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Story of Bahina Bai – A Great Devotee of Vithal and Sant Tukaram in Maharashtra

Bahina Bai (1628 – 1700) was a great devotee of Lord Vithal and disciple of Sant Tukaram. Her devotion was the cause of great conflict and suffering in the early years of her marriage. Her story is one of suffering for the devotion of god. She is counted among one of the great Bhakti saints in Maharashtra.

Bahina Bai’s husband was jealous and he disapproved of her devotion to Sant Tukaram. One day he beat her mercilessly. The cow and calf that had been gifted to the family moaned and refused to eat.

The cow and calf were devoted to Bahina and took food only from her. Some days later the calf died, and Bahina was so distressed that she was in coma for eight days.

Later she had a vision of Sant Tukaram who blessed her and with a mantra. She became famous and attracted devotees.

Her husband became distressed all the more and decided to leave home and undertake sanyasa. But he fell ill. Unable to endure the pain, he prayed to Sant Tukaram.

An elderly person appeared and advised him to le…

Vijaysanar Perumal Temple at Natham in Thoothukudi in Tamil Nadu – Second Nava Tirupati Temple Associated with Chandra or Moon

Natham Vishnu Temple, also known as Vijaysanar Perumal Temple or Varagunamangai, is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is located at Natham in Thoothukudi in Tamil Nadu. It is one of the Nava Tirupati Temples and one among 108 Divya Desams. This is the second Nava Tirupathi Temple and is associated with Moon (Navagraha Chandra). Natham Vishnu Temple is around 1 km from Srivaikuntam.

There is no separate Navgraha Chandra Murti in the temple. The main deity represents the Navgraha.
The main murti of Vishnu worshiped in the temple faces east and is in sitting posture with one leg folded and the other feet on the ground. Adi Sesha forms a canopy over the head of Lord Vishnu. Moolavar is known as Vijayasanar or Paramapatha Nathan. Urchavar is known as Emmidar Kadivan.

Consorts of Vishnu worshiped here are Varagunavalli and Varagunamangai

The sacred temple pond is known as Agni Tirtha and Deva Pushkarini.

The shrine is noted for its carved pillars and sculptures. There is also a five-tier rajago…

Swami Tejomayananda Thoughts – Sayings – Wisdom and Advice

First we must understand that we are born in this world and we have to live our own life. It is not possible to live the life of another person. This is a simple statement with far reaching implications. Primarily we must take responsibility for our life and secondly learn to mind our own business.
Generally we do not hold ourselves accountable for the sorrows of our life. We shift blame onto somebody, some place or event since it is much easier to pin the cause of our unhappiness on something other than ourselves.
We spend our time wanting to, and trying to change the people we encounter in life and also the world itself! However our best intentions and efforts do not meet with much success, because we are unable to change anyone.
If we understand this one simple point, we will not longer need to meddle in the affairs of others. We can then concentrate on the work of changing or improving our own lives because the only life we can change is our own. The greatest service anyone can d…