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Shri Vajreshwari Palki Festival

Shri Vajreshwari Palki is an important festival at the famous VajreshwariYoginiDeviTemple in Thane District in Maharashtra. Shri Vajreshwari Palki Festival 2019 date is May 5 as per prominent Marathi calendars. On the day, a ceremonial procession of Goddess Vajreshwari is taken out on a palki or palanquin and thousands of people gather to visit this unique event.

Goddess Vajreshwari is an incarnation of Goddess Shakti. She is believed to have appeared from the weapon Vajra or thunder carried by Indra, the king of Demigods or Devas. She appeared to annihilate a demon named Kalikala.

The temple is an important center of Shakti worship in Maharashtra.

The temple is located at Vajreshwari, which is around 31 km from Vasai in Thane District. The temple is around 75 km from Mumbai.

It is observed on the first day during the Shukla Paksha of Vaishakh month as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Swami Gautamananda Spiritual Thoughts

The name of the Lord has the power to purify us of our sins. Hence the advice to utter the name of the Lord with sincerity and faith. It is easier for a dweller in a rented house to vacate it, since he remains detached to it; but it is not so with an owner of a house who would struggle with the sentimental hold or sense of possessiveness towards it in a similar situation. When all thoughts are with God then there remains only love for God. Raga is attachment to the world. We get rid of this attachment for worldly objects (Vairagya) when the love for God increases. Swami Gautamananda of Ramakrishna Mutt

Importance of Turmeric or Haldi or Manjal in Hindu Pujas and Rituals

Turmeric, popularly known as Haldi or Manjal, is an important puja item in most Hindu ceremonies. The color of turmeric is yellow and it is believed to have a cooling effect on the brain. It is also believed to help in regularizing the brain wave.Turmeric has healing properties and is widely used in bathing in rituals by many Hindu communities. Large amount of turmeric powder is sprinkled on the idols of Nagas or Snakes in South India.Haldi Kumkum is an important ceremony with many Hindu communities in western parts of India.

Find Rashi and Nakshatram for free Online

If you know your birth date, time and place of birth, then this online software will help you in finding your Rashi, Nakshatram and the ruling god of your Rasi. This is ideal for those people who have not had their horoscope prepared or for those that are not aware of Rashi or Nakshatram of elders in the family. This is a free online software and is provided by the Agasthiar Ashram.You can get the Rashi and Nakshatram Online here at the Agasthiar website.You may also like to readCalculate Ekadasi Tithi or Day in your town

Purushottam Kamala Ekadasi - Purusottami Ekadasi

Purshottam Kamala Ekadasi is observed during the Adhika Masa. The extra month that is added to Hindu Lunar calendar once in 30 months is also referred as Purushottam Masa in honor of Hindu God Vishnu. Purushottam Kamala Ekadasi 2018 date is May 25 and June 10. This Ekadasi is also referred as Parama Ekadasi.
All the usual rules observed during Ekadasi fasting are followed on the day.

The Ekadasi that is observed in the Adhik Masa or Purushottam Month is also referred as Purusottami Ekadasi. The term ‘Purusottami Ekadasi’ is more popular in Orissa.

Adhik Masa or Purushottam Mahina is associated with the Hindu Lunar Calendars. When there is such an occurrence instead of the usual 24 ekadasis in a Hindu Lunar Year there will be 26 Ekadasis, The two extra ekadasis in a lunar year is referred as Purusottami Ekadasi.

Words of Wisdom – Swami Visharadanand

All unhappiness is born out of psychological condition of mind called 'vritis' or modifications. Four such conditions of mind are: spardha or competition, asuya or jealousy, tiraskar or hatred and ahankar or ego. These four vritis destroy our happiness.
Competition brings about the attitude of ‘doing something only to win’ rather than ‘excelling to bring out your best potential’. When ‘winning’ and not ‘doing the best possible’ is the attitude, it may also lead to use of unfair means as also compromise on quality of work input.
Swami Visharadanand of Prashanti Kutiram, Bangalore

TTD plans Tirupati Balaji Temple Replicas and Mobile Temple in India

Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD), which manages the LordBalajiTemple at Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh is planning to have replicas of the temple in various places in India to help devotees have hassle free darshan of Lord Balaji. Currently TTD is planning replicas at Kurukshetra in Haryana and Guwahati in Assam.Apart from the replicas, TTD is also planning a mobile temple on vehicle which will reach rural and tribal areas of the country. The mobile temple will be stationed in a rural location for a week and all the pujas and rituals conducted at the TirupatiTemple will be conducted at the mobile temple too.Business standard reportsOne replica is proposed at Kurukshetra in Haryana. “The new temple would be spread over six acres of land,” I Y R Krishna Rao, TTD’s executive officer told Business Standard.One more replica temple is planned for Guwahati in Assam. “We have also written to other state governments, including Tamil Nadu, to allocate land to set up similar temples across the c…

Sankat Chauth June 2010 Date – Sankata Chauth Vrat Dedicated to Ganesha

Sankat Chatuth is an auspicious day dedicated to Lord Ganesha in a traditional Hindu lunar month. Sankat Chauth June 2010 date is June 30. This popular monthly fasting dedicated to Lord Ganesha falls during the waning phase of the moon – fourth day after Purnima or full moon. Vinayaka devotees observe a fast (fasting or upvaas) on this day from sunrise and ends after sighting the moon. The moonrise time on June 30, 2010 is 10:02 PM.Ganesh Sankat Chauth is of great importance in Marathi culture. The day is observed as Sankatahara Chaturthi in Tamil Culture.Fasting on Sankat Chauth begins at sunrise and ends after moonrise – sighting of moon in the evening. Devotees offer special pujas and worship at Ganesha Temples.There is a popular belief that observing Sankat Chauth will bring material progress, prosperity and happiness and it will also help in the fulfillment of desires.The importance of Sankat Chauth Vrata was narrated by Lord Krishna to Yudhishtira, the eldest among the Pandavas.…

Yajnavalkya Teachings

Describing the root cause of fear, Yajnavalkya says: Where there are two, one sees another, one hears another, one welcomes another, one thinks of another, one knows another. But when the whole has become that Atman, who is seen by whom, who is to be heard by whom, who is to be welcomed by whom, who is to be known by whom?As to all water, the one goal is the ocean; as to all touch, the skin is the one centre; as of all smell, the nose is the one centre; as to all taste, the tongue is the one goal; as of all form, the eyes are the one goal; as of all sounds, the ears are the one goal; as of all thought, the mind is the one goal; as of all knowledge, the heart is the one goal; as of all work, the hands are the one goal; as salt put into the sea-water melts away, and we cannot take it back, even so this Universal Being is eternally infinite; all knowledge is in Him.You may also like to readBrihadaranyaka Upanishad Quotes – Sage Yajnavalkya and Maitreyi on SelfStory of True Knower of Brah…

Understanding the Naga Sadhus

If you are interested in learning and knowing about the Naga Sadhus, then an article published in the Deccan Herald by Narendra Kaushik provides a basic introduction into the life of Naga Sadhus – How people become Naga Sadhus, initiation, their aim, the Naga Sadhu organizations or Akharas, the nudity, their congregation during Kumbha Mela, the shahi snan and the naked bath during kumba mela and much more….Here are some excerpts from the article titled ‘The bare facts’“Don’t you feel the cold?” encouraged by the affable smile of the Naga. “Who says I don’t? But there is no alternate. An ascetic is supposed to bear it,” he claims,…nudity helps Nagas to be blasé to the material world. Interestingly, only Shree Digambaras, unshaven and carrying swords, among the ascetics live naked around the year. The rest of the Nagas walk naked only for the royal bath during the Kumbh fair.Shree Digambaras and Digambaras live in caves in Himalayas and at other camps spread in different parts of countr…

Gajanan Maharaj Teachings

What are the characteristics of a realized person? He remains unperturbed even when faced with a barrage of difficulties.Do not ask any thing from anybody. When you stretch your arms in front for begging something, at that moment your feet go backwards. When hands go backward, your feet march ahead.One has to attain not excitable, imperturbable state of mind like that of an ocean. If you throw a stone in the sea then there is a slight disturbance. But that is only for a moment. The next moment it again becomes calm and solemn. A Yogi possesses such composed state of mind.How do people established in 'Brahman' conduct themselves? They act as father when dealing with son, behave like husband while facing wife. But the very next moment (after that particular interaction) they become solemn and serene.Gajanan Maharaj

Forms of Worship in Hindu Religion

Apart from performing daily pujas and worship at home. There are other forms of worship in Hindu religion.Sravanam: Sravana or listening is an important form of worship in Hindu religion. This includes listening to prayers, mantras, prayers, nama japa, listening to stories from scriptures, and participating divine discourse or Satsangs.Darshanam: Darshanam means seeing the divine in all animate and inanimate beings. Under this category comes visit to temples, sacred places, visiting saints, scholars and all those people who spread Dharma on earth. Keerthanam: Keerthanam includes chanting Om, mantras, sahasranamas, narrating scriptures to others etc.Smaranam: This is remembering the Brahman or Supreme Truth before all actions. Archanam: This includes offering flowers, food, leaves and other valuables to the almighty Vandanam or Namaskara: This is bowing and showing respect to divine present in all living and nonliving. Sevanam: Serving those that need our help including animals. Samarp…

Tukaram Abhang in Marathi – Read and Download Sri Tukaram Maharaj Abhang in Marathi

Tukaram Abhang is the devotional poems composed by Sri Tukaram Maharaj. Sant Tukaram is a 17th century saint-poet who is one of the greatest poets in Marathi language and one of the greatest saints of the Bhakti Cult in Maharashtra. Now you can read the Abhangs composed by Sri Tukaram Maharaj in Marathi online.A website dedicated to Sri Tukaram Maharaj is now providing the opportunity to read and download the abhangs of Sri Tukaram Maharaj.You can read and download Sri Tukaram Abhang in Marathi here.

Paramahamsa Prajnanananda Thoughts

If a bee goes from flower to flower for honey, how long does the bee stay with the flower? Only so long as there is honey in the flower. Similarly in spiritual life one goes to a teacher and practices and one should see if one progresses or not and if he is experiencing what the teacher promised. If the student is progressing he can learn something more from the teacher. Sometimes the teacher may send the student to some other teacher to practice. Sometimes the student may feel I have something more to learn and at that time the student can go, but without any confusion or doubt.We are human beings. God has given us a body. The body should be healthy and strong. God has given a mind – the mind should be peaceful and loving. God has given a family where we should live with love and cooperation. God has also given the opportunity to grow. So how to grow simultaneously with sound health, good mind, peaceful, loving relationship and at the same time spiritually with joy, happiness, calmne…

Identification and Karma – The Story of Swami and Prostitute

Once there was a swami who had an ashram where kirtan and bhajan used to continue day in and day out. Opposite the ashram there was the house of a prostitute. The swami used to watch the continuous stream of clients going to visit her. In between kirtan, he used to come and watch from the ashram balcony. And the prostitute, when she was free used to listen to the kirtan... 'Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna and become ecstatic. In the mornings she used sit quietly and sing kirtan. There came a time when both of them died. They were both brought before Yama, the divine judge of good and bad karma. He told his secretaries: 'Send this lady to heaven and consign this swami to hell'. The swami got furious. He said, 'What? In my ashram kirtans go on twenty four hours daily. I have never touched a woman. I have been a celibate in an ashram for eighty years. I have never seen anyone beyond a cloister. I haven't even seen a woman's shadow. How can you send me to hell?'Yama…

Live Aarti from Temples on Airtel Mobile in India

Live Aarti service by Airtel Mobile in India aims to enable customers listen to live prayers, pujas, Aartis from TirupatiBalajiTemple, Sidhi Vinayak Temple Mumbai, and ShirdiSaiBabaTemple. Through Airtel Live Aarti, customers can listen to:Kalyanotsavam, Arjita Seva and Sahasradeepalankara from TirupatiBalajiTempleKakad Aarti and Shaam ki Aarti from SidhiVinayakTempleKakad Aarti, Abhishek and Satyanarayan Puja from ShirdiSaiBabaTemple.To subscribe to live Aarti, customers simply has to call 55200 for Tirupati Balaji Temple and Sidhi Vinayak Temple and 55222 from Shirdi Sai Baba from their Airtel mobile phones and pay a one-time membership fee of Rupees 5/- with daily subscription fee of Rs. 2 per temple.You may also like to readMumbai Siddhivianayak Temple Live Darshan
Kashi Vishwanath Mandir Online DarshanOnline Live Darshan from ShirdiSaiBabaTemple

Swami Premananda Thoughts

All the wealth in the world can never give you true happiness but it can give you unbearable pressures, difficulties, confusions pain and disease. We are all searching for happiness, in one way or another, but do not realize that it lies within ourselves. Whether you are working, giving service or practising sadhana – whenever you meet with some difficulties, look sincerely and deeply into yourself and you will find the origin of your problems right there within yourself .Remember, the only way you can really be free is to belong to the Supreme, totally.When a child is born, does it feel superior or different from others? Is it conscious of its religion or caste? It is the family and the environment that determine caste, creed and status and it is they who install these separations in the mind of the child. Yet in the presence of the Divine these differences have no meaning.
Swami Premananda

Hindu God Budh – Navgraha Budha or Mercury

Hindu God Budh is one among the Navgrahas and is an important graha in the Hindu Vedic Astrology. Budha, or Mercury, is associated with wisdom and is believed to provide devotees with the correct discretionary power. This Navgrah is associated with intellect, language skills and education. Scholars, scientists and other learned people are known to worship him. Budha is believed to stay in a month in a zodiac sign and completes one cycle in a year.Wednesday is the day associated with Budha. As per Hindu scriptures, Budha’s father is moon or Chandra and mother is Tara.Yellow is the color associated with Budha. He is shown to be wearing yellow garland, yellow clothes and gold crown.The animal associated with Budha is Lion. Lord Budha is depicted as having four arms – each arm holds sword, dhal, gada and one arm is varamudra pose.You may also like to readBudhvar Vrat KathaHow to observe Wednesday fasting or Budhvar Vrat?

Watch Chithirai Festival Thirukkalyanam 2010 Live Online from Madurai Meenakshi Temple

The celestial wedding of Goddess Meenakshi with Lord Sundareswar known as Thirukkalyanam is one of the most important event during the Chithirai festival at the MaduraiMeenakshiTemple and in 2010 it will be telecast live online. Thirukkalayanam live telecast is available on April 25, 2010 from 7.00 A.M. onwards (Indian Standard Time)The 12-day Chithirai Festival began on April 16 and Pattabhishegam for Goddess Meenakshi is on April 23 and Car festival is on April 26.You can watch recorded videos of some of the events on the official website.The live telecast and other details can be found here at the official website of Madurai Meenakshi temple.

Sri Anand Acharya Thoughts

In order to attain to the consciousness of the Supreme Self, the disciple must approach a teacher versed in Brahma-Wisdom. To be a worthy disciple it is necessary to possess four qualifications -a discriminative intellect, controlled will, purified emotionsa longing for liberation. Without devotion to Brahman, progress is not possible.I will endeavor to explain in what these four qualifications consist.The disciple should constantly meditate on Brahman as the only Truth to be attained, and all else as untruth. He is then to train his will. The will is to be directed, not towards the appropriation of what is agreeable to the senses and desires, but towards the realization of the highest knowledge. He is to desire nor of earth or of heaven, but the very soul of Brahman. This means the renunciation of all work.Renunciation of work will conduce to the quieting of the emotions. Thus he will cease to desire name, fame, or worldly happiness; he will learn to uproot from his heart all passion…

Kubera – Hindu God Kuber

Kubera is the Hindu God associated with money, wealth and material possessions. Kuber does not create wealth but he is believed to be the one who distributes wealth wisely among the desired devotees and protects it. The creation of wealth is associated with Goddess Lakshami and Kuber is often depicted as a subsidiary deity.
In Hindu Scriptures, Kubera is the leader of Yakshas and is an ardent devotee of Shiva. He performed penance for several years and Shiva gave darshan to Kubera along with Goddess Parvati.
Kubera had not seen Goddess Parvati before and was astounded by the splendor and beauty of Goddess Parvathi who was bedecked with jewels. Goddess Parvati mistook Kubera’s staring for evil intention and she cursed that let one of his eyes burst.
Kubera was now left with one eye and he explained that he had no evil intention and he had stared as he had not seen such fine gold jewelry before.
Goddess Parvati realized her mistake and immediately the one eye that Kubera had lost grew …

Vaak – the Sanskrit Fortnightly Newspaper in Uttarakhand

Publishing a Sanskrit Newspaper is never easy when considering the financial part. But still there are people who publish Sanskrit daily newspaper, fortnightlies and magazines. One such Sanskrit Fortnightly in India is Vaak published by Buddha Dev Sharma from Haridwar in Uttarakhand with more than 1,600 subscribers. Pallavi Singh writes in livemint.com about VaakIn the four colour pages in each edition, the fortnightly newspaper touches upon current affairs, a crossword puzzle and a column for general knowledge questions, the newspaper’s most popular section. The range of news is contemporaryThe first issue of Vaak came out in April 2002 and sold 500 copies. It was an eight-page issue and till a few hours before the launch, Sharma was making pages. He still does the same: he is the editor, desk, writer and publisher. “For more people, you need money. Who does it free of cost?”You may also like to readRead Sanskrit Magazine Online – Sampratam from EklavyaSanskritAcademyVishvavani – On…

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Quotes and Teachings

Those who meditate, they retire from the outside, they take their awareness from the outside and gradually go deep into the thinking process and eventually go beyond the thought. Transcend thought and then the thinking mind, the conscious mind becomes consciousness. When it goes beyond thought then it transcends thought and becomes consciousness. This consciousness is pure consciousness. The nature of this pure consciousness is bliss – the Absolute. This is called Being.
If we are all strong, stable, we can set our sail with any wind in the world that comes along. If we are not strong, we are like a leaf in the wind. So we meditate, every day, regularly, and gain transcendental being in our everyday life and then we are strong.
Enlightenment means lack of darkness, absence of darkness. And absence of darkness means no mistake, no weakness, no shortcoming – success everywhere, fulfillment of desire everywhere. That is enlightenment. One is living in full accord with Natural Law. Spont…

Godavari River in Hinduism - Religious Importance of River Godavari

River Godavari is also known as Dakshini Ganga or the Ganga of the South. In Hinduism, River Godavari is of great religious importance. The river merges with the Bay of Bengal. Before merging into the sea, it divides itself into seven small rivers, which are named after saints in Hindu religion. There is an important legend mentioned in Hindu scriptures that narrates about the origin of the River Godavari.
Legend has it that Sage Gautama once killed a cow unknowingly. Killing a cow is a major sin in Hinduism and therefore for redemption of the sin he prayed to the Trimurtis (Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva) and brought down the GodavariRiver to earth. Lord Shiva also gave water from his Kamandalu to help sage Gautama overcome the sin.
When the waters of Godavari flowed on the dead cow, Sage Gautama sprinkled water that Shiva had given him. The cow was thus brought back to life and the sage escaped from the sin of killing a cow.
There is a popular belief that childless women will conceive …

Hadimba Temple in Manali, Himachal Pradesh Might Get World Heritage Site Status

UNESCO, the cultural arm of the United Nations, is actively considering to include HadimbaTemple in Manali in Himachal Pradesh in the World Heritage Site list. Times of India reportsEnthused by the interest shown by the world body, the Archaeological Survey of India and the Himachal Pradesh government are working independently to work out modalities that would catapult this ancient temple on to the august list.

"Hadimba temple is one of the oldest temples in Himachal Pradesh. We are actively pursuing ... all details and employing scientific methods to ascertain its real past," said Arun Sharma, special secretary to the chief minister and the state tourism department's head honcho.

Built in pagoda style, the temple figures in the itinerary of all visitors coming to Manali. "According to our findings, the original temple was built anywhere between 500 to 700 BC. But the structure itself has been built and rebuilt several times, spanning centuries," said Sharma. The…

Dada J P Vaswani Quotes

If while praying, we can think of worldly matters, why can we not, while doing worldly matters, think of God? Keep in constant touch with God and you will find Happiness always.
Teach me O lord to observe all the rules of the Game of life, never to lose my sense of humor, and always to hold my tongue when it is so difficult to hold it.

Full of meaning is life to him who renouncing the fruit of action dedicates himself to the atman, the spirit.
All sin and suffering have but one source – man's denial of his own divinity.
Two passions specially must be combated and conquered. The first is impurity; the second is anger. If the heart be dark, books can teach nothing!
Ask yourself these things before you speak: Is it true?
Is it necessary?
Will it hurt anybody?
Refuse to be disturbed by anything. Refuse to be resentful or unhappy. And you will always feel on top of the world.
Peace has three dimensions. Peace within ourselves, peace among nations and peace with nature. Many people ‘Re…

India Post Issues Stamps on Astrological Signs – Hand Painted Zodiac or Rashi

India Post, the official postal agency of India, has released stamps with astrological zodiac signs as theme. The zodiac signs are beautifully hand drawn pictures. Each stamp costs Rupees 5/-. The Stamps are of Aries (Mesha Rashi), Taurus (Vrishaba), Gemini (Mithuna), Cancer (Karka), Leo (Simha), Virgo (Kanya), Libra (Tula), Scorpio (Vrischika), Sagittarius (Dhanu), Capricorn (Makara), Aquarius (Kumba), and Pisces (Meena).You can buy the stamps from the General Post Offices (GPO) spread across the country.Aries or Mesha Rashi

Taurus or Vrishabha Rashi

Gemini or Mithuna

Dan Sankranti

Dan Sankranti is a unique ritual observed during the Sankranti in the month of Chaitra and Baishaka. The ritual is more popular in Bengal and eastern parts of India. The main ritual during the period is giving alms to the poor. Narayana (Lord Vishnu) is worshipped during the period.
Helping the poor and needy and offering food to the hungry during the period is considered meritorious deeds. The belief is that those who observe Dan Sankranti will attain Moksha.
A story associated with Dan Sankranti is listened to during the period.

Swami Gautamananda on Attachment

The name of the Lord has the power to purify us of our sins. Hence the advice to utter the name of the Lord with sincerity and faith.
It is easier for a dweller in a rented house to vacate it, since he remains detached to it; but it is not so with an owner of a house who would struggle with the sentimental hold or sense of possessiveness towards it in a similar situation. When all thoughts are with God then there remains only love for God. Raga is attachment to the world. We get rid of this attachment for worldly objects (Vairagya) when the love for God increases.
Swami Gautamananda of Sri Ramakrishna Math

Write Hindi Text Online

Some of our friends wanted to know how to write Hindi text online – especially mantras and bhajans. The ideal tool for that is the Microsoft Indic Language Input Tool. Microsoft Indic Language Input Tool helps you enter Indian language text easily into any application in Microsoft Windows or on any page on the Web. You can type the hindi words in English and you will get it written in Hindi. The primary input mechanism is transliteration. Additionally, it provides a visual keyboard to assist with editing words that do not transliterate properly.Microsoft Indic Language Input Tool provides a web version for typing Hindi on websites and provides a desktop version to use it with Microsoft products.You can find the Microsoft Indic Language Input Tool here. There are option in the tool to write in 10 different regional languages in India.

Food for thought – Ramana Maharishi

Find out first. Mere book learning is not of any great use. Everything illusion or Divine must be within the Self. The truth is that Realization is eternal and already exists.
No one is ever away from his Self and therefore everyone is in fact Self-realized; only people do not know this. Abide in the natural heart-centre as the inherent reality dwells in its natural heart-centre.
After Realization useless burdens are to be thrown overboard. Realization is not anything new to be acquired.
Happiness is the very nature of the Self; happiness and the Self are not different. Ramana Maharishi

Swami Brahmananda Saraswati Quotes

One should always be cautious, so that no sin happens, so that one has no regrets at the time of death.Concentration on the unmanifest is not possible.Keep your luggage packed. (Symbolically this means let not death find you unprepared.)When the mind realizes God, it is permanently established there and does not desire other things.Learn to make full use of the human body. One should not waste this chance.Swami Brahmananda Saraswati (1871-1953)

New Canada Immigration Arranged Marriage Regulations Unfair Towards Hindus

Canadian immigration authorities are planning to crackdown on immigrants to Canada who arrive at the nation after arranged marriages. Hindus feel this new regulation is against their tradition as arranged marriage is very common in Hindu community. Under the proposal, immigration officers will conduct more thorough background checks of applicants. The proposal will affect Hindus who bring spouses to Canada through arranged marriages. The Canadian government maintains that the measures are to stop people from entering Canada by under the pretext of arranged marriages.Many Hindus fear that a lot of legitimate marriages will be refused as not being genuine.Indian Express reportsAcclaimed Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that in Hinduism, vivah (marriage) was the most important samskar (sacrament). Traditional Hindu marriage was a sacred rite and was believed to be binding not only in this life but in the life hereafter also. And Ottawa saw “bad faith”…

Pradosh on Monday – Importance of Shiva Pradosha Vrat on Somwar

Pradosh, also referred as Pradosha Vrata and Shiva Pradosham, is a highly auspicious day dedicated to Lord Shiva. When Pradosh Vrat falls on Monday, it is known as Som or Soma Pradosh. Monday Pradosh 2017 dates are April 24 and May 8.
Monday, or Somwar, is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is considered highly auspicious day to offer pujas and prayers to Lord Shiva. The day gains even greater significance during the month of Shravan (July – August).

Pradosh as the name indicates is a period just before sunset and after sunset – the twilight. Roughly, the Pradosha period is between 1.5 hours before sunset and 1 hour after sunset. It is said that Lord Shiva and Parvati are in a happy mood during Pradosham period and they shower blessings on devotees.

Shiva devotees fast on the Pradosham day and the fast is broken after evening pujas. Most Shiva devotees also spent time at Shiva temples. Special pujas are performed in temples during the period.

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Online Digital Library of Rare Sanskrit and Tantric Books with E-text Search Engine from Muktabodha

Online digital library of rare Sanskrit literary works, Indological books, pamphlets, texts, e-text search engine and consolidated catalog is the result of patient and dedicated work of the people associated with Muktabodha Indological Research Institute. The digital library initially focused on Kashmir Shaivism, then broadening to Trika Kaula, Saiva Siddhanta, Pancaratra, Natha Yoga and other Tantric works, in addition to manuscripts on Vedic Shrauta ritual.To help researchers and enthusiasts in Indological studies an online catalog has been implemented which includes a search engine allowing sophisticated searches over its e-text collection.On average about 4 or 5 new e-texts are added each month to the existing collection for more than Thirty five e-texts.You can find more details about Muktabodha Digital Library here at the official website. You may also like to readIndian Traditional Knowledge Digital Library Website of Ayurveda, Siddha and Unani

Teachings from Avadhuta Gita

Do not hold the immature, the credulous, the foolish, the slow, the layman and the fallen to have nothing good in them. They all teach something. Learn from them. Surely we do not give up a game although we have mastered it?Think not lightly of your Guru should he lack letters and learning. Take the Truth he teaches and ignore the rest. Know well that a boat, painted and adorned, will carry you across the river; so also will one that is plain and simple.As softness is not perceived apart from soft objects, as sweetness is not known apart from honey, as bitterness is not known apart from the [very bitter-tasting] Neem tree [leaves], as fluidity and coolness are the nature of water, so the primordial form of matter called mahat ['giant'] is no other than the Self (Atman). As the rays of the sun differ not from the sun, so matter does not differ from God.Avadhuta GitaYou may also like to readQuotes from Avadhuta Gita on Brahman that alone is

Goddess Kamakshi – About Hindu Goddess Kamakshi

Kamakshi is an incarnation of Goddess Shakti. She is defined as the supreme goddess of beauty and the embodiment of tranquility. She is the goddess who sits on the Shri Chakra. She is also known as Lalitambika and Tripurasundari in some regions of India. She is believed to have appeared to annihilate a demon that arose from the ashes of Hindu God Kama and therefore her name is Kamakshi.
She is depicted as a beautiful woman seated on a lotus dressed in red color sari and is adorned with gold jewels, gems and pearls. She has four arms. She carries a noose and goad on the top left and top right hands, a lotus and a bow of sugarcane on her left and bottom right hands.
Origin of Goddess Kamakshi Legend has it that the Goddess appeared when Kamadeva (Hindu god of love) was burnt to ashes by Lord Shiva’s third eye. Lord Chitra karma (god of art) collected the ashes and drew a picture of a man. Shiva glanced at the ash figure and it breathed life. Chitra Karma advised the man that as he was …

Download Upanishads – A New Translation by Swami Nikhilananda in PDF format in English for Free

The Upanishads - A New Translation by Swami Nikhilananda is an ideal choice for all those who want to understand the teachings of the Upanishads. Now the book can be downloaded for free in PDF format. The book contains the translations of Katha, Isa, Kena, Mundaka, Svetasvatara, Prasna, Mandukya, Aitareya, Brihadaranyaka, Taittiriya and Chandogya Upanishad. The language used in the translation is simple and the author tries to explain the teachings in a simple manner. You can download the book in pdf format here – Upanishads – A New Translation by Swami NikhilanandaYou may also like to readDownload Bhagavad Gita in English with explanations by Swami Chinmayananda for free

Auspicious events avoided during Adhika Masam - Dos and Donts in Adhika Masa

An Adhika Maas is a unique phenomenon associated with Hindu lunar calendars followed in North India, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. Some of Hindu communities avoid auspicious functions like Upanayana, Grah Pravesh or House warming etc during the Adhika Maas period. Here are the auspicious events avoided as per Vaishnava Panchangam followed in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. The auspicious events that are avoided are Chaula, Upanayana, Samavartana, Vivaha, Nutana Griha Pravesha, Purchase of new items (House, Gold etc), Nutana Vrata Arambha, Vrata Udyapana, Shantis like Shashti Poorti Shanti, Tirtha Yatra, Moorti Pratishtapana etc.
The auspicious events that can be performed in Adhika Masa are Garbhadana, Pumsavana, Simanta, Namakarana, Nishkramana (taking the new born to Temple), Annaprashana etc.
Vratas started before Adhikamasa can be continued in Adhikamasa.

Food for thought – Hanuman in Ramayan

A man reaps the fruits of the actions he has performed: actions whether good or bad, and death grants him these fruits.
No man’s action depends on those of another.
This human body is like a bubble of water on the surface of water.
No one need mourn for another since we are all to be pitied.
There is no cause of grief in this world where everything is transient.
Birth and death are inevitable and life on earth is not permanent. That is the reason why a man should try and perform as many good acts as he can when he is alive.
Hanuman Source: Hanuman tries to console Tara, the wife of Vali who was killed by Lord Ram, with these words

Use of Scientific Method in Hinduism (Sanatana Dharma)

In an article published in the Tattva Blog titled ‘Hinduism and the scientific method’, Jayant Avva, a PhD student, tries to prove that Sanatana Dharma is scientific. The spiritual techniques under the umbrella of Sanatana Dharma (Hinduism) follow the strict definition of science.Some excerpts from the article‘Is it possible to cognize one’s true nature by using a specific method delineated in the Vedic texts?’What is meant by true nature? What exactly do we seek to fathom here? One definition of true nature could be - that experience of yourself when you experience fullness, completeness, wholeness? Something is true if it is never false. Hence, one’s true nature must always be true.We have the consensus opinion of many spiritual masters that when established in our true nature, we experience a feeling of wholeness, completeness, fulfillment. There is no violation of scientific method in accepting a consensus definition of a term from a community of the adequate (people who have al…

Sri Chandrasekhara Swamigal on the Symbolism in the name Rama

There are two powerful ‘Araka Namas’. One is Aum and another is Ram. All mantras have to be prefixed with Aum for obtaining the benefits of those mantras, whereas there is no need to prefix Aum when the name 'Ram' is recited because the name itself is 'Tarka Namam.'Divine poet, composser and singer Tyagaraja, who recited Rama Nama, 960 million times and had His darshan, has said:The life letter of the five letter word ‘Nama Sivaya’ is ‘MA’. Similarly the life letter (Jeevaksharam) of the eight letter word 'Narayanaya' is ‘RA’. It is the combination of these two aksharas (letters) that produced the nama 'RAMA'.

Swami Rama on the Bhagavad Gita – helps to understand difference between real self and mere self

The teachings of the Bhagavad Gita help one to understand the distinction between the real Self and the mere self. The mere self is subject to change and destruction; the real Self is not. The aspirant should understand both and should finally establish himself in his essential nature: Atman. Then he can live in the world without being affected by it. In the domain between the real Self and the mere self lies our Antahkarana (internal instrument), which plays a most important part in both our internal and external life. If not understood, both goals of life – living in the world and Self-realization – are defeated. Our psychological life needs profound and deep study if we are to free ourselves from the quagmire of emotionality, egotistical preoccupations, and self-delusion and if we are to realize our fullest potentials for the unfoldment of consiousness.The aim of the Bhagavad Gita is to reach the aspirant how to establish equanimity both in his internal life and in his activities i…

Rules Regarding Shradha and Tarpan during Adhika Masa

There is an Adhika Masa or Adhik Masam in 2015 from June 17 to July 16 and here are the general rules followed in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh regarding performing Shradha, Tarpan and other funeral rituals. In Kannada and Telugu calendars, the extra month is the Adhik Bhadrapad month.
The yearly Shraddha occurring in  Bhadrapad  Masa should be only performed in the Nija  Bhadrapad  Masam not in the Adhik month.
The first yearly Shraddham of the person who died in the  Bhadrapad  month last year should be performed in the Adhika  Bhadrapad  Masa.
The monthly Shradha of those expired in  Bhadrapad  month should be performed in both Adhik and Nija  Bhadrapad  month.
If the 12th Masika occurs in Adhika, then after performing 12th Masika in Adhika Bhadrapad and in Nija  Bhadrapada, Prathama Abdika should be performed in the14th Month.
Darsha Shraddha, Nitya Shraddha, Yugadi-Manvadi Shraddha should be performed in both Adhika and Nija  Bhadrapad  Masa.
Prati-Samvatsarika Shraddha of those …

Shiva Reminds Hanuman the Power of Chanting Lord Ram’s Name

There is an interesting story of Lord Shiva reminding Hanuman the power of chanting Rama Nama or Lord Ram’s name. Hanuman was roaming around the world with the horse that was part of the Ashwametha Yagna being conducted by Lord Ram. Anyone who does not accept the royal authority of Lord Ram can stop the horse and challenge Ram’s army.A fierce and valiant king named Veeramani stopped the horse and challenged the army of Lord Ram. Veeramani was an ardent devotee of Lord Shiva. This Shiva Bhakta defeated all the warriors in the army of Lord Ram except Hanuman.Hanuman easily defeated the army of Veeramani.Veeramani then sought the help of Lord Shiva and He came to rescue of his devotee. But soon Shiva realized that he cannot defeat Hanuman as Hanuman was always chanting the name of Lord Ram.Shiva then made Veeramani understand the glory of Lord Ram and asked him to accept his royal authority.Then turning to Hanuman, Shiva asked what he wanted as boon for being such a loyal devotee of Lord…

Book: Before He was God, Ramayana, Reconsidered, Recreated

The book titled ‘Before He was God, Ramayana, Reconsidered, Recreated’ by Ram Varma attempts to recreate the historical Hindu God Ram. The book aims to avoid all the exaggerations and tries to unravel the Rama, the king and the warrior through a faithful account of Rama's life, his trials, tribulations and triumph.About the Book in the words of the authorThe story recited by the well meaning pundits of Puranic times was a senseless exaggeration. It was vital to restore the attention of the viewers or the readers, but this beautiful story did not need any artificial support. Its beauty remains undiminished even in a realistic portraiture of events. Ram Varma captures those vignettes and there is an aroma in his rendering which gives the pleasant smell of an odor of Vedic times.BEFORE HE WAS GOD RAMAYANA: Reconsidered Recreated
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Thoughts and Quotes of Mata Sita

A superior being does not render evil for evil - this is a maxim one should observe.The ornament of a virtuous person is their conduct.One should never harm the wicked or the good or even criminals meriting death.A noble soul will ever exercise compassion even towards those who enjoy injuring others or those of cruel deeds when they are actually committing them; who is without fault?Mata Sita in Ramayana

Meda Masam 2019 in Malayalam Calendar – Medam Month in 2019

Medam, or Meda Masam, is the ninth month in a traditional Malayalam calendar followed in Kerala. Vishu, the Zodiac New Year, is observed in this month. Meda Masam in 2019 is from April 14 to May 14. Apart from Vishu, another important festival in the month is the Thrissur Pooram.

Full Moon and No Moon Day Karthuvavu or Amavasi –  May 4 Veluthuvavu or full moon day (Purnima) – April 19

Ekadasi
April 16
April 30

Pradosham
April 17
May 2

Sashti Fasting - May 10

Festivals and auspicious days include: Vishu – April 15Thirissur Pooram – May 13Chattambi Swami Samadhi day - Shankaracharya Jayanti -  Next month in Malayalam calendar is the Edava Masam or Edavam.

Swami Satyananda Saraswati Quotes On Being Calm

In this era, most people are not interested in dharma and moksha. Of the four purusharthas, now only two are being fulfilled: artha and kama. When you go into artha and kama without the balancing effect of dharma and moksha, you will have mental tensions, worries, feelings of insecurity and fear. The mind will be troubled, full of passion, anger, remorse and regret.I tell everyone that first it is necessary to sort out artha and kama. King Janaka was liberated though he lived amongst passions. He had immense properties and wealth, position and power. He had everything, but he was calm. There have been many such people who have lived a disciplined life and still followed the path of purushartha, self-effort, while living in the world. They have done their duties, worked hard, but, in the midst of all, they were able to remain calm. Just as all rivers flow into the sea and lose their individual existence at that point, in the same way, let all of your desires and fantasies flow, then a…

About Hindu God Indra

In Hinduism, Indra is the king of the demigods or devas and rules the abode of demigods. In Vedas and early Vedic age, Indra was one of the most powerful gods but was never considered or related to the concept of Brahman or Supreme Truth, which is the guiding principle of Sanatana Dharma (Hindu religion). In the early Vedic age, he was mostly prayed to for the protection of cows and other wealth as he is believed to have controlled elements like rain, thunder etc. The parents of Indra are sky god Dyaus Pita and the earth goddess Prthivi.Indra is the leader of the Devas or demigods and the god of war, the god of thunder and storms. His weapon is Vajra, the lighting bolt or thunder. His vehicle or Vahana is Airavat, the white elephant.In Hindu Puranas, Indra is constantly defeated by various demons and always runs to Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva for help. He is constantly thrown out of his kingdom by demons and is reinstated by the Trimurtis (Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva). The end of the worshi…