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Rice is Prohibited on Ekadashi – Why Rice is not eaten on Ekadashi?

Rice is prohibited while observing Ekadashi Fasting. But why is rice not eaten on Ekadashi. The story of Ekadasi in Hinduism is associated with Lord Vishnu annihilating Demon Mura.
It is believed that demon Mura found a dwelling place in the rice and a young woman appeared from Lord Vishnu to annihilate Mura on Ekadashi tithi.
Therefore, devotees who fast on the Ekadashi day avoid food made from rice.

In fact, all grains and pulses are avoided on the day.

Story of Ekadashi Vrat

Story of Ekadashi Vrat happened during the Satya Yuga and is mentioned in the Puranas. Legend has it that Bhagavan Srihari Vishnu was engaged in battle with Demon Mura during the Satya Yuga.
The battle went for several days and feeling tired Bhagavan Vishnu decided to rest.
However, Demon Mura decided to attack Srihari Vishnu while he was sleeping.
Suddenly a young girl appeared from the body of Bhagavan Vishnu and she annihilated demon Mura. She was the primordial mother and pleased with Her, Srihari Vishnu called her Ekadashi as she appeared on the eleventh day of the fortnight.
He also granted her the boon that anyone who observes fasting on Ekadashi Tithi will become free of all sins and will attain moksha.

Potharaju During Bonalu Procession

Potharaju is the brother of Goddess Mahankali. He is a fierce looking man and is part of procession to Mother Goddess temples. Today many people dress like Potharaju and leads the Bonalu procession. He walks ahead of the procession whipping himself. He is part of Bonalu procession, Pochamma Thalli and Ellamma Thalli.

Potharaju symbolically represents masculine power, which can weed out all physical evils affecting the devotees of Goddess Mahankali. Thus, he is a protector or guardian deity.

Usually Potharaju is a well-built man, whose body is covered with turmeric powder and red vermilion on forehead. He wears a red dhoti. Bells are tied to the ankle and dances to the sound of drums.

Potharaju carries a whip and lashes it against his body to the sound of drum beats. He is followed by women carrying bonam or by females who tie neem leaves around their waist and are in a trance.
Sometimes Potharaju goes into a trance and predicts the future of the community.

Bol Bom Dedicated to Shiva in Shravan Month

The Hindu Shravan month witnesses thousands of devotees visiting various shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva. The pilgrims shout ‘Bol Bom’ or ‘Bhol Bom’ meaning ‘Say Shiva’ during the pilgrimage. In some places the pilgrimage itself is referred as Bol Bom. The term is used mainly during the pilgrimage to DeograhBabaBaidyanathTemple from Sultanganj (Shravani Mela).
In Nepal, Hindu devotees take part in a ‘Bol Bom’ pilgrimage in Kathmandu on Monday in Shravana Month. The devotees run or walk barefooted for kilometers to reach the PashupatinathTemple seeking good health, wealth and happiness.
The Bol Bom yatris are also known as Kanwarias in India and they participate in the Kanwar Yatra. They carry the sacred Gangajal to home and ShivaTemples to bath the Shivling.
Related Why Gangajal is poured on Shivling in the month of Shravan?

Kanwariya – Yatra by Hindu Pilgrims carrying Ganga Water to bath Shivling in Shravan Month

In the month of Shravan (July – August) the roads of Delhi, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan, Punjab, Bihar and Jharkhand will be taken over by saffron-clad Hindu devotees carrying Ganga water. They are the Kanwariya who are undertaking the Kanwar Yatra. They collect water from the Ganga in Haridwar, Gangotri, Gaumukh, Allahabad, Sultanganj and other holy places and return home to bathe the Shiva Lingam in their homes or villages on the Amavasi day in the Shravan month.
Why They Are Known as Kanwariyas and What They do?The name Kanwariya because they carry a pole called ‘Kanwar’ on their shoulders and pots with Ganga Water hang from the two sides of the pole. It is estimated that more than six million Kanwarias visit various holy places through which Ganga flows in Uttarakhand.
Another one million devotees carry Ganga water from Sultanganj – the only place where Ganga flows towards north – to the famous Deogarh Shiva temple during Shravan Mela. Some devotees in Uttar Pr…

Antahkarana meaning in English – What is Antahkaran in Hinduism?

Meaning of Antahkarana in English is internal instrument. Antahkaran are four in numbers. They are:

Mind (Manas) Ego (Ahamkara) Intellect (Budhi) Memory (Chitta)
In Hinduism, the concept of Antahkarana is associated with Vedanta.

Proper understanding and functioning of Antahkarana helps in attaining moksha or liberation.

Karmendriyas in English – What is Karmendriya in Hinduism?

The English meaning of Karmendriyas is the five lower sense organs. They are:

Feet Hands Rectum Genitals Mouth

Karmendriya means Karma and Indra. Karma means action and Indra is the God of the ‘sensory’ heaven in Hinduism.
Control of Karmendriyas is essential for a peaceful life on earth. It is also necessary for attaining moksha or liberation.

Jnanendriyas in English - What is Jnanendriya in Hinduism?

The English meaning of Jnanendriyas is the five lower sense organs. They are EarsEyesNoseTongue andSkin
Jnanendriya means Jnana and Indra. Jnana means wisdom and Indra is the God of the ‘sensory’ heaven in Hinduism.

Control of Jnanendriyas is essential for a peaceful life on earth. It is also necessary for attaining moksha or liberation.

Meaning of Ganapati – Why is Ganesha referred as Ganpati?

The meaning of Ganapati – Gan means ‘samooh’ or society and pati means ‘Swami’ or leader. Ganesha is referred as Ganpati because he is the leader or commander of the society.
In human body, there are five Jnanendriyas (five sense of organs), 5 Karmendriyas (five organs of action) and 4 antakaran – mind, ego, intellect and memory. These powers are controlled, maintained and executed by 14 deities. These 14 deities arise and fall in Ganesha.
The most popular story on birth of Ganesha in Puranas suggest that Shiva made Ganesha the commander in chief of Ganas and therefore he is known as Ganapati.

Why Hindu God Ganesha or Ganapati is known as Siddhi Vinayak?

Hindu God Ganesha or Ganapati is known as Siddhi Vinayak because it is believed that he is the giver of all Siddhis – meaning perfection or accomplishment or attainment or success or talents.
All Siddhis reside in Ganapati and we can achieve them only with His blessings.
Therefore, before starting any new we chant the mantra Sri Ganeshaya Nama.

Quilla Temple Dedicated to Lord Ram in Nizamabad – Raghunathalayam in a Fort in Nizamabad

Quilla Temple is located inside Quilla Indur or Fort Indur in Nizamabad. The temple is dedicated to Lord Ram. The shrine is also known as Raghunathalayam as Ragunath Rishi performed intense austerities and meditation here.
The fort and the temple is believed to have constructed by the Rashtrakuta Kings in the 10th century.
The fort has fountains, meditation hall and kalyana mandapa (marriage hall).
The Sri Ram Temple in the fort is the biggest and is noted for its magnificence.
The murti of Sri Ram is in the shape of Kurma (tortoise). Mata Sita is seated nearby.
The meditation hall in the fort is where Rishi Raghunatha Swami spent several years meditating. If one sits and chant ‘OM’ in the hall we can hear it echoing.
A big pillar near the temple with a lamp atop it is lit every day.
There is also an ornate Dwajasthamba or flag post in front of the temple.
At the bottom of the hillock, on which the Sri Ram temple stands, there is a temple dedicated to Hanuman. The murti of Hanuman…

Shivling Worshipped in Lingaraj Temple in Orissa to have Silver Cover

The Shivling worshipped in LingarajTemple in Orissa will be covered with silver cladding. The stone Shiv Lingam was earlier covered with silver cover but was discontinued. The New Indian Express reports The ‘Shiv Linga’ at Lingaraj temple will once again have a silver cladding from Monday. The decision was taken at a meeting of Lingaraj Temple Trust Board presided by its chairman, Additional District Magistrate (ADM) Abanikanta Patnaik. Patnaik said the board decided to clad the ‘Linga’ with silver cover again from Monday. The silver cover had adorned the ‘Linga’ for a few days after it was donated by a devotee last year. But, it was removed following a dispute, he said. The ADM said the meeting of the board was convened following the decision of the sub-committee to clad the ‘Linga’ with silver from any Monday.

Lakshmi Narasimha Ashtottara Shatanama Stotram in Telugu in pdf

Lakshmi Narasimha Ashtottara Shatanama Stotram is the names of Lord Narasimha. The prayer is chanted for peace and prosperity and for overcoming fear and enemies. The stotram in Telugu in pdf format is given below. The text or lyrics of Lakshmi Narasimha Ashtottara Shatanama Stotram in Telugu language is provided by Sundar Kidambi of prapatti.

LinkTelugu Lakshmi Narasimha Ashtottara Shatanama Stotram

Krishna Stuti Lyrics in Hindi – Sri Krishna Stuti in pdf format

Krishna Stuti is dedicated to Bhagavan Sri Krishna. You can find the link to the Krishna Stuti Lyrics in Hindi in pdf format below. The prayer is chanted daily morning and evening for attaining peace and prosperity. The document in pdf in Hindi language is provided by Sundar Kidambi of prapatti.

LinkKrishna Stuti Lyrics in Hindi

Importance of Guru Poornima

Guru Poornima or Guru Purnima is celebrated on the full moon day in month of Ashadh (July). The day is dedicated to Gurus, especially to sage Veda Vyas, and therefore Guru Poornima is also known as Vyas Poornima. On this day, disciples venerate their Guru. Guru Purnima 2018 date is July 27.
The Guru Gita in the Skanda Purana written by Sage Ved Vyasa hails guru in this famous verse:
Guru brahma Guru vishnu Gururdevo Maheshwaraha
Guruhu sakshaat Parambrahman tasmai Shrigurave namaha “Guru is Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva,
Veneration to the Guru who has manifested as Parabrahman.” It must be noted here that Guru is a person who removes darkness or ignorance. The true Guru is the one who removes ‘Maya’ and puts us on the path to Brahman.
School and college teachers are Guru but not the Guru mentioned in the Sanatana Dharma.
Guru can be anyone – sometimes even a child – who removes darkness or ignorance.
The day is celebrated as Vyas Poornima because Sage Vyas is the original Guru of Santana D…

Purity is the goal of all spiritual practices

Change is the changeless law of life. We cannot help change but we can learn to adjust ourselves to change. The secret lies in how to adjust, what to hold on and what to let go. An understanding of essentials and non-essentials is what is needed. This alone can make us live spiritual life in right earnest.
All changes notwithstanding, essentials of spirituality remain unchanged and they will remain for times to come. Yes, a restatement and rewording of these essentials may be needed but no alteration is required with the essentials.
What are the essentials of living a spiritual life? Or the most essential condition for spirituality? Purity. Purity of what we want is important and if we want God we are on the right path. It is this purity of intention or seeking that finally leads the formation of a pure character which is what spirituality finally leads one to.
This is the goal of all spiritual practices — purity.

SourceVedanta Kesari Editorial December 2014