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Importance of Pradakshina - Going Around The Deity Or The Sanctum Sanctorum In Hindu Temple

Pradakshina or circumambulating is an important customary act performed in a temple by Hindus. Going around the Deity or the Sanctum Sanctorum in a Hindu Temple is of great significance and it also has symbolic meaning. Everything begins and ends in God or Bhagwan or Ishwara. God is the point of origin of everything and we are constantly connected to it. After praying to the deity we go around the deity or the Sanctum Sanctorum to recognize the fact that we begin in him and end in him. While circumambulating, we kill our ego and we realize, we are moving at the end of the thread which is controlled by him. It is also believed that the deity in the sanctum sanctorum is placed in such a way that it absorbs and sends out vibrations and radiations. And a person going around the deity will be benefited from this. ‘Pradakshina’ means ‘moving rightward.’ Some people also go around themselves or turn in a full circle suggesting that the divinity resides in

Story Of Demon Madhu – The City Of Mathura Is Named After The Demon

The city of Mathura associated with Sri Krishna is named after demon Madhu. The story of demon Madhu is mentioned in the Uttara Khanda of the Ramayana. He lived during the Kritya Yuga and was renowned for his Dharma. This righteous Daitya was the son of Lola and was an ardent devotee of Shiva. Madhu had a very good relationship with Devas – the celestial beings. He also respected Saints and ruled his kingdom following Dharma. All the subjects in his kingdom lead a peaceful and prosperous life. His intense austerity and piety earned him the favor of Shiva. Mahadev Shiva blessed Madhu with a trident. The powerful trident could reduce all of whom that tried to harm Madhu. The city of Mathura was founded by this demon Madhu. But Madhu had an Adharmic son named Lavana. After the death of Madhu, the trident was passed on to his wicked son. He started harassing Devas, saints and other living beings with it. Saints appealed to Bhagvan Sri Ram to find a solution. Shatru

Garuda And The Crown Of Vishnu Stolen By Demon Virochana - Story

Legend has it that once demon Virochana visited Vaikunta, the abode of Bhagvan Srihari Vishnu. While returning back, he took with him the crown of Bhagvan Vishnu without his permission. Demon Virochana wanted to adorn the crown on the murti that he worshipped in his palace. Garuda, the Vahana or Vehicle of Vishnu, was the first one to notice that the crown was missing. He soon came to the conclusion that demon Virochana had stolen the divine crown. Garuda immediately flew to the netherworld. Demon Virochana was not ready to part with he crown. Garuda then overpowered the demon and retrieved the crown. While returning with the crown, He saw a child playing flute. The divine child was Bhagwan Sri Krishna. Garuda knew that Sri Krishna was an avatar of Bhagwan Vishnu. So he placed the divine crown on the small head of child Krishna . The crown was huge for the little head. But then a miracle happened, the crown shrunk to fit the head of little Krishna . The belief is

Katha Upanishad Quotes - A Collection Of Quotes From Katha Upanishad

The teaching in the Katha Upanishad is a dialogue between young Nachiketa and Yama. These Quotes are collected from various sources mostly on the translation and interpretation of the Katha Upanishad. Know the Self (atma) as the master sitting within the chariot which is the body (sarira), know again the understanding (buddhi) as the charioteer and the mind (manas) as the reins. The senses, they say, are the horses; the objects of sense, what they range over.. He who is ever of unrestrained mind, devoid of true understanding, his sense-desires then become uncontrollable like the wild horses of a charioteer. But he who is ever of controlled mind, and has true understanding, his sense-desires then are controllable like the good horses of a charioteer . . . The desires are superior to the senses, the mind is superior to the desires, the intuition (understanding) is superior to the mind, the great Self is superior to the intuition. Katha Upanishad (I.3.3-6, 10)