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Kannada Mantra for pure mind - Mantra in Kannada Language for a peaceful mind

Below is a prayer in Kannada language for a pure mind. Anyone can chant this mantra for a peaceful mind. The mantra should be chanted continuously for 40 days to be effective. The person can decide the number of times it is chanted. It is ideal to chant the prayer in the morning. During the chanting your mind should not wander around.

Pashupateshwar Mahadev in Ujjain – Story of Pashupateshwar Form of Shiva Worshipped at Jansapura in Ujjain

Pashupateshwar Mahadev is one of the 84 forms of Shiva worshipped in Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh. Glory of Pashupateshwar form of Shiva is mentioned in the Skanda Purana. This is form is associated with king Pashupal.
The temple dedicated to Pashupateshwar is located on the banks of ShipraRiver in Jansapura area of Ujjain city.

This form is worshipped for peace and prosperity. It is believed that those who offer prayers will never be reborn in the form of animal.
Pashupateshwar Mahadev is counted among the 84 ShivaTemple is Ujjain and it is the 64th temple visited during the parikarama of Shiavalayas here.

Story of Pashupateshwar Form of Shiva

Legend has it that here once lived a king named Pashupal. He was great king loved by his subjects. He used to take care of animals.

Once he happened to see a woman and five men on seashore. The king fell unconscious on seeing them. When he gained consciousness, he was in a fort and he saw the five men standing around him. The king thought them to b…

How to Find Out Real Brass? – Good Brass Utensils

Numerous utensils and vessels that are part of Hindu Puja and rituals are made of brass. Hindus also use brass puja instruments like lamps, thali etc. But there are both bad and good quality brass in the market. An ancient Sanskrit text dealing with metallurgy mentions who to find out real brass – quality of brass vessels and utensils (Rasaratnasamucchaya – 5.195.196). The characteristics of Good quality brass are – They will be heavy;SoftSlimWill have a slight yellow color which is appealing to the eyeOriginal brass will not break on hammering The characteristics of bad quality brass are – The color will be whitish yellowLight in weightRough to touchBreaks on hammeringWill have a bad smell.It will react with other chemical substances. You may also like to read What is a Panchaloha Idol? What is Ashtadhatu Idol?

Bharani Shradh - Maha Bharani Shradh

Bharani Shradhha, or Bharni Shradh, is observed when the Bharani Nakshatra or asterism falls during the Pitru Paksha Shradh fortnight. It usually falls on the Chaturthi (fourth) or Panchami (fifth) day of the Pitru Paksha Shradhha rituals. Bharani Shradh 2018 date is on September 28.

Bharani Shradh is performed for those relatives and parents that had passed away during the current year.

The ritual is performed with the help of a priest on a riverbank or seashore.

Tilodaka – Water Charged with Til or Sesame Seeds in Shradh Rituals

Tilodaka in Shradh rituals is water mixed with Til or sesame or ellu. The water containing sesame seeds is charged with mantras and is of special significance in the Shradh ritual.

It is believed that the water charged with sesame helps in attracting the attention of ancestors in the pitru world. An energy whirlpool is created inside the vessel and the pitrus are attracted to it. This helps the pitrus to enter the earth world quickly.

In Shradh ceremony, panchabuthas which form the body is also represented through Til.

Related Importance of Ellu or Thilam or Til in Tarpanam Ritual dedicated to the Dead

Darbha Grass and Shradh – Importance of Darbha in Shradh Rituals

Darbha, also known as Kusa or Darbhai or Durva, is of great importance is Shradh rituals dedicated to ancestors. It plays an important role in all death related rituals in Hinduism because it generates positive radiance. When darbha is used, the positive radiance emitted from it helps sattvic particles to prosper and it also negates the rajasvic and tamasic particles. The deceased soul is thus able to absorb only sattvic energy. As Darbha creates a positive atmosphere, the shradh ritual becomes effective in lesser time.
If any component is missing during Shradh ritual, it can be filled by placing the grass with root.

The darbha for Shradh ritual should be plucked from clean ground. Darbha for shradh should be plucked along with the root. Darbha with root helps pitrus in attaining victory in Pitruloka.

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Virtual Tour of Vishnupad Temple – 360 degree Pictures of Vishnupad Mandir in Gaya in Bihar

Vishnupad Temple in Gaya in Bihar is an ancient shrine dedicated to Bhagavan Vishnu. Bihar tourism has created an online virtual tour of Vishnupad Mandir. You can view high quality pictures of the Vishnupad Temple in 360 degrees. There are two  pictures – inner and outer.

You can take the virtual tour here – Virtual Tour of Vishnupad Temple

Ashwin Mahina 2018 - Ashvin Month in Traditional Hindi Calendar in North India in 2018

Ashwin Mahina is the seventh month in a traditional Hindi calendar followed in North India. Ashwin Month 2018 begins on September 26 and ends on October 24. This calendar is followed mainly in Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Haryana, Bihar and Chhattisgarh and other North Indian states. A month in these regions is calculated from the day after Purnima or full moon to the next Purnima. The current year in the Hindi Calendar is Saka 2073.

Navratri and Durga Puja are observed in the month.

Pitru Paksha Shradh fortnight -Tarpan and Shradh for dead parents and relatives during the Mahalaya Krishna Paksha period of Ashwin month (September 25 to October 9).

Chaturthi Vrat or Sankashti Ganesh Chaturti in Ashwin Month 2018 is on September 28. The Chandrodaya or Moonrise time as per North Indian calendars is 8:25 PM.

Ashwin Month 2018 Krishna and Shukla Paksha Ashwin Month Krishna Paksha (waning phase of moon) is from September 26 to October 9 Ashwin Month …

Nirvana Shatakam Quotes

Sin or merit can never touch me, joy and sorrow cannot contaminate me; I know no mantra, I have no sacred pilgrimage to make, I know no scripture, nor I have anything to gain through rituals, I am neither the experiencer (subject), nor the experienced (object), nor the experiencing; I am Auspiciousness, Auspiciousness alone.
I have no death, nor have I any caste or creed distinction; I have neither father nor mother; why! I am never born! I have no kith or kin, I know no guru, nor am I a disciple; I am Auspiciousness, Auspiciousness alone.
Thought-free I am, formless my only form, I am the vitality behind all sense organs of everyone; Neither have I attachment to anything, nor am I free from everything; I am all-inclusive; I am auspiciousness, auspiciousness alone.
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