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Shani Dosha Parihara – How to overcome bad effects of Shani in Horoscope?

Shani Dosha is the bad effects caused by the positioning of Shani in a person’s horoscope. Shani dosha parihara include various prayers, pujas and rituals performed by people affected by it. The most widely practiced pariharas are Saturday fasting, prayers to Hanuman, Ganesha and Shiva. Ayyappa is also worshipped in South India to overcome difficulties of Shani.
Visit to Hanuman, Shani and Ganesha temples on Saturdays is highly effective in keeping a check on Shani Dosha.
The offerings that can be made are black clothes and black Til (sesame seeds). Feeding hungry people is also considered highly meritorious.
One must not think that all troubles are caused by Shani. The other Grahas can also cause trouble. There are also stories of people attaining peace and prosperity during Shani Dosha period.
Related Saturday Fasting for Shani Hanuman and Shani

Tumburu Theertham at Tirumala – Story of Tumburu Gandharva Tirth at Tirupati

Tumburu Theertham is a sacred lake at Tirumala and it is deep in the jungles. It is around 6 km from Papanasam into the jungles. TTD opens a bridge that gives easy access to Tumburu Theertham on the Phalguna Purnima day (February – March). There is an interesting story that is associated with Tumburu Gandharva Tirth.
Legend has it that Tumburu Gandharva had cursed his lazy wife to become a frog and live in the lake in Tirumala. Tumburu Gandharva later repented and told his wife that she will attain her previous form when Sage Agastya will reach the spot and narrate about its holiness.
After several years, Sage Agastya reached the spot with his students. He sat below a tree in which the frog had found refuge. The Sage narrated about the holiness of the cave – it is believed that one attains moksha or liberation by bathing in the Tirth.
On hearing the words of the sage, the frog regained its previous form.
This sacred lake later came to be known as Tumburu Theertham.
You can trek to the Tumb…

21 forms of Ganesha in clay at a Mumbai Ganesh Pandal in 2011

Sculptor Gunesh Gajanan Adval is creating 21 different forms of Ganesha in clay for the 2011 Ganesh Pandal of Vakratunda Mitra Mandal at Sangita wadi in Dombivli East in Mumbai. This Ganesh Chaturthi, Vakratunda Mitra Mandal is celebrating their 21st year as Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal. All the 21 forms of Ganesha will be based on the stories of Ganesh and all the idols will from the imagination of the artist. Mid-day reports
Adval has already completed four of the 21 idols. What's planned for the rest includes, Ganpati resting on a flower, sitting beside a mouse, sitting on the moon, dancing, writing the Mahabharata, battling demons with a mace, fighting with demons with a trishul, seated in a pious position, doing yoga, seated on a swing, riding a mouse, and with a lion, among others. Adval said, "Ten idols will depict Ganesha in his childhood, while another 11 will show him as an adult."
Thirty five year-old Adval, who moved to Mumbai from Kohlapur in 2008, is envir…

Kaliya Ghat in Vrindavan – Spot from where Sri Krishna jumped into Yamuna to Fight Snake Kaliya

Kaliya Ghat, located in Vrindavan in Uttar Pradesh, is believed to be spot from where Sri Krishna jumped into YamunaRiver to fight the huge snake Kaliya. The serpent had poisoned the waters of Yamuna making it unfit to drink. Kaliya Ghat is next to the Varaha Ghat and is located near the Gautam Rishi Ashram near the ISKCON SriKrishnaBalaramaTemple in Vrindavan.
River Yamuna no longer flows near the Ghat as it used to during the time of Sri Krishna. The River has drifted a few kilometers away.
At the Kaliya Ghat there is a huge Kadamba Tree – it is believed that Sri Krishna jumped from this tree into YamunaRiver.
There is a temple dedicated to the divine event of Sri Krishna subduing Kaliya at the Ghat.
It has a murti of Sri Krishna standing atop the Snake Kaliya. Another murti is that of Balarama – a white murti. Murtis of the two of the wives of Kaliya is also found inside the temple.

Eco-friendly Clay Ganesha Idols at Hyderabad for Ganesh Chaturthi Festival 2012 – Where to Buy?

Society for Awareness and Vision on Environment (SAVE) is selling and inviting bookings for big Ganesh idols made of clay for Ganesh Chaturthi Festival 2012 in Hyderabad. The murtis are being created at the Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) Nursery at Erragadda. The bigger idols for pandals would cost between Rs 1000 to 3,000 and the smaller idols will cost Rupees 1.
Those interested in buying clay Ganesha idols at Hyderabad can contact SAVE on phone – 27654336 or mail to

You can also buy Clay Ganesha Idols from this website Hyderbad Goes Green.

You can also get Clay Ganesh murtis at Tree Guard Foundation office, KPHB Colony in Hyderabad.  For further information contact foundation president Dora Raju on 90007 73399

These stores in Hyderabad provide clay murtis by e-coexist

Daram 1-10-3/1, Boorugu Vihar, Lane next to Andhra Bank, Near Prakash Nagar, Opp: Old Airport Lane, Behind Bottles & Chimneys, Begumpet, Hyderabad 500016
Contact: (040) 277…

Contact Information of Priests – Pandas or Pujaris – for Pinda Dan and Pitru Paksha Shradh at Gaya Vishnupad Temple in Bihar

Millions of Hindus perform Pinda Dan and other Shradh rituals at the famous VishnupadTemple at Gaya in Bihar during the Pitru Paksha period (September – October). The help devotees locate priests (Pandas or Pujaris) who perform the rituals and pujas, the Bihar government has published a list of priests of Panda Samaj with phone numbers, other contact information and the regions they represent.
The information provided is in Hindi.
You find the information here at the Gaya District website.
Note – the information is in pdf format you will need pdf reader installed.

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Gautam Nag Yatra

Gautam Nag Yatra is organized to a sacred spot in Anantnag District in Jammu and Kashmir. The sacred place is dedicated to Gautam Rishi. Gautam Nag Yatra 2019 date is September 9. It is annually organized on the Ekadasi day during Bhadrapad Shukla Paksha. The place is also frequented by Amarnath Yatra devotees.
The popular belief is that Gautam Rishi meditated and did penance at Goutam Nag. The picturesque spot is noted for its fruit trees, spring and canals. There is a temple at the spot and a dharmashala.
Devotees take a holy dip at the waters here during the yatra.

Swami Sukhabodhananda – Words of Wisdom

When we say that life is empty and meaningless, what it means is that life is like an empty canvas. Whatever you write on the canvas is the meaning. Not that life is meaningless, but whatever meaning you give to life is the meaning life has for you. One should be wise as to what meaning one gives to life. It should be an empowering meaning. The greatest meaning one can give is transforming oneself and transforming others.
Life can be a process of growing and aging. Growing is adding life to years and aging is adding years to life. Most of us are ageing rather than really growing.
What is the use of all the theories of life and their meaning if you have never tasted life. I would rather eat the pudding than create a theory of pudding.  Sukhabodhananda

Basis for Marriage is Friendship – Hindu Philosophy of Marriage

This article is written by Dr. Srinivasan is the author of book - The Vedic Wedding: Origins, Tradition and Practice and Hinduism for Dummies
Wife as friend is a very ancient Hindu concept and an ancient Hindu prince known as Yudhishtira revealed this "secret" about 4000 years ago. In an episode known as Yaksha Prashna in that great epic, the Mahabharata, a divine being challenged the prince in exile to answer some questions. 
One of the questions the Yaksha asked Yudhishtira was
"kimsvin mitram grhesatah?" i.e. Who is the friend of a householder?
To which the prince answered “bhaaryaa mitram grhesatah" i.e. the friend of a householder is his spouse.
According to Hindus, therefore, the basis for marriage is friendship and such friendship is the understanding, the promise and the commitment that unites a man and a woman. With such authority, there is then no question about the role of a woman, her importance, her position in this equation that binds them together.

Live Darshan from Govind Devji Temple in Jaipur

Govind Dev Ji Temple at Jaipur in Rajasthan, India, is dedicated to Sri Krishna. Lord Krishna is worshipped here as Govind Devji and the mandir is located in the JaipurCityPalace complex. The official website of the temple is offering live darshan of Govindevji during important puja time.
Link – Online Live Darshan from Govind Devji Temple in Jaipur (click on link)
Note - To view the darshan on the official website click on media player link on left sidebar.

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Aadi Krithigai at Tiruttani Temple – Aadi Kartika Festival of Muruga

Aadi Krithigai, at the famous TiruttaniMuruganTemple in Tamil Nadu, is observed on the Karthigai Nakshatram in the Aadi Month. Aadi Karthigai 2019 date is July 27. Adi Kartika Theppa Thiruvizha is observed on the day.
Situated atop a hill, Tiruttani is one among the six abodes of Muruga.

The popular belief is that Muruga who was born as six different babies was looked after by the six Karthigai stars. He was later joined by Goddess Parvati. The Karthigai Nakshatram is therefore considered highly auspicious by Lord Muruga devotees.

Download Govinda Ashtakam Lyrics in pdf – English – Telugu – Tamil

Govinda Ashtakam is a prayer dedicated to Sri Krishna and is believed to have been composed by Jagad Guru Adi Shankaracharya. The prayer is a praise to wonderful aspects and leelas of Govinda. Prapatti website is now offering the lyrics of Govinda Ashtakam in English, Telugu and Tamil. You can download it in pdf format.
Link - Govinda Ashtakam in Telugu
Link Govinda Ashtakam Lyrics in Tamil
Link Govinda Ashtakam English

How Elephants Were Tamed and Made Vehicle of Humans? – Story from Hindu Tradition

A story in Hindu tradition states that elephants were tamed and made vehicle by humans as a result of a curse by Rishi Deerkhatapas. Legend has it that earlier elephants were blessed with supernatural powers and could fly and take any form. These powers made some of them arrogant.
Once a group of elephants assembled on a banyan tree in the Himalayas. This was a very huge Banyan tree which was spread over 1000 miles. Its branches were so large that elephants used to dance on it.
During the assembly, few elephants climbed on to a branch and started to play on it. Rishi Deerkhatapas was performing Tapas under the particular branch. The dance movements of the elephants became vigorous and the branch broke and fell on to the ground. The Tapas of Rishi Deerkhatapas was disturbed and in a fit of anger he cursed the elephants to lose all their powers and to become vehicles of human beings.
This is how elephants became the vehicle of human beings.

Book Review - The Holy CEO: An Autobiography - Swami Pranavananda Brahmendra Avadhuta – Christian Fabre

The book ‘The Holy CEO: An Autobiography’ is the amazing and inspirational journey of Christian Fabre – who is now Swami Pranavananda Brahmendra Avadhuta – a Naked Monk. Christian Fabre arrived in India in the 1970s – had settled life, wife, son… but everything turned upside down one fine morning. In the early 1980s, his marriage broke and soon his business collapsed. Devastated and all paths blocked he came across a man with crippling leprosy but with full of joy. This was the turning point – the true path was opened – the path to self realization.
And so began an ascetic decade of study at a swami's feet, the renunciation of worldly possessions and a permanent search for enlightenment.
He reached a state where successfulness and unsuccessfulness was the same.
But suddenly his business which was in loss began to prosper.
His Guru asked to make his business as a Sadhana. And the Avadhuta continues to be the CEO of a successful business empire – by bringing Dharma into the materialis…

Lalbaugcha Raja Idol Makers Kambli Arts Gets Patent

Lalbaugcharaja is one of the most popular Ganesha in Mumbai during the annual Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations. The idol (Murti) of Lalbaugcha Raja for Ganeshotsav is annually made by the Kambli Arts at Chinchpokli in Mumbai. Kambli Arts have now got patent for the Lalbaugcha Raja idol. Kambli Arts makes the murti annually for the Lalbaugcha Raja Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal. Apart from this they also make nearly 200 small murtis which are sold to individuals for puja at home during Vinayaka Chaturthi. Mumbai Mirror reports
In its 77th year, the immensely popular Lalbaugcha Raja that attracts millions of devotees each year, has finally been protected by a patent. The original creators of the idol, Kambli Arts, have now been granted sole rights to make idols in the traditional mould. Kambli Arts, situated at Chinchpokli, have been in the business of making Ganpati idols since 1920. But it was in 1935, a year after its inception, that they began making the popular idol for the Lalbaugcha R…

Visalakshi Yatra – Vishalakshi Shravan Yatra

Visalakshi Yatra is dedicated to Goddess Vishalakshi – an incarnation of Goddess Shakti. Goddess Visalakshi is worshipped at the spot where the Karna Kundala (ear ring) of Goddess Sati fell. The temple dedicated to Vishalakshi is located at Varanasi and in Shravan month a yatra is organized to the temple. Visalakshi Yatra 2019 date is July 20.

It is observed on the third day during the krishna paksha or waning phase of moon in Shravan month.
VisalakshiTemple is counted among the 18 Shakti Peeth that is popular in some regions.
The temple at Varanasi is very small but has a strong legend. Some people believe that Visalakshi is the Shakti of Kashi Vishwanath form of Shiva.

Hastinapura Foundation Spreading Vedanta in Argentina - Uruguay - Bolivia – Colombia

Hastinapura Foundation in Argentina is an educational institution based on the Vedantic teaching that God is one and that there are many paths that lead to Him. The foundation takes its name from the capital city of Pandavas and Kauravas in the epic Mahabharata. It is involved in spreading the core teaching of Sanatana Dharma along with the teachings other religions in South American countries – Argentina, Uruguay, Bolivia and Colombia. The foundation has temples of Hindu deities – Ganesh, Krishna, Surya, Narayana, Shiva and Pandavas.
Hastinapura was founded by Argentinian author Ada Albrecht in 1981. Albrecht introduced Hindu and Buddhist philosophy in Argentina. The founders call it the city of wisdom.
It offers opportunity to learn philosophy, practice yoga, meditate, sing bhajans and to indulge in humanitarian activities. It offers a three-year post graduate course in yoga. The classes are held on weekends only. Currently, there are 2,500 yoga and philosophy students.
The foundation …

Mahatma Gandhi – Pearls of Wisdom

Happiness is when you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.

It is unwise to be sure of one’s own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err.
Truth resides in every human heart, and one has to search for it there and to be guided by truth as one sees it. But no one has a right to coerce others to act according to his own view of truth.
Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.  Mahatma Gandhi

Which Finger Should be used to apply Tilak or Chandan in Hindu Religion?

Applying tilak or chandan or Bhasma (sacred ash) on forehead is a very important daily religious ritual in Hinduism. The ring finger should be used to apply tilak on forehead. The region below the ring finger is referred as Surya Kshetra or Surya Parvat. By using the ring finger a person brings a glow to the face – symbolically the energy of Surya. This makes the person ready for the particular day’s Karma.
Another belief is that by using ring finger, a person awakens the Agaya Chakra on the forehead and this helps in awakening intellect.
Thus by applying tilak on forehead early morning brightens the day and prepares a person to face it boldly and intellectually.

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Documentary on Hindu Women Priest in Pune

Hindu women performing religious rituals – like is slowly finding acceptance in many major cities in India – a city in India that is in the forefront of training women priests is Pune in Maharashtra. A documentary is being planned on the success of women priest in Pune – who perform all kinds of puja, Ganesh Chaturthi puja, marriage rituals and funeral rites. The documentary is directed by Suhasini Mulay, national award-winning actress and director.  Mid Day reports
'Back to the Vedas', is the resonant mantra among religious organisations in Pune, who are training women to become priests. The Vedas propagates gender equality and encourages women to learn Sanskrit shlokas. Arya Joshi, course coordinator at Dnyana Prabodhini, said so far they had trained over 1,000 women priests since 1990. "Housewives are keen to do the course to supplement family income. The course has become popular," she said. The city now has more women priests than other cities in the state. "…

Swami Ramananda Thoughts

Surrounding me on all sides is the Song of Creation. It is Beginingless and Endless.
It is that undefinable oneness imprinted upon all things and dimly perceived through a veil of illusion called past, present and future.
Within the Hidden Archives of Creation on layer after layer of Endless Cosmic Shelves, the Sacred manuscripts of God and man are stored.
When you are prepared, you will understand. Be patient. Everything of True Value is learned only by great testing and great patience. In time perhaps, you too will know the Secrets that are kept Sacred by Mother Earth. Swami Ramananda
Source – Gospel of the Stone – Swami Ramananda

Tryakshara Ganapati form of Ganesha

Tryakshara Ganapati form of Ganesh is symbolically associated with the letter ‘AUM.’ It is also one of the 32 forms of Ganesha. This form of Ganesha is worshipped for attaining concentration and progress in education and career.

Tryakshara Ganapati mantra is Gajendravadanam Sakhshat chalatkarna suchaamaram Hemavarnam Chaturbahum pashankushadharam Varam! Svadantam dakshine haste savyetvamraphalamtathaa Pushkare moodakam Chaiva Dharayantamusmaret!!
Tryakshara Ganapati has a third eye on the forehead. His color is that of gold. He has four hands and they hold noose, goad, mango and broken tusk. The trunk is depicted as holding the sweet, Modak.
Worship of this form of Ganesh helps in keeping the mind in control. Meditating on the primordial sound AUM helps in self realization.

Book for Darshan and Accommodation Online at Official Shirdi Saibaba Temple Website

Those planning to visit ShirdiSaibabaTemple at Shirdi in Maharashtra can now book time for darshan, reserve rooms and pay donations online at a new website of Shirdi. An online website has been created by Shirdi Saibaba Sansthan for convenience of the devotees through which they can book darshan time and accommodation for their stay in the temple town of Shirdi.
In order to eliminate middlemen and agents, a touch screen system with 37 computers, is also installed in the premises of the temple.
Link - Book Darshan and Accommodation Online at Shirdi Saibaba Temple.
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Madhabdev Tithi

Madhabdev Tithi is dedicated to one of the most popular Vaishnava Saints in Assam, who is known as Mahapurush. Saint-poet and author Madhav Deva composed Namghosa and Bhakti Ratnavali – two of the important spiritual works in Assam. Madhabdev Tithi 2019 date is August 31.
One of the most important philosophical teachings of Madhabdev was that prevention is better than cure – avoid getting entangled in fleeting pleasure. Aim for the Supreme Truth.
He was the disciple of Sankardev. Madhabdev meeting with Sankaradeva is termed as a mystic event and a turning point in the spiritual and religious history of Assam. Mahapurush Madhabdev is credited with propagating and improving on the basic ideas and Vaishnavite principles propounded by Sankardev.
Madhabdev religiously carried forward his guru’ s legacy, establishing several satras (monasteries) that have served as the foundation of moderate thoughts and beliefs for centuries in Northeast India. With the blessing of his guru, Madhabdev tr…

Malayalam Ramayanam e-book – Read Adhyatma Ramayanam Kilippattu online free in e-book format

The most popular Malayalam version of the Valmiki Ramayan is the Adhyatma Ramayanam Kilippattu written by Thunchattu Ezhuthachan. Mathurbhumi News paper is Kerala is offering Malayalam Ramayanam in e-book format for free. It is especially read during Malayalam month of Karkidakam, which is also known as the Ramayana Masam
The e-book is the original verse format of Adhyatma Ramayanam Kilippattu.
Link - Read Adhyatma Ramayanam Kilippattu e-book

Sri Andal Ashtothram in pdf – Download in Tamil and English

Andal Ashtothram is a popular prayer dedicated to Sri Andal, who is believed to be an incarnation of Goddess Bhu Devi. Sri Andal Ashtothram consists of the 108 names of Sri Andal. You can download the prayer in both English and Tamil. Andal during her lifetime penned several verses singing the praise of Sri Ranganatha. Thiruppavai and the Nachiyar Thirumozhi are the famous compositions of Andal.
Link - Sri Andal Ashtothram in pdf in English
Link - Sri Andal Ashtothram in pdf in Tamil
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Photos and Videos of Sathya Sai Baba Mahasamadhi opened on Guru Purnima – July 15, 2011

Satya Sai Baba’s Maha Samadhi was opened to devotees on Friday, July 15, 2011 for darshan at Prasanthi Nilayam in Andhra Pradesh in India on the auspicious occasion of Guru Purnima. The Mahasamadhi is located in the Kulwant Hall in Prasanthi Nilayam. The rectangular-shaped ‘Maha Samadhi’ is a white marble edifice.

Reflections on Guru Purnima

The term Guru is split as ‘Gu’ and ‘Ru’. Gu denotes ignorance and Ru means that which helps one to over come ignorance. According to the established traditions, the parents are instrumental in giving birth to a child in this material world but it is the Guru who enlightens one and helps one to overcome the material bondage and become liberated from this trans-migratory existence of birth, death, old age and disease.
Therefore the scriptures advocate that one should worship one’s guru as god. Skanda Purana says, “guru is Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwara, guru is the personification of supreme brahman therefore I adore him.’’ The Svethaswara Upanishad says that one will not get liberated unless one worships one’s guru as god.
Guru Poornima is also called as Vyasa-Poornima because all the schools of theistic philosophy that have originated in the country have their source in the scriptures classified or compiled by Veda Vyasa. Veda Vyasa classified the Vedas into four, based on their conte…

Lal Darwaza Mahankali Temple Bonalu Festival in 2017 in Hyderabad

Bonalu festival in 2017 at the MahankaliTemple at Lal Darwaza in Hyderabad will begin on June 25, 2017. The important Bonalu festival dates at the LalDarwazaMahankaliTemple are on July 16 and July 17. The festival will end on July 23, 2017. Bonalu is dedicated to Amman – Mother Goddess – and is observed in the Ashada month in the Telangana Region in India.
The Bonalu ritual at LalDarwazaMahankaliTemple will start with Abhishekam and Flag hoisting – Dhwajarohana.
During the festival, the deity will receive a set of new ‘Pattuvastram’ from the government – this is a longstanding tradition. Devotees will make offerings on the day.
Welcoming of Potaraju and the grand procession will be held on July 9.
The other famous Bonalu in Hyderabad are held at the Golconda Mahankali temple and the UjjainMahankaliTemple.
Read more about Bonalu festival in this article - origin and festivities of Bonalu in Telengana

Hair Tonsured at Hindu Temples Turn into Costly Hair Extensions in the West

Did you know that the hair that you offered at a HinduTemple will be part of an 8.5 billion rupee trade? India is world's biggest exporter of human hair and majority of the exported hair comes from Hindu Temples in India. Head tonsuring in Hinduism is a symbolic gesture – dropping the ego – and is also performed as part of thanksgiving for desires fulfilled by particular deity. It is also performed for speedy recovery and fulfillment of wishes.
A full head of natural India hair can cost more than $3,000 at salon in the West. Indian hair is in great demands because majority of Indians still use traditional methods to protect their hair unlike people from other countries who use various chemicals clean and beautify their hair. So the Indian hair is natural – strong and durable and can be colored, curled, heated and blow-dried.
The money that is raised from selling of hair is mostly used by temples for charitable activities. The National reports
Tonnes of tresses are cut every day and m…

Deepak Chopra Sayings

I live my life even now as if I could die this evening. Your priorities are different when you live your life constantly aware that death is stalking you. You don’t waste your time in trivia or mundane things, or get upset by people. You are much more loving and compassionate.
The gifts of caring, attention, affection, appreciation, and lover are some of the most precious gifts you can give, and they don’t cost you anything.
You alone are the judge of your worth, and your goal is to discover infinite worth in yourself, no matter what anyone else thinks. Deepak Chopra

Story of Origin of Fever or Jwara in Hindu Tradition

The origin of fever or Jwara in Hindu tradition is traced to the infamous Daksha Yajna in which Sati self immolated and Shiva wrecked havoc. Jwara sometimes talked as a demon is believed to have appeared from the perspiration that fell from the forehead of Shiva.
Puranas states that Shiva was deliberately not invited by Daksha, father of Sati, for the Yajna he conducted. Sati who went to ask about this insult of her husband was insulted and jeered. Shiva had forewarned Sati that she will be insulted at the Yajna. Unable to bear this unruly behavior, She self immolated.
Enraged at the death of Sati, Shiva destroyed the yajna. Shiva Ganas destroyed all that they saw. The Yajna took the form of a deer and flew into the sky. Seeing this Shiva took his bow and took aim at the deer. In this act, Shiva got furious and a fierce looking perspiration fell on to the earth.
As the drop fell on earth a terrible fire was produced. From it appeared a short and ugly looking demon – he had red eyes, gol…

Official Website of Sri Kurmam Temple at Srikakulam in Andhra Pradesh

SriKurmamTemple at Srikakulam in Andhra Pradesh is dedicated to the Kurma Avatar of Hindu God Vishnu. The administration of SriKurmamTemple has created an official website in English and Telugu with temple timings, pujas, darshan, contact information, history, accommodation details and a gallery. Kurma, means Tortoise in Sanskrit, and is the second of the 10 ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu. It is believed that this is the only temple in world dedicated to the Kurma Avatar of Vishnu.

The original temple is believed to have been built before 2nd century AD and it is believed that the temple was revived by Sri Ramanuja Acharya. The temple underwent huge renovation in the 11th century and is noted for its sculptures and architecture. The temple is mentioned in numerous Puranas like Padma Purana, Brahmanda Purana.
You can visit the Official Website of Sri Kurmam Temple here.
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Pothi Purnima

Pothi Purnima is observed on the full moon day in Shravan month. The day is dedicated to the reading of the books written Gurus and Saints. It is observed on Guru Purnima day and also by some communities on Shravan Purnima day. Guru Purnima is on July 16, 2019 and Shravan Purnima is on August 15, 2019.
The day is primarily meant for showing respect to Gurus and Saints.
In Shirdi Sai Baba temples, Sai Charita is read on the day – non stop by several devotees.

Quieten the mind through prayer and realize that which is beyond all doubts – Swami Chinmayananda on the doubting mind

Those who are constant doubters can enjoy neither here nor there. Such men are psychologically incapable of enjoying any situation, because the doubting tendency in them will poison all their experiences.

In the Bhagavad Geeta Lord Krishna condemns such men of endless doubts, and points out their tragedy in life. The Lord says that such men who "doubt the Self" will not find any joy or happiness anywhere—"neither here nor in the hereafter."
Doubts are but the shadows of your own mind’s dancing. Quieten the mind through prayer and realize that which is beyond all doubts.
When through the practice of Karma yoga, we have learnt to renounce our attachments to the fruits-of-action, and yet to work on in perfect detachment—when every doubt in us regarding the Goal-of-life has been completely removed in our own inner experience of the nobler and the diviner in us—as a result of the above two, the ego comes to rediscover itself to be nothing other, than the Atman. Then the in…

Vara Ganapati

Vara Ganapati is one among the 32 forms of Ganesh and he has Pushti Devi as his consort. The popular belief is that this form of Ganapathi can be easily pleased and He fulfills all the desires. Vara Ganapati mantra is
Sindhoorabhimabhananam trinayam haste cha pashankushou
Bibhranam madhumat kapalamanisham sadhivindumouli bhaje
Pushtyashilshyathatanum dhvajagrakarayaa padyollasadhastyaa
Tadhyonyahita panimattamasumata patrollasat Pushkaram
Vara Ganapathi is depicted as having a vermilion complexion. This form has a third eye on the forehead. The four hands hold a crescent moon, noose, goad and Pushti Devi. The Goddess is depicted as holding lotus and a flag.
This is a happy form of Ganesha.
Exclusive temples dedicated to this form of Ganapati is very rare. But this form is found as subsidiary deity in some temples in Karnataka.

Dev Podhi Agyaras

Devo Podhi Agyaras marks the beginning of the Chatur Maas in western parts of India especially in Gujarat and Maharashtra. It begins on the Shukla Paksha Ekadasi day in Ashad Month and ends on the Shukla Paksha Ekadasi day in Kartik Month. Dev Podhi Agyaras 2018 date is on July 24, 2018. The popular belief is that the period of four months is when Vishnu goes to sleep.
Certain Vishnu temples especially those dedicated to Vithal – Rukmini organize processions to mark the Devo Podhi Agyaras.
Marriages and most auspicious ceremonies are not held from the Dev Podhi Agyaras day till the end of the Chatur Masa.

In 2018, Devo Podhi Agyaras ends on November 19.

Baphuon Temple in Cambodia Restored – World's Largest Three Dimensional Puzzle

Located in Cambodia, Baphuon is an 11th-century temple built to honor Hindu God Shiva. Baphuon was in ruins – what was left was 300,000 of the sandstone blocks. None of the blocks were of the same dimensions. No mortar was used to fix the stones. This means like in a puzzle each stone had a proper place in the structure. Now the temple has been restored and is open to public.

BaphuonTemple restoration was first started in 1960 but had to be stopped due to civil war and later the Khmer Rouge that came to power in 1975 destroyed all the documents related to restoration.

The restoration was restarted in 1995 and was funded by the French Government – under the leadership of architect Pascal Royere from the Ecole francaise d'Extreme-Orient (EFEO).
Built around 1060 by King Udayadityavarman II in honour of the Hindu god Shiva, Baphuon is 35 meters high (114 feet) and measuring 130 by 104 meters (426 x 340 feet). Mysinchew reports
The story of the 10-million-euro ($14m) renovation began in th…

Bhaja Govindam Lyrics in Telugu – Download in pdf

Bhaja Govindam is composed by Adi Shankaracharya and is a popular devotional song in Hinduism. Now you can download the Telugu translation of Bhaja Govindam in pdf format. The Telugu lyrics is the translation from the original Sanskrit version. Each word in Bhaja Govindam is pregnant with meaning and the composition is a sort of short synopsis of the teachings of Santana Dharma.

This Telugu translation of Bhaja Govindam is provided by the prapatti website.
LinkDownload Bhaja Govindam Lyrics in Telugu
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Swami Shankarananda Thoughts

The entrance door of the spiritual path is religion. First of all one should try and understand the definitions of religion. This we can do by seeing the scriptures or listening to spiritual discourses. Briefly speaking our duties is our religion. That what is to be done should be done and that which is not to be done should not be done. This is our duty. To act contrary to this is irreligious.
The majority in the world do not understand the importance of religion. They get attached to selfishness and sensual attachments and tread the irreligious path. The harmful effects of irreligiousness are not perceptible soon. The easy path of materialism is attractive.
Wealth can be earned both ways religiously and irreligiously. However if earned irreligiously it will lead to sorrow and not joy. Irreligiousness leads to sin, which in turn leads to mental agitations and finally sorrows.
Following the religious path one achieves material pleasures, fame and heaven. Wealth earned by following the r…

Abhijit Muhurta in Hindu Astrology

Abhijit Muhurta is a highly auspicious period in a day. This Muhurta is not dependent on Tithi, Nakshatra, Rasi or month. There is an Abhijit Muhurta every day – it is around 48 minutes during noon daily. The method in which Abhijita Muhurta is calculated is bit complicated. Abhijit Muhurta is calculated based on sunrise and sunset. The time period from sunrise to sunset is taken. This is then divided by two. The time that is derived is added to the sunrise to find the beginning of Abhijit Muhurta. For example if the sunrise is at 5:30 AM and sunset is at 6:10 PM. Then the total time is 12 hrs and 40 minutes. This is then divided by 2. It gives 6 hrs and 20 mins. Adding this gives the Muhurta. In this case Abhijit Muhurta begins at 11:50 AM to 12:38 PM. Abhijit Muhurta is ideal for all auspicious beginnings.
Thanks to Seema Nair who provided information about this Muhurta.

Aadi Month Shakthi Temple Tours to 108 Amman Temples in Tamil Nadu by TTDC

Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation is launching Shakthi Temple Tours to 108 Amman Temples in Tamil Nadu in Aadi Masam (Mid July to Mid August). Aadi Month is dedicated to Amman, or Mother Goddess, and to help devotees offer prayers in many temples of Amman, TTDC is organizing five day tour to various Goddess Shakti Temples in Tamil Nadu.
The five-day tour begins from July 18, 2011. The five-day tour will commence from Chennai at 6 am every Monday/Thursday and will end on the following Friday/Monday night. Devotees can have darshan of 108 Amman temples in Chennai, Kancheepuram, Cuddalore, Nagapattinam, Thanjavur, Tiruchi, Pudukkottai and Madurai districts as well as those in Puducherry.
Tariff per person is Rs 3,250 for adults and Rs 2,500 for children between 4 and 10 years.
There is also a package of one-day Shakti tour (Deviar Darshan) to nine Amman temples in Chennai during Aadi Month (July 18 to August 17) on every Tuesday, Friday, Sunday and full moon day.
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Shaka Vrata in Ashada Masa

Shaka Vrata is observed mainly in South India by certain Hindu communities and is dedicated to Srihari Vishnu. Shaka Vrata is a month long ritual and begins on the 11th day of the Shukla Paksha or waxing phase of moon in Ashada Month. Shaka Vrata in 2019 begins on July 13. Shaka Vrata ending date is August 11
The Vrata begins on the Shukla Paksha Ekadasi in Shravan month. This is the famous Devshayani Ekadasi and the Chaturmasya Vrata also begins on the day.
The Vrata ends on the Shukla Paksha Ekadasi in Shravan month. This is the Putrada Ekadasi.
The popular belief is that Srihari Vishnu enters into a deep slumber on Devshayani Ekadasi – the night time of Devas.
There is no fasting associated with the Shaka Vrata. People follow a strict vegetarian diet.

Swami Yogeshananda Thoughts

Is God really out in the sky or in the space between stars and planets and galaxies? Those are such great spaces, maybe it is kind of natural to think that that is where he might be. Of course, because he is everywhere, he must be up there too, but we in Vedanta do not care to think of him in such a gross way.
Suppose you think of it in this way: one vast ocean of Existence, each of us is a wave, every separate thing in the universe is a wave of that Ocean, and the Ocean is conscious. The waves are formed in the ocean, and after a little while sink back into it again. Such is our life. When you study science in school you will learn that everything is made of waves of energy – in us, through us, all around us, though we see only the play of that energy, not the raw energy itself. This is one way we think of God in Vedanta. Swami Yogeshananda Swami Yogeshananda is associated with the Ramakrishna Mission

Watch Aastha Channel Live Online for free

Aastha is a popular Hindu spiritual television channel. The channel offers spiritual discourses, bhajans and live programs. Now you can watch Aastha Channel Live Online. The live streaming is free. Aastha Television reaches more than 200 million people and is available in India, USA, England, Europe and other countries around the world. The internet free version is a blessing for those people who are unable to view the channel on cable. Link - Watch Aastha Channel Live
Note - You will need the free TVU Player installed on your browser to watch Aastha Channel online.

Sri Jayatirtha Teekacharya Aradhana

Sri Jayatirtha Teekacharya Aradhana honors Sri Jayatirtha the sixth pontiff of the Sri Madhvacharya Peetha. Sri Jayatirtha (1365 AD to 1388 AD) was a great teacher of the Dvaita Philosophy. Sri Jayatirtha Teekacharya Aradhana 2019 date is July 31. The teachings and philosophy of Sri Madhvacharya was translated into simple language by Sri Jayatirtha Teekacharya and this helped common man in understanding the DwaitaSchool of thought.
Sri Jayatirtha got the title Teekacharya due to his great commentaries on the works of Madhavacharya. His most famous work is Nyayasudha.
Legend has it that Sri Jayatirtha was a bull in his previous birth and used to always roam with Sri Madhvacharya.
Pujas, satsangs and lectures on the literary works of Sri Jayatirtha are held on the day.

It is annually observed on Ashada Krishna Paksha Chaturthi Tithi.

Panchagavya Prashna in Ashada Month

Panchagavya Prashna is observed in Ashada month by certain Hindu communities in South India. The ritual involves consuming of Panchagavya, a combination of five products – milk, curd, ghee, cow urine and cow dung. Panchagavya Prashna 2019 date is July 13. It is believed this helps in checking various diseases and is consumed as part of the Chaturmasa Vrata.

Panchagavya Prashna is observed on the 12th day during the waxing phase of moon in Ashada month – Ashad Shukla Paksha Dwadasi.
The four month Chatur Masa Vrata begins on the previous day of Panchagavya Prashna.
It is also performed to overcome the effects of Tamasic food consumed during the previous year.

Book Review – 99 Thoughts on Ganesha

99 Thoughts on Ganesha by Devdutt Pattanaik explores the stories, rituals and symbols associated with Hindu God Ganesha. There is no dearth of books on Ganesh. Perhaps he is the most widely written Hindu deity. So what new has Devdutt Pattanaik got to offer in ‘99 Thoughts on Ganesha.’ A lot.
This one book covers almost all the important symbols associated with Ganesha. Some rituals and many of the important stories are narrated with their source and historic details.
The 99 thoughts have unique titles which give a general idea of the topic. Simple language and to the point narration makes the book readable.
One of the 99 Thoughts on Ganesha
Ravan (Divine v/s nature's call)
Shiva once allowed the demon king Ravana to carry him to the city of Lanka in the form of a linga, on condition that the sacred stone should never be placed on the ground before reaching its destination. The gods feared that no sooner did the linga reach Lanka than Ravana would become invincible. So they sought t…

Universe is a great man, and a man is a little universe – Wisdom from Upanishads

Those wise men who see that the consciousness within themselves is the same consciousness within all conscious beings attain eternal peace.
Into blind darkness pass they who worship ignorance; into still greater darkness they who are content with intellectual knowledge.
Universe is a great man, and a man is a little universe.
Concealed in the heart of all beings is the Atman, the Spirit, the Self – smaller than the smallest, greater than the Vast spaces. Upanishads

How to Overcome Rahu Dosha and Parihara Mantra

Rahu dosha is the result of the bad positioning of the Navgraha Rahu in an individuals horoscope and is followed by those people who believe in astrology. Rahu dosha parhiara are the ways to overcome the troubles due the bad positioning of the Rahu – which will create troubles for several years. The Rahu Parihara mantra is -
Ardhakayang Mahavirya Chandradityavimardanam
Singhikagarbhasambhutam Tang Rahung Pranamyaham

Another mantra that should be chanted daily is the Rahu Gayatri Mantra which is Aum shirorupaye vigrahe
amriteshaye dhimahi
tanno rahuu prachodayat

You can worship Rahu on any day of the week. Some astrologers suggest doing prayers on Saturday.

Deities that can be worshipped to overcome Rahu Dosha are Shiva and Goddess Durga.

Offering food to poor and hungry is also a way to overcome the dosha.

To begin – take bath early morning on the day you offer prayers. Begin with prayers to Ganesha. Then meditate on Rahu. Chant the mantra. Offer prayers to Shiva and Goddess Durga.

Buy Ramayanam in Malayalam Online with Interpretation

Ramayanam Masam begins mid July in Kerala and the Malayalam Ramayanam is read on all days of the Karkidakam Month also known as Ramayana Masam. The Adhyatma Ramayana Kilippattu of Thunchatu Ezhuthachan is read in the month. Now Mathurbhumi books is offering an opportunity to buy Malayalam Ramayanam online – three different versions – the Adhyatma Ramayana Kilippattu. An interpretation of the Adhyatma Ramayana by Professor M K Sanu. You can also buy Malayalam Ramayanam for children.

You can buy or get details about all the three Ramayanam in Malayalam here at the Mathurbhumi Website
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Sati Godavari Mataji Teachings

The true greatness and glory of intellect lies in contemplation of the divine. Meditating on the Supreme Truth in a form Seeking the company of the holy Righteous behavior And leading a truthful life. It is the duty of every human being to always keep his intellect in its pristine glory – it is good thoughts that helps in leading a good life.
He should not allow intellect to stray along the wrong path of indiscipline and violence. He should observe restrain and forbearance in everyday life.
The intellect should not be allowed to leave the path of righteousness.
Sati Godavari Mataji

Golconda Bonalu at Sri Jagdamba Mahankali Temple at Golconda Fort in Hyderabad

Bonalu is dedicated to Amman – Mother Goddess – and is observed on all Sundays in Ashada month in the Telangana Region in India. The first Sunday Bonalu is observed at the SriJagdambaMahankaliTemple at Golconda Fort. Sundays and Thursdays are chosen to observe the ritual. In 2018, Bonalu ritual at Golconda is on July 15. Goddess Mahankali is offered special prayers during Bonalu. The main ritual involves bonam – cooked rice and jaggery.
In Bonalu, devotees take out jhoola and ratham procession to the temple and offer bonam, containing cooked rice mixed with jaggery in a pot along with neem leaves and saka (pure water). The highlight of the procession is men adorning the role of Potharaju - brother of Goddess Mahankali. They lead the processions.
The other famous Bonalu in Hyderabad are held at the Lal Darwaza Mahankali temple and the UjjainMahankaliTemple.

Read more about Bonalu festival in this article - origin and festivities of Bonalu in Telengana

Ekakshara Ganapati – Meditative form of Ganesha

Ekakshara Ganapati is one among the 32 forms of Ganesha. In this form, Ganesha symoblises the primordial sound ‘OM.’ Ekakshara is a meditative form of Ganesha and the belief is that this form helps in controlling the sense and mind. Ekakshara Ganapati Mantra is
Raktorakangangkasha kusumayutah tundialah chandramoulih
Nethraih yuktistribhih vamanakaracharano beejapundadhanah
Hastagra kalusa pashankasharada varado Nagavaktrohi bhoosho
Devaha padamasano no havatu natsuro bhootayae vighnarajaha!!

Ekakshara Ganapati meditates on a lotus flower. A unique aspect of this form is that it has three eyes like Shiva.

This form has four hands and holds noose, goad, modak (sweet ball) and a broken tusk. A crescent moon is shown on his hair. The ornaments around the stomach are in the form of snakes.

In some Puranas, it is stated that this form should be depicted as riding on mouse, the Vahana of Ganesha.

Ekakshara Ganapati helps in meditation. Constant prayers help to keep the wandering mind in check.

Osmosis Conservation Technique used to Preserved Mahabalipuram Monuments

A UNESCO World Heritage site, the Mamallapuram Temples, earlier known as Mahabalipuram, is located along the Coromandel Coast in Tamil Nadu. The monuments are under constant from the sea and salt. Salt particles settling down in crystalline and hydrated forms are a constant threat to the monuments. To overcome this unique problem, the Archeological Survey of India (ASI) is using a unique method of conservation - Osmosis.

A pulp mix made using bloating paper is used to remove the saline particles. The pulp absorbs the water and the salt gets collected on blotting papers. Deccan Herald reports
As one heading ASI experts team in cleaning and preserving techniques, Rana told ‘Deccan Herald’, when reached over phone on the work going on at Mamallap­uram, that the main problem faced there in protecting the ‘Shore Temple’ and other structures was due to “salt spray from the sea”. Salt particles settling down in crystalline and hydrated forms is “very dange­rous to the structure”, he explained.…

Dadi Janki Teachings

Those whose thoughts are filled with determination find everything to be possible.
When discipline comes from commitment to a spiritual goal, it brings safety. It allows you to go on, to keep walking through the actions which will ultimately bring back your joy.
In the midst of uncertainty, keep determination in your thoughts and it will become a guiding light in front of you.
Battering at life from the outside, trying to change only what is visible, is inverted determination. When a quality of mind – peace, happiness, depth, purity – can remain still and uninterrupted by the bumps of life, that is true determination.

People need peace as much as they need food and shelter.
Peace is an energy created inside.
If I allow myself to experience worry, fear or sorrow, I will make myself restless and unhappy and the atmosphere around me will be filled with similar feelings. How does that help either me or others?
In contrast, if I free the self from these negative emotions, I will find myse…