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Hanuman and Diwali – Worship and Puja of Lord Hanuman during Deepavali

Special prayers and pujas dedicated to Lord Hanuman are performed a day before Diwali in North India and Gujarat. In 2017, the date of Hanuman Puja during Diwali is on October 18. This day is popularly known as Narak Chaturdashi or Kali Chaudash and Roop Chaturdashi or Chaudash. In several regions, the day before Diwali is believed to the birthday of Bajrang Bali Hanuman.

It must be noted here that in majority of the regions, Hanuman Jayanti is observed on the full moon day in Chaitra month (March – April).

Hanuman puja during Diwali is considered highly auspicious by several communities. This puja is also a major event in Gujarat. Hanuman is believed to give strength to fight evil spirits and inauspiciousness on the day.

On the day of Diwali also special pujas and prayers dedicated to Lord Hanuman is performed. Sindhur and oil are offered to Hanuman on the day.

A major reason for celebrating Diwali is the return of Lord Ram to Ayodhya after his 14-year exile. Lord Ram has himself s…

Prayageshwar Mahadev – About Prayageshwar Form of Shiva – 58th Shiva Temple in Ujjain

Prayageshwar Mahadev is worshiped in Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the 84 forms of Shiva worshiped in Ujjain. It is believed that mere sighting of Prayageshwar form of Shiva will help in cleansing of all sins. The temple dedicated to Prayageshwar Mahadev is located at Rajamal ka ghat.
This form of Shiva is worshiped for attaining heaven by cleansing various sins committed in various births.
Prayageshwar Mahadev is counted among the 84 Shiva Temples in Ujjain and it is the 58th temple visited during the parikarama of Shiavalayas here.
Story of Prayageshwar Mahadev
Sage Narad once happened to see a beautiful young woman near a lake on Shweta Island. Narada asked the woman what she was doing alone in the island. The woman asked sage Narada to close his eyes. When he did, he saw three divine men in the body of the woman.
Sage Narad then tried to use his powers to know more about the woman. But his powers had no effect on the woman.
Sage Narad then asked the woman who she was and …

Kedareshwara Vrata – Kedareshwar Puja on Diwali Amavasi

Kedareshwara Vrata as the name indicates is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is observed on the Amavasi or No moon day occurring during Diwali. Kedareshwara Vrata 2017 date is October 19. Earlier, Kedareshwar Puja used to begin on the Ashtami day of the Krishna Paksha of Ashwin month and end on Amavasi day. Now most people only observe the Kedareshwara Vrata on the Ashwin Amavasi day.
Legend has it that Kedareshwara Vrata was observed by Goddess Parvati to merge with Lord Shiva and be part of his body.
Once a Gana (attendant of Lord Shiva) performed puja of Lord Shiva and did Pradakshina or circumambulation of Lord Shiva. The Gana did not do Pradakshina of Goddess Parvati.
Goddess Parvati asked Shiva why the Gana ignored Her. Shiva was in a playful mood and said that those who know the Supreme Being have nothing to do with Parvati and so he did not do the circumambulation of Her.
Goddess Parvati got angry and left Kailash and started living in a forest on earth. She met Gautama Rishi at …

Diwali Story – The Many Stories Associated with Diwali Festival

The story of Diwali is associated with the victory of the Good over the Evil. There are three popular stories associated with Diwali. The first story is that of the commemoration of the return of Lord Ram to Ayodhya after 14 years of exile – this story is the reason given for observing Diwali in North and western parts of India.
In South India, Diwali is the day in which demon Narakasura was annihilated by Sri Krishna and Sathyabhama. Diwali here is observed on the 14th day of the waning phase of moon – mostly a day earlier to Diwali in North India.
Another story is associated with Goddess Lakshmi (goddess of wealth). It is believed that the goddess emerged from the ocean on this day during the samudra manthan (churning of ocean) by demons and gods. So for the business people, the new business year begins on Diwali.

Another legend has it that Diwali is observed on the darkest day of the year and the world is lit by the arrival of Goddess Lakshmi.
Story of Diwali and Sri Ram
It is belie…

Vedic Vidyalayas are Becoming Popular Again

Study of Vedas are becoming popular again as there is a demand for acharyas and experts in India and many universities across the globe. Times of India reports  The reason behind enrolling wards in the Vedic Vidyalaya is the fact that Vedas are getting popular in western counties and new researches are creating employment. Many western universities are even offering graduate level courses in Vedas, Sanskrit, Hindu philosophy, Yoga, Ayurveda, Jyotish medicinal chemistry among many others.
"Majority of the students who took admission in seven-year course in Vedic schools were from southern schools, but in the past three years students from northern parts of the country are increasingly coming forward to get enrolled in the Vedic schools," said Acharya Pankaj Sharma, Principal of Maharshi Bhardwaj Ved Vedang Shikshan Kendra Prayag, and further informed that around 800 children would be selected for 35 schools this year. The first Vedic school was set up in year 1994 in north In…

An aspiring spirit is man’s basic strength – Thirukural

Go straight for the goal whenever circumstances permit. When circumstances are against, choose the path of least resistance.
Before taking up any enterprise, determine first the exertion necessary, the obstacles on the way and the expected profit at the end.
The way to succeed in any undertaking is to learn its secrets by taking the advice of the person who is an expert in it.
A whole sea of troubles will disappear the moment a knowledgeable mind collects itself to face them. Let all your purposes be grand; or then even if they fail your glory will never tarnish.
An aspiring spirit is man’s basic strength; without it men are like vegetables.
Thirukural

Today’s Hindu Calendar – November 9, 2015 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Monday, November 9, 2015 (Today) – Krishna Paksha TrayodasiTithi or the thirteenth day during the waning phase of the moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the waning phase of the moon till 6:13 PM on November 9. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi or the fourteenth day during the waning phase of the moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is November 9, 2015 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a  good day.
Nakshatra – Hasta or Hastam or Atham Nakshatra till 8:28 AM on November 9. Then onward it is Chitra or Chithirai or Chithira Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Kanya Rashi till 9:45 PM. Then onward it is Tula Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Pradosh Vrat. Dhantersas. Dhanvantari Jayanti. Yam Deep Dan.
Kali Yuga Year – 5117
Vikram Samvant 2072 – Kartik Krishna Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the waning phase of the moon in Kartik mon…