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Goddess Alamelu

Goddess Alamelu is the consort of Shri Venkateswara (Balaji) – one of the most popular forms of Vishnu worshipped in Hinduism. One of the important temples dedicated to Alamelu is located at Tiruchanur in Andhra Pradesh. The TiruchanurTemple is about 5 km from Tirupati.

There are two schools of thought regarding Goddess Alamelu. One school of thought firmly believes that Alamelu is same as Padmavati, the consort of Venkateswara. Thus she is the incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi.
Another school of thought believes that Alamelu and Goddess Padmavati are different. Thus in certain temples associated with Balaji, Goddess Alamelu and Padmavati are consorts of Venkateswara. The BalajiTemple at Jamalpuram in Khammam District has both Alamelu and Padmavati as two distinct consorts.
Goddess Alamelu is also known as Alamelu Manga.

Mirage looks like water similarly an enemy can look like a friend – Chanakya

From the crow one should learn five things: sex in secrecy, secret action, catch in time, unruffled behavior and distrust of everyone.
Just as a pigeon which has live on the holy fig tree is a source of constant danger to the silk cotton tree, so a person who has come after living with the enemy is a source of constant danger.
The mirage looks like water. An enemy can look like a friend.
The enemy can be defeated by a combination of good people. Chanakya

Importance of Shiva Tandava Stotram

Shiva Tandava Stotram is an important prayer dedicated to God Shiva. Ravana, the demon king in the Ramayana, is believed to have composed the Stotra. The hymn glorifies Shiva as the Supreme Brahman.

Ravana was arrogant with his powers. So to impress Shiva, He once attempted to lift the Kailash Mountain. Shiva to quell the arrogance of Ravana simply placed his toe on the mountain. Ravana’s fingers were crushed in the attempt and he could not remove it from under the HolyMountain.
To remove his fingers and escape from the pain and impending death, Ravana sang the Shiva Tandava Stotram.
Pleased with the Stotram, Shiva saved Ravana and blessed him with the Chandrahas, a powerful weapon.
It is also stated that Ravana who was an ardent devotee of Shiva used to sing the Stotram daily to the accompaniment of Ravanahatha, a bowed fiddle that he had made.

Live Darshan from Shri Ganesh Mandir Khajrana in Indore

Shri Ganesh Mandir Khajrana in Indore is dedicated to Lord Ganapati. The temple is now offering online live darshan at its official website. The live streaming is available when the temple is open. Shri Ganesh Mandir Khajrana is one of the most famous Ganesh temples in Madhya Pradesh and is famous for one the largest Ganesh murtis worshipped in a temple.

Link - Live Darshan from Shri Ganesh Mandir Khajrana 

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Bhakta Ramadasu Keertanas – Download Bhadrachalam Ramadasu Songs for free

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

Story of Vatsasura and Krishna – Demon Vatsa in the form of Calf

Kamsa had appointed numerous demons to kill Sri Krishna. Vatsasura was one such demon. He decided to kill Sri Krishna on the banks of Yamuna. The story has it that demon Vatsa took the form of a calf and joined the herd of calves that Sri Krishna and Balrama were attending to.

The demon followed Sri Krishna. The demon went wherever the Lord went. Krishna soon realized who the calf was. He then secretly told to Balrama about the presence of a demon among the calves.
Sri Krishna then pretended as if he knew nothing. The brothers behaved normally. Then casually Sri Krishna approached the demon who was unaware that he had been discovered.
In a swift move, Sri Krishna caught hold of the hind legs of the calf and whirled him round and round. He then hurled him on to a wood apple tree. Both the demon and the tree fell down creating a huge noise.
The ground was filled with fruits of wood apple. The other gopas who were with Sri Krishna were amazed at the sight.
Because Sri Krishna touched hi…

Hindu Temple in Britain Opens Its Doors for Gay Marriage

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

Sri Ram’s advice to Lakshman in the Ramayana

Like a flash of lightning in a mass of clouds unstable are all worldly enjoyments. Life is also like a drop of water upon a piece of heated iron – liable to disappear any moment.

Like a frog hanging in a serpent’s throat being yet desirous of eating the serpent’s flesh with his teeth, men of the world are desirous of enjoyment of unstable worldly objects, even though they are being swallowed up by the serpent of time.
Fickle like a shadow is fortune, unstable like the waves of the ocean is youth, the pleasure derived from the company of women is like a dream, life is short and yet embodied beings have so much attachment to these.
I am this body. The notion is called avidya. I am not this body but the intelligent self. This is called knowledge.
Avidya is the cause of the world, knowledge of self destroys impressions created by Avidya. Those desirous of emancipation should, therefore, always strive for the acquirement of knowledge of self.
These advices were given by Bhagvan Sri Ram to…

Plants and Animals Mentioned in Ramayana is real and can be found on the Route from Ayodhya to Lanka

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

Kannada Phalguna Month in 2018 – Falgun Masa in Traditional Calendar in Karnataka in 2018

Phalguna Month is the 12th month in a traditional Kannada calendar followed in Karnataka. Falguna Masa in 2018 begins on February 16 and ends on March 17, 2018. Some of the important festivals and auspicious days in Falgun Masa include Amalaki Ekadasi, Holika Dahana, Holi Dhuleti, and Papamochini Ekadasi.

Shiva Pradosham Fasting Dates in Kannada Phalguna Masa are: Pradosh – February 27
Pradosh - March 14
Sankatahara Chaturthi monthly fasting dedicated to Lord Ganesh is on March 5, 2018 – Moonrise is at 9:39 PM – Indian standard time.

Phalguna Month 2018 Shukla Krishna Paksha Falguna Month 2018 Shukla Paksha or bright phase of moon in Kannada Calendar is from February 16 to March 1. Falguna Month 2018 Krishna Paksha or dark phase of moon in Kannada Calendar is from March 2 to March 13, 2018.

Ekadasi Fasting Dates 2018 in Kannada Phalguna Masa Amalaki Ekadasi – Feb 26
Papamochini Ekadasi – March 13
Purnima in Kannada Phalgun Month  Falgun Purnima or Full moon day is March 1, 2018. The Purn…

Our cravings alone keep us separated from God – Swami Turiyananda

Eating, sleeping, fear, copulation these are the common characteristics of man and beast. We differ from the beasts in that we can discriminate between right and wrong. If one lives on a low plane of consciousness, one finds pleasure in the senses. With spiritual growth, one experiences happiness in subtler things. Then the person no longer finds enjoyment in the gross. Most people live the lives of beasts — drinking, hunting, running after a mate. If one cannot rise to a higher plane of consciousness, human birth is wasted.

Meditate! Meditate! Be absorbed in His consciousness! If you can think single mindedly of the Master for five years, you will achieve everything. Then it does not matter where you live. East and West will be the same to you. Know that God alone is real. Nothing else matters.
There is the ocean of infinite existence, infinite consciousness, and infinite bliss, seemingly divided by the stick of an ego which lies upon it. This ego is the first begotten son of desire…

Hanuman Yantra – Importance and Benefits

Hanuman Yantra is associated with God Hanuman. The important benefits include good health and prosperity. Yantra is a visible form of a personal deity and it is also a visual form of mantras. The importance of Hanuman Yantra springs from the fact that constant meditation and prayers before Hanuman Yantra has helped many people in overcoming health related problems.
The Yantra also helps in achieving good physical strength. Worship of it also helps in removing various sexual disorders.
Worship of Hanuman Yantra also helps in alleviating various types of fear like fear of darkness and fear of ghosts.

Telugu Phalgun Masa in 2018 – Falguna Month in Traditional Calendar in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh in 2018

Phalgun Month, or Falguna Masa, is the 12th month in a traditional Telugu calendar followed in Andhra Pradesh. Phalgun Masa in 2018 begins on February 16 and ends on March 17, 2018. Phalguna Masam is the last month in traditional Telugu Hindu Calendar. Some of the important festivals and auspicious days include Amalaki Ekadasi, Holi Festival, and Papamochini Ekadasi.
Sankatahara Chavithi monthly fasting dedicated to Lord Ganesh is on March 5 – Moonrise is at 9:39 PM – Indian standard time.
Phalgun Masa 2018 Shukla and Krishna Paksha Phalgun Masa 2018 Shukla Paksha or bright phase of moon in Telugu Calendar is from February 16 to March 1.Phalgun Masa 2018 Krishna Paksha or dark phase of moon in Telugu Calendar is from March 2 to March 13, 2018.Phalgun Masa Ekadasi
Amalaki Ekadasi – Feb 26
Papamochini Ekadasi – March 13
Phalgun Masa Pradosh Pradosh – February 27
Pradosh - March 14

Poornima in Phalguna Masa 2018 Falgun Purnima or Full moon day isMarch 1, 2018. The Purnima begins at 8:57 AM…

Tvam Eva Mata Prayer with Meaning

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

Story – Why Ganesha is a Bachelor?

In majority of Hindu traditions, Hindu God Ganesh is considered to be a bachelor. There are some traditions that believe He is married to Siddhi and Ridhi. An interesting story explains why many Hindu traditions consider Ganesha as a bachelor.

Once Ganesha reached Kailash and noticed a big scratch on the face of Goddess Parvati.
Ganesh wanted to know how Mother Goddess got hurt.
Goddess Parvati then said that Ganesha was responsible for the painful scratch.
Ganapati never did it so he was baffled.
Then Mother Goddess asked Ganesha whether he had hurt anyone on the day.
Ganesha could not remember any incident.
Then Mother Goddess asked what had happened in the morning when He was drinking milk.
Ganesha then told that a cat was disturbing Him while He was drinking the milk and so He took a stick and hit it on the face.
Mother Goddess then told Ganesha that she got that beating. She explained to Him that She is present in all living and nonliving and whenever any being is hurt, it She …

Book in English – Hindu Samskaras – Download for Free

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

Tripura Rahasya Quotes

The Self does not admit of specification, and therefore no teacher can teach it. However, realize the Self within you, for it abides in unblemished intellect.

It pervades all, beginning from the personal God to the amoeba; but it is not cognizable by the mind or senses; being itself unillumined by external agencies, it illumines all, everywhere and always. It surpasses demonstration or discussion.
As long as you are contaminated with notions of me or mine (e.g., my home, my body, my mind, my intellect), the Self will not be found, for it lies beyond cognition and cannot be realized as ‘my Self’.
Retire into solitude, analyze and see what those things are which are cognized as mine; discard them all and transcending them, look for the Real Self.
Analyze everything in this way and discard it. What remains over, transcending at all, beyond conception, appropriation, or relinquishment – know That to be the Self. That knowledge is final emancipation.
Tripura Rahasya

Ambaji Temple Timings in Gujarat – Darshan Time at Ambaji Temple

AmbajiTemple located in Gujarat is dedicated to Mother Goddess Shakti – Goddess Amba. Aarti timings at the temple vary from season. The timing is different for summer and winter season the detail templedarshan time is given below.

During Summer In Morning from 7.00 to 10.45
In Noon from 12.30 to16.30
In Evening from 19.30 to 21.15
During Monsoon In Morning from 7.00 to 11.30
In Noon from 12.30 to16.30
In Evening from 19.00 to 21.00
During Winter In Morning from 7.00 to 11.30
In Noon from 12.30 to16.00
In Evening from 18.00 to 20.30
Please note that the Darshan timing varies if there is Annakoot from SAAMDT or from any devotees.

Thyagaraja Temple at Thiruvarur in Photos – Online Virtual Tour through pictures of Thyagaraja Temple in Tamil Nadu

ThyagarajaTemple located at Thiruvarur in Tamil Nadu is dedicated to God Shiva. The huge temple spread over 33 acres of land has numerous subsidiary shrines. Dinamalar newspaper has created an online virtual tour of ThiruvarurThyagarajaTemple through high quality pictures. The photos of the various parts of the temple are accompanied by audio in English.

LinkOnline Virtual Tour of Thyagaraja Temple at Thiruvarur


Gujarati Falgun Mahina 2018 – Fagan Month or Phalguna Maas in Gujarat Calendar in 2018

Falgun Mahina or Fagan Maas is the fifth month in a traditional Gujarati calendar followed in Gujarat. Falgun Month in 2018 in Gujarati calendar begins onFebruary 16 and ends on March 17, 2018.  Holi festival and Dhuleti are the important festivals in Phalgun month. The current year as per traditional Gujarati calendar is Vikram Samvat 2074.

Fagan Maas Sud Padvo and Vad Padvo Falgun Maas Gujarati calendar 2018 Sud Padvo (Waxing phase of moon) is from February 16 to March 1.Falgun Mahina 2018 Gujarati calendar Vad Padvo (Waning phase of moon) is from March 2 to March 17, 2018.Sankashti Chaturthi monthly fasting dedicated to Lord Ganesh is on March 5 – Moonrise is at 9:39 PM – Indian standard time.
Falgun Mahina Purnima Falgun Purnima (Full moon) or Full moon day is on March 1, 2018. The Purnima begins at 8:57 AM on March 1 and ends at 6:21 AM on March 2, 2018. Purnima Vrat is on March 1. Holika Dahan March 1. Holi play with colors is on March 2.

Falgun Amas
Amas or Amavasi (No moon) is …

Swami Chinmayananda Wise Words

Pilgrimages, sacrifices, the various programs of the Bhakti Marga, physical practices such as Asana and Pranayama, severe tapascharya, Guru Seva, etc. are all for making the seekers mind subtle enough to peep over the limited vision of life to the farthest beyond.
Austerity redeems the personality in the seeker from its inertia; Brahmacharya relieves our psychological and intellectual debilities; and faith sharpens the intensity at and the sincerity in meditation. Without these three, life in the spiritual path cannot be ever graced with full and easy success.
Austerity is mainly for the discipline and control of the body; Brahmacharya is essentially a discipline of the mind; and faith necessarily is an adjustment in the intellectual sheath. Swami Chinmayananda

Hindu God Agni

Agni, is the Hindu God of fire, and is worshipped from time immemorial – worshipped during the Vedic age. There are more hymns to Agni in Rig Veda than any other God. One of the most important roles of Agni is that He is the messenger between humans and gods. Fire is considered one of the five elements (Pancha Bhutas) in Hinduism.

Various theories are mentioned in scriptures regarding the origin of Agni. The most important among them is that Agni is the son of Earth and Sky. He is also referred as the offspring of Brahma.
Occasionally he is also mentioned as the son of Aditi and Rishi Kashyapa. Sometimes his is origin is also associated with Rishi Angiras.
In modern painting and sculptures Agni is represented as red or black in color, His vehicle is animal Ram. He is also guardian of the southeastern direction among the eight guardians of the directions.
Some of the important episodes associated with Agni in Hindu Scriptures
Skanda Son and Agni

Skanda or Muruga is sometimes referred t…

Ribhu Gita Teachings

Like bubbles arising on the waters of the ocean, gods and men and beasts of the phenomenal world arose, and will arise again and again, on the water of the mass of solid Bliss (Ghana ananda) – (Shiva). There is no worldly misery for those who, through their experience, perceive all this arising out of the waves of delusion clearly as myself.
Because of delusion, people do not realize Hara to be known as the cause of every little thing and as the cause of every being and also as the boundless cause of even greater dissolution. Destruction of mundane misery results when the Presence of Shiva shines in the reflecting pool of the recesses of the space of the heart.
Those who know do not offer worship by means of an endless parade of symbolism and with a mind set on rituals.
Those who know, however, worship inwardly, in abstract meditation, their mind attuned to the prescribed injunctions.
Ribhu Gita - Dialogue between Sage Ribhu and Sage Nidagha - It is believed that Sage Ribhu received t…

Story of Origin of Mount Abu

MountAbu located in Rajasthan in India is a holy place associated with Hinduism and Jainism. As per Hindu scriptures, the story of the origin of MountAbu is associated with the holy cow, Nandini, getting trapped in a gorge in the current location of the holy mountain.

Legend has it that Sage Vasishta’s holy cow Nandini once fell into a deep gorge. The cow could not free itself. The sage then requested Lord Shiva to help. Shiva then directed SaraswatiRiver to flood the gorge so that Nandini can float up.
Once Nandini was saved, Sage Vasishta decided to permanently fill the gorge so that such mishaps do not happen in future. The sage then requested the youngest son of Himalaya, king of mountains, to fill the gorge permanently.
The son of Himalaya took the help of a might snake named Arbud to fill the gorge. When they filled the gorge a mountain peak formed and the spot was called MountArbud. The name later changed to MountAbu.

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

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

Marathi Falgun Mahina 2018 – Phalgun Month in Traditional Hindu calendar in Maharashtra in 2018

Phalgun Mahina, Falguna Maas, is the 12th month in a traditional Marathi calendar followed in Maharashtra. Phalgun Mahina in 2018 begins on February 16 and ends on March 17, 2018. Some of the important festivals and auspicious days include Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Jayanti, Amalaki Ekadasi, Holika Dahan, Holi Festival, Eknath Sasthi and Papamochini Ekadasi.

Sankashti Chaturthi monthly fasting dedicated to Lord Ganesh is on March 5 – Moonrise is at 9:39 PM – Indian standard time.

Phalgun Mahina Shukla Paksha and Krishna Paksha Phalgun Mahina Marathi calendar 2018 Shukla Paksha (Waxing phase of moon) is from February 16 to March 1. Falgun Month 2018 Marathi calendar Krishna Paksha (Waning phase of moon) is from March 2 to March 17, 2018.

Phalgun Ekadasi
Amalaki Ekadasi – Feb 26
Papamochini Ekadasi – March 13

Phalgun Pradosh
Pradosh – February 27
Pradosh - March 14

The dates of important festivals in Falgun month are: Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Jayanti – As per English calendar is February…

Yoga Vasishta on how to play your part in the world

Be outwardly active but inwardly inactive, outwardly a doer but inwardly a non-doer, and thus play your part in the world.
Abandon all desires inwardly, be free from attachments and latent impressions, do everything outwardly and thus play your part in world.
Adopt a comprehensive view, characterized by the abandonment of all objects of contemplation, live in your innate Self, liberated even while alive and thus play your part in the world.
Burn the forest of duality with the fire of the conviction, ‘I am the one Pure Consciousness’ and remain happy.

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

AmbajiTemple located in Gujarat is dedicated to Mother Goddess Shakti – Goddess Amba. Below are the contact details of the temple with Telephone number and email id.

Address Trust Reg. No. A-497 (B. K.), Ambaji , Pin : 385110 , Dist : Banaskantha Gujarat (India).
Telephone 0091-02749- 262136 / 264536 / 262930 / 262636
Email id - info@ambajitemple.in

Sadhu with Occult Power – Story Told By Sri Ramakrishna

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

Sage Narada – Wise Words on Bhakti

The path of devotion is the easiest path to attain God.
Bhakti is intense love for God.
In its intrinsic nature this divine love is immortal bliss.
By attaining It, a man becomes perfect, immortal and satisfied forever.
On attaining That a man does not desire anything else; he grieves no more, is free from hatred or jealousy; he does not take pleasure in the vanities of life; and he loses all eagerness to gain anything for himself. Sage Narada

Story of Sri Yantra

Sri Yantra is one of the most popular Yantras and it symbolically represents Mother Goddess Shakti. The story of the greatness of Sri Yantra is associated with Adi Shankaracharya and Shiva.

As per Hindu scriptures, once Adi Shankaracharya did penance on the Kailash. He performed various austerities and this pleased Shiva.
Shiva then appeared before Adi Shankara and granted him a boon. The holy saint did not wish anything for himself. Instead he asked for a permanent solution for finding peace and prosperity in the world.
Shiva then narrated about the greatness of Sri Yantra. He said that Mother Goddess resides in the Sri Yantra and therefore proper worship of it helps in attaining peace, prosperity and liberation.

Teachings from the Gita

The Self is unmanifested, beyond all thought and beyond all change; knowing this, you should not grieve.

Death is inevitable for the living; birth is inevitable for the dead. Since these are unavoidable, you should not grieve.
Just as a reservoir is of little use to people when the country is flooded all around, so the scriptures are of little use to the illumined man or woman, who sees the Lord everywhere.
They live in wisdom who see themselves in all and all in them, whose love for the Lord of Love has consumed every selfish desire and sense craving tormenting the heart. Bhagavad Gita

Shivratri Fasting date and time in 2017

This is the general Shivratri fasting date in 2017 in India followed in most Panchangs and calendars. The same time is followed in United States, Australia, Britain and Canada. Shivratri Fasting in 2017 is from sunrise on February 24, 2017 to sunrise on February 25, 2017.  Puja is from midnight of  February 24 to  February 25 early morning hours. This year it is highly auspicious as Shivratri falls on Monday or Somvar, which is generally dedicated to Shiva.

It must be noted that Shivratri is observed during the night of Krishna Paksha Chaturdashi Tithi or the 14th day of the waxing phase of moon as per Hindu lunar calendar. 


Chaturdashi Tithi in India is from - 9:39 PM on Feb 24 to 9:21 PM on Feb 25.

Related How to observe Shivratri Vrat?

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

After defeating Kansa, Krishna and Yadavas settled down peacefully in Mathura. But Jarasandha who was the father-in-law of Kansa did not accept Krishna. He decided to avenge the death of Kansa.

Jarasandha ordered his army to attack Mathura. He wanted Mathura to be razed down and burnt. But Krishna and Balarama defended Mathura against the assault.
Jarasandha attacked Mathura 17 times. Krishna and Balrama defended their kingdom each time.
Jarasandha was preparing to attack Mathura 18th time. Krishna learnt that the army of Jarasandha this time will be led by Kalayavan. As per destiny, this commander was destined to destroy Mathura.
Krishna who realized this asked all the people of Mathura to follow Him. From Mathura, Krishna and his followers moved towards west and made their kingdom in Dwarka – an island. As Dwarka was protected by sea on all sides, Jarasandha could no longer attack the kingdom.

Vasishta Gita Quotes

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

How Peacock and Rooster Became Symbols Associated with Muruga?

Peacock and Rooster (cock or adult male chicken) is associated with Muruga – also known as Kartik, Kartikeya and Murugan. Legend has it that Muruga appeared to annihilate the demons that were spreading Adharma in the world. The chief of the demons was Soorapadman and he was defeated by Muruga at Tiruchendur.
Soorapadman had captured numerous Devas, saints and human beings. Murugan first deputed Veerabahu as a messenger and asked Soorapadman to stop his atrocities. But the demon paid no heed to the words of Muruga.
In the war that ensued, the demon army was easily overpowered by Muruga. Soorapadman performed many magical acts to deceive Muruga. Finally, the demon took the form of a tree, Muruga hurled his Vel (lance) on the tree and it split into two parts.
The demon then repented and asked Muruga for forgiveness. Muruga showed mercy and compassion and accepted Soorapadman as his vehicle (peacock) and banner (rooster).
The two half took the forms of peacock and rooster and constantly…

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

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

Sri Rama Teachings

Prompted by anger man kills his own mother, father, brother, friends and relations. He will often have occasion to repent of actions done under the impulse of anger. It is anger that binds him to Samsara. Anger it is that destroys one’s virtues. So give up anger. Anger indeed is Yama, the great enemy.

The body is like a tortoise that lies inactive in the pit of longings without making an effort for release.

Importance of Krittika Vratam or Karthigai Nakshatra Vratam

Krittika Vratam is dedicated Murugan and is observed on the Kartigai Nakshatra day. Krittika or Karthigai is one among the 27 birth stars. Legend has it that the importance of Krithika Vratam was narrated to Sage Narada by Ganesha.

The fiery spark that fell from Shiva which finally was born was six babies were looked after by Six Goddess of the Karthikai constellation. The six babies were later joined together by Maa Parvati and this led to the incarnation of Muruga.
Sage Narada wanted to become the greatest Sage and constantly remain in Brahman realization. Ganesha then advised Sage Narada to perform the Krittika Vratam.
Other important Vratas dedicated to Muruga are Friday fasting, Sashti fasting and Skanda Sashti fasting after Diwali.
Muruga is popularly known as Kartik in North India. In South India, Muruga is also known as Skanda, Shanmukha, Kartikeya, Saravanabhava, Velayudha, Gangeya, Subrahmanya, Senapati, Swaminatha, Dandapani…

Listen to Skanda Purana online in Hindi in mp3 Audio format

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

Lessons from Rig Veda

Give prominence to intellect over emotions.
Allow me to leave my actions and their consequences to Thy infinite will and mercy.
Let not the fruits of action be the motive of your actions, otherwise you might be disappointed and leave the path of right direction.
Look upon all the animate beings as your bosom friends, for in all of them there resides one soul.
All that lives or moves on earth transient or permanent exists in the glory of God.
Rig Veda

Prasannanjaneya Incarnation of Hanuman – Prasanna Anjaneya

Prasannanjaneya is an incarnation of Hanuman. Parashara Agama Samhita text mentions about the nine avatars of Hanuman. In that the first avatar is that of Prasanna Anjaneya. As per the Parashara Agama Samhita, Hanuman as the devotee of Sri Ram is the ninth incarnation.

The concept of Prasanna Anjaneya murti is more popular in Andhra Pradesh.
This incarnation of Hanuman is a pleasant form.
There is a popular belief that worship of Prasannanjaneya murti helps in solving issues related to children. Those couples who have no children are blessed with children after worship of Prasanna Anjaneya. Health of the children also improves after Prasannanjaneya worship.
Most popular temples dedicated to Prasannanjaneya are found in Andhra Pradesh. Today, most temples offer worship to Prasannanjaneya as a devotee of Sri Ram. It is Hanuman based on Ramayana that is worshiped as Prasannanjaneya. Parashara Agama Samhita is today purely followed for performing pujas and vrats.

Ghati Subramanya Temple Timings in Karnataka

GhatiSubramanyaTemple is a famous temple dedicated to Hindu God Subramanya in Dodda Ballapu near Bangalore. The detail temple timings are given below. The temple observes special timings on Sashti days.
General daily temple timing is: 6:30 AM to 8:30 PM
Jathra Day Time: 3:00 AM to 9:00 PM

Kumara Shashti day the timing is from: 4:00 AM to 9:00 PM

Words of Wisdom – Anger only causes damage – Goda Venkateswara Sastrigal

Anger comes from desire and has many unpleasant consequences. When what we ardently desire remains out of reach, we are angry with those around us. We are sometimes angry with ourselves, or even with God. We take it out on anyone who is unfortunate to come into contact with us at the time.

Our words and gestures indicate how angry we are, and our anger is evident even in our eyes and the way in which our lips twitch. Thus we reveal our agitated frame of mind.
Once the anger has passed, we may forget the words we used to abuse others, but the recipient of the abuse remembers and remains hurt.
The consequences of anger are long lasting.
It takes us just a second to throw a stone into a bucket of water, but the ripples that this sets off, take awhile to settle. In the same way, it is easy to lose one’s temper in a second, but the consequences last for a long time.
How do we control anger?
This takes practice. If we give ourselves time, any angry feeling that we have, will eventually s…

He who sees the universe in himself and himself in the universe is the Sage - Upanishads

When all the desires cease which were cherished in his heart, then the mortal becomes immortal, then he obtains here Brahman. When all the bonds of the heart are broken in this life, then the mortal becomes immortal; this alone is the instruction of all the Vedas.
He who sees the universe in himself and himself in the universe is the Sage.
As the sun who enlightens everything has nothing whatever to do with the numerous ills the eye may perceive, so the inner self of all, ever one, has no connection whatever with the joys and sorrows of the world, being ever beyond them.
As the one fire pervading the universe appears in so many forms in the variety of objects, so the inner self of all, ever one, appears to take on so many forms, but is ever beyond them. Upanishads

Durga Bisa Yantra

As per astrologers and astrology related books, Durga Bisa Yantra helps in alleviating bad luck and other misfortune. The Yantra is associated with Mother Goddess Durga and the pran prathishta of it is performed during the Navratri. The most popular belief is that worshipping Durga Bisa Yantra will help in attaining wealth, prosperity and hidden treasures.

The benefits of Durga Bisa Yantra
Provides solution to wealth related problems.
Drives out bad luck and brings in good luck.
Improvement in business and increase in profit.
Durga Bisa Yantra can be placed in home, office, shop, factory or where the person works.
It must be noted that there are numerous such Yantras that promise to usher in wealth and prosperity. Such Yantras help in focusing our energy. But we should the hard work and be patient. Yantras do not provide any miracle.

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

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

Where to Buy Natural Holi Colours for Holi 2014 – Order Online or Buy from Stores

Safe way to celebrate Holi is by using natural colors. In 2014, Holi festival is on March 17.  To avoid  dangers that the chemical colors pose to your skin and eyes always use natural colors. Today natural colours are sold in packets by numerous individuals and NGOs in India. On such NGO is eCoexist, a Pune-based social enterprise dealing in natural and recycled products in India. They promote a range of natural colours under the name Rang Dulaar.

You can contact Ecoexist online here at their official website.

To find stores that sell Ecoxist Holi colors in Pune, Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Goa and Aurangabad – you can visit this page.

Rudra Gita Teachings

By the practice of devotion of Srihari Vishnu, the sages attain to a state where the mind is neither drawn to, nor agitated by, external objects; nor is it overcome by dullness and sleep but stays in itself perfectly still and awake. In such a state of mind, the sage intuits the Truth.

Thou, Oh Lord, are the free and unaffected Being, although Thy power Maya, giving rise to myriad forms (the multiplicity), creates, preserves and destroys this universe, and leads one to wrongly feel that this multiplicity has an existence apart from Thee.
With various rituals and kindred supports, the yogis worship Thee in several forms of spiritual glory, with faith in the rituals and hope in their success. Only those who understand all these forms to be Thyself can be considered knower of the Veda and other scriptures.
Rudra Gita

Goddess Sheravali

Goddess Sheravali is one of the numerous names of Durga. Mother Goddess is referred as Sheravali mostly in North India. Goddess Durga is known as Sheravali as her Vahana or vehicle is a lion. ‘Sher’ means lion.

Legend has it that Goddess Durga appeared mounted on a lion in the battle against demon Mahisha. She then defeats the buffalo-headed demon. In some rare images, the lion is depicted as attacking the demon.
One can see sculptures of lion on many temples dedicated to Goddess Durga.
Bhajans praising the Shervali form of Goddess Durga are very popular in North India.

Watch Live Darshan Online from Jetalpur Swaminarayan Temple

ShriSwaminarayanTemple located at Jetalpur is a famous temple dedicated to Bhagavan Shri Swaminarayan. The temple is offering online live darshan free on all days during the important puja period in the temple.

It is believed that the temple was found by Swaminarayan himself.
Link – Live Darshan Online from Jetalpur Swaminarayan Temple

Swami Visharadananda on Bhakti

One has to become a devotee in the true sense of term. A true devotee is sincere to the core. Of course, one can pretend to be a devotee, putting marks on one’s body such as tilakam, chandanam, and vibhuti. But these do not matter to the Lord; a true devotee of God is one who is selfless and self sacrificing.
Bhakti is a relationship formed in the mind between oneself and God. Through Bhakti our mind learns to become subordinate to the object of devotion. In worldly life, our ego does not want to submit to anyone. Rather, it wants to take the driver’s seat. It wants to dominate, manipulate and exploit others. On other hand, in bhakti our ego learns to humble itself, by taking the back seat and submitting to God. It learns to keep its likes (raga) and dislikes (dvesha) aside, and fill the mind with holy thoughts.
We all have emotions. If we do not direct these emotions towards God, we will direct them towards the family and friends. Bhakti is directing our emotions towards God. It is …

How Aarti should be waved in front of Deities?

Aarti is an important part of Hindu puja and worship. Daily Aarti is offered to Hindu Gods worshiped in the puja room. Here is brief description of waving Aarti before deities.

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

Biggest Ganesh Idol (Murti) Worshipped in a Temple

One of the Biggest Ganesh Murti (idol) worshipped in a temple is found at BadaGanapatiTemple in Indore in Madhya Pradesh. The height of the Ganapati murti is 25 feet. Built in 1875, one of the amazing aspects of the Ganesha murti is that it is made of numerous materials including metals, brick and natural products. The soil used in the murti is collected from seven holy cities and numerous other sacred spots.

The Murti is made of:
Clay bricksLime stoneTo reinforce the bricks and limestone – Gud, Methi Dana were usedSoil used is collected from Seven Moksha Puris – Ayodhya, Mathura, Maya, Kashi, Kanchi, Avantika, and Dwarka.Soil from stables, cowshed and elephant sanctuary were used as reinforcements.Powder of diamond, emerald, pearl, ruby and topaz were added to the soil mixture.Holy water collected from all major holy rivers associated with Hinduism were used.Gold, silver, copper, brass and iron were also used.

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

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

Sri Sri Ravishankar on – How to Tackle Negative Emotions?

We see that aggression seems to be a way of living, a way of moving forward, a way of success, and a source of pride in children. This, in a very subtle way, encourages violence. When aggression and violence are promoted in society, human values diminish. We need to counteract. A sense of shame has to be connected with anger and violence. We need to promote human values, especially love, compassion and a sense of belonging, loud and clear.
Basically in the teenage years there is considerable emotional turmoil and turbulence happening within. If teenagers do not find a way to express these emotions, they are stuck with them. These emotions ferment and become violence. Emotions are more in control of our life than our intellect, our thoughts, our concepts and ideas.
The important way to calm the negative emotions is by utilizing the breath to calm down emotions.
Creating a sense of belonging is another method to control emotions.
Increasing self esteem, smiling through criticism, deve…

Story – How King Kaushika Became Sage Vishwamitra?

Before he became a Sage, Vishwamitra was a king named Kaushika. He was a powerful and arrogant king. The story of the transformation of Kaushika to Vishwamitra symbolically shows the greatness of spirituality over wealth and power.

One day King Kaushika and his troops reached the ashram of Sage Vasishta. The king and his soldiers were warmly welcomed by Sage Vasishta.
Sage Vasishta invited them for food. The arrogant king doubted how a poor sage could feed him and his army.
To his surprise the king and his soldiers were treated to the best foods. So much food and different varieties of food was served to all the people.
King wanted to know how a poor Sage could prepare such huge amount of food in a short span of time.
The Sage Vasishta revealed that he was the owner of the divine cow Kamadhenu – the holy cow was a wish fulfilling cow.
Kaushika now wanted the cow as he felt the animal would be more useful to a king than to a sage.
Sage Vasishta said that the divine cow had come on its…

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

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




Swami Ranganathananda Teachings

What is the need for all types of showy religion and worship? True religion and worship is such a simple thing in which the whole life can become a dedication to the Divine. We can live in Him. He will live in us. This is what we can do. There you have pure spirituality. This is a wonderful development. When people understand the nature of bhakti, more and more of such people will appear in our society, reducing the current noisy, showy, costly worship. The whole of life becomes religion, as Vivekananda said, as quoted by Sister Nivedita in her Introduction to the Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda: 'Life itself is religion'."
But a man is always active in one form or the other… Something pulls us out into action. That is our own nature within. That nature finds expression in making us do this work, that work, something or the other. So, this is the first lesson we must understand.
Efficiency and energy comes from emotion, not from intellectual knowledge, which can only…

Insightful Comments – Swami Vivekananda

We must have these four sorts of ideas. We must have friendship for all; we must be merciful towards those that are in misery; when people are happy, we ought to be happy; and to the wicked we must be indifferent.

If the subject is a good one, we shall feel friendly towards it; if the subject of thought is one that is miserable, we must be merciful towards it. If it is good, we must be glad; if it is evil, we must be indifferent.
These attitudes of the mind towards the different subjects that come before it will make the mind peaceful.
Most of our difficulties in our daily lives come from being unable to hold our minds in this way. For instance, if a man does evil to us, instantly we want to react to evil, and every reaction of evil shows that are not able to hold the Chitta down; it comes out in waves towards the object, and we lose our power.
Every reaction in the form of hatred or evil is so much loss to the mind.

Swami Vivekananda

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

Mala (rosary) used for counting (chanting) mantras dedicated to Shani Bhagvan is usually made Black Hakik stone (agate stone). Black is the color associated with Shani. Those suffering from bad position of Shani in horoscope and Sade Sati get relief by chanting Shani mantras using Mala made of Black Hakik stone.

Another mala that is used for chanting mantra is the mala made from Vajainti stone. This is also recommended for chanting Shani mantras.
Those people who follow and believe in astrology are of the view that for getting good benefit of mantras one should use malas associated with the particular deity.
Thus for Shani mantras the first choice is Black Hakik Stone mala.

Wise Words – Dr S Radhakrishnan

The Absolute which is the Real beyond all darkness is superior to the division of spirit and matter. It is omniscient, omnipresent and almighty. It manifests itself in the three forms (Trimurti), Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva – the maker, the preserver and the destroyer.
Each person can tread the path which appeals to him, for the different forms of Godhead are the manifestations of the One Supreme who is the Formless behind all forms.
Until the end of religion, the realization of the Supreme, the ascent from the vanity of time is attained, we will have opportunities for making progress towards the goal. In this journey towards the end we will be governed by the law of karma.
This life is one stage in the path of perfection. Even as the present life is the result of our past deeds, we can shape our future by our efforts in this life. The world is under a moral government. The good will ultimately triumph.
Dr S Radhakrishnan