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Gudem Temple in Telangana – Gudem Satyanarayana Swamy Temple

Gudem Temple is located at Gudem Village near the Godavari River in Adilabad District in Telangana. The temple is popularly known as Gudem Satyanarayana Swamy Temple. The shrine is around 40 km from Mancherial town.
Perched atop a scenic hill overlooking the Godavari River, Gudem Temple is popular as Annavaram Devasthanam.

The presiding deity in the temple is Lord Vishnu who is worshipped as Satyanarayana Swamy. He is seen along with His consort Goddess Lakshmi who is known as Rama Devi.
Kartika Masam (October – November) attracts maximum crowd to the shrine. Satyanarayana Swamy Vratam is undertaken for a month by many devotees during the period.

Full moon or purnima day in a month is highly auspicious here. Special pujas and rituals are observed on the day.
Ideal time to visit is from 6:00 AM to 9:00 AM and from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM.

Story of Devayani and Kacha

Devayani was the daughter of Shukracharya, the guru of Asuras (demons). Kacha was the son of Brihaspati, Guru of Devas (celestial beings). Their love story is mentioned in the Mahabharata.
Shukracharya used to bring the dead Asuras back to life using the Mritasanjivni Mantra. The Devas suffered huge losses in battles due to this.
Devas decided that someone should learn the Mritasanjivni Mantra. Kacha volunteered to help the Devas.
Kacha became a student of Shukracharya. The demons were against this but still Shukracharya agreed to make Kacha his student.
But Shukracharya never discussed Mritasanjivni Mantra with his student.
To achieve his goal, Kacha made Devayani to fall in love with him.
Shukracharya was happy as his daughter had found a husband who was a deva.
When Kacha was killed by Asuras, Shukracharya used the mantra to bring him back for his daughter. Finally, Kacha learned the mantra.
After learning the mantra, Kacha left without marrying Devayani.
She then cursed him t…

Hanumad Ramayana – A version of Ramayan Written by Hanuman

Hanumad Ramayana, Hanumanth Ramayan, was written by Hanuman using nails. Hanuman is believed to have written this Ramayan while meditating in the Himalayas in an extinct script. It is believed that a portion of the Hanumad Ramayana was discovered during the period of the famous poet and dramatist Kalidasa. As no one understood the script it was kept on public display so that scholars could identify it and translate it. Kalidasa is believed to have read the tablet and realized that it was part of Hanumad Ramayana.
Another legend has it that Sage Valmiki after composing the Ramayana took it to Lord Hanuman in the Himalayas. When Valmiki saw the Hanumad Ramayana written by him, he became sad as his Ramayana was no were near that of Hanuman.
Hanuman, who found out the reason for Sage Valmiki’s sadness, immediately discarded his version and said that Valmiki’s Ramayana will be read forever. He also promised that he will take birth in future to spread the Valmiki Ramayan.
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Hanuman Chalisa Lyrics in Tamil in pdf format – Download for free

Hanuman Chalisa is one of the most popular prayers dedicated to Hindu God Hanuman. The prayer was composed by Goswami Tulsidas and chanted daily by millions of Hindus. This is a pdf version of the Hanuman Chalisa in Tamil.  This free version of the lyrics in Tamil text is provided by website Prapatti.
You can download Hanuman Chalisa in pdf in Tamilhere.

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Story of Birth of Kauravas in the Mahabharat

Kauravas are the 100 sons of Dhritarashtra in the Mahabharata. The story of birth of Kauravas is very interesting and gives hints regarding the evil nature of them in the Mahabharat.
Dhritarashtra’s wife Gandhari had conceived but the delivery did not happen for two years. One day she got the news that Kunti, wife of Pandu (younger brother of Dhritarashtra), had delivered a son. 
Gandhari grew jealous. In a desperate moment, she pressed her womb so forcefully that a large lump of flesh came out.
Sage Vyasa who was present in Hastinapura got to know about the unfortunate incident. He advised the lump to be cut into one hundred pieces and deposited in jars of ghee. The remnant piece was put into another jar.
In due course of time, the jars burst and a hundred boys and a girl came out.
The boys were named Duryodhana, Dushasana and so on. The girl was named Duhshala.
This is the story of the origin of Kauravas.

Bade Hanuman Temple at Sangam in Allahabad

Bade HanumanTemple at Sangam in Allahabad is unique as the murti of Hanuman worshipped here is in reclining position. Holy River Ganga flows through the east side of the temple. Legend as it that Mata Sita, Bhagvan Sri Ram and Lakshman came here during their exile period and worshipped Ganga here. The divine couple also returned after the exile and performed puja. Whiling Mata Sita performed aarti Hanuman laid down on earth.
It is believed that Mata Sita performed Ganga Puja near the temple. A pillar is erected at the spot and this is located near the main gate of BadeHanumanTemple.
The Huge Hanuman murti has its feet towards south and head in the north. He wears a silver crown, earring and an anklet on the right leg. The words ‘Sita Ram’ is etched on the forehead. One has to descend a dozen stairs to reach the murti.
The sanctum sanctorum also has murtis of Ram and Lakshman. Mace and Makardhwaj is found on the right side of the murti. Near the left foot one can find Mata Kamad and A…

Ashvatta Maruti Puja on Saturdays in Shravan Month

Ashvatta Maruti Puja is dedicated to Hindu God Hanuman and is observed on all Saturdays or Shanivar in Shravan month in Gujarat and Maharashtra. In Gujarati and Marathi calendars, Shravan or Sawan month in 2018 is from August 12 to September 9.

Saturday or Shanivar puja is usually performed to propitiate Shani Bhagavan – the navgraha who is believed to cause harmful effects on one’s horoscope. It is believed that devotees of Hanuman are not affected by Shani. Therefore many people perform Hanuman Puja on Saturdays to keep away from the evil of Shani.

Dispassion and renunciation comprise the key to inner peace – Swami Chidananda

Dispassion and renunciation comprise the key to inner peace. This peace alone makes happiness possible. Without peace there is no happiness. Thus it is clear, that anyone who wants peace and happiness must cultivate vairagya and tyaga. Attachment and selfishness constitute terrible bondage. Vairagya eradicates attachment. Tyaga cuts at the root of selfishness. They make you free and bring you peace and joy.
Life is a great and sublime yajna. Yajna means self-offering, a noble giving of oneself for the good and the benefit of others. Paropakara is the overall governing principle of man’s life. You can engage yourself in doing good to others, in bringing happiness into the lives of others, only when you shed your selfishness. This is real renunciation. The secret of renunciation is the renunciation of selfishness, egoism and personal desires. Renounce personal selfishness and live in the world, enjoying what providence brings to you as your due.
Swami Chidananda Saraswati (1916 – 2008) …