Shani Dev Kee Mahimaa
 In Indian Jyotish, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto are not considered as planets as their names are not found in there; rather two other shadow planets, Raahu (Northern Node) and Ketu (Southern Node) are found there. They are called shadow planets because they are not the actual planets, rather they are only two Lunar nodes - only points which are in the sky where the plane of the Moon's orbit around the Earth and the plane of the ecliptic (where the plane of the Earth's orbit around the Sun) intersect and cannot be seen anywhere. [Back]
 Number 7 being
an important number. There are many 7 things -
 Daksh had 60 daughters. He married 13 daughters to Kashyap Jee, 27 daughters to Chandramaa, 1 daughter Satee to Shiv Jee, 4 daughters to Dharm, 1 daughter to Agni Dev etc etc. [Back]
 We have never heard this story, but this is given in the book. [Back]
 Once Durvaasaa Rishi got a beautiful flower garland. He got very happy to see it. As he was going carrying it, he saw Indra riding his Airaavat elephant. He thought that garland worth for Indra, so he threw that garland on Indra. Indra threw it on his elephant and the elephant crushed it under his feet. Seeing this Durvaasaa Rishi got very angry and he gave Shaap to Indra that his all prosperity and glory, of which he was proud of, will be destroyed soon. After a while Indra lost everything. [Back]
 Brahmaa Jee had 10 Maanas Putra (brain children). Their names are -- Mareechi, Atri, Angiraa, Pulastya, Pulah, Kratu, Bhrigu, Vashishth, Daksh and the tenth one was Naarad.
 Swayamvar - It is a ceremony in olden India for the purpose of marrying a girl. In this ceremony the father of the girl invites suitable Kings and Princes to marry his daughter. They are given proper seats in a court and then the girl appears carrying a garland in her hands. She is given a round of the court introducing each suitor to her. In the last she puts her garland in one of the suitor's neck to whom she likes to choose her husband. There is no pressure on the girl in this ceremony, except that all the suitors are chosen by her parents.
Sometimes she has somebody else who is not being invited in the Swayamvar, in her mind. In such cases, either the person abducts her (example: Sanyogitaa's Swayamvar), or she invites him secretly and runs away with him (example: Rukminee's Swayamvar). Sometimes, of course in very olden days, fathers used to keep some kind of condition that whoever will fulfill that condition, only he will be able to marry their daughter. These conditions were fixed keeping somebody in their minds or keeping somebody's powers (examples: Draupadee's and Seetaa's Swayamvars).
Created by Sushma Gupta
Updated on 05/02/09