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Gajalakshmi – Hindu Goddess Gaja Lakshmi

Gajalakshmi, or Gaja Lakshmi, is a manifestation of Goddess Lakshmi. She symbolically represents power, strength, grace and authority. She is also referred as Gaj Laxmi – the Goddess of elephants – symbol of fertility. Two white elephants pouring water (abhisheka) upon the Lakshmi with their upturned trunk is the most popular image of Gaja-Lakshmi. Gajalakshmi is also counted among the Ashta-Lakshmi (eight forms of MahaLakshmi). The two elephants are also believed to have welcomed Goddess Lakshmi when she rose out of the milk of ocean – during Samudra Manthan – by performing the jal abhisheka. A popular belief in Hinduism is that there are eight pairs of elephants standing on eight corners of cosmos holding up the sky. These eight elephants are known as ‘dig gaja.’ The elephants that performed jal abhisheka on Goddess Lakshmi are one of the eight pairs of ‘dig gaja.’ The elephants worshipped her because they realized her power to enrich and nourish the world. And Human beings followed i…

Paush Mahina 2010 – 2011 Poush Month in Traditional Hindu calendar

Paush, or Pausha, is the 10th month in traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India – Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana and other north Indian states. It is also known as Pushya Maas and Poush Mas. This is a winter month in Hindu calendar. Poush Month begins on December 22, 2010 and ends on January 19, 2011. There is a partial Surya Grahan on January 4, 2011 in Northwestern parts of India. Some of the important auspicious days in the Paush month include Safala Ekadasi, Makar Sankranti, Paush Purnima. The famous Magh Mela at Sangam (Allahabad) in Uttar Pradesh begins on the Paush Poornima. Paush Krishna Paksh – (waning phase of moon) is from December 22 to January 4, 2011. Paush Shukla Paksh – (waxing phase of moon) is from January 5 to January 19, 2011. It must be noted here that Paush month in traditional Telugu, Kannada, Marathi and Gujarati calendar begins on January 5, 2011.

Hillary Clinton as Hindu God Lord Vishnu

An article written by Gillian Reagan in the The New York Observer titled ‘Superstar Avatars’ has a picture of Hillary Clinton as Lord Vishnu. The article talks about the importance of profile photo in various social networks like Facebook, Flickr and Twitter. It goes on to say how the politicians change their profile photos to adapt to the current political climate. The article then details about the ‘avatar’ chosen by popular personalities and the psychology behind it. Avatar or Avatara is popularly translated as an incarnation and is popularly associated with the incarnations of Lord Vishnu. Today, profile photo in various online social networks and Second Life is referred as an Avatar. The online 3-D persona which users create is also known as an avatar.So the photo of Hillary Clinton as Lord Vishnu is an attempt to convey the gist of the article – Superstar Avatars. (Please note Hillary is totally innocent here.)We Hindus are used to politicians adorning the roles of Hindu gods –…

Motivational Quotes from Swami Vivekananda

The mind has to be made malleable like clay. Just as clay sticks wherever you throw it, so the mind must be made to dwell upon whatever object you concentrate it.
A tremendous stream is flowing toward the ocean, carrying us all along with it; and though like straws and scraps of paper we may at times float aimlessly about, in the long run we are sure to join the Ocean of Life and Bliss.
We are ever free if we would only believe it, only have faith enough. You are the soul, free and eternal, ever free, ever blessed. Have faith enough and you will be free in a minute.
Change is always subjective. To talk of evil and misery is nonsense, because they do not exist outside. If I am immune from all anger, I never feel angry. If am immune from all hatred, I never feel hatred.
Swami Vivekananda