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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

Krishna’s 16,000 Wives Men Madhvacharya,Mahabharata Facts

In Hinduism on August 17, 2014 at 09:57

Mahabharata Tatparya Nirnaya is by Madhvacharya, which is a commentary on Ramayana, Mahabharata and the Birth of Veda Vyasa.

 

The Mahabharata Tatparya Nirnaya has 32 chapters.

 

The essence of this work of 32 chapters has been captured in a work called Bhava Sangraha by Sri Raghavendra Swamy. while the first Nine chapters deal with Ramayana tatprya Nirnaya, the 10th chapter describes the birth Shri Veda Vaysa. Rest deal with Mahabharata.

In the Bhava Sangraha, there are therefore 32 slokas followed by a concluding sloka.

 

This work states that the Mahabharata of Vyasa has to be studied in conjunction with the Ramayana.

 

This work contains some unknown and some controversial facts.

 

Some of them are.

 

1.The Mahabharata was altered and the correct version was by Madhvacharya , at the Bidding of Lord Vishnu.

2.Trijata, daughter of Vibhishana  was born as  Subhadra, sister of Lord Krishna.

3.There are  three forms of  Lakshmi.
Vedhabhimani Rama, Yajnabhimani Yagna and Dakshinabhimani Dakshina are the  forms of the same Lakshmi.

They are equal. The superiority of the second and the third forms is stated keeping in mind only their placement.

Vedhabhimani form is outside,  Yajnabhimani is on the lap of the God and Dakshinabhimani is the very part of the body.

 

4.16,000 wives of Krishna were Men, Agni Putras.

 

This wok contains more interesting information.

 

Importance has been given to Bhima than Arjuna.

 

This work’s authenticity is questioned by many.

 

“In the second chapter “vAkyoddhAraH” Acharya mentions his reasons for writing this work (From Reference 2). 2.3. In some places (of the Mahabharatha) verses have been interpolated and in others verses have been omitted in some places, the verses have been transposed and in others, different readings have been given out of ignorance or otherwise. 2.4. Though the works are really indestructible, they must be deemed to be mostly altered. Mostly all of them have disappeared and not even one crore (out of several crores of slokas) now exists. 2.5 – 2.7. When the original work itself is so altered, What is there to say of its meaning which is intelligible (even) to the Devas only with difficulty. When the work had thus become altered in the Kali age, under the direction of Hari for its clear understanding, I shall state the settled truths having known them through His grace, and also having well known the other (extinct) works and all the Vedas through His grace, and also having examined the various editions existing in several places. 2.8 – 2.9. Just as the all-powerful supreme Lord Vyasa who is no other than Narayana has narrated in the Bharatha and other works, I shall also, with the knowledge imparted by Him, briefly state the essential teachings of all the Sastras, in accordance with the interpretation of Bharatha. The Bharatha is stated to be the decisive authority on all the Sastras. 2.10. Formerly when all the Devas headed by Brahma and others and the Rishis had assembled once under the very direction of Vyasa, Bharatha was weighed as against the Vedas and all other Sastras by placing them upon the two scales of a balance, when Bharatha excelled (in weight). 2.11. This work is called MahaBharatha on account of its greatest weight and highest quality…

 

  • Other schools of thought dismiss certain Puranas as being composed by each sect supporting their own Gods. Sri Madhva has quoted from all Puranas and still showing that Sri Hari is supreme. In fact in TantraSara he shows that each alphabet corresponds to Sri Hari.(wiki Mahabharata Tatparya Nirnaya)

 

 

Read the Precis of the work at.

 

 

http://mahabharata-resources.org/mbtn/MBTN_3_harshala.pdf

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