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Live Darshan from Shri Ganesh Mandir Khajrana in Indore

Shri Ganesh Mandir Khajrana in Indore is dedicated to Lord Ganapati. The temple is now offering online live darshan at its official website. The live streaming is available when the temple is open. Shri Ganesh Mandir Khajrana is one of the most famous Ganesh temples in Madhya Pradesh and is famous for one the largest Ganesh murtis worshipped in a temple. Link - Live Darshan from Shri Ganesh Mandir Khajrana  Direct link to the live darshan Note - Please note that a message stating live darshan is restricted will be shown in the beginning. Please wait for a minute and the darshan will start. Note1 - Had difficult in viewing on firefox browser.

Bhakta Ramadasu Keertanas – Download Bhadrachalam Ramadasu Songs for free

Bhakta Ramadasu was an ardent devotee of Sri Rama. He composed several Keertanas and prayers dedicated to Vaikunta Rama at the  temple  of  Bhadrachalam . His Keertanas are now offered by the official website of  Bhadrachalam   Temple  for free download. Nearly 30 songs of Bhakta Ramadasu are available for download. Link –  Bhakta Ramadasu Spiritual Songs

Hindu Temple in Britain Opens Its Doors for Gay Marriage

The Apple Tree Centre, in Ifield Avenue , Ifield, which is home to the Gurjar Hindu Union, is now able to host civil ceremonies as it was granted marriage license. The temple authorities have opened the temple to all people regardless of race, religion or sexuality. This means couples can legally register their marriage, exchange their religious vows and hold their reception under one roof in the temple. thisissussex writes Trustee Bharat Lukka is encouraging all sections of the community to consider having their big day at the temple.  He said: "Times have changed and we need to change with it. We need to respect everyone. "Hindus are generally laid back about religion and everyone in our community has been supportive of the idea. We are quite lucky to have a young community in Crawley so they are quite relaxed about issues and understanding.  "We hold Indian weddings there now but we have wanted to open it up to all religions and sections of the community f

Plants and Animals Mentioned in Ramayana Real - Found On Ayodhya To Lanka Route

Plants and Animals mentioned in Valmiki’s Ramayana are not imaginary but they can be found along the route from Ayodhya to Lanka. This scientific discovery once again proves that Ramayana is history and the events mentioned in it had taken place. Daily pioneer reports  M Amirthalingam, a soft spoken botanist who undertook a journey from Ayodhya to Lanka to retrace the life of exile by Ram, Sita and Lakshman found that the flora and fauna mentioned in Ramayan is not a figment of Valmiki’s imagination. “We found all the plants, trees, flowers and fruits that have been mentioned by the poet in Ramayan. The accounts given by Valmiki about different landscapes, mountains, river basins and forests are accurate. When the Ramayana was being written, there were thick forests in Naimisharanya, Chitrakoot, Dandakaranya and Panchavati. The Kishkindha Kanda of Ramayan discusses the geographical distribution, botanical wealth and forestry,” Amirthalingam, research scientist, CPR Environme

Kannada Phalguna Month in 2023 – Falgun Masa in Traditional Calendar in Karnataka in 2023

Phalguna Month is the 12th month in a traditional Kannada calendar followed in Karnataka. Falguna Masa in 2023 begins on February 21 and ends on March 21, 2023. Some of the important festivals and auspicious days in Falgun Masa include Amalaki Ekadasi, Holika Dahan, Holi Dhuleti, and Papamochani Ekadasi. Shiva Pradosham Fasting Dates in Kannada Phalguna Masam are: Pradosh – March 4 Pradosh - March 19 Sankatahara Chaturthi monthly fasting dedicated to Lord Ganesh is on March 11, 2023 – Moonrise is at 9:39 PM – Indian standard time. Phalguna Month 2023 Shukla Krishna Paksha Falguna Month 2023 Shukla Paksha or bright phase of moon in Kannada Calendar is from Feb 21 to March 7, 2023. Falguna Month 2023 Krishna Paksha or dark phase of moon in Kannada Calendar is from March 8 to March 21, 2023. Ekadasi Fasting Dates 2023 in Kannada Phalguna Masa Amalaki Ekadasi – March 3 Papamochani Ekadasi – March 18 Purnima in Kannada Phalgun Month  F

Telugu Phalgun Masa in 2023 – Falguna Month in Traditional Calendar in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh in 2023

Phalgun Month, or Falguna Masa, is the 12th month in a traditional Telugu calendar followed in Andhra Pradesh. Phalgun Masa in 2023 begins on February 21 and ends on March 21, 2023. Phalguna Masam is the last month in traditional Telugu Hindu Calendar. Some of the important festivals and auspicious days include Amalaki Ekadasi, Holi Festival, and Papamochani Ekadasi. Sankatahara Chavithi monthly fasting dedicated to Lord Ganesh is on March 11 – Moonrise is at 9:39 PM – Indian standard time. Phalgun Masa 2023 Shukla and Krishna Paksha Phalgun Masa 2023 Shukla Paksha or bright phase of moon in Telugu Calendar is from Feb 21 to March 7, 2023. Phalgun Masa 2023 Krishna Paksha or dark phase of moon in Telugu Calendar is from March 8 to March 21, 2023. Phalguna Masam Ekadasi Amalaki Ekadasi – March 3 Papamochani Ekadasi – March 18 Phalgun Masa Pradosh Pradosh – March 4 Pradosh - March 19 Poornima in Phalguna Masa 2023 Falgun Purnima or Full moon day i

Tvam Eva Mata Prayer with Meaning

The meaning of prayer Tvam Eva Mata Tvam-Eva Mata Ca Pita Tvam-Eva | Tvam-Eva Bandhush-Ca Sakhaa Tvam-Eva | Tvam-Eva Viidya Dravinnam Tvam-Eva | Tvam-Eva Sarvam Mama Deva Deva || You Truly are my Mother And You Truly are my Father. You Truly are my Relative And You Truly are my Friend. You Truly are my Knowledge and You Truly are my Wealth. You Truly are my All, My God of Gods.

Book in English – Hindu Samskaras – Download for Free

Hindu Samskaras published in 1949 and written by Raj Bali Pandey is a study on the important religious ceremonies in Hinduism. The book is currently available for free download in pdf format at the website of the Central Archaeology Library in  New Delhi . The book focuses on the origin and reason as to why most Samskaras are performed. Link – You can download the book here from ASI website -  Hindu Samskaras (please note that in the link click on the pdf view to download the book) The pdf file size is 16.2 MB. You will need a pdf reader installed to read the book.

Ambaji Temple Timings in Gujarat – Darshan Time at Ambaji Temple

Ambaji Temple located in Gujarat is dedicated to Mother Goddess Shakti – Goddess Amba. Aarti timings at the temple vary from season. The timing is different for summer and winter season the detail temple darshan time is given below. During Summer In Morning from 7.00 to 10.45 In Noon from 12.30 to16.30 In Evening from 19.30 to 21.15 During Monsoon In Morning from 7.00 to 11.30 In Noon from 12.30 to16.30 In Evening from 19.00 to 21.00 During Winter In Morning from 7.00 to 11.30 In Noon from 12.30 to16.00 In Evening from 18.00 to 20.30 Please note that the Darshan timing varies if there is Annakoot from SAAMDT or from any devotees.

Gujarati Falgun Mahina 2023 – Fagan Month or Phalguna Maas in Gujarat Calendar in 2023

Falgun Mahina or Fagan Maas is the fifth month in a traditional Gujarati calendar followed in Gujarat . Falgun Month in 2023 in Gujarati calendar begins on February 21 and ends on March 21, 2023.  Holi festival and Dhuleti are the important festivals in Phalgun month. The current year as per traditional Gujarati calendar is Vikram Samvat 2078. Fagan Maas Sud Padvo and Vad Padvo Falgun Maas Gujarati calendar 2023 Sud Padvo (Waxing phase of moon) is from Feb 21 to March 7, 2023. Falgun Mahina 2023 Gujarati calendar Vad Padvo (Waning phase of moon) is from March 8 to March 21, 2023. Sankashti Chaturthi  monthly fasting dedicated to Lord Ganesha is on March 11, 2023 – Moonrise is at 9:39 PM – Indian standard time. Falgun Ekadashi Amalaki Ekadasi – March 3 Papamochani Ekadasi – March 18 Falgun Mahina Purnima Falgun Purnima (Full moon) or Full moon day is on March 7, 2023 . The Purnima begins at 4 :18 PM on March 7 to 6:10 PM on  March 8. Purnima Vrat is on March 7. H

Sri Kadri Manjunatha Contact Details – Telephone Number and Address of Manjunatha Temple in Karnataka

Sri Kadri Manjunatha located near Mangalore in Karnataka is dedicated to Hindu God Shiva. Detail contact details of the temple with Telephone number is given below. Temple Postal Address: Kadri Shree Manjunatha Temple , Kadri, Mangalore, Mangalore Taluk, South Canara District, Pin - 575 002. Contact person & Address: Executive Officer, Kadri Shree Manjunatha Temple, Kadri, Mangalore, Mangalore Taluk, South Canara district, Pin - 575 002. Telephone Number: 91-824-2214176

Marathi Falgun Mahina 2023 – Phalgun Month in Traditional Hindu calendar in Maharashtra in 2023

Phalgun Mahina, Falguna Maas, is the 12th month in a traditional Marathi calendar followed in Maharashtra . Phalgun Mahina in 2023 begins on February 21 and ends on March 21, 2023. Some of the important festivals and auspicious days include Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Jayanti, Amalaki Ekadasi, Holika Dahan, Holi Festival, Eknath Sasthi and Papamochani Ekadasi. Sankashti Chaturthi monthly fasting dedicated to Lord Ganesha is on March 11, 2023 – Moonrise is at 9:39 PM – Indian standard time. Phalgun Mahina Shukla Paksha and Krishna Paksha Phalgun Mahina Marathi calendar 2023 Shukla Paksha (Waxing phase of moon) is from from Feb 21 to March 7, 2023. Falgun Month 2023 Marathi calendar Krishna Paksha (Waning phase of moon) is from March 8 to March 21, 2023. Phalgun Ekadasi Amalaki Ekadasi – March 3 Papamochani Ekadasi – March 18 Phalgun Pradosh Pradosh – March 4 Pradosh - March 19 The dates of important festivals in Falgun month are: Chatrapati Shivaji Mah

Ambaji Temple Address in Gujarat – Contact Number/Telephone Number at Ambaji Temple

Ambaji Temple located in Gujarat is dedicated to Mother Goddess Shakti – Goddess Amba. Below are the contact details of the temple with Telephone number and email id. Address Trust Reg. No. A-497 (B. K.), Ambaji , Pin : 385110 , Dist : Banaskantha Gujarat ( India ). Telephone 0091-02749- 262136 / 264536 / 262930 / 262636 Email id - info@ambajitemple.in

Sadhu with Occult Power – Story Told By Sri Ramakrishna

Sadhu with occult power is a story told by Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa Once upon a time a sadhu acquired great occult powers. He was confused about his powers.  But he was a good man and had some austerities to his credit. To help him one day God, disguised as a holy man, came to him and said, ‘Revered sir, I have heard that you have great occult powers.’ The sadhu received the Holy Man cordially and offered him a seat. Just then an elephant passed by. The Lord, in the disguise of the holy man, said to the sadhu, ‘Revered sir, can you kill this elephant if you like?’ The sadhu said, ‘Yes, it is possible.’ So saying, he took a pinch of dust, muttered some mantras over it, and threw it at the elephant. The beast struggled awhile in pain and then dropped dead. The Lord said: ‘What power you have! You have killed the elephant!’ The sadhu laughed. Again the Lord spoke: ‘Now can you revive the elephant?’ ‘That too is possible’, replied the sadhu. He threw another pinch

Why Krishna Moved Out of Mathura and Built His Kingdom in Dwarka?

After defeating Kansa, Krishna and Yadavas settled down peacefully in Mathura . But Jarasandha who was the father-in-law of Kansa did not accept Krishna . He decided to avenge the death of Kansa. Jarasandha ordered his army to attack Mathura . He wanted Mathura to be razed down and burnt. But Krishna and Balarama defended Mathura against the assault. Jarasandha attacked Mathura 17 times. Krishna and Balrama defended their kingdom each time. Jarasandha was preparing to attack Mathura 18th time. Krishna learnt that the army of Jarasandha this time will be led by Kalayavan. As per destiny, this commander was destined to destroy Mathura . Krishna who realized this asked all the people of Mathura to follow Him. From Mathura, Krishna and his followers moved towards west  and made their kingdom in Dwarka – an island. As Dwarka was protected by sea on all sides, Jarasandha could no longer attack the kingdom.

Vasistha Gita Quotes

A collection of quotes from Vasistha Gita. The great remedy for the long-lasting disease of samsara is the enquiry ‘who am I? To whom does the samsara belong’ which entirely cures it. The company of sages converts emptiness into fullness, death into immortality, and adversity into prosperity. All the arts acquired by men are lost by lack of practice. But the art of wisdom grows steadily once it rises. He who, not knowing his own self, takes pleasure in sense objects, is indeed an unfortunate person. He is like one who realizes very late that the food earlier eaten by him was poisonous. Vasishta Gita

Dashavatar Ganjifa Cards – Ten Incarnations of Vishnu in Pictures on Ganjifa Cards

Dashavatar Ganjifa cards contain the images of the ten incarnations of Vishnu. The game of Ganjifa Cards was very popular in ancient  India . The cards contain hand painted images of aspects of Hindu tradition. Link – You can view Dashavatar Ganjifa Cards here at the  Indira Gandhi National Centre of Arts website. You can opt for the slide show for easy viewing.

Listen to Skanda Purana online in Hindi in mp3 Audio format

Skanda Puran is one of the most popular Puranas in Hindu Tradition and narrates the important incidents associated with Hindu God Muruga, also known as Kartik, Kartikeya and Skanda. Now you can listen to Skanda Puran in Hindi online for free. The audio is in mp3 format. Each chapter is in a separate audio file. There is no download option. Link – Listen to Skanda Puran online in Hindi in mp3format

Naga Sadhu on Facebook – Baba Rampuri of Shri Panch Dashnam Juna Akhara

Naga Sadhus are elusive. Most common people do not have firsthand knowledge about them. There are lot of misunderstandings and prejudice. Lot of Wrong information. To get yourself a first hand knowledge of Naga Sadhus, you can contact a Naga Baba through facebook. Baba Rampuri of Shri Panch Dashnam Juna Akhara is on facebook. Baba Rampuri, an American expatriate, is a member of the Shri Panch Dashnam Juna Akhara Council. He is also one of the first foreigners to be initiated into the order of Naga Sannyasis. Book titled ‘Autobiography of a Sadhu – A journey into Mystic India’ by Baba Rampuri is popular among spiritual seekers around the world. Link - You can visit Baba Rampuri’s facebook page here.

Rudra Gita Teachings

A collection of teachings from Rudra Gita. By the practice of devotion of Srihari Vishnu, the sages attain to a state where the mind is neither drawn to, nor agitated by, external objects; nor is it overcome by dullness and sleep but stays in itself perfectly still and awake. In such a state of mind, the sage intuits the Truth. Thou, Oh Lord, are the free and unaffected Being, although Thy power Maya, giving rise to myriad forms (the multiplicity), creates, preserves and destroys this universe, and leads one to wrongly feel that this multiplicity has an existence apart from Thee. With various rituals and kindred supports, the yogis worship Thee in several forms of spiritual glory, with faith in the rituals and hope in their success. Only those who understand all these forms to be Thyself can be considered knower of the Veda and other scriptures. Rudra Gita

How Aarti should be waved in front of Deities?

Aarti is an important part of Hindu puja and worship. Daily Aarti is offered to Hindu Gods worshiped in the puja room. Here is brief description of waving Aarti before deities. The best option is to use a lamp with five wicks. The best medium for lighting lamp is ghee. Another option is sesame oil. The platter containing the lit lamp should be waved in full circle in front of the deity. The Aarti should be performed in clockwise direction. Aarti platter should not be waved above the head of the deity. The Aarti should be then placed before the deity and prayers chanted or one should perform meditation. After performing the puja one should wait for sometime and put out the lamp. One should not allow the lamp to produce black fumes.

Biggest Ganesh Idol (Murti) Worshipped in a Temple

One of the Biggest Ganesh Murti (idol) worshipped in a temple is found at Bada Ganapati Temple in Indore in Madhya Pradesh. The height of the Ganapati murti is 25 feet. Built in 1875, one of the amazing aspects of the Ganesha murti is that it is made of numerous materials including metals, brick and natural products. The soil used in the murti is collected from seven holy cities and numerous other sacred spots. The Murti is made of: Clay bricks Lime stone To reinforce the bricks and limestone – Gud, Methi Dana were used Soil used is collected from Seven Moksha Puris – Ayodhya, Mathura , Maya, Kashi, Kanchi, Avantika, and Dwarka. Soil from stables, cowshed and elephant sanctuary were used as reinforcements. Powder of diamond, emerald, pearl, ruby and topaz were added to the soil mixture. Holy water collected from all major holy rivers associated with Hinduism were used. Gold, silver, copper, brass and iron were also used.

Book – Read – Hinduism – Path of the Ancient Wisdom Online

Hinduism – Path of the Ancient Wisdom is a book written by Dr. Hiro Badlani. The book provides a good introduction to all the important aspects of Hinduism. There are 63 chapters. The book is currently available online and you can read all the chapters online for free. You can read the book here – Hinduismpath An excerpt from the book The Spiritual Teachings of the Vedas     The Vedas contain a treasure trove of spiritual teachings in the form of mantras and slokas. The main philosophy of the Vedic teachings may be summarized in the interpretation of the following mantras and slokas:  Shanti Karanam: the hymns of peace. These hymns are included in all the Vedas. Among the hymns of Shanti Karanam, the Gayatri Mantra undoubtedly occupies a place of prestige.  Hindu sages invoked all the gods and especially the rising, effulgent sunrise savitra for granting the noble mind, the sacred gayatri. They observed the symbolic but spiritual bond between the early rising sun a

Story – How King Kaushika Became Sage Vishwamitra?

Before he became a Sage, Vishwamitra was a king named Kaushika. He was a powerful and arrogant king. The story of the transformation of Kaushika to Vishwamitra symbolically shows the greatness of spirituality over wealth and power. One day King Kaushika and his troops reached the ashram of Sage Vasishta. The king and his soldiers were warmly welcomed by Sage Vasishta. Sage Vasishta invited them for food. The arrogant king doubted how a poor sage could feed him and his army. To his surprise the king and his soldiers were treated to the best foods. So much food and different varieties of food was served to all the people. King wanted to know how a poor Sage could prepare such huge amount of food in a short span of time. The Sage Vasishta revealed that he was the owner of the divine cow Kamadhenu – the holy cow was a wish fulfilling cow. Kaushika now wanted the cow as he felt the animal would be more useful to a king than to a sage. Sage Vasishta said that

Swami Vivekananda Stamps - India Post Issues Stamp On The 150th Birth Anniversary Of Swami Vivekananda

India Post, the official postal agency of India, has released a set of stamps on the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda. The stamps portray some of the most important incidents in the life of Swami Vivekananda. The stamp is in the denominations of Rupees 5 and 20 and is available in all GPOs.

Mala used for Counting (Chanting) Mantras associated with Shani Bhagvan

Mala (rosary) used for counting (chanting) mantras dedicated to Shani Bhagvan is usually made Black Hakik stone (agate stone). Black is the color associated with Shani. Those suffering from bad position of Shani in horoscope and Sade Sati get relief by chanting Shani mantras using Mala made of Black Hakik stone. Another mala that is used for chanting mantra is the mala made from Vaijanti stone. This is also recommended for chanting Shani mantras. Those people who follow and believe in astrology are of the view that for getting good benefit of mantras one should use malas associated with the particular deity. Thus for Shani mantras the first choice is Black Hakik Stone mala.