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“Ashtta Siddhi-Nava Nidhi”: Krushna had eighteen supernatural powers in all, eight being the eight great supernatural powers (ashtamahasiddhis) - His eight shaktis and the rest His own (God’s) ten supernatural powers. It was with one of these supernatural powers that Krushna assuming a form of the provider of clothes saved Droupadi’s honour by providing clothing to her when she was being stripped in the court of the Kouravs.

Meaning of Ashta Siddhi and Nava Nidhi:


*”’Anima”’: reducing one’s body even to the size of an atom

*”’Mahima”’: expanding one’s body to an infinitely large size

*”’Garima”’: becoming infinitely heavy

*”’Laghima”’: becoming almost weightless

*”’Prapti”’: having unrestricted access to all places

*”’Prakamya”’: realizing whatever one desires

*”’Isitva”’: possessing absolute lordship;

*”’Vasitva”’: the power to subjugate all.

Nava Nidhi Parkaya Pravesh: Parkaya Pravesh means one’s soul entering into the body of some other person. Through this knowledge even a dead body can be brought to life. Haadi Vidya: This Vidya or knowledge has been mentioned in several ancient texts. On acquiring this Vidya, a person feels neither hunger nor thirst, and can remain without eating food or drinking water for several days at a stretch. Kaadi Vidya: Just as one does not feel hungry or thirsty in Haadi Vidya, similarly in Kaadi Vidya a person is not affected by change of seasons, i.e. by summer, winter, rain, etc. After accomplishing this Vidya, a person shall not feel cold even if he sits in the snow-laden mountains, and shall not feel hot even if he sits in the fire. Vayu Gaman Siddhi: Through this Siddhi a person can become capable of flying in the skies and traveling from one place to another in just a few seconds. Madalasa Vidya: On accomplishing this Vidya, a person becomes capable of increasing or decreasing the size of his body according to his wish.


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