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Story of Trimbakeshwar Jyotirlinga Temple Of Shiva - Trimbakeshwar Story

Trimbakeshwar is one among the 12 Jyotirlinga Temples in India . The 12 shrines are dedicated to Shiva. Story of Trimbakeshwar Jyotirlinga Temple is associated with Sage Gautama. Legend has it that Gautama Rishi, one of the Sapta Rishis, was living with his wife Ahalya on the Brahmagiri Mountain in the Sahyadri hills. Once there was a famine here for 24 years in the region. Rishi Gautama then propitiated Varuna, who blessed him with pit with an unlimited supply of water at Trimbakeshwar. With the water, Gautama Rishi was able to grow grains and vegetables. He thus fed other sages and people of the region. The people of the entire region considered the Sage to be the holiest. This resulted in jealousy and some Rishis of a neighboring region decided to disgrace the Sage. One day they set loose a cow in field of the Sage. The Sage tried to drive away the cow using holy Dharba grass. The cow suddenly died and the Rishis from the neighboring region accused Sage Gautama

Parabrahma As Yaksha Teach an Important Lesson To Indra - Agni - Vayu And Other Devas

An important lesson mentioned in the Kena Upanishad points towards the core teaching of Hinduism –  all that is animate and inanimate is nothing but the Supreme Truth (Parabrahma).  Once, Devas under the leadership of Indra defeated the demons. Indra, Agni, Vayu, Chandra and all other Devas were intoxicated by the victory and were praising their acts in the battle. Suddenly the Devas felt the presence of a Yaksha outside. Agni was asked to find out about the Yaksha. Yaksa asked Agni who he was. Agni proudly gave his name and boasted that he can burn anything in the universe. Yaksa then pointed towards a dried blade of grass and asked Agni to burn it. Agni did his best to make the dried blade of grass catch fire, but nothing happened. Frightened, Agni went inside and informed the Devas. Then Vayu was deputed to solve the mystery. He too bragged about his power and said that he can blow away anything in the universe. Yaksha then asked Vayu to blow away t

What Is The Meaning Of Ayodhya? - Interesting Facts About Ayodhya

Ayodhya is one the seven mokshadayi puris in Hinduism. Bhagvan Sri Ram was born in Ayodhya. It was also his capital city. But what is the meaning of Ayodhya? Ayodhya means one that cannot be won over in a war. Yuddh means war and A means cannot. It is believed that Ayodhya could not be defeated in war because of the several efficient rulers the land had. According to Skanda Purana, the three letters A, Yo and dhya represents Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva respectively. Interesting Facts About Ayodhya Ayodhya is situated on the banks of Sarayu River and it was the capital of Kosala. Atharva Veda describes it as a city built by Gods and being as prosperous as paradise itself. It covered an area 96 square miles. Ayodhya is the birth place of Lord Rama, the seventh avatar of Srihari Vishnu. Ramayana the great epic and one of the most important scriptures in Hinduism is based on Rama born at Ayodhya. As per Ramayana, Ayodhya was founded by Vaivasvata Manu, the law-giver in

Teachings of Sage Kapila - Quotes and Thoughts of Kapila Rishi

Sage Kapila is associated with the Samkhya Philosophy. Kapila Rishi teachings are found in the Srimad Bhagavad Purana. These quotes and thoughts are mostly from books and Srimad Bhagavad Purana. It is the mind, which is the cause of bondage as well as freedom. Consider the mind. When it gets involved in the three Gunas – when there is an upset in the balance of the three Gunas, then one of the Gunas becomes predominant and the Atman gets involved in the play of the emotions. The mind turns away from the inner self and begins to be interested in the objects of the senses – it seeks gratification of them and it wanders farther and farther away from the Atman. This same mind, if it is turned inwards, if it attaches itself to the Lord, then this same mind will be the cause of freedom of man from the coils of the senses. This path is called by the name Chittasanyamana and it is the first step towards Moksha. Those who lead a life of domesticity are certainl