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Mahavatar Babaji

Mahavatar Babaji is a saint who is believed to be living for centuries in the Himalayas. No one knows the exact location of Mahavatar Babaji or his age. We get to hear about this miracle saint from individuals who consider him as their guru. He is called Mahavatar because he was not born from a womb.
The world came to hear prominently about Mahavatar Babaji through Paramahansa Yogananda. In his book, Autobiography of a Yogi, Paramahansa Yogananda talks about the experience people had with him (chapters 33 and 34).
Mahavatar Babaji was the guru of Lahiri Mahasaya; whose disciple was Sri Yukteswar Giri and Giri was the guru of Paramahansa Yogananda.
As per Yogananda, Mahavatar Babaji lives near Badrinath for millions of years in the same physical form.
As per Paramhansa’s description, Mahavatar Babaji appears to be youth of not more than 24 years.
Some people claim that Babaji is Guru Gorakhnatha, the great Shaiva saint.
Some people consider Mahavatar Babaji to be Kripacharya of the…

Jotiba Yatra 2018 at Wadi Ratnagiri near Kolhapur in Maharashtra – Chaitra Jyotiba Yatra 2018 at Kolhapur

Jotiba Yatra is annually held in Chaitra month to the famous JyotibaTemple at Wadi Ratnagiri near Kolhapur in Maharashtra. Jyotiba temple is around 20 km from Kolhapur. Jotiba Yatra 2018 date is March 31. The three day fair and festival begins on March 29.

Story of Jyotiba Fair
Legend has it that after defeating Kolhasur, Goddess Lakshmi settled at Kolhapur and appointed four guards in four directions. Lord Jotiba is the one who guards the southern direction. Another legend has it that Jyotiba is considered an incarnation of Kedarnath, who killed the demon Ratnasur. Sasan Kathis are the symbol of emancipation of the demon’s wife.

The most common belief is that Jyotiba is a manifestation of Lord Shiva.

Another belief in the area is that Jyotiba is a combined manifestation of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva.

The Rituals

Thousands of people from Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka participate in the annually yatra.
The main attraction of the yatra is the palkhi o…

Story of Maha Ashtami Punya Snan

Maha Ashtami Punya Snan is observed during the Shukla Paksha Ashtami in Baishakh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar. The story of the ritual is associated with Parashuram, an avatar of Vishnu. This ritual is more popular in among Bengali Hindus especially in Bangladesh.
As per Hindu Tradition, Parashuram, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, killed his mother Amugha Devi with an axe to satisfy his father Jamadagni, who believed his wife was not pure.
The axe got stuck on the hand of Parashuram as a mark of sin.
For atonement of the sin, Parashuram bathed in the river Brahmaputra. The axe dropped from his hand and Parashuram free from the sin.
This divine incident is mentioned in Hindu scriptures but the popular name of Parashuram’s mother is Renuka.
The most important bathing spot on Maha Ashtami day is at Langalbandh in Narayanganj – 20 km east of Dhaka in Bangladesh.

Bengali Marriages Dates 2016 – Bengali Hindu Marriage Dates in 2016

Bengali Hindu calendar is different from the calendars followed in other regions in India especially in North India. Marriages dates in West Bengal in 2016 are given below based on Panchika 1423. This dates based on Panchang and calendar are to give an idea. The dates are from January 2016 to December 2016.
Bengali Marriage Dates 2016
January 2016 – January 19, 20, 21, 25, 28 and January 29.
February 2016 – February 6, 17, 22, and February 29
March 2016 – March 1, 3, 4, 6 and March 10
April 2016 – April 19, 22, 26, 28, 29 and April 30
May 2016 – May 8, 16, 17, 27, 30 and May 31.
June 2016 – June 5, 10, 12, 20, and June 27
July 2016 – July 1, 9, 13, 19, 20, 24, 29 and July 30
August 2016 – August 7, 9, 14, and August 15
September 2016 – No marriage dates
October 2016 – No marriage dates
November 2016 – November 21, and November 25.
December 2016 – December  9 and December 13.
Please note that sometimes the marriage time on a day might be before sunrise. Also when it is mentioned there …

Significance of Mango Leaves Toran on Ugadi – Mamidi Toranalu

On Ugadi, people decorate the entrance of home with Mango leaves (Mango leaf Toran) and this is a must for many Hindus. Fresh Mango leaves are attached to a string and are hung atop the doors and windows. Symbolically it signifies freshness, prosperity and the hope of a good harvest and incident free year.
Legend has it that it was Kartikeya (Muruga or Skanda) who asked his devotees to tie green mango leaves on doorways. It is said that both Ganesh and Kartik are fond of Mango leaves.
Related Ugadi Pachadi

Spiritual Significance and Symbolic Meaning of ‘Gudhi’ or Flag Raised on Gudi Padva

On the auspicious day of Gudi Padwa, when the Hindu New Year is celebrated in Maharashtra, Goa and some parts of Karnataka, one raises a symbolic flag or ‘gudi’ that is of great spiritual significance. It also has a symbolic meaning.

The Gudi raised on the Gudi Padwa day consists of a silk cloth, tied to a stick with an empty, inverted copper or silver jug of water (tambya) held up to the sky, outside the main door. This auspicious flag raising speaks volumes.
Empty your ego, take an inverted look within, hold yourself up to the vast sky of divinity and may your soul remain outdoors, away from the trappings of this world.

Shirdi Sai Baba Lamp – Lithophane Votive Light of Shirdi Sai Baba from Lladro

Shirdi Sai Baba lithophane is a molded artwork in thin very translucent porcelain that can only be seen clearly when back lit with a light source. It is an ideal Shirdi Sai Baba lamp for offering prayers in puja rooms and for meditation. Lladro, a Spanish firm noted for high quality porcelain figurines – Hindu religion related figurines include various forms of GaneshaNataraja ShivaSri Ram, Mata Sita and more.

Shirdi Sai Baba – lithophane votive light from Lladro is priced at Rs 6,000 /-
The size of the lamp is 12 X 9 cm.

Lladro signature stores are there in New Delhi, Gurgaon, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Bangalore. It is also available in famous jewelry shops and boutiques.

Manmatha Nama Samvatsara begins on March 21, 2015 – Manmathanama Year 1937

Manmatha Nama Samvatsara is the name of the Hindu lunar year which is from March 21, 2015 to April 7, 2016. Manmathanama is followed in calendars and Panchangams used in Maharashtra, Karnataka, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. In Marathi, Kannada and Telugu Calendars the Shalivahan Saka Year 1937 begins on March 21, 2015.
Note - the current year in Tamil Nadu which begins on Chithirai 1 (April 14, 2015) is also known as Manmatha.
The first day of a particular year is referred as Ugadi or Yugadi in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. It is referred as Gudi Padwa in Maharashtra.
Manmatha Nama is the Sanskrit name of the current year. There are sixty years in a cycle. The present is Manmatha Nama and is followed by Durmukhi. The previous year was Jayanama.
Each year has lot of specialties and these are mentioned in the respective Panchangas. The predictions – whether Manmatha Nama is good or bad – is mentioned during the Panchanga Sravana which takes place on the Ugadi day.

Kanya Rashi Tree – Which is the tree associated with Kanya Rashi Born People?

There are trees associated with each 12 Rashis. Kanya Rashi also has a particular tree dedicated to it. People born on each Rashi should worship the particular tree. The tree associated and worshipped by Kanya Rashi Born people is Mango tree.
Mango tree is the English name and the scientific name is Mangifera indica
Hindi name of the Kanya Rashi Tree is Aam Telugu name is Mamidi pandu Malayalam name is Mavu Tamil Name is Kannada name is Mavina hannu In Marathi it is known as Amba Bengali name is Aam
Kanya Rashi born people should plant the Mango tree. Water it. They should also protect the Mango tree.

Sadhguru on Overcoming Fear and Insecurities

You don’t have to leave your fears and insecurities because they don’t really exist. You keep creating them unconsciously. If you don’t create them, they don’t really exist. Why you create them and how to stop creating them, that’s the question.
The fundamental reason why fear has arisen in you is in this vast existence of which you don’t know the beginning or the end, you are just a little human being. Being the small entity that you are right now, naturally fear is there. It is overwhelming; there is fear and insecurity about what will happen to you.
As long as you are identified as physical body, as long as your experience of life is limited to your physical and mental faculties, fear and insecurity are inevitable. Only when a person begins to experience himself beyond the limitations of his physical body and mind, then this person can become free from insecurity and fear.
Experiencing yourself beyond the physical is what we are referring to as spiritual. Once this spiritual dime…