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Sacred Mark on forehead of Vishnu Devotees – Urdhva Pundra or Naamam

Lord Vishnu devotees identify themselves with a sacred mark on the forehead known as Urdhva Pundra or Namam. This Tilak in Hindu religion is only worn by Vaishnavas. Urdhva means vertical and Pundram means mark. Urdhva Pundra is in the shape of the lotus feet of Lord Vishnu with a red dot or red line in the middle. The red dot in the middle represents Goddess Lakshmi, the consort of Vishnu. Urdhva Pundra is also referred as Naamam or Thiruman kappu.
Urdhva Pundra is marked on forehead using sandal paste or white clay. Two vertical lines meet at the base and in between the lines is a red dot or line. For some devotees the vertical lines meet on the starting of the nose. Importance of Urdhva Pundra is mentioned in the Varaha Purana and Brahmanda Purana.
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Jaya Parvati Vrat and Jagran in Gujarat

Jaya Pravati Vrata, also referred as Jayaparvati Vrat, is observed by married women in the Hindu month of Ashada. The ritual is observed mainly in Gujarat and is dedicated to Goddess Parvati and Shiva. In 2017, Jaya Parvati Vrat begins (date) on July 6 and ends on July 12 morning. Married women stay awake on the last day of the Vrat and therefore the day is referred as Jayaparvati Jagran (on July 11 in 2017).

Jaya Pravathi Vrat starts on the 13th day in the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) in the month Ashada (July) and is observed for five consecutive days. A partial fast is observed during the five-day period of the Vrata. Salt is avoided by most married women.

Legend has it that a childless couple prayed to Lord Shiva and Parvati for a child. Pleased with their devotion, Shiva appeared them in their dream and asked them to worship a Shivling existing in a nearby dense forest.

The couple went to the forest and found the Shivling and cleaned the place for worship. The husband …

Shani Aarti in Hindi in pdf – Shani Dev Aarti Lyrics in Hindi

Shani Aarti is chanted morning and evening while offering prayers to Shani Bhagvan. It helps in overcoming the malefic position of Shani in a person’s horoscope. Shani Aarti should be chanted continuously for 43 days for getting good results. Below is Shani Aarti in Hindi in pdf. The lyrics are in Hindi language text.
LinkShani Aarti pdf in Hindi

Shani Stotra – Read Shani Stotra in English and Hindi

Shani Stotra is a powerful mantra dedicated to overcome Shani doshas – troubles in the horoscope due to the bad positioning of Shani Navgraha. Below is the Shani Stotra text in Hindi and English. Chanting this mantra is highly beneficial to all those people who are having problems due to Sade Sati and the bad positioning of Shani the horoscope.

The mantra should be chanted on all Saturdays. Along with it a person should also visit Hanuman Temple or temple with Navgrahas.

Related Shani Chalisa in Hindi

Virabhadra – Shiva Gana – Hindu God Veerabhadra Swamy

Virabhadra, also known as Veerabhadra Swamy, is one of the Shiva Ganas. Virabhadra is also worshipped as an independent Hindu God in some temples and in such worships He is considered as the son of Lord Shiva. Virabhadra originated from a single strand of hair that was thrown on to earth by Lord Shiva on hearing the death through self immolation by Goddess Sati. Thus Virabhadra is manifestation of Shiva’s anger or the human form given to his unparalleled fury.
Despite Shiva’s warnings, Goddess Sati went to her father, Daksha’s Yajna to ask why her husband, Shiva, was not invited for Yajna (sacrifice). Daksha insulted Sati and Shiva and unable to stand her fathers insults, She immolated herself.
Upon hearing the news of Sati’s immolation, Shiva’s anger knew no bounds and he removed a strand of hair from his matted locks and threw to the ground. A huge volcano leaped from the spot and from the fire came – Virabhadra – Shiva’s anger personified. From every spark of fire from the volcano…

Although the soul is reflected through different material bodies it remains undivided - Uddhava Gita

Just as fire manifests differently in pieces of wood of different sizes and qualities, the omnipotent Supreme Soul, having entered the bodies of higher and lower life forms created by His own potency, appears to assume the identity of each.
The various phases of one’s material life, beginning with birth and culminating in death, are all properties of the body and do not affect the soul, just as the apparent waxing and waning of the moon does not affect the moon itself. Such changes are enforced by the imperceptible movements of time.
Even when reflected in various objects, the sun is never divided, nor does it merge into its reflection. Only those with dull brains would consider the sun in this way. Similarly, although the soul is reflected through different material bodies, the soul remains undivided and nonmaterial.
The doors of liberation are opened wide to one who has achieved human life. But if a human being simply devotes himself to family life, then he is to be considered as …

Today’s Hindu Calendar – July 4, 2015 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Saturday, July 4, 2015 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the third day during the waning phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waning phase of moon till 4:57 AM on July 4. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the third day during the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is July 4, 2015 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good day till 2:00 PM
Nakshatra – Uttarashada or Uthiradam Nakshatra till 2:47 AM on July 4. Then onward it is Shravan or Sravana or Tiruonam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Makar Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days –
Kali Yuga Year – 5117
Vikram Samvant 2072 – Adhik Ashada Krishna Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the third day during the waning phase of moon in Extra Ashada month in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chh…