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Ganjifa Cards Based on Hinduism Gods – Goddesses – Epics - Puranas

Ganjifa was a traditional palace game of cards. It has today evolved into an art form. Ganjifa uses images from Hinduism especially gods and goddesses. There are also Ganjifa cards based on the stories from Mahabharata, Ramayana and Puranas. Ganjifa, originally called Ganjifey, survived primarily due to royal patronage and was famous mainly in Odisha. Today the cards are no longer used to play but are valued by collectors. The main schools of Ganjifa in India are: Sawantwadi Ganjifa from Maharashtra Pune Ganjifa Maharashtra Navadurga Ganjifa from Odisha – it is known as Ganjapa in Odisha Bishnupur Ganjifa from West Bengal Mysuru Ganjifa from Karnataka. Ganjifa cards are mostly round in shape in all regions but the pictures vary depending on the cultural inclination of the region. There are also rectangular cards in Odisha. Various Types of Ganjifa Cards Based on Hindu Religious Theme Navgraha Pictures on Ganjifa Cards Ashta Dikpalas Pictures on

Story of Mandodari, wife of Ravana - Her Previous Birth As Frog

Mandodari, the wife of Ravana, was a very beautiful woman. It is believed that Mandodari got the celestial beauty as a result of the blessing of Shiva. Legend has it that in her previous birth Mandodari was a celestial damsel named Madhura. She took birth as a woman on earth as result of a curse by Goddess Parvati by which she became a frog. The story of the previous birth of Mandodari is found in the Uttara Ramayana. Madhura - The Ardent Devotee of Shiva Celestial damsel Madhura was an ardent devotee of Shiva and used to observe the Somvar Vrat (Monday fasting) dedicated to Shiva. One Monday after observing Somvar Vrat, Madhura went to Kailash to meet Shiva. Goddess Parvati was not present at Kailash at this time. Goddess Parvati is Jealous - Doubts - Curses When Goddess Parvati returned, She found Madhura and Shiva at Kailash. Goddess Parvati became jealous as Madhura who was a very beautiful woman. She doubted both Shiva and Madhura. In a fit of anger, Goddess Parvati c

Hanuman And The Ring Of Sri Ram – The Story Of Hanuman Discovering Thousands Of Rings Of Sri Ram

Hanuman who went in search of Mata Sita in Lanka finds her and in the process also burns Lanka giving an indication to Demon King Ravana what is in store in future. Mata Sita returns the ring of Sri Ram that Hanuman had carried with him as a proof. Mata Sita also gives Hanuman her hair band as a proof that they met. When Hanuman was about to return from Lanka, all the gods appeared in the sky to bless Hanuman. Hanuman was happy and proud about what he had achieved. On reaching the mainland from Lanka, Hanuman felt thirsty and landed at an ashram. A Saint was meditating there. Hanuman kept the ring and the hair band near the Saint and went to drink water. Suddenly a monkey appeared and took the ring and put in the pitcher (Kamandalu) before the Saint. On returning Hanuman found the ring missing and asked the Saint what happened to it. The Saint narrated what had happened. Hanuman put his hands in the Kamandalu but to his surprise there were thousands of rings. Han

Rama Raksha Stotram Lyrics – Download Ramraksha Stotra in PDF format with English Meanings

Rama Raksha Stotram is a prayer dedicated to Sri Rama. The popular belief is that the chanting of the Ramraksha Stotra will help in removing troubles in one’s life, especially those associated with horoscope and astrology. It is also chanted for getting mental strength. Here is a pdf format of the Rama Raksha Stotram with lyrics and English meaning. You can download it for free. The meaning of the Stotra is by S V Ganesan. The prayer was composed by Saint Budha Koushika. The prayer protects us from all troubles and blesses us with health, wealth, prosperity and success. It is also believed that chanting the prayer will solve all horoscope related problems in life Link – Read and Download Rama Raksha Stotram in PDF An example of translation – Dhayna mantra Thus begins the dhyaana mantra – one should meditate Rama who has arms reaching his knees, who is holding a bow and arrow, who is seated in a lotus position, who is wearing yellow clothes, whose eyes compete wi

Importance of Karthika Vratham - Karthigai Nakshatra Vratham Dedicated to Muruga

Krittika Vratam is dedicated Murugan and is observed on the Karthigai Nakshatra day. Karthika or Karthigai is one among the 27 birth stars. Legend has it that the importance of Karthika Vratham was narrated to Sage Narada by Ganesha. The fiery spark that fell from Shiva which finally was born was six babies were looked after by Six Goddess of the Karthikai constellation. The six babies were later joined together by Maa Parvati and this led to the incarnation of Muruga. Sage Narada wanted to become the greatest Sage and constantly remain in Brahman realization. Ganesha then advised Sage Narada to perform the Krittika Vratam. Other important Vratas dedicated to Muruga are Friday fasting, Sashti fasting and Skanda Sashti fasting after Diwali. Muruga is popularly known as Kartik in North India . In South India , Muruga is also known as Skanda, Shanmukha, Kartikeya, Saravanabhava, Velayudha, Gangeya, Subrahmanya, Senapati, Swaminatha, Dandapani… Devotees observe a fast

Rentia Baras

Rentia Baras is the day when Gandhiji was born as per traditional Hindu calendar. It is observed on the 12th day during the Krishna Paksha or waning phase of moon in Bhadrapad month as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in Gujarat . Rentia Baras 2023 date is October 11. Gandhiji writes about Rentia Baras in a letter written to Bapubhai on October 1, 1926. I recognize no date as my birth anniversary. I know Rentia Baras. On that day, everyone should spin, and take a vow that he would spin regularly in future, and wear pure khadi if he has not been doing that. Rentia Baras means ‘the twelfth day, dedicated to the spinning-wheel.’ Note – the birthday of Gandhiji is observed annually on October 2 – this is based on Gregorian calendar. The 12th day of the dark fortnight of Bhadrapada month is as per traditional Hindu calendar. Note – The corresponding period as per traditional calendar followed in North India is the dark fortnight of the Ashvina Month. 

Sathya Sai Baba Quotes - A Collection of 108 Quotes of Sri Sathya Sai Baba

Sathya Sai Baba (November 23, 1926 – April 24, 2011) was a Hindu Guru with a mass following of devotees in India and around the world. Sathya Sai Baba quotes are mainly from newspapers, videos, books and magazines. The 108 quotes have been collected over a period of 10 years. Be Good Do Good See Good This Is The Way To God If there is righteousness in the heart, there will be beauty in the character. If there is beauty in the character, there will be harmony in the home. If there is harmony in the home, there will be order in the nation. When there is order in the nation, there will be peace in the world. It is because the doctrine of human unity based on the spiritual oneness of all beings is not propagated in the right manner that we have today many divisions leading to many conflicts. A house must be built on solid foundations if it is to last. The same principle applies to man, otherwise he too will sink back into the soft ground and becomes swallowed up by th