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108 names of Durga in Tamil text – Download 108 names of Goddess Durga Prayer in Tamil

One of the popular prayers dedicated to Goddess Durga is the chanting of the 108 names of Her. Below is the 108 names of Durga in Tamil text. It is in picture format. You can download and save it for future use.
Chanting the 108 names on Tuesdays and Fridays is considered highly auspicious. The mantra is chanted on all days in Tamil Aadi month. It is also chanted during the Navratri.
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Story of the Birth of Kalayavana – Enemy of Sri Krishna

Kalayavana was a powerful king who ruled the region around present day Afghanistan when the avatar of Sri Krishna was present on earth. Jarasandha, who was constantly attacking Mathura, had taken the help of Kalayavana to defeat Sri Krishna. The story of the birth of Kalayavana is found in the Vishnu Purana and explains why Sri Krishna was not able to kill him in a combat.
Legend has it that Garga Rishi, an important Sage and head priest of the Yadava dynasty, was once ridiculed by the Yadavas as belonging to the third sex. Garga Rishi did not take the slight lightly and was infuriated by the laughter of the Yadavas. The angry sage took a vow to beget a son who would terrorize the Yadavas.
The Rishi then married a yavana princess and got a son who was named Kalayavana. The son then got a boon from Shiva that Yadavas will be afraid of him and they will not be able to defeat him.
Kalayavana then attacked the Yadavas and defeated them. Sri Krishna then took the help of King Muchukunda …

Ganesha Kavacham Text in Tamil – Ganapati Kavacham Lyrics in Tamil

Ganesha Kavacham is an important prayer dedicated to Ganesha. It is chanted while offering prayers to Pillayar or Ganapati. You can find the Ganapati Kavacham text in Tamil below. The lyrics are in picture format.
The prayer is chanted on all Tuesdays and also during auspicious days dedicated to Ganesha like Ganesh Sankatahara Chaturhi and Vinayaka Chaturti.
The prayer is chanted by some devotees on all days.


Flowers and Leaves Offered to Goddess Lakshmi during Puja

Lakshmi Puja is one of the most important pujas performed by Hindus. It is done to seek blessings and favor from Goddess Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth and prosperity. Based on the Puranas, each Hindu deity has favorite flowers and leaves and it is used for pujas and other rituals. Lakshmi puja is mainly performed during Diwali or Deepavali. Another major Lakshmi Puja is the Varalakshmi Puja during Sravana or Sawan month in South India.
Here is a list of flowers and leaves that are used in Lakshmi Puja:
Lotus: Goddess Lakshmi is associated with Lotus and she is portrayed. Lotus is Kamal in Hindi, Ambuja, Padma, Pankaja, kamala in Sanskrit, Ambal and Thamarai in Tamil, Kamala and Tavaregadde in Kannada, Thamara and Senthamara in Malayalam, Padam in Oriya, Padma in Bengali, Kamala in Marathi, Lalung and Erra Tamara in Telugu and Suriyakamal in Gujarati.
Durva Grass (Dhruva) is an important offering to Goddess Lakshmi. This grass is an important element in most Hindu pujas. It is …

Kanipakam Temple History – The Story of Origin of Kanipakam Vinayaka Temple

KanipakamVinayakaTemple is one of the most popular Ganesha temples in Andhra Pradesh. The history of the temple begins with three brothers discovering the murti of Vinayaka in a well used for agriculture and drinking purpose. As per the story of origin of KanipakamTemple, three brothers who were dumb, deaf and blind used to draw water from a well to cultivate their land.
Once the well dried out and one of the brothers tried to dig the well. But soon the spade used to dig hit a stone and blood started oozing out from the stone.
The well was filled with blood and it started overflowing. The three brothers who got washed up by the blood had their deformities cured.
Soon people started pouring into the area, prayers were offered and the blood flow stopped.
Soon villagers entered the well and tried to unearth the murti. They discovered that it was a swayambhu murti of Ganesha – who later came to be known as Kanipakam Vinayaka.
Attempts to unearth it remained unsuccessful.
Even today the …

About Sri Shankara Mattham at Matunga in Mumbai - Sri Shankara Mutt

Sri Shankara Mattham at Matunga in Mumbai propagates Vedic learning and completes 75 years in 2014. Sri Shankara Mutt is located on the Telang Road in Matunga East.
Sri Shankara Mattham, which is also a temple dedicated to Adi Shankaracharya, was established by Subramania Sastrigal in 1939 in his one bed room apartment.
It is said that Subramania Sastrigal constantly had a dream of Adi Shankaracharya urging him to build a center dedicated to the study of Upanishads and Shastras.
The present temple was consecrated in May 1978.
Sri Shankara Mattham runs a Vedic learning center at Pandarpur. The vedic learning center was established in 1994. Each year 60 students graduate from the center after a 7 year course.
The Matunga Sri Shankara Mattham also conducts Vedic lessons for free of cost for people from all walks of life. DNA reports  The Mattham also gives a monthly pension of Rs5,000 each to 31 Vedic Pundits and Agnihotris who are too old to earn a livelihood through conducting Havans. …

Divine grace can make fertile the most arid heart – Paramahansa Yogananda

Always work willingly and you will find that you are sustained by the indefatigable power of God.
Divine grace can make fertile the most arid heart, transforming its brown desert into a verdant garden of inner happiness and peace.
The river of grace forever flows in the hidden depths of our being. There is no need to cry out to God for help. He is forever near us — nearer than our most secret thoughts and feelings.
Affirmation is man’s part of the labor of self-transformation. United to the flow of divine grace, affirmation becomes the sort of prayer that alone achieves results.
Divine grace is forever impersonal. It is not, like the human will, dependent on personal choices or inclinations. It has no favorites. Like the sunlight, it shines impartially everywhere.
Paramahansa Yogananda

Today’s Hindu Calendar – November 12, 2014 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Sashti Tithi or the sixth day during the waning phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waning phase of moon till 3:32 AM on November 12. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Sashti Tithi or the sixth day during the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra – Punarvasu or Punirtham Nakshatra till 7:56 PM on November 12. Then onward it is Pushya or Pusam or Pooyam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Mithuna Rashi till 1:29 PM. Then onward it is Karka Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days –
Kali Yuga Year – 5116
Vikram Samvant 2071 – Margashirsh Krishna Paksha Sashti Tithi or the sixth day during the waning phase of moonin Margashirsh Month in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Jammu and Kashmir.
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