Devotional Articles

INTRODUCTION : Navaratri is an ancient festival, dedicated to Ma Durga, and it would be celebrated for a period of ten days. This festival usually falls during September - October. This festival is also known as the Durga Puja, and it is celebrated in order to praise Ma Durga for killing the dreaded demons and for maintaining peace and prosperity in the universe. Devotees of Durga used to observe fasting during the Navaratri festival days, in order to show their great love and affection on Ma Durga.  Durga Devi temples would be decorated in a grand manner, and afternoon food wou..
INTRODUCTION :Mankameshwar Temple is located in Agra at Uttar Pradesh, is one of the popular and oldest temples of Lord Shiva. One has to climb some steps to reach the top of the Temple, and the temple is surrounded with full of natural beauty. The Shiva Linga is self-emanated and it belongs to the previous Dwapara Yuga. This Shiva Linga contains the entire powers of Lord Shiva, and it believed that Lord Krishna and the Pandavas have worshipped this Holy Shiva Linga. The main deity of the temple is Lord Shiva, and there is a separate shrine for Lord Shiva. Devotees must be pure in their h..
INTRODUCTION : Padmavati (14th century AD), was a famous queen of the Mewar kingdom which is situated in Rajasthan. She was praised for her good manners, and she was considered as a holy and chaste woman. She contains very good qualities like inviting and providing food to the guests, showing kindness with everyone, giving good respect to the elders and sincerely worshipping the almighty etc.She was married to Ratan Sen, who was the king of Chittor. Later when Ratan Sen was killed in the battle, the Delhi ruler, Alauddin was very much impressed with the beauty of Padmavati, and he tried t..
INTRODUCTION :Mata Annapoorneshwari is an aspect of Mata Parvati, and her famous Annapoorneshwari Temple is situated at Horanadu, on the banks of the Holy River Bhadra at Karnataka.According to legend, once Lord Shiva removed one of the heads of Lord Brahma, in order to destroy his ego. Due to that, Lord Shiva had suffered from severe hunger.  Hence he went to the present place of the temple, where his consort Mata Shakti Devi, transformed into Annapoorneshwari and began to distribute food to Lord Shiva, and due to that, Shiva was relieved from his curse. It is believed that during t..
INTRODUCTION:We are considering Lord Krishna as a small child, an affectionate guru and a guiding friend. Among the various stages of Lord Krishna, we have been more attracted with child Krishna, and with his childhood plays and Leelas. Most of the married couples would be having the thoughts in their mind to get a divine child, like Lord Krishna. Though the Lord had taken the Krishna avatar before 5,000 years, but still now, we are treating the divine child as a recently born one. During the childhood itself, Krishna had removed the karmas of the people through his soft and gentle touch, and ..
INTRODUCTION : Kumara Vyasa (15th century AD) is another name of Narayanappa who was a famous Kannada poet. He was a great devotee of Lord Krishna, and he also worshiped Lord Shiva. He has re-written the famous epic Mahabharata in Kannada.  Kumara Vyasa was the title given to him, since his admirers considered him similar to Vedavyasa, and hence, he was came to be known as Kumara Vyasa, also known as the son of Vyasa. He lived during the time of the great Shaivite poet Sri Chamarasa who wrote the famous texts mentioning the life history details of Sri Allama Prabhu and other Lin..
INTRODUCTION :Among the Amavasya days, Mahalaya Amavasya is considered as very important for performing rites to our ancestors, and it is usually observed in the month of September.  According to Hinduism, the departed souls of our ancestors would reside in Pitru loka, a divine world between heaven and earth. This Pitru Loka is under the control of Lord Yama, the death god, and he is the one who takes the soul of the dead ones from earth to Pitru loka. By performing the rites of our ancestors during the Mahalaya Amavasya day, it is believed, that in course of time, they would shift f..
INTRODUCTION :Mahabharata is the most important ancient epic, and it is considered as a great wealth in this present generation. It was written by Lord Vinayaka, when Veda Vyasa narrates the incidents from Mahabharata. But actually Veda Vyasa was considered as the author of Mahabharata. It contains all the essential requirements to lead a prosperous life. It teaches the do’s and don’ts which has to be followed in our everyday life. The Bhagavat Gita teachings given by Lord Krishna, is treated as a valuable source of reading material for the Hindus.Mahabharata is a source of unlimited knowledge..
Kula Devata
INTRODUCTION :Kula Devata also known as Kuladeva or Kuladevi is a hereditary deity, also called as Family deity in Hinduism, and they would prosper the life of their sincere devotees, and gives all kinds of goodness in their lives. Kula Devata is different from our Ishta-devata, beloved deity, Kaval Devata, guardian deity, and Gramadevata, village deity.Kuladevata would save the entire family of their devotees, from floods, earth quakes, storms and from other natural Calamities. Kuladevata is worshipped by the people, based on their belief, and the Kuladevata deity can be of male or female, an..
INTRODUCTION :Kushadhwaja lived during the Treta Yuga, and he was the younger brother of Janaka, the ruler of the Videha Kingdom, and Kushadhwaja's two daughters were married to Bharata and Shatrughna. King Kushadhwaja ruled the kingdom of Rajbiraj, which is located in the present day Nepal, and in that place, there is an ancient Shakti Devi temple, also called as Rajdevi Temple which contains idols of various Hindu Gods and goddesses. Kushadhwaja also ruled Sankasya, which is situated in the present day Uttar Pradesh. Kushadhwaja and Janaka are ardent devotees of Lord Vishnu, and he..
INTRODUCTION :Iravivarman Thampi, also known as Irayimman Thampi (1782–1856), was a Carnatic musician, and a famous poet, and he penned lot of divine poems. He served as a singer and poet in the court of the famous king Swathi Thirunal, and he was an expert in singing divine songs on Lord Krishna. His famous works include Omanathinkal Kidavo.Irayimman Thampi was born in the year 1782 in Travancore in a pious Kerala Varma family.  Thampi had his basic education from his father, and he studied Sanskrit under the great scholar Sri Shankaran Elayathu. He wrote poems at his young age, and subm..
Gurumayi Chidvilasananda
INTRODUCTION :Gurumayi Chidvilasananda is the spiritual head of the Siddha Yoga movement. She was the disciple of Swami Muktananda, and her birth name was Malti Shetty. Malti was born near Mangalore in the year 1955, and her parents were devotees of Swami Muktananda, and due to that, she received initiation from Muktananda at her younger age itself, and stayed at his ashram and become his disciple.  She is a disciplined girl, and learned all the spiritual subjects from Swami Muktananda, and she also participated with him during his religious tours. In the year 1982, she has become a ..
INTRODUCTION :Hope means having confidence in our mind and the expectation of achieving positive outcomes based on one's own personal life.  In general parlance, people used to say among themselves, “LET US KEEP HOPE”, when they are facing any troubles, or when a patient suffers from severe disease, and if he is supposed to undergo an operation, doctors would tell to his relatives, let us pray to the god! And Let us be hopeful! Similar to that, an advocate would tell to his clients, that the case would win, and they can achieve favorable results. When a student goes for an interview, his ..
INTRODUCTION :‘God Bless you’, this is the best message, which would mostly be conveyed to us by our relatives, friends and our well-wishers, whenever we meet them in their homes or in some family functions. Do God, really bless us! If God really bless the people then why most of the people in the world, are suffering from various problems in their life?Some of us would be even having the doubt that whether the god really exist or not? This question usually would arise in our mind, whenever we open up the newspapers in the morning. From the Daily papers, we can find that lot of people in vario..
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