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Read Ayodhya Verdict of September 30, 2010 Online

The High Court of Allahabad has uploaded the Ayodhya Judgment (Ram Janmbhoomi Babri Masjid Judgment) of September 30, 2010 Online. You can read the verdict – decision of the Honorable Special Full Bench Hearing Ayodhya Matters. There is a summary, issues of briefing and the judgments of three judges - Hon'ble Sibghat Ullah Khan ,J., Hon'ble Sudhir Agarwal, J. Hon'ble Dharam Veer Sharma, J. You can read the Read Ayodhya Verdict of September 30, 2010 Online here at the official Ram Janmbhoomi Babri Masjid Judgment website. 

Note - It is the gist of the judgments. Update - Full judgement is available now.

Note - The documents are in pdf format and you will need pdf readers like Adobe Reader installed to read it.

Offering Sari and Blouse Piece to Goddess – Oti Bharane

One of the most important offering made to Goddess in Hindu Religion is a sari and a blouse piece. This is a very important offering especially in Shakti Temples – Durga and BhagavatiTemples in South India. Red sari is usually offered to Goddess Durga. In some regions purple color sari is offered to Goddess Kali. The ritual offering sari and blouse is known as Oti Bharane in many regions. While offering a Sari and Blouse piece – the formless Goddess Shakti is imagined by the individual to have a form – that of a female. He/She then prays to this form to help in fulfilling the desires. The Sari that is offered to Goddess is either made of silk or cotton or any other natural material. Sari, blouse pieces, a coconut and uncooked rice form part of the offering and they are together known as ‘Oti’ in some places. The devotee who is making the offering stands in front of the Goddess holding the sari with open palms at chest level. The blouse piece is placed on top of the sari. Atop the blous…

Ayodhya Verdict – Hindus Should Form an Honest and Democratic Opinion Based on the Teachings of Hinduism

For majority of Hindus the RamTemple at Ayodhya is an issue in which anger and emotions run high – Bhagavan Sri Ram never showed such emotions and he remained serene in the midst of turbulence. Sri Krishna, the avatar or incarnation after Sri Rama, teaches us in the Bhagavad Gita - Serenity of mind, good heartedness, silence, self-control, purity of nature – these together are called ‘mental austerity.’ Serenity of mind can be gained only when our relationship with the world at large is put on a healthy basis of understanding, tolerance and love. After Ayodhya Verdict on September 30, 2010 by the Allahabad High Court one should put the above teachings into practice even if the verdict is in favor or against Hindus. Regarding RamTemple at disputed site Hindus should have an honest opinion. This opinion should only be formed after studying the true teachings of Sanatana Dharma. The opinion should not be political, secular or communal. The whole RamTemple issue is an attempt to correct a w…

Ego in Our Daily Life and Solution to it in the Bhagavad Gita

A highly thought provoking and inspirational article in The Huffington Post by Ramnath Subramanian, CEO and President, The Bhakti Center discusses Ego in our daily life and about the solution to it in the Bhagavad Gita. The thoughts put forwarded in the article titled ‘The Bhagavad Gita and the Problem of Ego' by Ramnath Subramanian, who has taught Bhagavad Gita at Cornell University and the University of Albany, delves into areas in our day today life where ego sprouts unknowingly and completely devours a person’s ability to be honest. Some excerpts from the article Modern psychology has been wrestling with the vast territory of the human ego for a great while now, and its complexity continues to mystify us. Even before I learned about Freudian ideas on the ego, I first encountered the concept of the ego explicitly mentioned in the Bhagavad Gita. According to the Gita, there is a fundamental difference between "real" ego and what it defines as the "false" ego. …

Marathi Ashwin Mahina in 2019 – Ashvina Month in Traditional Maharashtra Calendar in 2019

Ashwin Mahina is the seventh month in a traditional Marathi calendar followed in Maharashtra. Ashvina Month 2019 in Marathi calendar is from September 29 to October 28. Navratri, Durga Puja, Dasara and Diwali are observed in Ashwin month. Other festivals include Sharad Purnima, Kojagari Lakshmi Puja, Karwa Chauth, Dhantrayodashi etc.

Sankashti Chaturthi monthly fasting dedicated to Ganesha in Ashwin Month is on October 17, Thursday – Moonrise or Chandrodaya is at 8:43 PM – Indian Standard Time. Ashwin Mahina Shukla Paksha and Krishna Paksha Ashwin Mahina 2019 Shukla Paksha (Waxing phase of moon) is from September 29 to October 13 Ashvina Month 2019 Krishna Paksha (Waning phase of moon) is from October 14 to October 28. Purnima or full moon in Marathi Ashwin Mahina in 2019 Ashwin Purnima or Full moon day is on October 13. The Purnima begins at 12:36 AM on October 13 and ends at 2:37 AM on October 14. Sharad Purnima is on October 13Kojagari Lakshmi Purnima are on October 13. Kartik Snan be…

Gomutra Benefits – Cow Urine as a Spiritual Healing Remedy

Gomutra, Cow Urine, is traditionally used in Ayurveda. It is widely used in Hindu tradition for various religious and medicinal purposes. Spiritual Science Research Foundation (SSRF), a non-profit organization registered in Australia and United States, has published an article based on their scientific findings on Gomutra, its mechanism of action and how to use it as a spiritual healing remedy. Spiritual Science Research Foundation Writes
Gomutra, though it is inanimate, has the ability to attract Divine Consciousness (Chaitanya) which in turn creates an increase in the sattva component and therefore facilitates spiritual healing. One may question, why an Indian cow’s urine has such a special healing ability. Just as water has the innate property to cleanse and fire to burn, the Indian cow is the only animal which has the ability to attract the frequencies of all the deities in the universe. As a result, any discharges or by-products such as milk, Gomutra (cow’s urine) and cow dung inh…

Podcasts of the Mahabharata – Download Narration of Mahabharat Audio in mp3 files

Podcasts of the Mahabharata is presented by Chennai-based, G. Kameshwar – who is a travel writer and poet. Taking cue from the ancient Hindu story telling tradition, Sri Kameshwar has narrated the Mahabharat and you can now download the audio in mp3 files from the website of the Charsur Arts Foundation. The audio is not free – each episode costs Rupees 95/-, which goes towards a charity for children with special needs. But you can download the prelude to Bheeshma Parva for free. This is the prelude before the Kurukshetra war begins. You can download thefree prelude to Bheeshma Parva here at Charsur Arts Foundation. You can buy the Podcasts of the Bheeshma Parva of the Mahabharata here at Charsur Arts Foundation. You can read the blog of Sri G. Kameshwar here - Kameshwar So why did Sri G. Kameshwar start with the podcasts with the Great Kurukshetra war instead of the original beginning? The Hindu writes “I decided to begin with the war because that's what the Mahabharata is essentially a…

Virashtami 2018 Date – Bira Ashtami in 2018

Virashtami, also known as Bira Ashtami, is observed on the eighth day of the waxing phase of moon (Shukla Paksha) of Ashwin month. Virashtami 2018 date is October 17. It is also known as Durgashtami and is the eighth day of the Navratri and the Ashtami day of Durga Puja celebrations. A fast is observed on the day by man devout Hindus. Weapons of Goddess Durga are also worshipped on the day.

The day is known as Virashtami as there are displays using arms and martial art performances. The day is also observed as Astra Puja as weapons of Goddess Durga are worshipped on the day.

On the day the 64 Yoginis and Ashta Nayikas, the eight consorts of Durga, are also worshipped. Temples of Goddess Shakti perform special pujas and rituals on the day.

Pranava - Dedicated To Hindu Spiritual Paintings from Holland – Website of Vedic Artist Sita Devi Dasi

Atelier and Gallery Pranava is an independent devotional art studio and gallery with an excellent collection of Hindu spiritual paintings. The gallery and website is created by Sita Devi Dasi based in Holland (Dutch Netherlands) who makes spiritual and devotional paintings and artifacts inspired by Hindu Holy Scriptures – Vedas, Puranas and the Bhagavad Gita.

Her works include etchings, lithography and iconography, line drawings, oil an acrylic painting of Gods and Goddesses from the Hindu pantheon.

She has categorized her paintings under the categories of muladhara, swadhisthana, manipura, Anahata, Vishuddhi, Ajna and Sahasrara.

She also creates spiritual and devotional paintings on request. You can find the Hindu spiritual paintings here at the online art gallery and website of Sita Devi Dasi. 

Kena Upanishad Quotes and Teachings

If you think you know Brahman, well you know little. The form of Brahman that you see in living beings and deities is but a trifle. Indeed, he among us who comprehends, knows and also knows that he does not know.

He who thinks he does not know That (Brahman), knows That. That is the unknown to the wise, but to the ignorant That is known.

Indeed, he who can perceive That through every state of cognition, by such knowledge gains immortality.

By the Atma, he attains real strength and by knowledge, he attains immortality.

What speech cannot reveal but which reveals the speech, know that alone is God. What mind cannot comprehend, but what cognizes mind, know that alone is God. Kena Upanishad

Beni Dan - Veni Dhan Ritual

Beni Dan, or Veni Dhan, is a unique ritual performed by Hindu married couples. In the ritual, couples pray and perform pujas and rituals to be reborn as husband and wife for seven lives. The ritual is performed by old Hindu couples.

The ceremony has all the formalities of the main marriage ceremony of the community the couples represent.

For the ritual women arrive with plaited hair - A hairdo formed by braiding or twisting the hair. The husband then cuts a small portion of the plaited hair and it is offered to a holy river along with other puja items.

The ritual is usually performed on the banks of Sangam – the confluence of Ganga, Saraswati and Yamuna.

Matri Navami – Matru Navmi

Matri Navami is observed during the Krishna Paksha of Ashwin month as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India. Matri Navami 2019 date is September 23. Navami Shradh is observed on the day. Tarpan and Shradh performed on the day are for women.

Matru Navmi falls on the ninth day of the Krishna Paksha of Ashwin month. The day is of great importance in the Mithilanchal region of India.

Sapindi Ceremony After Death In Hinduism

Sapindi ceremony is a unique ritual observed after the death of a person by certain Hindu communities. The ceremony is performed to merge the soul of the dead in Vaikunta – the abode of Vishnu.

Sapindi is observed on the 13th day after the cremation in some regions.

Sapindi is not performed for younger members of a family if the elders are still alive. Sapindi is only performed in an order – for example grandfather, father, and then son. So the Sapindi ceremony of a younger member is delayed if elders are alive.

It must be noted that not all Hindu communities perform the Sapindi Ceremony.

Read English Translation of Narayaneeyam Online – Blog on Narayaneeyam

Narayaneeyam, a Sanskrit classic dedicated Lord Guruvayoorappan (Lord Krishna), was composed by Melpathur Narayana Bhattathiri. The literary gem is a condensation of the Srimad Bhagavad Purana in 1036 shlokas (stanzas). Now Raja Thatha, a 68 year old retired Indian scientist, has written an English Translation of Narayaneeyam Online. The translator writes blogs under the pseudonym of Kerala Brahmin.  Narayaneeyam is noted for its literary merit and bhakti (devotion) and is a classic in its own right. The core theme of Narayaneeyam is Vishnu Bhakti. Link - You can read the Read English Translation of Narayaneeyam in blog format here.
Apart from the translation the blog also contains a very good introduction, Narayaneeya Haarathi, Sampoorna Narayaneeya Parayanam -procedure, Sankalpa Mantras for Parayanam and effect of reading Narayaneeyam. Narayaneeyam is associated with the famous Lord Krishna Temple in Guruvayoor. It is believed that the holy text was submitted by Melpathur Narayana Bha…

Varaha Chaturdashi

Varah Chaturdashi is observed in the month of Ashwin as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India. Varaha Chaturdashi 2019 date is October 12. It is observed on the fourteenth day of the shukla paksha or waxing phase of moon and is dedicated to the Varaha incarnation of Sri Hari Vishnu

This particular observance is limited to only a few Hindu communities.

It must be noted that there are numerous days in a calendar year which are dedicated to Varaha. Several Hindu communities observe Varaha puja on different days.

Converse withdraws shoes carrying images of Hindu deities – Thanks to Houston-based woman Beth Kulkarni

Couple of weeks ago we had written about Converse shoe company using images of Hindu Gods and Goddesses on its shoes. Now thanks to the efforts made by Houston-based woman Beth Kulkarni, the designer shoes carrying pictures of Hindu deities were withdrawn from sales in the US. She chose the democratic way of protesting, she send emails to the company expressing her anguish and protest. It worked – the company realized the mistake – tendered an apology and removed the product. Democratic way of protesting has not lost its value in the modern world – there are people who use this mode of protest and there are people who respect it. Economic times reports A Houston-based woman Beth Kulkarni raised the issue with the shoe company last week and the company sent its apologies to her via email. The company responded, saying it was an unintentional mistake on their part. "As a Hindu, I am very much offended by the use of pictures of Hindu deities on Converse shoes. Hindus in general find t…

Plan to Build 51 Shaktipeeth Temples at Mount Gabbar near Ambaji Temple in Gujarat

51 Shaktipeeth Temples are located in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Mansarovar in Tibet. Now AmbajiTemple administration atop MountGabbar at Ambaji in Gujarat is planning to construct 51 Shaktipeeth Temples in and around MountGabbar. 51 Shaktipeethas are temples dedicated to Goddess Shakti.

The Story of the 51 Shaktipeethas

Goddess Shakti appeared as Sati and in this incarnation she was the daughter Daksha. Sati married Shiva despite the opposition of Daksha and Sati had to pay the price for it with her life. Daksha conducted a yajna and invited all the living beings but did not invite Shiva. Sati wanted to find out why her husband was not invited. Shiva warned Sati that the sole aim of the yajna was to insult him and she should not go there as she will be insulted. In spite of Shiva’s warning Sati went to enquire about it with her father, and as predicated by Shiva she was insulted by Daksha. Unable to bear the insults hurled at Shiva by Daksha, Sati jumped into the …

Photos of ancestral home of Sri Narayana Guru at Chembazanthy – Online Virtual tour of Sri Narayana Guru’s House near Trivandrum

When some ignorant Brahmins objected to Sri Narayana Guru worshipping a Shivling, he immediately retorted that I am not worshipping a Brahmin Shiva but an Ezhava Shiva. He represented the Ezhava caste and all those downtrodden Hindus in Kerala. He cleaned up the dirt piled upon the true teachings of Hinduism by the ignorant and coined the motto - one caste, one religion, one god – echoing the teachings of the Upanishads. The ancestral home of this 19th century saint is visited by thousands of people daily. Leen Thobias of has created an online virtual tour of the Vayalvaram Veedu of Sri Narayana Guru at Chempazhanthy near Trivandrum (Thiruvananthapuram).

The 18th century simple home of Sri Narayana Guru is today a protected monument. The virtual tour has four images – you can view them in 360 degrees. Apart from the home, there are images of Gurukulam and ManakkalTemple which is located by side of the house.

You can take the virtual tour here at

The ance…

Sri Narayana Guru Samadhi Day – Kanni 5 Samadhi Dhinam

Sri Narayana Guru was a 19th century sage and social reformer in Kerala, who did wonders in Kerala society through his humanistic philosophy and commitment to social reform and equality. He taught the ideal of ‘One caste, one religion and one God for mankind’ and stressed social self-upliftment of the downtrodden. Sri Narayana Guru Samadhi Day is observed on the fifth day of the Kanni Masam as per traditional calendar followed in Kerala. Sri Narayana Guru Samadhi Day in 2019 is on September 21.

Guru kindled and awakened the spirit of Ezhava Community in Kerala - making it today one of the most powerful Hindu communities in Kerala.

It was on a Kanni 5 in 1928 when Guru attained mahasamadhi – he left the physical body and merged in the Supreme Truth.

Sri Narayana Guru (1854-1928) brought about revolutionary change in Kerala by organizing the lower caste people and all those people who had no voice in the society. His motto was one caste, one religion, one god – echoing the teachings of …

Swamini Saradapriyananda Thoughts

The modern man wants joy and peace. He needs several things to live, live well and live joyously. In his attempts to get what he wants, he often performs various actions, the far-reaching effects of which he does not have an idea. If he knows better, he can properly assess and evaluate before plunging into the field of action, thus saving himself from much trouble and tribulation. This knowledge, only philosophy can give. None of the material sciences deal with it. It is not work that kills a man, nor even scarcity, but harshness and unethical behavior that destroys him. Desire is not a need but a demand for something beyond the need. Swamini Saradapriyananda

Yajnavalkya Smriti in PDF format in English – Read and Download Yajnavalkya Smriti

Yajnavalkya Smriti is one of the most popular Dharmashastra texts – it contains laws that govern the Hindu society. Yajnavalkya Smriti is mainly consulted in all matters of Hindu Law. Now you can read Yajnavalkya Smriti in PDF format in English. You can also download it.

Link – Yajnavalkya Smriti in PDF format

Blog – Dharma Deen Alliance - A devout Hindu exploring Dharma – a devout Muslim exploring Deen

The word ‘dharma’ is Sanskrit and ‘deen’ Arabic. Both can be loosely defined as ‘righteousness’ or ‘spiritual path’. The blog titled Dharmadeen is the coming together of Ravi, a devout Hindu, and Azeem, a devout Muslim, to explore paths to Higher Truth, scriptural law, proper living, and devotional love. The writers also aim to counter the misconception that Hinduism and Islam can’t co-exist together. Although in its infant stage, the blog has put up a couple of noteworthy articles that explores some common aspects in Hinduism and Islam like fasting. You can read Dharma Deen here. Note – there is no exact word to define ‘Dharma’ in English. You may also like to read On the meaning of the term Dharma The meaning of Dharma – Swami Chinmayananda

Read Sanskrit Newspaper Online in PDF format - Sanskrit Vartaman Patram from Vadodara

Sanskrit Vartman Patram, a Sanskrit daily newspaper published from Gujarat, was launched in June 2010. Now the newspaper has gone online to attract readers from around the world. The previous day Newspaper Sanskrit Vartman Patram is made available online in PDF format.

You can read Sanskrit Vartman Patram online here for free ( (the link is no longer working)

You may also like to read Read Sudharma – the Sanskrit Newspaper Online

Karunakara Guru Quotes

Humility must be inculcated into our language and in the very character. This is possible only when there is devout dedication, to the extent of surrendering the very soul for the cause. We do not need siddhi – occult powers such as levitation, walking on fire, becoming invisible, etc. It is characteristic of the time gone by. Now it is an anachronism. Sri Krishna had exhibited siddhi in totality and put an end to it. It is not to be resorted to hereafter. All the technologies discovered by the west to counter their living conditions of freezing temperatures and snow fall, are pitched towards us, which spell ruin for us. Here Nature is friendly and helpful to our lives in every way. Karunakara Guru

A Hindu Cannot Be Determined By Name – Supreme Court of India

Hinduism never binds people with rules; it respects individual freedom. Therefore it is hard to define who is a Hindu – the Supreme Court of India recently found it difficult to term who is a Hindu and who is not. This is because there is no single rule book or unified command in Hindu religion. The individual is given the freedom to practice Sanatana Dharma the way he/she wants. Thus we have Hindus who apart from going to temples also offer prayers at Churches, Mosques, etc. We also have Hindus who are atheists. We have Hindus who never go to temples or other organized Hindu religious centers but they practice the religion in their minds and they have their own methods of performing worship and practicing Hinduism. Times of India reports Can a person with a Christian name be counted as a Hindu? He can be, said the Supreme Court adopting the Shakespearian logic, "what's there in a name", but with two caveats -- he must follow the practices of Hinduism professed in the are…

Bengali Aashin Month in 2018 – Ashwin Mash in Bangala Calendar in 2018

Aashin month, or Ashwin Mash, is the sixth month in a traditional Bengali calendar. In 2018, Aashin Month in Bangala Calendar begins on September 18, 2018 and ends on October 18. The current year as per Bengali calendar is 1425. Durga Puja the most important Bengali festival is held in this month.

Some of the auspicious days in the Bengali Aashin Month in 2018 include - Mahalaya - October 8Durga Puja Sashti - October 15Durga Puja Saptami - October 16Durga Ashtami - October 17Mahanavami - October 18Dasami and Dasara - October 19 Purnima day in Aashin month in 2018 is on September 25

The Amabashya in Aashin Mash is on October 9, 2018. It is the famous Mahalaya Amavasya and the Durga Puja rituals begin on the day. Mahalaya should be done on October 8

The two Ekadashis in the month are on September 20 and October 5.

Pictures of 32 forms of Ganesha – Photo Gallery and Slide Show of 32 forms of Ganesh

Ganesha appears before his devotees in several forms – among them some forms have been clubbed together thus we have collections like 8 forms of Ganesha and also 32 forms of Ganesh. Zeenews has put a photo gallery and slide show of the 32 forms of Ganesh. Along with the pictures of the 32 forms of Ganesha, there is also a simple explanation of each form like - Bala Ganapati is ‘the Childlike’ for of Ganesha. In His hands He holds a banana, mango, sugar cane and jackfruit, all representing the earth’s abundance and fertility. His trunk garners His favorite sweet, the modaka.

You can view the photo gallery here at the official website of Zeenews
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Ashta Vinayak Temples – eight Swayambhu form of Ganesha

Pushpuck – Online Comic Book Based on the Forgotten Tales from Hindu Tradition

Pushpuck, or Pushpaka Vimana, is the legendary aircraft used by Ravana in Ramayana and later Sri Ram arrived in Ayodhya on it after defeating Ravana. Umesh Shukla, an animator involved with animated storytelling in Hollywood, has released an online comic book titled Pushpuck – the first tale in the series narrates story of a young boy Tarak and his sister – who gave Sri Ram the most wonderful welcome on his return to Ayodhya. Of course, Pushpaka Vimana is also part of the story. About Pushpuck by Umesh Shukla Valmiki and Tulsidas describe Pushpuck as a plane that flies faster than thoughts. Pushpuck to me represents all the dreams and imaginings that I grew up with. My imagination had no superman or Spiderman in it, instead it had characters and stories that my mother and grandmother told me. Every festival, my mother asked me to be the token Brahman as I performed the puja and read the stories associated with each of the festivals from a book. These stories have remained within me …

Tala Navami – Tal Navmi Vrat

Tala Navami is an auspicious day observed in the Bhadra month (August – September) in eastern parts of India, especially in Bengal and Odisha. Tal Navami 2019 date is September 7. It is observed on the ninth day during the Shukla Paksha or waxing phase of moon in Bhadra month. The day is highly auspicious to Goddess Durga.

Special pujas and rituals are held in Durga Temples on day. Some people also observe a vrat on the day. It is dedicated to Goddess Durga.

The day also marks the preparation for the Durga Ashtami and Durga Puja which is now just a month away.

Dol Gyaras

Dol Gyaras is a unique festival observed in the Bhadrapad month in villages in North India and is dedicated to Sri Krishna. Dol Gyaras 2019 date is September 9.

On the day, the procession murti of Sri Krishna in a temple is kept on a dol and is taken around the village. The murti is also taken to homes in the village. People offer fruits, vegetables and the deity blesses the household.

Dol Gyaras is observed on the 11th day of the Shukla Paksha or waxing phase of moon in the Bhadrapad month.

The festival is of great importance in temples in Madhya Pradesh.

Ganesh Chaturthi Fasting – Vinayaka Chavithi Fast

Fasting on Ganesh Chaturthi is not very popular among most Hindu communities. But some South Indian communities believe that fasting on the day will help in removing all obstacles in one's life. The Vinayaka Chavithi fast begins on the evening of the previous day night and continuous on Ganesh Chaturthi and ends next day morning.

It is a partial fast with food at anyone time. Fruits and milk is taken at other times. All types of non-vegetarian food and alcohol are strictly avoided. Prayers dedicated to Ganesha are chanted on the day.

On the morning of Ganesh Chaturthi, the person fasting should offer prayers to Ganesha at home or in a temple. Similarly, the fast ends after offering prayers to Ganesh on next day morning at home or in a temple.

In South India some Hindu communities believe that observing the fast will help in removing problems in married life, will help in early marriage and also will help in removing career related problems.

Gloria Arieira – a Brazilian and an authority in Sanskrit – translates Bhagavad Gita and Parts of Vedas to Portuguese

To take the unparalleled teachings found in the Bhagavad Gita and Vedas to her students in Brazil and Portugal, Gloria Arieria has translated Bhagavad Gita and parts of Vedas to Portuguese – the translations were made directly from Sanskrit to Portuguese as she did not want to lose the essence of the original text. For this she studied Sanskrit and is an authority on Sanskrit today. Vidya Mandir, a school of Vedanta studies founded and run by Gloria functions at Copacabana, Rio in Brazil. The Hindu writes about Gloria Arieira’s journey into the world of Vedanta A disciple of Swami Chinmayananda and of Swami Dayananda, Gloria's entry into the world of spirituality was after she heard Swami Chinmayananda's talk on Vedanta in Rio. That was in 1973. Gloria felt that her search for the greater meaning to life was answered. With her curiosity aroused she wished to delve deeper into the philosophy of the Vedas and found her way to an ashram in Mumbai (Powai). Here she studied the Vedas…

Ganga Ashtami

Ganga Ashtami is a unique ritual dedicated to the dead ancestors, parents and relatives performed in Jammu and Kashmir. Ganga Ashtami 2019 date is September 6. On the ashes of those who had died during the past year are immersed in the Gangabal lake, which also known as Harmukh or HarmukataLake. The ritual is also known as Shardha Ashtami.

HarmukhLake and its surrounding are holy places associated with Hindu God Shiva. Devotees also take a dip in the holy lake during the period. A fair is also organized during the period.

The day is popularly observed as Radha Ashtami in other regions in India.

Koliyak Fair in Gujarat – Koliyak Shivling and Temple in Arabian Sea

KoliyakVillage, 28 km from Bhavnagar in Gujarat’s Saurashtra region, is famous for NishkalankMahadevShivTemple which is located in the sea. The temple is visible only when the waves subside. Every year during the last week of Shravan and during the Bhadrapad month (August – September) a special fair is held here which is visited by more than 200,000 people.

The temple is dedicated to Shiva and the Pandavas established it on a no moon night in Bhadra Month.

The Shivling becomes visible only when the waves subside. Desh Gujarat reports It is said that Pandavas established Nishkalank or Nakalank Mahadev on a new moon night of the Indian calendar month of Bhadarva. Shivlinga of God Shankar was established on an island, over the sea about 3 km to the east of Koliyak. This temple can be reached only at specific day and time. It has to be noted that the place gets inundated under the tide so the visitors should leave the place before 1:00 pm. The event also coincides with traditional fair, wh…

Varah Panchami

Varah Panchami is dedicated to the Varaha Avatar of Hindu God Vishnu and is mainly observed by the Kashmiri Pandits and other Hindu communities in Jammu and Kashmir. Varah Panchami 2019 date is September 3. It is observed on the fifth day of the Shukla Paksha or waxing phase of moon in Bhadrapad Month.
Legend has it that Vishnu took the form of the Varaha (boar) to rescue Earth from Demon Hiranyaksha who dragged the earth to the bottom of the sea. Varaha killed the demon and raised the earth out of the water with his tusks.

Symbolically, the dragging of earth by demon Hiranyaksha is Tamas (Evil) overcoming human beings. Bloated with ego, man falls deep into misery. The only saving grace is that of self realization. When it happens we slowly move out of deep dark pit – that is symbolically represented by Varaha uplifting the earth with his tusks.
Please note that the Varaha Jayanti in North India observed on the second day of the the Shukla Paksha or waxing phase of moon in Bhadrapa…

Ficus Krishnai Tree at Taj Mahal Nursery – This Tree Leaf was used by Krishna to carry stolen Makhan

Ficus Krishnai Tree is believed to have existed during the Dwapar Yug, when Sri Krishna lived on earth. Now there is a single Ficus Krishnai Tree at the Khan-e-Alam nursery behind the world famous Taj Mahal. The Horticulture Department at the Taj, related to Archeological Survey of India also preserves many such rare varieties of tree. Ficus Krishnai is named after Sri Krishna because Krishna used the leaves of this tree, as it made a perfect utensil for young Krishna to carry his stolen ‘makhan’ (butter). Hindustan Times reports The variety is called ‘ficus krishnai’, is classified in the rare category, and is conserved amongst other varieties of that age. Botanical varieties including chandan, peelu, kadamb, harsingar, kareel and bhojpatra relate to the Krishna period and are exceedingly rare to find these days. Despite the lack of awareness regarding these trees, the Horticulture Department at the Taj, related to Archeological Survey of India, has taken initiative to preserve these var…

Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple September 2017 Monthly Puja

SabarimalaAyyappaTemple in Kerala opens on the first of every Malayalam month for five days for monthly pujas. In September 2017, the temple opens for the Onam Puja and Kanni Masa puja. During this short period, thousands of Ayyappa devotees visit the hill shrine of Sabarimala to have a darshan of Lord Ayyappa. Onam Puja 2017 is from September 2 to September 6. Thiruonam Puja is on September 4.

 In September 2017, the date of opening for monthly puja is September 16 and the shrine will close on September 21.

Laksharchana, Udayasthamana pooja, padi pooja and pushpabhishekam are performed during these days.
Thousands of devotees in order to avoid the rush choose the monthly opening period to visit the temple. There are also several Ayyappa devotees who make it point to visit the shrine every month.

Gujarati Bhadrapad Maas 2019 – Bhadaro Month in Traditional Hindu Gujarat Calendar in 2019

Bhadrapad Maas is the eleventh month in a traditional Hindu Gujarati calendar followed in Gujarat. Bhadaro Month 2019 is from August 31 to September 28. The auspicious days in the month include Ganesh Chaturthi, Rushi and Sam Pancham, Kevda Trij, Anant Chaturdashi and Praushthpadi Purnima. The second fortnight of the Bhadarvo month (Krishna Paksha or Waning phase of moon) is dedicated to observing the Shradh and Tarpan rituals for the dead ancestors and relatives.

Ekadasi Fasting Dates in Bhadaro Maas Parivartini Ekadasi – September 9 Indira Ekadasi – September 25
2019 Bhadro Maas Sud Padvo and Vad Padvo – Shukla Paksha and Krishna Paksha Bhadarvo Gujarati calendar 2019 Sud Padvo (Waxing phase of moon) is from August 31 to September 14. Bhadrapad Maas 2019 Vad Padvo Paksha (Waning phase of moon) is from September 15 to September 28. Mahalya Shradh and Tarpan period.

Purnima in Gujarati Bhadra month Bhadra Purnima (Poonam) or  Full moon day is on September 14, 2019.
The Purnima begins a…

Neelam Navratna for Birth stars Pushyami, Anuradha and Uttarabhadra – Gemstone Blue Sapphire or Indraneelam

Wearing Navratna Neelam or Gemstone Blue Sapphire is believed to help in warding of the evils associated with Saturn or Shani. It is also believed that wearing it will change the luck of people of people born in Pushyami, Anuradha and Uttarabhadra Nakshatras. These Nakshatras are also known as Pooyam or Poosam, Anusham or Anizham, and Uttiratadi or Uttaraoadabhadra.Those people who believe in horoscope and astrology wear Navratnas based on their birth star or Nakshatram. It is believed to help in ushering in goodness and warding of evils.Blue Sapphire or Indraneelam is associated with Navgraha Shani.By wearing jewelry made of Neelam people can avoid misfortune. It also helps in fulfilling all desires. It is also believed to help restoring lost money and property.

Kannada Bhadrapada Month 2019 – Bhadra Masa in Karnataka in 2019

Bhadrapada Masam is the sixth month in a traditional Hindu Kannada calendar followed in Karnataka. Kannada Bhadrapada Masa 2019 is from August 31 to September 28. The Mahalya Shradh period is held in this month from September 14 to September 28. Swarna Gowri Vratam (September 1) and Ganesh Chaturthi (September 2) are held in this month. Other auspicious days include Vaman Jayanti, Ananta Chaturdashi, Gaja Gowri Vrata etc.

Pradosh Fasting Dates in Bhadrapada Masam are:
Pradosh – September 11 Pradosh – September 26
Ekadasi Fasting dates in Bhadrapada Masam are: Parivartini Ekadasi – September 9 Indira Ekadasi – September 25
Sankashtahara Chaturthi Vrata dedicated to Ganesha is on September 17, 2019 – Moonrise or Chandrodaya is at 8:52 PM – Indian Standard Time.

Kannada Bhadrapad Month 2019 Shukla Paksha and Krishna Paksha Kannada Bhadrapada Masa 2019 Shukla Paksha (Waxing phase of moon) is from August 31 to September 14. Kannada Bhadra Masam 2019 Krishna Paksha (Waning phase of moon) is f…

Garga Rishi Jayanti

Garga Rishi Jayanti is the birth anniversary of Sage Garga, who was the Guru of the Yadavas. Garga Rishi Jayanti 2019 date is September 3. It is observed on the fifth day during the Shukla Paksha of Bhadrapad month as per traditional Hindu calendar. The day is also observed Rishi Panchami.
Garga Samhita which narrates the life of Sri Krishna is associated with the Sage.
It is believed that the Sage Garga performed the namkaran ceremony of Balram and Sri Krishna without the knowledge of Kamsa.

Marathi Bhadrapada Mahina in 2019 – Bhadra Month in Hindu Maharashtra Calendar in 2019

Bhadrapada Mahina is the sixth month in a traditional Hindu Marathi calendar followed in Maharashtra. Bhadra Month 2019 in Marathi calendar is from August 31 to September 28. Ganesh Chaturthi (September 2, 2019), the most important festival in a Marathi calendar, is held in this month. The Krishna Paksha period of the month is also highly auspicious and staunch Hindus perform Shradh and Tarpan for dead ancestors, parents and relatives during the Mahalya period (September 14 to September 28). Other important festivals and auspicious days include Hartalika Tritiya, Rishi Panchami, Jyeshta Gauri Puja and Anant Chaturdashi.

Sankashti Chaturthi monthly fasting dedicated to Ganesha in Bhadrapad Month is on September 17, 2019 – Moonrise or Chandrodaya is at 8:44 PM – Indian Standard Time.

Bhadrapad Maas Shukla Paksha and Krishna Paksha Bhadrapada Mahina 2019 Shukla Paksha (Waxing phase of moon) is from August 31 to September 14. Bhadrapad Maas 2019 Krishna Paksha (Waning phase of moon) is fr…

Watch Krishna: History or Myth documentary online – which proves the Existence of Sri Krishna

Krishna: History or Myth is a unique documentary which claims that it proves the existence of Krishna and shows the scientific proof of Mahabharata with exact year of Kurukshetra war. The documentary goes deep into both scientific knowledge and religious belief.

Manish Pandit, a UK-based nuclear medicine physician, has produced and directed ‘Krishna: History or Myth.’

The documentary begins with a brief introduction of Hinduism and talks by ISKCON followers who compares his life with that of other religious prophets and their experiences.

You can watch Krishna: History or Myth here at the official website of Saraswati Films. 

Thanks to one of our readers who forwarded us this link.

Amla Ekadasi in Odisha

Amla Ekadasi is observed during the Bhadrapad month in Odisha. Amla Ekadashi 2019 date is August 26. It is observed during the waning phase of moon or Krishna Paksha in Bhadra month. This Ekadasi is mainly observed in the Jagannath temples in  Odisha.
In other parts of India, this Ekadasi is observed as Aja Ekadasi.
A similar Ekadasi, named Amalaki Ekadasi is observed in North and Western parts of India in Phalgun month (February - March).
Usual rules associated with Ekadasi fasting is observed on the day. Devotees visit Jagannath Temples to get blessings and attend the special rituals held on the day.