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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…

Sarvartha Siddhi Yoga in October 2017 - Sarvartha Siddhi Yoga Date and Time in October 2017

Sarvartha Siddha Yoga is a good day for investment and buying in month in Hindu tradition. In October 2017, Sarvarta Siddha Yog dates are October 5, 6, 9, 11, 12, 13, 18, 21, 23, 27 and October 38, 2017. Below is the detail time for October 2017. It is good for moving into new house, opening of shops, buying gold, bikes and cars, booking of cars and other auspicious ceremonies as per Hindu panchang and calendar, especially those followed in North India.
9:18 PM on October 5 to before sunrise on October 7
5:24 PM on October 9 to before sunrise on Oct 10
sunrise to 2:09 PM on Oct 11
12:29 PM on Oct 12 to 10:54 AM on Oct 13
6:54 AM on Oct 18 to before sunrise on Oct 19
sunrise to 9:41 AM on Oct 21
sunrise to 1:48 PM on Oct 23
11:49 PM on October 27 to 1:48 AM on Oct 29
All time based on Indian Standard Time.
Sarvartha Siddha Yoga occurs three or four times in a month and is mainly followed in North India.

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…

Today’s Hindu Calendar – September 22, 2011 – Tithi, Vrat, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on September 22, 2011 – Krishna Paksha Dasami Tithi or tenth day of the waning or dark phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Krishna Paksha Dasami Tithi from 2:03 AM on September 22, 2011. Before 2:03 AM it is Navami Tithi. All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra – Punarvasu or Punarpusam or Punirtham Nakshatram Nakshatra till 10:46 PM on September 22, 2011. Afterwards it is Pushya or Pusam or Pooyam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Mithuna Rasi till 4:43 PM. Afterwards it is Karka Rasi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Pitru Paksha Shradh tenth day. Dasami Shradh.
Bhadrapad Krishna Paksha Dasami or tenth day of the waning phase of moon in Bhadrapad month in calendars followed in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.
Ashwin Krishna Paksha Dasami or tenth day of the waning phase of moon in Ashvin month in calendars followed in Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Pun…