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Hindu Vrats, Prayers and Mantras for Early Marriage and to Overcome Delay in Marriage

One of the popular Vrat that is observed as a solution for delay in marriage is the Somvar Vrat or Monday Fasting dedicated to Lord Shiva. Many Hindu communities perform prayers and chant mantras dedicated to Shiva, Parvati and Lord Krishna for early marriage. Men and women perform these vrats and prayers. Some communities suggest the Pradosh Vrat dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Women and men fast on the day and offer prayers during the twilight period (Pradosham period) – between 4 and 6 PM. Prayers and chanting mantras dedicated to Lord Krishna is also performed for early marriage. Some people observe the Ekadasi Vrat dedicated to Lord Krishna. Prayer to any form of Goddess Shakti is considered apt for early marriage. This is because Goddess Parvati is believed to have performed intense austerities to get Shiva as her husband. There are also numerous vrats in various regions associated with Goddess Parvati which are meant for early marriage. This include Hartalika Teej Vra…

Online Live Darshan from Ahmedabad Jagannath Temple - Shree Jagannathji Mandir at Jamalpur

The JagannathTemple at Jamalpur in Ahmedabad in Gujarat is a very popular temple dedicated to Hindu God Jagannath. The temple is hundreds of years old and attracts hundreds of devotees daily and thousands attend the Rath Yatra held here during the Ashada month. Now the official website of AhmedabadJagannathTemple is offering online live darshan from the temple.

The temple is located on the banks of the SabarmatiRiver and has the murtis of Jagannath, Subhadra and Balabhadra.

You can watch the live darshan here at the official website of Shree Jagannathji Mandir (the mandir website is erratic and nowadays only shows recorded videos).

To view you need: Windows XP and Internet Explorer 7.0 or Higher. You will also need ActiveX installed.

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Neeti Shatakam Quotes – Bhartrihari’s Nitishataka

Knowledge is a special beauty of man. It is a hidden treasure. It gives one happiness, enjoyment and fame. It is the teacher of great teachers. It is one’s relative when he is in a strange place. It is the God divine. It is knowledge that is to be worshipped not money. One who is bereft of knowledge is a beast. A person devoid of interest in music, literature and arts is indeed an animal without horns and tail! It is a great fortune to animals that he lives without eating grass!Obeisance unto the Lord, who is not bound by space and time, who is infinite, whose form is knowledge personified who is effulgent, peaceful, and who can be realized only by one’s own experience. Neeti Shatakam

Goddess Sharika – About Hindu Goddess Sharika

Goddess Sharika is a manifestation of the Mother Goddess or Goddess Shakti. Hindu Goddess Sharika is worshipped mainly in Jammu and Kashmir by the Kashmiri Pandits. She is also known as Jagatamba Sharika Bhagavati, Mahatripursundari, Rajarajeshwari and also as Haer. The Goddess is represented in the form of a Swayambhu Sri Chakra – a Sri Chakra that appeared on its own.The popular belief is that Goddess Sharika appeared on the ninth day during the Shukla Paksha of Ashada month. Her abode is the Hari Parvat on the outskirts of Srinagar. The belief is that this place is the source of Sri Chakra – the secret knowledge of Sri YantraLegend has it that Goddess Sharika took the form of a bird (Haer in local language) and took a huge pebble from Hari Parvat and annihilated a demon that was causing havoc in the valley. Thus she is also known Haer.There are numerous miracles associated with Goddess Sharika and some of them are part of folklore.In human form, Goddess Sharika is represented with …

BSNL Mobile to Connect Yatris during Amarnath Yatra

The Amarnath Cave Shrine in Jammu and Kashmir is famous for the Swayambhu Shivling and is visited by more than 400,000 pilgrims in the months of July and August. Earlier there was no mobile connectivity on 30 km trek from Chandanwari camp or 15 km from Baltal to the CaveTemple. Now BSNL has installed mobile towers between the base camp at Chandanwari as well as on the alternative route from Baltal to ensure that thousands of devotees who visit the shrine stay connected. The Hindu Reports“After the base camp, there was no connectivity while trekking towards the shrine. Pilgrims, including women, virtually remained cut off from their family members for days till they return to the base camp. But now this will change and the new facility would benefit the old and the infirm and other people wanting to stay in touch with their families. Connectivity will also benefit local inhabitants, administration and security forces, enabling them to stay in touch with each other and facilitate people…

Swami Kriyananda Quotes

Truth can be likened to a pyramid - from its pinnacle, the highest expression of truth radiates, while its broad base gives strength and stability.Today, our senses are so constantly stimulated that the average person has an attention span of only one or two seconds. The deeper aspect is that we are always dissatisfied with that kind of restlessness. We think that by skating on the surface of life we'll have more experiences, and therefore more wisdom. We simply become more and more superficial. The more you live at the surface, the further and faster you may be able to skate, but the less you will absorb and understand.The way to experience the expansion of awareness that all human beings seek is to rise above body consciousness. This is only done through deep meditation. The more you meditate, the more your senses become refined. Everything becomes a part of you. When you can really rise out of body consciousness, suddenly you discover that all is you. You are not this little eg…

How to do Mangal Puja? – Worship of Hindu God Mangal Graha

Mangal is the Navgraha worshipped on Tuesday. The popular belief is that by praying to Mangal one can get rid of poverty. Mangal Graha is worshipped for curing illness related to skin and eyes. Some devotees observe a fast for 21 consecutive Tuesdays.
Devotees wear red color clothes on the day. Red flowers and Masoor dal are offered to Mangal Grah at Navgraha Temples.
Those undertaking a fast on Tuesday offer wheat, red clothes or jaggery to poor and needy.
The mantra that is chanted on the day is – Om Ang Angarkaya Namaha
Those praying to Mangal also offer prayers to Shiva and Hanuman.
You may also like to read About Mangal Grah

Swami Chidananda Thoughts on Dispassion and Renunciation

Dispassion and renunciation comprise the key to inner peace. Such peace alone makes happiness possible. With out peace, there is no happiness. Thus, it is clear that anyone who wants peace and happiness must cultivate vairagya (dispassion) and tyaga (renunciation). Attachment and selfishness constitute terrible bondage. Vairagya eradicates attachment. Tyaga cuts at the root of selfishness. They make you free and bring you peace and joy. Swami Chidananda of Sivananda Ashram

The Easiest Path to Moksha is Bhakti – Says Sage Kapila in Bhagavad Purana

Devahuti, the mother of Sage Kapila wanted to know how ignorant woman like her, who has not studied the Vedas or read any scripture attain Moksha or reach Narayana.The immediate answer of Sage Kapila was ‘Bhakti.’Whether it be the senses which are involved in the world of objects: whether it be mind which is involved in the daily duties and actions dictated by the Vedas: the only path which will free both of these from the particular fields in which they are engaged is a sincere and spontaneous desire for the attainment of Moksha. This desire will be granted by an effortless devotion of Narayana.This devotion will burn away the bondage of ‘Karma’ and the bondage created by the senses like the fire in the body burns up the food which is eaten. Bhakti will not only grant you oneness with Narayana, but it will also free you from the world of objects. Mukti, release, will follow as a matter of course when you become a pilgrim in the path of Bhakti. You may also like to readSage Kapila Tea…

Visiting Hinglaj Mata Temple in Pakistan

Goddess Hinglaj Ma is an incarnation of Goddess Shakti. The popular belief is that when Lord Vishnu cut the body of Goddess Sati to stop Shiva’s lament after Sati’s death which was unsettling the universe; part of her head fell at Hinglaj or Hingula. Thus this is one among the 51 Shaktipeeths. The deity takes her name from the mountain cave Hinglaj on the Makran coast in the Lyari District of Balochistan in Pakistan.
VisitingHinglajMataTemple is a must for Hindus from Kutch in Gujarat. But with strain in relationship between Pakistan and India, Kutchhi Hindus have stopped visiting the temple. Now a group of Kutchhis have again started the pilgrimage to HinglajMataTemple, which is located 280 km from Karachi. Hinglaj Mata Yatra Address Veersi Mal K. Dewani Chief Organizer Shri Hinglaj Sewa Mandli House No : 100, Swami Narain Temple Estate, M. A Jinnah Road, Karachi , Pakistan, Tel : 0092-21-262 44 85.
Suneel Parwani, Associate Organizer, P. O. Box No : 25047, Dubai - U. A.E Tel : 97…

Aviyoga Tritiya Vratam

Aviyoga Tritiya Vratam is dedicated to Goddess Parvati (Gauri) and Hindu God Shiva. The Vrata is performed for peace, wealth, prosperity and happiness by women and men. The Aviyoga Tritiya Vrata is observed on the third day of the Shukla Paksha of Margashirsha (December – January). It is also observed for a year starting from Margashirsha Shukla Paksha Tritiya to Kartik Shukla Paksha Tritiya.The important rituals performed on the Aviyoga Tritiya Vratam include worship of Shiva and Parvati, pujas and feeding the poor.When the Vrata is performed for 12 months; 12 different forms of Goddess Shakti and various forms of Shiva are worshipped.In the Margashirsha month Shiva and Gauri are worshippedIn Paush month Parvati and GirishaIn Magha mahina Bhavani and BhavaIn Phalguna month Uma and MahadevaIn Chaitra month Lalita and ShankaraIn Vaishakh month Lolanetra and SthanuIn Jyeshta month Ekvira and VireshwaraIn Ashada month Shakti and PashupatinataIn Shravan month Suta and SrikantaIn Bhadrapad…

Download Sanskrit Pronunciation Audio Guide For Free

Sanskrit Pronunciation Audio Guide helps in reading Sanskrit texts with correct pronunciation. The download software contains a text with diacritic fonts which are Special Characters used for reading English to Sanskrit Transliteration Documents. This is to help those who do not know Sanskrit letters. The audio files are in wav format. It is helpful to people who want to learn Sanskrit and chant mantras correctly.You can download it for free here - Sanskrit Pronunciation Audio Guide.Note – It is a huge file nearly 57 MB in size. It was first released in 2006. There is also no updated version of the guide.

Roop Bhavani Jayanti – Roopbhawani Jayanthi

Roop Bhavani Jayanti is the birthday of Saint and Poetess Mata Roop Bhawani. It is observed on the Purnima day in Jyeshta month. Roop Bhavani Jayanti 2019 date is June 17. Many people believe that she was an incarnation of Goddess Sharika (Durga).

Her teachings were in the form of poems. More than 100 poems of her have been translated into various languages. It is said that she had to undergo numerous sufferings in life especially during the short period when she was married.

She is believed to have performed numerous miracles during her life time. It is said that she used to move from one place to another to avoid public attention.

Goddess Kamakhya – About Hindu Goddess Kamakhya

Goddess Kamakhya is one of the most powerful manifestations of Goddess Shakti. She is the great Mother Goddess who fulfils the desires of her devotees. Kamakhya is closely identified with the Dasa Mahavidyas. The most famous temple dedicated to Goddess Kamakhya is located in Assam. Here she is worshipped as a natural crevice in a rock that symbolizes the ‘Yoni’ (female genitalia or vagina). KamakhyaTemple is one among the 51 Hindu Shakti piths.Legend has it that Lord Shiva was carrying the body of his dead wife Sati around the world. There seemed to be no end to Shiva’s anger and grief. This led to an imbalance in the universe. Finally, Lord Vishnu decided to decimate the body of Sati with his Sudhrashana Chakra. He cut the body of Sati into 51 pieces. It is believed that ‘Yoni’ of Sati fell at the spot where the present KamakhyaTemple stands. Therefore the popular belief is that she can be worshipped in any form as she is present in all forms. Goddess Kamakhya is associated with Godd…

Book – Rama With An Axe; Myth and Cult of Parasurama Avatara

The new book titled ‘Rama With An Axe; Myth and Cult of Parasurama Avatara’ critically explores the role played by the Parashuram Avatar of Hindu God Vishnu in the development of various cults, rituals, festivals and temples in India. Another highlight of the book written by Pradeep Kant Choudhary, is the in depth study of the Parashuram’s relation with his mother Renuka and the Yellamma worship.The book is scholarly in nature and helps in understanding the origin of various cults, rituals and festivals. There is also a detail analysis of the story of Parashuram Avatar.Rama With An Axe; Myth and Cult of Parasurama Avatara
Written by Pradeep Kant Choudhary
Published by Aakar Books
Price – Rupees 750/- You may also like to readParashuram Avatar – the Sixth incarnation of VishnuGoddess Renuka Worship in South India – the Yellamma Cult

Sarayu Jayanti – Saryu Jayanthi

Sarayu Jayanti is believed to be the day when River Saryu descended on to earth. Sarayu Jayanti 2019 date is June 17. The day is of great significance in Ayodhya, which is located on the banks of Sarayu.

The river is mentioned in the Ramayana and the Vedas. It is also associated with Hindu God Ram and this makes it holy.

The popular belief is that Lord Ram entered into the river Sarayu to end his life on earth and merge with Hindu God Vishnu.

Sarayu Jayanti is observed on the Purnima or full moon day in the month of Jyeshta.

Osho Quotes on Happiness

In life things are very mixed up. Like day and night, life and death, you have happiness and unhappiness. Life is rich because of polar opposites.The very idea that one would like to be happy forever is stupid, and the idea will only create unhappiness. You will become more and more miserable in your greed for elusive eternal happiness.The happy person is not one who is always happy. The happy person is one who is happy even when there is unhappiness. Try to understand it. The happy person is one who understands life and accepts its polarities. He knows success is possible only because failure is also possible. So when failure comes he accepts it.If you can accept unhappiness as smoothly as you welcome happiness, you will transcend both. In that very acceptance is transcendence. Then unhappiness and happiness will not make much difference to you, you will remain the same.Osho

Official website of Tulja Bhavani Temple – Tuljapur Bhavani Mandir

ShriTuljaBhavaniTemple located at Tuljapur in Osmanabad District in Maharashtra is one of the most important Goddess Shakti Temples in the state and is also one of the Shaktipeetahs. Now the Tuljabhavani Temple Samiti has created an official website of the mandir in both English and Marathi. Currently the website provides some basic information like how to reach the temple, distance from important towns and cities in Maharashtra.

Tulja Bhavani was the family deity of Chatrapathi Shivaji Maharaj and also of thousands of families in Maharashtra and other states. The website will be soon providing online puja facility.

You can visit the website here - Official website of Tulja Bhavani Temple (click the link to visit the website)

You may also like to read Official website of Pandarpur Vithal Temple

Manorath Dwitiya Vrat – Manorath Dvitiya Vrata

Manorath Dwitiya Vrat is observed on the second day during the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) in the month of Ashada. Manorath Dwitiya Vrat 2019 date is July 2. The world famous Jagannath Rath Yatra is held on the day.

This Vrat is observed mainly in western parts of India is dedicated to Lord Vishnu.

The main deity worshipped on the day is Krishna Avatar of Lord Krishna.

Please note that there is also a Manorath Dwadasi Vrat which is observed on the 12th day Shukla Paksha of Phalgun month.This Manorath Tritiya Vrat is dedicated Goddess Shakti.

Shiva Shayana Chaturdasi 2018 Date – Shiv Shayan Vrata

Shiva Shayana Chaturdasi is observed from the 14th day of the Shukla Paksha of Ashada month. Shiva Shayana Chaturdasi 2018 date is July 26. The popular belief is that Hindu God Shiva enters into meditation for four months – the Chaturmas period. This period is quite similar to the Chatur Mas associated with Vishnu.

Shiva Shayana Chaturdasi is mainly observed by Shaiva Sect.

The popular belief is that Shiva during the period of four months destroys all sins and helps devotees in the path of Moksha. It is believed that Shiva ushers in peace and prosperity. A legend suggests that the Lord ties all sins with Jada (hair) and sleeps on a tiger skin.

In some regions, Shiva Shaynotsav and Shiv Dolotsav are organized during the period.

You may also like to read Chatur Mas Vrata – The Four Holy Month in Hindu Lunar Calendar

Different Meanings of Guru from Guru Gita

The syllable ‘Gu’ is the darkness and the syllable ‘Ru’ is said to be light. There is no doubt that the Guru is indeed the Supreme Knowledge that dispels (the darkness of) ignorance.
‘Gu’ Kara means the darkness and ‘Ru’ Kara means the remover of the darkness. On account of the power of removing darkness, the teacher is known by the significant name ‘Guru’.
The letter ‘Gu’ denotes that He is beyond the three Gunas and ‘Ru’ denotes that He is beyond forms. Because He is free from Gunas and forms, He is called the Guru.
The first syllable ‘Gu’ represents the principles such as maya and the second syllable ‘Ru’ the supreme knowledge that destroys the illusions of maya.
Guru Gita (Verses 33 to 36)

Brahmamuhurta – The time period of Brahmamuhurtam

Brahmamuhurta is time considered ideal for meditation, yoga and prayers. Brahmamuhurtam time is from early morning – 48 minutes before sunrise. The popular belief is that this period is the most auspicious period for doing prayers etc as the atmosphere is calm and there is purity of mind, thought and action.
There is a legend that Goddess Saraswati wakes up during this period and blesses the devotees. The period is considered ideal for learning.
It must be noted that there is a difference between Brahmamuhurta and Brahmayamam. Brahmayamam begins at around 3:00 AM in the morning.

Den Haag Ratha Yatra 2010 – Jagannath Rathyatra or Car Festival in Netherlands

The Den Haag Ratha Yatra in Holland, which celebrates the world famous Puri Jagannath Rath Yatra, will be held on July 3rd, 2010. This procession at the Denhaag in Netherlands commemorates the Puri Jagannath Rathyatra and has small chariots of Sri Jagannath, Subhadra, and Sri Balarama. The 2010 edition of the Den Haag Ratha Yatra is the 16th edition of the Ratha Yatra festival in Netherlands. Ratha Yatra, referred as Chariot or Car festival, is a popular annual festival observed at the JagannathTemple in Puri in India for centuries. The festival was first introduced in the western countries in 1967 in San Franscisco by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Please note that the world famous Puri Jagannath Rath Yatra in 2010 is on July 13 at Puri in Orissa in India.

Ashada Mahina 2018 in Hindi North Indian Calendars - Ashad Month 2018 in Hindu Calendar

Ashadh Mahina is the fourth month in a traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in North India. Ashada Mahina 2018 in North India is from June 29 to July 27. This calendar is followed mainly in Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Haryana, Bihar and Chhattisgarh and other North India states. A month is calculated from the day after Purnima or full moon to the next Purnima. The year in the Hindi Calendar is Saka 2075.

Chaturthi Vrat or Sankashti Ganesh Chaturti in Ashada Month 2018 is July 1. The Chandrodaya or Moonrise time as per North Indian calendars is 9:34 PM.

Ashada Mahina 2018 Krishna and Shukla Paksha
Ashada Krishna Paksha (waning phase of moon) is from June 29 to July 13.
Ashadh Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) is from July 14 to July 27, 2018

Ashada Mahina Ekadasi Vrat in North India
Yogini Ekadasi – July 9, 2018
Devashayani Ekadasi – July 23, 2018

Ashada Mahina Pradosh Vrat in North India Pradosh – July 10, 2018
Pradosh – July 25 2018


The Story of Muruga and Valli

Valli is the wife of Hindu God Muruga and the devotional hymn, Tirumurukarruppatai, narrates the love story of Muruga and Valli. Muruga, the Son of Lord Shiva and Parvati, is popularly known as Kartik in North India. He is the commander of the Gods and is one of the most popular deities in Dravidian culture.Legend has it that Nambi, a tribal chief, who was blessed with many sons longed for a girl child. Once Nambi stumbled upon a hole that was dug to find roots and yams in the forest. In the hole he found a beautiful girl child and she was named Valli as she was found in the hole dug for yams and roots. The tribal chief brought her up as his daughter and she grew up to be a beautiful young lady.Young Valli was assigned with the duty of guarding the millet farm of the tribe. Lord Muruga who was residing on the Palani hills came to know about the beauty of Valli from Sage Narada.Muruga took the form of a young hunter and tried to impress Valli. But she was hesitant and their first meeti…

Story behind the Construction of Vivekananda Rock Memorial – How Ekanatha Ranade Overcame Politicians to Build the Memorial

Vivekananda Rock Memorial in Kannyakumari is a world famous monument today and is visited by thousands of people daily. The beautiful memorial in the middle of the sea would not have been possible if not for the single minded devotion and dedication of Ekanatha Ranade, who had to overcome politicians, Christian missionaries and narrow-minded bureaucrats of India. Prof. A.V. Narasimha Murthy, former Head, Department of Ancient History & Archaeology, University of Mysore, writes about the struggle undertaken by Ekanatha Ranade in building the Vivekananda Rock Memorial in the newspaper Star of Mysore.Most of the people do not know or even cannot imagine the trouble, frustration and disappointment experienced by the persons behind the memorial. Like a Trivikrama and Nakshatrika, Ekanatha Ranade stood by this memorial and ultimately became successful. This story is not only poignant but also brings to light the meanness of the politicians of the contemporary times.People had planned t…

Sri Chandrasekhara Bharati Thoughts on Fate

You are responsible for what you are today. You are responsible for your pain and suffering and misery. You cannot escape your responsibility by blaming fate; for fate is of your own making, or by blaming God, for he is but divine dispenser of fruits in accordance with the merits of your actions. You have none to blame but yourself for your present state of affairs.By exercising your free will in the present, wipe out the past record and work for a better future. Whether for acquiring more happiness or for reducing misery, you have to exercise your free will in the present.Fate is nothing but the sum total of the results of your past actions.Sri Chandrasekhara Bharati

Teachings from Svetasvatara Upanishad – How to do meditation?

Find a quiet retreat for the practice of yoga,
Sheltered from the wind, level and clean,
Free from rubbish, smoldering fires, and ugliness,
And where the sound of waters and the beauty of the place
Help thought and contemplation. With upright body, head and neck
Lead the mind and its powers into thy heart;
And the Om of Brahman will then be thy boat
With which to cross the rivers of fear. And when the body is in silent steadiness,
Breathe rhythmically through the nostrils
With a peaceful ebbing and flowing of breath.
The chariot of the mind is drawn by wild horses,
And those wild horses have to be tamed. When the yogi has full power over his body
Composed of the elements earth, water, fire, air and ether,
Then he obtains a new body of spiritual fire
Which is beyond illness, old age, and death. Then the soul of man becomes a lamp by which he finds
The Truth of Brahman.
Then he sees God, pure, never-born, everlasting;
And when he sees God,
He is free from all bondage. Svetasvatara Upanishad

Swami Paramananda Thoughts

Those who hold themselves under the sway of ignorance, who serve the flesh and neglect the Atman or the real Self, are not able to perceive the effulgent and indestructible nature of their Soul; hence they fall into the realm where the Soul light does not shine. The Isha Upanishad shows that the only hell is absence of knowledge. As long as man is overpowered by the darkness of ignorance, he is the slave of Nature and must accept whatever comes as the fruit of his thoughts and deeds. When humans stray into the path of unreality, the Sages declare that he destroys himself; because he who clings to the perishable body and regards it as his true Self must experience death many times.When a man performs actions clinging blindly to his lower desires, then his actions bind him to the plane of ignorance or the plane of birth and death; but when the same actions are performed with surrender to God, they purify and liberate him.Swami Paramananda

Bhagavan – The Meaning of the Term Bhagawan

Bhagavan is the common term used to mean God in Hinduism. In Hindu Religion, the word Bhagwan has symbolic meaning too. The word encompasses Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Space – the five elements. Thus the term Bhagavan translates as the manifestation of the physical form of universe. In the word Bhagavan –‘Bh’ stands for Bhoomi or EarthG stands for Gagan or Space‘V’ stands for Vayu or Air‘A’ stands for Agni or Fire‘N’ stands for Neer or Water

Book – Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata by Devdutt Pattanaik

‘Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata’ by Devdutt Pattanaik attempts to retell the rural stories in India that were inspired the Mahabharata. The highlight of the book is the over 200 illustrations and the regional variations to the subplots in Mahabharata. Apart from the numerous stories, there is also a chapter dedicated to the dating of the eighteen-day war based on astronomical data.From the flyer of the bookHigh above the sky stands Swarga, paradise,
abode of the gods. Still above is Vaikuntha,
heaven, abode of God.
The doorkeepers of Vaikuntha are the twins,
Jaya and Vijaya, both whose names
mean ‘victory’. One keeps you in Swarga;
the other raises you into Vaikuntha.
In Vaikuntha there is bliss forever, in Swarga there is pleasure for only as long as you deserve.
What is the difference between Jaya and Vijaya?
Solve this puzzle and you will
solve the mystery of the Mahabharata. Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata
Published by Penguin Books India
Price – Rupess 49…

Gayatri Jayanti 2018 Date

Gayatri Jayanti is believed to be the day when Sage Vishwamitra first uttered Gayatri Mantra. Gayatri Jayanti 2018 date is June 22. It is observed on the 10th day of the Jyeshta month – the Jyeshta Shukla Paksha Dasami day. Some people also believed that Goddess Gayatri, who is worshipped as Veda Mata (The Mother of Vedas), appeared on the earth on the day.

Symbolically, the day celebrates Goddess Gayatri’s appearance in the form of knowledge to remove the ignorance. This knowledge was shared to the world by Sage Vishwamitra.

Goddess Gayatri worship is more of a community affair. Groups of people who are worshippers of Goddess Gayatri gather in a place and offer prayers and pujas under the leadership of a Guru or an elderly person. Chanting of Gayatri mantra is also held on the day.

Swami Gautamananda Teachings

Desires propel the activities of an individual. In the attempt to fulfill them, God's help is sought since the task ahead may not be easily achieved.
In the Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna states that He is the indwelling being in all aspects of creation and that people seek Him specifically for four different reasons — wealth, relief from sorrow, knowledge and devotion to Him. The last category stands high in the spiritual ladder indicating that a true seeker would eventually leave aside materialistic and other desires to aim for the highest goal of life, salvation.
We have to keep away the desires that can ruin our spiritual efforts. These desires arise in our mind. We should know when to reject and renounce them. Anger, desire, greed, delusion, haughtiness and pride obstruct our effort to concentrate on God. We should learn to tackle them with dispassion (Vairagya) and discrimination (Viveka). When we feel our ego rising, we should think of Ravana or Hiranyakasipu and the fate th…

Goddess Kamala – About Hindu Goddess Kamala

Goddess Kamala is worshipped as a manifestation of Goddess Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of goddess of wealth, wellbeing, and prosperity. Kamala literally means ‘lotus’ in Sanskrit, and symbolically it denotes purity and auspiciousness. She is also one among the Mahavidyas.Goddess Kamala is depicted similar to Goddess Lakshmi except for that she is always depicted with two elephants showering water. The water showered by the elephants symbolically represents the rains, without which life is not possible.The Goddess is worshipped for wealth, prosperity and auspiciousness. She is also believed to bless couples in getting children. Today, it is very hard to distinguish between Goddess Lakshmi and Kamala. Goddess Lakshmi form of Mother Goddess is more popularly worshipped. The difference is only noticed and practiced by Tantric practitioners and priests. For a devotee Goddess Lakshmi and Kamala are the same.Tantric worshippers believe that is the Shakti of Vishnu and is the divine consort wh…

Watch Vishwa Hindu Television Online For Free – Tamil Hindu Spiritual Programs on Web TV

Vishwa Hindu Television, or Vishwa Hindu TV, offers online live streaming of Hindu spiritual programs. The programs aired online include religious and spiritual talks and discussions, interviews with spiritual leaders and Hindu scholars, classical music, classical dance, marvels of Hindu culture and documentaries on popular Hindu temples and rituals. Currently the Vishwa Hindu Television is offered for free. The programs on the Web TV are currently in Tamil.You can watch Vishwa Hindu Television Online For Free here at the official website of Vishwa Hindu TV.Please note we are note sure whether the website will be properly displayed on old browsers like Internet Explorer 6.

Halharini Amavasya – Hal Harini

Halharini Amavasya is observed during the Amavasi or no moon day in the month of Ashada. Halharini Amavasya 2018 date is August 11. Hal Harini is primarily observed in North India by certain Hindu communities.

The Amavasya is chosen for performing Tarpan, Shradh and Pitru Tarpan dedicated to dead ancestors.

The method and way of performing the rituals vary from region and get regional names. Halharini is one such Amavasi.

Batuk Bhairav Jayanti 2018 date – Bhatukbhairav Jayanthi

Batuk Bhairav Jayanti is believed to be the day when Hindu God Shiva appeared on earth as Bhatukbhairav. Batuk Bhairav Jayanti 2018 date is June 20. It is believed that Shiva appeared in this form on the tenth day during the waxing phase of moon (shukla paksha) in Jyeshta month.

Batuk Bhairav is believed to be the child form of Lord Shiva.

This form of Shiva is propitiated by Tantrics for wealth and prosperity. The day is of great importance in the Batuk Bhairav temples in North India.

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Marble Carving Institute at Ambaji in Gujarat – Learn to Carve Murtis (Idols) of Hindu Gods and Goddesses

Ambaji Stone Artisan Park Training Institute (ASAPT) will help aspiring sculptors to learn the art of marble carving. Majority of Hindu temples that are now constructed in India and abroad use marble Murtis (Idols) of Hindu Gods and Goddesses. Initially, a candidate will be trained for a fortnight. Thereafter he will get a stipend of Rs 100 a day. Besides operation of lath, drilling, stone cutters compressors and carving, the trainee will learn to carve sculptures including idols, flowers, flower pots, miniature of temples among others.Times of India ReportsConstructed by the state geology and mining (G&M) commissionerate, the institute is spread over 1,200 square metres and is located in the vicinity of Gujarat Mining Development Corporation (GMDC). "It is the only training centre of its kind in the country. It will foster a dynamic process of skill formation and knowledge building and contribute to enterprise development and employment generation, particularly for rural poo…

Mithuna Masam 2018 – Midhunam Month in Malayalam Calendar in 2018

Midhunam, or Mithuna Masam, is the eleventh month in a traditional Malayalam calendar followed in Kerala. Mithuna Masam in 2018 is from June 15 to July 16. The famous Oachira Kali will be held on the first two days of the month.

Full Moon and No Moon Day Karthuvavu or Amavasi – July 13 Veluthuvavu or full moon day (Purnima) – June 28

Ekadasi Fasting days in Mithuna Masam are June 23 and July 9
Pradosham Fasting days are on June 25 and July 10.

Sashti Vratam is on June 18.
There will be the usual monthly pujas for the first five days at SabarimalaTemple from June 14 to June 19.

Next month in Malayalam calendar is the Karkidaka Masam also known as Ramayana Masam.

Rig Veda Quotes On Creation

Then even nothingness was not, nor existence.
There was no air then, nor the heavens beyond it.
Who covered it? Where was it? In whose keeping?
Was there then cosmic water, in depths unfathomed?
But, after all, who knows, and who can say,
Whence it all came, and how creation happened?
The gods themselves are later than creation,
So who knows truly whence it has arisen?
Rig Veda, X, 129

Shri Sharadamba Temple at Etobicoke, Toronto, Canada – Hindu Temple of Sringeri Vidya Bharati

Mahakumbhabhishekam of the TorontoShriSharadambaTemple and the inauguration of the AdiShankaraMuseum will be held from June 18, 2010 to June 27, 2010. Mahakumbhabhishekam is on June 20, 2010. The Address of the new temple is 80 Brydon Drive, Etobicoke, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M9W 4N6. The $11-million marble-and-granite temple is a replica of the 9th century Sharada Peetam at Sringeri in South India. Apart from the temple, the complex will also house a museum dedicated to the life and works of Adi ShankaracharyaThe consecration ceremonies of the temple complex will be held with water brought from 250 rivers around the world including that of Ganga, Yamuna and Kaveri on June 20, 2010.The Temple is dedicated to Goddess Sri Sharadamba, Goddess of Wisdom, - a manifestation of Goddess Saraswati, the Hindu goddess of learning and knowledge. The temple will have murtis of Shiva, Sharadamba, Adi Shankara, Ganapati, Durga, Hanuman, Rama, Krishna and the Navagrahas.Three main feature of temp…

Read Clarity Magazine Online – Based on the Teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda

Online Clarity Magazine is based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda, author of Autobiography of a Yogi. The magazine is part of Ananda Sangha Worldwide, a global movement founded in 1968 by Swami Kriyananda, a direct disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda, to propagate the teachings of Yogananda. The magazine is published four times a year – Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter.Basically the magazine inspires people to take up the spiritual journey and also helps people who are already in the journey in finding the correct path. Apart from articles written by Paramhansa Yogananda, there are other articles by Swamis, spiritual aspirants and by experts in various fields.You can read Clarity Magazine here online at the official website - Clarity Magazine Online

Vidur Neeti Quotes from Mahabharata

Vidur Neeti is a chapter in the Udyoga Parva of Mahabharata and it contains the advice given by Vidura to the blind king DhritarashtraMy Lord, the people who are unable to sleep are: A man who lusts after the wife of another cannot sleep.A thief cannot sleep.A man who has lost all his wealth cannot sleep, or one who thinks all his wealth will be lost. A person afflicted with avarice, greed and jealousy cannot sleep.An unsuccessful man cannot sleep.A weak man oppressed by as strong man cannot sleep.You may also like to readQuotes form Mahabharat on Time

Shashthi Devi – Hindu Goddess Sashti

Goddess Shashthi is a female deity propitiated for the wellbeing of the new born baby and the mother. This Hindu goddess is worshipped on the sixth day and therefore she is known as Sashti Devi or Goddess Shasti. The popular belief is that this Goddess injures new born infants and mothers on sixth day after their mother.Sasti is the Hindu name for the sixth day of a lunar fortnight.Goddess Sashti is propitiated on the sixth day by devotees especially by mothers of new born babies and her friends, neighbors and relatives. The offerings made in each region vary.In some regions, she is worshipped only on the sixth day of the Shukla Paksha of Jyeshta month. Science has discovered that infants and their mothers catch certain types of diseases on the sixth day after birth. Some scholars are of the view that this is the reason for the origin of the dreaded Goddess Sashti.Please note that in South India, Sashti fasting is dedicated to Lord Muruga or Kartikeya, the son of Shiva and Parvati. T…

Visa Hanuman Temple in Ahmedabad

Hanuman Temples at Khadia and Neb Sarai in Ahmedabad in Gujarat is believed to help in getting Visas. So how does Hindu Temples get the Visa tag? A few devotees pray for a particular wish at a temple and when those wishes are fulfilled; word spreads and devotees throng these temples. Annually, thousands of Indians apply for migration Visas and then proceed to temples which they believe will help in an early Visa approval. 400-year-old VisaHanumanTemple in Ahmedabad is one such temple and another new temple that is receiving lot of Visa devotees is the seven-month old Chamatakarik Shree Hanuman Ji Ka Mandir in Neb Sarai.The famous 400-year-old VisaHanumanTemple in Ahmedabad is located at Desai Ni Pol in KhadiaHindustan Times reports about the New Visa Hanuman Temple in AhmedabadIn the serpentine, narrow lanes of Neb Sarai, the god resides especially to aid the visa applicants: or so the devotees believe. Supposedly modelled on the 400-year-old ‘Visa Hanuman’ temple in Ahmedabad, the Ch…

What is Maya or Ignorance? – From Advaita Bodha Deepika

Disciple: What is this ignorance?Master: Listen. In the body appears a phantom, the ‘false-I’, to claim the body for itself and it is called jiva. This jiva always outward bent, taking the world to be real and himself to be the doer and experiencer of pleasures and pains, desirous of this and that, undiscriminating, not once remembering his true nature, nor enquiring “Who am I?, What is this world?”, is but wandering in the samsara without knowing himself. Such forgetfulness of the Self is Ignorance.Disciple: All the shastras proclaim that this samsara is the handiwork of Maya but you say it is of Ignorance. How are the two statements to be reconciled?Master: This Ignorance is called by different names such as Maya, Pradhana, Avyakta (the unmanifest), Avidya, Nature, Darkness and so on. Therefore the samsara is but the result of Ignorance.Advaita Bodha Deepika

The Story of Namdev’s Final Enlightenment – By Ramana Maharishi

This is a story narrated by Bhagavan Ramana Maharishi which explains how Sant Namdev (1270 AD – 1350 AD) – Marathi Saint and Bhakti Poet – attained final enlightenment. Gora, another saint, who was a potter by trade, held a feast to which he invited the saints, including Namdev and Jnanadev. In the hope of enlightening Namdev, Jnanadev said to Gora: “Your job is making pots. You daily test them to see which are properly baked and which are not. There sitting in front of you are the pots (humans) of God, so test them to see which are sound.” Gora who had been told privately of the purpose of the test, agreed and, taking up the stick with which he used to test his pots, went round among his guests, tapping each one on the head. They all submitted meekly till he came to Namdev,who cried out indignantly: “What do you mean, potter, by coming to tap me with your stick?” Gora whereupon replied, to Jnanadev: “All the other pots are properly baked; only this one is not yet baked!”At this every…

Book – Eternal Wisdom of India by Swami Lokeswarananda

Eternal Wisdom of India by Swami Lokeswarananda critically looks into the teachings of the religions that originated in India. The book is a collection of writings and talks by Swami Lokeshwarananda who is associated with the Ramakrishna orderThe book explores the role of religion in daily lives of people and how during certain period the power of the religion was abused. The book analyses religion and social tensions and also tells us how harmony should be maintained.The book depicts the way religion has been seen through the ages and how it affects the psyche of people. It also analyses the religious beliefs of people and shows ways to maintain harmony.Echoes of the teachings of Ramakrishna Paramahamsa and Swami Vivekananda can be seen throughout the book. Eternal Wisdom of India
By Swami Lokeswarananda
Published by Rupa Books
Price Rs 500/-

Ramakrishna Paramahamsa Thoughts on the Bhagwad Gita

What is the significance of the Gita? It is what you find by repeating the word ten times. It is then reversed into ‘tagi’, which means a person who has renounced everything for God. And the lesson of the Gita is: ‘O man, renounce everything and seek God alone.’ Whether a man is a monk or a householder, he has to shake off all attachment from his mind.An aspirant entitled to the Knowledge of God is very rare. It is said in the Gita that one in thousands desires to know God, and again, that among thousands who have such a desire, only one is able to know Him.One truly realizes God if one performs one’s worldly duties in a detached spirit. Ramakrishna ParamahamsaSource:The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna

Hindu Marriage Act Amended By Government of India for Easy Divorce

Hindu Marriage Act 1955 and Special Marriage Act 1954 were amended by the Government of India on June 10, 2010, Thursday to avoid unwanted complications and delay in divorce in case of irretrievable differences. The amendment would make parting of ways less bitter as there won’t be much washing of linen in public.Before the amendment breakdown of marriage was not a ground for divorce. The amendment will now enable couples to get divorce if one of them refuses to live with the other and will not work towards reconciliation, and the court is convinced that there is no hope of the two leading a normal matrimonial life.Some experts are of the view that the amendment will only benefit men and financially independent women. Those women living in rural areas might suffer a great deal through the amendment. Kirti Singh says in Times of IndiaKirti Singh, former Law Commission member described the amendment as "disastrous" if it came without adequate safeguards. "The amendment sh…