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Ganga Saptami – Ganga Puja | Importance of Ganga River Festival

Ganga Saptami is believed to be the day when GangaRiver descended onto Earth. In 2018, the date of Ganga Saptami is April 22. Some scholars call it as the birthday or birth anniversary of Goddess Ganga. The day is also known as Jahnu Saptami. It is mentioned in numerous Hindu scriptures that Ganga descended on earth on the seventh day of the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) in Vaisakha month. This is an important festival for many spiritual organizations.

Details of Goddess Ganga descending on to the earth on the seventh during the Shukla Paksha of Vaisakh month is mentioned in the Padma Purana and Narada Purana.

In Haridwar and other regions, Ganga Saptami is believed to be the day when Goddess Ganga descended from heaven onto Lord Shiva’s matted locks and then flowed onto the Himalayas.

Another legend has it that GangaRiver violently entered into the ashram of Saint Jahnu and distributed his meditation. Overwhelmed by the anger Jahnu Rishi drank Ganga and released her through h…

Bhanu Saptami - Importance of Bhanu Saptami Dedicated to Sun God Surya in Hinduism

Bhanu Saptami, also known as Surya Saptami, is an auspicious day dedicated to Lord Surya. Lord Surya, or the Sun God, is an important deity in Hinduism and is worshipped daily and on Shukla Paksha Saptami (the seventh day during waxing phase of moon in a traditional lunar calendar). Bhanu is one of the numerous names of Lord Surya.

Bhanu Saptami 2018 dates are April 22, September 2 and September 16.

Lord Surya, or the Sun God, is Pratyaksha Brahman or the visible god and is worshipped daily and on Shukla Paksha Saptami (the seventh day during waxing phase of moon in a traditional lunar calendar). Bhanu is one among the numerous names of Lord Surya – hence the name Bhanusaptami.
Bhanu Saptami is observed in Magh Month (January – February), Falguna month (February - March), Jyeshta Month (June – July), Kartik month (November - December) and also in Margashirsh Month (December - January) by different Hindu communities.

The main Bhanu Saptami is held in Magh month and is known as Magh Sa…

Panchak and Death in Hinduism – Solution

Panchak is a period of four to five days in a Hindu lunar month. The period is calculated based on Nakshatras or birth star in Hindu astrology. There are numerous fears and superstitions regarding panchak and death in Hinduism. You can also read the solution to the problems below. The five stars are Dhanishta (Avittam), Shathabhisha (Sadayam), Purva Bhadrapada (Pooruruttathi), Uthara Bhadrapada (Uthrittathi) and Revati. Panchak starts from the middle of Dhanishta continue until the end of Revati Nakshatra.
Panchak and Death Related Believes in Hinduism There is a widespread belief that if a death happens during panchak period, then there will be five more deaths in the family or neighborhood.
There is a belief that cremation should not be performed during panchak period. This stems from the above said five more death belief.

During the period, a person should not travel towards south. This is because South is the direction of Yama, the Hindu god of death.

Other Things Avoided During …

Kurma Jayanti 2018 date - Appearance Day of Lord Vishnu as Kurma Avatar

Kurma Jayanti celebrates the second incarnation or avatar of Lord Vishnu – Kurma Avatar. Kurman means Tortoise and the aim of this particular avatar was to help the Devas (gods) and Asuras (demons) in helping in Samudra manthan (Churning of ocean). In 2018, Kurma Jayanti as per traditional North Indian calendars is on April 29.

Once due to a curse from Sage Durvasa, the Devas lost all their power and the demons gained upper hand in the battle between good and evil. Soon evil flourished and the demons drew the Devas out of heaven.

The Devas took refuge in Vaikunta and asked Lord Vishnu to help them. He suggested the churning of ocean which would derive Amrit (potion of immortality). By drinking Amrit the Devas will gain immortality and thereby they can defeat the Demons.
Mountain Mandara was used as the churning rod and Snake Vasuki was used as the rope.
But when the churning started the MountMandara started sinking as there was no firm foundation. Lord Vishnu took the form of Kurma …

Dhanu Rashi May 2018 Predictions – Dhanu Rashi May 2018 Rashifal

Dhanu Rashi, or Sagittarius Horoscope, born people will have a normal month in May 2018. The prediction, or Rashifal, for Dhanu Rashi May 2018 is based on Moon sign. This month you will realize that you have been cheated. Everything will be stagnant this month. There will not be any major changes or gains made. You might think of investing in vehicle or real estate. You will also make some travel plans.

Good, lucky and auspicious dates in May 2018 for Dhanu Rashi are May 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 14, 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 24, 25, 26, and May 31.

Professional life will remain good. Those looking to change their career or job will be disappointed. Office friends will be supportive and of great help. Business people will muscle with accounts in the month plus lot of dealings in money and follow-ups for pending cash. You will also look to find new business relations.

No major change in financial strength but those looking to invest in new ventures might find the money stuck for a short period. Not …

Importance and Benefits of Nagkesar Flower in Hinduism

Nagkesar flower is of great importance in Hinduism as it is used in Tantric puja. One of the important benefits of the plant is that it helps in financial matters. Nagkesar is known as Cobra saffron, Ceylon ironwood and Indian rose chestnut in English.It is also known as Nagchampa in Hindi.Thorlachampa in Marathi.Tadinangu in Tamil.Vainavu in Malayalam
Importance of Nagkesar Flower in Hinduism It is believed that the presence of the Nagkesar tree in a house helps in keeping out poverty.When the flower of the plant is used properly, it helps in creating wealth.Presence of the tree in home helps in maintaining peace and cordial relationship among family members.  Benefits of Nagkesar Flower To alleviate constant fight in the family keep the nagkesar flower hidden in the home.Having a nagkesar flower in the garden is highly auspicious.On Amavasya make a four-face lamp using clay or dough. Light all four diya using cow ghee and keep it near the main door of the house. Offer nagkesar flower …

Everyone has the same number of hours in a day

When everyone has the same number of hours in a day why do many people complain about lack of time?

The lack of time is because we waste our time in negativity. We waste our time on unwanted things that have no or little value. Time is also lost idling away.

When we devote time to things we like and remain positive, we will be in control of time.

There should be a consistent schedule in life. Do not complicate things. Make life simple by dropping all unwanted activities. There should be consistency.

Focusing on the essential aspects in life can help in accomplishing so many things. A vital aspect for success is consistency in our time management.

Waking up early and going to bed early helps in solving many time related problems.

We waste a lot of time in day gossiping, doing unproductive things, worrying, fearing and being anxious. We throw away energy and time. But when we replace these negative aspects with positive thoughts, we have plenty of time at our disposal.

Knowing one’…

Hindu Calendar – April 20, 2018

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Friday, April 20, 2018 – Shukla Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth 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 1:01 AM on April 20. Then onward it isShukla Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waxing or light phase of moon till 10:45 PM on April 20. Then onward it isShukla Paksha Sashti Tithi or the sixth day during the waxing or light phase of moon till 8:23 PM on April 21. All time based on India Standard Time.
Good – Auspicious time on April 20, 2018, as per Hindu Calendar – Good and auspicious time on the entire day. Nakshatra – Rohini Nakshatra till 12:45 AM on April 20. Then onward it is Mrigasira or Mrigasheersham or Makayiram Nakshatram till 11:15 PM on April 20. Then onward it is Ardra or Arudhara or Thiruvathirai Nakshatra till 9:38 PM on April 21.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Guj…

Adi Shankaracharya Jayanti | Importance | 2018 date | Complete Information on the Birth Anniversary of Adi Shankara

Adi Shankaracharya Jayanti is observed on the 5th day during waxing of moon in the month of Vaisakha (April – May). It is the birth anniversary day of  Adi Shankara. In 2018, the date of Adi Shankaracharya Jayanti is April 20. Scholars differ regarding the period in which Adi Shankara lived but his birthday is celeberated annually on the same day – on the 5th day of the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) of Vaisakha.

Adi Shankaracharya, who brought out Sanatana Dharma, from the clutches of rituals, is also considered as an incarnation of Lord Shiva by many people. It was Shankaracharya who had revived the teachings of Upanishads.

One of India’s greatest philosopher and saint, Shankaracharya arrived on the scene when there was complete destruction of truth, culture and morality. There was utter chaos and confusion and Shankaracharya set the house in order with his peaceful message of Vedanta.

He established the four Mathas in four corners of India to propagate Vedanta.

The day is o…

Benefits of Jnana Mudra

Jnana Mudra, also known as Vitarka Mudra in Buddhism, is one of the important mudras in Hinduism. Practicing mudras have numerous benefits especially health related. They are good for both body and mind as per Hindu scriptures. Hindu Gods and Goddesses depict the Jnana mudra.

Jnana Mudra is practiced by placing the tip of the thumb on index finger tip and extending the other fingers. When the mudra is practiced, both the hands are placed on the thighs in a relaxed manner. All the fingers point upwards in Jnana mudra.

The mudra is associated with Hatha Yoga and Raja Yoga.

It is an important hand posture while practicing meditation.

Health benefits of the mudra are: Improves memoryImproves concentrationMental tension and other similar disorders of mind are curedControls insomniaGood to control angerHelps in reducing blood pressureEffective in the fight against depression.