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Bohra Ashtami

Dedicated to Sri Krishna, Bohra Ashtami is observed on the Ashada Krishna Paksha Ashtami or the eighth day during the waning phase of moon in Ashada month as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India. Bohra Ashtami 2018 date is July 6.
The day is of great importance in as Indrani Puja is held on the day in Mithilanchal.
This Ashtami is also famous in Basora as Sheetala Ashtami is observed on the day.
Please note that the information available about Bohrashtami is very sketchy.

Swastika Sacred Symbol in Hinduism - Meaning of Swastika Symbol

In Hindu religion, Swastika symbolizes life and good fortune. Swastik is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘svastika’ – su (good), asti (to be) and ka (a noun ending) – and means ‘it is good.’
There are two types of Swastikas – facing right and facing left. Both the forms indicate the two forms of Lord Brahma – evolution and involution.
In the Swastika Facing Right the arms bend clockwise. It is considered auspicious and represents Lord Ganesh, Surya (Sun) and Nagas (Snakes). In Hinduism, the symbol is widely used during marriages, festivities and other auspicious occasions. It is also drawn on the floor of many Hindu houses. The front page of account books and other records relating to finance often contain the Swastik symbol.
In the Swastika Facing Left the arms bend in anti-clockwise direction. It is considered inauspicious and represents involution.
The Swastika has numerous other symbolisms attached to it. It represents the four directions – north, south, east and west – thus m…

Snake and Ladder had its origin in India - It was known as Moksha Patam or Parama Padam

The game had its origin in India and was called Moksha Patam or Parama Padam or Mokshapat. It was used to teach Hinduism and Hindu values to children. The British renamed it as Snakes and Ladders.

Now, when and who created this game? Most people believe it was created by the 13th century poet saint Gyandev. There are certain references which take the game back to 2nd century BC.
The ladders represented virtues and snakes vices. In the original game square 12 was faith, 51 was Reliability, 57 was Generosity, 76 was Knowledge, and 78 was Asceticism. These were the squares were the ladder was found.
Square 41 was for Disobedience, 44 for Arrogance, 49 for Vulgarity, 52 for Theft, 58 for Lying, 62 for Drunkenness, 69 for Debt, 84 for Anger, 92 for Greed, 95 for Pride, 73 for Murder and 99 for Lust. These were the squares were the snake was found.
The Square 100 represented Nirvana or Moksha.
The British took the game to England in 1892 and named it Snakes and Ladders and changed it acco…

Sama Veda Teachings

I am ‘rta’, the Truth. I was born in the beginning of creation before the birth of the gods. The rishis call me “amrita”.
The divine poet, holding the sweet melodious flute, reposing on the raging waves of the sea, swiftly glides over the endless canopy of the sky.
Distribute they wealth to those who deserve it, And seek the love of God, The most precious treasure of life.
The Lord’s joy manifests through the splendorous beauty and serenity of his creations.
The supreme bliss of this divine love is felt within the soul that is pure and receptive to the sanctity of God’s boundless love. It kindles the innermost self of devotees.
Teachings from the Sama Veda

Anaghashtami – Dedicated to Anagha Devi – How to Perform Anaghashtami Vrata?

Dedicated to Dattatreya and Goddess Anagha Devi, Anaghashtami is observed on the eighth day during the waning phase of moon in every Hindu lunar month.  Anagha Devi or Anagha Lakshmi Devi, is the combined incarnation of Goddess Saraswati, Kali and Lakshmi. Anaghashtami Vrata is performed mainly on the Krishna Paksha Ashtami or Bahula Ashtami (eight day during the dark phase of a Hindu fortnight or the eight day after full moon).
The puja is performed for peace and prosperity of the family. All family members who follow Hindu tradition participate in the puja and rituals. How to Perform Anaghashtami Vrata? The puja is usually performed in the morning.
The important persons performing the puja (husband and wife) should observe complete fast on the day.
The puja area is decorated with Rangoli.
Pictures or murtis of Ganesha, Goddess Lakshmi and Dattatreya are placed on the puja table – a four legged wooden table.
Raw rice (akshata) and Kalash filled with water is kept on the puja. The ka…

Why is Sri Krishna Blue in Color? Reason for Krishna Being Blue Skinned

Sri Krishna is depicted having blue skin color. Why is he not shown in normal human skin color? Hinduism is full of symbolisms and the blue color is also a symbol.
Blue is the color of the infinite. All Hindu gods are an attempt by the human mind to give form to the formless Brahman (The Supreme Truth or God in Hindu Religion). The color blue symbolizes immeasurable and all pervading reality – formless Brahman.
Swami Chinmayananda talking on the subject says that whatever is immeasurable can appear to the mortal eye only as blue; thus the cloudless summer sky is blue to us because the endless distance of space is interpreted by the physical eye as blue in color.
The blue color thus teaches us that what appears as Krishna is the all pervading reality. Brahman (the Supreme Reality) takes a particular form to satisfy the human mind.

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Hinduism Symbols in Microsoft Office – Free Download of Hindu Symbols in Clipart

You can download important symbols in Hinduism in clipart form for Microsoft Office. The important Hindu symbols include Aum, temples, Goddess Durga, Bhagvan Sri Ram, Goddess Saraswati, Sri Krishna, Shiva, Tandava dance, puja thali, etc. You can now download several symbols in different styles from Microsoft office for free. You can also add them to your clipart images. Currently there are more than 20 different images in the collection.
Link – Download Hinduism symbols in clipart

Timeless Wisdom from Hindu World

Only that Dharma is eternal and immutable which is practiced by the virtuous people whose souls are pained at the sufferings of other beings, and are made happy at the happiness of others.
Whether a person is unclean or clean, whatever be the state one is in, if one thinks of or prays to the Lord Vishnu (whose eyes are beautiful like a lotus) one becomes pure externally and internally.
Endurance, forgiveness, self-control, non-stealing, cleanliness, control of senses, intelligence, education, truthfulness, non-anger – these are the ten characteristics of Dharma.
It is always good to speak in a manner which can please others and make others happy. Is there dearth of words?

Story of Origin of Chandra or the Moon Good

An interesting story related to the origin of moon god is found in the Matsya Purana. As per the legend, Chandra was the son of Sage Atri and his wife Anasuya.
Legend has it that Brahma, the Hindu God of creation, once deputed Sage Atri to create a unique world which is filled extraordinary beings.
To fulfill the job, Sage Atri performed intense penance. One day while he was meditating, an intense light emitted from the eyes of the sage. The light took the form of a ball and it could not be controlled. Due to it the day never came to an end. All the living beings were confused and there was commotion in the universe.
Dikpalakas, the guardians of the eight corners of earth, could not manage and keep the light in check. So they threw the ball of light into the ocean.
Thousands of years later, when Devas and Asuras performed the churning of ocean (Samudra Manthan), the ball of light came up and it got a place in sky and was named Chandra, the moon god.

Other Stories of Chandra
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Nanjangud Shiva Temple – Srikanteshwara Swamy Temple – Nanjundeshwara Temple at Nanjangud in Karnataka

NanjangudShivaTemple is located at Nanjangud, about 25 km from Mysore in Karnataka, and is dedicated to Hindu God Shiva as Nanjundeshwara. Nanjunda means ‘one who has consumed poison’ and the story relates to Shiva consuming the Halahala poison during the Samudra Manthan or churning of the ocean.


The place is also known as Dakshina Kashi and is located on the banks of the Kapila or KabiniRiver. Taking a holy dip in the river is equivalent to taking bath in the holy GangaRiver.
People also believe that the soil around the NanjangudShivaTemple have curative properties. Those suffering from skin ailments have found relief after applying the soil.
Legend has it that Parashurama offered prayers here for redemption of committing the sin of beheading Mother Renuka.
NanjundeshwaraTemple is also one of the biggest temples in Karnataka and measures 385 feet by 160 feet, with a total area of 50,000 square feet.  The temple is a protected monument.
The walls of the temple are adorned with more th…

Sama Veda in Hindi in pdf – Download Samaveda in Hindi in pdf for free

Sama Veda is one of the holiest texts in Hinduism and is one of the four Vedas. Now you can download Sama Veda in Hindi thanks to the Vedpuran.net website. The Samaveda in Hindi is in pdf format and you can download it for free.
It is popularly believed the Vedas are of divine origin and composed by no man. The divine words were first compiled and divided into four by Veda Vyasa. Vedas are considered to be an eternal text and is rediscovered during each new cosmic era.
Link – Download Sama Veda in Hindi in pdf (you can right click and save it or read it browser and then save)

Few lines of Wisdom – Adi Shankaracharya

If the mind ever so slightly strays from the ideal and becomes outgoing, then it goes down and down, just as a play-ball inadvertently dropped on the staircase bounds down from one step to another.
As a swan separates milk from water, so does he — a dhira, a wise person— separates good from the pleasant.
The Shruti [the Upanishads, the essence of human wisdom] are nudging the sleeping soul from its endless sleep of ignorance and tells man to approach those wise men who have known the Self and seek the way to Self-realisation from them. Indeed the path of seeking the Self is extremely challenging and exacting like walking the sharpened edge of a blade or razor. Be up and doing.
There are three things that are rare indeed, a human birth, the longing for liberation (freedom from reincarnation), and the protecting care of a perfected sage.
Adi Shankaracharya

Ekambaranathar Temple Timings at Kanchipuram – Opening and Closing Time of Kanchipuram Ekambaranathar Temple

EkambaranatharTemple at Kanchipuram is a very popular Shiva shrine in the region and equally famous is a 3500 year old mango tree. The temple timings are given below in detail. The opening and closing time at KanchipuramEkambaranatharTemple is extended during festival days especially during Painguni Uthiram.
EkambaranatharTemple Timings
Morning Time 6:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Evening Darshan Time 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM
The important pujas are held at 6:00 AM, 7:00 AM and at 12:00 PM
The important evening pujas are at 6:00 PM

Story of Origin of Bhutamata

Story of origin of Bhutamata is found in the Bhavishya Purana. Sri Krishna narrates the story. Legend has it that one day Goddess Parvati was in conversation with Shiva. She was so involved in the conversation that living beings on earth began to suffer as there was no one to nourish them. Then suddenly a Goddess appeared from the body of Goddess Parvati and this was Bhutamata.
She is today worshipped under numerous names.
You can find murtis of her in villages and towns under an old tree. People regularly offer water, flowers, diya, and prasad.
It is believed that she blesses her devotees with children, food, cattle, good health and protects children against diseases.

New Archeological Evidence Suggest Tantric Worship in South India more 2100 years ago

Kondapur Region in Medak District in Telangana in India was believed to be a Buddhist site. But new excavations conduction in the region suggests that Tantric worship was practiced here from the 3rd century BC to 3rd Century AD. The region was then under the Satavahana Kings. Digital Journal writes “Even though Satavahana kings were under the control of King Ashoka, who embraced Buddhism, they have also patronised Vedic religion,” said G. Maheswari, the Superintending Archaeologist of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), Chennai Circle.  “A kaolin (lime and clay) image of a Brahmin, probably the Raja Guru, with a thick sacred thread, embracing the king, goes to show the status enjoyed by Brahmin priests. Presence of ‘pancha mathas’ and images of ‘Lajja Gowri’ clearly proves it is a Tantric cult site, where the goddess of fertility was worshipped,” said Ms. Maheswari.  Ms. Maheshwari also pointed to the presence of Images of nude women adorned with jewels, as proof of the worship …

Puri Jagannath Temple Calendar 2014 – 2015 in Odia – Puri Jagannath Temple Festival Calendar 2014 – 2015

Several rituals, fasting and festivals are held every year at the world famous PuriJagannathTemple in Orissa. The temple administration is now providing Puri Jagannath Temple Calendar 2014 – 2015 in Odia with dates of all important festivals, rituals and fasting. The calendar is in odia or oriya the official language of the State of Orissa in India.
You can download the Puri Jagannath Temple Calendar 2014 –2015 in Odia here.

Today – May 28, 2014 – is Shani Jayanti – Shani Amavasya

Shani Jayanti, or Shani Amavasya, is believed to be the day when Lord Shani, one of the Navagrahas made its appearance on Earth. In 2014, the date of Shani Jayanti is May 28, Wednesday. Shani is feared by those people who believe and follow astrology, as Shanaishchara has the capacity to create malefic influence on the horoscope and thus in their life.
People observe special prayers on the day in Navgraha temples or in temples exclusively dedicated to Shani Bhagvan.
It must be noted that there are numerous crooks in the guise of astrologers, pandits and pujaris who take undue advantage of innocent people on such occasions. They put the blame for all misfortune on Shani and try to conduct expensive pujas etc. Beware of such crooks.
To overcome the fear of Shan all you need to do is offer prayers to Hanumanji.
Read more about Shani Jayanti

Today – May 28, 2014 – is Vat Savitri Amavasya Vrat

Today – May 28, 2014 – is Vat Savitri Vat. Vat Savitri fasting is observed by married women for the well being of their husbands in certain parts of India. The fast is based on Savitri Satyavan legend in the Mahabharata. The Vrat is observed during the Amavasya (no moon day) in the month of Jyeshtha and is more popular in North India.
The ritual is known as Sabitri Brata in Orissa and Bengal.
In western parts of India the same ritual is observed 15 days later on Purnima day and is known as Vat Purnima.
You can find more details about Vat Savitri Vrat in this article.

Garuda Mantra – Lyrics of Garuda Mantra in Hindi and English

Garuda Mantra is dedicated to Garuda – the divine bird – who is the vehicle or Vahana of Vishnu. The lyrics given below in Hindi and English is of the Garuda Gayatri Mantram. Chanting it will help in overcoming fears of snakes. It is also chanted for attaining strength.
Garuda Mantram is ideal for performing well in exams and interviews.
How to Chant the Garuda Mantra? The mantra should be chanted in the evening and morning facing northeast.

For best result the person chanting mantra should wear yellow color clothes.
Light lamp using cow ghee before a picture of Garuda with Lord Vishnu.
Offer yellow color flower agarbatti or dhoop
Offer chandan tilak on the picture and apply it on your forehead.
Offer yellow color flowers.
Offer uncooked rice.
Offer a seasonal fruit and later share the fruit with family members
Chant the mantra 108 times
Garuda Mantra in Hindi

ॐ तात्पुरषाय विद्महे सुवर्णपक्षाय 
धीमहि। तन्नो गरुड़: प्रचोदयात।





Garuda Mantra Lyrics in Hindi and English

Om Thathpurushaya Vid…

Documents and Rules and Regulations for Temple Wedding in Hindu Temples in Tamil Nadu

To get married in a HinduTemple in Tamil Nadu the groom and bride (the boy and girl or couple) need to produce a certain set of documents. They also need to follow the rules and regulations of the concerned temple. These are displayed on the notice boards in important temples in Tamil Nadu. The filmy type of sudden runaway marriage in front of the murti in the temple performed by a priest never happens in reality.
The Documents needed are: Birth Certificates of Bride and Groom Address proof of Bride and Groom Age proof (Birth certificate, School Leaving certificate etc) A Tahsildar-attested document stating that it is the first marriage for both bride and groom. A letter of consent from both parents.
These are the basic documents needed for conducting a marriage in the temple. They might vary from temple to temple.
After the marriage is completed a certificate is issued from the temple. You have to take this certificate to the registrar who will issue a government approved marriage ce…

Agni Mantra dedicated to Hindu fire god – Agni Gayatri Mantra Text in Hindi and English

Agni Mantra is dedicated to Agni Bhagvan, the Hindu fire god. This particular mantra is the powerful Agni Gayatri Mantra. It is chanted for welfare of earth and for peace and prosperity in the family. The text of the mantra is given below in Hindi and English.
You can chant the mantra daily during morning and evening hours.
Agni Mantra in Hindi

Agni Gayatri Mantra in English


Story of Hanuman and Suvarchala Devi

Story of Hanuman and Suvarchala is found in the Puranas. Hanuman married Suvarchala ritualistically to learn all the nine scriptures. Legend has it that Surya, the guru of Hanuman, could not teach his student all the nine scriptures as one of the scripture could only be taught to a married person. This scripture was associates with Grammar.
Hanuman was Bal Brahmachari –celibate. To solve the problem, Surya cut of his rays and created a female Goddess named Suvarchala. The Goddess was also a celibate.
The two were married ritualistically by Surya, the sun god. Thereafter, Surya imparted training Grammar to Hanuman.
Please note that this story is not part of Ramayana. It is believed to have been part of a book on Hanuman composed by Sage Parashara.

Which is the biggest and largest Hindu Temple in Karnataka?

Some of the biggest and largest Hindu Temples in India are found in the state of Karnataka. These include many popular Shiva temples. But which is the biggest and largest HinduTemple in Karnataka? Any guess? An exercise to find the biggest temple has not been carried out.
But it is widely believed that SrikanteshwaraTemple at Nanjangudu is the largest and biggest temple in Karnataka.
NanjundeshwaraTemple measures 385 feet by 160 feet, with a total area of 50,000 square feet. The Mahadvara (main entrance) is seven – storey high and is decorated with seven gold plated Kalasas that add a further three meters to its loftiness.
Note - The famous Murudeshwar Temple in Uttara Kannada Districtof Karnataka possesses at 249-feet Rajagopura – which is believed to be the largest in the world.

Ancient Palm Size Ganesha Murti in Open Grounds in Goa to Keep Water Body Clean

Ancient Palm size murtis of Ganesha can be found in the open in many places in Canacona Taluka in Goa. The murtis are 4 inches by 4 inches in size and fits in the palm. Elders of the villages where the murtis are found claim that they are guardian murtis and extol people to keep water clean. Most of these murtis are more than 900 years old and people believe it to be of the Chalukya Badami period.
The four-handed murti holds a battle axe in the right upper hand and the lower left hand holds a bowl with 'modak' (sweet). The trunk is shown almost touching the modak. The materials in the two other hands are not clearly visible. The belly spots Nagband' jewellery with cobra design. Times of India reports Manguesh Deshpande, former superintending archaeologist at the state archaeology department believes that the statue may have been privately worshipped. "Any statue of less than eleven fingers (angulas) in size is worshipped privately," he said. But the Ganesha idol …

The ego is a thorn in the throat of the seeker – Swami Chinmayananda

If we want to increase the love for the lord, then we must cultivate a relationship with Him.
The burial ground is creeping towards you every moment. There is no time to waste on regretting your past or being anxious for your future.
It is said "Learn from nature, her secret is patience". Instead of condemning yourself, patiently turn your attention towards the Lord; this is the secret of developing divine qualities.
The real Guru is the pure intellect within; and the purified, deeply inspiring mind is the disciple.
If a thorn is sticking in the throat, one cannot appreciate any food, which otherwise one could have enjoyed. Hunger is there. Food is also ready. But the hungry-one cannot eat. Because the painful thorn is in the throat. The ego is a thorn in the throat of the seeker.

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Revati Nakshatra Colour – Which is the Lucky Color of Revati Nakshatra?

Revati Nakshatra is the 27th among the 27 Nakshatras in Hindu Astrology. The lucky colors for people born in the Nakshatra Revati are Cream and Yellow. As per Hindu astrology a particular type of color is dedicated to a certain Nakshatra which is lucky for the birth star.
Revati Nakshatra is housed in Meena Rashi or Pisces Zodiac
Wearing cream or yellow color or shades of cream or yellow color dress for interviews and other competitions are lucky for those people born in this Nakshatra.
The colors to be completely avoided are deep red and green.

Pancha Janah or Five People Concept in Hinduism

Pancha Janah means five people and the concept is mentioned the Aitareya Brahmana – a holy text associated with Hinduism. The Pancha Janah mentioned in it are Gods, Gandharvas (Apsaras), human beings, serpents and departed souls (dead ancestors).
Sayana, philosopher and commentator of Vedas,  is of the opinion that the Pancha Janah are Brahmins, Kshatriyas, Vyshias, Shudras and Nishadas.
Yaska, a grammarian who preceded Panini, is of the view that Pancha Janah are gods, men, gandharvas, asuras and rakshasas.
Some modern scholars equate Pancha Janah with Pancha Deva.
Some scholars equate it with five breaths – Prana (inhaling), Apna (exhaling), Vyna (body pervading), Samana (wind at navel) and udana (vital wind rising upwards).

Khetapai Narayana Temple at Bhatkal in Karnataka

KhetapaiNarayanaTemple is a lesser know temple in Karnataka. It is dedicated to Bhagvan Vishnu and is located at Bhatkal. KhetapaiNarayanaTemple is more than 500 years old and is part of a cluster of temples built by Khetapai Narayana, a jeweller who had come from Goa to the region.
The walls of the temple are noted for sculptures depicting important scenes from the Ramayana. Maya Jayapal writes about the unknown temple in Deccan Herald The entire Temple was enclosed by a stone wall. The door through which we entered was also stone-framed with guardian figures. Leading to the inner space at the entrance was a pair of beautifully carved stone balustrades with sculptured figures in niches. The yalis forming the balustrades were elegantly carved and seemed to have overlong curling tongues. Someone had placed hibiscus flowers in reverence under the figures and their vivid contrast against the dark stone was striking. According to Sir Percy Brown, the exteriors of the temples, even though m…

Man cannot see God on account of the barrier of maya – Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa

The magnetic needle always points to the North, and hence it is that the sailing vessel does not lose her direction. So long as the heart of man is directed towards God, he cannot be lost in the ocean of worldliness.
Kites and vultures soar very high indeed, but their gaze is fixed only on the charnel-pit. The pundit has no doubt studied many books and scriptures; he may rattle off their texts, or he may have written books. But if he is attached to women, if he thinks of money and honour as the essential things, will you call him a pundit? How can a man be a pundit if his mind does not dwell on God?
Subtle is the way of dharma. If you are trying to thread a needle, you will not succeed if the thread has even a slight fibre sticking out.
Man cannot see God on account of the barrier of maya.

Mysore Chamundeshwari Temple Timings – Opening and Closing Darshan Time at Chamundeshwari Temple in Mysore in Karnataka

Chamundeswari temple is located atop the Chamundi Hill in Mysore and is one the most visited temples in Karnataka. Below are the daily darshan timings in the temple. The time given is India Standard Time. Please note that the opening and closing time will be extended during festivals and important yearly rituals at the ChamundeshwariTemple. There is special abhisheka on all Fridays. The darshan time is also extended on all Fridays. ChamundeshwariTemple Timings Morning Darshan Time 7.30 AM to 2 PM
Evening Darshan Time 3.30 PM to 6 PM 7.30 PM to 9 PM
Daily Abhisheka Timings are
6 AM to 7:30 AM 6 PM to 7.30 PM
There are restrictions during Abhishka Time. On Friday the Abhisheka time during morning hours is from 5:00 AM to 6:30 AM.

Mantra of Do Mukhi Rudraksha – Mantra to Be Chanted while wearing Two-Faced Rudraksh

Mantra chanted while wearing do mukhi Rudraksha is dedicated to Shiva and Parvati. It is also dedicated to Ardanarishwara. The mool mantra in Hindi is given below.
Chanting the mantra will help in overcoming fears and in attaining peace and prosperity.
The mantra is chanted for fulfillment of desires By pregnant women For overcoming illness To escape from accidents during journey To solve stomach ailments.
Do Mukhi Rudraksha Mantra is:


Mangal Gayatri Mantra Text in Hindi and English – Mangal Grah Gayatri Mantra

Mangal Grah Gayatri Mantra is a powerful mantra dedicated to Mangal Navgraha. Mangal Gayatri Mantra is given in text format – in Hindi and English. You can download the mantra and save it for later use. It is in picture format.
Chanting the mantra will bring relief to those people who are having trouble with Mangal Grah in the horoscope. This Gayatri mantra should be chanted in the morning and in the evening.
Mangal Gayatri Mantra Text in Hindi



Mangal Grah Gayatri Mantra in English


Rajrappa Temple – Ma Chinnamastika Mandir at Rajrappa Dham near Ramgarh in Jharkhand – Chinnamastika Temple

Ma Chinnamastika Mandir is a very popular Shakti shrine at Rajrappa near Ramgarh in Jharkhand. The RajrappaTemple is a Siddhapeetha. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Chinnmastika and is located near the confluence of Damodar and Bhairavi rivers.  Rajrappa Dham is around 28 km from Ramgarh.
Legend has it that the temple was constructed by Vishwakarma, the divine architect. Numerous devotees attained siddhi here by meditating on the Goddess. One such devotee is the ancient king Surath.  The place is also thus known as Siddhastal.
The present murti in the temple was consecrated during the 18th century by a famous upasak of Maa named Rudranarayan Ghoshal.
The temple structure is similar to the famous KamakhyaTemple in Assam.
There is only one door to enter the sanctum sanctorum of the temple and it is from east. The black murti of Ma Chinnamastika faces south.
The first aarti to the goddess is performed in the morning. Along with Aarti bhoga of arwa rice, jaggery and ghee are offered. …

Uttarabhadra Nakshatra Colour – Which is the Lucky Color of Uttara Bhadra Nakshatra?

Uttarabhadra Nakshatra is the 26th among the 27 Nakshatras in Hindu Astrology. The lucky colors for people born in the Nakshatra Uttara Bhadra are Cream and Yellow. As per Hindu astrology a particular type of color is dedicated to a certain Nakshatra which is lucky for the birth star.
Uttarabhadra Nakshatra is housed in Meena Rashi or Pisces Zodiac
Wearing cream or yellow color or shades of cream or yellow color dress for interviews and other competitions are lucky for those people born in this Nakshatra.
The colors to be completely avoided are deep red and green.

The Test of True Religiousness Is Love and Charity for the Whole Human Race – Swami Vivekananda

Love and charity for the whole human race, that is the test of true religiousness.
Where it is dark night for the (sense-bound) world, the self controlled (man) is awake. It is daylight for him. . . . And where the world is awake, the sage sleeps.’ Where is the world awake? In the senses.
It is grand and good to know the laws that govern the stars and planets; it is infinitely grander and better to know the laws that govern the passions, the feelings, the will, of mankind.
When man has been sufficiently buffeted by the world, he awakes to a desire for freedom; and searching for means of escape from the dreary round of earthly existence, he seeks knowledge, learns what he really is, and is free.

Teach yourselves, teach everyone his/her real nature, call upon the sleeping soul and see how it awakes. Power will come, glory will come, goodness will come, purity will come, and everything that is excellent will come, when this sleeping soul is roused to self-conscious activity.   Swami Vive…

Knowledge from Vedas

Put this salt in a glass of water and come back later.
The son did as he was told.
Taste the water from the top, the middle, and the bottom. How does it taste?
It tastes salty at the top, the middle and the bottom.
You cannot perceive salt in water.
Likewise, you don’t perceive the One Reality which exists in your own body, but it is truly there. That subtle essence—that is Reality! That is the Soul! And you are that.’

Chamarajeshwara Swamy Temple Timings – Opening and Closing Time at Chamarajeshwara Swamy Temple at Chamarajanagar District

ChamarajeshwaraSwamyTemple is dedicated to Shiva and is located in the Chamarajanagar District in Karnataka. Below is the opening and closing time at the temple. Please note that the timing will be extended during festivals, jathras and special occasions. There will be also restrictions in darshan during eclipse or grahan.
ChamarajeshwaraSwamyTemple Timings
Morning Darshan Time - 7:30 AM to 11:30 AM Evening Darshan Time - 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Daily Abhisheka Timings Morning at 7:30 AM and 10:30 AM Evening at 6:00 PM
The most important Jathra or festival in the temple is held in the month of June – July (Ashada Month)

Flowers in Dream – Seeing flowers in Dream is it good or bad?

Flowers in dream is a positive dream as per Hindu religion. Seeing flowers is a very common dream and it is good for the person and his family. The main interpretation is that those people who see flowers in dream will soon meet their life partner.
Men who see the dream will soon meet a good woman who can be his wife. Similarly women who see the dream of flowers will soon meet a good man who can be her husband.
Please note that majority of time a dream must be the result of an important incident that happened during the course of the day. Such dreams do not have any value. A dream which happens without any relation to your life is usually used for interpretation.

Goddess Karpagambal – Consort of Kapali Shiva in the Kapaleeswarar Temple

At the famous KapaleeswararTemple in Mylapore in Chennai, Shiva is worshiped as Kapali. His consort here is Goddess Karpagambal. She is a manifestation of Goddess Parvati.
Legend has it that once Shiva was narrating about the importance of Panchakshari Mantra to Goddess Parvati. But instead of listening to the discourse her attention was captured by a dancing peacock. Shiva was incensed by this act and he cursed her to be born on earth as a peacock.
Goddess Parvati repented and Shiva told her that she will attain back her original form when she completed her penance on earth under an Indian Laurel Tree (Punnai).
Goddess Parvati did here penance at the present day KapaleeswararTemple.



The sanctum sanctorum of Karpagambal is located to the south of the main sanctum sanctorum in the temple.
The murti of Goddess Karpagambal is 4 feet tall and is in standing posture. She has four arms and a beautiful face.
Every Friday special pujas are performed and the utsava murti (bronze murti used…

Choroonu – Importance of First Rice Eating Ceremony among Hindus in Kerala

Choroonu is the first rice eating ceremony for a child among Hindus in Kerala. In other regions in India Choroonu is known as Annaprashan. In English it is known as first rice feeding ceremony.
This is one of the sixteen samskaras in Hinduism.
The ceremony of Choroonu is performed in the sixth month of the birth of the child. From the day onwards, solid food like cooked rice and vegetables can be given to the child.
On the ceremony day, the child is bathed and taken to the nearby temple for worship.
In olden days the first rice is given by the maternal uncle. But today the father performs the ritual.
Today many people perform Choroonu at an important temple. Thus today mass choroonu is performed in temples like Guruvayoor SriKrishnaTemple.

Shirdi Sai Baba Gayatri Mantra Text in Hindi and English

There is no end to the miracles performed by Shirdi Sai Baba. People chant various mantras and prayers dedicated to Baba. One of the most powerful mantra is the Shirdi Sai Baba Gayatri Mantra. Below is the Hindi and English text of the mantra. You can save it and chant it every day.
Along with chanting the mantra one should do hard work and be determined. Success is sure to come for a person who tries hard without hurting anyone.
Shirdi Sai Baba Gayatri Mantra Text in Hindi

Shirdi Sai Baba Gayatri Mantra Text in English



Website to Download Hindu Religious Books in Malayalam

Shreyas foundation is dedicated to the propagation of the original teachings of Sanatana Dharma (Hinduism). They have created a website which provides information on Sanatana Dharma. They have uploaded several Hindu religious books in Malayalam. You can download these books in pdf format for free.
You can find more about the website here – Shreyas

What is Brahman in Sanatana Dharma?

Once a pupil asked his teacher, ‘What is Brahman?
The teacher did not respond.
Pupil: ‘What is Brahman?’
There was still no response.
Pupil: ‘What is Brahman?’
Again there was no response.
The pupil became impatient and annoyed, and then asked the same question.
The teacher smiled and said, ‘I answered your question three times, but you did not comprehend. Brahman is Silence.’

Mole on Right Hand – Til or Beauty spot on Right Hand Meaning and Importance – Is it Bad or Good?

Til, or beauty spot or mole, on the right hand is interpreted as good in Hinduism. But then what does it mean? Is there any symbolic meaning mole on right hand? Also please note that the position of the beauty spot have no real significance in many Hindu cultures.
As per some Hindu cultures, the person who has til or mole on the right hand will become rich through hard work and determination. There will be happiness in the person’s life. The person will also be provide with the intellect to make wealth.
Please note that these inferences are not based on Hindu scriptures. These are purely regional and community based.
You should not blindly believe in such things.

Purvabhadra Nakshatra Colour – Which is the Lucky Color of Poorva Bhadra Nakshatra?

Purvabhadra Nakshatra is the 25th among the 27 Nakshatras in Hindu Astrology. The lucky colors for people born in the Nakshatra Poorva Bhadra first three quarters are Blue, ash and black. The last quarter of Purvabhadra has Cream and Yellow as its color. As per Hindu astrology a particular type of color is dedicated to a certain Nakshatra which is lucky for the birth star.
Purvabhadra Nakshatra first three quarters are housed in Kumbha Rashi or Aquarius Zodiac. The last quarter is housed in Meena Rashi or Pisces Zodiac
Wearing blue or ash or black color or shades of blue or ash or black color dress for interviews and other competitions are lucky for those people born in this Nakshatra. Last quarter born people should wear shades of cream or yellow.
The colors to be completely avoided are deep red and green.

Mahadwadasi

Mahadwadasi is an important day associated with Vaishnavas and those observing Ekadasi Fasting. If majority of the Ekadasi fasting is observed on the Dwadasi day (12th day) instead of the 11th day then this Dwadasi is referred to as Mahadwadasi.
Such Ekadasi fasting is observed on the Dwadasi and is broken on the 13th day day (trayodasi tithi).
Mahadwadasi happens a couple of times in a Hindu lunar calendar. There is no other specialty attached to the day.

Bhoga in Hinduism – Offering of Food to Deity

Bhoga in Hinduism is the ritual food offering to a deity. This is an important part of any puja (worship) in Hinduism. This offering of food is known as naivedyam or Amshi in South India. It is also commonly referred as Prasada. In Puri Jagannath temple, the food offered is referred as Mahaprasada. Bhoga here denotes Bhojana (eating) and it pleases a deity.
Worship (or puja) is incomplete and fruitless if Bhoga is not offered.
The food items usually offered are fruits, cooked rice, sweet made in various shapes, milk and flour. In homes, it is usually a fruit or a simple sweet.
Bhoga in most tradition is first offered to Ganesha and is then offered to the main murti worshipped. But in Bengali Vaishnava tradition the food is first offered to Vishnu.
In temple, when bhoga is offered the doors of the sanctum sanctorum are closed.
The food is usually prepared near the sanctum sanctorum. Majority of times the food is prepared in an adjacent room.
The food is usually prepared by the pri…

World Hindu Congress in November 2014 in New Delhi

World Hindu Foundation is organizing the first World Hindu Congress in November 2014 in New Delhi. The congress will be held from November 21 to 23.
Leaders and representatives of various Hindu organizations, temples and associations are invited to World Hindu Congress. The number of delegates is limited to 1500, of which foreign delegates are limited to 750.
The theme envisioned for World Hindu Congress is the Hindu principle of Sangachchhadhwam Samvadadhwam, which means ''Step together, Express together''.
Under the World Hindu Congress, there will be several conferences held: Hindu Economic Conference Hindu Youth Conference Hindu Women Conference Hindu Educational Conference Hindu Organizational Conference Hindu Political Conference Hindu Media Conference
You can get more details of World Hindu Congress in November 2014 here.

Budha Gayatri Mantra Text in Hindi and English – Budha Graha Gayatri Mantra

Budha Graha is one of the Navgrahas. He is propitiated for intelligence. Budha Gayatri mantra is powerful prayer dedicated to the deity. The Budha Graha Gayatri Mantra text in Hindi and English is given below. The deity is worshipped on Wednesday.
Budha Gayatri Mantra Text in Hindi



Budha Graha Gayatri Mantra in English



Dadi Janki on Inspiring Others

Teaching other is best done with subtlety, explaining in such a way that the mind opens because the heart has understood.
Aim to inspire, rather than teach.
Those who trying to inspire must believe that my love for those I teach will do that; my love for god will do that; to the extent that I am soul-conscious when teaching, so others will have this experience.
Never force anyone to make spiritual effort. When the mind opens, this happens naturally.
Avoid making comparisons. It creates loss of hope.
Harbor no ill will and never try to score a point.
Be like the parent whose love for the child is what makes him grow.
Dadi Janki

Shatabhisha Nakshatra Colour – Which is the Lucky Color of Satabhisha Nakshatra?

Shatabhisha Nakshatra is the 24th among the 27 Nakshatras in Hindu Astrology. The lucky colors for people born in the Nakshatra Shatabhisha are Blue, ash and black. As per Hindu astrology a particular type of color is dedicated to a certain Nakshatra which is lucky for the birth star.
Shatabhisha Nakshatra is housed in Kumbha Rashi or Aquarius Zodiac.
Wearing blue or ash or black color or shades of blue or ash or black color dress for interviews and other competitions are lucky for those people born in this Nakshatra.
The colors to be completely avoided are deep yellow and orange.

Mole on Left Hand – Til or Beauty spot on Left Hand Meaning and Importance – Is it Bad or Good?

Til, or beauty spot or mole, on the left hand is interpreted as good in Hinduism. But then what does it mean? Is there any symbolic meaning mole on left hand? Also please note that the position of the beauty spot have no real significance in many Hindu cultures.
As per some Hindu cultures, the person who has til or mole on the left hand will be saving lot of money. There will be happiness. The person will not be a spendthrift. On the downside some of them will be misers.
Please note that these inferences are not based on Hindu scriptures. These are purely regional and community based.
You should not blindly believe in such things.

Masani Amman Temple Timings – Opening and Closing Darshan Time of Masani Amman Temple at Anaimalai near Pollachi

MasaniAmmanTemple is a popular shrine dedicated to Mother Goddess and is located around 15 km from Pollachi in Tamil Nadu. The opening and closing timings at the temple is given in detail below. The shrine will be partially closed during eclipse. Time varies during festivals and important rituals.
MasaniAmmanTemple Timings
Morning Darshan Time is from 6:00 AM to 12:30 PM First Abhishekam and Alankaram is at 6:30 AM Noon pooja is from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Evening Darshan Time is from 4:00 PM to 8:30 PM Evening First Abhishekam and Alankaram is from 4:00 PM to 4:30 PM Evening pooja is from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM Temple closes at 8:00 PM
The temple is located at 24 km south west of Pollachi and is around 45 km from Coimbatore.

Vasundhara – About Goddess Vasundara

Vasundhara is one among the names of Goddess Bhudevi, the consort of Bhagvan Vishnu. Vasundara means the holder of gems. This name is mentioned in the Bhu Sukta – a Vedic text which offers prayers to Goddess Bhudevi.
 As Vasundhara, Bhudevi holds numerous gems in her. She symbolically represents what one can achieve if one is patient and dedicated. Mother Earth carries rewards for her children in her. She distributes it among her children as Vasundhara.
But today we are plundering Vasundhara. Greediness and lack of respect for nature will make Mother Earth once again disappear. In ancient times, Bhagvan Vishnu had to appear then to annihilate all those practice Adharma. She only returned when it was safe for her.

Guru Graha Mantra Text in Hindi and English

Guru Graha mantra is dedicated to Guru Graha – one of the Navgrahas. The Guru Mantra is given below in Hindi and English. Blessing of this Navgraha helps a person in attaining fame, wealth and good luck.
The mantra should be chanted in the morning and evening.
It should also be chanted on Thursday, the day dedicated to Guru Graha. Wearing yellow color dress on the day is also considered highly meritorious.
Guru Graha Mantra Text in Hindi


Guru Graha Mantra Text in English



Ajgaivinath Temple at Sultanganj in Bhagalpur in Bihar

AjgaivinathTemple is a famous 16th century shrine dedicated to Shiva at Sultanganj in Bhagalpur in Bihar. The temple attracts thousands of devotees during Shravan Month (July – August) as it is located on the banks of GangaRiver and here river Ganga flows from south to north here. Pilgrims arrive here in Shravan month to carry water from the Ganga to the Baba Baidyanath Dham.
The temple which has a height of 108 meter is approached through a bridge as it is covered on all four sides by Ganga. Devotees are allowed to offer personal puja to the Shivling.
The legend of the place is associated with King Bhagirath performing tapas to bring Ganga down on earth to wash away the sins of his forefathers. Ganga was pleased with the austerities of the king but she informed him and that her fall from heaven would destroy the earth.
Jaanhu Rishi who was meditating nearby heard this and agreed to drink the water of Ganga. He later tore his thigh and the river flowed from it causing no damage to the…

Nanjangud Shiva Temple Timings – Opening and Closing Time at Nanjundeshwara Temple – Srikanteshwara Swamy

NanjangudShivaTemple is popularly known as NanjundeshwaraTemple or Srikanteshwara Swamy Shrine. The opening and closing timings at the temple is given in detail below. The temple is open for extended hours on Monday, Full moon day and no moon day. The shrine will be partially closed during eclipse. Time varies during festivals and jathras.
NanjangudShivaTemple Timings
Morning Seva Timings
Morning Darshan starts at 6:30 AM
Usha kala Abhishekam - 6:30 AM Prathakala Abhishekam - 9:00 AM Sangamakala Abhishekam - 11:00 AM Madhyana kala Abhishekam - 12:00 PM
Evening Seva Timings
Pradoshkala Abhishekam - 6:30 PM Ekanta kala Abhishekam - 8:00 PM
Temple closes at 8:30 PM
During Mondays, Purnima and No moon day the temple is open from 6:00 AM to 6:30 PM.

Dhanishta Nakshatra Colour – Which is the Lucky Color of Dhanishta Nakshatra?

Dhanishta Nakshatra is the 22nd among the 27 Nakshatras in Hindu Astrology. The lucky colors for people born in the Nakshatra Dhanishta first two quarter are Blue, ash and black. The next two quarter born people have the same colors as lucky color. As per Hindu astrology a particular type of color is dedicated to a certain Nakshatra which is lucky for the birth star.
Dhanishta Nakshatra first two quarters are housed in Makar Rashi or Capricorn Zodiac. The last two quarters are housed in Kumbha Rashi or Aquarius Zodiac.
Wearing blue or ash or black color or shades of blue or ash or black color dress for interviews and other competitions are lucky for those people born in this Nakshatra.
The colors to be completely avoided are deep yellow and orange.

Ram Darbar Murti – (Idols) – Porcelain Figurine from Lladro - Limited Edition Lord Rama, Sita, Lakshman and Hanuman Idol

Ram Darbar Murti consisting of the idols Sri Ram, Sita, Lakshman and Hanuman Murti in porcelain is from Lladro, a Spanish firm noted for high quality porcelain figurine. Limited Edition idols of Ram Darbar is currently available online and select stores across India. Sri Ram, Sita, Lakshman and Hanuman murtis are four separate pieces. The combined price is Rupees 950,000. Only 1800 pieces of the Ram Darbar is available worldwide for sale.



Note from the makers: Four basic characters in the cultural consciousness of India which represent the ideal of the happy family. Lakshman is shown with his most outstanding attributes: helmet, bow and arrows. Hanuman has also been depicted with a helmet as corresponds to his divine origin and in a posture of worshipping Rama.

Eating Pan Masala in Dream – Meaning and Interpretation – Seeing eating pan in dream is it good or bad

Seeing eating pan masala is a very rare dream. To see eating pan is considered a good dream. In Hindu religion there is an ancient scripture known as Swapna Shastra which gives interpretation and meaning of various dreams.
The main belief is that those who see eating pan masala in dream will marry a beautiful person. If the man sees the dream he will get a beautiful wife. If a woman or girl sees the dream he will get a handsome man as her husband.
Please note that one should not give too much importance to dream interpretation.
Majority of the dreams have no meaning as they are just extension of important events that took place on a day. People see mainly dreams related to matters that touched them during the course of a day.

The saint is awake when the world sleeps, and he ignores that for which the world lives – Bhagavad Gita

The saint is awake when the world sleeps, and he ignores that for which the world lives.
The Supreme Lord is situated in everyone’s heart, O Arjuna.
Little by little, through patience and repeated effort the mind will become stilled in the Self.
There never was a time when you or I did not exist. Nor will there be any future when we shall cease to be.

It is better to live your own destiny imperfectly than to live an imitation of somebody else's life with perfection. Bhagavad Gita

Drowning in Water in Dream – Meaning and Interpretation – Seeing getting drowned in River or Sea or Pond

Seeing drowning in water is a common dream. To see getting drowned in river or sea or pond or lake is considered a positive dream. In Hindu religion there is an ancient scripture known as Swapna Shastra which gives interpretation and meaning of various dreams.
The main belief is that those who see drowning in lake, river, or sea or pond or other water bodies will be soon doing something good. It also is an indication of struggles coming to a positive end.
Please note that one should not give too much importance to dream interpretation.
Majority of the dreams have no meaning as they are just extension of important events that took place on a day. People see mainly dreams related to matters that touched them during the course of a day.

Beauty Spot or Mole on the Leg – Til on Leg meaning and importance – Is it bad or good?

Til, or beauty spot or mole, on Leg is both good and bad in Hinduism. If it is on right leg it is positive and on left leg it is negative. But then what does it mean? Is there any symbolic meaning to til on the arm or shoulder? Also please note that the position of the beauty spot have no real significance in many Hindu cultures.
As per some Hindu cultures, the person who has til or mole on the right leg will be intelligent. The person will get high position. He or she will achieve success through hard work and dedication.
The person who has til or mole on the left leg will be a spendthrift. Such people will have no control over the family budget. There will be constant financial problems.
Please note that these inferences are not based on Hindu scriptures. These are purely regional and community based.
You should not blindly believe in such things.

Badami Banashankari Temple Contact Address – Postal Address of Banashankari Temple at Badami

BanashankariTemple at Cholachagudda in Badami in Karnataka is dedicated to Goddess Vanashankari or Banashankari. Detailed contact address of the temple along with postal address is given below. The Mother Goddess is the family deity of many families in the region.
BadamiBanashankariTemple Contact Address
Salakari Poojar Shri Kshetra Banashankari Devasthan, Cholachagudda, Badami, Bagalkot District, Karnataka-587201 India.
The temple is located around 5 km from Badami on the banks of MalaprabhaRiver.

Varaha Avatar Story and its Symbolism and Meaning

Varaha Avatar is the third avatar of Bhagvan Srihari Vishnu. The story has an important symbolism and meaning. Legend has it that Demon Hiranyaksha had pushed the Mother Earth down into oceans and Lord Vishnu appeared as Varaha, the boar avatar, to rescue it. Hiranyaksha means the golden-eyed and he was the son of Sage Kashyapa and Diti.
Demon Hiranyaksha was the king of Asusras. He attained immense strength and vanquished devas or demi gods from heaven. As per the stories in the Puranas, Hiranyaksha then started troubling saints, humans and Devas.
Finally, he decided to drag and throw the earth into the ocean. When he did it Mother Earth gave a huge cry and Vishnu appeared in the form of Varaha and fought and killed Hiranyaksha and restored Mother Earth.

The above story is found in the Srimad Bhagavad Purana. Another story associated with Varaha Avatar is found in Vishnu Purana. It is associated with creation.
Symbolically, the dragging of earth by demon Hiranyaksha is Tamas (Evil)…

How Lakshman Could Survive Without Sleep During the Exile Period in the Ramayana?

During the exile period in the Ramayana when Bhagvan Sri Ram and Mata Sita slept, Lakshman stayed awake watching over. He never slept. One night when he was keeping watch over Sri Ram and Sita, a luminous light appeared before him. It was Nidhra, the Goddess of Sleep.

She came to warn Lakshman that he would not be able to stay awake during the entire exile period as no living being can survive without sleep.

Lakshman then wanted the blessing of the goddess to survive the exile period without sleeping.

Goddess Nidhra then told Lakshman that he could survive without sleeping if someone else could sleep all the sleep that he needed.

Lakshman then told the Goddess that his wife, Urmila, would surely sleep for him.

Goddess Nidhra then went Ayodhya and asked Urmila whether she would be able to help her husband.

Urmila readily agreed and took Lakshman’s share of sleep. Thus, Lakshman could survive without sleep during the exile period in the Ramayana.

Beauty Spot or Mole on the Middle of Chest - Til on Middle of Chest Meaning and Importance – Is it Bad or Good?

Til, or beauty spot or mole, on the middle of the chest is interpreted as good in Hinduism. But then what does it mean? Is there any symbolic meaning to til on the middle of chest? Also please note that the position of the beauty spot have no real significance in many Hindu cultures.
As per some Hindu cultures, the person who has til or mole on the middle of the chest will have a prosperous life. There will be happiness. The person will achieve success through hard work and dedication.
Please note that these inferences are not based on Hindu scriptures. These are purely regional and community based.
You should not blindly believe in such things.

Shravan Nakshatra Colour – Which is the Lucky Color of Shravan Nakshatra?

Shravan Nakshatra is the 22nd among the 27 Nakshatras in Hindu Astrology. The lucky colors for people born in the Nakshatra Shravan are Blue, ash and black. As per Hindu astrology a particular type of color is dedicated to a certain Nakshatra which is lucky for the birth star.
Shravan Nakshatra is housed in Makar Rashi or Capricorn Zodiac.
Wearing blue or ash or black color or shades of blue or ash or black color dress for interviews and other competitions are lucky for those people born in this Nakshatra.
The colors to be completely avoided are deep yellow and orange.

Sand Which Turns Color during Uttarayana and Dakshinayana at the Nagaraja Swami Temple in Nagercoil

Nagaraja SwamiTemple in Nagercoil in Tamil Nadu is a popular Naga or SnakeTemple in this region. The sand or clay around the Nagaraja Murti is unique as it changes its color during the Uttarayan and Dakshinayana. Uttarayana is the journey of the sun northward and Dakshinayana is the journey of the sun southwards.
The sand or clay around the main murti in temple is black when the Dakshinayana takes place (mid July to mid December). The color of sand or clay changes to white during Uttarayana (mid December to July).
This sand is given to devotees as Prasad and they wear it on the forehead.
The presiding deity in the temple is Nagaraja – five headed cobra.

Commitment can take you across all obstacles – Sri Sri Ravishankar

If we maintain purity in the heart, clarity in the mind comes and action becomes more harmonious.
Commitment is about stretching your capabilities. Commitment can take you across all obstacles.
It is not people who hurt you. It is your own mind & vulnerability and your own emotions that entangle you and make you feel hurt.
In less wisdom we see others' mistake as big and own as small. In little more wisdom we see others' mistake as small and own as big those with true wisdom see mistakes as neither mine nor others. It is just a happening.

Don't waste today for what happened yesterday. Wake up and say, "I have the valor and the courage to overcome this." Sri Sri Ravishankar

Chandra Gayatri Mantra Text in Hindi and English – Chandra Graha Mantra

Chandra Gayatri Mantra is a popular prayer dedicated to Chandra or moon god. This prayer is chanted for getting the blessings of Chandra Graha – one of the Navgrahas. The Chandra Gayatri Mantra is given in English and Hindi in text format below. You can download and save it in picture format by using the right click.
By chanting the Chandra Gayatri mantra a devotee will get the courage to face life. The mantra is also chanted for attaining and peace and progress. It is also chanted for curing skin diseases. It is also chanted for a tension free life. Those suffering from various types of mental illness can also chant the mantra for relief.
Chandra Gayatri Mantra in Hindi

Chandra Graha Mantra Text in English