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Goddess Banashankari Bangalore Temple

GoddessBanashankariTemple in Bangalore is located at the S.Kariappa road. One of the unique features of the temple is that pujas are conducted here during Rahu Kala also and it is considered highly meritorious. Devotees believe that their wishes will come true if they perform Aarti with lemon (nimbe hannina arati) Goddess Banashankari during Rahu Kala (on Sundays, Tuesdays and Fridays) for 16 weeks.

The murti of the Goddess Banashankari worshipped in the temple is seated on a lion. The goddess possessing eight arms poses a calm look. She is seen situated in a forest (bana), surrounded by lions; and hence the name Banashankari.
The goddess is seen killing the demons Shambhu and Nishambu under her feet. On either side are women at her service.
The utsavamurthy (procession idol) of Banashankari, Sri Shakambari, Ganapathi and Parvatha Mallikarjuna Swamy are also installed as family gods.
A tortoise has been installed opposite to and facing the goddess. The tortoise is one of the vehicles…

Solar Eclipse in New Zealand in May 2013 – Surya Grahan Time in New Zealand on May 10, 2013

A partial solar eclipse, Surya Grahan, will take place in New Zealand on May 10, 2013. The eclipse begins at noon on May 10, 2013 and is visible till afternoon on May 10 in certain areas of New Zealand. At Auckland it is visible from 11:05 AM to 12:33 PM on May 10. Below is the time for various cities in New Zealand:
The partial solar eclipse is not visible in Christchurch, Dunedin
At Hamilton it is visible from 11:12 AM to 12:29 PM on May 10.
At Manukau it is visible from 11:07 AM to 12:32 PM on May 10.
At Wellington it is visible from 11:37 AM to 12:00 PM on May 10.

Darma Muneeswaran Temple Singapore Consecration Ceremony Live Online

DarmaMuneeswaranTemple in Singapore is dedicated to Shiva Gana who is a guardian deity. The 2nd Maha Kumbhabishegam or Consecration Ceremony of the 100-year old DarmaMuneeswaranTemple and its deities will be held on Wednesday, 1 May 2013. You can watch the consecration ceremony live online on May 1, 2013 from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM (Singapore Time).

Darma Muneeswaran and Sri Mariamman are the deities worshipped in the temple.
The temple also has murtis of Ambal, Vinayagar, Murugan, Nagar and Bairavar.
You can watch the live streaming here at the temple website

Creativity can only come from silence – Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Creativity can only come from silence. If we maintain two minutes of silences every day, then we will see that a whole new dimension of life opens up.
Anything creative and dynamic can happen only when you stretch yourself beyond your comfort zone.
Celebration, relaxation, a sense of belonging, and the need to regularly upgrade our skills and acquire new ones – these are priorities that we should never neglect.
It is very important to dream. But there has to be fine balance between practicality and dreams. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Akshaya Tadige 2018

Akshaya Tadige 2018 falls on the third day after new moon in the Hindu month of Vaishakha as per traditional Kannada Hindu calendar followed in Karnataka. Tadige means the third day of a fortnight. In 2018, the date of Akshaya Tadige is April 18. The word Akshaya means ‘that which never diminishes’ and the day is ideal for beginning new ventures as it is believed that all investments on this day appreciates.

The festival is widely observed as Akshaya Tritiya.
The Pujas Vishnu is worshipped on the day. People also conduct Lakshmi and Kubera puja.
Astrology and Investment As per Hindu astrology, every moment on the Akshaya Tadigeday is auspicious and there is no need to look for a ‘muhurat’ on the day. It is believed that the sun and the moon are most radiant and best placed on the day. Therefore it is one of the most popular dates in Hindu calendar for marriages, for beginning new ventures, for investing and for purchasing valuables like gold and diamond.
Legend The legend or story assoc…

Goddess Durga Aarti in Hindi in pdf – Durga Aarti Text in Hindi

This Goddess Durga Aarti in Hindi in pdf starts with the lines Jai Ambe Gauri Maiyya… It is a very popular prayer dedicated to Mother Goddess and is chanted morning and evening. It is also a popular prayer during the Chaitra Navaratri and Sharan Navratri.
Chanting this prayer is highly beneficial as it helps in improving concentration and helps in increasing confidence level.
Link – Goddess Durga Aarti in pdf

Vettakkorumakan – Son of Shiva and Goddess Parvati Worshipped in Kerala

Vettakkorumakan is a very popular deity worshiped mainly in northern parts of Kerala. Vettakkorumakan is the son of Shiva and Goddess Parvati – born when Shiva took the Kiratamurti form to test determination and perseverance of Arjuna in the Mahabharata.

Legend has it that Shiva and Goddess Parvati appeared before Arjuna as forest dwellers. Arjuna was blessed by Shiva with the Pashupata Astra. Shiva and Parvati then resided in the forest in the form of forest dwellers and Vettakkorumakan was born during this period.
Vettakkorumakan is also known as Kirata Sunu. The deity holds bow and arrow in one hand and the other hand holds a traditional Kerala weapon known as Churika – a short sword. The body tone is deep blue. He has a beard and wears yellow dress.
It must be noted that there is a wrong belief among many devotees that Vettakkorumakan is Shiva himself. Some people believe Vettakkorumakan to be Sastha.

Durga Ashtakam Prayer Text in Hindi – Durgashtakam Prayer in pdf format

Durga Ashtakam Mantra is dedicated to Mother Goddess Durga. You can download the Durgashtakam prayer in pdf format. The prayer helps a devotee to attain peace, prosperity and wealth. Durga Ashtakam can be chanted by men and women and the mantra text in Hindi is given below. The mantra can be chanted on all days. It is widely chanted during Navratri festival and other important dates associated with Goddess Durga.

Durga Ashtakam is a rare mantra which is believed to help in improving concentration and self realization.
The Hindi text of the mantra can be downloaded in pdf format here.

Bangaru Tirupati Temple Timings

Bangaru Tirupati Temple Timings is given in detail below. BangaruTirupatiTemple is dedicated to Balaji and is also known as ShreeVenkataramanaSwamyTemple. The temple timings are:

BangaruTirupatiTemple Daily Opening and Closing Time:
7:00 AM to 7:00 PM.
During Brahmothsava 4:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Dhanurmasa (mid December to mid January)
4:00 AM to 7:00 PM 


Contact Address: Executive Officer (Peshkar),
ShreeVenkataramanaSwamyTemple,
Guttahalli,
Bangaru Thirupathi,
Bangarpet Taluk,
Kolar District.
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Online Live Darshan Omkareshwar Temple in Madhya Pradesh

OmkareshwarTemple located in Madhya Pradesh is dedicated to Mahadev Shiva and it is one of the 12 Jyotirlinga Temples. The temple management is currently offering live darshan online. The OmkareshwarTemple live web streaming is available when the temple is open.
OmkareshwarTemple is located on the MandhataIsland which is surrounded by the NarmadaRiver.
Link – You can have live darshan of Omkareshwar Jyotrilinga here at the official website.

Our prime error is that happiness depends upon objects – Swami Chidananda

Desire and want which arise from the prime delusion, destroy all peace of mind. In a mind devoid of peace how can there be happiness?

It is in a calm tranquil state of mind alone that happiness arises, for essentially true happiness is your inward spiritual state.
Only when there is pace and serenity in the mind and intellect, the inner happiness makes itself felt.
The robber of your peace and serenity is the sense of want and desire which arise out of your prime error that happiness depends upon objects.
Swami Chidananda Saraswati (1916 – 2008) was the president of the Divine Life Society in Rishikesh – associated with the Swami Sivananda Ashram

Saptashloki Durga in Hindi in pdf – Saptashloki Durga Prayer Text in Hindi

Saptashloki Durga is a prayer dedicated to Goddess Durga. This Saptashloki Durga prayer text is in Hindi and you can download it for free in pdf format. Chanting this prayer is considered an easy way to please Goddess Durga. It is believed that daily chanting of prayer helps in fulfilling one’s wishes.
Link – Saptashloki Durga Text in Hindi

Durga Chalisa Hindi in pdf – Durga Chalisa Prayer Text in Hindi

Durga Chalisa is one of the most popular prayers dedicated to Goddess Durga in forty verses (Chalisa). This particular text of Durga Chalisa is in Hindi. You can download it free or read online.
Durga Chalisa explains the qualities and forms of Durga. It is considered highly meritorious to read and listen to it. The belief is that constant chanting of the prayer helps in developing confidence. It also brings in a renewed level of energy.
Link - Durga Chalisa Hindi in pdf

Kabbalamma Temple at Kabbalu near Kanakapura in Karnataka

Kabbalamma Temple located at Kabbalu near Kanakapura in Karnataka is dedicated to Goddess Kabbalamma, a popular village deity in South India. She is a manifestation of Mother Goddess Shakti. The temple is located about 70 km from Bangalore.
Legend has it that Goddess Kabbalamma was in search of a place to reside and she took refuge in the village Kabbalu. She then took the permission of Basaveshwara and resided in the village. All the important first pujas are first performed to Basaveswara and then to Goddess Kabbalamma.
The temple is open from 6:00 AM to 8:30 PM.
Kabbalamma Temple is located about 25 km from Kanakapura.
Kabbalamma Temple address is Shree Kabbalamma Temple,
Kabbalu,
Kabbalu Post,
Sathnur Hobli,
Kanakapura Taluk,
Ramanagara District,
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Ashtalakshmi Temple Chennai Timings - Ashta Lakshmi Opening and Closing Time in Chennai

AshtalakshmiTemple located at Basant Nagar in Chennai is dedicated to the eight forms of Goddess Lakshmi. Detail Timings of Ashtalakshmi Temple in Chennai is given below. The beautiful temple is located on the banks of Bay of Bengal.

AshtalakshmiTemple Chennai Timings
Morning Darshan Timings - 6.00 AM to 11.00 AM Evening Darshan Timings – 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Ashtalakshmis worshipped in the temple are Adi Lakshmi, Dhanya Lakshmi, Dhairya Lakshmi, Gaja Lakshmi, Santana Lakshmi, Vijaya Lakshmi, Vidya Lakshmi and Dhanalakshmi.
The main deity is that of Srihari Vishnu and Mahalakshmi.
Special pujas are held in the temple during Navratri, Diwali and Fridays in the months of Thai (January – February) and Aadi (July – August).

Bhagavad Gita on Hypocrisy

Teachings on Hypocrisy (insincerity by virtue of pretending to have qualities or beliefs that you do not really have) in Bhagavad Gita
Hypocrisy, arrogance and self-conceit, anger, and also harshness and ignorance, belong to one who is born, O Partha, for a demoniac-Estate. (Chapter 16 verse 4)
Filled with insatiable desires, full of hypocrisy, pride and arrogance, holding evil ideas through delusion, they (the ignorant) work with impure resolves. (Chapter 16 Verse 10)
Those men who practice terrific austerities, not enjoined by the scriptures, given to hypocrisy and egoism, impelled by the force of lust and attachment . . . Senselessly torturing all the elements in the body, and Me also who dwells within the body --- you may know these to be of 'demoniacal' resolves. (Chapter 17 Verse 5 and 6)
The austerity which is practiced with the object of gaining good reception, honour and worship, and with hypocrisy, is here said to be Rajasic, unstable, and transitory. (Chapter 17 Ver…

Shiva Panchakshari Stotram Text in Hindi – Lyrics of Mantra in Hindi

Shiva Panchakshari Stotram is a very popular prayer dedicated to Hindu God Shiva. The text of the mantra in Hindi is given below. The lyrics of the Stotram are in jpeg (picture format). You can save it for personal use.
Chanting of Shiva Panchakshari Stotram is highly meritorious. It helps a person to achieve peace and prosperity. It is also an ideal mantra to keep focus of mind.
Shiva Panchakshari Stotram Text in Hindi:

Who is the father of Bheem in the Mahabharat?

Bheem was the second of Pandavas. His mother was Kunti. Who is the father of Bheem 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 Bhima was born when Kunti summoned Vayu, the wind god in Hinduism. Vayu blessed her with Bhima.
But as per social custom that was followed at the time of Mahabharata, Pandu is the father of Bhima.

Sage Vidyaranya - How can Brahman be realized?

The actual experience of pure Self comes from Self Revelation. The truth reveals itself to the knower, and when this happens the knower becomes a rishi (a seer). It is not that the Rishi sees the truth but that the truth shows itself to the Rishi, thus transforming the blessed aspirant into a “seer”. Rather than being illuminated by the mind or the intellect, truth dawns.

The study of scriptures helps sharpen the intellect and keeps us from becoming complacent about our present level of understanding. Logic and reasoning are a function of the intellect, which is a fine instrument for gaining secondhand knowledge. So you must train your intellect in order to read and understand the maps of spirituality that the sages have drawn, maps that are based on their direct experience.
These maps are called the scriptures, and by following them you can safely and confidently treat the path and one day reach the goal and see directly. This is called revelation.
Reasoning can overcome doubt, but …

Vishnu Sahasranamam mp3 Free Download – Vishnu Sahasranama Hindu Prayer

Vishnu Sahasranamam is the most popular prayer dedicated to Hindu God Vishnu. Vedamantram website is providing Vishnu Sahasranamam mp3 audio for free download. Vishnu Sahasranama consists of the thousand names of Srihari Vishnu.
The wide spread belief is that listening to the prayer helps a devotee in attaining peace and prosperity. It is also used to help in meditation. Listening to the prayer also helps in sharpening the mind and soothing the intellect.
The file size of Vishnu Sahasranamam is 20 MB.
Link – You can download the Vishnu Sahasranamam mp3 prayer here.(please right click and use save link as option to download)

Who is the father of Yudhistira in the Mahabharat?

Yudhishtira was the first of Pandavas. His mother was Kunti. Who is the father of Yudhistira 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 Yudhishtira was born when Kunti summoned Dharmaraja, also known as Yama, the god of death in Hinduism. Dharmaraja blessed her with Yudhishtira.

But as per social custom that was followed at the time of Mahabharata, Pandu is the father of Yudhishtira.

Maruti Raksha Yantra

Maruti Raksha Yantra is associated with Hanuman. Maruti Yantra protects against all forms of accidents. Legend has it that Maruti Raksha Yantra was place on the flag of the chariot or Ratha or Arjuna in the Mahabharata war. The Yantra protected the chariot from the millions of arrows and weapons aimed at it by the Kauravas.

Maruti Yantra is today place by devotees on their vehicles like car, scooter, bike, auto, bus, truck and other vehicles. The Yantra is also worshipped by people who face troubles from enemies. It is also today placed in homes and properties by people who fear about them being taken away.
It must be noted that Maruti Raksha Yantra is different from Hanuman Yantra.

Kshama Prarthana Prayer Text in Hindi

Kshama Prarthana is chanted for asking for forgiveness. The prayer text in Hindi is given below in jpeg format. The prayer can be chanted after you feel you have committed some sing unknowingly. Kshama Prarthana prayer is also meant to be chanted when one feels one has committed a mistake during Vrat or fasting.
Kshama Prarthana in Hindi

Trayambakam Yajamahe Prayer in Hindi Text – Lyrics

Trayambakam Yajamahe is a prayer dedicated to Hindu God Shiva. This popular prayer is known as Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra. Below the text of this prayer is given in Hindi. It is a small prayer but very powerful. The lyrics in Hindi are in picture format. The prayer is chanted to overcome fear of death.


No one is a stranger; learn to make the world your own – Holy Mother Sharada Devi

Learn to make the world your own. Nobody is a stranger, my dear; the world is yours.

An unpleasant truth, though true, must not be uttered. For that grows into a habit. By indulging in rude words one’s nature becomes rude. One's sensitivity is lost if one has no control over one's speech. And once a man casts all consideration for others to the winds, he stops at nothing.
When a man sees defects in others, his own mind first gets polluted. What does he gain by finding faults in others? He only hurts himself by that.
It is idle to expect that dangers and difficulties will not come. They are bound to come. But for a devotee they will pass away under the feet like water.

Holy Mother Sharada Devi

Story of Chayagrahi and Hanuman

Chayagrahi means shadow grabber and is a demoness mentioned in the Kamba Ramayana. Her story is mentioned in the Sundara Khanda of Kamba Ramayana. She meets her match in Hanuman who was jumping across the sea to reach Lanka.

Chayagrahi had her home in the ocean and she used to feed on the birds that flew above the ocean. She used catch the birds flying overhead by grasping their shadows in the water. She used to then pull down the birds and feed on them.
She was thus living happily in the ocean.
But she made a mistake by trying to capture Hanuman who was flying over the ocean. She grasped the shadow of Hanuman and tried to pull it down.
Hanuman killed her with a blow of his left foot and sprang forward towards Lanka.

Hanuman Puja – What are the offerings made to Hanuman?

Hanuman is one of the most widely worshipped deities in Hinduism. Hanuman puja and worship is believed to remove all troubles in one’s life as he is Sankat Mochan. The most important offerings made to Hanuman are Sindhoor (vermilion powder), til (Sesame), til oil, urad dal (husked black gram) and garlands of Arka flowers and leaves.
Red color symbolizes virility and strength. It is also said that Hanuman started applying vermilion all over the body after he found that Mata Sita was wearing Sindhoor on her forehead to protect Lord Ram.
In South India, clarified butter and vadas are also offered to Lord Hanuman.
The leaves and flowers that are offered to Hanuman are wild and contains medicinal properties. The widely used flower and leaf is that of Arka or Milkweed flower
Arka in various languages: Bengali: AakandaEnglish: Bowstring Hemp, Calotrope, Crown Flower, Giant Milkweed, Swallow-WortHindi: Ak, Akua, Arka, Akwan, Fudhar, Madar, Safed AakManipuri: AngkokMarathi: Arka, Arki, Rui, …

Powerful Durga Mantras

The powerful durga mantras for daily prayers are Sarva Mangala Mangalye and Durga Ashtakshara Mantra. Another very powerful mantra is associated with Durga Mantra is given below. The belief is that chanting this mantra is highly meritorious and will help a person achieve success and defeat enemies.
The mantra is:

The mantra has to be chanted on Tuesdays and Fridays.
You can find also Hindi Text of
Sarva Mangala Mangalye
Durga Ashtakshara Mantra

Daily Prayer for Goddess Durga at Home

The most ideal and daily prayer for Goddess Durga is Sarva Mangala Mangalye. This prayer is chanted daily in millions of Durga Temples and in homes around the world. The prayer is highly meritorious. It helps a devotee to overcome daily troubles. Maa Durga also blesses a devotee with peace and prosperity. This daily prayer can be chanted during morning and evening prayer time.


Durga Ashtakshara Mantra Text in Hindi

Durga Ashtakshara Mantra is dedicated to Mother Goddess Durga. It helps a devotee to attain peace, prosperity and wealth. The mantra can be chanted by men and women and the mantra text in Hindi is given below. The mantra can be chanted on all days. This mantra is widely chanted during Navratri festival.
Durga Ashtakshara is a rare mantra which is believed to help in improving concentration and self realization.
The Hindi text of the mantra is given below:

Hanuman the Brahmachari – Thoughts

Hanuman is worshipped as the ideal brahmachari and a perfect master of his senses. How great was this aspect is noticed when Hanuman entered Ravana’s splendid palace at night in search of Sita. He went around the bedchamber looking at the hundreds of wives of Ravana, who were fast asleep in various postures and clothes in disarray. He concluded that Sita could not be found there, but became worried about his own moral transgression.
He thought: ‘It is surely unrighteous to see another’s wife under the influence of sleep. I have never cast my eyes since my birth on another’s wife. Surely I shall be guilty of iniquity … but my mind has not been least stirred by it. It is the mind that induces the sense either to virtue or to vice’.
This is the ultimate yardstick in mind-control and also in deciding issues regarding virtue and vice.
He who has patience, intelligence, keen sight, and skill like Hanuman never loses his heart in anything.
Source – Mahavira Hanuman: Valmiki’s Hero by Swami…

Tulsi Plant in front of Hindu Homes - The Story

Tulsi or the sacred Basil plant is well known for its medicinal properties and is found in front of many Hindu homes. But why is Tulsi plant found in front of all Hindu homes? It is because Lord Vishnu had stated no puja will be complete without offering of Tulsi leaves to Him.

Demon Jalandhar (also known as Shanka Chuda) was so powerful that he drove out the Devas from heaven and established his rule. Devas could not defeat Jalandhar because no weapon could harm him. The demon was powerful because his chaste wife, Vrinda. The pious lady thought of no other men and her prayers and spirituality made her husband invincible.
Vrinda was pious but her husband was using her piety to spread Adharma on earth. To restore Dharma, Vishnu agreed to help the Devas.
Vrinda had always prayed to Vishnu that she should have darshan of Him. Vishnu appeared before in the form of her husband. She served him without realizing that it was Vishnu and not her husband.
Having served another man, Vrinda was n…

Sarva Mangala Mangalye lyrics in Hindi – Prayer

Sarva Mangala Mangalye is a popular prayer dedicated to Goddess Durga. Below you can read the full prayer. The lyrics are in Hindi. The popular belief is that chanting the prayer helps in attaining peace and prosperity. The prayer is chanted daily morning and evening. It is also chanted during Vasant Navratri and Durga Puja and Sharan Navaratri.

Good Time on Sunday as per Astrology in Hindu Religion

There are certain general time on Sunday that is considered good as per astrology in Hindu religion. This time is taken into account after looking into all the inauspicious time on Sunday.

Please note that fixed good time on Sunday is not based on sunrise. It is the most auspicious period when there is no Rahukalam, Yamakandam and Gulikai. It must also be noted that Bhadra or Vishti is not considered in calculating the good time.
Good Time on Sunday are: 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Lot of other factors like Chogadia, Dhurmuhurtham, Yoga and Varjyam are generally not considered when looking for general good time.

Book – Devalaya, Jharkhand – Dedicated to Temples in Jharkhand

Devalaya, Jharkhand published by Jagran Prakashan is a coffee table book dedicated to important temples in JharkhandState in India. Apart from providing information on the temples, the book also contains photos of the temple. A specially complied CD offering a collection of bhajans also comes attached with the book.
Devalaya, Jharkhand is a step in the direction of bringing an academic/social forum, some of the finest places of religious/spiritual significance in the state. It features prominent Devalayas (Temples) from across Jharkhand.
The book showcases the historical and contemporary significance of each temple along with the inputs from the local devotees.
The book is currently available on various online websites selling books in India.
Devalaya, Jharkhand Price – 1200/- Author – Sharmishtha Sharma Publisher – Jagran Prakashan (2013)

Truthfulness is the austerity of this age – Sri Ramakrishna

God alone is real and all else unreal. Water alone is real; its bubbles appear and disappear. They disappear into the very water from which they rise.
The goal of human life is to love God. He is born in vain, who, having attained the human birth, so difficult to get, does not attempt to realise God in this very life
Truthfulness is the austerity of this age.
Bhakti is the one essential thing.  To be sure, God exists in all beings.  Who, then, is a devotee? He whose mind dwells on God.  But this is not possible as long as one has egotism and vanity.  The water of God's grace cannot collect on the high mound of egotism.  It runs down.  Sri Ramakrishna Paramhamsa

Who is mother of Abhimanyu in Mahabharata?

Abhimanyu is the 16-year-old warrior in the Mahabharata who fought on the side of the Pandavas and laid his life in the great Kurukshetra war in the Mahabharata. Mother of Abhimanyu is Subhadra. Who is Subhadra? Subhadra is the sister of Sri Krishna and wife of Arjuna. Thus Abhimanyu is the son of Arjuna and Subhadra.
Abhimanyu who fought valiantly entered the Chakravyuha formation set by the Kauravas. But he only knew how to enter Chakravyuha but did not possess the knowledge to exit. Thus he was killed by Jayadrada.

Good Time on Saturday as per Astrology in Hindu Religion

There are certain general time on Saturday that is considered good as per astrology in Hindu religion. This time is taken into account after looking into all the inauspicious time on Saturday.

Please note that fixed good time on Saturday is not based on sunrise. It is the most auspicious period when there is no Rahukalam, Yamakandam and Gulikai. It must also be noted that Bhadra or Vishti is not considered in calculating the good time.
Good Time on Saturday are: 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Lot of other factors like Chogadia, Dhurmuhurtham, Yoga and Varjyam are generally not considered when looking for general good time.

Top English Magazines Associated with Hindu Religion Available Online For Free

Some of the popular English magazines associated with Hindu religion published by Ashrams and organizations associated with Hinduism are available online for free. Here is a look at some of the popular magazines:

Vedanta Kesari Vedanta Kesari is a popular monthly magazine published by Ramakrishna Mission. It is available online in pdf format and you can download it for free. The magazine contains articles related to Vedanta. It contains articles of Swami Vivekananda and other Swamijis of the Ramakrishna Mission. The annual edition of the magazine focuses on a single topic and is a collector’s item.
You can find Vedanta Kesari magazine online here at ChennaiRamakrishna Math.
Hinduism Today Published once in three months, Hinduism Today is another popular magazine available online. It is published by the Kauai Hindu Monastery in Hawaii, USA. The magazine covers a whole range of topics associated with Hinduism.
You can find Hinduism Today magazine online here at the website of the magazin…

Sanat Sujata Gita Teachings

The learned are of the opinion that death results from ignorance. I say that ignorance is Death. So, the absence of ignorance, that is, knowledge is immortality.

The pursuit of the Brahman or Self-knowledge is immortality.
The desire of enjoyments first kills men. Lust and wrath soon follow behind it. Thus, the desire for enjoyment, lust and wrath lead foolish men to death.
Those that have conquered their souls (minds), however, succeed, by self-restraint, to escape death. He that has conquered his mind conquers the senses, regarding them as of no value, by the aid of self-knowledge. Ignorance, assuming the form of Yama, cannot devour that learned man who controls his desires in this manner. That man who follows his desires is destroyed along with his desires. He that can renounce desires can certainly drive away all kinds of woe.
Sanat Sujata Gita is found in the Mahabharata and it is a dialogue between Dhrthirashtra and Rishi Sanat-sujata

Good Time on Friday as per Astrology in Hindu Religion

There are certain general time on Friday that is considered good as per astrology in Hindu religion. This time is taken into account after looking into all the inauspicious time on Friday.

Please note that fixed good time on Friday is not based on sunrise. It is the most auspicious period when there is no Rahukalam, Yamakandam and Gulikai. It must also be noted that Bhadra or Vishti is not considered in calculating the good time.
Good Time on Friday are: 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Lot of other factors like Chogadia, Dhurmuhurtham, Yoga and Varjyam are generally not considered when looking for general good time.

Story of Bhushandi, the Crow, in Yoga Vasishta

Bhushandi is the name of the immortal crow mentioned in the Yoga Vasishta. The story of Bhushandi is also found in the Ramacharitamanas. The secret of the life and death and universe is shared by Bhushandi to Sage Vasishta and is found in the Yoga Vasishta.

Bhushandi resides on the MountMeru and at the time of the end of the universe, it merges with the Supreme Soul. This form of merging is known as Nirvikalpa Samadhi.
During the next cycle of creation, it again reaches the Mount Meru and witness the events of the universe.
Bhushandi has witnessed numerous times the creation and dissolution of the universe. It has witnessed the birth and death of suns and moons.
It has witnessed the events of the world many times. It has seen the churning of ocean several times.
Bhushandi also knows what will happen in future.
So what is the secret of Bhushandi? The divine bird is not affected by external factors. It always remains in the present – not thinking of past or future. It constantly remain…

Mother of Pandavas

Who is the mother of Pandavas in the Mahabharata? Actually the question should be rephrased as there are two mothers. The Five Pandavas had two mothers. Kunti was the mother of Yudhishtira, Bhima and Arjuna. Madri was the mother of Nakula and Sahadeva.
It is believed that Kunti became the mother of Yudhishtira through the blessings of Yama (Dharmaraja). Bhima was born with the blessings of Vayu (wind god). Arjuna with the blessing of Indra.
Nakula and Sahadeva were born to Madri with the blessings of Ashwini Kumars.
Pandu the husband of Kunti and Madri was cursed by a Yaksha that he will die if he approaches his wife for sexual union. Therefore Kunti who had got the boon from Durvasa to beget children from the God she likes uses the boon and shares the boon with Madri.

Hitopadesha Teachings on Knowledge

Of all things knowledge is most valued treasure because it cannot be stolen, given away or consumed.

Knowledge produces humility, which then leads to worthiness, when then leads to richness and happiness.
Knowledge of weapons is of no use in old age but the knowledge of books serves through out the life of a man.
Knowledge without pride is hard to be found.
Like a humble stream meeting the might ocean, knowledge introduces a man to men of power and wealth.
Hitopadesha

Swami Kriyananda Dies at 86 - Direct Disciple of Paramahansa Yogananda

Swami Kriyananda (J. Donald Walters) (1926 – 2013), one of the foremost proponents of yogic teachings in the world, died on April 21, 2013. In 1948 at the age of twenty-two, he became a disciple of the Indian yoga master, Paramahamsa Yogananda. He was one of a few remaining direct disciples of Yogananda.

Kriyananda, who was born J Donald Walters, breathed his last at 12 noon India time at his home in Asissi, a spokesperson for Ananda Sangha said here.
He was actively associated with Ananda Sangha.
Swami Kriyananda wrote around 140 books and 400 pieces of poetry. He also gave thousands of lectures around the world.
You can find more about Swami Kriyananda here.

Teachings of Swami Kriyananda
Fatigue is a symptom of self centeredness – Swami Kriyananda
To rise above limitations we have only to realize that we are deeper than our personalities – Swami Kriyananda
Swami Kriyananda Musings

Mother of Pandu in Mahabharat

Who is the mother of Pandu in the Mahabharata? Pandu was the father of the Pandavas.  Story of the birth of Pandu is narrated in Adi Parva of the Mahabharata. In the chapter it is mentioned that the Mother of Pandu is Ambalika.
Ambalika was the youngest of the three daughters of Kashi. She was married to Vichitravirya, the king of Hastinapura and son of Shantanu.
Vichitravirya died before he had a child with Ambalika.
To continue the Kuru lineage, Sage Vyasa was asked by Queen Satyavati to beget son. Thus Pandu was born to Ambalika.

Good Time on Thursday as per Astrology in Hindu Religion

There are certain general time on Thursday that is considered good as per astrology in Hindu religion. This time is taken into account after looking into all the inauspicious time on Thursday.
Please note that fixed good time on Thursday is not based on sunrise. It is the most auspicious period when there is no Rahukalam, Yamakandam and Gulikai. It must also be noted that Bhadra or Vishti is not considered in calculating the good time.
Good Time on Thursday are: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Lot of other factors like Chogadia, Dhurmuhurtham, Yoga and Varjyam are generally not considered when looking for general good time.

Quotes on Mind Control from Hindu Scriptures

Charity, discharge of one’s duties, tranquillity of the mind and the senses, study of scriptures, various kinds of rituals and vows—all these have control of the mind as their one object. Subjugation of the mind is samadhi. It is the highest yoga. (Bhagavata, 11.23.46)

Doubtless, O mighty-armed, the mind is intractable and restless; but by practice and detachment, O son of Kunti, it can be controlled. Bhagavadgita, (6.35)
If the intellect, being related to a distracted mind, loses its discrimination and therefore always remains impure, then the embodied soul never attains the goal, but enters into the rounds of births.   (Katha Upanishad, 1.3.7)
If the intellect, being related to a mind that is restrained, posseses discrimination and therefore always remains pure, then the embodied soul attains that goal from which one is not born again.  (Katha Upanishad, 1.3.8)

Hindu Women cannot worship Hanuman – Yet another Superstition

Women cannot worship Hanuman is another superstition spread by ignorant people who have no real knowledge of Hindu scriptures. Hanuman can be worshipped by anyone. Women can worship Hanuman. He is the epitome of Bhakti and Devotion. The best example of a devotee.
The concept of women cannot worship Hanuman comes from the fact that He is a Brahmachari (he was never married). So women worshipping him is not permitted as He will not like it.
This is a silly reason. As Hanuman himself as on numerous occasion stated that he is not at all moved by the presence of women – one such occasion was when Hanuman in search of Mata Sita enters the palace of Ravana and finds many women sleeping there. Hanuman then states his mind has not been least stirred by it. It is the mind that induces the sense either to virtue or to vice. He is thus pure – who considers all living beings alike.
To any women who have doubt regarding worshipping Hanuman; go and worship Hanuman. Because he will protect you like a…

Good Time on Wednesday in Hindu Religion

There are certain general time on Wednesday that is considered good as per astrology in Hindu religion. This time is taken into account after looking into all the inauspicious time on Wednesday.

Good Time on Wednesday are: 7:00 AM to 8:00 AM 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Please note that fixed good time on Wednesday is not based on sunrise. It is the most auspicious period when there is no Rahukalam, Yamakandam and Gulikai. It must also be noted that Bhadra or Vishti is not considered in calculating the good time.
Lot of other factors like Chogadia, Dhurmuhurtham, Yoga and Varjyam are generally not considered when looking for general good time.

Truth is the foundation of real spirituality – Sri Aurobindo

Fear is always a feeling to be rejected, because, what you fear is just the thing that is likely to come to you.
Truth is the foundation of real spirituality and courage is its soul.
Reason and intellectuality cannot make you see the Divine, it is the soul that sees.
The past is our foundation, the present our material and the future our aim and summit.
Faith does not depend upon experience; it is something that is there before experience. 
Sri Aurobindo

Story of MARA and Sage Valmiki – Chanting Name of Rama in Reverse

Valmiki in his earlier life was known as Ratnakara – a highway robber. It is said that he attained knowledge by repeating the name of Sri Rama in the reverse – MARA. The story narrates the glory of the name Rama.

Ratnakara used to loot the people who used to travel through the forest. Ratnakara once attacked the group of seven saints who had nothing to offer to the robber other than the name of Rama.
The seven sages told about the glory of the name Rama and the treasure it can unfold. The told him that the name is the key to the true treasure.
Ratnakara was completely immersed in practicing Adharma that he was unable to utter the word ‘Rama.’
The sages then as a solution asked him to repeat the name in the reverse order. Thus Ratnakara started chanting the name in reverse order: Mara
Mara…Mara…Mara soon became Rama… Rama…Rama.
In course of time Ratnakara became so fond of repeating the name that he became a pious saint.
Note – another story suggests that it was a meeting with Sage Na…

Good Time on Monday as Per Astrology in Hindu Religion

There are certain general time on Monday that is considered good as per astrology in Hindu religion. This time is taken into account after looking into all the inauspicious time on Monday.

Good Time on Monday are: 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Please note that fixed good time on a day is not based on sunrise. It is the most auspicious period when there is no Rahukalam, Yamakandam and Gulikai. It must also be noted that Bhadra or Vishti is not considered in calculating the good time.

Download Hindi Ramayana for Free in PDF format – Full Hindi Ramayan E-book

The particular Hindi Ramayana e-Book in PDF format for free download is provided by Ved Puran website. The Ramayan Hindi pdf file is nearly 182 MB. It is a single file. Most of the minor stories are also part of the book. The book is a digital version of the Ramayana published in 1927. 
Link – Download Hindi Ramayana Book in PDF format 
The link opens to a pdf file. It might take several minutes or hours depending on your net connect speed to open the file.
The file is hosted by the Vedpuran website.

Visobakhecher and Namadev – God in All Animate and Inanimate

A real life incident involving Visobakhecher and Namadev teaches us that God is in all animate and inanimate. Sant Namadev was one of the pillars of the Bhakti cult that developed around the worship of Bhagavan Vitthal of Pandarpur in Maharashtra during the middle ages. Sant Namadev was also a companion of Sant Dnyaneshwar.


Sant Namadev used to visit the BhagavanVitthalTemple in Pandarpur daily and he was attached to the temple. Sant Dnyaneshwar made fun of this attachment as Sant Namadev believed that the Lord was only in the temple.
Namadev used to converse with Lord Vitthal daily and he complained to the Lord about other people making fun of him for his attachment.
Lord Vitthal then asked Namdev to go to Visobakhecher who lived in a nearby village and receive spiritual teachings. Namdev was not ready to leave as it meant he will not be able to visit the temple for two or three days. Lord Vitthal convinced him to meet Visobakhecher.
Namdev reached the village of Visobakhecher and …

Good Time on Tuesday as per Astrology in Hindu Religion

There are certain general time on Tuesday that is considered good as per astrology in Hindu religion. This time is taken into account after looking into all the inauspicious time on Tuesday.

Good Time on Tuesday are: 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Please note that fixed good time on Tuesday is not based on sunrise. It is the most auspicious period when there is no Rahukalam, Yamakandam and Gulikai. It must also be noted that Bhadra or Vishti is not considered in calculating the good time.
Lot of other factors like Chogadia, Dhurmuhurtham, Yoga and Varjyam are generally not considered when looking for general good time.

Chidambaram Temple Timing – Opening and Closing Time of Chidambaram Temple in Tamil Nadu

The famous Chidambaram Temple in Tamil Nadu is dedicated to Shiva. Detail Timing – opening and closing time – is given below. At Chidambaram Temple Shiva is worshipped in three forms Nataraja, Crystal Linga form and as Nishkala (ether) in Chidambara Rahasyam. Chidambaram Temple is also one of the Pancha Bhoota Temple dedicated to Shiva.
There are also murtis of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva in the temple.
It is believed that worship at ChidambaramTemple will help in reliving health related problems. People are blessed with prosperity.
Chidambaram TempleTiming Morning Time – 6:00 AM to 12:30 PM Evening Time – 4:30 PM to 10:00 PM

Man is master of his destiny – Swami Vivekananda

Man is master of his destiny.

Have faith in yourselves, and stand up on that faith and be strong that is what we need.
In this external world, which is full of finite things, it is impossible to see and find the infinite. The infinite must be sought in that alone which is infinite, and the only thing infinite about us is that which is within us our own soul.
The majority of us cannot see beyond a few years, just as some animals cannot see beyond a few steps. Just a littler narrow circle – that is our world. We have not the patience to look beyond, and thus become immoral and wicked. This is our weakness, our powerlessness. Swami Vivekananda

Story of Jayadeva and Padmavati – Power of True Love

The story of Jayadeva, the author of Geeta Govinda, and his wife, Padmavati, demonstrates the power of true love. Jayadeva’s Geeta Govinda depicts the unparalleled love between Radha and Sri Krishna. Padmavati was a great dancer and she danced when her husband sang the Geeta Govinda. They performed in the court of the King of Orissa.

It is said that once when Padmavati was with the queen and the ladies of the court talked in great detail about a woman who had performed sati – who jumped into the funeral pyre of her husband. The ladies of the court said she was a great Pativrata (true and devoted wife).
Padmavati was not much impressed by the woman. When the queen wanted to know the reason, she said that a real Pativrata (true wife) would drop down dead the moment her husband dies.
The queen and the ladies of the court did not agree to Padmavati. When she had left they criticized her and decided to teach her a lesson.
They planned to send false news to her that her husband was dead. T…

Ashtami Snan at Langolbandh in Bangladesh

Ashtami Snan is an annual festival held on the Chaitra Shukla Paksha Ashtami (ninth day during the waxing phase of moon in Chaitra Month) as per Hindu Lunar Calendar. The festival is mainly observed at Langolbandh in Bangladesh. In 2019, Ashtami Snan begins on April 13.

The main ritual involves taking bath in the BrahmaputraRiver at Langalbandh in Narayanganj and other holy rivers associated with Hindu community in Bangladesh.
Ashtami Snan is a 7-day festival and fair at Langolbandh.

Always look at the bright side of things and you will be happy and will make others happy – Dada J P Vaswani

The stars can only indicate. They cannot compel. Man is the maker of his own destiny.

We must build bridges between hearts, for building bridges of brotherhood is the price of a man’s survival.
What we give to this world comes back to us. Therefore, let us give love, kindness, help, sympathy and service and they will return to us, and we will stand strong as a towering lighthouse amidst the stormy waves of this world.
Always look at the bright side of things and you will be happy and will make others happy. Dada J P Vaswani

Story of Snake and Elephant on Srikalahasti Shivling

Story of Snake and Elephant engraved on Srikalahasti Shivling states the importance of innocent and unwavering devotion. SrikalahastiTemple, located at Srikalahasti near Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh, is a famous shrine dedicated to Shiva. The Shivling worshipped in the temple is famous for the three signs on it – the three signs are of spider, snake and elephant.
Once a snake, wandering through the forest, stumbled upon a Shivling. It immediately recognized the greatness of the Shivling and started worshipping it with precious gems. The snake would daily bring precious gems and offer it near the Shivling.
During the same period, an elephant too discovered the Shivling hidden in the forest. It started offering flowers to the Shivling.
The snake would come and remove the flowers and offer precious gems.
The elephant would then come and remove the precious gems and offer flowers.
The snake and elephant never met but both became aware that someone else also was visiting the Shivling.
With…

Book Review – The Bhagavata Purana – Sacred Text and Living Tradition

The Bhagavata Purana – Sacred Text and Living Tradition is a collection of 12 essays by scholars on various aspects of the Srimad Bhagavad Purana. The book is published by Columbia Universtiy Press, New York and is edited by Ravi M. Gupta and Kenneth R.Valpey.
The book definitely is not for the reader who likes to read the stories in the Purana. This is for the student who is exploring the various aspects of Srimad Bhagavad Purana like the Time, Geography, Ethics, Cosmology, Love, Dance, Song, Recitation in modern day etc.
The essays in the book takes for granted that the reader is well aware of the stories and theme of Bhagavata Purana. The essays provide deep insight into the stories of the Purana by comparing it with other scriptures and literature from around the world. 
For example the first essay explores the story of Prahlad and Narasmiha Avatar of Vishnu:  “Prahlada’s virtue is his ability to listen and to speak truth, but also to find strength in silence while being tortured …

Desires go on increasing and burning more fiercely as they are fed – Ramana Maharshi

If we could all remain children and not grow up at all, it would be such a happy world….

Identifying ourselves with the body is putting the cart before the horse and is why we stumble in life.
Desires go on increasing and burning more fiercely as they are fed.
The more you yield to desire, the more dominant it becomes in your life. It does not matter the desire – the more you try to satisfy desire, the more you become captivated and enslaved by it. Ramana Maharshi

Story of Origin of Footwear in Hindu Tradition

The story associated with the origin of footwear in Hindu tradition is found in the Mahabharata. Legend has it that the heat of the sun became unbearable for people on earth. Fed up with the heat of sun, Sage Jamadagni, father of Parashurama, started sending arrows at the sun. Sage Jamadagni’s wife Renuka was supplying him with the arrows.

Mata Renuka kept on filling the quiver with arrows. Sage Jamadagni continued sending arrows at the sun.
Surya, the sun god in Hindu tradition, then heated up the route of Mata Renuka. She could not bear the heat and fell down near a banyan tree.
Sage Jamadagni was angry at not getting enough arrows. When Mata Renuka returned and informed Sage Jamadagni what had happened, he was even more angrier and increased the number of arrows against the sun.
Surya then came in the disguise of an old saint and told Sage Jamadagni that he will not be able to bring down or block the sun with his arrows.
But Sage Jamadagni was determined to block the sun with his…

Born During Rahukalam – Is birth during Rahu Kalam Bad in Hindu Religion

Many people in Hindu religion conclude that born during Rahukalam is bad. But reality is that birth during no time is bad. So the answer to the question – Is birth during Rahu Kalam Bad is No.
If one goes through the Hindu scriptures it is clearly stated that all living and nonliving beings are nothing but the Supreme Truth (called by names like Vishnu, Devi, Shiva, Ganesha etc). So as per Hinduism there is neither birth nor death. One form transforms into another form.
What is time? Time is nothing but a human creation. So anything that is based on it is not true.
Birth of a being takes place long before it comes out of the womb. So it is near impossible to find the so called birth time of a baby.
Now a question arises why do we see Rahu Kalam in calendar? This has been part of some cultures for a long time. So it is being followed by some people. It must be noted here that there are millions of Hindus who do not look into Rahu Kalam. Again in some regions Rahukalam is constant bu…

Ravan Chhaya – Oral Tradition of Shadow Puppetry in Orissa Based on Ramayana

Ravan Chhaya is struggling puppetry tradition in Orissa based on Ramayana. This oral tradition follows the Vichitra Ramayana version of Valmiki Ramayan by medieval poet Vishwanath Khuntia.
Indian Express writes about Ravan Chhaya  The folk form, once seen as a means of livelihood of some indigenous communities, was neglected because of a lack of patronage and insufficient funds. It almost disappeared in the 1940s. Right now, Ravan Chhaya Natya Sansada, a registered cultural group, stands as the lone preserver of the art form, which exists only in an oral format. At the helm of the project is 75-year-old Khageshwar Pradhan, who has been staging Ravan Chhaya for more than 50 years. "We are often told to take up new projects with new stories, but Ravan Chhaya is the tradition and, with the support of SangeetNatakAcademy, we have retained the ancient format," he says. Unique to the Angul district of Orissa, Ravan Chhaya is performed at least 15 times a year in the state and acr…