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Shami Puja on Vijayadasami Day - Importance of Shami Tree Worshipped on Dussehra

Shami Puja is an important ritual held during Vijaya Dashami and Dussehra day. In 2018, the date of Shami Puja is October 18. The rituals and pujas on the day are dedicated to the Shami Tree and is of great importance. Ganesha Purana mentions that those worshipping Shami Tree on Dussehra will be free from sins.

Story of Worshipping Shami Tree Legend has it that Shami the daughter of learned sage Aurva was married to Mandar, son of Dhaumya. The newlywed couple once happened to see sage Bhrushundi who bore a trunk on his forehead as a mark of devotion to Ganesha.

On seeing the sage with a trunk, Shami and Mandar could not control their laughter and they started laughing mockingly. An angry Sage Bhrushundi cursed them to become trees.

Upon hearing their children’s misfortune, Sage Dhaumya and Aurva prayed to Ganesh to rescue their Children. Lord Ganesh was not ready to displease his staunch devotee Sage Bhrushundi.

So Ganesh gave the boon that Mandar Tree will be used to worship Lord Sh…

Kullu Dussehra 2018 – Kullu Dasara Festival in Himachal Pradesh

Talk about Dasara and the first thing that comes to mind is burning of the effigies of Ravana, Kumbhkaran and Meghnath. But this image of effigy burning does not apply to Kullu Dussehra in Himachal Pradesh. Kullu Dussehra 2018 begins on October 18. In Kullu Dussehra, Lord Raghunath (Lord Ram) is worshipped and the Dasara festivities begin on Vijayadasami day – when the Dussehra festivities end in other of India.
The popular legend of Kullu Dussehra is associated with Raja Jagat Singh who unknowingly became responsible for the death of a family and to overcome the remorse he was advised to worship Lord Ram.

The King was able to overcome remorse and depression through the worship of Lord Ram. As a thanksgiving, the King invited all the deities in the Kullu valley to participate in Lord Ram worship on Vijayadasami day. The next 7-days were dedicated to worship and celebration.

Dussehra at Kullu commences on the Vijayadashmi with the arrival of Goddess Hadimba from Manali. Nearly 200 d…

Shri Shri Nimishananda Quotes - A Collection of Thoughts and Teachings of Shri Shri Nimishananda

Your life starts from a thought. The thinking process keeps generating thoughts. When you enact these thoughts you experience the fruition of your actions. Thought is the root and the outcome of action is the fruit.
Life is evolving; it is changing constantly from the root to its fruit. Between the roots and fruits lie the trunk, branches, leaves, buds and flowers. These are our various thought processes. Thoughts make the mind. As are your thoughts and thinking, so is your mind. And that is your life. The 'tree' of life.
Your mind and intellect together generate strong likes and dislikes – raag and dvesh – which create intense beliefs and disbeliefs. These lead us to love and hate relationships with fellow human beings and also with Divinity. When we understand this true aspect we can clearly see that our life is based on our mind, level of intelligence, strong beliefs and disbeliefs.
Each one of us experiences a pull towards Divinity sometime in life. The pull becomes a pro…

Hindu Calendar – October 18, 2018

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Thursday, October 18, 2018 – Shukla Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day during the waxing or light phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It isShukla Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day during the waxing or light phase of moon till 2:32 PM on October 18. Then onward it isShukla Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waxing or light phase of moon till 4:39 PM on October 19. (Time applicable in north, south and eastern parts of India.) All time based on India Standard Time.
Good – Auspicious time on October 18, 2018, as per Hindu Calendar –There is no good and auspicious time on the entire day.
Nakshatra – Shravana or Thiruvonam or Sravana Nakshatra on the entire day on October 18 and till 12:42 AM on October 19. (Time applicable in north, south and eastern parts of India.)
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, north Karnataka and south Rajasthan), Shravan or Thiruvonam or Sravana Nakshatra on the entire day on O…

Sabarimala Temple Issue – Where Are the Real Women Devotees Who Want To Have Darshan of Lord Ayyappa

What is happening in Sabarimala temple issue now is a fight by true believers of Ayyappa against non-believers and fake liberals (antisocial and anti national forces) in the guise of Ayyappa devotees. The non-believers and so called liberals (they are everything but true liberals) are indirectly funded and supported by the present communist government and sister organizations in Kerala. So, where are the real women devotees who really want to have darshan of Lord Ayyappa.
Fake Liberals Queuing Up for Darshan A few women who are wishing (acting) to have darshan of Ayyappa are moles of the ruling party, antisocial and anti national forces.
So far no one was able to see a true women devotee of Ayyappa earnestly wishing to have darshan in the Sabarimala Temple.

Some are coming to have darshan after putting facebook post questioning beliefs of the temple. These are mostly antisocial elements who announce themselves as liberals. Some are there for publicity.
Fake Liberals Should Stay Away …

Marigold Flower in Hinduism – Genda Phool in Hindu Pujas and Rituals

Marigold flower, popularly known as Genda Phool or Sendigai Poo, holds an important place in Hinduism. The flower is widely used in Hindu pujas, rituals and other religious ceremonies. The flower is especially offered to Ganesha, Hanuman and Goddess Saraswati. It is widely used during Vasant Panchami, Vijaya Dashami and Dussehra. 

Genda Phool in Hindu Pujas and Rituals Garland made using marigold is offered to all deities throughout the year.
The yellow color variety of the flower is offered to Goddess Saraswati during Basant Panchami and especially during Saraswati Puja.

The yellow color flower stands for hope and prosperity.

The orange color flower represents fire (Agni) that purifies and removes all kinds of negative forces.

The flower is offered to Goddess Durga, Kali, and to all manifestations of Goddess Shakti.

As the flower is available throughout the year, it is an important flower used in Hindu pujas.

Garlands of marigold flowers are found throughout India on all days near …

Story of Mahaprasad at Puri Jagannath Temple

Mahaprasad is the holy food that is offered at the PuriJagannathTemple in Orissa. The food which is ‘prasad’ becomes Mahaprasad after it is offered to Goddess Bimala. Here is the story of the Mahaprasad offered at the PuriJagannathTemple.
Bhagvan Sri Ram after returning to Ayodhya from exile praised the Tyaga (sacrifice) of Urmila, wife of Lakshman. He praised her for the supreme sacrifice – fourteen years she spent without her husband. He praised her for her steadfast devotion. He praised her for upholding moral values and for not creating tantrums. 
Bhagvan Sri Ram wanted to install a throne for Urmila in Ayodhya. He wanted her to sit with Him, Mata Sita and Lakshman in the Palace.
A humble Urmila with folded hands told Sri Ram that she had no desire for any throne and she only be given the opportunity to serve Him.

Moved by the piety and modesty of Urmila, Bhagvan asked her to ask any boon she wanted.
Urmila stunned everyone when she asked as boon that she should not be worshipped…

Sandhi or Sandhya Puja at the Conjunction of Durga Ashtami and Navami in Durga Puja

Sandhya Puja is a unique ritual held at the conjunction of Ashtami and Navami Tithis during Durga Puja. In 2018, date of Sandhi Puja is between October 17 and October 18. The time in North India is at 12:27 PM on October 17. After usual rituals, the priest offers prayers to Goddess Chamunda.

The popular belief is that Goddess Chamunda killed Chanda and Munda at this period. Chanda and Munda were appointed by Mahisha to attack Goddess Durga. Goddess Chamunda appeared from the forehead of Goddess Durga and they killed Chanda and Munda.

The traditional ritual of Sandhi Puja consists of lighting 108 lamps. Flowers, leaves, clothes and jewelry are offered to Goddess Chamunda during the period.

Tula Sankramana 2018 date – Kaveri Tula Sankramana

Tula Sankramana is of great importance at the origin of KaveriRiver near Kodagu in Karnataka. Tula Sankramana 2018 date is October 18. Time is at 8:51 M on Oct 18. Kaveri Tula Sankramana day is famous for Theerthodbhava. It is a unique annual spectacle that happens on the foothills of Brahmagiri Hills at Talakaveri in Coorg (Kodagu) in Karnataka. On the day holy water gushes from Brahmakundike, a small concave shape hole, on the Brahmagiri Hills at Talakaveri in Kodagu. Brahmakundike is the source of KaveriRiver. 
Devotees can take holy dip in a pond that is located at Brahmakundike. The holy event also marks the beginning of the month long Kaveri Jatra. Thousands of devotees tonsure their head and take holy dip in the pond.

As part of the Kaveri Jatra, people perform holy dip at Triveni Sangama, confluence of the three rivers — Cauvery, Kannike and Sujyoti — and offer prayers at the Bhagandeshwara temple.
Talacauvery is located around 8 km from Bhagamandala town.
On the day special …

Mundaka Upanishad Teachings - A Collection of Quotes and Thoughts From Mundaka Upanishad

The Self is not attained through discourses nor through memorizing scriptural texts, nor through much learning. It is gained only by him who wishes to attain it with his whole heart. To such a one, the Self reveals Its true nature. (Chapter III, Section II:3)
Engrossed in the ways of the ignorant, these people (those who rely on the greatness of rituals and meritorious acts) childishly think that they have gained the end of life. But being subject to passions and attachments, they never attain knowledge, and therefore, they fall down wretched, when the fruits of their good deeds are exhausted. (Chapter I, Section II:9)
These ignorant men, who regard sacrificial and charitable acts as most important, do not know any other way to bliss. Having enjoyed in the heights of heaven, the abode of pleasures, they again enter this world or even inferior worlds. (Chapter I, Section II:10)
As from a blazing fire, thousands of sparks of fire fly out, so these various beings you see in the world al…