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Mother of Balram – Who was the Mother of Balarama, Elder brother of Sri Krishna?

Details regarding the birth of Balram, elder brother of Sri Krishna, are found in the Srimad Bhagavad Purana, Mahabharat and Hari Vamsa. Balram has two mothers – Devaki and Rohini. Balarama was born in the womb of Devaki. As Devaki was imprisoned and Kamsa had decided to kill all the children born to her, the child from the womb of Devaki was placed inside Rohini.

Devaki and Rohini were the wives of Vasudeva.
Even though Balram was born first in the womb of Devaki, his mother is Rohini as she delivered Him.
Balram is an incarnation of Adi Shesha.

English Panchangam 2013 – 2014 in pdf – Download Vijaya Nama English Panchanga for free

English Panchangam 2013 – 2014 is provided by the Thanjavur Panchangam and is known as the Surya Siddhanta Panchangam. The Panchangam is in PDF format and it can be downloaded for free and for April 10, 2013 to March 31, 2014. This is the Vijayanama Panchanga and follows the calendars followed in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Maharashtra.

The Panchangam provides all the necessary details and auspicious dates.

Panchangam in English is provided by Thanjavur Panchangam and it is also based on the Surya Siddhanta System.
You can download the Thanjavur Panchangam in English here at the official website.

Chitrapura Temple – Chitrapura Durgaparameshwari Temple near Mangalore in Karnataka

ChitrapuraDurgaparameshwariTemple is a very rare temple in which Mother Goddess is worshipped as Linga. It is believed that Goddess Durga appeared here in the form of Jaladurga. The temple is located near Mangalore in Karnataka.

Legend has it that Durga Devi appeared as Jaladurga to kill demons Chitrasura and Vichitrasura. They demons were followers of Darigasura and they wanted to take revenge on Mother Goddess for killing their master.
Wives of a Gandharva were kidnapped by Chitrasura and Vichitrasura. The Gandharva prays to Vishnu who then deputes Jaladurga to kill the demons. The place where the demons were annihilated came to be known as Chitrapura or Vichitrapura.
Goddess is worshiped here in the form of Udbhavalinga. Mother Goddess Kali is also worshipped in the temple.
Location Chitrapura Bus Station situated on Mangalore - Udupi national highway (NH 17) is at a walk able distance from the temple.
Chithrapura Durgaparameshwari temple is located around 12 km from Hampanakatta, Ma…

Charvaka Philosophy – Charvak Darshan

Charvaka Philosophy is related to materialistic ideas and rejects the idea of Karma and Moksha. Also known as Lokayata (related to the world), the teachings in Charvak Darshan are atheistic. The teachings were propounded by Charvaka and are believed to be older than 6th century BC.

There are no original texts associated with Charvaka Philosophy. People came to know about Charvak Darshan from the reference about the philosophy in later texts. The main teachings of Charvaka Philosophy are:
There is no GodThere is no life after death.All that is here came from nature and not from God.Fire is hot and water is cold due to its nature.Darshans (spiritual teachings) were found by man and not godCharvaka also states that Vedas were written by Jokers.The school of thought gives importance to direct perception or Anubhava. Important teachings of Charvaka Philosophy are found in the Sarvadarshanam Samgraha of Madhvacharya. In the book, Madhvacharya refutes the teachings of Charvaka.
Critics have …

Mother of Bhishma Pitamaha in Mahabharata

Bhishma Pitamaha in Mahabharata is the grandsire who saw several generation of his family due to the boon that he can decide the time of his death. But who is the mother of Bhishma Pitamaha? Mother of Bhishma is Ganga – River Ganges.

Bhishma was the son of King Shantanu and Ganga.
Ganga who had taken away Bhishma after birth had returned him to Shantanu when he had attained adulthood.

Related Story of the Birth of Bhishma in the Mahabharat Bhishma Narkatari Temple at Kurukshetra

Story of Kavyamata and the Avatars of Vishnu

Story of Kavyamata is found in the Devi Bhagavatha, 4th Skanda. She was so pious and pure that it was due to her curse that God Vishnu had to take numerous avatars on earth and suffer among human beings. Kavyamata is the mother of Shukracharya, the guru of Asuras (demons). She had done intense austerities and performed penance as result she had extraordinary powers.

Once in a fierce war, the Asuras were defeated by the Devas. Asuras sought the help of Shukracharya but all his attempts to help Asuras failed as the Devas were helped by Vishnu.
To attain more powers to help Asuras, Shukracharya went to Kailasa and performed penance to gain knowledge from Shiva. This continued for several years.
Taking advantage of the absence of Shukracharya, the Devas, led by Indra, attacked the Asuras. After a fierce battle, Asuras were left clueless and so they approached Kavyamata.
With a mere glance, she sent the Devas to long sleep. Such was her power that Indra, the King of Devas, became paralyze…

The body is mortal, but he who dwells in the body is said to be immortal and immeasurable – Bhagavad Gita

When the senses contact sense objects, we experience cold or heat, pleasure or pain. These are fleeting; they come and go. Bear them patiently.

The person who is unaffected by the sense objects, who is the same in pleasure and pain, is truly wise and fit for immortality. Assert your strength to realize this.
The impermanent has not reality; reality lies in the eternal. Those who have seen the boundary between these two have attained the end of all knowledge.
Realize that which pervades the universe and is indestructible; no power can affect this unchanging, imperishable Reality.
The body is mortal, but he who dwells in the body is said to be immortal and immeasurable.
Bhagavad Gita

Who is the Mother of Lord Shiva?

Many people want to know who is the mother of Lord Shiva? It is as though someone had asked the question in a quiz. Shiva is the Supreme Truth. Shiva has no mother and no father. All that we see on the earth and hear about present in the universe is Shiva. Everything is born in Shiva and everything undergoes transformation in Shiva. Shiva is Ardhanarishwara. Male and Female is Shiva.

Who is the father of Arjun in the Mahabharat?

Arjun was the third of Pandavas. His mother was Kunti. Who is the father of Arjuna in the Mahabharat is explained below in the story. She was married to Pandu. But Pandu could not have sexual union with Kunti because of a curse. Kunti due to her service to Sage Durvasa had got a boon that she will be able to summon a god and have children in him. Pandu requested Kunti to make use of the boon. Thus Arjuna was born when Kunti summoned Indra, the king of the Devas.
But as per social custom that was followed at the time of Mahabharata, Pandu is the father of Arjuna.

Bhadrachalam Temple Timings – Opening and Closing Time at Bhadrachalam Sri Rama Temple

BhadrachalamTemple is dedicated to Bhagavan Sri Ram and is located at Bhadrachalam in Khammam District in Andhra Pradesh. DetailBhadrachalamTemple Timings are given below. The temple opens daily at 4:30 AM. Opening and closing time is extended on special days associated with the temple.
BhadrachalamTemple Timings: Morning – 4:30 AM to 11:30 AM Evening – 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM.
Abhishekam is daily performed at 7:00 AM
The timings during festivals and special occasions will be extended.
The temple will be closed when there is Surya Grahan (Solar Eclipse) or Chandra Grahan (Lunar Eclipse) in India.

Widows in Vrindavan Play Holi – Welcome Change Initiated by Sulabh International

A larger number of widows from various parts of North and Eastern parts of India today live in Braj near Vrindavan – a minority of them voluntarily arrive to live in the ashrams here but majority of them are forced to leave their villages and families and live in Braj without any economic support from the family. The stay away from festivities of all kind. But this Holi, the widows of Vrindavan played Holi - threw flowers at each other and played with gulal. Thanks to the much needed change initiated by Sulabh International

Times of India reports
These widows of the holy town — tragic icons of institutionalized oppression against women — have been observing Holi for decades. But it had always been a quiet affair, within the confines of their ashrams. They would enact scenes from Krishna's 'Raas leela', shower each other with flowers and occasionally use a bit of gulal. "We would watch men and women play Holi from the windows of our ashram. The celebrations of the tow…

Rama Gita Quotes

For the purpose of warding off this course of worldly life, removal of ignorance is the only means. Knowledge alone is capable of destroying this ignorance.
When that knowledge which destroys the notion of separation of the Supreme Self from the embodied self arises in the purified internal organ, then Maya together with its off-shoots, which give rise to birth, rebirth and action (karma), forthwith disappears.
When it has been destroyed by realized knowledge which is pure and without duality, how shall ignorance ever again arise?
The self never dies nor is born, nor is it subject to increase or decrease. It is never new (or old), beyond all additions to its greatness, of the nature of bliss itself, self-illumined, all pervading and without a second. Rama Gita

Swami Chidananda – On Objects in Our Daily Life

Try to evaluate objects as they really are. To lead a proper life one has to assign a limited value to objects. Certain objects are indispensable for the maintenance of life. For that purpose and to that end they should be utilized; but let them not assume an undue prominence. For instead of serving as the proper sustenance, they may become the veritable tyrants, sapping life of all true contentment and satisfaction.
Your happiness may become mortgaged to these objects. No longer of limited utility, they seem to be of utmost importance. Therefore, they come to have a stranglehold upon you and tend to dominate and enslave you. A proper understanding and a right evaluation of objects as they are and for what they are worth, is of prime concern.
“Thus far and no further”—you must say, when they try to invade the interior kingdom of your life.
Swami Chidananda Saraswati (1916 – 2008) was the president of the Divine Life Society in Rishikesh – associated with the Swami Sivananda Ashram

Book – The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna – Available Online for free in English

The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna is one of the most popular books associated with Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa. The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna is the English translation of the Sri Ramakrishna Kathamrita, the conversations of Sri Ramakrishna with his disciples, devotees, and visitors, recorded by Mahendranath Gupta. Belur Math has uploaded the entire book online. The English version translated by Swami Nikhilananda can be read online for free.

Link – The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna

Why Arjuna in the Mahabharata is also known as Phalguna?

Phalguna, or Phalgunan, is one of the 10 important names of Arjuna in the Mahabharata. Arjuna is known as Phalguna because he was born on the Uttaraphalguni Nakshatra – one of the 27 birth star. Uthara Phalguni Nakshatra is the 12th birth star among 27 Nakshatras in Hindu Jyothisha or astrology.

Kunti gave birth to Arjuna on mount on the Himalayas. Details regarding the names of Arjuna are found in the Virata Parva of the Mahabharat. He narrates them to Uttara Kumara. Arjuna was then living in the court of King Virat as Brihannala – the eunuch.
Uttara Kumara was given the duty of stopping an advancing Kaurava Army towards his kingdom. But the prince had not will power and strength to fight the might Kauravas. Brihannala took duty of the charioteer of Uttara Kumara and fought against the Kauravas. Before letting Brihannala fight against Kauravas, Uttara Kumara wanted to make sure that Brihannala was Arjuna. So he asks about the ten important names of Arjuna.
The ten important names o…

Nava Kailayam Tour Package from Chennai by Indian Railways

Nava Kailayam is the nine temples dedicated to Shiva and are located on the banks of ThamirabharaniRiver in Tuticorin and Tirunelveli districts in Tamil Nadu. The nine temples are also dedicated to Navgrahas – one for each graham. The Indian Railways is offering a tour package to the Nava Kailayam temples. The tour is for 3 nights and 4 days. The tour dates are from April 26 and May 10, 2013.
You can get details of the Nava Kailayam Tour Package here.

Beyond the dualities of pain and pleasure is Joy – Sant Kabir

Everybody stays within the limits of the mind – no one has transcended the limits of the mind. Those who have gone beyond, the limits of the mind, they alone knows the joys of life.

He who sees the nature of the mind is above time – time does not affect him at all.
The spiritual experience – Samadhi – is a natural experience I do not close my eyes nor do it plug my ears. With open eyes I see His beauty and His splendor, with smile on my face. Whatever I say is His name, whatever I hear is His name, whatever I do is my worship and my adoration.
For me my home and the garden are not different – the place where I am engaged in performing my duties is also the place desolate and lonely.
Beyond the dualities of pain and pleasure is Joy.
Sant Kabir

Jiddu Krishnamurti – Words of Wisdom

A mind that can meet a challenge with total energy is not creating a problem. It is only a mind that is responding to a challenge with a background, with its conditioning which is always inadequate that creates a problem.

We cannot maintain total awareness all the time. How can we? To be aware from moment to moment is enough. If one is totally aware for a minute or two, and the relax, and in that relaxation spontaneously observes the operations of one’s own mind, one will discover much more in that spontaneity than in the effort to watch continuously.
It may last one second – you are completely aware one second, and the next second you may be attentive…. Do not say inattention must become attention – thereby you are introducing conflict, and in that conflict awareness and attention completely end. Jiddu Krishnamurti

Story of Anasuya and the Great Drought

Anasuya means one who is free from jealousy and envy. She is believed to have had miraculous powers. She was the wife of Sage Atri and mother of Sage Dattatreya. It is stated in the Ramayana that Anasuya through her piety and intense austerities had saved earth from a life threatening drought.
Legend has it that once there was no rain for 10 years. The whole world was suffering. Rivers were all dried up. Even River Ganga got dried up.
Then Anasuya used her Tapa Shakti (powers as the result of tapas, purity and austerities) to bear fruits and vegetables. The Tapa Shakti of Anasuya made Ganga to flow again.
The story symbolically states the greatness of women and the role they play on earth. Without Her nothing is born. It is because of her that all that is here is there. Without her creation comes to an end.
The story of Anasuya is found in Valmiki Ramayana, Ayodhya Kanda, Cantos 117 and 118. The Cantos contains Sri Ram and Mata Sita reaching the Ashram of Sage Atri. Here they met An…

Documentary Film on Shirdi Sai Baba in English – An Indian Jesus

Titled ‘An Indian Jesus’ is a documentary film based on the life of Shirdi Sai Baba. The film is produced and directed by Manish Pandit. The film in English explores the spiritual and religious history of India before introducing Shirdi Sai Baba. The film explains all the important aspects of Shirdi Sai Baba in simple English.
You can view the documentary film Shirdi Sai Baba in English here.

Sri Sri Ravishankar – Wise Words

The whole creation is made up of nature, and distortion of nature - Prakriti and Vikriti. Anger is not our nature; it is distortion of our nature. Jealousy is not our nature; it is distortion of our nature. You know why anger, greed, jealousy, lust, etc are impure? It is because they do not allow the Self to shine through.
Sin is that which does not bring the spirit inside to shine forth fully. Sin is not your nature; you are not born out of sin. Sin is like wrinkles in the cloth, it needs proper ironing.
You know why lust is a sin? Because in lust you do not consider the other person as life, you do not honor the life, instead you use them like an object. You make them an object of your enjoyment so you are somewhere over-shadowing or not looking at the Self in the other person. This is the only reason why lust is sinful.
Love is the reverse of it. In love there is surrender, you see the other person as Divine. You elevate the matter into the level of spirit. For example, you wors…

Online Free Internet Radio of Udupi Shri Palimaru Mutt

Udupi Shri Palimaru Mutt is one of the Ashta Mathas of Udupi. Shri Palimaru Mutt is offering an online free internet radio service. The internet radio provides all the information regarding the activities of the Palimaru Matha. The other programs include devotional songs, discourse, information on vrats and rituals.
You can listen to the Udupi Shri Palimaru Mutt internet radio here.

Truth is the state beyond concepts – Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

Some thoughts of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
Truth is the state beyond concepts.
Whenever there is sense of individuality, personality or separateness, you have so many wants. But when that sense of separateness is not there, when you are one with the totality, there are no wants.
Do whatever you want, but never forget the reality, never forget what you really are. You are not the body, you are not the food, you are not this vital air. Whatever has appeared is a state, and as such it has to go.
You take the seed of the Banyan tree. It is very small, smaller that the mustard seed. The seed is very subtle, but all the gross matter is already inside it. Do you see the paradox? Similarly, your essential being is the subtlest, yet it contains the whole universe. Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

Amareswara Temple at Raichur in Karnataka

AmareswaraTemple, dedicated to Hindu God Shiva, is located at Gudagunte near Raichur in Karnataka. There are numerous legends regarding the appearance of Shiva was Amareswara – two important stories – one is that of Mahiravana (maternal uncle of Ravana) getting a Shivling from Shiva for his sister’s worship. But he places the Shivling at the present site of the temple and is unable to remove it. Another story has it that Shiva appeared as a young boy to help a devoted couple. After helping the couple, Shiva disappeared at the present site of the temple.

The most important festival at the AmareswaraTemple is held during the Holi Purnima day.
The deity is the family deity of thousands of people in the region.
Amaragunda a holy tank is found near the temple.
Lingsugur is the nearest town to AmareswaraTemple and is at a distance of about 18 Kms from the temple. Devara Bhoopura cross bus stand is located on Bidar-Srirangapattana (SH-19) highway at a distance of about 3.5 Kms from the templ…

Vaishno Devi Aarti Timings

VaishnoDeviTemple is located at Katra in Jammu and Kashmir and is visited annually by more than 5 million devotees. Detail Vaishno Devi Aarti Timing is given below. The temple is located on the folds Trikuta - a three-peaked mountain. The murti of Goddess Vaishnodevi is in the form of three natural rock formations. 

Vaishno Devi Aarti Timings
Vaishno Devi Aarti is held two times in a day. The first aarti is held in the morning and the second in the evening.
The exact timing of the aarti is based on the sunrise and sunset time in Katra.
The morning aarti is held just before sunrise.
The evening aarti is held just after the sunset.
The exact timing of Aarti changes every day depending on the sunrise and sunset time in Katra.
During the Aarti devotees are not allowed to take darshan. The aarti period is nearly two hours.

Mansa Devi Temple Timings – Opening and Closing of Mansa Devi Temple

ManasaDeviTemple, near Panchkula in Haryana, is a popular ShaktiTemple in North India. Detail temple timings of the Mansa Devi shrine located near Chandigarh are given below. The opening and closing time of the temple change during summer and winter.

MansaDeviTemple Timings:
4:00 AM to 10:00 PM in the summer season (March to October)
5:00 AM to 9:00 PM in the winter (November to February)

Ganesh Lakshmi Yantra Importance and Benefits

Ganesh Lakshmi Yantra is associated with Ganesha, remover of all obstacles, and Goddess Lakshmi, Goddess of wealth and fortune. This Yantra is worshipped by all those people who have desire to acquire wealth but are facing numerous problems.

A Yantra is also a visual form of mantras. The power of the mantras is captured in it. In Ganesh Lakshmi Yantra mantras associated with Ganesha and Goddess Lakshmi are captured in it and Pran Pratishta is done.
The Yantra comes in gold, silver, copper plated tamra patra. It can be kept in home, office, shops and factory. The belief is that constant worship of the Ganesh Lakshmi Yantra improves financial status and ushers in all round prosperity.
Please note that Ganesh Lakshmi Yantra does not provide any short cut to success. One has to follow Dharma and work hard for success. Ganesh Lakshmi Yantra provides the strength while we are down and disappointed. It helps in concentration and focus.

Chaitra Navratri 2017 - Chait Navratras in 2017

Chaitra Navratri, also known as Chait Navratras, as the name indicates is observed during the Chaitra month (March – April) in a traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India. Chaitra Navaratri 2017 begins on March 29 and ends on April 5. The festival is dedicated to Goddess Shakti and three of her most popular forms– Goddess Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati – are worshipped during the period. It begins on the first day of the Chaitra month and ends with Ram Navami.

Chaitra Navratri is known by different names like Ram Navaratri, Vasant Navratri, Basant Navrathri and some people also refer it as Spring Navaratras.

Chaitra Navratri 2017 dates Ghatsthapana – Navratri Day 1 – March 29, 2017 Sindhara Dooj, Dwitiya - March 29, 2017 Gaur Teej, Saubhagya Teej, Tritiya - March 30, 2017
Varadvinayak Chaturthi - March 31, 2017
Sri Laxmi Panchami Vrat, Naag Vrat Pujan - April 1, 2017
Skand Shashthi, Yamuna Jayanti - April 2, 2017
Mahasaptami Vrat, Chaiti Chath, Vijaya Saptami - April 3, 2017

Chikka Tirupathi Temple

Chikka Tirupathi Temple, located near Bangalore in Karnataka, is dedicated to Prasanna Venkataramana Swamy and is considered as an alternative to the world famous TirupathiTemple in Andhra Pradesh. The main murti in the temple was installed by Agni – the god of fire. The murti worshiped here is also known as Varadaraja.

The main murti worshipped in the temple is nearly three and half feet and is made of Krishna Shila. The murti stands on a lotus-shaped pedestal. At Chikka Tirupathi, the murti of Balaji is standing with his consort Sridevi and Bhudevi, and there is no separate shrine for Goddess Padmavati.
All the important rituals held in Balaji Temples are followed here including the tonsuring of head.
The annual festival of the temple witnesses the making of a seventy-feet tall wooden chariot.
The most important festivals observed in the temple include Navaratri and Vaikunta Ekadasi.
The belief is that visiting ChikkaTirupathiTemple is equal to visiting TirupatiBalajiTemple.

Unique Website Selling Books Associated with Madhavacharya and Vaishnavism

Madhwakart is a website exclusively dedicated to selling books and other products associated with Vaishnavism. Books associated with various avatars of Vishnu and Vaishnava philosophy in various regional languages in India are available at the website. The website also deals in music, panchangas, pravachanas and other holy items. Almost all the important books in publication credited to Saint Madhavacharya are available at the website.

Linkyou can find more information about Madhwakart here

Bharata Gita Quotes

As long as the mind of a man is under the dominating influence of sattva, rajas or tamas, it goes on producing unchecked merit or sin through his sense-organs of perception and action.
If the mind is attached to the objects of senses (which are the products of gunas), it leads the creature to misery (samsara). If it is free from and unattached to them, it takes the Jiva to eternal happiness (moksha – liberation).
Just as a lamp, which emanates flames mixed with soot while it consumes its wick soaked in ghee, later (after the consumption of ghee) betakes itself to its original state, the mind, which is attached to the objects of senses and (consequent) activities, resorts to various courses, and eventually returns to its true original self, when unattached (to them).
Just as air, entering in the form of breath, controls both the mobile and the immobile beings, so does the Supreme Lord Vasudeva, the all-pervading Soul, enter this universe (as the Inner Controller).
Bharata-Gita is in th…

Compassion is the love one feels for all beings of the world and it is an attitude of equality – Sri Ramakrishna

The jiva is nothing but the embodiment of Satchidananda. But since Maya, or ego, has created various upaadhis (masks of names and forms), he has forgotten his real Self.

When one attains perfect knowledge, then one finds that dying and killing are one and same thing, that is to say, both are unreal.
Remember that daya, compassion, and Maya attachment, are two different things. Attachment means the feeling of ‘my-ness’ toward one’s relatives…Compassion is the love one feels for all beings of the world. It is an attitude of equality…But one thing should be remembered: Maya keeps us in ignorance (of our divine nature) and entangles us in the world, whereas daya makes our hearts pure and gradually unties our bonds and attachments. Sri Ramakrishna

Sade Sati Solution and Prayers

Sade Sati is the bad positioning of Shani Bhagavan in an individual's horoscope. It is followed by those who believe in astrology. The best and ideal solution for Sade Sati is worship of Hanuman and Shani Bhagavan on Saturdays.

Prayers - You can read Sunderkand from Ramayana or chant Hanuman Chalisa on all days.
Fast on Saturday from sunrise to sunset. Offer prayers to Hanuman and Shani Bhagavan.
You can also do food donation to poor children and elderly people once in a year.
Sade Sati is not really a bad period but it is an opportunity for you to work hard and be more determined. It also gives you an opportunity to take a look at life in a balanced way.
Many people who were just doing normal have become highly successful during Sade Sati period as they put extra effort during the period.

Shyambaba Dwadasi

Shyambaba Dwadasi is associated with the Khattu Shyam or Barbareek, the powerful grandson of Bhima and son of Ghatothkacha in the Mahabharat. Shyambaba Dwadasi is observed on all Shukla Paksha Dwadasi or 12th day during the waxing phase of moon. The most important ritual on the day is held at the KhattuShyamTemple at Sikar in Rajasthan.

Shyambaba Dwadasi is observed annually on the Phalgun Shukla Paksha Dwadasi or the 12th day during waxing phase of moon in Phalgun month.
The day is of great importance to many Hindu communities in North India. Temples associated with Khattu Shyam or Barbareek hold special rituals and prayers.
Related Story of Hindu God Khatu Shyam or Barbareek

Meena Masam 2019 – Malayalam Meena Month in 2019

Meena Masam, or Meenam, is the eighth month in a traditional Malayalam calendar followed in Kerala. Meena Masam in 2019 begins on March 15, 2019 and ends on April 13, 2019. Auspicious days in the month include Painguni Uthiram at SabarimalaTemple, Kodungallur Kavu Theendal, Meena Bharani and Sri Ramanavami.

Full Moon and No Moon Day Karthuvavu or Amavasi – April 5. Veluthuvavu or full moon day (Purnima) – March 21

Ekadasi Vratam - March 17 and March 31

Pradosham - March 18 and April 2

Sashti Vritham - April 11

Festivals and auspicious days include:
TempleFestival at SabarimalaTemple begins on  Painguni Uthiram –
Sabarimala Festival Ends -  Kodungallur Kavutheendal –  Sri Ramanavami - April 14
Aarattupuzha Pooram -
Nemmara Valangivela -
Meena Bharani –  Hanuman Jayanti -

Next month in Malayalam calendar is the Meda Masam or Medam.

What Happened to Dhritarashtra in the Mahabharata After the Kurukshetra War?

Dhritarashtra who lost all his sons in the Kurukshetra war in the Mahabharata was treated with respect and love by Kunti and the Pandavas. The blind king was taken care well by the Pandavas. But Bhima, the second of the Pandavas, never forgave the old king for what he and his sons had done to him and his family. Whenever there was opportunity, Bhim reminded Dhritarashtra how he had killed each of his hundred sons.

One day Vidura, the minister of Hastinapura and uncle of Pandavas and Kauravas, who had gone on a pilgrimage during the Kurukshetra war returned back.
Dhritarashtra was missing his brother. After a few days, the wise Vidura reminded Dhritarashtra that it was time for him to take Vanaprastha – abandon city life and head towards the forest.
But Dhritarashtra was not ready to abandon the comforts. He was still enjoying the comforts of life in old age.
Vidura then advised him how death was fast approaching him. He also warned him that he should make use of what little time was …

Plan to Construct Large Hanuman Statue in the World at Butwal in Nepal

A 151-feet statue of Hanuman is being planned at the premises of the DurgaTemple at Jeetgadhi in Butwal in Nepal. Currently the world’s tallest Hanuman statue is located at Parital in Krishna District near Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh in India. The Paritala Hanuman is known as Veera Abhaya Anjaneya Hanuman Swami and is 135 feet high (41 meter).
Himalayan Times reports  The largest statue of Hanuman is to be installed at local Jeetgadhi with the objective of contributing to the development of tourism in this region by promoting religious tourism.  The Hanuman is the legendary Hindu monkey-deity known for his devotion, wisdom, strength and valour and is highly revered.  The mammoth statue of the Sankatmochan Hanuman is to be built at an estimated cost of Rs. 150 million. The statute would be 151-feet tall and would be installed on some three bighas plot on the premises of the DurgaTemple at Jeetgadhi. Related Top 5 Tallest Hanuman Statues in the World

Ananda Navami

Ananda Navami is observed during the Phalgun Shukla Paksha as per Hindu calendars followed in North India. In 2020, Ananda Navami date is March 4. Ananda Navami vrat is observed for a year by some Hindu communities. It is dedicated to Goddess Shakti.

Some people limit the vrat to a single day.
The main vrat rituals include purification on all days, vegetarian meals, staying away from smoking, alcohol and other such items.
The vrat is observed by both men and women.
Apart from this people also perform annadanam or food donation to poor children and elderly people.
Some people adopt an animal especially cow.

Rama Gita Text in English in pdf format for free

Rama Gita is part of Ramayana and in it Bhagavan Sri Ram answers philosophical questions of brother Lakshman. You can download the English translation of the text in pdf format for free. Rama Gita is found in Chapter V of the Uttara Khanda of Ramayana and in Brahmanda Purana. In it Bhagvan Sri Ram teaches about Brahman and ways to win over worldly attachments.

Link – Rama Gita Text in pdf for download

By cultivating free will, one can conquer fate - Ramana Maharshi

Become envious of anyone lower than you. You must become very small. In fact you must become nothing. Only a person who is nobody can abide in the Self.

By cultivating free will, one can conquer fate.
You thank God for the good things that come to you, but you don’t thank him for the things that seem to be bad; that is where you go wrong.
Peace can reign only where there is no disturbance, and disturbance is due to thoughts that arise in the mind… Ramana Maharshi

Moonga Ganesh Murti

Moonga Ganesh Murti is known as Vighneshwar and Siddhi Vinayak. Moonga Ganesha Murti is the idol of Ganapati made from red color stone known as Moonga. This Murti can be worshipped in the home.  Popular belief is that worship of this idol will help in removing troubles, hindrances and ushers in good luck.
There is special significance attributed to Ganesh murtis made of red color.  It is considered holy and highly auspicious. The belief is that presence of Moonga Murtis helps in improving confidence level.
Moonga murti can be placed in home (Puja room), workplace, shops and in other business establishments.
The mentioned benefits also include fast relief from health problems and victory over enemies.
Moonga Murti pran pratishta can be done on Tuesdays or on Chaturthi Tithi in Hindu Lunar Calendar.

Rudraksha Shivling in Surat in Gujarat made of 2020000 Rudrakshas

A Shivling that was unveiled for Shivratri 2013 in Surat in Gujarat is made of 2020000 Rudrakshas (20 Lakh 20 Thousand). This Rudraksha Shivling is 30 feet high and 16 feet high wide.

You can watch a news report about the Rudraksh Shivling hereon Yahoo India.
A Youtube video of the Shivling is embedded below

Bengali Chaitra Month in 2019 – Chaitra Mash in Bangala Calendar 2019

Chaitra Mash is the 12th and last month in a traditional Bengali calendar. The previous month was the Phalgun Mahina. In 2019, Chaitra Mash in Bangala Calendar begins on March 16 and ends on April 14, 2019. As per Gregorian calendar, the Chaitra month begins in Mid March and ends in Mid April. The most important festival in the month is Basanti Puja on April 13. The current year in Bengali Calendar is 1425.

Purnima or full moon day in Chaitra month in 2019 is on March 21.
Dol Purnima is on March 21

The Aamabashya or no moon day in Chaitra Mash is on April 5.

The two Ekadashis in the month are on March 17 and March 31, 2019.

Important Festivals and rituals in Bengali Chaitra Month in 2019

Basanti Puja - April 11 to April 14
Ashok Sashti - Aprill 11
Annapurna Puja - April 13
Charak Puja - April 14

The next month in Bengali calendar is the Baisakh or Vaishakh month. This is the first month in a Bengali calendar and Poila Baisakh or Bengali New Year is on April 15, 2019.

Papanasini Dwadasi

Papanasini Dwadasi is observed when Pushya Nakshatra falls on the Dwadasi Tithi in Hindu lunar calendar during the waxing phase of moon. It is then also known as Jaya Dwadasi, Sukrata Dwadasi and also Pushya Nakshatra Yukt Mahadwadashi.
Such a combination is a very rare occurrence in a year in a Hindu Lunar Calendar.
The popular belief is that observing Papanasini Dwadasi is equal to observing 1000 ekadasis.
Papanasini Dwadasi is dedicated to Vishnu.

Angalamman – Hindu Goddess Angala Amman

Angalamman is a manifestation of Goddess Parvati. This manifestation of Mother Goddess is more popular in South India. This is a fierce form of Goddess Shakti and she is also a guardian deity in many villages. It is stated that Goddess Parvati took the form of Angala Amman to help Shiva rid of the Kapala that was following Him after He cut off the fifth head of Brahma.

Legend has it that Shiva took the form of Bhairava and cut off the fifth head of Brahma for being arrogant about His creation. Brahma had no remorse about the suffering that living beings had on earth.
But soon Shiva felt remorse and for redemption of the sin, Brahma asked Shiva to become a wandering ascetic (Bhikshatan) and beg for food in a skull.
As per the story of Angalamman, the fifth head started following Shiva. The head made his home in the arm of Shiva and started eating whatever Shiva received from begging.
Goddess Parvati decided to put an end to the Kapala. On advice of Vishnu, she prepared food for Shiva…

Huligemma Devi Temple in Karnataka

HuligemmaDeviTemple is located at Huligi near Hospet in Karnataka. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Shakti – Huligemma is an incarnation of Goddess Renuka Devi. The popular belief is that she appeared at Huligi before two of her ardent devotees name Nagajogi and Basavajogi.
Special pujas are held in the temple on Tuesdays, Fridays, Full moon day and on Amavasya day.
The most important festival is held from the first day to the 11th day of the waxing phase of moon in Vaishakh month (April – May).
HuligemmaDeviTemple Timing: The temple is open from 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM.

HuligemmaDeviTemple is around 15 km from Hospet; 25 km from Koppal and 75 km from Bellary.
Nearest railway stations are Huligi and Hospet.

Jharokha Darshan Planned at Kashi Vishwanath Temple

Currently a devotee can enter the sanctum sanctorum of the KashiVishwanathTemple and even touch the Shivling. But the number of devotees visiting the KashiVishwanathTemple have increased manifold and not all devotees are able to have a darshan in a day. So the temple management is planning to introduce Jharokha Darshan - allowing darshan of Shivling only from outside the doors of sanctum sanctorum.
Times of Indiareports  'Jharokha Darshan' of Kashi Vishwanath Temple (KVT) is emerging as the only solution to ensure that all the pilgrims queuing up for hours get an opportunity to pay obeisance to Lord Vishwanath.  If the KVT trust and administration would give consent to this proposal, it can be introduced on the occasion of Mahashivratri falling on March 10. "We have not finalised this decision as the issue is sensitive and concerns to faith, hence consent of authorities concerned is a must," said SSP AK Mishra. "Keeping the size and condition of sanctum sanctoru…

Vimala Thakar Quotes

To take a journey of a thousand miles, you have to begin with the first step from the place where you stand; the romantic description of the journey and the things the body sees on the way and the description of the scenery are of no use unless you lift your foot and take the first step.
Friendship inspires and enriches the life of those who come together…
Humility is the eternal fountain of energy.
You are the prison-house, you are the prisoner and you are the one who imprisons yourself…
Relationship is a mirror into which your inner being gets reflected…
Vimala Thakar (1921 – 2009) – Spiritual Teacher

Vadakkupurathu Pattu Festival 2013 – Held once in 12 Years at the famous Vaikom Mahadeva temple in Kerala

Vadakkupurathu Pattu Festival, dedicated to Goddess Shakti, is a series of pujas and rituals held for social welfare once in 12 years at the famous VaikomMahadevaTemple in Kerala. In 2013, Vadakkupurathu Pattu Festival will be held from April 13 to 24. The 12-day long pujas attract devotees from several parts of Kerala, India and the world.

A major attraction at Vadakkupurathu Pattu is the creation of an image of Goddess Shakti in the traditional Kalamezhuthu style. The image created on the ground will change on each day and will depict various forms and moods of Goddess Shakti.
The image of Goddess Shakti (known as Bhagavathi in Kerala) is created on the ground. Five natural colors are used in making the image on the ground at the huge northern courtyard of the temple. Grounded grains, turmeric and flower petals are used to make the powder used in drawing the image of the Bhagavathi.
Legend has it that the people in the area were once troubled by various epidemics including small po…

Chollangi Amavasya

Chollangi Amavasya is observed on the no moon day (Amavasi) on the Paush Amavasya day as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in Andhra Pradesh. Chollangi Amavasya 2020 date is January 24.

Chollangi is a village near Kakinada in Andhra Pradesh. Situated on the banks of GodavariRiver, the village is a point where seven streams of Godavari merges with the Bay of Bengal.
Chollangi Amavasya is one of the most auspicious dates during the Sapta Sagara Yatra. The yatra is a pilgrimage to the seven mouths of GodavariRiver.
Thousands of people arrive at Chollangi to take bath in the holy GodavariRiver on the Chollangi Amavasya day.

Kollur Temple Timings - Kollur Mookambika Temple Opening and Closing Time

MookambikaTemple located at Kollur in Udupi District of Karnataka is one of the most famous temples dedicated to Mother Goddess. DetailKollurTemple opening and closing timings are given below:
Opening and Darshan Timing for devotees – 5:00 AM to 7:15 AM 7:45 AM to 11:30 AM 12:00 PM to 12:20 PM 12:45 PM to 1:30 PM
Evening opening and Darshan Time 3:00 PM to 6:30 PM 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM (darshan not permitted during certain period of pujas)

Hey Bholenath – Film Based on Story of Vidyapathi and Shiva

Vidyapathi was an ardent devotee of Shiva. The story of Vidyapathi and his devotion for Shiva is the theme of a new film named Hey Bholenath. Film is directed by Santosh Badal and produced by Sanjay Rai and is scheduled to release in March 2013.

It is said that Shiva who was impressed by Vidyapati’s devotion came and stayed with him as his servant. It is said that once when Vidyapati was going to a distant place, he fell down in a desert area. He wanted water and the servant brought water. While drinking the water, Vidyapati sensed it was special and such water could not be found in the desert area. Shiva then reveals himself before Vidyapathi.

Where desire is, there is no bliss – Swami Sivananda

Where desire is, there is no bliss; where bliss is, there is no desire…
Pain is a blessing in disguise. Pain is an eye-opener. Pain is your silent teacher. Pain will turn your mind toward God….
Faith is the belief in the unknown. Faith heals, faith creates, faith works wonders, faith moves mountains. Faith is the searchlight for God-finding.
The goal of life is to become one with the Eternal…You cannot reach the goal without leading a righteous life and without possessing a pure heart.  Swami Sivananda

Ahalya Story in Ramayana

The story of Ahalya, wife of Gautama Rishi, is an important episode in the epic Ramayana. Ahalya story happens during the exile period of Sri Ram and is found in the Bala Kanda. Bhagavan Sri Ram touches a stone near the Ashram of Gautama Rishi and it suddenly turns into a woman. This was Ahalya who was cursed by her husband to become a stone.

Indra, the king of demigods, was infatuated by the beauty of Ahalya. He attempted to seduce her by taking the form of Gautama Rishi. Ahalya did not stop the advances of Indra, although Ahalya knew that it was not her husband who was approaching her.
When Gautama Rishi, who had gone for his morning bath, suddenly returned and Indra took the form of a cat and escaped from the ashram. The rishi, however, knew through his yogic powers what had occurred. He cursed his wife, turning her to stone, and put a curse on Indra as well.
It is said that Indra was cursed to roam around with 1000 vaginas on his body. Later Indra did penance and turned the vagin…

Swami Vivekananda – Wise Words and Insight

As the spider throws her web out of herself and draws it in, even so this universe is thrown out and drawn in by God.
By the establishment of truthfulness the Yogi gets the power of attaining for himself and others the fruits of work without the works. When this power of truth will be established with you, then even in dream you will never tell an untruth. You will be true in thought, word and deed. Whatever you say will be truth. You may say to a man, ‘Be blessed,’ and that man will be blessed. If a man is disease, and you say to him, ‘Be thou cured,’ and he will be cured immediately.
I will compare truth a corrosive substance of infinite power. It burns its way in wherever it falls – in soft substance at once, hard granite slowly, but I must.

Language is the vehicle of ideas. It is ideas that are of prime importance, language comes after.
We are like cattle driven to the slaughter house hastily nibbling a bite of grass on the roadside as they are driven along under the whip.
A tre…

Srimad Bhagavad Purana Teachings - Quotes - Lessons

Happiness is the essential nature of the soul. It is manifested after withdrawal and cessation of all activities. Having perceived that enjoyment and experience are fanciful creations of the mind, I lie down (enjoying whatever comes my way ordained by the Divine).

Having forgotten that this blissful nature is inherent in one’s self, a man is verily enmeshed into samsara which is terrible (owing to birth, death and other miseries) and yet strange (as it consists of birth in celestial, subhuman, human and other-species).
He, who (being ignorant of his innate blissful state) thinks of finding his object (happiness) elsewhere (outside his self), is like an ignorant person who, with a desire to get water (to quench his thirst), leaves water (near him, but) runs after the mirage.

Whenever we fail to see the unity of all objects and the subject but see multiplicity of objects, it will give rise to fear. The one, who moves away from the God, loses the awareness of his true Self. This is all …

Hamsa Gita Quotes on the Truth

Salutations to the Supreme Being whose experience is Truth abiding, who is the sustainer of both Maya and the Jiva, whose glorious presence is not felt by people with intelligence overpowered by longing for material fulfillments, who transcends all the ordinary means of knowledge but is intuited as Self-effulgent Consciousness.

What is ‘Truth’? Truth is experience of the Reality in one’s consciousness. I have nothing to do with sorrow, with actions, with delusion or desire. I am at peace, free from sorrow. I am the Brahman – such is the Truth. I am free from all defects; I am the All; I do not seek anything nor do I abandon anything; I am the Brahman – such is the Truth.  I am consciousness; I am the Brahman – such is the Truth. I am the entire space; I am the Brahman – such is the Truth. I am the consciousness in which all things are strung and through whose power all beings engage themselves in all their activities; I am the essence of all things’ – such is the Truth. All thin…

Brahma Purana Teachings

Persons of tranquility, engaged in truth and piety and devoid of all external symbols, are free from doubts. They are fettered neither by piety nor by blasphemy.

Those persons who are omniscient, who are conversant with the principles of creation and annihilation, who see everything and who are devoid of passionate attachment to anything are released from the bonds of karma.
Those who do not injure anybody or anything, whatsoever, mentally, verbally or physically and those who are not involved in anything are not bound by karma.
Those who refrain from violence to living beings, who possess good conduct and mercifulness, and who have equanimity to others’ hatred and love are released from the bonds of karma. They have self-control.

Those who are merciful to living beings, who are worthy of being trusted by living creatures and who have eschewed violent activities go to heaven.

Those who are indifferent to others’ assets, who always avoid other men’s wives and who enjoy the riches vi…