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Mangalvari Chaturthi 2018 date and time

Mangalvari Chaturthi happens when Chaturti tithi falls on Mangalvar or Tuesday. Chaturthi is the fourth day of a fortnight as per traditional Hindu calendar.  The popular belief is that prayers done on the day are highly meritorious and rewarding. Prayers on the day are dedicated to Ganesha.
Mangalvari Chaturthi 2018 date and time April 3, 2018

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Hindu Quotes on Food

In Hinduism, food is worshiped as Goddess Annapurna. As per Hindu religion, at Kashi, while Lord Shiva grants Moskha, Goddess Parvati as Annapurna makes sure that food is available to all living beings.

From earth, herbs from herbs, food; from food, seed, and from seed, human beings. We thus consist of the essence of food. (Taittiriya Upanishad)
The food we daily take has its effect on our psychology and character. It may be satvik, good and strengthening to the spirit; or destructive of serenity, passion-producing, rajasik; or wholly bad causing deterioration of mind and intellect and increasing inertia, tamasik. (BhagavadGita, Chapter VII – 8 to 10)
Mother Annapurna, you who are eternally complete, you, the very life of Shiva, Give me food so I can sustain my body to achieve supreme knowledge. (Adi Shankaracharya)
Food and the eater that is the extent of the whole world. (Brahadaranyaka Upanishad 1.4.6)

The purer the food, the better the mettle; the purer the mettle, the better the m…

Guruvayur Temple Darshan Timings

SriKrishnaTempleat Guruvayur in Thrissur District, Kerala, is renowned in the Hindu world for the unique idol murti of Krishna – Krishna is known here as Unnikrishna or Balakrishna. The darshan timings in the Guruvayur temple are as follows:

The temple opens daily at 3 AM. The temple closes for a brief period from 12:30 PM to 4:30 PM. The temple closes at night at 9:15 PM. (Timings changes on special occasions).
Morning PujaNirmalyam - 3:00 AM to 3:30 AM  Oilabhishekam, Vakacharthu, Sankhabhishekam – 3:20 AM to 3:30 AM
Malar Nivedyam, Alankaram – 3:30 AM to 4:15 AM
Usha Nivedyam – 4:15 AM to 4:30 AM
Ethirettu pooja followed by Usha pooja – 4:30 AM to 6:15 AM
Seeveli,Palabhishekam,Navakabhishekam, Pantheeradi Nivedyam, and Pooja -7:15 AM to 9:00 AM
Ucha pooja (the noon pooja) – 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Evening Puja
Seeveli – 4:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Deeparadhana – 6:00 PM to 6:45 PM 
Athazha pooja Nivedyam – 7:30 PM to 7:45 PM 
Athazha pooja – 7:45 PM to 8:15 PM
Athazha seeveli – 8:45 PM…

Anjaneri Mountain – Hindu God Hanuman’s Birthplace

AnjaneriMountain, around 20 km from Nashki, near Trimbakeshwar, is the birthplace of Hindu God Hanuman. A temple dedicated to Anjani, mother of Hanuman is located here. The temple attracts more than 100, 000 devotees during Hanuman Jayanti. The place also attracts large crowd on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
The temple is located in the Sahyadri Mountain Ranges and is around 20 km from Nashik. The temple is near Trimbakeshwar.
AnjaniTemple is built in stone and is situated 4,200 ft above sea level.
The place is surrounded by forests and barren land. There is no proper road to reach the place.
The Hanuman Jayanti fair at AnjaneriVillage is famous for jatra (procession) and wrestling.
A 10 minutes walk from the temple to the left side takes one to the SitaCave, another place associated with Ramayan.

Bhadrakali Temple at Kurukshetra – Shri Devi Koop

BhadrakaliTemple, also known as Shri Devi Koop, is one among the 51 shaktipeetahs. It is believed that the right heel of Goddess Sati fell here. It is believed that before the Kurukshetra War in the Mahabharata, Pandavas took blessings at this BhadrakaliTemple. The temple is located on the Jhansa Road and is north of ThanesarTown.
It is also believed that mundan sanskar – hair removing ceremony – of Sri Krishna and Balram was performed at the BhadrakaliTemple.
SthaneshwarMahadevTemple dedicated to Shiva is located nearby.

Jaya – Vijaya and the Story of the Birth of Sri Ram

Jaya and Vijaya were the doorkeepers of Vaikunta. They were the favorites of Hindu God Vishnu. Once Sanakadi Rishis – Sanaka, Sanandana, Sanatana and Sanat Kumara – wanted to pay respects of Vishnu in Vaikunta but Jaya and Vijaya stopped them. The arrogance of doorkeepers resulted in the Sanakadi Rishis cursing them to be born in Mrtyu Lok as Rakshasas (demons).

In Vaikunta there is no aging or death. So the curse that be born on earth – suffer and finally die.
Jaya and Vijaya were then born as Hiranyakashipu and Hiranyaksha. Sri Hari Vishnu took the Avatar of Varaha and annihilated Hiranyaksha. As Narasimha Avatara, Sri Hari Vishnu killed Hiranyakashipu.
Jaya and Vijaya were then born as Ravan and Kumbhakarna. This time, Vishnu took birth as Sri Ram and killed Ravan and Kumbhakarna.
This story symbolically suggests that all living beings are good. It is due to ignorance that we become bad. When bad qualities reaches its zenith and begins to harm other living beings, Sri Hari Vishnu …

Guru Sangamam - Confederation of Indigenous Spiritual Movements

Guru Sangaman literally means a confluence of Gurus. This is a confederation of indigenous spiritual movements of India – an initiative by the present heads of the ancient spiritual lineages of the country to present the various hues and colors of Indian spirituality on a common platform.

The first meeting of the confederation has been fixed on 12th April 2012, between 11:00 am and 4:30 pm in New Delhi.
Objectives of Guru Sangamam To create a common non-religious, non-political platform for all spiritual movements having their origin in the sacred land of India and which are focused towards spiritual liberation of an individual, irrespective of one's caste, creed, belief or ritual. To nurture the fundamental longing in a human being to seek the truth about the nature of one's existence. To educate the world about the universal nature of India's spirituality To collectively work towards presenting India as the "Spiritual Capital of the World," in a manner that …

Sant Dadu Dayal Teachings

God belongs to the caste of love, love is dear to Him; Love is his body, and love alone is His color.
When love and devotion arise, one is firmly established in blissful meditation.
The One alone dwells within my heart, Day and night I repeat His Name. The Name of God alone is true; keep that within thy heart. Forsake all hypocrisies and cumbrous practices; this is the teaching of all Saints, O Dadu.
The vessel of flesh is impassable and rough, the subtle transmigratory body is drowning in it; Dadu says: If the body is without Ram the mind cannot be controlled.

Ramghat, Haridwar

Ramghat is an important bathing spot at Haridwar. Sri Vallabhacharya Prabhu is believed to have meditated here. The spot is around 500 meter from the famous Har Ki Pauri.
Large number of people arrive at this Ghat to take holy dip. It is also a must visit spot for the followers of Sri Vallabha Acharya – associated with the Pushti Marg.
The place is located in the heart of Haridwar city and there are numerous hotels nearby. The place is also famous for its unique markets.

Official Website of Bhimakali Temple Shimla – at Sarahan Bushahr in Himachal Pradesh

BhimakaliTemple at Sarahan Bushahr in Himachal Pradesh is dedicated to Mother Goddess Shakti. She is worshipped here in the form of Bhima Kali. The Bhimakali temple is around 180 km from Shimla the capital of Himachal Pradesh. The administration has created an official website of the temple with information on distances, accommodation, history and pujas.


There are numerous legends associated with the place and one suggests that the ear of Sati fell here after the famous Daksha Prajapati – Sati – Shiva – Vishnu episode.
Link - Official Website of SarahanBushahrBhimakaliTemple

Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji on How to Control the Mind?

It is true that mind is so powerful to disturb us like anything.

First of all, you have to allow your thoughts to flow in their own way. Then there will not be any stress on your mind. Then the flow of thoughts should be channelized in the way you like.
For example, if your mind is showing fruits, let it think. Take Krishna to that place and show him all the fruits your mind is carrying with it, and tell Krishna that all those fruits are for him. Then your mind is purified because of his presence there.

Now, here you did listen your mind and you will achieve your focus on Krishna (or your goal also).

Hanuman and Kalanemi

Demon Kalanemi was deputed by Ravana to kill or obstruct Hanuman who was on his way to Himalayas to bring Mrita Sanjeevani (medicinal herbs to rescue Lakshman).

Kalanemi found the orders of Ravana against the rules of battle. He objected to it as it was cowardice and cheating. But Ravana did not agree and Kalanemi thought that better than serving Ravana it was to get killed at the hands of a Sri Ram Bhakt.
Kalanemi sets off for the Himalayas and produces a lake, a temple, a garden and he himself appears in the garb of an ascetic. Hanuman who passes through the area asks the ascetic for permission to quench his thirst.
Hanuman enters the lake, where an alligator, an Apsara (divine being) under a curse, takes hold of his foot.

Hanuman easily overpowers and kills the alligator. The Apsara is released of the curse and informs Hanuman that the ascetic is a demon in disguise.
Hanuman then slays Kalanemi and the demon dies remembering Sri Ram’s name.

Violation of Human Rights of Hindus in South Asia - Hindu Human Rights Report

Hindu American Foundation (HAF) has released its eighth annual Hindu human rights report. Hindus in most countries in South Asia especially in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are facing numerous human rights violation. The population of Hindus in many countries is shrinking rapidly. Disappearance of Hindus in thousands goes unreported. Hindus are subjected to restrictions on religious freedom, violent attacks, rape, forceful conversions, discriminatory laws, attack of places of worship, and economic and social marginalization in many nations in South Asia.
The Hindu American Foundation (HAF), the leading U.S. based Hindu human rights group, released its eighth annual report – Hindus in South Asia and the Diaspora: A Survey of Human Rights, 2011.
You can read or download the full report here at the official website of Hindu American Foundation.

Baba Hari Dass Teachings

People easily drop out from small setbacks. Firmness of aim automatically brings faith. Without faith, the aim can't be stable.

We have to be honest to ourselves in our spiritual life.
It is always a desire, which pulls the mind out in the world taking various forms. Sometimes the form of desire appears as if very spiritual, but deep inside, there is a desire of name, fame, etc.
The biggest obstacle to Self-realization is the deluded mind. The mind which is colored by our ego, attachment and desire.

Changes in Hindu Marriage Law in India

The Union Government of India has approved various proposals seeking changes in the Hindu Marriage Act of 1955 – the law that governs the marriages in India. The most important change is that women will be entitled to a share in the property or assets acquired by the couple after marriage. Another highlight is that the six months cooling period can be waived and divorce can be granted immediately – irretrievable breakdown of marriage is a new ground for granting divorce.

You can read more about the changes in the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955 and the Special Marriage Act, 1954 here at the Times of India.

Lust, anger and greed are the three gates of damnation – Bhagawad Gita

Triple are the gates that lead to hell, destructive of the Self. They are lust, anger and greed. Knowing these three as such, one should therefore reject them.
The man who is liberated from these three gates to damnation, O Kaunteya, practices what is good for him and thus achieves the Supreme Good.
To those who are ever devout and worship Me with love, I give them the Yoga of Discrimination by which they come to Me.
Out of pure compassion for them, dwelling in their hearts, I destroy the ignorance-born darkness by the luminous Lamp of Wisdom.
When he realizes that the whole variety of beings exists in the One, and is an evolution from that One alone, then he becomes Brahman.
Related Mind is unsteady and difficult to curb but it can be controlled through practice and dispassion – Bhagawad Gita

Places Where Kali Resides in Kali Yuga

The present age as per Hindu Tradition is the Kali Yuga. Kali has numerous meanings – anger, suffering, grieve, hurt, confound and confuse. Please note that this is not the Goddess Kali (Kaali). It is the demon Kali. Hindu scriptures state that there are five places where Demon Kali resides in Kali Yuga.

It is believed that for the welfare of humans and other living beings, the domain of Kali has been restricted to five areas. It was King Parikhshit, the Grandson of Arjuna and son of Abhimanyu that decided on the five places that Demon Kali can reside.
Legend has it that King Parikshit once happened to witness a king attacking a cow and a bull. There is no greater sin than to kill a cow and King Parikshit decided to kill the king for attacking the cow and bull.
Parikshit was about sent his arrow on the king, suddenly the cow turned into Mother Earth, Bull turned into Dharma and the king turned into Kali.
Kali pleaded with the Parikshit that he was forced to attack mother earth and dh…

Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa on formless Brahman

Fire itself has no definite shape, but in glowing embers it assumes certain forms. The formless fire is then endowed with forms. Similarly, the formless God sometimes invests Himself with definite forms.
The sun is many times larger than the earth but distance makes it look like a very small disk; so the Lord is infinitely great, but being too far away from Him we fail to comprehend His real greatness.
God is absolute eternal Brahman as well as the Father of the Universe. The indivisible Brahman, pure Existence, Intelligence and Bliss, is like a vast, shoreless ocean without bounds and limits in which I only struggle and sink, but when I approach the always sportive personal deity, Hari, I get peace like the sinking man who finds the shore.
Related Sri Ramakrishna Sayings

Hindu Groups in United Kingdom Protest Dow Chemicals Sponsoring Of London 2012 Olympic Games

Dow Chemicals is a major sponsor of London 2012 Olympic Games. Dow Chemical owns Union Carbide responsible for 15,000 poisoning deaths in the Bhopal Gas Tragedy in 1984. Bhopal Gas Tragedy was an industrial catastrophe that occurred in 1984 at the Union Carbide India Limited (UCIL) pesticide plant in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. Around midnight on the intervening night of December 2-3, 1984, the plant released methyl isocyanate (MIC) gas and other toxins, resulting in the exposure of over 5,00,000 people. (Gas Tragedy pictures).
The Guardian UK reports  Representatives of the 800,000-strong Hindu community in the UK will meet on Tuesday night to rally opposition against Dow Chemical being a major sponsor of the London Olympics. The company's sponsorship of a wrap around the Olympic stadium has already raised the threat of a boycott of the games by India.  The meeting, hosted by the Hindu Forum of Britain, an umbrella organisation for nearly 400 Hindu groups, comes as new details have e…

How one attains liberation? – Ashtavakra Answers

Janaka asked, “Oh Lord, how does one attain liberation and how is non-attachment attained? Please tell me this.

Ashtavakra replied, “Oh beloved, if you want liberation, then renounce the passions as poison and take forgiveness and innocence, compassion, contentment, and truth as nectar.

You are neither earth nor air nor fire nor water nor ether.

To attain liberation know yourself as the witnessing consciousness of all these. If you separate yourself from the physical body and rest in consciousness then this very moment you will be happy, at peace, and free of bondage.

You are not a Brahmin or other caste. You are not in any of the four stages of life.

You are not perceived by the eyes of other senses.

Unattached and without form, you are the witness of the whole universe.

Know this and be happy.

Oh expansive one, religion and atheism, happiness and misery, order of the mind – they are not for you.

You are neither the doer nor the enjoyer.

You have always been liberated.

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Shatarupa – the concept of Goddess Shatarupa

The concept of Shatarupa is closely associated with creation. It tries to explain the birth of the different living beings on earth. Shatarupa means one that can take numerous forms. The concept of Shatarupa is also an extension of the core teaching of Sanatana Dharma that all living forms are the manifestation of the Supreme Truth.
The symbolic story – Legend has it that the first being that was created by Brahma was Goddess Saraswati. Brahma was unable to control his passions for the first female form.
Knowing the intention of Brahma, Goddess Saraswati moves away from Brahma taking the form of a cow. To follow her, Brahma takes the form of a bull. The Goddess then becomes a mare; Brahma becomes horse. Every time Goddess Saraswati turned into a bird, animal or tree, Brahma took the male form.
The Goddess who thus took different forms came to be known as Shatarupa.
Such stories are meant to simplify the core teaching of Sanatana Dharma which is otherwise difficult for common man to u…

Story of Hanuman in Jain Ramayana

There are numerous retellings of Valmiki Ramayana. Each retelling is based on the teachings and ideas of a particular religion or community or sect. In Jain retelling of Ramayana, the main difference from the original is that Hanuman is not a celibate. Here is the synopsis of the story of Hanuman in Jain Ramayana – the story from Paumacariya (meaning the deeds of Padma – the Jain name of Sri Ram) of Vimalasuri.

The key difference from the original –  Hanuman is not mentioned as an Amsha Avatara of Shiva.He is the son of a Vanara who has a name sounding like Pavan – the Hindu wind god.Hanuman is a relative of Ravana.Hanuman marries relatives of Ravana.He allies with Sugriva through marriages with family members of Sugriva.Hanuman is at first angry at Sri Ram for killing a relative of Ravana. As per Vimalasuri’s retelling Hanuman belongs to the Vanara lineage. Vanara and Rakshasa (to which Ravana belongs) belong to the Vidyadhara lineage. This lineage consists of super beings who can ch…

Bana Linga – Shivling with Striations

Bana Linga is a unique Shivling with a number of striations formed by a natural process. Bana Lina are Swayambhu – appeared naturally. The striations may be in sizes ranging from that made of a needle point to that of a hand. Legend has it that Bana Linga appeared on earth when Shiva destroyed the Tripuri palaces of demons. The stones from the Tripuri that fell on NarmadaRiver turned into Bana Linga.

Bana Linga is named after Demon Banasura as he was an ardent devotee of Shiva and Shiva blessed him with them. It is believed that Banasaura how was doing austerities to please Shiva on the banks of Narmada collected the Lingas. As the Lingas were in the possession of Banasura it got the name Bana Linga.
There are numerous other legends also associated with the name Bana Linga – one is that Bana means an arrow, a reed-shaft, cow’s udder and pike.
Another legend has it that Shiva appeared in the form of Linga before Banasura on the Narmada River bank and the pieces from the linga that fl…

Bijasan Mata Mandir Navratri Mela and Festival in Bundi in Rajasthan

Bijasan Mata Mandir in Bundi in Rajasthan is dedicated to Goddess Durga. The Navratri Mela and festival in the temple attracts thousands of people. Bijasan Mata Mandir Chaitra Navratri Mela 2019 is from April 6 to April 14, 2019. The Ashwin Navratri Mela is from October 10 to October 18, 2018.

The murti of Bijasan Mata is in the form of Her sitting atop demon Rakta Beeja. The temple was built in 44 AD and is located around 10 km from Indragarh Sumerganj Mandi. The temple is located atop a 1000 ft high hillock and one has to climb thousands of steps.
The Chaitra and Ashwin Navratri fair attracts thousands of people from Rajasthan and nearby states. Ugra Murti of Goddess Durga is worshipped in the temple and devotees have witnessed numerous miracles of the deity.

Sri Suktam English Meaning and Explanation in pdf format

Sri Suktam is an important prayer dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi from the Rig Veda. Shri means Goddess Lakshmi. The mantra helps in fulfilling the desires of devotees. This particular Sri Suktam text in pdf consists of meaning and explanation of the mantra and is provided by Swami Shantananda Puri. You can download it for free.
LinkPdf text of Sri Suktam with Meaning and Explanation

Official website of Tara Tarini Temple at Berhampur in Ganjam in Orissa

TaraTariniTemple is a popular temple dedicated to Goddess Shakti and is one among the 51 Shakti Peeths. The administrative body of the temple has created an official website of TaraTariniTemple. The temple is located about 30 km from Berhampur in Ganjam District in Orissa.
The website contains all details regarding accommodation and sevas conducted in the temple. Currently there is no live darshan and other internet based services like e-donation or accommodation booking.
LinkOfficial website of Tara Tarini Temple

Vasanthotsavam 2019 at Tirupati Balaji Temple – Vasantotsava in Chaitra Month

Vasanthotsavan is an annual festival held in Chaitra month (March – April) at the famous Tirumala Tirupati Balaji Temple. Vasantotsava 2019 date is from April 17 to April 19. The festival is held from Chaitra Shukla Paksha Trayodasi to Chaitra Purnima as per traditional Hindu calendar and Panchangam followed by Tirupati Venkateshwara Temple. The Vasanthotsav was started in 1360 AD as per the temple records.

Vasantha means ‘spring’ and utsavam means ‘festival’. The festival is held at the Vaibhavotsava Mandapam.
Snapana Thirumanjanam Abhishekam (Holy bathing) is performed to the utsava murthy of Venkateshwara and his consorts on all the three days.
On the third day, abhishekam is performed to the murits of Rama, Sita, Lakshmana and Hanuman along with Krishna and Rukmini.
Procession of the consecrated murtis are taken in a procession in the evening on all the three days.

The Tirupati Balaji Temple complex and it surroundings are well decorated with lights, flowers and other decoration…

Avvaiyar Teachings

Big is the frond of the palm but scentless; sweet scented is the tiny magizha flower. Judge not men therefore from size merely. The vast ocean has water not fit for a bath; the tiny spring by its side has good drinking water.
Thought it is really rice that sprouts out of the husk, yet if the husk be gone paddy will not grow; likewise even unto men of great energy, nothing will be possible except with suitable instruments.
Harsh words do not conquer soft ones; the arrow that strikes down elephants harms not a piece of cotton; the rock that is not split with the long iron crowbar, splits when the roots of a tender shrub enter it.
Related Avvaiyar Quotes
Avvaiyar – the Tamil saint-poetess lived thousands of years ago, propagating virtues, morality and spirituality through simple poems.

World’s Yoga Day – June 21

Important Yoga Masters of India met on December 4 and 5 in 2011 Bengaluru,  India – on the Art of Living Foundation Headquarters, by invitation of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and the President of the Yoga Portuguese Confederation. The aim of the meeting was to bring under one roof the various yoga masters and to chalk out plans to spread yoga. As part of spreading awareness – the yoga masters decided to observe World’s Yoga Day on June 21.  During this Summit was Proclaimed the World Yoga Day on the Solstice – June, 21st – the Day of Light and Wisdom associated to it – and with the support of the Hindu Dharma Acharya Sabha, and the VYASA - Vivekánada Yoga University – it is a date that does not celebrate any human event, but is a Cosmic Auspice, a Day that highlights the relation between the Earth and the Sun, and by consequence with the Galaxy and the Cosmos, and it Is sang in all the Cultures that have always been unquiet with the observation and study of the Surroundings where they belon…

Greed enhances quantity and not quality – Swami Sukhabodhananda

Greed to become someone is deleting the richness of who you are and telling you that you are incomplete.
Action born out of greed in an unintelligent effort.
Greed enhances quantity and not quality. The beauty of life has never been in quantity but in quality.
Greed means a desire for more without seeing the richness of what you already have.
An action born out of greed deepens your ignorance.
Related Swami Sukhabodhananda Motivational Quotes

Non-Brahmins as Priests in Kerala Temples

Pujas in Kerala Hindu Temples were handled by priests who were Brahmins by birth. The Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB), which manages thousands of temples in Kerala including the famous SabarimalaTemple, have started appointing Non-Brahmins as priests.
Times of Indiareports  In the last two months, the Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) filled up 50 out of the 100 posts for pujaris (priests) with non-Brahmins, who will soon start performing rituals in shrines assigned to them among the 2,000 temples under TDB. TDB had conducted a recruitment drive six months ago and interviewed hundreds of applicants belonging to all castes and they selected 199 pujaris, out of which 40% were non- Brahmins.  "Even our ancient scriptures say a person becomes a Brahmin through his deeds and life-style than by birth,'' said additional chief secretary K Jayakumar.

Tripura Sundari Temple Navratri Mela and Festival in Banswara in Rajasthan

TripuraSundariTemple at Talwara in Banswara in Rajasthan is dedicated to Goddess Tripura Sundari, an incarnation of Goddess Shakti. The Navratri Mela and festival in the temple attracts thousands of people. Tripura Sundari Temple Chaitra Navratri Mela 2019 is from April 6 to April 14, 2019. The Ashwin Navratri Mela is from October 10 to October 18, 2018.

The murti of Tripura Sundari has 18 arms and is seated atop a lion. The five-feet high murti made of blackstone. The temple was built in 1483 AD and is located around 10 km from Indragarh Sumerganj Mandi.

The Chaitra and Ashwin Navratri fair attract thousands of people from Rajasthan and nearby states.
Garba Dances are held during the Ashwin Navratri mela.
The temple is around 20 km from BanswaraTown. On the Banswara - Dungarpur Road, take a Left Turn at Talwara (14 km from Nanswara) and go straight (5 km) to reach the mandir.

Documentary film on the Tiruvannamalai Temple in Tamil Nadu

Tiruvannamalai Temple located at Tiruvannamalai in Tamil Nadu is dedicated to Shiva. ThiruvannamalaiArunachaleswararTemple is a massive temple and is noted for its huge gopurams, thousand pillar mandapam, sacred ponds, sculptures etc. This particular video in two parts highlights the important architectural aspects of Tiruvannamalai Temple. The documentary voice over is  in Tamil but the images are self explanatory and anyone can understand them.











Related Online Virtual Tour of Thiruvannamalai ArunachaleswararTemple – 360 Degree view of Tiruvannamalai Shiva Temple

Ayodhya Parikrama during Chaitra Month and Ramnavami

Ayodhya Parikrama is the circumbulation of important temples in Ayodhya. The parikramas are held several times a year. One of the important parikrama is held during the Chaitra month during Ramnavami. In 2019, Ayodhya Parikrama date is April 13.

Pilgrims begin the journey after taking a holy dip in Sarayu River. The parikrama begins from the Nageshwarnath temple at Swargdwar Ghat. The temple is believed to have been built by Kush, son of Sri Ram. Nageshwarnath Temple is also known as Nageshwar Mahadev Temple.
Ayodhya Parikrama passes through Rama Ghat, Sita Kund, Mani Parvat, Brahma Kund and ends at Kanak Bhavan.

Kodungalloor Bharani Festival in 2019 – Kodungallur Devi Temple Kavutheendal Festival in Meenam Month in 2019

KodungallurBhagavathyTemple at Kodungalloor in Thrissur District in Kerala is dedicated to Mother Goddess Shakti (Bhagavathy) and is a very popular Shakti Shrine in India. Kavutheendal 2019 date is April 6 and Kodungalloor Bharani Festival is on April 7. Kavutheendal and Bharani festival in Malayalam Meenam month is the most popular festival here.

The highlight of the festival is the largest congregation of oracles (Komarams or Vellichapads) on the Kavu Theendal day. Dressed in red, with untied hair, brandishing their swords both men and women Komarams create an electric atmosphere.
The oracles perform a mad run around the temple. They throw objects inside the temple mainly sticks which signifies the Kavutheendal. The oracles also sing numerous songs that are associated with the legend of the Goddess and those associated with farming, culture and mother earth.
Another highlight is the hurling of abuses at the deity – locally known as Kodungallur Bharani Pattu. The lyrics of the song co…

Panch Dwaraka Darshan Tour from Tamil Nadu by Indian Railways

Rail Tourism division of Indian Railways is offering a 13-day trip in April 2012 from Tamil Nadu to the Panch Dwaraka Temples. The trip includes visit to Pushkar, Nathdwara, Kankroli Dwaraka, Dakor Dwaraka, DwarakanathTemple, Bet Dwaraka and NishkalankMahadevTemple.

The trip is from April 1, 2012 to April 13, 2012.
Cost – Rupees 6670/- per person.
Online booking available.
The Trip includes: Journey by Sleeper Class train Accommodation in Non AC Dormitories / Hall Comfortable Non AC road transfers (55 seater buses) Vegetarian food (All meals) Hygienic Kitchen on train Experienced tour escort and security on train
You can book ticket and get more details here at the official Rail Tourism Website of Indian Railways.

You cannot expect everlasting happiness in the world around us – Swami Sivananda

A knowledge of the ways and habits of the mind and its operations, the laws of the mind and the method of mental control and mental discipline, is very necessary if you want to enjoy real happiness and peace of an unruffled and abiding nature.

You cannot expect everlasting happiness and perennial joy in the world of sense around us. The mischievous monkey – mind plays havoc in a variety of ways and causes and cares, worries and anxieties. Money, property, women and children do not give permanent satisfaction. This is the experience of all people.
Desire is the seed from which sprouts ceaseless births. Desire arises from a sense of imperfection or limitation, by identifying with the finite body, mind and ego.
The secret of successful teaching and discipline is the proper training of the child. Every teacher should have faith in the child.
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Five Temples with Murtis Installed by Pandavas in Kerala

There are numerous temples in India with murtis that were installed by the Pandava brothers. Pandavas are believed to have installed murtis of Shiva, Vishnu and Durga. There are five temples in central Kerala dedicated to Hindu God Vishnu (Sri Krishna) all which have murtis installed by the Pandavas. The five temples are TrichittattuMahavishnuTemple, PuliyoorSrikrishnaTemple, AranmulaParthasarathyTemple, ThiruvandoorVishnuTemple and ThrikkodithanamTemple.

All these temples are located in and around ChenganoorTown in Kerala, which is an important Railway Station during Sabarimala Pilgrimage.
The murti at TrichittattuMahavishnuTemple was installed by Yudhishtira.
PuliyoorSrikrishnaTemple murti was installed by Bhima
AranmulaParthasarathyTemple murti was installed by Arjuna
ThiruvandoorVishnuTemple murti was installed by Nakula
ThrikkodithanamMahavishnuTemple murti was installed by Sahadeva.
It is widely believed that visiting the five shrines on a single day is highly meritorious. The pilg…

Kali Santarana Upanishad Text in pdf with English meaning

Kali Santarana Upanishad is one of the smallest Upanishad and contains the importance of the chant Hare Rama...Hare Krishna. The particular text of Kali Santarana Upanishad in pdf contains English meaning with Sanskrit text and English transliteration. Kali Santarana Upanishad is part of the Krishna Yajur Veda and is a conversation between Brahma and Sage Narada.
Link - Kali Santarana Upanishad with English Meaning

11-volume Encyclopaedia of Hinduism from India Heritage Research Foundation and Rupa Publications

Encyclopaedia of Hinduism by Rupa Publications and India Heritage Research Foundation is a comprehensive guide on Hinduism. The 7068 page Encyclopedia in 11 volumes with rich illustrations of temples, places, thinkers, rituals and festivals aims to promote a better and deeper understanding of Hinduism.

More than 2000 scholars were directly or indirectly involved in the project edited by Dr. Kapil Kapoor, a former Professor of English at the Centre for Linguistics and English, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi and Concurrent Professor at the Centre for Sanskrit Studies, JNU.

A highlight of the book is the bibliography added at the end of each article, which helps a reader to take the study of each entry in the encyclopaedia in a detailed manner.

Encyclopaedia of Hinduism
Published by Rupa Publications Editor in Chief – Dr Kapil Kapoor Pages 7184 - 11 Volumes Price – 21,000

The book is currently available at a discount price in many online stores.

Chaitra Month Tuesdays at Taratarini Temple at Berhampur in Orissa

The Tuesdays in Chaitra Month as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in Orissa is of great importance at the famous TaratariniTemple at Berhampur in Orissa. This is the most important festival observed at the Tara Tarini Pitha – one of the important Goddess Shakti Temples in India. In 2019, the auspicious dates are March 26, April 2, April 9 and April 16.

More than a million devotees visit the temple during the Chaitra Month. More than 200,000 devotees alone visit the shrine on the four Tuesdays in the month. The highlight of the festival is the offering of hair to the deity by many devotees. Special arrangements are made for this and nearly 1000 barbers work overtime during the period.
The popular belief is that breast of Goddess Sati fell here and thus making it one of the most powerful Shakti Peetah in the country.
Goddesses Tara-Tarini is the presiding deity in most houses in Southern Orissa.
This important and famous Shakta Pitha is situated atop a hill at a distance of 30…

Story of Revati, wife of Balarama

Revati is the wife of Balarama, the elder brother Krishna. There is an interesting story that narrates the marriage of Balaram and Revati. Revati was born when human beings on earth were of huge size. Reva, father of Revati, wanted the best groom for his daughter. For this purpose, both father and daughter went to Brahma, the creator. The journey, the meeting and the return journey took thousand years. It must be noted here that one human year is one day for the Devas.

Reva and Revati returned to earth and found that the earth has undergone sea change. Human beings were no longer of giant size. The father and daughter found themselves odd amongst human beings of shorter stature.
No man was ready to marry Revati. This made the father and daughter unhappy. The father and daughter moved away from civilization and started leading a rustic life. It is said that Revati used to wrestle with animals and drink large amount of wine.
Balarama too was a huge figure and he was also not happy to m…

A Quiz based on the Holi Festival

Importance of Garuda Purana – Rituals dedicated to Dead

Garuda Purana is named after Garuda, the vehicle of Vishnu. Many people today believe it is bad to keep Garuda Puran at home. Garuda Purana has two parts; the second part which deals with knowledge regarding journey of the dead and the rituals that have to be performed by relatives to help the dead persons to have a smooth journey.
This Purana was composed by Veda Vyasa as one of the eighteen puranas and it is believed that Hindu God Vishnu himself revealed it to Garuda.
Earlier in traditional Hindu homes a priest was invited to recite Garuda Purana after the death of a person so that relatives are given the required knowledge to perform Shradh and other rituals towards the dead. Sadly, this is no longer followed in majority of Hindu homes.
Today many people believe it is bad to keep the book Garuda Purana in their homes. The book is also not read by many fearing death will happen in the family. Some communities only read it during the ten days after the death of a person.
Is there a…

Vedic Athirathram in Pakazhiyam System in 2012 in Kerala after 112 years

Athirathram is a Vedic yajna and is one of the world’s oldest surviving rituals. An Athirathram in Pakazhiyam Sambradayam or System will be held from March 23 for 12 days at Mattathur Kunnu Kaimukku Mana at Kodakara in Thrissur in Kerala. The Athirathram is being performed for the welfare of all living beings. The Yajamana of the yajna is Kaimukku Vaidikan Raman Somajipad.

This yagam based on Asvalayana Bodhayana Samyukta Pakazhiyam system and is taking place after 112 years. The Yajna is being conducted by the Tretagni Foundation.
Athirathram of a different sampradayam was held in April 2011 in Kerala and this was highly successful.
What is Athirathram? Vedic Yajna (Yajgya or sacrifice or ritual) is performed for the prosperity of human race through peaceful co-existence with nature by energizing the various forces in nature – especially sun. Agni, fire, that represents Sun, the Prathyaksha Brahman or Visible God, in Sanatana Dharma, is worshipped during the Yajna. This vedic ritual i…

Pehowa Teerth Mela

Pehowa Teerth Mela is annually held at Pehowa near Kurukshetra in Haryana. A small pond here is believed to be River Saraswati which has gone underground. Pehowa Teerth Mela 2019 date is April 4. It is observed on the Chaitra Krishna Paksha Chaturdasi day as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India.

The fair attracts thousands of people. The belief is that people who met their death in accidents or were killed get moksha if Shradh is performed here.
A temple dedicated to Goddess Saraswati is located here. Legend has it that King Prithu performed Shradh here for his father. The holiness of this tirth is mentioned in Puranas.

Live Darshan from Mahavir Mandir in Patna in Bihar – Online Darshan from Hanuman Temple

Mahavir Mandir in Patna in Bihar is one of the most popular Hanuman temples in India. The Bihar Mahavir Mandir Trust is now offering online live darshan. To watch the live darshan all you need is a window media player installed. Thousands of devotees visit the temple daily and it is believed that the darshan of Mahavir Hanuman helps in fulfilling all the wishes.
Link - Live Darshan from Mahavir Mandir in Patna (In the link page click on the image to have the live darshan.)

Tirupati Balaji Temple in Kurukshetra in Haryana

Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD), which manages the VenkateswaraTemple at Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh, is planning to have replica of the Balaji temple near the holy BrahmaSarovar in Kurukshetra in Haryana.
This new move is to help devotees have hassle free darshan of Balaji. All the pujas and rituals conducted at the TirupatiTemple will be conducted at the new temple too.  Ibnlive reports  A Balaji temple, like the one at Tirupati, will come up at Kurukshetra at a cost of Rs 30 crore. The temple, spread over 5.52 acres, will be built near Brahma Sarovar, an official spokesman said here today. An agreement to this effect was signed between Kurukshetra Development Board (KDB) and Trimula Tirupati Deva Sthanam, he said.

Shri Sadguru Ramanand Beedkar Maharaj Punyatithi

Shri Sadguru Ramanand Beedkar Maharaj was an ardent disciple of Akkalkot Niwasi Shree Swami Samarth Maharaj and he had established his ashram in Pune. Shri Sadguru Ramanand Beedkar Maharaj Punyatithi is the day when Maharaj left his physical body on earth and merged with Parabrahma. Shri Sadguru Ramanand Beedkar Maharaj Punyatithi 2019 date is March 30.

Ramanand Beedkar Maharaj was born on November 22, 1839. From a very young age, Maharaj showed deep spiritual interest. When he was lost in the crowd, he was miraculously brought before the murti at PandarpurTemple and at SaptashrungiTemple in Nashik, arcenut and betel which was placed on the murti fell into the hands of young Ramanand.
He soon became a disciple of Shree Swami Samarth of Akkalkot and attained Vairagya – non-attachment.
Swami Samarth asked Shri Beedkar Maharaj to set up a Mutt in Pune and Maharaj worked tirelessly towards spreading the teachings of Swaroop Sampradaya.
He attained Mahasamadhi at Pune in 1913. This is ann…

Ganapati Atharvashirsha Text in pdf in Hindi with English Meaning

Ganapati Atharvashirsha, which begins with the lines Om Bhadram Karne, is a popular prayer dedicated to Sri Ganesha. This Atharvashirsha Text in pdf contains English meaning with text in Hindi. You can save it in pdf format, if you have pdf reader installed. It is chanted while performing prayers and rituals dedicated to Ganapati.
Link - Ganapati Atharvashirsha Text in pdf in Hindi with English meaning
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Magha Quotes

The foolish undertake a trifling act, and soon desist, discouraged; wise men engage in mighty works, and persevere.
A good man’s intellect is piercing, yet inflicts no wound; his actions are deliberate, yet bold; his heart is warm, but never burns; his speech is eloquent, yet ever true.
That energy which veils itself in mildness is most effective of its object.
Weak men gain their object when allied with strong associates: the brook reaches the ocean by the river’s aid. Magha - Sanskrit Poet.
Magha – one of the most popular Sanskrit poets in Medieval India. His famous poem is the Shishupalavadha.

Akkalkot Swami Maharaj Jayanti

Akkalkot Maharaj, popularly known as Swami Samarth, is believed to be an incarnation of Sri Dattatreya and is a very popular saint in Maharashtra. Akkalkot Maharaj Jayanti 2019 date is April 7. He lived at a place named Akkalkot near Solapur in Maharashtra from 1856 AD to 1878 AD and thus the name Akkalkot Maharaj.

Akkalkot Swami Maharaj Jayanti is annually observed on the Chaitra Shukla Paksha Dwitiya day – second day during the waxing phase of moon in Chaitra Month.
There are some striking similarities between Swami Samarth and Shirdi Sai Baba.
Akkalkot Maharaj performed numerous miracles during this life time and his devotees even today continue to experience his miracles.
His teachings are simple and inspired the common people who came in contact with him.
Swami Samarth says - Fear not, I am always with you.
Surrender your ego and offer your unconditional love and I will fill you with immortal bliss.
He extols the Vedic teachings when he says Harm no one, joy to every one. Insi…

Official Government Website for Hindu Temples in Karnataka

The Department of Religious and Charitable Endowments i.e. Muzrai Department in Karnataka has created an official website for Hindu Temples in Karnataka. Apart from providing information on temples in Karnataka, the website aims to provide online puja booking and accommodation. Government believes that this will help devotees in avoiding the long queues during special occasions.

The website - www.karnatakatemplesyatra.kar.nic.in
DNA India reports  Chief minister DV Sadananda Gowda, who launched the website on Wednesday, said the site is not only about poojas, devotees can also book accommodation and other services online.  “The state has already released `60 crore for temples, and is committed to release additional funds for the same after the budget. The website will help in providing greater linkages for people,” the CM said.  “For now, six temples are included on the website. In the consecutive stages, we will add more. Kolluru Mukambika temple, Nanjanagud Shiva temple, Mysore Cham…

Bharavi Teachings

Those who wish good of their friends should not please them with words which are not true.

The friendship of the bad is like the shade of some precipitous river bank with crumbling sides, which, falling, buries him who is beneath.
There should not be any ambiguity in the use of words. There should not be any repetition, and the desirability of the sense should never be trampled upon.
The man who wishes to rise should first dispel the darkness of anger by his intellect.
He who although powerful does not resist the encroachments of the darkness of delusion arising from anger, destroys all the wealth and power.
Fortunes, fleeting like the autumnal clouds, cannot be retained by those whose senses are unsteady.
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Bharavi was a 6th century Sanskrit poet who wrote Kiratarjuniya based on the Mahabharata.

Narmada Pushkaram in 2012 at Amarkantak

Narmada Pushkaram is held once in 12 years at the origin point of Narmada River at Amarkanta in Madhya Pradesh. Narmada Pushkaram 2012 dates are from May 17 to May 28, 2012. This pushkaram is held when Jupiter enters Vrishabha Rasi. The main ritual includes taking holy dip in the Narmada River and Narmada Kund.
Narmadakund is a pool at the place of origin of Narmada River. Devotees will be taking bath here during the Pushkaram.
A Pushakaram takes place once in 12 years when Jupitar (Brishaspati) enters a particular zodiac.
There are total of 12 rivers where Pushkaram takes place. The most famous is the Godavari Pushkaram.
The ritual of pushkaram is more popular in Andhra Pradesh.

Goddess Devasena, consort of Muruga

Goddess Devasena is the consort of Hindu God Muruga – who is also known as Kartik or Subrahmanya. Devasena is worshipped mainly in South India and is also known as Shasti Devi.

The popular belief is that the Shasti fasting dedicated to Muruga on the sixth day after Amavasya becomes even more meritorious when pujas are offered to Devasena.
The popular belief is that propitiating her will bring in peace, prosperity and healthy children.
Goddess Devasena is always worshipped as a beautifully dressed wife. She is fair and wears jewelry and traditional attire.
Legend has it that Devasena took birth as the daughter of Indra to marry Muruga.
Goddess Devasena is also known as Devayani and Jayanti.

Truth is what the soul has seen and experienced; the rest is appearance, prejudice, and opinion – Sri Aurobindo

The Vedic deities represent the various cosmic powers. The Gods are forces of Nature as well as the forces found in the physical body. Anyone who desires to progress spiritually and attain spiritual perfection has to strive towards the development of these Godheads in himself. The external rituals found in the Vedas have a corresponding inner ritual for a spiritual aspirant who wants to elevate himself.
Truth is what the soul has seen and experienced; the rest is appearance, prejudice, and opinion.
A criticism that ignores or belittles the significance of the unsurpassed record and the splendor the self expressing spirit and creative intelligence of the Vedas, stands convicted at one of a blind malignity or an invincible prejudice and does not merit refutation.
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