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Goddess Shakti in Hindu Religion - Importance - Meaning - Worship of Word Shakti in Hinduism

Shakti stands for the concept of Mother Goddess in Hinduism. The sound ‘sa’ stands for prosperity and ‘kti’ stands for prowess. So the word ‘Shakti’ in Hindu religion stands for the Goddess who is the embodiment of prosperity and prowess. Shakti in Common Parlance Goddess Shakti is the power incarnate. Shakti stands for the concept of Mother Goddess in Hindu Religion. Shakti is categorized term for all Mother Goddesses, as the sole, active, compassionate deity. Shakti is also called Bhagavati, the one who combines in herself knowledge, affluence, power etc. Shakti is the female energy (consort) of Shiva. She has two characters, one benign like mother and the other all consuming fierce form. In Hindu scriptures, Shakti is also known as Parvati, Devi, Uma, Maheshwari, Durga, Annapurna, Ambika and so on. Early Origin Of Goddess Shakti in Hindu Religion Worship of Shakti dates back to the Rig Vedic times, when she was praised as the supporter of the earth, living in the sk

Story of Hanuman and Jambumali in Ramayana

The story of Hanuman and Jambumali in Ramayana happened when Hanuman reached Lanka in search of Mata Sita. Jambumali was the son of demon Prahasta and lived in a lake of liquor. Ravana made a lake of liquor for him, as he was restless and would pick up a fight on the slightest pretext. The other demons were unable to face the wrath of the powerful demon. Jambumali was woken up by the soldiers of Ravana and they reported to him about the serious situation in Lanka and the havoc created by Hanuman . Jambumali soon arrived in the court of Ravana and here the demon king asked him to kill Hanuman. Jambumali dashed off to Ashok Vatika where Hanuman was last spotted. The demon shot arrows at Hanuman but they were easily warded off. They then fought with crude weapons like trees, rocks a, d mountains. They hurled them on each other.  But all this had no effect on Hanuman. Jambumali then grew in size. Hanuman was now only up to his knees. Jambumali thought of crushing H

Story of Palace of Wax in the Mahabharata

Story of the palace of wax is found in the Adi Parva of the Mahabharata. It is an important turning point in the relationship between the Pandavas and Kauravas in the Mahabharata. Both Kaurava and Pandava princes lived in Hastinapura. Pandavas was liked by the citizens due to their conduct and exemplary character. This evoked jealousy in Duryodhana and the other Kaurava brothers. They saw the five Pandava brothers as a threat to their ambitions. Kauravas decided to kill the Pandavas through deceit. With the consent of Dhritarashtra, they built a place at Varanavata. Dhritarashtra asked Kunti and the Pandavas to attend a festival dedicated to Shiva at Varanavata and stay in the newly built palace. Purochana, minister of Duryodhana, went along with the Pandavas. Vidura, uncle of Pandavas, came to know that the palace was built of wax and the aim of the Kauravas was to burn the palace and kill the Pandavas and their mother. Pandavas pretended they had no knowledge of w

English Translation of Nirvana Shatkam of Adi Shankaracharya

Nirvana Shatkam or Shatka illustrates the ‘neti neti’ (not this not this) concept in the Upanishads. Through this short poem Adi Shankara illustrates that ultimate reality or Brahman is without qualities. This is an English Translation of Nirvana Shatkam of Adi Shankaracharya. I am neither the mind, intelligence, ego, nor chitta, Neither the ears nor the tongue, nor the senses of smell and sight. Neither ether nor air, nor fire, nor water, nor earth, I am Eternal Bliss and Awareness I am Shiva! I am Shiva! I am neither the prana nor the five vital breaths, Neither the seven elements of the body, nor its five sheaths, Nor hands, nor feet, nor tongue, nor other organs of action. I am Eternal Bliss and Awareness. I am Shiva! I am Shiva! Neither greed nor delusion loathing nor liking have I. Nothing of pride or ego, of dharma or liberation, Neither desire of the mind, nor object for its desiring. I am Eternal Bliss and Awareness. I am Shiva! I am Shiva!