Posts Tagged ‘Krishna’

Nyasa Anga and Kara Preparaion for Pooja

In Hinduism on August 28, 2014 at 11:43

There are procedures for performing Pooja in Hinduism.


The Universe is connected and interdependent.

Any action performed affect another and there may be certain elements which may not be tolerant of your actions.

There may be elements that would help you  in your endeavor.

To prevent the former and facilitate the latter some procedures have been evolved in Hinduism.

While this may not be necessary for daily parayana , it is necessary for Pooja and more so for Tantrik Sadhana.

The places are Head, Lips,Heart,Shoulder blades,Palm and Fingertips and in some cases pit of the stomach and Buttocks.

Some Nyasas.

Mahashodha nyasa where a sadhaka or sadhvika places planets, constellations, sacred sites and other elements of Lalita’s cosmology on her or his body. T

Rishi Nyasa, Kara (hand) Nyasa, Matrika Nyasa and Sadanga Nyasa.

Every mantra has a Rishi or seer who first pronounced the mantra,

Matrika Nyasa is a form where the 50 letters of the Sanskrit alphabet are placed on the body.

Sadanga Nyasa uses bijas connected with long vowels of the Sanskrit alphabet.


Kara Nyasa refers to use of fingers and marking them.

Mudras are special expressions with the fingers.

There is another aspect, Dikbandhana, when the Diretions (Space) are marked to prevent evil influences disturbing one’s concentration.


Hungry Krishna Naivedyam 3 AM Thiruvarappu

In Hinduism on August 27, 2014 at 11:07

Lord Krishna was reported to have been hungry after killing Kamsa.


To satiate hunger, Nainedyam is offered to Lor Krishna at 3 am daily.


The temple in Thiruvarappu, Kottayam District,Kerala and is believed to be 1500 years old.


The Idol is like Guruvayoorappan of Guruvayur.


There are Sannidis for Bhagavathi and Shiva.


Thiruvarappu Krishna Temple. Image

Thiruvarappu Krishna Temple.


Aswatthama, The Curse Of Immortality Narayanastra

In Hinduism on August 26, 2014 at 08:15

I often tell my friends and children that living for  long time is painful.


Ashwatthama use Narayanastrajpg

Ashwatthama use Narayanastra.


For , beyond a certain age, say after 50 years , everything that happens is Life to an individual, is ‘Action Replay’


One would have seen and gone through nearly all aspects of Life.


And there are no surprises .


To live through the same thing in Life, is monotonous.


One more factor is that even if one wants to take leave of this world, it is not in one’ hands.


I have observed that it is those who have a zest for Life and want to live more, die suddenly .


On the other hand those who feel that they have served their time seem to live and linger on.


It is painful if one falls ill and depends on others for discharging daily functions.


Imagine remaining Immortal!


Nothing can be more painful than this.


And if you were to be cursed to be alone and wander alone..!


This has happened to Aswathama, son of Dronacharya.


Aswathama was agreat warrior.


During the Mahabharat War, Drona was killed by  Dhristathyumna against whom Drona vowed not to bear arms.


Aswathama could not come to terms with it.


As the war drew a to a close, Duryodhana was also killed by Bhima by dubious means, of hitting Duryodhana below the waist in a mace fight.


Duryodhana lay dying a mountain stream.


Aswatahama, angered at this, used an Astra and had all the children of Pandavas killed, save Parikshit who was saved by Krishna.


Duryodhana abused Aswatahama informing him that Children had nothing to do with war and anyway the children of the Panadavas were as much his own,that Aswathama wiped out his own clan by killing these children.


And he died.


Aswathama became more agitated.


He came to the war field and sent in Narayanstra.


There are three powerful Astras.


Brahmastra, Pasupatastra and Narayanstra.


Naranaystra is the most powerful and to my knowledge this is the only instance where it was used.


This astra would wipe out every thing in the universe nd there is no stopping it.


At the time of Aswataham sending down this Astra Narada and Vyasa, who were present in the battle field warned not to use Narayanastra.


Despite this warning Aswathama sent the Astra.


It started destroying everything in its wake , starting from the Heavens.


Arjuna was speechless.


Krishna advised every one that the only way to stop the astra is to lay down Arms and prostate before it.


Everyone did so.


The Astra did not hurt any one and came back to Aswathama asking him to assign a Target, failing which it would kill him.


Aswathama could not retract the Astra as he did not know how to retract it, knew only to send it.


Krishna asked Arjuna to take the Astra and aim it.


Arjuna told Krishna that he knew nothing about Narayanastra.


Narada told him,


Krishna tells you, do it’


Astra has to have a Target,


Either it is your life or the Emerald in Your Head. (This emerald is precious and ensures success)


Aswathama assigns the Emerald as the target.


Arjuna takes it.


Then Vyasa and Narada cursed Aswathama,


You shall remain a Chiranjeevi, Immortal through out the Time Cycle.


You shall remain till the end of Prakrutha Pralaya.


And you shall wander the forests, friendless.


A lesson in both how killing children is the greatest t sin and how half baked  knowledge is dangerous.


Hoe Rajapakshe heard this story before killing children in Lanka.




Krishna Endorses His Death Curse By Kandhari

In Hinduism on August 24, 2014 at 18:43

In terms of behaviour, Lord Krishna and Rama are poles apart though both are the Avatars of Vishnu.


Lord Rama was an Idealist.


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Lord Rma and Krishna. Image credit


Krishna a Pragmatist.


For Rama Means were as important as the  End.


For Krishna End justified the Means, in  upholding Dharma.


Rama grew up amidst Royalty,


Krishna among cowherd never became a King, remained a prince throughout his life.


Krishna married two women,Rukmini and Sathyabhama, while Rama was steadfast only to Sita.(read my post 16,000 wives of Krishna).


Rama was personally attached to His parents, wife, friends.


Krishna detached attachment.


Krishna gained nothing for His labours.


Rama gained His Kingdom and regained His wife.


Rama was  so attached to Lakshmana, His brother that He breathed His last when He heard Lakshmana left His Body.


Krishna paid Rama’s debts.


Rama killed Vali ,hiding behind tress, Krishna was killed by a Hunter in stealth.


Laksmana served Rama.


Krishna served Balarama who was an Avatar of Lakshmana in Dwapara Yuga.


Krishna was so detached, He endorsed the destruction of His Death and of His Clan, due to a Curse by Kandhari.


According to Mahabharata, the Kurukshetra war resulted in the death of all 100 sons of Gandhari. On the night before Duryodhana’s death, Lord Krishna visited Gandhari to offer his condolences. Gandhari felt that Krishna knowingly did not put an end to the war, and in a fit of rage and sorrow, Gandhari cursed that Krishna, along with everyone else from Yadu dynasty, would perish after 36 years. Krishna himself knew and wanted this to happen as he felt that the Yadavas had become very haughty and arrogant (adharmi), so he ended Gandhari’s speech by saying “tathastu” (so be it).





Jambhavan Sheds Tears Alghu Malluru Krishna Swamy

In Hinduism on August 24, 2014 at 17:00

Lord Krishna went in search of Syamantaka Mani.


In the process He had to fight Jamabhavan, whom He found it difficult to defeat.





Jambhavan was an ardent devotee of Lord Rama and he along with the vanara Sena  fought along with Lord Rama against Ravana.


He was the one who made Hanuman to realize His potential to cross the Ocean in search of Sita in Lanka.


Legend has it that Lord Krishna gave the Darshan of Rama to Jambhavan during His scuffle with Jambhavan.


Only then did jambhavan realize Lord Krishna and Rama were the same and gave his daughter jambhavati to Krishna in marriage.


It may be noted in scientific interest that Jambhavan belonged to a species that was dwindling during Krishna’ period, Dwapara Yuga.


Vanara were yet another species, not monkeys as most of us believe.


Please read my post Vanaras Neandarthals of India.



There is a temple dedicated to Lord Krishna where He is reported to have defeated Jambhavantha, Jambhavan and married Jambhavathi.


This is in Mannar poluru, Andhra Pradesh.


How to reach.


103 Kilometers from Nellore, near Sullurpet.




Railway Station..Nellore, Sullurpeta.


Bus Station. Sullurpeta.




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