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Symbolism in the water pot above Shivling

Majority of Shivling worshipped in temples and sacred places have pots hanging on top of the Shivling. A hole is made in the pot and water drips continuously on the Shivling. There is a symbolism attached to the water dripping from the pot. Legend has it that the water in the pot is meant to cool Shiva of the effects of drinking the halahala poison during the Samudra Manthan.

Symbolically the water dripping from the pot indicates that life is always about movement. There is no stagnation. If we become stagnant then we rot and this is against nature.
Life also ebbs out slowly like the water dripping from the pot. The short period that is available should be used to attain self realization.
Each moment in our life is like the water drop, we should dedicate it to the supreme truth. Perform our dharma by submitting all actions to the supreme truth.

Bhaumeshwari – About Goddess Bhaumeshwari

Goddess Bhaumeshwari is the mother of Mangal Grah (Mars) one of the Navgrahas. Some people consider her as a manifestation of Mother Goddess Shakti. Some consider her to be a manifestation of Mother Earth.
Mangal Grah was born when Shiva was fighting Antakasur. A drop of sweat from Shiva that fell on earth gave birth to Mangal. Thus Bhaumeshwari is another for Mother Earth.
A temple dedicated to Goddess Bhaumeshwari is located in the MangalnathTemple complex in Ujjain.

If birthday falls on Monday – what are the effects as per Hindu Astrology?

If birthday falls on Monday, as per Hindu astrology the person will get different types of food. He/she will be able to enjoy different types of food. Please note that such things are mostly based on astrological thought followed in a region. It has nothing to do with Hindu scriptures or religious teachings.
If the birthday falls on Monday, it is good to offer prayers to Shiva. Chanting ‘om namah shivaya’ mantra daily is also meritorious.

Bharani Nakshatra date and time 2016 – Barani Birth Star Dates in 2016

Bharani Nakshatra 2016 dates and time based on traditional Hindu calendar, Astrology and Panchangam. Bharani Birth Star, also read as Barani, is the second Nakshatra among the 27 Nakshatras. As per Hindu astrology Bharani Nakshatra, or birth star, falls under Mesha Rashi or Aries. Mangal is the Lord of the Rasi. The lucky color of Bharani is Blood red. The astrological predictions of this Nakshatra as per Moon Sign are that of Mesha Raasi. 
Here are the dates of Bharani Nakshatra in 2016 as per India Standard Time:
January 18, 2016 Time is from 11:58 PM on January 17 to 10:48 PM on January 18
February 14, 2016 Time is from 5:33 AM on February 14 to 4:10 AM on February 15
March 13, 2016 Time is from 1:15 PM on March 12 to 11:07 AM on March 13, 2016
April 9, 2016 Time is from 11:34 PM on April 8 to 8:34 PM on April 9, 2016
May 7, 2016 Time is from 10:23 AM on May 6 to 7:25 AM on May 7
June 3, 2016 Time is from 8:17 PM on June 2 to 5:42 PM on June 3
June 30, 2016 Time is from 3:55 AM on …

Matching Stars for Kartika Nakshatram Born Boy – Matching Star for Karthika Nakshatra Male

Matching stars for Kartika Nakshatram born boy as per Kerala/Malayalam jyothisham is given below. It must be noted that the matching star is for male born in Kartika Nakshatram only. It is not for female born in the star. The Karthika Nakshatra is divided into two based on Rashi.
Matching Star for Kartika Nakshatra Male are:
Kartika Nakshatra first quarter born male – the matching stars are:
Bharani, Karthika, Rohini, Makayiram, Tiruvathira, Punirtham, Pooyam, Ayiliyam, Makam, Pooram, Uthram, Atham, Chithira, Chothi, Anizham, Triketta, Uthradam ¾, Tiruonam, Avittam first two quarter, Pooruruttathi quarter and Revathi. - born girls are good for Kartika Nakshatra first quarter born boy.
Kartika Nakshatra last three quarter born male – the matching stars are:
Bharani, Karthika, Rohini, Makayiram, Tiruvathira, Punirtham, Pooyam, Ayiliyam, Makam, Pooram, Uthram, Atham, Chithira, Chothi, Anizham, Triketta, Avittam last two quarter, Chathayam and Pooruruttathi last three quarter.- born girls …

Tree to Carve Devi Subhadra Murti for Puri Jagannath Temple Nabakalebara Found at Nilakantheswara temple in Adhanga in Jagatsinghpur

The tree to carve Devi Subhadra Murti during Nabakalebara 2015 was found at Nilakantheswara temple in AdhangaVillage in Jagatsinghpur District. Along with Devi Subhadra, Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Sudarshna are the four important mutis worshipped at PuriJagannathTemple.
During the Nabakalebara ritual, new murtis are carved and they replace the existing murtis worshipped in the PuriJagannathTemple.
It must be noted here that tree to Carve Lord Balabhadra Murti for Puri Jagannath Temple Nabakalebara was found near GoddessSaralaTemple at Jagatsinghpur.
The tree to carve Lord Sudarshan for Puri Jagannath Temple Nabakalebara was found at GadakuntuniaVillage near Balakati.

Matching Stars for Tiruvathira Nakshatram Born Boy – Matching Star for Thiruvathira Nakshatra Male

Matching stars for Thiruvathira Nakshatram born boy as per Kerala/Malayalam jyothisham is given below. It must be noted that the matching star is for male born in Tiruvathira Nakshatram only. It is not for female born in the star.
Matching Star for Tiruvathira Nakshatra Male are:
Makayiram, Punirtham, Pooyam, Ayiliyam, Makam, Pooram, Uthram, Atham, Chithira, Chothi, Vishakam, Triketta, Pooradam, Uthradam, Pooruruttathi1/4, Uthrittathi and Revathi.

Liquor Offering at Kal Bhairav Temple in Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh – Alcohol Shops on the Premises of Kal Bhairav Temple in Ujjain

One of the important offering to Kal Bhairav form of Shiva is liquor. Devotees offer alcohol to the presiding deity at the famous KalBhairavTemple in Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh. To avoid illicit trade and spurious liquor, the government has now opened two alcohol shops on the premises of the temple.
The liquor that is offered in the temple is taken inside the sanctum sanctorum and a small amount is poured in a plate and the rest is returned to the devotees as Prasad. Indian Express reports  Assistant Commissioner (Ujjain) Raghvendra Upadhyay said the proposal to legalise the sale had come from the sub-divisional magistrate, citing law and order. The process to invite tenders would begin in February and those who win bids for shops located in Chhatri Chowk and K D Gate (both in Ujjain town) would open the special counters from April 1.

Difference between the teachings of Adi Shankaracharya and Sri Ramanujacharya – Comparison of Adi Shankara and Sri Ramanuja

Adi Shankaracharya and Sri Ramanujacharya are two of the most important saints in Hinduism. They are the fountainhead of two different schools of thought that helps devotees in the path of Moksha. Here is a comparison of the teachings of Adi Shankara and Sri Ramanuja. This is just an attempt to learn the teachings of the two of the greatest teachers.

The teaching of Adi Shankaracharya is generally referred as Advaita Philosophy The teaching of Sri Ramanujacharya is generally referred as Visishtadvaita Philosophy
Adi Shankara teaches Advaita or oneness of God (Brahman) Sri Ramanuja teaches Visishta Advaita or oneness of God (Brahman) with attributes.
Adi Shankara – Brahman only exists. Manifestations are temporary. They are the result of ignorance. When ignorance is removed there is no second. Sri Ramanuja – Brahman exists and his manifestations or attributes are real. Attributes (living and non living) are real but are controlled by Brahman.
Adi Shankara – Moksha or liberation is merg…

Bengali Baishakh Month in 2018 – Baisakh Mash in Bangala Calendar

Baisakh Mash is the first month in a traditional Bengali calendar and this marks the beginning of traditional Bengali year 1425. As per Gregorian calendar, the Baishakh month begins in Mid April and ends in Mid May. In 2018, Baisakh Mash in Bangala Calendar begins on April 15 and ends on May 15, 2017. The first day is of the month is observed as Poila Baishakh or Naba Barsha.

Purnima day in Baisakh month in 2018 is on April 30

The Aamabashya in Baishakh Mash is on April 16 and May 15

The two Ekadashis in the month are on April 26 and May 11, 2018.

Important festivals include:
Birthday of Rabidranath Tagore - May 9
Akshaya Tritiya - April 18

The next month in Bengali calendar is the Jaishto month.

Bengali Ashara Month in 2017 – Ashada Mash in Bangala Calendar - Ashar Month in 2017

Ashar month, or Ashad, is the third month in a traditional Bengali calendar. In 2017, Aashar Month in Bangala Calendar begins on June 16 and ends on July 17, 2017. The current year as per Bengali calendar is 1424. Some of the auspicious days in the month include Manasa Devi Puja and Kamkhya Devi Puja (June 22 to June 25).

Bipidatarini Puja is on June 27 and June 30.

Purnima day in Ashara month in 2016 is on June 20

The Aamabashya in Ashara Mash is on July 4, 2017.

The two Ekadashis in the month are on June 20 and July 4, 2017.

The next month in Bengali Calendar is the Shraban month.

Understanding Ego

A young man asked a monk, ‘What is ego?’
The monk in turn asked him, ‘Who are  you?’
‘Well,’ replied the young man, giving his name, ‘Mohan.’
‘I am not asking your name; I want to know who are you?’ countered the monk.
‘I am a student’, said the young man.
‘But that is your present station or “profession” in life; my question is—who are you?’
The young man thought for a while and then said, ‘I am the son of so-and-so.’
‘That is your relation with your parents,’ smiled the monk.
‘I am a Bengali’, said the young man.
‘That is your mother-tongue’
‘I am a Hindu and an Indian.’
‘That is your religion and your nationality.’
‘I am a human being,’ the young man reached his wit’s end.
‘Now, you are referring to the species— the Homo sapiens. Who are you?’
The young man had nothing more to say. ‘Well, that is what Vedanta teaches,’ continued the monk,
The Vedanta says that man, i.e., man’s deepest core or substance within, is unconditioned by any description and that unconditioned substan…

Today’s Hindu Calendar – April 24, 2015 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Friday, April 24, 2015 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Sashti Tithi or the sixth day during the waxing phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Sashti Tithi or the sixth day during the waxing phase of moon till 6:40 PM on April 24. 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 April 24, 2015 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good and auspicious day.
Nakshatra – Ardra or Arudhara or Thiruvathira Nakshatra till 3:08 PM on April 24. Then onward it is Punarvasu or Punirtham Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Mithuna Rashi
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Ramanuacharya Jayanti. Muruga Sashti Fasting.
Kali Yuga Year – 5117
Vikram Samvant 2072 – Vaishakh Shukla Paksha Sashti Tithi or the sixth day during the waxing phase of moon in Vaishakh month in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, …