Once upon a time there was a Raja named Uttānapāda born of Svayambhuva Manu,1st man on earth.He had 2 beautiful wives - Suniti & Suruchi & two sons were born of them Dhruva & Uttama respectively.
Now Suniti was the daughter of a tribal chief while Suruchi was the daughter of a rich king. Hence Suruchi was always favored the most by Raja while Suniti was ignored. But while Suniti was gentle & kind hearted by nature Suruchi was venomous inside.
The story is of a time when ideally the eldest son of the king becomes the heir to the throne. Hence the sinhasan of the Raja belonged to Dhruva.This is why Suruchi who was the 2nd wife nourished poison in her heart for Dhruva as she knew her son will never get the throne.
One day when Dhruva was just 5 years old he went on to sit on his father's lap. Suruchi, the jealous queen, got enraged and shoved him away from Raja as she never wanted Raja to shower Dhruva with his fatherly affection.
Dhruva protested questioning his step mother "why can't i sit on my own father's lap?" A furious Suruchi berated him saying "only God can allow him that privilege. Go ask him"
New propaganda going on that there is no concept of charity in Hinduism like christianity— Vedic Wisdom...\u0950 (@VedicWisdom1) December 4, 2020
Christian charity is for conversion only,
Charity is not only part of Hinduism but hindu society is based on Charity.
In fact our mothers still keep aside food for cows and dogs pic.twitter.com/MwxUBoXX06
While the [email protected] Zakat or xtian Charity is limited to people who adopts their faith the real meaning of Dāna,Dakshina & Bhiksha has all together a different purpose that doesn't come with the baggage of gaining something in return.
Many of our scriptures points out the duty, benefit and purpose of Dāna. Here are a few references from our Sanatani scriptures that attunes to charity.
In Bhagavad Gita, (17:20) Shri Krishna mentions that charity given without the expectation of anything in return is the highest form of Charity & is considered sattvik.
In the next verse (17:21) Krishna particularly says charity given with any expectation of any reward or return or given with reluctance or grudges is not the highest form of charity thus emphasisg the selfless form of Dāna even more.
But the story of the 2nd Oldest #RathYatra is unknown to most.
The story is from Bengal.
Here's how it started with the grace of swayam Jagannath Prabhu completing 625 years this year.
Once upon a time there was a Bengali Sadhu named Durbananda Brahmachari. He was a biiiig devottee of Prabhu Jagannath. So one day he decided to go to Puri for pilgrimage & offer Bhog to Prabhu with his own hand.
All his desires were crushed when the Temple authority denied him the privilege. Broken-hearted, the sage decided to fast until dεαth.
But dont we know Prabhu loves us so much that he can never deny his Bhaktas. One the 3rd day of his fast, Prabhu swayam came to speak to him in his dreams. Jagannath then told to the sage, "Hey Bhakta, i am moved by your devotion- i myself desire to have Bhog from your hand".
Saying this Prabhu asked the sage to return back to Bengal . In the banks of Bhagirathi, there's a place called Mahesh where He will send the sage a huge Daru Brahma (trunk of neem tree). Prabhu then instructed Sadhu baba to make idols of Jagannath, Balaram & Subhadra with it.