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Krishnamrutha Maharnava – Madhvacharya

Krishnamrutha Maharnava is one of the thirty seven works (Sarvamoola) of Madhvacharya. It opens with a prayer to Achyuta (Lord Vishnu) and consists of quotations from various Puranas which highlight the worship of Narayana. Krishnamrutha Maharnava deals with the merit of chanting the names of Vishnu, remembering Vishnu, meditating on Him, singing His glory, and listening to His glory. All these are well depicted in the book. Brahma, Shiva, Yama Narada, Pulastya, Markandeya, Atri and other gods, goddesses and saints appear in the text. They all have hailed Narayana as supreme, the one who gives liberation. His worship is easy and the rewards are many. Mere contemplation of his name can destroy the sins accrued over many births. The reward of worshipping him with devotion is liberation itself. Some of the topics in Krishnamrita Maharnava Shaligram puja has its own efficacy, it is not necessary to invoke God in the salagrama. He is already there. Flowers, sandal paste, t

Bibi Nachiyar Story – Muslim Princess Idol In Hindu Temple

The story of Bibi Nachiyar is associated with Sri Ramanujacharya and it is about the unique presence of the murti of a Muslim princess in a Hindu tempel. Bibi Nachiyar is the murti (idol) at the lotus feet of Thirunarayana, the archa murti consecrated by Ramanuja at Thirunarayanapuram temple at Melkote, in Mandya District of Karnataka, India. The Utsava murti of Thirunarayana, known as Selva Pillai, was with the then Muslim ruler in the last decade of 11 th century at Delhi. The daughter of the emperor in Delhi used to play with the murti and was very attached to it. Ramanujacharya was in search of this murti. Through his intuitive power he discovered that the murti was with the emperor’s daughter. He came to Delhi and requested the emperor to give him the murti for consecration at the Utsava Murti of Thirunarayana. Unaware of the fact that his daughter possessed the murti, the emperor refused to accept the idea of the presence of murti in his palace. Ramanuja clear

Chhath Katha – Story Associated with Chhath Puja

Story of Chhath Puja is mainly associated with Mahabharata and Ramayana. Here are some of the popular Chhath Kathas: Chhath Story Associated with Bhagavan Sri Ram and Mata Sita There is a belief that Bhagavan Sri Ram and Mata Sita observed Chhath puja on returning to Ayodhya after their exile period in the Ramayana. This is the reason why it is observed on the sixth day after Diwali. The popular legend is that Bhagavan Sri Ram returned to Ayodhya from Lanka on the Diwali day. Bhagavan Sri Ram belongs to the Suryavanshi dynasty (Sun dynasty). Therefore, it is natural for him to have invoked Surya (the sun god). Observed by Karna There is a popular belief that Chhath worship was started by the great warrior Karna of the Mahabharata. Karna is the son of Lord Surya and Kunti. Draupadi Observed Chhath to Get Back the Lost Kingdom Chhath Vrat and Puja find mention in the Mahabharata. It is believed that Draupadi, the wife of the Pandavas, had performed the Chh

Significance - Meaning and Symbolism of Ringing Bell in Hindu Temple - OSHO

Osho answers the importance, meaning, symbolism and significance ringing bells in Hindu Temples. When you ring the bell of a temple – not half asleep but with alertness – that creates a discontinuity in your thoughts, a sort of break in the chain of your thoughts, and you become aware of a changed atmosphere. There is a similarity between the sound of the bell and the sound of OM; in fact there is some inner relationship. The sound of the bell continues charging the temple all the day long and the sound of OM also charges the temple with its vibrations. No one should enter the temple through that door of doors without ringing the bell, for only through the sound itself can you enter. The uniqueness of a bell is that it keeps resounding long after you ring it, so the resonance keeps sounding as you enter the main entrance. In that sound alone is the key to your entry into the temple. Through the sound, as it were, you enter into God's abode. The temple is a symbol of God

Consider Peace to be Superior Than Everything Else - Swami Adbhutananda Thoughts On Peace

Swami Adbhutananda shares his thoughts on peace. Control lust. Don’t permit it to increase. Always pay attention so that lust does not crop up. It is an enemy that places obstacles on the path of one’s sadhana. He who has conquered lust has reached the goal. See what base understanding! People spend their lives in all sorts of worldly garbage, yet will not control their senses even a bit to move towards God. Exercising a little control, they should call upon God. Still they will not do so. If one moves towards God, one attains happiness and peace in this life and the next. But having such filthy minds, they will by no means move towards God. This is truly maya’s delusion. One should try to spend the few days of one’s life with an honest bent of mind, striving to live in peace, without fighting and quarrelling with others. For a small piece of land and a few coins you are beating your brothers with sticks and filing lawsuits. My dear, you do not consider how few days you