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Suktimala Quotes

In muddy water, both water and mud remain together. Similarly, happiness and sorrow are companions.

Beauty is nice, but it is not eternal. One gets old and loses beauty. But the good qualities one possesses remain long after.

In charity when a person gives food during famine, gold when there is prosperity and courage at the time of fear earns respect even in heaven.

Study of all the Vedas, visit to pilgrim centers, merit obtained by sacrifices and rituals are not equal to non-violence.

For one who does not have enthusiasm, and who is pessimistic and sorrowful, all the tasks are destroyed, and he becomes depressed.


Dhruv – the Story of Pole Star in Hindu Religion

Dhruv Nakshatra, or Dhruva Nakshatram, is the name of the pole star in Hindu Religion. The origin of Dhruv star is narrated through an interesting story in the Bhagavad Purana. Dhruv was the son of King Uttanapada and Suneeti. The king also had another wife named Suruchi and she had a son named Utham.
The King had a special attachment for Suruchi and the queen decided to take advantage of this to make Utham, her son, the next king. But the next in line to the throne was Dhruv.
Once the young Dhruv saw his younger brother Utham sitting on the lap of his father, now he also wanted to sit on the lap of his father. But when he ran to his father, Suruchi rebuked him and asked him to go to God and ask him to let you sit on his lap.
The king felt sad but remained quiet for not wanting to hurt Suruchi. Dhruv was a determined child and he immediately went in search of God. He walked away from the palace and passed through numerous places but no one could guide him to God. Finally, he met Sain…

What is Nishita Kala? – Nishit Kaal

Nishita Kala is defined as the 8th muhurta of the night and it is attained after doing complex calculation. It is of great importance to the Panchang makers and Jyothishis as this period is essential for calculating festival and auspicious days.Nishita Kala period is chosen to do pujas and worship on the Shivaratri day. This period is of great importance to some Hindu communities. For a festival to be fixed there should be a Nishita Kala on the day.For example a festival falling on Ashtami, there should be a nishita Kala on Ashtami day.The Nishita Kala period is usually of duration of less than an hour and fall during the midnight.

Gangotri Temple 2017 Opening Date - Closing Date

Visit to the GangotriTemple is part of the Chardham yatra in Uttarakhand, India. Gangotri Temple 2017 Opening Date is April 28. The shrine closes on October 19, 2017. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Ganga, popularly known as Ganga maiyaa, and is located in Uttar Kashi District. 
This shrine dedicated to River Ganga along with Badrinath, Kedarnath and Yamunotri forms part of Chardham yatra. The shrine remains closed during the peak winter season from November to April.
A slab on which King Bhagirath meditated to bring Goddess Ganga down to earth is located near the temple.
The Shrine opens on the Akshaya Tritiya day and closes after Diwali.

Why Tuesday is considered inauspicious by some Hindu communities?

Tuesday, which is known as Mangalwar or Chowai or Chovazhcha, is considered inauspicious by some Hindu communities, especially in South India (Kerala). No journey is commenced on Tuesday as it is bad. Auspicious ceremonies are also avoided on the day. Some scholars indicate that that it is suggested in the Brihat Samhita of Varahamihira that Tuesday should be avoided for auspicious functions.Mangalwar or Tuesday is ruled by Mars or Mangal. Mars is also known by the name of Angarak, Kujan, Agneya and this all indicates that the planet is red and is associated with heat. He is also believed to kick start fights and is also considered to be responsible for cuts and bruises on the body. He is also believed to create unwanted competitions among people. Tuesday begins at the highest influence point of Mars and therefore he is believed to have control throughout the day.These are some of the reasons why Tuesday is held inauspicious.But it must also be remembered that Tuesday is considered th…

Braj Ki Holi

Braj Ki Holi is the famous Holi festival held in the Braj area near Vrindavan and Mathura associated with Hindu God Krishna. The Holi here starts from the first day after the Phalgun Amavasi and the festivities gain momentum from the Ekadashi day, the 11th day during the waxing phase of moon in Phalguna month. Braj is believed to be area in which Lord Krishna played with his friends and Radha and other Gopis and grazed their cattle. The belief is that it is in this area Krishna played Holi with Radha.
The Holi songs of Braj area are sung in pure Braj Bhasha (the classical language of the land). Krishna and Radha devotees from all over the world can be seen lost in a trance, forgetful of their dresses, torn or disfigured with splashes of colors, at Braj during the period.
Temples and villages associated with Lord Krishna and Radha have separate celebrations. One of the important celebrations during the period is the Lathmar Holi.
Another significant celebration is held at the BaldevTo…

Rama Shots – Free Online Flash Game based on Hindu God Ram from Kridana

Rama Shots is an interesting online flash game based on the Ramayana. The character in the game is Lord Ram. The aim of the game is to take shots on Rakshasas (demons) using bow and arrow. It’s a pretty simple game. The aim of the game is to slay the golden deer after going through the levels of slaying Rakshasas.You can play the game Rama Shots here at the Kridana website

Amalaki Ekadashi Story – Amalaki Ekadasi Vrat Katha

Amalaki Ekadashi is observed during the waxing phase of moon in Phalgun month (February – March). An interesting story of Amalaki Ekadashi was once narrated by Sage Vasishta and is found in the Brahmanda Purana. Amalaki Ekadasi Vrat Katha is listened to by those people observing the fast.Once there was a prosperous kingdom named Vaidisa and it was ruled by King Chaitraratha. He was an ardent devotee of Lord Vishnu and the people in the entire kingdom were very rich and had no worries. All this was due to the blessings of Lord Vishnu.Once on Amalaki Ekadashi, the king and the people in the kingdom went to a VishnuTemple located on a riverbank and made offerings to Lord Vishnu and an Amalaki Tree (Gooseberry) in the temple premises. The king also made offerings to Lord Parashurama. The king and his followers remained awake during the night. Then a hungry hunter came there and impressed by the devotion of the people present there he joined in the bhajans and did not sleep that night. Nex…

Phag Utsav – Holi with flowers in Govind Devji Temple in Jaipur

Phag Utsav is the unique way of celebrating Holi festival in the GovindDevjiTemple dedicated to Lord Krishna in Jaipur in Rajashtan. Instead of color or gulal powders, flowers are used to play Holi here. The festival here celebrates the divine love of Radha and Krishna. The highlight of the festival is the reenacting of Lathmar Holi of Braj and Muslim artists pay homage to the immortal love of Radha and Krishna.
The history of Phag Utsav is of more than 300 years and the reason for using flowers instead of color stems from the belief that the use of the color hurts the murti of Krishna.
Artists from different places in India come here to perform before Krishna. At the temple, the greatest artist of the world, Krishna, witnesses the art of numerous performers which are performed as offering to Krishna.
The vibrant folk songs and dances of Holi are performed at the temple for more than a week during the Phag festival. The legends of Radha and Krishna are showcased at the temple through…

Edible Holi Colors: Eco–Friendly Holi Gulal Colors in Delhi

If you are looking to play Holi in an eco-friendly way, then this is yet another new option. A group of 20 woman inmates at Tihar's Jail and Divya Jyoti Jagrati Sansthan (DJJS) in Delhi have come out with nature friendly edible colors for Holi celebrations. The dry colours (gulal) are made using flowers, herbs, arrowroot powder and food grade colour.
This eco-friendly color from Divya Jyoti Jagrati Sansthan (DJJS) is available in select centers in Delhi. Indian Express Reports  "We have used arrowroot powder and flower petals alongwith food grade colour and natural fragrances to make colours that are purely skin friendly and even eatable," says Vishal anand, spokesperson Divya Jyoti Jagrati Sansthan (DJJS), an NGO which has been working with inmates for over 15 years.  Vishalanand says, "Packaging of the colours will be done at par with the international standards and they will be put on sale at a mall in RajouriGarden and Delhi Haat. The colours would be availabl…

Shri Shri Anandamurti Thoughts on Chanting of Devotional Songs

Kirtana is a valuable spiritual aid to bring the seeker closer to the Supreme Consciousness. It is the singing of devotional songs, chanting creatively with heartfelt sincerity and purpose. Kirtana is helpful in all spheres of life; it helps us to overcome physical troubles and tribulations as well.During kirtana many assemble together, united in purpose, and so all their collective physical energies function in unison. Their collective psychic energies flow in the same channel, inspired by Parama Purusa. At the place of kirtana, not only will there be a huge concentration of physical energies, but also a powerful concentration of psychic energy, which will remove all the collective, accumulated miseries of the material world. Kirtana is initiation to the Divine to reveal the Supreme Consciousness within. Physical afflictions are caused partly by nature, and partly by our own thoughts and actions. Whatever might be the physical miseries natural or man-made if people collectively chant…

Holi in Nandgaon in Mathura

Holi in Nandgaon begins on the tenth day (dasami) of the shukla paksha (waxing phase of moon) of Phalgun month with the return visit of the Gopas of Barsana to play Holi with the Gopis of Nandgaon. In 2019, Lathmar Holi in Nandgaon is on March 9 and March 10. On the previous day, the men of Nandgaon village had gone to Barsana to play the famous Lathmar Holi with the females there. Now the men folk come to play holi in Nandgaon.

The men folk of Barsana carry a flag from their village to the ShrijiTemple in Nandgaon. The men and women of Nandgaon try to stop them.

Colors are thrown on all the people around. The occasion is marked by singing of devotional and folk songs. Women also fend off the men folk of Barsana with bamboo sticks.

Nandgaon is around 30 km from Mathura and is on the way to Barsana.

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The Hindu Story of How Jewels and Precious Stones were formed

There is an interesting story in the Garuda Purana which explains how diamonds, pearls, precious stones like ruby, emerald and sapphire etc are formed. Once there lived a demon (Asura) named Balasura. He was a very generous king and was very popular with his subjects. Once he defeated Indra and other demigods (Devas) and soon he became invincible. Unable to find a way to defeat Balasura, Devas decided to perform a yajna (sacrifice). A person who appeared at the yajna advised to take advantage of Balasura’s generosity. Balasura used to never refuse people and he used to fulfill their wishes. Devas went in the guise of common people and asked his body to be offered as sacrifice as they were performing a sacrifice for the welfare of the people. Balasura readily agreed and offered his body. Soon the Devas took their real form and took the body of Balasura and started traveling through the sky. But the body slipped from the hands of Devas and fell on the earth and broke into many parts and go…

Free Hindu Prayer iphone Application

iPuja is a free Hindu prayer iphone application and it features the important Hindu deities and the respective mantras to chant for each one. iphone application explain some of the symbols in Hinduism and their The significance. The Kirtan Section contains lyrics of some major chants in Hinduism. Hanuman, Shiva and Durga Chalisas are included for now.The mantra chanting section helps in meditation. It loops through the mantras for continuous repetitive chanting of these powerful mantras. You can listen in through your iphone loudspeakers or through tour iphone headsets.You can get more details of the iPuja iphone Application here at ipuja application site.

Jiddu Krishnamurti on Silence

The only silence we know is the silence when noise stops, the silence when thought stops – but that is not silence. Silence is something entirely different, like beauty, like love. And this silence is not the product of a quiet mind, it is not the product of the brain cells which have understood the whole structure and say, ‘For God’s sake be quiet’; then the brain cells themselves produce the silence and that is not silence. Nor is silence the outcome of attention in which the observer is the observed, then there is no friction, but that is not silence.
You are waiting for me to describe what this silence is so that you can compare it, interpret it, carry it away and bury it. It cannot be described. What can be described is the known, and the freedom from the known can come into being only when there is a dying everyday to the known, to the hurts, the flatteries, to all the images you have made, to all your experiences – dying every day so the brain cells themselves become fresh, yo…

Ashwini Kumars – The Story of Hindu God Asvini Kumars

Ashwini Kumars are twin Vedic deities who are considered to be physicians or healers of Devas or Demi gods and they are also extremely handsome. There are numerous references about them in Vedas. In the Bhagavad Gita, Arujuna sees them on the Virat Purusha, shown to him by Krishna. In Mahabhatara, the Pandava brothers Nakula and Sahadeva are the sons of Asvini Kumars born to Madri.Ashwini Kumars are the sons of Lord Surya and Sangya. Asvini is the "she-horse", and Kumars means "young boys". This is because they were given birth when Lord Surya took the form of a horse and Sangya took the form of a mare. On advice from their father, the Asvini Kumars worshiped Lord Brahma and performed intense austerities and Tapasya. Pleased with them, Lord Brahma granted the boon that they will be extremely handsome and will have knowledge of Ayurveda.There is an incident mentioned in the Srimad Bhagavatam which indicates that Ashwini Kumars are responsible for the sense of smell …

Why we throw colours on Holi festival day? – Is there a scientific reason?

Every year during holi festival, we throw colour on each other and play with colors for hours. But why do we do play with color. The scriptures give us answers in the form of the story associated with Prahlad and also of Lord Krishna and Radha. But is there any scientific reason for throwing colors on each other – the natural colors abir or gulal.
Some people are of the opinion that Holi which is celebrated during the spring time and it also the period when chicken pox and some other skin diseases are more common. Gulal is a substance which is a good repellent of chicken pox germs. Therefore, applying it on our skin is believed to help in keeping away chicken pox germs and other germs affecting skin.
Note - The gulal that is good for your skin is naturally made from flowers and leaves - what you get in the market during holi usually is a chemical powder and it contains silica and this is harmful to the eyes and skin.

Book: Divya Darshan of Kanchi Mahaswami - A pictorial biography of Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi Swamigal

Divya Darshan of Kanchi Mahaswami is a pictorial biography of Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi Swamigal published by the Sankara Bhakta Jana Sabha Trust, Chennai is compilation of the photographs of the Mahaswami taken at various points of time. The book, in two volumes, is a unique compilation of more than 500 photographs of the Mahaswami, chronologically arranged, delineating the various events.Sri.G.Vaidyanathan, Secretary, Sri Sankara Bhaktha Jana Sabha Trust who has published this book at No.70, St Marys Road, Abhiramapuram, Chennai-18, PH : 24996823 / 9003076823RelatedSri Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi SayingsInspirational Thought - Sri Chandrasekarendra Saraswati SwamigalSri Chandrasekarendra Saraswati Thoughts

Gulal Gota for Holi Festival Celebrations – Eco-Friendly Holi

Gulal Gota, in the shape of ball, is made using lac and is filled with eco-friendly Arrorate Gulal. This is used to play with colors during Holi festival celebrations especially in Jaipur, Rajasthan. The lac art is an ancient tradition and its roots are traced to the Mahabharata – the famous lac palace created by Kauravas for Pandavas. In another instance Draupadi calls Duryodhana a blind as he could not differentiate between real fruit and lac-made resembling artifacts.

The gulal gota for holi festival is made of kusum lac, a high-quality resin product obtained from a tree, which is molded in various shapes mostly small rounded bowls. These bowls are filled with the arrarote gulal, also a eco-friendly colour powder obtained from herbal product and sealed to the perfection. The lac-made gulal gota is very tender and bursts when it is thrown.

Gulal Gota is exclusively made by the Maniyar artisan. They were brought to Jaipur in Rajasthan by Maharaja Jai Singh and were settled in Maniya…

Haridwar Kumbha Mela 2010 Photos – Slide Show

Western media is always desperate to capture the photos of Naga Sadhus – whom they describe as naked Hindu holy man. But for Haridwar Kumbha Mela 2010 the administration had made it strict that no photographers will be allowed in the important bathing ghats in Haridwar where Naga Sadhu Babas will be performing rituals and taking the holy dip during Kumbh Mela.The San Francisco Chronicle has published a beautiful 13-photo slideshow of the Maha Kumbh Mela 2010 that is happening in Haridwar, India. The focus here too is on the Naga Sadhus but the photographs captures the mood the mela. You can view the slide show provided by San Francisco Chronicle here.
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Tila Ashtami

Tila Ashtami is an auspicious day associated with the Kashmiri Pandit community and is also known as Tile Athum. Tila Ashtami 2019 date is March 14. It is observed on the eighth day (ashtami) of the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) in Phalgun month (February – March). The ritual welcomes the spring season with oil lamps.

On the Tila Ashtami day earthen lamps are lit and placed at different places in homes and sacred places. The lamps are also floated on rivers atop grass string.

The day also marks the end of the Shivratri festival. The last remaining walnuts that were prepared for watuk (Herath or Shivratri) are distributed on the day.

Kumbha Bharani in 2019 in Kerala Bhagavathy Temples

Kumbha Bharani is a highly auspicious day as per traditional Malayalam calendar followed in Kerala. Kumbha Bharani 2019 date is March 11. It is the day when the Bharani Nakshatram falls in the Malayalam month Kumbham. The day is of great significance at Goddess Bhagavathi Temples in Kerala. The most important festival takes place at the ChettikulangaraBhagavathyTemple near Alleppey.

Traditionally the Bhagavathy Temples dedicated to Goddess Shakti observes festivals in the Kumbham month. Goddess Shakti for a fortnight in the month visits homes and collects husked rice. Her arrival to homes is bound bring peace, prosperity and luck. In some regions she arrives on Jeevadha which is held on shoulders of two priests. In some places she arrives atop an elephant.

The festival usually lasts for three or more days. The main rituals are held on the Kumbha Bharani day – which includes pulling of huge chariots locally known as Theru and Kuthira. The rituals observed on the day vary from region t…

Holi in Barsana in Mathura

The Holi festivities in BarsanaVillage begin from the first day of the Phalgun Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon). Barsana Lath Mar Holi 2019 date is March 9, March 10 and March 11. The most important event held here is the Lathmar Holi festival which is held on the Navami day (ninth day) during the Shukla Paksha of Phalguna Mahina. This Holi celebration is the fight between friends of Krishna and Radha.

In Lath Mar Holi, men in traditional dress from NandgaonVillage adorn the role of gopas (friends of Krishna). In Barsana, women adorn the role of gopis (friends of Radha). The men reach Barsana and throw colors on women and the women fight back with batons. The aim of the men from Nandgaon is to install a flag on the temple of Radha at Barsana and claim victory. Women of Barsana face them with bamboo sticks.

The men are well padded because they cannot hit back and can only try to keep the women off by sprinkling colored water on them. In case if a man gets trapped, he is made to dr…

Hanuman Plush Dolls – Some Hindus are not happy

Kridana, an online shopping which concentrates on bringing Great Indian Epics to life for children, has brought out plush dolls based on some of the characters in Ramayana. The most popular among it is the Hanuman Plush Dolls. But US-based Hindu Statesman Rajan Zed and Forum for Hindu Awakening are not happy with the Hanuman Plush Dolls. They have asked the Pennsylvania (USA) based company to recall the Hanuman plush dolls as they see it as inappropriate, upsetting, and denigrating.As per Kridana Hanuman truly keeps his friends close to his heart - and there's no better place for this cuddly, adorable monkey than close to yours. Hanumanji is a super-cuddly 13 inches from crown on head to tip of flexible tail!Included with every doll is a 12-page, full-color storybook hangtag telling your child all about Hanuman's adventures!Hindu Blog ViewYoung Krishna is a friend and philosopher for children – but he is often a playmate. Hanuman is close to the heart of children – they play w…

Sant Chaturthi

Sant Chaturthi is an auspicious day observed in Orissa and parts of eastern India. Sant Chaturthi 2019 date is March 10. It is observed on the Chaturthi, or fourth day, during the Shukla Paksha (bright or Waxing phase of moon) in Phalguna month.

The day is also auspicious for Ganesha devotees.

There is not much information available about this observance.

If you have more information about the day please write in the comment section or mail us.

Swami Sivananda Thoughts

Lemon, ginger, chillies or tamarind causes your mouth to water instantly. These are stomachic appetizers. Even so scriptures, company of sages, Kirtans and bhajans, Satsangas, Japa Malas and Ashrams are all spiritual appetizers. They goad you to sit, contemplate and meditate.
Life is sustained by hope and aspiration, the struggle for betterment, and the zest for fulfillment. The moment these spurring elements of progress are taken away, one begins to vegetate and is miserably lost in the gloom of frustration and despondency, or becomes an ignoramus. The spiritual aspirant, no doubt, endeavors to attain the state of complacency and dissolution of the individual self, but that is a state of fulfillment and not a characteristic of his endeavor which is quite contradictory, the difference between worldly and spiritual aspirations being only in character and objective.
The true goal of life is to get back to the source from which we came. Just as the river flow restlessly till they join t…

Phagwah 2018 Festival Date

Phagwah is one of the names used to describe the Holi Festival. Phagwah 2018 date is March 2. The term Phagwah is today more popularly used by Hindus in Trinidad, Guyana and Suriname. Indo-Caribbean immigrants from Guyana and Trinidad also organize Phagwah Parade during the Holi festival period in New York (Richmond Hills, Queens).

The term Phagwah is derived from the Phalgun or Falguna month (February – March) – the last month in traditional North Indian and other regional calendars. Holi festival is observed on the full moon day in Phalgun month.

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Arundhati Vrata

Arundhati Vrata is a ritual observed by certain communities during the first three days of the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) in Chaitra month. Arundhati Vrata 2018 dates are from March 18 to March 20. Arundhati was the wife of Maharishi Vashishta and daughter of Prajapati Kardam and the Vrata is dedicated to her. It is observed by women for peace, prosperity and happy and long married life.

On Chaitra Pratipada or the first day during the waxing phase of moon, the woman who has decided to observe the Vrata take bath and prayers are offered to Lord Ganesha, Shiva, Parvati and Arundhati. They take a decision to observe the Vrata.

On the second day, a kalash (water filled pot) is worshipped along with durva grass, and images of Arundhati Devi and Vasishta.

On the final day special prayers are offered to Ganesh, Shiva and Parvati. The day is observed as Gauri Tritiya in some regions. Giving food to the poor and helping the poor on the day brings prosperity and peace.

Holi Story – The Story of Holi Festival

Holi festival celebrates the victory of good over evil and this is clearly mentioned in stories associated with Holi festival. Holi festival story brings out the unshakable devotion exhibited by Prahlad, which is an inspiration for children and devotees. The other holi story is that of Krishna and Radha and yet another story is that of Lord Shiva burning Kamdev.
Holi Story based on Prahlada and Demon Holika Young Prahlada was a highly devoted devotee of Lord Vishnu but this was not liked by his arrogant father, Demon Hirnakashyipu, who was the king of the land. Hiranyakashyipu wanted his son and all the people on his land to worship him and not Sri Hari Vishnu.
Fed up with his son’s defiance which he thought will be followed by his people, the egotistical father sought for ways to eliminate his son and each time he failed miserably. Lord Vishnu came to the rescue of the young Prahlad. But this only hardened his stance.

Now, Hiranyakashyipu had a sister named Holika who had got a boon…

Vasant Ritu Starting Date 2019 as Per Hindu Panchang

Vasant Ritu, or Basant Ritu, is the spring season. The traditional calendars and Panchangs followed in North India marks the beginning of Vasant Ritu separately. Vasant Ritu 2019 starting date is February 5. It must be noted that some of the festivals associated with spring season (Vasant) like Basant Panchami is held earlier to this date.

The date held significance is some regions earlier for farming related activities. It is also an important day with regard to the upcoming Holi Festival.

Special rituals are held on the day in certain Lord Krishna temples.

Quotes from Markandeya Purana – Dattatreya Advices Alark

Alark says ‘O lord! With the arising of disenchantment in my heart, I have no miseries now. Only those people feel drowned in the ocean of miseries who are attached to worldly things. A man feels all kinds of sorrows due to his attachments towards the luxuries in which his mind indulges. Now neither sorrow nor joy can affect me.’
Dattatreya says- 'O king! Whatever you said is correct. Attachment is the cause of both sorrow and happiness. It is because of the knowledge I gave to you that the 'mist of attachment' has disappeared from your heart.
A small sprout of ego ultimately develops into a huge tree of ignorance. Affection is the trunk of this tree. Home and family are the branches and wife and children are the leaves of this tree. Wealth and cereals are the flowers and happiness and sorrow are the fruits of this tree. Relation that emerges out of affection is the canopy of this tree. This tree grows day by day and obscures the path of liberation. This tree is full of …

Ramana Maharshi Shows God

Once a person approached Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi and said, “O, Bhagavan, can you show me God?” Ramana Maharshi replied, “I can show you, but I do not know whether you will see Him.” 
The man felt insulted and said, “If you can show Him to me, why can I not see Him? I have eyes.”
The man insisted, “No, you show me and I will see.” So Ramana Maharishi sat in front of him. 
Then just raised one finger and started moving it from one side to another. Five, ten, fifteen minutes went by. The man was still expecting some vision of God to appear. Finally, the man asked, ‘I thought you were going to show me God. Where is He?”
Ramana Maharshi said, “I told you I can show you God, but you may not be able to see Him.”
The man said, “But you have not shown me anything.”
“For twenty minutes I have been showing you God,” Ramana Maharshi said.
“How can that be?” asked the confused man.
Then Bhagavan raised his finger and asked “What is this?”
“A finger.”
“But what is it doing?”
“It is moving back an…

Download Garuda Purana in English for free

Garuda Purana is one of the Sattvika Puranas and is believed to have been first narrated by the Divine Bird Garuda, the Vahana or Vehicle of Lord Vishnu. It narrates the glory of Vishnu and contains chapters like observing Vratas and on rituals dedicated to the dead. Now you can Download Garuda Purana in English in word format for free. This Garuda Purana was first published in 1908 AD and was translated by Manmatha Nath Dutt. You can also read the Purana online.You can get details of the Purana here – Garuda PuranaLink – Download Garuda Purana in English in word format It is not a direct download – select the text and then copy it into notepad or Microsoft word.

On Spirituality as a Way of Life in India

Hinduism is a way of life and not a religion – this is an oft repeated statement by Hindus. For a change a non-Hindu discovers spirituality as a way of life in India. Susan L. Smalley, Ph.D., a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, writes in her column in The Huffington Post about her discovery of Spirituality as a Way of Life in India during her first journey to India.Let me define spirituality as 'a sense of connection to something larger than oneself' and in India this attention to spirituality is pervasive. It is evident in every aspect of the culture -- there is a constant integration of reminders that we are part of something larger than the self.

It is evident in the shrines that are present on every street corner, created on sides of houses, roadside stops, hilltops, alleyways, the back of tractor trailers, and beyond. Shrines are big, small, colorful, bland, dedicated to Shiva, Ganesh, Hanuman, or thousands of other manifestations of our…

Bengali Phalgun Month in 2019 – Falguna Month in Bangala Calendar in 2019

Phalgun month is the 11th month in a traditional Bengali calendar. The previous month was the Maagh Mash. As per Gregorian calendar, the Falguna month begins in Mid February and ends in Mid March. In 2019, Phalgun Month in Bangala Calendar begins on February 14 and ends on March 15, 2019. The current year in Bengali Calendar is 1425.

Purnima or full moon day in Phalgun month in 2019 is on February 2.

The Aamabashya or no moon day in Falguna Mash is on March 6, 2019

The two Ekadashis in the month are on February 16 and March 2, 2019.
Other important and auspicious days in Falguna Month include Shivratri - March 4 The next month in Bengali calendar is the Chaitra month and is the last month in a Bengali Year.

Shivaratri Festival Live Online – Live Webcasting of Mahashivratri

Isha Foundation of Sadhguru is offering live online telecast of the Shivaratri celebrations on February 13, 2018 from IshaYogaCenter near Coimbatore. The live online audio webcast is free and to view live online video webcasting you need to register online and also contribute for the expense of live telecasting. 
You can find more details about the Isha Foundation Shivaratri Festival Live Online here.
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Shivaratri Quotes and Thoughts – Swami Chidanand Saraswati

Shivaratri is one of the holiest nights of the year. It is the night dedicated to the worship of Lord Shiva.
Lord Shiva is the one who destroys that which is old and impure, in order to make room for a new creation of that which is pure and divine. Lord Shiva annihilates our egos, our attachments and our ignorance.
Many fear Lord Shiva’s destructive capacity, and yet it is destruction for the purpose of regeneration. Without death, life cannot begin anew. Without the annihilation of old habits, attachments and ego, we cannot progress toward the goal of God realization.
The night of Shivratri is especially auspicious for winning the battle within ourselves – the battle between the Gods and the Demons, between right and wrong, between poison and nectar, between death and immortality. Let us use our puja, our prayers, our meditations on this night to pray for the divine intervention that within ourselves the good might vanquish the evil, that the nectar within us might emerge, rather t…

Pushkarani – Holy Temple Water Tanks

What is a Pushkarani? Temple water tanks are known as Pushkarani in Andhra Pradesh and in some temples in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. The most famous is the Swami Pushkarani at the TirumalaTirupatiBalajiTemple. The pushkaranis are sacred water bodies (referred as Tirthas or Teerth) and the water in it are used for the bathing the presiding deity in a temple. Large Pushkaranis are used for Theppam festivals – float festival when the presiding deities move on the water body on specially designed boats. The Pushkarani also serves to maintain the water levels in the region.Pushkaranis are often built within the temple complex or in its front (outside). Some of the most important ones are mentioned in the Puranas and there are stories about how they were formed. Some of the popular Pushkaranis are the big stepped Tirtha at SrirangamRanganathaTemple known as Chandra Pushkarini. Swami Pushkarani at the TirumalaTirupatiBalajiTemple, Surya Pushkarini at Uraiyur near Kumbakonam.Sadly some of the …

Hindu Wins Traditional Funeral Pyre Legal Battle In England

A devout Hindu, Davender Ghai, aged 71, 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 legal debate in England had taken place in March 2009. Now through an appeal in Court of Appeal, Davender Ghai won the right to be cremated on a traditional funeral pyre. Mr Ghai agreed that he was willing to be cremated within existing rules with his funeral pyre ‘enclosed in a structure.’Dailymail.UK reportsDavender Ghai was refused permission for the ceremony by Newcastle City Council and lost a challenge to that decision at the High Court in London in May last year.But today the Master of the Rolls, Lord Neuberger, who headed a panel of three appeal judges, over turned those rulings.He said: … it seems to us that Mr Ghai's religious and personal beliefs as to how his remains should be cremated once he dies can …

Shivratri Fasting – How to observe Shivratri Fast?

Shivratri 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 Day Most devotees go for a fruit diet and drink lots of water. Si…

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)

The Story of Lord Ram and Bhushandi, the crow

While searching for Mata Sita, Lord Ram and Lakshman reached a dense forest. The animals in the forest were expecting the arrival of Lord Ram as they had heard that Lord Ram is Sri Hari Vishnu. Bhushandi a crow that lived in the forest too heard about Lord Ram’s arrival but the crow was not ready to believe that Lord Ram was Vishnu. He went around arguing with others that Lord Ram was a mere human being and this was some trick of the humans to scare us animals.To prove his point, Bhushandi, the crow, started harassing Lord Ram. Finally, Lord Ram started chasing the crow. Bhushandi flew high up in the sky and to the crow’s surprise Lord Ram was their behind him.He flew up into the Himalayas and Lord Ram was there behind him. Bhushandi tried to hide in all places on earth and in sky but Lord Ram was there in all places.Finally, Bhushandi surrendered before Lord Ram and asked for his forgiveness. But Lord Ram picked up the crow and swallowed it!!Immediately, Bhushandi found himself sitti…

Online Virtual Tour of Thiruvannamalai Arunachaleswarar Temple – 360 Degree view of Tiruvannamalai Shiva Temple

This awe-inspiring virtual tour of ThiruvannamalaiArunachaleswararTemple is presented by in collaboration with the Tamil Nadu Tourism. You can view in 360 degrees some of the most important spots in the TiruvannamalaiArunachaleswararTemple complex. There are nearly 27 high quality pictures of important spots in the temple like the huge gopurams, Thousand pillars mandapam, Pathala Lingam etc.
Link - you can find the virtual tour here on the website.

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Words of Wisdom – Swami Chidananda

Truth alone can liberate us. Falsehood cannot liberate us. Deluded thinking is a trap. Mind is the seat of delusion. Mind is the seat of erroneous thinking. We do not realize it, but it is so. Mind is, therefore, the main barrier between you and God. Therefore, with humility and simplicity we must approach God in true faith, in absolute trust, setting aside contrary notions that are created by the mind which is Maya.
If we are divine within but our life outside is undivine, unspiritual, ugly and full of all that contradicts our divinity, then that is not life. It is a living falsehood, a living lie. It is a contradiction. You should keep the company of those in whose company your faith increases, your beliefs become confirmed, unshaken, they become firmly established within you, and you be come firmly established in what you believe. Swami Chidananda Thoughts on Yoga All Yogas culminate in meditation, whether it is Japa Yoga, Kirtan Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, Karma Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Dhya…

Maha Pradosh – What is Mahapradosh?

Maha Pradosh is a rare occurrence of the Pradosham, or Pradsha Vrata, dedicated to Lord Shiva falling on a Saturday during the waning phase of moon in a traditional Hindu lunar calendar. The Pradosh period – the twilight period – on the 13th day during Krishna Paksha (waning phase of period) is considered highly auspicious for worshiping Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.
Fasting from sunrise to sunset is the main ritual on the day for Shiva devotees.
The prayers and rituals for Pradosh begin around 1.5 hours before sunset and end one hour after sunset.
Special pujas are performed in Shiva temples during the period. It is said that Lord Shiva and Parvati are in a happy mood during Pradosham period and are easily pleased.
Pradosh falling on Saturday is known as Shani Pradosh. But the Pradosh falling during Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) is not defined a particular name but is also considered auspicious by many.

Valentine’s Day Hindu God Sri Krishna Temple in Tamil Nadu

A unique Hindu temple of Sri Krishna dedicated to the concept of Valentine’s Day will be consecrated in April 2010 at Sholingur in Vellore District in Tamil Nadu (140 km from Chennai). The unique temple which tries to amalgamate the ideas of Saint Valentine and Hindu God Krishna – both synonymous with love – is being built by R. Jaganaath, a former food and beverages manager and the author of a book on cocktails. The temple will have murtis of Lord Krishna, Radha and a cow licking Krishna’s feet.The Telegraph Calcutta ReportsJaganaath says St Valentine and Krishna make the perfect mix.'In Hindu mythology, Krishna is the only god who is synonymous with love. During various phases in his life, he was loved by mothers, girls, the Yadavs and virtually by every character in the Mahabharat even though he sided with the Pandavas,' he said.The temple will measure just 36sqft but will have a 12ft-high tower, decked out with a flute and a sadari (image of Vishnu’s feet).'We have or…

Vijaya Ekadashi Vrat Katha – Story Associated with Vijaya Ekadasi

Vijaya Ekadashi is observed during waning phase of moon (Krishna Paksha) in January/February. There is a popular story of Vijaya Ekadasi which is associated with Lord Ram’s search for Mata Sita. Vijaya Ekadashi Vrat Katha is listened to by those people observing the fast.After finding out from Hanuman that Mata Sita was at Lanka, Lord Ram, Lakshman and others started to think about an ideal way to cross the ocean and reach Lanka. But crossing the ocean was a near impossible task for them as only Hanuman could fly across the mighty ocean.Then Lakshman came up with the idea that there is an ashram of a famous Sage named Bakadalabhya nearby, he is believed to have had darshan of Lord Brahma, and he will be surely able to guide us.