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Alakh Niranjan Meaning

Alakh Niranjan is the term used by sadhus, babas and tantrics of the Nath Sampradaya sect to greet each other. The Nath Sampradaya was founded by Gorakhnath and is dedicated to the worship of Shiva. Alakh as per the Nath tradition means – absolute freedom from all types of bondage; Niranjan is one among the numerous names of Shiva and it means pure. Nath Sampradaya sect believes that Shiva as Adinath taught the secret of the Supreme Being to Matsyendranath and He taught it to Gorakhnath. Gorakhnath is the most important teacher of the Nath Sampradaya tradition. Some scholars are of the view that the term Alakh Niranjan was coined by Gorakhnath. Alakh Niranjan is thus primarily invoking Shiva who resides in all living and nonliving – he is ever pure and beyond all imaginations and thoughts of human beings. Lucky are those who realize this and escape from all types of Karmic bondage. Note - Alakh Niranjan is also used as a greeting term in Sikhism.

Sanskrit Book Fair in Bangalore in January 2011 – Official Website of First World Sanskrit Book Fair

The first world Sanskrit Book Fair will be organized from January 7, 2011 to January 10, 2011 at National College ground, Basavanagudi, Bangalore, Karnataka, India. The fair will feature books, DVDs and CDs on Sanskrit literature and its translation into Indian and foreign languages. The concept of Sanskrit speaking village and Sanskrit speaking market will be introduced in the fair. You can participate and register for the fair and know more about the fair here at the official website of the Sanskrit Book Fair.

Update - Sharath CV went to the book fair and provided this link which contains photos and a small note on the book fair - you can find the photos and write up here. 

Margi Purnima

Margi Purnima is the full moon day that falls during the Margashirsha month (November – December). Margi Purnima 2018 date is December 22. Special rituals, observances and prayers are held by certain Hindu communities on the day.

Not much information is available regarding this full moon day. It is of importance to certain Vaishnava sects in eastern parts of India.

Marathi Margashirsha Month in 2019 - Margasira Mahina Maharashtra Calendar 2019

Margashirsha Month is the ninth month in a traditional Marathi calendar followed in Maharashtra. Margasira Mahina 2019 in Marathi calendar is from November 27 to December 26. Champa Shashti, Gita Jayanti, Mokshada Ekadasi and Datta Jayanti are observed in Margasira Mahina.

Margashirsha Lakshmi Puja is observed on the Thursdays in the month.

Sankashti Chaturthi monthly fasting dedicated to Ganesha in Margashirsha Mahina is on December 15, 2019 – Moonrise or Chandrodaya is at 9:04 PM – Indian Standard Time.

Margashirsha Mahina Shukla Paksha and Krishna Paksha Margashirsha Mahina 2019 Shukla Paksha (Waxing phase of moon) is from November 27 to December 12. Margashirsha Month 2019 Krishna Paksha (Waning phase of moon) is from December 13 to December 26.

Purnima or full moon in Marathi Margashirsha Mahina in 2019 Margashirsha Purnima or Full moon day is on December 12, 2019. The Purnima begins at 10:58 AM on December 11 and ends at 10:41 AM on December 12. Dattatreya Jayanti is on December 11…

Rig Veda Teachings on Cooperation

Let us speak together, Let our thoughts be one, Let us be of one mind. Let the place be common, Assembly be common, Mind and thought be common. Let the resolve be the same, And the mind be of one accord. May we live in harmony and agreement. Rig Veda (X, 191-3, 4)
Rig Veda Teachings on Creation

A 16th Century 80 feet high elephant statue at Azhagar Kovil Village near Brihadeshwara Temple in Tamil Nadu

A majestic 16th Century 80 feet high elephant statue is located at Thuravu Melazhagar – Azhagarkovil and Azhagapuri – temple at AzhagarKovilVillage which is around 6km from BrihadeshwaraTemple at Gangaikondacholapuram. Like numerous such monuments and statues associated with Hindu religion, this one too needs urgent repair and attention. The story here too is the same there is total neglect from authorities and Hindu society. The sheer size and the intricate designs that are part of the Azhagarkovil elephant statue would have easily placed it in the category of National Monument in any country around the world other than India. In India, government authorities spend lavishly on creating statues of corrupt politicians and of all those Tom Dick and Harry whom the politicians think has the capacity to create vote banks. Suganthy Krishnamachari writes in the Hindu Gazing at the Azhagarkovil elephant, whose majesty even the scaffolding and the thatch are unable to obscure, one cannot help w…

Bheema Jayanti – Bhimasena Jayanthi

Bheema Jayanti is believed to be the day when the second of the Pandava brothers, Bhimasena, was born. Bheema Jayanti 2019 date is December 4. It is observed on the 8th day of the Shukla Paksha of Margashirsh month. Kunti is believed to have given birth to Bhima with the blessing of Vayu or the wind god.

All the important victories of the Pandavas in the Mahabharata are built around the pillar Bhima. He is the brute force that crushes all that stands in the path of Dharma.

In the 18-day Kurukshetra battle in the Mahabharata, all the 100 Kauravas including Duryodhana and Dushasana were killed by Bhima.

Temples dedicated to Bhima in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Maharashtra conduct special pujas and processions on the day.

Nag Panchami in Margashirsh Month – Nag Pujan - Nag Dive

In Margashirsh Month (November – December), a Nag Panchami and Naga Puja festival, pujas and rituals are held in many parts in western India. Nag Panchami in Margashirsh Month 2019 is on December 1. It is also known as Nag Pujan - Nag Dive. This particular Nag Puja or rituals, dedicated to Snakes, is observed on the fifth or Panchami day during the waxing phase of moon in Margashirsh month as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in Maharashtra and Karnataka.

Please note that the most popular Nag Panchami is observed in Shravan month (July – August).

In some regions, Nag Devi – the female serpent, is worshipped on the Nag Panchami in Margashirsh Month.

Goddess Vakula Devi – Vakulamata Devi – Mother of Hindu God Venkateswara

Goddess Vakula Devi, or Vakulamata Devi, is the mother of Hindu God Venkateswara as per certain Hindu traditions. A temple dedicated to Goddess Vakulamata is located facing the TirupatiBalajiTemple at Perurbanda village. Goddess Vakula Devi is the incarnation of Mother Yashoda – foster mother of Sri Krishna. Legend has it that Mother Yashoda could not witness the marriage of Sri Krishna with Rukmini. To console Her, Sri Krishna promised that when he will appear as Venkateswara during the kali yuga and she will be his foster mother and will get the opportunity to witness His marriage. Mother Yashoda thus had the fortune of being the mother Venkateswara in Kali Yuga. As promised it was Goddess Vakula Devi who went to King Akasa Raja to ask Goddess Padmavati’s hand in marriage. It was she who conducted the marriage of Padmavati and Venkateswara.

Sabarimala Prasadam through Courier at Your Home – DTDC Courier & Cargo Ltd to take Sabarimala Aravana Payasam around the World

DTDC Courier and Cargo Ltd is delivering Sabarimala Prasadam through Courier at your home. They are providing the service around the world. The Sabarimala package delivered at your home will contain a Can of Aravana Payasam, a pouch of Unniyappam, packets of Vibhooti, Kumkum and Manjal, and a picture of Lord Ayyappa. The cost of ordering a holy package is INR 275/- + Taxes to any address in India and INR 1700/- + Taxes to any address around the globe. We are publishing a letter sent to us by DTDC Courier and Cargo Ltd regarding this matter DTDC Courier and ltd has been authorized by the concerned authorities to carry the Holy Prasada of Lord Ayyappa through courier all over the world. Devotees can walk into any of the DTDC offices across the globe and place their orders for the Holy Prasada. Orders can also be placed at using your credit or debit card payment online. The DTDC delivery boy will be knocking your door within 10days from date of booking with the Holy Package of Pr…

Margasira Masa 2019 in Telugu Calendar – Telugu Margasira Masa 2019

Margasira Masam is the ninth month in a traditional Hindu Telugu calendar followed in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. Margasira Masam 2019 starts on November 27 to December 26. The holy Dhanur Masa begins on December 16 in this month. Dhanurmasam is the period between the entry of Sun in Dhanu Rashi and Makara Sankramana.

Sankatahara Chavithi dedicated to Vinayaka in Margasira Masa is on December 15, 2019 – Moonrise or Chandrodaya is at 9:04 PM  – Indian Standard Time.
Telugu Margasira Masa Shukla Paksha and Krishna Paksha Margasira Masa Telugu calendar 2019 Shukla Paksha (Waxing phase of moon) is from November 27 to December 12. Telugu Margasira Masam 2019 Krishna Paksha (Waning phase of moon) is from December 13 to December 26.

Ekadasi Fasting Dates in Telugu Margasira Masa are: Mokshada Ekadasi - December 8
Saphala Ekadasi – December 22
Pradosh Fasting Dates in Telugu Margasira Masa are: Pradosh - December 9 - Som Pradosh
Pradosh – December 22 - Som Pradosh
Purnima in Telugu Margasira Ma…

Why Marriages are not held in Margazhi month or Tamil Margali Masam?

Margazhi month, or Margali Masam, is a highly auspicious Tamil month. It is the last month before the Uttarayana Punyakalam begins. Some Hindu communities do not hold auspicious ceremonies like marriages in the Margazhi month. This is not a general rule but is followed strictly by some Hindus.

The main reason for not conducting marriages is that people want to use the holy month to concentrate on spiritual activities.

The importance of Margali Masam was announced by Sri Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita when He said Maasanam Margasheershoham – among the twelve months, I am Margazhi.

Margazhi Month is also considered the dawn period of Devas. The belief is that the Devas who had gone to sleep during the Dakshinayana wake up in the month of Margazhi.

A human year is considered to be a day of the Devas. The day time begins with Uttarayana Punayakalam – mid January. The night time of Devas begins during Dakshinayana Punyakalam – mid July.

The reason for not conducting marriages during Margazh…

Chennai – Mookambika Temple – Sringeri – Udupi Package Tour from Indian Railways

Rail Tourism India, the tourism arm of Indian Railways, is conducting spiritual tour from Chennai to MookambikaTemple and Sringeri. The five-day tour includes darshan at MookambikaTemple, Visit to Sringeri, Dharmasthala, and Udupi SriKrishnaTemple. The Spiritual Tour starts from Chennai .

The price of per person occupancy is Rupees 8900/-, double occupancy is 4950/- and triple occupancy is 3750/-

Hanuman Ashtami at Ujjain Bade Ganesh Temple

Hanuman Ashtami is a unique ritual observed at the BadeGaneshTemple located at Ujjain. Hanuman is worshipped in the form of Panchmukhi Hanuman – five-faced Hanuman. The temple is located on the Har Siddhi Road near the MahakaleshwarTemple. Hanuman Ashtami 2019 date is December 19.

Bade GaneshTemple at Ujjain is also a famous center for Hindu astrology. The temple also conducts classes on Sanskrit and Astrology.

Hanuman Ashtami is observed on the krishna paksha ashtami day in Poush month as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India.

Tripur Bhairavi Mahavidya Jayanti – Tripura Bhairavi Jayanthi

Goddess Tripura Bhairavi is the 8th Goddess among the ten Mahavidyas. Tripur Bhairavi Mahavidya Jayanti date is January 9, 2020. It is believed that this form of Goddess Shakti appeared on earth on this day. Tripur Bhairavi Mahavidya is worshipped for defeating sensual desires and for attaining peace and prosperity.

In some Tantric scriptures she is also referred as Kala Bhairavi. It is said that she presides over the world that is undergoing transformation – from good to bad and from bad to good.

Mahavidyas are ten in number and they are the forms of Goddess Shakti – she appears in these ten forms to provide knowledge about the Ten Supreme Forms of Energies.

It is annually observed on Paush Shukla Paksha Chaturdashi Tithi.

Sudhanshu Maharaj Quotes

Sudhanshu Maharaji is a modern day Hindu Guru. Here are few quotes and teachings of Sudhanshuji Maharaj. Prayer, Endeavor, Inspiration, and Industry I consider them four fruits of life.
We build our good luck through them. Inside every man Resides God and Inside every man there is a superman.
What we require is that we recognize our significance and strive to uplift ourselves mentally and spiritually. Then the superman inside us will be awakened and the divinity inside us, will lift itself and excel. As the reflection of the moon can be seen in still waters, similarly one who is at peace can see God. Luck is stronger but endeavor is much stronger then luck. Do give importance to your luck but not more than your action. Sudhanshuji Maharaj

Why are puja items dropped in a river after Hindu pujas? – Why it should no longer be followed?

Dropping of puja items in a river is a very old tradition when all the puja items used in a Hindu puja were made of natural materials. Rituals and pujas are performed by a devotee to fulfill certain wishes. As per Hindu Holy Scriptures, water is one of the manifest forms of the Supreme Being (God). It is also said in the Rig Veda that in the beginning there was only Water. So when the devotee offers the puja items to water the devotee feels that it is directly offered to the Supreme Truth.

Dropping of puja items in rivers should not be practiced anymore as majority of puja items are not natural products. Most of the Hindu puja items today contain plastic and numerous other non-degradable materials. Rivers in olden days were free flowing and therefore what was offered was immediately carried away and there was no stagnation.

It must be noted that several rituals and practices in Hinduism were started more than 5000 years ago. In ancient days, only natural materials were offered to Hind…

Swami Dayanand Saraswati Thoughts on the Four Stages of Life in Hinduism

Swami Dayanand Saraswati founder of Arya Samaj Brahmacharya (or the 1st stage of life) is meant for perfecting one's body and acquiring knowledge and culture. Grihastha (or the 2nd stage of life) is for the pursuit of useful occupation and professions, marriage, etc. Vanaprasth (or the 3rd stage of life) for meditation, concentration of mind on abstruse subjects, perfection of character and acquisition of divine knowledge. Sanyasa (for the 4th stage of life) is meant of disseminating knowledge of the Veda and the Shastras practicing virtue and renouncing vice, preaching the gospel of truth and dispelling doubts and ignorance of the people. But all those who do not discharge the most important duties of Sanyasa, such as the preaching of truth and righteousness, are the most degraded wretches, and will go to hell. Therefore, it is necessary for Sanyasis to devote themselves assiduously to the preaching of truth and enlightening the minds of the people who are in doubt, to the studies of…

Pandu Osha

Pandu Osha is observed in Orissa in the Margashirsh month. It is dedicated to Yudhishtira, the eldest of the Pandava brothers. Pandu Osha 2019 date is December 12. Some texts suggest that the Osha is dedicated to Pandu the father of the Pandavas.

Annually Pandu Osha falls on the Purnima or full moon day in Oriya Margashirsh month. It is also known as Pandu Purnima.

A popular story associated with Pandu Osha states that the King of Kalinga had no children and his luck changed after he and the queen observed the Pandu Osha.

Akhand Dwadashi Vrata 2019

Akhand Dwadashi Vrat is observed on the 12th day of the Shukla Paksha or waxing phase of moon in Margashirsh month. Akhand Dwadashi Date in 2019 is December 9. The Vrat is dedicated to Hindu God Vishnu. Food made using milk of cow is eaten on the day. Curd is consumed by those offering the vrat.

The vrat is also observed by some Hindu communities on any of the 12th day of the Shukla Paksha in Margashirsh, Paush, Phalgun, Chaitra, Vaishak, Jyeshta or Ashada month.

It is believed that observing this vrat will help in attaining peace and prosperity in life. It is also performed for a good family life.

The Great Hindu Tradition – Book with Meanings of Hindu Rituals and Why We Perform Them

The Great Hindu Tradition by Sri Sarma Sastrigal attempts to clear the curiosity that arises in the mind of Hindus when they perform a particular ritual. The book gives insights into Vedic principles and Shastras and on why we perform certain rituals in our daily life.  Ancient customs and traditions are explained in simple English in the book. The Hindu reports about the book Swami Dayananda Saraswati described the book as different as it gives answers to common questions. “This is a handbook of Vedic dharma,” he said. Nirmala Lakshman, Joint Editor, The Hindu, said “the book, with smaller to larger examples, reminds us of our links to the community and the world at large.” She said a great deal of clarity about the traditions and cultures had been brought out in the book. Where to buy the book? I wanted to buy the book. So I searched for the publishers name in all the newspapers that published the news of the release of the book. There was no information on who the publisher was or from…

Dashaditya Vrat – Dasaditya Vrata

Dashaditya Vrat is observed in the Margashirsha month in traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India. Dashaditiya Vrat 2019 date is December 6. It is observed on the 10th day of the Shukla Paksha or waxing phase of moon in Margashirsh month.

Those undertaking the fast listen to the Dasaditya Vrat Katha.

The vrat is mainly observed in North India especially in Uttar Pradesh.

Obama as Nataraja on Newsweek Cover November 22, 2010

The Newsweek cover of November 22, 2010 edition has US President Barack Obama in Nataraja pose – the cosmic dance Hindu God Shiva as Nataraja. The cosmic dance of Shiva as Nataraja represents – Creation, Protection, Destruction, Embodiment and Release. In essence, the cosmic dance symbolically represents the continuous cycle of creation and destruction. This cosmic dance takes place in every particle and is the source of all energy. It represents the Supreme Truth. The Newsweek cover page of November 22, 2010 is headlined as "God of All Things" – Why the modern presidency may be too much for one person to handle. The Newsweek cover suggests that Obama is not God Shiva to solve all issues. But it was unnecessary to bring the Nataraja symbol into American political squabbles as Nataraja Shiva Murti is worshipped by millions of people in HinduTemples and homes.  It is the unparalleled insight of the ancient Saints of Hinduism that they were able to express the entire cycle of cre…

Qualities of a True Guru or Saint – Sri Krishna in Uddhava Gita

In the Uddhava Gita in the Srimad Bhagavad Purana, Sri Krishna advises Uddhava regarding the qualities of a true guru or saint. Here are the qualities enumerated by Sri Krishna.

Gurus are kind to all.They won’t wrong anybody.They have no grudge against anyone.They have endurance, patience, fortitude.They are free from scandals.They take pleasure and pain in the same vein.They are ever ready to help others.They are not enchanted by worldly things.They have tender heart but full command over their sense organs.They are pure, benevolent, detached.They eat only for survival and never for taste.They are totally and always at ease.They are unperturbed.They are devoted to Brahman (Supreme Truth).They are thoughtful.They are alert and conscious.They are serious.They are patient in dangers.They have won over all the six weaknesses – hunger, thirst, pain, lust, old age and death.They give due honor to others.They are skilled and dexterous.They are friendly to all.They are merciful and wise.

Official Website of Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple

What is the official website of SabarimalaAyyappaTemple? Or is it better to ask is there an official website of Sabarimala? There is no clear answer to this question. This year the I & PRD Department of the Government of Kerala has put together a website that gives latest information about SabarimalaAyyappaTemple. Luckily this website is functioning now and is updated regularly.

You can find the I and PRD Department website on Sabarimala here - Official Website of SabarimalaSreeDharmasasthaTemple – this is being currently promoted as the official website of Sabarimala by Devaswom Minister’s website.

Note – the Travancore Devaswom which manages the SabarimalaAyyappaTemple, which is visited by millions of people, has only a domain name and no content for more than a year now.

Anandeshwar Bhairav Jayanti

Anadeshwar Bhairav Jayanti is mainly observed in Jammu and Kashmir and is dedicated to Hindu god Shiva. Anandeshwar Bhairav Jayanti 2019 date is December 19. Anandeshwar Bhairav is one of the manifestations of Shiva and is worshipped by certain Hindu communities in Kashmir.

The Jayanti is observed on the 10th day of the Krishna Paksha or waning phase of moon in Poush month as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India.

Special rituals dedicated to Anandeshwar Bhairav are observed on the day.

One of the important temples dedicated to this form of Shiva is located in Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh.

Importance of Bhasma or Vibhuti – Significance of applying sacred ash or Vibhuti on the body

The popular belief in Hindu tradition is that applying Vibhuti, or Bhasma, or sacred ash, on forehead and other parts of the body will help in redemption of sins. It is also believed that Bhasma which is made using burned cow dung has the power to cure various diseases and it also helps in improving physical and mental health. In Hinduism, Bhasma or Vibhuti is associated with Shiva.

While applying Bhasma one should chant the mantra – Om Namah Shivaya. Bhasma should be applied using the middle three fingers – not the thumb and the little finger.

One should take Bhasma in the left hand and apply it using the right hand.

Bhasma applied on forehead and on the middle of the head will help in removing lethargy and laziness.

Vibhuti applied on neck, hand and chest will help in redemption of sins.

Some saints are known to apply Bhasma all over the body. This is in adoration of Shiva. It is also believed that this will help in removing sins committed in previous births.

Thulabharam in Tirupati Temple – TTD Tulabharam

Thulabharam in TirupatiTemple is held at the Srivari Padi Kavali. In the Thulabaram ritual, a devotee sits on a pan of the weighing balance and the other pan is filled with materials greater than the weight of the devotee. Devotees usually offer sugar, jaggery or coins. The commodity used to weigh is donated to TirupatiVenkateswaraTemple. TTD, the administrative body of the temple, provides the materials needed for performing Tulabharam. Tirumala News writes about this unique ritual which is performed by more than 100 devotees daily. On the left corner of the Padi kavili of the SrivariTemple one will see a large steel balance kept for weighing persons who want to fulfill their vow to Lord Venkateswara. Nearly 100-200 persons fulfill their vow at this spot by donating commodities, metals or even coins worth their weight to Lord Venkateswara . Legend says that Sri Venkateswara had become heavily indebted and had taken huge loans from kubera, the Hindu god of wealth and hence his devotees we…

Ayyappa Devotional Songs Online – Listen to Ayyappa Songs in Malayalam

Each year during Mandala Makaravilakku Festival at Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple, musicians bring out special devotional songs dedicated to Ayyappa in Malayalam. This year an exclusive portal dedicated to Ayyappa by Malayalam Newspaper Mathurbhumi is presenting the latest Ayyappa songs online. You can listen to Ayyappa Songs titled Ambili Poovalle Ayyappan by Kalabhavan Mani. Another set of songs is by Ganesh Sundharam. You can listen to the songs online. There is no option of download. You can find the Ayyappa Devotional Songs Online here at Harivarasanam website of Mathurbhumi Newspaper

Mathurbhumi has stopped the Harivarasanam website.

Link – Malayalam Ayyappa Songs by Kalabhavan Mani  Link – Malayalam Ayyappa Songs by Ganesh Sundharam

Six months Ravivar Vrat – Sunday Fasting for Six months from Margashirsh to Vaishakh

Some Hindu communities especially in the Mithilanchal region of North India observe Sunday fasting (Ravivar Vrat) for six months. Prayers and vrat on the day is dedicated to Surya or the Sun god.

The Sundays are calculated from the first Sunday of Margashirsh (November – December) month to the last Sunday in Vaishakh month (April – May).

The vrat is kept for peace and prosperity. It is observed by both men and women.

Please note that such vrats are limited to certain Hindu communities and the rules and method of observing the vrat varies from region to region.

Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa – A story on the power of habit that keeps out truth

Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa used to narrate wonderful stories with a moral or valuable lesson. Here is one such story on the power of influence and habit that keeps out truth.

A group of fisherwoman who were on their way home from a distant market was caught in heavy rain. So they took shelter in the home of a flower seller. The florist opened the room where he used to stock his flowers and asked the fisherwomen to take rest there at night and start their journey early morning.

The room was filled with fragrance of various flowers and this made the fisherwomen uncomfortable. None of them were able to sleep.

Then one fisherwoman came up with an idea that they should sprinkle some water on their fish baskets so that it will generate foul smell which will make them sleep.

All the other women agreed to the idea and they sprinkled water on their fish baskets and kept it near their head and slept peacefully. The fragrance of the flowers did not trouble them.

Such indeed is the power of infl…

Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu Quotes

Here are few quotes of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu – an unparalleled devotee of Sri Krishna While chanting the name of the Lord one should earn Divine wealth. The divine wealth to be earned are kindness, nonviolence, freedom from lust, truth, equality, equanimity, detachment, stability of mind, control over senses, seriousness, compassion, friendship, brilliance and tolerance.

Men chanting the name of the Lord should be more tolerant than a tree and be humble enough to give honor to all else.

One should be so engrossed in God while singing His name that tears start rolling out of the eyes; speech may grow ecstatic and the body starts feeling spiritual and passionate.

The best and the easiest way to get purged is by chanting the name of God. Anyone can chant the name of the Lord any time and anywhere. There is no barrier of time and place. Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu

Chaitanya Goswamis – Who are the Chaitanya Goswamis?

Bhagavad Gita in Daisy Format for the Visually Challenged and Blind People

The Bhagavad Gita in Daisy format is the first of its kind and is primarily aimed at people who are blind or cannot read printed material. DAISY is the short form of Digital Accessible Information System and DAISY assists people who, for various reasons, have challenges using (reading) regular printed media or written materials. The Gita in Daisy format is presented by Swami Radhanandji from the USA, together with Dr Dengla, the visually challenged principal of NAB-PNM, Rehabilitation Centre for the blind in MountAbu, Rajasthan, India, with the support of Mukesh Modi, chairman and founder of Adarsh Credit Cooperative Society Ltd, MountAbu. Times of India reports Daisy format is not only for the benefit of the visually challenged or the print disabled but also for the sighted who do not want to read. When Swamiji used to give discourse through Skype from the USA, Dr Dengla religiously recorded the same for two hours daily in the Daisy Recording Studio of the centre, financed by Modi tog…

Sant Sunderdas Teachings

I’m neither angry nor friendly to anyone; Neither attached nor jealous; Neither I’ve enmity towards nor ready to attack on anyone; Neither I start debates nor am aggrieved at someone; There is neither companionship nor inclination towards a person; I speak neither ill nor have any dealings with anyone. I like only to think of Brahman and nothing else. Sant Sunderdas 

Book - Plants of Religious Significance: The Hindu Perspective

Plants of Religious Significance: The Hindu Perspective is written by Rabindranath Lackhan from Trinidad and Tobago. The book aims to provide information about the plants and flowers used in Hindu rituals and pujas. Sri Lackhan wrote the first edition of the book while he was an undergraduate student in 1985. Now he has published a revised edition of the book. The book is currently available in stores in Trinidad and the author is planning to make it available on

You can contact the author and know more about the book here at his official website - Rabindranath Lackhan Trinidad and Tobago’s Newsday writes Rabindranath Lackhan wrote the first edition of the book while he was an undergraduate student at the University of the West Indies (UWI), St. Augustine campus. Lackhan told Sunday Newsday that he and his good friend Ramnarine Ramkissoon became involved with a community project and helped in the construction of a Hindu temple in California. They decided to spruce up the sur…

Dhatri Puja in Kartik Month – Dhaatri Puja

Dhatri Puja is dedicated to the gooseberry tree and this particular puja is observed by certain communities in South India. Dhatri Puja 2019 date is November 9. In this particular puja, Amla or Amla or Gooseberry tree is equated with Goddess Lakshmi. Gooseberry, or nellikai, is also known as Dhaatri.

Dhatri puja is essentially performed for prosperity and auspiciousness.

Special pujas are performed under the gooseberry tree or using parts of the tree at home.

It is observed on the trayodasi after Hariprabodini Ekadashi.

Utthana Dwadashi – Uttahana Dvadasi

Utthana Dwadashi is observed in Kartik month. Special pujas are offered to Tulsi plant and Damodara form of Sri Krishna on the day by many Hindu communities in South India.  Uthana Dwadashi 2019 date is November 9. The ritual is observed on the 12th day of the Shukla Paksha or waxing phase of moon in Kartik month as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.

Tulsi leaves and flowers are offered to Damodara on this day. The ritual is mainly performed by the Vaishnavites.

Many Hindu communities also perform the Tulsi Vivah and puja on the day.

Tirupati Balaji Temple Goes Green – Environment Friendly Measures Adapted by Tirumala Tirupati Venkateswara Temple

TirupatiBalajiTemple, the most visited place of worship in a year and is also the richest temple in the world, is now setting example for other Hindu Temples by going green. Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanms (TTD) has adapted numerous environment friendly measures. Here are some of the ecofriendly and green concept promoted by TirupatiVenkateswaraTemple.
Solar Cooking System Clean energy to feed over 70, 000 people daily. Solar Cooking system saves 120, 000 liters of diesel. 106 solar dishes that use solar energy to convert water into steam, has become the pioneer effort in energy saving and also reducing oil pollution in the hill shrine. The steam is also used for the bathing purpose of thousands of devotees daily. It must be noted that during weekend, auspicious days and festivals the shrine attracts more than 100,000 people daily. Solar powered lights Windmills – produces 140 lakh units annually accounting for its 40-45 per cent of the energy needs. The total requirement in a year is 350 lakh…

Gopalashtami – Gopal Ashtami in Jammu and Kashmir

Gopalashtami is an important festival dedicated to Lord Krishna and is observed on the eighth day during waxing phase of the moon in the month of Kartik (October – November). Gopalashtami 2019 date is November 4. Gopal Ashtami festival celebrates the day when Krishna became an independent cowherd.

Go Puja, worship of cows, are performed on the day in Jammu and Kashmir by the Kashmiri Pandits and other Hindu communities.

In other regions of the India, the festival is known as Gopashtami.

It is believed that Lord Krishna was allowed to herd the cows for the first time on this day by his foster father Nanda. Till then he was only looking after the calves. The day is a major event in all Krishna temples and in places associated with Krishna in Kashmir.

We Must Not Let Our Resentments Stay with Us - Swami Prabhavananda

Until we actually reach oneness with God, it is of course quite natural that we should have misunderstandings and quarrels with one another. But we must not let our resentments stay with us, or they will eat into our hearts like cancer.

Suppose someone has wronged you, and you feel irritated. When you begin to meditate, what happens? Prayer and meditation concentrate the mind and intensify the emotions. Consequently, the molehill of irritation becomes a mountain of anger. You start to imagine terrible things about the person who has wronged you. You find yourself unfit to pray and meditate, unable to come to God, until you are sincerely reconciled with your brother.

There is only one way to feel sincerely reconciled, and that is to try to see God in all beings, and to love Him in all. If you have been angry with your brother, pray for him as you pray for yourself—pray that both of you may grow in understanding and devotion to God. At once, you will gain spiritually. But if you keep yo…

Skanda Purana in Hindi – Read Skand Puran in Hindi Online

Skanda Purana is one among the 18 Puranas and narrates the stories associated with Hindu God Muruga, also known as Kartikeya and Skanda. Skanda Puran is the largest of the 18 Puranas. Skanda Purana in Hindi is provided by Ved Puran website. You can read it online in Hindi but there is no download option.

You can read Skanda Purana in Hindi here at Ved Puran.

Vrishchika Sankranti

Vrischika Sankranti marks the beginning of the Sun’s transition from Vrischika Rasi to Dhanu Rashi or from Scorpio Zodiac to Sagittarius Zodiac. Vrischika Sankranti 2019 date is November 17. Time - 12:34 PM on November 17. (note a day in Hindu calendar ends just before next day sunrise.)

There are 12 Sankrantis in a Hindu Solar Calendar. This Sankranti is an auspicious day for many Hindu communities in eastern parts of India.

‘San’ means plenty and good and ‘Kranti’ means radical change and Sankranthi means plenty of good change

Next is the Dhanu Sankranti and with it begins the Dhanu Masa.

Hanuman Chalisa Lyrics in Hindi Font – Download Chalisa Hindi Script in pdf format

Hanuman Chalisa is written by Goswami Tulsidas and is the most popular prayer (bhajans) dedicated to Hanuman. Here is Hanuman Chalisa Lyrics in Hindi Font. It is in pdf format and you can download the Chalisa Hindi in Script using pdf reader installed on your browser.
Link - Hanuman Chalisa Lyrics in Hindi font

Dharni Vrat – Dharani Vrata dedicated to Vishnu

Dharni Vrat is dedicated to Srihari Vishnu and is observed in the Kartik month. It is observed on the 12th day of the Shukla Paksha or waxing phase of moon in Kartik Month. Dharni Vrat 2019 date is November 9.

Note – Some Hindu communities observe this vrat on the 12th day during the waxing phase of moon in Margashirsh month. This date is on December 9, 2019.

The popular belief is that observing this ritual will help in attaining Shradha, which will help in moksha. Hands, legs, eyes, ears and nose of Vishnu are worshipped on the day.

The importance is this Vrata is mentioned in the Matsya Purana.

Book – Unifying Hinduism: Philosophy and Identity in Indian Intellectual History

Unifying Hinduism: Philosophy and Identity in Indian Intellectual History by Andrew J. Nicholson attempts to prove that the unified Hindu identity did not happen with the arrival of the British in India as widely propagated by the British, Christian missionaries and Marxist historians. Andrew J. Nicholson, assistant professor of Hinduism and Indian intellectual history in the Department of Asian and Asian American Studies at Stony Brook University, suggests that the unity happened during the fourteenth to seventeenth centuries when philosophers and saints of the Bhakti cult treated the philosophies of Vedanta, Samkhya, and Yoga, along with the worshippers of Vishnu, Shiva, and Shakti, as belonging to a single system of belief and practice. About the book from the flyer Drawing on the writings of philosophers from late medieval and early modern traditions, including Vijnanabhiksu, Madhava, and Madhusudana Sarasvati, Nicholson shows how influential thinkers portrayed Vedanta philosophy as…

Nandini Navami

Nandini Navami is dedicated the holy cow Nandini mentioned in the Hindu Scriptures. Nandini Navami 2019 date is December 5. The popular belief is that Nandini was the first cow to appear on earth – she is the daughter of Kamadhenu who appeared during the churning of ocean.

Nandini Navmi is observed on the ninth of the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) in the month of Margashirsha (November – December).

Nandini was given to Sage Vasishta by Kamadhenu. It is therefore believed that Nandini is the mother of all the cows on earth.

Special ‘Go Puja’ is held on the day.

Top 10 tallest Hindu God Murtis (Statue or idol) in the World

Human beings are constantly trying to imagine the Supreme Being (which is formless) in a form (murti or statue or idol) to offer worship, prayers, pujas and rituals. People want the murtis of gods to be the costliest, tallest and biggest. Here is a list of top 10 tallest Hindu God Murtis (Statue or idols) in the World. Currently the tallest Hindu murti is the Shiva at Sanga in Nepal which was inaugurated in 2010. As per Hindu tradition, the Supreme Truth (Brahman) is beyond imagination. But human beings need a form to worship and we modern day people are obsessed with size and height. So we are constantly increasing the size of Hindu Murtis. Therefore this list will be constantly updated. Shiva Kailash Nath Mahadev at Sanga in Nepal – 143 feet (45 meter) (read more about Shiva at Sanga)

Murugan Murti at BatuCaves in Malaysia – 140 feet (42. 7 meter)

Veera Abhaya Anjaneya Hanuman Swami at Paritala near Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh in India – 135 feet (41 m)
Shiva at Murudeshwara in Karnatak…

Dahi Chura Bhog at Baba Baidyanath Tempe at Deoghar

Dahi Chura Bhog is an important ritual at the famous Baba Baidyanath Temple at Deoghar dedicated to Shiva. It is observed during the month of Agrahan (November – December). In 2019, the Dahi Chura Bhog begins on November 13 and ends on December 12. In the ritual, specially prepared yogurt and rice flakes are offered to the deities.

Dahi Chura is an important food for many Hindu communities in eastern part of India. This particular food items is considered to be a must during important ceremonies.

During Makar Sankranti festival, people prepare Dahi Chura and it is consumed as a ‘Prasad’ after offering it to Surya, the sun god.

Soundarya Lahari mp3 free Download – Saundaryalahari of Adi Shankaracharya

Soundarya Lahari of Adi Shankaracharya extols the glory of Mother Goddess.  Saundaryalahari consists of 100 shlokas. This particular Soundarya Lahari mp3 free download is provided by Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam. The audio of Saundaryalahari is by Smt. Rama Ramakrishnan. There is no background music and is a direct chanting of the Soundarya Lahari in the traditional South Indian Hindu way of chanting holy texts. The first forty one verses are popularly known as Ananda Lahari and its subject matter is mystical and philosophical in nature. The next 59 verses form the actual Soundarya Lahari (Inundation of Beauty) and describe the beauty and glory of Mother Goddess. Link – you can download Soundarya Lahari mp3 free here at official website of Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam (At the webstie right click on the link and use the save link as option for download – there are 10 parts of the Soundarya Lahari).

Swaminarayan Live Darshan Daily – Swaminarayan Aarti and Puja Live Online

Shri Swaminarayan Mandir at Bhuj in Gujarat in India is providing live darshan of Sri Swaminarayan daily. There are five daily Aarti live darshan – Mangla at 5:30 AM, Shangar at 7:00 AM, Rajbhog 11:20 AM, Sandhya 6:30 PM, Shayan 8:00 PM. Apart from the live darshan, the temples website also provides photos of murtis. The pictures of each day are uploaded. Link – You can watch Swaminarayan Live Darshan Daily here at the official website of Bhuj Shri Swaminarayan Mandir.

About Bhagvan Swaminarayan Bhagvan Swaminarayan is the central figure of Swaminarayan sect and is an incarnation of the Supreme Being (Brahman).Majority of the followers of Swaminarayan are from Gujarat and today the community has numerous temples and establishments around the world. About his mission by Swaminarayan in his own wordsThe earlier avatars incarnated to serve a specific purpose; however, My present incarnation is to Brahmanise (realization of Supreme Being) the Jivas and grant them ultimate salvation. For this …

Bhairavnath Jayanti

Bhairavnath Jayanti is one of the highly auspicious days dedicated to Hindu God Bhairavnath or Kalabhairava – a manifestation of Lord Shiva. Bhairavnath Jayanti 2019 date is November 19. It is believed that Shiva appeared as Bhairavnath on this day.

The Ashtami, the eighth day, during the Krishna Paksha (waning phase of moon) in the month of Margashirsha as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India is considered the ideal day to propitiate Kala Bhairav. The corresponding period in other calendars is the Kartik Krishna Paksha.

Legend has it that it Lord Shiva in the form of Bhairavnath chopped off the fifth head of Brahma and performed penance on this day.

There are several legends regarding the reason for chopping of the fifth head of Brahma. Once legend has it that the Trimurti – Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva once had an argument over who is the most powerful. During the argument, Brahma uttered a remark which enraged Shiva. Suddenly, he produced Bhairavnath from his body an…

Gujarati Kartik Month 2019 – Kartak Maas Hindu Gujarat Calendar 2019

Kartik Maas, or Kartak Month, is the first month in a traditional Gujarati calendar followed in Gujarat, India. Kartik Month 2019 in Gujarati Calendar begins on October 28 to November 26. As per Vikram Samvat calendar, the Vikram Year 2076 begins on the first day of Kartik month. Gujarati New Year is marked on October 28.

Some of the important festivals in the month include Labh Pancham (November 1) and Tulsi Vivah  (November 8 to November 12) and Dev Diwali (November 12).

Ekadasi Fasting Dates in Kartik Maas Prabodhini Ekadasi – November 8  Utpatti Ekadasi – November 23
Kartik Mahina Pradosh Pradosh – November 9 - Shani Pradosh Pradosh – November 24
Sankashti Chaturthi monthly fasting dedicated to Ganesha in Kartik Mahina is on November 15 – Moonrise or Chandrodaya is at 7:52 PM – Indian Standard Time.

Kartik Maas Sud Padvo and Vad Padvo – Shukla Paksha and Krishna Paksha Kartik Month Sud Padvo in 2019 (Waxing phase of moon) is from October 28 to November 12. Kartik Month 2019 Vad Padv…