We have all seen the image of Kali at a temple or in a Navratri shrine. This article provides a fascinating insight into who Kali really is!
Kali is one of the best known, but poorly understood Hindu deities. She is dark destructive and terrible in image. She appears allied to the forces of death and destruction. The most common image of Kali shows her dancing on Shiva. This article aims to give an insight into Hinduism’s use of such mystic imagery. It is important for us to have deeper understanding into such aspects of our religion, because it means that our practices will hold deeper meaning and guidance for us in our lives. It is also important to be able to clear misconceptions; I have more than once come across the accusation or misrepresentation of Mother Kali by non-Hindus as being a deity of evil. Hindus will only be…
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॥ श्री महारुद्राय सोमेश्वराय ज्योतिर्लिंगाय नम: ॥
महामृत्युंजय मंत्र के जप व उपासना के तरीके आवश्यकता के अनुरूप होते हैं। काम्य उपासना के रूप में भी इस मंत्र का जप किया जाता है। जप के लिए अलग- अलग मंत्रों का प्रयोग होता है। मंत्र में दिए अक्षरों की संख्या से इनमें विविधता आती है।
यह मंत्रनिम्न प्रकार से है-
एकाक्षरी(1) मंत्र- ‘हौं’ ।
त्र्यक्षरी(3) मंत्र- ‘ॐ जूं सः’।
चतुराक्षरी(4) मंत्र- ‘ॐ वं जूं सः’।
नवाक्षरी(9) मंत्र- ‘ॐ जूं सः पालय पालय’।
दशाक्षरी(10) मंत्र- ‘ॐ जूं सः मां पालय पालय’।
(स्वयं के लिए इस मंत्र का जप इसी तरह होगा जबकि किसी अन्य व्यक्ति के लिए यह जप किया जा रहा हो तो ‘मां’ के स्थान पर उस व्यक्ति का नाम लेना होगा)
महामृत्युंजय का वेदोक्त मंत्र निम्नलिखित है-
त्र्यम्बकं यजामहेवसुगन्धिं पुष्टिवर्धनम्।
उर्वारुकमिव बन्धनान्मृत्योर्मुक्षीय माऽमृतात् ॥
इस मंत्र में 32 शब्दों का प्रयोग हुआ है और इसी मंत्र में ॐ’ लगा देने…
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Tradinally applying sindoor in the forehead is considered to be very auspicious and good fortune, and also giving haldi kumkum to the other married women is also considered to be auspicious. When I was young, I used to watch my mother, how much she has given importance to the kumkum and lot of questions would arise for me in my childhood days, why a kumkum is given to a married lady when she comes as a guest and goes out of the house.
And so when I got married, even I started following the same tradition, but the curiosity of knowing why it is been done made to understand and so I’am sharing my knowledge to you all.
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I often start the articles on this blog with quotes from the great master – Swami Vivekananda. January 12, 2013 was his 150th birth-anniversary. The theme of this blog is being an Indian in the US; and I couldn’t help but note that Swamiji was the first Hindu Swami who gave the message of Vedanta to the US and to the West at large. He paved the way for many that followed – Swami Yogananda, Swami Prabhupada, Mahesh Yogi and so on. The list of lives that he influenced and transformed either directly or indirectly in just 39 years of his life reads like a Who’s who of both the Eastern and Western worlds: Netaji Subhashchandra Bose, Rabindranath Thakur, Mahatma Gandhi, Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Aurobindo, Bagha Jatin, Max Muller, Salinger, Nikola Tesla, Leo Tolstoy, John D. Rockefeller, Lord Kelvin, Sister…
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His avatar as Nataraj, the cosmic dancer is especially evocative.. brimming as it does with energy and power, it lends a sense of oneness with the universe through dance. (Another Shiv avatar I am fascinated by is the Ardhanareshwar)
As a symbol, Shiv Nataraj is a brilliant invention. It combines in a single image, Shiv’s roles as creator, preserver and destroyer of the universe and conveys the Hindu conception of the never-ending cycle of time. Although it appeared in sculpture as early as the fifth century, its present, world-famous form evolved under the rule of the Cholas. Shiv’s dance is set within a flaming halo with metaphors for every “mudra” of his.
~The God holds in his upper right hand the damru (hand…
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