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Nag Hill Caves at Pushkar

NagHillCaves at Pushkar in Rajasthan is a favorite spot for sadhus (Saints) during the Pushkar Fair. There are caves in Nag Hill in which Sage Agastya and Sage Bhartrhari is believed to have mediated for long period. These caves are occupied by saints from different parts of India and Nepal during the Pushkar fair. The Sadhus arrive here to take part in the Kartik Purnima Snan or holy dip in the PushkarLake on the full moon day of Kartik month (October – November).The caves are located inside the forests of Nag Hill. It is believed that Sage Bhartrhari got the boon of immortality at one of the caves in Nag Hill and he is still meditating in one of them.The cave Sage Agastya is a large one and is deep inside the forests. Another cave here is the Jalmahadhi cave in which Lord Parashuram is believed to have stayed for several years.Another unique sport at Nag Hill is the Adhar Shila passing under this stone will attain peace. The hills are located a kilometer south of Pushkar.

Why Tulsi or Holy Basil is worshipped in Hinduism? – The story of Tulsi and Krishna

Tulsi, or Holy Basil, is worshipped in Hinduism and is a plant associated with Lord Vishnu and Lord Krishna. There are several stories in the Puranas that explain the significance of Tulsi plant and also there are several episodes in the life of Krishna which is associated with the Tulsi plant. This story of Tulsi and Lord Krishna explains how Tulsi Plant attained the sacred status it is enjoyed today. Please note that there are several such stories in the Puranas and this is one of them.Satyabhama one of the queens of Lord Krishna was proud of her beauty and always thought that Lord Krishna loved her most. Sage Narada who came to know about this wrong notion of Satyabhama decided to trick her. He arrived at her residence and was traditionally welcomed by Satyabhama. Pleased with her hospitality, Sage Narada asked Satyabhama to ask a boon. She wanted the blessing from Sage Narada that Lord Krishna will be her husband in all her births. Sage Narada then said that it is a well known fac…

Saubhagya Sundari Vrat

Saubhagya Sundari Vrat is observed on the third day during the Krishna Paksha of Margasheersh month in North India and also during the third day of the Shukla Paksha in Chaitra month. The corresponding period in Gujarat and Maharashtra is the Kartik month. The vrat is observed by married women for the long life of their husbands.

Saubhagya Sundari Vrat is dedicated to Mother Goddess. In some regions the Goddess to whom the Vrat is dedicated is named as Saubhgyasundari.

This is not a hugely popular vrat and is only observed in certain parts of North India.

Prabodini Ekadashi Vrat Katha - Dev Uthani Ekadasi Story

Prabodini Ekadashi, or Dev Uthani Ekadasi, is observed on the eleventh day during the Shukla Paksha or waxing phase of moon in Kartik Month as per traditional Hindu Lunar Calendar. Lord Vishnu who was in a deep slumber during the Chaturmas period wakes up on the day. An interesting story associated with Prabodini Ekadashi is listened to on the day. There are several versions of Dev Uthani Ekadasi Vrat Katha this is one of them.Legend has it that Goddess Lakshmi, the consort of Lord Vishnu, was unhappy with manner in which Lord Vishnu slept. Sometimes Lord Vishnu used to remain awake for days together and sometimes would sleep continuously for several days. Goddess Lakshmi then complained to Lord Vishnu about his undisciplined way of sleeping. She said that Lord Shiva, Lord Brahma, Devas and Saints visiting him are forced to wait for long period as He is sleeping for several days together. They are forced to return disappointed without having the Darshan of Lord Vishnu. Demons take adv…

Limited Edition New Ganesha Idols from Lladro

Lladro is a world famous Spanish Company noted for high quality porcelain figurines. Lladro during the past couple of years had released four idols (murtis) of Lord Ganesha in various forms – Veena Ganesha, Dancing Ganesha, Bansuri Ganesha and Mridangam Ganesha. Now as part of the Lladro Fall 2009 collections, all the four figurines of Lord Ganesh have been remodeled and freshly released. It is a limited edition collection and only 3000 of each Ganesh figurines are available for sale around the world.Each figurine is priced at $1900 (approximately 90,000 Indian rupees).

Vijayadasaru Aradhana

Vijaya Dasaru Aradahana is an annual event held every during Shukla Paksha Dasami (10th day of waxing phase of moon) of Kartik Month. Vijaya Dasaru Aradhana is on November 18, 2018. Vijaya Dasaru had left his body and merged with the Sri Hari Vishnu during this period. Sri Vijayadasaru (1682 – 1755), has composed more than 25000 devotional songs in Kannada, and he is one of the most renowned scholar and philosopher of Dwaita philosophy of Madhvacharya. 
Vijaya Dasaru Aradhana is annually held at Chippgiri, a place associated with Vijaya Dasaru. The aradhana is being held in ‘Sri Vijaya Dasara Katte’ (Vrindavana) at Chippgiri. Thousands of followers of Madhvacharya (Madwas) attend the Aradhana and take darshan on these days.
Chippgiri is about 9 Km from Guntakal Railway Station in Andhra Pradesh. The place is on the Karnataka – Andhra Pradesh border.

What is creation in the Vedantic context?

From the unmanifested all the manifested proceed at the coming of the "day" ; at the coming of "night" they dissolve verily in that alone which is called the unmanifest. (Bhagavad Gita Chapter 8 verse 18)In the worldly sense of the term, ‘creation’ is generally understood as the production of something new. Philosophically viewed creation has a subtler significance. A pot-maker creates pots out of mud. The act of ‘creation’ is only the production of a name and form, with some specific qualities, out of a raw material in which the name, form and qualities are already existing in an unmanifest condition. Hence, in Vedanta creation is nothing but a crystallization of the unmanifest dormant names, forms and qualities into their manifest forms of existence. (Source: Holy Gita Ready Reference – Chinmaya International Foundation)

Book: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism

Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism is a five volume thematic encyclopedia, presenting the latest research on all the main aspects of the Hindu traditions in original essays written by the world’s foremost scholars on Hinduism. The first volume was released in September 2009 and the next four volumes will be released in the next four years. This encyclopedia is more scholarly in nature.Founded in 1683 in Leiden, the Netherlands, Brill is a leading international academic publisher in the Humanities and Social Sciences.About Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism from flyerThe Encyclopedia explicitly adopts an interdisciplinary and pluralistic approach, and in it, the term “Hinduism” is used critically in the knowledge that most of thetraditions that today make up Hinduism are much older than the term itself.The Encyclopedia aims at a balanced and even-handed view of Hinduism, recognizing the tensions inherent in the academic examination of Hinduism. It emphasizes that Hinduism is a conglomerate…

Thirukural Quotes on Food We Eat

The body requires no medicine if you eat only after the food you have already eaten is digested. – Thirukural 942Once digestion is complete, eat with moderation; that is the way to prolong the life of the body. Thirukural 943Life remains unharmed when one eats with restraint, refraining from foods that have proven disagreeable.Thirukural 945The pleasures of health abide in the man who eats moderately. The pains of disease dwell with him who eats excessively. Thirukural 946The thoughtless glutton who gorges himself beyond the limits of his digestive fires will be consumed by limitless ills. Thirukural 947

360 Degree View of Mahabalipuram Temples and Monuments – Virtual Tour of Mamallapuram UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Mamallapuram Temples, earlier known as Mahabalipuram, located along the Coromandel Coast in Tamil Nadu were founded by the Pallava kings in the 7th and 8th centuries and are carved on rocks. They are also on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Now to attract more visitors and to give an idea of the monument at Mamallapuram, Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation and Department of Tourism and website is providing an online virtual tour of the monuments. In the online virtual tour you can get a 360 degree panoramic view of the monuments from several locations both inside and outside. Sadly many of the important architectural and sculptural gems at Mamallapuram are not part of the virtual tour.
You can view the Virtual Tour of Mahabalipuram Monuments here –

Please note that the images sometimes take long time to load. The images have been clubbed with a Google satellite image. Some of the earlier virtual tours provided by Tamilnadu Tourism and were of much bet…

Panch Bhikam

Panch Bhikam is observed is observed during the last five days of the Kartik month as per the traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India. Kartik is the eighth month in the traditional lunar calendar. Panch Bhikam 2018 begins on November 19 and ends on November 23. Those who could not take part in the month-long Kartik Snan compensate by participating in the Panch Bhikam – which involves holy dip or bath in a river.

It is said that those participate in the Panch Bhikam bathing ritual will earn the same merit as of performing the bathing ritual for the entire Kartik month.

Hindu women sing songs in praise of Radha and Krishna during the Panch Bhikam. Women light earthen lamps to Goddess Pathwari – the Goddess who blesses travelers.

People also recite the Panch Bhikam Kahani during the five-day period.

Fast Darshan at Tirupati Balaji Temple – New 300 Rupees Quick or Seegra Darshan Ticket for Impatient Devotees

TirumalaTirupatiBalajiTemple has launched a fast darshan facility at the temple known as Seegra Darshan for those who have money and do not have the patience to stand in the long queue. The cost of the new quick darshan ticket is 300 rupees and this will provide speedy access to offer worship of Lord Venkateswara. The centuries old free darshan facility still continues but the wait is long. The popular Rs 50 'darshan' facility ticket would also continue. But issuance of Archana Ananthara Darshan (AAD) tickets and Cellar Darshan tickets has been stopped from October 21, 2009. Under the new system, devotees buying Rs 300 ticket will be allowed to enter the shrine through a separate queue.

It is said that the quick 'darshan' system has been introduced to put a stop to cases of recommendations from influential quarters, to provide speedy access for viewing the deity and also check the middlemen menace.I personally feel all such tickets should be stopped and there should onl…

Quotes from Sama Veda

A man of self-control becomes the master. Explanation: The person who has his senses under control is capable of accomplishing unimaginable feats. One, who has mastered himself, can have the world under his control. Nothing is impossible for such a man. A man of self-control has all his energy focused just as the scattered sunrays passing through a magnifying glass turn into a single ray. Therefore every individual should strive to develop self-control so that his energy gets channelized, mind focused and his capabilities naturally gets improved significantly.DEVAAH SWAPNAAYA NA SPRRIHYANTI (Verse 721)
Deities never favor the lazy and indolent.
Explanation: A lazy person can never achieve success. Nobody likes a person who spends his time sitting idle. Laziness erodes a person of his enthusiasm and energy. As a result the person loses all opportunities and finally becomes dejected and frustrated. The worst thing is that he stops believing in himself.

A Mission in Maharashtra to Save the Tree from which Dhoop or Incense Sticks Are Made

Dhoop or incense is an essential part of all Hindu pujas. It is common that we rarely bother to find out how the dhoop is made or from which tree is the resin extracted. Dhoop or Incense Sticks are made from the resin extracted from Black Dammar (canarium strictum) trees. But sadly due to human greed and over exploitation this tree is on the verge of extinction in Maharashtra. Times of India writesAt present, there are just five Black Dammar (canarium strictum) trees in the state," Ankur Patwardhan, head of the bio-diversity department, GarwareCollege, told TOI. Asked the reason for this catastrophic decline in number, Patwardhan said, "The main reason is inhuman practices like cutting or burning of these trees, as these trees have good market value. Another reason is unsustainable harvesting."

Patwardhan is working on a project for the re-introduction of these trees in their natural habitat. According to him, the trees grow well only in crest line areas. The first phase…

Raaghu Peyarchi Festival at Thirunageswaram Raghu Temple - Rahu Transit Festival at Raghu Temple near Kumbakonam

Thirunageswaram Raghu Temple, or Sri Naganathaswamy Temple (Sri Raaghu Sthalam), at Thirunageswaram near Kumbakonam in Tamil Nadu is one of the rare temples in India dedicated exclusively to Lord Rahu one of the Navgrahas. Rahu Peyarchi will be held on January 30, 2016 – the transition of Rahu and Ketu as per astrology. Such transitions, or Peyarachi, are viewed in detail by those people who believe in astrology.
Lord Raaghu (The Serpant Deity) is enshrined in the ThirunageswaramRaghuTemple. It is said that the milk that is poured on the Murti (idol) of Lord Rahu here turns light blue color.
Lord Raaghu's transit from Mahara Rasi to Thanusu Rasi in anti clockwise direction and His stay in Dhanusu for 18 Months is a major astrological temple.
Offering of prayers and participation in the above mentioned rituals at the lotus feet of Lord Raaghu will confer relief from sickness and evil spirits and bestow benefits.
The temple informs that the transition will have bad effect on those…

Swami Brahmeshananda on how to avoid getting entangled in the trap of worldliness

Worldly entanglements, let us understand, will always remain around. One will have to get over them with the help of a strong will power and right attitude. We should plan out our life in such a way that we gradually reduce our worldly entanglements and devote more and more time to higher life.Hindu view of life says that the very purpose of a householder’s life is to gradually fulfill one’s worldly duties and withdraw from active life — after one’s son or daughter takes up the responsibilities. This is the concept of vanaprastha or retirement, when both husband and wife devote more and more time to spiritual practices.Swami Brahmeshananda isa monk in the Ramakrishna Order

Yama Dwitiya Mantra – Kannada Chants on Yam Dvitiya

Yama Dwitiya is the final day of Diwali celebrations in Karnataka. It is dedicated to Lord Yama, the Hindu God of Death. On the day brothers visit sisters and give them gifts and sisters apply a Tilak on the forehead of the brothers. Here is the Argya Mantra to Yama Dharmaraja in Kannada:
Argyamantra EhyEhi maartaanDaja paashahasta yamaantakaalEKakadharaamarEsha | bhraatRudvitIyaakRutadEvapOjaam gRuhaaNa chaarGyam bhagavan namastE |
Namaskara Mantra After pooja, this is the namaskara mantra to Yama and Yamune. dharmaraaja namastubhyam namastE yamunaagraja | paahi maam kinkarai: saardham sUryaputra namOstutE | yamasvasarnamastEstu yamunE lOkapUjitE | varadaa bhava mE nityam sUryaputrim namOstutu tE |
This article is an excerpt from an article contributed by Narahari Sumdhawa on Yama Dwitiya
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The Book of Lakshmi – a new book on Goddess Lakshmi

The Book of Lakshmi takes the reader through the mythical and historical development of the Goddess Lakshmi. Apart from telling the stories, facts and rituals associated with Goddess Lakshmi, the book also delves into the gender bias in the worship of the Hindu Goddess of Wealth and Prosperity. Written by R. Mahalakshmi, Assistant Professor at the Centre for Historical Studies, JawaharlalNehruUniversity, Delhi, introduces Goddess Lakshmi through a series of illustrations and short stories. The book is published by Penguin Books India.The book is divided into seven chapters:Lakshmi as the embodiment of wealth and beautyLakshmi as the daughter of the oceanSri Lakshmi and other deitiesSymbols of LakshmiThe Iconography of LakshmiLakshmi Festival and WorshipAshta Lakshmi StotramKanakdhara Stotram Sacred MantraAbout the book from the Penguin FlyerLakshmi is the goddess of all that is good—wealth (dhana), beauty (saundarya) and happiness (sukha). As Vishnu’s consort and in her incarnations a…

Thoughts on Love - Osho

When you love someone, two are needed: I and thou. Without two, how can love be possible? If you are alone, how can you relate, how can you love? If you are alone, there can be no love, love is possible only when there is two; this is the base. But if they remain two, love is again impossible. If they continue to be two, then again love is impossible. Two are needed for love to exist, and then there is a second need that the two must merge and become one. This is the paradox.
‘I’ and ‘thou’ is a basic requirement for love to exist, but this is only the base. Love arises when these two merge into one. And the mystery is that somehow you remain two, and somehow you become one. This is illogical. Two lovers are two, and still one. They have found a bridge somewhere ‘I’ disappears, ‘thou’ disappears; where a unity is formed, a harmony comes into being. Two are needed to create that harmony, but two are needed to dissolve into it.
It is just like this. A river flows; two banks are needed.…

Anla Navami – Anla Nabami in Orissa

Anla Navami is observed on the ninth day of the waxing phase of moon (Kartik Shukla Nabami) during the Kartik month (October – November). This Nabami ritual is mainly followed in Orissa. Anla Navami 2018 date is November 16. On this day pujas and rituals are offered to Anla Plant.

Anla Navami ritual is mainly performed by women in Orissa. The day is of great significance at the SakhigopalTemple near Puri. On this day devotees get the darshan of the feet of the idol of Radha in the temple.

Anla Nabami Mela is also organized during the period in Puri.

Importance and Significance of Bali Pratipada - Why Giving Gifts Is Important On Bali Padyami Day

There is a tradition of performing Dhana Dharma and giving gifts on Bali Pratipada day in Karnataka. Giving of gifts is of great significance and importance on Bali Padyami day and is based on the legend of King Bali offering all he had to Lord Vamana.
Lord Vishnu was immensely pleased with devotion and Dhaana Dharma of King Bali. Lord Vishnu as Vamana blessed Him that any gift or Daana given on the day will have more power than that of other days. He also said that those who perform Dhana Dharma on the day will be blessed with more prosperity and wealth.
King Bali also asked that after his departure his citizens should not suffer and therefore whoever performs the deepa daana on the Bali Padyami day shall have Sri Mahalakshmi stay in their house – they will be blessed with wealth and prosperity.
It is also said that those who does not wear new Vastra, and does not have abhyanjana on Bali Pratipada day will have sorrow for the full year.
Such was the devotion of King Bali that Vishn…

Why do we perform Lakshmi Puja on Diwali?

The most important puja performed on Diwali is the Lakshmi Puja dedicated to the Hindu Goddess of prosperity, luck and wealth. But why do we perform Lakshmi Puja especially on Diwali day. Legend has it that Goddess Lakshmi incarnated on Diwali day during the legendary churning of ocean (samudra-manthan) in the Puranas. This is the main reason why Lakshmi Puja is performed on Diwali. Another legend has it that on Diwali day, Lord Vishnu in his fifth incarnation as Vaman Avatar rescued Goddess Lakshmi from the prison of King Bali. People perform Lakshmi Puja on the day for peace, prosperity, material wealth and spiritual wealth.The popular belief is that Goddess Lakshmi visits homes on the day and she is welcomed by keeping the premises clean and neat.

How to perform Lakshmi Puja on Diwali?

Free Diwali Greeting Cards – Non-Greeting Card Websites with Free Deepavali Cards

If you are looking to send free Diwali Greetings Cards or Deepavali e-cards to your friends, relatives, parents and loved ones there are several popular news portals and consumer good websites that provide Free Diwali Greeting Cards during the festive season. Here are few sites from where you can send Diwali Greetings absolutely free and they are not the usual greeting card websites. Malayala Manorama a Kerala Based newspaper has got a good collection of Diwali greeting cards in English which are absolutely free – You can find them hereLG consumer product website too is providing free Diwali cards – You can find them here.We will be adding more such websites as we come across them.

Laxmi Puja – Deepavali Laxmi and Ganesh Pooja

Laxmi puja is dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi, the Hindu Goddess of wealth and good fortune, and is performed usually in the evening on Deepavali day. Laxmi Puja 2018 date is November 7. On the day, Laxmi Pooja and Ganesh Puja are performed for attracting spiritual richness and prosperity. Some people also perform Kuber Puja.

It must be noted that some people also perform Laxmi Puja on Dhanteras day (November 5, 2018)

It is believed that Goddess Lakshmi emerged from the Ocean of milk called the Ksheer Sagar during the Samdura Manthan or the churning of the ocean on the Diwali day. Goddess Laxmi is believed to have arrived on the day with wealth and prosperity for living beings.

She is worshipped on Deepavali day in the evening. Goddess Laxmi is believed to visit the homes of devotees on the day. The house and surroundings are kept neat and clean and is well lit to welcome Her. Fresh Rangolis designs are made. The sacred footprints of Goddess Laxmi are drawn on the day in front of houses.…

Eco-friendly Firecrackers for Diwali

Eco-friendly Firecrackers might sound an oxymoron. But the firecracker industry is forced to create green firecrackers as more and more people are avoiding firecrackers after realizing that it creates noise and environmental pollution. But there are also complaints that the so called eco-friendly crackers are only for namesake and the only difference is in the green and colorful packaging. Times of India reports …the makers have now come up with eco-friendly crackers. Also a range of 'mild' crackers is available in market, the kind which can be lighted up without posing any risk to kids.

"These crackers have been especially designed for the kids who are fascinated by the sound of explosion followed by light," said Gulsher Azad, owner Azad Crackers. However, the regular crackers — those that explode with a loud noise — include 'terminator', 'break dance', 'dance dance', 'fantastic 36', 'symphony' and others are now available in a…

Swami Ayyappa Deeksha 2018 in Kartik month in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka – Wearing of Ayyappa Mala for Sabarimala Pilgrimage

Some Ayyappa devotees from Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Karnataka intending to make the pilgrimage to the SabarimalaAyyappaTemple in Kerala wear the Ayyappa Mala or Mudra on the first day of the Kartik month. The first day of the Kartik month in 2018 as per Telugu and Kannada calendars is November 8. Nowadays, wearing of the Mudra Mala on this day is only followed by few devotees.

The Kartik month in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka falls a month earlier than in Tamil Nadu. Ayyappa devotees usually wear the Mudra Mala on the first day of the Karthigai Masam in Tamil Nadu or the first day of Vrischika Masam in Kerala – this usually falls in mid November usually on November 16 or November 17.

There are also many devotees in South India, especially in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh that wear the Ayyappa Mudra Mala on the Dasara day. Such people observe vratam for more than three-months.

Nowadays, most people opt for shorter Vratam days and most start the Vratam observed for 41 days or 21 da…

How to find out spiritual progress? – Swami Yatiswarananda

In spiritual progress, we become more and more selfless in our dealings with others; we feel an inner joy and peace. Think of your mental state in the past and compare it with your present state; you will see the difference brought by sadhana.Similarly, examine how many times in the day you think of God. How much time is spent in contemplating on Him? Find out what thoughts come to the mind when falling asleep and on waking up. That would give a true indication of the contents of the mind. These are the ways to find out spiritual progress.Swami Yatiswarananda(Source - How to Seek God, p.159-160 by Swami Yatiswarananda)

Puri Jagannath Temple for Uniform Rituals in All Jagannath Temples in The World

The priests and the temple administration of the PuriJagannathTemple have expressed their reservations many times regarding the diverse practices followed in Jagannath Temples in India and around the world. They want all Jagannath temples to follow the rules and rituals followed at PuriJagannathTemple.To bring uniformity in rituals and practices, PuriJagannathTemple administration is planning to set guidelines.PTI reportsConcerned over diverse practices being followed by scores of Jagannath temples in the country and abroad, the administration at the main temple at Puri has initiated efforts to ensure uniformity in performance of rituals in all these shrines.

"A large number of Jagannath temples have sprung up across the country and abroad for the worship of the Lord. But many of them are not aware of the rituals followed at the most ancient Jagannath shrine at Puri," according to Gajapati Maharaja of Puri, Shri Dibyasingha Deb.

It may not be possible for these temples to adhe…

Diwali Lakshmi Puja Procedure – Simple Diwali Laxmi Puja Guide

How to perform or do Lakshmi Puja on Diwali? There is no straight forward answer to this question on Laxmi puja. The procedure of Deepavali Lakshmi puja varies from region to region and from community to community and involves various steps. Diwali Laxmi Puja 2014 date is October 23. The importance of Diwali Lakshmi puja comes from the popular belief that performing it will help in attaining peace, prosperity and all type of wealth.

Please note that this is only a guide to give an idea of the Puja. Some of the rituals mentioned might not be performed by your community. You can always skip it.

Items needed for Diwali Lakshmi Puja? Ganesha Idol or PaintingLakshmi Idol or PantingCoins gold or silver or the usual coinsRangoli colorsWhite powder of riceSilver or earthen or copper potRed clothSandal wood pasteKumkumMango or betel leavesCoconutBetel nutRice mixed with Turmeric – AkshataSweetFruitsUsual Puja and Aarati items How to do or perform a simple Diwali Lakshmi Puja? Cleanliness Cleanli…

Rama Ekadasi Vrat Katha – The story associated with Rama Ekadashi Fasting

Rama Ekadasi is observed during the waning phase of moon in the month of September/October. The importance of the fast and the story associated it with was narrated to Yudhishtira by Lord Krishna. People observing the fast read or listen to the Rama Ekadasi Vrat Katha. It is said that this Ekadasi is a wish fulfilling one. Legend has it that there lived a powerful and famous king named Muchukunda. He was an ardent devotee of Lord Vishnu and his kingdom was famous through out the world.King Muchukunda had a daughter named Chandrabhaga, she was married to Prince Shobhana. Once, the newly married prince and princess visited Muchukunda. It was during the Ekadasi period and Princess Chandrabhaga was worried as Prince Shobhana was weak and could not bear hunger so he will not be able to observe Ekadasi fasting. King Muchukunda was strict about observing Ekadasi fasting.So Princess Chandrabhaga asked the prince to return back to his kingdom. But Prince Shobhana wanted to observe the Ekadasi …

Watch Sri Venkateswara Bhakti Channel Online For Free – SVBC Live Online Webcasting

The official website of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) is providing a link to watch Sri Venkateswara Bhakti Channel Online for free. Sri Venkateswara Bhakti Channel is the official television channel of the TirumalaTirupatiBalajiTemple. The channel was earlier available online through various websites but viewers needed to subscribe to most of them or at least register in the websites. Now to watch Sri Venkateswara Bhakti Channel Online all one has to do is just close an advertisement and click on the play to watch Sri Venkateswara Bhakti Channel Online.Webcasting of Sri Venkateswara Bhakti Channel is provided by 16 Frames – you can view Sri Venkateswara Bhakti Channel Online For Free Here.

Nag Nathaiya Festival 2018 in Varanasi in Kartik Month – Nag Nathaiya or Sri Krishna Lila of defeating Serpent Kaliya

Nag Nathaiya is observed at the Tulsi Ghat in Varanasi in Kartik Month as per traditional North Indian calendar. It is observed on the 4th day during the Shukla Paksha or waxing phase of moon in Kartik mahina. Nag Nathaiya 2018 date is November 11. It must be noted that numerous rituals and festivals associated with Lord Krishna are observed in Kartik Month in North India and Nag Nathaiya is one among them.

Also known as Nag Nathan, Nag Nathaiya is dedicated to the famous divine action of Lord Krishna taming Serpent Kaliya who was poisoning the YamunaRiver in Vrindavan.

This wonderful leela of Lord Krishna is enacted in the afternoon of the Kartik Shukla Paksha Chaturthi on the Ghats of Varanasi. Thousands of people arrive to witness the event.

A major highlight of the performance on Tulsi Ghat is the boy enacting the role of Sri Krishna jumping into the Ganga and then resurfacing on the top of a seven-hooded black serpent Kaliya propelled by humans.

Brahma Bindu Upanishad Quotes

Brahma Bindu Upanishad is one of the minor Upanishads and is similar to Amrita Bindu Upanishad. 
(Mind) moved by lust is impure; free of lust it is pure.
Cows are many-colored; the milk (of all) has but one color.
Like ghee remaining hidden within milk (which is brought out by churning it with a churn), the knowledge (of the self) is remaining hidden within every being. That should be attained only through the process of churning with the mind as the churn.
The wise one, keen in the knowledge and experience rather than the book reading, should, after such reading get rid of such books and reading like the one who, interested only in the grains thrashing the crop and getting rid of the crop to retain only the grain.
Brahma Bindu Upanishad

Relationships Are Built In the Small Moments of Life - Swami Brahmaviharidas

Swami Brahmaviharidas is the spokesperson Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS), a socio-spiritual Hindu organization with its roots in the Vedas and revealed by Bhagwan Swaminarayan (1781-1830). In a world full of manipulation, selfishness, distrust and unrest, relationship between human beings and nations seems to be held by a very thin cord. Immature and restless behavior could snap it easily. Any relationship can be built and strengthened on the four principles of 'Give, Forgive, Believe and Live'. Selflessness is the key to eternal relationships, which could be termed as a spiritual realization of sublime peak.
A single act of selflessness can turn hell into heaven. The habit of giving rather than asking is the tool for an enduring relationship.
Look at Dr Abdul Kalam's relationship with the whole nation. Look at the relationship between Lord Krishna and Arjuna – the supreme definition of relationship. When you don't manipulate a rela…

Patent for Tirupati Laddu Challenged in Supreme Court

The Chennai-based Geographical Indication Registry under Controller General of Patents, Designs & Trademarks had recently had conferred the tag of Geographical Indication on September 15th, 2009. In simple terms it is a Patent for Tirupati Laddu and the Laddu can be produced only by the Tirupati Tirumala Temple Administration – TTDs. The tag of Geographical Indication would ban others from making and marketing the ‘laddus’ under the same name. The Tirupati Laddu Patent has been challenged through a 'suo motu' action in Supreme Court by R. S. Praveen Raj, a scientist and resident of Trivandrum, Kerala.The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTDs), the administrative body of TirupatiBalajiTemple, had applied for the GI Tag to effectively tackle the production and marketing of ‘spurious and fake laddus’ in and around Tirupati.R. S. Praveen Raj is of the view that Tirupati Laddu is a Prasadam, or sacred food offered at temple, and it is not a ‘Good’ – article of commerce. He state…

Rahu Ketu Peyarchi – Sri Raghu Kethu Peyarachi

Rahu Ketu Peyrachi is related to astrology and horoscope and is the transition of Rahu and Ketu – two of the Navgrahas whose planetary movements are important in astrological calculations. Rahu Ketu Peyarachi in 2017 will take place on July 27.

Rahu and Ketu when placed in appropriate houses in a person’s horoscope is said to be highly beneficial. Some astrologers are also of the opinion that when they enter the wrong house in a horoscope they can create problems.

Those people who believe in astrology perform special pujas and rituals in Navgraha temples on the day to attain benefits and to stay away from troubles.

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A poem – Teachings of Saint Appar

Tamil poet and Saint Appar belong to the seventh century AD and was a great Shiva devotee.Why bath in the stream of Ganga or Kaveri?
Why go to Comorin in Kongu’s Island?
Why seek the waters of the sounding sea?
Moksha (salvation) is theirs, and theirs alone, who call
In every place upon the Lord of all.Why chant the Vedas, hear the Shastras’lore?
Why daily teach the books of righteousness?
Why the Vedangas six say over and over?
Moksha is theirs, and theirs alone, whose heart
From thinking of its Lord shall never depart.Why roam the jungle, wander cities through?
Why plague life with unstinting penance hard?
Why eat no flesh and gaze into the blue?
Moksha is theirs, and theirs alone, who cry
Unceasing to the Lord of wisdom high.Why fast and starve, why suffer pains austere?
Why climb the mountains, doing penance harsh?
Why go to bathe in waters far and near?
Moksha is theirs, and theirs alone, who call
At every place upon the Lord of allSaint Appar

How Forgiving the Person Who Copies Your Website Content Makes You a Better Human Being

Copying website content and ideas are illegal and is copyright violation. No hardworking person will forgive such violations and it should not be forgiven. This is just my personal opinion and it is not for encouraging copying of content because many people view non-violent methods as weakness.There is a particular website published by a guy from Hyderabad(it seems he has a dozen of blogs on several blogging platforms publishing the same content) that regularly copies the content and ideas of Hindu Blog. If today we publish ‘xxxx Vrata’ by evening or by tomorrow evening it will appear as ‘xxxx Vrat’ on his website. Same is the case with a new content idea that is generated on Hindu Blog. The website publishes our content with cosmetic changes or mutilating our content or a single article of ours as three different articles. Naturally, I should get angry and retaliate.I did get angry and I did shoot out a couple of emails in the beginning. But later I realized that by getting angry I a…

Gurumayi Chidvilasananda Quotes and Thoughts

Gurumayi Chidvilasananda is the present spiritual head of the Siddha Yoga path. Give whatever you give with love, then even the tiniest pebble you offer will have a great meaning. When you meditate, the silence of the senses illumines the presence of God within. Most people, most of the time, are under the influence of the ego. Now, when someone is driving under the influence of alcohol, a policeman can pull that drunk driver over and measure the level of inebriation. But what policeman has the authority to pull you over and give you an egolizer test? You are driving, living, acting and speaking under the influence of the ego. The more you contemplate the teachings, the more they enter you.
The important thing is not to think much, but to love much; and so, do that which best stirs you to love. Gurumayi Chidvilasananda

Kartik Brata in Puri Jagannath Temple in Orissa

Kartik Brata is observed in Orissa in the Kartik month and the main observance in the month includes praying early morning at the LordJagannathTemple during the morning Mangal Arati. Kartik Brata 2018 is from October 25 to November 23, 2018. Other important rituals in the month-long Kartik Brata include partial fasting, reading the Kartik Mahatmya from Padma Purana.

Most the devotees undertaking Kartik Brata stay in Puri and make it a point to visit LordJagannathTemple daily. Most devotees only consume the Mahaprasad from the Jagannath temple kitchen. Another important ritual in the month is the worship the holy Tulsi or Basil tree as the image of Lord Jagannath.

The last five days of Kartik month is considered highly auspicious and the JagannathTemple performs Panchuka. During the period, Lord Jagannath is depicted in five different new Veshas (attires) on each day.

360 degree view of Rameshwaram Ramanathaswamy Temple with high quality pictures – Online Virtual Tour

RamanathaswamyTemple located at Rameshwaram in Tamil Nadu is one of the most visited Hindu temples in the world and is noted for its architectural splendor. To attract more visitors and to give an idea of the architecture of Ramanathaswamy Temple, Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation and Department of Tourism is providing an online virtual tour of the temple at the official website of Tamil Nadu Tourism. In the online virtual tour you can get a 360 degree panoramic view of the temple from several locations inside and outside the temple. The images used are of high quality.
You can view the Virtual Tour of Rameshwaram Ramanathaswamy Temple here -

Click on the red arrow within the image to take the tour of the temple.If you are using a slow internet connection then it might take time to load the image. If you are using Internet Explorer 6 browser then you might not be able to view the image. If the above link is not working then you can have a look at this virtual tour provided by …

Aippasi Masam 2018 – Tamil Month Aipasi in 2018 in Tamil Calendar

Aippasi Masam is the seventh month in a traditional Tamil calendar. Skanda Shasti Vrat dedicated to Lord Muruga begins in Aippasi month. Deepavali (November 6) is also observed in this month. Aippasi Masam 2018 begins on October 18 and ends on November 16.

In 2018, Skanda Shasti fast starts on November 8 and ends on November 14. Soorasamharam is on November 13.

Pournami or full moon day in Aippasi month is on October 24.

Amavasi in Aippasi Masam is on November 7.

Important festivals
Diwali -  November 6
Lakshmi Puja -   November 7
Skanda Sashti Fasting - November 8 and ends on November 13 with Soorasamharam. Tirukalyanam is on November 14.

Ekadasi Fasting dates are October 20 and November 3
Pradosham Fasting dates are on October 22 and November 5

The next Tamil month is the highly auspicious Kaarthigai Masam.

Criticizing Karva Chauth Vrat – Just For The Sake Of Opposing It – To Show They Are Different and Publicity through Controversy

Every year during Karwa Chauth Vrat, we get to hear critical voices on Hindu fasting (especially Karva Chauth) from both men and women who feel they are liberated and are better mortals than the poor souls that go hungry for the long life of their husbands. The usual points they make are - there is no logic that just by fasting on a particular day of the year like Karva Chauth to get the life of husbands increased. The new generation of women should stop observing Karva Chauth so that all wrong traditions gradually removed from Indian society. Most Indian newspapers which enthusiastically writes about Karwa Chauth Vrat and rituals and spiritual experiences of Hindu women who have undertaken the particular fasting make it a point to publish at least one article which criticizes the Vrat. The equation is 9 articles on Karva Chauth Vrat, spirituality, rituals, shopping, mehandi, vrat katha etc and finally one article opposing the ritual by a self proclaimed feminist whose sole aim is publ…

Food for thought – Take Good Care about the Food for Mind

If one is to change oneself for better, he should become a seeker of Truth, rather than becoming a seeker of untruth by indulging in thinking unholy and raw thought. One must begin by changing one’s mental food. No more junk food of anger, lust or greed or any such poisonous substance. We must make the mind healthy by having good food for the mind. While people are quite careful about the food they take through the mouth, they just do not care about the food for mind that they consume through their other senses — eyes, ears and so on. This has to change if one wants to become spiritually healthy again. When mind is healthy, our life and personality too become healthy. The mind, then, becomes discriminative as to what to ‘eat’ and what to reject. Source: Excerpts from the editorial section of Vedanata Kesari dated November 2007 published by Ramakrishna Mission, Chennai.

Vedanta – Mindful Eating and Weight Management Inspired by Rig Veda

There is a famous passage in the Rig Veda describing two birds – one bird eating and another looking on. Two birds with fair wings, inseparable companions,
have found a refuge in the same sheltering tree.
One incessantly eats from the peepal tree;
the other, not eating, just looks on.Pavel Somov Author of ‘Eating the Moment: 141 Mindful Practices to Overcome Overeating One Meal at a Time’ finds inspiration in this verse for his subject of weight management and weight loss. Writing in the Huffington Post, Pavel Somov attempts to unravel the hidden Vedantic message in the verse and tries to apply it in weight management in daily life.What is this enigmatic passage about? Who is this "other" bird that is not eating and just looking on? While mindful eating is a wonderful vehicle for weight maintenance, it is also an invaluable platform for daily meditation. Eating is inevitable, but mindfulness isn't. When we use eating as an opportunity to awaken ourselves from our zombie-liv…