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Why Do We Draw Rangoli? – The Story in Hindu Religion

The story which explains why do we draw Rangoli is explained the Hindu Puranas. Hindus draw Rangoli daily in front of their homes and some people draw it only during auspicious occasions. The story is associated wit the churning of the ocean by Devas and Asuras. Numerous items appeared during the churning of the ocean. When Goddess Lakshmi appeared from the churning, she requested Bhagvan Vishnu for a house to reside.
Vishnu suggested her to reside in a house that where the entrance is sprinkled with cow dung (entrance is pasted with cow dung) and decorated with Rangoli.
From that day onwards people began to draw Rangoli to invite Goddess Lakshmi into their homes.
Some Puranas also state that Alakshmi, or goddess of misfortune, appeared during the churning of ocean and she also demanded a house. Bhagvan Vishnu asked her to reside in those houses that are dirty and where they do not draw rangoli in front of the entrances.

Where are Bronze Idols of Hindu Gods Made in India? – Place Where Bronze Murtis are made in India

Bronze Hindu God Idols are mainly made in South India, especially in Tamil Nadu. Thanjavur District in Tamil Nadu in India is famous for making Bronze murtis of Hindu Gods. The chief centers that make the idols in bronze are Kumbakonam, Natchiarkoil and Swami Malai. All these places are located in Thanjavur District in Tamil Nadu.
The people who make the murtis are known as Satapathi’s. Around 45-50 families of stapathis, living in Swamimalai village, have been practicing metal casting since many generations. Currently the 37 generation of the Satapathi’s are pursuing the career.

Shravan Nakshatra Matching Stars for Marriage – Shravan Nakshatra Marriage Compatibility

Shravan Nakshatra matching stars for marriage in details is given below. Shravan is the 22nd birth star among the 27 Nakshatra in Hindu horoscope and astrology. Shravan marriage compatibility or the very best matching stars are Hasta and Vishaka (1st, 2nd and 3rd quarter).
Other good matching stars with Shravan are Rohini, Punarvasu, Purvaphalguni, Uttaraphalguni, Chitra, swathi, Vishaka (4th quarter), Mool, Purvashada, Uttarashada, Shravan and Purvabhadra
Ashwini, Bharani, Krittika, Mrigasira, Pushya, Aslesha, Anuradha, Jyeshta, Dhanishta, Shatabhishak, Uttarabhadra and Revathi are okay – means not bad.
Stars that do not match with Shravan are Ardra and Magha.

2014 Good dates to Move into new house in Malayalam Calendar – House Warming Dates in Kerala 2014 – Griha Pravesham

Good dates in 2014 to move into new house (Griha Pravesham) are based on the readings found in popular Malayalam Panchangam and calendar. The house warming dates in Kerala in 2014 are based on India Standard Time.
Griha Pravesham 2014 Dates in Kerala
January 19
February 12
March 3, 5 and March 22
April 9, 24, 26 and April 30
May no dates
June no dates
July 2 and July 9
August 23
September 4
October 30
November 12, 19, 20 and 26
December 1, 3, 6, and 12

Kapoteshwara – Story of Shiva as Kapota Ishwara – Pigeon Manifestation

Kapoteshwara or Kapota Ishwara is one among the one thousand names of Shiva. The name is also included in the one hundred names of Shiva. Kapota means pigeon. The story of Shiva as Kapoteshwara is included in the Skanda Purana.
Legend has it that Shiva once undertook severe tapas (ascetic practice of surviving in severe conditions). Shiva did not eat or drink and lived on air. He avoided all activities.

As a result of the severe tapas, Shiva shrunk to the size of pigeon. Henceforth, he was known by the name of Kapota.

Purnmasi Vrat 2017

Purnmasi is the full moon day in traditional Indian calendar. Below are the Purnmasi dates and vrat in 2017. The term is widely used Punjab especially by Sikh and Hindu communities to refer to full moon day.
Please note that in some regions Purnmasi might start a day early (mostly during previous day night) or in some cases overlap into the next day (might end on the morning of next day).
January 12, 2017, Thursday.  – Time is from 7:23 PM on January 11 to 5:30 PM on January 12. Purnmasi vrat or fasting is on January 11.
February 10, 2017, Friday. –Time is from 7:08 AM on Feb 10 to 6:00 AM on Feb 11. Purnmasi vrat or fasting is on February 10.
March 12, 2017, Sunday.   Time is from 7:39 PM on March 11 to 7:25 PM on March 12. Purnmasi Vrat or Fasting is on March 12.
April 11, 2017, Tuesday. Time is from 9:25 AM on April 10 to 10:15 AM on April 11. Purnmasi Vrat or fasting is on April 10.
May 10, 2017, Wednesday. Time is from 12:13 AM on May 10 to  1:52 AM on May 11. Purnmasi Vrat or …

Watch teachings of the Awakening With Brahma Kumaris Online

Awakening with Brahma Kumaris is a series that explore key issues from daily life and find practical spiritual solutions and insights based on the teachings of the Brahma Kumaris.
You can listen to conversations on topics like addiction, depression, emotional intelligence, happiness, living values, relationships, management and meditation.
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Lal Chandan Mala – Rosary Made of Red Sandalwood Paste

Lal chandan mala, or rosary made of red sandalwood paste, is used for chanting mantras dedicated to Hindu Gods and Goddesses. It is also worn by some Hindus. Rosary made of red sandalwood paste is exclusively used to chant mantras dedicated to Goddess Durga.
Devotees visiting SabarimalaAyyappaTemple wear the Lal Chandan Mala. It is also worn by devotees participating in the Bhavani Deeksha festival at the SriKanakaDurgaTemple in Andhra Pradesh.
Red sandalwood paste is mainly used by Durga devotees. Rosary made using the sandalwood is used while chanting mantras dedicated to Goddess Durga.

Hindu Scriptures on How to Control Desires

To obstruct thoughts that are inimical to yoga, contrary thoughts should be brought in. (Yoga Sutra)
O Desire, I know your roots, you rise from imagination; I will not imagine and hence shall destroy you with your root. (Mahabharata)
Salutations to the gods. Desire performed the act. Desire did the act. Desire is doing the act, notI. Desire is the agent, notI. Desire causes the doer to act, notI. O Desire, fascinating in form, let this oblation be offered to thee. Svaha! (Mahanarayana Upanishad)
Desire can be overcome by meditation on the heart that has given up all attachment to sense-objects. (Yoga Sutra)

When all desires clinging to one’s heart fall of, then a mortal becomes immortal (and) attains Brahman here. (Katha Upanishad)