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Sharavana Bhava – Why Muruga is known as Saravana Bhava?

Sharavana Bhava, or Saravanan, is one among the numerous names of Muruga or Kartik, son of Shiva and the commander of Devas. He is known as Saravana Bhava as he is believed to have born in a small bush in Ganga River.

When Kamdev broke Shiva’s deep meditation, a divine spark emanated from Shiva. The spark divided into six. Vayu (wind) and Agni (fire) carried them and deposited it in Ganga River.

The Holy River placed them in a cluster of reeds and here the sparks assumed the form of six babies. As his birth took place in a cluster of reeds, he is known as Sharavana Bhava.

Saravana Bhava means one who was born in reeds or near tall woody perennial grasses.

The name Saravana bhava has six syllables – Sa-ra-va-na-ba-va – thus symbolically it represents the six faces of Muruga.

Related Story of Birth of Murugan

Kotha Parameswarar Temple at Kunnathur Tirunelveli Tamil Nadu - Fourth Nava Kailasam Temple

Kotha Parameswarar Temple is dedicated to Hindu God Shiva and is located at Kunnathur Village in Tirunelveli District in Tamil Nadu. The temple is around 2 km from Tirunelveli Railway Station. The temple is located atop a small hill and Shiva is worshipped here as Kothai Parameswaran. His consort is Goddess Sivakamasundari.

This is the fourth among the nine Nava Kailasam temples.


The shrine is also an important place associated with Navgraha Rahu.
The Shivling worshipped in the temple is unique as it has snake carved on the lingam.

Important festivals observed in the temple are Shivratri, Tirukarthigai and Thiruvathira or Arudra Darshan. The auspicious dates in the shrine are Purnima or full moon days and Pradosham.

Legend has it that Sage Romasa, a disciple of Sage Agastya, wanted to install a Shivling on the banks of Tamiraparani River. He was not able to decide on a location. He took the help of his Guru who asked him to throw flowers used in Shiva Puja in river. Sage Agastya aske…

What is Harshana Yoga in Hindu Astrology? – Harshan Yoga Meaning

Harshana Yoga is one among the 27 yogas in Hindu astrology. It is calculated by the degrees of moon and sun starting from Ashwini Nakshatra. Harshana, also known as Harshan, is a good yoga. The lord of this Yoga is Bhag.

Harshana is the fourteenth among the 27 yogas.
The yoga is highly auspicious. The person born in the period will be happy and of loving nature.

What is Vyaghat Yoga in Hindu Astrology? – Vyaghata Yoga Meaning and Remedies

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

Vyaghata is the thirteenth 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. Donating food and clothes are highly meritorious.

What is Dhruv Yoga in Hindu Astrology? – Dhruva Yoga Meaning

Dhruv Yoga is one among the 27 yogas in Hindu astrology. It is calculated by the degrees of moon and sun starting from Ashwini Nakshatra. Dhruv, also written as Dhruva, is a good yoga. The lord of this Yoga is Bhu Devi, Mother Earth.

Vriddhi is the 12th among the 27 yogas.
The yoga is highly auspicious. It is good for all purpose. The person born on the yoga will be hard working and dedicated. The person will also have good patience.

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

Vriddhi Yoga is one among the 27 yogas in Hindu astrology. It is calculated by the degrees of moon and sun starting from Ashwini Nakshatra. Vriddhi is a good yoga. The lord of this Yoga is Surya, the sun god in Hinduism.

Vriddhi is the 11th among the 27 yogas.
The yoga is highly auspicious. It is good for all purpose and the person born in the yoga will be powerful and intelligent.

Shani Dev Mandir at Pratapgarh in Uttar Pradesh – Shanidham – Shani Temple at Pratapgarh

Shani Dev Mandir at Pratapgarh in Uttar Pradesh is believed to be more than 1200 years old. This popular Shanidham of the region is located on the Pratapgarh – Allahabad Highway and is around 60 km from Prayag or Allahabad.


Legend has it that once Shani Bhagavan had a difference of opinion with his father, Surya. In anger, he left his abode, came and sat in meditation at a spot on the banks of Bakulahi or Balkuni River.
The Shani temple in Pratapgarh is located at the spot where Shani Dev sat in meditation.

Another legend has it that Bhagavan Sri Ram built the temple after returning from his exile.

The main murti of Shani Dev is covered with silver and only the face is visible. Murtis of Yognis, Ganesh and Kuber are also found in the main sanctum. An Akhand Jyoti lamp is lit continuously here.

The most important festivals and rituals observed here are Shani Jayanti, Navratri and Agahan or Margarshirsh Dwitiya. Special pujas and bhoga of 56 items are offered annually on January 7.
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Swami Vivekananda – A Story on Spiritual Boldness

There are two sorts of courage. One is the courage of facing the cannon. And the other is the courage of spiritual conviction. An Emperor who invaded India was told by his teacher to go and see some of the sages there. After a long search for one, he found a very old man sitting on a block of stone.

The Emperor talked with him a little and became very impressed by his wisdom. He asked the sage to go to his country with him.

‘No’, said the sage, ‘I am quite satisfied with my forest here.’

Said the Emperor, ‘I will give you money, position, wealth. I am the Emperor of the world.’

‘No,’ replied the man. ‘I don’t care for those things.’

The Emperor replied, ‘If you do not go, I will kill you.’

The man smiled serenely and said, ‘That is the most foolish thing you have ever said, Emperor. You cannot kill me. Me the sun cannot dry, fire cannot burn, sword cannot kill, for I am the birthless, the deathless, the ever-living omnipotent, omnipresent Spirit.’

This is spiritual boldness, while th…

Today’s Hindu Calendar – February 19, 2016 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Friday, February 19, 2016 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during waxing phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during waxing phase of moon till 10:29 PM on February 19. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is February 19, 2016 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good and auspicious date.
Nakshatra – Ardra or Thiruvathira or Arudhara Nakshatra till 3:59 AM on February 19. Then onward it is Punarvasu or Punarpoosam or Punirtham Nakshatram.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Ardra or Thiruvathira or Arudhara Nakshatra till 2:58 AM on Feb 19. Then onward it is Ardra or Thiruvathira or Arudhara Nakshatra.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Mithuna Rashi till 9:57 PM. Then onward it is Karka Rashi
In western parts of India (Mahara…

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