ప్రతి ఐదు సంవత్సరాలకు మన భారతావని లో జరిగే ఈ ఎన్నికలు ఎందరో నేతల తల రాతలు నిర్ణయిస్తాయి. తమకు ఈ అధికారం ప్రజల ద్వారానే సంక్రమించిందనే స్పృహ లేకుండా ఇష్టానుసారం వ్యవహరించిన అనేక మందికి రాజకీయ సమాధి కట్టడానికి మనదేశ ప్రజలు ఎన్నడూ వెరవలేదు. ప్రపంచం లో అతి పెద్ద ప్రజాస్వామ్య దేశం లో జరిగే ఈ ఎన్నికలస్థాయి రాను రాను దిగజారిపోతుండటమే వైచిత్రి. దీనికి కారణాలు కొకొల్లలు.కానీ ఒక్క నిజం ఏంటి అంటే ప్రతి భారతీయ పౌరుడు తన దేశభక్తి ని చాటుకోవడానికి, ప్రతి నిజాయితీ కల నాయకుడు తన మాతృభూమికి సేవ చేసుకోవటానికి అసలైన వేదిక ఈ ఎన్నికలు అనటం అతిశయోక్తి కాదు. శ్రీ శ్రీ దేశ చరిత్రలు నుంచి ఒక కవిత నా మాటల్లో
Lala Har Dayal (October 14, 1884 – March 4, 1939) was a nationalist who founded the Ghadar Party in America. He was a polymath who turned down a career in the Indian Civil Service. His simple living and intellectual acumen inspired many expatriate Indians living in Canada and the USA.
Har Dayal was the sixth of seven children of Bholi Rani and Gauri Dayal Mathur. His father was a Reader in the District Court. Under the influence of his devoted mother, Hardyal in his boyhood visited and prayed at a Delhi Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Along with his academic studies, he also studied the ‘Gita’, ‘Manu Smriti’ and ‘Rig-Veda’.
The Government of India awarded him a scholarship of 200 per annum for higher studies in England. He joined St. John’s College, Oxford, for the Honours Course in Modern History. He also did his Ph. D. from the London University.In London he came under the influence of Shyamaji Krishna Verma, Editor of the Indian Sociologist and a recognized leader of the Indian Revolutionary Movement. He also came under the influence of Vinayak Damodar Savarkar and Madam Cama.
Devotion to the cause of freedom : Such was the charm of their company that Hardyal threw away the scholarship, declaring that “No Indian who really loves his country ought to compromise his principle and barter his rectitude for any favour whatever at the hands of alien oppressive rulers of India.”
On the contrary we find Lord Shiva is mentioned as the greatest devotee of Lord Vishnu. He is the one who has eulogized the significance of Sri Rama Nama by preaching the same to his consort Goddess Parvathi. Lord Sri Krishna in his Bhagavathgeetha says that He is the Shankara among the Ekadasa Rudras. Lord Shiva known as Hara (destroyer) forms a part of the 24 Kesava Namas (Haraye Namah!).
Lord Shiva is also known by several other names like Rudra, Maheshwara, Viswanatha, Shankara, Eeshwara, Sadashiva, Hara, Gangadhara, Mahadeva, Ardhanaareeshwara, Layakaraka, Mruthyunjaya, Bholanath and Neelakanta to name a few.
Lord Shiva is one of the Trinity Lords, Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwara. Shiva is considered as the third element of the Trinity Gods. Brahma the Generator (Creator), Vishnu the Organizer and Shiva the Destroyer are collectively symbolized as the GOD. Sacred Scripts like Shiva Purana, Linga Purana, and Skhanda Purana, which form part of the Ashtadasa Puranas scripted by Lord Vedavyasa have exclusively covered the Glory of Lord Shiva. Shiva means the mangalakara, the auspicious one.
The holy place Prabhasa also known as Somanath is situated between 20.53’N latitude and 70.24’E longitude on the south west coast of India in the Sourashtra province of Gujarat State, on the shores of Arabian Sea. Port town of Veeraval is only 2 km away from Somnath. Sanctified with the presence of Jyothirlinga of Lord Shiva known as Somanath, this sacrosanct place Prabhasa, is in existence since time immemorial. Spiritually known as Prabhasa Theertha this place was called as Prabhasa Pattan in olden times and was famous as a town of temples.
In olden times it was known as Arka Theertha or Bhaskara Theertha and Soma Theertha or Chandra Theertha. Over a period of time it came to be known as Prabhasa Theertha. Prabhasa is a Sanskrit word meaning glowing, luminous, shining, the one that generates light. Prabhasa also means dawn. Sun God is also called as Prabhakara. Prabhasa is the place where the Moon God got rid of the curse and regained his lost lustre. Being situated at the western coast, this entire area is radiated by Sun light for a relatively longer period of time and hence called as Prabhasa Pattan, the town that glows.
Prabhasa is located at the holy confluence of the mythological rivers Saraswati, Kapila, and Hiranya known as Triveni said to be in existence since Vedic period. It is a sacred place where mythological river Saraswati flows towards the west and the town is situated on the sea shore. According to Skhanda Purana it is said that, invoked by four Sages, Hiranya, Vajra, Nyanku and Kapila, the holy river Saraswati flowing in Prabhas Kshetra constitutes five different streams of rivers known as Harini, Vajrini, Nyankumati, Kapila and Saraswati.
Its that time of the day when it’s barely can be called twilight. The game, which was being watched was over but everyone was hanging on. It is a rarity, the city is Mumbai which is known for its traffic snarls. But no one was leaving. We were ready to bear that extra hour because this hour will not return again in our lives. Yes, we are the fans of Sachin Tendulkar.the Super Man. No, he is not GOD as everyone is talking about. He is human just like you and me. He is supremely gifted. As Sachin fans, we say it’s the realization of the gift which you possess and utilize to your best of abilities. You are what you make yourself to be. He realized that his gift is special and put his gift to the best use. That is why we are Tendulkar fans.
We, Tendulkar fans do take pride in his numbers, but more than the statistics, we take pride in the manner with which he achieved them. His die-hard critics, who infact are his greatest admirers, who just can’t bear him fail, may point out that he is not crisis man. We have just one answer, where’s the crisis when Sachin bats? We, Tendulkar fans respect the game of cricket and understand the pressures it puts on its players. Test Cricket is the only game, which really TESTs a player. And we are proud that our super man did the game proud by passing every test the game threw at him. And he respected the game. He took blessing from the whole 22 yards and respected it even after his career was over.
Dr. C.V. Raman was one of the greatest scientists of India, who was awarded the 1930 Nobel Prize in physics for his work on the scattering of light and for the discovery of the ‘Raman Effect’, which is named after him. Chandrasekhar Venkata Raman, commonly known as C.V. Raman was born on November 7, 1888 at Tiruchirapalli in Tamillandu. His mother tongue was Tamil. He was the second child of Chandrasekhar Iyer and Pravathi Ammal. His father was a lecturer in mathematics and physics. Raman was a very brilliant student right from his childhood.
At an early age, Raman moved to the city of Vishakhapatnam, which is situated in the state of Andhra Pradesh, where his father accepted a position at the A V N College. Raman’s academic brilliance was known at a very young age. Raman was an avid reader right from his childhood. Three books among many books that he read as a child, had a lasting impression on Raman’s young mind. These three books were “Light of Asia”, “The Elements of Euclid”, and “The Sensations of Tone”. The last of these books was about sound waves. Later on, when he grew up and got an opportunity to conduct research in IACS (Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science), he chose to study musical instruments. He also published a book on the mechanical theory of the musical instruments. Thus, as Raman himself humbly admitted later, what he read in his school days paved the way for his future interests.
Thulasi in brief:
Thulasi the divine plant is a house hold name among Hindus regarded as the ultimate symbol of purity. Thulasi is a Sanskrit word literally means the one that has no equals, the one which has no comparison, matchless, and the one whose merits are invaluable. Thulasi is considered as very sacred and divine plant that has both physical and spiritually healing properties. It is worshipped as a Deity in Hindu religion since time immemorial. In olden days presence of Thulasi in a house was considered as a symbol of religious and spiritual bent of that family.
Thulasi in Legends and Mythology :
Glory of Thulasi is mentioned in several Puranas like Padma Purana, Brahma Vaivartha Purana, Skandha Purana, Garuda Purana, Kartheeka Purana and Vishnu Dharmottara Purana etc… As per Padma Purana it is said that Thulasi came out from the joyous tears of Lord Sri Maha Vishnu that fell on the Divine Nectar (Amrutha) that emerged out during Ksheera Sagara Madhanam.
India, the birth place of Hinduism is rich in spirituality, religious cultures, faiths, austerities, customs and traditions that we don’t find any where else in the world. In the words of Mark Twain “India is the cradle of the human race, the birth place of human speech, the mother of history, the grand mother of legend, and the grand mother of tradition. The most valuable and most instructive material in the history of man is treasured up in India only” We have a unique calendar with each day and each month denoting some or the other religious event or festival associated with a tradition and culture which is being followed since time immemorial. Repetition of these events is only to remind the mankind its significance always with a divine message behind it.
As we move into the Hindu Lunar calendar eighth month is denoted as Kartheeka Masam that generally comes around October-November of every year. It marks the beginning of winter season. When the Moon is at or nearer to the constellation of Kruttika on full Moon day that month is denoted as Kartheeka masam. It is also known as Koumudhi masam the month full of moon light.
Lord Sri Maha Vishnu in the name of Daamodara is the presiding Deity (Masa niyamaka) for Kartheeka masam. Daamodara is one of the prominent names that we generally find being referred to Lord Sri Krishna. We find a reference to the word Daamodara in sloka # 40 of Sri Vishnu Sahasra Nama Sthothram. Daamodara is a combination of two Sanskrit words Daama + Udara. Daama means rope and Udara means belly. Daamodara means the one who was tied with a rope to his belly. Reference to this we find in Sri Mad Bhagavatham 10thcanto in the story of Lord Sri Krishna during his playful childhood days with his foster mother Yashoda. In this episode we find Lord Sri Krishna (Daamodara) liberating Nalakubera and Manigreeva the two sons of the Divine Cashier and Demi God Kubera from the curse of sage Narada.