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Akshamala of Goddess Saraswati

In Hindu iconography, Goddess Saraswati is depicted as holding a akshamala – a mala or string of 51 pearls or crystal beads or rudraksha. The akshamala of Goddess Saraswati symbolically suggests that she is the patron goddess of learning and knowledge.

The 51 beads symbolically represents the number of vowels consonants in the Sanskrit alphabets.

Akshamala in the hands of Goddess Saraswati symbolises the disciplined, dedicated and devout attitude of prayer and meditation.

The pearl or crystal beads also testify to the overwhelming presence of sattva guna or purity, and luminosity of Goddess Saraswati.
Notes taken from book titled - Kamandalu: The Seven Sacred Rivers of Hinduism

Tapkeshwar Mahadev Mandir – Tapkeshwar Temple in Dehradun

Tapkeshwar Mahadev Mandir is a cave shrine and one has to descend 108 steps to reach the sanctum santorum of the Tapkeshwar Temple. It is located in Ghari area and is around 6 km from Dehradun in Uttarakhand. Guru Dronacharya of Mahabharata did penance here for 12 years.


Legend has it that Ashwathama, son of Guru Drona, also did penance here. Pleased with his devotion, Shiva blessed him on a purnima day.
Another legend has it that milk used to trickle from the cave roof on the Shivling worshipped in the temple. But as Kali Yuga advanced milk turned into water.

The shivling worshipped in the Tapkeshwar Temple is swayambhu, or that which manifested on its own.

Depending on the occasion the Shivling is adorned with Mukut or crown made of rudraksha, silver or gold.

Bhagavan Shiva, Goddess Parvati and Ganesha are also worshipped in the temple in pindi forms.

A sculpture of Guru Dronacharya can be seen at the entrance of the shrine.

There are also other murtis of Ganesha and Shiva carved …

Desires are the greatest obstacle on the spiritual path – Paramahansa Yogananda

God watches the heart. Seek to please Him above all. Don’t act with the prime motive of pleasing others.

It is even good to do good for the sake of praise. That is better than not to do good at all! Still, when you do good to please God alone, that is true Karma Yoga. It is almost as good as meditation. Even if other misunderstand you, God will never misunderstand. Live to feel His smile in your heart.

Television has a satanic influence. Don’t let yourselves be too fascinated by it. Seek, instead, the ‘television’ of super-conscious visions in the spiritual eye.

Once the soul becomes free, it remains so for eternity. Never more will it have to roam the long, winding road of evolution.

Desires are the greatest obstacle on the spiritual path. I see it as a war, with people fighting to achieve victory. Some are killed by bullets of desire, and must be reborn to renew the struggle. Others, after great difficulties, win through to victory, and have no need to return to this material plane…

Today’s Hindu Calendar – March 17, 2016 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Thursday, March 17, 2016 (Today) –Shukla Paksha Navami Tithior the ninth day during the waxing phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day during the waxing phase of moon till 1:33 PM on March 17. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is March 17, 2016 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good and auspicious date after 7:55 AM
Nakshatra – Ardra or Arudara or Thiruvathira Nakshatra till 11:46 AM on March 17. Then onward it is Punarvasu or Punirtham Nakshatram.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Ardra or Arudara or Thiruvathira Nakshatra till 7:52 AM on March 17. Then onward it is Punarvasu or Punirtham Nakshatra.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Mithuna Rashi.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Mithuna Rashi.
Festivals, Vr…

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