MAHAVIDYASINTRODUCTIONThe Mahavidyas are the ten forms of Ma Shakti Devi in Hinduism. The ten forms of Mahavidyas are Kali Devi, Tara Devi, Tripura Sundari (Shodoshi), Bhuvaneshvari Devi, Tripura Bhairavi, Chhinnamasta, Dhumavati, Bagalamukhi, Matangi and Kamala.After the introduction of the Mahavidya worship, Shaktism had gained popularity. People began to worship Ma Shakti Devi in various forms, and all the females deities are considered as an aspect of Ma Shakti Devi. Shakti Devotees began to perform puja to the Mahavidyas, and in various texts of Hinduism, especially in the Devi Bhag..
LORD MUTHAPPANINTRODUCTIONMuthappan is a guardian god of Kerala people, and he is an aspect of Lord Shiva and Vishnu, and his famous temple is situated in Madappura. Lord Muthappan contains divine weapons like Bow, arrow and sword, and his vehicle is dog. He is particularly worshiped by the people in Kannur District of Kerala and Coorg region of Karnataka. During the performance of puja to Lord Muthappan, fish flesh would be offered to him. Even other religious people are entitled to worship Lord Muthappan in his temples, and they are allowed to partake with his holy Prasad items als..
JYOTIRLINGAM:INTRODUCTION:A Jyotirlinga also called as Jyotirlingam and Muktilingam, is another form of Lord Shiva. Usually Shiva would be worshipped in the form of Lingam, and Jyotirlingam means Lingam which contains shining in its appearance, and it would appear with full of brightness. Actually there are twelve Jyotirlinga Temples in India.As per our auspicious Shiva Purana, once Lord Brahma and Vishnu were conversing about their supreme powers, and during their argument, Lord Shiva had appeared in the form of bright flames in a gigantic form, and he covered the entire universe through his ..
INTRODUCTION: Brahmacharini is a form of Ma Shakti Devi. Ma Brahmacharini is worshipped during the Navaratri festival days with much delight and enthusiasm. Ma Brahmacharini appears with full of beauty, and she appears with white coloured clothes, holds a Mala and a holy Kamandala on her hands. She is considered as calm and worshipful goddess, among all other incarnations of Ma Shakti Devi.Brahmacharini means the self-existent goddess, and she is the absolute and Universal goddess, who contains good knowledge in Vedic subjects. She looks similar to a pious female sage, and she conta..
INTRODUCTION: Annapurna is an aspect of Ma Shakti Devi, and she is the one who provides food to all the living beings in this world. Annapurnashtakam is a Stotram written in praise of Ma Annapurna by the great Advaita scholar Sri Adishankaracharya.The contents contained in the holy Annapurnashtakam are as follows:Hey, Ma Annapurneswariyou are the supreme Goddess of Kasi,and through your kindness,you makes the people happy,and gives boons and provides food, cloth and shelter to all,and also removes the miseries and sorrows from their life.Hey, Ma Annapurneswari,you are the holy goddess of ..
INTRODUCTION: Sri Ganesha Ashtakam was written by the great Saint Sri Adi Shankaracharya in praise of Lord Vinayaka. Lord Vinayaka is the obstacle remover, and he is considered to be the first god. By reciting this Stotra regularly, we would get all kinds of prosperity in our lives, and we would get the full grace of Lord Ganesha.The contents contained in the Ganesha Ashtakam are as follows:My humble Salutations to the elephant God who contains very beautiful, and he can be compared to thousand Manmadas, with regard to his beauty, and he is the leader of Ganas, has only one tusk, con..
INTRODUCTION : The Shakti Peethas are the popular shrines and pilgrimage centres of Ma Shakti Devi, and totally there are 51 Shakti Peethas as mentioned in our Puranas, and in other holy texts.Most of the Shakti Peethas are located in India, but few Shakti Peethas are located in some foreign countries also.As per ancient legend, once Lord Daksha, son of Lord Brahma, had performed a yagna, and for that, he didn’t invite his son-in-law, Lord Shiva, since he didn’t like the peculiar features of Lord Shiva, like dancing with the ghosts in the burial grounds and wearing the skeleton of the dea..
INTRODUCTION : Lord Surya resides in the Surya Mandala also called as Surya Loka, and he is called by various names such as Aditya, Bhaskara and Ravi. Surya worship is popular in North India, and most of the North Indian women belonging to Hinduism would perform special puja to Lord Surya during sundays. Lord Surya is the son of Rishi Kashyapa and Mata Aditi, and his consorts are Sharanyu and Chaya. He is the father of Lord Yama, Yamuna and Lord Shani Dev. He is also the guru of Lord Hanuman. He is an ancient god, and he is most popularly worshipped in ancient period, and his worship was ..
INTRODUCTION :Shani refers to the planet Saturn, and he is also classified as one among the Nine planets, also called as Navagrahas. Shani is considered as a judgement god, and his greatness is mentioned in the Puranas, and he used to give correct judgement to the human beings as per their karmic deeds. He is the son of Lord Surya and Ma Chaya, and his consorts are Neelima and Manda, and his sons were Gulika and Kuligna. He resides in the Shani Mandalam, which is very bigger than the size of the earth, and he discharges his duties in an excellent manner.Lord Narada had visited the Shani Mandal..
INTRODUCTION : Prahalada contains very good divine qualities, which we must have to observe in this today’s world. Before his birth itself, from the womb of his mother Kayadu, he cultivated the Bhakti on Lord Vishnu, since Rishi Narada used to tell bhakti stories on Lord Vishnu to his mother. After his birth, when he was learning his studies about the ways to become a successive king, he ignored that, and began to preach Vishnu Bhakti among his fellow students, and encouraged them to develop bhakti on Lord Vishnu, and by the way he changed the minds of the students, and made them into pur..