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Goddess Kanyakumari

Goddess Kanyakumari is one of the forms of Mother Goddess Shakti in Hinduism. As Kanya Kumari, She is the virgin goddess. Both Kanya and Kumari means virgin. The popular belief is that she took the form of Kannyakumari to annihilate demon Banasura. Another legend has that she still remains in this form in the Kanyakumari Temple in Tamil Nadu in Southern tip of India due a broken marriage promise.
Demon Banasura had attained a boon that a virgin girl will only kill him. The demon believed that he could easily overpower a young virgin. After getting the boon, Banasura defeated the Devas and started numerous Adharmic activities.
Vishnu advised the Devas to pray to Goddess Shakti to find a solution. Goddess Shakti promised the Devas that She will restore Dharma by annihilating Banasura.
Goddess Shakti then appeared as a beautiful young girl on earth. Banasura who came to know about the beautiful girl decided to take her away forcibly. Goddess Kannyakumari easily overpowered the army that was…

YUVA - Youth And Vivekananda – Promoting Teachings of Swami Vivekananda

CNN IBN and IBN 7 have joined hands with Ramakrishna Mission to promote the messages of Swami Vivekananda to commemorate his 150th birth anniversary. The series aim to a sense of patriotism, solidarity and enlightenment in every Indian and the world citizens as whole.  The series is telecast on Sunday at 6:30 PM on CNN IBN and at 4:30 PM on IBN 7.
You can find more details about the series here at CNN IBN.

Modern Science Meets Vedic and Puranic Thoughts

In an article titled ‘Hinduism: Where Science andSpirituality Intersect’ in the Huffington Post Gadadhara Pandit Dasa, Hindu Chaplain, Columbia University and New York University suggests that some theories of modern science were already detailed in Vedas and Puranas. The important examples that he provides is of multiple existence of the universe, several universes and relativity of time  Some excerpts from the article
In a recent article, in the U.S. News and World Report, physicist Roger Penrose theorized that the Big Bang might be one in a cycle of such events, suggesting that the universe has had multiple existences. This is common knowledge to one familiar with Vedic philosophy and cosmology, which very clearly indicates that the universe has had many births and deaths.
The centuries-old wisdom of the Vedic texts doesn't stop there. They claim that our universe is just one of many universes, a concept entertained by modern science and referred to as "the multiverse theory.…

Sage Patanjali – Pearls of Wisdom

We are to live so that no harm or pain is caused by our thoughts, words, or deeds to any other being.
When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds; your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.
These obstacles to self-knowledge disrupt and scatter the mind – they are disease, dullness, doubt, negligence, laziness, dissipation resulting from excess craving, delusion, lack of achieving the concentration necessary to achieve higher consciousness and instability. Sage Patanjali
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Goddess Chamundi Devi

Goddess Chamundi Devi is one of the most popular forms of Goddess Durga. The origin of Goddess Chamundi is mentioned in the Devi Mahatmya and Markandeya Purana. While Goddess Durga was engaged in a battle with demons Chanda and Munda, Goddess Kali emerged from the forehead of Durga and killed Chanda and Munda. Pleased with Goddess Kali, Durga called her Chamundi.



There is another legend which says that Goddess Chamundi appeared to lap up the blood that fell from the body of demon Rakta Bija. The demon had received the boon that a drop of blood from this body that fell on the ground will produce thousands of demons of equal strength. In this form, she is known as Rakta Chamundi.

Puranas contains numerous details of Goddess Chamundi. One legend mentions that she is one among the seven forms of Shakti that came to help Shiva while he was a waging a battle with Andaka.

Goddess Chamundi symbolizes death, disaster, distress and destruction of Mother Nature.

Goddess Chamundi is kind and co…

Meena Rashi Navratri Mantra

Chanting of the Meena Rashi Navratri Mantra helps, Meen Rashi born person to attain wealth, prosperity, property, job and desire fulfillments. The mantra should be chanted after taking bath in the morning. You should sit in your pooja room or in a quiet place and chant the mantra.
The mantra is ऊॅंसतीनमः
The mantra should be chanted 21 times.
Chanting of the mantra also helps in overcoming your enemies.

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A Ganesh Chaturthi Puja during Pitru Paksha in Nagpur

Pitru Paksha period, which is dedicated to performing Shradh for the dead, begin immediately after 11-day Ganesh Chaturthi Puja. The Wada of Raje Mudhoji Bhonsle in Nagpur installs Ganesha on Anant Chaturdasi day and the festival continues for next 15 days. The festival is also known as Maskarya or Hadpakya Ganpati utsav as it commemorates a battle victory. Times of India reports
Continuing with a 256-year-old tradition, the Bhonsles celebrate 11-day Ganeshotsav during pitra paksh. n Friday, Mudhoji installed two idols of Ganesh in the courtyard of his home in Mahal, which as per the Hindu calendar was a chaturthi. "Our ancestor Shrimant Raje Khandoji Maharaj Bhonsle had first celebrated this utsav in 1755. This was because when he set out for Bengal for a battle, he had worshipped before the Lord to grant him victory. When he returned victorious, the Ganesh utsav had already passed off. So he once again brought in an idol and worshipped it and had a public celebration for 11 days…

Shila Devi Temple Mela at Jaipur during Navratri

Shila Devi Temple is located at Amer Fort in Jaipur, Rajasthan, and is dedicated to Goddess Kali.  The Navratri temple mela in 2018 is from October 10 to October 18 and the most important date is October 15, 2018. Ashwin Shukla Paksha Chatt (Sashti) - sixth day of the waxing phase of moon in Ashwin month is highly auspicious at the temple. 
Shila Devi Temple Mela attracts more than 100,000 people. The murti worshipped in the temple was recovered in the form of a slab from sea. Later when the slab was washed the murti of Goddess Kali appeared. This is the reason why the murti is known as Shila Devi.
The nine-day navratri festival sees the chanting of Durga Saptashati and other sacred texts.

That person is successful who makes use of at least one talent that he possesses – Swami Chinmayananda

Vedanta uncompromisingly insists that man is essentially perfect, and therefore infinite are the possibilities that lie lurking in him. The Rishis cry, ‘we must realize that we have within ourselves all the resources, ability, energy and power for building up a supremely successful life for ourselves and for others in the world. There is one great and covetable gift, which is distinctly ours at all times, and this is our profound capacity to discover, develop and usefully employ the infinite essence in us.
A life organized for the discovery of the potentialities already existing within ourselves and the ordering of our behaviour so as to nurture and nourish them, is a life well spent. Herein our success depends upon the amount of transformation we can successfully bring about in our personality and character. The vital question, is not how many talents each one of us has, but how much of our existing talents we can explore, develop and exploit. An individual may have many talents and y…

Durga Ganapati form of Ganesha

Durga Ganapati is one among the 32 forms of Ganesha. This form of Ganesh showers the affection like that of mother and protects His devotees from all evils. Durga Ganapati Mantra is Taptakanchana Sangkaashah Chashtahasto mahattanuh! Diptankusha Sharam Chaksham Dantam Dakshe Vahan Karaih!! Vaame paasham karmukam cha latam jamboom dadhata karaih! Raktamshukah Sada Bhooyat Durga Ganapatirmude!!
The body tone of Durga Ganapati murti is red. He is also adorned with red-colored clothes.
This form of Ganapati has 8 hands – they hold ankusha, bow, arrow, tusk, spear, kalpa creeper, indigo berry and a conch.
Constant prayers to this form helps in removing sorrows.
Durga Ganapati is also worshipped for avoiding troubles during travels.

Avadhuta Gita Quotes and Sayings

When the pot is broken, the space within it is absorbed in the infinite space and becomes undifferentiated. When the mind becomes pure, I do not perceive any difference between the mind and the supreme Being. Sages say that Reality is one only and the same. And through renunciation of attachment, the mind, which is one and many, ceases to exist.
All the scriptures say that the Truth is without attributes, pure,  immutable, bodiless, and existing equally everywhere. Know me to be That. There is not the least doubt about it.
Know the Self always to be everywhere, one and unitercepted. I am the meditator and the highest object of meditation. Why do you divide the indivisible?

The universe is the shining forth of the One
There is no split, or division, or separate aspects.
The idea of Maya is itself the great delusion;
Duality and non-duality are merely concepts of the mind.
Related Teachings from Avadhuta Gita

A mind must be capable of being a light to itself – Jiddu Krishnamurti

Freedom is to be a light to oneself; then it is not an abstraction, a thing conjured up by thought. Actual freedom is freedom from dependency, attachment, from the craving for experience. Freedom from the very structure of thought is to be a light to oneself. In this light all action takes place and thus it is never contradictory. Contradiction exists only when that light is separate from action, when the actor is separate from action.
A mind must be capable of standing alone, of being a light to itself. Following another, belonging to a group, following methods of meditation laid down by an authority, by tradition, is totally irrelevant to one who investigates into the question of whether there is something eternal, timeless, something that is not measurable by thought, that operates in our daily life.
There is a difference between isolation and aloneness, between loneliness and being able to stand by yourself clearly, unconfused, uncontaminated. Jiddu Krishnamurti Source - This light in…

Download Devi Mahatmyam pdf in Sanskrit with English Transliteration

Devi Mahatmyam extols the glory of Mother Goddess in her numerous forms – Durga, Kali, Chandi… This particular Devi Mahatmyam in pdf for download for free is in Sanskrit with English Transliteration and is provided by Gita Press.
It is part of the Markandeya Purana – Chapter 81 to 93. As it consists of 700 hymns, Devi Mahatmyam is also known as Durga Saptashati.
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Words of Wisdom – Panchatantra

From covetousness anger proceeds; from covetousness lust is born; from covetousness come delusion and perdition. Covetousness is the cause of sin.

Many men can utter words of wisdom; few men can practice it themselves.

Bit by bit, the wise enjoy the wealth they earn, slowly, very slowly, as some precious elixir is savoured drop by drop, not gulped unceremoniously.

Silence leads to success in everything.

By banding together the weak can become unassailable to a powerful foe.
Panchatantra

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Hindu Calendar 2012 with Tithi in pdf – Download Hindu Calendar 2012 for free

Hindu Calendar 2012 with Tithi in pdf for free download is based on Calendars followed in North India – Jammu and Kashmir, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand. A month in this Hindu calendar begins after Purnima and ends on Purnima. All important festivals and fasting 2012 dates are marked in the calendar.

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Bhanu Pradosha

Bhanu Pradosha is observed when Pradosh Vrat falls on Sunday (Ravivar). Pradosh fasting is dedicated to Hindu God Shiva. In 2017, Bhanu Pradosha are marked on September 3 and September 17. Bhanu is one among the numerous names of Surya, the Sun god.
Pradosh Vrat is observed on the 13 day of a lunar fortnight as per traditional Hindu calendar. To be observed as Bhanu Pradosh the Trayodasi or 13th day should fall on Sunday and it should be Trayodasi tithi during sunset.
Certain Hindu communities in South India observe special rituals on the day.

Vedic Marriage Rituals – What Hindu Marriage Ritual Means?

Hindu marriage rituals have undergone a sea change in the last hundred years. The pure simple Vedic marriage rituals have been transformed into complex rituals. Writing on the subject in Livemint in an article titled ‘Vedic rituals recognize the marriage of equals,’ Aakar Patel introduces one of the best books published on the subject – The Vedic Hindu Marriage Ceremony (Sanskrit Text & Transcreation with English Translation) by P. Lal. Some excerpts from the book as quoted by Aakar Patel in the article
The wedding begins with the purohit addressing the gathered: “Say these words to bless the wedding: ‘May all be holy (Om punyaham), may all be successful (Om riddhim), may all be well (Om svasti).” The guests respond: “Om punyaham, Om riddhyatam, Om svasti”. The man, karta, giving the bride away then welcomes the groom, who replies: “I am honoured (aham ase). The bride is blessed by the presence of divinity.” The couple then receive each other with these words. Bride: “I respect you…

Thoughts on Benefits of Celibacy – Swami Tyagananda

What are the benefits of celibacy? What exactly happens when a person practises Brahmacharya? The yoga traditions of Hinduism have made a deep study of this. According to them, the sexual impulse and the human energy that fuels it, when checked and controlled, become converted into a refined, subtle power called ojas. A yogi tries to transform all of the sexual energy into ojas through the practice of celibacy. It is only celibacy - or chastity in the case of the married - that causes the ojas to rise and be stored in the brain. Lack of chastity produces loss of mental vigour and moral strength. 
According to the Hindu tradition, if one practises Brahmacharya for twelve years, a special nerve, called medha nadi in Sanskrit, is developed. This produces spiritual intuition, a strong memory and a remarkable capacity to grasp the subtle realities of life. It may not make a person an intellectual prodigy or a wrestler but it definitely makes him healthy, both physically and mentally. 
For th…

Sri Ram and Sita Murti Porcelain figurine from Lladro – Limited Edition Lord Rama and Sita Idol

Sri Ram and Sita Murti in porcelain is from Lladro, a Spanish firm noted for high quality porcelain figurine. They are releasing a Limited Edition idol of Lord Rama and Sita during 2011. Sri Ram and Sita murtis are two separate pieces. Lladro has not mentioned the price. The murti are in two pieces and belong to a scene that will be completed in 2013 with two more creations, Laksmana and Hanuman.
Lladro figurines are high priced and ranges above $1000.
You may also like to read Shiva as Nataraja from Lladro Limited Edition New Ganesha Idols from Lladro – Dancing, Mridangam, Bansuri and Veena Ganesha

Paramahansa Muktananda Quotes

The world is nothing but a school of love, our relationships with our husband or wife, with our children and parents, with our friends and relatives are the university in which we are meant to learn what love and devotion truly are.
Meditation is not some strange technique that we have to learn with great effort and difficulty... Whatever we accomplish in this world we accomplish through the power of concentration, which is nothing but meditation...Above all, meditation stills the wandering mind and establishes us forever in a state of peace.
Happiness is within us, and it is ours, but we are always superimposing our own inner joy onto something outside and thinking it comes from there. Paramahansa Muktananda

Aghora Shiva

Aghora Shiva is the fiercest form of Shiva and is the middle form in the Pancha Mukha Shiva concept. Aghora Shiva faces the south and represents the destructive and regenerative aspect of Shiva, which first absorbs all life and then renovates the universe by creating things afresh. The term Aghora has two meanings – one who is not fierce – meaning the handsome. Another meaning is the fiercest. It is for a devotee to decide how he/she wants to approach Aghora Shiva.

For his devotees who follow dharma – Aghora Shiva is the handsome. For those who tread the path of Adharma he is the fiercest.

The term Aghora first appears in the portion dedicated to Shiva in the Adharva Veda.

The mantra associated with this form of Shiva is the Aghora Mantra composed by Aghora Maharishi. The mantra has 51 letters.
aum hrong aghore ghore hungm, ghortare hungm;
aum hreengm kleengm, sarvatah sarvaange,
namaste rudra roope hungm

A popular belief is that one who chants the Aghora mantra and wears bhasma will not fa…

Lessons from Bhagavad Gita – Being Honest about one’s Weakness

If Arjuna was a slave of his image then he would have lost the Mahabharata war. Arjuna was honest about this weakness and was ready to share it with Sri Krishna. The greatest warrior became a weakling and sat down asking guidance. The world got the Bhagavad Gita and Arjuna fought successfully for Dharma. Ramnath Subramanian, CEO and President, The Bhakti Center, explores this aspect of Bhagavad Gita in an article titled ‘The Bhagavad Gita and the Value of Vulnerability’ in the Huffington Post. Excerpts from the article
This very lesson is conveyed at the onset of the Bhagavad Gita, India's classic on yoga and spiritual wisdom, where prince Arjuna provides a remarkable example of vulnerability. Arjuna was a veteran of many battles and had never lost a single combat. His acts of prowess, courage and intelligence were world-famous. Yet, Arjuna faced a situation where he had to fight his own kinsmen. His courage was tested and he broke down in front of his dear friend Krishna, expressi…

Gajachayai

Gajachayai is observed annually during the Mahalayam fortnight which falls before Ashwin Navratri (September – October). Gajachayai 2018 date is October 7. It is observed on the Krishna Paksha Trayodasi or the thirteenth day. This day is chosen by those people who do not perform paksha mahalyam – rituals on all 15 days. This fortnight is popularly known as Pitru Paksha Shradh.
Observing one day Shradham is known as Sakrun Mahalayam. Sakrun Mahalayam is in addition to the Amavasya Shradh, which should be performed by all people.
The importance of Gajachayai is that one need not worry about tithi, vara, Nakshatra and other doshas and can perform the ritual.

Only contentment can destroy the seething cauldron of desires – Teachings from the Ramayana

A fool thinks that wealth is the only way to happiness.
When knowledge dawns, all earthly sorrows appear as hallucinations.
Ignorance causes you to succumb to the effects of worldly sorrows.
Only contentment can destroy the seething cauldron of desires.
Nature cannot be altered. Therefore, the wicked nature cannot be set right by an example or precept.
Prosperity does not reside long in the abode of the wicked.
Ramayana


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Yoga Ganapati form of Ganesha

Sri Yoga Ganapati is one among the 32 forms of Ganesha. This form of Ganesh is worshipped for yogic powers and also for avoiding disturbances during meditation. Yoga Ganapati Mantra is Yoggarudho Yoga pattabhiramah Balarkabhah Chandra neelamshukadayah! Pashekshvakshan Yogadandam dadanah Payanityam Yoga Vighneshvaro nah!!
Yoga Ganapati is depicted as absorbed in meditation. A unique aspect of this form is that the knees of the murti are strapped and are in meditative posture.
This form of Ganesha has crimson body color and he wears blue clothes.
Yoga Ganapathi has four hands. They hold yoga staff, sugarcane, noose and a flower bud.
It is believed that constant meditation on this form of Ganesha helps in attaining yogic powers. He also keeps out mental disturbances.
A true devotee can achieve peace through prayers to Yoga Ganapati.

Parama Pada Sopanam – Buy Traditional Version of Snake and Ladders Online

Parama Pada Sopanam is a traditional version of the popular board game Snakes and Ladders. Kreeda Games, which is involved in creating traditional Indian Games, is making this ancient game available in their stores. You can also buy it online.
Parama Pada Sopanam means Steps to the Highest Place (where Parama Pada means highest place and Sopanam means steps). The game was believed to be symbolic of a man's attempt to reach God. The ladders represent virtues and the snakes represent vices. The snakes carry names linking them to stories from our epics.

Kreeda has slightly modified the traditional game to appeal to today's children. Done on a 2 feet by 2 1/2 feet canvas the game is attractively designed and appealing. All the snakes in the games have names such as Bakasura, Kumbakarna etc. which are representative of certain vices. A booklet has been given with a short story of these characters to make it more appealing to children and parents who may not know the tales.
You can ge…

Sati Godavari Mataji Quotes

Man considers that his greatness lies in achieving name and fame and material possessions. In pursuit of these goals he keeps his intellect in abeyance and drags it deep down to ignorance and degradation and in the process he ruins himself.
The intellect should always be nourished and nurtured on proper food that of contemplation of the divine, meditation, constant repetition of the divine name and mental invocation of one’s guru.
By having love and compassion for all beings and living in contentment and in contemplation of God one can make one’s life happy on earth and worth living.
When the intellect is thus nurtured and kept in its true greatness through the above said steps worldly glory and respectability that a man craves for automatically follows him. Sati Godavari Mataji

Dwadasa Stotra Telugu Lyrics in pdf format

Dwadasa Stotra is composed by Sri Madhvacharya. It consists of 12 stotras that are dedicated to Hindu God Vishnu. This particular Dwadasa Stotra in pdf format is in Telugu and contains all lyrics. You can read it online or download for free and is provided by the prapatti website.

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Tallest Vishnu Sculpture in World – Biggest Idol of Hindu God Vishnu

The tallest sculpture of Hindu God Vishnu is located at Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK) Park in Bali in Indonesia. This biggest sculpture of Vishnu remains unfinished. The current height of the statue is 23 meters (75 feet). 

The original plan was to build a 146 meter gold plated Vishnu riding Garuda on top of an 11 storey entertainment complex. If completed this would have been on the tallest statues in the world. But Bali Hindu religious leaders opposed the commercialization of Hindu Gods as they felt its massive size might disrupt the spiritual balance of the Bali island.
Mandala Garuda Wisnu Kencana, or Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK), is a private cultural park on the Bukit Peninsula at the southern end of the island of Bali in Indonesia.
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Book – The Timeless Faith - Dialogues on Hinduism

Book titled ‘The Timeless Faith – Dialogues on Hinduism’ by Deepam Chatterjee attempts to clear many misconceptions and doubts about Hinduism. Many people gather knowledge about Hinduism often from the wrong source. Even many Hindus are happy with superficial knowledge. The net result is that there is lot of confusion. Deepam Chatterjee attempts to guide people who are interested in learning about Hinduism in the right direction.
Excerpts from the from the introduction to ‘The Timeless Faith: Dialogues on Hinduism The hallmark of Hinduism has been its great capacity to mould itself to the lifestyles of people without losing its identity, and helping seekers focus on attaining the transcendent absolute.

One may ask, who then, is a true Hindu?

A real Hindu is one who searches for the Ultimate Truth and relentlessly pursues answers to questions such as, ‘Who is God? Who am I? What is my purpose? How to know God? What is the Ultimate Truth?’
A true Hindu firmly believes in allowing every h…

Gurumayi Chidvilasananda – Words of Wisdom

When you meditate, the silence of the senses illumines the presence of God within.
In truth, the gift of life must always be recognized and never be taken for granted. Why is life so precious? In Siddha Yoga philosophy, we recognize that in this human life we have a rare opportunity. We can transform an ordinary perception of this universe into an extraordinary vision. To be on this planet and to behold the universe from the divine perspective is a sign of an illumined heart. To put this vision to best use in the best way possible is a human being's highest duty.
The more you contemplate the teachings, the more they enter you.
It is seva that accelerates the sadhana of a seeker and lights the path to God. Gurumayi Chidvilasananda
You may also like to read Gurumayi Chidvilasananda Thoughts on Meditation

How Earthquakes Happen? – Story in Hindu Tradition

It is believed in Hindu tradition that the earth rests on the thousand headed Ananta or Adi Sesha – the snake or serpent on which Hindu God Vishnu reclines. The story on how earthquakes happen is connected to Ananta holding earth on his head. Puranas states that Ananta fed up with his mother Kadru’s evil tactics to defeat Garuda’s mother went on pilgrimage and started performing intense austerities (Tapas) at Badrikashram and Gandamadanam.
Pleased with Ananta, Brahma appeared before him and asked to go to Patala (netherworld) and hold the earth on his head. Brahma also asked Ananta to wipe out Adharma by using his Tejas. The belief is that when the balance on earth tilts in favor of Adharma, Ananta uses his powers to get the balance in favor of Dharma.
As Ananta has thousand heads, he holds the earth on one head. When that head gets tired he shifts it to another. Earthquakes happen when Ananta shifts earth from one head to another.
Related Story in Hindu Tradition – Why Snakes have split …

Eco-friendly Immersion - Wash-Melt Process Instead Of Immersion in Ganga For Durga Puja Idols in Kolkata

Instead of immersing the Durga idol after Durga Puja, Kolkata civic body is planning to offer Durga puja organisers the option of melting the idols with jets of Ganga water. This environment-friendly immersion process is already followed by Naihati Kali pujas. The Telegraph India reports
In the proposed process, the melting of idols, after completion of the religious rituals, symbolises immersion.

“We want to introduce the wash-melt process, at least at Babughat, after Durga Puja. Discussions are on with the fire services. The puja organisers will have the option of choosing this process or going for the conventional one,” said Debasish Kumar, mayoral council member (parks and garden). This is a welcome move to minimise Ganga pollution. Despite the widespread use of lead-free paint last year, lead contamination of the river has increased,” said Krishnajyoti Goswami, a scientist working on lead pollution. Representatives of many of the clubs welcomed the proposal. “The Hooghly is extrem…

Madhyashtami

Madhyashtami is observed annually during the Mahalayam fortnight which falls before Ashwin Navratri (September – October). It is an important day during at Gaya. This fortnight is popularly known as Pitru Paksha Shradh. Madhyashtami 2018 date is October 2. This day is chosen by those people who do not perform paksha mahalyam – rituals on all 15 days.
Observing one day Shradham is known as Sakrun Mahalayam.
Sakrun Mahalayam is in addition to the Amavasya Shradh, which should be performed by all people.
The importance of Madhyashtami is that one need not worry about tithi, vara, Nakshatra and other doshas and can perform the ritual.

Adi Shankara – Eternal Wisdom

Just as a piece of rope if imagined to be a snake and an oyster to be a piece of silver, so is the Atman (soul) determined to be the physical body by an ignorant person. Atman (Eternal Self) is verily one and without parts, whereas the body consists of many parts and yet the people see these as one. What else can be called ignorance but this?

Action cannot destroy ignorance, for it is not in conflict with ignorance. Knowledge alone destroys ignorance, as light destroys darkness.

Never boast of your wealth, friends, and youth. Time may steal away all these in the twinkling of an eye. Giving up attachment to this world which is full of illusion, try to realize Brahman soon and merge in it. Adi Shankara

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Swami Ram Tirtha Jayanti

Swami Ram Tritha Jayanti is the birth anniversary of the Swami Ram Tirtha, who was a great teacher of Hindu philosophy and Vedanata and one of the notable teachers who worked tirelessly in spreading the true teachings of Vedanta in the West. Swami Ram Tirtha Jayanti date 2018 date is October 18. It is observed annually on the Shukla Paksha Navami day in Ashwin month – ninth day of the waxing phase of moon.
Swami Ram Tirtha, also known as Swami Rama and Swami Ram Tirath, was the most famous Hindu saint to visit the American universities after Swami Vivekananda. During his travel to America in 1902 he gave lectures on practical Vedanta and this attracted thousands of people.
Followers of Swami Ram Tirtha organize satsangs and prayer meetings on the Jayanti day. His teachings and writings are relevant to this day.
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Meditation is suspension of thoughts – Ramana Maharishi

What is meditation? It is the suspension of thoughts.
The mind turned outward results in thoughts and objects. Turned inwards it becomes itself the Self.
The only useful purpose of this birth is to turn within and realize. There is nothing else to do.
A man attached to desire cannot get solitude, wherever he may be; a detached man is always in solitude.
Solitude is not to be found in forests only. It can be had even in towns and the thick of worldly occupation. Ramana Maharishi
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Soubhagyavati Shradh

Soubhagyavati Shradh is observed on the ninth day of the Pitru Paksha fortnight and is dedicated to women who did not die as a widow. It is observed during the waning phase of moon (Krishna Paksha) in Ashwin month. Soubhagyavati Shradh 2018 date is October 3. Soubhagya Vati Shradh rituals and rites are strictly followed for women who died when their husbands were alive.
In some regions, the no rituals are performed on the day. Instead food or meal is offered to the married woman’s soul. Some people also feed a Sumangali (married women) on the day.
Soubhagyavati rituals vary from region to region and from community to community. But in all regions on the day, Shradh is performed for one's mother or any other woman in the family, who did not die a widow.
In the rituals, instead of deities, demigods known as dhurilochan whose eyes remain half closed are invoked. Dhuri means smoke and lochan means eyes; their eyes remain half closed due to smoke.

Inspirational Quotes – Sri Chinmoy

We are truly unlimited, if only we dare to try.
When we transcend any aspect of ourselves, our spiritual qualities grow and expand.

Try to be a runner and try all the time to surpass and go beyond all that is bothering you and standing in your way. Be a real runner so that ignorance, limitations, and imperfections will all drop far behind you in the race.
Before the race starts, meditate most soulfully for five minutes. Try to feel that you are not the runner, but that somebody else is running in and through you. While you are running, sometimes it is very difficult to enjoy the race. Either the competitive spirit or frustration is killing you, or your body is not abiding by your mental will. But before you start, if you can convince yourself that you are a divine observer and that somebody else is running in you, through you and for you, then fear, doubt, worry, anxiety and other negative forces will not be able to assail your mind. From the very beginning be spiritually wise; then thro…

Lalitha Sahasranama Stotram Lyrics in English in pdf

Lalitha Sahasranama Stotram is dedicated to the Mother Goddess and extols her glory in 1000 names. The Lalitha Tripura Sundari form of Mother Goddess is worshipped through the Lalitha Sahasranama Stotram prayer. Lalitha Sahasranama Stotram Lyrics in English is in pdf format and you can download or read it online. You will need pdf reader installed to read it.
Link - Lalitha Sahasranama Stotram in English

Navratri at Dad Devi Mata Temple at Rajasthan – Mandir Shri Dad Devi Mata Ji

DadDeviMataTemple, at Ummed Ganj in Kota District in Rajasthan, is dedicated to Shri Dad Devi Mata Ji, an incarnation of Goddess Durga. Dad Devi Mata Temple 2018 Navratri mela and festival is from October 10 to October 18. The most important day is the fifth day of the Navrati. The Goddess is the Kul Devta of the Tanwar Rajputs and the temple attracts nearly 50,000 people during the Chaitra and Ashwin Navratri.
The murti of Dad Devi Mata at this 10th century temple is seated on a lion and she is ten armed and each arm holds a weapon.
The temple is around 25 km from Kota.

Kautilya Quotes

That mother and that father are enemies, who do not give education to their children.
Wealth will desert the childish man who always consults the stars.
Even the fangless serpent should raise its hood, for with or without poison, a raised hood is frightening.
The fish, the toad and the birds protect their infants by sight, thought and touch – so do good men.
Anger is the origin of all legal disputes...murder also results from anger. Kautilya
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Why Tulsi Leaves are not offered to Shiva in Hindu Pujas and Rituals

Hindu God Shiva is never worshipped with Tulsi leaves. It is also not offered during pujas, rituals and festivals associated Shiva. The reason for this is mentioned in the Shiva Purana.
Legend has it that an Asura named Dambh did not have any children. So he did intense Tapas for several years and pleased Vishnu. When Vishnu appeared before him, he asked for a powerful and invincible son. Vishnu blessed him with a son. Later a son was born to Dambh and he was named Shankhchud. Some scriptures refer to Shankhchud as Jalandhar
Shankhchud wanted to be a conqueror of the three worlds and with this intention he performed tapas and pleased Brahma. As a boon he asked Brahma that no gods should defeat him. Brahma blessed him with Sri Krishna Kavach and advised him to marry Tulsi daughter of Dharmadvaj. Brahma told him that the boon depended on Sri Krishna Kavach and chastity of Tulsi. Tulsi is mentioned as Vrinda in some holy texts.
Once he attained unimaginable powers, Shankhchud attacked the …

Pitru Pandhravda

Pitru Pandhravda is observed during the Krishna Paksha of Bhadrapad month – fortnight of waning phase of moon – and is dedicated to the departed souls – dead parents and relatives in Maharashtra. Pitru Pandhravda 2018 date is from September 25 to October 8. This fortnight dedicated to the departed souls is known as Pitru Paksha and Mahalya fortnight.
No auspicious ceremony is held during the period. Hindus only eat vegetarian food during the period.
Shradh rituals are offered to dead ancestors and dead family members. The most important Shradh is observed on the Amavasya day (October 8). Other important Shradh dates include Avidhava Navami on October 3, 2018.
Read more about Pitru Pandhravda in here.

Navratri 2012 – 8 days not the usual 9 days in 2012 – Why?

Navratri is the celebration of 9 nights dedicated to Goddess Shakti but in 2012 there are only 8 nights in traditional Hindu calendar. Navratri 2012 begins on October 16 and ends on October 24, 2012. So why is that in 2011 it is 8 days not the usual 9 days. This is because two tithi falls on a single day in all Hindu calendars.
Maharashtra, Gujarat, Kerala and Tamil Nadu – Navratri day 3 and 4 are marked on the same date – October 18, 2012. Dwitiya and Tritiya falls on the same date.
In North India, Navratri day 5 and day 6 falls on the same date – October 20, 2012. – Panchami and Sashti falls on the same day.
In Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka– Navratri 5 and 6 are marked on the same date – October 20, 2012. Panchami and Sashti falls on the same day.

The auspicious and important festival dates remain the same in all regions.

Creating A Map of The Sacred Forests

Many temples and traditional homes in India have sacred groves in their vicinity. Sacred groves contain rare trees and plants with medicinal properties. Legend has it that when Hanuman was flying with the Saneevani mountain to save Lakshman’s life, chunk of the mountain fell at numerous places. Sacred groves appeared at the places where the chunk fell. Dr Shonil Bhagwat, a reasearcher at Oxford University, is creating the first ever map of the sacred forests. The Tribune reports
Dr Shonil Bhagwat’s field studies show how some parts of India have one sacred forest for every 741 acres. He has expert knowledge about threatened tree species in the religious forests of Karnataka, home to ‘poison arrow’ trees (Antiaris toxicari), and some unusual types of fig (Ficus microcarpa) and myrtle (Syzygium zeylanicum). He has taken a particular interest in the Kodagu district of Karnataka where devarakadus or sacred groves have been damaged by illegal cutting, grazing and fires. Some of these devara…

Meru Mountain in Hindu Tradition - Mahameru

Meru, or Mahameru, is a divine mountain mentioned in the Puranas and epics and is witness to several incidents in Hindu tradition. When a cycle of creation ends, all living beings followed Dharma get shelter on the Meru. As per Puranas, heaven is located on the peaks of the meru, netherworld is at the base and earth is located in the middle portion. Hindu Puranas mention that the height and breadth of Meru is 84,000 yojanas. One yojana is equal to 8 miles. It is also believed that the Mountain holds the Earth – this is because 16000 yojana of the mountain is beneath the earth.
The peaks of meru are covered with gold and Kailash, on which Shiva is seated, is one of the peaks. All gods and goddesses reside on the Mahameru. Sun and moon goes round the mountain and the Saptarishi Nakshatras rise and set on it.
The base of the mountain is filled with life saving herbs. The mountain is guarded by Nagas and therefore sinners cannot enter the mountain.
The most popular legend associated with Mer…

Triyugi Narayan Mela

Triyugi Narayan Mela is annually held on the Shukla Paksha Dwadasi or the 12th day during the waxing phase of moon in Bhadrapad month at the famous TriyuginarayanTemple in Uttarakhand. Triyugi Narayan Mela 2018 date is September21. Triyugi Narayan temple is dedicated to Vishnu. Legend has it that Shiva married Parvati here.
An eternal flame, believed to be have been lit during the marriage of Shiva and Parvati, is found in front of the shrine.
The mela attracts thousands of people from the nearby villages. Char Dham yatras also join in the mela.
The temple is located at the Triyuginarayan village in Rudraprayag District. The famous Kedarnath Shrine is around 31 km from Triyugi Narayan.

Ancient Hindu Sayings

He who has come through the fire will not fade in the sun.
Cleverness is required even for the practice of vice.
Help they brother’s boat across and lo! thine own has reached the shore.
Just as he behaves, so he becomes.
Never do to others what would pain yourself.
Man is created by thought; what he thinks upon, that he becomes.
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Dadi Janki – Words of Wisdom

When you build a house, every brick counts. When you build character, every thought counts. So think constructively.
Your thoughts create your feelings. To save yourself from useless and painful feelings, don’t think about useless or negative things.
If you want to change your behavior, focus on the thinking which causes it. Thoughts are like seeds. From them grow your attitudes and in turn, your actions.
A humble person dismisses nothing, recognizing that whatever life presents needs to be respected. Inside even the smallest things there is often enormity.
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Modern Notions of Evolution and Ancient Hinduism

In an article titled ‘Ancient Hinduism enlightens modern notions of evolution’ in the Washington Post, Aseem Shukla, Co-founder, Hindu American Foundation, suggest that the concept of modern evolution is nothing new to Hinduism as the concept was detailed in Hindu scriptures.

Excerpts from the article ...cosmology, science, and the ancient Vedas--Hinduism’s sacred scripture--are eerily complementary.  Lord Brahma, the Lord of Creation, often depicted as one of the Hindu Trinity of Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva, is described as creating the universe in an unending cycle over each of his days and nights. If the Big Bang theory is posited to have occurred 13 billion years ago, Hindus would have no trouble at all agreeing that an Intelligent Designer, Lord Brahma, indeed guides the creation of the universe.  Even more, Swami Vivekananda, one of modern Hinduism’s intellectual giants wrote in the early 20th century, whether an intelligence made the material world, or whether, as some scientists…

Thoughts on Radhashtami – Symbolism in Radha – Krishna Divine Love

Today is Radhashtami – Radha’s birthday. Radha is the longing for the Divine, the unknown infinity – Krishna!

If you read Radha the other way round, it is Dhara. Dhara moves away from the source. When it moves towards its source it is called Radha. Coming back to the source, the source is Krishna. When you move towards yourself you move towards Krishna.
Longing for the source is Radha. Without Radha, Krishna cannot be reached, that is why we sing ‘Jai Jai Radha Raman’ in Satsang – moving back to the source.
It is like sweetness in the sugar, sweetness cannot be separated from the sugar. Light and Sun, Water and Fluidity, Gravitation and Earth, Flower and Fragrance, they cannot be separated from each other; such is the bond between Radha Krishna. Sri Sri Ravishankar Information Provided by Deepa You may also like to read
On the Love of Radha and Krishna – its symbolic meaning by Swami Chinmayananda

All sorrow is due to the fact that many are seen where there is only one – Sri Anandamayi Ma

Exert yourself to the limits of your power, however feeble. He is there to fulfill what has been left undone.
Unconditional surrender to Him is the best solace for man.
Love and serve your consort and children as Divine manifestations. Perform all work as God's service. Do not allow your mind to wander here and there. Endeavor to make it one pointed. Have one single end in view.
All sorrow is due to the fact that many are seen where there is only one. Duality is pain. So long as man does not wake up to his identity with the one, the round of birth and death continues for him. Anandamayi Ma
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Vishnu Sahasranama Lyrics in Kannada in pdf format - Read Kannada Vishnu Sahasranama

Vishnu Sahasranama is one of the most popular prayers dedicated to Hindu God Vishnu. Vishnu Sahasranama consists of the 1000 names of Srihari Vishnu. This is a pdf version of the Vishnu Sahasranama in Kannada. This free version of Vishnu Sahasranamam in Kannada text is provided by website Prapatti.
You can download Vishnu Sahsranama in Kannada here.
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Read Kannada Vishnu Sahasranama ॥ ಅಥ ವಿಷ್ಣುಸಹಸ್ರನಾಮಸ್ತೋತ್ರಮ್ ॥
ಯಸ್ಯ ಸ್ಮರಣಮಾತ್ರೇಣ ಜನ್ಮಸಂಸಾರಬಂಧನಾತ್ ।
ವಿಮುಚ್ಯತೇ ನಮಸ್ತಸ್ಮೈ ವಿಷ್ಣವೇ ಪ್ರಭವಿಷ್ಣವೇ ॥೧॥

ನಮ: ಸಮಸ್ತಭೂತಾನಾಮಾದಿಭೂತಾಯ ಭೂಭೃತೇ ।
ಅನೇಕರೂಪರೂಪಾಯ ವಿಷ್ಣವೇ ಪ್ರಭವಿಷ್ಣವೇ ॥೨॥
ವೈಶಂಪಾಯನ ಉವಾಚˆ
ಶ್ರುತ್ವಾ ಧರ್ಮಾನಶೇಷೇಣ ಪಾವನಾನಿ ಚ ಸರ್ವಶ: ।
ಯುಧಿಷ್ಠಿರ: ಶಾಂತನವಂ ಪುನರೇವಾಭ್ಯಭಾಷತ ॥೩॥
ಯುಧಿಷ್ಠಿರ ಉವಾಚˆ
ಕಿಮೇಕಂ ದೈವತಂ ಲೋಕೇ ಕಿಂ ವಾಽಪ್ಯೇಕಂ ಪರಾಯಣಮ್ ।
ಸ್ತುವಂತ: ಕಂ ಕಮರ್ಚಂತ: ಪ್ರಾಪ್ನುಯುರ್ಮಾನವಾ: ಶುಭಮ್ ॥೪॥
ಕೋ ಧರ್ಮ: ಸರ್ವಧರ್ಮಾಣಾಂ ಭವತ: ಪರಮೋ ಮತ: ।
ಕಿಂ ಜಪನ್ ಮುಚ್ಯತೇ ಜಂತುರ್ಜನ್ಮಸಂಸಾರಬಂಧನಾತ್ ॥೫॥
ಭೀಷ್ಮ ಉವಾಚˆ
ಜಗತ್ಪ್ರಭುಂ ದೇವದೇವಮನಂತಂ ಪುರುಷೋತ್ತಮಮ್ ।
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