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Trinetra Shiva – About Shiva’s Third Eye – Shiva Trinetra

Trinetra is one of the important names of Shiva. It is also believed that at the end of a cycle of creation, Shiva opens his third eye to effect the change needed for the next cycle of creation. The story of the origin of Shiva’s third eye is interesting as it is not associated with destruction but with sustenance.
About Origin of Shiva’s Third Eye
Time immemorial, Shiva was sporting with Goddess Parvati in the Himalayas. The divine couple was in a playful mood – they were moving all around the cosmos taking various forms– and Goddess Parvati suddenly closed the two eyes of Shiva with her hands.
The entire universe was at once submerged in darkness. All activities came to a standstill due to cosmic darkness. There was no production of food, there was no light… Devas, Saints, Humans and all living beings became still. Everything was quiet.
Mahadev who realized what was happening in the universe dispelled the cosmic darkness by opening his third eye – Trinetra. A minutest part of the fi…

Ardra Nakshatra dates and time in 2014 – Arudara Birth Star Date in 2014

Ardra Nakshatra 2014 date and time based on traditional Hindu calendar, Astrology and Panchangam. Ardra Birth Star, also known as Arudara or Thiruvathirai in South India, is the sixth Nakshatra among the 27 Nakshatras. Below are Ardra Nakshatra dates in 2014. The astrological prediction of Ardra Nakshatra as per Moon Sign is that of Mithuna Raasi or Gemini Zodiac. Mercury or Budha is the Lord of the birth star. The lucky color of Ardra is green.
Ardra Nakshatra Days in 2014 as per Indian Standard Time (IST)
January 15, 2014 From 7:32 AM on January 14 to 9:57 AM on January 15
February 11, 2014 From 2:51 PM on February 10 to 5:21 PM on February 11
March 10, 2014 From 10:05 PM on March 9 to 12:21 AM on March 11
April 6, 2014 and April 7, 2014 From 5:20 AM on April 6 to 7:30 AM on April 7
May 4, 2014 From 12:42 PM on May 3 to 2:59 PM on May 4
May 31, 2014 From 8:13 PM on May 30 to 10:18 PM on May 31
June 27, 2014 and June 28, 2014 From 3:47 AM on June 27 to 5:45 AM on June 28
July 25, 2…

How to perform Gowri Ganesh Puja or Ganesha Gouri Habba?

Gouri Ganesha Puja, or Gowri Habba, is an important festival observed in Karnataka on the previous day of Ganesh Chaturthi. It is observed during waxing phase of moon or Krishna Paksha in the month of Bhadrapada in Karnataka and parts of Andhra Pradesh and in Aavani month in parts of Tamil Nadu. Gowri Habba celebrates the extraordinary creation of Ganesha by Goddess Parvati (Goddess Gowri), which symbolizes women’s power to create life. Here is a general idea to do or observe Gowri Ganesh Puja or Gowri Habba. It must be noted here that the method of performing puja varies from community to community and from region to region. Therefore what is more important is not the ritual but devotion and self-realization. Things needed Image of Gowri made using Turmeric paste or Clay idol of Parvati. Never use Plaster of Paris versions as it pollutes the water body. Threshing pan or MuramRiceLentilsBananasFlowers Betel leaves, betel nuts, coconut etc and other usual pooja accessories Purna Kumbh…

Mrigasira Nakshatra date and time 2014 – Murg or Mrigshirsha Birth Star dates and time in 2014

Mrigasira Nakshatra 2014 dates and time based on traditional Hindu calendar, Astrology and Panchangam. Mrigasira Birth Star, also read as Mrigshirsha or Murg, is the fifth Nakshatra among the 27 Nakshatras. Below are Mrigasira Nakshatra dates in 2014. The astrological prediction of Mrug Nakshatra as per Moon Sign is that of Vrishaba Rashi and Mithuna Raasi. As per Hindu astrology birth star Mrigasira Nakshatra, falls under Vrishabha Rashi or Taurus Zodiac and also Mithuna Raasi or Gemini Zodiac. The first half of Mrigasira is in Vrishaba Rashi and the next half is in Mithuna Rashi. Mangal is the Lord of the first half and Mercury or Budha is the lord the next half. The lucky color of Mrigshirsha is silver grey.
Mrigasira Days as per Indian Standard Time (IST) in 2014
January 13, 2014 and January 14 From 5:27 AM on January 13 to 7:31 AM on January 14
February 10, 2014 From 12:50 PM on February 9 to 2:50 PM on February 10
March 9, 2014 From 8:12 PM on March 8 to 10:04 PM on March 9

No University in India offers a Comprehensive Course in Hinduism Studies

Subadra Muthuswami, who has a master’s degree in public health from Columbia University, wanted to pursue her interest in Hinduism so she searched for a comprehensive course in Hinduism studies in universities in India. But no university in India offers a comprehensive course in Hinduism Studies. There are only programmes in Indian Philosophy. But most of the universities in India have separate departments for Christian and Islamic studies.  The Hindu reports She discovered that the University of Madras has programmes in vaishnavism and Indian philosophy. She enquired with universities such as Madurai Kamaraj, Annamalai and Sastra, but without success. Finally, she went to MadrasSanskritCollege in Mylapore, where she was informed that she could register as an independent research candidate or seek help from the University of Madras.  “While you may study Indian philosophy in the philosophy department or vaishnavism or saiva siddhanta, which is in Tamil medium only, you cannot study th…

Be spotlessly pure in heart – Tirukkural

Be spotlessly pure in heart.  (4.4)
Knowledge is an inner fortification that enemies cannot destroy, and is the ultimate impregnable defence.   (Tirukkural, 421)
That is righteousness which is free from these four things: envy, lust, wrath and harsh word. (4.5)
Virtue begets honour as well as riches and so can there be a greater good for mankind than virtue?
All lives on this earth will venerate the man who has gained control over his soul. (268) Tirukkural

Today’s Hindu Calendar – August 26, 2013 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on August 26, 2013 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Sashti Tithi or sixth day of the waning phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Krishna Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waning phase of moon till 2:25 AM on August 26. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Sashti Tithi or the sixth day during the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra – Ashwini or Ashwathy Nakshatra till 12:11 PM. Then onward it is Bharani Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Mesha Rasi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Hal Sashti
Kali Yuga Year – 5115
Vikram Samvant 2070 – Bhadrapad Krishna Paksha Sashti Tithi or sixth day of the waning phase of moon in Bhadrapad month in calendars followed in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Jammu and Kashmir.
Vijayanama Samvatsar/ Shalivahana Saka 1935 – Shravan Krishna Sashti T…