Shravana is considered a month dedicated to Lord Shiva. His devotees, especially the men, go to Haridwar to fetch the water of river Ganga and offer it to the Shivalinga. This offering of holy water is made on a Savan Shivratri day.
Tirupati Temple, where Lord Venkateswara is worshipped, is situated at the Tirumala hills in the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh. Lord Venkateswara, also known as Lord Balaji popularly, is the temple deity, and is believed to be the incarnation of Lord Vishnu.
We often hear the word Aghori, which we know is a term related to sages, whom we see as fearsome looking men with ash smeared all over their body. While some say they are holy saints who have divine powers and supernatural abilities, others say that they are Tantriks (those who perform black magic) who might harm anybody any time using their supernatural powers.
There was a king named Kakudmi. His only daughter, who was named Revati, was so skilled and his own kingdom so vast and prosperous that no prince seemed to match her. Moreover, she wanted to marry the mightiest man on earth. Every other day, the king used to meet a prince, but in vain. The beauty of the princess and the huge kingdom found no match.
Ramayan is one of the most important epics of the Hindus and the stories and the characters described in it are known to all. There are some characters who played a very significant role in helping the lord fulfil the aim of establishing Dharma on Earth but not many people know about them.
India is a land where many great personalities have been born since time immemorial. Great personalities who were equally versed in all the disciplines have enlightened the path of millions. Lord Buddha is one amongst them; he gave birth to a new religion and a new meaning to the life of millions.
Ravana is one of the most popular demon characters ever discussed in Hinduism. He was a great scholar, a learned Brahmin and a great warrior. The only reason that he was a demon was the huge number of demonic qualities that he possessed. Despite being learned and knowing all about the sins and virtues, he could not save himself from pride, which ultimately lead him to death.
The daily worship that the Hindus perform includes a number of sacred items. It is believed that each of these has a religious significance in Hinduism. For example, the sandalwood paste that is worn as a tilak on the forehead keeps the wearer calm and relaxed, due to which he is able to concentrate well during the puja.
First born as Hiranyakashipu and Hiranyaksha, then as Ravana and Kumbhakarna, and then again as Kansa and Shishupal, these two were actually Jaya and Vijaya, the servants of Lord Vishnu, who had been cursed to be born as demons and meet their death at the hands of the supreme power himself every time.
Once there was a court gathering in the Nandanvan, the court of Lord Indra. Many nymphs were also present there, some of them exhibiting their wonderful talents in dance, music, etc. Just then, Devarishi Narad, the saint God, appeared there. Seeing him, Indra Dev stood up in order to welcome him.
India is a land of great thoughts, where lots of great thinkers such as Swami Vivekanand, Mahatma Gandhi, Chanakya, Paramahans, etc., have contributed their part to the society. Besides their contribution to the society, they have even added to the precious literature as well.
Sadhna was a butcher by profession, who had continued his family profession of slaughtering the goats. An innocent man with a simple heart, filled with contentment all the time. He would come early morning, start his work of selling the meat and go by the same way.
Goddess Durga is the one who has devoured numerous demons; saved her devotees a number of times and blessed them with her love always. Goddess Durga is just another form of Maya (illusion), when she attacks the demons and is the the best embodiment of a mother's love when she blesses her devotees.
Chanakya was a teacher, economist, jurist and a political advisor. He was learned in languages as well as sciences equally. He earned name and fame through his knowledge. Because of the stories of his intelligence, he is revered until today.
Can you imagine a baby having a gem on his forehead? A gem that would give freedom from fatigue, hunger, thirst and all such weaknesses which are necessary for life otherwise. Can there ever be such a magical thing? If yes, who can have it and how? Well, the story dates back to the times when the Mahabharata had not yet begun.
Killing an unarmed man, a woman, a child and an insane is considered as one of the worst sins in Hinduism. Whosoever commits this sin, loses all their wealth, reputation and power, as is believed in Hinduism. Ashwathama was the son of Dronacharya, the teacher of the Pandavas; he was fighting the battle from the Kaurava's side.
Karna was one of the bravest warriors in the Mahabharata. Though he fought from the Kouravas' side, yet he was very dear to Lord Krishna because of his innocent heart. He was a righteous man and a brave warrior. One of the masters of archery, he had to suffer various hardships right from his childhood.
Santoshi Mata is one of the most popular forms of the Mother Goddess. She is worshipped by a huge number of Hindus, especially in the north of India. The name 'Santoshi' translates to Happiness and the Goddess Santoshi is often heralded as the Goddess of satisfaction and happiness.
All the Hindu gods possess sacred objects which symbolize the divine powers or are weapons which they use to protect their devotees with. Many a time, various stories are associated with these sacred objects. For example, the Sudarshan Chakra that Lord Vishnu holds signifies the eternal universe and the cycle of time. The same Sudarshan Chakra is used by Lord Vishnu as a weapon too.
Maharishi Vedvyas was the sage who authored the longest epic ever, the Mahabharata; who wrote the Vedas, as well as the Puranas. How did he gain that power to know the past and to predict the future? How did he become the knower of everything?
Lord Rama was sent in exile because of his own mother Kaikeyi. Why would a mother ever do that? King Dasharatha's Crown was the real reason behind it. King Dasharath had three queens, Sumitra, Koushalya and Kaikeyi. Kaikeyi was well versed in warship and often used to accompany King Dasharath during battles.
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