Skip to main content


Showing posts from July 15, 2009

Surya Grahan Mantra – Prayers and Mantras Chanted during Solar Eclipse

During Surya Grahan, devout Hindus perform several rituals and chant different prayers and mantras. Hindu Pregnant women chant Santana Gopala Mantra during the Suryagrahan.
Most devout Hindus chant the Ashtakshara Mantra dedicated to Shri Krishna or the Astakshari Mantra dedicated to Lord Vishnu.Ashtakshara mantra dedicated to Lord Krishna is ‘Shri Krishna ha sharnam mama.’Astakshari Mantra dedicated to Lord Vishnu is 'Om Namoh Narayan Ya namah.'Mahamrityunjay Mantra and Shiva Panchakshari Mantra dedicated to Lord Shiva are also chanted during the Surya Grahan period. Shiva Panchakshari Mantra is Om Namah ShivayaMahamrityunjay Mantra isOm Tryambhakam Yajamahe
Sugandhim Pushtivardhanam
Urvarukamiva Bandhanan
Mrityor Mukshiya MaamritatThe Santana Gopala Mantra chanted by pregnant women isOm Devaki Sudha Govinda
Vasudeva Jagath Pathe
Dehimey Thanayam
Krishna Thwamaham
Saranam KadhahaaDeva Deva Jagannatha
Gothra Vridhi Karap Prabho
Dehimey Thanayam Sheegram
Ayushmandham Yashashreenam!Mantras…

Taregna Village in Bihar the Best Place to Watch Total Solar Eclipse on 22 July

The Total Solar Eclipse, Surya Grahan, taking place on July 22, 2009 will be visible for 3 minutes and 38 seconds in the morning from TaregnaVillage in Bihar in India. Thousands of scientists and Astro tourists are expected to arrive in the village to watch the eclipse as it is the epicenter of the 22 July Total Solar Eclipse. Interestingly, ‘Taregna’ means counting stars. Aryabhatta, the famous astronomer of ancient India, is believed to have studied stars and planets from Taregna. He is said to have had his observatory at Taregna Math.In India, the eclipse will commence before sunrise. Surat and Vadodara in Gujarat, Bhopal and Indore in Madhya Pradesh, Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, Patna in Bihar, Darjeeling and Siliguri in West Bengal, Gangtok in Sikkim and Itanagar in Arunachal Pradesh are also expected to be excellent locations for a good view of the solar eclipse.Taregna is about 35 km from Patna.In Patna, the Eclipse begins at 05:29:57 AM.Total Solar Eclipse Begins at 06:24:37 AM.…

Aadi Masam – Tamil Month Aadi

Aadi Masam is the fourth month in Tamil Calendar and some people consider the month as inauspicious or bad as Dakshinayana Punyakalam, the night time of Gods, begins in the Aadi month. But numerous unique Tamil rituals and festivals are also observed during Aadi month so some people consider it as auspicious.
In some regions newly married couples stay separate during Aadi month. This is because in earlier days it was considered that if a woman conceives (get pregnant) in Aadi month, she will deliver in March or April the hottest months. This would put the life of mother and child in danger. But this custom is not followed by many people today.
Dakshinayana Punyakalam, the night of Devas, begins on the first day of the month Aadi. The sun changes its direction during this period and next six months is the night time of the gods and ends with Uttarayan in January. Due to this reason, no auspicious events are held in the month.
Numerous rituals are held in Aadi month.
Tuesdays in the m…

Quotes from Sri Ramanuja Gita Bhashya on Controlling the Sense Objects

Sri Ramanujacharya’s commentary on the shlokas 59 to 61 in the Chapter II of the Bhagavad GitaThe sense objects are the food of the sense. The sense objects turn away from one who has withdrawn his senses from objects. But still one may hold the relish for them. Relish means hankering. This means that the hankering of the sense objects does not go away by abstinence alone. But even this hankering will go away when one sees that the essential nature of the self is superior to the sense objects and that the realization of this self gives greater happiness than the enjoyment of sense objects. When there is an attempt to subdue the sense objects and realize the self there will always be a conflict in the mind.With a desire to overcome this mutual dependence between the subduing of the senses and vision of the Self, one has to conquer the senses which are difficult to subdue on account of their attachment to sense-objects.
So, focusing the mind on Me (Krishna) who am the only auspicious obj…