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A Single Tulsi Leaf Outweighs Gold and Diamonds? – Greatness of Tulsi - Story Involving Sage Narada - Krishna - Satyabhama

Tulsi, or Holy Basil, is worshipped in Hinduism and is a plant associated with Lord Vishnu and Lord Krishna. There are several stories in the Puranas that explain the significance of Tulsi plant and also there are several episodes in the life of Krishna which is associated with the Tulsi plant. This story of Tulsi and Lord Krishna explains how Tulsi Plant attained the sacred status it is enjoyed today. Please note that there are several such stories in the Puranas and this is one of them. Satyabhama one of the queens of Lord Krishna was proud of her beauty and always thought that Lord Krishna loved her most. Sage Narada who came to know about this wrong notion of Satyabhama decided to trick her. He arrived at her residence and was traditionally welcomed by Satyabhama. Pleased with her hospitality, Sage Narada asked Satyabhama to ask a boon. She wanted the blessing from Sage Narada that Lord Krishna will be her husband in all her births. Sage Narada then sa

Balaram Temple at Baldeo near Mathura - Rare Temple With Idol of Revathi Wife of Balram

Balaram Temple is dedicated to Balarama, the elder brother of Sri Krishna. It is located at Baldeo which is around 20 km from Mathura in Uttar Pradesh. The main murti in this temple is that of Balarama.  Another important deity worshipped at the temple is Revathi, wife of Balram. The murti of Balaram here is black in color and is one the biggest murtis in Mathura and Vrindavan. The temple has a huge courtyard and the walls have inscriptions in Sanskrit and Hindi. Balram is also known as Baldeo or Dauji. Kshir Sagar Kund, also known as Balbhadra Kund, is a holy pond next to the temple. The temple is around 7 km from Mahavan another holy place near Mathura . Vehicles are not allowed in the vicinity of the temple.  Related Story of Revathi Wife of Balaram

Indra Dev - 15 Facts About Hindu God Indra

In Hinduism, Indra Dev is the king of the demigods or devas and rules the abode of demigods. Today, Indra is no longer an important Hindu god but He enjoyed immense influence during the Vedic period. Below are some facts about Indra - more than 15 important facts. In Vedas and early Vedic age, Indra was one of the most powerful gods but was never considered or related to the concept of Brahman or Supreme Truth, which is the guiding principle of Sanatana Dharma (Hindu religion). In the early Vedic age, he was mostly prayed to for the protection of cows and other wealth as he is believed to have controlled elements like rain, thunder etc. The parents of Indra are sky god Dyaus Pita and the earth goddess Prithvi. Indra is the leader of the Devas or demigods and the god of war, the god of thunder and storms. His weapon is Vajra, the lighting bolt or thunder. His vehicle or Vahana is Airavat, the white elephant. The most important story associated with Indra is that of him d

Thoughts and Quotes on Lord Ayyappa

Lord Ayyappa, the son of Lord Shiva and Mohini (Lord Vishnu), symbolizes constructive destruction which is a combination of Vishnu (Creation) and Shiva (Destruction). He is considered the protector of the weak. He saves mankind from sickness, diseases, and miseries of the world and endows them with Jnana (knowledge) leading to spiritual liberation or Moksha. Since he represents both creation and destruction, Ayyappa is Harihara Sutha and he helps his devotee to destroy all low negative tendencies and maintains the pure Sattvic nature in the seeker. He protects our spiritual wealth and power by maintaining the thought of Godliness and destroys all other thoughts pertaining to the worldly infatuations. All along the ascent to the shrine, the devotee tries to maintain the one thought of the Lord. When such single-pointed concentration and meditation is maintained the Truth reveals itself to the seeker, which is symbolized by the Darshan of the Lord in the temple. (

Bhishma Pitamah Teachings - A Collection of Bhishma Quotes from Mahabharata

Bhishma Pitamah Teachings - A Collection of Bhishma Quotes from Mahabharata  Desire is responsible for making a man a sinner. When it sees and object of the sense, desire seeks it. For the sake of getting what he wants man begins to strive for it. The objects of the senses appear so agreeable that man tries his best to get them. Attachment follows in the wake of desire. Immediately follow aversion, greed and error of judgment. The mind becomes confused, clouded, and man does not any more follow the path of virtue. He now becomes a hypocrite by assuming to have a virtue he does not possess. He uses this hypocrisy to attain social status and wealth. Thus he embarks on the downward path to sin. A man who is righteous seeks the good of others and so he wins good for himself. He is wise and knows how to avoid the pitfalls created by the senses. He is wise to understand the real nature of sorrow and happiness. Such a man attains the mastery over the senses and it is called virt