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Uses of Swastik in Hindu Religion

The swastika symbol is widely used in Hindu religion. Here are some of the uses of swastik in Hindu religion. It is used for many purposes especially to avoid vastu dosha, and for solving financial problems. Those people and family suffering from pitru dosh will get relief if they make swastika-using gobbar (cow dung) on the external walls of the house.Making and wearing swastika on bhojpatra using the coal that remains after holi festival bonfire will keep out evil eye. It will also usher in prosperity.Making upside down swastika using dried cow dung will help in having wishes fulfilled.Making swastika on bed using index finger before sleeping will help in getting good sleep. Sleep will not be disturbed by bad dreams.Making swastika on pyramid and keeping it on the south side of the house will help in removing all types of Vastu Dosh.
Before starting prayers or bhajan, making swastika under the seat using haldi or chandan will help in getting the prayers fulfilled quickly.Make swastik…

Sitaphal – Fruit Named After Mata Sita in Ramayana – Custard Apple Has a High Nutritional Value

Sitaphal, popularly known as custard apple, is a fruit named after Mata Sita in the Ramayana. The fruit is noted for its high nutritional value. The fruit known as Cherimoya is a native of South America and belongs to the genus Annona. Seeta-phal (fruit of Sita) is not found in the Ramayan but it reached India through the Portuguese in the 17th Century.

Sitaphal was recently ranked second among 100 nutritional foods in the world, published by BBC, with a nutritional score of ninety-six. Badam (almond) with a nutritional score of 97 was the ranked one.

Sitaphal is rich in sugar (glucose and sucrose) and vitamins A, C, B1, B2 and potassium.

Name of it Sitaphal in Regional Languages
Ata or Ataphal – BengaliCustard Apple – EnglishSharifa or Sitaphal – EnglishSeetha Phala – KanandaSeetha Pandu – TeluguTamil – Seema AthaMalayalam – Seema Atha or Seetha Pazham – Atha chakaGujarati – SithaphalMarathi – SitaphalKonkani - Atha Medicinal Properties of Sitaphal The bark and root of the plant is c…

A Hindu Asks - Is Masturbation a Sin in Hinduism?

The question should have been not ‘is masturbation a sin in Hinduism’ but ‘why masturbation is not a sin in Hinduism?’ Sex is not considered sin in Hindu religion. But sex without consent is Adharma and it leads to total annihilation. Masturbation is widely mentioned in Hindu Puranas and Epics though not directly.

Stories of saints, rishis, who have lost control of their will power and resulting in their semen falling out is found throughout Puranas. The villain in most cases is Indra, the king of Demigods. He gets the service of Apsaras or heavenly maidens for the purpose.

There are also stories of women who have amorous feelings for men and them getting lost in their thoughts. Here too masturbation is not directly mentioned but we can read it between the lines.

Masturbation is not a sin in Hinduism but there is energy loss. This energy loss results in saints and holy women losing their powers. Indra specifically wants this to happen. When single-minded focus is lost the saints wh…

Quotes – Quips – Fear of the unknown is the mother of all fears

Fear of the unknown is the mother of all fears. Much of our anxiety and dread pertains to things and events of which we have no good knowledge. Looking these fears squarely in the face can often make them vanish into thin air, or at least make them appear less formidable.
For although we take joy and hope to be synonymous with life; pain, affliction, evil and injustice regularly impinge on our lives to shock us out of such notions.

The pursuit of happiness is a basic teleological urge motivating all human behavior. The reveler in the streets, the scientist involved in cutting-edge research, the connoisseur of art and the meditation adept, each derives immediate or prospective pleasure from his or her specific engagement physical, intellectual, emotional or spiritual. But that pleasure is never unmixed.


In its classificatory scheme of happiness (sukha) based on the three gunas, the Bhagavad Gita tells us that sattvika sukha is a result…

Hindu Calendar – May 25, 2018

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Friday, May 25, 2018 – Shukla Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day during the waxing or light phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It isShukla Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day during the waxing or light phase of moon till 6:51 PM on May 25. Then onward it isShukla Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waxing or light phase of moon till 6:06 PM on May 26. All time based on India Standard Time.
Good – Auspicious time on May 25, 2018, as per Hindu Calendar – Good and auspicious time from 5:50 PM to 7:35 PM. Nakshatra – Hasta or Hastam or Atham Nakshatra till 9:17 PM on May 25. Then onward it is Chitra or Chithirai or Chithira Nakshatram till 9:21 PM on May 26.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Hasta or Hastam or Atham Nakshatra till 7:59 PM on May 25. Then onward it is Chitra or Chithirai or Chithira Nakshatram till 8:36 PM on May 26.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Kanya Rashi t…

Adhik Masa Kamala Ekadashi - Purushottam Maas Kamala Ekadasi

Kamala or Kamla Ekadasi is the name given to the Ekadashi fasting falling in the Adhik Maas or Extra month in a traditional Hindu Lunar Calendar. Kamala Ekadasi 2018 dates are May 25 and June 10. Kamala Ekadasi is also known as Padmini and Padma Ekadasi. It is also known as Purushottam Ekadasi.

This Ekadasi fasting is referred to as Durlab Ekadasi or rare Ekadashi in Vishnu Puran. This is because it only comes once in three years.
All the usual rules associated with Ekadasi fasting are followed on the day. You need to only fast on a single day depending on the Ekadasi followed in your region or by your community. All grains and honey should be avoided on the day. One should eat only from one's own house. Bronze vessels should be avoided on the day.
The Adhik Masa is also known as Purushottam Mas and is dedicated to Lord Krishna.
This year the Adhik Maas is the Adhik Jyeshta Masa.
Benefits of Purushottam Maas Kamala Ekadasi The popular belief is that observing Kamala Ekadasi falli…

Mund Mala of Shiva – The Story of the Skull Garland or Necklace Worn by Shiva

In some pictures, Shiva is depicted as wearing a garland made of skulls. This necklace is referred as Mund Mala. The story of the skull garland was narrated by Shiva to Goddess Sati.

Sage Narada was eager to know about the secret of mund mala. Therefore, he incited Goddess Sati to find out the secret.

When Mata Sati kept asking about the Mund Mala, Shiva revealed the secret.

Shiva told Mata Sati that the skulls in the garland are hers. There are 107 skulls and therefore Mother Goddess had appeared 107 times.

Mata Sati then wanted to know why she has several births and Shiva has only one birth.

Shiva then told Sati that he knew the secret of immortality.

Sati then wanted to hear the secret of immortality.

Shiva started narrating it but fell asleep in between and the secret was never revealed.

Mata Sati then self-immolated at the Daksha Yajna. Thus, she became the 108th skull in the garland.

Later Mother Goddess Sati appeared as Maa Parvati. But she listened to the story of immortality…