Darshan of Lord Kashi Vishwanath

भगवान विश्वनाथ

वाराणसी, उत्तर प्रदेश, में स्थित मंदिर शायद हिन्दू धर्म में सबसे पवित्र तीर्थ है। हिंदू पवित्र तीर्थ यात्रा के लिए कम से कम करने के लिए वाराणसी जाने की संभावना है लोगों को अपने जीवनकाल में। मुख्य देवता भगवान विश्वनाथ और पवित्रतम सभी शिव मंदिरों की है। यह पश्चिमी पवित्र नदी गंगा के तट पर स्थित है।

 

How Arjuna came into possession of Gandiva

We know that Arjuna used the famous bow called Gandiva. This is an interesting story on how Arjuna came into possession of Gandiva bow.  The Gandiva was made by Brahma and it could be used to One lakh enemies at a time. Later it came into possession of Indra, then to Chandra and then Varuna.

Arjuna with Gandiva

The whole story goes here.

There was a kingby the name Swetaki who was known for performing very long yagnas. His priests assisted him for a long time until they  became frail. Once, Swetaki desired to conduct a one hundred years long yagna.

His priests, tired from the hardships done earlier, pretended to be angry and told the King to approach Rudra for help. Swetaki was disappointed  but he anyway meditated upon Rudra for a while in the ranges of Kailash.

Finally, Lord Shiva appeased with Swetaki and agreed to help Swetaki under the condition that the King should first lead a life of Brahmachari for twelve years and  he should continue to pour Ghee (clarified butter) into sacrificial fire without intermission for the whole period.

gandiva

Swetaki did as advised, and a Lord Shiva appointed Durvasa as his priest who officiated the grand hundred-years long yagna. Swetaki, due to his virtuous nature, later ascended to the heavens.

This created a problem for Agni, who developed indigestion because of ghee feeding into fire for twelve years. Lord Brahma advised him to burn Khandava forest, this will cure his indigestion. Agni tried to burn the forest but failed as many as seven times but could not burn the Khandava forest.

Agni again asked Brahma for help, who advised him to approach Nara & Narayana, who were on earth in the form of Arjuna and Krishna.

Agni approached  Arjuna and Krishna, who were living in the woods in the vicinity of the Yamuna. In exchange for their help, Agni requested for Varuna to give Krishna the mace by the name Kaumodaki and the Discus Chakrayudha that had a pole attached to it in the center. Varuna also offered Arjuna the bow Gandiva, two inexhaustible quivers and a chariot made by Viswakarma that had Hanuman in its banner. He also gave him white steeds that were born in the region of Gandharvas. This  was the chariot in which Soma (Chandra) had earlier vanquished the Danavas.

This is how Arjuna received Gandiva and Krishna received Kaumodaki.

ॐ श्री चित्रगुप्ताय नमः

ॐ श्री चित्रगुप्ताय नमः
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जय चित्रांश

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हिंदुओं के हिन्दी संवत् मास चित्रमास है जो अपभ्रंश होकर चैत्रमास हो गया है। यह मास चित्रगुप्तजी के नाम से है। इसी चित्रमास के पूर्णिमा को चित्र (चित्रा) नक्षत्र में ब्रह्माजी जी द्वारा 11000 साल की तपस्या करने के उपरांत उनकी काया से श्री चित्रगुप्तजी भगवान मध्यप्रदेश के उज्जैन जिले में उज्जैन की क्षिप्रा नदी के तट पर उत्पन्न हुए थे।
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उज्जैन में ही काफी पौराणिक चित्रगुप्त मंदिर भी है जहाँ प्रसाद के रूप में कलम, दवात चढ़ाया जाता है जिससे प्रसन्न होकर श्री चित्रगुप्त भगवान अपने भक्तो को मनवांछित फल प्रदान करते हैं, साथ ही कायस्थ के चार तीर्थो में उज्जैनी नगरी में बसा श्री चित्रगुप्त भगवान का ये मंदिर पहले नंबर पर आता है।
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चित्रमास की पूर्णिमा चित्र पूर्णिमा अर्थात् चित्रगुप्त पूर्णिमा कही जाती है।
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कांचीपुरम् चेन्नई में चित्रगुप्तजी का प्राचीन मंदिर है। पूरे दक्षिण भारत में चित्र पूर्णिमा के दिन को चित्रगुप्तजी का जन्मदिन मनाया जाता है और चित्र पूर्णिमा से वैशाख पूर्णिमा तक यम नियम का पालन किया जाता है। इस मास में केतु ग्रह की शान्ति करायी जाती है क्योंकि केतु ग्रह के अधिदेवता चित्रगुप्तजी हैं।
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इस पूरे मास को चित्रगुप्तजी के नाम से ही चितरई मास कहा जाता है।
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हो सके तो यह जानकरी सभी अपनों तक पहुचाने का प्रयास करें।
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Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra

Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra

 

Maha Mrityunjay Mantra
One of the oldest mantra in Vedas, the Maha mrityunjay mantra, is a verse from Rig Veda, and addresses the Rudra avatar of Lord Shiva. It unification of three hindi words, Maha- great, Mrityun- death and Jaya- victory; the one who victor the death. According to Hindu mythology, the mantra is also referred as Mrita-Sanjivini mantra because of its “life-restoring” practice.
Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra, the powerful mantra of Lord Shiva is a source of  enlightenment. Chanting of this mantra purifies the karmas of the soul at a deep level. The Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra (Mantra of Great Victory Over Death) is one of the most well known mantras.
The Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra is a life-giving mantra (sanjivini mantra). It is a mantra that is said to rejuvenate, bestow health, wealth, long life, peace, prosperity and contentment. It wards off death and accidents of all descriptions. Besides, it has a great curative power. It is also known as Moksha mantra.

Om tryambhakam yajamahe, sugandhim pushtivardhanam,

urvarukamiva bandhanan, mrityor mukshiya maamritat.

Mantra English Maha Mrityunjay
“O praise to the Three-Eyed One, who increases prosperity, who has a sweet fragrance, who frees the world from all disease and death – liberate me, as the cucumber is easily severed from the vine. O Shiva, grant me immortality!”

Mahaganpati – Lord Ganesha – Ashtavinayak temple

Mahaganpati Temple is the eighth and final temple to be visited in Ashtavinayak yatra. The temple is 50 kms from Pune on the Pune Ahmednagar highway in the village of Ranjangaon.

About Idol and Temple

Ganesha idol as Mahaganpati in this temple is in sitting position with crossed legs and is facing towards east. The trunk is pointing to the left, has a broad forehead adorned with ruby in eyes and naval.

Statue of Riddhi and Siddhi is on both side of Ganesha idol. The temple is so designed that when sun rises its rays falls directly on the statue. Mahaganpati Temple at Ranjangaon is the most powerful representation of Lord Ganesha.

Mahaganpati - Ashtavinayak Lord Ganesha temple at Ranjangaon
Mahaganpati – Ashtavinayak Lord Ganesha temple at Ranjangaon

Legend

There was a sage named Gritsamad. One day he sneezed and from this was created a young boy. Sage brought him as his own son. He taught him Ganesha mantra. The boy started meditating intensely and pleased Lord Ganesha. Ganesha appeared before him and blessed him with three pura-s of gold, silver and iron. Thus the boy got the name Tripur, as he was owner of three pura-s. Ganesha also made him most powerful and he could not be defeated by any one except Lord Shiva himself. With this boon Gritsamad conquered Netherworld and headed towards heaven to conquer it. Gods were scared Lord Brahma hide in lotus and Lord Vishnu in Kshirsagar. Tripur took over mount Kailash and became the king of all the three world.  God were wondering how to get rid of Tripurasur. Lord Narad advised them to seek help of Lord Ganesha. Lord Ganesha agreed to help them.

Ganesha disguised as  brahmin went to Tripurasura and told him that he is very enlightened brahmin, he could make three planes for him so that he would be able to go any where he wished to within minutes. Lord Ganesha also asked him to bring statue of Chintamani from mount kailash.

Tripurasur went to get the statue but, Shiva refused to give the statue. This made Tripurasura angry. There was a fierce battle between the two. Lord Shiva too realised that he was unable to defeat Tripurasura because he did not paid his respect to lord Ganesha.

Then Lord Shiva invoked Ganesha and on dong so from his mouth emerged Gajanan, and granted him boon. Ganesha directed Shiva how he could kill Tripurasura.

Shiva was asked to recite the Sahastranam and then direct an arrow at the 3 pura-s of Tripurasur. Lord Shiva followed the instruction and finally Tripurasura was defeated and the place where Lord Shiva invoked Ganesha he created a temple for him. The place where Lord Shiva himself sought blessing of Ganesha and destroyed Tripurasura is called Ranjangaon.

 

This concludes the Ashtavinayak story of Lord Ganesha. Hope you have enjoyed. Please do send your comments.

karna – a loyal friend

Karna, a loyal friend

On the onset of Mahabharata war, Kunti, mother of Karna met him and revealed his identity. She told him that Karna was Kunti’s son and asked him to take the side of Pandavas. He replied that he can’t betray his friend Duryodhana. Krishna also revealed his identity and asked him to join Pandava side. Krishna assured him that being the eldest Pandava, he will be given the crown of Hastinapur but  he refused this enormous offer for his friend Duryodhan. Though Krishna was sad with his decision but appreciated his loyalty.

 

Karna and Parshurama
Karna and Parshurama

 

Seven little known facts about Karna from the Mahabharata

Vighneshwar Temple – Ashtavinayak – Lord Ganesha

Vighneshwar Temple at Ozar is one of the ashtavinayak Temple of Lord Ganesha. This Ganesha temple is located at Ozar which is 85 kms from Pune situated at Pune Nasik highway on the banks of river Kukadi. This temple is 7th temple to be visited into Ashtavinayak yatra.

Legend

According to Puran, there was a king named Abhinandan, who performed a sacrifice in which he did not give any offering to God King Indra. The infuriated Indra ordered Kala to destroy the sacrifice . Kala take the form of  the demon Vighnasura and created obstacles and ruined it. He went  a step further and destroyed all vedic religious acts to answer the people’s prayer for protection, which created havoc in universe.

 

Sages worshipped Lord Ganesha to save them from Vighnasura. After a fierce battle, Vighnasura realised that it was impossible to win so he surrendered. Demon then begged and pleaded with Lord Ganesha to show mercy. Ganesha granted his plea on a condition that he will not go to place where Ganesha worshipping is going on . In return he asked for a favour that his name should be taken before Ganesha’s name. Thus Ganesha here is known as Vighnahara or vighneshwar Vinayak.

Vighneshwar - Ashtavinayak
Vighneshwar – Ashtavinayak

 

About Temple and Idol

The temple  faces east and is surrounded by thick stone wall. The main hall is 20 feet long having entrance to north and south.too and has image of Ganesha. The inner hall is 10 feet long and has white marble mushika. The shikhar over the sanctum is covered with gold foil.

This is the only temple which has a golden dome with pinnacle.

 

Idol

The idol like all other ashtavinayak idols is self originated. The statue is east facing with trunk turned towards left, with rubies are studded in eyes , diamonds on forehead and some jewels in naval. Like all other idols of Ashtavinayak here also the idol is smeared with vermillion. Ganesha statue is surrounded with monkeys and parrots on trees. Idols of Riddhi and Siddhi are placed on two sides of Ganesha idol.

Girijatmaj temple – Lord Ganesha Ashtavinayak

Girijatmaj form of Lord Ganesha is important as he took this form to kill the demon Sindhu. It is believed that he spent twelve years of his life at lenyadri, then this place is considered as a holy place.

Girijatmaj Temple or Lenyadri Ganpati temple is 12 kms away from Narayangaon, which is 94 km from pune on Pune Nashik highway. This temple is one among the eight ashtavinayak temples. It is the sixth temple to be visited during ashtavinayak yatra.

It is the only temple located on mountain. There are various caves of Buddhist origin, among them 8th cave is the Lenyadri Ganpati temple. This temple is carved out of a single stone hill and has 307 steps.The temple has a wide hall of 53 feet long, 51 feet wide and 7 feet high dimension. A interesting fact about this hall is that the hall has no supporting pillars.

Girijatmaj - Ashtavinayak - Lord Ganesha
Girijatmaj – Ashtavinayak – Lord Ganesha

 

Idol and Temple

The idol of this temple is little different as it is not very well carved. The idol faces north with its back facing the worshipper. He face  is visible to the other side of the mountain. The  trunk is turned to its left with only one eye visible. Idol is covered with sindoor and is carved on the stone wall of cave.The temple facing east and has no electric bulb.  

Ganesha here is called Girijatmaj which means Atmaja or son of Girija or Parvati.

 

Legend

According to Ganesha purana, Parvati performed penance for 12 years in the caves of Lenyadri with the desire of having Ganesha as her son. Ganesha was pleased and granted her the boon she wanted. On Bhadrapada chaturthi, Parvati created a idol out of the sandal paste of her body. Suddenly the idol came alive. He was named Ganesha meaning a person who has control over all the three qualities Satva, Raja and Tama. Lord Shiva granted him a boon that whoever remembers him before any work will successfully complete the work. Ganesha grew up 15 years at Lenyadri, so this place is considered very holy.

He was born in Treta yuga to kill demon Sindhu. Demon king sent many demons like Krur, Balasur, Vyomasur, Kshmemme, Kushal etc to kill Ganesha, but Ganesha killed all of them in his childhood.