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What is the name of Shaivite Musicians who sing in Shiva temples?

Shaivite Musicians who sing in Shiva temples in Tamil Nadu are referred as Oduvar. They chant the Tevaram and are part of the Panar tradition. Panar are musicians in ancient Tamil Society.
The Oduvars have kept the tradition of Tamil music and culture alive for thousands of years.
Panars are believed to be among the four ancient tribes of the Tamil Country.
Today Tevaram is performed in all important Shiva Temples in Tamil Nadu and also in Shiva Temples across the world that are maintained according to Tamil Culture.

Story of Uchchaihshravas – The Horse of Indra

The story of the origin of Uchchaihshravas is found in the Bhagavata Purana. This divine horse appeared during the churning of ocean (Samudra Manthan) by Devas (demi gods) and Asuras (demons). Uchchaihshravas means one with long ears or one that neighs loudly.

Uchchaihshravas is white like the moon and has seven heads. This flying horse was taken by Indra, the king of Devas. It is also the king of the horses.
The color of the tail of Uchchaihshravas was the reason for Vinata and Garuda becoming the slave of Kadru and her serpent sons. Vinata was sure that the tail of Uchchaihshravas was white but Kadru said it was black. After a bitter argument it was decided that whoever was wrong would become the slave of the winner.
Kadru’s serpent sons hanged to the tail of Uchchaihshravas and made it appear black, when in reality the tail was white. Thus Vinata and her son Garuda became the slaves of Kadru and her sons.
Another story has it that Goddess Lakshmi once happened to see Uchchaihshrav…

Book – The Seduction of Shiva: Tales of Life and Love

Book titled ‘The Seduction of Shiva: Tales of Life and Love’ is compiled and translated by Aditya Narayan Dhairyasheel Haksar. The stories of love and longing from various Sanskrit texts including Puranas are part of the book. Indian Express writes  ”All great literature deals with the theme of the relation between the sexes and I have tried to bring together a collection of stories covering as big a period as possible,” Haksar said during the book release here recently. The first story in the anthology talks about how the god Shiva is seduced by Mohini, the female form assumed by Vishnu. In another tale, Urvashi curses the Pandava prince Arjuna when he rejects her advances. The protagonist in another story pursues pleasure first as a man and then as a woman. “The stories in the ‘Seduction of Shiva’ have been taken over a over 1500 years let me drew material from not only from what is called secular writing but also literature traditionally regarded as scriptural like tales from the P…

Jaya Nama Samvatsara Panchangam in Kannada and Telugu March 2014 to March 2015

Jaya Nama Samvatsara begins on March 31, 2014 and ends on March 20, 2014and is the name of the current year 1936 as per traditional Panchangam and calendar followed in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra. Below you can download Jaya Nama Samvatsara Panchanga in English, Telugu and Kannada.
Link - Jaya Nama Samvatsara Panchangam in English
Link - Jaya Nama Samvatsara Panchangam in Kannada
Link - Jaya Nama Samvatsara Panchangam in Telugu

Holy Yamuna River More Polluted after Spending 6,500 crore Rupees

HolyYamunaRiver is one of holiest rivers in Hinduism and is associated with the leelas of Sri Krishna. TodayHolyYamunaRiver is more toxic than any other time in the history. This is after spending crores of rupees in cleaning up Yamuna. Read about the sad state of Yamuna River here at The Telegraph  The growth in Delhi’s population to 22 million and the rise of illegal slums has led to a great increase in human waste and rubbish, much of which is dumped in the river. More than 400 million gallons of sewage enters the river from Delhi’s drains without passing through the city’s treatment plants.  Human ashes, leather tanning chemicals, pesticides and painted religious idols all add to the toxicity.  Its black, foaming water has been compared to the Thames during the Great Stink of 1858 and has long been an embarrassment to the Indian government. More than £600 million has been spent on sewage treatment plants, toilets, waste pipes and plans have been drawn up to transform it from a lar…

Sanatan Hinduism Radio in Houston in USA Completes 20 years

Sanatan Hinduism Radio in Houston in USA completed 20 years in 2014. The radio program named “Voice of Sanatan Hinduism” was started in 1994 on internet and the radio program is available every Sunday from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

The program attempts to make people aware of the riches of the Veda and Sanatan Dharma by sharing Vedic concepts of rituals, Upanishad, Bhagavad Gita, Vedic Music, Vedic Yoga, Vedic Meditation, Vedic Astrology and the Vedic Way of Life, popularly known as Hinduism.

The radio programs are without any commercials and advertisements and are supported by donors, well-wishers and listeners.
You can find more about the radio here.

Bhagavad Gita Hold the Key to Living a Life of Purpose

An article titled ‘This Ancient Hindu Text May Hold the Key to Living a Life of Purpose’ by Carolyn Gregoire in The Huffington Post explores the teaching of Bhagavad Gita. She details five important modern-day life lessons from the Gita and also contains important comments on the Gita.
Here are five important modern-day life lessons from the ancient text that, in the words of Einstein, makes "everything else seem superfluous."
What goes around comes around.
A peaceful mind (and happiness) can be cultivated through practice.
It's how you act and treat people every day that matters.
It's important to question your habitual thoughts and attitudes.
Self-realization is the end and aim of human life.
You can read the entire article here at the The Huffington Post.

Brishabhadwajeshwar Shiva – Story Brishabhadwajeshwar Mahadeva Shivling

Brishabhadwajeshwar Shiva is worshipped at Kapildhara in Varanasi. The story of Brishabhadwajeshwar Mahadeva Shivling is associated with Shiva visiting the Ashram for Sage Kapil Muni.
Legend has it that Shiva once visited Kapila Muni in his ashram at Kapildhara in Varanasi. The rishi had a beautiful cow. Kapila Muni and the cow was pleased and honored with the arrival of Shiva. Out of devotion, the cow started shedding milk and Kapil Muni bathed Shiva in the milk.
The milk accumulated in an area and it became a pond. The pond is known as Kapildhara Khund.
After being bathed in milk and worshipped, Shiva rode on a bull and returned to Kashi. As he rode on a bull after the holy incident, he was given the name Brishabhadwajeshwar Shiva. The Shivling that is worshipped in Kapildhara is in memory of this incident.

View Digitized 17th century Mewar Ramayana Paintings - Over 370 Stunning Paintings in Virtual Digital Book

The 17th century Mewar Ramayana Paintings is one of the most beautiful manuscripts in the world. The book was split between India and England. Now the book the British Library and CSMVS Museum in Mumbai has reunited the book digitally. You can view the digital book online for free.

Mewar Ramayana paintings were created by several artists, whose exquisite and intricate paintings of gods, battles, landscapes and animals are among the finest examples of Indian art. Alongside the illustrations are over 800 pages of text in Sanskrit.

You can view the Mewar Ramayana Paintings here at the BritishLibrary website or here at the CSMVS Museum Mumbai website.

(The file is large and may take several minutes to download. In addition to high-quality images of the original manuscript, there are page-by-page descriptions in text and sound.)

Tilak Vrat in Chaitra Month

Tilak Vrat is annually observed on the first day during the waxing phase of moon in Chaitra Month. It is observed on the Hindu New Year day in North India. In 2020, Tilak Vrat date is March 25.
The greatness of the Tilak Vrat is mentioned in the last chapter (Uttara Parva) of the Bhavishya Purana.
The Vrat is also referred as Samvatsar Pratipada Vrat as it is observed on the first day of the New Year – Chaitra Shukla Paksha Pratipada.
By observing this vrat one can get rid of problems associated with ghost, Pishach and other supernatural beings. The vrat is also suggested to those have horoscope related problems due to the bad position of the planets.
On Vrat day a devotee should wake up in the morning take bath and offer prayers to Ishta Devata. Only vegetarian food is eaten on the day. The person has to read scriptures. Prayers dedicated to the person’s favorite deity can be chanted on the day. Making food donation on the day is considered highly meritorious.

Arogya Vrat in Chaitra Month in North India

Arogya Vrat is observed on the first day during the waxing phase of moon in Chaitra month as per traditional North India calendar. The vrat is dedicated to Surya. In 2020, Arogya Vrat is observed on March 25.
The vrat is observed for good health. The important ritual on the day includes offering prayers to Surya, chanting of Gayatri Mantra and taking bath morning and evening with local herbs.
Devotees only take hot vegetarian food on the day.
Food is donated on the day to poor children.
It must be noted that Arogya Vrat is mainly observed on the Magh Shukla Paksha Saptami day – seventh day of Magh month (January – February).
This particular vrat observed on Chaitra Shukla Paksha Pratipada is only observed in North India.

Anybody Can Have a Mystical Experience – Swami Ranganathananda

When we speak about mystical experience, we have an idea about something far away, meant for an ascetic somewhere. This is absolutely wrong! Anybody, from any walk of life, can have a mystical experience because the profound philosophy of Vedanta tells us that the divine spark is in every one of us. We can come in touch with it, manifest it, and in the light of that truth we can deal with other people in a happy way. Therefore a mystical experience must walk hand-in­hand with work and with the human relationships we establish. Swami Vivekananda calls this practical Vedanta.
What was the privilege of a few in the past will become the privilege of everyone in society when people understand it correctly. This is the truth, but unfortunately we neglect it. In the future we should put a stop to this sort of carelessness.
When I work in society, I can work from my ego and create friction with others, or I can manifest a little of my divine nature and feel oneness with others. The capacit…

Darshan of special Murti of Goddess Annapurna in Varanasi only on Dhanteras and Annakut Day in a Year

AnnapurnaTemple in Varanasi is dedicated to Goddess Annapurna Devi. There is a unique murti of Goddess Annapurna in the Temple. Devotees can have darshan of it only on Dhanteras and Annakut day. Annakut is observed on Kartik Shukla Paksha Pratipada or the first day during waxing phase of moon in Kartik Month. In 2019, the temple is open from October 25 to October 28. Annakut is on November 8. This is the Annakut day, which falls the day after Diwali.
The belief is that whoever opens the door of the temple other than on Annakut day will die. The temple doors are kept open only for three days in a year starting from Annakut day.
The temple houses murtis of Goddess Annapurna, Vishwanath, Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi. A unique aspect of the Annapurna and Shiva murti is that Shiva is depicted as receiving alms from the Goddess.
On the Annakut day, 56 types of food are offered to the deities including fruits, sweets, boiled rice and pulses. This is later distributed as Prasad. The food is pla…

Chintaman Ganesh Fair and Jatra in Chaitra Month at Ujjain Chintaman Ganesh Mandir

Ujjain Chintaman Ganesh Mandir is a very popular temple dedicated to Ganesha in Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh. On every Wednesday in Chaitra Month a fair and yatra is held in the temple. Chaitra Month 2020 is from March 10 to April 8.

During the Jatra, the murti of Chintaman Ganesh is adorned with flowers, natural colors, sandal paste, vermillion and leaves.
The temple is located at the Chintaman Jawasiya village, which is around 5 km from the temple.
The temple is famous for a Swayambhu Ganesh murti.

Hindu Scriptures on Everlasting happiness

The person who is intelligent and wise and who knows what defects lie hidden in the objects [of enjoyment], knows how to free himself from the bonds of desire. Only such a person is fit to tread the path that leads to liberation. (Sarva-Vedanta-Siddhanta-Sarasangraha, 61)
The intelligent man gives up happiness and sorrow by developing concentration of mind on the Atman and thereby meditating on the ancient Deity who is inscrutable, lodged inaccessibly, located in the intellect, and seated in the midst of heart. (Katha Upanishad, 1.2.12)
Everlasting happiness is for those, and not for others, who are wise and realize as seated in their intellect him who is one and independent, who makes diverse the single seed of the many actionless (beings). (Shvetashvatara Upanishad, 6.12)

Story of Goddess Kanyakumari and Demon Bana

Goddess Kanyakumari is a manifestation of Mother Goddess Parvati and she appeared in the form of a virgin (Kanya) to annihilate demon Bana. The story of Goddess Kanyakumari begins with demon Bana being cursed by Sage Markandeya.
Legend has it that once Sage Markandeya was performing austerities. He was offering oblation to the gods and an arrogant demon Bana asked a share of the oblation. This audacity angered the Sage and He cursed Bana that he will be killed by a woman.
The demon was greatly distressed and sought the advice of his Guru, Shukracharya. Guru asked his student to ask for forgiveness and for a change in curse – not any woman but a virgin woman should kill him.
Bana was granted his wish by Sage Markandeya. The demon thought he had become immortal as there would be no virgin woman who would have the strength to defeat him and kill him.
Bana now became arrogant and attacked men, saints and gods. Heaven was attacked by the demon and the Devas fled to Kailash and took refuge…

Goddess Bhimchandi Devi – About Goddess Bhim Chandi

Bhimchandi Devi is a powerful manifestation of Mother Goddess Shakti. Her murti is worshipped in many temples in North India. An important Bhim Chandi Devi temple is located in Varanasi and is one of the halting places during the famous Panchakosi Parikrama. Another temple is located at Pinjore in Haryana.
Legend has it that Mother Goddess Shakti appeared in an unimaginably huge form in the Himalayas to protect Sages and people who followed Dharma. She gets her name from the huge figure in which she appeared – Bhima. This is mentioned in the Devi Mahatmya.
Bhimchandi Devi is often referred as the ‘Ugra’ or fierce manifestation. Her fury is uncontrollable and unimaginable. Next moment she can be benign, kind and caring mother. Due to her volatile temper, she is feared by the devotees.
It is believed that Goddess Bhimchandi creates trouble in the life of those who practice Adharma. She protects her devotees from all troubles. But if her devotees stray from the path of Dharma, she crea…

Bhagavad Gita in Hindi in mp3 audio for free download

This Bhagavad Gita mp3 audio in Hindi is provided by the Yatharth Geeta website. Each 18 chapter of the Bhagavad Gita is divided into different mp3 files. The translation and explanation in Hindi is provided by Shri Paramahansji Maharaj.
The size of the files vary from 20 MB to 44 MB. You will have to download several files to get the complete Bhagavad Gita with commentary in Hindi.
Each chapter is divided into two separate files. All eighteen chapters are available for download.
You can download Bhagavad Gita MP3 in Hindi here at yatharth geeta.

Proposed Vrindavan Chandrodaya Temple – When Completed Will Be the Tallest Temple in India and the World

VrindavanChandrodayaTemple – when completed will be 700 feet tall and will be the tallest temple in India and in the world. In fact it will be tallest religious structure in the world. The proposed temple will  include a theme park on Krishna Lila, restaurants serving dishes from ancient KrishnaTemples, and much more. The foundation stone laying ceremony of the 70-storey Vrindavan Chandrodaya temple in Mathura District in Uttar Pradesh in India will be done on March 16, 2014. Hindustan Times reports
"When constructed it will be the tallest temple of India and one of the tallest in the world. The iconic architecture will harmoniously blend elements of both Indian temple architecture and modern architecture," said vice-president, ISKCON, Bangalore and president of the Vrindavan project Chanchalapathi Dasa.  The project, which has been conceived by Madhu Pandit Dasa, president of ISKCON, Bangalore, will feature a grand temple of Lord Krishna. A look-alike of the verdant forests …

Google Holi Doodle – Google joins in Holi Festival

Google search logo today sports the Holi festival observed in India. The Google Holi doodle is only visible in the site.

Process of Thinking Should Start From an Early Age – Swami Parthasarathy

The process of thinking should start from an early age. Develop the art of thinking. Follow it up with the study of the impeccable truths of life. Delve deep into the truths. Accept those that appeal to logic and reason. Apply them in practical living. Adopt this procedure all through life. It will enable you to build your intellect. Albert Einstein said that intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death.
We need strong intellect to exercise the right choice of action in life. We face endless trials and tribulations. The human species alone is provided with intellect to face and surmount mundane challenges. All other species, devoid of intellect, are helpless victims of the rigors of the external world. A powerful intellect helps us overpower these onslaughts. But the role of the human intellect does not end there. The intellect has the unique capacity to even transcend the world and reach the ultimate state of spiritual enlightenment.
Swami Parthasarathy 

Gopi Chandan – Yellow Color Chandan Worn on the Forehead by Hindu Devotees

Gopi Chandan is a yellow color mud that is worn as chandan on the forehead by Hindu devotees. The mud is yellow in color and looks like sandal paste. Gopichandana mud is found in many parts of India especially at Gopi near Dwaraka in Gujarat.
It is worn mainly by Shaivaite Brahmins and by the followers of the Chaitanya School of Vaishnavism.

Importance of Gopichandana is mentioned in the ‘Gopichandana Upanishad.’ The text narrates the importance of the mud. Some devotees wear it on forehead and hands. Some devotees also smear it all over the body.
Please note that Gopichandana should not be mistaken with turmeric powder which is widely used in KhandobaTemples in Maharashtra and NagaTemples in South India. The yellow of color of turmeric is different from the yellow color of Gopichandana mud.

Hindu Bible – What is the name of Hindu Bible?

Hindu Bible is the name used by non-Hindus to refer to the Holy Scripture in Hindu religion. The Hindu Bible is the Bhagavad Gita. Apart from this Hindus have numerous other Holy Scriptures important among them are the Vedas, (Upanishads which are part of Vedas), Yoga Vasishta, Ramayana, Mahabharata and the Puranas.
Related Similarities between the Bhagavad Gita and the Bible Download Bhagavad Gita in English Lessons from Bhagavad Gita Bhagavad Gita on Desire Bhagavad Gita - Chapter 18 Teachings

Book – Bol Bam Approaches to Shiva

The book titled “Bol Bam Approaches to Shiva” written by Scharada Dubey is a book based on journey to temples and sacred places associated with God Shiva. This is not the usual travel book. The book is an amalgamation of author’s personal experience during the journey; her doubts, disbeliefs, dislikes; conversations with devotees and locals.

The book is a good read if you are a true believer of Sanatana Dharma – it gives opportunity to understand more about Shiva. Understanding Shiva is understanding Truth. But if you are a believer of Hinduism, which is being moulded in the present day like monolithic religions, then some observations might be sacrilegious.

There are six chapters in book – journey to different abodes of Shiva.

We do not need to agree to all her observations. But each observation helps us in  understanding Shiva more. The book also helps us in remembering numerous stories of Shiva. But author’s imagination (fantasy) as to what Goddess Parvati or Shiva might have d…

Teachings from Tamil Folklore Stories

Only when both hands meet sound is produced.
The danger that was aimed at the head luckily went off with the turban.
Even the king of Delhi is a child to his mother.
The dislike daughter-in-law can never please her in-laws. Whatever she may do will be faulty.
The other bank of the river looks green from the opposite bank.
One who sows millet will reap millet. One who sows evil will reap evil.
The baby crow is of golden hue to its mother.

Story of Origin of Gandaka or Gandaki River

Gandaka or Gandaki is a holy river which rises in the hills of southern Tibet and flows through Nepal and India. The river is highly sacred because the pebbles in the river bear the chakra mark – Sudarshana Chakra of Vishnu. There are two stories associated with the origin of the GandakiRiver. The story in the
As per Varaha Purana, GandakiRiver flowed from the perspiration on Vishnu’s cheek.
Another legend has it that GandakiRiver observed a severe penance to obtain boon from Vishnu that he should be his son. Vishnu granted the boon by residing in her in the form of Saligrama.
Gandaki is known as Sapta-Gandaki in Nepal. The river merges with Ganga at Sonepur in Bihar in India.

Hindu Bible Quotes

Here are a few quotes from Hindu Bible which is known as the Bhagavad Gita:
When a man thinks of objects, ‘attachment’ for them arises; from attachment ‘desire’ is born; from desire arises ‘anger’ (Chapter II, 62)
From anger comes delusion; from delusion ‘loss of memory’; from loss of memory the destruction of discrimination; from destruction of discrimination, he perishes.(Chapter II, 63)
Those who are free from pride and delusion. Those who have conquered the evil attachments of this world. Those whose desires and cravings have disappeared. Those who are no longer bound by the pairs called pleasure and pain. Those who abide perpetually in the Atman, Reach that EternalState which is changeless. That state which the enlightened enter is My Supreme Infinite Being, which is illuminated with Self-consciousness, And not by the light of the sun, moon or fire. Thus once he attains Me, there is no return. (Chapter XV, 5-6)
Sacrifice which involves knowledge of Brahman is superior to sacrifi…

Bhagavad Gita in Telugu in mp3 audio for free download

This Bhagavad Gita mp3 audio in Telugu is provided by the Yatharth Geeta website. Each 18 chapter of the Bhagavad Gita is divided into different mp3 files. The translation and explanation in Telugu is provided by Shri Paramahansji Maharaj.
The size of the files vary from 20 MB to 44 MB. You will have to download several files to get the complete Bhagavad Gita with commentary in Telugu.
Each chapter is divided into two separate files. All eighteen chapters are available for download.
You can download Bhagavad Gita MP3 in Telugu here at yatharth geeta.

17th century Mewar Ramayana United and Gets Digital Makeover

The 17th century Mewar Ramayana manuscript consists of 400 exquisite paintings. But the pages of this wonderful tribute to the epic Valmiki Ramayan was in two countries – majority of the pages in Britain and the rest of the pages in India. Now the two countries have joined to create a digitized version of the book. Times of India reports  The Mewar manuscript was commissioned by Rana Jagat Singh I of Mewar in 1649 - who regarded himself as a direct descendent of Lord Ram and contains over 400 exquisite paintings.
It is widely considered to be one of the finest of all surviving illustrated copies. The British Library currently holds around 80% of the surviving manuscript and the remaining folios are held by the CSMVSMuseum as well as the BarodaMuseum and Rajastan Oriental Institute.
The digitized version will go live on March 21.  The project was announced by British Prime Minister David Cameron during his trip to Mumbai last year.  The project is funded by one of the oldest philanthro…

Why do we Celebrate Holi?

Holi is celebrated after the full moon day in the month of phalgun (February – March). It is traditionally a harvest festival. Like all Hindu festivals, the reason for the celebration of Holi can be traced to Hindu scriptures and it commemorates the victory of good over evil. The significance of Holi is that victory of good over evil is achieved by a young devotee through his unshakable devotion for the Lord.

The date of Holi celebration depends on the moon and lunar calendar. Holi Story based on Prahlada and Demon Holika Young Prahlada was an ardent devotee of Lord Vishnu but this was detested by his arrogant father, Hirnakashyipu, who was the king of the land. The father constantly sought for ways to eliminate his son and each time he failed miserably. But this only hardened his stance. Now, the king had a sister named Holika who was immune to fire. So, she took young Prahlada and entered into fire. Legend has it that Prahlada came out of the fire without any burns but Holika was c…

All Women Akhada Formed For the First Time

Adi Shankaracharya had formed the first Akhada in Hinduism. An Akhada is a group of holy men who are defenders of Hindu faith – who are physically, intellectually and spiritually strong. The most famous Akhada that most people are aware of are that of the Naga Sadhus. Now an all-female Akhada has been formed in Allahabad. Global Post reports  Mahant Trikal Bhavanta, a leading woman sadhu, told AFP late Friday that the all-women akhada was believed to be the first in the history of Hinduism in India. An akhada is a group of sadhus -- reclusive ascetics or wandering monks who renounce normal life and are often widely respected for their holiness. India has more than a dozen such groups, all male-dominated.  Bhavanta said the all-women group was facing criticism from male sadhus, who claim the move goes against age-old customs.  "Nowhere in the Hindu scriptures is it mentioned that women cannot have an akhada of their own," she told AFP. "We are facing criticism from men b…

Dhananjaya – Why Arjuna in the Mahabharat is also known as Dhananjaya?

Dhananjaya is one among the ten names of Arjuna in the Mahabharata. Arjuna narrates the meaning of his names to Uttara, son of Virata. Kaurava army had stolen the cows of Virata. To get them back, the son of Virata went to battlefield with Arjuna, who was disguised as Brihannada, as his charioteer.
On seeing the Kuru army, the prince is frightened and attempts to escape from the battleground. Brihannada stops him and reveals that he is Arjuna and he will fight against the Kauravas.
But the prince is not ready to believe Brihannada. He then wants to know the various names of Arjuna. To convince the frightened prince, Arjuna narrates all his ten names and how he got them.
Arjuna in the Mahabharat is known as Dhananjaya because he conquered various kingdoms and obtained their wealth. As he stood amidst the riches that he conquered, he was named Dhananjaya.
This incident is mentioned in the Go – Grahana Parva in the Mahabharata.
The ten names of Arjuna given in the Go – Grahana Parva in …

Huge Functional Sculpture of Jatayu from Ramayana to come up on Jatayupara near Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala

Jatayupara is a cluster of rocks located near Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala. It is believed that the huge bird Jatayu fought with Ravana on this rocks and fell down while attempting to rescue Mata Sita. Now a 61-metre-long, 46-metre wide and 15-metre tall functional sculpture of Jatayu is planned on the Jatayupara. When completed it will one of the biggest functional sculpture in Asia.
Jatayupara is located around 50 km from Thiruvananthapuram on the Trivandraum – Kottarakara Road. The Hindu reports   According to lore, Jatayu tried to stop Ravana aboard flying chariot Pushpakaviman with Sita in tow. But when Ravana cut down Jatayu’s wing, the bird collapsed beak down firston top of what is now called Jatayupara . The impact created a small crater on top of the sun-battered and wind-swept rock from which water sprang. Jatayupara also bears the markings of what are believed to be the feet of Lord Ram, who is said to have come here looking for Sita.  The 61-metre-long, 46-metre wide an…

Pulaheshwar – About Pulaheshwar Shivling

Pulaheshwar is a manifestation of Hindu God Shiva and information about this form is mentioned in the Kashi Khanda of the Skanda Purana. Pulaheshwar is the name given to the Shivling installed by Sage Pulaha at Kashi (Varanasi). The belief is that Shiva as boon agreed to reside in this Shivling.
The general belief is that those who worship the Pulaheshwar form of Shiva will be blessed with intellect.
Sage Pulaha is widely mentioned in the Puranas and Upanishads. It is believed that Sage Pulaha appeared from the Vital Breath of Brahma – This is mentioned in the Shiva Purana.

Male Mahadeswara Hills Route – Road Route From Mysore and Bangalore to the M M Hills Temple

Male Mahadeswara Hills is the abode of Shiva and Saint Mahadeswara. The Hills also known as M M Hills is the location of Male Mahadeswara SwamiTemple.  Male Mahadeswara Hills Routes is given below. The road routes from Mysore and Bangalore are given in the google map embedded.
The temple is located in Kollegal Taluk in Chamaraja Nagar District.
The temple is around 80 km from KollegalTown.
Nearest Railway Station is Mettur in Tamil Nadu which is around 50 km from the temple.
One has to take the State Highway 79 to reach the temple. Bangalore - Male Mahadeswara Route

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Mysore – Male Mahadeswara Route

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Bhagavad Gita in Gujarati in mp3 audio for free download

This Bhagavad Gita mp3 audio in Gujarati is provided by the Yatharth Geeta website. Each 18 chapter of the Bhagavad Gita is divided into different mp3 files. The translation and explanation in Gujarati is provided by Shri Paramahansji Maharaj.
The size of the files vary from 20 MB to 44 MB. You will have to download several files to get the complete Bhagavad Gita with commentary in Gujarati.
Each chapter is divided into two separate files. All eighteen chapters are available for download.
You can download Bhagavad Gita MP3 in Gujarati here at yatharth geeta.

Rare Vishnu Murti in Single Stone at Purushottamar Temple in Ambasamudram in Tamil Nadu

A rare Vishnu murti in single stone is found at the PurushottamarTemple in Ambasamudram in Tamil Nadu. The single stone murti includes Vishnu, Goddess Lakshmi, Garuda and Adi Sesha. The murti has eight arms and is in sitting posture. Right leg of Vishnu is placed on the right shoulder of Garuda.  Adisesha forms a canopy.
But sadly the PurushottamarTemple is in a dilapidated condition and seeking attention from devotees. The Hindu reports 
The style of the necklace carving seen on Purushottamar’s chest indicates that this temple could be at least 1,200 years old.  Another special feature is the three-tier Indira Vimana with Dasavathara carvings on the first, sculptures of Indira, Rudra, Brahmma and Hayagriva on the second and Kalasam on the third.
Legend has it that a rishi used to walk a long distance to bring water for the Lord. One day, when the rishi fell ill and could not travel, Lord Purushottamar is believed to have created the Pongi Karai Theertham, South West of the temple.

Devotion to One Ideal Need Not Mean Hatred of Others

Devotion to one ideal need not mean hatred of others. In fact, that will be sheer fanaticism, which is not even remotely related to real devotion. A true devotee steers clear of this evil and, by his true devotion and acceptance of all faiths as true, stands out from a subscriber to a creed or a believer in a faith.
A devotee does not nurse grievances against anyone. He tries to cultivate forbearance.
A devotee is not afflicted by others, nor is he a source of affliction to others. The Gita uses the word udvega, which means affliction, disturbance or perturbation. Learning to offer his pleasure and pain to the object of his love, God, a devotee is not unduly perturbed in any situation. Again, since he does not take sides in an issue, having no axe to grind himself, he is never a cause of perturbation in others. Of course, if some people do not understand him he does not lose his sleepover it. Instead of trying to be good and pleasing to everyone, he tries to keep his mind on God.

Pure Consciousness Resides in Every Being – Upanishads

Like butter hidden in milk, pure consciousness resides in every being. It ought to be constantly churned out by the churning rod of the mind. (Amritabindu Upanishad, 20)
As oil is in the sesame seed, butter in curd, water in flowing waves, and fire in wood, so is the Atman in oneself. It is to be discovered by one who searches for it through truth and tapasya. (Brahma Upanishad, 17)
Just as a disc covered with mud shines as full of light when washed well, similarly the embodied being, seeing the reality that the Atman is, becomes non-dual, self-fulfilled, and free from sorrow.  (Shvetashvatara Upanishad, 2.14)
He by whom the space between heaven and earth, as well as heaven and earth, are enveloped; he because of whom the sun burns with heat and gives light; and he whom the sages bind in the space within their hearts (through meditation), in that Imperishable one all creatures abide. (Mahanarayana Upanishad, 1.3)

Dhulandi 2019 – Holi Dhulandi Festival

Dhulandi is the second day of Holi celebrations and people play with Holi colors on the festival day. Dhulandi 2019 date is March 21. The first day evening of Holi celebrations is dedicated to the burning of huge bonfires at night, which symbolizes the death of Demon Holika, and is known as Holika Dahan. The next day on Holi Dhulandi, people throw colored powder and colored water at each other.

There are numerous legends for celebrating Dhulandi, the most popular belief is that people celebrate the victory of good over evil on the day. Another popular belief is that the celebrations herald the arrival of the spring season by taking inspiration from the myriads of colors in nature’s bounty.

It is also believed that the season in which Dhulandi is celebrated sees numerous weather changes and this result in skin diseases and other viral attacks. So the playing of Dhulandi using Natural colors extracted from medicinal herbs was a method used by ancient Indians to fight the common disease…

Your anxieties and fears are veiling Him from you – Swami Chinmayananda

The Lord is ever with you. Your anxieties and fears are veiling Him from you. He is so near to you that you cannot see Him. You are in Him - with Him - at Him.
You are He alone!
Vedanta is the art of living, and can be pursued under all circumstances at all places whether it be in you house or in a factory or in the rice-field.
From time to time, take a Close and Honest look at yourself... It Pays!
Never complain about the number of hours you have put in, to do a job. Your nobility must estimate how much of you was put into each hour of your daily work.
Swami Chinmayananda

Hayakanti Devi – About Goddess Hayakanti Devi

Hayakanti Devi is a manifestation of Mother Goddess Shakti. Information about the goddess is found in the Kashi Khanda of the Skanda Purana. Hayakanti Devi is the remover of all obstacles. A unique aspect of Hayakanti Devi is that Her murti is shown as holding a sickle.
One of the shrines dedicated to Hayakanti Devi is located in Varanasi.
Devotees believe that the goddess removes all obstacles and difficulties in life with the sickle. In some texts, obstacles and difficulties are equated to weeds and it is removed with the sickle.

Male Mahadeswara Temple Photos - Pictures of M M Hills Temple in Karnataka

MaleMahadeswaraTemple, also known as M M Hills, is located in Kollegal Taluk in Chamaraja Nagar District and is close to the Tamil Nadu – Karnataka Border. Below are the photos of the famous MaleMahadeswaraTemple.

Goddess Kali Temple in Ahmedabad – Kalibari Temple of Bengali Association in Ahmedabad in Gujarat

The newly built GoddessKaliTemple – Kalibari – in Ahmedabad in Gujarat is associated with the city's oldest Bengali organization, the Bengal Cultural Association Ahmedabad. The temple is located at S G Road in Ahmedabad and is spread across 2000 sq yard area. The temple has been built in accordance to traditional Bengali kutir style.
The murti of Goddess Kali worshipped in the temple is exactly like the one worshipped in the famous Dakshineswar temple of Kolkata. The temple also has murtis of Shiva, Ram, Sita, Hanuman and Krishna. Times of India reports  Inaugurated by Swami Sadananda Saraswati Ji Maharaj of Sharda Peeth Dwarka on Monday, the Kalibari has been built on 2000 sq yard area. The temple has been constructed in accordance to traditional Bengali kutir (hut) style. "What is unique is that we have brought god Shiva, Ram, Sita, Hanuman and Krishna under the same roof in our mandir," said Kanak Das Adhikary, BCA's general secretary.  The idol of goddess Kali ha…

Varadaraja – About Varadaraja Manifestation of Hindu God Vishnu

Varadaraja is one among the different manifestation of Hindu God Vishnu and this form is widely worshipped in South India, especially in Tamil Nadu. Legend has it that Brahma conducted a yajna at Kanchipuram in Tamil Nadu and at the end of the yajna Vishnu appeared and gave a boon. As He gave boon and blessings here, Vishnu came to be known as Varadaraja – one who grants boons.
Varadaraja is also known as Perarulalan, Devadhirajan, Deva Perumal and Varadarajan.
The most popular temple dedicated to this manifestation of the Vishnu is the VaradarajaTemple at Kanchipuram in Tamil Nadu. Here the murti of Bhagvan Srihari Vishnu is in standing posture and faces west.
Consort of Varadaraja is Perundevi Thayar (Goddess Lakshmi).
Brahma, Aadi Sesha, Sage Brigu, Sage Narada and Gajendra are usually worshipped in temples dedicated to Varadaraja Perumal.

Live Darshan from Harsiddhi Mata Temple in Ujjain

HarsiddhiMataTemple in Ujjain is a popular shrine dedicated to Harsiddhi Mataji. The temple is now offering live darshan. The live streaming is available from 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM daily.
Harsidhhi Mata is a manifestation of Mother Goddess Shakti. She is more closely associated with Goddess Amba. Legend has it that Sri Krishna offered prayers to Harsidhhi Mata and asked for help in defeating Jarasandha. This is a benign and kind form of Goddess Shakti.

You can watch the live darshan here – Ujjain Harsiddhi Mata Live Darshan

New Study Suggests Indus Valley Civilization Ended Due to a 200-year drought

A new study suggests that Indus Valley Civilization collapsed and ended due to a 200-year drought which began around 2000 BC. Paleoclimatologists claim that the severe drought was the result of non arrival of monsoon rains. People abandoned well planned cities and this led to the end of the IndusValley and Harappan civilization. Scientific American writes  Based on isotope data from the sediment of an ancient lake, the researchers suggest that the monsoon cycle, which is vital to the livelihood of all of South Asia, essentially stopped there for as long as two centuries.  The link between this gradual decline and climate has been tenuous because of a dearth of climate records from the region. So Yama Dixit, a paleoclimatologist at the University of Cambridge, UK, and her colleagues examined sediments from Kotla Dahar, an ancient lake near the northeastern edge of the IndusValley area in Haryana, India, that still seasonally floods.  Kotla Dahar is a closed basin, filled only by rain a…

Bring your mind to one point and wait for grace – Swami Chidananda

When you don't make any effort, it is there. When you try to catch it, it goes further away.
Bring your mind to one point and wait for grace.
Love is less doing and more being.
There is no healing balm better than Silence for those persons who have a wounded heart.
A life of selfless service and sacrifice, with regular prayer and meditation, is the highest religion.
Swami Chidananda Saraswati (1916 – 2008) was the president of the Divine Life Society in Rishikesh – associated with the Swami Sivananda Ashram

Few Lines of Wisdom from Sri Ramakrishna

As one who is standing by the brink of a deep well is always careful lest he should fall into it, even so should one living in the world be always on his guard against its temptations. He who has once fallen into the well of the world, so full of temptations, can hardly come out of it uninjured and stainless.
The true devotee…never thinks of himself. He is so full of the thought of God that his own self is forgotten. This body is only an instrument and an instrument really has no existence of its own, for it is wholly dependent on the one who uses it. Suppose a pen were conscious, it could say, ‘I have written hundreds of letters’, but actually it has done nothing, for the one who holds it has written the letters. So because we are conscious we think we are doing all these things, whereas, in reality we are as much an instrument in the hands of a Higher Power as the pen is in our hands and He makes all things possible.

The outer layers of cakes are made of rice flour, but inside they…

Saubhagya Karana Vrata – How to observe Saubhagya Karana Vrat?

Saubhagya Karana Vrata is dedicated to Goddess Parvati. The Goddess Gauri manifestation of Maa Parvati is worshipped on the day. The Vrat is observed on the third day during the waxing phase of moon in Vaishakh, Bhadrapada and Magh Month. In 2019, the dates are on April 8 and September 1. The Vrat on Magh Month is on February 8, 2019. Detail procedure of how to observe the vrat is given below:
Saubhagya Karana Vrata is observed for getting a good husband or wife.
The method of fasting involves fast from sunrise to next day sunrise.
Salt is completely avoided.
Picture or Murti (Idol) of Goddess Gauri sitting on a bull is worshipped on the day.
White flowers, fragrance and Chandan are offered to Goddess Gauri on the day.
The vrat is complete when the person performing Vrat offers food to poor children or old poor people.

Sri Ramana Maharishi - Soul is always known along with the body

The soul, who is seer of the world, is never known apart from his spectacle, the world. There is no soul in the state of deep sleep. Hence, like his spectacle [the world], he also is only a mental creation.
The soul is always known along with the body. Even when the body dies, one does not leave it without taking hold of another body.
Since thus the soul is not separable from the body, he is only part and parcel of the world. But unenlightened men, who are disciples of unenlightened gurus, ascribe immortality to this same [mythical] person.
Assuming, without enquiry, that this soul is the owner of the body and the real Self, they ascribe to that Self the qualities of worldliness and all else, which pertain only to this soul.
From this error arises various creeds concerning the real Self, which transcends all the creeds. Believing it to be bound, they follow various paths of yoga to free it from bondage!
The doing of actions, the reaping of their fruits, ownership of the body and…

Dhanyalakshmi – Hindu Goddess Dhanya Lakshmi

In Hinduism, Dhanya Lakshmi is a manifestation of Goddess Lakshmi and is counted among the Ashta-Lakshmis. Dhanyalakshmi as the name indicates is the Goddess of food and nourishment. She feeds the physical body and keeps hunger away. Dhanya means Grains and is that aspect of Goddess Lakshmi which suffices hunger. Hindu scriptures have numerous stories associated with Dhanya Lakshmi.
One of the most famous incidents associated with Dhanya Lakshmi is found in the Mahabharata. It is said that Dhanyalakshmi presented Draupadi, the wife of Pandavas with a wooden bowl, which will always be filled with food. She presented it to Draupadi when they were exiled. This bowl helped the Pandavas to survive during their exile in inhospitable forests.
Another popular tale of Dhanya Lakshmi comes from the Oriya culture. It shows that no living being can survive without the blessing of Dhanya Lakshmi. Once Balrama, the brother of Lord Krishna, asked Krishna to keep Dhanya Lakshmi out of the palace and…

Despondency is not religion – Swami Vivekananda

Despondency is not religion, whatever else it may be. By being pleasant always and smiling, it takes you nearer to God, nearer than any prayer.

How can those minds that are gloomy and dull love? If they talk of love, it is false; they want to hurt others. Think of the fanatics; they make the longest faces, and all their religion is to fight against others in word and act. Think of what they have done in the past, and of what they would do now if they were given a free hand. They would deluge the whole world in blood tomorrow if it would bring them power. By worshipping power and making long faces, they lose every bit of love from their hearts. So the man who always feels miserable will never come to God.

It is not religion, it is diabolism to say, ‘I am so miserable.’ Every man has his own burden to bear. If you are miserable, try to be happy, try to conquer it. God is not to be reached by the weak. Never be weak. You must be strong; you have infinite strength within you. How else…