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Sheshnag the Five Headed Snake

Sheshnag the Five Headed Snake

Did you know that Lord Vishnu had a five headed snake? Snakes are considered holy by Hindus. They are worshipped during festivals like Nag Panchami and worshipped via the Snake-goddess Manasa. Sheshnag is the ‘Nagaraja’ or the King of the snakes and also took part in the story of creation with Lord Vishnu. In the Puranas Sheshnag is believed to hold all the planets of the Universe on his vast hoods. A devotee of Lord Vishnu, he constantly sings the glories of his Lord from all his mouths. Find out more about this mystical serpent. The Jai Jais way.
Symbolism of the Lotus Flower and A Story of Creation

Symbolism of the Lotus Flower and A Story of Creation

The symbolic Lotus flower, in shades of white, pink and purple.  An aquatic plant, beauty growing from the depth of muddy waters.  An iconic symbol in Hinduism, used as the throne of many deities. Definitely one of my favourite flowers, there is something so majestic about the beauty and symbolism of the lotus.

The lotus also has an exciting part to play in the story of creation.

Why Do we Worship Tulsi?

Why Do we Worship Tulsi?

Tulsi symbolises purity.  The humble Tulsi also has its own festival.  This is called Tulsi Vivah, (Tulsi is the plant and Vivah means marriage) and this year is celebrated on the 26th November 2020. It has been interesting writing this blog, as I have never grown up celebrating Tulsi Vivah.  A few years ago when I lived in London, I had gone to the temple and its was super busy.  Ladies were dressed in their finest sarees the temple was full of music and laughter. It seemed a wedding was happening…I thought I had gate crashed a wedding!, when I asked someone what was happening they said “Today is Tulsi Vivah”. So why is Tulsi Vivah celebrated?
The Story of the Tortoise: The Second Avatar of Vishnu.

The Story of the Tortoise: The Second Avatar of Vishnu.

Believe it or not our little Tortoise also has roots and symbolism in Hinduism. Kurma (Sanskrit: कूर्म; Kūrma, 'turtle', 'tortoise'), also known as 'KurmaRaja' ('Tortoise King') is the second avatar of the Hindu god Vishnu, the preserver god in the Hindu Trimurthi (trinity). He appeared in the Satya Yuga as a giant tortoise to save the earth from destruction. His enormous back was said to have provided a foundation for the mythical Mount Mandara, which was used by the gods (and demons) as a churning rod to stir the milk-ocean thereby obtaining the purported nectar of immortality.

What is Adhek Maas?

What is Adhek Maas?

Adhik Maas, which means extra month is also known as Purushottam Maas. Adhik Maas is
considered very sacred. The story is associated with Lord Vishnu. In the Lunar year there were
only twelve months, and each month was assigned to a god… but what about Adhik Maas?
There was no god assigned to the extra lunar month.
It is considered a very auspicious period. Fasting once a day is considered an auspicious ritual.
Fasting and charitable acts this month will fetch a lot of positive results.