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Taruna Ganapati - Mantra - Importance - Benefits

Taruna Ganapathi is one among the 32 forms of Ganesha . Taruna Ganapati is depicted as having a compassionate face. It is believed that this form of Ganesh helps in curing health problems. The Taruna Ganapathi mantra is - Pashankusha pupa kapitha  jamboo swadanta shalikshuapi  svahasthai dhattai sadaa yah  tarunarunabh payathsa yushman  taruno ganeshah. In this form Ganesha has eight hands and holds noose, goad, berry, golden apple, paddy, broken tusk , modak and sugarcane. The body color of Taurana Ganapati is that of midday sun. The popular belief is that worship of this form will help in getting good health. A murti of this form is worshipped in the Mahakaleshwar Temple in Ujjain .

Why Surya is also known as Martanda or Martandan?

One among the numerous names of Surya , the Sun God, in Hinduism is Martanda or Martandan. He got this name as he was born from a dead egg (Anda or Andam). A pious couple once found a still egg – it had golden color. Not knowing what to do with the couple prayed to Brahma. Brhama asked them to place it at a sacred place known as Satisar and pray to Shiva for a solution to revive the still golden egg. Shiva directed the couple to Vishnu, who broke the egg with his Sudarshana Chakra and from it Surya appeared in the form of Martanda – wearing yellow garments, with four arms bearing a lotus, a book, a rosary and a raised open palm. Satisar is a holy place located in Jammu and Kashmir. There is a famous Martanda temple here.

Vishnu’s Symbol Shankh – Story Of Origin Of Conch Of Vishnu

Shankh or Conch is an important symbol of Vishnu. After the great deluge, Bhagavan Srihari Vishnu was floating on the waters of deluge (Vatapatrashayi). Vishnu then created Brahma and asked him to begin the next cycle of creation. Brahma who was given the freedom of creation soon became arrogant and forgot about his origin. His ego created numerous errors in creation. To teach the arrogant Brahma a lesson, two demons named Lokan and Kantakan emerged out of the ears of Vishnu. They chased Brahma with an intention to kill him. Brahma now realized his mistakes and took refuge at the feet of Vishnu. The ever-compassionate God forgave Brahma. For their service, Vishnu offered Lokan and Kantakan boons. As boon, they asked Vishnu to fight them for a month and then kill them and give moksha. Vishnu blessed the demons with the boon. He fought them for a month and then annihilated them. He then made the demons Nithyasuris – part of him. Thus Lokan was transformed into