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Aghora Shiva

Aghora Shiva is the fiercest form of Shiva and is the middle form in the Pancha Mukha Shiva concept. Aghora Shiva faces the south and represents the destructive and regenerative aspect of Shiva, which first absorbs all life and then renovates the universe by creating things afresh. The term Aghora has two meanings – one who is not fierce – meaning the handsome. Another meaning is the fiercest. It is for a devotee to decide how he/she wants to approach Aghora Shiva.

For his devotees who follow dharma – Aghora Shiva is the handsome. For those who tread the path of Adharma he is the fiercest.

The term Aghora first appears in the portion dedicated to Shiva in the Adharva Veda.

The mantra associated with this form of Shiva is the Aghora Mantra composed by Aghora Maharishi. The mantra has 51 letters.
aum hrong aghore ghore hungm, ghortare hungm;
aum hreengm kleengm, sarvatah sarvaange,
namaste rudra roope hungm

A popular belief is that one who chants the Aghora mantra and wears bhasma will not fa…

Lessons from Bhagavad Gita – Being Honest about one’s Weakness

If Arjuna was a slave of his image then he would have lost the Mahabharata war. Arjuna was honest about this weakness and was ready to share it with Sri Krishna. The greatest warrior became a weakling and sat down asking guidance. The world got the Bhagavad Gita and Arjuna fought successfully for Dharma. Ramnath Subramanian, CEO and President, The Bhakti Center, explores this aspect of Bhagavad Gita in an article titled ‘The Bhagavad Gita and the Value of Vulnerability’ in the Huffington Post. Excerpts from the article
This very lesson is conveyed at the onset of the Bhagavad Gita, India's classic on yoga and spiritual wisdom, where prince Arjuna provides a remarkable example of vulnerability. Arjuna was a veteran of many battles and had never lost a single combat. His acts of prowess, courage and intelligence were world-famous. Yet, Arjuna faced a situation where he had to fight his own kinsmen. His courage was tested and he broke down in front of his dear friend Krishna, expressi…

Gajachayai

Gajachayai is observed annually during the Mahalayam fortnight which falls before Ashwin Navratri (September – October). Gajachayai 2017 date is September 17. It is observed on the Krishna Paksha Trayodasi or the thirteenth day. This day is chosen by those people who do not perform paksha mahalyam – rituals on all 15 days. This fortnight is popularly known as Pitru Paksha Shradh.
Observing one day Shradham is known as Sakrun Mahalayam. Sakrun Mahalayam is in addition to the Amavasya Shradh, which should be performed by all people.
The importance of Gajachayai is that one need not worry about tithi, vara, Nakshatra and other doshas and can perform the ritual.

Only contentment can destroy the seething cauldron of desires – Teachings from the Ramayana

A fool thinks that wealth is the only way to happiness.
When knowledge dawns, all earthly sorrows appear as hallucinations.
Ignorance causes you to succumb to the effects of worldly sorrows.
Only contentment can destroy the seething cauldron of desires.
Nature cannot be altered. Therefore, the wicked nature cannot be set right by an example or precept.
Prosperity does not reside long in the abode of the wicked.
Ramayana


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Today’s Hindu Calendar – September 20, 2011 – Tithi, Vrat, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on September 20, 2011 – Krishna Paksha Ashtami Tithi or eighth day of the waning or dark phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Krishna Paksha Ashtami Tithi from 1:34 AM on September 20, 2011. Before 1:34 AM it is Saptami Tithi. All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra – Mrigasira or Makayiram or Mrigasheersham Nakshatra till 9:50 PM on September 20, 2011. Afterwards it is Ardra or Arudara or Thiruvathira Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Vrishaba Rashi till 9:14 AM. Then onwards it is Mithuna Rasi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Pitru Paksha Shradh eighth day.  Ashtami Shradh. Jivit Putrika Vrata (Jitiya).16-day Mahalakshmi Vrat ends.
Bhadrapad Krishna Paksha Ashtami or eighth day of the waning phase of moon in Bhadrapad month in calendars followed in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.
Ashwin Krishna Paksha Ashtami or eighth day of the waning phase of moon in Ashvin month in calendars followed in Delhi…

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