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Hartalika Teej Vrat

Hartalika Teej Vrat is an important ritual performed by Hindu women. The ritual is dedicated to Goddess Parvati and is observed in Rajasthan, Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra. In 2017, Hartalika Teej Vrat is on August 24. In some places, the Vrat is a three day affair but nowadays many women only observe the Vrat on a single day. This ritual is observed as Swarna Gowri Vratam in South India. In Nepal, this Teej is of great significance and is observed for three days and ends with the Rishi Panchami pooja.

By observing the ritual, unmarried women believe that they will get a husband like Lord Shiva. Married women believe they will be blessed with a good family life.
Origin of Hartalika Teej Vrat According to Hindu Mythology, Shiva took no notice of the love of Parvati for very long time as he was haunted by the death of Sati. To get the attention of Shiva, Parvati performed severe austerities on the Himalayas for several years. Some Puranas …

Year of Origin of Hinduism

There is no exact year of origin of Hinduism. This because Hindu religion has no founder and it has evolved through centuries of teachings, primarily trying to find answer to questions like Who am I?Historians suggest that Hinduism originated around 3000 BCE in the the IndusValley near the River Indus in modern day India, Afghanistan and Pakistan. But this view has been challenged by many modern day historians and scholars, who feel it is even older. Then, there is the Dravidian culture, the indigenous culture in India, and tribal culture, which many scholars believe could have contributed to the origin of Hindu religion. The earliest artifacts related to Hinduism like phallic symbols and idols of mother goddess have been found from Mohenjodaro and Harappa in the IndusValley. It must be noted here that the term ‘Hindu’ was first used by Arabs around 2000 years ago and the term Hinduism was coined by European powers that colonized India. Before the arrival of foreign powers, Hinduism w…

Hindu Blog Turns 1

Hindu Blog was born on September 7, 2006 – exactly one year ago today. Initially, the blog concentrated on Hinduism and Nature and posted only links to articles in newspapers. Then came the ‘quote of the day posts’, which still continues. Frankly, I had no idea how to go about and there were no existing Hindu religious blog to emulate. So I tried to become a bit of a rebel sometimes, tried to concentrate on diverse topics, created irrelevant posts and committed several blunders and mistakes. The net result no visitors in the first few weeks and less than 100 visitors in the first two months. But strangely the idea of giving up never came to my mind because each day through the numerous newspaper articles related to Hinduism, I was learning more and more about this great religion. Soon, I realized that I can use this blog as a platform to learn about Santana Dharma, which I continue to do. The blog today discusses all aspects related to Hinduism. Each day I use this blog to explore Hin…

Quotes on Hinduism by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami

While other religions are precisely defined by explicit and often unyielding beliefs, Hinduism condones no such constraints. For the Hindu intuition is far more important than intellect; experience supersedes dogma; and personal realization is held infinitely more precious than outer expressions or affiliations of faith. Hindu religious philosophy is based on experience, on personal discovery and testing of things.Hinduism does not say. ‘Believe as others do or suffer.’ Rather, it says, ‘Know thy self, inquire and be free.’ Source: Dancing With Siva: Hinduism's Contemporary Catechism by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami. (Introduction page XX)