Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Thursday, September 24, 2015
प्रणम्य शिरसा देवं गौरीपुत्रं विनायकम् ।
भक्तावासं स्मरेन्नित्यं आयुःकामार्थसिद्धये ॥ १॥
praNamya shirasA devam gaurI-putram vinAyakam |
bhaktAvAsam smaren_nityam AyuH-kAmArtha-siddhaye || 1 ||
Meaning: bowing with the head, to the divine, to the son-of-pArvatI, to the vinAyaka to the devotee-dweller; remember daily, for the accomplishment of long life, desires and wealth ||
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Lord Vishnu grew agitated. He could not find his conch - Valampuri. Then he heard someone blowing Valampuri on Mount Kailash. Lord Vishnu prayed to Lord Shiva and asked him to get Bal Ganesha to return the conch. Lord Shiva advised Vishnu to perform a Ganesh puja. Lord Vishnu agreed. The merciful Lord Ganesha returned the conch. The form of Lord Ganesha that returned the Valampuri is known as the Valampuri Ganesh who is depicted with his trunk facing right instead of the customary left.
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Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Little Ganesha played roughly with a cat and hurt it. He then ran to his mother only to discover that she had a wound exactly at the place where he had hurt the cat. It was "I who had assumed the form of a cat to play with you," said the Mother of the Universe. It is the Goddess herself who becomes all beings, and we should therefore desist from hurting anyone by word, thought or deed. Little Ganesha learned his lesson that. Did you?
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Sunday, September 20, 2015
Some Hindu depictions Lord Ganesha is a bachelor. In others he has two wives - Riddhi and Siddhi and is also the father of two sons Shubh and Laabh.
Folklore has it that no girl wanted to marry a husband with an elephant's head. This upset Lord Ganesha who manifested his vignakarta roop - the creator of obstacles. He asked rats to dig holes in the paths of the celestial Devas as they journeyed to get their brides from their maternal homes.
Lord Brahma was so moved by Lord Ganesha's plight and also with the poor Devas that he created two wives for him. Riddhi is the manifestation of wealth and prosperity and the second wife Siddhi is the personification intellectual and spiritual achievement. Thus was the Lord married, and wherever Lord Ganesha is invoked - there dwell all prosperity and well being.
Where there is Ganesha, Siddhi and Riddhi follow, and their two sons Shubha (Auspiciousness) and Labha (Profit) also follow unfailingly.
May the pot-bellied one who is loved by Riddhi as well as Siddhi bless all his devotees!
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Saturday, September 19, 2015
Gauri Puja begins on the third day after Ganesh Chaturthi.
Goddess Gauri is invited home and worshipped for three days.
Married women pray to her for marital bliss and the long life of their husbands. And Unmarried girls worship her in order to get virtuous husbands. Goddess Gauri is considered to be one of the many forms of Shakti, the Mother of the universe, with lots of power, symbolic of fertility and motherhood and of the victory of good over evil.
Friday, September 18, 2015
Sage Agastya prayed to Lord Brahma and Lord Shiva to grant him a wish – would they create an abundant river that would water the lands in the south. The wish was granted. The two great Gods filled the sage’ kamandalu or water pot with a river. Wherever he choose to pour from the kamandalu – a river would gush forth.
The wise sage then travelled to the South. He kept wandering from one place to another looking for an ideal location for the river. On the way he felt the call of nature and asked a little boy to take care of the sacred kamandalu for the time being. The little boy was Lord Ganesha is disguise. He kept the kamandalu on the ground. A few moments later a crow sat on the pot, and overturned it as it flew away on being shooed by Sage Agastya.
The river is known to us as Kaveri.
Lord Ganesha has the welfare of all beings in his heart and he will act to ensure prosperity for his devotees even when they do not seek his assistance. Such is his affection. Such is his leela.
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Thursday, September 17, 2015
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Sunday, September 6, 2015
Krishna Janmashtami falls on Saturday, September 5, this year. It marks the birth of Lord Krishna - the most attractive male in the universe.
In the Hindu tradition God in his virat roop is considered incomprehensible to the five senses. He therefore as an act of mercy enables his worship through murtis that are installed as per the prescriptions of the shastras. He is worshipped through the listening of his leelas and glorification of his names. May we live, breathe, sing, dance and behave in ways that are pleasing to the Lord of the Gopis!
Welcome into our hearts O Lord Gopijana-Vallabha!
Friday, September 4, 2015
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Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Murudeshwar is another name of the Hindu god Shiva.
The Murudeshwar beach has two beautiful temples with majestic statues. This small and beautiful town is famous for the world’s second-tallest Lord Shiva statue and Murudeshwar Temple that has a 20-storey high Gopura guarded by two life-size concrete elephants at the steps leading inside the temple.