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Tulsi Plant in front of Hindu Homes - The Story

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

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

Sarva Mangala Mangalye lyrics in Hindi – Prayer

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

Good Time on Sunday as per Astrology in Hindu Religion

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

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

Book – Devalaya, Jharkhand – Dedicated to Temples in Jharkhand

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

Pradosham May 2016 dates – Monthly Shiva Pradosham Fasting dates in May 2016

Pradosham, also known as Pradosh Vrat, is an auspicious day associated with Shiva and Parvati. May 2016 Pradosham dates are May 4 (Wednesday) and May 19 (Thursday). Pradosham occurs twice in a Hindu month – once each during the waning (Krishna Paksha) and waxing phase (Shukla Paksha) of the moon.

The Pradosham period is in the evening from 1.5 hours before sunset and 1 hour after sunset. The fast which began at sunrise is broken during the period.
Most devotees make it a point to be present at a Shiva temple or offer prayers at home.
You may also like to read How to observe Pradosham? Story of Pradosham Fasting

Truthfulness is the austerity of this age – Sri Ramakrishna

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

Today’s Hindu Calendar – April 24, 2013 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on April 24, 2013 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi orthe fourteenth day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Shukla Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the 13th day during the light phase of the moon till 4:20 AM. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi or the fourteenth day during the light phase of the moon.

Nakshatra – Hasta or Atham or Hastam Nakshatra till 5:39 PM. Then onward it is Chitra or Chithirai Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Kanya Rashi
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Hanuman Jayanti fasting in western parts of India
Kali Yuga Year - 5115

Vikram Samvat 2070 - Chaitra Shukla Paksha Chaturdasi or the 14th day during the light phase of moon in Chaitra month in calendars followed in Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Jammu and Kashmir.

Vijayanama Samvatsar/ Shalivahana Saka 1935 - Chaitra Shukl…