Kali Yugam a short interesting story.

Kali Yugam a short interesting story.... Intresting Story

Kritha Yugam and Tretha Yugam had ended and it was the Dwarapa Yugam.
Only one month remained for Dwarapa Yugam to end and after that would begin the age of the Kali Yugam.
Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu, Lord Mahesh and Dharma Raj went to Kali and said, "Your age, the Kali Yugam will begin after one month. How will this new age be? What will be your influence on it? "I will tell you now that during my time wealth will reign supreme. There will be treachery and fraud. People will stoop to any depths to get wealth."
Before Kali could say anymore, the Gods witnessed the following scene:
A merchant was holding a large copper vessel filled with treasure. He said to the Brahmin, "After I bought your house, I found this vessel filled with treasure. I think your forefathers must have buried it in the house. Therefore, it belongs to you."
The Brahmin said, "This treasure is not mine. As, I sold the house to you, along with the earth below it and the sky above it. Therefore, whatever you get from it, belongs to you alone." "No," said the Merchant, "It belongs to you." "Of course not," argued the Brahman, "It belongs to you only."
Soon the argument turned into a quarrel between the Merchant and the Brahmin.
At last they decided to give the treasure away to the Village Head. But even the Village Head refused to accept the treasure. So they went to the King, and said, "Your Highness, this treasure does not belong to anyone. So please deposit it in the State Treasury."
But even the King refused to deposit it in the State Treasury. After a long debate, it was decided to keep the treasure with a money lender for a month.
Everybody there present said, "We will think about this after a month."
And in their presence the money lender buried the treasure deep in the ground.
One month passed and the Kali Yugam had begun.
And with the beginning of the Kali Yugam,
The merchant thought, "I found the treasure in my house, so it belongs to me."
Meanwhile the Brahmin thought, "The treasure was buried by my forefathers so it belongs to me."
The Village Head thought, "Neither the Merchant nor the Brahmin wanted the treasure so it belongs to the Village. We can use the money to have a lavish feast for the village. And by hosting the feast I can make some money."
The King thought, "The people have no right over any treasure. Whatsoever is found under the ground belongs to the King."
And so with the beginning of Kali Yugam, everybody's way of thinking changed. Their intentions were no longer noble. They became selfish, greedy and dishonest.
As decided earlier, the work of digging up the treasure began in the presence of all who had taken part in the debate about the treasure.
When the vessel containing the treasure was pulled out and opened, everybody was shocked and surprised as the casket was only full of charcoal. Kali said to the Gods, "Did you see that? The money lender cheated everyone. Did you see my influence?
During the Kali Yugam, all go on pilgrimages, meditate, perform penances and fast to show they are virtuous . . . But very few speak the truth."
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Mahalaya Paksha 2014

Mahalaya Paksha 2014

Mahalaya Paksha starts on September 9th and ends on September 23rd. The year 2014 is special for Mahalaya Amavasya because the 15 day course starts when the Sun is in its own sign Leo and the Sun is the planet of pitrus.

On September 9th, the planet Jupiter aspects the Moon, which is considered very auspicious. Hence, performing Tarpanam on the first day of Mahalaya Paksha is equally auspicious as Mahalaya Amavasya. Another planet that counts your deeds towards ancestors is Saturn and this year, Saturn is exalted. Astrologically, this Mahalaya Paksha is fortified with good planetary strengths and performing rituals on these days will help you receive the blessings of your ancestors.
Mahalaya Paksha and Ancestors

To Live a Successful and Peaceful Life, we should get blessings from our ancestors and generally there are 2 primary causes for problems:

1) Problems caused by Navagrahas (9 Planets)
2) Problems/Obstacles caused by our Ancestral Spirits

Usually, ancestors who have departed with unfulfilled desires are problematic and if we fix the above mentioned problems, we can lead a peaceful life. Performing Tarpanam is the most effective means for helping departed loved ones and ancestors and it can also change our destiny.

Why to Appease Departed Ancestors ?

Our Ancestors live in ancestral world (Pitra loka) and they can help in solving problems related to money, career, health, relationship,etc., quite easily. Communicate and reconnect with them during this Mahalaya paksha.
Significance of Donating Food and Clothing

The easiest way to access God's grace is to feed a person who is starving for food and to donate clothes. Donating food is considered to be the greatest charity of all the charities. When you donate food and clothing to those in need, it elevates your soul. There is an interesting legend highlighting the importance of donating food.

The Legend

Karna, the renowned hero of the Epic Mahabharata, was a great philanthropist and he never said no to anyone who approached him for help. He had donated huge wealth and had done all kinds of charity, except for donating food.

Karna left the earthly curl after his death and reached heaven. The great charity which he had done on the earth plane was returned to him hundredfold there, but it was all material wealth and no food at all. He then realized that although he had done all kinds of charities, he did not donate food. He prayed to the God of Death, who sent him back to the earth for a fortnight, to make up for this deficiency. Karna fed the Brahmins and poor and offered oblations of water during the fortnight. On his return to Heaven, he had plenty of food. It has been anticipated that offerings made during the period of Mahalaya Paksha benefits all the departed souls, whether they are connected to you or not.

Astrology for Mahalaya Paksha 2014

Mahalaya 2014 began while a powerful "Grahamalika Yoga" formation was in place. This yoga will continue till September 16th, (Another such placement can only happen in another 60 years, i.e in 2074.) The auspiciousness of this yoga is ascertained by the starting and ending point. The starting house is the seed and shows the resources available while the ending house indicates the main focus and end results.

Starting from Jupiter in his exalted position in Cancer, Sun in Leo (own house) Mercury exalted in Virgo, Saturn exalted in Libra and Mars in Scorpio (own house), the 5 major planets form a Pancha Grahamalika Yoga. The planets are aligned between Jupiter and Mars and placed in the 4th and 8th Houses of the natural chart (Aries through Pisces).

Jupiter, the planet of knowledge and expansion being in 4th House, the House of learning will expand one's knowledge that can be put to practical use as indicated by Mars, the planet of action placed in 8th House. Both the planets are in the water signs; Jupiter in Cancer, the flowing watery sign, and Mars in Scorpio, the deep still water sign. This denotes that in addition to bestowing the worldly practical knowledge, they are also conferring spiritual knowledge to the propitiators.

Maha Vishnu : Main Deity for Mahalaya Paksha

Lord of the Pitris, Maha Vishnu, is also favorable because he is incarnating at this time. Ultimately he is the one who is going to 'Bless' your ancestors. Mercury is along with Rahu in 6th House of Virgo (Mercury-Vishnu, Rahu-Reptile). Therefore, Koorma the Reptile Avatar of Vishnu is supported. Maha Vishnu resides in the milky ocean, and took the form of tortoise (Koorma avatar) to help churn the milky ocean in order that the Gods get the nectar of immortality.

Further Lord Sri Krishna another incarnation of Lord Maha Vishnu had Grahamalika Yoga in his chart. Therefore, the deities to propitiate will be Maha Vishnu, Lord Krishna and the Koorma Avatar of the Lord. Koorma, by nature can live in both land and water. Similarly praying and by doing rituals to Lord Vishnu or to His Koorma Avatar form , will help in both the external materialistic world and the inner spiritual world. During the Mahalaya paksha, the ancestral rites are performed in the ancestral world , where Lord Vishnu Himself presides over the ritual. This amplifies the benefits. (courtesy: Agasthiyar Vijayam). Therefore, using this rare time frame for soul purification and for receiving blessings from your ancestors, will bring in tremendous benefits.

Ganesh Chaturthi

Shree Ganesha... Ganapati bappa Morya. !!!!!!!
Ohm Vighneswaraya Namah ! Vinayakaya Namah ! Ganapathaye Namah !
Gajamughaya Namah ! Parvati nandanaya Namah ! Mushika vahanaya Namah ! Kailasa Putraya Namah !
Om Shri Vigneshwaraya Namaha !

Ganesh Chaturthi
Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated on the birthday of Lord Ganesh (Ganesha), the god of wisdom and prosperity on the fourth day of the moons bright fortnight, or period from new moon in the lunar month of Bhadrapada.

The celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi continue for five, seven, or ten days. Some even stretch it to twenty one days, but ten the most popularly celebrated. In the tradition of the right hand path the first day is the most important. In the left hand path tradition the final day is most important.

Ganesha is the god of wisdom and prosperity and is invoked before the beginning of any auspicious work by the Hindus. It is believed that for the fulfillment of one's desires, his blessing is absolutely necessary.

According to the mythology, Ganesha is the
The Son of Shiva and Parvati,
The Brother of Kartikeya
The General of the gods, Lakshmi the goddess of wealth and Saraswati-the goddess of learning.

There are numerous stories in Hindu mythology, associated with the birth of this elephant-headed god, whose vehicle is the Mooshak or rat and who loves Modaks (droplet shaped Indian sweet).

Legend has it that Parvati created Ganesha out of the sandalwood dough that she used for her bath and breathed life into him. Letting him stand guard at the door she went to have her bath. When her husband, Shiva returned, the child who had never seen him stopped him. Shiva severed the head of the child and entered his house. Parvati, learning that her son was dead, was distraught and asked Shiva to revive him. Shiva cut off the head of an elephant and fixed it on the body of Ganesha.
Ganesh Chaturthi Celebrations

The festival of Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated the states of Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh and many other parts of India. Started by Chatrapati Shiva Maharaja, the great Maratha ruler, to promote culture and nationalism, the festival was revived by Lokmanya Tilak (a freedom fighter) to spread the message of freedom struggle and to defy the British who had banned public assemblies. The festival gave the Indians a feeling of unity and revived their patriotic spirit and faith. This public festival formed the background for political leaders who delivered speeches to inspire people against the Western rule. The festival is so popular that the preparations begin months in advance.

Ganesha statues installed in street corners and in homes, and elaborate arrangements are made for lighting, decoration, mirrors and the most common of flowers. Poojas (prayer services) are performed daily. The artists who make the idols of Ganesh compete with each other to make bigger and more magnificent and elegant idols. The relevantly larger ones are anything from 10 meters to 30 meters in height.

These statues are then carried on decorated floats to be immersed in the sea after one, three, five, seven and ten days. Thousands of processions converge on the beaches to immerse the holy idols in the sea. This procession and immersion is accompanied by drum- beats, devotional songs and dancing.

It is still forbidden to look at the moon on that day as the moon had laughed at Ganesha when he fell from his vehicle, the rat. With the immersion of the idol amidst the chanting of "Ganesh Maharaja Ki Jai!" (Hail Lord Ganesh). The festival ends with pleas to Ganesha to return the next year with chants of "Ganpati bappa morya, pudcha varshi laukar ya" (Hail Lord Ganesh, return again soon next year).

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Shri Krishna and the Syamantaka Gem


Shri Krishna and the Syamantaka Gem

Satrajit, a nobleman of Dwarka, was a devotee of Surya, the sun God. Surya being pleased with Satrajit's devotion appeared before him and gifted him the Syamantaka gem. The Syamantaka gem's specialty was that it could magically produce eight measures of gold a day.

Satrajit became a really wealthy man. Krishna then approached Satrajit and told him that he should share the gem with the other people of Dwarka and give it to King Ugrasena. Satrajit declined saying that the jewel belonged to him.

A few days later, Satrajit's brother Prasena wore the jewel as a necklace and went out on a hunt. He climbed a tree waiting for some game, a lion came by and just as Prasena was about to shoot it, a snake, which dropped from the branch above, surprised him. Now Prasena was startled and he fell from the tree. As he was falling, the necklace with the Syamantaka gem got caught in a branch and Prasena hung by the neck, and was killed instantly.

Now the lion below, being attracted to the glow of the gem, picked it up and carried it away. As the lion walked away with the gem, Jambavan the king of the bears saw him. Being seduced by the glow of the gem, he attacked the lion and killed it and took the gem to his cave and gifted it to his infant son.

Prasena did not return to Dwarka and people were wondering what had happened to him. Satrajit suspected that Krishna might have killed Prasena in order to attain the gem. Krishna, in order to prove his innocence, gathered a search party and went into the forest.

A few hours later, they found Prasena's body. Krishna noticed lion tracks around the body and assumed that a lion must have killed Prasena. On following the lion tracks, they came across the body of the dead lion. Krishna noticed that the lion had the marks of a bear's claws and noticed that there were bear tracks around the body. On following the bear tracks Krishna reached Jambavan's cave. Krishna sensing the danger ordered the rest of the party to stay outside while he entered the cave alone. Krishna found Jambavan's son playing with the Syamantaka gem. Frightened by the stranger, Jambavan's son let out a wail that alerted Jambavan. Now Jambavan thought someone was attacking his child and attacked Krishna. Krishna fought Jambavan for twenty-eight days after which Jambavan recognised Krishna's divinity and surrendered to him. Along with the gem, Jambavan offered Krishna his daughter Jambavati's hand in marriage. This Krishna accepted.

Krishna then returned to Dwarka with the Syamantaka gem and his new bride. Krishna returned the gem to its rightful owner Satrajit who by then was ashamed of accusing Krishna. In order to make up for his accusations and show his good will towards Krishna, Satrajit offered his daughter Satyabhama to Krishna. 

But Satyabhama already had three suitors - Akrura, Kritavarma and Shatadhanwa. They were angered by the fact that Satrajit have given Satyabhama to Krishna and not to one of them. Shatadhanwa in his rage killed Satrajit while he slept and stole the Syamantaka gem from him. On realizing what he had done, Shatadhanwa left the gem with Akrura and fled from Dwarka. Krishna and Balrama gave chase and killed Shatadhanwa for his crime. Not finding the gem on Shatadhanwa, Krishna knew that he must have left it with Akrura for safekeeping.

Krishna approached Akrura and requested him to tell the people of Dwarka that he possessed the gem otherwise the people of Dwarka would think that he had killed his father in law in order to possess the gem. This Akrura did and Krishna's name was cleared.