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Vasant Durga Puja

Basanti Puja, or Vasant Durga Puja, is observed during the Chaitra Navratri. In 2019, Basanti Puja is on April 10 and will end on April 14. There is a popular belief that Goddess Durga was mainly worshipped during the Basant or Spring Season. But it was Lord Rama who changed the Durga Puja period. Lord Ram wanted the blessings of Goddess Durga to defeat Ravana therefore he invoked Goddess Durga during Ashwin (October – November).

Sri Basanti Devi Durgapuja Amantran Adhibas – April 10
Sri Basanti Devi Durgapuja Saptamipuja, Nabapatrika – April 11
Sri Basanti Devi Durgapuja Astamipuja, Sandhipuja – April 12
Sri Basanti Devi Durgapuja Nabamipuja – April 13
Sri Basanti Devi Durgapuja Dasamipuja bisarjan – April 14

Nowadays, the Vasant Durga Puja, or Basanti Puja, is not a major festival. Therefore all the rituals associated with the Ashwin month Durga Puja are not performed in the Chaitra month.

The Durga Puja in Ashwin month is also known as Akal Bodhon, or untimely invocation, as Lord …

Badrinath Temple Opening in 2010 – Opening and Closing dates

BadrinathTemple, or Badarinath Dham, is one of the most popular and sacred temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is part of the Char Dham Yatra. In 2010, the date of opening of the Kapat of Shri Badrinath Temple is May 19. Badrinath shrine is located in the Himalayan heights in the Garhwal Hill tracks in Uttarakhand in India at an altitude of 10,248 feet.
At Badrinath, Lord Vishnu is worshipped as Badari Narayan and Badari Vishal. The idol of Badarinarayan is seen under the Badari tree and is flanked by Kuber (God of wealth) and Garuda, Narad, Naranarayana. There are also shrines dedicated to Maha Lakshmi and Adi Shankara.Badrinath shrine only remains open for six months in a year and remains closed during winter (October to April).

Mahabharata Quotes

Whatever is there in this world to be known concerning the various ways and goal of life, is there in this book; and whatever is not here is nowhere to be found. (Sage Vyasa on the Mahabharata.)
Listen to the essence of dharma. Having heard it, try to hold on to it. This is the essence of dharma – what you consider as unpleasant and harmful to yourself, do not do to others.’ (In other words, do unto others what you want others to do unto you.)
‘I know what is right but I cannot do it; I know what is wrong but cannot desist from doing it.’ (Duryodhana in the Mahabharat)
There are two forces: fate and human effort - All men depend on and are bound by these, there is nothing else. (Kripa in Mahabharata )
The intoxication with power is worse than drunkenness with liquor and such, for who is drunk with power does not come to his senses before he falls. (Vidura in Mahabharata)
It is he who is never discouraged who greatens and tastes the eternal joy.

Gold is tested by the fire, the good man b…

Panchajanya – The Conch or Shanka of Lord Vishnu

Panchajanya is the divine conch or Shanka that emerged from the ocean of milk during the Samudra Mantha (the churning of ocean) by the gods and demons for Amrut (Ambrosia). Lord Vishnu received the Panchajanya, which is considered to be a divinity in its own right. There is lot of symbolism attributed to Panchajanya. Lord Vishnu himself is said to be represented in the Shamka (Conch). Sun and Moon are said to reside in it, Varuna, the god of waters is said to rest in the middle portion; Prajapati, the first born and the progenitor of all beings in its tail portion; and River Goddess Ganga and Saraswathi in its front portion. You may also like to readImportance of Shankh in Hindu rituals

Quotes from Devi Mahatmya

Before the Lord’s Beauty worldly beauty becomes nothing; wonderful, beautiful forms appear like dead bodies.
Think of my Mother, my Mother’s Beauty (Goddess Shakti) illumines the whole world.
See it if you have the eyes to see.
A fragment of Thy beauty makes beauty beautiful.
Salutations to the Mother, to thee Who manifests Thyself as all beauty, because of Whose presence the beautiful appears to be beautiful.
Salutations, salutations, salutations to thee!Devi Mahatmya

Jaya Durga – Goddess Jayadurga

Goddess Jaya Durga, or Jai Durga, is one of the numerous forms of Goddess Shakti. She is mentioned as the presiding deity in two Shaktipeetahs. Jaya Durga form of Goddess Shakti is worshipped at Baidyanathdham, at Deoghar in Jharkhand, India and another is believed to be at Karnat – exact location not yet discovered.
After Sati’s death, Shiva roamed around with the body of Her. Lord Vishnu realized that this never ending mourning would destroy the world and therefore to stop Shiva, Vishnu used Sudarshan Chakra to cut down the body of Sati into pieces. The places where Sati’s body parts fell are Shaktipeetahs. There are 51 Shaktipeethas.
It is believed that Sati’s heart fell at Baidyanathdham and she is worshipped here as Jaya Durga. Her ears is believed to have fell at Karnat but this spot is yet to be identified and the form of Shakti worshipped here is also referred as Jaya Durga in scriptures.
Jaya Durga is depicted as having dark complexion. She is three-eyed and four-armed. Sh…

Quotes from Rig Veda

Be united. Speak in harmony.
Let your minds apprehend alike.
Common be your prayer;
Common be the end of your assembly;
Common be your resolution;
Common be your deliberations.
Alike be your feelings;
United be your hearts;
Common be your intentions;
Perfect be your unity.

Sam gacchadvam, sam vadhadvam
sam vo manamsi janatam
deva bhagam yatha purve, sam janana upasate
samano mantrah, samiti samani
samanam manah saha cittamesam
samanam mantramabhi mantraye vah
samanena havisa juhomi
samani va akutih samana hridayani vah
samanamastu vo mano yatha vah susahasati.

Virodhinama Telugu Panchangam 2009 – 2010 of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams

Virodhinama Telugu Panchangam for the year 2009 – 2010 was released by Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTDs) on March 14, 2009. The hard copy of the Virodhinama Telugu Panchangam was released on the day and is available in TTD offices. The soft copy in PDF file is yet to be uploaded on the Tirumala Tirupati Temple official website. As part of the Ugadi celebrations at TirupatiTemple, Panchanga Sravanam and Asthanam will be conducted from 0700hrs to 0900hrs on March 27, 2009.The soft copy of the Virodhinama Telugu Panchangam 2009 – 2010 will uploaded mostly on March 27 or the next day. (Last year it was uploaded the day after Ugadi celebrations.) You can keep checking the official website of the Temple to get the latest Telugu Panchangam.
Update:Virodhinama Telugu Panchangam for the year 2009 – 2010 is currently available on the official website of Tirumala Tirupati Temple.

Hanuman – The Boy Warrior – A Game on PlayStation2

Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) has launched the first Indian Game on PlayStation2 titled Hanuman – The Boy Warrior. The game is based on the adventures of Bal Hanuman (Lord Hanuman’s childhood adventures). For a player, the ultimate objective in Hanuman – The Boy Warrior games is to ‘free’ the Sun God and kill as many demons as possible or to banish them back to the underworld.The game is launched by London-based Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) and is developed by Aurona Technologies.About the Game from the official websiteThis game is a growing up story of Lord Hanuman, where he starts as a powerless being and regains his powers through the game. Through out the game Hanuman (Player) meets Sadhus (Sages) and learns more about Hanuman and his powers. One day, he realizes that he (Bal Hanuman) himself is Hanuman. From there on he starts regaining his powers, one by one. He finally gets his Gadhaa (mace) which is his primary weapon. Through his Gadhaa he gains the a…

Ashokashtami – Ashok Astami

Ashokastami, or Ashok Ashtami, is an important annual festival dedicated to Goddess Shakti and Lord Shiva, in eastern parts of India, especially in Orissa. In 2019, the date of Ashokashtami is April 13. It is celebrated on the eighth day during the waxing phase of moon in the Chaitra month (March – April). It is believed that Lord Ram performed Ashokashtami rituals for defeating Ravana. Ashokashtami is an important observance at the famous LingarajTemple in Bhubaneswar in Orissa.

Legend has it that Lord Ram was unable to annihilate Ravana as he was being protected by Goddess Shakti. On the advice from the wise Bibhishana, Lord Ram performed rituals dedicated to Goddess Shakti and Lord Shiva for seven days and he was blessed on the eighth day. With the blessings of Goddess Shakti, Lord Ram was able to vanquish Ravana.

It is believed that Lord Ram took out a procession of Goddess Shakti and Shiva on the eighth day. The term Ashoka means – the one that is devoid of sorrow and Ashtami m…

Hindu New Year Shalivahan Shak – Saka New Year 1939

The Hindu New Year Shalivahan Shak begins on the first day of the Chaitra Month (March – April). It is believed that King Shalivahan had made a major victory and started the Shalivahan Shak (Year) from the day. Gudhi Padva, Marathi New Year, is also referred as Shalivahan Shak. In 2017, the date of Hindu New Year Shalivahan Shak is on March 21.
Shalivahan Shak or Saka Year is observed differently by Hindu communities and the Government of India. Saka Calendar is followed by the Government of India but the New Year begins on March 21 or March 22. But for Hindu communities that follow the Shalivahan Shak the New Year begins on the first day of the Chaitra month after the Phalgun Amavas (No moon day).
New Year is observed by Hindu communities on the Chaitra Shuddha Pratipada (the first day of the waxing phase of moon in Chaitra month (March – April).
The current year which begins on March 28, 2017 in the regional Marathi, Kannada and Telugu Hindu calendar is 1939. A month is calculated…

Princeton University – Hinduism in 21st century America – A week of Awareness and Celebration

Princeton University, New Jersey, United States is conducting a weeklong celebration of Hindu culture and religion featuring lectures, performances and yoga demonstrations from March 28, 2009 to April 5, 2009 at various campus locations of the university. The weeklong program is titled ‘Hinduism in the 21st Century: A week of Awareness and Celebration.’ The programs and celebrations are free and open to the public, but advance registration is required to attend some of the events."Hinduism in the 21st Century" week will explore the intersection of India's ancient spiritual traditions with the modernity of American life. The event is sponsored by the Office of Hindu Life in the Office of Religious Life of Princeton University and the student group Princeton Hindu Satsangam.You can find more details about the event and schedule at the Princeton Hindu Satsangam Website.

Cheti Chand Quotes and Messages – Sindhi New Year

Cheti Chand, is the Sindhi New Year and here is a collection of Cheti Chand quotes and messages. These quotations were collected from numerous sources and edited to suit the Cheti Chand day. Hope you will get ideas from these quotes to wish your friends and relatives.Let this Cheti Chand bring peace and prosperity in the lives of all with the blessings of Lord Varuna.
Happy Cheti Chand! Let this be a delightful year, filled with delightful things in each of its days.
Keep moving is an important lesson that Lord Varuna (God of water) teaches. Water flows unceasingly. If it stops, it becomes stagnant. Let us aim to be the free flowing pure water. Forget the past and start flowing with positive thoughts from this Cheti Chand. Happy Cheti Chand.
Wish you a Happy Cheti Chand with love, peace, hope and joy for the year ahead.
From this Cheti Chand let us go forward with great hope that all things will be possible and we will attain our dreams.
Forget worries and mistakes and start afresh! Happy …

Sister Nivedita on True Education

Unless we train the feelings and the choice, our man is not educated. He is only decked out in certain intellectual tricks that he has learnt to perform. By these tricks he can earn his bread. He cannot appeal to the heart, or give life. He is not a man at all; he is a clever ape.There is one way, and one way only. It is, throughout the early years of education, to remember that there is nothing so important as the training of the feelings. To feel nobly, and to choose loftily and honestly, is a thousand fold more important to the development of faculty than any other single aspect of the educational process. The lad in whom this power is really present and really dominant, will always do the best thing possible under any given circumstances.Sister Nivedita of the Ramakrishna Order(The Complete Works of Sister Nivedita, 4: 344-345)

Ghatasthapana during Vasant Navratri – Pot with Grass Symbolizing Goddess Durga

Ghatasthapana is an important ritual during Navratri. It literally means installing a pot which symbolizes Goddess Shakti. A Pot with image of Goddess Durga embossed on the side of it is place in the Puja room. The pot is placed on a bed of sand. This is performed on the first day of Navratri especially during Vasant Navratri in North India.
The pot is filled with mud and sprinkled with cowdung. Barley seeds are sown in it. Some people also sow barley seeds on the bed on which the pot is placed. The Ghata (Pot) is installed at the auspicious time of the first day of the Navratri. It is believed Goddess Shakti blesses the Pot with her presence.
The pot is sprinkled with water on all the nine days. Pujas and other rituals are performed.
At the end of the ninth day, the barley shoots will reach a height of 2 to 3 inches and its then pulled out and distributed.
Ghatasthapana is an important ritual during Navratri and Durga Puja (September – October) and also at the same period during Das…

Gudhi Padwa Quotes and Messages – Gudi Padva – Maharashtra New Year

Gudhi Padwa, or Gudi Padva, is the Marathi New Year and here is a collection of Gudhi Padwa quotes and messages. These quotations to wish friends and relatives were collected from numerous sources and edited to suit the Gudhi Padwa day. Let this Gudhi Padwa usher in a Good and Sweet Year, both materially and spiritually.
Wish you a happy Gudhi Padwa with love, peace, hope and joy for the year ahead.
Happy Gudhi Padwa and let this be a delightful year, filled with delightful things in each of its days.
From this Gudhi Padva let us go forward with great hope that all things will be possible.
May this Gudi Padwa be a good one for all of us.
Another Gudhi Padwa is here to banish our worries and mistakes and start afresh.
Happy Gudhi Padwa. Let this New Year herald new optimism, zeal and cheer.
Let us welcome this Gudhi Padwa with great hope, eagerness and anticipation. Let us look forward to a plentiful year of joy, satisfaction, peace and prosperity.Let this Gudi Padva bring peace and prosperit…

Maha Kumbabhishekam at Madurai Meenakshi Temple in April 2009

A Maha Kumbabhishegam will be performed at the MaduraiMeenakshiTemple in April 2009. Maha Kumbabhishekam is performed once in every twelve years in ancient Hindu temples. The rules and rituals associated with Maha Kumbabhishekam are mentioned in the Agama Shastra. It is performed to remove all inauspiciousness and usher in greater prosperity and peace. In 2009, the date of Maha Kumbabhishekam at MaduraiMeenakshiTemple in April 8. The time is from 0900 hrs to 1000 hrs.In view of the Maha Kumbabhishegam to be held on April 8, 2009, the sanctum sanctorum of the ArulmiguMeenakshiSundareswararTemple will remain closed from 02.4.2009 to 07.4.2209. However the devotees will be allowed to worship at the yagasala located in the North Aadi Street.During the Maha Kumbabhishekam rituals the divinity of the deities is transferred to Kalashas or Kumbhas (divine pot) through mantras and rituals. Different types of homas are performed at a specially prepared yagashala. The homas are conducted for s…

Naba Barsha 2018 date - Bengali New Year in 2018

Naba Barasha or Poila Baisakh is the traditional Hindu New Year in West Bengal and Bangladesh. It is celebrated in the month of Vaishakh or Baisakh (April – May). In 2018, the date of Naba Barsha or Poila Baisakhis April 15. The New Year is popularly referred as Naba Barsa or Nava Varsha in Bengal and Pohela or Poila Baisakh in Bangladesh. It is the first day in the traditional Hindu Bengali Calendar.

In Bengali houses, Naba Barsa is welcomed with elaborate alpanas (rangolis). A kalash is placed in the center of the alpana pattern and it symbolizes prosperity. Houses are elaborately decorated with flowers as there is no shortage of flowers during this season. Another important event is the Prabhat Pheries or early morning processions.

Goddess Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, and Lord Ganesh are worshipped on the Bengali New Year day. Traders perform the halkhata ceremony that marks the advent of the Bengali New Year. All shops are decorated with flowers and one will notice stringed …

Chandogya Upanishad Teachings

That alone which is infinite is Bliss and there is no bliss in the finite. (7.23.1).Through purity of food comes purity of mind, through purity of mind comes a steady memory of Truth, and when one gets this memory one becomes free from all knots of the heart.’ (7.26.2)Where one sees another, one hears another, so long as there are two, there must be fear, and fear is the mother of all misery. Where none sees another, where it is all one, there is none to be miserable, none to be unhappy.’ (7.33)Chandogya Upanishad

Teachings from Bhagavad Purana

In this world, you should realize that we should not become inordinately attached to anyone or anything. When the body which we think is ours; when even this has to be abandoned when we leave this world, what then can one say about one’s sons and one’s wife? Alone we come to this world and alone we walk the road to dusty death. Alone, man earns ‘punya’ and again, alone, man earns ‘papa’ also. Wealth which a man has earned by unrighteous means is taken away from him by his enemies who come in the shape of his sons and his dear ones and near ones! The man who guards such wealth which is earned unrighteously, is indeed, a fool. He is never happy since he has done wrong. He does not enjoy the wealth either. Use your intellect; control the wayward mind and try to maintain a neutral state of mind wherein you will be able to treat all things alike; where there is no feeling of mine and thine. Bhagavad Purana (Source – an interaction between Akrura and Dhritarashtra in the Bhagavad Purana)

Swami Vivekananda Teachings

We hear ‘Be good,’ and ‘Be good,’ and ‘Be good,’ taught all over the world. There is hardly a child, born in any country in the world, who has not been told, ‘Do not steal,’ ‘Do not tell a lie,’ but nobody tells the child how he can help doing them. Talking will not help him. Why should he not become a thief? We do not teach him how not to steal; we simply tell him, ‘Do not steal.’
Only when we teach him to control his mind do we really help him. All actions, internal and external, occur when the mind joins itself to certain centers, called the organs. Willingly or unwillingly it is drawn to join itself to the centers, and that is why people do foolish deeds and feel miserable, which, if the mind were under control, they would not do.
What would be the result of controlling the mind? It then would not join itself to the centers of perception, and, naturally, feeling and willing would be under control. Is it possible? It is perfectly possible.
Truth, purity, and unselfishness – whenev…

Why is Gudhi or Flag raised on the New Year Day in Maharashtra?

One of the most important events on Gudhi Padwa, the Marathi New Year, is the raising Gudhi. Gudhi, or Gudi, is a special kind of flag raised by Maharashtrians outside the house on the Hindu New Year Day – the first day of Chaitra month (March – April). Gudhi is also known as Flag of Brahma – Brahmadhwaj or Brahma Dhwaj. Raising of the Gudhi in front of one’s house symbolizes hope, happiness, joy, glory and celebration of victory. The Gudhi is made of 5 to 10 feet long bamboo or any other wooden stick. A piece of silk or cotton cloth is tied at one end of the stick like a flag. A silver or steel or brass pot is placed on top of the Gudhi. A garland of flowers is placed on the top. In some regions neem leaves and sugarcanes are placed around the pot. There are numerous legends associated with hoisting of the Gudhi. Some believe it is hoisted to the celebrate Lord Ram’s return to Ayodhya after annihilating Ravana and other demons. Some Maharashtrians hoist it to commemorate the numero…

Soubhagya Gauri Vrata in Chaitra Month – Gauri Puja in Chaitra Month

Soubhagya Gauri Vrata is dedicated to Goddess Parvati and is observed on the third day of the Shukla Paksha in the month of Chaitra Mas (March – April). In 2019, the date of Soubhagya Gauri Vrata is on April 8.

Observed by women in Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra, Sowbhagya Gauri Vratam is also known as Gauri Tritiya. Married women pray for a happy family life and unmarried women pray for a good husband on the day.

Legends of Goddess Parvati and Shiva are often referred to in Hindu Scriptures. Ramayana and Mahabharata are full of references of the main characters performing important rituals dedicated to Goddess Parvati and Shiva. It is believed that Goddess Parvati performed intense austerities to get Lord Shiva as husband.
Regional scriptures and legends mention about Sita Devi performing the Gauri Tritiya to get Lord Ram as her husband.

Goddess Gauri is another name of Goddess Parvati. Some scriptures indicate that Lord Shiva finally agreed to marry Goddess Parvati on the Gauri Tri…

What to do on Gudhi Padva? - Marathi New Year

Gudhi Padwa, or Gudi Padva, is the Marathi New Year as per the traditional Hindu Marathi Lunar Calendar. Chaitra is the first month in the Marathi calendar and Gudhi Padwa is observed on Chaitra 1 or the first day of Chaitra. Two important things people do on the day are the erecting of Gudhi and sharing of a mixture of neem and jaggery. The astrological predictions for the year known as Sanvatsar phal is also read on the day. In 2017, Gudi Padva is on March 28. Here is a brief idea on how to observe Gudhi Padva.
People get up early in the morning of the Gudhi Padva day, and after bathing and morning prayers; erect Gudhi – the hoisting of flag on a bamboo staff. The flag hoisted on Maharashtrian New Year is made of green or yellow colored silk cloth. A bright garlanded goblet or pot is hung on top of the flag pole.
Symbolically, the raising of the Gudhi means empty your ego, take an inverted look within, hold yourself up to the vast sky of divinity and may your soul remain outdoors, …

Pure Tamil Calendar with No Trace of Sanskrit or Foreign Language

Sanskrit terms are widely used is many regional languages in India especially to denote auspicious days, auspicious time, festivals etc. But all these regional languages have specific terms in the respective language for these auspicious occasions; but most people prefer the Sanskrit terms. B. Shrinivas, a software entrepreneur and publisher of Dheivamurasu, a spiritual Tamil magazine, has launched a pure Tamil Calendar with no trace of any foreign language influence. The calendar published by Dheivamurasu magazine is fully in Tamil – even for numerals. Today, English numerals are used in most regional language calendars and most people are not even aware that each regional language has their own set of numerals. The Hindu reportsFor instance, the full moon is not Pournami, but Niraimathi, according to the calendar. Similarly, the new moon is not Amavasai, but Maraimathi. This may come as a surprise to even lyricists who have been penning songs in Tamil apparently not in the chaste li…

Documentary and Book – Return of the Rituals: Rites of Passage of Nagarathar Children

‘Return of the Rituals: Rites of Passage of Nagarathar Children’ is the title of a documentary film and book by Dr Kala Shreen. As the title indicates, the book deals with rituals that were forgotten but which are slowly being picked up by the modern generation of the Nagarathar community in South India. The documentary film focuses on old rituals and older generations who had participated in the rituals shares their knowledge and experience.The New Indian Express reportsThe Documentary film has captured the ceremonies, which had become obsolete over the last century. Kala spent three days for shooting, when the ceremonies were enacted as one could not capture live performances of these obsolete rituals. People who were over 80 years of age were interviewed for the documentary. They shared their experiences of the past. Indigenous songs of the community were documented and tunes composed for them.The book has two sections. The first section is a description of three life cycle ceremon…

C Rajagopalachari Quotes

As Yama Dharmaraja taught Nachiketas, the vision of the Supreme cannot be attained by the mere study of Shastras; nor could knowledge of the Self come through subtlety of intellect or much learning or argument. The grace of God is the one thing necessary and for that the heart should melt in Bhakti.
Bhakti is different from Shastric learning. One may get by heart and recite without cessation the Sanskrit scriptures; one may know and repeat upside down the commentaries of the Acharyas. But righteous conduct and equanimity of mind are different and more necessary gifts.
When the heart has not mellowed, study and exposition of Shastras are a mere monkey game. Without wisdom in the heart, all learning is useless.
When that which is within and that which is without are one and the same, we have wisdom. When they are not, our learning is no better than the tricks of a trained monkey. The teaching of Sri Ramakrishna gives us, not mere learning, but true wisdom.’ (Source: Introduction to …

Sheetalashtami – Chaitra Krishna Paksha Sheetala Ashtami

Sheetalashtami, or Sheetala Ashtami, is an auspicious day dedicated to Goddess Sheetala in the month of Chaitra (March – April) as per the traditional calendar followed in North India. In 2018, the date of Sheetalashtami Vrat is March 9. It is observed on the eighth day of the Krishna Paksha (waning phase of moon) in Chaitra month. It is believed that observing this Vrat will help in curing various diseases.

Goddess Sheetala is propitiated to get rid of several diseases like chicken pox. A unique ritual of offering stale food is observed during Sheetalashtami. Food need for Sheetala Ashtami puja is prepared a day before in advance.

People offer various food items to the Sheetala Mata on the day. People also feed old people on the day and take their blessings.

It must be noted here that some communities observe the eighth day of Krishna Paksha of every month as Sheetalashtami. But the most auspicious one is the Chaitra Krishna Paksha Ashtami.

Shvetashvatara Upanishad Teachings

May He, who created the gods and supports them; who witnessed the birth of the cosmic soul; who confers bliss and wisdom on the devoted, destroying their sins and sorrows, and punishing all breaches of law; - may He, the great seer and the lord of all, endow us with good thoughts! (IV.12)He who at the beginning of creation projected Brahma (Universal Consciousness),who delivered the Vedas unto him, who constitutes the supreme bridge of immortality, who is partless, free from actions, tranquil, faultless, taintless, and resembles the fire that has consumed its fuel – seeking liberation I go for refuge to that Effulgent One, whose light turns the understanding towards the Atman. (VI.18-19)Shvetashvatara Upanishad

The Secret of Success - From the Bhagavad Gita by Swami Chinmayananda

A verse from the Bhagavad Gita discloses the secret by which success can be assured for spiritual seekers. ‘To those who worship ME alone, thinking of me alone, thinking of no other, ever self-controlled, I secure that which is not already possessed (yoga) by them, preserve for them what they already possess (kshema)’ (IX:22). If we consider this as a tip for the people who are sweating and toiling in the world, the verse yields a code of instructions by which they can assure for themselves complete success in their life.

If a person is capable of maintaining self-willed thought (sankalpa) consistently and with singleness of purpose, he is sure to succeed in any undertaking.

But unfortunately, the ordinary person is not capable of channelizing his thoughts. Therefore, his goal seems to be ever receding. Since his goal seems to be ever changing, his determination to achieve a particular goal constantly changes. To such a man of weak determination no progress is possible in any line of…

Srivari Kalyanam – Tirupati Balaji Temple Ritual to performed at Delhi in March 2009

Sri Srinivasa Kalyanotsavam, the celestial wedding ritual at TirumalaTirupatiVenkateswaraTemple, will be performed at New Delhi by Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD). The divine wedding of Lord Balaji and his consorts Sridevi and Bhoodevi is one of the most famous rituals at the TirupatiTemple. Srivari Kalyanam is now being organized in different cities around India for pilgrims who are unable to travel to Tirupati. In Delhi, the celestial wedding ritual will be held on March 21, 2009.The idols of Lord Balaji and Goddess Padmavati will be brought to Delhi in a special chariot of the celestial wedding. You will get more information about the event at the: TTD Information Center,
e-Darshan Counter,
College Campus,
No.2 Faculty Flats,
Opp Sathyanikethan,
New Delhi
Ph: 011-24112349You may also like to readImportance of Srivari Kalyanam Ritual

Swami Ranganathananda Thoughts on Upanishads

A study of the Upanishads reveals that the subject of religion was approached in ancient India in an impersonal and dispassionate manner. The aim of the study was neither to hug pleasing fancies and illusions nor to idolize tribal passions and prejudices but to get at the truth.Ever since the time of the Upanishads, which goes back long before the Christian Era, India has tenaciously held to a view of religion that makes it a high adventure of the spirit, a life endeavor to realize and grasp the hidden meaning of existence. Faith in India did not meant a cozy belief in which to find comfort, but a torch by which to set the soul on fire with a long for spiritual realization. In the absence of this longing and struggle, the belief of the faithful does not differ from the unbelief of the faithless.Because of the strength of the spirit of the Upanishads, no all-powerful church, therefore, arose in India to organize the faithful on the basis of dogma and creed, claiming divine authority fo…

Symbolism of Flags in Hindu Temples

All Hindu temples have a flag and are hoisted mainly during festivals and auspicious days on a Dwaja Stambha. But in North India, flags are a constant feature of a Hindu temple and it flutters on all days. Symbolically, hoisting the flag suggest setting out to conquer, and a devotee comes to the temple to conquer his ego and gain control over the baser nature with the help of the Supreme Being.
The Sanskrit word for the flag is ‘dhvaja’ and it means whatever is raised. In the religious sense, whatever raises man to a higher lever of understanding and activity is a ‘dhvaja.’ The flag also suggests hope and desire to overcome ignorance.
Some flags and banners hoisted in temples act as a message board and give an idea about the deity worshipped in the temple. It also suggests which particular incarnation or manifestation of the God is given importance in the temple.
Some temple flags are specifically designed for the purpose of temple festivals and are only hoisted during the festival p…

Clay Sanskrit Library aims to publish readable and reliable Translations of Sanskrit Classics

Are you searching for English translations of Sanskrit Classics – including the Mahabharata and Ramayana – then you should visit Clay Sanskrit Library project website. The project aims to publish readable and reliable translations of Sanskrit classics with scholarly introductions and annotations keeping in mind the needs of a common man. The translated classics are not free of cost but you get to read excerpts for free; and if interested, you can buy it online from the Clay Sanskrit Library.Clay Sanskrit Library is a combined project of the JJC Foundation, established by Sanskrit scholar and businessman John Clay, and New York University Press (NYU Press). Leading scholars in Sanskrit from 10 countries are part of the project, which was started in 2005. The project plans to complete 50 volumes by 2009.Apart from the Mahabharata and Ramayana, the project covers works of drama, poetry, satire and novels in Sanskrit. Each book contains the original Sanskrit text in transliterated Roman l…