Category: Hindu Scripture

Gayatri Mantra – Meaning and Significance

The Gayatri Mantra is the greatest mantra of the Vedas. It is the perfect Vedic mantra for Paramatman meditation. The seer of this mantra is sage Vishwamitra and the deity is Savita or Brahma, the creator of the world.  Sage Vishwamitra was the first to realize the meaning of...

Saptamatrika-Seven Mother Goddesses in Durga Saptashati

In Hindu Shaktism, some special forms of Adishakti are collectively called Matrika. As they are seven in number, they are also called Saptamatrika. They are: Brahmani, Vaishnavi, Maheshvari, Indrani, Kaumari, Varahi and Chamunda. However, according to some, the forms of Matrika are eight in number and they are known...

24 Verses from Bhagavad Gita You Must Know

The Bhagavad Gita or Srimadbhagavad Gita or Gita is a 700-verse scripture. As it is a book of seven hundred verses, it is also called Saptashati. It is a part of the Mahabharata. However, the Gita has the status of a separate scripture and a separate Upanishad. Photo credit:bhagavad-gita.us...

4 Important Lessons We Can Learn From The Bhagavad Gita

The storehouse of spiritual lessons The advices or suggestions prescribed in the Bhagavad Gita are applicable for all men of all times. Bhagavad Gita is the storehouse of all types of spiritual lessons. It is an unprecedented co-ordination of Jnanayoga (means of wisdom), Karmayoga (meansof action) and Bhaktiyoga (means...

Lesser Known Facts about Lord Shiva’s Vahana

Lord Shiva’s Incarnation While entering in a Shiva temple we usually catch sight of a sculpture of a bull. We know him as Nandi. He is the Vahana (vehicle) of Lord Shiva. But many of us do not know that Nandi himself is the incarnation of Lord Shiva. Photo...

Shiva Tandava Stotram and Its Miraculous Benefits

What is Shiva Tandava Stotram? Shiva Tandava Stotram is one of the important Shiva mantras. The stotram was written by Ravana, an ardent devotee of Lord Shiva. It was also chanted first by Ravana himself. Shaivites or Shiva devotees in the world strongly believe in the miraculous benefits of...

10-Avatars of Lord Vishnu

Avatar One of the characteristics of Hinduism is the belief in Avatar (incarnation). Avatar literally means to descend or descend from above. In fact, Avatar in Hinduism refers to the incarnation of a deity in human or animal form to counteract some particular evil in the world. Dashavatar or 10-...