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

Gopichandana 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.
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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.