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About Dusshera


In the months of Ashwin and kartik, Hindus observe a 10 day ceremony of fast,rituals, celebrations, fiests to honor the mother Goddess and triumph of Lord Rama over Demon Ravana. Dussehra also symbolizes the triumph of warrior Goddess Durga over the buffalo demon, Mahishasura. Thus, it is a celebration of victory of good over evil.

This celebration starts from Navratri and ends with the tenth day festival of “Dussehra”. Navratri and Dussehra is celebrated throughout the country at the same time, with varying rituals, but with greatenthusiasm and energy as it marks the end of scorching summer and the start of winter season.

The tenth day after Navratri is called Dussehra, on which number of fairs are organized throughout the northern India, burning effigies of Ravana.It is also called “Vijayadashmi” as this day marks the victory of Lord Rama over Ravana. VijayaDashami is considered to be an auspicious day for the Indian householder, on which he worships, protects and preserves 'Shakti' (power). According to Scriptures, by worshipping the 'Shakti' on these nine-days the householders attain the threefold power i.e. physical, mental and spiritual, which helps him to progress in life without any difficulty.

The 'Ramlila' - an enactment of the life of Lord Rama, is held during the nine days preceding Dussehra. On the tenth day (Dussehra or Vijay Dasami), larger than life effigies of Ravana, his son and brother - Meghnadh and Kumbhakarna are set to fire.

The theatrical enactment of this dramatic encounter is held throughout the country in which every section of people participates enthusiastically.

In burning the effigies the people are asked to burn the evil within them, and thus follow the path of truth and goodness, bearing in mind the instance of Ravana, who despite all his might and majesty was destroyed for his evil ways.

Nava Graha Dhyanam

Navagraha

Sun
Japa kusuma-sankasam kasyapeyam maha- tamo-rim 
sarva-papa-ghnam pranato smi divakaram

Translation:
I pray to the Sun, the day-maker, destroyer of all sins, the enemy of darkness, of great brilliance, the descendent of Kaashyapa, the one who shines like the japaa flower..

Moon
dadhi-sankha-tusarabham kshirodarnava-sambhavam
namami sasinam somam sambhor makuta-bhusanam

Translation:
I pray to the Moon who shines coolly like curds or a white shell, who arose from the ocean of milk, who has a hare on him, Soma, who is the ornament of Shiva's hair.

Mars
dharani-garbha-sambhutam vidyut-kanti-samaprabhamh
kumaram sakti-hastam cha mangalam pranamamy aham

Translation
I pray to Mars, born of Earth, who shines with the same brilliance as lightning, the young man who carries a spear.

Mercury
priyangu kalika shyamam rupena pratimam budham
saumyam saumya-gunopetam tam budham pranamamy aham

Translation:
I pray to Mercury, dark like the bud of millet, of unequalled beauty, gentle and agreeable.

Jupiter
devanam cha rsinam cha gurum kancana-sannibham
buddhi-bhutam tri-lokesam tam namami brhaspatim

Translation:
I pray to Jupiter, the teacher of gods and rishis, intellect incarnate, lord of the three worlds.

Venus
hima-kunda-mrinalabham daityanam paramam gurum
sarva-sastra-pravaktaram bhargavam pranamamy aham

Translation:
I pray to Venus, the ultimate preceptor of demons, promulgator of all learning, he who shines like the fiber of snow-white jasmine.

Saturn
nilanjana-samabhasam ravi-putram yamagrajam
chaya-martanda-sambhutam tam namami sanaishvaram

Translation:
I pray to Saturn, the slow moving, born of Shade and Sun, the elder brother of Yama, the offspring of Sun, he who has the appearance of black collyrium.

Rahu
ardha-kayam mahm-viryam chandraditya-vimardanam
simhika-garbha-sambhutam tam rahum pranamamy aham

Translation:
I pray to Rahu, having half a body, of great bravery, the eclipser of the Moon and the Sun, born of Simhikaa.

Ketu
palasa-puspa-sankasam taraka-graha-mastakamraudram
raudratmakam ghoram tam ketum pranamamy aham

Translation:
I pray to Ketu, who has the appearance of Palaasha flower, the head of stars and planets, fierce and terrifying.

Hari Bhajan : Srita Kamala (Based on Stuti " Shanta Karam")

Sri Maha Vishnu


1) srita-kamalakuca-mandala (he)
dhrta-kundala (e)
kalita-lalita-vanamala
jaya jaya deva hare

2) dinamani-mandala-mandana (he)
bhava-khandana (e)
munijana-manasa-hamsa
jaya jaya deva hare

3) kaliya-visadhara-ganjana (he)
jana-ranjana (e)
yadu-kula-nalina-dinesa
jaya jaya deva hare

4) madhu-mura-naraka-vinasa (he)
garudasana (e)
sura-kula-keli-nidana
jaya jaya deva hare

5) amala-kamala-dala-locana (he)
bhava-mocana (e)
tribhuvana-bhuvana-nidhana
jaya jaya deva hare

6) janaka-suta-krta-bhusana (he)
jita-dusana (e)
samara-samita-dasakantha
jaya jaya deva hare

7) abhinava-jaladhara-sundara (he)
dhrta-mandara (e)
sri-mukhacandra-cakora
jaya jaya deva hare

8) tava caranam pranata vayam (he)
iti bhavaya (e)
kuru kusalam pranatesu
jaya jaya deva hare

9) sri-jayadeva-kaver idam (he)
kurute mudam (e)
mangalam ujjvala-gitam
jaya jaya deva hare

1) Glories, glories to Lord Hari, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who is bedecked with jeweled earrings and a garland of forest flowers and whose feet are marked with a lotus!

2) The Lord's face shines like the whorl of the sun. He removes the miseries of His devotees and is the resting place of the minds of the swan-like sages. Glories! Glories to Lord Sri Hari!

3) O Supreme God who destroyed the demoniac Kaliya serpent! O Lord, You are the beloved of all living entities and the sun in the galaxy of the Yadu dynasty. Glories! Glories to Lord Sri Hari.

4) O Lord, destroyer of the demons Madhu, Mura and Naraka! Seated on Garuda, You are the source of joy for the demigods. All glories to Hari!

5) O Lord Your eyes are like lotus petals, and You destroy the bondage of the material world. You are the maintainer of the three worlds. Glories to Lord Hari!

6) O Lord, as the gem of the sons of Janaka, You were victorious over all the asuras, and You smashed the greatest asura, the ten-headed Ravana. Glories to Lord Hari!

7) O Supreme Personality of Godhead who held the Goverdhana Hill! Your complexion is like a fresh monsoon cloud, and Sri Radharani is like a cakora bird who is nourished by drinking the light of Your moonlike face. Glories! Glories to Lord Hari.

8) O Lord, I offer my humble obeisance at Your lotus feet. Please bless me by Your limitless mercy. Glories! Glories to Sri Hari!

9) The poet Sri Jayadeva offers this songs of devotion and shining good fortune to Thee. All glories! All glories to Lord Sri Hari!

Vishnu Shodasha Nama Shlokam (16 names)

Sri Maha Vishnu

This sloka reveals the 16 different names of Vishnu that one must chant when doing different activities in one’s life

Aushadhe Chintayét Vishnum Bhojané cha Janardanam
Shayane Padmanabham cha Vivahé cha Prajapatim

While taking medication remember Vishnu. Consuming food – Janardana
Sleeping remember – Padmanabha, during wedding – Prajapati

Yudhe Chakradharam Devam Pravase cha Trivikramam
Naraayanam Tanur-tyagé Sreedharam Priya-sangamé

At war – Chakradhari, Travel – Trivikrama 
Death bed – Narayana, when meeting loved ones – Sreedhara

Du-swapne Smara Govindam Sankate Madhusoodanam
Kaanane Naarasimham cha Paavake Jalashaayinam

Bad dreams remember Govinda, in troubled times – Madhusoodana
In a forest remember Narasimha, In the midst of fire remember Jalashayina

Jalamadhye Varaham cha Parvate Raghunandanam
Gamane Vamanam chaiva Sarva-kaaryeshu MadhavamIn the middle of water (water activities or travel ) – Varaha, On a mountain (trekking) – Raghunandana (Rama). Travel by foot – Vamana, when you start any deed remember Madhava.

Shodashaitaani Naamani Pratarudhaya ya: padeth
Sarva-papa-vinirmukhto Vishnu-loke Maheeyate

One who reads these 16 names every morning will be rid of all sins and will attain Vishnu loka (Moksha).

Shanta Karam - Vishnu Slokam

Sri Anantha Padmanabha Swamy

Shanta Karam Bhujaga Shayanam 
Padmanabham Suresham
Vishvadharam Gagana Sadrsham
Megha Varnam Shubhangam
Lakshmi Kantam Kamala Nayanam
Yogibhir Dhyana Gamyam
Vande Vishnum Bhava Bhaya Haram
Sarva Lokaiaka Natham


Meaning:
I adore Vishnu, the embodiment of Peace, who sleeps on the serpent,
Whose naval is the lotus of the Universe
Who is the Lord of the Gods, who is the support of the Universe, Who is in the form of Space (the Omnipresent)
Whose color resembles that of clouds, Whose body is auspicious
Who is the Lord of Lakshmi, whose eyes are like lotuses
Who is attainable by Yogis through meditation
Who is the destroyer of the fear of birth and death
And who is the One Lord of all the Worlds


"I worship that Lord Vishnu who has a peaceful body (postures); who rests on Sheshanaga (the mighty serpant - cobra); who has a lotus in his navel, who is the base of the world, who is like the sky; who has a colour like cloud, who is the lord of Lakshmi (wealth); who has eyes like lotus; who is seen by yogis in their meditation; who is the remover of all the differences and who is the only Lord of allthe three Lokas (Worlds), I worship such Lord Vishnu."

About Salagramam - Hamsam of Sri Maha Vishnu

Salagramam means one kind of stone, that should not be treated as an ordinary stones like pebble or marbles etc. It is more precious and valued than any other stones, which are said to be Hamsam of Sri Vishnu and has lots of Power in it. It is said that by doing poojas for the Salagramam in a proper way, we can attain good level in our life but at the same time, not doing poojas can also lead us to bad way.

Taking care of these precious Salagramams in a proper way may lead us towards the final destiny, the divine feet of Sriman Narayanan and at the same time we should follow the proper method of doing pooja to these Salagramams. So, if you have Salagramam in the house, by doing proper poojas and by dedicating daily food, pure water and expressing the proper Mantra to it can lead us to attain the Paramathma, Sriman Narayanan.
So, if we have Salagramam, we should be clean and poojas should be done for it. 
These Salagramams are found in various shapes and structures. Depending upon the holes and the shapes, they are classified as given below:







                                                          


Koorma Murthi:This Salagramam will be in Indira Blue with 3 lines and its end will be slightly raised upwards and has "Avartha Regai" (lines)


Sri Lakshmi Varaha Murthi Big and long hole and shining appearance. Two chakkarams will be found inside the hole and lots of lines will be found. Another kind of this salagramam are also found which will be somewhat black and yellow colour mixed and two sides, Chakkaram will be found and both the holes will be of same sizes.



Matsya Murthi:This kind of Salagramam will be long, looks like a Lotus and on its mouth, lines will be found. The shape will be like a Fish and will be smooth with dots on it. On the mouth, 2 holes and Chakkaram will be found.
Varaha MurthiThis Salagramam will be of Indra blue colour and 3 big lines will be found. This Salagramam is rare to be found and has very great power. Another kind of the same category is found with a long faced which will be covered by flower like structure and
 chakkaram will be found in the hole. 

Generally, Salagramam represents about a particular Murthi (Perumal) and they have the shapes corresponding to that particular Perumal.This is referred to as "Vajjra Kreetam". Inside these Salagramam, the Perumal and Lakshmi Piratti are said to be found and by doing proper poojas to these Salagramam will give us lots of credit and the Final Stage, the Mukthi.

Sri Anantha Padmanabhaswamy Temple - Kerala

In the 108 Divya Deshams, or the holiest shrines of Lord Mahavishnu, the idols of Lord Vishnu are in one of the three different postures. Either reclining, sitting, or standing. Lord Padmanabhaswamy is enshrined here in Anananthasayanam posture (in eternal sleep of yognidra). The main idol inside the sanctum sanctorum and viewed from three doors is in the reclining posture. In the left end door, devotees can see the face and upper body of Lord Padmanabha; from the middle door one can worship the nabhi (abdomen) part, where devotees can also see Lord Brahma, Goddess Lakshmi Devi, and the  Utsava Murthi idol, along with Goddess Bhoodevi and Goddess Sridevi.

Padmanabhaswamy Temple stands at a place considered as one of the seven Parasurama Kshetras; texts including the Puranas, particularly the Skanda Purana and Padma Purana, have references for this shrine. Tradition states that in this place, the Hindu deity Lord Vishnu gave darshan to Indian sages like Divakarmuni and Vilvamangalam Swami.
Nammalvar had sung in praise of Lord Padmanabha Swamy. Swathi Thirunal Rama Varma wrote many songs on Sri Padmanabha Swamy. Most of these songs have the word "Padmanabha" in it.

Paintings & Murals
There are lots of beautiful painting and murals all over the inner walls of the sanctum sanctorum of Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple. Some of the noted paintings include Goddess Astha Lakshmi, life size pictures of Lord Vishnu's Anananthasayanam, Narasimha Swamy, Ganapathi, Gaja Lakshmi, and Aswarooda Lakshmi Devi.

Importance of the Idol
The idol of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple is made up of 12008 salagramams that compose the reclining lord. They are special because they are from Nepal, from the banks of river Gandhaki and they were brought to the temple with all pomp and gaiety on elephant top. On top of them "Katusarkara Yogam", Navaratnams, a special Ayurvedic mix, was used to give a plaster. Followers believe that the Lord has personally come in disguise and had saved many times the Travancore Kingdom from the clutches of enemies.

Significance of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple is also one of the seven Parasurama kshetras in Kerala. The city of Thiruvananthapuram is named after the Lord. The word Thiruvananthapuram literally means "The land of Sree Anantha Padmanabhaswamy".  

Ashta Lakshmi stotram

Adhi Lakshmi (The Primeval Lakshmi) 

Sumanasa Vandhitha , Madhavi 
Chandra Sahodhari  Hemamaye, 
Munigana Manditha , Moksha Pradhayini , 
Manjula Bhashini , Veda Nuthe, 
Pankaja Vasini Deva Supoojitha 
Sadguna Varshani , Santhiyuthe, 
Jaya Jaya Hey Madhusoodhana Kamini 
Adhilakshmi Sada Palaya Maam. 

Lordess Lakshmi resides with Lord Narayana in the Vaikuntha, the abode of Lord Narayana. She is known as Rama, means bringing happiness to the mankind. She is also known as Indira (who holds lotus or purity in the hands or heart.). This form is normally seen serving Sri Narayana. Lord Narayana is omnipresent. Adi Lakshmi or Rama Lakshmi serves Sri Narayana is symbolic of her serving the whole creation.
Though Sri Narayana is attended by innumerable devotees, still she personally loves to serve the Lord. Actually Adi Lakshmi and Narayana are not two different entities but one only. Many a place we see her form sitting in the lap of Sri Narayana.
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Dhanya Lakshmi (The Lakshmi Of The Grains) 

Ayio Kali Kalmasha  Nasini, Kamini, 
Vaidhika Roopini, Veda Maye, 
Ksheera Samudhbhava Mangala Roopini, 
Manthra Nivasini, Manthranuthe, 
Mangala Dhayini, Ambuja Vasini, 
Deva Ganarchitha Padayuthe, 
Jaya Jaya He Madhusoodhana Kamini 
Dhanyalakshmi Sada Palaya Maam. 

Dhanya means grains. This includes all kind of purified food containing all essential vitamins, minerals, protein, calcium, carbohydrate and so on. With the grace of  Dhanya Lakshmi one gets all essential nutrients grains, fruits, vegetables and other foods.
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Dairya Lakshmi ( Lakshmi Of Courage) 

Jaya Vara Varnani, Vaishnavi, 
Bhargavi, Manthra Swaroopini, Manthra Maye, 
Suragana Poojitha Seegra Phala Pradha , 
Jnana Vikasini, Sasthranuthe, 
Bhava Bhaya Harini, Papa Vimochini, 
Sadu Janarchitha  Pada Yuthe, 
Jaya Jaya He Madhusoodhana Kamini 
Dairyalakshmi Sada Palaya Maam. 


This form of Lakshmi grants the boon of infinite courage and strength. Those, who are in tune with infinite inner power, are always bound to have victory. Those who worship mother Dhairya Lakshmi they live and lead a life with tremendous patience and inner stability.
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Gaja Lakshmi (Lakshmi Of The Elephants)  

Jaya Jaya Durgathi Nasini  Kamini, 
Sarva Phala Pradha Sastra Maye, 
Rathha Gaja Thuraga Padathi  Samavrutha, 
Parijana Manditha Lokanuthe, 
Harihara  Brahma Supoojitha Sevitha , 
Thapa Nivarini Pada Yuthe, 
Jaya Jaya He Madhusoodhana Kamini 
Gajalakshmi Sada Palaya Maam. 


In Srimad Bhagavata the story of the churning of the ocean by Gods and demons is explained in detail. Author, the Sage Vyasa writes that Lakshmi came out of the ocean during the churning of the ocean (Samudra Manthan). So she is known as a daughter of the ocean. She came out of the ocean sitting on a full-bloomed lotus and also having lotus flowers in both hands with two elephants by her sides, holding a beautiful vessel filled with milk and pouring it over Sri Lakshmi.
Many a time we see Sri Lakshmi standing in the lotus and elephants are pouring nectar over her. During the festival of the lamps or the Deepavali along with Sri Lakshmi the Ganapathi or the Elephant God also gets worshipped; that signifies the protection from evils as well as abundant grace and blessings for additional prosperities!
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Santhana Lakshmi ( The Lakshmi Of Progeny)

Ayi Kagha Vahini, Mohini, Chakrini, 
Raga Vivrdhni , Jnanamaye, 
Gunagana Varidhi , Loka Hithaishini , 
Swara Saptha Bhooshitha Gana Nuthe, 
Sakala Surasura Deva Muneeswara , 
Manhava Vandhitha Padayuthe, 
Jaya Jaya He Madhusoodhana Kamini 
Santhanaalakshmi Sada Palaya Maam. 

In the family life, the children are the greatest treasure. Those who worship this particular form of Sri Lakshmi, known as a Santan Lakshmi, are bestowed with the grace of Lakshmi and have wealth in the form of desirable children with good health & long life.
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Vijayalakshmi (Lakshmi Of Victory) 

Jaya Kamalasini  , Sadgathi Dayini, 
Jnana Vikasini Ganamaye, 
Anudina Marchitha  Kumkuma Dhoosara 
Bhooshitha  Vaasitha Vadhyanuthe, 
Kanakadhara Sthuthi Vaibhava 
Vanditha Shankara Desika Manyapathe, 
Jaya Jaya He Madhusoodhana Kamini 
Vijayalakshmi Sada Palaya Maam. 


Vijay is victory. Vijay is to get success in all undertakings and all different facets of life. Some are strong physically but weak mentally while others are economically rich but poor in their attitude and cannot exert any influence. Vijay is to have all encompassing victory. Vijay is to rejoice glory of our real nature - Vijay is to conquer the lower nature. Vijay is the victory in external and internal wars and of course eternal wars! Hence those, with grace of mother Vijay Lakshmi, have victory everywhere, at all time, in all conditions. Victory to Vijay Lakshmi!!
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Vidhya Lakshmi (Lakshmi Of Knowledge) 

Pranatha Sureswari , Bharathi , Bhargavi 
Shoka Vinasini, Rathna Maye, 
Mani Maya Bhooshitha Karma Vibhooshana, 
Santhi Samavrutha Hasyamukhe, 
Nava Nidhi Dhayini  Kalimala Harini, 
Kamitha Phalapradha Hasthayuthe, 
Jaya Jaya He Madhusoodhana Kamini 
Vidhyalakshmi Sada Palaya Maam. 


Vidya is education. Education is not mere studies to receive the degrees and diplomas certificates from the educational institutes or universities. Serenity, Regularity, Absence of Vanity, Sincerity, Simplicity, Veracity, Equanimity, Fixity, Non-irritability, Adaptability Humility, Tenacity, Integrity, Nobility, Magnanimity, Charity, Generosity and Purity are the eighteen "itis" that only can give immortality.
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Dhana Lakshmi (Lakshmi Of Wealth) 


Dhimidhimi Dhindhimi Dhindhimi Dhindhimi, 
Dundubhi Nada Supoornamaye, 
Ghumaghuma Ghumaghuma Ghumaghuma, 
Sankha Ninadha  Suvadhyanoothe, 
Veda Puranethihasa Supoojitha, 
Vaidhika Marga Pradarsayuthe, 
Jaya Jaya He Madhusoodhana Kamini 
Danalakshmi Sada Palaya Maam. 


Dhana is wealth. But as per Rigved´s Purush Shukta Dhana is not only a wealth in coins and currency. Even Sun and moon, fire and stars, rains and nature, oceans and mountains, rivers and streams, all these are our wealth, so are the progeny, our inner will power, our character and our virtues. With the grace of mother Dhana Lakshmi we will get all these in abundance.
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Matsya Avatar - The First Avatar of Lord Vishnu


One day Lord Brahma approached Lord Vishnu, and said that He had  foreseen a disaster that would occur and wanted to warn Vishnu.  Brahma told Vishnu that it was his responsibility to protect people. 

One day Brahma was in a deep sleep.  He kept with him the Vedas.  These are really important books, like the blueprints for the whole universe. While he was asleep, a demon named Hayagriva stole them.  Hayagriva swallowed the four Vedas, and hid deep inside the ocean.  Without the Vedas, the world was in a lot of danger of going completely dark, like the lights going off when there is no electricity.  To protect the world, Lord Vishnu incarnated as Matsya to save all that was good in the world before its destruction. 

At that time there was a pious king called Satyavrata who was a great devotee of Lord Vishnu.  Satyavrata was down by the river for his morning prayers to the god Vishnu. His morning prayers were his daily ritual to lord Vishnu.  After he picked himself up off the grass, Satyavrata went over to the river to wash his hands and cleanse himself. While he was washing his hands a tiny fish swam into the gap of his cupped hands. The fish was extremely small, no bigger than his pinkie, and he assumed it was just a baby. The fish appeared frightened. Satyavrata spoke the language of the animals and proceeded to try to comfort the small fish so that it did not die from shock. The fish was pleading for his life but Satyavrata told him there was no need because he could never harm such an innocent creature. Once Satyavrata began to talk, the fish immediately calmed down. Satyavrata found out that the name of the little fish was Matsya and that he had been separated from his large family by getting caught in a strong current. 

Satyavrata felt bad for Matsya, and decided that he was going to take care of him. He cupped Matsya in his hand with plenty of water and walked his many miles home. He was extremely careful the whole trip and never let any of the water leave his hand. When he reached home, Satyavrata showed his wife the small little fish and asked her to find something to keep him safe. His wife, Neha, brought him a small little cup, which was more than enough room for Matsya.  Matsya knew that he would always be safe in Satyavrata and Neha's protection and so he swam around in joy. 

Matsya was not a normal fish, though, as they would soon find out. Within days, Matsya had grown to the size of Neha's small hand. She moved Matsya to a large bowl to make sure that he always had enough room to swim. A few days later and Matsya had already outgrown the bowl! Satyavrata carried the fish to the small pond that was behind their home. This growing kept happening until Matsya had outgrown the pond, a stream, a lake, and a river. Satyavrata was not going to give up on Matsya because he felt an unnatural devotion to the once small creature. He was extremely drawn to him and felt that he must protect him at any cost. Matsya, in return, was always grateful for the help of Satyavrata. 

The next move and presumably the last was Satyavrata putting Matsya into the ocean. He was in doubt that this would even be big enough to hold him but Satyavrata was out of options, so he got on his knees and prayed to Vishnu. This triggered something in Matsya. He revealed himself as Vishnu and he began to speak prophecy. He told Satyavrata that he had one week to prepare for a flood that would cover the entire earth, destroying everything. He instructed Satyavrata to take all medicinal herbs, all the varieties of seeds, and to bring the seven saints along with the serpent Vasuki and other animals, and to build a big boat to put them all in. He told Satyavrata that he would be back at the end of those seven days before the flood begins. 

Then to restore the Vedas, Matsya dived into the ocean to kill Hayagriva.  A furious battle ensued between Lord Vishnu and demon Hayagriva for seven days, in which Hayagriva was defeated and killed.  Vishnu restored the Vedas to Brahma.  Because there was so much splashing and fighting, a big deluge (rainfall) occurred all over the Earth.  Everything was in a big flood! 

Satyavrata made all arrangements as Vishnu had advised him and at the end of the seven days, Vishnu appeared.   The lord advised Satyavrata and others to board the boat and fastens the serpent Vasuki to his horn as a rope to the boat, and sailed all of them to a safe place.

Matsya told Satyavrata that he had been chosen because he was the most kind and loving human Vishnu had ever seen. Satyavrata had shown his devotion to not only a god but also to a small helpless creature. Vishnu said there was hope in the world if all men were to show so much love to all creatures.

Varaha Avataram (boar) - Third Avatar of Lord Vishnu

Lord Vishnu’s 3rd incarnation was in the form of a boar. It is called Varaha  Avataram. The mythological story behind this avathar is as follows: Lord Brahma, the Creator of the Universe, was engaged in the mighty assignment of the creation of the cosmos. But Earth or Bhoomadevi , was in a topsy -turvy state, being ravaged by the surging waves. Ultimately, the wretched Bhoomadevi sank to the bottom of the measureless depths of the ocean. Lord Brahma witnessing such terrible misery, fervently appealed to the Benevolent Authority of Lord vishnu, "O Lord, please come to my rescue and retrieve 


Mother Earth". As he uttered this prayer with an attitude of absolute helplessness, a tiny white boar, even smaller than the size of his thumb, appeared out one of his nostrils. To his sheer surprise, the boar continued outgrowing, until it has assumed a gigantic structure. Brahma realized the Boar or Varaha, as the Protector, Lord Vishnu. With a thundering roar, the Boar stormed through the clouds and zealously plunged into the ocean. After a frantic search, the Varaha Avatar discovered Bhoomadevi , stuck in the ocean-bed. Penetrating the ocean-bed with his tough tusks, he dug up Bhoomadevi. 

Then, he carried Bhoomidevi upwards, towards the surface. Meanwhile, there arrived the disruptive demon or Asura, called HiranyakshaHiranyaaksha had turned out to be a formidable foe of the Devas or gods, after achieving boon from Brahma, through a severe penance. He heinously used to invite the Devas for combat, threaten them with his ferocity and defeat them decisively. He approached Varuna, the God of water, for the malicious sport. But Varuna understood his mal intentions, and own self-limitation, unsuitable to be at par with the Asura`s stength. He refused and at the same time, suggested Hiranyaksha to pose a challenge to Vishnu. He met Narada Muni, the Divine sage and a dedicated devotee of Lord Vishnu, and gathered the news from him, that Vishnu was escalating upwards with Bhoomadevi on his tusks, from the ocean. 

The impudent Hiranyaksha, blinded by pride and overriding arrogance, leaped into the ocean. He noticed the Varaha Avatar of Vishnu, bearing Bhoomadevi, and rushed upto him, instigating the Lord for a fight - " Hey beast, leave Bhoomadevi alone and come and fight me." The Varaha, heedless of the Asura`s loathsome activities, first deposited Bhoomadevi on the shore, to ensure her safety. He bestowed Divine Benediction on Bhoomadevi, " May you fit into the Divine order". It was time to ward off the evil with the greatest of valor, exercisable by Vishnu only. 
A tremendous battle was generated. Simultaneously, Brahma, spurred the wrathful Varaha, with the caution, "Twilight is approaching and in an hour he will become more powerful and formidable. So, slay him quickly and rid us of all menance." The urgency propelled the Lord to fiercely cast the crushing deathblow upon the viscious Asura. The Asura was destroyed andb the Bliss of peace and order, was restored to the Universe.Brahma and Devas, expressed their gratitude by eulogizing The Lord`s Magnificence. Varaha Avatar, like Matsya and Kurma Avatar, reinforces the inviolable truth, that God can take any form, while coming to the rescue of the virtuous. Therefore, true religion must impart the essential education that God resides in every creature, because all are but His Manifestations. 

Learning from this story are:
Evil never ever prevails - It is only a matter of time before evil will be conquered. 
Do not ever underestimate anything - Hiranyaksha underestimated the boar and finally was killed by a boar.