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Mysticadii is a brainchild of our founder Mrs. Aditi Das. Being spiritually inclined she wanted to share the same with the whole world.
We aim to bring back the magical stories about Gods and Goddesses of this world for our modern mystics. Anyone who is seeking for spiritual contentment and is curious to know more about the knowledge and wisdom shared through our ancient scriptures and texts, Mysticadii is the right place for him/her.
We aim to empower our modern mystics by sharing ancient wisdom through several short stories and folklore. Mystics from across the world have time and again showed us a very different reality and their perception of this world.
Several ancient scriptures and texts have been written to provide ideological guidance to humans. However, most of the knowledge has been lost somewhere. Considering modern times people hardly get time to go through these elaborate scripts.
These scriptures are nothing less than a fortune hidden in some ancient cave. Sooner we have access to this knowledge, the better we are equipped to lead our lives here on this planet.
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Nandi - The epitome of devotion
Nandi The path to God starts and ends with devotion. There is nothing more powerful in this world than being devoted to something. Devotion means you completely surrender yourself to that person or cause or community. Devotion to God or the Supreme Lord is the way to our liberation. With devotion one can conquer the biggest of mountains. Nandi is an example of devotion for Hindu folks. He is the biggest devotee of Lord Shiva and is the epitome of selfless love and devotion for him. Nothing in this world can take Nandi away from Shiva. Nandi had completely surrendered to Lord Shiva. Shiva was everything he had and he wanted. In Bhagwat Geeta our souls are known as Jiva or Jivatma. The Supreme soul is known as Paramatma. The goal or purpose of the Jivatma is to surrender itself completely to the Paramatma. Only with complete surrender and devotion, one will be able to reach the Lord. Nandi is the personification of that Jiva. He shows humankind that only with selfless devotion one can attain the Supreme soul which is Shiva.
Nandi was the son of sage Shilada. Sage Shilada was childless and desired for a son to carry his lineage ahead. He did a strict penance to please Lord Shiva. After many years Shiva was pleased and he appeared before Shilada. Shilada as expected wished for a virtuous son. Shiva granted the boon the left. The next day Shilada found a beautiful baby in the nearby fields. He realized his wish was granted. This boy was Nandi. Shilada took good care and brought the child with utmost devotion. However he got to know that Nandi was not meant to live long from other sages. He was grief-stricken and didn’t want to lose his son. Nandi was unhappy to see his father in such pain. This is when he decided to invoke Shiva by strict penance. He meditated on Shiva for many years. Finally Shiva appeared before him and asked him to open his eyes. Nandi opened his eyes and after that he simply couldn’t stop staring at Shiva. He had not seen anyone more beautiful and divine than Shiva. He was lost in his grace and tears poured down. When Shiva asked what he does want, Nandi forgot everything. He said all he wanted was to be with Shiva forever. Shiva was amazed as no one had asked something like his. A lot of people did penance to gain something for themselves. For the first time someone only wanted to accompany Shiva and desired nothing else. Shiva granted his wish. He told him that he shall live in Kailasa from now and be the guardian gatekeeper for his abode. Shiva also said that Nandi shall be his mount or vehicle in the form of a bull when need be. Elated Nandi left Earth and moved to Kailasa to stay with his Lord.
Shiva also made him the chief of his Ganas (tribe). Nandi selflessly served Shiva and Parvati all his life. He played multiple roles of being a friend, a companion, a gatekeeper, a servant, chief of Shiva’s Gana, etc. He also received the knowledge of the Cosmos from Goddess Parvati and Shiva himself. There are several stories about him in the Puranas. Let us discuss a few of them’
Nandi meets Ravana – Once Ravana happened to meet Nandi and made fun of him calling him a monkey. This is when Nandi cursed Ravana and told him that his empire will be destroyed by one such monkey (alias Lord Hanuman)
In another tale, Nandi is shown being cursed by Parvati. This is when Parvati defeats Shiva in a game of dice. However Nandi took Shiva’s side stating that Shiva had won the game. Parvati gets furious and cursed him to fall sick with an irrecoverable disease. Nandi tried to pacify the Goddess and this is when she asks to him meditate on Ganesha. Nandi does strict penance and was relieved from his curse.
In another tale Nandi incarnates as a whale – When Parvati was being taught by Shiva about the Vedas, she lost her focus for a while and her mind wandered. This resulted in her being born as a human to pa
Mohini - The Divine Enchantress
Mohini - the divine enchantress and the only female avatar of Lord Vishnu!!! As the legend goes Samudra Manthan is one of the most important stories narrated in Bhagvat Purana and Vishnu Purana. Lord Indra ( God of the Heaven) had been cursed by sage Durvasa upon showing disrespect to the gift of the garland given by him to Indra. Enraged rishi cursed Indra and all the Gods to be devoid of all the pleasures and fortune and also their immortality.
Upon getting weakened due to this curse the Gods were defeated by the Demons and the Universe was in danger because of this. Fear stricken gods visit Lord Vishnu for assistance.
Lord Vishnu asks them to churn the ocean of milk along with the help of demons since it was a very tough act and required a lot of strength and vigour.. Only upon the churning the Gods were to get all that they had lost. The most important was Amritha ( nectar of immortality). A sip of this divine nectar could restore immortality back among the Gods.
The Demons also agreed to help the Gods as even they desired the nectar. However Lord Vishnu knew that if the demons got hold of the nectar there would chaos and destruction forever. After Amritha emerged out of the sea the Demons attacked the Gods and got hold of the nectar. This is when Lord Vishnu took an avatar as Mohini the enchantress and seduced the Demons to an extent that they agreed to give away the nectar to her.
Mohini made all the Gods and Demons sit opposite to each other and started pouring them one by one. She conned the Demons and made them drink regular water and gave the entire Amritha to the Gods and restored balance in the Universe again.
Hanuman - The Ultimate Warrior
We all the know the great Lord Hanuman who played a very vital role in Ramayana. Here is a short story about him.
Hanuman was the son of Vayu (the Lord of Wind) and Anjana ( a celestial nymph). Now you must be wondering how can a nymph bear a monkey child. Well Anjana had managed to enrage a sage who went ahead and cursed her that she would turn into a monkey. However when Anjana begged for forgiveness the sage calmed down and said that the she would regain her original form once she bears a child as the child would take her form and that is how we got our Lord Hanuman.
Hanuman was born with extraordinary powers. One day when he was a child he saw the Sun and wanted to catch hold of it and play with it. So he jumped onto the sky to get hold of the fire ball. On seeing this Indra (the God of Thunder and Rain) tried to stop him and threw his Vajra (Indra's weapon) on him. Wounded because of this Hanuman fell onto the ground.
Upon seeing this the enraged father Vayu went on a strike as he wanted Indra to be punished for his action. Now imagine our planet without air. The world started suffocating and the Gods knew that they had to placate Vayu. In order to please him the Gods showered Hanuman with divine boons. Brahma blessed him with immortality and Varuna (the God of ocean) blessed him with protection against water. Agni (the God of fire) blessed him with protection against fire and Surya (the Sun God) blessed with a power to change his size and form as per his wish. Finally Vishwakarma (the Divine architect) blessed Hanuman with a boon which would protect him against everything created in this Universe.
This is how the greatest warrior was born who played a major role in Ramayana.
Jalandhara – Demon son of Shiva
Kartikeya and Ganesha are the two sons of Shiva and Parvati known to the world however Shiva also had a son named Jalandhara born from the fire of his third eye. So let us know him better.
Once Indra and Brihaspati were on their way to Kailasa to meet Mahadeva.
On their way, they found a naked rishi who blocked their way. This enraged Indra who arrogantly asked him to leave their path. Indra even tried to attack the rishi who was Lord Shiva himself. This enraged Shiva and the rage oozed out like fire from his third eye. Before that fire could burn Indra, he prostrated before the Lord begging for forgiveness. His gesture calmed the Lord and he threw that fire which had sprung out of his eye into the ocean as that fire could destroy the whole universe. A splendid boy was born from that fire in the lap of the ocean. The little boy was invincible and his cry could shake the entire universe. When the other Gods came to know about him they decided to see the boy. Lord Brahma read the lines in the child’s palm and got to know that the child was so powerful that he will one day defeat Lord Vishnu and even Shiva will find it difficult to kill him. The child will rule all the three worlds and will be the king of Asuras. Brahma could not find whose child he was as those lines were missing but he also declared that the child will have an exquisite wife and her virtue will make him invincible. The child was named Jalandhara and he grew up to be the most powerful Demon emperor and ruled the Universe for thousands of years. He was married to Princess Vrinda who was a very chaste lady. Jalandhara was an excellent ruler and protected his people regardless of race and kind. However, during his reign the devas were no more than his slaves and they fervently prayed to Shiva to release them from the Demon’s yoke.
In the next post, we shall discuss about how Jalandhara was defeated. Keep reading!!.
Shiv ki leela - Tryambakeshwar Jyotirling
Om Namah Shivay!!!
Mondays are considered to be the most auspicious day to worship Shiva.
But do we know why is that? Although Shiva can be worshipped every day and all the time, Monday holds a special significance as it is believed that the Lord married Goddess Parvati on Monday Also the poison emitted during Samudra Manthan was consumed by Shiva on Monday. So here we come again with a fascinating story about the Lord Shiva
There are 12 main Jyotirlingas on Earth where Shiva appeared physically and decided to stay there in the form of Lingam for his devotees. Triyambakeswara Jyotirlinga (in Nashik India) is one of them. It is one of the holiest places in the world as it is the only Jyotirlinga where shrines of Brahma Vishnu and Shiva are available. Also, Triyambakeswara is the place where River Godavari originates. Now let us understand the history and mystery behind this place.
Gautama Rishi is said to be one among the Saptarishis. His ashrama (hut) was situated in the hills of Triyambaka (Nashik). Once due to the curse of Gods a drought fell upon the hills for several hundred years. there was a total famine and everyone who lived there moved out of Triyambaka. However Gautama Rishi did not leave and decided to please the God of Ocean (Varuna) by meditation. For six months he held his breath praying to the Lord of Water (Varuna) to end the drought. Pleased with his worship Lord Varuna showed Gautama an auspicious place to dig a trough. As soon as Gautama had done this, a spring of clear crystal water emerged. Varuna assured that this spring will never run dry and there shall be pure water available till eternity. Triymabaka bloomed again and soon it was green again.
However the other rishis were jealous of Gautama's achievement. They wanted Gautama and his wife Ahalya to leave Triyambaka mountains forever. They sent a cow to Gautama's field and the cow started to destroy the field. Gautama tried to shoo the cow away. However the cow got injured and died. The rishis accused Gautama and charged him with a sin of killing a cow. They asked him and wife to leave their ashrama and go and settle somewhere else as they did not want a murderer near them.
Gautama was devastated and the guilt of killing the cow kept hurting him. He did a very hard penance and meditated on Lord Shiva for many years. Finally Shiva appeared and told him that he had not done any crime and all this was a cruel plan plotted against him by the rishis. Sage Gautama asked the Lord to come and settle here with Parvati. Pleased with his devotion Shiva decided to settle there. Also River Ganga appeared in the form of Godavari river. Devotees who arrive here to worship the Lord and get salvation from the cycle of Life and Death. Also one can see several cows outside the temple self-feeding themselves.
Ravana - The Demon King
Ravana needs no introduction to Hindus. He is the most popular villain in Hindu culture. His popularity is such that even after 1000 years being passed, every year his effigy is burnt on a special day known as Vijay Dashami. This is a popular festival in India and is also known as Dussehra. The festival symbolizes the victory of righteousness over evil. Ravana is the main antagonist in Hindu epic Ramayana which was written by sage Valmiki. The main plot of the story is how a demon king named Ravana kidnaps Goddess Sita who is the wife of Lord Rama. Ravana kidnaps her to take revenge against Lord Rama and Lakshmana who had insulted Ravana’s sister. Post abduction the battle of Ramayana is fought where Lord Rama kills Ravana and frees Sita from his captivity.
In today’s post, we aim to highlight certain unknown hidden facts about this popular villain
Ravana was staunch Shiva devotee – Ravana is considered to be one of the greatest devotees of Lord Shiva. He meditated on Lord Shiva for thousands of years in the hills of Gokarna. He even chopped his heads to please Shiva. The famous Shiva Tandava Srotram was also composed and sung by Ravana to please the Lord. There are temples in India built by Ravana where the Shiva Lingam and Ravana himself are worshipped by the devotees.
Ravana was Brahma’s great-grandson – Ravana was half Brahmin and half-demon by blood. He was born to sage Vishrava and demon princess Kaikesi. Vishrava was the son of Pulastya who was born from Brahma’s mind and one the great Saptarishis. His worship towards Lord Brahma granted him the nectar of immortality which he kept stored under his navel
Vaidyanatha Jyotirlinga is Ravana’s gift to mankind – Once Ravana did a strict penance to please Lord Shiva. He sat meditating on the slopes of Himalayas. He dug a pit and installed a Shiva Linga there. After 1000 years of hard penance Lord Shiva appeared before him and asked what boon he wanted. Ravana asked for unmatchable strength and Shiva’s protection. To protect his demon clan he wanted to take the Shiva Lingam to Lanka. Shiva granted the wish but told him that the Lingam will settle down permanently wherever Ravana places it for the 1st time. While on his way back to Lanka Ravana felt an irresistible call of nature. He wanted to relieve himself immediately. He met a cowherd there. Ravan asked the cowherd to hold the Linga until he relieves himself. The cowherd took the Lingam and placed it on Earth immediately as it was very heavy The Jyotirlinga is known as Vaidyanatha Jyotilinga which stayed there forever
Lord Kubera and Ravana were half-brothers – Lord Kubera also known as the God of Wealth and Ravana are both sons of Vishrava muni, however, their mothers are different. Lord Kubera was the king of Lanka before Ravana conquered it by force. After conquering Lanka Ravan ruled Lanka for several years. The kingdom of Lanka prospered under his leadership
Ravana was an exceptionally intelligent individual – Ravana possessed some exceptional skills. He was a learned man who possessed the knowledge of all the four Vedas and six Shastras. The ten heads are depicted to demonstrate that his one head could store the knowledge of ten heads. He was an excellent veena player. He was skilled in political science and astrology. He was so powerful that he could even control planetary positions. When his son Indrajit was about to be born he instructed all the planets to be in the 11th House. All the planets agreed to it except Lord Shani who stood in the 12th house instead. This enraged Ravana and he attacked Lord Shani and kept him as a captive in Lanka for many years. He also knew medicine and has written many valuable books on medicine and physical wellness
Ravana's weakness towards Women - Ravana was weak towards women including Nalakubera’s (son of Kuber) wife. After this incident he was cu