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Story Of Purushamriga And Bhima

The story of Purushamriga and Bhima is found in Tamil folklore. Purusha Mrigas are short statured half man half animal divine beings who are devotees of Mahadev Shiva. They are found on the walls of major Shiva temples in South India, especially in Tamil Nadu. Pandavas decided to perform the Rajasuya Yagna in Indraprastha. Yudhisthira, the eldest of the Pandavas asks, his four brothers to take the blessing of neighboring kingdoms. During his journey, Bhima, the second of Pandava brothers, meets Bajrang Bali Hanuman. After a short interaction, Hanuman plucks out three strands of hair from his tail and gives it to Bhima and reminds him that he will need them during his journey. Bhima then arrives at the kingdom of Kuber and there in a garden he spots a Purushamriga. Only a true devotee of Mahadev Shiva can see a Purushamriga. Bhima invites the Purushamriga to the Rajasuya Yagna and asks him if he would guard the entrance of the Yagna. Purushamriga but told Bhima that he moves at th

Different Types Of Parikrama or Pradakshina In Hinduism

Parikrama or Pradakshina refers to circumambulation of sacred places like fire, trees and plants in Hindu tradition. It is walking around in a circle as a form of worship. Pradakshina is done around Tulsi plant and Peepal tree also. Parikrama means “the path surrounding something” in Sanskrit and is also known as Pradakshina (“to the right”) representing circumambulation. Different Types of Parikrama or Pradakshina Atma Pradakshina: After completion of vrata or daily pooja, atma pradakshinam is to be done. In this type of Pradakshina, we go around ourselves, The significance is that the ego which goes round like a whirlwind will be destroyed. Paada Pradakshina: In this type of Pradakshina, devotee must walk around the temple. Danda Pradakshina: In this type of Pradakshina, devotee must take a step to do Sashtanga Pranama, again take another step and do Sashtanga Pranama (Sa ashta anga means Eight parts of the body touching the ground). Angapradakshinam : In this

Sat In Hinduism – Existence or Being

Sat really implies an uncreated existence which is imperishable, timeless and all-pervading, and is the very ground of all other apparent being. Sat is Existence, not limited by any systems, structure or substance. It is wholeness, devoid of divisions, immanent and permanent. Advaita indicates that this beingness or sat, the unseen metaphysical principle underlying creation, is the bedrock of existence. It proclaims that this uncreated and all-pervading existence is essentially the same, both at microcosmic and macrocosmic gradations. Pure Being is Existence. Existence includes the phenomenal and the transcendent. Advaita posits the concept of pure Being as Atman in the individual human being and Brahman as universal consciousness. The essence in a person and the essence in the Universe are one and the same – and it is ‘“Brahman” the Universe has come of “Brahman” and will also return to it.’ Agnostics are bound to assert that this sat is merely an idea in abstraction that bea