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Gogaji Temple Fair and Festival in Rajasthan in Bhadrapad Month

Gogaji Temple is a famous shrine dedicated to Shri Gogaji Maharaj – person who attained the status of Nath and is worshipped today. Gogaji Temple is located at Gogamedi in Nohar Tehsil in Hanumangarh District in Rajasthan. In 2023, Gogaji Temple Fair and Festival is from August 31 to September 29, 2023. 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 Sanskrit College 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 organisati

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. Link – Malayalam 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

Kaivalya Navaneetham 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 Navaneetham – An Ancient Tamil Classic By Tandavaraya Swami

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

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. "

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. ProProfs - HB Quiz on Nav

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

Story - Hanuman and Surasa - The Sea Monster - In Ramayana

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 Brihadeeswarar Temple ’. 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 Brihadeeswara Temple (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 Brihadeeswara Temple at Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu, popularly known as Big Temple , is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The 1,000 years of Brihadeeswara Temple was observed in 2010. Related Virtual Tour of Brihadeeswara Temple

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 Amman Temple 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.

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 Sabarimala Temple 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, Te

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 Ganga River 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. 

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

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.) The link opens to a pdf file. It might take several minutes or hours depending on your connect speed to open the file.

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 th

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