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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.RelatedFlowers and leaves used in Ganesh PujaFlowers and leaves used in Lakshmi PujaFlowers and leaves offered to Lord KrishnaGanesh 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 2017 date is March 28. 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 2074 will begin on March 28.

VIPs Barred on Weekdays and to pay more on Weekends at Shirdi Saibaba Temple

The Very Important Persons (VIPs) (there are so many of them in India) will not be allowed to skip long queues on weekdays at Shirdi Sabibaba Temple; and during weekends and festivals they have to pay more for the Darshan of Shirdi Sai Baba. And what is this extra payment – Rs 500 for 'kakad arti' and Rs 250 for 'dhoop arti.’ Most of these VIPs will have thousands of sycophants (Chamchas) to pay 10 times this miniscule fee. All people are (VIPs) for Shirdi Sai Baba. He does not discriminate on the basis of power, money, caste, religion and creed. For Him the rich and poor are the same. His blessings are for all. But sadly we live in a world filled with VIPs who do not realize this simple and essential truth.Times of India reportsThe Shirdi Saibaba temple authorities have decided to bar devotees with VIP passes during weekdays and charge them for performing various prayers at the shrine over the weekends and during festivals.

"A meeting of the Shirdi Sansthan trustees w…

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 2018 date is February 3. 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 Shiv…

Thoughts of Inspiration – Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Extend a helping hand and the task will become simpler; offer a smile and the world will accept you in all its generosity.
Spirituality and music together can uplift people, get them out of depression and help them start a new life with enthusiasm. For a stress-free life, you have to embrace both these facets (spirituality and music).
If everybody in society lives in the present moment, if we were able to accept people as they are there will be no problems, no strife.
Anything can be shaken, but not dispassion. Anything can be bought, but not dispassion. If you are dispassionate, if you are centered, nothing whatsoever can shake you. The only rich one is the one who is dispassionate.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

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