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Nandana Garden in Hindu Religion – The Garden of Indra – the King of Devas

Nandana is a garden in the celestial world (devaloka) in Hindu religion. The garden is owned by Indra, the king of Devas or celestial beings. The famous Parijata tree grows in this garden. Sri Krishna had brought the tree to earth from the Nandana garden.
Those people on earth who had not killed any living beings get opportunity to live in the Nandana garden after their death. The place is also abode of those people who had total control over their senses during their lifetime on earth.
The glory of NandanaGarden is also mentioned in the Mahabharata. It is stated in the epic that the garden is for those who never begs on earth. It is also a favorite place of musicians and dancers of the celestial world. Celestial couples move about in the garden.
Nandana is also one of the names of Shiva and Vishnu.

Kalbhairav Yatra at Kotawade near Ratnagiri – Kotawade Kal Bhairav Temple Festival

Kalbhairav Yatra at Kotawade is annually observed in Magh month. The yatra is the main festival and fair at the KalBhairavTemple at Kotawade near Ratnagiri in Maharashtra. The shrine is dedicated to Hindu God Shiva. Kotawade Kalbhairav Yatra 2019 date is February 23.

Hundreds of people participate in the annual festival. A fair is held during the period and it attracts scores of devotees from nearby villages and town.
Kalbhairav Yatra is annually observed on Magh Krishna Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waning phase of moon in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Mayakka Devi Yatra at Chinchali – Mayakka Devi Temple Festival at Chinchali in Karnataka

Mayakka Devi Yatra is annually organized at Chinchali in the month of Magh. It is the important festival of the famous MayakkaDeviTemple at Chinchali in Karnataka. Mayakka Devi Yatra 2019 date is February 23.
Mayakka Devi is a manifestation of Mother Goddess Shakti. She is worshipped mainly in Northern Karnataka and South Maharashtra.
The fair and festival includes numerous rituals the most important being chariot pulling.
Mayakka Devi Yatra is observed on Magh Krishna Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waning phase of moon in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Gajananbappa Maharaj Punyatithi at Karkamb near Pandharpur

Gajananbappa Maharaj Punyatithi is observed in Magh month. It is the death anniversary of Gajananbappa Maharaj and is of significance at Karkamb near Pandharpur in Maharashtra. Gajananbappa Maharaj Punyatithi 2019 date is February 23.
Gajananbappa Maharaj spread the teachings of truth and love. Prayer meetings and satsang are organized on the day.
Gajananbappa Maharaj Punyatithi is annually observed on Magh Krishna Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waxing phase of moon in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Jyotirling Yatra at Palshivne Village at Bhudargad in Maharashtra

Jyotirling Yatra is annually observed at PalshivneVillage at Bhudargad in Maharashtra in Magh month. The festival and fair attracts hundreds of devotees to the Jyotirling temple. Palshivne Jyotirling Yatra 2019 date is February 23.
The annual festival is an important even at this JyotirlingTemple.
Palshivne Jyotirling Yatra is annually observed on Magh Krishna Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waxing phase of moon in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Stolen Ancient Murti of Lord Ram from Raghunath Temple in Kullu in Himachal Pradesh Recovered

A 17th-century murti of Bhagvan Sri Ram stolen from RaghunathTemple in Kullu in Himachal Pradesh was recovered. All the stolen valuables and murtis of Hindu deities were recovered.
Apart from the murti of Raghunath, murtis of Ganesha, Hanuman, Narasimha and Saligram Shila have been recovered.
The 17th-century idol of Lord Raghunath, made of pure gold, believed to be of the Ramayan era was stolen from Kullu town of Himachal Pradesh in December, 2014.

Knowledge about inner spiritual constitution of man will give him mastery over his life – Swami Chinmayananda

In our modern society, for every successful man, we watch hundreds who are disappointed, dejected and broken down. As on a grinding stone, people get themselves crushed in the competition of the modern material world and its market place. Yet all the spiritual literature of the world unanimously declares that this need not be the tragedy of the human race – if the individual members know the art of diligently using their own abilities and efficiencies.
The great Rishis have asserted emphatically that a certain amount of knowledge of the inner spiritual constitution of man will give him more mastery over his own life.
Man in his present misconceived civilization has learned to waste himself and his precious time in the inevitable trifles and tensions that beset his life. But to the attentive and the vigilant, life is a glorious opportunity with possibilities to reach the perfection of civilization.
Let us learn in life to discriminate between the serious and the trifling, the permane…

Vaman Maharaj Janmotsav at Savner near Amravati – Vaman Maharaj Birth Anniversary Festival

Vaman Maharaj Janmotsav is annually observed in Magh month. It is the birth anniversary festival of Vaman Maharaj and is observed mainly at Savner near Amravati. Devotees attend prayer meetings and other programs on the day. Vaman Maharaj Janmotsav 2019 date is February 28.
The Ashram of Vaman Maharaj is located at Savner near Amravati in Maharashtra.
Vaman Maharaj Janmotsav is annually observed on Magh Krishna Paksha Navami tithi or the ninth day during the waning phase of moon in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

What to do on Thaipusam Day?

Thaipusam is one of the most important festivals dedicated to Lord Muruga - also known as Skanda, Subrahmaniya and Kartikeya and Shanmukha. Thaipusam is held on Pusam star in the month of Thai (January – February). There are numerous legends and myths associated with this Murugan festival.
On the Thaipusam day, large number of devotees head towards Murugan temples in procession carrying Kavadi. The drumming and chanting of vel vel shakti vel electrifies the procession and some start to dance. Some devotees pierce their tongue and cheek with ‘vel’ (small lances.) Some insert hooks in their body and some use these hooks to pull heavy objects. On the day, devotees go to any length to display their devotion to Lord Muruga.
The more subdued devotees offer fruits and yellow or orange colored flowers to Lord Muruga. They wear yellow or orange colored dress. These two colors are identified with Muruga. Some people carry pots of milk on their head.

Related Legend behind taking Kavadi to Murugan…

Bhanudas Maharaj Jayanti at Waigaon near Amravati

Bhanudas Maharaj Jayanti is annually observed in Magh month. It is the birth anniversary of Bhanudas Maharaj and is observed mainly at Waigaon near Amravati. Devotees attend prayer meetings and other programs on the day. Bhanudas Maharaj Jayanti 2019 date is February 27.
The Ashram of Bhanudas Maharaj is located at Waigaon near Amravati in Maharashtra.
Bhanudas Maharaj Jayanti is annually observed on Magh Krishna Paksha Ashtami tithi or the eighth day during the waning phase of moon in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Anand Swami Punyaithi at Jalna

Anand Swami Punyaithi is annually observed in Magh month. It is the death anniversary of Sant Anand Swami and is observed mainly at Jalna. Devotees attend prayer meetings and other programs on the day. Anand Swami Punyaithi 2019 date is February 27.
The Samadhi mandir of Anand Swami is located at Jalna. The temple is more than 250 years old and was built by Maratha warrior Mahadji Shinde.
Anand Swami Punyatithi is annually observed on Magh Krishna Paksha Ashtami tithi or the eighth day during the waning phase of moon in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Pandu in the Mahabharata – Story of the Father of Pandavas

Pandu was the father of the Pandavas in the Mahabharata.  Story of the birth of Pandu is narrated in Adi Parva of the Mahabharata. Ambalika was the youngest of the three daughters of Kashi. She was married to Vichitravirya, the king of Hastinapura and son of Shantanu. Vichitravirya died before he had a child with Ambalika. To continue the Kuru lineage, Sage Vyasa was asked by Queen Satyavati to beget son. Thus Pandu was born to Ambalika. 
The word Pandu means ‘pale.’  It is said that Amabalika on seeing Sage Vyasa had turned pale and thus had given birth to a pale child.
Pandu had got the right to rule Hastinapura as his elder brother Dhritarashtra was blind.
Pandu married Kunti and Madri.
Pandu during a hunting expedition had killed a deer which was mating. The deer was actually Sage Kindama who was mating with his wife in deer form. Before dying, the sage cursed Pandu that he will fall dead if he ever mated with his wives.
After this incident, Pandu gave the throne of Hastinapura t…

Shri Awajisiddha Maharaj Mahotsav at Sungaon – Awajisiddha Maharaj Festival

Shri Awajisiddha Maharaj Mahotsav is annually observed in Magh month. The fair and festival is dedicated to Guru Shri Awajisiddha Maharaj. The day is of importance at Sungaon near Buldhana in Maharashtra. Shri Awajisiddha Maharaj Mahotsav 2019 date is February 24.
The main festivities are organized at the shrine and sacred place associated with Shri Awajisiddha Maharaj at Sungaon.
Shri Awajisiddha Maharaj Mahotsav is annually observed on Magh Krishna paksha Sashti tithi or the sixth day during the waning phase of moon in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Brahmachari Maharaj Punyatithi at Panet near Akola

Brahmachari Maharaj Punyatithi is annually observed in Magh month. It is the death anniversary of Sant Brahmachari Maharaj and is observed at Panet near Akola in Maharashtra. Brahmachari Maharaj Punyatithi 2019 date is February 24.
The teachings of Sadguru Brahmachari Maharaj are relevant even today. Hundreds of people participate in various prayers and satsangs on the day.
Brahmachari Maharaj Punyatithi is annually observed on Magh Krishna paksha Sashti tithi or the sixth day during the waning phase of moon in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Birbalnath Maharaj Yatra – Mangrulnath or Mangrulpir Fair and Festival

Birbalnath Maharaj Yatra is annually observed in Magh month. The fair and festival is also known as Mangrulnath or Mangrulpir Yatra. Birbal Nath Maharaj Shrine is located at Mangrulpir near Washim in Maharashtra. Birbalnath Maharaj Yatra 2019 date is February 23.
The fair and festival is organized at the BirbalnathTemple located here. Large number of people participate in this annually festival. People from nearby states like Madhya Pradesh also participate in the fair.
Birbalnath Maharaj Yatra is annually observed on Magh Krishna Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waning phase of moon in Magh month.

Godad Maharaj Punyatithi at Karjat

Sadguru Godad Maharaj Punyatithi is annually observed in Magh month. It is the death anniversary of great saint Godad Maharaj and is of importance at Karjat. Godad Maharaj Punyatithi 2019 date is February 23.

The temple dedicated to Sadguru Godad Maharaj is located at Karjat. He was a great devotee of Lord Vithoba. He spread the universal teaching of love and non-violence.
Sadguru Godad Maharaj Punyatithi is observed on Magh Krishna Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waning phase of moon in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Mardol Shri Mahalasa Narayani Temple Festival in Goa - Shri Mahalasa Narayani Temple Jatra

Mardol Shri Mahalasa Narayani Temple Festival in Goa is observed in Magh month. The festival is observed for 7 days. The most important event during the festival is the jatra. Mardol Shri Mahalasa Narayani Temple Festival 2019 date is from February 23 to March 1.
The annual festival is observed from Magh Krishna Paksha Chaturthi to Magh Krishna Paksha Dasami – the fourth day during the waning phase of moon in Magh month to the tenth day during the waning phase of moon in magh month. The Rathostsava is observed on the last day of the festival.
The first day there is the Maharathanusthan, Garudarohan, at night Mayurasanotsava, Astavadhan Seva.
The second day - Maharatharohan, Dwhajarohan, Mahaparvani day.
The third day – In the morning Palakhi Procession to Tali, Asthavadhan Seva etc., at night Garuda Vahanotsava.
The fourth day – At night Ambari Procession.
The fifth day – At night Lalakhi - Sukhasanotsava.
The sixth day – At night Ambari Procession
The seventh day – At night Vijay Ra…

Janubai Yatra at Rajapur near Khatav in Maharashtra – Rajapur Janubai Devi Temple Festival

Janubai Yatra is annually observed in Magh month. The fair and festival organized yearly at the RajapurJanubaiDeviTemple is popularly known as Janubai Yatra. The festival attracts hundreds of people. Rajapur Janubai Yatra 2019 date is February 22.
The main ritual during the period includes pujas, palki, and chariot pulling. The fair and festival attracts people from nearby regions.
Rajapur Janubai Yatra is annually organized on Magh Krishna Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the third day during the waning phase of moon in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Harbadi Utsav and Kalbhairav Yatra at Billur in Jath near Sangli

Harbadi Utsav and Kalbhairav Yatra are annually observed in Magh month. The festival at the KalbhairavTemple here is known as Harbadi Utsav and Kalbhairav Yatra. The fair and festival involves chariot pulling and other rituals. Harbadi Utsav and Kalbhairav Yatra 2019 date is February 21.
Hundreds of people attend this festival dedicated to the fierce Kalbhairav form of Shiva. People from nearby villages attend the fair.
Harbadi Utsav and Kalbhairav Yatra is observed on Magh Krishna Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waning phase of moon in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Guru Channaveer Hotgi Punyatithi at Hotgi near Solapur

Guru Channaveer Hotgi Punyatithi is annually observed in Magh month. It is the death anniversary of Channaveer Guru and the day is of great significance at Hotgi near Solapur. Guru Channaveer Hotgi Punyatithi 2019 date is February 21.
Guru Channaveer belongs to the Shaivaite tradition and he spread the teachings of dharma among people.
Hundreds of people attend various satsangs and prayer meetings organized on the day.
Guru Channaveer Hotgi Punyatithi is observed on Magh Krishna Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waning phase of moon in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Silver Chariot during Thaipusam Procession at Batu Caves

This year it is the 125th year of Thaipusam celebrations at the BatuCaves. A silver chariot procession is held during the festival. The original silver chariot has undergone restoration this year. The official journey of the chariot is known as Vellotam. The journey is from SriSubramaniarSwamyTemple in BatuCaves to the SriMahaMariammanTemple in Kuala Lumpur.
The silver chariot carries the murti of Muruga and his consorts Valli and Devayani. The Star Online reports  In conjunction with the 125th year of celebrating Thaipusam at BatuCaves this year, the silver chariot underwent a RM 150,000 upgrade. It will make its maiden journey, called the vellotam, from the SriSubramaniarSwamyTemple in BatuCaves to the SriMahaMariammanTemple in Kuala Lumpur on Jan 31 at 8pm.  The silver chariot carrying Lord Muruga and his consorts Valli and Theivanai will head back to BatuCaves on Feb 1 at 10pm for the Thaipusam festival.

Sri Ramana Maharishi Thoughts on Meditation and Self Enquiry – Which is Better?

The goal is the same for the one who meditates and the one who practices self enquiry. One attains stillness through meditation, the other through knowledge. One strives to attain something; the other seeks the one who strives to attain. The former takes a longer time, but in the end attains the Self.
Mentally imagining oneself to be the supreme reality, which shines as existence-consciousness-bliss, is meditation. Fixing the mind in the Self so that the unreal seed of delusion will die is enquiry.
Whoever meditates upon the self in whatever mental image attains it only in that image. Those peaceful ones who remain quiet without any such mental image attain the noble and unqualified state of the formless state of the Self.
Self enquiry directly leads to realization by removing the obstacles which make you think that the Self is not already realized.
Meditation differs according to the degree of advancement of the seeker. If one is fit for it one might directly hold on to the thinker,…

Gurunath Baba Dandawate Maharaj Jayanti

Gurunath Baba Dandawate Maharaj Jayanti is observed in Magh month. It is the birth anniversary of pious soul Sant Gurunath Baba Dandawate Maharaj. The day is of great significance at Ganagapur near Gulbarga. Gurunath Baba Dandawate Maharaj Jayanti 2019 date is February 21.
Gurunath Baba Dandawate Maharaj was an Avadhoot and he spread the teachings of Dharma in Kali yuga.
Hundreds of people attend the prayer meetings and other philanthropic activities organized on the day.
Gurunath Baba Dandawate Maharaj is annually observed on Magh Krishna Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waning phase of moon in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Kalbhairav Yatra at Gadhinglaj near Kolhapur – Gadhinglaj Kalbhairav Temple Festival

Kalbhairav Yatra at Gadhinglaj is annually observed in Magh month. The yatra is the most important festival at GadhinglajKalbhairavTemple near Kolhapur. Gadhinglaj Kalbhairav Yatra 2019 date is February 21.
This annual festival attracts hundreds of devotees to the temple dedicated to the Kal Bhairav form of Shiva. The fair and festival brings people from nearby town and villages.
Gadhinglaj Kalbhairav Yatra is annually observed on Magh Krishna Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waning phase of moon in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Jambudvipa in Hindu Religion

Jambudvipa is the name of one of the seven islands on earth mentioned in Hindu scriptures. It is named after Jambun or rose apple tree. Jambudvipa is interpreted either roughly as the northern hemisphere or the region in Asia with India and adjacent regions and islands. Some scholars are of the view that Jambudvipa is a heavenly place and not on earth.
As per Bhagavad Purana, Jambudvipa is divided into nine regions. Of these only Bharata Varsha is inhabited by human beings. The rest of the eight regions are occupied by celestial beings or by saints and pious persons.
One of the eight regions is known as Illavrat Varsha and it is occupied by Siddhas, Charanas, Gandharvas. The celestial beings that live here have the power to become smaller than the smallest and bigger than the biggest. The gardens and lakes in the region are the play ground of the celestial beings and their wives. The region is also frequented by Shiva and Parvati.
The people who take birth on Bharatavarsha are divide…

Bhaveshwari Yatra at Modage Village – Daddi – Mohanage – near Belgaum – Bhaveshwari Devi Temple Festival

Bhaveshwari Yatra at ModageVillage is annually observed in Magh month. The fair and festival at Modage – Daddi – Mohanage attracts thousands of devotees. The 3-day yatra is the most important festival at the BhaveshwariDeviTemple near Belgaum. Bhaveshwari Yatra 2019 date is February 19 to February 21.
The main rituals during the festival include Ghatasthapana, Shastraingalya, Dandavat, and Palki Procession.
Devotees queue up from early morning hours to have darshan of the Mother Goddess.
Bhaveshwari Yatra iss annually observed from Magh Purnima Tithi to Magh Krishna Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or full moon day to the second day during the waning phase of moon in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Channabasaveshwara Rath at Ulavi – Channabasaveshwara Temple Festival at Ulavai

Channabasaveshwara Rath Yatra at Ulavi in Karnataka is observed in Magh month. The temple festival is referred as Channabasaveshwara Rath Yatra. Channabasaveshwara Rath Yatra 2019 date is February 21.
Channabasaveshwara at Ulavi is a very popular religious center for Shaivaites. The main murti worshipped in the temple is that of Shiva.
The annual chariot festival and fair attracts hundreds of devotees to this unique shrine which is located in the middle of forest in Western Ghats.
Channabasaveshwara Rath Yatra Magh Krishna Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waxing phase of moon in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Karnataka.

Jyotirling Yatra at Jalwa in Patan in Maharashtra

Jyotirling Yatra is annually observed at Jalwa in Patan in Maharashtra in Magh month. The festival and fair attracts scores of devotees to the Jalwa Jyotirling temple. The shrine is dedicated to Shiva. Jyotirling Yatra Jalwa 2019 date is February 21.
The annual festival is an important event at the Jalwa Jyotirling Shrine Mandir.

A fair and festival is held during the period and it attracts scores of devotees from nearby villages and town. The main rituals associated with rural festivals are followed here too.
Jalwa Jyotirling Yatra is annually observed on Magh Krishna Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waxing phase of moon in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Narsingh Saraswati Shailya Gaman Yatra – Nrusimha Saraswati Yatra

Narsingh Saraswati Shailya Gaman Yatra is annually observed in Magh Month. It is associated with the Samadhi Day of Shri Nrusinha Saraswati, or Narsingh Saraswati Swami Maharaj or Guru Maharaj, who is believed to be the second manifestation of Guru Dattatreya. Narsingh Saraswati Shailya Gaman Yatra 2019 date is February 20.
A Palki is carried by devotees on the day through the streets. The main events are organized at the Gurumandir at Karanja in Washim District in Maharashtra.
Narsingh Saraswati Shaila Gaman Yatra is annually observed on Magh Krishna Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the first day during the waning phase of moon in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Indian Navy to maintain Sri Ramalingeswara Swamy Temple at Pudur Village near Vikarabad in Ranga Reddy District in Telangana

The 400-year-old SriRamalingeswaraSwamyTemple is dedicated to Hindu God Shiva and is located at PudurVillage near Vikarabad in Ranga Reddy District in Telangana. The temple land was recently acquired by Indian Navy for building Very Low Frequency (VLF) communication station. The Navy first decided to relocate the temple but has decided against it after respecting the religious sentiments of the people of the area.  Deccan Chronicle reports  Pudur villagers objected to it since it was an ancient temple and sentiment attached to it. Hundreds of devotees from neighbouring villages and including towns like Vikarabad and from the city visit the temple during major festivities including Shivaratri. Following objections by locals, the government and naval authorities came to an agreement not to disturb the temple and the Navy to provide access to the temple through the defe-nce establishment for daily rituals and also for devotees.  The Indian Navy will maintain and take care of the upkeep …

I belong to all and everyone is mine – Nisargadatta Maharaj

The ever-awaited first moment was the moment when I was convinced that I was not an individual at all. The idea of my individuality had set me burning so far. The scalding pain was beyond my capacity to endure; but there is not even a trace of it now, I am no more an individual. There is nothing to limit my being now. The ever present anxiety and the gloom have vanished and now I am all beatitude, pure knowledge, pure consciousness.
I am ever free now. I am all bliss, sans spite, sans fear. This beatific conscious form of mine now knows no bounds. I belong to all and everyone is mine. The all are but my own individuations, and these together go to make up my beatific being. There is nothing like good or bad, profit or loss, high or low, mine or  not mine for me. Nobody opposes me and I oppose none for there is none other than myself. Bliss reclines on the bed of bliss. The repose itself has turned into bliss.
The experience of the world is  no more of the world as such, but is the b…

Ravalnath Yatra at Chandgad – Jagrut Devastan Sri Ravalnath temple Festival

Ravalnath Yatra at Chandgad is annually observed in the Magh Month. The Jagrut Devastan Sri Ravalnath temple festival is popularly known as Ravalnath Yatra. Thousands of people participate in this unique event at Chandgad. Ravalnath Yatra 2019 date is February 20.
SriRavalnathTemple is dedicated to Ravalnath a form of Shiva – closely associated with Shiva.
The main ritual during the festival includes pulling of the chariot of the deity.
Ravalnath Yatra is observed on Magh Krishna Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the first day during the waning phase of moon in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Bhargava Rama

Bhargava Rama is a name of Parashurama, the sixth incarnation of Bhagvan Srihari Vishnu. Bhargava Rama is the name widely used in Mahabharata. His father was Sage Jamadagni and one his ancestors was Bhrigu Rishi. So he was known as Bhargava. When he was born his was named Rama. Thus he came to be known as Bhargava Rama.
It must be noted here that the name Parashuram is not used in Mahabharata. The sixth incarnation of Vishnu is referred as Bhargava Rama or Jamadagnya.
Bhargava Rama appeared to annihilate those Kshatriyas (the warrior class) that had strayed from the path of Dharma and oppressed people and destroyed Mother Nature.
Exploits of Bhargava Rama are mentioned in Mahabharat, Ramayana and the Puranas. It is said that this avatar of Vishnu killed 21 generations of Kshatriyas.

Khandoba Yatra at Jejuri Temple in Magh Month – Khandoba Shikar Khati Yatra

Khandoba Shikar Khati Yatra is dedicated to Lord Khandoba and is organized in Magh month. This is one of the important Yatras held to the JejuriTemple. Khandoba Yatra in Magh Month to JejuriTemple in 2019 is on February 19.
Lord Shiva is known as Martand or Malhari or Khandoba or Kanderao. It is believed that he took the form of Martand and Malhari to kill demons Mani and Malla.
After defeating the demons, Lord Shiva appeared in the form of a Swayambhu lingam at KhandobaTemple.
The festival in Magh month is held from Magh Shukla Paksha Dwadasi to Purnima. The important date is the Purnima tithi.
Khandoba Shikar Khati Yatra is annually held on Magh Purnima Tithi or the full moon day in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.
It must be noted here that Yatra in Jejeri temple is held annually in Margashirsh, Paush, Magh and Chaitra month.

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Khandoba Yatra at Pal in Maharashtra

Sant Narhari Sonar Death Anniversary

Sant Narhari Sonar death anniversary is annually observed in Magh Month. He was a great saint in the Bhakti tradition in Maharashtra. Sant Narhari Sonar Punyatithi 2019 date is February 22.
Sant Narhari Sonar was an ardent devotee of Lord Vithoba and Lord Shiva and is believed to have had the darshan of Lord Vithoba (Srihari Vishnu).
It is annually observed on Magh Krishna Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the third day during the waning phase of moon in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.
You can read more about Sant Narhari Sonar here.

Tulsamata Punyatithi at Ghatladki near Achalapur

Tulsamata Punyatithi is annually observed in Magh Month. It is the death anniversary of Tulsamata. The day is of importance at Ghatladki near Achalapur. Tulsamata Punyatithi 2019 date is February 22.
Hundreds of people participate in prayers and other activities organized in the memory of Tulsamata at Ghatladki.
Tulsamata Punyatithi is annually observed on Magh Krishna Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waning phase of moon in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Vishnubuva Jog Maharaj Punyatithi

Vishnubuva Jog Maharaj Punyatithi is annually observed in Magh Month. It is the death anniversary of Vishnubuva Jog Maharaj. The day is of importance at Alandi Devachi near Pune. Vishnubuva Jog Maharaj Punyatithi 2019 date is February 20.
Vishnubuva Jog’s edition of Tukaram Gatha in Marathi is widely followed today by the Varakaris who undertake journey from Dehu and Alandi to LordVitthalTemple at Pandarpur.
Vishnubuva Jog is also a famous Varkari who spread the Bhakti tradition started by Sant Tukaram Maharaj and Dnyaneshwar Maharaj.
Vishnubuva Jog Maharaj Punyatithi is observed on Magh Krishna Paksha Pratipada Tithi as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Auliya Maharaj Yatra at Kalamatha near Malegaon in Maharashtra

Auliya Maharaj Yatra is annually held in Magh month. It is the festival and yatra in honor of Auliya Maharaj. The day is of importance at Kalamatha near Malegaon in Maharashtra. Auliya Maharaj Yatra 2019 date is February 19.
Hundreds of people participate in prayers and various other functions organized on the day. Special programs are held at Auliya Maharaj Sansthan at Kalamatha.
Auliya Maharaj Yatra is observed on Magh Purnima Tithi or the full moon day in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Kedarnath Temple Reconstruction Work in Full Swing

KedarnathTemple was badly damaged during the flash flood in June 2013. The temple reconstruction work is in full swing and will be ready before the annual pilgrimage which begins by the end of April 2015. Business Standard reports  Now, reconstruction work is in full swing as the workers, well-protected with enough layers in sub-zero temperatures, continue to work undeterred.  State authorities have approved a reconstruction and rehabilitation plan for Kedarnath, one of the holiest shrines of the Hindus. It is banking on the recommendations of the Geological Survey of India for planning reconstruction and rehabilitation work at Kedarnath. The Nehru Institute of Mountaineering (NIM) is one such organisation which has been entrusted with the task of reconstruction of the town. A team of 290 people from NIM is deployed at the site besides the police and army personnel.
Principal of NIM, Colonel Ajay Kothiyal, said on Saturday (January 17) they were racing against time to complete the reco…

Sant Rohidas Jayanti – Birth Anniversary of Saint Rohidas in Maharashtra

Sant Rohidas was an ardent devotee of Lord Vitthal and his Jayanti or birth anniversary is annually observed in Magh month. Sant Rohidas Jayanti 2019 date is February 19.
Sant Rohidas was a cobbler (charmakar) by profession. He used to constantly meditate on Lord Vitthal, a manifestation of Bhagvan Sri Krishna. He used to chant bhajans dedicated to the deity.
Legend has it that once Bhagvan Vitthal appeared before Sant Rohidas to help in making 1000 shoes. He had to prepare 1000 shoes on a short notice from the king of the region. He had looked all around for help but got none.
It is said that Vitthal then zappeared as a young boy and asked Sant Rohidas to keep singing bhajans while he made the shoes.
Sant Rohidas was surprised to see the speed of the young boy. He continued singing bhajans and all shoes were prepared in one night.
Next morning the young boy told that he will return after taking bath.
Sant Rohidas took the shoes to the king who was pleased with the work. He was rewar…

Inner satisfaction brings creativity – Dadi Janki

Inner satisfaction brings creativity.
We often find ourselves falling into a routine. We perform tasks the way we have always done them – often for no particular reason. Life becomes monotonous, and we find it difficult to become inspired.
Only when I am happy within myself can I bring creativity to my life. Even though I have to do a number of routine jobs each day, they do not have to become dull – when I am happy, I can think of innovative ways to doing them. Even small changes have a big impact, and I will soon be inspired to make even larger changes to challenge me further.
Real progress can be experienced when we face obstacles.
When I come across a difficulty, I often see it as something negative. Instead of seeing it as threat, I need to regard each new obstacle as an opportunity to stretch myself and develop my skills. If I only attempt things I know I can do easily, I will not experience progress. I need to keep in mind that to develop I need to experience challenges on a r…

Sant Nivruttinath Jayanti

Sant Nivruttinath Jayanti is annually observed in Magh month. It is the birth anniversary of Sant Nivruttinath, elder of brother of the famous Marathi Saint Dnyaneshwar, who wrote the famous Dnayaneshwari – Marathi Bhagavad Gita. Sant Nivruttinath Jayanti 2019 date is February 20.
Hundreds of people participate in various programs organized on the day. Prayers and satsangs are the most important events. Main rituals are held at Trimbakeshwar in Nashik.
Sant Nivruttinath Jayanti is observed on Magh Krishna Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the first day during the waning phase of moon in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.
Related Sant Nivruttinath Yatra at Trimbakeshwar in Nashik in Maharashtra

Anumati – Vedic Goddess

Anumati is the name of a Vedic Goddess. Her name means ‘the favor of the gods.’ In the Vedas she is the goddess of love and is the goddess worshipped for healthy children. Her name is found in the Rig Veda and Atharva Veda.
In post Vedic scriptures, she is the daughter of Sage Angiras and is worshipped as a lunar deity.
In Puranas, She is the wife of Dhata, one of the Adityas. She is also mentioned as the mother of Purnima.
In some Puranas is also a personification of Goddess Shakti.

Alobanath Palki Utsav at Satave – Alobanath Temple Festival

Alobanath Palki Utsav is annually observed in Magh Month. The Palki Utsav is the main festival at the AlobanathTemple located at Satave near Panhala (which is around 20 km from Kolhapur). Alobanath Palki Utsav 2019 date is February 19.
Hundreds of people follow the Palki of Alobanath on the day. Special pujas and rituals are observed on the occasion.
Alobanath Palki Utsav is observed on Magh Purnima Tithi or the full moon day in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Official Websites of Tamil Nadu Hindu Temples to begin E-sales

Nearly 12 famous Tamil Nadu temples under the control of HR and CE Department of Government of Tamil Nadu will begin e-sales. The official websites on these temples will be selling pictures, diaries, calendars, prasadham and religious books.  The Hindu reports
The world famous Meenakshi Sundareswarar temple in Madurai will be the first temple to commence the service in the next few weeks.
“The technical work is on. Soon, the website will have a separate link for e-sales,” said an official at the MeenakshiAmmanTemple.
“The products that we intend to sell are only available within the temple premises now. With this new launch, people can buy it sitting at any corner of the world,” he added.
However, the temple’s signature product ‘Meenakshi Amman Kungumam’ (vermillion) will not be available online. “Some countries do not allow Kungumam. We are studying on that,” a HR and CE official said.
In the next six months, twelve temples would offer e-sales.
“Every temple has something unique and we wan…

Magh Saptami at Konark Sun Temple in Orissa – Saptami Holy Bath

Magh Saptami is dedicated Surya, the sun god in Hinduism and is a highly auspicious date at the famous KonarkSunTemple in Orissa. Magh Saptami at KonarkSunTemple in 2019 date is February 12. Annually more than 500,000 people take holy dip in the confluence of ChandrabhagaRiver and the Bay of Bengal.

Hindu Devotees, including elderly men and women, take holy bath and offer prayers on Magh Saptami as it is believed that it would cleanse them of diseases and wash away their sins.
Legend has it that Sri Krishna’s son Samba was cured of leprosy after a holy dip at the ChandrabhagaRiver. This river once flowed towards the Bay of Bengal through the present day area of the Sun Temple of Konark in Puri District in Orissa. Today, the river no longer exists. What is left is a large pond.
The place where Samba is said to have meditated and worshiped Surya for 12 years after bathing has become a sacred spot and devotees believe it has curative properties.
The day is popularly observed as Ratha Sap…

Anecdote – Rabindranath Tagore

Once I met two ascetics of a certain religious sect in a village of Bengal.
“Can you tell me,” I asked them, “wherein lies the special features of your religion?”
One of them hesitated for a moment and answered. “It is difficult to define that.”
The other said, “No, it’s quite simple. We hold that we have first of all to know our own soul under the guidance of our spiritual teacher, and when we have done that we can find him, who is the Supreme Soul, within us.”
Why don’t you preach your doctrine to all the people of the world?” I asked.
“Whoever feels thirsty will of himself come to the river,” was his reply.
“But then, do you find it so? Are they coming?”
The man gave a gentle smile, and with an assurance which had not the least tinge of impatience or anxiety, he said, “They must come, one and all.”
Rabindranath Tagore
SourceSadhana the Realization of Life By Rabindranath Tagore

Why do Hindus Break Coconut in Ganesh Temples and Before Auspicious Events?

Breaking a coconut in Hindu temples – especially in temples dedicated to Lord Ganesha - and before auspicious events and new beginning is considered highly beneficial in Hinduism. The offering of a coconut is a common offering to a deity in Hindu religion and it is distributed later as ‘prasad.’

The most important reason for offering coconut is that is the purest thing that a human being can offer to a deity. The water and the white kernel inside the coconut are the only unadulterated offering that a devotee makes to the Lord. It is not polluted as it remains covered by the hard outer shell until it is offered to the God.

Lord Ganesh is the deity invoked before any auspicious event or new beginning. Coconut is one of the most favorite foods of Ganesha. This is one reason why coconut is broken during housewarming, after the purchase of new vehicle etc.

Next, the breaking of coconut symbolizes the breaking of the ego. The coconut represents the human body and before the Lord it is shat…

Hindu God Vishnu with a Horse Head – Hayagriva

Hayagriva is an incarnation of Hindu God Vishnu with a horse head. The main purpose of this incarnation of Vishnu was to recover the Vedas, which were stolen by Asuras or Demons. In this incarnation, Vishnu is worshipped in a human body with a horse head. An important temple where the Hayagriva murti is worshipped is the HayagrivaMadhavaTemple at Hajo in Assam.

In Hindu scriptures there are two important legends relating to the incarnation of Hayagriva. The origin of Hayagriva Avatar is dealt in the ‘Shantiparva’ of Mahabharata and the Puranas.
In one legend, Kashyapa Prajapati had a son named Hayagriva which means ‘one with a horse’s head.’ Through intense austerities he pleased Goddess Durga and attained the boon that he will only be killed by another Hayagriva. With this new found strength, Hayagriva started creating mayhem in the world.
Devas approached Vishnu to rescue the world and he readily agreed. A terrific battle ensued between Vishnu and the demon. But with Goddess Durga b…

Prabhakar Maharaj Punyatithi at Solapur

Sadguru Prabhakar Maharaj Punyatithi is annually observed in Magh month. It is the Punyatithi or death anniversary of Prabhakar Maharaj. The day is of great importance at Solapur in Maharashtra. Prabhakar Maharaj Punyatithi 2019 date is February 20.
The main rituals and festivals are held at the Prabhakar Maharaj Mandir. He was one of the great saints in the Bhakti tradition in Maharashtra.
Hundreds of people participate in the various prayer meetings and other programs organized on the day.
Prabhakar Maharaj Punyatithi is annually observed on Magh Krishna Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the first day during the waning phase of moon in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Each Day of a Week Dedicated to a Particular Hindu God

In Hinduism, each day of a week is dedicated to a particular god in the Hindu pantheon. Apart from the special Vratas and Upvaas, many Hindus also fast on a particular day in a week. Each day in a week has a specialty and there are numerous folklores associated with the fasting observed on the days of a week.
Sunday
Sunday is dedicated to Lord Surya (Sun God). Those who undertake fast (upvaas) on the day only take a single meal. Oil and salt is avoided. Red is the color of the day and red flowers are offered to Surya. (more details)
Monday
Monday is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is said that Lord Shiva is easily pleased. Therefore many people observe Upvaas on Monday. Those devotees observing fast only eat food once. People visit Lord Shiva shrines and conduct pujas, especially, Ardhanarishwara puja. The mantra ‘Om Namah Shivaya’ is chanted continuously. Siva devotees also read Shiva Purana. Unmarried women observe the Vrat to get good husbands. Others observe it for a happy and prosper…

Vasant Panchami Thoughts and Quotes

Vasant Panchami announces the arrival of Vasant Ritu or the Spring Season. The biting cold of the winter disappears and sunshine appears. It is a period of regeneration. Flowers, green leaves and fresh fragrance signal, prosperity, hope and love. The festival gets its name from ‘Vasanti’ (yellow) – the color of the fields of mustard crop.
It is also the period when mango trees start flowering. It is also the period when numerous other fruit trees start flowering and puts a fresh coat of green leaves.
The period also heralds the season of love – because it marks the return of vitality and vigor after the harsh and lethargic winter.
Vasant Panchami is also an occasion for worshiping the Hindu God of Love, Kamadeva, and his companion Rati.
Goddess Saraswati — the deity of knowledge – is worshiped on the day. It is an auspicious occasion for the learners of music and other art forms. The period also marks the songs of the returning birds.
Yellow is the color of the period as it stands f…

Soundarya Lahari Teachings

Shiva is capable of action only when He is united with Shakti. Otherwise He is not capable of any movement. How can anyone, who has not accumulated enough punya, sing your praises or prostrate before you who is the object of worship even for the trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva? (Verse 1)
Brahma collects the fine dust from your lotus feet and performs the act of creation. Vishnu supports all the worlds thus created with his thousand heads (in the form of Adi Sesha) with great effort.  During the dissolution, Shiva converts the universe into fine ash and smears his body with it. (Verse 2)
You are the sun that illumines the inner darkness. To the ignorant, you are a blossoming flower, oozing streams of honey. To the poor, you are the jewel that grants everything one desires. And to those drowning in the ocean of death and rebirth, you are the tusk of the wild boar. (Verse 3)

O Devi! All the other gods, except you, show the ‘abhaya’ (palm raised up to indicate ‘no-fear’) and ‘varada’…

Saraswati Puja in Bengal

Saraswati Puja in Bengal is observed on the Magh Shukla Paksha (Magha Bahula) Panchami – fifth day during the waxing phase of moon in traditional calendar followed in Bengal. Saraswati Puja 2019 date in Bengal is on February 10. This puja is of great significance in Nepal, Bengal, Orissa, Jharkhand, Tripura and Assam. Freshly made murtis of Goddess Saraswati are prepared on the day. The color Yellow is given importance on the day.

The day is observed as Saraswati Jayanti and Basant Panchami in North India. Toddlers are initiated into the world of letters on the day. Young children would sit in the lap of the priest or elders; hold a piece of chalk in his fingers and with the Goddess as witness writes at least one alphabet in local language under the guidance of the elder or priest.
School children, college goers, artists, musicians, teachers and all those people directly or indirectly associated with letters and music actively participate in the Saraswati Puja. Some people place thei…

Importance of Yellow Color on Basant Panchami and Saraswati Puja

During Basant Panchami and Saraswati Puja the color yellow is given great importance as it signifies the ripening of fruits and crops during spring season.

Yellow also stands for prosperity and love.

Yellow color is also associated with learning and knowledge.

Gods and Goddesses in home and temples are decorated with yellow colored clothes.

Yellow colored food and sweets are distributed on the day.

The murtis of Goddess Saraswati that are sold during the period are also adorned with Yellow colored saris.

Vasant Panchami - Importance of the Spring Festival - Basant Panchami

Vasant Panchami or Basant Panchami is an important Hindu festival which falls on the fifth day of the Magh month (January – February). Vasant means ‘spring’ and thus it heralds the spring season. Vasant Panchami 2017 date is February 1. Yellow color is given great importance during Basant Panchami as it signifies the ripening of fruits and crops during spring season. Thus Vasant Panchami is also an occasion of nature worship.
It is also an important festival dedicated to Goddess Saraswati (goddess of learning) and is celebrated mainly in North India.
What to do on Vasant Panchami? People usually wear yellow colored clothes and worship Goddess Saraswati, Lord Surya (Sun God), Mother Ganga (Ganges) and Bhu Devi (Mother Earth). The worship of Sun, Earth and Water (Ganges) is a thanksgiving to the nature for sustaining us.
Gods and Goddesses in home are decorated with yellow colored clothes. Yellow colored food and sweets are distributed on the day. Yellow stands for prosperity and lov…

About Goddess Hemambika

Goddess Hemambika is a form of Mother Goddess Shakti. She is a minor manifestation and is more sort of a regional deity. In this form, Mother Goddess Devi or Durga is of golden color. Hema here refers to Golden hue. Temples dedicated to Goddess Hemambika are found in South India. In Kerala, the worship is unique, as only the hands of Goddess can be seen.
Legend has it that once the priest at a Hemambika temple looked with sexual desire at the beautiful form of the Goddess. An angry Goddess concealed herself in water and never appeared again. The murti worshipped in the temple is in the form of hands coming out of a well.
Some of the other legends have it that the complete manifestation was not possible due to the impatience of her devotees. Before the complete manifestation devotees jumped into a lake to touch her hands and she disappeared with only hands emerging from the lake.
One of the popular temples dedicated to this form of Goddess Shakti is the KallekulangaraHemambikaTemple, …

Shukravar Vrat or Upvaas: Friday Dedicated to Santhoshi Ma and Shukra or Venus

In Hindu religion, each day of a week is dedicated to a particular God or Goddesses. Friday or Shukrawar is dedicated to Shakti – the Mother Goddess in Hinduism – and Shukra or Venus. One of the most important Vrat or Upvaas (fast) on the day is dedicated to Santhoshi Matha (an incarnation of Shakti). The fasting is also known as ‘Solah Shukravar Vrats because a devotee fasts for 16 consecutive Fridays. White color is given importance on Friday.
Another deity that is propitiated on the day is Shukra, who is known to provide joy and material wealth. The period of Shukra in one’s astrological chart is considered to be most productive and luckily period. Worship of Shakti – Durga, Kali and other forms – on Friday is considered highly auspicious. Shakti temples in India attract large number of devotees on this day. Devotees wear white colored dress on this day. The fasting on Shukravar begins at sunrise and ends with sunset. The person fasting only partakes in the evening meal. White col…

Ravi Yog October 2015 time and date

Ravi Yog is a specific time period in Hindu lunar month and is a good time for important ceremonies. October 2015 Ravi Yog time and dates are given below: It is stated that Ravi Yog annihilates the bad timings. All bad Muhurtas are overcome during Ravi Yoga.
Ravi Yog October 2015 time and date
7:28 AM on October 3 to 7:13 AM on October 4 9:44 AM on October 16 to 11:43 AM on October 17 1:13 PM on October 18 to 2:11 PM on October 19 2:20 PM on October 21 to 1:29 PM on October 22 5:02 AM on October 26 to 2:13 AM on October 27
This auspicious time for new beginnings and buying is followed in North India and western parts of India. The popular belief is that Ravi Yog nullifies all the bad muhurtas.

Lakshmi Devi Yatra at Manjari near Chikodi in Karnataka

Lakshmi Devi Yatra is annually observed at Manjari near Chikodi in Karnataka. The important rituals are held at the LakshmiDeviTemple at Manjari. Lakshmi Devi Yatra 2019 date is February 11.
The festival attracts hundreds of people arrive to the Goddess Lakshmi Devi Mandir. Important rituals and prayers are held on the day.
Lakshmi Devi Yatra is annually observed on Magh Shukla Paksha Sashti Tithi or the sixth day during the waxing phase of moon in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Karnataka.

New Hindu pilgrimage circuit linking ancient temples and sacred places in Northeast India

Government of India is planning a new Hindu pilgrimage circuit linking ancient temples and sacred place in Northeast India with established pilgrimage circuits like Mathura and Gujarat. Plans include to the link Vaishnav tradition of Manipur, Shaiva tradition of Tripura and the three Shakti peeths — Kamakhya in Assam, Jayanti in Meghalaya and Tripura Sundari in Tripura. The Indian Express reports  A grand plan to reassert the Hindu roots of the Northeast states is afoot as the government is preparing to map a new Hindu pilgrimage circuit by linking ancient temples and other places in the region that are mentioned in mythology. Sources said the Shiva temple at Umananda, the world’s smallest river island in Assam, would also be showcased. According to mythology, Krishna’s consort Rukmini was from a local tribe in Arunachal Pradesh. The state’s pilgrimage site of Parasuram Kund and its old tribes which worship Krishna are also expected to find a place in the new circuit.

Pandit Rajmani Tigunait on Reincarnation

Excerpts from an article on Reincarnation by Pandit Rajmani Tigunait
We are born to become the creator of our own destiny. Because we have the capacity to conceive the idea of past, present, and future, as well as the capacity to see the connection between cause and effect, we have the ability to bring a desirable change in life here and hereafter. Those who use this capacity to their advantage are destined to reincarnate, while those who are careless remain subject to rebirth.  Individuals who reincarnate are able to descend only because they once ascended. They rose above the world of short-lived pleasure and pain. They clearly saw the transient nature of worldly objects and achievements. They realized the value of life and made a sincere effort to free themselves from the bondage of samsara. They cultivated a clear, calm, and tranquil mind, sharpened their intellect, and acquired the power of discernment. They concluded that their body and senses are tools to identify and awaken …

Shri Sant Ghadgenath Maharaj Punyatithi at Kole near Satara

Shri Sant Ghadgenath Maharaj Punyatithi is annually observed in Magh month. It is the death anniversary of the divine soul Shri Sant Ghadgenath Maharaj. The day is observed mainly at KoleVillage near Satara. Shri Sant Ghadgenath Maharaj Punyatithi 2019 date is February 10.
A temple dedicated to Sant Ghadgenath Maharaj is located at Kole near Satara. Hundreds of people gather here to pay respect to the saint. Special pujas, satsangs and prayer meetings are organized on the day.
Shri Sant Ghadgenath Maharaj Punyatithi is annually observed on Magh Shukla Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waxing phase of moon in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Kala Hanuman – Black Hanuman Murti (Idol) in Hindu Temples

Kala Hanuman is the name used to refer to Black Hanuman Murti (Idol) in HinduTemple. This form of Hanuman is associated with Shani Bhagvan or Saturn. It is widely believed that Shani – the malefic planet – will not harm Hanuman devotees.
Legend has it that Hanuman had rescued Shani from Ravana’s prison. Shani was imprisoned by Ravana to avoid any problems in his life. Hanuman who had gone in search of Mata Sita found Shani imprisoned. He rescued him. (You can read the entire story of Hanuman and Shani here.)
For rescuing him, Shani gave Hanuman the boon that he will not trouble his devotees. Shani promised not to trouble or cause hardships to Hanuman devotees. From that day people started worshiping Hanuman to escape from Shani.
Black is the color associated with Shani, so it is believed that black murti of Hanuman is more effective in alleviating troubles associated with the bad positioning of Shani in horoscope.
Those people going through Sade Sati period find relief after offering…

Renovated 120-year-old Sri Senpaga Vinayagar Temple in Ceylon Road in Singapore to be consecrated on January 26, 2015 – Maha Kumbhabishegam

SriSenpagaVinayagarTemple in Ceylon Road in Singapore is 120 years old and the renovation process is nearing completion. The Maha Kumbhabishegam, or the consecration ceremony, of the temple will be held on January 26, 2015. This is the second oldest Hindu temple in Singapore and is dedicated to Vinayagar – Hindu God Ganesha.
The temple was established by Tamil speaking people from Sri Lanka.
The original murti (idol) worshipped in the temple was found on the bank of a nearby stream in the 1850s. The temple is built in the ancient South Indian Chola temple architectural style.
The temple is noted for a unique musical pillar.
The main entrance is modeled after ancient Hindu temples in India. The beautifully etched entrance stone is only found in this temple in Singapore.
32-forms of Ganesha are carved on four granite pillars in the temple.
The temple flag and main dome is gold plated. The Straits Times reports The new complex has a two-storey building that will include a kindergarten, a…