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Ganesh Arati Hindi Text – Ganesh Arati Lyrics in Hindi

Ganesh Arati is one of the most popular prayers dedicated to Hindu God Ganesh. The Hindi Text of the Arati contains the lyrics Jaya Ganesh Jaya Ganesha deva…Mata Jaaki Parvati Pita Mahadeva. The Ganesh Arati Hindi text is embedded in jpeg or picture format.
The prayer is chanted daily morning and evening in millions of Hindu homes. The prayer is considered highly auspicious and meritorious. It helps in removing all obstacles and ushers in peace and prosperity. 
Ganesh Arati Lyrics in Hindi

Pushya Matching Stars for Marriage – Pushya Nakshatra Marriage Compatibility

Pushya Nakshatra matching stars for marriage in details is given below. It is the eighth birth star among the 27 Nakshatra in Hindu horoscope and astrology. Pushya marriage compatibility or the very best matching stars are Punvarvasu and Revathi
Other good matching stars with Pushya are Bharani, Rohini, Mrigasira (3rd and 4th quarter), Ardra, Anuradha, Shravan, Purva Bhadra and Uttara Bhadra.
Ashwini, Kartika, Mrigasira (1st and 2nd quarter), Pushya, Aslesha, Hasta, Swathi, Vishaka (4th quarter), Jyeshta, Moola, Purvashada, Uttarashada (1st quarter), Dhanishta and Shathabhisha are okay – means not bad.
Starts that do not match with Pushya are Magha, Purvaphalguni, Utharaphalguni, Chithra, Vishaka (1st, 2nd and 3rd quarter), Uttarashada (2nd, 3rd and 4th quarter)

Dasara Balada in Orissa – Durga Puja Dedicated to Bullocks – Cows and other Domestic Animals

Dasara Balada is observed during the Durga Puja period in certain regions of Orissa. It is dedicated to bullocks, cows and other domesticated animals. This unique ritual is observed in Bishnupur and Arnapal areas in Bhadrak District in Orissa.
Bullocks, cows and other domesticated animals arrive in herds on the day. The animals are decorated with peacock feathers and tinkling bells. The horns are covered with beautiful covers. The backs of the animals are covered with clothes. Numerous other decorations are added by the owners of the animals.
The farmers fast during the seven days of Durga Puja and the animals are also not taken out for work. They are pampered and given variety of food.
The most important rituals is held on the Dasara day (Vijayadasami – the Durga immersion day). On the day, ropes, posts, halters of animals are worshipped. Prayers are offered to bullocks and cows. The animals are then taken to Durga Puja area for worship.
The animals are garlanded in the area and le…

Simple Navratri Pooja

A simple Navratri Pooja can be performed at home or even at your workplace. This simple puja is for those who are working and have other matters to attend during Navratri. You can perform in the puja morning or evening.

Keep a painting or photo of Goddess Durga. If not available you can simple leave a small space for worshipping.

You can start by offering a red cloth to the painting or picture of Goddess Durga. The light a lamp.

Offer a fruit.

Then you can offer your prayers.

You can then chant the prayer - Sarva Mangala Mangalye Perform this prayer on all nine days.

Light lamp on all nine days.

Keep a fresh fruit on all nine days.

You can eat the fruit as Prasad after the puja.

If not possible you can offer the prayer on any one of the days of Navratri.
Related Navratri Calendar Navratri Puja Vidhi in North India and Nepal - How To  How to do Navratri Puja? How to observe Navratri Vrat? Nine forms of Durga worshipped during Navaratri

Punarvasu Matching Stars for Marriage – Punarvasu Marriage Compatibility

Punarvasu Nakshatra matching stars for marriage in details is given below. It is the seventh birth star among the 27 Nakshatra in Hindu horoscope and astrology. Punarvasu marriage compatibility or the very best matching stars are Ashwini, Rohini, Mrigasira, Ardra, Moola, Shravan, Purvabhadra and Utharabhadra.
Other good matching stars with Punarvasu are Bharani, Krittika, Punarvasu, Pushya, Uthara Phalguni (2, 3, 4 quarter), Hasta, Chitra (1 and 2 quarter), Swathi, Vishaka, Anuradha, Puravashada, Uttarashada, Dhanishta, Shatabhisha and Revati.
Aslesha, Magha, Uthraphalguni (1st quarter), Chitra (3 and 4 quarter), and Jyeshta, are okay – means not bad.
Star that does not match with Punarvasu is Purvaphalguni.

Karva Chauth Puja Vidhi in Hindi

This is a short description of Karva Chauth Puja Vidhi in Hindi found in a Jyothish magazine. It does not give a step by step description of the Puja Vidhi but contains lot of important explanations regarding the fruits of observing the puja and how to observe it. The document is in jpeg format and you can download it by right clicking.


Below is an explanation in pdf but does not elaborate on puja process but contains the fruits of observing Karva Chauth.

Link - Karva Chauth Puja Vidhi in Hindi

Lakshmi Puja in Hindi in pdf – Diwali Lakshmi Puja Vidhi in Hindi

Lakshmi Puja in Hindi in pdf is an edited version of the Diwali Lakshmi Puja Vidhi provided by Gurutva Jyothish Kariayalaya. The most important puja performed on Diwali is the Lakshmi Puja dedicated to the Hindu Goddess of prosperity, luck and wealth. Legend has it that Goddess Lakshmi incarnated on Diwali day during the legendary churning of ocean (samudra-manthan) in the Puranas. This is the main reason why Lakshmi Puja is performed on Diwali.
People perform Lakshmi Puja on the day for peace, prosperity, material wealth and spiritual wealth.
The popular belief is that Goddess Lakshmi visits homes on the day and she is welcomed by keeping the premises clean and neat.
LinkLakshmi Puja in Hindi in pdf

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How to perform Lakshmi Puja on Diwali in English?

Atma Upanishad Teachings on the Supreme Self – the Imperishable

The supreme Self, the imperishable, He is to meditated on with (the help of) the Yogic steps, breath control, withdrawal (of sense organs), fixation (of mind), contemplation and concentration,
He is to be inferred by the thinkers on the Self as like unto the seed of the Banyan tree or a grain of millet or a hundredth part of a split hair.
He is not born, does not die, does not dry, is not wetted, not burnt, does not tremble, is not split, does not sweat.
He is beyond the gunas, is spectator, is pure, partless, alone, subtle, owning naught, blemishless, immutable, devoid of sound, touch, color, taste, smell, is indubitable, non-grasping, omnipresent.
He is unthinkable and invisible.
He purifies the impure, the unhallowed.
He acts not.
He is not subject to empirical existence.
Atma Upanishad

Navadurga Stotram in pdf – Prayers Dedicated to Navdurga in Hindi in pdf

Navadurga Stotram is the prayer dedicated to the nine forms of Goddess Durga worshipped during Navratri. Below is the prayers dedicated to Navdurga in Hindi in pdf. The prayers are chanted on all days of Navratri by devotees.
The popular belief is that chanting the prayer helps in attaining peace and prosperity. It is also chanted for good health.

Link - Navadurga Stotram in pdf

Vishwabhuja Gauri – About Goddess Vishwa Bhuja Gouri

Vishwabhuja Gauri is a manifestation of Goddess Shakti. Bhuja means hands. Vishwa means the world. As per devotees, Vishwa Bhuja Gouri is the Goddess who extends support to devotees like a mother. Her hands encompass the entire universe. She provides blessings to all her devotees who follow Dharma.
The same hands that bless and protect will also rise against those who follow Adharma.
Temple dedicated to Vishwabhuja Gauri is found in Varanasi. It is located near Dharam Koop and the VishalakshiDeviTemple.

The most important festival dedicated to Vishwabhuja Gauri is the Navarti (September – October).

Kaivalya Upanishad Quotes

He is Brahma, He is Shiva, He is Indra, He is the Immutable, the Supreme, the Self-luminous, He alone is Vishnu, He is Prana, He is Time and Fire, He is the Moon.
He alone is all that was, and all that will be, the Eternal; knowing Him, one transcends death; there is no other way to freedom.
Seeing the Atman in all beings, and all beings in the Atman, one attains the highest Brahman – not by any other means
With his self thus deluded by Maya or ignorance, it is he who identifies himself with the body and does all sorts of things. In the waking state it is he (the Jiva) who attains satisfaction through the varied objects of enjoyment, such as women, food, drink, etc.

In the dream-state that Jiva feels pleasure and pain in a sphere of existence created by his own Maya or ignorance. During the state of profound sleep, when everything is dissolved (into their causal state), he is overpowered by non-manifestation and comes to exist in his form of Bliss. Kaivalya Upanishad

Story of Chudamani in the Ramayana

Chudamani is referred to in the Sundara Khanda of the Ramayana. The divine Chudamani was in the possession of Sita. Mata Sita was held captive by Ravana in the Ashokavana of Lanka. Hanuman met Sita as an emissary of Rama. She then gave the Chudamani to Hanuman and asked Him to carry it to Sri Rama.
Chudamani is an ornament worn on the head. It was round in shape and studded with jewels and pearls.
Legend has it that the ornament was first found by Indra in the ocean. He gave it to Dasharatha, father of Sri Rama, for helping him in defeating the demons. Another version has it that Indra gave it to Dasharatha on the successful completion of an important yajna.
Chudamani became a family ornament. Dasharatha had given it to Kaushalya. She gave it to Sita who was her daughter in law.

It is stated in Ramayana that on seeing Chudamani, Sri Rama felt as if he was seeing Mata Sita herself.

18-foot-tall Shivling from Single Stone at Twin Shiva Temple at Kidderpore in Kolkata – Tallest Single Stone Shivalinga

Kidderpore area in Kolkata is home to a twin temple which houses an 18-foot-tall Shivling – believed to be one of the biggest in the region. The temples - Krishna Chandreshwar and Rakta Kamaleshwar – are twin Shiva Temples. The Shivling is carved out of a single kashti stone and is believed to be the tallest single stone Shivalinga. The two temples have two large Shivlings.
The twin temples with the unique Shivling were in a dilapidated condition but have been restored now. The temple on the banks of a pond was built by Zamindar Joynarayan Ghoshal more than 200 years ago. The temples are named after the father and mother of the Zamindar. The temple architecture is the aat-chala which is typical of Bengal.
Kulodevi Patitpabani Durga temple is located in the courtyard of the twin temples. The Durga murti in Kulodevi Patitpabani Durga temple is made of astadhatu (eight metals).
A mela ground in the temple area attracts thousands of people during Shivratri.  Times of India reports  Declar…

Hinduism Teachings on Mind Control

Giving up all desires born of the will, withdrawing the senses from every direction by strength of mind, attain tranquility little by little with the help of the budhi armed with fortitude. Once the mind is established in the Atman, one should not think of anything else. Whenever the fickle and unquiet mind strays, withdraw it and restore it to the control of the Atman alone. (Bhagavad Gita 6 - 24 – 26)

If the intellect, being related to a distracted mind, loses its discrimination and therefore always remains impure, then the embodied soul never attains the goal, but enters into the rounds of births. (Katha Upanishad, 1.3.7)
If  the  intellect, being related to a mind  that is restrained, posseses discrimination and therefore always remains pure, then the embodied soul attains that goal from which one is not born again.  (Katha Upanishad, 1.3.8)

Charity, discharge of one’s duties, tranquillity of the mind and the senses, study of scriptures, various kinds of rituals and vows — all th…

Story – Vidyutmali Stopping the Ashwamedha Yajna Horse of Sri Ram

The Ashwamedha Yajna Horse of Bhagvan Sri Ram was travelling through various countries. Majority of the kings accepted the authority of Sri Ram. The army that followed the horse quelled some kings who had caught the horse and challenged the authority of the ruler of Ayodhya. Shatrughna, Hanuman, Jambhavan, Sugriva, Angada, etc headed the army.  
While the horse was travelling through a vast deserted area, suddenly there was sudden change in the atmosphere. The atmosphere turned dark and mysterious and scary. The sun suddenly disappeared.
The Ashwamedha Yajna Horse was stolen in the confusion.
The army soon found out that Mayavi Vidyutmali, a relative of Ravana had stolen the horse. The demon had brought about change in atmosphere through his magic.
Shatrughna then fought with Vidyutmali. It was tough and long battle. The demon was supported by his brother Ugradramshta.
Finally, Shatrughna overpowered the two demons and killed them.
The remaining demon army returned the Ashwamedha Ya…

Yantra for Good Health

It is most widely believed in Hinduism that Maha Mrityunjaya Yantra is the most ideal Yantra for good health. It is associated with the famous Mahamrityunjaya mantra dedicated to Shiva. The main benefit of worshipping the Yantra is good health and escape from early death. It is also worshipped by those people who have constant fear of death.
The belief is that people who wear the Yantra will have no fear of death. Worship of it is also recommended for recovery from various diseases.
Maha Mrityunjaya Yantra is visual form of the mantra and the power of the mantra is captured in it.

This Yantra is best worshipped at home. The ideal metal used to make the Yantra is copper. It is also available in gold, bhojpatra, silver and brass. Some people also worship by taking a copy of it in paper.

Nanda Devi Raj Jat Yatra to Held in August – September 2014

Nanda Devi Raj Jat Yatra in Uttarakhand, which was to be held in 2013, was cancelled due to devastating flood. It will now be held in 2014 from August 18 to September 6, 2014. Nanda Devi Raj Jat Yatra is held once in 12 years and is dedicated to Goddess Nanda Devi, a manifestation of Mother Goddess Shakti.

The yatra involves travelling by foot to numerous Goddess Shakti shrines in the Chamoli District.

The yatra involves a distance of about 280 kms, passes through great heights and glaciers. Business Standard reports  The revised dates for the yatra, held every 12 years through the picturesque hills of Chamoli district, were announced today by Nanda Devi Raj Jat Samity chief Rakesh Kunwar at Nauti village from where the pilgrimage traditionally begins. A detailed calendar of the yatra will be released on the occasion of Basant Panchami next year, Samity secretary Bhuwan Nautiyal said. Special prayers were held in the village before the announcement to seek the goddess' forgivenes…

Swami Adbhutananda on ways to conquer Lust and Desire

You will have to discriminate between the real and the unreal.
To keep one’s discrimination alert is a great austerity.
He who has learned to discriminate can successfully overcome lust and greed. So, cultivate your discrimination and conscience.
How can you struggle against evil tendencies if your intellect is not trained to differentiate between good and evil? First clear out the rubbish that has entered the mind through the gates of the sense organs, and then put a ‘No Admittance’ sign in front of each gate.
Those bad thoughts which ignore the notice and still come in, you will have to hand over to the police, which is your conscience.
With the help of the police you must evict the impure tendencies from the mind and then install the Lord there. That is the way to conquer lust and desire.
Swami Adbhutananda ( - 1920) a direct disciple of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa

Kuber Mantra in Hindi – Prayers Dedicated to Hindu God Kubera

Kuber Mantra is dedicated to Hindu God Kubera, who is the treasurer of Gods. Kuber Mantra in Hindi is provided below in jpeg format. The prayers are chanted during Diwali – especially during the Lakshmi Kuber Puja. There are three mantras.

During puja you can chant all the three mantras. The first is the ashtakshar mantra, the second shodashar mantra and the panch thrishadashar mantra.

Kumari Puja Mantra – Kumari Pujan Prayer in Hindi during Navratri

Kumari Puja is performed on the eighth or the ninth day of Navratri. Kumari Puja Mantra in Hindi is given below. It is chanted during Chaitra Navratri. The Pujan is performed during both Chaitra Navratri (March – April) and Ashwin Navratri (September – October). Young girl children between the age of 2 and 10 are offered new dress and food on the day. They symbolically represent Goddess Shakti.

Kumari Puja Mantra

English Translation of Abhinavagupta’s Commentary on the Bhagavad Gita – Read Online and Download in pdf

Abhinavagupta (c. 950 – 1020 AD) was one of India's greatest philosophers of ancient Indian and his commentary on the Bhagavad Gita is unique. You now read the English translation of Abhinavagupta’s Sanskrit Commentary on the Bhagavad Gita online or download in pdf. The English translation is done by Dr S Sankaranarayan.
You can find English Translation of Abhinavagupta’s Commentary on the Bhagavad Gita here.

Please note that Abhinavagupta has not commented on all shlokas. So you will find many shlokas blank. You will need to create pdf using the tool provided in the website.

Brahma Upanishad Teachings

As oil in the sesame seed, butter in the curd, water in the stream, fire in the arani wood, so is the Atman in one’s self to be discovered by one who realizes It through truth and tapasya.
Just as spiders by means of one thread project and withdraw the web, so also the Prana, (who) retires drawing back his creation.
One in dreamless sleep goes through that state to one’s own Abode, like a falcon and the sky – just as a falcon goes (to its nest) borne on the sky. 
Just as this Devadatta (in dreamless sleep) runs not away even when struck with a stick, even so he does not also attach himself to good or evil consequences of the life’s ordained activities; just as a child enjoys itself (spontaneously) without motive or desiring fruit, even so this Devadatta (the subject of dreamless sleep) enjoys happiness in that state. He knows being the Light Supreme.
Brahma Upanishad

Makayiram Matching Stars for Marriage – Makayiram Marriage Compatibility

Makayiram Nakshatra matching stars for marriage in details is given below. It is the fifth star among the 27 Nakshatra in Hindu horoscope and astrology. Makayiram marriage compatibility or the very best matching stars are Ashwathy, Rohini, Chothi, Moolam, Uthradam, Thiruonam and Uthrittathi.
Other good matching stars with Makayiram are Bharani, Kartika, Makayiram, Pooyam, Uthiram (2nd, 3rd and 4th Quarter), Atham, Anizham, Pooradam, Dhanishta, Chathyam, Pooruruttathi and Revathi.
Thiruonam, Punirtham, Ayiliyam, Makam, Uthram (1st quarter), Chithira (1st and 2nd quarter), Vishakha, Jyeshta, are okay – means not bad.
Starts that do not match with Makayiram are Pooram and Chithira (3rd and 4th quarter).

Dhanalakshmi Stotra in Hindi

Dhanalakshmi Stotra is chanted for attaining wealth both material and spiritual. Dhanalakshmi Stotra is given below in Hindi. It is chanted daily for the fulfillment of desires. The prayer addresses Goddess Lakshmi as Dhana Lakshmi – the bestower of wealth. She is addressed by numerous names in the prayer. All the meanings related to material achievements.  Dhanalakshmi Stotra in Hindi


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Ten Environmental Teachings in Hinduism

Vedas, Upanishads, Puranas and several scriptures in Hinduism contain important environmental teachings. Pankaj Jain writes about the important ten environmental teachings in Hinduism in an article published in the Huffington Post.
The first five teachings are very important and form the core of Hindu Religion. The rest of the five are products of the first five.
The ten environmental teachings are: Pancha Mahabhutas (The five great elements) create a web of life that is shown forth in the structure and interconnectedness of the cosmos and the human body.
Ishavasyam -- Divinity is omnipresent and takes infinite forms.
Protecting the environment is part of Dharma.
Our environmental actions affect our karma.
The earth -- Devi -- is a goddess and our mother and deserves our devotion and protection.
Hinduism's tantric and yogic traditions affirm the sacredness of material reality and contain teachings and practices to unite people with divine energy.
Belief in reincarnation supports…

Significance of Tapas – Austerities in Sanatana Dharma (Hinduism)

Significance of Tapas (Austerities) in Hinduism
Tapas literally means heat. It is common knowledge that metals like gold become pure on heating them. Again, pure metal is extracted from ores by heating them in a blast furnace. Even so, it is said that the practice of tapas heats up our system, the mind in particular, and purifies it in the process.
Sri Shankaracharya makes the idea of tapas clear in his commentary on the Taittiraya Upanishad (3.1.1) – Tapas is the best discipline, for it is known in the world that of all the means that are causally related with definite ends, tapas is the best.
Tapas consists in the control of external and internal organs.
In other words, anything that can be accomplished with some means is accomplished better with tapas. This is true of worldly prosperity as well as spiritual progress.
Tapas means concentration of the mind by choice – mine, not the mind’s. The mind needs to be trained in concentration. Who is the trainer? The buddhi. When a person…

Quotes on friendship from Hindu Religious Texts

May all beings look upon me with the eye of a friend; may I look upon all beings with the eye of a friend; may we regard on one another with the eye of a friend. (Yajur Veda, 36.18)
One who makes no distinction of self and other with regard to [one’s] person and possessions, who regards all beings with an even eye and is tranquil of mind, is indeed the best of the godly. (Bhagavata Purana, 11.2.52)

Learn to make the whole world your own. No one is a stranger, my child; this whole world is your own. (Sri Sarada Devi)

Goddess Totala – About Hindu Goddess Totala

Goddess Totala is a manifestation of Goddess Parvati. In this form she destroys the sins of her devotees. Goddess Totala is more closely associated with the Gauri form of Mother Goddess Shakti. It is said that Goddess Totala talks with her devotees lovingly and in a childish manner. That is why she is known as Totala.
In this form, Mother Goddess is kind and benevolent. She is depicted as a peaceful deity.
She is four-armed. She holds Shula, Akshamala, Danda and white Chauri.
In some regions, Goddess Totala is associated with Goddess Tara. When she is associated with Goddess Tara, she is also the goddess of herbs and medicines.

Temples dedicated to Goddess Totala is found in Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

Ashta Dikpalas Pictures on Ganjifa Cards

In Hindu tradition, Ashta dikpalas are the eight deities that guard the eight quarters of the world. The eight deities protect the eight cardinal directions with the help of elephants. The pictures are provided by IGNCA. The game of Ganjifa Cards was very popular in ancient India. The cards contain hand painted images of Ashta Dikpalas.

You can view and download Ashta Dikpala Pictures on Ganjifa Cards here at IGNCA website.

Khadga and Khetaka – Sword and Shield in the Hands of Hindu Gods

Khadga, Sword, and Khetaka, Shield, are found in the hands of several Hindu Gods especially Goddess Durga. Sword is found in the hands of Vishnu and other deities. Khetaka is limited to few deities.
Khadga is either long or short and is either single-edged or double-edged. It has a handle.
Khetaka is either circular or quadrangular and has a handle at the back to hold it. Sometimes symbols are engraved on the face of the shield.
The sword of Vishnu is known as Nandaka.
Khetaka is always found in the images of Durga when Durga is depicted as having eight or more arms.

Siddhidatri Mantra – Goddess Siddhidatri Mantra in Hindi

Siddhidatri Mantra is chanted on the ninth day of Navratri (September – October). There are four Goddess Siddhidatri 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


No Stones but Fruits and Flowers – Barahi Devi Temple Stone Throwing Ritual

It is an ancient ritual – the stone throwing ritual at the Barahi Devi Temple in Uttarakhand. The ritual is known as Bagwal and is annually held on the Raksha Bandhan day. Barahi Devi Temple is located in Devidhura Towan in Champawat District in Uttarakhand. Goddess Barahi Devi is a manifestation of Goddess Durga.

Devotees decided to stop throwing stones as it caused serious injuries. Instead of stones they used locally available fruits and flowers. Times of India reports
The devotees replaced stones with flowers and fruits. They hurled fruits like locally grown round shaped pears, apples and flowers at each other in the battle fought among different local devotee groups within temple premises.  Old-timers of the ritual who had witnessed the serious injuries caused by the stone pelting welcomed the move and called it historic. "The way all the participants used fruits and flowers instead of stones during 10-minute battle has really come a big pleasant change and it will continue …

What you are you do not see, what you see is your shadow – Tagore Thoughts

By your intellect you have understood so many things. Still there are some truths you have yet to learn. One of them is that he alone truly understands who is suddenly illumined by Divine Grace.
The farther I go into Your Infinity with my life and mind, I see nowhere sorrow or death or division.
The mystery of creation is like the darkness of night – it is great. Delusions of knowledge are like the fog of the morning.
What you are you do not see, what you see is your shadow.
Life finds its wealth by the claims of the world, and its worth by the claims of love. 
Rabindranath Tagore

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…

Katyayani Mantra – Goddess Katyayani Mantra in Hindi

Katyayani Mantra is chanted on the sixth day of Navratri (September – October). There are four Goddess Katyayani 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.
Most devotees only chant the Mool Mantra.
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.
Mool Mantra

Dhyan Mantra

Stotra



Kavach Mantra

Sage Parashara and Satyavati

Sage Vyasa was the son of Sage Parashara and Satyavati. The story of the Sage and Satyavati, who later became the queen of Hastinapura, is found in the Mahabharata and Puranas.
One day Sage Parashara was walking along the banks of YamunaRiver and he saw Satyavati rowing a boat. She was then known as Matsyagandha and was the beautiful daughter of a fisherman. She was named Matsyagandha as her body had the smell of fish.
Sage Parashara was attracted by the beauty of Satyavati and he approached her. The sage then made request to make love to her.
Using his spiritual powers, Sage Parashara created a fog around the boat. They had physical union in her boat in daylight but it was not visible to the outside world due to the fog.
Sage Parashara then gave two boons to Satyavati – her virginity will be intact and her body would exude pleasant fragrance that would spread over eight miles.
Satyvati thus got rid of the smell of fish from her body.
In due course, Satyavati gave birth to SageVyasa

Skanda Mata Mantra – Goddess Skandamata Mantra in Hindi

Skanda Mata is worshipped on the fifth day of Navratri (September – October). Below you can find four mantras in Hindi dedicated to Skanda Mata. The four mantras are Mool, Dhyan, Stotra and Kavach. Goddess Skandamata got the name as she is the mother of Skanda of Kartikeya. Mantra dedicated to her is chanted on the fifth day.
Most devotees only chant the Mool Mantra.
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.
Mool Mantra

Dhyan Mantra

Stotra


Kavach Mantra


Google Logo on Birthday of M. S. Subbulakshmi

Google has created a logo on the 97th birthday of M. S. Subbulakshmi, legendary Carnatic musician.

Spiritual Significance of Onam festival – Bhakti is Complete Surrender to Supreme

People make all kinds of offerings to God. But the greatest of them is to offer oneself. That is what Mahabali or King Maveli did. Emperor Mahabali surrendered totally to the Supreme.
According to Srimad Bhagavatham, when Shukracharya, Mahabali's adviser and Guru, tried to warn and stop him by suggesting that Vamana is Lord Vishnu , Mahabali told Shukracharya "Guruji, what is the use of me possessing anything which is not of use to God? The seeker is God Himself. God has really no desires, but to redeem us from the consequences of our past deeds, He creates situations, which call for offerings. When the infinite Divine appears in the role of the seeker, what greater blessing can there be than making the offering to the Divine? I do not seek any greater blessing than this. I am ready to offer my mind, my body and my life itself to God. There is no greater fortune than this"
Bali is such an example of Bhakti and supreme sacrifice. Remember that the term ‘Bali’ has sever…

Kushmanda Mantra – Goddess Kushmanda Mantra in Hindi

Kushmanda Mantra is chanted on the fourth day of Navratri (September – October). There are four Goddess Kushmanda 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 prosperity and peace. The prayer is also chanted for welfare and good health.
Most devotees only chant the Mool Mantra.
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.
Mool Mantra
Dhyan Mantra


Stotra
Kavach Mantra


Goddess Chandraghanta Mantra – Navratri Chandraghanta Mantra in Hindi

Goddess Chandraghanta is worshipped on the third day of Navratri (September – October). Chandraghanta Mantra is in Hindi. The prayer is chanted on the third day of Navratri and also by those who worship Chandraghanta Devi daily. The mantra is chanted for attaining wealth and for fulfillment of desires.
Chandraghanta Mantra is in Hindi and there are four mantras – Mool Mantra, Dhyan Mantra, Stotra and Kavach Mantra.
Most devotees only chant the Mool Mantra.
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.
Mool Mantra


Dhyan Mantra

Stotra


Kavach Mantra

Bhagavad Gita on Desire

Teachings from Bhagavad Gita on Desire
He who is able, while still here (in this world) to withstand, before the liberation from the body (death), the impulse born out of desire and anger, he is a YOGIN , he is a happy man. (5.23)
He should be known as a perpetual SAMNYASI who neither hates nor desires; for, free from the pairs-of-opposites, O Mighty-armed, he is easily set free from bondage. (5.3)
When a man completely casts off, O Partha, all the desires of the mind, and is satisfied in the Self by the Self, then is he said to be one of steady Wisdom. (2.55)
That man attains peace who, abandoning all desires, moves about without longing, without the sense of 'l-ness' and 'my-ness. ' (2.71)
Whose undertakings are all devoid of desires and purposes, and whose actions have been burnt by the Fire-of-Knowledge, him the "wise" call a Sage. (4.19)
He who neither rejoices, nor hates, nor grieves, nor desires, renouncing good and evil, full of devotion, is dear to M…

Brahmacharini Mantra for Navratri – Goddess Brahmacharini Mantra in Hindi

Goddess Brahmacharini is worshipped on the second of day of the Navratri. Brahmacharini Mantra is chanted on the day. The Mantra is in Hindi and there are four mantras – Mool Mantra, Dhyan Mantra, Stotra and Kavach Mantra. This is a highly powerful mantra and can be chanted for attaining peace, prosperity, wish fulfillment and also while meditating for self realization.
Brahmacharini Mantra is in Hindi and there are four mantras – Mool Mantra, Dhyan Mantra, Stotra and Kavach Mantra.
Most devotees only chant the Mool Mantra.
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.
Mool Mantra

दधाना कपद्माभ्यामक्षमालाकमण्डलू।।
देवी प्रसीदतु मयि ब्रह्मचारिण्यनुत्तमा।।
Dhyan Mantra


Stotra


Kavach Mantra

Shailputri Mantra – Goddess Shailputri Mantra in Hindi

Goddess Shailputri Mata is worshiped on the first day of the Navratri (September – October).  Shailputri Mantra is chanted on the first day of Navratri and also on all those days by people who prayer to this form of Goddess Shakti. Shailputri Mantra is in Hindi and there are four mantras – Mool Mantra, Dhyan Mantra, Stotra and Kavach Mantra.
Most devotees only chant the Mool Mantra.
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.
Mool Mantra

Dhyan Mantra

Stotra


Kavach Mantra

When you are doing any work do it as worship as the highest worship – Swami Vivekananda

When you are doing any work, do not think of anything beyond. Do it as worship, as the highest worship, and devote your whole life to it for the time being. … It is the worker who is attached to results that grumbles about the nature of the duty which has fallen to his lot; to the unattached worker all duties are equally good, and form efficient instruments with which selfishness and sensuality may be killed, and the freedom of the soul secured.

None is really weak; the soul is infinite, omnipotent, and omniscient. Stand up, assert yourself, proclaim the God within you, do not deny Him! Too much of inactivity, too much of weakness, too much of hypnotism has been and is upon our race. O ye modern Hindus, dehypnotise yourselves. The way to do that is found in your own sacred books. Teach yourselves, teach everyone his real nature, call upon the sleeping soul and see how it awakes. Power will come, glory will come, goodness will come, purity will come, and everything that is excellent w…

True Guru Is Never Obsessed By False Notions of Distinction – Ramana Maharishi

A disciple should have an intense and incessant longing to get free from miseries of life and to attain supreme spiritual Bliss. He should not have the least desire for anything else.
A Guru is one who at all times abides in the profound depths of the Self. He never sees any difference between himself and others and he is not in the least obsessed by false notions of distinction. His firmness of self-possession can never be shaken under any circumstances, and he is never perturbed.
Mukti or Liberation consists in the utter annihilation of the ego, or Ahamkara, and the entire destruction of my and mine by any possible means.

Jnana is the utter annihilation of the mind by making it realize its absolute identity with the Atman or the Self, by incessant practice of meditation and inquiry in quest of the Self. Ramana Maharishi

Pisacha Concept in Hindu Tradition – Pishacha Badha

Pisacha are a group of beings who haunt human beings. When an individual commits suicide under emotional stress, or when the death is untimely or by accident, that individual lives, according to popular belief, in the unearthly form of a pisacha of the same gender for some period.
Pishacha Badha in folklore happens when a Pisacha enters a human body and creating troubles.
As per Hindu tradition and stories, Pisachas have supernatural powers, they have revengeful attitude and can assume any form.
It is widely believed that Pisacha have reddish and fire emitting eyes, distorted ears, turned feet and can change their size from big to small. Among the Pisacha the most dangerous are Raktapisacha (blood sucking) and Mohini (nymphomaniac).
It is believed that they feed on flesh and wine and remnant of corpses in a cremation ground.
They live in forests, dilapidated buildings, and ruined temples and in lonely and deserted places.
Pisachas can be controlled by offering prayers to Durga, Cham…

Listen to Vaman Puran online in Hindi in mp3 Audio format

Vaman Puran is one among the most important Puranas and it narrates the stories associated with Vaman incarnation of Vishnu, creation and also stories of Shiva. Now you can listen to Vaman Puran in Hindi online for free. The audio is in mp3 format. Each chapter is in a separate audio file. There is no download option.
Vaman Puran is divided into two parts and there are 52 chapters in the first part and 40 chapters in the second part.
Link – Listen to Vaman Puran online in Hindi in mp3format

Mind Goes Into the State Of Bondage through Desires Alone – Yoga Vasishta

What could be done to overcome three states of the mind? O Rama, the mind goes into the state of bondage through desires alone and attains liberation as soon as it becomes free from desires. Therefore, quickly dispose of all desires of the mind with the help of discernment.
The mind becomes firmly bound by thinking that, ‘I am not Brahman and I am an individual soul’.
‘Everything is Brahman’ alone — by contemplating thus only, the mind definitely gets liberated.
The knower of Truth states that the enquiry into Self-knowledge is ‘knowledge’ itself. Like the sweetness in milk, the Brahman-to-be-known exists in that knowledge only. Yoga Vasishta

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All will certainly realize God if they are earnest and sincere – Sri Ramakrishna

All will certainly realize God if they are earnest and sincere.
Long must you struggle in water before you learn to swim; similarly, many a struggle must you pass through before you can hope to swim on the ocean of Divine Bliss.
The man of Knowledge knows that God is right here, very near, in the heart; that He has as summed all forms and dwells in all hearts as their Inner Controller.
A certain person asked Sri Ramakrishna, ‘Kindly instruct me in one word so that I may be illumined.’ To which he replied, ‘The Absolute is the only reality; the universe is unreal’ – realize this and then sit silent.

There are two egos – one ripe and the other unripe. ‘This is my house, my room, my son’ – the ego that has this idea is unripe; while the ripe ego is that which thinks – I’ am the servant of the Lord, I am His child, I am ever free and all knowing.  Sri Ramakrishna

Goddess Gowmariamman

Gowmariamman is a unique form of Mother Goddess worshipped in many temples in Tamil Nadu. She is both fierce and benign form of Goddess Shakti. In some temples, Goddess Gowmariamman is considered to be one among the Sapta Matrikas. The Sapta Matrikas are Brahmani, Vaishnavi, Maheshwari, Kaumari, Varahi, Indrani and Chamundi.
Goddess Kaumari is the Gowmariamman in Tamil Culture.
The most popular temple dedicated to Goddess Gowmariamman is located at Theni in Tamil Nadu.
Goddess Gowmariamman is worshipped for finding relief from illnesses. She is also the protector of crops and live stocks. It is with her blessings children remain safe from all kinds of evil and diseases.

In some temples, Goddess Gowmariamman blesses couples who have no issues with children.

Ngaben – Hindu Cremation Ceremony In Bali, Indonesia

Ngaben is a unique Hindu cremation ceremony observed in Bali in Indonesia. On the day several cremations take place together – families that cannot afford the cost of the cremation ceremony share the day. Unlike Hinduism in India, the bodies are not cremated immediately after death in Bali. They are typically buried in a funeral and then placed in a temple facing the sea. The corpses are then retrieved three days before the Ngaben cremation, the date of which is decided upon by the community. Daily Mail reports  The ceremony, well known as Ngaben, is shared by mourners who could not afford to perform the ritual by themselves.  Ngaben, which means 'turn to ash', is considered the last and most important rite in the cycle of a Balinese Hindu life.  In Balinese culture, cremation is believed to free spirits from the burning bodies so they may reincarnate or return to heaven.  The corpses are placed in individual coffins and then in sarcophagi made of paper and wood which are bu…

Ice Shivling Made Out of Thin Air at Mankameshwar Paradeshwar Mahadev Temple in Valetva Village Near Ahmedabad

A three-foot Shivling made of thin air at Mankameshwar Paradeshwar Mahadev Temple in Valetva Village Near Ahmedabad is attracting both devotees and science enthusiasts. The Shivling has a diameter of 40 cm and can withstand an open environment as long as it is a soundproof environment. The temple is being seen as a replica of Amarnath Shivling by devotees. Times of India reports
The technology uses liquid nitrogen and ice and has been developed by Shreelal Jha of the department of physics at Sardar Patel University. Praful Patel (58), who was in the real estate business in London, says the shivling can stay in its frozen form for a long period.  "I have used an air-conditioning compressor for freezing the shivling uniformly. It attracts moisture from air and makes a uniform layer of white ice (translucent ice) on the ice shivling," says Jha.  "The settled ice is controlled from becoming transparent (hard ice) because if ice becomes transparent it will not look like Amarn…

What are the rules For Hartalika Teej fasting? - Hartalika Teej Vrat Rules

The rules for Hartalika Teej fasting is based on community and family tradition. Below are the important Hartalika Teej Vrat rules.

The fasting begins at sunrise.

The person fasting performs daily morning activities like bathing etc before sunrise.

It is a complete fast with some people not even drinking water.

The Hartalika Teej fast ends with the evening puja.

On the Hartalika Vrat day, the idol or picture or painting of Goddess Parvati is decorated with fresh clothes and a pandal (small puja house) is made from banana bark and leaves. Today, most people prefer to observe the vrat in their usual pooja rooms and do not bother to create a pandal.

A Shivling made from clay is placed along with Goddess Parvati.

Listening or reading stories of Goddess Parvati and Shiva is considered auspicious. Most people read the Hartalika Teej Vrat Katha.

Women dress up beautifully on the day by applying mehndi.

Green is the most preferred color.

Women form groups and involve in singing and playin…

It is easy to fall, but to climb up again takes time and effort – Swami Chinmayananda

A serious scare is always worth more to a teenager than any amount of advice.
It is easy to fall, but to climb up again takes time and effort.
Divine life is the product of patient activity in the right direction.
Everybody can make mistakes but few discover the courage to do the right thing when they discover their mistake.

The fall is not bad in itself, but to rise up each time you fall needs heroism. Swami Chinmayananda

Bhakti Vighneshwara Form of Ganesha

Bhakti Vighneshwara is a form of Ganesha worshipped in many temples. This is a benign form of Ganapati. In this form, Ganesh removes all the obstacles in the path of spiritual seeker. This form is ideal for meditating for a devotee who is striving to attain self-realization.
Bhakti Vighneswara has four hands and holds coconut, mango, lump of sugar and a cup of payasa (sweet).

The color of the murti is white like the autumnal moon.

Varaha Temple in Mysore - Shweta Varahaswamy Temple in Mysore

VarahaTemple in Mysore is unique as the murti of Varaha that is worshiped in the temple is white in color. ShwetaVarahaswamyTemple is built in Hoshyala Style of architecture. Shweta Varahaswamy is carved from a single white stone.
The temple is located inside MysorePalace complex. The temple has a gopuram similar to most South Indian temples.
Shweta Varahaswamy temple complex also has separate shrines dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi, Ranganatha, Ganesh and Hanuman.

The temple is also noted for its mural paintings based on Ramayana and childhood leelas of Sri Krishna.