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Showing posts from January 21, 2010

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…

Badrinath Temple 2010 Opening Date – Badrinath Dham

BadrinathTemple, or Badarinath Dham, is one of the most sacred temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu. In 2010, the Kapat of Shri Badrinath Temple will open on May 19 at 8:05 AM. The temple is located in the lofty Himalayan heights in the Garhwal Hill tracks in Uttarakhand at an altitude of 10,248 feet above sea level. Badrinath along with Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri in Himalayas in Uttarakhand in India are part of the famous Chardham Yatra.BadrinathTemple remains closed during winter season from October to April due to heavy snowfall. During the winter period the Murtis of Lord Badrinath are housed at the Narsimha Mandir in Joshimath area for the wintry sojourn.The image of Lord Vishnu in BadrinathTemple is carved out of Saligramam. Lord Vishnu is worshipped here as Badari Narayan and Badari Vishal.The idol of Badarinarayan is seen under the Badari tree and is flanked by Kuber (God of wealth) and Garuda, Narad, Narayan and Nar. There is also a shrine dedicated to Maha Lakshmi and Adi…

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 2018 date is January 24. 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.

Shani Ashtami

Shani Ashtami is observed when Ashtami or eighth day in a lunar fortnight as per traditional Hindu calendar falls on a Saturday. Shanivar or Saturday in Hinduism is dedicated to Lord Shani. Ashtami is dedicated to Goddess Durga and also Lord Krishna.

Special pujas and rituals are observed by certain communities in South India on the day. Lord Shani is worshipped on the day. Prayers are held to mitigate his powers in one’s horoscope and assure in peace, health and prosperity.

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