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Guru Dwadashi

Guru Dwadashi is observed on the 12th day during the waning phase of moon (Krishna Paksha) in the month of Ashwin as per traditional calendar followed in Gujarat and Maharashtra. The corresponding month in North Indian calendar is Kartik. Guru Dwadasi 2018 date is November 4.

Popular belief is that Shri Vallabha an incarnation of Lord Dattatreya left the earth on the day.

The day is also observed as Vaghbaras and Govatsa Dwadashi in certain years depending on the period of titihi.

Why do we Hindus offer Gold and large amount of money at Tirupati Balaji Temple?

TirumalaTirupatiBalajiTemple is the richest temple in the world. The amount of gold, silver, money and other valuables that offered to Lord Venkateswara (Hindu God Sri Hari Vishnu) the presiding of TirupatiTemple is mind boggling. There are thousands of Sri Vari devotees who start business in partnership with Tirupati Balaji and every year without fail the devotees offer His share of profit at the temple.
There is an interesting story which explains why devotees offer such large amounts of valuable to Tirupati Balaji.
Goddess Lakshmi, also referred as Shri, once had a fight with Lord Vishnu and left Vaikunta. She came and settled on earth in disguise.
Lord Vishnu soon arrived on earth searching for Goddess Lakshmi. 
But He failed to trace Shri and settled on Tirumala hills in form of a forest gatherer and continued his search. During the search, Lord Vishnu met a beautiful girl named Padmavati who was the daughter of the King of the seven hills in Tirumala. They both fell in love and …

Onam Pookalam 2006

Talk about Onam in Kerala and one of the first images that come to mind is that of the flower bed or floral (designs) arrangements known as Pookalam or Athapookalam. Onam Pookalam year 2006 designs are given below. The traditional Onapookalam usually consists of ten rings indicating the ten day ritual during the ten day celebrations of Onam which begins on Atham and ends on Thiru Onam in the month of Chingam (August – September).

Onam 2006 Pookalam Photos

Onam Pookalam 2005

Panchamrut Recipe

Panchamrut is a unique offering made for Gods especially by Hindus during important puja, festivals, and rituals like Diwali etc. Here is a brief recipe of Panchamrut prepared by Marathi and Hindi speaking people.

The recipe prepared using equal quantity of honey, ghee, sugar, yogurt and milk.

The above said five ingredients are mixed properly. It is first offered as Prasad or naivedya to deities worshipped in home. Later it is distributed among family members, friends and neighbors.
Please note that the Panchamrut in the famous Palani Temple in Tamil Nadu in South India is made using an entirely different set of ingredients.

Sravana Vratham Dates for 2017 – Sravana Vratham 2017

Sravana Vratham is observed by certain Vaishnava communities in South India. The Vratham is dedicated to Bhagvan Srihari Vishnu. The fasting on the day is similar to Ekadasi. Here are the Sravana Vratham 2017 dates:

Sravana Vratham Dates for 2017 January 28 February 24 March 24 April 20 May 18 June 14 July 11 August 7 September 4 October 1
October 28 November 25 December 22

Diwali Decoration Ideas and Tips

The festival of light, Diwali, is one of the biggest festivals of India. Celebrated in the Kartik Month (October – November) every year, it remains that time of the year when everyone irrespective of his or her busy schedule, takes out time to clean the whole house, and decorate it in a manner so that it looks fresh and beautiful.

There is no denying the fact that the whole process of giving a facelift to the house is a time consuming task. However, if you are too tied up with your work and don't have the time to renovate the home before the festival, here are some of the tips to quickly make your home look special and sparkling new.
One at a Time… Cleaning every corner of the house before Diwali makes one feel good, however it needs lots of effort and time. Taking up one room everyday can lessen this hassle. Just take out little time from your schedule and clean one division of the home everyday. This will reduce the exertion and on the Diwali you can just concentrate on decorati…

Diwali Messages and Sayings

Popular Diwali messages and sayings:
This Diwali let us give thanks for all we hold dear: Our health, our family, our friends and to the grace of God which never ends.Let us release our grudges, anger and pains, for these are nothing but binding chains.Let us vow to live each day in the most pious, God-conscious way.Let us vow to serve all who are in need, regardless of race, caste, gender or creed.Let us vow to keep Lord in our heart, to chant His name each day at the start.Let us vow to lead the world from darkness to light, from falsehood to truth, and from wrong to right.And let us vow to remember that we are all one, embracing all, discriminating against none.May this Diwali be filled with prosperity and peace, and love and joy which doesn't cease.May you have success in all you do. And may God's blessings be showered upon you.

Jiddu Krishnamurti on Happiness and Gratification

What is it that most of us are seeking? Probably most of us are seeking some kind of happiness, some mind of peace; in a world that is ridden with turmoil, wars, contention, strife, we want a refuge where there can be some peace.

Now, is it that we are seeking happiness or is it that we are seeking gratification of some kind from which we hope to derive happiness? There is a difference between happiness and gratification. Can you seek happiness? Perhaps you can find gratification but surely you cannot find happiness.

Happiness is derivative; it is a byproduct of something else. So, before we give our minds and hearts to something which demands a great deal of earnestness, attention, thought, care, we must find out, must we not?, what it is that we are seeking; whether it is happiness, or gratification. I am afraid most of us are seeking gratification. We want to be gratified, we want to find a sense of fullness at the end of our search.

Related The constant assertion of belief is an in…

Onam Pookalam 2005 – Photos of Pookkalam in 2005 Onam

Important photographs of Pookalam in 2005. Talk about Onam in Kerala and one of the first images that come to mind is that of the flower bed or floral (designs) arrangements known as Pookalam or Athapookalam. Onam Pookalam 2005 designs are given below. The traditional Onapookalam usually consists of ten rings indicating the ten day ritual during the ten day celebrations of Onam which begins on Atham and ends on Thiru Onam in the month of Chingam (August – September). 

Onam Pookalam 2004
Onam Pookalam 2006

Jambunada – Kind of Gold Used By Devas to Make Gold Ornaments

Jambunada is a kind of Gold mentioned in Hindu scriptures. Devas and other celestial beings use it to make ornaments. Jambunada is created from the juice of Jambu fruit.
Jambu Tree, which bears the fruit, is located on the southern side of Mount Meru.
The tree bears fruits and flowers throughout the year irrespective of the seasons.
Devi Bhagavad states that the juice of the Jambu fruit when mixed with soil and  acted upon by water, air and sun's rays, turns into the gold called Jambunada.
This gold is superior to any other kind of gold in the world.

Choti Diwali

Choti Diwali is observed on previous day of the main Diwali festival in North India. It is observed the day after Dhanteras. Choti Diwali 2018 date is November 6. The day is usually meant for making the final preparations for Diwali. Rangoli designs and Diwali gifts are purchased on the day.

Usually Narak Chaturdasi is observed during Choti Diwali in South India. Narak Chaturdasi is when Deepavali is observed in South India.

On the Choti Diwali day, women decide on the Rangoli pattern to be drawn for Diwali. All the items needed for Lakshmi puja are gathered on the day.

Hanuman Puja, Kali Chaudas and Abhayang Snan are observed on the day.

Vagh Barash – Dedicated to Cow and other domesticated animals in Gujarat
Govatsa Dwadasi – Dedicated to Cow in Gujarat
Neer Thumba Habba – Cleaning of vessel and ritual bath in Karnataka
Bhuta Chaturdashi – Dedicated to Bhutas or goblins

Khajana Ritual at Annapurna Temple in Varanasi during Dhanteras – Distribution of Coin at Kashi Annapurna Temple

AnnapurnaTemple in Varanasi attracts more than 100,000 devotees on the Dhanteras day observed before Diwali. Such large number of devotees arrive in the temple to collect coins distributed as Prasad from the treasury of the KashiAnnapurnaTemple.
It is considered highly meritorious to collect the coin distributed from the temple.
AnnapurnaTemple has a unique murti of Goddess Annapurna and one can get darshan of it only for three days in a year. One is on the Dhanteras day.
The main sanctum sanctorum of the temple contains a gold murti of Goddess Annapurna.
The popular belief is that Goddess Parvati resides as Annapurna at Kashi and provides food all living beings on earth.

Live Online from Singapore Sri Mariamman Temple - Live Streaming of Arrival of Sri Mariamman’s Silver Chariot Procession on Mobile and Internet

The Silver Chariot Procession at the Sri Mariamman Temple in Singapore attracts thousands of Hindu devotees. The festival is aired live online. The live streaming is available on the internet and mobile. The living streaming is available on October 30 and October 31, 2015 and early morning hours of November 1.

You can view the live streaming if available here – Live Online Arrival of Sri Mariamman’s Silver Chariot Procession

October 30 - October 31

October 31 - November 1

Karva Chauth Story in the Mahabharat Associated with Arjuna and Draupadi

There are numerous stories associated with the Karva Chauth Vrat. On such story is based on Arjuna and Draupadi in the Mahabharata. Legend has it that once Arjuna went to the mountains to perform intense austerities to please the gods and attain more powerful weapons. Arjuna did not return for several days as he was performing powerful tapas.
Draupadi was worried about Arjuna and sought the help of Sri Krishna. Bhagvan Sri Krishna advised her to observe the Karva Chauth vrat for the well being of her husband.
Sri Krishna then narrated how Goddess Parvati performed the vrat on advice of Shiva for a happy married life.
After hearing this account, Draupadi observed the Karva Chauth vrat and soon Arjuna returned home.

Popular Story Listened During Karva Chauth

Nothing is permanent or determinate – Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

It is extremely difficult to get at the root of the cosmic energy, that perfect adept in assuming an infinite variety of forms. The consciousness to be apprehended and the power of concentration are one and the same.
Being polymorphous by nature, it cannot be pinned down to any definite form or name or place, as for instance, the internal experiences of the Dhyana yogin.
In the first instance, the attention of the meditator is silence in excelsis, this is transformed into light, the light assumes the form of space, the space in turn changes into movement. This is transmitted into air, and the air into fire, the fire changes into water, and the water into earth. Lastly, the earth evolves into the world of organic and inorganic things. The water from the rain takes the form of the juices in the grains and vegetables, which essences supply nourishment and energy. This energy takes the form of knowledge, courage, valor, cunning, etc. The limbless process goes on. Neither form, name, nor qu…

Markandeya Utsav at Kudal

Markandeya Utsav is annually observed in Margashirh month. There is not much information about this festival and where it is held as there are two town named Kudal in Maharashtra. Markandeya Utsav 2018 date is December 28.
Markandeya Utsav is annually held on Margashirsh Krishna Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waxing phase of moon in Margashirsh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Yellamma Devi Yatra at Gavhan Village near Tasgaon

Yellamma Devi Yatra is organized in Margashirsh month. It is an important fair and festival at Yellamma Devi Temple at Gavhan Village near Tasgaon in Maharashtra. The annual ritual attracts hundreds of devotees. Yellamma Devi Yatra 2018 date is December 28.

Yellamma Devi is popular rural deity in certain regions of Maharashtra. She is a village deity and also a family deity. People from nearby villages and towns participate in the jatra.
Yellamma Devi is annually held on Margashirsh Krishna Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waxing phase of moon in Margashirsh  month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Onam Pookalam 2004 – Photos of Pookkalam in 2004 Onam

Important photographs of Pookalam in 2004. Talk about Onam in Kerala and one of the first images that come to mind is that of the flower bed or floral (designs) arrangements known as Pookalam or Athapookalam. Onam Pookalam 2004 designs are given below. The traditional Onapookalam usually consists of ten rings indicating the ten day ritual during the ten day celebrations of Onam which begins on Atham and ends on Thiru Onam in the month of Chingam (August – September). 
Onam Pookalam Photos 2004

Below are photos of pookalams made by various cultural organizations. Click on the images for a larger view.

Onam Pookalam 2005

Soan in Telangana – Hindu Temples and Sacred Places in Soan in Adilabad District in Telangana

Soan is located on the banks of Godavari River in Adilabad District in Telangana. There are numerous Hindu temples and sacred places located at Soan especially near the Godavari River. The banks of Godavari River here is known as 'Pinda Pradanam' center. This is because for centuries 100 Madhva Brahmin families residing here have been practicing the religious rites on the banks of the river.
Taking a holy dip and performing shradh, tarpan and pinda daan to ancestors in Godavari River at Soan is considered highly meritorious.
Thousands of devotees take dip here during auspicious days. The spot attracts a huge crowd during the Godavari Pushkaram, which is held once in twelve years.
The most famous Hindu temple located at Soan is the Lakshmi Venkateshwara Swami Temple – dedicated to Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi.
Dattanand Swami Mutt located at Soan attracts hundreds of devotees daily.
Soan is located in Nirmal Mandal and Nirmal town is around 12 km from here.

Periyapatna Temple - Masanikamma Temple at Periyapatna in Karnataka

MasanikammaTemple at Periyapatna in Karnataka is dedicated to Mother Goddess Shakti. She is worshipped here as Goddess Masanikamma. The temple attracts devotees from all regions in Karnataka and from neighboring Kerala and Tamil Nadu states. She is worshiped by devotees to get rid of evil. She is also a fertility deity.

Legend has it that a girl who worshiped a particular form of Mother Goddess was harassed by her family. Unable to tolerate the attitude of the family especially of her father, she jumped into a boiling limestone and got melted. The fishermen who saw the incident worshiped her. A voice in the heaven asked them to worship her as she will bring peace and prosperity. After a few days a murti (idol) appeared from the limestone and she was known as Urimasani. She later became Masanikamma.
Later on many kings of the region had the fortune of getting help from her in battles. She was thus worshipped before going into battles. The kings who became devotees of her built her tem…

Story of Demon Baskala

Demon Baskala was a king of Asuras and was born in the lineage of Hiranyakashipu. His story begins when he was appointed as one of the ministers of Demon Mahishasura. The demon attained moksha as he was annhilated by Mother Goddess Shakti.
Baskala helped Mahishasura in his battle against Indra. Thus he became one of the trusted lieutenants of the demon king.
In the combat against Mother Goddess Durga, Baskala was one of the great warriors on the side of Mahishasura. He appeared in the battlefield during the fag end of the war.
He engaged Mother Goddess valiantly and he attempted to give a hard blow on the chest of Goddess Durga but She evaded the blow with her club.
Mother Goddess then fought with him using Her trident and She finally thrust it on his chest. Baskala fell dead and he attained moksha.

Panchamrit Snan and Samagri Needed

Panchamrit Snan is a unique Hindu ritual performed by Hindus. Food Samagri are offered to Gods in the ritual. In Panchamrit Snan, five puja samagri are poured on the small idol or murti of gods.

The five items that are used in Panchamrit Snan

Milk Yoghurt Honey Ghee and Sugar

First milk yoghurt is offered, then honey, then ghee, then sugar and finally milk.
Only very small quantity of the above said ritual are used in the Snan.

Lotus Flower in Hinduism – Significance and Symbolism

Lotus Flower is one of the most popular symbols in Hindu religion. It is believed that Lord Brahma emerged from the navel of Lord Vishnu sitting on a lotus. Goddess Saraswati, the Hindu Goddess of learning, is shown sitting on a lotus. Lotus flower is a symbol of eternity, plenty and good fortune and Goddess Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth, is usually depicted with a lotus flower. The symbolism of Lotus flower is mentioned in the 5th chapter of the Bhagavad Gita by Lord Krishna:
One who does all work as an offering to the Lord, abandoning attachment to the results, is as untouched by sin (or Karmic reaction) as a lotus leaf is untouched by water. (5.10). Thus Lotus is a symbol of purity and enlightenment amid ignorance (the smutty swamps in which it grows).
Lotus in spite of being in water never gets wet. It is not bothered about its surrounding but it blooms and performs its job and vanishes. The ultimate aim of living beings is to perform its karma without bothering about the …

Diwali Activities and Ideas for kids – preschoolers – kindergarten

Diwali is one of the most special times of the year. There are several Diwali ideas and activities for of kids, school goers, children – preschoolers – kindergarten. The best way to introduce Diwali festival is by making clay diyas or lamps.

Get some good clay. Demonstrate to children how to make environment friendly diyas or clay lamps. Talk to them about the importance of lamp in Diwali festival.

You can teach them to make simple and small Diwali lanterns.

Various small decoration pieces for Diwali using paper.

A painting on Diwali.
A painting of Lord Ram, Sita, Lakshman and Hanuman returning to Ayodhya on the Pushpak Vimana, or flying machine, with people lighting lamps. This can be a real fun activity for children as they can imagine flying machine and each can create a different one.

Karva Chauth Goddess – Which is the Goddess Worshipped on Karwa Chauth Vrat and Puja?

The main goddess that is worshipped on Karva Chauth vrat is Goddess Parvati. But there is also a temple dedicated to Chauth Mata in Rajasthan. This manifestation of Mother Goddess is also worshipped during the Karwa Chauth puja.
Majority of the people offer prayers to Goddess Parvati on the day as it is believed that She observed the vrat on advice of Shiva for a happy and peaceful married life.
Chauth Mata is also a manifestation of Mother Goddess Shakti. Worshipping this form is equal to worshipping Goddess Parvati.
You may also like to read How to observe Karva Chauth Vrat? Karva Chauth Vrat Katha – Story of Karva Chauth

Hindu Temples in Britain to Conduct Hanuman Chalisa Maha Yagna on November 8, 2015

108 Hindu Temples in Britain will be completing 108 chants of the Hanuman Chalisa together on the 8th November 2015 for world peace and harmony. The yajna named Hanuman Chalisa Maha Yagna is being performed for world peace and harmony.
The Member temples of the NCHTUK have decided to come together to perform the United Kingdoms' first ever Hanuman Chalisa Maha Yagna, to pray for tranquility, prosperity and fortitude for all of the peoples of the United Kingdom and the world.
Each Temple will be be starting the Yagna early in the morning, at precisely the same time, all over the country and continuing with an unbroken chain of 108 Hanuman Chalisa chants, which can take up to 10 hours of devoted chanting. 
You can find more details here at the official website of NCHTUK.

Bhaiya Dooj 2018 date

Bhaiya Dooj is an important ritual during Diwali and it celebrates the relationship between brother and sister. Bhaiya Dooj 2018 date during Diwali is November 9. On Bhaiya Dooj day, sisters show affection brothers by applying a Tika or Tilak. Sisters perform the ritual of 'naut' on the day in Mithilanchal.

Married women visit her brother’s home on this day or both brother and sister assemble in a convenient place or married sisters invite their brothers to their homes.

Usually, the sister brings a couple of puja items in a ‘thaali’ during Bhai Dooj. This involves coconut, batashas, mithai, fruits, seven paans, roli and little rice.

Sister applies a teeka on the brother and gives him a few of the eatables along with a coconut piece. Legend has it that Lord Yama, the Hindu God of death, after being affectionately welcomed by his sister, Yami, had given the boon that those brothers who receive Tika from their sisters will not have the suffer the pains of hell.

Bhaiya Dooj puja…

Self Surrender is the best form of spiritual discipline – Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi

The moment that one’s karma comes to an end one realizes God. That is one’s last birth. This plus practice of spiritual disciplines and time are the factors in the attainment of spiritual knowledge. Yet since God is our own, He can reveal Himself to His devotees by His mere will. But who has this faith that He is one’s own? All practice discipline because they think it is their duty to do so. But how many seek God?
What good are asanas and breathing exercises if the mind becomes concentrated on its own?Asanas and Pranayama endow one with occult powers and these lead a man astray. If you practice asana too much then the mind becomes attached to the body.
As to those who surrender to God but practice no spiritual disciplines, that they surrender themselves to God, placing implicit trust in Him, that is their spiritual discipline.  Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi  

Story – Who was the fiercest in the Kurukshetra war in the Mahabharat – Bhima or Arjuna?

Bhima and Arjuna once had an argument as to who was the fiercest in the Kurukshetra war in the Mahabharat. Both claimed that they inflicted the greatest damage on the Kauravas. None of the Pandavas or those who participated or witnessed the battle was able to decide who was the fiercest.

Finally, Bhima and Arjuna decided to ask Barbareek, the bodiless head, who witnessed the Kurukshetra war from a hill.

When asked who was the fiercest in the battle and who inflicted the maximum damage on the Kaurava army, Barbareek answer was spectacular. 
Barbareek said that he did not see Bhima or Arjuna, he only witnessed Vishnu’s Sudharshana Chakra (discus) cutting the heads of Adharmic kings and people on earth. The earth then took the form of Goddess Kali and drank the blood of the greedy and power hungry kings.

Dancing Ganesha – Natraj Form of Ganesh

Dancing idol of Ganesha is mainly worshiped during 10-day Ganesh Chaturthi festival. It is also known as Natraj Form of Ganesh. This pose of Ganapati is widely seen in paintings and sculptures. In this form, Ganesha is musician and blesses devotees with skill and efficiency in music, dance and arts.

As per some beliefs, this pose symbolizes positive energy. It is also associated with creation and destruction.

Miniature sculptures of Dancing Ganesha are available today for sale. However, they are not worshipped in homes.
In homes, generally the sitting form of Ganapati is worshipped.

Sage Gautama and Ahalya

Story of Ahalya, wife of Sage Gautama, is from epic Ramayana. The story involving Sage Gautama and Ahalya is mentioned during the exile period of Bhagavan Sri Ram and is found in the Bala Kanda chapter of Ramayan. Bhagavan Sri Ram touches a stone near the Ashram of Sage Gautama and it suddenly turns into a woman. This was Ahalya who was cursed by her husband to become a stone.

The unearthly beauty of Ahalya infatuated Indra, the king of demigods. He attempted to seduce her by taking the form of Sage Gautama. Ahalya did not stop the advances of Indra, although Ahalya knew it was not her husband who was approaching her.

Sage Gautama, who had gone for his morning bath, suddenly returned and Indra took the form of a cat and escaped from the ashram. Sage Gautama realized through his yogic powers what had happened. He cursed his wife, turning her to stone, and put a curse on Indra as well.

It is said that Indra was cursed to roam around with 1000 vaginas on his body. Later Indra did penanc…

Deulgaon Raja Balaji Temple near Jalna in Buldhana - Shri Balaji Devasthan in Deulgaon Raja

Deulgaon Raja Balaji Temple is a famous temple dedicated to Balaji or Lord Venkateswara. It is located at Deulgaon Raja near Jalna in Buldhana District. Shri Balaji Devasthan is around 24 km from Jalna.

Legend has it that during ancient times it was impossible for the people of the region to visit the Tirupati Balaji Temple. It is said that on the request of devotees Balaji manifested here at Duelgaon Raja.

Lord Venkateswara is worshipped here along with Goddess Lakshmi. The murtis are made using five precious metals.

The most important festival in the temple is organized during Navratri (October) and it is known as Laleet. Huge poles are erected during the period, which falls down at the end of the festival.

Reclining Idol of Ganesha – Symbolism and Importance of the Sleeping Idol of Ganesh

Reclining idols of Ganesha are very rare and is mostly seen in paintings and sculptures. Vinayaka Chaturthi pandals give importance to sleeping form of Ganesha and is installed during the festival. There are some symbolisms associated with Sleeping Idol of Ganesha.

The popular belief is that reclining pose of Ganesha symbolizes wealth, luxury, comfort and prosperity.

In such murtis, Ganesha reclines on a pillow.

Sleeping murti of baby Ganesha is very popular but it is not worshipped.
Reclining and sleeping pose Ganesh is rarely worshipped in homes.

Diwali in Kerala

Diwali is not widely celebrated in Kerala. In Kerala, Deepavali is observed to commemorate the killing of the demon Narakasura by Lord Krishna. Diwali in Kerala in 2018 is on November 6. This is observed on Krishna Paksha Chaturdasi in Tula Masam as per traditional Malayalam Calendar mostly a day before Diwali in North India.

The only ritual that is followed in Kerala during Diwali is ritualistic bathing in the early morning hours by applying oil on head and on the body.
Lighting of crackers is another ritual that is enthusiastically done in many regions in Kerala.

Story – Sage Bhrigu’s Curse on Agni

Sage Bhrigu’s curse on Agni narrates how Agni came to devour everything that is there on earth. Sage Bhrigu married Puloma who was  famous for beauty. Beauty of Puloma was also admired by a demon.
Puloma knew about the demon’s intention but she did not care about it.
Years went by and once the demon happened to see Puloma but he could not recognize her. He enquired to a sage standing nearby as to who the woman was? The sage was Agni in disguise.
When the demon understood it was puloma, he wanted to know where he can see and talk to her.
The sage replied that she can be seen and talked to only if Sage Bhrigu allows and for this you have to go to the ashram of Sage Bhrigu.
The old desire was reignited and the demon decided to kidnap Puloma.
Puloma was pregant at this time and when the demon tried to forcefully take her away, the child fell from her womb. The boundless light that appeared from the baby annhilated the demon.
Sage Bhrigu who realized that it was Agni who gave the demon t…

How to do or observe Karva Chauth Vrat? - How to perfrom Karva Chauth Fasting?

Karva Chauth is a popular fasting in Hinduism and is mainly observed in North India. In 2017, Karwa Chauth is on October 8. Here is a brief idea on how to do or perform Karva Chauth Vrat? It is performed by a married woman for the well being of her husband. The fast starts before sunrise and ends after worshipping the moon. Today, the fast is seen as a symbol of love. 
The simple way to fast on the day is to wake up early have a bath, offer daily prayers and consume some food before sunrise. In the evening, pray to Goddess Parvati, wait for the moonrise. Have a look at the moon and enjoy a good dinner with husband and family. Remember, all rituals are meant for the satisfaction of the ego, Gods don’t need rituals. Santana Dharma teaches to get over all rituals and understand the Brahman – the Supreme Force present in you and in everything.

The traditional way contains several steps and it is as follows:

On the day, married women wake up before sunrise and take bath and offer their usua…

Diwali and Christmas – Differences and Similarities

Diwali and Christmas are two of the important festivals in India. Here are some of the differences and similarities.

Both Christmas and Diwali are a religious festival. Diwali marks the return of Bhagavan Sri Ram, Mata Sita, Lakshman and Hanuman to Ayodhya after 14-year exile period. Christmas is the birthday of Jesus Christ.

If Christmas is synonymous for cakes, then Diwali is synonymous for sweets.
Gifts are exchanged in both Diwali and Christmas. However, in Diwali there is no figure like Christmas father.

Lighting arrangements are part of both the festival. Diwali lamps  (diyas) are lit during the period. During Christmas, it is stars.

Diwali is observed for five days and it is the most important holiday season in India and for Hindus around the world.

Christmas too is the most important holiday season throughout the world.

Diwali is mainly restricted to Hindus. Christmas in India is largely restricted to Christians but Hindus do participate in Christmas carols and programs.

Diwali and New Year

Diwali marks the end of a lunar year in traditional Hindu calendar followed in Gujarat. New Year begins on the day after Diwali. In 2017, Diwali is on October 19 and Gujarati New Year is on October 20. Vikram Samvant 2074 begins on the day. Diwali and New Year is considered the most auspicious period in an year especially for business community.

The Hindu calendar followed in Gujarat is also known as Vikram Calendar, or Vikram Samvat, and a month is calculated from the day after no moon or Amavasi to next Amavasi. The first month in a Gujarati Calendar is the Kartik month.

In the Hindu calendar popularly used in North India the year begins with Chaitra Shukala Pratipadha (March – April). In this calendar too, the current year is 2074.

You may also like to read Hindu New Year - Different New Year Dates in Hindu Religion

Bommghatta Hanuman Temple – Hulikunteraya Hanuman Temple near Bellary in Karnataka

Bommghatta Hanuman Temple is popularly known as Hulikunteraya or Hulikunteswamy Temple. This ancient shrine is dedicated to Ram Bhakt Hanuman. The temple is located about 80 km from Bellary, 23 km from Kudligi and 55 km from Hampi.

Legend has it that the murti of Hanuman worshipped in temple was discovered by a cowherd, named Bommaiah, in a grass bush. As the murti was found under the bush of grass on the banks of a water tank, the murti has been named as Hulikunteswamy.

It is said that the murti was hidden in a grass for long time. Then a divine cow and calf joined among the cows of a cowherd. The cow started giving large quantity of milk. But one day it started giving milk. The cowherd then noticed that the cow was shedding her milk near a bush. When the cow realized that the cowherd had seen her shedding milk it disappeared. The cowherd then checked the area and found the divine murti of Hanuman.

There are murtis of Shiva, Sri Rama, Sita, Lakshmana, Anjaneya and Garuda in the temp…

Budhi Diwali Festival at Nirmand Village in Kullu in Himachal Pradesh

Budhi Diwali festival at NirmandVillage in Kullu in Himachal Pradesh is observed from Margashirsh Amavasya for three days. In 2018, Budhi Diwali is on December 7. This is the no moon day in the next month after the Diwali. Also known as Dark Diwali, Budhi Diwali is observed because the villagers here believe that the news of Sri Ram returning to Ayodhya reached late in the remote villages in the region.
Bonfires are lit on the nights of the festival and people sing and dance on stories in the Mahabharata. Hindustan Times reports  Pritam Dev, a resident of Nirmand village, said in the district, the festival was celebrated to commemorate the killing of the demons, Dano and Asur, who resided there in form of snakes. “Buddhi Diwali festival is our rich cultural heritage, which reminds our epic culture of Ramayana, besides adopting modernity in the festival,” said another resident Joginder Shukla.
“According to the ritual, in day time people dance in long chain according to age and outsid…

Diwali in Maharashtra – Mumbai – Pune - Nashik

Diwali is the most popular festival associated with Hindu religion. Diwali 2018 date in Maharashtra – Mumbai – Pune - Nashik is November 7. Diwali literally means ‘an array of lamps’ and symbolizes the removal of spiritual darkness and the ushering in of knowledge capable of realizing Brahman (That) – the Supreme Being present in all living and non-living. In 2018, the Diwali dates in

Maharastara are – Vasubaras on November 4
Dhanteras or Dhan Trayodashi or Yamdeepdan  ison November 5 Narak Charudashi on November 6 Diwali on November 7 Lakshmi Puja on November 7 Diwali Padwa – November 8 Bali Pratipada – November 8 Govardhan Puja – November 8 Bhau Beej – November 9 Yama Dwitiya – November 9

Diwali is celebrated by all Hindu communities but the reasons and legends differ from place to place and from community to community. The most important legend associated with Diwali is the return of Lord Ram to Ayodhya after 14 years of exile. It is believed that people lit lamps on the day to wel…

Kartik Mahina in 2018 in Hindi Calendar in North India - Kartik Month 2018

Kartik mahina is the eighth month in a traditional Hindi calendar followed in North India. Kartik Month 2018 begins on October 25 and ends on November 23. Karva Chauth and Diwali are the most important festivals observed in this month. 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 2075.

Chaturthi Vrat or Sankashti Ganesh Chaturti in Kartik Month 2018 is on October 27. The Chandrodaya or Moonrise time as per North Indian calendars is 7:37 PM. This particular Chaturthi is also observed as Karva Chauth.
Kartik Month 2018 Krishna and Shukla Paksha Kartik Month Krishna Paksha (waning phase of moon) is from October 25 to November 7, 2018 Kartik Month Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) is from November 8, 2018 to November …

Diwali Puja Vidhi

Diwali Puja Vidhi in pdf is an edited version of the Hindi Diwali Lakshmi Puja provided by Gurutva Jyothish Kariayalaya. The most important puja performed on Diwali is the Lakshmi Puja dedicated to the Hindu Goddess of prosperity, luck and wealth. Legend has it that Goddess Lakshmi visits each home on the day.

People perform Lakshmi Puja on the day for peace, prosperity, material wealth and spiritual wealth. The popular belief is that Goddess Lakshmi visits homes on the day and she is welcomed by keeping the premises clean and neat.

Link – Diwali Puja Vidhi in pdf

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Diwali History

Diwali is believed to have first observed during Treta Yuga when Bhagavan Sri Ram was present on earth. The history of Diwali festival is unknown and untraceable. Hindus have been observing it since time immemorial.

As per Hindu beliefs, Diwali marks the day when Lord Rama returned to Ayodhya, along with Mata Sita Lakshman and Hanuman, from a forced exile after defeating Ravana, the ultimate force of evil, in His time.

In South India, Diwali is wbelieved to be the day when Lord Krishna annihilated Demon Narakasura and restored Dharma.

In addition to Hindus, Sikhs celebrate Diwali in commemoration of the release of the Sixth Guru, Hargobind, from captivity by the Mughal Emperor Jehangir.
Jains recognize Diwali as the day Lord Mahavira, the last of the Tirthankaras, attained Nirvana, or liberation, after his death in 527 BCE.

Diwali in Gujarat

Diwali is the most popular festival associated with Hindu religion. Diwali 2018 date in Gujarat is November 7. Diwali literally means ‘an array of lamps’ and symbolizes the removal of spiritual darkness and the ushering in of knowledge capable of realizing Brahman (That) – the Supreme Being present in all living and non-living. In 2018, the Diwali dates in Gujarat are:
Dhanteras or Dhan Trayodashi on November 5 Kali Chaudash and Hanuman Puja on November 6 Diwali on November 7 Lakshmi Puja on November 7 Chopda Puja on November 7 Sharda Puja on November 7 Gujarati New Year – November 8 Annakutotsav – November 8 Bhai Bhij on November 9

Diwali is celebrated by all Hindu communities but the reasons and legends differ from place to place and from community to community. The most important legend associated with Diwali is the return of Lord Ram to Ayodhya after 14 years of exile. It is believed that people lit lamps on the day to welcome Lord Rama, Mata Sita, Lakshman and Hanuman.

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Diwali in Bangalore - Karnataka

Diwali is the most popular festival associated with Hindu religion. Diwali 2017 date in Bangalore, Karnataka, is October 18. Diwali literally means ‘an array of lamps’ and symbolizes the removal of spiritual darkness and the ushering in of knowledge capable of realizing Brahman (That) – the Supreme Being present in all living and non-living. In 2017, the Diwali dates in Bangalore are – Diwali on October 18, Lakshmi Puja on October 19, Bali Pratipada on October 20 and Yama Dwitiya on October 21.

Diwali is celebrated by all Hindu communities but the reasons and legends differ from place to place and from community to community. The most important legend associated with Diwali is the return of Lord Ram to Ayodhya after 14 years of exile. It is believed that people lit lamps on the day to welcome Lord Rama and Mata Sita.

In Banglore, Karnataka, Diwali is observed to commemorate the victory of Lord Krishna over Narakasura.
Lakshmi Puja during Diwali is observed as it is believed that Godd…

Story - Sage Gautama Creates a New Eye to See Sage Vyasa

Sage Gautama was a great philosopher and author of several Holy Scriptures. The story of Sage Gautama creating a new eye to see sage Vyasa explains how difficult it is to conquer pride even for a sage.
Once during a discussion, Sage Vyasa criticized a book written by Sage Gautama on logic.
The discussion turned ugly when Sage Vyasa said that the book was worthless.
The pride of Sage Gautama was hurt and he declared that from then onwards he will never look at the face of Sage Vyasa.
Sage Vyasa realized he made a mistake by hurting the pride of his friend. So he asked for forgiveness.
But Sage Gautama was adamant that criticizing his book was equal to criticizing his knowledge.
Sage Vyasa did not give up and kept pleading forgiveness.
Sage Gautama then decided to forgive sage Vyasa. But he was not ready to break his promise of not looking at his friend. So the sage created a new eye and placed it on his right foot, and from there he looked at Sage Vyasa.

Death during Diwali in the Family – Before or After

Many people have various worries regarding death of a family member during Diwali especially before or after. Please note that the usual procedure is that family members do not celebrate Diwali if death has happened before the festival. There is nothing else associated with the unfortunate event in the family.

Avoid being superstitious. There is nothing in Hindu scriptures that suggest that death before or after Diwali is inauspicious.

The scary ideas are mere superstitions and should be completely ignored.

Do Shradh, Tarpan and Pinda Daan as per your community belief.
Donating food or clothes on the birthday of the deceased is highly meritorious.

Eachanari Vinayagar Temple in Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu – Eachanari Temple on Kovai – Pollachi Road

Located on Pollachi Main Road in Coimbatore, EachanariVinayagarTemple is dedicated to Hindu God Ganesha. The temple is around 10 km from Coimbatore on the road from Kovai to Pollachi. Legend has it that the Murti of Ganesha worshipped in the temple was meant to be installed at PatteswararTemple in Perur but the vehicle carrying the murti got stuck at Eachanari and the deity got installed here.

The most important ritual in the temple is Ganapathy Homam, which is conducted every day at 5:30 AM.
Every day there is also the procession of the deity atop a golden chariot.

The temple observes all important Tamil festivals and the most popular being the Vinayaka Chaturthi (August – September).