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Shivratri Quotes – Thoughts on Mahashivaratri

Mahashivratri is a night of many possibilities. It is the darkest night of the month. Its very darkness is cause for celebration. Normally, we tend to resist darkness and opt for light. On Shivratri, however, darkness is venerated as the symbol of creation and destruction.

The word Shiva literally means that which is not. That which is, is existence; that which is, is creation. That which is not is Shiva. That which is not means, if you open your eyes and look around, if your vision is for small things, you will see lots of creation. If your vision is really looking for big things, you will see that the biggest presence in existence is a vast emptiness. Just a few spots – which we call galaxies – are noticed, not the vast emptiness that holds. This vastness or unbounded emptiness is Shiva.
When we say Shiva, we are referring to this vast emptiness of existence. It is in the lap of this vast emptiness that all Creation has happened. Our ancient prayers are not about saving yourself, p…

Shiva as Nataraja – Symbolism and Meaning hidden in the Natraja Murti

In Hinduism, Lord Shiva as Nataraja (Lord of the Dance) performs the Tandava – the dance in which the universe is created, maintained, and resolved. The idol and picture of Nataraja, or Natraj, that is famous throughout the world today achieved canonical form in bronze sculpture cast during the rule of Chola dynasty in South India by the 10th century. The Chola Nataraja is often considered to be the quintessential statement of Indian sculpture, incomparable in its merging of symbol and form.

Lingam Puja – How to Worship Shivling at Home? - Rules of Worshiping Shiva Lingam

Shivling or Shiva lingam connects a devotee with the Supreme Being – Lord Shiva. The lingam is the symbol of Lord Shiva and the lingam puja helps the devotee in understanding Lord Shiva. The Lord cannot be described but still we say he is without a beginning and an end and is without a form. It is difficult for a devotee to understand this formless nature. Therefore Lord Shiva appeared in the form of Jyotirlinga before Brahma and Vishnu. The Lingam thus is a symbol of Lord Shiva. Each Lingam puja, step by step, takes the devotee to the eternal truth – that he/she is part of the Supreme Being.

Indian Laburnum Tree and Shiva

Indian Laburnum, known as Kirala or Amaltas in Hindi and Konnai in Tamil, is a tree associated with Shiva. Legend has it that Shiva used to wear garlands made of laburnum flower when going into war or other heroic situations. Nayanmars, the Shaivaite Saints, of Tamil Nadu believed the tree to be a manifestation of Lord Shiva.

From the poems of the saints, it is learned that the flowers were used to adorn the hair of Shiva.
The flowers of Laburnum Tree are widely used in the puja of Shiva in Tamil Nadu. It is believed that Konnai or Konrai is the favorite flower of Mahadev.
The tree is found on the foothills of Tiruvannamalai and therefore is praised as the tree that blossoms at the feet of Shiva.

The use of the flower is famous in Kerala during Vishu - the flower is an essential part of Vishukani.
SourceSacred plants of India by Nanditha Krishna and M. Amirthalingam

Ashvattha Tree in Hinduism – Spiritual and Religious Importance of Ashvattha Tree 

Ganesh Puja procedure at home – How to do Simple Ganesha Puja at home?

This is an explanation on how to do a simple Ganesh puja at home. Please note that this puja procedure is only to give an idea and you can be flexible in your Ganesha Puja. After taking bath Take the blessings of Lord Ganesha by touching the feet of murti or portrait. Ask Ganesha to help in make this puja a success. Remove all the puja items you used the previous time. Clean the murti or painting of Ganesha. Take very little water and sprinkle it on the murti and on you for self purification. Keep the lamp ready. Use cotton to make wick. Pour oil or ghee or mustard oil or any other cooking oil in the lamp. Dip the wick. Dip the wick and squeeze to remove the extra oil from one end and project it outside to light the lamp. Keep incense ready. Keep red flowers ready. If you have Durva Grass offer it. Keep a single banana or a fruit or a piece of coconut or a sweet ready. Keep sandalwood paste or red kumkum ready Light the lamp. Offer your prayers. Offer flowers. Apply sandalwood pas…

Learn Sanskrit Grammar Online Through Chinmaya International Foundation

Chinmaya International Foundation (CIF) is launching a new online Home Study Course on Sanskrit - "Learn Sanskrit Grammar - The Paninian Way". The faculty for the Course is Dr. V. Rajarao Bandaru, a renowned scholar and indologist.
The Course will be conducted live via webinar beginning March 28, 2015. The registrations for the course have already begun.
You can find more details here at the official website of Chinmaya International Foundation (CIF).

The seeker after Truth should be humbler than the dust – Mahatma Gandhi

The seeker after Truth should be humbler than the dust.
The world crushes the dust under its feet, but the seeker after Truth should so humble himself that even the dust could crush him. Only then, and not till then, will he have a glimpse of Truth.
The instruments for the quest of Truth are as simple as they are difficult. They may appear quite impossible to an arrogant person, and quite possible to an innocent child.
The deeper the search in the mine of truth the richer the discovery of the gems buried there.
All that appears and happens about and around is uncertain, transient. But there is a Supreme Being hidden therein as a Certainty.
Mahatma Gandhi

Today’s Hindu Calendar – February 16, 2015 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Monday, February 16, 2015 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waning phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Krishna Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waning phase of moon till 12:34 PM on February 16. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the dark phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra – Purva Shada or Pooradam Nakshatra till 11:51 AM. Then onward it is Uttara Shada or Uthiradam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Dhanu Rashi till 5:35 PM. Then onward it is Makar Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Pradosh Vrat
Kali Yuga Year – 5116
Vikram Samvant 2071 – Phalgun Krishna Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during waning phase of moon in Phalgun month in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Jammu an…