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Silk Sarees without Killing the Silkworms – Ahimsa Silk

To make a single silk sari 10,000 silkworms are boiled alive and killed. Majority of the Hindu women who wear silk saris are vegetarians but might not be aware that the pure silk saree that they wear and proudly display in marriages and temples is the product of one of the most non-violent violent method of cloth production. But there are silk saris that are produced without killing the silkworms – it is the Ahimsa Silk. The method of producing silk without boiling and killing the silkworms was founded by Kusuma Rajaiah, a senior technical officer with Andhra Pradesh State Handloom Weavers Cooperative Society Ltd (APCO). Next time when you decide to buy a silk sari there is an option to buy and promote non-violent silk saris sold by Andhra Pradesh State Handloom Weavers Cooperative Society Ltd (APCO). So how is Ahimsa Silk or Silk produced without killing the silkworms? Rama Devi Menon from Hyderabad writes about it in The Weekend Leader The caterpillars of silkworm feed on mulberry lea…

Mitra Saptami – Margashirsh Surya Mitra Saptami 2018 date

Mitra Saptami is an auspicious day dedicated to Surya, the sun god in Hinduism. Mitra Saptami 2018 date is December 14. It is observed on the seventh day or the saptami day during the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) of Margashirsha month.

Mitra is one among the numerous names of Surya or Sun God. Surya Bhagavan is also believed to be an incarnation of Srihari Vishnu.

It must be noted that Surya is worshipped on the seventh day or the saptami day during the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) of various Hindu months under different names like Bhanu Saptami, Ratha Saptami etc.

Swamini Vimalananda Thoughts

We call actions thoughtless, indifferent, halfhearted, distracted, mechanical, well planned, focused, kind, cruel etc. depending on the emotions and thoughts behind them. The namskara of an airhostess is often called mechanical, the handshake of a diplomat formal, the promises of a politician false, etc. Such actions lack the right emotions and thought behind them. They are therefore devoid of true or good essence. We call the smile of a child genuine, the words of a saint touching or the masterpiece of an artist inspired, for these actions have in them the essence of truth, goodness or appropriateness. Such actions or conduct backed by the right emotions and thoughts is called Sadachara. Swamini Vimalanandaassociated with the Chinmaya Mission

Made in China Diwali – How Safe are Chinese Diwali Crackers and Decorations?

Today, Diwali decorations in cities and towns in India are more Chinese than Indian. In 2010, it is Chinese crackers that are capturing the Diwali market in India. So how safe is this cheap Made in China Diwali. Is flooding Indian market with cheap crackers and decorations part of a larger Chinese design? – 1) slowly destroy the health of children and young generation of India. 2) Destroy the traditional Indian cottage industries of India and cause economic imbalance in rural India and finally a civil war (read Naxalism.) Mid-day reports A study by Delhi-based NGO Centre for Science and Environment found that over 45 per cent of the Chinese toys samples exceeded internationally accepted safe limits for phthalates- a family of chemicals that can cause serious health disorders such as asthma, skeletal defects, damage male reproductive system and impair lungs of children besides causing allergies if exposed to beyond safe levels. Traditional Indian lampshades, a symbol of festivity in ever…

Telugu Kartika Masa 2018 – Telugu Kartik Month in 2018 in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh

Kartik Masa is the eighth month in a traditional Hindu Telugu calendar followed in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. Kartika Masa 2018 is from November 8 to December 8. The month is dedicated both Shiva and Vishnu and people perform various rituals, vratas and austerities. Nagula Chavithi one of the most important rituals dedicated to Nagas or Snakes in Andhra Pradesh is observed in this month.
Special rituals and fasting are observed on Mondays in Kartik Month. In Hinduism, Mondays are generally dedicated to the worship of Lord Shiva. But the Mondays in the month of Shravan and Kartik are considered special by Lord Shiva devotees.

Somvar (Monday) gets its name from one of thousand names of Lord Shiva – Someshwara. The crescent moon (Soma) on the matted locks of Shiva gives him the name Someshwara.

It is believed that the moon observed Somavara Vratam to escape from the curse of Daksha and to get the blessings from Lord Shiva and a spot in His matted locks.
Visiting Shiva TemplesAll Shiv…

Random Quotes from Yoga Vasishtam

The knowers of truth are happy and smiling all the time. Action is nothing but the movement of energy in consciousness, and it inevitably bears its own fruit. The characteristic of the ignorant man is that he strives to be other than what he is. All suffering surely revolves around egotism and egotism is the sole cause of mental distress. The mind flows along the course of wisdom or of ignorance in whatever direction you make it flow. Yoga Vasishtam

Ananda Acharya Quotes

You need rest, perfect rest. There comes a time in the life of man when the body and the brain and the mind want to feel the stillness of the Universal Spirit. Then, the best thing is to do nothing, to think about nothing. That takes away all misfortune, that cures all disease, that soothes all sorrow, that alone makes man whole again. Brahman’s truth is revealed in higher knowledge and reflected in lower knowledge; in higher knowledge Brahman is the very freedom of eternity. Brahman is complete and perfect and blissful. Brahman cannot be understood, because He is the understanding itself. He cannot be enjoyed, because He is the essence of joy, attributeless and impersonal, independent and self-sufficient. Brahman is not to be thought of as the cause of creation, for He is without motive and there is nothing outside of Him to create. He is all-embracing, all-conscious, and all-complete. He is only to be indicated by the word OM (Yea). This Brahman is to be known in higher knowledge.

Achyuta Meaning

Achyuta is one among the numerous names of Hindu God Vishnu. General meaning given to Achyuta is ‘unfallen, steadfast imperishable, firm etc.’ Scriptures suggests that the name means that one who does not perish with created things. There is a popular belief that uttering the name Achyuta will help in alleviating diseases – this is mentioned in the Agni Purana. Mahabharata describes Achyuta as one who liberates. Skanda Purana describes the name as he who never changes his nature. You may also like to read Hari – Another name of Vishnu Mukunda – What does it mean?

Vishnu Sahasranamam Lyrics in Hindi

Vishnu Sahsranamam is one of the most popular prayers dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Vishnu Sahasranamam consists of the 1000 names of Lord Vishnu. This is a pdf version of the Vishnusahsranamam lyrics in Hindi. This free version of Vishnu Sahasranamam in Hindi text is provided by Gita Press.

You can download Vishnu Sahsranamam lyrics in Hindi here at Gita Press.

Shodashopachara – How to perform Shodashopachar Puja?

Shodashopachara is a way of performing a Hindu daily puja to Hindu deities. This involves 16 steps of puja and is performed by some Hindus daily and by others only on special occasions. Some people perform Shodashopachar Puja once in a week, fortnight or month. Avaahan – Welcoming the deity Asan – Seating of the deity Padya – Washing feet Arghya – Offering water to wash hands Achman – Offering water to sip and wash mouth Snan – Bathing of deity Vastra – Offering fresh clothes and decorations Changing Janai – Fresh scared thread Gandha – Offering aromatic substances Pushpa – Offering flowers Dhoop – Burning incense Deep – Waving lights Naivadya – Offering food Tambool – Offering betel leaves, betel nuts, camphor etc Pradakshina – Prostrations before the deity and going around the deity Pushpanjali – Offering flowers and final prayers.

Biggest Statue (Murti) of Hanuman in Africa at Chatsworth Shri Vishnu Temple in Durban in South Africa

Shri Vishnu Temple Society at Chatsworth in Durban in South Africa will unveil what it believes is the largest murti (statue) of Hindu God Hanuman in Africa in December 2010. Chatsworth is a township in Durban, South Africa, and the 13m high Hanuman Murti (referred as the Monkey God here) is to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the arrival of Indians in South Africa. Timeslive South Africa reports Project co-ordinator LC Maharaj said the statue, which is 13m high, including the umbrella over the head of the deity, was "in praise of the Almighty, without which the survival and success of Indians in South Africa would never have been possible". "The atmosphere at our temple has been unbelievable. Devotees have volunteered their services to our worthwhile cause, and despite the great progress made so far, we still require some funding." He said the statue, which still requires plastering and painting, would be officially unveiled at the beginning of December. Accord…

Chhada Khai

Chhada Khai is the day after Purnima or full moon day in Kartik month in Orissa. Chhada Khai 2018 date is November 23. Kartik is a holy month in Orissa and people avoid non-vegetarian food for the entire month. Numerous rituals and auspicious days fall in this month. So on the first day after the Kartik month, people cook and eat their favorite non-vegetarian food.

Chhada Khai is observed on the first day of the Margashir month.

Baba Ramdev Quotes

To live life for trivial pursuits is an insult to life. If we make full use of our potential, we can become great persons, apostle and super persons. A fault finder likes to look inside and out of the life of others, but does not want to look inside and out of himself. There should be firmness, not stubbornness; bravery not rashness, compassion, not weakness.
Always keep your face happy and smiling. Give happiness to others, and you will get happiness. Never forget your past; remembering our past save us from going wrong. Baba Ramdev

Sanskrit Encyclopaedia Project of Deccan College in Pune

The work on Sanskrit Encyclopaedia began in 1948 AD and only one-tenth of the Encyclopaedia has been completed. Recently the 26th edition of the encyclopedic dictionary of Sanskrit on historical principles was released at DeccanCollege in Pune. The main aim of the Sanskrit Encyclopaedia is to provide the user all the relevant information about Sanskrit words such as their earliest occurrence, the entire range of their meanings, the changes in their meanings with time as well as their status as current or obsolete. Those involved in the project are of the hope that with new technology available the project will be completed in near future. The mammoth project covers spatial and temporal dimensions to comparative and historical linguistics,, Sanskrit of inscriptional texts and the entire range of Sanskrit texts on historical principles. Express India reports The head of department of Sanskrit and Lexicography, Deccan College, Prof JD Sathe, who is also the current coordinator for the proj…

Papa Ramdas Teachings and Thoughts

Ordinary love based on the physical affinity is a source of miserly both to the lover and the loved. But Divine Love based on the feeling of spiritual oneness is sublime. It is a source of pure bliss. Here you love another not because he is a relation of yours, but because you and he are one in Spirit.

The greatness of man does not lie in this vast riches, exalted position, and name and fame, but in the qualities of the heart. If his heart is pure, free, forgiving, compassionate and humble then he is great.

The sense of duality vanishes completely once you realize your identity with God. You and He become one. The drop becomes one with the ocean.

There are two kinds of smiles genuine and artificial. Very often we put on smiles, but the heart does not smile, only lips and face take part in it. This is not a real smile. When the heart is filled with joy, it is reflected on the face as a smile. It is a natural outflow of joy.

In the eyes of God there is no evil. We suffer because of our…

Swami Sukhabodhananda – Food for thought

Live your life with passion. Edmund Hillary, the first to climb Mount Everest with Tenzing Norgay, had faced failure thrice, earlier.
Later at a party hosted in his honour in New Zealand, he looked at the portrait of Mount Everest and remarked: "Mt Everest has a cannot grow more than 29,000 feet, but I can grow in my ability to climb farther than that." That's passion.
Our lower self is jeevatma and the higher self is Paramatma. One can operate from either level. Operating from the higher self consistently generates enthusiasm.
Any situation viewed as threat is an example of one involving the lower self that operates as an obstructing thought. The higher self operates as a supporting thought.

When our psychological immune system is weak, we are prone to perceive external situations as dangerous or as obstruction. It only calls for strengthening the psychological immune system so as to be powerful individuals.

How do you make it powerful? Just like how we…

Museum Based On the life of Lord Ram and Ramayana

Ram Katha Hastshilp Sangrahlaya located at Tulsi Smarak Bhawan in Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh is unique museum dedicated to the life of Sri Ram and other aspects of Epic Ramayana. The museum is an initiative of Ayodhya Research Institute (ARI), an entity of the Uttar Pradesh department of culture. The museum attempts to present the life of Sri Rama through handicrafts, paintings, sculptures and other art works. Indian Express reports “For a common person, this museum presents a complete view of Ram in folk across the country. I have never gone beyond Lucknow or Ayodhya, but through this gallery, I am aware of at least 10 forms where Ramayana is used as a theme,” says Ajayendra Kumar, a regular visitor. The director of the Institute, Dr YP Singh says, “The story of Lord Ram is one story that connects the entire country. Whether it is the Pattua style of folk painting from West Bengal or the mix metal craft from Gujarat, or the Thanjavur paintings and Cheriyal Pattu from South, they are all d…

Rasa Purnima in Orissa

Rasa Purnima is observed on the full moon day in the month of Kartik month in Orissa. Rasa Purnima 2018 date in Orissa is on November 23. The day is dedicated to the worship of Radha and Krishna – especially to the Rasa leelas of Sri Krishna. Rasa yatra of Sri Radha Madhava is also held on the day.

The day is also of great importance at the temples dedicated to Hindu god Jagannath. Special rituals are held on the day at the PuriJagannathTemple.

Note – The Sharad Purnima (October 24, 2018) which is observed on the full moon day in Ashwin month is also referred as Rasa Purnima in North India.

Meditation simply means becoming empty – Osho

The greatest day in life is when you cannot find anything in you to throw out; all has already been thrown out, and there is only pure emptiness. In that emptiness you will find yourself; in that emptiness you find your pure consciousness. Meditation simply means becoming empty to all the contents on the mind: memory, imagination, thoughts, desires, expectations, projections, moods. One has to go on emptying oneself of all these contents. The emptiness is empty only as far as mind is concerned. Otherwise it is overflowing, full of being – empty of mind but full of consciousness. So don’t be afraid of the word empty; it is not negative. It negates only the unnecessary luggage, which you are carrying just from old habit, which does not help but only hinders, which is just a weight, a mountainous weight. Once this weight is removed you are free from all boundaries, you become as infinite as the sky. This is the experience of God or what ever word one likes. Call it dhamma, call it truth, ca…

Book - The Story of Ram and His Friends in the Forest

The book titled the ‘Story of Ram and His Friends in the Forest’ by Pratibha Nath focuses on the period that Sri Ram lived in the forest. The book is primarily aimed at children. Stories of animals, plants and demons that appeared in Epic Ramayana are given importance in the book. A major highlight of the book is the brilliant illustrations by Sujasha Dasgupta. The stories are based on Valmiki Ramayana and Tulidas’s Ramcharitmanas. Other versions of Ramayan are also used as guides in explaining incidents in the forest.   The Story of Ram and His Friends in the Forest By Pratibha Nath Published by Rupa Publications Price – Rupees 495/- Pages – 110 The book is available online at Rupa Publications

Triratri Vrata 2018 in Kartik Month - Triratri Vrat

Triratri Vrata is a three-day Vrat dedicated to Srihari Vishnu and it begins two days before Shukla Paksha Ekadasi or eleventh day of the waxing phase of moon. Triratri Vrata 2018 begins on November 17 and ends on November 19. The greatness of Triratri Vrata was narrated to Narada Rishi by Shiva.

Those observing the Vrata stay awake for three nights, worshipping Srihari Vishnu and Lakshmi with flowers, fruits, water and Tulsi leaves. The belief is that performing this vrata helps one in attaining mastery in arts and science.

The Vrata ends on the Ekadasi day in Shukla Paksha of Kartik month – which is the famous Hari Prabodini Ekadasi. Tulsi Puja also begins from the day.

Sahasrarjun Jayanti - Sahastrabahu Arjun Jayanthi

Sahasrarjun was a popular king of ancient India and is mentioned in the Puranas and other Hindu scriptures. He is also known as Kartikvirya Arjuna and  Sahastrabahu Arjun. Sahasrarjun Jayanti 2018 date is November 14. It is observed annually on the Shukla Paksha saptami day – seventh day of the waxing phase of moon – in Kartik month.

Legend has it that Sahasra Arjuna had thousand arms and once even defeated the demon king Ravana of Ramayana. It is also believed by some Hindu communities that Sahastra Bahu Arjun was an incarnation of the Sudharshana Chakra of Vishnu.

Puranas also mention Sahasrarjun to be an arrogant king and he had stolen the divine cow from Rishi Jamadagni's ashram. In the war that followed, Rishi Jamadagni, father of Parashurama (incarnation of Vishnu) was killed. To avenge his father's death, Parashurama annihilated the Kshatriya clan 21 times.

Kansara Samaj and Sahasrarjun Kshatriya Samaj consider that they are from the lineage of Sahasrarjun.

Hindu Quotes – Wisdom of Elders

When people reach the highest perfection, it is nothing special, it is their normal condition… Evil is a screen which hides the truth… The acts of this life are the destiny of the next… The flies seek filth, the bees seek honey. I will shun the habit of the flies and follow that of the bees. I will refrain from finding faults in others and only look for the good which is in them…

Story of the Origin of Tirumala Tirupati Balaji Temple

There are numerous stories regarding the origin of TirupatiBalajiTemple. Majority of the Tirumala legend involves Goddess Lakshmi leaving Vaikunta in protest against Sage Bhrigu going unpunished after stamping on the chest of Srihari Vishnu. Vishnu then arrives on earth in search of Goddess Lakshmi. The diversion in the legend begins after this main incident. Here is one such story associated with story of origin of TirupatiVenkateswaraTemple.

Sage Bhrigu once wanted to find out which was the supreme among the three qualities – Rajas (energy), Sattva (serene strength) and Tamas (unthinking irascibility).

To find out, Sage Bhrigu went to God Brahma and found that the dominating quality was Rajas. The sage did not find satisfaction and went to Kailash – Shiva had no time for Bhrigu’s pursuits and threw him out of Kailash. The sage considered this as the effect of Tamas.

Finally, Rishi Bhrigu entered the Vaikuntha, the abode of Vishnu and found that Vishnu was asleep. Bhrigu was angry w…

Android Apps Bhagavad Gita – Gita in Mobile

Android is Google’s operating system for mobile phones. Now Bhagavad Gita is available on the Android Application. Gita on Android is provided by Sparsh Apps and is a handy reference. Sparsh claims to have Roman transliteration (ISO 15919) for all verses of the Bhagavad Gita. With this feature it completely feature-compatible with the iOS/iPhone app. The features - Each Sanskrit verse is provided in crisp and clear Devanagari script along with the English translation. A student of Sanskrit will appreciate the English translation which strives to not only be literal but also match the word order as closely as possible to the original Sanskrit.- Quick access to every sloka using familiar touch interactions (spinning-wheel and flick gestures)- Favorites feature to aid in memorization- Fully functional in offline mode as well You can get to know more about it here - Android Apps Bhagavad Gita at Sparsh Apps.

Swami Prabhavananda Thoughts

The desire to argue and quarrel is a sign of ego. If you want to find God, you must suppress the ego and humble yourself — not before your adversary, but before God within him. Never submit to a powerful adversary because you fear the consequences of disagreement; that would be cowardice. But discriminate between principles and opinions. There is a Hindu saying: ‘Say “yea, yea” to everyone, but keep your own seat firm.’ Do not compromise on ideals and principles. But when it comes to opinions, appreciate views differing from yours, and accept them when they merit it.
Swami Prabhavananda – Associated with the Ramakrishna Mission

Hindu Temple Dedicated to Tree – Vruksha Narayan Temple in Sabarkantha District in Gujarat

VrukshaNarayanTemple, which opened on October 17, 2010, at DerolVillage in Sabarkantha District in Gujarat in India is dedicated to a tree. The tree is worshipped as the deity. Inspiration for this form of nature worship comes the famous Upanishad teaching – A tree is equal to ten sons. It wants care and water only for five years and makes one rich with its ten gifts which are oxygen, water, soil, food, cloth, energy, shelter, medicine, fodder and shade. VrukshaNarayanTemple is the brainchild of ardent environmentalist Jitendra Patel from Gujarat who was nominated as the first 'Green Ambassador' of Mehsana by Gujarat government. He is also the sole recipient from the state of the Priyadarshini Indira Gandhi Vruksha Mitra national award.  The temple has been designed as a banyan tree and is 18 ft high and 20 ft wide. Jitendra Patel has also come out with a Vrukshanarayan Katha on the lines of Satya Narayan Katha that personifies tree as god. Times of India reports "The Derol p…

Santana Gopala Vratam – Santanagopala Vrata

Santana Gopala Vratam is dedicated to Sri Krishna and is observed on the Purnima day in Ashwin month as per traditional calendar followed in South India. Santana Gopala Vratam 2018 date is September 25. Santanagopala Vrata is observed on the Purnima day in Kanni month in Kerala.

The Vrata is observed by those married couples who want to have children. Parents observe it for the welfare of their children.

Prayers on the day are dedicated to Sri Krishna. Devotees also visit Sri Krishna temples and make special offerings.

The Santana Gopala Mantra is also chanted on the day while offering prayers Om Devaki Sudha Govinda
Vasudeva Jagath Pathe
Dehimey Thanayam
Krishna Thwamaham
Saranam Kadhahaa Deva Deva Jagannatha
Gothra Vridhi Karap Prabho
Dehimey Thanayam Sheegram
Ayushmandham Yashashreenam!

Swami Turiyananda Quotes

It is because men cannot hold to patience that they fail to achieve anything. Else there is no other reason for failure. God is not partial. His grace is on all, the good and the evil, just as rains fall equally on all places. Whoever tills the land reaps the harvest. Man is too often afraid to surrender. He thinks he will lose something; but one never loses when he gives himself absolutely to God. Swami Turiyananda (1863–1922) - Disciple of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa

Lingashtakam Lyrics – Lingastakam Song in pdf format in English

Lingashtakam is a prayer dedicated to Hindu God Shiva and is one of the most famous bhajans dedicated to Lord Shiva. Lingashtakam narrates the greatness of Linga or Lingam – the symbol of Lord Shiva. This Lingashtakam Lyrics is in English and is pdf format. The song is a favorite one of many Shiva devotees. It is believed that Lord Shiva appeared in the form of a pillar of fire with no end or beginning. Lingam is an attempt to give form to formless Brahman. It is considered highly auspicious to listen to Lingashtakam during Mahashivaratri or Shivratri. Link Download or Read Lingashtakam Lyrics in pdf format

You may also like to read Why is Shiva worshiped in form of Lingam?

Advaita Teachings in the Bhagavad Purana

That from which creation and destruction are definitely known to emerge, is the resort which is called the Highest Brahman, the Highest Self.

Whatever is sat or asat is not different from Hari (Vishnu).

In the beginning, before the creation, I (Vishnu) alone was in existence. There was nothing else – neither sat or asat nor their cause. There was deep sleep everywhere. After the creation of the universe what exists, is I. I am the universe. What remains is me.

Brahma says “Bhagavan, after a very long time you have been realized by me today. It is indeed the defect of beings conditioned by body that your essential nature is not realized by them. Nothing other than you exists. Anything else is not pure because it is you who appear to be many due to the mixture of the qualities by your creative energy."

US Christian Pastor Says Yoga Demonic – This Pastor Surely Needs to Practice Yoga to Remove the Demon in Him

For MarsHillChurch pastor Mark Driscoll, Yoga is an agent of Hinduism and hence demonic. For R Albert Mohler Jr, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kentucky, yoga is against Christianity. Demonic means extremely evil or cruel; expressive of cruelty or befitting hell. There is no doubt that Pastor Mark Driscoll is under the grip of demon. Surely the practice of Yoga will help in removing the demon that is residing in him.  After practicing yoga, the greatest advantage for the pastor will be that he will be able to understand true teachings of Bible and Christianity. The demon in him will be annihilated through Yoga. This will make him a better Christian and a better human being. MarsHillChurch pastor Mark Driscoll, please join a yoga course – you are not alone – an estimated 15.8 million people practice yoga in the US. If you are not aware majority of them are practicing Christians and better Christians than many pastors. Times of India reports What irked people li…

Tulja Bhavani Songs

Tulja Bhawani Aarti and Mantra is dedicated to Goddess Tuljabhavani – a manifestation of Goddess Shakti. ShriTuljaBhavaniTemple, located at Tuljapur in Osmanabad District in Maharashtra, is one of the most important Goddess Shakti Temples in the state and is also one of the Shaktipeetahs. Now the official website of Tulja Bhawani temple is offering songs dedicated to the Goddess.

You can listen and download the songs for free here at the official website -

Note - the official website is undergoing certain changes and sometimes the songs are not appearing on the main page.

Satyarth Prakash in English – Read Satyarth Prakash of Swami Dayanand Saraswati online

Satyarth Prakash, meaning the light of truth, is the most important text and guide of the Arya Samaj. It was written by Swami Dayanand Saraswati, founder of Arya Samaj, to propagate the true teachings of the Vedas. Satyarth Prakash contains exposition and clarifications of Vedic principles. Now Arya samaj jamnagar is providing the opportunity to read the Satyarth Prakash text online. Link – you can read Satyarth Prakash in English here at the Arya Samaj Jamnagar website

Lakshmindra Puja – Lakshmi Indra Pooja

Lakshmindra Puja is dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi and Hindu God Indra and is observed on the Purnima day of Ashwin month. Lakshmindra Puja 2018 date is October 24. In Bengal, Orissa and other parts of India, the pooja is referred as Kojagari Lakshmi Puja. In Hinduism, Goddess Lakshmi symbolizes prosperity and wealth and it is believed that on Poornima night she visits the homes of devotees and blesses them. Therefore special Lakshmi Puja is held in the evening on the day in homes.

Elaborate traditional Lakshmi Pujas, which needs the help of a priest or elderly person, are conducted on the day by communities and organizations.

Today, many people also perform a simple Lakshmi Puja on the day sticking to the main traditions. Special vegetarian dishes, fruits and sweets are offered to Goddess Lakshmi and Indra on the day.

Thula Month 2018 – Thulam Masam in Malayalam Calendar in 2018

Thulam Masam is the third month in a traditional Malayalam calendar followed in Kerala. Thulam Masam in 2018 is from October 18 to November 16. Diwali is observed in this month.

Full Moon and No Moon Day Veluthuvavu or full moon day (Purnima) – October 24 Karthuvavu or Amavasi – November 7

Ekadasi fasting days are October 20 and November 3.

Pradosham are on October 22 and November 5.

Murugan Shasti Vratam is on November 13

Festivals and auspicious days include:
Mahanavami - October 17Vijayadasami - October 18Deepavali - November 6Mannarashala Ayiliyam - November 1 Next month in Malayalam calendar is the Vrischika Masam – a highly auspicious month in Kerala and the SabarimalaTemple opens on the first day of the month for Mandala – Makaravilakku Puja

God is visibly present in the pure heart of a devotee – Vedanta Kesari Magazine Editorial

God is present everywhere for His all-pervasiveness is His nature. ‘Logically’ one can, therefore, meditate on Him wherever one wants to meditate on. But in pure heart, free from all negative ideas such as lust, greed, jealousy, anger and so on, God is manifest more. Sri Ramakrishna used to call heart as ‘the drawing room’. In a house, the master of the house can move around, and hence can be found, in any part of the house. But most likely, the master can be found in his drawing room. That is where he is most comfortable and relaxed. Likewise, while God can be meditated anywhere, He is most visibly present in the pure heart of a devotee. Lotus is also a symbol of devotion. While meditating on God, one is asked to meditate on a bloomed lotus in the centre of chest. Like a lotus, a pure heart never gets dirty by the mire called worldly thoughts and negative emotions. It is ever pure, and fresh, and a fitting place to think of the Presence of God. Source – The Vedanta Kesari September 201…

Blog Action Day 2010 – Water – Wisdom from Vedas on Saving Water

Today is Blog Action Day 2010 – a day when thousands of bloggers commit to blog (write) on a topic to create awareness around an issue. This year’s topic is water. Internet is full of articles regarding the need to save water and modern man realized the importance of the need to save water only recently. But ancient teachers of Sanatana Dharma (Hinduism or Hindu religion) had realized the importance of water and had mentioned about in the Vedas and Upanishads. What is striking is that the Vedas asks us to preserve water for future generations. Here is a collection of quotes on the importance water and the need to preserve it from Vedas. There was only water in the beginning. (Brihadaranyaka Upanishad v-5-1)Plants and waters are treasures for generations. (Rig Veda Samhita vii-70-4)Waters as friends of man give full protection to his progenies. (Rig Veda Samhita vi-50-7)Waters represent splendor. (Atharva Veda Samhita iii-13-5)Waters and herbs should have no poison. (Rig Veda Samhita vi…

Importance of Durga Puja in Bengal – Why is Durga Pooja Special among Bengalis?

If it is Durga Puja; then it is in Bengal. Why is the tradition of Durga Puja so special among Bengalis? Perhaps the answer lies in the famous KalighatTemple in Kolkata. The region is associated with Goddess Shakti from time immemorial. Various Tantric texts identify the region from Dakshineshwar to Behala as Kalishetra or the abode of Goddess Shakti.

It is believed that all forms of Goddess Durga exist in this place. The worship of Goddess Durga gained prominence with the discovery of the feet of Goddess Sati from Kalikunda Pond in the vicinity. With this discovery, the place became one of the 51 Shakti shrines or Shaktipeetahs. (After the death of Goddess Sati at the Daksha Yajna, Shiva was roaming around the world with it and this caused imbalance in the universe. Vishnu then used his Sudarshana Chakra to cut the body of Sati and it fell in 51 places on earth and these places came to be known as Shaktipeetahs.)

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Surya Grahan 2013 in India

Surya Grahan 2013 dates based on Hindu calendar – India Standard Time. There are two partial solar eclipses (Ardha Surya Grahan) in 2013. Both the Surya Grahan are not visible in India. Surya Grahan means solar eclipse and it is given spiritual importance by devout Hindus. The first Surya Grahan in 2013 is on May 10 – this is a partial solar eclipse and is not visible in India. The second Surya Grahan in 2013 is on November 3, 2013.

Surya Grahan on May 10, 2013 it is not visible in India. It takes place in Southern Hemisphere and is visible only in Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Ocean Islands.

Surya Grahan on November 3, 2013 is not visible in India. It is visible in South Europe and Africa.

Durga Puja in Jakarta in Indonesia in 2017

Bengalis and Hindus in Jakarta in Indonesia are inviting all people to have a look at their Durga Puja celebrations this year. The Durga puja is celebrated in Jakarta by the Bengali Association from September 20 to September 30, 2017

You can view pictures of Durga Puja and learn more about the activities of Jakarta Bengali Association here at their website.

Durga Puja – Symbolism and Quotes – Swami Tejomayananda

To gain noble virtues, all evil tendencies in the mind must be destroyed. This destruction is represented by Goddess Durga. Durga is Durgati Harini” – She removes our evil tendencies. This is why She is called Mahishasura Mardini, the destroyer of Mahisasura (demon), mahisha meaning ‘buffalo.’ Isn’t there a buffalo in our minds as well? The buffalo stands for tamoguna, the quality of laziness, darkness, ignorance, and inertia. We have all these qualities and they crop up from time to time. Although we may have a lot of energy and potential inside us, we prefer to do nothing – just like the buffalo that loves only to lie in pools of water. In the Puranic story, Durga Devi’s killing of the Mahisha demon is symbolically the destruction of the tamoguna with us that is very difficult to destroy. In the Durga Devi Havana (sacrifice) – Durga Puja – we invoke that divine power within us to destroy our animalistic tendencies. You may also like to read Durga Puja Quotes – Thoughts on Mother Durga b…

Bhuta Shuddhi

Bhuta Shuddhi is the ceremony of removing the spirits and other beings whose presence many interfere with the performance of rituals and pujas. The Bhuta Shuddhi is performed by offering curd, sugar and flower. This offering is known as Bali in some regions. Bhuta Shuddhi is completed by scattering mustard seeds (black til).

Bhutas are generally believed to be spirits of those dead people who died without fulfilling desires.

The popular belief is that scattering of mustard seeds along with mantras will protect the puja area from evil presence. It is said that if evil in the form of bhutas attempts to enter arena, the mustards seeds will enter them like thunder bolts and drive them out.

Bhuta Shuddhi is performed before important rituals like Durga Puja.

Malayalam Bhagavath Geeta pdf – Download or Read Bhagavad Gita in Malayalam free

Malayalam Bhagavath Geeta in pdf format for free is provided by Swami Shri Adgadanad Ji’s of Yatharth Geeta. This downloadable Malayalam Bhagavad Gita is strictly for personal use and has explanations in Malayalam apart from the Sanskrit verse text in Malayalam. You can only download the eighteen chapters separately and not as a single book.

You can download the Malayalam Bhagavath Geeta from this link – Malayalam Bhagavath Geeta pdf.

To read and download the Malayalam Bhagavad Gita in PDF format and you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader or other pdf readers installed on your computer.

Note – the titles of the 18 chapters are given in English on clicking you will get Malayalam text of each chapter with verses and explanations.

Tirupati Channel SVBC Live Online with Live TV, Videos and photos from Tirumala Tirupati Balaji Temple

Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) is now airing the spiritual and live programs that are aired on SVBC (Sri Venkateswara Bhakti Channel) on a dedicated website. The website has live online programs from TirupatiTemple. Including all the important programs aired on SVBC channel plus recorded videos of important programs. The website also has a dedicated photos section with images of important pujas, rituals and festivals held at the temple. You can watch the SVBC Live Online with Live TV, Videos and photos here at the official website of SVBC. Currently the channel is airing the annual Navratri Brahmotsavams.

Pakshavardhini Dwadasi – Paksha Vardhini Mahadwadasi

Pakshavardhini falls on the 12th day of the Shukla Paksha and Krishna Paksha (Waxing and Waning Phase of moon) in a month in a Hindu lunar calendar. To be termed as Pakshavardhini Dwadasi, the 12th day should precede two days before Purnima (full moon) or Amavasya (No moon).

If it is Purnima or Amavasi tithi after two sunrises from 12th day or dwadasi then such a dwadashi is Pakshavardhini Dwadasi.

The day is considered highly auspicious by the Vaishnava followers. Some people observe a fast on the day. Sri Hari Vishnu is propitiated on the day.

The Foolishness of Animal Sacrifice during Durga Puja – Ramprasad Sen

Mind, why are you so anxious? Utter Kali’s name and sit in meditation. From all this pomp of worship the mind grows proud. Worship her in secret, that none may know. What is thy gain from images of metal, stone or earth? Fashion her image in the mind and set it on the lotus throne of your heart. Parched rice and plantains, ah! How vainly do you offer these! Feed her with the nectar of devotion, and satisfy your own mind. Why seek to illumine her with lamp and lantern and candle? Light the jeweled lamp of the mind; let it flash its luster day and night. Why do you bring sheep and goats and buffaloes for sacrifice? Saying ‘Victory to Kali,’ ‘Victory to Kali,’ sacrifice the Six Passions – sexual desire, anger, covetousness, lapse due to infatuation, pride and envy. Ramprasad Sen says – what need is there of drums and tomtoms? Saying ‘Victory to Kali,’ clap your hands and lay your mind at her feet. Ramprasad Sen (1723 – 1803 AD)Bengali Saint and poet and an ardent devotee of Goddess Shakti.…

Watch Ramlila live online – Ramlila Video

Ramlila is the theater (drama) performance of the life of Sri Ram – based on the important episodes from Ramayana – with emphasis on the the ten day battle between Sri Ram and Ravan. Now a couple of important Ramlila troupes in the country are providing live online streaming of Ramlila.

You can watch the Ramlila performance of lavkush troupe in Delhi live online at the official website of the Lavkush Ramlila committee.

Tuljapur Bhavani Temple Festival on Ashwin Purnima – Sri Bhavani Devi Utsav Tulja Bhavani Temple

One of the most important festivals at the Tuljapur Bhavani is held on the Purnima or full moon day in Ashwin month. Sri Bhavani Devi Utsav 20187 date is October 24. Tulja Bhavani is family deity of Chatrapathi Shivaji Maharaj and also of thousands of families in Maharashtra and other states.

 Tulja Bhavani is the manifestation of Goddess Shakti – who is worshipped as Ambabai, Jagadamba, Tukai,  Bhagwati and Durga in western parts of India. TuljaBhavaniTemple is also one of the Shaktipeetahs.

Sri Bhavani Devi Utsav is held after the annual Navratri Festival (September – October). Thousands of devotees arrive on the day at the temple to pay respects to the Goddess, who is also the Family Deity (Kuldaivat) of millions of homes in India.

Swami Sivananda – How to turn negative anger energy into positive energy?

Most of the difficulties in our daily lives come from being unable to hold our minds in proper check. For instance, if a man does evil to us, instantly we want to react evil, to revenge, to pay him in the same coin, to extract tooth for tooth, tit for tat policy – to return anger for anger. Every reaction of evil shows that we are not able to hold the Chitta down (control the mind). It comes out in waves towards the object and we lose our power. Only a word is uttered and we do not wait to consider its meaning, but jump to a conclusion immediately. It is a sign of weakness. The weaker the man is, the less he has the power of restraint. Measure yourself always with the standard of restraint. When you are going to be angry or miserable on hearing some news, reason it out, for yourself and see how it has thrown your mind into such a situation. Restraint does not come in a day, but by long continued practice. Suppose, when you are passing through the bazaar, a man comes and takes away forci…

Markandeya Purana in Hindi – Read Markandaya Puran Online

Markandeya Purana is one of the most important Puranas. Chapter 81 to 93 of the Purana contains the stories associated with Navratri and Durga Puja and is referred as Durga Saptashati or Devi Mahatmyam. Now the Ved Puran website is offering the entire Markandeya Purana in Hindi online. It is not in pdf format. So you can only read it online. Link – Read Markandeya Purana in Hindi online.

Trishulini Puja

Trishulini Puja is observed during the Durga Puja period in Ashwin month as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India. Trishulini Puja 2017 date is September 29. Trishulini is one of the names of Goddess Durga. The pooja is mainly performed in Mithilanchal.

The puja is performed on the Mahanavami day and is dedicated to the warrior form of Durga. Trishul or trident is one of the weapons that Durga uses to annihilate evil and restore Dharma.

Teachings from Janeshwari of Dnyaneshwar Maharaj

The bug (Gochid) on the body of the cow only sucks in the blood, though the sweet and pure milk is in the immediate vicinity behind the skin. At the root of the lotus, the frog and butterfly live near each other but the butterfly picks up the fragrance, while the frog is left to stew in its own mud. An unfortunate man will pass his whole life in misery without food, even when a large fortune (of which he is not aware), lies buried under his humble abode. In this manner, the unseeing human turns his mind towards the object of senses and tries to find happiness in material comfort, though, I (Krishna), the Lord of everything and the goal of happiness, am seated in his heart. Such action is stupid. It is like throwing away nectar at the sight of mirage, and exchanging the magic stone for a piece of mother-of-pearl. Those whose minds are steeped in egoism thus struggle in the currents of life and death. They do this because, they do not know My nature. From Janeshwari of Dnyaneshwar Mahara…

Goddess Sucharita Saraswati – Sri Sucharita Saraswati Devi

Goddess Sucharita is a form of Goddess Saraswati that is invoked by devotees to attain insight and understanding. It is believed that praying to this key aspect of Goddess Saraswati during Navratri will help students and professionals in their attempt to garner knowledge. A section of scholars are of the view that the knowledge regarding the concept of Sri Sucharita Saraswati Devi is lost as little is known about this aspect and there are currently no written records. Goddess Sucharita Saraswati is today popularized by some ashrams in South India, who claim to have discovered knowledge of this aspect. Today, Goddess Sucharita Saraswati is worshipped during Navratri festival (September – October) in South India by some people. The pujas, rituals and mantras are only performed by some ashrams.

Book – A Journey through the Lands and Legends of Krishna

The book 'Krishna: A Journey through the Lands and Legends of Krishna by Dev Prasad is a journey through places that has become holy in modern world due to the time spent by Sri Krishna in these places during his stay on earth among humans. The places that are covered are Brij Bhoomi (Vrindavan and Mathura), Dwarka etc. The author makes an honest attempt to cover the places that was made holy by Sri Krishna during his presence of 125 years on Earth.  The stories associated with each places is also explained in nutshell. Another highlight is the photographs of important places. A Journey through the Lands & Legends of Krishna By Dev Prasad Published by Jaico Books Price – Rs 295/-

Sabarimala Temple October 2017 Monthly Puja – Opening and Closing Dates

SabarimalaTemple opens on the first of every Malayalam month for five days for the monthly poojas. Thousands of Ayyappa devotees make use of this opportunity to visit the Sabarimala shrine to have a hassle free darshan. In October 2017, SabarimalaAyyappaTemple will open on October 16 and will close on October 21 for Thula Masam Puja.

Sri Chitira Attam Thirunnal puja will also be held in this month on October 18, 2016.

Note – Next month in Malayalam calendar is the Vrischika Masam and the Sabarimala Shrine opens for two month long – Mandala Makaravilaku pujas (November 16, 2017 to January 20, 2018.

The main pilgrimage season at Sabarimala shrine is during the Mandala Makaravilakku season (November – January). The period witnesses heavy rush of devotees to the hill shrine.

Thousands of devotees in order to avoid the rush choose the monthly opening period to visit the shrine. There are also several Ayyappa devotees who make it point to visit the shrine every month. The shrine remains open…