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Holy Bath in Brahma Sarover in Kurukshetra during Surya Grahan

Millions of Hindus take a holy dip the famous Brahma Sarover at Kurukshetra in Haryana on the Surya Grahan or solar eclipse day. The Brahma Sarover located here is a highly sacred ‘Tirth’ and it is believed that Lord Brahma began the creation process from here. Lord Krishna discussed the Bhagavad Gita with Arjuna on the battle field of Kurukshetra and the greatest battle in epic Mahabharata also took place here.
It is widely believed that to bath in the in Brahma Sarover in Kurukshetra is equal to performing the famous Ashwa Medha Yajna or Yagam mentioned in several Hindu scriptures. During the Surya Grahan period it is a mela like atmosphere in Kurukshetra. It is also said that all the holy waters in the rivers mentioned in the Hindu scriptures flow to the Brahma Sarover Tirth during solar eclipse.It must be also noted that during the famous 18-day Kurukshetra battle fought in the Mahabharata, on the fourteenth day of the battle a total solar eclipse takes place, which helps Arjuna to…

Shravana Month in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Karnataka

Shravan month (July – August) is highly auspicious in many Hindu calendars. Sravanam or Sravanamu is the fifth month in the Telugu and Kannada calendar. In 2016, Shravana month begins on August 3 and ends on September 1. It follows the ‘Ashada Masam,’ which is considered inauspicious by some people as the Dakshinayana Period begins in this month. But Shravanam that follows Ashada is one of the most auspicious months in Telugu and Kannada calendar.
The Tuesdays in the month are dedicated to propitiating Goddess Gowri and Mangala Gowri Puja is observed on the Tuesdays in the month. The Varalakshmi Vratam is observed on the Friday before Shravan Purnima.
Naga Panchami is observed on the Shukla Paksha Panchami in Sravanam Month. The Chaturmas Vratam is also observed in this month by some people.
The Sravana Poornima, full moon day in the month, is also highly auspicious and several rituals and pujas are performed on this day. Rig and Yajur Upakarma is performed on this day by several c…

Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa on Bhakti

It is a rare thing – this love of God. Bhakti can arise only when there is wholehearted devotion to God. Pure Bhakti is difficult to obtain. Through Bhakti the mind and soul must be absorbed in God. Then comes Bhava – the higher form of Bhakti.

Devotion to God increases in the same proportion as attachment to the objects of the senses decreases.

If once man gains love of God, if once the chanting of His holy name begins to thrill the devotee with joy, what effort is needed for the control of passions afterwards? The control comes of itself.

Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa

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