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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