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Sri Ram Rathotsava at Jalgaon in Maharashtra– Shrirama Rathotsava

Sri Ram Rathotsava at Jalgaon in Maharashtra is observed in the Kartik Month. The most famous temple festival in the region takes place at the ancient Shri Ram Mandir in the town. Shrirama Rathotsava 2018 date is November 19. The Rathotsav begins on the Kartik Shukla Paksha Pratipda and the most important date is the Kartik Shukla Paksha Ekadasi day.



On the main Sri Ram Rathotsava day, the murtis worshipped in the temple are taken around the streets of Jalgaon in a lavishly decorated Rath or Chariot.
The Rathotsav was started by Sadguru Shri Appa Maharaj in 1872.
During the first ten days of the festival one can witness Bhagvan Sri Ram on various chariots drawn by
Horse Elephant Tiger Lion Saraswati Sheshnag Chandra Suryanarayan Garuda Hanuman (Maruti)
The Sri Ram Rath on the main day of the festival is pulled by more than 500 devotees.
The chariot is decorated with various flowers (mainly marigold), mango leaves, lighting, and flags of Bhagava color. Ram Sevak, Bhajani Mandal, Varkari sing Bh…

Story – Vedic Chants While Sri Krishna was carried by Vasudeva to Gokul at Midnight from Prison

Krishna was born at midnight in the prison of Kamsa to Vasudeva and Devaki. There is a lesser known story which suggests that Vedic Chants were heard while little Sri Krishna was carried by Vasudeva from prison to Gokul. This story is also associated with Garuda, the vehicle of Vishnu.
When Krishna was born at midnight, not a soul in the entire prison and palace of Kamsa was awake. The divine event was only witnessed by Vasudeva and Devaki. As per the divine plan, Vasudeva was to carry baby Krishna to the house of Nandagopa and Yashoda in Gokul. He had to return back with the baby that was born to Nandagopa and Yashoda.
The prison doors opened by itself. It was raining heavily, Adi Sesha provided canopy and the path was lit by the light from the gems on the head of the divine serpent. Yamuna parted to give way to Vasudeva.
It is said that the moment Sri Krishna was born Vedic chants was heard and it continued till Vasudeva reached the house of Mata Yashoda in Gokul. The chants becaus…

Janardan Swami Jayanti in Nagpur Maharashtra – Janardanswami Jayanti

Janardan Swami is popularly known as Yogmurti – he dedicated his life to the spread of Yoga. Janardanswami Jayanti is annually observed in Kartik month. Janardan Swami Jayanti 2018 date is December 6. The day is of great importance in Nagpur in Maharashtra.
Janardan Swami suggested yogabhyas for contentment, happiness and good health.
‘Samadhanay Soukhay Nirogtvay Jeevane, Yogmevabhyaset Pradnyah Yathashakti Nirantarm’, is encrypted on samadhi of Yogmurti Janardhan Swami.
Janardan Swami Yogabhyasi Mandal in Nagpur is based on the teachings of this pious soul.
Janardan Swami Jayanti is annually observed on Kartik Krishna Paksha Chaturdashi Tithi or the fourteenth day during waning phase of moon in traditional Hindu calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Bhagavad Gita Chapter VI Teachings - Verse 1 to 3

He who does the work which it is his duty to do, but seeks no gain from work, no reward, that man is a sanyasi and a yogi; not he who lights no sacrificial fire and performs no ceremonies. (Bhagavad Gita Chapter VI - 1)

True renunciation is Yoga. And he is not a true yogi who hath not renounced his sankalpa.

For the sage who wishes to attain to Yoga, action is said to be the means: for the same sage, when he has attained to Yoga, serenity is said to be the means.

Bhagavad Gita Chapter VI 1 to 3

Abaji Maharaj Yatra at Virul near Wardha in Maharashtra

Abji Maharaj Yatra is annually observed in Kartik month at Virul near Wardha in Maharashtra. Abji Maharaj Yatra 2014 date at Mangrul Dastgir is November 16.
This annual yatra attracts hundreds of people.
Abaji Maharaj Yatra is annually observed on the Kartik Krishna Paksha Navami or the ninth day during the waning phase of moon in Kartik month as per traditional Hindu Marathi calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Malayalam Chovva Mantra – Prayer Dedicated to Chowa Planet or Nava Graham in Malayalam

Chovva is one of the Navgrahas as per Hindu astrology and Malayalam jyothisham and prayers are offered to it to avoid troubles in horoscope. howa Navgraha Mantra in Malayalam is given below in picture format. Chovva Planet or Nava Graham is one of the nine navgrahas and prayers are daily offered to Chovva by those having trouble due to the bad positioning of it in the Jatakam.
Chovva is generally considered to be a malefic planet.


Kumaras – the mind born sons of Brahma

Kumaras are great teachers who are frequently mentioned in Hindu scriptures. They are known as the mind born sons of Brahma. The kumaras are Sanaka, Sanandana, Sanatana and Sanat Kumara. They attained the highest spiritual knowledge and so they were eternally five year olds.  
Kumaras are the greatest gyanis, yogis and bhaktas. They lead a life of renunciation. They can travel anywhere by merely wishing. They arrive on earth to give lessons in dharma to human beings. Immersed in Brahman they keep on chanting the names of Bhagvan Srihari Vishnu
Though looking life five year olds; You are the eldest of the eldest, the great grand ancestors of the great grand ancestors. Vaikunta, the highest Heaven, the spiritual realm, your abode. Recitation of the glories of the Lord is Your only food. (Sage Narada about Kumaras in the Padma Purana).
The five year old symbolically means that the sages are innocent and pure without any ego.
It is believed that they had once cursed Jaya and Vijaya the do…

Purushottam Maharaj Jayanti at Katol near Nagpur in Maharashtra

Purushottam Maharaj was a great Sant in the line of the great saints in the Bhakti Tradition in Maharashtra. His Jayanti or birth anniversary is annually observed in Kartik Month. Purushottam Maharaj Jayanti 2018 date is November 26. The day is of great significance at Katol near Nagpur in Maharashtra.
Purushottam Maharaj Mandir is located at Katol town. The temple attracts thousands of followers on the day. Special prayer and satsang are organized on the day.
Purushottam Maharaj Jayanti is annually observed on the Kartik Krishna Paksha Chaturthi or the fourth day during the waning phase of moon in Kartik month as per traditional Hindu Marathi calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Sant Maniram Baba Punyatithi at Baggi near Amravati in Maharashtra

Sant Maniram Baba was a great saint in the Bhakti tradition of Maharashtra. His Punyatithi or death anniversary is annually observed in Kartik month. Shri Sant Maniram Baba Punyatithi 2018 date is December 1. The day is of great importance at Baggi near Amravati in Maharashtra.
Sant Maniram Baba performed numerous miracles during this lifetime. Numerous great saints of the period visited the great soul.
He entered into samadhi in 1915.
Satsangs and special prayers and meetings are organized on the day.  Hundreds of people arrive on the day at Baggi to pay respects to this great saint.
Sant Maniram Baba Punyatithi is annually observed on the Kartik Krishna Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day during the waning phase of moon in Kartik month as per traditional Hindu Marathi calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Snake and Ladder like board game – Srimaan Paramapadha Yathra Based on n the traditional Paramapadam game

Srimaan Paramapadha Yathra is a board game similar to the traditional Paramapadam game from which the Snake and Ladder came into being. Srimaan Paramapadha Yathra is based on Vaishnava deties, festivals and rituals. The game also includes good manners and other good lessons.
The snakes and ladders found in the original game are replaced with arrow marks in green and red with numbers on it. The game is for six people with the youngest one beginning it.



You can find more about the game and how to buy here at Srimaan Trust.

Our greatest gift to ourselves is the discovery of divinity within ourselves – Swami Bhaskarananda

A spiritually illumined soul lives in the world, yet is never contaminated by it.
Our greatest gift to ourselves is the discovery of divinity within ourselves.
The Self forms the very core of man's being. It is different from his physical body, vital energy, senses and mind.
Any religion can be compared to the attic of an old home. Unless the attic is regularly cleaned, it gathers dust and cobwebs and eventually becomes unusable. Similarly, if a religion cannot be updated or cleaned from time to time, it loses its usefulness and cannot relate anymore to changed times and people.
Man's ego is not this Self. The ego or I-ness is an idea only; it is purely created by the mind and it cannot be the Self.
Behind the psychophysical man is the Self, which is divine.
Swami Bhaskarananda of Ramakrishna Mission

Hindu Festival Dates in 2017 - Hindu Festival Calendar 2017 - Important Hinduism Religion Festival

This is a list of important Hindu festival dates in 2017 based on various regional Hindu calendars. The same festival might be celebrated a day earlier or later in different parts of India. Some of the most important festivals in Hinduism are Diwali, Navratri, Sri Krishna Jayanti, Ganesh Chaturthi, Mahashivratri, Onam, Pongal etc. Hindu Festivals 2017 based on Hindu traditional calendar - India Standard Time.
Hindu Festivals 2017 January 2017
Vaikunta Ekadasi - January 8
Makar Sankranti – 14th January, 2017 Pongal – 15th January, 2017
February 2017
Vasant Panchami – Saraswati Puja – February 1, 2017
Thai Pusam – February 9, 2017 Shivratri - Mahashivaratri - February 24

March 2017
Holika Dahan – March 12, 2017 Dhulandi Holi – March 13, 2017
Ugadi (New Year in Karnataka, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh) – March 28, 2017
Gudi Padwa - March 28, 2017
Cheti Chand – March 28, 2017
Chaitra Navratri begins on March 28, 2017

April 2017
Ram Navami – April 5, 2017
Chaitra Navratri ends April 5, 2017
Han…

Sonaji Maharaj Yatra – Sonaji Rath Yatra at Sonala near Buldana in Maharashtra

Sonaji Maharaj Yatra is dedicated to Shri Sant Sonaji Maharaj of Sonala near Buldana in Maharashtra. The Sonaji Rath Yatra is annually held in Kartik month. Sonaji Rath Yatra 2018 date is November 24.
On the Sonaji Maharaj Yatra day, thousands of devotees pull a huge rath or chariot dedicated to the great saint through the village roads.
A dahi handi festival is also organized on the day.
Sonaji Rath Yatra is annually observed on the Kartik Krishna Paksha Dwitiya or the second day during the waning phase of moon in Kartik month as per traditional Hindu Marathi calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Story of Dhrishtadyumna in the Mahabharat

Dhrishtadyumna in the Mahabharat was the son of King Drupada of Panchala and was the brother of Draupadi. He had always supported the Pandavas. Story of the birth of Dhrishtadyumna is associated with the rivalry between Drupada and Dronoacharya.
Guru Drona had defeated and usurped half the kingdom of Drupada. To avenge the defeat and insult, Drupada performed a huge sacrifice and Dhrishtadyumna appeared from the sacrificial fire.
As he appeared from the sacrificial fire, he is believed to be an amsha-avatar of Agni – an incarnation of Agni, the fire god.
Dhrishtadyumna learned warfare under Guru Drona, who knew his student was born to kill him.
In the Mahabharata war, Dhrishtadyumna was the leader of the Pandava Army. He killed Guru Drona in the Kurukshetra.
Dhrishtadyumna was killed at night while he was sleeping by Ashwattama, son of Drona.

Fourth Day of Chath Puja – Chhath Sooryodaya Argh - Morning Prayers

On the fourth and final day of Chath Puja, the Chhath Sooryodaya Argh (prayers and puja to rising sun (Surya) in the early morning hours) is performed. Devotees repeat the rituals performed on the third day evening for rising sun. Chath Sooryodaya Argh in 2018 is on November 14.
Men and women who are undertaking the Chhath fast take a ritual bath in a nearby river, pond or sea and offer prayers to Surya.
Devotees offer ‘Argh’ to rising sun (Lord Surya) along with ‘soop.’ ‘Argh’ and ‘soop’ are offerings and consists of flowers, fruits, bananas, sprouted grains, dry coconut, sugarcane, white radish, sweets and khajurees. The offering is made to Surya by standing in knee-deep water.
The Chath puja fasting comes to an end after the puja. The offerings made to Surya are shared as Prasad and the Chath Puja comes to an end.

Nanaji Maharaj Punyatithi at Kapashi near Wardha in Maharashtra

Nanaji Maharaj was a great saint in the Bhakti tradition of Maharashtra during the 18th century. His Punyatithi or death anniversary is annually observed in Kartik month. Nanaji Maharaj Punyatithi 2018 date is November 25. The day is of great importance at Kapashi near Wardha in Maharashtra.
Satsangs and special prayers and meetings are organized on the day. Saint Nanaji Maharaj had built a beautiful temple of Lakshmi Narayan in 1890 in Kapashi. Scores of people arrive on the day here to pay respects to this great saint.
Nanaji Maharaj Punyatithi is annually observed on the Kartik Krishna Paksha Tritiya or the third day during the waning phase of moon in Kartik month as per traditional Hindu Marathi calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Skanda Sashti Festival and Soorasamharam at Thiruchendur Murugan Temple in 2016

Skanda Sashti Festival at ThiruchendurMuruganTemple is highly auspicious especially the sixth day of the festival Soorasamharam. In 2018, Skanda Sashti Festival and Soorasamharam is from November 8 to November 14. Soorasamharam is on November 13. Legend has it that Skanda killed Demon Surapadma (Soorasamharam) on the sixth day of a battle with his ‘Vel’ or lance at the spot where the ThiruchendurMuruganTemple is located. The festival ends the next day with Thirukalyanam – Muruga wedding Devasena.
ThiruchendurMuruganTemple is one of the six important temples in Tamil Nadu – it is the second of the Arupadaiveedu Temples.
After the annihilation of demon Surapadman, Muruga desired to worship his father Lord Shiva. He summoned Mayan, the divine architect, who built the TiruchendurTemple.  
Soorasamharam at ThiruchendurMuruganTemple attracts thousands of people.
The main events in the war between Muruga and Demon Soorapadman are depicted on the seashore in the evening of the Soorasamharam d…

Vhadli Diwali in Goa – End of Diwali Festival

Vhadli Diwali, which marks the end of Diwali festival, is observed during the Kartik Shukla Paksha Ekadasi to Kartik Purnima – from the eleventh day to the full moon day during the waxing phase of moon in Kartik Month. In 2018, it is from November 19 to November 23. The most important ritual during the period is the Tulshiche Lagn or the Tulsi Vivah.
Another important festival that is observed during the period is Tripurari Purnima. Lamps are lit on the day which falls on the full moon day in Kartik Month.
The marriage season commences after this period in all regions in western parts of India.

Chardham Yatra to the Winter Abodes of Deities Worshipped in Kedarnath and Badrinath to Start from This Year

Every year after Diwali the deities worshipped in the Chardham – Kedarnath, Badrinath, Yamunotri, and Gangotri – in Uttarakhand are transferred to their winter abode - temples in lower altitudes. These are temples located in Rudraprayag, Chamoli and Uttarkashi districts of Uttarakhand. Now the government of Uttarakhand is planning to conduct Yatra to the temples that are home to the deities in winter.
The Shiva murti from Kedarnath is shifted to Ukhimath in Rudraprayag district during winter.
The Vishnu murtis from Badrinath is shifted to Pandukeshwar in Chamoli district
The murtis worshipped in Gangotri and Yamunotri are relocated to Mukhba and Kharsail in Uttarkashi district.  Hindustan Times reports
The deities from the holy Char Dham temples are shifted to alternate locations during the winter months, once the portals to the four holy spots close in mid-October. This is because the snow renders their original abodes in the higher reaches of the mountains inaccessible. The idols are…

Chhath Sandhya Argh – Chath Dala Evening Puja - Third Day of Chath Puja

One of the most important pujas during Chhath festival is the Chhath Sandhya Argh – the evening prayers dedicated to Lord Surya which is observed on the third day of Chath Puja. In 2018, Chath Dala Evening Puja is on November 13. Men and women who are undertaking the Chhath fast worship the Sun God and take a ritual bath in a nearby river, pond or sea. Popular Chhath songs and bhajans and Chhat pooja prayers fill the entire area. Ritual regional folk songs are also sung on the occasion. Chhath Sandhya Argh is mainly performed along the banks of GangaRiver and Koshi in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, other parts of eastern India and Nepal and attracts millions of devotees.

The entire family accompanies the person who has undertaken the fasting to the riverbank. Chhath Sandhya Argh attains a carnival atmosphere. Besides the worshipers, there are elders, friends, family, onlookers and numerous volunteers to help the people.

Some of the songs and bhajans that are rendered during the Chhath Sandhy…

Pazhamudircholai Murugan Temple – One of the Six Shrines of Muruga in the Arupadaiveedu Temples in Tamil Nadu

PazhamudircholaiMuruganTemple, also known as SolaiMalaiMuruganTemple, is located near Madurai in Tamil Nadu and is one of the six shrines of Subrahmanya in the Arupadaiveedu Temples. The temple is unique as Muruga appears with his consorts – Devasena and Valli – in the sanctum sanctorum. Legend has it that it was at Pazhamudir Cholai Tamil poetess Avvaiyar had darshan of Murugan.


Story of Pazhamudircholai Murugan Legend has it that once Avvaiyar stopped to rest in a forest during her travel. A tired Avvaiyar was happy to see a fruit tree nearby. She asked a boy who was sitting on the tree to shake down some Jamun (Naaval or njaval Pazhams).
To the surprise of grandmother Avvaiyar, the boy asked whether she wanted cold or hot fruit – in some stories it is Sutta Pazham (cooked fruit) or Sudadha Pazham (uncooked fruit).
Avvaiyar was amused by the question. She did not understand what the boy meant. So she asked the boy to give her some hot fruits.
The boy shook down the fruits.
Avvaiyar …

One who hears my words with full faith soon vanquishes all misery – Bhagavad Gita

One who hears my words with full faith soon vanquishes all misery.
Whatever you know of this world and whatever is in this world has all come out of me.
Little by little, through patience and repeated effort, the mind will become stilled in the Self.
Whatever you know of this world and whatever is in this world has all come out of me.
It is better to live your own destiny imperfectly than to live an imitation of somebody else's life with perfection.
When you feel the suffering of every living thing in your own heart that is consciousness.
The best type of yogi is he who feels for others, whether in grief or pleasure even as he feels for himself.  Bhagavad Gita 

Sadananda Brahmachari Maharaj Punyatithi at Chandurbazar near Amravati in Maharashtra

Sadanand Brahmachari Maharaj was a great saint in the Bhakti tradition of Maharashtra. His Punyatithi or death anniversary is annually observed in Kartik month. Sadananda Brahmachari Maharaj Punyatithi 2018 date is November 24. The day is of great significance at Chandurbazar near Amravati in Maharashtra.
Satsangs and special prayers and meetings are organized on the day.
Sadananda Brahmachari Maharaj Punyatithi is annually observed on the Kartik Krishna Paksha Dwitiya or the second day during the waning phase of moon in Kartik month as per traditional Hindu Marathi calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Pandurang Ratha Yatra at Dhapewada near Nagpur in Maharashtra

Pandurang Ratha Yatra at Dhapewada near Nagpur in Maharashtra is observed annually on Guru Purnima day and in Kartik Month. The Ratha Yatra on Guru Purnima is on July 27, 2018. Kartik month Pandurang Ratha Yatra 2018 date is November 24. The yatra is organized to the DhapewadaTemple, which is dedicated to Lord Vithoba and Rukmini.
DhapewadaTown is known as the Pandharpur of Vidarbha region. The main ritual involves the carrying of the palkhi. The annual fair is a great period when people from nearby village visit the place.

The first yatra is organized on the Guru Purnima day.

Pandurang Ratha Yatra is observed on the Kartik Krishna Paksha Dwitiya or the second day during the waning phase of moon in Kartik month as per traditional Hindu Marathi calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Kartikeswar Puja 2018 in Orissa – Kartikeswar Yatra

Kartikeswar Puja is observed in Orissa from Kartik Purnima for five days. Kartikeswar Puja 2018 date is from November 23 to November 27. Monday in Kartik month in Orissa is highly auspicious and people consume food without onion and garlic. The festival is also referred as Kartikeswar Yatra.
Special sarvajanik pandals are created during the period. The murti of Kartikeswar is installed and worshipped for five days and is immersed on the final day.
Kartikeswar is the son of Shiva and Goddess Parvati. He is popularly known as Kartik, Muruga, Skanda, and Subrahmanya.
Legend has it that he appeared to annihilate demon Surpadman, who had become invincible. He led the army of the Devas – celestial beings. Kartikeswar is the handsome god and is widely worshipped in South India.
The puja and yatra commemorates the victory of Kartikeswar over the demons.

Jamadagni Rishi – Story of Sage Jamadagni

Jamadagni Rishi is considered to be one of the Sapta Rishis and father of Parashurama, the sixth incarnation of Bhagvan Vishnu. He was a great sage in the lineage of Rishi Bhrigu. He was the son of Sage Richika and Satyavati. He married Renuka and had five sons, Rumanvat, Sushena, Vasu, Vishavasu and Parashurama.
The most popular story associated with Jamadagni Rishi is of him being killed by the sons of king Kartavirya. In response to this cruel murder, Parashurama annihilated the Kshatriyas 21 times.
Another story associated with Jamadagni Rishi is that of him ordering his sons to kill his wife who he believed had become unchaste. Four of his sons disagreed but Parashuram killed his mother but later got her back to life by the boon he received from Jamadagni Rishi.
As per some accounts, Jamdagni who was killed by the sons of king Kartavirya was restored to life after a couple of days.
There is a popular shrine dedicated to Jamadagni Rishi is located at Malana in Himachal Pradesh. H…

Tulshiche Lagn Festival in Goa and Maharashtra

Tulshiche Lagn is observed in the Kartik Month in Goa and Maharashtra. It is the marriage ceremony of the Tulsi Plant and Bal Krishna – Little Sri Krishna (Bhagvan Vishnu). Tulshiche Lagn Festival 2018 date is November 20 (for those observing it on Kartik Shukla Dwadasi). November 19 (for those observing it on Ekadasi). The festival is also observed on Kartik Purnima (November 23, 2018). The festival is popularly referred as Tulsi Puja or Tulsi Vivah.
The murti Krishna or Bhagvan Vishnu is lavishly decorated and then carried to the place where the Tulsi plant is grown, and there the marriage is ritually solemnized. The marriage takes place with the chanting of holy hymns known as mangalashtakas.
Vishnu is also represented by a ‘jino badi’.
Sugarcane represents the best man (dhedo) and tamarind stalk the bride’s maid (dhedi).
The puja is performed by husband or wife.
After the puja and ritual ‘hari jagar’ – a mixture of puffed rice (chirmulyo), sugarcane pieces, green tamarind piece…

On Vedic Maths – Is Vedic Mathematics Real or Not? - Is it Part of Vedas?

Two articles published in The Hindu Newspaper one for and one against Vedic Mathematics gives new insight into the Vedic Maths techniques. The first article titled “Nothing Vedic in Vedic Maths” by C K Raju states that Vedic mathematics has no relation whatsoever to the Vedas. The second article is titled “Everything Vedic in Vedic Maths” by James Glover states that Vedic Maths is concerned with a universal structure of Maths revealed through a personal approach to problem-solving and other fields of human activity. Vedic Maths does not advocate the sole use of blanket methods through which students can reduce problems to merely mechanical responses to given stimuli. Instead, it encourages an intelligent and holistic approach — one that engenders reason and develops strategic thinking.
Both the authors do agree that Vedic Maths helps mathematics students. The debate is about whether it is part of Vedas or not.
You can red the articles here in The Hindu
“Nothing Vedic in Vedic Maths” by…

Thiruttani Murugan Temple – One of the Six Shrines of Muruga in the Arupadaiveedu Temples in Tamil Nadu – Tiruttani Temple

ThiruttaniMuruganTemple, is located 84 km north of Chennai, and is one of the six Arupadaiveedu Temples in Tamil Nadu. It is believed that after the ferocious battle against Demon Soorapadman, Muruga rested and cooled down at TiruttaniTemple. The divine love story of Muruga and Valli also happened here.
As the anger of Muruga subsided here, the hill is known as Thanigai Malai – the hill where his anger was subsided. The divine marriage of Valli and Muruga is also believed to have happened here.
The popular belief is that praying to Muruga here brings good luck.



365 steps lead to the TiruttaniMuruganTemple. The temple pond is located at the foot of the hill.
The murti of Murugan worshipped in the temple is tall. One hand holds spear and the other rests on the thigh.
A unique aspect of the murti is a small hole on the center of the chest. It is the impression made by the Sudarshana Chakra of Vishnu. The hole is filled with sandalwood paste during pujas and is later distributed to the d…

Concept of Ekagrata in Hinduism – Steady State of Mind in Hindu Religion

Ekagrata is a steady state of mind in Hinduism. The word agra means the end portion of a blade of grass. The word ekagrata when use in relation to the mind in Hindu religion, it means fixed, steady, stable, one-pointed state when one concentrates on a single object without movement of any kind.

Ekagrata is closely associated with dhyana (meditation). In this state of mind, one is absorbed in one single object only.

Ekagrata is needed to achieve success in spiritual and worldly life. Single-pointed focus leads to success in all endeavors.



As per Yoga Sutra The Ekagarata state of mind arises out of an earlier state of concentration, called dharana, in which the mind is bound to a single object without being pin-pointed ( Yoga Sutra III: 1)

As per Yoga Sutra (III 9 -13), the mind undergoes modification constantly. They are
Nirodha ParinamaSamadhi Parinama andEkagrata Parinama. Our mind is always a chain of experiences. Usually this chain consists of a variety of experiences. When an aspi…

Malayalam Budhan Mantra – Prayer Dedicated to Budhan Planet or Nava Graham in Malayalam

Budhan is one of the Navgrahas as per Hindu astrology and Malayalam jyothisham and prayers are offered to it to avoid troubles in horoscope. Budhan Navgraha Mantra in Malayalam is given below in picture format. Budhan Planet or Nava Graham is one of the nine navgrahas and prayers are daily offered to Budhan by those having trouble due to the bad positioning of it in the Jatakam.

Budhan is generally considered as a safe planet and it helps in education and is associated with intelligence.

Kartik Purnima Yatra to Ram Temple at Ramtek in Maharashtra

Bhagvan SriRamTemple at Ramtek in Maharashtra is associated with the Ramayana legend. The annual yatra to the temple is held on the occasion of Kartik Purnima. Kartik Purnima Yatra to RamTemple at Ramtek in 2018 is on November 23. The annual pilgrimage is also known as Prabhu Ramachandra Devasthan Yatra at Shri Kshetra Ramtek.


The pilgrimage is observed for 10 days. The most important date is the full moon day in Kartik Month.
Devotees take a holy bath at the Ambala Tank before worshipping the deities in the RamTemple.
The yatra is undertaken by pilgrims from Maharashtra, Orissa, Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh.

Avimukta – Why Kashi or Varanasi is known as Avimukta?

Avimukta literally means unliberated but in the context of Kashi or Varanasi it is interpreted differently – it means the place where Shiva is always present. Varanasi got the name Avimukta after Shiva and Goddess Parvati made it their residence.
The name is also found in the Jabala Upanishad – which is the abode of Brahman. Thus all for all living and non living beings it is the home.
Sage Yajnavalkya explains in the Jabala Upanishad that Avimukta symbolizes that which is infinite and unmanifested – Shiva or Brahman.
It is said that he who gains the knowledge of Avimukta will be liberated.

Bahiram Yatra in Amravati in Maharashtra

Bahiram Yatra is annually held to a hill shrine dedicated to deity named Bahiram. The yatra is organized on Kartik Purnima. It must be noted that the most important fair here is held in the Margashirsh month (December – January) and also during Paush month. Bahiram Yatra 2018 date during Kartik Purnima is on November 23.
The BahiramBowaji yatra is held annually on Kartik Purnima day.
The temple is located atop the Satpura Hill which is locally known as Bahiram Hill.
Apart from the puja and rituals, a grand fair is held during the period. The main attraction here is the food cooked especially non-vegetarian food. The food is cooked in clay pots using wood from the region in the open.
Large number of people arrive for the annual festival in the Margashirsh month (December - January). A month long fair is held during the period.

The most important Bahiram Yatra is observed from Margashirsh Shukla Paksha Sashti Tithi from December 13, 2018 - you can read about it here.

Kharna Fasting during Chath Puja

Chath Puja, which is spread over four days, is dedicated to Surya, the sun god and Agni (fire) and Lord Kartik. The second day is known as Kharna and a complete fast is observed by men and women. Kharna Fasting 2018 during Chath puja is on November 12.
Kharna is observed from sunrise to sunset. It is a complete fast with some devotees even not taking water during the fasting period. The fast should not be undertaken by pregnant women, devotees having health problems and older people.
Some people opt for partial fast and drink lot of water and eat fruits. Some people eat salt-less food. Sabudana khichadi and vrat foods are also eaten on the day.
The Kharna fast is broken after performing a puja at home in the evening. The puja is dedicated to Surya, Kartik, Agni (fire god) and Chhathi Maiya.
Kheer, sweets and fruits are offered to deities and then the whole family shares it as prasad.
For many devotees, another round of fasting begins after the prasad is shared. This fast is usually…

Nagula Chavithi Story – Naga Chaturthi Katha

Nagula Chavithi, also known as Naga Chaturthi, is observed on the fourth day of the waxing phase of moon in Kartik Month in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and parts of Karnataka. A popular story associated with the day known as Naga Chaturthi Katha is listened or read on the day. It must be noted that there are several versions of Nagula Chavithi story and this is one among them.

Manasa was the daughter of Brahma and she studied under Lord Shiva. She was called Manasa as she was born from the mind, or manas, of Brahma. She was so pious that she did intense tapas and got the darshan of Sri Hari Vishnu.

Manasa was married to Sage Jaratkaru. The couple had a son named Aasthika. Manasa and Sage Jaratkaru had split before the birth of Aasthika. Therefore Aasthika studied under Lord Brahma and Lord Shiva and became very famous and powerful sage.

Years later King Janamejaya performed Sarpa Yajna to kill snakes as Snake Takshak was responsible for the death of his father, Raja Parikshit.

Mahamandaleshwar Swami Kashikananda Giri Maharaj Attains Samadhi

Mahamandaleshwar Swami Kashikananda Giri Maharaj attained samadhi in Haridwar on October 24, 2014. The mahasamadhi was held on the banks of Holy Ganga on Saturday, October 25. Mahamandaleshwar Swami Kashikananda Giri Maharaj was the undisputable authority Advaitha philosophy in the modern era.


Swamiji's title of Dwadashadarshaacharya Maha Mandaleswar denotes his supreme advisory position over the 12 systems or schools of philosophy and all the lineages of sanyasi parampara and the mutts (monasteries) under them. And Swamiji was the only person holding such a position today - the Acharya to all the acharyas in India. (from an article in the school of Bhagavad Gita)
The 91-year old monk was the head of two monasteries, one in Haridwar and the other in Mumbai.

You can read more about the Swamiji here at The Indian Express.

Swamimalai Murugan Temple – Swamimalai Temple Timings - Story

SwamimalaiMuruganTemple, located near Kumbakonam, is one of the six Arupadaiveedu Temples in Tamil Nadu dedicated to Muruga. Legend has it that Muruga revealed the secret of OM to Shiva at Swamimalai. Muruga is worshipped here as Swaminathan. The temple is located around 8 km from Kumbakonam on the northern banks of KaveriRiver.
Swamimalai Temple TimingsMorning Darshan Timings From - 05:00 AM to 12:00 Noon

Evening Darshan Timings 
 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Detail Puja Timings 
Usha Kalam 06:00 AM
Kalasandhi 09:00 AM
Uchikala Poojas 12:00 Noon
Sayaratchai 05:30 PM
Rendam kalam 08:00 PM
Arthajama pooja 10:00 PM Story of Swamimalai Temple Legend has it that once Shiva asked his son Muruga the meaning of Pranava mantra “OM.” Muruga told Shiva that the secret of OM can only be revealed to a devotee who is devoid of ego. It is said that Shiva then knelt beside Muruga with folded hands and bowed head and politely asked him to explain the meaning. Muruga then became the Guru of Shiva and revealed th…

Jiddu Krishnamurti Thoughts on Education

We pass certain examinations, find a job, get married, have children, and then become more and more like machines. We remain fearful, anxious, frightened of life.
Is it the function of education to help us understand the whole process of life, or is it merely to prepare us for a vocation, for the best job we can get?
Education has no meaning unless it helps you to understand the vast expanse of life and all its subtleties, with its extraordinary beauty, its sorrows and joys.


You may earn degrees, you may have a series of letters after your name and land on a very good job; but then what?
What is the point of it all if in the process your mind becomes dull, weary, stupid?
So, while you are young, must you not seek to find out what life is all about?
And is it not the true function of education to cultivate in you the intelligence which will try to find the answer to all these problems?
Do you know what intelligence is? Is it the capacity, surely, to think freely, without fear, without…

Bagaji Maharaj Yatra at Warud Bagaji near Amravati

Bagaji Maharaj Yatra is annually observed in Phalgun month at Warud Bagaji near Amravati in Maharashtra. Bagaji Maharaj Yatra 2019 date is March 26.
The Samadhi of Bagaji Maharaj is located here.
This annual yatra attracts hundreds of people.

People carry various offerings during the yatra. Families visit the shrine and make offerings.

The period is also a gettogether for families who now stay apart due to various reasons. 
Bagaji Maharaj Yatra is annually observed on the Phalgun Krishna Paksha Sashti or the sixth day during the waning phase of moon in Phalgun month as per traditional Hindu Marathi calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Chhathi Maiya – About Goddess of Chhath Puja

The Goddess that is worshipped during the famous Chhath Puja is known as Chhathi Maiya. Chhathi Maiya is known as Usha in the Vedas. She is believed to be the consort of Surya, the sun god. Some scholars are of the view that she is only the beloved of Surya and some suggest that She is Surya’s wife.

Usha is the term used to refer to dawn – The first light of day. But in the Rig Veda she has more symbolic meaning. Symbolically Usha is the dawn of divine consciousness in the individual aspirant.

During the Chhath Puja, Chhathi Maiya is invoked to bless us with this divine consciousness which will help us to overcome all the troubles in the world – this bless will help us to Moksha or liberation.



Here are few Shlokas that are dedicated to Usha in the Rig Veda

Lover of praises, O Usha, deathless one, which mortal is fit to enjoy thee? O luminous one, whom does thou attain? (1.30.20).

Satyamantra ajanayan ushasam – By the truth in their thoughts, they brought to birth the Dawn. (7.76.4)

B…

Manmath Swami Yatra at Kapildhar in Beed District

Manmath Swami Yatra is undertaken at Kapildhar in Beed District in Maharashtra. It is observed in Kartik Month. Manmath Swami Yatra 2018 date is November 23. The Samadhi or the final resting place of Shiva Yogi Manmath Swami is located here.
Manmath Swami was a great saint of the Lingayat sect of Shaivism. He wrote numerous books and described the Abhanjas and Astang Acharan for common people.
The annual yatra is undertaken to the Manmath Swami Mandir located at Kapildhar. Thousands of devotees participate in the yatra. Special satsangs are also organized during the period.
Manmath Swami Yatra is annually held on the Kartik Purnima day.

Goravanahalli Temple Address and Phone Number with route map from Tumkur and Bangalore

GoravanahalliTemple, near Tumkur in Karnataka, is dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi. The detail contact address with phone number is given below. You can also find the route map from Tumkur and Bangalore below.
Goravanahalli TempleAddress
Sri Mahalakshmi Temple
Goravanahalli
Theeta Post
Koratagere Taluk
Tumkur District
Karnataka
India.

Phone Number is +91 8138-237509
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Sant Adkuji Maharaj Punyatithi at Warkhed in Amravati in Maharashtra

Sant Adkuji Maharaj is a great saint the Bhakti tradition of Maharashtra. Punyatithi or death anniversary of Saint Adkuji Maharaj is observed in the Kartik Month. Sant Adkuji Maharaj Punyatithi 2018 date is November 23. The day is of great importance at Warkhed in Amravati in Maharashtra.
The Samadhi or the final resting place of this great soul is located at WarkhedVillage in Amravati.
Thousands of people visit the Samadhi of the saint to offer prayers and pay their respect.
Sant Adkuji Maharaj Punyatithi annually falls on the Kartik Purnima or the full moon day in Kartik month as per traditional Marathi Hindu calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Palani Murugan Temple – One of the Six Shrines of Muruga in the Arupadaiveedu Temples in Tamilnadu

DandayuthapaniTemple, popularly known as PalaniMuruganTemple, is one of the Arupadaiveedu Temples in Tamilnadu – the six shrines of Muruga on hills. Muruga is here worshipped as an ascetic young boy holding a dandam or staff. The main murti worshipped in the PalaniMuruganTemple is believed to be more than 5000 years old.


Story of Palani Murugan Temple Legend has it that Shiva and Goddess Parvati once got a single sweet mango fruit. The divine couple told their two sons, Ganesha and Muruga, that the first to circle the world will get the mango fruit. Muruga set off on his peacock. Ganesha circled his parents, symbolically meaning that his parents are his world. Thus Ganesha won the sweet mango.
Muruga felt dejected and renounced his family and retired to a hill in south India. The divine couple came down to pacify their son and goddess Parvati pacified him by calling the fruit of wisdom – ‘pazham nee’ which became Palani.
Another legend has it that Idumban, a student of Sage Agasya, att…

On Disappointment – Thoughts - Quotes Swami Chinmayananda

If anger is thus the thought storm arising in our mind at the disappointment of a desire, greed is the erosion of our mental strength and inner peace when desires are more and more satiated. 
All weaknesses are transmuted into strengths when the right spiritual values are accepted and the seeker takes the daring resolve to live the spiritual quest.

Greed is a sense of dissatisfaction constantly pursuing and poisoning the sense of satisfaction that we have already experienced. In an undisciplined man, there can be no satisfaction at any time; even when his desires are satisfied he is still unhappy, because his appetite for enjoyment is thereby sharpened and he hungers for more; if the desires are throttled, the disappointment brings into him anger, and he suffers the consequent wretchedness. 


Ego is just a bundle of thoughts consisting of the memories of the past and hopes and expectations for the future.

Once an individual refuses to recognize any divine presence of Truth, embracing …

Thiruchendur Murugan Temple – One of the Six Shrines of Muruga in the Arupadaiveedu Temples in Tamil Nadu

ThiruchendurMuruganTemple is the only ArupadaiveeduTemple that is located on a beach – the Bay of Bengal. The popular belief is that Murugan vanquished the demon Soorapadman here. The Sooramaharam ritual held on the sixth day of Skanda Sashti attracts thousands of devotees to the temple.



Legend has it that Demon Soorapadman became invincible with boons from Shiva. He soon became terror for all celestial and earthly beings. Muruga was then born to annihilate the demon. He accomplished the mission at the spot where the present day ThiruchendurMuruganTemple is located.
Muruga here is worshipped as Senthilandavar or Subramaniaswamy. Legend has it that after He annihilated the demon, Murugan wished to worship Shiva. Mayan, the divine architect, built the temple. The murti of Murga in the temple is seen in the posture of worshiping Shiva in the sanctum sanctorum.
The utsava murti or processional deity of Muruga is flanked by his consorts Valli and Devasena.



ThiruchendurMuruganTemple is more …

Katebaras Yatra to Jyotirling Temple at Gulunche Village near Purandar in Maharashtra

Katebaras Yatra to JyotirlingTemple at Gulunche Village near Purandar in Maharashtra is observed in Kartik Month. Katabaras Yatra 2018 date at Jyotirling Mandri is on November 20. The festival attracts thousands of villages from nearby region.
It is an important temple festival after Diwali in the shrine dedicated to Shiva. A fair is organized during the period. During the festival people jump into thorns but come out without any wound. The villagers gather to witness this event.
The main festival and rituals are observed on Kartik Shukla Paksha Dwadashi – the 12th day during the waxing phase of moon.

Characteristics of Ashwini Nakshatra

Ashwini Nakshatra is the first birth star or Nakshatra in Hindu astrology. Characteristics of Ashwini Nakshatra are that they will be intelligent.
Other characteristics include
They will be courageous.
Will be proud.
Good behavior
Good knowledge of their field.
Will earn respect of family
Will show good responsibility to any given job.
On the negative side, Ashwini Nakshatra born people will show unusual interest towards alcohol. Some might cause damage to life through uncontrolled anger.

Malayalam Vyazham Mantra – Prayer Dedicated to Vyazham Planet or Nava Graham in Malayalam

Vyazham is one of the Navgrahas as per Hindu astrology and Malayalam jyothisham and prayers are offered to it to avoid troubles in horoscope. Vyazham Navgraha Mantra in Malayalam is given below in picture format. Vyazham Planet or Nava Graham is one of the nine navgrahas and prayers are daily offered to Vyazham by those having trouble due to the bad positioning of it in the Jatakam.
Vyazham is generally considered as a safe planet as it helps a person achieve desires.


Aslesha Nakshatra Tarabalam – Good Tarabalam for Aslesha Birth Star Born People

Aslesha Nakshatra (birth star) born people will have good Tarabalam generally with following Nakshatra born people: Aslesha Tarabalam is used for looking marriage compatibility, business partnership and other deals.
Aslesha Good Nakshatra Tarabalam with:
Ashwini Nakshatra Krittika Ardra Punarvasu Pushyami Magha Uttaraphalguni Nakshatra Swati Vishakha Anuradha Nakshatra Moola Uttarashada
Shatabhisha Purvabhadra Uttarabhadra Nakshatra
Please note that this is only a general list. Please note that in some regions Tarabalam is calculated daily based on the day’s Nakshatra. In such cases the general list should be ignored.

Gujarati New Year 2018 – Hindu Vikram Year 2075

New Year in Gujarat is celebrated on the day after Diwali and it is known as Hindu Vikram New Year. Vikram Year 2075 begins on November 8, 2018 and is also referred as Vikram Samvatsar and Hindu New Year in the respective regions. Vikram Year is the first day of the financial New Year in North India and the New Year begins on this day in Gujarat as per traditional Hindu Gujarati calendar.

The Hindu calendar followed in Gujarat is also known as Vikram Calendar, or Vikram Samvat, and a month is calculated from new moon to Amavasi or no moon.

Vikram Era was started in 57 BC by Emperor Vikramaditya as a commemoration of his victory upon the Shaks. This victory took place at Ujjain, one among the four places associated with Kumbh Mela. This Hindu calendar is also known as Vikram Samvant and begins with the Month Kartik or Kartak in Gujarat.

Gujarati New Year is also known as Nutan Varsh or Bestu Varash.

In the Hindu calendar popularly used in North India the year begins with Chaitra Shuka…

Thiruparankundram Temple – One of the Six Shrines of Muruga in the Arupadaiveedu Temples in Tamil Nadu

ThiruparankundramTemple, located in Madurai, is one of the six temples – Arupadaiveedu – dedicated to Muruga in Tamil Nadu. The murti of Muruga worshipped in the temple is in the form of a divine groom. Legend has it that Muruga married Devasena, daughter of Indra, in the temple.



The murti of Murugan worshipped in the ThiruparankundramTemple is popularly known as Kalyana Murugan – the groom.
Arupadaiveedu Temples are those temples dedicated to Muruga located on hills.
The original ThiruparankundramTemple was built in the third century BC. Several steps lead to the top of the hill. There are numerous shrines on the way to the top of the shrine.
The get to the main sanctum sanctorum of the temple on has to climb six steps – the steps symbolically represent Sadakshara Mantra – the prayer dedicated to Muruga.
In the sanctum sanctorum, the murti of Muruga is in a seated position with his consort Devasena.


Main Murti Carved on Rock

The unique aspect of the temple is that the murti of Murug…