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Read Padma Purana in Hindi Online – Padma Puran Online

Padma Purana is one of the eighteen Puranas. It is one of the Mahapuranas. Padma Puran is an important text as it mentions about some of the most important prayers and mantras. This Padma Purana in Hindi is provided by Ved Puran website. You can read it online but there is no download option.You can read Padma Purana online here at Ved Puran.You may also like to readRead Vedas Online in Hindi with Text, Meaning and Commentary

Sadhguru Thoughts on Devotion

Devotion is like a flower. It is not something that you try to do. If you dig into the earth, you will not find a flower or fruit, but it all comes from there; the plant is only a passage from earth to flower. The fragrant flower does not display any trace of soil, manure or water – it is devoid of all that. Devotion is devoid of you. When you become just a conduit for life, you become an outpouring of devotion. No one has ever achieved anything of significance in any sphere of life without being devoted to what he is doing. Devotion is not only the sweetest way to be, but also the most intelligent way to be, as a devotee effortlessly perceives what one of intellect will struggle with for a lifetime.Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev

Jiddu Krishnamurti Thoughts on the Path of Truth

When you speak of a path to truth, it implies that truth, this living reality, is not in the present, but somewhere in the distance, somewhere in the future.

Now to me, truth is fulfillment, and to fulfillment there can be no path. So it seems, to me at least, that the first illusion in which you are caught is this desire for assurance, this desire for certainty, this inquiry after a path, a way, a mode of living whereby you can attain the desired goal, which is truth.

Your conviction that truth exists only in the distant future implies imitation. When you inquire what truth is, you are really asking to be told the path which leads to truth. Then you want to know which system to follow, which mode, which discipline,
to help you on the way to truth. But to me there is no path to truth; truth is not to be understood through any system, through any path. A path implies a goal, a static end, and therefore a conditioning of the mind and the heart by that end, which necessarily demands discipl…

Website Dedicated to Agnihotra – A Vedic Fire Healing – Homa Therapy

Agnihotra is the process of purifying the atmosphere through specially prepared fire. This healing fire comes from the Vedas and is found in Ayurveda. There is a popular website dedicated to Agnihotra and Homa Therapy maintained by Fivefold Path Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to the propagation of Agnihotra and the Fivefold Path based in Virginia, USA.The website contains all the information on Agnihotra – which heals the environment. It can be used for personal healing, gardening and farming, and in psychotherapy.The website also has a newsletter titled Satsang.You can find the website dedicated to Agnihotra here.

Shukla Devi Pujan – Sukla Devi Puja

Hindu Goddess Shukla Devi is an incarnation of Goddess Shakti. Shukla here means ‘white.’ Shukla Devi Puja 2019 date is June 10. It is observed on the Ashtami or eighth day during the Shukla Paksha of Jyeshta month.

Worship of this particular manifestation of Goddess Shakti is more popular with Shakta worshippers. Special pujas and rituals are held in important sacred spots associated with Goddess Shukla Devi.

Swami Lilashahji Maharaj Thoughts

The mind is the reason behind a person's bondage or salvation. Pious and benevolent resolves and actions purify the mind, remove all faults and lead to final salvation. Take your mind to task everyday! Constantly counsel your mind. "O restless mind! Now be quiet and steady. Why do you disturb me by wandering all the time? Time and again you run after sense pleasures and worldly relations, seeking company in relationships but don’t you know that they are short-lived? You have been forced to abandon them in all of your previous lives and will have to abandon them in this life as well. So immerse yourself in meditation of your True Self that is always with you, that is Bliss Supreme.” Never allow the mind free rein because it is an incredible treasure house of tremendous powers. It is such a fast horse as can easily and quickly simply gallop towards its goal if only given good direction by keeping it in control. Without restraint, it is most likely to go berserk and throw you in…

Rajagopuram of Sri Kalahasti Temple Collapses

The Gopuram of Sri Kalahasti Temple in Andhra Pradesh collapsed at 8:30 PM on May 26, 2010. The tower was more than 500 years old and was 135 meter in height. The main temple of Sri Kalahasti, dedicated to Hindu God Shiva, was not affected in the collapse. Deccan Chronicle ReportsThe gopuram had been in trouble for over a decade with stones and clay falling off from the structure. A few years ago, a tourist was killed when a stone fell on him. Though civil society groups had complained about the tower’s condition, the temple authorities did nothing except undertaking minor repairs. The neglected gopuram had become a shelter for tramps, sadhus and monkeys.The gopuram, with seven stories, was built in 1516 and stood to the right side of the temple and was a testimony to the grandeur of the Vijayanagara Kings. Till three decades ago, it was the practice of devotees to pass through it after taking the bath in SwarnamukhiRiver.A researcher from the SV University said that Srikrishna Devar…

Vidur Niti – Hindu Text Vidura Niti

Vidur Niti is the advice given by Vidura to Dhritarashtra in the Mahabharata. It is found in the Udyoga Parva of the Mahabharat. Vidura was the young brother of Dhritarashtra and a minister in the court of Hastinapura. The teachings found in Vidur Niti were given by Vidura, to Dhritarashtra, when the latter was confused whether to support his son Duryodhana or Yudhishtira, his younger brother Pandu’s son.The advices mainly concentrate on the right conduct and on how to practice dharma.Some of the advices in Vidur Niti are:The arrow shot from a bow may or may not kill but the intellectual power shot from an intelligent man can even uproot a nation.A person should use his wisdom for dharmic mission and also for prosperity in a dharmic way.Never start any work without a deep understanding about the work.Modern day scholars are of the opinion that the advices given in Vidur Niti provide solutions to management problems.

Kanchi Mahaswamigal Thoughts

When our shirt loosely fits us we can take it off easily. But if the shirt is tight, the taking off might have to be made with some effort. And when we are required to take off our very outer skin, imagine how difficult it could be. Just as the skin is sticking to our body, our mind is sticking to us, but in deeper proximity! A dirty stinking sticky cloth becomes pure when the dirt, stink and stickiness are off the cloth. It is not necessary to look for another cloth. The same cloth, when the dirt, etc. are off, becomes the pure cloth. So also for our Jiva we don’t have to look for a new entity called Brahman; if we can remove the present dirt and stink of the mind, that should be enough. The same person will emerge as the pure Brahman. But that is exactly the formidable task – to remove the dirt and stink that is so deeply adhering to mind!Jagadguru Chandrashekarendra Saraswati Swamigal

12-year-old Kerala Girls Installs Murti in Temple for Worship as Per Tantric and Vedic Rules

Murti installation in a HinduTemple is performed by male priests belonging to the Brahmin community. Occasionally, revolutionaries have broken this male-dominated domain and have performed installation of idols. But this is perhaps the first time that a Brahmin girl has performed the Murti Installation Ceremony or the Prathishta Karmam as per Tantric and Vedic Rules. Hindustan Times of ReportsBreaking a centuries-old right traditionally held by male priests, a 12-year-old girl in Kerala has installed the idol of goddess Durga in a temple near here.The girl, Jyotsna, performed the idol installation rites — known in local parlance as prathishta karmam — on Sunday at Painknnikkavu Bhadhrakali temple with full support of senior members of her family.As per temple traditions followed by Kerala for centuries, only a few Namboodiri (a caste) families have the right to install idols in new or renovated temples and they are known as thanthris (traditional high priests).This practice was openly…

Book: Spy Network in Mahabharata

The book titled ‘Spy Network in Mahabharata’ looks into the role of the secret agents in the Mahabharata. Written by Ramendra Narayan Sanyal, former Joint Director, Intelligence Bureau, Government of India, the book tries to unravel the methods used by different characters in the Mahabharat to gather intelligence. Kauravas had employed secret agents to keep track of the movement of Pandavas right from the beginning. And the numerous attacks and attempts to murder the Pandavas were based on the information provided by the secret agents. The author claims that both Pandavas and Kauravas were aggressively recruiting secret agents to collect information regarding war preparations and tactics during the 18-day Mahabharata war.The author claims that the efficient secret agents recruited by Lord Krishna had played an important role in the success of Pandavas in the war.Spy Network in Mahabharata
Written by Ramendra Narayan Sanyal
Published by Shipra Publications
Price – Rupees 150/-The book is …

Jillellamudi Amma Quotes

My life is infinite and my history is limited.Pure empathy for the suffering of others is the hallmark of divinity.The Darkness which is the basis of light is the real Light.If you ask, "what is true and what is false?" I say all that appears is true. We are using the name 'God'. For whom? For what kind of a being? We don't know what HE is like. We don't know the meaning of that word 'God'. 'God' means 'what is', 'Truth, Reality (Asalu). What is Reality? 'What is', 'what is', is God.Jillellamudi Amma – a great spiritual teacher from South India

Martand – Hindu God Martand

Martand is associated with the Hindu Sun God, Surya. He is the thirteenth representative of Surya and rules the Mal Maas or Adhik Mahina or Extra month in a Hindu Lunar Calendar. Martand is worshipped by Hindus mainly for the peace of the dead souls of ancestors, parents and relatives. One of the most popular shrines associated with the deity is located in Jammu and Kashmir.
Martand appeared on earth as the 13th son of Sage Kashyap and Aditi. The first 12 children of the couple are the rulers of the 12 months and are also associated with Lord Surya.
Martand was born as a golden egg and it was placed at Satisar in Jammu and Kashmir by the couple on the advice given by Brahma. Lord Shiva then advised the couple to pray to Lord Vishnu so that he will provide a solution to what to do with the still egg.
Lord Vishnu broke the egg with his Sudarshana Chakra and from it Lord Surya appeared in the form of Martand – wearing yellow garments, with four arms bearing a lotus, a book, a rosary a…

Sea Surfing Ashram at Mulki – Kaliya Mardana Krishna Ashram at Mangalore in Karnataka

The unique Sea Surfing Ashram retreat is part of the Kaliya Mardana Krishna Ashram at Mulki North of Managlore in Karnataka. People here do sea surfing as part of their spiritual experience. The Kaliaya Mardana Krishna Ashram is managed by Lord Krishna Devotees who follow the Gaudiya Vaishnava Tradition of Hinduism and are known as the Surfing Swamis. The community has strict rules and there are no night parties etc that is associated with Surfing. The life at the Ashram starts at 4:00 AM with Hare Krishna Chant.This unique sea surfing Ashram and retreat was founded by Daruka Dasa, a native of San Diego, US, with two others and his gurus – Swami Narasingha and Haridas Babuji.“For some people, surfing is almost a spiritual thing,” Swami Narasingha said, explaining the link between the sport and his interpretation of Hinduism. “It’s to do with a very mellow connection to the ocean” – the connection is more clearly written on a painted surfboard in the courtyard of the Ashram – Krishna …

Bodhayana Amavasya - Bodayana Amavasi or No Moon

Bodhayana Amavasya is the no moon day or Amavasi calculated a day earlier than the normal Amavas date. This particular observance is also limited to a certain section of Vaishnava Sect. Usually, in such cases the major part of the Amavasi will fall on the previous day but it ends on the next day after sunrise.

There is a popular story associated with Bodhayana Amavasya, which is related to Sahadeva, one of the Pandava brothers. Sahadeva is believed to have had the capacity to do astrological predictions. It is said that Duryodhana before the start of the Mahabharata war approached Sahadeva and asked for an auspicious time to perform puja dedicated to Goddess Durga for success in war. Sahadeva suggested the next Amavasi day.

But the other Pandava brothers were unhappy with this gesture of Sahadeva. But Sahadeva said that he will not cheat anyone as it is against his Dharma. Then Krishna is believed to have helped the Pandavas by moving the Amavasya a day earlier. And this Amavasya is…

Quotes and Thoughts from Vedas on Peace

The great Vedic Rishis, our illustrious forefathers, had well understood the need for peace in the world. Therefore, in the ancient Vedic books one finds a constant reference to peace. It is the most sublime message of the Vedas – the need for peace; and it is a message that is more relevant now than ever before. In articulating this philosophy of peace, the Vedic Rishis took into account all aspects of peace.The Yajur Veda boldly declares:Let there be peace in heaven,
Let there be peace in the atmosphere,
Let there be Peace on Earth,
May the waters and medical herbs bring peace,
May the trees give peace to all beings,
May all the Gods be peaceful,
May the Vedas spread peace everywhere,
May all other objects everywhere give us peace,
And may that peace come to us and remain with us for ever.The Vedic idea of peace, as it is seen, is not restricted to the human realm. It includes peace in all areas of life—psychological, social, environmental and so on.Source - Towards a Vedic Philosophy of Pe…

Dnyaneshwari on Steadfastness

Dnyaneshwari is the commentary on the Bhagavad Gita in Marathi by Saint Dnyaneshwar. A person in whom steadfastness occurs is the life of Knowledge. Even though the natural actions of his body go on externally his mind remains undisturbed internally. (13:485-486). His mind does not get discouraged by calamities. He is not tortured by poverty or pain nor does he tremble from fear and sorrow. And he is not frightened even by the approach of death. His straightforward mind does not waver even under pressure from hope or pain or by the rumblings of various diseases. (13:492- 494). His mind does not waver when he has to face slander, insult, punishment, desire, greed. (13:495-496).Arjuna, this state is what is called steadfastness and whosoever has it ingrained in him is the treasure cove of Knowledge. (13:501)A person with a steadfast mind takes care of his mind and does not allow it to go near sense-objects. (13:504). He keeps a stern watch on the tendencies of his mind and deliberately …

Ramayana and Mahabharata Board Games For Children

Discover Ramayana and Explore Mahabharata are two board games created by Kanaka, an ex-National Institute of Design student and a DJ Academy faculty for Industrial Design. Kanaka’s games are being brought into the market by Creative’s. Discover Ramayana is designed in a way that the kids will have good knowledge about Ramayan once they start playing the game. Explore Mahabharata also uses the board game format to help children learn more about incidents and characters in the epic.You can read more about Kanaka in this article published in express buzz. You may also like to read

Games Based on Ramayana

Sabitri Satyaban and Dharma Raj Puja in Bengal

Sabitri Satyaban and Dharma Raj Puja is observed on the fourteenth day of the Krishna Paksha (waning or dark phase of moon) in the Bengali month of Jyeshta (May – June). In 2019, the date of Savitri Satyavan and Dharma Raj Puja is June 2. Married women fast on the day dedicated to Sabitri and Dharma Raj or Yama the Hindu God of death for a happy married life and for the well being of their husbands. The day is also known as Savitri Chaturdasi Vrata.

Sabitri Puja is quite similar to the Vat Savitri Vrata observed in North and Western parts of India. It must be noted that in Orissa, Savitri Brata is observed on the Amavasi day in Jyeshta month i.e., the next day of Savitri Chaturdashi.

The fasting and rituals are based Savitri – Satyavan legend in the Mahabharata. Women take inspiration from Savitri who saved her husband from the clutches of death.

The fasting method varies from region to region. Most people keep fast from sunrise to sunset. There is also a popular belief that Sabitri…

What one should do to achieve Peace, Bliss and Tranquility? The Bhagavad Gita Answers

Bhagavad Gita talks about the following method to to achieve Peace, Bliss and Tranquility.Keep your intellect, power of reasoning pure and unpollutedDevelop the approach of courage and conviction by practicing self controlDevelop the habit of keeping away from the objects which have a tendency to pollute thought processes in your mindAvoid the moods of desire, lust and hatredTry to spend some time in solitude and quiet environmentDevelop the habit of living with minimum means; you may earn more, but your own wants should be to the minimumSteer the course of your body, speech and mind in the right directions with efforts and some devices derived by yourselfDo not allow yourself to be overpowered by the moods of vanity, excessive aggressiveness, pride, lust, anger and possessivenessDevelop the attitude of composure and balance.Source – An article on the Bhagavad Gita by Dr. V. R. Panchamukhi in Suguna Digest April – June 2005 Edition

New Tirupati Balaji Temple at Vyalikaval in Bangalore

The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) will open a Balaji temple dedicated to Lord Venkateswara at Vyalikaval in Bangalore on May 23, 2010 with similar pujas held at the TirumalaTirupatiBalajiTemple. The temple has been constructed as per agama shastra under the guidance of TTD’s temple architects and stapathis. Apart from the murtis of Lord Venkateswara, Padmavathi Ammavaru, the temple will also have murtis of Andal, Ganesha, Rama, Seeta Mata, Lakshmana, Anjaneya, Radha and Krishna.Experss Buzz reportsP Shyamaraju, president of the local advisory committee of TTD, said that the objective of constructing the temple was to cater to the needs of the devotees in Bangalore. “The installation of the idols will be held between May 21 and 23 and the temple will be open for public on May 23 from 1 pm,” Shyamaraju said. He said the TTD had spent Rs 12 crore for the construction of the temple.Stating that the two-decade old dream of Bangaloreans will be realised with the inauguration of the t…

Shirdi Sai Baba Quotes and Teachings

Shirdi Sai Baba quotes and teachings are from various sources include books, newspaper articles, audio and video. The quotes have been collected over a period of 10 years.
Those who think that Baba is only in Shirdi have totally failed to know me. What do we lose by another’s good fortune? Let us celebrate with them, or strive to emulate them. Patience ferries you across to the distant goal. What is our duty? To behave properly. That is enough. What God gives is never exhausted, what man gives never lasts.If formless meditation is difficult, then think of my form just as you see it here. With such meditation, the difference between subject and object is lost and the mind dissolves in unity. When you see with your inner eye; then you realize that you are God and not different from Him. If you are wealthy, be humble. Plants bend when they bear fruit.Spend money in charity; be generous and munificent but not extravagant. There is a wall of separation between oneself and others and between you a…

Watch Maharishi Television Channel Live Online

Maharishi Television Channel is dedicated to the teaching and meditation techniques of Late Maharishi Mahesh Yogi of the Transcendental Meditation (TM) movement. Webcasting of six channels are available currently.Maharishi Channel offers programs based on science and technology of Total Natural Law discovered by the disciplines of modern science — such as physics, mathematics, chemistry, physiology, etc. — and practically available through the Veda as brought to light in our scientific age by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Founder of the Transcendental Meditation programme and its advanced techniques including Yogic Flying.To watch Maharishi Television Channel Live Online you will need Octoshape plugin in your browser. You can view Maharishi Television Channel Live Online here at the official website.

Story of Sashti Fasting

Sashti Fasting, or Shasti Vritham, is dedicated to Hindu God Muruga and is observed on the sixth day of the Shukla Paksha, or waxing phase of moon, in a Hindu lunar calendar. Muruga is also known as Kartik, Skanda, Subrahmanya and Shanmugha. There is an interesting story behind observing the Sashti Fasting.One of the most important divine acts associated with Lord Muruga is the annihilation of demons led by Surapadma. This divine act to restore dharma is known as Soorasamharam. Demon Surapadma had numerous powers and one of it was to make himself and the one fighting him invisible. He employed this power when he was engaged in a fight with Muruga. Goddess Parvati and other devas who were unable to see Muruga due to this demonic influence observed a fast. Finally Muruga appeared before them on the next day after annihilating demon Surapadma. Goddess Parvati and other devas broke their fast. It is believed that devotees started observing Sashti fasting after this incident.

Maithili Divas

Maithili Divas is observed as the birthday of Mata Sita, who is also known as Maithili. In 2019, Maithili Divas date is May 13. Maithili is Jagajjanani - mother of universe and King Janaka found her in Mithila region in India. The day is also observed as Janaki Jayanti and Sita Navami.

The day is of great significance to the Maithili speaking community across the country.

Maithili Divas is observed on the ninth day of the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) in Vaishakh month (April – May).

Maithili is believed to be an incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi and is worshipped in temples dedicated to Lord Ram.

Baglamukhi Jayanti

Baglamukhi Jayanti is believed to be the day when Goddess Bagalamukhi incarnated on earth protect devotees and restore dharma. Baglamukhi Jayanti 2018 date is April 23. The Goddess is an incarnation of Goddess Shakti and is one of the Mahavidhyas.

There are several legends associated with Goddess Baglamukhi and most of them are popular in the western parts of India. A popular legend says that Goddess Shakti took the form of Baglamukhi to protect the universe from a huge storm that had the capacity to destroy the universe.

Baglamukhi is the eighth Mahavidhya among the 10 Mahavidhyas.

The goddess is worshipped in the form a powerful yantra.

Another popular legend associated with the Goddess has it that she stopped a demon named Madan by pulling his tongue out. The demon realized his mistakes and prayed to the Goddess and she was forgiven. The popular image of Goddess Baglamukhi has she pulling the tongue of the demon.

Baglamukhi Jayanti is annually observed on Vaishakh Shukla Paksh…

Ashtavakra Samhita Quotes

There is no heaven or hell or liberation... nothing but the Self in this expanded cosmic consciousness.
It is bondage when the mind desires or grieves at anything, rejects or accepts anything, feels happy or angry at anything.
The renunciation of desire alone is renunciation of the world.
Non-attachment for sense-objects is liberation: love for sense-objects is bondage.
Bondage consists only of desire, and the destruction of desire is liberation.

You are pure consciousness — the substance of the universe. The universe exists within you. Don’t be small-minded.
You are unconditioned, changeless, and formless. You are solid, unfathomable, and cool.  Desire nothing. You are consciousness.
That which has form is not real. Only the formless is permanent. Once this is known, you will not return to illusion.
Just as a mirror exists both within and without the image reflected, so the Supreme Self exists both within and without the body.
Just as the same space exists both within and without a …

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 …

Annaprashana in Bengali Culture – Rice Eating Ceremony

Annaprashana is the first rice eating ceremony of a newly born baby in Bengali culture. The ceremony is performed during the sixth or the eighth month after the baby’s birth. The new born baby consumes its first solid food during the Annaprashana ceremony. From that day onwards the baby can consume solid food. On the day of the ceremony, the baby is given a traditional bathe using Haldi or turmeric and sandalwood paste markings are made on the forehead.The baby wears traditional dress for the ceremony. A baby boy wears dhoti, white silk kurta and a headdress. A baby girl wears red sari, red blouse and headdress.The first solid food offered is Kheer (sweet). The food is first offered to the family deity. Cooked rice and water is then offered to dead ancestors. Finally, the baby is given Kheer by the parents or an elderly member in the family.

Prahlad Jani Has Not Eaten, Drunk or Excreted in over 70 years – this Hindu Man Challenges Science

Prahlad Jani, also known as Mataji or Chunri wale mataji, is an ardent devotee of Goddess Amba. He lives at AmbajiTown in Gujarat. Prahlad Jani claims he has not eaten or drunk water for the past 70 years and during this period he has not passed urine or stools. Now he is making news around the world as New Delhi-based Defence Institute of Physiology and Allied Sciences (DIPAS) analyses him in isolation. He had undergone a similar test in November 2003 and his claim was found to be genuine. Now the Defence Institute study also claims he is genuine. News about Prahlad Jani appeared in respected newspapers around the world around 2 weeks ago. Now Outlook India has come out with more details and an interview.As Jani’s devotees tell it, DIPAS scientists and doctors began as sceptics but were dumbfounded on several occasions, such as when they requested Jani for a 50 ml urine sample. He expressed that exact amount from the 100 ml in his bladder and appeared to absorb the rest within. “On t…

Narasingha Navratri – Narasimh Navratra

Narasingha Navratri, or Narasimh Navratra, is dedicated to Hindu God Narasimha, the fourth incarnation of Lord Vishnu – popularly known as ‘man-lion’ or ‘half man – half lion’ incarnation. The festival of nine days coincides with the Narasimha Jayanti which falls on the last of the nine-day festival.

Narasingha Navratri is nine days of rituals, celebrations and prayers and is observed in many Narasimh temples in Maharashtra and parts of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.

In some regions devotees take out processions to the temples. Some temples and devotees organize Narasingh Yatra.

Teachings from Chapter 11 of the Bhagavad Gita

No authority or effectiveness in life is possible unless the man in power has self control and self mastery. No man can live a happy and mighty life unless he has conquered his passions and crowned himself with kingship over himself. (11.17)
The eternal Truth is one and the same, everywhere, at all times; only Its manifestations are varied and the degree of Divinity sparkling from each differs according to the grossness or subtlety of the equipment through which the same Infinite Reality expresses itself. (11.17)
Each man sees the world as he himself is. We look at the world through the windows of our mind; as our mind is, so is the world to us. (11.20)
That terrible-looking monstrous happening called ‘death,’ when approached in a correct perspective and with true understanding, unmasks itself to reveal a gladdening cheerful face. (11.29)
You may also like to read What is anger according to Bhagavad Gita? (Source: Holy Gita – Ready reference – Published by Chinmaya International Foundati…

Planning Pregnancy through the Hindu Vedic and Ayurvedic Way – From Intercourse to Delivery

There are hospitals and Ayurvedic centers in India that perform Ayojit Garbhadaan or Planned Pregnancy, which they claim is part of Vedic living. The entire process of the planned Hindu Vedic and Ayurvedic Way of giving birth to a child starts before the sexual intercourse and includes Panchkarma Therapy, intercourse based on astrological time and calculations, yajna and rituals for healthy conception, ayurvedic healthy dietary schedule and herbal medicines at various stages of pregnancy... and concludes only after the baby eats the first food. Yahoo news writes about Ayojit Garbhadaan or Planned Pregnancy at PN Patel Ayurvedic Hospital at Nadiad, GujaratA decade ago an NRI couple from Canada lost their only child, an eight-year-old daughter due to an incurable genetic disorder. After subsequent medical screening of the couple, doctors strictly advised the mother (who had genetic problems too), not to conceive again to avoid a fatality of her child again.Ten years later, however, the …

Chandan Sashti

Chandan Sashti is observed during two different periods in India. Some communities in eastern part of India observe it during the waxing phase of moon in the month of Vaishakha. Chandan Shashti 2019 date is May 10.

Kashmir Pandits observe a ritual called Chandan Sashti in the dark fortnight of Bhadun month.

Special rituals are observed on the day in eastern parts of India. Some people keep a fast.

Symbolism in the four hands of Hindu God Vishnu – Gopal Uttar Tapani Upanishad

About the four hands of Hindu God Vishnu, Gopal Uttar Tapani Upanishad says:"In my lower right hand, which represents the revolving or creative tendency, I hold the conch, symbol of the five elements.In the upper right hand, which represents the cohesive tendency I hold the discus, shining like an infant sun, symbol of the mind.In the upper left hand, which represents the tendency towards dispersion and liberation, I hold the lotus, symbol of the causal power of illusion, from which the universe rises.In my lower left hand, which represents the notion of individual existence, is the mace, symbol of primeval knowledge."

Book on the Hindu Sun God – Surya

The book titled ‘The Sun God – Soorya’ written by Srikant and published by Integral Books explores the symbolism associated with the worship of Hindu God Surya. The book aims to understand sun worship through the eyes of science and religion. There are chapters on the history of the worship of Surya and on the important sun temples associated with Hindu religion but majority of the chapters tries to unravel the symbols and hidden secrets of Sun worship.From the flyer of the bookWorship of Sun-God has been a universal phenomenon. It inspired a relentless philosophical quest that probed into the deeper realities of Nature. From it emerged life-evolving practices of physical and spiritual culture such as the Soorya-namaskaara, Sooryopaasana, etc., which assume much relevance today in bestowing harmony to the tension-ridden modern life. The Sun-God rides in a chariot drawn by seven horses, each with a hue of the rain-bow, and all with white hooves. Such symbology as this is explained in t…

Antya Pushkarini – Ritual Bathing in Vaishaka, Ashada, Kartik and Magha Months

Antya Pushkarini is a unique bathing ritual observed by some Hindu communities in South India, especially in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and parts of Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra. In the Antya Pushkarini ritual, devotees perform bath before sunrise in the months of Vaishakh, Ashada, Kartik and Magha as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in the above regions.It is believed that the Antya Pushkarini ritual is good for health. If a person is not able to take bath on all days in the above said month, he can do it on Trayodashi (13th day of fortnight), Chaturdhasi (14th day of fortnight) and Purnima or full moon day.

Sage Yajnavalkya Thoughts and Quotes

The senses are in the nature of hindrance only as long as they are not directed inward, towards the Atman. The eye cannot choose but see; and the ear cannot choose but hear. Similarly the mind.Make the senses calm, make the mind almost blank; do not think of anything in particular, and then you will hear in your heart the voice of the infinite.If you find it to be too hard a path, let the ear hear of the Atman, let the eye see that all this is the manifestation of the Atman and let the mind meditate uninterruptedly on the nature of the Atman. In this way, the scattered faculties are all co-ordinated and directed towards the Atman. That is the way. That will reveal to you that the knowledge of the Atman is superior to all else. The Atman is all in all. There is nothing in this world but the Self, the Atman. Sage Yajnavalkya

Jyeshta Ashtami Vrat in Jammu and Kashmir

Jyeshta Ashtami is the eighth day during the waxing phase of moon (Shukla Paksha) in the month of Jyeshta (June – July) and is considered highly auspicious by Hindu communities in Jammu and Kashmir. Jyeshta Ashtami Vrat 2019 date is June 10. The famous Khir Bhavani Mela is held on the day.

The day is highly auspicious in temples and sacred spots associated with Goddess Shakti. Apart from the Khir Bhavani Mela, the day is also auspicious to Shukla Devi.

Triloknath Ashtami is also held on the day.

Apart from visiting the sacred spots and making offering and prayers, some devotees also observe partial fast on the day.

Helicopter Services to Kedarnath during Chardham Yatra

Chardham Yatrain Himalayas comprises of the annual pilgrimage toBadrinathTemple, KedarnathTemple, Gangotri and Yamunotri inUttarakhand,India from May to October. Helicopter Services are available from Pawan Hans Helicopters Ltd. (PHHL) to have darshan at the Kedarnath Dham in Char Dham, which begins from May 16, 2010.Pawan Hans has resumed operations from Phata and Agustmuni by 5-seater Bell 407/ Bell 206L4 helicopters. The Phata helipad is located beyond Agustmuni and is also linked by a good motorable road on the way to Kedarnath. From this season, Pawan Hans is introducing a helicopter service from Dehradun heliport also to the shrine via Phata/Gauchar.PHHL has made it convenient for pilgrims to visit the Kedarnath Ji shrine at a reasonable ticket cost of Rs.7500 with priority darshan. Devotees would get one hour thirty minutes at Kedarnath for darshan.You can book tickets and get more details about the helicopter Services to Kedarnath here at the official website of Pawan Hans. De…

Treta Yugadi

Treta Yugadi is believed to be the day when Treta Yuga started. It is the second among the four Yugas in Hindu Religion – Satya (or Krita Yuga), Treta, Dwapara and Kali Yuga, which is the present era. It is believed that Treta Yuga began on the Akshaya Tritiya day. For some communities it is the day after Diwali.

Yuga is defined as epoch or era and there are four yugas as per Hindu tradition in a cycle; after which there is a complete dissolution and the cycle is again repeated.

Treta is the second yuga and Brahmanda Purana suggests it lasted for 1296000 human years.

Treta Yugadi celebrates the day when the Treta Yuga began.

Kannada Vyshaka Masam 2019 – Vaishaka Masa in Hindu Kannada Calendar in Karnataka in 2019

Vaishak Masam is the second month in a traditional Hindu Kannada calendar followed in Karnataka. Kannada Vyshaka Masa 2019 is from May 5 to June 3. Akshya Tritiya, Basavanna Jayanthi, Parashuram and Narasimha Jayanti are some of the important days in the month.

Sankatahara Chaturthi monthly fasting dedicated to Lord Ganesh is on May 22, 2019 – Moonrise is at 9:54 PM – Indian standard time.

Ekadasi Fasting Dates in Vaishakh Masa are: Mohini Ekadasi - May 15
Apara Ekadasi - May 30
Pradosh Fasting Dates in Vaishakh Masa are:
Pradosh vrat - May 16
Pradosh Vrat - May 31

Kannada Vaishak Month 2019 Shukla Paksh and Krishna Paksha Kannada Vaishak Masa 2019 Shukla Paksha (Waxing phase of moon) is from May 5 to May 18. Kannada Vaishak Masam 2019 Krishna Paksha (Waning phase of moon) is from May 19 to June 3.

Amavasi and Purnima in Kannada Vaishak Month Vaishak Purnima or Full moon day is on May 18.
The Purnima begins at  4:11 AM on May 18 and ends at 2:41 AM on May 19.
Purnima Fasting is on May 1…

Swami Tattwananda Thoughts

Everything in this world is limited, liable to be destroyed and is insignificant. Whatever object of love there is in this world, or in the world to come, is not an end in itself. It is only a means to that pure love, by which one attains immortality. The Atman is not one more object in the list of finalities. It permeates all. It can be attained only by surrendering ourselves to it. It is only then that we realize that everything in this world is only a partial manifestation of that great love, which is indivisible, is One, eternal and great. That is why the Supreme Goal of life, the love of the Atman, is to be attained by a gradual process, in and through other bonds of life. When rightly comprehended, every hindrance becomes a help and means of self realization. Swami TattwanandaSource – Excerpt from the book titled - Upanishadic stories and their significances

Kubera Lakshmi Puja

Kubera Lakshmi Puja is performed for prosperity, wealth and materialistic gains. The puja is dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of prosperity, and Kuber, who is the treasurer of wealth. Kubera Lakshmi puja is mainly performed during Akshaya Tritiya and Diwali.In some regions, the Kubera Lakshmi Puja is performed by priests and it begins in the morning and ends in the evening. Those people who perform the puja independently keep a painting or photo or idol of Goddess Lakshmi along with Sudarsana Kubera Yantra and perform the puja. All the usual offerings and puja items used in regular Lakshmi puja are used in this particular puja too. The mantra that is chanted during the puja is – Kubera Twam Danadeesam Gruha Te Kamala Sithta Tam Devem Prehayasu Twam Madgruhe te Namo Namah. There is a popular belief that Kubera himself will pray to Goddess Lakshmi for his devotees. You may also like to read Hindu God Kubera

Swami Nikhilananda Saraswati Quotes and Teachings

Quotes and Teachings of Swami Nikhilananda Saraswati associated with Chinmaya Mission.
The recognition and development of good qualities will lead one to moksha and freedom from bondage and pain. Negative qualities on the other hand lead one into bondage, resulting in sorrow and dependency.

The positive and the negative are present everywhere and in all time periods. Even in the worst possible scenario, one could find something good. If a tragedy like an earthquake happens, it reveals how there are those who help total strangers even at personal risk. We also come across those who take advantage by looting and robbing.
The Scriptures speak of the One Reality which is of the nature of Sat-Chit-Ananda (Existence-Consciousness-Bliss). Very simple stated, Satyam ekam vipra bahuda vadanti (The Truth is one but the wise speak of it differently). 
This Reality has certain innate, inherent powers, which can be broadly termed as shakti. It has the power to project, sustain and withdraw the wor…

Vivekachudamani pdf Download - English Translation of Adi Shankaracharya’s Vivekachoodamani

Adi Shankaracharya’s Vivekachudamani which means ‘crest-jewel of discrimination’ is a masterpiece on Advaita Vedanta. This particular English translation of Vivekachoodamani in pdf format contains the entire text and notes and is translated by Swami Madhavananda. The book was published in 1921.
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Link – You can read Vivekachudamani in book format here.