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The different types of Bath in Hindu tradition

Several Hindu scriptures mention about the different types of bath a devotee can do daily. Bathing in the early morning is advised by most scriptures, especially by the Garuda Purana. It is believed that bathing in the morning helps in removing all negative energies. It also prepares one to do duties with Shradha (concentration). If a person is not keeping well then he is advised to take Kayik Snan – in this type of bathing one cleans the body with a wet cloth. The general bath advised is Varun Snan – In this bath one bathes with water. Yogic Snan or Atma Tirtha – In this type of Snan one purifies one’s body through Yoga. This is usually only possible for experienced yoga practitioners. Brahma Snan – To bathe by sprinkling water using Durva Grass and chanting mantra associated with Snan. Divya Snan – This is a very rare typing of bathing. One can only take this type of bath only when there is sunlight and rain. One has to bath in the rain that is falling when there is sunlight. This type …

Hindu Knowledge Has Been and Is Still Being Repressed – Jeffrey Armstrong

Jeffrey Armstrong is an award-winning author of several books on Vedic knowledge. In an interview to the Daily Bell, Jeffrey Armstrong talks about the greatness of Sanatana Dharma (Hinduism) and Vedic knowledge and boldly states that Hindu knowledge has been and is still being repressed by people with vested interests who do not want to see the teachings of Hinduism being a viable alternative to aggressive political and religious views of the world. You can read the interview titled ‘Jeffrey Armstrong on the Mysteries of Indian Culture, the Relevance of Hindu Vedas’ here at the Daily Bell Here are some excerpts from the interview …The philosophy of India is very clear. We human beings are here with the ability to utilize our free will and the spectrum is anywhere from enlightened to 'endarkened.' …India's teachings have always stood for a renewable and cooperative relationship with the resources of the universe and the freedom of individuals. …Religion is the wrong word to use …

Telugu Poush Masa 2017 - 2018 in Telugu Calendar – Paush Month in 2018 in Telugu Calendar in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana

Poush Masa, also known as Pushya Masam, is the tenth month in a traditional Hindu Telugu calendar followed in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Poush Masa 2017 - 2018 is from December 19, 2017 to January 17, 2018. Bhogi, Sankranti and Banashankari Jayanti are observed in the Pausha month. Sankranti is on January 14.

Sankatahara Chavithi dedicated to Vinayaka in Poush Masa in 2018 is on January 5, 2018 – Moonrise or Chandrodaya is at 8:57 PM – Indian Standard Time.
Telugu Paush Masa Shukla Paksha and Krishna Paksha Paush Masa 2017 Shukla Paksha (Waxing phase of moon) is from December 19 to January 2, 2018. Telugu Poush Masam 2018 Krishna Paksha (Waning phase of moon) is from January 2, 2018 to January 17, 2018.

Ekadasi Fasting Dates in Telugu Poush Masa are: Putrada Ekadasi - December 29, 2017 Shattila Ekadasi – January 12, 2018
Pradosha Fasting Dates in Telugu Poush Masa are: Pradosh –  December 30, 2017 Pradosha – January 14, 2018
Purnima in Telugu Pausha Masa Paush Pournima or Full moon da…

Uttarashadha Nakshatra 2011 – Uttiradam Nakshatram dates in 2011

Uttarashadha Nakshatra 2011 dates based on traditional Hindu calendar, Astrology and Panchangam. Uttarashadha Nakshatram, also known as Uttiradam or U.Shadha or Uttarashada, is the 21st Nakshatra among the 27 Nakshatras. Below are Uttarashadha Nakshatra dates in 2011. The astrological prediction of the birth star Uttarashada as per Moon Sign is that of Dhanu Rashi and Makara Rasi. The first quarter ofUttarashada is in Dhanus or Sagittarius Zodiac and the next three quarters are in Makara or Capricorn Zodiac. Jupiter or Guru is the Lord of Dhanu Raasi. Lord Shani or Saturn is the lord of Makara Rashi. The color of Uttarashadha is copper. Uttarashadha Nakshatra Days in 2011 as per Indian Standard Time (IST)

Simple Thoughts and Sayings – Swami Sivananda

Man is unable to realize the ideal because his heart is not pure and his will power is not strong. He is weakened by desires. Impure thoughts and cravings cloud his understanding and hamper the realization of this love and unity. Annihilate selfish desires. Kill this craving for worldly pleasures. You will instantly grow strong. You will share the power of the Almighty Lord. You will have a clear understanding of the nature of the Lord, the nature of Truth. Everyone who rises to this height of spiritual splendor is a mighty power for the good. If you are balanced in pleasure and pain, gain and loss, victory and defeat, sin will not touch thee; you will not be affected by the fruits of your actions. Swami Sivananda

Today in Hindu Calendar – December 24, 2010

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on December 24, 2010, Friday – Today is Krishna Paksha Tritiya and Chaturthi or 3rd and 4th day of waning phase / dark phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. Tritiya Tithi till 0807 hrs on December 24, 2010. Then onwards it is Chaturthi Tithi. All time based on India Standard Time. Margashirsh Krishna Paksha Tritiya and Chaturthi or 3rd and 4th day of Margashirsh month in Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat. Paush Krishna Paksha Tritiya and Chaturthi or 3rd and 4th day of Poush month in calendars followed in Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Jammu and Kashmir. Rashi or Moon Sign – Karka Rashi. Nakshatra – Pusam or Pushya Nakshatram till 1220 hrs on December 24, 2010. Then onwards it is Ashlesha or Ayiliyam Nakshatra. 9th day of Margazhi Masam in Tamil Calendar followed in Tamil Nadu. 9th day of Dhanu Masam in Malayalam C…