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Story Namuchi And Indra – Head Of Demon Following Indra

Namuchi was a very powerful demon who removed light from the universe and ushered in the era of darkness. It was Indra, the king of demigods, who killed Namuchi and saved the universe but the story has an interesting twist the head of demon Namuchi started chasing Indra around the universe. This story is found in the Mahabharata. Namuchi had the boon that he would not be killed by anything that is wet or dry. Due to the activities of Namuchi, the earth became barren and living beings began to perish. As there was not light, there was no food for the living beings. Indra then approached Srihari Vishnu for a solution. Vishnu then collected foam from the milky ocean and made from it Vajra – a weapon that send out thunderbolts. Indra used the weapon to annihilate Namuchi. The time was evening. The severed head of Namuchi pursued Indra and cursed him, "O slayer of a friend, O wretch! May this sin damn you for all eternity. Brahma advised Indra to take bath at

Story of Hidimba Devi - Wife Of Bhima Of Mahabharata

Hidimbi, or Hidimba Devi, was a forest dweller and she was the first wife of Bhima of Mahabharata. Her brother, Hidimba was killed by Bhima, the second of the Pandava brothers. Hidimbi later married Bhima and they lived together for a year. In fact, Hidimbi was the first woman to be married into the Pandava clan. But she was never given this honor or recognition. Hidimbi happily ruled the kingdom of her brother. Hidimba and Bhima had a son named Ghatotkacha. When Ghatotkacha grew up, Hidimbi handed the kingdom to her son and retired deep into the forest to do penance. The place where she meditated is in Himachal Pradesh and is today known as Dungri Temple . The popular belief is that the temple is located at the exact spot where she meditated. In the region, Hidimba Devi is believed to be an incarnation of Goddess Durga. She is a powerful deity in the region and is the first deity to arrive in Kullu during Dasara celebrations. It must be noted that here that Hidimb

Char Dham of Vishnu – The Four Most Sacred Places of Associated with Lord Vishnu

Char Dham are the sacred temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu or his incarnations (avatars). The four sacred places are Badrinath, Rameshwaram, Puri, and Dwarka. The Char Dhams are located in the North, South, East and West of India. Since the four sacred places are spread across the country, the Char Dham ‘tirth yatra’ is known as the Maha Parikrama. It must be noted here that there is another famous Char Dham yatra that is the Char Dham in the Himalayas . Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri located in Uttarakhand. These temple remains only for six months. The Char Dham of Vishnu are the four pilgrim sites that most Hindus wish to go when they decide upon a tirtha yatra. In North India , in Badrinath in Uttarakhand, Narayana is worshipped in the form of Lord Vishnu. In West, in Dwarka in Gujarat , Vishnu is worshipped in the form of Lord Krishna. In South, in Rameshwaram in Tamil Nadu, Vishnu is worshipped in the form of Lord Rama. I

Symbolism of Snake in Hinduism

Snake (referred as nagas) is an important symbol in Hinduism. The symbolism attached to the serpents are of eternity, fertility and regeneration. They are the protector of the universe. The popular belief is that 1000-headed snake Ananta is holding the earth. “Ananta, the Lord of serpents, supports the Earth with its mountain and forests.” – states the third chapter of Hatha Yoga Pradipika. Ananta is regarded as an emblem of eternity. The divine 1000-headed serpent is believed to be supporting the seven nether worlds below and the seven aerial regions above. Ananta  Sesha means that which remains after dissolution of the universe. Srihari Vishnu the seed of creation rests atop it. The prominence of worship of nagas is based on the belief that snakes do not die but they shed their skins and emerge as new. This eternity of snakes became a symbolism. This ageless quality of the serpent is known as Ananta – never ending. Snake is a symbol of eternity, fertility and regene

Hanuman Mantra To Win Court Cases

Hanuman is one of the powerful gods of Kali Yuga, the present age. He is ever ready to help his devotees from various forms of problems in life. Here is a rare Hanuman Mantra to win court cases. The mantra can be chanted by both men and women. Hanuman Mantra To Win Court Cases ॐ यं ह्रीं वायु - पुत्राय ! एहि एहि , आगच्छ आगच्छ , आवेशय आवेशय , रामचन्द्र आज्ञापयति स्वाहा। Om Yam Hreem Vayuputraya Yahi Yahi Aagach Aagach Aveshaya Aveshaya, Ramchandra Anjapayati Swaha How To Chant The Mantra? The mantra should be chanted for 21 days starting from a Tuesday. The person chanting the mantra should take bath and then wear red color cloth. The ideal time to chant the mantra is morning. The devotee should then sit before the murti or painting of Hanuman. Light lamp, agarbatti, offer sindoor, red color flowers and a banana. Next chant the mantra 108 times. Give away the banana to a cow. Continue this for the next 21 days.

Putana and Krishna – Story of Demon Putana Attempting to Kill Baby Krishna

Demon Putana attempting to kill baby Krishna is one of the most famous incidents in the life of Bhagwan Sri Krishna on earth. The story happens after Kamsa is informed by Goddess Yogamaya that the eighth child of Devaki destined to kill him has all already appeared on earth. Kamsa then recruits Demon Putana to kill all the newborn children in Mathura . Putana gets on with her mission and reaches Gokul. She goes to the house of Nanda Rai and Yashoda in the form of a Brahmin lady and convinces Mata Yashoda that her breast milk has the power to strengthen the baby. Yashoda gives baby Krishna to her to breastfeed. She sits down in a closed room and begins to feed Baby Krishna poisoned milk. Bhagvan realizes that this is a demon in disguise and continues drinking the milk. Krishna does not stop and the demon soon realized that Krishna was sucking life out of her. Putana tries to remove baby Krishna . But he clings to the breast and bites her hard.

Saraswati Vrat For Education

Saraswati Vrat is a religious fasting and vrat performed on Wednesday, Mula or Hasta or Atham Nakshatra and during Navratri in Hinduism. When Is Saraswati Vratham Performed? The most auspicious day to perform Saraswati Vrat is when there is Mula or Moolam or Hasta or Atham Nakshatra during sunrise. It is doubly auspicious if the day falls during the waxing or light phase of moon (Shukla Paksha). How To Perform Saraswati Vrat? The worship and puja is to be done during the day time. Goddess Saraswati is invoked in books and palm leaves, symbolizing the scripted-distributable concretized form of speech. The form of the feminine deity invoked indicates that the Goddess combines the feminine powers o the consorts of the trinity of gods (Brahma Vishnu Shiva), the abstract Omkara sound form, as well as the supreme Mother Goddess. Goddess Saraswati form prescribed for worship during vrat is an integrated concept of the Vedic and Puranic deity. From the Vedic lore

Gargi Vachaknavi Quotes

Gargi Vachaknavi Quotes are primarily from Brihadaranyaka Upanishad. Gargi, who is also known as Mahabhaga and Brahmavidvara, came forward as n opponent of Sage Yajnavalkya and asked him a series of complex and perplexing questions relating to the nature of water, air, sun, demigods, Brahman and other allied matters. The members of the philosophical conference at Janaka’s court had the rare opportunity to notice the erudition and wisdom of Gargi, who dared to challenge the versatile sage-scholar Yajnavalkya. She asked Yajnavalkya The entire world exists in waters. In what do these waters exist? Yajnavalkya replied in the wind do the waters exist. In what does the wind exist? In the intermediate region. In what does the intermediate region exist? In the Gandharva Loka. In what does the Gandharva Loka exist? In the aditya loka. In what does the Aditya Loka exist? In the Chandraloka. In what does the Chandraloka exist? In the Nakshatra Loka. In what does