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Manasa Devi Puja 2018 Dates – Manasha Devi Pooja - Nag Panchami in Bengal in 2018

Manasa Devi Puja, dedicated to Snake Goddess, also known as Nag Panchami, is observed mainly in Bengal, Jharkhand, Assam and parts of Orissa on various days in the Bengali months of Ashar, Shraban and Bhadrapad (June - September). Manasa Devi Puja 2018 dates are August 2 and August 15. Mansa Devi is the serpent goddess and is believed to be the daughter of Lord Shiva.

The rituals are also known as Manasa Devi Ashtang Puja. The rituals associated with the pujas are held on the fifth day or Panchami day of all fortnights in the month of Ashara and Shraban.

There are numerous rituals associated with Manasa Devi. From simple prayers to rituals which many might consider as grotesque.

Manasa is the goddess of snakes and fertility. She fulfills the wishes and protects one against snakebite. Associated with the earth and higher knowledge, she is worshiped mostly in eastern India. She is also propitiated by those not having children for an early child birth.

Special murtis of Manasa devi ar…

Bhadrakali Temple in Warangal in Telangana

The ancient Bhadrakali Temple in Warangal in Telangana is dedicated to Goddess Kali. The original temple was built in 625 AD and large-scale renovation was undertaken in 1950. The shrine is located on the banks of the Bhadrakali Lake, between Hanamkonda and Warangal.
The King Pulakesi II of Chalukya dynasty to commemorate his victory over Vengi region constructed the temple in 625 AD.
The Kakatiya Rulers built a huge lake and expanded the shrine.

The shrine was neglected and went into a dilapidated state during the long Muslim rule of the region. Later in 1950, Sri Ganapathi Shastri, a Devi upasaka, with the help of merchants and other affluent people of the region renovated the shrine.
In 1950, Chandi Yantra was installed in the shrine. The fierce looking form of mother was modified into a benevolent form. Beejaksharas were written on the deity’s hanging tongue.
The murti of Goddess Bhadrakali in the temple is carved on a square stone facing west. Mother Goddess has benevolent fa…

Kalagni Rudra – About Kalagni Rudra Form of Shiva

Kalagni Rudra is a fierce manifestation of Shiva and it appears at end of one cycle of creation. The entire creation is devoured by its fury.
Legend has it that Shiva had created Kalagni Rudra to guard the Amarnath cave. He was going to impart the knowledge of his immortality to Goddess Parvati. Shiva wanted no living being to hear the immortal tale.
Therefore, he asked Kalagni Rudra to annihilate all living beings that resided near the Amaranth cave.

The belief is that Kalagni Rudra along with other fierce manifestations of Shiva like Kalaraja, Mahakala, Kalabhairava, Kalapursha and Bhairav put an end to creation, which is in the grip of Adharma, at the end of one cycle of creation.

Nag Panchami Mantra – Nag Panchami Prayer in Hindi and English

Nag Panchami is the most important annual festival dedicated to Nagas – Snake Gods in Hinduism. The prayer below given in Hindi and English is chanted on the day. The most important Nag Panchami mantra invokes the nine important serpent gods which include Ananta, Vasuki, Taxak, Karkotaka and Pingala.
The mantra is chanted for the welfare of family members. It also protects devotees from snake bites. Devotees who have fear of snakes chant this mantra to get rid of the fear.
Those people see dreadful dreams of snakes in dream also chant the mantra.

The mantra is highly helpful for people suffering from skin diseases and also for those people who are having Naga doshas.

The Story of Shiva as Mahakala - Mahakaleshwar

Shiva is worshipped as Mahakala in Ujjain and the MahakalaShivaTemple in Ujjain is counted third among the twelve Jyotirlingas. There is an interesting story which explains about the Mahakaleshwar form of Shiva – a fierce form which is beyond imagination and description. The story took place when Ujjain was known as Avanti and is mentioned in the Shiva Purana.
Once there lived a pious man in Avanti who was an ardent devotee of Lord Shiva. He had four sons and the family worshipped Lord Shiva daily.
Not far away from their home in a hill named Ratanmala there lived an Asura (demon) named Dooshana. Demon Dooshana hated all forms of Shiva and vedic worship. He went around killing people who worshipped Shiva. Soon Dooshana came to know about the family in Avanti that worshipped Shiva.

Soon the demon arrived with his army and attacked the city. But the family continued to worship Shiva in the form of a Shivling.
Finally, the demon and soldiers reached the home of the pious man and start…

Baba Maharaj Punyatithi in Pune – Swaroop Sampradaya of Swami Samarth

Baba Maharaj Punyatithi is annually observed in Pune in Shravan month. It is the death anniversary of the pious soul associated with Swaroop Sampradaya of Swami Samarth. Maharaj was also known as Shree Raosaheb Sahasrabuddhe alias Shree Vasudevanant Saraswati Maharaj. Baba Maharaj Punyatithi 2018 date is August 30.
The popular belief is that Baba Maharaj is a manifestation of Akkalkot Niwasi Shree Swami Samarth Maharaj.

After completing his education, he joined the Public Works Department. Here he was blessed by Beedkar Maharaj. After meeting the great saint, Maharaj attained self realization and was always in a state of trance, detached from the worldly matters.
Soon he left his job and resided in the ashram of Beedkar Maharaj in Pune.
He continued his mediation and performed numerous miracles during his stay in Pune.
He attained Samadhi in 1954.
Baba Maharaj Punyatithi is annually observed on Shravan Krishna Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waning phase of moon …

Gokulashtami Yatra at Saptakoteshwar Temple at Narve in Goa

Gokulashtami Yatra at Saptakoteshwar Temple is annually observed in Shravan month. It is the jatra or annual festival associated with Sri Krishna Janmashtami in the Saptakoteshwar Temple at Narve in Goa. Gokulashtami Yatra 2018 date is September 3.
Saptakoteshwar temple at Narve is considered to be one of the six important Shiva temples in Konkan area.
The annually yatra is noted for all the regular rituals associated with Sri Krishna Janmashtami festival in western parts of India. Dahi Handi and Gopalakala are famous in these regions on the day.
Gokulashtami Yatra is annually observed on Shravan Krishna Paksha Ashtami or the eighth day during the waning phase of moon in Shravan month.

Shravan Month at Vemulawada Temple – Special Rituals in Sravana Masa at Sri Raja Rajeshwara Swamy Devasthanam in Vemulawada

Special rituals are held on all Mondays in the Shravan month at the Vemulawada Temple. The shrine is known as Sri Raja Rajeshwara Swamy Devasthanam. Sravana Masa in 2018 in Telugu Calendar in Telangana is from August 12 to September 9.
Ekadasa Rudra Abhishekam and Maha Lingarachana will be offered to the presiding deity on all Mondays of the Shravan month.
Special rituals are also held on Fridays.
Mass Kumkum pujas are held on first Friday during the Krishna Paksha or waning phase of moon in the temple.

Kathas – Ancient kingdom in Punjab – Fiercely Fought Against Alexander

Kathas were a group of powerful people who lived in the territory lying across the Ravi and Beas Rivers in ancient Punjab during 4th century BC. Greeks referred to the Kathas as Kathaoi or Cathaeans.
During his invasion of India, Alexander the Great faced stiff resistance from Kathas. They defied his army from their fortified town called Sangala, also referred to as Samkala or Jandiala.
Finally, Alexander defeated Kathas with the help of Porus.
The Kathas were invulnerable people and the country of theirs produced men of courage skill and physical charm.
As per Strabo, the most handsome person was elected as the king of Kathas and the people of the region decided their own marriages.
The impregnable fort of Kathas has been identified with a site near Fatehgarh in Gurdaspur District, with Handiala to the east of Amritsar or with Sanglawala tibba in the Jhang District.
As per various accounts, during their unsuccessful resistance, nearly 17,000 Kathas were killed and more 70,000 captu…

Pahari Mandir at Ranchi – Pahari Shiva Temple atop a hill at Ranchi in Jharkhand

Pahari Mandir is located atop a hill at Ranchi in Jharkand. The temple is dedicated to Shiva. PahariTemple is located on a hill which is associated with independence of India. The main murti is worshipped in the temple is a one foot high Shivling made of Ashtadhatu.

The first worship in the hill began in 1840 AD. Then a Naga Devata was worshipped on the hill.
The hill is also known as 'phansi ki tongari' as several freedom fighters were hanged over the hill.
The present Ashtadhatu Shivling was established in 1946 and the temple was constructed in 1949.
A unique aspect of the temple is that it observes Independence Day and Republic Day by hoisting the flag of India.
Shravan month attracts huge crowd of devotees. The full moon day or purnima is an auspicious date in the temple. Shivratri attracts maximum crowd to the temple.

There are numerous other small shrines located nearby. This includes Mahakal Mandir, Kali Mandir, Vishwanath Mandir, Hanuman Temple, Durga Temple, and a s…

Book – Shiva – Ultimate Outlaw by Sadhguru – Read for free

Shiva – Ultimate Outlaw is a new book credit to Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev. You can read Shiva – Ultimate Outlaw in ebook format. The book is filled with rich graphics and insights from Sadhguru that reveal many unknown aspects about the being we call Shiva.

A Quote from the book Breaking the laws of physical nature is spiritual process. In this sense, we are outlaws, and Shiva is the ultimate outlaw. You cannot worship Shiva, but you may join the Gang.
From the book on Trishul – Shiva’s trishul represents the three fundamental aspects of life. In the yogic tradition it is called Rudra, Hara and Sadashiva. These are the three fundamental dimensions of life that are symbolized in many ways
You can read the book here at the Isha foundation website.

Please note that you will need to provide email id, phone number and name to get free acess to the book.

Hanuman Kavach Lyrics in Telugu– Hanuman Kavach in Telugu in pdf

Chanting Hanuman Kavach or Anjaneya Kavach is considered highly meritorious. Below is the link to Hanuman Kavach lyrics in Telugu in pdf. It can be can be chanted on all days. The text is in Telugu language. Chanting the mantra on Hanuman Jayanti is highly meritorious. It is chanted by Hanuman devotees during 41-day deeksha of Anjaneya.
It is highly auspicious to chant the mantra on Tuesday and Saturday.
It is chanted for gaining self confidence and for peace and prosperity.
Those facing problems related to Shani Bhagavan in life will get relief by chanting the Hanuman Kavach on Saturday.

LinkHanuman Kavach Lyrics in Telugu

Panchdev – The concept of Panchdev in Hinduism – Who are the panchdev?

Panchdev is the concept of five gods associated with Hinduism. So who are the panchdevatas that are worshipped in Hindu religion.
The Panchdev are Surya Ganesha Devi Vishnu Shiva
The devotees of these 5 deities never lack anything and are sure to achieve name, fame and punya (merit) and they achieve immortality.

Aditya Hridaya Mantra in Telugu in pdf – Lyrics of Aditya Hridayam in Telugu

Aditya Hridayam in Valmiki Ramayana is a hymn dedicated to Lord Surya (Sun God). Below is Lyrics of Aditya Hridaya mantra in Telugu in pdf. It consists of 31 verses and is found in the 107th chapter of Yuddha Kanda of Ramayan. Aditya Hridaya was explained to Lord Ram by Saint Agastya to uplift his spirits in the war against Ravana.

You can download Aditya Hridaya Mantra in Telugu in pdf here - Aditya Hridayam text and meaning in PDF format

Aditya Hridaya Mantra in Malayalam in pdf – Lyrics of Aditya Hridayam in Malayalam

Aditya Hridayam in Valmiki Ramayana is a hymn dedicated to Lord Surya (Sun God). Below is Lyrics of Aditya Hridaya mantra in Malayalam in pdf. It consists of 31 verses and is found in the 107th chapter of Yuddha Kanda of Ramayan. Aditya Hridaya was explained to Lord Ram by Saint Agastya to uplift his spirits in the war against Ravan.

You can download Aditya Hridaya Mantra in Malayalam in pdf here - Aditya Hridayam text and meaning in PDF format in Malayalam

Science is a human endeavour and spirituality a human quality – Swami Tapasyananda

Science is a human endeavour and spirituality a human quality.
There is one thing indisputably in common between a scientist and a spiritual seeker, and that is that both of them are in search of Truth and are admittedly its votaries.
But as to what Truth consists in, they have differences. Truth, for science, is always the ‘measurable’, and it is the pre-supposition of science that everything that really exists can be brought within the scope of measurement by pointer-reading instruments and calculations based on them. Physics is the model for all sciences in this respect. Even psychology, which was till the other day a branch of philosophy, has emerged as a science by adopting the technique of measurement.
In contrast to this, when a spiritual seeker speaks of Truth, he means primarily the Immeasurable — what is more commonly known as the Infinite and Absolute Being.

Even when a spiritual votary adores a Personal God, he identifies Him implicitly with the Infinite and Absolute Bei…