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Manikarnika Ghat in Varanasi - Why Corpses Are Burned Here - Manikarnika Ghat Story in Hinduism

Manikarnika Ghat is the most famous ghat in Varanasi and it is associated with earrings of Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Manikarnika Ghat is also known as the burning ghat as corpses are burned here. Cremations are conducted at all time of the day and night here. It is believed in Hinduism that those who get cremated at the Manikarnika Ghat will escape from the cycle of birth and death. Why Corpses Are Burned At Manikarnika Ghat? It is widely believed that by getting cremated on the Manikarnika Ghat, one will escape from the cycle of birth and death. As per Matsya Purana, those who are cremated here will attain moksha. Manikarnika Ghat Story Legend has it that Lord Vishnu dug a pit here with his chakra to fill his perspiration created by intense austerities performed. The pit can be still found here. People sprinkle water from this pit on their head and body as an act of purification. Another legend has it that an earring Manikarnika of Shiva fell into the pit and henc

Ganapatya Sect in Hinduism – Ganapatya Cult Worships Ganesha As Supreme God

Ganapatya were a sect in Hinduism like Shaivites or Vaishnavites who exclusively worshipped Ganesha as the Supreme Truth. The teachings of Ganapatya cult is found in the Prapanchasara Tantra, Mudgala Purana, Ganesha Purana, Ganapati Upanishad and Ganesha Gita. Ganapatya sect were a popular and powerful sect during the medieval period but they lost relevance as Ganesha was incorporated into the puja and rituals of all Hindus. Shaivites, Vaishnavites, and followers of Goddess Shakti all worship Ganesha in the beginning of any puja, ritual or auspicious occasion. During their heights Ganapatya Sect had six different sub sects worshipping different aspects of Ganapati. The six sub sects were: Maha Haridra Svarna Santana Navanita Unmatta – Ucchishta. Unmatta – Ucchishta and another minor sect known as Herambas were Tantric sects. Prapanchasara Tantra text is associated with Tantric worship of Ganesha. Today Ganapatya sect are found only in some regions and

Purusha – The Concept of Purusha in Hinduism

The concept of Purusha cannot be understood in independence as it is always related to Prakriti. Purusha is spirit and Prakriti is matter and the union of these two factors results in the visible world. Before creation Purusha and Prakriti lay merged as the Supreme Energy (God in common terms) without separate existence. But when the desire for creation was aroused, this Supreme Spirit divided itself into Prakriti and Purusha. The right half becomes ‘Purusha’ and the left half ‘Prakrti’. Purusha is the male aspect and Prakriti is the female aspect. There are some schools of thought which consider the Supreme Truth to be Purusha, which sets in action the creation. The word purusha has been coined metaphorically: puri sete iti purushah - who sleeps or dwells in apura (city) is Purusha. The term pura, which literally means a town or city, here stands for the body of a living being or for the universe. Purusha in the Samkhya perspective is neither cause nor effect and is

Dada J P Vaswani Quotes - A Collection of 100 Quotes of J P Vaswani

Spiritual leader, philosopher, guide and who showed light to millions of people across the world, Dada Jashan P. Vaswani was the spiritual head of Sadhu Vaswani Mission in  Pune ,  India. This collection of Dada J P Vaswani Quotes is mostly from magazines, newspapers and books. It has been collected over a period of ten years. If while praying, we can think of worldly matters, why can we not, while doing worldly matters, think of God? Keep in constant touch with God and you will find Happiness always. Teach me O lord to observe all the rules of the Game of life, never to lose my sense of humor, and always to hold my tongue when it is so difficult to hold it. Full of meaning is life to him who renouncing the fruit of action dedicates himself to the atman, the spirit. Thoughts are things, thoughts are forces, and thoughts are the building blocks of life. Therefore we must keep our thoughts clean. Whatever we think about, we bring about. If we wish to be happy, we