Skip to main content

Badrika Kshetra or Badrikashrama

Badrika Kshetra or Badrikashrama

Once Kartikeya asked Lord Shiva--' How did this Badrikakshetra sacrosanct place originate? Who is the presiding deity of this place?'
Lord Shiva replied--' Badrikashrama is an eternal city and Lord Narayana is its presiding deity. A mere sight of Badrikashrama is enough to free a man from all the bondage of life. There are numerous other holy places situated in the vicinity, Kedaranatha being one of them.'

To emphasize the significance of Badrikashrama, Lord Shiva narrated the following tale to Kartikeya--' In Satyayuga, Lord Vishnu existed in his physical form at Badrikashrama for the benediction of human beings. But, in Tretayuga, only sages had the privilege of perceiving him with the help of yoga. At the advent of Dwapara things changed drastically and Lord Vishnu just disappeared from Badrikashrama. Deities became worried and asked Lord Brahma about the reason that made Lord Vishnu disappear. Even Lord Brahma had no answer to this question. Thinking that Lord Vishnu must have gone to Ksheera sagara-his eternal abode, all the deities led by Brahma went there. They eulogized Vishnu, who emerged from the Ksheera sagara. But, none of the deities except Lord Brahma could see him. Lord Vishnu told Brahma that the main reason why he disappeared from Badrikashrama was the flawed intelligence and arrogance of the deities. Brahma informed the deities whatever Vishnu had told him. All the deities were ashamed of themselves and returned to heaven with long faces. Feeling pity on the deities, I (Shiva) disguised myself as a sanyasi and carried Lord Vishnu's idol from Naradateertha to Badrikashrama and installed it over there to uplift the sagging morale of the deities. This is how Lord Vishnu once again graced Badrikashrama with his presence. Even a grain of 'prasad' had at Badrikashrama is enough to liberate a man from all his sins.

OM NAMO NARAYANAYA

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Maharshi Kashyapa, his wives and there children

Maharshi Kashyapa, his wives and there children




Kashyapa married thirteen of Daksha’s daughters. Their names were Aditi, Diti, Danu, Arishta, Surasa, Khasa, Surabhi, Vinata, Tamra, Krodhavasha, Ida, Kadru and Muni.

Aditi’s sons were the twelve gods known as the adityas. Their names were Vishnu, Shakra, Aryama, Dhata, Vidhata, Tvashta, Pusha, Vivasvana, Savita, Mitravaruna, Amsha and Bhaga.

Diti’s sons were the daityas (demons). They were named Hiranyaksha and Hiranyakshipu, and amongst their descendants were several other powerful daityas like Vali and Vanasura. Diti also had a daughter named Simhika who was married to a danava (demon) named Viprachitti. Their offsprings were terrible demons like Vatapi, Namuchi, Ilvala, Maricha and the nivatakavachas.

The hundred sons of Danu came to be known as danavas. The danavas were thus cousins to the daityas and also to the adityas. In the danava line were born demons like the poulamas and kalakeyas.

Arishta’s sons were the gandharvas (singers of h…

Bhakthi Story: Krishna killed Ekalavya, but why?

Krishna killed Ekalavya, but why?




We all know that Ekalavya had made the clay statue of the Guru Dronacharya and he was practicing the Dhanur Vidya and was also had become master in some of the Dhanur Vidyas. 
After some time, Dronacharya comes to know about the Ekalavya practicing Dhanur Vidya by keeping a statue of himself. Once Dronacharya meets Ekalavya and asks him "why are you practicing Dhanur Vidya by keeping my statue in front" and for this Ekalavya replies that "Guru Deva I have accepted you as my Guru and I have been practicing Dhanur Vidya since than". 
Than Dronacharya after few days again meet Ekalavya and asks him right hand's Thumb finger as the Guru dakshina. Ekalavya without any hesitation cuts off his finger to give his Thumb as the Guru dakshina to his Guru Dronacharya. 
We should think why Guru Dronacharya did like this?. Was Guru Dronacharya was jealous of Ekalavya that one day Ekalavya will become a much better Dhanur Vidyashali than the Nara…

Fighting between Krishna and Shiva: Story of Vanasura (Banasura), Usha and Anirudhha

Fighting between Krishna and Shiva: Story of Vanasura (Banasura), Usha and Anirudhha

Krishna had more than one lakh and eighty thousand sons. But the best of them was Pradyumna and Pradyumna’s son was Aniruddha. 
Vali’s son was Vanasura and Vanasura’s daughter was Usha. Usha once met Parvati and Shiva. She asked Parvati who her husband would be. Parvati replied that in the month of Vaishakha a person would appear in Usha’s dreams. And this person would be her husband.

As promised by Parvati, Usha did see a person in her dreams. But she did not know how this person was. She told her friend Chitraleka about this. Chitralekha thought that the only way to find out was to show Usha the protraits of various important personages amongst the devas, gandharvas and asuras. But the required person could not be identified from these portraits. Usha was then shown the portraits of humans and immediately she identified Aniruddha."

Many years ago, Vanasura had prayed to Mahadeva," he had said,…