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Symbolism in the Body Color of Goddess Lakshmi

Goddess Lakshmi is depicted in four colors – body tone. There is deep symbolism attached to the various colors associated with Goddess Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity in Hindu religion. In scriptures associated with Hinduism, She is described as dark (blue), pink, yellow and white colored.

When a painting or image of Goddess Lakshmi is dark or blue she is the consort of Vishnu. This is because Vishnu is dark (blue) in color.
When Goddess Lakshmi is described as having yellow color, she is associated with wealth.
In White color she represents nature – it is from this form the universes and all living and nonliving appear and disappear.
Pink color represents a compassionate form of Goddess Lakshmi – She is the mother to all living beings.
It must be noted that modern paintings and pictures of Goddess Lakshmi do not follow any symbolism. She is pictured merely as a Goddess of wealth.
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Thiruthuraipoondi Temple – Piravi Marundeeswarar Temple Thiruthuraipoondi in Tiruvarur in Tamil Nadu

PiraviMarundeeswararTemple at Thiruthuraipoondi in Tiruvarur in Tamil Nadu is dedicated to Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Shiva is worshipped in the temple as Marundeeswarar and Gajasamhara Murthy. Goddess Parvati is worshipped as Periyanayaki.
Why the Shrine is PiraviMarundeeswararTemple?

A unique aspect of the temple is that Shiva murti faces West. It is said that worship of Shiva here helps in attaining moksha on earth – escape from cycle of birth and death. Self realization dawns on a person and he sheds ignorance. Piravi means birth. Worship here is to put an end to the suffering of birth - life - death - birth.
The temple has subsidiary shrines dedicated to manifestations of Shiva and Mother Goddess. Ganesha and Muruga are also worshipped in the temple.
Thiruthuraipoondi Temple and Ashwini Nakshatra

The temple is also associated with the Ashwini Nakshatra. Those people born in Ashwini Nakshatra offer prayers here to get relief from horoscope related problems. Special pujas are offer…

Sage Narada Advice to Yudhishtira

Grieve not for anyone. This world is entirely in the hands in the Lord. He is the one Who brings people together; makes them live together for a while and then part forever.
Consider the bullock. The master pierces its nostrils and threads a rope through it. He then loads the back of the animal with the burden it has to carry. The bullock has to move in the direction in which the master pulls the rope and it has to carry the burden the master chooses to place on its back. It has no choice in the matter. Even so, man is tied by the ropes whose names are Rules of Conduct: Dharma.
Propelled by Dharma man carries to the Home of the Lord the burdens imposed on him. No man is free to do as he pleases.
When a child plays with toys he brings a few of them together, plays with them for a while and separates them as suits his whim. Even so, human beings are brought together in this world and they are parted by the wish of the Lord.
Consider the essential truth about the life of every human b…

Saraswati Pushkaram 2013 at Kaleshwaram in Andhra Pradesh

Saraswati Pushkaram 2013 as per Telugu calendars and Panchang is from May 30, 2013 to June 10, 2013. Saraswathi Pushkaram is held once in 12 years at Kaleshwaram in Andhra Pradesh. It is believed that SaraswathiRiver flows underground along with Pranahita and Godavari rivers at Kaleshwaram.
According to the Kaleshwaram temple history, Pushkaram for SaraswathiRiver is conducted when ‘Guru’ (Jupiter) enters ‘Mithuna’ (Gemini) sign. 
Kaleshwaram temple is located around 135 kilometer east of Karimnagar. The town is 277 kilometer north of Hyderabad. 
Pushkara, or Pushkarams, is a popular Hindu ritual and festival which is held along 12 rivers. A Pushakaram along a particular river takes place once in 12 years when Jupitar (Brishaspati) enters a particular zodiac.

The ritual of pushkaram is more popular in Andhra Pradesh.

The main ritual involves taking a holy dip the river. In Saraswati Pushkaram, holy dip is taken in Pranahita and Godavari rivers.

Ashwini Nakshatra Marriage Compatibility – Ashwini Nakshatra Matching Stars for Marriage

Ashwini Nakshatra Marriage compatibility or matching stars with Ashwini for marriage in detail is given below. It is the first among the 27 Nakshatra in Hindu horoscope and astrology.
The very best matching stars or the most combatable stars are Swathi, Vishaka (4th quarter), Anusham and Shravan.
Other good matching stars with Ashwini Nakshatra are Ashwini, Bharani, Rohini, Hastam, Vishaka (1st, 2nd and 3rd quarter), Jyeshta, Moola, Purvashada, Purva Bhadrapada, Uttara Bhadrapada, and Revati.
Kartika (1st Quarter), Mrigasira, Ardra, Punarvasu, Pushya, Maka, Purvaphalguni, Chithra (third and fourth quarter), Uttarashada, Dhanishta, Sadayam are okay – means neither good nor bad.
Starts that do not match or not compatible with Ashwini Nakshatram are Kartika (2nd, 3rd and 4th quarter), Aslesha, Uthraphalguni and Chithra (1st and 2nd quarter).

Ekambareswarar Temple Chennai – Shiva and Shani Temple at Sowcarpet in Chennai

EkambareswararTemple at Sowarpet in Chennai is dedicated to Shiva and is also an important Shani Temple. It is believed that worshipping in the temple brings relief from Shani related astrological problems. The temple is more than 1000 year old and houses numerous unique murtis (idols).
The main temple is dedicated to Shiva (Ekambareswarar) and Goddess Parvati (Kamakshi).
The main murti worshipped in the temple is a Shivling. The murti of Mother Goddess is located on the base of the Shivling. There is a Sri Chakra in front of the Goddess.
Story of ChennaiEkambareswararTemple
Legend has it that there lived an ardent devotee of Shiva in the Sowcarpet region in Chennai. He used to visit the famous EkambareswararTemple at Kanchipuram on all important occasions and also on Pradosh days. But once on a Pradosham fasting day he had lot of work and his employer did not allow him to go to Kanchipuram. But still the devotee managed to reach the Kanchipuram temple.
While returning back he was dea…

Rare Murti of Goddess Saraswati in National Gallery of Australia – Should it not be in a Hindu Temple?

A rare murti of Goddess Saraswati is part of the collection National Gallery of Australia. A murti (ignorantly referred as idol) is a form given to a deity for worship in Hinduism. This particular Goddess Saraswati murti belongs to the early-mid 12th century, Hoysala dynasty in Karnataka in India.
Goddess Saraswati is the goddess of learning, art and literature in Hinduism. The Australian reports  A sculpture of Sarasvati is one of the highlights of the Asian collection at Canberra's National Gallery of Australia. It was acquired in 2011 with the support of Melbourne couple Pauline and John Gandel, who also gave the gallery a gift of $7.5 million in 2010.  She is adorned with lavish jewellery and seated cross-legged on an elaborate throne. She has four hands and each holds a symbolic feature: an elephant goad to nudge humankind towards virtuous living, a garland of beads for devotion, a noose showing that earthly desires are destructive and holding us back, and a palm-leaf manuscr…

Panchadashi Teachings

Teachings from Panchadashi of Sage Vidyaranya
The ego is the patron, the sense objects the audience, the intellect the dancer, the sense organs musicians playing on their instruments; and the lamp illumining them all is the witness consciousness.
As a lamp reveals all objects while remaining in its own place, so does the witness consciousness, itself ever motionless, illumine the objects within and without (including the working of the mind)
When all forms have been destroyed, the formless space still remains. So, when all the names and forms are negated, what remains is the imperishable Brahman.
Just as the cotton-like flowers of the Ishika reed are burnt by fire in a moment, so the accumulated past actions of the knower are burnt up because of realization. Panchadashi of Sage Vidyaranya

Goddess Bhavani

Goddess Bhavani is one among the numerous forms of Mother Goddess Shakti. This name is especially used to refer to the fierce form that She took to annihilate demons Mahishasura and his companions. Bhavani is one among the important names of Goddess Parvati. The name is also used to refer to Goddess Parvati as the consort of Shiva.

Bhavani means existence or coming into being.
Bhava also means samsara or the world. Mother Goddess is responsible for the seemingly real world of names and forms. She creates all beings in the world, nurtures them and protects life. Hence she is called Bhavani. (please note that there are numerous meaning attributed to the name Bhavani)
It is also believed that Mother Goddess appeared in the form of Bhavani and blessed Sri Ram and Hanuman before the epic battle in the Ramayana to rescue Mata Sita.
One of the most famous images associated with Goddess Bhavani is that Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj kneeling down before Her and taking Her blessings.
One of the…

Bharani Matching Stars For Marriage – Bharani Nakshatram Matching Stars

Bharani Nakshatra matching stars for marriage in details is given below. It is the second among the 27 Nakshatram in Hindu horoscope and astrology. The very best matching stars with Bharani are the person born on the 4th quarter of Vishakam Nakshatram.
Other good matching stars with Bharani Nakshatram are Ashwathy, Vishakam (1st, 2nd and 3rd quarter), Pooradam, Uthradam, Pooruruttathi and Uthrittathi.
Bharani, Kartika, Rohini, Makayiram, Thiruvathira, Punirtham (1st, 2nd and 3rd quarter), Makam, Pooram, Uthram, Chithira, Chothi, Moolam, Thiruvonam, Avittam and Chathayam are okay – neither good nor bad.
Starts that do not match with Bharani Nakshatram are Punirtham (4th quarter), Pooyam, Ayiliyam and Atham.

Kalishila – Footprints of Goddess Kali on Rock near Kalimath – Uttarakhand

Kailshila is the place where the footprints of Goddess Kali can be found on a rock. It is believed that at this spot Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva offered prayers to Her before She began the battle against demon Raktabeeja. The actual footprints can be seen on a high rock – which is a 7 km trek from Kalimath Shrine dedicated to Goddess Kali.
On the way to Kalishila (quite nearby) there is an ashram of an old Babaji - Barkha Giri – and a German pious woman – Ma Saraswati Giri.
Kalishila is located near a triangular rock face inclined at 60 degree angle. There is a tiny landing stretch on the rock and there one can see a triangular transparent crystal nearly 4 inches wide jutting out of the rock.
The stone looks like a Tantric Yantra and there are mantras inscribed on the rock.
Legend has it that Indra and other Devas performed austerities here to invoke Goddess Shakti to defeat the demons. She is believed to have appeared here.

Mahakali Kalimath Temple in Uttarakhand – Kalimath Mandir

Kalimath is a holy place located near Guptkashi in Uttarakhand and is home to a famous KalimathMahakaliTemple. The Kalimath Mandir is dedicated to Goddess Kali, the ferocious form of Goddess Kali.  KalimathTemple is one of the Sidh Peeths and is around 10 km from Guptkashi.
Legend has it that Goddess Kali annihilated the demon Rakthabeeja at the spot where the Kalimath temple is located.
There is no murti of Goddess Kali in the temple. A Shri Yantra is worshipped as the main murti. Worship to a murti of Goddess Kali is made only on the Durga Ashtami day during Navratri (September – October). The puja to murti is performed by the chief priest and no one else is allowed to be present or witness the puja.
The main temple is surrounded by very ancient small temples in stone dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi, Saraswati, Gauri Shankar, Shiva (shivlings), nandi and Ganesha.

Legend has it that illiterate Kalidas became the world renowned poet by the blessing of Goddess Kali Maa. He is believed to…

Meaning of the Popular Names of Ganesha

Sri Ganesha is known by several names. Devotees use many names to address Ganesha out off love, piety and respect. Here are the meanings of some of the popular names of Ganesh.
Ganesha – Leader of Ganas – Lord of the multitudes Ganapati – Leader of Ganas – Lord of the multitudes Vinayaka – Remover of obstacles Vakratunda – One with the twisted trunk Ekadanta – One with Single tusk Gajanana – Lord with Elephant head Lambodara – Pot-bellied one Heramba – Protector of the meek Vighnesvara – Lord of obstacles Krsnapingaksa – One with the dark brown eyes Dhumravarna – Smoke-colored or gray one Vikata – Odd appearance

Hanuman Chalisa Audio Prayer in mp3 – Download Hanuman Chalisa mp3 Hindu Prayer Dedicated to Hanuman

Hanuman Chalisa mp3 is part of the free copyright archive project. The audio is free to download and is in Hindi mp3. Hanuman Chalisa is the most popular prayer dedicated to Hanuman. It contains that glory of Hanuman in 40 verses. It is chanted daily in millions of homes of Hindus.
It is believed that chanting of Hanuman Chalisa helps in overcoming all worldly problems. Hanuman provides the strength to overcome stress and fear.

Link - Hanuman Chalisa Audio (right click and use save link as option)

Ganesha Gita in pdf in English – Download Ganesha Gita Text from Ganesha Purana in pdf

This Ganesha Gita book in pdf is English and you can download it for free. Ganesha Gita is part of Ganesha Purana dedicated to Sri Ganesh. The Purana contains the teachings and exploits of the various manifestations of Ganapati. Ganesha Gita which is part of the Purana contains the teachings of Gajanana. It is in the form of dialogue with kings and saints.
LinkEnglish Ganesha Gita in pdf

Ganesha Gita Teachings

Ganesha Gita is the conversation between Ganesha and Varenya in the Uttarakhanda of the Ganesha Purana.
Not desiring the results of one’s activities, whether they be termed transcendent or ritualistic, the yogi is recommended to perform his duties, not by ceasing action, but from a reliance on yoga.
Devotional service alone is the cause for attaining yoga.
Peacefulness and restraining the senses are considered the causes for success in siddha-yoga.
Focusing on the objects of the senses is considered the enemy of oneself. The yogi who ignores the craving of the senses gains success.
One’s own self exists only through the self. We do not exist as separate from the self.

The person who has conquered the self, who has discriminating knowledge, intuitive knowledge and continually has control over the senses, maintains the same equanimity in friendship, or enmity, in freedom or imprisonment, in honor, disgrace, unhappiness and happiness, or with a close friend or amongst the good, in a…

Story of the Birth of Balram

The story of the birth of Balram is found in the Srimad Bhagavad Purana and begins when Mother Earth (Bhumi Devi) takes the form of a cow and complains to Bhagavan Vishnu about the increase in the number of rulers and people following Adharma on earth. Bhagavan Vishnu to help Mother Earth decides to incarnate on earth. To achieve the goal of wiping out Adharma, Vishnu was born as Sri Krishna on earth. To help him Ananta or Shesha appeared as Balram.

Kamsa had imprisoned Vasudeva and Devaki after he learned that the eighth son of the couple will kill him. Fear made Kamsa kill all the babies born to Vasudeva and Devaki. Thus he had killed the first six babies.
When the seventh baby was growing in the womb of Devaki; Vishnu asked Goddess Mayadevi to transport the fetus to the womb of Rohini, another wife of Vasudeva.
Soon the news spread that Devaki had aborted. But the fetus was successfully growing in the womb of Rohini.
Rohini then gave birth to Balram, who is an incarnation of Ana…

Guptkashi Temple - Vishwanath Temple at Guptkashi in Uttarakhand

VishwanathTemple is a shrine shrine dedicated to Hindu God Shiva and is one of the most important temples in Guptkashi in Uttarakhand. The temple is visited by those undertaking the Chardham Yatra to KedarnathTemple. This GuptkashiTemple is believed to have existed during the Mahabharata era.
Legend has it that Shiva who did not want to give darshan to Pandavas after the Mahabharata war hid at the present VishwanathTemple.
VishwanathTemple is visited after having darshan of Ganesha who has shrine outside the main temple.
A unique aspect of the VishwanathTemple is that it has a subsidiary shrine dedicated to Ardhnarishwara. It is situated on the side of the main temple. The murti worshipped is a combined form of Shiva and Goddess Parvati.
A holy water body is located in the vicinity of the shrine and is fed by two streams – Gaumukh and Gajamukh.

Ashwathy Matching Stars For Marriage – Ashwathy Nakshatram Matching Stars

Ashwathy Nakshatra matching stars for marriage in details is given below. It is the first among the 27 Nakshatram in Hindu horoscope and astrology. The very best matching stars are Chothi, Vishakam (4th quarter), Anizham and Tiruonam.
Other good matching stars with Ashwathy Nakshatram are Ashwathy, Bharani, Rohini, Atham, Vishakam (1st, 2nd and 3rd quarter), Triketta, Moolam, Pooradam, Pooruruttathi, Utrittathi, and Revathi.
Kartika (1st Quarter), Makayiram, Thiruvathira, Punirtham, Pooyam, Makam, Pooram, Chithira (third and fourth quarter), Uthradam, Avittam, Chathayam are okay – means not bad.
Starts that do not match with Ashwathy Nakshatram are Karthika (2nd, 3rd and 4th quarter), Ayiliyam, Uthram and Chithirai (1st and 2nd quarter).

Gandharva Tantra Teachings

The king of yogis, who under all circumstances is free from joy and sorrow, and is equanimous in the face of censure, praise, cold, heat, happiness, and sorrow; who is knower of the three (tantric) tattwas (atma-tattwa, vidya-tattwa, and shiva-tattwa), as well as the significance of the guru’s feet and the meaning of the mantra; who is devoted to the deity and the guru and is given to the Shambhavi gesture — he, and not one who has merely had initiation, is a Kaulika fully consecrated to the tantric path.
Meditation, worship, repetition of mantra, and homa (free offerings) are the four limbs of yajna; the web of nyasa (the process of placing mantras on different body parts for purification and energization) its body, and knowledge of the ritual its soul; bhakti its head, faith its heart, and skill in performance is termed its eyes; knowing thus the body of yajna one must perform yajna daily, complete with these parts; loss of any part is a great wrong, so no part is to be rejected.

Humility is a virtue that subdues the hearts of others – Swami Sivananda Thoughts

Blind faith should be turned into rational faith. Faith without understanding is only blind faith. Devotion is the development of faith. Knowledge is the development of devotion. Faith leads to the final spiritual experience. Whatever a person strongly believes in, that he experiences and becomes…
A pessimist is very gloomy and depressed, lazy and lethargic. Cheerfulness is unknown to him. He infects others. Pessimism is an epidemic and infectious disease. A pessimist cannot succeed in the world.
The world is a relative place of good and evil. Remember this point at all times. Try to live happily in any place, under any condition. You will become a strong and dynamic personality. This is a great secret.
Humility is a virtue that subdues the hearts of others. A man of humility is a powerful magnet or lodestone… Swami Sivananda

Teachings from Aparokshanubhuti

Aparokshanubhuti is a text credited to Adi Shankaracharya
Just as light is required to see an object; one attains knowledge only through the means of enquiry.
The self alone is permanent; all that is seen here is transient – such a settled conviction is truly known as discrimination.
Concentration of the mind on the one Reality [Brahman] is regarded as Samadhana.
Who am I? How is this world created? Who is its creator? Of what material is this world made? This is the way of that enquiry. I am neither the body, a combination of the five elements of matter, nor am I an aggregate of the senses; I am something different from these. This is the way of that enquiry.

How to perform Annaprashan Ceremony? – How to do first rice eating ceremony of baby?

Annaprashan is the first rice eating ceremony of a child in Hinduism. How the annaprashan ceremony is performed varies from region to region. Here is a brief account of how to do first rice eating ceremony of baby in Hindu religion based on the text History of Dharmashastras.
Annaprashan is one of the most important samskaras and is performed after jatakarma (neo-natal ceremony) and namakarana (naming ceremony).
It is performed after the sixth month of birth – the first solid food is given on this day.
The ritual is performed for male child in even months after birth and for girl child in odd months after birth. This is not strictly followed in most regions.
The ideal date to perform the ceremony is the 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 7th, 10th and 13th day of the waxing phase of moon in a fortnight – the Shukla Paksha or days after Amavasya or new moon.
The Annaprashan ceremony is performed by father or mother or by an elderly member in the family. Please note that Mother can perform this ceremony. …

Siddhivinayak Temple in Mumbai to Help Dialysis Patients

Siddhivinayak Temple Trust in Mumbai has decided to set up a dialysis centre near the Prabhadevi temple to help dialysis patients. The current rate of a single dialysis in Mumbai ranges from 1200 rupees to 1500 rupees. SiddhivinayakTemple is planning to do the dialysis for 250 rupees.
DNA reports The temple has tied up with an NGO, Shri Veera Desai Jain Sangh, which runs a similar dialysis centre in Andheri, to get its 22-bed centre put together. The NGO, which has a budget of Rs3 crore, will also appoint the health experts needed to run the centre.  “We will charge patients the minimum fee. The rest of the expenses will be borne by the temple and us,” explains Chetan Vora, trustee of the NGO. The Sangh and the temple administration have signed a memorandum of understanding to have the centre up and running by July.

Bhagavad Gita on Fearlessness

Teachings on Fearlessness  from Bhagavad Gita

Serene-minded, fearless, firm in the vow of Brahmacharya, having controlled the mind, thinking on Me and balanced, let him sit, having Me as the Supreme Goal. (6.14)
Intellect, wisdom, non-delusion, forgiveness, truth, self-restraint, calmness, happiness, pain, birth or death, fear and also fearlessness…non-injury, equanimity, contentment, austerity, beneficence, fame, infamy --- all these different kinds of "qualities-of-beings" arise from Me alone. (10.4-5)
Fearlessness belongs to one born of Divine Estate (16.1)
That which knows the paths of work and renunciation, what ought to be done and what ought not to be done, fear and fearlessness, bondage and liberation, that "understanding" is Sattwic (pure) , O Partha. (18.30)
He by whom the world is not agitated (affected) , and who cannot be agitated by the world, who is freed from joy, envy, fear, and anxiety --- he is dear to me. (12.15)

Ganpati Visarjan or Nimajjan 2017 after Ganesh Chaturthi Puja– Vinayaka Immersion dates in 2017

Ganesh Chaturthi festival ends with the immersion or Nimajjan of Ganapati idols in water known as Ganesh Visarjan or Vinayaka Nimajjan. Ganpati Visarjan 2017 date is on September 5 – the Ananta Chaturadsi day. But Ganesha is also immersed in water after one and half day and also on the 1.5 days, 3rd, 5th, 7th or the 10th day.

Ganesha Visarjan 2017 Dates One and half day Ganesh Visarjan – August 26Three days Ganpati Visarjan – August 27Five Days Ganesh Visarjan – August 29Seven Days Ganesh Visarjan – August 31Ten days Ganesh Visarjan – September 3Ananta Chaturdashi last day of Ganesh Visarjan – September 5 There are no hard and fast rules for Ganesh Visarjan, it usually depends on family tradition and on the availability of family members.

The symbolic meaning of Ganesh Chaturthi festival is that Lord Ganesha comes and stays among us. The immersion symbolizes his return from the earth after removing the obstacles and unhappiness of his devotees.

Go for an Eco-friendly Green Ganesha Visar…

Saraswati Gayatri Mantra in Hindi

Saraswati Gayatri Mantra is dedicated to Goddess Saraswati. There are two versions of the mantra and you can read and save them in Hindi. This Gayatri mantra is chanted for blessings of Goddess of learning. Students should chant the mantra daily before starting their lessons. The mantra is also chanted by artists and poets.
Saraswati Gayatri Mantra 1:


Saraswati Gayatri Mantra 2:

A devotee can chant anyone of both the mantras.

Story of Varaha Narasimha Swamy

Story of Varaha Narasimha Swamy is associated with the intense and unwavering devotion of Prahlad. Varaha and Narasimha are two incarnation of Srihari Vishnu. But in temples in Andhra Pradesh there are murtis with both the images of Varaha (Boar) and Narasimha (half man half lion). Vishnu had shown both the avatars in a single form to Prahlad.

Hiranyakasha who had seized the earth and carried it into another region was killed by the Varaha incarnation of Vishnu. Hiranyakasipu, brother of Hiranyakasha, wanted to take revenge on Vishnu. He banned all forms of worship dedicated to Vishnu.
But his son Prahlad was an ardent devotee of Vishnu. Hiranyakasipu tried all means to change the ways of Prahlad but he failed. Finally he decided to annihilate Prahlad.
He tried numerous means to kill Prahlad but each time Vishnu came to the rescue of the young boy.
Hiranyakasipu once ordered soldiers to throw Prahlad into sea and place a mountain on the spot so that he can never escape.
As ordered, t…

Guruvayur Anayottam 2019 date at Guruvayur Temple in Kerala - Elephant Race

Guruvayur Anayottam 2019 date based on official Guruvayur Temple Calendar and Panchang. Anayottam is the running race of elephants held annually in the GuruvayurTemple in Kerala. Guruvayur Anayottam 2019 date is February 17.
The event takes place at GuruvayurSreeKrishnaTemple and marks the beginning of GuruvayurTemple festival.
The winner of the event will get the opportunity to carry the utsava murti (Thidambu) at the GuruvayurTemple for one year.
GuruvayurTemple houses one of the largest numbers of elephants in the country.

Ashwini Star Temple – Ashwini Nakshatra Temple

AshwiniStarTemple is the famous Thiruthuraipoondi temple located in Tiruvarur District in Tamil Nadu. The shrine is known as MarundeeswararTemple and popular belief is that Ashwini Nakshatra people find relief after offering prayers here. Thiruthuraipoondi town is around 30 km from Tiruvarur
Ashwini is the first among the 27 stars. Those having education, marriage and career related problems associated with Ashwini Nakshatra can offer prayers at this temple get relief.
MarundeeswararTemple is dedicated to Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Shiva is worshipped as Marundeeswarar. Goddess Parvati is worshipped here as Periyanayaki.
There is a popular belief that the Ashwini Kumars worship in the temple daily.
Ashwini Nakshatra born people can perform Dhanvantri Puja in the temple for health related problems.
Those suffering from Shani related problems can perform the Shanishwara homa in the temple.

Special worship is also offered to Mars or Chowwa or Angaraka in the temple.

Ardhanarishvara Stotram mp3 Audio – Download Ardhanarishvara Stotram Hindu Prayer for Free

Ardhanarishvara Stotram is a popular Hindu prayer dedicated to Hindu God Shiva. This is the mp3 audio version of the prayer and you can download it for free. The Stotram is provided by Veda Mantiram website. Ardhanarishvara is a unique form as it clearly shows that Shiva and Shakti are inseparable.

Link - Ardhanarishvara Stotram mp3 (right click and use save link as option)

Greatness of Visiting Ahobhilam and Listening to story of Narasimha

There is a belief that for getting from redemption one only needs to go to Ahobhilam – a sacred place associated with Narasimha incarnation of Vishnu. It is also said that listening to the story of Narasimha is greater than visiting sacred places and offering 1000 cows with horns tipped with gold.  The Hindu writes But listening to the story of Narasimha on a full moon day or a new moon day is superior to this. When Lord Srinivasa and Padmavathy marry in Tirupati, the Lord asks Brahma to worship Lord Narasimha at the Ahobilam shrine before the divine wedding. Ahobilam is considered superior to a 1,000 yuga sojourn in Varanasi.  Eighteen Puranas mention the Narasimha avatara. To be rid of one's sins, one goes to Prayag, Gaya and Kasi. But all this is not needed, if one goes to Ahobilam, abode of Lord Narasimha, said Kidambi Narayanan. A day in Ahobilam is equal to many years of visit to other places. Donating 1,000 cows, with gold tipped horns in Kurukshetra, is supposed to confer …

Prahlada on Bhakti the only way to Reach Narayana and other teachings

Young Prahlada addressing Narasimha in the Bhagavad Purana




My Lord you are inaccessible to Brahma and Devas: to the rishis who sit in meditation for eons of time: to wise people whose words flow like water and who are very great and good men: all these are unable to have a glimpse of your form and yet, low born ausra as I am, how can I have been blessed by the sight of you? In your infinite love for me, you have shown yourself to me. I am the most fortunate of all beings.
They say twelve qualities are dear to you. Ashtanga Yoga is greater than the twelve qualities as they lead straight to you.
But you have shown me and the world that Bhakti, mere love of you is enough and, in fact, all these other things stand in the way of reaching you. Even the twelve qualities and Ashtanga Yoga are far inferior to Bhakti. I am sure of it.
The Lord, I know is pleased only with Bhakti.
When Bhakti is firm the first thing which goes is ego and with the ego will vanish all the qualities associated with…

About Kedarnath Temple

KedarnathTemple, part of the Chardham Yatra in Uttarakhand, is one among the 12 Jyotirlinga temples dedicated to Shiva in India. The temple is more than thousand years old and was consecrated by Adi Shankaracharya. Legend has it Pandavas wanted to seek redemption for sins committed during the Kurukshetra battle in Mahabharata. But Shiva was not ready to give darshan to Pandavas. He hid from them and the Pandavas kept following Shiva. It is said that at Kedarnath Shiva took the form of a bull and disappeared underground leaving only the hump on the top.
Shiva is worshipped in the form of Shivling in KedarnathTemple. The hump of the bull is that is worshipped in the temple. It is in the form of a canonical rock. Kedar is one among the numerous names of Shiva.
Holy Places in Kedarnath Temple
A large murti of Nandi bull stands as guard outside the temple door.
Water used to worship the murti at Kedarnath temple gets collected at the Udak Kund and this water is considered as charnamrit and …

Kichaka Vadham – Story of Kichaka in the Mahabharata

Kichaka Vadham, or the killing of Kichaka, in the Mahabharata happened during the life incognito in exile period of the Pandavas. Pandavas had taken refuge in the kingdom of Virata. Matsya, the king of Virata, had married Sudeshna, sister of Kichaka. A powerful warrior, Kichaka and 105 brothers known as Upakichakas too lived in Virata.

Kichaka was the chief commander of the army of Virata. He and his brothers were a manifestation of Bana, the eldest of the Kalakeyas (a group of demons). His earthly parents were Kekaya and Malavi.
Pandavas led the life incognito in the palace of Virata assuming various roles. Panchali (Draupadi) assumed the role of chaperon. She looked after queen Sudeshna and her daughter Uttara.
Kichaka was enamored by the beauty of Panchali and wanted to possess her. All advances of Kichaka were rejected by Panchali. She had spread a lie that she was married to a Gandharva.
Kichaka, who was smitten by lust, took the help of Sudeshna. Ordered by the queen, Panchali…

Vishnu Meaning – Hindu God Vishnu Word Meaning

Vishnu word meaning is found in the Vishnu Sahasranama – the thousand names of Vishnu. Vishnu meaning – the all pervading. He is the one who has entered into everything; the inner cause and power by which things exist.
Vishnu is one of the three principal gods of Hinduism. He is the protector and sustainer of the universe. This particular teaching is only applicable until a devotee thinks that God is different from him.
When there is self realization and ignorance is removed a devotee sees only Vishnu. Only He exists. He is eternal. There is no second. All are his forms.
Thus Vishnu is all pervading.

Shri Swaminarayan Charitra – Animation Movies on the Bhagwan Swaminarayan’s Life and Work

Animation Movies on the Bhagwan Swaminarayan’s Life and Work is presented by Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS). The series is titled Shri Swaminarayan Charitra and aims to help children and elders understand the teaching and life of Bhagwan Swaminarayan who transformed lives of millions of people through teachings rooted in the Vedas.
“Ghanshyam and the Storm of Evil” is the first part in the series.
The second part is titled “Ghanshyam and the Miracles of Life.”
Presented on a DVD, it contains the option of English or Hindi dialogs, with a total running time of an hour.

It is the actions of the mind that are truly termed Karmas – Yoga Vasishta

It is the actions of the mind that are truly termed Karmas.
True liberation results from the disenthralment of the mind.
Those who have freed themselves from the fluctuation of their mind come into possession of the supreme Nishta.
Should the mind be purged of all its impurities, then it will become as still as the milky ocean undisturbed by the churning of Mandara hills; and all our samsaric delusion attendant with its birth and deaths will be destroyed.
Those who without longing for objects avoid them can be termed as subjugators of their mind. Yoga Vasishta

Tapt Kund at Badrinath Temple – Hot Water Spring Near Badarinath Temple

Tapt Kund is a hot water spring near the famous BadrinathTemple. Devotees take a dip in this holy water before having darshan at the Badarinath Temple. Tapt Kund is located on the Markandeya Rock on the banks of the Alaknanda River.
Tapt Kund contains medicinal properties. A bath in the holy water is highly refreshing. It also has curative properties.
Tapt Kund emerges beneath the Garuda murti in the temple. The water then gets collected in the rock. Today there are tanks in which water is collected and devotees can take bath in the tanks.
Tapt Kund is a natural hot spring. Naturally heated groundwater from the Earth’s crust emerge from the spot.

108 Names of Goddess Saraswati in Hindi pdf – Saraswati Ashtottara Shatanamavali Prayer Text in Hindi

108 Names of Goddess Saraswati in Hindi in pdf is for free download. The prayer is known as Saraswati Ashtottara Shatanamavali. Students and artists should read the prayer regularly. Reading the prayer is considered highly meritorious. The prayer can be chanted either in the morning or evening. It can be chanted by both male and female.
The prayer is specially chanted during Basant Panchami and Navratri Saraswati Puja.

Link – 108 Names of Goddess Saraswati in Hindi pdf

Story of the Origin of the City of Pataliputra

The story associated with the origin of Pataliputra is mentioned in the Katha Saritha Sagara. Once there lived a wise man named Bhojika. He had three daughters who were given in marriage to three brothers. Once there was a great feminine in the region and the three brothers deserted their wives.

The three sisters led a miserable life and one of them was pregnant. In due course, the pregnant woman gave birth to a son. The three women looked after the new born.
Shiva and Goddess Parvati who were roaming through the sky happened to notice the three women and the baby. Goddess Parvati wanted to know about the baby. Shiva then said that the baby in his previous birth was an ardent devotee of him. He is born on the earth to reap the benefits of his austerities. His wife of previous birth has been born to King Mahendravarman of Patala and in this birth too she will be his wife.
That night the three women had a dream and in which Shiva asked them to name the baby as Putraka and every day wh…

Saraswati Mantra for Education

Saraswati Mantra for education is the Saraswati mantra, Gayatri and the Beeja mantra. Both are given in Hindi text below. It is a very small mantra and can be chanted by students to get good marks in examination. The prayer should be chanted daily before starting studies and also after ending your lessons.
Saraswati Mool mantra is a simple mantra to remember and chant:
Saraswati Mool mantra: 

Saraswati Mantra this is chanted by students who follow a disciplined life. This involves sticking to only vegetarian food, complete avoidance of non-vegetarian food, daily bath in morning and evening etc. This mantra should only be chanted if follow the above routine.
Saraswati Mantra:

There are two Saraswati Gayatri mantras. Students can chant any one of them.
Saraswati Gayatri mantra 1:

Saraswati Gayatri mantra 2:
Please note that chanting of mantra will not produce in any miracles. You need to work hard with patience and determination. There is no substitute to hard work. Maa Saraswati is alw…

Relying on Vaimanika Prakarana Text Did an Indian Flew the First Airplane?

Vaimanika Prakarana is an ancient Sanskrit text dealing with aeronautics. Ganesh Nerlekar-Desai, epigraphist and manuscriptologist at ShivajiUniversity’s Manuscript Research Centre at Kolhapur, now claims that in 1895, an Indian, Shivkar Talpade, had flown the first aircraft. This happened ten years before the Wright brothers successfully flew their aircraft.

Shivkar Talpade, a drawing teacher from JJ School of Art in Mumbai, is said to have flown an aircraft, Marutsakha, on Girgaon Chowpatty in 1895. DNA reports  There are two streams of thought regarding the existence of aircraft in ancient times. One believes that the ancients did build and fly aircraft, while the other believes it is too fantastic to be true. However, what cannot be disputed is the existence of an ancient text on aerodynamics, titled ‘Vaimanikprakarnm’. “At the Bharat Itihas Sanshodhak Mandal in Pune, there exists an undated handwritten manuscript of Vaimanikprakarnm, a treatise on aerodynamics, said to be origina…

Thoughts from Avadhuta Gita

You are not the sense organs. Nor are you the corresponding powers of sense perception such as sound, sight, touch, taste or smell. When you get beyond the awareness of the senses, you merge in the Supreme Divine.

Oh, mind! Why do you wander everywhere, like a ghost, craving for illusory activity? Renounce attachment to the worldly objects, to realize supreme bliss.
The Srutis pronounce that the Brahman is without qualities, without form and omnipresent. Realize you are that Brahman. Never be in doubt.
The sages pronounce that the Supreme Reality is only One, Immutable and without a second. When attachment to the world is renounced in the mind, there is no awareness of either unity or diversity. Avadhuta Gita

Goddess Kali Aarti in Hindi – Goddess Kali Prayer Text in Hindi

Goddess Kali Aarti text in Hindi is in jpeg format and you can save it for free. The prayer is chanted daily morning and evening by Kali devotees. The popular belief is that Goddess Kali provides the strength to face the world. She also protects her devotees. The prayer is especially chanted during Navratri. This Aarti can be chanted on Tuesday and Friday during evening puja.
The prayer is also chanted during Kali Chaudash, Bhadrakali Gyaras and also during Kali Puja.

Goddess Kali Aarti in Hindi in jpeg fomat

Story of Saraswati River and Kavashan

There are numerous stories in Hindu tradition that clearly states that birth (caste) is not the criteria to judge or decide what role of a person should take in society. Legend has it Sage Bhrigu and Sage Angrisas decided to perform a yajna on the banks of SaraswatiRiver. Kavashan, a low caste man, came to participate in the Yajna. He demonstrated his qualification to participate in the yajna by suggesting mantras and chanting many. But out of ignorance, Sage Bhrigu and Sage Angrisas, did not like a person of low caste participating in the yajna.

The sages then tied him up and threw him in a spot where there was no water. They thought he will die without drinking water.
Lying there Kavashan started chanting the mantras of Yajna.
After sometime, the spot where Kavashan was lying was filled with water. Onlookers saw SaraswatiRiver flowing towards Kavashan.
Sage Bhrigu and Sage Angrisas who witnessed this divine event at once realized their folly. They untied Kavashan and asked for h…

Donate and Get Free mp3 Cds of Puranas – A Ved Puran Initiative

Ved Puran is a website dedicated to publishing text and audio of Puranas, Vedas and epics. Ved Purana website has started a new initiative by which you can get a free mp3 CD. To be part of the initiative you need to register on the website and make a donation.

Vishnu Puran, Bhagvat Puran, Garud Puran, Markandeya Puran, Shiv Puran and Brahma Puran are available in mp3 cd formats.
You can find more information about the initiative here.

Pearls of Wisdom – Srimad Bhagavata Purana

Man absorbed, as he is, in worldly things, worldly pleasures and the pursuit of worldly happiness, has his mind clouded by ignorance of the Truth about his real nature. To him, the eternal cycle of births and deaths will always exist. It is only with the help of knowledge that the veil can be torn, this chain can be snapped.
Discipline is essential. By discipline is meant spiritual discipline. Just as a man who always eats clean, wholesome food will never be troubled by diseases; even so, a man who partakes of spiritual food will never suffer. This food is discipline.
Controlling the mind is essential. Mental concentration on the Brahman, withdrawal of the senses from the sense objects, conquest of the mind in its wanderings in the morass of the senses, self denial, speaking the truth at all times, cleanliness internal and external, compassion towards all living beings, abhorrence of stealing and avoiding receiving gifts from others; all these will help to destroy the ignorance in th…

Swami Vivekananda on True Devotion

Swami Vivekananda talks about true devotion through the story of two gardeners:

A rich man had a garden and two gardeners. One of these gardeners was very lazy and did not work; but when the owner came to the garden, the lazy man would get up and fold his arms and say, ‘How beautiful is the face of my master’, and dance before him.
The other gardener would not talk much, but would work hard, and produce all sorts of fruits and vegetables which he would carry on his head to his master who lived a long way off. Of these two gardeners, which would be the more beloved of his master?
Shiva is that master, and this world is His garden, and there are two sorts of gardeners here; the one who is lazy, hypocritical, and does nothing, only talking about Shiva’s beautiful eyes and nose and other features; and the other, who is taking care of Shiva’s children, all those that are poor and weak, all animals, and all His creation. Which of these would be the more beloved of Shiva? Certainly he that…

Sudhanshuji Maharaj – Words of Wisdom

Love is the goal of life. Saints, seers and prophets of the world have spoken of love as the end and aim or goal of life. The Raslila of Sri Krishna is full of prem and divine mysteries. The stripping of clothes of gopis means peeling off and shedding the ego. Krishna has spread the message of love through his flute.
Tread the path of love, commune with god, and reach the eternal abode of love. This is your highest duty. You have taken this body to love, which alone is the goal of life.
Love is all pervading: True religion does not consist in ritualistic observances, baths and pilgrimages but in love all. Cosmic love is all embracing and all-inclusive.    Sudhanshuji Maharaj

Panchdev Shakti Kavach

Panchdev is the name given to the five important deities in Hinduism. Panchdev Shakti Kavach is the amulet worn by people who believe in the protection offered by it. Panchdev are Ganesha, Vishnu, Shiva, Durga and Surya. Offering prayers to the five deities before the beginning of any venture is considered highly meritorious.

The mool mantras associated with the Panchdevatas are etched in the Kavach.
The kavach is worn by those people who are facing constant failures in life. It is believed that the Panchdev Shakti Kavach provides with the necessary confidence to face tough situations boldly.

Adi Kedareshwar Temple Dedicated to Shiva in Badrinath

AdiKedareshwarTemple is located near the Badrinath Temple in Uttarakhand. The temple is dedicated to Shiva. AdiKedareshwarTemple is a small shrine and is situated at Govind Shila, above Tapt Kund (hot spring), and is on the way to BadarinathTemple.

The greatness of the AdiKedareshwarTemple at Badrinath is mentioned in the Skanda Purana. Shiva is here worshipped as Kedareshwar. The belief is that those who cannot travel to Kedarnath can perform worship at the temple as it is equal to visiting KedarnathTemple.
Story of Adi Kedareshwar Temple Legend has it the region where the current BadrinathTemple is located was the dwelling place of Shiva and Parvati. Vishnu was looking for a place to mediate and liked the place. He then approached Shiva and Parvati as a child and requested them for permission to do penance in the region. Shiva and Parvati agreed and vacated the place and moved to Kedarnath. This is the reason why the place is known as Adi Kedareshwar.
Related Story of Badrinath Temple

The measure of our freedom is the measure of our ability to give love - Swami Chinmayananda

The measure of our freedom is the measure of our ability to give love. It is our inner shackles that take away all our love from us and make us hungry and thirsty for love of others. There in man becomes a slave to the world of tempting objects and charming beings.

In spite of all our best efforts we may slip now and then. But that need not worry us. We are imperfect ones trying our best to gain perfection. Let every slip in us be an education for us. Let us grow expand ultimately to improve to shine out.
Let our present actions atone for our past mistakes.
Be honest to yourself, to your convictions. Let the world bark: the world around you will never remain silent. Swami Chinmayananda