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Rice is Prohibited on Ekadashi – Why Rice is not eaten on Ekadashi?

Rice is prohibited while observing Ekadashi Fasting. But why is rice not eaten on Ekadashi. The story of Ekadasi in Hinduism is associated with Lord Vishnu annihilating Demon Mura.
It is believed that demon Mura found a dwelling place in the rice and a young woman appeared from Lord Vishnu to annihilate Mura on Ekadashi tithi.
Therefore, devotees who fast on the Ekadashi day avoid food made from rice.

In fact, all grains and pulses are avoided on the day.

Story of Ekadashi Vrat

Story of Ekadashi Vrat happened during the Satya Yuga and is mentioned in the Puranas. Legend has it that Bhagavan Srihari Vishnu was engaged in battle with Demon Mura during the Satya Yuga.
The battle went for several days and feeling tired Bhagavan Vishnu decided to rest.
However, Demon Mura decided to attack Srihari Vishnu while he was sleeping.
Suddenly a young girl appeared from the body of Bhagavan Vishnu and she annihilated demon Mura. She was the primordial mother and pleased with Her, Srihari Vishnu called her Ekadashi as she appeared on the eleventh day of the fortnight.
He also granted her the boon that anyone who observes fasting on Ekadashi Tithi will become free of all sins and will attain moksha.

Potharaju During Bonalu Procession

Potharaju is the brother of Goddess Mahankali. He is a fierce looking man and is part of procession to Mother Goddess temples. Today many people dress like Potharaju and leads the Bonalu procession. He walks ahead of the procession whipping himself. He is part of Bonalu procession, Pochamma Thalli and Ellamma Thalli.


Potharaju symbolically represents masculine power, which can weed out all physical evils affecting the devotees of Goddess Mahankali. Thus, he is a protector or guardian deity.

Usually Potharaju is a well-built man, whose body is covered with turmeric powder and red vermilion on forehead. He wears a red dhoti. Bells are tied to the ankle and dances to the sound of drums.

Potharaju carries a whip and lashes it against his body to the sound of drum beats. He is followed by women carrying bonam or by females who tie neem leaves around their waist and are in a trance.
Sometimes Potharaju goes into a trance and predicts the future of the community.

Bol Bom Dedicated to Shiva in Shravan Month

The Hindu Shravan month witnesses thousands of devotees visiting various shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva. The pilgrims shout ‘Bol Bom’ or ‘Bhol Bom’ meaning ‘Say Shiva’ during the pilgrimage. In some places the pilgrimage itself is referred as Bol Bom. The term is used mainly during the pilgrimage to DeograhBabaBaidyanathTemple from Sultanganj (Shravani Mela).
In Nepal, Hindu devotees take part in a ‘Bol Bom’ pilgrimage in Kathmandu on Monday in Shravana Month. The devotees run or walk barefooted for kilometers to reach the PashupatinathTemple seeking good health, wealth and happiness.
The Bol Bom yatris are also known as Kanwarias in India and they participate in the Kanwar Yatra. They carry the sacred Gangajal to home and ShivaTemples to bath the Shivling.
Related Why Gangajal is poured on Shivling in the month of Shravan?

Kanwarias – Hindu Pilgrims carrying Ganga Water to bathe Shivling

In the month of Shravan (July – August) the roads of Delhi, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan, Punjab, Bihar and Jharkhand will be taken over by saffron-clad Hindu devotees carrying Ganga water. They are the Kanwarias who are undertaking the Kanwar Yatra. They collect water from the Ganga in Haridwar, Gangotri, Gaumukh, Allahabad, Sultanganj and other holy places and return home to bathe the Shiva Lingam in their homes or villages on the Amavasi day in the Shravan month.

The name Kanwarias because they carry a pole called ‘Kanwar’ on their shoulders and pots with Ganga Water hang from the two sides of the pole. It is estimated that more than six million Kanwarias visit various holy places through which Ganga flows in Uttarakhand.
Another one million devotees carry Ganga water from Sultanganj – the only place where Ganga flows towards north – to the famous Deogarh Shiva temple during Shravan Mela. Some devotees in Uttar Pradesh collect water from numerous places in the sta…

Puri Rath Yatra Live Telecast Online 2017 – Watch Jagannath Ratha Jatra 2017 Live

The World Famous Puri Rath Yatra 2017 from the PuriJagannathTemple will be aired live online. The live webcast will be available on June 25, 2017 from 8:00 AM IST. The hosting and live streaming of the online telecast of Jagannath Rath Yatra in 2017 is by NIC from the live telecast of DD India.

The online live webcast of Puri Rath Yatra can be seen here - Jagannath Rath Yatra Live. (click on the link)




You can also watch the recorded versions of Rath Yatra 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009 and 2008 on the same website.
On the Puri Jagannath Rath Yatra day, the chariots of the presiding deities of Puri Jagannath temple, Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Goddess Subhadra, with the celestial wheel Sudarshana will be pulled by thousands of people to the Gundicha temple, which is around two miles north of the Sri Mandira.

You may also like to read How to identify the chariot of Lord Jagannatha? The size and dimension of Puri Jagannath Rath Yatra chariots Watch Ahmedabad Ratha Y…

Karmendriyas in English – What is Karmendriya in Hinduism?

The English meaning of Karmendriyas is the five lower sense organs. They are:

Feet Hands Rectum Genitals Mouth

Karmendriya means Karma and Indra. Karma means action and Indra is the God of the ‘sensory’ heaven in Hinduism.
Control of Karmendriyas is essential for a peaceful life on earth. It is also necessary for attaining moksha or liberation.

Jnanendriyas in English - What is Jnanendriya in Hinduism?

The English meaning of Jnanendriyas is the five lower sense organs. They are EarsEyesNoseTongue andSkin
Jnanendriya means Jnana and Indra. Jnana means wisdom and Indra is the God of the ‘sensory’ heaven in Hinduism.

Control of Jnanendriyas is essential for a peaceful life on earth. It is also necessary for attaining moksha or liberation.

Meaning of Ganapati – Why is Ganesha referred as Ganpati?

The meaning of Ganapati – Gan means ‘samooh’ or society and pati means ‘Swami’ or leader. Ganesha is referred as Ganpati because he is the leader or commander of the society.
In human body, there are five Jnanendriyas (five sense of organs), 5 Karmendriyas (five organs of action) and 4 antakaran – mind, ego, intellect and memory. These powers are controlled, maintained and executed by 14 deities. These 14 deities arise and fall in Ganesha.
The most popular story on birth of Ganesha in Puranas suggest that Shiva made Ganesha the commander in chief of Ganas and therefore he is known as Ganapati.

Why Hindu God Ganesha or Ganapati is known as Siddhi Vinayak?

Hindu God Ganesha or Ganapati is known as Siddhi Vinayak because it is believed that he is the giver of all Siddhis – meaning perfection or accomplishment or attainment or success or talents.
All Siddhis reside in Ganapati and we can achieve them only with His blessings.
Therefore, before starting any new we chant the mantra Sri Ganeshaya Nama.

Hindu Festivals in August 2015 – Hindu Vrat – Fasting – Rituals in August 2015

Dates of important festivals associated with Hinduism in August 2015 – based on major Hindu calendars and Panchang used in India. The festivals, Vrats and ritual days in August 2015 are based on Indian Standard Time (IST).
August 1 – Shravan month begins in North India August 1, 2015 – Ashoonyashayan Vrat August 3 – Aadi Perukku in Tamil Nadu August 3 – Shravan Somvar Vrat in North India August 3 – Sankashti Chaturthi Vrat August 5 – Manasa Devi Puja August 8 – Kher Puja August 10 – Shravan Somvar Vrat in North India August 10 – Ekadasi Fasting

Quilla Temple Dedicated to Lord Ram in Nizamabad – Raghunathalayam in a Fort in Nizamabad

Quilla Temple is located inside Quilla Indur or Fort Indur in Nizamabad. The temple is dedicated to Lord Ram. The shrine is also known as Raghunathalayam as Ragunath Rishi performed intense austerities and meditation here.
The fort and the temple is believed to have constructed by the Rashtrakuta Kings in the 10th century.
The fort has fountains, meditation hall and kalyana mandapa (marriage hall).
The Sri Ram Temple in the fort is the biggest and is noted for its magnificence.
The murti of Sri Ram is in the shape of Kurma (tortoise). Mata Sita is seated nearby.
The meditation hall in the fort is where Rishi Raghunatha Swami spent several years meditating. If one sits and chant ‘OM’ in the hall we can hear it echoing.
A big pillar near the temple with a lamp atop it is lit every day.
There is also an ornate Dwajasthamba or flag post in front of the temple.
At the bottom of the hillock, on which the Sri Ram temple stands, there is a temple dedicated to Hanuman. The murti of Hanuman…

Shivling Worshipped in Lingaraj Temple in Orissa to have Silver Cover

The Shivling worshipped in LingarajTemple in Orissa will be covered with silver cladding. The stone Shiv Lingam was earlier covered with silver cover but was discontinued. The New Indian Express reports The ‘Shiv Linga’ at Lingaraj temple will once again have a silver cladding from Monday. The decision was taken at a meeting of Lingaraj Temple Trust Board presided by its chairman, Additional District Magistrate (ADM) Abanikanta Patnaik. Patnaik said the board decided to clad the ‘Linga’ with silver cover again from Monday. The silver cover had adorned the ‘Linga’ for a few days after it was donated by a devotee last year. But, it was removed following a dispute, he said. The ADM said the meeting of the board was convened following the decision of the sub-committee to clad the ‘Linga’ with silver from any Monday.

Lakshmi Narasimha Ashtottara Shatanama Stotram in Telugu in pdf

Lakshmi Narasimha Ashtottara Shatanama Stotram is the names of Lord Narasimha. The prayer is chanted for peace and prosperity and for overcoming fear and enemies. The stotram in Telugu in pdf format is given below. The text or lyrics of Lakshmi Narasimha Ashtottara Shatanama Stotram in Telugu language is provided by Sundar Kidambi of prapatti.

Link – Telugu Lakshmi Narasimha Ashtottara Shatanama Stotram

Krishna Stuti Lyrics in Hindi – Sri Krishna Stuti in pdf format

Krishna Stuti is dedicated to Bhagavan Sri Krishna. You can find the link to the Krishna Stuti Lyrics in Hindi in pdf format below. The prayer is chanted daily morning and evening for attaining peace and prosperity. The document in pdf in Hindi language is provided by Sundar Kidambi of prapatti.

Link – Krishna Stuti Lyrics in Hindi

Shubh Muhurat in October 2016 in Hindu Calendar and Panchang – Shubh Mahurat October 2016

Shubh Muhurat days in October 2016 as per Hindu calendar is based on astrological calculations and the period of Shubh Mahurat varies from country to country and even within regions in India. The Shubh Muhurats below are based on Panchangs followed in India and is meant to give an idea regarding good days in October 2016.
Shubh Muhurat October 2016 –
October 2 Shubhonly till 3:20 PM
October 3 Shubh Muhurat after 4:30 PM October 5 Shubh Muhurat only after 3:20 PM October 6 Shubh till 11:25 AM October 10 October 11 October 12 Shubh Muhurat till 9:45 AM
October 13 Shubh Muhurat till 5:55 PM October 14 Shubh after 4:30 PM
October 15 Shubh Muhurat till 1:10 PM October 19 Shubh after 10:10 AM October 20 October 22 October 23 Shubh Muhurat till 7:55 PM October 27 Shubh Muhurat only till 3:50 PM October 30 October 31 Shubhonly after 11:55 AM

Thoughts on Guru Purnima from Hindu Blog

Human beings or animals or birds or any other living being or whatever thing in the universe that removes ignorance and ushers in the light of self realization is Guru. Guru Purnima is dedicated to this Guru. A Guru need not always be a Swami or a teacher. It can be a small child that gives you the most important lesson in life. 

Guru Purnima is not dedicated to those modern Gurus who promise miracles. Not to those Gurus who promises to make you rich. Not to those Gurus who promises to solve your family problems or any other issues. These are not Gurus but people who make their living by giving false hopes and promises. They thrive on donations. 
Those Gurus that directly or indirectly encourage fear, jealousy, avarice and desires are not gurus.
True Guru never puts the blame to your problems on astrology or bad luck or enemies.

True Guru never advertises.
Blessing of a Guru is not a substitute to hard work. 
The greatest Guru is Bhagavan Sri Krishna. He did not perform a single mira…

Importance of Guru Poornima

Guru Poornima or Guru Purnima is celebrated on the full moon day in month of Ashadh (July). The day is dedicated to Gurus, especially to sage Veda Vyas, and therefore Guru Poornima is also known as Vyas Poornima. On this day, disciples venerate their Guru. Guru Purnima 2017 date is July 9.
The Guru Gita in the Skanda Purana written by Sage Ved Vyasa hails guru in this famous verse:
Guru brahma Guru vishnu Gururdevo Maheshwaraha
Guruhu sakshaat Parambrahman tasmai Shrigurave namaha “Guru is Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva,
Veneration to the Guru who has manifested as Parabrahman.” It must be noted here that Guru is a person who removes darkness or ignorance. The true Guru is the one who removes ‘Maya’ and puts us on the path to Brahman.
School and college teachers are Guru but not the Guru mentioned in the Sanatana Dharma.
Guru can be anyone – sometimes even a child – who removes darkness or ignorance.
The day is celebrated as Vyas Poornima because Sage Vyas is the original Guru of Santana Dh…

Purity is the goal of all spiritual practices

Change is the changeless law of life. We cannot help change but we can learn to adjust ourselves to change. The secret lies in how to adjust, what to hold on and what to let go. An understanding of essentials and non-essentials is what is needed. This alone can make us live spiritual life in right earnest.
All changes notwithstanding, essentials of spirituality remain unchanged and they will remain for times to come. Yes, a restatement and rewording of these essentials may be needed but no alteration is required with the essentials.
What are the essentials of living a spiritual life? Or the most essential condition for spirituality? Purity. Purity of what we want is important and if we want God we are on the right path. It is this purity of intention or seeking that finally leads the formation of a pure character which is what spirituality finally leads one to.
This is the goal of all spiritual practices — purity.

Source – Vedanta Kesari Editorial December 2014

Shani Puja in Shravan Month – Saturday Puja and Fasting for Sani Bhagavan

Special pujas and rituals dedicated to Shani Bhagavan are performed in some regions on Saturday or Shanivar in Shravan or Sawan month. The entire month is dedicated to Lord Shiva and it is believed that Shiva has the capacity to lessen the harmful effects caused by Navgraha Shani in one’s life. Therefore special Sani pujas are held on Saturdays in the month in Gujarat and North India.
People who believe in astrology are of the view that the harmful positioning of Shani in one’s horoscope is the reason for many bad happenings in their life.
In Shravan month various pujas are held on Saturdays to escape the bad influence of the Shani.
Some people only take a single meal on the day. Some people observe a complete fast.
In some region, Hanuman is worshipped on the day as Shani had promised Hanuman that he will not harm his devotees.
Black clothes and sesame seeds are offered to Shani Bhagavan in Navgraha temples.
You may also like to read How to observe Shanivar Vrat or Saturday Fasting?

Today’s Hindu Calendar – July 31, 2015 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Friday, July 31, 2015 (Today) – Purnima Tithi or the full moon day in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Purnima Tithi or the full moon day till 4:36 PM on July 31. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the first day during waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is July 31, 2015 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good and auspicious day.
Nakshatra – Uttarashada or Uthradam Nakshatra till 10:49 AM on July 31. Then onward it is Shravan or Thiruonam or Sravana Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Makar Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Purnima – Fullmoon day. Guru Purnima.Vyasa Puja.
Kali Yuga Year – 5117
Vikram Samvant 2072 – Nija Ashada Purnima Tithi or the full moon day in Ashada month in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Jammu and Kashmir.
Manmathanama Samvatsar/ Shalivahana Saka 193…

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