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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 in a form – birth, sustenance…

Sarngapani – About Hindu God Sarngapani

Sarngapani is one among the numerous names of Lord Vishnu. This name is more popular in South India. There are Hindu temples in Tamil Nadu dedicated to Sarngapani.

Why Lord Vishnu is known as Sarngapani?
Vishnu is known as Sarngapani because he holds the bow Sarnga. The bow was created by Vishwakarma. Another version has it that he appeared along with a deer named Saranga.

A popular temple dedicated to Sarngapani form of Vishnu is located at Kumbakonam in Tamil Nadu.

Legend has it that Vishnu appeared as Sarngapani before Hema Rashi. The sage had performed intense austerities on the banks of a pond named Pottamarai.

It is said that Vishnu appeared on a chariot drawn by elephants and horses.
A correction from a reader of the blog on the article: - it is really valuable
Regarding the information 'given in today's blog, 'Sarangapani', it is 'Sarngapani' and not 'Sarangapani'. 'Sarnga' is bow in Samskrta, whereas "Saranga' is deer. Sarngapan…

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.

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 spring atop the hil…

God is seen when the mind is tranquil – Sri Ramakrishna

God is seen when the mind is tranquil.

Standing by the bank of a pond thickly overspread with scum and weeds, you will say that there is no water in it. If you desire to see the water, remove the scum from the surface of the pond. With eyes covered with the film of Maya you complain that you cannot see God. If you wish to see Him, remove the film of Maya from your eyes.

God cannot be seen so long as there is the slightest taint of desire; therefore have thy small desires satisfied, and renounce the big desires by right reasoning and discrimination.

It is the nature of the lamp to give light. With its help, some may cook food, some may forge a deed, and the third may read the word of God. So with the help of the Lord’s name some try to attain salvation, others try to serve their evil purposes and so on. His holy name, however, remains unaffected.
– Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa 

Different creeds are but different paths to reach the one God – Sri Ramakrishna 

Hindu Calendar Today – February 28, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 – Shukla Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waxing phase of moon till 6:10 PM on Feb 28. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the third day during the waxing phase of moon till 4:33 PM on March 1. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is February 28, 2017 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good and auspicious date. Nakshatra – Purvabhadrapada or Pooruruttathi Nakshatra till 6:35 AM on Feb 28. Then onward it is Uttaradrapada or Uthrittathi Nakshatram till 5:50 AM on March 1.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Purvabhadrapada or Pooruruttathi Nakshatra till 5:57 AM on Feb 28. Then onward it is Uttaradrapada or Uthrittathi Nakshatram till 4:43 AM on March 1.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Kumbha Rashi till 12:43 AM. Then onward it is M…