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Maa Thawewali in Hindu Religion – Story Of Goddess Thawewali

In Hindu religion, Maa Thawewali is a manifestation of Mother Goddess Shakti and she is worshipped at Thawe Durga Temple at Thawe near Gopalganj in Bihar. It is widely believed that Mother Goddess Durga appeared here to answer the prayers of her devotee named Rahasu Bhagat. She then annihilated a king who was troubling the people of the region. Goddess Thawewali is believed to be a manifestation of Goddess Kamakhya who is worshiped in the famous Kamakhya Temple near Guwahati in Assam. Story Of Goddess Thawewali Legend has it that Maa Thawewali appeared in the dream of a devotee of her named Rahasu Bhagat and asked him to offer her grass at night which turned into edible rice in the morning. Using this rice Rahasu Bhagat fed the people of the region, which was badly affected by a famine. But the king of region was jealous of the fame of Rahasu Bhagat and asked him to show him his Goddess. Rahasu Bhagat warned the king of its consequences. But the evil king did not budg

Gaja Kesari Yoga in Horoscope as per Hindu Astrology - Gajakesari Yoga

Gaja Kesari Yoga is one of the powerful yogas or combination of planets in a person’s horoscope as per Hindu astrology. This yoga happens when Jupiter (Guru or Brihaspati) is in the first, fourth, seventh or tenth house from the moon in a person’s horoscope. The term gaja means elephant and kesari is saffron. Both the items are associated with royalty and richness. A person born in Gajakesari Yoga will have relations with powerful and rich people. The person born in the yoga will be polite and generous. The person will be of philanthropic nature and his reputation will last even after his death. It is widely believed that the friendship of a person having Gaja Kesari Yoga is also beneficial. The person radiates auspiciousness and luck. 

Understanding Trimurti in Hinduism

In Hinduism, Trimurti is the symbolic representation of Brahman in three separate divine powers - Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. The three divine powers or cosmic functions are creation – sustenance – transformation (wrongly understood as destruction). The iconographical representation (sculpture) of Trimurti can be traced back to the early Gupta period. The idea is also mentioned in the Maitri Upanishad. Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva are not independent gods. But they are the threefold manifestation of the Supreme Truth. The concept was developed to make people realize the concept of Supreme Truth and its cosmic functions. Trimurti concept should also be understood in terms of gunas or qualities - Sattva, Rajas and Tamas. The entire universe is in a continuous play of the three gunas. The three cosmic functions and the three gunas are correlated. Some scholars are of the view that the concept of the three gods was a clever attempt to get the various warring sects under one umbrella.

About Hindu God Mangesh – Story Shri Manguesh Form of Shiva Worshiped in Goa Mangeshi Temple

Lord Shiva is worshipped as Shri Mangesh at the famous Mangeshi Temple at Ponda, Goa. The story of Shri Manguesh begins with a game of dice played between Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Legend has it that Shiva once lost in a game of dice to Goddess Parvati. In a fit of rage, Shiva left Kailash and took refuge in the jungles in Ponda. When Goddess Parvati came looking for him, he decided to play a prank and turned himself into a tiger to frighten her. A sacred Goddess Parvati called out – Trahi Mam Girisha – O Lord of Mountains Save Me. Shiva immediately left the form of tiger, took his original form, and consoled Goddess Parvati. Since then Shiva is also known as Mam Girisha. Mam Girisha overtime became ‘Manguesh.’ Years later devotees discovered a Shivling here and the temple came to be known as Manguesh. Related Story of Thousand-Headed Ravana

Goddess Lakshmi Food - Which Food Should Be Offered to Goddess Lakshmi as Bhog or Prasad?

Each Hindu God and Goddesses like a particular kind of food. Devotees offer that particular food as Bhog, or Prasad, to get the blessing of the deity. So which food should be offered to Goddess Lakshmi as Bhog or Prasad? Kheer or Payasam Yellow Color Food like chana dal mixed with jaggery. Kesar or Saffron milk Banana and other yellow color fruits A person seeking the blessing of Goddess Laxmi should offer food made using rice. The best offering is Kheer (rice, sugar, and milk), or payasam (rice mixed with jaggery). Yellow color food is also offered to the Goddess. Chana dal mixed jaggery is offered in some regions. Kesar (saffron) is another food item that is auspicious. Fruits that can be offered include banana and other yellow color fruits. The best day to make the food offering to Goddess Lakshmi is Friday. In some regions, especially in Orissa it is Thursday The food should be offered during morning or evening puja and should be taken away when the puja is

A Hindu Story on the Worthlessness of Rituals

Some of our rituals have no meaning. They are far removed from truth and most of the time it has got selfishness, greed, fear, lust or business angle attached to it.  A Hindu Story on the Worthlessness of Rituals Once a Sanyasi wanted to take bath in the Ganga River . He had a Kamandalu (water pot) with him. It was very old and had belonged to his Guru and it was his prized possession. He wanted to keep it in a safe place before he took bath. He looked around at the people on the banks of Ganga to see if anyone looked trustworthy to be entrusted with its care. The Sanyasi saw no one he could trust. Then he had a brainwave, ‘why not bury the pot in the sand on the river bank?’ He made a small pit in the sand and buried his water pot under the sand and made a small heap to mark the location. He then went to take a dip in the Ganga . A farmer happened to watch this from a distance. He thought, ‘Oh! It looks like we need to make a sand heap before taking bath in the