Pushpadanteshwar Mahadev – Pushpadanteshwar form of Shiva

Pushpadanteshwar Mahadev is one of the 84 Mahadevas worshipped in Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh. The popular belief is that offering prayers and worship to this form of Shiva will help in attaining peace and prosperity. He is also worshipped for early cure from various illness. Those seeking to attain self realization also meditate on this form.

Pushpadanteshwar Mahadev Temple is located at Singh Puri area in Ujjain. The temple is part of the Parikrama of Shiva Temples in the holy city.

Pushpadanteshwar is the 77th form of Shiva worshipped in Ujjain and it is also the 77th Shiva temple visited during the parikarama of Mahadev temples in Ujjain.

Krittika Nakshatra Tree – Which is the tree associated with Krittika birth star Born People?

There are trees associated with each 27 nakshatrams or birth stars. Krittika Nakshatra also has a particular tree dedicated to it. People born on each nakshatra should worship the particular tree. The tree associated and worshipped by Krittika Nakshatra Born People is cluster fig or ficus glomerata.

The Hindi name of the Krittika Nakshatra Tree is Umar or Gular
The Telugu name is Paidi
The Malayalam name is Athi
Tamil Name is Atti
Kannada name is Rumadi
In Marathi it is known as Umber.
Bengali name is Dumur

Krittika Nakshatra born people should plant the cluster fig tree. Water it. They should also protect the tree.

Sant Kabir Jayanti – Kabirdas Jayanthi

Sant Kabir Jayanti is observed on the Purnima or full moon day in the month of Jyeshta (May – June) as per traditional calendar. In 2015, the date of Sant Kabir Jayanti is June 2. It is believed that Sant Kabirdas was born on this day. The birth anniversary of Sant Kabir is observed in India and around the world. Meetings, satsangs, and recital of Sant Kabir’s poems are held on the day.

Sant Kabir was a revolutionary saint and poet and religious reformer who refused the tag of a particular religion by accepting all religions and by propagating that the same Supreme Being appears in all religions. Kabirdas called himself the child of Lord Ram and Allah. He is believed to have lived during the 15th century AD.

A weaver by profession, Sant Kabir wrote numerous poems extolling the greatness of the oneness of the Supreme Being. He was able to weave simple philosophical thoughts into his Dohas which were easily digestible by the common man who was always kept aloof by the scholarly class from philosophical discussions.

The poems of Sant Kabir are famous for its thought provoking content and inspirational teachings. They have a universal appeal and attract every generation with its simple similes, questions and philosophical ideas.

Sant Kabir says – The best place to look for God is “in the heart of your heart.”


Self Pinda Daan and Shradh While Alive – Temple in Which a Person Can Perform His/Her Death Rituals

Lord Janardhana Temple os located in the premises of Ma Mangala Gouri Temple in Gaya in Bihar and it is where a person can perform self pinda daan and shradh while the person is alive. Person who does not have anybody to perform his/her death rituals can perform it here while he/she is alive.

Lord Janardana Temple is located north of Ma Mangala Gouri Temple atop Bhasmakoot hill in Gaya in Bihar.

The deity worshiped in the shrine is known as Putrarupi Janardana. He helps also those devotees who do not have any heir to perform their death rituals.

Vat Purnima 2015 date - Vata Poornima Fasting in 2015

Vat Purnima fasting is observed by married women for the well being of their husbands in certain parts of India. The fast is based on Savitri Satyavan legend in the Mahabharata. Vat Purnima 2015 date is June 2. The Vrat is observed during Poornima (Full moon) in the month of Jyeshtha and is more popular in Gujarat and Maharashtra. In some regions it is a three-day Vrat.

For those people who observe the traditional three-day Vrat in India, Vat Vat Purnima Arambh (Begins) on May 31, 2015 and ends on June 2.

Prayers and pujas are dedicated to Vat Vriksha (Banyan Tree) and Savitri. Most people now fast only on the main ritual day that is on the Poornima day. The ritual is also known as Peepal Pujan.
The main ritual on the day includes tying of the red or yellow thread around the banyan tree and fasting from sunrise to sunset.

It must be noted that Vat Savitri Amavasya Vrat is observed during the Amavas (No moon day) in Jyeshta month and this Vrat is more popular in Northern parts of India. And this was on May 17, 2015.


Sashti Viratham June 2015 date – Muruga Sashti Fasting in June 2015

Sashti Viratham is a monthly Hindu fasting dedicated to Lord Muruga or Kartik or Shanmukha. Sashti Viratham June 2015 date is June 22. Sashti is the sixth day after Amavasi (no moon) and Poornima (full moon) in a traditional Hindu calendar. The Shashti after Amavasai is considered highly auspicious by Muruga devotees and a fast is observed on the day.

Sashti is the sixth day after Amavasi (no moon) and Poornima (full moon) in a traditional Hindu calendar. The Sashti after Amavasi is considered highly auspicious by Muruga devotees and fasting is performed on the day.

Fasting on Sashti is considered highly beneficial and some devotees observe a complete fast for 24 hours.

Many devotees make it a point to visit Muruga temple on Sashti day. Some people only eat the Prasadam given from the temple on the day.

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Thoughts on Shradha by Swami Ranganathananda with the help of an illustration by Sri Ramakrishna

Sri Ramakrishna gives a beautiful illustration to understand Shradha

When we go to fish in a lake, we take a fishing rod and line, with bait fixed to it. We cast the line and bait into the lake and wait patiently. We may not have seen fishes in that lake. We have only heard from others who have fished there. Our Shradha in their words makes us go to the lake and verify the truth of their statement.

We sit for a long time and yet fail to catch a fish. But by this alone we do not conclude that there is no fish in the lake.

We come again the next day and keep striving. What is the basis of this unremitting effort? It is the dynamic faith that there is fish in the lake.

All great discoveries in the fields of science and religion are the result of such a positive attitude and the action based on such an attitude. Finally when we catch a fish, our belief turns into a verified truth.

Similarly, there is a divine truth hidden in all of us. Our guru tells us about it and so do the scriptures. We have not seen it. But we believe in their words and struggle to make that belief true by realization.

Swami Ranganathananda was the 13th president of the Ramakrishna Mission