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Story Of Uparichara Vasu – A Puru King – Grandfather of Sage Vyasa Of Mahabharata

Uparichara Vasu was a scion of the Puru dynasty. He was also the maternal grandfather of Sage Vyasa in the Mahabharata. He is Uparichara because Garuda made him travel in the sky by the grace of God. He was devotee of Vishnu. He accepted the kingdom of Cedi on the advice of Indra, the king of Devas. He was also blessed with the “all knowing” faculty. As a king, Uparichara Vasu took delight in hunting. Later, he turned to asceticism, which impressed gods and sages so much that Indra gifted him with a celestial chariot, a bamboo stick, and a garland of vaijayanti flowers. King Uparichara in gratitude started the tradition of worship of Indra by anointing the bamboo stick. Pleased by this ritual, Indra accepted it and explained its enormous merit. Uparichara Vasu married Girika, daughter of Shuktimati. The subjects of Cedi found in Uparichara Vasu a righteous king who made his subjects happy. The king had five children – Brihadratha, Pratyagraha, Kusambu, Mavella and Yaduna

How Yudhisthira 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. Yudhisthira died during the final journey of Pandavas and it is mentioned in the Mahaprasthanika Parva. Yudhisthira 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. And it was Bhima who fell next. Yudhisthira who had decided to give up all the ties climbed the mountain leaving Bhima behind. Yudhisthira and the dog that followed him reached the peak of the mountain. Indra appeared before him and told him that he was blessed with immortality and happiness of heaven. He can abandon the dog and enter heaven. But Yudhisthira was not ready to abandon the dog. He wanted the dog to be taken along with him to heaven. Thus Yudhisthira abandoned heaven for the dog. Indra was pleas

Upasana In Hinduism – Intense Meditation

Upasana in Hinduism is intense meditation and it is meant for obtaining freedom from ignorance and delusion, and is regarded as one of the means of purging oneself of the sinful acts which might have been committed independently or otherwise. In a way, it represents a mental attitude (bhava) which takes the aspirant towards self realization. Upasana is formed of the word ‘asana’ (sit) with the preposition ‘upa’ (near). The word, as a whole, signifies a spiritual act performed in prayerful proximity to God. It serves as a vehicle for an aspirant to climb up the spiritual ladder. The more one thinks of God, the more God-like one can hope to become. Very similarly, the more one thinks of worldly objects, the worldlier one would become. Upasana is the union of the spiritual aspirant (upasaka) with the one meditated upon. Upasana is either divine, courageous, or of lower nature. Three Types Of Upasana The three types of Upasana are sattvika (pious), rajasika (active) and ta

Mostamanu Temple at Pithorgarh in Uttarakhand

Mostamanu is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and is located around 8 km from Pithorgarh in Uttarakhand. The shrine nestles on a hillock and it is believed that Mostamanu Temple was a shakti shrine earlier. It was converted into a Shiva temple later. The fair and festival in the temple is famous for its unique rituals. The temple is also witness to the annual ritual in the Dhunga Bhool area. The shrine is a conical structure and the inside of temple has be renovated and tiles are pasted around. 

Sala Tree In Ramayana And Why It Is Sacred To Hindus

Sala tree is held sacred by Hindus and the reason for it is found in the Ramayana. Sri Rama and Lakshmana were in search of Mata Sita who had been abducted by Ravana, the asura king of Lanka. During their search, the met vanquished and exiled King Sugriva through Hanuman. Sugriva had been defeated and exiled from his kingdom by his brother Vali and lived in mortal fear of him. Sugriva saw no way of defeating Vali who was strong and brave like Indra and from whom he had received a divine necklace of great potency which made him vulnerable. Sugriva promised entire army of vanaras in his command to find and rescue Mata Sita on the condition that Rama should first help him regain his kingdom and his wife. Sri Rama agreed to the condition but Sugriva aware of the strength of Vali was apprehensive whether Rama would be able to defeat his brother. Sugriva one day approached Sri Rama and Lakshmana and mentioned about the power and strength of Vali. Lakshmana understood t

Suppression and Overindulgence are Equally Bad

If you want a healthy, peaceful and happy life then we need to shed suppression and overindulgence. Suppression and overindulgence are closely related. Eventually suppression will lead to overindulgence. Overindulgence leads to bad health, exhaustion, dissipation, irritability, remorse… Suppression is hard and overindulgence is easy. In suppression, we are storing energy in the wrong place and it will eventually explode and cause destruction. Even the storage is a burden. In overindulgence, we do not have any energy because we lavishly spend it and become sick. A suppression of all sensitive pleasure may be as harmful as overindulgence. So be it sex, food, games, or whatever be our likes do not go to the extremes. Take the middle path. We will enjoy more and have a better experience. There should always be balance in life.  Abhilash www.hindu-blog.com ............................ Mind Will Haunt You In Your House, City, Forest, Mountain Cave Why do you think