Pitru Paksha (पितृ पक्ष)

Pitru Paksha (पितृ पक्ष) is a 16–lunar day period in Hindu calendar when Hindus pay homage to their ancestors. Pitru Paksha is considered by Hindus...

How the Lord Shiva got his bow called “पिनाक” ?

There are many stories surrounding this claim. In Mahabharata shantiparva chapter 289 verse 18, it is mentioned आनतेनाथ शूलेन पाणिनामिततेजसा। पिनाकमिति चोवाच शूलमुग्रायुधः प्रभुः।। The Lord Shiva...

Who are Maruta ( मारुत् ) and how were they born ?

This story is mentioned in Valmiki Ramayan - Balakanda - chapter 46 , after the defeat of Asura's in Devasura battle, the Diti went...

What is the relation between Brahma & Saraswati? How is Brahma the father of...

There is a conversation between Rishi Maitreya & Vidura in Srimad Bhagavata Purana 3.12.28 वाचं दुहितरं तन्वीं स्वयम्भूर्हरतीं मनः । “Oh Vidura, we have heard that...

Why did Shukracharya, teach Kacha, his arch rival’s son?

Kacha was the son of Guru of Devtas ( Brahspati ), he was sent to Shukracharya to learn Sanjivani Vidya. He went and requested Shukracharya...

Wrong pronunciation of “हृषिकेश” formed ऋषिकेश

This word "ऋषिकेश"  was formed due to wrong pronunciation of original word "हृषिकेश"   हृषिकेश (Hrishikesh) means the Lord of senses, Vishnu   हृषीकाणाम् (इन्द्रियाणाम्) ईश: हृषीकेशः ( षष्ठी...

What according to Hinduism, is the purpose of life?

Before we seek answer to this question, consider these scenario’s : Suppose if I am born as pygmy in Africa and I was unaware...

Satyanarayan Katha (सत्यनारायण व्रत कथा) – origin & purpose

The Satyanarayan Puja is a religious worship of the Hindu god Vishnu. Satya means “truth” and narayana means, “The highest being” so Satyanarayan means “The highest being...

What is Narayaneeyam (नारायणीयम्) ?

Narayaneeyam (नारायणीयम्)  is a Sanskrit text, comprising of summarized poetic form of the Bhagavata Purana. It was composed by Narayana Bhattathiri, (1560–1666 AD) one of...

Who were Jaya & Vijaya ?

Jaya & Vijaya were two gatekeepers at vishnulok & who were born in mirtyulok (earth) after being cursed by four kumaras rishi's ( sanaka, sanatana, sanandana...