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Aadi Velli – Fridays in the Tamil Month Aadi

Fridays (Velli Kizhamai) in the Tamil Month of Aadi is considered highly auspicious for worshipping various Hindu Goddesses, especially incarnations of Goddess Shakti. Aadi Velli is also auspicious for performing pujas dedicated to Nagas (Snakes). In 2017, Aadi month begins on July 17 and ends on August 16.

Women of the neighborhood and friends meet on the Fridays and do pujas and exchange Thamboolam.

Varalakshmi Puja an important ritual dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi is performed on a Friday in the month of Aadi.

Devout Hindus visit temples and perform special pujas on the Fridays. The Aadi Velli is of great significance to women as numerous rituals are performed in the month.

Majority of the people also worship snakes during the month. They offer milk, sugar and jaggery to the Snake idols.

Women also exchange Thambulam – a plate containing Betal leaves, Betel nuts, turmeric, kumkuma, coconut and cloth – after Friday prayers.

Different Hindu communities perform different rituals on…

Story of Hanuman Dancing on Ravana’s Head

Hanuman dancing on Ravana’s head happened on the first day of the battle between Ram and Ravana in the Ramayana. When the first day of battle was about to end, Ravana appeared on the highest tower in Lanka. Ravan was disappointed to find his troops retreating defeated at the hands of monkeys and bears.
Hanuman, who happened to see Ravana standing on the tower, took a giant leap and landed on the demon king’s head.
Hanuman then began dancing on the ten heads of Ravana. He began kicking down the crowns of Ravan.

The entire Rakshasa army was in a state shock seeing this dishonorable act. Rakshasas (demons) put down their head in shame.
The vanaras (monkeys) and balukas (bears) were amused by this act and started roaring in approval.
Hanuman dancing on Ravana’s head is not part of Valmiki Ramayan but is mentioned as Hanuman’s heroics in many texts.
Dancing on Ravana’s head was an attempt by Hanuman to put psychological pressure on the powerful demons. It did work very well. Soon self do…

Kaleshwaram Temple – Kaleshwara Mukteswara Swamy Temple

Kaleshwaram Temple is located at Kaleshwaram Town in Karimnagar District in Telangana. The shrine is popularly known as Kaleshwara Mukteshwara Swamy Temple and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The shrine is located on the banks of Godavari River.
 The popular belief is that Kaleshwaram is the Triveni Sangamam or the meeting point of Pranahita River, Godavari River and the Saraswati River. 

The unique aspect of the Kaleshwaram Temple is that there are two Shivlings on a single pedestal or panavattam. Ammavaru his consort is worshiped separately. 
Shiva is worshipped here as Mukteshwara and Kaleshwara. Kaleshwar Shivling symbolically represents Lord Yama.
Kaleshwaram, Draksharamam and Srisailam are together known as Trilinga Desham.
There is also a unique sculpture of fish in the temple, which is noteworthy.
There are also murtis of Ganesha, Mother Goddess, Hanuman and Dattatreya in the temple.

Mondays and Pradoshas in a month are highly auspicious.

Special pujas and rituals are held during…

Why is Shravan Month Auspicious?

Shravan Mahina (July – August) is one of the holiest months in a traditional Hindu calendar. The month is dedicated to Lord Shiva and millions of Shiva devotees visit various shrines and offer water, milk and belpatra (Bilva leaves). Mondays in Shrawan month is considered highly auspicious to offer prayers to Lord Shiva. 
The month is known as Shravan because it is governed by the star ‘Shravan.’

Story Legend has it that during the famous Samudra Manthan episode (Churning of Ocean) mentioned in the Puranas, 14 types of precious things came out as a result of the churning of the ocean. Asuras (Demons) and Devas (Demi Gods) shared thirteen of them. The last precious thing that appeared was the called ‘halahal’. It had the power to destroy the universe. To save the universe, Lord Shiva consumed the ‘halahal’ and stored it in his throat.
When Lord Shiva started consuming the poison, all the Gods and holy saints appeared on the sky and started offering the holy Ganga water to Lord Shiva to …

Jamalapuram Venkateswara Swamy Temple Timings – Opening and Closing and Darshan Time at Jamalapuram Venkateswara Swamy

Jamalapuram Venkateswara Swamy Temple is located near Yerrupalem town in Khammam District of Telangana. Jamalapuram Venkateswara Swamy temple timings in detail is given below. Please note that the opening and closing time in the temple will be extended during temple festival and other important rituals. There will be no darshan and the temple will remain closed during grahan or eclipse.
Jamalapuram Venkateswara Swamy Temple Timings
Morning Darshan Timing – 6:00 AM to 12:30 PM (Darshan will not be allowed during certain important rituals which might of 15 to 30 minutes duration). Evening Darshan Timing – 4:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Specia pujas are performed on Ekadasi days.
The extended time is mostly on Vaikunta Ekadasi and during annual temple festival (brahmostsavam).

Story of the Birth of Jambavan – the bear – in the Ramayana

Jambavan is the Chiranjeevi (one without death) Bear in the Ramayana. His age or date of birth cannot be ascertained. The story of the Birth of Jambavan begins when there was no earth or living being.
As per Hindu belief, one day time of Brahma ended and night had started. Then suddenly demons Madhu and Kaithaba was born from the ear-wax of Lord Vishnu. They began to create trouble in the waters.
Then they saw Brahma, God of creation, sitting on a lotus which appeared from the navel of Vishnu. They challenged him to fight.
Four-faced Brahma was afraid of the demons and his middle face began to sweat.
The sweat flowed from the cheeks to loins.
Jambavan appeared from that sweat.
As he was the first person who entered the region of Jambudwipa he came to be known as Jambavan.
As he was born when there was no universe or time his age or date of birth could not be ascertained.

At the time of Ramayana it is believed that Jambavan was six Manvantaras old.

Ashada Purnima Festival 2018 at Shirdi Sai Baba Temple – Guru Purnima Festival at Shirdi

The Purnima or the full moon day in Ashada Month (June – July), which is popularly known as Guru Purnima, is of great significance at the ShirdiSaiBabaTemple. The Sai Baba Ashada Purnima Utsav begins on July 26, 2018 and ends on July 28, 2018. The main day of the festival is July 27. The popular belief is that Sai Baba showers blessings on the day on his devotees.

The Guru Purnima at the ShirdiSaiBabaTemple begins on the Ashada Shukla Chaturdashi – the 14th day during the waxing phase of moon. There will be palanquin ride on the day.

The most important festival is held on the full moon day and includes ratha or chariot procession.

The popular belief is that on one Guru Purnima day Shirdi Sai Baba sat on the big stone that He created in front of Dwarakamai and gave blessings to devotees. Life History of Sai Baba describes the event like this – While the arathi was being given on Guru Purnima day, Baba’s face became very tight as if a thousand lamps were lighted with different colors.…

Uthirakosamangai Temple Timings – Opening and Closing and Darshan Time at Uthirakosamangai Temple near Rameswaram

Uthirakosamangai Temple, also known as Sri Mangalanathar-Mangaleswari temple, is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Uthirakosamangai Temple timings in detail is given below. Please note that the opening and closing time in the temple will be extended during temple festival and important rituals. There will be no darshan and the temple will remain closed during grahanam or eclipse.

Uthirakosamanga Temple Timings

Morning Darshan Timing – 6:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Evening Darshan Timing – 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Specia pujas are performed on Pradosham days.
The extended time is mostly on Shivratri, Aani Thirumanjam and Arudhara Darshan dates.

Goddess Baglamukhi – Information about Baglamukhi Mata

Goddess Baglamukhi is an incarnation of Goddess Shakti and is one of the Mahavidhyas. There are several legends associated with Baglamukhi Mata. She is the eighth Mahavidhya among the 10 Mahavidhyas. The goddess is worshipped in the form a powerful yantra. Baglamukhi means one whose face has the power to capture or control. She thus represents the power of the Goddess to control her devotees.

Goddess Baglamukhi is depicted as sitting on a golden throne surrounded by an ocean of nectar with lotus flower in it. She has golden complexion and a crescent moon adorns her head. She wears yellow color dress. She is depicted as either having two hands or four hands.

When she is two-armed, she is benign and kind mother. When she is four armed she is fierce destroyer of Adharma.

She hits a demon with a club in her right hand, while pulling his tongue out with her left hand. Devotees worship her for attaining victory over enemies. It is widely believed that Goddess Baglamukhi blesses her devote…

Parati Nagalingeshwar Yatra near Chikodi in Belgaum District

Parati Nagalingeshwar Yatra is annually observed in Shravan month. It is the important fair and festival at Nagalingeshwar Temple at Parati near Chikodi in Belgaum district. Parati Nagalingeshwar Yatra 2018 date is August 28.

Parati Nagalingeshwar Devashtan is dedicated to Shiva. The shrine attracts maximum crowd during Shivratri and Shravan month.

Special abhisekam and rituals are held in the Shravan month.

This annual fair and festival attracts hundreds of devotees from nearby towns and villages.
Parati Nagalingeshwar Yatra is observed on Shravan Krishna Paksha Dwitiya tithi or the second day during the waning phase of moon in Shravan month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Karnataka.

Mallikarjuna Yatra at Adi near Chikodi in Belgaum District

Adi Mallikarjuna Yatra is annually held in Shravan month. It is an important fair and festival at Mallikarjuna Temple dedicated to Shiva at Adi near Chikodi in Belgaum District. Adi Mallikarjuna Yatra 2018 date is August 13.
Hundreds of devotees participate in this annual fair and festival. The Shivling is worshiped with water, bilva leaves and milk on the day.
Adi Mallikarjuna Yatra is observed on the first Monday during the Shravan krishna paksha or waning phase of moon in Shravan month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Karnataka.

Symbolism in Mace or Gada of God Vishnu

The name of the mace, or gada, of Hindu God Vishnu is known as Kaumodaki. It symbolically represents the power in the Lord with which He knocks down the men who run after sense gratifications and are overpowered by ego. It is a symbol of ‘Danda’ or punishment. The mild knocks from the mace in the form of disappointments, dissatisfactions and loss takes a man to the correct path – the path that leads to the Supreme Truth.
The mace is also said to represent the occasional knocks that the mind generates – the knocks that pressures us to think who we are, the source, is there bliss etc. These questions put one in a spiritual path.
Another symbolism suggests that the mace represents the strength – the strength required to satisfy hunger. Alan Danielou writes:
The power of knoweldge dazzles and intoxicates the mind hence the mace is called the stupefire of the mind - Kaumodaki. The power of knowledge is the essence of life from which all physical and mental powers are derived. Nothing else…

Thirupullani Temple - Sri Adi Jagannatha Perumal Temple at Thirupullani near Rameswaram

Thirupullani Temple is known as Sri Adi Jagannatha Perumal Temple and is located at Thirupullani near Rameswaram. The shrine is located around 8 km east of Ramanathapuram. Legend has it that King Dasharatha of Ramayana offered prayers to Sri Adi Jagannatha Perumal (Lord Vishnu) for having children here. Due to the prayer offered here Sri Ram, Bharata, Shatrughna and Lakshman were born to him.

Legend has it that Bhagavan Sri Ram, Lakshman, Hanuman, Jambhavan and the vanara sena camped here when they were in search of Mata Sita.

It is here Vibhishana, brother of Ravana, took refuge at the feet of Lord Ram. Thus, the temple is also known as Saranagathi Kshethram.

Another belief is that Srihari Vishnu gave darshan to Pulla Rishi here.

Another legend has it that before setting out for Lanka, Sri Ram offered prayers here. Vishnu gave Ram a bow which was used to annihilate Ravana.

Sri Adi Jagannatha Perumal Temple is also one of the Divya Desam. It is the 42 Divya Desam, among the 108 templ…

Postal Stamp on Nabakalebara festival at Puri Jagannath Temple in Odisha Released

Department of Posts of Government of India has brought out a commemorative postage stamp on Nabakalebara – 2015. It was released on July 17, 2015. The denomination is of 5 rupees and 600,000 stamps have been printed. One can avail it at the philatelic bureau attached to important post offices across India.

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Yoga Vasishta on Pure and Impure Vasanas

Vasanas are of two kinds.
The impure Vasanas are those which, generating rebirths, are terrific in their results while the pure ones are those which liberate one from such rebirths.
The great Ones say that generation of the ever-recurrent cycle of rebirths when excessive egoism is developed in the body which is nothing but a transformation of Anjana is termed the impure Vasanas.
The Pure Vasanas which free one from rebirth may be likened to a seed that will not sprout after fried in red hot fire.
Those who having developed the pure Vasanas support a body simply to wear out their Prarabdha Karmas – past actions, the result of which are being enjoyed by one during present birth, is known Prarabdha Karamas.

Those having Prarabdha Karmas do not again subject themselves to the pangs of rebirth and may be said to have attained the Jivanmukti state, which enables one to perceive all spiritual things through subtle jnana experience, and to enjoy conscious bliss state.

Sudarshana Mantra in Tamil in pdf – Sudarshan Mantra in Tamil Text

Sudarshana Mantra is a prayer dedicated to the Sudarshan Chakra of Lord Vishnu. Below is the Sudarshana Mantra in Tamil text in pdf. The prayer is chanted for overcoming fear and for defeating enemies. The document in pdf in Tamil language is provided by Sundar Kidambi of prapatti.

Link – Sudarshana Mantra in Tamil