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Inspirational Hindu Quote on New Year – Swami Chidananda

In Bhagavad Gita Lord Krishna tell Arjuna that the body, mind, and intellect are restricted in their activities and are not above error. The soul which is imperishable is evolving to aid each other to bring the individual upon the State of Perfection where it is neither troubled nor affected by wind, water, or fire or any weapon. The individual must raise himself from doubt to faith and the knowledge of a perishable being to imperishable being. That is why man is born to attain this knowledge and become fearless. The purpose of life is evolutionary until you reach immortality by realizing that body and Soul (Atman) are quite different. Body is born and it dies. Death is inevitable to the body – in this entire human world wherever you go in whichever direction and in whichever country you cannot escape death. In this body house, the Soul remains immortal and imperishable. This is what we call Atman (soul). Your Atman is identical with Satchidananda Atman or Brahman. The ultimate Spirit…

Tirupati Balaji Temple New Year 2010 – Sevas cancelled and Chandra Grahan

The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) has cancelled all Arjita Sevas in Tirupati Venkateswara temple from December 31, 2009 to January 2, 2010 to cope with the New Year rush. As there is a Chandra Grahan during December 31, 2009 night – the BalajiTemple will remain closed from 1900 hrs on December 31 to 0145 hrs (1:45 AM) on January 1, 2010 (early hours of New Year). All time based on Indian Standard Time.Cleansing rituals will be performed on the early hours of January 1, 2010. Sarva Darshan will begin at 0700 hrs. Pranayakalaha Utsavam will be performed from 1600 hrs to 1800 hrs on January 2. RelatedChandra Grahan December 31, 2009 and January 1, 201o in IndiaPhone enquiry and booking at TirupatiBalajiTemple

Food for thought – Dada J P Vaswani

More important than the body is the soul. The body is perishable. The soul is forever. The body needs to be fed but it is more important to feed the soul. The food of the Soul is Love, Faith and Service to fellow beings.
If you are right, you don’t need to lose your temper. If you are wrong, you cannot afford to lose your temper.
Like a boat on water that does not sink…live in the world but do not sink in worldly matters. Dada J P Vaswani

Apasmara Purusha – Shiva Stands on This Demon as Nataraja

In the Nataraja Dance form, Hindu God Shiva is depicted as dancing on a dwarf demon. This demon is known as Apasmara Purusha – the demon of ignorance. Apasmara Purusha has the face of a demon and body of an infant. He is crushed by the right foot of Nataraja. The word Apasmara means forgetfulness and symbolizes the ignorance that makes us lose our balance and consciousness and run after sensuous things.

Legend has it that this demon used to trouble human beings, saints and devas. Human beings prayed to Shiva who crushed him under his feet.
Symbolically, Shiva standing on Apasmara Purusha is asking us to crush laziness, ego, jealousy, envy and hatred and realize the Supreme Truth. By this self realization one attains bliss on earth.

Related Symbolism of Shiva’s drum Damaru

Book: English Translation of Nine Tandirams of Tirumandiram

Tirumandiram composed over 2000 years by Siddha Tirumular is a classical Shaiva Siddanta philosophy work and is also related to yoga, Tantra and spirituality. This classic text contains nine chapters, known as nine tandirams. The current English translation of Tirumandiram by Babaji’s Kriya Yoga, a Canadian based publisher and charity, contains its transliteration, translation and commentary in nine volumes and a 10th volume with Glossary, select bibliography and index in separate tenth volume.From the Publishers:What is it that inspires us to publish the Tirumandiram? Put simply, this great work inspires us to realize our greatest potential as human beings. As humans we have the unique ability, unlike any other species, to not only conceive of perfection, but to notice our own imperfections. Furthermore we have the imagination and the power to devise means and apply these means to transforming ourselves perfectly.

Achyutam Keshavam Lyrics – Download Bhajan Lyrics in PDF Format

Achyutham Kesavam Rama Narayanam Krishna Damodaram Vasudevam Harim is a popular bhajan dedicated to Lord Vishnu. This Bhajan is chanted in the evening while performing puja and prayer. You can download Achyutam Keshavam Lyrics in PDF format here - Achyutam Keshavam Lyrics. Below is the full prayer Achyutam Keshavam for you. If you do not prefer to download then you can copy it and use it.

Tekdi Ganapati Yatra – Nagpur Tekadi Ganesh Temple

Tekdi Ganapati Yatra is observed in the famous TekadiGaneshTemple in Nagpur. Tekdi Ganapati Yatra 2019 date is January 24. It is observed on the Sankashti Chaturthi day in the Paush month as per traditional Marathi lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra. Another important festival here is observed during Ganesh Chaturthi in Bhadrapad month.

The murti of Lord Ganesh worshipped here is Swayambhu – one that occurred naturally.

The temple is called Tekdi as the mandir is constructed atop a mountain and in Marathi language Tekdi means hill.

The TekdiGanapatiTemple is located near the Nagpur Railway Station.

Chandra Grahana Ashuba or Dosha Bhala Parihara Mantra

When there is a Chandra Grahana, or Lunar eclipse, as per Hindu astrology certain Rashi (zodiac) and Nakshatra (birth stars) will be having Dosha Bhalam. The Chandra Grahan will be badly influencing the horoscope of certain persons. Here is the mantra to be chanted by those Ashuba Bhala.

Buy the Entire Garuda Purana Online

There are numerous abridged version of the Garuda Purana available online. But it is hard to find the entire Garuda Puranam as often the readers are misguided by the shorter versions. Recently several of our readers wanted to know where they can buy Garuda Purana in full. There is a full version of the Purana available for sale at Motilal Banarsidas this is in three volumes and is Sanskrit with translation in English.The Garuda Purana is in the form a conversation between Lord Vishnu and his vehicle Garuda, the half-man half eagle bird. The second part of Garuda Purana deals with reincarnation, rituals associated with death and funeral rites and the metaphysics of reincarnation. Several portions of the Purana are followed in funerals performed by certain Hindu communities.There are also several Hindus who consider it unlucky to read Garuda Purana. The book is available online at Motilal BanarsidasGaruda Purana
By J L Shastri
Published by Motilal Banarsidas
Three volumes
Language : Sanskri…

Explore Kashi through Paintings and Photographs of Temples and Murtis

Explore Kashi is a website which provides images of important temples and murtis in and around Kashi. The website claims that Kashi or Varanasi has over 300 Ancient Unexplored Shiva Temples over 800 unexplored Shivalingas. The website is providing pictures and paintings of some of the temples and Shivlings. Other highlights include photographs of Hindu murtis in temples and pictures of important sculptures on the temple walls.You can view the website here - Explore Kashi
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Osho on Attaining Truth

The first and the basic sutra to be understood is that truth is attained in emptiness and is lost in words. Truth is attained in silence and is lost in speech. Truth has no language; all language is untruth.Language as such is created by man. Truth is not created by man, it is his discovery. Truth is. It is neither to be created nor to be proved but only to be unveiled. And this unveiling of the truth happens only when all the noise of language inside stops, because language is the veil. Thoughts are the only obstacle.When a child is born he has no language. He does not come with any scripture, any religion, any caste or any nation. He arrives as an emptiness. The sacredness of emptiness is unique. Emptiness is the only virginity, the rest is all perversion.The child arrives like a fresh flower, there is not even a scratch on his consciousness. He does not know anything. But the child’s capacity to know ispure. He is like a mirror on which nothing is reflected yet, but the mirroring c…

Lunar Eclipse Mythology in Hindu Religion – The story of Chandra Grahan in Hinduism

Chandra Grahan or Lunar eclipse in Hinduism is also known as Kethugrasta Chandragrahana. Kethu is one among the nine grahas or planets in astrology. There is an interesting story in Hindu religion that talks about how Chandra Grahan takes place. This mythology is related to the Samudra Mathana or the Churning of the ocean. At the end of the Samudra Mathana, when the Amrita, or elixir of life, was retrieved devas (demi gods) and Asuras (demons) fought for it. Lord Vishnu appeared in the form of Mohini, a beautiful damsel, and promised to equally share the Amrut with Devas and Asuras. The Devas and Asuras sat in two different rows. Mohini started serving the Amruta to Devas first. An Asura who thought that there was something fishy in the whole episode took the appearance of a Deva and sat near Chandra (moon) and Sun (Surya). At the point when Mohini served the Asura the Amrut, Chandra and Surya found out that the one sitting near them was not a Deva and shouted that he was an Asura i…

Why do we Hindus use Durva or Darba Grass during Chandra Grahan and Surya Grahanam?

When there is a solar eclipse or lunar eclipse several Hindu communities keep Durva or Darba Grass on food items at home. There is a popular belief among some Hindus that food items become unusable after Chandra Grahan and Surya Grahanam. To avoid such damage and pollution of food during eclipse or grahan some Hindu communities keep Durva on such items.

Durva is known as arugam pul in Tamil, Darba Dhub, Durva and Haritali in Hindi (North India). Bermuda or Bahama Grass is the English name.

Darba Grass is used in all important Hindu pujas and it is believed that the Durva grass appeared on earth from the body of Varaha, the boar incarnation of Lord Vishnu. There is also a belief that Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva are present in Durva grass and so Darba remains unaffected during Grahan.

Darba Grass is placed on top of milk, curd and other milk products, vegetables and fruits during an eclipse.

English Meaning, Translation and Explanation of Navgraha Stotra

This translation and explanation of Navgraha Stotra is provided by Dr. Shriniwas Kashalikar, a stress management expert. He is of the view that Navagraha Stotra prayer helps us to explore and experience the power and bliss of our true self and thereby progress into universal unity, harmony and happiness. Here is an excerpt from the explanation of the first hymn in the Navgraha Stotra dedicated to Lord Surya or Sun God.The nine grahas are not merely planets or start in physical sense. They are the power underlying the physical existence. Here the word Sun represents the source of not merely physical energy for photosynthesis by plants or heats but it indicates source of consciousness for the entire universe.You can read the explanation of the entire Navgraha Stotram here at slideshare – Navgraha Stotram translation, meaning and explanationOr you can read it below
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Names of the 18 Puranas in Hinduism

Hindu Puranas are Holy Scriptures and are a combination of legend and history and deals with creation, destruction and renewal of the universe. They also contain stories and teachings based on the principles of Vedas and Upanishads. The reason for observing certain rituals in Hinduism and the origin of most of the important Hindu festivals are found in the Puranas. There are 18 Puranas in Hinduism. They are as follows: Vishnu PuranaNaradiya PuranaPadma PuranaGaruda PuranaVaraha PuranaBhagavata PuranaMatsya PuranaKurma PuranaLinga PuranaVayu Purana (in some texts Vayu Purana is replaced with Shiva Purana as the scholars consider it as part of Linga Purana).Skanda PuranaAgni PuranaBrahmanda PuranaBrahmavaivarta PuranaMarkandeya PuranaBhavishya PuranaVamana PuranaBrahma Purana Apart from this there are also several other Upa-Puranas or minor Puranas. You may also like to read Lord Shiva in Hindu Puranas

Dnyaneshwari in English Online with Meaning – Bhagavad Gita in Marathi by Sant Dnyaneshwar Maharaj

Sant Dnyaneshwar Maharaj is one of the greatest saints of Maharashtra and it is his Marathi commentary of Bhagavad Gita, the Dnyaneshwari that is read and studied in homes in Maharashtra. At a very early age, Sant Dnyaneshwar Maharaj wrote this masterpiece, and in Dnyaneshwari, He uses similes, metaphors and illustrations to convey the message of Lord Krishna to common people. In his Dnyaneshwari, he calls the Gita the literary image of Lord Krishna.
You can read all the 18 chapters of Dnyaneshwari in English with meaning here at the official website of Bhavan’s Pune – Dnyaneshwari in English Online with Meaning

Documentary on DVD – Hinduism – A way of life

Hinduism – A way of life is a documentary directed by Sanjay Visharia. It is a journey into the Hindu World – a brief introduction plus explanation of some of the important deities and teachings of Hinduism. The documentary tries to explain from philosophical point of view.Hinduism ... A way of life
Directed by Sanjay Visharia
Format: Full Screen, NTSC
Number of discs: 1
Studio: Gipsy VideoThe DVD is available for sale online at Amazon - Hinduism ... A way of life (Documentary) Dvd.

Online Virtual Tour of Parassinikadavu Muthappan Temple in Kerala

ParassinikadavuMuthappanTemple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is located on the banks of ValapatanamRiver in Kannur District of North Kerala. The temple is located around 20 km from town and is a very famous temple that attracts people of all religions. Now Mathurbhumi, a leading Malayalam daily newspaper, is offering a virtual tour of the temple. In the virtual tour you can get a 360 degree view of the temple from outside. This virtual tour has only a single image and is uploaded at p4panorama. You can find it by clicking on the below image.Click on the image for virtual tourThis Muthappan temple is noted for its unique rituals and worship. Another important feature is the architecture of the temple. The temple is also famous for the performance of the Theyyam ritual. You may also like to read360 degree view of Rameshwaram TempleBrihadeshwara Temple Virtual TourOnline virtual tour of Madurai Meenakshi templeOnline virtual tour of Kollur Mookambika temple – Single image360 degree view…

Bhagavad Gita on Yoga and Yogi

Bhagavad Gita on YogaThat state in which the chitta, with its movements restrained by the practice of Yoga, finds rest; In which is experienced the joy of Spirit born of the higher mind intuiting the Spirit; In which the Yogi experiences that endless bliss which is beyond the knowledge of the senses but is intuited by the purified intellect; Wherein established, one does not waver from the Truth; Having obtained which no other gain is considered as greater; Remaining in which one is not shaken even by the heaviest of afflictions; Know that severance of connection with pain as what is designated as Yoga.Gita On YogiThe serene person who is absorbed in God, living thus in peace, is the true renunciate. Maintaining an even mind in heat and cold, pleasure and pain, honor and disgrace marks the spiritually mature. Maintaining physical, mental, and intellectual balance no matter how difficult the challenge, leads to permanent cheerfulness, which is the sure sign of a yogi. – Bhagavad Gita, …

Tulsi Mala – Rosaries Made using Tulsi or Basil Plant

Tulsi Mala, or Tulsi Rosary, is made using the Basil Plant. Tulsi is a sacred plant associated with Lord Vishnu, Sri Krishna and Goddess Lakshmi. Mala made from Tulsi plant is said to have medicinal values. It is also believed that the place where Tulsi mala is kept remains pure.Tulsi Mala is worn by Ayyappa devotees when they are undertaking the Vratam to visit SabarimalaAyyappaTemple in Kerala and have darshan of Lord Ayyappa. The Ayyappa mala is worn during the entire period of vratam and is only removed after returning home back from Sabarimala.Wearing of Tulsi Mala is believed to help in curing diseases like fever etc. It is also said that a devotee who wears Tulsi mala develops mental peace and strong devotion.Small balls are made using Tulsi plant and this is used to make the Tulsi mala and rosaries which devotees wear.Some people also offer Tulsi mala to Lord Krishna. Tulsi Mala is also made using leaves and stems and this is usually offered to Lord Vishnu or Lord Krishna.You …

Avatar The Movie – Similarities with Hindu Teachings and symbols and concepts in Hinduism

In the Hollywood movie Avatar, it is not just the term ‘Avatar’ that is associated with Hinduism. The core concept of Hinduism is that all animate and inanimate are the result of a single energy source, which is Brahman or God. All the plants, animals, human beings rise and fall in this single energy source. This formless and indefinable is given form by humans and worshipped as God. One of the important themes of Avatar is based on this core concept of Hinduism which was taught first time more than 5000 years ago. In the movie, the Na'vis are able to physically connect to animals and plants. And they believe that they are just a part of the whole which includes all animate and inanimate present on their planet Pandora. This concept is explained beautifully and there is a magical scene in which the Tree is connected to the human body and this body is connected to all the Na’vis through holding their hands each other. Another striking aspect is the use of the color blue. Hindu Gods…

Quotes from Aditya Hridayam

Aditya Hridayam is dedicated to Lord Surya, or the Sun God in HinduismHail to the dispeller of darkness, the destroyer of cold, the exterminator of foes, the one whose extent is immeasurable, the destroyer of the ungrateful, the god who is the ruler of lights!Hail to you, possessing the luster of refined gold, the dispeller of ignorance, the architect of the universe, the uprooter of darkness, splendor incarnate, the onlooker of the world!The aforesaid Lord alone actually destroys, brings into existence and sustains all that has come into being. He radiates heat by his rays and sends showers.Planted in created beings, he remains awake when they have fallen asleep. Nay, he himself is the act of pouring oblations into the sacred fire as well as the fruit attained by those who pour such oblations.Nay, he comprises the gods as well as the sacrifices as also the fruit of sacrifices. Again, he is the Supreme Controller of activities which are found in all living beings.RelatedEnglish Transl…

Initial Problems and Mental Hurdles to Overcome Before Becoming a Seeker - Dnyaneshwari

The first hurdle is the misconception that one has to renounce the world and be a Sanyasi for taking up the spiritual path. The Gita teaches us otherwise and considers Sanyas as unnecessary.
The second hurdle is the fear that spiritual exercises would divert the mind from the duties of the office and impede success. This is also not correct. Spiritual exercises instill a discipline into one's person, remove fear and make one more efficient. In fact, many yoga and meditation techniques have been adapted for pacifying the mind and instilling a positive approach to life. Many executives pay high fees to attend such courses and workshops where these techniques are taught and find then beneficial. Even big commercial companies send their executives to such courses. The philosophy of the Gita goes much beyond that.
The third hurdle is the mental impediment about the availability of time. This again is baseless, for one can always find a few minutes in a day, even while travelling to wo…

Sampurnanand University in Varanasi to Include Management Lessons from Hindu Scriptures

An international Center of Study, teaching and research in Sanskrit, SampoornanadUniversity in Varanasi is one of the most famous Sanskrit universities in India. SampurnanandUniversity was established in 1958 and before that for more than 100 years the institution was known as GovernmentSanskritCollege. Now the university is planning to include management lessons from Hindu scriptures in its Personal Management Course starting from January 20, 2010.In the Personal Management Course, the university is introducing a separate paper on ancient Indian religious/Vedic text and wisdom. Books recommended this academic year are Valmiki Ramayana, Mahabharata, Bhagavad Gita, Vidur Niti, Kautilya Arthshastra and Chanakya Niti among others.

Mata Amritanandamayi Devi on Sadhana

All sadhanas (spiritual practices) are methods to decrease the thoughts and to increase peace and thus slowly man can become God. Not only does one enjoy peace oneself but can give peace to others as well.
The goal of sadhana is to eliminate the mind, which consists of thoughts and desires. The Self is beyond all these. To know the Self, the mind should be eradicated.
Everything will be known spontaneously if you do sadhana. Understand who you are. Know the Self. Then you can lead a life without attachment to anything. Such a state of mind will come if you do sadhana sincerely.
We are like pure rainwater that has become impure by falling in the gutter. The water in the gutter needs to be cleaned by connecting it to a river, and this is what sadhana does.
In the deep sea there are no waves. It is on the shore that the waves strongly break because there is little depth. Peace can be experienced when the mind becomes expansive and deep through sadhana. Mata Amritanandamayi Devi

Significance of Kamandalu – Symbolism of Coconut Shell Bowl of Hindu Gods and Saints

Kamandalu is a coconut shell bowl held by Lord Brahma and several other deities in Hindu pantheon. The Kamandalu holds water. Symbolically Kamandalu in Lord Brahma’s hands suggest that water is life and is the physical element that caused the whole creation to exist.
The coconut shell bowl or Kamandalu is also used by saints to carry water from the holy rivers, which are then used for pujas and rituals.
Earlier the Kamandalu was made using coconut shell but nowadays the Kamandalu is available in copper, silver and other metals.
Kamandalu is mainly associated with Brahma as he is the Hindu god associated with creation. Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu are not depicted with a Kamandalu in their usual form.
Nowadays several other deities like Lord Vishwakarma and some Goddesses are also depicted with Kamandalu. In some cases Kamandalu symbolizes a holy person or a person who is undergoing tapas or austerity.

The main symbolism associated with Kamandalu is that of water and it is related to c…

Online Amavasi Day Calculator – Software to Find the Exact Time of Amavasya in Your City

Amavasi day, 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 Amavasi. The difference will be of few hours mostly. To calculate the Amavasya time in your city you need to know the following facts – 1) time difference from India and your present residing country. 2) You need to know the sunrise and sunset time in your country.This Amavasi calculator and software is provided by Sri Ahobila Mutt. You can calculate the Amavasi time in your city here at the official website of Sri Ahobila Mutt.You may also like to readAmavasi Dates in 2010

Ashtabhandam in Hinduism – Astabandam during Idol installation Ceremony in Hindu Religion

Ashtabhandam is the mixture of eight materials that are used to fix the Murti (image or idol) of a Hindu deity in the sanctum sanctorum of a temple or at sacred place. Astabandam is performed to the main murti in a temple or to those idols of Hindu deities that are fixed permanently. Eight different items form part of the mortar that is used in Ashtabhandam.The eight items that are part of Ashtabhandam are:Powdered conchPowdered Terminalia Anjana (Kadukka)Powdered Chenchalyam or gum secreted from country pinePowdered gravel rockPowdered river sandPowdered dry phyllanthus Emblica – Amla or gooseberry treePowdered kol arakku or country lacCotton used for making sacred threadThese eight items are mixed to make a thick solution that is used to fix the murti.
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Book on Kumbha Mela – India’s Ageless Festival

Kumbha: India's ageless festival is a book based on the Kumbh Mela of Hinduism. Kumbha Mela is held once in 12 years. In 2010 Kumbha Mela will be held in Haridwar in Uttarakhand in India. This book is written by Dilip Kumar Roy and Indira Devi and was first published in 1955. It is published by Bhavan’s and you can also buy the book online. The book was recently republished by Bhavan’s. The Kumbha Mela – India’s Ageless Festival gives a vivid description of the Kumbha Mela festival. A description of the sadhus and saints who take part in the mela, the history of the mela and some of the important legends associated with it. The book also talks about the fakes and frauds that the authors came across in the Kumbha Mela they attended. The book is a good guide for people who wants to learn about Kumbh Mela and to participate in it. Kumbha: India's ageless festival
Written by Dilip Kumar Roy and Indira Devi
Published by Bhavan's - you can buy it online here.
No of Pages: 256

Basant Panchami 2016 date – Basant Panchami Festival in 2016

Vasant Panchami or Basant Panjami, is a Hindu festival which heralds the arrival of spring season. ‘Vasant’ or ‘Basant’ means spring. Vasant Panchami 2016 date is February 12 in western parts of India. It is on February 13, 2016 in North and Eastern parts of India. It is also the day when Saraswati Puja is performed several parts of India especially in North and Eastern parts of India. Another specialty of Basant Panchami is the importance given to yellow color, which symbolizes prosperity and love. Shradh is also performed in many regions in the day.

Basant Panchami festival is celebrated mainly in North India and it celebrates the arrival of Basant ritu or Vasant season. There is no major legend or scriptural story associated with Vasant Panchami in Hinduism. But in the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna says that among the seasons he is the ‘Basant.’

A major Hindu ritual on the day is the Saraswati Puja dedicated to Goddess Saraswati, the Hindu Goddess of art and learning. Special programs are…

Importance of Poush Month or Paush Mahina

Poush Month, or Paush Mahina, is the 10th month in a traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra. As per the traditional Gujarati calendar it is the third month. The month is mostly dedicated to spiritual activities. In some regions auspicious events are avoided. The famous Dhanur Masa coincides with the Paush month in many regions.

In North India, the period beginning from Paush Shukla Paksha to end of Magh Krishna Paksha is considered as Khar Mas or inauspicious period. The last day or the Paush Purnima marks the beginning of the Magh Snan.

Not much great importance is given to this month in many parts of western India – except that it is the Dhanur Masam.

In Tamil Nadu, the Margali Masam falls during the Pushya period. The month is dedicated to various rituals and pujas including Pavai Nombu and the rendering of Tiruppavai by Andal. Hanuman Jayanti is also observed on the Amavasi day in the month.

For many people in South India, this is…

The Concept of Avatar or Incarnation in Hinduism

Avatar, or Incarnation, is an important aspect of Hinduism. Lord Krishna explains about Avatar in the Bhagavad Gita – When righteousness declines and unrighteousness increases in the world, God takes birth in an avatar or incarnation to save and protect the honest and destroy the sinners. Avatar in Hindu religion is popularly associated with Lord Vishnu and nine Avatars of Lord Vishnu has already appeared and the 10th Kalki will appear in future. Hindu Puranas also mentions about several Avatars of Lord Shiva. There are also several minor incarnations of Lord Vishnu.
Symbolically, an avatar happens when a human being (or any living being) realizes that all animate and inanimate is that Supreme Being and performs his/her Dharma. An avatar happens when the veil is removed and the individual starts to see the Supreme Being in everything - there is no two.

The ten important incarnations of Lord Vishnu are Matsya, Kurma, Varaha, Narasimha, Vamana, Parashuram, Rama, Balaram, Krishna and Ka…

Online Virtual Tour of Ettukai Amman Temple in Kolli Hills in Tamil Nadu - Ettukai Amman Temple Pictures

EttukaiAmmanTemple is an ancient temple located in the Kolli hills in Namakkal District of Tamil Nadu. This ancient and powerful deity is known as Kolli Paavai of Ettukkai Amman. The small temple attracts numerous pilgrims on Amavasi or no moon days. Now to attract more visitors and to give an idea of the Ettukai Amman Temple, Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation and Department of Tourism is providing an online virtual tour of the monuments. In the online virtual tour you can get a 360 degree panoramic view of the temple in highly quality pictures. There is only a single image in this virtual tour.
You can view the Virtual Tour of Ettukai Amman Temple at here –

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Magh Snan 2018 dates, Allahabad - Sangam - Prayag

Magh Snan is the holy bathing ritual at Sangam in Allahabad in the Magh month as per traditional calendar followed in North India. Magh Snan 2018 begins on January 2 and ends on February 13, 2018. Sangam at Prayag or Allahabad is the point where the three holy rivers – Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati meets. Taking a holy dip at the confluence of these three rivers is believed to help in attaining Moksha.

The important bathing dates during Magh Snan: January 2 (Paush Purnima)
January 14 (Makar Sankranti)
January 16 and 17 (Mauni Amavasya)
January 22 (Basant Panchami)
January 31 (Maghi Poornima)
and February 13 (Maha Shivratri)
The popular belief is that taking bath during the auspicious period when Sun or Surya enters Makar Rashi or Capricorn Zodiac will help in attaining moksha. The northern transition of sun is believed to be highly meritorious and helps in attaining moksha.

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Jitamitra Teertharu Aradhana - Sri Jitamitra Tirthara Aradhane

Jitamitra Teertharu is teacher and scholar from the medieval period associated with the Madhwa community. Jitamitra Teertharu Aradhana 2018 - 2019 date is January 5. Annually Sri Jitamitra Tirthara Aradhane is held on the Margashirsha Amavasi day. This is the day when the great saint disappeared from the earth.

Jitamitra Teertharu was born as Anantappa. Through strong devotion and knowledge he was able to get the blessings of the Lord Vishnu. Legend has it that a Shaligrama stone opened its mouth and took food from Anantappa.

Sri Vibudendra Tirtharu who witnessed this miracle gave Sanyasa Ashrama to Anantappa and named him as Jitamitra Tirtha.

There are numerous miracles associated with Jitamitra Teertharu – once Jitamitra Tirtha was imparting lessons to his students on the banks of KrishnaRiver. Suddenly there was a flash flood and all the students ran away. After seven days when the students returned to the spot they found Jitamitra Tirtha still in meditating posture and the flash …

Rituals on Margashira Amavasye in Kannada Culture – Ellamavasye

Margashira Amavasye, or Margasheersh Amavasi, is the no moon day in the month of Maragashira (November – December). Margashira Amavasye 2019 date is January 5. The day is also popularly known as Ellamavasye in Karnataka.

The general belief is that those people who perform Shraddh, Tila Tarpana, bhojana of poor, and other daana will be blessed with peace and prosperity. People also do the pooja of pitrantaryami Srihari. Pitru devategalu and their antaryami (dead ancestors) will be blessed and pleased by their descendents on earth observing this day.

Those who do Shraddha on this day will have their sins completely removed. People also do Samudra snaana or snaana in holy rivers before performing tarpana, and shraddha.

Download Kannada Paush month 2009 – 2010 Panchangam for free – Pushya Masa Panchanga

This particular Panchanga in Kannada language for Paush Masam or Pushya Month 2009 is provided by Narahari Sumadhwa. Paush Masa 2009 - 2010 as per the calendar followed in Karnataka is from December 17, 2009 and it will end on January 14, 2010. Pushya Masa is the tenth month in a traditional Hindu calendar followed in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. Poush is also known as Dhanur Masam and is considered highly auspicious.
You can download the Panchanga in Kannada for Paush Masa 2009 – 2010 here.

Thoughts on Discipline in the Rigorous Sabarimala Pilgrimage

An Ayyappa devotee undertaking the pilgrimage to SabarimalaTemple has to observe several austerities for 41 days – a mandatory cleansing of the body and mind. M S Neelakantan writes in expressbuzz about the discipline involved in the pilgrimage, how secularism is not taught but practiced at Sabarimala and why the pilgrimage is tough for women.
The pilgrimage to Sabarimala brings home some military management lessons that are taught theoretically for a fee in the B-schools.

Dhanu Masam 2018 – 2019 in Malayalam Calendar in Kerala - Dhanu Month 2019

Dhanu Masam is the fifth month followed in a traditional Malayalam calendar followed in Kerala. Dhanu Masam 2018 – 2019 begins on December 16, 2018 and ends on January 14, 2019. Sabarimala Mandala Puja is one of the most important festivals in the month. Makaravilakku is on January 15.

Another major highlight of the month is the Thiruvathira festival observed on the Thiruvathira Nakshatram day in the month. Lord Vishnu temples will be observing the Swarga Vathil Ekadasi in the month – this festival is popularly known as the Vaikunta Ekadasi.

Important Festivals in Dhanu Masam
Swarga Vathil Ekadasi is on December 19, 2018.
Thiruvathira Festival is on December 22, 2018.
Sabarimala Mandala Pooja is on December 27, 2018 Shivagiri Pilgrimage begins on December 30, 2018 Erumeli Petta Thullal - January 12, 2019

Ekadasi in Dhanu Masam
December 19
January 1

Pournami or Purnima or full moon day
December 22

Karuthavavu or Amavasya
January 5, 2019

Sashti Fasting
January 12, 2019

December 20

Hindu Panchang 2010 – Download Hindu Panchangam 2010

We are getting numerous queries asking about Hindu Panchang 2010. Traditional Hindu Panchangams do not follow the Gregorian calendars, so there is no proper 2010 Panchang or Almanac. Hindu Panchang for 2010 in Hindi, Marathi, Telugu and Kannada will be available only in March 2010 this is when the next year begins these regions as per traditional calendars. Tamil Panchangam in 2010 will be only available from April 2010. The Malayalam Panchangam will be only available from August 2010.The Panchang for North Indian states also will be available only from March 2010. Similarly the Bengal Almanac will also be available in April.
Please note that the Hindu Panchang from March to April is followed only traditional astrologers. There are now calendars in India that create Panchangam based on the Gregorian calendar.
But you can read the Panchangam for the first three months in 2010 in Telugu here this from the Panchangam of last year – Telugu Panchangam March 2009 to March 2010.You can also fi…

Nitya Panchanga SMS in Mobile for free – Receive Kannada Panchangam on your Mobile

This unique service for providing free sms for daily Panchangam on your mobile is provided by Sumadhwa Seva. The Panchangam is that of the Madhwa community. You will get daily information from Nitya panchanga and this includes tithi, week, nakshatra, yoga, karana, and the day's special information.To receive Nitya Panchanga in SMS you need to send an SMS from your mobile to 9870807070 as ON SUMADHWASEVA and register once.You can also contact Narahari in this mobile number to know more details of the SMS Panchangam – 9916904341

Til Kund Chaturti 2019 date – Magh Month Til Kund Dedicated to Ganesha in Maharashtra

Til Kund Chaturti is observed on the fourth day during the waxing phase of moon (shukla paksha) in Magh Month as per traditional calendar followed in Maharashtra. Til Kund Chaturti 2019 date is February 9. The day is dedicated to Lord Ganesh and it also observed as Ganesh Jayanti.

‘Til’ is Sesame seeds and ‘Kunda’ is Jasmine flower. Kunda flower and food prepared from Til is offered to Lord Ganesh on Til Kund Chaturti day. In some regions, instead of Jasmine flower, Modak, a sweet, made from Til is referred as Kunda.

The day is also observed as Varad Chaturthi and in some regions it is also known as Ganesh Chaturthi during winter.

Teachings from Tirumurai

Plough with truth. Plant the seed of desire for knowledge. Weed out falsehood. Irrigate the mind with the water of patience. Supervise your work by introspection and self-analysis. Build the fence of yama and niyama. You will soon attain Sivananda or eternal bliss of Siva.The Lord is both inside and outside, form and no form. He is both the flood and the bank. He is the broad-rayed sun. Himself the highest mystery, He is in all hidden thoughts. He is thought and meaning, and embraces all who embrace Him.Tirumurai - Tirumurai is an ancient Tamil book consisting of songs in praise of Lord Shiva.

Pancha Ganapati Festival in December – Ganesh Puja in Hawaii

Pancha Ganapati is a five day festival observed in December month in Hawaii by the Kauai Ashram during the Christmas week. Pancha Ganapati festival is from December 21 to December 25. Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, founder of Hinduism Today, started the festival. The festival is meant for children and is popular among the Kauai Ashram followers.A major highlight of the festival is that during the five-day puja, Lord Ganesha is dressed up in a different color on each day. Ganapati appears in golden yellow on December 21. On December 22 in Royal blue, on December 23 in ruby red, on December 24 in emerald green and December 25 in orange color. You can read about Pancha Ganapati Festival here at the official website of Hinduism Today.

Name of the Months in a Hindu Calendar

The Hindu calendar is based on the lunar and solar system. There are twelve lunar months in a year and begins with Chaitra (March - April). But as many of the calendars are based on the lunar system there will be a difference of 11 days in year from the Gregorian or English calendar. This difference of 11 days is solved by adding an extra month known as Adhik Mas to a Hindu Year after 32 months. There is an Adhik Mas in 2012 and it is known as Adhika Bhadrapada Maas. The Hindu months are Chaitra – (March – April) Vaishakh – (April – May) Jaishta – (May – June) Ashada – (June – July) Shravan – (July – August) Bhadrapad – (August – September) Ashwin – (September – October) Kartik – (October – November) Margasheersh – (November – December) Paush – (December – January) Magh – (January – February) Phalgun – (February – March)

Madurai Meenakshi Temple in Tamil Nadu Wants to Ban Coconut in the Temple Due to Security Threat

The administrators of the world famous MaduraiMeenakshiTemple in Tamil Nadu wants to ban the use of coconut as an offering in the temple as they believe it is a security threat. The administrators have not taken a final decision on the matter and have no sought the views of the devotees. The Telegraph Kolkata reportsThe Madurai temple had taken the first step in keeping out the fruit some six months ago when it banned breaking coconuts in front of the giant Ganesh idol inside the precincts.Now the authorities have put up notices urging devotees to present fruits other than coconuts along with puja items like flowers and camphor.“The trustees have taken a decision not to allow coconuts, but we have sought the views of devotees before taking a final call. They can send their views by mail or in person at our office inside the temple,” said K. Rajanayagam, joint commissioner of temple administration.The main reason for the proposed ban is that explosives can be packed inside coconuts and…

Safala Ekadasi Vrat Katha – The story of Saphala Ekadashi

Safala Ekadasi falls during the waning phase of moon in December.It is observed during the Krishna paksha of Paush month in North India and the corresponding month in other regions is the Krishna Paksha of Margashirsh month. There is an interesting story regarding the glory of Saphala Ekadashi. This Safala Ekadasi Vrat Katha is read or listened by those observing the fast.Once there lived a very powerful and famous king named Mahishmata. He had four sons but the eldest son Lumpaka was arrogant and was indulged in all sort of bad activities including harming the citizens. The king was not ready to tolerate the behavior of his eldest son and exiled him.Lumpaka began to live in a forest on the outskirts of the kingdom and started robbing travelers. He used to sleep during the day time under a banyan tree where there was a small idol of Lord Vishnu but he never bothered to worship it. His meals consisted of raw meat and fruits.He lived like this for several years and once a couple of days…

Mangala Aarati – Red color water-based Arati in Tamil and Kannada Culture

Mangala Aarati in South India involves swirling a red-colored liquid during festivals and rituals and also to welcome newly wed couples, important persons and relatives. This ritual is mainly performed in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. The red-colored liquid is waved in a salver, or flat vessel, and is performed to ward of evil forces and absorb jealous vibes. The ritual is also performed during Grih pravesh, wedding and upanayanam.
Please note that Aarati is usually referred to the swirling of lamps before a deity.
Mangala Aarati is specially performed during Varalakshmi Vratam to welcome Goddess Lakshmi. It is also performed after functions, important pujas and ceremonies to ward off evil.
The red color solution for Mangala arati is prepared using turmeric, gypsum or Kumkuma. Water is added to the mixture of turmeric or gypsum to give a red color.
The popular belief is that turmeric represents Goddess Lakshmi, and gypsum represents Goddess Saraswati and the red-colored …

Shiva Nataraja in Porcelain figurine from Lladro – A Rare Nataraja Idol in Porcelain

Lladro, a Spanish firm noted for high quality porcelain figurine, has release a Limited Edition figurine of Shiva Nataraja during Fall 2009. Nataraja idol is an impressive reproduction in porcelain of Shiva, the Hindu God associated with Creation and Destruction. Lladro Shiva as Nataraja costs $4700 which is around 220,000 Indian rupees.Due to the complexity of the structure and painting, the representation of Shiva as Nataraja is usually only found in brass or copper, but has never been depicted in porcelain before – claims Lladro press release.Shiva, when depicted in a dancing pose, is called Nataraja, a symbol of the act of creation. When Shiva performs the cosmic dance, he arouses energies that can shape the world. His position reveals the path of liberation for every soul and every detail has a symbolic meaning in the sculpture.
The complicated process of creation of this Limited Edition sculpture of 3,000 units implied an exercise of virtuosity and delicacy in matching accuratel…

Osho Thoughts on Seeking

Not that one can reach without seeking. Seeking is needed, but then comes a point when seeking has to be dropped. The boat is needed to cross the river but then comes a moment when you have to get out of the boat and forget all about it and leave it behind.Effort is needed, without effort nothing is possible. And also only with effort, nothing is possible.A moment comes when you see the whole futility of effort. You have done all that you can do and nothing is happening. You have done all that is humanly possible. Then what else can you do? In sheer helplessness one drops all search. And the day the search stopped, the day I was not seeking for something, the day I was not expecting something to happen, it started happening. A new energy arose – out of nowhere. It was not coming from any source. It was coming from nowhere and everywhere. It was in the trees and in the rocks and the sky and the sun and the air – it was everywhere. And I was seeking so hard, and I was thinking it is ver…

Osho Birthday – Birth Anniversary of Rajneesh

The birthday of Osho falls on December 11. Admirers and students of Osho Rajneesh have already started his birthday celebrations in 2009 with meditation camps etc. Some admirers are of the opinion that celebrating December 11 as the birth date of Osho is against his teachings as he never wanted to make a religion out of him, or worship him as a cult figure. These are the opinions of admirers and students of Osho but vast majority of common people still considers Osho as a mystery figure and associate him with free sex and Rolls Royce cars.Forget the skeptics, forget the students and admirers and their views on Osho’s birthday – for a true seeker what matters is his thoughts and teachings which has the power to remove the thick dust which is hiding the Supreme Truth in us. And his teachings are available 24x7 so you don’t need to wait for his birthday for it.So what did Osho think about his birthday – here is a small quote from his speech (book) - This Very Body the Buddha, Ch 1 "…