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Interesting story by Narada

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The story of Karna death and Vijaya bow

Karna, the great warrior was supreme human being, yet people wonder why he did not get his due. Following story will help in understanding this.

Death of Karna

As Arjuna was in possession of Gandiva, Karna was also in possession of an equally strong bow called Vijaya. It was said that the person having this weapon could not be defeated in battle field. Then how did Karna die?

Parshurama blessed Karna with the Vijaya along with other celestial weapons. Karna used the Vijaya bow only once in his life, on the 17th day Kurukshetra war, when he was fighting against Arjuna (who was using the Gandiva).

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Karna was also known by the name Vijaydhari meaning ‘wielder of the Vijaya bow.

Knowing Karna’s might, Krishna on the 17th day warned Arjuna, called Karna that he can even defeat him if Arjuna did not fight with full vigour.

With this bow Karna macthed Arjuna on the 17th day of the Kurukshetra war. Karna cut the strings of Arjuna bow many times but Arjuna could not do any harm to Karna. Realizing that Karna with the Vijaya bow is superior to Arjuna, Lord Krishna advised him to kill unarmed Karna against the rules of engagement of the war, who had relinquished his bow and was busy trying to lift his sunken chariot wheel.

Arjuna killing Karna

 

The story of Vijaya bow

Vijaya or Vijaya Dhanush was said to give sure victory to the possessor. Parshuram gave Vijaya to his student Karna, who was a great archer, making him virtually invincible. Lord Krishna advised Arjuna to kill Karna knowing that Karna was impossible to defeat with this weapon in his possession.

Karna – the Vijayadhari

The bow Vijaya was specially made by Vishwakarma for Lord Shiva to destroy the city of Tripura built by sons of Tarakasura. Lord Shiva destroyed Tripura by firing Pashupatastra from Vijaya.

Later, Lord Siva gave this bow for safekeeping to Lord Indra, who frequently wielded the bow in his fights with the Asuras. The Asuras feared the bow due to its destructive abilities.

Lord Shiva instructed Indra to give the bow to Parshuram for the task of killing all the kshatriyas in the world. With this bow, Parshuram killed all kshatriyas in the world 21 times.

From Parshuram, it came to Karna.

 

More stories on Karna:

Tragic facts – Karna

Family of Danveer Karna – Vrushali and Vrishketu

 

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Facts on Pongal festival

Pongal is celebrated for four days

The Bhogi festival, celebrated in honor of Lord Indra, the god of rain, is the first day of Pongal. Lord Indra is responsible for the abundance of harvest, thereby bringing plenty and prosperity to the land. Also referred to as  Bhogi Mantalu, on this day, it has been a tradition to clean the household. Useless items are disposed of by way of creating a bonfire  into which they are thrown. This implies getting rid of all the negative  elements that create negative energy and making room for positive energy in the house.

Pongal featival

 Thai Pongal is the second day of the festival, being the most important one. In addition to rice, jaggery and milk, the ingredients of Pongal dish include cardamom, raisins, Green gram (split), and cashew nuts. Cooking is done in sunlight, usually in a porch or courtyard, as the dish is dedicated to the Sun god, Surya. Pongal is  cooked during the auspicious  time in a decorated pot, preferably earthen pot with turmeric plants tied around it. In some places,  pongal is cooked in the open part of the house under sunlight, usually in a porch or courtyard, as the dish is dedicated to the Sun god, Surya. In some places in the villages, mass cooking is done  at the appointed time with devotion in the open near the  temple by the women.

The cooked pongal is offered first to the Sun and other deities, then only family members an d others partake of it along with side dishes.

The festival of Makar sankranti

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Love story of Urvashi and Pururva

Urvashi and Pururva lived sixty thousand years together. Before coming with him, she put forth three conditions, violating which she would leave him. These three conditions were:

Urvashi leaving Pururva after staying 60 thousand years with him

1. Two sheep would always remain close to her bed. If by any chance , the sheep is not there, she would return to heaven.

2. She would never see the king naked.

3. She would be served ghee as her food.

Gandharvas planned to have her go back to heaven. The whole story is here:

http://ritsin.com/the-love-story-of-urvashi-and-pururva-or-puroorva-indian-mythology.html/

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Mahakal Shringar on 12 Jan 2018

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Why Kite flying is done on Makar Sankranti

Believe it or not, there is a very scientific reason behind flying kites on the eve of ‘Sankranti’. In the olden times, the event of flying the kite was done in the early hours and it was believed that the exposure had health benefits. The sun’s rays was believed to help fight infections and skin diseases and keep us healthy through.

The name Makar Sankranti: There is a reason behind why this festival is called by this name. ‘Makara’ means Capricorn which is a zodiac sign and ‘Sankranti’ means sun’s movement from one sign to another. So if we club it together, it means sun’s movement towards Capricorn.
One festival, different names:As mentioned above, Makar Sankranti is observed across India with varied names like in Tamil Nadu it is called Pongal, West Bengal ‘Poush Sankrati’, Assam ‘Bhogali Bihu’, Gujrat calls in’Uttarayan’, Parts of Haryana and Himachal call it by’Maghi’. But at the end the meaning remains the same, a festival which largely celebrates the crop harvest of the season.

More interesting facts (Surya and Shani, Bhagirath) on this festival can be found here:

http://ritsin.com/makar-sankranti-festival.html/

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Bhishma chose his date of death after MAKAR SANKRANTI

BHISHMA PITAMAH

The death anniversary of Bhishma Pitamah is observed during Magha Shukla Ashtami. The day is known as Bhishma Ashtami and indisputably the death anniversary of Bhishma Pitamah. According to the legend associated with the day, Bhishma waited for 58 days before leaving his body. Bhishma Pitamah left his body on the auspicious day of Uttarayana, i.e. on the day when the Lord Surya started moving towards Northward after completing six month period of Dakshiyana.

Bhishma on Sharshayya

We all know that Uttarayana is Makar Sankranti which falls near to January 15 while Bhishma Ashtami falls during February i.e. Bhishma Ashtami always falls after Makar Sankranti.

Bhishma had this boon from his father to chose his date of death.

Read more on him here:

http://ritsin.com/unknown-facts-indian-mythology-bhishma-untold-unknown-facts-mahabharata.html/

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Facts about Lohri

The word Lohri is also believed to have an origin from the word regional word ‘loh’ which means warmth and light of fire.
According to some beliefs, Lohri was considered to be Holika’s sister who survived with Prahlad, while Holika got burnt in the fire.

Lohri is considered to be a very important festival for the newly married brides. The first Lohri after the wedding for a woman is considered to be very auspicious.

Gajak, Sarson ka Saag and Makke Di Roti are some of the preparations made specially for the festival. Peanuts, radish, sesame seeds and jaggery are also consumed, as they’re part of the harvest.

There are various stories that direct us to the origin of the word ‘Lohri’. Some believe that the festival got its title from the wife of Sant Kabir, who was called Loi. Whereas, some stories state that the name of this festival was developed from til and rohri (Lohri, thus, is a portmanteau) which are considered as an important part of the sweet dishes on this day.
The word Lohri is also believed to have an origin from the word regional word ‘loh’ which means warmth and light of fire.

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Dulha and Batti – Lohri

The legend of Dulha Batti (our Robinhood)

Lohri is celebrated in remembrance and praise of Dulha Batti. Dulha Batti was a Muslim robber who lived during the era of King Akbar. He was a robber but a good person. He would steal from the rich and distribute the wealth among the poor. He rescued girls who were being forcibly taken away. He arranged marriages of young girls with Hindu Boys and paid the dowries. He was a hero among the local Punjabis there who loved and respected him. Most Lohri songs are sung in praise of Dulha Batti which expresses their gratitude to him.

This festival is immediately followed by another important festival – Makar Sankranti.

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Mahakal Shringar 11 Feb 2017

Jai Bholenath

Mahakal Shringar 11 Feb 2017

 

 

 

Mahakal Shringar on 11 Feb 2017