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Significance of Sri Krishna Jayanti

Sri Krishna Jayanti or Sri Krishna Janmashtami is the birthday of Lord Krishna. It is also referred as Gokulashtami or Krishnaashtami or Sri Jayanti. Like the numerous names of the festival, Sri Krishna Jayanti is celebrated by different Hindu sects on two different days. The true significance of Sri Krishna is that he is relevant in the present and even more relevant for the future.

A twenty-four hour fast is observed on Sri Krishna Jayanti and this is broken at midnight. The most important mantra recited on the day is Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya.’ How to celebrate or perform rituals on Sri Krishna Jayanti can be found here.

Temples and Hindu spiritual organizations conduct special bhjans and kirtan sessions. Processions with children dressed as Sri Krishna, Radha and Gopis are held on the occasion. Stories of Krishna are enacted on the day. In a twenty-four hour time span, we remember Sri Krishna superficially and quite often forget his true teachings.

The significance of Sri Kr…

Jagadguru Swami Satyananda Saraswati Jayanti

Jagadguru Swami Satyananda Saraswati Jayanti is observed in Kanni Masam as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in Kerala. The day is of great importance at Chenkottukonam  near Trivandrum. Jagadguru Swami Satyananda Saraswati (1935 to 2006) was a great teacher who helped thousands of people in the path of self realization. In 2018, the birth anniversary of Jagadguru Swami Satyananda Saraswati is on October 3. As per Gregorian calendar, his birthday is on September 22, 1934.

Jagadguru Swami Satyananda Saraswati performed numerous activities during his lifetime to strengthen the Hindu society in Kerala. He propagated the true teachings of Hinduism and eliminated misinterpretations.
Jagadguru Swami Satyananda Saraswati Jayanti is observed on Punirtham Nakshatram in Kanni Masam as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Kerala.

Maa Vindhyavasini – About Vindhyavasini Devi

Goddess Vindhyavasini is a manifestation of Mother Goddess Shakti. She is Mother Goddess Durga who made her abode in the VindhyanchalMountains. She is also referred to as Yoga Maya, Ashtabhuja Devi  and Kaushiki Devi. There are numerous references regarding the manifestation of Goddess Vindhyavasini.
As per Vindhyanchal Mahima, this is the original home of Mother Goddess Adi Shakti. She as Yoga Maya appears in all animate and inanimate. She protects those that follow Dharma and she annihilates those that follow Adharma.

According to Devi Bhagavad Purana, She decides to reside in Vindhyanchal after she is pleased with the penance performed by Manu. She moves out of Ksheerasagara and resides in Vindhyanchal.
According to holy text Durga Saptashati, Vindhyavasini Devi appeared to protect Devas, saints and human beings who were terrorized by demons Shumbh and Nishumbh. She is believed to have emerged from the body of Goddess Durga.
The Goddess is also believed to be the sister of Lord Kr…

Charanamrit – Holy water offered in Hindu Temples To Devotees

Charanamrit is the holy water offered in Hindu temples to devotees. Charanamrit is the water that is used to wash the feet and body of the deity installed in the temple. The water that flows out from the murti is collected and offered to devotees.

Some people believe that the water thus collected is energized as it passes through the murti.
The water that is collected in Vishnu temples contains Tulsi or basil leaves and this adds to the medicinal properties.
Similarly the water that is collected after bathing Shivling contains bilva leaf properties.
In most temples, charanamrit is collected in copper or bronze vessels and this adds to the medicinal properties.

Angraki Chaturthi 2017 date – Angarak Sankashti Chaturthi Dates in 2017

Angraki Chaturthi 2017 dates based on Hindu calendar and Panchang followed in India especially in Maharashtra. Angarak Chaturthi is observed when Sankashti Chaturti falls on Tuesday. Angarak Sankashti Chaturthi 2017 dates are February 15, June 13 and November 7. The vrat (fasting) is dedicated to Sri Ganesha. Angaraki Chaturthi 2017 dates February 15, 2017 – Sankashti Chaturthi - Tuesday - Moonrise time - 9:37 PM

June 13, 2017 – Sankashti Chaturthi - Tuesday - Moonrise time - 9:36 PM

November 7, 2017 – Sankashta Chaturti – Tuesday - Moonrise time - 9:07 PM
Sankatahara Chatruti, or Sankashti Chaturthi , is a monthly fasting dedicated Sri Ganesha. It is observed on the fourth day of the Krishna Paksha (waning phase of moon) in a traditional Hindu month.

How to perform Angarki Chaturthi Vrat?

Telugu Mantra for Good Health of Newborn Baby - Mantra in Telugu Language for Healthy Baby

Below is a prayer in Telugu language for good health of newborn baby. It can be chanted by couples and family members for healthy baby. The mantra should be chanted continuously for 40 days to be effective. The number of times it is chanted can be decided by the person. It is ideal to chant the mantra in the morning. During the chanting you mind should not wander around.

Creator of the World is seen through Wealth of Intelligence and Lamp of the Mind – Mahabharata

For yogis who practice yoga, mediation is the supreme strength.
Those who know the Vedas say that there are two kinds of meditation – concentration of the mind and pranayama.
All these senses must be stilled by the mind. The mind must be stilled with intelligence. Having done this, one should be as motionless as a stone. He must be as motionless as a pillar. Like the mountain, he must not move. When learned one who know about the techniques, are like this, they are said to be united in yoga.
The creator of the world can be seen through the wealth of intelligence and the lamp of the mind.
Those who know about the truth of the Vedas say that Brahman is the dispeller of darkness. It is located beyond darkness. It is without attributes. It has the characteristic of being without traits.
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