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 […]

dwarapalakas of vishnu
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Jaya and Vijaya – Dwarapalakas of Vishnu

Jaya and Vijaya are the two gatekeepers of Vishnu’s residence (Vaikuntha Lok).  According to the Bhagavatam, the Four Kumaras – Sanaka, Sanandana, Sanatana, and Sanatkumara, who are the manasaputras of Lord Brahma (sons born from the thought influence of Brahma), were wandering across the worlds when one day they decide to pay a visit to […]

shiva and parvati
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Shiva and Parvati – Symbol of Love, Devotion and Faithfulness

Shiva is the God of the yogis, self-controlled and celibate, while at the same time a remarkable lover of his spouse. He is the destroyer, following Brahma the creator and Vishnu the preserver, after which Brahma again creates the world and so on. Shiva is responsible for change, both in the form of death and […]

Symbol of Shiva
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Symbol of Shiva | The Attributes of Lord Shiva

At the highest level, Lord Shiva is regarded as formless, limitless, transcendent and unchanging. Shiva has many benevolent and fearsome depictions. In benevolent aspects, he is depicted as an omniscient Yogi who lives an ascetic life on Mount Kailash, as well as a householder with wife Goddess Parvati and his two children, Ganesha and Kartikeya. In his fierce aspects, he is often depicted slaying […]

Brahma the Creator - Who is Brahma
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Brahma The Creator – Hindu God of Creation

Who is Brahma? Born from the Lotus emerging from the navel of Lord Vishnu, Brahma is known as the “Hindu god of creation.” He is also known as the Grandfather and a later equivalent of Prajapati, the primeval first god. In early Hindu sources such as the Mahabharata, Brahma is supreme in the triad of great […]

Shiva Neelkanth Story
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Why is Shiva Called Neelkanth? The Story of Neelkanth

Lord Shiva is known for many things. His matted hair, snake around His neck, His trident, three eyes and the destruction the third eye causes when the Lord is angry. Another spectacular attribute of Lord Shiva is His blue throat. Ever wondered why is Shiva depicted as having blue throat? It is because Lord Shiva […]

Why ganesha has a broken tusk?
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Why Ganesha has one Tusk? The Story of Ganesha’s Broken Tusk

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 Ganpati and Vinayaka) is one of the best-known and most worshipped deities in the Hindu religion. As the God of beginnings, he is honored at the start of rituals and ceremonies. He is the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati and […]

Why is Shiva worshipped in the form of linga
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Why is Shiva Worshipped in the form of Linga or Lingam?

Shiva meaning “The Auspicious One” is one of the three major deities of Hinduism. He is worshiped as the Supreme God within Shaivism, one of the three most influential denominations in contemporary Hinduism and is also called “the Transformer and the Destroyer”. The most popular form of worshipping Lord Shiva in Hinduism is in the Linga form. It is known […]