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On the Growth of Hindu Population in the United States

An unofficial Hindu census in the United States by the Santa Barbara, a California based Institute of American Religion, discovered some 1,600 temples and centers with an estimated 600,000 practicing Hindus in the United States. It is also estimated that nearly the same number of Hindus prefer personal worship, thus taking the numbers of Hindus to more than 1.2 million. You can read more about the growth of Hindu population in the United States in this article titled Hindu Americans: The Surprising, Hidden Population Trends of Hinduism in the U.S by David Briggs in the Huffington Post.
Some excerpts from the article
What is propelling Hinduism in the United States into a role as one of the nation's largest minority religions is a steady stream of Indian immigrants who have built hundreds of temples across the nation, according to a new study.
While there is at least one Hindu center in every state, they are largely concentrated in Indian American communities, Melton and Jones report…

Hitopadesa Sayings

Knowledge is destroyed by associating with the base; with equals equality is gained, and with the distinguished, distinction. Circumspection in calamity; mercy in greatness; good speeches in assemblies; fortitude in adversity; these are the self attained perfections of great souls. Like an earthen pot, a bad man is easily broken, and cannot readily be restored to his former situation; but a virtuous man, like a vase of gold, is broken with difficulty, and easily repaired. A stranger who is kind is a kinsman; an unkind kinsman is a stranger.
Hitopadesa

Valmiki’s Life as Ratnakara the Robber

Valmiki, the author of Ramayan, led the life of a robber before he became a saint. Scholars have different opinion regarding the early life of Sage Valmiki – a group suggests that he lead a pious life from the beginning but others stick to his early life as a thief. It is said that in his early life Valmiki was known as Ratnakara. It was a meeting with Sage Narad that changed his life. One day Ratnakara attacked Sage Narad in a forest. The sage asked, “Why are you killing and injuring people and robbing them.” Ratnakara replied that all this was for his family. Narada then asked, “Will they pay for your sins.” Ratnakara said that they will as he was doing it for them. Sage Narada said that no one will share sin. A debate took place between them. Finally, Ratnakara decided to ask his family. Ratnakara went home and asked his wife and children whether they will share his sins. They said no. His wife said that her job was cook and look after children; and you provide for the family and how …

Teachings from Ashtavakra Samhita

The universe rises from you like bubbles rising from the sea. Thus know the Self to be One and in this way enter into the state of dissolution.

Be calm and serene; don’t be agitated. Do not go after anything. If anything comes your way accept it gracefully, happily and be contented. Be humble and hear your inner voice. Problems crop up when you run after things and get them, of course, disappointment and unhappiness are there if you do not get them.

He who is beyond existence and non-existence, who is wise, satisfied, and free from desire, does nothing even if he may be acting in the eyes of the world.

Knowledge of one’s true nature as the infinite and non-dual pure consciousness will give freedom and spontaneity in all actions. The wise one who lives on happily, doing what comes to him to be done, does not feel anxiety either in activity or inactivity.

The fool desires peace through the control of the mind, and so does not attain it. The wise one, knowing the truth, is ever of a tran…

Sun in dream – Meaning of Surya or Sun in dreams

Seeing Sun or Surya in dream is very common for many people. In Hindu religion there is an ancient scripture known as Swapna Shastra which gives interpretation and meaning of various dreams. Sun in a dream is considered good as per the Swapna Shastra. Sun in dreams mean the person will meet someone very important in society or whom the person respects. This is a positive dream and means improvement in current status.

Kukke Subramanya Temple Official Website

KukkeSubramanyaTemple is a popular HinduTemple located at Subrahmanya, Sullia Taluk, Dakshina Kannada District in Karnataka. The Mujarai department of Government of Karnataka has put up an official website of KukkeSubramanyaTemple with online booking of several pujas. Hindu God Subrahmanya is worshipped here but the temple is famous as Naga or SnakeTemple as divine serpent Vasuki and other snakes found safety here. The temple is famous for alleviating Sarpa Samsakara or Sarpa Dosha. You can find the official website of KukkeSubramanyaTemple here.

Hinglaj Mata Temple Pictures in Baluchistan in Pakistan

Goddess Hinglaj Mata is an incarnation of Goddess Shakti and is one among the 51 Shaktipeeths. The head of Goddess Sati is worshipped here. The deity takes her name from the mountain cave Hinglaj on the Makran coast in the Lyari District of Balochistan in Pakistan. Dawn Newspaper has created a image gallery of the HinglajMataTemple and famous Mud Volcano.

Legend has it that when Lord Vishnu cut the body of Goddess Sati to stop Shiva’s lament after Sati’s death which was unsettling the universe; part of her head fell at Hinglaj or Hingula. (You can read the legend here in this article.)


Link - You can view all the 14 images here at the Dawn image gallery.

Greatest peace is in truth and righteousness – Bhartrihari Sayings

What is the most profitable? – Fellowship with the god. What is the worst thing in the world? – Company of evil men. What is the greatest loss? – Failure in one’s duty. Where is the greatest peace? – In truth and righteousness. Who is the hero? – The man who subdues his senses. Who is the best beloved? – The faithful wife. What is wealth? – Knowledge What is the most perfect happiness? Staying at home.
Bhartrihari

Vishnu Sahasranamam in Telugu in pdf format – Download for free

Vishnu Sahasranamam is one of the most popular prayers dedicated to Hindu God Vishnu. Vishnu Sahasranama consists of the 1000 names of Srihari Vishnu. This is a pdf version of the Vishnusahsranamam in Telugu.  This free version of Vishnu Sahasranamam in Telugu text is provided by website Prapatti. You can download Vishnu Sahsranamam in Telugu here. You will need to have pdf reader installed in your browser to read or download the text.

Siddha Ganapati

Siddha Ganapati is one among the 32 forms of Sri Ganesh. The popular belief is that by worshipping Siddha Ganapati one gets immediate relief from troubles.
Siddha Ganapati mantra is Pakva chootaphala pushpa Manjari cheshudanda Thilamodakaihi sah Udvahan parashumastu te namah Shri samrudhiyutha hemapingala Form The Siddha Ganapati form of Ganesha has four hands and his color is golden yellow or green. The hands hold mango, garland of flowers, sugarcane and axe. His trunk holds sweet and sesame seeds. Benefits of Worshipping Siddha Ganapati The belief is that Siddha Ganapati blesses a person with ashta siddhis.

Success in any task is assured after proper worship of Siddha Ganapati.
A popular temple associated with Siddha Ganapati is the SiddhiVinayakTemple in Mumbai.

Sri Sathya Sai Baba Teachings

Be Good
Do Good
See Good
This Is The Way To God

If there is righteousness in the heart, there will be beauty in the character.
If there is beauty in the character, there will be harmony in the home.
If there is harmony in the home, there will be order in the nation.
When there is order in the nation, there will be peace in the world.

Words to Ponder – Sayings from Mahabharata

Anger is a great vice. So too is pride. Together they can destroy a man’s commonsense. Their explosive combination can even destroy his basic sense of self preservation. When a person is strong, valorous, skilled and intelligent, why question his lineage? Like a river’s noble course, deeds should proclaim the warrior. Though one may be reputed to be a great teacher, it is his student’s prowess that will prove the worth of his teachings. Not just by words but by deeds must he prove his merit as a great teacher.
Mahabharata

Panch Devta - The Concept of Puja of Five Gods in Hinduism

Panch Devta is the concept of five gods in Hinduism. The Panch Dev that are worshipped are Vishnu, Shiva, Ganesha, Shakti and Surya. The concept of Panch Devta is more popular with Hindu communities in North India. The five gods are worshipped daily in homes. Those people who worship the five gods are known as Panchopasak.

For fasting and other related rituals, the Panchopasak follows the Smarta Tradition.

Panch Dev Puja is believed to help in attaining happiness, progress and peace.

The concept of Panch Dev was developed by teachers of Santana Dharma to help common people who are not able to understand the concept of Brahman. The Panch devtas are manifestations of Brahman who is actually unthinkable, unmanifested, unlimited and without a form.

Book – Download Thirty Minor Upanishads in English in pdf for free

Thirty Minor Upanishads is a collection of translation of small Upanishads which are part of Vedas and are not counted among the popular Upanishad texts. The Upanishads are translated by K. Narayanaswami Aiyar and was published in 1914. Now you can download the book in pdf format for free from the Central Archeological Library of India.  Link - Thirty Minor Upanishads in pdf – Download for free
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Indrani Puja

Indrani Puja is observed in the month of Ashada in North India. It is dedicated to Goddess Indrani. Ashada Krishna Paksha Navami or ninth day during the waning phase of moon is when the puja is observed. Indrani Puja 2018 date is July 7. The puja and rituals on the day are only observed by certain Hindu communities in North India.

Goddess Indrani is one of the Sapta Matrikas – the seven divine mothers or Saptamatris. Goddess Indrani takes her name from Indra – the king of the Devas. She has similar characteristics of Indra and the same Vahana or vehicle – white elephant.

She is worshipped for peace and good harvest.

Spiritual experience is an experience of no thought – Osho Thoughts

A stone on the path can either be a stopping stone hindering the path, or it can be a stepping stone helping you to go higher on the path. The stone is the same, but how you use it all depends on you. Silence is the space in which one awakens, and the noisy mind is the space in which one remains asleep. It is not the distance that takes time, but the barriers, particularly those you create for yourself. Spiritual experience is an experience of no thought.
Osho

Virtual Tour of Khajuraho Temples – View Pictures in 360 degree

Khajuraho Temples in Madhya Pradesh in India are among the most photographed temples in India. 360 cities website is offering virtual tour of Khajuraho Temples – there are five images including the famous VarahaTemple and LakshmanaTemple. The images are of high quality and can be viewed in 360 degree.

Link - Virtual Tour of Khajuraho Temples

Ganga Dasami 2011 Date

Ganga Dasami celebrates the appearance or birthday of River Ganga – her descent on earth. The festival begins on the Amavasya or no moon day in the Hindu month of Jyestha as per traditional Hindi calendar and ends on the Dasami tithi or 10th day. The festival lasts for 10 days. Ganga Dasami 2011 begins on June 1 and ends on June 11. The festival of great importance in those places through which the Ganges flows especially at Haridwar and Prayag (Allahabad). Ganga is worshipped in Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and Bengal during this period Goddess Ganga Devi is an important deity in Hinduism and bathing in the divine river is the believed to cleanse the sins committed. The ritual of bathing in Ganga is also a way to achieve moksha – the escape from the endless cycles of birth and death.

Goddess Matangi – Story of Shiva and Goddess Matangi

Goddess Matangi is one of the Dasa Mahavidyas. She is a manifestation of Goddess Parvati. Some scholars also associate her with Madurai Meenakshi. The popular legend associated with Goddess Matangi suggests that she took the form to teach Shiva a lesson as he had tried to trick her through a change in his form.

Legend has it that Goddess Parvati once went to her father’s home. Shiva could not tolerate the absence of Goddess Parvati. He grew jealous and took the form of an ornament vendor and visited the palace of Parvati’s father.

Goddess Parvati brought some bangles from the vendor. When asked its price, the vendor asked to pay it with sexual favors. Goddess Parvati immediately recognized that the merchant was Shiva who was to test her fidelity. She agreed to do sexual favors but at an appropriate time.

To teach Shiva a lesson, Goddess Parvati appeared in the form of a Chandala Girl – a member of the hunter community – before Shiva while he was doing his evening prayers.

To attract …

Book – Dancing With Siva: Hinduism's Contemporary Catechism – Read online for free

Dancing With Siva: Hinduism's Contemporary Catechism is written by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami. The book is in question and answer form and explores various aspects of Hinduism. A highlight of the book is its rich illustration. You can now read the book online at Google Books for free. Please note that there is no option of download. Link - Dancing With Siva: Hinduism's Contemporary Catechism read online
The book is also provided in embedded format below.


Atharva Veda Teachings

May we throw off the interior impurities in the stream of knowledge and the exterior ones in that of water and thus we may become pure, fit for admittance into heaven. (Atharva Veda 14, 2, 67). Evil befalls him who does evil. (Atharva Veda 10, 1, 5) May I love everyone whether noble or ignoble. (Atharva Veda 19, 26, 4) Those who love and keep peace, preserve the forces of nature (physical, mental and spiritual) within themselves. (Atharva 19, 27, 10) It is with united effort that good deeds can be done. (Atharva 20, 128, 12)

Dvija Ganapati

Dvija Ganapati is one among the 32 forms of Ganesha. This form of Ganesha is worshipped for gaining knowledge and to make materialistic gains. This is also a unique form among the 32 forms of Ganesha as this form as four heads. Dvija Ganapati moola mantra is: Yah pustakakshaguna danda Kamandalu
Shrividyothaman, karabhooshanaminduvarnam, Stambera maanana chatushtaya shobhamaanam Tvam yah smaredwija ganadhipate sa dhanyah!
Form Dvija Ganapati has four heads and four hands. He holds a book, a Rudraksha mala, a staff and kamandala.
Benefits of Dvija Ganapati It is believed that worshipping Dvija Ganapati is good for attaining name and fame in the world. He is also propitiated for gaining knowledge.

Uma Brahmani Puja Vrat in Jyeshta Month

Uma Brahmani Puja Vrat is observed in North India in the Jyeshta Month. It is observed on the Shukla Paksha Ashtami or the eighth day of the waxing phase of moon. Uma Brahmani Puja Vrat 2018 date is June 20. The puja and rituals are dedicated to Goddess Shakti – Uma is one of the names of Goddess Parvati. Goddess Brahmani is a manifestation of Goddess Shakti.

This vrat is associated with the intense tapas that Goddess Parvati performed to get Shiva as her husband. This vrat is not very popular as other famous vrats like Hartalika which are associated with the same legend. Some Hindu communities observe this vrat for peace and prosperity in the family.

Symbolism and concept of Hanuman – Dr. R. Nagaswamy

As a great warrior, a great scholar, a sincere friend, minister, ambassador, as one wedded to truth and righteousness, a servant and an outstanding devotee, Hanuman reveals the traits that no other living being does. Therefore it appears that the Indian mind visualized “The Perfect Man” not in the image of a man, but in the image of Hanuman. Born as the son of one of the elements, Vayu (wind), appearing as a man perfect in all fields of activities, Hanuman is raised to the status of godhood, a benevolent god of hope, intellect, courage and devotion.
Dr. R. Nagaswamy

Today is Hanuman Jayanti – April 18, 2011

Today is Hanuman Jayanti – April 18, 2011 – the birthday of Sri Hanuman and it is observed on the full moon day in the month of Chaitra in many parts of India. In Hinduism, Hanuman is the perfect manifestation of devotion, humility, discipline, strength and selfless service. He is the one who has conquered the senses and ego. He is the ideal living being. Read more about Hanuman Jayanti on Chaitra Purnima

Swami Ram Tirtha – Words to Ponder

Once there came into a mirror house a dog. The dog finds armies of dogs on his right coming up to him, and you know that dogs are very jealous, dogs do not wish any rival dogs to be present beside them. They are very jealous.

When this dog saw thousands of dogs approaching him from the right, he turned to the left hand side, and again on that wall were fixed thousands of mirrors, and there he finds an army of dogs coming up to him about to devour him, tear him to pieces. He turned to the third wall and there he found again dogs of the same sort. He turned to the fourth wall and there the same thing. He turned his head upward to heaven and there from heaven he saw thousands of dogs coming down upon him to devour him and tear him to pieces.

He was frightened. He jumped up, all the dogs jumped on all sides; he was barking and he found all the dogs barking and opening their mouths at him. The sound re-echoed from the four walls, and he was afraid. He jumped and ran this way and that way. …

Women Can Now Perform Puja Inside the Sanctum Sanctorum of the Sri Mahalakshmi Temple in Kolhapur

Women were never allowed to enter the Garbha Griha or Sanctum Sanctorum of the 7th century SriMahalakshmiTemple in Kolhapur in Maharashtra. Only men were allowed to perform the puja inside the Sanctum Sanctorum. But after protests from various women organizations, now the authorities have changed the age-old tradition and women can now perform puja inside the Sanctum Sanctorum of the MahalaxmiTemple. Note – Many people from South India will be surprised reading this news as only priests are allowed inside the Sanctum Sanctorum of Temples in South India. This is a practice strictly followed in most temples in South India. But in many temples in north and western parts of India devotees are allowed inside the Garbha Griha and they can touch and offer prayers and offerings to the murti directly. The Hindu reports
Kolhapur Collector Laxmikant Deshmukh and Maharashtra Minister of State for Home Satej Patil on Friday announced that women would henceforth be allowed to enter the sanctum sancto…

Uma Chaturthi Vrat 2018 date in Bengal and Orissa

Uma Chaturthi Vrat is dedicated to Goddess Parvati, who is also known as Uma. The vrat is more popular in eastern parts of India especially in Orissa, Jharkhand and Bengal. Uma Chaturti Vrat 2018 date is May 17. It is observed on the fourth day during the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) of Jyeshta month as per calendars followed in Orissa.

Uma Chaturthi vrat is based on the tough austerities undertaken by Goddess Parvati to get Shiva as her husband. It must be remembered that Shiva had forsaken the world after Sati’s death. Goddess Sati appeared again as Parvati but Shiva did not show any interest in marrying her and led a life of ascetic. Parvati then performed severe austerities to get Shiva as husband.

Women perform the rituals for the welfare of the family and for a happy and peaceful life. The ritual is quite similar to the famous Hartalika Vrat observed in North India.

Treasures that appeared during Samudra Manthana or Churning of Ocean

Samudra Manthana, or Churning of Ocean, is a very popular incident mentioned in the Hindu Puranas. Samudra Manthan is the churning of the ocean performed by Asuras (demons) and Devas (gods) to obtain Amrita or nectar of immortality. Apart from Amrita numerous other things too appeared during the churning.

The divine things that appeared are – Cosmic Poison – Halahala Kamadhenu – Wish fulfilling cow Goddess Lakshmi – Goddess of prosperity Saranga – Bow Airavata - White elephant Ucchaishrva – Flying horse Panchanjya – Conch Shell Vaijayanti – Garland of flowers Rambha and others – Nymphs Varuni – God of Wine Kama – God of Love Kalpavriksha – Tree in Heaven Chintamani – the gem with the power to fulfill dreams Akshaya Patra – The pot that is always full Dhanvantri – God of medicine Amrita – Elixir of life or nectar of immortality

Today is Assamese New Year – April 15, 2011 is Rongali or Bohag Bihu in Assam

Today – April 15, 2011 – is observed as Rongali or Bohag Bihu in Assam state in India. It is the Assamese New Year and the first day of the Bohag month. The festival is a three-day affair. The second day is the New Year. Bohag Bihu is a festival with its roots entrenched in Mother Nature. Mother Nature throws off her old garbs and comes out afresh in magnificent hue and glory. This lifts up the spirit of people and rekindles hope and positive energy. You can find more details about Assamese New Year in this article.

Today is Bengali New Year – April 15, 2011 – Naba Barsha or Poila Baisakh

Today – April 15, 2011 – is the first day of the Baisakh month in Bengal and it is observed as Naba Barsha or Poila Baisakh – the Bengali New Year.  It is the first day in the traditional Hindu Bengali Calendar. In Bengali houses, Naba Barsa is welcomed with elaborate alpanas (rangolis).
kalash is placed in the center of the alpana pattern and it symbolizes prosperity. Houses are elaborately decorated with flowers. Another important event is the Prabhat Pheries or early morning processions. You can get more details about the Bengali New Year in this article.

Mala or Rosary for Chanting Goddess Lakshmi Mantras

Using Mala (rosary) is a common practice while chanting mantras. In Hindu tradition, the best rosary for chanting mantras dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi is the Kamala Gatta Mala – rosary made using dry lotus seeds. Another popular mala that can be used for chanting Mahalakshmi mantra is the rosary made using white chandan (sandalwood paste or wood). Performing Lakshmi puja and chanting mantras dedicated to the Goddess with Kamala gatta mala will bring in prosperity and material wealth. The rosary made from white chandan or lotus seeds are also offered to Goddess Lakshmi during vrats (fasting) and other rituals.

Anandmurti Gurumaa Teachings

You have to acknowledge your fallacies and begin to work with wisdom and meditation on them. There is so much of turmoil, confrontations in family and society because of the excess emotional baggage we carry. You have to learn to let go of it. Life gives us situations, not solutions. Solutions are always created by our wisdom.

The whole game of life is about knowing and not knowing.
The jnani knows, and thus lives this life beautifully, fearlessly.
Ajnanis, on the other hand, live with all sorts of fears, anxieties and worries. An fear of death is the root of all fear.
Not knowing what death is, one is fearful of the unknown.
Birth and death are two faces of the same coin, they are distinct phases in the circle of life. That which is born, will inevitably die. The crucial question is: who or what is born and who or what dies? And is there something which is eternal, untouched by birth and death? Yes, there is.
It is the indestructible, indivisible real Self which is distinct from bod…

Today is Tamil New Year – April 14, 2011 – Puthandu – Chithirai 1

Today – April 14, 2011 – is Tamil New Year. It is the first day of Chithirai 1 as per Tamil Calendar and is observed as Tamil New Year or ‘Varsha Pirappu’. The New Year is also referred as Puthandu Vazthukal meaning ‘Happy New Year.’ The Kharanama Samvatsara begins on April 14 – Current Tamil Year is 1420. You can read more about Tamil New Year in this article

Story from Hindu Tradition on why Snakes have split Tongue

There is an interesting story in Hindu tradition that explains why snakes have split tongue. The story is associated with the famous rivalry between Garuda and Nagas (Snakes or Serpents). Kadru and her Naga sons cheated Garuda and his mother Vinita and enslaved them for life.

Vinita and Garuda were thus forced to serve Kadru. They were treated badly by Kadru and her sons.  Later the Nagas agreed to free Garuda and his mother, if he brought the Amrit, or Elixer of life, which was in the possession of Indra, the king of Devas.

 Garuda got Amrit from heaven and freed himself and his mother from servitude. He placed the Amrut pot on Durva Grass.

But Garuda played a trick on the Nagas as he did not want them to become immortal after drinking the Amrit.

After giving the Amrit to the Nagas, he asked them to consume it only after purification of the body. When Nagas went to take bath, Indra took back the Amrit.

Nagas were disillusioned as they could not consume the Amrit. So they rolled on t…

A Durga Puja Pandal Theme in Kolkata in 2011 will be based on German Contemporary Art

A popular south Calcutta Durga Puja Committee will have German artist Gregor Schneider, awarded the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale in 2001, designing its Durga Puja Pandal in 2011 (October 2 to October 6, 2011). The pandal will be a thematic recreation of the ancestral home of the Gregor Schneider, born in Rheydt, now called Mönchengladbach-Rheydt. The entire project is known as The Euros-100,000 project — “It’s all Rheydt, Kolkata 2011, Unterheydener Straße 12” — to be part-funded by the German foreign office in India. The project will be the highlight of the inaugural events of the ‘Germany and India Year 2011-12’ and is supported by the German foreign office and German industry, with the Goethe-Institute coordinating on the ground with the local puja organizers. The Telegraph Calcutta reports
Schneider, whose main area of work is constructed rooms, will create the model of the pandal, to be executed by the puja committee and local craftsmen, integrating their own inputs. Haus u…

Jala Visuva Sankranti – Story of Jala Sankranti - Hindu New Year in Orissa

Jala Visuva Sankranti is the first day of the Baisakh month and is observed as New Year in Orissa. The ritual is also popularly known as Mahavishuba Sankranti and Pana Sankranti and is on April 14, 2019. The story of Jala Sankranti is associated with Bhishma of the Mahabharata and is mentioned in the Bhavishya Purana.

'Bhishma after being defeated by Arjuna in the Mahabharata war was lying on a bed of arrows (Shara Sajya). Pandavas and Kauravas had assembled near him and he asked for some water. Arjun then aimed an arrow in the ground and from the crevice created by the arrow appeared Holy River Ganga to thirst the quench of Bhishma.

Out of contentment and compassion Bhishma said that those people who would offer cold water to thirsty people on this day would not only be free from all sins, but also the departed souls of their ancestors as well as the Gods in heaven would be pleased.

In remembrance of this day people in Orissa distribute water and a popular drink called Pana.

Savitri Amavasya Vrata 2018 date

Savitri Amavasya Vrata is observed by married women in Orissa and eastern parts of India for the wellbeing of husbands. Savitri Amavasya Vrata 2018 date is May 15. It falls on the Amabasya or No moon day in the month of Jyeshta (April – May). This popular observance is based on the Savitri – Satyavan legend in the Mahabharata.

Savitri Amavasya Vrata is from sunrise to sunset. An important event on the day that all married women compulsorily take part is the reading of the Sabirti Brata Katha (story of Savitri).

In some regions, the parents or brothers of married women pay for all the expenses needed for the Vrata.

You can find more about Savitri Vrata including How to observe Savitri Brata and the story of Savitri and Satyavan in this article.

Mata Amritanandamayi – Pearls of Wisdom

Turning away from a reality is like creating darkness by closing one’s own eyes. By recognizing the Universal Truth that is God, and living in accordance with that Truth, we can have a trouble-free passage through life.

Knowing one’s own mind and its lower tendencies while constantly trying to transcend them should be the focus of a sincere sadhak or spiritual aspirant.

Life brings various experiences and situations to different people according to their past karma or actions and the way they live and act in the present. Whoever you are or whatever material heights you gain, only living and thinking in a dharmic or righteous way will help you attain perfection and happiness in life.
Mata Amritanandamayi

Trilochanashtami 2018 date - When is Trilochan Ashtami?

Trilochanashtami is observed in the Jyeshta month. It is dedicated to Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Trilochanashtami 2018 date is May 8. Trilochan is one among the numerous names of Shiva. A vrat is observed on the day which falls during Jyeshta Krishna Paksha Ashtami or eighth day during the waning phase of moon.

Trilochan means three-eyed and refers to the three eyes of Shiva. Special pujas are offered at Trilochan Mahadev Temples on the day. It is also believed that spending the night without sleeping on the day in a TrilochanMahadevTemple will help in attaining Moksha.

Some Hindu communities observe a fast on the day from sunrise to sunset.

Calmness belongs to the strong – Sri Aurobindo Thoughts and Quotes

True quietude is a very great force, a very great strength. Man becomes God and human activity reaches its highest and noblest when it succeeds in bringing body, heart and mind in touch with spirit. Desire is the chief enemy of spiritual perfection. Calmness belongs to the strong. Man’s greatness is not in what he is but in what he makes possible. To recognize one’s weakness and to move away from them is the step towards liberation.
Sri Aurobindo 

All are seeing God always, but they don’t know it - Ramana Maharishi Thoughts

I see just what all see, nothing more. I see what needs to be seen. All are seeing God always, but they don’t know it. The degree of freedom from unwanted thoughts and the degree of concentration on a single thought are the measures to gauge spiritual progress. Your attitude almost always determines your attitude in life. Your duty is to be; and not be this or that. Mind is vast, not the world. The knower is greater than the known, and the seer is greater than the seen. Correcting oneself is correcting the whole world. The sun is simply bright. It does not correct anyone. Because it shines, the whole world is full of light. Transforming yourself is a means of giving light to the whole world.

Ramana Maharishi

Eknath Easwaran Thoughts on Mantra

A mantra is a powerful spiritual formula, which when repeated silently in the mind, has the capacity to transform consciousness. There is nothing magical about this. It is simply a matter of practice. The mantra is a short, powerful spiritual formula for the highest power that we can conceive of – whether we call it God, or the ultimate reality, or the Self within. Whatever name we use, with the mantra we are calling up what is best and deepest in ourselves. Once you have chosen your mantra, do not change it. If you do, you will be like a person digging shallow holes in many places, you will never go deep enough to find water. A mantra is most effective when repeated silently in the mind. Eknath Easwaran Source – The Mantram Handbook

Kailash Manasarovar Yatra 2011 Selection – Status - Government of India

The computerized draw for selection of Yatris for the Kailash Manasarovar Yatra 2011 took place on April 6, 2011. If you had applied and want to know whether you are selected or not or your status in the list you can find about it at the official website of passport of Government of India. Ministry of external affairs press release states
As in previous years, this year also we will have up to a maximum of 960 Yatris undertaking the Yatra in 16 batches. We are happy that the participation in the Yatra is increasing every year. Today we are selecting 960 Yatris on the basis of draw of lots through a computer-generated, gender balanced random selection process. The remaining applicants will be put in a reserve list. As you can see, this exercise is being carried out in a completely transparent manner. Link - To know whether you are selected or not please visit the passport website and enter your details.

Temple Dhoni Visits in Jharkhand - Mata Deori Temple - See Huge Rise in Devotees

DeoriTemple at Tamar in Jharkhand is visited frequently by Indian Cricket Team captain M S Dhoni. After India’s World Cup victory, Deori Temple, located 60 km from Ranchi on the Ranchi-Jamshedpur National Highway,  is witnessing heavy rush. All this started after the rumor that Dhoni shaved his head after the world cup victory as an offering to Mata Deori, an avatar of Goddess Kali. Since 1998 Dhoni has been a regular visitor to the DeoriTemple. The Telegraph Calcutta Reports
Mata Deori, an avatar of goddess Kali and the resident deity of Tamar’s Deori Mandir, is suddenly being swamped by the faithful from across the state. The temple, which till last week saw 200-300 visitors a day, is now the favourite daily pilgrimage of more than 2,000 people, courtesy Captain Courageous’ unwavering faith in the deity.
No one could say for certain when the temple was built.
According to a legend, an erstwhile king of Tamar saw a dream. The goddess told him that there was a temple in Deori, where sh…

Swami Tyagananda – Words to Ponder

When we react to what is happening outside, we get involved in it. A detached witness sees things differently than someone who is involved in a situation. Sri Ramakrishna gave the example of people playing chess and others observing them. The observers can often see things that the players themselves cannot. When the ego is strong, it wants to get involved in everything. With involvement comes the loss of capacity to be a neutral witness and the inability to put one’s experiences in the right context. It is not enough to have experiences in life, we need the ability to learn the lessons that every experience brings. This can be a lifelong process. Swami Tyagananda Swami Tyagananda is associated with the Ramakrishna Mission

Number of Murtis of Hindu Gods that can be worshipped in Puja Room

There is no general rule regarding the number of murits (idols) of Hindu Gods that can be worshipped in a puja room. There are puja rooms that have murtis of Ganesh, Shiva, Vishnu, Krishna, Devi etc. But there are some rules regarding the number of murtis of the same God. This is especially followed in North India. A puja room should not have two Shivling, three Ganesh murti, two Shankhs or Conch, two murtis of Surya (Sun God), three murtis of the same Goddess, two gomati chakra and two shaligram. Usually, right handed Shankh is used for worship. Damaged murtis are also not worshipped at home.

Online Course in Puranas at Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies (OCHS)

The Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies (OCHS) is a Recognized Independent Centre of the University of Oxford, United Kingdom. The centre provides various online courses in Hinduism. The course is titled ‘Krishna, Vishnu, Shiva, and the Goddess: Readings from the Puranas.'

You can find more details about the course structure and how to enroll here at the official website of Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies (OCHS).

Only by knowing the Self does on become immortal – Shvetashvatara Upanishad Teachings

The body of the individual self depends on food and drink for its birth and growth. Similarly, his thinking (sankalpa), physical contact (sparsha), and looking (drishti) at things produce his attachment (moha). This attachment determines his behavior, and his behavior ultimately results in his assumption of various forms. (Shvetashvatara Upanishad 5, 11)

There is nothing higher than or different from Him. Nothing is greater or minuter than Him. Seated in His own glory He stands like a tree, one without a second and immovable. By that Purusha (Supreme Being) the whole universe is filled (pervaded). (Shvetashvatara Upanishad 3, 9)

In this vast wheel of Brahman, which creates all things and in which all things rest, the living being flutters about, thinking – my silent self and the world are two different things. But in truth they are not different. Some wise people see them as one, and those people rest in evenness. They gain eternal happiness.

Just as a mirror shines bright once it has…

Agnihotra Ritual to Prevent Nuclear Radiation Effects - Vedic Havan

Agnihotra is a small sacrificial fire performed at sunrise and sunset along with the recitation of a mantra. Spiritual Science Research Foundation (SSRF) confirms that the Vedic sacrificial fire called Agnihotra does mitigate the effect of nuclear radiation. Agnihotra provides more protection when performed by a person who is at a higher level of spiritual consciousness. Spiritual Science Research Foundation (SSRF) states
“Any nuclear detonation creates discordant black waves of sound energy, undetectable by the human eye and ear, that travel through the environment”, says Ana Prodanović of SSRF. “The simple Agnihotra ritual counters these black waves with positive reddish waves generated by the Agnihotra fire. This neutralises devastation caused by thermal radiation.”
While Agnihotra has the capacity to protect from thermal radiation and radioactive fallout, it may not be able to protect a person outside the blast radius from all forms of radiation. The level of protection it provides…

Sri Ramakrishna on the concept of Neti Neti

In the concept of neti, neti – First the seeker tries to separate his individual self from all diversities by negating them as mere superimpositions of the deluded mind. Simultaneously he affirms that his individual self is the only reality and that it is the focus of the universal Self, the common Self of all beings and things. First of all you must discriminate, following the method of “Neti, neti”: He is not the five elements, nor the sense-organs, nor the mind, nor the intelligence, nor the ego. He is beyond all these cosmic principles.” You want to climb to the roof; then you must eliminate and leave behind all the steps, one by one. The steps are by no means the roof. But after reaching the roof you find that the steps are made of the same materials—brick, lime, and brick-dust—as the roof. It is the Supreme Brahman that has become the universe and its living beings and the twenty-four cosmic principles. That which is Atman has become the five elements. Sri Ramakrishna

Thirukadaiyur Abirami Temple in Tamil Nadu – To Celebrate 60th birthday

ThirukadaiyurAbiramiTemple at Nagapattinam in Tamil Nadu is famous for celebrating Shastipoorthi or the 60th birthday. It is believed that observing poojas, prayers and rituals here on the 60th birthday is highly meritorious. The main pooja is the Sashtipoorthi Puja. The popular belief is that Shiva had saved Sage Markandeya from Yama, the god of death, here and blessed him with immortality. ThirukadaiyurTemple is known as AmirthakadeshwararAbiramiTemple – dedicated to Shiva and Parvati. Another important deity in the temple is Ganesha. Thirukadaiyur is located on the Mayiladuthurai – Karaikal Road. TempleTimings: 6:00 AM to 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM Phone - +91 - 4364 - 287183 / 287378 Other contact details are – contact@shastiapthapoorthi.com, thirukadaiyur@gmail.com
Railway Station - Nearest important Railway Station is at Mayiladuthurai Related Virtual Tour of ThirukadaiyurAbiramiAmmanTemple in Tamil Nadu

Athirathram Trivia – Yagashala during Vedic Yajna

The Yagashala is built using bamboo and is thatched with palm leaves. Particular care is taken that iron or other metals are not used. All measurements of the Yagashala are the multiples or divisible of the height of the Yajamana – the head priest who performs the sacrifice – when he stands upright with his arms raised in a posture of supplication. The yagashala has several chambers each intended for different rites during the Vedic Yajna. You may also like to read Kerala Panjal Vedic Yajna Athirathram 1975 Photos – A Look Back as Athirathram 2011 is on Vedic Yajna in Kerala – The World’s Oldest Surviving Ritual – Athirathram from April 4, 2011

Sri Chinmoy – Pearls of Wisdom

If we know the divine art of concentration, if we know the divine art of meditation, if we know the divine art of contemplation, easily and consciously we can unite the inner world and the outer world. There comes a time in the seeker’s life when he discovers that he is at once the lover and the beloved. The aspiring soul which he embodies is the lover in him. And the transcendental Self which he reveals from within is his Beloved. Divine time means timeless time. When you are consciously thinking of something divine, immediately eternal time comes and shakes hands with you.
Sri Chinmoy

Kerala Panjal Vedic Yajna Athirathram 1975 Photos

Athirathram is a Vedic yajna and is one of the world’s oldest surviving rituals. Athirathram 2015 starts on March 20, and will continue till March 31, 2015 at at Sukapuram near Edappal in Malappuram District in Kerala. One of the most famous Athirathram of modern times was held in 1975 at Panjal in Thrissur District in Kerala. Here are a few pictures of the 1975 Athirathram published in the Illustrated Weekly of India.

Gopi Chandan on Banana Tree for Making Money - Process in Hindu Religion

Gopi Chandan is the yellow color mud that is worn as chandan on the forehead by Hindu devotees. The mud is yellow in color and looks like sandal paste. There is an important process in Hinduism using Gopi Chandan on Banana tree to make money and wealth.


How To Use Gopi Chandan on Banana Tree For Wealth?
On a Thursday, take nine pieces of Gopi Chandan. Tie each of them with a yellow color thread. Later tie the nine pieces of Banana trees.If this is done when there is pushya nakshatra on Thursday (Guru Pushya Amrut Yoga), then it is considered highly meritorious.The person performing the ritual should take bath in the morning.First, the person should offer prayers to Ganesha.Then he should offer prayers to Vishnu, Lakshmi and Kuber.Gopi Chandan should be tied on to the banana tree in the morning.Do not use cut banana tree. Tie it on a live banana tree.While tying on to banana tree, the person should pray for the fulfillment of the wish. Benefits of Gopi Chandan on Banana Tree
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