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Hindu Story of Origin of Tides or Waves in Sea

The story of origin of tides or waves in sea as per Hinduism is associated with Sage Aurva. The story is found in the Vamana Purana.

Legend has it that Sage Aurava, performed intense meditation, or Tapas, for several years. The intense austerities and rigours penance of the Sage resulted in the creation of Vadavagni – a scared fire.

Brahma entrusted Saraswati River with the sacred task of depositing the Vadavagni in the sea.
The sacrificial fire of Sage Aurava was deposited in the sea by Saraswati River. Here it took the form of a horse and lives forever. Regular exhalations of the horse result in waves, or tides, in the sea.

Giridih Surya Mandir – Sun Temple at Giridih in Jharkhand

Giridih Surya Mandir in Jharkhand is a unique modern temple dedicated to Surya, the Hindu sun god. The temple is in the form of a chariot with a beautiful lotus structure atop it. The architecture of the sun temple at Giridih is inspired by the famous Sun Temple in Konark, Orissa.

The temple is located in the middle of a pond. The length of the temple is around 60 feet, height of the dome is 50 feet and that of sanctum, which is in hexagonal shape, is 15 feet.

The murti of Surya Bhagavan in the temple is sitting on a chariot driven by seven horses. Aruna, the charioteer, can also be seen.

Other murtis that are worshipped in the temple include Lakshmi Narayan, Rama, Sita, Hanuman, Shiva, Parvati, Vedmata Gayatri, Radha and Krishna.

The most important dates it the temple are Saptami and Sundays.
The most important festival and puja is observed here during Chhath Puja.

Holi Festival and Lord Krishna - How is Holi Celebrations Related to Sri Krishna?

The Holi festival heralds the advent of spring season and a new world of hope, color and gaiety. Celebrating the beauty of nature through natural colors was Lord Krishna’s way of teaching us that our existence on this planet solely depends on a beautiful and calm Mother Nature. The most colorful and wildest of Holi celebrations take place in Vrindavan, Mathura and in the nearby villages like Barsana. The festival here recreates the magic in which Lord Krishna played Holi with Radha and the Gopis, splashing color all over.
In some regions, Holi is celebrated in memory of Lord Krishna annihilating evil in the form of a Demon. The name of the demon varies from region but in essence in all regions, Holi festival is the celebration of the victory of good over evil and a sort of thanksgiving to Nature.
In some parts of North India, the lighting of fire is dedicated to killing of Demon of Putana by Lord Krishna. In most regions, bonfires are lit to celebrate the death of Demon Holika.
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