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Mainaka Mountain and Hanuman

Mainaka Mountain is mentioned in the Ramayana and is situated between India and Sri Lanka . When Hanuman was jumping over sea to Lanka, Mainaka Mountain rose up from the sea and provided resting place to Hanuman. There is an interesting legend as to why Mainaka Mountain rose up to help Hanuman. Legend has it that in Krita Yuga (the first of the four yugas in Hindu tradition) all mountains in the world had wings and they could fly like birds. But people were sacred that they might fall down anytime and cause damage. Saints and other beings approached Indra for a solution. As assembly of Devas was called and it was decided to clip the wings of the mountains. Devas caught hold of the flying mountains and Indra then cut off the wings of all mountains with his weapon Vajra. But when he tried to cut the wings of Mainaka Mountain it moved away. Devas tried to hold the mountain down but could not as it was moved from the spot again by a strong wind. Vayu Deva, the

Urad Dal in Hindu Astrology – Small Process in Hindu Oral Tradition

Urad Dal (उड़द दाल) is widely using in Hindu homes for cooking. It is also a favorite item in Hindu astrology and oral Hindu tradition to overcome problems in Janam Kundli (horoscope). The small process (totke) using urad dal helps in solving luck, job, money, and health-related problems as per oral tradition. Please note that these small processes are not found in scriptures associated with Hinduism. They are part of oral tradition and it has been followed for thousands of years. For improvement of business – keep few grains of black urad dal in front of the shop, godown or other business establishments. In the evening, put this along with a kilo of urad dal and donate it to a poor family. This will help in overcoming all kinds of problems in business. There will be profit and increase in the volume of business. Before going out on important work from like a new job, loan or other purposes and if you have a doubt regarding achieving success in the matter, then ask the elderly

Coconut on Kalash – What to do with Water and Coconut atop Kalasham after Varalakshmi Puja?

Kalash is an indispensable part of Varalakshmi puja and vratam. What to do with the coconut atop the kalash and water inside the pot always haunts women and men who are part of the puja. You should break the coconut next day and use it to make any sweet like sweet pongal, modak, or kozhukattai with jaggery and rice. The sweet is then offered to the Gods worshipped at home. Family members then eat the sweet. The water in the kalash should be offered to plants which are on ground (not potted plants). The water should not flow out. People should not stamp on water. You can offer the water to Tulsi or any other plant. If you are using turmeric then it should be thrown into a well. Rice used can be used to cook prasad. If not possible it can be donated along with more rice to poor people.

Story Of Arjuna And Urvashi

Urvashi was one of the Apsaras in the celestial world. It was common for her to visit earth and fall in love with men. On one such visit she fell in love with Pururava, a king of the Kuru clan. The story of Arjuna, one of the Pandavas, and Apsara Urvashi begins here. After years of courtship, Urvashi left Pururava and went back to the celestial world. Years later Urvashi again visited earth and saw a handsome young man in Amravati . The man reminded her of his former love Pururava. Urvashi approached the young man with desire to make love. But surprisingly she was turned away. This had never happened before. This hurt her false pride and ego. An angry Urvashi wanted know the reason why a human being rejected an apsara like her. The young man introduced himself and told her that he was Arjuna, the Pandava, and was a descendent of Pururava. This made her a motherly figure. She is also a beloved of Indra (it is believed that Indra is the father of Arjuna). Thus moral

Parikshit Maharaj – Story of Parikshit King in Mahabharata

Parikshit Maharaj was the son of Abhimanyu and grandson of Arjuna in the Mahabharata. King Parikshit was in the womb of Uttara when the Kurukshetra war ended and he was the only remaining heir in the family of the Pandavas. The Brahmastra directed by Ashwathama to the womb had caused damage to the baby in the womb of Uttara but Sri Krishna revived the stillborn baby. When Yudhisthira and the other Pandavas decided to go for Vanaprastha after abdicating the throne, Parikshit became the king of Hastinapura. Kali Yuga began during the reign of Parikshit. There is an interesting story in the Puranas in which demon Kali is asked to reside Adharmic places by Parikshit.  Legend has it that once King Parikshit during a hunting expedition lost his way and reached the ashram of Shamika Rishi. The king asked for water but the sage who was in deep meditation did not respond. Parikshit, who was thirsty and hungry, in a fit of rage picked up a dead snake and put it around the neck of t

Story of Nanda Baba - The foster father of Sri Krishna - Nandagopal

Nanda was the foster father of Sri Krishna and he was the leader of the cowherds. As per the story in the Bhagavata Purana, Nanda Maharaj in his previous birth was one of the eight vasus. Due to a curse he was born as a cowherd. He is also known as Nanda Baba or Nandagopal or Nandagopar. Brahma had given the boon to Nanda that he will be liberated and return to his original abode when he will be born as a cowherd and would take care of the ninth avatar of Bhagwan Vishnu. According to Shiva Purana, Nanda in one of his previous birth was a cowherd and was an ardent devotee of Shiva. Pleased with his devotion, Shiva provided him with the opportunity to look after Sri Krishna.

Arjuna Syndrome is Rampant Today and Only Cure is Lord Krishna Cure

This article is an edited version of an article titled Arjuna Syndrome and Lord Krishna Cure written by Dr. Subhas K. Kakhandki in Suguna Digest July – September 2004 issue page 13 – 15. We all know that Arjuna developed acute mental depression in the war field of Kurukshetra as soon as he saw elders and esteemed teachers and relatives even before the war had begun. He loses all his self-confidence, self-esteem, forgets all the evil events of the past and decides not to fight the war, and he declares it before Lord Krishna, his Sarathi (Na Akankshe Vijayam Krishna, Nacha Rajyam Sukhanicha). He is not sure of anything and he is very confused. This type of mental depression is quite common to all of us but we do not get a cosmic physician like Lord Krishna. That is why it is ‘Vishada Yoga’ and not mere ‘Vishada’. Gita the ‘song celestial’ as Adwin Arnold describes, from which Mahatma Gandhi was highly impressed is known to have curative and healing powers.   ‘When