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Story of Sage Bharadvaja

Sage Bharadvaja was one of the Saptarishis (seven sages) and is believed to have authored Dharma Sutra, Shrauta Sutra and text associated with grammar and Ayurveda. Story of Sage Bharadvaja narrates the determination and devotion of Vedic seers in acquiring knowledge. Sage Bharadvaja once ventured out to study entire Vedic sciences. He soon realized that one life is not enough to study the Vedas, various sciences, arts and all other knowledge. To overcome this problem, along with studying, he performed intense austerities to extend his life span. He gathered new knowledge daily. The more he learned the more was his appetite for knowledge. Each Vedic deity that Sage Bharadvaja propitiated gave him the boon of long life. Finally, Sage Bharadvaja propitiated Indra and decided to ask for a long life to learn all the sciences. Indra appeared before the sage and told him that what he had learned so far amounted to a handful of sand, whereas what still lay ahead

Story of Ayyappa – Legend of Lord Ayyappa of Sabarimala – Simple Ayyappa Story

Ayyappa is the Hindu God worshipped in the famous Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple in Kerala. Story of Ayyappa is based on legends that are popular in South India . Legend has it that Mahishi, sister of Mahishasura, wanted to avenge the death of her brother. Mahishasura was killed by Goddess Durga. To become powerful Mahishi did intense penance and made Brahma appear before her. As a boon, Mahishi demanded that she should only be killed by a son born to Shiva and Vishnu. She also demanded such a son should also live among the human beings for 12 years. After getting the boon, Mahishi attacked all living beings and started propagating Adharma. Living beings approached Shiva and Vishnu. They promised to put an end to the reign of Mahishi. Shiva once happened to hear about the beauty of the Mohini incarnation of Vishnu. Shiva wanted to see the Mohini incarnation. Vishnu then appeared before Shiva as Mohini and from the union was born Ayyappa – HariHara Putra. The child was

Musala in Hindu Sculptures

Musala is a pestle – a short hard object with a round end. The musala can be seen in hands of certain Hindu murtis. Sculptures that adorn the gopurams and pillars of temples carry Musala. In Hindu sculptures, Musala is made of wood. It is a cylindrical rod of hardwood. It is used as an offensive and defensive weapon. The shape of Musala has not changed from the beginning and it remains as it is. This is because it is not capable of introducing shapes or additions to the Musala. Some Musala have designs carved on it. You can Musala in the hands of yakshas and other guardian deities in temples. 

Meaning of Satsanga Hinduism - What Does Satsang Mean in Hindu Religion?

The primary meaning of the word satsanga in Hindu religion is the company of the holy, meaning, association with and becoming one with the supreme Self, which is of the essential nature of Truth. That means — to remain steady in mental modification merged in the form of Brahman (brahmakara-vritti). All ignorance and worldly bondage become annihilated if the mind remains even for a moment in that mental modification. The secondary meaning of the word satsang is the company of holy people, sadhus, who remain meditating on the supreme Self whose essential nature is Truth. To study the books written by the great souls who are the knower of Truth, and to read their instructions illuminated by their experiences are also termed sat-sanga. That is because it is through their instructions that union between the aspirant and the supreme Self, whose essential nature is Truth, can occur. Srimati T.R. Kanakammal, a direct disciple of the Sri Ramana Maharshi, has heard Him define the tr