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Kaivalya Upanishad Teachings - Quotes

A collection of quotes and teachings from Kaivalya Upanishad. He only attains Parabrahman who sees in himself all elements and himself in all elements. Parabrahman, which is of all forms, which is the Supreme Abode of this universe, which is the most subtle of the subtle and which is eternal, in only yourself. You are only That. One who knows himself to be that Parabrahman that shines as the universe in the waking, dreaming, dreamless and other states, will be relieved from all bondage. He who thinks Paramatma as being in the cave of the heart, as having no form, as being secondless, as being the witness of all and as being another Sat or Asat, attains the pure form of Paramatma. He is Brahma, He is Shiva, He is Indra, He is the Immutable, the Supreme, the Self-luminous, He alone is Vishnu, He is Prana, He is Time and Fire, He is the Moon. He alone is all that was, and all that will be, the Eternal; knowing Him, one transcends death; there is no other way to freedom.

Renugambal Temple Timings – Opening and closing time of Padavedu Renugambal Temple in Tamil Nadu

Renugambal Temple located at Padavedu near Vellore is an important temple dedicated to Goddess Renuka – Shakti worship. Below are the detail temple timings of Renugambal Temple . The opening and closing time are extended during festivals and other auspicious dates Renugambal Temple Timings: Morning – 6:30 AM to 1:00 PM Evening – 3:.00 PM. to 8:30 PM During festival days from 5.00 A.M. TO 9.00 P.M The important morning puja is usually held at 8:30 AM The important noon puja is at 11:00 AM The important evening puja is at 6:00 AM

Srikalahasti Temple Timings – Opening and Closing Time of Srikalahasti Temple in Andhra Pradesh

Srikalahasti Temple is located at Srikalahasti near Tirupati is a famous shrine dedicated to Shiva. Srikalahasti Temple Timings are given below. The closing and opening time of the temple vary when there are festivals especially during Shivratri. The usual Srikalahasti Temple opening and closing time is given below: Saturday to Monday 6.00 AM to 9.30PM Tuesday to Friday 6.00 AM to 9.00 PM Abhishekam is performed in the Morning: 7:30 am, 9:30 am, 10: 30am; Evening: 5:30 pm everyday. On Fridays, Abhishekam in the evening is from 4:30 pm onwards

Basavanna Dodda Ganapathi Temple Darshan Timings – Opening and Closing time of Dodda Ganapati Temple in Bangalore

Dodda Ganapathi Temple , also known as  Basavanagudi   Ganapati Temple , is dedicated to Ganesha and is located in the Basavanagudi area in  Bangalore  in Karnataka. The details temple timings are given below. The temple has extended darshan and closing and opening timings during festivals like Ganesh Chaturthi and other important temple days. Dodda Ganapathi Temple Temple Timings: Morning: 8:00 AM to 12:30 PM Evening: 5:45 PM to 9:00 PM Ganesha Chathurthi Day: 3:00 AM in the morning to midnight During festivals and special days the timings vary. Related Dodda Basavanna Temple– Basavanagudi Templein Bangalore inKarnataka

Panachikkadu Saraswathi Temple Timings in Kerala

Panachikkadu Saraswathi Temple is located at Panachikkadu Village near Kottayam in Kerala. This is one of the rare temples dedicated to Goddess Saraswati. The temple timings follow the regular pattern followed in Kerala Temples. Detail time is given below: the temple darshan time might change during Navratri period and also during the temple festival. Panachikkadu  Saraswathi  Temple Timings Morning: 05:30 AM to 11:00 AM Evening: 05:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Niralamba Upanishad Quotes

Jnana is the realization by direct cognition of the fact that in this changing universe there is nothing but Chaitanya (the one life) that is Consciousness, that if of the form of the seer and the seen, pervading all things, that is the same in all that is not subject to changes like pt, cloth etc. This realization is brought about by means of the subjugation of the body and the sense, the serving of a Good Guru, the hearing of the exposition of Vedantic doctrines and constant meditation thereon. Caste cannot refer to the skin, the blood, the flesh or the bone. There is no caste for Atma; caste is only conventional. Happiness is a state of being of the nature of bliss, having cognized through experience the Reality of Sachchidananda – that which is be-ness, consciousness and bliss. Related Niralamba Upanishad Teachings

Bhagavad Gita Chapter 10 Quiz

This Bhagavad Gita Quiz is based on the tenth chapter of the Bhagavad Gita. The aim of the quiz is to understand few important teachings in the tenth 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 are any mistakes, suggestions or you would like to add more questions please mail the corrections and questions to hindublog@gmail.com Related Bhagavad Gita Chapter 9 Gita Chapter 11 quiz

Mukti Upanishad Quotes

Mukti Upanishad, also known as Muktikopanishad, is a conversation between Sri Ram and Hanuman The wise know that a mind associated with Vasana (desire arising out of senses) tends to bondage, while a mind well free from Vasana is said to be an emancipated one. Vasana perishes through well conducted deliberation and truth.  Through the absorption of Vasanas mind attains quiescence like a lamp without oil. He whose mind, devoid of destruction, is centered on Me (Vishnu) as the nature of consciousness alone, abandoning the Vasanas is no other than Myself of the nature of Sachidananda. He whose mind is freed from Vasanas is not subject to the fruits arising from the performance or non-performance of actions. Except through the entire giving up of Vasanas and through Mouna – the observance of silence towards objects, the Supreme Seat is not attained.

Dos and Donts While Using Darbha Grass in Hindu Pujas

Darbha Grass is an important item in many Hindu pujas and rituals. There are certain things that should be kept in mind while using Darbha. Below are the dos and donts while using Darbha Grass. The tip of the Darbha should be intact. The grass leaf without the tip is useless. When we take Darbha from a bundle, we have to do it from the lower/root side and not from the top. When we set it down, care must be taken to see that its tip faces east or north. The Darbha should not be placed on bare earth. Darbha cannot be reused; or and if it is trampled it should not be used again. Darbha grass should not be cut with our nails. Note - The article originally written and contributed by Sarma Sastrigal. It is found in the book titled ‘The Great  Hindu Tradition’ written by Sarma Sastrigal. Related Different Use of Darbha Grass in Hinduism Importance of Darbha Grass in Hindu Religion How to wear pavithram?

Importance of Milk Abhishek on Shivling – Pouring Milk on Shivling

Pouring milk (abhishek or abhishekam) on Shivling is an important ritual dedicated to Shiva in temples and at home. After jal abhishek or ritual pouring of water, the next most important ritual is doodh or pal (milk) abhishekam. This ritual is performed especially by those married couples who are not having children. The popular belief is that Rudra Abhishek with milk fulfills the desire of having children. It is also recommended for those couple who are having difficulty with conceiving second child. It is also believed that those couples who had lost their child during pregnancy or still birth will be blessed with healthy children after performing milk abhishek. The milk that is to be used for the purpose should be cow milk. Another belief is that performing abhishek with milk and sugar will help in improving intelligence. It is said that this ritual is so meritorious that a dumb witted person will become intelligent after this offering to Shiva.

Bhagavad Gita Text in French – Download Bhagavad Gita Book in French in Pdf format for free

Srimad Bhagavad Gita Text in French in Pdf format for free is provided by Swami Shri Adgadanad Ji’s of Yatharth Geeta. This downloadable French Bhagwad Geeta Book is strictly for personal use. You can only download the eighteen chapters in French separately and not as a single book. The French 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 French from this link –  French Bhagavad Gita . Note – the chapter headings are given in French. On clicking each chapter you will get the French Gita.

Book – Hinduism: A Way of Life and a Mode of Thought

Hinduism: A Way of Life and a Mode of Thought is written by Professor Usha Choudhuri and Professor Indra Nath Choudhuri and published by Niyogi Books. According to the authors, the book is a search for true Hinduism which is beyond any kind of definition of religion. From the flyer of the book “Here the secular and the sacred meet. Truth and untruth, spirituality and materialism, gods and demons, life here and life beyond are complementary to each other. Here one does not know when philosophy turns into devotion and devotion into philosophy. This is the core ethos of Hinduism. There is a vast range of scriptures, a huge array of ritualistic procedures and traditions of brahminical orthodoxy, varied interpretations coupled with multiple views. There is a variety of theological explications, ultimately leading to the celebration of life while searching for the divine and realizing the self.” Hinduism: A Way of Life and a Mode of Thought Authors - Professor Usha Choudhu

Dodda Basavanna Temple – Basavanagudi Temple in Bangalore in Karnataka

Dodda Basavanna Temple , also known as Basavanagudi Temple , is dedicated to Nandi (the Vahana of Lord Shiva) is located in the Basavanagudi area in Bangalore in Karnataka. Nandi or Vrishaba is known as Basava in Kannada. It is believed that the temple was built by Kempe Gowda, the founder of Bengaluru. The main murti in the temple is a monolithic Nandi. Dodda Basavanna Temple Temple Timings Morning : 7:30 AM to 1:30 PM. Evening : 4:30 PM to 8:30 PM During festivals and special days the timings vary. How to reach Basavanagudi Temple : The temple is located in southern Bangalore at a distance of about 10 kms from city central Railway Station and KSRTC Main Bus stand. Nearest Bus Stops: ‘Ramakrishna Ashrama Bus stop’ and ‘Ganesh Bhavana Bus Stop’ are the nearest BMTC bus stops to the temple. 

Mandala Brahmana Upanishad Teachings

Vacating all the thought waves and keeping the mind blank like vacant sky and contemplating on paramatma one is freed. When the mind gets absorbed in its own inherent bliss, then we attain yogamudra known as Sambhavi. The cessation from all action is the true Avahana (the real invocation to God), true jnana or wisdom is the seat of the God of Self, a pure and blissful mind is the water by which that Diety’s feet are washed. There are five kinds of celestial Shunya (ether) which are increasingly more subtle: akasham, parakasham, Mahakasham, Suryakasham and Parmakasham. The infinite light permeates all of these akasham, but the Parmakasham is ineffable and is brimming with infinite bliss. It is the essential element.

Kuber Yantra Importance and Benefits

Kuber is the Hindu God associated with money, wealth and material possessions. His importance stems from the fact that he distributes wealth wisely among people. Kuber Yantra has benefits like find hidden wealth, retrieving lost money in business etc. The Yantra is much sought after in modern world. Those people associated with Yantras state that by worshipping Kuber Yantra at home one will make profit in business, there will be gains from investments, will come into possession ancestral property, treasures hidden in property will be found and there will be luck in lottery related matters. The Yantra comes in gold, silver, copper plated tamra patra. Is it true that Kuber Yantra will give the desired benefits? There are many who have remarkable improvement in financial status after the worship of Kuber Yantra. There also many people who have had no benefit. It is said that those people that worship Kuber Yantra and work hard are benefited. Such people use Kuber Yantra t

Santan Saptami Vrat Katha – Story Read While Observing Santan Saptami Fasting - संतान सप्तमी व्रत कथा

Santan Saptami Fasting is observed by those couples who do not have children. Santan Saptami Vrat Katha (story) is listened by those observing the fast. The story was first narrated by Rishi Lomesha to Vasudeva and Devaki – the parents of Sri Krishna. They had then observed Santan Saptami vrat before giving birth to Sri Krishna. Once there lived two friends Chandramukhi and Roopvati. Chandramukhi was the queen of the kingdom and Roopvati was the wife of a priest. Once on a Santan Saptami day they went to take bath in a river and here they found women making murtis (idols) of Shiva and Goddess Parvati and offering prayers. They found out that the women were observing Santan Saptami Vrat and offered their prayers. They wore mauli (red thread). But once they reached home they did not keep fast as they were busy with their work. Years passed by and Chandramukhi and Roopvati had numerous other births. After several hundred years they were again born as Ishwari and Bhush

Book – Indus - Vedic Genetics – A Book Exploring Genetic Knowledge in Vedic Era

Indus - Vedic Genetics Indus Valley - Vedic Civilization written by Dr.C.P.Trivedi. The book explores the genetic knowledge in Vedic Era and Indus Valley Civilization.   About the book from the flyer – The book explores the background of Indus city civilization in the light of most exciting discovery of the decade, the DNA by Watson and Crick 1953. The Indus Valley gene technology was much more advance. It reveals the fact that life has evolved from the single cell and DNA. It also reveals the fact that transgenic plants and animals can be developed. The rich biodiversity zones in India and Africa is its confirmative evidence. The excessive exploitation of nature and nuclear weapon is curse for the earth. The Indus Valley catastrophe is its confirmation. The DNA is Light of Life with merits and demerits from generation to generation. The transgenic animals and plants can be developed for the domestic comfort, but it may create havoc also. The Genetic symb

Mangaladevi Temple at Mangalore in Karnataka

Mangalad evi Temple is dedicated to Goddess Mangala Devi – a manifestation of Mother Goddess. The temple is located around 2 km from city center in Mangalore in Karnataka. The murti that is worshipped in the temple is Swayambhu and there is a linga representing Shiva and Shakti and Dharapatra. A Nagaraja Shrine is located in the premises. Legend has it that Sages named Machhendranatha and Gorakanatha once visited the place and told the king of the region, Kundavarma, that the region was blessed with Goddess Mangaladevi and she is present here. The sages asked the king to dig a particular spot. Shivling and Dharapatra, symbolizing Mangaladevi, were recovered from the spot. Parashurama, the fifth incarnation of Bhagavan Vishnu, had consecrated the original temple. King Kundavarma built a grand temple here in the 10 th century on the advice of the sages. The temple attained special significance as Mother Magaladevi fulfills the wishes of women. Women who worship the

Narasimha Temple at Balapet in Bangalore – Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple

Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple located at Balapet in Bangalore is dedicated to Hindu God Narasimha , an incarnation of Vishnu. The murti installed at the temple is known as Shri Prasanna Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy. The murti is more than 3 feet in height and is made of Shaligram Stone. The murti has four hands and holds Shankh and chakra. One hand is holding Goddess Lakshmi and the other hand is in abhayahastha. Murti of Garuda is also part of the main murti. Opening and Closing time: Morning 7:00 AM to 12:30 PM Evening 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM Location The temple is located about 1 km from the  Bangalore  city center (Kempe Gowda Main Bus Stand).  The most important festival at the temple is the Narasimha Jayanti in May month.

Ganesh Sahasranamavali Prayer in pdf format – Ganesha Sahasranama

Ganesh Sahasranamavali is the 1000 names of Ganesha. The prayer is chanted during important prayers dedicated to Ganpati. This particular Ganesha Sahasranama is in pdf format and you can download it for free. The prayer is chanted daily by millions of Hindus. It is also an important prayer chanted during Ganesh Chaturthi and also during monthly Sankashti Ganesh Chaturthi vrat. Link – Ganesh Sahasranamavali Prayer pdf You will need pdf reader installed to read the prayer.

Importance of Darbha Grass in Hinduism

The article originally written and contributed by Sarma Sastrigal Darbha, also called kusa or darbhai, is a grass leaf and is of great importance in Hinduism. Darbha is considered as a form of wealth and can cleanse us of our sins as it has the power to purify. There are several types of darbha grass that can be used such as darbhai, viswamitra, kusa, munja, sara, doorva etc. Tradition avers that Brahma resides at the roots of kusa, Kesava in the centre and Sankara in the tip; and other Gods in the four directions – as in the case of a peepal tree. Great sages like Harita, Markandeya, Atri, Kausika, Vyasa, Saataatapa, Yajnavalkya, Asvalayana and Apasthamba have eulogized darbha. Though there are minor variations in the use of darbhai in deva karmas and pitru karmas, there is unison among all the Rishis in underscoring the place of darbhai in all rites and rituals. The Vedas too speak specifically of the value of darbha: the acchidra section of Krisnayajurveda Braahmam

Bhagavad Gita as a Clinical Tool to Treat Psychological Problems

Just before the Great War in the Mahabharata, Arjuna developed anxiety, fear of failure and other psychological problems. That is why many scholars suggest Sri Krishna was counselling Arjuna to over the psychological problems. The present age is filled with Arjunas and modern psychiatry is now developing Bhagavad Gita as a clinical tool to overcome psychological problems. Deccan Chronicle reports  The Bhagvad Gita is fast emerging as a clinical tool to treat certain psychological problems, particularly those related to anxiety, examination and interview fears, depression and a negative attitude towards life and career goals.   Sustained counselling by applying different psychological methods, as Krishna did to Arjuna, has been quite helpful in clinical practice.  Doctors also point out that the Gita, as a psychotherapeutic tool, best suits Indian conditions as the current Western models of psychological counselling have failed to deliver in the country.  Dr M.S. Reddy, head

How to Do Ganpati Visarjan? – Ganesh Visarjan Puja at Home

Ganpati Visarjan Puja is performed when Ganesha returns after visiting our homes. Ganesh Visarjan is a simple puja and it can be performed by the member of the house. The visarjan ritual begins with the Uttarang puja. This involves five kind of offering to Ganesha – lighting of oil lamps, flowers, incense, fragrance and food. After the above offerings, all members of the house perform the aarti and sprinkle raw rice on Ganesha murti. The murti of Ganesha is then lifted from its seat and carried to the front door of the house. Here the murti is turned to face the house and placed on the floor. A member of the house then offer a spoonful of curd to Ganesha. It is poured into Ganesh's outstretched palm. This ritual is only performed in Maharashtra because Maharashtrians believe that any guest who receives curd and rice is sure to visit again. The family then goes around the Ganesha murti after which it is led for immersion. While carrying the Ganesha murti away people

Sri Renuka Yallamma Temple at Saundatti in Karnataka to Train Priests

Sri Renuka Yallamma Temple at Saundatti near Belgaum in Karnataka is planning to train people to become priests. Students, who have passed 'Kavya' in Sanskrit as an optional subject after SSLC or PUC, are eligible to join the course. There is no limit for admission and no fee for joining the 3-year course. The temple will also provide free boarding facility for the students.  Times of India reports  Sri Renuka Yallamma Temple Management Committee (SRYTMC) of Savadatti is all set to open a Veerashaivagama Pathashale, a religious education school in the temple premises to train people to become priests.  The temple will initially start a three-year religious course called Pravara from this year under the guidance of the department of religious and charitable endowments. This is said to be the first school in north Karnataka region to offer government-approved religious courses. The dormitory of the temple has been reserved for the school. The temple has already in

Bhagavad Gita Chapter 9 Quiz

This Bhagavad Gita Quiz is based on the ninth chapter of the Bhagavad Gita. The aim of the quiz is to understand few important teachings in the ninth chapter of the Gita. The questions might be tough. The aim of the quiz is to study Gita. You can use Bhagavad Gita in your home to find answers as this will help you in understanding Gita more. If there any mistakes or you would like to add more questions please mail the corrections and questions to hindublog@gmail.com Related  Gita Chapter 8 Quiz Bhagavad Gita Chapter 10 Quiz

Brahmananda Swami Sivayogi Quotes and Teachings

Quotes and Teachings of Brahmananda Swami Sivayogi from various sources. We find that followers of all religions are after happiness. The natural religion of man is but the one Religion of Bliss. It is due to rank ignorance that we break our heads on the score of the existence of unreal castes and creeds which are misunderstood to be real owing to our long standing and deep rooted belief in them, accustomed as we are to them from our very cradle? Is it right to attribute name and form or caste and creed, or community and race to that indescribable Supreme Power of Bliss, which is radiant always in all beings. It is only when the evils of religion are removed, one gets a chance to enjoy the happiness of freedom, released from the bondage of misery. If not, there is no chance at all at any time be relieved of the misery born of mutual dissension and quarrels on the score of diverse castes and creeds. Brahmananda Swami Sivayogi Quotes on Mind  The mind is in itself t

Undralla Taddi 2023 Date

Undralla Taddi,also known as Brihatyuma Vratam, is mainly observed by Telugu speaking people in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. It is observed by unmarried women for getting good husbands. Undralla Taddi 2023 date is September 2. The puja is dedicated to Goddess Gauri and Shiva. It is observed during the Bhadrapada Krishna Paksha Tritiya as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in Andhra Pradesh. On Undralla Taddi day unmarried women and girls wake up early in the morning and take complete bath which includes hair wash. Pujas are offered to Goddess Gauri. Special undrallu are prepared on the day and is offered to the deity. Special swings are prepared during the period and young girls sing songs and indulge in swinging.

Dictionary of Vedic Mathematical Terms

Few mathematics and Sanskrit scholars of the Calcutta University have created a unique dictionary of the mathematical terms in the Vedas. It is the first Sanskrit to English dictionary on mathematical terms. The four scholars who worked with the investigators on the project are Rajib Chakraborty, Rina Dutta, Bulbul Chakraborty and Subrata Mondal. The Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan, a wing of the ministry of human resources development, gave the project to these scholars. Times of India reports All branches of mathematics are well represented in the Vedas, Aranyakas, Brahminical literature, Upanishads, Panini's Ashtadhyayi and Yaska's Nirukto, the dictionary explains. It goes on to prove that most solutions that can be arrived through algebra, geometry and trigonometry have Sanskrit roots. Thus, what the world knows as Pythagoras' theorem existed in the Sulbasutras provided in the manuscripts of Boudhayan, Apostombo, Manaba and Katyayan. A large number of formulae devel

108 Sashti Fasting – Importance of 108 Muruga Sashti Fasting

108 Sashti fasting is a nine-year Muruga Sashti Fasting. The fasting is observed on 108 Sashti (sixth day during the waxing phase of moon) days. The fasting begins on the Sashti day in Karthigai or Aippasi Masam in Tamil Calendars. This is the famous Skanda Sashti after Deepavali. 108 Sashti fasting should be observed without a break. It can be observed during monthly periods – women avoid performing puja during this period. The offerings that are made in each year vary from region to region. In some regions milk payasam (milk kheer) is offered in the first year, jaggery payasam in second year, third year it is white rice, fourth year it is appam, fifth year it is kozhukattai or modakam, sixth year it is cow milk, seventh year it is coconut water, eighth year it is Panakam or sweet drink and ninth year it is pepper that is offered. It is believed that observing 108 Sashti fasting will help in attaining peace and prosperity. It is also widely observed by those people ha

Bhagavad Gita Chapter 8 Quiz

This Bhagavad Gita Quiz is based on the eighth chapter of the Bhagavad Gita. The aim of the quiz is to understand few important teachings in the eighth 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. ProProfs - HB Quiz Git Chap VIII Related  Bhagavad Gita Chapter 7 Quiz Bhagavad Gita Chapter 9 Quiz

Marathi Mangalashtak Lyrics – Vivah Mangalashtak Song Text in pdf

Mangalashtak is a prayer chanted during marriage especially Marathi vivah. Below are the lyrics of Mangalashtak in Marathi and it is in pdf format. You can download or save it for free. The text of the song was shared by a reader of the blog. The prayer is also chanted during the Tulsi Vivah - Tulsi Puja. It is chanted while performing the marriage between Tulsi plant and Shaligram stone. Mangalashtak literally means auspicious prayer containing eight stanzas. Who can chant the prayer? Anyone chant the prayer. It should be chanted with a clean body and mind. One should not have an angry mind while chanting it.  Lyrics – Mangalashtak Song Text in pdf

How to find Shradh Tithi? - How to calculate Shradh Dates For Yearly or Monthly Rituals and Offerings To The Dead

Shradh is the rituals performed yearly or monthly to dead parents, grand parents, husbands, wives, brothers, sisters, sons, daughters and other relatives. Shradh, or Shradham, Tithi is calculated in four different ways. The easiest method followed by some Hindus to perform Shradh annually on the same day of death of the person. The next method is to perform it on the same Tithi in the same Hindu month– date as per Hindu calendar. Next method is to perform it on the same Nakshatra in the particular Hindu month on which the person died. If there are two Nakshatra is a lunar month, the first Nakshatra is chosen for performing Shradh. Another method is a very rare option is to perform on the same Rashi – moon sign. While choosing Tithi, the particular tithi should be there for a majority of period on the day. It  must also noted that there will be tithi difference in calendars followed in North India and those followed in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka and Andhra Prade

No Entry for Foreigners into Juna Akhara of Naga Sadhus during Kumbha Mela 2013

Juna Akhara, one of the oldest mutts of Naga Sadhus, have decided to ban the entry of foreigners into the Akhara during Kumbha Mela 2013 at Prayag – Sangam ( Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh , India .) India Today reports  "This verdict was passed by a majority of sadhus of Juna Akhara because we have noticed in recent years that the foreigners were trying to pollute the atmosphere of our mutts. They bring drugs and liquor to lure our sadhus. This gives a bad name to the mutts. So we have expelled three sadhus from our Akhara and took a decision in a meeting in Haridwar on Thursday that the foreigners would be prohibited from entering our akhara in Kumbh Mela," said Mahant Prem Giri, general secretary of Juna Akhara. "It also happens that some sadhus who don't value Hindu morals, lure the western women and exploit them. This is the reason that we decided to prevent their frequent contacts in the Akhara," said Mahant Parshuram Giri, another sadhu of Juna Akhar

Purushottam Maas Vrat Katha and Importance in Gujarati in pdf format

Purushottam Maas is the Adhik Mahina or Extra month that is added to Hindu lunar calendars once in 2.5 years. It is of great significance in Gujarat . You can read the importance of Purushottam month and also the Vrat Katha in Gujarati in pdf format in the below document. The katha is read on auspicious days in the month by Gujarati Hindus. Link - Purushottam MaasVrat Katha in Gujarati Related Purushottam Maas Vrat - How to do Fasting in Purushottam Maas?