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Tripurantaka – Lord Shiva

Tripurantaka

Tarakaksha, Vidyunmali and Kamalaksha were the sons of Tarakasura. When the wicked Tarakasura was killed by Lord Subramanya, these three brothers decided to do penance and acquire powers to seek revenge on the devatas. The three brothers did vigorous penance to please Lord Brahma. They meditated for a hundred years standing on one foot, for the next thousand years by only taking in air, and then for another thousand years by standing on their heads.

Pleased with the rigorous tapas, Lord Brahma appeared and asked them to seek for a boon. All the three brothers wanted immortality. The Lord denied them immortality because according to the Laws of Nature, whoever is born has to die one day. Then they asked for three flying city-forts, one fort made of gold ruled by Tarakaksha which would be in the heavens, the silver fort ruled by Kamalaksha in the sky (intermediate space) and the third fort ruled by Vidyunmali made of iron on the earth. Each fort which was capable of flying was a huge city by itself. They were together called as “Tripura”. They would align once every thousand years for a very short span of time, and if anyone could destroy all the three forts with one arrow when they align, only then their death would be possible. Lord Brahma granted their unique wish.

Ruling these flying cities, these asuras gradually became arrogant and followed the path of adharma. They tormented the devatas, the rishis and beings on earth. All the devatas along with Brahma and Vishnu went to Lord Shiva and asked him to annihilate the asuras.

Lord Shiva

Lord Shiva agreed and waited for the right time when the three of them would align themselves. Bhumidevi herself became the golden chariot. Brahma became the charioteer crafted by Viswakarma, the celestial architect. Mount Meru became the bow and Vasuki, the serpent became the string of the bow. Lord Vishnu himself became the arrow called the Pashupatastra. All the celestial beings assembled in the sky to witness the destruction of Tripura. When all the three city-forts came in one line which was hardly for a few seconds, Lord Shiva who was waiting with all attention and alertness, released the arrow which went through all the three cities. The cities as well as the three asuras were burnt with the fiery astra. The Lord adorned his forehead with three horizontal strips with the ash left over. Lord Shiva is therefore known as “Tripurantaka”.

Significance: The three cities as a whole represent an individual’s three equipments, the body, mind and intellect. They also represent the three periods of time – past, present and future; the three states which we go through – waking, dream and deep sleep states; the three moods or conditions of the mind – sattvic, rajasic and tamasic; the three worlds – higher, mortal and lower worlds. An individual is composed of the three equipments, states, conditions of the mind and transacts in the three worlds in the three periods of time. All of them are constantly in a state of flux (change). 

Shiva represents a seeker in his seat of meditation striving to transcend all the three factors and reach the State of Enlightenment. The alignment of the three cities represents the state of stable and neutral equilibrium reached by the seeker within himself. The arrow released indicates the transcendence of all the tri-groups and consequently the realization of the Supreme State of Absolute Oneness. In the Highest Vision of Oneness experienced within oneself, all plurality and multiplicity dissolves away or gets burnt down. This is represented by the ash which adorns the Lord. Vibhuti means ‘ash’ and it also means ‘divine glory’. The glory, ornament and beauty of a Jeevanmukta is his REALIZATION.

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Devi Kanyakumari

Banasura was a powerful rakshasa who undertook severe penance to gain the boon of immortality. Pleased with his tapas, Lord Brahma appeared in front of him and asked him what he wanted. He asked for immortality. The Lord said that it was not possible to grant immortality, but he could chose how death should confront him. He thought for a moment and said that his death should be at the hands of Devi in the form of Kumari (virgin girl). He knew that the Mother of the Universe, Parvathi was wedded to Lord Shiva and therefore according to the boon she would not be able to kill him. Brahma granted him the boon. Thinking that he was now invincible, he started torturing and killing all the sages and rishis.

All the devatas gathered together and invoked Parashakti in Her Kanya form. Devi appeared as a young girl – Kanyakumari, also known as Sri Baala. They handed over to Her all their weapons. Kanyakumari descended down to the southern most tip of the subcontinent and sat down in penance to propitiate Lord Shiva. After years of rigorous tapas, Lord Shiva was pleased and decided to marry Her as per Her wishes. The auspicious time for the marriage chosen was brahma-muhurtha. She was ready in all her bridal attire. Lord Shiva started from Suchindrum, his divine abode.

All the devatas now got worried. If Shiva marries Kanyakumari, then it would be impossible for Her to destroy the Rakshasa as per the boon. They approached Sage Narada and asked him to somehow stop the marriage. Narada immediately became a cock, and when the marriage party of Lord Shiva was almost approaching the venue, he crowed. A cock crows always announcing the break of dawn. Assuming that He was late and the muhurtha had lapsed, Shiva returned back. Kanyakumari waited in vain. She became very angry at what had happened. All the food items turned into sand. The tiny pebbles resembling rice and the different shades of sand found on the shore is attributed to this. Kanyakumari again sat down in penance. 

Meanwhile Banasura came to know of a young girl in contemplation. He came and saw Kanyakumari. He became infatuated with Her beauty and asked for Her hand in marriage. Kanyakumari denied, but he insisted. In his anger he attacked her and a fierce battle ensued between the two. Finally She killed Banasura with the divine chakrayudha. The devatas expressed their happiness and sang in praise of Her. She decided to make that place Her permanent abode. 

Even today, Kanyakumari stands in penance with a japa-mala in Her right hand. The unique feature about Her is the nose-ornament that She wears. Its glow and brilliance is incomprehensible. Mother Kanyakumari stands facing East. The light from her nose-ornament is so powerful and focussed that sailors used to mistake it for light-signals from the shores and approach the mainland. Their ships used to get wrecked because of the rocks in that region. Hence the eastern entrance is closed and pilgrims enter from the northern entrance even today. The eastern dwara is opened only on special occasions.

The rock on which Kanyakumari performed penance before killing Banasura is the same rock on which Swami Vivekananda sat for three days (25-27 December 1892) and meditated before he came up with the plan and resolution for National Revival.

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Rameswaram – Dakshina Kashi

Sri Rama, Seeta and Lakshmana were almost nearing the end of the fourteen years of exile in the forest. There was just one more year remaining. At that juncture, Ravana came and abducted Seeta and took her away with him to Lanka, his kingdom. Rama and Lakshmana came down South searching for her and met the Vanaras in Kishkindha. Hanuman, the son of the wind-God crossed the ocean, found Seeta in Asokavana and consoled and assured her of coming back with Rama and the Vanara army. He came back, reported everything to Lord Rama, and then they all proceeded to the tip of Bharat. A bridge had to be built across the ocean for them to move ahead.

At this point of time, Sage Agasthya came and suggested that Rama should worship and invoke the blessings of Lord Sankara before the construction of the bridge across the ocean. Agasthya Muni remembered that Lord Sankara had promised that He would come to the South when Sri Rama invokes Him. The auspicious muhurtha (time) was fixed for the pooja. Rama summoned Hanuman to his side and asked him to go to the Himalayas and bring the Shiva linga from none other than Lord Sankara Himself. Hanuman immediately started off. However he got delayed enroute. The auspicious time was almost approaching. To prevent further delay, Rama made a Shivalinga with his own hands from the sand available near the ocean. The Shivalinga was duly consecrated there.


Sage Agasthya officiated as the priest and the pooja was conducted precisely in the time chosen. By then Hanuman came back with the Shivalinga from Kailash. The pooja was already over. Hanuman was very disappointed that the Linga he had brought was not consecrated and wanted the same to be installed instead of the one made of sand. Rama agreed to this provided Hanuman can remove the Shivalinga which he had made. Hanuman immediately came forward, coiled his tail around the sand Shivalinga and tried to remove it, but it would not move. He tried again and again and finally fell down on the ground.

Hanuman then realized that it was His Lord, Sri Rama Himself who had with His own hands very lovingly made the sand Shivalinga. How can any might and strength disrupt it? Completely and totally humbled, Hanuman prostrated at the Lord’s feet and begged for His forgiveness for trying to move the Shivalinga which had been worshipped by the Lord Himself. 

Lord Rama consoled Hanuman and told him that his efforts would be rewarded. He said that alongside the sand Shivalinga that He had made, the Linga that Hanuman had brought would also be consecrated. The Linga that Rama had made would be called as Ramanatha, and the Linga that Hanuman had brought would be known as Vishwa Linga or Vishwanatha. This holy place would be known as Ramanathapuram – the Kashi of South – “Dakshina Kashi”. And for the full benefit of the worship and pilgrimage undertaken, the devotees and pilgrims must FIRST have darshan of Vishwa Linga brought by Hanuman and only then offer worship at the altar of Ramanatha. And also a pilgrimage to Kashi is incomplete without Ramanathaswamy darshan!

Lord Rama says: “No one else is so dear to Me as Shiva. They who behold Lord Rameswara will, on quitting the body go directly to My abode. And anyone who performs abhishekam to Lord Ramanatha with the sacred waters of Ganga will attain liberation and merge totally with Me. Whoever adores Lord Ramanatha with intense faith and total devotion will be blessed by Sankara Himself with Rama-bhakti. And he who has a glimpse of the bridge (Setu) built by Me across the ocean will surely cross the ocean of worldly existence without any difficulty” ~ Sri Ramacharitmanas by Goswami Tulasidasji

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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..

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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..)

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Sri Dakshinamurthi: Chin-Mudra

Lord Shiva, in order to instruct the Rishis and the Seers, assumed the form of a Guru and sitting on the peak of Kailash, He turned southward to serve all seekers. The term “dakshina” means “that divine power of subtle perception which is generated in a fully integrated pure intellect”. This “dakshina-power”, when flowing towards the vasana-conditioned hearts of the disciples, is called “turned southward” and this is Shiva. The Teacher is none other than the Supreme, who manifests Himself in the divine form of Sri Dakshinamurthi to bless the struggling aspirant.

It is such a Teacher, who has become one with the Infinite, and has established his Oneness with the Infinite Substratum of the Universe who instructs an integrated and well-disciplined student in the Highest Truth through the SIGN of Knowledge, called Jnanamudra (Chin Mudra).

The auspicious SIGN demonstrated beautifully to the disciple the oneness of the inner Self and the Self everywhere. Jnanamudra (Chin Mudra) is generally indicated by holding the little, ring and middle fingers erect, straight and together, and the index finger bent to touch the middle of the thumb, so that a circle is formed between the index finger, palm and the lower-half of the thumb. This sign shown with the palm they called as the “Sign of Knowledge”.

This is indeed significant. The three fingers can be indicated to mean the gross, subtle and the causal bodies, and when they are completely disciplined and made single-pointed, the (individual) Self indicated by the index finger, that presides over the body of the seeker, gets itself detached and comes forward to meet the thumb, that represents the Self everywhere present. This experience that the “Self within” is the “Self everywhere” is the Infinite Experience, and the Infinitude is represented here by the circle formed between the index finger and the thumb – a circle which can have no beginning and no end.

Source: Hymn to Sri Dakshinamoorthy – Commentary by Swami Chinmayananda

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