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HOW LORD SHIVA BECAME NILAKANTA

Time was when the Gods themselves teamed up with their foes, the demons
In order to get the nectar of Immortality by churning the cosmic oceans.
But alas! Before they could get the much desired nectar Amrita,
The ocean churned out the deadly poison called halahalakalakuta.

Seeing the danger to His Creation in the whole Universe,
Lord Brahma the Creator requested help from Lord Shiva- all in tears.
Then it was that the Almighty Shiva swallowed the deadly kalakuta,
And retaining the poison in his throat became Blue- Throated Nilakanta.

Irrespective of whether this is legend or fable,
One thing is for sure; It is a great parable.
That God himself aids the faithful in the Spiritual path to arise
By helping them to clean up their every material vice.


REF: http://shivadarshana.blogspot.in/2008/04/legend-of-nilakantha.htmlSABARI

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There is, in the Lord's Abode in Guruvayoor,
A common balance for weighment of offerings.

It's called Thulabaram.

Only, it is anything but common.

A priest there is entrusted the task
Of weighing the offerings you committed
To Lord Krishna.

It may be a few kilos of some vegetable
Or fruit, grains or sugar or what you will.


But it got to be necessarily what you committed!

For,

Have seen with my own eyes
The priest struggling to weigh
A couple of kilos or maybe three
Of a certain vegetable, think it was yam.

But it simply wouldn't balance, though he
Kept on heaping the yam on it!

Then, on the priest's asking,
The devotee said he had thought
Of a different vegetable, maybe raw banana,

But had settled for yam since he couldn't
Get the banana.

The priest quickly removed the yam
Asked the devotee to be back
With the vegetable committed!

Only then, the priest said with conviction,

The weighment would happen.