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What are Rahu and Ketu? The story and significance of Rahu and Ketu!


According to Hindu religion, Rahu and Ketu both play a vital role in shaping one’s life as both have tremendous powers to bring either fortune or hardship in case they secure a place in one’s kundali (horoscope). We see many people who are severely suffering from Rahu or Ketu dasha. But do you know what are Rahu and Ketu? Do you know how Rahu and Ketu came into existence? Do you know how Rahu and Ketu affect your life? Let’s try to find out!
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The Curse of Rishi Durvasa:  

Long ago the king of Demi gods or Devataas, Indra rides on his elephant. When the famous sage known as Rishi Durvasa sees Indra riding on his elephant, he goes to meet Indra and offers him a garland. Indra accepts the garland from Rishi Durvasa and places the garland on the trunk of his elephant. The Indra’s elephant displeases by the fragrance of the garland and throws the garland on the ground.  Seeing the elephant disrespecting his offering, the annoyed sage Durvasa curses Indra and all the Devataas to lose their divine powers or Divya Shakties.

Attack by Asuras:

When Asuras or Demons learn that Devataas have lost all their divine powers, they immediately attack the Swarga or heavens and capture the entire universe. The defeated and disoriented Devataas approach Lord Bramha, the creator of Universe, for help. Lord Brahma suggests the Devataas to approach Lord Vishnu, the preserver God who maintains order and regularity of the universe. After hearing the plea from Devataas, Lord Vishnu comes up with a plan and instructs Devataas to approach the Asuras (also known as Daanavas) and request them to join hands to carry out the Sagar Manthana or the churning of the ocean to obtain Amrita which is nectar of immortality.  
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Sagar Manthana:

As Devataas approach the Asuras and tell them that they are incapable of churning the ocean alone and request their cooperation in Sagar Manthana, Asuras agree for the task due to the grid of Amrita. They start churning the ocean using Mount Mandara as a rod and also use the serpent Vasuki as a rope. Lord Vishnu incarnates as a tortoise to carry the mountain on his back. This avatar (incarnation)of Lord Vishnu  is also listed as one of his ten incarnations.

The Neelkantha Lord Shiva:

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Lord Shiva consuming the venom
As both Devataas and Asuras begin the churning of the ocean where all Gods stand on one side while Demons on other side, the churning reaches the pick and several things emerge from the ocean as a result of churning. First the poisonous foam or the froth (often referred as Vish or Halahala) appears due to rigorous churning of the ocean. The venom threatens to destroy the entire universe and as everyone gets frightened and no one comes forward to rescue, Lord Shiva takes the poison and keeps it in his throat, without swallowing it. Due to the effect of venom, Lord Shiva’s throat turns blue and hence he is often called as the Neelkantha (Neel means blue and Kantha means throat).

The divine pot of Amrita:

After the event of Lord Shiva consuming the toxic foam, churning starts again and finally produces Chaturdasha ratnas (fourteen gems like Airavata, the multi-tusked elephant, Parijaat, a tree in the Paradise of Lord Indra, Kamadhenu, a cow which provides desired object etc).
One of the gems appears as a pot of Amrit carried by Dhanvantari, the god of medicine. As soon as Dhanvantari appears with the pot of Amrita, the Asuras forcefully snatch the pot by refusing to give it to Devataas.

The Mohini incarnation:

As Lord Vishnu knows that Asuras would refuse to share the Amrita with Devataas after churning the ocean, he incarnates as Mohini, the enchantress, the most beautiful female form in the universe. Overwhelmed by her beauty, Asuras get attracted towards Mohini and agree to share the nectar of immortality with Devataas as per the terms of distribution presented by Mohini. Mohini then asks all Asuras and Devataas to sit in a line so that she can start distributing the Amrita.    
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Rahu disguises himself as one of the Devataas and sits between the Sun and Moon to get a share of Amrita. Sun and moon gods soon recognize Rahu as one of the Asuras and tell the act of Rahu to Vishnu who is distributing Amrita in the form of Mohini.

The birth of Rahu and Ketu:

Irked by the act of Rahu, Lord Vishnu severs Rahu’s head with his Sudarshan Chakra or discus, however Rahu manages to drink a drop of the Amrita and becomes immortal. Rahu’s head and his body get separated but both become immortal due to the consumption of the nectar. The head is known as Rahu and the headless body is known as the Ketu.
It is widely known since then that Rahu and Ketu constantly chase Sun and Moon for the revenge as they were behind the separation of the head and the body of the demon Rahu. And whenever they succeed in catching the Sun and the Moon they swallow them causing Solar as well as Lunar eclipse. But as Sun and Moon both consumed the nectar, Rahu and Ketu can’t hold the Sun and Moon for long and both emerge again intact.
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Rahu and Ketu

Quick facts about Rahu and Ketu:

  • Rahu is of Feminine and Ketu is of Neuter gender. 
  • Rahu is significant for spiritual knowledge while Ketu is significant for Moksha or final liberation.
  • Generally astronomy mentions that Rahu represent indulgence and some of its negative effects are mental illness, death of near ones, diseases, heavy financial losses etc.
  • Ketu represents mystic activities, bad company of people, false pride etc and also causes lung diseases, brain disorders etc.  
  • Rahu and Ketu are considered as strong planets astronomically however, they do not have physical existence.
  • As Sun represents body while Moon represents the mind, the effect of Rahu and Ketu incision affects both mind and body of a person.
  • Rahu’s Mahadasha period lasts for eighteen years while Ketu’s last for seven years.
  • Both Rahu and Ketu are friends with Venus, Mars and Saturn
  • Rahu and Ketu are rulers of southwest direction
  • Beej Mantra of Rahu: Om Bhraam Bhreem Bhraum Sah Rahave Namah
  • Beej Mantra of Ketu: Om Sraam Sreem Sraum Sah Ketave Nam
  • The gemstone Gomed (Hessonite) is governed by Rahu while the gemstone Lahasuniya (Cat’s eye is governed by Ketu
  • Worshiping of Bhairava or Lord Shiva as well as chanting Rahu Mantras are often advised as remedies to be performed if Rahu is not well placed in the kundali or horoscope.
  • Worshiping of Lord Ganesha or chanting Ketu Mantras are often advised as remedies to be performed if Ketu is not well placed in the kundali or horoscope.
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Who is the founder of Hindu religion or Hinduism?

For thousands of years, we all have been searching for some sort of evidences so that we can reach to the founder of Hinduism. However there are numerous theories about this topic that are open to interpretation. Hinduism basically comprises of collection of multiple paths acting as building blocks guiding us to the ultimate wisdom and these paths are based on human reasoning instead of any commandments from a single divine authority and thus we can’t point our finger at a specific founder of Hindu Religion. 


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Hinduism is not founded by a definite person or prophet


Who is Hindu?

The term “Hindu” is derived from the root word, “Sindhu” which is a name of a river. The word Hindu came into usage for the people who live around a region through which the river Sindhu flows. The word Hinduism has been used more as a conceptual entity rather than just a name of a religion. It is being claimed by many scholars that the word Hindu itself does not appear in literature until the 17th Century A.D. Apart from wide usage of term Hindu or Hinduism, during medieval times, the Indian subcontinent was known as Hindustan or the land of Hindus. 

If we further investigate this by keeping in mind all the past excavations or historical findings, the ancient temples that have been inspected have no clear signs or manifestations of a single founder of Hindu religion or a primary deity. On the contrary, there are millions of ‘gods’ and ‘goddesses’ exist in Hinduism. These gods and goddesses vary to a greater range based on region, languages, castes, creeds etc. Even in the remote villages of India, they have their own unique deities as well as religious practices.

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As time changed, the Hindu religion was constantly subjected to new philosophies and theories which the religion welcomed and incorporated with opened hands and that is why today’s Hindu religion consists of a wide range of belief systems that are not at all related to one another. There is no known founder of Hinduism, no creed, no single source of authority. 

Who is the founder of Hinduism?

Hinduism does not have any particular guiding structure or any specific belief system as it is considered more as a way of life. There is no one book like Holy Bible or Holy Quran, no commandments, no prophets or messengers of God, no prophecy nor any framework. There is no defined time representing the beginning of this religion, no date or year as to when the foundation stone was laid. However Vedas are considered to be imparted from God to human beings some thousand years ago and were carried forward through teacher-disciple (Guru-Shishya) tradition.

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Hence it can be concluded that Hinduism is not founded by a definite person, a book or a prophet. There is no known founder and no single source of authority. The source of this religion or way of life is God himself. Hence, it is denominated as an eternal religion, generally referred as Sanatana dharma in Sanskrit. Trinity of Brahma (the creator God who revealed the knowledge of Vedas), Vishnu (the preserver God who maintains the order and regularity) and Shiva (the destroyer God who destroys the impurities) are the first three teachers of Hinduism.

The modern form of Hinduism is actually a blend of teachings mainly derived from Vedas and Upanishads plus the teachings from ancient sages and scholars as well as from some great saints and regional customs and traditions. Hinduism is a dynamic religion which keeps changing its form with time without disturbing its basic teaching and keeps adapting with new findings, theories, cultures and rituals.


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Lord Narasimha – The incarnation of Lord Vishnu

Read more about Lord Narsimha!

As promised by the God, to appear on the earth to save the mankind from the evils, the Narsimha Avatara (incarnation) is the fourth in the series of incarnation of Lord Vishnu. The demon King Hiranyaksha was killed by Lord Vishnu in Varaha Avatara. On hearing this, the brother of Hiranyaksha, King Hiranyakashapu got angry and ferocious and decided to avenge his brother’s death.


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The King Hiranyakashapu had the desire to have the power and authority over the Universe. To acquire prowess and power, he began penance on mount Mandarachala for several years. Satisfied with his intense penance, Lord Brahamadeva appeared  and blessed him with the boon that he would not be killed by human, God or demon with any weapon and could not be killed during the day/night and in the sky or on earth.

Having blessed, King Hiranyakashapu became invincible and resorted to revengeful incursions all over, spreading disaster. He was sure of his immortality. He became staunch opponent of Lord Vishnu and ensured to eliminate all devotees of Lord Vishnu.
The King Hiranyakashapu had four sons, the youngest being Prahlada. This son was a great devotee of Lord Vishnu, used to chant his name continuously. This enraged King who tried every trick to ensure that his son stops worshiping Lord Vishnu. But Prahlada remained adamant and continued reciting Vishnu’s name. Whenever King tried to persuade, Prahlada would explain that Vishnu is almighty, protector of the Universe and would never forget the Lord.
The King now could not control his tempers and decided to extirpate Prahlada. He tried ruse like poisoning , throwing under the feet of elephant, left in the room filled with most venomous serpents,  tied to rock to throw into sea, put him on live pyre etc. but every time Prahlada escaped unhurt miraculously,  always enchanting Vishnu’s name. The King was perplexed as to how Prahlada remained alive in spite of his endeavor to eradicate him. He ultimately realized that Prahlada was truly protected by Lord Vishnu. Hence he finally decided to take on to the Lord himself directly.

The enraged King, asked Prahlada whether Lord Vishnu protects him everywhere. Prahlada affirmed and told him that Lord is omni – present and shields his devotees all the time. The King pointed at the pillar and asked if Lord exists in it at the material time. Prahlada quipped “certainly”. The King hammered the pillar with full power which instantly crashed and Lord Narasimha appeared from within the broken pillar. The King began fighting with the Lord as usual.
The Lord Narasimha overpowered Hiranyakashapu and put him on his lap in the middle of door of the palace. The Lord tore apart his stomach with his big sharpened nails as the blood flew out of his body and killed Hiranyakashapu.  The Lord grew in fierce anger, screamed intensely with the furious face, as no one dared to intervene. Prahlada as a gentle devotee could only pacify the Lord.  The Lord instantly calmed down and picked up his devotee Prahlad with all his blessings.
 The Lord Vishnu respecting the boon of Lord Brahmadeva killed the supposedly invincible demon King Hiranyakashapu. The incarnation of Narasimha was neither a human, God or demon but was part lion and part man. The moment was twilight hour that is, neither day nor night. The place of killing was in the middle of a door frame meaning neither inside nor outside of the palace. It was neither sky and nor on the earth. He did not use nay weapon or instrument to kill the demon. Thus Lord Narasimha was incarnated in a manner to fulfill all the conditions of the boon and killed the demon to save his dearest devotee Prahlada.

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How food helps in building our mind and body!

Do you know how food has impact on our mind and body? Read these amazing facts!

The world is comprised of people following various kinds of religions, languages and dynasties. There are number of varieties of food habits depending upon the cereals, pulses, vegetables and fruits qualities, grown in the particular region from the earth and some acquired from the domestic animals like milk etc. Some human-races are habituated to consume non-vegetable food example by killing the animals, species from the forests or from the sea. Thus the food is categorized broadly as the one obtained from the cultivation and the other by killing the animals, birds and sea species, known as vegetarian and non-vegetarian.

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The vegetarian food is construed to be Sattvic (pure) food and the other as Rajasic and Tamasic. In Hindureligion, those following spiritual path are supposed to consume Sattvic food. It is strongly believed that this kind of food  helps in achieving the desired spiritual goals. This leads to general faith that food contributes in making of proper mind and body. It is pertinent to note that the food certainly makes body strong and active but at the same time it helps in building one’s mind too. The following would explain the matter.

The Sattvic food does not necessarily mean only vegetarian but also the one prepared by consistently remembering the all-mighty. It could be ascertained whether food changes one’s perspective by just taking Sattvicfood for some specified time. The result would be certainly affirmative. The food prepared in anger, desperation and aggrieved state of mind can not be termed Sattvic as vibrations of that state of mind would be mixed in the food and this food would affect the mind of the one consuming it.

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The food intake in the hotels would encourage one’s mind to only earn money  as the hoteliers mind is constantly busy in earning money by selling the food. The food prepared by our mother with all her love, attachment disseminated into it would increase love and affection in the family. Similarly, the food made in Temples, Gurudwaras as offering to the God, has a special effect, as it is prepared in that divine environment and distributed selflessly among devotees, inculcates divine values in them.

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Therefore, to imbibe high human values among the members of family, it is advised that the cooking place be neat, clean and the atmosphere in the kitchen be very conducive to inhaling the positive energy. The cooking personnel while cooking food at home are required to be in peaceful, happy, satisfied and enthusiastic frame of mind which would culminate into building a cheerful, delightful and gratifying family.

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Aarti Shri Ramayan Ji Ki with Hindi, English Lyrics I ANURADHA PAUDWAL I Full Video Song I Lyrical

Popular Aarti “Aarti Shri Ramayan Ji Ki” with Hindi and English Lyrics by Anuradha Paudwal!

Aarti Sri Ramayan Ji Ki Kirti Kalit Lalit Siya Pi Ki Gaavat Brahamadik Muni Narad Balmeek Bigyaan Bisaarad Suk Sankaadi Sesh Aru Saarad Barni Pavansut Kirti Neeki Aarti Sri Ramayan Ji Ki Kirti Kalit Lalit Siya Pi Ki

Gaavat Ved Puraan Ashtdas Chhao Shastra Sab Granthan Ko Ras Muni Jan Dhan Santan Ko Sabras Saar Ansh Samat Sab Hi Ki Aarti Sri Ramayan Ji Ki Kirti Kalit Lalit Siya Pi Ki
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Gaavat Santat Sambhu Bhavani Aru Ghatsambhav Muni Bigyani Vyaas Aadi Kabi Barj Bakhaani Kaagbhusundi Garud Ke Hi Ki Aarti Sri Ramayan Ji Ki Kirti Kalit Lalit Siya Pi Ki Kalimal Harni Vishya Ras Feeki Subhag Singaar Mukti Jubti Ki Dalan Rog Bhav Moori Ami Ki Taat Maat Sab Vidhi Tulsi Ki Aarti Sri Ramayan Ji Ki Keerti Kalit Lalit Siya Pi Ki

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Know Your Planets – The Sun (Ravi)

Do you what is nature and behavior of astrological planet, the sun? Read more about this planet!

The Sun is a king and most powerful of all the planets. Life is impossible without existence of the sun. The sun is the center of power and all the other planets revolve around him. Thus, the sun controls orbits of all the planets (grahas) around him. It controls and governs people with his power. In Hinduism, the sun is one of the major deities. This male planet, the sun represents power, royalty, and fame and is depicted to the soul (Aatma) of a living being.

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Astrologically, when the sun enters in any of the Rashis (astrological sign), he makes that person strong, dominant, and gives leading powers. The sun also gives him/her fame and prosperity. The person who has the sun in his Rashi, has leadership qualities and is successful in every field. He gives power to grant political power. The sun represents elements of ‘fire’. Fire signifies brightness. Thus he makes the person intelligent and bestows power to achieve his/her goals.
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There are three fundamental elements, which are Dhatu (metals), Moola (roots) and Jeeva (life). The sun is related to Moola. The sun’s own astrological sign is Leo (Simha). The friendly planets are Moon (Chandra), Mars (Mangal) and Jupiter (Guru). That is, the sun in combination with his friendly planets definitely gives good results. If the sun is combined with its enemy planets like Venus and Saturn would definitely have bad effects. The sun rules heart, eye, head, and stomach of the body. Thus one can suffer from heart diseases, headaches, and baldness due to bad position of the sun on ones Kundali (astrological birth chart). Unfavorable position of the sun can cause physical as well as mental disorders.
Planet: The Sun (Ravi)
Rank of the Planet: First
Auspicious Day: Sunday
Colour: Bright Red, Orange
Element: Moola
Nature of the planet: Dominative, Aggressive and Respectful
Orbit time in each Rashi: 1 Month
Nakshtra: Uttara Phalguni, Uttara Ashadha and Krittika
Own Rashi (or Home Rashi): Leo (Simha)
Exalted Rashi (Good position): Aries (Mesha)
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Debilitated Rashi (Bad position): Libra (Tula)
Mooltrikona Rashi (gives good results): Leo (Simha)
Friendly Planets: The Moon (Chandra), Mars (Mangal) and Jupiter (Guru)
Enemy Planets: Venus (Shukra), Saturn (Shani)
Neutral Planet: Mercury (Budh)
Astrological stone used: Ruby
Good placement of planet: Leadership qualities, Political power, Success and Posperity
Bad placement of planet: Health issues, mental stress, arrogance
Body parts ruled: Head, Eyes, Brain, Stomach, Lungs
Diseases caused by planet: Headache, Heart Problems, Eyesight Problems, Baldness
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The consequences of Pournima (Full Moon) on mankind!

Do you know what is Pournima? Read effects of Full Moon day on mankind!

The incidence of Full Moon is the monthly event. There are various Moon phases or moon cycles, Pournima (Full Moon day) is one of the natural phase. It is said that the full moon affects the material world as well as human being as per astrology. The Moon is considered to be the lord of mind. The mind plays a major role in deciding the mode of the life of a person. Sound mind makes a person strong enough to face any untoward situation. It helps him to tide over any difficulty or impediments whereas weak mind push a person into heavy discontentment even in petty matters resulting in wrongful decisions.
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We are aware that the Moon is nearest to the Earth on the day of Pournima, causing substantial increase in gravitational force of the Earth. Owing to this, there is high tide and sudden surge in sea water. Once the full Moon event is over, the sea becomes quiet leading to the phenomenon called ebb (receding of sea water from its place).
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Pournima affects human body and its mind. The human body contents 70% of water or fluid, hence it is said that the position of Moon affects human body as in the case of sea. Human being is the combination of body and mind. That’s why if mind is sound, body also sound. Therefore our emotions gain momentum identical to the sea water level, on full Moon day. This becomes a regular feature of the mind on such days. The slightest of provocation can cause a major disaster.
It is, therefore advised to restrain one’s behavior as the status of Moon does have effect on human mind. Taking into consideration that stars do affect the human being, no one should resort to such things which may ultimately make them repent on the actions perpetrated earlier. Only sound mind can help mitigate the dangers of evil acts.
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Hence it is advised to undertake meditation, chanting of mantras or divine name of the God, worship to acquire mental peace.  Those already are on a spiritual path, certainly understand the existence of positive energy on the full Moon day and are required to convert this to their benefit. All are advised to control the emotions, avoid to take other’s insolence, rudeness to personal level, as they are also passing through the same phase.
Let us be alert and vigilant with the aforesaid information to keep effective control over our mind in order to achieve mental peace, as the sensitive and emotional persons are bound to suffer severely.

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How Goswami Tulsidas met Lord Rama at Jagannath Temple!

Read this amazing story what happened when Tulsidas visited Lord Jagannath Temple!

Goswami Tulsidasji Maharaj was a massive devotee of Lord Rama. He is acclaimed as an incarnation of saint Valmiki in this Kaliyuga. The sage Valmiki has authored original Ramayana in Sanskrit on the life of Lord Rama. Tulsidas rewrote the epic Ramayana in the vernacular Awadhi dialect of Hindi known as “Shriramcharitmanas“. He also compiled Hanuman Chalisa hymn dedicated to Lord Hanumana, the greatest devotee of Lord Rama. His astounding work has left an indelible mark on the minds of the apt religious Hindus. The depth of Goswamiji’s love for Lord Rama could be assessed from the following interesting story.

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Someone apprised Goswami Tulsidas that, one could sight Lord in Jagannath Puri Goswamiji immediately decided to visit that place to get the sight of his precious God. After long, tedious tiring journey, he arrived in Jagannath Puri temple which was crowded with devotees. He entered the temple and viewed the idols. He was shocked and perplexed to see the idols without hands, feet and thought this could not be his mesmerizing Lord Rama. Deeply anguished, he came out of the temple and sat down the tree.
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He was tired with hectic travel and was very hungry. At once, there was commotion, as a young boy, with offerings of food was inquiring about Tulsidas. Goswamiji thought that worshipers of Lord Jagannath might have come to know about his plight (hunger) and hence must have sent the plate full of food for his consumption. He summoned the boy. The boy told Tulsidas that Lord Jagannath had sent him the offerings. Tulsidasji declined and said he would not consume the food, prior to his own offering to his deity Lord RamaThe boy meekly told that it was sent by his Lord Himself. He referred to his anguish at idols without hand and feet and invited his attention to his own writing in ‘Shriramcharitmanas’ as mentioned below.
बिनु पद चलइ सुनइ बिनु काना l

कर बिनु कर्म करइ बिधि नाना ll

आनन रहित सकल रस भोगी l
बिनु बानी बकता बड़ जोगी ll 

The boy also explained to Tulsidas that Lord Hanuman guards the temple, Vibhishana visits the Lord Jagannath daily at this temple and invited Goswami Tulsidasji to visit next day early in the morning. The boy instantly disappeared from the scene. Tulsidas immediately realized the truth and was overpowerd by the devine emotions. He lost the senses in devotion and love for the God.

Goswami Tulsidas got up early in the morning with an urge to witness Lord and arrived at the temple. He sighted Lord Rama, Laxmana and Goddess Sita in place of Lord Jagannatha, Balbhadra and Subhadra. The Lord had fulfilled the wish of Goswami Tulsidas.  The place where Goswamiji stayed overnight is now famous as “Tulsidas Choura”

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Why tortoise/turtle idol is placed in most of the temples?

Do you know why temples have tortoise idols established? Read the amazing facts about Indian temples!

We find the replica of tortoise peculiarly established in front of an idol of the God but outside of the inner room (garbh-gruha) of the temple premises. Is there any reason behind tortoise idol being established in front of the God? YES!
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The turtle is considered to be a Kurma avatara (incarnation) of Lord Vishnu. It possesses Sattvaguna (Sattvic qualities, pure qualities) meaning thereby capable to acquire divine knowledge. The Lord Vishnu blessed it to gain the place opposite the idol in the temples.

The findings reveal that the turtle is there owing to its rational behavioral pattern and visible qualities. It is advised to offer prayers to God only after bowing down to the turtle, denoting never physically feeds her little ones but merely looks in their eyes, full of affection which satisfy their appetite. This symbolizes Gods blissful sight on the devotee.
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The turtle has its head down, having six organs representing  six evils of human race that is, Kama (lust), Krodh (anger), Moha(attachment), Lobh (greed), Mada (pride) Matsar (jealousy) and  has the quality of converging all its organs. In the same manner it is expected that devotees should surrender and control all their organs in order to overcome the ill-effects of the material world enabling them to obtain blessings of the God in true sense!
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