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The Story of Kullu Dussehra – History of Kullu Dussehra

The Dussehra celebrations in the Kullu valley in Himachal Pradesh begin on the Vijayadasami day or when the Dasara festivities end in other parts of India and the world. There is a famous story on why the Kullu Dussehra begins on Vijaya Dashami. It is also associated with the history of the Raghunathji Temple Kullu.  Raja Jagat Singh who ruled the Kullu valley during the seventeenth century once went on a pilgrimage to Manikaran. Here he was told by a person that a man in his kingdom named Durga Dutt had a collection fine gems and pearls. The king immediately sent his soldiers to Durga Dutt asking if he is interested in selling some of the gems. But the pious Dutt had no pearls or gems. The soldiers who were sent by the king were not ready to believe Dutt and started beating him. Dutt, in order to escape the torture, said that he will sell the gems when the king returns back from his pilgrimage. When the king returned, he along with the soldiers went to Durga

How Jewels And Precious Stones Were Formed - Story in Hinduism

There is an interesting story in the Garuda Purana which explains how diamonds, pearls, precious stones like ruby, emerald and sapphire etc were formed. Garuda Purana is an important scripture in Hinduism. Once there lived a demon (Asura) named Balasura. He was a very generous king and was very popular with his subjects. Once he defeated Indra and other demigods (Devas) and soon he became invincible. Unable to find a way to defeat Balasura, Devas decided to perform a yajna (sacrifice). A person who appeared at the yajna advised to take advantage of Balasura’s generosity. Balasura used to never refuse people and he used to fulfill their wishes. Devas went in the guise of common people and asked his body to be offered as sacrifice as they were performing a sacrifice for the welfare of the people. Balasura readily agreed and offered his body. Soon the Devas took their real form and took the body of Balasura and started traveling through the sky. But the body slipp

Goddess Ashtabhuja – Information About Hindu Goddess Ashta Bhuja Devi Form of Durga

Goddess Ashtabhuja is one among the numerous forms of Goddess Shakti. In this form, she is the one who brings an end to all evil and she is also responsible for the complete annihilation and dissolution of all creation before the next cycle of creation. Ashtabhuja form of Goddess Shakti is invoked by many Hindu communities on the first day of the Navratri festival. The Goddess is called Ashta Bhuja as she has eight arms. She has different weapons in her eight arms. The eight weapons symbolically represent eight guardians of the eight directions. During Navratri puja she is invoked on the first day to keep away all evils. It must be noted that the term Ashta Bhuja is also used to refer deities in Hindu Pantheon that are depicted as having eight arms. Goddess Kushmanda is also referred as Ashtabhuja in some scriptures. One of the most popular temples dedicated to Goddess Ashtabhuja is located atop the Vindhya Mountain in Vindhyachal in Mirzapur in Uttar Pradesh. Th

Guru Nitya Chaitanya Yati Quotes

Guru Nitya Chaitanya Yati (1923 - 1999)  was a philosopher, psychologist, author and poet. He was an exponent of Advaita Vedanta. Here is a collection of quotes of Guru Nitya Chaitanya Yati. We have three representative people in the Bhagavad Gita. Dhritarashtra, Arjuna and Krishna . Dhritarashtra can be thought of as a state of blindness; being morally blind, spiritually blind, and intellectually blind. Arjuna can be another aspect in us, the seeking mind, the searching mind, and the mind that likes to be disciplined. It is the mind that likes to be related to the source of wisdom. And the third is Krishna , the one light which is present in all of us; the eternal, self-luminous awareness of the Supreme, by whatever name you call it. If there is a spiritual teaching which is beneficial to people, it should be beneficial when one sits in a closed room where there is no one to offend him and it should be beneficial right in the marketplace where he is conf