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Death of Gandhari in the Mahabharata – How did Queen Gandhari Die in the Mahabharat?

When the Great War ended in the Mahabharata, Gandhari was the most distressed. All her sons were killed, her brother was killed and emerged victorious, she lost many near and dear ones Bhishma and other family members. Death of Gandhari happened soon after. She along with Dhritarashtra and Kunti took Vanaprastha – they went to the forest to perform intense austerities.
Gandhari died in forest fire. This is mentioned in the Ashramavasika Parva of Mahabharata Chapter 36 – 37.

Ayilyam Festival at Vetticode Temple – Ayilyam Nakhatram Festival at Vetticode Sri Nagaraja Temple

Ayilyam Nakshtram in Kanni Masam as per Malayalam calendar followed in Kerala is of great significance at Vetticode Sri Nagaraja Temple. The festival commences 7 days prior to the Ayilyam Nakshatram. In 2018, Ayilyam Festival at Vetticode Temple is on October 5. The most important ritual on the day is Sarpa Bali and Ezhunnallathu or ceremonial procession of the deity.

Special homams, pujas and kalash pujas are performed during the first six days of the festival.

On the Ayilyam festival day, musical instruments are played to please the naga deities in the shrine. Nadaswaram, Kombu, Kuzhal, Maddallam, Chenda, Edakka and Thakil are the musical instruments played on the day.

The Ezhunnallathu (ceremonial procession) would begin from the temple and proceeds to the Meppallil Illam (house of the priests and owners of the temple) at about 3 PM.  After rituals and pujas in the Illam, the deity returns to the temple.
Sarpabali begins during the twilight period on Ayiliyam Nakshatram and conc…

Story of Jara and Jarasandha

The story of Jara, a demoness, is mentioned in the Mahabharata and is associated with the king Jarasandha. Jara is believed to be an indigenous medicine woman by some scholars. Although she is considered as a demoness, she is respected and is also mentioned as a goddess in Mahabharata for her curative powers. She is believed to have joined the body of King Jarasandha, who was born as two halves.
Brihadratha was the king of Magadha and he had two wives. After few years of marriage, the two wives delivered two halves of a male baby. The king was horrified to see them and he asked the soldiers to throw them away in the forest.
Jara, the demoness, picked them up from the forest and she joined them. When the child was joined it gave out a huge cry which shook the entire kingdom. Jara took the child to the king and told what had happened.
As the baby was joined by Jara, he was named Jarasandha and he later became the king of Magadha. He had fought numerous battles with Lord Krishna and hi…

How Goddess Parvati Got the Name Gouri or Gowri?

Gowri, or Gouri, is one among the numerous names of Goddess Parvati. There is an interesting incident mentioned in the Matsya Purana which narrates who Goddess Parvati got the name Gauri. Legend has it that Goddess Parvati originally had a dark complexion. Once Shiva addressed Goddess Parvati as ‘Kali.’ The word ‘kali’ also means dark and Parvati thought Shiva was referring to her skin color. (Please note that Goddess Kali is also one of the incarnations of Goddess Shakti).
Goddess Parvati felt that addressing her as ‘kali’ was an insult and therefore she decided to meditate on Brahma, the creator, and change her complexion.
Parvati continued her austerities for several days and finally, Brahma, granted her the wish and she became fair. After this incident, Goddess Parvati was also known as Goddess Gouri and the word Gowri also means fair.
A legend connected to the above incident suggest that when the boon was granted by Lord Brahma to Goddess Parvati, a dark-complexioned Goddess em…

Ranthambore Ganesh Temple Timings – Darshan and Opening and Closing Time at Ranthambore Ganesh Temple

Ranthambore Ganesh Temple is located inside a fort in the Ranthambore National Park. Below is the detail timings of Ranthambore Ganesh Temple. It must be noted here that the Darshan time will be extended during festivals like Ganesh Chaturthi. The opening and closing time might be curtailed during Grahan ore eclipse. Even when the Ranthambore National Park is closed people can visit the Ganesha temple.
Ranthambore Ganesh Temple Timings
The temple is open from sunrise to 8:00 PM
First Aarti is during Sunrise Shrinagar Aarti is at 9:00 AM Bhog is at 12:00 PM Sandhaya Aarti is at 6:30 during summer and 5:45 during winter Shayan Aarti is at 8:00 PM

Dhatr Vedic God – About Dhata or Dhatr a Vedic Deity

Dhatr or Dhata is a Vedic God. The deity is mentioned in the Rig Veda as a creator. Dhatr or Dhata literally means creator. In earlier texts, he created earth, sun, moon, heaven and air. He is the lord of the world.
As per some post Vedic texts, he is equivalent to prajapati or brahma.
But as per Mahabharata and Puranas, Dhatr is one of the Adityas.
As per Bhagavad Purana, Goddess Anumati was the wife of Dhatr Aditya.
Currently Dhatr is one of the names of Bhagvan Vishnu, Shiva and Surya.

Ganesh Chaturthi Festival at Moti Dungri Temple in Jaipur, Rajasthan

Moti Dungri Temple in Jaipur is dedicated to Ganesha and it is one of the most popular Ganesh Temples in Jaipur, Rajasthan. The annual festival attracts nearly 100,000 devotees to the shrine. In 2018, Ganesh Chaturthi Festival at Jaipur Moti Dungri Temple is on September 13.
The shrine is located atop a small hill. The huge murti of Ganesha is red in color.

The most important offering here during Ganesh Chaturthi Festival is the thousands of modaks (laddus) prepared for Ganesha. Laddus in various sizes are offered here.
The Ganesh Chaturthi festival starts early morning with the rituals of holy shower to the murti. This is followed by shringar and aarti.

Pandupol Mandir – Alwar – Hanumanji Mandir at Pandupol in Rajasthan

Pandupol Hanuman Mandir is a very popular shrine dedicated to Hindu God Hanumanji and is located at Pandupol in Alwar, Rajasthan. Pandupol Mandir is around 35 km from Alwar Railway Station. It is believed that Pandupol, a very beautiful place, was visited by Pandavas during their exile period.

This Hanuman Mandir was founded by Sant Nirbhaya Das Ji and is believed to be more 5000 years old. A simple Mandir without any major architectural Mandir attracts thousands of devotees.

The unique feature of the murti worshipped here is that it is in reclining position.

Main Offering at Pandupol Hanuman Mandir – Dal, Bhati and Churma are offered at the Mandir.

Pandupol Hanuman Mandir – Darshan Timing – Opening and Closing Time The Mandir is open from 5:00 AM in the morning. Closing time is at 10:00 PM.

Important festivals in the Mandir are: Hanuman Jayanti (March/April) Ramnavami (March/April) Third Tuesday in Bhadrapad month (September) Navratri (March/April and September/October)
Red thread and…

Rane Maharaj Vadhdivas at Varad near Malvan in Maharashtra

Rane Maharaj Vadhdivas is observed in Ashwin Month. It is the birthday of Rane Maharaj. Rane Maharaj Math is located at Varad near Malvan in Maharashtra. Various spiritual programs are organized on the day. Rane Maharaj Vadhdivas 2018 date is Octobre 11.

The followers of Rane Maharaj attend the various programs organized at the Math.
Rane Maharaj Vadhdivas is annually held on Aswhin Shukla Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waxing phase of moon in Ashwin month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Brahmanand Maharaj Punyaithi at Burungwadi Near Palus, Maharashtra

Brahmanand Maharaj Punyaithi at Burungwadi is observed in Ashwin month. It is the death anniversary of Brahmanand Maharaj. The day is of great importance at Burungwadi near Palus in Maharashtra. Various spiritual activities are organized by followers of the Maharaj on the day. Brahmanand Maharaj Punyaithi 2018 date is October 11.
Brahmanand Maharaj spread teachings of love and humanity. He was quite similar to the other Bhakti saints in Maharashtra.
Brahmanand Maharaj Punyaithi is annually held on Ashwin Shukla Paksha Dwitiya Tithi as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Laleet Festival During Navratri at Deulgaon Raja Balaji Temple

Laleet Festival during Navratri at Deulgaon Raja Balaji Temple is observed in Ashwin Month. It is a unique festival. In Laleet, wooden poles erected as part of Navratri festival falls down and miraculously no one is injured. Laleet Festival 2018 date during Navratri at Deulgaon Balaji Temple is October 21.

The entire festival is divided into Ghatasthapana, Mandapostav, Dasara and Laleet.

For the festival 42 Pandals are built using 21 wooden poles. The poles have a height of 35 to 40 feet. The building of the Pandals is known as mandapostav.

Thousands of devotees participate in this annual ritual which is observed at Deulgaon in Buldhana District.
Navratri Festival at Deulgaon Balaji Temple is annually held from Ashwin Shukla Paksha pratipada tithi to Navami tithi or the first to ninth day of waxing phase of moon in Ashwin month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Laleet is organized on Ashwin Shukla Paksha Dwadasi or the 12th day during the waxing phase o…

Devotee Will Get One Laddu Weighing 100 gm as Prasadam Free of Cost at Tirupati Temple

All the pilgrims to the shrine of Lord Venkateswara at Tirumala will soon be getting one laddu weighing 100 gm as prasadam free when they exit from the temple. Like earlier a devotee has to pay for more laddus. The New Indian Express  Earlier, the free of cost laddu was available only to VVIPs and trekkers to the temple, while ordinary pilgrims had to purchase the laddus. This was one of the key decisions taken by Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) recently.  The normal price of a 300 gram laddu is Rs.25. The TTD says that use of quality ingredients makes it costly but it sells laddu at a highly subsidised rate.   The sale of prasad is a major source of income for the temple.  TTD had projected an income of Rs.190 crore from prasad sale.

Hindi Mantra for Safety and Security - Mantra in Hindi Language for Protection

Below is a prayer in Hindi language for safety and security. It can be chanted for protection. 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.

Tamil Mantra for Safety and Security - Mantra in Tamil Language for Protection

Below is a prayer in Tamil language for safety and security. It can be chanted for protection. 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.

Good Date for Business in December 2017 as Per Hindu Calendar and Panchang - Auspicious Date for Business Opening in December 2017

Beginning business on good date is considered a must for many Hindus. Below are the good dates for business in December 2017. The day is highly auspicious for opening new shops, starting new business, entering into contract, signing business documents etc.

Good Date for Business in December 2017

December 2 good date till 12:05 PM
December 3 good date after 11:10 AM December 4 December 5
December 6 it is good after 10:20 AM December 8 it is good till 9:05 AM
December 9 it is good date after 2:10 PM December 10 December 11
December 12 it is good date till 1:40 PM December 13 December 14 December 19 December 20
December 21
December 22 it is good date till 9:10 AM December 24
December 26 is good after 2:50 PM December 27 December 28
December 29 is good till 11:10 AM December 31
Please note that there is Kharmas after December 15, 2017 in North India. If you are following Kharmas then the dates after December 14 are not applicable. Kharmas is not followed in Southern, western and eastern p…

Good Date for Travel in November 2016 – Good and Auspicious Dates for Journey in November 2016

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 November 2016 for travels.

November 1 November 2 November 3 good till 7:30 PM November 4 good after 9:00 AM November 5 November 6 November 7 good till 1:00 PM November 8 November 9 November 11 good after 9:20 AM November 12 November 14 good after 9:30 AM November 16 November 17 is good after 8:30 AM November 18 November 19 November 21 November 23 is good till 4:00 PM November 24 November 25 November 26 November 30

Chothi Nakshatram 2016 Predictions – Chothi Nakshatra Astrology Predictions or Phalam in 2016

In 2016, Chothi Nakshatram will have a fairly good year. New jobs. Relief in health issues. Gains from travels. Astrology Predictions or phalam for Chothi Nakshatram for 2016 based on birth star is given below: January, February, March, June, November and December are good in 2016. April and September will see both good and bad. May, July, August and October 2016 are tough periods. Chothi Nakshatra is the 15th birth star among 27 Nakshatrams in Hindu Jyothisham or astrology. Chothi is in Tula Rashi or Thula Kurru (Libra Zodiac) according to Hindu moon astrology, panchang and traditional calendar.

Career - Undesired transfer. Trouble from colleagues. Those looking for a job will be lucky in this year. Your career will undergo changes due to modernization. Unexpected problems in career should be faced with courage and intelligence. Some trouble for self employed. You will venture into new areas for gaining knowledge. Your thirst for knowledge will increase. Some trouble due to forgetful…

Atham Nakshatram 2016 Predictions – Astrological Predictions or phalam for Atham Nakshatra in 2016

In 2016, Atham Nakshatram people will have a tough period. Unexpected problems in career. Those whom you trusted will ditch you. Astrology Predictions or phalam for Atham Nakshatra in 2016 is given below: January, April and September 2016 are good periods for Atham Nakshatra. March, June, October and December will see fluctuating fortunes. February, May, July, August and November 2016 will be tough periods. Atham Nakshatram is the 13th birth star among 27 Nakshatrams in Hindu Jyothisha or astrology. Atham is in Kanya Rashi or Kannikurru (Virgo Zodiac) as per Hindu moon astrology, panchang and traditional calendar.

Career - Opportunity to perform exceedingly well in career but sadly you might miss it. Avoid taking shortcuts and bribe, as it will be exposed. You will take up studies for progressing in career. You will face stiff opposition from seniors or management. You might resign from present job and take a new one. Those looking for a job after studies might not be happy with those…

What does one obtain by realizing God? – Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi

What does one obtain by realizing God? Does he develop a pair of horns? No. He gains discrimination between the real and the unreal, gets spiritual consciousness, and passes beyond life and death.
In spiritual realization, one will find that He who resides in one's heart, resides in the hearts of others as well — the oppressed, the persecuted, the untouchable and the outcast. This realization makes one truly humble. One must live very carefully. Every action produces its results. It is not good to harass others or use harsh words towards others.
God is realized in spirit. How else can one see God? Has God talked to anybody devoid of ecstatic fervour?

One sees God in spiritual vision, talks to Him, and establishes relationship with Him in Spirit. . . What else is spiritual life besides praying to the Master, repeating his Name, and contemplating on him? . . . What is there after all in him? He is our own eternally!

Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi