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Goddess Lajja Gauri

Lajja Gauri is an important manifestation of Mother Goddess (Shakti) and in this is form today she is mainly worshipped by Shakti worshippers and Tantrics. Lajja Gauri has a lotus head and her legs are shown as raised – in giving birth form. Thus she is fertility goddess. Symbolically this form of Mother Goddess indicates that all that is living and nonliving was born from her. She is life, creativity and abundance. This form was widely worshipped till the 13th century. Images quite similar to Lajja Gauri have been unearthed from Harappa indicating that this form of Mother Goddess was worshipped from ancient times.  Many scholars are also of the view that Lajja Gauri has close similarities to Aditi – the Mother Goddess mentioned in the Rig Veda. Most modern stories associated with Lajja Gauri equate her with Goddess Parvati. In these stories, Shiva tests Her modesty and a shy Goddess Parvati bows down her head or is replaced with lotus. These stories seem to be an attempt by modern Hind…

Aum Clipart for Microsoft Office – Download Om image for free

Aum is one of the most popular Hindu symbols. OM is also one of the most widely used clipart Hindu symbol in Microsoft office documents and other presentations. You can now download Aum in different styles from Microsoft office for free. You can also add them to your clipart images. Currently there are five different images for download.
LinkDownload Aum clipart - Five images

He is formless and with form and many are His forms which no one knows - Sri Ramakrishna Thoughts

Two persons were hotly disputing as to the color of a chameleon. One said, ‘The chameleon on the palm tree is of a beautiful red color.’ The other, contradicting him, said, ‘You are mistaken, the chameleon is not red but blue.’ Not being able to settle the matter by arguments, both went to the person who always lived under that tree and had watched the chameleon in all its phases of color. One of them said, “Sir, is not the chameleon on that tree of a red color?’ The person replied ‘Yes, it is.’ The other disputant said, ‘I am sure it is not red, it is blue.’ The person said ‘Yes, it is.’ The person who resided under the tree knew that chameleon is an animal that constantly changes its color. The Sat-Chit-Ananda likewise has countless forms. The devotee who has seen God in one aspect only, knows Him in that aspect alone. But he who has seen Him in manifold aspects is alone in a position to say, “All these forms are of one God and God is multiform.’ He is formless and with form and many …

Reviving Garbha Sanskar Ritual

Garbha Sanskar was a must for pregnant woman in a joint family system but it is today a forgotten Hindu tradition – thanks to the nuclear family. Garbha Sanskar is taking care of the growing fetus in a mother’s womb based on the belief that the baby in the womb is sensitive to the physical, mental or emotional perceptions experienced by the mother. Garbha Sanskar was very popular among Hindus but last two decades saw this great tradition being neglected by couples. Now several individuals and organizations are making an effort to bring back the Garbha Sanskar rituals. The ritual is seeing a revival in Nagpur in Maharashtra, India. The Sanskar makes sure that a healthy baby is born. It is also reduces the chances of premature birth, birth defects and miscarriage. Times of India reports
During pregnancy, the emotional perceptions experienced by the mother affects the well-being of the child. It is believed that chanting Sanskrit shlokas, reading biographies of famous personalities encoura…

Swami Dayananda Sayings

Justice and mercy differ only in name. When the fruit is given in accordance with the actions – Karma, then it follows that sins are never forgiven. In life, there is no retirement. Where there is no peace, there is no limit to sufferings. The soul pervades the body and God pervades the soul. Swami Dayananda

Paramahansa Yogananda – Words of Wisdom

Man has falsely identified with the pseudo-soul or ego. When he transfers his sense of identity to his true being, the immortal Soul, he discovers that all pain is unreal. He no longer can even imagine the state of suffering. Play your part in life, but never forget that it is only a role. Each man is stamped with the vibratory signature of his own state of consciousness, and emanates a characteristic influence on persons and things. Change yourself and you have done your part in changing the world. Every individual must change his own life if he wants to live in a peaceful world. Paramahansa Yogananda

Download Shikshapatri pdf in English for free

Shikshapatri, originally written by Sri Swaminarayan, is the most important holy scripture of the Swaminarayan sect. It is read daily by the Swaminarayan devotees and consists of 212 verses.  Swaminarayan Bhujmandir is now offering the Shikshapatri in English in pdf format with meaning and explanations.  The holy text consists mainly what the Swaminarayan devotees are expected to follow in life. Link - Download Shikshapatri pdf Note – You will need pdf reader installed to read or download the book.

Vedanta Course from Chinmaya Mission – 2 year Residential Vedanta Course for Free

Sandeepany Sadhanalaya, associated with Chinmaya Mission, is providing an intensive residential Vedanta Course of two year duration – the course covers the important vedantic texts along with Sanskrit studies, meditation, satsangs etc. Graduates – aged below 30 – can apply for the course. The selected students live the life of sadhaks as per the guidance of the Acharya in line with the ancient Gurukula System. The candidates selected for the Vedanta Course stay in the Sandeepany Sadhanalaya Ashram at Powai, Mumbai, India. You can find details about the course here at the Sandeepany Sadhanalaya website. You can find a short video the course below



Bhim Chandi 2018 date – Bhimchandi Jayanti Dedicated to Bhima of Mahabharat

Bhim Chandi Jayanti is associated with the victories of Bhima, the second of the Pandavas. Bhim Chandi Jayanti 2018 date is August 28. In the Mahabharata, Yudhishtira performs a Rajasuya Yajna and his four brothers were sent in four directions to thwart the enemies of Pandavas. Bhima proceeded towards the east and here he defeated numerous kings of the region.

Bhim Chandi Jayanti is mainly is observed in the Vindhyachal region and it celebrates these victories of Bhim.

It is observed on the second day of the Krishna Paksha of Bhadrapad month (August – September) as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India.

Swami Tejomayananda – Pearls of Wisdom

Happiness is a serious matter. A superficial approach to anything leads one to trouble. Only deeper enquiry will take us to the truth. We consider what we experience with our sense organs as real. No wonder, we find the world enchanting with its infinite variety and matchless beauty. But when we try to understand the same world a little deeply, it becomes very mind-boggling. This proves that the visible is immaterial, and the invisible is more significant. What is visible is only an appearance and we all know that appearances are deceptive. The one truth that is not visible is subtle, and it is this truth that will solve all problems. To see this truth, we need a pure mind and subtle intellect. This is why we need a noble vision. It helps us perceive that one “Truth” which pervades the multiple and diverse world of names and forms. Such a vision can make all the difference. It can help us see oneness in the midst of variety; it can protect us in the face of temptation, frustration and …

Hindu Volunteer Opportunities by VTSEVA – Education and Relief Programs

VT Seva is a volunteer driven service organization founded by Sri Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji. The provide opportunity for individuals who are interested in serving the poor and underprivileged especially in education and relief programs. VT Seva stands for Volunteering Together for Service/Seva.  VT Seva serves the underprivileged children from remote tribal areas by providing quality education for free. They are also actively involved in serving the low socio-economic blind children by providing high quality education with the usage of latest technology to make them self reliant. VT Seva is a volunteer driven non-profit service organization and each and every volunteer can make a positive difference in someone’s life. You can get more detailed information about VTSEVA here at their website.

Desire is wanting to be happy tomorrow – Sri Sri Ravishankar Teachings

That which you cannot express is Love.
That which you cannot reject/renounce is Beauty.
That which you cannot avoid is the Truth. Love with wisdom is bliss.
Love without knowledge or wisdom is pain. Be in the now.
Desire is wanting to be happy tomorrow.
Be happy and joyful now.
If you keep blaming yourself, you lose your smile and self-confidence. Then anger and frustration comes up, and that ferments to violence. Violence causes suicidal tendencies.

Hindu Cremation Procedure in Children’s Death

If the death of a child happens in a Hindu family, the usual procedure is to bury the body instead of burning on a pyre. The death of the baby happens of before namakarana or naming ceremony – the body is buried. If the naming ceremony was performed before death then the body can be buried or burned on a pyre. The general rule that is accepted by most Hindu communities is to bury the body, if the death happens before 3 years. If the death takes place after 3 years – the body is to be burned on a pyre.

Sanskrit online Journal – Jahnavi

Jahnavi is a Sanskrit online journal with thought provoking articles from scholars. All articles are in Sanskrit and the journal aims to make the modern generation aware of our tradition and heritage. The journal is a must read for all Sanskrit lovers. About the e-Journal Jahnavi
Passing through transition time phase our India needs that the vacuum between our traditional root value, heritage and modern young generation must be covered. As first Sanskrit E-Journal (Jahnavi Sanskrit E-Journal) a part of Sarsvat-Niketanam family is oriented to connect our new generation with this divine language which is the base of our root, identity and originality. To change public negative mindset towards of Sanskrit and to provide platform to creative thought and analysis related with Sanskrit on internet are our main priorities. For successful journey this mission expects a support of Sanskrit and Sanskriti lovers like you. You can read Sanskrit e-journal Jahnavi here.

Excellence happens when there is love to grow and contribute - Swami Sukhabodhananda Motivational Sayings

Difficulties are like divine surgery. Do not resist difficulties. Nature expects us to use our heart and head to discover new and wiser skills to fly in life. Commitment is the language of the wise; complaint is the language of the fools. When one takes responsibility without accountability it weakens one’s being. Few people traverse the road of success without a puncture or two, but it is commitment to excellence that takes them through. Excellence happens when there is love to grow and contribute. Swami Sukhabodhananda

Goddess Savitri

Goddess Savitri is a manifestation of Goddess Saraswati, the Hindu goddess of learning and arts. As Savitri, She is the consort of Hindu God Brahma. A story in the Puranas suggests why Goddess Saraswati appeared as Goddess Savitri. Brahma once wanted to conduct a yajna. But he had no wife – as per Vedic rule a man without a wife could not conduct a yajna. So Brahma requested Goddess Saraswati to be his spouse and sit by the side of him in the yajna.

Saraswati agreed to be the consort of Brahma and said that she will appear in the form of Savitri to be the consort.

Thus Saraswati appeared as Goddess Savitri to be the divine consort of Brahma.

There is another story associated with Goddess Savitri and Brahma. The story shows the close link between Savitri and Goddess Gayatri. It states that after agreeing to be the consort of Brahma, Savitri left to purify herself.

Hours passed but Savitri did not appear for the yajna. So Brahma looked around and saw a milkmaid. He passed her through…

Book – Vishnu Temples of Kanchipuram

Book titled Vishnu Temples of Kanchipuram by R. Nagaswamy attempts to unravel the history, stories, location, architecture and other aspects of the beautiful temples dedicated to Vishnu in Kanchipuram. The book provides new insights into the sculptures that are part of the Vishnu Temples. An important highlight of the book is the many photographs that help as a visual aid.

The book is ideal for those who are interested in temple sculpture and architecture and also for those who want to learn about the numerous sculptures and stories that adorn the walls of some of the important Vishnu temples in Kanchipuram.

The book is currently in hardbound and is costly by Indian standards. Hope the paperback edition will be less costly but no information about it.

You can read more about the book and also buy it online here at DK Printworld Vishnu Temples of Kanchipuram
Author - R. Nagaswamy
Published by – D.K. Printworld
Price – Rs 4320/-

The whole ocean is present at the back of each wave – Swami Vivekananda Teachings and Sayings

External teacher offers only the suggestions which make the internal teacher to work to understand things. The whole ocean is present at the back of each wave. Desire, ignorance and inequality – this is the trinity of bondage. No man should be judged by his defects. The man who is frightened into believing God, really does not believe in anything.
Swami Vivekananda

Bhagavad Gita Shankaracharya Commentary in English – Read Gita Bhashyam of Sri Shankaracharya

The commentary of Sri Shankaracharya on the Bhagavad Gita is one of the most popular commentaries on the Bhagawad Gita. Now you can read online the English translation of Sri Shankaracharya 's Sanskrit Commentary by Swami Gambhirananda. The Sanskrit version of the Shankaracharya Gita Bhashyam is also available on the website. The translation is provided by Gita Supersite. Link – Bhagavad Gita Shankaracharya Commentary in English Important note – click on the enter key on the site. Then select the Ramanuja Gita Bhashya

Mahabharat – Pearls of Wisdom

Let a man fix his mind on the reality and, having done this, he will transcend time.

This is the sum of duty. Do nothing at all to others which would cause you pain if done to you.

Faults as small as mustard seed you see very well in others but faults as large as a melon of your own you never see.

Do throughout your life that which will bring happiness in your life hereafter.

Mahabharat

Naladiyar Quotes

Naladiyar is a Tamil classic literary work – teachings on morality, virtue, wealth and love. The seed of the banyan tree, though exceedingly small, grows into a large tree and affords abundant shade; in like manner, however small may be the benefit of a virtuous act, it covers as it were the face of heaven.

Learning is the best of all wealth; it is easy to carry, thieves cannot steal it, the tyrants cannot seize it; neither water nor fire can destroy it; and far from decreasing, it increases by giving.

Understand that these things are unstable which thou deemest stable. Therefore do quickly the duties in thy power to perform if thou wouldst do them at all, for the days of life are gone, and even now death is come.
Naladiyar

TTD Panchangam 2012 – 2013 in pdf – Telugu Panchangam by Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams

TTD Telugu Panchangam is one of the most popular Telugu Panchangams. TTD Panchangam 2012 – 2013 is currently available online in pdf format. You can now download or read online the TTD Panchangam for March 2012 to April 2013 for free. It is published by the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD), the administrative body that looks after the TirumalaTemple.

Link - TTD Panchangam 2012 – 2013 in pdf.

You will need pdf reader installed to read or download the Panchangam.

Mind means memory – Osho Sayings and Thoughts

In deep sleep and in meditation, thinking disappears. In deep sleep awareness also disappears, but in meditation it remains. Mind means memory, there can be no contemporary mind. Awareness means to be in the present moment so totally that there is no movement towards the past, no movement towards the future. All movement stops. Through achievement the ego is fulfilled; so you must achieve something. You must be able to attach something to yourself that you can claim as mine: my achievement.
Osho

Bishnoi Samaj and Black Buck

Black Buck is held sacred by the Bishnoi Samaj in Rajasthan. Bishnois give prime importance to nature and they never cut trees of kill animals. Guru Jamboji in 1485 established the Samaj. Bishnois worship blackbucks as an incarnation of Jamboji and other ancestors. Before leaving his physical body, Guru Jamboji had asked his followers to revere Black Buck as His manifestation. The belief continues and killing a Black Buck is a sin.


Khejri Tree is the staple food of Black Buck and there are numerous incidents mentioned in the history when men and women of the Bishnoi community laid their lives to save Khejri trees from being cleared. Bishnois share their crops with wild animals and orphaned black buck fawns are brought up by Bishnoi women as their own child.

Vishnu Sahasranamam Lyrics in Tamil in pdf format – Download for free

Vishnu Sahasranamam consists of the 1000 names of Hindu God Vishnu. There are two versions of this popular prayer. This particular Tamil Version of Vishnu Sahasranama is the one chanted by Bhishma Pitamah in the Mahabharata. This is a pdf version of the Vishnusahsranamam in Tamil. This free version lyrics in Tamil text is provided by website Prapatti. You can download Vishnu Sahsranamam in Tamil here. You will need to have pdf reader installed in your browser to read or download the text.

Gandhiji Quotes on Religion

What a joy it would be when people realize that religion consists not in outward ceremonial but an ever growing inward response to the highest impulses that man is capable of.

I can say without the slightest hesitation, and yet in all humility, that those who say that religion has nothing to do with politics do not know what religion means.

To give pleasure to a single heart by a single act is better than a thousand heads bowing in prayer.

God has no religion.
Gandhiji

Number of Times Arati Should Be Circled For Vishnu – Ganesh – Shiva

While performing pujas and rituals in Hinduism, Arati is a must. The traditional lamp is circled in front of the deity number of times. The general rule is that the lamp should be circled 12 times in front of the Murti of Vishnu. The Arati should be circled 11 times around Shiva, four times around Ganesha, nine times in front of Durga and it is seven times for Surya. This rule is strictly followed by many Hindu communities in North India. There are no strict rules in Hindu tradition, so the number of times the Arati is circled varies from region to region and from community to community. But most people make it a point that at least one time the Arati is circled.

Bhakti Sagar – Devotional Mobile Phone from T Series

Bhakti Sagar is a mobile phone with numerous spiritual applications. The produces of the mobile T Series claims to the mobile has nearly 165 preloaded Aartis, Bhajans in nine languages as well as Tirth Yatra applications and yoga tips. The phone also has videos, songs and pictures of the 12 Jyotirlinga Temples dedicated to Shiva. Another application helps you to store spiritual songs for a particular day of the week like Ganesha for Tuesday. Another added attraction is a devotional game titled Makan Chor based on the leelas of Sri Krishna. The mobile is only available through homeshop18 and is priced at 2999/- rupees. You can get more details about Bhakti Sagar mobile here at the homeshop18 website.

Tulmul Yatra 2018 Date

Tulmul Yatra is observed in the Jyeshta month as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in Jammu and Kashmir. Tulmul Yatra 2018 date is June 20. It is observed on the Jyeshta Shukla Paksha Ashtami or on the 8th day during the waxing phase of moon. This annual festival is dedicated to Mata Khir Bhavani at Tulla Mulla.

The yatra is popularly known as Khir Bhavani Mela.

Tulmul Yatra celebrates the discovery of the holy spring which changes its color. For some the festival celebrates the arrival of Mata Ragyana (Khir Bhawani) to the valley.

This festival dedicated to Goddess Khir Bhawani attracts people from all over India.

Rig Veda Teachings - Give prominence to intellect over emotions

Look upon all the animate beings as your bosom friends, for in all of them there resides one soul. Humility and charity are the two main parts of the spiritual edifice. The restless swan – the human soul – is on the journey infinite to find out the truth. Give prominence to intellect over emotions. That man acquires strength of body and soul, and attains to happiness, who is free from suspicion and is filled with faith.
Rig Veda

How to make Kumkum powder at home?

Kumkum is a red powder applied on forehead and on the parting of hair by Hindu women. It is easy to make Kumkum at home provided if you have the right ingredients available. Here is a brief idea on how to make kumkum at home. Things needed Turmeric – Gather original turmeric. Boil it and then dry it in sun. Slaked lime – a caustic substance produced by heating limestone. Water Powder the turmeric very well. Mix it with slaked lime. Add water. You will get a bright red color. Don’t make it too watery. Make sure that you mix all well. There should not be any small pieces in the mix. Make a lump like small chapathi or poori ball. Dry it. Once dried break it and powder it again. You will get Kumkum.

When the harmony is disturbed we have disease – Dr S Radhakrishnan Quotes and Thoughts

A good teacher must know how to arouse the interest of the pupil in the field of study for which he is responsible, he must himself be a master in the field and be in touch with the latest developments in his subject, he must himself be a fellow traveler in the exciting pursuit of knowledge. History is a never ending struggle between good and evil. When the harmony is disturbed we have disease. Love is the only force that can bring about a real union between men.
Dr S Radhakrishnan

Goddess Shodashi – About Mahavidya Shodashi

Shodashi Goddess is one of the dasa Mahavidyas – the ten goddesses of wisdom. Her name means that she is the goddess who is always 16 years old. Origin of Goddess Shodashi happens after Shiva burning Kamdev into ashes for disturbing his meditation. Shiva after the death of Sati had entered into a deep meditation. Without his energy no creation was possible and this led to an imbalance in the universe. To bring him out of his deep meditation, Sati took birth as Parvati. But Parvati failed to wake up Shiva from his meditation. Kamadeva, or Manamatha, the God of love was given the mission of disturbing the meditation of Shiva by infusing the seeds of love. But the glance of an angry Shiva burned Kamdev into ashes. Devas and Rati, the wife of Kamdev, prayed before Shiva for the life of Kamdev. Shiva then stared at the ashes and from it appeared a demon named Bhandasura. He was so powerful that he made the entire world his slave. Sage Narada then requested the Devas to perform a yajna and f…

Himalayan Dhyan Yatra by Isha Foundation of Sadhguru

Himalayan Dhyan Yatra by Isha Foundation is a pilgrimage arranged by Isha Foundation of Sadhguru to the important spiritual places in the Himalayas in India. The yatra comprises two weeks of meditations, treks and camping in some of the most idyllic yet powerful places in the Garhwal region of the Indian Himalayas. The pilgrimage includes important spiritual destinations like Haridwar, Guptkashi, Kedarnath, Gangotri, Gaumukh etc. Apart from the Himalayan Dhyan Yatra by Isha Foundation of Sadhguru also conducts Kailash Yatra. Both the yatras are open to Indian nationals and also for foreign nationals. The last date of registration for the Himalayan Dhyan Yatra is August 10th. You can do a pre-registration online. Nothing is mentioned about the fees. You will have to get a medical fitness certificate to be part of the Yatra. You can find more details about Himalayan Dhyan Yatra by Isha here.

Kshipra Ganapati

Among the 32 forms of Hindu God Ganesha, Kshipra Ganapati is the form that satisfies a devotee immediately. The belief is that Kshipra Ganapathi gives boons and blessings immediately.
The Kshipra Ganapati Mantra is Dantakalpalata pasharatna kumbhanksho jvalam!! Bandhooka kamaniyabham dhyaayeth kshipraganadhipam!!
Form Kshipra Ganapati is depicted as having four hands. The body color is red. The hands hold goad, broken tusk, a branch of kalpa Vriksha and bunch of flowers. The trunk is shown as holding a kalash.
Benefits of Kshipra Ganapati A major belief is that this form of Ganesha is immediate in all his actions. He grants long life, fulfills desires and provides peace and prosperity. His anger too is immediate and those following Adharma are punished quickly.
Temple Kshipra Ganapati form is worshipped at Kannyakumari and also at JyothirMaheshwaraTemple in Srirangapattinam in Karnataka.

Thaliyil Temple Photos – Virtual Tour of Thaliyil Shiva Temple near Kottayam in Kerala

ThaliyilTemple is dedicated to Hindu God Shiva and is located at Thazhathangadi near Kottayam in Kerala. The temple is a typical example of the Kerala style temple architecture. Leen Thobias of p4panorama.com has created an online virtual tour of ThaliyilTemple with pictures. You can view the temple photos in 360 degree. There are total six images of the outside of the temple. Link – You can take the virtual tour of the ThaliyilShivaTemple here.

Before you hear the voice of cosmic Truth you must hear the voice of silence - Swami Rama Thoughts

Desire is the very root of all miseries. So you must become desireless by maintaining the Here and Now by constant awareness. Remember the center of consciousness within you. When you are able to lead your mind to this state of desirelessness, then it is considered to be real meditation. Those who live for the welfare of all are sustained by the Self of all. Before you hear the voice of cosmic Truth you must hear the voice of silence. Best of men is he who lives in the world, but remains above. Karma is our own making. What we experience today is the result of what we have created in our past. So, too, is our future of our own making.
Swami Rama

The constant assertion of belief is an indication of fear – Jiddu Krishnamurti Words to Ponder

Only in relationship can you know yourself, not in abstraction and certainly not in isolation. The constant assertion of belief is an indication of fear. Silence is something extraordinary. It comes naturally when you are watching, when you are watching without motive, without any kind of demand, just to watch. Then in that watching in that alertness, there is something that is beyond words, beyond all measure. Freedom is to be a light to oneself; then it is not an abstraction, a thing conjured up by thought. Actual freedom is freedom from dependency, attachment, from the craving for experience. Freedom from the very structure of thought is to be a light to oneself. In this light all action takes place and thus it is never contradictory.
Jiddu Krishnamurti

Book – Pahava Vitthal – Photos of Pandarpur Yatra in Maharashtra

Pahava Vitthal by Uddhav Thackeray is a book with photos of the world famous Pandarpur Yatra to the VithalTemple. The 21-day Yatra from mainly from Dehu and Alandi to the PandarpurTemple culminates on the Ashadi Ekadasi day in July. Mid Day reports
The pictures were taken by Uddhav between June and July 2010. In his preface, Uddhav writes in Marathi, "It is a tour of Pandharpur from the sky." The photographs try to capture the life of Varkaris (pilgrims) through their annual pilgrimage trek of 21 days. The book consists of aerial shots taken from a helicopter by Uddhav himself and portrays the colorful extravaganza, the grandeur as well as the significance of the padyatra (foot march). Pahava Vitthal
By Uddhav Thackeray
Price: Rs 200

Bhagirathi Jayanti

Bhagirathi Jayanti is believed to be the day when River Bhagirathi appeared on earth. It is observed in the Jyeshta month. Bhagirathi Jayanti 2018 date is June 22. It is believed that King Bhaigratha succeeded in bringing Ganga down to earth on the day after a long penance. Bhagirathi is a source stream of Holy River Ganga.

The word ‘Bhagirathi’ in Sanskrit literally means caused by Bhagiratha. It refers to King Bhagiratha to gain Moksha or liberation for his 60,000 great-uncles from the curse of saint Kapila, brought the Goddess Ganga in the form of the river Ganges, from the heavens to the earth. (You can read the story here.)

Bhagirathi Jayanti is observed on the Ganga Dashara day and both celebrates the origin of GangaRiver on earth. It is observed on the 10th day during the Shukla Paksha or waxing phase of moon in Jyeshta month.

Anandmurti Gurumaa on Sexuality in Hindu Religion

If we think divinity and sexuality are two different extremes, then we really don’t understand the beauty of our sages and we really need to delve more deeply into the subject. We wouldn’t have been born if our parents had not indulged in sex. If sex was wrong and sinful, then this means that our very existence is sinful and wrong. At least in Bharat (India) – dharma, artha, kama and moksha are considered to be the four pillars of human life. Here, ‘kama’ means ‘kamana’ - kamana for food, kamana for money, kamana for sex, kamana for children and are not considered sinful. The institution of marriage was designed by our sages firstly to satiate and experience and then come out of the primal urges of sex; the secondary objective was to procreate and to give birth to children who will take over their work and wisdom. And the next generation would be responsible for disseminating messages and great work of ancestors. That is why in all marriages conducted in different religions, there is …

Shukra Puja Vidhi – How to do Puja to Shukra Graha?

Shukra Puja is dedicated to Shukra Graha or Venus. The popular belief is that when a person has a badly placed Shukra in horoscope, the person will face difficulties and bad luck. To avoid it people perform Shukra Puja as per Vidhi. As this graham is associated wealth, prosperity, luxury, beauty and sensual pleasures, people perform puja to be blessed with them. Here is a simple procedure to perform Shukra Puja. The puja dedicated to Shukra is performed on Friday or Shukravar. Get up early morning perform purification and bathing rituals. Offer prayers to Ganesha. Offer prayers to Shukra Murti or painting. If image is not available meditate in mind. Offer white flowers to Shukra. If murti is not available place flowers at a free space in the puja area. Offer a small amount of uncooked rice.

The Shukra Mantra to be chanted is Aum Aim Aim Gam Grahesvara Shukraya Namah. If possible read or listen to Shukravar Vrat Katha. Fasting – If you are doing fasting – then it is from sunrise to sunset. Yo…

Ashoonya Shayana Vrata

Ashoonya Shayana Vrata is observed by married couples for a happy and long married life. It is observed on the 2nd day of the waning phase of moon in Ashada, Shravana, Bhadrapada and Ashwina. The pujas and rituals on the Vrat day are dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi and Vishnu.

For the Vrata murtis of Goddess Lakshmi and Vishnu is required. On the Vrat days, the murti is placed on a bed and worshipped with Shodashopachara puja.

A fast is undertaken from sunrise to moonrise on the puja days.

The murtis after Ashwina Ashoonya Shayana Vrata is donated to a couple.

Surya Grahan June 2011 – Solar Eclipse on June 1 – Not Visible in India

There is a Surya Grahan on June 1, 2011. Time – 1925 hrs to 2306 hrs GMT. This is a partial solar eclipse and is not visible in India or in major parts of the world. When the eclipse is taking place time in India is from midnight of June 2 to early morning of June 2. The Grahan takes place in Northern Hemisphere and is not visible in major parts of the world. The only place it is visible is Siberia, Alaska and in northern parts of Canada. Hindu Panchangs and calendars have ignored this Surya Grahan – there is no need to do any rituals, pujas and fasting as per tradition. The Eclipse begins at 19:25:18 GMT and ends at 23:06:56 GMT on Wednesday, June 1, 2011. The corresponding time in India is Thursday, June 2, 2011 from 12:55 AM (midnight) to 4:36 AM (early morning).

Next important Grahan in India is on June 15, 2011. This is a Purna Chandra Grahan (Lunar Eclipse) and is visible in India - Chandra Grahan on June 15.

1000 years Hindu Calendar and Panchang for free

Hindu calendars from 1582 AD to 2583 AD – calendar and Panchang of thousand years. This unique attempt is made by Drik Panchang. You can access Hindu calendar for thousand years for any region in the world. There are no annual predictions but what it contains is vrats, festivals and all other Panchang details for a day. This calendar is highly useful for people who want to know when a particular festival was in the past or will be in future.

You can read the 1000 years Hindu Calendar and Panchang for free here at the website of drik Panchang.

Sri Krishna Dwadashi

Sri Krishna Dwadashi is an auspicious date dedicated to Hindu God Krishna and is observed in the Ashada month in North India. Sri Krishna Dwadashi 2018 date is July 24. It is falls on the 12th day, or Dwadasi day, during the Shukla Paksha, or waxing phase of moon, in Ashada month.

This Dwadashi is highly meritorious and is observed by different names throughout India. It is the first Dwadasi after the Chaturmas Vrata.

The previous day is known as Dev Sayani Ekadasi.

The limitations women think they have are not real – Mata Amritanandamayi Thoughts on Women and Spirituality

Antiquated, crippling concepts devised in the past are blocking women from reaching spiritual heights. Those are the shadows that still haunt women, evoking fear and distrust within. Women should let go of their fear and distrust, they are simply illusions. The limitations women think they have are not real. Women need to muster the strength to overcome those imagined limitations. They already possess the power; it is right here! And once that power has been evoked, no one will be able to stop the forward march of women in every area of life. Women have to wake up and arise! The awakening of the dormant power of women is one of the most urgent needs of the age.
Mata Amritanandamayi

Enough Oil but Lamp Goes out on Its Own – What it indicates in Hindu tradition?

The flame in the lamp lit before Hindu deities is the most auspicious form of Agni. The popular belief in Hindu tradition is that the lamp lit before a Hindu God or sacred place should go out only when the oil in it is completely used up. If the lamp goes out before the oil is used up, it is termed inauspicious. Elders say that it will bring bad luck and calamity. The main reason for this belief is that Goddess Lakshmi resides in the flame. Interrupting Her stay is inviting bad luck. Thus it is suggested that the flame on a lamp is an indication of fortune. Some elders are of the view that as the lamp lit before a Hindu deity is something very holy, an abrupt end to it suggests dislike or displeasure of the deity. People in such homes might be unclean or there will be constant fights in the family. Lamps flutter and are soon put out in homes that encourage evil thoughts. It is also believed that Goddess Lakshmi resides in homes that are clean and surroundings that are neat. The lamp goi…

Sri Aurobindo – Words to Ponder

A spiritual atmosphere is more important than outer conditions; if one can get that and also create one’s own spiritual air to breathe in and live in it that is the true condition of progress. All undelight, all pain and suffering are a sign of imperfection, of incompleteness; they arise from a division of being, an incompleteness of consciousness of being, an incompleteness of the force of being. To become complete in being, in consciousness of being, in force of being, in delight of being and to live in this integrated completeness is the divine living. To be wholly and integrally conscious of oneself and one one’s being is what is implied by the perfect emergence of the individual consciousness, and it is that towards which evolution tends. All being is one, and to be fully conscious means to be integrated with the consciousness of all, with the universal self and force and action.
Sri Aurobindo

Goddess Pratyangira Devi

Goddess Pratyangira is an Ugra Avatar or powerful incarnation of Mother Goddess Shakti. One school of thought is that Pratyangira Devi is an incarnation of Goddess Parvati. She appeared when Shiva took the Sharaba Avatar to control the Narasimha Avatar of Vishnu.

Goddess Pratyangira is a female form of Narasimha and the tradition has it that she appeared to control both the Narasimha and Sharaba Avatars.

Kali Sahasranama Stotra refers to Pratyangira Devi as Narasimhika. Some other texts associate her with Bhairava form of Shiva.

Pratyangira Devi has the face of a lion. She has four arms. In Tantric worship, she is black in color and sometimes depicted as nude.

This form of Mother Goddess is beyond imagination. She takes this angry form to keep Adharma under check. She appears to restore dharma.

She is propitiated for protection.

Goddess Pratyangira an attempt by human mind to give form to the formless Supreme Truth – here the dominating aspect is of fear.

Sudama Setu (Bridge) to Connect Gomti Ghat and Panchkui Island in Dwarka in Gujarat

Panchkui is a small Island of the DwarkaCoast and is not currently easily accessible to devotees. The island is associated with the Pandavas in the Mahabharata as they are believed to have visited the place. Panchkui has five fresh water wells dedicated to the five Pandava brothers. Panch means five and kui means well. The proposed new hanging bridge which is 127 meter long and 11 ft wide will connected Gomti Ghat in Dwarka to Panchkui. Desh Gujarat Reports
Hanging bridge ‘Sudama setu’ will be constructed in 14-month period at an estimated cost of 9 crore. It will be 127 meter long and 11 ft wide. As per the state tourism department’s plan, the island will have facilities for meditation and yoga, besides recreation and picnic spot.

You yourself impose limitations on your true nature of infinite being – Shri Ramana Maharishi Thoughts

There is no cause for you to be miserable and unhappy. You yourself impose limitations on your true nature of infinite being and then weep that you are but a finite creature. There are no impediments to meditation. The very thought of such obstacles is the greatest impediment. The mind is only thoughts. It is a form of energy. It manifests itself as the world. When the mind sinks into the Self then the Self is realized; when the mind issues forth the world appears and the Self is not realized. A man is possessed of limited powers and is miserable; he wants to expand his powers so that he may be happy. But consider if it will be so; if with limited perceptions one is miserable, with extended perceptions the misery must increase proportionally.
Ramana Maharishi

Vighna Ganapati

Vighna Ganapati is one among the 32 forms of Ganesha. This form of Ganesh is propitiated for removing all troubles and impediments. He removes all the obstacles.
Sri Vighna Ganapati Mantra is – Shankheshu Chaapa kusumeshu kuthara
pashachakra swadanta sruni manjarikaa sharaduhai.
Paanishritaih parisameehita bhhoshana shrih
vighneshvaro vijayato tapaneeya gaur
Form This form of Ganesha has eight hands. Vighna Ganapati is depicted as having golden color. He holds a conch, sugarcane, flower, axe, broken tusk, wheel, paddy and durva grass. Benefits of Worshipping Vighna Ganapati Meditating upon Vighna Ganapati and offering prayers helps a person in removing obstacles and bad influences. It is believed that daily worship of this form of Ganesha brings in prosperity.

Ramanuja Gita Bhashya in English – Read Bhagavad Gita Bhashyam of Sri Ramanujacharya

Ramanuja Gita Bhashya is one of the most popular commentaries on the Bhagavad Gita. Now you can read the English translation of Sri Ramanujacharya's Sanskrit Commentary by Swami Adidevananda. The Sanskrit version of the Ramanuja Gita Bhashyam is also available on the website. The translation is provided by Gita Supersite. Link - Ramanuja Gita Bhashya in English Important note – click on the enter key on the site. Then select the Ramanuja Gita Bhashya

Purpose of all spiritual discipline is to take off the mask that hides our real face - Eknath Easwaran Thoughts

The lotus makes a beautiful symbol for the core of goodness in every human being. Though we are born of human clay, it remind us, each of us has the latent capacity to reach and grow toward heaven until we shine with the reflected glory of our Maker. A mask can hide a face completely. But the very nature of a mask is that it can be removed. This is the promise and the purpose of all spiritual discipline – to take off the mask that hides our real face. What matters is not that we may have made mistakes in the pursuit of physical satisfaction; what is important is to learn from these mistakes as quickly as we can that wealth, possession, power, and pleasure have never brought lasting satisfaction to any human being. Our needs go too deep to be satisfied by anything that comes and goes. Nothing but spiritual fulfillment can fill the void in our hearts.
Eknath Easwaran

Quotes and Sayings of Jagadguru Adi Shankara

External attachment is attachment to sense objects. Internal attachment is self-identification with the ego and the modifications of the mind. The dispassionate man, absorbingly devoted to Brahman, is alone able to renounce both...He who has known the reality of Brahman cannot continue to feel attachment to this world.
He who feels attachment has not known Brahman. He remains deluded and sense bound.

Like an image in a dream the world is troubled by love, hatred and other poisons. So long as the dream lasts, the image appears to be real; but on awaking it vanishes.

In consequence of possessing diverse attributes, the Supreme Existence appears manifold, but when the attributes are annihilated, unity is restored.

In consequence of those diverse attributes, a variety of names and conditions are supposed proper to the spirit, just as a variety of tastes and colors are attributed to water.

When a great soul has found perfect tranquillity by freeing his mind from all distracting thoughts an…

Goddess Lakshmi on Swim Suit (Bikini) at Sydney Fashion Show – Fashion Designer Lisa Burke

Goddess Lakshmi on Swim Suit – image of Goddess Lakshmi printed on the bikini. The designer who toyed with image of Goddess Lakshmi and the sentiments of Hindus is Australian Designer – Lisa Burke. Her label is called Lisa Blue Swimwear. This lack of respect for the oldest religion and lack of respect for the religious belief of more than a billion people was displayed at Rosemount Australian Fashion Week (RAFW) held in Sydney (Australia) from May 2-6. Nothing is going to happen to Hindu tradition because some insensitive Lisa Burke wanted to expand her fashion business empire at the cost of one of the most widely worshipped murti in Hindu tradition. But it causes a problem to millions of Hindus who have to interact with non-Hindus daily. The image of their deity on a Swim Suit sends out wrong signal to non-Hindus. They have to face embarrassing comments and situations. Not all people are Gandhiji to be tolerant and peaceful and neglect such insensitivity. Such disrespect might make a p…

Brahma Sutra in Tamil – Download or Listen Online to Classes in Tamil

Brahma Sutras are aphorisms or sayings which systematize the teaching of the Upanishads. Brahma Sutras 544 (according to Sri Ramanuja) in number occupies the foremost position of authority in the system of Vedanta. Now you can listen to the Brahma Sutra classes conducted by Swami Guruparananda in Tamil. There are a total of 33 classes explaining the first four sutras. LinkListen to classes on Brahma Sutra in Tamil Related Teachings from Brahma Sutras on Brahman

Jyeshta Month 2011 in Hindu Calendar

Jyeshta Month is the third month in traditional Hindu Calendar. In Gujarati Hindu Calendar, it is the eighth month. In calendars followed in North India, Jyeshta Month in 2011 begins on May 18 and ends on June 15. In Calendars, followed in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, Jyeshta is from June 2 to July, 2011. In 2011, on June 15, 2011, there is a Total Lunar Eclipse or Purna Chandra Grahan. Please note in Bengali Calendars – Jaishta 2011 is from May 16 to June 15. Auspicious days in the month are Apara Ekadasi, Savitri Amavasi, Vat Puja, Ganga Dusshera and Aranya Shasti.

Rabindranath Tagore – Pearls of Wisdom

Today is the Jayanti of Rabindranath Tagore. Let me not pray to be sheltered from dangers but to be fearless in facing them. Let me not be for the stilling of my pain but for the heart to conquer it. Higher than detachment is transforming what you want to get rid of. God’s great power is in the gentle breeze, not in the storm. Much rather should we lose all than barter our soul for an evil victory. Those in whose minds the reality of the ideal is not clear, and love for the ideal is not strong, try to find the compensation in the success of the work. Love is the only reality and it is not a mere sentiment. It is the ultimate truth that lies at the heart of creation.
Rabindranath Tagore

Ram Janki Marg – The Road from Ayodhya to Janakpur

Ram Sita Marg, also known Ram Janki Marg, is the road that Sri Ram and Mata Sita took after marriage to reach Ayodhya form Janakpur. The road that Baraatis (marriage party) took is now a proper road and thousands of devotees walk through the road enacting the Baraat with devotion. The road passes through the east of Ayodhya. Today the road is from Ayodhya to Badhalganj. The road passes through Katara, Maya, Keshavpur, Ravatam, Sarai, Fooladi, Shakkarpur, Pachvas, Khisva, Chhawani, Poli, Sikriganj and Badhalganj. The Parikrama that is taken through the road during Vivah Panchami in Margashirsh month (December – January) attracts thousands of devotees.

Malayalapuzha Temple Photos – Virtual Tour of Malayalapuzha Devi Temple in Kerala

MalayalapuzhaTemple is dedicated to Goddess Bhadrakali and is located near Pathanamthita in Kerala. The deity worshipped here is popularly known as Malayalapuzha Amma. Leen Thobias of p4panorama.com has created an online virtual tour of MalayalapuzhaTemple with pictures. You can view the temple photos in 360 degree. There are total four images of the outside of the temple
. Link – You can take the virtual tour of the MalayalapuzhaDeviTemple here.


Note – There are no photographs of the interiors of temple or of the main deity as video and photography is strictly prohibited inside Hindu Temples in Kerala.

Hari Dwadasi

Hari Dwadasi is an auspicious date dedicated to Sri Vishnu and is observed in the Ashada month in North India. Hari Dwadasi 2018 date is July 24. It is falls on the 12th day, or Dwadasi day, during the Shukla Paksha, or waxing phase of moon, in Ashada month. The day is of great importance in Jammu and Kashmir.

This Dwadashi is highly meritorious and is observed by different names throughout India. It is the first Dwadasi after the Chaturmas Vrata.

The previous day is known as Hari Shayani Ekadasi.

When you follow the spiritual life and go deep within, you can create time – Sri Chinmoy Sayings

Cancel as soon as possible all your mind appointments with ignorance, anxiety, insecurity and jealousy. Each morning is God’s blessingful beginning to transform humanity’s face into divinity’s heart. This morning a visit from my long-forgotten friend, Faith, has given me a new wave of inspiration and a new sea of aspiration. When we don’t aspire, time creates us. But when we aspire, we create time. How do I do hundreds of thousands of things? Because I create time. When you follow the spiritual life and go deep within, you can create time.
Sri Chinmoy

Rath Yatra July 2011 in Puri

Rath Yatra, the world famous chariot festival, at the PuriJagannathTemple is celebrated on the second day of the bright fortnight of the Hindu month of Ashadha. Rath Yatra July 2011 date is July 3. On this day, chariots (Ratha) carrying Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra will be pulled to the GundichaTemple, here the deities visit their aunt. At PuriJagannathTemple, Sri Krishna is worshipped as ‘Jagannath’ – ‘master of the universe.’ Balabhadra is the elder brother of Lord Krishna and Subhadra is his younger sister. The making of the Raths for the annual yatra begin on the Akshaya Tritiya day. The main rituals associated with Puri Rath Yatra festival is spread over a month and several rituals, like Snana Purnima and Anasara, take place during this period. On this day, thousands of people will pull the three huge chariots carrying Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra through the grand road (Bada Danda) to the GundichaTemple. The three deities enter the temple of their aunt on t…

What happens tomorrow is essentially created today with right kind of thought and actions – Sadhguru Thoughts

Tomorrow is the biggest demon in your life. Most of your life and energies are spent on a tomorrow that never comes in your experience of life. Tomorrow is an idea for which we must plan, but we can never live it. Whatever you need to do and experience in your life, you can only experience it today. You never experience tomorrow; it is just your imagination, and yesterday is only your memory. So exorcising this demon from your life is a spiritual process in that you begin to live your life, not just imagine your life. What happens tomorrow is essentially created today with the right kind of thought, emotions and actions. If you wish to do anything, whether it concerns your internal or external well-being, creating the necessary atmosphere is a must. Whether you want to run a business or lead a peaceful family life, maintain perfect health or a peaceful state of mind, unless you create the necessary atmosphere, there is no prospect of things happening well. A tomorrow does not fall upon …

Mother Meera Teachings

All paths lead to the same goal, that is, to realize the Divine. When you give something which you love most and you offer it to God or to your master or to your family, then you have detachment from material life and at the same time, your love and devotion are growing towards God. Try to know the Paramatman (the Supreme Self) in the greatest, then there is no ego. Soul has no language. Language can point towards the Truth, but cannot uncover It. People can believe what they like. For me there is no difference. All rivers flow to the sea. Mother Meera

Hari Gita in pdf – Download or Read Online For Free

Sri Hari Gita is a holy text associated with Sri Swaminarayan and is found in the chapters 32 to 36 of Satsangi Jeevan's 1st Prakaran. It is believed that these holy words were spoken by Sri Swaminarayan to His Mother. Bhujmandir website is providing a pdf version of the Hari Gita for free. The first chapter of Sri Hari Gita narrates about the behavior expected of a holy person. The next four chapters focus on four important subjects – namely dharm (righteousness), Bhakti (devotional love), gyaan (absolute knowledge) and vairagya (non attachment of the materialistic). LinkDownload Hari Gita in pdf Note – you will need pdf reader installed to read or download Hari Gita.

Alpa Dwadasi

Alpa Dwadasi is the term used in Hindu Panchangam to refer to a short Dwadasi tithi – 12th day of lunar fortnight. Alpa Dwadasi is important to those people who break the Ekadasi fasting on Dwadasi day.

Ekadasi fasting is observed on the 11th day of the Lunar fortnight and is dedicated to Vishnu. Most people observe fast from sunrise to next day morning sunrise. But there are people who exactly follow the start and end of Tithi.

Such people fast during Ekadasi Tithi and break the fast during Dwadasi Tithi. People who observe tithi time for fast should break the fast before Dwadasi gets over as Alpa Dwadasi is only for a short period.

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Man who thinks fate is directing him is brainless – Thoughts from Yoga Vasishta

Immutable, unchanging, consciousness is the reality and nothing else exists. One becomes bound by one’s own false thought and one is free when the false thought becomes extinct. Rid of the blemish of imagination and remaining in one’s own pure supreme state, like a water drop losing itself into the sea, the noble soul stripped of all vasanas and impressions become one with Reality. The contemplation of objects intensifies the bondage through it is unreal; with the desire for objects decreasing, the bondage in the world gets weakened. Tranquility, inquiry, contentment and wise company are the friends needed to open the door of liberation. One who says, ‘Fate is directing me to do this’ is brainless and the Goddess of fortune abandons him.
Yoga Vasishta

Ucchista Ganapati

Ucchista Ganapati is a very rare form of Ganesha and is also included in the 32 forms of Ganapathy. This form of Ganesh is worshipped for protection and also for getting control over the five senses.
Ucchishta Ganapati Mantra is Neelabja dadaimee veena shali gujaksha sutrakam Dadahduchishta namamya ganeshah paadu mechakah!
Form Ucchishta Ganapati depicted in deep blue color. He has six hands and holds a pomegranate fruit, veena, flower, paddy, Rudraksha mala and noose. A Goddess sits on his left lap.
Popular Temple One of the most popular temples dedicated to Ucchista Ganapati is the famous Ucchi Pillayar koil or Thayumanaswamy koil at Tiruchi in Tamil Nadu. Benefits of Worshipping Ucchista Ganapati The popular belief is that propitiating this form Ganesha will help in control of the five senses and which in return will help in attaining peace and prosperity.