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Tuljabhavani Nidrakal

Tuljabhavani Nidrakal is a holy period at the famous TulajaBhavaniTemple in Maharashtra. Tuljabhavani Nidrakal is from January 5, 2019 to January 14, 2019. It is observed from the first day of the Paush Shukla Paksha to the 8th day of the Paush Shukla Paksha as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in Maharashtra. It is from the Poush Shukla Paksha Pratipada to Ashtami.

Nidrakal is when the Goddess remains in cosmic sleep. Such periods are observed in certain Shakti Temples.

I am not aware whether the temple will remain closed during the period.

Puri Jagannath Temple and Non-entry of non-Hindus and Foreigners – Silly Rule that ridicules the teachings of Sri Krishna

Non-Hindus are not allowed in PuriJagannathTemple. Every year a couple of times a foreigner who is not aware of the rule enters the Puri temple and then there is a big commotion. When such an incident happens as per the temple rules (set by Pandas or priests) cleansing of the sanctum sanctorum and the traditional grand bathing of the deities take place. In the process, the temple rituals are delayed by hours and the poor soul who unknowingly broke the rule faces lot of harassment.  A foreigner can be easily identified by the temple authorities and all sort of cleansing can take place. But what about Indians who are non-Hindus? How do the temple authorities recognize non-Hindus of Asian origin? What is this silly cleansing of sanctum sanctorum and grand bathing of the deities? What are these priests cleaning? They need to clean their mind and read the Bhagavad Gita at least once. This stupidity is not Sanatana Dharma (Hinduism). These are not the teachings of Hinduism. All living and non…

Goddess Puruhutika – Hindu Goddess Puruhuthika Devi

Goddess Puruhutika is an incarnation of Goddess Shakti and her abode is believed to be one among the Ashta Dasa Peetahs – 18 Shaktipeetah concept in South India. The popular belief is that the spot where left hand of Goddess Sati fell after her death is the spot where Goddess Puruhutika Devi appeared. This spot is believed to be the current KukkuteswaraswamyTemple at Pithampuram in Andhra Pradesh. Goddess Puruhutika gets her name after she was successfully propitiated by Indra, the Lord of Devas, to get rid of curse. Puru is one among the numerous names of Indra and Puruhutika means one who was worshipped of Indra. Goddess Puruhutika is depicted has having four hands. The right hands hold Beeja (bag of seeds) and parashu (axe). The left hands hold lotus and a dish (Madhu Patra). The Navratri festival during September/October is when the important ceremonies associated with the Goddess is held.

Swami Premananda Quotes

A young swami – Sri Ramakrishna made you great.

Swami Premananda – No Sri Ramakrishna did not make us great; he made us ‘no body.’ You also have to become no body. Wipe out all vanity and all sense of ego. Not I, not I, but thou, O Lord.

Can one become a great devotee of God simply by dancing and jumping or by quoting plentifully from the scriptures? What is wanted is freedom from selfishness – freedom from egotism. Mere talk will not do in this age of action.

To follow the master means to practice what he taught; otherwise, nobody can advance by just offering a few flowers or through some momentary sentimental out bursts. Not mere theory; actualize it. There has been enough talk and writing. Put the books aside and let your actions speak. The poor, the weak, the fallen and the ignorant – all these you have to make your own. And yet I warn you, that in loving one section of society you must not become hateful of the other, the rich.

Swami Premananda

Thirukkural in English and Tamil in pdf format – Download for free with Meaning in English

Written by Tamil Poet-Saint Thiruvalluvar, Kural or Thirukkural is a poetic composition of great antiquity in Tamil Literature which can be termed as a treatise on the art of living a happy and peaceful life. You can download the entire Thirukkural in English in pdf format for free. The pdf also contains the original Tamil verses too.

Link – Download Thirukkural in English and Tamil in pdf format

7 face Rudraksha for Shani – Importance of Saat Mukhi Rudraksha

Rudraksha with seven faces (saat mukhi) is worn to ward off the astrological troubles caused by Shani in one’s Horoscope. It is also worn to mitigate the Sade Sati effect. A Rudraksha bead is distinguished by its number of ‘mukhi’ or faces. Hindu Religious texts talk about Rudrakshas with one to fourteen faces. Some texts refer of Rudrakshas with one to twenty-one faces and some also talk about Rudrakshas with more than thirty faces. The deity of the 7 face Rudraksha is Kamadev or Manmatha – the Hindu God of love. 7-face Rudraksha represent Shani Bhagavan. It is worn to avoid Shani Dosha or the bad effects of Shani. It is also worn by people to improve their position during the Sade Sati Shani period. Some people also wear it to avoid health problems associated with stomach. There is a popular belief that seven-faced Rudraksha helps in problems associated with legs and bones. You may also like to read Origin of Rudraksha Rudraksha Trees The Healing Power of Rudraksha How to choose the best Ru…

Plant a Tree Online – Be part of Mangrove Project at Rukhmani Temple in Dwarka in Gujarat

The Mangrove Project at RukhmaniTemple in Dwarka in Gujarat aims to restore the mangrove cover on 50 acres of inter-tidal mudflats at the RukhmaniTemple creek site in Dwarka. The project is carried out by grow-trees.com official Partner of the United Nations Environment Program's Billion Tree Campaign. The project is in association with Tata Chemicals and you can plant a mangrove plant online by paying just Rupees 50/-. You can find more about the Mangrove Project at RukhmaniTemple and other green initiatives of grow-trees.com here at the official website.

The different types of Bath in Hindu tradition

Several Hindu scriptures mention about the different types of bath a devotee can do daily. Bathing in the early morning is advised by most scriptures, especially by the Garuda Purana. It is believed that bathing in the morning helps in removing all negative energies. It also prepares one to do duties with Shradha (concentration). If a person is not keeping well then he is advised to take Kayik Snan – in this type of bathing one cleans the body with a wet cloth. The general bath advised is Varun Snan – In this bath one bathes with water. Yogic Snan or Atma Tirtha – In this type of Snan one purifies one’s body through Yoga. This is usually only possible for experienced yoga practitioners. Brahma Snan – To bathe by sprinkling water using Durva Grass and chanting mantra associated with Snan. Divya Snan – This is a very rare typing of bathing. One can only take this type of bath only when there is sunlight and rain. One has to bath in the rain that is falling when there is sunlight. This type …

Hindu Knowledge Has Been and Is Still Being Repressed – Jeffrey Armstrong

Jeffrey Armstrong is an award-winning author of several books on Vedic knowledge. In an interview to the Daily Bell, Jeffrey Armstrong talks about the greatness of Sanatana Dharma (Hinduism) and Vedic knowledge and boldly states that Hindu knowledge has been and is still being repressed by people with vested interests who do not want to see the teachings of Hinduism being a viable alternative to aggressive political and religious views of the world. You can read the interview titled ‘Jeffrey Armstrong on the Mysteries of Indian Culture, the Relevance of Hindu Vedas’ here at the Daily Bell Here are some excerpts from the interview …The philosophy of India is very clear. We human beings are here with the ability to utilize our free will and the spectrum is anywhere from enlightened to 'endarkened.' …India's teachings have always stood for a renewable and cooperative relationship with the resources of the universe and the freedom of individuals. …Religion is the wrong word to use …

Telugu Poush Masa 2019 in Telugu Calendar – Paush Month in 2019 in Telugu Calendar in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana

Poush Masa, also known as Pushya Masam, is the tenth month in a traditional Hindu Telugu calendar followed in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Poush Masa 2019 is from January 6, 2019 to February 4, 2019. Bhogi, Sankranti and Banashankari Jayanti are observed in the Pausha month. Sankranti is on January 15.

Sankatahara Chavithi dedicated to Vinayaka in Poush Masa in 2019 is on January 24 – Moonrise or Chandrodaya is at 8:57 PM – Indian Standard Time.
Telugu Paush Masa Shukla Paksha and Krishna Paksha Paush Masa 2019 Shukla Paksha (Waxing phase of moon) is from January 6 to January 21, 2019. Telugu Poush Masam 2019 Krishna Paksha (Waning phase of moon) is from January 22 to February 4, 2019.

Ekadasi Fasting Dates in Telugu Poush Masa are: Putrada Ekadasi - January 17 Shattila Ekadasi – January 31
Pradosha Fasting Dates in Telugu Poush Masa are: January 19 (Shani Pradosh) February 2 (Shani Pradosh)
Purnima in Telugu Pausha Masa Paush Pournima or Full moon day is on January 21.
The Purnima begi…

Disappearance of Sri Ram from Earth – How Lord Ram Died?

Disappearance of Sri Ram from earth happened when he entered voluntarily into the SarayuRiver. This divine event is described as the death of Lord Rama. The story of the disappearance of Sri Ram is mentioned in many Hindu scriptures. This story of His death is from the Padma Purana.
Note - Many people wanted to know how Sri Ram died? Death is not a term used with Avatars of Vishnu. All Avatars appear to restore Dharma and then they return to Vaikunta.

Bhagavan Sri Ram ruled for several years and performed numerous yajnas for the benefit of his people. His sons and the sons of his brothers were made kings in many part of the large empire that he ruled. During this period Sita Devi also disappeared from earth when she was taken back by Bhudevi (Mother Earth).

One day an old Saint came to Sri Ram and asked him for a private audience. The Saint said that no one should enter the room in which they were having the conversation. Sri Ram directed Lakshman to guard the door of the room and sai…

Budh Ashtami 2018 dates

Budh Ashtami is observed when the Ashtami Tithi or eighth day in a Hindu lunar calendar falls on Wednesday or Budhwar. In 2018, the dates are June 20, October 17 and, October 31. The prayers and puja on the day is dedicated to Goddess Parvati and Shiva. The prayers are performed for redemption of sins.

It is said in the Brahmanda Purana that the performance of the ritual helps in removing sins performed in previous births too.

In some regions people who observe the vrat only take eight handfuls of food on the day.

Goddess Ekaveera – About Hindu Goddess Ekavira

Goddess Ekaveera is an incarnation of Goddess Shakti. The popular belief is that Goddess Ekaveera appeared at the spot where the right hand of Goddess Sati fell. This spot is located at Heure, which is around 19 km from Mahur, in Nanded District in Maharashtra. Goddess Ekaveera is also known as Ekavenika Devi. Goddess Ekavira is counted among the Ashta Dasa Peetahs – the 18 holy shrines dedicated to Goddess Shakti.

As per the Ashta Dasa Shakthi Peetha Stotram of Adi Shankaracharya the spot where the right hand of Goddess Sati fell and where Goddess Ekaveera appeared is at Mahur. This EkaveeraTemple at Mahur is not famous in Maharashtra. The most popular temple in Mahur in Nanded District in Maharashtra is dedicated to Goddess Renuka Mata.

Legend has it that after Sati’s death at the Yajna conducted by Daksha, Shiva started the dance of destruction with Sati’s body. It was destined to create havoc in the universe and in order to avoid the annihilation of the universe, Vishnu cut the b…

Kondapalli Dashavatar Set – Buy Online the Idols of Ten Avatars of Vishnu through Government of India Sponsored HHEC Website

The Handicrafts and Handlooms Exports Corporation of India Ltd (HHEC), a public sector undertaking (Ministry of Textiles) Government of India, is now selling handicrafts, handloom and garments online. One of the items on sale is the Kondapalli Dashavatar Set – idols of the ten incarnations or Avatar of Hindu God Vishnu. The Kondapalli Toys are not just decorative items to the people of Andhra Pradesh. They are objects of pride to the Telugu people all across the world. It reflects their cultural heritage and is the essence of their crafting skills. There are several processes involved in the making of Kondapalli Toys. In fact it is very interesting to watch these beautiful toys being made. The craftsmen first carve the Puniki wood to give it the shape of a toy. One is amazed to learn that this white colored wood is specially grown in and around the village of Kondapalli for producing the Kondapalli Toys. The wood is stuffed with sawdust and tamarind seed paste. You can find more detail…

Sri Ram Quotes from Ramayana and Yoga Vasishta

Bhagavan Sri Ram had revealed universal truth at many junctures in the Ramayana and also in the Yoga Vasishta. Here are few quotes of Sri Rama A frog caught by a serpent, while sitting in the latter’s mouth with half its body already swallowed, puts out its tongue and tries to catch hold of the small flies that happen to come near it. Similarly man, even when he is already caught by the serpent of Time, searches for sense enjoyments which are transitory. He works hard day and night undergoing much trouble to get them. If you have patience, then you will never have any enemy. The mind is never satisfied even when it has an object of desire in its grasp, just as a pot that leaks is never filled with any quantity of water. There is nothing to be found on earth, big or small, of which Time does not make an end.

Gita Shankara Bhashya in English – Listen to Audio or Download Bhagavad Gita Shankaracharya Commentary in pdf

Bhagavad Gita with Shankaracharya commentary, or Gita with Shankara Bhashya, is one of the most quoted commentaries of the Bhagavad Gita. Now you can download the Gita Shankara Bhashya in pdf format for free or listen to audio reading online. This is a 1901 AD translation of Bhagavad Gita Shankaracharya Commentary into English by Alladi Mahadeva Shastri. The book is part of the archive project and you can read it online or listen to it online or download it in pdf format. Link - Bhagavad Gita Shankaracharya Commentary Online Link - Gita Shankara Bhashya download in pdf format Link – You can also listen to the audio of the text here in English.

Shirdi Sai Baba Painting

This Shirdi Sai Baba Painting was provided by Vikas Nandlal from Andheri (w) in Mumbai India. The words of Vikas Nandlal about the painting I sketched on paper and then retouched significantly in Adobe Photoshop software. While trying to observe carefully physical features of Saibaba, I have attempted to include little imagination element with colors to try replicate a model kind of effect, as divinity is formless and with conviction that one day Baba would give darshan to devotee in the form they adore the most .Though I wish I could give it a dark background frame or something instead of white but not so much conversant with Photoshop. click on the image for a larger view If you wish to contact Vikas Nandlal, you can do it by e-mail - saiism@yahoo.com or nandlalvikas@yahoo.com
Image copyrighted to Vikas Nandlal.

Dattatreya Quotes and Thoughts

Today is Dattatreya Jayanti Lack of enquiry is sure means to destruction. On the other hand, one who is given to deliberation, triumphs and attains what he wants.

The enquiring spirit is the sprouting seed of the tree of happiness. The person of enquiring disposition outshines others.

Persons incapable of reflection are like the frogs in the well. The frogs in the well know nothing good or bad and perish in the well itself. Similarly, in the well of universe, there are persons, who are totally ignorant who go through birth and death repeatedly and who do not know that is good to oneself. Because of lack of discrimination, they see pain as pleasure and pleasure as pain and undergo torment of transmigration. Worldly bonds cause distress again and again but people do not discard them. Man undergoing repeated birth and death is akin to the ass, which despite being kicked again and again by her seeks the company of she-ass.

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Teachings from Narayana Suktam

Whatsoever there is in this world known through perception (because of their proximity) or known through report (because of their distance), all that is pervaded by Narayana, within and out. (Narayana Suktam 123). Whatever is seen and heard, whatever is inside and outside our body, all is pervaded by the all pervading Supreme spirit. It is the Supreme consciousness, in which the whole universe is established. He stays and pervades all bodies. The base of background of seeing, hearing and experiencing is the consciousness that is inherent in the human being, is that unbroken consciousness. The consciousness is indivisible and is one, the power of Narayana, the Supreme Self. There is vital force in all the living bodies. There is vital force in water, air, food and heat. The vital force in all these elements supports itself in the body of living beings. It is a continuous flow of energy from one medium to the other medium, from one form to the other. It is the intelligence in all creatures…

Bhagavad Gita for Kids in Hindi – Download Bhagawad Geeta for Kids in Pdf format

The Bhagavad Gita for Kids in Hindi is provided by Swami Adgadanandji of the Yatharth Geeta Series. This particular Gita is for children studying in class 1 to 5. You can download the Bhagawad Geeta for Kids in Pdf format. This Bal Geeta is not a literal translation of Bhagavad Gita but it contains stories, Gita’s influence on people, important quotes, importance of Gita, the story of Mahabharat etc. The philosophical teachings are kept to minimum. The book aims to generate interest of the child in Gita and it also imparts valuable lessons that are part of Hindu tradition. The Bhagavad Gita for kids from Yatharth Geeta has got a very god introduction section with prayers and its meanings and also the importance of Gita in the words of famous people. You can read online or download Bhagavad Gita for Kids in Hindi for free here at the Yatharth Geeta Website.

Symbolism in Darkness Associated with Goddess Bhairavi and Kali – Sadhguru

The fundamental principle of Bhairavi is darkness. One meaning of ‘bhai’ is fear. Another meaning is ‘beyond.’ She is fearful for those who are trapped in limitations – but for those who have the eyes to see it, she is the nature of the beyond. For those trapped in the limitations of sensory perception, darkness is a problem. For those who have transcended the limitations of the senses, darkness is a blessing.

For one who is fearful, darkness is evil. For one who is not fearful, darkness is the all-absorbing nature of existence. That which can absorb everything is also that which creates everything.

Why do some associate darkness with evil? Only because your visual senses are such that you cannot see in darkness, it instills fear in you. For all nocturnal animals, darkness is beautiful. There was no light in your mother's womb. The fear of darkness came only after you were born.

SourceExcerpts from an article titled Devi, full of compassion published in the Times of India on N…

Manikyamba Devi – Hindu Goddess Manikyamba

Manikyamba Devi is an incarnation of Goddess Shakti. The popular belief is that the spot where left cheek of Goddess Sati fell after her death is the spot where Goddess Manikyamba Devi appeared. This spot is believed to be the DraksharamamTemple (Sri Bhimeswara SwamiTemple) in Andhra Pradesh. Legend has it that after Sati’s death, Shiva started the dance of destruction with Sati’s body. It was destined to create havoc in the universe and in order to avoid the annihilation of the universe, Vishnu cut the body of Sati using his Sudharshana Chakra. As per the legend in South India, the body fell in 18 spots known as Ashta Dasa Peetahs. The spot where the left cheek of Goddess Sati fell is spot associated with Goddess Manikyamba Devi. Out of the eighteen places Sri Manikyamba of Draksharama is the twelfth place. This story is mentioned in the Skanda Purana. Draksharamam is located about 28 Km from Kakinada in Andhra Pradesh.

Eco-friendly Traditional Hindu Funeral Pyre by Mokshada

Mokshada system is an eco-friendly way of performing the last rite keeping intact all the beliefs of Hinduism. This funeral method involves minimal use of wood while keeping the age-old Hindu tradition of burning wooden pyres intact. Vinod Agrawal, an engineer from Uttarakhand, is behind the Mokshada system which is functional in Mumbai and Dehradun. Times of India reports "We have tried to create a balance with simple technique that allows full combustion of dead body with minimal loss of heat and thus save up to 75 per cent of wood that is usually lost in the process when performed in traditional style," said Vinod Agrawal, an engineer from Uttarakhand region and mastermind who conceptualized the idea (nearly two decades ago) while talking to TOI on Sunday. Saying that the technique did not involve electricity as it could hurt the sentiment and devotion of Hindu family, he emphasized that it also used wood in small quantity (around 25 per cent of what is required for burning …

Mahakali Jayanti 2018 Date – Kali Jayanthi in Jammu and Kashmir

Mahakali Jayanti is observed by Kashmiri Pandits and other Hindu communities in Jammu and Kashmir on the Ashtami day or the eighth day of the Krishna Paksha (waning phase of moon) of Poush or Pausha month (December – January). Mahakali Jayanti 2018 - 2019 date is December 31. Special rituals are observed on the day at Goddess Shakti temples.

The day is dedicated to Mahakali or Kali or Bhadrakali form of Goddess Shakti.

Some communities perform Shradh using vegetables on the day.

Various manifestations of Goddess Shakti including Mahakali are worshipped as Kul Devi or family deities by Hindu communities in this region.

Srirangam Vaikunta Ekadasi 2017 Live Online

SrirangamRanganathaswamyTemple will be doing live webcasting of the Vaikunta Ekadasi festival on December 29, 2017. On December 29, 2017, the most important ritual of ‘Vaikunta Ekadasi,’ the opening of the ‘Paramapada Vasal,’ or Swarga Vasal, will be available live online from 0415 hrs (Indian Standard Time). The Srirangam Vaikunta Ekadasi is attended by thousands of people. You can currently view the videos of the Sri Ranganathar Swami Purapadu videos part of the two-week long Vaikunta Ekadasi festival.

LinkYou can view the Srirangam Vaikunta Ekadasi here

Varaha Temple - Lakshmi Varaha Temple at Demal Village in Kendarpara District in Orissa

Varaha (Boar) is the third incarnation or Avatar of Hindu God Vishnu. Temples exclusively dedicated to Varaha are very rare. LakshmiVarahaTemple located at DemalVillage in Aul in Kendarpara District in Orissa is one such rare temple. The Varaha murti worshipped at the temple is made from a single piece of black stone. The temple also has the footprints of Lakshmi Varaha. Varaha is worshipped in the temple along with Bhudevi and Goddess Lakshmi. Other murtis that are worshipped in the temple include Shiva, Sri Jagannath, Hanuman, Sri Chaitanya Dev and Radhakrishna. The chief festive occasions observed are Bakula Amabasya, Baraha Dwadasi, Kanchi Abhijan (Saraswati Puja), Kartik Purnima, Ratha Yatra, besides the other seasonal offerings that are done by devotees. LakshmiVarahaTemple is on the banks of River Kharasrotra and is located around 130 km from Bhubaneshwar, the capital of Orissa, and is around 36 km from Kendarpara town. Another famous VarahaTemple in Orissa is the one at Jajpur wh…

Margazhi Music and Concerts in Chennai – Exclusive Micro Website by the Hindu Newspaper for Margazhi Festival

The Tamil Margazhi month (Mid December to Mid January) is famous for the numerous Indian traditional classical music concerts and dance programs especially in Chennai. The entire month is kept apart for music and spiritual activities by many people. The Hindu Newspaper has created a Micro Website dedicated to the Chennai Margazhi Season. The special page has schedules of music concert in Chennai city, also features and interviews with musicians, dancers and other artists. There will also be reviews of concerts. Apart from this the site also promises slideshows and photographs of programs during the Margazhi Festival. More than 3,500 concerts take place during the period in Chennai making it one of the biggest music and dance festival in the world. You visit the micro-website on Chennai Margazhi Season here.

Kamandalu or Water Pitcher in Hindu Religion – Making of Kamandalam from Pumpkin

Kamandalu or Water Pitcher is a symbol that is associated with Hindu Gods and Sanyasis. A Kamandalu is constantly seen along with the image of Shiva. Hindu saints or Sanyasis always carry the traditional water pitcher. Original Kamandalam is made from dry pumpkin and it attaches deep symbolism. The process of making of Kamandalu also holds spiritual significance. Note – traditionally Kamandalu is also made from coconut shell. Today, the water pitcher is also made using metals like copper, steel, silver etc. A ripe pumpkin is chosen for making a Kamandalu. It is then plucked from the pumpkin plant. The fleshy part of the pumpkin is then carefully scooped out or removed. It is then cleaned and the hollow pumpkin skin is then left to sun dry – just to remove the moisture content. Once the moisture content is removed, the pumpkin is cut into the shape of a Kamandalu – a pitcher to hold water and a handle attached to it. The Kamandalu of Shiva is believed to hold nectar. Traditional stories s…

Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple Current Information Website by Kerala Police

To help Ayyappa devotees to have a hassle free darshan of Ayyappa at SabarimalaTemple, the Kerala Police has launched a website that carries all the current information and status at Pampa and SabarimalaAyyappaTemple. The website which is available in English, Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu provides information about the Queue status for the darshan of Ayyappa, Parking Space remaining at Pampa, weather at Sabarimala and also all important telephone numbers. Another highlight is the detail information regarding how to receive SMS on your mobile regarding important information. You can view the Sabarimala website of Kerala Police here – Sabarimala Kerala Police. You may also like to read Official Website of SabarimalaAyyappaTemple

Margashirsha Purnima – Margashirsh Month Full moon day

Margashirsha Purnima is the full moon day in the Margasira or Margashirsha month (December – January) in a traditional Hindu lunar calendar. Margashirsha Purnima in December 2018 is on December 22.

It is the last day of the Margashirsha month in the calendar followed in North India.

Fasting from sunrise to sunset is observed by some Hindus on the day.

Sri Datta Jayanti is observed on December 22.

Annapurna Jayanti is observed on December 22.

Sri Chandrasekhara Bharati Mahaswamiji Quotes

It is true that in the world of practical life you cannot do without wealth. But do not attach more importance to money than it deserves. Never forget that money is only a means of happiness and not happiness itself. Happiness is a state of mind and does not depend on the quality or quantity of external possessions. A person may be the lord of all the three worlds and yet be unhappy. Another may be the poorest of beggars and yet be the happiest man in the world. Wealth and happiness are not related to each other as cause and effect. An attempt to secure happiness by securing wealth is as futile as it is absurd. All religious conflicts and quarrels arise because a devotee is unable to disassociate his conception of God from a particular name and form. We have the ability to learn. Materials for knowledge are available to us. Teachers are available for teaching us. Yet man willingly prefers to live in darkness of ignorance. Within man exists an ocean of bliss. Yet he willingly prefers to li…

Download Swaminarayan Bhajan and Kirtans – Gujarati Bhajans in mp3 for free

Shri Swaminarayan temple in Vadodara is offering more than 100 bhajans dedicated to Sri Swaminarayan for free download. Majority of the bhajans and kirtans are in Gujarati and Hindi. You can download most of them in mp3 format for free. Some of the bhajans are in other audio formats. You can download Swaminarayan Bhajan here at the official website of Shri Swaminarayan Temple Karelibaug in Vadodara. At the website select an album and then right click and use the save as option to download the bhajans and kirtans.

A Bhajan by Surdas

I have danced enough, O Lord!
Wearing the garb of lust and anger,
With the necklace of sense-objects dangling on
my neck.
With the anklets of illusion tied on my feet,
Criticism as the lyric
Keeping my deluded mind as the
accompanying drum (pakhvaj),
I am dancing to the tune of evil company.
My inner cravings give the beats (tal) to the
music,
Greed as the mark (tilak) on my forehead
With the snares of Maya tied around my waist,
Oblivious of time and place,
O son of Nanda (Krishna)! Surdas pleads to you
to remove all this avidya!
Surdas

What is the Number of Wicks in a Traditional Hindu Lamp during Puja?

The number of wicks (battis or thiri) that are lit in a traditional Hindu lamp is a confusion for many Hindus. There are numerous theories regarding the number of wicks. But the traditional and widely accepted number of wick is 1 or 2 or 5 or 7. One wick indicates good health, two wicks indicate prosperity, five wicks indicate auspiciousness and peace and seven wicks indicate success. It is also believed by some communities that daily lighting two wicks in a traditional lamp in the evening is good for children in the home. It is also believed to bring in prosperity. Some people are of the view that lighting three wicks will bring diseases and troubles. Lighting four wicks is believed to create poverty. It is also said that before lighting the lamp one should keep the surroundings and the home clean. Otherwise the lamp lit will be an invitation to Alakshmi – who destroy peace, causes bad luck and creates economic downfall.

World’s Tallest Hanuman Idol – Tallest Hanuman Statue at Parital in India

World’s Tallest Hanuman statue is located at Parital in Krishna District near Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh in India. The Paritala Hanuman is known as Veera Abhaya Anjaneya Hanuman Swami and is 135 feet high (41 meter). The murti is located on Vijayawada – Hyderabad National Highway 9. The location is around 25 km from Vijayawada.
The second tallest Hanuman Murti is 108 feet and is located at Shimla in Himachal Pradesh in India and was inaugurated in November 2010.

Swami Bhuteshananda Thoughts

Remind your own self to go back to your abode. It is an alien land where you have come just for a few days; this is not your permanent home. Peace lies in going back to our own eternal home. So long we live in this world, we shall have to go and come back, again and again, and pass through this cycle of birth and death, pleasures and pains. Abiding peace is not possible here. If we examine the world as it appears to us, and determine the truth of it, we shall realize the truth about God. Then we would know that this world is impermanent and is full of miseries. Perhaps there are some traces of happiness, which only intensify our burden of miseries! Whenever we are distressed, we think that perhaps we could have avoided it had we been a little more intelligent. We keep trying in several ways to avoid the misery and think that we may thus deceive or escape from the jaws of Time. But one can never deceive the Time; it has bound us hand and foot. When the right moment comes, we will be powe…

Read the book – Ramakrishna, His Life and Sayings – in English Online for free

The book titled ‘Ramakrishna, His Life and sayings’, is a collection of the teachings and sayings of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa. The original book is in Bengali and it has been translated into various languages. The English translation of the book by Max Muller in 1898 is currently available in Google books and you can read the entire book online in English at Google books for free. The book is made available at Google Books by Forgotten Books and is part of the Easy Reading series. You can read the book – Ramakrishna, His Life and Sayings – here at Google Books. Below is the embedded format of the book.



Santana Gopala Puja – Santana Gopala Homam for Getting Pregnant and Welfare of Children

Santana Gopala Puja, or Santana Gopala Homam, is dedicated to Krishna. In the Santana Gopala Puja, rituals pujas, Vrata and homam dedicated to Gopala Krishna or child form of Krishna is performed by those couples that are having problems with pregnancy. It is performed by many for getting pregnant. Parents perform it for the welfare of the children. Krishna is worshipped with Tulsi or basil leaves on the day. Usually people choose Wednesday to perform the puja. But you can do it on any day of the week as no special day is designated for the puja.

The simple way to perform the puja is to offer Tulsi leaves to Krishna and offer prayers at a Krishna temple or at home. You can opt for a vegetarian diet on the puja day. Some devotees observe a fast from sunrise to sunset. Feeding the poor on the puja day is considered highly meritorious.

Those performing the puja also chant the Santana Gopala Mantra –

The traditional Santana Gopala Homam performed with help of a priest involves worship o…

Ganesha Comics – Read Story of Origin of Ganesh in Comic Book Format Online For Free

Comic book based on the origin of story of Ganesh is presented by Liquid comics and is the first book in the series titled India Authentic. The Ganesha Comics is produced by Deepak Chopra. Now you read the entire comic online for free at issuu. Ganesha is written by Saurav Mohapatra, Art is by Satish Tayade and Cover Design is by Abhishek Singh. What’s new in Ganesha Comics? Instead of comic they call it Graphic novel. And no one can change the basic story. So, in this comic there are wonderful illustrations and a narrative style that we often associate with Western comics like X-Men etc. You can read the comic here at issuu. Note – those of our readers who are using Internet Explorer 6 or earlier versions might not be able to view the comic book. Below is the embedded version of the comic book Ganesha.




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Ramayan on Wheels performed by Disabled Children from Bal Kalyan Sanstha Pune

On Sunday, December 5, 2010, more than 200 disabled children from Bal Kalyan Sanstha, Pune, performed Ramayan on Wheels. The dance and theater performance proved that given an opportunity the disabled children are just capable as anyone. Ramayana on Wheels was possible through the efforts of Bal Kalyan Sanstha, Delhi-based Ability Unlimited Foundation and the children were trained by Guruji Sallauddin Pasha, who is the foremost name in Indian Therapeutic Theatre for persons with disabilities. Siddharta Laik of Punesite writes With five diverse stages and specialized training, the children enacted the play coupled with dance and music, a first for the Sanstha as well as for the kids. “This was for the very first time that the children put up such a mammoth performance. They were trained meticulously for the special event and each and every child was very excited to perform,” said Minetta Patil, Sanstha principal. “We wish to change the indifferent attitude of the society towards the disab…

Pushkaram at Kaleshwaram Temple in Andhra Pradesh - Pranahita Pushkar

Pranahita Pushkaram is an important ritual that takes place at the KaleshwaramTemple in Andhra Pradesh. The Pushkar began today, December 6, 2010, the first day of Margashirsh month and will end on December 17, 2010. The Pranahita Pushkaram is held once in twelve years and attracts thousands of devotees. The popular belief is that Kaleshwaram is the Triveni Sangamam or the meeting point of PranahitaRiver, GodavariRiver and the SaraswatiRiver.

Devotees will be taking bath at the confluence of Godavari Rivar and PranahitaRiver during the Pushkaram.

PranahitaRiver merges with the GodavariRiver at Kaleshwaram, which is around 130 km from Karimnagar in Andhra Pradesh.

A Pushakaram takes place once in 12 years when Jupitar (Brishaspati) enters a particular zodiac. There are total of 12 rivers where Pushkaram takes place.

Online Course in Hinduism

Doctor of Philosophy in Hinduism (Ph.D in Hinduism) is an online course offered by AlmedaUniversity. Established in 1997, AlmedaUniversity is an online institute and it provides Doctorate and Master Degree Programs in business and theology. Almeda claims that students earning this Doctoral degree will acquire and demonstrate a mastery of Hinduism on all levels. Almeda University Websites writes Hinduism is a religion of deep history and complex spirituality, with unique philosophical and metaphysical components that are typically explored only on a surface level in Western analysis of religion. AlmedaUniversity is proud to fill this disconcerting void by offering a Ph.D. in Hinduism that provides a deep analysis of its historical significance and evolution, core beliefs, cultural impact, worship rituals, and contemporary practice. Students earning this Doctoral degree will acquire and demonstrate a mastery of Hinduism on all levels. This includes an in-depth examination of its ancient s…

Annamalai Swami Quotes

Annamalai Swami was a disciple of Sri Ramana Maharishi.
Self-inquiry must be done continuously. It doesn't work if you regard it as a part-time activity.

You can take as much water from the ocean as you are capable of carrying, but if you don’t bother to go down to the shore with a pot you get nothing at all.

To have love towards another human being is a blessing and to have anger towards him is a curse.

All desires can cause you trouble, even spiritual ones.

The ego is just like a ghost. It has no real form of its own…identifying oneself with the body and mind results in ignorance of the Self. This is how the ego takes birth. Detaching ourselves and disengaging from the body and the mind results in the death of the ego.

Annamalai Swami

Wise Words of Ashtavakra

One who considers oneself free is free indeed, and one who considers oneself bound remains bound. ‘As one thinks, so one becomes’ is a popular saying in this world, which is really true.

Oh, duality is the root of misery. There is no other remedy for it except the realization that all objects of experience are false and that I am one and pure, intelligence and bliss.

What is it that does not close its eyes even while sleeping? Ashtavakra – Fish (the ever-conscious soul) never closes its eye-lids while sleeping.

What is it that does not move even when born? Ashtavakra – an egg does not move when laid

What is it that has no heart? Ashtavakra – stone (soul that has left the body) has no heart

What does increase even in its own speed? Ashtavakra – A river (heart of a yogi) increases in its own speed.’

Give up the idea that you are separate, a person, that there is within and without.
If you think you are free You are free. If you think you are bound You are bound. For the saying is true Y…

Magshar Month 2018 - 2019 in Gujarati Calendar – Magsar Mahina or Margashirsh Month 20187

Magshar Month, or Margashirsh Month, is the second month in a traditional Gujarati calendar followed in Gujarat, India. Magshar Month 2018 - 2019 in Gujarati Calendar begins on December 8, 2018 to January 5, 2019.  As per Vikram Samvat calendar, the current year in Gujarati Calendar is the Vikram Year 2075. Some of the important festivals in the Magsar month include Mokshada Ekadasi and Gita Jayanti.
Ekadasi Fasting Dates in Magsar Maas Mokshada Ekadasi - December 19
Saphala Ekadasi – January 1, 2019

Pradosh Vrat Dates
Pradosh - December 20
Pradosh – January 3, 2019

Sankashti Chaturthi monthly fasting dedicated to Ganesha in Margashirsha Mahina is on December 25, 2018 – Moonrise or Chandrodaya is at 8:55 PM – Indian Standard Time.

Magshar Maas Sud Padavo and Vad Padavo – Shukla Paksha and Krishna Paksha Magshar Month Sud Padavo in 2018 (Waxing phase of moon) is from December 8 to December 22.
Magshar Month 2018 Vad Padvo Paksha (Waning phase of moon) is from  December 23, 2018 to January…

Tirukkural Teachings on the Importance of Farming

Wherever it may wander, the world follows the farmer's plough. Thus despite all its hardships, farming is the foremost occupation.

Farmers are the linchpin of the world as they support all who take up other work, not having the strength to plough.

Those who live by the plough live in self-sufficiency. All others lean on them to simply subsist.

Mother Earth laughs when she sees lazy men crying, ‘We are so poor.’

Those who eat food harvested with their own hands will never beg and never refuse a beggar's outstretched palm.

When farmers stop farming, even desireless ascetics will not last long.

Datta Jayanti Navratri – Dattatreya Jayanthi Navaratri

Datta Jayanti Navratri is associated with Hindu God Dattatreya. It begins nine days before the Dattatreya Jayanti day. In 2018, Datta Jayanti Navratri begins on Decembe 25 and ends on December 22, 2018 – the Dattatreya Jayanti day. It is observed from the saptami or seventh day of the Shukla Paksha of Margashrish month to the full moon day in the month.

Dattatreya is the Trimurti Avatar – the united and single incarnation of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva.

During the nine days special rituals are held in temples dedicated to Dattatreya. Dattatreya remained an Avadutha throughout his life – a sage who remains in pure nature. He was a supreme yogi. Dattatreya narrated the secrets of Vedanta to Lord Subrahmanya and this teaching later came to be known as Avadhuta Gita.

You may also like to read Teachings of Guru Dattatreya
Story of the birth of Adi Guru Dattatreya.

Sant Jnaneshwar on Devotees Who Are Only Fortune Seekers

He reaches the height of happiness when he gets the thing he likes and he sinks due to sorrow when he gets what he does not like. One who worries because of favorable and unfavorable circumstances, however highly intelligent he may be is in reality an ignorant person. He is devoted to me (Vishnu) but that devotion is with a material objective in mind. He makes a show of my devotion but keeps his sights on pleasures. If he does not get them after being devoted to me, then he gives up the devotion saying that the talk of God etc. is all lies.

Like an ignorant peasant he sets up different deities and after failing with one he goes to the next.

He joins that Guru tradition where there is a great pomp and show, receives Guru-mantra from him and considers others as ordinary. He behaves cruelly with living creatures but showers special love on a stone idol. But his love is not steady in one single place. He makes my idol and installs it in one corner of the house and himself he goes on pilgri…

Bhagavad Gita in Kannada - Download Bhagavad Gita in Kannada in pdf for free

Bhagavad Gita text in Kannada in pdf is presented by Shri Swami Adgadanandji of Yatharthgeeta website. Each chapter of Bhagavad Gita is presented in a separate pdf file. You can download all the eighteen chapters of the Bhagavad Gita in Kannada but only separately not as a single book.

You can download the Bhagavad Gita in Kannada in pdf format here at the Yatharth geeta website. 

Kannada Margashira Masam in 2018 - 2019 in Kannada Calendar – Kannada Margasira Masa in 2018

Margasira Month is the ninth month in a traditional Hindu Kannada calendar and Panchanga followed in Karnataka. Kannada Margashira Masam 2018 starts on December 8, 2018 to January 5, 2019. The Dhanur Maasa begins on December 16 in Margasira month.

Shiva Pradosham Fasting Dates in Kannada Margasira Month are: Pradosh - December 20
Pradosh – January 3, 2019

Sankashtahara Chathurthi Vrata dedicated to Ganesh in Margasira Masa is on December 25, 2018 – Moonrise or Chandrodaya is at 8:56 PM – Indian Standard Time.

Kannada Margasira Masa Shukla Paksha and Krishna Paksha Margasira Masa Kannada calendar 2018 Shukla Paksha (Waxing phase of moon) is from December 8 to December 22.
Kannada Margasira Month 2018 Krishna Paksha (Waning phase of moon) is from December 23, 2018 to January 5, 2019.

Ekadasi Fasting Dates in Kannada Margasira Masa:
Vaikunta Ekadasi - December 18
Saphala Ekadasi – January 1, 2019
Purnima in Kannada Margasira Month 
Margasira Purnima or Full moon day is December 22, 2018. The …