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Gandhari in Mahabharata - Story of Queen Gandhari

In the Mahabharata, Gandhari is the queen of Hastinapura, wife of Dhritarashtra and the mother of the Kauravas. According to Adi Parva chapter 110 of the Mahabharata, when she heard that her husband was blind from birth, she wrapped a thick band of cloth over her eyes so she could not see. The name Gandhari because she was the princess of Gandhara.
Sage Vyasa blessed Gandhari that she would have one hundred sons. Although she got pregnant, she did not deliver for two years. When she heard the news that Kunti, wife of Pandu, had given birth to a son, in sheer despair and jealousy she hit her womb so hard that a big mass of flesh came out.
On advice of Sage Vyasa, the mass of flesh was cut into 100 pieces and deposited in jars of ghee. The remaining pieces were put in an additional jar. In due course, 100 sons, and a daughter Dushala came out of the jars.
When her sons grew up, she noticed their wrong doings and their animosity for Pandavas. However, she remained silent. She did try t…

Shani Story – The Birth of Shani Dev

Shani, or Saturn, is one among the Navgrahas or the nine planets associated with Hindu Religion and astrology. Shani Dev is born of Surya (Sun God) and Chhaya. The story in Hindu Scriptures regarding the birth of Shani Dev is very interesting. Lord Vishvakarma, the architect of the universe, married off her daughter Sangya to Surya.
Surya was considered deserving in all aspect to marry Sangya. The couple had three children named Manu, Yama and Yamuna. Now Sangya was very delicate so she could not endure the splendor and heat of the sun for long period.
To find a solution to this she created a replica of herself from her shadow (Chhaya) and asked to take her place as the wife of Surya. Sangya then went to UttarakushaMountain and started doing penance. The replica Sangya possessed all the qualities of the original one and therefore Surya failed to notice the change. Soon Chhaya gave birth to a child who was of black in complexion - Saturn.
Surya could not believe that it was his son …

Virtual Tour of Sitamarhi Janaki Temple – 360 degree Pictures of Janaki Temple in Sitamarhi in Bihar

Janaki Temple in Sitamarhi in Bihar is an ancient shrine dedicated to Mata Sita – the birthplace of Mata Sita. Bihar tourism has created an online virtual tour of Janaki Mandir. You can view high quality pictures of the Janaki Temple in 360 degrees. There are two  pictures – inner and outer.

You can take the virtual tour here – Virtual Tour of Janaki Temple

When you have devotion, you are sure to attain God – Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa

The important thing is somehow to cultivate devotion to God and love for Him. What is the use of knowing many things? It is enough to cultivate love of God by following any of the paths. When you have this love, you are sure to attain God.

Afterwards, if it is necessary, God will explain everything to you and tell you about the other paths as well.

It is enough for you to develop love of God. You have no need of many opinions and discussions. You have come to the orchard to eat mangoes. Enjoy them to your heart’s content. You don’t need to count the branches and leaves on the trees.

It is wise to follow the attitude of Hanuman: ‘I do not know the day of the week, the phase of the moon, or the position of the stars; I only contemplate Rama.’
– Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa