India is known as a land of festivals. As such a number of festivals are celebrated in India. The celebration of Dussehra is rooted from the Hindu epic of Ramayana. This story told that, In the Satiyug, Lord Rama killed the ten headed demon Ravana. It is believed that the celebration of Dussehra started in the 17th century, when the king of Mysore ordered the celebration of the day on a grand scale. Ever since, the day is celebrated with great fervor and energy.
Muqbool Fida Hussain
Muqbool Fida Hussain (1915 – 2011), popularly known as simply MF, was an Indian modernist painter who is said to have produced over 50,000 works of art in his career. His paintings depict a violent understanding of the human condition, which in some cases have led to controversy. M.F Hussein’s art was prolific in both theme and technique and put the Indian art-scene on the international map.
Sanjeevani Booti – The only magical Plant (Booti) curing any woe
Sanjeevi is the name of the mountain with auspicious and medicinal plants on it. In Hinduism this mountain is said to be very sacred. Lord Hanuman brought this mountain with the medicinal plants from Dronagiri to cure Lakshman who had fainted in the war. It is mentioned in Ramayana that during the war between Rama and Ravana, Inderjit sent a powerful…
Raavan – the 10-headed king of the demons
According to Hindu mythology, Lanka, the kingdom of Raavan was made of gold. Today it is known as Sri Lanka. Raavana, in Hinduism, the 10-headed king of the demons (rakshasas). His abduction of Sita and eventual defeat by her husband Rama are the central incidents of the popular epic the Ramayana. Raavana ruled in the…
Jai Shri Ram
The Ramayana is one the world’s most loved tales in India, according to Indian Mythology. Rama wasthe son of Dasharatha, who is the King of Ayodhya and has three wives and four sons, Rama, Lakshmana, Bharata and Shatrughana. Rama is the ideal and perfect son, and grows up with his brothers. When he comes of age,…
The Jatayu – A Hindu Half-god who has the form of a vulture
Jatayu , in Hindu mythology, is the son of Aruna and nephew of Garuda. A demi-god who has the form of a vulture, he tries to rescue Sita from Ravana when Ravana is on his way to Lanka after kidnapping Sita. Jatayu fought valiantly with Ravana, but as Jatayu was very old Ravana soon got…
Shringi Rishi Temple
About 60 km. from Kullu is Banjar valley wherein Shringi Rishi Temple is located. Shringi Rishi is the ruling deity of Banjar valley. In fact, before the Lord Rama’s advent into Kullu valley from Ayodhya Puri,Lord Shringi was the ruling deity of Kullu. Shringi rishi is one among the “atthara kardoo” (eighteen chief deities) of the…
The chief deity – Raghunath Ji.
The chief deity of Kullu is Raghunath Ji. In the 17th century, Raja Jagat Singh of Kullu committed a great mistake. To atone for the sin, he sent a senior courtier to Ayodhya for a statue of Lord Raghunath – Lord Rama. This temple was built by Raja Jagat Singh to house the image and…
The Hanuman Mantra – Any work to be done immediately which gets delayed
असाध्य साधक स्वामिन
असाध्य तव किंवद
राम दूत कृपा सिंधो
मत्कार्यं साध्यप्रभो ||
Ramayana -the major texts of the Hindu religion
The Ramayana is an ancient Sanskrit tale considered one of the major texts of the Hindu religion. It is believed to have been written between 500 and 100 BCE, and is attributed to a revered Hindu sage, Valmiki. The Ramayana is the story of Prince Rama, whose wife, Sita, is kidnapped by a ten-headed evil…