Raam Setu


The Mythological Story Behind It

Ravana the King of Lanka Kidnapped Sita , the wife of Sri Ram as a Revenge for his Sister Sooparnakha , who wants to marry Sri Ram, and her nose was cut by Lakshmana to teach her a lesson.

Sri Ram and Lakshman along with army of Sughreeva and hanuman came to rescue her. on their way to lanka  there was  the vast ocean . Sri Ram ordered the Ocean to clear their way but the ocean showed no sign . Sri Ram pulled his bow for drying the Ocean , as to teach the arrogant ocean a lesson. The Ocean prayed to Sri Ram to under stand that he was bound to stay at his position and  suggested him must pray to Lord Shiva for a solution. Raam has already set the arrow in the bow , he asked the Ocean where else could he shoot the arrow if not at him , Ocean suggested a useless barren dweep ( small island) which lies on the way to Lanka. Raam shoot the arrow at it, its now called as Dhanushkodi, and made it fertile.

Sri Ram made a Shivlinga of mud and sand with his own hands. Lord Shiva Gave Darshana(vision)  to Sri Ram and suggested him to built Raam Setu. This Shivaling build by Sri Ram is know worshiped as RAAMESHWARAM which means lord (Eshwar) of Ram. Metaphorically Raam is also the lord of Hanumana , the incarnation of Shiv itself.


                   Nal and Neel, were  the two monkeys in the army of Sri Raam. They were very notorious in their childhood, they use to tease Sages and mostly through their belongings in the river. so a fed up  Rishie (Sage) gave them the curse  that what ever they through in the river it will never sink.

                       Lord Shiva told Sri Raam the way to construct the bridge , it was that the stones with the name RAAM written on it should be thrown by Nal and Neel in the Ocean. Its even said that “Raam se Bada Raam ka Naam”, the name of Raam is more powerful then Raam himself.

painting at Philadelphia Museum of Art , Mokeys making Raam Setu

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Another mythological Story related to Raam Setu

Raam Setu is also called ADAM’S BRIDGE. according to Bible Adam has crossed the ocean from India to Sri Lanka via this Adam’s bridge . till a Hill called the ADAM’S HILL . Where he prayed for hundreds of years, standing on a one foot , there is a mark of Foot on this hill , which is named after him, THE ADAM’S FOOT.

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Geological position

Raam Setu or the Adam’s bridge stretches about 8 miles (30 km) along the Golf of Mannar.

The stones of Raam Setu are floating stones. It stretches from Rameshwaram in India till Mannar in Sri Lanka.

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Maha Mrintujaya Mantra Story


Rishi Markandeya was a great devotee of Lord Shiva.

He was the son of Rishi Mrikandu and Marudmati , both of them were were the devotees of Lord Shiva. They worshiped Lord Shiva to bless them with a son. Lord Shiva gave them a choice of having a Knowledgeable son but with less life or to have less intelligent son with long life. Rishi Mrikandu chose to have a Knowledgeable son. Marudmati gave birth to a very intelligent son and they named him, Markandeya. Markandeya was some how aware of the fact that he is Alpa-Ayu (Alpa means less and Ayu means life) . He created a powerful Mantra which we call Maha Mrintujaya Mantra.

OM. Tryambakam yajamahe
Sugandhim pushti-vardhanam
Urvarukamiva bandhanan
Mrityor mukshiya mamritat

Click here to know its meaning

Because of the power of this Mantra ,the messangers of Yama , the god of death could not take away the life of Markandeya. Yama himself came to Markandeya to take away his life. Markandeya was chanting  Mahamrintujaya Mantra , sitting in front of Shiva Linga . Yama sprung the Noose threw the window on Markandeya’s neck, but by fate of Markandeya or the mercy of Lord Shiva it landed across the Shiva Linga.

Shiva emerged out of the Shiva Ligna in his Rudra Roop (form of anger) and he defeated Yama, for the life of Markandeya.Yama begged forgiveness form Shiva and promised him to grant long life to Markandeya. Thus Shiva came to be Known as Kalantaka which means the ender of death.

Lord Shiva fighting With Yama for the life of Markandeya

Shiva blessed The Maha Mrintujaya  Mantra as the mantra of Moksha (releasing from circle of life and death).

Hanuman Chalisa with Meaning and the story behind it


DOHA

Shree Guru Charan Saroj Raj, Nijamanu Mukuru Sudhaari;
Barnau Raghubar Bimal Jasu, Jo Daayeku Fala Chaari;
Buddhiheen Tanu Jaanike, Sumirau Pavan Kumaar;
Bala Buddhi Bidya Dehu Mohe, Harahu Kales Bikaar;

Chalisa:

Jai Hanuman Gyaan Gun Sagar,
Jai Kapis Teehun Lok Ujagar;
Raamdoot Atulit Bal Dhaama,
Anjani Putra Pavansut Naama;
Mahabir Bikram Bajrangi,
Kumati Nivaar Sumati Ke Sangi;
Kanchan Baran Biraaj Subesa,
Kaanan Kundal Kunchit Kesa;
Haath Bajra O Dhwaja Biraaje,
Kaandhe Moonj Janeu Saaje;
Sankar Suvan Kesari Nandan,
Tej Prataap Maha Jag Bandan;
Bidyabaan Guni Ati Chaatur,
Raam Kaaj Karibe Ko Aatur;
Prabhu Charit Sunibe Ko Rasiya,
Raam Lakhan Sita Mann Basiya;
Sukshma Roop Dhari Siyanhi Dikhawa,
Bikat Roop Dhari Lanka Jarawa;
Bheem Roop Dhari Asur Sanhaare,
Raamchandra Ke Kaaj Sanwaare;
Laaye Sanjivan Lakhan Jiyaaye,
Sree Raghuveer Harashi Ur Laaye;
Raghupati Keenhi Bahut Badai,
Tum Mum Priya Bharat Hi Sam Bhai;
Sahas Badan Tumhro Jas Gaawen,
Us Kahi Sreepati Kanth Lagawe;
Sankadik Bramhadi Munisa,
Narad Sarad Sahit Ahisa;
Jam Kuber Digpaal Jahan Te,
Kabi Kobid Kahi Saki Kahante;
Tum Upkaar Sugreevhin Kinha,
Raam Milaaye Raajpad Dinha;
Tumhro Mantra Bibhishan Maana,
Lankeswar Bhaye Sab Jag Jana;
Joog Sahastra Jojan Par Bhaanu,
Lilyo Taahi Madhur Fal Jaanu;
Prabhu Mudrika Meli Mukh Maahi,
Jaldhi Laanghi Gaye Achraj Naahi;
Durgam Kaaj Jagat Ke Jete,
Sugam Anugraha Tumhre Tete;
Raam Dooare Tum Rakhwaare,
Hoat Na Aagya Binu Paisare;
Sab Sukh Lahaye Tumhri Sarna,
Tum Rakhshak Kaahu Ko Darna;
Aapan Tej Smharo Aapaye,
Teeno Lok Haank Te Kaapen;
Bhoot Pishaach Nikat Nahi Aawe,
Mahabir Jab Naam Sunawe;
Naasaye Rog Hare Sab Peera,
Japat Nirantar Hanumat Beera;
Sankat Te Hanuman Chhoodawe,
Mann Krama Bachan Dhyaan Jo Laawe;
Sab Par Raam Tapaswi Raja,
Tin Ke Kaaj Sakal Tum Saaja;
Aur Manorath Jo Koi Laawe,
Soi Amit Jivan Fal Paawe;
Chaaro Jug Partaap Tumhara,
Hai Parsiddh Jagat Ujiyara;
Saadhu Santa Ke Tum Rakhwaare,
Asur Nikandan Raam Dulaare;
Asta Siddhi Nau Nidhi Ke Daata,
Us Bar Deen Jaanki Maata;
Raam Rasayan Tumhre Paasa,
Sada Raho Raghupati Ke Daasa;
Tumhre Bhajan Raam Ko Paawe,
Janam-Janam Ke Dukh Bisraawe;
Antakaal Raghuvar Pur Jaayee,
Jahan Janam Hari Bhakta Kahayee;
Aur Devta Chitt Na Dharayi,
Hanumat Sei Sarba Sukh Karai;
Sankat Kate Mite Sab Peera,
Jo Sumiraye Hanumat Balbira;
Jai Jai Jai Hanuman Gosaai,
Kripa Karahun Gurudeb Ki Naai;
Jo Sat Baar Paath Kare Koi,
Chhootahin Bandi Mahasukh Hoyi;
Jo Yeh Padhe Hanuman Chalisa,
Hoye Siddhi Saakhi Gaurisa;
Tulsidas Sada Harichera,
Kije Naath Hridaya Mahn Dera;

Doha:

Pavantanaye Sankat Haran, Mangal Moorti Roop;
Raam Lakhan Sita Sahit, Hridya Basahu Soor Bhoop.

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Story behind Hanuman Chalisa:

tusidaas gets darshan of Shri Ram and lakshman in Gokul

Tulisidas ,was called by the Emperor Akbar in his court,after hearing that Tulsidas had Darshan (had seen) of Lord Rama. Akbar doubted on the truth of Shri Ram’s existence and he asked Tulsidas to show him Shri Ram. Tulsidas replied that Shri Ram gives Darshan (vision) to his Bhagtas (devotees) only ,the Emperor imprisoned him. In the prison Tulsidas wrote Hanuman Chalisa , in the praise of Lord Hanuman, which has 40 verses in Simple Awadhi language. 40 means Chalis i.e. why this poem came to be known as Hanuman Chalisa. After completing Hanuman chalisa a force of monkeys attacked the town of Akbar, the whole force of Akbar could not stop the monkeys from doing mischief in the town ,at last on the advise of wise ministers Akbar released Tulsidas and at a sudden the monkeys stop troubling and left the town.

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Meaning of Hanuman Chalisa:

Shree Guru Charan Saroj Raj, Nijamanu Mukuru Sudhaari;
Barnau Raghubar Bimal Jasu, Jo Daayeku Fala Chaari;

Tulsidas writes that , With the dust of Guru’s Lotus feet, I clean the mirror of my mind and then narrate the sacred glory of Sri Ram Chandra;

The Supereme among the Raghu dynasty. who grants your wishes.

Buddhiheen Tanu Jaanike, Sumirau Pavan Kumaar;
Bala Buddhi Bidya Dehu Mohe, Harahu Kales Bikaar;

i the ignorant, who don’t have any Knowledge (Budhiheen) of what you are( referring Hanuman) ,

I plead you, The son of Pavan(lord of wind) to Bestow on me strength, wisdom and knowledge, removing all my miseries(kalesh) and blemishes(bikaar).

Jai Hanuman Gyaan Gun Sagar,
Jai Kapis Teehun Lok Ujagar;

Victory of Thee, O Hanuman, Ocean of wisdom and virtue,

Victory to the Lord of monkeys (kapis) who is well known in all the three(Teehu) worlds(lok)

Raamdoot Atulit Bal Dhaama,
Anjani Putra Pavansut Naama;

The Divine messager (doot) of Ram ,the repository of immeasurable (Atulit) strength (bal)

You are the son (putra) of  Anjani and you are also called by the name Pavansut( the son of wind god Pavan)

Mahabir Bikram Bajrangi,
Kumati Nivaar Sumati Ke Sangi;

You are valiant and brave, with a body like lightening.

You remove the evil(ku) thoughts from mind  and You always favor good(Su) thoughts(Mati).

Kanchan Baran Biraaj Subesa,
Kaanan Kundal Kunchit Kesa;

You have golden(kanchan) body(baran) and you wear beautiful-dress(subhesha) and ear-rings(kundals) and your hairs are long and curly.

Haath Bajra O Dhwaja Biraaje,
Kaandhe Moonj Janeu Saaje;

You hold Gadha(bolt or bajra) in one hand and flag (dhwaja) in other, with sacred thread(janeu) across his shoulder.

Sankar Suvan Kesari Nandan,
Tej Prataap Maha Jag Bandan;

You are the incarnation of  lord shiv (shankar) and you are very dear to Shri Keshri( father of Hanumanji).

You have a unique glow and hold vast sway over the universe. you are very adorable to world (jag)

Bidyabaan Guni Ati Chaatur,
Raam Kaaj Karibe Ko Aatur;

You are the repository learning(bidyabaan), master of skills (guni), very wise and highly keen (aatur) to do the work (kaaj) of Shri Ram,

Prabhu Charit Sunibe Ko Rasiya,
Raam Lakhan Sita Mann Basiya;

You are delighted on hearing the glories of Shri Ram. You are very dear to Ram , Lakshman and Sita

Sukshma Roop Dhari Siyanhi Dikhawa,
Bikat Roop Dhari Lanka Jarawa;

You took Small roop (form) when you came to Sita but you also  took huge form  and showed  power to warn Ravana  and you set Lanka on fire when ravana put fire on your tail

Bheem Roop Dhari Asur Sanhaare,
Raamchandra Ke Kaaj Sanwaare;

you killed (sanhaar) the Asuras (demons) who were huge and Robust. You accomplished the mission of  Shree Ram.

Laaye Sanjivan Lakhan Jiyaaye,

Hanumanji brought the whole parvat when he was unable to find sanjivni booti on it to revive the life of lakshman

Sree Raghuveer Harashi Ur Laaye;

you brought the sanjeevani booti to revive the life of lakshman and restored the confidence of Shri Ram

Raghupati Keenhi Bahut Badai,
Tum Mum Priya Bharat Hi Sam Bhai;

Shri Ram praised you and said that you are also my dear brother ,just like Bharat.

Sahas Badan Tumhro Jas Gaawen,
Us Kahi Sreepati Kanth Lagawe;

my whole body ( sri raam saying this to hanuman) is singing your Praise sayin this Sri Ram hugged Hanuman ji

Sankadik Bramhadi Munisa,
Narad Sarad Sahit Ahisa;

the greates sages, Brahma , Rishies , Narad and shiva who retained with the serpants.
Jam Kuber Digpaal Jahan Te,
Kabi Kobid Kahi Saki Kahante;

Yamha (god of death) , kubera (god of treasure) all regents of ten directions praise you.

Even poets are not able to descibe your glories.
Tum Upkaar Sugreevhin Kinha,
Raam Milaaye Raajpad Dinha;

You did favor on Sugreeva by bringing Sri Ram to him , who helped him to restore his lost kingdom.

Rama helped Sughreev to kill his twin brother bali and to restore his Kingdom

Tumhro Mantra Vibhishan Maana,
Lankeswar Bhaye Sab Jag Jana;

Vibhishna , the brother of Ravana seeked your Mantras and he also came on the side of Rama, and he became the king of Lanka.
Joog Sahastra Jojan Par Bhaanu,
Lilyo Taahi Madhur Fal Jaanu;

You swallowed the sun thinking it to be a fruit, which was thousands of mile away from earth.
Prabhu Mudrika Meli Mukh Maahi,
Jaldhi Laanghi Gaye Achraj Naahi;

Taking the message and the ring of Rama for Sita, in your mouth. he crossed the ocean in one jump no wonder because you were capable of it.
Durgam Kaaj Jagat Ke Jete,
Sugam Anugraha Tumhre Tete;

the uttermost difficut tasks can be accomplished because of your grace.
Raam Dooare Tum Rakhwaare,
Hoat Na Aagya Binu Paisare;

You are the Guard at the doors of Sree Rama where no one can enter without your permission.
Sab Sukh Lahaye Tumhri Sarna,
Tum Rakhshak Kaahu Ko Darna;

Ever happiness is bound to come at your call, if you are the protector then why should we fear.
Aapan Tej Smharo Aapaye,
Teeno Lok Haank Te Kaapen;

You have unique glow and status, only you can control your powers. All the three worlds shiver (kaapen) at your roar (haank)
Bhoot Pishaach Nikat Nahi Aawe,
Mahabir Jab Naam Sunawe;

No ghost no demon could come near to the  one who takes your name
Naasaye Rog Hare Sab Peera,
Japat Nirantar Hanumat Beera;

You cure the sufferings, diseases (rog) and pain (peera), when one chants (japat) your name in continuity (nirantar).
Sankat Te Hanuman Chhoodawe,
Mann Krama Bachan Dhyaan Jo Laawe;

Hanuman will pull you out of trouble when you pray to him whole heartedly.
Sab Par Raam Tapaswi Raja,
Tin Ke Kaaj Sakal Tum Saaja;

Sri Ram is above all ,and you accomplish  all his tasks without any delay.
Aur Manorath Jo Koi Laawe,
Soi Amit Jivan Fal Paawe;

You grants the wishes of your devotees who seek your grace and blessings in their lives .
Chaaro Jug Partaap Tumhara,
Hai Parsiddh Jagat Ujiyara;

your glory radiates(prataap) in all four eras (jug or yug) and your eminense is famous in the entire world.
Saadhu Santa Ke Tum Rakhwaare,
Asur Nikandan Raam Dulaare;

You protect the Sages and good human beings . you are the slayer of Demons and very dear to Sri Ram

Janki blessed Hanuman with many boons

Asta Siddhi Nau Nidhi Ke Daata,
Us Bar Deen Jaanki Maata;

when hanuman delived Sri Ram’s message and ring to Sita (jaanki) , she gave him many boon of Asta means eight (siddhi) super natural powers and Nau means nine Nidhi (the forms of wealth).
Raam Rasayan Tumhre Paasa,
Sada Raho Raghupati Ke Daasa;

You have the devotion and  mantras to please Sri Ram . you always stay near to him as his nearest attendent so that you may have the opportunity to do jobs of Rama.
Tumhre Bhajan Raam Ko Paawe,
Janam-Janam Ke Dukh Bisraawe;

Sri Ram likes the songs of your praise so he ends the miseries of births(past lives).


Antakaal Raghuvar Pur Jaayee,
Jahan Janam Hari Bhakta Kahayee;

therfore at the end of their lives the devotees goes to Raghuvar pur ( the place of sri ram) where they take births they are called Hari (Sree Ram ) Bhagat. (devotee)
Aur Devta Chitt Na Dharayi,
Hanumat Sei Sarba Sukh Karai;

If the devotee devots only to Hanuman ,they will attain all the pleasures .
Sankat Kate Mite Sab Peera,
Jo Sumiraye Hanumat Balbira;

the pains and hindrances  will vanish for the one who takes hanuman’s name
Jai Jai Jai Hanuman Gosaai,
Kripa Karahun Gurudeb Ki Naai;

victories to you oh hanuman ji , bless us and make me knowledgeable to devote myself to you.
Jo Sat Baar Paath Kare Koi,
Chhootahin Bandi Mahasukh Hoyi;

the one who chants the hnuman chalisa hundred times if freed from bondage of rebirths and enjoys great  bliss of life.
Jo Yeh Padhe Hanuman Chalisa,
Hoye Siddhi Saakhi Gaurisa;

the one who chants Hanuman Chalisa will fulfill his wishes unto the witness of Lord Shiva and Godess Gori
Tulsidas Sada Harichera,
Kije Naath Hridaya Mahn Dera;

I tulsidaas , will always be the servant of Lord Ram. O! lord Hanuman adobe in my heart forever.

Pavantanaye Sankat Haran, Mangal Moorti Roop;
Raam Lakhan Sita Sahit, Hridya Basahu Soor Bhoop.

oh son of Wind god , remover of worries , in your auspicious form, reside in my heart along with Shree Ram, Lakshman and Sita

Shiv tandav strotram and the Story behind It


 Ravana was the one who sang this Shiv tandav strotram /Stuti the very first time for Shiva .
Story :

 Ravana was overwhelmed after winning over Kuber . Kuber was the step-brother of Ravana , and the King of Lanka before Ravana . They both were the sons of Great Rishi Visharva. Kaikesi was the mother of Ravana, who was a Datya( cast of demons) and devi Llavila , the first wife of Rishi Visharva, was the mother of Kuber.

It was the day when Ravana defeated Kubera and he was ridding the sky in Pushpak Veemaan (the flying chariot) which he won from Kubera along with the Kingdom of Lanka. A a sudden his Chariot stopped at Mount Kailash and he was disturbed by the thought that his Chariot can not cross over Kailash( Mount Kailash is the home of Lord Shiva).

Ravana stopped by Mount Kailash

 Ravana ordered the Mount to get off his way, but the Mount asked him to change his path  as Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati are resting over him and he is bound to stay at his position. The refusal of Mount annoyed Ravana , he again warned him to get off his way else he will uproot him. Arrogant Ravana Got off his Chariot and tried to remove it with his own hands. Ravana even succeeded to lift the mount for a while but lord Shiva in order to teach him a lesson, presses the mountain with his Toe. Ravana was unable to lift it for any longer and his hands were pressed under the mount. Ravana realised his mistake, being the son of a Great Sage, he was a Vidvaani (knowledgable). To impress Shiva  he sang Shiva tandavstrotram. Shiva gets impressed and gives him Chandrahas Sword, an invincible weapon, as a boon. Ravana became the Devotee of Shiva.

Ravana booned by  Shiva

Shiv  Tandav Strotram

Jatatavee galajjala pravaha pavitasthale,
Gale avalabhya lambithaam bhujanga tunga malikaam,
Damaddamaddama ddama ninnadava damarvayam,
Chakara chanda tandavam tanotu na shivh shivam. 1


That Shiva, Who have long-garlands of the snake king (cobra) at the neck which is purified by the flow of trickling water-drops in the forest-like twisted hair-locks, Who danced the fierce Tāṇḍava-dance to the music of a sounding-drum, — may bless us.[1]

Jata kataha sambhramabhramanillimpa nirjari,
Vilola veechi vallari viraja mana moordhani,
Dhaga dhaga dhaga jjwala lalata patta pavake,
Kishora Chandra shekare ratih prati kshanam mama. 2


At every moment, may I find pleasure in Shiva, Whose head is situated in between the creeper-like unsteady waves of Nilimpanirjharī (Gańgā), in whose head unsteadily fire (energy) is fuming the like twisted hair-locks, Who has crackling and blazing fire at the surface of forehead, and Who has a crescent-moon (young moon) at the forehead.[2]

 

Dhara dharendra nandini vilasa bhandhu bhandura,
Sphuradriganta santati pramoda mana manase,
Kripa kataksha dhorani niruddha durdharapadi,
Kwachi digambare mano vinodametu vastuni. 3


May my mind seeks happiness in Shiva, Whose mind has the shining universe and all the living-beings inside, Who is the charming sportive-friend of the daughter of the mountain-king of the Earth ( Himālaya’s daughter parvati), Whose uninterrupted series of merciful-glances conceals immense-troubles, and Who has direction as His clothes.[3]

Jata bhujanga pingala sphurat phana mani prabha,
Kadamba kumkuma drava pralipta digwadhu mukhe,
Madhandha sindhura sphuratwagu uttariyamedure,
Manovinodamadbhutam bibhartu bhoota bhartari. 4


May my mind hold in Shiva, by Whom — with the light from the jewels of the shining-hoods of creeper-like yellow-snakes — the face of Dikkanyās’ are smeared with Kadamba-juice like red Kuńkuma, Who looks dense due to the glittering skin-garment of an intoxicated elephant, and Who is the Lord of the ghosts.[4]

Lalata chatwara jwaladdhanam jaya sphulingaya,
Nipeeta pancha sayakam namannilimpanayakam,
Sudha mayookha lekhaya virajamana shekharam,
Maha kapali sampade, sirijjatalamastunah. 5


For a long time, may Shiva — Whose foot-basement is grey due to the series of pollen dust from flowers at the head of Indra (Sahasralocana) and all other demi-gods, Whose matted hairlocks are tied by a garland of the king of snakes, and Who has a head-jewel of the friend of cakora bird — produce prosperity.[5]

Sahastralochana prabhrityashesha lekha shekhara,
Prasoona dhooli dhorani vidhu saranghripeethabhuh,
Bhujangaraja Malaya nibaddha jaata jootakah,
Shriyai chiraya jayatam chakora bandhu shekharah. 6


May we acquire the possession of tress-locks of shiva, Which absorbed the five-arrows (of Kaamadeva) in the sparks of the blazing fire stored in the rectangular-forehead, Which are being bowed by the leader of supernatural-beings, Which have an enticing-forehead with a beautiful streak of crescent-moon.[6]


Karala bhala pattika dhagaddhadhagaddha gajjwala,
Ddhananjayahuti kruta prachanda panchasayake ,
Dharadharendra nandini kuchagra chithrapathraka,
Prakalpanaikashilpini, trilochane ratirmama. 7


May I find pleasure in Trilocana, Who offered the five great-arrows (of Kāmadeva) to the blazing and chattering fire of the plate-like forehead, and Who is the sole-artist placing variegated artistic lines on the breasts of the daughter of Himālaya (Pārvatī).[7]

Naveena megha mandali niruddha durdharatsphurat,
Kuhuh nisheethineetamah prabhandha baddha kandharah,
Nilimpa nirjhari dharastanotu krutti sundarah,
Kalanidhana bandhurah shriyam jagat durandharah. 8


May Shiva — Whose cord-tied neck is dark like a night with shining-moon obstructed by a group of harsh and new clouds, Who holds the River Gańgā, Whose cloth is made of elephant-skin, Who has a curved and crescent moon placed at the forehead, and Who bears the universe — expand [my] wealth.[8]

Prafulla neela pankaja prapancha kalimaprabha,
Valambi kantha kandali ruchi prabandha kandharam,
Smarchchhidam purachchhidam bhavachchhidam makhachchhidam,
Gajachchhidandha kachchhidam tamant kachchhidam bhaje. 9


I adore Shiva, Who supports the dark glow of blooming blue lotus series at around the girdle of His neck, Who cuts-off Smara (Kāmadeva), Who cuts-off Pura, Who cuts-off the mundane existence, Who cuts-off the sacrifice (of Dakṣa), Who cuts-off the demon Gaja, Who cuts-off Andhaka, and Who cuts-off Yama (death).[9]

Akharva sarva mangalaa kalaa kadamba manjari,
Rasa pravaha madhuri vijrumbhane madhuvritam,
Smrantakam, purantakam, bhavantakam, makhantakam,
Gajantakandhakantakam tamantakantakam bhaje. 10


I adore Shiva, Who only eats the sweet-flow of nectar from the beautiful flowers of Kadamba-trees which are the abode of all important auspicious qualities, Who destroys Smara (Kāmadeva), Who destroys Pura, Who destroys the mundane existence, Who destroys the sacrifice (of Dakṣa), Who destroys the demon Gaja, Who destroys Andhaka, and Who destroys Yama (death).[10]

Jayatwadabhra vibhrama bhramadbujanga mashwasad,
Vinirgamat, kramasphurat, karala bhala havya vaat,
Dhimiddhimiddhimi maddhwanan mridanga tunga mangala,
Dhwani krama pravartitah prachanda tandawah shivah. 11



May Shiva, Whose dreadful forehead has oblations of plentiful, turbulent and wandering snake-hisses — first coming out and then sparking, Whose fierce tāṇḍava-dance is set in motion by the sound-series of the auspicious and best-drum (ḍamaru) — which is sounding with ‘dhimit-dhimit’ sounds, be victorious.[11]

Drushadwichitra talpayor bhujanga mauktikastrajor,
Garishtha ratna loshtayoh suhrid wipaksha pakshayoh,
Trinara vinda chakshushoh praja mahee mahendrayoh,
Samapravrittikah katha sadashivam bhajamyaham. 12


When will I adore SadāShiva with an equal vision towards varied ways of the world, a snake or a pearl-garland, royal-gems or a lump of dirt, friend or enemy sides, a grass-eyed or a lotus-eyed person, and common men or the king.[12]

Kada nilimpa nirjharee nikunja kotare vasan,
Vimukta durmatih sada shirahstha manjali vahan,
Vilola lola lochane lalama bhala lagnakah,
Shiveti mantra muchcharan kada sukhee bhavamyaham. 13


Living in the hollow of a tree in the thickets of River Gańgā, always free from ill-thinking, bearing añjali at the forehead, free from lustful eyes, and forehead and head bonded, when will I become content while reciting the mantra ‘‘Shiva?’’[13]

Nilimpnath naagaree kadamb mauli mallika,
nigumpha nirbharkshanm dhooshnika manoharah.
tanotu no manomudam vinodineem maharshinam,
parshriyam param padam tadanjatvisham chayah.14


Divine beauty of different parts of Lord Shiv which are enlighted by fragrence of the flowers decorating the twisted hairlocks of angles may always bless us with happiness and pleasure.[14]

prachanda wadavaanal prabha shubh pracharinee,
mahaasht siddhi kaaminee janavahoot jalpana.
vimukta vaam lochano vivaah kaalikdhvanih,
shiveti mantra bhooshano jagajjayaay jaaytaam.15


The Shakti (energy) which is capable of burning all the sins and spreading welfare of all and the pleasent sound produced by angles during enchanting the pious Shiv mantra at the time of Shiv-Parvati Vivah may winover & destroy all the sufferings of the world.[15]

Imam hi nitya meva mukta muttamottamstavam,
Pathantaram bhunannaro vishuddhmeti santatam,
Hare Gurau sa bhaktimashu yati nanyatha gati,
Vimohanam hi dehinaa tu shankarasya chitanam. 16


Reading, remembering, and reciting this eternal, having spoken thus, and the best among best eulogy indeed incessantly leads to purity. In preceptor Hara (Śhiva) immediately the state of complete devotion is achieved; no other option is there. Just the thought of Śhiva (Śhańkara) is enough for the people.[16]

Poojavasana samaye dasha vaktra geetam,
Yah shambhu poojana param pathati pradoshe,
Tasyasthiraam ratha gajendra turanga yuktaam,
Lakshmeem sadaiva sumukheem pradadaati shambuh. 17


At the time of prayer-completion, that who reads this song by Daśavaktra (Rāvaṇa) after the prayer of Śambhu — Śambhu gives him stable wealth including chariots, elephants and horses, and beautiful face.[17]

Iti Shree Ravanavirachitam, Shiva tandava stotram, Sampoornam.

Shiv Stuti with its Meaning:

Mantra:

Namaa:  Misha Mishaana-Nirvaana rupam
Vibhum Vyaapakam brahma-veda-svaroopam
Nijam Nirgunam Nirvikalpam Niriham
Chidaakaasha Maakaasha-vaasam bhaje ham

Meaning:

I bow to  the Ruler of the Universe, whose very form is liberation,
the omnipotent and all pervading Brahma, manifest(Swaroop) as the Vedas.
I worship Shiva, shining in his own glory, without physical qualities,
Undifferentiated (nijam), desireless, all pervading sky of consciousness 
and wearing the sky itself as His garment.

Mantra:
niraakaara monkaara-moolam turiiyam
giraa gnaana gotiita miisham giriisham
karaalam mahaa-kaala-kaalam krpaalam
gunaagaara samsara paaram nato ham

Meaning:
I bow to the supreme Lord who is the formless source of “OM”
The Self of All, transcending all conditions and states,
Beyond speech, understanding and sense perception,
Awe-full, but gracious, the ruler of Kailash,
Devourer of Death, the immortal abode of all virtues.

Mantra:
tushaa raadri-sankaasha-gauram gabhiram
manobhuta-koti prabha sri sariram
sphuran mauli-kallolini-charu-ganga
lasad-bhaala-balendu kanthe bhujangaa

Meaning:
I worship Shankara, whose form is white as the Himalyan snow,
Radiant with the beauty of countless Cupids, 
Whose head sparkles with the Ganga
With crescent moon adorning his brow and snakes coiling his neck,

Mantra:
chalatkundalam bhru sunetram visalam
prasannaa-nanam nila-kantham dayaalam
mrgadhisa charmaambaram mundamaalam
priyam sankaram sarvanaatham bhajaami

Meaning:
The beloved Lord of All,
with shimmering pendants hanging from his ears,
Beautiful eyebrows and large eyes,
Full of Mercy with a cheerful countenance and a blue speck on his throat.

Mantra:
pracandam prakrstam pragalbham paresham
akhandam ajam bhaanukoti-prakaasam
trayah-shula-nirmulanam shula-paanim
bhaje ham bhavaani-patim bhaava-gamyam

Meaning:
I worship Shankara, Bhavani’s husband,
The fierce, exalted, luminous supreme Lord.
Indivisible, unborn and radiant with the glory of a million suns;
Who, holding a trident, tears out the root of the three-fold suffering, 
And who is reached only through Love.

Mantra:
kalaatitata-kalyaana-kalpanta-kaari
sadaa sajjanaa-nanda-daataa purarih
chidaananda-sandoha-mohaapahaari
prasida praslda prabho manmathaarih

Meaning:
You who are without parts, ever blessed,
The cause of universal destruction at the end of each round of creation,
A source of perpetual delight to the pure of heart,
Slayer of the demon, Tripura, consciousness and bliss personified,
Dispeller of delusion…
Have mercy on me, foe of Lust.

Mantra:
na yaavad umaanaatha-paadaaravindam
bhajantiha loke parevaa naraanam
na taavat-sukham shaanti-santaapa-naasham
praslda prabho sarva bhutaa-dhivaasam

Meaning:
Oh Lord of Uma, so long as you are not worshipped
There is no happiness, peace or freedom from suffering 
in this world or the next.
You who dwell in the hearts of all living beings,
and in whom all beings have their existence,
Have mercy on me, Lord.

Mantra:
na janaami yogam japam naiva pujam
nato ham sadaa sarvadaa sambhu tubhyam
jaraa janma-duhkhaugha taatapya maanam
prabho paahi apan-namaamisha shambho

Meaning:
I don’t know yoga, prayer or rituals,
But everywhere and at every moment, I bow to you, Shambhu!
Protect me my Lord, miserable and afflicted as I am 
with the sufferings of birth, old-age and death.

Mantra:
rudrastakam idam proktam viprena haratosaye
ye pathanti nara bhaktya tesam sambhuh prasidati

This eightfold hymn of praise was sung by the Brahman to please Shankara.
Shambhu will be pleased with whomever heartfully recites it. 

Mantra:

karpoora gauram karunaavataaram samsaara saaram bhujagendra haaram

sadaavasantam hridayaara vinde bhavam bhavaani sahitam namaami

Meaning:

He is white like camphor and the very incarnation of mercy and compassion,
The only good thing in this world, wearing a king cobra as a garland

It is always springtime in the lotus of His heart I bow down to Bhava (Shiva), as well as to Bhavani (Parvati) who accompanies Him.

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                       Shiv ji in Samadhi(meditation)
Shiv Stuti Mantra:
Namaa:  Misha Mishaana-Nirvaana rupam
Vibhum Vyaapakam brahma-veda-svaroopam
Nijam Nirgunam Nirvikalpam Niriham
Chidaakaasha Maakaasha-vaasam bhaje hamniraakaara monkaara-moolam turiiyam
giraa gnaana gotiita miisham giriisham
karaalam mahaa-kaala-kaalam krpaalam
gunaagaara samsara paaram nato hamtushaa raadri-sankaasha-gauram gabhiram
manobhuta-koti prabha sri sariram
sphuran mauli-kallolini-charu-ganga
lasad-bhaala-balendu kanthe bhujangaachalatkundalam bhru sunetram visalam
prasannaa-nanam nila-kantham dayaalam
mrgadhisa charmaambaram mundamaalam
priyam sankaram sarvanaatham bhajaami


pracandam prakrstam pragalbham paresham

akhandam ajam bhaanukoti-prakaasam
trayah-shula-nirmulanam shula-paanim
bhaje ham bhavaani-patim bhaava-gamyam


kalaatitata-kalyaana-kalpanta-kaari

sadaa sajjanaa-nanda-daataa purarih
chidaananda-sandoha-mohaapahaari
prasida praslda prabho manmathaarih

na yaavad umaanaatha-paadaaravindam
bhajantiha loke parevaa naraanam
na taavat-sukham shaanti-santaapa-naasham
praslda prabho sarva bhutaa-dhivaasam


na janaami yogam japam naiva pujam
nato ham sadaa sarvadaa sambhu tubhyam
jaraa janma-duhkhaugha taatapya maanam
prabho paahi apan-namaamisha shambho


rudrastakam idam proktam viprena haratosaye

ye pathanti nara bhaktya tesam sambhuh prasidati


karpoora gauram karunaavataaram samsaara saaram bhujagendra haaram


sadaavasantam hridayaara vinde bhavam bhavaani sahitam namaami


Shambho Sadaa Shiva!

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Krishna Avatar


karishna Avatar

Lord Krishna was the eighth Avatar of Vishnu . Lord Vishnu came in Krishna Avatar to protect Dharma and to spread peace and love on earth. The name Krishna was given to him because of his color (in sanskrit krsna means the color of night i.e is Dark). Krishna is portrayed as an attractive young boy with bright eyes and divine glow on his ‘dark or blue’ skin playing a flute.

Krishna was the son of Devaki and Vaasudeva. Deavki was the sister of Kansa and daugher of King Uggarsen of Mathura. King Kansa was a cruel King he was known for his brutishness. he arranged the  marriage of his sister Devaki with one of his deserving friend Vaasudev.  After their marriage when King kansa was about to bid farewell to Devaki , Vaasudeva , he decided to ride the marriage chariot till Vaasudeva’s home, while he  war ridding their marriage chariot he heard the  AakashVani
( voice coming from Sky i.e heavens) that he will be killed by Devaki’s eighth Son. Hearing this the evil Kansa stepped  into the marriage chariot and tried to kill Devaki with his sward but Vaasudeva stops him. Vaasudeva convinced him saying that they will submit their eighth child and he can do anything to him. Kansa imprisoned Dewaki and Vaasudeva , he even imprisoned his father Uggersen.

Kamsa imprisoned the couple and he killed each and every child of Devaki and Vaasudev the day it was born by lumping it on the stone. Turn by turn , year by year six sons was killed mercilessly by Kansa. Now Devaki was pregnant with the seventh child.

Krishna asking mahamaya to transfer Balrama in Rohini’s womb

Lord Vishnu called upon Goddess Mahamaya and asked her to transfer the seventh child in Devaki’s womb to Rohini’s womb. Rohini was the first wife of Vaasudeva. Mahamaya did so, she transferd the seventh child of Vaasudeva in Rohini’s womb who resides in Gokul with Yasodha and Nanda Raj , Nand Raj was the brother in Law of Vaasudeva. This seventh Child was Balraam who was very brave and Robust. After an year Devaki was having her eight child in her womb. She gave birth to Krishna on mid night of Ashtami (a day according to hindu calender, this day is now celebrated as Janamashtami) it was raining heavily. The prison Guards were sleeping , Devaki and Vaasudeva prayed to God to to have mercy on their child and to protect him from evil Kansa, by that time the chains of Vaasudeva broke and the prisons doors opened itself . the Guards were sleeping as if the were dead. Devaki hugged  the child closed to her heart and gave it to Vaasudeva. Vaasudeva took the child and rushed towards Gokul. Vaasudeva reached River Yamuna he saw baskets on the river bank, he placed the child in one of  the basket and lifted it over his head. The water of Yamuna was flowing wildly, Vaasudeva stepped in the river to cross it . the water level  rose higher till Vaasudeva’s nose, it seems as if Yamuna was eager to touch Lord Krishna. Krishna touched the river with his foot and instantly the water level started falling.

Vaasudeva carrying Krishna on his head and crossing river Yamuna

The rain showed no sign of stopping, suddenly Vaasudeva saw a very large snake Sheshnaag ( snake with 5 heads) coming towards him , he was scared of the huge Snake . The Sheshnaag came closer to Vaasudeva and he spoke to him in human voice “Vaasudeva don’t be afraid , i have come to protect the Lord Krishna from rain so that you may safely reach Gokul”. Sheshnaag spread his hood over Vaasudeva and he followed him till the shore. Vaasudeva reached Nandraja’s house ,his wife yashoda just gave birth to a baby girl. Devaki and NandRaja were shoked but at the same time the were happy to see Vaasudeva who returned after many years. Vaasudeva told the whole story to them Yashoda’s heart was filled with grief at Dewaki’s misfortune. She told Vaasudeva to give her his son and so that Kansa may not get suspicious he can take her daughter with him. Vaasudeva was so pleased with their Favor that he borke out with tears in his eyes. Yashoda placed her daughter in the basket and Vaasudeva took her to Mathura. Vaasudeva reached the prison and the chains itself bound around him  and the prisons doors also closed itself. The baby girl started crying and her cry woke the guards they informed Kansa. Kansa came and snatched the baby girl from Devaki and he was about to through her then the girl ,she vanished from her hands towards the sky. The girl turned into a goddess and warned Kansa that his slayer is being raised in Gokul, out of his reach and his death will soon come and embrace him.

Yashoda and Rohini bathing Krishna and Balraama standing near Rohini. Krishna looking at Balraam

Krishna was safe with Yashoda in Gokul. Next day at Nangaraja’s house a Guru ji named the small boy “KRISHNA”. Krishna was brought up by Yashoda and Rohini. Krishna was a very lively child , every one loved him. Yashoda raised Krishna as her own child . Rohini also showered her motherly care on Krishna just like Balraama. NandRaja was also pleased to have Krishna as his son.

Story how Krishna killed Putana:

Kansa was restless, his head was spinning and he felt as if thousands of children are laughing out of the pillars of his Palace. He called for Putna, a terrible demonness who can change her Roops ( Roops are forms). Kansa ordered Putana to go to Gokul and kill the infants. Putana took the form of a a woman and went to Gokul and one by one she started killing the new born babies. Putana filled her breasts with poison and went on feeding the infants, when she reached the Nandraja’s place she saw Krishna and took him for feeding. Bal Krishna sucked her life out of her fake body and she came into her true form and then she died of pain. Yashoda and other ladies heard the loud cry of Putana ,they ran in the direction. They saw Krishna lying over the body of huge terrible demoness Putana, Yashoda embraced Krishna and thanked god for saving Krishna from Putana. The news of Putana reached Kansa now he became sure of the fact that Krishna was not an ordinary child. Kansa started making up new plans to kill Krishna, On the other side Krishna was enjoying his childhood in Gokul with Balraama and his other friends .

Krishna showing universe in his mouth:

Yashoda and Krishna

One day, Krishsna and Balarama were playing with Their friends, all the boys joined Balarama and told mother Yashoda that Krishna had eaten clay. Yashoda asked Krishna to open his mouth so that she may check it out. When krishna opened his mouth Yashoda could see the entire Universe in his mouth. Yashoda became struck with awe and began to wonder that this is the same mouth she feeded with her breast. While mother Yasoda was thinking  about this wonder in a philosophical way. Lord krishna told that this was her imagination were out of her motherly affection , a mother feels that her entire world is her child. Immediately mother Yashoda forgot all philosophical speculation and accepted Krishna as her own child. She took Him on her lap and became overwhelmed with maternal affection.

Krishna and his friends :

krishna with his friend

Krishna was very found of eating Maakhan ( fresh butter), he was so crazy for it that at times he could even steel Maakhan with his friends . Krishna always have sharing habit with his friends. he even teased Gopies with affection, Raas lila’s with Gopies.

stealing Maakhan

He was so mischievous that at times Yashoda also punished him, but he always convinced her to forgive . He was a ver beautiful features that nobody could deny him to fulfill his wishes . He became the new heart of Gokul.

Krishna with his friends use to steel Maakhan from pots hanging in every kitchen of Gokul. Yashoda often hear complains of krishna steeling Maakhan from other Gopies. but mischivious kirishna could never stop himself when it comes to Makhan.

Krishna overpowers Kaaliya the venomous snake :

Krishna dancing on Kaliya

Gokul, Vrindavan and may other villages were dependent on Yamuna for water. The water of Yamuna was turning black , because of the poison of snake Kaliya. Kaliya was a snake with thousands of hoods, Kaliya has started living in Yamuna with his wives. Because of kaliya the water of Yamuna was turning poisonous. Cattles and even men who drank the Yamuna water died . One day Krishna and his friends were playing at the bank of river Yamuna with a boll. Krishna threw the boll towards his friend Pendiya, but Pendiya could not catch it and the ball fell into the Yamuna. Pendiya was almost in tears and he said that, Krishna threw the boll and he must fetch it from Yamuna. This was exactly what krishna wanted , he jumped into Yamuna to bring the boll. Krisna started swimming towards the cave in which Kaliya was resting with his wives. krishna saw kaliya and he attacked over kaliya with his feet, he jumped over Kaliya’s hood. the waters of Yamunana became blaker and more poisonous because of kaliya’s hissing . Krishna twisted Kaliya’s tail and he was dancing on his hoods, mean while whole gokul gathered on the river bank. Yashoda was crying for Krishna, everyone was praying for Krishna. Krishna was punishing Kaliya .Kaliya was helpless, he started to bleed . Villagers saw the blood raising in the river, they were  scared for Krishna , every one broke into tears. After a while they saw Krishna raising out of Yamuna standing on Kaliya’s hood with his tail in one hand. Wives of kaliya also emerged out of Waters, they prayed,  Lord Krishna to have mercy on Kaliya, Kaliya also begged for forgiveness. Krishna commanded kaliya to go aways from Yamuna and should never return. Kaliya returned to netherworld with his wives. Every body praised Krishna.

krishna and Balraama

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Krishna lifting up Goverdhan parvat:

Krishna lifting Goverdhan Parvat

The lord Indra is the king of haven, he is the god of rains.People of Braj (Brindavan people who use to farm and raise cattle) used to worship Indra and offer him fruits and flowers as gifts. Krishna asked them to worship Goverdhan Parvat (the mountain) as he is the one who plays important role in bringing the rain. people followed Krishna and worshiped Goverdhana. Lord indra took it as a disgrace that people are offering gifts to Goverdhana for rains and not to  him. The enraged Indra called for the king of clouds and ordered him to rain over Braj till the entire land along with Goverdhan parvat is Swept over. An Army of clouds poured heavy rain over Braj as if they were about to end the world. Krishna told that Goverdhan will protect them , Krishna lifted the Mount Goverdhana on his little finger and every Brajwasi (people) tool the shelter of Goverdhana. Not even a single drop was able to fell on Braj because of  Goverdhana . It rainned heavily for seven days at last lord Indra gave up and he relaised that Krishna is none other than lord Vishnu, he asked for forgiveness.

Krishna Killed Kansa:

Kansa’s every attempt to kill Krishna had failed. Krishna hand Balraam had destroyed the force of his mighty worriers. his thoughts were ceased. Kansa planned to organize Dhanoriya yugana and invite Krishna as well as Balraama , so that he could challenge them . Kansa immediately send his cousin, Akrura to Gokul for Krishna and Balraama. Every one in Gokul did not want krishna to go. Krishna convinced them to let him go , he said that he has to fulfill the purpose  of his Life. Akrura drove the Chariot of Krishna and Balraama towards Mathura. After entering Mathura the chariot suddenly stopped because an old blind lady was standing in the way Chariot, she brought Sandalwood(Chandan) for the royality. her body was deformed , she was a cursed lady because of her past life deeds, She was Manthra in her past Birth. She applied Chandan on Krishna and attained salvation.

Kansa heard the news of Krishna’s and Balraam’s arrival. He asked his minister to unchain the mad elephant Kuvalayapidain in  krishna’s way. The elephant Kuvalayapida ran towards Krishna destroying everything coming in his way. Krishna cut off his trunk with his sword and the elephant died off pain.

Kansa went to stadium and sat on his throne ,he asked Akhrur to point towards Krishna and Balraama. The matches were not an ordinary wrestling matches it was do or die matches, Death was inevitable for the looser. Kansa challenged Krishna and Balrama to fight with Mushtika and Chanura , the invincible demon warriors. Balaram attacked Mushtika, using his mighty mace. Mushtika fell down with an enormous roar of pain in the first blow itself and Krishna clumped Chanura, they fought on and on with all their strengths but could not stant winsive against Krishna and Balraama. Kansa was shocked to see his best warriors in the clutches of Krishna and Balarama. Krishna then roared ” oh evil Uncle Kansa now its your turn to go to hell”. Every body in the stadium was so confident for Krishna that they stated to shout “kill kansa, kill the evil, end the Tyrant” . Kansa tried to escape arena but could not flee. Krishna caught hold of kansa and made him to count on his bad deeds, killing innocent children, imprisoning Dewaki and Vaasudeva, imprisoning his own father King Uggersen, doing all injustice to the people of Mathura, after making him half breath and pulling his hair. Krishna cut off Kansa’s head with Sudarshan Chakkar. the havens showered flowers on Krishna.

Dewaki and Vaasudeva meeting their sons

Krishna and Balraama rushed to palace dungeons and they ordered to unchain their parents and grandfather.

Krishna and Balraama  meet their parents  with tears in their eyes. At last by god’s grace Devaki and Vaasudeva embraced  their long lost children.

The peace once again was brought back to streets of Mathura.

Every body Praised Lord Krishna for putting an end to their grief. and setting them free from injustice of Kansa.

Jai Shree Krishna !! “

Haati ghoda paalki jai khaniya laal ki

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Narshimha Avatar


Hiranyakashipu was a powerful Demon king who worshiped Lord Brahma for a Boon.

Brahma granted him the boon because of his hard Tapasya. Hiranyakashipu asked for such a boon which made it impossible for any one to kill him. Hiranyakashipu asked for the boon that should not be killed during day or night, neither on earth nor in sky, neither by man nor by animal, neither in  nor outside home, neither by Astra nor by shastra (tools and weapons).

After attaining such a boon Hiranyakashipu attacked Havens and earth and demanded people to worship him. Hiranyakashipu’s Son Prahlada was a devotee of Lord Vishnu . Despite of all his efforts Hiranyakashipu could not make his son to hate Lord Vishnu. Hiranyakashipu ordered to kill Prahlada . Prahlada was poisened, trembled by elephants, throun between hungry snakes, even Hiranyakashipu’s sister Holika (click here to know the story of Prahlad and Holika) could not kill him.

Hiranyakashipu asked Prahlada if he truly believe in Vishnu then he must ask Vishnu to come out of a Pillar in front of them.

Hearing Prahlada’s Pray lord Vishnu took the Avatar of Narshimha and came out of that pillar . He killed Hiranyakashipu at the Dusk (neither day nor night) on the steps of the porch of his house ( neither inside nor outside the house) by restraining him on his lap (neither in sky nor on earth) and mauling him with his claws (neither astra nor shastra).  . Narshimha is half men half lion(neither man nor animal).

Lord Vishnu and His Dasavtar


Loard Vishnu is the world preserver .lord Vishnu is also worshiped as Satyanaraayan .

Goddess Lakshmi is the wife of Vishnu, she is the Goddess of Wealth.

Shri Hari Vishnu , Shri means Lakshmi .

Vishnu rests on Shesh naag,

He has four hands and carries four tools shankh, chakar , padam (flower), and gaddah.

He rides on Garuda.

Vishnu  took different Avtaaraas to protect in the world.

His Dasha-Avatars ( ten avatars) are

Narshimha ji (click here to know about Narshimha)

krishna ji (click here to know about Krishna)

Raamchandar ji

Mohini (click here to know the story of Mohini)

Varaha (click here to know the story of Varaha avatar)

Khurma (click here to know the story of khurma)

Vaman (click here to know the story of Vaman Avatar/)

Matsya (click here for the story of matsya avatar)

Parshu Raam(click here to know the story of Parshuram Avatar)

Kalaki

 

The Tridevas


TRIDEVAS are the three lords of devtaas .

They are Brahma , Vishnu and Mahesh.

Brahma is the Creator, Vishnu the Protector, and Mahesh the Distructor.

Study the image this is the image of trideva  notice the Trishul, the Chandra and the Ganga (of lord Shiva) the Kamandal (of lord brahma) , Shankh, Chakra ,Padam and Gaddha (of lord Vishnu) and also notice the Kaam Dhenu ( the Holy cow ), and the four Dogs symbolizes Four Vedas

Barbarik


Barbarik a warrior who can finish the entire Mahabharata in 60 seconds, that Sri Krishna asked his sacrifice before the war of Mahabharata.

BARBARIK IS WORSHIPED AS KHATUSHAM JI

SHAM IS NAME OF KRISHNA, He himself bestrew this name upon Barbarik.

Khatushyam2

you Must have heard about Bheema the warrior of Mahabharata. yes! this great warrior Barbarik was grandson of Bheema. Bhima married Hidama in Agyatvas ( a term of disguise was supposed to be passed by Pandavas) Ghatotkach was the son of Bheema from Hidima. Barbarik was son of Ghatotkatch and Maurvi.

Unfortunately, none of the children of Draupadi Survived in the war and the only one survived was the son of Abhimanyu in the Womb of Uttra, Parikshit, whom Sri Krishna Saved from Brahmastra of Ashwaddhama, a friend of Duriyodhana and son of Guru Dronacharya.

Barbarik was also a student of Sri Krishna , but who gave him the power to crush entire Army in 60 sec ?

it was not Sri Krishna who gave him this power. and why did Sri Krishna not take advantage of his powers?

Barbarik is Teen Ban Dhari , the one who owns 3 arrows.

Lord Shiva Booned him these arrows and Lord Agni Gave him  the Bow.

1st one to mark the objects he wanted to distroy.

2nd One he wanted to save .

3rd one to distroy , and in the end all will return back to him.

bows

In my research, I also found that Goddess Durga Gave Barbarik the Bows, with a promise from him to use them only to help the weak. 1st arrow to mark the targets , 2nd to destroy the marked targets and 3rd one would destroy the entire earth.

many times in mythology I came across two or more stories behind one result.

3 bows by devi

when Barbarik heard of the mahabarata Yudh , he urged his mother to let him go and participate. He told his mother that army of Panadavas is very small in front of Kauravas and she must permit him to go. for this, he promised his mother that he would help the weeker side. ( and he is bound to help weaker as boon of goddess)

kishna barbarik

reaching there he greeted Sri Krishna.

Shri Krishna : how much time will you take to finish the war?

Barbari : 60 seconds

Sri Krishna :How ?

Barbarik told him about the arrows and its powers

Sri Krishna Tested his powers , saying that aim the leaves of this tree under which I stood.

Barkarik aimed and shot his 1st arrow , surprisingly it was revolving around the feet of sri Krishna.

Krishna : Why is it revolving around my feet?

Barbarik: there might be a leaf under your feet

and it was so, Krishna got sight of Barbarik’s power

Krishna : which side you support?

Barbarik : i would Support the Weakest side, as I Promised.

Krishna : in this way you willoscillatee in between both the sides and end up destroying both. as if you join pandavas , kaurvas will become week and if you join Kaurvas pandavas would.

Barbarik on knees what is the solution Krishna.

Krishna asked his head in Charity.

Barbarik expressed the desire to see the entire war , Krishna booned him that his head will be alive and can see the entire war , Krishna also gave Barbarik his own name Shaam , therefore Barbarik is Worshiped as Khatu Sham ji

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there is a Temple of Khatu Sham ji in khatu Nagri in Sikar District of Rajasthan , as his promise he will Always help and protect weak.

there is also a Kund in the temple believed a bath in it could release you from Debts, and water in it comes from patal.

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Bajrang Baan


The literal meaning of Bajrang Ban is Arrow of Hanuman Ji. Arrow to destroy hindrances in your path.

Written by Sri Tulsi Das Ji in Avadhi language.

It is a powerful mantra of Hanuman Ji just like Hanuman Chalisa

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Shri Bajrang Baan
॥Doha॥
Nishchaya Prema Pratiti Te, Binaya Karai Sanamana।
Tehi Ke Karaja Sakala Shubha, Siddha Karai Hanuman॥
॥Chaupai॥
Jaya Hanumanta Santa Hitakari। Suni Lijai Prabhu Araja Hamari॥
Jan Ke Kaja Vilamba Na Kijai। Atura Dauri Maha Sukha Dijai॥
Jaise Kudi Sindhu Wahi Para। Surasa Badana Paithi Bistara॥
Age Jaya Lankini Roka। Marehu Lata Gai Sura Loka॥
Jaya Vibhishana Ko Sukha Dinha। Sita Nirakhi Parama Pada Linha॥
Baga Ujari Sindhu Maham Bora। Ati Atura Yama Katara Tora॥
Akshaya Kumara Mari Sanhara। Luma Lapeti Lanka Ko Jara॥
Laha Samana Lanka Jari Gai। Jaya Jaya Dhuni Sura Pura Maham Bhai॥
Aba Vilamba Kehi Karana Swami। Kripa Karahun Ura Antaryami॥
Jaya Jaya Lakshmana Prana Ke Data। Atura Hoi Dukha Karahun Nipata॥
Jai Giridhara Jai Jai Sukha Sagara। Sura Samuha Samaratha Bhatanagara॥
Om Hanu Hanu Hanu Hanu Hanumanta Hathile। Bairihin Maru Bajra Ki Kile॥
Gada Bajra Lai Bairihin Maro। Maharaja Prabhu Dasa Ubaro॥
Omkara Hunkara Mahaprabhu Dhavo। Bajra Gada Hanu Vilamba Na Lavo॥
Om Hrim Hrim Hrim Hanumanta Kapisa। Om Hum Hum Hum Hanu Ari Ura Shisha॥
Satya Hou Hari Shapatha Payake। Ramaduta Dharu Maru Dhaya Ke॥
Jaya Jaya Jaya Hanumanta Agadha। Dukha Pavata Jana Kehi Aparadha॥
Puja Japa Tapa Nema Achara। Nahin Janata Kachhu Dasa Tumhara॥
Vana Upavana Maga Giri Griha Mahin। Tumare Bala Hama Darapata Nahin॥
Paya Paraun Kara Jori Manavon। Yaha Avasara Aba Kehi Goharavon॥
Jaya Anjani Kumara Balavanta। Shankara Suvana Dhira Hanumanta॥
Badana Karala Kala Kula Ghalaka। Rama Sahaya Sada Pratipalaka॥
Bhuta Preta Pishacha Nishachara। Agni Baitala Kala Marimara॥
Inhen Maru Tohi Shapatha Rama Ki। Rakhu Natha Marajada Nama Ki॥
Janakasuta Hari Dasa Kahavo। Taki Shapatha Vilamba Na Lavo॥
Jai Jai Jai Dhuni Hota Akasha। Sumirata Hota Dusaha Dukha Nasha॥
Charana Sharana Kari Jori Manavon। Yahi Avasara Aba Kehi Goharavon॥
Uthu Uthu Chalu Tohin Rama Duhai। Panya Paraun Kara Jori Manai॥
Om Chan Chan Chan Chan Chapala Chalanta। Om Hanu Hanu Hanu Hanu Hanumanta॥
Om Han Han Hanka Deta Kapi Chanchala। Om San San Sahama Parane Khala Dala॥
Apane Jana Ko Turata Ubaro। Sumirata Hoya Ananda Hamaro॥
Yahi Bajrang Baan Jehi Maro। Tahi Kaho Phira Kauna Ubaro॥
Patha Karai Bajrang Baan Ki। Hanumata Raksha Karai Prana Ki॥
Yaha Bajrang Baan Jo Japai। Tehi Te Bhuta Preta Saba Kampe॥
Dhupa Deya Aru Japai Hamesha। Take Tana Nahin Rahe Kalesha॥
॥Doha॥
Prema Pratitin Kapi Bhajai, Sada Dharai Ura Dhyana।
Tehi Ke Karaja Sakala Shubha, Siddha Karai Hanuman॥

listten to Bajrang Baan

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panch mukhi hanuman ji

 

 

 

Shivratri Pooja


Lord Shiva also worshiped as Bhole Nath, the one who shower Boons and forgives.

7th March 2016 is Maha Shivratri coming on Monday , the day devoted to lord Shiva according to Hindu tradition .

let me tell you about easy pooja vidhi you can do yourself

Pooja

Visit a Shiva temple – Shivalya ( Shiv parivar with Shivling )

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shiv parivar

you can either go to a temple or make Clay Shiva linga and Shiv-Parivar at home.

keep in mind first offer water to Lord Ganesha, he first one in every pooja to be worshiped, then Devi Parvati(Gauri), Kartikeya and Nandi. Nandi the bull must face toward shiva and must be kept in North direction.

Things to offer :

1st thing -Water , you can also add little Gangajal in it

2nd raw Cow milk , then again water

3rd curd and then water

4th Ghee and then water

5th Honey and then water

later other pooja samagris

offer Janevu or Roli , these are clothes of Lord in pooja

offer some sent (gadhak, Ittar)

Do Chandan lep (sandalwood)

wet rice

latter offer  -Bhang, Dhatura , Aak (aakamada flower) , Fal or sugar or both , janti , panchamrit, lotus flower

offerings

most Importantly Belva patra. keep on chanting beej mantra OM NAMHA: SHIVAYA with each Belva Patra, it must be offered upside down on Shivling. you can offer 7 or 108 belpatras.

Lord Shiva is also Known as Rudra (literally means anger), all offerings are to cool him down , water , milk , Chandan and Belva patra.

If you can do Rudra abhishek is also good for fruit full results , can observe fast for this auspicious day. Shiv ratri Jagran is very important for chetna jagran and chanting Beej mantra Om Namha Shivaya:

Har Har Mahadev (raise both hands while chanting it)

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Shiva Symbolises