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Radhika

Ramayana (The Life of Ram)
« on: July 03, 2011, 12:32:12 PM »
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Ram is the 7th incarnation of Vishnu and the central figure of the Ramayana (Ramayan) epic. The Ramayan is the very soul of India. It is a complete guide to God-realization, the path to which lies in righteousness. The ideals of man are beautifully portrayed in it. Everyone should emulate those ideals and grow into ideal human beings and ideal citizens.

Ram, by Sapna JohariRam took birth to free the earth from the cruelty and sins of the demon King Ravana (Ravan). Ravana had practiced austerities in order to propitiate Shiva and Brahma, who had granted him immunity from being killed by gods, gandharvas or demons. One of the gods had to take on a human form in order to be able to defeat Ravana.

Ram was born as the first son of Dasharatha, king of Ayodhya. Ram's mother was Kausilya. Ram had three brothers : Bharata (Bharat) born from the second wife Kaikeyi, and Lakshmana (Lakshman) and Shatrughna born from the third wife Sumitra.

One day Saint Vishwamitra visited Ayodhya and asked Dashratha to send Ram and Lakshmana with him because the Yakshini (demon) Tarka - with her two sons Mareech and Subahu - were terrifying him and the other saints at his ashram. They were not letting them worship and meditate. Ram went with Lakshmana and Vishwamitra to kill Tarka. On the way to Saint Vishwamitra's ashram there was a dense forest. When they entered the forest Tarka came to kill them but Ram killed her and her son Subahu with a weapon given to him by Vishwamitra. Ram also shot an arrow at Mareech and threw him 100 yojan far away.

Sita and Ram in the gardenLater Ram went with Saint Vishwamitr to Mithila where the wise King Janak ruled. King Janak had organized a svayamvaraa (an acient custom wherein the bride chose her husband of her own accord from amongst a number of suitors). It was announced that whosoever will bend the bow of Lord Shiva will marry King Janak's daughter Sita. Sita was an incarnation of Lakshmi, the consort of Lord Vishnu. But none of the suitors was able to lift Lord Shiva's bow, except Ram. Ram lifted the bow with his one hand and bended it so hard that it even broke.

Sita and Ram in the forestSo Ram got married to Sita, and his brothers got happily married to Sita's sisters. After returning and living happily in Ayodhya the old King Dashrath decided that it was time to give his kingdom to his beloved son Ram. There Kaikeyi, the third and youngest wife of the King, claimed the throne for her son Bharat. A long time before the young Queen had saved the King's life and he had promised to fulfill her two wishes. Manthara, the crooked and evil-minded maid-servant of Kaikeyi influenced the queen to claim her wishes now in favor of her son and to request Dashrath to banish Ram from the kingdom for fourteen years, and to install Bharat on the throne instead. The King was shocked, his heart was broken, but he knew that truth is the highest Dharm, and that he had to fulfill his promise to his wife. So Ram went to exile happily, knowing that to obey and serve his father was the highest duty of a son.

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Ramayana (The Life of Ram)
« on: July 03, 2011, 12:32:12 PM »

Radhika

Re: Ramayana (The Life of Ram)
« Reply #1 on: July 03, 2011, 12:32:51 PM »
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After Ram left to the forest, Dashrath died from the pangs of separation from his beloved son Ram. Bharat went to the forest to meet his brother Ram and to request him to come back to Ayodhya. When Ram refused to return, in honor of the promise to his father, Bharat took Ram's "khadau" (wooden sandals) and placed them symbolically on Ayodhya's throne. Until his brother returned from the exile Bharat served the kingdom as a true and honest caretaker of Ram.

Once Surpnakha, the sister of Ravana, passed by the place where Ram was living. She saw Ram and became impressed by his beauty. She transformed herself into a beautiful lady and went to Ram and asked him to marry her. When Ram refused and told her he is already married to Sita, she became angry. Coming back to her original form she ran towards Sita to kill her. When Lakshman saw that he cut her nose and one ear. Surpnakha then send her brother Khardushan with fourteen thousand rakshasas to avenge her. But all were killed by Ram.

Jatayu leaving his bodySurpnakha now sought vengeance through her older brother Ravana, but only got his interest by pointing out that the beautiful Sita would be a fitting wife for him. Ravana lured Ram and Lakshman away from Sita by sending an enchanted deer of extreme beauty and then took Sita to his kingdom of Lanka. On the way, Jatayu, a vulture bird and old friend of Ram's father Dashrath, fought Ravan but was fatally wounded. He lived only long enough to tell Ram what had happened upon his return.

Radhika

Re: Ramayana (The Life of Ram)
« Reply #2 on: July 03, 2011, 12:45:59 PM »
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In Lanka, Ravana tried to threathen Sita into marrying him, but was rejected again and again. Meanwhile, Ram made an alliance with the monkey King Sugreeva, who had been exiled from his kingdom by his brother Bali. Ram helped Sugreeva to regain his kingdom and in return Sugreeva raised an army of monkeys and bears, led by Hanuman. When they reached the sea, Hanuman flew across. On the way he had many adventures, which can be found on the Hanuman page.

Hanuman captured in LankaIn Lanka, Hanuman promised Sita that help would come soon. When he was then captured by the rakshasas, Ravana ordered them to set fire to Hanuman's tail, wrapping it with oily rags. But Hanuman increased the length of his tail so much that there seemed no end to it. He escaped and used his burning tail to set fire to all of Lanka.

Meanwhile, Ram's army had build a huge bridge between Lanka and the mainland. They crossed the ocean and attacked Ravana's army. During the battle, Lakshmana was heavily wounded, but he was cured by a magic herb which Hanuman flew all the way to the Himalayas to obtain. Not finding the herb at first, Hanuman brought the entire mountain just to be sure. Finally, all rakshasa generals were killed and the battle become a single combat between Ravana and Ram. Finally, Ram killed Ravana with a special weapon given to him by saint Agastya.

This was a moment of great rejoicing. Ram and Sita were finally crowned King and Queen of Ayodhya, though people were doubting that Sita had preserved her virtue while being Ravana's captive, which is another story in itself.

RhythM_of_RaiN

Re: Ramayana (The Life of Ram)
« Reply #3 on: July 03, 2011, 03:54:25 PM »
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Nice 1 - Thanx 4 Sharing


Radhika

Sri Veera (Dhairya) Lakshmi
« Reply #4 on: September 18, 2011, 01:36:41 PM »
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Thanks a lot Aakash  ..


Sri Veera Lakshmi, also called as "Dhairya Lakshmi" blesses us with braveness, fearlessness, etc., she blesses us with a great mind to conquer everything. She gives braveness thereby leading our life with full of confidence.

Whenever we start anything new, there will be a little bit of hesitation, an unclear mind whether we will succeed in this or not. There will be lots of confusion that goes round our min. And as a result of this, the new thing what we do will go for trouble. By the grace of Sri Veera Lakshmi, we can avoid all these and gets over it and succeed in all the new things we start.

Sri Dhairya Lakshmi and Bhoja rajan:

Once there lived a king named "Bhoja rajan", who led his kingdom without any struggle, hassle etc., and during his ruling, the people was very happy and they got all the things they needed. He not only concentrated on the kingdom but also he had a great bhakti towards Sri Lakshmi. He was a great bhaktan of Sri Ashta Lakshmi.

One day while he was performing pooja towards Sri Ashta Lakshmi, he found that all the faces of Sri Ashta Lakshmi seemed to be a little bit sad. He asked what the reason for all the Sri Lakshmi being sad. The Sri Lakshmi said that the time has come for all the Sri Lakshmi to leave his kingdom. They also added that the king is a beloved son of them. They finally said that since they are learning the country, they can give a varam.

The next day he performed the pooja. After finishing the pooja, he worshipped them and asked a varam that all the Sri Lakshmi can leave his kingdom but only one Sri Lakshmi has to stay. The Ashta Lakshmi accepted his words and asked which Sri Lakshmi wanted to stay. Without any hesitation he said that Sri Dhairya (Veera) Lakshmi should stay in his kingdom. On hearing this, all the other 7 Lakshmis said that without Sri Dhanya Lakshmi resides, all the Sri Lakshmis also be there and since Sri Dhairya Lakshmi is going to reside in his kingdom, they will also reside in his kingdom itself. This clearly depicts how Sri Dhairya Lakshmi is important and from this incident we can clearly visualize how his kingdom will also be.

Even during the Gurukshetra war, Arjunan could not fight against Dronar etc., as he is his Guru and some of his relations were against him. But, Sri Krishnar explained that what all he thinks are waste and gave him some Dhairyam. As a result of this, he could win over them all. Even in this small incident also, the greatness of Sri Dhairya Lakshmi is well explained.

Any thing we don without thinking will go for waste and anything we do, with lots of thinking make it to happen a little latter. Think before the thing to happen, analyse it and if we perform it with courage will make it happen very fast and successful. If we get the blessings of Sri Dhairya Lakshmi, our mind gets cleared; create a cleared situation and as a result of this, all the actions we perform will be successful.



SAYEED

Re: Ramayana (The Life of Ram)
« Reply #5 on: September 18, 2011, 07:08:30 PM »
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Good moral. thanks for sharing

RhythM_of_RaiN

Re: Ramayana (The Life of Ram)
« Reply #6 on: October 02, 2011, 01:49:01 PM »
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Radhika

Vijayadashami
« Reply #7 on: October 06, 2011, 12:31:00 PM »
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Vijayadashami also known as Dasara, is one of the most important festivals celebrated in various forms, across India, Nepal and Bangladesh. Dasara/ Dussehra is derived from Sanskrit Dasha-hara meaning "remover of bad fate" meaning remover of ten heads of Ravana's.

It is also referred to as Navratri and Durgotsav, 

Dasara is celebrated on the tenth day of the Hindu autumn lunar month of Ashvin, or Ashwayuja which falls in September or October of the Western calendar, from the Shukla Paksha Pratipada, or the day after the New moon which falls in Bhadrapada, to the Dashami, or the tenth day of Ashvin. The first nine days are celebrated as Maha Navratri(Sanskrit: ????????, 'nine nights') or Sharada Navratri {the most important Navratri) And culminates on the tenth day as Dasara.

In India, the harvest season begins at this time and so the Mother Goddess is invoked to start the new harvest season and reactivate the vigor and fertility of the soil. This is done through religious performances and Rituals which are thought to invoke cosmic forces that rejuvenate the soil. Many people  observe Dasara through social gatherings and food offerings to the gods at home and in temples throughout India.


Dasha-Hara is the festival of Victory of Good over Evil. There are many variations to this feat, that are believed all across India.

Victory of Prabhu Ramachandra over Ravana
 
 

On this day in the Treta Yug, Rama, also called Shri Ram, the seventh incarnation of Vishnu, killed the great demon Ravana who had abducted Rama's wife Sita to his kingdom of Lanka. Rama, his brother Lakshmana, Their follower Hanuman and an army of monkeys fought a great battle to rescue Sita. The entire narrative is recorded in the epic Ramayana, 

Rama had performed "Chandi Homa" and invoked the blessings of Durga, who blessed Rama with secret knowledge of the way to kill Ravana. On the day of Ashvin Shukla Dashami, Rama's party found Sita and Defeated Ravana. Thus it is termed as Vijaya Dashami. Based on the inferences from Balmik’s Ramayana, Kalidas’s Raghuvans, Tulsidas’s Ram Charit manas, and Keshavdas’s Ram Chandra Yas Chandrika as well as Common perception in India, Rama, Sita, and Lakshmana returned to Ayodhya on the 30th day of Ashvin (19–20 days after Vijayadashmi). To mark the return of Lord Rama, in the evening, the residents of Ayodhya lit Their city with millions of earthen lamps (called Deepak). Since then, this day is celebrated in India as Deepawali or Diwali.

Many people perform "Aditya Homa" as a "Shanti Yagna" and recite Sundara Kanda of Srimad Ramayana for nine days. These Yagna performances are thought to create powerful agents in the atmosphere surrounding The house that will keep the household environment clean and healthy. These rituals are intended to rid the household of the ten bad qualities, which are represented by ten heads of Ravana as follows:

    Kama vasana (Lust)
    Krodha (Anger)
    Moha (delusion)
    Lobha (Greed)
    Mada (Over Pride)
    Matsara (Jealousy)
    Manas (Mind)
    Buddhi (Intellect)
    Chitta (will)
    Ahankara (Ego).

Some householders perform Yagnas thrice daily along with Sandhya Vandana, which is also called Aahavaneeya Agni, Grahapatya Agni or Dakshina Agni. In addition, the Aditya Homa is performed with the Maha Surya Mantras and the Aruna Prapathaka of the Yajurveda. These mantras are believed to keep the heart, brain and digestive functions in balance in the absence of adequate sunlight in the winter months.

RhythM_of_RaiN

Re: Ramayana (The Life of Ram)
« Reply #8 on: October 24, 2011, 11:41:51 AM »
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Radhika

Deepawali
« Reply #9 on: October 24, 2011, 03:50:03 PM »
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The festival starts with Dhanteras on which most Indian business communities begin their financial year. The second day of the festival, Naraka Chaturdasi, marks the vanquishing of the demon Naraka by Lord Krishna And his wife Satyabhama. Amavasya, the third day of Deepawali, marks the worship of Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth in her most benevolent mood, fulfilling the wishes of her devotees. Amavasya also tells the story of Lord Vishnu, who in his dwarf incarnation vanquished the Bali, and banished him to Patala. It is on the fourth day of Deepawali, Kartika Shudda Padyami, that Bali went to patala and took the reins of his new kingdom in There. The fifth day is referred to as Yama Dvitiya (also called Bhai Dooj), and on this day sisters invite their brothers to their homes.


While the story behind Deepavali and the manner of celebration varies from region to region (festive fireworks, worship, lights, sharing of sweets), the essence is the same – to rejoice in the Inner Light   or the Underlying Reality of all things ).

RhythM_of_RaiN

Re: Ramayana (The Life of Ram)
« Reply #10 on: October 25, 2011, 10:06:57 AM »
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Beautiful Post Radhika Ji
God said:
You may have someone in your mind, someone in your heart, someone in your dreams, and someone in your life..
But I am your someone,
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when you have NO ONE.. =)

RhythM_of_RaiN

Re: Ramayana (The Life of Ram)
« Reply #11 on: October 25, 2011, 04:48:39 PM »
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Radhika

Karadaiyan Nombu: Karadai Nombu or Savitri Vratam
« Reply #12 on: October 27, 2011, 11:43:10 AM »
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Thanks Aakash Ji ..



Karadai Nombu, or Karadaiyan Nombu or Savitri Nombu, is a Tamil ritual and fasting in which married women pray for the well being and long life of their husbands. In 2012, the date of Karadaiyan Nombu is March 14. It is observed on the particular day when the transition between the Tamil months Masi and Panguni takes place. Karadiyan Adai is the name of a unique nivedya (holy dish) prepared on this day. Nombu means Vratam or upvasam (fast).

Karadi Nombu pujas and rituals are observed at the exact time when Masi month ends and Panguni begins. The ideal method to know the exact time is to consult with the temple priest or consult the regional Tamil Panchangam.

Savitri Nombu festival is based on the legend of Satyvan – Savitri. A princess, Savitri through her supreme devotion saved her husband, Satyvan, from the clutches of death. This legend is very popular in India and there are several other observances based on this legend like the Vat Savitri Puja in North India.
On this day married women fast and break the fast by eating the Karadai preparation with butter. The preparation is known as Karadaiyan Nombu Adai – the festival Karadai takes its name from the unique Kara Adai dish.

It is believed that Savitri cooked such a dish and offered it to the lord along with unmelted butter as a sort of thanksgiving for sparing her husband’s life.

Another important ritual is the wearing of the Karadaiyan Nombu Saradu, which is a yellow thread, around the neck.Also the women will wear a spl saree of 9yards..

 
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