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Story Of The Name Indrajit In Ramayana - How Indrajit Got The Name?

Indrajit, the son of Ravana, was a great warrior. Legend has it that he defeated Indra, the king of the Devas (Demigods). Indrajit means one who was victorious over Indra. Indrajit is also known by the names of Meghnad, Kanina, Ravani and Mayavi. Legend has it that once when Ravana attacked Swargaloka – the domain of devas – he pushed too much into the interiors without realizing that his demon army had fallen back. Ravana was surrounded by Devas and he was about to be captured. Indrajit who saw his father in trouble immediately unleashed powerful arrows and broke into the army of Devas. He vanquished the Devas and saved Ravana. In the process he also captured Indra and brought him to Lanka. Indra was later released but the incident got the son of Ravana the name Indrajit. It is said that Brahma gave Indrajit the name - Having lost their king, the other Devas then went to Brahma, who pleaded with Ravana for Indra's release, but the demon-king explained that his son,

Unmatta Bhairava Temple Near Amarnath Cave – Miracle Bhairava Shrine

Unmatta Bhairava is one of the Ashta Bhairavas and there is miraculous and powerful Unmatta Bhairava temple near the Amarnath Cave. In the south of Amarnath cave, at a distance of about half-a-kilometer, there is a sacred shrine of Unmatta Bhairava. It is said that Adi Shankaracharya himself established this shrine and the murti (vigraha or idol). Unmatta Bhairava blesses a devotee who reaches the place walking without any footwear. A besan ladoo mixed with honey and liquor is place on the protruding tongue of the Bhairav murti. As soon as the sweet is place on the tongue of Bhairava it moves back in the mouth and the offering is swallowed. Soon the tongue returns and comes out of the mouth of the image. The devotee finds a few drops of liquor on the tongue. The devotee collects them as the prasada of Unmatta Bhairava and is blessed by the deity. With the blessing of the deity, all the wishes of the devotee is fulfilled. Behind the Unmatta Bhairava shrine are hot water

Jhoola Mahotsav in Mathura and Vrindavan

Jhoola Mahotsav is a 13-day long festival observed from Shravan Shukla Paksha Tritiya to Purnima in Mathura, Vrindavan and the entire Braj Mandal. The festival is also of great importance at the famous Dwarkadheesh Temple in Mathura. During Jhoola Mahotsav the murtis of Radha and Krishna are swing on a palna made of gold and silver. The ritual is performed in temples, mutts and sacred places associated with Lord Krishna in the Brajmandal. Melodious songs are sung during the occasion. Various types of Prasad are made and distributed among devotees.

Why Is Lord Shiva Known As Hara?

Hara is one among the numerous names of Shiva. Hara means the ravisher and He got the name after the unimaginable destruction caused by Shiva Ganas at Daksha Yajna. On hearing about Goddess Sati’s immolation at Daksha’s yajna, Shiva plucked a hair from his head, threw it down, and from it appeared Veerabhadra and Bhadrakali. Unimaginable anger overpowered Shiva and he produced fever and numerous other diseases. Virabhadra summoned ghosts, goblins, demons and they along with millions of Ganas of Shiva attacked the yajna of Daksha. Bhadrakali finally beheaded Daksha . Shiva arrived to witness the death and destruction at Daksha Yajna. Now He was Hara, the ravisher. However, this fury subsided soon and Shiva became Shankara , the benevolent one. As Hara, Shiva purifies all that is Adharma. All the impurities are burned and what remains pure.

For Happiness Defeat These Six Enemies

If we are able to score victory over these six enemies then we can lead a peaceful and prosperous life on earth. When we have good control over these six enemies we will achieve success in life. The six enemies to be defeated for happiness on earth are: Lust Anger Greed Rejoicing at the unnecessary killing of animals or other living beings (himsa or violence) Feel of superiority and Pride. Lust  According to Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, the emotion or thought of lustfulness cannot be suppressed, repressed, or annihilated with the thought of hatred toward the opposite sex. We have to learn the art of transforming lustfulness into the love of God. He who is able to withstand even while alive the agitation caused by lust and anger — he is the self-controlled one and he is the happy man. (Bhagavad Gita, 5.23) He whose mind and heart are established in Supreme Peace is not touched by the blinding evils born of lust and hate. (Yoga Vasishta) True independence is an in