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King Shibi And The Two Birds – Dove And Eagle

The story of King Shibi and the two birds is found in the Mahabharata. The story was narrated to the Pandavas by Sage Markandeya. The Pandavas listened to the story during their exile period. King Shibi belonged to the lunar race and was a royal sage famous for his spirit of sacrifice. The fame of King Shibi reached the heaven and as usual Indra, the king of Devas, was jealous. Agni, the fire god, and Indra wanted to test the genuineness of his self sacrifice. Agni took the form of a dove and Indra took the form of a hawk. The dove, chased by the hawk, fell on the lap of King Shibi and the king immediately took it under his care. The hawk insisted on the dove being passed on to it, as doves were the natural food of hawks. After much discussion, the hawk agreed to accept Shibi’s flesh, equal in weight to the dove’s. Shibi cut his body, limb by limb, and placed the pieces on one pan of the scale against the dove, which was placed on the other pan. But

Saryanavat – A Lake in Vedic Age – May Be Origin of Name Haryana State

Saryanavat is the name of a lake mentioned in Vedic literature and may be the origin of the name of Haryana State in India. The name is found in several passages of Rig Veda. It is believed that the lake was filled with thickets of soma plant. Soma was an important drink offered to Gods in the Vedic age. The name ‘Saryanavat seems to be derived from ‘sara’ meaning ‘munja, sarkanda or saccarum sara’ (somasyeva maunjavatasya – Rig Veda 10/34/1). Munjavan is one of the twenty four varieties of soma plant mentioned in the Vedas. Saryanavat is translated by Rudolf von Roth, German Indologist, founder of the Vedic philology, as ‘covered with a thicket of reeds.’ The lake is called Saryana in the Jaiminiya Brahmana. The location of the lake as per this Brahmana is the lower western part of modern day Kurukshetra. As per Mahabharata, there was a tirtha by the name of Sasayana on the bank of Saraswati. It was a pond in the shape of a rabbit. Taking a holy dip in the river cures

Vighna Ganapati - Sri Vighna Ganapati Mantra - Worship For Getting Job

Vighna Ganapati is one among the 32 forms of Ganesha. This form of Ganesh is propitiated for removing all troubles and impediments. He removes all the obstacles. Ideal form of Ganesha to be worshipped by those searching for jobs. Sri Vighna Ganapati Mantra is – Shankheshu Chaapa kusumeshu kuthara pashachakra swadanta sruni manjarikaa sharaduhai. Paanishritaih parisameehita bhhoshana shrih vighneshvaro vijayato tapaneeya gaur Vighna Ganapati Form This form of Ganesha has eight hands. Vighna Ganapati is depicted as having golden color. He holds a conch, sugarcane, flower, axe, broken tusk, wheel, paddy and durva grass. Benefits of Worshipping Vighna Ganapati Meditating upon Vighna Ganapati and offering prayers helps a person in removing obstacles and bad influences. It is believed that daily worship of this form of Ganesha brings in prosperity. This form is worshipped for success in exams and interviews. Along with devotion one should practice single-minded foc

Aries Zodiac Sign – The Reason and Origin of Sheep Sign of Aries

Have you ever wondered why sheep is the sign of Aries Zodiac? It was ancient Hindus and Egyptians who divided a year into spring, summer, autumn and winter and assigned to each season three constellations through which the Sun passed. The reason and origin of Sheep Sign of Aries is amusing but apt. Aries is also referred as Ram (March 21 – April 20) as per Solar Calendar. The reason for the name Aries or Ram is because at this time of year the sheep produce their young.

Swami Dayananda Saraswati Quotes and Teachings - Swami Dayananda Saraswati Founder Of Arsha Vidya Gurukulam

Swami Dayananda Saraswati (1930-2015),  founder of Arsha Vidya Gurukulam, teacher of Vedanta. He was a disciple of Swami Chinmayananda. He founded the famous Arsha Vidya Gurukulam. This is a collection of quotes and teachings of the eminent teacher, guide and philosopher.  Living begins when one contributes something that will bring about more happiness, more wisdom and more freedom. Until then, one merely drags one’s life. If I were to choose one aspect of Hinduism, it would be the teaching that God is the only reality, which can be invoked through any name or form. All worship offered with a pure heart is valid. There can be million forms of worship, offered to any name or form that you choose. This is the universal outlook of Hinduism. Hinduism is a very profound religion, not based in simple beliefs. God is to be understood, not just believed in. The Veda says that you are the whole and that you are already free and you have to know that. Your being away from the who