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What is Viraja Homa? – Homa to Prepare Vibhuti or Bhasma

The article originally written and contributed by Sarma Sastrigal. It is found in the book titled ‘The Great  Hindu Tradition’ written by Sarma Sastrigal.

Viraja Homa is performed primarily to prepare Vibhuti from pure cow dung. It is conducted every month on the Shivratri Day generally (Chaturdasi Tithi). During this Homa some portions from the Maha Narayanopanishad are chanted with related prayogas as prescribed.

The mantras chanted are very powerful and comprise prayers for our atma-vicharana, atma-vidya and Brahma jnana. This homa is also part of the Sanyasa Deeksha Sweekarana (monastic initiation) rituals.  Some parts of the mantras are recited by upasakas of Sri Vidya during their atma-puja and so on.
Vibhuti only out of cow dung
It is a fact that the performance of Viraja Homa has become very rare these days, but we should strive to get the Vibhuti from pure cow dung only, even without the homa, instead of buying the counterfeit Vibhuti packets available in stores everywhere. V…

Chemical in Saffron-Colored Tilak Can Cause Damage to Eye

Saffron-colored or Vermilion tilak (Tika) is applied on the forehead by many Hindus daily. Most the vermilion color available in market contains toxic elements including high level of lead and various other chemicals. Constant use of such chemical colors can cause chemical conjunctivitis.  DNA reports  Doctors said there is lack of awareness among people about the dangers of applying too much vermillion. “Some people apply it from the nose to the end of the forehead. However, the saffron-coloured vermillion can cause damage to the eyes, especially to those who apply it regularly,” said Dr Ragini Parekh, head of ophthalmology department at JJ hospital.  She said the vermillion at times contains toxic elements and those enter the eyes when one washes the face. It can lead to problems such as chemical conjunctivitis. “We see more women patients than men with this problem,” Dr Parekh said.  Dr TP Lahane, senior ophthalmologist and dean of Sir JJ group of hospitals, said the problem was co…

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.

Today’s Hindu Calendar – September 25, 2012 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on September 25, 2012 – Shukla Paksha Dasami or the tenth day of waxing phase of moon in Hindu Calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Shukla Paksha Dasami Tithi or tenth day during the waxing phase of moon till 10:55 AM on September 25. Then onwards it is Shukla Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra – Uttara Shada or Uthiradam Nakshatra till 2:27 PM. Then onward it is Shravan or Thiruonam or Sravana Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Makar Rasi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – 
Bhadrapad Shukla Paksha DasamiTithi or the tenth day of waxing phase of moon inBhadrapad month in calendars followed in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa.
Bhadrapad Shukla Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day of waxing phase of moon inBhadrapad month in calendars followed in Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Utta…