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Thousand Hands of Sahasrarjun – Story of the Thousand Hands of Kartavirya

Sahasrarjun, also known as Kartavirya Arjuna, is a famous king mentioned in Hindu Puranas and other scriptures. It is believed that Kartavirya Arjuna had thousands hands. There are numerous versions of the story of Kartavirya Arjuna but all stories have one thing in common and that is that he had thousand arms. One of the most popular legends regarding the thousand Hands of Sahasrarjun is that he is an incarnation of the Sudarshana Chakra (Discus) of Hindu God Vishnu. Thus he is a manifestation of Chakradeva on earth to annihilate Adharma. Some scholars suggest that the Sudarshana Chakra has thousand spokes and each hand of Kartavirya represented a spoke in the Sudarshana Chakra. Another legend mentioned in the Ganesh Purana suggests that Sahasrarjun was born without hands. Parents of Sahasrarjun prayed to God Dattatreya for a solution and it is said that Dattatreya blessed the baby with thousand arms. Another popular view is that the thousand hands is a symbol – it

Kharsundi – About Hindu God Kharsundi

Kharsundi is a local deity worshipped mainly in Maharashtra. He is also known as Siddhanath and is a manifestation of Hindu God Shiva. He is a deity who protects village and its wealth. Therefore, he is also counted among Kshetrapal or protective deities. There are numerous shrines dedicated to Kharsundi in Maharashtra. He is also the family deity of some communities in the region. Kharsundi has two consorts - Goddess Jogeshwari and Goddess Zakabai. It must be noted here that the number of consorts vary from region to region. The most important shrine dedicated to deity is located in Sangli District.

Shoolagiri Muneshwara Temple Near Hosur Famous For Driving Away Evil Spirit

Muneshwara Temple near Shoolagiri in Hosur is famous for driving away evil spirits. There are no huge colorful long rituals here. The priest of the temple merely keeps a coconut on the head of the person possessed with spirits and chants mantras. The New Indian Express reports   Hundreds of devotees who throng the Lord Muneshwara temple near Shoolagiri here have just one thing to ask of their deity: rip out the evil spirits from their bodies.  At the entrance to the temple are 108 idols of Lord Muneshwara, who is believed to ward off evil spirits. There is a large-sized idol of the deity with a machete in hand inside the temple premises.  “I came to know of the temple four years ago from my brother, whose daughter was possessed by an evil spirit. She was cured and recently got married,” said Mahendiran (40), a devotee from Hoskote, Bengaluru.  He also said that in Muneshwara temple, the priest only keeps a coconut on the devotees’ head who stands still and chants some man

Traditional Tales In Hindu Puranas Are Sublime Tools Of Education

People who search for logic and science in everything fail to understand the stories in the Hindu Puranas. Sister Subbulakshmi wrote in the introduction to her Tamil translation of the Bhagavad Gita. Our Puranas have a two-fold significance: the internal and the external; this double approach makes them accessible to all people — people who are in different states of consciousness. If the high truths of Hindu religion were written openly, many people would miss the deep ideas imbedded therein. But when an idea is presented as a story, first it is read and enjoyed, and as one’s mind slowly matures, one begins to seek the truth of the tale. An example from the famous story of Satyavan Savitri: When Satyavan swoons in the forest and Yama appears, Savitri speaks lofty thoughts. There is no trace of fear in her words, nor is Yama described in terms of terror. We recognize the presence of two great souls. This encounter, conveyed in simple, faith-laden words, must have given