Devotional Articles

PAKAZHIKUTTAR
INTRODUCTION: Pakazhikuttar, though he was born as a Vaishnavite, become a staunch devotee of Lord Muruga, since according to his opinion, both Lord Vishnu and Lord Muruga are one and the same. When he performs meditation on Lord Muruga, he used to sit like a tree without shaking his body. Even if insects like ants and spiders bite him, he didn’t bother, but used to concentrate his entire attention only on Lord Muruga. Once he went to Tiruchendur Murugan Temple, and at the request of a devotee, he sang Murugan Pillai Tamizh songs and relieved his pain.In order to realize his true bhakti a..
SAGE SUBRAMANYA
INTRODUCTIONSage Subramanya was born in a village in Tamil Nadu, before some hundred years. He was a staunch devotee of Lord Muruga, and sang many divine songs on him. He also restored the eye sight of a Muruga devotee, by praying to Lord Muruga, and he restored the lives of dead people by sprinkling the holy water from his Kamantala, and by chanting the Mantra, “OM MURUGA”.Subramanya went to many holy temples of Lord Muruga, and he also met Sage Agastya and Arunagirinathar in the Podhigai Hills. He meditated in the Podhigai Hills for a few years, and got great spiritual powers through that. H..
SOMASI MARA NAYANAR
INTRODUCTIONSomasi Mara Nayanar (8th Century AD) is a Nayanar saint, and was one among the 63 Nayanars. He was an ardent devotee of Lord Shiva and also a devotee of Sundarar. He attracted others through his simplicity, generosity and kindness.LIFESomasi Mara Nayanar belongs to Brahmin caste and served as a temple priest. He was born in a village in Nagapattinam district of Tamil Nadu.He was a great devotee of Lord Shiva, and was very much interested in conducting pujas, soma-yajnas (sacrifices). Hence he was called as Somasi Mara Nayanar. He was against caste discrimination and served food to ..
DOKKA SEETHAMMA
తూర్పుగోదావరి, పశ్చిమ గోదావరి జిల్లాలలో నిత్యాన్నదాతగానూ అన్నపూర్ణ గానూ ప్రసిద్ధి చెందిన వ్యక్తి  డొక్కా_సీతమ్మ. గోదావరి మధ్యస్థంగా కల డెల్టా ప్రాంతములోని డెల్టాగన్నవరం లేదా లంకల  గన్నవరం అని పిలువబడే ఊరిలో ఇల్లాలుగా ప్రవేశించిన ఈమె ఆ ప్రాంతములలో తరచు వచ్చే వరద కారణంగానూ అతివృష్టి, అనావృష్టి ల కారణంగానూ పలు ఇబ్బందులకు గురయ్యే ఆ ప్రాంత గ్రామాల పేదలను ఆదుకొంటూ, వచ్చిన వారికి లేదనకుండా నిత్యాన్నదానము జరిపిన మహాఇల్లాలు. 'అన్నమో రామచంద్రా' అన్నవారి ఆకలి తీర్చిన మహా ఇల్లాలు. ఈమె చదువుసంధ్యలు లేని సాధారణ స్త్రీ. ఆమె తాను అన్నదానంచేసి, విశ్వమానవతకు అద్దం పట్టిన మహిళామణి . భారతీయ సాంప్రద..
MAHAVIDYAS
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 MUTHAPPAN
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
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 ..
HANUMAN ASHTAKAM
HANUMAN ASHTAKAMINTRODUCTIONHanuman Aashtakam, is a divine song written and composed in praise of Lord Hanuman. This song was written by Sri Tulsidas, who was a great devotee of Lord Rama and Lord Hanuman. Astakam, literally means the poems written in praise of the deities. In most of the Hanuman Temples, this famous Hanuman ashtak is chanted after the chanting of Sri Hanuman Chalisa. This mantra benefits the devotees as well as his family members. This mantra relieves from mental stress and would give peace of mind for us. Chanting this mantra would prosper our lives. The contents presen..
GOPAL KRISHNA GOSWAMI
GOPAL KRISHNA GOSWAMI:INTRODUCTION:Gopal Krishna Goswami is a leader in ISKCON spiritual movement and he is the direct disciple of Sri  Prabhupada.  Gopal Krishna is still working as an active guru in ISKCON. His birth name is Gopal Krishna Khanna.Gopal Krishna Goswami was born in the year 1944 in New Delhi. After finishing his degree, he studied in foreign countries and become a Marketing professional in an MNC.He met his guru Prabhupada in the year 1968 in Canada, and after conversing with him, he accepted him as his spiritual master. In the year 1969, he has become one of the Prab..
GAYATRI ASHTAKAM
GAYATRI ASHTAKAM:  INTRODUCTION:  Ma Gayatri is the consort of Lord Brahma, and she is the giver of knowledge, wisdom and spiritual enlightenment.  By reciting Gayatri Ashtakam, also known as Gayatri Stotram, we would get                  goodness in our lives and all of our reasonable needs would be satisfied.The contents present in the Gayatri Ashtakam are as follows:I meditate on Ma Gayatri, Who is the consort of Lord Brahma, and who is worshipped by the saints and the sages, who gives good knowledge, who contains a beautiful..
EKAMBARESWARAR TEMPLE
INTRODUCTION: Ekambareswarar Temple is a Shiva Temple, located in Kanchipuram. It is one of the Pancha Bhoota Stalas, Prithvi.  Lord Shiva is worshiped as Prithvi lingam. Mata Parvati is worshipped as Gowridevi Amman.  The greatness of the temple was praised in the 7th century sacred work, the Tevaram, written by the great nayanars and classified as Paadal Petra Sthalam. The temple is one of the largest in India. The temple has numerous shrines, and also contains many halls.  Ancient kings have paid more attention to this temple,  and they have introduced Puja sch..
DURGA ASHTAKAM
INTRODUCTION: Ma Durga Ashtakam is a divine stotram written in praise of Ma Durga.  Ma Durga is an incarnation of Ma Shakti Devi, and she has killed powerful demons, and acts as a mother guardian for us. Similar to our affectionate mother, she would console us during the time of our worries, and would remove our tears.The contents present in the holy Durga Ashtakam are as follows:My humble Salutations to Ma Durga,Who is called by various names, who looks very beautiful like a fresh lotus flower, and who also contains divine weapons on her hands in order to destroy the bad behaviour f..
DASIA BAURI
INTRODUCTION: In order to become a saint, we must move in a humble manner with others. Along with that, we have to do meditation, yoga and fasting also. In order to realize the almighty, we have to compulsorily surrender at his feet, and must have pure bhakti on him. God is showering his grace to all of his devotees, irrespective of their caste, creed and community, and he never differentiates his devotees as rich or poor. Few hundred years ago, in a village in Puri, a pious person with the name Dasia Bauri was lived. He was a weaver by profession, and he earned for his livelihood, b..
BRAHMACHARINI
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..
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