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Neem Oil – How to Prepare Neem Oil?

Neem Oil is a unique preparation made from neem leaves and Sesame Oil. It is a medicine for skin diseases. To prepare neem oil, neem leaves are pounded to extract their juice.

Sesame oil and neem leaves juice is then mixed – equal amount. The mixture is heated till its volume is reduced to the original volume of oil.

One has to ensure that the oil does not burn in the process.

Neem oil can be applied for skin related ailments.
Please note that neem oil is also extracted neem seed. This is done mostly by traders.

Tamasa River in Hinduism

Tamasa River is mentioned in several Puranas in Hinduism. Today, the river is known as Tons and flows through Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh and joins Ganga near Ballia.

Legend has it that the ashram or hermitage of Sage Valmiki was located on the banks of Tamasa River. Therefore, the epic Ramayana was composed on the banks of the river.

It was on the bank of Tamasa River Bhagavan Sri Ram, Mata Sita and Lakshman made their first halt after Rama was banished from Ayodhya and exiled for 14 years.
As per Uttara Ramayana, Mata Sita, when exiled by Sri Ram, also lived on the banks of Tamasa River. She delivered her two sons, Lava and Kusha, here.

Goddess Indrani - Hindu Goddess Aindrani

Goddess Indrani is one of the Sapta Matrikas – the seven divine mothers or Saptamatris in Hindu Religion. Goddess Indrani takes her name from Indra – the king of the Devas. She has similar characteristics of Indra and the same Vahana or vehicle – white elephant. A puja dedicated to Goddess Aindrani is performed during the Ashada Navratri.
Goddess Indrani is depicted as having four arms and she holds in two hands Vajra and a flag with a symbol of pot. The other two hands are in Varada and Abhaya Mudra.
Her complexion is red and she wears a crown and beautiful ornaments. She is believed to reside below a kalpaka tree.
Indrani is usually depicted as sitting on her Vahana or Vehicle which is a white elephant.
She is believed to help in destroying jealousy.
Goddess Indrani is rarely worshipped as an independent deity and is usually part of the Saptamatris.

Auspicious Tithi for Travel – Good Tithis for Journey as Per Hindu Panchang

Among the fifteen tithis, certain tithi are considered highly auspicious for travel. Here are the good tithis for journeys as per Hindu panchangs.

Dwitiya Tritiya Panchami Saptami Dasami Ekadasi Trayodasi

All the above during the waxing phase of moon or Shukla Paksha and Bhadra or Vishti Karana should not be present.
Pratipada during Krishna Paksha or waning phase of moon is also good for travel.

What is Ganda Yoga in Hindu Astrology? – Ganda Yoga Meaning and Remedies

Ganda Yoga is one among the 27 yogas in Hindu astrology. It is calculated by the degrees of moon and sun starting from Ashwini Nakshatra. Ganda, also known as Gand, is a bad yog. The lord of this Yoga is Fire (Agni).

Ganda is the sixth among the 27 yogas.

The yoga is avoided for auspicious events by some Hindu communities.

The remedies for people having trouble with the Yoga are offering prayers to Ganesha, Shiva and Hanuman.

Donation of clothes and food is highly meritorious.
Charity related to water like digging wells, helping in water supply, providing water to parched areas etc is highly meritorious.

What is Dhriti Yoga in Hindu Astrology? – Dhriti Yoga Meaning

Dhriti Yoga is one among the 27 yogas in Hindu astrology. It is calculated by the degrees of moon and sun starting from Ashwini Nakshatra. Dhriti is a good yoga. The lord of this Yoga is Water. Some people consider the yoga is blessed by Varuna.

Dhriti is the eighth among the 27 yogas.
The yoga is highly auspicious. It is good for doing new business etc.

What is Atiganda Yoga in Hindu Astrology? – Atiganda Yoga Meaning and Remedies

Atiganda Yoga is one among the 27 yogas in Hindu astrology. It is calculated by the degrees of moon and sun starting from Ashwini Nakshatra. Atiganda, also known as Atiganda, is a bad yog. The lord of this Yoga is Moon (Chandra).

Atiganda is the sixth among the 27 yogas.

The yoga is avoided for auspicious events by some Hindu communities.
The remedies for people having trouble with the Yoga are offering prayers to Ganesha, Shiva and Hanuman. You can donate white color food. Donating white clothes to poor people is also good.

Kodaganallur Kailasanathar Temple in Tirunelveli - Third Nava Kailasam Shiva Temple

Kodaganallur Kailasanathar Temple is one of the Nava Kailasam Temples and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is located near Nadukallur village in Tirunelveli Distrct, Tamil Nadu. This temple is associated with Sevvai, or Mars (chevvai or Mangal), among the Navgrahas. The shrine is around 15 km from Tirunelveli town on the way to Cheranmahadevi.

This is the third among the nine Nava Kailasam temples.



Shiva is worshipped here in the form of Kailasanathar. Mother Goddess Shakti is worshipped as Sri Sivakami Amman.

Subsidiary deities worshipped in the shrine are Anantha Gowri, Ganesha, Nataraja form Shiva etc. Legend has it that serpent Karkodaka got relief from a curse after offering prayers. Hence the name Kodaganallur.

Unique Offering To Nandi


A unique offering here is making a garland using yellow thread and 58 turmeric pieces and offering it to Nandi in the shrine. This is performed for early marriage. The garland is tied on Nandi by both men and women.

The Temple



This is a small shrine …

Bhagavad Gita on Contentment

When a man completely casts away, O Partha, all the desires of the mind, satisfied in the Self alone by the Self, then is he said to be one of steady wisdom. (Bhagavad Gita, 2. 55)

With their minds wholly in Me [the Supreme Being], with their senses absorbed in Me, enlightening one another, and always speaking of Me, they are satisfied and delighted. (Bhagavad Gita, 10.9)
He who hates no creature, and is friendly and compassionate towards all, who is free from the feelings of ‘I and mine’, even-minded in pain and pleasure, forbearing, ever content, steady in meditation, self-controlled, and possessed of firm conviction, with mind and intellect fixed on Me – he who is thus devoted to Me, is dear to Me. (Bhagavad Gita, 12.14)

Today’s Hindu Calendar – February 18, 2016 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Thursday, February 18, 2016 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day during waxing phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the tenth day during waxing phase of moon till 12:32 AM on February 18. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day during waxing phase of moon till 11:15 PM on February 18. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is February 18, 2016 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is not a good date
Nakshatra – Mrigasira or Makayiram or Mrigasheersham Nakshatra till 4:29 AM on February 18. Then onward it is Ardra or Thiruvathira or Arudhara Nakshatram.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Rohini Nakshatra till 2:14 AM on Feb 18. Then onward it is Ardra or Thiruvathira or Arudhara Nakshatra.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Mithuna…

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