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King Prithu in Hinduism

King Prithu is one of sixteen exalted kings referred in Hinduism. His stories are found in the Puranas and his greatness is mentioned in the Drona Parva (69) and Shanti Parva (29.132) in the Mahabharata. The story of Prithu milking the earth for the welfare of all living beings is found in the Vedas, Puranas and Epics. As per Satapatha Brahmana, Prithu was the first crowned king on Earth, after whom the Earth has gone by the name Prithvi. It is for this reason that the ritual forming the part o the ceremony of crowning of a king is called partha homa (oblation of Prithu). King Prithu, was the son of Vena, and is believed to be the one who commenced the system of kingship. This detail is found in Satapatha Brahmana (5.4), Taittiriya Brahmana (, Bhumi Khanda of Padma Purana (28.21) and Katha Samhita (37.4). As he started the system of kingship he is referred to as Adiraja (first king), Prathama-nrpa, Rajendra, Rajaraja, Chakravarti, Vidhata and Prajapati. As h

Angala Parameswari Story - About Goddess Angala Parameswari

Angala Parameswari is a manifestation of Mother Goddess Shakti. In this form she is mainly worshipped in Melmaruvathur and Villupuram District in Tamil Nadu. She is believed to be the daughter of Parvatharajan (the lord of mountains) whom the inland fisherman in Tamil Nadu considers as their ancestor. The popular belief is that she is Adi Shakti who created the entire universe and Hindu Trinity. She is also the wife of Shiva. She also appears on earth to annihilate all those forces that thrive on Adharma. Legend has it that it was Angala Parameswari who got rid of Kapala from the hand of Shiva. The kapala – the fifth head of Brahma – had made his residence in the hand of Shiva. It is believed that she gave darshan to her devotees at Melmaruvathur in the form of an ant hill. Her most favorite spot is the cremation ground. A temporary image of her is created on the cremation ground from ashes, bones and mud for festivals. Permanent structures in cement and stone of he

Ramala Shastra in Hinduism – Dice-Based Future Telling Method

Ramala Shastra is a dice-based future telling method in Hinduism. It is believed to have been developed by Arabs. Many books have been written on Ramala Shastra in Sanskrit. The names of formations (sakals) are both in Sanskrit and Urdu. The dices used in Ramala Shastra are made using eight metals – gold, iron, silver, lead, copper, zinc and pewter (alloy). Each dice contains four marked cubes, tightened in wire. The dices are thrown at the time of a query (Prashna) and the figures are noted. A standard horoscope in Ramala Shastra contains 16 figures. The figures are known as Sakals. The sakal chart is known as sthira kundali. For any queries, the answer is obtained by throwing four dices. The marks on the dices are dots – a single dot is shown by 0 and two dots are shown by line. There are a total of sixteen formations on the four dices. The 16 formations are known as Lahyan, Kabejtul, Dakhil, Kabajtul Kharij, Jamat, Faraha, Ukala, Ankish, Humra, Beyaj, Nufratula, Khanj,

Story - Hanuman Saves Bharat From Committing Suicide In The Ramayana

In the Ramayana, Bharat had told Sri Ram during their last meeting at Chitrakoot that he would not wait for a minute longer once 14 years of exile were completed. If Rama’s arrival were delayed even by a day, he would end his life by jumping into a burning pyre. Hanuman saved Bharata from committing suicide. Bhagavan Sri Ram who had foreseen this had asked Hanuman to dash off to Ayodhya and inform about his arrival. When Hanuman reached Ayodhya, he saw a determined Bharata who was getting ready to jump into fire. Hanuman went to a tree near the firepit and sat on the branch of a nearby tree. Immediately, Hanuman began narrating the story of Lord Ram. He narrated the story from the birth of Lord Ram to his killing of Ravana and his return journey and the arrival at Bharadwaja Muni’s ashram. Bharata now wiped his tears and abandoned the idea of ending his life. He got ready to welcome Lord Ram who was now stationed at the Ashram of Sage Bharadwaja. Related Why

Swami Yatiswarananda Quotes - A Collection of Teachings and Thoughts of Swami Yatiswarananda

Swami Yatiswarananda (1889–1966)  was a senior monk and former Vice-President of the Ramakrishna Order and  Mission. This collection of Swami Yatiswarananda Quotes is mostly from books. Through pure actions and thoughts you should accumulate enough merit to counter the demerits you have acquired. Later on, the whole account of merit and demerit is to be made nothing. But, at first, there must be a balancing of the account; both merit and demerit must be squared up so that the balance is nil. You must close your old account. You must put a stop to your old life. There should be no craving for fresh worldly company and worldly talk and amusements. The whole spiritual life lies in this fearless adjustment. Today, with you all, it is all a minus balance, and now you must earn spiritual merit sufficiently so as to square up the account. Only then a new account may be begun. Spiritual life means opening a new account. .... Just as work is to be done in the proper spirit, so also