Sunday January 20, 2019

Here is the explanation to the miraculous birth of Rishi Aurva in Hinduism!

Devi Aarushi was frightened of rogue Kshatriyas who were the descendant of Kritavirya and to save her child from the evils, she conceived him not in her womb but in the thigh

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Vedas, Ramayana, Mahabharata have mentioned the instances of birth of babies in an unusual manner. It is not how Dhritarashtra, Pandu, Duryodhana, Arjun or any other mythological character in Hinduism were born, it’s about how Kripacharya, Kripi, or Sukadeva born. Science might not be able to explain about these births as these are too unnatural for people who think rationally. Rishi Aurva is one such example whose birth is beyond explanation, rather it is miraculous in the true sense of the term.

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In Hindu Mythology, several meanings are attached to Rishi Aurva. Lets find out!

  • Aurva is who has taken birth from Urvi (Earth)
  • The descendent of Rishi Urva
  • The child took birth from Uru (thigh)
  • The fire of wrath or anger

Aurva was a Vedic Rishi whose reference is also there in Puran as a descendant of Rishi Bhrigu. He was the son of Arushi and Chavan. Chavan was the son of Rishi Bhrigu and Puloma. According to Mahabharata, he was affected by some incurable diseases and looked ghoulish. After the Ashwini Kumaras (Twins Gods in Hindu mythology who were extremely good-looking) mantra, he got relief from the disease and became extremely handsome. In the name of Chavan, the preparation is called Chavanprash. Since then, people are taking Chavanprash for their health.

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Son of Rishi Chyavan, Aurva’s birth was an unnatural one. Devi Aarushi was frightened of rogue Kshatriyas who were the descendant of Kritavirya. To save her child from the evils she conceived him not in her womb but in the thigh. But the Kshatriyas soon got the news and they attacked Devi Aarushi. When the Kshatriya kumaras tried to kill the embryo in the thigh and also Devi Aarushi, the baby became angry. He couldn’t tolerate the molestation of his mother on the hands of Kshatriya kumaras. To show his power and take revenge, the baby torn his mother’s thigh and appeared before the Kshatriyas. He was shining in the fire of wrath. The Kshatriyas couldn’t resist the radiance and brightness of Aurva and as a result they became blind.

Lava entering sea, Wikimedia Commons
Lava entering sea, Wikimedia Commons

Aurva’s Krodhanal (fire of anger) was then started to spread and destroy Trilok (Swarga, Marta, Patala: Heaven, Earth, Hell). On his request ancestors, Aurva controlled his anger and threw the fire in the sea. That fire took the form of horse-headed and named ‘Badabanal (another name of Agnidev).

Apart from this, there is another story about Aurva. According to Amarkoshtika, Rishi Urva wanted to give birth to a child without any biological source. He churned his breast with fire and a powerful man was born, who was kept in the sea.

According to Hindu Mythology, Agni has three different impersonations. Those are Surya (Sun) in the sky, Vajra (Lightning) in the air and Agni (Fire) on the earth. There is a simple explanation of these stories. Urva is another name of Earth. Aurva, the fire takes birth from the earth ( here, denotes lava) and at last kept, in the sea. The story of Earth’s transition from hot ball to a planet of life is told with elegance and in a poetic manner. These stories indicate, how much power the Vedic Rishis. Further, the story of a child protecting his mother being an embryo symbolizes the significance of the strong bond that a child share with his/ her parent in Indian tradition.

– by Priyanka Saha of NewsGram. Twitter: @priyanka140490

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Asteroids Are Falling On Earth’s Surface Twice As Often: Study

This enhanced impact rate poses a threat for the next mass extinction event.

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This Dec. 29, 1968, photo made available by NASA shows craters on the moon. For the past 290 million years, giant rocks from space have been crashing into Earth more than twice as often as they did in the previous 700 million years, according to a new study. VOA

Giant rocks from space are falling from the sky more than they used to, but don’t worry.

For the past 290 million years, large asteroids have been crashing into Earth more than twice as often as they did in the previous 700 million years, according to a new study in Thursday’s journal Science.

But no need to cast a wary glance up. Asteroids still only smack Earth on average every million or few million years, even with the increased crash rate. NASA’s list of potential big space rock crashes shows no pending major threats. The biggest known risk is a 4,200-foot (1.3-km) wide asteroid with a 99.988 percent chance that it will miss Earth when it whizzes very near here in 861 years.

Tell that to the dinosaurs. Most scientists think dinosaurs and a lot of other species went extinct after a huge space rock crashed into Central America about 65 million years ago.

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Taurids meteor shower lights up the sky. The risk of asteroids hitting the Earth has grown over the years. Wikimedia

“It’s just a game of probabilities,” said study lead author Sara Mazrouei, a University of Toronto planetary scientist. “These events are still rare and far between that I’m not too worried about it.”

Mazrouei and colleagues in the United Kingdom and United States compiled a list of impact craters on Earth and the moon that were larger than 12 miles (20 km) wide and came up with the dates of them. It takes a space rock that’s half a mile (800 meters) wide to create holes that big.

The team counted 29 craters that were no older than 290 million years and nine between 291 million years and 650 million years old.

But we can see relatively few big craters on Earth because the planet is more than 70 percent ocean and past glaciers smoothed out some holes, said University of Toronto planetary scientist Rebecca Ghent, a study co-author.

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These rocks were rare survivors from a very different time on Earth. Pixabay

Extrapolating for what can’t be seen brings the total to about 260 space crashes on Earth in the last 290 million years. Adding in other factors, the science team determined that the current space crash rate is 2.6 times more than the previous 700 million years.

Craters older than 650 million years are mostly wiped off on Earth by glacial forces so the scientists used impact craters on the nearby moon as a stand-in for holes between 650 million and 1 billion years old. The moon is a good guide for estimating Earth crashes, because it is close enough to be in the same bombardment path and its craters last longer.

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So what happened nearly 300 million years ago?

“Perhaps an asteroid family was broken up in the asteroid belt,” Mazrouei speculated. The space rocks then headed toward the Earth and moon, and the planet got slightly more because it is a bigger target and it has higher gravity, Ghent said.

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An asteroid family. Wikimedia

Outside scientists are split about the research. Jay Melosh at Purdue said he found the number of craters too small to come to a reasonable conclusion, but Harvard’s Avi Loeb said the case was convincing.

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Humans might not have emerged without mass extinctions from space rocks about 250 million and 65 million years ago, Loeb said in an email, adding, “but this enhanced impact rate poses a threat for the next mass extinction event, which we should watch for and attempt to avoid with the aid of technology.”

“This demonstrates how arbitrary and fragile human life is,” Loeb wrote. (VOA)