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Story of the Marriage of Goddess Padmavati with Lord Venkateswara

Story of the marriage of Goddess Padmavati with Lord Venkateswara is closely associated with the origin of Tirumala Tirupati Balaji Temple. Goddess Lakshmi unable to bear the insult meted out by Sage Bhrgu to Lord Vishnu left Vaikunta. She was born on earth as Padmavati, the daughter of Aksharaja, a Tondaimandalam King.

Padmavati grew up into a beautiful and talented girl. While playing in the Tirupati forests with her friends, she saw a young man on horseback. On being questioned, he revealed himself as Krishna, son of Vasudeva and Devaki. The young man was Vishnu himself.

He realized that the maiden was Goddess Lakshmi and came near her with amorous intentions. However, this upset Padmavati. The young man withdrew to his abode in the Tirumala hills and pined for Padmavati.

Vakulamalika, mother of Tirupati Balaji on earth, was aware that her son was none other than Vishnu himself. She decided to meet the king and, on her way, met Padmavati’s friends and learned from them that the p…

Sandhi Dosha in Hindu Astrology

Sandhi Dosha is a term used in Hindu astrology. It is based on the position of the planet (Rashi) in the 30 degree span.
The zodiac is divided into 12 signs. All the nine planets span 30 degrees in each of the signs. While making predictions, strength of a planet is also obtained based on its longitude, varying from 0 to 30 degrees in the sign occupied by it. A planet, which is near the middle of the sign, is said to have maximum strength. It produces its maximum effect, good or bad. Otherwise, it produces weaker results in proportion to its distance from the middle. It suffers from Rashi Sandhidosha when it has just entered into a sign or is about to leave it. Such a planet has almost nil strength and produces hardly any effects, good or bad, for the native.
The zodiac is also divided into 27 nakshatras. Therefore, a planet also suffers from nakshatra sandhi dosha, when it is passing from one asterism to another.
Some of the other Sandhi dosha are Bhava Sandhi and Tithi Sandhi.
Bha…

Austerity is the key foundation for attaining the Supreme – Mahabharata

Austerity is the key foundation for attaining the Supreme.

Through austerity one overcomes nineteen defects and secures twelve excellences that lead to Supreme Knowledge.

The nineteen defects are anger, lust, greed, malice pride, etc. There are also seven types of wickedness, namely engrossment in worldliness, harassment of others, coveting other’s wealth, acquisition of wealth through dishonest means, defense of incorrect knowledge, indulging in the senses and cruelty to one’s spouse.
The twelve excellence include knowledge of truth, service to others, mind control, absence of jealousy, forbearance in happiness and misery and compassion.
 – Mahabharata