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My 28 Names For Intelligence Wisdom Lord Subrahmanya Murugan

In Hinduism on July 22, 2014 at 21:33

Skanda worship is very important in the Vedas.


While organizing the innumerable Deities mentioned in the Vedas and those followed by misinterpretations of the Vedas, Adi Shankarachatya gave the pride of place in the Shanmathas, the six systems of worship, The Kaumaram.


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Lord Subrahmanya.


The Tamils speak of Lord Subrahmanya, best among Brahmins, as Murugan, embodiment of Beauty and the Tamil Language represents Lord Muruga in all his aspects.


Innumerable Hymns abound in Sanskrit,Tamil and other Regional languages of India.


Lord Subrahmanya is called as Karthikeya in India other than Tamil Nadu where he is worshiped as Murugan.


A rare stotra of Lord Kathikeya where Lord Subrahmanya Himself mentions His Twenty Eight Names, where he declares that these names would grant one Intelligence and Wisdom, among other things.


Kartikeya Pragya Vivardhana Stotra.


कार्तिकेय    प्रज्ञाविवर्धन    स्तोत्र
Kartikeya Pragya Vivardhana Stotram
योगीश्वरो महासेनः कार्तिकेयोऽग्निनंदनः ।
स्कंदः कुमारः सेनानीः स्वामी शंकरसंभवः ॥१॥
Yogiishvaro Mahaa-Senah Kaartikeyo[a-Aa]gni-Nandanah |
Skandah Kumaarah Senaaniih Svaamii Shankara-Sambhavah ||1||

1.1: (Salutations to Sri Kartikeya) Who is a Master Yogi, Who is known as Mahasena when referred to as the Son of Agni Deva and Who is known as Kartikeya when referred to as the son of the six Kritikas,
1.2: Who is known as Skanda when referred to as son of Devi Parvati, Who is known as Kumara when referred to as son of Devi Ganga, Who is the Leader of the Army of Devas, Who is our Master and Who is Born of Lord Shankara.

गांगेयस्ताम्रचूडश्च ब्रह्मचारी शिखिध्वजः ।
तारकारिरुमापुत्रः क्रौंचारिश्च षडाननः ॥२॥
Gaangeyas-Taamra-Cuuddashca Brahmacaarii Shikhi-Dhvajah |
Taaraka-Arir-Umaa-Putrah Krauncaa-Rishca Ssaddaananah ||2||

2.1: (Salutations to Sri Kartikeya) Who is Loved by Mother Ganga and His Follower Tamrachuda, Who is Celebate and hasPeacock as His Emblem,
2.2: Who is the Enemy of Tarakasura and Krauncasura, Who is the Son of Devi Uma and has Six Faces.

शब्दब्रह्मसमुद्रश्च सिद्धः सारस्वतो गुहः ।
सनत्कुमारो भगवान् भोगमोक्षफलप्रदः ॥३॥
Shabdabrahmasamudrashca Siddhah Saarasvato Guhah |
Sanatkumaaro Bhagavaan Bhogamokssaphalapradah ||3||

3.1: (Salutations to Sri Kartikeya) Who is Accomplished in the Knowlege of the Ocean of Sabda-Brahman, Who is Eloquent in describing the Great Spiritual Secrets of the Sabda-Brahman and hence aptly known as Guha when referred to as the Son of Lord Shiva (who is the embodiment of Sabda-Brahman),
3.2: Who is Always Youthful and Pure like Sanatkumara, Who is Divine and Who Grants both the Fruits for Worldly Enjoyment(due to meritorious deeds) and final Liberation.

शरजन्मा गणाधीश पूर्वजो मुक्तिमार्गकृत् ।
सर्वागमप्रणेता  वांच्छितार्थप्रदर्शनः ॥४॥
Sharajanmaa Gannaadhiisha Puurvajo Muktimaargakrt |
Sarvaagamaprannetaa Ca Vaancchitaarthapradarshanah ||4||

4.1: (Salutations to Sri Kartikeya) Who was Born on Shara, a particular variety of grass and hence known as Saravana, Whose Elder is Sri Ganesha and Who has Created (i.e. Shown) the Path of Liberation,
4.2: Who is Reverentially Saluted by All the Agamas (Scriptures) And Who Shows the Way towards the Desired Object of Spiritual Life (as mentioned in the Scriptures).


अष्टाविंशतिनामानि मदीयानीति यः पठेत् ।
प्रत्यूषं श्रद्धया युक्तो मूको वाचस्पतिर्भवेत् ॥५॥
Assttaavimshatinaamaani Madiiyaaniiti Yah Patthet |
Pratyuussam Shraddhayaa Yukto Muuko Vaacaspatirbhavet ||5||

5.1: My Devotees who Repeat My Twenty Eight Names and Contemplate on My Spiritual Precepts …
5.2: Everyday in the Early Morning with Faith and Devotion, will Become a Master of Speech even if he is Dumb (due to lack of wisdom).

महामंत्रमयानीति मम नामानुकीर्तनम् ।
महाप्रज्ञामवाप्नोति नात्र कार्या विचारणा ॥६॥
Mahaamantramayaaniiti Mama Naamaanukiirtanam |
Mahaaprajnyaamavaapnoti Naatra Kaaryaa Vicaarannaa ||6||

6.1: My Spiritual Precepts and Devotional Repetition of My Names will act like Maha Mantra,
6.2: Also Devotee will Obtain Great Wisdom and Intelligence by Contemplating on My Divine Leela (Play).


इति श्रीरुद्रयामले प्रज्ञाविवर्धनाख्यं
श्रीमत्कार्तिकेयस्तोत्रं सम्पूर्णम् ॥७॥
Iti Shrii-Rudrayaamale Prajnyaa-Vivardhan-Aakhyam
Shriimat-Kaartikeya-Stotram Sampuurnnam ||7||

7.1: Thus Ends the Description which Augments the Intelligence and Wisdom from the Rudra Yamala text,
7.2: Thus Ends the Eulogy of the Illustrious Sri Kartikeya.







Devi’s Foot Fell During Dance Tripurasundari Temple

In Hinduism on July 22, 2014 at 17:04

Legend has it that Goddess Uma’s right foot fell during Her Dance competition with Lord Shiva.

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Lalitha Tripura Sundari.Image credit.Sivanis kitchen


The temple in Tripura, North East of India, dedicated to Tripurasundari is also one of the SakthiPeetas, where Sati‘s right foot fell.

There are two identical images of the same deity inside the temple.

They are known as Tripura Sundari (5 feet high) and Chhotima (2 feet high) in Tripura.

The idol of Maa Kali is worshiped at the temple of Tripura Sundari in the form of ‘Soroshi’.

One is made of kasti stone which is reddish black in colour.

It is believed that the idol was Chhotima was carried by king in battlefield.



This temple is also known as Kurma Pitha because it the temple premises resembles kurma i.e. tortoise.


Goddess Parvati (also spelt as Partvathi) is worshipped here as Tripurasundari, Tripureshwari and “Soroshi” (a local variation of the name).

The temple is a small, square edifice, measuring just 24 square feet (7 square metres) at the base with a height of 75 feet (24m approximately). The structure of the shrine resembles that of a tortoise, with a roof shaped like the humped back of a tortoise.

For this reason, the shrine is also known as “Koorma Peetha” (Koorma meaning Tortoise).

As in other typical Hindu shrines, stalls along the approach road sell flowers and baskets of offerings that visitors can buy and take up to be offered to Tripura Sundari and returned as Prasadam.

A specialty here is the sweet, brown, condensed milk Pedas that devotees carry back from the temple, to be distributed among family and friends back home.

The red hibiscus flower is also prized as an offering.



How To Reach.


Airport : The closest airport is at Agartala.

Railhead :The nearest rail head is Kumarghat on N. E. Railway.

It is 1475 km from Kolkata via Guwahati and 140 km from Agartala.

From here you can pick a bus or taxi to reach the temple.

Road TransportThe Temple is situated close to the capital city of Agartala in Tripura. NH 44 connects the state with many north eastern states by road.

Agartala, the capital of Tripura, is connected by regular bus services with all sub-divisional towns of Tripura. Besides, bus service is also available from SilcharGuwahati, Karimganj and Shillong.

Staying near the Tripura Sundari Temple
The temple is very close to the state capital, Agartala. So, accommodation is not a problem for the tourists coming to visit the Tripura Sundari Temple in Tripura. Though not of very high class, you may find hotels, which may be convenient and comfortable for you.




Sibi Story of Mahabharata In Japan

In Hinduism on July 22, 2014 at 10:53

Many of us are familiar with the story of King Sibi narrated in Mahabharata.


A falcon was chasing a Dove and the Dove sought refuge in Sibi, who was the ancestor of Lord Rama.


Sibi is recorded as the ancestor of Chola Kings and the Cholas had the title of Sembiyan.


The Tamil name for Sibi was Sembiyan.

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Shatial, Karakoram Highway: Buddhist petroglyphs near road: Sibi-Jataka (body offering: rescue of dove by boddhisattva’s offering of his own flesh to the falcon), stupa, inscriptions in Sogdian, Brahmi, Karoshti; after 4th century CE. Pakistan, Northern Areas


As the Dove was the natural food for the Falcon, it demanded that it be given its food.


To keep up his word and driven by compassion Sibi cut a portion of thigh equivalent to the weight of the Dove.


The scale tilted towards the Dove.


King Sibi continued to cut away portions of his body, to match the weight of the Dove.


As it was not possible, he sat on the scale himself.


It was Indra who came in the form of the Falcon.


He blessed Indra that His name will be remembered for compassion.


(Mahabharata, Aranya parva, adhyayas 130-131.)


The story appears in Japan in two versions.


One version is  the same. Only the pronunciations are different.


Sibi is pronounced as Shibbi (strong empasis on the h) .


The other version is from the Jatakamala.


In this story Indira dressed as a blind person approaches King Sibbi requesting for eye-sight. King Sibbi pierces his own eyes and gives them to the blind man asking him to use it to retain his eye-sight.

Japanese Version:-

King Shibi is believed to be a previous incarnation of Shakyamuni Buddha. In this story a heavenly being named Bishamon approaches the God Taishaku and tells him ‘There is a great Bodhisattva named King Shibi. Soon he will become a Buddha.’ On hearing this Taishaku decides to test to test the sincerity of the King’s practice in pursuing enlightenment. He transforms himself into a hawk and instructs Bishamon to take on the appearance of a dove.

Chased after by the hawk, the dove to escapes and flies into the arms of King Shibi. Perched on the branch of a tree, the hawk says to the King, “Please let me have the dove back. It is what I have been trying to get.” King Shibbi replies, “No, I can’t because I have vowed to protect all living things. I cannot return it to you.”

The hawk then points out , “I am one of the living things that you have vowed to save. If you take away my food for today, I will be unable to live tomorrow.”

The King then offers to cut off a piece of his own flesh and gave it to the hawk. As the King proceeded to cut his own flesh, the hawk measures it using a balance and found the dove to be consistently heavier than the muscle of the King. No matter how much muscle was added, the weight was lighter than the total weight of the dove. Finally, the King cuts all the flesh off of his body.

The King tries desperately to put his entire body on the balance, but falls to the ground. He then exclaims, “I once made a pledge to save all living beings! I cannot let such minor sufferings defeat me!”

At last he successfully climbs onto the balance. Watching the entire scene, all the heavenly beings praise the King saying, “He did not begrudge his life, even for a bird. He is a person who best suits the title of Bodhisattva.

Suddenly, Taishaku casts off his disguised figure as a hawk and regains his original appearance.

He says to the King, “Don’t you have any pain or regret?” The King replies, “I have no regrets whatsoever. My heart is rather full of joy.”

No sooner did the King utter these words than did his body change back into what it used to be.


Image Credit.


Hymn For Cancer Amrutha Sanjeevana Dhanvathri Stuthi

In Hinduism on July 21, 2014 at 08:33

Some diseases like Cancer are more worrisome.


Despite various treatments like Chemotherapy,Radiation Therapy, the concern persists.


May be what I say is unpalatable, the fact is that of the efficacy of these treatments and the cure they are likely to effect, Doctors are as much in the dark as the patients, the patients admit the fact, Doctors do not admit it openly.

In these cases, one turns to God.


I have posted The Mrutha Sanjeevani Mantra to get relief from Mental stress and tensions,


This is addressed to Lord Shiva.


Lord Dhanvantri, the First Doctor, an Avatar of Vishnu, who rose from the Ocean is the Perfect source to address these types of health issues.


The Amrutha Sanjeevana Mantra.


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Lord Dhanvantri.


“Translated by

(Lord Dhanvanthari Rose up from the ocean of milk when it was churned holding in his hand , a pot of nectar . He is considered as another form of Lord Vishnu and also considered as the doctor for all universe. The Sanskrit original of this stotam taken from Sudarsana Samhitha is available in
https://docs.google.com/file/d/0ByHsyol17T5XMkF3SEQ1Z0hZNzg/edit?pli=1 )

1.Namo nama viswa vibhavanaya,namo nama loka sukha pradaya,
Namo nama viswa srujeswaraya, namo nama mukthi vara pradhaya.

Salutations to him who looked after the world ,
Salutations to him who kept the people of the world in pleasant state,
Salutations to the god who maintained the world ,
Salutations to the God who gives boons of salvation.

2.Namo Namaste akhila lokapayaa, namo Namaste akhila loka dhaya,
Namo Namaste Akhila karanaya , namo Namaste Akhila loka rakshakaya

Salutations to the God who is the reason of arrival of all worlds,
Salutations to the God who gave us all the worlds,
Salutations to the God who is the cause of all,
Salutations to the God who protects all the world.

3.Namo Namaste akhila loka harthre , namo Namaste viruja prakathre,
Namo Namaste Akhila viswa dharthre, namo Namaste Akhila loka mathre

Salutations to the God who destroys all the worlds,
Salutations to the God who caused the land of cattle herds
Salutations to the God who carries all the worlds,
Salutations to him who is more powerful than all the worlds.

4.Srushtam deva characharam jagadhidham , brahma swaroopena they,
Sarva thath paripalyathje jagadhidham Vishnu swaroopena they,
Viswam saheeyathe thadeva nikhilam Rudra swaroopena they,
SAmsichya amrutha seekarair hara maharishtam chiram jeevaya.

Oh God you created the world with moving and non moving beings in the form of Brahma,
And looked after that entire world in the form of Lord Vishnu,
And destroyed all that mighty worlds in the form of Rudra,
And by sprinkling nectar all over and destroyed the great sufferings and made us live long.

5.Yo Dhanvanthari samgnayaa nighadhitha ksheerabdhitho nisrutho,
Hasthaabhyaam jana jeevanaabhya kalasam peeyusha poorna dadhat,
Ayurveda mareerachaj janarujaam naasaya sa thwam mudhaa,
Samsinchyamrutha seekarair hara maharishtam chiram jeevaya.

He rose from the ocean of milk , which was churned with the name Dhanvanthri,
Holding in his hand a pot full of lives of people and gave it to us,
And with great joy he gave the science of Ayurveda for destroying sickness of people,
And by sprinkling nectar all over he destroyed the great sufferings and made us live long.

6.Sthree roopam vara bhooshanambara daram trilokya sammohanam,
Kruthwaa paayayathi sma y asura ganaan peeyusham athyuthamam,
Chakre daithya ganaan sudhaa virahithaan sammohya sa thwam mudhaa,
Samsinchyamrutha seekarair hara maharishtam chiram jeevaya.

Feminine form, , ornamented , clad in silk , most attractive of the three worlds,
He was Making for the group of devas the very great nectar,
Indra, devas who were starved for nectar were joyfully attracted to him,’
And by sprinkling nectar all over he destroyed the great sufferings and made us live long.

7.Chakshusu oshadhi samplaava bhoovedapa jasha krutha ,
Sincha sinchathmrutha kanai chiram jeevaya jeevaya .

From his eyes medicinal herbs ebbed out and in the earth and they became the forest,
He sprinkled them with the drops of nectar , so that all would live and live long

8.Prushta mandhara nirghoona nidraksha kamataakruthe,
Sincha sinchamrutha kanai chiram jeevaya jeevaya..

When the Mandhara at his back tumbled , he saved it in the form of a tortoise,
He sprinkled it with the drops of nectar , so that all would live and live long

9.Daroddhara Hiranyaksha gathe krodakruthe prabho,
Sincha sinchamrutha kanai chiram jeevaya jeevaya..

When the Lord who went as a boar in the path taken by Hiranyaksha who stole the earth,
He sprinkled it with the drops of nectar , so that all would live and live long

10.Bhaktha thrasa vinasaathaa chandathwa nruhare Prabho,
Sincha sinchamrutha kanai chiram jeevaya jeevaya..

For destroying the sorrow of your devotee, the God came as man lion with warmth, Oh Lord .
He sprinkled it with the drops of nectar , so that all would live and live long.

11.Yaganchala bali thrasa muktha nirjara Vamana,
Sincha sinchamrutha kanai chiram jeevaya jeevaya..

The young Vamana removed the anxiety to Mahanbali in the Yaga place and gave him freedom,
He sprinkled it with the drops of nectar , so that all would live and live long.

12.Kshtriyaranya sancheda kutara kara rainuka,
Sincha sinchamrutha kanai chiram jeevaya jeevaya..

The son of Renuka armed an axe cut the forest of Kshatriyas,
He sprinkled it with the drops of nectar , so that all would live and live long.

13.Raksho raja prathapa Abdhi soshanasuga Raghava,
Sincha sinchamrutha kanai chiram jeevaya jeevaya..

The great king Raghava protected by draining out the sea and moving the army,
He sprinkled it with the drops of nectar , so that all would live and live long.

14.Bhoobarasura sandoha Kalagne Rukmanipathe,
Sincha sinchamrutha kanai chiram jeevaya jeevaya.

The consort of Rukhmani who like a forest fire destroyed the asuras who filled the world,
He sprinkled it with the drops of nectar , so that all would live and live long

15.Veda marga rathaan arha vibrahnthyai Budha roopa drik,
Sincha sinchamrutha kanai chiram jeevaya jeevaya.

As Buddha he steered away the chariot travelling in the path of Veda , from madness,
He sprinkled it with the drops of nectar , so that all would live and live long

16.Kali varnasramaa spashta dharma ddharyai Kalki roopa Baak,
Sincha sinchamrutha kanai chiram jeevaya jeevaya.

The God in the form of Kalki who made the varnasrama of kali age in to clear path of Dharma,
He sprinkled it with the drops of nectar , so that all would live and live long

17.Aasadhya kashta sadhyaa ye maharoga bhayankara,
Cchindhi thaanaasu chakrena chiram jeevaya jevaya.

As God he cut off the terrible diseases which are difficult,
And hard to cure, by his holy wheel, live, long live.

18.Alpa mruthyum chaa apamrutyum mahothpaadath upadravaan,
Bhindhi bhindhi gadhagathou , chiram jeevaya jeevaya

As god he powdered the troubles caused by epidemics causing,
Untimely deaths as well as some bad deaths by his mace , live, long live

19.Aham na jaane kimapi thwadanyath,
Samaasraye Nadha paadambujam they,
Kurushva thadhan manaseepsitham they,
Sukarmana kena samakshameeyam.

I do not know anybody except you,
In this life except your lotus like feet,
Please get done whatever you think is fit,
And by your good deeds in front of all our eyes.

20.Thwameva thatho, Janani thwameva ,
Thwameva nadhas cha thwameva bandhu,
Vidhyaa dhanagara kulam thwamaiva,
Thwameva sarvam mama deva deva.

You are my father , you are my mother,
You are my lord, You are my relative,
You are education, money and clan,
Oh God of gods, you are my everything

21.Na may aparadham pravalokaya prabho,
Aparadha sindhoscha dhayanidhisthwam, Thathena dushtopi sutha surakshayathe ,
Dhayaluthaa they avathu sarvadhaa asmaan.

Oh Lord please do not bother about my mistakes,
Among the several forest of errors committed, Oh treasure of mercy,
For , the father protects the son from bad people ,
And be merciful always on me.

22.Ahaha vismara nadha na maam sadhaa,
Karunayaa nijayaa paripooritha , Bhuvi bhavan yadi may nahi rakshaka,
Kadam aho jeevana mathra vai.

Oh Lord do not ever forget me,
And always complete me with your mercy,
In this earth if you are not the protector,
What is the way out in this life for me.

23Daha daha krupayaa vyadhi jaalam visalam,
Hara hara kara baalam cha alpa mruthyo karalam,
Nija nija paripalam thwaam bhaje bhaavayaalam,
Kuru kuru bahu kalam jeevitham may sadaalam.

Burn, burn the net of diseases which are broad,
Destroy, destroy the horrible premature death by your hands,
As you are the true protector and I sing about your greatness,
Make, make my hands strong and make life for a long time.

Kleem sreem Kleem Sreem namo Bhagawathe Janardhanaya,
Sakala durithaani nasaya nasaya , ksmoum aarogyam kuru kuru,
Hreem deergamayur dehi swahaa

Kleem sreem Kleem sreem My salutations to God Janardhana ,
Destroy destroy all sufferings, Ksmoum give , give me health
Hreem Give me long life

The result of chanting

25.Asya dharadho jaapaadh alpa mruthyu prasamyathi
Garbha raksha karam streenaam , balanam jeevanam param

If this is worn or chanted , untimely death would come to an end,
For ladies pregnancy would be protected and for boys life would be divine.

26.Sarva roga prasamyanthi , sarva badhaa prasamyathi,
Kudrishtijam bhayam nasyeth thadhaa prethadhijam bhayam

All diseases would be cured, all distresses would be avoided,
The fear of envious look and that of seeing a corpse would go away.

Ithi sri sudarsanan samhithaayaam amrutha sanjeevana dhanwanthgri stotram sampooornam

Thus ends the prayer to Dhanvantri which occus in Sudarasana Samhitha.







Lord Subrahmanya Murugan Foot Print

In Hinduism on July 20, 2014 at 08:46

Of the few major Deities mentioned in the Vedas ,Subrahmanya is One.


He is called Skanda in the Veda.


The ancient language Tamil venerate Him as the God of Tamil and He is the personification of Tamil.


The eighteen consonants and vowels are represented by Murugan, Murugu in Tamil means exquisitely beautiful, by His six faces and twelve forms.


He imparted Brahma Gnana to Brahma and even preached His Father, Lord Shiva.( The temple depicting this incident is Tiruthani, Tamil Nadu, where Lord Shiva kneels before Subrahmanya!


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Pazhani Dhandayuthapani Raja Alankaram.


One who realized Brahman is a Brahman.


In Sanskrit, when you add the prefix ‘su’, it means the ‘highest, best’


Of the Trimurtis Shiva is a Brahmin.


Subrahmanya is the Best or the Higher Brahmin for He taught Shiva!


Subramanyas’ footprints..


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Lord Subramanya’s Footprints,Jnana malai,Tamil Nadu,India. On the west side of Jnanamalai hillock there is a small Siva temple. Behind it one finds what appear to be deep footsteps in the rock. They appear as footprints on molten lava. Incidentally this is a volcanic mountain from all appearances. There is a local belief that these footsteps are those of Lord Muruga Himself.There is also a belief that Murugan visited this place after marrying Valli Amman in Vallimalai on way to Tiruttani. Tiruttani and Vallimalai form form a triangle with Jñāna Malai and both can be seen from this hill. Around the hill there is a lake and in the rainy season Jnanamalai looks like an island.

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Murugan Footprint Palani.

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Murugan Footprint Kinathukadavu.Perched on the 600-ft. imposing hillock, adored as Kanakagiri, Sri Pon Velayudhaswami temple of Kinathukadavu (located midway between Pollachi and Coimbatore) has the glory and pride of place as one of the few shrines in Kongu Nadu, celebrated by Saint Arunagiri Nathar in his divine hymns. The hill shrine can be reached by climbing an easy flight of 200 neatly carved steps. The origin of the temple dates back to the thirteenth century. The temple was renovated by the rulers of Mysore




Raja Alankaram Image Credit.



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