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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…

Swami Hariharananda Teachings on Meditation

In India I have noticed that the traffic policeman stands in the middle of the crossroad. He signals to the moving cars, trucks, and all the other vehicles, keeping order in the moving traffic. He never cares whether a black car, a red care, a white car, a German or Italian truck, a limousine or a jeep passes by. He signals where they want to go.
So be a policeman and start watching your thoughts coming and going. As you stay centered and watch over your moving thoughts, a certain space will clear between you and them. Learn to expand that space or that gap between your thoughts. That is meditation, nothing else. Only you can expand that gap and free your mind. The situation comes when you yourself will observe your body. You will ask, who is thinking? You will notice that your watchfulness in now paying off. You are becoming the Seer of your body and mind. Release all your possessiveness just as a snake sheds its skin, never to return. The body is no long a burden. Freedom is then aroun…

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. …

Kanti Vrata

Kanti Vrata is a unique ritual dedicated to Sri Krishna and his elder brother, Balarama. It is observed on the second day of shukla paksha or waxing phase of moon in the Kartik month in some regions. In some regions it is observed on the second day of waxing phase of moon in Ashwin month.

Note – Some people observe this Vrata from the second day of the Shukla Paksha of Phalgun month (February – March).

The Vrata is observed for a year. For example if a person starts the Vrata on the Shukla Paksha or waxing phase of moon in the Kartik month he continues it for one year.

But if the Vrata is observed from Phalgun month, it is only observed for four months.

The rituals involve offering prayers to Balaram and Sri Krishna. After observing fast during daytime, food made using barley flour is eaten at night.

Marathi Ashwin Mahina in 2018 – Ashvina Month in Traditional Maharashtra Calendar in 2018

Ashwin Mahina is the seventh month in a traditional Marathi calendar followed in Maharashtra. Ashvina Month 2018 in Marathi calendar is from October 10 to November 7, 2018. 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 27, Saturday – Moonrise or Chandrodaya is at 8:22 PM – Indian Standard Time.

Ashwin Mahina Shukla Paksha and Krishna Paksha Ashwin Mahina 2018 Shukla Paksha (Waxing phase of moon) is from October 10 to October 24 Ashvina Month 2018 Krishna Paksha (Waning phase of moon) is from October 25 to November 7.

Purnima or full moon in Marathi Ashwin Mahina in 2018 Ashwin Pournima or Full moon day is on October 24. The Purnima begins at 10:36 PM on October 23 and ends at 10:14 PM on October 24. Sharad Purnima is on October 24Kojagari Lakshmi Purnima are on October 23. Kartik Sna…

J Krishnamurti Thoughts and Quotes

If one is dead earnest this very seriousness becomes the Guru. As long as you see the Guru as a person, there is attachment. Detach and rely on the inner Guru. All life is Sadhana. You merely exist on the surface. You merely know about physical, emotional and mental which are the fragments of the whole. One should awake to deeper levels. There cannot be both the world and God. On the way there seems to be both, but when you reach God, there is no world left. Gold doe not lose its nature, however many names and forms it may assume as jewelry. When the truth behind the diverse is identified one is aware of Brahman as the prime cause. J Krishnamurti You may also like to read Jiddu Krishnamurti Thoughts on Position in Society

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.

Thoughts from Yoga Vasishta

Life causes only pain because people get bitten by the poisonous snakes of desires. They do not have strong discriminating sense to save themselves from them. We have limited understanding because of the identification with body. That alone is life in which one attains the state of bliss wherein in one grieves not. Calm the mind, slowly and not at once, by pacifying counseling as though you fondle the child. Sorrows, desires, afflictions get destroyed like darkness before sun, in the case of persons with calm minds. A person does not experience that kind of happiness either through drinking of elixir or embrace of Goddess of Wealth which he gets through a mind imbued with tranquility. Yoga Vasishta
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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 acryl painting of Gods and Goddesses from the Hindu pantheon. She has categorized her paintings under the categories of muladhara, swadhistana, manipura, Anahata, Vishudi, 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 2018 date is October 3. 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 Ashwina month. The day is of great importance in the Mithilanchal region of India.

Sapindi Ceremony after Death

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 grand father, 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.

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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 Chaturdasi – Varah Chaturdashi

Varah Chaturdashi is observed in the month of Ashwin as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India. Varaha Chaturdasi 2018 date is October 23. It is observed on the fourteenth day of the shukla paksha or waxing phase of moon and is dedicated to the Varah 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 2018 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)

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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.

Guru Geeta Teachings

The Guru, who is bereft of knowledge, and who proclaims untruth, and who is a swindler should be discarded. One who does not know his own rest, how can he help others to attain peace?
How can one help others to swim when he himself does not know how to swim? Such people are not be saluted, who are miserable by sight and creators of delusion. Such gurus should be discarded very far. One should take refuge only in the courageous. Swindlers, sinners, unbelievers, the prejudiced and womanizers, the corrupt and the dishonest and those who act like a crane (crane sits silently but gulps down its prey when becomes handy) and those who have lost the path of action and patience, those who are unyielding and abominable, contentious and quarrelsome, greedy and wrathful, violent and cruel. The above categories of people who have lost wisdom and are sinners should not be accepted as Gurus. Oh dear! Gurus who are different from these should be known and served with devotion. Guru Geeta You may also lik…

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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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 Orissa. Tal Navami 2018 date is September 18. 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.

Kanni Masam 2018 in Malayalam Calendar – Kanni Month in 2018

Kanni Masam is the second month in a traditional Malayalam calendar followed in Kerala. Kanni Masam in 2018 is from September 17 to October 17. Navratri is observed in this month.

Other important and auspicious days include Srinarayana Guru Samadhi day (September 21) and Amritanandamayi Birthday (September 27).
Full Moon and No Moon Day Karthuvavu or Amavasi –  October 9 Veluthuvavu or full moon day (Purnima) – September 25

Ekadasi Fasting days are September 20 and October 5

Pradosham are on September 21 and October 6.

Murugan Shasti Vratam is on September 15

Navratri begins on October 10
Puja Vyappu is on October 16 evening
Durga Ashtami is on October 17
Mahnavami is on October 18
Vijaya Dasami is on October 19
Vidyarambham is on October 19

Festivals and auspicious days include:
Vetti Kottu Ayiliyam - October 5

Next month in Malayalam calendar is the Thula Masam

Swami Golokananda Thoughts

There is a mango tree in our courtyard that presents us with delicious fruit every year. It is a marvel to watch it in spring, its boughs weighed down with honeyed blossom and tiny green fruit. It spreads its cool shade in the courtyard and dances to our delight in the breeze. But to us the ripe juicy fruit is what the tree means and we are apt to forget that every part of the tree is equally important to its system and has its function and value. The fruit nourishes many of the animal kingdom, the leaves breathe for all living beings. The bees and the birds and the many insects crawling on its rough bark, bear witness to the multifarious purposes of the tree. Which part of the mango tree can be considered nonessential to the tree? Is there any part that can be separated from the basic essence of the tree? No, because the essence dwells in every part of the mango tree. It is in the fruit, it is in the flower, it is in the leaf and the trunk. It exists everywhere, as the form and the b…

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 2018 date is September 20. 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 2018 date is September 17. 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.

Teachings from Tripura Rahasya

The supreme wisdom is that which ends the delusion that anything exists apart from myself (Mother Goddess). The fruit of this realization is fearlessness and the end of sorrow.

When one realizes that all the limitless universes are a fraction of an atom in the unity of my being, That all the numberless lives in the universes are a wisp of vapor on one of my breaths, That all triumphs and tragedies, the good and evil in all the worlds, are merely games I play for own amusement, Then life and death stand still, And the drama of individual life evaporates like a shallow pond on a warm day. Tripura Rahasya

Koliyak Fair in Gujarat – Koliak 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 2018 date is September 14. 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 Varah 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 2018 – Bhadarvo Month in Traditional Hindu Gujarat Calendar in 2018

Bhadrapad Maas is the eleventh month in a traditional Hindu Gujarati calendar followed in Gujarat. Bhadarvo Month 2018 is from September 10 to October 9. 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 Bhadarvo Maas Parivartini Ekadasi – September 20 Indira Ekadasi – October 5
2018 Bhadarvo Maas Sud Padavo and Vad Padavo – Shukla Paksha and Krishna Paksha Bhadarvo Gujarati calendar 2018 Sud Padvo (Waxing phase of moon) is from September 10 to September 25. Bhadrapad Maas 2018 Vad Padvo Paksha (Waning phase of moon) is from September 26 to October 9. Mahalya Shradh and Tarpan period.

Purnima in Gujarati Bhadravo month Bhadravo Purnima (Poonam) or  Full moon day is on September 26, 2018.
The Purnima …

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 2018 – Bhadra Masa in Karnataka in 2018

Bhadrapada Masam is the sixth month in a traditional Hindu Kannada calendar followed in Karnataka. Kannada Bhadrapada Masa 2018 is from September 10 to October 9. The Mahalya Shradh period is held in this month from September 26 to October 9. Swarna Gouri Vratam (September 12) and Ganesh Chaturthi (September 13) are held in this month. Other auspicious days include Vaman Jayanti, Ananta Chaturdashi, Gaja Gowri Vrata etc.

Pradosh Fasting Dates in Bhadrapada Masam are:
Shani Pradosh – September 22 - Saturday Shani Pradosh – October 6 - Saturday
Ekadasi Fasting dates in Bhadrapada Masam are: Parivartini Ekadasi – September 20 Indira Ekadasi – October 5
Sankashtahara Chathurthi Vrata dedicated to Ganesha is on September 28, 2018 – Moonrise or Chandrodaya is at 8:52 PM – Indian Standard Time.

Kannada Bhadrapad Month 2018 Shukla Paksh and Krishna Paksha Kannada Bhadrapad Masa 2018 Shukla Paksha (Waxing phase of moon) is from September 10 to September 25. Kannada Bhadra Masam 2018 Krishna Paks…