|September 23, 2015
Dwadasa Nama of Lord Vishnu are Keshava, Narayana, Madhava, Govinda, Vishnu, Madhusudhana, Trivikrama, Vamana, Sridhara, Hrishikesha, Padmanabha and Damodhara.
Dwadasa Nama of Goddess Lakshmi are Sriyee, Amruthotbhavaye, Kamalaye, Chandra sodharye, Vishnu patniye, Vaishnavye, Vararohaye, Hari vallabhaye, Saranghaye, Deva devikaye, Sura sundarye, Sri MahaLakshmiye
|January 12, 2014
Brahma - the Creator, the first of the Hindu Trinity
from the Sanskrit root brih - to expand
In the earliest writings, Brahma meant a mantra. In later Vedic texts he is identified as the Creator, relating him to the earlier Vedic Prajapati.
He is commonly depicted as seated on a lotus that sprang from Vishnu's navel. Both Brahma and Vishnu are called Narayana (one who moves on the waters).
Brahmas other names:
Atmabhu, the self-born
Paramesthi, the first Brahman who performed all great Hindu yajnas
Lokesha, Lord of the world
Hiranya-garbha, one who came from the golden egg
Adikavi, the first poet
- Tirtha, The treasury of Indian expressions
|November 12, 2009
The history of Kosala prior to the birth of Rama reveals that Dasaratha had a daughter. The Vasishtha Ramayana, also known as Jnana Ramayana, which is one version of the Ramayana written by Valmiki, in its Adi Parva refers to the ancestry of Dasaratha, his birth and how he became a king in the solar dynasty. This reveals an unknown story in the known purana about Dasaratha's youth, marriage and how he became the father of a female child. Adhbuta Ramayana and Adyatma Ramayana also refer to this subject.
Dasaratha married Kausalya who was found in an unconscious state in a box floating in the Ganga. Kausalya gave birth to a female child, who unfortunately had a handicap in her leg. The child was named Shantai. Vashistha said the handicap was due to the marriage between close cousins (Dasaratha and Kausalya belonged to the same gotra) and she would become normal if given in adoption to a divine couple. Accordingly, Dasaratha and Kausalya gave the child in adoption to Romapada, the king of Angadesa. With due care and treatment, Shantai's disability vanished. Romapada performed her marriage with Rishyasringa Maharishi. It wa after Shantai was given in adoption that Dasaratha got married to Sumitra and Kaikeyi.
- Did Rama have a sister? by Dr.T.S.Narayana Swamy, Tattvaloka, December 2006
|Chanting the namam MURUGA will give the results of praying to six Gods. MU stands for Mukundan - Vishnu, RU for Rudran, Siva and GA for Brahma. Since Lakshmi resides in Vishnu's heart, Sakthi in SIva's left half and Sarasvati in Brahma's tongue, by chanting the MURUGA namam, we are actually praying to all these Gods.|
- ARA + UMA, Siva & his Sakthi
Chanting the namam RAMA is considered beneficical, because it is a complete namam.
|Advaita Vedanta holds
that all that exists is only Brahman. The entire universe is indeed nothing
but Brahman and the individual
Atman ultimately merges with Brahman, and realization of this unity is Salvation (Moksha). Brahman, the Absolute is the only reality.
|Lord Shiva performs
his mystic cosmic dance to keep life active in the cosmos and to guide
devotees in attaining liberation. The dance of Siva & his consort Parvati
reflect both the vigorous and masculine Tandavam and the tender and graceful
Lasya, which represent the Purusha-Prakriti.
108 postures of his cosmic dance
Shiva danced of his own volition - 18 postures
danced along with his Devi - 36 postures
danced along with Vishnu - 9 postures
danced for Lord Muruga - 3 postures
danced for other Devas - 42 postures.
|Lord Dakshinamurthy is seen as Saambaya Dakshinamurthy (seen in the seated posture with his ambigai Shanti Devi) in the Sri Palli Kondeswaran Koil in Suruttapalli with His hand resting on Nandi Deva's head.|
The Devas and Asuras got together to churn the ocean, using Mandramalai & Vaasuki, the snake. As they continued to churn the ocean, Vaasuki the snake began to tire and started spewing its poison. Siva came and consumed all the poison. Goddess Parvati rushed and held his neck so that the poison would not spread to the whole of his body. Thus Siva became blue up to his throat and is also known by the namavali "Neelakandan" ( neela-blue colour from poison, kandam-throat).
Lord Siva exists in every life born. He therefore stayed still for a day in order that the poison in his body does not affect all the lives. This day is "Ekadasi". The Devas also prayed to Lord Siva & fasted on that day. They partook of meals on the next day, "Dvadasi". Lord Siva was pleased & danced on the next day, "Triyodasi", in the evening (Sandhyaakaalam) with his damaru & Soolam in between Nandi Devas Horns. This day is "Pradosham". It is believed that all the Devas & Gods are assembled in the Siva temples during Pradosham time. Further, the first pradosham was on a Saturday & hence "Sani Pradosham" is even more auspicious.