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Salabega Story – Miracles – Odia Poet – Devotee of Jagannatha

A revolutionary 17 th Century Odia Poet, Salabega was a great devotee of Jagannatha and is a household name in Odisha. Though he was born a Muslim, he displayed great devotion to Jagannatha. It is said Krishna cured the wound of Salabega and Jagannatha waited for his arrival during the famous Ratha Yatra. His life was filled with miracles associated with Lord Krishna. Story Of Salabega Salabega was a highly skilled warrior during his young age and this helped him in joining the Mughal army. He became famous for his exemplary skills with weaponry. Once he was wounded in a war, the doctors expressed their inability to cure him. Unable to endure the physical pain, he broke into tears before his mother, who prompted him to surrender to Lord Jagannatha. Salabega was initially reluctant to follow the Hindu path, but his mother convinced him that if he prayed with sincerity and dedication, he would surely be cured on the 12 th day of his dedicated prayer. And on the 12 th d

Worship Of Vishnu And Goddess Lakshmi With Bilva Leaves

We all know that Bilva leaves are the most important offering to Lord Shiva. But offering Bilva leaves to Goddess Lakshmi and Vishnu is also considered highly auspicious and meritorious. It is said that Indra, the king of demigods, once lost to the Asuras (demons) and to get back his position he worshipped Goddess Lakshmi with Bilva leaves. Pleased with the worship, Goddess Lakshmi helped Indra in restoring his glory and position. Goddess Lakshmi then told the Devas that those who worship me with the auspicious bilva leaves, they will be conferred their lost place along with immense wealth by my grace. In Tirupati Balaji Temple, especially in Dhanur Masa, Lord Balaji is worshipped with Bilva leaves as he holds Goddess Lakshmi in his right bosom. Vaikhanasa Bhrigu Samhita mentions the use of eight types of auspicious flowers for worshipped Lord Vishnu. They are: Nandivardhanam ( Jasmine), Padmam (Lotus), Tulasi (Basil), Vishnu parnika (Orania), Ganneru (ole

Story – Show Me Where God Is Not

The story ‘show me where god is not’ was told by Dada J P Vaswani. Little Mohan was returning home from the Sadhu Vaswani Gurukul classes. As her turned into the tree-lined quiet lane where his home was, he was singing aloud the song he had learnt at the Gurukul that day. He stopped to pick up a stone and examined it closely; he plucked a leaf to lift the caterpillar that was crawling on the pavement, and put it on the grass verge; he peered into a fluffy winged seed before blowing it away into the air. He climbed a little tree in the neighbor’s garden to peer into a nest and ensure that the younglings of the sparrow were safe inside – and all this, as he was still singing the song aloud. His neighbor called him: ‘Where have you been, Mohan? And what’s all singing about?’ ‘I have been to my Sunday Gurukul classes’ replied Mohan cheerfully, and the song is about God, don’t you know?’ “And what did they teach you in the Gurukul?” “That God is with us, He is wat