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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. Related Pitru Paksha Shradh

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 11 th form of Rudra. Some scriptures indicate that Hanuman was the 11 th 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.

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 Jyeshtha Krishna Paksha Ekadasi at Trimbakeshwar in Nashik in Maharashtra . In 2023, Sant Nivruttinath Yatra is on June 14. His Punyathithi or death anniversary is observed the next day on June 15. Another Yatra dedicated to the Saint is observed during Paush Krishna Paksha Ekadasi and this is on January 18, 2023. Sant Nivruttinath is the elder of brother of the famous Marathi Saint Dnyaneshwar, who wrote the famous Dnyaneshwari – Marathi Bhagavad Gita. Sant Nivruttinath attained samadhi 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 s