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Story Sharmistha – Devayani and Yayati in Mahabharat

Sharmistha, daughter of Vrisha Parva, was the childhood friend of Devayani. The story of Sharmitha, Devayani (daughter of Shukracharya) and Yayati is found in the Adi Parva of the Mahabharata. It is also mentioned in the Bhagavad Purana. She is also the mother great King Puru.

Once, a quarrel broke out between Devayani and Sharmistha. It turned into a physical fight and Devayani fell into a well. King Yayati who happened to pass by pulled her out.

Devayani was extremely angry and was pacified only when Sharmistha agreed to be her servant.

Soon, Devayani was married to King Yayati. Sharmistha also went to Yayati’s palace as the servant of Devayani.

Yayati fell in love with Sharmistha. They had an affair, and she gave birth to three sons – Anu, Druhya and Puru.

When Devayani came to know about this, she was terribly annoyed and went to stay with her father. Sage Shuracharya cursed Yayati that he would lose his youth forthwith.

But the youngest son of Yayati, Puru, exchanged his youth …

Harivarasanam Song Text in Malayalam and English

Harivarasanam the most famous song dedicated to Lord Ayyappa is recited just prior to closing of the SabarimalaAyyappaTemple doors at night. Here is the Harivarasanam lyrics (text) in Malayalam and English. Harivarasanam Viswamohanam
Haridadhiswaram Aaradhyapadhukam
Arivimardhanam Nithyanarthanam
Hariharatmajam Devamashreye Saranam Ayyappa Swamy Saranam Ayyappa
Saranam Ayyappa Swamy Saranam Ayyappa Saranakirtanam Bakhtamanasam
Bharanalolupam Narthanalasam

Neyyabhishekam at Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple – Significance and symbolism of offering ghee to Lord Ayyappa

The most important offering to Lord Ayyappa at the SabarimalaAyyappaTemple is Ghee. Ayyappa loves Abhisheka and he is therefore also known as Abhishekapriyan. The most popular abhishekam is using Neyyu or ghee. Devotees bring ghee to the temple by felling it inside a coconut. This coconut is known as Neythenga or the coconut filled with ghee. This coconut is carried from home in the Irumudi kettu.

The ghee symbolizes the human soul and through the abhishekam of the ghee on Lord Ayyappa the soul merges with the Supreme Being. The jeevatma is ghee and the paramatma is Lord Ayyappa.

Once the ghee is removed from the coconut, then the coconut symbolizes Jadam or dead body. This is the reason why the coconut is then offered in the huge Aazhi or fire in front of the temple.

Temple Dedicated to Karna of Mahabharat at Netwar in Tons Valley in Uttarakhand

The unique temple dedicated to Karna, who was abandoned Kunti, mother of Pandavas He eventually allied with the Kauravas and fought against his brothers, the Pandavas. At the temple it is not warrior Karna who is worshipped but Dhanveer Karna. The great warrior was famous for his charitable nature.

Respecting the philanthropic aspect of Karna, the villagers of Netwar propagate his ideals. The village has banned giving or taking of dowry.

The Karna Temple is a rectangular wood structure with roofs lined with slates. The top of the temple has a wooden umbrella.

The wooden beams and columns are noted for the scenes from the Mahabharata and carvings of birds, animals and reptiles.

Wherever we go we must create a sense of happiness – Maha Periyavar

There is mangala or an auspicious air about happiness that is characterized by dignity and purity. One must be cheerful all the time and not keep growling at people on the slightest pretext. This in itself is extremely helpful, to radiate happiness wherever we go and exude auspiciousness. It is better than making lavish gifts and throwing money about.

To do a job with a feeling of lightness is anayasa.

To be light ourselves, creating joy wherever we go, is mangala.

We must be like a lamp spreading light and should never give cause for people to say, “Oh! He has come to find fault with everything.”

Wherever we go we must create a sense of happiness.

We must live auspiciously and make sure that there is happiness brimming over everywhere.
Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswati Mahaswamiji  (20 May 1894 – 8 January 1994), or the Sage of Kanchi or Maha Periyavar, was the 68th Jagadguru of the Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham.