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Who was the guru of Lord Rama?

Vishwamitra - Who was the guru of Lord Rama?

Vishwamitra (विश्वामित्र) was the guru of Lord Rama. He took prince Rama and Lakshmana to forest for the protection of Yagna. There after, he lead them to Mithila*, to participate in the Swayamvaram of Sita Devi. Lord Rama successfully lifted the Shiva Danushu and married Sita Devi. Sage Vishwamitra was son of King Gadhi. His original name was Kaushika. King …

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Which brother of Ravana joined and helped Lord Rama?

Which brother of Ravana joined and helped Lord Rama?

Vibhishana (विभीषण) is a significant character in the epic Ramayana, who served Rama during the fight of Rama and Ravana though he was the brother of Ravana, the king of Lanka. Although Vibhishana was born in Rakshasa dynasty he was a noble character. Vibhishana was against the kidnapping and abduction of Sita. He advised his elder brother Ravana to return …

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What are basics of path or Dharma that Mahavira advocated for Jains?

What are the basics of the path, or Dharma, that Mahavira advocated for Jains?

Jains or Jainism believe that non-injury is the highest religion. (Basics of Jains) Jains aim to live in such a way that their jiva (soul) doesn’t get any more karma, and so that the karma it already has is either eliminated or helped to decay. They do this by following a disciplined life path. The path or Dharma (truth, teaching) …

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Who is Siddhidatri? 9th Form of Durga

Who is Siddhidatri?

Siddhidatri is the ninth form of Goddess. She is worshiped on the ninth day of Navratri. Siddhidatri has supernatural healing powers. She has four arms and she is always in a blissful happy enchanting pose. She rides on the lion as her vehicle. She blesses all Gods, saints, yogis, tantrics and all devotees as a manifestation of the Mother Goddess. …

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Who is Chandraghanta? 3rd Form of Durga

Who is Chandraghanta?

The third facet of Goddess Durga is ‘Chandraghanta‘, who is worshiped on the third day of Navratri, for peace, tranquility and prosperity in life. She has a ‘chandra’ or half moon in her forehead in the shape of a ‘ghanta’ or bell. That is why she is called ‘Chandraghanta‘. She is charming, has a golden bright complexion and rides a …

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Who is Maha Gauri? 8th Form of Durga

Who is Maha Gauri?

Maha Gauri is worshiped on the eighth day of Navratri. Her power is unfailing and instantly fruitful. As a result of her worship, all sins of past, present and future get washed away and devotees get purified in all aspects of life. Maha Gauri is intelligent, peaceful and calm. Due to her long austerities in the deep forests of the …

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Who is Kaal Ratri? 7th Form of Durga

Who is Kaal Ratri?

Kaal Ratri is the seventh form of Mother Durga and is worshiped on the seventh day of Navratri. She has a dark complexion, disheveled hair and a fearlessness posture. A necklace flashing lightning adorns her neck. She has three eyes that shine bright and terrible flames emanate from her breath. Her vehicle is the donkey. Her raised right hand always …

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Who is Katyayani? 6th form of Mother Durga

Who is Katyayani?

The sixth form of Mother Durga is known as ‘Katyayani’, who is worshiped on the six day of Navratri. The legend behind her name goes thus: Once upon a time, there was a great sage called Kata, who had a son named Katya. Kata was very famous and renowned in the lineage of saints. He underwent long austerities and penance in …

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Who is Kushmanda? 4th form of Goddess Durga

Who is Kushmanda?

Kushmanda is the fourth form of the mother goddess and is worshiped on the fourth day of Navratri. The meaning of the name ‘Ku-shm-anda’ is as follows: ‘Ku’ = a little; ‘ushma’ = ‘warmth’; ‘anda’ = ‘the cosmic egg’. So she is considered the creator of the universe. The universe was no more than a void full of darkness, until …

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