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Shani Dev Story

There is a very popular Shani Dev story which is associated with Shani worship and Hanuman. It is widely believed that worshiping Hindu God Hanuman will help in removing the hardships caused by Shani Bhagavan or Saturn. People worship Hanuman on Saturdays to remove the malefic influence of Sani in their horoscope. As per Hindu Astrology, bad positioning of Shani results in a difficult period in life. There is an interesting story regarding why worshipping Hanuman will help in overcoming Shani Dosha or Sade Sati.
Ravan, the demon-king in Ramayana, had defeated all the Devas and had brought all the grahas (planets in astrology) under control. He kept all the grahas (planets) suppressed beneath his leg. 
Ravana was also a great astrologer. When his eldest son, Indrajit, was about to be born he forcefully kept all the grahas in the most favorable astrological position.
The Demigods (Devas) were worried that if Ravana’s son was born in a favorable astrological position, he will be invinci…

Ashada Shukravara Lakshmi Vratam and Puja – Friday Pujas for Goddess Lakshmi in Ashada Month

Ashada Shukravara Lakshmi Puja and Vratam is observed on the Fridays in the Hindu month of Ashada Masam by women in certain Hindu communities in Karnataka, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. In 2018, the Ashada Shukravara Lakshmi Vratam is observed on July 13, July 20, July 27, August 3 and August 10. This Vratam is also known as Shaaka Vrata and is dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth and prosperity.

Some people observe Lakshmi Puja for the whole month of Ashada. There are others who begin the puja on Ashada Shukla Dasami (10th day of Ashada Month) and end it on Shravan Masa Shukla Dasami (10th day of Shravan month).

Majority of the people only observe on Fridays in the month of Ashada and some concludes the puja on the Varalakshmi Puja day.

Those who are performing the Ashada Shukravara Lakshmi Puja worship Goddess Lakshmi and chant Lakshmi Sahasranamam. Usual puja methods are followed during the period. An idol or picture of Goddess Lakshmi is used for …

Kumar Sashti – Kumara Shasti

Kumar Sashti, also known as Kumara Sashti, is dedicated to Lord Kartik, the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathi. Lord Kartik is also known as Kumar, Muruga and Subrahmanya. In 2018, the date of Kumar Sashti is July 18. Kumar Sashti is believed to be the day when Lord Karikeya is said to have appeared on earth to defeat Adharma. Kumar Shasti is an important and auspicious day in Nepal and western parts of India.

It must be noted that the birthday of Lord Kartik is observed differently in different cultures. In South India, it is observed during Vaikasi Visakam in May or June.

Kumar Sashti is observed on the sixth day of the Shukla Paksha of Ashada Month. Legend has it that Lord Kartik was born to defeat the demons and uphold dharma. Thus he is the General of the Army of Devas and vanquishes demons.

The festival is of great importance in Nepal and western parts of India. In Nepal, devout Hindus draw a red circle in front of the house with a mixture of red clay and cow dung.


Our goal is within us – Sri Chinmoy

We are altogether pursuers, and our objective is the same: to attain internal tranquility, light and delight, to come to be inseparably one with our source, and to head lives complete of genuine contentment.
Our goal is within us. To reach that goal we have to enter into the spiritual life. In the spiritual life, the thing that is most needed is consciousness. Without this, everything is a barren desert. When we enter into a dark place, we take a flashlight or some other light in order to know where we are going. If we want to know about our unit life, we have to take the help of consciousness.
Man, in his outer life or his outer achievements, is very limited. But the same man, when he enters into the inmost recesses of his heart feels that there is something which is constantly trying to expand itself. This is consciousness. This consciousness links him with the highest Absolute.
Sri Chinmoy