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Thousand Hands of Sahasrarjuna – The Story of the Thousand Hands of Kartavirya

Sahasrarjuna, also known as Kartavirya Arjuna, is a famous king mentioned in Hindu Puranas and other scriptures. It is believed that Kartavirya Arjuna had thousands hands. There are numerous versions of the story of Kartavirya Arjuna but all stories have one thing in common and that is that he had thousand arms.

One of the most popular legends regarding the thousand Hands of Sahasrarjuna is that he is an incarnation of the Sudharshana Chakra (Discus) of Hindu God Vishnu. Thus he is a manifestation of Chakradeva on earth to annihilate Adharma. Some scholars suggest that the Sudharshana Chakra has thousand spokes and each hand of Kartavirya represented a spoke in the Sudharshana Chakra.

Another legend mentioned in the Ganesh Purana suggests that Sahasrarjuna was born without hands. Parents of Sahasrarjuna prayed to God Dattatreya for a solution and it is said that Dattatreya blessed the baby with thousand arms.

Another popular view is that the thousand hands is a symbol – it represents…

Story of Sri Krishna and Giant Crane

To kill infant Krishna, Kamsa had deputed several demons. One of them took the form a Giant Crane and tried to kill Sri Krishna. The demon who took the form of Crane was called Baka (Bakasura) and he was the sister of Putana, who had earlier failed in her attempt to harm Krishna by feeding poisoned breast milk. Baka took the form of a giant crane and carried Sri Krishna away in his beak. He then attempted to swallow Krishna. To escape from the throat of the bird, Sri Krishna produced intense heat. The bird felt as if it had swallowed burning coal. The bird threw infant Krishna out.
Then the bird attempted to kill Sri Krishna by biting. But Krishna caught hold of the beak and tore it apart. He thus killed demon Baka.

Conch or Shankh of Sri Krishna – Story and Symbolism

Story of Ganesha as Mayureshwar

Ganesha appeared as Mayureshwar in the Treta Yuga. This is one of the Swayambhu forms of Ganesh. Legend has it that Goddess Parvati wished to have a son. Shiva asked her to meditate chanting the mantra ‘GAM.’ Goddess Parvati meditated in the Lenyadri hills chanting the mantra for 12 years. Ganapati then appeared before her and granted her the boon that He will be born as her son.

In due course of time Ganesha was born to Goddess Parvati.

Once child Ganesha pushed a large egg down from a mango tree, and when he did so, the egg cracked and out came a peacock. He made the peacock his vehicle and came to be known as Mayureshwar.
The purpose of Swayambhu (that which appeared by itself) Mayureshwar was to annihilate Demon Sindhu who had attained great powers after getting boons from Surya, the sun god.
Sindhu got the boon to rule the three worlds and was given amrita – nectar of immortality in a bowl which was ever filled. Surya put the condition that if ever the bowl was broken the immorta…

Give Each Other Space

Be it any relationship, if we do not give each other space then it is not a good relationship but a burden. Invasion of privacy and desire to control dampens the true spirit of a relationship. It is like suffocating a flower from blossoming. Eventually such a relationship will die.
This problem arises either due to insecurity or due to hostility.
Such a problem in a relationship should be nipped in the bud before it becomes a huge issue in our lives.
We should never let people walk all over us.
Just because we are in a relationship does not mean we have surrendered our privacy. It is our right and we should stand up for it.
Others invade our privacy when we are weak or insecure. Therefore, it is we who are providing them with an opportunity to control us. So instead of blaming it on someone else we should become stronger. We need to fortify. We need to know where to draw the line in a relationship.
Sometimes in the beginning of a relationship, we give too much freedom. This is late…