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Origin of Snake worship in Kerala

Snake worship, or Nagaradhana (prayers at Naga Temples), is very popular in Kerala. Earlier important houses in an area had a special grove dedicated to Serpents. Even today many homes in Kerala maintain Sarpakavu (grove). The origin of snake worship in Kerala is associated with Parasuharama, the incarnation of Vishnu.
It is believed that after killing 21 generations of Adharmic Kshatriyas, Parashuram threw his axe into the sea. Sea withdrew to space where the axe fell and the land thus formed is Kerala.
Parashuram invited people to settle in the new land but they could not stay at the place due to salinity in water and snakes.
Parashuram then prayed to Shiva to find a solution. Shiva asked him to propitiate Snake Vasuki and Nagaraja Ananta.
Parashuram performed intense austereis and was able to please Vasuki and Ananta. They appeared before him to make Snakes the protectors of new land and build sacred spots for them. If this is done then Snakes will not harm people.
Thus snake worship b…

Eco-friendly Worship at Chitrakut Dham temple in Ajmer in Rajasthan

Dedicated to Hindu God Shiva, Chitrakut Dham temple in Ajmer in Rajasthan is becoming a good example of water conservation. Water and milk poured on the Shivling in the temple is recycled and reused – giving the worship an eco-friendly touch. The whole mechanism of recycling water has been devised by Santashri Pathak who is a priest at the ChitrakutDhamTemple. The temple is located around 15 km from Ajmer. Santashri Pathak, the priest at the Chitrakut Dham temple, who also happens to be an engineer, has devised a mechanism under which water and milk poured over the Shivlinga are conserved and recycled resulting in the increase of the groundwater level of the area.

"At the temple's surroundings, the water level has increased considerably compared to what was four years back when I began implementing water-recycling mechanism in the temple premises," says Pathak.
Hailing from Gujarat with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, Pathak believes that religion and science are inse…


Goshtashtami is dedicated to the worship of cow (Go). It is observed on the eighth day during the waxing phase of moon in Margashirsh month as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. Goshtashtami 2017 date is November 27
On the day cows are bathed and they are given fresh grass and other food items including sweets. Pujas on the day are performed in the cowshed.
A similar ritual that is famous in North India is the Gopashtami performed on the Kartik Ashtami day.

Like the sharp edge of a razor is the path to self realization – Upanishads

The light of the Spirit is invisible, concealed in all beings. It is seen by the seers of the subtle, when there vision is keen and clear.
When there is creating, there is progress. Where there is no creating, there is no progress. Know the nature of creating. Where there is joy, there is creating. Know the nature of joy.
Like the sharp edge of a razor, the sage say, is the path to self realization. Narrow it is and difficult to tread.
The little space within the heart is as great as this vast universe. The heavens and the earth are there, and the sun, and the moon, and the stars; fire and lightning and winds are there; and all that now is all this is not; for the whole universe is in Him and He dwells within our heart.
Related Brahma Bindu Upanishad Quotes

Today’s Hindu Calendar – November 23, 2011 – Tithi, Vrat, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on November 23, 2011 – Krishna Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the waning phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Krishna Paksha Trayodasi Tithi till 4:30 PM on November 23, 2011. After 4:30 PM it is Chaturdasi tithi. All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra – Chitra or Chithirai or Chithira Nakshatra till 6:58 AM on November 23, 2011. Then onwards it is Swathi or Chothi Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Tula Rasi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Pradosh Vrat in Madhya Pradesh and South India.
Kartik Krishna Paksha Trayodasi or the thirteenth day during the dark phase of moon in Kartik month in calendars followed in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.
Margashirsh Krishna Paksha Trayodasi or the thirteenth day during the waning phase of moon in Margashirsh month in calendars followed in Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, …