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Maha Kumbh Mela Story

The story of Maha Kumbh Mela that is held in Prayag (Allahabad), Haridwar, Ujjain and Nashik is associated with the Samudra Manthan or churning of the ocean mentioned in scriptures like Bhagavad Purana, Vishnu Purana, the Mahabharata, the Ramayana and numerous other Hindu scriptures.

Legend has it that churning of ocean by Devas (demi Gods) and Danavas (Demons) yielded a jar (Kumbh) full of Amrit (nectar). Devas did not wish to share it with demons.

At the instance of Lord Indra, the King of Devas, his son Jayanta tried to run away with the jar but he was followed by some of the demons.

During the struggle for its possession, a few drops of the nectar dropped at four places corresponding with Haridwar, Prayag, Ujjain and Nasik on the earth. The drops of nectar fell in the rivers here. Kumbh is held at each of the four places namely Haridwar, Allahabad, Nasik and Ujjain once every 12 years.
Millions of devotees come to take a bath in the holy Rivers to wash off their sins. The devo…

Nasagra Drishti – Yoga Technique Meant To Bring Unsteady Mind under Control

Nasagra Drishti is a technique in Yoga. It is fixing the gaze, or drishti, on the tip of the nose. Nasagra Drishti Yoga technique is mainly meant for bringing the unsteady mind under control and for making it stable and sharp.
Hatha Yoga Pradipaka (I. 35, 45 – 46) states that one should fix the gaze on the tip of the nose while sitting in the lotus pose (padamasana).
Nasagra Drishti is a tough yoga technique and needs to be developed very slowly and cautiously.
The Yoga technique makes mind steady through its impact directly on the brain through the optic nerves.
The gaze may be also fixed with the eyes closed but this is not mentioned in traditional yoga and Tantric texts. This is less stressful and is more effective especially for beginners. You can also do the Nasagra Drishti for a long period by keeping the eyes closed.

What to do on Hanuman Jayanti?

Hanuman Jayanti the birthday of Lord Hanuman is observed individually by Hindu devotees and as a community event in temples and ashrams. Visiting temples dedicated to Hanuman and offering Pooja, prayers, abhisheka and fasting is the simplest form of worship.
At home, murtis or pictures of Hanuman are thoroughly cleaned at dawn.

Preparations begin early in the morning.

Murtis and pictures are smeared with Sindhoor.

Next sweets and bananas are offered.

Hanuman Chalisa is recited.

The number of times it is repeated depends on the devotee.

Prayers and pujas end with the recitation of Hanuman Aarati – Aarti Bajrangbali Ki.

Most devotees fast on the day from sunrise to sunset. 
It is said that Hanuman is present where the stories of Lord Ram is recited. Therefore people read the Ramayana on the day or recite prayers dedicated to Rama.
Interestingly, most Hindu fast or upvaas is observed by women. But during Hanuman Jayanti, it is mostly men that fast, especially wrestlers and body builder…

Religion is good but the religious often are not

Religion is good but the religious often are not. Our half-understandings and passion without vision lead to the blind leading the blind. God does not need certificates of approval. The human craving for approval extends itself to the need for approval of one’s faith by many. If you believe in something other than what I believe in, or worse, if you are against my belief, you can see my knife at your throat! Such catholicity would soon lead to a situation where there would not be many people left to understand! So, religion is not to blame, our convoluted and dogmatic understanding of it is to be blamed.

The way out: Believe and let believe. Have a religion of your own if you will but let others have theirs too. Don’t get carried away by your innate desire to be accepted. Rather, feed to others desire for acceptance. Faith in the infinite would enable you to do wonders with the finite. Acknowledging others expanse of mind, you can get your views acknowledged. The drive for religious …

Today’s Hindu Calendar – April 20, 2016 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi or the fourteenth day during the waxing phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the waxing phase of moon till 5:35 AM on April 20. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi or the fourteenth day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is April 20, 2016 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is not a good date.
Nakshatra – Uttaraphalguni or Uthiram Nakshatra till 1:16 AM on April 20. Then onward it is Hasta or Hastam or Atham Nakshatram.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Uttaraphalguni or Uthiram Nakshatra till 1:10 AM on April 20. Then onward it is Hasta or Hastam or Atham Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Kanya Rashi.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Kanya Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Au…

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