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Chinnamasta Story – Symbolism - Goddess Chinnamastika Devi With Severed Head In Hand

The story of Goddess Chinnamasta is found in the Markandeya Purana. Chinnamastika Story is part of the Devi Mahatmya section of the Purana and is a continuation of the attempts made by Goddess Durga to defeat Mahishasura. Chinnamasta Story In Renuka Tantra During the war against Durgamasur, one of the chief commanders of him, named Aghorasura started creating havoc by annihilating huge number of people. He vandalized many things, so goddess Adi Shakti (Mother Goddess Shakti) took the form of Vajrayogini and came to annihilate the demon. Rare Picture of Chinnamasta Yantra Devi killed the demon, drank his blood, and started dancing in the battlefield. Devas soon realized that the dance would put an end to the world. They prayed to Lord Brahma for a solution. Brahma suggested only kama (lust) can subdue krodha (anger). So the gods asked Kamadeva to subdue the anger of Mother Goddess Shakti. Lord Kamdev along with his spouse Rati, came to the battlefield and aimed an arr

Goddess Totala – Information About Hindu Goddess Totala

Goddess Totala is a manifestation of Goddess Parvati in Hinduism. In this form she destroys the sins of her devotees. As per information, Goddess Totala is more closely associated with the Gauri form of Mother Goddess Shakti. It is said that Goddess Totala talks with her devotees lovingly and in a childish manner. That is why she is known as Totala. Representative image of Gauri who is closely associated with Goddess Totala In this form, Mother Goddess is kind and benevolent. She is depicted as a peaceful deity. She is four-armed. She holds Shula, Akshamala, Danda and white Chauri. In some regions, Goddess Totala is associated with Goddess Tara. When she is associated with Goddess Tara, she is also the goddess of herbs and medicines. Temples dedicated to Goddess Totala are found in Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand in India. 

Shiva And Origin Of Music In Hinduism

As per Hinduism, music originated from the five mouths of Shiva. The origin of saptaswaras (seven basic notes) and the musical instruments are traced to Shiva. Legend has it that once Goddess Parvati wanted to know about the origin of saptaswaras. Shiva then revealed the secret of the origin of the swaras and musical instruments. The origin of music is associated with Panchanana Shiva – Shiva with five faces. The five faces of Shiva are Sadyojat, Vamdev, Aghora, Tatpurush and Ishana.  From the mouth of Sadyojat face of Shiva appeared the Gandharaswara. It is believed that earth also appeared from this face. Musical instruments like Mridangam which uses bark of trees or skin appeared from the Sadyojat form. Rishaba and Shadjam Swaras appeared from the Aghora face. Agni appeared from this face. Musical instruments with strings appeared from Agni. Daivata Swara appeared from Vamadeva face. It is believed that water appeared from this face. Musical instruments like

How to Offer Water to Sun in the Morning? – Surya Mantra for Jal Arpan

Hindus have been worshipping sun by offering water in the morning for thousands of years. Surya (Sun) is the Pratyaksha Brahman or the visible god in Hinduism. Below is a brief description on how to offer water to sun in the morning. The Surya mantra for jal arpan is also given below. Surya Mantra for Jal Arpan ॐ ह्रीं ह्रीं सूर्याय नमः (Om Hreem Hreem Suryaya Namah) or ॐ सूर्याय नम (Om Suryaya namah) The mantra should be chanted 7 times while offering water to Surya. How to Offer Water to Sun in the Morning? Take bath early in the morning. Wear orange, saffron or red color dress and first offer prayers to Ganesha in mind. Take small copper vessel put water in it. Add some kumkum and red color flowers. Find a place from where the rising sun is visible. First offer prayers to the rising sun. Pour the water seven times down facing the sun by lifting your hands on level with your face. Chant the above given mantra. On Sunday along with offering wate

Ashta Sakha – Eight Male Friends of Krishna in Vrindavan – Different Names

Ashta Sakha literally means eight male friends and refers to the eight favorite friends of Bhagavan Sri Krishna at Vrindavan and Gokul, where he spent his childhood and boyhood days. It is actually seven friends and the eighth being Sri Krishna. The names and number of friends are not the same with different sects. Ashta Sakha is of great importance in the Vallabha Sampradaya (a Vaishnavite tradition of worship). Names of Ashta Sakha Suradasa Toke Arjuna Rishabha Subala Sridama Vishala Bhoja Friendship has been recognized in other devotional sects as an acceptable form of worship of Krishna. This is known as the Sakhya Bhava and is considered the same as the friendship of Krishna’s childhood and teenage playmates. Devotional texts classify Krishna’s friends into three groups, namely, seniors like Balarama, his juniors, and those who shared his habits and interests and are closest to him. Ashta Sakha is of great significance to those devotees who find bhakt

Teachings Of Jada Bharata In The Bhagavata Purana

Story of Jada Bharata and his teachings can be found in the Srimad Bhagavad Purana It is the mind of man which causes him either to fall into the morass called samsara or to find freedom from it. It is the mind which should be subdued. When the mind is tainted with the three gunas – Sattva, Rajas and Tamas its path is set in the world of objects. It will have to keep on performing actions, good or bad: and the cycle of births and deaths will be endless. Mind will acquire desires and according to the desires, its progress will be towards the higher or towards the lower, as the case may be. Pleasure and pain will affect the life of man and there will be no end to it. So long as the mind is attached to the things of the world it can never glow on its own accord. The real ‘I’ in me has absolutely no connection with this so-called body of mine: and insults to this body or injustices heaped on this body do not affect ‘me’ in the least. The words are meaningless consideri

Garuda Prayer In Malayalam – Garuda Ashtottara Text in Malayalam

Garuda Ashtottara is a popular prayer dedicated to Garuda, the half eagle – half man bird in Hinduism. This is the Garuda Ashtottara prayer in Malayalam. The lyrics and text is in pdf format. The file was found on prapatti website. Garuda is mainly offered prayers to protection. He is also worshipped by those who have constant fear of snakes. It is good for those people who are troubled by snakes in dreams. Those people who are facing problems due to snakes in their home and property can chant the stotra. Link – Download Garuda Prayer In Malayalam