Khatu Shyam, the one known as - Haare Ka Sahara, the invincible, the one with incredible powers, he was a brave warrior who learnt the art of welfare of people from his mother. The more you say about him, the less it is. He is the divine, the one who will lift you up, the moment you think you are falling down. There is no measure of his greatness.
Gandhari, the mother of the Kouravas, had once cursed Lord Krishna that just as all her sons had died, Krishna too will die soon after completing 36 years of his life. She believed that Krishna could have saved all the warriors, by not letting the war begin, but Krishna did not do so.
Goddess Sati, in her second life, was born as Goddess Parvati. Parvati was the daughter of King Himavat and Queen Maina. Marrying Shiva was her childhood dream. Even Narad Muni had predicted that she would marry Lord Shiva. Her love for Shiva went on increasing as the years went by. After a long penance and a lot of difficulties, she got married to Lord Shiva.
Hanuman, the deity who is himself a devotee, is believed to be the incarnation of Lord Shiva. He too, just as Shiva, is considered an innocent-hearted deity. The idols of Hanuman in the temples are often seen covered with vermilion all over them.
In Hinduism, there are a number of gods, a number of beliefs and a number of rituals, all different, with their own different meanings, but a common purpose, the attainment of the Supreme God. Such is the beauty of this religion, kind of unity in diversity.
Lord Vishnu, the ultimate source of happiness, the nurturer of the universe and the protector of Dharma on Earth, is dear to all the Hindus. Whenever there has been an imbalance in the universe, he has come to restore balance. He has established Dharma time and again.
A gracious face, with a sweet smile on her face, she has one thousand hands each carrying a weapon. Goddess Durga is also known as Maya for she bestows the man with all the wealth he needs in life. This Goddess is a deity which cannot be controlled by anyone, she is invincible, as is suggested by the name Durga itself.
Lord Hanuman, the most celebrated devotee of Lord Rama, the most significant character of Ramayana and one of the most innocent devotees worshiped in the Hindu tradition is not only the favorite of children, but of the elders as well. He is known for the utter devotion he had for Lord Rama.
The Holy Trinity, Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva, are the most celebrated and the main deities in Hinduism. They are respectively the creator, preserver and the destroyer of the universe. While there are many temples to Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva, there is only one temple attributed to Lord Brahma. However, these deities are shown carrying various sacred items in their hands in every depiction.
The Hinduism is one of the oldest and the largest religions in the world. It has no founder and is entirely based on the scriptures available for the guidance of the mankind. These scriptures are followed since time immemorial and have been tested and trusted by the times.
It is a well known custom in Hinduism to offer the first share of sweets to the Gods. The food then becomes the prasad. A prasad is the most pious form of food. Many true devotees also believe that a prasad, be it the most plain food, is much more tastier than various other delicious dishes.
One of the most famous forms and depiction of Lord Shiva is that of Nataraja. The Nataraja is that form of Lord Shiva, where he is shown dancing on an aureole of flames. While his one foot is lifted in the air, the other one, is stepping on the dwarf, Apasmara.
Have you ever wondered why are temples closed during an eclipse? While everybody knows this, very few know the reason behind this. Eclipse is the name given to an astronomical event when an astronomical object is temporarily obscured. The reason can be the coming of another object between this object and the viewer.
We have come across the number 108 numerous times while discussing religion. It is considered auspicious in most of the religions of the world. Most of the malas contain 108 beads. There is a provision of taking 108 Parikramas in many temples of the Hindus. Here is a list which signifies the importance of the number.
Bhishma Pitamah was one of the most important characters in the Mahabharata. He was the son of king Shantanu and queen Ganga. King Shantanu was again married later to Satyavati. It is believed that to get his father married to Satyavati, Bhishma had vowed to leave the whole throne and remain a celibate throughout his life.
We all know how dear Modakas are to Lord Ganesha. In his every portrayal, he is seen with a container filled with Modakas. Because they are so dear to Lord Ganesha, no puja is considered without offering him the Modakas. Though he is offered ladoo as well, modaks are what he likes to eat the most. There is a story that is associated with Modakas being so favourite to our dear Lord Ganesha.
Tulsi is considered one of the most sacred plants in Hinduism. It is highly auspicious during the worship of Lord Vishnu and Lord Krishna. It is believed that if Tulsi is planted in a house, it ensures the continuous flow of peace and prosperity. Along with its auspiciousness, Tulsi is also known for its health benefits.
The Kanaks Durga temple is located at the Indra Kiladri Hill, Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh. It is dedicated to the Goddess Kanak Durga, the Goddess who had killed the demon Mahishasura. Goddess Kanak Durga is known as Swayambhu, meaning self-manifested in the Treta Yuga.
Lord Krishna is said to have had 16108 wives. While he had eight principle wives, known as the Ashtabharayas, there were other sixteen thousand one hundred more who are believed to have been the queens of Dwarka. Well, it was the utter devotion, penance and worship that they had offered to Lord Krishna, which compelled him to have all of many as his wives.
The Ramayana is one of the largest epics in world literature. It consists of twenty four thousand verses and is sub-divided into seven parts and five hundred chapters. Written by Valmiki, it was first written in Sanskrit and later translated into other languages for the purpose of information and inspiration for the masses.
We are often asked the question- ''who gave you your name?'' And the answers are filled with joy when we tell the name of that family member who loves us so much and gave us his favorite name. But don't you ever wonder who named the deities who are loved by all?
We all know that Lord Shiva had two sons. But very few know that he had daughters too. When Goddess Parvati expressed the desire to visit the most beautiful garden of the universe, Lord Shiva took her to the Nandan Van. Upon reaching there, she was mesmerized by the beauty of the place.
Lord Shiva, one of the holy trinities, is the deity who is the easiest to please among all. That is why he is also known as Bhole Nath. But this easily pleased deity is equally known for his high temper as well. Lord Shiva is also the most fierce of the holy trinity.
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