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Importance of Taking Oil Bath in Hindu Tradition

Most of us Hindus might be aware of taking oil bath during Diwali or Deepavali which is a tradition in many Hindu homes. But sacred Hindu scriptures and Ayurveda suggest the importance of taking oil bath periodically.
Ayurveda suggests oil bath for regaining the balance of the body which gets upset due disturbance in the body.
The ideal day for taking oil bath in Hindu tradition is Chaturdasi or the 14th day during the fortnight. In a week the day suggested is Saturday or Shanivar. It is indicated in scriptures that planet Saturn, or Shani, is associated with sleepiness and therefore it is the ideal day to take rest.
For women the ideal day for oil bath is Friday, especially during the afternoon hours.
An interesting commonality is that the planets that rule Friday, Saturday and Chaturdasi are associated with long life.
There are also shlokas associated with oil bath and this varies from community to community. One of the popular Shloka is the chanting of the names of the seven Ch…

Hanuman Quiz – A quiz on the life of Hindu God Hanuman

This is a quiz based on the life of Hanuman. Majority of the questions are from the Ramayana. You can take the quiz –
HB Quiz on Lord Ram » Quiz on Narasimha Incarnation of Vishnu Please note that the quiz is an embedded file and is hosted on another website.

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Ten Incarnations of Vishnu and the Ten Shaktis or Mahavidyas of Each Avatar

Each of the ten incarnations of Hindu God Vishnu is assigned a Shakti or Female energy. This concept is more popular in the Tantric tradition. The ten Shaktis are together referred as Mahavidyas. It must be noted that no two Tantric texts agree on the 10 names of Mahavidyas. Also the ten Shaktis that are assigned to the ten Avatars also differ from one Tantric text to another. This particular list of ten Avatars and ten Mahavidyas is taken from the Mundamala Tantra. Dhumavati is associated with Matsya or Fish incarnationGoddess Vagala is associated with Kurma or the Tortoise incarnationBhairavi is associated with Varaha or Boar incarnationChinnamasta is associated with NarasimhaSundari is associated with ParashuramaBhuvaneshwari is associated with VamanaTara is that of Sri RamaKali is the force of KrishnaKamala is associated with Buddha (some scholars do not consider Buddha as incarnation of Vishnu and instead they consider Balram, the elder brother of Krishna)Durga is associated with…

Anwla Ekadashi

Aanwla Ekadashi is observed on the Falgun Shukla Ekadasi (11th day during the waxing phase of moon in Falgun month) as per traditional calendar followed in North India. In 2018, Awala Ekadashi is on February 26. The day marks the beginning of full scale Holi celebrations in the BankeBihariTemple in Vrindavan. Holika Dahan and Dhulendi festivals are observed three days later. 
Special pujas are held during the period BankeBihariTemple. Lord Krishna is adorned in white clothes and color extracted from Tesu leaves is sprinkled on the devotees. Dry natural color powders are used during the festive occasion.
The day is observed as Amalaki Ekadasi in other regions.

Shiv Puran Teachings

The Pranava (OM) shall be recited and repeated by those who desire all their sins be annihilated.
Japa of Om purifies the mind.
If the devotee repeats the Pranava he becomes pure.
In the Kali Yuga one can attain true knowledge through charity and murti worship.
A man reaps the fruits of his actions- whether good or evil. He either enjoys pleasures or suffers because of sorrow, due to this Karma
Shiv Puran