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Dream of Trijata in the Ramayana

Ramayana mentions about the dreams of a couple of characters. Prominent among them is the dream of Trijata, an old rakshasi who guarded Sita in Lanka. Ravana who was frustrated with Sita stopping all his sexual advancements warned her that if she refuses to share his bed, he would have her cooked and served for breakfast. Ravana then gave the freedom to the rakshasis guarding Sita to torment her. They teased her for not listening to the wishes of Ravana, the powerful king who could stop sun and moon from shining if he wished. Sita stood firm in her resolve and asked the ogresses to stop giving cheap and sinful advice. The ogresses threatened her that the demons will soon eat her flesh. Hearing the commotion Trijata, an old ogress, tells the rakshasis to eat her but not Sita. She asks them to stop tormenting Sita. She then narrates the terrible dream that she had last night. In the dream, Trijata saw Rama coming in a chariot made of ivory, drawn by a hundred horses.

Single Mantra That Gives the Benefit of Reading Entire Srimad Bhagavad Purana

Srimad Bhagavad Purana is 'mokshadayini' – one that has the power to liberate a devotee from all forms of worldly suffering. But today many people do not have the patience, interest, energy and time to read the Srimad Bhagavad Puran, which narrates about the various avatars of Bhagavan Vishnu. A single mantra provides the benefit or reading the entire Srimad Bhagavad Purana. The mantra is: आदौ देवकी देव गर्भजननं , गोपी गृहे वद्र्धनम्। माया पूज निकासु ताप हरणं गौवद्र्धनोधरणम्।। कंसच्छेदनं कौरवादिहननं , कुंतीसुपाजालनम्। एतद् श्रीमद्भागवतम् पुराण कथितं श्रीकृष्ण लीलामृतम्।। अच्युतं केशवं रामनारायणं कृष्ण : दामोदरं वासुदेवं हरे। श्रीधरं माधवं गोपिकावल्लभं जानकी नायकं रामचन्द्रं भजे।। Maya puja nikasu tap haranam govardhanoudharanam Kamsachedanam Kouradihanam Kuntisupajalanam Etadh Srimadabhagavadam purana kaditam Srikrishna Leelamrtam Achutam Keshavam Ramanarayanam Krishna Damodharam Vasudeva hare Sreedaram Madavam Gopikavallabham J

Symbolism and Meaning of Vrat in Hinduism

Today, vrat in Hinduism is religious fasting. It is performed for desire fulfillment. The desire can be materialistic or spiritual. Some perform it for early marriage, some for a job, some for the cure of a life-threatening disease, some to beget healthy children. There are numerous reasons today for performing vrat and majority of them are meant to achieve happiness by external means. Today, two terms Vrat and Upvaas have the same meaning. They are used to mean the same thing. Symbolically vrat is more of preparation. Various methods are adopted by a devotee to purify his mind and body. So that the devotee is ready and prepared to accept the higher knowledge. This higher knowledge is within us. But we are not able to access it because it is covered with ignorance. There are layers of ignorance and we have to remove them to see the light of knowledge. Vrat is this removal of ignorance. Vrat is also following Dharma. All forms of disorder and confusion are shed. Senses