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Bhuta Puja In Hindu Religion – Spirit Worship

Bhuta puja in Hindu religion refers to the worship of the bhutas (spirits). It is prevalent among different section of Hindus and is performed in various parts of India and Nepal. The modalities of performing the puja vary from region to region. This kind of worship in Hinduism is described as Bhutaradhana. The bhutas represented by village deities, dead warriors, and even dead local leaders, are propitiated to effect cures and ensure benefits. Bhuta Puja is performed by one belonging to a traditional family initiated into bhuta puja and is generally conducted during the night time. Besides being performed on specific occasions, the puja and rituals are more often held at the request of the affected individuals. Thus, when a villager is affected, he approaches the village chief or a deputed priest (pujari or tantric) arranges for the worship of the bhuta which is supposed to have caused the calamity. Questions are put to the priest in whom the bhuta is supposed to

Story – Arjuna And Disappearing Children Of Brahmin Couple – Nara Narayana Symbolism

There is an interesting story in the Mahabharata of Arjun unsuccessfully attempting to stop the disappearance of the new born children of a Brahmin couple. The story is associated with the symbolism of Nara Narayana concept. Once an anxious Brahmin approached Arjun and appealed him to save him from a strange phenomenon. All the children that were born to the Brahmin and his wife vanished without a trace. Now his wife was again pregnant and he wanted Arjuna to save his child from the strange affliction. Arjuna promised to save the child. Arjuna was so confident about this strength that he would fight Yama, the god of death himself to rescue the child. He also declared that if he failed to save the child then he will burn himself. Krishna who was watching the event from a distance volunteered to join in the endeavour. Arjuna built a tight barricade with arrows and stood guard at the door. The woman went into labor inside the barricade. A few minutes later he he

Bhagavad Gita On Death And Dying - Teachings on Death in the Bhagavad Gita

Some teachings associated with death found in the Bhagavad Gita. Indeed, certain is death for the born, and certain is birth for the dead; therefore, over the inevitable, you should not grieve. (2.27) He who is able, while still here (in this world) to withstand, before the liberation from the body (death), the impulse born out of desire and anger, he is a Yogin, he is a happy man. (5.23) And whosoever, leaving the body, goes forth remembering Me alone, at the time of his death, he attains My being; there is no doubt about this. (8.5) At the time of death, with an unshaken mind full of devotion, by the power of ‘yoga’ fixing the whole ‘prana’ (breath) between the two eyebrows, he (the seeker) reaches the Supreme Resplendent ‘PURUSHA.’ (8.10) If the embodied one meets with death when Sattwa Guna is predominant, then he attains to the spotless worlds of the "Knowers of the Highest’. (14.14) Meeting death in Rajas Guna, he is born among those attached to ac