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Sudarshana Yantra Benefits

Yantra is a visible form of a personal deity.  Maha Sudarshana Yantra is a popular and important Vaishnava Yantras. The benefits of worshipping Sudarshana Yantra include victory over enemies, protection from various diseases and troubles. A Yantra is also a visual form of mantras. The power of the mantras are captured in it.

Saraswati River in the Rig Veda

In the Rig Veda, Saraswati River is praised as the great among the great and mightiest of rivers. Three hymns in the Rig Veda are entirely dedicated to the river. Saraswati River is hailed as Sindhumata, mother of all rivers.

Saraswati River is described as flowing pure from the mountains to the ocean bestowing fertility and prosperity on the lands through which she passed.

Saraswati River is eulogized as ambitame (best of mothers), naditame (best of rivers), devitame (best of goddesses).

As per Rig Veda, the river has its origin in the Himalayas, after descending from the mountains, the river flowed south through land lying between the Yamuna and Sutlej River.
Prayers were offered to her for attaining wealth, health, offspring and immortality. She was also an attendant goddess of Agni.

Surya Grahan and Pregnant Women in Hindu Religion - What Precautions Should Pregnant Women Take During Solar Eclipse Or Surya Grahan?

There are numerous doubts regarding Surya Grahan (Solar Eclipse) and Pregnancy in Hindu religion. There are several Hindus who believe that Surya Grahan can affect pregnant women. Some Hindus are also of the view that eclipses do not have any effect on pregnant women. The ideal decision made by many people during the period is to stay indoors. 
There are no clear scientific data that proves that Eclipse affect Pregnant women. Some researches done by Indian scientists on animals prove that eclipses cause damage to offspring of animals. All the researches are inconclusive.
As per Hindu Scriptures, nobody should look at the Surya Grahan directly. Most of the other Hindu practices during Grahan are based on regional knowledge and many of them have no scientific backing but still many people follow them.

Other dos and don’ts include

Do not use knife or other sharp weapons. Do not cut vegetables. Avoid wearing metals especially sari pins, jewelry etc. Don’t sleep during Grahan. Try to m…

Appearance of Shivling or Jyotirlinga and Mahashivratri

The most popular belief is that Lord Shiva first appeared in the form of Shivling or Shivalingam on the night of Mahashivratri. This form is also known as Jyotirlinga or Lingodabhavamurti. This huge column of fire had no beginning or end. It first appeared before Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma who got into an argument in trying to solve Lord Brahma’s question – who am I?

Lord Brahma took the form of a swan and Vishnu took the form of a boar to find out the beginning of the huge pillar of fire. Lord flew high up and Lord Vishnu went down searching for the beginning or end of the pillar of fire. But they could not find the beginning or end of it.

Finally, they returned back and started meditating to find out what this unexplainable phenomenon was all about. Then they heard the Sound ‘OM.’

And Lord Shiva appeared before them and announced that all they see are nothing but forms of the Supreme Entity. When this is understood and practiced a person attains Moksha or liberation. Thus Shivratr…

Ramnavami Yatra at Satpati Village in Palghar Taluka of Thane District in Maharashtra

Ramnavami Yatra at Satpati village is observed in Chaitra month. It is the annual fair and festival at the Bhagavan Sri Ram Temple at Satpati Village in Palghar Taluka of Thane District in Maharashtra. Various unique pujas and rituals are held on the occasion of the utsav. Ramnavami Yatra 2018 date is March 25. The shrine is dedicated to Lord Ram.

For the annual festival, the shrine is decorated with lamps, lights, flowers, leaves and sugarcane for the occasion.

The festival and fair attracts hundreds of devotees to the Ram Mandir.
Ramnavami Yatra at Satpati is annually observed on Chaitra Shukla Paksha Navami tithi or the ninth day during the waxing phase of moon in Chaitra month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Siddharudh Swami Jayanti – Birth Anniversary of Siddharudha Swami

Siddharudha Swami was a popular saint in the 20th century in Karnataka. He spread the teachings of Advaita and performed numerous miracles during his life time. Siddharudh Swami Jayanti 2018 date is March 25. It is the birth anniversary of the great soul.

Many people believe that he was a reincarnation of the 16th century saint-philosopher, Nijaguna Shivayogi.

Siddharudh Swami was given the title Advaita Chakravarti, the Emperor of the Advaita Saints. An ascetic of highest order, Siddharudh Swami spread the true message of Advaita to the masses.
Siddharudh Swami Jayanti is observed on the ninth day of the waxing phase of moon, or Shukla Paksha Navami, in Shravan month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Karnataka.

Ramjanmotsav at Akeri in Kudal in Maharashtra – Ram Navami Festival at Akeri

Ramjanmotsav at Akeri is observed in Chaitra month. It is the famous Ramnavami festival at the Rameshwar mandir at Akeri Village in Kudal in Maharashtra. Hundreds of people visit the Lord Ram Temple on the occasion of Ram Navami. In 2018, Ramjanmotsav at Akeri wil be observed on March 25.

For the fair and festival, the shrine is decorated with lamps, lights, flowers, leaves and sugarcane for the occasion.

Various unique pujas and rituals are held on the occasion of the utsav.

The festival and fair attracts hundreds of devotees to the Ram Mandir.
Ramjanmotsav at Akeri Village is annually observed on Chaitra Shukla Paksha Navami tithi or the ninth day during the waxing phase of moon in Chaitra month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Samartha Ramdas Swami Jayanti – Birth Anniversary of Samartha Ramdas

Sri Ramdas, popular known as Samarth Ramdas, was a Marathi saint and poet in the 17th century. His birth anniversary is observed in Chaitra month on Ram Navami. Samartha Ramdas Swami Jayanti 2018 date is March 25.

Sri Ramdas was an ardent devotee of Lord Ram and Lord Hanuman and he turned to spirituality at a very young age. Sri Ramdas was a gifted poet and his short poems contain universal truth and are pregnant with meaning.

He is believed to have greatly influenced Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj.

Sri Ramdas inspired and motivated his generation to rise against the foreign oppressors and also stimulated the thoughts of self realization.

His life, writings and poems continues to inspire Marathis and all those who had the opportunity to read his immortal literary works.
Samartha Ramdas Swami Jayanti is annually observed on Chaitra Shukla Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day during the waxing phase of moon in Chaitra month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Birdev Yatra at Arewadi Village in Kavathemahankal Taluka of Sangli District in Maharashtra

Birdev Yatra at Arewadi village is observed in Chaitra month. It is the annual fair and festival at the Biroba Temple at Arewadi Village in Kavathemahankal Taluka of Sangli District in Maharashtra. Birdev Yatra 2018 date is March 25. The shrine is dedicated to Vitthal Birdev Maharaj.

For the annual festival, the shrine is decorated with lamps, lights, flowers, leaves and sugarcane for the occasion.

Various unique pujas and rituals are held on the occasion of the utsav.

The festival and fair attracts hundreds of devotees to the Biroba Temple.
Birdev Yatra at Arewadi Village is annually observed on Chaitra Shukla Paksha Ashtami tithi or the eighth day during the waxing phase of moon in Chaitra month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Jyotirling Yatra at Kande Village in Shirala Taluka of Sangli District in Maharashtra

Jyotirling Yatra at Kande is observed in Chaitra month. It is the annual fair and festival at the Jyotirling Temple at Kande Village in Shirala Taluka of Sangli District in Maharashtra. Jyotirling Yatra 2018 date is March 25. The shrine is dedicated to Lord Shiva.

For the annual festival, the shrine is decorated with lamps, lights, flowers, leaves and sugarcane for the occasion.

Various unique pujas and rituals are held on the occasion of the utsav.

The festival and fair attracts hundreds of devotees to the Shiva Temple.
Jyotirling Yatra at Kande Village is annually observed on Chaitra Shukla Paksha Ashtami tithi or the eighth day during the waxing phase of moon in Chaitra month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Mahalakshmi Devi Yatra at Shahunagar in Jaysingpur of Kolhapur District in Maharashtra

Mahalakshmi Devi Yatra at Shahunagar is observed in Chaitra month. It is the annual fair and festival at the Mahalakshmi Devi Temple at Jaysingpur of Kolhapur District in Maharashtra. Mahalakshmi Devi Yatra 2018 date is March 25. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi.

For the annual festival, the shrine is decorated with lamps, lights, flowers, leaves and sugarcane for the occasion.

Various unique pujas and rituals are held on the occasion of the utsav.

The festival and fair attracts hundreds of devotees to the Goddess Lakshmi Temple.
Mahalakshmi Devi Yatra at Shahunagar is annually observed on Chaitra Shukla Paksha Ashtami tithi or the eighth day during the waxing phase of moon in Chaitra month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Bhairavnath Yatra at Deulgaon Raje Village in Daund Taluka of Pune District in Maharashtra

Bhairavnath Yatra in Deulgaon Raje village is observed in Chaitra month. It is the annual fair and festival at the Bhairavnath Temple at Deulgaon Raje Village in Daund Taluka of Pune District in Maharashtra. Deulgaon Raje Bhairavnath Yatra 2018 date is March 25. The shrine is dedicated to Bhairava form of Shiva.

For the annual festival, the shrine is decorated with lamps, lights, flowers, leaves and sugarcane for the occasion.

Various unique pujas and rituals are held on the occasion of the utsav.

The festival and fair attracts hundreds of devotees to the Bhairavnath temple.
Deulgaon Raje Bhairavnath Yatra is annually observed on Chaitra Shukla Paksha Ashtami tithi or the eighth day during the waxing phase of moon in Chaitra month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Bhairavnath Yatra at Vadapuri Village in Indapur Taluka of Pune district in Maharashtra

Bhairavnath Yatra in Vadapuri village is observed in Chaitra month. It is the annual fair and festival at the Bhairavnath Temple at Vadapuri Village in Indapur Taluka of Pune District in Maharashtra. Various unique pujas and rituals are held on the occasion of the utsav. Vadapuri Bhairavnath Yatra 2018 date is March 25. The shrine is dedicated to Bhairava form of Shiva.

For the annual festival, the shrine is decorated with lamps, lights, flowers, leaves and sugarcane for the occasion.

The festival and fair attracts hundreds of devotees to the Bhairavnath temple.
Vadapuri Bhairavnath Yatra is annually observed on Chaitra Shukla Paksha Ashtami tithi or the eighth day during the waxing phase of moon in Chaitra month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Banjara Utsav at Pohragad

Banjara Utsav is annually observed in Chaitra Month. It is associated with the Banjara community, spread across Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Thousands of people participate in this annual gathering of Banjaras. In 2018, Banjara Utsav at Pohragad begins on March 25.

The Samadhi of Guru Sevalal Maharaj is located at Pohragad. Sevabhaya or Sevalal Maharaj is the guide and philosopher of the Banjara community.

Various activities are held during the utsav. This includes cultural programs, prayer meetings, satsangs, bhandara and charity.

A fair is also held on the occasion.
Banjara Utsav begins on Chaitra Shukla Paksha Ashtami tithi or the eighth day during the waxing phase of moon in chaitra month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Bhairavnath and Nageshwar Yatra at Nagthane in Palus Taluka in Satara District in Maharashtra

Bhairavnath and Nageshwar Yatra at Nagthane village is organized in Chaitra month. It is the annual festival and fair held at Bhairavnath and Nageshwar Temple at Nagthane in Palus Taluka in Satara District in Maharashtra. Bhairavnath and Nageshwar Yatra 2018 date is March 24.

Bhairavnath and Nageshwar Mandir is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Both are forms of Shiva one is associated Bhairav and another is associated with Nagas.

Rituals associated with Lord Shiva are performed during the yatra.

The shrine is decorated for the occasion with lamps, lights, leaves, flowers etc for the occasion. Food donation is also held during the period.
Bhairavnath and Nageshwar Yatra is observed on Chaitra Shukla Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waxing phase of moon Chaitra month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Namaste Scientific Reason – Is Science Involved in Namaste

Namaste is the form of greeting in Hindu culture. People greet each other by joining their palms – Namaste, Namaskar or Namaskaram. There is science involved in the form of greeting. The scientific reason of Namaste is associated with Yoga.

In Yoga, joining the two palms is known as Anjali Mudra.

The tips of our fingers are energy points.

When doing Namaste we bring together the tips of our fingers. This results in energy flow from the nerves in the head and the upper part of the body. This makes a person calm and peaceful. Thus, he is able to greet a person with a calm and peaceful mind.

Related Spiritual and Philosophy of Namaste

Naikba Yatra at Banpuri in Patan Taluka in Satara District in Maharashtra

Banpuri Naikba Yatra is organized in Chaitra month. It is the annual festival and fair held at Naikba Temple at Banpuri in Patan Taluka of Satara district, Maharashtra. Banpuri Naikba Yatra 2018 date is March 24.

Naikba Mandir is dedicated to Mother Goddess Shakti.  Naikba Devi, an incarnation of Goddess Shakti, is worshipped mainly in Maharashtra.

Rituals associated with Goddess Durga are performed during the yatra.

The shrine is decorated for the occasion with lamps, lights, leaves, flowers etc for the occasion. Food donation is also held during the period.
Naikba Yatra at Banpuri is observed on Chaitra Shukla Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waxing phase of moon Chaitra month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Arkeshwara Temple at Mandya, Karnataka

Arkeshwara Temple is located at Gottalu village near Mandya in Karnataka. This 12th century shrine is dedicated to Hindu God Shiva. Legend has it that Avarike plants surrounded the Shivling worshiped in the temple. People started worshiping it and called it Arkeshwara Swamy.

The popular story associated with the temple has it that a cow used to shed all its milk at a particular spot while it was left for grazing. The owner of the cow attempted to clear the spot where the cow was shedding all its milk. He accidentally hit the Shivling at the spot and a chunk came out of it. The chunk from the Shivling flew and it pitched twice before rolling and settling in the spot where the Arkeshwara Temple is located.
The main sanctum sanctorum houses the Shivling. There are numerous other subsidiary deities in the temple chief among them are the Nagas, Ganesha and Goddess Durga.

The temple is a popular center in the region for curing snake bites. Snake bite victims are applied sandalwood paste ma…

A deep peace settles and tensions disappear after letting go – Dada J P Vaswani

There was a woman of ninety. She never felt upset over anything. She was never tensed, always serene and tranquil as the waters of a lake on a winless day, - always at peace with God, with those around her and with herself.

Someone asked her how she could be serene in all conditions and circumstances of life. She answered: - “I think it is because I become a little child every night.”

“What is meant by that?” she was asked.

She answered: - “Every night, I go to my silence corner. I look at my Beloved, Krishna. I place all my worries and anxieties and problems of the day, one by one, at his Lotus feet.
If I am guilty about something I have done, - I might have inadvertently hurt or caused grief to someone, - I ask for his forgiveness and then accept it. If I am worried about anything, I hand over the problems to him and let go of it. If I feel lonely or unwanted, I tell Him so and He enfolds me in His loving arms. Always, after letting go, a deep peace settles over me and tensions dis…

Today’s Hindu Calendar – March 3, 2016 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Thursday, March 3, 2016 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day during the waxing phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day during the waxing phase of moon till 1:42 PM on March 3. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is March 3, 2016 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is not a good date.
Nakshatra – Jyeshta or Kettai or Triketta Nakshatra till 12:28 AM on March 3. Then onward it is Mool or Moolam Nakshatram.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Jyeshta or Kettai or Triketta Nakshatra till 4:20 AM on March 3. Then onward it is Mool or Moolam Nakshatra.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Vrischika Rashi till 12:39 AM. Then onward it is Dhanu Rasi
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Vrischika Rashi till 4:20 AM. The…

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