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Jivitputrika Vrat Katha – Story of Jitiya Fasting

Jivitputrika Vrat Katha, or Jitiya Fasting story, is listened to by all mothers observing Jivitputrika fast. The fasting is observed women in Bihar, Jharkhand, parts of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh for the welfare of their children.
When Kali Yuga began, mothers were worried about the fate of their children. Kali Yuga, the last Yuga or Age as per Hinduism, is the age of vice and all bad things is believed to take place before the total annihilation of creation. So mothers wanted to know what they can do to protect their children from evil and death.
To find a solution on how to save their children from the effects of Kali Yuga mothers approached the learned and wise Sage Gautama.
The pious saint agreed to find a solution and narrated a story that happened during the Mahabharata period.
Pandavas were very unhappy after the end of the 18-day Mahabharat war as all their sons were killed. Draupadi, the mother of the children, approached a learned Brahmin named Dhaumya for a solutio…

Someshwar Mahadev in Ujjain – Story of Someshwar Form of Shiva – 26th Shiva Temple in Ujjain

Someshwar Mahadev is worshiped in Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the 84 forms of Shiva worshiped in Ujjain. Someshwar Mahadev is offered prayers to attain moksha or liberation.

The temple dedicated to Someshwar Mahadev is located at Anantapeth (Rajputh Dharmasala at Bilotipura) in Ujjain.

This form of Shiva is associated with the curse of Daksha Prajapati on Chandra or the moon good.

Someshwar Mahadev is counted among the 84 Shiva Temples in Ujjain and it is the 26th temple visited during the parikarama of Shivalayas here.

Story of Someshwar Mahadev form of Shiva in Ujjain

Legend has it that Daksha Prajapati, the master of civilization, married twenty seven of his daughters – the Nakshatras, lunar asterisms - to Chandra – the moon god. But Chandra was attracted by the beauty of only Rohini Nakshatra and ignored the other stars.

The disappointed daughters complained to Daksha about Chandra’s favoritism for Rohini. This behavior of the moon god angered Daskha. He cursed Chandra …

Sankarankovil Temple – Sankara Narayana Swamy Temple at Sankarankovil in Tamil Nadu

Sankara Narayana Swamy Temple, popularly known as Sankarankovil, is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Vishnu – both the deities are worshipped in the combined form known as Sankara Narayana Swamy. Sankarankovil Temple is 120 km from Madurai, 30 km from Rajapalayam and 56 km from Tirunelveli in Tamil Nadu.

Legend has it that once Goddess Parvati asked Shiva to stop the fight among Shaiva and Vaishnava devotees. Shiva then appeared as Shankara Narayana Swamy.
Legend has it that the murti worshipped in the shrine was discovered by a king when his elephant accidently stamped on an ant hill.

The main murti worshipped in the shrine is in the form of a Shivling. This is also the combined form of Shiva and Vishnu. Mother Goddess Shakti is worshipped here as Gouthami.

The main subsidiary deities in the shrine are Ganesha, Muruga, Nagas, and forms of Shiva and Goddess Shakti.

The holy tank in the shrine is known as Nagasunai. It was dug by nagas. The water in the tank has curative properties.

The …

To help someone forget their own misdeeds is the highest form of charity – Dadi Janki

The same ones how have brought us sorrow or anger will come in front of us one day to be forgiven. Holding on to the fact that someone has betrayed or deceived us makes us hostage to the anger inside. In fact, we should also help the ones who have deceived us to forget that they have done this to us. When we see the opportunity for forgiveness, we have to help them reduce their pain and suffering, which is the consequence of the earlier actions they took. This is why we need to have forgiveness, love, mercy, and compassion. To help someone forget his or her own misdeeds is the highest form of charity.
When your intent is pure, it has a vibrant impact on others. When you are touched by a good quality – inspired by virtue or a value – and act in an elevated way, your action has the potential to inspire others. It is a natural law that souls respond to the quality of intention they experience in others. When we speak about inspiration, this is what we are speaking about. Many things can…