There was a village known for the abound love and devotion that the people had for Lord Ganesha. Once Lord Ganesha thought of testing their devotion. He took the form of a child. With a pinch of rice grains and a spoonful of milk, he started going to people and asking them to prepare kheer for him.
He went on going from house to house, people to people, but no body paid a heed to him. In fact, they laughed at him and told that with that much rice and milk, making kheer would not be possible. But Lord Ganesha insisted and everybody thought the child was silly.
Narad Muni was the son of Lord Brahma. His devotion for Lord Vishnu is well known among the Hindus, through our scriptures and other old Hindu texts. While Lord Brahma is believed to be the real author of the Vedas, it is Narad Muni who conveys the message of the Vedas to the world.
Narad Muni was a wandering sage, and it is said that saints should stay away from the feelings of hatred, enmity, greed, pride etc. which are believed to take a man to doom. However, many stories prevail in our scriptures which show the sages being a victim of these feelings and then ultimately realizing their mistake only when the God intervenes.
Tulsidas was one of the most popular saint poets not only of Hindi literature but also of the Sanskrit literature. His works gained prominence in the Indian subcontinent through the Bhakti movement. A devotee of Lord Rama, saint Tulsidas used to compose poems in his praise.
However, never has Lord Rama left the love of his devotees unattended. The same happened with Tulsidas as well. His prayers were answered with the help of Lord Hanuman.
Lord Shiva, one of the Holy Trinity, is seldom seen without a bull near him, in his old or new depictions. This bull is known as Nandi. Nandi is generally shown sitting with his legs folded, in front of Lord Shiva.
Bulls are believed to be the symbols of sincerity. A bull is honest, brainy and hard-working. Otherwise a peace-lover, a bull can even fight a lion when angry. Probably considering these qualities of a bull in his mind, Lord Shiva made Nandi his mount.
Maha Shivratri is one of the most popular festivals celebrated for Lord Shiva. It is said that Lord Shiva is the easiest to please among all the Gods. While many legends are narrated on the day of Shivratri in praise of Lord Shiva, one among these legends is that of Lubdhaka. One of the oldest and popular ones, the story of Lord Shiva and Lubdhaka puts forth, the significance of worshipping Lord Shiva on the night of Shivratri.
While the entire army of Lord Rama was full of enthusiasm for the fight with the army of Ravana and when the fire of revenge burned in their hearts, the fire also flashed in the heart of a squirrel as well. Most of the members in the army of Lord Rama were monkeys. All of them, standing at the shore of the sea, got instruction to make a bridge so that the sea could be crossed.
Lord Krishna's stories have always been inspirational. They are not just examples of the prowess of the lord, but also leave the reader feeling the magic of God's grace on his life and his presence everywhere. From the many stories that our scriptures tell about Lord Krishna, the one about Lord Krishna and the fruit seller puts forth the love that the lord had for everyone around him.
The legend of Lord Rama, the epic Ramayana tells it all, how generous, kind and brave Lord Ram was. Among all the incarnations of Lord Vishnu on earth, he was probably the most patient and peaceful of all. While Lord Krishna is known for his witty and a sharp mind, Lord Rama was brave yet decent. While Lord Krishna played tricks to overpower the enemy, it was mere righteousness and complete honesty that was the strength of Lord Ram.
Mahabharata is a source of inspiration for anyone and everyone who is at the crossroads of life. The situations and incidents narrated in the epic are such that everybody can relate to. The largest epic that consists of 100,000 shlokas in its current circulation, offers many more than 100,000 advises. But not everyone can infer the deeper meaning of these shlokas.
The common belief in the Hindu philosophy is that the actions of humans can be divided into two types: good Karma and bad Karma (also called Punya and Paap, respectively). Good Karma is that which is done for the benefit of others and with benevolent intention. On the opposite, the bad Karma or Paap is what causes hurt to others, and is done with a malevolent intention. The intention of the doer plays the most significant role in it; benevolent or malevolent, is rewarded accordingly.
Prayagraj is the official name of the Indian city of Allahabad, which is located in Uttar Pradesh. The Kumbh Mela is organised at Prayagraj. It is said that this is one of the most sacred places in the country, a holy place for the Hindus. Have you ever wondered what makes this place so holy?
The southeast direction of the house is known as the churning zone. It is said that this direction invites jealousy, hatred and other such qualities in the person occupying it. This direction causes anxiety and tension in the individual. It also causes indecision and lack of confidence.
Vidura, a character who left for us a number of values and morals to learn from, is remembered till today. A virtuous man, this uncle of the Kauravas and the Pandavas has been an inspiration to all of us and keeps inspiring us through his then given quotes.
Chanakya was a great philosopher, political advisor and economist. He is the author of the world-famous book Arthashastra. In one of his quotes, he has said that there are some people, while who talk, we should never jump in between to make our point.
Chanakya was not just the political advisor of Chandragupta Maurya, he was also a great economist and philosopher as well. A great thinker, he succeeded in most of the ventures he started in his life. A man of ethics, Chanakya never found it hard to switch to being wicked when it came to his enemies.
Vidur was the uncle of the Pandavas and the Kauravas. Loved by Lord Krishna for his righteousness, Vidur had authored a book named Vidur Niti in which he has spoken about the right and wrong ways of living life.
Vidura was a significant character in the Mahabharata. He was the brother of Pandu and Dhritrashtra, and thus the uncle of the Kauravas and the Pandavas. He was the only man who had raised his voice against the Kauravas while they tried to humiliate Draupadi in front of the entire gathering in the court of the Kauravas. A man of morals, he was even given a boon by Lord Krishna as a result of his virtues in life.
Lord Vishnu has taken many avatars and has helped the humans restore Dharma on earth. His avatar as Lord Krishna has been one of the most inspiring ones. As Lord Krishna in Treta Yuga, he lived an exemplary life and saved the lives of his devotees many times. He is thus, a great source of inspiration for us all.
There is a tradition of reciting Srimad Bhagvat Katha which goes on for a period of one week, in most of the Hindu houses. Bhagvat Katha is a collection of 18,000 verses in which, the events from the life of Lord Krishna are narrated. It is said that the recitation of Bhagvat Katha helps to get the blessings of Lord Vishnu. It is also said that one attains salvation by reciting or listening to the Bhagvat Katha.
The story goes back to the times when the demon king Ravana had performed a tough meditation to please Lord Shiva. When after meditating for years, he could not please Lord Shiva, he did not lose hope and thought of another way to please the deity.
The week before Christmas is filled with immense excitement and celebrations. While the preparations for Christmas are in full swing, the day offers a lot more than just the festivities and fun. Christmas Day is significant to remember all the lessons that we learn from the events associated with the day.
Most people who understand at least a bit of Indian astrology, fear Shani Dev. However, it is partially because of their little knowledge of the Hindu mythology. While it is true that when Shani Dev decides to look at somebody, the person might get destroyed, but the God himself is not a cruel deity.
The story goes back to the times when Lord Rama, Goddess Sita, Lakshman along with Lord Hanuman had returned from the exile of fourteen years. When they were leaving for exile from Ayodhya, Goddess Sita had taken a vow that she would pay a visit to the Saryu river and offer prayers at its bank, if they returned home safely. When they had finally reached home safely, Goddess Sita decided to visit the Saryu river.
The story goes back to the Dwapar Yuga when the Magadh King Jarasandh was a tyrannic ruler. He had two daughters, Asti and Prasti. He got both his daughters married to the king of Mathura, Kansa who was also the maternal uncle of Lord Krishna. Kansa was also a dictator, the stories of whose tortures were spread worldwide.
The world has probably never again seen the love that flourished between the two divine souls, Lord Krishna and Goddess Radha. Lord Vishnu incarnated as Krishna and Goddess Lakshmi as Radha; they set examples not just of true love but of patience and persistence as well.
When the teams for the Mahabharata war were bring decided, Lord Krishna had told both the teams that they had to choose between Krishna and the entire army. When the condition was presented before the Kouravas, they chose the entire army and left Lord Krishna to the Pandavas.
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