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Assi Ghat In Varanasi - Importance

Assi Ghat is located at the southern end of Varanasi at the confluence of Asi River and Ganga River. Thousands of devotees take holy dip here and then offer prayers to a beautiful Shivling consecrated under a peepal tree. Another Shivling that is worshipped here is that of Assi-Sangameshwar – Shiva as the lord of confluence. As per Puranas, Goddess Durga threw her sword here after killing Demons Shumbha and Nishumbha. Another legend has it that during the fight with demons, the sword of Durga struck here and the Assi river sprang forth from the spot. The Ghat is mentioned in Matsya Purana, Agni Purana, Kurma Purana, Padma Purana and Kashi Khanda of Skanda Purana. Tulsidas wrote the Ramcharitmanas here. Thousands of devotee arrive at the ghat to take holy bath in the month of Magh (January - February) and Chaitra (March - April). Makar Sankranti (Jan 14/15) is of importance here. Another important date here is the Hari Prabodhini Ekadasi in November. Apart from this tho

How Arjuna Died In The Mahabharata?

At the end of their rule, Pandavas decided to retire. It was time for them to bid good bye to civilization. Arjuna died during the final journey of Pandavas and it is mentioned in the Mahaprasthanika Parva. Arjuna followed his wife, Draupadi, and brothers to the great snow-clad mountains in the Himalayas. Draupadi slipped and fell as they started climbing the Himalayas. Sahadeva fell next and died. Third to fall was Nakula. Arjuna fell next. Bhima soon realized that Arjuna had fallen and was about die. He asked to Yudhisthira as to why Arjuna had fallen as he had never performed any evil. Yudhisthira told Bhima that Arjuna had reaped the fruits of his actions. He had thought himself to be the best archer in the world. But he was envious of all other archers in the world. His insecurity was his sin. The brothers who had decided to give up all ties climbed the mountain leaving Arjuna behind. Arjuna died soon.

Kripacharya in Mahabharat - What Happened To Kripacharya? - No Death - Still Alive

Kripacharya is the first teacher of Kauravas and Pandavas in the Mahabharata. In the Kurukshetra war, he fought on the side of the Kauravas. He was one of the few warriors who returned alive from the war. He is also one of the Chiranjeevi – one of the seven long living people in Hindu Scriptures. He was an honorable member of the royal court of Hastinapura. Note - Kripacharya did not die in the Kurukshetra war. There wa no vadh of Kripacharya or no one killed him. He is immortal as he is Chiranjeevi. He is still alive. Kripa and Kripi, the brother-sister twins of Brahmin parentage had been left in the forest. They were later looked after by Shantanu, king of Hastinapura. Kripacharya was loyal to Duryodhana and functioned as one of the eleven commander-in-chief of the Kaurava army. He entered the war on all days and confronted all great warriors. At the end of the war, on the night of the 18th day, Kripacharya stood as guard as Ashwatthama slaughtered sleeping wa

Amavasya Lakshmi Puja – Mantra – Procedure

Goddess Lakshmi puja on Amavasya (or no moon day) is performed to attain success and profit in business (shops, establishment, company etc). Below is a simple Lakshmi Puja procedure for Amavasya with mantra. Amavasya Lakshmi Puja Mantra ॐ श्रीं हीं क्लीं महालक्षम्यौ नम : Om shreem hreem kleem Mahalakshmayo Namah Amavasya Lakshmi Puja Procedure The puja is to be performed at midnight after 11:30 PM On the Amavasya day wake up at sunrise take bath and offer prayers to Ganesha. Eat simple vegetarian food on the day. Offer green grass to cow. At midnight sit facing the northeast corner of the house or business establishment. Keep an image of Goddess Lakshmi. Light lamp using pure cow ghee. Offer yellow flowers. Offer sandalwood paste. Light natural agarbatti of yellow flowers or sandalwood. Offer yellow color fruit. After this cut a lemon into four pieces, take some mustard seeds and yellow flowers, 29 pepper corns (kali mirchi), and 7 clove. Put them all together in

Fear Of Being Overtaken By Others – Solution To This Everyday Miserable Problem

We make our life miserable by thinking about losing wealth, house, property, love, reputation, money, dear ones or being overtaken or defeated by others in future. There is no creature that is completely free from fear. Traumatic previous experiences are stored in the memory and under similar circumstances they warn one of the impending danger. There is nothing in this universe that is not fraught with fear. According to the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, ‘all fear springs forth from the idea of duality’. What is the way out of fear, then? Detachment is the only force that drives away this fear. Detachment naturally follows from a clear understanding of the transient, impermanent world. One may fear that such practice will make it impossible to carry out worldly duties.  That it is not so is clearly demonstrated by the life and work of Sri Krishna and also a host of kings, householders, and people from all walks of life who attained to the lofty peak of humanity through their deta