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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 2023 date is November 23. The Rathotsav begins on the Kartik Shukla Paksha Pratipada 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 Ratha or Chariot. The Rathotsav was started by Sadguru Shri Appa Maharaj in 1872. During the first ten days of the festival one can witness Bhagwan 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 o

Janardan Swami Jayanti in Nagpur Maharashtra – Janardanswami Jayanti

Janardan Swami is popularly known as Yogmurti – he dedicated his life to the spread of Yoga. Janardan Swami Jayanti is annually observed in Kartik month. Janardan Swami Jayanti 2023 date is December 11. 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 .

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.

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 2023 date is December 1. 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 2023 date is December 6. 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.

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 2023 date is November 28. On the Sonaji Maharaj Yatra day, thousands of devotees pull a huge ratha 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.

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 2023 date is November 30. 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 .

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 2023, it is from November 23 to November 27. The most important ritual during the period is the Tulsi Che Lagna 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 inaccess

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

Pazhamudircholai Murugan Temple , also known as Solai Malai Murugan Temple , 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. Th

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 Chapter 9 Reflection Delusion breeds sorrows, knowledge produces joy. The universe is pain-ridden because it is delusion-projected. (9.18) Wherever and whenever an egocentric action, whipped by selfish desire, is undertaken, gross and painful reactions must necessarily ensue. (9.9) To

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 2023 date is November 29. 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 13, 2022. Kartik month Pandurang Ratha Yatra 2023 date is November 29. The yatra is organized to the Dhapewada   Temple , which is dedicated to Lord Vithoba and Rukmini. Dhapewada   Town  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 .

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 Hima

Tulshiche Lagn Festival in Goa and Maharashtra

Tulsi Che Lagna 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). Tulsi Che Lagna Festival 2023 date is November 24 (for those observing it on Kartik Shukla Dwadashi). November 23 (for those observing it on Ekadasi). The festival is also observed on Kartik Purnima (November 27, 20223). 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 mangalashtakam. Vishnu is also represented by a ‘jino badi’. Sugarcane represents the best man (dhedo) and tamarind stalk the bride’s maid (dhedhi). The puja is performed by husband or wife. After the puja and ritual ‘hari jagar’ – a mixture of puffed rice (chirmulyo), sugarcane piec

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

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

Thiruttani Murugan Temple , 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 Tiruttani Temple . 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 Tiruttani Murugan Temple . 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

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 Sri Ram Temple 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 Ram Temple at Ramtek in 2023 is on November 27. 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 Ram Temple . The yatra is undertaken by pilgrims from Maharashtra , Odisha, 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 2023 date during Kartik Purnima is on November 19. The Bahiram Bowaji 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 Margashirsha Shukla Paksha Sashti Tithi from December 18, 2023 - you can read about it her

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

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

Swamimalai Murugan Temple , 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 Kaveri River . Swamimalai Temple Timings Morning 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 bec

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

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 2023 date is March 13. 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 .

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 2023 date is November 27. 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

Goravanahalli Temple , 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 Temple Address Sri Mahalakshmi Temple Goravanahalli Theeta Post Koratagere Taluk Tumkur District Karnataka India . Phone Number is +91 8138-237509 Bangalore to Goravanahalli Temple Tumkur to Goravanahalli Temple

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 2023 date is November 27. 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 Warkhed Village 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

Dandayuthapani Temple , popularly known as Palani Murugan Temple , 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  Palani   Murugan   Temple  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 th

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

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

Thiruchendur Murugan Temple is the only Arupadaiveedu Temple 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 Thiruchendur Murugan Temple 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.

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

Katebaras Yatra to Jyotirling Temple  at Gulunche Village near Purandar in Maharashtra is observed in Kartik Month. Katabaras Yatra 2023 date at  Jyotirling  Mandir  is on November 24. 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.

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

Thiruparankundram Temple , 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 Thiruparankundram Temple is popularly known as Kalyana Murugan – the groom. Arupadaiveedu Temples are those temples dedicated to Muruga located on hills. The original Thiruparankundram Temple 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 asp

Many Conflicts Can Be Avoided By Accepting

If we can shed our ego and accept many things then there will be fewer conflicts. It might sound negative but the attitude of ‘such are things what to do’ in certain areas can make your personal life more comfortable. For example suppose there is a family member who is not cooperating in keeping the house clean. There is no point in going on fighting with the person. It is better that we accept the person as such and do the cleaning ourselves. This will create a positive environment and the person might change in future by seeing our positive action. If something is wrong in the body instead of struggling and being depressive we should learn to accept. What happens with this attitude is that there is suddenly a positive change. This change is possible as we are not struggling against the disease. If we fight and get depressive it only complicates things. When we will start accepting something that is negative it will soon start dispersing. When we don’t fight there is

Malayalam Rahu Navgraha Mantra – Prayer Dedicated to Rahu Nava Graham in Malayalam

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

What happens if Birthday Fall on Saturday in Hindu Religion?

There are lot of belief regarding birthday falling on a particular date of a week in Hindu religion. If birthday fall on Saturday many people fear that something untoward will happen. Majority of these are regional beliefs. Some only followed by particular community. None of these beliefs are based on scriptures. One belief is that if birthday falls on Saturday then there will be trouble for parents. Another belief is that there will be personal problems in life. Please note that birthday falling on Saturday is not related to Shani Bhagvan. So a person need not worry about this factor.

Popular Paintings of Goddess Lakshmi Hindus Pray To Was Painted By Raja Ravi Varma in the 18th Century

His paintings are everywhere; in majority of Hindu homes. Millions of Hindus bow before his paintings daily. The popular images of Goddess Lakshmi and Goddess Saraswati as we see today were first painted by Raja Ravi Varma in the 18th Century. Majority of the paintings of Goddess Lakshmi today we have are inspired by the paintings of Raja Ravi Varma (29 April 1848 – 2 October 1906) from the princely state of Kilimanoor (presently in Kerala).  The Hindu reports  Many of us have seen the oleograph of Lakshmi and Saraswati. Many of these had fabric, beads and sequins to embellish them and many were worshipped across the country. As Chawla says, these were done at a time of intense nationalist fervour.  “The two goddesses, Lakshmi and Saraswati, painted much later, in 1896, are iconic in their visualization. The religious texts and the oral tradition that formed the basis for these paintings do not belong to any particular region of India as the entire country has always absorb

Goravanahalli Temple Timings – Opening and Closing Time – Darshan at Goravanahalli Mahalakshmi Temple

Goravanahalli Temple , located near Tumkur in Karnataka, is dedicated to Mahalakshmi. The Goddess Lakshmi worshipped here is believed to be wish fulfilling deity. Goravanahalli Temple Timings are given below. Please note that the darshan timing will be extended during festivals and important rituals like Varalakshmi Puja. The opening and closing time will be curtailed when there is grahan or eclipse. Goravanahalli Temple Morning Timings 6:00 AM to 12:30 PM Evening Timings 5:30 PM to 8:00 Pm Important puja timings Daily 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM: Abhisheka and Kumkuma Archana Maha Mangalarathi are performed daily at 9:30 AM, 12:30 PM and at 7:30 PM. Amavasya (No moon day) and Purnima (full moon day) are important in the temple.

Malayalam Ketu Navgraha Mantra – Prayer Dedicated to Ketu Nava Graham in Malayalam

Ketu is one of the Navgrahas and prayers are offered to it to avoid troubles in Horoscope. Ketu Navgraha Mantra in Malayalam is given below in picture format. Ketu Nava Graham is one of the nine navgrahas and prayers are daily offered to Ketu by those having trouble due to the bad positioning of it in Jatakam.

Pashana Chaturdashi

Pashana Chaturdashi is observed on the fourteenth day during the waxing phase of moon in Kartik month. The day is of great significance in Puri Jagannath Temple and in other Vishnu Temples. Pashana Chaturdashi 2022 date is November 7. The Pashana means hills or sharp edged stones. Special rituals are observed on the day at Puri Jagannath Temple . The day is also of importance to some communities in Kerala.

Malayalam Shani Mantra – Prayer Dedicated to Shani Bhagvan in Malayalam To Overcome Shani Dosham

Shani Mantra is chanted to overcome Shani Dosham. The prayer in Malayalam text is given below in picture format. You should chant the mantra on all Saturdays. You can also offer prayers daily to Shasta to overcome Shani related issues in horoscope. Shani Mantra in Malayalam ദിവാകരതനൂജ ശനൈയ്ഷചരം ധീരതരം സതതം ചിന്തയേഹം ശനീശ്വരസ് ‌ തോത്രം   നീലാഞ്ജനസമാഭാസം രവിപുത്രം യമാഗ്രജം   ഛായാമാര് ‍ ത്താണ്ഡസംഭൂതം തം നമാമി ശനൈശ്ചരം ശാസ്താമന്ത്രം ഭൂതനാഥ സദാനന്ദ സര് ‍ വഭൂത ദയാപര രക്ഷ രക്ഷ മഹാബാഹോ ശാസ്ത്രേതുഭ്യം നമോ നമഃ ... The second mantra is dedicated to Sashta or Ayyappa. There is a popular belief that chanting the mantra will help in overcoming all kinds of trouble. ശനി പരിഹാരം  ശനിയച്ച രാവിലെ സ് ‌ നാനന്തരം നവഗ്രഹസ്തോത്രം ജപിക്കുന്നത് ശനിപ്രീതികരമാണ് . നവഗ്രഹ പ്രതിഷ്ഠയുള്ള ക്ഷേത്രത്തില് ‍   ദർശനം  നടത്തി ശക്തിയാൽ കഴിയുന്ന വഴിപാടുകൾ സമർപ്പിക്കുക . ശനിയുടെ അധിദേവതയായ ശാസ്താക്ഷേത്ര ദർശനവും ഉത്തമഫലം നൽകും . ശനിദേവന്റെ വാഹനമായ കാക്

Illegal Owl Trade during Diwali – Owl sacrifice Based on Superstition

Owl is the vehicle of Goddess Lakshmi but instead of protecting the owl, the endangered bird is butchered in the name of religious superstition. Owls are sacrificed on Amavasya (no moon day) especially during Diwali Amavasya by Tantrics.  Times of India reports   A terminally ill person if made to wear nails of owls around his neck around 3am on the set day, he is set to recover. Similarly, if a man is fed the ritualized feather of an owl or its blood, he will be hypntoized for life. Superstitions about endangered owl abound.   The bird is killed to extract every drop of its blood, is skinned off alive to take out flesh and bones. Often, 'tantriks' punture its urinary bladder as its urine is a highly sought after ingredients for occult practices. Though every part of an owl sells, its the birds' inner feathers and nails which are most in demand. "No part of the dead owl goes waste.   "I vehemently oppose any such sacrifice. Tantriks do it only to fool peopl

Sri Ramakrishna on Goddess Kali

The Primordial Power is ever at play. She is creating, preserving, and destroying in play, as it were. This power is called Kali. Kali is verily Brahman, and Brahman is verily Kali. It is one and the same Reality. When we think of It as inactive, that is to say, not engaged in the act of creation, preservation, and destruction, then we call It Brahman. But when It engages in these activities, then we call It Kali or Shakti. The Reality is one and the same; the difference is in name and form. Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa Source - The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna – (page 134 – 5)

Uttarabhadra Nakshatra Tarabalam – Good Tarabalam for Uttara Bhadra Birth Star Born People

Uttarabhadra Nakshatra (birth star) born people will have good Tarabalam generally with following Nakshatra born people: Uttara Bhadra Tarabalam is used for looking marriage compatibility, business partnership and other deals. Uttarabhadra Good Nakshatra Tarabalam with: Bharani Nakshatra Mrigasira Arudra Nakshatra Punarvasu Aslesha Purvaphalguni Chitra Swati Nakshatra Vishakha Jyeshta Purvashada Dhanishta Shatabhisha Purvabhadra Revati 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.