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Mrityunjaya Homam – Maha Mrityunjaya Homa

Mrityunjaya Homam is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is performed to remove and lessen life threatening accidents and illness. The popular belief is that the Homam is performed to get victory over death by offering puja and prayers to Lord Shiva. Some people also perform the Maha Mrityunjaya Homa to ward off troubles caused by enemies. The puja items that are used in Maha Mrityunjaya Homa vary from community to community and from region to region. Some of the usual puja items are durva grass, amrita herb, twigs of banyan tree, sesame, Karuka leaves, cow’s milk, a sweet, chamatha twigs and cooked rice.The main mantra chanted is the Maha Mrityunjaya MantraOM Trayambakam Yajamahe
Sugandhim Pushtivardhanam
Urvarukamiva Bandhanam
Mrityor Mukshiya MamritatThe homam is performed with the help of a learned priest or it is performed in the form of archana or as a ritual in Shiva temples. You may also like to readAshtadravya – the eight puja items used in Ganapati Homam

Book: Hindu Narratives on Human Rights

The book titled ‘Hindu Narratives on Human Rights’ by Arvind Sharma explores the Hindu tradition of the right to own property, the rights of children, women's rights, and animal rights. The book also explores the world of Hindu ethics and also the rights and ethics mentioned in the Ramayana and Mahabharata. The author studies and tries to find answers to the questions raised by Draupadi on rights and ethics in the court of Hastinapura to which she was forcibly brought by the Kauravas. The dispute between the Pandavas and Kauravas also is seen by the author as a dispute on the right to own property. Arvind Sharma analysis some of the famous Hindu scriptures and secular texts to prove the freedom of rights provided by Sanatana Dharma to both men and women. By depicting the examples of several women mentioned in the scriptures, the author proves that women in Hindu society enjoyed right to education, to study scriptures, right to property and the right to marry the person of her choi…

Swami Vivekananda Thoughts on Adi Shankaracharya

Today is Adi Shankaracharya JayantiIndia has to live, and the spirit of the Lord descended again. He who declared, “I will come whenever virtue subsides, came again and this time the manifestation was in the South, and up rose that young Brahmin of whom it has been declared that at the age of sixteen he had completed all his writings; the marvelous boy Shankaracharya arose.The writings of this boy of sixteen are the wonders of the modern world, and so was the boy…The greatest teacher of the Vedanta philosophy was Shankaracharya.By solid reasoning he extracted from the Vedas the truths of Vedanta, and on them built up the wonderful system of Jnana that is taught in this commentaries. He unified all the conflicting descriptions of Brahman and showed that therei s only one Infinite Reality. He showed too that as man can only travel slowly on the upward road, all the varied presentations are needed to suit his varying capacity.Swami Vivekananda You may also like to readAdi Shankaracharya …