Devotional Articles

BHARATCHANDRA RAY
INTRODUCTION :Bharatchandra Ray Gunakor (1712–1760) was a Bengali and Sanskrit poet and composer of divine songs. He is well appreciated for his holy work, Annapurnamangal, which mentions the greatness of Mata Annapurna, a form of Mata Shakti Devi, who provides plenty of food to all the living beings in the earth.  He was honoured with the title Gunakor by the then Maharaja Krishnachandra of Nadia. Bharatchandra was born in the year 1712, to a pious Bengali family in a village in the present day Howrah district. Bharatchandra was brought up by his uncle in Naoapara at Kolkata. At his..
MAKARA JYOTHI AND MAKARA VILAKKU
INTRODUCTION :Makara Jyothi is a bright divine star which would appear in the sky on 14th January of every year at Sabarimala, and large number of Ayyappa devotees would have the darshan of this holy star. As per legend, it is believed that Lord Ayyappan itself took the form of Makara Jyothi, in order to bless his devotees.Every year, lot of devotees would observe fasting for 41 days to visit the holy Sabarimala Temple. Large number of devotees would visit Lord Ayyappa during November and December months in order to avoid heavy rush during Makara Jyothi. However, still lot of people are visiti..
INTRODUCTION :We can consider the deities as our own children. In case of childless couples, they have to definitely consider the deities as their own children. Giving birth to a noble child is really a boon for the parents. Everyone expect their child to be born as Lord Krishna or as Bala Tripura Sundari, a form of Mata Shakti Devi. But for some people, they would not be blessed to have a child. In that case, they can consider Lord Krishna and Bala Tripura Sundari as their own children.Even if people have a noble child, sometimes some children would not behave properly. Sometimes the children..
INTRODUCTION :Vasanth Maharaj, was a native of Krishnagiri, and he is also known as Vasanth Vijajji Maharaj, is an Indian ambassador of peace, and preached love, unity and considered all classes of people as alike.His aim is to give fruitful solutions to various issues which prevail throughout the world. He used to give lectures among the people, in order to develop more co-operation, and friendship between them. He has toured to various countries, and preached about the importance of maintaining peace and prosperity in the country, by following productive measures. He wants the whole world to..
GODDESS LAKSHMI
INTRODUCTION : Goddess Lakshmi also called as Mahalakshmi, is the consort of Lord Vishnu, and the fulfiller of wishes of her devotees, and she is highly praised in the Rigveda. She is the cosmic energy of Vishnu, and is considered as one of the chief deities of Hinduism. She is seen in the pictures along with Goddess Saraswati and Parvati. In pictures, she can be seen seated in a lotus flower, and also holds lotus in her hands, and contains shining face with full of beauty, and her vehicle is an owl. By worshiping her, she shows motherly affection on us, and she would give all kinds of pr..
LORD SHIVA
INTRODUCTION : Lord Shiva is a popular god in Hinduism, and he is known as Mahadeva, Maheswara, Nataraja, Shankara and by several other names. He is considered as the supreme god, and he is one of the Trimurties. He contains an attractive face with a glittering body, used to wear snakes as ornaments, and used to apply the sacred ash all over his body, and he is having three eyes. The third eye is used by him during the time of destruction. Similar to Lord Vishnu, he is widely worshiped throughout the world, by the Hindus.He was married with Mata Sati Devi, who is also known as Parvati Dev..
VASTRA DANA
INTRODUCTION :Vastra dana means donating clothes to the people. Generally state governments would distribute dhotis and saris to the ration card holders during Pongal festival period, and also would distribute it during the times of heavy flood, cyclone and storm.Vastra dana can be done during the time of ceremony of our deceased parents to the Vedic scholars, who chants the mantras, perform pujas, homams and completes the ceremony. After that, they would eat either Tiffin or meals in plantain leaves, and after that, we can offer the money requested by them and also a pair of dhoti to them. Va..
SRI MANJUNATHA TEMPLE
INTRODUCTION  : Sri Manjunatha Temple is located in Dharmasthala, a town which is situated on the banks of the Nethravathi River   in Karnataka.   Manjunatha Temple contains the Shrine of Lord Shiva, who is called as Lord Manjunatha, along with Mata Shakti Devi, Lord Chandra Bhagavan and also contains Village gods and goddesses such as Kalarahu, Kalarkayi, Kumaraswamy and Kanyakumari.The temple is run by a Jain administrator and pujas are conducted by the Hindu priests. Lakshadeepa, the festival of lights, is the yearly festival of Dharmasthala which would be perf..
UDUPI SRI KRISHNA TEMPLE
INTRODUCTION :Udupi Sri Krishna Temple is a popular Temple which is dedicated to Lord Krishna, who appears in the form of Child Krishna, also called as Balakrishna, and it is located in Udupi in Karnataka. Udupi is a sacred place, since it contains the Holy temple of Lord Krishna, as well as the other Holy temples such as the Udupi Anantheshwara Temple and Chandramouleeswara Temple.The Udupi Krishna Mutt was founded by the Dvaita Saint, Shri Madhwacharya in the 13th century AD. Madhwacharya, was an incarnation of Lord Vayu Deva, and he was a highly knowledgeable person, and he was efficient in..
CONSIDERING THE DEITIES AS OUR OWN CHILDREN
INTRODUCTION : We can consider the deities as our own children. In case of childless couples, they have to definitely consider the deities as their own children. Giving birth to a noble child is really a boon for the parents. Everyone expect their child to be born as Lord Krishna or as Bala Tripura Sundari, a form of Mata Shakti Devi. But for some people, they would not be blessed to have a child. In that case, they can consider Lord Krishna and Bala Tripura Sundari as their own children.Even if people have a noble child, sometimes some children would not behave properly. Sometimes the ch..
DECORATION OF DEITIES
INTRODUCTION : Decoration of deities is a good task. Similar to decorating ourselves and our children, we must have to decorate the divine deities also, based on our financial status. In most of the Hindu temples, the deities would wear rich costumes, costly necklaces and would be adorned with flowers and flower garlands. Among the gods and goddesses, Lord Vishnu and Mata Lakshmi Devi idols would be well decorated with gold and diamond ornaments. Shiva Lingams in the Temples usually would appear with simple decorations, and in the Jyothirlinga Temples, the Shiva Lingam would be cover..
ILA – CONSORT OF LORD BUDHAN
INTRODUCTION :Ila also called as Sudyumna is mentioned in the Puranas as the son of Lord Manu, the mind born son of Lord Brahma. Ila is an ancient ruler of the Lunar dynasty. He is also mentioned in the Vedas, and his son was Pururavas.Ila was actually born as a male, but due to a curse, he was transformed into a female. Then due to the powers of Sage Vasishta, in a month, for fifteen days, he appeared in the form of a male, and in the next fifteen days, he appeared in the form of a female. Once when Ila took the form of female, she roamed in a dense forest, and there she saw Lord Budhan, and ..
Navabrindavana
INTRODUCTION :Navabrindavana is the Samadhi shrine of  the nine pious Madhwa saints and it is situated at Anegundi, near Hampi, Karnataka. The names of the holy saints are:⦁ Shri Padmanabha Tirtha, Disciple of the Holy Universal Guru Shri Madhvacharya⦁ Shri Kavindra Tirtha⦁ Shri Vagisha Tirtha⦁ Shri Raghuvarya Tirtha⦁ Shri Vyasatirtha, an incarnation of Bhakta Prahalada.⦁ Shri Sudhindra Tirtha, Guru of Shri Raghavendra Tirtha⦁ Shri Srinivaasa Tirtha⦁ Shri Raama Tirtha⦁ Shri Govinda VodeyaruNavabrindavanam is mostly worshiped by Madhwa Brahmins and by the devotees of Guru Raghavendra. Sinc..
MATA JWALINI - CONSORT OF LORD MANGALA
INTRODUCTION :Jwalini is the consort of Lord Mangala, the Lord of planet Mars, and the god of Tuesday. He looks red in colour and hence his planet is known as red planet. Lord Mangala contains the features of Lord Muruga, and he is also believed to be an incarnation of Lord Veerabhadra, a noble avatar of Lord Shiva. According to ancient texts, it is believed that he was born from the powers of Lord Shiva. Mata Jwalini was mentioned in ancient Vedas and Puranas, and she is considered to be an ancient deity. As per legend, she was born from the smile of Mata Parvati. Once when Mata Parvati ..
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