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Durvashtami Vrata – Dedicated to Durva Grass

Durvashtami is observed on the eighth day of the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) in Bhadrapad month. Durva Grass, an important item in Hindu ritual, is worshipped on the day. Durvashtami 2017 date is August 29. It is believed that observing Durvashtami Vrata will bring peace and prosperity. The ritual is mainly observed by women. Please note that in some regions the ritual is also observed during the Shukla Paksha of Shravan month (August 11, 2016).

The Durva Ashtami Vrata is performed mainly in Bengal and North and Eastern parts of India. In Bengal, it is known as Durvashtami Brata.

Pujas and rituals are offered to Durva grass. Fruits, flowers, rice and other usual pujas accessories are offered on the day. It is believed that observing this Vrata will help in the long life of children.

Legend has it that a few hairs that fell from the arm of Lord Vishnu became the Durva Grass. When Devas and Asuras were carrying Amrut (elixir) after the Samudra Manthan (churning of ocean) a …

Thoughts of a Hindu Soldier in the United States Army

A devout Hindu, Rajiv Sriram Srinivasan, aged 23, is a Lieutenant in the United States Army. In an essay competition conducted by Hindu American Foundation, Rajiv shared his thoughts on the identity crises he faced as being a man of Hindu faith believing in the peaceful coexistence of all beings and at the same time the need to patriotically serve United States as an army officer. Rajiv’s essay is highly inspirational and touches the core teachings of Sanatana Dharma.Rajiv is also the founder of the non-profit Beyond Orders that connects soldiers in war zones with NGOs in the United States to meet the humanitarian needs of the Iraqi and Afghani people.
Here are some excerpts from the essay of Rajiv Sriram Srinivasan titled My Battle Within: The Identity Crisis of a Hindu Soldier in the US Army. It was selected as the first prize winner in the age 23-28 category of HAF’s competition.As I dawn my body armor, grab my weapon, and prepare to lead my platoon of 32 soldiers into Afghanistan, …

Dharo Atham

Dharo Atham is a unique ritual observed in Gujarat during the waxing phase of moon (Shukla Paksha) in Badarvo or Bhadrapad month. Dharo Atham 2017 date is August 29. It is observed on the eighth day of Shukla Paksha. Mothers observe Dharo Atham for the wellbeing and long life of their daughters and sons.

Dharo Atham ritual consists of worshipping of ‘dharo’, green grass, and listening to the story associated with the ritual.

Married women and mothers eat only once in the evening of the eight day of waxing phase of Bhadrapad month. The food eaten on the day is cooked on the previous day.

Purnima September 2010 – Bhadrapad Poornima or Full moon day in Bhadra month

The full moon day in a traditional Hindu calendar is known as Purnima, or Poornima. In South India, it is known as Pournami and in some regions it is referred as Pournima or Poonam. Some devout Hindus observe a fast on the day from morning to evening. The Purnima in September is the Bhadrapad Poornima or Bhadra Purnima and is of great importance. September 2010 Purnima date is September 23. Bhadrapad Purnima marks the beginning of the Pitrupaksha fortnight. The next fifteen day is dedicated to observing rituals and rites for dead ancestors, parents and relatives. Some communities start the Shradh rituals from the Purnima day.On Bhadrapad Poonam day, AmbajiTemple in Gujarat observes an important festival on the day.

Amritabindu Upanishad Quotes

Mind is considered as two-fold: pure and impure. It is impure with the resolve of personal desire. It is pure when devoid of all selfish desires.
The mind alone is the cause of man’s bondage and liberation; the mind attached to the objects of senses creates bondage and when it is free from such attachment, man is free.
A seeker of liberation should constantly make his mind free of sense objects since liberation is predicted of a mind that does not cling to sense objects.
That is then the Supreme state when the mind is held firmly in the inner psyche, having given up all its attachments to sense objects and it (the mind) attains its own true state (the Self).
Restrain the mind until it dissolves in the Consciousness. This is wisdom, this is meditation. The rest is all logic and verbal extensions.
Amritabindu Upanishad

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