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Pushya Abhishek 2024 at Puri Jagannath Temple in Odisha

Pushya Abhishek is an important annual ritual performed at the world famous Puri Jagannath Temple in Odisha in Paush month. Pushya Abhishek 2024 date is January 26. It is observed on the Pushya Nakshatra day in Paush month – it coincides with Paush Purnima or the full moon day in the month. Abhishek means ‘to shower’. The day is the ceremonial crowning of Lord Jagannath. He is the made the king on the day. The belief is that Trimurtis, Gods, Devas and Saints arrive to witness the Pushya Abhishek. There is a belief that the Trimurtis, Gods, Devas and Saints assembled near the sea at Puri. Therefore the sea is also worshipped on the day. It is also believed that it is a rare opportunity in a calendar year to pray to all the gods at a single holy spot. On the day special pujas are observed for peace and prosperity of all the living beings on the earth. The highlight of the day is the Samudra Aarti – or prayer to the sea. It is attended by thousands of devotees.

Food Eaten During Margazhi Month in Tamil Culture

Margazhi (mid December – to mid January) is a holy month in Tamil Culture and is dedicated to worship and music. Food is also an important part of Margazhi culture. Special delicacies are prepared during the month. The Hindu has created a video on the traditional food prepared during the period. You can watch the video here on youtube.

T. Shankar – A Ramayana Research Scholar

No one exactly knows there are how many versions of Ramayana in the world. T. Shankar is an independent research scholar and an avid student of the Ramayana, who explores the stories in various different versions of Ramayan. Puspha Chari talks to T Shankar about the various versions of Ramayana in the The Hindu. There is only one, yet many Ramayanas have been composed through the millennia. What do you think is the reason? Valmiki’s Ramayana and the subsequent versions were written in Sanskrit. I think poets felt the need to focus on the local language to take the great epic to the people. The subsequent Ramayanas were trans-creations and, therefore, reflect changes over time. Could you tell us some of the similarities as well as the differences of the many Ramayanas? The broad story is the same. Though Valmiki is acknowledged as aadhikavi, every writer of the original Ramayana is a poet and philosopher. And every Ramayana is a master piece. As for differences, in Valmiki

Book on foods offered to Gods in Hindu Temples in India

Food offered to deities in Hindu Temples in India varies from region to region and it is impossible to write about the subject in a single book as the subject matter is encyclopedic. Book titled ‘Bhog: Temple Food of India ’ attempts to explore the various types of food offered to deities in some of the important temples in India . The book is written and published by by Geeta and Arun Budhiraja. One of the highlights of the book is the images of the various divine food and the recipe. The book is priced at Rupees 3900/-. You can find more about the book and how to order it online here at the official website.

Akanda Deepa Vrata

Akanda Deepa Vrata is performed for prosperity by devotees. The main ritual involves keeping a diya (deepa or traditional lamp) lit for an entire Hindu lunar month. The Vrat begins on the first day of a Hindu lunar month – the day after Purnima in calendars followed in North India . In other regions, it is the day after Amavasya. The Akhanda Deepa is lighted on the first day. The lamp is either made of bronze or brass. The medium used to burn the lamp is cow ghee. A single diya is lit. Once lit the devotee keeps the lamp burning till the end of month (first day after Purnima to Purnima or first day after Amavas to Amavas). Each day pujas and offerings are made to the lamp. The puja involves meditation, offering simple flowers and a single fruit. On the last day of the puja, lamps are lit around the house. A puja involving family members, relatives, friends and neighbors are held. Any sweet dish is prepared and distributed as Prasad after offering to the diya. It i

New Big Hanuman Murti (Idol) at Mysore - Karya Siddhi Hanuman in Mysore

Ganapathi Sachchidananda Ashrama in Mysore is preparing to consecrate a big murti of Hanuman – Karya Siddhi Hanuman idol – in Mysore . The Hanuman murti is 42 feet tall and is place on a 30 feet pedestal. The pedestal stands on Karyasiddhi Hanuman Sannidhi ( Temple ). The murti is chiseled out from a 200-tonne Grey Granite Rock. The reason for making the Hanuman Murti: Sri Ganapathy Sashichidananda Swami, the ashram chief, said - People who have faith in Hindu scriptures believe that their wishes will be fulfilled with the darshan of Hanuman. This urge of devotees made me do this. Some details about the Murti: It took 10 months for 18 sculptors to carve the murti. Subramanya Achar from Kurnool , Andhra Pradesh, headed the work. The murti is installed on a 30-feet high pedestal. The pedestal itself is on an octagonal temple. A 5-feet tall saffron Hanuman murti has also been erected to facilitate puja.

Spiritual Values to Be Developed – Bhagavad Gita

Humility, unpretentiousness, non-injury, forbearance, uprightness, service to the teacher, purity, steadiness, self-control. (Chapter 13, verse 7) The renunciation of sense objects, and also absence of egoism; reflection on the evils of birth, death, old age, sickness, and pain. (Chapter 13, verse 8) Non-attachment, non-identification of self with son, wife, home, and the rest, and constant even-mindedness in the occurrence of the desirable and the undesirable. (Chapter 13, verse 9) Unswerving devotion to Me by the Yoga of non-separation, resorting to sequestered places, distaste for the society of men. (Chapter 13, verse 10) Constant application to spiritual knowledge, understanding of the end of true knowledge: this is declared to be knowledge, and what is opposed to it is ignorance. (Chapter 13, verse 11)

Book – Sri Muruga – Legend, Short Stories and Worship

Book titled Sri Muruga – Legend, Short Stories and Worship by Rahul Kabade is an attempt to provide a simple and good understanding of Muruga – Son of Shiva. One of the most popular deities worshiped in Hindu pantheon in South India . Muruga is Kumaraguru – the child guru who explained the greatness of ‘OM.’ Muruga is known as Kartik in North India and western parts of India . He is popularly known as Murugan, Skanda, Sharavana and Subrahmanya in South India . The book gives a proper understanding regarding the incarnation of Muruga. Importance and meaning of the various names of Muruga like Shanmukha, Subrahmanya, Karthikeya, Guha Velayudha, Swaminatha and their meaning are explored. Stories associated with Muruga. His war against Tarakasura and Surapadma are detail. Important saints of Murugan tradition are introduced to readers. Temples of Muruga including the   Aaru-padai Veedu, six abodes of Muruga are detailed. Festivals, rituals, worship and importance

Chandeshwar – Shiva as Chandeshwara

Chandeshwar is one of the manifestations of God Shiva. Chandeshwara is a kind and benevolent aspect of Shiva. Chandeshwar is also one among the Shivlings mentioned in the Kashi Khand. The term is also used to refer to an attendant of Shiva who is believed to have been a cowherd. It is stated that one who worships Chandeshwar Shivling will not have rebirth and will escape from all dangers and worries. Chandeshwar in human form is depicted as sitting on a lotus-throne. He holds arrow, axe, bow, club, hatchet, noose, rosary, trident and water jar. Snakes are also associated with Chandeshwar form. Chandeshwar Shivling Temple in Varanasi is located near the Bhishma Chandi Devi Temple on the Cariappa Marg in Sadar Bazar locality. Chandeshwar temples are also located in Karnataka and Goa .

English Book – Srimad Bhagavad Gita: Solution of Life Problems – Download for Free

Srimad Bhagavad Gita: Solution of Life Problems is a commentary on Bhagavad Gita credited to Bengali Baba and was published in 1944. The book is currently available for free download in pdf format at the website of the Central Archaeology Library in  New Delhi . The book is a commentary of the Bhagavad Gita in English with emphasis given on how the teaching in the Gita helps in solving problems in life. Link – You can download the book here from ASI website -  Srimad Bhagavad Gita: Solution of Life Problems  (please note that in the link click on the pdf view to download the book) The pdf file size is 58.2 MB. You will need a pdf reader installed to read the book.

Bhagavad Gita in Bengali in mp3 audio for free download

This Bhagavad Gita mp3 audio in Bengali is provided by the Yatharth Geeta website. Each 18 chapter of the Bhagavad Gita is divided into different mp3 files. The translation and explanation in Bengali is provided by Shri Paramahansji Maharaj. The size of the files vary from 20 MB to 44 MB. You will have to download several files to get the complete Bhagavad Gita with commentary in Bengali. Each chapter is divided into two separate files. All eighteen chapters are available for download. You can download Bhagavad Gita MP3 in Bengali here at yatharth geeta .

Kakatiya Festival – Warangal Ramappa Temple 800th Anniversary Celebration

The 800th anniversary celebration of the Warangal Ramappa Temple known as the Kakatiya Festival will be held from December 21, 2012. Also known as Ramalingeshwara Temple , the temple is dedicated to Shiva and is a classic example of Kakatiya Dynasty architecture. The year long celebrations will mark 800 th anniversary of construction of Ramappa temple. The Hindu reports Inaugural functions of the celebrations will be organised for three days from December 21 at archaeological sites of Kakatiyas at Warangal --Thousand-Pillar temple and Warangal Fort besides, Ramappa temple. The celebrations will also be held at other important places, which form part of Kakatiya Empire.

Benefits of Wearing Pearl Ring – Moti Stone

Pearl , or Moti, in Hindu astrology is associated with moon or Chandra. One of main benefits of wearing pearl ring as per astrologers is that it helps in attaining peace of mind and it also helps in controlling the anger. Moti stone is usually etched into gold or silver ring. There is also widespread belief that pearl helps in curing heart and stomach diseases. Other benefits include: Increases the concentration power Respectable position in the society Increase of wealth Helps in improving the function of heart. Helps in curing stomach related ailments. Helps in improving relation between husband and wife. Shudh Moti or Pure Pearl helps in attaining wealth and blessing of Goddess Lakshmi. Yellow colored pearl is also worn for attaining wealth Red color pearl is worn to improve intelligence and attain more wisdom. White colored moti is worn to improve social status Blue colored pearl is worn to fulfill desires related to senses.

Upanishad Ganga Serial on DVD – Buy Online

The path-breaking Upanishad Ganga Serial currently aired on Doordarshan is available in DVD format at Shemaroo stores. You can also buy the DVD online at Shemaroo. The first volume of DVD released has the first 17 episodes of the serial. Upanishad Ganga is a 52-episode television series produced by Chinmaya Mission and directed by Chandraprakash Dwivedi. Upanishads are the source of all the teachings of Sanatana Dharma. Features of the DVD Volume 1, Episodes 1-17 includes: Option for English subtitles Synopses  Compilation of Sanskrit verses with transliteration & translation in English from each episode Compilation of resources including books and DVDs for further reflection on the concepts from each episode Easy access to powerful scenes, songs and chants Where is it available? From all leading Shemaroo outlets throughout India . You can also buy the DVD online at Shemaroo. The DVD is priced at Rupees 999/- More information on the DVD and about the Ser

Malayalam Calendar 2001 Online – Download Kerala Calendar 2001 in jpeg format

Malayalam Calendar 2001 followed in Kerala is provided by the Deepika Newspaper. The 2001 Malayalam calendar contains important festivals in Kerala and uses Malayalam language to mention Nakshatram and festival details. This Kerala calendar of 2001 of Deepika is not in pdf format but in jpeg format. But you can save the webpage or image format and use it. You can visit the newspaper website and download it here -  Deepika Malayalam Calendar 2001. You can try this link or use the main calendar link.

Nambi Rayar Perumal Temple at Tirukurungudi in Tamil Nadu – Treasure Trove of Wooden and Stone Sculptures

Chitra Gopuram and the Main Gopuram at Nambi Rayar Perumal Temple in Tirukurungudi are famous for its wooden and stone sculptures. The temple is located at around 47 km from Palayankottai in Tamil Nadu. The temple has sculptures from stories in Bhagavad Purana. Sculptures associated with Shiva are also found on the gopurams.  Pradeep Chakravarthy writes in The Hindu   Composing forms out of other forms is a favourite theme for expert sculptors. Such sculptures are rare since it involved both imagination and flawless execution. This temple has several of them, and what is remarkable in these are the sizes, both the horse and elephant are composed of several ladies and the entire image is just one and a half feet! This is even more remarkable when we are reminded that the stone used is granite – one of the hardest stones!  Vibheeshana seeking refuge before Rama leaves for Lanka is a masterful part of the epic when Valmiki teaches us the various forms of persuasion.  Vibhe

About Hindu God Alagar

Alagar is a manifestation of Hindu God Vishnu mainly worshiped in Tamil Nadu in India . It is believed that Vishnu appeared in this form as the brother of Goddess Meenakshi (Parvathi). Legend has it that Vishnu descended from Vaikunta and appeared in the present day Alagar Koil region. He then gave his sister Meenakshi in marriage to Sundareshvara (Shiva) – the divine couple resides at Madurai Meenakshi Temple . The most famous temple dedicated to the Alagar form of Vishnu is located at around 21 km north-east of Madurai . The temple known as Alagar Koil is located on the foot of Alagar hills. Scholars are also of the view that the legend was intended to unite Shiva and Vishnu devotees. Alagar is worshiped as Kallalagar in Alagar Koil, as Kattalagar in Srivilliputtur Temple and as Koodalagar in Madurai . The murti of Algar is flanked by Bhu Devi and Shridevi. Alagar riding a horse and entering the Vaigai River is an important ritual that takes place during th

Story of Belli Saheb Who Made the Silver Chariot at Udupi Krishna Math

Late Ameer Hamza, who is fondly remembered as Belli Saheb, is the one who built the silver chariot at Udupi Sri Krishna Math. Belli Saheb has also made murtis in many temples in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu. A practicing Muslim, the story of Belli Saheb is highly fascinating. Deepa Ganesh writes about the life of Belli Saheb in The Hindu They are not sure when it all started in their family, but Makbool, the older son of Ameer Hamza says his grandfather Sheikh Peeru saheb was a renowned silver craftsman. “My father’s initial lessons were from him.” But Peeru saheb mostly made huge silver utensils used in the temple. The little Hamza was in sixth standard when he had a tiff with his father. He was so upset that he ran away from home. It was sheer serendipity that he landed in Mysore . After working here and there to be able to fend for his food, he chanced upon the workshop of Subbanna Achar, who headed the team of silver and gold craftsmen in the pa

Sri Venkateswara Zoological Park – Zoo at Tirupati

Koorma Nivas, Karthikeya Vanam, Mareecha Vanam, Gokulam, Chitrakooda Vanam…these are not names of places in Puranas but spots inside the Sri Venkateswara Zoological Park . The Zoo at Tirupati has numerous sections that are named after Gods, places and important incidents in epics and Puranas. Thus in Koorma Nivas named after the Kurma Avatar of Vishnu you can see Turtles and Tortoises. In Karthikeya Vanam named after Muruga you can see Peacocks; in Mareecha Vanam named after demon in Ramayana you can see deers. Sri Venkateswara Zoological Park has got an official website with all important details including a virtual tour, contact information, details or flora, fauna and animals etc. You can visit the official website of Sri Venkateswara Zoological Park here.

Shiva Temples in Punjab in India Practice Water Conservation

One of the important offerings in Shiva Temple is water. Devotees offer water to bathe the Shivling. With ground water levels in Punjab in India fast depleting some Shiva temples have resorted to diverting the water offered to Shivling to underground. Times of Indiareports  If in two cases head priests of temples have prepared water recharging wells to return water being offered on Shivlings to the underground water table, another priest has made a slight shift in the ritual to save water.  Interestingly, a politician played a vital role in prevailing upon religious personalities to make these environment- friendly changes at shrines and in rituals also. "Every devotee offers water on the Shivling and once BJP Rajya Sabha member Avinash Rai Khanna suggested that this water should not go waste and should be recharged. We then made a water harvesting system connected to the Shivling so that after filtration water flows back into the earth," said Swami Bhagwan Dass, w

Quotes on Attachment from Hindu Scriptures and Teachers

The surest sign of a man of the highest wisdom is that he is not attracted by the pleasures of the world, for in him even the subtle tendencies have ceased. When these tendencies are strong, there is bondage; when they have ceased, there is liberation. (Yoga Vasishta) External attachment is attachment to sense objects. Internal attachment is self-identification with the ego and the modifications of the mind. The dispassionate man, absorbingly devoted to Brahman, is alone able to renounce both…He who has know the reality of Brahman cannot continue to feel attachment to this world. He who feels attachment has not known Brahman. He remains deluded and sense bound. (Adi Shankaracharya) Pitiful are those who, acting, are attached to their action’s fruits. The wise man lets go of all results, whether good or bad, and is focused on the action alone. (Bhagavad Gita) Do not cultivate too much attachment to things of the world, which appeal to carnal desires and sensual thirsts. A

Importance of Hanuman Bahuk

Hanuman Bhauk is an important prayer dedicated to Hanuman and was written by Goswami Tulsidas. It is believed that Tulsidasji wrote to prayer to cure  his shoulder pain. Once, Tulsidas had an excruciating pain in one of his shoulders. He then composed a poem extolling the glory and greatness of Hanuman. He also asked Hanumanji to cure his body ailments. Miraculously Tulsidas had relief from the pain. It is believed that chanting Hanuman Bahuk helps in curing various body pains, diseases, psychological problems, fear of ghosts etc. It is also chanted by those people who believe that their enemies are doing black magic against them. A person can chant Hanuman Bahuk daily as part of his normal prayers. Another method of chanting Hanuman Bahuk is by doing certain austerities for 40 days. On all forty days, Hanuman Bahuk is chanted in the morning. The person only eats vegetarian food. No smoking and drinking during the period. No gossips and no unnecessary talks. Chanti

Pandavas as Examples in Management Study

What if management lessons are applied to the Characters of Pandavas and Sri Krishna in the Mahabharata – Krishna as the CEO; Yudhishtir who binds together values; Bhima (outcomes); Arjun (learning); Karna (legitimacy); Nakul (process) and Shadev (purpose). An old article in Times of India compares Pandavas with modern executives:  The great Indian epic can be used to compare each of the Pandavas to managers of today with their roles, strengths, weaknesses and consequences.  The popular elective course — Spirituality for Global Managers — has management students looking at Krishna as the CEO; Yudhishtir who binds together values; Bhima (outcomes); Arjun (learning); Karna (legitimacy); Nakul (process) and Shadev (purpose). Says Ramnath Narayanaswamy, professor at IIM-B: "The Ramayana and Mahabharata are outstanding texts for all times and can be contemporised to any age. The Pandavas, Karna included, are each a great hero with a fatal flaw."  What is interesting i

Ameda Temple in Kerala That Accepts Snake Murtis (idols) from Sacred Groves

Snake worship, or Nagaradhana is very popular in Kerala. Earlier important houses in an area had a special grove dedicated to serpents which contain plants, shrubs and trees with medicinal properties. But majority of people do not want a sacred grove in their property as this reduces the value of the property in real estate market. So people are removing the Snake Murtis worshipped in the property. One temple which is currently hosting such removed murtis is the Ameda Temple in Ernakulam in Kerala. The Hindu reports  What happens when there is no one to look after them and the sacred groves (Sarpakavu) are left in the lurch? Just like there are old age homes to take care of the elderly, Ameda Temple is one of the temples that “accepts” the snake spirits of the sacred groves from places that the land owners are unable to maintain. It has the shrines dedicated to the Nagaraja and Nagayakshi along with the main deity known as Saptamathrukkal  “We try to talk to the land owners

Story Of Sage Kandu - How Passion Undid Years Of Penance In A Day?

Sage Kandu performed intense austerities to attain the ultimate goal – self realization. He built an ashram at secluded spot on the banks of Gomati River . He did Tapas by standing between five fires in summer and in winter he performed Tapas by staying in cold water. The story of Sage Kandu is found in the Brahma Purana. Indra, the King of Devas, was afraid of Sage Kandu’s asceticism as he worried that the sage would unseat him in the heaven. Indra deputed Pramolcha, an Apsara (damsel), to disturb the austerities of Sage Kandu. With the help of Kama (god of love), Vayu (wind god) and spring, Pramolcha created a perfect setting in the Ashram. Her songs disturbed the meditation of the Sage. Passion aroused in him and He took her inside the ashram. Sage Kandu used his powers to turn into a 16-year-old youth and made love to Pramolcha. Hundreds of years passed. In between Pramlocha asked permission to leave but the sage asked her stay. This continued for several

About Cherial Paintings – Nakashi Patam in Telengana and its lone practitioner

Cherial Paintings – Nakashi Patam were used by story tellers in Telengana region of India to narrate stories from the Mahabharata, Shiva Purana and Adi Purana. The stories from local legends and myths were also narrated by the storytellers with the help of Cherial paintings. The Hindu writes about this painting and its lone practitioner  Vaikuntam Nakash is today the lone practitioner of the 500-year-old Cherial painting tradition, just like his father was. His father chose to train his sons Vaikuntam and his brother. The genesis of the art form lay in wall paintings in temples and on ‘vahanas’ and gradually became part of the region’s oral narrative theatre. “We make our paintings on the instruction of the story teller and the narrative sequence. Then the story teller leaves to return after a year during which time the ‘chitrakars’ would have completed the scroll. In the olden days, the chitrakar or nakash would receive articles such as rice and dried coconut, as a fee on the

Symbolism in the Six Heads of Muruga

Legend has it that six babies that were born the divine spark of Shiva were conjoined by Goddess Parvati and this led to the manifestation of Muruga or Kartikeya. There are numerous symbolisms regarding the six heads of Muruga. It is believed that the six faces of Muruga represents five elements – ether, fire, water, earth, air – and the sixth the sprit that infuses life into the beings formed by the elements. Some scholars especially those associated with yoga states that the six heads represents the six centers with the human body – six chakras. Nakkirar in his Tirumurugatruppadai (A classic book of the Sangam Age) states that : the first face removes the darkness and ignorance of the world and bathes it in light, the second grants boons to His devotees, the third protects yajnas, the fourth discourses upon the knowledge of the Self; the fifth destroys evil demons and the sixth glances lovingly at the face of Valli, (His bride from the hills). Source – an article

Chained Goddess Kali Murti at Siddha Kali Temple in Old Keonjhar Town in Orissa

Siddha Kali Temple , more than 800 years old, located in Old Keonjhar Town in Orissa is famous for the murti worshiped in the temple. The main murti (idol) in the temple is that of Goddess Kali and it is chained to the walls of the temple. Legend has it that a saint had tied the murti of Goddess Kali with chains so that she will not move out of the temple. This is a high form of Bhakti – where the all capturing Mother Goddess in her all mighty ferocious form decides to get tied to a chain to satisfy Her devotee. Shiva is worshiped in the temple as Mahakal. The most important day in the temple is Tuesday. Times of Indiareports  Situated at the foot of Gandhamardan hills and surrounded by forests, the temple offers an ambience that suits the mystery and eeriness that one associates with goddess Kali.  A researcher said 'Siddha Matha' was a place for practising tantra. Legend has it that kings used to visit the temple before setting out on hunting expeditions

Story - Reason Why Gandhari Lost Her Hundred Sons In The Mahabharata

At the end of the 18-day war in the Kurukshetra in Mahabharata, all the 100 Kauravas were killed. Gandhari the mother of the 100 sons wept inconsolably. She then wanted to know what bad Karma she had done in her previous life to undergo such suffering. A sage then explained to her that in her previous life she had accidentally crushed 100 turtle eggs. Queen Gandhari in her previous birth sat on a stone beneath which was hidden the eggs of a turtle. When she sat on the stone, it crushed the turtle eggs. The mother turtle who witnessed this heartbreaking scene cursed Gandhari that she too will suffer the loss of 100 children. This story is not part of the Mahabharata but is folk story associated with the epic in the eastern parts of India . The story is also an example of the core teaching of Hinduism that all karma has results and one will have to face it in this life or next life. Good karmas bring good results and bad karma brings bad results.  

Infinite happiness can be realized by the purified heart but is beyond the grasp of the sense – Bhagavad Gita

Self controlled, cut free from desire, curbing the heart and knowing the Atman, man finds Nirvana that is in Brahman, here and hereafter. (Chapter 5, 26) For when a man’s heart has reached fulfillment through knowledge and personal experience of the truth of Brahman, he is never again moved by the things of the senses. (Chapter 6, 8) Earth, stone and gold seem all alike to one who has mastered his senses. Such a yogi is said to have achieved union with Brahman. Then he knows that infinite happiness which can be realized by the purified heart but is beyond the grasp of the sense. He stands firm in his realization. Because of it, he can never again wander from the inmost truth of his being. (Chapter 6, 21) Related Twenty Values from Bhagavad Gita for a Happy and Peaceful Life

Goddess Gnanambika – About Hindu Goddess Jnanambika

Goddess Gnanambika is an incarnation of Mother Goddess Shakti. It is believed that Goddess Jnanambika along with Shiva helps a devotee in attaining wisdom necessary to overcome illusion and rest constantly on the Supreme Truth. The form of Goddess Gnanambika is mostly widely worshiped in South India especially in temples dedicated to Shiva in Tamil Nadu. As the Goddess is associated with knowledge there are also many people who equate Goddess Jnanambika with Goddess Saraswati. In most of the temples, Goddess Gnanambika is worshiped along with Shiva. The divine couple shows the importance of family life and the glory of Grihastashrama. 

Importance of Ganesh Murti (Idol) Made of Emerald or Panna Stone

Many Hindus believe that worshipping Ganesh Murti (idol) made of emerald or panna stone is highly auspicious and meritorious. This is based on the belief is that Ganesha rules Budh Grah (Mercury). As pert Hindu astrology, wisdom, intelligence and education are governed by Budh Grah. By worshipping emerald murti of Ganesh, Budh becomes benign and blesses the devotee. It also helps in reducing any bad phase associated with Budh Grah. Budh Graha, Mercury, is one among the navgrahas, nine planets, as per Hindu tradition. The movement of Budh Grah in a horoscope is very important in Hindu astrology. People who are associated with selling and making of Panna Stone Ganesh murti are of the opinion that worship of it helps in business and investments as it provides the right wisdom. Children who regularly offer prayers to Emerald stone murti develop good intelligence and perform well in their studies. Hindu Blog opinion Murti is a good help in improving concentration and focus

Jai Jag Janani Maa Durga Serial on Colors Television Channel on Goddess Durga

Colors TV Channel will be featuring a serial titled Jai Jag Janani Maa Durga based on the stories of Mother Goddess Shakti – Goddess Durga. The new Jai Jag Janani Maa Durga Serial will air from December 2012. You can see the promo of the new serial below in embedded form. Hindustan Times reports   Now, Colors plans to launch a new show based on Goddess Durga, titled Jai Jag Janani Maa Durga. It will be produced by Prem and Shiv Sagar of the Sagar group, which first rose to fame for their cult 1980s show Ramayan, which aired on Doordarshan. The makers have even found the right girl to play the goddess. A source says, “After a six-month-long hunt, the creative team found the right girl in Kolkata. She was selected on the basis of her sharp features — especially her big eyes. The actor, whose identity is still under wraps, will be launched with nine promos showcasing Durga’s different avatars and weapons, on November 10 tentatively. The show is slated to go on air in December

Bhagavad Gita Chapter 18 Quiz

This Bhagavad Gita Quiz is based on the 18th chapter of the Bhagavad Gita. The aim of the quiz is to understand few important teachings in the eighteenth chapter of the Gita. The questions might be tough. The aim of the quiz is to study Gita. You can use Bhagavad Gita in your home to find answers as this will help you in understanding Gita more. If there any mistakes or you would like to add more questions please mail the corrections and questions to hindublog@gmail.com Related Quiz on Chapter 17 of Gita

Bhagavad Gita Audio in Tamil mp3 format for free

Bhagavad Gita Audio in Tamil in mp3 format for free is provided by Swami Shri Adgadanad Ji’s of Yatharth Geeta. This downloadable Tamil Bhagavad Gita is strictly for personal use. You can only download the eighteen chapters separately in mp3 format. The file sizes are in the range of 50 MB and are divided into many files. You can download the Bhagavad Gita Audio in Tamil from this link –  Bhagavad Gita mp3 Tamil

Teachings from Vakya Vritti of Adi Shankaracharya

Direct knowledge of that total identity between the individual-Self and the Universal-Self, stemming forth from the Vedic statements such as “Thou art that”, etc., is the immediate means to liberation. Give up the intellectual misconception that the Self is the body, etc., and always meditate upon and think you to be the eternal Knowledge - Bliss – the Witness of the intellect – a sheer mass of Pure Knowledge. The body is not the Self, as like the pot, etc., the body also has form, etc., and again, the body is a modification of the great elements such as Akash, just like the pot. Just as the perceiver of a pot is ever distinctly different from the pot and can never be the pot – so too, you, the perceiver of your body, are distinct from your body and can never be the body – this you firmly ascertain in yourself. Source – Vakya Vritti of Adi Shankaracharya Translated by Swami Chinmayananda

High Resolution Angkor Wat Temples Pictures – Black and White Photos

High resolution pictures of Angkor Wat temples in Black and White are presented by Mark Johanson in the International Business Times. There are 25 photos of the various aspects of the temple including the Angkor Wat Temple , Bayon, Angkor Thom, Preah Khan etc. You can find the 25 images here at ibtimes (no more images on the site) Note – as all images are in a single page it might take some time to load.

Cow in Dreams – Meaning of Seeing Cow – Milk - Ghee in Dream

As per Hindu religion, seeing cow, milk products like ghee, curd, paneer etc in dream will bring in positive change in life. The belief is that if person dreams cow giving milk then he will be blessed with wealth and prosperity. If a person simply sees cow grazing or standing then he will be blessed with money, peace and high position in society and family. Soon such a person will be respected for some of his good acts. There will be also increase of wealth of family. Seeing ghee or curd or other milk products is also believed to be an indication achieving wealth in near future.

Diwali Festival Postage Stamps Issued by Israel

To celebrate the 20 years of diplomatic relations, Israel issued a set postage stamps dedicated to Diwali festival. The stamps focus and compare Diwali with Hanukah – Jewish festival of lights.  Times of Indiareports  India and Israel have released a set of postal stamps depicting their respective festival of lights, Diwali and Hannukah, to commemorate 20 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries.  "In India we have a great respect for the Jewish faith, as we have for all other faiths. Today the release of the joint postal stamp not only celebrates a milestone in our diplomatic relations but also a common structural tradition, the festival of lights....both festivals celebrating the victory of good over evil", Sarkar said addressing India enthusiasts gathered to attend the ceremony.  The Indian stamp shows a row of traditional earthen lamps, diyas, representing Diwali and the Israeli stamp features a menorah with the word " Zion "

Hindu Woman Denied Abortion in Catholic Ireland Dies

Savita Halappanavar, 31, a Hindu woman, admitted to University Hospital Galway in the west of  Ireland , died of septicaemia a week after miscarrying 17 weeks into her pregnancy. She was denied a life saving abortion by Catholic Ireland – Irish abortion laws denied a termination because Catholic Church is against Abortion No words can console the irreplaceable loss of Savita Halappanavar. Let she attain Moksha and never suffer in this ignorant world. Death of Savita Halappanavar is nothing but a cold blooded murder of a human being who could have been easily saved. It does not matter whether the woman is Catholic or Hindu. It is pure commonsense that prime importance should be given to the life of the mother - she might have other children / she can in future give birth to more healthy children. Those responsible should be tried for murder. Government of India should make sure that those responsible for the death of Savita Halappanavar are punished and the victim’s family is

Shri Amar Kund – Holy Katasraj Temple Pond – Restored in Pakistan

Shri Amar Kund, the holy pond at Katasraj Temple , in Chakwal district in Pakistan was restored recently. The Pond associated with Hindu God Shiva had dried up due to excessive underwater usage. Dedicated to Shiva, the Katasraj temple is part of several Hindu Puranas. On hearing Sati’s death, two tears trickled down from Lord Shiva and fell on earth. It is believed that the pond at the Katasraj temple complex was formed by the tear that fell here. The temple was later built near the holy pond. The temple is mentioned in the Mahabharata and during their exile Pandavas stayed here for sometime. It is believed that the dialogue between Yaksha and Yudhishtar took place here. You can view pictures of Katasraj Temple and get more information about the restoration here at Rediff News

Srikantha – Manifestation of Shiva

Srikantha is a manifestation of Shiva. Srikantha means beautiful neck – the reference here is to the dark blue neck that Shiva got after drinking the halahala poison. Srikantha is also one of the ekadasarudras – 11 forms of Rudra Shiva. There are also other references in Mahabharata regarding how Shiva got the name Srikantha. It is said that Indra hurled a thunderbolt on Shiva and it made a mark on his throat and he got the name. Some ancient sculptors of Shiva as Srikantha depict him with five heads and 10 hands. Some sculptors give prominence to the blue throat. Goddess Shakti is referred to as Srikanthardhasaririni – who is half the body of Srikantha (Shiva).

Bhagavad Gita Chapter 17 Quiz

This Bhagavad Gita Quiz is based on the 17th chapter of the Bhagavad Gita. The aim of the quiz is to understand few important teachings in the seventeenth chapter of the Gita. The questions might be tough. The aim of the quiz is to study Gita. You can use Bhagavad Gita in your home to find answers as this will help you in understanding Gita more. If there any mistakes or you would like to add more questions please mail the corrections and questions to hindublog@gmail.com Related  Bhagavad Gita Chapter 16 Quiz Bhagavad Gita Chapter 17 Quiz

Bhagavad Gita Chapter 16 Quiz

This Bhagavad Gita Quiz is based on the 16th chapter of the Bhagavad Gita. The aim of the quiz is to understand few important teachings in the sixteenth chapter of the Gita. The questions might be tough. The aim of the quiz is to study Gita. You can use Bhagavad Gita in your home to find answers as this will help you in understanding Gita more. If there any mistakes or you would like to add more questions please mail the corrections and questions to hindublog@gmail.com. Related Chapter15 Quiz based on Bhagavad Gita Bhagavad Gita Chapter 17 Quiz

Goddess Aindri

Goddess Aindri is mentioned in the Devi Mahatmya and she is the Shakti of Indra . She is also counted among the seven mother or Saptamatrikas . It is said that in the battle against Chanda and Munda – she rode the king of elephants – Airavata – and carried the weapon thunderbolt. She also had thousand eyes. Goddess Aindri is not just the wife of Indra, the king of Devas. She represents his strength and power. Paintings of Goddess Aindri are part of many painting traditions in India . She is identified by the vajra weapon she holds. The term Aindri is not generally used when mentioning about the wife of Indra. Indrani or Sachi is the term to mention about wife of Indra.

Goddess Vishweshwari

Goddess Vishweshwari is a name used to refer to Mother Goddess Shakti. The term is used when Goddess Shakti is referred as the queen of all living and nonliving and the ruler of all being. As Goddess Vishweshwari is the protector –Mother to all. It is Devi Mahatmya that uses the term Goddess Vishweshwari to emphasize the role of mother taken by Goddess Shakti. She who is unimaginably ferocious towards those who practice Adharma is at the same time kind and benevolent towards her children who follow Dharma. Today Vishweshwari is used as an adjective to glorify various manifestations of Goddess Shakti and also Goddess Lakshmi. 

Book – About Graphic Novel – I am Spirit – The History of King Chitraketu

I am Spirit – The History of King Chitraketu is a graphic novel and is based on the story of King Chitraketu found in the Srimad Bhagavad Purana. The story of Chitraketu is of great importance as it deals with ignorance created by attachment, longing and grief. King Chitraketu had a son after long wait. His joy knew know bounds. But the child was killed by other jealous queens of Chitraketu. The grief of king was inconsolable and Sage Angiras and Sage Narada appeared before the king. They shed light on the ignorance which was resulting in intense mental agony. In nutshell this is the story of King Chitraketu. What is important to a reader is the knowledge that Sage Angiras and Sage Narada. It is universal and applicable in all ages. I am Spirit – The History of King Chitraketu has got some beautiful graphics. Currently only preview of the novel is available online for free. Full view is only available after a payment. Graphic Novel is an interesting concept as it is a

Bhagavad Gita Chapter 15 Quiz

This Bhagavad Gita Quiz is based on the 15th chapter of the Bhagavad Gita. The aim of the quiz is to understand few important teachings in the fifteenth chapter of the Gita. The questions might be tough. The aim of the quiz is to study Gita. You can use Bhagavad Gita in your home to find answers as this will help you in understanding Gita more. If there any mistakes or you would like to add more questions please mail the corrections and questions to hindublog@gmail.com Related Bhagavad Gita Chapter 14 Quiz Gita Chapter 16 Quiz

Maitrayana Brahmana Upanishad Quotes

As birds and deer do not approach a burning mountain, so evil never approaches those who know the Supreme Truth (Brahman). What is without thought, though in the center of thought, what cannot be thought, the hidden, the highest – let a man merge his thought there; then will this living being be free from attachment. Meditation should be directed to the highest being within; then the unclear understanding becomes clear. By self discipline goodness is obtained; from goodness understanding is reached; from understanding the Self is known; and he who has known his True Self does not return to this world. Maitrayana Brahmana Upanishad

Remains of one of the Biggest Ancient Hindu Temples in Bali Island in Indonesia Discovered

Construction workers who were digging for drainage discovered remains of the one of the biggest ancient temples in Denspasar in Bali Island in Indonesia . The ancient temple believed to have been built in 14 th century is located near a Hindu learning center on Jalan Trengguli in East Denpasar . The excavation is in progress to there are currently no good photos of the temple. Jakarta Globe writes The Denpasar Archeology Agency took over the excavation and have uncovered an 11-meter-long structure. “We will continue the excavation until [the whole structure is revealed],” said Wayan Suantika, an official with the agency. Suantika told reporters that, judging by the square structure’s similarity to ancient temples found in East Java , it likely dates back to the 14th Century. “The strengthener layers in between the stone plates were another characteristic usually found in 13th or 14th Century [structures],” he said. Bali Island is home to most of the Hindus in Indone

Sivajnanadeepika Teachings

The body is called the temple of God . Rare are the jnanis, while innumerable are the ritualists. It is quite certain that one can never become a Brahmin by wearing the sacred thread, or by keeping the tuft of hair. Fake teachers make false distinction between punya and paapam and confuse devotees.

Sage Vasishta Sayings

To crush the petal of a flower, the physical limb has to be moved (in exertion). To attain bliss eternal, not even the limb need to be moved! It is enough if the activity of the mind is checked. The outlook of inequality and distinctions is what is called Avidya or ignorance and that is to be shunned always. We must accept reason even though it be uttered by a child. That which is not reasonable, should be discarded as dry grass. People, who lack knowledge, pass long days like unto beasts in great distress, deluded in the observance of rituals, penance, giving alms and pilgrimage. Sage Vasishta

Vajrasuchi Upanishad – Who is Brahmana?

Whoever he may be, he who has directly realized this Atma and who is directly cognizant of his Atma that is without a second; That is devoid of class and actions, that is free from the faults of six stains and six changes, that is of the nature of truth, knowledge, bliss and eternity, that is without any change in itself, that is the substratum of all the kalpas, that exists penetrating all things that pervades everything within and without as akas, that is of nature of undivided bliss, that cannot be reasoned about and that is known only by direct cognition. He who knows this truth is a Brahmana. He who by the reason of having obtained his wishes is devoid of the faults of thirst after worldly objects and passions who is the possessor of the qualifications beginning with sama, who is free from emotion, malice, thirst after worldly objects, desire, delusion, etc., whose mind is untouched by pride, egoism, etc., who possesses all these qualities and means – he only is the Brahmana.

People Living Along Ganga River More Prone To Cancer

A recent study conducted by National Cancer Registry Programme under the Indian Council of Medical Research revealed that people living along the banks of Ganga River in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Bengal are more prone to cancer than anywhere else in India . Industries along the river have been releasing harmful effluents into the river such as arsenic, choride, fluoride and other heavy metals. Times of Indiareports  Conducted by the National Cancer Registry Programme under the Indian Council of Medical Research, the study throws up shocking findings. The river is thick with heavy metals and lethal chemicals that cause cancer, it says. "We know that the incidence of cancer was highest in the country in areas drained by the Ganga . We also know why. Now, we are going deeper into the problem. Hopefully, we'll be able to present a report to the health ministry in a month or two," NCRP head A Nandkumar said. The worst-hit stretches are east Uttar Pradesh, the flood pl

Bhagavad Gita Chapter 14 Quiz

This Bhagavad Gita Quiz is based on the 14th chapter of the Bhagavad Gita. The aim of the quiz is to understand few important teachings in the fourteenth chapter of the Gita. The questions might be tough. The aim of the quiz is to study Gita. You can use Bhagavad Gita in your home to find answers as this will help you in understanding Gita more. If there any mistakes or you would like to add more questions please mail the corrections and questions to hindublog@gmail.com Related Chapter 15 Gita Quiz Bhagavad Gita Chapter 13 Quiz

Teachings from Aghamarshana Suktam

That Supreme Light which projected Itself as the universe like a soaked seed which sprouts – I am that Supreme Light. I am that supreme light of Brahman which shines as the inmost essence of all that exists. In reality I am the same infinite Brahman even when I am experiencing myself as a finite self owing to Ignorance. Now by the onset of knowledge I am really that Brahman which is my eternal nature.

Goddess Kalyani

Goddess Kalyani is a manifestation of Mother Goddess Shakti. This is one of the kind and caring form of Goddess Durga. In this form she is the embodiment of beauty and love. Gods and Saints use the term to define Goddess Kalyani when she is in her peaceful form. In this form she exists among devotees who follow Dharma. Goddess Kalyani form is also associated with fertility. Kalyani is also one of the important names of Mother Goddess and is part of 108 and 1008 names of Goddess Shakti.

Dress Code in place at Talacauvery Temple, the Origin of Kaveri River in Karnataka

Bhagamandala-Talacauvery Temple management committee has decided to enforce dress code at the Talacauvery Temple , the origin of Kaveri River in Karnataka. People wearing non-traditional dress will not be permitted inside the temple. Those who arrive unaware of new rule will be offered dhoti or shawl on rent at the two counters opened by the temple committee. Times of Indiareports  One staffer and six guards have been deputed at each counter to check on the attire of tourists and pilgrims. Anyone who refuses to adhere to a "presentable and decorous" dress code will be asked to cover themselves with the shawl or dhoti.  "Out intention is to ensure visitors are modestly dressed," said temple committee president Appachattolanda Manu Muthappa on the rationale behind the move. "Sometimes visitors come wearing Bermudas, sleeveless tops or are skimpily dressed and that's not acceptable in a place of worship," said Muthappa.  The dress code was