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Bhishma Sayings in the Mahabharat

There is no doubt that all teeths are capable of purifying man. But the best of all Tirthas which is capable of purifying man is – Truth. On should bathe in the Tirtha called the mind which cannot be fathomed, which has no stain and which is pure. This tirtha has Truth for its waters and the lake of the mind made up of understanding. Once a man bathes in this Manasarovar, he becomes heir to sincerity, greatness, truthfulness, compassion, self-restraint and tranquility.

Only Dharma, righteousness, follows the human body that has been abandoned by all (while living or after death). That is the only friend of man and that is the one thing that should be sought by man.

Earthly bondages are so easily formed. It is easy for anyone to nurture the plant of attachment which is but another name for death.

Evolution of Life and Hinduism – Theory of Evolution in Hindu Religion

Evolution of life on earth in Hinduism is based on the concept that all that is animate and inanimate evolved from the Supreme Truth called Brahman. Hindu religion believes that intelligence always exist, it is neither created nor destroyed. The evolutionary theory of the modern world states that unintelligent beings slowly evolve into animals, and then into intelligent human beings. Dr. Narayana P. Bhat, secretary of the Board of Trustees of the Hindu Cultural Center of North Alabama in United States, writes on the subject in al.com. In the article titled Evolution, from Hinduism's point of view: LifePoints he writes
Hinduism talks about the mental and spiritual evolution of the beings from ignorance to wisdom through progressive and successive intermediate states of partial ignorance and partial intelligence while modern science speaks of physical evolution starting with simple form of life which evolves to more complex systems of which man is the ultimate product.
Hindu philosop…

Anand Bhairav Puja – Ananda Bhairava

Anand Bhairav Puja is performed on the Shukla Paksha Ashtami, or eighth day of waxing phase of moon in Phalgun month as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India. Anand Bhairav Puja 2019 date is March 14. The puja and rituals on the day are dedicated to Anand Bhairav form of Hindu God Shiva.

Ananda Bhairava form is believed to be a happy form of Bhairav. It must be noted that Bhairav is an angry manifestation of Shiva.

Pujas and rituals dedicated to Anand Bhairava are held on the day at the famous Baba Baidyanath Dham in Deoghar, Jharkhand.

J Krishnamurti - Words to Ponder

My fear is not of death but of losing my association with things belonging to me. My fear is always in relation to the known, not to the unknown. When thought is completely silent, there is a state of experiencing. It is essential to understand the seeker, before you try to find out what it is he is seeking. In order to change, one must be aware now, not deciding later or to think about it.

Sampatkari Devi – About Goddess Sambathkari

Sampatkari Goddess, or Sambathkari Devi, is one among the numerous names of Goddess Shakti. Goddess Sambthkari is mentioned in the Lalitha Sahasranama. She is believed to have appeared from the ‘Pasham’ or rope held by Goddess Lalitha Devi. Goddess Shakti took the form of Goddess Lalitha to annihilate Bhandasura. Sambathkari Devi led an army of elephants in the battle between Goddess Lalita Devi and Bhandasura. Sambathkari Devi represents wealth. She is also propitiated for attaining sensual pleasures. The popular belief is that those devotees who have the blessings of Goddess Lalitha will get Sambathkari Devi to serve them.

Rig Veda in mp3 in Hindi – Listen or read Rg Veda online

The website Ved Puran is providing the opportunity to listen to the Rig Veda online in Hindi in mp3 format. The online audio version of the Rg Veda is the Hindi translation of the Rig Veda from Sanskrit. Pages from the Hindi translation book are also provided for reference. You can read and listen to Rig Veda in mp3 here at Ved Puran. Please note that the audio is available only in Internet Explorer browser.

Taila Ashtami – Tailashtami

Taila Ashtami is observed on the eighth day of Phalgun month and is mainly observed in Kashmir. Taila Ashtami 2019 date is March 14. It marks the end of the Herath rituals and celebrations of Kashmiri Hindu community.

Tailashtami is observed on the eighth day of the Shukla Paksha, or waxing phase of moon, in Phalguna month (February –March).

Herath is a fortnight long rituals and is the Shivratri celebration in Jammu and Kashmir.

Swami Hariharananda Quotes

How easily we forget that we live in the Divine Presence. Our existence, power, desires, thoughts and actions are rooted in this presence. How many of us are aware of this truth, this knowledge? We have a personal library within. All we have to do is go inside and help will come. Meditation teaches you how to return to the central consciousness from where all wisdom flows. Meditation does more than clean the mind; it purifies your cells.
Swami Hariharananda

Spiritual and Religious Significance of Shivaratri

Shiva is the name and form given to the formless Brahman by us. Shiva is the knowledge which will helps us sail safely and peacefully through the turbulent waters of life. Shivaratri is the night dedicated to this formless Brahman – who took form for living beings. It is believed that Shiva appeared as ‘Lingodabhavamurti on the night of Shivaratri. It is a lingam in the form of fire which has neither a beginning nor an end. ‘Linga’ means ‘sign.’ And it is merely an attempt to capture the formless as we humans are obsessed with form.

Unlike other festivals associated with Hindu Religion, Shivaratri is a night dedicated largely to prayers and not to fun and celebrations. Festivals, fun and celebrations are momentary. They are like bubbles. But when Shiva is worshipped there is bliss all around and that bliss is of Brahman realization or self realization – the permanent happiness.

Each Hindu tradition has created a story for Shivaratri and you can read the numerous legends and stories…

Kamadev – Story of Rebirth of Kamdev

Kamdev was deputed by Devas (demi gods) to end the deep tapas,, or penance, that Shiva undertook after the death of Goddess Sati. To disrupt the penance that was causing imbalance in the universe, Kamadeva arrived in front of Shiva along with Ratidevi, and shot five arrows of flowers at the heart of Shiva. Shiva’s penance was interrupted and he was terribly angry and opened his third eye on his forehead, and a fierce blazing flame came out of his third eye and burned Kamadeva into ashes. Shiva returned to householder’s life after this incident and the balance of the universe was restored. However, there was no solace to Rati Devi. She lost her Love. This created another problem in the universe – with the death of Kamdev, there was no one to ignite passion in the living beings. Procreation came to a standstill. Rati Devi, the consort of Kamadeva, then prayed to Mother Goddess Shakti. Goddess then appeared as Goddess Lalitha Tripura Sundari and brought back Kamadev into life. One legend st…

Spiritual Significance of Taking Holy Bath in Yamuna River

Millions of Hindus take holy bath in Yamuna River, especially during auspicious days. A visit to Yamunotri Temple in Himalayas is also considered highly meritorious. A popular legend states that taking holy bath, or dip, in Yamuna will help in a painless death. This is because Yamuna is believed to be the sister of Yama, the Hindu God of death. Another legend states that Yamuna is the daughter of Surya Bhagava, the Hindu Sun God. Yamuna River originates from a pond named Saptarishi Kund at an altitude of 4421 meter in the Kalinand Mountain. Yamuna River travels for nearly 800 km before merging with Ganga at Prayag in Allahabad. Yamuntori Temple is part of the famous Char Dham Yatra in the Himalayas. In a year due to harsh winter, the temple remains open only from middle May to November beginning.

Book – Hindu Dharma – The Universal Way of Life – Download for free in pdf

Hindu Dharma – The Universal Way of Life is a book based on the lectures by Jagadguru Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi Swami, the 68th Peetadhipathi of the Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam. The original book was in Tamil and this is an English Translation of the book published by Bhavans. Now you can download the book for free in pdf format. The book contains lectures delivered decades ago in Tamil by Jagadguru Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi Swami on diverse aspects of Hindu Dharma, on our ancient culture and arts and on a variety of other subjects in our day-to-day life. You can download the book here in pdf format.

Hanuman and Shiva – The Story of Hanuman as Son of Shiva

There are numerous stories in Hindu tradition, which narrates the birth of Hanuman. Some stories are of the view that Hanuman is son of Shiva, some claim he is an avatar or incarnation of Shiva, some say he is amsha or manifestation of Shiva. This particular story suggests that Hanuman is the son of Shiva.

Legend has it that Vishnu took the form of Mohini to distribute the Amrut, or elixir of life, that the Devas and Asuras received after the Samudra Manthan or Churning of ocean. Asuras and Devas started a fight over who will have the Amrut first. Mohini appeared to distribute the Amrut peacefully.

Shiva who happened to know about the beauty of Mohini wanted to see it. Shiva was enamoured by the beauty of Mohini. Scintillating nature and the beauty of Mohini made Shiva spill his semen. The semen spilled was collected by Rishis in a leaf and deposited in the womb of Anjana – who was meditating on Shiva for a son. The modern name of this technique is Artificial insemination.

Please not…

Women in Ramayana – other than Mata Sita

Other than Mata Sita, there are numerous other characters in the Ramayana who stood for Dharma. These women sacrificed love like Urmila wife of Lakshman, sacrificed motherly love like Sumithra mother of Lakshman, stood against injustice like Mandodari who criticized her husband Ravana’s wrong doings, Trijata who defied orders that were evil and Sabari, personification of Bhakti. Aparna Garg, a student at BostonUniversity, has written an inspiring article on these forgotten women in the Ramayana. She gives a short character sketch of Urmila, Sumithra, Mandodari, Trijata and Sabarai. You can read the article titled Forgotten Women of the Ramayana here at Hinduyuva magazine. 

Gautam Rishi on eight qualities that helps in achieving bliss on earth

Kindness, compassion, pity and sympathy towards every living being. Forgiveness. No Jealousy. Purity – the state of being pure from outside and inside. Not to indulge in petty and meaningless. To think, wish and work for bliss, wellbeing and prosperity of all. Neither to be nor to show weakness and miserliness. Neither lust nor wish to posses whatever belonged to others. Gautam Rishi

Baba Kali Kambli Walla - Kali Kambli Wale Baba of Himalayas

Kali Kambli Walla was a great saint who offered his life for the welfare of the poor, needy and pilgrims in the Himalayas. He walked up and down between the sacred shrines in Haridwar, Rishikesh and Badrinath providing shelters for the pilgrims. He used to be clad in only a black blanket and that is why he got his name, Kali Kambli Walla Baba, which means, the black blanket man. Kali Kambli Walla Baba was born in Vikram Samvat Era 1882. Once while visiting Haridwar he became interested in spiritual activities and took Sanyasa. After years of travel, he realized the hardships and troubles faced by the pilgrims visiting the Himalayas during the that period. To help the hungry and poor pilgrims he started a small food distribution center at Pilani  Later Kali Kambli Walla Baba travelled in India and with the help of businesspersons and rich people in Kolkata he formed Baba Kali Kambli Walla Panchayat Temple. With the help of funds collected, he opened Dharmashala (guest house to stay with…

Documentary with Evidence on Krishna’s Dwarka Under Sea in Gujarat Coast in India

Dwarka, which is mentioned in many Hindu scriptures including the Mahabharata, was the kingdom of Sri Krishna. It is believed that the Dwarka, which is under sea now, existed somewhere around 3200 years to 9000 years ago. A documentary on underwater cities and alien visits to earth, suggests that Dwarka might have been destroyed by Aliens. What is important to us is that it is beyond doubt that Dwarka existed. Alien attacks can be just theories. Facts – A city was discovered underwater near present day Dwarka in Gujarat. It was a very ancient settlement and busy port. Sandstones walls and streets were discovered by underwater archeological studies. There are two versions of the destruction of Dwarka in Hindu Scriptures – the most popular is that when Krishna decided to leave the world, the city of Dwarka was submerged by sea – sea rising to eat Dwarka. Another version has that a King named Shalva attacked Dwarka from the skies using weapons like lightning and thunder. About Aliens destroy…

Kamda Saptami Vrat – Kamada Saptami in Phalgun Month

Kamda Saptami is observed in the Phalgun month in North India. Kamda Saptami Vrat 2019 date is March 13. The day falls during the Holashtak period in North India and is associated with the upcoming Holi festival.

Kamada Saptami is observed on the seventh day of waxing phase of moon, or Shukla Paksha Saptami, in Phalgun month.

Teachings and Sayings from Upanishads

No one can understand the sound of a drum without understanding both the drum and the drummer. Let one therefore keep the mind pure for what a man thinks, that he becomes. The only way to know it is to become it.
Self-knowledge is the best of all forms of knowledge; through it, one attains immortality.
Know yourself, so what you’ve done won’t burn you. Nor will what you’ve left undone.
As is the human body, so the cosmic body; as is the human mind, so the cosmic mind; as is the atom, so the Universe.
The spirit down here in man and the spirit up there in the sun, in reality are only one spirit, and there is no other one.
Out of abundance he took abundance and still abundance remained.

In a world where everything changes the divine is everywhere present.
Consciousness alone is alive. Everything objective is dead and inert.
Our senses are created as outward-going. Therefore we see things in the outside. But one dhira (a bold man, or one who withdrew  his senses from objects), longing for …

Chaitra Ashtami 2019 date – Chait 8 - Durga Ashtami March – April 2019 During Chaitra Navratri

Durga Ashtami during Navratri and is one of the most auspicious days during the nine-day festival. Durga Ashtami 2019 date during Chaitra Navratri is April 13. It is observed on the Shukla Ashtami or the eighth day during the waxing phase of moon in Chaitra Month (March – April). Fasting dedicated to Goddess Durga is observed on the day by a large number of Hindus, especially in North and Eastern parts of India.

On the day, Mahashtami, Mahanisha Puja and Annapurna Parikrama held in Shakti Temples in North India. The day is also known as Chaitra Ashtami. Tara Ashtami rituals are also held on the day.

Ashokashtami is an important ritual held on the day in Orissa.

The day is also the most important day during Basanti Puja.

Annapurna Puja is also observed on the day.

Brahma Kund at Haridwar – The Importance and Spiritual Significance of Brahmakund at Haridwar

Brahma Kund, located at Hari ki Pauri, is one of the holiest spots to take bath or holy dip at Haridwar. The popular legend is that Amrit pot attained after churning of ocean spilled at Brahmakund when Devas and Asuras were fight for it. The spot got the name after a king Shwetha did intense Tapas (penance) on the spot and pleased Brahma. As Brahma appeared here, the place got the name Brahma Kund.

It is widely believed that taking a dip or performing holy bath at the Kund will help in cleansing of the sins of all birth. The holy dip here is seen as an important step in attaining Moksha.

Another legend has it that son of King of Bhagiratha, Swetha, impressed all the Devas at the spot with his austerities and they gave him the boon that Brahmakund at Haridwar will be always blessed with the presence of Trimurtis – Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva.

Numerous temples are located on the banks of Brahma Kund at Hari ki Pauri in Haridwar.

Traditional Breakfasts in India and Its Nutritional Value

Gobar Times in its January 15, 2011 edition has published an extensive study on the traditional Indian breakfasts and their nutritional value. Gobar Times is an environment magazine for kids. They have explored the important breakfast dishes in India like Aloo Paratha from Punjab, Sheermal from Jammu and Kashmir, Pitha, Luchi and Cholar Dals from eastern parts of India, Poha from Maharashtra, Khachori from Rajasthan, Dhokala from Gujarat, Pesarattu, Uthappam, Puttu from south India and Chiru, rice from northeastern India.
The article also suggests a perfect breakfast which is a combination of various breakfasts from different parts of India. You can read this informative and interesting article here at Gobar Times.

Holi in Nandgaon in 2019 – Second day of Lathmar Holi Festival in Mathura

Holi Festival in Nandgaon is famous for the Lathmaar Holi. It begins on the tenth day (dasami) of the shukla paksha (waxing phase of moon) of Phalgun month. In 2019, Lathmar Holi in Nandgaon is on March 10. Holi in Nandgaon is the return visit of the Gopas of Barsana to play Holi with the Gopis of Nandgaon. On the previous day, the men of Nandgaon village had gone to Barsana to play the famous Lathmar Holi with the females there. Now the men folk come to play holi in Nandgaon.

The men folk of Barsana carry a flag from their village to the Shriji Temple in Nandgaon. The men and women of Nandgaon try to stop them.

Colors are thrown on all the people around. The occasion is marked by singing of devotional and folk songs. Women also fend off the men folk of Barsana with bamboo sticks.

Nandgaon is around 30 km from Mathura and is on the way to Barsana.

Mahabharata Podcast – Listen or Download Mahabharat Audio for free

Mahabharata Podcast is by Lawrence Manzo and it contains audio of each episode from the Mahabharat. You can listen to the reading online or download it for free. The audio is in mp3 format. Lawrence Manzo narrates an abridged version of the Mahabharata. He is retelling it and adds his observations and questions. LinkMahabharata Podcast To listen to the podcast click on the episode link at the beginning of each blog post. To download right click and use the save link as option.

Sage Vasishta on the Liberated State

Purity, total fulfilment of all desires (hence, their absence), friendliness to all, truthfulness, wisdom, tranquillity and blissfulness, sweetness of speech, supreme magnanimity, lustrousness, one-pointedness, realization of cosmic unity, fearlessness, absence of divided-consciousness, no perversity – these are my constant companions. Since at all times everything everywhere happens in every manner, in me there is no desire or aversion towards anything whether pleasant or unpleasant. Since all delusion has come to an end, since the mind has ceased to be and all evil thoughts have vanished, I rest peacefully in my own self. Sage Vasishtafrom Yoga Vasishta

Information on Transgenic Human and Animal Sciences Hidden In the Vedas

An Indian Vedic scientist, Dr Chandraprakash Trivedi, claims to have successfully decoded Vedic inscriptions which provide information on transgenic human and animal sciences. Transgenic is transferring of genetic material by any of a number of genetic engineering techniques from one organism to another. DNA reports
The first revelations about transgenic animal sciences will be done by an Indian vedic scientist, Dr Chandraprakash Trivedi, at an international conference on human genetics that will be held in March in Cape Town.
Dr Chandraprakash Trivedi said, “The decoded vedic hymns and depictions have tons of data on transgenic animal sciences.
“The IndusValley civilisation’s pictographic symbols on the seals are cytological models for teaching and they explore the cellular genetic evolution on the earth with genetic recombination. Its literary evidences are in the vedic hymns.” The hymns, when decoded, relate to the complex processes like the synthesis of chromosome, DNA replication,…

Swami Sunirmalananda – Words of Wisdom

It is ignorance to think that with university degrees, we become more mature. Nowadays every locality has many postgraduates and several doctorates. And about exams, the less said the better. What is more, they say certificates are being sold for money. We have doctors and engineers, doctorates and postgraduates – almost in every family. Of course, there are definitely many hardworking and sincere students and they greatly contribute to others’ well being. However, the fact remains that many modern qualified individuals are not really as qualified as their degrees show. Therefore, the world remains what it is. Despite having so many qualified individuals, perhaps we hardly get an opportunity of dealing with mature people in our lives. The tragedy of the whole thing is, such immature people think they are mature because of their qualifications and pass indiscrete comments on really mature people – the flower of the earth. The misery of the world is largely due to our not respecting thos…

The meaning of the name Venkateswara

The name Venkata is exclusively used to refer to Balaji. It is not used for any other deity. There are two different meaning for Ventaka in Sanskrit – the first is ‘destroyer of sins.’ It is said that Brahma promised Vishnu that whoever visits the Tirumala hills will redeem their sins. Thus the Seshadri hill on which Venkateswara sits came to be known as Venkata and Vishnu came to be known as Venkateswara. This meaning of Venkata is based on the use of the term found in the Brahmanda Purana and Bhavishyottara Purana.

Another meaning of Venkata is ‘giver of worldly wealth.’ This meaning is found in the Vayu Purana. Scholars are of view that this meaning relates to one of the qualities of Venkateswara.

The earliest reference of the term Venkatam is found in Tamil Grammar Text, Tholkaappiyam, which is believed to have been written around 200 B.C. The meaning of the term here is ‘burning debts’ – ‘Ven’ means burning and ‘kadan’ means debt. This meaning relates to the debt that Venkateswa…

Conversion Laws in India – Soon there may be proof and documents of conversion?

There are many people in India get converted from other religions to Hinduism for marriage and due to other reasons. But these conversions do not have legal approval. For example the converted person will not get benefits under the Hindu Marriage Act (HMA), 1955. Honorable courts in India faced numerous difficulties due to lack of proof and documents of conversion. Several divorce cases of inter-religious marriages are pending in the courts on the issue of conversion. To solve this problem, the 19th Law Commission under Justice P.V. Reddi, in its latest report on “Conversion/re-conversion to another religion — mode of proof” to the government has suggested a solution. The Telegraph reports
The commission has said that within a month after the date of conversion, the converted person can send a declaration to the officer in charge of registration of marriages in the concerned area. The officer, in turn, shall exhibit a copy of the declaration on the notice board of the office till the d…

Sri Aurobindo Thoughts on Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 2, Verse 13

As the embodied soul (master of the body) has childhood, youth and old age occurring to the body, so too is his change over to another body. The calm and wise man is not disturbed  or perplexed in that regard. (Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 2, Verse 13) The soul is the reality, not the body. All these kings men for whose approaching death Arjuna mourns, have lived before, they will live again in the human body; for as soul passes physically through childhood and youth and age, so it passes on to the changing of the body. The calm and wise mind, the thinker who looks upon life steadily and does not allow himself to be disturbed and blinded by his sensations and emotions, is not deceived by material appearances; he does not allow the clamour of his blood and his nerves and his heart to cloud his judgement or to contradict his knowledge. He looks beyond the apparent facts of the life of the body and senses. He looks into to the real fact of his being and rises beyond the emotional and physical des…

Moon in Dreams – Meaning of Seeing Crescent or Full moon in Dream

As per Hindu tradition, seeing moon in dreams is believed to usher in positive change. Generally seeing a moon in dream means the stature of the person will increase in family, society and at the workplace. Seeing Crescent moon is interpreted as hope. Full moon, or purna Chandra, means improvement in health or new love and romance. Clouds gathering over moon is a sign of some trouble or unexpected failures and disappointments.   Clouds moving away and sighting the moon clearly is seen as change in fortune.

Sayings and Teachings of Swami Chidananda

There is no eye like that of knowledge. There is no penance like the practice of truth. There is no sorrow like attachment. There is no happiness like renunciation. There is no friend like Guru. The safe boat to cross the formidable Samsara is Satsanga (the company of those who have realized truth). Mercy is the highest virtue. Forgiveness is the highest power. The knowledge of Atman is the highest knowledge. The practice of virtue, the worship of God and helping others – these three form the very essence of a truly noble life. Never neglect them. Ever practice them. This is real earning. He who has this earning, he accumulates the greatest wealth even though his earthly income may be modest. Swami Chidananda

Holi Festival in Kullu in Himachal Pradesh – 40-day Festival begins on Vasant Panchami

Holi Festival in Kullu in Himachal Pradesh begins on the Vasant Panchami day. In 2019, the festival begins on February 10 and will conclude on the Holi festival day on March 21, 2019. The festival in Kullu is associated with the RaghunathTemple. The murti worshipped in the temple – Sri Ram – is brought out on a chariot. People apply colors on the murti of Sri Ram and his brother Bharath.

The 40-day festival is in commemoration of the bringing of the murti of Sri Ram from Ayodhya in 1660 AD. The murti is installed at the famous RaghunathTemple at Sultanpur in Kullu.

The murti of Sri Ram will be bathed in colors for 40 days. The festival will culminate on the Holi day.

Mahut God – A Story by Sri Ramakrishna

In a forest, there lived a holy man who had many disciples. One day he taught them to see God in all beings and, knowing this, to bow low before them all.

A disciple went to the forest to gather wood for the sacrificial fire. Suddenly he heard an outcry: ‘Get out of the way! A mad elephant is coming!’

All but the disciple of the holy man took to their heels. He reasoned that the elephant was also God in another form. Then why should he run away from it? He stood still, bowed before the animal, and began to sing its praises.

The mahut of the elephant was shouting: ‘Run away! Run away!’ But the disciple didn’t move. The animal seized him with its trunk, cast him to one side, and went on its way.

Hurt and bruised, the disciple lay unconscious on the ground. Hearing what had happened, his teacher and his brother disciples came to him and carried him to the hermitage.

With the help of some medicine he soon regained consciousness. Someone asked him, ‘You knew the elephant was coming—why di…

Tirupati Balaji Temple to Allow Only One Visit a Year for an Individual

Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) is planning to make the Tirupati Balaji Darshan once in a year affair for an individual – a devotee can only visit the temple once in a year. The reason is to control the daily crowd which at present is around 60,000 to 70,000. This number is expected to touch 100,000 daily in three years time. Nothing has yet been decided but the plan is seen as a way to reduce the wait for darshan which is around 10 hours now. India Today reports
A 'biometric system' will record fingerprints and photographs of pilgrims so that no one gets darshan tickets for the second time in a year.
The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam plans to restrict the number of darshans by each devotee to only one a year. And a 'biometric system' will record fingerprints and photographs of pilgrims so that no one gets darshan tickets for the second time in a year.
"The proposal is being mooted because of the steep rise in the number of pilgrims. On an average, 60,000-75,000…

Prayer to Goddess Saraswati on Vasant Panchami and Saraswati Puja

Om Sarva Chaithanya Roopam Thaam Aadyaam Vidyaam Cha Dheemahi Buddhim Yo Nah Pracodayat
We meditate upon the Mother, Who is the form of Cosmic Consciousness, Who is the Primordial reality and the Repository of all knowledge. May she inspire our intellect

Ratham Kolam for Ratha Saptami Festival

Ratham Kolam drawn on Ratha Saptami Festival is a single-wheeled chariot in red and white which represents Hindu God Surya’s chariot. Ratham or Ratha means chariot. Rath Saptami puja is conducted near the chariot Kolam. You can find a few other Ratha Saptami Kolam designs here.

Book - Apprenticed to a Himalayan Master: A Yogi’s Autobiography by Sri. M

The autobiography – ‘Apprenticed to a Himalayan Master: A Yogi’s Autobiography by Sri. M – narrates the spiritual journey which 19-year-old Mumtaz Ali Khan took to the Himalayas to return as Sri ‘M’, a yogi with profound knowledge of the Upanishads and deep personal insights.’ Sri M, as he is popularly known, is a social activist, educationist and a crusader for inter-religious harmony with a deep knowledge of world religions. About Sri. M
The Satsang Foundation was founded by Sri M to assist the underprivileged to lead lives of self-respect, self-reliance and peace. He runs a free school ‘Satsang Vidyalaya’  for tribal children of Madanapalle in Andhra Pradesh. He also runs The Peepal Grove School at Sadum in Andhra Pradesh which has innovative and life-enhancing methods of teaching. Then there is Manav Ekta Mission that works towards spreading the oneness of all religions.
The bonus for those interested in the secrets of yoga, meditation and sankhyan metaphysics is that Sri ‘M’ is sti…

Hora Ashtami – Hur Ashtami

Hora Ashtami is observed on the eighth day of the Krishna Paksha or waning phase of moon in Phagon or Falgun month in Jammu and Kashmir. Hora Ashtami 2019 date is February 26. The spring season begins on this day in Kashmir and the day marks the birthday of Mata Sita. The most important ritual takes place on the day at the Sri Sharika Chakreshwar Temple on Hari Parbat Hill in Kashmir.

The fasting and prayers dedicated to Shiva for Shivratri begins on the Hora Ashtami day. Cleaning of the houses with ‘hur’ for welcoming Shiva is also a highlight of the period. Hora Ashtami is an important day in Herath, the fortnight long observation of Shivratri in Kashmir.

On Hora Ashtami day, people keep vigil throughout the night at the Sri Sharika Chakreshwar Temple. It is the believed that the deity of the temple blesses people with prosperity and blesses them with a good harvest in the coming season. A legend in the region suggests that on the Phagon Ashtami day Goddess Sharika migrates from K…

Great Teachings from the Bhagavatam

According to the teachings of the Bhagavatam, the loftiest vedantic thought is Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam – the whole world is but a family. In all beings there pervades the same cosmic spirit. There is none alien, so we need have no enmity toward anyone. We must, instead, love and nurture all. There are examples of great kings, such as Harischandra and Bali, who preferred to give away their kingdoms and everything they possessed to uphold a promise. Truth and integrity are most valued in Sanatana Dharma. Srimad Bhagavatam recognizes that strength and power used for protecting the weak and oppressed is act of worthiness. But the same used for one’s own selfish ends is unworthy and sinful. This aspect is proved by the various incarnations of Vishnu that annihilated the power and strength of Ravana, Kamsa and Hiranyakashipu. Bhagavatam - Srimad Bhagavad Purana

Satyanarayan Vrat Katha in English in pdf format - The Story Read on Satyanarayana Puja

Satyanarayana Puja is dedicated to Hindu God Vishnu. Satyanarayana is a highly compassionate form of Sri Hari Vishnu. Satyanarayan Vrat Katha is read on the day of puja. Below is the Satyanarayan Vrat Katha in English in pdf format.

Link - Satyanarayan Vrat Katha in English


Performing Satyanarayana puja is believed to usher in prosperity and is performed after marriages, important ceremonies, achievements, purchase of property or house etc.

Lakshmana Sharma Sayings

Mind is only thoughts. The more easily you can be without thoughts, the nearer you are to a direct experience of Self. To make the mind die you must deprive it of thoughts. Humble righteousness is nine-tenths of the Egoless State.

The religious man always thinks that his zeal for making converts is a virtue. It is not a virtue at all, but a vice because this zeal is due to his egoism.

The amount of grace which one receives is proportional to the degree to which one surrenders. If you surrender completely, then you will receive enough grace to realize the Self.

Lakshmana Sharmaan ardent follower of Sri Ramana Maharishi

Beauty Spot on Face - Til on Face Meaning - Men and Women

Til, or beauty spot, on face is interpreted as either good or bad in Hindu culture. Depending on the position it is good or bad for both men and women. Luck or unlucky factor depends on the position of the beauty spot. If the til is on the right cheek then the person will become rich. If the beauty spot is on the left cheek, there will be increase in expenses.


Position of Beauty Spot and Symbolism and Meaning If the beauty spot is on the nose then the person will be doing lot of travels.If the spot is on the forehead, then the person will be healthy and strong.If the spot is on the two eyebrows then the person will do lot of journeys.If the til is on the right eye then the person will have good relation with the opposite sex.If the til is on the left eye then person will have bad relation with the opposite sex.If the beauty spot is on the lips, then the person will be too much interested in sensual pleasures.If the beauty spot is on the ears then the person will have a short life.

Live Darshan from Hindu Temples in India

There are several Hindu Temples in India that are offering live darshan. Majority of the temples have live webcasting during the arati period and important puja periods. Here is a list of temples and links to the live darshan. Siddhivinayak Mandir Mumbai – You can view the live darshan from this famous Ganesh temple here.

Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Varanasi – You can view the live darshan here (it seems you will need Internet Explorer Browser to view the live streaming).

Shirdi Sai Baba Temple - You can view the live darshan of Samadhi Mandir here.
You can view Shirdi Sai Baba Temple Dwarkamai live darshan here.
UnjhaUmiyaTemple – Goddess Umiya in Gujarat – You can view the live darshan here.

TuljaBhavaniTemple – Live Darshan from Tula Bhavani Mandir can be found here.

Somanth Temple – You can view the live darshan here.

Jagannath Mandir, Ahmedabad – You can view the live darshan here.

Donkey in Hinduism - Donkey as Vahana - Vehicle of Goddess in Hindu Religion

Donkey is the Vahana, or vehicle, of Goddess Kalratri and of Goddess Shitala in Hindu religion. The vahana, or vehicle, concept is unique to Hinduism and often has hidden symbolism.

As per some scholars in ancient India, the donkey was regarded as evil and lascivious. Its bray a portent of scanty harvest. It was also associated with adultery.
Goddess Kalratri is one among the nine goddesses worshipped during Navratri. She is believed to ride on a donkey at night. She is also associated with the angry form of Goddess Shakti.

Goddess Shitala Mata, the goddess of fever and smallpox, is also believed to ride on a donkey. She is believed to ride on a donkey carrying various grams in a basket. She scatters them creating various skin diseases. Donkey Atop Ravana Certain medieval painters used to paint a male donkey above the ten heads of Ravana.

This symbolically indicates Ravana’s stubbornness of not parting with Mata Sita despite numerous warnings by Sri Ram, Lakshman and the Vanara Sena.

Fish Found in Ganga River Could Cure Heart Diseases

Zebrafish that lives in the GangaRiver, the holy river in Hinduism, could trigger a revolution in the treatment of heart disease – which could lead to the end of heart-transplant surgery. Medical researchers working with the British Heart Foundation are claiming to have discovered a small protein molecule in zebrafish that appears to play a critical role in orchestrating the repair of damaged cardiac muscle. Zebrafish is a tiny tropical fish found in the GangaRiver. It is also today widely found in aquariums. Mother Nature Network reports Zebrafish can regenerate damaged cardiac tissue at an incredible rate. In just a week's time, a zebrafish can repair as much as 20 percent of its heart muscle. Now medical researchers working with the British Heart Foundation hope that insight into the fish's amazing ability could lead to the development of new treatments that will one day allow the human heart to heal itself too. "Scientifically, mending human hearts is an achievable goal …

Janaki Jayanthi in North India

Janaki Jayanthi is the birthday of Sita Devi, who is also known as Janaki. Janaki Jayanthi 2019 date in North India is on February 26. King Janaka adopted Janaki; after he found her while, he was ploughing his field. The festival is observed on the eighth day of the Krishna Paksha (waning phase of moon) of Phalgun month (February – March).

It must be noted here that Janaki Jayanti in Phalgun month is more famous with Hindu communities in northern parts of India. In Western India it is observed on Vaishakh Shukla Paksha Navami day (April – May).

Janaki is an embodiment of purity and wifely devotion and is the consort of Lord Ram. Her abduction by Ravana and her subsequent rescue by Lord Ram, Lakshman, Hanuman and Vanar Sena is the central theme of the Ramayana. She is an incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi and is worshiped in temples dedicated to Lord Ram.

Swami Visharadananda Quotes

It is our attitude that makes us happy or unhappy. Attitude, in turn, is dependent on how we view things. If our view is based on a limited view of life, then we quickly become upset. We should think well before we jump to a conclusion. There is no one who is happy all through his life nor is anyone unhappy all his life. Even Lord Rama and Krishna were no exceptions. Rama had to weep like an ordinary person. Even after he became the king of Ayodhaya, Rama had to banish Sita to the forest, and later undergo mental suffering. Sri Krishna too did not have continuously happy situations. How many times he had to fight the demons and adversaries! And then he had to be a part of the great war of Mahabharata. This understanding makes a person a tapasvi — a man of introspection and forbearance. Swami Visharadananda (Source – Book titled – Human Values by Swami Visharadananda)