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Brothers of Ravana - Who are the brothers of Ravan in Ramayana?

Who were the brothers of Ravana in the epic Ramayana? Ravana had two brothers in the Ramayan. They were both powerful. One brother always slept but was known for his immense strength. Another brother was a devotee of Vishnu. The two brothers of Ravana are: Kumbhakarna and Vibhishana . Kumbhakarna was killed in the battle. After Ravana’s death, Vibhishana became the king of Lanka. Related Kumbhakarna – Story of Kumbakarna in the Ramayana

Symbolism in the Several Heads of Hindu Gods and Goddesses

Symbolism plays an important role in Hindu religion. We find Hindu gods and goddesses having several head sometimes two, three, four or five. Multiplicity of heads denotes presence of their concurrent abilities. Three heads symbolizes presence of three gunas – sattva, rajas and tamas It also symbolizes shaktis or powers like iccha (will), jnana (consciousness) and kriya (action). Four heads symbolizes the four Vedas. It also symbolically indicates that the deity guards four directions. Five heads symbolizes the panchabhootas or the five elements. Five heads also symbolizes creation, expansion, withdrawal, concealing and preservation until the next cycle of creation. It must be also noted that with the development of society new sects and cults appeared. Such cults and sects were blind followers. To show that their deity is more powerful, they started adding extra heads. Multiple heads are also an attempt to capture the core teaching of Sanatana Dharma

Which God is Worshipped on Wednesday?

In Hindu religion, each day of a week is dedicated to a particular God. So, which God is worshipped on Wednesday? The is dedicated to planet Mercury (Budh). It is believed highly meritorious to worship Lord Vittal , an incarnation of Krishna, on Wednesday. Vittal Rukmini Devi in Pandarpur Temple Hindu God Budh is one among the  Navgrahas  and is an important graha in the Hindu Vedic Astrology. Budha, or Mercury, is associated with wisdom and is believed to provide devotees with the correct discretionary power. You can offer worship in a temple with Navgrahas to get the blessings of Budha. Lord Vittal is widely worshipped in Maharashtra and Karnataka. You may also like to read Budhvar Vrat Katha How to observe Wednesday fasting or Budhvar Vrat?

Panpoli Murugan Temple near Tenkasi in Tirunelveli District in Tamil Nadu

Panpoli Murugan Temple is located at Panpoli Village near Tenkasi in Tirunelveli District, Tamil Nadu. The shrine nestles atop a hill and one has to climb 625 steps to reach the shrine. Legend has it that in the beginning only Vel – the lance of Muruga was worshipped in the temple. The temple priest once had a dream. In the dream, Muruga asked him to retrieve a Muruga murti (idol) from a nearby anthill and install it in the temple. The priest informed the king about this dream. The murti was discovered and installed in the temple. The hill atop which the shrine is located is also known as Trikoodamalai. One climbs the hill after offering prayers to Vallabha Vinayaka murti at the foothill. Two padukas also can be seen here. As one climb the 625 steps one can see another shrine of Vinayaka and one dedicated to Idumban. The sacred spring near the temple atop the hill is known as Ashta Padmakulam (also known as Poonjunai. Murits of Sapta Kannikas can be seen near the sp