Ashtadikpalakas - 8 Rulers of the World - Mantras
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Ashtadikpalakas – The Gods of 8 Directions

The Ashtadikpālas are eight in number. As their collective name suggests, they rule the eight quarters or the eight directions of the universe. Ashta means eight, “dik” means quarters or directions and” pālas “means rulers. According to Hinduism each quarter is assigned to a particular divinity, who presides over it and acts as its chief […]

Matsya Avatar Story - Why did lord vishnu take the matsya avatar
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Matsya Avatar Story – Why was Lord Vishnu Born as Matsya Avatar?

Along with Brahma, the creator and Shiva, the destroyer, Lord Vishnu is one of the three main male deities in Hinduism and they are together known as the TRIMURTI. Being a part of the Trinity, He has taken ten incarnations and the ten Avatars of Lord Vishnu or the Dashavatara are the several forms He took whenever the universe was in […]

Varaha Avatar Story - Lord Vishnu
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Varaha Avatar Story – Reason Why Lord Vishnu Took the Varaha Avatar

Along with Brahma, the creator and Shiva, the destroyer, Lord Vishnu is one of the three main male deities in Hinduism and they are together known as the TRIMURTI. Being a part of the Trinity, He has taken ten incarnations and the ten Avatars of Lord Vishnu or the Dashavatara are the several forms He took whenever the universe was in […]

Guruvayoorappan Story Miracles Slokas and Guruvayoor Temple
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Guruvayoorappan – Story, Miracles, Slokas, Guruvayur Temple

Guruvayoorappan, is a form of Vishnu worshipped mainly in Kerela. He is the presiding deity of Guruvayoor temple, who is being worshiped as Shri Krishna in His child form (Balagopalan), popularly known as Guruvayur Unnikkannan (Guruvayur baby Krishna). Even though the deity is that of chatur bahu (four handed) Vishnu, the concept (Sankalpam) of the people […]

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Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi – Story of Vishnu and Lakshmi’s Marriage

Vishnu is the Hindu God for preserving and protecting creation. He is the example of goodness and mercy, self-existent and the powerful power that maintains the cosmic order. Vishnu’s main form is represented as a resting coiled serpent Shesha. Vishnu is the deity of Shanti (peaceful mood), he never sleeps, and he cannot stand ego. […]

Why is Ganesha Worshipped First in Hinduism
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Why is Ganesha Worshipped First in Hinduism?

Widely revered as the remover of obstacles, the patron of arts and sciences and the ‘Deva’ of intellect and wisdom, Lord Ganesha (also known as Ganapati and Vinayaka) is one of the best-known and most worshipped deities in the Hindu religion. As the God of beginnings, he is worshipped first, at the start of rituals and ceremonies in Hinduism. Ganesha is the […]

Murugan and His Wives - valli and Devasena
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Murugan and His Two Wives – Valli and Devasena

Lord Murugan, the son of Shiva and Parvati, is a much revered deity of Hindus especially in South India. He is known by various names like Kartikeya, Shanmukha (Shanmuga), Subramanian, Shadanana, Guha, Senthil, Saravana, Kumaraswamy and Skanda ( Refer 108 Names of Lord Murugan). His six most important shrines in India are the Arupadaiveedu or […]

Why does lord shiva have a snake around his neck
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Why Does Lord Shiva Wear a Snake Around His Neck? Vasuki and Shiva

Lord Shiva is often shown with a snake curled three times around His neck and looking towards His right side. The  three coils of the snake symbolize the past, present and future – time in the cycle of life. The snake looking in the right direction of Lord Shiva signifies that the Lord’s perpetual laws of reason […]

Why is Lord Vishnu Blue in Color
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Why is Lord Vishnu Blue in Color?

We may always wonder when watching devotional programmes or on seeing calendars with images of Hindu gods, that why is Lord Vishnu colored blue? And what makes him special? To answer that one should first understand what Vishnu, the preserver of the systems, one among the Trimurtis, represents and does. Lord Vishnu is seen as […]