Category: goddess

Maa Chandraghanta – The goddess who mounts on the tigress

या देवी सर्वभू‍तेषु माँ चंद्रघंटा रूपेण संस्थिता।
नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमो नम:।।
पिंडजप्रवरारुढ़ा चन्दकोपास्त्रकैर्युता !
प्रसादं तनुते मह्यं चन्द्रघंटेति विश्रुता !!

The third day of Navratri festival is dedicated to Maa Chandraghanta, the third incarnation of Maa Durga. The third day of navratri is of great importance as the devotees get the peace of mind and witness the divine things.

When we talk about Devi Chandraghanta, she has ten hands and three eyes. Since the moon is bell shaped the Goddess is known by the name of Chandraghanta. She holds weapons in her eight hands and the other two hands are for giving blessings and stopping the evil forces from causing harm to the devotees. Devi Chandraghanta is golden in color, which gives her pleasant look. She rides a Lion and she has a roaring voice. Goddess Chandraghanta mounts on the tigress. She wears the semi-circular moon (Chandra) on her forehead. The half-moon on her forehead looks like the bell (Ghanta) and because of that she is known as Chandra-Ghanta. She is depicted with ten hands. Goddess Chandraghanta carries Trishul, Gada, Sword and Kamandal in her four right hands and keeps the fifth right hand in Varada Mudra. She carries lotus flower, Arrow, Dhanush and Japa Mala in her four left hands and keeps the fifth left hand in Abhaya Mudra.


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Goddess kali

From India, and ancient goddess of power, Kali... Kali Mask •●:

Kali is thought to have originated as a tribal goddess indigenous to one of India’s inaccessible mountainous regions. The Matsyapurana gives her place of origin as Mount Kalanjara in north central India, east of the Indus Valley floodplain. But owing to the late date of the Puranas’ composition, this evidence regarding Kali’s place of origin cannot be taken as particularly reliable.At least thousand years before the Matsyapurana, the name of Kali first appears in Sanskrit literature between the eighth and fifth centuries BCE. The reference, in Mundakopanishad 1.2.4, names Kali as one of the seven quivering tongues of the fire god Agni, whose flames devour sacrificial oblations and transmit them to the gods. The verse characterizes Agni’s seven tongues as black, terrifying, swift as thought, intensely red, smoky colored, sparkling, and radiant. Significantly, the first two adjectives — kali and karali — “black” and “terrifying,” recur in later texts to describe the horrific aspect of the goddess. Karali additionally means “having a gaping mouth and protruding teeth.” This verse scarcely suffices to confirm that Kali was a personified goddess during the age of the Upanishads, but it is noteworthy that the adjective that became her name was used to characterize an aspect of the fire god’s power.Kali first appears unequivocally as a goddess in the Kathaka Grihyasutra, a ritualistic text that names her in a list of Vedic deities to be invoked with offerings of perfume during the marriage ceremony. Unfortunately, the text reveals nothing more about her.


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Karni Mata – Temple of Rats

Temple of  Karni Mata is located at a distance of 31 KM from Bikaner. By the side of state highway No 89 , this temple is famous for its rats. Without any fear from anyone rats here enjoy the full freedom and drink milk inside the temple campus. The temple’s current exterior was built in the early 20th century by Maharaja Ganga Singh. It replaced a 19th-century structure, which had replaced an older courtyard. The innermost temple is hundreds of years old. Karni Mata is considered as Avataar of Maa Durga, Maa Sheronwali. Karni Mata was a female Hindu  sage born in the Charan caste and is worshiped as the incarnation of the goddess Durga in Deshnok, Bikaner, Rajasthan.

 Karni Mata was born on 2nd October 1387 in Suwap, Rajasthan. She was the 7th child of Mehoji Charan and his wife Deval Devi. Her real name was Ridhubhai. When Karni Mata’s mother wanted to abort the baby she simply could not. Goddess Durga showed up in her dreams and informed that the child is an incarnation of herself. When Ridhubhai was just 6, she cured her relative off of a deadly disease, hence she was known as Karni. At a very young age she was married off to a wealthy man-Dipoji Charan of the village of Sathika around AD 1415 but did not live a conventional “married life.” She was not interested in worldly affairs. She desired to live a saint’s life. Karni put forth a proposal to marry her younger sister Gulab, and subsequently processed with it. Goddess Karni Mata came from Charan clan. She lived for 150 years and remained young and beautiful. After her death, she became a rat. The Charan clans believe that once they die, they too will be reincarnated as a rat and subsequently, when a rat dies, it will be reincarnated as a human again.

Philosopher India – A step towards Myth discovery

Pitru Dosh

Pitru Dosh is affliction arises due to not getting Nirvana to soul of departed forefathers. It mainly occurs when dead forefathers and ancestors did not get peace or salvation (Moksha) at the time of departing their souls. In Hindu mythology, it is believed that if anyone in the family do not offer water and food to their dead ancestors, in shradh. It is believed that soul of your ancestors or departed forefathers earnestly search for Moskha, if their death was unnatural or occurred at their early age. Due to premature death, their souls do not get Nirvana and wander on earth aimlessly.

The Goddess Kali – Provide powerful and energetic positive energy

ॐ क्रीं कालिकायै नमः
Om krim kalikayai namah

“I bow my head to the Goddess Kali”

काली महाकाली कालिके परमेश्वरी ।
सर्वानन्दकरी देवी नारायणि नमोस्तुते ।।

kali mahakali kalike parmeshwari
sarvanandkari devi narayani namostute

Protected: The Kala Jadu – Black magic used to destroy the one’s life

Gangotri – The source of River Ganga

Gangotri is the source of Ganga as Bhagirathi river.

Gangotri
Location :  Uttar Pradesh 
Altitude :  3042 mts. 
Climate :  Summer – Cool during the day and cold at night.
Winter – Snow-bound. Touching sub-zero 
Best Season :  April to November

Gangotri is at an altitude of 3048 meters above sea level. It is on the northernmost part of the state of Uttar Pradesh and is very near the Indo-Tibetan border. It is approximately 300 km from Dehradun, 250 km from Rishikesh and 105 km from Uttarkashi. The summers are relatively cool and winters are freezing cold, with rains in the months of May and June. For the devotees and tourists, the gates of the temple are open only in the months of May to November.

Nag Panchami – worship of snakes or serpents

Nag Panchami is celebrated on the fifth day of the full moon fortnight during the Hindu month of Shrawan as per the Hindu calendar. Nag Panchami is a traditional worship of snakes or serpents observed by Hindus throughout India and also in Nepal. There are many legends associated with this festival. One of them is the day when snake Kalia was defeated by Lord Krishna. On this day women enjoy swing, brides visit their parents and people buy snakes images to worship. It is the period when the snakes come out of the holes due to rain and in gardens, nearby houses and shrubs shelter is taken by them.

Maa Saraswati – the Goddess of Learning

Maa Saraswati – the Goddess of Learning

Devi Sarasvati is the goddess of knowledge, music and Arts. The name Sarasvati comes from “saras” means Flow, and wati “a women”. So sarasvati is the symbol of Knowledge. Goddess Saraswati is the consort of Brahma the Creator and is worshipped as the goddess of learning, wisdom, speech, and music. Hindus offer prayer to Saraswati before beginning any intellectual pursuit, and in Hinduism  students are encouraged to offer prayers to her during the school/college.

River Ganga – India’s National River

Gomukh

Ganga

Shiva-Rishikesh

The origin of river Ganges lies at the height of 13,800 feet in the mountain ranges of Himalayas, in Tehri Garhwal, near Gangotri. It begins high in the Himalayas as a pair of head streams. It begins in an ice cave in the mountains about 10,300 feet above sea level. Gangotri is known as the place of origin of the revered Ganges river, known as Ganga in India it is also consider one of the holy place in chota char dham . The holiest of the Indian rivers, is the longest river in India and the greatest waterway in India. The river has been declared as India’s National River. Ganges is the source of sustainment of life in the great Indian plains and it is at Gangotri that the journey of Ganga begins. River Ganges gets water from the melting snow of Nanda devi, Gurla, Mandhata, Dhaulagiri, Gesaisthan, Kanchenjunga and Mount Everest. Many small and big rivers merge with the Ganges in the Himalayan region. The Ganges river flows through Bangladesh, but the greater part of it flows through India. The river flows across the northern corner of India. The Ganges flows across India and Bangladesh until it empties out into the Bay of Bengal. The great river provides water to many places, and many places rely on it.

There are many versions of stories regarding the origin of Ganges. In another story the sage Valmiki of Ramayana, Ganges was the daughter of ‘Himalaya’ and ‘Maina’. The deities abducted her and took her to heaven and from then onwards, ‘Ganga’ started living inside the ‘Karmandala’ (a spout shaped vessel). According to Kritivas Ramayana the deities had taken ‘Ganga’ to Lord Shiva to get her married with him. When ‘Maina’ did not find her in the house, she cursed to attain the form of water.

The Sanatan Dharma

Code of God

Kumbh derives its name from the immortal Pot of Nectar, which the Demigods (Devtas) and Demons (Asuras) fought over, described in ancient Vedic scriptures known as the Puranas. It is these Vedic literatures that have stood the test of time, out of which the tradition has evolved into the one that the world now knows as The Kumbh Mela

The Sadhu (also known as yogi and sanyasi), is a Hindu ascetic who has renounced caste, social position, money and authority, and occupies a special place in Hindu society. As one who seeks the Universal Soul in order to be absorbed in it, the Sadhu is set apart from the orthodox priesthood as renunciation is considered superior to the rituals of the priests.

Earth’s Greatest Men feast – Mahakumbh

Mahakumbh

Earth’s Greatest Men feast – Mahakumbh

Kumbh derives its name from the immortal Pot of Nectar, which the Demigods (Devtas) and Demons (Asuras) fought over, described in ancient Vedic scriptures known as the Puranas. It is these Vedic literature’s that have stood the test of time, out of which the tradition has evolved into the one that the world now knows as The Kumbh Mela

The search of Secret India