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Story of Indra in Ravana’s Prison in Lanka

As per Uttara Ramayana , Indra was once captured and kept in a prison in Lanka for a year by Ravana. The story begins with Meghananda, son of Ravana, defeating Indra and capturing him. After a fierce battle, Indra was defeated by Meghanada. He took Indra to Lanka as a prisoner. Ravana chained Indra's hands and feet and tied him to his flagstaff. Later he was put in prison. Devas, celestial beings, approached Brahma and asked his help for releasing Indra. Brahma went to Lanka and secured the release of Indra. Brahma also gave Meghananda the title Indrajit – one who had victory over Indra. Indra had committed adultery with Ahalya, Sage Gautama's wife. The sage had then cursed Indra that he would spend a year in prison, chained by an enemy. His life in Ravana's prison in Lanka was due to this curse.

Vaikunta Dwadasi at Tirumala Tirupati Balaji Temple

The day after the famous Vaikunta Ekadasi is known as Vaikunta Dwadasi at Tirumala Tirupati Balaji Temple. At dawn on the day the famous ‘Sri Swami Pushkarini Teertha Mukkoti’ occurs. Vaikunta Dwadasi 2023 date is December 24 at Tirumala Tirupati Balaji Temple. It is believed that during Vaikunta Ekadasi all the three crores of Holy Teerthas join in Sri Swami Pushkarini waters (pond) located in the Tirumala Tirupati Balaji Temple complex. On the morning of Vaikunta Dwadasi, Chakrasnanam is held at the Tirumala Temple. Later Sri ‘Sudarshana Chakrattalwar’ (Sudarshana Chakra of Vishnu) is taken out from the Ananda Nilayam in procession around the Srivari temple and brought to Sri Varahaswami temple. After Abhishekam, at the time of ‘Chakrasnanam’ devotees bathe in these sacred waters of pushkarini and purify themselves. Chakrattalwar is then offered Vastralankaram, Naivedyam and Harati in a splendid manner. Later Chakrattalwar is taken to Srivari temple.

Goddess Sharada – Story and Information About Goddess Sharada Devi

Goddess Sharada is the goddess of learning. Sharada Devi means the goddess who imparts the essence of knowledge. Sarada, also known as Saraswati, is a manifestation of the Supreme Truth. She blesses devotees with knowledge and spiritual wisdom. She is depicted as pure white in color. She is of exquisite beauty and is worshiped as seated on a lotus. She holds in her four hands, a lute (Veena), book, rosary and one hand is in blessing posture. Sharada is the Goddess of knowledge. She is the Goddess of all spiritual streams. She is also Yogamaya. Goddess Sharada as Yogamaya both conceals and reveals the Divine to the seeker. In this capacity, She naturally becomes the Divine as well as the experiential knowledge of the Divine. The most famous temple dedicated to Goddess Sharada is located at the Sringeri Matha, also known as Sarada Peetham.  Adi Shankaracharya installed Goddess Sharada as a Sri Yantra on a rock; and another, her murti form in a sandalwood. The original Sha

Story of Origin of Sword in Hinduism

Story of origin of sword in Hinduism is mentioned in the Puranas. Devas, or demigods, were constantly harassed by the demons (asuras). Fed up with this constant fighting, Devas asked Brahma for a solution. To help the Devas, Brahma along with numerous other rishis performed a yajna in the Himalayas. During the course of the yajna, a dreadful creature appeared from the havan kund (sacrificial fire). It had a thin and skinny body, which was deep blue in color. Its teeth were sharp and ugly looking. Although thin, it showed great strength and power. When it moved around, the earth started trembling, huge waves appeared in the oceans, there were huge winds, trees started falling and meteors appeared in the sky. Brahma then asked the powerful being to take the form of a sword and protect Dharma.

Bhagavad Gita Knowledge Quotes

Knowledge of Bhagavad Gita in the form of individual quotes from various chapters. Knowledge is indeed better than blind practice; meditation excels knowledge; surrender of the fruits of action is more esteemed than meditation; on surrender, peace follows immediately. (Bhagavad Gita Chapter 12 verse 12) When you acquire True knowledge, You shall see all beings in yourself. He who hates no creature and is friendly and compassionate to all, who is free from attachment and egotism, equal-minded in pleasure and pain, and forgiving. Who is ever content and meditative, self-subjugated and possessed of firm conviction, with mind and intellect dedicated to Me – he who is thus devoted to Me is dear to Me. He with whom the world is never annoyed and who is not himself annoyed with the world, he who is free from elation, intolerance, fear and anxiety – he is  dear to me. He who is free from wants, who is pure, efficient, unattached, untroubled and has given up all sel