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Southadka Ganesha Temple near Dharmasthala – About Southadka Mahaganapathi Temple – Southadka Ganapathi Temple

Dedicated to Hindu God Ganesha, SouthadkaGanapathiTemple is a very popular shrine near Dharmasthala in Karnataka. SouthadkaMahaganapathiTemple is located about 3 km from Kokkada in Belthangadi Taluk of Dakshina Kannda District. The unique aspect of the SouthadkaGaneshaTemple is that the murti of the temple is located in an open field. There is no sanctum sanctorum or regular temple.

The temple is decorated with bells offered by devotees. Located amidst pristine nature, the shrine breaks all manmade barriers between god, living beings and nature. The shrine is also noted for large number of monkeys.
Legend has it that around 800 years ago, a Ganapati temple administrated by a local royal family was destroyed in war. The murti of Ganesha worshipped in the temple was found by cowherd boys. They carried it to a nearby open field and performed pujas and offered tender cucumber. Ganesha takes the name from tender cucumber (Southe) and vast field (Adka) – Southadka Ganapathi
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Rohini Nakshatra Tarabalam – Good Tarabalam for Rohini Birth Star Born People

Rohini Nakshatra (birth star) born people will have good Tarabalam generally with following Nakshatra born people: Rohini Tarabalam is used for looking marriage compatibility, business partnership and other deals.
Rohini Good Nakshatra Tarabalam with:
Ashwini Nakshatra Bharani Krittika Nakshatra Mrigasira, Punarvasu, Magha, Purvaphalguni Nakshatra Uttaraphalguni, Chitra,
Visakha, Moola, Purvashada Nakshatra Uttarashada, Dhanishta, Purvabhadra Nakshatra
Please note that this is only a general list. Please note that in some regions Tarabalam is calculated daily based on the day’s Nakshatra. In such cases the general list should be ignored.

Dashnami – The Ten orders of Shaivite Ascetics – Dashanami

Dasnami, or the Dashnami, is the ten orders of Shaivite ascetics, founded by Adi Shankaracharya. Dashanami Shiva sects exist even today and they are strict followers of the worship of Shiva. Each of the ten orders in Dasnami is attached to one of the four mutts founded by Adi Shankaracharya – the four mutts are Badrinath, Puri, Dwaraka and Sringeri.
The ten orders are: Aranya,Ashrama,BharatiGiriParvataPuriSaraswatiSagaraTirtha andVana.
Mutt heads, Gurus, Swamis or other saints of the orders incorporate the name of the order in their names. Thus we come across Swamijis like Paramandanda Giri, Vedanaraya Tirtha etc.
Dashnami Saints wear saffron colored dress and they wear three horizontal lines made with ash – tilak – on forehead and other parts of the body. They also wear rosary consisting of 108 rudraksha beads. Majority of the Dashanami saints grow their beards and wear their hair loose or tie in a topknot.
Naga sadhus are also part of the Dashanami sect.

Deepavali Oil Bath Mantra for Men and Women – Mantra Chanted on Diwali Day for Oil Bath

Oil bath on the morning of Naraka Chaturdasi and Deepavali is a must for many Hindu communities. Oil for taking bath on Diwali morning is provided the elder-most female member in the family. Men chant the name of seven great male achievers mentioned in Hindu Puranas before applying oil. Women chant the name of five female achievers. This mantra is mainly chanted by certain South Indian Hindu communities.

The elder most female member in the family dips a flower bud in the oil that is specifically meant for applying on the hair. The oil is dropped into the left palm of each person.

Men chant the name of seven chiranjeevis – Ashwatthama, Bali, Vayasa, Hanuman, Vibhishana, Kripa and Parashurama. The mantra is:

Ashwthamo, Balir, Vyaso, Hanumanshcha, Vibhishanaha,
Krupaha Parashuramashcha,Saptaite Chirangivinaha

Women chant the name of five great women in Hindu Puranas and epics – Ahalya, Draupati, Sita, Tara and Mandodari. The mantra is:

Ahalya, Draupati, Sitaa, Tara, Mandodari Tata,

Uttarabhadra Nakshatra date and timing 2015 – Utharabhadra or Uttiratadhi Birth Star date and time in 2015

Uttarabhadra Nakshatra, also known as Uttarabhadra or Uttiratadhi in South India, is the 26th Nakshatram among the 27 Nakshatras. Below are Uttarabhadrapada Nakshatra dates and time in 2015. The astrological prediction of the birth star Uttarabhadra as per Moon Sign is that of Meena Rasi or Pisces Zodiac. Guru or Jupiter is the Lord of Pisces. The color of Uttarabhadrapada is purple.
Uttarabhadrapada Nakshatra Days in 2015 as per Indian Standard Time (IST)
January 25, 2015 Time is from 2:43 PM on January 24 to 12:59 PM on January 25
February 21, 2015 Time is from 12:34 AM on February 21 to 10:03 PM on February 21
March 21, 2015 Time is from 11:51 AM on March 20 to 9:02 AM on March 21
April 17, 2015 Time is from 10:18 PM on April 16 to 7:49 PM on April 17
May 14, 2015 Time is from 6:24 AM on May 14 to 4:34 AM on May 15, 2015
June 11, 2015 Time is from 12:19 PM on June 10 to 10:58 AM on June 11
July 8, 2015 Time is from 5:45 PM on July 7 to 4:19 PM on July 8
August 4, 2015 Time is from…

Sabari Smruthi Yatra at Sri Sitaramachandra Swamy temple at Bhadrachalam in Khammam District in Telangana

Kommu Koya Tribals in Khammam District of Telangana believes Mata Sabari or Ramayana was from their community. They celebrate the relationship by performing the Sabari Smruthi Yatra. Folk dances are performed as part of the event at the Sri Sitaramachandra SwamiTemple at Bhadrachalam. 
Mata Sabari, an old woman mentioned in the Ramayana, attained moksha through her devotion to Bhagvan Sri Ram. Through the story of Sabari, Sri Ram demonstrated to the world that what is more important is devotion and not caste, creed or the value of the offerings.
Sri Sitaramachandra SwamiTemple at Bhadrachalam is one of the most popular temples dedicated to Bhagvan Sri Ram.

Lakulisha Murti (Idol) Stolen from Almora Jageshwar Temple Returned after 60 years

Lakulisha Murti (Idol) worshipped in the AlmoraJageshwarTemple was stolen in the 1960s. The murti was recently returned temple by the Archeology Survey of India. Lakulisha is a manifestation of Shiva. India Today reports 
The 9th-10th century stone sculpture was recovered from the US in the late 90s by the Archaeological Survey of India's antiquity section. But the idol, which is 52 cm in height and 32 cm in width, has been brought back home only now.  The stolen idol was part of a cluster of 124 large and small stone temples dating back to 9th to 13th Century in the late 60s. After it was stolen from Almora's Jageshwar temple, which is an ASI-protected monument since 1915, the sculpture reportedly ended up in New York's MetropolitanMuseum. The museum agreed to return three sculptures - idols of Lord Lakulisha from Almora, Lord Vishnu from Madhya Pradesh and Lord Buddha from Bihar to India in the late 90s.  But now the idol is back to where it rightfully belongs and the lo…

Swami Tejomayananda on real goodness

If someone is good to you and you reciprocate, that is common courtesy. But if someone harms you and despite that you continue to wish that person well without expecting anything in return, it is real goodness.
A Sadhu bathing in the river saw a drowning insect. He saved it from drowning and was strung in return.
Again, the insect fell back into the river and the Sadhu pulled it out of the water.
On seeing this, a person asked the Sadhu, “Why did you do that?”
Sadhu replied, “The insect did not give up its nature, so why should I?”
In Sanskrit, Sadhu is the word used to describe a good person. Sadhu comes from ‘Sadh’ meaning ‘to accomplish.’

Simple and Easy Diwali Pujas and prayers – How to do or observe Deepavali?

Talk about Diwali and few things that come to the mind immediately are firecrackers, lights (diyas), sweets and Rangolis (color). But Deepavali is more than a colorful festival and is not all about celebrations and revelry. The Diwali lights which symbolize victory of good over evil also suggest the need for the removal of spiritual darkness created by ignorance and ego. Hindus also conduct important pujas and rituals on Diwali day like Lakshmi Puja, Kuber Puja and Sharda Pujan. Here is a step by step guide to what to do on Diwali day.
Cleanliness is given top priority during Diwali as Goddess Lakshmi is welcomed into the home.
Diwali is also the time for a fresh and new beginning. People forgive and forget misdeeds and resolve to live in peace, harmony and purity by observing dharma. Personal discord and family conflicts are forgiven and unity and harmony is welcomed. All pujas and rituals begin on Diwali day after praying to Lord Ganesha. Special prayers are also offered to Lord Han…

Swati Nakshatra Tarabalam – Good Tarabalam for Swati Birth Star Born People

Swati Nakshatra (birth star) born people will have good Tarabalam generally with following Nakshatra born people: Swati Tarabalam is used for looking marriage compatibility, business partnership and other deals.
Swati Good Nakshatra Tarabalam with:
Krittika Nakshatra Rohini Mrigasira Punarvasu Nakshatra Aslesha Uttaraphalguni Hasta Chitra Vishakha Nakshatra Jyeshta
Uttarashada Nakshatra Sravana Dhanishta Purvabhadra Nakshatra Revati
Please note that this is only a general list. Please note that in some regions Tarabalam is calculated daily based on the day’s Nakshatra. In such cases the general list should be ignored.

Today’s Hindu Calendar – October 13, 2014 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Monday, October 13, 2014 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waning phase of moon Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Krishna Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waning phase of moon till 11:44 AM. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Sashti Tithi or the sixth day during the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra – Rohini Nakshatra till 8:14 AM on October 13. Then onward it is Mrigasira or Makayiram Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Vrishabha Rashi till 8:45 PM. Then onward it is Mithuna Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days –
Kali Yuga Year – 5116
Vikram Samvant 2071 – Kartik Krishna Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waning phase of moon in Kartik month in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Jammu and Kashmir.
Jayanama Samvatsar/ Shalivaha…