KABANDHA – A demon

In the Rama myth cycle in his previous life Kabandha was a gandharva called Visvavasu. He was born to a gandharva called (Sri Visvavasu, who was also known by the name Danu. Visvavasu performed a penance (tapas) and received the boon of immortality from Brahma. Arrogant about this boon, Visvavasu then attacked Indra. In the great battle that followed Indra used his divine discus (Vajrayudha). The head and thighs of Visvavasu were squeezed into his body, and his mouth was pushed down to his abdomen. Upon Visvavasu’s pleading, Indra gave … Continue reading

JANAMEJAYA – A king, father of Parikshit

According to the Devi Bhagavata Janamejaya was but an infant when his father King Parikshit died from the poisonous bite of Takshaka, king of the serpents. At an appropriate age Janamejaya was crowned king of Hastinapura. When he learned exactly how his father had died, Janamejaya sought a way to rid the world of snakes. Many great priests came to his kingdom to help perform a rit­ual called Sarpasatra. Soon their mantras and oblations, given to the sacred fire pit, called snakes of all kinds into the fire where they … Continue reading

JAMBUKA, JAMBUMALIKA – A sage who was a Sudra in the Uttara Ramayana

Jambuka’s ascetic practices threatened the very foundations of Rama’s perfect rule as king (ramarajya). Jambuka was a Sudra who had adopted spiritual exer­cises (tapas) that he was not entitled to practice. Rama had returned from twelve years of exile, and his rule in Ayodhya seemed to fulfill dharma (righteousness) in every possible way. Then one day a brahmin and his wife brought their dead child to the king’s court. It did not seem possible that there could be a child-death during a ramarajya. The know-it-all sage Narada pointed to a … Continue reading

CHAYA – A goddess (a replica of a goddess; literally, “shade,” or “shadow”)

The goddess Samjna created her replica, Chaya, in order to fool her husband, the sun (Surya). After having three children by Surya (Manu, Yama, and Yami), Samjna could no longer stand the heat of his affections. So she created Chaya to take her place. Things went well for a while, and Chaya gave birth to Sani (the planet Saturn), a Manu (first human of a cosmic age) known as Savarni, and a river goddess, Tapati. Chaya treated her own children so well that Yama, who had been fooled as completely … Continue reading

HIGH POWER PYRAMIDS

We all know that pyramids are natural sources of energy. The high power pyramids are solid pyramids developed by us can cover a large area with pyramid energy. It has indefinite life and is used to establish a protective energy field around the structure. FEATURES • Based on German research. • Works on the principle that quartz releases energy under mechanical stress • Solid construction • Composite made of QuOartz crystal matrixes • Binder made from precious stone powders • Binder contains electrically sensitive metal powders • Final bonding with … Continue reading

Revati Nakshatra – 16 40′ to 30° 00′ Pisces

The final nakshatra, Revati, consists of thirty-two faint stars in the southern tail of Pisces, the fish. Being the last lunar mansion, Revati relates to endings, completion and the finality of time. Its symbol is a drum or mridanga which is used to mark time. Revati means “the wealthy” and is usually associated with abundance or prosperity on all levels. It is an auspicious star for spiritual growth and produces great intuitive gifts. The primary motivation of this asterism is moksha or spiritual liberation. It is also associated with deep faith and … Continue reading

Ashlcsha Nakshatra – 16° 40′ to 30° 00′ Cancer

The mystical ninth nakshatra, Ashlesha also resides entirely within the sign of Cancer. It consists of a circle of six stars in the constellation of Hydra, the female water snake. Ashlesha means “the entwiner.” It is called “the clinging star” with a desire “to embrace” or “entangle” the object upon which it is focused. This lunar mansion is symbolized by a coiled snake and its deity is Ahi, the naga or serpent of wisdom. Its primary motivation is dharma. Ashlesha represents the kundaiini or serpent fire that is located at the base … Continue reading

Mrigashira Nakshatra – 23° 20′ Taurus to 6° 40′ Gemini

The fifth nakshatra, Mrigashira, is evenly divided within the constellations of Taurus and Gemini. It consists of three faint stars near the head of Orion. This lunar mansion is called “the searching star,” marking the “beginning of a search.” The ruling planet is Mars, reflecting the spiritual warrior searching for truth. The great Vedic astrologer from India Dr. B.V. Raman and his astrologer son Niranjan Babu both have their natal Moons placed in this auspicious asterism. Spiritual intelligence and research abilities are refined here. Mrigashira is considered devic or god-like … Continue reading

THE IMPORTANCE OF BHASMA (ASH) IN SHIVA’S WORSHIP

THE IMPORTANCE OF BHASMA (ASH) IN SHIVA’S WORSHIP Bhasma are of two types:-1) Maha Bhasma and 2) Swalpa Bhasma. ‘Shrota’ (listener), ‘Smart; (rites according to the smritis) and Laukik (worldly) are considered to be the Maha Bhasma. There are many types of Swalpa Bhasma. ‘Shrota’ and ‘Smart’ are meant only for the brahmins. For the rest of the castes, ‘Laukik Bhasma’ is appropriate. A brahmin must apply Bhasma, only after initiating it with the mantras. The ashes which remains after burning dry cowdung is called Agneya Bhasma. Applying ‘Tripunda’ on … Continue reading

Significance of maha shivratri puja festivals day

Significance of maha shivratri puja festivals day

THIS FALLS on the 13th (or 14th) day of the dark half of Phalgun (February-March). The name means “the night of Shiva”. The ceremonies take place chiefly at night. This is a festival observed in honour of Lord Shiva. Shiva was married to Parvati on this day. People observe a strict fast on this day. Some devotees do not even take a drop of water. They keep vigil all night. The Shiva Lingam is worshipped throughout the night by washing it every three hours with milk, curd, honey, rose water, … Continue reading