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Taruna Ganapathi – One of the 32 forms of Ganapati

Taruna Ganapathi is one among the 32 forms of Ganesha. Taruna Ganapati is depicted as having a compassionate face. It is believed that this form of Ganesh helps in curing health problems. The Taruna Ganapathi mantra is -

Pashankusha pupa kapitha 
jamboo swadanta shalikshuapi 
svahasthai dhattai sadaa yah 
tarunarunabh payathsa yushman 
taruno ganeshah.

In this form Ganesha has eight hands and holds noose, goad, berry, golden apple, paddy, broken tusk, modak and sugarcane. The body color of Taurana Ganapati is that of midday sun.

The popular belief is that worship of this form will help in getting good health.

A murti of this form is worshipped in the MahakaleshwarTemple in Ujjain.

Why Surya is also known as Martanda or Martandan?

One among the numerous names of Surya, the Sun God, in Hinduism is Martanda or Martandan. He got this name as he was born from a dead egg (Anda or Andam).


A pious couple once found a still egg – it had golden color. Not knowing what to do with the couple prayed to Brahma. Brhama asked them to place it at a sacred place known as Satisar and pray to Shiva for a solution to revive the still golden egg.
Shiva directed the couple to Vishnu, who broke the egg with his Sudarshana Chakra and from it Surya appeared in the form of Martanda – wearing yellow garments, with four arms bearing a lotus, a book, a rosary and a raised open palm.

Satisar is a holy place located in Jammu and Kashmir. There is a famous Martanda temple here.

Vishnu’s Symbol Shankh – Story of Origin of the Shankh

Shankh or Conch is an important symbol of Vishnu. After the great deluge, Bhagavan Srihari Vishnu was floating on the waters of deluge (Vatapatrashayi). Vishnu then created Brahma and asked him to begin the next cycle of creation.

Brahma who was given the freedom of creation soon became arrogant and forgot about his origin. His ego created numerous errors in creation.
To teach the arrogant Brahma a lesson, two demons named Lokan and Kantakan emerged out of the ears of Vishnu. They chased Brahma with an intention to kill him.
Brahma now realized his mistakes and took refuge at the feet of Vishnu. The ever-compassionate God forgave Brahma.
For their service, Vishnu offered Lokan and Kantakan boons. As boon, they asked Vishnu to fight them for a month and then kill them and give moksha.
Vishnu blessed the demons with the boon. He fought them for a month and then annihilated them. He then made the demons Nithyasuris – part of him. Thus Lokan was transformed into Shankha and Kantakan was t…

Provide Good Food to the Mind

Negative thoughts and feelings harm us more than the person or persons on whom it is directed.

The best way to keep negative thoughts and feelings is to engage in hobbies like gardening, reading, music, writing, dancing etc.

Key to a healthy mind is realizing that happiness does not reside outside.

Positive thoughts, acceptance and contentment are good food for the mind.
Observing the mind and getting mastery over it is the best method to have a healthy mind.

Abhilash
www.hindu-blog.com

Today’s Hindu Calendar – May 15, 2016 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Sunday, May 15, 2016 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day during the waxing phase of moon till 3:14 PM on May 15. 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 May 15, 2016 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is not a good date.
Nakshatra – Magha or Makam Nakshatra till 4:51 AM on May 15. Then onward it is Purvaphalguni or Pooram Nakshatram.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Magha or Makam Nakshatra till 1:52 AM on May 15. Then onward it is Purvaphalguni or Pooram
Rashi or Moon Sign – Simha Rashi.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Simha Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days –
Kali Yuga Year – 5118
Vikram Samvant 2073 – Vaishakh Shukla …

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