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Kuchela Story – Story of Kuchela and Krishna

Story of Kuchela and Krishna is found in the Srimad Bhagavad Purana (11, 80). Kuchela, meaning one who wears shabby clothes, was a friend, classmate and devotee of Bhagavan Sri Krishna. As students, they stayed together in the ashram of Sage Sandipani. After completing education, they went different ways. Kuchela lived in abject poverty with his wife and large number of children. Despite his trials and tribulations, he remained a devotee of Bhagavan but never went to meet his old friend and seek his help. Once his wife, unable to tolerate poverty, goaded him to meet Krishna and seek financial help.  A reluctant, Kuchela set out to visit his old friend and carried with him handful of poha or aval (beaten rice). On reaching, the palace of Krishna at Dwarka, Kuchela was ashamed to give the ‘poha’ to Krishna. However, the ever playful Krishna noticed the small bag in the hand of his schoolmate and soon grabbed it and ate a handful of ‘poha’. Kuchela could not believe his e

Sumangali Pooja

In Hindu Religion, Sumangali Pooja is a ritual held in honor of a woman who dies before her husband. Elderly women and married daughters in the family are invited, given food and presents by the daughters-in-law in the family. Sumangali Pooja is restricted to certain regions and to certain Hindu communities. Sumangali pooja is performed to invite the blessings of Sumangalas or married and auspicious women before celebrating any major auspicious event in the family, such as wedding or housewarming etc. Related Shradh for Women - Avidhva Navami Shradh during Pitru Paksha Fortnight