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Prachin Hanuman Mandir in Delhi

Prachin Hanuman Mandir in Delhi is located on Baba Kharak Singh Marg, New Delhi near Connaught Place, Jantar Mandir. The temple is believed to have existed during the period of Pandavas when Delhi was known as Indraprastha. The murti worshipped in the temple is swayambhuhu – not human made but which appeared on its own.

The murti of Hanuman worshipped in the temple is unique – the face of Hanuman is that of a Balak or young child. Thus he is popularly known as Bala Hanuman.

The murti faces south and therefore only one eye is seen. Mace is in his left hand. Right hand rests on chest. The murti is adorned with flowers and a chentura.

The main entrance door of the temple is embossed with artwork depicting scenes from the Ramayana. Ramacharitamanas of Tulsidas is painted on the roof of the main mandap in the temple complex.

Sundarkand is engraved in marble slabs in the main mandap.
Another unique aspect of the Prachin Hanuman Mandir in Delhi is that there is a crescent moon in the Vimana…

Adityapuram Temple Timings – Adityapuram Surya Deva Temple Timings – Opening and Closing Time

Adityapuram Temple located near Kottayam is a famous Sun Temple in Kerala. Below are the detail timings of Adityapuram Temple. Please note that there will be change in daily closing and opening time when there are important temple rituals and the time will be short during Grahan or eclipse. Adityapuram Surya Deva Temple Timings:
Morning 6:00 AM to 11:00 AM (the first puja time is as per local sunrise time)
Evening 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
The Telephone Number and Contact AddressTelephone number is 04829-283112

Adityapuram  Surya Temple
Eravimangalam Temple Road,
Eravimangalam P.O
Kerala 686613

Charpatinath – Story of Charpatinath of the Natha Sect

Charpatinath is one of the nine master yogis of the Natha sect. He is believed to be a manifestation of Bhagvan Vishnu (as per some accounts an incarnation of Shiva).
Legend has it that a bay was found in a lonely place by a scholar named Satyasrava. Satyasrava was not able to decide on what to do with the baby. Then sage Narada appeared there in the form of a knowledgeable man and narrated about the divine origin of the baby. The sage also asked Satyasrava to bring up the little boy as his own child. The sage named him Charpata.
When the boy was 12 years old, Sage Narada approached Dattatreya to initiate the boy into the world of knowledge. The sage put the condition that he will only teach the boy if he cut off all relationships with the world.
Sage Narada knew that Satyasrava loved the boy very much. So instead of asking directly, the sage took the disguise of a student and lived in the house of Charpata. The sage then brought about a quarrel between the father and the son.

Vivaswat Saptami

Vivaswat Saptami is observed on the seventh day during waxing phase of moon (Shukla Paksha) in the Ashada month. In 2018, the date of Vivaswat Saptami is July 19. The day is dedicated to the worship of Lord Surya. The Hindu Sun God, Lord Surya, is also known as Vivaswat.

The name Vivaswat is found in the Bhagavad Gita and was a powerful deity during the Vedic period. The name Vivaswat was later replaced by the name Surya and the deity also underwent some transformations.

Special pujas and rituals dedicated to Lord Surya are held on the day. Vivaswat Saptami rituals are more popular in western and southern parts of India. The Manu of the present period, Vaivaswata, is the son of the Vivaswat and is regarded as the founder of Ayodhya

Another popular day dedicated to Lord Surya is the Ratha Saptami and is observed in the Magh month (January - February).

Ringan during Pandharpur Yatra – Horses Running and Gol Ringan Formed During Pandharpur Ashadi Waari

Ringan is a breathtaking ritual and visual delight performed during the annual Pandharpur Yatra. It is also known as Gol Ringan. Horses play an important role during the Ringan performed during Pandharpur Ashadi Waari.
Ringan is performed a couple of times during the 250 km Pandharpur Yatra.

Thousands of pilgrims or warkharis that participate in the Pandharpur Yatra form a cirucular formation. A path is created inside the circular formation and horses run through the path. The horses pay obeisance to the Padukas of the Saints.  

No one knows the exact reason why this visual spectacle is performed. Majority of the people are of the view that it is performed as a recreation to the Warkharis who have been walking for several days.

Sabara Bhashya – The first and most popular commentary on Mimamsa Sutra of Sage Jaimini

Sabara Bhashya is the first and most popular commentary on Mimamsa Sutra of Sage Jaimini. He arranged all the sutras in twelve chapters and subdivided them into adhikarana and padas.
According to Mimamsa Sutra of Sage Jaimini, Dharma consists of duties enjoined in Vedas as conducive to one’s welfare.
Sabara in his Bhashya removed all misconceptions regarding this system and interpreted it on a logical basis.
The Sabara Bhashya not only explains but also discusses and illustrates the principle enunciated by Sage Jamini.
Karma is the central concept of Sabara Bhashya not Brahman.
Sabara states that signification of words are to be determined by common usage and not by Vedic usage.
He also states that the interpreter of Vaidika Vakya has to take care that he does not leave out any word or words unanalyzed, that he takes into account the significance of each and every word in the text that he is interpreting.
Sabara Bhashya categorically states that instead of reading the Vedas for thei…

Dindi to Pandharpur – What is a Dindi? – Dindi of Warkaris to Pandharpur – Dehu and Alandi

If one passes through Maharashtra – especially through Pune to Pandharpur – one might comes across a group of people walking with saffron flags and women carrying Tulsi sapling on their head. This group is known as a Dindi – a unit of warkaris. Warkaris are followers of Lord Vithal, who travel from various parts of Maharashtra, Karnataka, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and other parts of India to the Pandharpur Temple.

A Dindi might consist of a few devotees or even thousands.
Each Dindi is led by a Veenakari – one who has the Veena. Others in the group play Veena, cymbals and Pakhwaj. Women in the group hold a Tulsi sapling on the head.
A Dindi travels from native village to Dehu, Alandi and Pandharpur.
During the annual Pandharpur Yatra thousands of Dindi follow the various Palkhis.
Dindi also goes to Dehu, Alandi and Pandharpur in Magh, Ashada and Kartik months as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.
It must be noted here that Dindi travels to various other im…

Alumparampu Devi Temple near Kaipuzha in Kottayam in Kerala

Alumparampu Devi Temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathi and is located near Kaipuzha in Kottayam in Kerala. The shrine is currently managed by Alumparampu Kudumbayogam. It is a small shrine.

Main deity worshiped is Goddess Bhagavathy. There are other upadevatas in the temple.

The shrine is open on all Fridays of a month. Special pujas and rituals are held only on Fridays. The shrine also remains open annually on Vinayaka Chaturthi and Rishi Panchami.

Sadhu – Meaning of the Term Sadhu in Hindu Religious Context

What is the meaning of the term Sadhu in Hindu Religious context. Sadhu literally means wise, discreet, pious and judicious. One who performs his duties as per Dharma is also referred as a Sadhu.
As per Brahmanda Purana, Sadhu is an incarnation of Shiva.

As per Garuda Purana, one who is not overwhelmed by joy when receiving honors nor enraged when humiliated is a Sadhu. He never utters harsh words even when he is harassed.

Sabhasad – A person qualified to sit and participate in a Sabha or Assembly

Sabhasad is the term used to refer to a person who is qualified to sit and participate in a Sabha or Assembly in ancient India especially during the period of Ramayana and Mahabharata.
The permanent members of King’s assembly were known as Sabhasad. The king mostly directly appointed them. Some of them were ministers or one who held important offices.
Sabhasad were present in the Sabhas or assemblies that were held to take important decisions, to receive important guests and to celebrate important occasions.
All Sabhasads were present in the Sabha or assembly of Dhritarashtra when dice was played, when Pandavas were exiled, when Draupadi was disrobed and when Sri Krishna arrived carrying message of peace and settlement.
In the Ramayana, all sabasads were invited by Dasharatha for meeting to crown Sri Ram as king of Ayodhya.
Ravana called all his sabhasads several times to discuss the strategy for waging war against Sri Ram.

Sabda in Hinduism – Sound or Primordial Sound in Hindu Religious Teaching

As per Hindu religious teaching, Sabda Brahman is a way to realize Parama Brahman. Thus Sabda occupies and important place in Hinduism. Sabda Brahman is omnipresent through the sound of the chant ‘OM.’
In Hinduism, Vedas is also described as Sabda. The six systems of Hindu philosophy are based on Vedas as verbal authority or sabda Pramana. In the process of creation, first element is space and this all-surrounding space can be described as Sabda.
In Hindu scriptures, Sabda originating from the vibratory cause is termed Ahata Shabda.

The self sustaining sound, with vibratory cause is termed as anahata sabda – this is experienced only in the higher states of Meditation or Yoga.

Facebook Dindi app to Help Devotees have Real Time information of Pandarpur Yatra

A facebook dindi app created by Swapnil and Mangesh More, Akshay Joshi, Amit Kulkarni and Suraj Dighe will help devotees have real time information of Pandarpur Yatra. The app is is available on the Android platform. The app will provide constant updates on the position of palkhi processions, their camping locations and the time and place where activities like ringan and bharud are happening. Times of India reports
The GPS kit provided free-of-cost by IT firm Intellinet Datasys will help the app users track the wari on Google Maps. "The app will be an asset for the security agencies and emergency help providers like fire brigade. It will help them plan and coordinate their work better," he added.   Swarali Patne, who has been following the 'virtual dindi' since its inception, sees the attempt as a fantastic way to know about culture and traditions. "I can upload my photographs of the palkhi procession and also share those posted by others. We communicate our idea…

Kokila Vrat

Kokila Vrat is a unique ritual observed on the full moon day (Purnima) in the Ashada or Ashara Month (June – July). Kokila Vrat 2018 date is July 27. The Vrat in North India falls when there is an intercalary month or Adhika Mas based on Ashada. The Vrat is dedicated to Goddess Sati and Lord Shiva. In some regions in India - especially in Southern and western parts of India - Kokila Vrat is performed annually on Ashada Purnima.

Kokila (or cuckoo) is associated with Goddess Sati. There is a legend that Goddess Sati spent 1000 celestial years as a cuckoo before she got back her shape and merged with Shiva. This happened after the incident mentioned in the Puranas in which Sati immolated herself.

Kokila Vrat is mainly observed by women. In some regions, the vrat is observed for one month - from Ashad Purnima to Shravan Purnima. The main observance include waking up early and taking bath in a water body like pond, river or sea and making an idol of cuckoo from clay and worshiping it.


Arpokkara Subramanya Swamy Temple near Kottayam in Kerala

Arpokkara Subramanya Swamy Temple is located at Arpokkara village near Kottayam in Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Lord Subramanya, who is popularly known as Muruga or Skanda or Kartik. Arpokkara Subramanya Swamy Temple is around 6 km north of Kottayam town.
The architecture of the shrine is similar to the famous Kerala style temple architecture.
The shrine is open from 6:00 AM to 11:00 AM and from 5:00 PM to 8:30 PM.
The most important festival observed in the shrine is the Thaipusam (January – February).
The Shasti Vratam day in each month attracts scores of devotees to the shrine.

The temple also has peacocks who are considered as the Vehicle or Vahana of Subramanya.

Vyatipata Yoga December 2016 Date and Time

Vyatipata Yoga, also known as Vyatipat Yog, is an inauspicious period in Tithi or day as per Hindu calendar and Panchang. It is bad for new beginnings etc. In December 2016 there is Vyatipata Yoga – date and time – December 8 and 9. All good activities are avoided during the period. The time period of Vyatipat is known as a period of calamity.
Detail time of Vyatipata Yoga in December 2016 7:52 PM on December 8 to 5:09 PM on December 9
The popular belief is that things performed during the period will face reversals.
Those people who were born during the Vyatipata Yoga period might face difficulties in life as per Hindu astrology. The solution is to offer prayers to Ganesha.

Ayiliyam Nakshatra Male Characteristics – Ayiliyam Birth Star Born Male Character

One of the most important characteristics of Ayiliyam Nakshatra born male is that they will know how to get their things done. Another important character of the birth star is that they will have deep knowledge of a subject. Other Ayiliyam Nakshatra male Characteristics are given below:

Good communication skill.

Courage to indulge in many activities.

Will give prime importance to morality.

Will be short tempered.

Might not remember people who had helped them.

Will be proud of their physical strength.

Will have healthy children.

Will be of supportive nature.

Spouse will be from a rich family

Pooyam Nakshatra Male Characteristics – Pooyam Birth Star Born Male Character

One of the most important characteristics of Pooyam Nakshatra born male is that they will be religious. Another important character of the birth star is that they will be highly intelligent. Other Pooyam Nakshatra male Characteristics are given below:

Will respect teachers. Will be devotional Will be highly optimistic. Will show courage to face tense situations. Keen interest in science and arts Will be a good debater. Will help relatives. Good in handling wealth Will have independent opinion.

Punirtham Nakshatra Male Characteristics – Punirtham Birth Star Born Male Character

One of the most important characteristics of Punirtham Nakshatra born male is that they will always put on a happy face. Another important character of the birth star is that they will be kind and humble. Other Punirtham Nakshatra male Characteristics are given below:
Will try to put a brave face during adversity. Will be interested in spiritual matters Will have respect for parents and elders. Will have good healthy children. Keen interest in charity and helping others. Interest in art and music. Might not make quick decisions.

Instead of being the slave of the mind, we should be the master of it – Papa Ramdas

To conquer the lower nature and reveal the glory of the Divine is the purpose of Sadhana.
The Sadhaka, before he starts on this enterprise, is a mere tool in the hands of the ego which dominates and control him every way.
To destroy the ego-sense is not an easy task. A supreme endeavour backed up by divine grace is necessary. This mind has to be brought into subjection and all the desires vanquished.
The method, by adopting which we can safely progress on the divine path, is to surrender himself entirely to the all-powerful God within him by constantly thinking of Him and His attributes.
It is by constant remembrance of Him alone that he develops the needed soul force to put down the mind and its machinations and rise superior to it. Instead of being the slave of the mind, we should be the master of it.
Papa Ramdas (1884 – 1963)