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Origin of Trishul – the Trident of Shiva

Trishul, the trident, is one among the symbols of Shiva. Shiva in human form carries the Trishula. Origin of Trident as per Vishnu Purana is associated with Surya, the Sun God. It is believed that Trishul was carved out using matter from Sun.
Legend has that Surya married Samjna, the daughter of Vishwakarma. But Samjna was unhappy with her married life due to the unbearable heat of Surya. She complained to Vishwakarma, who agreed to solve the problem.
It is believed that Surya agreed to reduce his heat to accommodate Samjna and have a happy married life.

Another legend has that to reduce the heat of Surya, Vishwakarma removed a part of the burning matter from Surya – it said that Surya was grounded on a grinding machine for the purpose.
It is said that 1/8th of the heat of Surya was reduced.
The matter that was removed from Surya fell on earth and from it was created the Trishula – the trident of Shiva.

Vishwakarma created the Trishula using the matter from sun and gave it to Shiva.


Chandra Grahan 2016 in India – Lunar Eclipse dates in 2016 in India – Chandra Grahanam

Chandra Grahan 2016 dates based on Hindu calendar – India Standard Time. There are two lunar eclipses – Chandra Grahan – in 2016. The Chandra Grahan on March 23, 2016 and September 16, 2016 are not visible in India. Detail dates of all Chandra grahanam in 2016 are given below:
Chandra Grahan on March 23, 2016 is not visible in India as it is during moonrise.

Chandra Grahan on September 16, 2016 is not visible in India. (You can read the full detail of this eclipse here.)
Surya Grahan or Solar Eclipse in India in 2016

Surya Grahan 2016 in India – Solar Eclipse dates in 2016 in India – Surya Grahanam

Surya Grahan 2016 in India (Solar Eclipse dates) based on Hindu calendar – India Standard Time. There is one total solar eclipse and a Annular solar eclipse – Surya Grahan – in 2016. One is visible in India, the other eclipse is not visible. Detail dates of Surya Grahan in 2016 are given below:
Surya Grahan on March 9, 2016 is visible in India. The solar eclipse begins at 5:07 AM and ends at 6:47 AM. Mid eclipse is at 6:37 AM (complete details of this Surya Grahan with maps can be found in this article)
Surya Grahan on September 1, 2016 is not visible in India.

Gujarat Lunar Eclipse Time on January 31, 2018 – Chandra Grahan time in Ahmedabad – Surat - Vadodara on January 31, 2018

A total lunar eclipse, or Chandra Grahan, will be visible in Gujarat on January 31, 2018. The Chandra Grahan will be visible in Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara, Rajkot, Gandhinagar and other towns from 5:18 PM on January 31 to 8:41 PM on January 31, 2018 – as per Indian standard time.
The Grahan takes place during the night to midnight and it is visible to the naked eye.

Those Hindus following Grahan fasting and rituals need to follow it.

All temples will remain closed 9 hours before the grahan and will only open next day morning after pujas and purification rituals.
Detail Timing of Lunar Eclipse in Gujarat Eclipse begins 5:18 PM on January 31Mid Eclipse is at 7:00 PM on January 31Eclipse ends at 8:41 PM on January 31

Sangameshwar Mahadev – Sangameshwar Shiva

Sangameshwar Mahadev is a popular form of Shiva and temples dedicated to this form is found in Ujjain, Maharashtra, Haridwar and in other regions. Sangameshwar Mahadev is the ultimate destination in which everything merges. It is one of the 84 forms of Shiva worshipped in Ujjain. Sangameshwar Mahadev is mentioned in the Skanda Purana.

One of the most popular temples dedicated to Sangameshwar Mahadev is located in Ujjain in front of Jayramdas Sanehiram’s garden, behind the famous Virat Hanuman.
Sangameshwar Mahadev is counted among the 84 Shiva Temples in Ujjain and it is the 69th temple visited during the parikarama of Shiavalayas here.
It is believed that mere darshan of this form of Shiva will wipe out all sins of past life.

It is also believed that the Shivling during ancient times was located at the confluence of Shipra River, Patal Ganga and Neel Gang.

Story of Sangameshwar Mahadev Once there lived a king name Subahu. He ruled the Kaling region. He had a wife named Vishalakshi. …

What is the Auspicious Time to do Varalakshmi Puja?

Varalakshmi Nombu, or Vara Mahalakshmi Vrata, is performed on a Friday in August or July. The Rahu Kalam, or the inauspicious period, on Fridays is from 10:30 to 12:00 noon. So the Varalakshmi Puja can be observed in the morning before 1030 hrs or in the afternoon. Avoid performing the puja during the Rahu Kalam period.
Usually the apt time for the Pooja is afternoon or evening. Elders say the puja should be performed when the cows return home after grazing. The fasting that begins on Friday morning (sunrise) ends when the puja is completed.

In 2017, Varalakshmi Puja is on August 4.

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Satyadev Maharaj Punyatithi at Bharvadi in Amravati

Satyadev Maharaj punyatithi is observed in Bhadrapad month. It is the death anniversary of Satyadev Maharaj of Bharvadi in Amravati in Maharashtra. He spread the teachings of truth and non-violence. Satyadev Maharaj Punyatithi 2018 date is September 28.
The Sansthan associated with Satyadev Maharaj Maharaj organizes various spiritual programs on the day. His followers attend prayer meeting other spiritual activities held on the day.
Satyadev Maharaj punyatithi is observed on Bhadrapad Krishna Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the 3rd day during the waning phase of moon in Bhadra month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Vishwatmak Gurudev Janglidas Maharaj Prakat Din at Kopargaon

Vishwatmak Gurudev Janglidas Maharaj Prakat Din is observed in Bhadrapad month. It is the birth anniversary of Vishwatmak Gurudev Janglidas Maharaj and is of great importance at Kopargaon. Gurudev Janglidas Maharaj has thousands of followers and his teaching is simple – keep the mind concentrated through constant repetition of the mantra given by the Guru and contemplating the nature of the Self. Vishwatmak Gurudev Janglidas Maharaj Prakat Din 2018 date is September 24.

Vishwatmak sansthan runs numerous charitable activities. Free food, cloth donation etc are held regularly. The sansthan also maintains schools and colleges.
Vishwatmak Gurudev Janglidas Maharaj Prakat Din is annually observed on Bhadrapad Shukla Paksha Chaturdashi Tithi or the fourteenth day during the waxing phase of moon in Bhadrapad month.

Govinda Prabhu Jayanti of Mahanubhava Cult

Govinda Prabhu Jayanti is observed in Bhadrapad month. It is the birth anniversary of Govinda Prabhu. Govinda Prabhu is the founder of Jai Krishni Pantha or Mahanubhava Cult as per some scholars. Govinda Prabhu Jayanti 2018 date is September 23. He is one of the five manifestations as per Jai Krishni Pantha.
The main teaching of Mahanubhava Cult is that the Krishna is the only god. It is both a spiritual and social organization.
Govinda Prabhu spread the teachings of Sri Krishna and Sri Dattatreya and he held non-violence, celibacy, asceticism and bhakti as the most important duties.
Followers of the Mahanubhava cult organize various programs on the day. Prayer meetings, satsangs and charitable activities are held on the day.
Govinda Prabhu Jayanti is annually observed on Bhadrapad Shukla Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the waxing phase of moon in Bhadrapad month.

Nisargadatta Maharaj Punyatithi – Death Anniversary of Nisargadatta Maharaj

Nisargadatta Maharaj Punyatithi is observed in Bhadrapad month. It is the death anniversary of Nisargadatta Maharaj. As per Gregorian calendar, he died on September 8, 1981. The corresponding date in Hindu Lunar Calendar is the Shukla Paksha Dasami, or the tenth day of the waxing phase of moon in Bhadarapad month. This date in 2018 is on September 19. In 2018, it is the 37th death anniversary of Nisargadatta Maharaj.

The day is observed by remembering the philosophy and teachings of Nisargadatta Maharaj. Prayer meetings are held by his followers and admires in  various places in India and abroad.

Nisargadatta Maharaj thoughts on death

Once you know that death happens to the body not to you, you just watch your body falling off like a discarded Garment.
The real you is timeless and beyond birth and death.

Onavillu – Unique Offering at the Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple in Trivandrum in Kerala

Onavillu is a unique offering at the Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple at Trivandrum in Kerala during Onam festival. Onavillu is a bow – tapering on both sides – painted with pictures of Ananthasayanam, Dasavatharam, Srirama Pattaabhishekam, Sri Krishna Lila, Sri Sastha and Mahaganapathi.

The bows are consecrated on the Onam day. The bows will be removed on the third day after Onam and distributed to devotees. The bow is considered to be a symbol of prosperity.

Devotees wishing to acquire Onavillu have to place a booking at the temple. The cost of an Onavillu is around 2000 rupees.

Sunderkand in English in pdf – Download Sunderkand Text in English in pdf

Sunderkand is the famous chapter in the Ramayana. Below is the link to Sunderkand in English from Ramcharitamanas. You can download the text in English in pdf. You can read translation of the poem and its explanation. It is believed that reading Sunderkand daily helps in attaining peace and prosperity. The text is provided by Gita Press of Gorakhpur.

LinkSunderkand in English in pdf

That which is not seen, though within us, is called the eternal and indestructible Self – Yoga Vasishta

That which is not seen, though within us, is called the eternal and indestructible Self.
Just as the trees on the bank of a lake are reflected in the water, so also all these varied objects are reflected in the vast mirror of our consciousness.
This creation, which is a mere play of consciousness, rises up, like the delusion of a snake in a rope (when there is ignorance) and comes to an end when there is right knowledge.
Even though bondage does not really exist, it becomes strong through desire for worldly enjoyments; when this desire subsides bondage becomes weak.
Like waves rising up from the ocean the unstable mind rises out of the vast and stable expanse of the Supreme Self.
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