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About Kalash on Top of the Sanctum of a Hindu Temple

Kalasha on top of the sanctum sanctorum of a Hindu temple represents the roots of the inverted tree concept found in the Upanishads. Kalasha as per Puranas is one of the fourteen precious gems that came out of the milky ocean when it was churned (Samudra Manthan). Some temples have stone block as Kalasha. The significance of the shape of the Kalasha is that it symbolizes the potentialities of life. The bud which is the topmost portion signifies new life and growth.
Some temples have stone block as Kalasha. But most they are either made of copper or bronze and in some temples they are gold plated.
The Kalasha has components like the foot-hold, the egg, the neck, the lotus-band, the rid and the bud. The foot-hold is sometimes in the shape of a lotus whose petals open out and egg shaped pot sits on it.
From a distance the shape of the Kalasha looks like that of a flower bud or pot. Cereals and precious stones are placed inside the Kalasha. 
Another important hidden component in the K…

Manu Devi Temple at Adgaon – Manudevi Mandir at Adgaon near Jalgaon in Maharashtra

Located in the SatpudaRanges in Maharashtra, ManuDeviTemple is a popular shrine dedicated to Goddess Manudevi, a family deity (Kuldevata) of several families in the ergion. Manudevi Mandir is located at Adgaon near Jalgaon in Maharashtra. It is around 30 km north of Jalgaon. The route to the temple is Jalgaon – Idgaon – Dambhurni – Kingaon – Adgaon.

Goddess Manudevi is a manifestation of Mother Goddess Shakti and she appeared in the SatpudaRanges before Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. She then took numerous forms to annihilate demon Mahishasura.
The temple was discovered in 1251 AD. The shrine is covered by lush green trees.
Couples facing trouble in having children get relief after offering prayers here. People also visit the shrine for having healthy children. The goddess is believed to be a benign mother who fulfills the wishes of her children.
The most important festival in the shrine is on Margashirsh Amavasya day. The other important festival is Navratri.

Padmalaya Temple Erandol – Jalgaon in Maharashtra – Padmalaya Ganapati Temple

PadmalayaGanapatiTemple is located at Erandol near Jalgaon in Maharashtra. Among the two and a half Shree Ganapati Peeths in India, it is the half peetha. PadmalayaTemple is around 5 km from Erandol. The temple is also known as Prabhakshetra. Padmalaya Temple Erandol is around 28 km west of Jalgaon on National Highway 6.

PadmalayaTemple temple is located atop a hill and there are numerous small shrines around the main sanctum sanctorum.
The murti worshipped in the temple is Swayambhu – which appeared on its own. One murti has its trunk curving to the right. The next murti has its trunk curving to the left.
Padukas of Shree Govind Maharaj, a great saint in the Bhakti tradition in Maharashtra, is located in front of the temple.

A huge bell located in the temple is a major attraction.

Mangal Graha Mantra

Below given is a powerful mantra dedicated to Mangal Graha. The mantra is Mantra is given in text format – in Hindi and English. You can download the Mangal Graha Mantra and save it for later use. It is in picture format.
Chanting the Mangal Graha Mantra will bring relief to those people who are having trouble with Mangal Grah in the horoscope. This mantra should be chanted in the morning and in the evening.




Mangal Grah Birthstone – Stone associated with Mangal Grah

Birthstone, or gemstone, associated with Mangal Grah helps in overcoming various difficulties faced by people having malefic effect in horoscope related to Mangal Grah. Stone associated with Mangal Grah is Red Coral. The gemstone is known as Pavizham or Praval or Moonga in Hindi and other regional languages in India.
Wearing the stone helps Mangal Grah people in their career. It improves health and gives mental strength. It is also helps mangalik people in early marriage.

Ganapatyas – A sect which Worships Ganesha as the Supreme Truth – Ganapatya

Ganapatyas were a sect in Hinduim like Shaivites or Vaishnavities who exclusively worshipped Ganesha as the Supreme Truth. The teachings of Ganapatya sect is found in the Prapanchasara Tantra, Mudgala Purana, Ganesha Purana, Ganapati Upanishad and Ganesha Gita.
Ganapatyas were a popular and powerful sect during the medieval period but they lost relevance as Ganesha was incorporated into the puja and rituals of all Hindus. Shaivites, Vaishnavities, and followers of Goddess Shakti all worship Ganesha in the beginning of any puja, ritual or auspicious occasion.
During their heights Ganapatyas had six different sub sects worshipping different aspects of Ganapati. The six sub sects were:
Maha Haridra Svarna Santana Navanita Unmatta – Ucchishta.
Unmatta – Ucchishata and another minor sect known as Herambas were Tantric sects.
Prapanchasara Tantra text is associated with Tantric worship of Ganesha.

Today Ganapatyas are found only in some regions and their numbers are far and few between.

Birthstone for January Born Male and Female – Gemstone for January

Each person born in a particular month has a birthstone or gemstone dedicated to them. For male and female born in January, the birthstone is garnet. Wearing garnet stone is lucky for both girls and boys born in the month. Garnet is known as Gomedh or gomedhikam.

You can also wear garnet during date, engagement and other functions.
Wearing garnet for interviews, competitions etc are lucky for January Born.
For financial solutions, freedom from debt, for attain wealth etc., you can wear garnet birthstone.

Lucky Color for January Born - What is the lucky color for January born people?

What is the lucky color for January born people? The lucky color for January born male and female is Dark Red. Wearing dark red dress and red color stones are good for January born men and women.
You can also wear maganta or other shades of red during date, engagement and other functions.
Wearing red dress for interviews, competitions etc are lucky for January Born.

For financial solutions, freedom from debt, for attain wealth etc., you can wear Red color stones

Birthstone for Vrischika Rashi – Which is the gemstone for Vrischika Rashi?

Birthstone for Vrischika Rashi is based on its ruler Mangal. The stone can protect this rashi born people from the negative effects of Mangal planet and helps in garnering the positive energy of Mangal, one of the navgrahas in Hindu astrology. The birthstone for Vrischika Rashi is Red Coral. The gemstone is known as Pavizham or Praval or Moonga in regional languages in India.
Wearing the birth stone helps Vrischika Rashi people in their career. It improves health and gives mental strength.

Birthstone for Scorpio Zodiac – Which is the gemstone for Scorpio Zodiac?

Birthstone for Scorpio Zodiac is based on its ruler Mars. The stone can protect this rashi born people from the negative effects of Mars planet and helps in garnering the positive energy of Mars, one of the navgrahas in Hindu astrology. The birthstone for Scorpio Zodiac is Red Coral. The gemstone is known as Pavizham or Praval or Moonga in regional languages in India.
Wearing the birth stone helps Scorpio Zodiac people in their career. It improves health and gives mental strength.

Marriage Pooram Nakshatram Female – Suitable Matching Stars for Pooram Nakshatram Born Girl

Matching stars for Pooram Nakshatram born girl as per Kerala/Malayalam jyothisham is given below. It must be noted that the matching star is for female born in Pooram Nakshatram only. It is not for male born in the star.
Suitable Matching Star for Pooram Nakshatra female are:
Ashwathy, Kartika, Rohini, Thiruvatira, Punirtham, Ayiliyam, Makam, Uthram, Vishakam ¼, Triketta, Chathayam and Pooruruttahi ¾ – born boys are suitable for Pooram born girls.

Marriage Makam Nakshatram Female – Suitable Matching Stars for Makam Nakshatram Born Girl

Matching stars for Makam Nakshatram born girl as per Kerala/Malayalam jyothisham is given below. It must be noted that the matching star is for female born in Makam Nakshatram only. It is not for male born in the star.
Matching Star for Makam Nakshatra female are:
Ashwathy, Bharani, Kartika, Rohini, Makayiram, Thiruvatira, Punirtham, Pooyam, Ayiliyam, Vishakam ¼, Triketta, Chathayam and Pooruruttahi ¾ – born boys are suitable for Makam born girls.

Purvashada Nakshatra Date and Time in 2016 – Purva Shada Birth Star dates in 2016

Purvashada Nakshatra 2016 dates based on traditional Hindu calendar, Astrology and Panchangam. Purvashadha Birth Star, also known as Pooradam, is the 20th Nakshatra among the 27 Nakshatras. Below are Purva shada Nakshatra dates in 2016. The astrological prediction of the birth star Poorvashada as per Moon Sign is that of Dhanu Rashi. Jupiter or Guru is the Lord of Dhanu Raasi. The color of Purvashadha is black.
Purva shada Nakshatra Days in 2016 as per Indian Standard Time (IST)
January 10, 2016 – Sunday Time is from 10:00 AM on January 9, 2016 to 9:42 AM on January 10
February 6, 2016 – Saturday Time is from 7:43 PM on February 5 to 7:25 PM on February 6
March 4, 2016 – Friday Time is from 5:19 AM on March 4 to 5:32 AM on March 5
April 1, 2016 – Friday Time is from 1:23 PM on March 31 to 2:17 PM on April 1, 2016
April 28, 2016 – Thursday Time is from 5:54 PM on April 26 to 9:03 PM on April 28, 2016
May 25, 2016 – Wednesday Time is from 1:19 AM on May 25 to 2:38 AM on May 26
June 22, …

About Sun Temple at Modhera in Gujarat in India Situated on the Tropic of Cancer

Sun Temple at Modhera in Gujarat in India is older than the sun temple at Konark in Orissa. What is even more interesting is that the temple dedicated to Hindu God Surya is located on the Tropic of Cancer. The Hindu reports  The Surya Kund is the first of three distinct components of the temple complex. To the west lies the Sabha Mandap or primary hall and beyond is the main temple — all laid out as on an east-west grid. The temple complex, which is built on the Tropic of Cancer, is designed such that the first rays of the sun fall on the main idol at the time of the equinoxes. 
The Surya Kund itself is graced by a variety of small shrines — placed between the numerous pyramidical steps. Literature alludes to 108 such shrines, though only a few remain intact. The distinctive gopuras on the southern and northern edges of the rectangular tank, give us a sense of the grandeur of the tank in its heyday. Intricate stone carvings of Hindu deities such as Vishnu and Shiva are enshrined betwe…

How to observe Shani Jayanti? – What to do on Sani Jayanthi?

Shani Jayanti is believed to be the day when Lord Shani made his first appearance. There is a popular belief and fear among Hindus that Shani creates obstacles in the life and creates numerous emotional, physical and financial problems. So, how to worship Lord Shani and get rid of the troubles is a constant question lingering in the minds of people who believe they are under the malefic influence of Lord Shani? There are numerous things you can do to propitiate Lord Shani.

What to do on Shani Jayanti? Most Hindu devotees fast on the Shani Jayanti day. The fasting is from sunrise to sunset. Only a single meal is consumed on the day that is after pujas and prayers in the evening.

Devotees who are observing Shani Jayanti Vrat usually visit Shani or Navagraha shrines. Numerous other temples also have Lord Shani installed as a minor deity.

Black colored items like sesame (til), sesame oil, black clothes, and black gram whole are offered to Lord Shani. It must be noted here that the color of …

Sant Jnaneshwar on the Vision of the Self

When the tree of unreality has been cut down, one is able to see one’s Self, one’s own form. This is, however, not to be compared to the seeing of the reflection in a mirror; for the reflection in a mirror is simply the other of the seeing man.
The vision of the individual Self is as a Spring which may exist in its own fullness even when it does not come up into a well. When water dries up, the image in it goes back to its prototype; when the pitcher is broken, space mixes with space; when fuel is burnt, fire returns into itself; in a similar way, is the vision of the Self by the Self.
This is the Ultimate Being which exists in itself, after reaching which, there is no return. Sant Jnaneshwar

Today’s Hindu Calendar – May 14, 2015 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Thursday, May 14, 2015 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day during the waning phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day during the waning phase of moon till 5:44 PM on May 14. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the 12th day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is May 14, 2015 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is an average day.
Nakshatra – Purva Bhadrapada or Pooruruttathi Nakshatra till 4:34 AM on May 14. Then onward it is Uttara Bhadrapada or Uthrittathi Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Meena Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Ekadasi Fasting
Kali Yuga Year – 5117
Vikram Samvant 2072 – Jyeshta Krishna Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day during the waning phase of moonin Jyeshta month in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Ut…