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Sita Mantra Text in Hindi and English – Sita Gayatri Mantra

Sita Mantra is dedicated to Sita, incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi and wife of Bhagvan Sri Ram. Sita Gayatri Mantra is a powerful prayer chanted for good health, wealth, peace and prosperity. In some communities it is chanted for bringing rains. The mantra in Hindi and English is given below.  Sita Gayatri Mantra Text in Hindi
Sita Mantra Text in EnglishOm Janaka Nandinye Vidhmahe Bhumijaya Dheemahee Tanno Sita Prachodayat

Vrishaba Rashi Tree – Which is the tree associated with Rishabha Rashi Born People?

There are trees associated with each 12 Rashis. Vrishaba Rashi also has a particular tree dedicated to it. People born on each Rashi should worship the particular tree. The tree associated and worshipped by Vrishaba Rashi Born People is Devil Tree or Dita Bark.

Devil Tree is the English name and the scientific name is alstonia scolaris
The Hindi name of the Vrishaba Rashi Tree is Shaitan ka jhar or Chatian
The Malayalam name is Daivappala. Tamil Name is Ezilai Pallai. In Marathi it is known as Satvin or Shaitan. Bengali name is Chattim Telugu it is known a Palaigh
Rishabha Rashi born people should plant the Devil Tree or Dita Bark. Water it. They should also protect the Devil tree.

Mangalnath Maharaj Janmotsav at Chitrakoot near Indore

Yogeshwaranand Shri Mangalnath Maharaj is a disciple of Swami Machindranath and a great guru in the ancient tradition of Sanatana Dharma. Mangalnath Maharaj Janmotsav 2018 date is on September 5. It is observed at Chitrakoot near Indore in Madhya Pradesh. Shri Mangalnath Maharaj leads the Chitrakoot Gadi of the famous Chitrakoot Math.
Shri Mangalnath Maharaj has dedicated his life in spreading the teachings of Swami Machindranath.
Mangalnath Maharaj Janmotsav is annually observed on Shravan Krishna Paksha Dasami – or the tenth day during the waning phase of moon in Shravan month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Karnataka Lunar Eclipse Time on January 31, 2018 – Chandra Grahan time in Bangalore, Hassan on January 31, 2018

A Total lunar eclipse, or Chandra Grahan, will be visible in Karnataka on January 31, 2018. The Chandra Grahan will be visible in Bangalore, Mangalore, Mysore, Hosur, Belgaum, Hassan and other towns from 5:18 PM on January 31 to 8:41 PM on January 31, 2018 – as per Indian standard time.

The Grahan takes place during the night to midnight and it is visible to the naked eye.

Those Hindus following Grahan fasting and rituals need to follow it.

All temples will remain closed 9 hours before the grahan and will only open next day morning after pujas and purification rituals.
Detail Timing of Total Lunar Eclipse in Karnataka Eclipse begins 5:18 PM on January 31Mid Eclipse is at 7:00 PM on January 31Eclipse ends at 8:41 PM on January 31

Shrikhand Mahadev Yatra 2018

Shrikhand Mahadev Yatra in Himachal Pradesh is the ShrikhandMahadevMountain which resembles the Shivling. Every year a local committee conducts a trek – this year their period of journey is from July 15, 2018 to July 25, 2018. Numerous Lord Shiva devotees undertake the difficult trek to the mountain during the main pilgrimage season (July – August). Atop the mountain there is a small shrine of Shiva.

Devotees believe that Lord Shiva meditated at Shrikhand and the Pandvas too had trekked to the peak.
Shrikhand Mahadev Yatra is usually undertaken to coincide with the Ashada Poornima (full moon day in June or July) – as per the Hindu Vikram calendar. It continues till the Purnima of Ashwin month (full moon day of September or October).
Himachal Pradesh state government organizes a pilgrimage tour during the month of July and August. Scores of Lord Shiva devotees also accompany the Chhadi yatra – the journey carrying the holy mace – to the temple at Srikhand Mahadev.

Shrikhand Vikas Sam…

Bhakti Vighneshwara form of Ganesha

Bhakti Vighneshwara is one of the 32 forms of Ganesha. This is a calm and serene form of Ganapati. It is believed that praying to Bhakti Vighneshwara helps in controlling temper. Bhakti Vighneshwara mantra is:
Nalikeramarakadali guda payasa dharinam! Sharat chandrabha vapusham bhaje bhakta ganadipam.
In murti form, Bhakti Vighneshwara is depicted has having white color. He has four hands – holding coconut, mango, lump of sugar and pot of sweet – payasam.
Offering prayers to Bhakti Vighneshwara is ideal for keeping mind calm. It is also believed that this form of Ganesha protects devotees from dangers.
In most of the regions this form of Ganapati is referred as Bhakta Ganapati. But there lump of sugar is replaced by flowers in one of the hands of Ganesha.

Manasa Devi Puja in Bengal

Manasa Devi Puja is observed on various days in the Bengali months of Ashar and Shraban (June - August). Manasa Devi Puja 2018 dates are August 2 and August 15. Mansa Devi is the Snake Goddess and is believed to be the daughter of Lord Shiva. Mansa Devi Puja is mostly restricted to Assam, Jharkand, Bengal and parts of Orissa. In some regions the pujas and rituals continue for a month and numerous rituals are performed during the period to appease Manasa Devi.

In Hinduism, Manasa is the goddess of snakes and fertility. She fulfills the wishes and protects one against snakebite. Associated with the earth and higher knowledge, she is worshiped mostly in eastern India.

Goddess Manasa was the daughter of sage Kasyapa and Kadru, the sister of the serpent-king Sesha. She is said to have the power as well to cure infectious diseases and shower one with wealth and prosperity. She is ritually worshiped with sacrifices offered to her during rainy season, since snakes are most active in this se…

Karkidaka Seeveli Ritual at Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple in Trivandrum in Kerala

Karkidaka Seeveli at SreePadmanabhaSwamyTemple at Trivandrum is an annual ritual that is held before the beginning of the Karkidaka Masam as per Malayalam calendar in Kerala. It marks the end of Aanikalabham rituals observed during the period.
During the Karkidaka Seeveli, the utsava murtis of Sri Padmanabha, Narasimha and Sri Krishna are taken around the outer courtyard atop the Garuda Vahana. The New Indian Express  The ‘kalabham’ ritual conducted twice a year involves sandal ‘abhishekam’ on the idols of Lord Sree Padmanabha Swamy, Lord Narasimha and Lord Krishna in scented sandal paste. The ritual is conducted in the Malayalam months of Dhanu and Midhunam and the present edition started on July 16. The ritual, held between 8.30 am and 9.30 am, is open to the public, but ‘darshan’ at the sanctum sanctorum is not allowed during the time.

Led by temple ‘thantri’ Tharananalloor Parameswaran Namboothiri, the ritual begins with a ‘pooja’ on the ‘abhisravana mandapam.’ Later, the ‘abhishe…

Mankameshwar Shiva Temple at Saraswati Ghat in Allahabad

Located on the banks of Yamuna near the Saraswati Ghat, Mankameshwar temple is dedicated to Mahadev Shiva and he is known as Mankameshwar Mahadeo. The place is of great importance as Bhagvan Sri Ram, Mata Sita and Lakshman visited the temple when going to Chitrakoot during the exile period in the Ramayana.
The Shivling is north facing and the Mankameshwar temple is a small structure.
The main offering in the temple include milk, garland of bilva leaves, garland of mandar, roses, marigold and bhang.
In the temple complex there is another Shivling dedicated to Siddheshwar Mahadev.
There is a huge peepal tree which is also worshipped. One can find murtis and trishul in base of the peepal tree.
A huge 10 feet Trishul is worshipped in the temple. People believe that offering prayers to it helps in getting wish fulfilled.
There are also murtis of Hanuman and Reenmukteshwar Mahadev.
The most important day in the temple is Shivratri. During Shravan month special abhishek is performed and…

Swami Vivekananda Explains Verse 16 in Chapter 7 of Bhagavad Gita

Four kinds of virtuous men worship me, O Arjuna, the dissatisfied, the seeker of (systematized) knowledge, the seeker of wealth and the wise, O best among the Bharata (Bhagavad Gita chapter 7. verse 16).
Swami Vivekananda explains the verse
Shri Krishna says in the Gita (7.16), ‘Four classes of people worship Me: the distressed, the seeker of material things, the inquirer, and the knower of truth.’
People who are in distress approach God for relief. If they are ill, they worship Him to be healed; if they lose their wealth, they pray to Him to get it back.
There are other people who ask Him for all kinds of things, because they are full of desires—name, fame, wealth, position and so on. They will say, ‘…, I will make an offering to you if I get what I want. If you are successful in granting my prayer, I will worship God and give you a part of everything.’
Men not so material as that, but still with no faith in God, feel inclined to know about Him. They study philosophies, read script…