INTRODUCTION :Parashara was a maharshi and the author of many ancient sacred hindu texts. He was the author of Vishnu Purana. His grandfather was Vasishta, father was Sakti Maharishi, and his son was Vyasa. Parashara while travelling on the banks of river Yamuna was attracted by the beauty of fisherman’s daughter, satyavathi, and he united with her, and they had a son known Krishna Dvaipayana, who was later called as Vyasa, and he is also one of the incarnations of Lord Vishnu. Satyavati took care of her son Vyasa, and after some time, Vyasa also became a Rish..
INTRODUCTION : Yuyutsu as per the great epic Mahabharata, was the son of Dhritarashtra and his wife Gandhari's maid. He was the only son of Dhritarashtra who survived in the Kurukshetra war, after the death of all other kauravas. He was also called by various other names such as Dhartarastra and Vaishyaputra. LIFE :Yuyutsu was a great warrior, who has chosen the path of righteousness even though he was the half-brother to duryodana and other kauravas. He was away from his family bonds in order to live a noble life. Yuyutsu also saved the lif..
INTRODUCTION : Vidyaranya(1296-1391) was a saint and the priest to the kings of the Vijayanagara Empire. He was the Jagadguru of the Sringeri Sarada Pitham from 1380-1386. He served as a guide to three generations of kings who ruled over the Vijayanagara Empire. Vidyaranya also served for some time as a prime minister in the Vijayanagara Empire and was sincerely dedicated towards administrating the kingdom. FAMOUS WORKS :1. Parasara-Madhaviya 2. Sarvadarsanasangraha 3. Pancadasi 4. Madhaviya Shankara Vijaya ..
INTRODUCTION :Upasni Maharaj (1870 –1941) was considered by his devotees to be a great saint. He lived in Sakori and he has received the divine grace from Sai Baba of Shirdi. His birth name was Kashinath Govindarao Upasni. LIFE : Upasani Maharaj born into a family of learned people at a small village in the district of Nasik. At his younger age, he served as an ayurvedic doctor. Once he met Sai Baba of Shirdi and he had initiated him into the path of spiritualization, and then he became his disciple. Upasni Maharaj was the teacher of Meh..
INTRODUCTION : Uddhava is the friend of Lord Krishna. He was taught yoga and bhakti directly by Krishna. The discussions made between him, and Krishna is known as Uddhava Gita which is similar to that of Bhagavad Gita. Uddhava was a devotee and a dear friend of Krishna. Uddhava realized the bhakti of gopikas on Lord Krishna was very great, and the relationship between them is similar to that of the God and his devotees. And the bhakti spirit of gopikas cannot be measured by anyone and also cannot be imagined. He then realized that he also cannot compete wi..
INTRODUCTION :Tulasi is considered as a sacred plant in Hinduism. Hindus regard it as the manifestation of the goddess Tulasi. She is the incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi. The offering of tulasi leaves is compulsory in the worship of Lord Vishnu. Many Hindus have the habit of planting tulasi plants in their home. Tulasi Devi is also known by various names such as Vrinda, Vaishnavi and Haripriya. Tulasi was married to Jalandhara, a powerful demon. Jalandhara had done lot of bad deeds and gave disturbance to the entire universe. Finally, he was killed by Lord Shiva. Afte..
INTRODUCTION : Sri Yukteshwar (1855–1936) was an Indian Guru and yogi, and the guru of Sri Paramahansa Yogananda. Sri Yukteswar was an expert in yoga and meditation, well versed in various divine texts and a master in all kinds of art. He was the disciple of Lahiri Mahasaya of Varanasi. LIFE :His birth name was Priya Nath Karar and born in West Bengal. After finishing his studies he got married and had a daughter. Though he was married, he was not interested in family life, but interested in attaining yogic powers. In 1884, Yukteswar met Lahiri Mahasaya, w..
INTRODUCTION :Dayanand Saraswati (1824–1883) was an Indian Guru and founder of the Arya Samaj, for the propagation of Vedic dharma. He opposed against the british rule along with Sri Lokmanya Tilak. His birth name was Mul Shankar. He was also the author of the great book Satyarth Prakash, which contributed to the Indian independence movement. He was a saint from his younger age, and a great scholar. He was well versed in vedas and other divine texts. He insisted the people towards devoting god on each and every day, without forgetting him on even a sin..
INTRODUCTION :Satrughna was the youngest brother of Lord Rama according to the epic Ramayana. He was also the brother of Lakshmana and Bharata. Satrughna was considered to be an incarnation of Sudarshana chakra, a divine weapon of Lord Vishnu. Satrughna was the son of the king of Ayodhya, Dasharatha and Queen Sumitra. Satrughna was married to Shrutakirti, and they had two sons. Although Bharata was designated as the king of Ayodhya during Rama's exile, Satrughna took care of the administration of the entire kingdom, and ruled the kingd..
INTRODUCTION :Sheetala Devi is worshiped in many parts of india and also in Nepal, Bangladesh and Pakistan. She is an incarnation of Goddess Durga, and she cures poxes, and all other dreaded diseases. Once a demon named Jwarasur, started spreading incurable diseases to all the people in the earth, especially among the children. Durga assumed the form of Sheetala Devi, and with her great power, she cured all the people’s diseases. Lord Bhairav and Durga Mata fought with Jwarasur and killed him with their powerful weapons. They have destroyed the demon, in order to pr..
INTRODUCTION :Swami Ramdas (1884–1963) was an Indian saint. His birth name was Vittal Rao. LIFE :Ramdas was born in Kanhangad, in Kerala, India. Though he was married, he was interested in spirituality. And he began to chant the Rama Mantra, for getting relief from physical and mental tension. Soon he chanted “RAMA MANTRA -"Om Sri Ram jai Ram jai, jai Ram" for several lakhs of times. He left his family at a younger age, and started visiting several temples throughout india. He had his food by taking alms. After some time, he met Ramana Maharshi at his Ashram at Tir..
INTRODUCTION : Samarth Ramdas (1608-1681) was a saint and a famous poet of Maharashtra. He has written various famous poems. Ramdas was an ardent devotee of Lord Rama and Lord Hanuman. His birth name was Narayan Suryaji Thosar. He was born in a village in Jalna district, Maharashtra in a Brahmin family. It is believed that due to his sincere devotion, Lord Rama has appeared before him and blessed him. From then onwards he was called as “RAMDAS”. At a younger age, he went to the holy city, Nasik, and started worshiping Lord Rama for many years. He traveled through..
INTRODUCTION : Narsi Mehta, (15th-century) was a great poet and saint of Gujarat, India. He was talented in writing divine poems on Lord Krishna. He was an ardent devotee of Lord Krishna. LIFE: Narsi Mehta was born in a Brahmin family at Gujarat. He lost his parents at his younger age. He was raised by his grandmother. After his marriage, he stayed at his brother’s house with his wife. Since he was ill treated by his sister in law for his great devotion on Lord Krishna, he left the house and went to a forest and meditated for several days. And after getting the..
INTRODUCTION : Pant Maharaj (1855–1905), was a Hindu guru born in Belgaum, Karnataka and is considered to be an incarnation of Lord Dattatreya. His birth name was Ramachandra Kulkarni. LIFE :He was born in a Brahmin family on 1855 on Krishna Janmashtami. He was a great saint, taught the teachings of Lord Dattatreya to the people and asked them to help others. His guru was balmukund, and he learned all the vedas and other devotional texts from him. Once, he met Swami Vivekananda, and they discussed about spiritual matters. His ashram and..