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Limited Edition Lord Shiva-Themed Pen from Swiss Caran d'ache Worth $15000

Swiss Caran d'ache is known for high quality and high priced writing instruments that are smart in looks and durable in performance – Swiss Quality. In 2009, a limited edition 108 fountain pens and 55 roller pens have been created by Caran d'ache to honor Hindu God, Shiva. Today, there is a huge interest and vast market for various products based Hindu Gods and other aspects associated with Hinduism. Several international brands are tapping into this unexplored market sometimes successfully and sometimes landing in trouble and controversy by hurting the religious sentiments of Hindus.This collector’s item has been created by Caran d'ache, in collaboration with the jeweler and artist, Edouard Jud. According to Caran d'ache the Shiva-themed pen isProduced entirely by hand in 800 solid silver with a distinctive somber finish, these sumptuous pieces evoke all the mystery and symbolism of the most important figure in the Shaivait tradition. Shiva, the personification of the…

Pratipada Shradh

Pratipada Shradh, also known Dehhitr Pratipada Shraddh, is the first day of the Shraddh during the Pitru Paksha period in Ashwin month in traditional calendar in North India. In 2017, the date of Pratipada Shradh is September 6. The corresponding period in other regions is the Krishna Paksha of Bhadrapad month. Shraddh rituals are offered to dead parents, relatives and ancestors.

The popular belief is that the Shradh rituals performed during the period will directly reach the dead ancestors and they will attain Moksha. The rituals are performed during Pitru Paksha fortnight all over India except in some parts of South India. Related Importance of rituals dedicated to the dead in Hinduism

Parivartini Ekadasi Vrat Katha – Story of Parsava Parivartini Ekadashi

The Parsava Parivartini Ekadasi observed during the waxing phase of moon in Bhadra month is associated with incarnation of Lord Vamana of Lord Vishnu and also with sleep of Vishnu during Chatur Mas period. Parivartini Ekadasi Vrat Katha (Story) extols the glory of the legendary King Bali.King Bali was popular on earth for his honesty, compassion, justice and there was all-round prosperity in his kingdom. He made the utopia a reality. Although born into a family of Demons, King Bali was an ardent devotee of Lord Vishnu. His glory and power made Indra (the lord of Demi Gods) weak. Soon King Bali overthrew Indra and took over the heavenly kingdom. Indra took refuge at the feet of Lord Vishnu.Lord Vishnu took the form of Vamana – a dwarf Brahmin and went to the palace of King Bali who was conducting a huge Yajna. King Bali was distributing gifts to all gathered there and the young Vamana asked for three steps of land. King Bali thought that three steps of land was too little and asked th…

Krishna: History or Myth – Documentary on the Existence of Lord Krishna

Krishna: History or Myth is a documentary that proves the existence of Lord Krishna through archaeological, astronomical and other evidences. The documentary goes deep into both scientific knowledge and religious belief. Manish Pandit, a UK-based nuclear medicine physician, has produced and directed ‘Krishna: History or Myth.’"Krishna existed in reality and not merely in the imagination of devotees and scripture writers." "The film relies on four premises -- the archaeological evidence, the astronomical evidence, the living traditions and the oral traditions to prove that Krishna existed and the Mahabharat did occur," says Pandit, originally from Pune and now working as a consultant and an honorary senior clinical lecturer in nuclear medicine in United Kingdom. (PTI News)
Krishna: History or Myth is currently being dubbed into eight Indian regional languages and also in Spanish and German.Manish Pandit can be contacted at
Saraswati Films Ltd.
35 Arcadia Ave, Sale,

Hindu Temple Choir – Hindus Innovate In United States with New Form of Praying

A temple choir which is a rarity in Hinduism is being practiced in United States by Hindus. “Om! Ganesha Sharanam!” the choristers sang from the corner of New YorkGaneshaTemple in Flushing, Queens, on Ganesh Chaturthi and it marked the beginning of Hindu Temple Choir.Religious Choir is a disciplined group of people that sings as part of a religious ceremony and is mostly associated with Christian prayers in Churches. Choirs are not performed in Hindu Temples. Hindus do sing bhajans in group in temples but it is not choir as it is sung without any proper practice and is sung more out of devotion. TempleChoir is not performed in Hindu religion because Hinduism gives importance to individual worship and an individual can come and visit a temple whenever he/she feels. Hindu Bhajans are mostly solo performances. The auspicious beginning of Hindu Temple Choir was made by about 50 singers at the New YorkGaneshaTemple in Flushing, Queens, during the Ganesh Chaturthi in 2009.New York Times rep…

Sri Narayana Guru Jayanti

The 19th century sage and social reformer, Sri Narayana Guru, a member of the Ezhava community in Kerala, was revered for his deep spiritual attainment, humanistic philosophy and commitment to social reform and equality. In 2015, the date of Sri Narayana Guru Jayanti is on August 30. He taught the ideal of ‘One caste, one religion and one  God for mankind’ and stressed social self-upliftment by the lower castes to fight the caste system.

Sri Narayana Guru Jayanthi is observed on the Chathayam Nakshatram day in the Malayalam month of Chingam. (August – September) Sri Narayana Guru (1854-1928) brought about revolutionary change in Kerala by organizing the lower caste people. His motto was one caste, one religion, one god – echoing the teachings of the Upanishads.

Special programs and pujas are held on the day in Kerala, other parts of India and around the world by Shree Narayana Dharma Paripalana Yogam (SNDP).

You may also like to read Sri Narayana Guru Teachings

Padma Ekadasi – Bhadrapad Shukla Paksha Padma Ekadashi

The Ekadasi fasting observed on the 11th day of the Shukla Paksha of Bhadrapad month in traditional North Indian calendar is known as Padma Ekadasi. In 2018, Padma Ekadasi date as per North Indian calendar is September 20. It must be noted that the Devashayani Ekadasi observed in the month of Ashada month is also referred as Padma Ekadashi.

Padma Ekadasi is observed during the Chaturmas period.

This Ekadasi is also referred as Vaman Ekadasi, Parsava Parivartini Ekadashi and Jaljhlini Ekadasi.

The name of this Ekadasi varies from region to region. But the legend associated with this Ekadasi remains the same. It is said that Lord Vishnu who is sleeping during the Chaturmas period changes his sleep position on this Ekadashi day.

All the usual fasting rules associated with Ekadasi fasting is observed on the day. Some people opt for a strict complete fast.

Scientists Attempt to Find Sanjeevani Herb of Ramayana

In the Ramayana, Lord Hanuman carried the mountain with the Sanjeevani Herb to save the life of Lakshman, the younger brother of Lord Ram, who was struck and rendered unconscious by the arrow of Indrajit, son of Ravana. For thousands of years, scientists, Ayurveda practitioners and common people, have been trying to identify the exact Sanjivani Herb that brought back Lakshmana to consciousness. Sanjeevani literally means something that offers life. Now a group of scientists from Bangalore have zeroed in on two plants grown in the Western Ghats, Aravali and the Vindhyas, which could be the Sanjivani herb that saved the life of Lakshman. Kalyan Ray writes in Deccan HeraldA fern Selaginella bryopteris and an orchid Flickingeria fimbriata, could be the potential species representing Sanjeevani, said researchers from the University of Agricultural Sciences (UAS), Bangalore and College of Forestry, Sirsi.“S.bryopteris is known to offer protection against heat shock and ultra-violet ray sho…

Rig Veda Quotes

Maho Arnaha Saraswati Pra Chetayati Ketuna
Dhiyo Vishwa Vi Raajati(Mandal 1 Hymn 3 Verse 12)
Only 'knowledge' can help us to know the universe, which is vast like an ocean. It enlightens all minds.
Knowledge destroys the darkness of ignorance. There are two ways of obtaining knowledge – from an able guru and through self-study. By attaining knowledge, the mind becomes enlightened. We should try to acquire knowledge from all sources and by all means – studying the scriptures, contemplation, meditation, etc. Scriptures are invaluable sources of knowledge because it is only through their study that the mind is filled with good thoughts. Good thoughts help us in leading a virtuous life. This is the sure way for growth of the mind and to acquire eternal happiness and peace.
Asmantsu Tatra Chodyendra Raye Rabhaswatah
Tu Vidyumna Yashaswatah(Mandal 1 Hymn 9 Verse 6)
O radiant one! Inspire the diligent and the successful only to earn wealth.
Only those who are industrious can earn wealth.…

The story of Sage Dadhichi and Vajrayudha - Dadeechi Rushigalu and Narayana Varma Japa

This article is a guest post and is written by Sri Narahari Sumadhwa. He has used Telugu names of Hindu saints and gods. It is presented without editing and I have only added the popular names of Saints in braces.
Dadeechi Rushigalu (Saint Dadhichi) was born on Bhadrapada Shudda Ashtami. The day observed as Dadeechi Jayanti.
Sage Dadhichi is considered in the Puranas as one of our earliest ancestors and he shines in this great country as the illustrious example of sacrifice for the sake of the liberation of the suffering from their distress. No sacrifice is too great for the noble-minded in this world.
During Krta Yuga, there was a daitya (demon) named Vritrasura. He, associated by Kalakeyas, was attacking Devataas (demi gods) and people were made to suffer a lot. Devatas (demi gods) were losing their battle against Daityaas. At that time they went to Lord Brahma, who took them to Srihari (Lord Vishnu), who recommended them to make a weapon to destroy Vritrasura, with the help of b…

Sunia Festival in Orissa

Sunia is observed in the Bhadrab month in Orissa and is considered to be the traditional New Year in Orissa (Oriya New Year) by some communities. The day is observed as Bamana Janma day or Vaman Jayanti – the day when Lord Vishnu appeared as Vamana. In 2018, the date of Sunia festival is September 21.
Sunia festival was observed mainly by Rajas and Zamindars. It is the day when they renewed the lease on the land and water body etc. The one-year lease of various types used to begin on the day. Farmers and citizens also used to pay the tax on this day to the rulers. But with the abolishment of Zamindari system in India, Sunia festival has no relevance and is ignored by majority of the people.
The festival is of great importance in Puri for the Orissa royalty associated with the PuriJagannathTemple. Thousands of people are invited to the PuriPalace and a Mahaprasad ceremony is held on the day.

Thoughts of a Hindu Soldier in the United States Army

A devout Hindu, Rajiv Sriram Srinivasan, aged 23, is a Lieutenant in the United States Army. In an essay competition conducted by Hindu American Foundation, Rajiv shared his thoughts on the identity crises he faced as being a man of Hindu faith believing in the peaceful coexistence of all beings and at the same time the need to patriotically serve United States as an army officer. Rajiv’s essay is highly inspirational and touches the core teachings of Sanatana Dharma.Rajiv is also the founder of the non-profit Beyond Orders that connects soldiers in war zones with NGOs in the United States to meet the humanitarian needs of the Iraqi and Afghani people.
Here are some excerpts from the essay of Rajiv Sriram Srinivasan titled My Battle Within: The Identity Crisis of a Hindu Soldier in the US Army. It was selected as the first prize winner in the age 23-28 category of HAF’s competition.As I dawn my body armor, grab my weapon, and prepare to lead my platoon of 32 soldiers into Afghanistan, …

Dharo Atham

Dharo Atham is a unique ritual observed in Gujarat during the waxing phase of moon (Shukla Paksha) in Badarvo or Bhadrapad month. Dharo Atham 2018 date is September 17. It is observed on the eighth day of Shukla Paksha. Mothers observe Dharo Atham for the wellbeing and long life of their daughters and sons.

Dharo Atham ritual consists of worshipping of ‘dharo’, green grass, and listening to the story associated with the ritual.

Married women and mothers eat only once in the evening of the eight day of waxing phase of Bhadrapad month. The food eaten on the day is cooked on the previous day.

Amritabindu Upanishad Quotes

Mind is considered as two-fold: pure and impure. It is impure with the resolve of personal desire. It is pure when devoid of all selfish desires.
The mind alone is the cause of man’s bondage and liberation; the mind attached to the objects of senses creates bondage and when it is free from such attachment, man is free.
A seeker of liberation should constantly make his mind free of sense objects since liberation is predicted of a mind that does not cling to sense objects.
That is then the Supreme state when the mind is held firmly in the inner psyche, having given up all its attachments to sense objects and it (the mind) attains its own true state (the Self).
Restrain the mind until it dissolves in the Consciousness. This is wisdom, this is meditation. The rest is all logic and verbal extensions.
The sage should study the scriptures in his search for knowledge; but then he should leave them, like the chaff that is left behind, when the grains of rice have been winnowed.
The mind is chi…

Pune Dagduseth Halwai Ganapati 2009 Video and Photo – Ganesh Chaturthi Mandal

Dagdusheth Halwai Ganapati is one of the most popular Ganesh Chaturthi mandals in Pune during 12-day Vinayaka Chaturthi celebrations. Here is the video of Pune Dagduseth Halwai Ganpati in 2009 and also the picture of the cute Dagduseth Halwai Ganesha.
Update - Find latest information on Dagduseth Ganapati 2011 here.

Shreemant Dagdusheth Halwai Ganpati decoration inauguration
by mid-day

Ganesh Chaturthi Nirmalya Segregation and Flower Recycling to make Natural Holi Colors in Pune

Hundreds of kilos of flowers are used for puja and decoration during Ganesh Chaturthi festival. As part of eco-friendly Vinayaka Chaturthi celebrations in Pune, e-coexist, an environmental organization, is going to recycle the flowers used during Ganesh Chaturthi festival to make colors natural colors for Holi festival.Ganesh Chaturthi Nirmalya Segregation project of E-coexist One of the biggest outputs of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival is the tonnes of 'nirmalya' - the offerrings collected during the immersion. These offerings are made of several items : flower garlands, fruits, coconuts, spices, honey and camphor. While most of the offerings themselves are made of natural items, they come wrapped in plastic bags, plastic boxes or glass bottles.Traditionally, these items were meant to be immersed with the Ganesh idols, as an offering back to nature. However, since immersion of these on large scale is bound to cause problems, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has successfull…

Puzzle Activity Book and Online Games for Children – Where Is Hanuman?

'Where’s Hanuman' published by Penguin Books India (Imprint – Puffin Children Books) is an illustrated book for children based on the Ramayana. The book contains puzzle scenes and activities starting from the wedding of Lord Ram and Mata Sita. The puzzles are based on Exile of Lord Ram, Kidnapping of Sita, Coronation of Bali, Searching and Finding Sita, BuildingBridge, Attacking Lanka, Killing Ravana and the return by Pushpaka Vimana to Ayodhya. The activity book is meant for children to learn about the adventures of Hanuman and Ramayana in an engaging and exciting way. Where Is Hanuman is written by By Alister Taylor and Chris Woods and is illustrated By Benjamin McClintic The official website of Where Is Hanuman has some interesting online games for children. You can play the online games here.

G S B Seva Mandal Ganapati 2011 Photo – Golden Ganesh at King Circle in Mumbai

GSB Seva Sadan Mandal is an organization founded by the Gowd Saraswat Brahmin community from Karnataka and the G S B Ganapati is popularly known as Golden Ganesha of Mumbai Ganesh Chaturthi Puja. G S B Ganapati 2011 is the 57th year of Ganeshotsava celebrations of the GSB Seva Mandal at King Circle in Wadala (Matunga), Mumbai. GSB Seva Mandal Ganesha is adorned with more than 60 kgs of gold and 250 kgs of silver and is undoubtedly the costliest Ganesha in Mumbai. It is also among the tallest Ganapati idols in Mumbai. The crown of the Matunga Ganesha is made out of 22 kilograms of gold. Gold adorns the ears, feet, hands and trunk of the idol. Apart from this there are gold flowers, embroidery, necklace, a cobra and throne with lions on either side. "The Ganpati adorns 60-65 kgs of gold, 250 kgs of silver which amounts to not less than 10 crores of rupees (100 million rupees). All this has been made possible by the devotees whose prayers and wishes have been answered," said Sati…

Vaman Ekadasi – Vamana Ekadashi

Vaman Ekadasi is observed during the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of the moon) in Bhadrapada month (August – September). Vamana Ekadashi is associated with the Lord Vaman incarnation of Lord Vishnu. It is believed that Lord Vamana appeared on the earth on this Ekadasi day. In 2018, the date of Vaman Ekadasi is September 20.

Lord Vamana appeared to end the rule of King Mahabali. Onam celebrations in Kerala which is based on the episode of King Bali and Lord Vishnu from the Puranas takes place during this period.

The significance of Vaman Ekadasi was narrated to Yudhisthira, the eldest of the Pandavas, by Lord Krishna. It is believed that those who observe this Ekadashi will be free from their sins.

All the usual fasting rules associated with Ekadasi are observed on the day.

In Gujarat, Vaman Ekadasi is known as Jal Zilani Ekadashi. This Ekadasi is also known as Parsva Parivartini Ekadasi.

You may also like to read How to observe Ekadasi Fasting? What food to eat for those observing part…

Biggest Ganapati Idol for Ganesh Chaturthi Puja 2009 at Visakhapatnam – At 58 Feet – World’s Tallest Eco-Friendly Ganesha Idol

The Lord Vinayaka idol installed by the Gajuwaka Sampath Vinayaka Youth Association at Gajuwaka in Visakhapatnam (Vizag) in Andhra Pradesh has broken the record of the tallest Ganesha idol for Ganesh Chaturthi Puja. It is 58 ft tall and nearly 10 feet taller than the Hyderabad Khairatabad Ganesha idol that stands at 48 feet.The Gajuwaka Sampath Vinayaka Youth Association should be appreciated for making this huge idol with eco-friendly products.The tall idol at Gajuwaka is made using clay, dry grass and watercolor. Hyderabad Khairatabad Ganesha idol which usually measures more than 40 feet used to be the tallest Ganesh idol installed during Ganesh Chaturthi Puja.Nivedita Ganguly writes in the HinduThe total cost of the setup was Rs.18 lakhs (1.8 million rupees). It was the skilled workmanship of 20 workers from West Bengal and 45 days of non-stop toil that created the magnificent idol. “Unlike other idols, we have not used iron, plaster of Paris and oil-based colours. We have only us…

Ganesha Idol from 1250 Kg Jaggery and Spices in Chennai for Vinayakar Chaturthi

Innumerable are the ways in which people make Ganapati idols for Ganesh Chaturthi. In Chennai, for Vinayakar Chaturthi 2009, a Ganesha Pandal has created an idol of Lord Ganesha using 1,250 kg of jaggery and spices.Image from Hindustan Times

Lalbaugcha Raja 2013 in Mumbai – Videos - Photo and How to Visit

Lalbaugcha Raja, or Lalbaghcha Raja, in Mumbai is one of the most popular Ganesh Pandals in Mumbai during Ganeshotsav. Lalbaugcha Raja 2013 will be unveiled on September 9. Located at Lalbaug in Mumbai, the Ganesh idol erected here during Ganesh Chaturthi festival is popularly known as Lalbaugcha Raja. It is visited by millions of people during the 12-day Ganesh Chaturthi festival.

Watch Lalbaugcha Raja 2013 liveLalbaugcha Raja 2013 live streaming

The latest will be available only on September 9, 2012 morning and you will be able to see at the official website.

Official Website: You can get more details about Lalbaugcha Ganeshotsav here at the official website.

World’s Longest Sand Ganesha Idol by Sudarsan Pattnaik – Go Green Message

World famous sand sculptor Sudarshan Pattnaik from Orissa has created a 40ft long Sand Ganesh on PuriBeach in Orissa for Ganesh Chaturthi 2009. Lord Ganesha lies on the beach holding a tree giving the message – Plant trees and reduce Global Warming.Orissa Diary reportsIt took 10 hours and using 17 tones of sand to create this 40 ft long sand Ganesh.‘Lord Ganesha is also called Vinayak (knowledgeable) or Vighneshwer (god to remove obstacles). He is worshipped, or at least remembered, in the beginning of any auspicious performance for blessings and auspiciousness. So I believed that people will accept this message to save the planet from Global Warming’ said Pattnaik.

Mukta Bharan Saptami

Mukta Bharan Saptami is observed in the Bhadrapad month in North India. In 2018, the date of Mukta Bharan Saptami is September 16. It is observed on the seventh day of the waxing phase of moon in Bhadra month. This unique ritual which falls during the Shukla Paksha of the month is important to some Hindu communities.

Doobali Satham and Uma Maheshwar Puja are also observed on the day.

Saptami Vrata is generally dedicated to Lord Surya.

Rushi Pancham in Gujarat

Rushi Pancham is a unique ritual observed by farmers and women in Gujarat on the fifth day of the waxing phase of moon in Bhadrapad month (August - September). Rushi Pancham 2018 date is September 14. As per Hindu tradition, women are not supposed to perform any religious ritual or visit temples during menstrual period. If a woman happens to break the rule, then she can perform the Rushi Pancham ritual and absolve the sin.

In some Hindu communities, there is a belief that during menstrual period, a woman should not touch anyone or any vessel.

Legend has it that a woman who did not stick to this rule was born as a dog in her next birth. A holy saint who realized that the dog was a woman in her earlier birth, asked the owners of the dog to perform Rushi Pancham vrat so that the woman can escape from pain and rebirth. The couple performed the Vrat and the woman got moksha.

Women fast on the day, which falls on the fifth day of Shukla Paksha of Bhadrapad month. Farmers perform the ri…

Tulsidas’s Prayer to Lord Ram

O Lord please encage my mind-swan
in the loving cage of your sacred feet’?

Grant me, O Lord, by Your grace,
To follow all that is good and pure;

To be content with simple things;
To use my fellows not as means but ends;

To serve them stalwartly, in thought, word, deed;
Never to utter words of hatred or of shame;

To cast away all selfishness and pride;
To speak no ill of others;

To have a mind at peace,
Set free from care, and led astray from You
Neither by happiness nor by woe.
Set Thou my feet upon this path,
And keep me steadfast in it;

Thus only shall I please You, serve You right.

Andhericha Raja in Mumbai – famous Vinayaka Chaturthi Ganesh Pandal

Andhericha Raja, Andheri Cha Raja, is one of the most famous and popular Ganesha Pandals in Mumbai during Ganesh Chaturthi. So how popular is Andhericha Raja? If you wish to sponsor the idol of Andhericha Raja in Mumbai you will have to wait till 2029. People who had booked 13-years ago are getting a chance to sponsor Lord Ganesh idol for the 2009 Ganeshotsav. The long list of devotees in queue is enough to sponsor all the needs till 2053.
A major difference between Andhericha Raja and other Sarvajanik Ganesh Mandals in Mumbai is that the Ganesh Visarjan takes place not on the usual Anant Chaturdasi day but on the Sankashti Day, around five days later.
Andhericha Raja is also a wish fulfilling deity. Thousands of people have had their wishes fulfilled after praying to Andhericha Raja and this is one reason why there are so many devotees who are patiently waiting to sponsor idol, jewellery or any part of the Ganesh Pandal.
Andhericha Raja is managed by Azad Nagar Sarvajanik Utsav Sam…

Where to buy eco-friendly clay Ganesh Idols in Bangalore?

There is a high demand for clay Ganapati idols in Bangalore – thanks to the eco-friendly campaign, there is a general awareness among people for the need to install eco-friendly Ganesh idols to avoid water pollution. The most popular green Ganesh idols are the one made from pure clay. Other idols that are on sale include Ganeha idols made paper mache, tapioca powder, flour and light-weight Ganesh idols.Here are the places where you can buy eco-friendly clay Ganesh Idols in Bangalore:
Pathanjali Yoga Shikshana Samithi, Mathikere

Vivekananda Yoga Shikshana Samithi, Indiranagar

Dharma Pratishthana, Gandhi Bazaar, Basavanagudi

# 37, 17th Cross, Sri Bhooma Malleswaram,
Bangalore, Karnataka 560003
Phone : 080 23567470.

Shop on 10th Main, Srinivasnagar, Near Ayappa temple
Banshankari I Stage, Bangalore-50.
Ph: 9886748371.

Shop on Road Perpendicular to Bull Temple Road
Near BMS college of Engineering.
Diagonally opposite Halli Thindi

Shop on No.3, West anjaneya temple road, Gandhi bazaar, Bangalo…

Nuakhai – Orissa Harvest Festival Thanking Mother Earth

Nuakhai is an important social event and festival mainly observed in Western Orissa in the Oriya month of Bhadrab. In 2018, the date of Nuakhai is September 14. The festival is sort of thanks giving to Mother Earth for a good Kharif season harvest. Nuakhai means partaking of the first grains of paddy.

Nuakhai is observed on the day after Sri Ganesh Chaturthi. It is the fifth day during the Shukla Paksha of the Bhadrav month (August – September).

On Nuakhai day, Mother Nature is worshipped for providing food and all those elements essential for the survival of living beings. Goddess Shakti symbolizes Mother Earth and is worshipped in some regions and the new Kharif season crop is offered at a Shakti temple. The offering is made in leaf-cups made from Sal, Palasa, Tendu or Kurei leaves known as ‘Dana.’

Family members then consume the holy offering.

Traditional songs, dances and other cultural events are organized on the day.

Symbolism of Narayana based on Narayana Suktam by Swami Akshara

Narayana is not a God who can be held captive in the confines of one religion. He is not just a Hindu God.We are 100 percent sure about which God carries what in each of their hands and which stotra or which mantra to chant for each God. The purpose of Narayana Suktam is to understand how Narayana looks at this world. If you start to see this world the way Narayana looks at it, then you will function with full responsibility.The word Narayana can be split into two; Nara – meaning human being and Ayana – meaning the one who resides within or who has taken his abode within; that which is present in the bosom of the human being.While Shiva represents renunciation, Narayana represents participation.Narayana drives you to be active and ambitious. If in front of Narayana, you can sit quietly, and not pray or ask anything, at that very moment, the best of possible worlds will come to you. If you meditate on Narayana, in the moments of silence, you achieve the highest wealth of wisdom.Narayan…

Helicopter Services for Manimahesh Yatra

Mani Mahesh Yatra is an annual pilgrimage to ManimaheshLake and KailashPeak in the Bharmaur Region of Chamba District in Himachal Pradesh. The yatra begins on Sri Krishna Jayanti and ends on Radha Ashtami. The official yatra is only for a fortnight in August/September. Now the Chamba District administration has started helicopter services to ManimaheshLake for those who would like to avoid the tough 14-km trek.

The Helicopter ferries devotees between Bharmour, the base camp of the Manimahesh pilgrimage, and Gauri Kund, which is one kilometer away from the Lake. The ManimaheshLake is located at an altitude of 13,500 feet.
The water of the ManimaheshLake is believed to be holy and pilgrims take a holy dip and pray to the reflection of the KailashPeak on the Lake. There is also a four-faced Shivalingam installed near the lake.
You can get more details of Manimahesh Yatra in this article.

Teachings of Swami Chidananda

Even in the most holy of surroundings, the most sacred of places, right in the tabernacle of God, if your soul is not in Him and is not lifted up to wards Him, then you are not in a spiritual realm at all.A genuine, authentic positivism is an indispensable requisite of successful spiritual striving and ultimate attainment—a keen positivism that looks at the positive aspects of things and exults that God has been so gracious, that rejoicingly moves forward with enthusiasm, with interest, with eagerness, longing for nothing else, wishing for nothing else, caring for nothing else, and, paying attention to nothing else but this central quest. This in deed is the sure guarantor, that which ensures the successful culmination of the spiritual quest, the successful fruition of spiritual Sadhana, the successful attainment of enlightenment and illumination. Be this so in the life of each and every one of you!You may also like to readTruth is Existence and Eternity – Swami ChidanandaSwami Chidan…

Bali Trutiya in Orissa in Bhadra month - Bali Tritiya

Bali Trutiya is observed on the third day, or Tritiya, of the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) of the Bhadra month in Orissa. In 2018, the date of Bali Trutiya is September 12. Bali Trutiya fasting is observed by married women and is dedicated to Lord Shiva (Maheswar) and Goddess Parvati (Uma). Images of the divine couple are mad using sand and worshipped on the day.

Bali Trutiya is quite similar to the Hartalika Teej vrat observed on the same day in other parts of India.

As per the Padma Purana, Goddess Parvati observed Bali Trutiya Vrat to get Lord Shiva as her husband. The intense rituals and tapas performed by Goddess Parvati softened the heart of Lord Shiva who was in terrible anger over the death of Sati.

Another popular legend associated with the Bali Trutiya ritual suggest that Lord Ram had performed the worship of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati from images made from sand and asked for their blessings before going into war with Ravana.

In a unique ritual, people beat th…

Parisara Ganapati – Join and Learn All about Eco-Friendly and Nature friendly Ganesh Idols

Thousands of people from around the world are making an effort to promote eco-friendly practices during Ganapati pooja celebrations. The main aim of the eco-friendly celebrations are to use of unpainted clay idols for Ganesh Pooja, use of nature based dyes for painting Ganapati idols, proper disposal of idols and other pooja material. Parisara Ganapati project is developed by Youth for Seva with the aim to spreading the message of eco-friendly Ganesh idols of Vinayaka Chaturthi celebrations. You can join and learn all about Eco-Friendly and Nature friendly Ganesh Idols at the website of Parisara Ganapati. The website contains information on buying and making of ecoGanesh idols. The site also includes a research papers, videos and a photo gallery.You can join and learn all about ecoganesh at Parisara Ganapati.

Aghor Chaturdashi – Dedicated to Avadhuta Baba Kinaram

Aghor Chaturdashi is an observance associated with the Aghor Sect. In 2018, the date of Aghor Chaturdashi is September 8. It is a sect with followers in Nepal and in the Indian states of Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. Aghoracharya Maharaj Kinaram one of the most prominent Gurus of this community was born on Aghor Chaturdashi day. Baba Kinaram is the founding father of the ancient Aghor Seat of Varanasi.

Aghoracharya Maharaj Kinaram was born on the 14th day of the Krishna Paksha of Bhadrapad month as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India. His divine birth is believed to have happened in the year 1658 A.D

Viveksar, credited to Baba Kinaram, is said to be the most authentic treatise on the principles of Aghor.

An Aghor is an Avadhuta or Abhayadhar. One who has realized the immortality of the soul (Avinashi) and is free from all worldly bonds and is constantly immersed in the thought of Tatva masi is called an Avadhut.

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Sri Sri Ravi Shankar – Collection of Wisdom - Thoughts - Sayings

We often behave like machines. A compliment makes us smile and an insult makes us frown. We don’t have to react in the same way always. You have the freedom to respond differently. You don’t have to answer all questions posed to you. As people have a right to question, you have the right whether to answer or not. So, be unpredictable!
The sign of life is enthusiasm. The sign of success is smile and joy.
Do not sit and worry about feelings. They keep changing. Who cares? Why bother? One minute you feel very good, the other moment you feel bad. Put your life energy into some useful, social work, commitment, some direction. Bring some result in the world.
I don't say always smile. Sometimes anger also works. Even mothers do not feed their children unless they cry. But the anger should be like a lining on water and not like a lining on the rock.
Extend a helping hand and the task will become simpler; offer a smile and the world will accept you in all its generosity.
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Eco-friendly Ganesh Idols from Alum or Fitkari

People from all walks of life are joining into create awareness about the need to use eco-friendly Ganesh idols for Ganesh Chaturthi puja and make a positive difference. Some people are coming forward with unique solutions to Plaster of Paris idols and one such innovative idea is the making of Ganapati Idols using Alum. This unique solution which also helps in cleaning water was put forth by Civil engineer Ramesh Kher from Pune.
Large quantities of Alum, or Fitkari, (aluminum sulfate) are used clean portable water in India. Aluminum sulfate along with another chemical called sodium aluminate is pumped into lakes to control algae growth. The growth of algae is considered to be one of the main reasons behind murky and smelly water bodies.
Ramesh Kher from Pune who has come up with the idea suggests the Alum Ganesha idols will help in protecting and saving the rivers and lakes.
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Research on Historical Places Associated with Ramayan in Sri Lanka

Ramayana Trail Executive Committee associated with the Ministry of Tourism Sri Lanka is conducting extensive research to unravel the places associated with Ramayan in Sri Lanka. They have also got a website exclusively dedicated to the Ramayana Research in Sri Lanka.Ramayana Trail Executive Committee have identified around 18-places associated with Ramayan. Some of the places identified are CobraHoodedCave the place where Mata Sita was held captive. Rawan Ella cave, Nala Sethu, Molagoda etc are some of the places identified.You can find details of the Historical places associated with Ramayan identified so far in Sri Lanka here at the official website of Ramayana Trail Executive Committee – Ramayana ResearchYou may also like to readRamayana Related Sites in Sri Lanka

Lalita Sasti – 2018 Date | Importance And How to Observe Lalita Shashthi Vrat

Lalita Shashthi festival is associated with the Vaishnava Sect and is dedicated to one of Gopis of Vrindavan. Lalita Sasti 2018 date is September 15. The day is of great importance to ISKCON devotees.
Importance of Lalita Sasti Lalita Sashti Vrat is dedicated to Goddess Lalita Devi, a gopika in Vrindavan. This vrat is believed to have been suggested by Sri Krishna.

It is believed that married couples observing this vrat will be blessed with healthy children. Parents observe this for health, intelligence and long life of their children.

The vrat is quite similar to fast dedicated to Goddess Sashti. In some regions the fast is also known as Santan Sashti Fasting.
Who was Lalita? Lalitha was one of the best friends of Radha. She constantly features among the eight Gopis associated with Krishna and Radha. Lalita Sashti is observed on the sixth day during the waxing phase of moon in Bhadrapad month.

Scholars are of the view that Lalitha who was elder to Radha was a witness to the love of …