Pandu Kunti and The Mahabharata’s  Story :

According to Mahabharata, which is one of the most ancient Hindu epics of India, Pandu was the ruler of Hastinapur. He was the son of Rishi Ved Vyasa and Ambalika. Pandu is popularly known as the father of five Pandava brothers.

Legend has it that Rishi Veda Vyasa visited Ambalika to grant her a son. Ambalika became pale after seeing the Sage’s formidable form due to which Pandu was born pale. Pandu grew up to become the King of Hastinapur. He was an excellent archer and later conquered several territories such as Vanga, Magadha, Kashi, Kalinga, Anga, etc.

Pandu married Madri and Kunti. Madri was the daughter of the King of Madra and Kunti was the daughter of the King of Vrishni. Once on a hunting trip to the forest, Pandu mistakenly shot an arrow at sage Rishi Kindama and his wife, killing both the couple. He mistook them for a deer. Sage Rishi Kindama before his death cursed Pandu that if he ever approach a women with the intention of making love, he would die instantly. Pandu was deeply upset and repented for his action.

He gave up his kingdom and a life of luxury and since then onwards started to live as an ascetic with both his wives. Pandu’s elder brother, the blind Dhritrashtra was crowned as the king of Hastinapur. Pandu due to his curse was not in a position to father a child and he was deeply upset by the thought of dying childless. One day he expressed his desire to Kunti to have children. Kunti then used the (more…)

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Hindu God Shiva :

Lord Shiva is one of the most popular gods in Hindu religion. He is considered as a major deity and is often called as Shiva the

Hindu God Shiva

Hindu God Shiva

destroyer. Lord Shiva is basically a yogi who watches everything that happens in the world. He is a god with great powers, but lives like a sage at Mount Kailash.

According to the Shaiva tradition of Hinduism, he is considered as a supreme God and has five important aspect; creator, preserver, destroyer, concealer and revealer. In Smarta tradition of Hinduism, Shiva is considered as one of the five primary forms of God and his followers are called as Shaivas or Shaivites.

Lord Shiva is worshipped in the form of Shiva Linga. He is often portrayed as a handsome young man who is in his deep meditation or dancing the Tandava upon Apasmara.

Lord Shiva has the authority over death, rebirth and immortality due to which he has eternal youth. He is the husband of Goddess Parvati and is the father of Ganesha, Ayyappan and Murugan.

Forms of Lord Shiva –

Lord Shiva has several forms such as:

  • Panchavakta form- It is a form of Lord Shiva with five heads which represents Shiva energies; Aghora, Ishana, Tat Purusha, Varna Deva and Saddyojat or Braddha Rudra.
  • Nataraj form- In this form Lord Shiva id portrayed in dancing position
  • Hanuman- It is another manifestation of Lord Shiva, who is a karma yogi
  • Mahamrityunyaya Form- This form of Lord Shiva depicts him as the great conqueror of death
  • Ardhnarishwara form- This form of Lord Shiva depicts him as half Shiva and half Shakti

Characteristics of Lord Shiva :

  • He is often seen with a trident, which stands for three gunas.
  • He has a snake around his neck, which shows that he is beyond the power of poison and death.
  • He hold a damru, which creates the sound of AUM.
  • He has a vahana called Nandi, which is a white bull. (more…)

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