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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…

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 …

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

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.

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.

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

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…

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…

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.

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.

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…

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…

Vanagauri Shashti – Vana Gowri Vratam

Vanagauri Shashti, also known as Vana Gowri Vratam, is observed on the sixth day of the waxing phase of moon (Shukla Paksha) in the month of Jyeshtha (May – June) as per traditional Hindu calendar. In 2019, the date of Vanagauri Shashti is June 8. The popular belief is that those who observe the Vana Gowri Vratam will be blessed with children.

The ritual is also observed for the welfare of children by mothers. Vanagauri Shashti is limited to certain Hindu communities especially in South India.

The day is observed as Aranya Sashti in many regions of India.

Kannada Jyeshta Masa 2018 – Jyeshtha Month in 2018 in Hindu Kannada Calendar

Jyeshta Masam is the third month in a traditional Hindu Kannada calendar followed in Karnataka. Kannada Jyeshta Masa 2018 is from May 16 to June 13 and from June 14 to July 13. Ganga Dashara, Rambha Vrata, Nirjala Ekadasi and Vata Savitri Puja are some of the auspicious days in the month.

Extra Jyeshta month in Kannada calendar is from May 16 to June 13.
Normal or Nija Jyeshta month in Kannada calendar is from June 14 to July 13.
Adik - Extra Jyeshta month in Kannada calendar Adik Jyeshta month in Kannada Calendar is from May 16 to June 13.

Ganesh Sankashti Chaturthi Monthly Vrat is on June 2 – Moonrise is at 9:36 PM – Indian standard time.

Jyeshta Masam Shukla Paksha and Krishna Paksha Jyeshta Masam Kannada calendar 2018 Shukla Paksha (Waxing phase of moon) is from  May 16, 2018 to May 29.Jyeshta Masa 2018 Krishna Paksha (Waning phase of moon) is from May 30, 2018 to June 13. Purnima in Extra Jyeshta Masa Jyeshta Purnima or Full moon day is on May 29, 2018. The Purnima begins at 6:40 PM o…

About Hindus Worshipping Idols – Swami Tattvavidananda Saraswati

Many people say that Hindus worship idols. I would like to differ with that kind of a description. We do not worship idols; we worship Ishvara, which is the Godhead. The Godhead, Ishvara, has essentially no form. Isvhara is formless, and not limited in time and space. Hence Ishvara can manifest in the framework of time/space as any form and every form. But the human mind being what it is, functions within the framework of space and time.It can therefore relate to forms and names alone. And hence at least in the beginning of religiosity and also spirituality, the human being needs a form to relate to Ishvara. And he can choose any form because there is no superiority of one form over another. Since every form is the manifestation of the formless Lord, the choice is left to the devotee.The devotee can choose any one of the myriad of forms available. He can then worship or relate to Isvara, he can propitiate the Godhead through that form.When the devotee offers a flower to an idol, it ap…

Shukradwadashi Vrata – Shukra Dvadashi Vrat

Shukradwadashi is observed when the 12th day during a Hindu lunar fortnight falls on a Friday or Shukrawar. The day is considered highly auspicious for propitiating Lord Vishnu. Some devotees fast on the Shukra Dvadashi Vrat day and offer prayers to Vishnu.
A popular story mentioned in the Bhavishya Purana narrates the importance of the Shukra Dvadashi Vrat. A pious man once found a man lying on hot sand – he had boils all over his body and was thirsty. The pious man soon found out that the man lying on the sand was a rich trader. He was so immersed in acquiring material possessions that he never cared for his family and never helped the poor. He was cursed to suffer on the hot sand by a Sage.
The pious man then said that he had observed the Shukradwadashi Vrata and the punya (good results) he had got out of it is still with him. He said he will transfer it to the trader so that he will be relieved of the curse. The trader acquired the results of the Shukra Dvadashi Vrat and then l…

Upanishads Thoughts and Quotes

To many it is not given to hear of That (meaning God) which dwells in eternity. Many, though they hear of it, do not understand it. Wonderful is he who speaks of it. Intelligent is he who learns of it. Blessed is he who, taught by a good teacher, is able to comprehend it. (Katha Upanishad)
He who knows Brahman as the Eternal Embodiment of Truth and Knowledge, seated hidden in the cave (depth of the heart), in the ether above, he enjoys all blessings at one with Brahman, the omniscient. (Taittiriya Upanishad)
The syllable Om, which is the imperishable Brahman, is the universe. Whatsoever existed, whatsoever now exists, whatsoever shall exist hereafter is Om.(Mandukya Upanishad)
The senses are the horses and the roads they travel are the mazes of desire. When a man lacks discrimination and his mind is uncontrolled, his senses are unmanageable like the restive horses of a charioteer. But when a man has discrimination and his mind is controlled, his senses, like the well-broken horses of…

Purusha – The Concept of Purusha in Hinduism

The concept of Purusha cannot be understood in independence as it is always related to Prakriti. Purusha is spirit and Prakriti is matter and the union of these two factors results in the visible world. Before creation Purusha and Prakriti lay merged as the Supreme Energy (God in common terms) without separate existence. But when the desire for creation was aroused, this Supreme Spirit divided itself into Prakriti and Purusha. The right half becomes ‘Purusha’ and the left half ‘Prakrti’.
Purusha is the male aspect and Prakriti is the female aspect.
There are some schools of thought which consider the Supreme Truth to be Purusha, which sets in action the creation. You may also like to read Understanding Hinduism

Gujarati Jeth Maas 2018 – Jyeshta Month in Traditional Gujarat Calendar in 2018

Jeth Maas or Jyeshta Mahina is the eighth month in a traditional Hindu Gujarati calendar followed in Gujarat. Jyeshta Maas 2018 is from May 16 to June 13 and from June 14 to July 13. The month is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The most auspicious days in the month include Vat Savitri Vrat and Nirjala Ekadasi.

Adik Jyeshta month in Gujarati calendar is from May 16 to June 13.
Normal or Nija Jyeshta month in Gujarati calendar is from June 14 to July 13.

Ekadasi Fasting Dates in Jeth Maas

Adhik Jyeshta Ekadasi
Kamala Ekadasi - May 25
Kamala Ekadasi - June 10

Nija Jyeshta Ekadasi
Nirjala Ekadasi – June 23
Yogini Ekadasi - July 9

Adhik Jeth Maas Sud Padavo and Vad Padavo – Shukla Paksha and Krishna Paksha Jeth Gujarati calendar 2018 Sud Padvo (Waxing phase of moon) is from May 16, 2018 to May 29. Jyeshta Maas 2018 Vad Padvo Paksha (Waning phase of moon) is from May 30, 2018 to June 13.

Nija Jeth Maas Sud Padavo and Vad Padavo – Shukla Paksha and Krishna Paksha Jeth Gujarati calendar 2018 Sud Padvo (W…