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Karkidaka Sankranti Rituals in Kerala – Rituals on the day before Karkidaka Masam begins

Karkidaka Sankranti rituals are observed a day before Karkidakom month begins in Kerala. As part of Karkidaka Sankranti rituals, the houses are cleaned in the evening and the waste collected from the house will be discarded after circumambulating the house three times. Then Goddess Lakshmi is invited into the house.
Karkidaka Masam, or Karkidakam Month, is the last month in the traditional Malayalam calendar followed in Kerala. The month is also known as Ramayana Masam.

Read more about Karkidaka Masam here.

Chakrapani Vishnu – About the Chakrapani Form of Hindu God Vishnu

Chakrapani is one among the numerous names of Hindu God Vishnu. This form gives importance to Chakra or Discus of Vishnu. Shrines dedicated to this form are found in South India, especially in Tamil Nadu and Kerala.
Legend has it that Vishnu appeared as Chakrapani, in the form of Discus or Chakra, to put down the pride of Surya, the sun god in Hinduism.
The most famous temple dedicated to Chakrapani form is located in Kumbakonam.
The Chakrapani form is a rare frightful form of Vishnu. This form is worshiped to overcome enemies. Flames of fire are shown all round the main murti.

Kings used to worship this form before going into battle.

Friday Fasting and Puja in Ashada Month – Ashada Shukravara Vrat

Fasting and puja on Fridays in Ashada month in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh is dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi. In 2018, Ashada Shukravara Vrat is on July 13, July 20, July 27, August 3 and August 10. The popular belief is that person performing Ashad Shukravara Vratam will be blessed with eight forms of prosperity – Ashta Aishwaryam

The ritual involves pujas and worship of Goddess Lakshmi. A specially prepared sweet or Prasadam is also offered on the day. If Prasadam is not possible then fruit is offered. Some people fast from sunrise to evening puja time on the day.

Various prayers dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi are chanted on the day.  
Women also participate in community puja during the period.
In Karnataka, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, Ashada month is from July 13, 2018 to August 11, 2018.

Ashada Fridays are also auspicious in Goddess Durga Temples.

Hindola Utsav – Importance and Date of Swing Festival of Lord Swaminarayan in 2018

Hindola Utsav literally means ‘swing festival’ and Hindola Festival is observed by Swaminarayan Sect. Hindola 2018 begins on July 29. During the one-month festival, the idol of Lord Swaminarayan is seated on a swing in the temples and is pulled to and fro (rocked). The festival begins after the Guru Poonam day in Ashadh month (June – July).

The idol of Lord Swaminarayan is seated on a swing during the month and pujas are performed. Hindola festival provides an opportunity for a devotee to immerse in Lord's murti. Hindolas are a mode to meditate on the Lord.

Hindola festival finds origin in the life of Lord Krishna – it is believed that Gopis rocked Lord Krishna on a decorated swing in the forests of Vrindavan.

The Story of Vastu Purusha

Vastu Purusha was a demon who was pinned down on earth by the Devas (Demi – Gods) and is today present in all plots. Each god is the ruler of the point where he holds the demon down. Thus the north is ruled by Kubera; South by Yama; East by Indra and West by Varuna. The center point of Vastu Pursha is held down by Lord Brahma. There is an interesting story in the Matsya Purana which narrates about the story of Vastu Purusha.
Legend has it that during the fight between Lord Shiva and demon Andhaka a man was born from the sweat of Lord Shiva. This man later started doing Tapas and penance to please Lord Shiva. His Tapas was so intense that Lord Shiva appeared before him and asked him to ask a boon.
The demon wanted Lord Shiva’s permission to eat the three worlds. Lord Shiva granted him the boon. But when he was getting ready to swallow the earth, the gods lead by Brahma pinned him down on to earth and each god held him from a side.
The demon was angry at his boon not being fulfilled. S…

Sabarmati River in Hinduism – Spiritual Importance and Religious Significance of Sabarmati River

Sabarmati is a popular river in India and it has deep spiritual importance and religious significance. In Hinduism, the river is associated with sacred texts and sages. Sabarmati River traverses through Rajasthan and Gujarat in India. It rises from the Mewar and Aravalli hills and turns southwest, passes by Mount Abu and flows into the Gulf of Cambay.
Legend has it that the spiritual knowledge texts of Hinduism have different names in different yugas. In Kali Yuga the spiritual knowledge texts is known by the name of Sabarmati.
Another story states that 88,000 Rishis performed penance on the banks of Sabarmati making it holy. Legend has it that Sage Kashyapa performed penance to please Shiva. When the lord appeared, Sage Kashyapa asked to release Ganga from his matted locks of purification of the region.
Shiva then released Ganga and it came to be known as Sabarmati here. As Sage Kashyapa brought the river it is also known as Kashyapi Ganga.
Khadgadhareshwara and Dudheshwara Mahadev …

Aksharabhyasam in Hinduism - Initiating Children into Education - First Letter Written by Child

Aksharabhyasam in Hinduism is a ceremony in which children are initiated into the world of letters and learning. The ritual is usually performed when the child reaches three years old. It is usually performed in a temple.

Akshar means letter and Abhyas means learning.

In Andhra Pradesh, the Aksharabhyasam ceremony is performed by the maternal uncle (Mother’s brother) along with the family keeping the child in his lap. At the end he will hold the child’s right hand forefinger and write the Om symbol which is treated as a Beeja akshar (Beeja in Sanskrit means the ‘Origin’).

In Kerala, the ceremony is performed by grandfather or father or by a prominent personality.  The child writes ‘Hari Sri Ganapataye Namah’ in a plate filled with uncooked rice.

Vasant Panchami and Navratri are considered highly auspicious for performing the ritual.

Kollur Mookambika in Karnataka, Panchikadu Saraswati Temple near Kottayam in Kerala and Basara Gnana Saraswati Temple in Telangana are some of the most…

Basara Temple Aksharabhyasam Timings – Basara Gnana Saraswati Temple Aksharabhyasam Puja – ceremony – Time

Aksharabhyasam, an important ceremony at the famous Basara Gnana Saraswati Temple, is initiating children into the world of learning and knowledge. Basara Temple Aksharabhyasam Timings are given below. Please note that the Aksharabhyasam Puja and ceremony is not performed when there is Grahan – solar or lunar eclipse.

Basara Temple Aksharabhyasam Timings

Aksharabhyasam is performed all days of the year at Basara Gnana Saraswati Temple. The daily Aksharabhyasam Timings are:

7:30 AM to 12:00 PM  2:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Vasant Panchami, Guru Purnima, Devi Navarti and other auspicious days like Shravan Purnima attract maximu crowd for Aksharabhyasam.

Shri Ganga Godavari Temple at Ramkund in Nashik Opens Only Once in Twelve Years During Kumbh Mela

Shri Ganga Godavari Temple is located at Ramkund in Nashik in Maharashtra. The shrine only opens once in twelve years during the Simhastha Kumbh Mela  held at Nashik and Trimbakeshwar. Shri Ganga Godavari Temple at Ramkund opened on July 14, 2015 and shrine will shut its doors for another 12 years on August 11, 2016.
The temple is dedicated to Goddess Godavari – River Godavari.

When the temple is remains closed people offer prayers from outside.
Ramkund is one of the holiest places in the country as there are nearly 108 shrines located here.

Related Importance of Godavari in Hinduism

Chathayam Nakshatra Male Characteristics – Chathayam Birth Star Born Male Character

One of the most important characteristics of Chathayam Nakshatra born Male is that they will have independent thinking. Another important character of the birth star is that they will be hard working. Other Chathayam Nakshatra Male Characteristics are given below:

Will be loved by all Will have leadership qualities. Will face difficulties in the initial phase of life Will be a spendthrift. Will not be kind. Will be always looking for shortcuts. Will even win over enemies through love. Will not be keen towards food. Will change with changing times. Will be adventurous

Avittam Nakshatra Male Characteristics – Avittam Birth Star Born Male Character

One of the most important characteristics of Avittam Nakshatra born Male is that they will fulfill their desires. Another important character of the birth star is that they will be keen in science but equally religious. Other Avittam Nakshatra Male Characteristics are given below:

Will have good leadership qualities Happy to stay away from home. Will be interested in music and other arts. Will be wealthy Will have good habits. Will have lots of desires. Will have shot temper. Will have a happy life. Will not hesitate from lying. Will be flexible in many matters.

Thiruonam Nakshatra Male Characteristics – Tiruonam Birth Star Born Male Character

One of the most important characteristics of Thiruonam Nakshatra born Male is that they will be truthful and will have good patience. Another important character of the birth star is that they will only take a decision after giving proper thought. Other Tiruonam Nakshatra Male Characteristics are given below:

Will have good knowledge of science Will be come famous. Might not show enough courage in new ventures. Will have lot enemies. Will stay away from home. Will marry as per desire. Will have good earning but there will be lot of spending too. Will be spiritual. Will get married quickly. Might face eye related health issues. Will garner respect from friends and colleagues.

Swami Adbhutananda on Experience and Elucidation

There is only one Truth, but there are so many ways of experiencing it. And there ought to be as many faiths as there are experiences of God. Authentic and important faiths are but statements of men’s realization of their own inherent godhood.
Look how experiences and statements of them differ in such objective matters as the sun. An African’s feeling for the sun is quite different from that of a Laplander. The former believes that it shines twelve hours a day, while the latter holds that is shines for six months a year. Yet it is the same sun. Similarly is the experience of God.

Though we all realize the one Beloved, ways of stating Him are quite different. Yet all of them verify and magnify his thousand-facedness. In the end we discover that all those faces that we have looked upon are but faces of our own immortal Self. Swami Adbhutananda