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Importance of Snake around the Neck of Lord Shiva

Matsya Purana states when depicting Bhagvan Shiva, the Lord should be garlanded with snakes. Most images of Shiva in modern day only depict a single snake around his neck. The five-headed snake forming a canopy over Shivling is another common representation. Puranas and other holy scriptures have numerous tales associating snakes and Lord Shiva.

Snakes (Nagas) have been a part of worship in Hinduism from the very beginning. The most famous myth of Lord Shiva’s association with snakes is when he drinks the poison (kalakuda) from Snake Vasuki’s mouth during the churning of ocean to get amrit. From that day, Lord Shiva becomes blue throated and is called Nilakantha.
It is said the serpent on Shiva’s neck represent the endless cycle of birth and regeneration. Another symbolism is that the snake on neck represents ego which once controlled can be worn as an ornament.
Another important aspect is that Lord Shiva is depicted with snakes when he is in the Kailasa (Himalaya). Snakes serve Lo…

Heramba Ganapati – 32 forms of Ganesha

Heramba Ganapati is one among the 32 forms of Hindu God Ganesha. Those people who lack confidence in facing problems of life worship this form of Ganesh. This form is also a protector of weak. Heramba Ganapati mantra is – Abhaya varadahastah paashadantakshamala
Srini parashu dadhaano mudgaram modakam cha!
Phalamadhi gatasimhah panchamaatanga vakthrah
Ganapatiratigaurah paatu herambanamaa!!

This is a very rare form of Ganesha as it has five faces and ten hands. One hand is in blessing posture. Another hand is in boon giving posture. Reminding hands hold a goad, a rope, a tusk, a rudraksha mala, axe, modak and apple. The Vehicle (vahana) of Heramba Ganapati is a lion.

Fear about future is removed by the meditation of this form of Ganesha. Exclusive temple dedicated to Heramba Ganapati is very rare. But this form is worshipped as subsidiary deity at the Kashi Vishwanath Temple.

Karya Siddhi Yantra Its Importance

Karya Siddhi Yantra is a highly effective Yantra in Hindu Astrology and belief. It is installed for early realization of an objective. It is believed that the Yantra ensure a person’s wellbeing and success in life. It is also used for desire fulfillment.


After performing the Karya Siddhi Yantra puja, it should be hung in the house in the puja room or in living room.

The Yantra is mostly associated with Tantric worship. The puja can be performed by the individual. It includes usual aarti, worship of Hanuman and performing Annadanam or food donation.

Kariya Siddhi Hanuman Mantra in English

Kariya Siddhi Hanuman Mantra is a prayer dedicated to Hindu God Hanuman. The popular belief is that chanting the mantra will help in fulfilling wishes quickly. It is also chanted for attaining peace and prosperity. One should chant the mantra 108 times daily in the morning or evening.
Kariya Siddhi Hanuman Mantra in English
Twamasmin karya niryoge Pramanam hari sattama
Hanuman yatnamaasthaya
Dhukkha kshaya karo bhava

Transgender Festival in Kerala in India

Chamayavilakku festival held at the KottankulangaraSrideviTemple at Chavara in Kerala is seen by many as a transgender festival. Chamayavilakku Festival 2018 date is March 24 and 25. The festival is annually held in March. The festival is today being associated with homosexuals, crossdressers and transgender. But this is not correct. The ritual is a unique offering done by straight men to the Goddess. Homosexuals, cross dressers and transgender actively participate in the ritual.
The ritual is held during the last two days of the 11-day temple festival. On the day, regular men from all walks of life dress up as women for the chamaya Vilakku (chamaya is make-up, vilakku is lamp). The offering is made for the fulfillment of desires or as a thanksgiving for a wish fulfilled.
Beautifully dressed in female clothes and with flowers on hair, lamps in hand, men wait patiently till the wee hours of dawn for the goddess to bless them.
According to legend, little boys grazing cattle had first s…

Dhoop in Hindu Puja – Symbolism and Why Dhoop is used in Hindu Worship?

Dhoop is lighted before the images of gods and goddesses during Hindu Puja ad worship. It is basically lighted to purify the air and spread fragrance. It is also believed that lighting Dhoop helps in warding of the evil spirits.
Basically, Dhoop is burned to keep away bad odors which attract evil or the demons.
It is believed that when Gods arrive to participate in the puja, the paths through which they arrive are kept smelling sweet and fresh with Dhoops.
What is pleasing to human beings is presumed to be pleasing to the gods and therefore good smell of Dhoop is used in pujas.
It is also believed that the smoke of Dhoop is similar to the smoke of sacrifice or yajna and therefore it is offered to please the deities.

Parthiva Linga – Shivling Made Out of Mud

Parthiva Linga or Shivling made out of mud or clay is regarded as the most exalted Shivling in Kaliyuga. Parthiva Linga gives the freedom to devotees to make a Shivling and worship Shiva in Kaliyuga when Adharma gains upper hand and priests and saints have gone corrupt.



It is said that in Satyayuga, Shivling made of gems was best, in Tretayuga one made of gold and in Dwaparayuga one made of mercury was best.
In Kaliyuga Shiva is accessible to all his devotees that follow Dharma.
Parthiva Linga should be a single piece not made using joining parts.
Parthiva Linga can be worshipped on the banks of rivers, lakes and ponds, seashore, mountain, forest or in a ShivaTemple. Any pure clay can be used to make the Shivling.
The devotee should take bath, perform daily rites, apply bhasma and wear Rudraksha before offering prayers. The mantra that is to be chanted is Om Namah Shivaya.
A devotee can make any number of Parthiva Linga.
Offering should be Bilva leaves or flowers.

Birthstone for March Born Male and Female – Gem Stone for March

Each person born in a particular month has a birthstone or gem stone dedicated to them. For male and female born in March, the birthstone is Aquamarine. Wearing Aquamarine stone is lucky for both girls and boys born in the month. Aquamarine is known as Beruj in Hindi and other regional languages in India.



An alternative stone March month born people can wear is blood stone.
You can also wear Aquamarine during date, engagement and other functions.
Wearing the stone in ring or chain for interviews, competitions etc are lucky for March Born.
For financial solutions, freedom from debt, for attain wealth etc., you can wear Aquamarine stone.

Lucky Color for March Born – Which is the lucky color for March born people?

Which is the lucky color for March born people? The lucky color for March born male and female is Pale blue. Wearing blue color dress and blue color stones are good for March born men and women.
You can also wear dress with other shades of blue during date, engagement and other functions.

Wearing pale blue dress for interviews, competitions etc are lucky for March Born.
For financial solutions, freedom from debt, for attain wealth etc., you can wear blue color stones.

Birthstone for Makar Rashi – Which is the gem stone for Makara Rashi Zodiac?

Birthstone for Makar Rashi is based on its ruler Shani. The stone can protect this rashi born people from the negative effects of Shani and helps in garnering the positive energy of Shani, one of the navgrahas in Hindu astrology. The birthstone for Makara Rashi is Blue Sapphire. The gemstone is known as Neelam and Indraneelam in Hindi and other regional languages in India.
Wearing the birth stone helps Makar Rashi people in their career. It improves health and gives mental strength. It also provides peace and prosperity.

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

Matching stars for Chothi Nakshatram born girl as per Kerala/Malayalam jyothisham is given below. It must be noted that the matching star is for female born in Chothi Nakshatram only. It is not for male born in the star.
Matching Star for Chothi Nakshatra female are:
Ashwathy, Bharani, Kartika, Makayiram, Tiruvathira, Punirtham, Pooyam, Ayiliyam, Makam, Pooram, Uthram, Atham, Chithira, Chothi, Vishakam, Triketta, Uthradam ¾, and Revathi – born boys are good for Chothi Nakshatram Born girl.

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

Matching stars for Chithira Nakshatram born girl as per Kerala/Malayalam jyothisham is given below. It must be noted that the matching star is for female born in Chithira Nakshatram only. It is not for female born in the star. Chithira first half is in Kanya Rashi. The second half of the Nakshatra is in Tula Rashi.
Matching Star for Chithira Nakshatra Female born in first half of the nakshatra
Ashwathy, Bharani, Kartika, Rohini, Makayiram, Tiruvathira, Punirtham, Pooyam, Ayiliyam, Makam, Uthram, Atham, Chithira, Moolam, Chathayam, Pooruruttathi last quarter and Uthrittathi.
Matching Star for Chithira Nakshatra Female born in last two quarter or last half of the Nakshatra

Ashwathy, Bharani, Rohini, Makayiram, Tiruvathira, Punirtham, Pooyam, Ayiliyam, Makam, Uthram, Atham, Chithira, Chothi, Vishakam first three quarter, Moolam, Uthradam last ¾, Tiruonam, Avittam and Chathayam.

Shravan Nakshatra Date and Time in 2016 – Sravana Birth Star dates and timing in 2016 – Sravanam

Shravan Nakshatram, also known as Shravana or Sravanam or Thiruonam, is the 22nd Nakshatra among the 27 Nakshatras. Below are Shravan Nakshatra date and time in 2016. The astrological prediction of the birth star Shravana as per Moon Sign is that of Makara Raasi. Lord Shani or Saturn is the lord of Makara Rashi. The color of Shravan is light blue.
Shravan Nakshatra Days in 2016 as per Indian Standard Time (IST)
January 12, 2016 – Tuesday Time is from 8:57 AM on January 11, 2016 to 7:54 AM on January 12
February 8, 2016 – Monday Time is from 6:29 PM on February 7 to 5:03 PM on February 8
March 6, 2016 – Sunday Time is from 4:58 AM on March 6 to 3:42 AM on March 7
April 3, 2016 – Sunday Time is from 2:26 PM on April 2 to 1:50 PM on April 3, 2016
April 30, 2016 – Saturday Time is from 9:48 PM on April 29 to 9:55 PM on April 30, 2016
May 27, 2016 – Friday Time is from 3:32 AM on May 27 to 3:59 AM on May 28
June 24, 2016 – Friday Time is from 9:09 AM on June 23 to 9:25 AM on June 24
July …

Rath Yatra at New Jersey in 2015 – Sri Jagannath Ratha Yatra at Hindu Temple in Wayne

After the world famous annual Puri Jagannath Rath Yatra at the JagannathTemple in Orissa, numerous emulating it are Rath Yatras are held around the world. The Jagannath Rath Yatra (chariot or car festival) organized by The India Cultural Society (ICS) – Mahatma Gandhi Center and Hindu Temple at Wayne, New Jersey – will be held on July 18, 2015

Today hundreds of Jagannath Rath Yatras are held around the world. In fact all the important cities in American and Europe conduct an annual Ratha Yatra after the Puri Festival. Most of the Rath Yatras outside India are conducted by ISKCON.

India Cultural Society Hindu Temple & Mahatma Gandhi Center 714 Preakness Ave,
Wayne, NJ07470
 Phone: 973-595-7117

More details of the Rath Yatra at New Jersey can be found here.

Madhusudani Ekadasi

Madhusudani Ekadasi is observed during the waxing phase of moon in May as per traditional calendar followed in Orissa. Madhusudani Ekadasi 2017 date is May 6. Usually the Ekadasi falling during the period is known as Mohini Ekadasi. But due to certain special astrological calculations and the particular day etc, the Ekadasi is observed as Madhusudani Ekadasi.

The day is of great significance to Jagannath devotees. Special pujas and rituals are held on the day apart from the routine Ekadasi fasting rituals.

Samarth Ramadas on Chanting the Name of God

We should never forget God’s Name, whether in happiness or in sorrow.
Whenever difficulties overcome us, whenever we are down with the worries of life, we should meditate on the Name of God.
By the Name of God are all our difficulties dispelled, and all our calamities swept away.
By meditation on God’s Name, Prahlada was saved from dangerous situations.
There are a thousand and one Names of God. It matters not which Name we utter. If we only utter it regularly and continuously, Death shall have no power on us.
If a man does nothing but only utter the Name of God, God is satisfied and protects His Devotee.
Samarth Ramadas

Jagannath Chariot Festival in San Francisco 2015 – Ratha Yatra in San Francisco in USA

The world famous Sri Jagannath Rath Yatra held at Puri in India is today performed in a small way by Jagannath devotees in important cities around the world. The 2015 San Francisco Edition of Jagannath Chariot Festival will be observed on August 28, 2015. Majority of the Jagannath Chariot or Car Festival is organized by ISKCON members. Three small chariots resembling the huge Puri Jagannath chariots are pulled by devotees on the day.
Ratha Yatra, referred as Chariot or Car festival, is a popular annual festival observed at the JagannathTemple in Puri in India for centuries. The festival was first introduced in the western countries in 1967 in San Franscisco by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.
Three chariots of Lord Jagannath (Krishna), Balabhadra and Subhadra are pulled by ISCKON devotees on the day. The Chariot Festival organized in San Francisco also includes live music, chanting of mantras, dance, kirtan and free vegetarian feast.
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Today’s Hindu Calendar – May 16, 2015 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Saturday, May 16, 2015 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the waning phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the waning phase of moon till 1:08 PM on May 16. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi or the 14th day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is May 16, 2015 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is not a good day
Nakshatra – Revathi Nakshatra till 1:24 AM on May 16. Then onward it is Ashwathy or Ashwini Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Meena Rashi till 1:24 AM. Then onward it is Mesha Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days –
Kali Yuga Year – 5117
Vikram Samvant 2072 – Jyeshta Krishna Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the waning phase of moonin Jyeshta month in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh…

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