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Footprints Of Lord Krishna,Vrindavan Somnath Assam

In Hinduism on July 14, 2014 at 08:08

The footprints of Lord Rama and Krishna  are found in India.

 

Lord Rama’s feet is found near Rameswaram and in some other places.

 

Lord Krishna‘s are found in Vrindavan,Asvakranta (Assam) and in Asvakranta temple in Assam.

 

The legends associated with these places seem to be in agreement with the Puranas.

 

Krishna's Footprints,Charan Pahari.

Lord Krishna Footprint,Vrindavan.In Charan Pahari, Lord Krishna’s footprints are enshrined. According to the locals there is the impression of Krishna’s left and right footprints at this place. It is said that Krishna was playing His flute at this place and that the hill started to melt. The impressions of Krishna’s footprints could then be seen on the stone here. It has been told that Lord Caitanya, Lord Nityananda, Advaita Acarya, Madhavendra Puri, Madhvacarya, Vallabhacarya and the Goswamis have come to this place to have darshan of Krishna’s footprints.

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Krishna’s Footprint,Somnath.The footprint of Bhagvan Shree Krishna is carved here to mark the divine memory of Shree Krishna Neejdham Prasthan Leela. Baldevji, the elder brother of Shree Krishna also took his last journey from here in his original serpent form. This is marked by an ancient holy cave called “Dauji-ni-Gufa”

The temple of Asvakranta in Assam is situated in NorthGuwahati. An important and one of the greatest Vishnu shrines of Assam, Asvakranta is located on a rocky stratum touching the waterfront of the Brahmaputra. Asvakranta pilgrimage tours can be covered by motor boats that are available at Suklesvar Ghat (Guwahati). Asvakranta is favoured for its scenic beauty. From here one can enjoy the east-west expanse of Guwahati situated on the other bank of the river.

Asvakranta literally means ‘ascended by horses’. It is here that Sri Krishna camped with his army before he defeated and killed Narakasur.

Aswakranta is associated with Krishna-Rukamini episode. It is said that Krishna’s Asva (horse) was encircled (akranta) by the enemies at this place. It is also believed by some people that the place should be caged as Asvaklanta indicating that Krishna on his way from Kundil Nagar to Dwaraka had to rest here as his horse became tired (klanta).

Airport : The nearest airport is Guwahati. From here you can easily reach Asvakranta by road.

Railhead : The nearest railhead is situated at Guwahati.

Road Transport : Asvakranta is linked by road transport via the Saraighat Bridge across the Brahmaputra. Other option is Guwahati, which is well connected with regular bus services from all the major cities in and around the state.

Water Transport : Regular ferry services are available to Asvakranta from Guwahati.

Staying in Asvakranta
Accommodation facilities are available at reasonable prices in Guwahati with options varying from luxury to budget hotels.

Citation.

 

http://www.north-east-india.com/assam/asvakranta-temples.html

Chandra Gupta Megasthanes Never Met History Faked

In Hinduism, History on July 4, 2014 at 09:08

How does one start a Nation’s History?

 

Queen Kumaradevi and King Chandragupta I, depicted on a coin of their son Samudragupta, 335–380 CE.image.

Queen Kumaradevi and King Chandragupta I, depicted on a coin of their son Samudragupta, 335–380 CE

 

What does one base it on?

 

Common sense would tell you to refer to the legends,literature of the Nation, check with contemporary event,s then cross check it with references , if any, if these literature is contemporary or slightly later.

 

Can you imagine a Nation,s History being started solely on the basis of a Character, who has not even met the man he is quoted to have met!

 

Well, this is what has happened to Indian History.

 

Of Chandra Gupta Maurya.

 

The man whose testimony is relied upon is Megasthanes.

 

Megasthanes included, interpolated  Greek Gods and Goddesses( read my post on how History invented Greek Gods).

 

These were later based upon along with the other names in Greek , presumably Indian, was linked to Chandra Gupta.

 

  1. Megasthenes has nowhere mentioned the word Maurya
  2. He makes absolutely no mention of a person called either Chanakya or Kautilya.
  3. Indian historians have recorded two Chandra guptas, one of the Maurya dynasty and another of the Gupta dynasty. Both of them had a grandson called Ashoka. While the Mauryan Chandragupta’ s son was called Bimbasara (sometimes Bindusara), The Gupta Chandragupta had a son called Samudragupta. Interestingly Megasthenese has written that Sandrakuttos had a son called Samdrakyptos, which is phonetically nearer to Samudragupta and not Bindusara.
  4. The king lists given by the Puranas say that 1500 years elapsed from the time of the Kurukshetra war to the beginning of the Nanda dynasty’s rule. If one assumes the Nandas’ period to be 5th century BCE, this would put the Bharatha war around 1900 BCE whereas the traditional view has always been 3100 BCE. This gives a difference of 1200 years which go unaccounted.
  5. Megasthanese himself says 137 generations of kings have come and gone between Krishna and Sandrakuttos, whereas the puranas give around 83 generations only between Jarasandha’s son (Krishna’s contemporary) to the Nandas of the Magadha kingdom.. Assuming an average of 20 to 25 years per generation, the difference of 54 generations would account for the gap of the 1200 years till the time of Alexander.

  1. The Chinese have always maintained that Buddhism came to China from India around 1100 -1200 BCE, whereas the western historians tend to put Buddha at 500 BCE
  2. According to the Greek accounts, Xandrammes was deposed by Sandrokottas and Sandrocyptus was the son of Sandrokottas. In the case of Chandragupta Maurya, he had opposed Dhanananda of the Nanda dynasty and the name of his son was Bindusara. Both these names, Dhanananda and Bindusara, have no phonetic similarity with the names Xandrammes and Sandrocyptus of the Greek accounts.

 

  1. Asoka’s empire was bigger than that of Chandragupta Maurya and he had sent missionaries to the so-called Yavana countries. But both of them are not mentioned. Colebrook has pointed out that the Greek writers did not say anything about the Buddhist Bhikkus though that was the flourishing religion of that time with the royal patronage of Asoka. Roychaudhari also wonders why the Greek accounts are silent on Buddhism.
  1. The empire of Chandragupta was known as Magadha empire. It had a long history even at the time of Chandragupta Maurya. In Indian literature, this powerful empire is amply described by this name but it is absent in the Greek accounts. It is difficult to understand as to why Megasthanese did not use this name and instead used the word Prassi which has no equivalent or counterpart in Indian accounts.
  1. To decide as to whether Pataliputra was the capital of the Mauryas, Puranas is the only source. Puranas inform us that all the eight dynasties that ruled Magadha after the Mahabharata War had Girivraja as their capital. Mauryas are listed as one of the eight dynasties. The name Pataliputra is not even hinted at, anywhere in the Puranas.

In the Greek accounts, Sandrokottas of Palimbothra is described as a contemporary of Alexander of Macedonia who invaded India during 327 BC to 323 BC This decides the approximate date of Chandragupta Maurya. Princep’s research decides the approximate date of Asoka, the grandson of Chandragupta Maurya as in 3rd century BC Both these dates were adjusted with the reign periods of the three successive Magadha kings, Chandragupta, Bindusara and Asoka of the Maurya dynasty given in the Puranas. Thus, the date c. 320 BC was fixed as the date of coronation of Chandragupta Maurya. It is on this date that every other date of Indian history has been constructed.

Max Mueller, in 1859 AD, finalized this identity of Sandrokottas with Chandragupta Maurya and declared c. 320 BC, the date of coronation of Chandragupta Maurya as the Sheet Anchor of Indian history. M. Troyer did not agree with this conclusion and noted this fact in the introduction to his translation of Rajatarangani of Kalhana. He even communicated his views to Prof. Max Mueller in a letter but did not receive a reply from him.

 

Historian V. A. Smith took the chronological identity asserted by the predecessors in this historical hierarchy as the basis for further calculation of the exact dates of the different dynasties that ruled over Magadha after and before the Mauryas. He took the aid of numismatics in addition to epigraphy. He could not however get over, as if by compunction, to follow the Puranas in the enumeration of the kings and their dynasties. But he reduced their reign periods. The total reduction done by these British scholars, from Jones to Smith, comes to 1300 years according to some Indian chronologists.

 

Citation.

http://controversialhistory.blogspot.in/2009/07/did-megasthenes-meet-chandragupta.html#.U7Yec1WSz3S

 

The site mentioned contains great articles.

 

Advaita Guru Parampara Of Hinduism List Of Preceptors

In Hinduism on July 1, 2014 at 10:57

This is the List of the Preceptors of Hinduism.

 

One is Lord Krishna who is eloquent and another is Dakshinamurthy, who remains silent.

 

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Hindu Scriptures.Table

 

Interesting that Advaita(Nondualism) Guru starts with Sriman Narayana, whose followers Vaishnavas believe in Visishtadavaita,qualified non -dualism)

 

And Dakshinamurthy does not find a place!

 

 


nArAyaNam. padmabhuvam. vasishTham. Saktim. ca tatputra parASaram. ca
vyAsam. Sukam. gauDapadam. mahAntam. govindayogIndram athAsya Sishyam. |
SrI Sam.karAcAryam athAsya padmapAdam. ca hastAmalakam. ca Sishyam.
tam. toTakam. vArttikakAramanyAn asmad gurUn santatamAnatosmi ||
sadASiva samArambhAm. SankarAcArya madhyamAm.
asmadAcArya paryantAm. vande guru paramparAm. ||

Narayna
 Padmabhuva (Brahma)
 Vasishta
 Sakti
 ParASara
 Vyasa
 Suka
 Gaudapada
 Govinda Bhagavatpada
 Sankaracharrya
 Padmapda, HastAmalaka, Totaaka, SureSvara (VArttikakara), 


and others.

 

Citation.

http://www.advaita-vedanta.org/avhp/advaita-parampara.html

 

Image.

http://www.vallabhkankroli.org/pushtimarg_a-vedic-sampraday.htm

Shiva Vishnu The Same Quotes

In Uncategorized on June 30, 2014 at 07:12

 

I have posted some articles on the Unity of Shiva an Vishnu.

 

There is no distinction between the two.

 

I am providing some quotes from the Puranas.

 

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Brahma Vishnu Shiva as One. Halebid

“Though the three, Brahma Vishnu and Siva form an integral whole the world considers them separate and quarrels.”

 

-Thirumoolar in Thirumandiram.

 

“Those who find indifference in Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva and recognise the oneness in them obtain eternal peace.” Chapetr 4 Srimad Bhagavatham

 

“Shiva Brahma and Vishnu are thy manifested forms, which create, maintain and destroy the universe at thy will.  Thou is Ishwara who delivers Moksha (Salvation).  Thou is Parabrahman (the Supreme Lord).”-Chapter 8 Srimad Bhagavataham

 

Shivo Harirhariha Shakshatchiva Eva Nirupitaha      |
Shivadveshi Haridrohi Vishnum Nityam Bhajanapi    || Narada Pancharatra.

‘Shiva is Hari and Hari is none other than Shiva.  An enemy of Shiva is an enemy of Hari, even though he may daily worship Vishnu.’

 

Glory to thee, who is honoured as Brahman in the Vedanta – Lord of the three worlds – Mahadev.”-Vallabhacharya.

 

Legends from Puranas on Hiva and Vishnu being One.

 

“There are two mahaa-phala daayaka Vrukshas.

One by the name Vaasudeva and the other by the name Vaamadeva.

They differ only in their sumas (flowers) (‘su’ is replaced by ‘ma’ in their names), but both give the same phalas (fruits, which is moksham)”.

It is also often said, “How much one does not see the difference between Shiva and Vishnu, that much his aayu will increase”.

One day, when Lakshmi and Vishnu were together in vihaaram, Lakshmi sees Ucchaishravam, her brother, the horse of Revanta who is the son of Surya. Engrossed in seeing her brother, she does not reply to the repeated calls of Vishnu.

Seeing her attraction, Vishnu gives her shaapam to go to Bhulokam in the form of a horse and come back to Vaikuntam only after getting a son equal to Himself! She comes to Bhuloka to experience the shaapam and realizing that none other than her brother, Shiva can help her calm Vishnu, she immediately does a tapas for Him and Shiva appears to save her soodari. Lakshmi says “You and Vishnu are both same, the Paramaatma. Please help me!”.

Shiva says “Soodari! How do you know that we both are same? All learned people know that. Who told you?”.

Lakshmi says, “Once Mahavishnu Himself told me this. Seeing Him in deep Daiva-dhyaanam, I asked Him “During Samudramanthanam, I thought you were the greatest of all and hence chose you. Devaadideva! Who is better than you that you are in dhyaanam of Him?”.

Mahavishnu replied “I am doing Shankara-dhyaanam. He is Eshwara. He is the same as Me. All learned people know that. If someone is my devotee but still hates Shiva, he will fall into naraka”.

Saying this, She asks Shiva to pursuade Vishnu to bless Her with a child. Shiva sends Chitrarupa as a duta to convince Vishnu.

Vishnu immediately accepts and comes to Bhuloka and blesses Lakshmi with Ekaveera, who is equal to Vishnu Himself.

 

From Ekaveera came forth the Haihaya dynasty, of which the most noted king is Kartavirya Arjuna (Ekaveera’s grandson).

 

How much ever one imagines that much only are You:

  • For Vaishnavas You are Vishnu
  • For Vedaantas You are Parabrahma
  • For Shaivas and other bhaktas You are Shiva
  • For Kaapaalikas You are Kaala-Bhairava
  • For Shaakteyaas You are Shakti
  • For people with alpa-buddhi You appear as alpam
  • For people who know Your Garima and have Ghana-buddhi You are a Ghana
  • For people who are Sharanaagati You are Venkateshvara

Annamaacharya, in “Enta maatramuna evvaru talichina.

 

Once Shri Krishna, the avataar of Mahaavishnu, came to Upamanyu maharshi, when he was at Himaalayas.

Shri Krishna said “Upamanyu muniindra! You are the greatest in the Shiva Bhaktas. I came here to do Tapas of Paramashiva to get santaanam.

Please teach Me Shaiva-vidhi and vidhaanam”.

Upamanyu replied “O Shri Krishna! I know who You are. Shiva puuja is not new to You.

Though You know it, to make everybody know, I will tell You …” Saying thus, Upamanyu told Shri Krishna how to do Shiva-aaraadhana.

 

Citation.

http://www.iskcondesiretree.net/forum/topics/both-shiva-and-vishnu-are-same

 

 

Why Shiva When There Is Vishnu In Veda

In Hinduism on June 29, 2014 at 10:46

Thee was a message to me in Facebook from one of the members of  Facebook Community ,asking me,

 

‘Why there is Shiva when there is Vishnu in the Vedas?’

 

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Sankaranarayana ,Sankaran Koil.

 

Very intelligent question, devoid of prejudice.

 

( The question could have been the other way around as well)

 

If people had asked themselves this question and studied the Vedas , the clash between various sects of Hinduism ,especially between the Iyers and Vasihavaites would never have taken place.

 

Religion is an Experience.

 

One can feel it, experience, never know it.

 

Like pleasure,pain’ hunger, thirst, these are to be felt.

 

When some one says I know pain it means that he/she knows the feelings of Pain, not pain directly.

 

Religious experience falls under this category.

 

 

Hinduism believes in Reality, one , two  depends on one’s perspective and mental disposition.

 

Truth is One people view it differently.

 

All are correct.

 

If you watch a cricket match, one may look like to out from One angle and not Not out from another view.

 

From each stand point it is Right.

 

In a match the Umpire gives the benefit of doubt to the Batsman.

 

In Real life, we give to  the one with which we are comfortable.

 

So Reality is One, an Abstract, Sat Chit and Anandham,Being,Consciousness and Bliss.

 

It is difficult for the Human Mind to conceive of this Abstract Principle.

 

Vedas are aware of the limitations of the Human Mind.

 

So it allows people to progress in understanding the Reality from their perspective dispositions.

 

In Life we have preferences and we can not find any reason for it.

 

It is just there and we have to accept it.

 

So we worship what suits our Nature, what inspires us .

 

Vedas provide choices for you to choose.

 

In Vishnu one has the principle of Kinetic energy, Shiva potential energy.

 

Vishnu the protectorate, Rudra the destroyer.

 

Vishnu , the Father, who is affectionate to a fault, corrects your faults gently. whom one approaches with freedom as with  liberal father

 

Shiva, the disciplinarian father and a Teacher, who is a martinet, with whom one approaches with respect.

 

Both are the same, two sides of a coin.

 

Read my posts on Siva Stuthi by Krishna and how he admonishes who does not respect Shiva

 

 

 

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