SWAMINARAYAN SAMPRADAYA INTRODUCTION The Swaminarayan Sampradaya is an ancient Hindu tradition and it was founded during the year 1801 by Sahajanand Swami, who is popularly known as Swaminarayan, a form of Lord Krishna. Due to the grace of the holy saint and divine avatar Swaminarayan, lot of Swami Narayan temples were constructed by his followers in
LINGODBHAVA INTRODUCTION Lingodbhava is a form of Lord Shiva, and we can see him in this form in some Shiva temples. The idol represents the emergence of Lord Shiva from the Shiva Linga, and he is popularly worshipped by the devotees in this form. Lingodbhava was praised by the Nayanmar saints, and
HARBUNJI INTRODUCTION In the Villages of Rajasthan, people used to worship village deities similar to their family deity. Irrespective of their castes, beliefs and communities they are giving good respect to these deities and consider them as their ancestors, since most of the village deities have sacrificed their lives for
MEHA JI MANGLIA INTRODUCTION Mehoji(14th century AD) also called as Meha Ji Manglia is the village god of Rajasthan. His father was the king of Bapini region. Mehoji Mangalia, was born in the year 1332 AD in Bapini village in Jodhpur district at Rajasthan. Mehoji was married to a pious and a chaste good looking divine lady. Mehoji is
MA POLERAMMA INTRODUCTION Poleramma is the Village guardian goddess, and she is mostly worshipped by the people in Andhra Pradesh. Poleramma is an incarnation of Ma Shakti Devi, and she is worshipped since ancient times. As per legend, she was born in a village at Andhra Pradesh in a pious Telugu family, and her brother
BABA PITHALDEV MAHARAJ INTRODUCTION Pithaldev Ji Maharaj, also called as Baba is a village god in Rajasthan. Baba Pithaldev is also worshiped as the Kula Deva and Ishta Deva in some districts in Rajasthan. His various other names are Baba Prithviraj and Prithvi Singh. It is believed that he took birth at a village
LORD BHAUMIA INTRODUCTION Lord Bhaumia is believed to be the earth god, and he is considered to be the brother of Ma Bhudevi, and he is worshipped as a village guardian deity in some parts of Punjab and Rajasthan. Most of the people in Rajasthan would do special pujas to him, before constructing/purchasing
WIVES OF LORD KRISHNA INTRODUCTION Lord Krishna is our divine saviour, and he lived in the previous Dwapara Yuga. His main wives are: Rukmani Satyabhama Jambavati Kalindi Bhadra Mitravinda Satya Lakshmana Among these eight principle wives, Ma Rukmani is considered as the chief wife. Apart from these wives, it is
PERIYA THIRUVADI AND SIRIYA THIRUVADI INTRODUCTION Thiruvadi means the one who serves as a humble servant to the great almighty. Periya Thiruvadi refers to Lord Garuda, since he is occupying the position of Vahana to Lord Vishnu, and he lives in the Vaikunta along with Lord Vishnu and Mata Lakshmi
DHARMA SHASTA INTRODUCTION Shasta also known as Sri Dharma Shasta is a famous Hindu god. Lord Ayyanar and Lord Ayyappa are the forms of Sri Dharma Shasta. In some ancient Hindu texts, the incarnations and the significance of Lord Shasta is mentioned. Shasta is believed to be the son of Lord Siva and Lord Vishnu.
BHANU – SON OF LORD KRISHNA INTRODUCTION Bhanu was the son of Lord Shri Krishna and Mata Satyabhama, and he closely resembles Lord Krishna in appearance. He was married with Suthanu, who was the daughter of Yudhishthira and Draupadi, and their son was Vajra. Banu moved closely with the Pandavas, and won their heart. He was
MATA CHITRALEKHA INTRODUCTION Chitralekha was the goddess of magic, and she lived in the previous Dwapara Yuga. She was a friend of Usha, who was the daughter of Banasura, who ruled the present day India through his great powers. Once, Usha dreamt of meeting a lovely person, who is none other than Lord Krishna’s
MATA JAYANTHI – DAUGHTER OF LORD INDRA INTRODUCTION As per legend, Jayanti is the daughter of Indra, the god of Devas, and his consort Indrani. Jayanti was married to Shukra, the god of Friday, and the Guru of Daityas, and their daughter is Devayani. Jayanti is the sister of Jayanta, and she contains the features of Devi Durga.