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Goddess Varahi and Lalitha Tripurasundari

Goddess Varahi in Shaivite tradition is associated with Goddess Lalitha Tripurasundari. As per this belief, Goddess Varahi is dandanayika, the goddess who punishes those who follow Adharma. She also rewards those devotees who follow Dharma.
It is believed that Varahi stands by the side of Goddess Lalita. She takes commands from her and implements them.
It must be noted that in Vaishnava tradition, Goddess Varahi is the female counterpart of Varaha, the boar incarnation of Vishnu.
She is also worshipped as one of the Saptamatrikas.
Goddess Varahi is also known as Kalamukhi Vartali.

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.

Learn to enjoy your own company then you will never be lonely – Anandamurti Gurumaa

Anger spices up tongue then tongue burns everyone with volley of its burning words to all those who comes in its vicinity.
Widen up the window of your mind to see world in its expansive-ness. A small window means smaller view - hence lesser knowledge.
Learn to enjoy your own company then you will never be lonely.
Never keep closed mind. We don't know everything so keep doors to learning open.
Don't ever think you are alone in every breath which goes in it is lords grace moving in. Enjoy each breath.
Anandamurti Gurumaa

Bevu Bella: How to prepare Ugadi Pachadi?

Bevu Bella, or Ugadi Neem leaf Pachadi, is an indispensable offering on Ugadhi, the Kannada and Telugu New Year day. This unique Bevu or Neem leaf preparation symbolically represents the different facets of life – sweet and bitter experiences of life.
Bevu Bella is just a simple mixture of fresh neem leaves and unprocessed broken jaggery. It is usually offered as a Prasad on the morning of Ugadi in many temples in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. It is also prepared in almost all homes. Ingredients Handful of fresh neem leaves.¼ cup or three spoon broken jaggery Preparation Clean the neem leavesGrind with a little waterAdd jaggery into the mixture.Some people to avoid the bitter taste of neem add banana, honey or grated coconut. Bevu Bella is eaten on empty stomach on the Ugadi day. Dry Bevu Bella Ingredients Fresh tender neem leavesJaggery proportionate to the number of neem leaves. Preparation Mix tender leaves and jaggery and serve dry. Another preparation during Ugadi is the Neem fl…

Story of Uchchaihshravas – The Horse of Indira

The story of the origin of Uchchaihshravas is found in the Bhagavad 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 Uchchaihshrava…

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…

Hingalaj Puja 2019 date – Goddess Hinglaj Mata Jayanti in 2019

Goddess Hingalaj Mata is a manifestation of Goddess Shakti and she takes her name from the mountain cave Hinglaj on the Makran coast in the Lyari District of Balochistan in Pakistan. Hingalaj Mata Puja date in 2019 is April 3. Many people from India travel to HingalajTemple to offer pujas during her Jayanti period.

Legend has it that Vishnu cut the body of Goddess Sati – to stop Shiva’s lament after Sati’s death – part of her head fell at Hingalaj or Hingula. Thus this is one among the 51 Shaktipeeths.

Hingalaj Mata gave darshan to her devotees on the 13th day of the Krishna Paksha of Chaitra Month as per traditional calendar followed in North India.

About Yoga Narasimha Form – Yoga Narasimha

One of the most popular murtis of Narasimha Avatar of Vishnu is from the Chola period and is called Yoga Narasimha. This Narasimha murti has his front arms relaxed in meditation, his rear arms bearing the chakra and conch and around his tautly crossed legs is a yogapatta or yoga strap. The yogapatta or yoga strap is widely used today by those practising Yoga.
It is believed that in the Yoga Narasimha form, Vishnu taught his ardent devotee Prahalada some yogic exercises. It is believed that those who worships the Yoga Narasimha would secure mental peace and tranquillity. This form of Narasimha is also referred as Yogananda.
This form is also one of the rare peaceful murti forms of Narasimha.
This murti also explains the divine origin of Yoga.

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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…

Success will come to the person who practices – B K S Iyengar

Yoga practice gives us the tools for cleansing, toning, and ordering the organism into a harmonious whole.
Asana is nothing unless it leads you to the seat of your soul.
Success will come to the person who practices.
Yoga is a light which once lit never dims, better your practice brighter the flame.
Nothing can be forced; receptivity is everything.
Yoga allows you to find a new kind of freedom that you may not have known even existed.

B K S Iyengar - Renowned Yoga Guru

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Goddess Mangalagauri – About Goddess Mangala Gauri

Goddess Mangalagauri in Hinduism is a manifestation of Mother Goddess Shakti. She is believed to be Goddess Sati, the manifestation that Mother Goddess Shakti took to become the wife of Shiva.

One of the most popular shrines dedicated to Mangalagauri is located in Gaya in Bihar. Here she is worshipped in the form of two rounded stones. It is believed that these are the breasts of Goddess Sati.

Mangalagauri is believed to be the protector of the universe. As per Hindu Scriptures, this is also one of the locations where a part of Sati's body fell.

Most popular rituals dedicated to Goddess Mangalagauri are observed on Tuesdays in Shravan Month (July – August).

Please note that the term Mangalagauri has different meaning in different regions in India. In some regions, She is believed to be Goddess Parvati and who blesses devotees with prosperity.

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.

All Beings Are Subject To Constant Transformations – Bhagavata Purana

He alone will attain true happiness, who is convinced of the fact that Supreme Truth is non-different from Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva, who are but different aspects of Himself. (Skanda IV, Adhyaya VII)
It is by falsely attributing the bodily attributes to self that one is said to have thickness, leanness, disease, hunger, thirst, fear, enmity, desire, sleep, attachment, anger, egotism, pride and sorrow.
You say I am dead even when alive. But such is the case with all beings for they are all subject to constant transformations.
Bear any feeling constantly towards Hari, whether it be a feeling of love, anger, fear, affection, kinship or devotion and you become full of Him. Do not wonder at this. For Krishna is the Lord of all Lords of Yoga.
Bhagavata Purana

Importance of Parikrama in Hinduism - What is Parikrama in Hindu Religion?

Parikrama in Hinduism is the circumambulation of sacred Hindu pilgrimage centers and is performed for redemption from sins committed. The importance of Parikrama is mentioned in the Puranas and other scriptures. A Parikrama is undertaken by walking for several kilometers in a scared place. During the walk a devotee will pass through numerous temples and other sacred spots.

The most important Parikramas in Hindu religion are held at:
Nimsar Bithur Mathura Hari Parvat in Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir Girnar Hill in Junagarh Barda in Jamnagar Kashi – Varanasi Narmada Panchkoshi Padyatra Janakpur in Nepal
There are several different types of Parikramas. And this is mentioned in the Kashi Khanda of the Skanda Purana. There are daily, fortnightly, monthly and annual parikramas. There are also circumambulations that are performed only during special months like Chaitra, Vaishak, Kartik etc.
One of the most important Parikrama is the Panchakoshi Parikrama – a walk for 16 km covering various sp…

Varuni Yog March 2018 date and time – Mahavaruni Yoga – Varuni Parv

Varuni Yog, also referred as Mahavaruni Yoga or Varuni Parv, is a highly auspicious period for performing bathing rituals. Varuni Yog 2018 date is March 15. The time of the yog is from 5:12 PM to 5:20 PM
Varuni Yog is an auspicious Muhurta and is associated with Varuna, the Hindu Sea God. The muhurta is associated with the Shatabhishak Nakshatra.
It is an auspicious period to take holy bath in various Holy rivers. The time is also good to start travel.

Sarhul Festival – Sarhool Festival and Puja in Bihar and Jharkhand

Sarhool Festival is observed in Bihar and Jharkhand by Tribal people. On the day people offer pujas and prayers to village deities for a good agriculture season, plentiful forest, peace and prosperity. In 2019, Sarhul Festival is on April 6. It is also the New Year of the various tribes in the region.
The period is when new seeds are sown and there it is also the festival of sowing of seeds. The wedding season begins with the festival.

During this festival, people pray to elements of nature. A dance is performed around trees on the day.
Tribes all across Jharkhand and Bihar celebrate Sarhul with great enthusiasm.
A highlight of the festival is the traditional dances performed by men, women and children who are dressed up in colorful ethnic attires for the occasion.
A locally made beer from rice and tree leaves is consumed on the day.

How to make Gudi Flag for Gudi Padwa?

Gudi Flag is raised on the Maharashtrian New Year Day and it is known as Brahmadwaj. Raising the Gudi Flag on the early morning hours of Gudi Padwa marks the beginning of the Marathi New Year. It is observed on the first day of Chaitra month (March – April) in the lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra. How to make Gudi Flag? The Gudi is made of neem leaves, gaathis (Sweet made of jaggery), a copper pot, a piece of cloth and a long wooden stick.

A 5 to 10 feet long bamboo or any other wooden stick is taken and cleaned anda piece of silk or cotton cloth is tied at one end of the stick like a flag.
A copper or silver or steel or brass pot is placed on top of the Gudi.
A garland of flowers is placed on the top and is decorated with neem leaves. Some people tie jaggery sweet on the pole.
In some regions sugarcanes are placed around the pot.
You may also like to read Why is a Gudi Raised on Marathi New Year?

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.

If you try to run away from your shadow, you will simply collapse due to exhaustion – Mata Amritanandamayi

The ability to retain equanimity of mind in all circumstances is what makes a successful life.
It doesn’t matter if one believes in God or not as long as he or she serves others.
If you try to run away from your shadow, you will simply collapse due to exhaustion. Face the difficulties of life through Love and faith.
Thoughtless words, non-discriminative actions, anger and impatience always create problems.
Mata Amritanandamayi

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.)

Yoga is the practice of quieting the mind – Sage Patanjali

Yoga is the practice of quieting the mind.
When consciousness dwells in wisdom, a truth-bearing state of direct spiritual perception dawns.
The goal is near for those who are supremely vigorous and intense in practice.
Yoga is the cessation of movements in the consciousness.
The five afflictions are ignorance, egoism, attachment, aversion, and the desire to cling to life. Sage Patanjali

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 2019, Tilak Vrat date is April 6.
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.

Attach yourselves to the Supreme Truth and to nothing else, because everything else is unreal –Swami Vivekananda

By doing well the duty which is nearest to us, the duty which is in our hands now, we make ourselves stronger; and improving our strength in this manner step by step, we may even reach a state in which it shall be our privilege to do the most coveted and honoured duties in life and in society.

Truth can be stated in a thousand different ways, yet each one can be true.

With everything we do in life we identify ourselves. Here is a man who says harsh words to me. I feel anger coming on me. In a few seconds anger and I are one, and then comes misery. Attach yourselves to the Lord and to nothing else, because everything else is unreal. Attachment to the unreal will bring misery. There is only one Existence that is real.
Look upon every man, woman, and every one as God. You cannot help anyone, you can only serve: serve the children of the Lord, serve the Lord Himself, if you have the privilege.
Swami Vivekananda

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 2019, Arogya Vrat is observed on April 6, 2019.
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 2018, the temple is open from November 6 to November 8. Annakut is on November 8. This is the Annakut day, which falls the day after Diwali.
The belief is that whosever 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 pl…

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 jatra is held in the temple. Chaitra Month 2019 is from March 21 to April 19.
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…

Study Gita Dhyana Shlokas Online

Gita Dhyana Shlokas are the nine Meditation Verses on the Gita believed to have been written by Madhusudana Saraswati. Some scholars claim that it was written by Shridhara Swami. Now you can study the nine Gita Dhyana Shlokas online for free with translation, meaning, transliteration and audio.
Gita Dhyana Shlokas form an invocation to the Bhagavad Gita. It praises the Holy Gita and Sri Krishna.
You can study the Gita Dhyana Shlokas online here at VedantaVision.

Shvetashvatara Upanishad – Words of Wisdom

I have known that Great Being [that Cosmic Self]. It is beyond ignorance, and it is self-luminous like the sun. If a spiritual seeker knows that Self, he [automatically] goes beyond death. There is no other way of reaching the goal.
I know this Self, which never ages, which is eternal, and is also the Self of all. It is all-pervasive, everywhere, and in every being. Those who know Brahman [the Self] declare that it is without birth [and also without death]. They [the knowers of God] say it is eternal.— Shvetashvatara Upanishad, III.8, 21
Retire to a solitary place, such as a mountain cave or sacred spot. The place must be protected from the wind and rain, and it must have a smooth, clean floor, free from pebbles and dust. It must not be damp, and it must be free from disturbing noises. It must be pleasing to the eye and quieting to the mind. Seated there, practice meditation and other spiritual exercises. Shvetashvatara Upanishad, 2:10
As you become absorbed in meditation, you will r…

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.

Balendu Poojan – Worship of Moon

Balendu Poojan is the worship of the moon after the no moon day or Amavasya. It is observed on the first day during the waxing phase of moon or Shukla Paksha Pratipada. Balendu Puja is held every month in some regions. It involves praying and making offerings to Chandra, the moon god.
‘Balendu’ means the ascending moon.
Devotees offer prayers to Chandra or moon god on the day at moonrise time. They offer curd, white sweet and white flowers. The food items are later shared with family members, friends and neighbors.
Making food donation on the day to orphans and poor elderly people is considered highly meritorious.

Mahabharata in 100 tweets

Mahabharata in 100 tweets was attempted by Meghna Pant as part of part of a Twitter fiction contest organized by publishers Random House, Penguin and Association of American Publishers. She narrated the entire Mahabharata which is the longest epic in the world (100,000 stanzas)
You can read the 100 tweet Mahabharata here.
Some newspapers are claiming this is a first attempt to tweet Mahabharata but it is not. A couple of years back another person had successfully narrated the Mahabharat on twitter. 
You read this attempt titled epic retold here at twitter.

Chanakya on Restrain of Sense Organs

Restraint of the organs of sense, on which success in study and discipline depends, can be enforced by abandoning lust, anger, greed, vanity, haughtiness and over joy.
Absence of attachment in the perception of sound, touch, color, flavor, and scent by means of the ear, the skin, the eyes, the tongue and the nose, is what is meant by the restrain of the sense.
Whoever has not his organs of sense under his control, will soon perish, though possessed of the whole earth.
Ravana unwilling under the influence of vanity to restore a stranger’s wife perished along with his kingdom and relations.
The six enemies of a man are lust, anger, greed, vanity, haughtiness and over joy.

Saranathan – About the Saranathan manifestation of Vishnu

Saranathan form of Srihari Vishnu is worshipped in one of the Divya Desham Temples. The murti of Saranathan is in standing posture and faces East. The important temple associated with this manifestation of Vishnu is at Tirucherai near Kudavasal in Tiruvarur District. The temple is known as Tirucherai Saranathan Temple
Legend has it that when it was time for one Yuga to end, Brahma asked to Vishnu to suggest a place to hide the Vedas. Bhagvan Vishnu asked Brahma to make a strong pot and put the Vedas inside it. Brahma tried to make a strong pot using clay taken from various locations but the pot was not strong. Finally, the pot made using clay taken from Tirucherai was very strong. The Vedas were placed in the pot. As the place provided the clay to make the pot to overcome the Mahapralaya the place was known as Sarakshetram.
Saranatha is also one of the forms of Vishnu who is present will all his consorts - Sridevi, Bhoodevi, Neeladevi, Mahalakshmi and Saranayaki.
It is also believed …

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 …

Brahman is pure and is the light of lights – Mundaka Upanishad

This one indeed is Prana that shines variously through all beings. Knowing this the wise one has no more the need to go beyond anything in talk. Disporting in the Self, delighting in the Self, engrossed in (spiritual) effort, this one is the chief among the knowers of Brahman.  (Mundaka Upanishad, 3.1.4)
The Atman cannot be realized by a weakling. (3.2.4)
‘That’ is indeed that we can become ‘That’ (3.2.9)        
Brahman is pure and is the light of lights. (2.2.9)
There the sun does not shine, neither do the moon and the stars; nor do these flashes of  lightning shine; how can this fire? Tat shining, all these shine;  through  its  luster all  these are variously illumined. (2.2.10)

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 google.co.in site.



Holi Festival Quiz

This is a quiz based on holi festival. It is an attempt to learn more about the different aspects of Holi and how it is observed in different parts of India. Answers to the Holi festival can be found in the blog. If you have any doubts regarding any question you can do a search on the blog.

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Holi Quiz

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…

Our Mental Energies Become Trapped By Our Physical Surroundings – Dadi Janki

Our problem has been that whilst living in this body of five elements, our mental energies gradually become trapped by our physical surroundings, including the body. We lost sight of our divinity. Consequently, those original qualities diminished. To the extent that we lost them, the gap tended to be filled by five negative tendencies or vices – lust, anger, attachment, greed and ego.
These vices are not original to us, but they took more and more of a grip on our consciousness as our actions moved progressively further away from our true and original nature.
We live increasingly from outside to in, such that the world outside eventually so dominated our thinking as to obscure or block our awareness of the inner being.
When I have the experience that I am, in truth, a diving being, distinct from the body, the original qualities of the soul re-emerge naturally. They become fully active again. Dadi Janki of Brahmakumaris
Source Inside Out – Introduction page 7

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…

Hindu Quotes on Life

Below are Hindu Quotes from Bhagavad Gita for a Happy and Peaceful Life. The Bhagavad Gita specifies twenty values in Chapter XIII (8 to 12) of which even a couple of them are followed one’s life will surely become happy and peaceful. Amanitvam - Humility.Adambhitvam - Pridelessness.Ahimsa - Non-violence.Kshanti - Tolerance.Arjavam - Simplicity.Acaryopasanam - Service to the teacher.Saucam - Cleanliness (internal and external).Sthairyam - Steadfastness.Atma vinigraha – Self-control.Vairagyam – Renunciation.Anahankara - Absence of ego.Janmamrityu jaravyadhi duhkha dosa anudarsanam - Reflection of the sufferings of life-death, old age-disease, and distress.Asakti - Non-attachment.Anabhisvanga putradaragrhadishu - Detachment towards son and wife.Nityam samacittatvam istanistopapattishu - Equanimity amidst pleasant and unpleasant happenings.Mayi ca ananyayogena bhaktih avyabhicarini - Constant and unalloyed devotion towards God.Vivikta desa sevitvam - Love for solitary life.Aratir janasam…

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…

Brahmanda Purana Quotes

The five joints of Avidya are ignorance, delusion, desire of enjoyment, anger and fear of death.
Through Adharma (evil), Himsa (Violence) gave birth to two children dishonesty (or wickedness) and Falsehood. Dishonesty gave birth to fear and hell. Falsehood gave birth to Maya (illusion) and pain. Maya gave birth to Death and Pain gave birth to Misery and Sickness. Then Sickness gave birth to Old age, grief, anger and jealousy. All these are remembered as the characteristics of Adharma (evil).
A devotee whose soul is sanctified by means of  Ash-bath, who has conquered anger and who has subdued his sense organs does not go back (i.e. is not born again) after coming near me (Shiva).
Forgiveness, fortitude, non-violence, absence of attachment to al l (worldly things) and equal indifference to both honor and dishonor—these constitute the excellent covering garment. Brahmanda Purana

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…

Words of Wisdom – Shirdi Sai Baba

You keep on doing your normal duties but with determined devotion in your mind. Then you will never be let down, nor will you be faltered. Just surrender every one of your actions to God. Then even if you are very low in spiritual evolution, you will be considered by the God great than even the best of the highborn.
Develop faith in God; Banish all desires from heart; Give up all hatred towards others; Do not grieve; Cultivate the habit of viewing joys and sorrows alike; practice silence; Be content with whatever you are given. If you cannot banish desires from your heart soon, try to do it gradually; Give up egoism; don’t think that you are greater than others.
The demand of senses can be reconciled and harmonized by treating both good and bad with equal mindedness.
Shirdi Sai Baba

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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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.