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Rice is Prohibited on Ekadashi – Why Rice is not eaten on Ekadashi?

Rice is prohibited while observing Ekadashi Fasting. But why is rice not eaten on Ekadashi. The story of Ekadasi in Hinduism is associated with Lord Vishnu annihilating Demon Mura.
It is believed that demon Mura found a dwelling place in the rice and a young woman appeared from Lord Vishnu to annihilate Mura on Ekadashi tithi.
Therefore, devotees who fast on the Ekadashi day avoid food made from rice.

In fact, all grains and pulses are avoided on the day.

Story of Ekadashi Vrat

Story of Ekadashi Vrat happened during the Satya Yuga and is mentioned in the Puranas. Legend has it that Bhagavan Srihari Vishnu was engaged in battle with Demon Mura during the Satya Yuga.
The battle went for several days and feeling tired Bhagavan Vishnu decided to rest.
However, Demon Mura decided to attack Srihari Vishnu while he was sleeping.
Suddenly a young girl appeared from the body of Bhagavan Vishnu and she annihilated demon Mura.

She was the primordial mother and pleased with Her, Srihari Vishnu called her Ekadashi as she appeared on the eleventh day of the fortnight.
He also granted her the boon that anyone who observes fasting on Ekadashi Tithi will become free of all sins and will attain moksha.

Potharaju During Bonalu Procession

Potharaju is the brother of Goddess Mahankali. He is a fierce looking man and is part of procession to Mother Goddess temples. Today many people dress like Potharaju and leads the Bonalu procession. He walks ahead of the procession whipping himself. He is part of Bonalu procession, Pochamma Thalli and Ellamma Thalli.


Potharaju symbolically represents masculine power, which can weed out all physical evils affecting the devotees of Goddess Mahankali. Thus, he is a protector or guardian deity.

Usually Potharaju is a well-built man, whose body is covered with turmeric powder and red vermilion on forehead. He wears a red dhoti. Bells are tied to the ankle and dances to the sound of drums.

Potharaju carries a whip and lashes it against his body to the sound of drum beats. He is followed by women carrying bonam or by females who tie neem leaves around their waist and are in a trance.
Sometimes Potharaju goes into a trance and predicts the future of the community.

Bol Bom Dedicated to Shiva in Shravan Month

The Hindu Shravan month witnesses thousands of devotees visiting various shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva. The pilgrims shout ‘Bol Bom’ or ‘Bhol Bom’ meaning ‘Say Shiva’ during the pilgrimage. In some places the pilgrimage itself is referred as Bol Bom. The term is used mainly during the pilgrimage to DeograhBabaBaidyanathTemple from Sultanganj (Shravani Mela).
In Nepal, Hindu devotees take part in a ‘Bol Bom’ pilgrimage in Kathmandu on Monday in Shravana Month. The devotees run or walk barefooted for kilometers to reach the PashupatinathTemple seeking good health, wealth and happiness.
The Bol Bom yatris are also known as Kanwarias in India and they participate in the Kanwar Yatra. They carry the sacred Gangajal to home and ShivaTemples to bath the Shivling.
Related Why Gangajal is poured on Shivling in the month of Shravan?

Kanwariya – Yatra by Hindu Pilgrims carrying Ganga Water to bath Shivling in Shravan Month

In the month of Shravan (July – August) the roads of Delhi, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan, Punjab, Bihar and Jharkhand will be taken over by saffron-clad Hindu devotees carrying Ganga water. They are the Kanwariya who are undertaking the Kanwar Yatra. They collect water from the Ganga in Haridwar, Gangotri, Gaumukh, Allahabad, Sultanganj and other holy places and return home to bathe the Shiva Lingam in their homes or villages on the Amavasi day in the Shravan month.
Why They Are Known as Kanwariyas and What They do?The name Kanwariya because they carry a pole called ‘Kanwar’ on their shoulders and pots with Ganga Water hang from the two sides of the pole. It is estimated that more than six million Kanwarias visit various holy places through which Ganga flows in Uttarakhand.
Another one million devotees carry Ganga water from Sultanganj – the only place where Ganga flows towards north – to the famous Deogarh Shiva temple during Shravan Mela. Some devotees in Uttar Pr…

Antahkarana meaning in English – What is Antahkaran in Hinduism?

Meaning of Antahkarana in English is internal instrument. Antahkaran are four in numbers. They are:

Mind (Manas) Ego (Ahamkara) Intellect (Budhi) Memory (Chitta)
In Hinduism, the concept of Antahkarana is associated with Vedanta.

Proper understanding and functioning of Antahkarana helps in attaining moksha or liberation.

Karmendriyas in English – What is Karmendriya in Hinduism?

The English meaning of Karmendriyas is the five lower sense organs. They are:

Feet Hands Rectum Genitals Mouth

Karmendriya means Karma and Indra. Karma means action and Indra is the God of the ‘sensory’ heaven in Hinduism.
Control of Karmendriyas is essential for a peaceful life on earth. It is also necessary for attaining moksha or liberation.

Jnanendriyas in English - What is Jnanendriya in Hinduism?

The English meaning of Jnanendriyas is the five lower sense organs. They are EarsEyesNoseTongue andSkin
Jnanendriya means Jnana and Indra. Jnana means wisdom and Indra is the God of the ‘sensory’ heaven in Hinduism.

Control of Jnanendriyas is essential for a peaceful life on earth. It is also necessary for attaining moksha or liberation.

Meaning of Ganapati – Why is Ganesha referred as Ganpati?

The meaning of Ganapati – Gan means ‘samooh’ or society and pati means ‘Swami’ or leader. Ganesha is referred as Ganpati because he is the leader or commander of the society.
In human body, there are five Jnanendriyas (five sense of organs), 5 Karmendriyas (five organs of action) and 4 antakaran – mind, ego, intellect and memory. These powers are controlled, maintained and executed by 14 deities. These 14 deities arise and fall in Ganesha.
The most popular story on birth of Ganesha in Puranas suggest that Shiva made Ganesha the commander in chief of Ganas and therefore he is known as Ganapati.

Why Hindu God Ganesha or Ganapati is known as Siddhi Vinayak?

Hindu God Ganesha or Ganapati is known as Siddhi Vinayak because it is believed that he is the giver of all Siddhis – meaning perfection or accomplishment or attainment or success or talents.
All Siddhis reside in Ganapati and we can achieve them only with His blessings.
Therefore, before starting any new we chant the mantra Sri Ganeshaya Nama.

Quilla Temple Dedicated to Lord Ram in Nizamabad – Raghunathalayam in a Fort in Nizamabad

Quilla Temple is located inside Quilla Indur or Fort Indur in Nizamabad. The temple is dedicated to Lord Ram. The shrine is also known as Raghunathalayam as Ragunath Rishi performed intense austerities and meditation here.
The fort and the temple is believed to have constructed by the Rashtrakuta Kings in the 10th century.
The fort has fountains, meditation hall and kalyana mandapa (marriage hall).
The Sri Ram Temple in the fort is the biggest and is noted for its magnificence.
The murti of Sri Ram is in the shape of Kurma (tortoise). Mata Sita is seated nearby.
The meditation hall in the fort is where Rishi Raghunatha Swami spent several years meditating. If one sits and chant ‘OM’ in the hall we can hear it echoing.
A big pillar near the temple with a lamp atop it is lit every day.
There is also an ornate Dwajasthamba or flag post in front of the temple.
At the bottom of the hillock, on which the Sri Ram temple stands, there is a temple dedicated to Hanuman. The murti of Hanuman…

Shivling Worshipped in Lingaraj Temple in Orissa to have Silver Cover

The Shivling worshipped in LingarajTemple in Orissa will be covered with silver cladding. The stone Shiv Lingam was earlier covered with silver cover but was discontinued. The New Indian Express reports The ‘Shiv Linga’ at Lingaraj temple will once again have a silver cladding from Monday. The decision was taken at a meeting of Lingaraj Temple Trust Board presided by its chairman, Additional District Magistrate (ADM) Abanikanta Patnaik. Patnaik said the board decided to clad the ‘Linga’ with silver cover again from Monday. The silver cover had adorned the ‘Linga’ for a few days after it was donated by a devotee last year. But, it was removed following a dispute, he said. The ADM said the meeting of the board was convened following the decision of the sub-committee to clad the ‘Linga’ with silver from any Monday.

Lakshmi Narasimha Ashtottara Shatanama Stotram in Telugu in pdf

Lakshmi Narasimha Ashtottara Shatanama Stotram is the names of Lord Narasimha. The prayer is chanted for peace and prosperity and for overcoming fear and enemies. The stotram in Telugu in pdf format is given below. The text or lyrics of Lakshmi Narasimha Ashtottara Shatanama Stotram in Telugu language is provided by Sundar Kidambi of prapatti.

LinkTelugu Lakshmi Narasimha Ashtottara Shatanama Stotram

Krishna Stuti Lyrics in Hindi – Sri Krishna Stuti in pdf format

Krishna Stuti is dedicated to Bhagavan Sri Krishna. You can find the link to the Krishna Stuti Lyrics in Hindi in pdf format below. The prayer is chanted daily morning and evening for attaining peace and prosperity. The document in pdf in Hindi language is provided by Sundar Kidambi of prapatti.

LinkKrishna Stuti Lyrics in Hindi

Importance of Guru Poornima

Guru Poornima or Guru Purnima is celebrated on the full moon day in month of Ashadh (July). The day is dedicated to Gurus, especially to sage Veda Vyas, and therefore Guru Poornima is also known as Vyas Poornima. On this day, disciples venerate their Guru. Guru Purnima 2018 date is July 27.
The Guru Gita in the Skanda Purana written by Sage Ved Vyasa hails guru in this famous verse:
Guru brahma Guru vishnu Gururdevo Maheshwaraha
Guruhu sakshaat Parambrahman tasmai Shrigurave namaha “Guru is Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva,
Veneration to the Guru who has manifested as Parabrahman.” It must be noted here that Guru is a person who removes darkness or ignorance. The true Guru is the one who removes ‘Maya’ and puts us on the path to Brahman.
School and college teachers are Guru but not the Guru mentioned in the Sanatana Dharma.
Guru can be anyone – sometimes even a child – who removes darkness or ignorance.
The day is celebrated as Vyas Poornima because Sage Vyas is the original Guru of Santana D…

Purity is the goal of all spiritual practices

Change is the changeless law of life. We cannot help change but we can learn to adjust ourselves to change. The secret lies in how to adjust, what to hold on and what to let go. An understanding of essentials and non-essentials is what is needed. This alone can make us live spiritual life in right earnest.
All changes notwithstanding, essentials of spirituality remain unchanged and they will remain for times to come. Yes, a restatement and rewording of these essentials may be needed but no alteration is required with the essentials.
What are the essentials of living a spiritual life? Or the most essential condition for spirituality? Purity. Purity of what we want is important and if we want God we are on the right path. It is this purity of intention or seeking that finally leads the formation of a pure character which is what spirituality finally leads one to.
This is the goal of all spiritual practices — purity.

SourceVedanta Kesari Editorial December 2014

Vooru Panduga at Nizamabad in Telangana

Vooru Panduga is observed on first Sunday at Nizamabad during the waning phase of moon in Ashada month (July – August) as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Telangana. People of the region organize it for a good harvest in the coming year. It is also observed for peace, prosperity and good health. in 2015, Vooru Panduga date is August 2.
In Vooru Panduga, new murtis (idols) of Mother Goddess are created and installed at Goddess Saradamba temple in Nizamabad.
The murtis are carved out of mango tree wood.
The carving of murtis begin on the Tuesday before the Sunday when the festival is held. On Tuesday, village servants pour bandaru on streets.
Village servants known as Kamdars receive the murti from the carpenters on Saturday.
The murtis are then placed at the altar of Goddess Saradamb, at the footsteps of Indur fort in Nizamabad.
On Sunday, the murtis are taken in a huge procession around the town. Thousands of devotees gather to witness the procession.
During the fest…

Goddess Kalavikarni – About Hindu Goddess Kalavikarnika

Kalavikarni is a manifestation of Mother Goddess Shakti. It is believed that Goddess Kalavikarnika is one of the eight goddesses that appeared to help Paramasiva (Shiva) in creating the universe.
She is one of the eight aspects of Shiva and are residents of pure regions or Suddhabhuvanas.
Goddess Kalavikarni is also included in the list of Goddesses who are referred as Suddhasuddhatatvas – mainly meaning purest of the purest regions.
Goddess Kalavikarni is also mentioned in the puranas as a fever goddess. Nothing much in detail is given about this aspect. She holds a skull as a cup.

Kalachakra in Hinduism

Kalachakra is the time wheel.  The term is mostly used in Hinduism to refer to the passage of time or time personified as mute witness. Time is perceived in form of a chakra or rotating wheel.

Kalachakra is also associated with Kala (Yama – the Hindu god of death) and Rudra Shiva or one of his fierce forms that appear at the end of one cycle of creation to devour all animate and inanimate.



Yama is associated with Kalachakra because for an individual his arrival marks transformation into another form.
Kalchakra has no beginning or end. The rotation of Kalachakra continues forever.

Old-Age Home for Temple Elephants in Kerala

Aged elephants in Kerala will soon get an old-age home – a geriatric centre. The Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB), which manages a large number of Hindu Temples in southern Kerala including the SabarimalaAyyappaTemple, will set up the geriatric care centre. DNA reports Temple elephants, suffering from various age-related ailments, will be shifted to the geriatric care centre and given special care and treatment under trained mahouts and veterinarians. Kerala is home to a large number of captive elephants in India.   "The geriatric care centre is planned to be set up in Thiruvananthapuram or in central Kerala. We are planning to shift aged elephants, kept at TDB temples, to the new centre. They will be given scientific care and upkeep there," Devaswom Commissioner P Venugopal said.

Krishna Mangalam Lyrics in Hindi – Sri Krishna Mangalam in pdf format

Krishna Mangalam is dedicated to Bhagavan Sri Krishna. You can find the link to the Krishna Mangalam Lyrics in Hindi in pdf format below. The prayer is chanted daily morning and evening for attaining peace and prosperity. The document in pdf in Hindi language is provided by Sundar Kidambi of prapatti.

LinkKrishna Mangalam Lyrics in Hindi

Mannarpolur Temple – Where Sri Krishna is worshipped along with Jambavathi

Mannarpolur Temple, also known as Azhagu Mallari Krishnaswami Temple, is an ancient shrine located at Mannarpolur 3 km west of Sullurpeta in Nellore District of Andhra Pradesh. Located on the banks of Kalindi River, the 10th century shrine is associated with the famous Syamantaka Mani incident in the Srimad Bhagavad Purana. Sri Krishna is worshipped along with Jambavathi as his consort and this makes the temple unique.



Legend has it that the fight for Syamantaka Mani between Sri Krishna took place here.
In the main sanctum sanctorum, Bhagavan Sri Krishna is worshipped along with Satyabhama and Jambavathi. The dwarpalakas of the main sanctum sanctorum are Sugriva and Jambhavan.
Just outside the main sanctum sanctorum, there is a murti of Lord Venkateswara.
There is a separate shrine dedicated to Rukmini who is worshipped here as Soundaravalli Thayar.
There is a very important subsidiary shrine dedicated to Sri Rama, Sita and Lakshmana along Hanuman.
There are two dwajasthambams (flag …

Sudarshana Mantra in Kannada in pdf – Sudarshan Mantra in Kannada Text

Sudarshana Mantra is a prayer dedicated to the Sudarshan Chakra of Lord Vishnu. Below is the Sudarshana Mantra in Kannada text in pdf. The prayer is chanted for overcoming fear and for defeating enemies. The document in pdf in Kannada language is provided by Sundar Kidambi of prapatti.

Link – Sudarshana Mantra in Kannada

Sudarshana Mantra in Hindi in pdf – Sudarshan Mantra in Hindi Text

Sudarshana Mantra is a prayer dedicated to the Sudarshan Chakra of Lord Vishnu. Below is the Sudarshana Mantra in Hindi text in pdf. The prayer is chanted for overcoming fear and for defeating enemies. The document in pdf in Hindi language is provided by Sundar Kidambi of prapatti.

Link – Sudarshana Mantra in Hindi

Rankini Devi – About Goddess Rankini

Goddess Rankini is a manifestation of Mother Goddess Shakti. She is mainly worshipped in eastern parts of India, especially in Orissa, Jharkhand and Bengal. From ancient times, the tribes of the region worshiped her. Her shrines are mainly located in deep jungles. She is also a popular fertility deity in the region.
There is no reference of Rankini Devi in the Vedas, Puranas or Epics.



Goddess Rankini is invoked for protection. She was the guardian deity who helped people who ventured into the forest for various purposes.
Today, Goddess Rankini is worshipped like other forms of Mother Goddess. She is worshiped for wish fulfillment and for early cure of diseases. She is also worshipped by couples for good and healthy children.
The murti of Goddess Rankini is a naturally occurring stone with marks of her presence.
Even today animals are offered to her as part of sacrifice ritual.
Important temples dedicated to Rankini Devi are located in Jamshedhpur and Ghatshila.

Shakti Ganapati

Shakti Ganapati is one among the 32 forms of Hindu God Ganesh. This form of Ganesha is worshipped for the control of the five senses. Shakti Ganapati Mantra is Alingya deveem haritandgyashtim
parasparakshlishta katipradesham!
Sandhyarunam pashasni vahantham
bhayapaham Shakti ganeshameede

In this form Ganesha is depicted as hugging a Goddess. Some scholars are also of the view that this is a Tantric posture of Ganapati.

The color of Shakti Ganapathi is deep red like setting sun. He has four hands and holds a noose, flower garland, one hand is in blessing posture and with the fourth he hugs the goddess, who is seated on this lap.

It is believed that prayers to this form helps in controlling the sense organs, so that a devotee will concentrate on his mission and achieve it without any major trouble.

Yakshi in Hindu Religion

Talk about Yakshi and what comes to the mind is a beautiful woman who turns into a fierce being and eat men. But the concept of Yakshi is as old as the Vedas. Although they were not part of the Vedic Pantheon. Voluptuous figures of Yakshi as old as third century BC have been discovered.
Thus, she was a concept that was known to the people of Vedic era.

She was associated with trees and water and thus part of nature spirits. Her figures had massive breasts, hips and thighs but slender thighs. She was plump and irresistibly beautiful.

To show her connection with nature, she is mostly depicted as standing beneath a tree.

In many folklores, Yakshi appears in terrifying form. She uses her heavenly beauty to lure men into their deaths. It is said that Yakshi enjoy men’s sexual favors before eating them.

Yakshini is part of sculptures in temples but here she is a guardian deity protecting the sanctum sanctorum.
In modern times, Yakshi is connected with women who had unnatural death, who we…

Kapardikeshwar Yatra at Otur near Junnar in Maharashtra

Kapardikeshwar Yatra at Otur is annually held in Shravan month. It is observed at the Kapardikeshwar temple at Otur near Junnar in Maharashtra. Kapardikeshwar Yatra at Otur 2019 dates are August 5, August 12, August 19 and August 26.



The yatra is held on all Mondays in Shravan month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.
The main ritual involves pouring of water, bilva leaves and milk on the Shivling here.
Devotees arrive from early morning to observe the ritual.

Nagnath Yatra at Nagnath Wadi near Lalgun in Satara District in Maharashtra

Nagnath Yatra at Nagnath Wadi is annually held in Shravan month. It is observed at the Nagnath temple at Nagnath Wadi near Lalgun in Satara District. Nagnath Yatra at Nagnath Wadi 2019 dates are August 5, August 12, August 19 and August 26.

The yatra is held on all Mondays in Shravan month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.
The shrine has equal importance to Shiva and Nag Devatas.
The main ritual involves pouring of water, bilva leaves and milk on the Shivling here.
Devotees arrive from early morning to observe the ritual.

Guhagar Temple – Hindu Temples at Guhagar Town near Ratnagiri in Maharashtra

Guhagar Town is located around 44 km from Chiplun in Ratnagiri Distirct in Maharashtra. The town has two famous Hindu Temples. Guhagar Temple include Durga Devi Temple and Vyadeshwar temple.
Guhagar Durga Devi Temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga and is the family deity or Kuldaivata of Chitpavan families. There are four subsidiary shrines in the main temple complex. Thus making it a five deity temple – Panchayatan.
Vyadeshwar temple is dedicated to Shiva. It is believed that the temple is constructed at the spot where Bhagvan Shiva gave darshan to Parashuram.
Shiva is known here as Vyadeshwar because the Shivling was installed by Vyad Muni.
The temple also has subsidiary shrines dedicated to Surya, Ganesha, Parvati and Vishnu and Lakshmi. There are also murtis of Nandi, Garuda and Maruti in the temple complex.

Hanuman Kavach Lyrics in Bengali– Hanuman Kavach Prayer in Bengali in pdf

Chanting Hanuman Kavach or Anjaneya Kavach is considered highly meritorious. Below is the link to Hanuman Kavach lyrics in Bengali in pdf. It can be can be chanted on all days. The text is in Bengali language. Chanting the mantra on Hanuman Jayanti is highly meritorious.
It is highly auspicious to chant the mantra on Tuesday and Saturday.
It is chanted for gaining self confidence and for peace and prosperity.
Those facing problems related to Shani Bhagavan in life will get relief by chanting the Hanuman Kavach on Saturday.

LinkHanuman Kavach Lyrics in Bengali

Rig Veda Chapter X, Verse 129 on Creation

Then there was neither entity nor non-entity; there was no world, no sky, nor anything beyond it. What enveloped all? Where? For whose happiness was it? Was it water, unapproachable and profound?
Then death was not, nor immortality. There was no  means of distinguishing night and day. That One live with self-supporting power, breathing without air. There was nothing different from, or above, it.
In the beginning there was darkness hidden in darkness; all this was undistinguishable chaos. That which, being everywhere, was wrapped in indistinctness, grew into one by the great power of austerity of contemplation.
A first arose Desire, which is the primal germ of mind. Sages searching with their heart’s thought have found the kinship of the existent in the non-existent.
The spreading ray of light, was it across, below, or above? There were impregnating powers, there were mighty forces; the self-supported was below, and the energizer above.
Who knows truly, and who can here declare, whenc…

Story of Hanuman Dancing on Ravana’s Head

Hanuman dancing on Ravana’s head happened on the first day of the battle between Ram and Ravana in the Ramayana. When the first day of battle was about to end, Ravana appeared on the highest tower in Lanka. Ravan was disappointed to find his troops retreating defeated at the hands of monkeys and bears.
Hanuman, who happened to see Ravana standing on the tower, took a giant leap and landed on the demon king’s head.
Hanuman then began dancing on the ten heads of Ravana. He began kicking down the crowns of Ravan.



The entire Rakshasa army was in a state shock seeing this dishonorable act. Rakshasas (demons) put down their head in shame.
The vanaras (monkeys) and balukas (bears) were amused by this act and started roaring in approval.
Hanuman dancing on Ravana’s head is not part of Valmiki Ramayan but is mentioned as Hanuman’s heroics in many texts.
Dancing on Ravana’s head was an attempt by Hanuman to put psychological pressure on the powerful demons. It did work very well. Soon self do…

Kaleshwaram Temple – Kaleshwara Mukteswara Swamy Temple

Kaleshwaram Temple is located at Kaleshwaram Town in Karimnagar District in Telangana. The shrine is popularly known as Kaleshwara Mukteshwara Swamy Temple and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The shrine is located on the banks of Godavari River.
 The popular belief is that Kaleshwaram is the Triveni Sangamam or the meeting point of Pranahita River, Godavari River and the Saraswati River. 


The unique aspect of the Kaleshwaram Temple is that there are two Shivlings on a single pedestal or panavattam. Ammavaru his consort is worshiped separately. 
Shiva is worshipped here as Mukteshwara and Kaleshwara. Kaleshwar Shivling symbolically represents Lord Yama.
Kaleshwaram, Draksharamam and Srisailam are together known as Trilinga Desham.
There is also a unique sculpture of fish in the temple, which is noteworthy.
There are also murtis of Ganesha, Mother Goddess, Hanuman and Dattatreya in the temple.

Mondays and Pradoshas in a month are highly auspicious.

Special pujas and rituals are held during…

Why is Shravan Month Auspicious?

Shravan Mahina (July – August) is one of the holiest months in a traditional Hindu calendar. The month is dedicated to Lord Shiva and millions of Shiva devotees visit various shrines and offer water, milk and belpatra (Bilva leaves). Mondays in Shrawan month is considered highly auspicious to offer prayers to Lord Shiva. 
The month is known as Shravan because it is governed by the star ‘Shravan.’

Story Legend has it that during the famous Samudra Manthan episode (Churning of Ocean) mentioned in the Puranas, 14 types of precious things came out as a result of the churning of the ocean. Asuras (Demons) and Devas (Demi Gods) shared thirteen of them. The last precious thing that appeared was the called ‘halahal’. It had the power to destroy the universe. To save the universe, Lord Shiva consumed the ‘halahal’ and stored it in his throat.
When Lord Shiva started consuming the poison, all the Gods and holy saints appeared on the sky and started offering the holy Ganga water to Lord Shiva to …

Jamalapuram Venkateswara Swamy Temple Timings – Opening and Closing and Darshan Time at Jamalapuram Venkateswara Swamy

Jamalapuram Venkateswara Swamy Temple is located near Yerrupalem town in Khammam District of Telangana. Jamalapuram Venkateswara Swamy temple timings in detail is given below. Please note that the opening and closing time in the temple will be extended during temple festival and other important rituals. There will be no darshan and the temple will remain closed during grahan or eclipse.
Jamalapuram Venkateswara Swamy Temple Timings
Morning Darshan Timing – 6:00 AM to 12:30 PM (Darshan will not be allowed during certain important rituals which might of 15 to 30 minutes duration). Evening Darshan Timing – 4:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Specia pujas are performed on Ekadasi days.
The extended time is mostly on Vaikunta Ekadasi and during annual temple festival (brahmostsavam).

Story of the Birth of Jambavan – the bear – in the Ramayana

Jambavan is the Chiranjeevi (one without death) Bear in the Ramayana. His age or date of birth cannot be ascertained. The story of the Birth of Jambavan begins when there was no earth or living being.
As per Hindu belief, one day time of Brahma ended and night had started. Then suddenly demons Madhu and Kaithaba was born from the ear-wax of Lord Vishnu. They began to create trouble in the waters.
Then they saw Brahma, God of creation, sitting on a lotus which appeared from the navel of Vishnu. They challenged him to fight.
Four-faced Brahma was afraid of the demons and his middle face began to sweat.
The sweat flowed from the cheeks to loins.
Jambavan appeared from that sweat.
As he was the first person who entered the region of Jambudwipa he came to be known as Jambavan.
As he was born when there was no universe or time his age or date of birth could not be ascertained.

At the time of Ramayana it is believed that Jambavan was six Manvantaras old.

Ashada Purnima Festival 2019 at Shirdi Sai Baba Temple – Guru Purnima Festival at Shirdi

The Purnima or the full moon day in Ashada Month (June – July), which is popularly known as Guru Purnima, is of great significance at the ShirdiSaiBabaTemple. The Sai Baba Ashada Purnima Utsav begins on July 15, 2019 and ends on July 17, 2019. The main day of the festival is July 16. The popular belief is that Sai Baba showers blessings on the day on his devotees.

The Guru Purnima at the ShirdiSaiBabaTemple begins on the Ashada Shukla Chaturdashi – the 14th day during the waxing phase of moon. There will be palanquin ride on the day.

The most important festival is held on the full moon day and includes ratha or chariot procession.



The popular belief is that on one Guru Purnima day Shirdi Sai Baba sat on the big stone that He created in front of Dwarakamai and gave blessings to devotees. Life History of Sai Baba describes the event like this – While the arathi was being given on Guru Purnima day, Baba’s face became very tight as if a thousand lamps were lighted with different colors.…

Uthirakosamangai Temple Timings – Opening and Closing and Darshan Time at Uthirakosamangai Temple near Rameswaram

Uthirakosamangai Temple, also known as Sri Mangalanathar-Mangaleswari temple, is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Uthirakosamangai Temple timings in detail is given below. Please note that the opening and closing time in the temple will be extended during temple festival and important rituals. There will be no darshan and the temple will remain closed during grahanam or eclipse.

Uthirakosamanga Temple Timings

Morning Darshan Timing – 6:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Evening Darshan Timing – 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Specia pujas are performed on Pradosham days.
The extended time is mostly on Shivratri, Aani Thirumanjam and Arudhara Darshan dates.

Goddess Baglamukhi – Information about Baglamukhi Mata

Goddess Baglamukhi is an incarnation of Goddess Shakti and is one of the Mahavidhyas. There are several legends associated with Baglamukhi Mata. She is the eighth Mahavidhya among the 10 Mahavidhyas. The goddess is worshipped in the form a powerful yantra. Baglamukhi means one whose face has the power to capture or control. She thus represents the power of the Goddess to control her devotees.


Goddess Baglamukhi is depicted as sitting on a golden throne surrounded by an ocean of nectar with lotus flower in it. She has golden complexion and a crescent moon adorns her head. She wears yellow color dress. She is depicted as either having two hands or four hands.

When she is two-armed, she is benign and kind mother. When she is four armed she is fierce destroyer of Adharma.

She hits a demon with a club in her right hand, while pulling his tongue out with her left hand. Devotees worship her for attaining victory over enemies. It is widely believed that Goddess Baglamukhi blesses her devote…

Symbolism in Mace or Gada of God Vishnu

The name of the mace, or gada, of Hindu God Vishnu is known as Kaumodaki. It symbolically represents the power in the Lord with which He knocks down the men who run after sense gratifications and are overpowered by ego. It is a symbol of ‘Danda’ or punishment. The mild knocks from the mace in the form of disappointments, dissatisfactions and loss takes a man to the correct path – the path that leads to the Supreme Truth.
The mace is also said to represent the occasional knocks that the mind generates – the knocks that pressures us to think who we are, the source, is there bliss etc. These questions put one in a spiritual path.
Another symbolism suggests that the mace represents the strength – the strength required to satisfy hunger. Alan Danielou writes:
The power of knoweldge dazzles and intoxicates the mind hence the mace is called the stupefire of the mind - Kaumodaki. The power of knowledge is the essence of life from which all physical and mental powers are derived. Nothing else…

Thirupullani Temple - Sri Adi Jagannatha Perumal Temple at Thirupullani near Rameswaram

Thirupullani Temple is known as Sri Adi Jagannatha Perumal Temple and is located at Thirupullani near Rameswaram. The shrine is located around 8 km east of Ramanathapuram. Legend has it that King Dasharatha of Ramayana offered prayers to Sri Adi Jagannatha Perumal (Lord Vishnu) for having children here. Due to the prayer offered here Sri Ram, Bharata, Shatrughna and Lakshman were born to him.


Legend has it that Bhagavan Sri Ram, Lakshman, Hanuman, Jambhavan and the vanara sena camped here when they were in search of Mata Sita.

It is here Vibhishana, brother of Ravana, took refuge at the feet of Lord Ram. Thus, the temple is also known as Saranagathi Kshethram.

Another belief is that Srihari Vishnu gave darshan to Pulla Rishi here.

Another legend has it that before setting out for Lanka, Sri Ram offered prayers here. Vishnu gave Ram a bow which was used to annihilate Ravana.

Sri Adi Jagannatha Perumal Temple is also one of the Divya Desam. It is the 42 Divya Desam, among the 108 templ…

Postal Stamp on Nabakalebara festival at Puri Jagannath Temple in Odisha Released

Department of Posts of Government of India has brought out a commemorative postage stamp on Nabakalebara – 2015. It was released on July 17, 2015. The denomination is of 5 rupees and 600,000 stamps have been printed. One can avail it at the philatelic bureau attached to important post offices across India.



Related Stamps on Hindu Temples by India Post

Yoga Vasishta on Pure and Impure Vasanas

Vasanas are of two kinds.
The impure Vasanas are those which, generating rebirths, are terrific in their results while the pure ones are those which liberate one from such rebirths.
The great Ones say that generation of the ever-recurrent cycle of rebirths when excessive egoism is developed in the body which is nothing but a transformation of Anjana is termed the impure Vasanas.
The Pure Vasanas which free one from rebirth may be likened to a seed that will not sprout after fried in red hot fire.
Those who having developed the pure Vasanas support a body simply to wear out their Prarabdha Karmas – past actions, the result of which are being enjoyed by one during present birth, is known Prarabdha Karamas.

Those having Prarabdha Karmas do not again subject themselves to the pangs of rebirth and may be said to have attained the Jivanmukti state, which enables one to perceive all spiritual things through subtle jnana experience, and to enjoy conscious bliss state.

Sudarshana Mantra in Tamil in pdf – Sudarshan Mantra in Tamil Text

Sudarshana Mantra is a prayer dedicated to the Sudarshan Chakra of Lord Vishnu. Below is the Sudarshana Mantra in Tamil text in pdf. The prayer is chanted for overcoming fear and for defeating enemies. The document in pdf in Tamil language is provided by Sundar Kidambi of prapatti.

Link – Sudarshana Mantra in Tamil

Hindu God Khatu Shyam or Barbareek – The Grandson of Pandava Bhima

Khatu Shyam, also known as Barbareek, is the grandson of Pandava Bhima. He willingly gave his head in charity to Lord Krishna before the Mahabharata war. It is said that the head of Khatu Shyam was placed atop a hill near the Kurukshetra and it watched the entire Mahabharata war from there.
In his previous birth Khatu Shyam was a Yaksha. Once when Adharma (evil) grew out of control on earth, Vishnu agreed to the prayers of Devas and humans and agreed to take an avatar to bring back Dharma. A Yaksha named Suryavarcha said that not Vishnu but he alone could relieve earth’s burden. For this arrogance he was cursed by Brahma to be born on earth and said that whenever there is an opportunity to relieve earth’s burden he would die at the hands of Krishna.
Later Khatu Shyam was born as the son of Ghatotkachch and Kamkantakata. Ghatotkachch was the son of Bhima, the second of Pandava brothers.
The word about Mahabharata battle spread around the world and Barbareek too came to hear about it…

Thirupullani Temple Timings – Opening and Closing and Darshan Time at Thirupullani Temple near Rameswaram

Thirupullani Temple, also known as Sri Adi Jagannatha Perumal temple, is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Thirupullani Temple timings in detail is given below. Please note that the opening and closing time in the temple will be extended during temple festival and important rituals. There will be no darshan and the temple will remain closed during graham or eclipse.
Thirupullani Temple Timings
Morning Darshan Timing – 6:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Evening Darshan Timing – 3:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Jimutaketu – Story – How Shiva got the name Jimutaketu?

Jimutaketu is one among the numerous names of Hindu God Shiva. Jimutom means dark rain clouds. How Shiva got the name Jimutaketu is mentioned in the Vamana Purana. Once Goddess Parvati was fed up with the gypsy lifestyle of Shiva and asked him to build a house to stay during summer seasons.
Shiva said to Goddess Parvati that he was one without a house and to escape from scorching summer heat he took her to forests with huge trees. They walked through the shade of the forest to escape from the heat.
Then the rainy season came and Goddess Parvati again request Shiva to build a house. Shiva said that he has no money to build a house and said that during rainy season they will stay atop the rain clouds to avoid rain.
Shiva then started residing atop the dark rain clouds during the rainy season.
When Shiva and Parvati stood atop the dark rain clouds they appeared like a flag pole from long distance. Thus Shiva got the name Jimutaketu.

Sudarshana Mantra in Telugu in pdf – Sudarshan Mantra in Telugu Text

Sudarshana Mantra is a prayer dedicated to the Sudarshan Chakra of Lord Vishnu. Below is the Sudarshana Mantra in Telugu text in pdf. The prayer is chanted for overcoming fear and for defeating enemies. The document in pdf in Telugu language is provided by Sundar Kidambi of prapatti.

Link – Sudarshana Mantra in Telugu

Jambunatha Form of Shiva – About Hindu God Jambunatha

Jambunatha form of Shiva is worshipped mainly South India, especially in Karnataka. This form is associated with Jambu tree.  Legend has it that Shiva gave darshan to an ardent devotee of His under the Jambu Tree.
A sage was once performing Tapas under a Jambu Tree. He got a fruit from the tree. He offered it to Shiva and later consumed it as Prasad. The fruit germinated in the stomach of the Sage and grew up into a tree. 
Shiva appeared on the tree and gave darshan to the sage by appearing on the tree.
As Shiva appeared under a Jambu tree, he came to be known as Jambunatha.
The most famous temple dedicated to Jambunatha is located at Thiruvanaikovil in Tamil Nadu and is known as Jambukeswarar Akilandeswari Temple.
In Karnataka, too there are numerous shrines dedicated to Jambunatha form of Shiva.

Janakeshwar Shiva – About Jnanakeshwar form of Shiva

Janakeshwar Shiva is worshipped in Varanasi in India. Information about this form is found in the Kashi Khanda (chapter) of Skanda Purana. Jnanakeshwar form of Shiva is worshipped for getting the ultimate knowledge of self realization.
The Jnana which can help one realize the ultimate truth can be attained with the blessing of Shiva.
Jnanakeshwar Shivling is worshipped near the famous Malteeshwar Temple. There is also a sacred well located nearby. It is known as Kalodak Koop.

Nana Maharaj Taranekar Jayanti – Birth Anniversary of Nana Maharaj Taranekar

Nana Maharaj Taranekar is observed in Shravan month. It is the birth anniversary celebrations of Nana Maharaj Taranekar. The day is of great importance at Indore in Madhya Pradesh. Nana Maharaj Taranekar Jayanti 2019 date is August 5.

Nana Maharaj Taranekar (13 Aug 1896 – 16 Apr 1993) was a disciple of Sri Dattatreya. He spread the teaching of love, humanity and dharma. His teachings are relevant today than ever before.
The disciples of Nana Maharaj Taranekar organize various spiritual activities on the day. Prayer meetings, satsangs and charitable activities are held on the day.
Nana Maharaj Taranekar birth anniversary coincides with Nag Panchami.
Nana Maharaj Taranekar Jayanti is annually held on Shravan Shukla Paksha Panchami or the fifth day during the waxing phase of moon in Shravan month.

Chowdeshwari Devi – About Hindu Goddess Chowdeshwari Devi – Choundeshwari Story

Chowdeshwari Devi is a manifestation of Mother Goddess Shakti. She is worshipped mainly in Karnataka and parts of Maharashtra. She is the family deity of many families and communities in the region. Choundeshwari Devi story is given below.

Chowdeshwari Devi is four armed. She holds sword and trishul with a snake in the right hands. In the left hands she holds sweet bowl and a snake with Damaru or hourglass-shaped drum. 
She wears red color sari and has a look that gives an assurance of motherly affection.
Legend has it that Shiva asked Goddess Parvati to take the manifestation of Goddess Chowdeshwari to defeat a demon had a boon that every drop of their blood which touched the ground would create a thousand warriors. Chowdeshwari spread her tongue on earth and covered it. She drank all the blood before it fell on the ground and the demon was defeated.
Chowdeshwari Devi is also associated with Nagas or Serpent worship.

Suna Besha in Puri Jagannath Ratha Yatra

Suna Besha ritual is the appearance of Lord Jagannth in a new dress on the chariot on the last day of the Puri Jagannath Rath Yatra. In 2018, the date of Suna Besha is July 23. After the end of Bahuda Yatra (the return journey) on the ninth day of the Puri Rath Yatra, the chariots of the three deities are stationed outside the PuriJagannathTemple. On the next day, Lord Jagannath will give darshan to devotees in a new dress with gold ornaments sitting on the Ratha outside the temple.

During Suna Besha a devotee can have the darshan of Lord Jagannath fully dressed with gold ornaments, weapons and also have a rare darshan of the complete arms, palms and feet of the Lord. There is a popular belief that a person who has darshan of Lord Jagannath with Suna Besha on the chariot will not have rebirth.

Suna Besha is also the last important ceremony during the Puri Jagannath Rath Yatra.

On the day a devotee can also have the darshan of Lord Subhadra and Lord Balabhadra in new dress sitting …

Story of Shiva and Mahaganesh Hill or Mahagunas Parvat on the way to Amarnath Cave

Mahaganesh Hill or Mahagunas Parvat is located in Anantnag District in Jammu and Kashmir in India. It is an important holy spot on the way to Amarnath Cave. The story of origin of Mahaganesh Hill or Mahagunas Parvat is associated with Shiva.
Legend has it that Goddess Parvati wanted to know the secret of immortality of Shiva. Shiva chose the Amarnath Cave to reveal the secret. On his way to the cave with Goddess Parvati, Shiva left is son Ganesha here. The place where Shiva left his son later came to be known as Mahaganesh Hill or Mahagunas Parvat.
Ganesha being left at Mahaganesh Hill or Mahagunas Parvat symbolically represents dropping of attachment.
On this way to the cave, Shiva had first abandoned Nandi,  then his matted locks and Chandra and thirdly his Nagas.

Symbolism in King Bali (Mahabali) Offering His Head to Vishnu to Place the Third Step

Symbolism in King Bali (Mahabali) Offering His Head to Vishnu to Place the Third Step. This divine incident happened during the Vamana Avatar of Vishnu.
Deprived of their kingdom, the unhappy Devas (celestial beings) appealed to Lord Vishnu for help. The only way the kingdom could be restored to the celestials would be if Mahabali (King Bali) was killed.  But Mahabali, although he had taken away the kingdom of the celestials from them, was not wicked.  So Lord Vishnu did not want to kill Mahabali, said Goda Venkateswara Sastrigal, in a discourse.  Thus when the Lord took the Vamana Avatara, He assumed a small stature, and asked Mahabali for as much land as His three steps could measure.  Three steps measured by a person of that height didn’t seem much to Mahabali, and he gladly agreed to grant the visitor the gift He asked for.  But when it actually came to measuring the land, the Lord assumed a huge form, and measured the worlds, and when it came to the third step, Mahabali bent…

Story of Sheshnag Lake on the way to Amarnath Cave and Shiva

Sheshnag Lake is located in Anantnag District in Jammu and Kashmir in India. It is an important holy spot on the way to Amarnath Cave. The story of origin of Sheshnag Lake is associated with Shiva.
Legend has it that Goddess Parvati wanted to know the secret of immortality of Shiva. Shiva chose the Amarnath Cave to reveal the secret. On his way to the cave with Goddess Parvati, Shiva released the snakes that are his ornaments here. The place where Shiva released his snakes later came to be known as Sheshnag Lake.
The snakes on Shiva symbolizes ego. Shiva abandoned it third on his way to Amarnath cave.

Shiva had first abandoned Nandi and then his matted locks and crescent moon.

Story of Chandanwari on the way to Amarnath Cave and Shiva

Chandanwari, on the way to Amarnath Cave, is located in Anantnag District in Jammu and Kashmir in India. The story of the origin of this beautiful place, located on the banks of Sheshnag River, is associated with Shiva.
Legend has it that Goddess Parvati wanted to know the secret of the immortality of Shiva. Shiva chose the Amarnath Cave to reveal the secret. On his way to the cave with Goddess Parvati, Shiva left behind his Chandra (moon) and jata (dreadlock). The place where Shiva abandoned moon and jata came to be known as Chandanwari.
Chandra (Moon) and jata (dreadlock) symbolize the intellect of discrimination. Shiva abandoned it second on his way to Amarnath cave.

Shiva had first abandoned Nandi on his way to the cave.

Story of Pahalgam and Shiva

Pahalgam is located in Anantnag District in Jammu and Kashmir in India. The story of the origin of this beautiful place, located at the confluence of Sheshnag Lake and the Lidder River, is associated with Shiva. The place is also known as the valley of shepherds.

Legend has it that Goddess Parvati wanted to know the secret of the immortality of Shiva. Shiva chose the Amarnath Cave to reveal the secret. On his way to the cave with Goddess Parvati, Shiva left behind his vahana or vehicle Nandi. The place where Shiva abandoned Nandi came to be known as Bailgaon. In due course of time, Bailgaon came to be known as Pahalgam.
Nandi here symbolizes the desire of mind. Shiva abandoned it first on his way to Amarnath.

Kanifnath Palkhi Prasthan at Moshi near Pimpri Chinchwad

Moshi Kanifnath Palkhi Prasthan is observed in Shravan month and is dedicated to Kanifnath, one of the nine Maha Yogis of Navnath Sampradaya. Moshi located near Pimpri Chinchwad in Maharashtra houses a sacred place dedicated to the great saint. Kanifnath Palkhi Prasthan 2019 date is August 12.

Kanifnath is believed to be an incarnation of Prabuddha Narayan and is mentioned in the Bhagavata Purana.

Kanifnath Palkhi Prasthan is annually held on Shravan Shukla Paksha Dwadasi tithi or the 12th day during the waxing phase of moon in Shravan month as per traditional lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.
The Kanifnath Palkhi or carrying of the palanquin attracts hundreds of followers of the Navnath Sampradaya.

Rani Durgavati Jayanti

Rani Durgavati Jayanti is annually observed in Ashwin month. It is the birth anniversary of Rani Durgavati (October 5, 1524 – June 24, 1564). She was born in the Chandel Dynasty. She is associated with the sculptures in Khajuraho and Kalinjar Fort. Rani Durgavati Jayanti 2019 date is October 5.

After the death of her husband, Rani Durgavati took over the reins of Gond kingdom as her son was just five years old.

She fought Mughal invaders successfully several times. She finally lost her life in 1564 defending her kingdom.

The brave queen is remembered for her strong administrative powers and the bravery she displayed in the battlefield.

When many kings of her era surrendered before the Mughal Empire, she bravely and successfully defended her kingdom.

In the final battle, she was serious injured and she committed suicide before she was captured.
Rani Durgavati was keenly interested in art and architecture and this is evident from sculptors that were created during her period.

Spiritual life is neither life merely inside the world nor life simply outside it – Swami Sivananda

Spiritual life is neither life merely inside the world nor life simply outside it. It is life in the transcendental Being, the Spirit which is immanent in all beings, the Self which is the Supreme Lord of everything, inside and outside. Spiritual life can be lived “in” the world, but it is “beyond” the world, for it is not of the world.
The experience of the glory of spiritual life is preceded by the negation of the narrow life in the body and the mind. Therefore, transform yourselves completely, transfigure your entire being through service, through devotion, through meditation, through knowledge. Pierce the veil of delusion, go beyond the dark picture of Maya, through recognising in all the resplendent basis of Brahman upon which the drama of the universe is staged.

Service breaks the ego, opens the heart, expands the consciousness and deepens the spirit. Love softens the hard personality, melts the mind and takes you to God. Dhyana burnishes you, exalts you to the amanava sthiti, …

Ashta Dikpalas – the eight Hindu deities that protect the eight quarters of the world

In Hinduism, Ashtadikpalas, or Ashta Dik Palas, are the eight deities that guard the eight quarters of the world. They are popularly known as Dikpalas – the protectors of the quarters – or Lokpalas – the protectors the world. They are also mentioned as the guardian deities of the sky. The Ashta Dikpalas are mentioned in the following order:
East – Indira on Airavata – the white elephant. Sometimes Indira is depicted as sitting on a horse named Ucchaisravas. South East – Agni on Mesha (the male goat). South – Yama on Mahisha (the male buffalo). South West – Nirurti on Ashwa (horse). West – Varuna on Makara (the crocodile). North West – Vayu on Mruga (the spotted deer). North – Kubera on Nara (Man) North East – Isana on Vrishbha (bull)

Dharmapuri Temple – Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple at Dharmapuri in Karimnagar District in Telangana

Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple at Dharmapuri is unique with the presence of two murtis (idols) of Lord Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy. Dharmapuri Temple located near the banks of Godavari River was a spiritual center from ancient days. The temple is a center associated with Vedic Brahmins.


There are two sets of murtis worshipped in the Dharmapuri Temple. Pata Narasimha Swamy – the old murti Kotha Narasimha Swamy – the new murti
Both the murtis are worshipped in the shrine along with Goddess Lakshmi. The shrine has got gopurams with sculptures.
The pond located in the temple complex is very famous. Panchasahasra Deepalankarana, the lighting of 5000 lamps on the steps of the holy pond, is annually held on Kartik Purnima.
Dharmapuri Temple Timings
Morning Darshan Hours 5 AM to 7 AM Suprabatha Seva 7 AM to 9 AM Abhishekam 9 AM to 10 AM Darshan 10 AM to 10:30 AM Nitya Homam 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM Nitya Kalyanam 11:30 AM to 2 PM Vishesharchana and  Maharchana Darshan 2PM TO 4PM - Temple Remain Closed Evening Da…