Story of #LordVenkateshwara
Once all the saints assembled to conduct a sacred sacrifice for the well-being of the world. There came Muni Narada.
He raised the question as to whom among the three God's - Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva should the result of sacrifice go? That started the argument on who was the greatest of the Trimurti.
At last saint Bhrigu was directed to find out. Saint Bhrigu who knew about the past, present and future, had acquired a third eye in his inner foot through his powerful penance. He 1st went to Lord Brahma.
This is a thread which has links of all my threads on Ancient and Holy cities of India.
(More to be added)
UJJAIN - Ancient and historical city that is over 5000 years old.
Col Purohit was arrested without evidence, labelled terrorist and tortured in jail for 9 years. Whole nation knows Chitambaram, Dugvijay and Madame coined saffron terror narrative to malign the Hindus. #SafooraZargar #BreakingIndiaForces
We are the ONLY country in the world which says our own countrymen are responsible for the blasts in our country. Have you heard Col Purohit's wife speak abt the trauma her family went thru all these years? And Sadhvi Pragya? Jailed for 9rs without even a chargesheet? Tortured.
It fills every Indian with anger and utter indignation for those responsible for framing them. We were appalled to know that in all probability, Col would have been handed over to Pakistan.😡
Setalvad has been at the forefront of activism on 2002 riots from day one. She used her “activism” for the riot victims to the hilt. The Special Investigation Team responsible for the arrests of those accused had severely censured NGOs and Teesta Setalvad. drishtikone.com/blog/2016/12/0…
NCERT books are biased against Hindus and glorifies the Islamic culture. You know why? Bcs many non-government actors were allowed to interfered in NCERT book writings, one of them being Teesta. She got special perks and designed the communal curriculum. tfipost.com/2018/05/teesta…
They were using literature to spread enmity between religions. The NCERT officials have said that the ‘communally disharmonious’ literature included criticism of judicial system, constitution, saffronisation & politics, communal narrative on 2002 riots & also about Babri Masjid.
Kedar Khand region of Garhwal Himalayas is home to Panch Kedar temples. These are Kedarnath, Tungnath, Rudranath, Madhyamaheswar and Kalpeshwar. It is the only pilgrimage in the world that requires pilgrims to worship five Shiva temples in strict order.
It is believed that after the Mahabharat war, in which the Pandavas had defeated the Kauravas, sage Vyas Rishi advised the Pandavas to seek pardon from Lord Shiva as their act of killing their own kin could be pardoned only by him. So the Pandavas went in search of Lord Shiva.
Lord Shiva was already convinced of the guilt of the Pandavas and he did not want to bless them so easily. In order to avoid them, he took the form of a bull(Nandi) and went into hiding. Pandavas chased him to an underground safe haven at Guptakashi, where he was hiding.
This is a beautiful story from the Mahabharat. A story of faith and surrender, of destiny. This incident happened when legions of troops from all over were being mobilized to fight one of the bloodiest battles in the history of India. #Mahabharat #TheSparrow #Faith
The battlefield of Kurukshetra was being prepared to facilitate movement of mammoth armies with large cavalries. Areas were marked for rival camps. Huge bundles of wood were organized to cook food for a sea of army.
Trees were being felled by elephants to clear the ground. On one such tree lived a sparrow, a mother of four young ones. As the tree was knocked down, her nest landed on the ground along with her offspring, too young to fly, miraculously unharmed.
A group of 183 eminent personalities comprising of retired Judges, veteran Army officers, retired civil servants, eminent professionals from various fields have written to the CM's of all States and demanded action against those trying to peddle fake news.
There's a flurry of news articles on India in some of the top publications of the world in the last 3 months. These articles are biased and unfortunately, some of our own are part of creating the false narrative.
७अक्षौहिणी सेना पांडवों की, ११अक्षौहिणी सेना कौरवों की| ये दोनों सेनाएं जब कुरुक्षेत्र के मैदान में युद्ध के लिए एकत्रित हुईं तो राजा धृतराष्ट्र ने कहा की हे संजय धर्म के क्षेत्र में युद्ध की इच्छा से एकत्र हुए मेरे और पाण्डु पुत्रों ने क्या किया|
संजय ने कहा हे राजन, पांडवों की सेना को व्यूहित देखकर दुर्योधन द्रोणाचार्य के समीप जाकर कहने लगे कि हे आचार्य देखिये, आपके बुद्धिमान शिष्य ध्रुपद पुत्र ने पांडवों की बड़ी सेना की कैसे व्यूह रचना की है |
इस सेना में अर्जुन, भीम, बड़े बड़े धनुर धारी वीर, युगधान, विराट, महारथी चेकितान, बलवान पुरोहित कुंती भोज, नरों मैं श्रेष्ठ शैव्या, पराक्रमी युधामन्यु, बलवान उत्तममोजा, राजा ध्रुपद, द्रौपदी के पांचो पुत्र तथा महाभाहु अभिमन्यु, सब के सब महारथी हैं |
In ancient times India was a centre of higher learning as it is one of the oldest civilizations in the world. Most people do not really know the contribution of ancient India and believe that all inventions were made by the western world.
India’s contributions date back to thousands of years, to 3500 BCE. It is believed that the Vedic science was even more advanced than present day’s scientific inventions. Indians had immense knowledge in the field of Mathematics, Astrology, Astronomy...
Education has always been given great prominence in Indian society since the times of vedic civilization, with gurukul and ashrams being the centers of learning. Most ancient Gurukul known in the history of India was Dronacharya’s gurukul (5200 years old).
Lamp of hope.
Five lamps were burning inside a house. The 1st lamp was that of Enthusiasm. One day it said, “I am getting bored and tired. I think it's better to die. Nobody cares for me. To keep burning is futile.” Thinking so, it got extinguished. #ModiUnityCall #9baje9minute
Seeing the lamp of enthusiasm go out, the second lamp—that of Courage—lost its courage and went out too. The third lamp—that of Peace—said, “Without enthusiasm and courage, I feel desolate and not at ease.” Saying so, its flame too faded away.
The fourth lamp was that of Prosperity. It felt lonely after three of its companions had passed away. Considering that there was no point in staying lit in the house without enthusiasm, courage or peace, it went out too.
108 is considered a sacred and auspicious number in Hinduism. Ever wondered why? According to Vedas and Upanishads, number of facts and figures had been discovered thousands of years back that are scientifically surprising.
It is the representation of our existence and our universe as a whole. This is properly exemplified when we try to understand the basis behind each number. ‘One' signifies God’s consciousness, ‘zero’ signifies null or void, while ‘eight’ is the embodiment of infinity.
Thus, the number 108 is everything that we are about. It connects the ancient and the modern. In Vedic cosmology (and modern science), it is believed that the average distance of the Sun and the Moon to Earth is 108 times their respective diameters.
I am aware of the dangers involved in forwarding fake news these days. But this one from a reliable source is safe. Because it's not hardcore news but a perception based on certain assumptions on China's global business practices. So it's a think-piece. #coronavirus
Let the Chinese deny it. Will forward that too. But first this...
How to dominate the world quickly?
THE GREAT CHINESE STAGE
1. Create a virus and the antidote.
2. Spread the virus.
3. A demonstration of efficiency, building hospitals in a few days. After all, you were already prepared, with the projects, ordering the equipment, hiring the labor, the water and sewage network, the prefabricated building materials and stocked in an impressive volume.
Hinduism is not a religion but a way of life. It is known as the Dharma ; Sanatan Dharma. According to Bhagavath Gita, Sanatan means - which cannot be destroyed by fire, weapons, water, air, and is present in all living/non living beings.
Dharma means, the way of life which is the total of all aachaaraas or customs and rituals. In the entire ancient Hindu literature we can see that science and spirituality are integrated. In each and every aachaaraa there'll be a component of spirituality in it.
Aachaaraas are followed for psychological/physiological health & long life; for prosperity & wealth; for strong family & social bondage. You need to understand scientifically and logically, the meaning of each and every Aachaaraas and follow the same in your life systematically.
To preach the principles of Dharma and Righteousness, there have been numerous Indian women scholars, rulers and freedom fighters, who have shone as a beacon of hope and courage under great odds to millions of women.
This thread has stories of some of those women. #WomensDay
Ahilyabai Holkar was born in the village of Chondi in Jamkhed, Ahmednagar in 1725. She was fondly referred to as Rajmata. She was the Holkar Queen of the Malwa kingdom. Her father, Mankoji Rao Shinde, was the Patil (chief) of the village.
Her father home schooled her. She was married to Khanderao Holkar in 1733 at the age of 8. Her husband was killed in the battle of Kumbher in 1754, leaving her a widow at 21. Her only son, Male Rao Holkar ascended the throne under her regency. He too died on 5th April, 1767.
Namaste is a customary greeting when people meet or depart. It is a respectful form of greeting, acknowledging and welcoming a relative, guest or stranger. It is typically spoken but performed wordlessly too.
It is spoken with a slight bow and hands pressed together. This gesture is called Añjali Mudrā or Pranamasana. In Hinduism it means "I bow to the divine in you". This cultural practice of salutation and valediction originated in the Indian subcontinent.
There's another aspect to this. Your palms have a lot of nerve endings. Actually your hands speak more than your tongue and your voice. There's a whole science of mudras in yoga. Just by holding your hand in certain ways, you can make your whole system function in different ways.
Bells are hung outside the temples because the sound of the bell is considered auspicious which welcomes divinity and dispels evil. It produces the sound ॐ, the universal name of the Lord. The devotee rings the bell as soon as he enters the temple.
By ringing the bell, he informs the deity of his arrival. Children love jumping up or being carried high in order to reach the bell. Every morning and evening, aarti takes place and at that time apart from ringing many small bells, large bells are also used.
The sound of bells energises the immediate vicinity of a temple. The ringing bell ineffably attracts people's attention. If they happen to pass by during aarti, regardless of whether deity is their Ishtadeva or not, they offer slight bow or place their right hand on their chest.
#MahaShivratri is celebrated by the devotees of Lord Shiva, who is the God of meditation, austerity, and contemplation. It is believed that Lord Shiva and Parvati got married on this auspicious night of Maha Shivratri.🙏🌿
On the month's 13th night/14th day, but once a year in late winter (February/March, or phalgun) and before the arrival of Summer, marks Maha Shivaratri which means "the Great Night of Shiva". There's a Shivaratri in every luni-solar month of the Hindu calendar. 🌿
Devotees strongly believe that praying to Lord Shiva on this auspicious day washes away their sins and takes them closer to the path of salvation. On this day, devotees observe strict fast and worship Lord Shiva with Milk, honey, sandalwood paste, Bel Leaves, flowers, fruits. 🌿
Drone shot of Meenakshi Temple Tank, Madurai.
Madurai Mariamman temple tank.
Mariamman Teppakulam is a square tank spread over a huge area of almost 16 acres, about 4Kms East of Meenakshi Temple in Madurai. The tank is the scene of the colourful float festival held in Jan/Feb to celebrate the birth anniversary of King Thirumalai Nayak who built this tank.
He's one of the Navagraha (the 9primary celestial beings in Hindu astrology) of Jyotiṣa. He's embodied in planet Saturn and is the Lord of Saturday. The word Shani comes from Śanayē Kramati Sah, the one who moves slowly bcs Saturn takes about 30 years to orbit the Sun.
He's son of Surya & Chhaya, hence also known as Chayyaputra. He's the elder brother of Yama, God of death, who corresponds to the deliverance of justice. Shani Dev gives results of one's deeds thru appropriate punishments, rewards; Yama grants results of one's deeds after death.
Shani Dev defines our fortune, our health and our popularity. In Vedic astrology, anyone born under Shani’s influence is feared to have bad luck. To mitigate negative obstacles, he is often worshiped to fend off misfortune, adversity, and evil. However, he's often misunderstood.