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Origin of the Birth of Monkey King Bali in the Ramayana – Vanara King Vali

Monkey King Bali, or Vali, in the Ramayana is the son of Indra and Aruna. Indra is the king of Devas or Demigods and Aruna is the charioteer of Surya, the sun god. The popular belief is that Surya arrives daily on a chariot drawn by seven horses with Aruna as the charioteer. In the Ramayana, Sri Ram had killed King Vali to help Sugriva get his kingdom back.
Once Surya was cursed by Shilavati that he will never be able to make appearance on earth. As Surya stopped riding the chariot, His charioteer had no work.
Aruna always wanted to visit heaven and witness the celestial dance of the nymphs. So he used this opportunity to visit heaven.
Aruna dressed up like a maiden and went to watch the celestial dance of the nymphs. Indra who happened to see the maiden fell in love with her. Their they made love. Aruna then gave birth to Bali the Vanara.
Bali was brought up by Ahaliya Devi, wife of Gautama Rishi.

Pancha Maha Yagna in Hinduism

Pancha Maha Yagna consists of the five yagnas to be performed by Grahastas or householders. People in other three stages of life – Brahmacharya, Vanaprastha and Sanyasa – depend on the fruitful completion of Pancha Maha Yagna by Grihastha. The five yagnas are Brahmayagna, Pitruyagna, Devayagna, Bhutayagnam and Manushayagna.
The Pancha Maha Yagna is also known by the names of Ahutam, Hutam, Prahutam, Brahmahutam and Prashitam.
Chanting and teaching the Vedas is Brahma Yagna.
Providing food and water to dead ancestors or Pitrus is Pitru Yagna.
Propitiating Devas through homa and yajna is Deva Yagnam
Providing bali food to crows and food to other animals is Bhuta Yagna.
Providing food to human beings is Manusha Yagna.
Those householders not performing these five yagna is equal to dead and will not attain moksha.
Several Hindu scriptures indicate that a householder who performs the Pancha Maha Yagna is more pious than a Sanyasi.
It is also believed that proper rains fall on earth due to …

Hamsa or Hansa Title – About the Title Paramahansa Used by Hindu Saints

Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa – Paramahansa Yogananda – ever wondered what the title Paramahansa stands for. Hamsa or Hansa is a term used to refer to a group of yogis who constantly meditate on ‘Ham – Sah.’ – I am He or I am That. Such yogis constantly meditate on identification with the Supreme Truth. They have realized that all animate and inanimate is the Supreme Truth including them.
Ham – Sha is mentally chanted by such yogis. It is chanted with every inhalation and exhalation.
Details about this form of meditation are found in the Gheranda Samhita and the Vigyan Bhairava. It was taught by Gorakhnatha.
In modern times the meditation technique was taught by Paramahansa Yogananda.
Among the Dasnami sannyasis, the title is used by the highly evolved spiritual masters or saints.

Navratri Chaniya Choli Dress

Chaniya Choli is worn by women during the Garba or Dandiya Raas Dance in Gujarat. Chaniya Cholis are a traditional costume worn by the women of Kutch in Gujarat and in other rural areas of Rajasthan and Gujarat. Popular belief is that Radha and other gopis used to dance with Lord Krishna wearing the Chaniya Choli. Chaniya Choli is a three-piece dress for women and girls and it consists of: choli – the short top; chaniya - the long, flowing skirt odhani – the colorful scarf In India, the price of quality Chaniya Cholis for Navratri starts at Rupees 500 and goes up to Rs. 10000. Apart from traditional Chaniya Cholis, which are the all time favorites, there are designer Navratri Chaniya Cholis which mix modern fashion elements to the traditional wear. For Navratri women opt for Chaniya Cholis that do not obstruct the flow of the dandiya dance. For this the chaniya of the Chaniya Choli is made wide. Also women opt for more mirror work during Navartri.

Poosam Nakshatra in Malayalam

Poosam is the eighth birth star among 27 Nakshatram in Hindu Jyothisha or astrology. In Malayalam Jyothisham, Poosam occurs is Karka Rashi.

Poosam Nakshatra is known as Pooyam in Malayalam.
The term Poosam is used in Tamil Nadu. In most regions, the Nakshatra is known as Pushya. In Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, the Nakshatra is also known as Pushyami.

Athalanallur Temple Pooja Timings - Athalanallur Gajendra Varadan Temple opening and closing darshan time

Athalanallur Temple is located at Athalanallur village near Veeravanallur near Ambasamudram in Tirunelveli district, Tamil Nadu. Below is the pooja timings at the Gajendra Varadan Temple located here. Please note that the opening and closing and darshan time will be extended during important festivals and rituals. The temple will have a curtail puja timings during graham or eclipse.

Athalanallur Temple Pooja Timings Morning – 6:00 AM to 11:30 AM Evening – 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

About Lalla – Woman Mystic during 14th century in Kashmir

Lalla who lived during the early 14th century in Kashmir was a yogin, advaitin and an ardent devotee of Shiva. Lalla went through all the struggles as she was a woman mystic. Biased family, society and world made her spiritual journey harsher.  Swami Chaitanya Keerti writes in Deccan Chronicle  Lalla renounced her husband and his family to meditate and wander everywhere for her sadhana. Though her journey was very arduous, she did all kinds of sadhanas with total sincerity, authenticity and love.  Lalla was as beautiful as the land she belonged to. With the inner radiance and fragrance of her meditation, she looked otherworldly and celestial. She was always in ecstasy, moving and dancing in samadhi. This exalted state of consciousness is attained when one transcends the mind. She lived so naturally that she did not bother to wear clothes to cover herself. It is really surprising that she had the courage to live naked in those days. It is not possible even today, as the civilised soci…

Vidyarambham at Kollur Mookambika Temple in Karnataka

KollurMookambikaTemple is one of the most favored temples by parents for Vidyarambham – the initiation of children into the world of letters. Vidyarambham 2017 at KollurMookambikaTemple will commence from 04:00 AM on September 30 on Vijayadasami day. MookambikaTemple in Karnataka attracts thousands of parents from Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka who bring their children to perform the Vidyarambham ritual on Vijayadashami day. The ceremony is so popular that all most all television channels in Kerala telecast the Vidyarambham ceremony live.

Vidyarambham ceremony basically involves initiating the child into the world of letters. The child starts to learn alphabets on the day. The first letters are written by the child on the day with the help of father or mother in front of Mookambika Devi. The first letters are written on a bed of rice – OM Hari Sree Gana Pa Tha Ya Na Ma Ha

There is a popular belief that children who are initiated into the world of letters at MookambikaTemple become s…

October 2017 Sagai – Good date for Sagai in October 2017

Sagai is one of the most important ceremonies before vivah or shaadi. Here are the good dates for Sagai in October 2017. The entire day is auspicious for the purpose. Please note that the dates are based on Hindu calendar and Panchang.

Good date for Sagai in October 2017

October 1 till 2:10 PM October 2 October 3 October 4
October 5 after 1:05 PM
October 6 October 7 October 10 good after 12:35 PM
October 11 good till 9:05 AM October 13
October 14 good till 2:35 PM October 15 October 16
October 17
October 18 October 19 October 20 October 21 October 22 good date after 12:25PM October 25 October 26
October 27 good till 2:40 PM October 28 October 29 October 30
October 31 good till 7:05 AM

Hindu Festivals in October 2015 – Hindu Vrat – Fasting – Rituals in Oct 2015

Dates of important festivals associated with Hinduism in October 2015 – based on major Hindu calendars and Panchang used in India. The festivals, Vrats and ritual days in Oct 2015 are based on Indian Standard Time (IST).
October 1, 2015 – Sankashti Ganesh Chaturthi Vrat October 3, 2015 – Kapila Sashti October 4 - Mahalakshmi Vrat Ends October 4 – Bhanu Saptami October 5 – Jivitputrika Vrat October 6 – Jitiya Vrat Paran October 6 – Matru Navami October 8 – Indira Ekadasi Fasting October 10, 2015 – Pradosh Vrat – Shani Pradosh October 11 – Monthly Shivratri Vrat October 12 – Amavasya October 12, 2015 – Mahalaya Sarva Pitru Shradh Amavasya October 13 – Navratri Begins

Not knowing what death is, one is fearful of the unknown – Anandmurti Gurumaa

The whole game of life is about knowing and not knowing.
The jnani knows, and thus lives this life beautifully, fearlessly.
Ajnanis, on the other hand, live with all sorts of fears, anxieties and worries. An fear of death is the root of all fear.
Not knowing what death is, one is fearful of the unknown.
Birth and death are two faces of the same coin, they are distinct phases in the circle of life. That which is born, will inevitably die. The crucial question is: who or what is born and who or what dies? And is there something which is eternal, untouched by birth and death? Yes, there is.
It is the indestructible, indivisible real Self which is distinct from body, mind and intellect.
The biggest delusion is to regard this unit of body-mind-intellect as the real “I.”
This false ‘I’ is a mere reflection of the real Self, the timeless pure existence which is beyond the concept of birth and death; which is, which simply is.

Today’s Hindu Calendar – October 1, 2015 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Thursday, October 1, 2015 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waning phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the third day during the waning phase of moon till 1:28 AM on October 1, 2015. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waning phase of moon till 11:27 PM on October 1. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is October 1, 2015 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is an average day.
Nakshatra – Bharani Nakshatra till 3:04 PM on October 1. Then onward it is Krittika or Karthigai or Kartika Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Mesha Rashi till 8:46 PM. Then onward it is Vrishabha Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Sankashti Ganesh Chaturthi Vrat. Moonrise time is at 9:13 PM.
Kali Yuga Year – 5117
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