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Story of Performing Thoppu Karanam to Lord Ganesha

There is an interesting story behind the origin of Thoppu Karanam practiced today by many Ganesha devotees especially in  South India . Thoppu Karanam is performing the prayer before Lord Ganesh by holding the hands crosswise across the breast with the fingers holding the earlobes and bending down and then getting up. This is performed several times by Lord Ganesha devotees. The original name of Thoppu Karanam was Dhorbit Karana.  Legend has it that once there was a demon named Gajmukhasur. He was creating havoc around the world and started killing Devas and humans. Lord Ganesha intervened and began to fight Gajmukhasur. The fight was witnessed by Devas and Saints. During the fight Lord Ganesh took a fierce form and started swirling the Gajmukhasur in air. Frightened and to avoid getting hurt from the violent swirl, Devas and saints started bending down and performing the Thoppu Karanam. Ganesha finally killed Gajmukhasur but the Devas and saints continued perform T

Jalatharangam – Musical Instrument

Jalatharangam is a musical instrument made using a set of porcelain bowls holding water. The word ‘Jalatharangam’ literally means water waves. The bowls are of varying sizes and are arranged in a semi-circle format in front of the performer. They are placed in an increasing order of size from left to right. More details: The sound is produced by striking the bowls with two thin bamboo sticks one held in each hand. The bowls are arranged in increasing order of pitch from left to right. Change of pitch is achieved by adjusting the volume of water in the bowls. The deep bass sound is produced by bigger bowls. Smaller bowls produce high-pitched tones. Medium and fast tempo can be achieved on Jalatharangam. Deft hands of a seasoned performer strike on the rim of the bowls without tilting them. Jalatharangam artists are very rare. Anayampatti Village in Gangavalli Taluk in Salem District of Tamil Nadu is associated with Jalatharangam. Anayampatti Subba Ayyar (1881 – 1961) was a

Bindu Saras Lake In Hinduism

Bindu Saras is a holy lake in Hinduism and is mentioned in Puranas. It is situated on the northern side of Mount Kailash , the abode of Shiva. Legend has it that Bindu Saras was created from the tears of Vishnu which fell on the spot when Srihari Vishnu was moved by the intense Tapas and austerities performed by Kardama Prajapati. Bhagiratha did Tapa (penance) here in order to bring Mother Ganges into Earth Indra performed 100 Yagyas here. Lord Shiva also performed Yaga here. Shiva who captured Ganga on his hair released the River into Bindu Saras. Sri Krishna did great Tapa here and attained great merits. Maya, the asura, offered DevaDatta and Vrishaparvav's mace (Gada) to Arjuna and Bhima respectively at this place. Please note that there is also a lake named Bindu Saras in Bhubaneswar city in Orissa. Numerous temples are located on its banks. Legend has it that Shiva created this lake to quench the thirst of Goddess Parvati.

Goddess Puruhutika – Hindu Goddess Puruhuthika Devi

Goddess Puruhutika is an incarnation of Goddess Shakti and her abode is believed to be one among the Ashtadasa Peethas – 18 Shakti Peeth concept in South India . The popular belief is that the spot where left hand of Goddess Sati fell after her death is the spot where Goddess Puruhutika Devi appeared. This spot is believed to be the current Kukkuteswara Swamy Temple at Pithapuram in Andhra Pradesh. Goddess Puruhutika gets her name after she was successfully propitiated by Indra, the Lord of Devas, to get rid of curse. Puru is one among the numerous names of Indra and Puruhutika means one who was worshipped of Indra. Goddess Puruhutika is depicted has having four hands. The right hands hold Beeja (bag of seeds) and parashu (axe). The left hands hold lotus and a dish (Madhu Patra). The Navratri festival during September/October is when the important ceremonies associated with the Goddess is held. 

Do This in Office or Shop to Improve Business and Increase Profit

If you are facing decreased business, less profit and other trouble in shop and office, then do this simple tip to increase profit and improve business. Get a brass murti of Ganesha. Place the Ganesha in the shop and office in such a way that all people coming into the establishment can see it. This will help in increasing profit. Keeping it in the northeast, north or east part of the shop. Offer Durva grass daily to the murti. On every Sankashti Chaturthi offer a modak to the murti. Daily Chant the following mantra near the murti of Ganesha 21 times Om Shreem Gam Saubhagya Ganpataye Var Vard Sarva Janam mai vashmanaya Swaha. ॐ श्रीं गं सौभ्याय गणपतये वर वरद सर्वजनं मे वशमानय स्वाहा।

Lokasaranga Muni – Story of Temple Priest Who Carried Untouchable on Shoulders to Srirangam Temple

Tirupannazhvar is the 12 th among the 12 Azhwars and Lokasaranga Muni who was the temple priest of Srirangam Temple had insulted the Azhwar but later repented and carried Tirupannazhvar on shoulders to Srirangam Temple. The story reiterates that untouchability is practiced by the ignorant people and not by Lord. Tirupannazhvar was considered untouchable by society but his devotion for Lord Vishnu residing at Srirangam was unparalleled. He was denied entry into the Srirangam Temple but he sang sons of Lord Ranganatha on his veena standing on the banks of the Kaveri River in Srirangam.  He used to sing for hours standing on the opposite bank of Kaveri River facing Lord Ranganatha and used to remain immersed in bhakti as if he has lost consciousness. One day Tirupannazhvar was so immersed in Lord Ranganatha that he fell unconscious and remained there as though in deep sleep. Lokasaranga Muni, the temple priest of Srirangam, came to fetch water from the river for the mor

Sanskrit Mantra For Childbirth

Along with offering prayers to Lord Krishna, chanting of the following Sanskrit mantra for child birth will help couples. The mantra is to be chanted 108 times for 21 days. Sanskrit Mantra For Childbirth Sarva Darman Paritajya Mamekam Shranam Vraj Aham Twa Sarvapapemeyo Mokshayami Ma Shucha सर्वधर्मान् परित्यज्य मामेकं शरणं व्रज। अहं त्वा सर्वपापेभ्यो मोक्षयिष्यामी मा शुच।।   How To Chant Sanskrit Mantra For Childbirth? First and foremost is unwavering devotion in Sri Krishna. If prayers are done with doubt in mind it will never be fulfilled. The mantra can be chanted for minimum 21 days. It is also chanted for 45 or more days. First wake up in the morning and take bath. Offer prayers to Ganesha in mind. Next keep a murti or painting of child Krishna in the east side of the house. Sit facing east. Light lamp using cow ghee, light natural agarbatti, offer sandalwood paste, offer yellow color flowers and offer laddus. Now chant the mantra 108 times. The pra

Hanuman Mantra For Victory In Court Cases – Legal Issues

Hanuman is one of the most powerful gods in Kali Yuga (the present era). He is still living on earth and it is believed that he comes disguised to help his devotees. Here is a Hanuman mantra for victory in court cases – legal Issues Hanuman Mantra – Victory In Court Cases Pavan Tanaya Bal Pavan Samana Budhi Vivek Vigyan Nidhana पवन तनय बल पवन समाना। बुद्धि विवेक विग्यान निधाना। This mantra is a doha in Sunderkand. There are many dohas in Sunderkand that help in attaining human desires. Certain lines in Sunderkand can be used like a mantra. How To Chant The Mantra? Wake up early in the morning before sunrise. Take bath. Offer red color oil based diya or lamp, offer sindoor, offer banana, offer dhoop and offer favorite flowers of Hanuman and leaves. Sit facing east and chant the mantra 108 times. Feed animals on the day. The prayer should be performed for 21 days.