Category: Indian Gods

Jan 7, 2018

The Merciful Mother “Ganga” Part V - Myths and Legends of Ganga

The battle between the Gods (good) and Demons (evil) goes on forever.  Once the demon Bali due to his tapas or ascetic heat, acquired such power that he conquered Indra"s heaven and chaos prevailed in the heaven.  All the gods were greatly troubled and they implored Lord Vishnu to restore law and order. Lord Vishnu incarnated himself as a Brahmin dwarf Vamana and went to Bali seeking alms, as was the custom of Brahmins.  Bali gave him food, clothes, and many rich presents, but Vamana insisted that he wanted land.  Bali offered him many great and fertile lands; however, Vamana declared that he wanted only that land which he could measure by his three steps.  Bali thought that a dwarf could measure only a very small portion of the land with his three small steps, and thus accepted.  However, Vamana tricked Bali and started to increase his size.  So big his size became, that with his first step, he covered the entire earth and with his second step, he covered the entire heaven. ...

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Dec 31, 2017

The Merciful Mother “Ganga” Part IV - Myths and Legends of Ganga

Uma or Parvati created an image of a boy child from her bodily impurities as she was having a bath.  She loved this image and wanted him to come to life and become his son. So she approached her sister Ganga and immersed this image in the waters of the Ganga, who also felt a unique motherly love towards this image of a boy child. Gangagave life to this image and Ganesa - the second son of Siva and Parvati was born. Thus Ganga is also considered to be the mother of Ganesa, who in turn is also known as Gangeya - the son of Ganga. Ganesa is also known as Dvaimatura - one who has two mothers, namely Parvati and Ganga....

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Dec 28, 2017

The Merciful Mother “Ganga” Part III - Myths and Legends of Ganga

Ganga as a Goddess There are many myths and legends, which tell that the river Ganges or Ganga is essentially a goddess residing in heaven.  She is exquisitely described as an extremely fair goddess.  She has four arms and three eyes.With the third eye on her forehead, she becomes a kaldarsini- one who can view the past, present and the future.  She is dressed in white and is heavily ornamented with precious stones and dazzling white pearls.On one hand, she holds a white lotus and with the other hand, she bestows peace and grants boons to humanity.  In the other two hands, she holds jars full of water that grant fertility, crops, and prosperity. ...

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Dec 24, 2017

The Merciful Mother “Ganga” Part II - Gangā and her greatness

Throughout the Mahābhārata, the greatness of Gangā shines forth like a valuable gem of extreme brilliance. In the Anuśasana Parva, Section XXVI, in reply to questions by Yudhiśtira, the greatness of Gangā is elaborately elucidated by Gangāputra Bhīśma.The foremost of all rivers is Bhāgirathi or Gangā. Those countries, provinces, retreats, and mountains should be regarded as the best with respect to sanctity, which are beside the river Bhāgirathi...

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Dec 21, 2017

The Merciful Mother : “Ganga” - Part I

Since time immemorial, water is associated with worship and major rivers in all civilizations have been worshipped as goddesses.  The ancient Mesopotamians honored the Tigris and the Euphrates, the Egyptians revere the Nile, the Chinese venerate the Yang Sikiang and Hwang Ho, and the Indians worship the river Ganges or Gangā.  Water symbolizes fertility, abundance, crops, and growth.  Thus, water has always been revered as sacred and divine. ...

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Dec 17, 2017

Writing of Mahabharatha

Mahabharatha is one of the greatest epics of the Hindus. It was authored by the sage Vyasa. Lord Ganesha was his scribe. Ganesha wrote the Mahabharatha using the tip of his right tusk as a pen according to the scriptures Vyasa was thinking of dictating the epic, The Mahabharata, to some one....

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Dec 14, 2017

Story of Ganeshas Curse on Moon

One day while travelling round the universe on his rat, Ganesha came to Chandraloka (the realm of the Moon). The Moon saw him. The Moon, very handsome,was proud of his appearance. On seeing the elephant-faced, big-bellied Ganapati riding on a rat, he- laughed at Ganesha with contempt. This was an insult and Ganesha was very angry about the Moon. His eyes grew red. He pronounced a curse "Oh Moon, your handsome appearance has made you too vain. Fool, I am worshipped in all the worlds, but you laugh at me. Receive now the fruits of your foolish pride. Let your beauty, which is the cause for your arrogance and ignorance vanishing! From now on, whoever sees you on the fourth day of the bright fortnight of Bhadrapada month, the day of my birth, will suffer because of unjust accusations." The curse shattered the Moon"s pride. He realized his mistake, and felt sorry. Standing devotedly with folded hands before Ganesha he prayed to him. "Sir, forgive me and my ignorance. Take back the curse and protect me." Then the kind Ganesha grew calm. He consoled the unhappy Moon. He said, "Moon, you have realized your fault. What is important is the destruction of your pride. Anyhow, my curse cannot be in vain. But those who are subjected to false accusations will be saved and regain their good name if they see you on the second day of the bright fortnight also or listen to the story of the Syamantaka gem." The Moon was satisfied. Maharshi Narada has praised Ganesha as follows: Vidyarthee labhate vidyam Dhanarthee labhate dhanam Putrarthee labhate putram, Moksharthee labhate gatim ...

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Dec 10, 2017

The Great Saint Swami Sivananda On the Ganesh Chaturthi day

Meditate on the stories connected with Lord Ganesha early in the morning, during the Brahmamuhurta period. Then, after taking a bath, go to the temple and do the prayers of Lord Ganesha. Offer Him some coconut and sweet pudding. Pray with faith and devotion that He may remove all the obstacles that you experience on the spiritual path. Worship Him at home, too. You can get the assistance of a pundit. Have an image of Lord Ganesha in your house. Feel His Presence in it. Don"t look at the moon...

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Dec 6, 2017

Birth Festival Of The Lord

Ganesh Chaturthi is the birthday of Lord Ganesha. This day is one of the most popular in Hindu festivals.It is the day most sacred to Lord Ganesha. It falls on the 4th day of the bright fortnight of Bhadrapada (August-September). It is observed throughout India, as well as by devoted Hindus in all parts of the world Clay figures of the Deity are made and after being worshipped for two days or in some cases after ten days they are merged into the water. ...

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Dec 3, 2017

Lord Ganesha - The Great Son of Shiva and Parvati

Ganapati is considered god of wisdom in Indian mythology. People mostly worship him asking for Siddhi (Prudence )and Buddhi (Intellegence) He is called Vighneshwara the destroyer of obstacles. His Mantra is "Om Gung Ganapathaye Namah."...

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Jun 7, 2017

Akshaya Tritiya: What legends say about its origin?

One of the most auspicious days in Hindu calendar, Akshaya Tritiya is a holy day for Hindus that falls on the third Tithi (lunar day) of Bright Half (Shukla Paksha) of Vaishakha. It is also one of the four most important days for Hindus. Also called Navanna Parvam, Akshaya Tritiya falling on a Rohini star Monday, as this year’s Akshaya Tritiya, is considered more auspicious. The term Akshaya means never diminishing. Hence the benefits of doing any Japa, Yajna, Pitra-Tarpan, Dan-Punya on this day never diminish and remain with the person forever....

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May 31, 2017

Navaratras: Nine days of festivity and fasting

“Sarva mangala mangalye shive sarvaartha saadhike Sharanye trayambake Gauri Narayani namosthute” (Meaning of the mantra: To auspiciousness of all auspiciousness, to the Good, to the accomplisher of all objectives, to the Source of Refuge; tryambake; to the Goddess who is Rays of Light; Exposer of consciousness; We bow to you again and again. We worship you.) Ma sherawaliOne of the most auspicious and widely celebrated festivals in India, Navratri or Navratra or nine nights reminds us to rededicate our lives to the great spirit of Mother Goddess Durga. Navratri, Navratra in North India, is a nine day holy festival, which is celebrated to propitiate Goddess of Shakti or Divine Mother. The common norm is to keep fast on all the nine days of the festival. Devotees also visit temples dedicated to goddess all over India....

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