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Natraj-The ultimate form of Lord Shiva

Natraj Shiva

By Diptimayee parida | bangalore August 12, 2017

In many museums, temples, restaurants and esoteric shops we see the dancing figure of lord Shiva within a circle of fire that is called the “Shiva Nataraja,” lord of the dance. In his appearance as Nataraja he shows his triple role as creator, preserver and destroyer. Shiva in this figure first appeared in Indian stone temple sculpture in the 5th and 6th century CE. The God is shown dancing with in a prabhamandala (flaming halo) which represents time and which is shown as a circle to symbolize the Hindu belief that is both cyclical and without end.

The dance form performing in nataraja image is “Tandava,” the cosmic dance. The energy and wildness of the dance is shown in his bent knees and the extravagant spreading of the god’s hair. Shiva is providing his own music, as in his upper right hand he holds a small damru which provides rhythm and first sounds of the creation. On the left hand he holds Agni the supreme fire which will destroy the world. The lower right hand makes the abhaya mudra gesture which calms all fear and lower left arm sweeps across his torso with the hand pointing to his left foot in the gesture of gaja hasta which means the salvation and liberation. Shiva’s right foot stands upon the demon “Apasmara” the embodiment of ignorance. The cobra around nataraja’s waist is kundalini Shakti the soul impelling cosmic power resident within all.
natraj shiva


 

The Nataraja dance isn’t just a symbol, it is taking place within each of us, at the atomic level. Thus lord Shiva in the form of Nataraja clears the ignorance from our minds through the supreme act of dance. It is a message that ignorance can only be overcome by knowledge, music and dance.

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Shree Hanuman, an ideal for devotion and loyalty

Shree Hanuman-A true devotee

By Smruti Swagat Ray Mohapatra | Khandapada August 10, 2017


If we go through the great Indian mythology and search for a perfect ideal for devotion and loyalty, then a name called as “Shree Hanuman” will come for sure. It is believed that, when Lord Vishnu was incarnated as Mohini (a beautiful lady) in order to kill a demon, then Lord Shiva was too much attracted by the beauty of “Mohini”. As a result of this, a powerful soul was formed. Latter, “Pawan Dev” placed that soul in the womb of “Anjani”, the queen of “Keshari”. In the previous birth, Anjani was a celestial lady. Due to a curse, she was born in the monkey race in the next birth. Lord Hanuman was the son of Anjani and Keshari. As Pawan Dev placed his soul in the womb of his mother, he is also known as “Pawanputra Hanuman”.

When the parents of Shree Hanuman started searching a perfect teacher for him, then God “Sun” was chosen as the best one. After finishing his learning, Shree Hanuman asked God Sun to demand any repay from him. And as per the instruction of God Sun, Shree Hanuman helped “Sugriba” throughout his lifetime. Because Sugriba was the son of God Sun. Shree Hanuman remained constantly by the side of Sugriba all the time.

Shree Ram and Hanuman

 

Without Shree Hanuman, the whole “Ramayana” would be incomplete and impossible. Each and every important events of Ramayana was completed by the help of Lord Hanuman. Lord Shree Ram met Shree Hanuman after Ravana had kidnapped Maa Sita. Shree Hanuman is a great devotee of Lord Shree Ram. Shree Hanuman was the only person of the army of Shree Ram, who was able to jump the whole Indian Ocean Sea and reach at Lanka with a single jump. He discovered Maa Sita in Lanka (Now Sri Lanka) and told all the information of Shree Ram. He was blessed with the power of immortality by Maa Sita there. Then he destructed almost all the Lanka except the royal palace of Ravana with fire and showed the demons the power of the name “Shree Ram”.

Again during the war between Shree Ram and Ravana, Laxman was severely injured by Meghanada (the most powerful son of Ravana) and he could only be cured by the application of holy “Sanjeevani” leaves. And the Sanjeevani trees were situated in the ancient Himalayas. Shree hanuman rushed towards the Himalayas and without recognizing the Sanjeevani trees, he moved the whole Sanjeevani Mountain to Lanka. And Laxman was cured by the application of Sanjeevani. When “MahiRavana” kidnapped Shree Ram and Laxman and kept them in Patal Lok secretly, then Shree Hanuman was the only person, who was able to rescued Shree Ram and Laxman from Patal Lok.

Shree Hanuman
After the war between Shree Ram and Ravana ended, Maa Sita was rescued and returned to Ayodhya, the kingdom of Shree Ram. Lord Hanuman was always there for any service of Shree Ram. He was very dearer to both Shree Ram and Maa Sita. Once, Maa Sita was applying “Sindoor” on her forehead. Shree Hanuman appeared there and questioned about the particular reason behind that. Then Maa Sita explained that wives apply Sindoor on their forehead as a symbol of the lifetime happiness of their husbands. Being a great devotee of Shree Ram, Lord Hanuman applied Sindoor all over his body as a symbol of life time happiness of his Lord Shree Ram. It is believed that, Lord Hanuman is very fond of Sindoor.

When Shree Hanuman was asked to prove his loyalty and devotion towards Shree Ram in the court of Shree Ram, he tore his chest and showed the image of Shree Ram and Maa Sita in his heart. In this way, Shree Hanuman proved his genuine devotion and loyalty towards Shree Ram. And with the blessing of Maa Sita, Lord Hanuman is believed to be still alive on this earth and helping the society by spreading the holy spiritual knowledge in a secret identity.

 

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Smruti Swagat Ray Mohapatra India

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Swagat Ray is a creative writer, story teller and an artist.

Story of how Ganesh outfox Kartikeya

Ganesh and Kartikeya

By Diptimayee parida | bangalore August 7, 2017

Both Ganesh and Kartikeya are the two sons of lord Shiva and Devi Parvati. Kartikeya is the elder son and Ganesh is the younger son. Kartikeya killed many demons like Narakasura, Gajasura and known as the lord of war. He is the chief commander of the army of Gods. Kartikeya gets his name from the 6 kritikas who brought him up and consequently has 6 heads.
Valli and Devasena are two wives of Kartikeya. Kartikeya is worshiped more in south India where as Ganesh is worshiped all over India.

On the other hand Ganesh is having supreme place. In Hindus no religious work is completed without the name of shree Ganesh. Ganesh is blessed by Lord Shiva to be worshiped as Vigneshwer, removes all obstacles. 

Ganesh and kartikeya
It is said that there was always a fighting between two brothers that who is the best. So in Hindu mythology there is a story about this.

Ganesh and Kartikeya race

One day the devas gave a supreme fruit to lord Shiva and Parvati and told that who will eat it, will get the supreme knowledge. Both the brothers wanted to eat it, so this lead to an argument among them. So Shiva told them that who will circle the world for three times and came first will get the fruit. Then Kartikeya took his challenge and started his journey with his vahana peacock without wasting his time. On the other hand Ganesh knew that he is no matching to Kartikeya to won the race. Ganesh’s vehicle is mouse. So Ganesh knew that with his huge belly and slow moving mouse he never defeat his brother. So he applied his intelligence and started circling his parents three times. By the question of his parents for the reason doing so, he replied that parents are my whole world. Whole world are within his parent, so he is circling the whole world by circling his parents. Lord Shiva and Parvati pleased with his answer and gave him the supreme fruit. From that day Kartikeya felt cheated and leave his parents. Ganesh is declared as the God of wisdom, clever and removal of obstacles.

 

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Diptimayee Parida India

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Know how seven crystals boost your life

seven crystals to boost your life

By Diptimayee parida | bangalore August 9, 2017

We know the gemstones or crystals are used for healing the various problems of life. Every stone has unique healing properties. The top most seven crystals for better life are listed below in this article.

seven stones


 

  • 1-Rose quartz-It is one of the best stone to use for relationship troubles, emotional traumas, and other issues. It symbolizes love and harmony with its pink color. It also encourages you to forgive others and yourself and helping you to move on. It keeps atmosphere peaceful.
  • 2-Clear quartz-Any issues about physical, mental, emotional and soul level of human can be healed by clear quartz gemstone. It connects with the higher chakra, bringing divine connection to higher self, higher consciousness, higher wisdom and pure love. As it is known as the master healer, it is used for everything.
  • 3-Amethyst-It provides clarity when there is confusion in mind. It helps to reduce stress and anxiety, mood swings and immunity. As it has many qualities, it is known as “The All Purpose Stone.”These are available in light violet color. It resonates with crown chakra as well as Ajna chakra, opens up the divine consciousness and higher intuition.
  • 4-Black Tourmaline-It is known among the top protective stones. As it is resonates with muladhara chakra, it helps to ground and create shield against harmful electromagnetic fields. This will help remove any energetic blockages related to your wish, filling it up with positive energy.
  • 5-Citrine-As a weight loss stone, it is associated with Manipur chakra. For aura protection, wear it or keep always with you. It is helpful in removing financial blockages and attracts new opportunities. This golden yellowish crystal is beloved for its beauty and healing properties.
  • 6-Carnelian-This stone resonates with Svadhisthana chakra. It is helpful in alleviate addiction and harness your sensuality and creativity. This stones are available in light orange color to reddish brown color. It improves your confident.
  • 7-Aventurine-It is available in many colors such as green, red, yellow, blue and more. It optimizing your personal growth .As it represents the heart chakra, it attracts true love, friendship and lasting relationship. Use this to help with your allergies, sleep disorders, Immunity and to regulate blood pressure. Green aventurine is famous for bringing good fortune and new opportunities. It also clears the emotional issues.

So choose one crystal that resonate the most with you and use on your healing journey towards a happier life.

 

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Diptimayee parida India

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Diptimayee parida is a writer and Story teller. A Social activist.Connect with her at LinkedIn.

Lord Ganesha giver of success

Lord Ganesh-The vighneshwara

By Diptimayee parida | bangalore August 9, 2017

Ganesha is a God of wisdom, success and prosperity in hinduism. Ganesha is called as “vighneshwara” in hindu tradition, who destroys all obstacles and give success to the human. He is the younger son of lord Shiva and Parvati.The hindu tradition gives him a special place, all hindus worship ganesha before starting any ceremony for good luck. 

As ganesha is the remover of all obstacles and god of new beginning, success and prosperity, he is worshiped before beginning of new business, career, laying foundation of new house etc.
The ganesha devotees always keep tiny image of ganesha for performing success always. It is said that on the 4th day of waning moon every month ganesha’s energy is very close to his devotees. At that days he helps his devotees in transformation and changes their lives as they desire.
lord ganesh


 

Ganesh chaturthi is an important festival of India. It is said that when a clay idol of ganesha is worshiped on that day, it absorbs all the negative energies of his devotees and give success.

Ganesha resonates in the muladhara chakra which is the root of spiritual energy. This chakra holds all the negative energies. With the activation of this chakra level of consciousness increases and so does intelligence. Meditating ganesha and hidden meaning of his body parts gives you knowledge how to improve your consciousness. It helps to solve all the problems from root. When ganesha absorbs your negative energies he dissolves the lower vibration of your body and brings clarity in the mind.

 

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Diptimayee parida India

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Shakti-the infinity power

Maa Adishakti

By Diptimayee parida | bangalore August 9, 2017

A supreme cosmic energy that appears feminine energy and the dynamic forces that move through the universe is maa Shakti. The goddess who is the creator and is often manifested to destroy demonic forces and restore balance. In Hinduism every god has a Shakti or energy force. So this is the reason that she is worshiped by many Indians. She is called as the mother goddess, a universal source of energy, power and creativity. She is a representative, who you may call for strength, fertility and power. She always identified in a powerful female figure in your bad time.


Maa Shakti


 

Shakti is a great goddess who is a sum of every goddess. In the form of Durga, she is a furious warrior who kills Mahisasur and many other evils. In the form of Kali, she is famous for fighting with the head of an army of demons Raktavija. Kali is the another form of Shakti symbolizes the destructive and temporary nature of life. Shakti as Parvati symbolizes fertility, marital happiness, power and asceticism.

In the many forms of Shakti are identified with an animal or bird that acts as vahana. It is also an extension of her power. The lion is the vahana for both Durga and Parvati. She uses her lion as a weapon and for transportation.

Hence we have to remember that to fight our own enemies, pray Devi Durga, for fertility call the mother goddess Parvati and to destroy evil and restore balance, and pray maa Kali.

 

 

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Diptimayee parida India

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Impact of Rudrakshas on human chakras

Rudraksha for chakra awakening

By Diptimayee parida | bangalore August 8, 2017

Chakras are the most important part of the body. These are the energy centers present in our body. It is attached with the physical and mental health of human body. So it is very necessary to balance the seven chakras of human body.


Human chakras


 

There are various therapies available for chakra balancing through meditation, yoga, reiki therapy etc. But it is very difficult to do. But rudraksha beads hold very high spiritual and medicinal values. It is very loveable to lord Shiva. So rudraksha plays a vital role in balancing the negative vibes of the body. Rudraksha is the easiest therapy for chakra awakening and balancing. It controls the seven chakras and each chakra controls different organs of the body.

The number of mukhis on the surface of the rudraksha bead helps in determining its properties.They is available from one mukhi to twenty one mukhi. From the ancient times rudraksha beads are used for open up the blocked chakras, curing diseases. Rudraksha work on the blocked chakras very quickly. Once anyone starts wearing the right rudraksha, they are experiencing positive effects in 10 to 15 days. It helps to increase the aura of a person. They cost a little more than the crystals but effects are more manifold.

Rudraksha don’t give any negative result to the wearer, so anyone should wear rudraksha bead for their physical and emotional health. There are different rudraksha beads are available for our seven chakras.

1-Muladhara chakra: 6 mukhi, 8 mukhi and 14 mukhi
2-Swadhisthana chakra: 2 mukhi, 10 mukhi, 13 mukhi and 16 mukhi
3-Manipura chakra: 3 mukhi, 7 mukhi, 12 mukhi
4-Anahata chakra: 15 mukhi
5-Vishuddha chakra: 5 mukhi, 11 mukhi
6-Ajna chakra: 1 mukhi,19 mukhi
7-Sahasrara chakra: 9 mukhi

 

Rudraksha beads
The rudraksha beads may be worn as necklace, bracelet or on waist. Hence by meditation along with representation of rudraksha balance or awaken the blocked chakra instantly.
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Diptimayee parida India

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Mahalakshmi-goddess of wealth and prosperity

Mahalakshmi-the goddess of wealth

By Diptimayee parida | bangalore August 7, 2017

Mahalakshmi is worshiped as goddess of wealth and good fortune all over India. According to Hindu mythology, goddess Lakshmi emerged from the ocean during samudra manthan and then selected lord Vishnu as her groom. She is worshiped daily by the Hindu women as the symbol of good luck for all families. In the month of October Lakshmi puja is celebrated on the full moon light of Kojagari purnima throughout India.

Worshiping mother goddess is an Indian tradition since ancient times. Lakshmi is also known as “Mata”. As a female counterpart of lord Vishnu, she is also considered as “Shri”, the female energy of the Divine. She protects her devotees from any financial problems and bad luck.

Mahalakshmi
Mata Lakshmi is always seen in a beautiful red saree and has golden border on it. She has a owl as her vahana. She is always calm and loveable by her expression. She is always sitting on a lotus which symbolizes the fertile growth of organic life. She has four hands which represent the Dharma, Artha. Kama and Moksha. There are two elephants standing and spraying water from their trunk which symbolizes the devotion that doesn’t stop ever are true dharma, wisdom. Goddess lakshmi is seen by two of the major forms where she is massaging the lord Vishnu’s feet and the other form which is widely worshiped by devotees.

Mata Lakshmi can change the life of a person for tter if he accepts her empowerment. If anyone wants her to be a part of him, to protect, help, empower, and bless that person. In every hind owned business or company, you will always find an image of Lakshmi or a small shrine to her near the cash register. She is prayed everyday by the owner to increase profit and bring economic prosperity. All Hindus believed that she helps them in this way.

 

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Diptimayee Parida India

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The sacred thread ceremony

The sacred thread in hinduism

By Diptimayee parida | bangalore August 7, 2017

It is very necessary to wear the sacred thread in Brahmin and Kshatriya boys. Wearing sacred thread is one of the most important rituals for Hindus. This ceremony is called the “Upanayanam”. This is considered as an essential sanskar of childhood. The upanayana sanskar takes place around a seven years child’s life. The child is initiated into the study of sadhana and vedas. At the function he receives the sacred thread (jenoi), which worn for his entire life.

 

thread
The sacred thread is a thin cord, composed of three cotton strands. The strands symbolizes three trinity of goddess. This signifies that the person becomes complete only with the help of these threes divines of strength, wealth and knowledge. But it has some rules to wear the sacred thread. If a unmarried person wants to wear, he should wear one thread, a married man should two thread and a married man has child should wear three thread sacred.

scared thread

The main significance of upanayanam also stands for purity of words, thoughts and deeds of the wearer. So he becomes qualified to lead the life of brahmachari according to the manusmriti. This is also represents the debt that is owned to the guru, parents and society. Hence in Hinduism it marks as the beginning of education for the child.

Upanayana may be considered as third eye of knowledge. Yogic may call it as ajna chakra; by this the Brahmins open their third eye chakra for spiritual knowledge, which helps him to recite the Vedas correctly.

 

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Diptimayee Parida India

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Shivashakti- The symbol of consciousness and energy

Shiva and shakti

By Diptimayee parida | bangalore August 7, 2017

According to Hinduism, both Shiva and Shakti are living in every men and women of the world. It is said that Shakti lives in our left side and Shiva on our right side. Shiva and Shakti hold the whole world. They are the masculine and feminine aspects. Shiva symbolizes consciousness whereas Shakti symbolizes the activating power or energy.

shivashakti

Shiva and Shakti are the presentation of the all in one supreme consciousness. It is like the different sides of the same coin. These two primal powers are drawn in many pictures. The left side is the supreme mother Parvati and on the right side represents Shiva the consciousness is shown in the same image. In tantric spiritual path ,one seeks to develop a perfect balance between masculine aspect and feminine aspect. The whole universe comes from Shiva and through the power of Shakti everything becomes individual, yet the Shiva remains same. So the eternal wonder and the mystery is that Shiva and Shakti are same.

The concept of Shiva and Shakti is by no means confined to India. In Plato’s “Phaedrus” a book of ancient Greeks he states what is on earth is merely the resemblance and shadow of something that is in a higher sphere, a resplendent thing which remains in an unchangeable condition.”One of the Gnostic mystics ,Simon the Magus, is reputed to have said, “the universal eons consist of two branches, without beginning or end ,which spring from one root….the invisible power and the unknowable silence. One of these branches is manifested from above and is the universal consciousness ordering all things and is designated in male. The other branch is female and the producer of all things.

This is the meaning of Shiva and Shakti, which may always take care ,guide and protect the human in their infinite love lead to the cosmic consciousness.

 

 

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Diptimayee Parida India

Contributor at Ommrudraksha

Diptimayee parida is a writer and Story teller. A Social activist.Connect with her at LinkedIn.