Saturday, October 29, 2016

Ilahabad Allahabad Prayag

Text 28

jitva shankham deva-varaih
     sardham vishnur vrajeshvara
prayagam etya sa harir
     vedams tan brahmane dadau

     jitva —having defeated; shankham —the conch demon; deva-varaih —by the great demigods; sardham —with; vishnuh —Lord Vishnu; vrajeshvarah —O king of Vraja; prayagam —to Prayaga; etya —going; sa —He; harih —Lord Hari; vedamh —the Vedas; tan —them; brahmane —to Brahma; dadau —gave.

     O king of Vraja, after defeating the conch demon, Lord Vishnu, accompanied by the great demigods, went to Prayaga and returned the Vedas to Brahma.

Text 29

yajnam cakara vidhi-vat
     sarva-veda-ganaih saha
prayagam ca samahuya
     tirtha-rajam cakara ha

     yajnam —a yajna; cakara —performing; vidhi-vat —according to the Vedic rules; sarva-veda-ganaih —with all the Vedas; saha —with; prayagam —to Ptayaja; ca —and; samahuya —calling; tirtha-rajam —the king of holy places; cakara —did; ha —indeed.

     Accompanied by all the Vedas, Brahma performed a Vedic yajna. Then, calling Prayaga, he crowned it king of the holy places.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016


Sage Lomasa was an ardent devotee of Vishnu. He spent all his time in devotions to the Lord. As he grew older, he started worrying that his time on earth was growing short and was altogether too brief to indulge in the bliss of worshiping Lord Vishnu. He then began performing a severe penance. When the Lord appeared before him, he asked for a boon of long life, to be spent in devotions to the Lord.Vishnu was pleased, besides, it had come to his attention that Lord Brahma had become too proud because of his longevity. (One lifespan of Brahma is equal to 3x1014 Trillion years) Lord Vishnu wished to humble Brahma, and so he granted the following boon.

"Each time the reign of a one Brahma completes, you will shed one hair on your body. You will live as long as you have hair left on your body. You can indulge in your heart's desire of devotion to me."Some sources say that his name is "Romasa" (Roma = hair). As he has an exceedingly large life span, he is practically immortal.
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Liberation / Successor

Tuesday, April 26, 2016


According to the Sthala History A debate came up in the Lord Brahma’s court hall (Brahma Sabha). It was about, who is the greatest among Durga (for courage), Lakshmi (for wealth) and Saraswathi (for wisdom). After a long debate, Lord Brahma gave a conclusion that Lakshmi is the supreme. Hearing this, Saraswathi got angry and walked away, leaving Brahma. Brahma tried convincing her and failed. Brahma went and prayed Lord Vishnu asking for a solution as he cannot live without Saraswathi. Lord Vishnu assured that he will try to bring down her anger.

Saraswathi took the form of a river named Vegavathi and started flowing through. Trying to stop her, Lord Vishnu lied in a reclining pose (Ranganathar) at Thiruvedhimangalam (Pallikonda). Knowing this, Saraswathi bypassed him adjacent to his feet and moved further. Lord Vishnu again went to another place along her route and stayed again in a reclining posture. This time Saraswathi cleverly bypassed him again above his head and went on.

Lord Vishnu decided to stop her some how and went and rested in another place again in the same posture obstructing her way. This time Saraswathi had to face Lord Vishnu obstructing her and was not able to move further beyond Him, as he is the supreme. Saraswathi’s anger subsided and she went into the earth at this third place where Lord Ranganatha reclined.

After this event, as Amba Raja was worshipping eagerly to have His Dharshan, Lord Vishnu came back to Pallikonda and gave Dharshan to Amba Raja. The king asked for a boon that the God should settle here and give Dharshan to everyone visiting this place. As the God settled here during his act of uniting Brahma and Saraswathi, the king prayed that He should grant boon for unmarried people and the separated couples visiting here. Lord Ranganathar agreed to it and granted his wish. Even today, it unmarried men or women who worship Lord Ranganathar here, get married soon. Also the couples, who have quarrels or separation in married life, get united upon worshipping Lord Ranganathar here.

  1. The first place where Lord Ranganatha tried stopping Saraswathi who was flowing as river Vegavathi (today’s Palar) is today’s Pallikonda. Here Palar flows at the down side of the Lord’s feet. 
  2. The second place where he attempted to stop her is called Thiruppaarkadal now, near Kaverippaakkam on the Bangalore highway. Here there is a Lord Ranganathar temple where Palar passes on the head side of the lord. 
  3. The third place where he finally stopped the river is called Thiruvekka, which is in Kanchipuram. There’s another Lord Ranganathar temple here again. In all the three places Lord Vishnu is seen in the reclined posture as Lord Ranganathar.  

Monday, March 28, 2016

Sarasvati River / Origin / Prabhas Kshetra / Unknown Facts / Seven

On being asked by Parvati about the emergence of river Saraswati at Prabhas Kshetra, Lord Shiva narrated the following tale to her-' The holy Sarswati flowing in Prabhas kshetra constitutes of five different streams- Harini, Vajrini, Nyanku, Kapila and Saraswati. Lord Vishnu once instructed Saraswati to carry 'Badwanal' (Submarine fire) and dump it in the ocean near Prabhas kshetra. After taking permission from Lord Brahma, Saraswati flew towards her destination.

Ganga became sad at her departure so she asked her as to how could she have a glimpse of her now that she was going to such a distant place. Saraswati consoled Ganga by saying that she would be able to see her whenever she looked eastwards.

The swift currents of Saraswati penetrated the earth and reached Patal Loka carrying Badwanal along with her.She continued to move beneath the ground towards her destination. As she reached Prabhas Kashetra, four learned sages, who were well versed in Vedas arrived there and invoked Saraswati to give them the privilege of separate bath by dividing herself in four different streams.The names of these sages were Hiranya, Vajra, Nyanku and Kapil. While Saraswati was about to comply with their request, suddenly Samudra arrived there and he too expressed the same wish. Thus Saraswati divided herself into five different streams- Harini, Vajrini, Nyanku, Kapila and Saraswati.

Eventually, when Saraswati reached near the ocean, Badwanal whom she was carrying was surprised to see the high tides rising in the ocean. He thought that the Samudra was frightened of his fury so he asked Saraswati- Why is the ocean scarred of me? Saraswati inflated his ego by saying that who would not be scarred of him. Badwanal was pleased and wanted to grant her a boon. Saraswati remembered Lord Vishnu, who instantly gave his divine appearance in her heart. She narrated the whole story and sought his advise. Lord Vishnu advised her to ask Badwanal to make his appearance small like the eye of a needle. Saraswati, following the advise of Lord Vishnu asked Badwanal to become small like a needle and keep sucking the ocean. Subsequently, Saraswati summoned Samudra and told him to accept Badwanal to which he agreed. This way Samudra devoured Badwanal, who continues to suck the water of the ocean even today as per the instructions given by Saraswati. It is believed that tides are nothing but the manifestation of Badwanal's exhalations. This was how Saraswati emerged in Prabhas kshetra.

Source : Prabhas Khand Skanda Purana  



Friday, March 25, 2016

World War and Peace

The sage Vashishtha meditated under water for twelve years. He wanted to become the most powerful person spiritually. When he came out of the water, he saw that his dearest disciple, Harishchandra, was in serious trouble.

The sage Vishwamitra had come to Harishchandra’s palace and asked him to do certain things. Because Harishchandra could not fulfil his promises, he had to leave his kingdom, sell his wife and child and take up work as an undertaker.

When Vashishtha saw that Harishchandra was undergoing so much suffering, he cursed Vishwamitra: “My dearest king is suffering at your hands,” he said.

“You are so cruel. I curse you! You will become a bird!”

In reply, Vishwamitra pronounced a curse on Vashishtha:

“You will immediately become a bird also!”

World War I 

O God, both of them became huge birds and they started fighting in the sky! While flapping their wings, they were destroying trees, houses, everything. The whole of creation was being smashed to pieces because they were fighting so ruthlessly.

Peace Effort I

When Brahma saw the destruction that was being wrought by these two huge birds, he decided to do something. He clipped their wings so that they could no longer fly.

World War II 

Although they could not fly, the two birds continued to fight face to face on the ground. Their fury showed no signs of abating.

Peace Effort II

Brahma observed them once again and said,

“What I have done is not enough. Without wings they are still bent on destroying each other. I can see that my entire creation will be destroyed in the process. I have to do something more.”

Brahma meditated for thousands of years to acquire power and finally he was able to trans-form the two birds back into human beings. When they took the form of men once more,

Brahma addressed them: 

“Are you not ashamed of yourselves? You cursed each other to become birds and then you fought ruthlessly. You were destroying the whole world because of your personal quarrel. Now at least remain as two ordinary human beings. Even ordinary human beings do not fight the way you have fought. I am not asking you to be saints. Just become decent human beings.”


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