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Shiva’s Daughter Asoka Sundari

In Hinduism on October 20, 2014 at 13:14

We know of the children of Lord Shiva and Parvati,Subrahmanya born of Shiva, Ganesha of Parvati.

 

Veeabhadra is also considered as the son of Lord Shiva.

 

But Lord Shiva and Parvati has a daughter as well, says The Padma Purana.

 

Lord Shiva being of Yogic disposition, goes off to Kailash often.

 

Feeling lonely Parvati prayed the Kalpa Vruksha for a companion and thus was born Ashoka Sunadri.

 

She is considered as the child of Shiva along with Subrahmanya and Ganesha.

 

Since Lord Shiva frequently went out of Kailash to get rid of the demons and other negative forces, Parvati used to feel very lonely. So, She asked for a daughter from the wish fulfilling tree to get rid of Her loneliness. Soon Her wish was granted and Ashok Sundari was born. The girl was named Ashok Sundari because Ashok means without sorrow as she got rid of Parvati’s sorrow. Sundari means beautiful. Since the girl was extremely beautiful, hence She was named Ashok Sundari by Parvati. Nothing much is mentioned about her in most scriptures apart from the fact that she was present at the time Ganesha was beheaded. Ashok Sundari got frightened by her father’s act and hid behind a sack of salt. When Parvati came to know about Her son’s fate, She became extremely angry. Out of anger She also cursed Ashok Sundari to become a part of salt. Later when Ganesha’s head was restored by Shiva, Parvati and Shiva revived their daughter and pacified her. Hence, Ashok Sundari is also associated with salt without which food would be tasteless. Apart from a few legends, the existence as Shiva’s daughter is not known by most people. However, in some parts of India few folklore are popular like in Bengal it is believed that Goddess Manasa was a daughter of Shiva who was born accidentally when Lord Shiva’s semen touched a statue which was made by the mother of snakes named Kadru.

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For Agriculture Field Kshetrapati Suktham

In Hinduism on October 20, 2014 at 10:49

Hinduism accords priority to Nature.

 

There are Sukthas on the Earth, on Water,Fire,Cow and there are Mantras for the welfare of the animals too.

 

 

Here is the one on Agriculture.

 

क्षेत्रस्य पतिना वयं हितेनेव जयामसि
गामश्वं पोषयित्न्वा नो मृळातीदृशे ॥१॥
Kssetrasya Patinaa Vayam Hitene[a-I]va Jayaamasi |
Gaam-Ashvam Possayitnvaa Sa No Mrllaatii-Drshe ||1||

Meaning:
1.1: We invoke the Lord of the Kshetra (i.e. Kshetrapati or Lord of the Field) by whose Grace indeed we Prosper,
1.2: May He through His Gracious Look increase our Cattle and Horses.

 

क्षेत्रस्य पते मधुमन्तमूर्मिं धेनुरिव पयो अस्मासु धुक्ष्व
मधुश्चुतं घृतमिव सुपूतमृतस्य नः पतयो मृळयन्तु ॥२॥
Kssetrasya Pate Madhumantam-Uurmim Dhenur-Iva Payo Asmaasu Dhukssva |
Madhush-Cutam Ghrtam-Iva Supuutam-Rtasya Nah Patayo Mrllayantu ||2||

Meaning:
2.1: O Lord of the Kshetra (Field), with the Sweet Waves of Mother Nature’s blessings, may you milk our Fields like the Milk of a Cow (i.e. yield abundant Harvest),
2.2: With the Sweetness of Rita (Mother Nature’s Divine Law confering bounty), which falls like Clarified Butter, may You shed your Grace on us.

 

मधुमतीरोषधीर्द्याव आपो मधुमन्नो भवत्वन्तरिक्षम्
क्षेत्रस्य पतिर्मधुमान्नो अस्त्वरिष्यन्तो अन्वेनं चरेम ॥३॥
Madhumatiir-Ossadhiir-Dyaava Aapo Madhuman-No Bhavatv[u]-Antarikssam |
Kssetrasya Patir-Madhumaan-No Astv[u]-Arissyanto Anvenam Carema ||3||

Meaning:
3.1: May the Plants be Sweet (i.e. filled with Nature’s Purity), may the Sky be Sweet (i.e. filled with Nature’s Purity), may the Waters be Sweet (i.e. filled with Nature’s Purity), and may the Space be Sweet (i.e. filled with Nature’s Purity) to us.
3.2: May the Lord of the Kshetra (Field) be Sweet to us, and may we be devoted Followers of Him (i.e. take recourse to Nature’s Bounty and Prosper).

 

शुनं वाहाः शुनं नरः शुनं कृषतु लाङ्गलम्
शुनं वरत्रा बध्यन्तां शुनमष्ट्रामुदिङ्गय ॥४॥
Shunam Vaahaah Shunam Narah Shunam Krssatu Laanggalam |
Shunam Varatraa Badhyantaam Shunam-Assttraam-Udinggaya ||4||

Meaning:
4.1: May the Oxen drawing the Plough bring Welfare and Prosperity to all, May the Farmer driving the Oxen bring Welfare and Prosperity to all, May the Plough making Furrows bring Welfare and Prosperity to all,
4.2: May the Strap binding the Plough bring Welfare and Prosperity to all, and May the Goad swinging towards the Oxen bring Welfare and Prosperity to all.

 

शुनासीराविमां वाचं जुषेथां यद्दिवि चक्रथुः पयः
तेनेमामुप सिञ्चतम् ॥५॥
Shunaa-Siira-Avi-Maam Vaacam Jussethaam Yad-Divi Cakrathuh Payah |
Tena-Imaam-Upa Sin.catam ||5||

Meaning:
5.1: May Shuna and Shira (deities of the Farmers) Who created Waters (i.e. Clouds) in the Sky be Pleased with our Prayers,
5.2: And by It (i.e. by the Clouds), (may they) sprinkle Waters (in our Fields as Rains).

 

 

अर्वाची सुभगे भव सीते वन्दामहे त्वा
यथा नः सुभगाससि यथा नः सुफलाससि ॥६॥
Arvaacii Subhage Bhava Siite Vandaamahe Tvaa |
Yathaa Nah Subhagaas-Asi Yathaa Nah Suphalaas-Asi ||6||

Meaning:
6.1: O Devi Sita, turn towards us and be Gracious, we Extol and Worship You, …
(This is Sita of Rig Veda which is much earlier than Ramayana)
6.2:so that You become Favourable to us (by showering Your blessings), so that You become the source of abundant Harvest.

 

 

इन्द्रः सीतां नि गृह्णातु तां पूषानु यच्छतु
सा नः पयस्वती दुहामुत्तरामुत्तरां समाम् ॥७॥
Indrah Siitaam Ni Grhnnaatu Taam Puussaanu Yacchatu |
Saa Nah Payasvatii Duhaam-Uttaraam-Uttaraam Samaam ||7||

Meaning:
7.1: May Indra take hold of the Furrows (while we plough), and may Pushan sustain Her (i.e sustain the Furrows),
7.2: May She (i.e. Mother Earth) Who is full of Milk, yield us abundant Crops Year after Year.

 

शुनं नः फाला वि कृषन्तु भूमिं शुनं कीनाशा अभि यन्तु वाहैः
शुनं पर्जन्यो मधुना पयोभीः शुनासीरा शुनमस्मासु धत्तम् ॥८॥
Shunam Nah Phaalaa Vi Krssantu Bhuumim Shunam Kiinaashaa Abhi Yantu Vaahaih |
Shunam Parjanyo Madhunaa Payobhiih Shunaa-Siiraa Shunam-Asmaasu Dhattam ||8||

Meaning:
8.1: May the Ploughshare making Furrows on the Earth bring Welfare and Prosperity to all, May the Farmer driving the Oxen bring Welfare and Prosperity to all,
8.2: May Parjanya (the Rain God) by giving Sweet Rains (i.e. Pure Rain Waters) bring Welfare and Prosperity to all, and May Shuna and Shira bestow Welfare and Prosperity to all of us.

 

 

Hinduism Toilet Rules And Rituals Manusmriti

In Hinduism on October 20, 2014 at 07:29

The Mansusmriti,Hinduism, one of the Books on Code of Conduct covers a wide range of subjects, from Naminf the individual to even Toilet practices.

 

Toilet Rules, Manusmriti.

 

 

A Brahmana who desires energy must not look at a woman who applies collyrium to her eyes, has anointed or uncovered herself or brings forth a child.

Let him not eat, dressed with one garment only; let him not bathe naked; let him not void urine on a road, on ashes, or in a cow-pen.

Nor on ploughed land, in water, on an altar of bricks, on a mountain, on the ruins of a temple, nor ever on an ant-hill.

Nor in holes inhabited by living creatures, nor while he walks or stands, nor on reaching the bank of a river, nor on the top of a mountain.

Let him never void faeces or urine, facing the wind, or a fire, or looking towards a Brahmana, the sun, water, or cows.

He may ease himself, having covered the ground with sticks, clods, leaves, grass, and the like, restraining his speech, keeping himself pure, wrapping up his body, and covering his head.

Let him void faeces and urine, in the daytime turning to the north, at night turning towards the south, during the two twilights in the same position as by day.

In the shade or in darkness a Brahmana may, both by day and night, do it, assuming any position he pleases; likewise when his life is in danger.

The intellect of a man who voids urine against a fire, the sun, the moon, in water, against a Brahmana, a cow, or the wind, perishes.

Let him not blow a fire with his mouth; let him not look at a naked woman; let him not throw any impure substance into the fire, and let him not warm his feet at it.

Let him not place fire under a bed or the like; nor step over it, nor place it when he sleeps at the foot-end of his bed; let him not torment living creatures.

Let him not eat, nor travel, nor sleep during the twilight; let him not scratch the ground; let him not take off his garland.

Let him not throw urine or faeces into the water, nor saliva, nor clothes defiled by impure substances, nor any other impurity, nor blood, nor poisonous things.

Manusmṛti Chapter 4, verses 44-56

 

Far from his dwelling let him remove urine and ordure, far let him remove the water used for washing his feet, and far the remnants of food and the water from his bath.

Early in the morning only let him void faeces, decorate his body, bathe, clean his teeth, apply collyrium to his eyes, and worship the gods.

Manusmṛti Chapter 4, verses 151-152.

 

All those cavities of the body which lie above the navel are pure, but those which are below the navel are impure, as well as excretions that fall from the body.

Flies, drops of water, a shadow, a cow, a horse, the rays of the sun, dust, earth, the wind, and fire one must know to be pure to the touch.

In order to clean the organs by which urine and faeces are ejected, earth and water must be used, as they may be required, likewise in removing the remaining ones among twelve impurities of the body.

Oily exudation, semen, blood, the fatty substance of the brain, urine, faeces, the mucus of the nose, ear-wax, phlegm, tears, the rheum of the eyes, and sweat are the twelve impurities of human bodies.

He who desires to be pure must clean the penis by one application of earth and then water, the anus by applying earth and then water three times, the left hand alone by applying it ten times, and both hands by applying it seven times.

Such is the purification ordained for householders; it shall be double for students, treble for hermits, but quadruple for ascetics.

When he has voided urine or faeces, let him, after sipping water, sprinkle the cavities, likewise when he is going to recite the Veda, and always before he takes food.

Manusmṛti Chapter 4, verses 132-138

Whom Should A Brahmin Marry Manusmriti

In Hinduism on October 15, 2014 at 19:10

People malign Manu without studying his work in full.

 

Texts are often taken out of context to suit one’s convenience.

 

Whatever be the subject, deep thought seems to have gone into and these Laws are arrived at after taking into consideration the stability  of the Society and the welfare of the individual.

 

However Social Order seems to take priority.

 

The Laws of Manu on selecting a Bride , to me, seems very rational.

 

As parents most of us follow the same without articulating or even aware of it.

 

To ensure Offspring without Genetic disorders Manu prohibits marriage with immediate blood relatives.

 

And with chronic illness and birth defects.

 

He insists on not marrying from a Family without a Male Heir.

 

Boys’ parents know how difficult it is to interact with a child with no brother/s for they normally are unaware of Mael view-point.

 

And in the event of the demise of the girl’s father, if there are no Males to interact  on behalf of the Girl, it creates n running the Family at times of crisis.

 

Manu pays scant regard to the wealth of the Girl’s Family.

 

He has also provided some physical marks which might have a bearing on the character of the Bride.

 

Some of his observations are vindicated by Science, like the one regarding excessive Body hair-normally the extra hair growth is because of imbalance in Hormones.

 

Read the Laws of Manu on this.

 

Though this appears to apply for Brahmins, my view is that these laws are meant for the three Varnas, Brahmana, Kshatriyas,an Vaisyas as Manu simply lays down these rules for the Dwijas(twice Born)

 

That is those who wear Upaveeda.

 

These three varnas must wear Upaveedas.

 

Therefore these rules of Manu apply to all the three castes.

 

4. Having bathed, with the permission of his teacher, and performed according to the rule the Samavartana (the rite on returning home), a twice-born man shall marry a wife of equal caste who is endowed with auspicious (bodily) marks. 

5. A damsel who is neither a Sapinda on the mother’s side, nor belongs to the same family on the father’s side, is recommended to twice-born men for wedlock and conjugal union.

6. In connecting himself with a wife, let him carefully avoid the ten following families, be they ever so great, or rich in kind, horses, sheep, grain, or (other) property,

7. (Viz.) one which neglects the sacred rites, one in which no male children (are born), one in which the Veda is not studied, one (the members of) which have thick hair on the body, those which are subject to hemorrhoids, phthisis, weakness of digestion, epilepsy, or white or black leprosy.

8. Let him not marry a maiden (with) reddish (hair), nor one who has a redundant member, nor one who is sickly, nor one either with no hair (on the body) or too much, nor one who is garrulous or has red (eyes),

9. Nor one named after a constellation, a tree, or a river, nor one bearing the name of a low caste, or of a mountain, nor one named after a bird, a snake, or a slave, nor one whose name inspires terror.

10. Let him wed a female free from bodily defects, who has an agreeable name, the (graceful) gait of a Hamsa or of an elephant, a moderate (quantity of) hair on the body and on the head, small teeth, and soft limbs

 

Laws of Manu Chapter III .

Female Genital Organ Turns Eyes Shiva Kurumanakkudi

In Hinduism on October 13, 2014 at 21:04

Indra, the King of the Devas,taking the form of Sage Gautama, enjoyed conjugal pleasures with Gautama’s wife,Ahalya.

 

The Sage cursed her to turn into a Stone,and she regained her form when Lord Ram’s feet touched her, when Ram was traveling with Sage Viswamitra.

 

The Sage also cursed Indra to have his whole body be splattered with Female Genital Organ.

 

Indra is therefore called the one with thousand eyes, eyes an euphemism for female organ.

 

Indra desirous of being relieved of his curse visited Kurumanakkudi to worship Lord Shiva, on the advice of Brahma.

 

He was relieved of his curse after his prayers and his dip in the Temple Theertha.

 

The genital organ turned into eyes.

 

 

The temple can be reached from Nagappatinam, Myiladuthurai,Kumbakonam.

 

Railway station,Nagapattinam.Myiladutthurai,Kumbakonam.

 

Airport .Tiruchirappalli.

 

Temple Timings.

 

6.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and from 3.30 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.

 

Phone Number.+91- 94422 58085

 

Those who seek children are o offer Milk and Fruits at the Arthajama Pooja to Lord Shiva.

 

Moolavar : Kannayiram Udayar
Urchavar : -
Amman / Thayar : Murugu Valar Kothai Nayaki
Thala Virutcham : Kondrai
Theertham : Indira Theertham
Agamam / Pooja : Shivagama
Old year : 1000-2000 years old
Historical Name : Kurumanakudi
City : -
District : Nagapattinam
State
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