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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 2018 date at PandarpurVithalTemple is January 28. 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

Sankat Chauth February 2010 – Ganesh Angarak Sankata Chaut Vrat

Sankat Chatuth is an auspicious day dedicated to Lord Vinayaka in a traditional Hindu lunar month. Ganesh Sankat Chauth February 2010 date is February 2. It falls during the waning phase of the moon – fourth day after Pournami or Poornima (full moon). There is an Anagark yog on February 2 as it is a Tuesday or Mangalwar. The moonrise time on February 2, 2010 is 9:44 PM. (Indian Standard Time).
Ganesh Sankat Chauth is of great importance in Marathi culture. The day is observed as Sankatahara Chaturthi in Tamil Culture. Ganesha is lovingly known as Pillayar. Ganesha devotees observe a fast (fasting or upvaas) on this day from sunrise and ends after sighting the moon. The greatness of Sankata Chaut Vrata was narrated by Lord Krishna to Yudhishtira, the eldest among the Pandavas. The importance of it is also narrated in the in the Narasimha Purana and Bhavishaya Purana.Fasting on Sankat Chauth begins at sunrise and ends after moonrise – sighting of moon in the evening. Devotees offer speci…

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 2018 date is January 27. 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.

The Obstacle in Seeing God is Ego – Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa

It is on account of the ego that one is not able to see God. In front of the door of God’s mansion lies the stump of ego. One cannot enter the mansion without jumping over the stump. There was once a man who had acquired the power to tame ghosts. One day, at his summons, a ghost appeared. The ghost said: ‘Now tell me what you want me to do. The moment you cannot give me any work I shall break your neck.’ The man had many things to accomplish, and he had the ghost do them all, one by one. At last he could find nothing more for the ghost to do. ‘Now’, said the ghost, ‘I am going to break your neck.’ ‘Wait a minute’, said the man. ‘I shall return presently.’ He ran to his teacher and said: ‘Revered sir, I am in great danger. This is my trouble.’ And he told his teacher his trouble and asked, ‘What shall I do now?’ The teacher said: ‘Do this. Tell the ghost to straighten this small tight curly hair.’ The ghost devoted itself day and night to straightening the hair. But how could it make a…