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Jwareshwar Mahadev

Jwareshwar Mahadev is a very angry form of Shiva and it appeared from Shiva’s body when He heard about the death of His consort Sati. As Jwareshwar, Shiva is the Lord of fevers. Legend has it that Daksha Prajapati was not happy with his daughter Sati marrying Shiva. He conducted a yajna and invited all the people except Shiva. The sole aim of the yajna was to insult Shiva. Shiva ignored the yajna but Sati went to the yajna to find out why Her husband was not invited. Daksha Prajapati insulted the ways of Shiva and Sati could not bear these insults. Sati then sat in meditation and stoked Her inner fire and self immolated Herself. On hearing this news, Shiva experienced intense pangs of separation. Soon uncontrollable anger overtook Shiva, from the anger appeared monsters of fever. Shiva became Jwareshwar Mahadev – the lord of fever. These monsters went to the yajna and spread fever. Shiva as Jwareshwar Mahadev is worshipped in a small temple adjacent to the famous TrimbakeshwarTemple, wh…

Veda Adhyayana Kendra – Learn India’s Vedic Heritage

Veda Adhyayana Kendra is dedicated to spreading India’s Vedic Heritage and was founded by Dr. C. L. Prabhakar, a retired Sanskrit Professor, in 1994. It is located at Bangalore, India. Veda Adhyayana Kendra has got an online English publication section with monthly newsletters and journals – both contain valuable information of India’s Vedic Heritage. The Kendra imparts training in the recitation of the Veda mantras, Veda suktas and other mantras. The center also conducts lectures, homas and cultural festivities related to the Vedas, Astrology, Yoga, Religion, Music and Philosophy. Read monthly newsletter and journal of Veda Adhyayana Kendra – both are available online here. You can learn more about Veda Adhyayana Kendra here.

Teppotsavam at Tirupati Balaji Temple in 2018

Teppotsavam is boat festival held at TirupatiBalajiTemple. The processional deity of Lord Venkateswara in various guises seated on a boat takes ride in the holy waters of Swami Pushkarini for five days.  The annual Teppotsavam at Tirumala is scheduled to take place from February 26, 2018 to March 1.  Also known as ‘Boat Festival’ or ‘Float Festival’, it is one of the important annual festivals being performed in TirumalaBalajiTemple. It is celebrated for five consecutive days in the evenings at around 6pm with religious fervor.

The processional deities are taken in a boat (Teppam), in the temple tank, together with chanting of hymns and the playing of nadaswarams.

On the first day, the processional deity in the form of Sri Rama takes the boat ride along with Sita, Lakshmana and Hanuman.

On the second day, Lord as Sri Krishna takes ride along with Goddess Rukmini.

On the last three days, Sri Malayappa Swami (Balaji) flanked by his two consorts Sridevi and Bhudevi move in the sacred w…

Surya Shasti Vrat – Chaitra Mahina Surya Sashti

Surya Shasti is dedicated to Lord Surya (the Hindu sun god) and is observed on sixth day of the waxing phase on moon in Chaitra month (March – April). In 2018, the date of Surya Shasti is March 23. Vrat, pujas and rituals dedicated to Surya are performed on the day especially by certain Hindu communities in North India.

Some people fast on the day till sunset others till the pujas are concluded. Gayatri Mantra and other mantras dedicated to Surya are chanted on the day.

Please note that Surya Sashti is also observed in Bhadrapad month (August – September).

Vratas dedicated to Surya is observed on the Shasti (Sixth) and Saptami (Seventh) of lunar fortnight in different Hindu months.

On Faith and Belief – Swami Chidananda

Faith and belief are the twin wings, as it were, of the bird of your spirit. Faith and belief are the two legs that have to take you to your destination. Faith and belief are the left and right hands that can enable you to achieve anything, take up any task and do it. Faith and belief are like the two eyes that enable a person to see correctly, wholly, with the right perspective. Faith and belief are the indispensable twin factors that succeed in making you what you wish to become a person with deep faith, deep belief.

Today in Hindu Calendar – March 10, 2011

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on March 10, 2011 – Today is Shukla Paksha Panchami – fifth day of waxing phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. Shukla Paksha Panchami Tithi till 10:23 AM on March 10. Shukla Paksha Sashti Tithi after 10:23 AM on March 10. All time based on India Standard Time. Falgun Shukla Paksha Panchami or fifth day of falgun month in calendars followed in Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat. Phalgun Shukla Paksha Panchami or fifth day 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 – Mesha Rashi in the beginning, then it is Vrishbha Rasi Nakshatra – Barani or Apa Bharani Nakshatra till 1:14 PM on March 10, 2011. Afterwards it is Krittika or Kartika or Karthigai Nakashtram. 26th day of Maasi Masam in Tamil Calendar followed in Tamil Nadu. 26th day of Kumbha Masam in M…