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

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

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

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

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

Hindu God Vishnu with a Horse Head – Hayagriva

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

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

Kalbhairav Yatra at Pasarani near Satara – Pasarani Bhairavnath Temple Festival

Kalbhairav Yatra at Pasarani is annually observed in Magh month. The yatra is the main festival and fair at the ShriKalBhairavnathTemple at Pasarani near Satara in Maharashtra. The shrine is dedicated to Hindu God Shiva. Pasarani Kalbhairav Yatra 2018 date is February 5.
Hundreds of people participate in the annual festival at ShriBhairavnathTemple.
A fair and festival is held during the period and it attracts scores of devotees from nearby villages and town. The main rituals associated with rural festivals are followed here too.
Pasarani Bhairavnath Temple Yatra is annually observed on Magh Krishna Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waning phase of moon in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Prabhakar Maharaj Punyatithi at Solapur

Sadguru Prabhakar Maharaj Punyatithi is annually observed in Magh month. It is the Punyatithi or death anniversary of Prabhakar Maharaj. The day is of great importance at Solapur in Maharashtra. Prabhakar Maharaj Punyatithi 2018 date is February 1.
The main rituals and festivals are held at the Prabhakar Maharaj Mandir. He was one of the great saints in the Bhakti tradition in Maharashtra.
Hundreds of people participate in the various prayer meetings and other programs organized on the day.
Prabhakar Maharaj Punyatithi is annually observed on Magh Krishna Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the first day during the waning phase of moon in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Sublimation of the ego is the aim of spirituality – Swami Tejomayananda

Sublimation of the ego is the aim of spirituality
The Taittiriya Upanishad gives the anatomy of the intellect as comprising the five elements — sraddha, rtam, satyam, yog, mahat.
The first aspect, shradha, is made up of the words “sradh” meaning truth and “dha” meaning that which holds. Thus shradha is that which holds the truth. It implies that our thinking must be rooted in faith. Is it not true that even a rationalist has faith in his own sense organs and intellect? Mere logic cannot lead us anywhere. Certain basic premises have to be accepted before we proceed with our inquiry.
With shradha as the foundation, when we inquire deeply and arrive at an understanding of the truth, it is called rtam. Rtam should be followed by satyam, the manifestation of that truth in our lives. Yog means the mind should be absorbed in that truth, that there should be a deep conviction that guides our lives.
Only a person who has conviction enough to apply the results of her inquiry in her daily life …

Today’s Hindu Calendar – January 25, 2015 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Sunday, January 25, 2015 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Panchami and Sashti Tithi or the fifth and sixth day during the waxing phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Shukla Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the light phase of moon till 8:16 AM on January 25. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Sashti Tithi or the sixth day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra – Uttarabhadra or UthirattathiNakshatra till 6:37 PM on January 25. Then onward it is RevathiNakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Meena Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Sheetala Sashti
Kali Yuga Year – 5116
Vikram Samvant 2071 – Magh Shukla Paksha Panchami and Sashti Tithi or the fifth and sixth day during the waxing phase of moon in Magh month in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Jammu and Kashmir.
Jayanama…