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Rules for Following Customs and Rituals in Hinduism

Those customs and rituals or ‘Achaaraas’ that give positive and useful results are to be followed. But how to find the customs and rituals that are positive and useful is left to a person following the Sanatana Dharma (Hindu Dharma). Hindu scriptures like Dharma Shastras are peppered with hints which help in analyzing and practicing customs and rituals associated with Hindu religion.The most important hint that the Dharma Shastras give is Shastram Pramaanam – the first and the most important parameter a Hindu should consider before following a ritual is scientific results. Next most important parameter is the advice of scholars and elders – Apta Vakyam Pramaanam. This is bit a tricky because a person should develop skills to understand a true Guru from the showy and fraud ones.The third parameter is direct experience – Prathyaksham Pramanam – this is something like you learn to walk after falling. We make mistakes but not repeating the same mistake sets us on the learning curve. Somet…

Shahi Snan dates during Haridwar Kumbha Mela 2010

Shahi Snan is the most important bathing dates during the Kumbha Mela. There are three important Shahi Snan dates (holy dip) during Haridwar Kumbh Mela 2010. The first Shahi Snan date is on February 12, 2010 on Mahashivratri day. The next is on March 15, 2010 on Somvati Amavasya day. The last and the Mukhya Snan Parv is on April 14, 2010 – Mesha Sankranti Shahi Snan Parv.These dates are considered highly auspicious to take holy dip during the Kumbha Mela. Various Akharas and other religious organizations participate in holy bath ritual on the day. More than a million people arrive at the important bathing ghats on the day to participate in the Shahi Snan.You may also like to readHaridwar Kumbha Mela Calendar

Shivaratri Fasting – How to observe Shivratri Fast?

Shivaratri literally means ‘the night of Lord Shiva’ and unlike other festivals associated with Hinduism there is no fun and celebrations on Shivratri day. Fasting and not sleeping at night is the most important observance on Shivaratri day. Shivratri night and the fast provides an opportunity to remove the ignorance and realize the Self that you are part of the Supreme Truth (Brahman) and open the door to bliss.The Shivaratri fasting begins on the morning of Shivratri and ends next day morning or the Amavasya morning.How to observe Shivratri Fast?Devotees wake up before sunrise and take bath and wear clean clothes.Applying of sacred ash, or vibhuthi, is an important aspect on the day. People also wear a Rudraksha Mala. The idols of Ganesh, Shiva and Parvati are cleaned and a lamp is lit.Most people then visit a nearby Shiva temple. In most places, Shivratri is largely observed in temples.Food Eaten on the Shivratri DayMost devotees go for a fruit diet and drink lots of water.

Sashti Fasting Date in February 2011 – Shasti Vratam

Shasti Vratam, or Muruga Sashti, is a fasting day dedicated to Lord Muruga. Sashti falls on the sixth day after Amavasai (no moon) and Pournami (full moon) in a month in traditional Hindu calendar. February 2011 Shasti fasting date is February 9. The Shashti day after Amavasi is considered highly auspicious by Muruga devotees and many observe a fast on the day. Lord Muruga is also known as Skanda, Shanmugha and Subramanian. In North India, Lord Muruga is known as Kartik or Kartikeya. Shasti Fasting is widely observed in South India, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Singapore especially by Tamilians and Malayalis. Sashti fasting is considered highly auspicious and many Muruga devotees observe a 24-hour fast, while some take a single meal on the day. Devotees visit Lord Muruga temples from early morning and some people only eat the Prasadam given from the temple. Some Muruga temples conduct special pujas and spiritual discourses. There are also temples that provide food to devotees on the day. Yo…

Teachings from Mundaka Upanishad explained by Sadhu Bhadreshdas

Just like countless herbs and plants grow on this earth according to their seeds, similarly this world is created from Akshar. On the earth, some trees have thorns, some are lush with fragrant flowers, some abound with sweet fruits whereas others may be bitter, astringent or pungent. The root cause of this variety is their seeds, not the earth. The earth produces and nourishes all, it is not biased or pitiless. Similarly, with regards to variety in the world, Akshar represents the earth. The differences we see in the world are due to the seeds in the form of the previous karmas of each ‘atma’. In this way, although being the cause of this extremely diverse creation, Akshar has no faults like pitilessness and prejudice. Akshar is nothing but divine. Yatha pruthivyamoshadhayaha sambhavanti – (Mundaka Upanishad: 1/1/7)