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Pooyam Matching Stars for Marriage – Pooyam Nakshatra Marriage Compatibility

Pooyam Nakshatra matching stars for marriage in details is given below. It is the eighth birth star among the 27 Nakshatra in Hindu horoscope and astrology. Pooyam marriage compatibility or the very best matching stars are Punirtham and Revathi Other good matching stars with Pooyam are Bharani, Rohini, Makayiram (3rd and 4th quarter), Thiruvathira, Anizham, Thiruonam, Pooruruttathi and Uthrittathi. Ashwathy, Kartika, Makayiram (1st and 2nd quarter), Pooyam, Ayiliyam, Atham, Chothi, Vishakam (4th quarter), Triketta, Moolam, Pooradam, Uthiradam (1st quarter), Avittam and Chathayam are okay – means not bad. Stars that do not match with Pooyam are Magham, Pooram, Uthiram, Chithira, Vishakam (1st, 2nd and 3rd quarter) and Uthiradam (2nd, 3rd and 4th quarter).

Malayalam Calendar 2014 Online – Download Kerala Calendar 2014 in PDF format for free

Malayalam Calendar 2014 in pdf for download is provided by the Deepika Newspaper and Kerala Kaumudi (not yet updated) in Kerala. Last year Mathurbhumi had also provided their calendar online but they have stopped it. Malayala Manorama does not provide the 2014 calendar online for free. The 2014 Malayalam calendar contains important festivals in Kerala and uses Malayalam language to mention Nakshatram and festival details. You can visit the newspaper website and download it here -  Deepika Malayalam Calendar 2014 Kerala Kaumudi Calendar 2014 in PDF format - You download it here at  Kerala Kaumudi calendar 2014 .

Swami Virajananda Teachings on Ahimsa

Teachings on Ahimsa by Swami Virajananda. That Ahimsa (Non-injury) is the supreme virtue is no doubt true. But merely professing it by word of mouth is worse than useless; merely refraining from killing animals, as for example, not taking fish or meat, is not Ahimsa. True non-injury can only be practiced when God is seen in all beings, that is, when the Self is realized. The very nature of living necessarily involves at every moment, whether knowingly or unknowingly, destruction of or injury to the lives of countless beings, visible and invisible. The Yogis practise austerities by living upon milk, because it is a purely Sattvic food. But to obtain that milk the calf which has its birthright to the whole of its mother’s milk, has to be deprived of a part of its natural food. Is this not an act of injury or cruelty? But the more one can live without consciously injuring or harming others, so much the better. However, by the habitual practice of real non-injury, o

Punartham Matching Stars for Marriage – Punartham Marriage Compatibility

Punartham Nakshatra matching stars for marriage in details is given below. It is the seventh birth star among the 27 Nakshatra in Hindu horoscope and astrology. Punartham marriage compatibility or the very best matching stars are Ashwathy, Rohini, Makayiram, Thiruvathira, Moolam, Thiruonam, Pooruruttathi and Uthrittathi. Other good matching stars with Punirtham are Bharani, Kartika, Punirtham, Pooyam, Uthram (2nd, 3rd, 4th quarter), Atham, Chithira (1 and 2 quarter), Chothi, Vishakam, Anizham, Pooradam, Uthiradam, Avittam, Chathyam and Revati. Ayiliyam, Magham, Uthram (1st quarter), Chithira (3 and 4 quarter), and Triketta are okay – means not bad. Star that does not match with Punirtham is Pooram.

Chintapurni Devi – About Goddess Chintpurni Maa

Chintapurni Devi is a manifestation of Goddess Chinnamastika Devi. Some scholars are also of the belief that Chintpurni Maa is another name of Goddess Chinnamastika. The most popular temple dedicated to Chintapurni Devi is located at Chhaproh around 5 km from Bharwai in Una District in Himachal Pradesh. The popular belief is that the murti of Goddess Chinnamastika in the form of Chintapurni Devi was found by an ardent Shakti Devotee named Mai Dasa. Legend has it that once on his way to the next village, Mai Dasa happened to take rest under a pipal tree. He soon fell into deep sleep and had a dream. In the dream Chintapurni Devi told him that her pindi was located nearby and he should build a temple in honor of her. Soon Mai Dasa woke up and searched for the pindi and found it nearby. He also discovered a pond nearby. A temple dedicated to Chintapurni Devi was built here. Related Story of Chinnamastika – About Hindu Goddess Chinnamastika

Panchalinga Darshana Temples in Talakad in Karnataka – Five Shiva Temples That are Visited Part of Talakad Panchalinga Darshana

Panchalinga Darshana is visit to the five major Shiva temples in Talakad in Karnataka and is held in once in 12 years or when Kartik Amavasya falls on Monday. The five Shiva temples have to be visited on a single day. The five temples are: Vaidyeshwara Temple Maruleshwara Temple ( Sri Kanteshwara) Pathaleshwara Temple Arakeshwara Temple and Mallikarjuneshwara Temple Devotees first visit the Vaidyeshwara temple. Then they walk through the sand dunes to visit the Pathaleshwara and Maruleshwara Temple . The Arakeshwara and Mallikarjuneshwara temples are located on the outskirts of Talakad and visited in a vehicle. Lord Shiva dwells in holy Talakadu in the form of five Lingas. The holy pond here is known as Gokarna. Every year when the Sun enters Tula Rashi, Ganga from Kashi comes and joins the stream here. Devotees take dip in Gokarna Tirtha and worship Vaidyeshwara, take a dip in Purva Vahin Kaveri (east flowing Cauvery river) and worship Vasukishwara,

Dhanishta Nakshatra Matching Stars for Marriage – Dhanishta Nakshatra Marriage Compatibility

Dhanishta Nakshatra matching stars for marriage in details is given below. Dhanishta  is the 23rd birth star among the 27 Nakshatra in Hindu horoscope and astrology. Dhanishta marriage compatibility or the very best matching stars are Magham, Uttar Phalguni (2nd, 3rd and 4 th quarter), Swathi, Vishaka (1st, 2nd, 3rd quarter), Moola, Uttarashada and Shravan. Other good matching stars with Dhanishta are Krittika, Uttar Phalguni (1 st Quarter) Hasta, Chitra, Vishaka (4th quarter), Anuradha, Jyeshta, Purvashada, Dhanishta and Shatabhisha. Ashwini, Bharani, Rohini, Ardra, Pushya, Aslesha, Purva Phalguni, Purvabhadra and Uttarabhadra are okay – means not bad. Stars that do not match with Dhanishta are Mrigasira, Punarvasu and Revathi.

Uttarabhadra Nakshatra Matching Stars for Marriage – Uttara Bhadra Nakshatra Marriage Compatibility

Uttarabhadra Nakshatra matching stars for marriage in details is given below. Uttara Bhadra is the 26th birth star among the 27 Nakshatra in Hindu horoscope and astrology. Uttara Bhadra marriage compatibility or the very best matching stars are Hasta, Swathi, Vishaka (1st, 2nd and 3rd quarter), Purvashada, Uttarashada, Shravan and Purvabhadra Other good matching stars with Uttarabhadra are Rohini, Ardra, Pushya, Uttaraphalguni (2nd, 3rd and 4th quarter), Chitra, Vishaka (4th quarter), Anuradha, Jyeshta, Moola, Dhanishta, Shathabhisha, Uttarabhadra and Revathi. Bharani, Mrigasira, Punarvasu, Aslesha, Magha, Purvaphalguni and Uttaraphalguni (1st quarter) are okay – means not bad. Stars that do not match with Uttarabhadra are Ashwini and Krittika.

Panchalinga Darshan 2013 at Talakad in Karnataka – A Rare and Auspicious Event

The Panchalinga Darshan is held at Talakad in Karnataka and involves the darshan of five Shivling during an auspicious period as per Hindu Panchang. Panchalinga Darshan 2013 at Talakad begins on December 2 and ends on December 7. The pujas and rituals associated it with begins on November 28, 2013. The Panchalinga Darshana constitutes of darshan of Shivling at Vaidyeshwara, Pataleshwara, Maruleshwara, Mallikarjuneshwara and Arakeshwara temples. It is believed that a darshan of the five Shivlings during the special occasion helps in attaining peace and prosperity. People also undertake the darshan to fulfill their desires. Panchalinga Darshana is usually held once in 12 years at Talakad and depends on specific astrological calculation. But the 12 year cycle is broken depending on astrological calculation. The last Panchalinga Darshan was held in 2009. Panchalinga Darshan 2013 is an odd one as it falls before the next 12-year cycle. The Panchalinga Darshana in 2013 is bec

Purvabhadra Nakshatra Matching Stars for Marriage – Purva Bhadra Nakshatra Marriage Compatibility

Purvabhadra Nakshatra matching stars for marriage in details is given below. Purva Bhadra is the 25th birth star among the 27 Nakshatra in Hindu horoscope and astrology. Purva Bhadra marriage compatibility or the very best matching stars are Vishaka, Moola and Uttarashada. Other good matching stars with Purvabhadra are Ashwini, Punarvasu (1st, 2nd and 3rd quarter), Uttara Phalguni (2nd, 3rd and 4th quarter), Hasta, Chitra, Swathi, Anuradha, Purvashada, Shravan, Dhanisha, Shathabhisha and Purvabhadra (1st, 2nd and 3rd quarter). Bharani, Krittika, Rohini, Mrigasira, Ardra, Punarvasu (4th quarter), Pushya, Magha, Purvaphalguni, Uttara Phalguni (1st quarter), Jyeshta, Purvabhadra (4 th quarter) and Uttarabhadra are okay – means not bad. Stars that do not match with Purvabhadra are Aslesha and Revathi

Lakshadeepam 2020 at Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Trivandrum

On the Makar Sankranti day in 2020,  Sree   Padmanabha   Swamy   Temple  in  Trivandrum , Kerala, will celebrate the unique festival of Lakshadeepam – lighting of one hundred thousand deepams or one lakh lights. Murajapam which began on November 19, 2019 will conclude on the day. The Murajapam is held for 56 days. Lakshadeepam marks the culmination of ‘murajapam.’ Murajapam is nearly two month long chanting of mantras for the welfare people and the land. The tradition of murajapam and lakshadeepam was started in 1750 AD by the then Travancore King primarily to mitigate the sins occurred during wars and annexations. Murajapam and Lakshadeepam are held once in six years. Laksha-Deepam was last held on January 14, 2014. From January 14, 2020 to January 17, 2020, the entire Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple will be adorned with traditional lamps. The aazhivilakkula in the Sheveli Pura, and temporarily made Thatti vilakkukal and Edinjilvilakkukal will be lit for four days. 

Shathabisha Nakshatra Matching Stars for Marriage – Shathabisha Nakshatra Marriage Compatibility

Shathabisha Nakshatra matching stars for marriage in details is given below. Shathabisha is the 24th birth star among the 27 Nakshatra in Hindu horoscope and astrology. Shathabisha marriage compatibility or the very best matching stars are Uttarphalguni (2nd, 3rd and 4th quarter), Chitra, Swathi, Vishaka, Jyeshta, Moola, Purvashada, Uttarashada, Shravan and Dhanishta. Other good matching stars with Shathabisha are Krittika, Ardra, Aslesha, Purvaphalguni, Uttarphalguni (1 st quarter), Hasta, Shatabhisha, Purvabhadra (1st, 2nd and 3rd quarter) and Revathi. Ashwini, Bharani, Rohini, Mrigasira, Punarvasu (1st, 2nd and 3rd quarter), Anuradha, Magham and Purvabhadra (4th quarter), are okay – means not bad. Stars that do not match with Shathabisha are Punarvasu (4th quarter), Pushya and Uttarabhadra.

A 7th Century Mukha Linga on Display in Vietnam - First Intact Mukha Linga Discovered In Southeast Asia

The formless Supreme Truth, Shiva appeared in the form of Shivling to satisfy His devotees. There are several types of Shivlings and one of the rare forms is the Mukha Linga with face of Shiva carved on the lingam. An 7th Century Mukha Linga was recovered from the complex of Cham temple ruins in Quang Nam Province in central Vietnam recently. It is now on display My Son Champa. The Shivling on display is made from a block of brownish gold sandstone. It is 1.46 meters high. The Shiva bust on the round head of the Shivling. This is the first intact Mukha Linga discovered in  Southeast Asia. Thanh Nien reports    Doctor Ngo Van Doanh from the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies at Vietnamese Academy of Social Sciences called the mukhalinga special, and the first intact one of its kind to be discovered in Southeast Asia Nguyen Cong Huong, chief manager of My Son, said mukhalingas were only known in Vietnam through images and documents.  “The display has been a

Where are Bronze Idols of Hindu Gods Made in India? – Place Where Bronze Murtis are made in India

Bronze Hindu God Idols are mainly made in South India , especially in Tamil Nadu. Thanjavur District in Tamil Nadu in India is famous for making Bronze murtis of Hindu Gods. The chief centers that make the idols in bronze are Kumbakonam, Natchiarkoil and Swami Malai. All these places are located in Thanjavur District in Tamil Nadu. The people who make the murtis are known as Satapathi’s. Around 45-50 families of stapathis, living in Swamimalai village, have been practicing metal casting since many generations. Currently the 37 generation of the Satapathi’s are pursuing the career.

Shravan Nakshatra Matching Stars for Marriage – Shravan Nakshatra Marriage Compatibility

Shravan Nakshatra matching stars for marriage in details is given below. Shravan is the 22nd birth star among the 27 Nakshatra in Hindu horoscope and astrology. Shravan marriage compatibility or the very best matching stars are Hasta and Vishaka (1st, 2nd and 3rd quarter). Other good matching stars with Shravan are Rohini, Punarvasu, Purvaphalguni, Uttaraphalguni, Chitra, swathi, Vishaka (4th quarter), Mool, Purvashada, Uttarashada, Shravan and Purvabhadra Ashwini, Bharani, Krittika, Mrigasira, Pushya, Aslesha, Anuradha, Jyeshta, Dhanishta, Shatabhishak, Uttarabhadra and Revathi are okay – means not bad. Stars that do not match with Shravan are Ardra and Magha.

Kapoteswara – Story of Shiva as Kapota Ishwara – Pigeon Avatar

Kapoteswara or Kapota Ishwara is one among the one thousand names of Shiva. The name is also included in the one hundred names of Shiva. Kapota means pigeon. The story of Shiva as Kapoteswara is included in the Skanda Purana. Legend has it that Shiva once undertook severe tapas (ascetic practice of surviving in severe conditions). Shiva did not eat or drink and lived on air. He avoided all activities. As a result of the severe tapas, Shiva shrunk to the size of pigeon. Henceforth, he was known by the name of Kapota. It must be noted here that the famous Amarnath Cave Shrine there are two white pigeons always present. There is another story which states that fed with the never ending desires of certain humans, Shiva got angry with them and turned them into pigeons. These pigeons live in Shiva temples and sacred places hoping to get their curse revoked. 

Hindu Scriptures on How to Control Desires

Quotes and teachings on how to control desires from the Hindu scriptures. To obstruct thoughts that are inimical to yoga, contrary thoughts should be brought in. (Yoga Sutra) O Desire, I know your roots, you rise from imagination; I will not imagine and hence shall destroy you with your root. (Mahabharata) Salutations to the gods. Desire performed the act. Desire did the act. Desire is doing the act, not I. Desire is the agent, not I. Desire causes the doer to act, not I. O Desire, fascinating in form, let this oblation be offered to thee. Svaha! (Mahanarayana Upanishad) Desire can be overcome by meditation on the heart that has given up all attachment to sense-objects. (Yoga Sutra) When all desires clinging to one’s heart fall of, then a mortal becomes immortal (and) attains Brahman here. (Katha Upanishad)

Thiruvathira Matching Stars for Marriage – Tiruvathira Nakshatra Marriage Compatibility

Thiruvathira Nakshatra matching stars for marriage in details is given below. It is the sixth star among the 27 Nakshatra in Hindu horoscope and astrology. Tiruvathira marriage compatibility or the very best matching stars are Bharani, Rohini, Makayiram, Uthram (2nd, 3rd and 4th Quarter), Pooradam, Uthradam, Chathayam, Pooruruttathi and Revathi. Other good matching stars with Thiruvathira are Ashwathy, Kartika, Thiruvathira, Punirtham (1st, 2nd and 3rd quarter), Ayiliyam, Atham, Chithira (1st and 2nd quarter), Chothi, Triketta, Moolam, Thiruonam, Avittam and Uthrittathi. Punirtham (4th quarter), Pooyam, Pooram, Uthram (1st Quarter), Chithira (1st and 2nd quarter), Vishakam, Anizham, are okay – means not bad. Star that does not match with Thiruvathira is Magham.

Kali Yuga Duration – What is the number of years of Kali Yuga?

Kali Yuga is the fourth of the four yugas in Hinduism and we are living in the Kali Yuga. The duration or number of years in Kali Yuga is calculated differently – one has to convert the years of devas into the years of the human beings. The Duration of Kali Yuga is 432,000 human years. Its duration is 1200 years of the Gods. A year of the gods is equal to 360 years of human beings. Thus the duration of Kali Yuga is 432,000 human years. All unheard and unknown things will take place during Kali. There will be no respect for Mother Earth. Fed up with the activities of human beings, there will be earthquakes, drought, torrential rains, floods and various kinds of diseases. Devotion and mere remembrance of the name of God all times is the only solution to escape from Kali Yuga.

Goddess Vishalakshi – Information About Goddess Vishalakshi

Vishalakshi is the consort of Vishwanath Shiva and is a manifestation of Mother Goddess Shakti. Vishalakshi means the ‘wide eyed.’ She is the founding goddess of Kashi. The most important temple dedicated to Goddess Vishalakshi is located in Varanasi. The popular belief is that Vishalakshi Devi Shrine in Kashi or Varanasi is located in the spot where face of Goddess Sati fell. Some people believe that the shrine is located in the spot where the earring fell.  Shiva was carrying the body of Sati who died in Daksha Yajna. Due to this all creation stopped and there was havoc in the universe. To stop this situation, Bhagavan Vishnu cut the body of Sati with Chakra and the places where Sati’s body fell became Shakti Peethas. In most places where Shiva is worshipped as Vishwanath, the name of the consort is usually Vishalakshi. Goddess Vishalakshi is also worshipped in the famous Rameswaram Temple. 

Dwapara Yuga Duration – What is the number of years of Dwapara Yuga?

Dwapara Yuga is the third of the four yugas in Hinduism. The duration or number of years in Dwapara Yuga is calculated differently – one has to convert the years of devas into the years of the human beings. The Duration of Dwapara Yuga is 864,000 human years. Its duration is 2400 years of the Gods. A year of the gods is equal to 360 years of human beings. Thus the duration of Dwapara Yuga is 864,000 human years. In the Dwapara Yuga, Sri Krishna was present on earth. Dharma had only two legs, she had lost her two legs. 

About Patha Sivalayam at One Town in Vijayawada – Sri Bhramaramba Malleswara Swamy Varla Devasthanam

Sri Bhramaramba Malleswara Swamy Varla Devasthanam, popularly known as Patha Sivalayam, is a very popular shrine at One Town in Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh. The temple is noted for its four huge walls with 1008 notches for lighting of earthen lamps around the temple. It is believed that the temple was once. The temple is dedicated to Shiva and Goddess Parvati is worshipped here as Goddess Bhramaramba. The Hindu writes about the temple  The temple campus extended up to Tarapet railway goods shed in East and up to Chitti Nagar Kotha Ammavari temple in North. A Kala Bhairava idol was unearthed when the priests were performing a pooja to replace ‘Dhwaja sthambam’ a few decades ago. The temple has been renovated time and again by many rulers and also during the British period, says Rachakonda Kameswara Sarma in his book ‘Vijayawada Patha Sivalayam sthala puranam’. The temple got its name Paata Sivalayam, which literally means Old Sivalayam, not merely because it is th

Number Of Times To Go Around Ganesha Temple? – Ganesha Circumambulation

How many times should a devotee go around Ganesha murti in a Hindu temple? Now this is a perplexing question as there are no written rules. And the number of times people go around varies from region to region. Circumambulation, or simply going around, of deity in the sanctum sanctorum is an important part of temple visit. But as per majority of pandits, astrologers and pujaris, one should go around Ganesha in a temple three times. Three circumambulations should be made in a  Ganesh   Temple . But there are people who do 3 or 5 or 7. This is also permitted in many regions. But one should never do 2 or 4 or 6 circumambulation around Ganesha.

Uttarashada Nakshatra Matching Stars for Marriage – Uttara Shada Nakshatra Marriage Compatibility

Uttarashada Nakshatra matching stars for marriage in details is given below. Uttara Shada is the 21st birth star among the 27 Nakshatra in Hindu horoscope and astrology. Uttarashada marriage compatibility or the very best matching stars are Uttara Phalguni, Swathi and Purvashada Other good matching stars with Uttarashada are Ardra, Pushya, Purva Phalguni, Hasta, Anuradha, Mool, Uttarashada, Shravan, Shatabhisak and Purva Bhadra (1 st , 2 nd and 3 rd quarter) Ashwini, Bharani, Krittika, Rohini, Aslesha, Magha, Chitra, Vishaka (1 st , 2 nd and 3 rd quarter), Jyeshta, Dhanishta, Purva Bhadra (4 th quarter), Uttara Bhadra and Revathi are okay – means not bad. Stars that do not match with Uttarashada are Mrigasira, Punarvasu and Vishaka (4th quarter).

Story of Devapi – Elder Brother of Shantanu in the Epic Mahabharata

Devapi belonged to the clan of Kurus and was the son of Pratipa, king of the lunar race. As per Bhagavad Purana and Mahabharata, he was the elder brother of Shantanu and Bahlika. Legend has it that when Shantanu became the king of Hastinapura there was no rain for 12 years. This resulted in a terrible famine. People believed that the severe drought was the result of younger brother (Shantanu) occupying the throne, when the elder brother (Devapi) was still alive. As a solution to the drought, Shantanu then offered the kingdom to Devapi. But he rejected it and instead agreed to be the chief priest for conducting a yajna to invoke gods for rain. Devapi thus succeeded in bringing rain to Hastinapura. There are numerous reasons given as to why Devapi was excluded from the throne. Brahadevata states that he suffered from a skin disease. Mahabharata states that Devapi was crippled and so the people objected to him ascending the throne. Bhagavad Purana states that when he w

Ganesha Murti (Idol) made of 21 lakh Shivlingi Seeds

Shivlingi Seeds are so named because the seeds resemble Shiva Lingam. Jagjit Singh Chhabra, based in Indore , created a 3-feet murti of Ganesha using Shivling seeds. The murti is unique and the effort put behind it is monstrous because the dimension of the Shivlingi seed is 5.5 mm in length, 3.5 mm in width and 3.5mm in height. He used 2,100,000 (21 lakh) seeds to create the 3-feet Ganesh murti. Shivlingi is a medical plant found in India . Botanical name is Bryonia laciniosa Linn. In English, it is known as Diplocyclos palmatus, Lollipop climber, and Native bryony. You can find more details about this unique effort and contact Jagjit Singh Chhabra here at his blog. Shivlingi plant with frruit Shivlingi is known as Linga konde balli in Kannada; Aiviralikkova and Neyyunni in Malayalam; Aiviralikkovai, Shivalingakkay, Iyveli in Tamil and Linga Donda in Telugu. Shivling seeds

Treta Yuga Duration – What is the number of years of Treta Yuga?

Treta Yuga is the second of four yugas in Hinduism . The duration or number of years in Treta Yuga is calculated differently – one has to convert the years of devas into the years of the human beings. The Duration of Treta Yuga is 1,269,000 human years. Its duration is 3250 years of the Gods. A year of the gods is equal to 360 years of human beings. Thus the duration of Treta Yuga is 1.269 million years. Related Satya Yuga Duration in Hinduism

Satya Yuga Duration – What is the number of years of Satya Yuga?

Satya Yuga is the first of four yugas in Hinduism. The duration or number of years in Satya Yuga is calculated differently – one has to convert the years of devas into the years of the human beings. The Duration of Satya Yuga is 1,728,000 human years. Satya Yuga is the golden age. Its duration is 4, 800 years of the Gods. An year of the gods is equal to 360 years of human beings. Thus the duration of Satya Yuga is 1.728 million years.

Sanskrit Education in Benaras Hindu University and the University of Pune

Benaras Hindu University (BHU) and the University of Pune are two the most important universities in India dedicated to Sanskrit Education. Benaras Hindu University is only university in India where both the traditional and modern systems of Sanskrit education exist. The Centre of Advanced Study in Sanskrit in the University of Pune is country’s oldest UGC centre of advanced study in Sanskrit.  Hindustan Times reports   The Faculty of Sanskrit Vidya Dharma Vijnan (Faculty of SVDV) that grants the title of Shastri (equivalent to a BA), Acharya (equivalent to an MA) and Vidyavaridhi (equivalent to a PhD) is the traditional wing of Sanskrit Education in the Benaras Hindu University   Department of Sanskrit in the Faculty of Arts which grants the routine BA, MA and PhD degrees is the modern wing of this university.   The Centre of Advanced Study in Sanskrit in the University of Pune also has a pronounced emphasis on a system of research that integrates the classical and c

Significance of the ghee-filled coconut offered at Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple

One of the most important offering at the Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple in Kerala is the ghee-filled coconut. The ghee taken in the coconut is poured on the idol and the coconut is thrown into the ‘homa kundam’ in front of the temple. Symbolically, the ‘ghee’ in the coconut represents the ‘soul.’ And the human body is represented by the coconut. After the arduous trek, when a devotee stands face to face with Lord Ayyappa – the ghee poured on the Lord symbolically represents the merging of the individual soul with the universal soul or the ‘Jivatma’ with ‘Paramatma.’ Finally, the empty coconut, which represents the body, is consumed by the fire in the ‘homa kundam.’ Related How to do the Irumudi kettu? How to Observe Sabarimala Mandala Vratham? Five Important Temples Dedicated to Ayyappa in Kerala

Purvashada Nakshatra Matching Stars for Marriage – Purva Shada Nakshatra Marriage Compatibility

Purvashada Nakshatra matching stars for marriage in details is given below. Purva Shada is the 20th birth star among the 27 Nakshatra in Hindu horoscope and astrology. Purvashada marriage compatibility or the very best matching stars are Purva Phalguni and Uttara Phalguni. Other good matching stars with Purvashada are Mrigasira (3rd and 4th quarter), Punarvasu, Aslesha, Magha, Hasta, Chitra, Swathi, Vishaka (1st, 2nd and 3rd quarter), Mool, Purvashada, Uttarashada (1st quarter), Purvabhadra (4 th quarter) and Revathi Bharani, Krittika (2nd, 3rd and 4th quarter), Rohini, Mrigasira (1st and 2nd quarter), Ardra, Pushya, Vishaka (4th quarter), Anuradha, Jyeshta, Uttarashada (2nd, 3rd and 4th quarter),  Dhanishta, Purvabhadra (1st, 2nd and 3rd quarter) and Uttara Bhadra are okay – means not bad. Star that do not match with Purvashada are Ashwini, Krittika (1st quarter), Shravan and Shatabhisak (Sadayam).

Harivarasanam Lyrics in Malayalam in pdf – Download Harivarasanam Song Dedicated to Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple in Malayalam

Harivarasanam  the most famous song dedicated to Lord Ayyappa is recited just prior to closing of the  Sabarimala   Ayyappa   Temple  doors at night. Here is the Harivarasanam lyrics  in Malayalam in pdf format. Harivarasanam song is sung when doors of the sanctum sanctorum of the  Sabarimala   Ayyappa   Temple  is closed for the day at night. Today it is known as the Urakku Pattu – or the song that sends Ayyappa to sleep.  Link – Harivarasanam Lyrics in Malayalam in pdf

Yantra for Business – Which Yantra Should Be Worshipped for Good Profit in Business?

Yantra for business are those associated with Goddess Lakshmi, Kubera and Ganesha. Worshipping the Yantra will help in attaining good profit in business. These yantras should be placed in business location, home, office, factories, vehicles etc for progress in business. One should worship the Yantra daily, offer prayers, be determined and dedicated, perform food donation and avoid evil company to achieve success. Some of the Yantra for Business include Karya Shiddhi Yantra, Kubera, Lakshmi – Kuber Yantra, Lakshmi Yantra and Ganesh Lakshmi Yantra. Proper worship of the Yantra will help in achieving huge profit in business. Those businesses that are in loss will become profitable through the constant worship of Yantras like Karya Shiddhi Yantra, Kubera, Lakshmi – Kuber Yantra, Lakshmi Yantra and Ganesh Lakshmi Yantra.

Kumbha Rashi Mantra in Hindi – Kumbh Rashi Mantra

Kumbha Rashi is the 11th Rasi among the 12 moon signs as per traditional Hindu moon astrology. This Kumbh Rashi Mantra in Hindi is the most important mantra and is chanted for overcoming all astrological related troubles that Kumbha Rashi faces. The mantra is highly meritorious and helps in avoiding danger, getting jobs and solving marriage related problems. The mantra can be chanted while performing daily prayers.  Kumbha Rashi Mantra in Hindi

Poonam 2022 Dates – Poonam Fasting Time And Days In 2022 Hindu Calendar

Poonam is the full moon day in traditional Hindu lunar calendar in Gujarat. Below are the Poonam time and dates in 2022. The term is widely used Gujarat and certain parts of  India . The day is considered highly auspicious by Hindus and some communities observe a fast known as Poonam Vrat – from sunrise to sunset on the full moon day. Please note that in some regions Poonam might start a day early (mostly during previous day night) or in some cases overlap into the next day (might end on the morning of next day). Poonam 2022 dates based on Indian Standard Time (IST) July 13, 2022, Wednesday Poonam Vrat is on July 13 August 12, 2022, Friday Poonam Vrat is on August 11 September 10, 2022, Saturday  Poonam Vrat is on September 9 October 9, 2022, Sunday Poonam Vrat is on October 9. November 8, 2022, Tuesday Poonam Vrat is on November 7. December 8, 2022, Thursday Poonam Vrat is on December 7. Poonam 2023 dates based on Indian Standard Time (IST) January 6, 2023, Friday. Poon

Where and How to make offerings at Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple?

Each Ayyappa devotee carries numerous holy items in his Irumudi Kettu as offerings to the Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple . The most important puja items carried by a devotee are coconut, ghee-filled coconut, rice, karpooram, agarbathi, bananas, turmeric etc. Each item in the irumudi kettu has to be offered in the designated place. Here is brief idea on where and how to make offerings at Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple . Coconut – minimum two The first coconut is broken at the Pampa Ganapati Temple . The second coconut is broken before climbing the Pathinettam Padi or the eighteen holy steps. Some devotees also break a coconut after completing the darshan at the base of Pathinettam Padi. Those devotees undertaking thenga uruttal or the rolling of coconut at Malikappuram Temple should carry another coconut. Neyythenga or coconut filled with ghee The ghee in the coconut is offered for Neyyabhishekam. If there is a group then you can collect the ghee

Mool Nakshatra Matching Stars for Marriage – Moola Nakshatra Marriage Compatibility

Mool Nakshatra matching stars for marriage in details is given below. Moola is the 19th birth star among the 27 Nakshatra in Hindu horoscope and astrology. Mool marriage compatibility or the very best matching stars are Magha, Hasta, and Vishaka. Other good matching stars with Mool are Ardra, Punarvasu, Pushya, Aslesha, Puravaphalguni, Chitra, Swathi and Jyeshta. Ashwini, Krittika (3rd and 4th quarter), Rohini, Mrigasira (3rd and 4th quarter), Uttaraphalguni, Anuradha, Moola, Purvashada, Uttarashada (1st quarter), Shravan, Dhanishta, Shatabhishak, Purvabhadra, Uttarabhadra and Revathi are okay – means not bad. Star that do not match with Mool are Bharani, Krittika (1st and 2nd quarter), Mrigasira (1st and 2nd quarter) and Uttarashada (2nd, 3rd and 4th quarter).

Anuradha Nakshatra Matching Stars for Marriage – Anuradha Nakshatra Marriage Compatibility

Anuradha Nakshatra matching stars for marriage in details is given below. It is the 17th birth star among the 27 Nakshatra in Hindu horoscope and astrology. Anuradha marriage compatibility or the very best matching stars are Rohini, Ardra, Punarvasu, Pushya, Aslesha, Hasta, Swathi and Vishaka. Other good matching stars with Anuradha are Mrigasira, Purva Phalguni, Uttara Phalguni, Chitra, Anuradha and Jyeshta. Ashwini, Bharani, Kartika (2 nd , 3 rd and 4th quarter), Magha, Purva Shada, Shravan, Purva Bhadra, Uttara Bhadra and Revathi are okay – means not bad. Star that do not match with Anuradha are Kartika (1 st quarter), Mool, Uttara Shada, Dhanishta and Shatabhisak.

Sister Shivani of Brahma Kumaris Thoughts And Quotes

A small collection of quotes and thoughts of Sister Shivani of Brahma Kumaris. Happiness is a stable state of mind irrespective of situations, and hence happiness is our strength. Before I take the responsibility of those around me, I need to take responsibility of my own thinking and feelings. Happiness is not based on achievement. Happiness is not the destination, it is the journey. Happiness is a state of being, created while working towards the goal, not a feeling to be experienced after achieving the goal. What is beneficial for our soul will automatically be beneficial for society, for society is just the collective consciousness of all people put together. If all of us choose anger, then very soon our society will become a very violent society. Similarly, if we choose peace, soon, we will have a peaceful society. When I see something wrong, I can either take right action or I can shout about it and do nothing or I can be angry and put it right as well. I

Book – Brahma Dreaming – Hindu Stories with Black and White Illustrations

Brahma Dreaming is narrating several Hindu stories with illustrations of scenes and deities.  The illustrations are in black and white. So, what is new about the book? For Hindus who are aware of these stories, the illustrations provide a fresh approach. To those who are not aware of Hindu stories, the stories and illustrations are a good introduction to the Hindu world. To an average Hindu reader who is always used to seeing Mata Sita wearing a sari might find it hard to digest Sita in a European gown. Goddess Sati dressed like a Greek Goddess…forget the dresses and the drawing style… the illustrator has done a wonderful job in capturing the essence of the stories. The pictures narrate not just stories but more… Most stories and illustrations attempt to unravel the hidden symbolism. Brahma Dreaming is written by John Jackson and is illustrated by Daniela Jaglenka Terrazzini. About the book Brahma Dreaming is a collection of mythological adaptations in three parts, eac

How many times should we go around Goddess Durga in Temple?

Circumambulation, or simply going around, of deity in the sanctum sanctorum is an important part of temple visit. But how many times should a devotee go around Goddess Durga in a temple. Now this is a perplexing question as there are no written rules. And the number of times people go around varies from region to region. But as per majority of pandits, astrologers and pujaris, one should go around Goddess Durga in a temple only one time. Only one circumambulation should be made in a Durga Temple . But there are people who do 3 or 5 or 7. This is also permitted in many regions. But one should never do 2 or 4 or 6 circumambulation.

Story Of Demons Madhu And Kaitabha

The story of demons Madhu and Kaitabha happens when there was no earth and Vishnu was sleeping on the cosmic ocean. Madhu and Kaitabha appeared from the ear wax that flowed out from the both ears of Vishnu. The story of Madhu and Kaitabha is found in the Shanti Parva of Mahabharata. The demons performed intense austerities for several thousand years dedicated to Mother Goddess. Finally Devi appeared before them and they got the boon that death will only approach them when they desired it. Then Madhu and Kaitabha saw Brahma seated on the lotus flower which appeared from the navel of Vishnu. The demons saw him reading the Vedas. They stole the Vedas and hid it underwater. Brahma approached Vishnu to get back the Vedas. Vishnu then fought the two demons. The demons took turns to fight Vishnu. When one rested another fought with Vishnu. Vishnu soon realized that the demons were armed with the boon given by Mother Goddess and it is impossible to defeat them. Vishnu t

Jyeshta Nakshatra Matching Stars for Marriage – Jyeshta Nakshatra Marriage Compatibility

Jyeshta Nakshatra matching stars for marriage in details is given below. It is the 18th birth star among the 27 Nakshatra in Hindu horoscope and astrology. Jyeshta marriage compatibility or the very best matching stars are Krittika, Aslesha, Uttara Phalguni, Chitra and Vishaka. Other good matching stars with Jyeshta are Mrigasira, Ardra, Punarvasu, Pushya, Magha, Swathi, Anuradha and Jyeshta. Rohini, Purva Phalguni, Hasta, Mool, Uttara Shada, Dhanishta, Shatabhishak and Revathi are okay – means not bad. Star that do not match with Jyeshta are Ashwini, Bharani, Purva Shada, Shravan, Purvabhadra and Uttarabhadra

Largest Hindu Temple in the World to be built in West Champaran District in Bihar – Virat Ramayan Mandir

Virat Ramayan Mandir will be built at Janki Nagar near Kesaria in West Champaran District in Bihar . When completed it will be the largest Hindu Temple in the world. Here are few details about the planned Virat Ramayan Mandir: The temple will have a height of 440 feet – The present largest Hindu Temple in the world is the 12th century Angkor Wat temple complex in Cambodia , which is 215 feet high. Virat Ramayan Mandir will be 2268 ft. in length, 1296 ft. in width and 440 ft. in height. Virat Ramayan Mandir complex will comprise of 18 temples with high spires. The Shiva Temple in the complex would have the largest Shivling in the world. The temple is being built by the Mahavir Mandir Trust in Patna . The main temple with murtis of Ram, Sita, Luv and Kush will have a seating capacity of 20,000. The total cost of the construction of the temple is more 500 crore. Virat Ramayan Mandir is located at Janaki Nagar near Kesaria in North Bihar at a di

Dasama Dwara – The Tenth Door in Human Body in Hindu Tradition

Dasama means tenth and Dwara means Door –thus Dasama Dwara is the tenth door. As per Hindu tradition there are ten doors in a human body. But most people are only aware of nine doors (navadwarapura as mentioned in Bhagavad Gita) – the two eyes, two nostrils, mouth, two ears, the anus, and the opening of the generative organ and for urination. The tenth door is in the skull and this remains closed in most persons. The tenth door is also known as Brahma Randhara or Vhdrti. It is also known as Brahma Dwara in the Shat-chakra-nirupana Dasama Dwara is mentioned in the Katha Upanishad (II:3:16). It is said that there are one hundred and one channels (nadis) of the heart. Of these one channel pierces the skull leading outwards. The soul that goes out through the Dasama Dwara attains moksha. It is said that when the Kundalini power is aroused by the practice of yoga, the aroused Kundalini power opens up the path to Dasama Dwara and one attains moksha through it.

Kumbha Rasi Color – Kumbh Rashi Lucky Colour

There are three colors that are dedicated to Kumbha Rasi and they are the lucky colours associated with the Rashi based on Moon astrology. The Kumbh Rashi lucky colours are Black, blue and Ash. Wearing blue, black or Ash color dress; or other shades of blue color dress and wearing blue colour precious stones are good for this rashi people, especially while going for interview, work and for other auspicious events Please note that some regions and communities have different colors for Kumbha Rashi like other shades of blue.  Wearing blue, black and ash color dress for competitions, exams etc are lucky for Kumbha Rashi people. You can wear blue color precious stones for desire fulfillment. Please note that the colors associated with Makar and Kumbha are almost same – for Kumbha Rashi preference is given to black.

How to reach Sabarimala by road from Bangalore – Mysore – Mangalore in Karnataka?

Majority of visitors to Sabarimala from Bangalore – Mysore – Mangalore in Karnataka arrive by road. Devotees coming from the state of Karnataka who come via Mangalore or Mysore can come to Thrissur town in the central part of Kerala. They can take the Kasargod, Kannur, Kozhikode , Thrissur route. From Thrissur, they may then take the Moovattupuzha - Kottayam road to reach Sabarimala. Thrissur to Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple distance is 210 kilometers. Those coming via Wayanad have to reach Kozhikode and then take the Thrissur route. It must be noted that night travel is not permitted in the Wayanad – Mysore route.

Bhrigu Keshav – About Manifestation of Vishnu as Bhrigu Keshav

Bhrigu Keshav is a manifestation of Vishnu. This manifestation is associated with Sage Bhrigu. Legend has it that Sage Bhrigu had once kicked on the chest of Vishnu to wake him up in the Vaikunta. Vishnu was not at all angry with his Bhakta, Sage Bhrigu. The murti of Bhrigu Keshav is associated with Sage Bhrigu’s Bhakti for Vishnu. The murti of Bhrigu Keshav has four hands and is black in color. The murti holds chakra, gada, shankh and lotus. In the Bhrigu Keshav form, Vishnu is always alert and he guards the universe. One of the important temples dedicated to Bhrigu Keshav is located in Varanasi. The popular belief is that by worshiping this form of Vishnu one will be blessed with prosperity.

Makar Rasi Color – Makara Rashi Lucky Colour

There are three colors that are dedicated to Makar Rasi and they are the lucky colours associated with the Rashi based on Moon astrology. The Makara Rashi lucky colours are Blue, Black and Ash. Wearing blue, black or Ash color dress; or other shades of blue color dress and wearing blue colour precious stones are good for this rashi people, especially while going for interview, work and for other auspicious events Please note that some regions and communities have different colors for Makar Rashi like other shades of blue.  Wearing blue, black and ash color dress for competitions, exams etc are lucky for Makara Rashi people. You can wear blue color precious stones for desire fulfillment.

Meena Rashi Mantra in Hindi – Meen Rashi Mantra

Meena Rashi is the 12th Rasi among the 12 moon signs as per traditional Hindu moon astrology. This Meen Rashi Mantra in Hindi is the most important mantra and is chanted for overcoming all astrological related troubles that Meena Rashi faces. The mantra is highly meritorious and helps in avoiding danger, getting jobs and solving marriage related problems. The mantra can be chanted while performing daily prayers.  Meena Rashi Mantra in Hindi

Pancharamlau - Pancharama temples in Andhra Pradesh Visited during Kartik Month

Pancharamlau or Pancharama are the five temples dedicated to Mahadev Shiva that is visited during the Kartik Month (Karthika Masam) as per traditional Telugu Hindu calendar followed in Andhra Pradesh. The temples are located in Andhra Pradesh. The Pancharama Temples are: Sri Bheemeswara Swamy at Draksharamam, Sri Amaralingeswara Swamy at Amaravathi, Sri Kumara Bheemeswaraswamy at Samarlakot, Sri Someswara Swamy at Bhimavaram and Sri Ksheraramalingeswara Swamy Devastanam at Palakol Mondays in the month of Kartik are considered highly auspicious for propitiating Shiva. Those wishing for early marriage perform special pujas and observe vrat on Mondays.

How to reach Sabarimala by road from Hyderabad – Vijayawada – Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh?

Majority of visitors to Sabarimala from Hyderabad – Vijayawada – Visakhapatnam and other towns and villages in Andhra Pradesh arrive by road. Devotees from Andhra Pradesh have to first reach Tamil Nadu. Then take the Coimbatore road. They can reach Thrissur in Kerala via Coimbatore or Guddalore. They may then take the Moovattupuzha - Kottayam road to reach Sabarimala. It is about 210 kilometers from Thrissur to Sabarimala.

Swathi Nakshatra Matching Stars for Marriage – Swati Nakshatra Marriage Compatibility

Swathi Nakshatra matching stars for marriage in details is given below. It is the 15th birth star among the 27 Nakshatra in Hindu horoscope and astrology. Swati marriage compatibility or the very best matching stars are Mrigasira, Ardra, Punarvasu (1st, 2nd and 3rd quarter), Uttara Phalguni (2nd, 3rd, and 4th quarter), Hasta and Chitra (1st and 2nd quarter). Other good matching stars with Swathi are Bharani, Krittika, Rohini, Punarvasu (4th quarter), Aslesha, Purva Phalguni, Uttara Phalguni (1st quarter), Chitra (2nd and 3rd quarter), Swathi, Uttara Shada and Revathi. Ashwini, Pushya, Magha, Vishaka, Anuradha, Jyeshta, Purva Shada, Shravan, Dhanishta, Shathabhishak and Purva Bhadra are okay – means not bad. Stars that do not match with Swathi are Moola and Uttara Bhadra.

Dhanu Rasi Color – Dhanu Rashi Lucky Colour

There are two colors that are dedicated to Dhanu Rasi and that are the lucky colours associated with the Rashi based on Moon astrology. The Dhanu Rashi lucky colours are Yellow and Cream. Wearing Yellow and cream and other shades of yellow color dress and wearing yellow colour precious stones are good for this rashi people, especially while going for interview, work and for other auspicious events Please note that some regions and communities have different colors for Dhanu Rashi like other shades of yellow and cream.  Wearing yellow or cream color dress for competitions, exams etc are lucky for Dhanu Rashi people. You can wear yellow color precious stones for desire fulfillment.

About Macchi Mata Temple in Gujarat – A Huge Whale Born is Worshipped Here

Macchi Mata Temple is located about at Magod Dungri village in Gujarat and is around 9 km from Valsad. A huge bone of a whale is worshipped here. The temple located on a tiny hill facing the sea is frequented by fishermen and their family. There is no murti in the temple and there is no official priest. Macchi Mata Temple is more than 200 years old. A fisherman in the region had a dream and in it a whale told him that she will be lying dead on the village coast and she should be buried and her bone should be placed at the hill. As in the dream, the man found a dead whale on the village coast. It was later buried and six months later a huge born was pulled out from the burial spot. It was then dragged to the hill and placed. DNA reports  The temple is very popular among the local fishermen community, who offer puja daily and also before going fishing. Local villagers say that Macchi Mata fulfils all their desires and even cures diseases. Instances have been record

Meena Rasi Color – Meen Rashi Lucky Colour

There are two colors that are dedicated to Meena Rasi and they are the lucky colours associated with the Rashi based on Moon astrology. The Meen Rashi lucky colours are yellow and cream. Wearing yellow or cream dress; or other shades of yellow color dress and wearing yellow or cream colour precious stones are good for this rashi people, especially while going for interview, work and for other auspicious events Please note that some regions and communities have different colors for Meena Rashi like other shades of yellow.  Wearing yellow or cream color dress for competitions, exams etc are lucky for Meena Rashi people. You can wear yellow color precious stones for desire fulfillment.

Vishaka Nakshatra Matching Stars for Marriage – Vishaka Nakshatra Marriage Compatibility

Vishaka Nakshatra matching stars for marriage in details is given below. It is the 16th birth star among the 27 Nakshatra in Hindu horoscope and astrology. Vishaka marriage compatibility or the very best matching stars are Punarvasu (1st, 2nd and 3rd quarter), Magha, Uttara Phalguni (2nd, 3rd and 4th quarter), Hasta and Chitra. Other good matching stars with Vishaka are Ashwini, Krittika, Rohini, Mrigasira, Ardra, Punarvasu (4th quarter), Swathi, Vishaka (1st, 2nd and 3rd quarter) and Moola. Bharani, Pushya, Aslesha, Purva Phalguni, Uttara Phalguni (1st quarter), Vishaka (4th quarter), Anuradha, Jyeshta, Uttara Shada, Shravan, Dhanisha, Shatabhishak, Purva Bhadra and Uttara Bhadra are okay – means not bad. Star that do not match with Vishaka are Purva Shada and Revathi.