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Why is Ganesha depicted in the form of Symbol OM?

Before the creation of the present Universe there was a great deluge, pralaya. It had destroyed the Universe as it existed then. According to Hinduism, creation has no beginning or end – the endless cycle continues. After a great deluge there is Shanti or peace. This peace is broken with the sound OM or AUM – the sound which emanates from the Supreme Soul.

The Ganapatya Cult, or the followers of Ganesha, believes that OM or Pranava Mantra the symbol of Brahman is embodied in the form of Ganesha. It is believed that Ganesh is the first word or the first cause.

This is the reason why occasionally Ganesha is depicted in the form of symbol ‘Om.’

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Ashtadravya – Ashta Dravya in Ganapati Homan

Ashtadravya, or Ashtadravyam, are eight sacred puja items that are offered to Lord Ganesha during the special puja known as Ashta Dravya Mahaganapathy Homam. It is offered to Lord Ganesh to get his blessings – who blesses with wealth, prosperity and long life. The eight sacred things that are part of the Ashtadravya are: Coconuts,
Molasses,
Sesame Oil,
Sugarcane,
Lemon,
Rice flakes
Banana
Rice.
In some places Ashta Dravya are Dried coconut, puffed rice, jaggery, banana (kadali plantain), honey, sesame, sugarcane and fried paddy of rice.
For some communities Ashtadravya are Coconut, Banana, Honey, Sugarcane, Ghee, Modhaka, Jaggery, Puffed rice.
The concept of Ashta Dravya is of South Indian origin and is more popular with Hindu communities in South India.
Ashta Dravya is also presented to little children, who are new initiates into the world of learning, by the Guru after receiving Gurudakshina (limited to some communities).
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Why Parijata is known as Night Jasmine? – Why its flowers bloom only at night? – Why Parijata Tree is also known as Sad Tree? – Stories in Hinduism

Parijata is known as night jasmine as its flowers bloom only at night and they fall off before sunrise. A story mentioned in Vayu Purana indicates about this unique aspect and also why Parijata is sad tree or the tree of sorrow. In fact there are numerous stories in Hinduism which give reason to unique behavior of the tree. In all the stories sun is the villain.



Legend has it that a king had a daughter named Parijataka. She fell in love with Surya, the sun god. Surya reciprocated her love but as he could not stay with her, he betrayed her by abandoning her.
Unable to bear the pain and insult, Parijataka burnt herself to death. Soon parijata shrub appeared in the places where her ashes fell.
As Parijataka is angry and cannot bear the sight of the sun, its flowers bloom at night and fall off before sunrise.
As the tree appeared after a heartbreaking incident, it is also known as tree of sorrow or sad tree.

Dauji Temple at Talvan near Mathura in Uttar Pradesh

Dedicated to Balram, DaujiTemple is located at Talvan, which is around 10 km west of Mathura, in Uttar Pradesh. The temple has murtis of Balrama (Dauji) and his consort Revati. There is also a murti of Sri Krishna in the main altar.


An outer courtyard leads to the main altar of the temple. To the right of the temple there is the Balbhadra kund or sacred pond.
The temple also has a few Tal trees. The region takes its name from these trees. Devotees offer worship to the tree as these trees were present when Balram, Sri Krishna, Gopas and Gopis roamed in Talvan.
The divine brothers had killed demon named Dhenukasura at Talvan.

The path of devotion and the path of knowledge lead to the same goal – Ramana Maharishi

Mukti, or liberation, consists in the utter annihilation of the ego, or ahamkara, and the entire destruction of my and mine or mamakara, by any possible means.
Further, as these are found to flourish together, being entirely interdependent, the destruction of either ahamkara or mamakara causes also the destruction of the other.
In order to attain that state of supreme Quiescence, or Mauna, transcending speech and thought, either the Path of knowledge or Vedanta Marga which leads to the annihilation of the ego, or the Path of devotion, or Bhakti Marga, which results in the destruction of “my” and “mine” is equally effective.
There, there can be no doubt that the path of devotion and that of knowledge lead to the same goal. Either path is one and the same.
Ramana Maharishi

Today’s Hindu Calendar – February 26, 2015 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Thursday, February 26, 2015 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day during the waxing phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day during the waxing phase of moon till 3:35 PM on February 26. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day during the light phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra – Rohini Nakshatra till 10:53 PM. Then onward it is Mrigasira and Makayiram Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Vrishabha Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Holashtak begins in North India
Kali Yuga Year – 5116
Vikram Samvant 2071 – Phalgun Shukla Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day during the waxing 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 and Kashmir.
Jayanama Samvatsar/ Shalivahana Saka 1936 – Phalgun…