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Thulabharam in Guruvayur Sri Krishna Temple – How to Offer and the List of Materials Offered in Tulabharam

Thulabharam is a very important offering at the world famous Guruvayur Sri Krishna Temple. Symbolic meaning of Tulabharam is that the person performing the ritual is offering himself or herself to Lord Guruvayoorappan. The person performing the ritual prays that he/she is offering his/her body to the Lord and then offers a puja item or an item used in the temple equivalent to the weight of the person. In the Thulabharam ritual, a devotee sits on a pan of the weighing balance and the other pan is filled with materials greater than the weight of the devotee. Anything from Gold to curry leaf is weighed and offered to Lord Krishna in the temple. The most popular Thulabharam offerings are that of banana, sugar, jaggery and rice. Thulabharam has been practiced from Dwapara Yuga. Temples in Tirupati, Guruvayur, Dwaraka, Udupi and several other temples in Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh  practice the offering. The earliest reference to a Thulabharam comes

Position of Bed and Other Tips in Bedroom as per Vastu in Hindu Religion

Bad positioning of the bed and other accessories in the bedroom can result in disturbed sleep and problems in love life. Relationship between couples will improve if the bed and other items in the bedroom are kept as per Vastu. Here are vastu tips regarding position of bed in Hindu religion. Never keep bed between two doors – like the main door and bathroom door. This will result in poor health and lack of mental peace. Bed should not be kept on the wall connecting bedroom and bathroom. This will result in lack of peace. This will result in having a bad sex life. If it is not possible to shift the bed. Then the wall and the bed should be separated using a wood piece. Mirror should not be kept in front of the bed. This will result in bad health. There will be negative effect on relationship between people sleeping the bedroom. Keep the head portion of bed on east or south side of the room. If the room is diagonal then the best option is southeast. The bedroom should be

Vishnu Srinivasa Story – How Lord Vishnu Got The Name Srinivasa?

One among the numerous names of Hindu God Vishnu is Srinivasa. Vishnu got this name after the churning of the ocean, or Samudra Manthan, an episode mentioned in the Puranas. During the churning of the ocean, numerous precious items appeared and one among it was Goddess Lakshmi or Shri, which represents prosperity. The Devas (demigods) and Asuras (Demons) distributed numerous things among them like the Devas took the elephant, Asuras took the horse etc. But both the group showed no interest in Shri, which represents prosperity, as with it comes huge responsibilities. Srihari Vishnu sought nothing. Goddess Lakshmi was impressed and She took Him as Her eternal companion. Vishnu then placed Goddess Lakshmi on His chest. As Shri resides on His chest Vishnu came to be known as Srinivasa. The symbol of Goddess Lakshmi on the chest of Vishnu is known as Shrivatsa.

Jalaja In Hinduism

Jalaja in Hinduism means a thousand petaled golden lotus. Thus she is the manifestation of Goddess Lakshmi. As a result of Sri Venkateswara’s tapasya, Sri Mahalaxmi was born in that golden lotus and married Him. Since she was born in the lotus, she is called Padmavathi and Alamer Manga ie., divine lady that sparkles on the lotus. She is also Alamelu Manga. Goddess Lakshmi emerged from the milky ocean as Padmanani, now thriving as Sri Venkatapati Devi. Like this, she is reborn in each yuga whenever Lord Vishnu appears on earth, as Ksheerabdi Kanyaka (lady born in milky ocean), Jalaja Nivasini (lotus dweller), daughter of Sage Bhrigu, Bhoomija (Sita), and lastly in Kali Yuga as Padmavathi, the daughter of Akash Raja’. Lakshmi as Jalaja is quite solemn, evoking fear as she is the daughter of King of Oceans. Even then, as Laxmi Devi she casts her benevolent looks on her devotees. Along with her, Kamadhenu (cow which grants all wishes), Kalpvriksh (tree that grants all wis

Importance of Shiva Tandava Stotram

Shiva Tandava Stotram is an important prayer dedicated to God Shiva. Ravana, the demon king in the Ramayana, is believed to have composed the Stotra. The hymn glorifies Shiva as the Supreme Brahman. Importance of Shiva Tandava Stotram  Shiva is the Supreme Truth. Creation, sustenance and dissolution happens due to His will. Not a single atom can move without His energy. There is no force outside Him. All energy rise and fall in Him. He divides into two for creation and merges into One at the end of a cycle of creation. Ravana was arrogant with his powers. So to impress Shiva, He once attempted to lift the Kailash M ountain . Shiva to quell the arrogance of Ravana simply placed his toe on the mountain. Ravana’s fingers were crushed in the attempt and he could not remove it from under the Holy Mountain . To remove his fingers and escape from the pain and impending death, Ravana sang the Shiva Tandava Stotram. Pleased with the Stotram, Shiva saved Ravana an

Goddess Alamelu - Information On Goddess Alamelu - Her Relation With Lord Balaji

Goddess Alamelu is the consort of Shri Venkateswara (Balaji) – one of the most popular forms of Vishnu worshipped in Hinduism. One of the important temples dedicated to Alamelu is located at Tiruchanur in Andhra Pradesh. The Tiruchanur Temple is about 5 km from Tirupati. There are two schools of thought regarding Goddess Alamelu. One school of thought firmly believes that Alamelu is same as Padmavati, the consort of Venkateswara. Thus she is the incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi. Another school of thought believes that Alamelu and Goddess Padmavati are different. Thus in certain temples associated with Balaji, Goddess Alamelu and Padmavati are consorts of Venkateswara. The Balaji Temple at Jamalpuram in Khammam District has both Alamelu and Padmavati as two distinct consorts. Goddess Alamelu is also known as Alamelu Manga.