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Thirunelli Temple Pictures – Virtual Tour of Thirunelli Temple in Kerala – View Photos in 360 degrees

ThirunelliTemple is dedicated to Hindu God Vishnu and is located in Wayanad District in Kerala. It is an important temple in North Kerala for offering Shradh, Tarpan and Pindaan to the dead parents and relatives. Leen Thobias of p4panorama.com has created an online virtual tour of ThirunelliTemple with pictures. You can view the temple photos in 360 degree. There are total 10 images of the outside of the temple including the famous Papanashini.
The temple is a great example of Kerala style of Temple architecture – 30 pillars made from rock holds the temple.
You can take the virtual tour here – Virtual Tour of Thirunelli Temple

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

Swami Kriyananda Sayings

Whether we serve God outwardly in some way, or inwardly in meditation, we still serve Him by offering our thoughts and energy into His river of love. Both are matters of self-giving.
Our work should be a conscious, loving service to the Lord. It should be a devotional offering to Him.
That person alone who understands the path in terms of self-offering can attune himself to God’s grace. For grace, too, is a self-offering, on God’s part, of love. By giving of oneself, the heart’s chalice becomes emptied and cleansed, making it possible thereby for God to fill it. Swami Kriyananda

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 letssave@gmail.com.


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

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Sri Sri Ravishankar – In which everything has come up, exists and dissolves – That is God

God is the Generator, Operator and Destroyer. Some people have a wrong understanding of God. Our understanding of God is that he is omnipotent, waits for you to make a mistake and then gets angry. But no, God has given you intelligence and the discriminative power. This is established in the laws of nature.

Animals do not violate the laws of nature, they do not have indigestion. Forests do not make mistakes unless man meddles with it.

In which everything has come up, exists and dissolves – That is God. God is space. That space which you experience in meditation.
Sri Sri Ravishankar

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Story of Nahusha in Hindu Tradition

Nahusha was a king who had performed 100 Ashwamedha Yajnas. He had become so powerful and was chosen to take the place of Indra by Devas. Indra was then hiding in Manasarovar as result of a curse. once he received the title of Devendra, Nahusha became arrogant. He started to harass women in Devlok. He even did not spare Indrani – the wife of Indra.
Devas and saints tolerated Nahusha as without a leader the Asuras (demons) would attack and defeat them.
Fed up with Nahusha, Indrani approached Brihaspati for help. When Nahusha came to know about this he started created troubles for Rishis. Indrani then approached Indra in Manasarovar. Indra gave her an idea to overcome the womanizer.
Indrani then returned to Devlok and when Nahusha approached her; she said that she will become his wife if he arrives in her palace on a palanquin carried by Maharishis.
Immediately Nahusha ordered for a new palanquin and asked four Maharishis including Sage Agastya to carry him on the palanquin to the palace of…

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 Goutam Rishi. Gautam Nag Yatra 2018 date is September 20. 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.
H…

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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Sawan Parikrama – Visiting Shiva Temples in Agra in Shravan Month

Visiting Shiva Temples in Shravan month is highly auspicious especially on Mondays (Somvar) in the month. Sawan Parikrama in Agra is the circumnavigation of four temples on foot for about 50 kilometers. The four temples are RajeshwarTemple, KailashTemple, BalkeshwarTemple and PrithviNathTemple. The Shravan Parikrama at Agra is held on the second Monday of Sawan month as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India.
Thousands of devotees join in the walk to these four temples. Those participating in the walk also undertake a fast on Mondays. The four temples are decorated and special pujas are conducted.
Related Importance of Shravan Somvar

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 2017 date is August 15. 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.

If you depend on someone for your happiness you are becoming a slave – Osho

Wisdom is the experience of your own nature; it is the expression of your self-being. It is the flowering of your own consciousness. It is not information, it is transformation.
We are not here just to survive and live long…We are here to live and know life in its multi-dimensions, to know life in its richness, in all its variety. And when a man lives multi-dimensionally, explores all possibilities available, never shrinks back from any challenge, goes, rushes to it, welcome it, rises to the occasion, then life becomes a flame, life blooms.
If you depend on someone for your happiness you are becoming a slave, you are becoming dependent, you are creating a bondage. Osho


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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

Time is the seed of the universe – Words to Ponder from Mahabharat

With kindness conquer rage; with goodness malice; with generosity defeat all meanness; with the straight truth defeat lies and deceit.
Time is the seed of the universe.
Self restraint, forgiveness, patience, energy, contentment, truthfulness of speech, modesty, abstention from injury, from the evil practices and cleverness, these are productive of happiness.
A person of good acts and good, agreeable and sweet speech has no equal. Mahabharat


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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…

Patanjali Teachings

The heart and mind can find peace and harmony by contemplating that transcendental nature of the true self as supreme effulgent light.
Undisturbed peace of mind is attained by the cultivation of friendliness toward the happy, compassion for the happy, delight in the virtuous and indifference in the evil.
Practice is the repeated effort to follow the disciplines which give permanent control of the thought waves of the mind. Practice becomes firmly grounded when it has been cultivated for a long time, uninterruptedly, with earnest devotion. Patanjali

Why one should not cut trees on Amavasya?

Amavasya is the no moon day (some call it as new moon) in a traditional Hindu lunar calendar. There is a belief among many Hindu communities that trees should not be cut on Amavasya day – especially if the wood is meant for any type of construction or for carving Murti (deity to be worshipped in Temple) or for sculptures.
The popular belief is that on the Amavasya day, the moon resides in water and on trees on earth. Therefore cutting trees on the day is a great mistake – one has to take many births to overcome the effects of this mistake.
Elders say that furniture and other items made from those trees that are cut on Amavasi are known to be more infested with microbes. Over a period of time such furniture is bound to have more attack from pests. They also crumble easily.
The strength of the wood cut on Amavasya deteriorates fast.

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 2018 date is July 31.

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 Shaktipeetah 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.

Avadhut Gita Quotes

How can I salute the Self, which is indestructible, which is all Bliss, which in Itself and by Itself pervades everything, and which is inseparable from Itself? I alone am, ever free from all taint. The world exists like a mirage within me. To whom shall I bow? Verily the one Self is all, free from differentiation and non-differentiation. Neither can it be said, “It is” nor “It is not.” What a great mystery.

There are three kinds of wine, produced from syrup, grain and honey. But there is a fourth, the darkest of all, the wine of sex, which has intoxicated the whole world. When the mind is uncontrolled, then the body, which is the object of affection to the ignorant, also suffers, and when the mind is controlled, then the body also remains in good estate.
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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 Madhavdeva composed Nam ghoxa and Bhakti Ratnavali – two of the important spiritual works in Assam. Madhabdev Tithi 2018 date is August 22 (September 10).
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’s meeting with Sankaradev 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 gu…

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

Ramayana Quotes

Anger destroy the best virtues, so keep calm

Devotion is not difficult. All it needs is simplicity and contentment.

That man is a saint who remains unaffected by praise or criticism.
Saint is like a mine of virtues.
No man has ever born who could conquer old age.
The desire to possess is at the root of all anxieties.

Ramayana

It will always be easy to get people who talk pleasantly, oh, king, but it is impossible to get them who talk judgmentally and give suggestions. These suggestions may not be pleasing but will gradually solve the problem. And it is impossible to get listeners to such advises. Ramayana (Source: Ramayana - Chapter 3, Aranya Kanda, sarga 37, verse 2) (Here Mareecha advise Ravana against abducting Sita)

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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Satapatha Brahmana Teachings

In the next world, they place good and evil deeds in a balance whichever of the two shall outweigh the other that He shall follow, whether it is good or evil. Now whosoever knows this places himself in the balance in this world and is freed from being weighted in the next world, it is by good deeds and not by bad that his scale outweighs.

Purification with water is necessary before any holy activity because man is impure on account of speaking or practicing untruth. Through water internal purification is achieved.
Sinful work of past is erased with righteous work of present. Satapatha Brahmana

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.







Karkidaka Masam – Dedicated to Ramayana and Sri Ram – Karkidakam Month in Kerala

The Malayalam month Karkidakam is dedicated to Sri Ram and the reading of the Ramayana in Kerala. The Karkidaka Masam in Malayalam calendar is from mid July to mid August. It is believed in Kerala that Valmiki completed the Ramayana in Karkidaka month and Luv and Kush, the sons of Sri Ram and Mata Sita, sang it first in the month.
Another belief is that Sri Ram performed Shradham on the Amavasi day on the banks of River Pampa in Kerala.
The entire Ramayana is read during the month. Uttara Ramayana is not read by Malayalis as part of the Karkidaka Masam Ramayana Parayanam. If one is unable to read the entire Ramayana then only Sundarakandam is read.
Related Karkidaka Masam in Kerala – Its importance

Virtual Tour of Shirdi Sai Baba Temple – View Sai Baba Mandir pictures 360 degree

Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust, Shirdi, is offering a virtual tour of the ShirdiSaiBabaTemple – you can view pictures of the Samadhi Mandir and Dwarkamai in 360 degrees. The murti of Shirdi Sai Baba can be viewed in extreme close up. There are at total of 7 images of Samadhi Mandri, Chavadi, Dwarkamai and view of main temple.
LinkVirtual Tour of ShirdiSaiBabaTemple

Note – You will need Java installed in your computer to view the virtual tour.
Related  Online Live Darshan from ShirdiSaiBabaTemple

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 conten…

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

Difference between Goddess Durga and Bhagavathi

Goddess Durga and Goddess Bhagavati are manifestations of Goddess Shakti. The Goddess Durga form of Mother Goddess is worshipped throughout India. The Bhagavathi form is worshipped mainly in Kerala and few temples in Karnataka, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Goa. There is a difference between Durga and Bhagavathi worship.
Goddess Durga is fierce form Goddess Shakti that appears to quell Adharma and restore Dharma. Goddess Bhagavati is a peaceful form of Goddess Shakti. The dominating aspect of Bhagavati is motherly affection.
Goddess Bhagavati becomes fierce like Durga, Kali and Chamunda when her children are harassed or attacked by those treading the path of Adharma.
So you will find fierce form of Goddess Bhagavati being propitiated during festivals and special occasions. On all other occasion, she is the caring and compassionate mother.

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.
Related Kurma Avatar Story – The Story of the Turtle Incarnation of Vishnu

Sri Namdev Punyatithi – Namadeva Maharaj

Sri Namdev Punyatithi is the death anniversary of Sri Namadeva Maharaj. Sant Namdev was one of the pillars of the Bhakti cult that developed around the worship of Bhagavan Vitthal of Pandarpur in Maharashtra during the middle ages. Namdev Punyatithi 2018 date is August 9.
Namdev Punyatithi is observed on Ashada Krishna Paksha Trayodashi as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.
Sant Namdev devotional compositions, Namdev's Gatha, are very popular with Vithal devotees.
He also composed devotional songs in Punjabi and 60 of his devotional songs are included in the Guru Grantha Sahib, the Holy Scripture in Sikhism.
A legend associated with Namdev says that he as child once stood before Bhagavan Vitthal at Pandarpur to make sure that the food he offered was eaten by Bhagavan Vitthal. When the child stood adamant and did not move for hours, it is said that Lord Vithal appeared before Namdev and ate the offering he made.
Sant Namdev was also a companion of Sant D…

Adi Shankaracharya – A true friend is one who keeps you away from evil

Who is a blind man? One who performs deeds not prescribed by Dharma.
Who is a deaf man? One who refuses to listen to the voice of wisdom.
Who is a dumb man? One who does not discuss about spiritual matters with those who know more than himself.
What is meant by Daana (Charity)? Daana is a gift given to another, even without a request from the other for such a gift.
Who is a friend? One who keeps you away from Evil.

Diyas using Ghee – Importance of lighting lamp using Ghee in Hindu Religion

Lamp or Diya is an indispensable part of worship in Hindu religion. Lamps can be lit using oil or ghee. The correct method is to light Diyas using ghee. It is believed that lighting lamps for prayer at home using ghee brings peace, happiness and prosperity.

Our ancestors insisted on lighting diyas using ghee morning and evening keeping in mind the antibacterial properties of ghee. Such lamps also help in reducing pollution as ghee has the ability to purify air when lighted. It also helped in keeping away small insects.
Ghee is also one among the five important items – panchamrit – as per Hindu tradition.
All the good properties of ghee were when it was not adulterated. So if possible opt for home made ghee.

Srimanta Sankaradeva Group on Facebook

Srimanta Sankaradeva (1449-1568 AD) was a great religious reader and poet and is credited with spreading Vaishavism in Assam – with emphasis on devotion to Sri Krishna.  Those people with interest in the teachings and philosophy will be glad to know that a facebook group - Followers of Srimanta Sankaradeva – is helping in connecting Sankaradeva followers. On the wall of the account you can access rare photographs and information about life and works of the great saint.
Sankaradeva was a multi-faceted genius and he made his presence felt in literature, music, dance, drama, architecture and social reconstruction in Assam.
Link – you can find the Facebook group Followers of Srimanta Sankaradeva here.
Note – you will need facebook account to access the group. Telegraph India writes about the group
The group has been able to achieve a membership of 2,200 across the globe till date with distinguished persons like American astronaut Mike Finke, Hollywood scriptwriter Andrew Neiderman, a communit…

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 27, 2018 and Shravan Purnima is on August 26, 2018.
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…