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Image of Hindu God Vishnu - Symbols and Details in Paintings of Vishnu

The image of Hindu God Vishnu is known as Sri Vigraha. Lord is exceptionally handsome with faultless features and a smiling and caring facial expression. He has deep blue skin and has four hands and carries the Shankha (conch), Chakra (discus), Gada (mace) and Padma (lotus). Depicted like a Maharaja, he wears gold ornaments like earrings, bracelets, necklaces and a striking crown.

In majority of the images, Vishnu is flanked by Goddess Lakshmi and occasionally by Bhu Devi or Bhumi (earth goddess).

The conch shell used by Vishnu is the Panchajanaya and he blows it before entering into battle with demons. The discus is known as the Sudarshana Chakra and is the weapon identified with Vishnu. The mace is known as Kaumodaki. Most images depict Vishnu carrying a single lotus (Padma) but in some pictures he is shown as wearing a garland of lotus.

In highly detailed drawings, on Vishnu’s breast he has a peculiar mark known as ‘Srivatsa.’ It is believed that Goddess Lakshmi resides here. O…

Mani Dvipa – Home of Mother Goddess Shakti - Manidvipa

Mani Dvipa is an island that exists in an unknown place. It is the abode of Mother Shakti – the primordial Devi in whom all living and nonliving rises and falls. Information about Manidvipa is found in the Devi Bhagavatam. The location of the jeweled island is described as follows:
Above Brahmaloka is Sarvaloka, according to shruti. Tha indeed is Mani Dvipa, where shines the Devi. Because it is above all (sarva), it is called Sarvaloka. (Devi Bhagavad Purna XII. 10. 1 – 2).
Mani Dvipa has a terrestrial counterpart or manifestation in the world. It is the VindhyavasiniTemple in Vindhyachal.
The island is home to all kinds of trees, fruits, flowers, birds and animals.
In Mani Dvipa on a splendid pavilion one can find the mystic throne Sivaakara. The four legs of the throne are Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva and Dharma.Mother Goddess Shakti reclines on this throne.
Mani Dvipa is not in this world. It is not in this universe. Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva crosses numerous worlds, sees numerous Brahmas,…

Why Hindu Holy Men and Saints Are Buried and Not Cremated?

The traditional practice in Hinduism is to cremate the body of a dead person. But the dead body of holy men, saints and children below the age of three are buried. In many Hindu communities, the body of a holy person is buried in the Padmasana Posture (Lotus Position). Arnab Mitra writes about this aspect in Hindu Religion in Hindustan Times Hindus generally cremate their dead. But there are exceptions: the dead bodies of saints, holy men and children are buried. These practices are based on two related and fundamental tenets of Hinduism — the belief in the transmigration of the soul and reincarnation.  The Gita says: “Just as old clothes are cast off and new one worn, the soul leaves the body after death and enters a new one.” Hindus believe that burning the body, and, hence, destroying it, helps the departed soul get over any residual attachment it may have developed for the deceased person. Holy men and saints, however, are buried in the lotus position (padmasan) as they are beli…

Photography Contest on Godavari Pushkaram

Photography Contest on Godavari Pushkaram is conducted by Global Hindu Heritage Foundation and The photographs for the contest should be effectively manifesting on the Glory of Godavari River, Activities of Devotees at temples and Pushkar Ghats at the bank of GodavariRiver.
Each photographer can send 10 pictures with his bio-data, e-mail id, phone no. and duly filled application form (available at along with undertaking. Entries should reach us on or before 5th August, 2015 along with Application, Undertaking, DVD and Your ID Proof. Winner’s prizes are awarded as follows: 1st Prize:  Rs.50, 000/-
2nd Prize: Rs.30, 000/-
3rd Prize: Rs.25, 000/-
10 consolation prizes each Rs.5, 000/- with citations

You can find more details here at Save Temples.

Revati Nakshatra Male Characteristics – Revathi Birth Star Born Male Character

One of the most important characteristics of Revati Nakshatra born Male is that they will be patriotic. Another important character of the birth star is that they will be handsome. Other Revathi Nakshatra Male Characteristics are given below:
Will have a very good behavior. Will have love and kindness towards family members Will be interested in sex related matters. Will always show competitive spirit in all matters. Will have a strong and unchanging mind. Will be interested in doing welfare related activities. Will have a happy and peaceful life. Will have high moral standards. Will have lot of good relatives.

Uttarabhadrapada Nakshatra Male Characteristics – Uttarabhadra Birth Star Born Male Character

One of the most important characteristics of Uttarabhadrapada Nakshatra born Male is that they will be truthful. Another important character of the birth star is that they will be kind and patient. Other Uttarabhadra Nakshatra Male Characteristics are given below:
Will have good communication skills Will enjoy various pleasure of life. Will behave in humble and kind manner with others. Will do charity. Will be of helpful nature. Will show keen interest in health. Will be keen in amassing wealth. But will not be so keen in spending money. Will gather deep knowledge of subject in which they have interest. Will get love and respect of spouse.

Purvabhadrapada Nakshatra Male Characteristics – Purvabhadra Birth Star Born Male Character

One of the most important characteristics of Purvabhadrapada Nakshatra born Male is that they will be optimistic. Another important character of the birth star is that they will be spiritual. Other Purvabhadra Nakshatra Male Characteristics are given below:
Will never stay in a single place. It will be difficult to understand the character of the person born in this Nakshatra. Will get government jobs Will have a peaceful mind Will be keen on neatness Will be strict on punctuality and on doing job on time. Will have a long life. Will be rich. Will uphold human values and dignity.

Greed yields only sorrow – Sathya Sai Baba

So long as one goes on multiplying his desire, he will continue to be in want.
When man controls his desires, man attains prosperity.
Greed makes a man unhappy and miserable. Only when greed and miserliness are given up can one have an enjoyable and peaceful life.
Greed yields only sorrow; contentment is best. There is no happiness greater than contentment.
Man is deluded by the trivial pleasures from mundane things and is filled with greed and lust. This is the main obstacle in the spiritual path.
Greed is the monstrous evil that drags man down.
Sathya Sai Baba