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Gemstone Yellow Sapphire for Birth stars Punarvasu, Vishaka and Poorvabhadra – Navratna Pushkaraj or Pushiaragam

The Navratna Pushkaraj or Pushiaragam or Yellow Sapphire is associated with Punarvasu, Vishaka and Poorvabhadra Nakshatrams. These birth stars are also known as Punirtham, Vishakam and Poorurutathi in regional languages. Navratnas are worn by people who believe in astrology and horoscope and they believe that it will help in achieving success, alleviating diseases and improving luck. Each birth star or Nakshatra has a particular Navaratna associated with it. Pushiaragam is associated with Navgraha Jupiter or Brihaspati or Guru. This gem stone is also known by the name of Pukhraj and Topaz. Poorvabhadra birth star is also referred as Poorvabhadrapada and Pooratadhi.The popular belief is that the Yellow Sapphire will bring security, improve financial status, and bring fame to people born in the Nakshatras Punarvasu, Vishaka and Poorvabhadra. The birth stone is also believed to protect its wearer from misfortune and accidents.

Panivarai Shiva – A Rare Reclining Hindu God Shiva Painting at Vadakkumnathan Temple at Thrissur in Kerala

Reclining posture of Hindu God Shiva is very rare as the reclining posture is most popularly associated with Sri Hari Vishnu. But during a recent study of mural paintings in Kerala by Archaeological Society of India (ASI) a mural of reclining Shiva was discovered. Known as Panivarai Shiva, for long the image was thought to be that of Vishnu. Detail study has now revealed that it is the image of Shiva with Parvati, Ganga and other attendant deities. The Hindu reports An ASI study of 600 panels of murals in Kerala has revealed paintings that were hitherto covered, and also new details of the existing ones. Notable among them are the two rare paintings which are about 350 years old — a reclining Shiva and a Nataraja with 20 arms found on the walls of Vadakkumnathan temple at Thrissur. ‘For long this painting was thought to be a reclining Vishnu, since it was partly covered with soot. Another reason is that a reclining figure is usually associated with Vishnu and it is common in Kerala to pa…

Sant Dnyaneshwar Jayanti – Jnaneshwar Maharaj Birth Anniversary

Sant Dnyaneshwar Jayanti is the birth anniversary of Jnaneshwar Maharaj, who revolutionized the Bhakti cult in Maharashtra. Sant Dnyaneshwar Jayanti 2018 is observed on September 3. At the age of sixteen Sant Janeshwar wrote Jnaneswari – the first and the most popular Marathi commentary on the Bhagavad Gita. Jnaneswari continues to be read and discussed in Maharashtrian homes and its translation into various languages continues to inspire millions of people around the world.

Sant Dnyaneshwar on the eighth day of waning phase of moon or Ashtami day in Shravan month (July – August) as per traditional calendar followed in Maharashtra.

During the time of Sant Dnyaneshwar, the unparalleled teachings of Sanatana Dharma were considered to be the prerogative of certain castes and sects. Dnyaneshwar unleashed a silent revolution against the religious monopoly and orthodoxy of the narrow-minded priestly class.

Sant Jnaneswar was amongst the first to use the local language of Marathi to spread …

Teachings from Brahma Sutras on Brahman

Brahman is one without a second, can be described only as ‘Not this, Not that’, is the cause of all, is Bliss and is the Inner Ruler.Brahman is the material cause and the efficient cause and is an intelligent principle.Brahman is not the object of perception.The Self consisting of Knowledge is not the individual self but Brahman.Brahman, though different from the world, can be its cause, and yet the effect is not different from the cause.Brahman is uncreated, indivisible and omnipotent.While meditating on Brahman one should regard It as identical with oneself.Knowledge of Brahman frees one from the effects of all past karmas, from (apparent) good and evil alike. Nevertheless prarabdha-karma (that part of one’s karma which is due to be worked out in this lifetime) continues (from the point of view of the observer) until exhausted, when the knower of Brahman becomes (consciously) One with It.