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Kalyana Porutham – 10 Porutham Meaning

Kalayana Porutham or 10 Porutham is the compatibility check for marriage in Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Below are the 10 Porutham with meaning. Dina Porutham - Long life of the marriageGana Porutham – matching of the character of the coupleMahendra Porutham - for having good children.Sthree Deerga Porutham  – FinanceYoni Porutham - Sexual compatibilityRasi Porutham – for peaceful married lifeRashyaadhi Porutham or Rasi Adhipathi – wealth of children  Vasya porutham – Physical attractionRajju  Porutham  – Life span of the coupleVedha Porutham – For Happy marriage
At least five of the above said should match for conducting marriage.

Pishachamukteshwar Mahadev – About Pishach Mmukteshwar form of Shiva

Pishachamukteshwar Mahadev is a form of Shiva worshipped in Ujjain. He is one of the 84 Mahadev in Ujjain. As per belief, Pishach Mmukteshwar helps in fear of ghosts and other similar fearful beings. The popular belief is that offering prayers and worship to this form of Shiva will help in overcoming fear of all forms. It is believed that people offering prayers here will never have shortage of wealth. They also get happiness from children.

PishachMmukteshwarMahadevTemple is located at Ramghat on the banks of ShipraRiver in Ujjain. The temple is part of the Parikrama of Shiva Temples in the holy city.
Pishachamukteshwar is the 68th form of Shiva worshipped in Ujjain and it is also the 68th Shiva temple visited during the parikarama of Mahadev temples in Ujjain.
It must be noted here that Shiva is associated with burial lands. He resides there. He is also believed to be the master of goblins, ghosts and other such beings.

Story of Pishachamukteshwar Mahadev

During Kali Yuga, there lived…

Shiva as Kapali – The Story

Shiva as Kapali, or Kapala, is one with a begging bowl made of human skull. The story of Shiva as Kapali is mentioned in the Mahabharata. Legend has it that the Kapala that Shiva has in his hands is the fifth head of Brahma. Symbolically it is holding the inflated ego in our hands – a constant reminder that we are just a bubble.
The story in the Mahabharata states that once there was a dispute between Vishnu and Brahma as to who was the greatest. Shiva appeared in the form of an endless column of fire and asked them to find the source of the brilliance. Whoever finds it is the greatest.
Brahma went up and Vishnu went down to find the source. Vishnu soon realized that it is impossible to find the source and returned. Brahma on his way up found a Ketaki flower and asked the flower about its origin and it said it was coming from the origin of the brilliance but had started its journey millions of years before. Brahma did not try to go further up to find the source, instead took the fl…

Kalo During Gokulashtami in Goa – Chikhal Kalo after Krishna Janmashtami

Chikhal Kalo is observed a day after Sri Krishna Jayanti (Gokulashtami or Krishna Janmashtami) in Goa. In 2019, the date of Chikhal Kalo is August 25. Gokulashtami in Goa is on August 24. It is similar to Dahi Handi observed in neighboring Maharashtra. On the day young boys and girls form human pyramids to break open the Kalo  pots hung high above.
The young men and women re-enact one of the favorite pastime of Child Krishna – his stealing of Dahi from pots in houses in Vrindavan.
Chikhal Kalo pot which is hung at a considerable height is an open challenge to the young boys and girls in the area. The competition is organized by various organizations and societies.

Bhavani Devi Nidrakal at Tulja Bhavani Temple

Tuljabhavani Nidrakal is a holy period at the famous Tulja Bhavani Temple in Maharashtra. Bhavani Devi Nidrakal in 2019 is from September 22 to September 28. It is observed from from the 8th day of the Bhadrapada Krishna Paksha to no moon day (Amavasya) in Bhadrapad month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.
Nidrakaal is when the Goddess remains in cosmic sleep. Such periods are observed in certain Shakti Temples.
The famous Navratri festival commences after the Bhavani Devi Nidrakal.

Govind Maharaj Uplekar Punyatithi at Phaltan

Govind Maharaj Uplekar Punyatithi is observed in Bhadrapad month. It is the death anniversary of Govind Maharaj Uplekar – a great saint who spread the teachings of truth, humanity and dharma. The day is of great significance at Phaltan in Maharashtra. Govind Maharaj Uplekar Punyatithi 2019 date is September 22.
Govind maharaj uplekar samadhi mandir is located at Phaltan. Various spiritual programs, prayer meeting and charitable events are held on the day by his followers.
Govind Maharaj Uplekar Punyatithi is annually held on Bhadrapada Krishna Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day during the waning phase of moon in Bhadrapad month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra

Thawe Mandir – Gopalganj Thawe Durga Temple

Thawe Mandir is dedicated to Goddess Durga and she is popularly known as Maa Thawewali. The shrine is located at Thawe in Gopalganj District in Bihar. Thawe Durga Temple is around 6 km from Gopalganj town on the Gopalganj – Siwan National Highway. It is believed that the form of Goddess Shakti worshipped in the temple is associated with Maa Kamakhya worshiped in Assam.

Legend has it that Maa Thawewali appeared in the dream of a devotee of her named Rahashu Bhagat and asked him to offer her grass at night which turned into edible rice in the morning. Using this rice Rahashu Bhagat fed the people of the region, which was badly affected by a famine.

The king of region was a terror and he did not like the charity of Rahashu Bhagat and imposed taxes on the people.
When Rahashu Bhagat told the king that Goddess provided the rice he gave to people, he did not believe and asked him to invoke the Goddess before him.
Rahashu Bhagat then invoked the Goddess who appeared with four arms riding on…

Jarkhandi Mahadev Temple at Barbigha in Sheikhpura District of Bihar

Dedicated to Hindu God Shiva, Jarkhandi Mahadev Temple is located at Barbigha in Sheikhpura District of Bihar. This is an ancient shrine and is situated at the Mahadevganj Mohalla in Barbhigha. Shiva is worshipped here in the form of a swayambhu Shivling.
It is believed that those who follow dharma and offer prayers to Baba Jarkhandi Mahadev will have their desires fulfilled.

Shivratri and Shravan month are the most auspicious period in the temple.
On Shravan Purnima, hundreds of devotees carry Gangajal (water from Ganga River) to offer Jalabhishek.
The architecture of the shrine is modern, as the original shrine had undergone renovation numerous times.

About Raja Veda Kavya Patasala – Vedic School – at Kumbakonam in Thanjavur District in Tamil Nadu

Raja Veda Kavya Patasala is a four century old VedicSchool at Kumbakonam in Thanjavur District in Tamil Nadu. It was founded in 1542 by Sri Govinda Deekshitar, a famous statesman and Chief Minister for the Nayak kings of Thanjavur.
For details contact (0435)2401789, 2425948 and 2423777. Email: rajavedapatasala@ The Hindu reports  The three sects – Smartha, Vaishnava and Madhwa – are covered without any discrimination at the Patasala. In 1972, under the guidance of Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswati, a society called Advaitha Vidyacharya Maharaja Saheb Sri Govinda Deekshitar Punya Smarana Samithi was formed and registered.  “It was founded by Govinda Deekshitar and nurtured by Mahaswamigal. Not a surprise that this institution for the Vedas has been flourishing for the past 470 years, a miracle of sorts,” says Krishnamoorthy, administrator, when contacted for his views in the context of the landmark.  “As many as 150 students are enrolled in this residential school, where Engl…

Kannada Mantra for Good Health of Newborn Baby - Mantra in Kannada Language for Healthy Baby

Below is a prayer in Kannada language for good health of newborn baby. It can be chanted by couples and family members for healthy baby. The mantra should be chanted continuously for 40 days to be effective. The number of times it is chanted can be decided by the person. It is ideal to chant the mantra in the morning. During the chanting you mind should not wander around.

Significance of Sri Krishna Jayanti

Sri Krishna Jayanti or Sri Krishna Janmashtami is the birthday of Lord Krishna. It is also referred as Gokulashtami or Krishnaashtami or Sri Jayanti. Like the numerous names of the festival, Sri Krishna Jayanti is celebrated by different Hindu sects on two different days. The true significance of Sri Krishna is that he is relevant in the present and even more relevant for the future.

A twenty-four hour fast is observed on Sri Krishna Jayanti and this is broken at midnight. The most important mantra recited on the day is Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya.’ How to celebrate or perform rituals on Sri Krishna Jayanti can be found here.

Temples and Hindu spiritual organizations conduct special bhjans and kirtan sessions. Processions with children dressed as Sri Krishna, Radha and Gopis are held on the occasion. Stories of Krishna are enacted on the day. In a twenty-four hour time span, we remember Sri Krishna superficially and quite often forget his true teachings.

The significance of Sri Kr…

Jagadguru Swami Satyananda Saraswati Jayanti

Jagadguru Swami Satyananda Saraswati Jayanti is observed in Kanni Masam as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in Kerala. The day is of great importance at Chenkottukonam  near Trivandrum. Jagadguru Swami Satyananda Saraswati (1935 to 2006) was a great teacher who helped thousands of people in the path of self realization. In 2019, the birth anniversary of Jagadguru Swami Satyananda Saraswati is on September 23. As per Gregorian calendar, his birthday is on September 22, 1934.

Jagadguru Swami Satyananda Saraswati performed numerous activities during his lifetime to strengthen the Hindu society in Kerala. He propagated the true teachings of Hinduism and eliminated misinterpretations.
Jagadguru Swami Satyananda Saraswati Jayanti is observed on Punartham Nakshatra in Kanni Masam as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Kerala.

Maa Vindhyavasini – About Vindhyavasini Devi

Goddess Vindhyavasini is a manifestation of Mother Goddess Shakti. She is Mother Goddess Durga who made her abode in the VindhyanchalMountains. She is also referred to as Yoga Maya, Ashtabhuja Devi  and Kaushiki Devi. There are numerous references regarding the manifestation of Goddess Vindhyavasini.
As per Vindhyanchal Mahima, this is the original home of Mother Goddess Adi Shakti. She as Yoga Maya appears in all animate and inanimate. She protects those that follow Dharma and she annihilates those that follow Adharma.

According to Devi Bhagavad Purana, She decides to reside in Vindhyanchal after she is pleased with the penance performed by Manu. She moves out of Ksheerasagara and resides in Vindhyanchal.
According to holy text Durga Saptashati, Vindhyavasini Devi appeared to protect Devas, saints and human beings who were terrorized by demons Shumbh and Nishumbh. She is believed to have emerged from the body of Goddess Durga.
The Goddess is also believed to be the sister of Lord Kr…

Charanamrit – Holy water offered in Hindu Temples To Devotees

Charanamrit is the holy water offered in Hindu temples to devotees. Charanamrit is the water that is used to wash the feet and body of the deity installed in the temple. The water that flows out from the murti is collected and offered to devotees.

Some people believe that the water thus collected is energized as it passes through the murti.
The water that is collected in Vishnu temples contains Tulsi or basil leaves and this adds to the medicinal properties.
Similarly the water that is collected after bathing Shivling contains bilva leaf properties.
In most temples, charanamrit is collected in copper or bronze vessels and this adds to the medicinal properties.

Angraki Chaturthi 2017 date – Angarak Sankashti Chaturthi Dates in 2017

Angraki Chaturthi 2017 dates based on Hindu calendar and Panchang followed in India especially in Maharashtra. Angarak Chaturthi is observed when Sankashti Chaturti falls on Tuesday. Angarak Sankashti Chaturthi 2017 dates are February 15, June 13 and November 7. The vrat (fasting) is dedicated to Sri Ganesha. Angaraki Chaturthi 2017 dates February 15, 2017 – Sankashti Chaturthi - Tuesday - Moonrise time - 9:37 PM

June 13, 2017 – Sankashti Chaturthi - Tuesday - Moonrise time - 9:36 PM

November 7, 2017 – Sankashta Chaturti – Tuesday - Moonrise time - 9:07 PM
Sankatahara Chatruti, or Sankashti Chaturthi , is a monthly fasting dedicated Sri Ganesha. It is observed on the fourth day of the Krishna Paksha (waning phase of moon) in a traditional Hindu month.

How to perform Angarki Chaturthi Vrat?

Telugu Mantra for Good Health of Newborn Baby - Mantra in Telugu Language for Healthy Baby

Below is a prayer in Telugu language for good health of newborn baby. It can be chanted by couples and family members for healthy baby. The mantra should be chanted continuously for 40 days to be effective. The number of times it is chanted can be decided by the person. It is ideal to chant the mantra in the morning. During the chanting you mind should not wander around.

Trivikrama – Bhagavan Vishnu in Trivikrama Avatar

Trivikrama is one among the numerous names of Bhagavan Vishnu. The name Trivikrama comes from the giant form that he took during the Vamana Avatar. As he conquered the three worlds – sky, earth and underworld - with his feet – he got the name Trivikrama. The name and concept if more popular in South India.

Legend has it that the Asura, or demon, King Mahabali made the utopian kingdom a reality. His fame spread all over the earth and the netherworld and slowly into the heaven. Indra, the king of Devas and the ruler of heaven, felt threatened by the growing popularity of Mahabali. Aditi, the mother of Indra, observed a penance called 'payovrata' to help her son and pleased with her devotion Vishnu was born as Vamana, a dwarf, to Aditi.

Vamana approached Mahabali who was conducting a yajna. King Bali asked Vamana to choose anything that he wanted from his kingdom. Vamana asked for just three steps of land. And the king agreed readily.

Suddenly, the dwarf sized Vamana grew into …

Anga Pradakshanam or Full-Body Circumnavigation of Hindu Temple

Those who have visited Hindu Temples in South India might have come across anga pradakshanam or full-body circumnavigation of the temple. The anga pradakshanam is performed around the sanctum sanctorum of the main deity in the temple.
Sometimes it is performed on the outer parikrama of the sanctum sanctorum within the temple complex.

The full-body circumnavigation of Hindu Temple is performed for wish fulfillment or as thanksgiving for favors received. Sometimes it is performed for early cure of a disease. It is also performed as part of sin redemption.
Usually the devotee suffers bruises in the exposed part of the body due to the Full-Body Circumnavigation.
The person performing the anga pradakshanam is helped by a friend or relative or devotee in completing the process. It can be performed for any number of times – 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 10…
In some temples, we come across people who are ready to perform the Anga Pradakshanam on our behalf for a token amount.

Raksha Bandhan Quotes – Swami Chidananda Saraswati

On this holy day of Raksha Bandhan there is so much to learn, so many vows to make. First, there are the ancient, traditional meanings, whereby girls and women remember their brothers – far and near – with love and affection. In exchange, all men and boys promise to protect their sisters – both against physical harm, and also against any kind of harm or dishonor to them. These are as crucial today as they were in the past.

However, perhaps even more importantly, we must realize that the only way the world will survive is united as one family. Thus, now, we must also take the deeper, underlying meaning of Rakhi. We must vow to make the world our brothers and sisters – not only in theory, but also in practice. Let us use rakhi as a symbol of our universal brotherhood. May our girls and women lead the way toward this universal family as they tie rakhi bracelets on the wrists of not only their closest male friends, but also on the wrists of enemies.

Let us use this holiday to reach out…

Adi Lakshmi – Hindu Goddess Adilakshmi

In Hinduism, Adi Lakshmi is one of the manifestations of Goddess Lakshmi. She is the supreme mother goddess and therefore she is also known as Adi Shakti and she existed before everything else. She is beyond description and understanding. She is the womb that contains all life. Adi Lakshmi is an attempt by the human mind to give a form to the formless Brahman – the Supreme Being – in Hindu religion.

The concept of Adi Lakshmi tries to solve the puzzle of creation. It is one among the numerous attempts made by ancient seers to get the concept of Brahman to common man through symbolism. Adi Lakshmi is the womb in which birth and death takes place but she remains above it. She is unfathomable and beyond imagination of human mind.

There are numerous references to Adi Lakshmi in the Puranas. It is stated that the three gunas – sattva, rajas and tamas – emerged from her. Sattva (harmony) was represented as Goddess Saraswati, Rajas (Agitation) as Maha Lakshmi and Tamas (inertia) as Maha Kal…

Goddess Kubjika

Goddess Kubjika is a manifestation of Mother Goddess Shakti. This aspect of Devi is closely related to the Tantric worship. An exclusive holy scripture dedicated to the Tantric worship of Goddess Kubjika is known as Kubjikamata Tantra. She is also known as Vakreshwari, Varika or Vakra.
The cult of Kubjika is believed to have originated in the Himalayas. She is mainly worshipped in the Himalayan regions. Nine Natahas is believed to have propagated the cult of Kubjika throughout Nepal and North India. The cult was very popular during the 12the century AD.
For worshippers of Kubjika, She is the Supreme Goddess. She is the brilliant divine light of consciousness that shines in the center of the brilliant radiance. She is the Great Mother present in all animate and inanimate.
Kubjika literally means “humped-back.” Legend has it that Kubjika once decided on union with Pursusha. Purusha then appeared to Her and took hold of Her hand as a prelude to union but She, overcome with apprehension …

Bhadrakali Temple near Bhopalpatnam in Bijapur, Chhattisgarh

Bhadrakali Temple is located at Bhadrakali Village near Bhopalpatnam in Bijapur, Chhattisgarh attracts thousands of devotees from the states of Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra and Telangana. The temple is located around 20 km from Bhopal Patnam.
The shrine, dedicated to Goddess Kali, is on the confluence of the Indravati and Godavari River. It is believed that a Kakatiya King who was a worshipper of Goddess Kali consecrated the first murti here. The spot where the temple now stands was earlier a cave. The shrine was then forgotten for a long period as it was inside dense forest.
The temple was later rediscovered and pujas and rituals began once again during the 19th century. A new murti of Goddess Kali was established here.
A huge fair and festival is organized during Vasant Panchami (January or February) here. Once in three years Agnikund is organized here – people walk through a bed of red-hot coal.

Appa Maharaj Punyatithi at Donawadi near Chikkodi

Appa Maharaj Punyatithi is annually observed in Bhadrapad month. It is the death anniversary of Appa Maharaj a great saint who spread the teachings of love and humanity. The day is of great significance at Donawadi near Chikodi in Belgaum District, Karnataka. Appa Maharaj Punyatithi 2019 date is September 21.
Hundreds of devotees participate in the puja and other rituals organized by devotees of the pious soul. The saintly person had spread the teaching of love and dharma among people.
Appa Maharaj Punyatithi is observed on Bhadrapada Krishna Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waning phase of moon in Vaishakh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Karnataka.

Sri Dnyaneshwari Jayanti

Sri Dnyaneshwari Jayanti is observed in Bhadrapad month. It is believed that Dnyaneshwari was written and completed on the day. It is the first and the most popular Marathi commentary on the Bhagavad Gita. Sri Dnyaneshwari Jayanti 2019 date is September 20.
Dnyaneshwari continues to be read and discussed in Maharashtrian homes and its translation into various languages continues to inspire millions of people around the world.
During the time of Sant Dnyaneshwar, the great teachings of Sanatana Dharma were considered to be the prerogative of certain castes and sects. Jnaneshwar unleashed a silent revolution against the religious monopoly and orthodoxy of the narrow-minded priestly class.
Sant Dnyaneshwar was amongst the first to use the local language of Marathi to spread and demystify the message of the Bhagavad Gita. He popularized the teachings of Sanatana Dharma and took it to the common man.

Sri Dnyaneshwari Jayanti is annually held on Bhadrapada Krishna Paksha Sashti tithi or th…

Goddess Lakshmi and elephants – Symbolism of white elephants along with Mahalakshmi

Goddess Lakshmi is often depicted with two white elephants pouring water. This form of Goddess Lakshmi is known as Gajalakshmi. In some images four elephants are shown pouring water on Goddess Mahalakshmi. The four elephants are symbols of Kama (desire), Dharma (duty), Artha (wealth), Moksha (enlightenment). Goddess Lakshmi blesses the individual who finds the right balance of Dharma, desire, wealth and moksha.

Gaja Lakshmi is also the Goddess of elephants – symbol of fertility.

Another symbolism suggests that the water showered by the white elephants symbolize rain without which prosperity and wealth has no value.

Another legend has it that two elephants welcomed Goddess Lakshmi by performing jal abhisheka (pouring water) when she was churned out of ocean during Samudra Manthan (churning of the milky ocean in Puranas).

A popular belief in Hinduism is that there are eight pairs of elephants standing on eight corners of cosmos holding up the sky. These eight elephants are known as ‘di…

Lalita Sahasranama in Kannada in pdf – Lalitha Sahasranamam in Kannada – Text, Lyrics

Lalita Sahasranama is dedicated to the Mother Goddess and extols her glory in 1000 names. This particular Lalitha Sahasranamam text in Kannada in pdf format contains the lyrics in Kannada. The Lalitha Tripura Sundari form of Mother Goddess is worshipped through the Lalitha Sahasranama prayer. You read online or download it for free.
Link - Lalitha Sahasranama lyrics in Kannada pdf

Eerattingal Village in Kerala Famous for the Parayipetta Panthirukulam – the Idea of a Casteless Hindu Society

Parayipetta Panthirukulam is a legend in Kerala which propagates the idea of a casteless Hindu society. As per the legend a Brahmin called Vararuchi married Panchami, a Dalit woman, and had 12 children with her. The children were brought up by families of different caste. EerattingalVillage is today home to 20 families who are descendents of Pakkanar, one of the children who was brought up by a backward Paraya family. The Hindu reports  Eerattingal has a temple dedicated to Pakkanar situated right in the middle of the village. It attracts both believers and people curious about the legend. “During his days, Pakkanar invoked many deities of immense power like Chathan, Odiyan and Bhadrakali. All such forces are still being invoked in the temple. Daily, devotees across the State reach here to perform rituals like Muttarakkal,” says Sreekandan Pakkanar, the main priest of the temple.  Many people believe the temple helps them remove obstacles in life fast. Modern intrusions will not tampe…

Thoughts and Quotes on Onam

When Maveli ruled the land
Everyone was equal
Happily they lived
Danger befell none
There was no falsehood, or fraud
And no untruth Malayalis celebrate Onam in remembrance of this golden era of King Mahabali. Mahabali visits his dear people during Onam.

Here are some thoughts on Onam
We celebrate Onam to commemorate a glorious past. All of us yearn for a time like that of King Mahabali, a time when prosperity, joy and love blended. But in order to realize this dream we need to put forward creative and sustained effort.
We have lost the true spirit of Onam. Let each of our actions be a yajna for universal good. May the new clothes we wear be that of Dharma and faith. May our hearts be united in love and joy, and make life an everlasting Tiruvonam. Thus we can retrieve the lost Onam.
Life becomes a festival when gaiety and culture blend. Onam delivers the message of both. During Onam, we arrange an ornamental design of flowers from the day of Attam. Actually this flower welcome for t…

Kedarnath Mandir Annakut Festival

A day before Raksha Bandhan festival, Annakut mela is organized at the famous Kedarnath Temple in Uttarakhand. Kedarnath is part of the Char Dham yatra undertake to the Himalayas. Kedarnath Mandir Annakut festival 2019 date is August 15.
During the Annakut festival, food is prepared from newly harvested paddy and is offered to Shiva. Special puja and archana are offered to the Shivling on the day.
Annakut Mela has been taking place for thousands of years.
The swayambhu Shivling in Kedarnath mandir will be adorned with paste of wheat, rice, corn, and other grains and pulses on the day.  The paste is made using newly harvested products. The shringar on the day is made using the paste.

Tatkaleshwar Shiv Mandir at Faridabad

Located at Town number 5, Tatkaleshwar Shiv Mandir at Faridabad NIIT attracts scores of devotees even though it is a new shrine. Tatkaleshwar Shiva Temple attracts thousands of devotees during Shivratri and Sri Krishna Janmashtami. During every important festival, the temple creates a replica of a famous Hindu temple.
Tatkaleshwar Shiv Mandir was established in 1964-65 period. In the beginning only Shivling was worshiped here. Slowly devotees started increasing now there murtis of Ram Darbar, Bajrang Bali, Vishnu, Lakshmi and Goddess Durga.
It is widely believed by devotees that visiting the shrine and offer prayers for 40 continuously will help in wish fulfillment.

Sri Krishna Temple Attached to Ambala Central Jail

The Sri Krishna Temple attached to Ambala Central Jail is an historic place. The temple attracts scores of devotees daily. However, many might not be aware that the Hindu Mahasabha kept the body of Naduram Godse who was hanged in the Ambala Central Jail here for five minutes. It was the last wish of Godse that his body be taken to the Sri Krishna Mandir. The body was then cremated at Rambhag in Ambala.
The temple is a small one. One wall of the shrine is attached to the Ambala Central Jail.
During Sri Krishna Janmashtami, thousands of people visit the shrine.
A major fair is held here during the period.

Chhinnamastika Devi Temple at Kachhawa Village in Bihar

Chhinnamastika Devi Temple is an ancient shrine located Kachhawa Village, which lies on the border of Rohtak and Aurangabad District in Bihar. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Chhinnamastike Devi.
There is no murti worshipped in the temple. Instead, devotees worship formless Goddess on a five feet length and six feet breadth platform. There is a flag post in the middle of the platform.
The most important ritual in the temple is observed on the last Friday of Shravan month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Bihar.
Villagers sacrifice goats on the day.
It is an important center of Shakti Worship in the region and attract visitors from nearby villages and towns.

Vindhyavasini Jayanti in Bhadrapad month at Maa Vindyavasini Temple in Mirzapur

Vindhyavasini Jayanti is observed in Bhadrapad month at the famous temple dedicated to her at Mirzapur in Uttar Pradesh. It is believed that Goddess Maa Vindhyavasini appeared on this day on earth. Vindhyavasini Jayanti 2019 date is August 17.
Special pujas and rituals dedicated to Goddess Vindhyavasini are held on the day. Numerous other spiritual and religions events are held in regions that have temples of Vindhyavasini. The most important ceremony is held at the Vindhyavasini Temple in Mirzapur in Uttar Pradesh.

Special musical programs are held here on the day. Artists from various part of the country come to perform before Maa Vindhyavasini on the day.

An all night jagran (no sleeping) is also observed during the period.
Goddess Vindhyavasini is believed to be Durga that settled in the Vindhyachal hills after annihilating Demon Mahishasura.
Vindhyavasini Jayanti is observed on Bhadrapada Krishna Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waning phase of moon in Bhadrapad…

Jangli Shiv Mandir Annual Festival at Anumandal in Buxar – Varshikotsav at Jangli Shiva Temple in Anumandal

Annual festival, or Varshikotsav at Jangli Shiv Mandir is observed in Bhadrapad month. It is one of the important festivals at the Jangli Shiva Temple at Anumandal in Buxar, Bihar. This is ancient shrine dedicated Hindu God Shiva in the region. Jangli Shiv Mandir Annual Festival 2019 date is August 19.

Thousands of people visit the shrine on the day to perform various pujas and rituals. Rudrabhishek , Shringar and Aarti are performed on the day.
The temple is decorated beautifully during the period.
Jangli Shiv Mandir annual festival is observed on the first Monday of Bhadrapad month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Bihar.

Chaumukhi Mahadev Temple at Vaishali in Bihar – Four-Face Shivling at Choumukhi Mahadev Mandir in Vaishali

Chaumukhi Mahadev Temple at Vaishali in Bihar is a very ancient temple with a huge Shivling which has four face carved on it. The shrine is also known as Vikramaditya Choumukhi Mahadev Mandir and is dedicated to Hindu God Shiva. Legend has it that temple existed during the Ramayana period. Bhagavan Sri Ram, Lakshman and Sage Vishwamitra visited the temple while on their way to kingdom of Janaka.

The murti worshipped in the Chaumukhi Mahadev Temple is a very rare one. It faces south – the third eye of one of the faces is open and it faces south.
The temple is a midpoint between Kashi Vishwanath Temple in Varanasi and Baba Baidyanath Dham in Deoghar.
It is believed that Bhagavan Buddha and Bhagavan Mahavir stayed in the shrine.
The temple lost its prominence during the 5th century AD as a result of the attack of foreign invaders.
The Shivling was rediscovered around 150 year ago while digging a well in the region.
People have now built a temple around the Shivling.
The most important f…

Shringar at Chaumukhi Mahadev Mandir at Vaishali in Bihar

Shringar at Chaumukhi Mahadev Mandir at Vaishali in Bihar is annually observed in Shravan month. The temple is decorated during the special occasion with flowers and lights. In 2019, Shringar at Choumukhi Mahadev Mandir in Vaishali will be observed on August 15.
On the day, Rudrabhishek, Shringar and special aarti are performed.
Thousands of people participate in the annual event.

Shringar at Chaumukhi Mahadev Mandir at Vaishali is observed on Shravan Purnima or the full moon day in Shravan month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Bihar.

Architecturally Beautiful 12th century Shiva Temple at Malawi Village in Madhya Pradesh in Neglect

120-feet Shikar and exquisite stone carvings make the 12th century Shiva Temple at Malawi Village in Madhya Pradesh one of the most important temples built during the period of Parmar rule in central India. Malawi village is located around 215 km from Indore. Sadly, this beautiful temple is in neglect like thousands of  other temples across India. Hindustan Times reports  The temple was built by the Parmar rulers who ruled Malwa from 10th to 13th century.
The archaeology department's technical assistant DP Pande, who has done a research on Parmar temples, said the Parmars were Shaivaites by faith and loved to build intricate carved-stone temples across western Malwa.  The artisans were trained in Hinglajgarh, which is located in Mandsaur district, bordering Rajasthan.  The Malwai temple is made of yellow sand stone. It's located on the ancient trade route which was used by the caravans and the tourists from north India to reach Gujarat.  At present the temple remains have the …

Manache Shlok in Marathi in pdf – Sarth Manache Shlok Lyrics in Marathi

Shree Manache Shlok is credited to Smarath Swami Ramdas. You can find Sarth Manache Shlok in Marathi in pdf in the below link. The text is provided by Gita Press of Gorakhpur.
Shri Manache Shloka is a book of meditation. It is about ethical behavior of mind and awakening love for God.
Link - Manache Shlok in Marathi in pdf

Gyaneshwari in Marathi in pdf – Dynaneshwari Text in Marathi

Dynaneshwari is the first and the most popular Marathi commentary on the Bhagavad Gita. Below is the link to Gyaneshwari in Marathi in pdf format. Gyaneshwari continues to be read and discussed in Maharashtrian homes and its translation into various languages continues to inspire millions of people around the world.
The text is provided by Gita Press of Gorakhpur.
LinkGyaneshwari in Marathi in pdf

Haripath in Marathi in pdf

Haripath is a popular prayer dedicated to Hindu God Vishnu and his manifestations. Below is the Haripath in Marathi language in pdf. Please note that this is text version and not audio. The text is provided by Gita Press of Gorakhpur.
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It is a collection of 28 Abhanga's dedicated to Srihari Vishnu. It was composed by Jnaneshwar, the great Marathi Sain-Poet of 13th Century.

Traditional Athapookalam – Symbolic meaning of Pookalam made during Onam

Athapookalam or Onapookalam is the flower bed or flower arrangements done during Onam in Kerala. It is a distant cousin of Rangoli in North India and Kolam in Tamil Nadu. Traditionally, the making of the Pookalam begins on the Atham day, ten days before Thiruonam. Originally, the Pookalam consists of ten small round steps. The ten steps or rings are believed to represent ten different deities in Hinduism. There is also a belief that the floral carpet symbolically represents the fight between Asuras (demons) and Devas (Demi gods).

Each day of the 10-day Onam festival used to be represented on the Pookalam. On the Atham day, there will only be a single ring, the next day which is Chithira there will be two rings and finally on the Thiruonam day there will be 10 rings. On the first day only a single color flower is used, second day two colors and on the final day 10 different colors of flower is used.
In some places, each nakshatram of the day used to be marked on the Pookalam. For exa…

Gupteshwar Mahadev Mandir on Madan Mahal Mountain in Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh

Gupteshwar Mahadev Temple is located on Madan Mahal Mountain in Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh. The temple is believed to have existed during the Ramayana period. It is believed that Bhagavan Sri Ram, Mata Sita and Lakshman visited the temple during their exile period in the Ramayan.
Legend has it that Sri Ram wanted to have a darshan of Maa Narmada during his sojourn in the Chitrakoot region.

Bhagavan Sri Ram offered chunari to Maa Narmada and made a Shivling out of sand and worshipped it. Thus, Sri Ram created the Shivling worshipped here during the Treta Yuga.
The temple was hidden for long time. A big boulder had blocked the opening of the cave. The temple was discovered in 1890.

Thousands of devotees visit the temple in Shravan month. Shivratri is the most important festival here.

Siddhanath Mahadev Yatra at Khargone – Sidhnath Mahadev Shivdola at Khargone in Madhya Pradesh

Siddhanath Mahadev Yatra at Khargone is observed in Bhadrapad month. On this day the murti worshipped in the Sidhnath Mahadev Temple comes out of temple in traditional attire to interact with devotees – Mahadev Sidhnath. In 2019, this ritual at Khargone was held on August 17.

After the abhishek and puja in the temple, Shri Siddhanath Mahadev comes out and settles in a designated place in the temple.
After prayers performed here Shri Siddhanath Mahadev moves out into the city. Nagada, Janja-manjira and dol tashe is played on the occasion. People chant the name of Mahadev as he makes his way through the crowd.
It takes nearly 20 hours to complete the entire process of the tour of the town.
Siddhanath Mahadev Yatra at Khargone is annually observed on Bhadrapada Krishna Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waxing phase of moon in Bhadrapad month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Madhya Pradesh.

Padmakshi Temple at Hamankonda near Warangal

Padmakshi Temple is dedicated to Goddess Padmakshi who is fondly referred as ‘Amma’ or ‘mother.’ She is the consort of Lord Shiva. The present shrine is believed to have been built during the 12th century by the Kakatiya rulers.
The deity is also referred as Padmakshamma and the shrine is located atop a Gutta or a hill. The pond at the foot of the Padmakshi hillock is a sacred tirth.

Annakonda Pillar in the temple is a unique piece of architecture. The quadrangular column is made in black granite stone and is located at the entrance of the shrine. The four faces of pillar are imposing.
The most important festival in the shrine is the Batukamma festival observed during Navratri (September – October). More than 100,000 women participate in the festival.

Gajendra Moksha – the story of an elephant and a crocodile and its symbolic meaning

Gajendra Moksha, or Gajendramoksham, is an important incident found in the Bhagavad Purana and it shows the importance of Bhakti, prayer and true devotion. Once there was an elephant named Gajendra. He was the king of a huge herd of elephants and he had thousands of queen elephants with whom he used to bathe and play in a huge lake. Gajendra was proud about his status and on a summer day he was arrogantly bathing in the lake with his friends. Suddenly a crocodile from below caught him by the foot and tried to pull him to the bottom of the lake.

Gajendra fought hard to get rid of the crocodile but the battle continued for thousand years. In the meantime, all this friends and queens deserted him. Finally realization dawned on an exhausted Gajendra and he prayed to Lord Vishnu. Soon Lord Vishnu appeared before him and on seeing the Lord, Gajendra plucked a lotus with great effort and offered to him and said ‘Narayana, Preceptor of all, Bhagavan; I bow down to you.” Gajendra was instant…

Apah – Water Goddess Mentioned in Vedas

Apah are water goddesses mentioned in the Vedas. They are mainly mentioned in the Rig Veda. As Water goddesses they cleanse and purify devotees. They bless them with boons. They also grant vitality, immortality and strength.
They are also mentioned in the Mahabharata and the Puranas. As per the Vedas, Indra, the king of Devas, is believed to have made channels for them to flow into the sea.
Apah are mentioned mostly as a group of goddesses and they are mothers are wives in the Vedas.
They participate in the yajnas (sacrifice). They partake in the offerings and they also bless with boons.
It is said that waters of Apah are filled with honey. They also carry milk and honey and they are pleasing the Devas.
Related Pushan – Vedic Deity in Hindu Tradition

Bade Mathuradhish Mandir at Kota - Shri Bade Mathuresh Ji Temple at Patanpol in Kota

Bade Mathuradhish Mandir at Patan Pole near Kota is dedicated to Bhagavan Sri Krishna. The shrine is located at Patanpol locality which is around 7 km from Kota Railway Station.
Legend has it that a murti of Shri Mathureshji was moving through Kota and heading towards another place. The chariot carrying the murti was moving through Kota amidst ritualistic chanting. The chariot suddenly stopped in front of the haveli of Rai Dwarakadasji, a minister of the king of Kota.
People tried several ways to move the chariot but it did not move an inch.
Rai Dwarakadasji then offered prayers to Bhagavan Sri Krishna and asked the Lord to reside is his house. The chariot then moved and the murti was enshrined in the Haveli.
The murti to this day is enshrined in the same haveli. The temple follows the rituals of Pushtimargiya. Sri Krishna is worshipped in his child form here.
This temple is the Pratham Peeth (first seat) of Pushtimarg.
The architecture is similar to the architecture of havelis fou…

Story of Ramdevji of Ramdevra – Ramdevpir

Ramdevji of Ramdevra is widely considered as a manifestation of Ranchor – Bhagavan Sri Krishna. He is also known as Ramdevpir or Ramsha Pir. The story of Ramdevji of Ramdevra shows us that devotion and faith is above caste, gender and class.

Ramdevji symbolically represents the fierce power of divinity willing to listen to voice of the oppressed.

Ramdevji was born in the royal house of Ajmal, a Rajput feudal king of Pokaran village in Rajasthan. Ramdevji’s father Ajmal prayed for a boy child to Ranchor. He got his wish fulfilled but instead of becoming an heir for the throne, the child took up the life of a Sadhu. He left behind his princely comfort and status.

He moved around singing bhajans and performing miracles for devotees.
Legend has it that once Ramdevji was traveling through a village. It was the day of Raksha Bandhan. Ramdevji came across a young woman belong to the untouchable caste. She was crying. He asked her name and inquired as to why she was crying. The girl told tha…

Ramdevra Fair and Festival at Ramdev Ji Mandir – Ramdev Ji Temple Fair and Festival

Ramdevji Temple fair and festival is observed in Bhadrapad month. It is the most important fair at Ramdevra - 12 km to the north of Pokhran in Jaisalmer district of Rajasthan in India. Ramdevra fair and festival 2019 date is from September 1 to September 9.
Ramdevji temple stands around the samadhi of Baba Ramdev, who lived here during 14th century.

Ramdevji is widely considered a human incarnation Ranchor – Bhagavan Sri Krishna.
Thousands of people participate in the annual festival observed here. People from villages and towns in Rajasthan and Northern Gujarat arrive in the temple to make their offerings.
Ramdevra Fair and Festival is annually held from Bhadrapad Shukla Paksha Dwitiya (dooj) to Bhadrapad Shukla Paksha Dasami – second day to tenth day of the waxing phase of moon in Bhadrapad month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Rajasthan.

Kinnara in Hinduism – Divine Beings with Horse Head and Human Body

Kinnara are divine beings mentioned in major scriptures in Hinduism. They are diving being with horse head and human body. The earliest reference of Kinnaras are found in the Satapatha Brahmana. There are several versions of the origin of Kinnara in Hindu scriptures.
Manu Smriti and Bhagavad Purana states that they were created by Prajapati along with Yakshas, apsaras and gandharvas.
Some Puranas are of the view that they were born out of thumb of Brahma.
Certain Puranas also mention that they are children of Sage Kashyapa.
Kinnaras are male for one month and female for another month. They are romantic in character and love flowers.
They render various services to Devas by assuming various forms. They sing, dance and play musical instruments in heaven.

Kinnaras mainly serve Kubera, who is also known as Kinnaresha.
On earth they are believed to have guarded fields. People used to place kinnara figures on the corner of fields.
It must be noted that Kinnaras are also shown in Hindu scul…

Matoshri Sarutai Punyatithi at Mayani near Satara – Death Anniversary of Matoshri Sarutai

Matoshri Sarutai Punyatithi is observed in Bhadrapad month. It is the death anniversary of  Matoshri Sadguru Sarutai Mauli. The day is of great importance at Mayani near Satara. Matoshri Sarutai Punyatithi 2019 date is September 19.

Matoshri Sadguru Sarutai Mauli was a great saint the Bhakti tradition in Maharashtra. She taught the great truth of Advaita in simple language. Her teachings are based on the wisdom shared by Sri Dattatreya.

Matoshri Sarutai Punyatithi is annually held on Bhadrapada krishna paksha panchami tithi or the fifth day during the waning phase of moon in Bhadrapad month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Hercules – Was He Hindu God Krishna or Vishnu?

It is believed by many scholars that Hercules of Greece was Krishna or Vishnu. The name Hercules is derived from Hari one of the names of Vishnu. Megasthanes has recorded two gods of India – Hercules of the plains and Dionysius of the mountains, the description resembling Krishna and his elder brother Balarama. The name Hercules is understood to have been derived from the term Har-Kuul-isa (Heri-cul-eesh), meaning “Lord of the lineage of Hari” – according to linguistic interpretation.
Source – Encyclopedia of Hinduism published by India Heritage Research Foundation.

Durga Mandir – Durga Kund at Varanasi – Goddess Durga Temple at Varanasi

GoddessDurgaTemple at Varanasi is unique as the construction of the mandir structure is based on the philosophy of 64 Yantra and 64 Vidya. The temple is also famous for a holy pond known as Durga Kund.
Legend has it that Goddess Durga had appeared to protect an ardent devotee of her in Varanasi. This devotee was a prince who was harassed by his father’s second wife and family. Goddess Durga defeated the enemies and help the prince attain what was rightfully his.
Only the face of the murti of Goddess Durga is visible in the sanctum sanctorum.
The temple also has murtis of Goddess Lakshmi, Saraswati, Bhadrakali, Kapal Bhairav, Rudra Bhairav, Kukuteshwar Mahadev, Jwarhareshwari Devi, Hanuman, Brahma, Parneshwar Mahadev, Surya Bhagvan and Radha Krishna.
The temple follows the nagar architecture style. The present shrine was built in 18th century by the Mahrani of Nattor.
Navratri is the most important festival here. On Bhadrapad Dwitiya Tithi special rituals are observed as it is believe…

Shiv Sahastra Namavali in Gujarati - Shiva Sahasra Namavali in Gujarati Text

Shiv Sahastra Namavali is one of the most popular mantras dedicated to Hindu God Shiva. This - Shiva Sahasra Namavali in pdf format in Gujarati is for free download. The prayer consists of the 1000 names of Shiva in Gujarati. This mantra is believed to have been narrated first by Vishnu and is found in the Shiva Purana. It is chanted during the worship of Shiva especially on Shivratri and Pradosh.
Link Shiv Sahastra Namavali in Gujarati

Hanuman Chalisa in Gujarati in pdf – Download Hanuman Chalisa Lyrics in pdf in Gujarati for Free

Hanuman Chalisa, composed by Goswami Tulsidas, is the most popular prayer (bhajans) dedicated to Hanuman. Below is the link to Hanuman Chalisa pdf Gujarati text. You can download it for free. The Gujarati lyrics is uploaded in google drive. There is no authorization required for downloading. It is absolutely free. For easy download you need to be logged into gmail or any other google product. The chalisa is created by Gita Press, Gorakhpur.
Link - Hanuman Chalisa Gujarati in pdf

Sunderkand in Hindi in pdf – Download Sunderkand Path in Hindi in Full

Sunderkand is the famous chapter in the Ramayana. Below is the link to Sunderkand in Hindi from Ramcharitamanas. You can download the text (path) in Hindi in full in pdf. It is believed that reading Sunderkand daily helps in attaining peace and prosperity. The text is provided by Gita Press of Gorakhpur. Sunderkand which deals with the heroic deeds of Hanuman is the most popular of the Ramayan episodes.
Link to download Sunderkand in Hindi in pdf

Sunderkand comprises of three shlokas, six chhand, 60 dohe and 326 chaupai. Of the 60 dohe, the first 30 pertain to the descriptionand character of Sri Hanuman and the other 30 pertain to the qualities of Sri Ram.

The word sunder meaning beautiful, handsome, virtuous and good appears in 24 chaupai. Sri Hanuman is the chief character in Sunderkand. Within Sunderkand there are several stories.

Sunderkand exposes several scientific ways and means, techniques and technologies as how to attempt at what appears necessary yet impossible for a laym…

Mantra to become beautiful

Some readers want to know if there is any mantra to become beautiful. Actually there is no direct mantra to become beautiful. But it is believed that offering prayers to Shiva and Parvati will help in it. Legend has it that Parvati used to be like Kali and she became Gauri or the beautiful one after offering prayers to Shiva.

So offer prayers to Shiva and Parvati and this will help in becoming beautiful.

It is also believed that offering prayers to Sri Krishna and Radha will help in attaining worldly beauty.
You will truly become beautiful when you become beautiful from inside for this you will need to shed ignorance and take to the path of wisdom.

Story of Dnyaneshwar and Flying Wall – Changdev Maharaj’s Pride is Humbled

Sant Dnyaneshwar, also known as Jnaneshwar or Dnyanadev, is one of the most popular saints in Maharashtra. One of the famous stories associated with Dnyaneshwar is about a flying wall. The story narrates how Changdev Maharaj’s pride was humbled. Changdev Maharaj was a contemporary of Sant Dnyaneshwar and was popular for his yogic and Tantric powers. The story took place around 1400 years ago.
Sant Dnyaneshwar and two brothers – Nivritti, Sopandev – and their sister – Muktai – were respected for their spiritual powers and knowledge.
Changdev Maharaj wanted to test them. So he sent the siblings a blank paper. Sant Dnyaneshwar wrote 65 verses in the blank paper and returned to Changdev Maharaj. The verses later became popular as Changdev Pasashti – it contains in nutshell the entire teaching of Vedanta.
Changdev Maharaj did not understand what was written on the blank paper he had sent to the siblings.
He thought the siblings were ridiculing him. So he decided to show off his yogic pow…

Mantra to become attractive

Some readers want to know if there is any mantra to become attractive. Actually there is no direct mantra to become attractive. But it is believed that offering prayers to Shiva and Parvati will help in it. Legend has it that Parvati used to be unattractive like Kali and she became Gauri or the beautiful one after offering prayers to Shiva.
So offer prayers to Shiva and Parvati and this will help in becoming attractive.
It is also believed that offering prayers to Sri Krishna and Radha will help in attaining worldly beauty.
You will truly become attractive when you become attractive from inside for this you will need to shed ignorance and take to the path of wisdom.