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Why Gangajal Holy Water from Ganga is poured on Shivling in the Month of Shravan?

Millions of Hindu devotees visit Shiva temples in the Hindi month of Shravan in North India and offer Gangajal, or holy water from River Ganga, to Lord Shiva. The water is used to bath Shivling at temples, sacred places and in homes. Shrawan Month, also referred as Saawan, is dedicated to Lord Shiva and the Mondays, or Somwar, in the month are considered highly auspicious.
The famous Samudra Manthan (churning of ocean) episode in Hinduism took place in the Shravan month and among the things that came out during the churning was 14 types of rubies. Gods (Devas) and demons (Asuras) who were churning the ocean distributed 13 rubies among them. The 14th ruby was the poison called ‘halahal’ and it had the power to destroy all the living beings. Lord Shiva drank ‘halahal’ to save the world and it was stored in his throat and from this day Lord Shiva came to be known as Neelkanth.

To reduce the effect of poison ‘halahal’ on Shiva all the Devas that were witnessing the Samudra Manthan poured …

Goddess Behmata – About Hindu Goddess Beh Mata

Goddess Beh Mata is the goddess of fate in North India. Goddess Behmata is mostly a regional deity. She is believed to be the goddess who joined couples in marriage.
The popular belief is that she sat by the sea making marriages by twisting two ropes and tossing the ropes into the waves.
When the rope sank, the marriage resulted from it was doomed to be short and unhappy.
However, if the rope floated across the waves, the marriage would be long and happy.

Astangi Devi – About Goddess Astangi Devi

Astangi Devi is the Goddess worshipped by some communities of central India. Legend has it that a virgin, Astangi Devi was impregnated by Vayu, the Hindu wind god. She gave birth to Suraj, the sun, and Chandra, the moon goddess.
At that time, humans only ate twigs.
Astangi Devi then invented rice, bamboo and other plants to provide nourishing food to her twins. However, a jealous man set fire to her farm.
While putting out the fire, Astangi Devi let sparks fly into the heaven, which became the stars. She then sent her children to live in the sky.
While sending her children, she patted her daughter on the cheek. Marks visible on the moon’s face that we see today is the result of her patting.

Mariamman Story – Story of Mariyamman Devi

Goddess Mariamman is a popular Hindu deity in South India especially in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and in parts of Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra. She is the Hindu Goddess of the poor and downtrodden and is a gramadevata or village deity. The story of origin of Mariyamman Devi is unique and is associated with Goddess Renuka, the mother of Parashurama, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu.
According to legend, Renuka, the wife of Sage Jamadagni, was famous for her devotion and chastity. It is said that her chastity was so powerful that she had the divine power to collect water even in unbaked pots. 
However, once she happened to see a king making love to his wife on the riverbank and she had adulterous thoughts. She lost her divine powers and her husband Sage Jamadagni came to know about this.
The sage had five sons and in anger, he ordered them to cut the head of Renuka. Four of them refused but Parashuram, the fifth son readily agreed to cut the head of his mother.
When Parashuram raised his ax…

Shishupala Vadha Story

Shishupala Vadha Story is found in the Mahabharata. He was killed by Sri Krishna during the Rajasuya Yajna conducted by Yudhishtira at the Indraprastha. Shishupala was killed by Sri Krishna to give moksha to him. Story of his birth is found in the Puranas.

Shishupala was Jaya, one of the guards of Vaikunta, Vishnu’s abode. He along with Vijaya had once denied entry to Sanat Kumaras. The sages cursed them to be born on earth.
Jaya and Vijaya then prayed to Vishnu for a solution to the curse. Vishnu told them that they can take seven births on earth as his ordinary devotees or take three births as his enemies.
Jaya and Vijaya opted for three births as enemies as they wanted to return to Vaikunta at the earliest.
They pleaded that they should meet their end in each birth at the hands of Vishnu.
Thus Jaya was born as Shishupala when Bhagvan Vishnu appeared as Sri Krishna.
He was killed by Sri Krishna during the Rajasuya Yajna conducted by Yudhishtira at the Indraprastha. Krishna had prom…

Story of Bhadrachala Ramadas

Bhadrachala Ramadas was a devotee of Bhagavan Sri Ram and a great composer of Carnatic music in the 17th century. Story of Bhadrachala Ramadasu shows that without any doubt Bhagavan will appear to save his true devotee from sufferings on earth.

Bhadrachala Ramadas was born as Gopanna in 1620. He was born in a family, which had keen interest in spirituality.

During the reign of Abdul Hasan Tana Shah, the nawab of the Qutub Shahi dynasty at Golconda, Gopanna was appointed as a Tahsildar of Palvancha Paragana, which included the holy Bhadrachalam and the famous Rama Temple.

The holy temple of Sri Ram at Bhadrachalam was in a dilapidated condition. His intense love for Sri Ram made Gopanna help the villagers in rebuilding the temple.
When the villagers did not have enough money, Gopanna was forced to borrow money from the tax revenue of the nawab.

The villagers had promised to pay it back but due to unexpected drought the crop of villagers failed and they could not return the money to Go…

Narveer Umaji Naik Jayanti – Narvir Umaji Naik Birth Anniversary

Narveer Umaji Naik Jayanti is annually observed in Shravan or Bhadrapad month. It is the birth anniversary of Narvir Umaji Naik who fought against the British. He is one of the earliest freedom fighters. Narveer Umaji Naik Jayanti is annually observed on September 7. In 2018, it is the 227th birth anniversary of the great revolutionary.

Narveer Umaji Naik (September 7, 1791 – February 3, 1832) raised a small but highly effective army against the British after the fall of the Maratha Empire. He exhorted the citizens to fight against the foreign rule. He attempted to unsettle the British occupation and did succeed instilling fear among the British ranks. To capture him, the British Government announced a bounty of Rupees 10,000.
He was finally captured and hanged by the British in Pune.

Hari Mandir Mahaprasad at Hattaragi near Gadhinglaj in Belgaum District

Hari Mandir Mahaprasad is observed in Shravan month. The day is associated with a popular shrine and religions place at Hattaragi Village near Gadhinglaj in Belgaum District in Karnataka. Hari Mandir Mahaprasad 2018 date is September 5.
The day attracts hundreds of devotees to the shrine. Hari Mandir here is associated with Harikaka Gosavi.
Hari Mandir Mahaprasad at Hattaragi is annually observed on Shravan Krishna Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waning phase of moon in Shravan month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Shravan Amavasya 2018 Date – Sawan Amavasi 2018

Shravan Amavasya is the no moon (new moon day) in the Sawan month as per traditional Hindu calendar. The Shravan Amavasya 2018 as per North Indian calendar is August 11.

The Sawan Amavasi 2018 as per calendars followed in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Gujarat, Goa, Karnataka and Maharashtra is on September 9.
Shravan Amavasya 2018 in North Indian calendars is from 6:01 PM on August 10 and ends at 3:35 PM on August 11.

Sawan Amavasi 2018 in calendars followed in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Goa, Karnataka and Maharashtra begins at 2:42 AM on September 9 and ends at 11:31 PM on September 9.

Story of Katyayani Vrata – Katyayani Vrat Katha

Katyayani Vrata is observed in Margashirsh month in North India and is dedicated to Goddess Katayani form of Goddess Durga. The story of KatyayaniVrata is associated with Sri Krishna playing prank on the Gopis in Braj. Katyayani Vrat Katha is as follows:
One day the gopis of Braj were observing Katyayani Vrat, as usual, went to Yamuna River took off their clothes, placed them on the bank and started having bath. While practicing this austerity they prayed to the Goddess to make Krishna as their husband.
Lord Krishna was aware of their wishes. The boy Krishna came there, took away their clothes, and sat on a branch of a Kadamba Tree.
He then called upon the gopis to come out of the water to collect their clothes one by one.
It is said that the Gopis had no shame on their part in coming out nude from Yamuna as they had been practicing Katyayani Vrata. The story symbolically suggests that the individual need not hide anything from the Lord. It also implies that the covering of Maya has…

Sage Katyayana – Author Who Wrote Corrections to Panini’s Grammar Text

Sage Katyayana is believed to have lived during the 3rd or 4th century BC. He is also known as Vararuchi. He is the author of Varttika kara or Varttikas. Katyayana’s Varttikas are meant to correct, modify or supplement the rules of Panini’ Grammar wherever necessary.
Of the nearly 4000 sutras of Panini, about 1500 were covered by Sage Katyayana. Doubts and objections were raised and most cases were solved through correction.
Some scholars are of the view that Katyayana lived 100 years after Panini. But as per Kathasaritasagara, he was contemporary of Panini.
Other texts that are credited to Sage Katyayana are Prakrtapraksa, a grammar of the prakrit language.Sarvanukramani of Rig VedaKatyayanagrhya SutraPrakritamanjari

Vedic Language Far Ahead of Its Time

Vedic Language was passed on orally from Guru to Shishya or generations. Rig Veda itself contains 35,000 words and it is a wonder that for centuries, the correct phonetic accent of the words had been preserved through oral tradition. P K Chhetri writes in The Statesman Milton was satisfied with a vocabulary of 7,000 words or less while Shakespeare was content with 15, 000 but the Rig Veda itself contains a phenomenal 35,000 words in its 10,000 verses. Its strange how for centuries, its correct phonetic accents and accuracy had been preserved by those who simply learnt it by rote. Imagine the age when primitive humans communicated with each other without a set vocabulary and that makes Vedic language all the more mind boggling when one considers how scientifically perfect the Sanskrit alphabets in it, are. How it was developed still remains a mystery to scholars. Think of the discovery of the word "A" by those Vedic scholars.
The Vedas ask one to think beyond physical reality…

Hanuman 108 names in Telugu– Hanuman 108 Namavali in Telugu in pdf

Chanting 108 names of Hanuman is considered highly meritorious. Below is the link to Hanuman 108 Namavali in Telugu in pdf. The names can be chanted on all days. You can also select one particular name from the list and chant daily.
It is highly auspicious to chant the mantra on Tuesday and Saturday.
It is chanted for gaining self confidence and for peace and prosperity.

Link Hanuman 108 names in Telugu

Six Temples of Subramanya Swamy in Tamil Nadu – Six temples of Lord Subramanya

Arupadai Veedu (aaru-padai-veedu) or ‘six-army-houses’ are the six temples dedicated to Subramanya Swamy in Tamil Nadu which depicts Lord Subramanya as a warrior-god. The temples are located atop six sacred hills and dates back to the 2nd century.
Six Subramanya Swamy Temples are:
Thiruparankundram Temple Thiruchendur Murugan Temple Palani Murugan Temple Swamimalai Murugan Temple Thiruttani Murugan Temple Pazhamudircholai Murugan Temple