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Spiritual and Religious Significance of Shivaratri

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

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

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

Holi March 2013 date – Holi Festival in India

Holi, the colorful Hindu spring festival in India, is celebrated on the full moon day in the month of Phalugna or Falguna (February – March). Holi 2013 date is March 27 – Dhulendi or Dhulandi. Holika Dahan, also known as Chotti Holi, date in 2013 is March 26. Talk about Holi and the first thing that comes to mind is playing with colours – throwing of colored water and colored powder on one another. Holi festival is largely associated with Lord Krishna and it said that in his childhood and teenage, Krishna played the festival with Gopas and Gopis in Vrindavan.

At Vrindavan, Mathura and other places associated with Lord Krishna, the Holi festival begins a fortnight early and continues till the actual Holi day and includes numerous rituals and games. The most popular being the Lathmar Holi and Ladoo Holi.

Traditional Holi celebrations in North India begin on Rang Pashi, three days earlier to Holika Dahan. All family members gather at home; and gulal is sprinkled on all by the eldest fa…

Kamadev – Story of Rebirth of Kamdev

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

Bhagavad Gita Discourse by Swami Ranganathananda

Swami Ranganathananda was a renowned scholar, philosopher and president of the Ramakrishna Mission. His discourses on the Bhagavad Gita are very popular and have enthralled and mesmerized audiences across the world. You can now view the Bhagavad Gita Discourse by Swami Ranganathananda on Youtube. There are 10 parts of the discourse.

The above video is just the first part. You can view all the ten parts here at Youtube.

Sayings and Quotes – Swami Vivekananda

A man who does not know where he has come from surely does not know where he is going. A wave in the ocean must be at the cost of a hollow elsewhere. All expansion is life, all contraction is death. All love is expansion, all selfishness is contraction. All the help that has come, was from within yourself. Desire, ignorance, and inequality – this is the trinity of bondage. Swami Vivekananda

Today in Hindu Calendar – February 24, 2011

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on February 24, 2011 – Today is Krishna Paksha Saptami – seventh day of the waning phase of Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. Krishna Paksha Paksha Saptami Tithi till 5:25 PM. Afterwards Ashtami or eighth day of waning phase of moon starts. All time based on India Standard Time. Magh Krishna Paksha Saptami or7th day of waning phase of moon in Magha month in calendars followed in Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat. Phalgun Krishna Paksha Saptami or7th day of waning phase of moon in Falguna month in calendars followed in Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Jammu and Kashmir. Rashi or Moon Sign – Tula Rashi in the beginning. Then onwards it is Vrischika Rashi. Nakshatra – Vishaka or Vishakam till 1:40 PM on Feb 24, 2011. Then onwards it is Anusham or Anuradha or Anizham Nakshatra. 12th day of Maasi Masam in Tamil Calendar followed in T…