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Foot Soldiers Or Infantry In War In Hinduism

Foot soldiers, or the infantry, made up the fourth division of the army in ancient Hinduism. Strong-bodied, armed warriors constituted the bulk of the army right from Vedic times and also in the epic period. The foot soldiers were well paid. Arthashastra mentions that the infantry was an independent department under the charge of a special officer. Foot soldiers were well-trained in the use of different weapons such as bows and arrows, lances, axes, pikes, clubs, swords and javelins. They wore armor and carried shields for protection. The best foot-soldiers were place in the front battalions and the rest at the back. Agni Purana (chapter 228.7) states that armies with large numbers of foot soldiers were always victorious. Foot Soldiers or infantry was an important part of the Chaturanga – the ancient four-fold division of army in Hinduism. Chaturanga is a Sanskrit word meaning four-limbed, from the words Chatura (four) and anga (limb). This word appears in Rig Veda (X.92.11

Mahat in Samkhya Philosophy

As per Samkhya Philosophy, Mahat is the first evolute from the interaction of purusha and prakriti. As per this philosophy, underlying the manifest universe of multiplicity of objects of experience are two external, basic realities - the purusha (soul) and primordial prakriti (nature). Purusha is in a state in which the three gunas balance each other perfectly. But due to the inherent tendency of the guans to be constantly engaged in working for the sake of the multitude of purushas, the original state of perfect balance and homogeneity (sajatiya parinama0 is disturbed and the process of creation (sarga) begins. This is called the state of disturbance of the gunas (the gunaksobhini state) in which the first evolute from the prakriti emerges. It is called the mahat, mahatattva or buddhi. Patanjali has called it lingamatra in Yoga Sutra (II.19), because it has only one other entity as its cause (linga). In Katha Upanishad (I.3.10.11), it is said that “the objects of exper

Dya Dviveda – Author Of Nitimanjari – Moral Sayings

Dya Dviveda (1494 CE) is the author of Nitimanjari, a work on ethics (moral sayings). He lived in Anandnagar (modern Vadnagar, Gujarat). His father was Lakshmidhara and mother was Lakshmi. His grandfather was Atriand his great-grandfather was Mukunda. The whole family was traditionally engaged in Vedic studies. Dya Dviveda was a suryopasaka (worshiper of Sun God) belonging to Sankhayana Saksha of Rig Veda and a performer of agnihotra. He was well versed in Vedic Samhitas, Brahmanas, Partisakhyas, Brihadevata, Sayanabhasya etc. On the model of panchatantra and Hitopadesha he has written Niti Manjari (the science of morality, ethics) in verses and illustrated them with stories from Rig Veda. His interpretations of the Vedic stories show his originality. He has brought out novel ideals and morals from Vedic stories and has presented them in a lucid, simple and convincing manner. The morals, which he has found from the Vedic stories, reveal his profound wisdom. In short, he absorbed th

Dreaming Of Ex Colleagues – Meaning

The simple meaning of dreaming of ex colleagues or old co workers is that you will have your desires fulfilled or you will achieve success in your current endeavor. Dreaming of fighting with ex colleagues means you will be cheated soon by someone who is showing sudden extreme love and care towards to you. Dreaming of gossiping with ex colleagues indicates early marriage. Dreaming of standing in queue with ex colleagues means you will get new job or will make acquaintance with new people. Dreaming of a dead ex colleagues means you will need to be careful about all kinds of actions especially those that you are doing for others on their request. Dreaming of laughing and playing with ex colleagues indicates get together or happy occasion in the family. Dreaming of sitting and talking with a single old friend means you will be traveling to distant locations. Dreaming of several ex colleagues together means you will be spoilt for choices in life soon and you might not make the

Dvipada In Hindu Astrology Related To Horoscope Matching

Dvipada is an important category in Hindu astrology associated with horoscope matching. When the horoscopes of prospective couples are matched for ascertaining as to which combination would ensure a happy nuptial union, there are many different parameters in the horoscopes of the potential groom and bride that are tallied. One of them is Vashya. Dvipada is one such category in these matching operations. This name is given to the degrees in a particular zodiac sign or signs. The 12 rashis are divided into five vashyas. While the whole of zodiac sign Gemini (Mithuna rashi), Libra (Tula) and the first half of the sign Sagittarius (Dhanu) are called dvipada signs. The latter half of Dhanu, the entire Mesha (Aries), the first half of Makar (Capricorn), the whole of Taurus (Vrishabha) and Simha (Leo) are called Chatushpada signs. Scorpio comes under sarpa (reptile) category and Cancer comes under kita (worm category), the whole of Aquarius, Pisces and the last half of Capricorn come unde

Chintamani In Hinduism – Meaning – Mantra – Precious Stone – Stories

Chintamani is a mantra in Hinduism and it is also the name of a precious stone. It is said that Poet Kalidasa became famous and a Mahakavi (great poet) after he chanted the Chintamani mantra before Goddess Tripura Ambika. His unwavering devotion and single-minded focus got him the blessing of the Goddess. As per Kamba Ramayana, Chintamani is a precious gem and it was retrieved from the ocean during Samudra Manthan or churning of ocean. It is said in Padma Purana that Chintamani is precious stone which can turn anything that it touches into gold. It is said that some saints who live in the Himalayas far away from human civilization possess the Chintamani stone. Once in a while they arrive at inhabited places and turn bricks and iron to gold and amaze people. The saints soon disappear and therefore no one knows there whereabouts. Another belief is that Chintamani stone has the power to fulfill the desires of the person the moment the person thinks about it. Thus a person in possess

Importance Of Viveka Or Discrimination In Vedanta

The maxim of the ornament being nothing but gold is oft quoted in Vedanta. The doubt may arise that though the gold be the basis, still differences are perceived and even graded within a set of gold ornaments, giving rise to different values. Two gold ornaments may differ in the quality of their workmanship. One may be superbly crafted while the other only poorly so. Still the goldsmith agrees to evaluate the two on the basis of their differences, only because of the solid fact that they are both really gold. Were he asked to evaluate two superbly crafted ornaments, one of gold and the other of wood, he would assuredly excuse himself. Viveka is the ability to differentiate what is changeless from what is temporary or misleading. Viveka is the ability to discern that which underlies all names and forms, the One because of which differences acquire value. By Viveka one moves from the certainty that one is this body to the certainty that one is bodiless. …………… Dhyana is concentrat

17 June 2021 Tithi - Panchang - Hindu Calendar - Good Time - Nakshatra – Rashi

Tithi in Panchang – Hindu Calendar on Thursday, 17 June 2021 – It is Shukla Paksha Saptami tithi or the seventh day during the waxing or light phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Saptami tithi or the seventh day during the waxing or light phase of moon till 5:31 PM on June 17. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Ashtami tithi or the eighth day during the waxing or light phase of moon till 4:00 PM on June 18. (Time applicable in all north, south and eastern parts of India. All time based on India Standard Time.  Good – Auspicious time on June 17, 2021 as per Hindu Calendar – There is no good and auspicious time on the entire day.  Nakshatra  – Purva Phalguni or Pooram Nakshatra till 6:40 PM on June 17. Then onward it is Uttara Phalguni or Uthiram Nakshatra till 5:55 PM on June 18. (Time applicable in north, south and eastern parts of India).  In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, north Karnataka and south Rajastha