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Sun Rays Fall Directly on the Murti Worshipped at Sri Veda Narayanaswami Temple near Tirupati

Every year on 25th, 26th and 27th of March, the sun's rays fall on the main murti worshipped at the Sri Veda Narayanaswami Temple at Nagalapuram near Tirupati between 1800 hrs and 1815 hrs. On the first day, the rays fall on the feet, on the second - on the chest and on the third on the forehead. The temple is located on the Chennai – Tirupati Highway and is around 81 km from Chennai and 70 km from Tirupati. The shrine is dedicated to the Matsya Avatar Murti of Vishnu. Story Legend has it that Surya, sun god, pays his respects to Lord Vishnu by shedding his rays on Him and warming Vedanarayana Swami who had to fight a long battle with Somakasura in the cold waters of the ocean to retrieve the Vedas. Architectural Wonder This holy event has been happening in spite of the fact that the distance between first prakaram and the sanctum sanctorum is more than 600 yards and has many structures in between. It is yet another example of the architectural wonder of ancie

Yadu In Hindu Scriptures – Story Of King Yadu

Yadu was the progenitor of the race to which Sri Krishna belonged. The Yadavas descended from Yadu. Yadu was the eldest son of Yayati and Devayani, daughter of Shukracharya. Yaduvamsa or Yadukula belongs to the lunar race. The eldest son of Yadu was Sahasrajit. The ninth generation from him was Kartavirya Arjuna. Krostu was Yadu’s second son. Vrishni, Madhu and Sattvata were some of the well-known descendents of Yadu lineage through Krostu. Since Lord Krishna was a descendant of this branch of the family, he was known as Yadava, Varshneya, Madhava and Sattvata. 

Manusa Lake – Story of Manusa Lake In Hinduism

Manusa is a lake mentioned in the Rig Veda, Aitareya Brahmana and the Mahabharata. The story of Manusa Lake is found in the Mahabharata. Legend has it that some black antelopes were struck by the arrows of a hunter. They got into the lake and emerged from the water as human beings – Manusa. The modern village of Manas, 5 km west of Kaithal in Haryana is identified with the lake. The village has a large area under water. As per Rig Veda, Bharata princess kindled sacrificial fire on the banks of sacred rivers and Lake Manusa. Manusa Lake is considered as a Tirth, or sacred pilgrimage spot, in the Mahabharata, Vamana and Padma Puranas. 

Som Pradosh Vrat 2023 – Importance - Puja - Mantra - Benefits Of Observing Soma Pradosham

Observed on the 13th day of a lunar fortnight, Pradosh, also referred as Pradosha Vrata and Shiva Pradosham, is a highly auspicious day dedicated to Lord Shiva. Som or Soma Pradosh is observed when Pradosha Vrata day falls on a Monday. Som Pradosh 2023 dates are April 3, April 17, August 28 and September 25. Som Pradosh Vrat Mantra Shreem Sureshwaraya Namah Shivaya Shreem श्रीं सुरेश्वराय नमः शिवाय श्रीं Importance of Som Pradosh Vrat Monday is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is considered highly auspicious day to offer pujas and prayers to Lord Shiva. There is a popular belief that the power of all the gods and goddesses in Hindu pantheon merge in the Shivling or in places where there is the presence of Shiva. It is said that just before sunset on Som Pradosh, Shiva dances happily on Kailash mountain and he fulfills the desires of devotees who follow dharma. Lord Shiva had told Goddess Sati that in Kali Yuga (the present era as per Hinduism), the easiest way to

Story Of Shiva Feeding Stone Elephant With Sugarcane

Story of Shiva feeding stone elephant with sugarcane is found in the Halasya Mahatmyam. The story depicts Lord Shiva’s love and compassion for his devotees. Once, when the king of renowned Pandya Empire in South arrived for his regular morning prayers at the famous Madurai Meenakshi Temple, Lord Shiva appeared on the scene in the guise of an ascetic, just outside the sanctum sanctorum. When he blocked the path of the king, the royal guards ordered Him to move away, but the ascetic refused. The king demanded, “Who are you?” “I am an ascetic of great occult powers,” replied the ascetic. “I am subservient to none, and the Lord of all. I am omnipotent!” At this point, a farmer brought a sugarcane and offered it to the king. Determined to belittle the ascetic, the king asked Him to command the huge sculpture of the elephant in front of the shrine to eat the sugarcane out of his hand. The mystic immediately ordered the stone elephant to do so, whereupon the latter moment