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How to observe Amavasya Vrat? – How to do or Perform Amavasi – No Moon Day – Fasting?

Amavasya Vrat is the fasting and pujas performed on the no moon day in a Hindu calendar. It is also referred as Amavas and Amavasi. Here is a brief account on how to observe Amavasya Vrat. Please note that there is no one method to the question on how to do or perform Amavasi Fasting. General rules apply in all regions but there will be minor regional variations.
Amavasya Fasting
Fasting is from sunrise to next day sunrise. One meal is taken during the course of the day.
Which God to worship on Amavasya?
Shiva is worshipped on Amavasya day. You can also offer prayers to Goddess Kali and any manifestation of Mother Goddess Shakti.
Puja on Amavasi
The puja should be simple. There should not be any major puja. Offer prayers to Shiva and Mother Goddess by lighting lamp and doing aarti. Chant the mantra ‘Om Namah Shivaya’ as many times as you can. Offer a fruit.
What to eat during Amavasya fasting?
You should avoid salt, onion and garlic on the day. You should not eat non-vegetarian food. The…

Gurur Brahma Gurur Vishnu Text and Lyrics in Hindi

The prayer starting with the lyrics Gurur Brahma Gurur Vishnu is a very popular prayer in Hindu religion. You can download the text in Hindi below. The prayer is dedicated to Guru – the real teacher. He is equated with the Trimurtis in Hinduism – Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. In simple terms a true guru is equal to god.
Gurur Brahma Gurur Vishnu Song Lyrics in Hindi:

Naimisharanya Mela

Naimisharanya is believed to be the holy spot where Sage Vyasa divided the Vedas into four and compiled 18 Puranas. The annual mela here is held on Ashada Purnima day. In 2018, Naimisharanya Mela date is July 27.
Naimisharanya is located in Uttar Pradesh and is around 90km northwest of Lucknow and is 34km from Hardoi.
The most important holy spots in the area are the Chakra Tirthi, Hanuman Garhi, Pandav Quila, LalithaDeviTemple, Vyas Gaddi, Havan Kund, Dadhichi Kund and Sita Kund.
The annual mela observed on the full moon day in Ashada month attracts thousands of people.

Kankhal Snan in Haridwar on Ashada Purnima

Kankhal Snan is the holy bath performed in Ganga at Kankhal near Haridwar. It is observed on the Ashada Purnima day or the full moon day in Ashada month. In 2018, Kankhal Snan is on July 27.
Kankhal is famous of the Daksha Mahadev Temple dedicated to Shiva. The place is where Goddess Sati self immolated. It is also where Shiva and his ganas destroyed Daksha yajna.
The annual snan is performed in GangaRiver. Taking bath on the day is considered highly meritorious.

Sheel Chaturdashi

Sheel Chaturdashi is observed on the Ashada Shukla Paksha Chaturdasi, or during the 14th day of Ashada month, as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India. Sheel Chaturdashi 2018 date is July 26.
Little is know about Sheel Chaturdashi Vrat.
Usually Chaturdasi is dedicated to worship of Shiva and various manifestation of Mother Goddess Shakti.

Ravinarayan Ekadasi – Narayan Gyaras in Orissa

Ravinarayan Eakdasi, also known as Narayan Gyaras, is observed mainly in Orissa. It falls on the Ashada Shukla Paksha Ekadasi, or during the 11th day of Ashada month, as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in Orissa. Ravinarayan Ekadasi 2018 date is July 23.
There is not much information regarding this Ekadasi and is mainly associated with certain Hindu communities in eastern parts of India.
Ekadasi fasting is dedicated to Hindu God Vishnu.

Hanuman Gayatri Mantra Text in Hindi and English

Chanting of Hanuman Gayatri Mantra is considered highly meritorious while worshipping Hindu God Hanuman. The mantra text in Hindi and English is given below. The mantra is chanted for gaining strength and to overcome problems related to Shani in horoscope.
The mantra should be chanted daily morning and evening.

Om Aanjanee jaya Vidhmahe Vayu Putraya Dheemahee Tanno Hanuman Prachodayat

Jalasamadhi – The concept of Jalsamadhi in Hinduism

Jalasamadhi is the ritual of giving up one’s life in water on one’s own will. The concept of Jalsamadhi in Hinduism exists from the Vedic times. It is believed that father of Ashtavakra had performed this yogic method after he was defeated in a debate.
Jalasamadhi is a yogic method. A yogi decides to cast off his/her body in water. The yogi then enters the water and gives up his/her life without experiencing any pain or the dualities of happiness and grief.
When a yogi realizes that the purpose of the human body has been accomplished, the yogi then enters into Samadhi – when this is performed underwater it is known as Jalasamadhi.
Jalsamadhi should not be considered as suicide. People who commit suicide want to escape from the pains of this life or are under emotional stress. Instead this is shedding of the body after its purpose is over.

What are the Benefits of Panch Mukhi Rudraksha?

Panch Mukhi Rudraksha is the one with five faces. Wearing it will get a person good benefits and blessings of Brishaspati or Guru Bhagvan and Kalagni. But what are the materialistic benefits? The main gains include mental peace and prosperity.
The other benefits of wearing five face rudraksha are given below:
You can overcome accidents and troubles in life by wearing the panch mukhi rudraksha.
It helps in fulfillment of the desires.
There will be clarity of thought.
Peace and prosperity in the family.
Helps in overcoming fear of enemies.
Prevents poisonous reptiles and animals from approaching the wearer.
It helps in reducing the effect of poison.
Helps in keeping the desires in control. It is said that the wearer of Panch mukhi rudraksha will not indulge in crimes, sex outside marriage, will not drink alcohol.

Fear is the greatest sin my religion teaches – Swami Vivekananda

I will compare truth to a corrosive substance of infinite power. It burns its way in wherever it falls—in soft substance at once, hard granite slowly, but it must.
Youth and beauty vanish, life and wealth vanish, name and fame vanish, even the mountains crumble into dust. Friendship and love vanish. Truth alone abides.
Fear is the greatest sin my religion teaches.
I will die a thousand deaths rather than lead a jellyfish existence and yield to every requirement of this foolish world.
Fill yourselves with the ideal; whatever you do, think well on it. All your actions will be magnified, transformed, defied, by the very power of the thought. If matter is powerful, thought is omnipotent.
Swami Vivekananda