Ganesh (also spelled Ganesa or Ganesha and known as Ganapati, Vinayaka, and Pillaiyar), is one of the sons of Lord Shiva and the Divine Mother Parvati. His brother is called Karthikeyan. Ganesh is one of the best known and loved deities in the Hindu pantheon of gods and indeed is the most recognized outside of India.
Ganesha is one of the most loved statues all over India. he is the first deity to be worshiped as he can remove all obstacles. he is the patron of arts, crafts, and sculptures. Ganesha is also considered as the lord of astrology, action, and god of the harvest.
There was once a king named Suddhodana and a queen named Mahamaya who lived in the city of Kapilavastu in the sixth century B.C. One day, as the queen was resting in her palace, she dreamt that a white elephant carrying a white lotus in its trunk entered her right side. Sometime later, a baby was born to the queen. He was named Siddhartha Gautama.
A group of astrologers predicted that the young prince would grow up to be either a great emperor or that he would turn his back on privilege and power to become a great spiritual leader.
Lord Krishna was born in northern India in approximately 3,228 BCE. The Puranas consider Sri Krishna’s life to mark the passing of the Dvapara age into the Kali Yuga (current age)
Krishna was born in prison to devout parents – Devaki and Vasudeva. At the time of his birth, his life was in danger because the tyrant Kamsa was seeking to kill him. It had been foretold that Kamsa would be killed by Devaki’s eighth child. Since Sri Krishna was the eighth child, he was smuggled out of prison to be raised by his foster parents Nanda and Yasoda in Gokula.
According to Hindu mythology, Lord Shiva is one of the three supreme gods. There is an interesting story behind the birth of Lord Shiva. One day Brahma and Vishnu were arguing which among them is more powerful. The same time, a massive, fiery pillar appeared. The roots and branches of the tree extended beyond the view of the earth and sky.
Both Vishnu and Brahma ran to find the start and end of the pillar. Brahma turned himself into a goose and flew to the top of the pillar and Vishnu turned into a boar and dug the earth to look for the roots. Just then, Lord Shiva emerged from an opening in the pillar. Recognizing Lord Shiva’s great power, Both Brahma and Vishnu accepted that Shiva is the third Supreme God, who will rule over the universe.
The story of Nataraja has a mythological origin and narrates how the form of Lord Nataraja came up first. The town of Chidambaram is adjacent to Pichavaram which is marshland and home to two estuaries occurring at the points of where two rivers namely Vellar and Cooleron merge with the Bay of Bengal.
The region had a thick forest dominated by Thillai Trees (Excoecaria agallocha). These are a species of mangrove trees. The thick forest is home to a lot of plant, animal and bird species in addition to a lot of sages engaged in the life of penance.
Lakshmi is known to be the daughter of the mother Goddess Durga, and the wife of Vishnu, whom she accompanied, taking different forms in each of his incarnations. To understand the story of the birth of Goddess Lakshmi, let us throw some light on Vishnu Puranas.
The story begins with a meeting between Sage Durvasa and Lord Indra. Sage Durvasa, with a lot of respect, offers a garland of flowers to Lord Indra. Lord Indra takes the flowers and places it on the forehead of his elephant, Airavat. The elephant takes the garland and throws it down on the earth.