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Kannada Mantra for pure mind - Mantra in Kannada Language for a peaceful mind

Below is a prayer in Kannada language for a pure mind. Anyone can chant this mantra for a peaceful mind. The mantra should be chanted continuously for 40 days to be effective. The person can decide the number of times it is chanted. It is ideal to chant the prayer in the morning. During the chanting your mind should not wander around.

Pashupateshwar Mahadev in Ujjain – Story of Pashupateshwar Form of Shiva Worshipped at Jansapura in Ujjain

Pashupateshwar Mahadev is one of the 84 forms of Shiva worshipped in Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh. Glory of Pashupateshwar form of Shiva is mentioned in the Skanda Purana. This is form is associated with king Pashupal.
The temple dedicated to Pashupateshwar is located on the banks of ShipraRiver in Jansapura area of Ujjain city.



This form is worshipped for peace and prosperity. It is believed that those who offer prayers will never be reborn in the form of animal.
Pashupateshwar Mahadev is counted among the 84 ShivaTemple is Ujjain and it is the 64th temple visited during the parikarama of Shiavalayas here.

Story of Pashupateshwar Form of Shiva


Legend has it that here once lived a king named Pashupal. He was great king loved by his subjects. He used to take care of animals.

Once he happened to see a woman and five men on seashore. The king fell unconscious on seeing them. When he gained consciousness, he was in a fort and he saw the five men standing around him. The king thought them to b…

How to Find Out Real Brass? – Good Brass Utensils

Numerous utensils and vessels that are part of Hindu Puja and rituals are made of brass. Hindus also use brass puja instruments like lamps, thali etc. But there are both bad and good quality brass in the market. An ancient Sanskrit text dealing with metallurgy mentions who to find out real brass – quality of brass vessels and utensils (Rasaratnasamucchaya – 5.195.196). The characteristics of Good quality brass are – They will be heavy;SoftSlimWill have a slight yellow color which is appealing to the eyeOriginal brass will not break on hammering The characteristics of bad quality brass are – The color will be whitish yellowLight in weightRough to touchBreaks on hammeringWill have a bad smell.It will react with other chemical substances. You may also like to read What is a Panchaloha Idol? What is Ashtadhatu Idol?

Bharani Shradh - Maha Bharani Shradh

Bharani Shradhha, or Bharni Shradh, is observed when the Bharani Nakshatra or asterism falls during the Pitru Paksha Shradh fortnight. It usually falls on the Chaturthi (fourth) or Panchami (fifth) day of the Pitru Paksha Shradhha rituals. Bharani Shradh 2017 date is on September 10.

Bharani Shradh is performed for those relatives and parents that had passed away during the current year.

The ritual is performed with the help of a priest on a riverbank or seashore.

Makar Rashifal 2016 – Makara Rashifal for 2016

As per Makar Rashifal 2016, it will be a mixed year. Some trouble in career and personal life. Financial gains. Makara Rashifal for 2016 is given below. January, April, July, September and December 2016 are good. February, March, August and November will be neither good nor bad. May, June and October 2016 are bad.

Job - You will attain success in many fields. A mixed year in career related matters. Sudden reversal in career plans. Laziness and not being punctual will invite trouble. A good year if you are looking for new job. Those living abroad might decide to return home and start new career. You will need to start learning new technology to keep your job or you will find it difficult to survive in your job. Progress for those doing contract related work.

Money - Financial progress. Some of you will waste money on decoration and luxury items. Ancestral wealth. Loans will be delayed. Fine or penalties. Extra income. Luck is in your favor. Gains from stocks, speculation and chits. You …

Dhanu Rashifal 2016 – Dhanu Rashifal for 2016

As per Dhanu Rashifal 2016, it will be a fairly good year in 2016. Financial gains. Bold decisions in career matters. Marriage. Fear. Dhanu Rashifal for 2016 is given in detail below. January, March, April, July, August and November 2016 will be good months. May, June and December will be neither good nor bad. February, September and October 2016 are bad.

Job - Success in exams and interviews. Some of you will decide to quit the present job and get involved in something of your own. Those looking for a new job will get one with the help of a friend or people in power. Temporary work will become permanent. Opportunities will be plenty but you should not squander them. Promotion and transfer for some. Delay in government jobs. Those associated with legal profession will have a good year. Good year for those working among public. Good year for writers and novelists. You will get involved in huge projects and get success. Some of you will convert your hobby into a full time career.

Money -…

Tilodaka – Water Charged with Til or Sesame Seeds in Shradh Rituals

Tilodaka in Shradh rituals is water mixed with Til or sesame or ellu. The water containing sesame seeds is charged with mantras and is of special significance in the Shradh ritual.

It is believed that the water charged with sesame helps in attracting the attention of ancestors in the pitru world. An energy whirlpool is created inside the vessel and the pitrus are attracted to it. This helps the pitrus to enter the earth world quickly.

In Shradh ceremony, panchabuthas which form the body is also represented through Til.

Related Importance of Ellu or Thilam or Til in Tarpanam Ritual dedicated to the Dead

Darbha Grass and Shradh – Importance of Darbha in Shradh Rituals

Darbha, also known as Kusa or Darbhai or Durva, is of great importance is Shradh rituals dedicated to ancestors. It plays an important role in all death related rituals in Hinduism because it generates positive radiance. When darbha is used, the positive radiance emitted from it helps sattvic particles to prosper and it also negates the rajasvic and tamasic particles. The deceased soul is thus able to absorb only sattvic energy. As Darbha creates a positive atmosphere, the shradh ritual becomes effective in lesser time.
If any component is missing during Shradh ritual, it can be filled by placing the grass with root.

The darbha for Shradh ritual should be plucked from clean ground. Darbha for shradh should be plucked along with the root. Darbha with root helps pitrus in attaining victory in Pitruloka.

Related Dos and Donts While Using Darbha Grass in Hindu Pujas Different Use of Darbha Grass in Hinduism Importance of Darbha Grass in Hindu Religion How to wear pavithram - ring made of Darb…

Virtual Tour of Vishnupad Temple – 360 degree Pictures of Vishnupad Mandir in Gaya in Bihar

Vishnupad Temple in Gaya in Bihar is an ancient shrine dedicated to Bhagavan Vishnu. Bihar tourism has created an online virtual tour of Vishnupad Mandir. You can view high quality pictures of the Vishnupad Temple in 360 degrees. There are two  pictures – inner and outer.

You can take the virtual tour here – Virtual Tour of Vishnupad Temple



Ashwin Mahina 2017 - Ashvin Month in Traditional Hindi Calendar in North India in 2017

Ashwin Mahina is the seventh month in a traditional Hindi calendar followed in North India. Ashwin Month 2017 begins on September 7 and ends on October 5. This calendar is followed mainly in Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Haryana, Bihar and Chhattisgarh and other North Indian states. A month in these regions is calculated from the day after Purnima or full moon to the next Purnima. The current year in the Hindi Calendar is Saka 2073.

Navratri and Durga Puja are observed in the month.

Pitru Paksha Shradh fortnight -Tarpan and Shradh for dead parents and relatives during the Mahalaya Krishna Paksha period of Ashwin month (September 6 to September 20).

Chaturthi Vrat or Sankashti Ganesh Chaturti in Ashwin Month 2017 is on September 9. The Chandrodaya or Moonrise time as per North Indian calendars is 8:42 PM.

Ashwin Month 2017 Krishna and Shukla Paksha Ashwin Month Krishna Paksha (waning phase of moon) is from September 7 to September 20 Ashwin Month…

Why People Distribute Apta Tree Leaves on Dussehra and Vijayadasami day?

In North and Western parts of India people distribute leaves of Apta, or Apati, tree leaves on Dussehra and Vijayadasami day. In this ritual, Apta tree leaves symbolically represents gold or sona. People present Apta tree leaves to friends, relatives and neighbors and wish happy Dasara. There is an interesting story on why Apati tree leaves are presented on Dussehra.


Legend has it that a young man named Kautsa in Ayodhya once after attaining education from Guru Varatantu asked his Guru to accept a Guru Daskhina – a present offered by students to Guru after completing their studies.

Guru Varatantu at first said he did not want any Dakshina. But young Kautsa insisted that He should take a Dakshina.
Guru Varatantu to get rid of Kautsa asked him for 14 crore (140 million) gold coins. One hundred million for each subject taught.
The student then went to Lord Ram who was ruling Ayodhya and asked for the gold coins needed to pay his Guru Dakshina. Lord Ram promised to help Kautsa and asked …

Good date in December 2016 for giving birth – Auspicious dates for birth of baby in December 2016

There are many couples who look for good dates for giving birth of baby. These are the good dates for giving birth in December 2016. Please note that the good date of birth of baby does not mean that everything will be auspicious. Horoscope etc is prepared after looking into numerous considerations.

Good dates for birth of baby in December 2016

December 4 December 5 December 6 December 8 good after 11:20 AM
December 10 good till 9:00 AM December 14
December 16 good till 9:30 AM
December 17 good till 10:20 AM December 20 good till 2:10 PM December 23 good only till 11:20 AM December 30 December 31
Bad dates in December 2016 – December 1, 2, 3, 7, 9, 11, 12, 13, 15, 18, 19, 21, 22, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28 and December 29.

August 2017 Sagai – Good date for Sagai in August 2017

Sagai is one of the most important ceremonies before vivah or shaadi. Here are the good dates for Sagai in August 2017. The entire day is auspicious for the purpose. Please note that the dates are based on Hindu calendar and Panchang.

Good date for Sagai in August 2017
August 1 is good after 12:20 PM August 2 is good till 3:15 PM August 4 is good after 5:55 PM
August 5 August 6 August 9 August 10 is good till 12:40 PM
August 11 August 12 August 13
August 14 is good after 8:40 AM August 16
August 17 is good after 12:45 PM
August 18 August 22 August 23 August 24
August 25 August 26 August 27 is good till 5:40 PM

Nirvana Shatakam Quotes

Sin or merit can never touch me, joy and sorrow cannot contaminate me; I know no mantra, I have no sacred pilgrimage to make, I know no scripture, nor I have anything to gain through rituals, I am neither the experiencer (subject), nor the experienced (object), nor the experiencing; I am Auspiciousness, Auspiciousness alone.
I have no death, nor have I any caste or creed distinction; I have neither father nor mother; why! I am never born! I have no kith or kin, I know no guru, nor am I a disciple; I am Auspiciousness, Auspiciousness alone.
Thought-free I am, formless my only form, I am the vitality behind all sense organs of everyone; Neither have I attachment to anything, nor am I free from everything; I am all-inclusive; I am auspiciousness, auspiciousness alone.
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Today’s Hindu Calendar – September 28, 2015 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Monday, September 28, 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 8:31 AM on September 28, 2015. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the first day during the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is September 28, 2015 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is not a good day.
Nakshatra – Uttara Bhadrapada or Uthrittathi Nakshatra till 7:39 PM on September 28. Then onward it is Revati Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Meena Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Purnima. Pitru Paksha Shradh begins. Chandra Grahan during morning hours in India - not visible.
Kali Yuga Year – 5117
Vikram Samvant 2072 – Bhadrapad Purnima Tithi or the full moon day in Bhadrapad month in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Jammu and Ka…

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