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Story of Kapal Mochan

Kapal Mochan, a holy place in Hindu religion, is located at Yamunanagar District in Haryana and taking a holy dip in the pond here is considered highly meritorious. It is believed that the water in the tank is filled by the  Saraswati   River . The story of Kapal Mochan is very interesting as it explains the holiness of the place and also how the place got the name. Bhagvan Sri Ram during his exile period annihilated numerous demons in the Dandaka forest. The arrows used by Sri Ram were so powerful that it took the demons to different corners of the earth. Some of the demons could not tolerate the intense heat produced by the arrows and what remained then were mere skeletons of demons. On such skull of a fierce demon flew to a far of place and fell on the foot of Sage Mahodara. The skull got stuck on the foot of the stage and he could not remove it. Sage Mahodara then visited numerous holy places with the skull attached to his foot. Finally he arrived at Ausanas Tirtha

Indradhanush – The Bow Of Indra In Hindu Religion

Indradhanush is the bow of Indra , the king of Devas, in Hindu religion. It is also the name used to refer to rainbow. Legend has it that Indra’s bow resembles the rainbow. The bow was also used by Manmatha (Kamdev) to break the meditation of Shiva after the death of Goddess Sati. It is believed that Indra gave the bow to Kamdev to bring back Shiva into the world.  When Shiva entered into deep meditation after the death of Sati, there was imbalance in the world and creation came to a stand still without Shiva and Shakti. So Indra gave the bow to Kamdev to create passion in Shiva .  The God of love uses it to evoke love, affection, attachment and lust in men and women.

Reason For Dance And Music In Hindu Festivals And Marriages

Dance and music performances are an important part of Hindu festivals and marriages for many Hindu communities especially in North and western parts of India . But why are dance performances part of Hindu functions. This is not a new addition; the only new addition is the millions of rupees paid to Bollywood actors to dance to sleazy item song numbers. The music and dance performers of earlier ages were meagerly paid and for them it was a long tradition that they were carrying it forward. It was believed that Hindu Gods and Goddesses especially the Gandharvas used to descent from heaven to watch the performance of the humans. They used to bless the performers and the people. Earlier it was mandatory for many Hindu communities to invite traditional dance performers, singers, musicians, artists and story tellers to perform at marriages, festivals and during auspicious occasions. It was believed the family that invites the performers will be blessed by Gandharvas - artis

Why Some Hindus Do not eat Onions?

A small section of Hindus do not eat onion – especially those following the Vaishnava tradition. Majority of ISKCON followers (Krishna Consciousness) do not eat onions. As per Hindu Scriptures, onions originated from Amrut or Ambrosia that came up during the Samudra Manthan or Churning of Ocean. Vishnu took the Mohini Avatar and retrieved the Amrut which was stolen by Demons and agreed to serve it equally. Two demons had doubt about the intention of Mohini and took the form of Devas and sat among them. Mohini did give them their share of Ambrosia but they were identified by Surya and Chandra. They alerted Mohini who cut off the head of the demons and they became Rahu and Ketu. The demons could not swallow the ambrosia and fell on the ground and it later became onions. Thus onions are remnants of demons and therefore it is not eaten. Another story suggests that Onions were born from the meat of a cow which was sacrificed during a yajna in the Satya Yuga . The cow w

Stories of Sri Ramakrishna – Lessons and Teachings from Stories Told By Sri Ramakrishna

Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa used to say small stories which contained valuable life lessons. Here is a collection of stories of Sri Ramakrishna containing important teachings. Foolish Disciple  In a forest, there lived a holy man who had many disciples. One day he taught them to see God in all beings and, knowing this, to bow low before them all.  A disciple went to the forest to gather wood for the sacrificial fire. Suddenly he heard an outcry: ‘Get out of the way! A mad elephant is coming!’  All but the disciple of the holy man took to their heels. He reasoned that the elephant was also God in another form. Then why should he run away from it? He stood still, bowed before the animal, and began to sing its praises.  The mahut of the elephant was shouting: ‘Run away! Run away!’ But the disciple didn’t move. The animal seized him with its trunk, cast him to one side, and went on its way.  Hurt and bruised, the disciple lay unconscious on the ground. Hearing w