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At The Time Of Samudra Manthan Lord Shiva gulped the entire poison.Lord Shiva blue throat. The poison in the throat is always a burning sensation for lord Shiva. Lord Shiva loves to spend time in meditation (Dhyanam). But this burning throat is not allowing him to do his meditation. Then he ordered Nandi to sit in front of him and blow some air on to his throat. The air blown on to his throat relieves him from the burning sensation. From then Onwards, Lord Shiva does his mediation with the help of Nandi.
This is the story behind having Nandi sitting in front of Lord Shiva in all our temples. Whenever we visit lord Shiva temple we should not go in between Nandi and Shiv ling (we should not break the path between Shiva and Nandi).If we do so, it is believed that we are disturbing lord Shiva's meditation. If we have a wish to share with lord Shiva, we should tell the wish in the ears of Nandi. Nandi later share the wishes of visitors with Shiva after the meditation.
Great sage, Durvasa Muni, once offered a garland to Indra, who ignored it and put it on the tusk of his elephant, Airawat, which trampled it. Seeing Indra's disregard, the revered sage became furious. He cursed Indra saying that he and the other gods would lose all their powers. In due course, Indra and the other gods began losing all battles against the demons, and the demons led by Bali took control of the universe.
Seeing no other means, the helpless Indra rushed to Vishnu for help.
Vishnu had a plan. He said that to get back their powers the gods would have to churn the oceans and bring out the magical nectar-amrita. Only after consuming it could they regain their powers. This great churning is known as samudra manthan. But as the gods were powerless now, they sought the help of the demons to accomplish this huge task.
The gods and demons got together for the the herculean task. The huge mountain, Mandara, was used as the pole to stir the waters. But as the pole entered the water it kept sliding into depths of the ocean. To stop this, Vishnu quickly transformed himself into a tortoise and placed the mountain on his back. This image of Vishnu as the tortoise was his second avatar called 'Kurma.'
Once the pole was balanced, it was tied to the gigantic snake, Vasuki, and the gods and demons started pulling it from either side. As the churning began and the massive waves whirled, an extremely poisonous drink called halahal came out. The gods became scared because this blue drink could destroy creation.
They all got together and prayed to the powerful Shiva to help him them. Shiva appeared before all and gulped the entire poison. But, he did not swallow it. He kept the poison in his throat. Since then, Shiva's throat became blue, and he became known as Neelkantha or the blue-throated one.
The churning continued and poured forth a number of gifts and treasures. They included Kamdhenu, the wish-fulfilling cow; the goddess of wealth, Laxmi; the wish-fulfilling tree, Kalpavriksha; and finally, came Dhanvantari carrying the pot of amrita and a book of medicine called Ayurveda. Once the amrita was out, the demons forcefully took it away. Two demons, Rahu and Ketu, disguised themselves as gods and drank the amrita. The sun and moon gods recognised it to be a trick and complained to Vishnu, who in turn, severed their heads with his Sudarshan Chakra. As the divine nectar did not get time to reach below the throat, the heads remained immortal, but the body below died. This helps Rahu and Ketu take revenge on the Sun and Moon by devouring them every year during solar and lunar eclipse.
A great war between the gods and demons followed. Finally, Vishnu disguised as the enchanting Mohini tricked the demons and recovered the nectar.
While fleeing the clutches of the demons, Vishnu gave the amrita to his winged charioteer, Garuda. But the demons caught up and a tussle followed. During this tussle few drops of the drink fell at Ujjain, Nasik, Allahabad, and Haridwar.
The drops are said to have purified the land and it is here that every year devotees come to wash away theit sins in the famous assembly called Kumbh Mela.
Once Garuda got back and the Gods drank the nectar, they became immortal. But as some demons had managed to taste a few drops of the drink, they too became immortal and to this day the fight between good and evil continues.
Samudra Manthan Photos
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A person who worships this yantra with faith and fervor attains wealth and happiness. It is believed that establishing the yantra at home is equivalent to establishing the idol of Goddess Lakshmi. Goddess Mahalaxmi residing in the yantra appears to be seated on a lotus and getting bathed by a pair of white elephants with golden pots. It bestows wealth, prosperity and good fortune on the worshipper.
It is believed that Goddess Mahalakshmi resides in this yantra. It is considered to the most powerful yantra of all, and hence known as Yantra Raj. As per the legends, once goddess Lakshmi left earth to go for Baikunth Dham. As soon as she left, earth started facing calamities and everyone got terrified. All the saints, including Vashishtha made various attempts to call back Lakshmi on earth. He established “Shri Mahalakshmi Yantra” on earth after worshipping it with proper rituals to protect the people on earth.
It should be established on some auspicious day like Diwali, Dhanteras, Ravipushya, Abhijeet Muhurat etc. The one who establishes attains the blessing of goddess Lakshmi in the form of prosperity and happiness. Placing it at home, office, or keeping it with you, gives relief from the sufferings and obstacles of life, and provide respect and honor in the society.
Benefits of the Maha Lakshmi Yantra –
Brings love, luck and happiness to your life
• Bestows fortune, wealth, fame and prosperity
• Relieves you from dreadful chronic diseases
• Opens the locked doors of your destiny
• Eliminates the effects of black magic and other negative powers
• Safeguards you from enemies and adversaries
• Negates the negative effects of malefic planets
• Combats all the bad influences and ill-effects of vastu faults in your home or office
• Stimulates growth and promotion in business or profession
• Ensures the overall success and development of you and your family
• Curbs your financial problems.
Mahalaxmi Yantra Puja
• First, purify your body and start with a clear and positive mind frame
• Face the yantra and Light the incense or an oil lamp
• Take the water with a leaf from any tree and sprinkle the water on yourself, followed by sprinkling the water on the Yantra. Wipe with a soft cloth
• Lay a fresh flower and a fresh fruit in front of the yantra
• Now concentrate on the tip of the Yantra. Now with all sincerity, ask the Goddesss for whatever you wish.
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