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Kala or Time as God in the Vedas

Kala (Kaal or Kaala) is the Sanskrit word used to describe ‘time’. Kala is a deity in Vedas especially in the Atharva Veda and He is the creator. During the later period, Kala was associated with Lord Shiva and Yama, the Hindu god of death.
As per Atharva Veda, Kala is the first god and he created the heaven and earth.
Kala is also the time, which puts an end to a cycle of creation.
Nyaya, Vaisheshika, Samkhya and Vedanta schools of philosophy deal at length on the concept of time.
Due to ignorance many people have come to associate Kala as the destroyer of all things. There is nothing called destruction in Sanatana Dharma. There is only transformation.

Santana Lakshmi - Information about Goddess Santan Lakshmi

Santana Lakshmi is one of the manifestations of Goddess Lakshmi and is counted among the Ashta Lakshmis or eight forms of the Goddess. As Santana Lakshmi, Goddess Lakshmi grants healthy and intelligent children. She also protects infants from all dangers and diseases. She is the goddess of fertility.

Symbolically she is associated with cat and sometimes with tigress. The caring and nurturing attitude of these animals are equated with that of Santana Lakshmi.
In Bengal, Santana Lakshmi is worshipped in the form of Goddess Sashti. Numerous folk stories of Santan Lakshmi narrate how she helped barren women to bear children and also how she protected infants.

How Hanuman became a Chiranjeevi? – One without death

In Hindu tradition, there is the concept of Chiranjeevi – living beings without death. Hanuman is one among the seven Chiranjeevis mentioned in Hindu scriptures. Hanuman became a Chiranjeevi after he got a boon from Brahma, the creator, and Indra, the king of Devas.

Legend has it that Hanuman in his childhood reached for the sun thinking it to be a fruit. Indra, fearing Hanuman might swallow the sun, used his thunderbolt to stop Hanuman. The thunderbolt struk Hanuman on his cheek and child Hanuman fells on to earth unconscious. Vayu, the Hindu wind god and father of Hanuman, picked him up midair and went into a cave.
An angry Vayu avenges this attack on his son by removing air from earth. Soon all beings suffocate. Terrified, Devas approach Brahma.
Soon Devas and Brahma reach the cave. Brahma revives Hanuman. All the gods present their give Hanuman a boon each.
Brahma gave Hanuman the boon that he will never be killed by a weapon. Indra’s anger also changed to affection and granted th…

Alakode Arangam Sree Mahadeva Temple Festival in Kannur District

Arangam Sree Mahadeva Temple is located at Alakode in Kannur District in Kerala. The temple is located around 24 km from Thaliparamba. The annual temple festival is observed in Makaram Month. Alakode Arangam Sree Mahadeva temple festival begins on January 15 and ends with Arattu on January 22.

The annual festival is noted for various rituals.

Caparisoned elephants, melam, fireworks and sheevali are part of the festival.

The temple is traditionally decorated with plantain, coconut leaves, flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights.

Traditional performing arts, music and dance are staged during the period.

Hundreds of people arrive on the day to witness various rituals and festivities.
The utsava murti of the deity is taken out of the shrine for ritual bathing on the final day. Caparisoned elephants and melam are part of the ritual.

Driving Away Evil Spirits at Muneeshwara Temple near Shoolagiri in Hosur

Muneeshwara Temple near Shoolagiri in Hosur is famous for driving away evil spirits. There are no huge colorful long rituals here. The priest of the temple merely keeps a coconut on the head of the person possessed with spirits and chants mantras. The New Indian Express reports Hundreds of devotees who throng the Lord Muneeshwara temple near Shoolagiri here have just one thing to ask of their deity: rip out the evil spirits from their bodies.  At the entrance to the temple are 108 idols of Lord Muneeshwara, who is believed to ward off evil spirits. There is a large-sized idol of the deity with a machete in hand inside the temple premises.  “I came to know of the temple four years ago from my brother, whose daughter was possessed by an evil spirit. She was cured and recently got married,” said Mahendiran (40), a devotee from Hoskote, Bengaluru.  He also said that in Muneeshwara temple, the priest only keeps a coconut on the devotees’ head who stands still and chants some mantras.
If t…

Tiruppavai in Tamil in pdf format – Download Thiruppavai Text in Tamil

Tiruppavai is a collection of thirty stanzas (paasuram) in Tamil written by Andal in praise of Bhagavan Srihari Vishnu. Gita Press of Gorakhpur is providing Thiruppavai Text in Tamil in pdf format free. You can download it and use it for your personal use.

The book contains the pasuram and its meaning in Tamil
LinkTiruppavai in Tamil (it is in Tamil Language)

An example of a Pasuram in English
Oh! you people born to live (vaazhveer gaal) in this world (vaiyam), won't you listen (keleero) to the deeds (kirisai) we do (chey) to ourselves (naam) and to our (nam) idol (paavai)!. We sing (paadi) in praise of the feet (adi) of the Lord (paraman) who is in meditative sleep (paiyath thuyil) on the ocean of milk (paal kadal). We do not eat (unnom) ghee (ney). We do not drink (unnom) milk (paal). We bathe (neeraadi) early morning (naat kaale). We do not use (ezhudhom) eye liner (mai). We (naam) do not braid our hair (mudiyom) with flowers (malar). We do not do (seyyom) prohited things (se…

Bhagavad Gita – Pearls of Wisdom in Chapter 8

The Indestructible, the Supreme, is Brahman.
What is the self? – Svabhava (one’s own self, the jivatman, the Atman dwelling in the jiva, the Indwelling One) is the adhyatman.
The creative force that brings beings into existence is called karma.
That which underlies all created things is the perishable nature.
That which underlies the gods is the cosmic spirit.
And, Arjuna, in this body I Myself (as the inner witness) am Adhiyagna.
He who casting off the body, goes forth, meditating upon me along, at the hour of death, he attains to my state. There is no doubt about it.
Gita Chapter 8 Teachings  Bhagavad Gita Chapter 8 Quiz ~ Hindu Blog