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Glossary

Glossary Many proper names are listed under this glossary with the link reference. These include names of places, people, festivals, organisations, and sacred texts. A Adi Shankara – well-known theologian and founder of the advaita school. Also called Adi Shankaracharya. Advaita – non-dualism, the name of the theology equating the soul with God. Advaitin – […]

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Incarnation 02 Kurma – The Turtle

Incarnation 2 Kurma – The Turtle Once, the saint Durvasa was walking down the road and he saw the king of the demigods, Indra, on the back of his white elephant. He smiled and taking a garland of marigolds from around his own neck, offered it to the king. Indra, however, was too proud of […]

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Incarnation 04 Narasingha – The Man-Lion

Incarnation 4 Narasingha – The Man-Lion When Hiranyakashipu heard of the death of his twin brother Hiranyaksha, he became enraged. Staring up into the sky with blazing eyes, he clenched his fists. “Fellow demons,” he cried out, “I will defeat the demigods and conquer the entire universe. I will destroy Vishnu by slicing His head […]

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STO-504 – The Story of Vaishno Devi

STO-504-sec To know the history of the Vaishno Devi temple we must go back to Treta Yuga when virtuous people were tormented by the Asuras (demons) Ravana, Kumbakarna, Khardushan and others. The demigods decided to create a divine personality, in the form of a girl, for their protection. To do this, they pooled the spiritual […]

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STO-313 – Durga Kills the Buffalo Demon

STO-313-sec Story 1 (short version) In the ancient times, a demon called Mahishasura earned the favour of Lord Shiva after a long meditation. Shiva, pleased with the devotion of the demon, blessed him with a boon that no man or deity would be able to kill him. Empowered with the boon, Mahishasura began his reign […]

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(P) Stories connected with Raksha Bandhan

STO-401 There are number of stories or incidents connected with Raksha Bandhan, and we narrate five, as follows: The Bhavishya Purana cites a story that the Devas (demigods) once battled with the Asuras (demons) for twelve years. However, the Devas, headed by the mighty Indra, were losing the war. As they prepared to fight again, […]

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(E) Durga Kills the Buffalo Demon

STO-313 Story 1 (short version) In the ancient times, a demon called Mahishasura earned the favour of Lord Shiva after a long meditation. Shiva, pleased with the devotion of the demon, blessed him with a boon that no man or deity would be able to kill him. Empowered with the boon, Mahishasura began his reign […]

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(P) the Fourth Avatar; Narasimha, the Man-lion

STO-304 When Hiranyakashipu heard of the death of his twin brother Hiranyaksha, he became enraged. Staring up into the sky with blazing eyes, he clenched his fists. “Fellow demons,” he cried out, “I will defeat the demigods and conquer the entire universe. I will destroy Vishnu by slicing His head from His body.” Afraid, though, […]

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(P) the Second Avatar; Kurma the Turtle

STO-302 Once, the saint Durvasa was walking down the road and he saw the king of the demigods, Indra, on the back of his white elephant. He smiled and taking a garland of marigolds from around his own neck, offered it to the king. Indra, however, was too proud of his wealth and power. He […]

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THE FESTIVAL OF RAKSHA BANDHANA

Word document download: FCT-0405 Raksha Bandhan falls on the purnima (full-moon day) of the month of Shravana. It is sometimes called Rakhi Purnima (in Western India) and Saloni (in the north). By the western calendar, Raksha Bandhan usually falls sometime in August. The central theme of the festival is brotherly protection. ‘Raksha’ means ‘protection’, and […]

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ART-0504 Citrakut

Chitrakut: Lord Rama’s Forest Home This site is especially sacred to the devotees of Rama. After Lord Ramachandra was exiled from his kingdom, he lived in the Chitrakut Forest for twelve years with his wife Sita and his brother Laksman. The story of how they came here and what they did is recounted in the […]