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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 2017 date is from September 6 to September 19. 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 (September 19). Other important Shradh dates include Avidhava Navami on September 14, 2017.
Read more about Pitru Pandhravda in here.

God in Upanishads – Teachings

Like oil in sesame seeds, butter in cream, water in the riverbed, fire in tinder; the Self (God) dwells within the soul. Realize that Self through truthfulness and meditation.

Self is everywhere, shining forth from all beings, vaster than the vast, subtler than the most subtle, unreachable, yet nearer that breath, than heartbeat. Eye cannot see it, ear cannot hear it nor tongue utter it; only in deep absorption can the mind, grown pure and silent, merge with the formless truth. As soon as you find it, you are free; you have found yourself; you have solved the great riddle; your heart is forever at peace. Whole, you enter the Whole. Your personal self returns to its radiant, intimate, deathless source.

The All-knowing Self was never born, nor will it die. Beyond cause and effect, this self is eternal and immutable. When the body dies, the Self does  not die. If the slayer believes that he can kill and the slain believes that he can be killed, neither knows the truth. The eternal Self s…

Today’s Hindu Calendar – September 9, 2011 – Tithi, Vrat, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on September 9, 2011 – Shukla Paksha Dwadashi Tithi or twelfth day of waxing phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Shukla Paksha Dwadasi Tithi till 11:11 AM on September 9, 2011. After 11:11 AM on September 9 it is Trayodashi tithi. All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra – Uttarashada or Uthiradam Nakshatra till 12:52 AM on September 9, 2011. Afterwards it is Shravan or Sravana or Thiruonam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Makar Rasi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Thiru Onam in Kerala. Vaman Jayanti, Shravan Dwadasi, Pradosh Vrat
Bhadrapad Shukla Paksha Dwadasi or twelfth day of the light phase of moon in Bhadrapad month in calendars followed in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.
Bhadrapad Shukla Paksha Dwadashi or twelfth day of the light phase of moon in Bhadra month in calendars followed in Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Utta…