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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).

Tulsi Vivah Procedure – How to do Tulsi Puja? - How to Perform Tulsi Kalyanam

Tulsi Vivah, or Tulsi Kalyanam, is a popular Hindu ritual observed during waxing phase of moon in the month of Kartik (October – November). It is the marriage of Tulsi Plant to Lord Krishna. Tulasi, or Tulsi, is holy basil and is worshipped in Hinduism. Tulsi Vivah procedure varies from region to region and from community to community. So there is no direct answer to how to do Tulsi Puja. Here is a step by step guide basically to give an idea on how Tulsi Vivah is performed.

Puja items needed for Tulsi Vivah Tulsi Plant which is three or more years oldShaligram or Salagram – holy stones representing Lord Krishna. If Salagram is not available idol of Lord Krishna is used.Mangalsutra or a turmeric tied to a threadVegetarian foodUncooked riceSweetsSugarcane sticksVermillion powderPuja decorationsFlowersFresh cloth Tulsi Vivah Procedure Tulsi pot or Tulsi Mandap in front of the house is colored. Tulsi and the pot or the base in which Tulsi plant is standing is decorated like a bride – by …

Why Hinduism is known as Sanatana Dharma? – Sri Aurobindo

Hinduism gave itself no name, because it set itself no sectarian limits; it claimed no universal adhesion, asserted no sole infallible dogma, set up no single narrow path or gate of salvation; it was less a creed or cult than a continuously enlarging tradition of the Godward endeavor of the human spirit.
An immense, many-sided and many staged provision for a spiritual self-building and self-finding, it had some right to speak of itself by the only name it knew, the eternal religion, Sanatana Dharma. Sri Aurobindo