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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 …

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. Brahma Muhurta 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 Brahmamayam. Brahmamayam 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

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…

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…

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…

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…

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

This is a story narrated by Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi 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 ev…

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…

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…

Gujarati Jeth Maas 2019 – Jyeshta Month in Traditional Gujarat Calendar in 2019

Jeth Maas or Jyeshta Mahina is the eighth month in a traditional Hindu Gujarati calendar followed in Gujarat. Jyeshta Maas 2019 is from June 4 to July 2. The month is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The most auspicious days in the month include Vat Savitri Vrat and Nirjala Ekadasi. Ekadasi Fasting Dates in Jeth Maas Nirjala Ekadasi – June 13
Yogini Ekadasi – June 29 Jeth Maas Sud Padvo and Vad Padvo – Shukla Paksha and Krishna Paksha Jeth Gujarati calendar 2019 Sud Padvo (Waxing phase of moon) is from June 4 to June 17. Jyeshta Maas 2019 Vad Padvo Paksha (Waning phase of moon) is from June 17 to July 2. Purnima in Gujarati Jyeshta month
Jyeshta Purnima or Full moon day is on June 17, 2019.The Purnima begins at 2:01 PM on June 16 and ends at 2:00 PM on June 17.Purnima Vrat is on June 16. Vat Purnima Vrat is observed on June 16.Amas in Gujarati Jeth month Jyeshta Amas or No moon day is on July 2, 2019.
The Amavasi begins at 3:05 AM on June 2 and ends at 12:46 AM on June 3.
Pradosh Fasting Date…

Tallest Shiva Idol in the World

World’s tallest statue of Hindu God Shiva will be inaugurated in Nepal on June 21, 2010. The 108-feet tall idol of Shiva is located at Sanga, which is on the way from Kathmandu to Banepa. Sanga is around 20 km from Kathmandu. The picture of the Shiva idol shows him holding a Trishul and one hand is in blessing posture. The murti (idol) is made of cement and can withstand minor earth quakes and strong wind.
The project is sponsored by Kamal Jain and is dedicated to Shiva who resides at Kailash which is further north of Sanga. The center and the park were the idol is situated has facilities like spa, yoga, meditation center, and nature walks.
Though the spot was not intended as a place of attraction, thousands of people are already thronging the place to have glimpse of the huge Shiva idol.
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Bhavuka Amavasya – Bhavuk Amavas

Bhavuka Amavasya is observed on the no moon day or Amavas day in the Jyeshta month as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India. Bhavuka Amavasya 2019 date is June 3. The corresponding Amavasi in western and southern parts of India is the Vaishakh Amavasya.

The day is chosen for performing Shradh, Pinda Dan and Tarpan.

Vat Savitri Amavasya Vrat, Bargadahi Amavasya and Shani Jayanti are observed on the day annually.

Jyeshta Masa 2018 – Jyeshtha Month in Telugu Calendar in 2018

Jyeshta Masa is the third month in a traditional Hindu Telugu calendar followed in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Telugu Jyeshtha Masam 2018 is from May 16 to June 13 and from June 14 to July 13. Some of the auspicious days of the month include Ganga Dashara, Nirjala Ekadasi and Vata Savitri Puja.

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

Difference Between Asuras and Rakshasas – Are They Not Both Demons?

To majority of Hindus and those who read Hindu scriptures and stories, Asuras and Rakshasas mean the same – they are demons. But several scholars are of the opinion that an Asura and a Rakshasa are not the same. They are different. The primary difference is that Asuras reside in the netherworld or underground and Rakshasas live on the earth. Asuras are the enemies of Devas or demigods and Rakshasa are the enemies of human beings and saints.

Some scholars are also of the view that Rakshasas were the protectors of the forest and came into conflict with human beings who wanted to clear forest, cut trees and wanted to exploit the nature.
It must also be noted that majority of the episodes of battle between Rakshasas and human beings take place in forest. It looks like the humans were invading their space and it is when they retaliate.
Rakshasas are chiefly mentioned in the Ramayana and Mahabharata like Tadaka, Surpanaka, Kumbhakarna, Hidimba, Ghatotkacha, Baka etc . Not all Rakshasas are…

India to Patent 900 Yoga Asanas to Prevent Claims by Foreign Companies

Saint Patanjali developed Yoga Asanas for the welfare of humanity. Bhagavad Gita extols its importance. But monetary gains and never ending greed of modern multinational companies and certain individuals has landed Yoga postures in world of patents. There ever-slow government bureaucrats and administration in India has finally woken up to the yoga patent issue – this after nearly 250 yoga postures were patented around the world.The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in India has prepared patent formats of nearly 900 yoga asanas (postures) and has included them in the digitalised Traditional Knowledge Library (TKDL), set up by the council to collect and record traditional treatment therapy knowledge. The Council claims that yoga asanas registered with it enjoy the status of being patented.Hindustan Times reports"Video recordings of the asanas are also being made and recorded to prevent them from being stolen," said TKDL director Dr VK Gupta. The CSIR began …

Dashahara Vrata – Dasahara Vrat

Dashahara Vrata is dedicated to Goddess Ganga (River Ganges) and is observed by certain Hindu communities. In 2019, Dashahara Vrata begins on June 4 and ends on June 12 – the Ganga Dasahara day. The Vrat is observed from the first day of the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) in Jyeshta month (May – June). It is a 10-day Vrata.

This Vrata is based on the legend that Goddess Ganga descended on the earth on Jyeshta Shukla Dasami (10th day of Jyeshtha month) pleased with the austerieis performed by King Bhageeratha.

The important rituals during the period are daily morning bath in River Ganga for redemption of sins and worship of Ganga. Some people also perform Tila Tarpana.

Simple Teachings from Yoga Vasishta

The knowledge of the Self is the fire that burns up the dry grass of desire. This indeed is what is called samadhi, not mere abstention from speech.
He who realizes that the whole universe is really nothing but consciousness and remains quite calm is protected by the armor of Brahman; he is happy.
Just as birds and beasts do not take shelter on a mountain on fire, so also evil (thoughts) never occur to a knower of Brahman.
Firmly convinced of non-duality and enjoying perfect mental peace, yogis go about their work seeing the world as if it were a dream.
Yoga Vasishta You may also like to read Yoga Vasishta on Control of the Mind

Download Isha Upanishad PDF in English – Isavasya Upanishad Translation and Commentary

Isha Upanishad is one of the most popular Upanishads and contains the fundamental teaching of Sanatana Dharma which is found in the first stanza of the Isavasya Upanishad. This particular English commentary and translation of Isha Upanishad in PDF format for download is by Swami Paramananda. This is a very old translation and was first published in 1919 and is the English translation from the original Sanskrit.

You can find the Isavasya Upanishad in PDF format here.

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Swami Brahmeshananda Thoughts on Possessiveness

Let us recall the notice put on certain railway stations: ‘Less luggage, happy journey’. Or think of a person burdened with many items of luggage dangling from his hands and shoulders and another person happily striding ahead with just one bag on his shoulder! So also possessiveness adds to our botheration.
One has to spend a lot of time and energy in acquiring and keeping them. If they are lost, we feel sorry. Further as we become attached to them, we become dependent upon them for our happiness. Instead of happiness, they bring suffering. They rob our precious time and energy, which could be better utilized for higher pursuits.
There is one more side of this idea of living simple life. Think of the widespread poverty. All over the world, there are so many people living in poverty, unable to have two square meal a day or have proper clothing and housing. In such a condition, it is indeed criminal to possess more than one’s basic needs. Every extra morsel of food we take is snatched…

Triloknath Ashtami

Trilokhnathashtami is a unique ritual observed in temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. Triloknath Ashtami 2019 date is May 27. Hindu God Shiva is worshipped as Trilokhanth in many temples. In this form he is lord of the three worlds.

Triloknath Ashtami is observed on the eighth day during the Krishna Paksha (waning phase of moon) of Jyeshta month. Special pujas and rituals dedicated to Trilokhnath are observed on the day.

This form of Shiva is worshipped in Himachal Pradesh.