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Story Of The Birth Of Budh Graha - The Story Of Budha Graha In Hinduism

Budh Graha, Mercury, is one among the navagrahas, nine planets, as per Hinduism. The movement of Budh Grah in a horoscope is very important in Hindu astrology. The story of the birth of Budha is of great importance as the story also gives suggestions regarding women’s freedom to move away from a bad marriage. Budh is the son of Sage Brihaspati and Tara. But he was fathered by Chandra, the Hindu Moon God. Sage Brihaspati was the Guru of the Devas and he was only interested in rituals and studies. The Sage never showed any interest in Tara . A disillusioned Tara soon fell in love with Chandra and abandoned her husband. Indra, the king of Devas, once decided to conduct a yajna to get stronger to face the Asuras or demons. Sage Brihaspati used this as an opportunity and said that he can only perform the yajna with his wife by his side. The Devas were divided on the issue. Some saw no reason in Tara returning to a husband who only needed her for rituals. They argued that

Difference between Sastha and Ayyappa

Sastha or Shastavu or Shasta is one among the numerous names of Ayyappa worshipped at the famous Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple in Kerala. Some people believe that Sasta and Ayyappa are two different deities. This is because Sastha is mentioned to have two wives. But Ayyappa is a Brahmachari. When the term Ayyappa is used He is always a Brahmachari. But when the term Sasta is used he can be Brahmachari or Grahasta. This is because Sastha is a very popular village deity in Kerala, Tamil Nadu and parts of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. The particular rural story prevalent in a particular area gives Sasta the status of Brahmachari or Grahasta (married). The name Sasta is mentioned in the Skanda Purana. Sasta with two wives Purna and Puskala and a son is worshipped mainly as Gram Devata - village deity. Some of these earlier villages have become towns. So today there is a Sastha temple in most towns. Ashtottara Satakam is the only scripture that mentions that Sasta has two wi

Hanuman – About Hindu God Hanuman

In Hinduism, Hanuman is the perfect manifestation of devotion, humility, discipline, strength and selfless service. He is the one who has conquered the senses and ego. He is the ideal living being. For many Hindus, he is the trusted lieutenant of Lord Ram in the Ramayana. For non-Hindus, he is the Monkey God in Hindu religion. Today, Hanuman is widely worshipped in Hindu culture and is one of the most popular deities. Birth of Hanuman Hanuman is the son of Vayu, the wind-god, and Anjani. He is believed to be the incarnation of Lord Shiva. Chiranjeevi In Hindu tradition, Hanuman is designated as Chiranjeevi – the ever living. He lives among us and is believed to present where Lord Ram is worshipped. There is also a popular belief that he lives in the Himalayas . Hanuman the Scholar His Guru is Lord Surya (Sun God). He is a master of literature, grammar, politics, commerce, economics, music, arts, sciences, philosophy, mysticism and occult. Lord Ram

Balumbai Devi Yatra at Umbarde near Khatav

Umbarde Balumbai Devi Yatra is annually organized in Paush month. It is observed at the Balumbai Mandir at Umbarde village near Khatav in Satara District of Maharashtra. Thousands of people arrive to witness the jatra and festival. Umbarde Balumbai Devi Yatra 2023 date is January 6. Balumbai Devi Temple is located around 19 km from Khatav. Balumbai Devi Yatra attracts devotees from nearby villages and town. The annual yatra is famous for its unique rituals. The temple is lavishly decorated on the occasion with flowers, leaves, lamps  and lights. Balumbai Devi Yatra is annually observed on Paush Purnima Tithi or the full moon day in Paush month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Utteshwar Padmavati Devi Temple Yatra at Walne in Mahabaleshwar

Utteshwar Padmavati Yatra at Walne is observed in Paush month. It is organized at the Utteshwar Padmavati Devi Temple at Walne in Mahabaleshwar , Maharashtra. Hundreds of people participate in the annual jatra. Utteshwar Yatra 2023 date at Valne is January 6. Utteshwar Padmavati Devi Temple at Walne is located around 40 km from Mahabaleshwar. Utteshwar Padmavati Devi Temple is decorated beautifully for the occasion with lights and lamps. Various rituals are observed during the period. Utteshwar Yatra at Walne is observed on Paush Purnima day or the full moon day in Paush month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Matoba Yatra at Naitale in Niphad, Nashik

Matoba Yatra at Naitale is observed in Paush month. It is organized at the Matoba Maharaj Temple at Naitale in Niphad, Nashik District , Maharashtra. Hundreds of people participate in the annual jatra. Matoba Yatra at Naitale in 2023 date is January 6. Matoba Temple is located around 46 km from Nashik. Shri Matoba Maharaj Maharaj is decorated beautifully for the occasion with lights and lamps. Various rituals are observed during the period. Hundreds of followers of the Maharaj participate in the festivities and fair. Matoba Yatra at Naitale is observed on Paush Purnima day or the full moon day in Paush month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Siddhanath Yatra at Kharsundi in Atpadi, Sangli

Siddhanath Yatra at Kharsundi is observed in Paush month. It is the annual fair and festival at the Siddhanath Temple at Kharsundi in Atpadi, Sangli District, Maharashtra. Hundreds of people participate in the annual jatra. Siddhanath Yatra 2023 (beginning) date at Kharsundi is January 6. The shrine is decorated beautifully for the occasion with lights and lamps. Various rituals are observed during the period. Siddhanath Yatra at Kharsundi is observed from Paush Purnima day or the full moon day in Paush month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Bhagwati Devi Yatra at Munge near Devgad – Munage Bhagavati Devi Temple Festival

Bhagwati Devi Yatra at Munge is observed in Paush month. It is the annual fair and festival at Bhagwati Devi Temple at Munage near Devgad, Sindhudurg, Maharashtra. Hundreds of people participate in the annual jatra. Bhagwati Devi Yatra 2023 date at Munge is January 6. The shrine is decorated beautifully for the occasion with lights and lamps. Various rituals are observed during the period. Bhagwati Devi Yatra at Munge is observed on Paush Purnima day or the full moon day in Paush month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Rasai Devi Devi Yatra and Palkhi at Achirne in Vaibhavwadi

Rasai Devi Devi Yatra and Palkhi at Achirne is observed in Paush month. It is organized at the Rasai Devi Devi Temple at Achirne in Vaibhavwadi, Sindhudurg, Maharashtra. Hundreds of people participate in the annual jatra. Rasai Devi Devi Yatra and Palkhi 2023 date is January 6. Rasai Devi Devi Temple is located around 8 km from Vaibhavwadi. The shrine is decorated beautifully for the occasion with lights and lamps. Various rituals are observed during the period. Thousands of people participate to witness the Palkhi or Palanquin carried around the streets. Rasai Devi Devi Yatra and Palkhi at Achirne is observed on Paush Purnima day or the full moon day in Paush month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Sant Vamanbhau Maharaj Punyatithi at Gahininath Gad in Beed

Sant Vamanbhau Punyatithi is observed in Paush month. It is the death anniversary of Sant Vamanbhau Maharaj. It is of great importance at Gahininath Gad in Beed, Maharashtra. Sant Vamanbhau Maharaj Punyatithi 2023 date is January 15. Hundreds of devotees participate in the various programs organized on the day by followers of Sant Vamanbhau Maharaj. Sant Vamanbhau Maharaj Mandir is located at Gahininath Gad. Sant Vamanbhau Maharaj Punyatithi is annually observed on Paush Krishna Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day during the waning phase of moon as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra. The shrine at Gahininath Gad is located around 66 km from Beed.

Pozhikkara Devi Temple Festival – Paravur Pozhikkara Devi Temple Vishakam Festival

Pozhikkara Devi Temple is located near Paravur in Kollam District in Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga Bhagavathi and is around 5 km from Paravur. The annual temple festival is observed in Makaram month and lasts for ten days. The shrine is located very close to the Arabian Sea. The most important day during the annual festival is the Vishakam Nakshatra in Makaram month. The temple is traditionally decorated with plantain, coconut leaves, flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights for the festival. The annual festival is noted for various rituals and begins with kodiyettam and concludes with arattu. Procession with characters from Hindu epics, melam, fireworks and sheevali are part of the festival. Traditional performing arts, music and dance are staged during the period. Hundreds of people arrive on the day to witness various rituals and festivities. Kazhcha seeveli, Ayilyam ottu, Sree Bali and Sopana Sangeetham are part of the festival. The festival ends with Arat

True Experience Is Living Our Own Life

Many of us live a borrowed spiritual life. Some try to create replica of someone successful in their life. Some are mere blind followers. However, all this are not the real us. True experience is living our own life. Self-realization happens when we experience it. All teachings are just words. They are mere references. To experience ‘That,’ we need to venture into the unknown world within us. This needs intense concentration and deep contemplation. Finally we see the light within us and the same light in all animate and inanimate. As per Hindu teachings, we all are essence of that Supreme Truth. However, layers and layers of ignorance is covering it. This is blocking us from reaching our ultimate goal – self-realization. As we cannot work hard to remove the ignorance, we become followers or try to imitate someone who has achieved self realization. Sadly, we never even come near true experience. True experience happens when we search to find answer to Who AM I? This