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Angushapurusha - God who controls elephants in Hindu Tradition

Angushapurusha, or Angusapurushan, is the deity who controls elephants as per Hindu tradition. Angusha or Ankus is goad – the long stick with sharp edges used to control elephants. Purusha is the deity that holds the goad. Legend has it that saints realized that elephants can be extremely dangerous to human beings. So they offered prayers to Hindu God Kartik (Muruga or Subrahmanya). Karik who realized the difficulties asked Brahma to create a deity that will keep the elephants under control. This deity is Angushapurusha.

Angushapurusha has deep red eyes and huge teeth. He is distinguished by his beautiful golden crown. He has two arms and his weapon is goad.
He has four different types of goad – shaped like lightning, like a new moon, like nail and with pointed edges like thorns.
The popular belief is that all elephants are sacred of Angushapurusha.

Jambavan – The Story of the Origin of Jambavan

Jambavan is one among the Chiranjeevis in Hindu tradition and he had witnessed all the nine avatars of Vishnu. For most people, Jambavan is the old and wise sloth bear character in Ramayan. The story of the origin of Jambavan is very interesting and there are two popular versions of it.
Legend has it that Jambavan appeared from the mouth of Brahma. This happened when Brahma was yawning.
Another legend has it that the demons Madhu and Kaitabha had challenged Brahma for a war. Brahma got sacred and he started sweating profusely and from the sweat appeared Jambavan. Madhu and Kaitabha were later vanquished by Goddess Durga.
It is believed that Jambavan got his name after he had first climbed a mountain named Jambunanda.
Related Jambavan and Sri Krishna

Kanya Rashi June 2016 – Kanya Rasi Predictions – Virgo Zodiac in June 2016

Kanya Rashi, or Virgo Horoscope, born people will see improvement in family matters in June 2016. Good and auspicious dates in June 2016 for Kanya Rasi, or Virgo Zodiac, are June 1, 6, 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 18, 19, 25, 26, 27 and June 28. The predictions are based on moon sign.

Help from family members.
Sudden reversal of fortune or job loss.
You will overcome tough situations through hard work and determination.
Difference of opinion with friends.
Increase in expenditure.
Delay in marriage matters.
Legal trouble for some.
Health will be fine.
Travels will be hectic.
Students will have a good month

Simha Rashi June 2016 – Simha Rasi Predictions – Leo Zodiac in June 2016

Simha Rashi, or Leo horoscope, born people will have a positive period in June 2016. Gains due to honesty. Increase in stature in society. Marriage related matters. Good and auspicious dates in June 2016 for Simha Rashi, or Leo Zodiac, are June 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 15, 16, 17, 23, 24, 25, and June 26. Predictions based on moon sign.

Luck is in your favour. Gains from games, lottery and speculation. Your hard work will be rewarded in this month. Your stature will improve. Happiness due to children. You will meet old friends or relatives. Pilgrimage. New thoughts. Marriage will be fixed. Health will improve.

Karka Rashi June 2016 – Kark Rashi Predictions – Cancer Zodiac in June 2016

Karka Rashi, or Cancer Horoscope, born people will see trouble in financial matters in June 2016. Good and auspicious dates in June 2016 for Kark Rasi, or Cancer Zodiac, are June 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 13, 14, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 29 and June 30. The predictions are based on moon sign.

You will undertake spiritual travels. Opportunity to prove your talent. Luck is in your favour. Increase in expenditure. There will be difference of opinion among family members. Some trouble at the workplace will haunt you all month. Progress in marriage matters. Trouble in romantic relationship. Health will be fine. Good period for students.

Mithuna Rashi June 2016 – Mithun Rasi Predictions – Gemini Zodiac in June 2016

Mithuna Rashi, or Gemini Horoscope, born people will show interest in spirituality in June 2016. Good and auspicious dates in June 2016 for Mithun Rasi, or Gemini Zodiac, are June 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29 and June 30. The predictions are based on moon sign.
Unwanted arguments and fights will cause trouble.
Lack of peace.
Some financial troubles.
Lack of understanding among family members.
You will meet old friends.
Happiness due to children.
Marriage related plans will move ahead smoothly.
Health troubles will keep some occupied.

Vrishabha Rashi June 2016 – Rishabh Rasi Predictions – Taurus Zodiac in June 2016

Vrishabha Rashi, or Taurus Horoscope, born people will see improvement in business in June 2016. Good and auspicious dates in June 2016 for Rishabh Rasi, or Taurus Zodiac, are June 1, 4, 5, 8, 9, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 25, 26, 27 and June 28. Predictions based on Moon sign.

Improvement in stature. Better atmosphere in the family. Opposite sex will bring joy and happiness. Unwanted thoughts and fear of future happenings. You will get help from friends and relatives Reward for honesty and hard work. Marriage plans will be delayed. Health troubles.

Mesha Rashi June 2016 – Mesha Rasi Predictions – Aries Zodiac in June 2016

Mesha Rashi, or Aries Horoscope, born people will face difficulties due to children in June 2016. Good and auspicious dates in June 2016 for Mesha Rasi, or Aries Zodiac, are June 2, 3, 6, 7, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29 and June 30. The prediction is based on Moon sign.

Students will face tough situations.

Not a good period for those taking tests and interviews.

There is no substitute to hard work and dedication.

Tension and disturbing thoughts.

Business people will meet with success.

Travels will be planned.

Some of you will show renewed vigor and enthusiasm and this will lead to success and prosperity.

Professionals will see positive changes at the workplace.

Health issue of a family member will keep you busy for a few days.
Marriage plans will be successful.

Indra and Surabhi – the Kamadhenu

Indra once happened to see Surabahi, the Kamadhenu (divine cow), crying in the Indraloka. Indra asked he why she was crying.

Surabhi then described the troubles that her children are going through in the world. She told him that her sons were ploughing without rest. They were always tied to the yoke of farmers.

She said that she was overwhelmed by their sufferings and tears rolled out from her eyes.

Indra’s heart melted due to the tears of Surabhi.
Indra then caused heavy showers in the world, when ploughing became impossible. Thus the sons of Surabhi (oxen) got rest in the world.

Narasimha Swamy Anjaneyar Temple – Namakkal in Tamil Nadu

Narasimha Swamy Anjaneyar Temple is a unique shrine dedicated to Narasimha Avatar of Vishnu and Hanuman (Anjaneyar). Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped here as Namagiri Thayaar. The shrine is located around 1 kilometer from Namakkal town in Tamil Nadu.



Legend has it that Hanuman brought the murti of Narasimha Swamy worshipped here from the Himalayas. Hanuman carried the mountain with the medicinal herb to save Bhagavan Sri Ram. The mountain contained a Shaligram form of Narasimha, which was worshipped by Bhakta Prahlada.

Hanuman had to place the mountain at Namakkal during his journey to Lanka. The Shaligram did not move from its spot. Therefore, Hanuman decided to place it there. He then returned with the rest of mountain to Lanka to save Bhagavan Sri Ram.

Hanuman murti is standing on the western side of the temple in the open and offering prayers to Narasimha Swamy. People worship Anjaneyar here to get relief from horoscope related problems – especially those related to Rahu and Shani.

Uttaraphalguni Nakshatra date and time in 2017 - Uttara Phalguni Birth Star date in 2017

Uttaraphalguni Nakshatra 2017 dates based on traditional Hindu calendar, Astrology and Panchangam. Uttara Phalguni Birth Star, also known as Uttara Phalguni or Uthiram in South India, is the eleventh Nakshatra among the 27 Nakshatras. Below are Uttaraphalguni Nakshatra date in 2017. The astrological prediction of the birth star as per Moon Sign is that of Simha Rashi (Leo Zodiac). Surya or sun is the Lord of the Raasi. The color of Purvaphalguni is light brown.

Uttaraphalguni Nakshatra Days in 2017 as per Indian Standard Time (IST)

Time in North - South and Eastern parts of India

January 17, 2017 Time is from 1:49 AM on January 17 to 2:53 AM on January 18, 2017.

February 14, 2017 Time is from 9:18 AM on February 13 to 10:16 AM on February 14.

March 13, 2017 Time is from 4:54 PM on March 12 to 5:46 PM on March 13.

April 9, 2017 Time is from 12:36 AM on April 9 to 1:20 AM on April 10.

May 7, 2017 Time is from 8:20 AM on May 6 to 8:59 AM on May 7.

June 3, 2017 Time is from 4:10 PM on Jun…

Purvaphalguni Nakshatra date and time in 2017 – Purva Phalguni Birth Star date in 2017

Purvaphalguni Nakshatra time and dates in 2017 based on traditional Hindu calendar, Astrology and Panchangam.  Purva Phalguni Birth Star, also known as Poorva Phalguni or Pooram in South India, is the eleventh Nakshatra among the 27 Nakshatras. Below are Purvaphalguni Nakshatra date in 2017. The astrological prediction of the birth star Purva Phalguni Nakshatra as per Moon Sign is that of Simha Rashi (Leo Zodiac). Surya or sun is the Lord of the Raasi. The color of Purvaphalguni is light brown.

Purvaphalguni Nakshatra date and time in 2017

Time in North - South and Eastern parts of India


January 16, 2017 Time is from 1:14 AM on January 16 to 1:49 AM on January 17, 2017.
February 13, 2017 Time is from 8:51 AM on February 12 to 9:18 AM on February 13.
March 12, 2017 Time is from 4:33 PM on March 11 to 4:54 PM on March 12.
April 8, 2017 Time is from 12:21 AM on April 8 to 12:36 AM on April 9.
May 6, 2017 Time is from 8:11 AM on May 5 to 8:20 AM on May 6.
June 2, 2017 Time is from 2:07 PM…

Inward Gaze Alone Can Protect Us from Suffering and Trouble

At the individual level, the problem of the outward gaze keeps us preoccupied with the problems of others, other beings or things. We are always concerned with this person or that thing and set out to correct them, all the time unaware of the manifold problems we are suffering from, both physical and mental.

These are the symptoms of the deeper problem of not understanding our true nature, which is spiritual. If we desire material or spiritual success, if we desire peace, we need to turn our gaze inwards. This inward gaze alone can protect us from suffering and trouble. Just like machines that come with a self-repairing mechanism, we need to develop a self-analysing and self-correcting mechanism.

If we need peace, we need to take a moment and analyse this life of ours, its pace and its destination. Where are we headed to? What pace are we travelling in? Such questions need to be asked constantly and at every moment of our lives. The inward gaze has to be so penetrating that we should…

Madmaheshwar Temple dedicated to Hindu God Shiva – A Temple in Panch Kedar Yatra

MadmaheshwarTemple is dedicated to Hindu God Shiva and is located in MansunaVillage in Uttarakhand which is around 20-km Trek from Uniana. Also known as MadhyamaheshwarTemple, this is the fourth temple in the Panch Kedar Pilgrimage and is located at an altitude of 3289 m. It is believed that the torso including the navel of the bull form of Shiva appeared at Madmaheshwar. In a calendar year, the temple is only open from May to October. The temple remains closed during the winter period and the murti is shifted to Ukhimath and worshipped there during the harsh winter. The temple remains covered in snow during the period.
The temple is believed to have been built by the Pandavas. They had reached the Garhwal Himalayas to seek pardon from Shiva for the killings they had during the Mahabharata war. But Shiva was not ready to pardon and took the form of a bull to hide from Pandavas. But when Pandavas detected the disguise, Shiva thrust himself into the ground and the body parts reemerged …

Lord Shiva Gets Letters from Devotees at Chitai Temple in Almora

Innumerable are the ways in which a Hindu devotee approaches God. At ChitaiTemple in Almora in Uttarakhand, devotees write letters to Golu Devata or Lord Golu, an incarnation of Lord Shiva. The letters are hung in the temple premises. And when the wishes mentioned in the letters are fulfilled, devotees return to hang bells in the temple. And thousands of bells that are hung around the ChitaiTemple stands testimony to the fact that wishes indeed get fulfilled by praying at the temple.

ChitaiTemple in Almora is also known as Neleya Pant temple. The presiding deity in the temple is known as Golu or Gaur Bhairav (Shiva) and is popular deity in this region. He is also known as the Justice God – as he is believed to provide justice to devotees with devotion. Thousands of bells that are hung around the temple and beautiful surroundings give an awe-inspiring charm to the place. Daily India reports ‘He is known to be the God of justice. People from different parts of India and abroad come he…

Dattatreya and Kartavirya Arjuna

There is a popular belief that the Kartavirya Arjuna had thousand arms due to the blessing of Lord Dattatreya. Kartaviryarjuna wanted to obtain supernatural powers. He took the advice of Sage Garga for getting his desire fulfilled.

Sage Garga asked Kartavirya Arjuna to offer prayers to Lord Dattatreya, who was an incarnation of the Trimurti.

Therefore, Kartavlryarjuna and his wife went Narmada River and took bath in the river and did penance to please Dattatreya.

Lord Dattatreya was in intense meditation in a nearby place. Pleased with the penance of the king, Dattatreya asked him what boon he wanted.

Kartaviryarjuna asked for thousand arms. Dattatreya granted his wishes.

This story is found in the Brahma Purana.

Related Thousand Hands of Sahasrarjuna

Magha Nakshatra date and time 2017 – Magham Birth Star dates in 2017

Magha Nakshatra 2017 dates based on traditional Hindu calendar, Astrology and Panchangam. Magha Nakshatram, also known as Magh or Makam or Magham in South India, is the tenth Nakshatra among the 27 Nakshatras. Below are Magha Nakshatra dates in 2017. The astrological prediction of Magha Nakshatra as per Moon Sign is that of Simha Rashi (Leo Zodiac). Surya or Sun is the Lord of the Raasi. The color of Magha is Ivory or Cream.

Magha Nakshatra date and time in 2017

Time in North - South and Eastern parts of India

January 15, 2017 Time is from 1:10 AM on January 15 to 1:14 AM on January 16, 2017.
February 12, 2017 Time is from 8:52 AM on February 11 to 8:51 AM on February 12.
March 11, 2017 Time is from 4:41 PM on March 10 to 4:33 PM on March 11.
April 7, 2017 Time is from 12:35 AM on April 7 to 12:21 AM on April 8
May 5, 2017 Time is from 8:29 AM on May 4 to 8:11 AM on May 5.
June 1, 2017 Time is from 4:32 PM on May 31 to 4:07 PM on June 1.
June 28, 2017 Time is from 12:35 AM on June 28 …

Ashlesha Nakshatra date and time 2017 – Aslesha Birth Dates in 2017

Ashlesha Nakshatra 2017 time and dates based on traditional Hindu calendar, Astrology and Panchangam. Ashlesha Birth Dates, also known as Aslesha or Ayilyam in South India, is the ninth Nakshatra among the 27 Nakshatras. Below are Ashlesha Nakshatra date in 2017. The astrological prediction of Aslesha Nakshatra as per Moon Sign is that of Kataka or Karka Rashi. Chandra or moon is the Lord of the Raasi. The color of Ashlesha is black – red.

Ashlesha Nakshatra Days as per Indian Standard Time (IST) in 2017

Time in North - South and Eastern parts of India


January 14, 2017 Time is from 1:32 AM on January 14 to 1:10 AM on January 15, 2017.
February 11, 2017 Time is from 9:22 AM on February 10 to 8:52 AM on February 11.
March 10, 2017 Time is from 5:16 PM on March 9 to 4:41 PM on March 10.
April 6, 2017 Time is from 1:03 AM on April 6 to 12:35 AM on April 7
May 4, 2017 Time is from 9:13 AM on May 3 to 8:29 AM on May 4.
May 31, 2017 Time is from 5:19 PM on May 30 to 4:32 PM on May 31.
June 2…

Akshaya Tritiya Shradh – Importance of Shradh Performed on Akshaya Tritiya

Akshaya Tritiya is one of the Kalpadi Tithi and it marks the beginning of Krita Era. Shradh and Tarpan performed on the day are highly meritorious and everlasting. Making donations on the day on earth to poor people is equal to offering to the deceased ancestor’s souls. The importance of Akshaya Tritiya Shradh is mentioned in the Garuda Puran.
If donations are made on the day the soul of the ancestors will not be tormented by the lieutenants of Lord Yama.
Things that can be donated as part of Akshaya Tritiya Shradh include uncooked food, water pot, umbrella, footwear and fan.

Hari Bol Hari Bol Bhajan Lyrics

Hari Bol Hari Bol is very popular bhajan dedicated to Bhagavan Sri Krishna. It is chanted for attaining peace and prosperity. The prayer can be chanted whenever performing prayers to Lord Krishna. The lyrics of the Bhajan in English is given below:

Hari Bol, Hari Bol, Hari Hari Bol (2 times all lines)
Mukund Madhav Govind Bol
Keshav Madhav Govind Bol
Mukund Madhav Hari Hari Bol

Vasudeva Sutam Devam in Hindi

Vasudeva Sutam Devam is very popular bhajan dedicated to Bhagavan Sri Krishna. The lyrics of the Bhajan in Hindi is given below: It is chanted for attaining peace and prosperity. The prayer can be chanted whenever performing prayers to Lord Krishna.



The meaning of this Mantra is given in English below:

My salutation to Lord Krishna, the son of Vasudeva,
the Destroyer of Kansa and Chanura,
the Supreme Bliss of Devaki,
the Teacher of the Universe.

Vasudeva Sutam Devam Bhajan Lyrics

Vasudeva Sutam Devam is very popular bhajan dedicated to Bhagavan Sri Krishna. It is chanted for attaining peace and prosperity. The prayer can be chanted whenever performing prayers to Lord Krishna. The lyrics of the Bhajan in English is given below:
Vasudeva Sutam Devam
Kansa Chanura Mardanam
Devaki Paramanandam
Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum

Anjaneya Veera Hanumantha Sura Bhajan Lyrics

Anjaneya Veera Hanumantha Sura is very popular bhajan dedicated to Lord Hanuman. It is chanted for attaining peace and prosperity. The prayer can be chanted whenever performing prayers to Anjaneya or Hanuman. The lyrics of the Bhajan in English is given below:

Anjaneya Vira Hanumant Sura (2 times)
Vayu Kumara Vanara Vira Anjaneya Vira Hanumant Sura
Vayu Kumara Vanara Vira
Shri Ram Duta Jaya Hanumanta
Jai Jai Sita Ram ki Jai Bolo Hanuman ki
Jai Bolo Hanuman ki
Jai Jai Sita Ram ki Jai Bolo Hanuman ki
Ram Lakshman Janaki Jai Bolo Hanuman ki
Jai Bolo Hanuman ki
Jai Jai Sita Ram ki Jai Bolo Hanuman ki
Anjaneya Vira .....

Narasimha Stuti in Telugu in pdf

Narasimha Stuti is chanted to get the blessings of Lord Narasimha – the avatar of Lord Vishnu. The prayer is for wish fulfillment and overcoming all forms of prayer. The Stuti in Telugu in pdf format is given below. The text or lyrics of Narasimha Stuti in Telugu language is provided by Sundar Kidambi of prapatti. It can be chanted daily morning and evening.
Link – Telugu Narasimha Stuti

Tanu Napat in the Vedas

Tanu Napat is a deity mentioned in the Vedas. The deity is associated with Agni. Some scholars are of the view that it is another name of Agni. The meaning of Tanu Napat is ‘son of himself.’

It is believed that he is the god who disperses the benefits of yajna or Vedic sacrifice.

There are 12 verse dedicated to the deity in the Rig Vedas.

The name usually occurs where Agni is invoked under different names.
Some scholars like Naighantuka view Tanu Napat as a separate deity.

Bhagya Lakshmi – Hindu Goddess Bhagyalakshmi

Bhagya Lakshmi is the goddess of luck in Hinduism and she is a form of Goddess Lakshmi. There is a popular belief among some communities that six days after the birth of a child Bhagya Lakshmi writes the child’s fate on the forehead. Yet another and the most widespread belief is that Bhagya Lakshmi can transform a beggar into king and a king into beggar.

In Maharashtra, Bhagya Lakshmi is known Satavai. She is believed to visit the new born baby on the sixth day. There the place where the newborn baby sleeps is kept clean. She is also known as Soubhagyalakshmi in some regions.
Bhagya Lakshmi is worshipped during Diwali by gambling. It is believed by some communities that the luck of the coming year can be determined by playing a game of dice. The game will determine on whose side is Bhagya Lakshmi. It is believed that fortune favors the winner in gambling.
Bhagya Lakshmi is counted among Ashta Lakshmis in many regions.

Pushya Nakshatra 2017 date and time - Pushya Birth Star Date in 2017 in Hindu Calendar

Pushya, or Pushyami or Pusya, is one among the 27 nakshatras. Below are Pushya Nakshatra 2017 dates and time based on Hindu Calendar and Panchang as per India Standard Time. The day Pushya Nakshatra falls is considered highly auspicious for beginning new ventures, investments and purchases. When the day falls on Thursday it is known as Guru pushya amrut and is highly auspicious. Today, Pushya Nakshatra is the ideal day for many people for buying Gold and Jewellery. According to Hindu astrology, the favorable alignment of the stars on Pushya Nakshatra day results in prosperity, success and happiness.

Pushya Nakshatra Days as per Indian Standard Time in 2017:

Time in North - South and Eastern parts of India


January 13, 2017 Time is from 2:17 AM on January 13 to 1:32 AM on January 14, 2017.
February 10, 2017 Time is from 10:10 AM on February 9 to 9:22 AM on February 10.
March 9, 2017 Time is from 6:08 PM on March 8 to 5:16 PM on March 8.
April 5, 2017 Time is from 2:11 AM on April 5 to 1:…

Hanuman Setu Temple in Lucknow

Hanuman Setu Temple is located on the banks of Gomti River near Lucknow University in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. The shrine was early located near the Gomti River ghat but it was shifted due to floods. Neeb Karori Baba consecrated the present structure in 1967.  Setu means bridge. There is a bridge near the temple, which faced numerous difficulties during construction. But after offering prayers and puja to Hanuman, the bridge was completed without any incident.

The main murti of Hanuman worshipped in the shrine is in standing posture. He is clad in a yellow dhoti and red kurta. He also has a silver crown. The murti is depicted as showing Sri Ram and Mata Sita in his heart.

Apart from this, there are murtis of Ganesha, Shiva, Goddess Parvati and Neeb Karori Baba in the temple complex.

A unique custom in the temple is giving letters to Hanuman. Devotees make their wish through letters. The ritual was started by Neeb Karori Baba to help devotees who could not travel to the temple. But tod…

Punarvasu Nakshatra Date and Time in 2017 – Punarpoosam Birth Star dates in 2017

Punarvasu Nakshatra 2017 dates and time based on traditional Hindu calendar, Astrology and Panchangam. Punarvasu Birth Star also known as Punarpoosam in South India, is the seventh Nakshatra among the 27 Nakshatras. Below are Punarvasu Nakshatra dates in 2017. The astrological prediction of Punarvasu Nakshatra as per Moon Sign is that of Mithuna Raasi and Kataka Rashi. As per Hindu astrology birth star Punarvasu Nakshatra, falls under Mithuna Raasi or Gemini Zodiac and also Kataka Rasi or Cancer Zodiac. The first ¾ part of Punarvasu is in Mithuna Rashi and the last quarter is in Kataka Rashi. Mercury or Budha is the Lord of the birth star of the first three quarters. Chandra or moon is the Lord of the last quarter. The lucky color of Ardra is grey or lead.

Punarvasu Nakshatra Date and Time in 2017:

Time in North - South and Eastern parts of India


January 12, 2017 Time is from 3:23 AM on January 12 to 2:17 AM on January 13, 2017.
February 9, 2017 Time is from 11:20 AM on February 8 to …

Working together is the best way to achieve success – Dadi Janki

Every task is easy or the one who is able to co-operate.

Working together is the best way to achieve success. I need to recognize that everyone has his or her individual talents, and when I am able to connect with them, we can work together to complete the task.
To respect other people is to understand and appreciate their unique qualities. I need to understand that every person around me is different; everyone is unique and has amazing qualities and talents. When I look at others in this way I no longer expect them to change according to my wishes, but instead find that I respect them for who they are.
– Dadi Janki

Sankashti Chaturthi May 2017 date – Ganesh Sankatahara Chaturti Monthly Fasting in May Month in 2017

Sankashti Chaturthi, or Ganesh Sankatahara Chaturti, is a monthly fasting dedicated to Hindu God Ganesh. Sankashti Chaturthi May 2017 date is May 14, Sunday and the Chandrodaya or Moon rise time is 9:45 PM.

Ganesha devotees observe Sankashta Chaturti day from sunrise till the sighting of the moon. The day falls on the fourth day during the waning phase of moon or Krishna Paksha in a Hindu lunar month.

Fasting on Sankashti day is believed help in attaining peace, prosperity and knowledge. The fast is mainly observed in Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu. The day is known as Sankatahara Chaturti in Tamil Hindu culture.
The importance of Sankashta Chaturthi Vrata is found in the Narasimha and Bhavishaya Puranas. The greatness of the Vrata was explained by Lord Krishna to Yudhishtira, the eldest of the Pandava brothers.
You may also like to read How to observe Ganesh Sankashti Chaturthi?

Narasimha Stuti in Malayalam in pdf

Narasimha Stuti is chanted to get the blessings of Lord Narasimha – the avatar of Lord Vishnu. The prayer is for wish fulfillment and overcoming all forms of prayer. The Stuti in Malayalam in pdf format is given below. The text or lyrics of Narasimha Stuti in Malayalam language is provided by Sundar Kidambi of prapatti. It can be chanted daily morning and evening.
Link – Malayalam Narasimha Stuti

Ardra Nakshatra dates and time in 2017 – Arudara Birth Star Date in 2017

Ardra Nakshatra 2017 date and time based on traditional Hindu calendar, Astrology and Panchangam. Ardra Birth Star, also known as Arudara or Thiruvathirai in South India, is the sixth Nakshatra among the 27 Nakshatras. Below are Ardra Nakshatra dates in 2017. The astrological prediction of Ardra Nakshatra as per Moon Sign is that of Mithuna Raasi or Gemini Zodiac. Mercury or Budha is the Lord of the birth star. The lucky color of Ardra is green.

Ardra Nakshatra Days in 2017 as per Indian Standard Time (IST)

Time in North - South and Eastern parts of India
January 11, 2017 Time is from 4:45 AM on January 11 to 3:23 AM on January 12, 2017.
February 8, 2017 Time is from 12:45 PM on February 7 to 11:20 AM on February 8.
March 7, 2017 Time is from 8:49 PM on March 6 to 7:22 PM on March 7.
April 3, 2017 Time is from 4:14 AM on April 3 to 3:27 AM on April 4.
May 1, 2017 Time is from 1:07 PM on April 30 to 11:35 AM on May 1.
May 28, 2017 Time is from 9:12 PM on May 27 to 7:48 PM on May 28.
Ju…

Mrigasira Nakshatra date and time 2017 – Murg or Mrigshirsha Birth Star dates and time in 2017

Mrigasira Nakshatra 2017 dates and time based on traditional Hindu calendar, Astrology and Panchangam. Mrigasira Birth Star, also read as Mrigshirsha or Murg, is the fifth Nakshatra among the 27 Nakshatras. Below are Mrigasira Nakshatra dates in 2017. The astrological prediction of Mrug Nakshatra as per Moon Sign is that of Vrishaba Rashi and Mithuna Raasi. As per Hindu astrology birth star Mrigasira Nakshatra, falls under Vrishabha Rashi or Taurus Zodiac and also Mithuna Raasi or Gemini Zodiac. The first half of Mrigasira is in Vrishaba Rashi and the next half is in Mithuna Rashi. Mangal is the Lord of the first half and Mercury or Budha is the lord the next half. The lucky color of Mrigshirsha is silver grey.

Mrigasira Nakshatra 2017 date and time

Time in North - South and Eastern parts of India

January 10, 2017 Time is from 5:18 AM on January 10 to 4:45 AM on January 11, 2017.
February 7, 2017 Time is from 2:20 PM on February 6 to 12:45 PM on February 7.
March 6, 2017 Time is from …

Rohini Nakshatra dates and time 2017 – Rohini Birth Star Date in 2017

Rohini Nakshatra 2017 dates and time based on traditional Hindu calendar, Astrology and Panchangam. Rohini Birth Star is the fourth Nakshatra among the 27 Nakshatras. Below are Rohini Nakshatra dates and time in 2017. The astrological prediction of this Nakshatra as per Moon Sign is that of Vrishaba Rashi. Venus or Shukra is the Lord of this birth star. The lucky color of Rohini star is white.

Rohini Nakshatra 2017 date and time:

Time in North - South and Eastern parts of India


January 9, 2017 Time is from 7:56 AM on January 9 to 5:18 AM on January 10, 2017.
February 6, 2017 Time is from 4:00 PM on February 5 to 2:20 PM on February 6
March 5, 2017 Time is from 12:06 AM on March 5 to 10:26 PM on March 5.
April 1, 2017 Time is from 8:15 AM on April 1 to 6:33 AM on April 2.
April 29, 2017 Time is from 4:26 PM on April 28 to 2:45 PM on April 29.
May 26, 2017 Time is from 12:40 AM on May 26 to 11:00 PM on May 26.
June 23, 2017 Time is from 8:56 AM on June 22 to 7:17 AM on June 23.
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Patala Loka in Hindu Religion

Patala Loka is the lowest of the seven netherworlds in Hindu religion. This city below the surface of earth was built by Maya and is occupied by serpent chief or important Nagas. The glittering gems on the hoods of the Nagas light up the place.

Stories about Patala Loka are mentioned in the Srimad Bhagavad Purana, Skanda Purana, Brahmanda Puranda, Kurma Purana and other Hindu scriptures.

As per Skanda Purana a rare murti of the Hatakeshvara form of Shiva is found in Patala Loka.

As per Brahmanda Purana, dharmic people who visit Patala Loka are received by the daughters of the serpent chiefts and are entertained with music. During their stay, they are provided with divine elixir which helps the person to regain strength and vitality. The person will then have a strong and powerful body.

It is said that Sage Narada who had visited Patala Loka commented that Patala was more enjoyable that the heaven of Indra.

At the end of the cycle of creation, Patala Loka is also destroyed. It appears…

Narasimha Kavacham in English in pdf

Narasimha Kavacham is chanted to get the protection of Lord Narasima. The prayer is for overcoming fear and enemies. The Kavacham in English in pdf format is given below. The text or lyrics of Narasimha Kavacham in English language is provided by Sundar Kidambi of prapatti. It can be chanted daily morning and evening.
Link – English Narasimha Kavacham

Govindeshwara Gufa or Cave below the Omkareshwar Temple on Mandhata Island near Indore

Govindeshwara Gufa is a sacred cave located below the Omkareshwar Temple on Mandhata Island near Indore in Madhya Pradesh. The cave is associated with Adi Shankaracharya.

It is believed that Adi Shankaracharya met his Guru Govinda Bhagavatpada in the cave during his parikrama of the Narmada.

The concept of Vedanata was narrated to Adi Shankara by Govinda Bhagavatpada in the cave. A murti of Adi Shankara is located in the cave.
Omkareshwar temple is one of the 12 jyotirlinga temples and is located on the Omkareshwar – Mandhata Island.

Trilochaneshwar Mahadev in Ujjain – Story of Trilochaneshwar Form of Shiva – 45th Shiva Temple in Ujjain

Trilochaneshwar Mahadev is worshiped in Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the 84 forms of Shiva worshiped in Ujjain. It is believed that worshipping Trilochaneshwar Form of Shiva will result in attaining worldly happiness. The person will also attain Shivlok after death.

The temple dedicated to Trilochaneshwar Mahadev is located at Ramaji Jat Ki Gali at Namdarpura.

This form of Shiva is associated with giving moksha to two pigeons.

Trilochaneshwar Mahadev is counted among the 84 Shiva Temples in Ujjain and it is the 45th temple visited during the parikarama of Shiavalayas here.

Story of Trilochaneshwar Mahadev of Shiva in Ujjain During ancient times, two pigeons lived at Trilochaneshwar Mahadev. They drank water offered to Shiva and lived on grains offered by devotees. They listened to stories and bhajans of Shiva daily. One a hawk hunted them down. The two pigeons were born as human beings in the next birth. The male pigeon was born as Parimal in the house of a gandharva. The f…

Narasimha Kavacham in Hindi in pdf

Narasimha Kavacham is chanted to get the protection of Lord Narasima. The prayer is for overcoming fear and enemies. The Kavacham in Hindi in pdf format is given below. The text or lyrics of Narasimha Kavacham in Hindi language is provided by Sundar Kidambi of prapatti. It can be chanted daily morning and evening.
Link – Hindi Narasimha Kavacham

Krittika Nakshatra date and time in 2017 – Kruttika or Karthigai Birth Star dates in 2017

Krittika Nakshatra 2017 dates and time based on traditional Hindu calendar, Astrology and Panchangam. Krittika Birth Star, also read as Kruttika or Karthigai, is the third Nakshatra among the 27 Nakshatras. Below are Krittika Nakshatra date in 2017. The astrological predictions of this Nakshatra as per Moon Sign are that of Mesha Raasi and that of Vrishaba Rashi. As per Hindu astrology birth star Krittika Nakshatra, falls under Mesha Rashi or Aries and also Vrishabha Raasi or Taurus Zodiac. The first quarter of Kruttika is in Mesha Rashi and the next ¾ quarter is in Vrishabha Rashi. Mangal is the Lord of the Rasi for first quarter and Venus or Shukra is the lord the next ¾ quarter. The lucky color of Karthigai is White.

Krittika Nakshatra 2017 date and time

Time in North - South and Eastern parts of India

January 9, 2017 Time is from 9:38 AM on January 8 to 7:56 AM on January 9, 2017.
February 5, 2017 Time is from 6:40 PM on February 4 to 5:07 PM on February 5.
March 4, 2017 Time is f…

Pooran Devi Temple at Purnea in Bihar - Goddes Pooran Devi Mandir at Purnea

Pooran Devi Temple is located at Purnea in Bihar. It is dedicated to Goddess Pooran Devi, a fierce manifestation of Mother Goddess Shakti. This is an unusual temple in which goat sacrifice is practiced to appease the deity.

Mother Goddess Pooran Devi is worshipped in Pindi form here. She is believed to be the combined Shakti of nine forms of Durga. Lord Shiva is also worshipped here in Shivling form.

The most important festival observed here is the Durga Puja.

A pair of elephant trunk is kept in a separate room. It is believed that a Sant removed it from an elephant which belonged to an arrogant Nawab.
People who have their wishes fulfilled sacrifice goats at the shrine.

Wisdom of Ancient Hindus Regarding Nature

One tank is beneficial like 10 wells; one lake does good like 10 tanks; ten lakes are beneficial like one son, but one tree is equal to having 10 sons.

Ancient Hindus considered trees and plants as family members.

 Goddess Lakshmi resides in houses having trees like Bilva, Amlaka, Amra and Kapitha in their compound.

As per scriptures, planting of seeds is done after purifying one’s body by taking bath, wearing clean clothes, offering prayers to ancestors and gods.
As per scriptures, purity of body and mind should be maintained while tending plants.

Narasimha Stuti in Kannada in pdf

Narasimha Stuti is chanted to get the blessings of Lord Narasimha – the avatar of Lord Vishnu. The prayer is for wish fulfillment and overcoming all forms of prayer. The Stuti in Kannada in pdf format is given below. The text or lyrics of Narasimha Stuti in Kannada language is provided by Sundar Kidambi of prapatti. It can be chanted daily morning and evening.
Link – Kannada Narasimha Stuti

Narasimha Kavacham in Malayalam in pdf

Narasimha Kavacham is chanted to get the protection of Lord Narasima. The prayer is for overcoming fear and enemies. The Kavacham in Malayalam in pdf format is given below. The text or lyrics of Narasimha Kavacham in Malayalam language is provided by Sundar Kidambi of prapatti. It can be chanted daily morning and evening.
Link – Malayalam Narasimha Kavacham

Garuda Appears in the Ramayana to Rescue Rama and Lakshman from Nagapasha Arrow of Indrajit

Garuda, the divine eagle and vehicle of Vishnu, appears to rescue Rama and Lakshman who were bound by the Nagapasha Arrow of Indrajit in the Ramayana. The episode is mentioned in the Yuddha Kanda of the Ramayana. Indrajit who could not withstand the assault of Rama uses magic (Maya) to fight. He disappears into the sky and shoots arrows on Rama and Lakshman.
Both Rama and Lakshman are injured as they cannot see Indrajit and his arrows. Finally Indrajit uses the Nagapasha arrow to tie down Rama and Lakshman. Nagas or poisonous snakes form coils on the body Rama and Lakshman and they are made immobile. The poison takes effect on the brothers and both fall unconscious.

Kokilavan Dham – Shani Dev Temple at Kosi Kalan near Mathura in Uttar Pradesh

The famous ShaniDevTemple, also known as Kokilavan Dham, at Kosi Kalan near Mathura in Uttar Pradesh is believed to be the spot where Lord Krishna gave darshan to Sani Dev (God Shani). The temple is visited by thousands of devotees on Saturday (Shanivar), the day dedicated to Lord Shani. 
There is an interesting story associated with Lord Krishna and Shani Dev and the Kokilavan Dham. Legend has it that when Lord Krishna was born all Devas (demi gods) visited Nandagaon. Shani Dev too came to see little Krishna but Yashoda did not let him see young Krishna. Reason Shanidev might bring bad upon Krishna.
Shani felt disappointed and went to a nearby forest and started performing austerities (tapas). He wanted to know why he was being sidelined when he is doing his duty of punishing people according to their Karma. It is said that Shani only creates trouble on those people who do bad Karma.

Moved by Shani’s plight, Lord Krishna appeared before him in the forest and asked him to stay near N…