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Shiva, like some other Hindu deities, is said to have several incarnations, known as Avatars. Although Puranic scriptures contain occasional references to "ansh" avatars of Shiva, the idea is not universally accepted in Saivism.[171] The Linga Purana speaks of twenty-eight forms of Shiva which are sometimes seen as avatars.[172] In the Shiva Purana there is a distinctly Saivite version of a traditional avatar myth:

Virabhadra who was born when Shiva grabbed a lock of his matted hair and dashed it to the ground. Virabhadra then destroyed Daksha's yajna (fire sacrifice) and severed his head as...
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posted by medouri
Characteristics :     Creator, Generator
Other Names :     Nabhija, Hiranyagarbha, Kanja
Consort :     Saraswati
Abode :     Brahmaloka
Weapon :     Brahmastra
Vahana (Vehicle) :     Swan
Brahma Gayatri Mantra:     Aum Parmeshwaraye Vidmahe
Paratattvaye Dheemahi
Tanno Brahma Prachodayat


Brahma - The Creator
Brahma is considered as the first god of the Hindu Trinity, the other being Vishnu and Shiva. Lord Brahma is recognized as the creator of the Universe. Brahma...
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Ashok Sundari is a Hindu goddess the daughter of Lord Shiva & Parvati.She is very rarely known as she is not mentioned nor in Vedas & neither in Puranas. She is mainly known in Gujarati folktales & is created when Parvati makes Ganesha. It is said that when Lord Shiva kills Ganesha, Ashok Sundari hides behind bags of salt because she is frightened by her father. When Parvati finds out that her son is dead, she curses Ashok Sundari to melt in salt. However, after cooling down she blesses Ashok Sundari to be reborn in a rich family.
Her name can be split : Ashok means 'without sorrow' (Parvati created Ganesha & Ashok sundari to get rid of her sorrow of missing Mahadev & Kartikeya) & Sundari means 'beautiful girl'. Devon ke Dev ... Mahadev revealed Ashok Sundari to people.
posted by medouri
According to Bhagavata Purana, Krishna was born without a sexual union, but by divine "mental transmission" from the mind of Vasudeva into the womb of Devaki. Based on scriptural details and astrological calculations the date of Krishna's birth, known as Janmashtami,[47] is 19 July 3228 BCE and departed on 3102 BCE. Krishna belonged to the Vrishni clan of Yadavas from Mathura,[48] and was the eighth son born to the princess Devaki, and her husband Vasudeva.

Mathura (in present day Mathura district, Uttar Pradesh) was the capital of the Yadavas, to which Krishna's parents Vasudeva and Devaki...
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The word Shakti means divine energy/force/power, and Durga is the warrior aspect of the Divine Mother/Brahman (Supreme Absolute Godhead).

Durga's feminine power contains the combined energies of all the gods. Each of her weapons was given to her by a different god: Rudra's trishula (trident), Vishnu's Sudarshana Chakra (wheel of divine vision), Indra's thunderbolt, Brahma's kamandalu (water pot), Kubera's gadā (mace), etc.

In Jain Texts, she is referred to as Durga or Kushmaandi devi and is the yakshini of 22nd tirthankar of Lord Neminath or Arishtanemi.

According to a narrative in the Devi Mahatmya...
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Lord Shiva can be viewed in two senses. I dont know which one you are referring, so Im gonna tell both.
First of all, Hinduism teaches monotheism, the absolute Nirakara Rupa Parabrahma being classified into different forms or avatars like waves in the ocean. Lord Shiva is one of it. Therefore, he can supposed to be a personification of a form of energy required for act of destruction, scientifically speaking. Lord Shiva is then part of the absolute, you cannot tell which yuga he lived because he is always living. It's like asking in which year did kinetic energy exist?.
If you are asking in the...
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Nanda was the head of a community of cow-herders, and he settled in Vrindavana. The stories of Krishna's childhood and youth tell how he became a cow herder,[52] his mischievous pranks as Makhan Chor (butter thief), his foiling of attempts to take his life, and his role as a protector of the people of Brindavana.

Krishna killed the demoness like Putana, disguised as a wet nurse, sent by Kansa for Krishna's life. He tamed the serpent Kāliyā, who previously poisoned the waters of Yamuna river, thus leading to the death of the cowherds. In Hindu art, Krishna is often depicted dancing on the multi-hooded...
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Om Prakruthyai namaha
Om Vikruthyai namaha
Om Vidyayai namaha
Om Sarva-butha-hita-pradayai namaha
Om Shradhayai namaha
Om Vibhutyai namaha
Om Surabyai namaha
Om Para-matma-kayai namaha
Om Vache namaha
Om Padma-layayai namaha
Om Padmayai namaha
Om Suchayai namaha
Om Swahayai namaha
Om Swadayai namaha
Om Sudhayai namaha
Om Dhanyayai namaha
Om Hiranyayai namaha
Om Lakshmyai namaha
Om Nitya-poostayai namaha
Om Vibha-varyai namaha
Om Adityai namaha
Om Dityai namaha
Om Dhiptayai namaha
Om Vasu-dayai namaha
Om Vasu-dharinyai namaha
Om Kama-layai namaha
Om Kanthayai namaha
Om Kamakshmyai namaha
Om Kroda-sambavayai namaha
Om Anugraha-paradayai...
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1) namo namaste tri-dasheshvaraya

bhutadi nathaya mridaya nityam

gagga-taraggotthita-bala-chandra-

chudaya gauri-nayanotsavaya


2) sutapta chamikara-chandra-nila-

padma-pravalambuda-kanti-vastraih

sa nritya-raggesta-vara-pradaya

kaivalya-nathaya vrisa-dhvajaya


3) sudhamzu-suryagni-vilochanena

tamo-bhide te jagatah shivaya

sahasra-shubhramshu-sahasra-rashmi-

sahasra-sajjit-tvara-tejase'stu



4) nageza-ratnojjvala-vigrahaya

shardula-charmamzuka-divya-tejase

sahasra-patropari samsthitaya

varaggada-mukta-bhuja-dvayaya



5) su-nupura-ragjita-pada-padma

ksarat-sudha-bhritya-sukha-pradaya

vichitra-ratnaugha-vibhusitaya

premanam...
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The Sanskrit word in its origin language Kṛṣṇa is primarily an adjective meaning "black" or "dark",[1] sometimes it is also translated as "all attractive".[9] It is cognate with Slavic čьrnъ "black".

As a feminine noun, Kṛṣṇa is used in the meaning "night, blackness, darkness" in the Rigveda. As a proper noun, Kṛṣṇa occurs in RV 8.85.3 as the name of a poet.[10]

As a name of Vishnu, Krishna listed as the 57th name in the Vishnu Sahasranama. Based on his name, Krishna is often depicted in murtis as black or blue-skinned. Krishna is also known by various other names, epithets...
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Hindu god Karthik or Kartikeya, son of Lord Shiva— also called Skanda and Subrahmanya; called Murugan in Tamil)— is a popular Hindu deity among Tamil Hindus, and is worshiped primarily in areas with Tamil influences, especially South India, Sri Lanka, Mauritius, Malaysia, Singapore and Reunion Island. His six most important shrines in India are the Arupadaiveedu temples, located in Tamil Nadu. In Sri Lanka, Hindus as well as Buddhists revere the sacred historical Nallur Kandaswamy temple in Jaffna and the sacred Buddhist and Hindu shrine of Katirkāmam Temple (also in Sinhala "Katharagama...
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Shiva (pron.: /ˈʃɪvə/; Sanskrit: शिव Śiva, meaning "auspicious one") is a Hindu deity and is "the Destroyer" or "the Transformer"[2] among the Trimurti, the Hindu Trinity of the primary aspects of the divine. He is considered the Supreme God within Shaivism, one of the three most influential denominations in Hinduism,[3][4] where as in other branches of Hinduism such as in the Smarta tradition, he is regarded as one of the five primary forms of God.[3]

Shiva is usually worshipped in the aniconic form of lingam. He is described as an omniscient yogi, who lives an ascetic life on Mount Kailash,[2] as well as a householder with a wife Parvati, and two sons, Ganesha and Kartikeya. Shiva has many benevolent as well as fearsome forms. He is often depicted as immersed in deep meditation, with his wife and children or as the Cosmic Dancer. In fierce aspects, he is often depicted slaying demons.
One day, when Parvati was only eight years old, her father, Himavan, took her to see Lord Shiva. From birth, Parvati had always been very spiritual. She always wanted to know about God, so she was thrilled to see Lord Shiva. But Lord Shiva was in a meditative consciousness and he did not pay any attention to the little girl.

After that first encounter, Parvati used to come every day to see Lord Shiva. She would offer him fresh flowers, hoping that one day he would open his eyes and speak to her. In the back of her mind, she had formed the idea that this was the man she wanted to marry.

The days...
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posted by medouri
1. Kailaasarana Shiva Chandramouli
Phaneendra Maathaa Mukutee Zalaalee
Kaarunya Sindhu Bhava Dukha Haaree
Thujaveena Shambho Maja Kona Taaree

Meaning: Oh, Lord Shiva, who is seated on Mount Kailas, whose forhead is decorated with the moon and the king of serpents as a crown, who is the Ocean of Mercy and the remover of delusion, You alone can protect me. I surrender to thee.

2. Aum Trayambakam Yajaamahey
Sugandhim Pusti Vardhanam
Urvaarukamiva Bandhanaath
Mrutyor Muksheeya Maamritaat

Meaning: We worship the three eyed One (Lord Shiva) who is fragrant and who nourishes all beings; may He liberate...
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posted by medouri
Characteristics :     Ideal woman, Virtuous
Other Names :     Janaki, Maithili, Ramaa, Vaidehi
Principal Scriptures :     The Ramayana
Consort :     Lord Rama
Sita Gayatri Mantra :     Aum Janaknandiniye Vidmahe
Bhumijayai Dheemahi
Tanno Sita Prachodayat




Goddess Sita Maa
Sita is the consort of Lord Rama, the seventh avatar (incarnation) of Lord Vishnu. Sita is the one of the most popular goddesses of Hindu religion. Devi Sita is regarded as the incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi, the divine consort of Lord...
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posted by medouri
Durga (Hindustani pronunciation: [d̪uːrgaː]; Sanskrit: दुर्गा); meaning "the inaccessible"[1] or "the invincible"; durga)[2] is a popular fierce form of the Hindu Goddess or Devi. She is depicted with multiple (variously, up to eighteen) arms,[3] carrying various weapons and riding a ferocious lion or tiger. She is often pictured as battling or slaying demons, particularly Mahishasura, the buffalo demon.

For the Goddess-worshipping Shaktas, Durga is sometimes equated with Mahadevi, the Supreme Goddess. Her triumph as Mahishasura Mardini, Slayer of the buffalo Demon is a central episode of the scripture Devi Mahatmya. Her victory is celebrated annually in the festivals of Navaratri and Durga Puja.
Om Shivaya namaha
Om Maheshwaraya namaha
Om Shambhave namaha
Om Pinaakine namaha
Om Sasi-shekharaya namaha
Om Vama-devaya namaha
Om Virupakshaya namaha
Om Kapardhine namaha
Om Nila-lohitaya namaha
Om Shankaraya namaha
Om Shula-panine namaha
Om Khatvamgene namaha
Om Vishnu-vallabhaya namaha
Om Sipi-vistaya namaha
Om Ambika nadhaya namaha
Om Srikantaya namaha
Om Bhakta-vastalaya namaha
Om Bhavaya namaha
Om Sharwaya namaha
Om Trilokeshaya namaha
Om Siti-kantaya namaha
Om Siva-priyaya namaha
Om Ugraya namaha
Om Kapaline namaha
Om Kaomarine namaha
Om Amdhakasura-sudanaya namaha
Om Ganga-dharaya namaha
Om Lalaa-takshaya namaha...
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posted by medouri
Next morning Nambi's wife discovered Valli's disappearance. The furious hunter-chief organized a party of hillmen in pursuit of the fugitives. When they reached them, they discharged their arrows at Murugan, but the divine cock of the god crowed and the hunters fell dead. Valli lamented their death, but Murugan took her along. On their way they met Narada who explained to Murugan that he should have obtained the consent of the parents. The god therefore returned and ordered Valli to resuscitate the hunters which she gladly did. Murugan then assumed his true divine shape. Amazed and awed, the...
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In the beginning, the Universe was covered with darkness, the universe was filled with darkness, the universe was only darkness. There were no sun,no moon ,no stars nor anything at that time. No little patch of fire, air, water, ether existed at that time. There was only emptiness. Emptiness everywhere. At that time 'sath' existed. Sath had no shape, no color, no personality. It was neither big nor small. Briefly, Sath is Satyam(the truth). It is the knowledge, happiness and other emotions.

The shapeless Brahma evolved according to the wishes. It turned into a Jyothirlingam. This Lingam was...
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posted by medouri
Indra is the king of the cosmic gods. One time, pride entered into him because, while he was supreme in Heaven, he began to neglect Prakriti, who is Mother-Earth. Prakriti was so enraged that she cursed Indra. She said to him, “You will lose everything you have—your throne, your kingdom, everything. Even your Guru, Brihaspati, will curse you.”

When he was cursed by Prakriti, Indra was so sad and depressed. He was literally sunk in despair. Who should come to him then but his own Guru, Brihaspati, who is the Guru of all the cosmic gods. Because Indra was so depressed, he did not show any...
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