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Chotila Chamunda – Twin Hindu Goddess Chamunda and Chotila

Chamunda and Chotila Devi are forms of Goddess Shakti (Parvati) worshipped mainly in certain regions of Gujarat. The twin goddesses are depicted as seated atop a lion. There are numerous stories that try to explain why Chotila Chamunda appears as twins but none of them are conclusive. So the origin and reason of their origin and why they incarnated are lost or hidden from human reach. The Goddesses are very powerful and thousands devotees have benefited by worshipping this unique twin form of Goddess Shakti.
Chamunda wears red sari and Chotila wears green sari, trident or Trishul is their weapon and their temples are located atop a mountain. A pot is usually placed before the twin goddesses and this indicates fertility cult. The goddesses are depicted as sitting on a lion.
Some texts and scholars are of the view that Chamunda and Chotila are sisters. Others are of the view that they are friends who came together to achieve a divine goal.
A legend says that the two forms – were taken…

Chariot Festival at Glastonbury in Somerset in Britain in 2015 – Hindu Festival Rath Yatra in Glastonbury in 2015

Rath Yatra, Chariot festival, dedicated to Jagannath, a manifestation of Hindu God Sri Krishna will be organized at Glastonbury in Somerset in Britain. In 2015, the Chariot Festival at Glastonbury will be held on Sunday, May 31, 2015.  The procession will move through the city and will include dance and other cultural activities.
This annual festival is being organized by ISKCON.
Ratha Yatra of ISCKON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness) is a street festival and three chariots of Lord Jagannath (Krishna), Balabhadra and Subhadra are pulled by ISCKON devotees in the festival.
The pulling of the chariots is accompanied by singing, chanting, drums, cymbals and dancing. The procession ends with a stage show, festival and delicious vegetarian prasadam feast.

Chariot Festival at Rome in Italy in 2015 – Hindu Festival Rath Yatra in Rome in 2015

Rath Yatra, Chariot festival, dedicated to Jagannath, a manifestation of Hindu God Sri Krishna will be organized at Rome in Italy. In 2015, the Chariot Festival at Rome in Italy will be held on Saturday, May 30, 2015.  The procession will move through the city and will include dance and other cultural activities.


This annual festival is being organized by ISKCON.
Ratha Yatra of ISCKON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness) is a street festival and three chariots of Lord Jagannath (Krishna), Balabhadra and Subhadra are pulled by ISCKON devotees in the festival.
The pulling of the chariots is accompanied by singing, chanting, drums, cymbals and dancing. The procession ends with a stage show, festival and delicious vegetarian prasadam feast.

Chariot Festival at Budapest in Hungary in 2016 – Hindu Festival Rath Yatra in Hungary

Rath Yatra, Chariot festival, dedicated to Jagannath, a manifestation of Hindu God Sri Krishna will be organized at Varosliget in Budapest in Hungary. In 2016, the Chariot Festival at Budapest in Hungary will be held on July 2, 2016.  The procession will move through the city and will include dance and other cultural activities.
Timing of the festival is 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

This annual festival is being organized by ISKCON.


Ratha Yatra of ISCKON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness) is a street festival and three chariots of Lord Jagannath (Krishna), Balabhadra and Subhadra are pulled by ISCKON devotees in the festival.


The pulling of the chariots is accompanied by singing, chanting, drums, cymbals and dancing. The procession ends with a stage show, festival and delicious vegetarian prasadam feast.

Bhanuh Name of Vishnu – The meaning and significance of Vishnu as Bhanuh

Bhanuh is one among the numerous names of Vishnu. The name is found in the Vishnu Sahasranama and numerous other scriptures and prayers. The meaning of Bhanuh is that Vishnu imparts brightness to the Sun. The significance of the name also comes from the fact that Sun is an aspect of Vishnu. It is also said that Surya (Sun) emanated from the eyes of Bhagvan Srihari Vishnu.
The solar aspect of Vishnu and his connection with Surya, who is the pratyaksha Brahman or Visible God, is found in several Hindu scriptures.
The term is mainly used to mean that Surya is also an aspect of Vishnu.

Chariot Festival at Aberystwyth in Wales – Hindu Festival Rath Yatra in Wales

Rath Yatra, Chariot festival, dedicated to Jagannath, a manifestation of Hindu God Sri Krishna will be taking place at Aberystwyth in Wales. In 2015, the Chariot Festival at Aberystwyth in Wales will be held on Saturday, June 6, 2015.  The procession will move through the city and will see dance and other cultural activities.


This annual festival is being organized by ISKCON.

Today hundreds of Jagannath Rath Yatras are held around the world. In fact all the important cities in American and Europe conduct an annual Ratha Yatra after the Puri Festival. Most of the Rath Yatras outside India are conducted by ISKCON.
Related Puri Jagannath Rath Yatra

Birthstone for Makayiram Nakshatram – Which is the gem stone for Makayiram Natchathiram?

Birthstone for Makayiram Nakshatram is based on its ruler Mars or Mangal or Angarak. The stone can protect this Makayiram Natchathiram born people from the negative effects of Mars and helps in garnering the positive energy of Mangal, one of the navgrahas in Hindu astrology. The birthstone for Makayiram Nakshatra is Red Coral. The gemstone is known as Moonga or Pavizham or Praval in Hindi, Tamil and other regional languages in India.

Wearing the birth stone helps Makayiram Nakshatra people in their career. It improves health and gives mental strength. It also provides peace and prosperity.
It is also believed that wearing the stone will make the Makayiram Natchathiram born people healthy and wealthy. It also helps in defeating enemies.

An alternative stone the Nakshatra people can wear is ruby or cornelian or ornyx.

Chariot Festival at Manchester in 2015 – Rath Yatra in Manchester in United Kingdom in 2015

The Manchester Rathayatra or Chariot Festival, which celebrates the world famous Puri Jagannath Rath Yatra, was held on May 23. The Manchester Rathyatra is held at CathedralGardens. The procession is similar to the Puri Jagannath Ratha Yatra and has chariots of Sri Jagannath, Subhadra, and Sri Balarama.
The Chariot Festival is followed by festivities with free vegetarian food, stage program, festive music, children's activities and fun for all the family.



Please note that the world famous Puri Jagannath Rath Yatra in 2015 is on July 18.

Birthstone for Mrigasira Nakshatra – Which is the gem stone for Mrigashirsha Natchathiram?

Birthstone for Mrigasira Nakshatra is based on its ruler Mars or Mangal or Angarak. The stone can protect this Mrigashirsha Natchathiram born people from the negative effects of Mars and helps in garnering the positive energy of Mangal, one of the navgrahas in Hindu astrology. The birthstone for Mrigasira Nakshatra is Red Coral. The gemstone is known as Moonga or Pavizham or Praval in Hindi, Tamil and other regional languages in India.



Wearing the birth stone helps Mrigasira Nakshatra people in their career. It improves health and gives mental strength. It also provides peace and prosperity.
It is also believed that wearing the stone will make the Mrigashirsha Natchathiram born people healthy and wealthy. It also helps in defeating enemies.
An alternative stone the Nakshatra people can wear is ruby or cornelian or ornyx.

Ganda Bherunada Narasimha Incarnation of Hindu God Vishnu

Lord Narasimha as Ganda Bherunada (two-headed bird) is a rare incarnation of Lord Vishnu and is mainly worshipped in South India. Gandabherunda, or Gandha Bherunda Narasimha, is a combination of bird and animal with two heads and said to have manifested from Lord Narasimha as he was not able to control his anger. It is also believed that Ganda Bherunada incarnation was answer to Lord Shiva’s Sarabha form.

Ganda Bherunada is not mentioned in the Bhagavad Purana but is mentioned in the some regional scriptures and in some Puranas. Legend has it that Lord Vishnu took the form of Narasimha (half-man half-lion) to annihilate Demon Hiranyakashipu. But after completing His divine mission, Narasimha could not control his anger and turned to destroy the universe. Lord Shiva took the form of Sarabha to pacify Narasimha. But Lord Narasimha took a more terrible form of bird-animal with two heads – Ganda Bherunda.

The most famous drawing of Ganda Bherunada is found in the Mysore Court. A bird of …

Birthstone for Rohini Nakshatra – Which is the gem stone for Rohini Natchathiram?

Birthstone for Rohini Nakshatra is based on its ruler Moon or Chandra. The stone can protect this Rohini Natchathiram born people from the negative effects of Chandra and helps in garnering the positive energy of Moon god, one of the navgrahas in Hindu astrology. The birthstone for Rohini Nakshatra is White Pearl. The gemstone is known as Muthu or Pavisham in Hindi, Tamil and other regional languages in India.
Wearing the birth stone helps Rohini Nakshatra people in their career. It improves health and gives mental strength. It also provides peace and prosperity.



It is also believed that wearing the stone will make the Rohini Natchathiram born people healthy and wealthy. It also helps in defeating enemies.
An alternative stone the Nakshatra people can wear is Moonstone.

Birthstone for Krittika Nakshatra – Which is the gem stone for Kartika or Karthigai Natchathiram?

Birthstone for Krittika Nakshatra is based on its ruler Sun or Surya. The stone can protect this Kartika or Karthigai Natchathiram born people from the negative effects of Surya and helps in garnering the positive energy of Sun god, one of the navgrahas in Hindu astrology. The birthstone for Krittika Nakshatra is Ruby. The gemstone is known as Manik or Manickyam in Hindi, Tamil and other regional languages in India.

Wearing the birth stone helps Krittika Nakshatra people in their career. It improves health and gives mental strength. It also provides peace and prosperity.
It is also believed that wearing the stone will make the Karthigai Natchathiram born people healthy and wealthy. It also helps in defeating enemies.

An alternative stone the nakshatra born people can wear is Cornelian or Onyx

Birthstone for July Born Male and Female – Gem Stone for July Month

Each person born in a particular month has a birthstone or gem stone dedicated to them. For male and female born in July month, the birthstone is Ruby. Wearing ruby is lucky for both girls and boys born in the month. Ruby is known as Manick or Manikyam in Hindi and other regional languages in India.
An alternative stone July month born people can wear is Cornelian or Onyx
You can also wear ruby during date, engagement and other functions.


Wearing the stone in ring or chain for interviews, competitions etc are lucky for July Born.
For financial solutions, freedom from debt, for attain wealth etc., you can wear ruby or Cornelian or Onyx.

Lucky Color for July Born – Which is the lucky color for July born people?

Which is the lucky color for July born people? The lucky color for July born male and female is Red. Wearing red color dress and red color stones like ruby are good for July born men and women.
You can also wear dress with other shades of red during date, engagement and other functions.



Wearing red color dress for interviews, competitions etc are lucky for July Born.
For financial solutions, freedom from debt, for attain wealth etc., you can wear red color stones.

Marriage Avittam Nakshatram Female – Suitable Matching Stars for Avittam Nakshatram Born Girl

Matching stars for Avittam Nakshatram born girl as per Kerala/Malayalam jyothisham is given below. It must be noted that the matching star is for female born in Avittam Nakshatram only. It is not for male born in the star. Avittam Nakshatram first half is in Makara Rashi. The last half of the Nakshatra is in Kumbha Rashi
Matching Star for Avittam Nakshatram first half born female
Kartika, Uthram, Atham, Chithira, Chothi, Vishakam, Anizham, Triketta, Moolam, Pooradam, Uthradam, Thiruonam, Avittam and Chathayam - born boys are good for Avittam Nakshatram first half born girl.
Matching Star for Avittam Nakshatram last half born female
Kartika, Uthram, Atham, Chithira, Chothi, Vishakam, Anizham, Triketta, Moolam, Pooradam, Uthradam, Thiruonam, Avittam and Chathayam - born boys are good for Avittam Nakshatram last half born girl.

Marriage Thiruonam Nakshatram Female – Suitable Matching Stars for Thiruonam Nakshatram Born Girl

Matching stars for Thiruonam Nakshatram born girl as per Kerala/Malayalam jyothisham is given below. It must be noted that the matching star is for female born in Tiruonam Nakshatram only. It is not for male born in the star.
Matching Star for Thiruonam Nakshatra Female are:
Rohini, Thiruvathira, Punirtham, Pooram, Uthram, Atham, Chithira, Chothi, Vishakam, Moolam, Pooradam, Uthradam, and Pooruruttathi – born boys are good for Thiruonam Nakshatram born girl.

Uttarabhadrapada Nakshatra dates and time 2016 – Uttarabhadra or Uthrittathi Birth Star date and timing in 2016

Uttarabhadra Nakshatra, also known as Uttarabhadrapada or Uthrittathi in South India, is the 26th Nakshatram among the 27 Nakshatras. Below are Uttarabhadrapada Nakshatra dates and time in 2016. The astrological prediction of the birth star Uttarabhadra as per Moon Sign is that of Meena Rasi or Pisces Zodiac. Guru or Jupiter is the Lord of Pisces. The color of Uttarabhadrapada is purple.
Uttarabhadrapada Nakshatra Days in 2016 as per Indian Standard Time (IST)
January 15, 2016 – Friday Time is from 3:55 AM on January 15, 2016 to 2:33 AM on January 16
February 12, 2016 – Friday Time is from 11:09 AM on February 11 to 9:07 AM on February 12
March 10, 2016 – Thursday Time is from 9:02 PM on March 9 to 6:21 PM on March 10
April 6, 2016 – Wednesday Time is from 8:08 AM on April 6 to 5:20 AM on April 7, 2016
May 4, 2016 – Wednesday Time is from 6:20 PM on May 3 to 4:00 PM on May 4, 2016
May 31, 2016 – Tuesday Time is from 2:17 AM on May 31 to 12:41 AM on June 1
June 28, 2016 – Tuesday Time…

Rani-ki-Vav – The secrets of the sculptors on the step wells in Gujarat

Step wells are an architectural wonder but what is even more intriguing are the sculptors on the step wells. Rani-ki-Vav, one of the most popular step wells, is now a UNESCO world heritage site. Times of India reports Rani-ki-Vav was declared a UNESCO world heritage site in June this year. But there are a very few scholars who have been able to interpret the monument — archaeologist Kirit Mankodi is one among them. He has seen the 11th century vav resurrect after being buried deep in a mound of silt in 1955. He has seen a handful of officials of Archaeological Survey of India ( ASI) arrange the sculptures in their place in these ruins through the 1960s and 1970s to the breathtaking beauty it is now. Mankodi was at LD Museum in the city to deliver a lecture on the stepwell and spoke about the little-known features of the famed vav. "Vishnu is the primary deity of the stepwell, and the sculptures are depictions of one of his many forms. This well had seven terraces, each on a separ…

Form is nothing but seeing – Sri Atmananda Krishna Menon

The word ‘I’ has the advantage of taking you direct to the core of your self. But you must be doubly sure that you will no longer return to identification with the body
Form is nothing but seeing.
By reducing objects into Consciousness or happiness, you come only to the brink of experience. Reduce them further into the ‘I’-principle; and then ‘it’, the object, and ‘you’, the subject, both merge into experience itself. 
When you find that what you see is only yourself, the ‘seeing’ and ‘objects’ become mere empty words.
Sri Atmananda Krishna Menon

Atharva Veda in Hindi – Read Atharvaveda Mantras Online in Hindi

Atharva Veda is the fourth and last of the Vedas. It is also known as Brahma Veda. The contents of Atharvaveda are very important especially those associated with healing.
Atharva Veda in Hindi is provided by Ved Puran website. You can read it online in Hindi but there is no download option.
You can read Atharva Veda online here at Ved Puran.

Today’s Hindu Calendar – May 21, 2015 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Thursday, May 21, 2015 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the third day during the waxing phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the third day during the waxing phase of moon till 6:53 AM on May 21. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is May 21, 2015 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is an average day.
Nakshatra – Ardra or Arudhara or Thiruvatira Nakshatra till 10:41 PM on May 21. Then onward it is Punarvasu or Punirtham Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Mithuna Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days –
Kali Yuga Year – 5117
Vikram Samvant 2072 – Jyeshta Shukla Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the third day during the waxing phase of moon in Jyeshta month in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa…