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Kumbhabhishekam Ritual in Hindu Temples

Kumbhabhishekam is part of the consecration ceremony in a HinduTemple. Abhisheka means ritualistic bathing. For the Kumbhabhisheka ritual, a golden pot (Kalasha) is kept atop the temple’s sanctum sanctorum or at the highest point. Consecrated water is then brought and poured into this pot with the chanting of the mantras. Maha Kumbhabhishekam ritual is held in certain temples in once in twelve years.
The Kalasha after the Kumbhabhishekam ritual atop the temple represents nirguna form – the attributeless Brahman. The temple deity has a particular form and it is the Saguna (form) aspect of Brahman. Swami Tejomayananda of Chinmaya mission explains the Kalasha after Kumbhabhishekam – A person approaching the temple from a distance is able to see the Kalasha on top, but he or she enters the temple first to worship the personal form of the Lord inside. Subjectively, this means that from a distance we see the highest goal we want to attain – the formless, nirguna Brahman – but in order to …

Story – Why Dhritarashtra was born blind in the Mahabharata?

The story of Dhritarashtra in the Mahabharata begins with King Vichitravirya dying before having any children. He had two wives – Ambika and Ambalika. Dhritarashtra was born blind to Ambika.
To save the Kuru dynasty from extinction, Queen Satyavati asked her first son Sage Vyasa to beget children of Ambika and Ambalika.
Sage Vyasa reached Hastinapura and agreed to his mother’s wish. Sage Vyasa was an ugly looking sage with matted hair and worn out skin.
Queen Stayavati asked Ambika to have sexual union with Sage Vyasa. She detested the ugly looking sage. But for the continuation of the Kuru lineage, she agreed to her mother-in-law’s plan.
However, during the sexual union, Ambika closed her eyes. As a result of the union, she gave birth to a blind son, who later came to be known as Dhritarashtra.

Gajanan Maharaj Punyatithi – Death Anniversary of Gajanan Maharaj at Shegaon

Gajanan Maharaj Punyatithi is observed in Bhadrapad month. It is the death anniversary festival of the great saint from Maharashtra Shri Gajanan Maharaj. The most important spiritual activities on the day are held at the temple dedicated to the saint at Shegaon. Gajanan Maharaj Punyatithi 2017 date is August 26.
When people first saw the saint he had worn just a shirt, had a dry gourd as his pitcher, a clay pipe for his smoke and nothing else. He had an aura around him. Eyes were focused on his nose. He had the radiance of morning glow.
Kirtan, prayers, satsang and charity activities are held on the day.
Gajanan Maharaj Punyatithi is annually observed on Bhadrapad shukla paksha panchami tithi or the fifth day during the waning phase of moon in Bhadrapad month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Yashwant Baba Punyatithi at Musalkheda near Amravati

Yashwant Baba Punyatithi is observed in Bhadrapad month. It is the death anniversary of Yashwant Baba a famous Sant who spread the teachings of love and dharma. The day is of importance at Musalkheda near Amravati. Yashwant Baba Punyatithi 2017 date is August 25.
Yashwant Baba Temple at Musalkheda near Amravati organizes prayer meetings and other spiritual activities on the day.
Yashwant Baba Punyatithi is annually observed on Bhadrapad Shukla Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waning phase of moon in Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Changdev Raul Jayanti at Phaltan in Maharashtra – Changdev Maharaj Birth Anniversary

Changdev Maharaj Jayanti is annually observed in Bhadrapad month. It is the birth anniversary of Changdev Maharaj or Changdev Raul – a mystic yogi in medieval India. Changdev Maharaj Jayanti 2017 date is August 23. The day is of importance at Phaltan in Maharashtra.
Apart from his mystical powers, Changdev Maharaj is associated with Dnyaneshwar and Muktabai. He has a lot of followers among the Varkaris of Maharashtra.
His temples are found most in Maharashtra. His yogic and Tantric power are widely discussed in literature.
Changdev Maharaj Jayanti is observed on Bhadrapad Shukla Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waxing phase of moon in Bhadrapad month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Shiva Swaroopanand Swami Pathak Punyatithi at Karanja near Washim

Shiva Swaroopanand Swami Pathak Punyatithi is observed in Shravan month. It is the death anniversary of Shiva Swaroopanand Swami a famous Sant who spread the teachings of Sanatana Dharma. The day is of importance at Karanja near Washim. Shiva Swaroopanand Swami Pathak Punyatithi 2017 date is August 19.
Shiva Swaroopanand Swami Pathak sansthan at Karanja near Washim organizes prayer meetings and other spiritual activities on the day.
Shiva Swaroopanand Swami Punyatithi is annually observed on Shravan Krishna Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waning phase of moon in Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Narayan Maharaj Punyatithi at Ner near Yavatmal

Narayan Maharaj Punyatithi is observed in Shravan month. It is the death anniversary of Narayan Maharaj a famous Sant who spread spiritual teachings and peace. The day is of importance at Ner near Yavatmal. Narayan Maharaj Punyatithi 2017 date is August 18.
Narayan Maharaj sansthan at Ner near Yavatmal organizes prayer meetings and other spiritual activities on the day.
Narayan Maharaj Punyatithi is annually observed on Shravan Krishna Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day during the waning phase of moon in Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Bade Ganesh Temple at Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh

Bade GaneshTemple in Varanasi is famous for a Swayambhu murti of Ganesha – the murti is believed to have appeared on its own. The temple was built thousands of years ago and Ganeshji is present in the temple with his entire family – Sidhi, Ridhi, Shubh and Labh.
The main murti of Ganesha sits on a silver throne which is placed on a lotus structure. The murti is red in color and wears silver crown. The huge murti looks at Shiva who sits on the northern side.
The main sanctum sanctorum has murtis of Ganeshji’s wives Riddhi and Siddhi. Murtis of his sons Shubh and Labh too are found in the main sanctum.
Vahana,,or vehicle, of Ganesha, mushak, is installed in front of the main murtis.
Apart from this there are also murtis of Dwarpal Ganeshji, Shiva, Mansa Devi, Santoshi Ma and Lakshmi Narayan.
Offering of invitation cards is an important ritual here as it is believed that nothing prospers without the blessing of Bade Ganeshji.
Annakut Puja is the most important day at the temple when 10…

Dhanvantari Stotram in Telugu in pdf - Dhanvantari Stotram Lyrics in Telugu

Dhanvantari is to be the Hindu God of Medicine or Ayurveda. He is also a manifestation of Hindu God Vishnu. Below is the Dhanvantari Stotram lyrics in Telugu in pdf. Chanting the prayer is considered highly meritorious. It is chanted especially during the morning hours.
LinkDhanvantari Stotram in Telugu

The file is provided by Sundar Kidambi of Prapatti . com

Dakshinavarti Shankh or Conch – Right-Turned Dakshinavarta Shankha

Shankha (Conches) are part of the daily worship in Hinduism. They are used to carry water for puja and are also used to sound (blow) during prayers. Among the different types of Shankh the most sought after is the Dakshinavarti Shankh or the right turned Conch. It is very rare, most auspicious and of the highest value. The greatness of the Dakshinavarta Shankha is mentioned in the Varaha and Skanda Purana.
In Varaha Purana it is indicated that one who baths in the water from the conch is freed from all sins. Bathing of the idol of Sri Hari Vishnu using water from Dakshinavarti Shankh will help a devotee wash away the sins of seven births says Skanda Purana. Water from Sankha is offered in temples and sacred places to devotees. It is received on the palm and is sprinkled on the head. The water from Shankha is never sipped.
The right-turned Shankha are found on the sea shore at Saurashtra, Gujarat. They are shiny, soft, white as the moon, with pointed ends and are heavy. It is believe…

Gita Chapter Seven Select Readings

Earth, water, fire, air, ether, mind, intellect and personality; this is the eightfold division of Manifested Nature.
O Valiant One, know thou that my Superior Nature is the very Life which sustains the universe.
It is the womb of all being; for I am He by Whom the worlds were created and shall be dissolved.
O Arjuna! There is nothing higher than Me; all is strung upon Me as rows of pearls upon a thread.
O Arjuna! I am the Fluidity in water, the Light in the sun and in the moon. I am the mystic syllable Om in the Vedic scriptures, the Sound in ether, the Virility in man.
I am the Fragrance of earth, the Brilliance of fire. I am the Life Force in all beings, and I am the Austerity of the ascetics.
Know, O Arjuna, that I am the eternal Seed of being; I am the Intelligence of the intelligent, the Splendour of the resplendent.
I am the Strength of the strong, of them who are free from attachment and desire; and, O Arjuna, I am the Desire for righteousness.

Whatever be the nature …

Karthigai Vratam 2017 – Kartigai Vritham Dates in 2017

Karthigai Vratam is dedicated to Muruga and the Vritham is observed in a month when there is Kartigai Nakshatram is found. Karthigai Vratam 2017 dates is given below. Krittika or Karthigai is one among the 27 birth stars. Legend has it that Ganesha narrated the importance of the Vratam to Sage Narada.
Kartigai Vritham Dates in 2017 based on India Standard Time:
January 8 February 4 March 4
March 31 April 28 May 25 June 22 July 19 August 15 September 11 October 9 November 5 December 2
December 30

Today’s Hindu Calendar – August 18, 2015 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Tuesday, August 18, 2015 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waxing phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the third day during the waxing phase of moon till 12:28 AM on August 18. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is August 18, 2015 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is good and auspicious day till 4:00 PM
Nakshatra – Uttara Phalguni or Uthiram Nakshatra till 8:38 AM on August 18. Then onward it is Hasta or Hastam or Atham Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Kanya Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Mangala Gauri Puja. Durva Ganapati Vrat . Naga Chaturthi Upvas.
Kali Yuga Year – 5117
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