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Secret of Success Lies In Activities Undertaken With a Spirit of Surrender to an Ideal - Swami Chinmayananda

We can discover our joy in the precision and perfection of the work that we turn out. Whether others recognize it or not, we get satisfaction that we did our work as best as we could.

The quality of action depends upon the ideals which guide and inspire an individual.
A person with no ideals feels fatigued in this work. This fatigue is caused by the strain and stress which we invite, by craving for indulgence in sense objects and ceaseless expectation of the fruits of our actions.
The secret of success, therefore, lies in activities undertaken with a spirit of surrender to an ideal.

Swami Chinmayananda

Amavasya Puja and Rituals and Dead Forefathers

Amavasya or No moon day in a Hindu lunar calendar is considered highly auspicious for performing pujas and rituals dedicated to dead parents, grand parents, brothers, sisters, wife, son, daughter and other relatives. The popular belief is that the light from the sun that instead of reaching the moon reaches the dead on the day. Another belief is that souls of the dead visit relatives on the earth on the day.

On the day, living relatives can perform holy bath in river, lake or sea, perform tila tarpanam, feed the dead and perform annadanam – donation of food to hungry.
As part of the puja and ritual people only take a single meal on Amavas. A simple vegetarian food is eaten on the day.
The most important Amavasya in north western and eastern parts of India is the Mahalaya Amavasya (September – October).
In Kerala, it is the Amavasya in the month of Karkidakam – Karikadaka Vavu Bali – that is important.
In Tamil, the Amavasya in the month of Thai and Aadi are highly auspicious.

Huge Shivling with Thousand Shivling Chiselled on It - Koteshwarnath Temple in Gaya in Bihar

Koteshwarnath Temple at Main Village near Belaganj in Gaya District in Bihar is a famous Shiva Temple with a unique Shivling – the huge Shivling has a thousand Shivling chiselled on it. The murti is known as Sahastra Lingi Baba Koteshwarnath. It is also believed that prayers offered in the temple are fulfilled immediately. It is said that the blessing of Koteshwarnath is  equal to one hundred thousand blessings


Times of India reports Located on the bank of river Morhar river at Main village, the temple's sanctum sanctorum is carved in a single piece of red stone and within it is installed a large sized Shivalinga with around 1,008 miniature Shivlingas around 1200 years back. People call it Sahastra Shivalinga built in-one and believe Lord Shiva here showers blessings on the devotees.  An amazing thing near the Koteshwarnath temple is an old Pipal tree, whose large branches have turned towards the temple bending downwards as if offering prayers to Lord Shiva. The priests of this te…

Fatigue is a symptom of self centeredness – Swami Kriyananda

Ours is not a focused age. Countless influences pull us in conflicting directions. We find ourselves trying to do a hundred things hastily, rather than one thing at a time carefully and well.
We measure achievement by numbers rather than by excellence. As a result is the exhaustion one finds written on the faces of so many in our bustling cities.
The person who can simplify his life and marshal his energies to do a few things well, instead of scattering this forces restlessly, will find that he has more than enough strength for whatever he has to do.
Fatigue is a symptom of self centeredness. One who can forget himself in helping others and in giving strength to them will find himself rarely exhausted.
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Vinayaka Chavithi 2017 date

Vinayaka Chavithi is the birthday of Lord Ganesha, the God of wisdom, prosperity and auspiciousness. Vinayaka Chavithi 2017 date is August 25, Friday. Chavithi is the fourth day during the lunar fortnight in a traditional Hindu calendar. Vinayaka Chavithi is mostly a day festival in homes but public celebrations are organized for 12 days and will end with sarvajanik visarjan on Ananta Chaturdasi day - September 5, 2017.

The term Vinayaka Chavithi is widely used in Andhra Pradesh to refer to Ganesh Chaturthi Festival.
One of the tallest Ganesh murti for the annual festival is prepared in Andhra Pradesh – Khairatabad Ganesha.
You may also like to read Origin of Ganesh Chaturthi festival How to perform Ganesh Chaturthi Puja? Environmental Pollution caused by Ganesh Idols How to make Ganesh idols at home? Buy only clay Ganesh idols

Gita in Nepali – Download Bhagavad Gita in Nepali in Pdf format for free

Srimad Bhagavad Gita in Nepali in Pdf format for free is provided by Swami Shri Adgadanad Ji’s of Yatharth Geeta. This downloadable Nepali Bhagwad Geeta is strictly for personal use. You can only download the eighteen chapters in Nepali separately and not as a single book.

The Nepali Bhagavad Gita is in pdf format and you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader or any other pdf reader installed on your computer.
You can download the Bhagawad Gita in Nepali from this link – Nepali Bhagavad Gita.
Note – the chapter headings are given in English. On clicking each chapter you will get the Nepali Gita.

Bhagavad Gita Chapter 7 Quiz

This Bhagavad Gita Quiz is based on the seventh chapter of the Bhagavad Gita. The aim of the quiz is to understand few important teachings in the seventh 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 HB Quiz Git Chap VII Related
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Imaginary Google Doodle for Onam - And a Request from Maveli to Google

Hello Google; this is Mahabali the demon king who ruled over Kerala in India. It is Onam festival for Malayalees in Kerala and all around the world. You might have already sensed it with the numerous searches based on Onam. My reign of Kerala is referred as the Golden Era and I visit my citizens on Onam day, which is marked by feast and festivities. Onam in 2012 is on August 29.

Let me come to the point. I am a great fan of your holiday doodles and I would love to have one based on Onam. Don’t think that Onam is a regional festival in India. Malayalees are there in Google, Yahoo, Bing, Facebook, Google +… They are there in all parts of the world. They are there in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, Europe, Middle East countries, Japan, China and now one of my subjects is undergoing space tourist training.
Wherever they are in the world, Malayalees remember me on Thiru Onam day and they create the wonderful floral arrangements (onapookalam) to welcome me. Then th…

Impact of Vedic Pravargya Ritual on Nature to be Studied by Professors from Harvard University

Pravargya Ritual is the introductory part of Somayagam (Agnishtomam). It is believed that the 'Pravargya' rituals help cleanse nature. Scholars from Harvard University will be documenting all the rituals associated with Pravargya and its impact on nature.
Times of India reports  The scholars, Michael Witzel, department of south-Asian studies in Harvard University, Finnian Moore Gerety, department of Sanskrit, Harvard University and T P Mahadevan, professor of Indology at Howard University, Washington DC, will document all the rituals related to 'Pravargya' and conduct a detailed study on the positive and negative impacts of the rituals on the atmosphere with the support of scientists. Various studies have been conducted in the past on the effect of the Yaga rituals on the atmosphere. And scientists from Cochin University of Science and Technology (Cusat) had found that the 'Yaga' had had a positive impact on soil, air and the atmosphere in general. However, the…

Chhappan Bhog – 56 Sacred Food Items Offered to Sri Krishna at Vrindavan and Mathura

Chhappan Bhog is observed during the Shukla Paksha of Bhadrapad Month at Vrindavan and Mathura. In remembrance of the divine incident of Krishna lifting the Govardhan mountain, 56 different types of dishes are offered to Sri Krishna on the day. In 2019, Chhappan Bhog important date is September 14 - Bhadrapad Purnima.

Legend has it that Sri Krishna held aloft the Govardhan mountain (in Mathura) for seven days on his little finger, and saved the people from the wrath of Indra. Humbled, Indra became a follower of Krishna. The moment Krishna lifted the mountain, Surabhi, a heavenly cow, fed Krishna with her milk.

To show their devotion, Gopis prepared 56 dishes and offered to Sri Krishna.

56 dishes are initially offered to Sri Krishna and then distributed among all the devotees in temples in the Braj region.

Baidyanath Temple To Have Separate Shivling During Next Shravani Mela

Shravani Mela at the Baidyanath Temple will be different from next year as the temple authority (Baidyanathdham Temple Management Board) is planning to install a new Shivling, which will be connected to the original Jyotirlinga. Water offered at this new Shivlinga will go directly to the original one. This is to avoid heavy rush inside the Sanctum Sanctorum during the Shravani Mela.
Times of India reports "Henceforth, devotees will not be needed to go inside the sanctum sanctorum to offer water," said the BDTMB chief executive officer and deputy commissioner of Deoghar district, Rahul Purwar.  The decision to have a second Shiva Linga was taken to cope with the rush at the shrine . The final decision will be taken after consulting the Panda Dharma Rakchhini Sabha (PDRS), the chief body of pandas at the temple. Many devotees fail to go inside the sanctum sanctorum because of the rush and are forced to make their offerings outside the temple.

Swami Bhaskarananda Thoughts on Mind

The mind, like water, has natural tendency to flow downward. It has an inherent inclination to do what is harmful by indulging in sensual, destructive and negative thoughts. We must constantly watch our minds and not allow them to go downward.
The mind naturally resents being controlled or restrained.
The mind inherently gets bored doing the same thing over and over again. It constantly craves newer and more sensational experiences.
Old bad habits of the mind die hard. It takes a lot of will power and sustained effort to get rid of them.
Source – Meditation Mind and Patanjali’s Yoga by Swami Bhaskarananda

Scriptures are meant not only to be read but entered into and practiced – Swami Chidananda

If a man is struck by a poisoned arrow and someone runs to him with an antidote, the wise person, in order to save himself, quickly drinks the antidote rather than enquire as to its source and what it is made of. Otherwise, by the time he has finished his enquiry, time may have run out! So, our situation is a situation of being bound, and we should try to know how to liberate ourselves. That is the important thing. Therefore, let us all be wise.

Scriptures are meant not only to be read and known, they are meant to be deeply studied and applied. They are meant to be entered into and practiced. They should become our life, the very fabric of our life. 
There is a time when system, discipline and adherence to certain principles is absolutely necessary. There is time when one gradually transcends them, but one should not leave them. If they fall off by themselves, it is a different matter. Nature has taken you beyond and you no longer need them.
Swami Chidananda (1916 – 2008)
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Vasudeva – Meaning of Sri Krishna’s Name Vasudev

Vasudeva, or Vasudev, is one among the numerous names of God Vishnu. It is popularly used to refer to Sri Krishna. Vasudev was also one of the names given to Krishna during the naming ceremony. Meaning of Vasudeva is mentioned in the Vishnu Purana.
Vasudev means one who resides in all objects and bestows them with splendor.
Vishnu Purana states:
He who is Prime and Greater than the greatest, who is the Supreme Soul resident in himself – who cannot be differentiated by form, color etc., who is without deterioration or destruction, and without birth, growth and dissolution; who can only be asserted as existing – is called by the learned as Vasudeva, in consequence of his existing everywhere and in all objects.
Naming of Sri Krishna as Vasudev: As the infant was of dark complexion the first name that was given to the baby was Krishna. He was also given the name Vasudeva by Sage Garga.

Vishnu Purana Quotes

Anger takes away the great and immense asceticism and fame acquired with extreme toil by men.

It is better to suffer a small loss than acquiring wealth by hostility.
He who speaks wisely, moderately and compassionately proceeds to the regions which are perpetual sources of bliss.
He who is intelligent, bashful, forgiving, god-fearing and humble proceeds to the region which is attainable only through hard spiritual practices.
The earth is upheld by the truthfulness of those who have controlled their passions, and who, always following pious observances, are not sullied by desire, covetousness and anger.

Vishnu Purana
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Why Sadhus and Sanyasis are Buried and Not Cremated in Hinduism?

The traditional practice in Hinduism is to cremate the body of a dead person. But the dead body of Sadhus and Sanyasis are buried. In many Hindu communities, the body of a holy person is buried in the Padmasana Posture (Lotus Position).

The belief is that the dead person’s soul is attached to the body. This attachment makes the person unable to attain moksha. By cremating the body, it is destroyed completely so that the soul has no attachment and it helps in attainment of Moksha.
Sadhus and Sanyasis are detached from the world and they have no attachment to their body. The self realization attained by them makes the body irrelevant to them while they are alive. Cremation is therefore superfluous.
For the one that has attained self realization cremation and burial both have no significance. It is the people who are alive that create the distinction.

Bhagavad Gita Chapter 6 Quiz

This Bhagavad Gita Quiz is based on the sixth chapter of the Bhagavad Gita. The aim of the quiz is to understand few important teachings in the sixth 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
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Asvasena Naga and Arjuna

Asvasena Naga was a serpent that lived in the Khandava forest. This snake was the son of Takshaka and he tried to get away from the Khandava forest when it was burned down by Agni with the help of Arjuna. When Agni attempted to burn Khandava forest, Indra tried to extinguish the fire using rain. Arjuna built a canopy using arrows to help Arjuna.

Asvasena Naga tried to escape from the forest when Agni was swallowing it. Arjuna tried to stop Asvasena using arrows.
The naga then took his mother’s help. To save the naga, she swallowed him. But Arjuna cut off her head. Indra who witnessed this sent a cyclone that caused Arjuna to faint.
While Arjuna was unconscious, Asvasena escaped from the Khandava forest.
On waking, Arjuna cursed Asvasena that he will never get refuge anywhere in the world.
Asvasena and Arjuna continued to be enemies and in the great Kurukshetra battle in the Mahabharata, the naga helped Kauravas.
When Arjuna and Karna were engaged in war, Asvasena hid inside the naga…

On Desires - Quotes from Hindu Scriptures

All your desires will be fulfilled in him who is One without a second. Know him to be enshrined in your heart always. (Shvetashvatara Upanishad)

You are what your deep, driving desire is. As your desire is, so is your will. As your will is, so is your deed. As your deed is, so is your destiny. (Brihadaranyaka Upanishad)
It is hard to find a man who has desire for what he has not tasted or who tastes the world and is untouched. Here in the world some crave pleasure, some seek freedom but it is hard to find a man who wants neither. It is hard to find a man who has an open mind, who neither seeks nor shuns wealth or pleasure, duty or liberation, life or death…He does not want the world to end. He does not mind if it lasts. Whatever befalls him, He lives in happiness. (Ashtavakra Gita)
The senses are the horses and the roads they travel are the mazes of desire. When a man lacks discrimination and his mind is uncontrolled, his senses are unmanageable like the restive horses of a charioteer…

Story of origin of Brihad Katha – Kathasaritsagara

Brihad Katha is a very large collection of stories believed to have been told to Goddess Parvati by Shiva. Kathasaritsagara is a small portion of the Brihad Katha and is the most popular part of the book. The stories in the Brihad Katha are believed to be the first stories in the world.
It is said that the stories in the Brihad Katha were told by Shiva to entertain Goddess Parvati who was bored in the snow falling Himalayas. The stories were narrated to Goddess Parvati in one of the caves in the Kailash.
Human beings would not have got to hear the stories were it not for a small bird that survived in the cave. The bird heard the stories that were narrated to Goddess Parvati.
This bird then told the stories to a fish. The fish shared it with a Gandharva. The Gandharva narrated it to a Yaksha. Finally it reached the ears of first human.

Nakshatra Vana – Medicinal Plant Garden of Sringeri Sharada Peeta

Nakshatra Vana, located at Menase on the outskirts of Sringeri in Karnataka, is a medicinal plant garden and nursery of Sringeri Sharada Peeta. Here you will find a collection of medicinal plants, trees, flowers, fruit bearing trees mentioned in various Hindu scriptures. Nakshatra Vana also contains plants related to the birth stars of a person. There is also a Navgraha Vana which contains plants related to the Navgrahas.

Jagadguru Shankaracharya established four centers in the four corners of India for the safeguard and propogation of the four Vedas and appointed each of his prime ascetic disciples as the heads of each centre respectively. Sringeri Sharada Peeta is one of the four centers. Deccan Herald reports  Nakshatra vana has plants related to stars. It is believed that worshipping the plants of one’s star is good for the welbeing. Ashwini nakshatra— Strychnos nux vomica (Poison nut), Bharani nakshatra— Embilica officionalis (Amla), Krithika nakshatra— Ficus racemosa (Fig), Rohi…

Anger and resentment are poisons that you drink and die – Sadhguru

Spiritual process is not for the dead or the dying; it is for the living who want to become fully alive in all dimensions of life.
Whether God or somebody else loves you does not make a difference for you.
If you are loving, it makes your life very, very sweet.
Anger and resentment are poisons that you drink and you expect somebody else to die. But life does not work that way. If you drink it, only you die.
Trying to change social, national, or global realities without working on human consciousness means there is no serious intention.
Related Very source of creation is within you; all the solutions arewithin you – Sadhguru

How to make Ganesh idols Using Paper? – Video of Making of Paper Mache Ganapati Murti for Ganesh Chaturthi

Paper Mache Ganapati idols can be made at home using paper. This is an eco-friendly Ganesha and you can use natural paint to give it a good look. People from all walks of life are joining into create awareness about the need to use eco-friendly Ganesh idols for Ganesh Chaturthi puja and make a positive difference. Some people are coming forward with unique solutions to Plaster of Paris idols and one such innovative idea is the making of Ganapati Idols using paper.

Below is a video of making of paper mache Ganapati. The audio is in Marathi.

Vasudha Lakshmi

Vasudha Lakshmi is an incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi. She is the Mother Earth and bears living beings. She is patient, strong and wish fulfilling. When people become greedy, she revokes her blessing and the earth becomes barren. She also shows her fury through earthquakes and volcanoes.

Vasudha Lakshmi is also known as Bhu Devi and Dharini.
She also takes the form of cow and takes help from Vishnu. He takes numerous incarnations to guard and protect Bhoodevi.
In some images of Vasudha Lakshmi she is flanked by Vasudeva (Krishna) and Baladeva. This image of Her is known as Ekanamsa. Vasudeva is a herdsman and Baladeva is a farmer. She provides all living beings with food.

Sri M Sayings

Bhakti or devotion cannot be understood by intellect alone. Bhakti goes where the intellect cannot reach. It is something the heart accesses. Everything in life cannot be rationalized or put into structures. When we understand this something thing will happen.

It took ten chapters for Sri Krishna to speak of Bhakti to Arjuna. So Bhakti is not so easy to practice or understand. It is only when you feel true and sincere Bhakti you can hope to experience the divine.
Who is a good devotee? One who wishes everyone well; he is the good devotee. The one who can see the divine in every other being is the good devotee.
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.

What is Karinaal in Hindu Astrology? – Especially In Tamil and Malayalam Calendars

Karinaal are inauspicious Nakshatras among the 27 Nakshatrams. Another school of thought states that Karinal is based on days in a Tamil and Malayalam month. It is believed that death taking place on Karinaal is highly inauspicious. These days are avoided for certain auspicious functions. Karinaal is only followed in South India, especially in Tamil Nadu and Kerala by certain communities.

If a person dies on Sravishta (Avittam), Sadhayam (Chathayam), Purvashada (Pururuttathi), Uttarashada (Uthrittathi) and Revathi then it is believed that within three years a major tragedy will happen in the person’s family. The Shradh, tarpan and other rituals should be strictly followed if a person dies in any of these Nakshatras. All rituals after death should be strictly followed. The above said Nakhshatras are also known as Vasu Panchaka Nakshatras.
Certain other schools of astrology claim that Karinaal is also present if a person dies on Triketta (Kettai), Pooram, Pooradam, Bharani, Ayiliyam, Th…

Hyderabad Municipal Corporation Aims for Green Ganesh Chaturthi in 2012 through clay murtis of Ganesha

The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) is planning for a nature-friendly Ganesh Chathurthi festival in 2012 by providing space and other help for clay Ganesha murtis (idols). They also plan to distribute saplings of all 21 medicinal plants that are used for the worship of Ganesha.  IBNLIVE reports GHMC commissioner MT Krishna Babu on Wednesday said the corporation would provide open spaces for manufacture, sale and distribution of clay Ganesh idols. He also promised to provide saplings of all 21 medicinal plants that are used for the worship of the elephant god through the Andhra Pradesh Medicinal and Aromatic Plant Board.  What’s more, he said the GHMC would be planting the medicinal plants in the municipal parks. Further, the civic authorities would also be supplying dyes for Ganesh idols, through sponsors, to different schools which take up idol-making.  The commissioner said nearly 12 lakh clay idols would be needed and requested the NGOs to spell out how many idols ea…

Love All Beings – Hinduism Teachings

You may love all the beings in the world and be not at all under bondage, but the moment you allow your love to be centered on any special object you are bound. If you can get rid of these loads, then only can you attain to peace and liberation. – Swami Turiyananda
Love is a consistent passion to give, not a meek persistent hope to receive. The only demand of life is the privilege to love all. – Swami Chinmayananda
The mode of living which is founded upon a total harmlessness towards all life forms or upon a minimum of such harm is the highest morality. Shantiparva – Mahabharata
If we love God, it is equal to loving everyone. It benefits everyone, because the same God dwells within everyone. Through loving Him, we love all. – Mata Amritanandamayi
In love all the contradictions of existence merge themselves and are lost. – Rabindranath Tagore
Try to treat with equal love all the people with whom you have relations. Thus the abyss between 'myself' and 'yourself' will…

Story of Ganesha as Gajanana and Lobhasura

Gajanana is one of the eight avatars of Ganesha as per the Mudgala Purana. It is stated in the Mudgala Purana that one of the mission of the Gajanana Avatar was to annihilate Lobhasura – the demon greed.

Kubera, the treasurer of wealth, once visited Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Pleased with the devotion of Kubera, Shiva blessed him with the vision of the divine couple whenever he wanted.
After the blessing Kubera made it a point to have the vision of divine couple daily. Soon Kubera was enamored by the beauty of Goddess Parvati and he gazed Her with lustful thoughts. Goddess Parvati who realized this gave an angry look at Kubera. Kubera was trembling in fear at the look of the Goddess and from the fear was born the demon named Lobhasura.
Lobhasura did penance and propitiated Shiva. He was granted the boon of fearlessness. The spiritual strength and lack of fear made Lobhasura powerful and he became to the ruler of the three worlds.
Power made the asura corrupt and he led a demonic life …

Bhagavad Gita Chapter 5 Quiz

This Bhagavad Gita Quiz is based on the fifth chapter of the Bhagavad Gita. The intend of the quiz is to understand few important teachings in the fifth 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

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Swami Vivekananda on Self Restraint

It is the greatest manifestation of power – this tremendous restraint; self restraint is a manifestation of greater power than all outgoing action.
A carriage with four horses many rush down a hill unrestrained or the coachman may curb the horse. Which is the greater manifestation of power, to let them go or to hold them.
A cannon-ball flying through the air goes a long distance and falls. Another is cut short in its flight by striking against a wall, and the impact generates intense heat.
All outgoing energy following a selfish motive is frittered away; it will not cause power to return to you; but if restrained, it will result in development of power. This self-control will tend to produce a mighty will, a character which makes a Christ or a Buddha.

Faith Declaration Compulsory for non-Hindus Visiting Tirupati Balaji Temple

Starting from August 13, 2012, those people who are practicing religions other than Hinduism should compulsory submit a declaration form stating that they have faith and belief in Lord Venkateswara, the presiding deity of TirupatiBalajiTemple.  The Hindu reports Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams, which manages the over 2,000-year-old hill shrine, has decided to make it mandatory for non-Hindu devotees, including VIPs, to sign the declaration forms, temple officials said today.  Non-Hindus have to give the undertaking that they have faith in Lord Venkateswara, they said.  The declaration form would be available in all TTD offices.

Gatral Ma – Goddess Gatral Devi

Gatral Ma is a manifestation of Mother Goddess Shakti. She is associated with cow. Gatral Devi is mainly worshipped in parts of Rajasthan and Gujarat. Rabaris community worships her. Gatral Mata is the kuldevata (family deity) of certain traditional families.
Gatral Ma protects cows and other domesticated grazing animals. She ushers in peace and prosperity.
In most images Gatral Ma is shown as wearing a red sari. She has four arms. She holds trishul (trident), sword and Sudarshana Chakra. In one had she is seen holding a vessel. This vessel symbolizes prosperity in the form of good yield.
The vehicle associated with Gatral Devi is cow.

Plight of Hindus in Pakistan

Hindus in Pakistan are migrating to India and various countries around the world. Hindus do not feel safe in Pakistan – they are ostracized, tortured, kidnapped for ransom, abducted and are forcibly converted to Islam. Hindu girls are kidnapped and married to Muslim men. Here are various reports on the plight of Hindus in Pakistan:

Mass Exodus of Hindus from Sindh in Pakistan (Hindu Currents)
Several Hindu families from Jacobdabad are migrating to India due to the increasing cases of forced conversions, extortion and kidnapping for ransom faced by the community, said Dr Ramesh Kumar of the Pakistan Hindu Council (PHC).
Pakistandoes treat its Hindus callously (Daily Pioneer Editorial)
Little else explains why the state machinery has largely refused to acknowledge that there is an anti-Hindu campaign at work. This is despite the fact that Hindu businessmen continue to be routinely held to ransom, Hindu shops are looted and Hindu women forcibly married off to Muslim men. Most recently, th…

Sister Devamata Quotes

Man is free to determine his own action; but he is powerless to control the reaction resulting from it; because that is governed not by the individual, but by the cosmic will.
One force plays throughout Nature, one substance underlies it; and the endless variation apparent everywhere reduces itself to a question of what direction that force takes and what state that substance is in. We have, each one of us, in our hands at this moment the possibilities of the lowest and the highest. Not one is less well equipped than another, not one is lacking in a single element necessary to ultimate attainment. The only task before us is to realize where we stand; and if not desirable, to transform it.
Sister Devamata (1867–1942) – associated with Sri Ramakrishna Mission

Today – August 10, 2012 – is Janmashtami – Sri Krishna Jayanti –in North India – Gujarat

Today – August 10, 2012 – is Sri Krishna Jayanti (Gokulashtami/Janmashtami) in North India (Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Jammu and Kashmir), Gujarat and for all those communities that follow Vaishnav tradition of observing vrats and fasts. Pujas and fasting in these regions will be held on the night of August 10.

Maharashtra, Goa, Bengal, Assam, Orissa (Smarta tradition), majority of communities in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka observed Sri Krishna Jayanti yesterday.
Note – Sri Krishna Jayanti in Kerala and Tamil Nadu is on September 8, 2012. According to traditional Hindu astrology, Sri Krishna was born when the moon entered the house of Vrishabha (Taurus) at the Rohini Nakshatram (star) on the eight day (Ashtami) of the second fortnight of the month of Sravana (this corresponds to the month of Bhadrapada Krishnapaksha in North India).  The two different dates is because im…

Kala Mahina

Kala Mahina, also known as Adhik Maas, is the extra month added to a Hindu lunar calendar once in 32 months to make the lunar calendar similar to the solar calendar. Kala Mahina 2018 is from May 16 to June 13, 2018. This is the Adik Jyeshta month. Astronomically Kala Mahina is known as Intercalary month. The name Kala Mahina because certain people think this month is bad. There are also people who are superstitious about the month – observe lot of dos and donts.

The month is known as Kala Mahina as the sun did not enter any rashis during Kala Mahina and people considered it inauspicious and hence referred to it as kala or dark.
Legend has it that Kala Mahina did not like it being referred as waste and complained to Vishnu, who renamed the month as Purushottam Maas. The Kala Mahina is thus dedicated to Sri Krishna and is considered ideal for all sort of Spiritual activities.
Kala Mahina is not a bad month.  It is purely a calendar adjustment in lunar calendars. Wife and husband can st…

Live Darshan From ISKCON Sri Krishna Temple in Bangalore, India

The ISKCONTemple at Bangalore in Karnataka in India is offering live darshan of murtis worshipped in the temple for free. The main murti in the temple is that of Sri Krishna and Radha. You can also watch live satsang and other devotional programs in the temple conducted in the temple.
Link – Live DarshanFrom ISKCON Bangalore Sri Krishna Temple
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Goddess Madduramma

Goddess Madduramma is a manifestation of mother goddess that is worshipped in South India, especially in Karnataka. She protects people from all forms of dangers and ushers in peace and prosperity. She is village deity and personal god of many families in Karnataka.
Popular temples dedicated to Maduramma are located in Huskur, Mysore, Maddur and Bangalore.
Certain Madduramma Temples conduct annual fire walking ritual which attracts thousands of people.
Origin and legend regarding Goddess Madduramma are very sketchy.
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Bhagavad Gita Chapter 4 Quiz

This Bhagavad Gita Quiz is based on the fourth chapter of the Bhagavad Gita. The intend of the quiz is to understand few important teachings in the fourth 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
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Maharshi Mehi Paramhans Ji Maharaj on Liberation

Mukti or liberation means to be freed. To be freed from what? From the body and the world. Liberation takes place when one is freed from the body and the world.

There is a strong relationship between this body (of ours) and the world. Our body is made up of precisely those very elements of which the world is made as well.
There are as many layers or levels of the world such as the gross layer, the subtle or astral layer, etc as there are in this body.
This body is called pind or microcosm and the world is called the brahmaand or the macrocosm.
At a given point of time a person remains or lives at the same level of the world as at the layer of the body in which he is living currently. Similarly, if one leaves or rises above any layer of the pind or body, he also transcends the corresponding layer of the brahmaand or world.
Thus, it is known that if one can transcend all the levels of his/her body, he can transcend all the levels of the world as well.

Origin of the Birth of Sugriva in the Ramayana – Vanara King Sugriva

Monkey King Sugriva in the Ramayana is the son of Surya and Aruna. Aruna is the charioteer of Surya, the sun god. In the Ramayana, Vanara King Sugriva, Hanuman and his soldiers had helped Sri Ram to trace Mata Sita and also played a huge part in defeating Ravana and his army. Origin of the birth of Sugriva is based on Aruna taking woman form and a curse of Gautama Rishi.

Aruna wanted to witness the dance of celestial maidens in the heaven. For this he took the form a woman and sat among the Devas.
Aruna was next day late to report to Surya. When Surya wanted to know the reason for being late, Aruna narrated about the last night incident.
Surya now wanted to see the woman form of Aruna. He then took the woman form. Surya was enamored by the beauty of Aruna who was now Arunadevi.
Surya and Arunadevi copulated and Arunadevi gave birth to a male child.
Surya and Aruna entrusted the baby with Ahalaya Devi the wife of Gautama Rishi.
Ahalaya Devi loved the child so much that she began to ig…

Ramayan Serial on Zee TV from August 12, 2012

A brand new depiction of Ramayan will be aired on Zee TV in serial format at 11:00 AM on Sundays starting from August 12, 2012 in India. In Europe, the Ramayana series will be telecast from August 19. The promo of the serial currently available indicates that there will be more extravagant sets from the earlier serial versions of Ramayan. Over acting actors and over the top the dialogues had ruined some of the recent TV versions of Ramayan. Hope the Ramayan on Zee TV will be different – importance will be given to the core teaching of Ramayan.

Ramayan on Zee TV is produced by Sagar Arts.
Ramayan of Ramanand Sagar in 1990s is still in the memory of the viewers and people are eager to see it again and again because of the simplicity and honesty with which it was presented.
Promo of Ramayan Serial on Zee TV

Bhagavad Gita Chapter 17 – Teachings

Without any definite goal in life, without planning our onward march towards the ideal, we are apt to fall a victim to the various temptations enroute and exhaust ourselves in the bylanes of life. To stick constantly on to the grand road to success is to assure for ourselves a happy pilgrimage to Truth. (17.16)
Without faith, no one can come to shine in any field of activity. No one can hope to gather any profit at all out of any activity, if he has no faith in it. Both in the secular activities of the market place and in the sacred performance of religious acts, the factor that determines the quality and quantity of the result is our faith in our efficiency and goodness, in our chosen field of our activity. (17.28)
He who feels impoverished by his giving has not done a charity.  (17.22)
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Grih Pravesh – House Warming – in Adhika Mahina – Extra Month

Adhik Mahina is an extra month added to Hindu lunar calendars followed in North India, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka once in 2.5 years. Grih Pravesh or House warming is not performed in Adhik Mahina.

Apart from moving in new house, there are several other rituals that are not performed in Adhika Mahina.

They are Chaula, Upanayana, Samavartana, Vivaha, Purchase of new items (House, Gold etc), Nutana Vrata Arambha, Vrata Udyapana, Shantis like Shashti Poorti Shanti, Tirtha Yatra, Moorti Pratishtapana etc.

Path to Enjoy Freedom Once And For All from Delusion and Grief – Swami Sivananda

You are not this perishable body; you are not this deluded mind; you are not this puny thing which you call ‘I’. No. You are the immortal, eternal, all-blissful Atman or Brahman the Infinite, whose essential nature is Sat-Chit-Ananda (existence, knowledge, bliss-absolute). Therefore, arise, awake and realize the Self. That is the goal of your life.
All that exists is nothing but your own Self. Direct realization of this Truth will free you at once from all delusion and grief. That is the goal of life.
Don’t you like to enjoy freedom once and for all from delusion and grief? You can very easily reach the goal. God is all-merciful. In a thousand ways He comes to you to teach you and to lead you towards the goal of life.
He comes to you as soul-awakening experiences. What do you see around you? Janma (birth), Mrityu (death), Jara, (old age), Vyadhi (disease) and Dukkha (misery). These exist to remind you of the nature of the mundane life and to goad you to lead the divine life so that y…

Sri Krishna Jayanti in Tamil Nadu in 2019 – Janmashtami 2019 in Tamil Nadu

Sri Krishna Jayanti or Janmashtami, the birthday of Bhagavan Sri Krishna, in 2019 as per traditional Tamil calendar followed in Tamil Nadu is on August 24. Birthday of Sri Krishna is observed on the Krishna Paksha Ashtami and Rohini Nakshatra day in Aavani Masam (4th Month in Tamil calendar in Tamil Nadu). The corresponding dates in other regions in some years vary by a day and sometimes by more than a month in some years.


Chitraramayanam in Palm Leaves – Ramayan in Pictures in Palm Leaf Kerala University Library

Chitraramayanam is believed to have been created by an unknown artist around 1453 AD. All the important incidents in the Ramayan are drawn on palm leaves using iron pen (Ezhuthani). This unparalled creation is currently part of the Manuscript Library in KeralaUniversity. C-DIT has brought out a CD of the Chitraramayanam and is available for sale.
There are a total of 318 pictures. 7 of them have been lost.

Moksha depends on the right choice between – perennial joy or passing pleasures – Upanishad Teachings

For those who live magnanimously the entire world constitutes but a family.
Who sees all being in his own self, and his own self in all beings, loses all fear.
Everything reflects the light of the Lord. May we realize him in our consciousness.
The ego gropes in darkness, while the Self lives in light.
Perennial joy or passing pleasures? This is the choice one is to make always.
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God Shiva, Bali Island and Mount Meru – the Story in Hindu Tradition

An interesting incident mentioned in the Usana Bali Scripture connects God Shiva, BaliIsland and MountMeru. BaliIsland in Indonesia practices Hinduism. The story mentions how mountMeru was installed in Bali.

Meru, or Mahameru, is a divine mountain mentioned in the Puranas and epics and is witness to several incidents in Hindu tradition. 
In ancient time the island of Bali was spiritually vacant. The people on the island offered prayers to Gods to bless them and help them spiritually.
Shiva as Pashupati heeded to the prayers of the people of Bali and placed Mahameru on the island. This stabilized the island and also brought holiness to the place.
Shiva also instructed his two sons, Putra Jaya and Gni Jaya, and his daughter, Dewi Danu, to reside in the island and serve as the guardian deities of the Balinese. Putra Jaya reigns from Mt.Agung, Gni Jaya from Mt.Lempuyang, and Dewi Danu oversees the island’s rivers and forests from her palace in LakeBatur.

Bhagavad Gita Chapter 3 Quiz

This Bhagavad Gita Quiz is based on the third chapter of the Bhagavad Gita. The aim of the quiz is to understand few important teachings in the third 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
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Morari Bapu Quotes

Maha means one who destroys three kinds of M's: mada (ego), madan (desires), matsar (jealousy).
That which happened yesterday and what will happen tomorrow, both are attached to time, to death. Only the present moment, today, speaks of life.
Every day spend a few moments giving thought and time to God, to nature, your saint, your scripture, and finally your own self.
God is attained through devotion and through love.