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Sri Ramakrishna Thoughts on Work in the World

You cannot get rid of work, because Nature will lead you on to it. That being so let all work be done as it ought to be. If work is done unattached, it will lead to God. To work without any attachment is to work without the expectation of any reward or fear or any punishment in this world or the next. Work so done is a means to the end, and God is the end.

Charity, compassion, kindness towards others, etc., are good if practiced without attachment.
After installing God on the lotus of your heart, you must keep the lamp of remembering Him ever burning. While engaged in the affairs of the world, you should constantly turn your gaze inwards and see whether the lamp is burning or not.
Related Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa Sayings

Gogaji Temple Fair and Festival in Rajasthan in Bhadrapad Month

GogajiTemple is a famous shrine dedicated to Shri Gogaji Maharaj – person who attained the status of Nath and is worshipped today. GogajiTemple is located at Gogamedi in Nohar Tehsil in Hanumangarh District in Rajasthan. In 2019, Gogaji Temple Fair and Festival is from August 15 to September 14, 2019. The annual Mela and festival begins on Shravan Purnima and ends on Bhadrapada Purnima.

The temple is visited by thousands of people and it is believed that Shri Gogaji Maharaj cures those bitten by snakes. He is also worshipped for wish fulfillments.
The main murti in the temple is that of a Gogaji riding a horse. The architecture of the temple is an amalgamation of Hindu and Muslim elements.
The Goga Navami day attracts many devotees which fall on the Bhadrapada Krishna Paksha Navami.
During the annual one-month mela a cattle fair is held.

Kuppuswami Sastri Research Institute – Sanskrit Center Struggles

Kuppuswami Sastri Research Institute attached to the SanskritCollege in Mylapore is struggling like majority of Sanskrit related institutions and publications. Government apathy and lack of interest among Hindus in preserving the ancient language and Sanskrit texts are the main reason for the institute’s struggle.
Times of Indiawrites
The institute, one of the three involved in Sanskrit research in the country , has been surviving on private donations . With not enough resources , the management is unable to pay the faculty the benefits of the sixth pay commission. Institute director V Kameswari said the Union government stopped its financial support in 1995, after which it has been solely dependent on donations .
“The institute has a trove of rare palm leaf manuscripts and books not just about Sanskrit literature but also on architecture , fine arts , geography, history and astronomy in Sanskrit ,” says Kameswari.

The institute was started as a private non-profit organisation in 1944 …

Annamalai Swami Sayings

Grace is important. In fact it is essential. It is even more important than effort. Realization of the self comes through both effort and grace. When one makes a steady effort to abide in the self one receives the guru's grace in abundance. The grace comes not only through the form of one's guru. When you meditate earnestly all the Jivanmukthas of the past and the present respond to your efforts by sending you blessings of light.
Continuous attentiveness will only come with long practice. If you are truly watchful, each thought will dissolve at the moment that it appears. But to reach this level of disassociation you must have no attachments at all. If you have the slightest interest in any particular thought, it will evade your attentiveness, connect with other thoughts, and take over your mind for a few seconds; and this will happen even more if you are accustomed to reacting emotionally to a particular thought. Annamalai Swami
Annamalai Swami was a disciple of Sri Ramana Ma…

Sri Muruganar – Words of Wisdom

Not like a boat's sail, outspread wide and worn away by wind and weather, but like the humble anchor, sunk in the vast ocean's depth, the mind should plunge and settle in the heart of wisdom.
Only a one-pointed mind, turned inward, succeeds in Self-inquiry. Weak, faltering minds, like green banana trees, are not fit fuel to feed this fire.
He who has vanquished thought, only he sits like an emperor on the neck of the majestic elephant, knowledge. Know for certain that the mind's movements alone give rise to birth and every cruel pain and sorrow.
When the ego, shaking off all tricky concepts, finally merges in the silence of the Heart, the fullness of blissful, bright Self-Awareness, this is what the sages call transcendent speech.  Sri Muruganar 

Download Malayalam Bhagavtham Audio in mp3

Reading of Bhagavtham – Srimad Bhagavad Purana (the avatars of Vishnu) – is considered highly meritorious. Malayalam Bhagavatha Parayanam is an important ritual in majority of temples in Kerala. Now you can download the entire Malayalam Bhagavatha Parayanam in mp3 for free. The total time is around 40 hours. The files have been divided into several mp3 files.
Malayalam Bhagavtham audio is provided by Dr. A. P. Sukumar of Guruvayoor.com.
LinkMalayalam Bhagavtham Audio
Direct link to the Bhagavatham Audio.


The audio is of Thunchathu Ramanujan Ezhuthassan's Bhagavatham Kilippat and is uploaded by Dr . A . P . Sukumar.

Please note that the blog is merely providing information about the source and we do not know about the quality of the rendition and the availability of the same every time on the website.

Majority of the Hindu websites that provide bhajans or purnas disappear soon as they find it hard to maintain. This particular website has been surviving for more than 10 years and …

Go Lakshmi – Cow Goddess

Go Lakshmi, or Gau Lakshmi, is the cow goddess form associated with Goddess Lakshmi. In this form, Lakshmi nourishes all living beings. There is a popular story in Puranas which associates Goddess Lakshmi with cow and cow dung.
Legend has it that once the Devas wanted to test the greatness of Goddess Lakshmi – as it was believed that prosperity happens wherever Goddess Lakshmi resides. So Devas asked Goddess Lakshmi to reside in cow dung.
When Goddess Lakshmi resided in cow dung, people realized its importance and started using it as fuel, manure and for plastering homes.
In many regions, Hindus make image of Goddess Lakshmi out of manure and worship it.

Kaivalya Navaneetam quotes

He who has forgotten his true nature is alternately born and dies, turning round and round in the unceasing wheel of time, like a feather caught up in a whirlwind, until he realized the true nature of the Self. If he comes to see the individual self and its substratum, the Overself, then he becomes the substratum, i.e., Brahman, and escapes rebirths.

The whole universe is as unreal as water in a mirage… do not forget the Self at any moment.
Siddhis are simply for display and nothing more. They do not make for liberation.
There can be no happiness in the state of disturbance caused by passions.
Kaivalya Navaneetam – An Ancient Tamil Classic By Tandavaraya Swami

Story of Ganesha as Ekadanta and Madasura

Ekadanta Ganapati is one among the numerous names of Ganesha and it means the single-tusked one. Mudgala Purana states that Ganesh took the form of Ekadanta to defeat demon Madasura – symbolically the demon represents pride.

Madasura was created by Saint Chyavana. Madasura propitiated Shukracharya who initiated him with the Shakti mantra ‘Hrim.’ He performed intense penance by chanting the mantra.
Madasura soon attained the power to rule the universe. With huge power in his disposal he became corrupt and evil. His activities caused immense difficulties to all living beings.
Devas, saints and humans approached Sanatkumara one of the Sanakadi Rishis to find a way to defeat Madasura, 
Sanatkumara asked them to pray to Ganesha in Ekadanta form. He taught them the greatness of Ekadanta – Eka stands for maya and danta stands for truth. Ekadanta is one who controls maya.
Ganesha answered the prayers of living beings and he appeared before Madasura as Ekadanta. Madasura did not fight Ekadanta. …

The Human Boundaries – Documentary on Hindu Refugees from Pakistan in India

"The Human Boundaries" is a 35 minute documentary on the life of the Hindu refugees from Pakistan in India by Rahul Riji Nair. Systematic violence, rampant discrimination, and widespread restrictions on religious freedom have led thousands of Pakistani Hindus to seek refuge in India in recent years. Sadly, the Government of India instead of helping is creating problems to the asylum seekers.

A group of 151 Pakistani Hindus entered India on September, 2011 with a one month tourist visa. They came to take refuge from the various religious persecutions they had to face in Pakistan. The group which has a majority of children and women are now sheltered in a camp on the outskirts of New Delhi. But now their visa has expired and is facing deportation.
Various organizations are fighting for the basic human rights of these people at the political and judicial level. Their story is a grim reminder of all those lives caught up in no man's land. As more boundaries are drawn across…

Swami Vibudhesha Teertha Quotes on Environment Protection in Hindu Religion

Hindu religion wants its followers to live a simple life. It does not allow people to go on increasing their material wants. People are meant to learn to enjoy spiritual happiness, so that to derive a sense of satisfaction and fulfilment, they need not run after material pleasures and disturb nature’s checks and balances. They have to milk a cow and enjoy, not cut at the udder of the cow with greed to enjoy what is not available in the natural course.
According to Hindu religion, “dharanath dharma ucyate”—that which sustains all species of life and helps to maintain harmonious relationship among them is dharma. That which disturbs such ecology is adharma.
There is no life that is inferior. All lives enjoy the same importance in the Universe and all play their fixed roles. They are to function together and no link in the chain is to be lost.

If we let our mind rule over us we will be defeated – Radhanath Swami

Faith is the act of seeing beyond the region of possibility of sense, mind and intelligence.
Real gratitude means reciprocation. Gratitude doesn’t means simply saying thank you.
Sincere spiritual practice is an uphill climb, and no matter how many difficulties we face, we have to continue looking upward with hope.
Due to false ego and selfish disposition we find everyone as potential enemy.
If we let our mind rule over us we will be defeated. The mind makes us lazy, dissatisfied and inattentive. Using our intelligence we must fight against this lethargy with enthusiasm.
Radhanath Swami is a spiritual leader, author and public speaker.
Related Radhanath Swami Thoughts

Origin of Sabarimala Aravana Payasam

One of the most important offering made at the famous SabarimalaAyyappaTemple is the Aravana Payasam. Millions of tinned Aravana Payasam is sold at the temple in year. The demand for payasam in special can increases during the Mandala Makaravilakku season. Origin of Aravana Payasam is attributed to Aravana Rishi.
There are two theories regarding the origin of Aravana payasam. One of the most popular versions is that the offering was first prepared by Sage Aravanan. He made the offering in the temple in the dense forest. In olden days people used to carry dry rice (unakkalari) for cooking while visiting the temple. Dry rice is the main ingredient in the Aravana Payasam. So this theory might be true as people might have started preparing the payasm with minimum ingredients.
Another theory is that ‘Aravanan’ means God and as it is cooked and offered to Ayyappa, the sweet got the name Aravana.

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Significance - Ghee-filled Coconut Offered At Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple

Konsar Nag Lake Pilgrimage – Konsar Nag Lake Yatra

Konsar Nag Lake Yatra is held annually in the Shravan month to pray to Vishnupad. Konsar NagLake pilgrimage begins after Shravan Amavasya as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in Jammu and Kashmir. In 2019, the yatra begins on August 1. The annual pilgrimage attracts thousands of devotees.

KonsarNagLake is located at Reasi District in Jammu and Kashmir. It falls in the high altitude Mahore mountains.
Surrounded by thick forests, the lake is an important Hindu pilgrimage spot. It is believed that the lake was created by the footprint – Vishnupad – of Hindu God Vishnu.

Bheetar Lagi – The Ramayana in Song – Documentary on Muslim Community That Sings Ramayan Songs

Bheetar Lagi – The Ramayana in Song is a documentary directed by Imran Ali Khan and Smriti Wadhwa. It explores the lives of the Muslim Manganiar community that earns a living by singing Hindu folk songs based on Ramayana. The documentary is part of Open Space’s project Kiski Kahani - The Ramayana Project , which explores Ramayana and how it has impacted society. Open space is a Pune-based open cultural forum.


You can find more about Open Space here at the official website.
Express India reports Living in Bhaiya, a little-known village near Jaisalmer, the Manganiars continue to sing the spiritual and epic works of iconic poets such as Tulsidas and Mirabai, which constitutes their primary source of income. Though there is very little recorded history about the Manganiars and their music, they date back to at least seven generations. While their earlier patrons were wealthy Rajput families and merchants, now they perform at music festivals, weddings and other private events. "It's…

Quiz on Navagrahas or Nine Planets in Hinduism

Navgraha quiz is based on the Navagrahas or nine planets in Hindu tradition. Nav means ‘nine’ and Graha means ‘the one that grasps you or in whose influence you are possessed.’ It must be noted that Graha does not mean a planet in the modern sense. Navagrahas are the nine influences over the life of human beings.

Navgrahas are installed in Hindu temples as subsidiary deities and there are also temples dedicated exclusively to Navagrahas.
The quiz might not be easy as most people have limited knowledge of Navgrahas. The aim of the quiz is to provide some basic knowledge regarding Navgraha.



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Paramahamsa Prajnanananda Quotes

In Hinduism, the beauty and power of creation are represented through the dance of Shiva and Shakthi, Consciousness and Energy.

Just as the sun and its energy are one, Brahman and the elements are also one.
The Vedas declare that whatever is seen in the Cosmos can also be seen inside the human body.
The Jnana Sankalini Tantra teaches us that the vast magnitude of the entire universe resides within the relatively small human body.
Spiritual experience is not a degree or a diploma. When words and the world disappear, you experience the play of Consciousness everywhere.
Related Paramahamsa Prajnanananda Thoughts

Hanuman and Surasa, the sea monster

Hanuman who was on his way to Lanka in search of Mata Sita was stopped by Surasa, the sea monster. Surasa was the mother of Nagas. Devas had taken her help to test the strength of Hanuman.

Surasa stops Hanuman and states that He is her food for the day. Hanuman was in a hurry to reach Lanka and find Mata Sita. So He asks Surasa to leave him now and promises that He will come back and surrender to her after His mission is completed.
Surasa did not agree to Hanuman’s suggestion and kept blocking His way. Hanuman finally agreed that she can eat Him. Hanuman reduced his size to that of a thumb and entered the mouth of Surasa and immediately flew out.
Hanuman thus fulfilled His promise.
Surasa was pleased with the intelligence of Hanuman and blessed him with all success.

1000 Rupees India Commemorative Coin on One Thousand years of Brihadeeswara Temple – Book Online at India Government Mint

India Government Mint, Mumbai has made arrangements for the sale of commemorative coin sets in Proof and Uncirculated varieties released on the occasion of ‘1000 Years of BrihadeeswararTemple’. The denomination of the coins are 1000 rupees and 5 rupees and is available as a set. The set of coins are priced at Rs. 4,875.00. Foreign Nationals can also buy the coin dedicated to BrihadeeswaraTemple (but only in dollars).

You can make bookings for the coin from July 3, 2012 to August 31, 2012.
You can book online or using order form.
Link – You can make booking for the coins online here at the Mumbai mint website.


Built in 1010 AD by Raja Raja Chola, the BrihadeeswaraTemple at Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu, popularly known as BigTemple, is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The 1,000 years of BrihadeeswaraTemple was observed in 2010.
Related Virtual Tour of Brihadeeswara Temple

Teaching from Vairagya Shatakam of Bhartrihari

If a person be attached to physical enjoyment, he will have the fear of disease.

If he be attached to his social status he will be afraid of losing it.

If he be attached to his wealth he will fear the hostile enemies who may snatch it away.

If he be attached to honor he will be afraid of humiliation.

If he be attached to power and strength he will fear his enemies who may render him powerless.

If he be attached to his beauty he will fear his old age.

If he be attached to his scholarship he will fear those who may challenge his erudition.

If he be attached to his good reputation he will fear the wicked who may defame him.

If he be attached to his body he will be afraid of death.

All the things of the world pertaining to man are fraught with fear.

Renunciation of attachment alone causes fearlessness.

Among sensual persons, Shiva is unique, sharing half his body with His belove; and again, among the dispassionate, there is none superior to him, unattached to the company of women; while …

108 Amman Temple Pilgrimage Tour in Tamil Nadu in 2013 by TTDC in Aadi Month

Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation is launching Shakthi Temple Pilgrimage Tours to 108 Amman Temples in Tamil Nadu in Aadi Masam in 2013 (Mid July to Mid August). Aadi Month is dedicated to Amman, or Mother Goddess, and to help devotees offer prayers in many temples of Amman, TTDC is organizing five day tour to various Goddess Shakti Temples in Tamil Nadu.

108 Amman Temple Pilgrimage Tour leaves Chennai on Monday/Thursday at 6:00 AM and returns on the following Friday/Monday by 9:00 PM. The tariff is Rs 4,300 per person.
For bookings contact: 044-2538 3333, 2538 4444, 2538 9857

You can also get more details about the 108 AmmanTemple Pilgrimage Tour and book online here at the official website.
Note in the TTDC website choose 108 Amman Temple Pilgrimage and opt for Non AC tour. It seems there is rush for this tour as certain days booking are over already.

On the Great Secret of True Success – Swami Vivekananda

Whatever we do, we want a return. We are all traders. We are traders in life, we are traders in virtue, we are traders in religion. We are also traders in love.

If you come to trade, if it is a question of give-and-take, if it is a question of buy-and-sell, abide by the laws of buying and selling. There is a bad time and there is a good time; there is a rise and a fall in prices: always expect the blow to come…We get caught. How?
Not by what we give, but by what we expect. We get misery in return for our love; not from the fact that we want love in return.
There is no misery where there is no want. Desire is the father of all misery. Desires are bound by the laws of success and failure.
The great secret of true success, of true happiness, then, is this: the man who asks for no return, the perfectly unselfish man, is the most successful.
Related Words of Inspiration – Swami Vivekananda

Sri M Thoughts

You don’t have to leave home to surrender. My Guru would say if you meditate in a cave for 13 hoursaily for 13 years, how do you know you have overcome anger or jealousy? You cannot be jealous of a weed that is growing in a cave.
Only when you get on a bus and someone kicks you, you will know how much of your anger you have been able to control.
Control is learnt in this world, amongst people.
It is true that the mind needs rest, for if it is occupied with small things, it cannot soar. But you can rest even in a crowd. That is surrender which makes the Stitha pragya or person of equanimity.
Sri M, as he is popularly known, is a social activist, educationist and a crusader for inter-religious harmony with a deep knowledge of world religions.

Purusha Sukta Yantra

Yantra is a visible form of a personal deity. Purusha Sukta Yantra is a popular and important Vaishnava Yantras. By worshipping Yantra, a person attains peace, good health and prosperity. A yantra is also a visual form of mantras.

Purusha Sukta Yantra is worshipped for gaining beauty, wealth, prosperity, children and peace. The Yantra is prepared based on the famous Purusha Sukta mantra in the Rigveda.
It is believed that possession of Purushasukta Yantra and daily worship of it alleviates many problems.

Website on Ganga River to Write Blogs, Share Opinions, Knowledge and Spread Awareness

Ganga River Basin Management Plan (GRBMP) has created a website named Gangapedia. The website is a common platform for the public to come forward and express their opinions, views and share their Ganga based knowledge and information. After registering on GP you become a part of GP family and get involved in numerous ways.
On the website you can read articles, write blogs, articles or share your experiences. You can also upload photographs, videos, audios, books. The main objective is to spread awareness about the deteriorating state of Ganga.
The website also contains a wealth of information on River Ganga in the form of articles, quiz, blogs, maps etc.
You can visit the website here at Gangapedia.

Adi Shankaracharya’s Parakaya Pravesha to Learn Kamashastra

Adi Shankaracharya traveled all around India engaging scholars in religious debate. During one such debate, Bharati, wife of scholar Madana Mishra, attempted to defeat Adi Shankara in the topic of Kamashastra – sex. To win this debate Adi Shankaracharya’s performed parakaya pravesha – enter the body of another person.
In the debate between Madana Mishra and Adi Shankara, Bharati was appointed the judge as she was a scholar by herself. Madana Mishra was easily defeated in the debate by Adi Shankara.
Bharati contented that Adi Shankara had only defeated one half of Madana Mishra. To completely defeat him, Adi Shankara had to defeat his wife too.
Bharati soon realized that she could not defeat Adi Shankara in philosophy, so turned the debate towards Kamashastra. As Adi Shankara was a Brahmachari he had no knowledge of sex.
Adi Shankara asked Bharati to give him a month’s time to debate this topic with her.
Adi Shankaracharya then used his yogic powers to enter the body of Raja Amaruka …

Animation Feature Film on God Ayyappa – Swami Ayyappan

Swami Ayyappan is an animation feature film based on the life story of God Ayyappa, who is worshipped at the world famous SabarimalaTemple in Kerala. The animation film is directed by Mahesh Vettiyar and Chetan Sharma; Story and Screenplay is by Mahesh Vettiyar; music Composition by Viswajith, lyrics by K. Jayakumar
According to the makers the cartoon film – Swami Ayyappan follows the life of young Manikandan (childhood name of Swami Ayyappa). His childhood, miracles like bringing milk of tigress are portrayed in the film. The film also depicts Manikandan’s fight with Udayana, the slaying of the demoness Mahishi and the instances that lead to his friendship with Vavar, a robber from Turkistan.
Animagic and Toonz Animation India Pvt. Ltd are producing the film.
Animation Express writes
‘Swami Ayyappan’ is slated to premier on national TV channels and subsequently distributed as DVDs during the upcoming Sabarimala season in various languages like Malayalam, Tamil, Telgu & Kannada.

Teachings on Inner Peace in Hindu Tradition

Dispassion and renunciation comprise the key to inner peace. Such peace alone makes happiness possible. – Swami Chidananda

Build your inner environment. Practice silence! I remember the wonderful discipline of the Great Ones. When we used to talk and chatter, they would say “Go back into your inner castle.” It was very hard to comprehend then, but no I understand the way of peace. – Paramahansa Yogananda.
People are born for different tasks, but in order to survive everyone requires the same nourishment; inner peace. – Sathya Sai Baba
I have never questioned anything that has happened in my life ever. In fact I have always accepted it as the will of some great cosmic plan that has been written for me. As a result of this I don’t end up arguing with my inner self, as most people tend to do. That is why I find my inner peace easily. And I think it is the easiest way to attain inner happiness. – Dada J P Vaswani
Material world cannot provide the inner peace that one seeks, as there is no…

Story of the Birth of Bhishma in the Mahabharat

In the Mahabharat, Bhishma was the son of Shantanu and Ganga. Birth of Bhishma and his suffering on earth is due to a curse in his previous birth. Ganga before marrying Shantanu had taken word from him that he will not question any of her actions.

Ganga soon gave birth to Shantanu’s first child. Immediately, Ganga took the child to river and drowned it.
Shantanu said nothing. She gave birth six more times and Ganga performed the horrific deed six times.
When the eighth child was born, Shantanu questioned Ganga’s merciless behavior. Ganga then told that Shantanu had broken his promise and she will leave him and return to heaven.
She also told Shantanu that the children that she killed were seven of eight Devas known as Vasus. They had once stolen the cow of Sage Vaishtha and were cursed to be born as humans.
To save them from suffering, Ganga became their mother and spared them from suffering on earth by killing them as soon as they were born.
The eighth Vasu is destined to suffer and …

Gayatri Pariwar Aiming to Clean the Entire River Ganga

Gayatri Pariwar is conducting a survey to find out the best means to clean the entire 2,525-km stretch of GangaRiver in India. Gayatri Parivar has already started cleaning Ganga in certain cities and towns but they feel it is not enough.
All World Gayatri Pariwar is a family, based on India's basic philosophy of "Vasudhaiv Kutumbakam" i.e. "Global Family. The organization is based on the teachings of Yug-Rishi Res. Gurudev Pt. Shriram Sharma and Mataji (his wife) Res. Bhagvati Devi Sharma both worked on this philosophy throughout their life. Zeenews writes
The Gayatri Parivar has already begun cleaning the river in patches all across the country but it feels this is not enough. The entire stretch has to be given a facelift -- at one go if possible.  "It will be a hugely challenging task, but this is our dream," explained Kedar Prasad Dubey, a former State Bank of India officer who is one of the key persons involved in the project.  Dubey said the survey wou…

On Why Self Enquiry alone is the direct path to Realization – Sri Ramana Maharishi

Why should Self-enquiry alone be considered the direct path to Realization?
Bhagavan: Because every kind of path except Self-enquiry presupposes the retention of the mind as the instrument for following it, and cannot be followed without the mind. The ego may take different and more subtle forms at different stages of one's practice but it is never destroyed. The attempt to destroy the ego or the mind by methods other than Self-enquiry is like a thief turning policeman to catch the thief that is himself. Self enquiry alone can reveal the truth that neither the ego nor the mind really exists and enable one to realize the pure, undifferentiated Being of the Self or the Absolute. Sri Ramana Maharishi
Related One can know oneself only with one’s own eye of knowledge –Sri Ramana Maharishi

Goddess Vira Lakshmi

Vira Lakshmi is a manifestation of Goddess Lakshmi. She is the Goddess who provides strength to face enemies. There are many texts that identify Goddess Vaishno Devi with Vira Lakshmi. This form is also counted among one of the Ashtalakshmis in some regions.
The murti form of Vira Lakshmi is quite similar to Goddess Durga. She rides a lion holds various arms like Trishul, sword and mace.
The offerings to Goddess Vira Lakshmi are pure vegetarian food items. She is never offered non vegetarian food items.
The most popular story of Goddess Vira Lakshmi has Her fighting a sorcerer Bhairo, who attempted to molest her. This story symbolically suggests the need for women to be physically strong and to fight back when she is attacked.

Prasad From Varanasi Kashi Vishwanath Temple and Ujjain Mahakaleshwar Temple Via India Post During Shravan Month

Shravan month in North India is dedicated to Shiva and now you can get Prasad from two of the most popular Shiva temples – KashiVishwanathTemple and UjjainMahakaleshwarTemple – via India Post.
Shravan Month in North India in 2012 is from June 4 to August 2. Times of Indiareports  Director postal services, Allahabad region, Krishna Kumar Yadav said, "Following an agreement between the Indian Postal Services and the Kashi Vishwanath temple trust, the Prasad of Kashi Vishwanath temple can be provided to any devotee through post. The individual will have to send a money order of Rs 60 in the name of Postal Superintendent, Varanasi (East) and in return the postal department would send a packet containing 'bhabhuti' (ashes), Rudraksh, a laminated photo of Lord Shiva and Shiv Chalisa to the sender, courtesy, the authorities of the temple's trust". Yadav said devotees can also get 'prasad' of Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga temple of Ujjain. For getting the Prasad, an…

To grow does not mean that you think too much of yourself – Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev

Only when you are in touch with the innermost core of who you are, you live a complete life.
If you try and fight with desires and passions, if you chop desires and passions, they will spill blood, and with every drop, a hundred or a thousand will come up. There is no point fighting desires and passions. Just educate your passions, educate your desires to flow in the right direction, that is all. You can never fight them. Fighting them will be futile, it will be a waste of life.
The bitterness of any experience is not in what has happened. The bitterness of any experience is in terms of how you have received it. What is very bitter for one person could be a blessing for another person.
To grow does not mean that you think too much of yourself. Growth is dissolution.
Related Sadhguru Teachings

Hindu Sayings on Good Thoughts

Just as fruit is born of a seed, deeds are born of thoughts. Bad fruits are born from bad seeds similarly evil acts are born of evil thoughts.
As a farmer separates good and true seed from the seed of weeds, and selects from among the good seed and the choicest and guards and sorts it; even so a prudent man treats his thoughts; he repels vain and foolish thoughts, and preserves the good thoughts, cherishing and assorting them.
If you do not repel evil thoughts and cherish good thoughts, you cannot avoid evil acts.
Good deeds come from good thoughts only. Cherish good thoughts, searching for them in books of wisdom, in sensible conversations and above all in your inner self.
So that a lamp may give steady light it must be placed where it is protected from the wind. But if a lamp is in a windy place, the light will flicker and cast strange and dark shadows. Even so uncontrolled, foolish and ill-assorted thoughts cast strange and dark shadows upon the soul of man.

Seeing Dead in Dreams Meaning in Hindu Religion

Seeing dead parents, relatives, husband, wife, grand parents, brother or sisters in dreams is considered bad as per those who believe in dream interpretation. In Hindu religion there is an ancient scripture known as Swapna Shastra which gives interpretation and meaning of various dreams.

The main belief is that the soul of the dead person seen in the dream is not at peace and is still wandering on earth.
Those people who see such dreams are advised to read Bhagavad Gita.
Another option is to do food donation – feed poor children and elderly.
It is also advised to perform Shradh rituals to the dead during Mahalaya period especially at Gaya.

Download Hindi Mahabharata for Free in PDF format – Full Hindi Mahabharat E-book

The particular Hindi Mahabharata e-Book in PDF format for free download is provided by Ved Puran website. The Mahabharat Hindi pdf file is nearly 271 MB. It is a single file. The Hindi book also contains the Bhagavad Gita. Most of the minor stories are also part of the book.

Link – Download Hindi Mahabharata Book in PDF format - (Update - The file appears to be broken and corrupted - the pdf is not opening - avoid attempting download till it is fixed. Hope the website owners will rectify it at the earliest. We have informed them about the issue.)
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GenNext Leader Discovery Contest 2012 by Ramakrishna Mission Delhi

Ramakrishna Mission Delhi is conducting a GenNext Leader Discovery Contest.  The first prize is Rupees 100,000. All those under the age of 25 years, who have completed school and are bonafide students of any college in India are eligible to take part in this competition. There will be three rounds of competition – online quiz, subjective test and interactive evaluation at Ramakrishna Mission Delhi.
Registration is open from 15th June 2012 to 15th August 2012. You can take the online quiz text during this period.
Link – You can get all details and how to participate in the Awakening Indiawebsite

What you seek is already within you – Nisargadatta Maharaj

Abandon every attempt. Just be; don't strive, don't struggle, let go every support, hold on to the blind sense of being, brushing off all else. This is enough.
Look at yourself steadily – it is enough. The door that locks you in, is also the door that lets you out. The 'I am' is the door. Stay at it until it opens. As a matter of fact, it is open, only you are not at it.
I merely say: if you trust my words and put them to test, you will discover for yourself how absolutely true they are. If you ask for proof before you venture, I can only say: I am the proof, I did trust my teacher's words and kept them in my mind and did find that he was right, that I was, am and shall be the Infinite Reality, embracing all transcending all.
What you seek is already within you. Take my own case. I did nothing for my realization. My teacher told me that the reality is within me; I looked within and found it there, exactly as my teacher told me.
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Ambarisha Story – Greatness of Ekadasi

King Ambarisha was an ardent devotee of Hindu God Vishnu and performed the Ekadasi fasting without a break. Pleased with his devotion and piety, Vishnu honored him with the ability to control Sudarshana Chakra. The Story of Ambarisha is that of jealous Indra using Durvasa Maharishi to put an end to the Ekadasi fasting of King Ambarisha.

Indra felt threatened by the piety by King Ambarisha. He instigated Durvasa Maharishi against King Ambarisha.
Durvasa arrived at the palace of King Ambarisha when he was about to break his Ekadasi fasting. He was received warmly by the king. Rishi was invited for taking food. The Rishi then went to take bath in the KalandiRiver and for his prayers.
Durvasa deliberately took longer time to spoil the Ekadasi fasting of King Ambarisha. Dwadasi Tithi had started and the king had to break the fast before the tithi got over.
Durvasa was nowhere to be seen.
King Ambarisha then fed poor people and animals. He kept his food and that of Durvasa and waited for …

Using Vedic Knowledge to Predict Natural Disasters, Rain and Climate Change

Astro-meteorologist S Ramachandran claims that it is possible to predict natural disasters, rains, flood and climate change using Vedic astro-meteorology based on ancient texts like Brihad Samhita. The predictions are based on planetary behavior and alignment of planets with star in particular zodiac written down in Vedic scriptures.

 S Ramachandran claims that he had correctly predicted many natural disasters.


Vedic texts explain the inter-planetary relationships and the struggle between their orbiting positions and the effect of their disturbance on sun and earth.

 He is of the view that a competent and unbiased team of vedic scholars and meteorologists working together on his findings will be able to create a efficient warning system in advance regarding rains and floods.
Deccan Chronicle writes
The southwest monsoon was almost a washout with about 50 per cent deficiency in most parts of the country, astro-meteorologist S. Ramachandran said Sunday. “I predicted this November last…

Live Darshan from Swaminarayan Mandir at Kalupur in Ahmedabad – Live Telecast of Daily Puja

Swaminarayan Mandir at Kalupur in Ahmedabad Gujarat is one of the earliest temples associated with the Swaminarayan Sect. Ahmedabad Swaminarayan Mandir is offering live darshan on all days. The live telecast is only available during the daily puja period.
You can get live darshan from the Swaminarayan Mandir here.
You can have the Narnarayandev Darshan here.
Please note that both the live darshan are available only during the puja time.
Related Live Telecast of Puja from Swaminarayan Mandir in Bhuj