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    About Kubera

    Kubera is the God of wealth & is known as Dhanpati . He is also the king of YakshaYakshaYaksha
    Yaksha is a class of mythological nature spirits who are mostly...
    (the guardians of Earth). As the God of wealth and material, his responsibilities are to distribute them while creating wealth is the responsibility of LakshmiLakshmiLakshmi
    Lakshmi is a Hindu goddess who is regarded as the ultimate deity of wealth...
    . KuberaKuberaKubera
     Kubera is the God of wealth & is known as Dhanpati ...
    is not an important deity and his images are very rarely seen, though he is frequently referred to in the epics. Kubera is also known as Yaksha-raja (king of the yakshas), Iccha-vasu (who has wealth at will), Nara- raja (lord over men) and Ratna-garbha (womb of jewels).

    Kubera is one god that all the three religions of India namely Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism all claim to be their own.

    Kubera's domains are all in the high Himalayas, partly because he is the guardian of the North, but also because mountains are the repositories of mineral wealth. Kubera watches over the earth's storehouse of gold, silver, jewels, pearls and nine NIDHIS (special treasures).
     
    Kubera is physically envisioned as a dwarf with an ugly and deformed body. His skin is white and he has three legs. He has a set of only eight teeth. Since Kubera was so deformed, he had difficulty in moving around. BrahmaBrahmaBrahma
    According to Hinduism, the whole creation is the work of Trimurti (the Hindu Trinity)...
    took pity and ordered Vishwakarma , the architect of the gods and a god in his own right, to build the disabled god a chariot. Vishwakarma conceived and built Pushpak , an aerial chariot which moves of its own accord and which is so large that it can contain a whole city. Kubera flies in this fantastic chariot and throws down jewels and other precious objects to people on the ground to aid them with averting poverty.

    How Kubera became a God?

    There are two versions of how Kubera was elevated to the stature of a god.

    The first version postulates that Kubera performed stringent austerities for thousands of years and, as a reward, was promoted by Go Brahma.

    Another version is that one day Kubera had gone to rob a temple of Shiva. During the robbery Kubera's taper had somehow been blown out. No matter how hard the dwarf tried he could not relight the taper. Nevertheless, he persisted with his efforts no matter how nefarious they were and, on the tenth attempt, he succeeded. ShivaShivaShiva
    Shiva is one of the Supreme Gods of Hindu Trinity that ...
    is a benign god who is often pleased by the most illogical of efforts. This perseverance of Kubera's in his attempt to rob the god's temple won him much admiration from Shiva who subsequently granted the dwarf access to the Hindu pantheon of gods.
     
    Kubera and Ravana...

    Kubera has three famous half-brothers, Ravana, Kumbhakarna and Bivhishana. All three find mention in the great Indian epic story Ramayana and are relatively better-known than Kubera, especially to Indian children. This association has spawned many interesting tales and here are some of them.

    It was Ravana, the eldest of Kubera's half-brothers, who stole Pushpak from him and made use of it to further his nefarious activities. The accounts of his misdeeds with the aid of the magic chariot are amply narrated in the Ramayana. First, Ravana abducted SitaSitaSita
    Sita is the most benevolent Goddess, who is known...
    , Rama's wife, from her cottage in a forest to his capital in Lanka where he held her captive. When RamaRamaRama
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    attacked Lanka to rescue his wife, Ravana used Pushpak to parry Rama's forays until Rama, Vishnu's seventh incarnation, at last overcame the evil king's forces and used Kubera's magic chariot to transport himself with his wife back to his kingdom in Ayodhya. After that the fantastic contraption was back in the hands of the dwarf god who again began going about his usual business of consolidating the wealth of the worlds.

    The tale of how Ravana and his other two brothers were conceived is also an interesting story. The fabulous city of Lanka was built by Vishwakarma and the Rakshasas, the demons of Indian mythology, got hold of it. For some reason or another, the Rakshasas annoyed VishnuVishnuVishnu
    Vishnu is one of the Supreme Gods of Hindus and is a part of Hindu Trinity,..
    who decided to attack the city. The evil ones fled because, although Lanka was the best fortified and richest city in the world at that time, they feared that it was still not safe enough against an attack by a god of Vishnu's stature. At this time Kubera, always the opportunist, took over the ghost city and settled there with his own attendants. This was not for long for as soon as Vishnu was pacified, the Rakshasas became determined to get their city back from the deformed god. They sent a beautiful maiden to seduce Kubera's father.

    She succeeded and from their union was born the three half-brothers of Kubera. Ravana, like quite a few notorious Rakshasas before and after him, performed stringent austerities which earned him the boon of invincibility from Shiva. With this boon he ultimately defeated his own half-brother Kubera and got back the city of Lanka for his people, the Rakshasas. After the loss of this luxurious asset Kubera approached Vishwakarma with the request of creating a residence for him.

    The builder god conceived for him a palace on Mount Kailash, in the Himalayas. The opulent palace was an appropriate abode for Kubera as it was in the north, the portion of the globe of which he was the guardian. Of course, as guardian of the treasures of the gods and the nine Nidhis, special treasures of indefinite significance, Kubera had for himself the most splendid city in the world on Mount Mandara, a mythical mountain in the Himalayas. Within this city, Alakapuri, is the most beautiful garden in the world, Chaitraratha. Both are a part of the many sybaritic possessions of Kubera.
     
    Kubera and Parvathi...
     
    When Kubera went to Mount Kailasa once to have a Darshan The term means the vision of the divineof Shiva, he found Him with Parvathi. Kubera was stunned to see the splendour and beauty ofParvathi. He felt sorry that he had not worshipped such a fine goddess for so long and one of his eyes shut itself.

    Parvathi got angry that Kubera was winking at Her, and looking at Her with evil intention. She made his eye burst. Kubera lost sight in one eye and was also cursed that he would always look ugly. Kubera pleaded with Shiva to forgive him and explained that he had not seen the Goddess with any evil intention. Shiva left the choice to His consort. Parvathi forgave Kubera and let the eye grow back, but it was smaller than the other one. Kubera was rewarded by Shiva with the post of being one of the guards of the eight directions - the North. The Goddess made him the lord of wealth and material.
     
    Kubera and Ganesha...
     
    We should never take undue pride in our material or spiritual accomplishments. The old saying "Pride always leads to a fall." is proved true in the following story.

    Kubera invited Shiva and ParvatiParvatiParvati
    After the death of Shiva's first love Sati, Shiva...
    to dinner wishing to show off his riches. But, the couple denied Kubera's request and said that he could feed GaneshaGaneshaGanesha
    The guardian deity of Hindus, also known as the Ganapati (The God of all groups) is the son of Lord Shiva ...
    instead. Kubera laughed and said 'I can feed thousands of children like this."

    Ganesha went to his palace and sat down to eat. He started eating all the food placed in front of him. As was the custom, more and more food was served to him, as he did not say that he had enough. Soon there was no more food in the palace and so Kubera ordered his troops to get more food from the surrounding villages. But Ganesha continued eating and there was no more food to be found. Still very hungry, Ganesha started eating all the furniture.

    Kubera became very frightened. Ganesha told him, "You promised my parents you will feed me. Now, I have to eat you up as I am still very hungry ". Kubera ran away and pleaded with Shiva to save him from Ganesha. Shiva asked Kubera to give up his pride and serve Ganesha a handful of rice.

    Kubera went back to his palace. By this time, Ganesha's stomach had become very huge but the child was still hungry. When Kubera served a cup of rice with humility, Ganesha's hunger was satisfied.
     
     




     
     

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