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Kartikai Deepam Reason – Why do we observe Karthigai Deepam?

Kartikai Deepam is the lighting of lamps on the Krittika or Kartika Nakshataram day in Tamil Nadu and Kerala in Karthigai month. There are several reasons or stories behind observing Karthigai Deepam. A popular belief is that the day is the birthday of Lord Muruga. The lamps are also lit for a happy married life and for the well being of children in the family.

Kartikai Deepam and Lord Muruga Lord Muruga, also known as Skanda, Subrahamaniya and Kartik, was born as six different babies to Lord Shiva after he awoke from the deep meditation after Goddess Sati’s death. The six babies were looked after by the Six Krittika stars and the six children were later joined to a single force by Goddess Parvati. Krittika is the six starts or the Pleiades cluster – when Muruga joins them as a child they make seven stars. As Muruga was born as six different babies and later joined into one He is popularly known as Aarumugan in Tamil culture.

Lord Muruga as Kumaraguru Advising Lord Shiva Another leg…

Goddess Kaumari – Kowmari or Goddess Kumari

Goddess Kaumari, or Goddess Kowmari, is on of the seven mother goddesses in Hinduism. The seven mother goddesses are known as Sapta Matrikas or Sapta Matris. Goddess Kaumari is the female energy of Lord Kumar (Muruga or Kartik). She is also referred as Goddess Kumari. She symbolically represents valor and courage.Goddess Kaumari takes her name and attributes from Lord Skanda or Subrahmanya or Murga. She uses the same weapon and vehicle of Lord Kartik.Goddess Kaumari has four hands and she carries a small vel (lance) and flag in two hands. Two hands are in Abhaya and Varatha posture.Her vehicle or Vahana is a peacock and she is believed to reside under a fig tree.She is usually depicted as having Kumkum body color – red color. In some texts she is described as having six faces and twelve arms. Lord Kartik is also depicted as having six faces as he was born as six different babies and was later joined by Goddess Parvati.

Swami Pura or Kalari Pura Where Lord Ayyappa Took Marital Art Lessons

Lord Ayyappa is believed to have taken lessons in Kalaripayattu – a traditional martial art of Kerala – as young boy from Kalari Gurukkal of Cheerappanchira family at Swami Pura or Kalari Pura at Muhamma in Alappuzha District in Kerala. The Pura, or the small hut, where the Kalari lessons where taught is still being preserved in its original form by the present generation of the family. Devotees who arrive at the Swami Pura also visit the MukkalvattamSwamyAyyappaTemple nearby.Express Buzz writes about this unique place associated with Lord AyyappaWith another Sabarimala season under way, the Cherappanchira family, which owns the Pura, have decided to renovate it so as to provide better facilities for pilgrims who visit it on their way to Sabarimala."The renovation plans include landscaping, boundary protection, an Ayurvedic garden, a prayer-cum-spiritual seminar hall-cum-auditorium, an 'annadaana centre', Navagraha Pooja facility, bath, cloakroom & comfort stations fo…

Download Bhagavad Gita Audio in English in MP3 for Free

Shrimad Bhagavad Gita Audio in English in Audio format for free is provided by Swami Shri Adgadanad Ji’s of Yatharth Geeta. This downloadable English Language Bhagawad Geeta is strictly for personal use. You can only download the eighteen chapters separately and not as a single MP3 file. Sometimes a single chapter has three or four mp3 files.
You will have to download several files to get the complete Bhagavad Gita with commentary in English. The best option will be to download a single file and listen to it and if you like you can opt to download the rest of them.
You can download the Bhagavad Gita Audio in English in MP3 format from this link – Download Bhagavad Gita in English in MP3.

Goddess Kali in New York Neuberger Museum of Art Exhibition and the Unnecessary Controversy

Neuberger Museum of Art at Purchase in New York is currently exhibiting paintings under the title “British Subjects: Identity and Self-Fashioning 1967 – 2009.” A painting by Sutapa Biswas titled ‘Housewives with Steak-Knives’ is being identified with Goddess Kali and a controversy has started over the painting. Rajan Zed, president of Universal Society of Hinduism, and Bhavna Shinde, of Forum for Hindu Awakening, have started a campaign to remove it from the exhibition and states that the painting amounts to irreverence and trivialization of the sacred deity, Goddess Kali. I feel this is an unnecessary controversy.On the Goddess Kali Rajan Zed, president of Universal Society of Hinduism, said she was “highly revered in Hinduism and she was meant to be worshipped in temples and not to be used indecorously.” Kali is looked at as being the Goddess of time and change, as well as personifying divine energy. Zed’s claims are that disrespecting Hinduism by misinterpreting and deforming a “su…

Ekadasi Tithi Calculator – Software to Find the Exact Time of Ekadashi Fasting in Your Country

Ekadasi Tithi and Time in India will not be same as that of United States and that of Singapore. Each country has a different time for Ekadashi fasting. To calculate the Ekadasi time in your region you need to know the following facts – 1) time difference from India and your present residing country. 2) You need to know the sunrise time in your country.The Ekadasi calculator and the software is provided by Sri Ahobila Mutt. You can calculate the Ekadasi time in your region here at the official website of Sri Ahobila Mutt.You may also like to readEkadasi Dates in 2010

Swami Chidananda Commentary on Amritabindu Upanishad

The desire ridden mind is impure. Other impurities like anger or jealousy are its side products. When obstructed desire becomes anger, when someone else enjoys what one desires, it turns into jealousy. When one gets what one wanted, greed or pride arises.“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” – Amritabindu Upanishad Mantra 1.Mind binds, mind liberates! Thoughts are the medium through which the ego, the limited Self, appears and paves the way for all our likes and dislikes, pleasure and pain. Innocence of a child is free from attachment or hatred. As we reach deep within ourselves – we see this childlike nature of pure – undivided awareness due to attachment to sense objects. We pursue pleasure out of mere habit and not as a true need. Paying attention to the subtle ways our mind is indeed desireless state. “Mind alone is the cause of bondage and liberation for human beings. The …

Goddess Maheshwari

Goddess Maheshwari is one among the seven mother goddesses or Sapta Matrikas. Goddess Maheshwari takes Her name from Lord Shiva (Maheshwara) and She is believed to have born from the body of Lord Shiva. She is armed with similar weapons to Shiva and has numerous other symbols and characteristics of Shiva. Goddess Maheswari is usually depicted as having four arms two arms are in Varada Mudra (granting wishes) and one is in Abhaya Mudra (protection). Two arms are depicted as holding the Sula (lance) and Akshamala or Damaru. The vehicle or Vahana of Goddess Maheswari is a bull.In some very rare images, Goddess Maheshwari is depicted as having five faces.Sometimes she is shown as having three eyes and wears a crescent moon. She is also sometimes depicted as having six hands and carries Sutra, Damaru, Sula, Ghanta and two hands are in the Varada Mudra and the Abhaya Mudra.

Annapurna Vrat – Fasting Dedicated to Goddess Annapoorna

Annapurna Vrat is dedicated to Goddess Annapurna, the Hindu Goddess of food and nourishment. This vrat is observed during the waning phase of moon in Margashirsh month (November – December) as per traditional North Indian calendar. It begins on the fifth day of the Krishna paksha of Margashirsh month (November 27, 2018) and is observed for 17 days.
Annapurna Vrata includes fasting, not eating non-vegetarian food and offering prayers and performing puja for Goddess Annapoorna. It is not a strict fasting and usually devotees eat a single meal while observing the fast. Those observing the Vrata read the Annapurna Vrat Katha.
Some people observe the fast only the Annapurna Jayanti during the Margashirsh Purnima.
Annapurna Vrat is also observed for several weeks and months by devotees. It is performed for peace and prosperity.
Annapurna puja is also observed in eastern parts of India especially in Bengal in the Chaitra month (Marh – April).

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Download Bhagavad Gita in Malayalam in PDF format for free

Shrimad Bhagavad Gita in Malayalam in PDF format for free is in verse form and there is no commentary or translation to pure Malayalam used today. Please note that this is not in the paragraph format with explanations and meanings. It is Bhagavad Geeta in verse format as found in the Mahabharata.You can download Bhagavad Gita in Malayalam in PDF format here.

Crocodile in Hinduism – Famous incidents involving Crocodiles in Hindu Scriptures

Crocodile or Makara is of great significance in Hinduism and plays an important role in many famous incidents mentioned in Hindu scriptures. The Vehicle or Vahana of Goddess Ganga is an aquatic animal with the body of a crocodile or Makara and She is believed to travel from the Himalayas to the Bay of Bengal atop a crocodile. The Hindu rain-god Varuna also rides on Makara. Varuna is also the god of the oceans and seas. The God of Love (Kamadeva) has crocodile as his emblem and Rati his wife carries it with her. Kamadeva and Rati are also depicted riding the Crocodile.
Please note that Makara as vehicle is not exactly a crocodile it has the body of a crocodile, tail of a fish and sometimes an head with a trunk.

The most popular incident involving a crocodile in Hindu Scriptures is the Gajendra Moksha. Gajendra, a proud elephant, is pulled into the river by a demon in the guise of a crocodile and he tries to escape from it and the struggle continues for several years and finally the el…

Animal Sacrifice by Hindus at Gadhimai Fair in Nepal – Thoughts and Reactions

Gadhimai Fair in Nepal is dedicated to Goddess Gadhimai, a local deity, an incarnation of Goddess Shakti. The fair, notorious for the sacrifice of large number of animals, is held once in five years in the Bara District of Nepal and is mainly attended by people from Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand in India. This year the Gadhimai festival has garnered lot of international media attention - the number of animal sacrificed is estimated to be more than 100,000.
Animal sacrifice is cruel and it has no place in the teachings of Sanatana Dharma (Hinduism). But Hinduism is not based on strict written codes or rules. Therefore each individual is given the freedom to express his/her faith. Some individuals try to appease deities through animal sacrifice which is part of tantric worship. Quite often an individual performs animal sacrifice out of ignorance thinking that the deity will be pleased with the sacrifice. This is the result of the lack of proper understanding of the teachings of Hi…

Goddess Vaishnavi

Goddess Vaishnavi is one of the seven mother goddesses or Sapta Matrikas. Goddess Vaishnavi takes Her name from Lord Vishnu and she believed to have born from the body of Vishnu. She is armed with the same weapons like Lord Vishnu and wears the same ornaments and rides the same Vahana or vehicle and also carries the same banner. Please note that Goddess Vaishnavi is different from Goddess Vaishno Devi.Goddess Vaishnavi is mentioned in the Varaha Purana, Matsya Purana and Markandeya Purana. There is also a legend which suggests Vaishnavi came out from Goddess Kaumari’s hand, seated on Garuda and holding a conch, discus, club, sword, bow and arrow.Goddess Kaumari is believed to have had Her origin from Lord Skanda or Muruga or Kartik.Goddess Vaishnavi is usually depicted as having four hands. She carries in one of her right hands the Chakra (discus) and in the left hand the Sankha (Conch), her two other hands are held in the Abhaya and the Varada Mudra. She wears a yellow garment and a …

Hindu Holy Saraswati River to be revived in Haryana

Hindus once took holy bath in SaraswatiRiver but later it disappeared from earth. Hindus always worshipped SaraswathiRiver along with Ganga and YamunaRiver and the river is mentioned in various Hindu Holy scriptures and is part of rituals. But for many historians it was a myth. Now HolySaraswatiRiver is being revived in Haryana and the project is almost complete. Times of India reportsCome 2010 and Haryana will join the league of states wowing pilgrims from across the country. The state is progressing towards completing the last leg of 3.5km stretch of river Saraswati between Jyotisar and Bibipur. The state has completed digging work in the 68km stretch under the first phase of revival plan for the SaraswatiRiver.Speaking to TOI, the irrigation authorities ruled out the use of river water for purposes other than religious. “The basic idea is to retain its sanctity so that more and more devotees come to visit the holy places along its course. We would not allow the use of this water fo…

Visakhapatnam - Kottayam - Kollam - Sabarimala Special Trains 2011 – 2012

From 15th December, 2011 up to 16th January, 2012, in order to clear extra rush of passenger traffic of pilgrims bound for SabarimalaAyyappaTemple in Kerala, South Central Railway will run Special trains Visakhapatnam to Kollam via Kottayam. The train will have stops at Duvvada, Anakapalli, Tuni, Annavaram, Samalkot, Rajahmundry, Tadepalligudem, Eluru, Vijayawada, Tenali, Chirala, Ongole, Nellore, Gudur, Renigunta,Tirupati, Katpadi,Jolarpattai, Salem, Erode, Coimbator, Palakkad, Thrisur, ErnakulamTown and Kottayam. The train services from Visakhapatnam are on Thursdays and Sundays.
Train.No: 08569/08570 Visakhapatnam - Kollam – Visakhapatnam Sabrimala Specials: December 15, 2011 to January 16, 2012
Train No. 08569 Visakhapatnam-Kollam bi-weekly Special Train will depart Visakhapatnam at 09:0 hrs on Thursdays and Sundays ie. o­n 15th, 18th, 22nd, 25th, 29th December, 2011 and 1st, 5th, 8th, 12th, 15th January, 2012 and arrive Kollamat 15 30 hrs o­n the next day.
In the return directio…

Goddess Brahmani

Goddess Brahmani is one of the Sapta Matrikas – the seven divine mothers or Saptamatris in Hinduism. Goddess Brahmani takes Her name from Lord Brahma. Vamana Purana indicates that Goddess Brahmani came out from the mouth of Goddess Kali before she engaged Demon Rakta Beeja in the final encounter. Seeing the large troop of Rakta Beeja, Goddess Kali made a loud sound and from her mouth appeared Goddess Brahmani seated on a swan and wearing rosary and holding water pot (Kamandalu) in one hand. Goddess Brahmani is generally depicted as having four faces and four hands. The body is bright as gold. In the back right hand she carries the Sula (lance) and back left hand she carries the Akshamala. The front right hand is in the Abhaya Mudra Pose and the front left hand in the Varada Pose.
She is usually depicted as seated upon a red lotus. The vehicle or Vahana of Goddess Brahmani is Hamsa or Swan. The emblem in her banner is Hamsa and is adorned with a Karana Mukuta. She is also shown as si…

The Path from Pampa to Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple

Pampa is the base camp for majority of devotees that visit the SabarimalaAyyappaTemple. Transport buses, cars and motorcycles reach up to Pampa. From Pampa pilgrims have to walk (trek) 7 km to reach the Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple Sannidanam.The trek covers places like Neelimala, Appachimedu, Sabaripeedam, Sharamkuthi, Marakkoottam to reach the AyyappaTemple.One of most tough trek in the seven kilometer route is in climbing the Neelimala. Government and other NGOs are providing medical facilities at different points from Pampa to AyyappaTemple.

How to observe Ravivar Vrat? – Sunday Fasting in Hindu Religion

Fasting on Sunday, or Ravivar Vrat, in Hindu religion is dedicated to Lord Surya, or the Sun god. Hindus have been worshipping Surya Narain from time immemorial and is also occasionally referred as Pratiyaksha Brahman. There is a popular belief that observing fast on Sunday will help in skin and eye ailments.
The fasting is from Sunday morning to next day morning. A single meal is taken on the day, generally after sunset. Some people only eat fruits on the day. Those who eat cooked food avoid salt and fried food items.
Red is the color of the day. Devotees offer red colored flowers to Lord Surya. Red sandalwood paste tika or tilak is worn on the forehead.

Sri Sri Mangeshda Thoughts

Unconditional love and forgiveness is not as easy to practice as it appears. It is not a mere mechanical process. One needs to feel the love and forgiveness from the bottom of one’s heart and for that one needs to change one’s own attitude.One needs to learn to accept everything and everybody including himself, as they are, without keeping any expectations from them. When one starts interacting with others with this base of love, automatically the attitude of the people around him changes.All religions, without exception, preach humanity, forgiveness and love towards other living beings. To enjoy and experience real love, remove all the conditions because conditional love gives disappointment whereas unconditional love definitely gives real joy of love. It is something unique which has to be experienced to understand. Sri Sri Mangeshda is a Kriya Yogi

Khuddur Yatra – A 1940s Modern Interpretation of Ramayana by Abanindranath Tagore

Abanindranath Tagore (1871-1951) was the chief artist of the Bengal school of painting and the first major exponent of swadeshi values in Indian Painting. Also a note writer, Abanindranath Tagore had created a 272-page scrap book titled Khuddur Yatra (Journey of Khuddu) which is a post-modern interpretation of the epic Ramayana. The work originally done between 1934 and 1942 was never published and it was discovered recently by Priyabrata Deb, publisher of Pratikshan, who is bringing out the book.Satarupa Basu writes in Hindustan Times about the book and its discoveryIt is one of the versions of the Ramayana that Tagore wrote.It draws on a mode of storytelling that is splintered into multiple voices, tonalities and modes, to form a collage of doodles, diagrams, fashion drawings, natural history drawings, ornamental and abstract designs, emblems, insignia, labels, wrappers, advertisements, fragments of texts and captions cut from newspapers and periodicals.“I chanced upon the manuscrip…

Sharamkuthi at Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple – Importance of Sharam Kutti

Sharamkuthi is one the last holy spots on the way to the SabarimalaAyyappaTemple. ‘Sharam’ means arrow. Legend has it that Lord Ayyappa and his followers after defeating the Marvapada (an army of thugs) discarded their weapons at Sharam Kutti. Today, first time visitors to the Sabarimala Shrine leave Sharakol, or arrows, they carry at Sharamkuthi.First time Ayyappa devotees to the temple who follow and participate in the Petta Thulal from Erumeli to the SabarimalaAyyappaTemple also leave their Sharakol at Sharamkuthi.The Thrivabharanam Procession carrying the ornaments to be worn on Lord Ayyappa is given ceremonial welcome at Sharamkuthi.

Tripur Bhairav Jayanti

Tripur Bhairav Jayanti is observed on the Margashirsh Shukla Paksha Chaturdashi – the fourteenth lunar day during waxing phase of moon in the month of Margashish (November – December). Tripur Bhairav Jayanti 2018 date is December 21. Tripura or Tripur Bhairva is one of the incarnations of Lord Shiva and this is a highly powerful and ferocious form of Lord Shiva.

As Tripur Bhairav, Lord Shiva is the consort of Tripura Bhairavi.

Tripura Bhairavi is believed to a ferocious form of Goddess Shakti.

Shukravar Vrat Katha – The Story of Friday Fasting in Hinduism

Friday fasting in Hinduism is dedicated to Shukra, or Venus. Those people who believe in astrology and horoscope worship and pray to Shukra on the day for wealth and prosperity. Those observing Shukravar Vrat listen to a popular story associated with fasting. The story of Friday fast varies from region to region and this one of them. Once there was an old woman who used to observe Shukravar Vrat for the welfare of her family. She worshipped an idol of Shukra. On all Fridays, she used to wash the idol and perform a holy dip of it and used to offer the best food available in the house as ‘Prasad’ or Bhog.One day the old woman decided to go on a pilgrimage. She asked her daughter-in-law to continue the rituals and observe Friday fast. The daughter-in-law wanted to get rid of the mother-in-law and was not at all happy with her Friday rituals so she agreed to take care of the idol and perform the rituals.Soon the old lady left for pilgrimage. For few Fridays, the daughter-in-law sprinkled …

Dadaji Amiya Roy Chowdhury Quotes

You fulfill your life purpose by living a natural life, doing your work and enjoying everything and everyone as His Creation. The relationship between the physical and the spiritual is so close that it is impossible to enjoy one without the other.God is in you and all around you. He is chanting Mahanam (God's Name) within you 24 hours a day, giving you life.Mahanam is the Eternal Truth which will enable the devotee to reach the transcendental Reality. This is possible only by the annihilation of the ego and by complete surrender to the Absolute by having faith in Mahanam.Anyone who thinks he's anybody is full of ego.Dadaji Amiya Roy Chowdhury (1906-1992)

How to do a simple Hindu Puja at home?

Hinduism gives a devotee the freedom to perform prayers and pujas in the way the devotee wants – it can be simple or elaborate. Puja steps can be decided by the devotee. But there are several people who want to know about how to perform a simple puja at home as per Hindu religious traditions. Here is a guide to perform a small puja at home.This is only to give a general idea and you can always be flexible in Hindu pujas and prayers. First take a bath or perform self purification rituals.Choose a quiet and clean place to perform the puja.First pray to Lord Ganesha to help in the successful completion of the puja.Light a lamp and pray to the deity you are worshipping. Touch the feet of the idol or painting and take blessings. Offer flowers or light incense. Chant any shlokam or prayer you know.If you have a fruit offer it to the deity.Meditate for some time. Place some flowers or rice mixed with turmeric on the deity.If you have Bhasma or Sandalwood paste or kumkum apply it on the foreh…

How to observe Guruvar or Vrihaspativar Vrat? - Rules and Procedure of Thursday Fasting in Hinduism

Vrihaspativar Vrat, or Thursday fasting, is dedicated to Brihaspati, the Guru of Devas. Therefore Thurdsay is also known as Gurubar or Guruvar. Those people who believe in astrology offer pujas and observe a fast dedicated to Birhaspati, or Jupiter, for horoscope related reasons. Lord Vishnu is also worshipped on the day in many regions. Below are the rules and procedure of Thursday fasting.

Please note that Thursday, especially in Margashirsh month (November - December) , is dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi in many regions and people observe Lakshmi Vrat and pujas on all Thursdays in the month.
The fast begins on Thursday morning and ends on the next day morning. A single meal is eaten on the day – usually in the afternoon or after puja. People usually eat yellow colored food or food prepared using ghee. In some regions the food is made of Chana Dal.
Yellow color clothes are worn on the day and yellow colored flowers are offered to Brihaspati.
Yellow is the favorite color of Lord Vishnu …

Margashirsh Lakshmi Puja – Gurubar or Thursday Puja Dedicated Goddess Lakshmi

Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped on Thursdays during Margashirsh Month (November – December) in Maharashtra and parts of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. This puja is performed to get Sukh, Shanti and Aishwarya – comfort, peace and prosperity. In 2018, the Margashirsh Lakshmi Puja beginning date in Margashrish month is December 13, Thursday. The other dates are December 20, December 27 and January 4, 2019.

Some people observe the Mahalakshmi Puja for four Thursdays of the Margashirsh month. Some people observe it for eight Thursdays (including the Thursdays in Poush month) People observe a fast on the day. The fasting is from Sunrise to sunset.

People eat fruits, banana and milk while observing the fast on the day. In the evening, after Lakshmi puja vegetarian food is eaten usually the Prasad offered to Goddess Lakshmi.

The vrat is performed by both men and women. Married couples perform it together.

Those observing the Margashirsh Lakshmi puja invite seven married and seven young girls …

Lord Shiva and Tiger Skin - Reason For Shiva Wearing Tiger Skin

Lord Shiva is usually depicted as sitting or meditating on a tiger skin. Lord Shiva is usually portrayed as wearing a tiger skin as garment. Tiger symbolically represents power. Shiva sitting on tiger skin and wearing it symbolically means that He is beyond all power and dominates over all the powers. There is an interesting story in the Shiva Purana which narrates about how Lord Shiva got the tiger skin.
Once Lord Shiva was roaming around the world like an Avadhuta. He was completely naked and was so merged in this meditation that he was unaware of any other existence. 
During His roaming, once He reached a forest inhabited by a group of saints.
The saints lived along with their family and the arrival of a naked mendicant created flutter in their small and confined society. The women in the community were attracted by Shiva and there was disturbance in the daily routines of the Ashram.
The saints became furious after they realized that it is the new mendicant that is responsible fo…

Daily Puja Timing at Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple in November, December and January

SabarimalaAyyappaTemple in Kerala remains open continuously for 41 days only during the Mandala Makaravilakku pilgrimage season from Mid-November to December end. The temple then remains open from December end to Mid-January for the Makaravilakku pilgrimage. The puja timings remain almost the same on all days except when there is a special puja.
Here are the puja timings at SabarimalaAyyappaTemple in November, December and January

Temple opens at 0400 hrs (4:00 AM) Nirmalya Darshan is at 0405 hrs Mahaganapati homam is at 0415 hrs Neyabhishekam is from 04:20 hrs to 11:30 hrs
Usha Puja (Morning puja) is at 07:30 hrs Uccha Puja (Afternoon Puja) is at 12:30 hrs
The Temple closes afternoon at 13:00 hrs (01:00 PM) In the evening Temple opens at 16:00 hrs (4: 00 PM) Deeparadhana (Evening puja) is at 18:30 hrs Pushpabhishekam - 19:00 hrs (On some days it is Padi Puja – puja of the eighteen holy steps.)
Athazha Puja is at 22:30 hrs Harivarasanam – at 22:50 hrs
The Temple closes for the day at 23:00 hrs (1…

Budhvar Vrat Katha – Story of Wednesday Fasting in Hindu Religion

Budhvar Vrat, or Wednesday fasting, in Hindu religion is dedicated to Budha or Mercury. In some regions, Lord Vishnu, Lord Ganesh and Lord Krishna are also worshipped on the day. Those observing the Budhvar Vrat read or listen to the story associated with Wednesday fasting. There are several versions of the Budhvar Vrat Katha and this is one of them.Once a newly married couple was on their first visit to the bride’s home after marriage. The couple was welcomed happily by the in-law’s. The brothers and sisters of the bride took care of the newlywed couple. Two days passed in joy and then the husband realized that it was time to return. But it was a Wednesday and the in-law’s were not ready to send the girl as Mercury, or Budha, is not in favour of sending married girls to their husband’s house on Wednesdays. The young husband said that he was not worried about Mercury and he did not believe in such things and want to return today itself. He was a businessman and he is of the view that …

Download Kannada Margashira Masa 2009 Panchangam for free

This particular Panchanga in Kannada for Margashira Masa or Margasira Month 2009 is provided by Narahari Sumadhwa. Margashira Masa 2009 as per the calendar followed in Karnataka began on November 17, 2009 and it will end on December 16, 2009. Margashira Masa is the ninth month in a traditional Hindu calendar followed in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.You can download the Panchanga in Kannada for Margashira Masa 2009 here.

Cowrie Shell Mala and Rosary – Cowrie Beads Mala

Cowrie shell mala, or Kauri bead necklace, is considered auspicious by Hindus and has a place in Hindu religious ceremonies and it is believed to represent Goddess Lakshmi. The Cowrie shell mala is offered to Goddess Lakshmi. And it is kept at home and worn for attaining wealth and prosperity. Japa (chanting) of mantras dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi with Cowrie beads is considered auspicious.
People who possess cowries are believed to be blessed with love, luck and prosperity. The Cowrie mala is worn for financial stability.
Cowries are part of Lakshmi Puja in many regions
Cowrie shells are also used in making door hangings. The shells are also used in board games.
Cowrie necklaces are worn Banjara tribal women and cowries are stitched into the dresses by them as they represent Lakshmi, the Goddess of prosperity.
Cowries are different from the usual Conch shell mala.

Bhagavad Gita on What One Thinks

And he who at the time of death, meditating on Me alone, goes forth, leaving the body, attains My Being: there is no doubt about this. Gita Chapter VIII verse 5Remembering whatever object, at the end, he leaves the body, that alone is reached by him, O son of Kunti, (because) of his constant thought of that object. Gita Chapter VIII verse 6
Therefore, at all times, constantly remember Me, and fight. With mind and intellect absorbed in Me, thou shalt doubtless come to Me. Gita Chapter VIII verse 7
With the mind not moving towards anything else, made steadfast by the method of habitual meditation, and dwelling on the Supreme, Resplendent Purusa, O son of Pritha, one goes to Him. Gita Chapter VIII verse 8
Bhagavad Gita

Ear Piercing in Hinduism – Karnvedh or Karna Vedha Sanskar

Ear lobe piercing, known as Karnvedh Sanskar, is considered an important ceremony in many Hindu traditions. There is no unanimity regarding the year to perform ear piercing on a Hindu girl child. It is usually performed during the sixth month or seventh month or third year or fifth year or 7th year after birth. An auspicious day and auspicious time is chosen for performing the ear piercing ceremony. Special pujas and prayer is done and the ceremony is done under sunlight. Earrings are then offered to the child.
According Hindu scriptures like Dharma Sindhu, Karna Vedha Sanksar must be performed on the 10th, 12th or 16th day after birth of the child. But most people avoid this calculation. They perform it during the 6th or 7th month after birth.
After this, the ritual is performed on odd years after the birth of the child – 3rd or 5th year. The ritual is not performed during even years after the birth of the child.
The ear piecing ceremony is a ritual performed by all Hindus, irrespe…

Download Novel Bhimsen by Prem Panicker – English Translation of Malayalam Novel Randamoozham by M T Vasudevan Nair

Randamoozham is a classic novel in Malayalam by Jnanpith award winner and the popular Malayalam writer M T Vasudevan Nair. Randamoozham means the ‘second turn’ and the story of the Mahabharat is seen through the eyes of Bhima – the second of the Pandavas. Prem Panicker, senior journalist, had serialized the novel in English in his blog for over a year. Now he has published the entire novel in pdf format for free.Randamoozham is basically the re-imagining of the epic from the point of view of Bhima. It is a work of fiction and not a religious one. In the novel there are no supernatural heroes, even Lord Krishna is stripped of his divine powers and is presented as a normal human being. Bhima, who always gets the second turn in all the main incidents in the Mahabharata, talks about the favoritism, betrayal, helplessness and silent sufferings of many characters in the Mahabharata including himself. The focus is on the relationships between the main characters. A classic, Randamoozham is e…

Guha Sashti – Kartik Guha Shashti

Guha Sashti is observed on the sixth day of the waxing phase of moon, or Shukla Paksha, of Margasheersh month (November – December). Guha Sashti 2018 date is December 13. Sashti or the sixth day during the fortnight of a Hindu calendar is generally dedicated to Lord Kartikeya. Guha is one among the numerous names of Lord Kartik, the son of Lord Shiva.

Lord Kartik, also known as Lord Muruga, is popularly worshipped in South India. Lord Kartik is the most handsome god and is the commander of the army of the Devas.

Pujas and rituals dedicated to Lord Kartik are observed on the day especially in North India. The day is observed as Champa Sashti in Maharashtra.

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Ayyappa Photos and Pictures – Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple Wallpapers

There are hundreds of Lord Ayyappa Photos and Pictures of Lord Ayyappa on the internet. We thought that it would be nice to provide our readers with Sabarimala Ayyappa wallpapers as the holy Mandala Makaravilakku period is starting at the SabarimalaAyyappaTemple. The Sabarimala Ayyappa wallpapers for this post were selected from several websites and the images are copyrighted to respective owners we are only providing a link to respective websites. Some of the images were modified and created by us to give the look of a wallpaper. Latest - Online Virtual Tour of Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple and other holy places Please click on the link for a larger view of the image. Right click and use the save image option.

Somvar Vrat Katha – Monday Fasting Story in Hinduism

Somvar Vrat, or fasting on Monday, is dedicated to Lord Shiva. On the day, devotees the fast listen to Somavar Vrat Katha. The story associated with Monday fasting narrates the experience of a devotee who observed the Somvar Vrat. There are a couple of stories associated with Fasting on Monday and this is one of them.
Once there was a wealthy merchant. He was an ardent Lord Shiva devotee. But after several years of marriage he had no children. He observed Monday fast to get a child. Soon Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati appeared in his dream and blessed him with a son but Lord Shiva said that the child will only live for 12 years.
After a year, the merchant’s wife gave birth to a child and everyone was happy. But the merchant was still sad as he knew that the child only had 12 years of life.
Even after the birth of the child, the merchant continued to perform the Somvar Vrat. He distributed cloths and fed the poor and needy.
When the son reached the age of eleven, the merchant asked hi…

Swami Chinmayananda Thoughts on Love

Very often we hear some people complaining that "nobody loves me." The world is full of love. But generally our hearts are not open for the love to gush into us. And the door of your heart ever remains closed. Nobody other than you can ever throw it open; for the door of your heart cannot be locked from outside and it can be open only from within.
You alone are in your heart. You unconsciously got locked in and you cry out to others to open up and release you. Nobody can. Stop crying. Open up and receive all love.
Love is the heart of religions, the theme of all classical works of art and literature and the song of all devotees. Scientists know only what love does... not what love is. Love can indeed empty our asylums, perhaps all our prisons, may be all our hospitals. People suffer in life due to lack of love. Love is to human hearts what sun is to flowers!
Love grows with knowledge of the beloved. To love, therefore, is to know... yet, to know is not necessarily to love.

How to observe Saturday fasting or Shanivar Vrat?

The fasting observed on Saturday (Shanivar Vrat) is mainly undertaken by those people who believe in astrology and that they are having a hard period in life due to the malefic influence of Lord Shani or Saturn. Another deity that is worshipped on the day is Lord Hanuman. Saturday Fasting General Rules Saturday fasting or Shanivar Vrat begins before sunrise on Saturday and ends on the next day morning. A single meal is taken in the evening after prayers. Food prepared usually consists of sesame til or black gram or any other black colored food item. Salt is avoided on the day.
Rituals and Puja Black is the color of the day. The offerings made to Lord Shani include black sesame seeds (Til), urad dal, black clothes, Sesame oil etc. Black iron idol of Lord Shani is worshipped on the day usually at nearby temple which has a shrine for Shani or Navgraha. Some worship the Peepal Tree and tie thread around its bark.
People avoid long journey on the day. In some communities wives do not visit…