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Goddess Lakshmi Puja in Shravan Month – Mahalakshmi Pooja in Sawan Month

The Shravan month in a Hindu lunar calendar is one of the most auspicious months and numerous pujas and rituals are held in this month. One of the most important puja in the month is the Varamahalakshmi Puja which held on the last Friday of the Shukla Paksha of Shravan month. Apart from this another puja and ritual dedicated to Mahalakshmi is held on the first Friday of the Shukla Paksha of Sawan month.

In some regions a murti of Goddess Lakshmi is installed on the first Friday of Shravan Shukla Paksha for puja. It is believed that Goddess Lakshmi only visits those houses that are clean. The houses are cleaned and offerings are made to Goddess Lakshmi. In some regions this is a community puja in which women of neighborhood gather in a house and perform the puja.

But the most important puja is the Varamahalakshmi puja. You can find details of Varalakshmi Puja here in this article.

Poems of Akka Mahadevi

Like treasure hidden by the earth,
Like the taste hidden by the fruit,
Like gold hidden by the stone,
Like oil hidden by the sesame seed,
Like fire hidden by the word,
Channamallikarjuna (Shiva), jasmine-tender,
Hides as the being behind becoming;
No one knows him.When I did not know myself
Where were you, tell me?
Like the color in gold,
You were in me.
Though you were in me
I saw you as different.
O Channakallikarjuna, jasmine-tender.Akka MahadeviSource – Songs of Shivavacanas of Akka Mahadevi - Translated by Vinaya Chaitanya

Shiva Purana in Hindi – Read Shiv Puran Online in Hindi

Shiva Purana is one among the most important Puranas and narrates the stories associated with Hindu God Shiva. Reading Shiv Puran on Mondays and other auspicious days associated with Shiva is considered highly rewarding. The Puran is also read during the Shravan Mahina (July – August), as it is dedicated to Shiva. Shiva Puran in Hindi is provided by Ved Puran website. You can read it online in Hindi but there is no download option.You can read Shiva Purana in Hindi here at Ved Puran.

Mangaidevi Yatra

Mangaidevi Yatra is pilgrimage and festival at Goddess Mangaidevi temples located in parts of Karnataka and Maharashtra. Mangaidevi Yatra 2019 date is July 25. Goddess Mangaidevi is an incarnation of Goddess Shakti and is worshipped by certain Hindu communities. The Goddess is also a family deity.

Large number of people participate in Mangaidevi Yatra which is mainly held in Belgaum District in Karnataka.

The ritual is observed on the eighth day during the Krishna Paksha or waning phase of moon in Ashada month as per traditional calendars followed in Karnataka and Maharashtra.

Takshak Puja – Takshak Poojan

Takshak Puja is dedicated to the king of Nagas. It is observed on Nag Panchami day in Shravan month and also on the fifth day of the Shukla Paksha in Magha month (January – February). Takshak Puja 2019 in Shravan month is on August 5.

Special pujas are offered to Takshak on the day. He is the king of Nagas and pujas that are offered to him are part of the Nag Panchami puja.

The most famous incident involving Takshak is His becoming a worm and entering an apple and getting into the palace of Parikshith which was built in the middle of the sea. He then bit King Parikshith and killed him to fulfill a curse.

A Series of Articles on the Future of Hinduism – As Hindu Religion Goes Global is a web portal that engages in the global dialogue about religion and spirituality and to explore and experience the world's beliefs. The website has created a series of articles on topic of Future of Hinduism. The articles concentrate on the challenges and the gains that Hindu Religion will face and make in future as the religion is going global with Hindus spreading around the world and establishing temples and more and more people showing genuine interest in Hinduism, which is one of the oldest religions in the world.
The articles in are written by scholars and university professors. The contributors to the series include: Loriliai Biernacki, Christopher Chapple, Gavin Flood, Thomas Forsthoefel, David Frawley, Pankaj Jain, Khyati Joshi, Vamsee Juluri, Padma Kuppa, Ramdas Lamb, Brian Pennington, Anantanand Rambachan, Arvind Sharma and Suhag Shukla.
Majority of the articles in the series tries to understand Hinduism as a religion like Christianity or Islam.…

Sant Eknath Teachings on the best path to God Realization

Purity – not merely of the body but the internal one of the heart as well as the external one of good actions is needed
Penance or constant meditation on God and not fasting or torturing the body is needed.
Retirement from worldly affairs to lead a life of silent meditation in solitude.
Calm endurance of the weak points of others without feeling anger as the Atman is the same in all.
Bhakti – realizing the presence of God everywhere.
Sant Eknath

Panch Kedar Yatra – Traveling to Pancha Kedar Temples

Panch Kedar Yatra is a pilgrimage to the Kedarnath, Madhyamaheshwar, Tungnath, Kalpeshwar and RudranathTemples in Uttarakhand in India. All these shrines are dedicated to Hindu God Shiva. The ideal months to travel and undertake the trek to the shrines are May, June, July, August, September, October and November. The temples are located in the Garhwal Himalaya, at altitude ranging from 6,500 to 12,000 ft, between the valleys of the Mandakini and Alaknanda rivers.
Kedarnath remains closed during the winter period. The temple closes after Diwali (November) and opens only on the Akshaya Tritiya Day (May). Madhyamaheshwar, Tungnath and Rudranath temples are also closed during the harsh winter period (November to April). Only Kalpeshwar shrine remains open throughout the year.
The toughest trek among the Panch Kedar is the one to the RudranathTemple. You might also like to read Char Dham Yatra Adi Kailash Yatra Mani Mahesh Yatra

Sanskrit Vartaman Patram – a Sanskrit Daily Newspaper from Vadodara in Gujarat

Sanskrit Vartaman Patram is a new Sanskrit daily newspaper published from Gujarat. The newspaper was launched on Sunday, June 25, 2010 at Vadodara. The newspaper is available in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Goa and Union Territory of Diu, Daman and Dadra Nagar Haveli. The four-page daily is priced at Rupees 1.50 per issue. Yearly subscription is Rupees 500/-.Indian Express reportsSanskrit Vartaman Patram will be published from Vadodara and cover local, national and international news and the annual subscription is Rs 500, Editor Praful Purohit said. M L Wadekar, Director, Oriental Institute of M S University and one of the members on the Editorial Board said that after receiving a good response to the pilot copy of this newspaper, they decided to launch it. For enabling its readers to understand the language, the paper will include glossary of Sanskrit words translated in Gujarati, Hindi, English and other languages, he said.You may also like to readSudharma – the …

Choti Teej 2017 Date – Chhoti Teej

Chhoti Teej is observed on the third day of the Shukla Paksha or waxing phase of moon in Shravan month. Choti Teej 2017 date is July 26. The ritual is also popularly known as Hariyali Teej and is the first of the three important Teej festivals in North India.

Choti Teej is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. On the day, women pray for the welfare of their husbands and for a happy married life.

In some regions in North India, Choti Teej is dedicated to the eternal love of Lord Krishna and Radha. Some Hindu communities worship Chand or Chandra – the moon god - on the day. The day is also of great importance in Vrindavan.

Numerous fairs and festivals are also observed on the day in many parts of North India, especially in Rajasthan where color processions of the idols of Goddess Parvati are taken out.

You can find more details about Hariyali Teej in this article.

Gem Stone or Navratna for Bharani, Purvaphalguni and Purvashadha Birth Stars – Heera or Vajram or Diamond

There are so many people who are interested in Navratna or Gem Stones as they consider it can change there fortune. Astrology states that to gain happiness and wealth and to have a peaceful and healthy life one should wear the gem stone associated with one’s Nakshatra. Each birth star or Nakshatra has a particular Navaratna associated with it. Heera or Vajram or Diamond is associated with Bharani, Purvaphalguni and Purvashadha Nakshatrams. These birth stars are also known as Barani, Puram and Pooradam in regional languages.Heera or Vajram is associated with Navgraha Shukra. This gem stone is also known by the name of White Saphire. It is believed that if the people born in Nakshatra Bharani, Purvaphalguni and Purvashadha wear the gem stone Heera they will be blessed with luck, prosperity and good health.

Guru Purnima – Thoughts and Quotes – Swami Sivananda

Salutations to Lord Narayana, the Adi Guru! Salutations to the Brahmavidya Gurus of ancient Bharatavarsha! Salutations to the illumined sages and seers of modern India, the living Gurus who are inspiring, guiding and enlightening the sincere seekers and struggling souls of the Samsarik world!

The age of the Upanishads was an age of intuitional perception. It was an age when intuitional experience was the guarantee of Truth. But the modern age is an age of questioning and criticism. Today the guarantee of truth is in the test of sense perception. What man can perceive through sense-organs he accepts as the reality. That which the senses cannot perceive he rejects as unreliable. Thus, many precious factors in our ancient cultural heritage have been rejected and set aside as superstition. The hoary and the most precious spiritual conception of the Guru is one such factor that has come to be misunderstood and misinterpreted in the present age.

The traditional concept of the Guru is a uni…

Hindu Marriage Act in Indian Law – Does it apply to Hindu Marriages Performed Outside India?

Can a family court in India settle a marriage dispute – decide on divorce petition – between two Hindus under the Hindu Marriage Act in Indian Law, even if the marriage had taken place outside India? The Supreme Court of India will be soon taking a decision on this tricky issue – as such divorce cases are on increase.The Hindu writes about this issueThe Supreme Court has been moved to decide an important question of law: whether a family court in India has jurisdiction to try a matrimonial litigation involving two Hindus governed by the Hindu Marriage Act even in cases where the opposite party is a foreign national having his domicile outside the country. Actor Sukanya, who married R. Sridharan, has applied for divorce in India. The marriage took place as per traditional Hindu customs at the Balaji temple in New Jersey, U.S. in April 2002. However, Ms. Sukanya returned to India in January 2003 and thereafter never went back to the U.S.On a writ petition filed by Mr. Sridharan challeng…

Yajnavalkya Smriti Quotes

Success of actions rests equally on destiny and one’s efforts. Of these two, destiny is the expression of the efforts made in a previous life.A Dharma detested by the world must not be practiced.By resorting to what is condemned or prohibited and by not controlling the senses man incurs crime.Human beings are, by nature addicted to sinful deeds or crimes.Decisions should be made according to law, uninfluenced by agreed or anger.Of all works, like sacrifices, rituals, control of senses, harmlessness, charity or study of the Vedas, this one thing is the highest duty: that one should seek the Self through Yoga. Yajnavalkya Smriti

Avvaiyar Amman Temple at Nagercoil – Special Significance during Tuesdays in Aadi Month

Aadi Masam is an important month in Tamil Calendar and numerous rituals are observed in the month. The Tuesdays in the month are considered highly auspicious and special prayers are offered to Goddesses in Hindu pantheon on the day. Thousands of devotees visit the 300 year-old Avvayar Amman temple near Nagercoil in Kannyakumari district on Tuesdays in the Aadi month.Unmarried women observe special pujas here for early marriage. Couples who have no children offer prayers and pujas for begetting children.A special dish made from rice flour and coconut is offered on the day here during the auspicious days.You may also like to readSpecial rituals in Aadi MonthAadi Chevvai – Importance of Tuesday in the Tamil Month Aadi

Divasi Gowri Puja – Diwasi Gouri Pooja

Divasi Gowri Puja is observed on the Amavasya or no moon day in the month of Ashada in Karnataka and parts of Andhra Pradesh. Divasi Gowri Puja 2019 date is August 1. This Gouri Pooja is performed by Sumangalis or married women. This ritual is popularly known as Bheemana Amavasya.

On the Diwasi Gouri Pooja day women pray for the well being of their husbands and brothers.

The rituals on the day are dedicated to Goddess Gouri (Parvati) and Lord Shiva.

You may also like to read Story of Bheemana Amavasi Vrata How to observe Bheemana Amavasi

Swami Swarupananda Thoughts

As fire is enveloped by smoke,
as a mirror by dust,
as an embryo by the placenta, so is
Knowledge covered by desire. (Bhagavad Gita 3.38)Swami Swarupananda Explains this asThree states of the over-clouding of knowledge or Self by desire are described by the three illustrations here given.The first stage is sattvika — ‘fire enveloped by smoke’—the rise of a slight wind of discrimination dispels the smoke of desire in a sattvika heart.The second, the rajasika — the removal of ‘the dust on a mirror,’ requires some time and preparation.While the third — the tamasika, takes a much longer time like the release of ‘the embryo’ from the placenta after birth.The time taken to overcome desire depends on the nature of a person.Source – Srimad Bhagavad Gita, Tr. and notes by Swami Swarupananda

Kagbeni in Nepal – Hansa Tirtha for performing Shradh and Tarpan to the Dead

Kagbeni is located on the way to the famous MuktinathTemple dedicated to Lord Vishnu in Nepal. Jhong KholaRiver flowing down from Muktinath joins the KaliGandakiRiver at Kagbeni. 
Performing Shradh, Tarpan and other rituals dedicated dead ancestors, parents and relatives here is considered highly meritorious. The place is also known as Hansa Tirtha.
Legend has it that once people were making offerings to Lord Shiva during a Shivratri here. Suddenly a crow swooped down to pick up in its beak some of the offerings. Another crow chased the first to get a share and both tumbled into the confluence of the JhongKholaRiver and KaliGandakiRiver and emerged as swans (Hansa). Thus the Tirtha got the name Hansa Tirtha.
There is a popular belief in Hindu culture that the dead arrive to take the share of the offerings made to them in the form of crows. This is a widespread belief in among many Hindu communities.
The pitru paksha fortnight (September – October) is the ideal period chosen to perfor…

Ganesh Baba Quotes

Wise men don't love wise men, wise men love fools.God is the supreme shopkeeper, his market is infinite.In Tantra, if one is a meat eater, we give him so much meat he will ask for dal and chapati.Polar switchback: when you reach the highest point of positivity you'll swing back immediately into negativity.Don't count time if you want to evolve; if you count time you will revolve.Ganesh Baba(1895 – 1987)

Unique Murti (idol) of Hindu God Jagannath at Gud Village in Balasore in Orissa

The murti or idol of Hindu God Jagannath that is worshipped in temples is usually made of wood - Daru Brahma. But there is a unique murti of Jagannath at GudVillage in Balasore in Orissa which is made from stone – Shila Brahma. The specialty of the murti does not end there – the same murti has features of Balabhadra and Subhadra. The temple is originally dedicated to Balabhadra, the elder brother of Lord Krishna.It must be noted that in all Jagannath temples, Balabhadra and Subhadra are also worshipped along with Lord Jagannath. Each is worshipped as a separate murti. But at the in GudVillage – the single main murti has the eyes of Jagannath, face of Balabhadra and body of Subhadra.The murti is nearly three-feet tall and weighs over 100 kilograms.There is also an interesting story about the murti that is vogue in the village – The stone murti in the form of Balabhadra bearing marks of seven cobra hoods on its head was found floating in a village pond one morning. After noticing it for…

Jwala Chaturdasi at Khrew Jwalamukhi Temple in Jammu and Kashmir

Jwala Chaturdashi, also known as Jwala Mukhi Mela, is the most important festival observed at the JwalamukhiTemple in Anantnag District in Jammu and Kashmir. Jwala Chaturdasi 2019 date is July 15. The festival is observed on the 14th day of the Shukla Paksha or waxing phase of moon in Ashad month. The JwalamukhiTemple is dedicated to Jawala Bhagwati - the Goddess of fire.

The temple gets its name Jwalamukhi as it is located on a hill which was once an active volcano. The temple is located at KhrewVillage, which is around 20 km from Srinagar.

Atop the hillock there is beautiful spring and Kashmiri Hindus arrive here during the Jwala Chaturdasi period to take a holy dip.

Hindu Woman Performs Her Father’s Funeral Rituals – We need more daughters to come forward and perform the last rites of their parents

No idea who created this rule that only male members can perform the last rites in Hinduism. Daughters are forbidden from performing the funeral rituals even when there is no male member in the family to do it. But some daughters are showing the courage to change the social norm – it is not easy they have to battle relatives, neighbors, friends, onlookers and all those that have an opinion on this highly personal matter. Times of India writes about B G Indiramma from Mysore who had the courage to perform the last rites of her father and also got herself tonsured (the practice of shaving the head during funeral ritual.) Indiramma, an accounts officer with the Mysore Urban Development Authority, has four sisters. When her father Govindegowda died a fortnight ago, unmindful of all criticism, she lit the pyre after completing all rituals. Many were stunned when she asked the barber to tonsure her head just before the rituals.

Indiramma told TOI she had no qualms about losing her crowning g…

Navratna or Gem Stone Vaiduryam for Birth Stars Aswini, Magha and Moola

Navratna or Gem Stones are worn by people who believe in astrology to gain happiness and wealth and to have a peaceful and healthy life. Each birth star or Nakshatra has a particular Navaratna associated with it. Vaiduryam or Cat’s Eye is associated with Aswini, Magha and Moola Nakshatrams. These birth stars are also known as Ashwati, Magam and Moolam in regional languages.Vaidurya is associated with Navgraha Ketu. This gem stone is also known by the name of Sutramani.It is believed that if the people born in Nakshatra Aswini, Magha and Moola wear the gem stone Vaiduryam they will be blessed with wealth, health and peace. You may also like to readNavadanya for NavgrahasImportance of Rudraksha

Iphone Sanskrit Learner – Teach yourself Samskritam through iphone Sanskrit Primer Application

Sanskrit Primer iphone Application provides ‘teach yourself Samskritam guide’ and it is also a useful pocket reference for those interested in Sanskrit language. The application is developed by Krishna Varma.The Sanskri application has the following features: Assumes no prior exposure to the languageDetailed coverage of the Devanagari scriptGrammatical concepts are illustrated using numerous examplesExtensive listing of verb and noun inflection tables and vocabulary that can serve as a handy referenceOver 100 simple conversational sentences includedAudio clips that serve as a pronunciation guide for all the words and sentencesAdditional topics planned for future releasesEasy navigation using familiar touch interactionsFully functional in offline mode as wellSanskrit Primer Application is available at iTunes. You can download it here at iTunes – Sanskrit Learner

Random Thoughts and Quotes – Osho

In this world, there is only one happiness and that is to be yourself.Dropping the mask and bringing out your original face is the whole alchemy of meditation.Life is an art -- or it would even be better to call it a hunch. You have to feel it.You will find meaning in life only if you create it. Your home is within you. And you are not to search for it anywhere. You are your home.Osho

Girija Puja in Ashada Month

Girija Puja is a unique ritual dedicated to Goddess Parvati, who is also known as Girija. Girija Puja 2019 date is July 11. The ritual is observed on the 10th day of the Shukla Paksha of Ashada month as per traditional calendar followed in North India. Special pujas and rituals are held on the day in Shiva Parvati Temples.

The Ashada Dasami is considered auspicious worship Goddess Parvati by some communities in North India.

The day is also observed as Ashada Dasami in some regions.

Sharika Jayanti in Ashada Month - Mela Dedicated to Sharika Bhavani

Sharika Jayanti is believed to be the day Goddess Sharika appeared on the earth to annihilate Adharma and restore Dharma. Sharika Jayanti 2019 date is July 10. It is observed on the ninth day during the Shukla Paksha or waxing phase of moon in Ashad month (July – August). The day is also known as Har Navami. The ritual is also referred to as Sharika Bhavani Mela.

Goddess Sharika is an incarnation of Mother Goddess Shakti and is widely worshipped in Jammu and Kashmir. Her abode is the Hari Parbat on the outskirts of Srinagar. She is also the patron deity of many Kashmiri Pandits.

The day is of great importance in temples dedicated to Goddess Sharika. Especially, the temple at Hari Parvat where the Goddess is worshiped in the form of a Sri Chakra.

You might also like to read Goddess Sharika

Raksha Panchami 2019 date in Odisha

Raksha Panchami is dedicated to Batuk Bhairav, incarnation of Lord Shiva and also Ganesha. Raksha Panchami 2019 date is August 20. The festival is mainly dedicated to the protection of wildlife and plants and is observed on the fifth day during the Krishna paksha or waning phase of moon in Bhadrapad month. The ritual is mainly followed in some regions in Orissa.

The festival is observed on the fifth day after Raksha Bandhan ritual.
What do do on Raksha Panchami? On the Raksha Panchami day, paintings of Batuk Bhairav or Bhairab, Ganesh and Mahadev (Shiva) are drawn on doors of houses. Some people draw the picture of Nandi the vehicle of Lord Shiva on the back door.

A prayer (invocation) to Lord Shiva is written on palm leaf and is hung on the top of the door. Along with the palm leaf, kusha grass and a small packet of rice also hung on the door.

At night there is a ritual of making small offerings to wild animals and snakes.

Vittal Navratri – Shri Vithal Navratra

Vittal Navratri is observed in the Ashada month by some Hindu communities in Maharashtra. The Navaratra coincides with the Pandarpur Yatra and Ashadi Ekadasi. Vittal Navratri 2019 begins on July 10. The annual Pandarpur Yatra and Ashadi Ekadasi are on July 12. Hindu God Vithal is an incarnation of Lord Krishna and is worshipped mainly in Maharashtra and parts of Karnataka. The most famous temple dedicated to Lord Vithala is located at Pandarpur.

The Bhakti cult associated with Vithal which was pioneered by Sant Jnaneshwar and Tukaram Maharaj is responsible for numerous social changes in Maharashtra.

The Navratri coincides with the Pandarpur Yatra which begins from Dehu and Alandi in Pune District, fifteen days before the Ashadi Ekadasi.

Prayers and satsangs are held during the period. A major highlight during the period is the singing of bhajans.

You may also like to read Story of Hindu God Vithal

B K S Iyengar Quotes

Fanatics speak in the street. You are internal fanatics. You talk inside. A wise man neither speaks on the street or inside. Such a man is a saint.The gross body must be adjusted before going into the inner body.Poise in the body is peace in the mind.Concentration is like a tightly held fist. Open the fist and concentration is extended. There is freedom. This is meditation.B K S Iyengar– World Famous Yoga GuruSource – An article on B K S Iyengar in the Yoga Journal July 1976 Edition.

Observing Hindu Vrat during Menstrual Period - Rules During Monthly Menstruation

There are so many women who have doubt regarding observing Vrat during monthly menstrual periods. Such doubts arise when Navratri, Ekadasi, Pradosh, Sankashti Chaturthi, Karva Chauth etc falls during the monthly period. It gets even more complicated when women observe Solah Somvar Vrat, Solah Shukravar Vrat etc.
The general rule is not to count the vrat day. Do observe a fast, but don't worship God and perform puja on that particular day. This is applicable when observing solah somavar vrat etc or every month vrat or every week Vrata.
That is if you have your periods during Solah Shukravar Vrat or other such vrats you have to do the vrat a day more. The vrat on the period day is not counted. (For example if it is a sixteen Monday vrat then it becomes a 17 Monday vrat as the one during the period is not counted.)
In case of Ekadasi, Pradosh, Sankashti, Karva Chauth etc you can perform the vrat but without doing pujas. Someone in the house can do the puja instead of you.
Another q…

Puri Rath Yatra 2010 Sand Sculpture Tribute by Sudarsan pattnaik

Sudarsan pattnaik, a world famous sand artist from Orissa, annually pays tribute to Puri Rath Yatra by creating a Sand Sculpture on PuriBeach based on the Ratha Yatra theme. For Puri Rath Yatra 2010, Sudarsan pattnaik chose to spread the message of universal brotherhood.Orissa Diary reportsWorld champion sand artist Sudarsan pattnaik on Wednesday created sand sculpture of lord Jagannath and behind him 3 chariot on the eve of Rath Yatra on Puri beach. Pattnaik created 5ft high sand sculpture with using colour sand. It took 5hrs using 10 tones of sand with his students of sand art institute.Rath Yatra is an occasion where devotees, irrespective of religion, caste, class and creed get an opportunity to see the presiding deities. “In 14th century poet Balram Das, popularly known as Mattha Balaram, had created a chariot on sand while he was not allowed to have the holy glimpse of Lord on the chariot for being non-Brahmin. Disappointed Balaram came to the Puri Banki Muhana sea beach and bui…

Bengali Shraban Month 2018 – Shravan Mash in Bangala Calendar in 2017

Shravan month, or Shraban Mash, is the fourth month in a traditional Bengali calendar. In 2018, Shraban Month in Bangala Calendar begins on July 18, 2018 and ends on August 17. The current year as per Bengali calendar is 1425. Some of the auspicious days in the month include Nag Panchami and Ashtang Puja,
Bipadtarini Puja - July 21Guru Purnima - July 27Manasa Devi Puja - August 1Nag Panchami - August 15Nanda Utsav - August 16 Purnima day in Shraban month in 2017 is on July 27

The Ekadashis in the month are on July 23 and August 7, 2018

The Amabashya in Shravan Mash is on August 11.
The next month in Bengali Calendar is the Bhadrapad month.

Washing The Feet Of Guru – Swami Chinmayananda on the symbolic meaning of this act

Just as a Shivling represents Shiva, a Saligrama represents Vishnu, in the same way, the feet of the teacher represent to the student not the feet, but the concept behind.
What we are invoking is Brahman the Lord. But we cannot directly go to Him. We want a symbol. At this time, there is no symbol more sacred than the feet of the Teacher. Therefore, we borrow the feet of the Teacher for some time, and the Teacher allows us to play with them! We wash the feet and worship them, as though they are the Lord Himself. We clean them with love, put sacred ash, adorn with sandal paste and do all that we do in a puja at the temple; we worship the feet as though they are that Shiva Linga or a Saligrama, invoking Him, the Ideal.
Swami Chinmayananda


Different Meanings of Guru from Guru Gita

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. (read more)

Book – Shree Ramayana Mahanveshanam by M. Veerappa Moily – English Translation

The book titled Shree Ramayana Mahanveshanam by M. Veerappa Moily attempts to explore the true principles in the Epic Ramayana - a quest for the principles governing a Ram Rajya – the welfare state. Dr M. Veerappa Moily is a distinguished political leader in India. He is a member of the Indian National Congress party and is currently Minister of Law and Justice in the Government of India.Originally written in Kannada, this current English version consists of two volumes and runs into volumes run into 1,700 pages. Retaining the original storyline of Ramayana, Dr Veerappa Moily introduces modern characters in the narrative. Thus we have the main characters in the Ramayana expressing anguish and trying to change some of major issues faced by the society and country. In the book, Shree Ramayana Mahanveshanam, it is Lakshman, the brother of Lord Ram who is the real hero.Dr Veerappa Moily says“Lakshmana was responsible for driving the Ramayana. He is the real hero. Without Lakshmana, Rama w…

Ashada Purnima 2019 date – Full moon day in Ashada Month in 2019

The full moon day or Purnima is Ashada month in a traditional Hindu lunar calendar is highly auspicious as it is observed as Guru Purnima and Vyasa Poornima. Ashada Purnima 2019 date is July 16. The Purnima Vrat is marked on July 16.

Guru Purnima and Vyas Purnima are marked on July 16.

The Chaturmas vrat for some communities begins on this day.

An important festival takes place during the period at the Shirdi Sai Baba temple and is known as Ashadi Purnima festival.

Har Saptami – Haar Satum

Har Saptami is observed in the month of Ashada in Jammu and Kashmir. The day is dedicated to Goddess Shakti and is of great importance HariParvatTemple on the outskirts of Srinagar city. Har Saptami 2019 date is July 8. Goddess Shakti is here worshipped as Jagadamba Sharika Bhagwati. She is also known as Maha Tripursundari and Raajrajeshwari. Locally she is known as Har or Harie.

On the Har Saptami, the pujas and rituals associated with the incarnation day of Goddess Sharika begins. It is believed that she appeared on the earth on the ninth day of the Shukla Paksha of Ashada month. Har Navami falls two days after Har Saptami.

Today, the day is dedicated to the worship of Goddess Sharika.

Molakat Vrat – Molakat Jagran in Gujarat

Molakat Vrat is observed in the month of Ashada in Gujarat. It is a five-day Vrata. In 2019, the date of Molakat Vrat is from July 12 to July 16. This Vrata is observed by unmarried girls for getting a good husband. The inspiration for this vrat is the strict austerities performed by Goddess Parvati (Gauri) to get Shiva as her husband. This vrat is popularly known as Gauri Vrata.

Please note that in some regions this Vrat is observed from the fifth day of the waxing phase of the moon in the month of Ashada for five days.

In the ritual unmarried women sow seven different types of seed on the first day. The seedlings are watered on all the five days and prayers are offered. By the end of the fifth day, the seeds sprout and this is shared with friends and relatives.

In some regions, unmarried women only take a single meal in the evening for five days.

Eye Opening Thoughts – Sri Ramakrishna

At a distance from the market, we hear only a loud buzzing noise; but entering the market, we hear it no longer, and instead we hear the bargains that are being carried on. Similarly, so long as a person is far away from God, he cannot but be in the midst of the confusion of scholarship, vain argument and discussion; but once he approaches God, all arguments and discussions cease, and he gains a clear and vivid insight of the mysteries of God.God cannot be seen with these physical eyes. In the course of spiritual discipline one gets a ‘love body,’ endowed with ‘love eyes,’ ‘love ears,’ and so on . . . With this love body the soul communes with God.Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa

Asha Dasami 2019 Date – Asha Dashami Vrat

Asha Dasami Vrat is observed during the Shukla Paksha, or waxing phase of moon, in the month of Ashada as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar in North India. Asha Dasami 2019 date is July 11. The rituals on the day are dedicated to Goddess Parvati and it is observed on the 10th day of the Shukla Paksha of Ashad month.

Please note that in some regions it is also observed on the 10th day of the Shukla Paksha of Kartik month.

The ritual is also observed as Girija Puja in some regions.

Pujas and rituals on the day are dedicated to Goddess Parvati. The vrat is performed for attaining peace, health and prosperity.

The vrat is only observed by certain communities in North India.

Gujarati Ashad Maas 2019 – Ashada Month in Traditional Gujarat Calendar in 2019

Ashad Mahina is the ninth month in a traditional Hindu Gujarati calendar followed in Gujarat. Ashada Maas 2019 is from July 3 to August 1. The auspicious days in the month include Devshayani Ekadasi, Jaya Parvati Vrat, Gauri Vrat, Guru Purnima and Hariyali Amas.

Ahmedabad Jagannath Rath Yatra is on July 4, 2019.
Ekadasi Fasting Dates in Ashad Maas July 12 – Devshayani Ekadasi July 28 – Kamika Ekadashi

Ashad Maas Sud Padvo and Vad Padavo – Shukla Paksha and Krishna Paksha Ashad Gujarati calendar 2019 Sud Padvo (Waxing phase of moon) is from July 3 to July 16 Ashada Maas 2019 Vad Padvo Paksha (Waning phase of moon) is from July 17 to August 1.

Purnima in Gujarati Ashada month Ashada Purnima or Full moon day is on July 16, 2019.The Purnima Vrat is marked on July 16.The Purnima begins at 1:47 AM on July 16 and ends at 3:07 AM on July 17. Vyasa and Guru Purnima Vrat are observed on July 16.  Amas in Gujarati Ashada month Ashada Amas or No moon day is on August 1, 2019.The Amavasi begins at 11:5…

Shri Dwarakadish Patotsav – Kankroli Dwarkadish Temple Swaroop Inception Festival in Rajasthan

KankroliDwarakadishTemple in Rajasthan is one of the most important temples dedicated to Hindu God Dwarakadish – Krishna. Shri Dwarakadish Patotsav 2019 date is July 7. Patotsav is a sort of re-consecration ceremony held in temples in western and northern parts of India. In the ritual, a strip of garment tied on the head of a murti. The ritual re-invokes the Deity and is annually held on the consecration day.

Legend has it that the murti of Krishna worshipped in the KankroliDwarakadishTemple in Rajasthan originally belonged to Gokul in Vrindavan. To save the murti from the attack of mughal ruler Aurangazeb, it was moved to a village near Udaipur in Rajasthan. Finally, it was moved to Kankaroli near Nathadwara during the 18th century.

Today, the magnificent temple of Dwarkadhishji is located on the banks of RajsamandLake (Raisagar) in Kankaroli.

The Patotsav is annually held on the fifth day during the Shukla Paksha or waxing phase of moon in Ashada Month.

Thanks to Sanskrit Bharati These IT Professionals Find Joy in Conversing in Sanskrit

Nearly a dozen IT Professionals from the Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) in Pune makes it a point to converse in Sanskrit before lunch time. These techies join to learn Sanskrit as part of the Sanskrit Sambhashan Shibir (Sanskrit conversation workshop), organized by Maitree — a TCS unit for cultural and social activities — and Sanskrit Bharati that works for promoting Sanskrit as a spoken language.Indian Express reportsThe seeds of the workshop were sown during Pride of India, an exhibition organised in April highlighting the contribution of Sanskrit to science. “During the exhibition, Aashish Majramkar (co-ordinator and instructor of the workshop) showed his willingness to conduct a conversation workshop for those interested in learning Sanskrit.Manjarmkar, an assistant systems engineer with TCS, is a fluent Sanskrit speaker and had been associated with Sanskrit Bharati in the past. “To learn any language, we must follow the steps of listening, speaking, reading and then writing. At …

Kardam Shasti

Kardam Shasti is observed in the month of Ashara. Kardam Sashti 2019 date is July 8. The ritual is mainly observed in eastern parts of India. It is observed on the seventh of the Shukla Paksha of Ashar Month. There is only very little information of this ritual as it is only observed by certain Hindu communities.

Note – If any of you have any information about this ritual please comment about it or write to us. If the ritual also has a different spelling please inform us.

Teachings from Isha Upanishad

When one sees all beings in the Self, and the Self in all beings, he hates no one.Renunciation is renunciation of the ego, of selfishness and not of life.Who sees all beings in his own Self, and his own Self in all beings, loses all fear.The whole creation is filled with Divinity.Isha Upanishad

Where should Murtis (idols) of Hindu God placed in a Puja Room in the home?

The murtis (idols) or paintings of Hindu gods like Ganesha, Vishnu, Krishna, Lakshmi, Ayyappa, Saraswati, Shiva, Muruga should face west so that we face east while worshipping. The murtis should not be placed in bedrooms. The images of Gods also should not directly face the main door.
Murtis of Hindu Gods should not be kept in the puja area facing each other. Broken idols should not be used for worship.
The Puja area or prayer room should be in the northeast or east of the house.

Swami Vivekananda Thoughts on God

This universal intelligence is what we call God. Call it by any other name, it is absolutely certain that in the beginning there is that Infinite cosmic intelligence. This cosmic intelligence gets involved, and it manifests, evolves itself, until it becomes the perfect man. Then it goes back to its own source. That is why all the scriptures say, 'In Him we live and move and have our being.' That is why all the scriptures preach that we come from God and go back to God. Do not be frightened by theological terms; if terms frighten you, you are not fit to be philosophers. This cosmic intelligence is what the theologians call God.Swami Vivekananda

Yuriko Ikenoya – a Woman Warkari from Japan Participating in Pandarpur Yatra for 30 years

Warkaris are pilgrims that follow the Tukaram Maharaj Palkhi procession from Dehu and the Sant Dnyaneshwar palkhi from Alandi in Pune to Pandarpur. The warkaris walk more than 210 km to reach Pandarpur. The walk is for 21 days and the Pandarpur yatra is observed on Ashadi Ekadasi day. Yuriko Ikenoya from Japan has been participating in the Pandarpur Yatra for 30 years. She follows the Sant Dnyaneshwar Palkhi from Alandi.Mid-Day reports about Yuriko IkenoyaDraped in a simple, white sari and a laptop in hand, Yuriko Ikenoya, is any other sanyasi at the DyaneshwarSamadhiTemple, but that she is a Japanese by birth.

Speaking chaste Hindi, Yuriko, who is in her early 50s, reminisces about her 30 years at the Palkhi procession.It was the abhangas (rhymes) by Tukaram and Dnyaneshwar, the great Maharashtrian saint poets,that inspired Ikenoya's decision to spend a month with the Palkhi pilgrimage and also go on foot from Alandi to Pandharpur. Ikenoya a graduate in Social Welfare visited Powa…

Kasumbha Chath

Kasumbha Chath is observed in the month of Ashada. Kasumbha Chhath 2018 date is July 8. It is observed during the Shukla Paksha of Ashad month (June – July). The ritual associated with Kasumbha Chat is observed mainly in Gujarat. It is held on the Shukla Paksha Chath or sixth day during the waxing phase of moon.

There is not much information about the Kasumbha Chath. The only information that is available is about the date of the observance.

Note – If any of our readers have more information of Kasumbha Chath please do share it with us in the comment section or send it to us on our mail.

Bhagavad Gita on the Person who has risen above the Gunas

Light, activity, delusion, when present, he hates not, nor longs for them when absent.He who seated like one unconcerned, is not move by the ‘gunas’, who, knowing that the ‘gunas’ operate, is self-centered and swerves not.Alike in pleasure and pain, who dwells in the self; to whom a clod of earth, precious stone and gold are alike; to whom the dear and the not-dear are the same; firm; the same in censure and self praise. The same in honor and dishonor; the same to friend and foe; abandoning all undertakings – he is said to have crossed beyond the Gunas. Bhagavad Gita(Chapter 14 – 22 to 25)You may also like to readQualities of Sattva, Rajas and Tamas – Sariraka Upanishad

Watch Hindu Spiritual Discourses Online on Chinmaya Mission Internet Channel

Chinmaya Mission Internet Channel of The Chinmaya Mission is now providing spiritual discourses online from central Chinmaya Mission Trust in Mumbai. Apart from watching the live streaming, there is also opportunity to watch previous discourses. All these facilities are for free.Chinmaya Mission, a spiritual renaissance movement started by Swami Chinmayananda, now encompasses a wide range of spiritual, educational, and charitable activities, ennobling the lives of thousands in India and worldwide.You can watch the Spiritual Discourses Online on Chinmaya Mission Internet Channel here.You may also like to readDownload Bhagavad Gita in English with commentary of Swami Chinmayananda for free

Sabarimala Temple July 2017 Monthly Puja Dates

In July 2017, SabarimalaAyyappaTemple will open on July 16 and will close on July 21 for Malayalam Karkidaka Masa Puja. The Niraputhari Ritual will also be held on a particular date in Karkidakam Month by TravancorePalace. SabarimalaAyyappaTemple in Kerala opens on the first day of every Malayalam month and the shrine remains open for the next five days for the monthly poojas including Padi puja. Thousands of Ayyappa devotees make use of this opportunity to visit the Sabarimala shrine to have a hassle free darshan.

Laksharchana, Udayasthamana pooja, padi pooja and pushpabhishekam are performed during the monthly puja.

The main pilgrimage season at Sabarimala shrine is during the Mandala Makaravilakku season (November – January). The period sees heavy rush of devotees to the hill shrine.

You may also like to read Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple 2017 – 2018 Calendar

Sexual Intercourse during Ashada Masam

This is a question that we get to hear from many of our young married readers – Can we have sex in Ashad Month. The doubt because in ancient times in Ashada Masam newly married couples were not allowed to stay together in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. This was because if the woman conceived in Kannada or Telugu Ashada Masam (June – July), then she will be giving birth in March or April or May the hottest months in South India. This was not good for the mother and child. Since in ancient times there were no immediate medical facility, elders asked couples to stay apart. The prime reason was that sometimes it was not possible to contain bleeding in hot months.But with improved medical facility, this practice is no longer followed. But still some people fear sexual intercourse during Ashada Masam.This is yet again a personal decision to have sex or not in Ashada Masam. The Aadi month occurs during the same period in Tamil Nadu and here too couples used to stay apart in ancient times.You…

Hinduism and Media – How Hindu Religion is Facing the Challenges of New Media

Internet and mobile have made it easy for people to convey their ideas and messages to the world without much censorship. But the retelling of stories associated with religion and creating new images and graphics of symbols associated with religion sometimes causes unwanted situations. Vamsee Juluri, Author, Professor of Media Studies, University of San Francisco, writes about this topic in an article titled – Mythology, Media and the Future of Hinduism in Huffington Post.The gods of Hinduism have never been up there in some cold palace playing cruel whimsical games of fate with us humans. Instead, they have taken their place among us. They have let us call them friend, cousin, son, mother, teacher, and adore them as such. For it is only in relationships that we humans adore, and it is only in adoration that we learn the lessons of the gods: to live in friendship with ourselves and others, to attain a sense of justice in our actions, and to surrender to serenity. That is the story abo…

Ravi Pushya Yog – Pushya Nakshatra on Ravivar or Sunday

Ravi Pushya Yog is calculated in a Hindu Panchang and calendar, when Pushya Nakshatra falls on Ravivar or Sunday. This is considered highly auspicious day for performing pujas and rituals. Ravi Pushya Yog 2013 date is January 27

The day is considered ideal for offering prayers to Surya, the Sun God.

Pushya Nakshatra falling on Thursday or Guruvar is known as Guru Pushya Yog. The day is considered ideal for investments in gold and property.

Marathi Ashada Month 2019 – Ashad Mahina 2019 in Traditional Maharashtra Calendar

Ashada Maas is the fourth month in a traditional Marathi calendar followed in Maharashtra. Ashada Mahina 2019 is from July 3 to August 1. The auspicious days in the month include Ashadi Ekadasi, Pandharpur Yatra and Guru Purnima.

Sankashti Chaturthi monthly fasting dedicated to Lord Ganesh is in Ashada Mahina is on  July 20 – Moonrise is at 9:48 PM  – Indian standard time.
Ashada Mahina Shukla Paksha and Krishna Paksha Ashada Mahina Marathi calendar 2019 Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) is July 3 to July 16, 2019. Ashada Maas 2019 Marathi calendar Krishna Paksha (Waning phase of moon) is from July 17 to August 1, 2019.

Purnima in Marathi Ashada Mahina Ashada Purnima or Full moon day is on July 16, 2019.The Purnima Vrat is marked on July 16.The Purnima begins at 1:47 AM on July 16 and ends at 3:07 AM on July 17. Vyasa and Guru Purnima Vrat are observed on July 16. Shirdi Utsav is also held on the day. Amavasya in Marathi Ashada Mahina Ashada Amavasya or No moon day is on August 1, 201…