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Barsi Ceremony in Hindu Religion – Barsi Death Ceremony among Hindus

Barsi ceremony, or Varsi, among Hindus is an important ceremony after death. It is observed after a year in Hindu religion – it is the first death anniversary. It is also known as the first yearly Shradh and is performed exactly after a year.
Tithi or Rashi is followed for the Barsi date. The Rashi on which the person died is chosen by some communities. Some Hindu communities opt for the same Tithi.
Shradh is offered to the dead person on the day by family members. Some communities cook the food liked by the dead person on the day.
Today many people opt for Annadanam or food donation on Barsi after a simple Shradh puja.
In some communities especially in North India an elaborate feast is arranged during the occasion. Relatives and villagers participate in the feast.

Pitru Paksha Shradh

Why do Hindus Celebrate Rath Yatra?

Rath Yatra is observed today through out the world. The most important one is observed at the famous PuriJagannathTemple. But why do we Hindus celebrate Rath Yatra? Have we ever given a thought to it?
The original Rath Yatra is held from the PuriJagannathTemple in Orissa to the GundichaTemple. It is believed that the murtis of Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra was carved in the GundichaTemple. It was later moved into the present PuriJagannathTemple. It is sort of return journey for the deities.
During Rath Yatra, the deities come out of the sanctum sanctorum in temples and mingle with devotees. Thus the deities give an opportunity to all devotees to touch and feel their venerated murtis (idols).

All people irrespective of caste, creed, sect, and religion and sex distinctions are allowed to pull the Raths or Chariot. This shows that all are equal before god.
All manmade barriers are broken. Gods come down to visit devotees in their place. Every form of barriers are broken by Bhakti …

Why is Shivaji Jayanti Celebrated?

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj was the greatest Maratha Empire and he laid the foundation of the empire in 17th century. But why is Shivaji Jayanti Celebrated? Because it is the birth anniversary of Shivaji Maharaj. As per the Maharashtra government, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj was born on February 19, 1630.
As per traditional Marathi calendar, he was born the third day (Tritiya) during the Krishna Paksha (waning phase of moon) in the month of Phalgun (February – March). This day varies every year as it is based on Hindu Lunar Calendar.
On the day numerous meeting, satsangs and philanthropic activities take place.
On Shivaji Jayanti people pay respect to the great king who successfully fought for his mother land and religion.

Why is Shiva Blue in Color?

Shiva 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.
The blue color thus teaches us that what appears as Shiva is the all pervading reality. Brahman (the Supreme Reality) takes a particular form to satisfy the human mind.
Note – Shiva is also known as Neelakanda – one with blue throat. This is because when the ocean of milk was being churned by the Devas – (Demi gods) and Asuras (Demons) using Snake Vasuki as rope, the first thing to appear was a dark sticky foam. It was the dreaded poison Halahala, which had the power to destroy the universe.
Lord Shiva soon realized that the poison had the power to destroy the cosmos and immediately …

Sant Kabir Jayanti 2017 – Kabirdas Jayanthi date

Sant Kabir Jayanti is observed as the birthday of Saint Kabirdas. It is observed on the Jyeshta Purnima day. He is believed to have lived during the 15th century AD. Sant Kabir Jayanti 2017 date is June 9. A weaver by profession, Sant Kabir wrote numerous poems extolling the greatness of the oneness of the Supreme Being.

A revolutionary saint, poet and religious reformer, Sant Kabir refused the tag of a particular religion by accepting all religions and by propagating that the same Supreme Being appears in all religions. Kabirdas called himself the child of Lord Ram and Allah.

The birth anniversary of Sant Kabir is observed in India and around the world. Meetings, satsangs, and recital of Sant Kabir’s poems are held on the day.

You may also like to read Teachings of Sant Kabir

Vrishakapi – Is it the name of Hanuman in the Vedas?

Vrishakapi is the name of a tawny yellow bull monkey mentioned in the Rig Veda. Some scholars are of the view that the mentioning of the Vrishakapi is an indirect reference to Hanuman in the Vedas.
In Rig Veda, wife of Indra complains that a huge monkey has stolen her husband’s portion of the Vedic offerings. Only one specific hymn mentions about the naughty monkey.
In Harivamsa, Vrishakapi is identified with the 11th form of Rudra. Some scriptures indicate that Hanuman was the 11th avatar of Rudra.
The name is also found in the Mahabharata and in the Vishnu Sahasranama (thousand names of Vishnu). In both these holy texts, Vrishakapi is one of the names of Vishnu.

Dakshinamurti Puja on Guru Purnima

Dakshinamurti is a manifestation of Hindu God Shiva. In this form he is the primordial Guru who blesses his students with the knowledge of liberation. Dakshinamurti Puja is annually held on Guru Purnima in North India. Dakshinamurti Puja 2018 date is July 17.
Guru Purnima which falls on Ashada Purnima is dedicated to the true who Guru – who dispels darkness and ushers in the light of knowledge.
Dakshinamurti means one facing the South. He is the teacher of yoga, music, all arts and sciences and holds the key to the knowledge of spiritual truths.
On Dakshinamurti Puja the primordial Guru is worshipped and his blessings are sought.

Sanatan Goswami Tiro Bhav Divas in Vrindavan – Death Anniversary of Sanatana Goswami

Sanatan Goswami (1488 AD -1558 AD) was one of the important disciples of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. He was also one of the Six Goswamis of Vrindavan. Sanatana Goswami Tiro Bhav Divas – his death anniversary – 2018 date is July 27 and the day is observed as Mudiya or Muriya Purnima.
Sanatana Goswami’s life changed after his meeting with Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.
He wrote numerous books on the Bhakti tradition based on the Krishna cult.
He performed numerous spiritual and philanthropic works in Vrindavan. 
He wrote four books which are cornerstone in Gaudiya Vaishnavism.
Sanatana Goswami attained moksha and merged with the Supreme Being on Ashada Purnima day. His death anniversary coincides with the Mudiya Purnima.
Mudiya refers to the shaving of heads that the Vaishnavas performed in mourning after the passing away of Sanatan Goswami.

Mantra of Panch Mukhi Rudraksha – Mantra to Be Chanted while wearing Five-Faced Rudraksh

The mantra to be chanted while wearing Panch mukhi rudraksha is dedicated to Brishaspati or Guru Bhagvan and Kalagni. The mantra is considered highly helpful in developing clarity of thought. It also helps in attaining peace and prosperity.
Mantra of Panch Mukhi Rudraksha is

Chanting the mantra prevents poisonous reptiles and animals from approaching the wearer. It also helps in keeping sensual desires under control.

Sant Nivruttinath Yatra at Trimbakeshwar in Nashik in Maharashtra

Sant Nivruttinath was a great saint of Maharashtra, the annual yatra dedicated to the sant is observed on the Jyeshta Krishna Paksha Ekadasi at Trimbakeshwar in Nashik in Maharashtra. In 2018, Sant Nivruttinath Yatra is on July 9. His Punyathithi or death anniversary is observed the next day on July 10. Another Yatra dedicated to the Saint is observed during Paush Krishna Paksha Ekadasi and this is on February 11, 2018.
Sant Nivruttinath is the elder of brother of the famous Marathi Saint Dnyaneshwar, who wrote the famous Dnayaneshwari – Marathi Bhagavad Gita.
Sant Nivruttinath attained samadthi at Trimbakeshwar in Nashik.
A yatra is taken out in memory of this great saint of Varkari tradition.

Hidden Paintings of Angkor Wat Temple in Cambodia Revealed Using Mars Rovers Technology of NASA

Angkor Wat Temple in Cambodia is one of the largest temples in the world. It was a Hindu Temple in the beginning and it was later converted into a Buddhist Shrine. Now hidden paintings of Angkor Wat Temple in Cambodia is revealed using Mars Rovers Technology of NASA. The ancient paintings were hidden behind natural coloration of the walls. Antiquity reports in the latest issue
The temple of Angkor Wat in Cambodia is one of the most famous monuments in the world and is noted for its spectacular bas-relief friezes depicting ceremonial and religious scenes. Recent work reported here has identified an entirely new series of images consisting of paintings of boats, animals, deities and buildings. Difficult to see with the naked eye, these can be enhanced by digital photography and decorrelation stretch analysis, a technique recently used with great success in rock art studies. The paintings found at Angkor Wat seem to belong to a specific phase of the temple's history in the sixteenth …

Realize the Self and be free – Swami Sivananda

Realize the Self and be free.

In spirit you are one with the rest of humanity. God, the Ultimate Reality, is your Own Self, as He is the Self of all – the Self of every atom of Creation. This, Truth is veiled from your sight on account of fundamental ignorance.
This ignorance has assumed as many forms as there are beings in this universe.
All these beings are consciously or unconsciously striving to tear this veil of ignorance and realize their Godhead. Everyone is progressing towards that Goal, and everyone is bound to reach it.
In this ignorance, however, each Jiva is separate from all the rest. Each Jiva is independently to work its way to the realisation of the Godhead. You may help each other in various degrees. In fact, even this helping each other is a potent Sadhana for developing love for each other.
But, remember this point well, no one else can achieve Moksha or Liberation for you. You have to do this yourself.
Once you grasp this firmly, it will be apparent to you that y…