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Guruvayoor Sri Krishna

Lord Brahma started his work of creation by first invoking Lord Vishnu. The Lord appeared before the creator and gave him an idol of himself having four arms carrying the shankha, chakra, gada and padma. Lord Vishnu told him that the idol was purna (full) manifestation of His divinity and therefore it signified “shuddha sattva”. Pure or Shuddha Sattva is the nascent state of Sattva which is extremely subtle and cannot become gross. However, this “murthi” or idol which represents Shuddha Sattva is an exception! Brahma worshipped the idol with great fervour. 

King Sutapas and his wife Prisni, who belonged to the Satya Yuga were ardent devotees of Lord Vishnu and they undertook rigorous tapas. Pleased with their devotion and austerity, Lord Brahma gave them this divine idol. They worshipped the idol of Lord Vishnu for a number of years. When Vishnu manifested himself in front of them and asked them what boon they wanted, they said, “we want a son like you, a son like you, a son like you.” The Lord replied that there cannot be anyone like him, and therefore he himself will be born as their son and since they repeated the request three times, he would be born three times at three different periods of time, in three different manifestations. 

In their present manifestation as Sutapas and Prisni, in the Satya Yuga, the Lord was born as Prisnigarbha. In Treta Yuga, in their second manifestation as Sage Kashyapa and Aditi, the Lord was born as Vamana. In Dwapara Yuga, in their third manifestation as Vasudeva and Devaki, the Lord was born as Sri Krishna. In all their manifestations, they worshipped the idol that Lord Brahma had given them. The idol was installed in Dwaraka, and even Krishna worshipped the idol of Lord Vishnu. At the end of the Dwapara Yuga, during the dissolution, Krishna entrusted the safety of the idol with Uddhava, his devotee. Krishna asked Uddhava to take the help of Brihaspati, the Guru of the devatas and Vayu, the wind-God to install the idol in an appropriate place. The Lord folded up his manifestation and Dwaraka was submerged in the deluge waters. 

Uddhava invoked Deva-guru and Vayu. They both appeared and as instructed by Lord Krishna carried the idol with them and went in search of an appropriate place to install it. They reached Bhargava-kshetra (Kerala) and saw a beautiful lake full of lotuses. The place looked most appropriate for the installation of the idol. This was the place where Lord Shiva had performed tapas and the lake was known as Rudra teertha. On seeing Brihaspati and Vayu, Lord Shiva and Parvati appeared there and suggested that this was the most suitable place for the installation of the Lord’s idol. The divine architect, Vishwakarma was assigned the work of constructing a beautiful temple for the Lord. According to legend, the uniqueness of the temple originally constructed by Vishwakarma is that on Vishu (summer equinox) day, the sun’s rays enter the temple and fall on the Lord’s feet. Traditionally it is believed that the “pratishta” of the Lord’s idol was performed on the auspicious Guruvayur Ekadashi. Since Brihaspati (Guru) and Vayu were involved in the installation of the idol of the Lord, the sacred place was called as Guru-Vayu-Pura, and the Lord as Guruvayurappan. Guruvayur is also known as Bhuloka Vaikunta. 

Lord Guruvayurappan gave darshan to Sri Adi Shankaracharya when he visited this sacred place. He composed the beautiful Govinda Ashtakam in praise of the Lord and laid down the procedures for the various daily rituals to be carried out in the temple which are followed till today.
“Sri Krishna Govinda Hare Murare, Hey Natha Narayana Vasudeva!”

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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..
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Ramadasu restores temple at Bhadrachala!

Kancherla Gopanna, who later came to be known as Bhadrachala Ramadasu because of his immense faith and extraordinary devotion to Lord Rama was a native of Nelakondapalli in Andhra Pradesh. He belonged to the 17th century. His uncles Akkanna and Madanna held very high administrative positions in the Kingdom of Tana Shah of the Qutub Shahi Sultan dynasty. Because of their influence, Gopanna became the Tahsildar (revenue tax collector) of Polvancha. He went about his work very sincerely and endeared himself to all the people.

Once he happened to visit Bhadrachalam for a religious fair and was pained to see the dilapidated condition of Seetaramaswamy temple there. A unique temple dating back to the pauranic age where the Sage Bhadra did severe penance to propitiate Lord Rama. His desire was to carry the Lord on his head and therefore he became the Bhadragiri hill on which stands the temple of Sri Rama.

Gopanna decided to restore back the temple to its original glory. People donated large amounts for the temple. As the work was going on, they fell short of funds. The people urged him to spend the money from the revenue collected, promising to raise the amount over a period of time and reimburse it back soon. The temple was rebuilt. Orders were also placed for beautiful golden ornaments made of pearls and gems for Lord Rama, Seeta and Lakshmana. The procedure for conducting poojas and utsavas were all laid out. Because of his extreme devotion and dedication to Lord Rama, everybody around started addressing Gopanna as Ramadasu, the sevak of Lord Rama.

Some people who were jealous of Ramadasu went and complained to King Tana Shah about the money collected as tax being used for the temple building. Ramadasu pleaded innocence saying the money had been used only for the temple which is also for the public. But the angry Shah would not listen. He wanted the money back and till accounts were settled, he had Ramadasu put behind the bars. 12-13 years Ramadasu was in jail. In the prison he was very badly treated. All the pain and torture only reinforced his faith and devotion to the Lord of his heart – Sri Rama. He composed beautiful krithis on the Lord. And there are some emotional ones in which he asks Mother Seeta to intervene and put in a word in his favour to the Lord! And he has used the unique style called: “Ninda Stuti”, wherein the composer addresses the Lord in an angry tone and even mocks Him for not helping him! 

After about 12-13 years, one day in the middle of the night, two young handsome youth calling themselves Ramoji and Lakshmoji carrying bow and arrows, appeared in the bed-chambers of King Tana Shah. The Shah was shocked to see them in his inner chambers! They introduced themselves as having been sent by Ramadasu to settle the accounts. They handed over to him a bag full of gold coins. It was just the right amount that had been used up from the state coffers. They demanded a receipt for the same along with a note for the release of Ramadasu from the prison, which the King gave. They both collected the receipt, showed it to the prison-in-charge and got Ramadasu released. By the time Ramadasu could realize what had happened, Ramoji and Lakshmoji had disappeared. 

On enquiring, Ramadasu told the king that he had not sent anyone nor any money. On checking back, the king saw the seal of Sri Rama on the coins. Now they knew — it was Sri Rama and Lakshmana who had come in disguise. The Shah was fortunate to have had the darshan of the Lord! He was overwhelmed and sought forgiveness from Ramadasu for imprisoning him. Ramadasu on the other side pleaded with the Lord for a glimpse of His divine form. The Lord accompanied by Mother Janaki gave him darshan along with the assurance of mukti at the end of his life. King Tana Shah on behalf of the State, handed over the entire amount to the temple. Even to this day, on the auspicious Sri Rama Navami, when Sri Seetarama Kalyanotsava is performed in Bhadrachala temple, it is the practice of the State Government to offer gifts to the divine couple — Sri Rama and Sita — an honour and fortune, and indeed a blessing for the State and its people!

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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..

Zorba Store:-  https://www.zorbabooks.com/store/children/bharatiya-katha-vaibhava-1-stories-for-children/

Amazon:- https://www.amazon.in/dp/9390011663?ref=myi_title_dp

Amazon (outside India) : https://www.amazon.com/Bharatiya-Katha-Vaibhava-SHREEDARSHAN-K-ebook/dp/B08N53PM3B/

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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books you can contact For orders please whatsapp : 9739003467 Email: naadopaasana18@gmail.com

                                                                                   

Sri Kateel Durga Parameshwari

Arunasura was a rakshasa who was creating havoc amongst the sattvic and noble people. He was very arrogant that none could vanquish and kill him. He had performed rigorous tapas and obtained a unique boon from the Creator, Lord Brahma. According to the boon no devata, human being, rakshasa, any two-legged or four-legged creature or any weapon could cause his destruction. Because of his rakshasic ways, the entire land was ridden with drought and everyone was suffering.

The Sage Jabali was filled with compassion for the people around and decided to perform a yagna for the welfare of all. The Sage went to Indraloka and asked Lord Indra to send the divine Kamadhenu with him. Since Kamadhenu was not available then, Indra asked the Sage to take Nandini, Kamadhenu’s daughter, with him.  However, Nandini who was very proud refused to go with the Sage to the realm of mortals. Jabali became very angry and cursed her to become a river and flow in the very region which she refused to grace.

Nandini realized her mistake and sought forgiveness and asked the Sage to take back the curse. Jabali told her that the curse cannot be reversed, but assured her that Adishakti, the Mother of the whole universe would redeem her from the curse at the appropriate time. In the month of Magha on the full-moon day, Nandini descended down and flowed in the form of a river from the Kanakachala mountains.

All the devatas prayed to Adishakti. She appeared in front of them and assured them that she would annihilate the rakshasa. Devi took a beautiful form and as Mohini entered and moved around the courtyard of Arunasura. When Arunasura saw her, he was so enamoured by her beautiful looks and asked for her hand in marriage. Devi started teasing him and running away from him. He ran after her. She ran faster and unable to catch her the rakshasa became furious. As he tried to catch up with her, Devi reached the banks of river Nandini and disappeared into a huge rock in front of her. Arunasura hit the rock very hard with his sword. And a huge bee emerged out and stung the rakshasa to death. The bee was neither a two-legged or four-legged creature. It was a six-footed one. And it did not use any weapon. Its sting killed the rakshasa. The bee was none other than Devi herself who came to be known as Bhramaramba.  (Bhramara means bee)

All the devatas were overjoyed. Indra brought the tender coconut water from the celestial tree and performed abhisheka to Bhramaramba (Devi in the form of a bee) to calm it down. They requested her to stay there permanently for the sake of her devotees. She accepted their request. In the middle of the river Nandini, Devi chose to manifest in a “Linga” form, surrounded by waters on all sides. Since she rose from the river, she is considered as the daughter of Nandini. With that Nandini was redeemed of Sage Jabali’s curse. 

The place became famous as Kateel (Kateel means ‘in the centre’) and Devi is known as Sri Durga Parameshwari. Since she came in the form of a bee and bees repel the smell of champaka flowers, these flowers are not used for her worship. Tender coconut water in this kshetra is first offered to her and only then taken as prasad by devotees.

[Kateel is situated at distance of 18km from Mangalore]

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Akasha Ganga of Tirumala!

Tirumala Nambi was a great devotee of Lord Venkateswara. He was also known as Sri Sailapurna. He was highly learned in all the scriptures and was one of the Gurus of Sri Ramanujacharya, apart from being his maternal uncle. It was he who introduced the Ramayana and elaborated the concept of “sharanagati” (surrender) to Ramanujacharya. 
He offered his services to the Lord of the seven hills by bringing water every day from Pushkarini which is about eight kilometres down the hills for the Lord’s abhisheka. Even though he was quite old, regardless of that, every day all alone he would trek down the forest without any fear of wild animals and carry a pitcher of water for the abhisheka. The seva is known as “teertha kainkaryam“. The Lord was happy with his unique and devoted service and decided to bless and help him. 

One day when Nambi was carrying water from Pushkarini up the hill, the Lord came to him in the guise of a hunter-boy. The boy stopped Nambi enroute and said, “Thatha (grandpa) I am very thirsty, please give me some water to drink”. Nambi was struck by the charm of the boy but politely refused to give him water. He said that he was carrying water for the Lord’s abhisheka daily without any break and he did not want any hurdles to the seva. Also Nambi told the boy that if he gave him water he would have to go down all the way to collect it again and that was not possible because he was too old. On the other hand, the boy was young enough to run down to Pushkarini and drink as much water as he wanted. 

Thus, having told the hunter-boy, Nambi started walking uphill. The boy slowly walked behind Nambi and hurled a stone at the pot of water. The pot cracked and all the water flowed out which the boy delightfully drank. Nambi was very sad. He would have to walk back, pick up another pot and then carry the water for the Lord. He was too exhausted and expressed his helplessness. The boy smiled and told Nambi that he did not have to go all the way down to collect the water for the Lord but right there very close to the temple he would provide an alternative for him. As Nambi stood and watched in surprise, the divine hunter-boy released an arrow from his bow. It struck the top of the cliff where they were standing and lo! water started to gush down from the top of the cliff. Nambi knew that this was no ordinary hunter-boy, but the Lord himself come down to help him. He prayed to the Lord to reveal his true form. The Lord stood in front of Nambi in all his pristine glory and told Nambi that this water-fall would be known as “Akasha Ganga” and henceforth the waters from Akasha Ganga would be used for the abhisheka. 

Nambi continued his “teertha kainkaryam” and also introduced other forms of seva like thomala seva, tirumanjanam, vedaparayanam, mantrapushpa kainkaryam etc., for the Lord which earned for him the title “Acharya Purusha” of the temple. Since the Lord had addressed him as “thatha” he is also known as “Thathacharya”. Even to this day, it is the privilege of the descendants of Tirumala Nambi to offer all these sevas started by him to Lord Venkateshwara.

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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..
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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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