Devotional Articles

ASHWA PUJA
INTRODUCTIONAshwa Puja is an auspicious puja done for the Horse in order to express our love, affection and gratitude to this lovely animal.Ashwa Puja is an important ritual performed to honour the horse, which would bring happiness, strength, and wealth in our lives. This special Puja is performed in order to get the blessings of Lord Hayagriva, Lord Surya Narayana and the Divine horse headed physicians Ashwini Kumaras. Ashwa puja would be usually performed on the Akshaya Tritiya festival day, in order to prosper in our lives. Ashwa Pooja is also performed in order to remove the confusio..
GAJAPUJA
INTRODUCTIONGajapuja is a type of puja performed to elephants, especially during festivals like Vinayaka Chathurthi and during the New Year festival days like Ugadi and Vishu in the temples, where elephants are grown. Similar to the holy cow, elephants are also considered as pious animals, since they contain the features of the elephant god Vinayaka. During auspicious festival days, in some South Indian Temples, the elephants would be neatly dressed, and it would be decorated with golden ornaments. Priests would show Arathi to the elephant, and divine mantras would also be chanted in order to ..
PADMAKOMALAI - CONSORT OF SURAPADMA
INTRODUCTIONPadmakomalai was the consort of Demon Surapadman, and she is considered as a chaste and a pious queen. Their son was Banukopan, and he was killed by Lord Muruga during the war. She was a staunch devotee of Lord Shiva and requested her consort to give respect to Lord Shiva and Parvati, and their son Lord Muruga. Though Surapadman had tortured the divine demi gods, and made them as slaves to him, she requested her husband, to treat the demi gods in a worshipful manner. But Surapadman didn’t hear her words, and finally was defeated by Lord Muruga, and due to the grace of Muruga, ..
DOG PUJA FESTIVAL
INTRODUCTIONDog Puja is being held at Nepal, which falls on the second day of Diwali, and this puja festival is known as Kukur Tihar, where pets including dogs and cats are treated with great respect, and puja would be performed by the priests. Mostly dogs only would participate in the festival, and some people would also bring their pet cats. These wonderful animals would be adorned with a Thilaka (Kum Kum) on their fore heads, and this type of festival would be celebrated by the Nepalis with very much happiness. Holy Arathi also would be shown before the dogs and cats, and some people would ..
PAIN SUFFERED BY THE DIVINE AVATARS
Pain is a common activity which we can see in everybody’s life. At some time or other, everybody has to face some pain either in their body or in their mind or both. Pain can be occurred due to injuries or due to some defects in our body. Small children would get injured while playing with their friends, and heavy pain would be there when we met up with accidents. Pain also would be caused by our boss, in our offices, when we didn’t finish the allocated work within the stipulated time.Ancient soldiers have bravely fought with their enemies in the battle field, in order to fetch victory for the..
SARPARAJNI
INTRODUCTIONSarparajni is believed to have incarnated in this earth before 5000 years ago, and she was a great Shaivite female sage, who had contributed some portions of texts in the Rig Veda (10.189). She was born in a pious Brahmin family, and she was a great scholar. Her parents were also ardent devotees of Lord Shiva, and they have brought up their daughter in a nice manner. She has also penned beautiful songs on Lord Shiva, and considered him as her only saviour. It is believed that she didn’t marry anyone, due to her great Shiva Bhakti. Many kings were attracted with her beauty and ..
VALLI
INTRODUCTIONValli is a goddess and the consort of Lord Muruga. Valli was born as the daughter of Lord Vishnu in her previous birth with the name Sundaravalli. She was the adopted daughter of Nambi Rajan, the tribal leader of the Mountain kingdom. She was a sincere devotee of Lord Muruga from her childhood itself. Valli used to pray to Muruga with great devotion, and wants him to be her consort. Once, while she was protecting the crops from the birds, she met Lord Murugan in the form of a hunter, an old man, and finally revealed his true form.After some time, Lord Muruga has transformed in..
UPAPANDAVAS
INTRODUCTIONAccording to the great epic Mahabharata, Upapandavas are the five sons who were born to Queen Draupadi from the Pandavas. During the Kurukshetra war, they fought bravely on the side of the Pandavas, but they were killed by Ashwathama, during the time of their sleep on the last day night of the war. Prativindhya was born to Yudhishthira and Draupadi.  Shatanika was born to Nakula and Draupadi. Sutasoma was born to Bhima and Draupadi.  Shrutsena was born to Sahadeva and Draupadi.  Shrutakarma was born to Arjuna and Draupadi. All the five s..
TVASHTHA
INTRODUCTIONAccording to ancient Vedas, Tvashtha is the god of art and fashion. He is also considered as an incarnation of Lord Vishvakarma. In Yajurveda and in the Rigveda, his characteristics were mentioned. Like Viswakarma, he is also considered as the maker of divine weapons for the gods and demi gods.His importance was mentioned in the great epic Mahabharata, and he is considered as the son of Sukracharya, and in some texts, he was mentioned as the son of Kashyapa and Aditi. His son was Vritra, and his daughter was Saranyu, consort of Lord Surya, and their sons are Yama and Yami. &nb..
SRI VIDYAPATHI TEERTHA
INTRODUCTIONSri Vidyapathi Teertha(18th century) served as a pontiff in Sri Vyasaraja Mutt at Kumbakonam during the period:1788-1798. His Guru was Sri Vidyanatha Teertha, and his successor was Sri Vidyavallabha Teertha. He attained Jeeva Samadhi at Kumbakonam, during the year 1798. He was an ardent devotee of Lord Srirama and Hanuman. He was a great scholar and an expert in all the regional languages.He also served sincerely in the Vyasaraja mutt, and performed Puja to Rama, Narasimha, Hanuman and Sri Vyasaraja in an amazing manner. After the performance of puja, he would distribute the sacred..
SRI SATYAPRAJNA TEERTHA
INTRODUCTIONShri Satyaprajna Teertha was the Madhwa saint who served as the pontiff of Shri Uttaradi Mutt from 1942 to 1945. His birth name was Shri Pandurangi Jayacharya.Before attaining sainthood, for some years, he served as the manager of the Uttaradi Mutt. He learnt all the Vedic subjects from his guru and was considered as a great scholar. During the year 1942, he built Brindavana in Pandharapur for his guru Shri Satyadhyana Teertha and performed annadanam in a massive scale. He was considered as a kind hearted saint and used to provide annadanam and would distribute the Abhishekha ..
SIDDHI BUDDHI
INTRODUCTIONSiddhi and Buddhi are considered as the two consorts of Lord Ganesha. There are believed to have been created by Lord Brahma for the specific purpose of marrying them to Lord Ganesha. According to ancient puranas, Once Lord Ganesha wants to get married a girl containing the qualities of his mother Parvati Devi. Since no matching girl was found similar to Parvati, Lord Brahma decided to create two holy girls, in order to get them married to Lord Ganesha.Brahma used his entire powers, and created two lovely girls and named them as Siddhi who gives enlightenment and Buddhi who gives c..
RISHI ATREYA
INTRODUCTIONAtreya Rishi was a descendant of Sage Atri and his importance are described in the ancient Puranas. He was born in takshashila, gandhara in the present day Pakistan.Sage Atreya was a great physician of Ayurveda and he wrote the famous book Bhela Samhita on 6th century BC. He worked as a physician for several kings, and was well appreciated for his talent in curing dreaded diseases through his divine ayurvedic medicine. He also served as a physician of King Nagnajita of Gandhara Kingdom, during the dwapara yuga. He was also the author of Charakasamhita, a text on ayurveda. He taught..
REVANTA
INTRODUCTIONRevanta or Raivata is the son of Lord Surya, and his wife Saranyu. Revanta is chief of the Guhyakas in the Himalayas. His Images are found in various temples and mostly worshipped by some sects of north Indians since ancient times. He is similar to yakshas and was worshipped for getting strength in mind and body. Being the son of Lord Surya, he is capable of giving good health and blesses us for a happy and prosperous life. His images are found in ancient Surya and Vishnu temples. There is an ancient temple dedicated to him in Madhya pradesh, and he is worshipped as the main deity ..
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