06 Feb

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The Vishnu’s Dashaavataar

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God Vishnu | Image: Vimanika Comics

God Vishnu | Image: Vimanika Comics

For destruction of evil and towards restoration of good in the world, Lord Vishnu eternally manifests himself in various avatars (incarnations) from time to time. Even though Bhagavat Puran depicts over twenty two incarnations of Vishnu, for reasons unknown, only ten avatars have gained significant popularity as Dashaavataar (ten-incarnations). Out of ten incarnations nine have already been manifested. The first four of ten avatars have appeared in the Krita (also known as Satya) Yuga, next three in Treta Yuga, eighth in Dwapara Yuga and the ninth in Kali Yuga. Forthcoming, Tenth avatar is expected to appear at the end of Kali Yuga. Read more

06 Feb

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The Formidable Kalki

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I am Kalki -The golden book  | Image: Vimanika Comics

I am Kalki -The golden book | Image: Vimanika Comics

Predicting future has always been a favorite endeavor of all religious faiths; every faith forecasts the onset of ‘better time’ in scriptures revered by its followers. These predictions are but natural corollary to the belief that ‘… values decay and eventually get destroyed with the passing of time.’ According to Hindus, when the first age, the Satya Yuga was supposedly the best period when the Dharma, represented by the holy bull, stood on its all four legs; then came Treta Yuga in which the moral and spiritual conditions deteriorated a bit while the Dharma lost its one leg. By the time the third age, i.e. Dwapara Yuga, surfaced the Dharma had lost its two legs. In the worst age, Kali Yuga – the present age in which we live in, the Dharma is standing only on one leg. Read more

04 Feb

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Shiva – The Ultimate God

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He is the one who existed even before the world began.
He is the one who has been prayed to even when He was unseen.
And Ever since the very first time He chose to make His presence known ,
Lord Shiva is loved by Millions of people  all over the world.

Shiva at Mount. Kailas

Shiva at Mount. Kailas

In the Pantheon of Hindu Gods, Shiva  is named as one of the three main  Deities, along with  Brahma and Vishnu. He stands out clearly as the most enigmatic . He is full of paradox, and no one attribute can describe his personality. He is the perfection of opposites, he can be ascetic, meditative, powerful, intoxicant, angry, destroyer, but he is also the  perfect husband, householder, dancer, spiritual guru, boon giver and the ultimate creator known by the Shivalinga. Known as Mahadeva, The god, of gods, he is intensely human, which make His episodes and adventures easy to relate with , creating an important bridge between God and Man.

He is never alone , always by his side is his wife, Parvati, who is actually Shakti, The great goddess Durga,  playing out Her role as Mother of all Nature. As our original Divine parents, they have always been present to care for the whole world. He is a mountain Chieftain and She His wonderful eternal Half. Along with two divine children Kartikeya and Ganesh, they form the holy family. There are also the faithful merry men and creatures led by Shiva’s Bull, Nandi and Durga’s unnamed Lion, adding to the wealth of adventure.

Shiva  is powerful enough to bestow kingship   upon others, and  often times is Proptiated by Kings,  but does not wear a crown nor Claims any Kingdom for Himself.  Mt. Kailash where he is said to live along with his fellow men and creatures is less of a kingdom and more of a community. Indeed He is the fulfillment of Opposites. He is the Master of divinity but exhibits the most human qualities, which makes him endearingly beloved to Millions. . His Ultimate paradox is that he is known as the Destroyer, but worshipped in His symbol of the Shivlinga,  which proclaims Him the Ultimate creator. Read more

24 Jan

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KARNA: The Daanveer!

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Young Karna was keen to learn martial arts from the great teacher Parashuram. Since he taught only to individuals form Brahmin caste, Karna disguised himself as a Brahmin and beseeched the revered guru to accept him as his shishya (disciple). Parashuram accepted and trained him duly.

Young Karna was keen to learn martial arts from the great teacher Parashuram. Since he taught only to individuals form Brahmin caste, Karna disguised himself as a Brahmin and beseeched the revered guru to accept him as his shishya (disciple). Parashuram accepted and trained him duly.

When Kunti was young, she happened to serve of Rishi (sage) Durvasa – known for his curse yielding anger – with great devotion. Deeply pleased with her service, and also because he could foresee that Kunti would have no issues from her husband in the future, Durvasa gave her a mantra (hymn) with boon that “…whichever god you may summon after reciting it, he would appear before you and bless you with a son endowed with his own godly qualities.”

Once when Kunti, out of curiosity, tried the mantra and remembered Surya (Sun God) – the ordained happened! Surya appeared before her in his resplendent glory. Scared Kunti wanted the Sun God to leave, but he was bound by Durvasa’s boon to bless her with a child! Looking at reluctant Kunti, Surya however assured her that even after being blessed with a son; she would remain a virgin and would not have to suffer any infamy. And so Karna was born with Kavach (armor) and Kundal (earrings).

Afraid of social stigma Kunti placed the new born Karna in a wooden basket and drifted it away on waters of Ganges. The basket floating over the river current reached Adhirath, a sarathi (charioteer), who had no progeny. He adopted the child and raised him as his own son; that’s why Karna was also known as Sarathiputra (son of charioteer). Read more

03 Jan

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Legend of Brahma-Kshatriya Parashuram

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Parashuram, the Sixth avatar (incarnation) of Lord Vishnu, was born as the eldest son to great rishi (sage) Jamadagni and his wife Renuka. Though a Brahmin; he possessed some of the best qualities of a warrior.

Parashuram, the Sixth avatar (incarnation) of Lord Vishnu, was born as the eldest son to great rishi (sage) Jamadagni and his wife Renuka. Though a Brahmin; he possessed some of the best qualities of a warrior. | Image: VIMANIKA COMICS

Parashuram, the Sixth avatar (incarnation) of Lord Vishnu, was born as the eldest son to great rishi (sage) Jamadagni and his wife Renuka. Though a Brahmin; he possessed some of the best qualities of a warrior.

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The Legend has it that his grandmother Satyavati, married to rishi Ruchika, was concerned that due to her Kshatriya parentage, her children might display tendencies of warriors. She appealed to her husband to use his divine powers to ensure that her offspring would turn out to be a knowledge seeking Brahmin, who would worship word and not sword. At the same time Satyavati’s mother and wife of King Gadhi, lacked a son and heir who would inherit Gadhi’s throne and continue the lineage. She desired a child who’d be disposed towards war and weaponry or in other words Kshatriya tendencies. Read more