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Birth Of Karna In The Mahabharata - Son Of Kunti And Surya

As a child, Kunti, also known as Pritha, was adopted by King Kuntibhoja. One day during her adolescence, Sage Durvasa visited the palace of Kuntibhoja. Sage Durvasa was an eccentric, irascible and fiery sage. The king did not wish to earn the displeasure of the fiery sage and get cursed. So he deputed Kunti to serve the sage. The story of the birth of Karna in the Mahabharata begins here. Kunti was large-eyed and well endowed. She served Durvasa well but their relationship was never cordial.  Pleased with her devotion and dedication, Kunti was given the boon through which she could summon any God and have children. Kunt was attracted to the Sun (Surya Bhagavan) and she always saw a radiant being in the rising Sun. Soon after the sage left, she used the mantra to summon, Surya, the Sun god. Kunti was overpowered by desire and fear. She made love to Surya. Soon she realized she was no longer a virgin. Surya consoled her and gave her two boons. Surya gave her the boon that h

Oldest Dictionary In India

Nighantu is the earliest available lexicographical work in India. This dictionary represents five collections of about 1,840 Vedic words or groups of words. Nighantu is popularly regarded as single book, and the five collections are treated as its chapters. The first three of these are called Naighantuka Kanda, Aikapadika or Nigama Kanda and the fifth is the Daivata Kanda. Together, they are known as Samamnaya. The authorship of the Nighantu is uncertain. Yaska’s Nirukta purports to be a commentary on Nighantu, but on the basis of his own compilation of Vedic words he is said to have composed them. Naighantuka Kanda contains 1,341 synonyms in 69 groups for objects belonging to nature and society. Naigama Kanda consists of three groups of 278 homonyms, as well as adjectives, verbs, particles, common names, etc. Daivata Kanda has proper names of 151 Vedic gods like Agni, Indra etc. The main purpose of composing the first known dictionary in ancient India was to fa

Story Of King Koorathazhwan And His Wife Andal – Who Gave Away Everything And Overcame Fear

King Koorathazhwan ruled over a small kingdom named Kooram near Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu. He was an ardent devotee of Bhagavan Vishnu and a disciple and follower of the teachings of Sri Ramanujacharya. There is a popular story of King Koorathazhwan and his wife in which it is said that they gave away everything they had and overcame fear. King Koorathazhwan and his wife Andal gave up their kingdom and all their possessions and decided to move to Srirangam. While the couple was walking towards Srirangam, Koorathazhwan noticed that his wife was fearful of something. On enquiry, Andal said that she was afraid they might be attacked by robbers. Koorathazhwan consoled her by stating that those who owned nothing need not fear thieves. Then Andal revealed that she had brought with her the golden bowl in which Koorathazhwan used to eat and this was the reason for her fear. The words of her husband made her realize the futility of carrying the bowl and she threw it away. After settling in

Chandra Mantra For Beauty

Chandra is the Hindu god associated with herbs. It is believed by many that chanting Chandra mantra will help in having a good body and physical appearance. Here is a Chandra mantra for beauty. How To Chant Chandra Mantra? The mantra should be chanted on Monday or on full moon day. The mantra should be chanted for 16 Mondays or 16 full moon days. The person chanting the mantra should take bath in the evening and perform the chanting of mantra during moonrise or chandrodaya time in the evening. The person should wear white color dress. Light lamp using cow ghee. Offer jasmine flowers, dhoop and chandan (sandalwood paste). Offer white color fruit or kheer as Prasad. Chant the mantra 108 times and keep count on a chandan mala. Chandra Mantra For Beauty Om Shram Shreem Shroum Sa Chandramase Namah ॐ   श्रां   श्रीं   श्रौं   स :  चन्द्रमसे   नम : ।।

Hindu Religion Teachings On Attachment

A small collection of teachings on attachment from Hindu religion. Attachment is a problem. Attachment means depending on another person for our own security, happiness and comfortable feeling! Attachment is a potential source of sorrow – if the person dies, we are very much affected by the loss. So we see that death is not the cause of sorrow, but our dependence on the person who died and our psychological weakness for that person is the cause of sorrow. We often get confused between love and attachment. Love is a positive virtue. In attachment I depend on the other person, whereas in love, I allow another person to depend on me. Love is born out of independence and strength and there is less expectation. Attachment is born out of weakness, dependence and there are expectations. Sorrow is caused only by attachment. This problem of attachment is universal. The attachment to the work leads to suffering and bondage. One must learn to follow svadharma or one