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Story of Vishnu as Gopala – Caretaker of Earth

An important message is given in the Bhagavad Purana in which Vishnu as Gopala is not merely one who looks after cow but also the Earth. It is said that Mother Goddess Earth takes the form of Cow and complains to Brahma about the cruelty and injustice committed by kings and greedy men on earth. Brahma then takes her to Vishnu who promises to get the earth rid of Adharma.

Srihari Vishnu then takes the avatar of Parashurama, Sri Ram and Sri Krishna and annihilates all those people who were practice Adharma on earth.
Parashurama wiped out the cruel kings 21 times. He made sure that none of the greedy, egoistic and lustful kings existed on the face of earth.
Sri Ram appeared to set an example of how a king should rule the earth. He also killed the demons like Ravana and others who were propagating Adharma.
Sri Krishna appeared to give lessons in Dharma and also to show the people how to lead a spiritual life living in the society. Sri Krishna also annihilated numerous kings who were reso…

Balaji Temple at Nashik in Maharashtra

There are two Balaji Temples at Nashik. The old Balaji Temple is located on the banks of Godavari River in old city. The new Balaji Temple is located at located on Gangapur Road near Someshwar Temple. The The new Balaji Temple is 12 km away from Central Bus Stand.

Thousands of devotees who face problems in life due to bad positioning of planets or navgrahas take refuge at the feet of Balaji.
Temple of Balaji Venkateshwara, situated on the banks of Godavari River at Gangapur Road near Shree Shankaracharya Nyas, is a popular shrine with devotees. The murti of Shree Balaji is of 7.3 feet in height and was gifted by TTD (Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams).

Komuravelli Temple near Warangal – Komuravelli Mallanna Temple

Komuravelli Mallanna Temple is dedicated to Hindu God Shiva.  Komuravelli Temple is located on Karimnagar - Hyderabad Highway and is around 22 km from Siddipet and 85 km from Hyderabad. Shiva is worshipped here as Mallanna – a fierce form. He is flanked by Kethamma and Medalamma. The deity is also known as Mallikarjuna Swamy.

Komuravelli Temple is located atop a hillock. The temple is unique as Shiva is worshipped here not in Shivling form but in murti form. The clay molded deity of Lord Mallikarjuna swamy is believed to have been made more than 500 years ago.
It is widely believed that prayers offered at the shrine of Komuravelli Mallanna will be answered. It is believed that Shiva married Kethamma from Yadava community and Medalamma from the Linga Balija community and settled here. Hence the two consorts.

The temple has a rajagopuram typical of South Indian Temples. There is a Nandi in front of the shrine. A huge shivling made using cement and painted black can be seen from a dista…

Goddess Yamuna

Goddess Yamuna is the personification of the famous YamunaRiver. As per Hindu Holy Scriptures she is the daughter of Vivasvan – Surya or Sun God in Hinduism. Yama, the god of death, is her brother. Vaivasvata Manu is also her brother. She is also known as Yami. The Yam Dwitiya festival observed after Diwali is based on the legend of Yama visiting Goddess Yamuna.
The most famous temple dedicated to her is located in Uttarakhand – the YamunotriTemple.
She is also depicted in many temples in North India at the entrances or on doorjambs.
She holds a water pot and stands on kurma or tortoise.
Goddess Yamuna is also known as Suryatanaya, Suryaja and Ravinandini.

Chaitra Month Name – Origin of Chaitra Mahina

Ever wondered about the origin of the name Chaitra. Chaitra Mahina is the first month in a traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in North India, Maharashtra, Telangana, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.

Ancient Hindus had a deep knowledge of Nakshatras or stars, movements of moon and earth, changes of seasons and of time. Ancient sages performed sacrifices and pujas during auspicious periods and they had good knowledge about stars, planets and the sun.

When purnima or full moon day is associated with Chitra Nakshatra, the month is called Chaitra.

Even today, Chitra Nakshatra will be present on the full moon day in Chaitra month.
The name of Chaitra month is derived from Chitra Nakshatra.

Marriage Poosam Nakshatra Female – Suitable Matching Star for Poosam Natchathiram Born Girl

Matching stars for Poosam Nakshatram born girl as per Tamil Nadu/Tamil jyothisham is given below. It must be noted that the matching star is for female born in Natchathiram only. It is not for male born in the star.

Matching Star for Pooyam Nakshatra female are:
Ashwini, Karthigai, Rohini, Arudara, Punarpoosam, Aslesha, Swathi, Vishaka ¾, Moola, Uthrashada, Sravana, Sadayam, Purvabhadrapada and Revathi.

Why do we keep Kollu or Golu during Navratri? - Navratri Dolls

Bommai Kolu, or Bommala Koluvu, is the artistic display of dolls by women during Navaratri and Dasara in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and among certain communities in Kerala. Kollu, or Golu, is kept during Navratri to honor Goddess Durga who is getting ready to fight Demon Mahisha and restore Dharma. The Navratri dolls, called Kollu or Golu, represent the durbar or assembly of Goddess Durga.
Kollu or Golu represents the assembly held just before Mother Goddess ventures on her mission to slay Mahishasura, the buffalo-headed demon. Therefore when depicted along with the ‘kolu,’ Goddess Durga is also referred as Mahishasuramardini.
Image belongs to Mohanayyar
The Navratri kolu is displayed on stairs created from wood. The number of steps depends on the availability of the dolls. The maximum number is nine – representing the nine days of Navratri. Usually, the steps erected are even numbers – 1, 3, 5, 7, 9.
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Poosam Nakshatra Female Characteristics – Poosam Birth Star Born Female Character

One of the most important characteristics of Poosam Nakshatra born female is that they will be short tempered. Another important character of the birth star is that they will be highly intelligent. Other Poosam Nakshatra Female Characteristics are given below:

Will respect teachers. Will be devotional. Will show courage to face new situations. Keen interest in science and arts. Will be a good debater. Will help relatives. Good in handling wealth. Will have independent opinion. Will be interested in dressing up.

Is it the Poor Hindus That Mostly Die in Hindu Temple Stampedes?

Stampedes are a regular phenomenon in Hindu temples and religious places. Every year hundreds of people die in stampedes small and big. Anil Chamadia looks into the class divide in the unfortunate incidents. He wonders whether it is poor Hindus who mainly die during stampedes. DNA reports  But it is undisputed that almost 95 per cent of such deaths occur during various celebrations at Hindu religious places. A study of the background of unnatural deaths indicates that the most affected are the weak and the infirm. Also, the majority of victims are women and children. We have to consider whether such stampedes are a part and parcel of religious ceremonies. It is disturbing to note that of late the tempo of such incidents has increased. These can be viewed as managerial deficiencies and so they do not confront us as a problem. The Centre washes its hands of by saying that law-and-order is a state subject.  The apathy of state governments can be gauged from the fact that the report of an…

November 2017 House Warming Dates – Auspicious and Good Dates for House Warming in November 2017

Below are the auspicious house warming dates in November 2017. Please note that these good dates are meant to give a general idea. If you are a strict follower of astrology, then you should consult a local astrologer where the house is located as sunrise time in the area is very important in deciding the house warming time.
November 9, 10, 15, 25, 27 and November 29
Dates on internet should only used to get an idea. These are computer generated based on a particular time zone.

Kaushitaki Upanishad Teachings

“Who art thou?” The sage asks. “I am thou,” he replies.
Being freed from good and freed from evil he, the knower of Brahman, moves towards Brahman.
Only by knowledge he sees clearly.

I am like a season, and the child of the seasons, sprung from the womb of the endless space, from the light from the luminous Brahman. The light, the origin of the year, which is the past, which is the present, which is all living beings, and all elements, is the Atman. Thou art the Atman. What thou art, that am I. Kaushitaki Upanishad

Today’s Hindu Calendar – October 2, 2015 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Friday, October 2, 2015 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waning phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waning phase of moon till 9:44 PM on October 2. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Sashti Tithi or the sixth day during the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is October 2, 2015 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good and auspicious day after 8:30 AM.
Nakshatra – Krittika or Karthigai or Kartika Nakshatra till 1:57 PM on October 2. Then onward it is Rohini Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Vrishabha Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days –
Kali Yuga Year – 5117
Vikram Samvant 2072 – Ashwin Krishna Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the dark phase of moon in Ashwin month in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, C…