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Goddess Baghini in Hinduism

Goddess Baghini in Hinduism is a power female being and attendant of Goddess Kali. She is the guardian of Mother Goddess. She appeared from Mother Goddess Shakti itself during her fight against demons.
She is known as Baghini because she has the body of a female and the head of a tigress.
Murtis of Goddess Baghini can be found guarding the sanctum of Mother Goddess in Nepal.

She is found along with her companion deity known as Singhini in temples.

Pandurang Yatra at Sankhali in Goa

Pandurang Yatra at Sankhali is annually observed in Ashada month. It is the annual fair and festival at the Pandurang Temple at Sankhali or Sanquelim in Goa.Sankhali Pandurang Yatra 2017 date is July 4.

Shri Pandurang mandir, dedicated to Shri Vithal, is located on the banks of Valvantha River and was built during the 14th Century.

The Panduran Yatra coincides with the famous Pandharpur Yatra in Maharashtra. The annually festival involves carrying of the Palkhi.
Pandurang Yatra at Sankhali in Goa is annually observed on Ashada shukla paksha ekadasi tithi or the eleventh day during the waxing phase of moon in Ashada month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Goa.

Mahalaxmi Temple Utsav at Salcette near Colva in Goa – Shri Mahalaxmi Sansthan Festival at Salcette

Mahalaxmi Temple Utsav at Salcette near Colva in Goa is annually observed in Ashada month. This is the annual festival at Mahalaxmi Temple at Salcette near Colva in Goa. Mahalaxmi Temple Utsav 2017 date is July 5.

The festival begins on the day and is continued for a couple of days. Hundreds of people participate in the various rituals as part of the festival.
Mahalaxmi Temple Utsav at Salcette is annually observed on Ashada shukla paksha ekadasi tithi or the eleventh day during the waxing phase of moon in Ashada month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Khandoba History – Story of Hindu God Shiva’s Manifestation as Khandoba

Khandoba is believed to be a manifestation of the Rudra form of Hindu God Shiva. The Khandoba History indicates that the deity had it origin in South India. Origin and story of Khandoba is found in the ‘Malhari Mahatmya. The story suggests that Khandoba appeared to annihilate demons Mani and Malla and restore Dharma.

Story of Khandoba Legend has it that Mani and Malla became powerful by performing intense Tapas (austerities) dedicated to Brahma. After several years Brahma gave them boons. With unimaginable power on their disposal, Mani and Malla started harassing saints, Devas (demi gods) and humans. They created havoc and disturbed the peaceful life on earth and heaven.

ManichurnaMountain the abode of several holy persons was captured by Mani and Malla. Unable to tolerate their violence, saints, humans and demigods approached Shiva.

Shiva brought out several lieutenants from his matted lock to fight Mani and Malla and went to ManichurnaMountain. He himself took the form of Bhairav, …

Parnerkar Maharaj Jayanti at Thergaon near Pimpri Chinchwad

Parnerkar Maharaj Jayanti is observed in Ashada month. It is the birth anniversary of Parnerkar Maharaj. The main rituals and spiritual programs are organized at Thergaon near Pimpri Chinchwad in Pune district. Parnerkar Maharaj Jayanti 2017 date is July 9.

Parnerkar Maharaj was a great teacher who dispelled darkness by ushering in the light of knowledge. Hundreds of people participate in the various spiritual programs organized on the day.

Parnerkar Maharaj Jayanti is observed on Ashada Purnima or full moon day in Ashada month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Ambaji Limbaji Temple Festival at Vadapuri near Indapur - Ambaji Limbaji Devasthan Festival

Ambaji Limbaji Temple festival is observed in Ashada month. It is the most important annually fair and festival at Ambaji Limbaji Devasthan at Vadapuri near Indapur. Ambaji Limbaji festival 2017 date is July 9.

Ambaji Limbaji is a folk deity worshipped by many communities in Maharashtra. The annual festival is noted for feast and animal sacrifices.
Ambaji Limbaji festival is annually held on Ashada Purnima or the full moon day in Ashada month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Bajire Datta Mandir Guru Purnima Utsav near Poladpur – Datta Mandir Guru Purnima Festival at Bajire Village

Bajire Datta Mandir Guru Purnima Utsav is observed in Ashada month. It is one of the biggest fair and festival at the Datta Temple at Bajire Village near Poladpur in Raigad in Maharashtra. Bajire Datta Mandir Guru Purnima Utsav 2017 date is July 9.

Dedicated to Guru Dattatreya, the Datta mandir at Bajire attracts devotees from nearby places. The annual festival is noted for various kinds of unique spiritual programs which attract devotees from far and nearby places.
Bajire Datta Mandir Guru Purnima Utsav is annually observed on the purnima or full moon day in Ashada month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Bipadtarini Brata – Vipadtarini Vrata and Puja

Bipadtarini Brata, also known as Vipadtarini Vrata and Puja, is observed in the Ashada Month. Bipadtarini Brata 2017 date is June 28. The ritual is of great importance in Orissa, Jharkhand and Bengal. The ritual is dedicated to Goddess Shakti who helps in overcoming all troubles. Bipad here means troubles and Tarani is one who helps in overcoming it.

Special prayers and rituals are held in Goddess Shakti temples. The rituals are mainly performed by women. Fruits, vegetables and flowers are offered to the Goddess. Women also tie red and color thread on the day.
The rituals are observed on the fifth day of the Shukla Paksha or waxing phase of moon in Ashada month.

The day is also observed as Hera Panchami and Sri Lakshmi Vijaya in eastern parts of India.

Why is Guru Poornima referred as Vyas Purnima?

Guru Poornima is also popularly known as Vyas Purnima after Sage Vyasa. Most people recognize Sage Vyas as the author of epic Mahabharata. But Saint Vyas is also a compiler and editor of popular Holy Scriptures associated with Hinduism including the Vedas and the Puranas. In 2018, Vyas Purnima is on July 27.
The unparalled knowledge of Santana Dharma that were only registered in the memory of great sages and which were passed on orally from Guru to Shishya for generations was for the first compiled and written down by Sage Vyasa. It is believed that Sage Vyas completed the compilation of the four Vedas on the Purnima day and therefore the day is referred as Vyas Poornima.
The Vedas were written for the first time on ‘Bhoj Patra’ and to complete this job Sage Vyas chose a secluded place and even his close disciples were not allowed to visit him. He went into deep mediation and wrote down from memory the great teachings of the Saints of yesteryear. Knowledge which was passed down orall…

Sudarshana Ashtakam in Tamil in pdf - Sudarshan Chakra Ashtakam in Tamil

Sudarshana Ashtakam is a prayer dedicated to the Sudarshan Chakra of Lord Vishnu. Below is the Sudarshana Ashtakam in Tamil text in pdf. The prayer is chanted for overcoming fear and for defeating enemies. The document in pdf in Tamil language is provided by Sundar Kidambi of prapatti.
Link Sudarshana Ashtakam in Tamil

Sudarshana Chakra History – The Story of Sudarshan Chakra or Discus of Vishnu

Sudarshana Chakra is one among the attributes of Hindu God Vishnu. It is also referred as discus and the weapon is used to kill demons or deadly enemies. The story of Sudarshan Chakra is found in the Puranas and Mahabharata. As per one history, Shiva gave it to Vishnu. It must be noted here that there are numerous stories regarding the origin of Sudarshana Chakra.


Legend has it that Vishnu one day decided to visit Lord Shiva who was residing at Kashi. Vishnu collected 1008 lotus flowers from Manasarovar to offer it on the Shivaling at Kashi by reciting the 1008 names of Shiva.

After collecting the flowers from Manasarovar in the Himalayas, Vishnu reached Kashi and was warmly welcomed by Shiva. Vishnu then began to offer the flowers one by one to the Shivling at Kashi. He chanted a name of Shiva and offered one lotus flower.

Vishnu was fully absorbed in the process and Shiva decided to test Him and removed one lotus flower that Lord Vishnu had brought and hid it.

Vishnu chanted the 10…

Okhleshwar Mahadev – Okhleshwar Form of Shiva

Okhleshwar Mahadev is worshipped in Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the 84 forms of Shiva worshipped in Ujjain.
The temple dedicated to Okhleshwar is located on the banks of Shipra River and Okhleshwar Ghat is a famous bathing spot on the holy river.
Okhleshwar Mahadev form of Shiva is worshipped for peace and prosperity.
Okhleshwar Mahadev is counted among the 84 Shiva Temple is Ujjain and it is the  temple visited during the parikarama of Shiavalayas here.

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Goddess Narayanapriya – About Hindu Goddess Narayana Priya

Goddess Narayanapriya means one who is the favorite of Narayana or Vishnu. So who is the favorite of Narayana? It is Goddess Durga. Thus Narayanapriya is another name of Goddess Durga.

It is in Harivamsha that Goddess Durga is called Narayanapriya – beloved of Narayana. It must be noted here that Narayanapriya does not mean consort or lover. It was more of sisterly love. This we come to know as in Harvivamsha the goddess is also referred as Vasudevabhagini meaning sister of Vishnu.

Secular scholars are of the view that the concept of  Narayanapriya was part of a failed attempt to get the Shakti cult especially Durga and her worship under the patronage and protection of Vishnu.

However, this did not happen and today; Goddess Durga is closer to Shaivite cults.

900-year-old Peepal Tree Worshipped at Kunda Kotagiri near Nilgiris by Kota tribe

A huge 900 year old peepal tree worshipped by Kota Tribe at Kunda Kotagiri near Nilgiris in Tamil Nadu is garnering attention due to its holiness and size. The diameter of the tree was so huge that some 50 persons have to form a human chain around the tree. Zee news reports The tribe, with a population of nearly 3,000 and women outnumbering with 1,700, in seven  villages, perform poojas in front of this 250-foot tall tree for any auspicious occasions, whether a marriage, new construction or housewarming.

Even the villagers used to confess or take pledge before the tree, Bellan, the chief of seven villages, says.

The tribals used to go to the peepal, said to be planted over 10 generations ago, and pray for removing obstacles and protect from the evils, Bellan, who is a retired post master, said.  Tourists or general public were not not allowed to stay for long near the tree and asked to leave immediately  after paying obeisance, Bellan said.

Hindu God Vishnu in The Vedas

In the Rig Veda, there are nearly five hymns that are dedicated to Hindu God Vishnu. He is also part of some other hymns. In all the Vedas put together his name only appears about 100 times.

Macdonell in his Vedic Mythology states: He thrice traversed the earthly spaces for man in distress, he traversed the earth to bestow it on man for a dwelling, he traversed the earthly spaces for wide-stepping existence, with Indra he took wide strides and stretched out the worlds for our existence. In Rig Veda, Vishnu is subservient to Indra.
However, there is a change in the status and by later Vedic period; Vishnu had become the greatest god. During later Vedic period, Vishnu is beneficent, innocuous, and bountiful, liberal and generous deliverer and alone sustains the threefold world – heaven, earth and all beings.

In the Rig Veda, Vishnu is called Gopa, the herdsman. The specific term used is Vishnurgopa (Rig Veda 1.22.18). He is also referred as Govinda, the cow keeper and Damodara – one w…

Kabir – Dohas on Control of Mind

The king, the beggar, and the saint all are disconsolate. Only he who controls his mind is happy and content.
If one has given his mind he has given his all. With the mind goes the body too; Then nothing remains.
Reading and hearing all the scriptures, learnt all the knowledge in them, yet doubts of mind did not go, says Kabir, from doubts sorrows stem!
Without any sea or seashell and in the absence of svati rain, gems are formed in the void space on the hill top. Symbolically it means that spiritual experience can be formed independently without any outward help.
I have cleansed my mind pure like Ganga water, the lord now runs after me I find calling ‘Kabir’, ‘Kabir’.
Sant Kabir

Today’s Hindu Calendar – July 20, 2015 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Monday, July 20, 2015 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waxing phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waxing phase of moon till 10:55 AM on July 20. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is July 20, 2015 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good day after 2:00 PM
Nakshatra – Purvaphalguni or Pooram Nakshatra till 10:52 PM on July 20. Then onward it is Uttaraphalguni or Uthiram Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Simha Rashi
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