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Different Types of Salagrama

Salagrama are natural stones that are considered to be divine manifestation of Lord Vishnu. There are different types of Salagrama stones based on the stripes found on it. Some stripes look like conch (shanka), discus (chakra), which are symbols of Lord Vishnu. The different types of stripes are found outside and in the curves of the Salagrama. Based on the distinct marks, the Salagramas are classified as different manifestations of Vishnu.
Here are some of the different types of Salagramas:
Lakshmikantha Salagrama: One that is multi-colored and surrounded on all sides by snake-like hoods is called Lakshmikantha Salagrama. This particular Salagrama is considered as a treasure by many and is believed to help in gaining prosperity and material wealth. The Salagrama containing the discuss (Chakra) symbol is also known as Lakshmikantha.
Vamana Salagrama: The Salagrama having the stripes in the form of conch (shanka) is known as Vamana.
Damodara Salagrama: The Salagramas that are unusually l…

King Mitrasaha and Sage Vasishta – The Story of the Curse on Mitrasaha

King Mitrasaha belonged to the Iksvaku Dynasty that ruled Ayodhya. The story of the curse on Mitrasaha by Sage Vasishta is found in the Uttara Ramayana. During a hunting expedition, Mitrasaha came across two tiger cubs. The cubs were really two demons in disguise.
The king, who was unaware of it, killed one of the cubs with an arrow. The other cub suddenly assumed his true form and warned Mitrasaha that he would take revenge at the appropriate time.
The demon vanished and the king then returned to this kingdom.
In due course of time, the king decided to perform Ashwakedha Yajna and invited Sage Vasishta for this purpose.
The demon now appeared in the form of Sage Vasishta and told the king that he had a desire to eat cooked meat. He asked the king to bring it to his ashram secretly.
The king and his queen prepared meat and took it to the Ashram of Sage Vasishta.
Sage Vasishta was furious to find meat in his ashram and cursed the King to become a man-eating demon.
King Mitrasha protes…

Sadguru Dhani Devchand Pragatan Mahotsav – Appearance day of Sadguru Dhani Devchand

Sadguru Dhani Devchand Pragatan Mahotsav is annually observed in Ashwin month. It is the appearance day of Sadguru Dhani Devchand. The day is of great importance to the followers of the great soul. Sadguru Dhani Devchand Pragatan Mahotsav 2018 date is October 24.

Devotees from different parts of the country participate in the various programs organized on the day. Spiritual discourses, prayer meetings and charitable work are performed on the day.
Sadguru Dhani Devchand Pragatan Mahotsav is observed on Ashwin Purnima or the full moon day in Ashwin month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in North India.

House Warming Dates in Kerala in 2016 – Good Dates for House Warming in Kerala in 2016

House Warming Dates 2016 in Kerala as per Malayalam Panchangam is different from other regions as Kerala calendar is based on solar movment. Here are the house warming dates in 2016 as per. Manorama, Guruvayur Panchangam and Mathurbhumi Panchangam. There will be other House Warming Muhurtam especially in Chinga Masam (August – September) but that will be for a short period and you will need the help of a local astrologer.
January 2016 – No dates February 2016 – February 5 March 2016 – No dates April 2016 – April 22 May 2016 – May 4, 5 and May 8 June 2016 – no dates July 2016 – July 11 and July 14 August 2016 – no dates September 2016 – September 2 and 14
October 2016 - no dates
November 2016 - November 24 and 26
December 2016 - no dates
The other dates will be prepared only after Malayalam calendar 1192 is available or 2016 calendar is published.

Good Date for Travel in September 2015 – Good and Auspicious Dates for Journey in September 2015

Some Hindus look for good date for travels, especially long distance journey, foreign travel, while traveling on plane, train etc. Here are the good and auspicious dates for journey in September 2015 for travels.
September 2 September 9 September 14 September 19 September 23 September 24 September 25 September 26 September 28 September 30

Kavu – Sacred Grove – Worship Places with Trees and Shrubs in Kerala

Kavu is the term widely applicable to worship places covered with trees and shrubs in Kerala where Hindu gods and goddesses are worshipped. The deities are placed in open space in the sacred grove or with small shrines built around them. Kavu is mostly dedicated to Goddess Bhagavati and Nagas. Some Kavu are also dedicated to Ayyappa.
Some of the famous temples also have a sacred grove within in the temple compound.
Most of trees, shrubs and plants found in the Kavu are noted for its medicinal properties. Sacred groves are a well known source of Ayurvedic medicines.
Kavu dedicated to Goddess has the unique feature of having two kavus namely melkavu and kizkavu.
Some of the traditional folk arts of Kerala like Sarpapattu, Theyyam etc are associated with Kavu.

What is Kavach Mantra in Hinduism? – Importance of Kavacham

We all have heard about Hanuman Kavach, Aditya Kavacham… But what is Kavach mantra in Hinduism. Kavacha is a protective mantra. A deity is invoked to protect every part of the body from evil influences through the particular Kavach prayer associated with deity. The mantras are found mainly Puranas and Tantric texts.
Recitation of the Kavacha itself is the spell for protection.
A kavacha generally mentions every limb of the body specifically and requests the specific deity to protect that particular limb.
It is also chanted to ward off evil and negative forces.
Kavach Mantra was orginially written in Sanskrit. Some were first written in Tamil.
There are a more than 100 Kavachas.

Ghoghar and Vedvyas Temples in Sundargarh District Attract Maximum Devotees in Shravan Month

Ghoghar and Vedvyas Temples in Sundargarh District in Orissa are famous temples dedicated to Shiva in this region. They attract maximum devotees during the Shravan month. Trekking to these shrines in the month with water collected from Brahmani River is considered highly meritorious. Devotees arrive with water to do Abhisheka on the Shivlings here. The New Indian Express reports More than 10,000 Bol Bom devotees undertook hours of tiring walk and waited patiently in serpentine queues to offer obeisance to Lord Shiva at Ghoghar and Vedvyas temples on Monday.  Sundargarh district administration had made elaborate arrangements at both the places for smooth conduct of the festival. The devotees from all over Odisha besides neighbouring Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand collected water from southward flowing river Brahmani near Vedvyas temple on Sunday evening.  Priest Pratyush Tripathy said Vedvyas is a popular destination of Bol Bom devotees who prefer to fetch holy water from a southward flowi…

Shaadi Dates in 2016 – Shaadi Dates and Time in 2016 As Per Hindu Panchang and Calendar

Hindus who strictly follow the Muhurat or Astrology conduct Shaadi - only during auspicious time and astrologically correct days. Below given is the Shaadi Dates in 2016. It is based on Hindu Calendars and Panchang 2016 followed in Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Jammu   and Kashmir.
Please note that this Shaadi Dates in 2016 are based on North Indian calendars and Panchang and might not be applicable in all regions.
All dates are based on Indian Standard Time.
Shaadi Dates in 2016
January 2016 – January 15, 16, 20, 26, 28 and January 29.
February 2016 – February 2, 3, 5, 6, 11, 12, 17, 24, 27 and 28
March 2016 – March 1, 3, 5, 9, and March 10.
April 2016 – April 19, 20, 22, 23, 24, 27 and April 29.
May 2016 – No Shaadi Dates in May 2016
June 2016 – No Shaadi Dates in June 2016
July 2016 – No Shaadi Dates in July 2016
August 2016 – No Shaadi Dates in August 2016
September 2016 –…

Listen to the silence – Swami Atmaswarupananda

There is a saying: Listen to the silence. The scriptures declare that our fundamental error is wrong identification. It means, so to speak, that we have left the silence and been caught up in the noise.
When noise is there, it distracts us. We lose our peace. We search for the peace here, there, everywhere. But our searching itself is noise.
Underneath the noise, the silence always is. The noise is caused by desire, wanting things, wanting to be someone. As long as we want things, want to be someone, we can never find the silence.
The silence is there when the noise stops.
Therefore, we should believe the scriptures and believe our gurus when they tell us that our fundamental problem is desire, the desire for possessions, the desire to be someone important.
Whatever we get of a material sense or of an ego sense, has to be, by definition, impermanent, a little satisfaction and then it goes. And we feel less than we did before.  But if we leave behind the desires, the desire to be…