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Hamsa or Swan – the Vahana or Vehicle of Brahma and Goddess Saraswathi

Hamsa, or White Swan, is the Vahana (vehicle) of Lord Brahma and Goddess Saraswathi. In Hinduism, Lord Brahma performs the act of creation and Goddess Saraswati is the Goddess of art and learning. Hamsa is considered to have the capacity to separate milk from a mixture of milk and water. This particular capacity of making fine distinctions is an essential requisite of creation. Therefore Lord Brahma is shown as riding on a Swan.
Goddess Saraswati also has Hamsa as her Vahana. Here again the Swan’s capacity to make fine distinctions is symbolically used – creative power, knowledge, inner realization and outer glorification of the Lord are all products of the discriminative power. 
Writing on the subject Swamini Saradapriyananda finds more hidden symbolisms in using Swan as a Vahana:
‘Hamsa’ is an abbreviation of the twin terms “Aha Sah”: (I am He). The creation is a manifestation of the Lord moving in time space continuum. Everything in creation moves incessantly declaring ‘I am HE.’ ……

Narayan Maharaj Punyatithi at Kedgaon near Pune

Narayan Maharaj punyatithi is observed in Shravan month. It is the death anniversary of Narayan Maharaj, a perfect master and an ardent devotee of Lord Dattatreya. The day is of great significance at Kedgaon near Pune. Narayan Maharaj Punyatithi 2017 date is August 19.
At a very young age he had the blessings of Lord Dattatreya and this was proved when we remained unhurt during the collapse of Shiva temple. It is said that he was not even touched by a raging flood.  He was great Siddha and performed numerous miracles during his lifetime.
His basic teaching was to see God in all animate and inanimate.
Narayan Maharaj Punyatithi as per Gregorian calendar is on September 3.
As per Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra and Karnataka, Narayan Maharaj’s punyatithi is annually observed on Shravan Krishna Paksha Dwadasi tithi or the twelfth day during the waning phase of moon.

Bhadrachalam Sri Sita Ramachandra Swamy Temple – Sri Ram Temple in Telangana

Bhadrachalam Sri Sita Ramachandra Swamy Temple is located in Khammam District of Telangana and is the most famous Sri Ram Temple in India. The temple is located on the banks of Godavari River. Bhagavan Sri Rama is believed to have visited the place during the exile period in the Ramayana.
As per history, the present town of Bhadrachalam was once part of the Dandakaranya forest, which Lord Rama, Sita and Lakshmana had visited during their exile period. The ashram or Parnasala that Sri Ram built to stay during the exile period is located around 30 km from here. Ravan kidnapped Mata Sita here.



Legend has it that Sri Ram appeared as Vykunta Rama here to please his ardent devotee Rishi Bhadra.
In Kali Yuga, Sri Ram appeared in the dream of a woman named Pokala Dammakka and informed her about the existence of murtis on Bhadragiri hills. She discovered the murtis and a modest structure was built around it.
Bhakta Ramadasa built the present temple by collecting donation from people.
Unique M…

Story of Prince Dharmagupta, Lion and Bear

Dharmagupta was a prince in the lunar dynasty and the story of the prince, lion and bear is found in the Skanda Purana. One day during a hunting expedition, the prince lost count of time and it soon became dark. He decided to stay atop a tree during the night.
Soon a bear who was chased by a lion took refuge in the tree. The lion rested below the tree and waited for the bear to come down.
The bear then told the lion that they both could spend the night on the tree safely if they took turns to keep vigil.
The prince accepted the offer, he went to sleep, and the bear kept vigil until midnight. When the prince was asleep, the lion suggested to the bear to push the prince down. Bear replied that he would never cheat a friend and it was a great sin.
After midnight, the bear slept and the prince kept vigil. The lion made the same offer he had made to the bear to prince. Thinking that he would be saved if the bear is sacrificed he accept the offer of the lion and pushed the bear down.
Howev…

Why do Hindus Wear Marks on the Forehead like Tika or Tilak?

A devote Hindu draws a mark on the forehead known as Tika or Tilak or Tilakam or Pottu. The wearing of a mark on the forehead is a unique feature associated with Hinduism. There are no strict common rules regarding the drawing of mark on the forehead in Hindu religion.
Basically, the wearing of Tika invokes a feeling of sacredness on the wearer and on the people with whom the wearer comes into contact. Tilak, or Tika, is also a religious symbol and they reveal the particular God worshipped by the wearer. Worshippers of Lord Vishnu wear a Chandan (sandalwood paste) Tilak of the shape of “U.” Vertical lines usually represent Vaishnava devotees. Lord Shiva worshippers apply a three horizontal line bhasma or sacred ash. Horizontal lines represent Shaiva devoteesWorshippers of Devi or the female goddess apply a red dot of kumkum.A red tika is widely applied during pujas on devotees by priests. The tilak worn by Hindu priests have more significance. It represents the particular school of …

Siddheshwar Yatra at Mangalwedha near Solapur

Siddheshwar Yatra at Mangalwedha is annually observed in Shravan month. It is undertaken to the Siddheshwar Temple located at Mangalwedha near Solapur. Siddheshwar Yatra 2017 date is August 14 and August 21.
Siddheshwar Yatra attracts hundreds of devotees. People also flock to the fair and festival organized during the period.
Mangalwedha Siddheshwar Temple is a famous shrine in the region and it attracts thousands of devotees. The shrine is located in the middle of a pond.
Siddheshwar Yatra is observed on Mondays in Shravan month and the most important date is the last Monday of Shravan month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Sri Krishna Yatra at Bahireshwar near Karvir in Kolhapur District

Sri Krishna Yatra at Bahireshwar is observed in Shravan month. It is the annual fair and festival at the Sri Krishna Mandir at Bahireshwar near Karvir in Kolhapur District. In 2017, Sri Krishna Yatra at Bahireshwar is on August 17.
Hundreds of people participate in the annually fair and festival organized here. Traditional rituals and festivals are observed on the occasion.
Sri Krishna Yatra at Bahireshwar is annually observed on Shravan Krishna Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waning phase of moon in Shravan month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

How to make Kavadi for Muruga?

Kavadi is one of the offerings made to Lord Muruga. Here is a brief description on how to make Kavadi a traditional simple Kavadi. Today, there are numerous different types of Kavadi. Some are noted for their unique designs.
Kavadi consists of three parts, namely, the horizontal rod, the semi-circular arch and the hanging weights or carriers.

The horizontal rod is made of solid bamboo about three inches in diameter.
At both ends of the rod the carrier vessels of equal weight are hung.
A semi-circular arch made of split bamboo sticks connects these two ends; the upper portion of it is covered by thick red saffron colored cloth.
This arch design helps to balance the middle rod on the shoulder.
The stick and the arch is decorated artistically using flowers, clothes etc.
Vermilion and turmeric are applied on the vessels or basked that is hung on both sides.
Smalls bells are also tied to the kavadi stick.

It is also decorated with peacock feathers.

Bhaja Govindam in Kannada – Download Bhaja Govindam Lyrics in Kannada pdf

Bhaja Govindam is composed by Adi Shankaracharya and is a popular devotional song in Hinduism. Now you can download the Kannada translation of Bhaja Govindam in pdf format. The Kannada lyrics is the translation from the original Sanskrit version. Each word in Bhaja Govindam is pregnant with meaning and the composition is a sort of short synopsis of the teachings of Santana Dharma.
This Kannada translation of Bhaja Govindam is provided by the prapatti website.

Link – Download Bhaja Govindam Lyrics in Kannada

Live Darshan from Sarangpur Hanuman Temple in Gujarat – Online Darshan of Salangpur Hanumanji

Sarangpur Hanuman Temple is a famous shrine dedicated to Bajrang Bali in Gujarat. Devotees lovingly refer to the lord as Salangpur Hanumanji. The temple is associated with Swaminarayan Sampraday and it is providing live darshan online. The darshan is available when the shrine remains open.

You can have live darshan here at the official website.

Bhaja Govindam in Telugu – Download Bhaja Govindam Lyrics in Telugu pdf

Bhaja Govindam is composed by Adi Shankaracharya and is a popular devotional song in Hinduism. Now you can download the Telugu translation of Bhaja Govindam in pdf format. The Telugu lyrics is the translation from the original Sanskrit version. Each word in Bhaja Govindam is pregnant with meaning and the composition is a sort of short synopsis of the teachings of Santana Dharma.
This Telugu translation of Bhaja Govindam is provided by the prapatti website.
Link – Download Bhaja Govindam Lyrics in Telugu

Bhaja Govindam in Malayalam – Download Bhaja Govindam Lyrics in Malayalam pdf

Bhaja Govindam is composed by Adi Shankaracharya and is a popular devotional song in Hinduism. Now you can download the Malayalam translation of Bhaja Govindam in pdf format. The Malayalam lyrics is the translation from the original Sanskrit version. Each word in Bhaja Govindam is pregnant with meaning and the composition is a sort of short synopsis of the teachings of Santana Dharma. This Malayalam translation of Bhaja Govindam is provided by the prapatti website.
Link – Download Bhaja Govindam Lyrics in Malayalam

October 2015 Rented Home Dates – Good and Auspicious Date to Shift or Move into Rented House – Flat – Apartment in October 2015

Many Hindus look for auspicious and good date to move into rented house. Below are the auspicious dates in October 2015 to shift or move into rented home, flat or apartment. Please note that these are not actual grah pravesh dates. It is just good dates to make a quick move into a new home.
October 2015 Dates to Shift or Move Into Rented Homes
October 2 good after 8:28 AM October 4 October 5 October 6 October 9 October 14 good after 8:02 AM October 15 October 19 October 21 October 22 October 23 October 25 good after 7:40 AM October 27 good after 7:22 AM October 28 good till 2:31 PM October 31
Dates to be avoided – October 3, 10, 11, 12, 13, 16, 17, 18, 20, 24 and October 30.

Key to Success – Swami Tejomayananda

Respect, don’t suspect.
Be tender towards the faults of the other. Be strict towards your own.
Respect a person for what he ‘is’ rather than what he ‘has’.
If you don’t stand for something, you fall for everything.
Don’t tell God how big your trouble is. Tell your trouble how big your God is.
Think big, act wisely and show results.

Source - Victorious Youth By Swami Tejomayananda

Hariyali Teej

Hariyali Teej is an important Hindu festival observed in North India in the Shravan Month. In 2017, the date of Hariyali Teej is July 26, Wednesday. It celebrates the divine union of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. For some Hindu communities, Hariyali Teej symbolizes the eternal love of Radha and Krishna. It is observed on the third day after new moon in the month of Shravan. It is also known as Singhara Teej.

Goddess Parvati is worshipped on the day. In Rajasthan, the idol of Goddess Parvati is taken out in a colorful procession at various places.


Women pray for the welfare of their husbands and for a happy married life. Unmarried women observe Hariyali Teej for a good husband. Many women make it a point to dress richly and neatly on the day – symbolically the women are asking Goddess Parvati to bless them that they will be like this on all days.

On Hariyali Teej day, women worship the moon (Chandra Bhagvan) by offering milk, curd and flowers. Some women undertake a fast from morn…

Requirements for Varalakshmi Puja

Varalakshmi Puja, or Varamahalaskhmi Pooja, is observed by women in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and by some communities in Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh. The observance is dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi and falls on the Friday before Shravan Poornima. Varalakshmi Puja is an elaborate puja and is usually performed with the help of elderly women who have performed the Pooja earlier. Here is a list of essential items that are required for the puja. This is only a general list of things required. The puja requirements vary from region to region. Picture or image or idol of Maha Lakshmi.A Kalash pot for Purna Kumbha – clay or silver.Lamps, bells, agarbathis – usual puja articles.Usual decorations for puja.Cotton dress for the idol or garlandsA piece of blouse to cover the idol. Threads or SaraduMirrorCombFruits and Leaves
BananasLocally available fruitsDhruva grassFragrant leavesBetel leavesBetel nutsBanana leaf with tip or a tray For making ‘Prasad’ or offering - Usually sweets this depends on th…

Today’s Hindu Calendar – August 11, 2015 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Tuesday, August 11, 2015 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during waning phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during waning phase of moon till 5:50 PM on August 11. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is August 11, 2015 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is an average day till 5:00 PM
Nakshatra – Ardra or Arudara or Thiruvathirai Nakshatra till 9:42 PM on August 11. Then onward it is Punarvasu or Punirtham Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Mithuna Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Pradosh Fasting
Kali Yuga Year – 5117
Vikram Samvant 2072 – Shravan Krishna Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the dark phase of moon in Shravan month in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal …

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