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Saptanagas – Concept Seven Snakes or Serpents in Hindu Religion – Sapta Naga

Saptanagas is the collective name given to seven holy and divine serpents in Hindu religion. The seven snakes or nagas are:
Ananta, Takshaka, Karka, Padma, Mahapadma, Sanmkhaka and Gulika. These seven serpents appear in Puranas, Mahabharata, Ramayana and other holy scriptures associated with Hinduism. The Sapta Naga concept is mentioned in the Agni Purana.

The Agni Purana states that these serpents should adorn the walls of the temples. Some of them are depicted as having multiple heads.
Hindu God Vishnu sleeps on Ananta in the milky ocean.

Ananta means that which has no beginning or end. Symbolically this being exists throughout the known and unknown universe.

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Hindu Calendar 2019 with Tithi in pdf – Download Hindu Calendar 2019 in English for free in pdf

Hindu Calendar 2019 with Tithi in pdf for free download is in English and is based on Calendars followed in North India – Jammu and Kashmir, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi, Uttaranchal, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Bihar and Jharkhand. A month in this Hindu calendar begins after Purnima and ends on Purnima. All important festivals and fasting 2019 dates are marked in the calendar.

Link – Download Hindu Calendar 2019 with Tithi in pdf

The calendar is based on Purnimat system. A traditional Hindu month begins after Purnima or full moon day.

Origin of Tamas or Tons River – Why the water from the river is never drunk?

Tamas River is the largest tributary of the Yamuna and flows through Garhwal region in Uttarakhand, touching Himachal Pradesh. Today, the river is popularly known as Tons. A popular story in the Garhwal region indicates that the origin of the Tamas River is associated with Barbareek, grandson Pandav Bhim and son of Ghatotkachch.

Legend has it that the word about Mahabharata battle spread around the world and Barbareek too came to hear about it. He wanted to participate in the battle but he will only take the side of the loser.
Barbareek then set out to reach Kurukshetra on his way he met Arjuna and Krishna who were disguise – in the form of Saints. They were on the look out for great warriors.
When Barbareek displayed his talent in archery, Krishna knew that he was capable of overrunning any opposition. But Barbareek said he would only join the side that will be losing the great battle. Krishna knew that Kauravas were destined to be defeated and Barbareek joining them was not good fo…

Hladini Shakti

Hladini Shakti is the bliss giving potency associated with Lord Krishna. It is essentially a Vaishnava concept. According to some school of thought, Radha is the personification of Hladini Shakti. Hladini is Ananda or bliss.

Because of the Hladini Shakti of Brahman, the universe is full of joy and pleasure.

This shakti is used by the Supreme Truth to carry out blissfulness in the world.
Whatever resources are required to preserve the universe is expressed through Hladini Shakti.

How to wear the Pavitram? - Regulations For Wearing And Discarding The Pavitram

The article, How to wear the Pavitram? - Regulations For Wearing And Discarding The Pavitram, originally written and contributed by Sarma Sastrigal. It is found in the book titled ‘The Great  Hindu Tradition’ written by Sarma Sastrigal.
The darbhai is to be worn on the ring finger of the right hand, in a circular formation, prior to starting any religious rite like homa, dana, yaga-yagna - in fact any deva or pitru karma. This ubiquitous adornment on the finger of the karta of any ritual is called a pavitram, and it is necessarily made of darbhai.

There is an opinion that one can permanently have the "pavitram" on. Perhaps an extension of this thinking is the idea ascribed to sages like Katyayana and Harita that a pavitram could be made of gold and worn all the time. Please note that a pavitram made of gold cannot substitute a darbhai. When a karma starts one has to necessarily have a darbhai pavitram on, even if one is already wearing a swarna pavitram. Any reference to pav…

Wednesday Puja and Worship to Get Blessings of Ganesha

In many regions, Wednesday, Budhwar, is dedicated to Ganesha. Puja, worship and rituals performed on the day to Ganesh helps in overcoming Budh Navgraha dosha in the janam kundali (horoscope). Ganpati is the Lord of Budh Navgraha. Here are few tips to get the blessings of Ganesha by offering pujas and prayers on Wednesday. Offer food made using ghee and jaggery as Prasad or bhog to Ganesha on Wednesday. A part of the bhog should be given to a cow. Doing this is seen as remedy for financial problems.
If the house is haunted by black magic, enemy activities or by other negative elements, then keep a white colored Ganpati murti in the puja area on Wednesday and offer prayers to it.Offering green gram at ganesh temples will help in overcoming Budh graha related problems in the horoscope.Visit a Ganesh temple on Wednesday and offer 11 or 21 blades of Durva grass. This will help in removing all forms of obstacles related to marriage, business, job, and other aspects of life.Offering Shami tr…

Purpose of existence is fulfilled only when what is inside is given outward expression

A seed can be used in different ways; however, its purpose of existence is fulfilled only when it is allowed to grow into a tree manifesting its inner essence. Similarly, our life also can be made use of in several ways, but the real fulfillment comes when what is inside is given outward expression.

There are many talents and capacities in us. Through different activities and practices we must try to express these things and also encourage others to do so. This will give a sense of fulfillment. If the talents and capacities are blocked or suppressed due to various social and individual factors, then there is the likelihood of plummeting into some nervous disorder.

We have to give expression to our love and charity. In this regard, service activities are important. Small children possess these virtues. In course of time they learn to become selfish, thanks to the influence of parents and social pressure. Many suffer throughout their lives, always expecting love and sympathy from other…

Hindu Calendar – March 21, 2018

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 – Shukla Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waxing or light phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waxing or light phase of moon till 3:21 PM on March 21. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waxing or light phase of moon till 1:39 PM on March 22. All time based on India Standard Time.
Good – Auspicious time on March 21, 2018, as per Hindu Calendar – There is no good and auspicious time on the entire day. Nakshatra – Bharani Nakshatra till 7:01 PM on March 21. Then onward it is Karthigai or Krittika or Karthika Nakshatram till 5:57 PM on March 22.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Bharani Nakshatram till 7:02 PM on March 21. Then onward it is Karthigai or Krittika or Karthika Nakshatram till 6:05 PM on March 22.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Mesha Rashi till 12:4…

Story on the Importance of Satsang – the friendship of Truth

Vishvamitra Rishi and Sage Vasishtha once had an argument. Vishvamitra Rishi said to Sage Vasishtha that tapas, or intense meditation on the Supreme Truth is greater than anything else in this world. Vasishta did not agree and said that that Satsanga – the company of truth (in the company of those who have realized truth) – was superior to Tapas.

The argument continued for a while and finally they decided to approach to Brahma to decide which was great Tapas or Satsang. Brahma directed them to Shiva as he was not able to give them a proper answer. Shiva directed them to Vishnu as he was not interested in this argument. Vishnu too found no interest in the argument and directed them to Adi Sesha. Adi Sesha, the thousand-headed snake on whom Srihari Vishnu reclines, was ready to settle the argument.

As per Hindu tradition it is believed that Adi Sesha holds the weight of the earth on his thousand heads. So before settling the dispute, He asked Vishvamitra Rishi and Sage Vasishtha to h…

Goddess Vimala in Puri Jagannath Temple

Goddess Vimala worshipped in Puri Jagannath Temple is part of tantric worship. Certain tantric school considers Lord Jagannatha as Bhairava. Goddess Vimala is considered as Bhairavi of Jagannath.

Goddess Vimala is a manifestation of Dakshina Kalika.

Temple dedicated to Goddess Vimala is located at the left side of the main Puri Jagannath Temple.
Animal sacrifice used to be offered to Her three times in a year.