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Hindu Stories - Vishnu Badrinath And Lakshmi Badari Tree

Badrinath is one among the several names of Lord Vishnu and it is associated with the Badari Tree (Ber, Jujube, Indian plum). The story as to how Vishnu got the name Badrinath is associated with Goddess Lakshmi. At Badrinath Temple in Uttarakhand, Bhagvan Srihari Vishnu is doing penance. It is said that once Sage Narada rebuked Vishnu for indulging in world pleasures. The Lord then decided to do penance at Badrinath. Thus at Badrinath Temple, Bhagvan Vishnu is worshiped in the meditation posture. On seeing Vishnu doing penance in open harsh conditions in the Himalayas, Goddess Lakshmi took the form of a Badari Tree and gave protection from the adverse weather. After this divine incident, the place got the name Badrinath and Vishnu the name Badari Narayan. The murti of Vishnu worshipped is carved out of Shaligram stone. Badari Narayan is seen under the Badari tree, flanked by Kuber and Garuda, Sage Narada, Narayan and Nar.

Chakra Yoga in Hindu Astrology

Chakra Yoga is a position indicated by the combination of certain planets in a horoscope in Hindu astrology. A person having Chakra Yoga will be rich, powerful and famous. In a horoscope, if all the seven planets are positioned in the six houses with difference of one rashi such a combination constitutes Chakra Yoga. Rahu and Ketu are avoided in calculating Chakra Yoga. Chakra Yoga becomes even more powerful if two auspicious and powerful planets are placed in the lagna (first house).

Understanding Snake And Rope Example In Hinduism

The Vedantin in Hinduism likes to give the illustration of the snake and the rope. There is something on the ground and a person out of ignorance and perhaps also due to poor lighting, mistakes it to be a snake. He yells, shrieks, his heart palpitates, he looks for a stick, and cries out for help until he is assured that it is just a mere harmless rope. The frightening and intimidating world is only Brahman devoid of action. There is also the other Vedantin view that what lies ahead is really a snake and one, in all his foolishness, thinks that it is merely a rope. He goes to handle it, despite being cautioned that it is a snake, gets bitten and there is no end to his plight. That is the harm in seeing Atman in Anatman (real in unreal); it brings about grief, affliction, misery, fear, calamity, and every other negative result. There is a snake lying ahead and one looks at it only to find that it does not manifest any of the ‘snake features’. By snake features, which will be r