’s palace in guise of a small boy and said that no former Indra had such a beautiful palace. Indra was amused that the boy knew about former Indras. The boy then told Indra about the cycle of birth and rebirth. While he was explaining this, a group of ants passed by and entered into one of the holes in the palace. The boy laughed and said that the ants were all former Indras.
While this conversation was going on Shiva entered the palace as an old hermit. The hermit show…

Matching Stars for Pooradam Nakshatram Born Boy – Matching Star for Pooradam Nakshatra Male

Matching stars for Pooradam Nakshatram born boy as per Kerala/Malayalam jyothisham is given below. It must be noted that the matching star is for male born in Pooradam Nakshatram only. It is not for female born in the star.
Matching Star for Pooradam Nakshatra Male are:
Ashwathy, Kartika, Rohini, Thiruvathira, Punirtham, Uthram ¾ , Atham, Uthradam, Thiruonam, Chathayam, Pooruruttathi and Revathi – born girls are good for Pooradam Nakshatram Born Boy.

Matching Stars for Moolam Nakshatram Born Boy – Matching Star for Moolam Nakshatra Male

Matching stars for Moolam Nakshatram born boy as per Kerala/Malayalam jyothisham is given below. It must be noted that the matching star is for male born in Moolam Nakshatram only. It is not for female born in the star.
Matching Star for Moolam Nakshatra Male are:
Ashwathy, Bharani, Kartika, Rohini, Makayiram, Thiruvathira, Punirtham, Pooyam, Uthram, Atham, Chithira first half, Vishakam ¼, Thriketta, Pooradam, Uthradam, Thiruonam, Avittam, Chathayam, Pooruruttathi, Uthrittathi and Revathi – born girls are good for Moolam Nakshatram Born Boy.

Thoughts and Quotes on Narasimha Avatar of Lord Vishnu

In the Vishnu Sahasranama, it is the Narasimha avatara that is mentioned first among all the avataras.
Narasimha came heeding the calls of a child, and that too the child of an asura.
It is said that Lord Narayana came as Narasimha for the sake of Prahlada. But a better way of putting it would be to say that He came in order that Prahlada's words might be proved true. The Lord is always true to His words. He never slips from them. Nor does He let his devotees' words prove false. Prahlada had declared to his father Hiranyakasipu that the Lord was there everywhere. That is why the Lord took His position in all pillars, for He wanted to be at hand, whichever pillar Hiranayakasipu chose to strike. He wanted to show that He would never allow His devotees' words to be proved false.
Whatever form pleases His bhaktas, is a form that He readily assumes, and in doing so, the Lord loses none of His auspicious qualities. His form remains always pure and untainted.
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Wise words of Prahlada from Vishnu Purana

Every  living  being  takes  birth  and  suffers  a  lot while  passing  his  life through childhood,  youth  and  old  age.  The end result of life is nothing but death.  It is one’s Karma that accompany him birth after birth. But in every birth, this soul mistakes hunger, thirst, cold or hot for the pleasures. More of the luxuries one collects, more the sorrow increases.
Attachment and passion are the greatest cause of sorrow.
Even after passing a life that is full of sorrow, one suffers the agony of death and rebirth again. This whole cycle continues again and again.  Lord Vishnu  is  the  ultimate  refuge  for  the  soul, which  feels  drowned  in  the  ocean  of sorrow.
The soul that stays within me is eternal.  The soul has no distinct stages in life.

A wise person hence must ignore the different stages of his body’s stay on earth and make efforts for this benefit right in this childhood.