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Why Khatu Shyam is known as Teen Ban Dari?

Khatu Shyam, also known as Teen Ban Dari, was the son of Ghatotkachch and Kamkantakata in the Mahabharata. Ghototkachch, was the son of Bhima, the second of Pandava brothers. He willingly gave his head in charity to Lord Krishna before the Mahabharata war. It is said that the head of Khatu Shyam was placed atop a hill near the Kurukshetra and it watched the entire Mahabharata war from there.

Legend has it that when the Kurukshetra war was about to begin, Khatu Shyam approached Lord Krishna and told him that he can finish the entire war in three ban or arrows.

But Khatu Shyam put the condition that he will only join the army which will be losing the battle.
Therefore Lord Krishna was forced to ask for his head in charity.

As Khatu Shyam was a fierce warrior he is also known as Teen Ban Dari.

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Harni Hanuman Temple – Bhidbhanjan Hanuman of Harni in Vadodara

Harni Hanuman Temple is one of the oldest Hanuman temples in Vadodara. It is also known as Bhidbhanjan Hanuman. The temple is located on the northeastern part of Vadodara on the Harni road. Bhid means trouble and Bhanjan means destroyer.

Legend has it that the region was ruled by a demon king named Hirankashpu. Lord Hanuman took his Virat Roop and annihilated the demon. The battle between the demon and Hanuman continued for fourteen days. On the fourteenth day, Hanuman flung the demon king to the ground, pinned him down to the ground with His right foot. With Lord Hanuman’s right foot on him, the evil powers of Hirankashpu started melting down.

Bhagavan Sri Ram asked Hanuman to remain in that position, for it was the only way to subdue the demon and break his power. As a symbol of acceptance of the command, the murti of Hanuman worshipped in the temple is seen with right hand over his head.

Bhagavan Sri Ram then told the saints and devotees gathered there that Hanuman will shed his…

Violence arises out of ignorance

Violence which has its roots in divisive propensities like anger, selfishness, lust etc., and it cannot take us to truth. Violence arises out of ignorance. It is untruth.

One who is inwardly weak develops a sort of fear and out of fear starts arming himself against real or imaginary enemies.

Violence may have the appearance of strength, but it is born out of fear and is therefore a sign of weakness. Only he can be truly non-violent who has conquered fear.

Pursuit of truth means realization of unity through love. Violence interferes with the realization of this unity.

Non-violence requires far greater physical and mental courage than that of delivering of blows because physical power has obvious limitations.
SourceSaptagiri January 2005 issue – Article titled Gandhiji’s concept of Ahimsa by Dr T. Suseela.