Showing posts with label Sri Lanka. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Sri Lanka. Show all posts

Hinduism - Where Is Lanka In The Context Of Hindu Mythology?

 

Lanka is the land of the demon-king Ravana in the Ramayana, the first of the two major Indian epics.

Although the epic's descriptions should be regarded as mythological and narrative tales than than a geographical survey, Lanka is occasionally connected with the present island of Sri Lanka, and southern Indian places such as Rameshvaram have been linked to events in the Ramayana.

Vishvakarma, the heavenly architect, had created Lanka for Kubera, a lesser god, but Kubera had been deposed by Ravana and his siblings.


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Hinduism - Who Is Lankalakshmi In The Hindu Pantheon?

 


Lankalakshmi is the name of the guardian goddess of Lanka, the demon-king Ravana's capital city, in the Ramayana, the older of the two major Indian epics.

Lankalakshmi is also the reincarnation of Vijayalakshmi, the goddess who was cursed by Brahma to serve as Lanka's guardian deity.

The curse will endure until an invader in the city defeats her, foreshadowing Ravana's demise.

The appearance of the monkey-god Hanuman, who jumps over the ocean in quest of the goddess Sita, whom Ravana has kidnapped, leads to this defeat.

In her role as a guardian goddess, Lankalakshmi sees Hanuman as an invader and assaults him.

Hanuman uses a tremendous strike to knock her out, ending the spell and signaling Ravana's demise. 



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Hinduism - Where Is The Kataragama Tirtha?


Sacred shrine (tirtha) devoted to the deity Skanda in his southern Indian avatar as Murugan, situated in the extreme southeastern portion of Sri Lanka.

The location is famous for being outside of India's mainland and for being a significant Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage destination.

According to legend, the site was founded when Skanda went hunting in the Sri Lankan forests, fell in love with a native lady called Valli, and pledged to stay in her house forever.

Skanda, the Hindu pantheon's mighty deity, is the son of the god Shiva.

His friendship with Valli demonstrates his openness and devotion to his devo shirts (bhakta).

The yearly Kataragama pilgrimage, which takes place in July–August, serves as a stage for demonstrating these qualities: Many individuals come to seek medical cure or release from suffering, while others come to fulfill promises made in exchange for advantages previously gained.

Carrying the kavadi, a yoke kept in place by hooks piercing the skin; piercing the mouth or cheeks with small arrows, one of Skanda's emblems; or hanging from hooks inserted in the back and thighs are all examples of severe self-mortification.

These devout followers are said to be rewarded for their suffering with a state of euphoria in which they are free of pain and bleeding.

Devotees are also said to be mouthpieces for the deity Skanda when in this state of ecstasy.

Other pilgrims seek them guidance on every possible situation, believing that Skanda will provide them with the best appropriate solution.

For further detail, read Paul Wirz's Kataragama: Ceylon's Holiest Place, published in 1966, and Bryan Pfaffenberger's "The Kataragama Pilgrimage," published in Journal of Asian Studies, Vol. 28, No. 2, 1979. 


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