Krishna is usually regarded as the eight incarnation of lord Vishnu and was born in the Dvarpara Yuga as the “dark one”. Lord Krishna is the embodiment of love and divine joy, that destroys all pain and sin. He is the protector of sacred utterances and cows. Krishna is an instigator of all forms of knowledge and born to establish the religion of love.Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead. He is the speaker of the Bhagavad-gita, which is recognized throughout the world as one of mankind’s greatest books of wisdom and poetry.
Krishna was born as the 8th child of Devaki, sister of the cruel demon king Kamsa. The sage Narada had predicted that Kamsa would be killed by his nephew, so the king killed Devaki´s first six children. The 7th, Balarama escaped and the 8th, Krishna, was secretly exchanged for a cowherds daughter.The stories of Krishnas’ life range from before he was born through a series of adventures as he matured into adulthood, his encounters with demons and how he helped his family, demigods, friends and strangers. His life as told in stories shows how human some of his behavior was; his mischievous activities as an infant and flirting with the Gopis as a youth.In his youth Krishna killed Kamsa along with all his cruel associates, liberated his parents from prison, and reinstated Ugrasen as the King of Mathura.
Here are some unknown and fun facts about Lord Krisha:
- Lord Krishna has total of 108 names. Some of which famous names are Gopal, Govind, Devakinandan, Mohan, Shyam, Ghanshyam, Hari, Baanke Bihari, Girdhari etc.
- Krishna had 16,108 wives. Out of which eight were princely queens and he had 80 sons in all. 10 sons from each of these eight wives.
- Pradyumana, the son of Lord Krishna was Kamdeva who was turned into ashes in his earlier life by Lord Shiva.
- Rukmini, the wife of Lord Krishna is considered to be an avatar of Goddess Laxmi.
- Pandavas were maternal relatives to Krishna. Arjuna married krishna’s sister.
- He breathed his last when a hunter’s arrow hit His toe.
- Krishna’s skin colour was dark, not blue.
- Sudarshan Chakra was lord Krishna’s powerful weapon. He used it with restraint. His weapon looked like a sharp disc with exactly 108 sharp edges to it.
- Many of us don’t know that Ekalavya was none other than the cousin of Lord Krishna.
- Krishna was cursed by Queen Gandhari, which led to his death and the destruction of his dynasty.
- There are conflicting reports about whether Radha, Krishna’s consort, was mentioned at all in ancient scriptures.
- One of the unknown facts about Lord Krishna is that Hanuman was also present when Bhagvad Gita was narrated to Arjuna. He was present as an emblem on the chariot’s flag.
- Krishna is mysterious, wise, intelligent, charismatic and complex. No one can understand him completely.
- Krishna was the first person who told Karna about the secret of his birth.
- As we know, Krishna was the eighth child of his mother, Devaki. The seventh one was Balrama. He also brought other six sons of Devaki for a reunion. These six sons were the grandsons of Hirnakashyap who were suffering from a curse.
Hanuman or Anjaneya or Sankat Mochan is perhaps one of the most revered and adored deities in the Hindu scriptures. Here we have made an effort to bring to you a collection of rare and unheard stories about our beloved Bajrangbali.
Hanuman was an incarnation of Shiva and considered to be an exemplification of strength, devotion, and perseverance.
The deity once applied sindoor all over his body for Lord Rama’s long life.
The name, ‘Hanuman’ actually means ‘disfigured jaw’ in Sanskrit.
Although he was a brahmchari , Lord Hanuman had a son – Makardhwaja.
Once, Lord Ram issued a death sentence to Lord Hanuman!
Lord Hanuman and Lord Bhima were both brothers.
There are 108 names for Lord Hanuman in the Sanskrit Language!
Hanuman was born to a woman cursed to be a female monkey; a curse that could only be alleviated if she gave birth to an incarnation of Shiva.
Hanuman’s devotion and perseverance so moved Brahma that he blessed him with several boons. This included the ability to be immune to weapons, to change his form at will, and to be able to travel easily wherever he wished.
It’s said that Hanuman’s steadfast commitment and devotion were so strong that he was free of all physical fatigue and harm.
Due to the size and history of Hinduism, the Hanuman Chalisa is one of the most popular devotional songs in the history of the world.
Hanuman himself requested that his statue or likeness be erected wherever the name of Rama is worshiped, so that he may listen in and be there in spirit.
When Rama’s time of death was at hand, Hanuman barred Yama (the god of death) from claiming him. It wasn’t until Rama purposefully dropped a ring to distract Hanuman did Rama pass.
His last promise to Rama is that he would stay on the earth in secret as long as the name of Rama was remembered and worshiped
Who is Lord Ganesh?
The chubby, gentle, wise, elephant-headed Ganesh, or Ganesha, is one of Hinduisms most popular deities.Ganesha is one of the most distinctive Hindu deities with his large elephant head and pot-bellied human body. He plays a dual role of a supreme being powerful enough to remove obstacles and ensure success or create obstructions for those whose ambition has become destructive.
Ganesh is the remover of obstacles, the deity whom worshipers first acknowledge when they visit a temple.Ganesh is usually shown in sculpture accompanied by or riding a rat. Since rats are seen as being capable of gnawing their way through most things, the rat symbolizes Ganesh’s ability to destroy every obstacle.
The Meaning of Ganesh.
Ganesh’s name literally means “Lord of Gana.” Ganesh was entrusted by Shiva with the leadership of the Ganas, Shiva’s dwarfish, rowdy retinue, in compensation for the loss of his human head.
Ganesh is also patron of letters and of learning; he is the legendary scribe who, using his commonly held broken tusk, wrote down parts of the Mahabharata Epic.
Ganesh is usually depicted colored red; he is pot bellied, has one tusk broken, and has four arms that may hold a pasam, a goad, and a pot of rice, or sweetmeats. The sweet meats are held in a type of bowl known as a laddus. His appetite for these sweets is legendary and offerings of them are often left at his shrine.
A pasam or noose is a triple twine weapon. Each of the three twines represent:
1. Arrogance and conceit
2. Maya – the illusory nature of the real world, and
Goads (or elephant prods) are typically used to direct elephants. Goads are symbolic of how one should steer the soul away from the ignorance and illusions of this earthly world just as a mahout would steer an elephant away from any treacherous path.
In Hindu ideology weapons are a viewed as symbolic tools to destroy the ego rather than to cause any type of bloodshed.
Ganesh’s characteristic pot belly is usually bound around with a cobra. The cobra is an animal usually associated with Shiva, a reminder that Ganesh is his son.
The Story of Ganesha
The Hindu tradition contains many different versions of Ganesha’s origins. Some stories say that Ganesha was born with an elephant head. Most say that he was born with a human head that was later replaced with the elephant head.
In one version of the story, Ganesha’s mother, the goddess Parvati, created Ganesha from the dirt off her body while she was bathing. She then had Ganesha guard the entrance to her bathroom. When her husband, Shiva, came home, he was angry that a stranger blocked his access and cut off Ganesha’s head in a fit of rage. Parvati was struck with grief, and to console her, Shiva restored Ganesha to life, giving him an elephant head.
Inspiration from Ganesha
When you’re setting goals or seeking wisdom as you pursue them—call upon Ganesha as your guide. Ganesha can be especially helpful for:
- Any big or small endeavor in which you want to succeed.
- Writing and artistic projects.
- Seeking wisdom before making a big decision such as deciding whether to leave a job or change careers.
- Any situation where an obstacle is preventing you from success.
- Cultivating a peaceful household. Ganesha is loving and polite, yet strong.
Symbolism and Significance of Ganesha
- Ganesha’s big belly represents generosity and total acceptance.
- Ganesha’s upraised hand depicts protection. It means, ‘Fear not, I am with you’, and his lowered hand, palm facing outwards means endless giving as well as an invitation to bow down. This is also symbolic of the fact that we will all dissolve into earth one day.
- Ganesha also has a single tusk which signifies one-pointedness. Even the implements Ganesha wields are symbolic.
- He carries in his hands the ‘Ankusa’ (signifying awakening) and the ‘Paasa’ (signifying control). With awakening, a lot of energy is released, which without proper control, can go haywire.