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Lord Shiva once served as a servant to his devotee

This is strange but true. The Lord looks after his bhaktas in number of ways, following the most interesting story about him.

Lord Shiva and Parvati marriage

When Lord Shiva became a servant (Ugna)

Lord Shiva facts

 

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Mahashivaratri – Interesting story behind this festival

Neelkanth – churning of ocean

Lord Shiva and Devi Parvati

During the churning of ocean, a pot of poison (halahal) came out of the ocean. This had the potential to destruct the whole universe. Lord Vishnu advised gods to request Lord Shiva to consume the poison.
To save the mankind, Lord Shiva drank the poison after requested by gods. Goddess Parvati pressed her neck to prevent the poison reaching to stomach. Thus, the poison remained in the neck and his neck became blue. Thus the name Neelkanth. In an effort to keep Lord Shiva awake at the night,gods danced and played music. As the day broke out, Lord Shiva, pleased with their devotion blessed them all. Mahashivaratri is the celebration of this event by which Shiva saved the world.

Enjoy other stories on Mahashivaratri below.

The festival of Mahashivaratri

 

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Do you know Idol of Balaji always maintain a temperature of 110 degree F

Yes, this is true. The temple is at a height of about 3000 feet so the climate is normally cold and also every morning at 4; 30 am Abhishekam is done in which the idol is bathed with water, milk as well as other dravayam. After the bath sweat appears in form of fine water particles on the body of the idol . Sweat is wiped with silken cloth. On every thursday,  when ornaments are removed before sacred bath it is noticed that they are warm.

Tirupati Balaji facts

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Do you know Lord Vishnu has 21 incarnations?

Though we know that Lord Vishnu’s has ten incarnations, but few people know that actually there are twenty one incarnations.As per hindu Mythology and puranas, Lord Vishnu has 21 incarnations.

These are available in following articles:

21 incarnations of Lord Vishnu – Part 1

21 incarnations of Lord Vishnu- part 2

21 incarnations of Lord Vishnu – Part 3

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Why Is Lord Shiva Known As Kalantaka?

Lord Shiva as Kalantaka

Once there was a little boy named Markandeya. His father Mrikandu had to select one of two predetermined fates for him before he was born. The first one was that Markandeya would be a bright, knowledgeable young boy who would live till the age of 16. The second option was that he would live a long life but as a dull, foolish boy. Mrikandu chose the first fate for his son.

Thus Markandeya was destined to die before he was even born. As a child, he was quite intelligent and noble. Markandeya was also a great devotee of Lord Shiva and worshipped the Shivalingam at his home every day.

He continued worshipping Lord Shiva, even till the predetermined day of his death. Such was his unflustered devotion to Lord Shiva.

Lord Shiva and Kalantaka

As the moment of his death approached, Lord Yama (the God of death) sent his messengers (Yamduts) to snatch the life from Markandeya’s body. When they arrived he was still praying to Lord Shiva. The messengers failed to take away his life, as his dedicated worship continued.

This is because Markandeya had learnt the Mahamrityunjay Mantra in the recent past. He was instructed to do this by Lord Brahma, who was aware of Markandeya’s fate. This mantra of Lord Shiva is especially powerful and it even has the power to defy death.

Lord Shiva facts

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When the Hunter became hunted – An interesting story of Sage Durvasa

Sage Durvasa is known for his curses. But there were times, when he was helpless before the power of a humble of follower of Lord Vishnu. One such instance was of Ambarisha. The full story goes as:

Ambarisha was a king and he was deeply into following Lord Vishnu. He and his queen used to observe various fasts over the year. On second day of Ekadashi, Ambarish had to end his fast. On that very day, Sage Durvasa paid a visit to Ambarisha.

Durvasa and Ambarisha

Sage Durvasa got angry with Ambarisha for petty reason and Ambarish resigned to his fate with folded hands. But nothing happens to a person, who is helped by the Lord himself. Lord Vishnu sends his sudarshan chakra to safeguard Ambarish.

The full story can be found here

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Sita – Daughter of Ravana?

As per a story, Sita is believed to be daughter of Ravana and his wife Mandodari. Soon after her birth, there was prediction that she will be the reason for the destruction of Ravana lineage.  Scared, Ravana scared decided to abandon the child. Sita was kept in a basket and buried in the ground where she was later discovered by King Janaka who adopted her.

This story appears in Sanghadasa’s Jaina version of Ramayana and also in Adbhuta Ramayana.

Sita and Ravana

Reincarnation of Manivati

Another Story tells that she was incarnation of Manivati. According to Gunabhadra’s Uttara Purana, Ravana disturbs asceticism of Manivati and she pledges to take revenge on Ravana. She is later reborn as the daughter of Ravana and Mandodari. But, astrologers predict destruction of Ravana because of this child. So, Ravana orders to kill the child. Manivati is placed in a casket and buried in the ground of Mithila where she is discovered by some of the farmers of the kingdom. Then Janka, king of that state adopts her.

Read the story of Devi Sita here.

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The story of Saraswati Puja and Shri Krishna

The story Saraswati Puja

Saraswati is the goddess of education, art culture and music. The story of Saraswati Puja is available in the Brahma Vaivarta Purana. This was because of Shri Krishna, who granted Saraswati a boon that she will be worshipped on Vasant Panchami.

Devi Saraswati

Read more about Saraswati Puja or Vasant Panchmi here.

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Ganesh vandana

श्री गणेश मंत्र ऊँ वक्रतुण्ड़ महाकाय सूर्य कोटि समप्रभ।

निर्विघ्नं कुरू मे देव, सर्व कार्येषु सर्वदा।।

Lord Ganesha

प्रथम पूजनीय श्री गणेश जी को विनायक, विघ्नेश्वर, गणपति, लंबोदर के नाम से भी जाना जाता हैं। हिन्दू धर्म के अनुसार किसी भी कार्य से पहले गणेश जी की पूजा की जाती है।