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In mythology,Ravana is the son of a Brahmin father, the great sage Vishrava or Vesamuni and a Kshatriya mother, the Daitya rakshasa princess Kaikesi. His grandfather, the sage Pulastya, was one of the ten Prajapatis or mind-born sons of Brahma and one of the Saptarishi ,Seven Great Sages, in the first Manvantara.

Ravana was both aggressive and arrogant but at the same time he was also an exemplary scholar, an able administrator and great devotee of Lord Shiva.

Ravana performed an intense penance or tapasya to Lord Shiva, lasting several years. During his penance, Ravana chopped off his head 10 times as a sacrifice to appease Lord Shiva. Each time he sliced his head off a new head arose, thus enabling him to continue his penance. At last, Lord Shiva, pleased with his austerity, appeared after his 10th decapitation and offered him a boon. Ravana asked for immortality, which Shiva refused to give, but gave him the celestial nectar of immortality. The nectar of immortality, stored under his navel, dictated that he could not be vanquished for as long as it lasted.Ravana also asked for absolute invulnerability from and supremacy over Gods, heavenly spirits, other rakshasas, serpents, and wild beasts. Contemptuous of mortal men, he did not ask for protection from these. Shiva granted him these boons in addition to his 10 severed heads and great strength by way of knowledge of divine weapons and magic. Read more of this post

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Learning From Draupadi


wealthymattersDraupadi is the daughter of Draupad,of the King of Panchala. She is the wife of  the five Pandavas and is their Queen.She is the only Sakhi (female friend) of Krishna.

Draupadi is motherless as she emerged fully formed out of the sacrificial fire in response to her father’s wishes for a means to avenge himself against Drona. She is not the product of her parent’s deep desire for a child,rather she is a result of her father’s need for a child to accomplish what he can’t.

Draupadi’s relationship with the Pandavas is complex and at the heart of the Mahabharata.Of the five Pandavas, Draupadi favors Arjuna the most. She is in love with him, whereas the others are in love with her. Arjuna has won her in the Swayamvar, Arjuna is her Lord, and she is devoted to him.On the other hand, she is not Arjuna’s favorite wife.Arjuna’s favorite wife is Subadhra, Krishna’s half-sister. He also dotes on Abhimanyu (his son with Subadhra) not so his sons from Draupadi and Chitrangada. All of Draupadi’s husbands married other women, but the only time Draupadi gets upset and distraught is when she learns of Arjuna’s marriage to Subadhra. Subadhra has to go to Draupadi dressed as a maid, just to assure her that she (Subadhra) will always be beneath Draupadi in status. Read more of this post

The Story Of Meenakshi


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Malayadwaja Pandya, the King of Madurai and his queen Kanchanamaala were depressed. They had everything : enormous wealth, a huge and prosperous kingdom, happy and loyal subjects who loved the king and queen like their own parents. Unfortunately Malayadwaja and Kanchanamaala didn’t have any children of their own. They were worried that the Pandya monarchy would come to an end after them and the kingdom would be left without a king.

They sought the advice of their Kulguru (Mentor) who guided and counseled them at times of crisis. On the advice of the Guru, the King and Queen performed a Putra Kameshti Yagna (a ritual that would bring progeny to whoever performs it sincerely). They hoped that the god would be pleased by their sincerity and bless them with a baby boy, who would grow up as the prince of the Pandya kingdom. As the Yagna was progressing, a miraculous thing happened.A three year old baby girl appeared on the holy fire, walked out and sat on the lap of Queen Kanchanamaala. The King and Queen were thrilled to see the beautiful baby girl. The King, who had longed for a child for years, couldn’t wait to hold the baby girl. He picked her up from the Queen’s lap with joy and excitement, only to be shocked by what he saw. The baby girl had three nipples on her chest. The King and Queen viewed it as an abnormality and became very upset. They originally wanted a boy, but the god had blessed them with a girl and she also had something abnormal about her. “What did we do wrong in the Yagna? Did we fail? Is the god not pleased with our devotion?” They felt terrible. Read more of this post

Traditional Advice


Lakshmi chanchala hoti hai (The goddess of wealth is very curious).Lakshmi ko kabhie band karke mat rakho, lakhshmi rooth jati hai (Money should always be in circulation). Lakshmi jayegi, phir ayegi, phir jayegi…darwaza khula rakho, usko jaane do. Aaj jayegi to kal ghum fir ke tumhare hi god mein aayegi.

Daanam On Akshaya Tritiya


wealthymattersJALA DAANAM  This form of charity involves giving water with betel nut and dakshina to a brahmin, and it is done for wealth.

SHAYANA DAANAM Giving bed to a needy is done for general happiness.

VASTHRA DAANAM Giving clothes to needy will ensure a long life to the giver.

KUMKUM DAANAM When a woman donates kumkum, she ensures a long life for her husband.

CHANDANA DAANAM Donating sandalwood will prevent accidents

NAARIKELA DAANAM Donating coconuts will ensure that the last seven generations attain salvation

BUTTERMILK DAANAM Donating buttermilk will give you knowledge and enlightenment.

PADARAKSHA Donating slippers to the need will keep the giver away from hell.

CHATRA DAANAM Donating umbrellas on the other hand will help remove obstacles from the giver’s path

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