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Unselfish performance of work is better than its renunciation – Bhagavad Gita

Arjuna says to Krishna: You praise both the renunciation of work as well as its unselfish performance — so which is better?
Krishna’s answer is that the renunciation of work and its unselfish performance both lead to the soul’s salvation. But of the two, the unselfish performance of work is better than its renunciation.

The reason? Action is better than inaction; even the maintenance of one’s physical life cannot be performed without action and the true worker is also the true renouncer for he does his work in a detached spirit.
Bhagavad Gita

Book: English Version of Bhaja Govindam of Shree Adi Shankara Bhagavatpadacharya

Written by Adi Shankaracharya, Bhaja Govindam is a very popular devotional song in Hindu Religion. The 31 stanza composition in Sanskrit is more than a devotional composition. Each word in Bhaja Govindam is pregnant with meaning and the composition is a sort of short synopsis of the teachings of Santana Dharma. Now K P Rathnakara Bhatta has translated Bhaja Govindam into English.There is a transliteration of the 31 stanzas along with explanation of each stanza. Here is an excerpt from the book – the transliteration and meaning of the first stanzaBhaja Govindam Bhaja Govindam
Govindam Bhaja Moodhamathe
Sampraapthe Sannihithe Kaale
Nahi Nahi Rakshathi DukrnkaraneWorship wisdom Worship Wisdom
Worship Wisdom Childish Mind
When the death is clearly nearing
None will rescue thee, please mindBhaja means to worship, Govinda means the wisdom, the supreme wealth. Human beings face various types of death due to ignorance alone. Therefore it is advised to worship wisdom and except wisdom nothing will c…

Each House in Sasana Village in Orissa has a Sanskrit Teacher

At Sasana Village in Kendrapara District in Orissa, each home has a Sanskrit Pandit. Some are Sanskrit teachers in government schools and other institutions and others perform pujas and rituals. For generations each house in this village has made it sure that at least one child learns Sanskrit. Today there are households in this village were all the people teach or make a living through Sanskrit learning.

Kalinga Times writes about this unique village

The comparatively developed village, fully Brahmin-inhabited, has little above 200 population in 32 households.
In nearly all the families, one would come across Sanskrit Pundits employed in government-run Sanskrit medium educational institutions.
“We are proud patrons of Sanskrit. The ancient language is very much alive in the village though things are not so in other places,” said 76-year-old Baishnav Charan Pati, a Sanskrit Pundit who has retired from his teaching job.
In these parts of the state, Sanskrit is widely used as a ceremonial la…

Vedangas – the Six Vedangas in Hindu Scriptures

Vedangas are additional limbs or chapters in the Vedas. There are six Vedangas. The 6 Vedangas are:Chhandas – Prosody (science of poetic meters)Jyothisha – Astronomy and astrologyKalpa – Construction and design of religious sitesNirukta- Vedic etymologyShiksha – phoneticsVyakarana – Grammar You may also like to readWhat are Brahma Sutras?Similarities Between Bhagavad Gita and Bible

108 flowers made of Gold offered at Vijayawada Kanaka Durga Temple

Rich devotees are always on look out for innovative ways to make offerings at Hindu temples. Recently a devotee offered 108 flowers made of gold to the famous KanakaDurgaTemple at Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh. The golden flowers are now part of the temple ritual and can be offered by other devotees to Goddess Kanakadurga on Thursdays through the Swarna Pushparchana and the cost of it is Rs 2500/-The Hindu reportsC.C. Kesava Rao, proprietor of Fizikem Formulations, presented the flowers weighing 432 grams in all, and valued at Rs.750, 000. Mr. Kesava Rao and his family members are said to be staunch believers in the goddess and have benefited in the business. As a token of their faith in the presiding deity, Mr. Kesava Rao wanted to make a lasting contribution to the temple and approached the EO asking him to suggest an idea.EO of the templeMr. Vijaya Kumar suggested to Mr. Kesava Rao to contribute golden flowers, as the temple did not have them until now.

Words of Wisdom from Subhashitas

‘This person is my kin and that one is alien’ such a thought occurs only to the narrow-minded people. To the broad-minded person the whole world is one family.Fire, Loan and enemy traces, even if they remain in small amount, they grow back repeatedly, hence finish them without leaving a trace.Happiness is the highest gain,
Noble company is highest achievement
Questioning is highest knowledge,
Forgiveness is highest enjoymentWhen forests are on fire, wind becomes it's ally
The same wind is also responsible to extinguish a small lamp.

Goddess Aparna

Goddess Aparna is another name of Goddess Parvati. Parna means leaf and Aparna means not even leaf and Goddess Parvati got the name when she even forsook leaves during her intense austerity to get Shiva as her husband. Thereafter, Ma Parvathi was named Aparna, or the one who did not eat even leaves.Goddess Parvathi as Goddess Aparna is worshipped by those devotees who undertake fasting. It is said that Goddess Aparna helps devotees to overcome hunger and complete the fast in the appropriate way. Aparna is also associated with Goddess Annapurneswari or Annapoorna. Thus she is also referred as the food that is consumed during Navratri fasting. Yet another symbolism associated with Goddess Aparna is that she is a creeper without leaves. Goddess Parvati as Aparna is entwined to Shiva – this symbolism is found in the Anandalahari of Adi Shankaracharya. Lord Shiva by Himself is austere, clad in next to nothing, and presents an appearance that he has no wealth or gifts to bestow on devotees.…

Watch a Short Video Documentary and Pictures of Haridwar Kumbh Mela 2010 by CNN

This video and slide show on Haridwar Kumbh Mela was made during the Shahi Snan that took place on March 15, 2010. The short documentary and the pictures by CNN Producer and avid photographer Alex Zolbert tries to unravel the spiritual importance and the spiritual aspirations of the people that attend the Kumbha Mela. Like all foreign documentaries on Kumbha Mela, a small portion of the video and slide show is dedicated to the Naga Sadhus – whom the foreign press refers as the naked holy men.You can view the pictures and video here at the official website of CNN. The video is also embedded below. Please note that those people using Internet Explorer 6 browser might not be able to view the video. You may also like to readHaridwar Kumbha Mela PhotosWhat is Kumbh Mela?Story of Kumbha MelaSignificance of Kumbh MelaNaga Sadhus

Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswati Thoughts on Upasana or Meditation

Upasana is dhyana or concentration or meditation. A form is required for concentration. Reality is always the same and changeless. Brahman, the Ultimate Reality, is Formless.

But Upasana of a form is done with a purpose, namely, the attainment of a given benefit. The purpose to be attained by worshipping or concentrating on a form differs. The scriptures tell you how to meditate and on what all forms and with what results.

The different Upasanas are all aids in the path to the ultimate goal, namely, understanding Reality.
Scriptures prescribe Upasana in order to train the mind to concentrate. Upasana is the affair of the individual; there is nothing collective about it.

Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswati

Odhuvar – People Who Chant Thevaram and other Verses in Shaivite Temples

Odhuvar are men who sing ‘Thevaram’ and other Tamil devotional hymns and songs in Shiva, Ganesha and Muruga temples in South India. They sing the sacred hymns during the main puja period. The word odhuvar comes from the word odhu or othu, meaning to chant. The verses they chant are usually from the Tirumurai, which is a collection of twelve books with hymns praising the glory of Shiva, Parvati, Ganesh and Muruga. It was compiled by Saint Nambiandar.Earlier only men used to perform the role of Odhuvar but now women are also taking up the place of Odhuvar in temples.There is also a three-year Thevaram course at the GovernmentMusicSchool which prepares students interested taking up the position of Odhuvar in temples.

Download Vishnusahsranamam Pdf in Hindi Text for Free

Vishnusahsranamam is one of the most popular mantras dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Vishnu Sahasranamam consists of the 1000 names of Lord Vishnu. This is a pdf version of the Vishnusahsranamam text in Hindi. Two versions of it are popularly chanted – one found in the Mahabharata and the other in the Padma Purana.

This free version of Vishnusahasranamam in Hindi text is provided by Gita Press.

You can download Vishnusahsranamam Pdf here at Gita Press.

You may also like to read Download Ramacharitamanas in English – Tulsi Ramayan from Gita Press for free Download Bhagavad Gita in Hindi from Gita Press

Kamada Ekadashi Vrat Katha – Story of Kamda Ekadasi

Kamada Ekadashi is observed during the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) in Chaitra month (March – April). The story of Kamda Ekadasi is mentioned in Varaha Purana during a conversation between Yudhishtira and Lord Krishna. The Ekadashi Vrat Katha was originally narrated by Sage Vasishta to Maharaja Dilip, the great grandfather of Lord Rama. Lord Krishna retells it to Yudhishtira.There once lived a beautiful couple named Lalit and Lalitha. Lalit was a Gandharva and Lalitha was an apsara. They were good singers and dancers and they performed at the court of King Pundarika in Ratnapur. Once, Lalit had to perform at the palace without his wife. The love of the couple was so intense that they could not tolerate a moment’s separation. On the day, Lalit could not perform in his usual self and a courtier informed the king that Lalit was making mistakes in his dance performance as he was not with his wife.The king became extremely angry and cursed Lalit to become a demon for being overpowe…

Swami Visharadananda – Food for Thought

We like the ‘world’ because it makes us happy. As long as people make us happy, we love them. This fact is too hard to swallow, but it is the fact with most of us. People love one another because of their mutual usefulness. The day one ceases to be useful, he/she is discarded. A spiritual seeker should recognize this fact and accept it. 
We should acknowledge the reality of our mundane existence. For example, it is a common experience that an earning member gets more attention in a family than a non-earning one. The earning son is more useful and makes parents happy. They may not say it openly but even in a family, people are ultimately selfish. It sounds unfair, but it is a fact which cannot be ignored.
One can see people in their true colours when one is in real trouble. A true friend is one who stands by one’s side at the time of need. When we recognize this fact, then comes the question: why should we lose time and life for such people! In our scriptures we have the examples of se…

Hatkeshwar Jayanti - When is Hatkeshwar Jayanti in 2019?

Hatkeshwar Jayanti is an auspicious day observed by the Nagar Community in North India. Hatkeshwar is Lord Shiva. Nagars observe the day Lord Shiva appeared on earth in the form of Hatkeshwar Shivling as Hatkeshwar Jayanti Day. In 2019, Hatkeshwar Jayanti is on April 18.

The festival is also known as Hatkeshwar Patotsav and it is celebrated on Chaitra Shukla Chaudas, the fourteenth day during the waxing phase of moon in Chaitra month. It is the date of incarnation of Lord Hatkeshwar.

The highlight of the festival includes Satsangs, procession and Mahaprasad.


Once creation came to a stand still, everyone went to Shiva to find a solution. Shiva asked them to worship him in the form of a Shivling. Brahma created a Shivlinga made up of gold, i.e Hatak. This shivlinga was called Hatkeshwar.

The glory and greatness of this manifestation of Shiva is found in the Nagar Chapter of Skanda Purana.

You can read the story of Hatkeshwar Mahadev here in this article.

Kottankulangara Sridevi Temple at Chavara in Kerala – Men Cross Dress for Goddess in Chamayavilakku Festival

According to Hindu tradition all animate and inanimate rise and fall in the Supreme Truth. Chamayavilakku Festival 2015 date is March 24 and 25. This concept has given rise to numerous unique traditions in Hinduism like the Ardhanareeshwara and unique temple festivals related to the concept half-man and half-woman. One such festival is the Chamayavilakku festival held at the KottankulangaraSrideviTemple at Chavara in Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Vana Durga – an incarnation of Goddess Shakti.

Please note that the festival is today being associated with homosexuals, crossdressers and transgender. But this is not correct. The ritual is a unique offering done by straight men to the Goddess. Homosexuals, crossdressers and transgender actively participate in the ritual.

The ritual is held during the last two days of the 11-day temple festival. On the day, regular men from all walks of life dress up as women for the chamaya Vilakku (chamaya is make-up, vilakku is lamp). The offering i…

Dharmaraja Dasami 2019 Date – Yamadharmaraj Dasami

Dharmaraja Dasami or Yamadharmaraj Dashami is dedicated to Lord Yama, who is the Hindu God of death. Dharmaraja Dasami 2019 date is April 15. A puja dedicated to Yama who is also known as Yamadharmaraj is held on the day. This Vrata is observed on 10th day during the Shukla Paksha of Chaitra month.

Basically the pujas that are performed on the day concentrates on removing the fear of death from a devotee.

It would be nice to note hear the story of young Nachiketas in the Katha Upanishad who went to the abode of Yama to learn about the secret of death.

Meaning of Prayer Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu

Lokah samastah sukhino bhavantu — May all beings in this universe be happy.
Sarvesham svasti bhavatu — May prosperity and welfare be unto all beings.  SarveshamSarvesham Santir-bhavatu — May peace be unto all beings.
Sarvesham purnam bhavatu — May plenitude and fullness be unto all beings.
Sarvesham mangalam bhavatu — May auspiciousness and blessedness be unto all beings.
Sarve bhavantu sukhinah— May all be happy.
Sarve Santu niramayah — May all be free from disease, pain and suffering.
Sarve bhadrani pasyantu — May all behold that which is auspicious, pleasant, nothing fearful nor unpleasant. Bhadra is auspicious, blessed, mild, pleasant.
Ma kaschidduhkhabag bhavet—May not sorrow fall to the lot of any one.
Thus, this has been an ancient tradition — wishing well, wishing peace, happiness, prosperity, freedom from disease and pain, plenty, fullness, blessedness and auspiciousness to everyone.
Source – From an article titled The Subjective Dimension of Prayer by Late Swami Chidananda

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About Hindu Holy Books Kalpa Sutra or Kalpashastras

Kalpa Sutra sor Kalpashastras are ancient Hindu scriptures. They are part of the Vedanga. There are several books in the series and is named after the corresponding Saint who wrote it. Each Kalpasutra has five to ten thousand pages. The content of Kalpa Sutra About the content of Kalpa Sutra is best explained in an article published by Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham:Kalpa is the sastra that involves you in "work". A man learns to chant the Vedas, studies Siksa, Vyakarana, Chandas, Nirukta and Jyotisa. What does he do next? He has to apply these sastras to the rites he is enjoined to perform. He has to wash away his sins, the sins earned by acting according to his whims. This he does by the performance of good works. For this he must know the appropriate mantras and how to enunciate them correctly, understanding their meaning. Also certain materials are needed and a house that is architecturally suited to the conduct of the rituals. The fruits yielded by these must be offered to the…

Tirumala Tirupati to become Low-Carbon Footprint City

The abode of Lord Venkateswara, Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh, India, is all set to become a low-carbon footprint city. TirupatiBalajiTemple is one of the most popular Hindu temples in the world and is visited by more than 60,000 devotees during off season and by more than 100,000 during festive days. European Aid and Development, which works under the European Commission, has identified Tirupati to be developed as a ‘low-carbon footprint city.' The Hindu writesThe thrust will be on putting in place energy-efficient measures and eco-business ventures to bring down emissions to make the cities leave a ‘low-carbon footprint.' The selection process hinges on two aspects: voluntary participation by the cities and their financial capability. The European Commission will hold deliberations at the national level, plan strategies at the State level and implement the ideas at the local level.Milan Jezic von Gesseneck, an independent consultant and expert in energy, environment and infrast…

Online Live Darshan from Unjha Umiya Temple – Goddess Umiya in Gujarat

ShriUmiyaMatajiTemple at Unjha in Gujarat is one of the most popular temples dedicated to Goddess Umiya, who is the patron deity of Kadva Patidar community. The administration of UmiyaTemple is providing an online live darshan from the temple. Goddess Umiya is an incarnation of Goddess Shakti – she is believed to be Goddess Sati and Goddess Parvati (Uma).
You can see the live darshan from 06:00 AM to 09:30 PM (IST).
You can view the online live darshan here at the official website of UnjhaUmiyaTemple.
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Madana Trayodashi 2019 Date

Madana Trayodashi is an auspicious day dedicated to Kama, the god of love and also to Lord Shiva. Madana Trayodashi 2019 date is April 17. It is observed on the 13th day of the Shukla Paksha of Chaitra month (March – April).

In Kashimiri Hindu culture, the day is dedicated to husband-wife relationship. On the day husbands give their wives a sacred bath using herbs and perfumes.

In some regions the day is also dedicated to Lord Shiva. Garuda Purana suggests that the thirteenth day during Chaitra Shukla Paksha is ideal for propitiating Lord Shiva.

For some communities, the day is part of Holi festival and relates to the legend of Shiva burning Kama into ashes.

Wise Sayings on Knowledge

Cannot be snatched away by thief,
Cannot be snatched away by king,
Cannot be divided among brothers,
Not heavy either
If spent daily, it always keeps growing. The wealth of knowledge is the precious of wealth of all.
Through knowledge, one obtains humbleness.
Through humbleness comes eligibility.
Once eligible comes wealth.
Wealth can be utilized to perform good deeds (dharma).
Good deeds lead to happinessKnowledge and Royalty cannot be weighed together
King is worshiped in his own land where as a leaned man is worshiped everywhere.

Goddess Koushiki - Hindu Goddess Kaushiki

Goddess Koushiki is an incarnation of Goddess Shakti and the story about her origin is mentioned in the Matsya Purana and in the Markandeya Purana. Kaushiki Mata is believed to have emerged from the body of Goddess Durga as per Markandeya Purana. She emerged from the cells of Durga while she was fighting the demons Shumbha and Nishumbha.
The story in the Matsya Purana is different. This Purana suggests that Goddess Parvati once performed austerities and tapsya to become fair (Gouri). Pleased with her prayers Brahma granted her the boon. When the boon was granted, a Goddess emerged from Parvati’s body. As she emerged from Her cells she was called Koushiki. Kosha means cells. The darkness of Parvati’s complexion entered Goddess Koushiki’s body.
It is believed that Goddess Kaushiki resides in the VindhyaMountains.
Please note that Goddess Parvati and Durga are incarnations of Goddess Shakti. She takes different forms to restore dharma and to protect her devotees and fulfill their wish…

Nishadraj Jayanti – Guharaj Nishad Jayanthi

Nishadraj Jayanti is observed on the fifth day of the Shukla Paksha of Chaitra month (waxing phase of moon in Chait month) as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India. Nishadraj Jayanti 2019 date is April 10. The day is dedicated to the forest chieftain in the epic Ramayana who gave shelter to Lord Ram, Mata Sita and Lakshman and helped them to cross the GangaRiver during their exile.

The day is of great significance in Madhya Pradesh and other parts of North India.

Nishidraj helped Lord Ram in adapting to forest ways.

Definition of Hindu

Is there a proper definition for the term Hindu? The meaning of the term Hindu has always been controversial for many reasons. Today it is limited to denote the practitioners of Hinduism or Hindu religion. But while searching for a definition of the term I came across a beautiful meaning and explanation of the term Hindu by Dr. N. Gopalakrishnan, Ph. D., D.litt. Indian institute of scientific heritage, Thiruvananthapuram. The definition of Hindu as per Dr. N. Gopalakrishnan reads like this – Aa sindho: sinduparyantham yasya bhaaratha bhoomikaa maathru bhoo: pithru bhoo (punya) schaiva sa vai Hindu iti smruthaa: Meaning - Whomsoever, is considering the land between the sapta sindu ( Indus valley river) upto Indian ocean as the motherland/ fatherland and holy land, is known as Hindu. This land is known as Hindustan which is defined as follows: Himaalayam samaarabhya yaavath hindu sarovaram tham deva nirmitham desam hindustaanam prachakshate. The land created by god himself and which is …

Read Sanskrit Magazine Online – Sampratam from Eklavya Sanskrit Academy

Sampratam is a monthly magazine in Sanskrit published by the EklavyaSanskritAcademy, Ahmedabad, Gujarat in India. The magazine is available for free reading online. You can also download and save a copy.The March 2010 edition of the Magazine contains details of the courses and programs conducted by EklavyaSanskritAcademy.You can read Sampratam Online here at the official website – the website has links to the latest and the issues of the past.You may also like to readVishvavani – Online Sanskrit Magazine Sudharma – the Sanskrit Newspaper OnlineA collection of Sanskrit Blogs

Annamacharya Keerthanalu Free Download – Annamayya Songs Download

Sri Tallapaka Annamacharya (1408-1503), the mystic saint composer of the 15th century, is the earliest known musician of South India to compose songs called ‘Sankirtanas’ in praise of Lord Venkateswara of Tirumala Tirupati. Here is an opportunity to listen and download Annamacharya Keerthanalu for free and is offered by the official Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams. The Annamayya Songs are in real audio format (.rm) and you need a real player to listen to it. You can download and listen to nearly 8 kirtanas here at the official website of TirumalaTemple.

Melasti during Nyepi – the Balinese New Year

The first day of the four-day Balinese New Year (Nyepi) begins with the Melasti. This is a purification ceremony of the deities worshipped in Temples. Melasti 2018 date is March 15. Melasti is a purification ceremony and is also known as Mekiyis or Melis. Nyepi or the Hindu New Year in Bali is on March 17.

On the Melasti day, two other rituals are held and this is known as Bhuta Yajua to create balance between mankind, nature and the deities through the Pecaruan offering.
Pecaruan offering involves sacrificing of certain animals. The next day is known as ogoh-ogoh and huge Paper Mache idols of demons are burned.
The next day is Nyepi, the day of silence, which is Balinese New Year.
You can find more details of Nyepi in this article.

Eklingji Patotsav at Eklingji Temple in Rajasthan

Eklingji Patotsav is an important ceremony held in Chaitra month as per traditional north Indian calendar at famous EklingjiTemple in Udaipur Rajasthan. Dedicated to LordEklingjiTemple, is famous for a 50-feet Shivling with faces of Lord Shiva carved on four directions. Eklingji Patotsav in 2019 is on April 13.

In Patotsav, the head of the presiding deity is covered with a strip of garment in patotsav.

The unique black marble Shivling has four faces – east face is of Surya or Sun God; west face is of Brahma, north face if of Vishnu and south face is of Shiva as Rudra. The Shivlinga is garlanded by a silver snake.

EklingjiTemple is also famous for its architecture style and is located on the national highway 8, about 22 km north of Udaipur.

Mahapurush Maharaj on Overcoming Mental Disturbances

The mind is never quiet and this is the way of the mind. Restlessness is its very nature. There is nothing to fear in that— whether you feel joy or not, whether you taste the sweetness or not, do not give up your devotional practices. As you continue with your japa and meditation, the mind will become steady—then you will experience joy. Try to perform your spiritual practices and devotions without break and with great zeal, and pray to Thakur with real yearning. Through constant practice, dispassion, and with his grace, the mind will become steady and you will experience joy. Be one-pointed in your devotion and enthusiastically perform your spiritual practice with faith and firm conviction. Through these means, success is certain.Mahapurush MaharajMahapurush Maharaj or Swami Sivananda – a direct disciple of Sri Ramakrishna, and the second President of Ramakrishna Order.

Book – Ramayana: Divine Loophole – A Graphic Retelling by Sanjay Patel

The illustrated book "Ramayana: Divine Loophole" is a thoroughly modern graphic rendering of the Epic Ramayana by Sanjay Patel, an animator at Pixar and whose works includes popular animated movies like ‘Monsters Inc’, ‘Cars’, ‘The Incredibles’ and ‘A Bug's Life.’ Sanjay Patel’s graphic retelling of the Epic Ramayan is influenced by the illustrations used in modern animated movies. Hindus who are used to cute and life like images of Lord Ram, Mata Sita and Hanuman might not be attracted to Sanjay Patel’s images with round edges or villains with hard-edged triangles. But this is a path breaking attempt to share one of the oldest epics in the world in a modern graphic language which is popular among international audience.The story of 'Ramayana: Divine Loophole' sticks to the original but the images are a perfect mix of different styles of modern animation drawings with strong influence of Japanese style of animation. Suhag Shukla, managing director of the Hindu Am…

Rang Teras

Rang Teras is an auspicious day observed on the 13th day of the Krishna Paksha of Chaitra month in North India. The corresponding period in other regions is the Krishna Paksha of Phalgun month. Rang Teras 2019 date is April 3. The day is of great importance in Sri Krishna temples in some parts of North India – especially in those regions where Krishna is worshipped as Srinathji.

In some regions, Rang Teras is noted for colorful processions and is part of Holi celebrations.

Goddess Lakshmi Idol from Lenox India – Limited Edition in Pre Production

Lenox India – associated Lenox US gift and collectible major and manufacturer of fine chinaware, accessories and gifts – is currently creating a sculpture of Hindu Goddess Lakshmi in ivory fine china and pure 24 karat gold. Goddess Lakshmi idol is a limited edition of 500 pieces and is priced at $3000. There is a pre-production price of $2500. Simmi Chopra of Lenox India is credited with this limited edition. Three years back, Simmi had brought out a limited edition Lenox Ganesha Idol and later a limited edition murti of Goddess Durga.Goddess Lakshmi idol is in preproduction stage. The official website writes about it – Lenox is pleased and proud to create this original sculpture of Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth, prosperity, purity, and generosity; and the embodiment of beauty, grace and charm. She will have a beautiful round nose ring (smaller than a baby's bangle) and her colors will match Lord Ganesha colors! This sculpture is currently being designed. It will be absolutely st…

Papamochini Ekadashi Vrat Katha – The Story associated with Papmochini Ekadasi

Papamochini Ekadashi is observed during the waning phase of moon in the month of March/April. The story or Katha associated with Papmochini Ekadasi was narrated to Yudhisthira by Lord Krishna. The story narrates how one can get rid of sins by observing the Papamochini Ekadasi Vrat.Once sage Medhavi, an ardent devotee of Lord Shiva, performing Tapas (austerity) a forest named Chaitraratha. The forest was famous for its beautiful flowers and was frequented by Indira, demigods, apsaras and other heavenly beings. Apsaras, or damsels of heaven, tried to disturb the meditation of the sage but was not successful.An apsara named, Manju Ghosa betted with other apsaras that she will captivate the sage and disturb his tapas. For this she built a small hut not far away from the spot where the Sage was meditating. She used to sing songs and play Veena. The sage soon went in search of the source of the song and discovered the beautiful Manju Ghosa. On seeing, the arrival of the sage, Manju Ghosa ap…

Nitya Neeti Teachings

One should not have friendship or love with the wicked. When hot, charcoal burns the hand, and when cold, it blackens and dirties the hand. The road gets trodden little by little. The cloth is woven little by little. The mountain is climbed little by little. Knowledge and money are also gain little by little. All these five are attained little by little. Man should learn arts, which come into use at times of difficulty. Consider Arjuna, who joined Virata’s palace as dance teacher.Nitya Neeti

Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj On When Is There An Ego?

When is there an ego? The ego is there when you have certain reactions. You take delivery of whatever is observed spontaneously. You cling to it, register it, then only is there an ego. You see some building material lying on the road – you think that you are a carpenter and you start figuring how to use that material; the thought process has started, ego starts. If you are nobody, you will not bother about the building material – you will just observe it and go your way. Once it is out of sight it is out of mind; but when you receive that delivery, you cogitate over it, ego has started.Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj(Source:Prior to Consciousness – Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj ~ Edited by
Jean Dunn)

Colours Associated to Each Day in Hinduism

Each day of a week in Hinduism has got a colour associated with it. This is closely related to the deity worshipped on each day. White is the colour of Monday or Somvar; Red is the color of Tuesday or Mangalvar; Green is the color on Wednesday of Budhvar; Yellow is on Thursday/Guruvar; light blue on Friday/Shukravar; black on Saturday or Shanivar; Sunday it is orange.
Monday is associated with Shiva and Chandra (the moon god) and the color chosen is white. Other preferred colours are pale shades of blue, green and pink.
Tuesday is associated with Mars. Bright red is the color associated wit the day. Jet Black and bright shades of orange or pink are also worn by some people.
Wednesday is associated with Mercury. Green or Pear Green is the most important hue on the day. Other colors suggested are mild tones of blue, gray and brown.
Thursday is associated with Jupiter. Apart from yellow, the other colors preferred are Orange and golden.
Friday is related to Venus. Light blue and white is pre…

Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa – A Simple Thought

Once a sage was lying by the roadside deeply immerged in Samadhi. A thief, while passing by that way, saw him and thought: ‘This fellow here must be a thief. He must have broken into some houses last night and is now sleeping through exhaustion. The police will be very soon here to catch him. So let me escape in time.’ Thus cogitating, he ran away.Soon after, a drunkard came there, and seeing the sage, said, ‘Hallo! you have fallen into the ditch by drinking too much. Eh! I am steadier than yourself and am not going to tumble down.’Last of all there came a sage, and realizing that a great saint was lying in the state of Samadhi, sat down by his side and began to press his holy feet gently. - Our worldly tendencies prevent us from recognizing true holiness and piety.Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa

Mrityunjaya Amavasya

The no moon day or Amavasi falling on Monday or Somvar is known as Mrityunjaya Amavasya in some regions. The day is highly auspicious for worshipping Lord Shiva and taking bath in sacred rivers.

Somwar or Monday is the most auspicious day worship Lord Shiva in a week. When Amavasya falls on Monday it becomes doubly auspicious.

The day is also chosen to offer Shradh and Tarpan rituals to dead ancestors and parents.

You may like to read Somavati Amavasya

Swami Dayananda Saraswati on Bondage - the process of becoming

When one doesn’t love certain things or doesn’t like certain things, but cannot get rid of them, they become bondage for the person. It is that wanting to get out of something and not being able to. I want to get out of this struggle to become happy but I cannot rid myself of the struggle. I want to be free from insecurity, but I find myself helplessly insecure. That’s bondage. Being insecure is bondage. Being bound by time is bondage. Being bound by various limitations is bondage. Who is it that feels this bondage? Vedanta discusses it this way. The physical body does not feel the bondage. Neither does the mind.
The person or the ego feels the bondage. No matter who the person is, wherever there is “I” sense, there is a sense of bondage also. That I want to be different from being what I am is bondage. In Vedanta, we say that a life of becoming is a life of bondage.
I cannot but struggle to become because I am not acceptable to myself as I am. I struggle to become that person in who…

Symbolism in Gudi Flag Raised on Gudi Padwa

Raising Gudi Flag is the most auspicious event during Gudi Padwa, the Marathi New Year. Gudi is a special kind of flag raised by Maharashtrians outside the house on the Marathi Hindu New Year Day – the first day of Chaitra month (March – April). Gudi is also known as Flag of Brahma – Brahmadhwaj and has a symbolic meaning.Gudi in front of house symbolizes hope, happiness, joy, glory and celebration of victory.Symbolically, Gudi is asking us to empty our ego – take an inverted look within, hold yourself up to the vast sky of divinity and may your soul remain outdoors, away from the trappings of this world. Another symbolism suggests that the neem leaves remind us to forget the bitter memories of the year while the gaathis that are made from jaggery remind us that sweet memories are to be cherished for years ahead. The piece of cloth that is used shows that the family is happy, peaceful and prospering. In Hindu mythology, copper is considered very auspicious, so it is used as an integra…

Marathi Chaitra Mahina 2019 – Chaitra Month in Maharashtra Hindu Calendar in 2019

Chaitra Mahina is the first month in a traditional Marathi calendar. Vikari Nama Samvatsar and Shak Year 1941 begins on the first day of Chaitra 2019 and is observed as Gudi Padva in Maharashtra. Chaitra Mahina 2019 is from April 6 to May 4, 2019. Some of the important festivals and auspicious days include Gudi Padva, Chaitra Navratri, Ram Navami and Hanuman Jayanti.

Sankashti Chaturthi monthly fasting dedicated to Lord Ganesh is on April 22, 2019 – Moonrise is at 10:10 PM – Indian standard time.
Chaitra Mahina Shukla Paksha and Krishna Paksha Chaitra Mahina Marathi calendar 2019 Shukla Paksha (Waxing phase of moon) is from April 6 to April 19. Chaitra Maas 2019 Marathi calendar Krishna Paksha (Waning phase of moon) is from April 20 to May 4, 2019.

Marathi Chaitra month Ekadasi dates are: Kamda Ekadasi – April 15 Varuthini Ekadasi – April 30

Shiva Pradosh Fasting Dates in Marathi Chaitra Month are: Pradosh – April 17 Pradosha – May 2
The dates of important festivals in Chaitra Mahina ar…

Goddess Gayatri

Goddess Gayatri is described as Brahman or the Supreme Truth. She is the Mother of the Vedas and the goddess of knowledge. Those scriptures and texts that are associated with Goddess Gayatri give her the supreme position. She is also believed to be the form given to the Gayatri Mantra.
Goddess Gayatri is usually presented with two hands and she is beautifully dressed – a red sari. She holds a kamandalu and Vedas in her hands. She also has a halo of Surya (sun god). Goddess Gayatri is also depicted as having five faces and each has a different color – pearl, lapis lazuli, gold, sapphire and white. She is also believed to have a third eye like Lord Shiva. Her vehicle is a swan and she is seated on a lotus. She wears gold crown and is bedecked with moon on her head.
She is explained as the Supreme Consciousness and is believed to be the force behind creation which she was able to fulfill by praying to Lord Shiva.
She is believed to have given birth to the Vedas when dharma, devotion a…

Panchu Dola Festival 2019 Date – Dasa Dola

Panchu Dola festival is observed in Orissa and is associated with Dola Purnima and Holi festival observed here. Panchu Dola Festival 2019 date is March 25. It is observed five days after Dola Purnima. On the day Gods and Goddess from temples in an area are brought to an open ground in the village in colorful processions.

The congregation of deities from several temples attracts thousands of devotees. The festival is a major event in rural parts of Eastern India and is also known as Dasa Dola.


The place where the deities assemble turns into a mela ground. Playing of Holi with colors and fire works at night are some of the important activities on the day.

The meeting of the various deities from different temples is accompanied by various rituals.

Paramahamsa Nithyananda Quotes

Our enlightenment should not only be felt by all the people around us, but it should inspire others to live and radiate enlightenment as well. Our enlightenment should express itself through our muscles, in our very thinking, in our words, in our action. It should express itself through our Being, inspiring all the people living around us. The world is a mirror for us, and since we continuously look into the world to learn more about ourselves, we further develop our identity through this mirror. Therefore we should create beautiful enlightened mirrors around ourselves by radiating and expressing enlightenment, and constantly remembering that our enlightenment should be our very own mission. In this way, the people around us should not only feel the power of our Jeevan Mukti - Living Enlightenment, but want to express it themselves!A person who is living enlightenment, who is expressing Jeevan Mukti, is like Kalabhairava. Everything is there but nothing touches him. He is simply not b…

Animated Video on Why Durva Grass is used in the worship of Lord Ganesh?

Durva Grass is one of the favorite offering to Lord Ganesha. There is an interesting story in the Puranas that explain why Durva is used in worship of Lord Ganesh. It is said that offering 21 durva grasses to Ganesh will be blessed with peace and prosperity. Here is an animated Video on why Durva Grass is offered to Lord Ganesh

Holi Messages and Quotes from Hindu Gurus and Saints

Holi is a festival of colors. This whole world is so colorful. Just like nature there are different colors associated with our feelings and emotions: anger with red, jealousy with green, vibrancy and happiness with yellow, love with pink, vastness with blue, peace with white, sacrifice with saffron and knowledge with violet. Each person is a fountain of colors which keep changing. – Sri Sri Ravishankar
Holi, the festival of colors, is another seasonal festival associated with Hinduism. At this time, everybody splashes colored water or powder all over each other. It is wonderful because it reflects exactly what is occurring in nature at that time – when all the beautiful flowers of different colors are blossoming. By celebrating this event we feel a greater oneness with nature. This splashing of colors was also a famous ‘lila’ in Shri Krishna’s life.

Holi is wonderful because it reflects exactly what is occurring in nature at that time – when all the beautiful flowers of different col…