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Snippets of information - Gods - Amman, Murugar & other deities

July 19, 2012

Navadurga: The Nine Forms of Goddess Durga to be worshipped on the 9 days of the Navarathri festival. (nava - nine) as narrated in Devi Kavacha of the Chandipatha scripture

1. Shailaputri (shaila - mountains ; putri - daughter)
embodiment of the power of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva
vahanam (vehicle) - bull ; weapon - trident, lotus in the other hand

2. Bharmacharini - one who practices devout austerity
endows happiness, peace, prosperity and grace
holds rosary and kamandalam or water pot in her hands

3. Chandraghanta - has a chandra or half moon in her forehead in the shape of a ghanta or bell
for peace, tranquility and prosperity in life
vahana - lion ; 10 hands & 3 eyes

4. Kushmanda - (Ku - little, ushma - warmth, anda - the cosmic egg)
considered the creator of the universe
vahana - lion ; 8 to 10 hands

5. Skanda Mata (mata - mother ; Skanda - Kartikeya or Muruga)
with Lord Muruga seated on her lap ; lotus in hands

6. Katyayani (sage Kata was blessed with a daughter Katyayani, an avatar of the Goddess)

7. Kaali - also known as Shubhamkari, one who does good
vahanam - donkey ; dark complexion, disheveled hair

8. Maha Gauri - means extremely white (Lord Shiva cleaned her darkened complexion with the Ganges)
all sins of past, present and future get washed away, instantly fruitful
vahanam - bull ; white saree ; four arms in abhaya varada mudras, holds trident and damaru

9. Siddhidatri - supernatural healing powers
In Devi Bhagavata Purana, it is mentioned that Lord Shiva worshipped her and was blessed with all Siddhis (supernatural powers). By her blessings his half body became female and other half body male in the avatar of Ardhanarishvara.


January 17, 2011

The siddhars are believed to have had powers both major and other 'minor' powers. They are explained in detail in various yogic as well as religious texts;Thirumandiram 668:

1. To become tiny as the atom within the atom (Anima)
2. To become big in unshakeable proportions (Mahima)
3. To become as light as vapour in levitation (Laghima)
4. To become as heavy as the mountain (Garima)
5. To enter into other bodies in transmigration (Prapti)
6. To be in all things,omni-pervasive (Prakamya)
7. To be lord of all creation in omnipotence (Isatvam)
8. To be everywhere in omnipresence (Vasitvam)
These eight are the Great Siddhis.

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.
Source: 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.

Ashta Dikku Balagargal (Lords of the eight directions)
Indran - East
Vehicle - Iravadaham (white elephant)
Wife - Sasidevi
Varunan - West
Vehicle - Crocodile
Wife - Vaaruni
Yaman - South
Vehicle - Buffalo
Wife - Aiyai
Guberan - North
Vehicle - Human being
Wife - Manorama
Vaayu - North West
Vehicle - Deer
Wife - Vaayaavi
Isaanyan - North East
Vehicle - Oxen
Wife - Gowri
Agni - South East
Vehicle - Goat
Wife - Kavaahaa
Nairudhi - South West
Vehicle - Horse
Wife - Yaadudhaani