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Karna Denied Food in Swarga Mahalaya Paksha

In Hinduism on September 4, 2014 at 17:28

Mahalaya Paksha is called the Pitru Paksha where the ancestors are remembered and offered the Tharpana.

 

One of legends for the Pitru Paksha is as follows.

 

After Karna was slain in the Mahabharata War, he ascended to heavens, Swarga.

 

There he was offered god and Silver every day but never Food.

 

He asked Indra, the chief of Devas for the reason.

 

Indra informed him that though Karna had given away whatever he had to those who had asked him, he never donated Food.

 

And if Karna were to get food in Swarga, he has to donate Food.

 

Karna descended to Earth and donated food.

 

This period is Mahalaya Paksha,one legend goes on.

 

However I have found no reference to this in the Puranas or Ithihasas.

 

Who Broke Ganesha Tusk Parashurama Son Of Parvati

In Hinduism on August 25, 2014 at 08:13

Lord Ganesha has one Tusk.

 

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Eka Danta Ganapati. Image Credit. http://www.mahavyoma.org/22-sri-ekadanta-ganapati/

 

One Tusk remains broken.

 

The common legend I have been aware that Lord Ganesha broke hos tusk to write the Mahabharata at the bidding of Veda Vyasa.

 

There is another legend in Mudugala Purana.

 

Parashuarama is a Chiranjeevi, who lives forever, went to meet Lord Shiva , His Teacher in the Himalayas and was blocked by Ganesha who was guarding Kailasa.

 

Angry Parsashurama threw his axe at Ganapati and it broke His left Tusk.

 

Ganesha accepted this without making effort to stop it as the Axe was given to Parashurama by His father Shiva .

 

Furious Parvati, hurt at Ganesha being hurt,declared she would cut off the arms of Parashurama.

She took the form of Durgama, becoming omnipotent, but at the last moment, Shiva was able to pacify her by making her see the avatar as her own son.

 

Ganesha without one tusk is considered as His second avatar by some.

 

Ganesha Gayatri gives importance to this aspect of single Tusk

 

‘Ekadanthaaya Vidhmahe Vakra Dhundaaya Dheemahi,

Thanno Danthi Prachothayaath’

 

Source.Mudugala Purana,which is classified as a Upapurana.

 

Citation.

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parashurama#Ekadanta

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).

 

 

Citation.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krishna

14 Feet Ganesha, Someshwara Temple Without Foundation

In Hinduism on August 24, 2014 at 11:11

The legends in Hinduism are intriguing , many from diverse sources. Puranas, Ithihasas like Ramayana, Mahabharata and of places and people.

 

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Kurudumale temple. image credit.http://www.mulbagal.com/kurudumaletemples.html

 

Intriguing because of their consistency and though they may be appear to contradict each other, on critical examination they are in agreement.

 

Be it the route taken by Lord Rama,the travels of Arjuna,Adi Shankaracharya………..

 

Read my posts on these.

 

And the architectural marvels, they are too many.

 

Please check my posts filed under Hinduism.

 

Sun’s rays falling on images on specific days,springs from unexpected places…..

 

One such is the temple dedicated Lord Ganesha at Kurudumale near Mulbagal.

 

Kolar district of Karnataka state, India,it is just 8km away from the Mulabagal town. is known for its Ganesha temple built by a Vijayanagara kings. This place was believed to be the place where Devas would descend from the heavens for helping recreation on earth. The ganesha temple is considered to be very powerful.

 

Note that the Devas do not create but assist Brahma in creation of the Universe.

 

This is in agreement with the Puarans.

 

Another temple located nearby is built without foundation, dedicated to Someshwara,.

 

The interesting thing about this temple is that it is built of a rock without any foundations. Another interesting thing is the architectural style of the temple; this temple is considered to be older than the Ganesha temple and was built during the Cholas period. Half of the temple has different style of carving, believed to have been done by artist Jakanachari and the other half is believed to have been carved by his son Dankanachari. The part of the temple supposedly built by Dankana’s has statues and carvings which are more intricate and sophisticated. Ganesha temple in Kurudumale, situated on the same road as that of Someshwara temple, but here a huge Ganesha idol is being worshipped from ages unknown. It is said that the Ganesha statue was being worshipped in an open field, until Krishnadevaraya built a temple around it. Ganesha(14 ft in all),  here , isbigger than the Dodda Ganesha of Basavanagudi.(http://www.mulbagal.com/kurudumaletemples.html)

 

How to reach.

110 Km from Bangalore.

Airport  Bangalore.

Bus statio.Mulabgal.

 

King Sibi Manu Neeedhi Chola Sanatana Dharma

In Hinduism on August 22, 2014 at 11:53

The more one reads Sanskrit Literature,Tamil ,Puranas , Ramayana and Mahabharata, one finds a connection between the Sanatana Dharma and their Dravidian roots.

 

I have posted a few articles on this subject.

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Trincomalee Temple.

 

Of Lord Rama’s ancestor having lived in the south and migrated to  Ayodhya to establish the Kingdom.

 

Of a Chera King having participated in the Mahabharata  War,of his having performed Tharpana for  those killed in the Mahabharata war.

 

Of Arjuna marrying a Pandya Princess.

 

There is more,

 

Of King Sibi and Manu Needhi Chola.

 

King Sibi cut his own flesh to for a hawk to save a dove.

 

Many Needhi Cholan ran his son over for  rendering Justice to a Cow.

 

Cholas carry the name Chembian,  Tamil version of Sibi.

 

Sibi is dated  between c 100 C.E. to c. 1250 C.E.

 

Manu Needhi Cholan was also called Ellala’,one who ruled the Boundary’

 

He is reported to have expanded the Koneswaram Temple in Sr Lanka.

 

 

Developed from 205 BC, the original kovil combined key features to form its basic Dravidian temple plan, such as its thousand pillared hall – “Aayiram Kaal Mandapam” – and the Jagati expanded by King Elara Manu Needhi Cholan. Regarded as the greatest building of its age for its architecture, elaborate sculptural bas-relief ornamentation adorned a black granite megalith while its multiple gold plated gopuram towers were expanded in the medieval period.(wiki)

 

Ellalan got the title Manu Needhi Cholan because he has executed his own son to provide justice to a Cow. Legend has it that the king hung a giant bell in front of his courtroom for anyone needing justice to ring. One day, he came out on hearing the ringing of the bell by a Cow. On enquiry he found that the Calf of that Cow was killed under the wheels of his chariot. In order to provide justice to the cow, he killed his own son Veedhividangan under the chariot as a punishment to himself i.e. make himself suffer as much as the cow.[5] Impressed by the justice of the king, Lord Shiva blessed him and brought back the calf and his son alive. He has been mentioned in theSilappatikaram and Periya Puranam.[6]His name has since then been used as a metaphor for fairness and justice in Tamil literature. His capital was Thiruvarur.

Chronicles such as the Yalpana Vaipava Malai and stone inscriptions like Konesar Kalvettu recount that Kulakkottan, an early Chola king and descendant of Manu Needhi Cholan, was the restorer of the ruined Koneswaram temple and tank at Trincomalee in 438 A.D., theMunneswaram temple of the west coast, and as the royal who settled ancient Vanniyars in the east of the island Eelam(wiki)

 

Manu Needhi ruled Sri Lanka as well.

 

References may be found in the Mahavamsa.

 

Buddha Jataka tales also refer to this

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