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Avadhuta Gita Teachings on Brahman

How can they describe the Truth, which is beyond the mind and words, which is devoid of white and other colors, of sound and other qualities?Some seek non-duality, others duality. They do not know the Truth, which is the same at all times and everywhere, which is devoid of both duality and non-duality. What I do, what I eat, what I sacrifice, what I give – all this is not mine in the least. I am pure, unborn, undecaying.When all these appear to you as false, when the body and so on appear to you like space, then you know Brahman truly, then for you there is no dual series.There is no pot; there is no pot’s interior space. Neither is there an individual soul nor the form of an individual soul. Know the absolute Brahman, devoid of knowable and knower.Avadhuta Gita

Goddess Lakshmi Puja in Shravan Month – Mahalakshmi Pooja in Sawan Month

The Shravan month in a Hindu lunar calendar is one of the most auspicious months and numerous pujas and rituals are held in this month. One of the most important puja in the month is the Varamahalakshmi Puja which held on the last Friday of the Shukla Paksha of Shravan month. Apart from this another puja and ritual dedicated to Mahalakshmi is held on the first Friday of the Shukla Paksha of Sawan month.

In some regions a murti of Goddess Lakshmi is installed on the first Friday of Shravan Shukla Paksha for puja. It is believed that Goddess Lakshmi only visits those houses that are clean. The houses are cleaned and offerings are made to Goddess Lakshmi. In some regions this is a community puja in which women of neighborhood gather in a house and perform the puja.

But the most important puja is the Varamahalakshmi puja. You can find details of Varalakshmi Puja here in this article.

Poems of Akka Mahadevi

Like treasure hidden by the earth,
Like the taste hidden by the fruit,
Like gold hidden by the stone,
Like oil hidden by the sesame seed,
Like fire hidden by the word,
Channamallikarjuna (Shiva), jasmine-tender,
Hides as the being behind becoming;
No one knows him.When I did not know myself
Where were you, tell me?
Like the color in gold,
You were in me.
Though you were in me
I saw you as different.
O Channakallikarjuna, jasmine-tender.Akka MahadeviSource – Songs of Shivavacanas of Akka Mahadevi - Translated by Vinaya Chaitanya

Importance of Traditional Wick Lamp in Hinduism – Symbolism

Majority of the Hindus insist on lighting a traditional wick lamp in puja room. This is because it is believed that the traditional lamp that is lit radiates heat and light energy. The regular movement of the flame in the traditional wick lamp is highly effective in passing out the positive energy. All this is not possible through the electric lamp, especially the zero watt lamps that is lit in front of the pictures of Hindu gods and goddesses by some. The wave movement that the traditional wick lamp has got is believed to help in distributing the positive energy on all sides.Sesame oil, also known as gingelly oil or til oil, is considered to be the best for light the lamp and this is gain associated with positive energy that it gives out.Apart from this there is also a symbolic meaning attached to the lighting of the traditional lampThe light in the lamp symbolizes knowledge. It removes darkness, which symbolizes ignorance. Thus light symbolizes Brahman.The wick in the traditional oi…

Shiva Purana in Hindi – Read Shiv Puran Online in Hindi

Shiva Purana is one among the most important Puranas and narrates the stories associated with Hindu God Shiva. Reading Shiv Puran on Mondays and other auspicious days associated with Shiva is considered highly rewarding. The Puran is also read during the Shravan Mahina (July – August), as it is dedicated to Shiva. Shiva Puran in Hindi is provided by Ved Puran website. You can read it online in Hindi but there is no download option.You can read Shiva Purana in Hindi here at Ved Puran.

Mangaidevi Yatra

Mangaidevi Yatra is pilgrimage and festival at Goddess Mangaidevi temples located in parts of Karnataka and Maharashtra. Mangaidevi Yatra 2018 date is August 5. Goddess Mangaidevi is an incarnation of Goddess Shakti and is worshipped by certain Hindu communities. The Goddess is also a family deity.

Large number of people participate in Mangaidevi Yatra which is mainly held in Belgaum District in Karnataka.

The ritual is observed on the eighth day during the Krishna Paksha or waning phase of moon in Ashada month as per traditional calendars followed in Karnataka and Maharashtra.

Takshak Puja – Takshak Poojan

Takshak Puja is dedicated to the king of Nagas. It is observed on Nag Panchami day in Shravan month and also on the fifth day of the Shukla Paksha in Magha month (January – February). Takshak Puja 2018 in Shravan month is on August 15.

Special pujas are offered to Takshak on the day. He is the king of Nagas and pujas that are offered to him are part of the Nag Panchami puja.

The most famous incident involving Takshak is His becoming a worm and entering an apple and getting into the palace of Parikshith which was built in the middle of the sea. He then bit King Parikshith and killed him to fulfill a curse.

Saint Sanatkumara Quotes from Chandogya Upanishad

When one has faith, only then does one reflect.When one is single-minded in ones devotion, only then does one have faith. One who does not have single-mindedness does not have faith. One must desire to understand single-mindedness.When one performs one’s duties only does one have single mindedness.The infinite is bliss. There is no bliss in anything finite.Where one sees nothing else, hears nothing else, understands nothing else – that is the Infinite.You may also like to readSage Sanatkumara Advice to Narada on How to Begin Spiritual Quest

A Series of Articles on the Future of Hinduism – As Hindu Religion Goes Global

Patheos.com is a web portal that engages in the global dialogue about religion and spirituality and to explore and experience the world's beliefs. The website has created a series of articles on topic of Future of Hinduism. The articles concentrate on the challenges and the gains that Hindu Religion will face and make in future as the religion is going global with Hindus spreading around the world and establishing temples and more and more people showing genuine interest in Hinduism, which is one of the oldest religions in the world.
The articles in Patheos.com are written by scholars and university professors. The contributors to the series include: Loriliai Biernacki, Christopher Chapple, Gavin Flood, Thomas Forsthoefel, David Frawley, Pankaj Jain, Khyati Joshi, Vamsee Juluri, Padma Kuppa, Ramdas Lamb, Brian Pennington, Anantanand Rambachan, Arvind Sharma and Suhag Shukla.
Majority of the articles in the series tries to understand Hinduism as a religion like Christianity or Islam.…

Sant Eknath Teachings on the best path to God Realization

Purity – not merely of the body but the internal one of the heart as well as the external one of good actions is needed
Penance or constant meditation on God and not fasting or torturing the body is needed.
Retirement from worldly affairs to lead a life of silent meditation in solitude.
Calm endurance of the weak points of others without feeling anger as the Atman is the same in all.
Bhakti – realizing the presence of God everywhere.
Sant Eknath

Panch Kedar Yatra – Traveling to Pancha Kedar Temples

Panch Kedar Yatra is a pilgrimage to the Kedarnath, Madhyamaheshwar, Tungnath, Kalpeshwar and RudranathTemples in Uttarakhand in India. All these shrines are dedicated to Hindu God Shiva. The ideal months to travel and undertake the trek to the shrines are May, June, July, August, September, October and November. The temples are located in the Garhwal Himalaya, at altitude ranging from 6,500 to 12,000 ft, between the valleys of the Mandakini and Alaknanda rivers.
Kedarnath remains closed during the winter period. The temple closes after Diwali (November) and opens only on the Akshaya Tritiya Day (May). Madhyamaheshwar, Tungnath and Rudranath temples are also closed during the harsh winter period (November to April). Only Kalpeshwar shrine remains open throughout the year.
The toughest trek among the Panch Kedar is the one to the RudranathTemple. You might also like to read Char Dham Yatra Adi Kailash Yatra Mani Mahesh Yatra

Sanskrit Vartaman Patram – a Sanskrit Daily Newspaper from Vadodara in Gujarat

Sanskrit Vartaman Patram is a new Sanskrit daily newspaper published from Gujarat. The newspaper was launched on Sunday, June 25, 2010 at Vadodara. The newspaper is available in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Goa and Union Territory of Diu, Daman and Dadra Nagar Haveli. The four-page daily is priced at Rupees 1.50 per issue. Yearly subscription is Rupees 500/-.Indian Express reportsSanskrit Vartaman Patram will be published from Vadodara and cover local, national and international news and the annual subscription is Rs 500, Editor Praful Purohit said. M L Wadekar, Director, Oriental Institute of M S University and one of the members on the Editorial Board said that after receiving a good response to the pilot copy of this newspaper, they decided to launch it. For enabling its readers to understand the language, the paper will include glossary of Sanskrit words translated in Gujarati, Hindi, English and other languages, he said.You may also like to readSudharma – the …

Choti Teej 2017 Date – Chhoti Teej

Chhoti Teej is observed on the third day of the Shukla Paksha or waxing phase of moon in Shravan month. Choti Teej 2017 date is July 26. The ritual is also popularly known as Hariyali Teej and is the first of the three important Teej festivals in North India.

Choti Teej is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. On the day, women pray for the welfare of their husbands and for a happy married life.

In some regions in North India, Choti Teej is dedicated to the eternal love of Lord Krishna and Radha. Some Hindu communities worship Chand or Chandra – the moon god - on the day. The day is also of great importance in Vrindavan.

Numerous fairs and festivals are also observed on the day in many parts of North India, especially in Rajasthan where color processions of the idols of Goddess Parvati are taken out.

You can find more details about Hariyali Teej in this article.

Gem Stone or Navratna for Bharani, Purvaphalguni and Purvashadha Birth Stars – Heera or Vajram or Diamond

There are so many people who are interested in Navratna or Gem Stones as they consider it can change there fortune. Astrology states that to gain happiness and wealth and to have a peaceful and healthy life one should wear the gem stone associated with one’s Nakshatra. Each birth star or Nakshatra has a particular Navaratna associated with it. Heera or Vajram or Diamond is associated with Bharani, Purvaphalguni and Purvashadha Nakshatrams. These birth stars are also known as Barani, Puram and Pooradam in regional languages.Heera or Vajram is associated with Navgraha Shukra. This gem stone is also known by the name of White Saphire. It is believed that if the people born in Nakshatra Bharani, Purvaphalguni and Purvashadha wear the gem stone Heera they will be blessed with luck, prosperity and good health.

Words to Ponder Over – Dr S Radhakrishnan

Becoming, is a never ending process of man’s life. It is through a right kind of education only that we can find our true place in the world.
We are fast becoming strangers in our own world. Science would claim that it had brought us closer. But the reality is far more depressing. Men all over the world are losing their sense of belongingness. In absence of the feeling of togetherness people are drawn every now and then to skirmishes and wars. They not only take invaluable lives but for ever sow the seeds of bitterness, sorrow and hatred.
Love and do what you like. Love takes us to deeper secrets of life and gives us a more integrated view than intellectual subtlety and a few plain morals can do.
Dr S Radhakrishnan

Guru Purnima – Thoughts and Quotes – Swami Sivananda

Salutations to Lord Narayana, the Adi Guru! Salutations to the Brahmavidya Gurus of ancient Bharatavarsha! Salutations to the illumined sages and seers of modern India, the living Gurus who are inspiring, guiding and enlightening the sincere seekers and struggling souls of the Samsarik world! The age of the Upanishads was an age of intuitional perception. It was an age when intuitional experience was the guarantee of Truth. But the modern age is an age of questioning and criticism. Today the guarantee of truth is in the test of sense perception. What man can perceive through sense-organs he accepts as the reality. That which the senses cannot perceive he rejects as unreliable. Thus, many precious factors in our ancient cultural heritage have been rejected and set aside as superstition. The hoary and the most precious spiritual conception of the Guru is one such factor that has come to be misunderstood and misinterpreted in the present age. The traditional concept of the Guru is a unique …

Hindu Marriage Act in Indian Law – Does it apply to Hindu Marriages Performed Outside India?

Can a family court in India settle a marriage dispute – decide on divorce petition – between two Hindus under the Hindu Marriage Act in Indian Law, even if the marriage had taken place outside India? The Supreme Court of India will be soon taking a decision on this tricky issue – as such divorce cases are on increase.The Hindu writes about this issueThe Supreme Court has been moved to decide an important question of law: whether a family court in India has jurisdiction to try a matrimonial litigation involving two Hindus governed by the Hindu Marriage Act even in cases where the opposite party is a foreign national having his domicile outside the country. Actor Sukanya, who married R. Sridharan, has applied for divorce in India. The marriage took place as per traditional Hindu customs at the Balaji temple in New Jersey, U.S. in April 2002. However, Ms. Sukanya returned to India in January 2003 and thereafter never went back to the U.S.On a writ petition filed by Mr. Sridharan challeng…

Nagara Amavasya or Nagar Amavasi

Nagara Amavasya, or Nagar Amavasi, is the no moon day in the month of Ashada as per traditional calendar and Panchang followed in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. Nagara Amavasya 2018 date is August 11. Please note that some people refer to Amavasi as the new moon day.

The Amavasya day is associated with the Nag Panchami that will be observed five days later. Special pujas are offered on the day at Naga Temples (Snake).

Preparation for Nag Panchami festival begins in many regions from the day.

Yajnavalkya Smriti Quotes

Success of actions rests equally on destiny and one’s efforts. Of these two, destiny is the expression of the efforts made in a previous life.A Dharma detested by the world must not be practiced.By resorting to what is condemned or prohibited and by not controlling the senses man incurs crime.Human beings are, by nature addicted to sinful deeds or crimes.Decisions should be made according to law, uninfluenced by agreed or anger.Of all works, like sacrifices, rituals, control of senses, harmlessness, charity or study of the Vedas, this one thing is the highest duty: that one should seek the Self through Yoga. Yajnavalkya Smriti

Hidden Spiritualism in the Architecture of Old Hindu Homes in South India

Some of the old Hindu homes in South India were noted for its unique linear, architecture – especially the steps, small entrance door, walkway etc. Most of the houses had entrance steps referred as ‘Padi’ in local languages. The term ‘padi’ also meant to learn – this symbolically denotes acquiring knowledge – learning of Vedas, Upanishads and other scriptures.Ego sets in when one acquires knowledge. Therefore the four steps usually led to a door which was small in height. Except for children (who are without ego) all the people had to bow down to enter the house. Symbolically, this taught one to be humble and to drop the ego even if one had acquired vast knowledge. The small door led to a long walkway. This symbolically suggests that there is no point in acquiring knowledge, if you do not live by it. The walkway thus symbolically suggests a person live by the knowledge he has acquired it.The walkway leads to a hall - a place of get together. This symbolically suggests that instead of…

Avvaiyar Amman Temple at Nagercoil – Special Significance during Tuesdays in Aadi Month

Aadi Masam is an important month in Tamil Calendar and numerous rituals are observed in the month. The Tuesdays in the month are considered highly auspicious and special prayers are offered to Goddesses in Hindu pantheon on the day. Thousands of devotees visit the 300 year-old Avvayar Amman temple near Nagercoil in Kannyakumari district on Tuesdays in the Aadi month.Unmarried women observe special pujas here for early marriage. Couples who have no children offer prayers and pujas for begetting children.A special dish made from rice flour and coconut is offered on the day here during the auspicious days.You may also like to readSpecial rituals in Aadi MonthAadi Chevvai – Importance of Tuesday in the Tamil Month Aadi

Jhoola Festival at Banke Bihari Temple in Vrindavan

Jhoola Festival is observed on the third day of the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) of Shravan Month as per traditional North Indian calendar. Jhoola Festival 2018 date is August 13. It is the traditional swing festival dedicated to Banke Bihari (Hindu God Krishna). The day is popularly observed as the Hariyali Teej.

On the Jhoola festival day, the murti of Banke Bihari is placed on a swing in the courtyard of the VrindavanBankeBihariTemple. The festival celebrates the arrival of monsoon. Therefore Banke Bihari is decorated with green dress. Thousands of devotees arrive at the temple to witness Krishna swaying on the swing.

Special dishes are offered as Prasad on the day.

The ritual is known as Jhoolan Yatra in eastern parts of India and is widely observed in temples dedicated to Krishna. But it is observed from Shravan Ekadasi to Purnima.

Divasi Gowri Puja – Diwasi Gouri Pooja

Divasi Gowri Puja is observed on the Amavasya or no moon day in the month of Ashada in Karnataka and parts of Andhra Pradesh. Divasi Gowri Puja 2018 date is August 11. This Gouri Pooja is performed by Sumangalis or married women. This ritual is popularly known as Bheemana Amavasya.

On the Diwasi Gouri Pooja day women pray for the well being of their husbands and brothers.

The rituals on the day are dedicated to Goddess Gouri (Parvati) and Lord Shiva.

You may also like to read Story of Bheemana Amavasi Vrata How to observe Bheemana Amavasi

Swami Swarupananda Thoughts

As fire is enveloped by smoke,
as a mirror by dust,
as an embryo by the placenta, so is
Knowledge covered by desire. (Bhagavad Gita 3.38)Swami Swarupananda Explains this asThree states of the over-clouding of knowledge or Self by desire are described by the three illustrations here given.The first stage is sattvika — ‘fire enveloped by smoke’—the rise of a slight wind of discrimination dispels the smoke of desire in a sattvika heart.The second, the rajasika — the removal of ‘the dust on a mirror,’ requires some time and preparation.While the third — the tamasika, takes a much longer time like the release of ‘the embryo’ from the placenta after birth.The time taken to overcome desire depends on the nature of a person.Source – Srimad Bhagavad Gita, Tr. and notes by Swami Swarupananda

Kagbeni in Nepal – Hansa Tirtha for performing Shradh and Tarpan to the Dead

Kagbeni is located on the way to the famous MuktinathTemple dedicated to Lord Vishnu in Nepal. Jhong KholaRiver flowing down from Muktinath joins the KaliGandakiRiver at Kagbeni. 
Performing Shradh, Tarpan and other rituals dedicated dead ancestors, parents and relatives here is considered highly meritorious. The place is also known as Hansa Tirtha.
Legend has it that once people were making offerings to Lord Shiva during a Shivratri here. Suddenly a crow swooped down to pick up in its beak some of the offerings. Another crow chased the first to get a share and both tumbled into the confluence of the JhongKholaRiver and KaliGandakiRiver and emerged as swans (Hansa). Thus the Tirtha got the name Hansa Tirtha.
There is a popular belief in Hindu culture that the dead arrive to take the share of the offerings made to them in the form of crows. This is a widespread belief in among many Hindu communities.
The pitru paksha fortnight (September – October) is the ideal period chosen to perfor…

Kailasanathar Temple Pictures – Online Virtual Tour of Kailasanatha Temple at Kanchipuram in Tamil Nadu

KailasanatharTemple is an 8th century temple dedicated to Hindu God Shiva and is loacated at Kanchipuram in Tamil Nadu. The highlight of the temple is the numerous sculptures of Shiva as Nataraja – especially those on the Vimana or dome of the temple. Now to attract more visitors and to give an idea of the Kailasanatha Temple, Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation and Department of Tourism and view360.in website is providing an online virtual tour of the temple. In the online virtual tour you can get a 360 degree panoramic view of the temple. There are 15 breath taking pictures of the temple by A. Suresh Babu of view360.
You can view the Virtual Tour of Kailasanathar Temple here at view360.in



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Aadi Kritigai 2017 date – Aadi Krittika in 2017

Aadi Kritigai is dedicated to Lord Muruga or Kartik and is observed on the Krittika Nakshatra day in the Tamil month Aadi. Aadi Kritigai 2017 date is August 15. The day is of great significance in temples dedicated to Muruga who is also known as Skanda, Shanmukha and Subrahmanya.

Krithika Nakshathram day is considered highly auspicious to worship Muruga and especially when the Kritigai star day in the month Aadi. Lord Muruga Temples in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, South Africa and Singapore have special rituals and poojas on the day.

The popular belief is that Muruga was born as six different babies and it was Goddess Parvati who joined the Six to create the powerful Kartik, who is the commander of the army of the Devas. But before conjoining the six different babies were looked after six mothers – the six Karthigai stars. Hence the importance of the day.

You might also like to read Aadi Masam in 2017

Ganesh Baba Quotes

Wise men don't love wise men, wise men love fools.God is the supreme shopkeeper, his market is infinite.In Tantra, if one is a meat eater, we give him so much meat he will ask for dal and chapati.Polar switchback: when you reach the highest point of positivity you'll swing back immediately into negativity.Don't count time if you want to evolve; if you count time you will revolve.Ganesh Baba(1895 – 1987)

Chaturmasya 2017 – Four Holy Months from Ashada Ekadasi To Kartik Ekadasi - Chaturmasya Vrata 2017

Chaturmasya is the four holy months in Hindu tradition and the Vrata is followed throughout India by many Vaishnava communities. In 2017, Chaturmasya Vrata is from July 4 to October 31. The holy period is for four months and it begins from the Deva Sayana Ekadasi in Ashada month and ends on Utthana Ekadasi in Kartik Month.

Some people start the Chaturmasya Vrat on July 19 on Ashada Purnima (Guru Purnima).

The four months occurs during the monsoon season and most of the important festivals in Hinduism take place during this period. The four months is of great importance to Sri Hari devotees as this period is believed to be the night time of Vishnu.

Numerous different times of Upvaas and rituals are observed during this period.

You can find on how to observe Chaturmas Vrat here.

You can find more details about Chatur Mas – the four holy months in Hinduism here.

Unique Murti (idol) of Hindu God Jagannath at Gud Village in Balasore in Orissa

The murti or idol of Hindu God Jagannath that is worshipped in temples is usually made of wood - Daru Brahma. But there is a unique murti of Jagannath at GudVillage in Balasore in Orissa which is made from stone – Shila Brahma. The specialty of the murti does not end there – the same murti has features of Balabhadra and Subhadra. The temple is originally dedicated to Balabhadra, the elder brother of Lord Krishna.It must be noted that in all Jagannath temples, Balabhadra and Subhadra are also worshipped along with Lord Jagannath. Each is worshipped as a separate murti. But at the in GudVillage – the single main murti has the eyes of Jagannath, face of Balabhadra and body of Subhadra.The murti is nearly three-feet tall and weighs over 100 kilograms.There is also an interesting story about the murti that is vogue in the village – The stone murti in the form of Balabhadra bearing marks of seven cobra hoods on its head was found floating in a village pond one morning. After noticing it for…

Jwala Chaturdasi at Khrew Jwalamukhi Temple in Jammu and Kashmir

Jwala Chaturdasi, also known as Jwala Mukhi Mela, is the most important festival observed at the JwalamukhiTemple in Anantnag District in Jammu and Kashmir. Jwala Chaturdasi 2018 date is July 26. The festival is observed on the 14th day of the Shukla Paksha or waxing phase of moon in Ashad month. The JwalamukhiTemple is dedicated to Jawala Bhagwati - the Goddess of fire.

The temple gets its name Jwalamukhi as it is located on a hill which was once an active volcano. The temple is located at KhrewVillage, which is around 20 km from Srinagar.

Atop the hillock there is beautiful spring and Kashmiri Hindus arrive here during the Jwala Chaturdasi period to take a holy dip.

Nitya Chaitanya Yati Thoughts on How One See the Absolute

One contracts and brings all into to that one point in one’s center. There, one exists and nothing else. There is no other to fight with, to push away, to misunderstand.
Either one exists and nothing else, or everything exists and one exists as everything.
There is a throb, a pulsation, where at one moment one is one’s self and the next moment one is the universal. When the pulsation is going on, one says either, “Ayam atman Brahman, I am the supreme truth or, ‘Prajnanam Brahma, all that fills this world of consciousness, that is the Absolute. When one freely pulsates between these two aspects, one has learned the art of making the Self resonate with Self, and has become one’s own friend.
Swami Nitya Chaitanya Yati Source – From an article published in the Yoga Journal in July 1976

Srinivasa Kalyanotsavam at Seekinankuppam in Chennai in July 2010 – Celestial Wedding of Tirupati Venkateswara

The Kalyanotsavam or celestial wedding ritual held at the TirupatiBalajiTemple will be held by Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) in Chennai on July 24, 2010. TTD will be organising the wedding ceremony of the Lord Venkateswara at the Marg Swarnabhoomi, Seekinankuppam, ECR, Chennai. It is expected that 200,000 people will witness the celestial wedding.Sri Srinivasa Kalyanotsavam is an important ritual or ‘Seva’ held at the TirumalaTirupatiVenkateswaraTemple. The utsava murti or idol of Lord Balaji is the bridegroom and his consorts Sridevi and Bhoodevi are the brides in the celestial wedding. The rituals followed in the divine marriage ceremony are similar to those observed during Hindu marriages.Kalyanotsavam ritual which is regularly held at theTirumalaTemple is now performed in various towns and cities in India by TTD to propagate spiritual values among the people.You may also like to readAbout Sri Srinivasa Kalyanotsavam – Celestial Wedding Ritual at Tirupati Balaji Temple

Hindu Woman Performs Her Father’s Funeral Rituals – We need more daughters to come forward and perform the last rites of their parents

No idea who created this rule that only male members can perform the last rites in Hinduism. Daughters are forbidden from performing the funeral rituals even when there is no male member in the family to do it. But some daughters are showing the courage to change the social norm – it is not easy they have to battle relatives, neighbors, friends, onlookers and all those that have an opinion on this highly personal matter. Times of India writes about B G Indiramma from Mysore who had the courage to perform the last rites of her father and also got herself tonsured (the practice of shaving the head during funeral ritual.) Indiramma, an accounts officer with the Mysore Urban Development Authority, has four sisters. When her father Govindegowda died a fortnight ago, unmindful of all criticism, she lit the pyre after completing all rituals. Many were stunned when she asked the barber to tonsure her head just before the rituals.

Indiramma told TOI she had no qualms about losing her crowning g…

Navratna or Gem Stone Vaiduryam for Birth Stars Aswini, Magha and Moola

Navratna or Gem Stones are worn by people who believe in astrology to gain happiness and wealth and to have a peaceful and healthy life. Each birth star or Nakshatra has a particular Navaratna associated with it. Vaiduryam or Cat’s Eye is associated with Aswini, Magha and Moola Nakshatrams. These birth stars are also known as Ashwati, Magam and Moolam in regional languages.Vaidurya is associated with Navgraha Ketu. This gem stone is also known by the name of Sutramani.It is believed that if the people born in Nakshatra Aswini, Magha and Moola wear the gem stone Vaiduryam they will be blessed with wealth, health and peace. You may also like to readNavadanya for NavgrahasImportance of Rudraksha

Iphone Sanskrit Learner – Teach yourself Samskritam through iphone Sanskrit Primer Application

Sanskrit Primer iphone Application provides ‘teach yourself Samskritam guide’ and it is also a useful pocket reference for those interested in Sanskrit language. The application is developed by Krishna Varma.The Sanskri application has the following features: Assumes no prior exposure to the languageDetailed coverage of the Devanagari scriptGrammatical concepts are illustrated using numerous examplesExtensive listing of verb and noun inflection tables and vocabulary that can serve as a handy referenceOver 100 simple conversational sentences includedAudio clips that serve as a pronunciation guide for all the words and sentencesAdditional topics planned for future releasesEasy navigation using familiar touch interactionsFully functional in offline mode as wellSanskrit Primer Application is available at iTunes. You can download it here at iTunes – Sanskrit Learner

Random Thoughts and Quotes – Osho

In this world, there is only one happiness and that is to be yourself.Dropping the mask and bringing out your original face is the whole alchemy of meditation.Life is an art -- or it would even be better to call it a hunch. You have to feel it.You will find meaning in life only if you create it. Your home is within you. And you are not to search for it anywhere. You are your home.Osho

Girija Puja in Ashada Month

Girija Puja is a unique ritual dedicated to Goddess Parvati, who is also known as Girija. Girija Puja 2018 date is July 22. The ritual is observed on the 10th day of the Shukla Paksha of Ashada month as per traditional calendar followed in North India. Special pujas and rituals are held on the day in Shiva Parvati Temples.

The Ashada Dasami is considered auspicious worship Goddess Parvati by some communities in North India.

The day is also observed as Ashada Dasami in some regions.

Sharika Jayanti in Ashada Month - Mela Dedicated to Sharika Bhavani

Sharika Jayanti is believed to be the day Goddess Sharika appeared on the earth to annihilate Adharma and restore Dharma. Sharika Jayanti 2018 date is July 21. It is observed on the ninth day during the Shukla Paksha or waxing phase of moon in Ashad month (July – August). The day is also known as Har Navami. The ritual is also referred to as Sharika Bhavani Mela.

Goddess Sharika is an incarnation of Mother Goddess Shakti and is widely worshipped in Jammu and Kashmir. Her abode is the Hari Parbat on the outskirts of Srinagar. She is also the patron deity of many Kashmiri Pandits.

The day is of great importance in temples dedicated to Goddess Sharika. Especially, the temple at Hari Parvat where the Goddess is worshiped in the form of a Sri Chakra.

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Bhatali Navami 2018 Date – Bhadli Navmi

Bhatali Navami, or Bhadli Navmi, is observed in the Ashad month. Bhatali Navami 2018 date is July 21. It is observed on the ninth day during the Shukla Paksha of Ashada Month. The day is of great significance for certain Hindu communities in North India.

The day is also known as Ashara Shukla Paksha Navami and Kandarp Navami.

Pandarpur Temple Website in Marathi with Puja, Aarati Timings and Other Details

PandarpurTemple is the most popular temple dedicated to Hindu God Vithal. Popularly known as the PandarpurVithalRukminiTemple, the shrine is visited by thousands of people daily. Lord Vithal, also referred as Pandurang or Vithoba, is a manifestation of Sri Krishna. Now Pandarpur Temple Samiti has created a website in Marathi dedicated to the temple with Puja, Aarati Timings and other details including history of the temple and details about the deities worshiped in the temple.You can visit the website here at vitthalrukminimandir.org

Raksha Panchami 2018 date in Orissa

Raksha Panchami is dedicated to Batuk Bhairav, incarnation of Lord Shiva and also Ganesha. Raksha Panchami 2018 date is August 31. The festival is mainly dedicated to the protection of wildlife and plants and is observed on the fifth day during the Krishna paksha or waning phase of moon in Bhadrapad month. The ritual is mainly followed in some regions in Orissa.

The festival is observed on the fifth day after Raksha Bhandan ritual.
What do do on Raksha Panchami? On the Raksha Panchami day, paintings of Batuka Bhairav or Bhairab, Ganesh and Mahadeb (Shiva) are drawn on doors of houses. Some people draw the picture of Nandi the vehicle of Lord Shiva on the back door.

A prayer (invocation) to Lord Shiva is written on palm leaf and is hung on the top of the door. Along with the palm leaf, kusha grass and a small packet of rice also hung on the door.

At night there is a ritual of making small offerings to wild animals and snakes.

Vittal Navratri – Shri Vithal Navratra

Vittal Navratri is observed in the Ashada month by some Hindu communities in Maharashtra. The Navaratra coincides with the Pandarpur Yatra and Ashadi Ekadasi. Vittal Navratri 2018 begins on July 21. The annual Pandarpur Yatra and Ashadi Ekadasi are on July 23. Hindu God Vithal is an incarnation of Lord Krishna and is worshipped mainly in Maharashtra and parts of Karnataka. The most famous temple dedicated to Lord Vithala is located at Pandarpur.

The Bhakti cult associated with Vithal which was pioneered by Sant Jnaneshwar and Tukaram Maharaj is responsible for numerous social changes in Maharashtra.

The Navratri coincides with the Pandarpur Yatra which begins from Dehu and Alandi in Pune District, fifteen days before the Ashadi Ekadasi.

Prayers and satsangs are held during the period. A major highlight during the period is the singing of bhajans.

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Epic Browser – A New Browser from India

If you are using Internet Explorer or Firefox or Chrome or Opera or Safari for browsing give it a Desi change with Epic – A New Browser from India. The Epic browser is developed by Bangalore based Hidden Reflex and is based on Mozilla and is available for free. What is very important is the news of Epic could give Moksha or liberation to millions of Indian netizens who are stuck with Internet Explorer 6.So what is the difference from other existing browsers or why should I try out Epic – the makers claim it is the world’s only antivirus browser.plus the browser has an inbuilt addon to detect websites that are dangerous.if you are an Indian then it is the first ever web browser from India.anti-phishing protection - a big bold domain name on the address bar.Apart from this, other features include those that is available in other browsers using addonsYou can type in 12 different Indian languages including Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi, Kannada, Telugu, Bengali, Tamil, Malayalam, Urdu and Punj…

B K S Iyengar Quotes

Fanatics speak in the street. You are internal fanatics. You talk inside. A wise man neither speaks on the street or inside. Such a man is a saint.The gross body must be adjusted before going into the inner body.Poise in the body is peace in the mind.Concentration is like a tightly held fist. Open the fist and concentration is extended. There is freedom. This is meditation.B K S Iyengar– World Famous Yoga GuruSource – An article on B K S Iyengar in the Yoga Journal July 1976 Edition.

Observing Hindu Vrat during Menstrual Period - Rules During Monthly Menstruation

There are so many women who have doubt regarding observing Vrat during monthly menstrual periods. Such doubts arise when Navratri, Ekadasi, Pradosh, Sankashti Chaturthi, Karva Chauth etc falls during the monthly period. It gets even more complicated when women observe Solah Somvar Vrat, Solah Shukravar Vrat etc.
The general rule is not to count the vrat day. Do observe a fast, but don't worship God and perform puja on that particular day. This is applicable when observing solah somavar vrat etc or every month vrat or every week Vrata.
That is if you have your periods during Solah Shukravar Vrat or other such vrats you have to do the vrat a day more. The vrat on the period day is not counted. (For example if it is a sixteen Monday vrat then it becomes a 17 Monday vrat as the one during the period is not counted.)
In case of Ekadasi, Pradosh, Sankashti, Karva Chauth etc you can perform the vrat but without doing pujas. Someone in the house can do the puja instead of you.
Another q…

Puri Rath Yatra 2010 Sand Sculpture Tribute by Sudarsan pattnaik

Sudarsan pattnaik, a world famous sand artist from Orissa, annually pays tribute to Puri Rath Yatra by creating a Sand Sculpture on PuriBeach based on the Ratha Yatra theme. For Puri Rath Yatra 2010, Sudarsan pattnaik chose to spread the message of universal brotherhood.Orissa Diary reportsWorld champion sand artist Sudarsan pattnaik on Wednesday created sand sculpture of lord Jagannath and behind him 3 chariot on the eve of Rath Yatra on Puri beach. Pattnaik created 5ft high sand sculpture with using colour sand. It took 5hrs using 10 tones of sand with his students of sand art institute.Rath Yatra is an occasion where devotees, irrespective of religion, caste, class and creed get an opportunity to see the presiding deities. “In 14th century poet Balram Das, popularly known as Mattha Balaram, had created a chariot on sand while he was not allowed to have the holy glimpse of Lord on the chariot for being non-Brahmin. Disappointed Balaram came to the Puri Banki Muhana sea beach and bui…

Kannada and Telugu Ashada Masam Panchanga for 2010

This particular Panchanga in Kannada and Telugu language for Ashada Masam or Ashad Month 2010 is provided by a good friend of ours Sri Narahari Sumadhwa. Ashada Masam is the fourth month in a traditional Hindu calendar followed in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka and it is also known as Shoonya Masam or Zero month by astrologers and therefore it is considered inauspicious by some communities. Ashada Masa 2010 as per the calendar followed in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh is from July 12, 2010 to August 10, 2010. You can download the Kannada Panchanga in Ashada Masam Panchangam 2010 here.You can download the Telugu Panchangam in Ashada Masam Panchangam 2010 here.The panchanga is upload at google documents.Note - There are several of our readers who are still using Internet Explorer 6 - It seems Google documents do not support the browser.

Bengali Shraban Month 2018 – Shravan Mash in Bangala Calendar in 2017

Shravan month, or Shraban Mash, is the fourth month in a traditional Bengali calendar. In 2018, Shraban Month in Bangala Calendar begins on July 18, 2018 and ends on August 17. The current year as per Bengali calendar is 1425. Some of the auspicious days in the month include Nag Panchami and Ashtang Puja,
Bipadtarini Puja - July 21Guru Purnima - July 27Manasa Devi Puja - August 1Nag Panchami - August 15Nanda Utsav - August 16 Purnima day in Shraban month in 2017 is on July 27

The Ekadashis in the month are on July 23 and August 7, 2018

The Amabashya in Shravan Mash is on August 11.
The next month in Bengali Calendar is the Bhadrapad month.

Washing The Feet Of Guru – Swami Chinmayananda on the symbolic meaning of this act

Just as a Shiva Linga represents Shiva, a Saligrama represents Vishnu, in the same way, the feet of the teacher represent to the student not the feet, but the concept behind. What we are invoking is Brahman the Lord. But we cannot directly go to Him. We want a symbol. At this time, there is no symbol more sacred than the feet of the Teacher. Therefore, we borrow the feet of the Teacher for some time, and the Teacher allows us to play with them! We wash the feet and worship them, as though they are the Lord Himself. We clean them with love, put sacred ash, adorn with sandal paste and do all that we do in a puja at the temple; we worship the feet as though they are that Shiva Linga or a Saligrama, invoking Him, the Ideal.Swami Chinmayananda

Book – Shree Ramayana Mahanveshanam by M. Veerappa Moily – English Translation

The book titled Shree Ramayana Mahanveshanam by M. Veerappa Moily attempts to explore the true principles in the Epic Ramayana - a quest for the principles governing a Ram Rajya – the welfare state. Dr M. Veerappa Moily is a distinguished political leader in India. He is a member of the Indian National Congress party and is currently Minister of Law and Justice in the Government of India.Originally written in Kannada, this current English version consists of two volumes and runs into volumes run into 1,700 pages. Retaining the original storyline of Ramayana, Dr Veerappa Moily introduces modern characters in the narrative. Thus we have the main characters in the Ramayana expressing anguish and trying to change some of major issues faced by the society and country. In the book, Shree Ramayana Mahanveshanam, it is Lakshman, the brother of Lord Ram who is the real hero.Dr Veerappa Moily says“Lakshmana was responsible for driving the Ramayana. He is the real hero. Without Lakshmana, Rama w…

Ashada Purnima 2018 date – Full moon day in Ashada Month in 2018

The full moon day or Purnima is Ashada month in a traditional Hindu lunar calendar is highly auspicious as it is observed as Guru Purnima and Vyasa Poornima. Ashada Purnima 2018 date is July 27. The Purnima Vrat is marked on July 27.

Guru Purnima and Vyas Poornima are marked on July 27.

The Chatur Mas vrat for some communities begins on this day.

An important festival takes place during the period at the Shirdi Sai Baba temple and is known as Ashadi Purnima festival.

Har Saptami – Haar Satum

Har Saptami is observed in the month of Ashada in Jammu and Kashmir. The day is dedicated to Goddess Shakti and is of great importance HariParvatTemple on the outskirts of Srinagar city. Har Saptami 2018 date is July 19. Goddess Shakti is here worshipped as Jagadamba Sharika Bhagwati. She is also known as Maha Tripursundari and Raajrajeshwari. Locally she is known as Har or Harie.

On the Har Saptami, the pujas and rituals associated with the incarnation day of Goddess Sharika begins. It is believed that she appeared on the earth on the ninth day of the Shukla Paksha of Ashada month. Har Navami falls two days after Har Saptami.

Today, the day is dedicated to the worship of Goddess Sharika.

Website Hindugod.org Now Has Bible and Runs Christian Missionary Propaganda

If you expected to see articles or pictures of Hindu Gods on the website hindugod.org you will be disappointed, instead you will get Christian Missionary Propaganda – welcome to Holy Spirit. Links to audio Bible and a long literature on how to receive forgiveness for our sin from God, our father is what you now get to see on hindugod.org.What is baffling is the audacity on the part of Christian missionaries to use a domain that closely associates with Hindu Religion to propagate Christianity. Currently hindugod.org is owned by a Jose Varkey. The name sounds like that of a Kerala Christian from India. Some of the notorious Christian Missionary activities in India are run by Malayali Christians from Kerala. Who collect large amounts of money from around the world by selling the poverty in India.The particular guy has hindugod.org and hindu-god.org registered in his name and therefore it is a deliberate attempt to hurt religious sentiments of Hindus. A fictitious domain sale banner is al…

Molakat Vrat – Molakat Jagran in Gujarat

Molakat Vrat is observed in the month of Ashada in Gujarat. It is a five-day Vrata. In 2018, the date of Molakat Vrat is from July 23 to July 27. This Vrata is observed by unmarried girls for getting a good husband. The inspiration for this vrat is the strict austerities performed by Goddess Parvati (Gauri) to get Shiva as her husband. This vrat is popularly known as Gauri Vrata.

Please note that in some regions this Vrat is observed from the fifth day of the waxing phase of the moon in the month of Ashada for five days.

In the ritual unmarried women sow seven different types of seed on the first day. The seedlings are watered on all the five days and prayers are offered. By the end of the fifth day, the seeds sprout and this is shared with friends and relatives.

In some regions, unmarried women only take a single meal in the evening for five days.

Eye Opening Thoughts – Sri Ramakrishna

At a distance from the market, we hear only a loud buzzing noise; but entering the market, we hear it no longer, and instead we hear the bargains that are being carried on. Similarly, so long as a person is far away from God, he cannot but be in the midst of the confusion of scholarship, vain argument and discussion; but once he approaches God, all arguments and discussions cease, and he gains a clear and vivid insight of the mysteries of God.God cannot be seen with these physical eyes. In the course of spiritual discipline one gets a ‘love body,’ endowed with ‘love eyes,’ ‘love ears,’ and so on . . . With this love body the soul communes with God.Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa

Teachings from Vidura Neeti in the Mahabharat

Poison Kills but one man; so does a weapon. But wicked counsels destroy an entire kingdom with kings and subjects.
The highest good is righteousness.
The one supreme peace is forgiveness.
Supreme contentment is knowledge.
Supreme happiness is benevolence.
A person can easily become great by doing just two things; refraining from harsh speech and disregarding those that are wicked.
Three things destroy the soul – lust, anger and covetousness.
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Android Apps Ramayan Game – A Mobile Game

Android is Google’s operating system for mobile phones. Now a Ramayan Game is available on the Android Application. The Ramayana Game was developed for Android Apps by free4android. In the Game Hindu God Ram tries to fight and kill an Asura. This is the Ramayan Game v1.11 version. The screenshots of the games looks very amateurish and Ram fights a demon in a modern city. Only aspect that is visibly associated with Lord Ram is the blue color.You can get to know more about here - Ramayan Game

Kasumbha Sashti - Kasumba Shasti in Ashada Month

Kasumbha Sashti is observed in the month of Ashada (June – July). Kasumbha Sashti 2018 date is July 18. The day is of significance to certain Hindu communities and is observed on the sixth day of the Shukla Paksha of Ashada month.

The rituals on this day are associated with Kasumbha plant.

Not much is known about this rare ritual.

Asha Dasami 2018 Date – Asha Dashami Vrat

Asha Dasami Vrat is observed during the Shukla Paksha, or waxing phase of moon, in the month of Ashada as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar in North India. Asha Dasami 2018 date is July 22. The rituals on the day are dedicated to Goddess Parvati and it is observed on the 10th day of the Shukla Paksha of Ashad month.

Please note that in some regions it is also observed on the 10th day of the Shukla Paksha of Kartik month.

The ritual is also observed as Girija Puja in some regions.

Pujas and rituals on the day are dedicated to Goddess Parvati. The vrat is performed for attaining peace, health and prosperity.

The vrat is only observed by certain communities in North India.