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Shiva as Shankar – Story how Hindu God Shiva got the name Shankar

Shankar is one among the numerous names of Hindu God Shiva. Shankar means the benevolent one, the kind one. Daksha Prajapati gave Shiva this name after Siva restored his life. Virabhadra had beheaded Daksha as he was the reason for the self immolation of Sati.

On hearing about Sati’s immolation at Daksha’s yajna, Shiva plucked a hair from his head and threw it down and from it appeared Virabhadra. He along with millions of Ganas of Shiva attacked the yajna of Daksha. Virabhadra finally beheaded Daksha.

When Shiva appeared at Daksha’s yajna, he was filled with pity. All those that survived the carnage asked for His mercy and said they acted out of ignorance. Shiva smiled and restored back everything.

Daksha’s headless body was brought to life – the head was replaced with that of a goat.

Shiva also gifted the city of Bhogya to Daksha. He had created it ri indulge in pleasure with Sati. With Sati gone Shiva had no interest in Bhogya.

Daksha who was overwhelmed by Shiva’s generosity call…

Hinduism and Environment – Traditional Hindu Views on the Environment

The core teaching of Hinduism is that everything is God. Everything should be revered. The smallest animal and tallest tree, to the longest river and mightiest mountain, the stars and planets – all are manifestations of the Supreme Truth. Therefore Hindus worship different aspects of environment. Traditional Hindu views on the environment ask people to consider Nature as Mother and protect her. But how many of us Hindus are really bothered about protecting nature? An article in the latest edition of Hinduism Today Magazine discusses the topic of Hinduism and Environment.
When it comes to traditional Hindu views on the environment, one statement for the Ishavasya Upanishad sums up the reverential attitude Hindus are urged to take. In English it reads, "The entire universe is to be looked upon as the Lord." That means that there is everything in existence is essentially, practically and metaphorically, connected together. Everything is seen as aspects of Divinity--humans, anima…

Hanuman Jayanti Vrat in 2018 – Fasting date

Hanuman Jayanti Vrat, also referred as Hanuman Jayanthi Upvaas, is dedicated to Hanuman and is performed on His birthday and also a day before it in some regions. In 2018, the date of Hanuman Jayanti Vrat is on March 30 in Maharashtra and other western parts of India. Hanuman Jayanthi is on March 31.

Hanuman Jayanti is observed on the Chaitra Purnima day (full moon day in the Hindu month of Chaitra). Hanuman Jayanti upvaas is a full day fast. Those who opt for partial fasting eat fruits or take a single meal. People read Hanuman Chalisa or chant Ram Nam on the day.

You may also like to read How to observe Hanuman Jayanti fasting?

For a peaceful life – Teachings from Sadhana Panchakam of Adi Shankaracharya

Study the scriptures daily. Thereafter, perform the duties enjoined in them. Dedicate your actions to the Lord. Banish all desires from your mind. Cleanse your heart of all sins. Try to see the faults and illusory nature of the worldly pleasures. Pursue the knowledge of the Self sincerely. Get released from the bondage of your home soon – (means to attain bliss while living on earth). Be firm in your devotion to God. Inculcate and enhance the virtues of mental quietude. Renounce all selfish actions.

Today in Hindu Calendar – March 23, 2011 – Tithi, Vrat, Nakshatra and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on March 23, 2011 – Today is Krishna Paksha Chaturthi – fourth day of the waning phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. Krishna Paksha Chaturthi Tithi till 2:56 PM on March 23. Afterwards it is Krishna Paksha Panchami Tithi. All time based on India Standard Time. Falgun Krishna Paksha Chaturthi or fourth day of waning phase of moon in Phalgun month in calendars followed in Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat. Chaitra Krishna Paksha Chaturthi or fourth day of waning phase of moon in Chait 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 it is Vrischika Rasi Nakshatra – Swati or Chothi till 4:08 AM on March 23, 2011. Afterwards it is Vishaka or Vishakam Nakshatram. 9th day of Painguni Masam in Tamil Calendar followed in Tamil Nadu. 9th…