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Origin of Yellamma – Renuka Yellamma Story

Goddess Yellamma is a popular Hindu deity in South India especially in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and in parts of Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra . She is the Hindu Goddess of the poor and downtrodden and is popularly associated with the Devadasi concept. The story of origin of Yellamma is unique and is associated with Goddess Renuka the mother of Parashurama, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. According to legend, Renuka, the wife of Sage Jamadagni, was famous for her devotion and chastity. It is said that her chastity was so powerful that she had the divine power to collect water even in unbaked pots. But once she happened to see a king making love to his wife on the riverbank and she had adulterous thoughts. She lost her divine powers and her husband Sage Jamadagni came to know about this. The sage had five sons and in anger he ordered them to cut the head of Renuka. Four of them refused but Parashuram, the fifth son readily agreed to cut the head of his mother. Wh

330 Million Gods In Hinduism - Reason - Meaning - Symbolism Of 33 Crore Devi Devata

Does Hindus worship 330 million gods? The number 33 koti (crore) is constantly heard when any discussion regarding the gods in Hinduism take place. Koti does not mean 330 million it means virtuous. But the initiators of the discussion, who are mostly totally unaware of Hindu religion and wants to take a dig, deliberately skip the symbolism of the numerous Hindu gods - devi devatas. The symbolism of the 330 million is that it represents the Brahman, which has different names, forms, activities, attributes and powers owing to differences of function. All animate and inanimate and those yet to appear is nothing but a manifestation of Brahman. Number 33 In Hinduism It is a known fact that it is impossible to worship the 330 million gods. But, why the number 33? The number 33 comes from the number of Vedic gods explained by Yajnavalkya in Brihadaranyaka Upanishad – the eight Vasus, the eleven Rudras, the twelve Adityas, Indra and Prajapati. (Chapter I, hymn 9, verse 2) In Br

Surya Mantra for Good Health – Skin Disease – Eyes and Beauty

Hindus have been worshipping Surya (Sun God) for thousands of years. Surya is the Pratyaksha Brahman or the visible god. Here is a Surya Mantra for good health, to cure skin diseases, eye ailments and for beauty. Surya Mantra for Good Health – Skin – Eyes and Beauty ॐ घृ ‍ णिं सूर्य्य : आदित्य – the mantra should be chanted daily early in the morning looking at the rising 108 times. On Sunday, after chanting the mantra the person should read the Aditya Hridaya Stotram ( आदित्य ह्रदय स्तोत्र ). How to Chant the Surya Mantra? Waking early in the morning and take bath. Wear orange or saffron color dress and first offer prayers to Ganesha. Find a place from where the rising sun is visible. Offer water to Surya and then sit in meditation. Chant the mantra 108 times.

Story of Son of Kumbhakarna Of Ramayana

Kumbhakarna of Ramayana had a son named Bhim. He was born to Kumbhakarna and his wife Karkadi. The couple had met and got married in the Sahyadri Mountains. When Kumbhakarna left for Lanka, Karkadi did not follow him. She had Bhim, when Kumbhakarna was in Lanka. When Kumbhakarna got killed in the Ramayana, Karkadi hid her son as she did not want him to fall into the trap of Devas, demigods. When Bhim grew up he came to know about the death of his father and the role played by Devas. Bhim decided to take revenge and to gain strength he performed intense austerities. The tapas of Bhim was so intense that Brahma had to appear and offer him boon. The boons made Bhim stronger and powerful. He declared himself as God and started harassing all the living beings. During this period there lived a king named Kamrupeshwar. He was an ardent devotee of Shiva. Bhim one day found out that the king was worshipping a huge shivling. He ordered the king to stop worshipping the shivlin

Trimbakeshwar Temple Nashik History – Architecture – Kushavarta Kund Importance

Trimbakeshwar Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, is one among the 12 Jyotirlinga temples in India and it is located in Nashik. The architecture style of Trimbakeshwar Temple is North Indian or Yadava. The mandir structure seems to have been inspired by the Sahyadri mountain peaks on the way to the temple. Kushavarta kund (ghat or tirth) is of great importance and it has a long history. Trimbakeshwar Temple History The current temple construction was started by Bajirao and it was completed by his son Nanasaheb Peshwa around 1785 AD. It cost more than a million rupees in those days. The main Shivling in the sanctum sanctorum is small and is in a recess. It also has representations of Brahma and Vishnu. A silver crown is place over the deity but a golden an ancient bejeweled crown is placed on the Shivling during special occasions. A rath or chariot procession is taken out in a wooden chariot donated by Sardar Vinchurkar in 1866 AD. It is a fine example of Maratha woo

Pranayama Breathing Time - How Long To Hold Breath In Yoga Practice – Pranayama

Pranayama breathing time is described in Hatha Yoga Pradipika (II 11 – 12). Here is a look at how long to hold breath in yoga practice pranayama. It is recommended by Swatmarama that a sincere student who wants to drive the full benefits of pranayama should practice if four times each day. And at each sitting one should practice eighty kumbhakas, that is, holding the breath inside the lungs. The duration of each kumbhaka is measured according to three standards. The lowest standard means holding the breath approximately twelve seconds in each kumbhaka. The middle standard is of kumbhaka for twenty four seconds, and the highest standard includes each kumbhaka for forty seconds or more. Practicing three and twenty kumbhakas of the lowest measure every day leads to profuse sweating of the body. The middle standard gives rise to kampana, ie a tingling sensation along the spine. This is an indication of good progress. The highest standard is practiced by highly adept s

Moon Prayer For Love

Chandra is the Hindu moon god associated with love and romance. It is believed by many that chanting moon prayer one will be successful in love related matters. Here is a Moon Prayer For Love in Hindu religion. Moon is one god in Hinduism who got cursed because of love.   Moon Prayer For Love Om Aim Kleem Somaya Namah ॐ ऐं क्लीं सोमाय नम : । (soma here stands for moon god) How To Chant The Prayer ? The mantra should be chanted on Monday or on full moon day. The mantra should be chanted for 16 Mondays or 16 full moon days. The person chanting the mantra should take bath in the evening and perform the chanting of mantra during moonrise or chandrodaya time in the evening. The person should wear white color dress. Light lamp using cow ghee. Offer jasmine flowers, scent and chandan (sandalwood paste). Offer white color fruit or kheer as Prasad or food. Chant the prayer 108 times.

Sant Dadu Dayal Quotes and Teachings

This is a collection of quotes and teachings of Sant Dadu Dayal.  Sant Dadu Dayal (1544—1603) was a poet and sant and is the founder of Dadu Panth active in Rajasthan, Gujarat and other states of the region. A new pot taken from the potter’s furnace may be decorated with many pictures outside. But what use will it be to thee, O Dadu, without any contents? Such are the ones who make outer display of religiosity. The whole world makes an outer display, whereas the practice of the Saint is within. This is the difference between the two; hence no accord is found between them. One sits fearlessly by repeating God's Name; the Negative Power can never consume him. God belongs to the caste of love, love is dear to Him; Love is his body, and love alone is His color. This fragile and transient human life is speedily coming to its end. It is high time that we seek refuge in the Lord of Love. Only while living as a human being can the work be accomplished, not after deat