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Lord Shiva meets Balagopala!

Lord Sankara wished to personally go down to Vrindavan and have darshan of Yashoda’s darling Balagopala and and to witness His wonderful lila. He took the form of a sadhu and went to Nanda’s house seeking alms.  Yashoda brought food for him, but the Lord said that he wanted to have darshan of Krishna. Yashoda looked at him and said that she cannot allow him inside because her darling little Krishna would get frightened seeing a person with unfamiliar attire and body all smeared with ash. He pleaded and pleaded, but she told him to go away. Lord Shiva feeling very disappointed went to the banks of the Yamuna; sat there and intensely invoked Krishna. His ardent longing reached Krishna! There in Nanda’s house Krishna started crying. Yashoda tried consoling him, but in vain, the crying became more and more intense and all efforts to make him stop crying failed. Suddenly she realised that she had displeased a sadhu and may be this was the effect of it. She sent her people to search for, and if found, bring the sadhu to her house. They found the sadhu and brought him back. Yashoda welcomed him and the moment he entered the house, Krishna stopped crying. Overwhelmed with joy and happiness on seeing the indescribable beauty and charm of Balagopal, Lord Shiva took the sweetly smiling baby Krishna in his arms. The touch of the tiny feet of the Lord with golden anklets sent Lord Shiva into blissful ecstasy! Yashoda was so pleased that she requested the sadhu to stay there permanently since it made her darling child so happy. Lord Shiva agreed on two conditions — everyday Krishna’s charanaamrit and the food offered to Balagopala will be given to him. She promised. To commemorate this incident, later on, an altar for Shiva called “Nandeshwar Mahadev” was installed by the descendants of Lord Krishna. Even to this day, the charanaamrit and naivedyam offered to Krishna and Balaram at their temple in Vrindavan is in turn brought and offered to Nandeshwar Mahadev!! The Nandeshwar Mahadev temple in Vrindavan stands as a sentinel guarding Nandagopa’s house. [PS: I request all to please forward and share these value based stories rich in our culture and tradition to elders, youth and children] I Am delighted to inform you all that I have authored a book of stories for children titled: ” Bharatiya Katha Vaibhava -1″. The book was released for Deepavali. This book features 25 unique and popular short Stories with beautiful illustrations from our Epics, and from the life of our Saints, Sages and Rulers… This is indeed a wonderful gift for children especially to be given as a prize for competitions! You can order in bulk too. Orders are welcome for libraries, schools etc.. Please note that Ebook kindle versions and paperback version [B&W illustrations] can be bought online..Find the links.. Zorba Store:-…/bharatiya-katha-vaibhava…/ Amazon:- Amazon (outside India) : Note: To buy the full colour version book (paperback with colour illustrations) please contact the author , as they are only being printed on author’s request .Those who wish to avail of this offer, please contact/message me.(Especially if you want a full color version book, please inform at the earliest..) For bulk orders and discounts on B&W version and for colour version books you can contact For orders please whatsapp : 9739003467 Email:

Enchanting Divine Eyes that stole the heart!

Dhanurdas was a wealthy businessman and a good wrestler living in Srirangam. He got acquainted with the temple dancer, Hemamba who was extremely beautiful. Her eyes especially were most captivating and Dhanurdas was lost in admiration for them! He was seen very often carrying an umbrella over her head shielding her from the scorching sun.

Once she wished to participate in the annual temple procession of Lord Sri Ranganatha, the presiding deity of Srirangam. And both of them went.

Sri Ramanujacharya, the greatest saint philosophers (born in the year 1017AD) was also there along with his devotees to witness the beautiful procession of Lord Ranganatha. The mangala vadya was playing, the hymns were being chanted and everybody’s eyes were in the direction in which the Lord’s procession was about to enter the street. Sri Ramanujacharya’s eyes suddenly fell on this couple. The Acharya saw the young man, Dhanurdas turned completely in the opposite direction, gazing intensely at Hemamba. Fascinated with her beauty and especially her eyes, he kept looking at her and covering her head with an umbrella to protect her eyes from the sun’s rays! Dhanurdas did not even bother to turn around and look at the Lord’s procession.

Seeing such a public display of enslavement to physical beauty, Sri Ramanujacharya was filled with compassion for this mortal soul. He summoned Dhanurdas and asked him as to what made him turn away from the Lord, when everyone present there were craving for a glimpse of the Lord. Without batting an eyelid, he said, “Her beautiful and enchanting eyes! I have not seen a pair of eyes more beautiful than these!!” The Acharya challenged him saying what if he showed a more beautiful pair of eyes – most beautiful in all the whole world. Dhanurdas said that it was impossible. Sri Ramanujacharya insisted. Dhanurdas accepted the challenge and said if that be true, he would from then onwards follow that person if he found the eyes more enchanting and captivating than Hemamba’a eyes.

Sri Ramanujacharya asked Dhanurdas to follow him and they entered Sri Ranganatha Swamy temple. The Acharya went inside the inner sanctum and invoked the Lord: “O! Lord, Most Compassionate One! Here is a lost soul who can be reclaimed and redeemed if you but cast one loving glance at him”. The doors were opened to have darshan of the Lord. The Lord’s divine, beautiful, and captivating eyes moved! The Lord’s grace descended on Dhanurdas. Witnessing the never before seen Lord’s resplendent divine form and eyes, Dhanurdas broke down and surrendered himself completely to the Lord. Dhanurdas subsequently became one of the greatest disciples of  Sri Ramanujacharya. He became one of the greatest Bhagavathottama, whose devotion to Lord Ranganatha was considered to be on par with that of Azhwars.

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Sri Hanuman and the music competition

Narada and Tumburu are the well known celestial musicians who constantly sing the glories of Lord Vishnu. Once when Sri Hari praised Tumburu’s music, Narada became very unhappy. The Lord then sent Narada to learn music from the music teacher of the celestial musicians Ganabandhu. Still not up to the mark, he then went and learnt music from Rukmini, the consort of Lord Krishna. Thus, after sufficient training, Narada wanted the Lord to judge both, Tumburu and himself and declare who was the best musician amongst the two. Narada and Tumburu sang with all devotion unto the Lord. Both of them were very good and the Lord did not want to displease anyone by taking any one particular name. He thought of calling an expert and accomplished musician for this task. He summoned HANUMAN – who is Kavya – Nataka – Sangeeta – Natya – Paripoorna!!

Hanumanji came and the contest started. Tumburu sang along accompanied by his veena – Kalavathi. His music was so enchanting that the whole universe of things and beings came to a standstill, almost froze and became silent! Hanumanji nodded in appreciation. Next was Narada’s turn. He rendered his music accompanied by his veena – Mahathi. The celestial music melted all that which was previously frozen!! Both of them were exceptionally good. Everyone was eagerly awaiting Hanumanji’s judgement.

Hanumanji asked for both their veenas and removed the frets of the veenas (the vertical strips on which the horizontal strings run), gave it back to them and asked them to go ahead and play the veena. Rather annoyed, they asked him how the veena can be played without the frets. Hanumanji silently took the fretless veena and played on it using a small piece of bamboo stick. He was an expert in playing the veena with or without frets. He sang and played on….. All the devatas were lost in the divine ecstatic devotional outpouring of Hanumanji. After some time when they looked around, they found Lord Sri Hari Himself present amongst them listening in rapt attention to Hanumanji’s Sangeeta.

Narada and Tumburu bowed down and acknowledged that indeed Hanumanji was not only the  greatest devotee of the Lord, but also the most accomplished musician !!

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Benefits of Chanting Vishnu Sahasranama

Vishnu Sahasranama is known as Stotra Raja. This stotra contains the power of all the Devatas. Therefore, when this Stotra is chanted, we are invoking the grace and blessings of all the Devatas. It also generates enormous Spiritual
Vibrations which are beneficial to us.

  • Vishnu Sahasranama bestows on us knowledge, peace, prosperity, wealth, health, welfare, values (good qualities), fame, memory, including Dharma, Artha, Kama, Moksha.
  • It destroys our worldly bondages. It is a healer of all diseases (physical & mental). It protects us from the adverse effects of the planets.
  • It is the essence of all the shastras (sarva shastra saara) and hence becomes a doorway to salvation. It is indeed the best Yagna (Japa Yagna). Hence no grave calamity can ever happen to a person who chants Vishnu Sahasranama with devotion.
  • The names of the Lord is the best choice to choose a name for our children.
  • Sage Madhvacharya says that Vedas can be interpreted in three ways, the Mahabharata in ten different ways, but the names of the Lord have a hundred different meanings (interpretations)!

  • Chanting Vishnu Sahasranama once with true Bhakti is equivalent to visiting a thousand Vishnu Kshetras.
  • If one has nakshatra or navagraha dosha, the best remedy is to chant Vishnu Sahasranama.
    There are 27 nakshatras and each nakshatra has 4 padas.
    27*4 = 108 – which is equal to the number of verses in Vishnu Sahasranama. Therefore, there is ‘ONE’ specific verse in the Vishnu Sahasranama for every individual belonging to a particular nakshatra – pada.
    Also there are specific verses to help us to improve our memory, acquire noble qualities, eliminate finance problems , improve health,
    better relationships at home, to acquire inner peace etc.
  • Also Vishnu Sahasranama belongs to the Rig Veda where there are 1000 slokas called Brihati Sahasra. Each verse has 36 swaras and 36 vyanjanas – hence 72 aksharas.
    Hence 72*1000 slokas equals 72000 aksharas which equals 72000 naadis in the human body.
    Hence Vishnu Sahasranama becomes the greatest healer which energises all the 72000 naadis in our human body.

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