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Importance of Betel Nut in Hindu Pujas

Betel nut is an important item in most Hindu Pujas. Some communities establish the murti of Ganesha and Goddess Gauri in Betel nut. The belief is that Betel is a complete fruit and is pure. In South India, betel leaf and betel nut is a must for giving Dakshina to Guru and elders.
In some regions, holy thread is also offered to betel nut.
Some people also keep betel nut inside the vault where money, gold and property documents are stored.
In olden days, betel nut was considered very pure as it had a natural coating. In North India, this natural coating was removed in the presence of the murti and offered as a pure offering. The ritual is still followed but sadly most often we end up offering unclean ones or reused ones.

In South India, the offering is always made without removing the outer covering of the betel nut. It is an important item during marriages, housewarming etc.

Story of Arjuna Fighting Sri Krishna to Save Chitrasena

Chitrasena was a Gandharva – celestial singer. Once Arjuna and Sri Krishna entered into a fierce fight over Chitrasena. Legend has it that Chitrasena was once traveling through a flying machine along with his wives Sandhyavali and Ratnavali. Chitrasena spat on the ground from his flying machine and to his bad luck the spit fell on Sage Galava who was performing his evening prayers.

Sage Galava complained to Sri Krishna about the incident and Sri Krishna vowed to bring the head of Chitrasena before the Sage.
Sage Narada informed Chitrasena about Sri Krishna’s promise.
Chitrasena knew that his death was imminent and resigned to fate. But his wives Sandhyavali and Ratnavali sought the help of Subhadra, the sister of Sri Krishna. Subhadra gave them the boon that they will live happily with their husband.
Subhadra later came to know about the promise of Sri Krishna and was now in a fix. Arjuna assured her that he will protect Chitrasena.
Arjuna first shielded all the arrows aimed at Chit…

Uttareshwar Mahadev in Ujjain – Story of Uttareshwar Form of Shiva – 44th Shiva Temple in Ujjain

Uttareshwar Mahadev is worshiped in Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the 84 forms of Shiva worshiped in Ujjain. It is believed that worshipping Uttareshwar Form of Shiva will result in attaining good food on earth.

The temple dedicated to Uttareshwar Mahadev is located in Mangalnath temple complex.

This form of Shiva is associated with rain clouds.

Uttareshwar Mahadev is counted among the 84 Shiva Temples in Ujjain and it is the 44th temple visited during the parikarama of Shiavalayas here.

Story of Uttareshwar Mahadev of Shiva in Ujjain Legend has it that once Indra could not control the rain clouds. There was either flood or no rain on earth. People faced numerous difficulties. Indra then sought the help of Shiva. Mahadev called the clouds of the northern world. The king of clouds told that he had no control over his anger and he used burst out. Thus there was torrential rains. Shiva asked him to offer prayers to a Shivling in Mahakaal Vana (present day Ujjain).

The king of cl…

Meena Rashi June 2016 – Meena Rasi Predictions – Pisces Zodiac in June 2016

Meena Rashi, or Pisces Horoscope, born people will get opportunity to buy property or home in June 2016. Good and auspicious dates in June 2016 for Meena Rasi, or Pisces Zodiac, are June 1, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 27 and June 28. The predictions are based on moon sign.
Progress with the help of family members.
Differences will be settled peacefully.
Home loans will be approved.
Improvement social standing.
You will be recognized for your talent and honesty.
You will be meet old relatives.
Get together and opportunity to stay with family.
A health issue will be resolved.
Travel plans will be successful.
Marriage will be fixed.

Kumbh Rashi June 2016 – Kumbha Rasi Predictions – Aquarius Zodiac in June 2016

Kumbh Rashi, or Aquarius Horoscope, born people will score victory over enemies in June 2016. Good and auspicious dates in June 2016 for Kumbha Rasi, or Aquarius Zodiac, are June 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 29 and June 30. The predictions are based on moon sign.
Happiness due to children. Progress. Promotion Success in interviews and exams. You will find solution to a disturbing problem. Intelligently made investments in this month will bring huge returns. Trouble in romantic relationship. Success in competitions. Sudden health issues. Lack of understanding among partners. Success in marriage related matters. Travels will be hectic.

Makar Rashi June 2016 – Makar Rasi Predictions – Capricorn Zodiac in June 2016

Makar Rashi, or Capricorn Horoscope, born people will have difference of opinion among family members in June 2016. Good and auspicious dates in June 2016 for Makara Rasi, or Capricorn Zodiac, are June 1, 6, 7, 8, 9, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, 27 and June 28. The predictions are based on moon sign.

Increase in expenditure. Unexpected spending. Fights among siblings. Gains from property deals. Home loans will be approved. Good month to make investment in home or property. Pilgrimage. Opposition at work place and society. Romantic relationship Gains from travels. Health issues.

Jyeshtha Nakshatra Date and Time in 2017 – Jyeshta or Kettai Birth Star dates in 2017

Jyeshtha Nakshatra 2017 dates and time based on traditional Hindu calendar, Astrology and Panchangam.  Jyeshta Birth Star, also known as Jyeshta or Kettai in South India, is the 18th Nakshatra among the 27 Nakshatras. Below are Jyeshtha Nakshatra date in 2017. The astrological prediction of the birth star Jyeshta as per Moon Sign is that of Vrischika Rasi. Mars or Mangal is the lord of Vrischika. The color of Jyeshtha is Cream.

Jyeshtha Nakshatra Days in 2017 as per Indian Standard Time (IST)

Time in North - South and Eastern parts of India


January 24, 2017 Time is from 1:58 PM on January 23 to 4:28 PM on January 24, 2017.
February 20, 2017 Time is from 9:05 PM on February 19 to 11:38 PM on February 21.
March 19 and March 20, 2017 Time is from 4:16 AM on March 19 to 6:50 AM on March 20.
April 16, 2017 Time is from 11:30 AM on April 15 to 7:14 PM on April 16.
May 13, 2017 Time is from 6:47 PM on May 12 to 9:24 PM on May 13.
June 9, 2017 Time is from 4:08 AM on June 9 to 4:46 AM on June …

Anuradha Nakshatra Date and Time in 2017 – Anusham Birth Star Dates in 2017

Anuradha Nakshatra 2017 dates and time based on traditional Hindu calendar, Astrology and Panchangam. Also known as Anusham or Anizham Birth Star in South India, is the 17th Nakshatra among the 27 Nakshatras. Below are Anuradha Nakshatra dates in 2017. The astrological prediction of the birth star Anusham as per Moon Sign is that of Vrischika Rasi. Mars or Mangal is the lord of Vrischika. The color of Anuradha is Red Brown.

Anuradha Nakshatra Days in 2017 as per Indian Standard Time (IST)

Time in North - South and Eastern parts of India

January 23, 2017 Time is from 11:21 AM on January 22 to 1:58 PM on January 23, 2017.
February 19, 2017 Time is from 6:28 PM on February 18 to 9:05 PM on February 19.
March 18, 2017 Time is from 1:18 AM on March 18 to 4:16 AM on March 19.
April 15, 2017 Time is from 8:54 AM on April 14 to 11:30 AM on April 15.
May 12, 2017 Time is from 4:12 PM on May 11 to 6:47 PM on May 12.
June 8, 2017 Time is from 11:35 PM on June 7 to 4:08 AM on June 9.
July 6, 2017 …

Importance of Kadali or Banana in Hindu Pujas and Worship

Kadali, or Banana, is a fruit widely used in Hindu pujas and worship. In Hinduism, Kadali is called the ‘fruit of paradise.’ Importance of Banana stems from the fact that it is used as an offering to Gods especially to Hanuman and Ganesha.

Leaves of Banana have been used in religious ceremonies from ancient times.

According to the epic Ramayana, Hanuman lived in a Kadalivana, banana forest.

In Bengal, Banana plant is an important item during the Durga Puja rituals. Banana tree is the medium used to carry the pran of Goddess Durga on Saptami day. The ritual is known as Bodhan ritual.
Kadali or Banana symbolizes female beauty, prosperity and fertility.

Varuthini Ekadasi

Varuthini Ekadashi is observed during the waning phase of moon in March/April. In 2017, the date Varuthini Ekadasi is April 23, 2017. Smarta Ekadasi will be observed on April 22. It is believed that observing Varuthini Ekadasi will make a person fortunate, prosperous and helps in redemption of sins and in attaining moksha. The greatness of this Ekadasi fasting was narrated to Yudhishtira (the eldest of Pandavas) by Lord Krishna and is mentioned in the Bhavishyottara Purana.

It is believed that by observing Varuthini Ekadashi one can attain the result of performing different types of charities. All the regular fasting rules attached to Ekadasi are observed during Varuthini Ekadasi.

Ekadasi fasting is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is observed on the 11th day of waning and waxing phase of moon in a traditional Hindu calendar

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Story of Scorpion and Saint

A saint standing in the river once saw a scorpion floating by. He thought to save its life and picked it up from the water, but it stung him with its tail, causing immense pain, which he could not bear, so the scorpion fell back in the water as his hand recoiled.

Again, the saint picked it up, and the same story repeated itself. Someone asked the saint why he kept doing this, when creature was causing him so much pain.

The saint said, “It is following its nature. When such a creature does not leave its nature, why should I leave mine?”

Discomfort should not cause one to leave one’s essential nature.
Source – Book titled – Be Love Now: The Path of the Heart By Ram Dass

Today’s Hindu Calendar – May 2, 2016 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Monday, May 2, 2016 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waning phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waning phase of moon till 12:31 PM on May 2. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day during the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is May 2, 2016 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is not a good date.
Nakshatra – Shatabhisha or Chathayam Nakshatra till 3:40 PM on May 2. Then onward it is Purva Bhadra or Pooruruttathi Nakshatram.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Shatabhisha or Chathayam Nakshatra till 8:09 PM on May 2. Then onward it is Purva Bhadra or Pooruruttathi Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Kumbha Rashi.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Kumbha Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days –
Kali Yuga …

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