Category: indian mythology

The religion of Hinduism

Hinduism is the religion of the majority of people in India and Nepal. It also exists among significant populations outside of the sub continent and has over 900 million adherents worldwide. Unlike most other religions, Hinduism has no single founder, no single scripture, and no commonly agreed set of teachings.Hinduism is the world’s third most popular religion, with around 750 million followers. The religion of Hinduism originated in Northern India, near the river Indus, about 4000 years ago and is the world’s oldest existing religion.Hinduism is practiced by more than 80% of India’s population.

Aum is the main symbol of Hinduism. It is the sound heard in deepest meditation and is said to be the name most suited for God.The word “Hindu” comes from the name of the river Indus, which flows 1800 miles from Tibet through Kashmir and Pakistan to the sea.For many Hindus, religion is a matter of practice rather than of beliefs. It’s more what you do, than what you believe. Hindus believe in a universal soul or God called Brahman. Brahman takes on many forms that some Hindus worship as gods or goddesses in their own right.

Hindus believe that there is a part of Brahman in everyone and this is called the Atman. Hindus believe in reincarnation – a belief that the soul is eternal and lives many lifetimes, in one body after another. The soul is sometimes born in a human body, sometimes in an animal body and sometimes in a plant body etc.. Hindus believe that all forms of life contain a soul, and all souls have the chance to experience life in different forms. Samsara means going through the cycle of repeated births and deaths (reincarnation). Hindus believe that existence of this cycle is governed by Karma.


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The red panda

The red panda (Ailurus fulgens), also called lesser panda, red bear-cat and red cat-bear, is a small arboreal mammal native to the eastern Himalayas and southwestern China that has been classified as vulnerable by IUCN as its wild population is estimated at less than 10,000 mature individuals. The population continues to decline and is threatened by habitat loss and fragmentation, poaching, and inbreeding depression, although red pandas are protected by national laws in their range countries

Red panda is a close relative of giant panda. Although less popular, red panda is discovered 48 years before giant panda. This bear-like creature can be found in the Nepal, India, Bhutan, China, Laos and Myanmar. Red panda lives in mountain forests. Intense deforestation resulted in great reduction in the number of red pandas in the wild. Other than habitat loss, number of red pandas is decreased through uncontrolled hunt because of the fur. Red panda is listed as endangered species.

Interesting Red panda Facts:
Red panda can reach 20 to 26 inches in length and 7 to 14 pounds in weight. Its tail can be 12 to 20 inches long.
Red panda is also known as “Fire Fox” because of its size and red color of the fur. Upper side of the red panda is red and white in color. Legs and belly are black. This type of coloration provides camouflage in the forest. Red panda is a trademark of Firefox browser.
Tail is covered in red and white rings. Tail ensures balance during movement through the forest. Also, red panda wraps tail around the body during the night to prevent heat loss.
Red panda spends most of its life in the trees. Red panda moves slowly and carefully on the ground.


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No more Child labor

Child labor is a serious problem in many parts of the world, especially in developing countries. Labor is defined as physical or mental work especially of the hard or bothersome kind.

Child labor has been an issue of concern for decades. Poverty and lack of proper education aid child labor. In rural areas poverty affects 34% of the population and in urban areas poverty strikes 37% of the population (International Labor Organization). Families need as much money as possible to survive and the children provide needed income. The children of families don’t get an education and become illiterate. From working since the age of four or five they wear down their bodies and die at the age of forty or fifty passing on their debts to their children.

Without and education it makes it near impossible for them to get out of poverty as adults. Their children after inheriting their parents’ debts are forced into a life of poverty, which creates an almost never-ending cycle. Sometimes the creditor of a child will release the child in favor for younger children, which helps some but then they have no education and are forced to continue in poverty.

India has many crises affecting it at this time. Among them is the important and sad issue of child labor. Most child laborers work in the agriculture field but most organizations for human rights focus on the bonded laborers in the cities. Bonded child labor “refers to the phenomenon of children working in conditions of servitude in order to pay off a debt” .In bonded child labor a creditor loans the parents a small amount of money in exchange for their child’s labor.

The labor is extremely cheap and the children work until the loan can be paid off in one lump sum. This almost never happens because the interest rates are greater than the wages of the child.


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Ayurveda – Healing Science

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Ayurveda is an ancient health care tradition that has been practiced in India for at least 5,000 years. The word comes from the Sanskrit terms ayur (life) and veda (knowledge).

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It is the oldest and a complete system of health-care, and integrates the mind, body and spirit, which traces its roots to the Vedas. It was discovered by the sages of Ancient India and first recorded in the Vedas,the world’s oldest surviving literature.The word Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word that evolves from combination of two words, “Ayuh” meaning life and “veda” meaning knowledge.

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Jyotish – The science of light

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The Vedic Astrology refers to Indian or Hindu astrology, Jyotish is a system that originated in ancient India, and was documented by sages in the Vedic scriptures. Also known as “Jyotish”-the science of light, Vedic astrology deals with astral light patterns that are thought to determine our destiny.Jyotish Shastra is the ancient Vedic system of astronomy and astrology, when used correctly can quite accurately predicting the trends, changes and events in your life with amazing precision.

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What is Palm Reading? – An ancient mystic art to Know Past, Present & Future

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Palm Reading, also called Palmistry or Chiromancy, is an analysis of a person’s palm lines and hands to foretell the future and personalities.Palm Reading is the divination method to see your characteristics, talents, health and fortunes by observing your hand’s lines and thickness.

Palm reading, more technically known as chiromancy, is the art of telling the future or determining something about a person by looking at the palms of their hands. It is an ancient mystic art, with its roots deep in India’s past. In the modern world, it is one of the most common methods of divining, along with astrology.The earliest known text on palm reading was written by a Hindu sage, Valmiki, in the 3rd millennium BCE. It was entitled “The Teachings of Valmiki Maharshi on Male Palmistry”, and set out many techniques which are used into the modern day. The process then made its way to…

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The Swastika

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For the Hindus and Buddhists in India and other Asian countries, the swastika was an important symbol for many thousands of years and, to this day, the symbol can still be seen in abundance – on temples, buses, taxis, and on the cover of books. It was also used in Ancient Greece and can be found in the remains of the ancient city of Troy, which existed 4,000 years ago. The ancient Druids and the Celts also used the symbol, reflected in many artefacts that have been discovered.The word ‘swastika’ is a Sanskrit word (‘svasktika’) meaning ‘It is’, ‘Well Being’, ‘Good Existence, and ‘Good Luck’. However, it is also known by different names in different countries – like ‘Wan’ in China, ‘Manji’ in Japan, ‘Fylfot’ in England, ‘Hakenkreuz’ in Germany and ‘Tetraskelion’ or ‘Tetragammadion’ in Greece.

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The Destiny or Luck: a way of understanding a personal chance event

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 The Destiny or Luck:- “what happens in the future : the things that someone or something will experience in the future” or  is often seen as either a fixed sequence of events that is inevitable and unchangeable. Astrologically, when we say that worship of deities associated with the 9th house can help in enhancing fortune, we mean that it helps in drawing the good luck from the accumulated karma of an individual. It should be an endeavor of everybody to keep Synonyms of luck are advantage, blessing, fluke, fortunate, godsend, good luck. It is believed that luck is a derivation of the Sanskrit word “Lakshmi”. She is the original “Lady of Luck” – a Hindu Goddess of Money & Fortune. In Hindi, the equivalent word for Luck is “Bhagya”. The other equivalents of “Bhagya” may be fate and destiny

“Luck is a way of understanding a personal chance event” People…

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The Marriage Mantra – Powerful Mantra to solve married Life Problems

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Om Hreem Yogini Yogini Yogeswari Yoga Bhayankari Sakala Sthavara

Jangamasya Mukha Hrudayam Mama Vasam Akarsha Akarshaya Namaha:

Benefit of the Mantra Japa:

Delay in marriage

Happy Married Life

Infertility (Problem in conceiving a baby)

Avoid Divorce

There is another Powerful mantra to solve married life problems:

This Mantra has to be recited 108 times early in the morning after having a bath; this should be done before Sunrise. Or you can recite this mantra in the evening after Sunset. This has to be done everyday till you get results

Mantra

Tatou yayau rampurogamaiah shanaiah l

Srugal madhyadiv bhaghrudhdtiah ll

मंत्र
ततौ ययौ रामपुरोगमै: शनै : l
सृगाल मध्यदिव भागह्रूध्दति : ll

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Mala – a string of 108 prayer beads

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mala is a string of 108 beads with one bead as the summit or head bead called a ‘sumeru.’ Malas are used as a tool to help the mind focus on meditation, or count mantras in sets of 108 repetitions. A Japa mala is a set of prayer beads. It is used for keeping count while reciting, chanting, or mentally repeating a mantra or names of a particular deity.

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The Power of Meditation – Mantra Siddhi

The Super Powerful Mantra for Mental Growth

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मंत्र

 ॐ भूर्भुव: स्व:

तत्सवितुर्वरेण्यं l

भर्गो देवस्य धीमहि

धियो यो नः प्रचोदयात् श्रीं श्रीं श्रीं ॥

Mantra

Om Bhur Bhuvah Swaha

Tat savitur varenyam l

Bhargo devasya dheemahi

Dhiyo yo nah prachodayat Shreem Shreem Shreem ll

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Vedic Mantra to get answers in your dream

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मंत्र

काली देवी नमस्तुभ्यं सर्वकामार्थी साधिके

मम सिद्धमसिद्धिम वा स्वप्ने सर्व प्रदर्शय ll

Kaali devi namastubhyam sarvakaamarthi sadhike

 mama siddhmasiddhim wa swapne sarv pradarshya ll

this mantra has to be repeated 351 times daily for a total period of 21 days. After the period of 21 days

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The Great Himachal

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Snowy Himachal

There is no dearth of pleasant surprises that welcome you when you step into Himachal. In fact, each hamlet hidden in the remotest nook and corner of this land of natural abundance holds a great reservoir of excitement and fun. Himachal Pradesh is a part of the Indian Himalayas. It has wide valleys imposing Snow Mountains, limpid lakes, rivers and gushing streams. Himachal situated in the heart of the Western Himalaya, identified as “Dev Bhumi” is believed to be the abode of Gods and Goddesses. The entire state is emphasizing with stone as well as wood temples. The rich culture and traditions has made Himachal unique in itself.The mountainous landscape of Himachal Pradesh, at the foothills of the Himalayas, is made up of a series of valleys and snow covered peaks. Himachal Pradesh is deservedly sought out by adventure lovers. Alternatively, Himachal Pradesh provides a refreshing escape for those who are craving…

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Himachal Spiritual Tribe – The Gaddi

Ardh Mahakumbh 2015, Nasik

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Kumbh Mela, the greatest Men feast in the world where millions of souls that come together to purge themselves before entering the heavenly Kingdom of God; it is an open invitation, which is grabbed on like the very last opportunity by the devotees to deem themselves fit for an entry. Kumbh derives its name from the immortal Nectar, which the gods (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.

 Legend tells a tale from the antique days of the universe when the demigods and the demons antique produced the nectar of immortality. The gods, because cursed, were disabled of fear that eventually made them weak. The task being too sturdy for them alone, the gods made a…

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Incredible benefits of Green Tea

#Greentea is the healthiest beverage on the planet. Green tea is a product made from the Camellia sinensis plant. It can be prepared as a beverage, which can have some health effects. Or an “extract” can be made from the leaves to use as medicine.

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Green tea is the healthiest beverage on the planet. Green tea is a product made from the Camellia sinensis plant. It can be prepared as a beverage, which can have some health effects. Or an “extract” can be made from the leaves to use as medicine. The leaves are supposedly richer in antioxidants than other types of tea because of the way they are processed. Green tea contains B vitamins, folate (naturally occurring folic acid), manganese, potassium, magnesium, caffeine and other antioxidants (notably catechins).

All types of tea (green, black and oolong) are produced from the Camellia sinensis plant using different methods. Fresh leaves from the plant are steamed to produce green tea, while the leaves of black tea and oolong involve fermentation. The useful parts of green tea are the leaf bud, leaf, and stem. Green tea is not fermented and is produced by steaming fresh leaves at high…

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A mermaid – JalPari

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JalPari is a Hindi word formed by two Hindi words ‘jal’ means water and ‘pari’ means fairy. Jalpari is also known as Mermaid in English. A mermaid (Jalpari) is a legendary aquatic creature with the upper body of a female human and the tail of a fish. The word mermaid-Jalpari is a compound of the Old English sea, and a girl or young woman.

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Shree Radha Krishna – A Great Mythical Love story

The Kinner Kailash – At the height of 6500 meters

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The Kinnaur Kailash ( known as Kinner Kailash) is a mountain in the Kinnaur district of the Indian state Himachal Pradesh. The Kinnaur Kailash has a height of 6500 meters and is considered as sacred by both Hindu and Buddhist . This mountain is sometimes confused with the Mount Kailash in Tibet. ‘Kinner Kailash’ is considered winter residence of Lord Shiva. It is said that Lord Shiva conduct a meeting of all Devi-Devtas on Kinner Kailash Top in  month of January. The Trekking to Kinner Kailash Starts from July end to August. On the time of Janmashtmi 10 days special arrangement are made for food and shelter on the top.

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lord of the cremation – Shiva

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Shiva, the third god of the Hindu triad, has three eyes, the third one (between the eyebrows) being usually closed, except at the time of destruction of things. He wears long hair, supports the holy Ganga river on his head and the crescent moon on his matted hair. He has two to four arms, holds a trident in his hand, is naked except for a tiger-skin, besmears himself with ash and is decorated with snakes on his head, neck and arms. He is very fair-coloured but has a blue throat due to his having drunk poison during the time of the churning of the ocean by the gods. In his other hands he holds an axe, an antelope, and an hour-glass shaped drum called a ‘damru’. He wears a garland of skulls and is also known as the lord of the cremation grounds. His consort is Parvati and he is…

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The Peace Prayer

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ॐ सर्वे भवन्तु सुखिनः।

सर्वे सन्तु निरामयाः।

सर्वे भद्राणि पश्यन्तु।

मा कश्चित् दुःख भाग्भवेत्॥

ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः ॥

Meaning:

May all be prosperous and happy

May all be free from illness,May all see what is spiritually uplifting

May no one suffer,Om peace, peace, peace

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The Jyotish – oldest system of astrology in the world

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KarmJyotish

Jyotish is the oldest system of astrology in the world. It’s derived
from  the  Sanskrit  word  “jyoti”  which means light.  As the pure
light of  scientific knowledge, the word Jyotish implies studying a
person’s  character,  health,  habits  and  even the future on the
basis of his or her birth chart. Jyotish  is  practiced  by  a  skilled   astrologer  by  calculating   the positions  of the  planets and  other celestial bodies with regard to a person’s birth or  happening of an event.

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Indru Nag – The God of Snakes and Rains

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This Temple is located on way to Khaniyara Village about 3 kms from Kotwali Bazaar. 2 kms road route upto the village Chola and 1 km trek route to the Indrunag temple. This temple is dedicated to Nag, the Lord of Snakes, and the Lord of Rains. In the Month of July many devotees of the local areas visit the Temple.People believe that Indru-Nag has been protecting them for a long time and will continue to do so if they will keep offering the prayers for the Indrunag . Indrunag is the god who controls the rain. So people offer prayers to the Indru Nag and they strongly believe that this God saves them from the natural calamities, especially heavy rains.

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The Sura Dev – the maker of day

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Surya (Sun God) is the chief solar deity in Hinduism.In Hindu religious literature, Surya is notably mentioned as the visible form of God that one can see every day.Surya is the son of Sage Kashyapa and Aditi.He has two wives Samnja and Chaya.Surya is, the ruler of the worlds, who is crowned with rays, who appears at the horizon, who is greeted by gods and demons, and brings light.He constitutes created beings, He is the life-breath, the source of the seasons, the store-house of light, an offspring of Aditi, the progenitor, the Sun-God, the courser in the heavens, the nourished, the possessor of rays, the golden, the brilliant, the One whose energy constitutes the seed of the universe and the maker of day.

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The Shiva MahaPuran

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The Shiva Purana has twenty-four thousand shlokas.  There are total 18 Paranas. and number of Uppuranas. Shiva Mahapuran is one of them. Each Purana represents one God and describes him as the supreme most and glorifies him. The Purana consists of other relevant anecdotes and stories, also which make it more interesting . At the same time, it makes us available . Some historical facts, also . By studying these Puranas., we can learn how to find some solace while experiencing struggle and hardships in life. Puranas. have kept our cultural values alive. They have nurture our spiritual progress, also.

Puranas. have made it easier for a common man to understand the divine knowledge explained by Vedas. Our poets have kept the religion and traditions alive by creating various Shloka’s, Bhajan’s

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Goddess Parvati

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Goddess Parvati is regarded as the power and divine consort of Lord Shiva – the Destroyer. Like her consort Shiva, Goddess Parvati is said to have both mild and terrible aspects
The appearance of Goddess Parvati will vary depending on whether she is depicted alone or with Lord Shiva. When she is depicted along with Lord Shiva she has two hands with a blue lotus in her right hand and the left hand by her side.Kali is the first representation of Goddess Parvati and she was known as the destroyer. She is also known as the Goddess of time.

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Krodh Shanti Mantra or Wrath spells peace

Peace Shloka (Prayer for Peace)

Shiva Puja

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Shiva Puja is the name of the action in Hinduism by which one worships Lord Siva through traditional and ancient rites with the use of mantra. in my previous post The shiva linga i have describe more about the Pooja or worship of Lord shiva. in hindu mythology Snake is also called as Naagraj or Naag Devta (Lord NaagRaj) the king of snakes, in India every year Naag panchami is celebrated, on that day people worshiped to snake as a God and presenting milk to snakes. It is believed that due to this pooja or worship lord shiva and the Naagraj Areveryhappy and The mind‘s desire tomeethim.

“om namah shivaya”

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Shri Hanuman – The Monkey God

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Hanuman is the monkey deity renowned for his courage, power and faithful, selfless service. Hanuman was born as the son of the King and Queen of the Monkeys. To others, he is the son of Anjana, an female Apsara who had been transformed into a monkey by a curse, and Vayu, the wind god. It is also said that from his father Vayu Hanuman received the ability to fly.Once Hanuman was he felt hungry and his mother could not satisfy him. Then he caught sight of the Sun and thinking it was a fruit he leap after it. The Sun took flight but Hanuman chased him as far as Indra’s heaven. Here however, Indra intervened and injured Hanuman’s jaw with his thunderbolt.

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Prayer to the Teacher

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Guru Brahma, Guru Vishnu,

Guru Devo Maheshwara;

Guru Sakshat Parabrahma

Tsmai Shri Guruve Namaha

Meaning:

(The teacher is like Lord Brahma as he fosters knowledge within us,Lord Vishnu as he turns the knowledge in our mind to the right path,Lord Shiva as he destroys the wrong concepts that come with knowledge, while  helping us to the path of enlightenment.Thus the teacher is like our ultimate God and we should pray and give respect to our teacher.)

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Shri Ganesha Shloka

A churel – a female ghost of South Asian folklore

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A churel, also spelled as churail, chudail or chudel  is a female ghost of South Asian folklore, which is equivalent of Lilith and well known in North India, Bangladesh and Pakistan. The word “churel” is also used colloquially for a witch.

India is a land of myths & legends – centuries of profound history has given this land endless fables rising from every nook & corner. When it comes to ghostly icons, one is obviously drawn to the globally acclaimed vampires, werewolves & Halloween charades. However, it is quite interesting to note that Indian Ghost Stories have its own counterparts to compete with this global folklore, some of which have more horrifying track records. The Indian counterpart for the witch is called Chudail or Chudel (चुड़ैल )(pronounced as chew-dale). In many places, it is also referred to as Daayan (डायन) (pronounced as dye-en), although there are many conceptual difference of…

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Yoga – spiritual and ascetic discipline

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SADHUYoga is a Hindu spiritual and ascetic discipline, a part of which, including breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures, is widely practiced for health and relaxation.Yoga is an ancient form of exercise that focuses on strength, flexibility and breathing to boost physical and mental well being.

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The Night of Lord Shiva – Mahashivaratri

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Mahashivaratri Festival or the ‘The Night of Shiva’ is celebrated with devotion and religious fervor in honor of Lord Shiva, one of the deities of Hindu Trinity. Shivaratri falls on the moonless 14th night of the new moon in the Hindu month of Phalgun, which corresponds to the month of February – March in English Calendar. Celebrating the festival of Shivaratri devotees observe day and night fast and perform ritual worship of Shiva Lingam to appease Lord Shiva. lordshiva

There are various interesting legends related to the festival of Maha Shivaratri. According to one of the most popular legends, Shivaratri marks the wedding day of Lord Shiva and Parvati. Some believe that it was on the auspicious night of Shivaratri that Lord Shiva performed the ‘Tandava’, the dance of the primal creation, preservation and destruction. Another popular Shivratri legend stated in Linga Purana states that it was on Shivaratri that Lord…

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Samudra Manthan – The night of Lords & Demons

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This very popular Shivaratri legend from Puranas explains why people stay awake all night on Shivaratri. Besides, it also tells us why Lord Shiva is also known as Neelakantha.
Once Indra – the King of Gods, while riding on an elephant came across Durvasa Muni who offered him a special garland. Indra accepted the garland but put in on the trunk of the elephant. The elephant was irritated by the smell and it threw the garland on the floor. This enraged the sage as the garland was a dwelling of Sri (fortune) and was to be treated as prasada. Durvasa Muni cursed Indra and all devas to be bereft of all strength, energy, and fortune.
In battles that followed this incident, devas were defeated and asuras (demons) led by Bali gained control of the universe. Devas sought help from Lord Vishnu who advised them to treat asuras in a diplomatic…

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The Sun Temple, Modhera, Gujarat, India – Built in 1026 AD

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The Sun Temple, Modhera, Gujarat, India. Built in 1026 AD by a king, the temple is very well preserved and depicts an essence of ancient architecture, which is indeed unique. The temple complex comprises three elements: a big water reservoir, a pillared hall and the main temple.Indian traditional art is famous for the erotic motifs, that are represented in this temple as well. For people of that era sex was an act of creating a new life, it wasn’t suppressed or shameful. Although today the temple is not used for chanting, the dance festival held here boosts the popularity of Modhera.Nikesh-Kadia-740x439

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The Ancient tradition of Narbali [Human sacrificing]

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There was an ancient tradition of Narbali [Human sacrificing] ,  for the purpose of pleasing the God, was an orthodoxy and crime due to ignorance in human society. It was  practised  throughout the world even in highly civilised societies due to ignorance and blind faith. Uttarakhand the land of kind hearted rulers and public was also influenced by that social evils, after external aggressions and public was  forced to preserve  the systems came with invaders. There was only existing animal sacrificing or Pashu Bali  before periodical external aggressions including from central Asia.It was popular amongst the kings of  Khas dynasty and Kanfata Nath Jogis. The animal sacrificing traditions like Athwad[ sacrificing the male buffalo  & goats]  and Astha bali[ sacrificing eight goats together] is still existing in Uttarakhand. The Nar Bali was preserved by Kings and Tantriks till end of Gorakha domination  in 1814 AD. It was a political pressure on public , to break the possible revolutions against…

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