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Silk Sarees without Killing the Silkworms – Ahimsa Silk

To make a single silk sari 10,000 silkworms are boiled alive and killed. Majority of the Hindu women who wear silk saris are vegetarians but might not be aware that the pure silk saree that they wear and proudly display in marriages and temples is the product of one of the most non-violent violent method of cloth production. But there are silk saris that are produced without killing the silkworms – it is the Ahimsa Silk. The method of producing silk without boiling and killing the silkworms was founded by Kusuma Rajaiah, a senior technical officer with Andhra Pradesh State Handloom Weavers Cooperative Society Ltd (APCO). Next time when you decide to buy a silk sari there is an option to buy and promote non-violent silk saris sold by Andhra Pradesh State Handloom Weavers Cooperative Society Ltd (APCO). So how is Ahimsa Silk or Silk produced without killing the silkworms? Rama Devi Menon from Hyderabad writes about it in The Weekend Leader The caterpillars of silkworm feed on mulberry lea…

Mitra Saptami – Margashirsh Surya Mitra Saptami 2019 date

Mitra Saptami is an auspicious day dedicated to Surya, the sun god in Hinduism. Mitra Saptami 2019 date is December 3. It is observed on the seventh day or the saptami day during the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) of Margashirsha month.

Mitra is one among the numerous names of Surya or Sun God. Surya Bhagavan is also believed to be an incarnation of Srihari Vishnu.

It must be noted that Surya is worshipped on the seventh day or the saptami day during the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) of various Hindu months under different names like Bhanu Saptami, Ratha Saptami etc.

Made in China Diwali – How Safe are Chinese Diwali Crackers and Decorations?

Today, Diwali decorations in cities and towns in India are more Chinese than Indian. In 2010, it is Chinese crackers that are capturing the Diwali market in India. So how safe is this cheap Made in China Diwali. Is flooding Indian market with cheap crackers and decorations part of a larger Chinese design? – 1) slowly destroy the health of children and young generation of India. 2) Destroy the traditional Indian cottage industries of India and cause economic imbalance in rural India and finally a civil war (read Naxalism.) Mid-day reports A study by Delhi-based NGO Centre for Science and Environment found that over 45 per cent of the Chinese toys samples exceeded internationally accepted safe limits for phthalates- a family of chemicals that can cause serious health disorders such as asthma, skeletal defects, damage male reproductive system and impair lungs of children besides causing allergies if exposed to beyond safe levels. Traditional Indian lampshades, a symbol of festivity in ever…

Telugu Kartika Masa 2019 – Telugu Kartik Month in 2019 in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh

Kartik Masa is the eighth month in a traditional Hindu Telugu calendar followed in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. Kartika Masa 2019 is from October 28 to November 26. The month is dedicated both Shiva and Vishnu and people perform various rituals, vratas and austerities. Nagula Chavithi one of the most important rituals dedicated to Nagas or Snakes in Andhra Pradesh is observed in this month.
Special rituals and fasting are observed on Mondays in Kartik Month. In Hinduism, Mondays are generally dedicated to the worship of Lord Shiva. But the Mondays in the month of Shravan and Kartik are considered special by Lord Shiva devotees.

Somvar (Monday) gets its name from one of thousand names of Lord Shiva – Someshwara. The crescent moon (Soma) on the matted locks of Shiva gives him the name Someshwara.

It is believed that the moon observed Somavara Vratam to escape from the curse of Daksha and to get the blessings from Lord Shiva and a spot in His matted locks.
Visiting Shiva TemplesAll Shi…

Random Quotes from Yoga Vasishtam

The knowers of truth are happy and smiling all the time. Action is nothing but the movement of energy in consciousness, and it inevitably bears its own fruit. The characteristic of the ignorant man is that he strives to be other than what he is. All suffering surely revolves around egotism and egotism is the sole cause of mental distress. The mind flows along the course of wisdom or of ignorance in whatever direction you make it flow. Yoga Vasishtam

Shodashopachara – How To Perform Shodashopachara Puja?

Shodashopachara is a way of performing a Hindu daily puja to Hindu deities. This involves 16 steps of puja and is performed by some Hindus daily and by others only on special occasions. Some people perform Shodashopachara Puja once in a week, fortnight or month.

How To Perform Shodashopachara Puja? Avaahan – Welcoming the deityAsan – Seating of the deityPadya – Washing feetArghya – Offering water to wash handsAchman – Offering water to sip and wash mouthSnan – Bathing of deityVastra – Offering fresh clothes and decorations (the color depends on the deity like yellow for Vishnu, white for Shiva, red for Shakti etc)Changing Janai – Fresh scared threadGandha – Offering aromatic substancesPushpa – Offering flowers (color of flowers varies)Dhoop – Burning incenseDeep – Waving lightsNaivedyam – Offering food (the food prepared varies from deity to deity)Tambool – Offering betel leaves, betel nuts, camphor etcPradakshina – Prostrations before the deity and going around the deityPushpanjali –…

Biggest Statue (Murti) of Hanuman in Africa at Chatsworth Shri Vishnu Temple in Durban in South Africa

Shri Vishnu Temple Society at Chatsworth in Durban in South Africa will unveil what it believes is the largest murti (statue) of Hindu God Hanuman in Africa in December 2010. Chatsworth is a township in Durban, South Africa, and the 13m high Hanuman Murti (referred as the Monkey God here) is to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the arrival of Indians in South Africa. Timeslive South Africa reports Project co-ordinator LC Maharaj said the statue, which is 13m high, including the umbrella over the head of the deity, was "in praise of the Almighty, without which the survival and success of Indians in South Africa would never have been possible". "The atmosphere at our temple has been unbelievable. Devotees have volunteered their services to our worthwhile cause, and despite the great progress made so far, we still require some funding." He said the statue, which still requires plastering and painting, would be officially unveiled at the beginning of December. Accord…

Chhada Khai

Chhadakhai is the day after Purnima or full moon day in Kartik month in Orissa. Chhadakhai 2019 date is November 13. Kartik is a holy month in Orissa and people avoid non-vegetarian food for the entire month. Numerous rituals and auspicious days fall in this month. So on the first day after the Kartik month, people cook and eat their favorite non-vegetarian food.

Chhadakhai is observed on the first day of the Margashirsh month.

Baba Ramdev Quotes

To live life for trivial pursuits is an insult to life. If we make full use of our potential, we can become great persons, apostle and super persons. A fault finder likes to look inside and out of the life of others, but does not want to look inside and out of himself. There should be firmness, not stubbornness; bravery not rashness, compassion, not weakness.
Always keep your face happy and smiling. Give happiness to others, and you will get happiness. Never forget your past; remembering our past save us from going wrong. Baba Ramdev

Sanskrit Encyclopaedia Project of Deccan College in Pune

The work on Sanskrit Encyclopaedia began in 1948 AD and only one-tenth of the Encyclopaedia has been completed. Recently the 26th edition of the encyclopedic dictionary of Sanskrit on historical principles was released at DeccanCollege in Pune. The main aim of the Sanskrit Encyclopaedia is to provide the user all the relevant information about Sanskrit words such as their earliest occurrence, the entire range of their meanings, the changes in their meanings with time as well as their status as current or obsolete. Those involved in the project are of the hope that with new technology available the project will be completed in near future. The mammoth project covers spatial and temporal dimensions to comparative and historical linguistics,, Sanskrit of inscriptional texts and the entire range of Sanskrit texts on historical principles. Express India reports The head of department of Sanskrit and Lexicography, Deccan College, Prof JD Sathe, who is also the current coordinator for the proj…

Museum Based On the life of Lord Ram and Ramayana

Ram Katha Hastshilp Sangrahlaya located at Tulsi Smarak Bhawan in Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh is unique museum dedicated to the life of Sri Ram and other aspects of Epic Ramayana. The museum is an initiative of Ayodhya Research Institute (ARI), an entity of the Uttar Pradesh department of culture. The museum attempts to present the life of Sri Rama through handicrafts, paintings, sculptures and other art works. Indian Express reports “For a common person, this museum presents a complete view of Ram in folk across the country. I have never gone beyond Lucknow or Ayodhya, but through this gallery, I am aware of at least 10 forms where Ramayana is used as a theme,” says Ajayendra Kumar, a regular visitor. The director of the Institute, Dr YP Singh says, “The story of Lord Ram is one story that connects the entire country. Whether it is the Pattua style of folk painting from West Bengal or the mix metal craft from Gujarat, or the Thanjavur paintings and Cheriyal Pattu from South, they are all d…

Rasa Purnima in Odisha

Rasa Purnima is observed on the full moon day in the month of Kartik month in Odisha. Rasa Purnima 2019 date in Odisha is on November 12. The day is dedicated to the worship of Radha and Krishna – especially to the Rasa leelas of Sri Krishna. Rasa yatra of Sri Radha Madhava is also held on the day.

The day is also of great importance at the temples dedicated to Hindu god Jagannath. Special rituals are held on the day at the PuriJagannathTemple.

Note – The Sharad Purnima (October 13, 2019) which is observed on the full moon day in Ashwin month is also referred as Rasa Purnima in North India.

Book - The Story of Ram and His Friends in the Forest

The book titled the ‘Story of Ram and His Friends in the Forest’ by Pratibha Nath focuses on the period that Sri Ram lived in the forest. The book is primarily aimed at children. Stories of animals, plants and demons that appeared in Epic Ramayana are given importance in the book. A major highlight of the book is the brilliant illustrations by Sujasha Dasgupta. The stories are based on Valmiki Ramayana and Tulidas’s Ramcharitmanas. Other versions of Ramayan are also used as guides in explaining incidents in the forest.   The Story of Ram and His Friends in the Forest By Pratibha Nath Published by Rupa Publications Price – Rupees 495/- Pages – 110 The book is available online at Rupa Publications

Triratri Vrata 2019 in Kartik Month - Triratri Vrat

Triratri Vrata is a three-day Vrat dedicated to Srihari Vishnu and it begins two days before Shukla Paksha Ekadasi or eleventh day of the waxing phase of moon. Triratri Vrata 2019 begins on November 6 and ends on November 8. The greatness of Triratri Vrata was narrated to Narada Rishi by Shiva.

Those observing the Vrata stay awake for three nights, worshipping Srihari Vishnu and Lakshmi with flowers, fruits, water and Tulsi leaves. The belief is that performing this vrata helps one in attaining mastery in arts and science.

The Vrata ends on the Ekadasi day in Shukla Paksha of Kartik month – which is the famous Hari Prabodhini Ekadasi. Tulsi Puja also begins from the day.

Sahasrarjun Jayanti - Sahastrabahu Arjun Jayanthi

Sahasrarjun was a popular king of ancient India and is mentioned in the Puranas and other Hindu scriptures. He is also known as Kartavirya Arjuna and Sahastrabahu Arjun. Sahasrarjun Jayanti 2019 date is November 3. It is observed annually on the Shukla Paksha saptami day – seventh day of the waxing phase of moon – in Kartik month.

Legend has it that Sahasra Arjuna had thousand arms and once even defeated the demon king Ravana of Ramayana. It is also believed by some Hindu communities that Sahastrabahu Arjun was an incarnation of the Sudarshana Chakra of Vishnu.

Puranas also mention Sahasrarjun to be an arrogant king and he had stolen the divine cow from Rishi Jamadagni's ashram. In the war that followed, Rishi Jamadagni, father of Parashurama (incarnation of Vishnu) was killed. To avenge his father's death, Parashurama annihilated the Kshatriya clan 21 times.

Kansara Samaj and Sahasrarjun Kshatriya Samaj consider that they are from the lineage of Sahasrarjun.

Swami Prabhavananda Thoughts

The desire to argue and quarrel is a sign of ego. If you want to find God, you must suppress the ego and humble yourself — not before your adversary, but before God within him. Never submit to a powerful adversary because you fear the consequences of disagreement; that would be cowardice. But discriminate between principles and opinions. There is a Hindu saying: ‘Say “yea, yea” to everyone, but keep your own seat firm.’ Do not compromise on ideals and principles. But when it comes to opinions, appreciate views differing from yours, and accept them when they merit it.
Swami Prabhavananda – Associated with the Ramakrishna Mission

Hindu Temple Dedicated to Tree – Vruksha Narayan Temple in Sabarkantha District in Gujarat

VrukshaNarayanTemple, which opened on October 17, 2010, at DerolVillage in Sabarkantha District in Gujarat in India is dedicated to a tree. The tree is worshipped as the deity. Inspiration for this form of nature worship comes the famous Upanishad teaching – A tree is equal to ten sons. It wants care and water only for five years and makes one rich with its ten gifts which are oxygen, water, soil, food, cloth, energy, shelter, medicine, fodder and shade.

VrukshaNarayanTemple is the brainchild of ardent environmentalist Jitendra Patel from Gujarat who was nominated as the first 'Green Ambassador' of Mehsana by Gujarat government. He is also the sole recipient from the state of the Priyadarshini Indira Gandhi Vrikshamitra national award.

The temple has been designed as a banyan tree and is 18 ft high and 20 ft wide. Jitendra Patel has also come out with a Vruksha Narayan Katha on the lines of Satya Narayan Katha that personifies tree as god. Times of India reports "The Derol…

Santhana Gopala Vratham

Santhana Gopala Vratham is dedicated to Sri Krishna and is observed on the Purnima day in Ashwin month as per traditional calendar followed in South India. Santana Gopala Vratham 2019 date is October 13. Santana Gopala Vrata is observed on the Purnima day in Kanni month in Kerala.

The Vrata is observed by those married couples who want to have children. Parents observe it for the welfare of their children.

Prayers on the day are dedicated to Sri Krishna. Devotees also visit Sri Krishna temples and make special offerings.

The Santana Gopala Mantra is also chanted on the day while offering prayers Om Devaki Sudha Govinda
Vasudeva Jagath Pathe
Dehimey Thanayam
Krishna Thwamaham
Saranam Kadhahaa Deva Deva Jagannatha
Gothra Vridhi Karap Prabho
Dehimey Thanayam Sheegram
Ayushmandham Yashashreenam!

Lingashtakam Lyrics – Lingastakam Song in pdf format in English

Lingashtakam is a prayer dedicated to Hindu God Shiva and is one of the most famous bhajans dedicated to Lord Shiva. Lingashtakam narrates the greatness of Linga or Lingam – the symbol of Lord Shiva. This Lingashtakam Lyrics is in English and is pdf format. The song is a favorite one of many Shiva devotees. It is believed that Lord Shiva appeared in the form of a pillar of fire with no end or beginning. Lingam is an attempt to give form to formless Brahman. It is considered highly auspicious to listen to Lingashtakam during Mahashivaratri or Shivratri. Link Download or Read Lingashtakam Lyrics in pdf format

You may also like to read Why is Shiva worshiped in form of Lingam?

US Christian Pastor Says Yoga Demonic – This Pastor Surely Needs to Practice Yoga to Remove the Demon in Him

For MarsHillChurch pastor Mark Driscoll, Yoga is an agent of Hinduism and hence demonic. For R Albert Mohler Jr, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kentucky, yoga is against Christianity. Demonic means extremely evil or cruel; expressive of cruelty or befitting hell. There is no doubt that Pastor Mark Driscoll is under the grip of demon. Surely the practice of Yoga will help in removing the demon that is residing in him.  After practicing yoga, the greatest advantage for the pastor will be that he will be able to understand true teachings of Bible and Christianity. The demon in him will be annihilated through Yoga. This will make him a better Christian and a better human being. MarsHillChurch pastor Mark Driscoll, please join a yoga course – you are not alone – an estimated 15.8 million people practice yoga in the US. If you are not aware majority of them are practicing Christians and better Christians than many pastors. Times of India reports What irked people li…

Tulja Bhavani Songs

Tulja Bhawani Aarti and Mantra is dedicated to Goddess Tulja Bhavani – a manifestation of Goddess Shakti. ShriTuljaBhavaniTemple, located at Tuljapur in Osmanabad District in Maharashtra, is one of the most important Goddess Shakti Temples in the state and is also one of the Shakti Peethas. Now the official website of Tulja Bhavani temple is offering songs dedicated to the Goddess.

You can listen and download the songs for free here at the official website - Tulja Bhavani Mandir

Note - the official website is undergoing certain changes and sometimes the songs are not appearing on the main page.

Satyarth Prakash in English – Read Satyarth Prakash of Swami Dayanand Saraswati online

Satyarth Prakash, meaning the light of truth, is the most important text and guide of the Arya Samaj. It was written by Swami Dayanand Saraswati, founder of Arya Samaj, to propagate the true teachings of the Vedas. Satyarth Prakash contains exposition and clarifications of Vedic principles. Now Arya samaj jamnagar is providing the opportunity to read the Satyarth Prakash text online. Link – you can read Satyarth Prakash in English here at the Arya Samaj Jamnagar website

Lakshmindra Puja – Lakshmi Indra Pooja

Lakshmindra Puja is dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi and Hindu God Indra and is observed on the Purnima day of Ashwin month. Lakshmindra Puja 2019 date is October 13. In Bengal, Odisha and other parts of India, the pooja is referred as Kojagari Lakshmi Puja. In Hinduism, Goddess Lakshmi symbolizes prosperity and wealth and it is believed that on Poornima night she visits the homes of devotees and blesses them. Therefore special Lakshmi Puja is held in the evening on the day in homes.

Elaborate traditional Lakshmi Pujas, which needs the help of a priest or elderly person, are conducted on the day by communities and organizations.

Today, many people also perform a simple Lakshmi Puja on the day sticking to the main traditions.

Special vegetarian dishes, fruits and sweets are offered to Goddess Lakshmi and Indra on the day.

God is visibly present in the pure heart of a devotee – Vedanta Kesari Magazine Editorial

God is present everywhere for His all-pervasiveness is His nature. ‘Logically’ one can, therefore, meditate on Him wherever one wants to meditate on. But in pure heart, free from all negative ideas such as lust, greed, jealousy, anger and so on, God is manifest more.

Sri Ramakrishna used to call heart as ‘the drawing room’. In a house, the master of the house can move around, and hence can be found, in any part of the house. But most likely, the master can be found in his drawing room. That is where he is most comfortable and relaxed. Likewise, while God can be meditated anywhere, He is most visibly present in the pure heart of a devotee.

Lotus is also a symbol of devotion. While meditating on God, one is asked to meditate on a bloomed lotus in the centre of chest. Like a lotus, a pure heart never gets dirty by the mire called worldly thoughts and negative emotions. It is ever pure, and fresh, and a fitting place to think of the Presence of God.

Source – The Vedanta Kesari September …

Importance of Durga Puja in Bengal – Why is Durga Pooja Special among Bengalis?

If it is Durga Puja; then it is in Bengal. Why is the tradition of Durga Puja so special among Bengalis? Perhaps the answer lies in the famous KalighatTemple in Kolkata. The region is associated with Goddess Shakti from time immemorial. Various Tantric texts identify the region from Dakshineshwar to Behala as Kalishetra or the abode of Goddess Shakti.

It is believed that all forms of Goddess Durga exist in this place. The worship of Goddess Durga gained prominence with the discovery of the feet of Goddess Sati from Kalikunda Pond in the vicinity. With this discovery, the place became one of the 51 Shakti shrines or Shaktipeetahs. (After the death of Goddess Sati at the Daksha Yajna, Shiva was roaming around the world with it and this caused imbalance in the universe. Vishnu then used his Sudarshana Chakra to cut the body of Sati and it fell in 51 places on earth and these places came to be known as Shaktipeetahs.)

Archeological discoveries, Tantric texts of NigamaSchool and Puranas l…

Durga Puja in Jakarta in Indonesia in 2017

Bengalis and Hindus in Jakarta in Indonesia are inviting all people to have a look at their Durga Puja celebrations this year. The Durga puja is celebrated in Jakarta by the Bengali Association from September 20 to September 30, 2017

You can view pictures of Durga Puja and learn more about the activities of Jakarta Bengali Association here at their website.

Malayalam Bhagavath Geeta pdf – Download or Read Bhagavad Gita in Malayalam free

Malayalam Bhagavath Geeta in pdf format for free is provided by Swami Shri Adgadanad Ji’s of Yatharth Geeta. This downloadable Malayalam Bhagavad Gita is strictly for personal use and has explanations in Malayalam apart from the Sanskrit verse text in Malayalam. You can only download the eighteen chapters separately and not as a single book.

You can download the Malayalam Bhagavath Geeta from this link – Malayalam Bhagavath Geeta pdf.

To read and download the Malayalam Bhagavad Gita in PDF format and you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader or other pdf readers installed on your computer.

Note – the titles of the 18 chapters are given in English on clicking you will get Malayalam text of each chapter with verses and explanations.

Pakshavardhini Dwadasi – Paksha Vardhini Mahadwadasi

Pakshavardhini falls on the 12th day of the Shukla Paksha and Krishna Paksha (Waxing and Waning Phase of moon) in a month in a Hindu lunar calendar. To be termed as Pakshavardhini Dwadasi, the 12th day should precede two days before Purnima (full moon) or Amavasya (No moon).

If it is Purnima or Amavasi tithi after two sunrises from 12th day or dwadasi then such a dwadashi is Pakshavardhini Dwadasi.

The day is considered highly auspicious by the Vaishnava followers. Some people observe a fast on the day. Sri Hari Vishnu is propitiated on the day.

The Foolishness of Animal Sacrifice during Durga Puja – Ramprasad Sen

Mind, why are you so anxious? Utter Kali’s name and sit in meditation. From all this pomp of worship the mind grows proud. Worship her in secret, that none may know. What is thy gain from images of metal, stone or earth? Fashion her image in the mind and set it on the lotus throne of your heart. Parched rice and plantains, ah! How vainly do you offer these! Feed her with the nectar of devotion, and satisfy your own mind. Why seek to illumine her with lamp and lantern and candle? Light the jeweled lamp of the mind; let it flash its luster day and night. Why do you bring sheep and goats and buffaloes for sacrifice? Saying ‘Victory to Kali,’ ‘Victory to Kali,’ sacrifice the Six Passions – sexual desire, anger, covetousness, lapse due to infatuation, pride and envy. Ramprasad Sen says – what need is there of drums and tomtoms? Saying ‘Victory to Kali,’ clap your hands and lay your mind at her feet. Ramprasad Sen (1723 – 1803 AD)Bengali Saint and poet and an ardent devotee of Goddess Shakti.…

Watch Ramlila live online – Ramlila Video

Ramlila is the theater (drama) performance of the life of Sri Ram – based on the important episodes from Ramayana – with emphasis on the the ten day battle between Sri Ram and Ravan. Now a couple of important Ramlila troupes in the country are providing live online streaming of Ramlila.

You can watch the Ramlila performance of lavkush troupe in Delhi live online at the official website of the Lavkush Ramlila committee.

Tuljapur Bhavani Temple Festival on Ashwin Purnima – Sri Bhavani Devi Utsav Tulja Bhavani Temple

One of the most important festivals at the Tuljapur Bhavani is held on the Purnima or full moon day in Ashwin month. Sri Bhavani Devi Utsav 2019 date is October 13. Tulja Bhavani is family deity of Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and also of thousands of families in Maharashtra and other states.

 Tulja Bhavani is the manifestation of Goddess Shakti – who is worshipped as Ambabai, Jagadamba, Tukai,  Bhagwati and Durga in western parts of India.

TuljaBhavaniTemple is also one of the Shakti Peethas.

Sri Bhavani Devi Utsav is held after the annual Navratri Festival (September – October). Thousands of devotees arrive on the day at the temple to pay respects to the Goddess, who is also the Family Deity (Kuldaivat) of millions of homes in India.

Markandeya Purana in Hindi – Read Markandaya Puran Online

Markandeya Purana is one of the most important Puranas. Chapter 81 to 93 of the Purana contains the stories associated with Navratri and Durga Puja and is referred as Durga Saptashati or Devi Mahatmyam. Now the Ved Puran website is offering the entire Markandeya Purana in Hindi online. It is not in pdf format. So you can only read it online. Link – Read Markandeya Purana in Hindi online.

Trishulini Puja

Trishulini Puja is observed during the Durga Puja period in Ashwin month as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India. Trishulini Puja 2018 date is October 17. Trishulini is one of the names of Goddess Durga. The pooja is mainly performed in Mithilanchal.

The puja is performed on the Mahanavami day and is dedicated to the warrior form of Durga. Trishul or trident is one of the weapons that Durga uses to annihilate evil and restore Dharma.

Teachings from Janeshwari of Dnyaneshwar Maharaj

The bug (Gochid) on the body of the cow only sucks in the blood, though the sweet and pure milk is in the immediate vicinity behind the skin. At the root of the lotus, the frog and butterfly live near each other but the butterfly picks up the fragrance, while the frog is left to stew in its own mud. An unfortunate man will pass his whole life in misery without food, even when a large fortune (of which he is not aware), lies buried under his humble abode. In this manner, the unseeing human turns his mind towards the object of senses and tries to find happiness in material comfort, though, I (Krishna), the Lord of everything and the goal of happiness, am seated in his heart. Such action is stupid. It is like throwing away nectar at the sight of mirage, and exchanging the magic stone for a piece of mother-of-pearl. Those whose minds are steeped in egoism thus struggle in the currents of life and death. They do this because, they do not know My nature. From Janeshwari of Dnyaneshwar Mahara…

Goddess Sucharita Saraswati – Sri Sucharita Saraswati Devi

Goddess Sucharita is a form of Goddess Saraswati that is invoked by devotees to attain insight and understanding. It is believed that praying to this key aspect of Goddess Saraswati during Navratri will help students and professionals in their attempt to garner knowledge. A section of scholars are of the view that the knowledge regarding the concept of Sri Sucharita Saraswati Devi is lost as little is known about this aspect and there are currently no written records.

Goddess Sucharita Saraswati is today popularized by some ashrams in South India, who claim to have discovered knowledge of this aspect.

Today, Goddess Sucharita Saraswati is worshipped during Navratri festival (September – October) in South India by some people. The pujas, rituals and mantras are only performed by some ashrams.

Book – A Journey through the Lands and Legends of Krishna

The book 'Krishna: A Journey through the Lands and Legends of Krishna by Dev Prasad is a journey through places that has become holy in modern world due to the time spent by Sri Krishna in these places during his stay on earth among humans. The places that are covered are Brij Bhoomi (Vrindavan and Mathura), Dwarka etc. The author makes an honest attempt to cover the places that was made holy by Sri Krishna during his presence of 125 years on Earth.  The stories associated with each places is also explained in nutshell. Another highlight is the photographs of important places. A Journey through the Lands & Legends of Krishna By Dev Prasad Published by Jaico Books Price – Rs 295/-

Sabarimala Temple October 2017 Monthly Puja – Opening and Closing Dates

SabarimalaTemple opens on the first of every Malayalam month for five days for the monthly poojas. Thousands of Ayyappa devotees make use of this opportunity to visit the Sabarimala shrine to have a hassle free darshan. In October 2017, SabarimalaAyyappaTemple will open on October 16 and will close on October 21 for Thula Masam Puja.

Sri Chitira Attam Thirunnal puja will also be held in this month on October 18, 2016.

Note – Next month in Malayalam calendar is the Vrischika Masam and the Sabarimala Shrine opens for two month long – Mandala Makaravilaku pujas (November 16, 2017 to January 20, 2018.

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

Thousands of devotees in order to avoid the rush choose the monthly opening period to visit the shrine. There are also several Ayyappa devotees who make it point to visit the shrine every month. The shrine remains open…

Bahula Ashtami 2019 date - Bahulashtami in Kartik Month

Bahula Ashtami is observed on the eighth day of the Krishna Paksha or waxing phase of moon in Kartik Month as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India. Bahula Ashtami 2019 date is October 21. The rituals on the day are associated with Radha and Krishna and are observed by the Vaishnavas.

It is believed that the Radha Kund and Shyama Kund – two ponds named after Radha and Krishna appeared on Bahula Ashtami day. The ponds are located at Vrindavan.

Thousands of devotees arrive at the ponds to take a holy dip on the day.

It is believed that all the sacred waters in world appeared to fill the Radhakund.

You can read about the story associated with Radhakund here in this earlier article.

Please note that Bahula is a term used to refer to the waning phase of moon in South India – especially in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.

Swami Abhedananda on Destiny and Rebirth

We cannot distinguish where heredity ends and where the law of karma begins. There is some truth in heredity as far as the channel of manifestation is concerned; . . .parents are channels through which the reincarnating souls manifest on this plane. . . Now, why will certain souls seek certain channels and other souls seek other channels? . . . the law of karma determines it. That is, each will go through the channel which it deserves, to which it is drawn by its natural tendency. . . like attracts like. Souls which must gain certain experiences will seek that environment which will give them the experiences they need. We create our own destiny by our thoughts and desires. What we are today is the result of our past existence. God is not responsible for our condition. We ourselves are responsible, and if we understand this secret or this mystery of the soul, then we can mould our future in such a manner that we will never go down, but will rise higher and higher, until we have reached …

Hindu American Seva Charities initiates ShaktiSeva for Woman to Listen, Learn and Inspire

Hindu American Seva Charities, a progressive, non-religious, American organization promoting pluralism, tolerance, social justice, health service, civic engagement and advancing interfaith and community service, is initiating ShaktiSeva to highlight the strength in the woman and bring in the forefront the energy within oneself, during the celebrations, through dialogues, telling and sharing stories, helping women’s organizations.  The theme of ShaktiSeva program is ‘Listen, Learn and Inspire’ each other and is part of Navratri celebrations. There are numerous activities that you can be part of ShaktiSeva program. All details and how you can participate can be found here at the official website of Hindu American Seva Charities.

Maharas Purnima

The Purnima or full moon day in Ashwin month (September – October) is observed as Maharas Purnima in Braj region of North India. Maharas Purnima 2019 date is October 13. It is believed that divine Raas Lila of Sri Krishna with Radha and Gopis happened on the night of Maharas Purnima. Due to this importance, the day is also referred as Raas Lila Divas or Ras Lila day. A fasting (Vrata) is also observed on the day. The day is popularly known as Sharad Purnima.

There is also a close connection between the moon and the Sharad Purnima day – it is believed that moon’s rays contain nourishing elements. It is believed that the moon is closest to the earth on the day

The significance of Sharad Purnima is mentioned in the 10th chapter of the Srimad Bhagavad Purana. It is also said that the moon is close to the earth on the day and due to this the rays of the moon has several curative properties.

Unique Temple-Mosque at Girimath at Kamathagi Village in Bagalkot in Karnataka

This inspiring report in the Deccan Herald talks about a temple-mosque – for six days in a week the holy spot is a temple and on Friday it is a mosque. The holy structure is in the form of a mosque and has murtis of Hindu Gods Shiva, Nandi and Ganesha and paintings of saints like Marula Shankara Devaru. Girimath is managed by Hucheshwar Mutt. The most popular festival is a car festival dedicated to Ganesha. This unique holy structure is located inside Girimath at Kamathagi Village in Bagalkot in Karnataka. Deccan Herald reports The five-century old mosque functions as a temple for six days in a week, transforming itself into a mosque on the seventh day. Barring Fridays when Muslims pray in it, Hindus have a free run of the mosque as a temple. The structure was constructed by Ibrahim Adil Shah II, the Bahmani Sultan known for his efforts to foster communal harmony among people of all religion. “Ibrahim Adil Shah II, who ruled between 1556 and 1627, formed certain rules for worship over her…

Kannada Ashwayuja Masam 2019 – Ashwina Month in 2019 in Karnataka

Ashwin Masam is the seventh month in a traditional Hindu Kannada calendar followed in Karnataka. Kannada Ashwayuja Masam 2019 is from September 29 to October 28. Popular festivals in a Hindu calendar year like Navratri, Vijaya Dashami, Dasara, Kojagari Vrata, Naraka Chaturdashi and Diwali are observed in this month. Other auspicious days include Govatsa Dwadashi, Yama Tharpanam and Kedara Gowri Vrata

Pradosh Fasting Dates in Ashwayuja  Masam are:  
Pradosh – October 11
Pradosh – October 25
Ekadasi Fasting dates in Ashwayuja  Masam are: Pashankusha Ekadasi – October 9 Rama Ekadasi – October 24
Sankashtahara Chaturthi Vrata dedicated to Ganesha is on October 17, Thursday – Moonrise or Chandrodaya is at 8:43 PM – Indian Standard Time.

Kannada Ashwin Month 2019 Shukla Paksha and Krishna Paksha Kannada Ashwin 2019 Shukla Paksha (Waxing phase of moon) is from September 29 to October 13. Kannada Ashvina Masam 2019 Krishna Paksha (Waning phase of moon) is from October 14 to October 28.

Purnima in…

Gujarati Ashwin Mahina 2019 – Aso Month in 2019 in Gujarati Calendar

Ashvin Mahina, or Aso Month, is the last month in a traditional Gujarati calendar followed in Gujarat, India. Ashvin Mahina 2019 in Gujarati Calendar begins on  September 29 to October 28. Ashvin Month is a highly auspicious month the 9-day Navratri festival, Dasara, Sharad Puja, Karva Chauth, Lakshmi Puja, Dhanteras and Diwali falls in the month.

Ekadasi Fasting Dates in Ashvina Mahina
Pashankusha Ekadasi – October 9 Rama Ekadasi – October 24
Pradosh Fasting Dates in Ashvina Mahina
Pradosh – October 11
Pradosh – October 25
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 Sud Padvo and Vad Padvo – Shukla Paksha and Krishna Paksha Ashvin Gujarati calendar 2019 Sud Padvo (Waxing phase of moon) is from September 29 to October 13. Ashwin Month 2019 Vad Padvo Paksha (Waning phase of moon) is from October 14 to October 28.

Purnima in Gujarati Ashvina month Ashvin Purn…

Mahatma Gandhi Thoughts and Quotes on God

There are certain things which are self-proved and certain which are not proved at all. The existence of God is like a geometrical axiom. It may be beyond our heart grasp. Intellectual attempts are more or less failures, as a rational explanation cannot give you the faith in a living God. For it is a thing beyond the grasp of reason. It transcends reason.

There are numerous phenomena from which you can reason out the existence of God; but I shall not insult your intelligence by offering you rational explanations, and begin with a simple childlike faith in God.

If I exist, God exists. With me it is a necessity of my being as it is with millions. They may not be able to talk about it, but from their lives you can see that is a part of their lives. I am only asking you to restore the belief that is undermined. In order to do so, you have to unlearn a lot of literature that dazzles your intelligence and throws you off your feet.

Start with the faith which is also a token of humility and a…

Lahoo – Online Comic based on little known Story of Lord Ram – Pushpuck Series

Lahoo is the second comic in the comic series titled Pushpuck and narrates the tale of a boy named Lahoo and about a cow – an incarnation of Mother Earth. This cow had prayed to Srihari Vishnu to save the earth from demons like Ravana. During old age this cow was abandoned by its owner. But Lahoo goes in search of it and saves it from becoming the prey of a wild animal. The conversation between Lahoo and the cow narrates all his past incidents. Later Lord Ram pays respect to the Cow. You can read the comic Lahoo online here for free. You may also like to read Pushpuck – Online Comic Book Based on the Forgotten Tales from Hindu Tradition – First Story Tarak

Pitra Visarjani Amavas – Pitru Visarjani Amavasya

Pitra Visarjani Amavasi is observed on the no moon day in the month of Ashvina (September – October) as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India. Pitra Visarjani Amavas 2018 date is October 8. The day is popularly known as Mahalaya Amavasya. Please note that the corresponding Amavasya in calendars followed in Gujarat and Maharashtra is the Bhadrapad Amavas.

Pitra Visarjani is an important ceremony dedicated to the dead parents, relatives and other ancestors. Performing this ceremony during the Pitru Paksha period is considered highly meritorious.