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Ganesha in Nepal – Hindu God Vinayaka Worship in Nepal

Ganesha is present everywhere in Nepal and is widely worshipped Hindu God like his father Lord Shiva. He is the first to be propitiated in any religious or social activity. Ganesha temples are found in almost every street and his figure decorates the doors and walls of every home. He is also known as Ganpati and Vinayaka (pronounced as Binayaka).

The four important Ganesh shrines in Kathmandu valley are: Surya Vinayaka (Binayak)Ashoka GaneshaChandra Ganesha andKohena Ganesha.
In Nepal, Vinayaka is worshipped both in association with all other gods and goddesses in Hinduism and independently in his own shrines.

Kartikeya, brother of Ganesha, is also worshipped in Nepal valley. He is generally known as the deity who removes hindrances for children.

Avani Avittam 2018 date - Importance of Avani Avittam Rituals

Avani Avittam is an important ritual associated with the Brahmin community in Tamil Nadu and Kerala. The day is of great significance to Yajur Vedi Brahmins. Avani Avittam 2018 date is August 25 and August 26 and the date of Gayathri Japam is August 27. On the next day, Gayatri Japa Sankalmpam is observed. In other parts of South India, the observance is known as Upakarma.

Yajur Vedi Upakarma Avani Avittam is on August 25 and Rig Vedi Upakarma is on August 26.

Sama Vedi Upakarma Avani Avittam is on September 11 for certain communities.

On the Avani Avittam, day the sacred thread worn by the Brahmins is changed and it is usually a community observance and takes place on the banks of a pond. Avani is the name of the Tamil month and Avittam is one of the 27 nakshatras or stars. Chingam is the equivalent Malayalam month.

Legend has it that Lord Hayagriva, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, brought back the Vedas stolen by Asuras on this day.

Gayatri Japam Sankalmpam is noted for the chantin…

Dhanu Rashi September 2018 predictions – Rashifal – Dhanu Rashi September 2018 Good Dates as per Hindu Astrology

Sagittarius Zodiac is known as Dhanu Rashi in Hindu Astrology and this September 2018 Rashifal is based on Moon astrology. In September 2018, Dhanu Rashi born individuals will have a hassle free month and some might be lucky in several crucial matters. Those looking for new job opportunities will get encouraging signs. Some might make overseas travels. Professionals might get new posts and new responsibilities. Singles and those looking might meet someone very interesting. Dhanu Rashi September 2018 Good Dates Good, lucky and auspicious dates in September 2018 for Dhanu Rashi, or Sagittarius Zodiac, are September 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 23, 24 and September 30.

Dhanu Rashi September 2018 predictions At the workplace, you need to change your focus and should readily adapt to new ideas and methods. This will help in achieving your professional goals. There are chances of you making some major mistakes. It is a tough month for artists and freelancers. Business people …

Planning and analysis works in business but not in love

If you want love to grow, flourish and reach its fullness, then stop burdening it with expectations and responsibilities. Allow love to grow freely. Do not trim, tamper and curtail its natural flow.

Planning and analysis works in business but not in love. It has to be spontaneous and natural. It cannot be forced.

True love is within and it expands to include others and the entire universe.

Love that is based on external factors, skin, beauty, wealth and other selfish motives will result in unhappiness.

There is no eternal excitement in love. But when two people are truly in love there is something magical, beyond words, which makes the journey beautiful.

There is union in true love. There is no second. There is only one. This merging can only be experienced.

Lust, jealousy, passion, desire, affection, kindness etc appear and disappear but love always remains steady.

Love should a journey of togetherness. Falling in love should not be the end in itself. There should be constant movem…

Hindu Calendar – August 18, 2018

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Saturday, August 18, 2018 – Shukla Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day during the waxing or light phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It isShukla Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waxing or light phase of moon till 4:56 AM on August 18. Then onward it isShukla Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day during the waxing or light phase of moon till 5:04 AM on August 19. All time based on India Standard Time.
Good – Auspicious time on August 18, 2018, as per Hindu Calendar – Good and auspicious time after 5:20 PM.
Nakshatra – Vishakha or Vishakam Nakshatra till 9:50 PM on August 18. Then onward it is Anuradha or Anusham or Anizham Nakshatra till 11:02 PM on August 19.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Vishakha or Vishakam Nakshatra till 5:21 PM on August 18. Then onward it is Anuradha or Anusham or Anizham Nakshatra till 7:14 PM on August 19.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Tula Rashi till 3:…

Kara Siddhanta in Ancient Hindu India – General Theories of Taxation in Hindu Scriptures

Kara Siddhanta is the general theory of taxation in Hindu scriptures like smritis (Manusmriti – Shukraneeti and other similar texts) and epics (Mahabharata and Ramayana). It is also found in the Arthashastra of Chanakya. Taxes in ancient Hindu India was based on this.
Kara Siddhanta theories stipulated that taxation should be reasonable and equitable.
The king should always keep in mind that oppressive taxation invites hatred and wrath of his subjects.
The king, therefore, was advised to collect taxes without causing any suffering to his subjects. Just as fruits are gathered from a garden as often as they become ripe, so revenue shall be collected as often as it becomes ripe. Collection of revenue or of fruits, when unripe, shall never be carried out, lest the sources be injured, causing immense trouble. (Arthashastra V.2)

Subjects may be taxed in a way that they remain strong enough to bear future burdens and, if necessary, heavier ones.  “If the calf is permitted to suck, it grows …

Varalakshmi Vratham 2018 date

Varalakshmi Vratham is a popular ritual observed by married women in South India and Maharashtra. Varalakshmi Vratham 2018 date is August 24. Goddess Lakshmi – the goddess of wealth and prosperity – is worshipped on this day.

Varalakshmi literally means the boon granting goddess. Worshipping Goddess Lakshmi on this day is equivalent to worshipping Ashtalakshmi – the eight goddesses of Wealth, Earth, Learning, Love, Fame, Peace, Pleasure, and Strength.

The equivalent form of Ashta lakshmi is Vara Lakshmi. Vara means boon. Hence she is called
as 'Boon Giver' Lakshmi. She grants wealth, strength, progeny, food grains, knowledge,
courage and victory to those who worship her during Varalakshmi Vratham in Sravana Masam.

The importance or significance of Varalakshmi Vrata was narrated by Lord Shiva to Goddess Parvati. It is mentioned in the Skanda Purana that once Goddess Parvati wanted to know about a ‘Vrata’ that is beneficial to all women and Lord Shiva narrated the glory of Var…

Vrischika Rashi September 2018 predictions – Rashifal – Vrischik Rashi September 2018 Good Dates as per Hindu Astrology

Scorpio Zodiac is known as Vrischik Rashi in Hindu Astrology and this September 2018 Rashifal is based on Moon astrology. In September 2018, Vrishika Rashi born people will have an equal share of good and bad fortunes. Some outstanding issues that have been troubling you will be sorted out in this month. Those looking for new jobs might face some difficulties. Professionals will be rewarded and recognized.There will be some unforeseen expenses. Vrischika Rashi September 2018 Good Dates Good, lucky and auspicious dates in September 2018 for Vrischika Rashi, or Scorpio Zodiac, are September 1, 2, 3, 9, 10, 11, 12, 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 27, 28, 29 and September 30.

Vrischika Rashi September 2018 predictions At the workplace, you will be able to solve an issue that was creating trouble for you in the past months. Some legal matters will be sorted out. Artists and other creative persons might be dissatisfied with the current work and will look to change the situation. Not a good month to ch…

Durvashtami Vrata – Durva Ashtami Dedicated to Durva Grass

Durvashtami is observed on the eighth day of the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) in Bhadrapad month. Durva Grass, an important item in Hindu ritual, is worshipped on the day. Durvashtami 2018 date is September 8. It is believed that observing Durv Ashtami Vrata will bring peace and prosperity. The ritual is mainly observed by women. Please note that in some regions the ritual is also observed during the Shukla Paksha of Shravan month (August 18, 2018).

The Durva Ashtami Vrata is performed mainly in Bengal and North and Eastern parts of India. In Bengal, it is known as Durvashtami Brata.

Pujas and rituals are offered to Durva grass. Fruits, flowers, rice and other usual pujas accessories are offered on the day. It is believed that observing this Vrata will help in the long life of children.

Legend has it that a few hairs that fell from the arm of Lord Vishnu became the Durva Grass. When Devas and Asuras were carrying Amrut (elixir) after the Samudra Manthan (churning of ocean) …

Nisargadatta Maharaj Teachings

Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj (17 April 1897 – 8 September 1981) was an Avaduta who imparted lessons on the Self to those who desired to know That. Nisargadatta Maharaj Teachings are from various sources. They have been collected over a period of more than 10 years.
Basic Teaching of Nisargadatta Maharaj Nisargadatta Maharaj: The sweetness is the nature of sugar; but that sweetness is there only so long as the sugar is present. Once the sugar has been consumed or thrown away, there is no more sweetness. So this knowledge ‘I am,’ this consciousness, this feeling or sense of Being, is the quintessence of the body. And if that body essence is gone, this feeling, the sense of Being, will also have gone. This sense of Being cannot remain without the body, just as sweetness cannot remain without the material, which is sugar.
Question: What remains then?
Nisargadatta Maharaj: What remains is the Original, which is unconditioned, without attributes, and without identity: that on which this tempor…