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Why Tulsi Leaves Are Not Offered To Shiva In Hindu Pujas and Rituals?

Hindu God Shiva is never worshipped with Tulsi leaves. It is also not offered during pujas, rituals and festivals associated Shiva. The reason for this is mentioned in the Shiva Purana.  Legend has it that an Asura named Dambh did not have any children. So he did intense Tapas for several years and pleased Vishnu. When Vishnu appeared before him, he asked for a powerful and invincible son. Vishnu blessed him with a son. Later a son was born to Dambh and he was named Shankhchud. Some scriptures refer to Shankhchood as Jalandhar Shankhchood wanted to be a conqueror of the three worlds and with this intention he performed tapas and pleased Brahma. As a boon he asked Brahma that no gods should defeat him. Brahma blessed him with Sri Krishna Kavach and advised him to marry Tulsi daughter of Dharma Dhwaj. Brahma told him that the boon depended on Sri Krishna Kavach and chastity of Tulsi. Tulsi is mentioned as Vrinda in some holy texts. Once he obtained unimaginable powers, Shankh

Goddess Kanyakumari - Story Of Virgin Goddess Kanyakumari

Goddess Kanyakumari is one of the forms of Mother Goddess Shakti in Hinduism. As Kanya Kumari, She is the virgin goddess. Both Kanya and Kumari means virgin. The popular belief is that she took the form of Kanyakumari to annihilate demon Banasura. Another legend has that she still remains in this form in the Kanyakumari Temple in Tamil Nadu in Southern tip of India due a broken marriage promise. Demon Banasura had attained a boon that a virgin girl will only kill him. The demon believed that he could easily overpower a young virgin. After getting the boon, Banasura defeated the Devas and started numerous Adharmic activities. Vishnu advised the Devas to pray to Goddess Shakti to find a solution. Goddess Shakti promised the Devas that She will restore Dharma by annihilating Banasura. Goddess Shakti then appeared as a beautiful young girl on earth. Banasura who came to know about the beautiful girl decided to take her away forcibly. Goddess Kanyakumari easily overpowered the

Hayagriva Madhava Temple At Hajo In Assam Rescues Extinct Black Softshell Turtle

Hayagriva Madhava Temple in the Hajo pilgrimage centre in Assam has provided a safe haven to the softshell turtles. Hindus consider them as sacred, the incarnations of Lord Maha Vishnu, so they believe it is their duty to protect them from harm. The black softshell turtle is officially extinct in the wild, but the centuries-old Hindu temple and its nature-loving caretaker are helping them back to life. Recently 35 turtle hatchlings, including 16 black softshells hand-reared at the temple, was released into a nearby wildlife sanctuary. According to an AFP report, a key figure is the caretaker of the temple pond, Pranab Malakar, who long before environmentalists became involved took a keen interest in the turtles' wellbeing. Malakar collects eggs laid by the turtles on the banks of the pond and hatch them into an incubator. The initiative has become a successful model so that they have identified 18 other temple ponds in the area which could be used for the same pu

Raghunatha Siromani - Nyaya Philosophy

Raghunatha Siromani (1477 AD to 1547 AD) was a luminary in the field of Nyaya Philosophy. He was born in a poor Brahmin family of Nadia (West Bengal). He lost his father when he was an infant. As per information available, he was the student of Vasudeva Sarvabhauma, who is regarded as the first of what is called the “Nudden School”. At every stage of learning, Raghunatha proved himself to be an extraordinary student and very soon surpassed his teacher in many respects. Raghunatha Shiromani’s method of study was unique. After copying the text to be discussed, he used to find out the logical inconsistency of the text and present systematically his views on the subject covered by the text. Raghunatha although by conviction a Naiyayika, was extremely critical about certain Nyaya Vaisheshika theories. For instance, he was critical of the concept of samanya lakshana, a method adopted in the Navya Nyaya School for proving the vyapti (invariable unconditional concomitance), on wh

Moon Prayer For Money And Wealth – Find Hidden Treasure

Chandra is the Hindu moon god and it is believed that He reveals hidden treasures at night. It is believed by many that chanting moon prayer one will be successful in money –wealth and property related matters. Here is a moon prayer for money and wealth in Hindu religion. Moon is one god in Hinduism who helps in finding hidden treasure. Moon Prayer For Money And Wealth Datishanktusharambham Shirodarnava Sambhavam Namami Shashinam Somam Shambomurkut Bhooshanm दधिशंखतुषाराभं क्षीरोदार्णव सम्भवम । नमामि शशिनं सोमं शंभोर्मुकुट भूषणं ।। 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).

Emperor Raghu Of Solar Dynasty – Great Grandfather Of Bhagavan Sri Ram

Raghu a great emperor of ancient India was born to Emperor Dilipa in the solar dynasty. He was the great grandfather of Bhagavan Sri Ram of Ramayana. Emperor Dilipa declared that his son would be an expert in Shastras and would defeat his enemies; therefore his name should be Raghu, a Sanskrit word which means “the fast one.” Raghu had a son by the name of Aja, who was the father of King Dasharatha, the father of Sri Ramachandra. Raghu ruled the kingdom of Ayodhya and his dynasty was named after him – Raghuvamsa (dynasty of Raghu). After the Ashwamedha sacrifice performed by emperor Raghu, the yajna horse was stolen by Indra. Raghu defeated Indra in a battle and brought the horse back. He inherited the kingship of Ayodhya and established peace and tranquility everywhere in the kingdom. He conquered kingdoms in all quarters of the Earth and performed the Vishwajit Yajna, literally the ‘the sacrifice of world conqueror’. Whatever wealth he obtained by conquering c

Punit Maharaj – Junagadh – A Saint Of Gujarat

Punit Maharaj (pre monastic name Balakrishna) was the son of Bhaishankara and his wife Lalita Devi. He was born in Junagadh on the second day of the dark half of lunar month of Vaishakh in Vikram Samvat 1964 i.e., on May 19, 1908. The atmosphere in the house of Punit Maharaj was religious. His mother used to sing bhajans which created an everlasting impression on the mind of the young child. He lost his father at an early age and his widowed mother had to struggle for daily food. She could not perform even the boy’s sacred thread ceremony. But his maternal uncle did it at a later stage in his life. Punit could hardly study up to matriculation. Before he could finish his schooling, he had to go to work. He had various stints as a peon, postman, porter at the Ahmedabad Railway Station, clerk, teacher, an editor of newspaper, etc. For lack of money, he could not afford medical care for his ailing son, who died. Due to his smoking habit, Punit developed tuberculosis, which re