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Not a single day but everyday to be declared as Earth day
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A globe. What colors do we see–blue and green? These days we pollute mother earth very badly and slowly on the globe, there will not be any green left! I know we would not like that. You know, people do not value what they have until they have lost it.  Well, in this case it is trees.Trees are important, valuable and necessary for the existence of any living creature on earth. They are essential to life as we know it. They even help keeping the food chain or food web in balance and they are the most important things on earth because all animals and humans are dependent on it.

“The nature of our future depends on the future of our nature”.

Oxygen production, cleaning the soil, controlling noise pollution, taking in carbon dioxide but give out oxygen, cleaning the air, providing shade and coolness, act as our natural air conditioner can be considered as the first few reasons why trees are priceless. Trees also help-save energy, improve air quality, and solves health problems. They also have financial benefits – a variety of studies show that trees increase residential property values. People pay more for homes with attractive and fully- grown trees or that are in neighborhoods with trees.

Research has shown that the presence of trees in neighborhoods affect both physical and mental health of people living in town POSITIVELY. Hospital patients who have a view of plants and trees have recovered faster than those who have not.

Trees or plants would also make your house look beautiful and would increase the number of compliments regarding the beautiful garden of yours! 😉

Trees also help us by blocking the noise on the streets created by the traffic. Trees also give us food, which is the most important need in our life by this sentence I mean that indirectly trees or plants help us LIVE! We cannot live without food. Trees or plants give us fruits or vegetables. They increase the natural beauty of our home – “Earth”.

Trees give us rubber, paper, oxygen, wood, herbs, shade, cool breeze, gum, fruits, vegetable, grains, and shelter (not only to us by giving wood but also to animals like – birds, snakes, etc. in its tree-holes ).

“The more lightly we take the subject of deforestation, the more heavier it costs”.

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On reading this essay, I am sure you have understood the importance of trees – so please STOP CUTTING TREES.  ON THE CONTRARY, PLEASE START PLANTING MORE TREES.  Save trees to change the future.

“God has cared for these trees, saved them from drought, disease, avalanches, and a thousand tempests and floods.  But he cannot save them from fools” – John Muir

Keep Calm and SAVE THE TREEs

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WHY SAVE TREES?

Trees clean the air. Tree foliage works as a natural air filter of particulate matter such as dust, micro sized metals and pollutants such as ozone, nitrogen oxides, ammonia and sulfur dioxides. Trees take in carbon dioxide and produce oxygen. Combined with the cooling effect of trees, these processes can have a significant impact on reducing smog and overall air pollution.

Trees improve water quality. A healthy urban forest can have a strong influence on our region’s water quality. Tree canopies and root systems slow and reduce storm water runoff, flooding and erosion. Trees also help filter water runoff reducing potential sources of water pollution into our rivers and storm drains.

Trees save energy. Trees cool the air naturally in two ways: through water evaporating from the leaves and direct shade. Homes shaded by trees need less energy for cooling which means lower monthly utility bills in summer and a reduced need for utilities to increase power generation to meet peak load demand.

Trees raise real estate value. Shaded neighborhoods and well-landscaped yards have a positive economic influence on real estate values, timeliness of house sales and neighborhood desirability. Studies report that landscaping speeds the sale of a home by four to six weeks.

Trees are good for business. A series of studies has investigated associations between the urban forest and people’s response to shopping settings. Scientific results suggest that having trees in the business district streetscape is an important investment for a business community. The presence of a quality urban forest positively influences shoppers’ perceptions, and probably, their behavior.

The Great Wall of India | Kumbhalgarh

A majestic fort built in 1458 AD set amidst massive vallum and surrounded by hundreds of temples, the creation of one of Mewar’s legendary heroes Rana Kumbha and the birthplace of tAhe legendary combatant Rana Pratap, Kumbhalgarh is the site of The Great Wall of India. This 36 km fort wall is avowed to be the second longest wall in the world after the Great Wall of China.

Encircled by thirteen elevated mountain peaks, the fort is constructed on the top most ridges around 1,914 meters above sea level. The fortifications of the fort extend to the length of 36 kilometers and this fact has made this fort to be in the international records. It is stated to be the second longest wall in the world, the first being ”the Great Wall of China”. The huge complex of the Fort has numerous palaces, temples and gardens making it more magnificent.

Kumbhalgarh is a fantastic, remote fort, fulfilling romantic expectations and vividly summoning up the chivalrous, warlike Rajput era. This unconquerable fortress is secured under the kind protection of the Aravali ranges. The huge complex of the Fort has numerous palaces, temples and gardens making it more magnificent.

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Under the rule of the king Rana Kumbha of Mewar, his kingdom stretched right from Ranthambore to Gwalior. Out of the 84 fortresses that defended Mewar from its enemies, about 32 were designed by Rana Kumbha himself. Among all the fortresses designed by Rana Kumbha , Kumbhalgarh has been the most impressive, famous and the massive one with a wall of the length of 36km. It was built in the 15th century and is one of the very few forts in history, that was never conquered. It separated Mewar and Marwar from each other and was also used as the refuge for the rulers of Mewar at the times of danger.

According to legend it was here that the young Maharana Udai Singh II was brought for safety by his nurse Panna Dhai after an assassination attempt. Kumbhalgarh was also the birthplace of Udai Singh II’s famous warrior son Maharana Pratap. The fort remained impregnable to direct assault, and fell only once, due to a shortage of drinking water, to the combined forces of Mughal Emperor Akbar, Raja Man Singh of Amber, Raja Udai Singh of Marwar, and the Mirzas in Gujarat.

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Kumbhalgarh Fort is the second most important fort of Rajasthan after Chittorgarh and is situated about 84 km from Udaipur. Kumbhalgarh is famous for its historic monument – the majestic Kumbhalgarh Fort and captivating wildlife sanctuary. The impregnable Fort boasts of seven massive gates, seven ramparts folded with one another with designed walls toughened by curved bastions and huge watch towers. The Fort is also known for its famous palace that resides on the top of the structure, known as ‘Badal Mahal’ or the Palace of Cloud, that encloses beautiful rooms with pleasant colour schemes of green, turquoise and white, which provides a fascinating contrast to the raw, earthy and grim fortress. The palace was rebuilt by Rana Fateh Singh in the late 19th century. It’s worth taking a leisurely walk in the large compound, which has some interesting ruins and temples and is usually very peaceful.

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Kumbhalgarh castle is a Mewar fortress at the westerly range of Aravalli Hills, in the Rajsamand District of Rajasthan country in western India. it is a global history web site included in Hill Forts of Rajasthan. constructed during the path of the fifteenth century by using Rana Kumbha and enlarged via the 19th century, Kumbhalgarh is also the birthplace of Maharana Pratap, the outstanding king and warrior of Mewar. Occupied till the past due 19th century, the citadel is now open to the general public and is spectacularly lit for a couple of minutes every evening. Kumbalgarh is situated 82 km northwest of Udaipur by street. it’s far the most vital fort in Mewar afterChittaurgarh.
In 2013, at the 37th session of the arena historical past Committee held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Kumbhalgarh fortress, along with 5 different forts of Rajasthan, was declared a UNESCO international historical past site below the institution Hill Forts of Rajasthan.
The fort is the second largest wall in the world after the wonderful Wall of China and the second biggest fort in Rajasthan afterChittorgarh castle.

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Rajastan, India’s one of the most colorful states is replete with lots of mystifying, mindboggling  and fascinating  palatial palaces and huge forts that take us right back to their glorious and vibrant past. Rulers of north and north west India always lived in constant fear of invasions from nearby rulers  as we as foreign rulers  from NW frontier regions. So, they felt compelled to build huge strong self- contained forts with all facilities to stay alive in case ofprolonged sieges. Hence, these regions have  numerous forts unlike southern india where the threats from other rulers were minimum.

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The Great Wall of India at Kumbalgarh is India’s answer to China

Cradled in the Aravalli range, Kumbalgarh Fort is the second longest wall in the world. Local guides describe it as the second longest, continuous wall in the world after the Great Wall of China. It’s also a UNESCO World Heritage site that circumscribes hundreds of ancient temples, palaces, and endangered wildlife within its ramparts. In spite of these superlatives, the impressive bastions of the Kumbhalgarh Fort border on obscurity in tourism-saturated Rajasthan. Eighty kilometres north of Udaipur, cresting the peaks of the Aravallis, this fort is one of 32 built in the fifteenth century by Maharana Kumbha, the Rajput ruler of the Mewar kingdom.

If the fortress can inspire awe even in these jaded times, it must have been a really formidable sight for a medieval traveller. After traversing a landscape punctuated by wild forests and lakes, it suddenly materialises, crowning the summit of a hill. It is the highest elevation in Rajasthan, after Mount Abu, with a thick wall encircling it like a python.

It’s evident that the Maharana’s aesthetic sensibility favoured unabashedly big, bold, and beautiful structures. Ram Pol, the fort’s main gateway towers overhead, the palaces are perched at lofty heights, and even the footrests of the Indian-style toilets inside are so wide apart that a grown man would have to strain to squat comfortably. But nowhere is his personal style more flamboyantly displayed than the crenellated ramparts that weave whimsically through remote Aravalli forests for an astonishing 36 kilometres. They wind around the rim of the hilltop enclosing a large expanse of wooded hillside. Outside this perimeter, plunging down the hill into the deep valley below, are the dense jungles of Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary, where wolves, leopards, and panthers reign.

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Prambanan Temple – Indonesia

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Prambanan Temple is said to be the most beautiful Hindu temple in the world. It is the biggest temple complex in Java with three main temples dedicated to the three great Hindu divinities, Shiva, Vishnu, and Brahma, the symbols of Trimurti in Hindu belief.

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According to the history, Rakai Pikatan, a Hindu prince from Sanjaya Dynasty, who had married into the ruling Buddhist Sailendra monarchy built all the temples in the Prambanan archaeological park in the 8th century AD. In its original form, the temple complex contained over 250 large and small temples. The temple compound was expanded by successive Mataram kings with the addition of the hundreds of perwara temples around the central temples. It served as the royal temple of the Kingdom of Mataram for its religious ceremonies and sacrifices. However, in the 10thcentury the temple was largely abandoned because the Mataram dynasty moved to East Java. It then collapsed during a major earthquake in the 16th century.

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Also locally known as Roro Jonggrang, legend has it that the 1,000th statue of the temple was the statue of a slender virgin lady named Roro Jonggrang, who turned into stone by a young and powerful man named Bandung Bondowoso after her attempt to thwart Bondowoso’s effort in building a thousand temples and two wells in one night for the lady failed. Bondowoso was in love with Roro Jonggrang and asked her to marry him. However, Roro Jonggrang was full of hatred because Bondowoso killed her father; hence she tried to refuse his proposal by asking him a seemingly impossible task. As a man who had unseen troop of spirits, it was easy for Bondowoso to finish the task. After nearly a thousand temples had been built, Roro Jonggrang asked the villagers to pound rice and to set a fire in order to look like the morning had broken. This way, the spirits had no choice but left before completing the last one temple. Bondowoso realised that the lady had cheated him so he turned Roro Jonggrang into the 1,000th statue. This is a very interesting folklore that local people love to share.

PRAMBANAN, Beautiful Hindu Temple in the World

Prambanan Temple or Temple of Loro Jonggrang is the largest Hindu temple complex in Indonesia, which was built in the 9th century BC. This temple is dedicated to Trimurti, the three main Hindu gods Brahma as the creator god, Vishnu as the preserver god, and the god Shiva as the destroyer. Based on the inscription Siwagrha original name of this temple complex is Siwagrha (Sanskrit which means ‘house of Shiva’), and indeed in garbagriha (main hall) This temple sits a statue of Shiva Mahadeva three meters high which shows that in this temple of Lord Shiva are preferred. This temple is including the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the largest Hindu temple in Indonesia, and one of the most beautiful temples in Southeast Asia. The architecture of the building is tall and slender shape in accordance with Hindu architecture in general with the Shiva temple as the main temple has a height reached 47 meters towering over the center of the complex cluster of temples are smaller.

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Lord Shiva

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Shiva is considered to be the unique of all Hindu gods. Lord Shiva is the godhead who is always in deep meditation in the Kailash Mountain of the Great Himalaya. Shiva is the god of all and also closely related to Shakti- Parvati who is the daughter of Himavaan. There is no Shakti without Shiva and no Shiva without Shakti. Both two are closely related to each other.

Lord Shiva is considered as the Supreme Being representation. In the Hindu Trinity, he is the third element and other two members are Lord Vishnu- the protector and Lord Brahma- the creator. Shiva is only responsible for life cycle maintenance as the destruction and recreation cycle is in a circle always.

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Shiva can be seen in many faces, as destroyer, creator and preserver. Lord Shiva contains both evil and good. He is really free of inhibitions, protector of the down trodden, moody and has the complete power to changes the destiny laws. Lord Shiva is also known as God of Kindness and Mercy. Devotees get protection from all evil with the help of Shiva blessings. He always blesses his all followers with peace, knowledge and grace. Start chanting Om Namah Shivay for Healthy & Prosperous life.
Shiva is also known as mahadeva and 100 of other name is the popular god for hindu. lord Ganesha and lord kartikeya is two children of shiva and parvati. Lord shiva is popular in central asia There are 113 popular name of lord shiva.

According to the Hindu Priests, Shiva can destroy this world with his third eye within a second. His symbol of the phallus and Lingam shows his great power.

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Shiva Murdeshwara The majestic Shiva statue at sunset Murdeshwara, India
Shiva Murdeshwara The majestic Shiva statue at sunset Murdeshwara, India

Lord Shiva is also known by many other names such as Shiv Shankar, Shivji, Sadashiva, Shiva, Siva, Mahadeva, Mrityunjay and more.

Shiva (Sanskrit: Auspicious One) is one of the main deities of Hinduism that is worshipped as the paramount lord by the Shaivaite sects of India.

In Hinduism, Lord Shiva is regarded as the representation of the Supreme Being. He is known as the third element in the Hindu Trinity(Trimurti), the other two members being Lord Brahma – the creator and Lord Vishnu – the protector. Shiva is the destructive form of the Almighty. As the cycle of destruction and recreation is always in a circle, Shiva’s primary responsibility is maintaining the life cycle. Scholars say, as the Mahakaal, Shiva destroys and dissolves everything into nothingness but as Shankara, he also reproduces that which has been destroyed and dissolved. His symbol of Lingam or the phallus represents this reproductive power.

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Lord Shiva is also considered to be the most unique of all Hindu gods and also the God of all. A great ascetic, Shiva is the only godhead who is forever in deep meditation, totally absorbed in contemplation in His abode, Kailaasa Mountain in the great Himalaya. Lord Shiva is also said to be inseparable from Shakti – Parvati the daughter of Himavaan – Haimavati. There is no Shiva without Shakti and no Shakti without Shiva, the two are one – or the absolute state of being.
Shiva is often shown with many faces, as creator, destroyer and preserver in total command of the cosmos. He contains both good and evil. He is moody, free of inhibitions, easy to please, protector of the down trodden, and has the power to alter the laws of destiny. Thus, it is Lord Shiva is known as the God of mercy and kindness. He protects his devotees from all evil that are always around us. He blesses his followers with grace, knowledge and peace.

There is a reason Shiva is called ‘The Devo ke Dev-Mahadev’. The tranquil-looking lord can turn into a destroyer, and can also be a bholenath. He has multiple shades to his personality, and is one god who can truly teach us the wisdom to live life.

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Portrait of Lord Shiva Statue at Murudeshwara, India.  This statue is world’s second largest of Lord Shiva.

9 unknown facts about Diwali

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Diwali  or Deepavali is an ancient festival of India which is celebrated by Hindus. On this auspicious festival, the Hindu FAQs will share many posts related to this festival, its significance, the facts and stories related to this festival.

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So here are some stories related to what is the significance of diwali.

1.Goddess Lakshmi’’s Incarnation: The Goddess of wealth, Lakshmi incarnated on the new moon day (amaavasyaa) of the Kartik month during the churning of the ocean (samudra-manthan), hence the association of Diwali with Lakshmi.

2. The Return of the Pandavas: According to the great epic ‘Mahabharata’, it was ‘Kartik Amavashya’ when the Pandavas appeared from their 12 years of banishment as a result of their defeat in the hands of the Kauravas at the game of dice (gambling). The subjects who loved the Pandavas celebrated the day by lighting the earthen lamps.

3. Krishna Killed Narakaasur: On the day preceding Diwali, Lord Krishna killed the demon king Narakaasur and rescued 16,000 women from his captivity. The celebration of this freedom went on for two days including the Diwali day as a victory festival.

4. The Victory of Rama: According to the epic ‘Ramayana’, it was the new moon day of Kartik when Lord Ram, Ma Sita and Lakshman returned to Ayodhya after vanquishing Ravana and conquering Lanka. The citizens of Ayodhya decorated the entire city with the earthen lamps and illuminated it like never before.

5. Vishnu Rescued Lakshmi: On this very day (Diwali day), Lord Vishnu in his fifth incarnation as Vaman-avtaara rescued Lakshmi from the prison of King Bali and this is another reason of worshipping Ma Larkshmi on Diwali.

6. Coronation of Vikramaditya: One of the greatest Hindu King Vikramaditya was coroneted on the Diwali day, hence Diwali became a historical event as well.

7. Special Day for the Arya Samaj: It was the new moon day of Kartik (Diwali day) when Maharshi Dayananda, one of the greatest reformers of Hinduism and the founder of Arya Samaj attained his nirvana.

8. Special Day for the Jains: Mahavir Tirthankar, considered to be the founder of modern Jainism also attained his nirvana on Diwali day.

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9. Special Day for the Sikhs: The third Sikh Guru Amar Das institutionalized Diwali as a Red-Letter Day when all Sikhs would gather to receive the Gurus blessings. In 1577, the foundation stone of the Golden Temple at Amritsar was laid on Diwali. In 1619, the sixth Sikh Guru Hargobind, who was held by the Mughal Emperor Jahengir, was released from the Gwalior fort along with 52 kings.

Shukravar Vrat Katha

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In Hindu religion, each day of a week is dedicated to a particular God or Goddesses. Friday or Shukrawar is dedicated to Shakti – the Mother Goddess in Hinduism – and Shukra or Venus.

One of the most important Vrat or Upvaas (fast) on the day is dedicated to Santhoshi Matha (an incarnation of Shakti) & Maariamma. The fasting is also known as ‘Solah Shukravar Vrats because a devotee fasts for 16 consecutive Fridays. White color is given importance on Friday.

Another deity that is propitiated on the day is Shukra, who is known to provide joy and material wealth. The period of Shukra in one’s astrological chart is considered to be most productive and luckily period.

Worship of Shakti – Durga, Kali and other forms – on Friday is considered highly auspicious. Shakti temples in India attract large number of devotees on this day.

Devotees wear white colored dress on this day. The fasting on Shukravar begins at sunrise and ends with sunset. The person fasting only partakes in the evening meal. White colored food like kheer or milk is the most preferred.Fast is kept for various reasons which include removal of obstacles, for a child, happy family life etc.

There are numerous stories associated with Shukravar. In almost all the stories, Lord Shukra or Venus is dishonored in the beginning and the devotee later realizes his/her folly through numerous untoward incidents. Then the devotee realizes the mistake and propitiates Shukra and is finally rewarded.

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The planet Venus is known as Sukra in Vedic astrology. In astrology, the planet of Venus is considered to be the guru of demons. As a God Shukra is the Guru of Asuras. According to Hindu scriptures, He was born as the son of Rishi Brighu and his wife Ushana. The feminic natured Shukra is a Brahminical planet. He was born on Friday in the year Paarthiva on Sraavana Suddha Ashtami when Swathi Nakshatra is on the ascent. Hence, Friday is known as Shukravaar in Indian languages especially Sanskrit, Hindi, Marathi , Gujarati and Kannada. He went on to study Vedas under rishi Angirasa but he was disturbed by Angirasa’s favouritism to his son Brihaspati. He then went to study under rishi Gautama. He later performed penance to Lord Shiva and obtained the Sanjivani mantra (a hymn that can revive the dead). During this period Brihaspati became the Guru (Preceptor) of the divine people Devaa. Out of jealousy, Shukracharya decides to become the Guru of Asuras. He helps them achieve victory over the Devas and uses his magic to revive the dead and wounded Asuras.

So Jupiter, or Brihaspati, the guru to the Devas, sends his son Kaca (brightness) to study under Sukra.

Sukra has a beautiful daughter Devayani (way to the gods), and she is quite taken with Kaca. Now, the Asuras know what Kaca is up to, so like all good demons they kill him. Devayani, of course, grieves for him and tells father, so Sukra repeats the mantra and Kaca comes back to life. Then the demons kill Kaca again.

Once again Devayani complains, and once again Sukra repeats the mantra and Kaca come back to life. Undeterred, the demons go about killing Kaca and Sukra keeps resurrecting him. So the demons get a particularly demonic idea and this time they kill Kaca and grind him up into a fine powder and put him in Sukra’s wine. Sukra drinks the wine, Devayani begins her grieving, and in response Sukra repeats the mantra, but this time he has a stomachache as Kaca speaks from inside him. At last the demons appear to be happy.

But, they ironically bring about the very thing they were trying to prevent, for Sukra reveals the mantra of immortality to Kaca, so when Kaca tears himself out of Sukra’s body he will repeat the mantra and raise Sukra from the dead.

In one story, Lord Vishnu is born as the Brahmin sage Vamana. Vamana comes to take the three worlds as alms from the asura King Bali. Lord Vishnu wanted to deceive the King Bali who was the grandson of the great ing Prahlad, in order to help the Devas. The sage Shukracharya identifies him immediately and warns the King. The King is however a man of his word and offers the gift to Vamana. Shukracharya, annoyed with the pride of the King, shrinks himself with his powers and sits in the spout of the vase, from which water has to be poured to seal the promise to the deity in disguise. Lord Vishnu, in disguise of the dwarf, understands immediately, and picks a straw from the ground and directs it up the spout, poking out the left eye of Shukracharaya. Since this day onwards , the guru of the asuras has been known to be half blind.

Sukra bestows long life, wealth, happiness, children, and property and good education. He is the Guru for Asuras. Well learned in Neeti Sastras follower of such sastras and one who dispenses justice, Sukra is considered a beneficial Devata. He blesses the devotees with power to control one’s Indriyas (Sense organs) and enables the devotee to obtain fame and name.

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Once there was an old woman. She used to observe Friday fasts regularly. She worshipped Shukras idol. She gave holy dips to the idol and offered best food to it as bhoga. One day she decided to go on a pilgrimage. But how could she leave the house? Who would give holy dips to Shukras idol? Who would offer bhoga to it? She conveyed her anxiety to her sons wife. Her sons wife, that is her daughter-in-law was not a religious lady. She wanted to get rid of her mother-in-law for some time. She agreed to worship Shukras idol in her absence.

The old lady felt happy and left on the pilgrimage. Her daughter-in-law being what she was, after taking her bath would squeeze a few drops of water from her wet saree and considered it as a dip for the idol. She would prepare best dishes in her mother-in-laws absence and place some crumbs or remains before the idol as bhoga. Even this was heavy for her. One day she decided to get rid of the idol. She put it in a waste paper basket and threw it on a heap of garbage.


A wise lady passed by. She noticed Shukras bright idol lying on the garbage. She picked it up with great respect and brought it to her house. She gave it holy dips and offered best bhoga. She also observed fast in the name of Shukra. The lady became very rich. On the other hand, the old womans family became poorer and poorer. The family could hardly make both ends meet.

The old lady returned from her pilgrimage. She noticed the changed conditions of the family. She asked the daughter-in-law, Where is the Shukras idol? The daughter-in-law kept mum. She repeated the question, but the lady would not speak. She repeated her question for the third time. The daughter-in-law replied, I was fed up with Shukras worship. I had no time to spare. I threw it on a heap of garbage some weeks ago. The old lady was astonished at the reply. She went to the garbage heap and searched for the idol, but hod to return disappointed She decided to go from door to door to enquire about it.
She knocked at the door of a rich lady and said, Have you seen my Shukras idol? The rich lady gazed at her from head to foot and said, Are you insane? Why did you throw the idol on the garbage? You have no regards for deities. You should be punished for it. The old lady narrated the whole story to the rich lady and felt sorry for her daughter-in-law. The rich lady said, If it is so I shall return the idol to you. Lord Shukra has blessed me with health and wealth. I do not want to keep others things with me. Take back this idol with full respect.
The old lady brought back the idol and placed it at the worshipping dias. She observed Shukras fasts as a penance. Lord Shukra again blessed them with health and wealth. The family enjoyed a happy life again thereafter.

Shani Shingnapur

Shani Shingnapur is a village in the Indian state of Maharashtra. Situated in Nevasa taluka in Ahmadnagar district, the village is known for its popular temple of Shani (Saturn). Once upon a time Shingnapur is also famous for the fact that no house in the village has doors, only door frames. Despite this, no theft is reported in the village. Villagers never keep their valuables under lock and key. Villagers believe that the temple is a “Jagrut devasthan” (lit. “alive temple”), meaning that the god here is very powerful. They believe that god Shani punishes anyone attempting theft.
As per a legend , It is said that long long ago there were floods and one idol came floating in the flood. It was struck to a Bari tree. After the reducing of flood water when cowherds went near Panas Nala, they saw the big stone boulder in the branches of tree. They were surprise to see it. With the lot of hesitation, they poked the idol with their sticks and stone started bleeding. The cowherds saw this injury. With the scared, they ran away. They came back to the village and told their elders about what they saw. Listening to all this, villagers went to that spot where the stone was found. They were also shocked to see it. They could not decide what to do of this stone. At last they all returned to their homes by deciding that they would think tomorrow on this.In the same night, when all villagers fell asleep, God Shani dev appeared before one villager in dream and said, “I am Shanidev. Whatever you & your villagers saw yesterday is true. Let me from that place and install me in the village.” On the next day, devotee told the villagers what he heard in the dream. Listening to this entire, villagers went to that place where stone was found. They tried to lift idol but they could not succeed. They tried all day but they could not move a bit. At last people returned back to their homes. In the night when villagers were sleeping, again god Shanidev appeared in front of same devotee in dream & said, “I will move from that place only when the people who move me from there are of the real relation of maternal uncle and nephew.”Next morning devotee told the villager about his dream. And villagers did according to the dream. At that time many people tried to their best to install the idol in their own field, but the idol would not budge from there at all. At last the statue placed where it stands today in open ground.
Devotees generally wear a saffron-coloured attire and have a head bath in the holy water close to the temple before entering it. There is no priest to perform the pooja. The pooja is carried out in the form of offering Pradakshinams – of going around the idol a couple of times, chanting specific prayers such as Shani gayathri and slokas. Devotees also perform Abhishekam with water and oil.
 
 


 

 
 
 



 

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The Sankat Mochan Hanuman Aashtak is an eight verse prayer in praise of the Hindu God of courage, strength, confidence and devotion...