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Why did Bhagavan Sri Ram Perform Ashwamedha Yagna – Horse Sacrifice?

Ashwamedha Yagna, or Horse Sacrifice, was performed by Bhagvan Sri Ram to do penance for the killing of thousands of humans and other living beings during the Rama Ravana war in the Ramayana. Sri Ram was always unhappy about the war. He wanted to get redemption from the sins committed during war. It was Sage Agasthya who advised Sri Ram to perform the Ashwamedha sacrifice. King Dilip who was a great grandfather of Sri Rama had performed the Ashwamedha Yagna and attained salvation.
Ashwamedha Yagna was performed on the banks of the Sarayu River.
The horse required for the yajna was selected on the full moon day in the month of Vaishakh (April – May).

The horse then travelled through several countries for one year. Those who captured the horse had to fight the army that followed the horse. The army was led by Shatrughna.

Mahagauri Mantra – Goddess Mahagauri Mantra in Hindi

Mahagauri Mantra is chanted on the eighth day of Navratri (September – October). There are four Goddess Mahagauri Mantra and they are in Hindi. The four mantras are Mool, Dhyan, Stotra and Kavach. The popular belief is that chanting this mantra will help in attaining wealth and peace. The prayer is also chanted for good health and wish fulfillment.
A devotee can chant any of the mantras. He can also put them into any combination and chant. Like some people chant Mool and Dhyan or Mool and Kavach.
Most devotees only chant the Mool Mantra.
Mool Mantra
Dhyan Mantra
Stotra
Kavach Mantra



Kalaratri Mantra – Goddess Kalaratri Mantra in Hindi

Kalaratri Mantra is chanted on the seventh day of Navratri (September – October). There are four Goddess Kalaratri Mantra and they are in Hindi. The four mantras are Mool, Dhyan, Stotra and Kavach. The popular belief is that chanting this mantra will help in attaining wealth and peace. The prayer is also chanted for good health and wish fulfillment.
A devotee can chant any of the mantras. He can also put them into any combination and chant. Like some people chant Mool and Dhyan or Mool and Kavach.
Most devotees only chant the Mool Mantra.
Mool Mantra
Dhyan Mantra

Stotra



Kavach Mantra

A 1000 year old Goddess Vrishanana Yogini Murti Returned to India

Goddess Vrishanana Yogini Murti was worshipped temple at Lokhari village (Banda District) in Bundelkhand region of Uttar Pradesh in India. The 1000-year-old Murti was stolen from the temple and sold to an art collector in Paris. The widow of the collector has now returned the Murti to India. The Murti is back in India because a minister accidentally happened to see it in Paris.

Goddess Vrishanana Yogini Murti is a powerful incarnation of Mother Goddess. In this form Mother Goddess has a buffalo-head.

The 4.5-foot Vrishanana Yogini Murti weighs 400 kg and is carved in a single rock.

As per Hindu scriptures, there are 64 Yoginis and they served Goddess Kali and the Bhairav form of Shiva. Yogini worship is widely performed in north and eastern parts of India. There are 64 Yogini Temples in Orissa. India Today writes about it  Vrishanana Yogini sits on a stone slab in 'lalitasana', holding a club in the left hand and a 'bilva' fruit in the right. Her 'vahana' (ri…

Swami Yatiswarananda – Wise Words

Everything reflects the glory of God. Behind our human connections there is the Divine connection: behind all human relationship there is the Divine relationship. Therefore our feeling for all should not be allowed to die. It should be transmuted. During the period of transition and transformation one may pass through a little indifference for a time. But if one holds the ideal clearly before oneself, and scrupulously follows the duties that are to be fulfilled, the former feelings return in a transmuted form, from which attachment has been eliminated, but in which the love for the Divine and the love for others through the Divine remains.
Two dangers are to be avoided. One is to love with human love and falsely call it divine. The other is to become too indifferent to even the right feeling, and be negligent of one’s duties. Both are harmful to spiritual growth.
In order to be of real service to others, we should try to reflect the glory of the Divine in our own life. Then silence b…

Today’s Hindu Calendar – September 18, 2013 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on September 18, 2013 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi or the fourteenth day during the waxing phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Shukla Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi or the fourteenth day during the waxing phase of moon till 6:11 PM on September 18. Then onward it is Purnima Tithi or the full moon day. All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra – Sadayam or Shathabhishak or Chathayam Nakshatra till 7:44 PM. Then onward it is Purvabhadrapada or Pooruruttathi Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Kumbha Rasi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Anant Chaturdasi. Ganesh Visarjan.
Kali Yuga Year – 5115
Vikram Samvant 2070 – Bhadrapad Shukla Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi orthe fourteenth day during the waxing phase of moon  in Bhadrapad month in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Jammu and Kashmir.
Vijayanama Samvatsar/ S…