Skip to main content


Showing posts from March 26, 2015

Talatala – one of the Subterranean Worlds in Hindu Scriptures

The Srimad Bhagavad Purana describes about seven cubical chasms in the earth. They are known as Bilva Swarga or the subterranean heaven. Talatala is the fourth of the chasms and thus it is one of the subterranean worlds in Hindu scriptures. The place is the abode of Maya who has the blessing of Shiva.
When the fourteen worlds of the universe are associated with parts of the body of the Supreme Truth (Vishnu), Talatala is the shanks – the part of the human leg between the knee and the ankle.
Legend has it that Maya, the king of Danavas, who is the lord of the Tripura lives at Talatala. Lord Shiva burnt the Tripura – the three cities of demons – and installed Maya as the emperor of the Talatala. He has the blessing and protection of Shiva. Maya is famous for his sorcery and magic. Sudarshana Chakra too cannot kill him inside Talatala.
The exact position of Talatala and other Bilva Swargas are not known. The region has a horizontal length and breadth of 10,000 yojanas and is made up of …

Ram Ghat on Shipra River near Mahakaleshwar Temple in Ujjain – Sandhya Aarti at Ram Ghat

Ram Ghat is the most important ghat on ShipraRiver near MahakaleshwarTemple in Ujjain. Sandhya Aarti is performed on the Ram Ghat every evening. Special pujas are performed here which is dedicated to ShipraRiver. Priests offer flowers, incense, sandalwood and vermillion.

The Ghat is famous as there are murtis of idols of Pishachamukteshwar, Guheshwar, Dundeshwar, Damarukeshwar, Aruneshwar and Ardhanarishwar.
The Datta Akhara located on Ram Ghat is used by the Naga Sadhus during the Ujjain Kumbha Mela.

Swami Tejomayananda Thoughts on Devotion

Devotion is not a five-to-ten-minute engagement; rather it involves the whole being all the time.
Devotion cannot be limited by time or space and is not just the act itself.
All of us want to experience devotion in our hearts. We all have this innate yearning and initially a direction given by a guru, a saint or a scriptural injunction gives birth to a type of devotion called vaidhi bhakti. We try to develop the feeling of love for God, even though our minds feel uninvolved. Then, slowly, the attitude of love begins to guide all our actions naturally.
At this stage, our sadhana or vaidhi bhakti becomes prem bhakti. Love for the divine alone becomes the prime motivation, and this type of devotion fills the entire consciousness of the devotee. With that experience, a devotee then wants nothing, not even the promise of liberation! Even as devotees realize the highest, they continue to revel in that devotion and spend their life in loving service.
Devotion being the basis of all actions,…

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

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Thursday, March 26, 2015 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waxing phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Shukla Paksha Sashti Tithi or the sixth day of the waxing phase of moon till 5:43 AM on March 26. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is March 26, 2015 as per Hindu Panchang? – The day is good for all auspicious events.
Nakshatra – Rohini Nakshatra till 6:31 AM on March 26. Then onward it is Mrigasira or Makayiram Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Vrishabha Rashi till 6:38 PM. Then onward it is Mithuna Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Basanti Devi Puja begins
Kali Yuga Year – 5117
Vikram Samvant 2072 – Chaitra Shukla Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waxing phase of moon in Chaitra month in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh…