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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…

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,
M3…

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…

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…

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.

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.

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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.

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.
N…

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…

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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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.
The main idea here is to make use of the Ganesh idol immersion environment friendly and also bring about a p…

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 …

Thoughts on Hindu Religion

Here are a few thoughts on Hindu Religion which are independent and unbiased views of scholars and writers.Hinduism is the one world religion that reaches out to embrace other faiths with respect, a welcome change from groups who expend enormous amounts of energy condemning the sincere beliefs of others. There is no eternal damnation in Hinduism because Hindus believe absolutely no one is excluded from divine grace.Linda Johnsen - (Source: The Complete Idiot's Guide to Hinduism - By Linda Johnsen)Hinduism is the law of life, not a dogma; its aim is not to create a creed but character, and its goal is to achieve perfection through most varied spiritual knowledge which rejects nothing, and yet refines everything, through continuous testing and experiencing.Bhagavan S. GidwaniThere is an important difference between the Hindu and the Western ideas. In the Biblical tradition, God creates man, but man cannot say that he is divine in the same sense that the Creator is, where as in Hindu…

Swami Chinmayananda Spiritual Guidance

Swami Chinmayananda on the meaning of Namah It is an ancient tradition that stemmed forth from the Vedic period that gave us the word ‘Namah’. In the passage of time, it came to be interpreted as prostrations or salutations, Namaskar.
In its virginal meaning, it was a term that came in vogue by the spoliation (lopa) of a term that is repeated very often in the Vedic rituals, as the pundits chant the mantras and offer the oblations to the sacred fire:
‘Agne Idam Na Mama’ “O Lord Fire! (This what I am offering is not mine’).
This term ‘Na Mama’ (not mine) expresses the mental attitude of the devotees; everything belongs to Thee O Lord – I am only offering to Thee what is already owned by You. This spirit of total dedication, complete surrender, and supreme selflessness is that which is expressed by the term ‘Na Mama.’
When this term came to be oft repeated by the mass of people the term got ‘defaced.’ This ‘Na Mama’ became ‘Nama’; the middle ma appears to have got lost in the stampede …

Aja or Annada Ekadasi Vrat Katha – Story of Aja and Annada Ekadashi

Aja, or Annada Ekadasi, is observed during the waning phase of moon (Krishna Paksha) in the month of Bhadrapad in North India. The corresponding period in other regions is the Krishna Paksha of Shravan month. Aja Ekadasi Vrat Katha was narrated to Yudhishtira by Lord Krishna. The story of Annada Ekadashi is associated with the famous king Harischandra.King Harischandra was famous for his truthfulness and honesty. Once Sage Vashista praised the truthfulness of Raja Harischandra but Sage Vishwamitra was not ready to accept it and he decides to test King Harischandra. Vishwamitra vows to prove that Harischandra also lies. As a result of Vishwamitra’s tests, King Harischandra had to give up his kingdom and family and had to take refuge in Kashi. He becomes an undertaker in Kashi. But never lies. He always upheld truthfulness and proper code of conduct.One day the great sage Guatama met King Harischandra and the king narrated his sad tale to him. Sage Gautama advised King Harischandra to …

Maheshwaram Ganesha – Largest Silver Ganesh Idol in the World

Episode Silver store in Lower Parel in Mumbai has created 11 Silver Ganesh idols which are five feet high and 4.5 feet in width making them the largest and tallest silver Ganesh idols in the world. The cost of this Big Silver Ganesha is 23.5 Lakh (2.35 million Indian rupees). This precious sterling silver Ganesha idol is called Maheshwaram Ganesha.It is a limited edition Ganesha Idol and only 11 pieces of this Silver Ganesha Murti will be sold worldwide.
The idol will be unveiled on August 18, 2009 at the High Street Phoenix Store as part of the Ganesh Chaturthi Festival.Mid-day.com reportsThe Lord is seated, with a conchshell, the Bhagvad Gita, and a lotus in his hands. His vahan, the mouse, moves around him playfully, and is depicted in multiple positions around him. His crown is embedded with emeralds, while the ornaments are crafted using rubies and other semi-precious stones.For Deepak Whorra, MD and Head Designer at Episode, considers the Maheshwaram Ganesha one of the toughest p…

For Cow Protection – Vishwa Mangala Gou Grama Yathra

Vishwa Mangala Gou Grama Yathra is dedicated to the protection of cow and will begin on Vijaya Dashami, 30 September 2009, from Kurukshetra in Haryana. The 108–day yatra will cover all the towns and villages in India.Vishwa Mangala Gou Grama Yathra is conducted under the guidance of Poojya Jagadguru Shankaracharya Shree Raghaveshwara Bharathi Swamiji of Shree Ramachandrapura Math in Karnataka.The Aim of the Yatra – Villages progress by devotion to cow, progress of villages results in progress of the nation, leading to the progress of the world. The yatra is supported by several Hindu seers and organizations. The Yatra will conclude on Makara Sankranthi, 17 January 2010, in NagpurYou can get more details about the Gou Grama Yatra and also on how to participate and contribute in this unique endeavor here at the official website of the Yatra. – Gou Gram Yatra
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Sri Ramana Maharishi Thoughts on Birthday Celebrations

You who wish to celebrate the birthday, seek first whence was your birth. One’s true birthday is when one enters that which transcends birth and death - the Eternal Being.
At least on one’s birthday one should mourn one’s entry into this world (samsara). To glory in it and celebrate it is like delighting in and decorating a corpse. To seek one’s self and merge in the Self – that is wisdom. Jean Dunn explains about this thought of Ramana Maharishi in Ramana Smrti – Sri Ramana Maharshi Birth Centenary Offering (1980) What was he teaching us by this verse? What does it mean, “Seek first whence was your birth”? Aren’t we all aware of who our parents are and the date of our birth? Yes, but that is the date of the birth of a body and the parents are the bodies from which this body is born. Are we the body? If so we will surely die.
What did Bhagavan do when, as a youngster of sixteen, he was faced with the overwhelming certainty of immediate death? By a deep enquiry he discovered that he…

Kaliyadalan Ekadasi – Kalia Dalana Ekadashi

Kaliyadalan Ekadashi, also known as Kaliyadaman Ekadasi, is observed in Orissa during the Krishna Paksha of Bhadrab month (Bhadrapad). The corresponding Ekadasi observed in other regions is known as Aja Ekadasi, or Annada Ekadashi. This Ekadasi observed in Orissa is associated with the Krishna and Snake Kaliya episode. In 2018, the date of Kalia Dalana Ekadasi is September 6.

Snake Kaliya had poisoned the water of Yamuna making it unfit for drinking. All the animals and birds that drank the water of Yamuna died. Lord Krishna intervened and subdued Kaliya and freed Yamuna from his clutches. Kaliya left Yamuna and the water became poison free.

Kaliyadalan Ekadasi is observed in remembrance of this divine event. On the 11th day of the Bhadrab month, Kaliya Dalan Vesha is observed in PuriJagannathTemple.

Pola Amavasya 2018

Pola festival is dedicated to the cows and ox. It is observed in Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and other parts of rural India on the Shravan Amavasi (no moon day in Sawan month). Farmers pay respect to bullocks and cows as cattle is their main source of livelihood. In 2018, the date of Pola Amavasya is September 9.

A day before Pola Amavasi, the rope tied on the ox is removed and turmeric paste and oil is applied the body of cows, ox and bullocks.

On Pola day, cattle are bathed and special food prepared like Puran Poli, Kichadi and Bajari are provided to them.

The animals are also adorned with various ornaments and clothes. Their horns are given a fresh coat of paint.

The bull is also worshipped on the day and villagers in large numbers gather to pay their respect. The animals are taken around the village in processions accompanied by music.

Many farmers also start the next farming season on the day.

Thoughts on Sri Krishna Jayanti

There is a Higher Power pulsating in us. It is the light of intelligence. It illuminates the thoughts and feelings in us. The light illuminating all these faculties is one and the same in all. It is represented as Sri Krishna. Krishna is infinite wisdom.When everybody is sleeping in the prison of his Ego, when the sense organs are all asleep, the mysterious Light shine forth during meditation and in that darkness the Blue Boy of Brindavan is born.This Supreme Essence born as a mass of Beauty, Music and Joy, dazzling in Wisdom, noisy with Laughter, ever a Master of Circumstances, a King of Events, frisking about in life’s melancholy contentions, meeting challenges with daring and confidence, at once a Hero and a Child all rolled in one – this is the perfect God-Man, the Eternal Child of Brindavan.Swami Chinmayananda
(Source – Excerpts from one of Swami Chinmayananda’s Sri Krishna Jayanti discourse) We take refuge in Thee – who art avowed to Truth, who art the Abode of Truth. True in all…

On Hinduism and Atheism

Hinduism was never uncomfortable with Atheism and in fact it is perhaps the only religion that has accepted a fully developed school of thought supporting atheism. The Carvaka philosophical school rejected the notion of karma, moksha, the authority of the sacred scriptures including the Vedas, and the immortality of the self. The Carvaka School of Thought only recognizes direct perception (anubhava) as the true means of knowledge (pramana).While atheism negates the existence of God, Hinduism sees God in all animate and inanimate. In fact Hinduism sees atheism also as a path to reach the Supreme Knowledge. Prakash Shesh, a management consultant, writes in Times of India Hinduism — the religion of a large majority of Indians — officially accepts that atheists can continue to be Hindus. India has produced many towering personalities who did not believe in God. Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, despite his traditional upbringing, was an avowed nonbeliever. The Indian atheist list would include: Ba…

The journey which begins from I and ends in WE

This, then, is the final state of our journey: to recognize everything belongs to Him, and not to our little ego. 
The disillusion of possessiveness and pride will disappear, and we will discover that this search for pleasure, fame and recognition, and all the struggles born of it are just a case of ‘searching for the right thing at the wrong place.’
The search has been right but the method to obtain it was wrong. We search for the infinite in the finite, for the unlimited in the limited and for the eternal peace and joy in the momentary objects and person. After all trials and tribulations we discover that infinite can be found only in the infinite.
Having reached that stage, one arrives at the end of the journey which begins from ‘I’ and ends in ‘we’. The seeming I indeed becomes seeming and the journey reaches its culmination in ‘we’. Such a person is spontaneously selfless, strong and compassionate – and what else makes one spiritual?
Source – Excerpts from the editorial of the Ju…