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Angusha Purusha - God who controls elephants in Hindu Tradition

Angushapurusha, or Angus Purushan, 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 ). Kartik 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 Chiranjeevi 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 Ramayana. 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.

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 Rah

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

Madmaheshwar Temple is dedicated to Hindu God Shiva and is located in Mansuna Village in Uttarakhand which is around 20-km Trek from Uniana. Also known as Madhyamaheshwar Temple , 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

Lord Shiva Gets Letters from Devotees at Chitai Temple in Almora

Innumerable are the ways in which a Hindu devotee approaches God. At Chitai Temple 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 Chitai Temple stands testimony to the fact that wishes indeed get fulfilled by praying at the temple. Chitai Temple 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 differ

Dattatreya And Kartavirya Arjuna - How Kartavirya Got 1000 Arms?

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, Kartaviryarjuna 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.

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.

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 Bhagyalakshmi 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 Saubhagyalakshmi 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. It is believed that the luck provided by

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

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 Purana, Kurma Purana and other Hindu scriptures. As per Skanda Purana a rare murti of the Hatkeshwara 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 chiefs 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 destro

Govindeshwar Gufa - Cave Associated With Adi Shankara In Omkareshwar Temple

Govindeshwar 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 Vedanta 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. It is believed that vyakarana mahabhashyam was taught by Gaudapada to Govinda Bhagavatpada in the cave. 

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

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

Pooran Devi Temple at Purnea in Bihar - Goddess 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

Garuda Rescues Rama and Lakshman From Nagapasha Arrow Of Indrajit In Ramayana

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. The vanarasena is worried. Sushena, the physician, asks Hanuman to bring Sanjivakarani and Vishalyakarani two herbs. But suddenly a strong breeze appeared in the area. Mountains and trees started swaying in the strong breeze. Huge waves appeared in the ocean. Vanaras looked up and saw Garuda in the sky.

Kokilavan Dham – Story Of Shani Dev Temple at Kosi Kalan Mathura Uttar Pradesh

The famous Shani Dev Temple , 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 Shani Dev (God Shani). The temple is visited by thousands of devotees on Saturday (Shanivar), the day dedicated to Lord Shani. Kokilavan Dham Story 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 (demigods) visited Nandgaon. 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 be

Kokila Sashti

Kokila Sashti is observed in Vaisakh month and is dedicated to Goddess Sati. Kokila Sashti 2023 date is April 11. Shashti or Shasti is the sixth day during a lunar fortnight. There is a legend that Goddess Sati spent 1000 celestial years as a cuckoo before she got back her shape and merged with Shiva. This happened after the incident mentioned in the Puranas in which Sati immolated herself.  Kokila Sashti is observed during the Vaishakh Krishna Paksha or waning phase of moon.

Hanuman And Akampana In Ramayana

Akampana was one of the demons and a trusted lieutenant of Ravana. He was killed by Hanuman in the Ramayana. It is mentioned in the Sarga 56, Yuddha Kanda of Ramayan. When Rakshasa Dhoom Raksha was killed by Hanuman, Ravana asked Akampana to enter the battlefield. He led a vast army of demons and fought fiercely against the Vanarasena (monkey army). But majority of the demons were killed by the Vanarasena headed by Hanuman. Akampana was furious and started attacking monkeys like a mad man. Hanuman countered him barehanded. Hanuman threw a huge boulder on Akampana. The demon reduced the huge stone into powder with his arrows. Hanuman then uprooted a tree and whirled it like a wheel killing many demons. Akampana sent fourteen arrows at Hanuman but they were all blocked. Hanuman then uprooted another huge tree and hit Akampana on his head. This resulted in the death of Akampana.

Triprayar Temple Timings – Opening Closing Pooja Time and Details at Triprayar Sri Rama Temple in Kerala

Triprayar Sri Rama Temple is located near Thrissur in Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Bhagavan Sri Ram. Triprayar Temple Timings with detail opening and closing time is given below. Please note that the pooja and darshan time will extended or curtailed during important rituals. The shrine will remain closed during Grahan or Eclipse. Triprayar Temple Morning Pooja Timings 3:00 AM to 12:00 PM Triprayar Sri Rama Temple Evening Darshan Timings 4:30 PM to 8:30 PM Deeparadhana is at 6:30 PM. (depends on the sunrise and sunset timing) The first puja is the early morning Nirmalya Puja from 3:00 AM. Witnessing this is considered highly meritorious. The important pujas in the shrine are Usha Puja, Ethirtha Puja, Panthiradi Puja, Ucha Puja and Athazha Puja.

Download Bhagavad Gita in English with commentary of Swami Chinmayananda for free

Srimad Bhagavad Gita, the Divine Song of the Lord, needs no introduction as it is the most popular text in Hinduism. The Holy Geeta, a modern Commentary on Srimad Bhagawad Geeta, by Swami Chinmayananda is one of the most sought after commentaries of the Bhagavad Gita. Now, Chinmaya Mission UK is providing an opportunity to download the Holy Gita with Commentary of Swami Chinmayananda for free. The commentary on Gita by Swami Chinmayananda is noted for its careful analysis and brilliant reasoning. Going beyond the literal meaning, Swami Chinmayananda reveals the hidden meaning in each shloka – the message and teachings which is applicable in all ages. You can try downloading from these links – Gita Download - this comes along with the Geeta Vaatika software – an electronic set up of Gita and features numerous articles on Bhagavad Gita plus an opportunity to compare different shlokas. Or from Holy Geeta - this is an E-book. You may also like to read Dow

Hanumanchatti Temple – Hanuman Chatti Mandir in Uttarakhand

Hanumanchatti Temple is a base camp for pilgrims heading towards Badrinath Temple. The mandir is a small one and it can accommodate only a couple of devotees. Hanuman Chatti Mandir is located on the banks of Alakananda River. Badrinath temple is around 12 km from Hanumanchatti. Hanuman murti is depicted as doing kirtan in the temple. Small murtis of Ram Parviar (Sri Ram, Mata Sita and Lakshman) can be seen in the sanctum sanctorum. There are also small bronze murtis of Hanuman in various postures in the shrine. Mace or Gada of Hanuman can also be worshipped in the shrine.

Story – How Drona and Drupada Became Enemies in the Mahabharata?

Drona and Drupada were great friends during their childhood days. However, they later became enemies. This is an important story in the Mahabharata and it had far reaching consequences. Drona and Drupada were students of Bharadwaja. During the time of education both Drupada and Drona became great friends. Drupada was the son of King Prsata, who ruled Panchala. Drona was a poor Brahmin. When they were students, Drupada had promised Drona that he would help him financially when he becomes the king of Panchala. After education, both returned to their respective places. Drona became a great archer but remained poor. He got married and had a son, Ashwathama. He found it difficult to make both ends meet. Fed up with poverty, Drona one day approached Drupada who was now the king of Panchala. However, King Drupada did not care to recognize Drona as a friend. When Drona tried to remind him of their friendship, Drupada insulted him. Drona then vowed to avenge the insult.

Deoghar Tapovan Mandir in Jharkhand

Tapovan Mandir is nestled in a quiet and serene spot near Deoghar in Jharkhand. The temple is around 10 km from Deoghar town. Deoghar Tapovan is located at an altitude of 500 feet atop a hill. This has been a place of meditation for thousands of years. There are numerous legends associated with the place. The popular belief is that demon King Ravana performed austerities here to take Lord Shiva to Lanka. Devas then took the help of Hanuman to disturb the austerities of Ravana. A huge stone broken by Hanuman into two to disturb the meditation of Ravana can be found in the temple complex. Legend has it that Bhagavan Sri Ram, Mata Sita and Lakshman stayed on the hill during their exile period in the Ramayan. Sage Valmiki is also believed to have stayed and meditated here. During 19 th century, a saint named Balananda Brahmachari performed intense tapas for more than 50 years here. He worshiped Lord Shiva. He is believed to have had darshan of Shiva here. People believe tha

Nasagra Drishti – Yoga Technique To Bring Unsteady Mind Under Control

Nasagra Drishti is a technique in Yoga. It is fixing the gaze, or drishti, on the tip of the nose. Nasagra Drishti Yoga technique is mainly meant for bringing the unsteady mind under control and for making it stable and sharp. Hatha Yoga Pradipika ( I. 35, 45 – 46) states that one should fix the gaze on the tip of the nose while sitting in the lotus pose (padmasana). Nasagra Drishti is a tough yoga technique and needs to be developed very slowly and cautiously. The Yoga technique makes mind steady through its impact directly on the brain through the optic nerves. The gaze may be also fixed with the eyes closed but this is not mentioned in traditional yoga and Tantric texts. This is less stressful and is more effective especially for beginners. You can also do the Nasagra Drishti for a long period by keeping the eyes closed.

Story of Goddess Meenakshi and Shiva – Story Of Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple in Madurai

Goddess Meenakshi is a manifestation of Mother Goddess Shakti – Adi Parashakti. The story of Goddess Meenakshi and Shiva who are worshipped in Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple in Madurai is found in the Halasya Mahatmyam. Goddess Meenakshi was born as the daughter of King Malayadhwaja and Kanchanamala. She was named Tadatagai. She was the sole child of the royal couple and soon became well versed in arts, science and warfare. After the death of Malayadhwaja, she ascended throne and went on a conquest of the northern regions. Here in the Himalayas, she met Lord Shiva who promised her that he would marry her in Madurai. As promised, Shiva appeared as Soma Sundareswarar – the most handsome man in the universe with a crescent moon on this head. The marriage took place and it is celebrated even today in Chithirai month in Madurai Meenakshi Temple. Shiva then stayed in Madurai with his wife and ruled over the kingdom for some time. He performed numerous miracles to please h

Meghamala – An Ancient Hindu Text on Meteorology

Meteorology was a highly developed science in ancient India. Hindus were particularly concerned about the pattern of rainfall and as it was vital to the agrarian economy. Meghamala is an ancient Hindu text that dealt exclusively on meteorology. The book is in the form of a dialogue between Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute, Pune, possesses four manuscripts of Meghamala - Raudri Meghamala, as section in Gargi Samhita, Maheshwari Meghamala, Bhairavokta Meghamala. The topics dealt in the books include classification of clouds, predicting future rainfall, types of clouds, measurement of rains and other related matters. No critical edition of the text is available.

Kumbh Mela 2016 – Ujjain Kumbh Mela 2016 dates in Madhya Pradesh in India

Kumbh Mela is the sacred holy pilgrimage in Hinduism. Kumbh Mela 2016 dates are from April 22 to May 21, 2016. It will be taking place at Ujjain on the banks of Shipra River in Madhya Pradesh in India. Ujjain Kumbh Mela 2016 detail dates are given below. The Kumbh Mela will begin on April 22, 2016 Shahi Snaan (Royal Holy Dip) – April 22, 2016 Pancheshani Yatra Start – May 1, 2016 Vratparv Varuthini Ekadashi – May 3, 2016 Vaishakh Krishna Amavasya – May 6, 2016 Akshaya Tritiya – May 9, 2016 Shankracharya Jayanti – May 11, 2016 Vrishabh Sankranti – May 15, 2016 Mohini Ekadashi – May 17, 2016 Pradosh – May 19, 2016 Narasimha Jayanti – May 20, 2016 Pramukh Shahi Snaan – May 21 The four Mondays during the period are also considered highly auspicious to take holy dip. April 25, 2016 May 2, 2016 May 9, 2016 May 16, 2016 Planetary Position The Ujjain Kumbh Mela is held on the banks of Shipra River at Ujjain when Sun is in the zodiac sign Aries (M

Narasimha Stuti in Hindi 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 Hindi in pdf format is given below. The text or lyrics of Narasimha Stuti in Hindi language is provided by Sundar Kidambi of prapatti. It can be chanted daily morning and evening. Link  –  Hindi Narasimha Stuti

Bhasmeshwar form of Shiva

Shiva, the greatest teacher, takes the Bhasmeshwar form to show to the world the futility of attachment and desires. Bhasmeshwar means one strewn with ash. He is at perfect ease being Himself. He has negated all socially accepted rituals and behaviors. He has detached himself from everything. Bhasmeshwar form of Shiva is the origin of the concept of the Avadhuta which was popularized by Lord Dattatreya and by many Saints. Ash-smeared Shiva roaming cremation ground is one of the most famous paintings used to depict this form. Shiva is the Supreme Truth and he extols through the Bhasmeshvar form that all that we hold dear, including our body, even the universe will one day turn into ash. Once this supreme truth is understood, then working and living society will become easy. We will not be bothered by false ideas of approval and social acceptance. Such a person will be more creative and helpful to the society.

Sati Chita – Funeral Pyre at Sati Math in Odisha is Burning non-stop for more than two centuries

Sati Math is located in Dharakote Gada around 53 km from Berhampur in Ganjam District in Odisha. Sati Chita here has been burning non-stop for more than two centuries. It has been burning for 254 years. Chandrama Devi became sati in 1788 in the funeral pyre. The Mahantas of the Sati Mat' keep maintaining the Math along with the Sati Chita. DNA reports The practice of keeping the 'Sati Chita' burning followed immediately by the order of Raja Saheb Rajendra Singh who ascended the throne during 1788 after the death of Krushna Singh, said Braja Mohan. According to Barja Mohan once Raja Saheb was returning to the palace from hunting and was forced to take immediate rest after intermittent rain and bad light. He saw a ray of light sparkling from a place covered with different varieties of trees. When he proceeded further, he discovered the light was emanated from a hut where there was no drops of rain and one sadhu was sitting in meditation. When Rajendra Singh as

Story – When Mithila Burns Nothing of Mine Burns – King Janaka

King Janaka is mentioned in numerous Hindu scriptures. Here is a popular story associated with King Janaka. Disciples of the great Sage Yajnavalkya felt that the sage was partial to Janaka. As two of them held continuous discussion on philosophy. Once, Yajnavalkya decided to demonstrate to his other students the superior wisdom of King Janaka. One day when Sage Yajnavalkya was holding a philosophical discourse, a soldier brought the news that Mithila city was on fire. All the students of Yajnavalkya rushed out to save their possessions. King Janaka did not move and continued to listen to the discourse. The other students returned soon as the news was fake. Sage Yajnavalkya asked King Janaka that the other students ran to save their meager possessions; as king, he had expensive possessions to save but he did not move from his spot. The king answered – “When Mithila Burns Nothing of Mine Burns” The other students then realized that Janaka had transcended his eg

Jambukeswarar Temple Thiruvanaikaval near Trichy in Tamil Nadu

Jambukeswarar Temple at Thiruvanaikaval near Trichy is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is around 5 kilometer north of Trichy, or Tiruchirappali, in Tamil Nadu. It is one of the temples in which Shiva is worshipped as element of nature – one of the Panchabhoota Temples. Shiva is worshipped here as water. At Jambukeswarar Temple, the sanctum sanctorum is beyond ground level and the Shivling is always surrounded by water. Mother Goddess is worshipped here as Akilandeshwari. A saint is said to have performed intense austerities at the spot where the present temple stands. The saint offered a Jambu or gooseberry fruit to Shiva here and then swallowed it with the seed. The saint continued his meditation and in due course of time the seed sprouted and grew into a tree in the body of the saint. Moved by the intense austerity, Shiva appeared before the saint. As a boon, the saint asked the presence of Shiva near the tree. Shiva then appeared in the form of a Shivling here a

Mithuna Rashi Navratri Mantra

Chanting of the Mithuna Rashi Navratri Mantra helps, Mithuna Rashi born person to attain wealth, prosperity, property, job and desire fulfillments. The mantra should be chanted after taking bath in the morning. You should sit in your pooja room or in a quiet place and chant the mantra. The mantra is का की कू घ ङ छ के को ..... ॐ ओम क्लीं ऐं सो :  Another Mantra is ऊॅं सर्वबाधा नमः The mantra should be chanted 21 times. You can chant anyone mantra. Chanting of the mantra also helps in overcoming your enemies.

Kuchela Story – Story of Kuchela and Krishna

Story of Kuchela and Krishna is found in the Srimad Bhagavad Purana (11, 80). Kuchela, meaning one who wears shabby clothes, was a friend, classmate and devotee of Bhagavan Sri Krishna. As students, they stayed together in the ashram of Sage Sandipani. After completing education, they went different ways. Kuchela lived in abject poverty with his wife and large number of children. Despite his trials and tribulations, he remained a devotee of Bhagavan but never went to meet his old friend and seek his help. Once his wife, unable to tolerate poverty, goaded him to meet Krishna and seek financial help.  A reluctant, Kuchela set out to visit his old friend and carried with him handful of poha or aval (beaten rice). On reaching, the palace of Krishna at Dwarka, Kuchela was ashamed to give the ‘poha’ to Krishna. However, the ever playful Krishna noticed the small bag in the hand of his schoolmate and soon grabbed it and ate a handful of ‘poha’. Kuchela could not believe his e

Sumangali Pooja

In Hindu Religion, Sumangali Pooja is a ritual held in honor of a woman who dies before her husband. Elderly women and married daughters in the family are invited, given food and presents by the daughters-in-law in the family. Sumangali Pooja is restricted to certain regions and to certain Hindu communities. Sumangali pooja is performed to invite the blessings of Sumangalas or married and auspicious women before celebrating any major auspicious event in the family, such as wedding or housewarming etc. Related Shradh for Women - Avidhva Navami Shradh during Pitru Paksha Fortnight

Why Parashuram Decided to Go around the World 21 Times and Kill Kshatriya Kings

Parashuram is the sixth incarnation of Bhagavan Srihari Vishnu. It is believed that he went around the world 21 times and killed Kshatriya kings who had moved away from Dharma. As per Brahmanda Purana, Kartavirya Arjuna forcefully seized the wish-fulfilling cow Kamadhenu from the hermitage of Sage Jamadagni. Sage Jamadagni protested this unruly behavior of a king. Kartavirya Arjuna beheaded the sage and took away the cow. Jamadagni’s son, Parashuram, heard about his heinous incident from his mother Renuka Devi. Whiling narrating her husband’s death, Renuka Devi struck on her heart with her hands 21 times in sorrow. Parashuram who witnessed her wailing took the solemn vow that he would go around the world 21 times and wipe out all the kings who practice Adharma. This is mentioned in the Brahmanda Purana.

Thiruvattar Temple – Sri Adi Kesava Perumal Temple at Thiruvattar in Kanyakumari District of Tamil Nadu

Sri Adi Kesava Perumal Temple is dedicated to Bhagavan Vishnu and is also one of the 108 Divya Deshams. The shrine is located at Thiruvattar in Kanyakumari District of Tamil Nadu. The temple is located around 8 km from Marthandam on National Highway 47. The temple is surrounded by Kothai River, Pahrali River and Thamirabarani River. The legend of the temple is associated with Bhagavan Vishnu defeating Demon Kesi. Due to a mistake made by Brahma during a Yajna, two demons appeared. They were Kesan and Kesi. They caused numerous troubles to all living beings. Finally Bhagavan Vishnu annihilated them. Wife of Kesi offered prayers to Ganga River and Tambiraparani River and asked to help her to avenge the death of her husband. The River came in full force to wash off Vishnu who was resting at the spot where the present Thiruvattar Temple stands. When the rivers approached, Bhudevi or Mother Earth raised the ground level where Vishnu was reclining. The two rivers went around th

Goru Bihu - The first day of Assamese New Year

Goru Bihu is the first day of the Rongali or Bohag Bihu celebrations, which is the Assamese New Year. Goru Bihu 2022 date is April 14. It is observed on the last day of the Chaitra or Chot month and is dedicated to cattle and other domesticated animals. Goru Bihu is popularly known as the festival of cow. On the Goru bihu day, the cows are rubbed with a paste of Matikalai (a kind of local pulse), mustard and turmeric and are given a proper washing in the ponds. Pieces of gourd, brinjal, turmeric and bitter-gourd are thrown at the cattle. While throwing the vegetables at the cow, people say – Eat gourd, eat brinjal, Grow from year to year, Your mother is small, Your father is small, May you be a large one. Then, the cows are fed with fresh vegetables and rice cakes. The animal is then thoroughly cleaned using ‘Dighalati leaves’ – a plant with medicinal value. In the evening, the cows are tied using new ropes. The cowshed is thoroughly cleaned and is smoked with

Story of Ravana and Kartavirya Arjuna

Kartavirya Arjuna was a famous king who ruled from his capital Mahishmati on the banks of Narmada River. He obtained the boons of a thousand arms from Lord Dattatreya. The popular story of Ravana and Kartavirya Arjuna is found in the Uttara Ramayana. Legend has it that Kartavirya and his wives were picnicking on the banks of Narmada River. The king stopped the mighty river with his thousand arms for his wives to enjoy. During this time, Ravana was passing in his pushpaka vimana (aerial chariot). It was time for his daily prayers. He saw the dry Narmada riverbed and decided to perform prayers to Shiva on it. Ravana made a Shivlinga out of sand and commenced his prayers. Kartavirya and his wives now decided to end their picnic and return to the palace. The king removed his thousand arms and let Narmada River resume its flow. The sudden surge of water in the river swept away Ravana and the Shivling. Ravana was furious at his prayer being disrupted. He soon found

Difference between Adhyatma Ramayana and Valmiki Ramayan

Adhyatma Ramayana is one of the versions of Valmiki Ramayan and it gives more importance to the teachings of Vedanta. Here are some of the important difference between the two texts. Adhyatma Ramayana is believed to have been composed by Ramanandacharya. Some scholars believe it was composed by Sage Vyasa. The text is in the form of a dialogue between Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Rama is identified as Parabrahman in the text. Mata Sita is identified as primordial prakrti. Important characters in the Ramayana are aware of this truth. It is occasionally reminded to the readers that all forms are manifestation of the Parabrahman. Adhyatma Ramayana consists of 4,242 verses and is divided into seven sections – Bala, Ayodhya, Aranya, Kishkindha, Sundara, Lanka and Uttara. The text also contains Mahatmya Adhyaya. In the Ayodhya Kandha, Sage Narada arrives a day before coronation of Sri Ram and informs him about the purpose of his incarnation – it is to destroy the demon

Kanyakumari Temple History

Kanyakumari Temple, also known as Bhagavathy Amman Temple, is located at the confluence of three seas of Tamil Nadu. The history of temple is associated with Goddess Bhagavathy. This temple was constructed by Parasuram , the sixth avatar of Lord Vishnu. The temple was renovated by one of the kings of Pandya Dynasty. It is believed that Goddess Bhagavathy took the form of a virgin and killed the demon Banasura on Vijayadasami, the last day of Navratri festival. Another legend has that she still remains in this form in the Kanyakumari Temple in Tamil Nadu in Southern tip of India due a broken marriage promise. Related Goddess Kanyakumari Story of Goddess Kanyakumari and Demon Banasura

Kali Khoh Temple at Vindhyachal in Mirzapur

Kali Khoh is an ancient cave temple dedicated to Goddess Kali at Vindhyachal in Mirzapur, Uttar Pradesh. Kali Khoh temple is part of the Trikon Parikrama or Yatra of three temples here. The other two are Maa Vindhyavasini Temple and Maa Ashtabhuja Devi Temple. Trikon Parikrama – The temple of the three goddesses form the three corners of a triangle, and the area encompassed by the triangle is like a yantra. Devotees visit all the three shrines in a day. Goddess Kali Khoh is a manifestation of Mother Goddess Shakti and she appeared to annihilate Adharma. Kali Khoh Temple Kali Khoh Temple is around 2 km from Maa Vindhyavasini Temple. It is located in a forested area which is quite lonely and without much crowd. At the entrance of the temple is a fierce looking form with two protruding eyes. Above it there are two guardians. The temple is painted in red. Murti of Maa Kali is in a small cave shrine, which has been modified. The murti is a black stone with two eve

Kerala Temple Fireworks Show Tragedy April 11, 2016 – 107 dead – Do We Care?

Tragedy struck during a fireworks show at Puttingal Devi Temple at Paravur, south of Kollam in Kerala on April 11, 2016. 107 dead and counting. – Do We Care? Sincere and deepest condolence to the bereaved. Heartfelt condolence to the suffering families. Prayers for the speedy recovery of the injured ones. Do we Hindus care about the lives of our brothers and sisters? The official apathy and callous attitude shown towards crowd management during Hindu festivals is nothing new. Have we ever bothered to ask why there is always poor crowd-control techniques and planning by the temple authorities during Hindu festivals? Huge amount of money is collected in the name of festivals from shopkeepers, business people and common people. What is this money used for? This is not the first time a tragedy has struck in a Hindu temple. Wai Temple Stampede in Maharashtra in 2005 – 265 dead Madhya Pradesh Ratangarh Temple – 50 pilgrims had got washed away falling in panic into the Sind

Abhichara in Hinduism

Origin of Abhichara is traced to the Atharva Veda. In Hinduism, abhichara is incantation of spells often for a malevolent purpose. According to Tantrasara, abhichara is employed for killing, luring or enchantment, stupefaction, antagonism, to drive away and for brining a person under one’s control. Atharva Veda contains several mantras which are used in abhichara. Apart from mantras or spells, those who practice Abhichara employ Yantras and other methods to do damage to enemy. For the purpose of abhichara, a symbolic representation of the enemy is used. People those believe in it wear amulet which contains mantra to protect them from abhichara by other people. Abhichara was practiced by all class of people.

Durga Saptashati Text in Gujarati in PDF format for free – Download Durga Saptashati in Gujarati

Durga Saptashati is a holy scripture dedicated to Goddess Durga. It narrates the glory and divine actions of Goddess Durga. Durga Saptashati is part of the Markandeya Purana and contains 700 Shlokas. This Durga Saptashati Text available for free download is in Gujarati and in PDF format. Link -  Download Durga Saptashati Text in Gujarati in PDF format.

Ramayana Uttara Kanda in pdf in English

Uttara Kanda in Ramayana details the story of the separation of Ram and Sita from birth of their sons. Uttara Kanda also details the story of Luv Kush – sons of Ram and Sita. You can download and read Ramayana Uttara Kanda in pdf for free. It is provided by Gita Press. The text is divided in two parts. Link - English Uttara Kanda of Ramayana - Part I Link - English Uttara Kanda of Ramayana - Part II

Temple with Sculpture of Bhima’s Mace or Gada in Kerala

Thirupuliyur Mahavishnu Temple is located at Puliyoor near Chengannur in Allapuzha District in Kerala. It is believed that Bhima of the Mahabharata built Thiru Puliyoor Mahavishnu Temple. A huge sculpture of the Mace or Gada of Bhima can be seen in the temple complex. There are five temples in the region which is believed to have been built by the Pandavas. Legend has it that the Pandavas, after abdicating the throne entered into Vanaprastha. During their final journey, they arrived on the banks of Pampa River; each one of the Pandavas built a temple dedicated to Vishnu. The original mace or Gada of Bhima is believed to be present in Thiru Puliyoor Mahavishnu Temple. It is also one of the 108 Divyadesams dedicated to Vishnu. Puliyoor is located around 4 km from Chengannur, which is an important transit point to the Sabarimala Temple.

Sapta Sindhu - Names - Concept Of Seven Rivers In Hindu Scriptures

Sapta Sindhu is a term found in Hindu scriptures and is the common name give to seven rivers which flowed through North West of India. The names of seven rivers are Saraswati, Sindhu, Vitasta, Asikini, Iravati or Parusni, Vipasa and Shatadru or Sutudri. Legend has it that the seven rivers flowed down to earth when Indra killed Vritra. It must be noted here that the names of the seven rivers are given differently in different scriptures. The modern name of Sindhu is Indus; that of Vitasta is Jhelum, Asikni is Chenab, Iravati is Ravi, Vipasa is Beas and Shatudru is Sutlej.

Navgrah Mandir at Rambagh in Allahabad – Navgraha Temple in Allahabad

Navgrah Mandir at Rambagh in Allahabad is dedicated to the nine planets or grahas in Hinduism. The temple has separate murtis or idols of Som, Mangal, Budh, Brihaspati, Surya, Shukra, Shani, Rahu and Ketu. This a new temple and the construction was completed in 2012 AD. All the nine grahas are established over a circular platform in the huge hall. All the nine murtis are depicted riding their respective vehicles. Murti of Hanuman and Shiva are installed opposite to the Navgrahas. A huge murti of Vishnu lying on Sheshnag with Goddess Lakshmi sitting near his feet and Brahma sitting on a lotus is also part of the temple. This is a beautiful sculpture and it has good light synchronization. The 98 windows of the temple have paintings from the Ramayana. The temple complex also has shrines dedicated to Khatu Shyam, Goddess Sati, Salasar Balaji, Ramjanki and Lakshman, Radhekrishna and Ganesha. A scene from Ramayana named Panchawati is depicted in carvings on a large wall i