Goddess Jurate  

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JURATE (pronounced YOU-rah-the) is the Lithuanian Goddess of the sea. She lived in a beautiful castle made of amber at the bottom of the Baltic Sea. One day, she learned that a fisherman, Kastytis, was catching her fish and taking them out of the sea. She went to his boat, prepared to yell at him, but he was so handsome that she fell in love with him. Jurate went every day to see her young fisherman, until Perkunas, the God of Thunder, found out about her relationship with a mortal. In a jealous rage, he sent a thunderbolt to shatter Jurate's castle, and had Kastytis chained to a rock at the bottom of the sea, where he drowned. To this day, when there is thunder over the Baltic Sea, you can still hear Kastytis' cries, and find pieces of Jurate's broken amber castle along the shore. Her name is also seen as JURATA and JURASMAT.

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Greek Goddess Gaia  

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I probably should have saved her for Earth Day or Mother's Day, but they're so far away! By my count, she has over 50 children, and I know I'm missing some.

GAIA is the Greek Goddess of the Earth, mother to all the Gods. In the beginning, there was only Khaos, the nothingness of space. From Khaos, there appeared Gaia (Goddess of the Earth), Nyx (Goddess of the night), Tartaros (God of the Underworld), Erebos (God of shadows and darkness), and Eros (God of sexual love). Gaia then created Ouranos (God of the sky), Pontos (God of the sea), and Ourea (God of the mountains). With Ouranos, Gaia is the mother of the twelve Titans: Theia (Goddess of sight), Rhea (Goddess of female fertility), Themis (Goddess of divine law), Mnemosyne (Goddess of memory), Phoebe (Goddess of light), Tethys (Goddess of nursing), Okeanos (God of fresh water), Koios (God of intelligence), Krios (God of constellations), Hyperion (God of observation), Iapetos (God of mortality), and Kronos (God of time).

Gaia and Ouranos also created the three Kyklopes and the three Hekatonkheires (each of whom had one hundred arms and fifty heads). Ouranos, ashamed of these monstrous sons, pushed them back into Gaia's womb, causing her much pain. In agony, Gaia gathered her sons together and begged them to help her. The youngest, Kronos, took the sickle that Gaia had made and castrated Ouranos with it. Some of the blood and semen sprayed on to Gaia, and she gave birth to the race of Giants, the Erinyes or Furies, and the Meliae or wood nymphs. Ouranos's testicles were cast into the sea, and from them Aphrodite was born.

Gaia's role as mother to the Gods was still not finished. With other fathers, she gave birth to Antaeus, Keto, Kharybdis, Kreusa, Erikhthonius, Eurybia, Mimas, Nereus, Pheme, Phorkys, Python, Sperkheus, Thaumas, and Typhon. Alternate names for Gaia include GAEA and GE.

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Goddess Tulsi  

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There was a girl named Tulsi.She is a very great devotee of Lord Vishnu and performed vigourous tapas for Lord Vishnu.And Lord Vishnu has accepted her as his wife.Tulsi has taken the form of a sacred plant.And even who takes the tulsi thirtham,will get a good character named "Sathvik".This "Sathvik" character obtained by the devotee will achieve much spiritual growth.Lord Vishnu likes Tulsi very much and who ever pray Lord Vishnu with Tulsi leaves will achieve much more goodness from Lord Vishnu.

In Sanskrit, tulanaa naasti athaiva tulasi - that which is incomparable (in its qualities) is the tulasi. For Indians it is one of the most sacred plants. In fact it is known to be the only thing used in worship, which, once used, can be washed and reused in pooja - as it is regarded so self-purifying.

As one story goes, Tulasi was the devoted wife of Shankhachuda, a celestial being. She believed that Lord Krishna tricked her into sinning. So she cursed Him to become a stone (shaaligraama). Seeing her devotion and adhered to righteousness, the Lord blessed her saying that she would become the worshipped plant, tulasi that would adorn His head.

Also that all offerings would be incomplete without the tulasi leaf - hence the worship of tulasi.

She also symbolises Goddess Lakshmi, the consort of Lord Vishnu. Those who wish to be righteous and have a happy family life worship the tulasi.

Tulasi is married to the Lord with all pomp and show as in any wedding.

This is because according to another legend, the Lord blessed her to be His consort. Satyabhama once weighed Lord Krishna against all her legendary wealth. The scales did not balance till a single tulasi leaf was placed along with the wealth on the scale by Rukmini with devotion.

Thus the tulasi played the vital role of demonstrating to the world that even a small object offered with devotion means more to the Lord than all the wealth in the world.

The tulasi leaf has great medicinal value and is used to cure various ailments, including the common cold.

Yanmule sarvatirhaani
Yannagre sarvadevataa
Yanmadhye sarvavedaascha
Tulasi taam namaamyaham

Meaning : I bow down to the tulasi, At whose base are all the holy places, At whose top reside all the deities and In whose middle are all the Vedas.

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