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Story of Chayagrahi and Hanuman

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

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

Hanuman Puja – What are the offerings made to Hanuman?

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

Powerful Durga Mantras

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

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

Daily Prayer for Goddess Durga at Home

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

Durga Ashtakshara Mantra Text in Hindi

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

Surya Grahan in May 2013 Not Visible in India – Suryagrahan Time – Solar Eclipse May 10, 2013

Surya Grahan, annular solar Eclipse, will take place on May 10, 2013 but it is not visible in India. According to NASA, the Surya Grahan is a Annular solar eclipse and will begin on the morning of May 10, 2013 and end during the noon of May 10 (time) and is visible in Australia and New Zealand The Suryagrahan will be taking place between 6:57 AM to 7:45 AM on May 10, 2013 (Perth) along the western part of Australia.

Along the eastern part of Australia the grahan is visible from 7:41 AM to 10:27 AM on May 10.
In New Zealand it is visible from 11:12 AM on May 10 to 12:29 AM on May 10.
The following map shows the detail view of the Surya Grahan on May 10, 2013 around the world:

Hindu calendars and Panchang have marked the Surya Grahan on May 10, 2013. There is not need to follow any ritual in India on the day.
Surya Grahan and Hindus
Usually during a Surya Grahan, a fast (Upvaas) is observed by certain communities in Hindu religion. The fast begins about 9 hours before the beginning of…

Hanuman the Brahmachari – Thoughts

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

Today – April 25, 2013 – is Hanuman Jayanti

Today is Hanuman Jayanti – April 25, 2013 – the birthday of Sri Hanuman and it is observed on the full moon day in the month of Chaitra in many parts of India. In Hinduism, Hanuman is the perfect manifestation of devotion, humility, discipline, strength and selfless service. He is the one who has conquered the senses and ego. He is the ideal living being.
Please note that Hanuman Jayanti is observed during different dates by different communities in India.
Read more about Hanuman Jayanti dates observed in a Hindu Calendar
Related Hanuman Quiz – A quiz on Hindu God Hanuman What to do on Hanuman Jayanti? How to observe Hanuman Jayanti fasting?

Today’s Hindu Calendar – April 25, 2013 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on April 25, 2013 (Today) – Purnima Tithi orthe full moon day inHindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Shukla Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi or the 14th day during the light phase of the moon till 3:08 AM. Then onward it is Purnima Tithi or the full moon day.

Nakshatra – Chitra or Chithirai Nakshatra till 4:57 PM. Then onward it is Swathi or Chothi Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Kanya Rashi till 5:18 AM. Then onward it is Tula Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Hanuman Jayanti. Purnima. Purnima Vrat.
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