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Symbolism in the Murti or idol of Goddess Ganga – Significance of Iconographic representation of Goddess Ganga

Iconographic representations of Goddess Ganga vary from region to region. Local traditions depict Murti, or idol, of Goddess Ganga based on their local beliefs. In Hindu Temples, river Goddess Ganga is depicted as a young maiden. She holds an overflowing pot of water. She travels on an aquatic animal known as Makara – similar to crocodile. Symbolically, this murti conveys the idea of abundance and fertility, which nourishes the living beings.
In some images Goddess Ganga is also represented as a mermaid wearing a crown and bearing on her forhead markings of sacred ash. In this form She is associated with Shiva.

In some images she is depicted as a beautiful woman with the lower half of the body being flowing water. This symbolizes her cleansing and purifying attributes.
Her popular emblems are water pot, flying whist and lotus.
Her Vahana or Vehicle is Makara – a hybrid aquatic animal – it has the body of a crocodile, tail of a fish with feathery fronds, depicting vegetation. Sometime…

Kaushika Purana – Information about Kaushik Puranam

Kaushika Purana is a minor Purana or Upapurana. Kaushik Puranam is not mentioned in any of the Mahapuranas. The reference of the text is found in the Dharmashastras.

Kaushika Purana is named after Kaushika – Sage Vishwamitra. The name Kaushika as Sage Vishwamitra was the descendant of Kusha.

The legends and stories of Chandal devotees are narrated in this Purana through the dialogues between Bhumi and Varaha.

The text is not currently available in printed form and even the manuscripts are not traceable.
As per New Catalogus Catalogrum of Madras University, a Telugu version of the purana was published in 1904 in Chennai.

Power of love is far greater than the power of hatred – Dada J P Vaswani

Courage is the key! To live a full life, to live according to God’s plan, to live life purposefully and meaningfully, requires courage. Life demands of us that we live with courage.

Without courage, we cannot exhibit any other virtue without it. Without the courage to act, justice would be impossible. Without the courage to love, compassion and understanding would not exist.

The uncertainties of life have to be taken on, in the spirit of acceptance. Escape and running away are no solutions.
The power of love is far greater than the power of hatred. If we are to confront the dark forces of destruction and annihilation, we must use the greatest weapon in our possession – the power of love.
Dada J P Vaswani