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E-book on Scientific Dating of the Mahabharata War by Dr P V Vartak

The book titled Scientific Dating of the Mahabharata War 16th October 5561 BC by Dr Padmakar Vishnu Vartak is for all those who are interested in pinpointing a particular date in history for the incidents mentioned in the Mahabharata and then starting a never ending debate. The book is a compilation of research papers written by Dr P V Vartak and they have been highly appreciated by scholars.

The book contains following chapters – Introduction, the period of the Mahabharata, the exact date of the Mahabharata war, dates of prewar and postwar incidents, Important dates from forest life.

The English book is published by Veda Vidnyana Mandala, Pune.
Note - The pdf was created by Hindutva ebooks.

Swami Parthasarathy Thoughts and Quotes

One person smokes a cigarette and finds pleasure in it. Another person detests it. One lady divorces her husband. Another craves for and marries the same man. Therefore, pleasure and pain are not inherent in objects and beings of the world. It is how you relate to them.
The root cause of suffering is that people do not look within. They hardly investigate the truth of life nor exercise their own judgment. They rely on outside forces to do their thinking. And they function predominantly on blind faith and mechanical ritual. This is spiritual suicide.
Desire for anything increases with restriction and prohibition.

You are the architect of your fortune. You are the architect of your misfortune
You believe work tires you? Work can never tire you! What tires you are your worries about the past and anxiety for the future.
The undisciplined mind too easily slips into the past and future, veering toward likes and dislikes that prevent you from staying focused on your present objectives.
A ca…

Flowers offered to Lord Muruga

Each god in Hindu pantheon has a favorite flower and leaves. Lord Muruga, also known as Skanda or Subrahmanya, is usually offered white or red oleander (Arali) flowers. Other favorite flower of Muruga includes rose and Champa flowers (Shenbegam).
Oleander is known as Arali in Tamil; Kaner in Hindi and Raktakarabi in Bengali.
Please note that oleander flower and plant is considered poisonous and is believed to contain toxic compounds.
Golden champa or yellow champa locally known as chambugam or chempaka is another favorite flower of Lord Muruga.
Related Flowers and leaves used in Ganesh Puja Flowers and leaves used in Lakshmi Puja Flowers and leaves offered to Lord Krishna Ganesh Patris

Chaitra Shukla Pratipada

Chaitra Shukla Pratipada, also known as Chaitra Shukladi, is the first day during the waxing phase of moon in the Chaitra Month. Chaitra Shukla Pratipada 2018 date is March 18. The day is observed as Hindu New Year in North India. The day is also observed as Gudhi Padwa in Maharashtra and Ugadi in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. The Sindhi Community observes Cheti Chand on the day, which is the Sindhi New Year.

Chaitra Shukla Pratipada marks the beginning of the Vikram Samvat Year. Nav Varsh Samvat 2075 will begin on March 18.

Sant Narhari Sonar Punyatithi

Sant Narhari Sonar was an ardent devotee of Lord Vithoba and Lord Shiva and is believed to have had the darshan of Lord Vithoba (Sri Hari Vishnu). Sant Narhari Sonar Punyatithi 2019 date is February 22. A goldsmith by profession, Sant Narhari Sonar got the darshan of Vithoba when he tried to measure the waist size of the murti of Vithoba at PandarpurVithalTemple through imagination.

Legend has it that once a merchant asked Sant Narhari to prepare a gold waist band for Vithoba. But being an ardent devotee of Lord Shiva, Sant Narhari did not want to go to Pandarpur temple. So he tried to close his eyes and imagine the waist size of Lord Vithoba. But as he tried to imagine the waist size he felt as if he was touching the Shivling and this happened several times. Finally, when Sant Narhari opened his eyes he found Lord Vithoba before him. Sant Narhari Sonar realized that Shiva and Vishnu are the same.

After realization, the pious soul became an ardent devotee of both Vithoba and Lord Shi…

Book: Sacred Animals of India – Nanditha Krishna

The veneration of animals is an important aspect of Hindu culture and the book titled ‘Sacred Animals of India’ by Nanditha Krishna explores this unique characteristic of Hinduism. Apart from the religious aspects, the book also examines the various traditions, tribes and communities that protect certain unique animals in India and also gives a reminder about the role of animal species in the earth’s biodiversity.Apart from the Hindu tradition, the book also mentions about the animals worshipped in Buddhism and Jainism. From the Flyer of the BookBelief in the sanctity of animals originated from ideas of karma and the transmigration of souls — thus an ant or a tiger could be one’s past or future identity.

Sacred Animals of India draws on the ancient religious traditions of India—Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism—to explore the customs and practices that engendered the veneration of animals in India.

Animals are worshipped in India as deities, as, for instance, the elephant-god Ganesha and t…

Holika Ropan

Holika Ropan is a unique ritual observed in North India on the Purnima or full moon day in the Magh month. Holika Ropan 2019 date is February 19. This particular ritual observed on Maghi Poornima day is of significance to certain Hindu communities in North India.

It is a ritual associated with Holi festival. The day kick starts the preparation for the Holi festival for certain communities. The Ropan ritual is thus of great importance to those people who observe Holi festival traditionally. The ritual is ignored in western parts of India.

Holika Dahan takes place on the next Purnima day of full moon day, which is the Phalgun Poornima.

Shri Ram Charan Maharaj Jayanti – Ram Snehi

Sri Ram Charan Maharaj is an 18th century saint who found the religious tradition Ram Snehi Sampradaya. Shri Ram Charan Maharaj Jayanti 2011 date is February 17. He inspired his devotees to follow the transcendent Bhakti way and asked them to shun all sorts of hypocrisy and showy rituals. Shri Ram Charan Maharaj Jayanti marks the birth anniversary of this pious soul. Shri Ram Charan Maharaj was born on the Chaturdasi day during the Shukla Paksha in Magh month in Rajasthan. Shri Ram Charan Maharaj was inclined towards spiritualism from childhood. But he followed the wishes of his parents and started a family life. But the death of his father and numerous dreams that he saw thereafter kindled the spirit of inquiry in him. He took permission from his family and went in search of a Guru. He found his Guru in Kripa Ram Maharaj. After getting initiated by his Guru, Shri Ram Charan Maharaj is believed to have performed numerous miracles to prove that rituals are veil that hide truth from huma…

Mysore Kumbha Mela – Tirumakudlu Narsipur or T Narasipura Kumba Mela

The Kumba Mela at Tirumakudlu Narsipur in Mysore in Karnataka is held once in three years and it attracts by thousands of people. Tirumakudlu Narsipur Kumbha Mela. T. Narsipura is located at the confluence of the KaveriRiver, KabiniRiver and Spatika Sarovar (a hidden mythical lake, also known as Gupta Gamini). The Kumbha Mela is held here as it strikes close resemblance to Prayag or Sangam where Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati rivers meet.
Thousands of saints and Hindu devotees take holy dip at the confluence of Kaveri, Kabini and Spatika Sarovar during the auspicious period. People organizing the Kumbha Mela claims that the Mela in 2010 is Poorna Kumba Mela and the Mahodaya Punya Snan will be held in Meena Lagna.
The confluence of the three rivers and the name of the area are mentioned in the Skanda Purana. Some scholars are of the view that Sage Agasthya had visualized the spot as Dakshina Kashi. The region is also home to numerous ShivaTemples and a LordNarasimhaTemple.
Tirumakudlu N…

Swami Sukhabodhananda Words of Inspiration

Life has all the ingredients. Be creative. Don't let yourself feel victimized. You might think that what is easy is beautiful; that what is easy is joy. You are a victim of such illusions. Difficulty has such a joy. Discovery has such a joy. Seeking out has such a joy.

You have to change the notion that difficulty is pain. In exercise, there is difficulty but also joy. In sports, there is difficulty but there is joy. In your relationships, when there is difficulty, treat it as joy. Just reprogram your mind.
On PrayerIn prayer you don't have to do anything; just be available to God's grace. Prayer is a deep readiness to receive God's flow. It is passive alertness. Go deep and you discover your original mind... it is deep passiveness.Swami Sukhabodhananda

First Chinese Sanskrit Pop Singer

Sa Dingding, who won the BBC Radio 3 Award for World Music in the Asia Pacific category in 2008, is being promoted as the first Chinese Sanskrit Pop Singer by China's official media. She is being promoted by the provincial government of Tibet and if she garners enough attention she might sing at the inauguration of the May 2010 Shanghai World Expo, which is expected to draw the top business firms. Sa Dingding’s profile in China Tibet Online She is the first pop singer who sings in Sanskrit. She is also famous for her ethnic clothes and Tibetan Buddhist style of music.

Although she is famous for her ethnic characteristics clothing and Tibetan Buddhist music, she is not a Tibetan girl. Her parents' ancestral home is Shandong province and her grandmother's ancestral home is Inner Mongolia.Only people who can endure loneliness can be successful. As a musician, she dropped fame and learned Sanskrit by herself. She visited all the Chinese cultural sites to find inspiration and to…

Dadaji Amiya Roy Chowdhary Inspirational Thoughts

An individual can at best put in effort, regardless of the result. Work is one’s own dharma. Work itself is sacrifice. Work is penance. God is there, ready to hold your hand and walk with you. So do not worry or be afraid. We are here to enjoy His Play, remember Him with love and remain in the natural state. Duty is the first thing. Duty is karma or work. Perform your actions with sincerity and honesty. You must act. There is no knowledge without karma . You are seeing, hearing, eating something... all this is karma , and this karma is knowledge. Work is worship when the sole frame of reference is the Soul, the vibrant Mahanam, God’s Name within your heart. Every bit of work is worship. But the moment any kind of work grips your consciousness as the one thing indispensable and it stems the tide of your life, it is invested with multiple nuances and drives your ego. It lacks spirituality. In the body of a person resides Govinda or Supreme Truth, so the body is to be treated as His temp…

What is Tithi in Hindu Calendar? – How is Thithi Calculated in Panchangam?

A tithi in a Hindu calendar is a lunar day. Amavasya (No moon or new moon) happens when the longitudes of the sun and the moon are equal. A Thithi is calculated when the moon moves 12 degrees eastwards from the sun. This is the first Tithi and is known as Pratipada Thithi during Shukla Paksha or waxing phase of moon. When the moon moves 180 degrees it is Purnima or full moon and when the moon moves 360 degrees it is again Amavasya.There are 15 Tithis in a fortnight. The Length of a TithiSince the motions of the sun and the moon are always varying in speed, the length of a Tithi constantly alters. Some times a tithi can be as long as 26 hours and as less as 21 hours 34 minutes and 24 seconds. This means the time a tithi begins varies with the general time followed in a country. Same Tithi on two days and Two Tithis on one daySometimes a tithi might begin and end on the same day. Thus there will be two tithis on a day. For example – you might see a Tritiya and Chaturthi on the same dayS…

Theppam Festival at Madurai Meenakshi Temple

Theppam Festival held at the Mariamman Teppakulam in Madurai marks the culmination of the 12-day Theppam and Thaipusam festival held at the MaduraiMeenakshiTemple.

On the day, the deities Goddess Meenakshi (Parvati) and Lord Sundareswarar (Shiva) are taken out to attend the Theppam Festival at Marriamman Theppakulam (pond). The deities move through the pond on specially designed floats for the ritual.

On the Theppam Festival day, no pujas and rituals are held at the MaduraiMeenakshiSundareswararTemple.

Why do we Hindus walk around the deity in a temple?

After offering initial prayers to the deity in a temple, Hindus walk around the deity. This is to receive the positive vibrations that are present in the deity. In most temples the deity is installed in the temple in such a spot and using such metals that it emits magnetic waves. This positive vibrations influence the devotee.Hindus move around the deity in clockwise direction. In this form, the devotee is moving along the magnetic field and thus benefits from positive vibrations are received. One never completes the complete circle of walk in a Lord Shiva. The devotee starts to walk in clockwise direction and stops at the line where the offering of milk and water flows from the sanctum sanctorum. Thus only 3 quarter is completed. A devotee returns and completes the rest of the quarter in anticlockwise direction. The popular belief is that in Shiva temples the vibrations are present in clockwise and anticlockwise. You can read more on the same subject in this article – Importance of P…

Unofficial United States Postage Stamps on Hindu Gods – Stirs Debate

An Atlanta-based company has issued seven postage stamps carrying images of Sri Krishna, Shiva-Parvati, Sai Baba, Muruga, Lord Venkateswara, Ganesha and Lakshmi. The company claims that they can be used as valid US postage stamps and are priced at 44 cents each, can also be bought on a commemorative sheet priced at $18.99. But the stamps do not find any mention in the official US Postal Service (USPS) catalog.Customized US Postage Stamps
There is nothing new in the whole project. USPS allows people to customize stamps – print stamps with photos and images that you like as long as it is not copyrighted but after making the relevant payment to USPS. (You can find more details of customized postage service of USPS here at the official website of United States Postal Service.)
The US-based company is just making use of this feature of (USPS) for business purpose. They have also the option for you to print your own picture on US stamps.
You pay for the printing cost to the company and if you …

Maghi Wari at Pandarpur Vithal Temple - Yatra in Magh month

Maghi Wari is observed at PandarpurVithalTemple on the Shukla Paksha Ekadasi day in Magh month (January - February) at PandharpurVithalTemple. Maghi Wari 2019 date at PandarpurVithalTemple is February 16. Hundreds of people visit the PandarpurVithalTemple on the day and the festival is a very minor version of the famous Ashadi Wari Pandarpur Yatra.

Ekadasi (11th day) falling during the Magh Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) is considered auspicious at the Pandarpur temple. No major palki processions are held on the day. But hundreds of Lord Vithal devotees converge at the temple to worship Vithal and Rukmini.

You may also like to read Origin of Pandarpur Yatra Ashadi Ekadasi Pandarpur Yatra

Bhakt Pundalik Utsav Pandarpur

Bhakt Pundalik Utsav is observed on a day before Maghi Shukla Paksha Ekadasi at the PandarpurVithalTemple at Pandharpur in Maharashtra. Bhakt Pundalik Utsav 2019 date is February 15. The day is dedicated to Bhakt Pundalik, whose devotion for his parents brought Lord Vishnu to his door steps.

There are numerous stories that narrate miracles that have happened in the life of Bhakt Pundalik. And all the miracles were with the blessings of Lord Vithal.

Bhakt Pundalik Utsav is observed on the Dasami (tenth day) during the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) in Magh month (January – February).

The day is observed with great enthusiasm and thousands of people pay their respect to Bhakt Pundalik by listening and narrating his stories.

The Maghi Wari at Pandarpur is observed on the next day.

Hitopadesha Quotes

A pot is gradually filled with water, as water falls into it, drop by drop. This is the way to gain all kinds of knowledge, virtue and money.
Education (knowledge) imparts modesty. And from modesty one gains a good position. From a good position, on earns money, and from money one can execute righteous deeds. From such deeds, one gets happiness.
Wealth reaches the lion among men, who engages himself in an occupation. Only cowards talk of divine help. Forget divine help and work with confidence. Even then if you do not achieve results, what is your fault?
Thousands of occasions of sorrow, and hundreds of occasions of fear, day by day attack the fool, not the sage.
As life is dear to one’s self, so also are those of all beings. On account of the resemblance to themselves, the good exercise compassion towards all living beings.

Those who have worldly desires suffer from restlessness even in the solitude of the forest. Those who have disciplined their senses, they practice austerities ev…

Official Website of Indian Home Remedies and Gardens Promoted by FRLHT

Foundation for Revitalization of Local Health Traditions (FRLHT), an organization that is committed to reviving the local health traditions, has got an excellent website to promote healthy living, the natural way through advice on safe health practices related to primary health care. The information on the website is reliable as it is referenced from authentic medical texts and the living traditions of Ayurveda, Siddha, Gso-rig-pa, and Unani. But the information is not a substitute for a physician.The website contains sections on common ailments, home garden and yoga. Another interesting facility on the site is the opportunity to consult a Vaidya (doctor) online.The website is available in English, Hindi, Marathi, Malayalam, Bangala and Kannada.You can visit the website here – Amruth Home Remedies and Garden.

Mahananda Navami

Mahananda Navami is an auspicious day observed in Northern parts of India by certain Hindu communities. Navami is the ninth day in a fortnight in a traditional Hindu lunar calendar. Mahananda Navami 2018 date is September 18 (Bhadrapad Month), December 30 (Margashirsh). In, Paush month it is on January 15, 2019. This particular Maha Nanda navami is observed in a couple of other months too. The main ritual involves purifying oneself in holy rivers like Ganga.

Mahananda Navami is observed mainly on the ninth day (navami) during shukla paksha (waxing phase of moon) of Magha mahina or Magh month. (January – February), Bhadrapad month and Margashirsh month.

Quotes from Nitya Neeti

Pleasure forms poison for a poor man. War is poison for a coward. Scriptures and knowledge are poison for one who never studies and practices. Food is poison for one who cannot digest it. Anger lasts for a second in noble men. It lasts for an hour or two in intermediate or ordinary men. In a mean-minded person it last for a whole day and night. In the vilest man it lasts till death. Life without education and knowledge is waste, like the tail of a dog that is neither useful or conceal its private organs, nor useful in driving away disturbing flies. Nitya Neeti

Chaturdashi Vrata – Fasting On the Fourteenth Day of Lunar Fortnight in Hindu Religion

Chaturdashi Vrata is observed on the fourteenth during the waxing and waning phase of a lunar month as per traditional Hindu calendar. The Vrata on the day is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Some devotees observe this Vrata in the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) in Kartik month and observe it then for a year. The Vrata is also observed on the 14th day during the Magh month. This Vrata in Magha month is known as Fala Chaturdashi Vrata.
The result of observing the Vrata is peace and prosperity in worldly life.
During the Chaturdashi falling during the Krishna Paksha (waning phase) of Kartik month God Indra is worshipped by hoisting special flags.
During the Chaturdashi falling during the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase) of Kartik month Ananta as a manifestation of Sri Hari Vishnu is worshipped using Kusha grass.
Related Trayodashi Vrat Panchami Vrata Saptami Vrata

Makara Bharani

Makara Bharani is highly auspicious day observed on the day when the Bharani Nakshtram falls in the Malayalam month Makaram. Makara Bharani 2016 date is January 18. The day is of great significance in the Goddess Bhagavati Temples (Shakti) in Kerala. The day also marks the end of the Padayani ritual in some regions in Kerala.

Numerous temples in Kerala, especially those dedicated to Goddess Shakti, observe numerous different types of rituals which includes special processions.

Hindu Dharma Acharya Sabha Meet Considers Revision of Current Hindu Festival Dates

A recently concluded meeting of Hindu Dharma Acharya Sabha at Hyderabad, India, touched upon the need for the establishment of an Institute of Hindu Heritage Studies and Research to produce research work and publications of high academic standard, to stand rigorous scrutiny. But the most important idea that emerged during the meeting is the setting up of a Rashtriya Jyotish Goshti to rework panchangams or Hindu Almanacs with the help of the best available experts in astronomy, mathematics and astrology.
Prakash Belawadi writes on this topic sarcastically in DNASwami Gangadharendra Saraswathi of Suvarnavalli Mutt in Sirsi is actually working on precisely such a project to reorient the Hindu calendars with astronomy and mathematics.The research and rewriting is being coordinated by S Balachandra Rao, author of several books on astronomy and a retired professor of mathematics and former principal of NationalCollege, Basavanagudi.What the professor wants is astonishingly simple and radic…

Revathi Nakshatra and Ratha Saptami – Other Astrology Related Importance

Revathi is the 27th Nakshatra or birth stars in Hindu Astrology. Ratha Saptami is an auspicious day dedicated to Lord Surya in Magh month. When Revathi Nakshatra and Rath Saptami day falls on the same day the Shukla Paksha of Magh month, it is considered highly auspicious. Ratha Saptami 2010 and Revathi Nakshatra fall on the same date – January 22, 2010. When such a rare occurrence happens in Hindu calendar, it is known as Padmaka Yoga. The belief is that the day is then equal to Thousand Surya Grahana Maha Parvakala. If Ratha Saptami falls on Sunday, it is termed as Vijaya Yoga and this is considered highly auspicious to propitiate Surya. If the Rashi or Moon sign as per Hindu astrology changes on Ratha Saptami day, then the day is ideal for performing tarpana, Shradh, snan (holy bath) and meditation. You may also like to read Importance of Ratha Saptami

Datta Navratri – Datta Navratra

Datta Navratri or Datta Navratra is the nine days of rituals and prayers observed by certain Hindu communities especially in western parts of India. There is very little information available on this particular Navratra except that it is observed a couple of times in a year. The Datta Navratri coincides with the Magh Mahina Navratri observed in North India.
Apart from the two popular Navratris that is observed in Chaitra (March – April) and Ashwin (September – December) month, there are numerous other Navratris that is dedicated to other deities the popular among it is the Banashankari Navratri and Shakabmabari Devi Navratri. Datta Navratri is one such observance which is limited to a particular Hindu community and region.

Swami Vijnanananda Thoughts on the Mind

The mind is man’s greatest and only treasure. God has fashioned this mind in such a way that it will always be subservient to you. If the mind were disobedient by nature, we would not have been responsible for any of our actions. In that case, man would neither be a free agent nor would be counted as the acme of creation. You are the complete master of your mind and you can shape it as you like. When the mind is completely within our control, it will have nothing to exist on except noble thoughts.
For the nourishment of the body we are to give it only wholesome food avoiding unwholesome things: similarly we are to nourish the mind with noble thoughts, high ideals, and good discourses refusing to provide it with unwholesome food like evil thoughts and bad associations.Swami Vijnanananda, a direct disciple of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa

Interview with Jayasree Saranathan – a Sanatana Dharma Blogger

I’m pleased to post the following interview with one of the Hindu bloggers that I’ve admired for some time – Jayasree Saranathan writes the blog Non-random thoughts. She introduces herself as Sanathanist. This is a new section that we are starting in Hindu Blog. We plan to interview our readers, people who comment regularly, writers and editors associated with Hinduism, Hindu bloggers and editors, Saints, skeptics and other religious people.There is a particular reason for starting the interview with Jayasree Saranathan – it is women who have always kept the flame of Santana Dharma steady. It is they how have always protected the flame of core teachings and tradition from numerous attacks from within and outside. And it is they who always passed the flame from one generation to another. It is through our mothers that we come into contact with this great tradition.Hindu Blog – When you say I am a Hindu, what does it mean to you?Srimati Jayasree Saranathan - When I say that I am a Hindu…

Vidhan Saptami

Vidhan Saptami is observed on the seventh day (Saptami) of Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) in the month of Magh (January – February). Vidhan Saptami 2019 date is February 12. Saptami or Seventh day during the waxing phase of moon in Magha month is highly auspicious and is dedicated to Lord Surya. The popular belief is that the rays of the sun have curative properties on the day as earth’s inclination towards the sun is the steepest on the day.

Vidhan Saptami is mainly observed in North India. There information that is available about the ritual is very sketchy. The day is also observed in this region as Aryogya Saptami and Radha Saptami.

The day is popularly observed as Rath Saptami and is dedicated to Lord Surya riding on seven horses.

Subhashita – Wise Sayings

Giving donation is the ornaments of hands
Speaking truth is the ornament of voice
Listening to scriptures and words of knowledge is the ornament of ears
Seeing everyone equally is the ornament of eyes.That which overcomes intoxication is true knowledge, that which showers the needy is true wealth, that which follows Dharma is said to be intellect.Subhashita

Arogya Saptami Vrat

Arogya Saptami Vrat is dedicated to Lord Surya or Sun God and is observed on the seventh day during the waxing phase of moon (Shukla Paksha) in Magh Month. Arogya Saptami 2019 date is February 12. The ritual is also known as Arogya Saptami Vrata or Brata.

The reason for celebrating Arogya Saptami stems from the belief that the sun’s rays on the day has curative properties and it will help in curing skin and other diseases.

It must be noted that the Saptami or seventh day during the Shukla Paksha of Magha Masa is dedicated to Lord Surya and is observed as Surya Jayanti and Ratha Saptami.

Vrindavan Kumbh Mela 2010 – Mahakumbha Mela at Brindavan

Vrindavan Kumbha Mela is held once in twelve years on the bank of Yamuna at Brindavan (holy place associated with Lord Krishna) in Uttar Pradesh. Vrindavan Kumbh Mela 2010 begins on January 20 (on Basant Panchami day). The Maha Kumbha Mela is expected to attract more than 500,000 devotees. This Mahakumbh mela held during the year when Haridwar Kumbha Mela is held.
Legend has it that after the Churning of the Ocean (Samudra Manthan), the nectar pitcher or Amrut pot was carried by Garuda (Vahana of Lord Vishnu) around the world and the Garuda is believed to have sat on Kadamba Tree at Kali Dah in Vrindavan.
The main ritual during the Vrindaban Kumbh Mela includes taking bath in the Yamuna to attain Moksha.
A few groups of Hindu saints like the Bairagis attend Vrindavan Kumbh before setting out for Shahi Snan during Haridwar Kumbha Mela.

Avoid Relationships Turing into Bondage – Swami Visharadananda

We strike a relationship with other but any relationship can become a bondage. What appears like a need at first becomes an obstacle later. Spiritual striving becomes possible only when one is free from attachment to the objects of desire (persons, things, situations, etc). Getting too much attached to things does not help anyone. In household situations, people want others to be dependant on them, tied down to them. Even wife and husband want each other to be around and each is eager to look after the other! But most relationships are self-centered. In order to be free from insecurity, people come together. They want to fulfill their self created needs and when that is withdrawn, they cannot bear it. This is because by now, they have become deeply dependant on each other!A true well-wisher is he who wants the person of his affection to be free, independent, strong, wiser, and ultimately a free person. Swami VisharadanandaSource:Excerpts from an exposition of verses 7-11 of the 13th c…

Download Mahabharata Book for Free in PDF format – English Mahabharat

The particular Mahabharata e-Book in PDF format for free download is part of Project Gutenberg. This Mahabharat in English is in verse format and was translated into English from Sanskrit by Romesh C. Dutt. Please note that this book is in condensed format and avoids the numerous stories which are part of Mahabharata.Link – Download Mahabharata Book in PDF format

Britain’s Hindu Open-Air Cremation Debate

Davender Ghai, a practicing Hindu, had asked for an open-air cremation when he dies but it was denied by Newcastle city council in Britain. Davender Ghai had argued then that denying him an open-air ritual ‘will enslave his soul in endless earthly entrapment.’ This debate had taken place in March 2009. It seems an appeal on the matter in the High Court will be taken up in this week. Jay Lakhani has started another debate by suggesting in his article in the Guardian UK that Hindus don't need open-air cremation. And there is no religious reason to demand open-air cremations. To pursue this 'right' in court goes against the spirit of Hinduism.To a Hindu like me, what was particularly worrying in the earlier hearing, at the high court, was the insistence that unless cremation takes place in the open air, the soul remains trapped in the body. Ghai complained that, without such a cremation, his soul would be enslaved in "in endless earthly entrapment". Such insistence …

A Temple in Banda in Uttar Pradesh Dedicated to Lovers

There is a temple on the banks of the MajhaRiver at Banda in Uttar Pradesh which attracts lovers from region on Makar Sankranti day (January 14). The temple is dedicated to a Nat youth and a princess. During the fair, lovers in the region take bath in MajhaRiver and pledge before the deity that they will never separate.Sanjay Pandey writes in Deccan Herald about this unique temple‘The temple is the symbol of the tragic love story of a youth and a princess. The princess, while visiting the river once, had fallen in love with a Nath youth and wanted to marry him,’ temple priest Ghanshyam Pandit said.

When the girl’s father came to know about the affair, he tried to dissuade his daughter from the love tangle. When she did not relent, he put a tough condition before the youth, asking him to walk on a rope tied from the nearby by hills to the fort. Nath community members are experts in walking on ropes tied to two ends of poles.

The rope was too weak and gave in, just when the youth was abou…

Sri Sri Chandrasekhara Bharati Thoughts

Cold water is beneficial to a thirsty man but positively harmful to one who has fever. Similarly, what is good for one may not be good for another. So each person must follow that path for which he is best suited.
Do not be disheartened by the spiritual darkness over-running the world. When the sun sets and the darkness of night envelops the land, we do not stop our work saying that the sun has set. Do we not light a lamp and get on with our normal activities with the aid of that lamp? If we feel that there is an urgency, do we not walk miles together during the darkest of nights guided by the flickering light of a torch?
Sri Sri Chandrasekhara Bharati (34th Pontiff of Sringeri)

Tree Saplings as Prasad after Lord Ram Worship to Protect Environment

NGO Raunak Evam Jagruk Samaj Sanstha (REJSS) in Sonbhadra District conducts Ramayan reading and worship of Lord Ram and as Prasad they distribute tree saplings to devotees to protect the environment and fight against global warming and climate change. Prasad is received by Hindus after the prayers and rituals and is considered holy as it has been blessed by the God. The usual Prasad comprises of fruits, sweets, panchaamrit (made from curd, milk and dry fruits.)Times of India reports about this unique effort to protect environment by Hindus"You can say it's our religious formula to protect the environment and fight against global warming. Planting trees is something simple everyone can do to reduce carbon dioxide, a principal greenhouse gas that causes global warming," REJSS director Arvind Singh Chattan told IANS on phone from Sonbhadra.

"You know the importance of prasad amongst Hindus, who traditionally accept it after prayers as they believe the prasad has been bl…

Sri Purandara Dasa Punyadina - Purandara Dasa Aradhane

Sri Purandara Dasa (1480 A.D to 1564 A.D) was one of the most prominent Carnatic musicians and his compositions mostly in Kannada addressed several social issues of his time. Sri Purandara Dasa Punyadina in 2019 is on February 4. Scholars are of the opinion that Purandara Dasa systematized the method of teaching Carnatic music which is followed to the present day. Some people believe that he is an incarnation of Saint Narada. It is observed on Paush Amavasya Tithi.

Legend has it that Puranadara Dasa started his life as a gold merchant. But when he was 40 years old, ‘Lobha’ gave place to ‘Vairagya’, his ‘love of Gold’ turned as ‘love of God’ and became ‘Haridasa.’

He then came and settled in Vijayanagar Empire and started composition on Devaranama in Kannada. During his period he became very famous and Sri Krishnadevaraya, the King of Vijayanagar, invited him to his palace and built a Japashala for Purandaradasaru, near Chakrathirtha, now popularly called as ‘Purandara Mantapa’ in Ham…

Prasanna Lakshmi – Goddess Prasanna Lakshmi

Prasanna Lakshmi is one among the eight forms of Goddess Mahlakshmi mentioned in the Hindu scripture Laxmi Tantram. In this form Goddess Lakshmi is in white colored clothes and appears on the left side of Lord Vishnu. She is four armed and has beejapuram kanak, kalash and padmam or lotus in her hands.
The shlokam dedicated to Prasanna Lakshmi in Lakshmi Tantra reads like this Vande Laksmim parshivamayeem shuddhajambundabham
Tejopuram kanakavasanam sarvabhooshojjvalamgeem
Beejapuram kank kalasham hema padam dadhana
Maadyam Shakti sakalajananee vishuvamamk samstham
The image of Prasanna Lakshmi is worshipped along with other forms of Goddess Laxmi. This is form is very rarely worshipped as an independent deity.
Please note that Prasanna Lakshmi is not counted among the popular Ashta Lakshmi forms of Goddess Laxmi.

Google joins in Makar Sankranti and Uttarayan Festival

The Google search logo today sports the kite festival observed during Makar Sankranti and Uttarayan in Gujarat and western parts of India.
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The Importance of Taking Bath in Holy Rivers during Kumbh Mela

The importance of Kumbh Mela is that it offers the chance to attain Moksha (liberation) from the endless cycle of birth and suffering of existence and to merge with Brahman – the supreme soul. The legend of Kumbh Mela begins with the search of Amrut or elixir of life in Puranas. The Kumbh Mela bathing ritual is believed to help in redemption of sins of several births and the history of ritual is traced back to the Rg Veda.Haridwar Kumbh Mela is being held from January 14, 2010.Liberation or merging with the Brahman is the main significance of Kumbh Mela.The two main elements worshipped during a Kumbh Mela are the Sun or Surya and the HolyRiver (water). Surya is worshipped in Hinduism as the Pratyaksha Brhaman or the visible God. The combined force of sun and river is essential for the existence of human life.Some scholars are of the view that this unique occasion used be a gathering of Holy men and Sadhus from around the world to discuss about Sanatana Dharma (Hinduism).Another popula…

Taittiriya Upanishad – How to make an offering?

An offering should be made with honor. The offering should not be made with dishonour. The offering should be made according to one’s prosperity. The offering should be made with modesty. The offering should be made with awe. The offering should be made in a friendly way. Taittiriya Upanishad

Surya Grahan Ashuba or Dosha Bhala Parihara Mantra

When there is a Surya Grahan, or Solar Eclipse, as per Hindu astrology certain Rasi (zodiac) and Nakshatra (birth stars) will be having Dosha Bhalam. As per astrology the Surya Grahan on January 15, 2010 will be badly influencing the horoscope of certain persons and the only solution suggested is to chant the Ashuba or Dosha Bhala Parihara Mantra. This can be chanted during the Grahan period and also while doing usual prayers for a couple of days.The Surya Grahana January 15 is Ashuba or Dosha for Uttarashada Nakshatra and for the following Raasis, Mithuna Rashi (Gemini Zodiac), Tula Rasi (Libra Zodiac), Makara Rashi (Capricorn Zodiac), Kumbha Raasi (Aquarius Zodiac). Here is the mantra to be chanted by those Ashuba Bhala.

Gujarat Maha Month or Magh Maas in 2019 in Gujarati Calendar - Magh Masa 2019 in Gujarat

Maha Mahina or Magh Maas is the fourth month in a traditional Gujarati calendar followed in Gujarat. Magha Maas in 2019 in Gujarati calendar begins on February 5 to March 6, 2019. Vasant Panchami (February 10), Ratha Saptami (February 12) and Shivratri on February 4, 2019 are observed in this month.

Magh Maas 2019 Sud Padvo and Vad Padvo Magh Maas Gujarati calendar 2019 Sud Padvo (Waxing phase of moon) is from February 5 to Feb 19, 2019.
Magh Mahina 2019 Gujarati calendar Vad Padvo (Waning phase of moon) is from February 20 to March 6, 2019.

Poonam or Purnima or full moon day Gujarati Magh month 2019. Magh Pournima or Full moon day is on February 19, 2019.
The Purnima begins at 1:12 AM on Feb 19 to 9:23 PM on  February 19.
Purnima Vrat is on February 19.

Amas or no moon day in Gujarati Posh month 2019 Magh Amavasya or No moon day is on March 6, 2019.
The Amavasi begins at 7:07 PM on March 5 and ends at 9:34 PM on March 6.
Ekadasi Fasting Dates in Magha Month 2019 Jaya Ekadasi – Februar…

Mahayatra – Reality TV Show on Star Plus in India Based on Char Dham Yatra Dedicated to Lord Vishnu

A new Reality show on Star Plus titled Mahayatra has 12 participants vying to fulfill their parent's dream of visiting the four major Hindu religious centers known as Char Dham dedicated to Lord Vishnu – Puri, Rameshwaram, Dwarka and Badrinath. The participants will be emulating Shravan Kumar mentioned in Ramayana who carried his blind parents on his shoulders. Mahayatra is a sort of religious adventure show and will have the participants going through various adventures, sometimes physically taxing tasks, after winning which they get one step closer to their destination.Hindustan Times reports"As children, we have all heard of Shravan Kumar's story of how he set out on foot with his blind parents to the four holy 'dhams' (places). His journey was left incomplete as he was hunted down. With this show we are aiming at completing that journey and finding a modern-day Shravan Kumar," Monika Shergill, senior creative director, told reporters."These days no c…

Why do we Hindus take bath during Surya Grahan or Solar Eclipse in Holy Rivers?

Sun or Surya has been part of worship in Hinduism from time immemorial. The legend of the Surya Grahan, or Solar Eclipse, is traced to the Puranas and the famous incident of the Samudra Madana or Churning of ocean. Scriptures suggest that taking holy dip in holy rivers like Ganga, Yamuna, Kaveri and in teerthas like Brahma Sarover in Kurukshetra in Haryana will help in removing the stains of the Adharmic activities performed by people in this birth and previous births. It is seen as the best form of worship and ritual to attain Moksha – escape from cycle of birth and rebirth.
Another popular belief is that this rare and unique solar phenomenon – the alignment of sun, moon and earth – generates curative properties in holy waters of the rivers and ponds. So we Hindus take bath during Grahan To wash away the sinsTo attain mokshaAnd due to the curative properties found in the water during the period The Time to Take Bath during Grahan Today, Hindus take bath during any period of the Grah…

Bhagavad Gita on the most esteemed devotee

Although all pious men are noble,
The wise man of discrimination I cherish as My very Self,
Because he is devoted to Me only.
In union with Me, he is convinced that I am his Supreme Goal.
The wise man after having struggled through many lives,
Acquires through discrimination the knowledge,
That everything is Vasudeva (Brhaman),
And thus take refuge in Me.
Such a great soul is very rare.
(Bhagavad Gita, 18-19)

Words of Wisdom – Swami Satyeshananda

Human personality, generally speaking, has three dimensions: physical, mental (both emotional and intellectual) and spiritual. All the three aspects are inter-related and influence each other in many ways. They are so interlinked that even if one of these aspects is neglected, the personality remains incomplete and therefore needs attention and improvement. We should remember that mental and spiritual aspects of life play an important role in maintaining good health, and good health, in turn, helps one to be mentally and spiritually strong.Vedanta discusses the subject of growth and health in three dimensions: physical, mental and spiritual. The Indian sages, our rishis, looked into all dimensions of the human personality, including the body. They studied and discovered the laws governing the human body, its origin, growth and dissolution. They, of course, never thought of the ‘pleasure’ aspect of a body as its paramount purpose but they looked at body as instrument for experiencing h…

Hanuman’s Ramayana by Devdutt Pattanaik

Hanuman’ Ramayana is a new book written by Devdutt Pattanaik and is published by Tulika Publications. There is a popular belief that Hanuman had written a version of Ramayana even before Valmiki wrote his Ramayan. Legend has it that Valmiki was disappointed with his version of Lord Ram’s story when he met Hanuman and had read Hanuman’s Ramayana. This is the theme of Devdutt Pattanaik’s Hanuman’s Ramayana. The highlight of the book is the Mithila folk paintings by Nancy Raj. The book gives emphasis to illustrations. About the book from Hanuman’s Ramayana flyer Valmiki has barely put down his pen after completing his magnificent creation, the epic Ramayan, when he realizes he has competition. Then Sage Narada tells him that there is a better Ramayan, written by Hanuman. Valmiki is devastated! As the story of Hanuman's Ramayan unfolds, humorously and gently, so does the idea that there is no one version of the well-loved story about Ram, Sita, Hanuman and Ravan, but many. Here, the q…

Pongal Kolam Pictures – Simple Kolam Designs and Ideas for Pongal Festival

Pongal Kolam symbolizes luck, peace, hope and prosperity. Here are few photos of simple and not so simple Pongal Kolams – you can use them as an inspiration to draw your kolam for Pongal 2010 or take ideas and create a fresh kolam. Majority of the kolams are from 2009 and some of them are a bit older. Kolams drawn during Pongal include important symbols of the festivals like pongal pot, sugarcane, cow, ox and Lord Surya. The pictures are from various sources and are copyrighted to the respective owners and are linked to the original source. You can explore each of the owners album to find more kolams.It must be noted that today most Pongal kolams concentrate on designs and some of the important symbols of Pongal festival are avoided. So you might not see the pongal symbols in all kolams.Pongal KolamsClick on the images for a larger view
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