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Story of Bahina Bai – A Great Devotee of Vithal and Sant Tukaram in Maharashtra

Bahina Bai (1628 – 1700) was a great devotee of Lord Vithal and disciple of Sant Tukaram. Her devotion was the cause of great conflict and suffering in the early years of her marriage. Her story is one of suffering for the devotion of god. She is counted among one of the great Bhakti saints in Maharashtra.

Bahina Bai’s husband was jealous and he disapproved of her devotion to Sant Tukaram. One day he beat her mercilessly. The cow and calf that had been gifted to the family moaned and refused to eat.

The cow and calf were devoted to Bahina and took food only from her. Some days later the calf died, and Bahina was so distressed that she was in coma for eight days.

Later she had a vision of Sant Tukaram who blessed her and with a mantra. She became famous and attracted devotees.

Her husband became distressed all the more and decided to leave home and undertake sanyasa. But he fell ill. Unable to endure the pain, he prayed to Sant Tukaram.

An elderly person appeared and advised him to le…

Vijaysanar Perumal Temple at Natham in Thoothukudi in Tamil Nadu – Second Nava Tirupati Temple Associated with Chandra or Moon

Natham Vishnu Temple, also known as Vijaysanar Perumal Temple or Varagunamangai, is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is located at Natham in Thoothukudi in Tamil Nadu. It is one of the Nava Tirupati Temples and one among 108 Divya Desams. This is the second Nava Tirupathi Temple and is associated with Moon (Navagraha Chandra). Natham Vishnu Temple is around 1 km from Srivaikuntam.



There is no separate Navgraha Chandra Murti in the temple. The main deity represents the Navgraha.
The main murti of Vishnu worshiped in the temple faces east and is in sitting posture with one leg folded and the other feet on the ground. Adi Sesha forms a canopy over the head of Lord Vishnu. Moolavar is known as Vijayasanar or Paramapatha Nathan. Urchavar is known as Emmidar Kadivan.

Consorts of Vishnu worshiped here are Varagunavalli and Varagunamangai

The sacred temple pond is known as Agni Tirtha and Deva Pushkarini.

The shrine is noted for its carved pillars and sculptures. There is also a five-tier rajago…

Swami Tejomayananda Thoughts – Sayings – Wisdom and Advice

First we must understand that we are born in this world and we have to live our own life. It is not possible to live the life of another person. This is a simple statement with far reaching implications. Primarily we must take responsibility for our life and secondly learn to mind our own business.
Generally we do not hold ourselves accountable for the sorrows of our life. We shift blame onto somebody, some place or event since it is much easier to pin the cause of our unhappiness on something other than ourselves.
We spend our time wanting to, and trying to change the people we encounter in life and also the world itself! However our best intentions and efforts do not meet with much success, because we are unable to change anyone.
If we understand this one simple point, we will not longer need to meddle in the affairs of others. We can then concentrate on the work of changing or improving our own lives because the only life we can change is our own. The greatest service anyone can d…

Eklavya in the Mahabharata – Story of Ekalavya and Guru Dronacharya

Eklavya in the Mahabharata is the son of Nishada King Hiranyadhanu. His story begins when he approached Guru Dronacharya to learn the art of archery. Ekalavya was an excellent archer but Dronacharya refused to teach him.

Guru Drona refused to teach him because he did not belong to the warrior class (Kshatriya). But the real reason was Drona feared that Ekalavya will surpass his favorite student Arjuna.

Eklavya then installed a clay image of Dronacharya, took blessings and started practicing archery. In due course of time, he mastered the art of archery on his own.

One day Dronacharya saw a barking dog being quietened with arrows. Seven arrows where shot into the mouth of the dog without injuring it. Dronacharya was amazed at this demonstration of archery. Upon searching, he found out that it was Ekalavya who had done this; as the dog was barking and disturbing his practice.

Guru Drona found that Eklavya was practicing archery in front of his clay image.

Guru soon realized that his un…

Kallapiran Temple at Srivaikuntam in Thoothukudi in Tamil Nadu – First Nava Tirupati Temple Associated with Surya or Sun

Kallapiran Temple, also known as Sri Vaikuntanatha Swamy temple, is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is located at Srivaikuntam in Thoothukudi in Tamil Nadu. It is one of the Nava Tirupati Temples and one among 108 Divya Desams. This is the first Nava Tirupathi Temple and is associated with Sun (Navagraha Surya). Srivaikuntam Kallapiran Temple is around 40 km from Thoothukudi.



There is no separate Navgraha Murti in the temple. The main deity represents the Navgraha.

The main murti of Vishnu worshipped in the temple faces east and is in standing posture with Adi Sesha forming a canopy over His head. Moolavar is known as Sri Vaikuntanatha Swamy. Urchavar is known as Sri Kallapiran.

Consorts of Vishnu worshipped here are Vaikuntanayaki and Chornathanayaki.

The sacred temple pond is known as Bhrigu Tirtha.

The shrine is noted for its carved pillars and sculptures of Yalis and animals. There is also a nine tier rajagopuram.

Sun rays Fall on the Murti in Chithirai

On the sixth day of Tamil Mont…

Mokshapuri in Hinduism

Mokshapuri in Hinduism is a sacred place that secures moksha or liberation to a devotee. Mokshapuri cities are Ayodhya, Mathura, Maya (Haridwar), Varanasi, Kanchi, Avantika and Dwaraka. It is believed that visit to each of the holy city will help a devotee to escape from the cycle of births and deaths.

Ayodhya is holy because it is the birthplace of Bhagavan Sri Ram.

Mathura is the birthplace of Bhagavan Sri Krishna.

Haridwar is the sacred place, which is associated with Ganga entering the plain. It is also the gateway to holy places in the Himalayas.

Varanasi is associated with Lord Shiva.

Kanchi or Kanchipuram is associated with both Shiva and Vishnu.

Avantika or Ujjain houses the famous Mahakala Temple.
Dwaraka is the place associated with Lord Krishna.

Nava Tirupathi Temples in Tamil Nadu

Nava Tirupathi is the combined name for nine temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu located on the banks of Thamiraparani River in Thoothukudi District. The nine temples lie on the main Tiruchendur – Tirunelveli roadand are within a radius of 12 kilometers. All the Nava Tirupati temples are Divya Desams (part the 108 temples of Vishnu). The nine temples are also associated with the nine planets or Navagrahas.



Nava Tirupathi Temples are: Kallappiran Temple at Srivaikuntam (40 KM from Thoothukudi) (Navagraha Surya or Sun)Vijayssana Perumal Temple at Natham (1km Srivaikundam) (Navgraha Chandra or Moon)Vaithamanidhi Perumal Temple at Thirukolur (8 KM Srivaikundam) (Navagraha Mars or Chevvai)Bhoomipalar Perumal Temple at Thirupulingudi (2 KM Srivaikundam) (Navagraha Mercury or Budha)Athinatha Alwar Temple, Thiruchendur (5 KM Srivaikundam) (Navagraha Guru or Jupiter)Makara Nedunkuzhai Kadhar Perumal Temple at Thenthirupperai (12 KM Srivaikundam) (Navagraha Shukra or Venus)Sri Mayakoothan Permual …

Neither happiness nor unhappiness can last forever – Vanamali

Boundless joy can never be got from a changing world.

All material pleasures have to end at some time or other because duality is the nature of the world. Neither happiness nor unhappiness can last forever.

We are always hankering for joy which lasts forever, not realizing that by the very nature of the world this is totally impossible.

The stage on which we are playing the drama of our life is the atman which is pure existence, pure consciousness and bliss. The only way to recapture the original state of bliss is to renew our relationship with that universal consciousness or Brahman which exists in us as the atman. This is Self Realizaiton – when we recognize the real ‘I.’ This realization alone can give us boundless joy. – Mataji Vanamali

Markandeshwar Mahadev in Ujjain – Story of Markandeshwar Form of Shiva – 36th Shiva Temple in Ujjain

Markandeshwar Mahadev is worshiped in Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the 84 forms of Shiva worshiped in Ujjain. It is believed that those worshipping Markandeshwar form of Shiva will get healthy and intelligent children.

The temple dedicated to Markandeshwar Mahadev is located behind the Ram Janardan temple complex.

This form of Shiva is associated with Rishi Markandeya and devotee Mukand.

Markandeshwar Mahadev is counted among the 84 Shiva Temples in Ujjain and it is the 36th temple visited during the parikarama of Shiavalayas here.

Story of Markandeshwar Mahadev form of Shiva in Ujjain Mukand was an ardent devotee of Shiva. But he did not have any children. To overcome this, he performed intense austerities in the Himalayas. Pleased with his devotion, Shiva asked him to offer prayers to a Shivling located north of Pattaneshwar in Mahakaal Van (present day Ujjain).

Mukand went to Ujjain and performed austerities at the Shivling. Shiva and Parvati appeared from the Shivling a…

Bhuta Shuddhi in Tantric Worship

Bhuta Shuddhi is an important part of tantric worship and is performed before the worship of a deity in Tantrism. The human body is made of five bhutas or elements – earth, water, fire, air and vaccum or ether.

By purifying the five bhutas a tantric aspirant transforms his body into a divine form. The aspirant does this ritual so that the body can be fit to be an abode of the deity.

Primarily the body is cleansed so that it can be fit for the deity to enter it and reside in it.

Bhuta Shuddhi is attained by smearing body with ash, sprinkling it with water, reciting mantras and through breath control or pranayama.
It is one among the eight external steps in Tantra. It is known as Bahya Upasana.

Once you find inner peace it impacts your work positively – Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Today the need of society is inner strength, realizing our inner potential and uniting with people all around us, realizing that we can coexist with all differences.

Whether atheist or believer, both are looking for something – something that is ethereal, that can improve life, which can be a solace or solution to one’s challenges and problems.

Once you find inner peace, it impacts your work positively.

Once you learn to manage your inner strength, then, any conflict, anywhere does not bother you. There is a saying in hindi “Man jeete, jagjeet – the world is yours once you know who you are.
– Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Tree of Ego Only Produces Fruits of Destruction

When we realize and understand our ego it marks the beginning of our spiritual progress.

The tree of ego only produces fruits of destruction. So never water it. Remove it at the earliest.

To enjoy coconut, we need to first remove the tough outer layer and then break open the hard shell. Do not shy away from difficulties. All good things are hidden deep inside.

We often only see thorns not the beautiful rose flower. It is true there are thorns everywhere but in between there are beautiful flowers too. Focus on the flowers and try to reach our destination.
Attachment is like epiphytic plants that grow on trees. They will soon drain out the tree and will destroy it or make it appear ugly and deformed. Similarly, attachment will destroy us.

Abhilash
www.hindu-blog.com

Our True Nature Is Bliss

If we think, others care if we are miserable then it is a wrong notion. Forget others and try to be happy.

If we are depressed, isolated, miserable, bored and lonely, it simply means that the key to our life and happiness is with someone else. So, only that outside force can make us happy. We are a slave of that outside force. What kind of life is it? Take control of our lives. Happiness reside inside not outside.

Instead of trying to find happiness, we should focus our energy in removing the veil of ignorance inside us.

Ignorance is made up of expectation, attachment, anger, desire, ego and false identification of things.
Our true nature is bliss. But it is ignorance that is stopping us from realizing it. We are happiness. All misery and unhappiness is the result of ignorance. So focus removing the veil of ignorance and discover happiness within.

Abhilash
www.hindu-blog.com

Sankashti Chaturthi July 2017 date – Ganesh Sankatahara Chaturti Monthly Fasting in July 2017

Sankashti Chaturthi, or Ganesh Sankatahara Chaturti, is a monthly fasting dedicated to Hindu God Ganesh. Sankashti Chaturthi July 2017 date is July 12, Wednesday and the Chandrodaya or Moon rise time is 9:37 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. The day is known as Sankatahara Chaturthi in South India.

The importance and the holiness of Sankashta Chaturthi Vrata was explained by Lord Krishna to Yudhishtira, the eldest of the Pandavas. It is also found in the Narasimha Purana and Bhavishaya Purana.

Observing Ganesh Sankashta Chaturthi is said to bring wealth, peace, happiness and fulfillment of desires.

Fasting is observed by Ganesh devotees on the day. The fast begins at sunrise and ends after evening puja or after sighting of the moon. Lord Ganesha Temples conduct special pujas on the day.

Related How to observe Sankashti …

Goddess Binikei – Information about Maa Binikia

Goddess Binikei, also referred as Maa Binikia, is a manifestation of Mother Goddess and is worshipped mainly in Odisha. She is also a tantric deity. The main temple dedicated to the Goddess is located at Binikei in Angul District in Orissa and is known as Binikei Pitha.

Goddess Binikei is fierce goddess. She is seen as standing on a man. She also holds the body of another man. Thus the murti symbolizes destruction of evil and protection of devotees.

She removes darkness caused by people practicing Adharma. She upholds righteousness by protecting those who practice Dharma.
She is worshipped for peace, prosperity, protection, healthy children, early cure of diseases and for victory over enemies.

Kanya Rashi August – Kanya Rasi Predictions – Virgo Zodiac in August

Kanya Rashi, or Virgo Horoscope, born people will face troubles related to family in August 2016. Good and auspicious dates in August 2016 for Kanya Rasi, or Virgo Zodiac, are August 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 12, 13, 19, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29 and August 30. The predictions are based on moon sign.

Not a good month if you are looking for a job. Difficulties at workplace – difference of opinion and fights. Increase in expenditure. Financial difficulties. Money will not returned on time. Difficult situations in the family especially related to health. Your bad habit will cause huge trouble. Friends will be helpful. Bad luck and bad dreams. Marriage related matters would see difficulties. Students will have a stagnant period. Travels will be successful. Chance of accidents or other physical damage. Success in romance related matters.

Simha Rashi August – Simha Rasi Predictions – Leo Zodiac in August

Simha Rashi, or Leo horoscope, born people will see progress in August 2016. Good and auspicious dates in August 2016 for Simha Rashi, or Leo Zodiac, are August 1, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 20, 25, 26, 27, 28 and August 31. Predictions based on moon sign.

Happy news for those looking for a job. Increase in income. Additional responsibilities. Financial gains from property dealings. Those who are self employed will see progress. Loans will be approved. Happiness due to children. Difference of opinion will be solved. Lack of enthusiasm. Marriage plans will see progress. Romantic adventures will end in difficulties. Students will have a favorable period. Health will be fine. Travel plans will be smooth.

Karka Rashi August – Kark Rashi Predictions – Cancer Zodiac in August

Karka Rashi, or Cancer Horoscope, born people will see increase in expenditure in August 2016. Good and auspicious dates in August 2016 for Kark Rasi, or Cancer Zodiac, are August 2, 3, 7, 8, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29 and August 30. The predictions are based on moon sign.

Trouble in workplace for some. Not a great month regarding job related search. Difference of opinion. Unexpected problems. Health trouble related to stomach. Gains from an early property investment. Children might cause some trouble. Marriage related plans would find positive results. Those romantic involved will take firm decisions. Your name will be cleared from a scandal. Legal trouble. Penalties. Students will have a stagnant period. Travels will be hectic but successful.

Mithuna Rashi August – Mithun Rasi Predictions – Gemini Zodiac in August

Mithuna Rashi, or Gemini Horoscope, born people will see decrease in income in August 2016. Good and auspicious dates in August 2016 for Mithun Rasi, or Gemini Zodiac, are August 1, 4, 5, 6, 12, 13, 14, 15, 21, 22, 23, 24, 27, 28 and August 31. The predictions are based on moon sign.

New jobs for those looking. Transfer to distant place. To achieve your goals you will have to aggressive in this month. Good month for those looking to start new business. Activities of enemies will increase. You will face financial loss in this month. Luck is not in your favor. Romantically involved people will face difficulties. Health will be fine. Scandals. Unexpected delay in many matters. Difficulties in marriage related matters. Health will be fine. Students will have a good month.

Vrishabha Rashi August – Rishabh Rasi Predictions – Taurus Zodiac in August

Vrishabha Rashi, or Taurus Horoscope, born people will get help from various quarters in August 2016. Good and auspicious dates in August 2016 for Rishabh Rasi, or Taurus Zodiac, are August 2, 3, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 29 and August 30. Predictions based on Moon sign.

New job for those who are looking. You might face monetary loss. Difference opinion in family. Negative thinking. Help from colleagues and friends. You will be recognized for your hard work and talent. Trouble from father. Business people will face problems. Delay in marriage plans. Loans will be approved. Hectic journeys. Trouble in romantic relationship A secret of yours will be revealed. Health will be fine.

Mesha Rashi August – Mesha Rasi Predictions – Aries Zodiac in August

Mesha Rashi, or Aries Horoscope, born people will achieve success in August 2016. Good and auspicious dates in August 2016 for Mesha Rasi, or Aries Zodiac, are August 1, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 23, 24, 27 and August 28. The prediction is based on Moon sign.

Good period for those who are looking for new job. Success in interviews and tests. Students will perform well during the month. Business people will make profit. Legal matters will be settled in your favor. Gains from property dealings. Avoid unwanted display of wealth. Vacations will be planned. Decisions regarding marriage will be made. Improvement of health. Will participate spiritual matters. Good month for those looking to get romantically involved.

Good date for giving birth in January 2018 – Auspicious dates for birth of baby in January 2018

There are many couples who look for good dates for giving birth of a baby. These are the good dates for giving birth in January 2018 for natural and caesarean birth. Please note that the good date of birth of the baby does not mean that everything will be auspicious. Horoscope etc is prepared after looking into numerous considerations.

Good dates for birth of baby in January 2018


January 1 - good till 11:40 AM January 2 January 7 good till 4:00 PM January 8 January 9 January 10 January 12 good after 7:30 AM January 13 good till 10:13 AM January 18 January 19 good till 11:00 AM January 20 good after 11:20 AM January 22 January 23 January 24 is good till 4:15 PM January 25 January 27 January 30

Why is Full-Grown Banana Erected at the Entrance of the Venue of Hindu Marriage?

In a Hindu wedding, especially in South India, at the entrance of the marriage venue a full-grown banana with their peduncles (stalk bearing banana fruit and flower) is erected. Ever wondered why it is erected? It is erected because Banana plant symbolizes female beauty, fertility and prosperity.

A single banana plant produces dozens of young ones. Thus, the plant symbolically represents fertility and prosperity.
Banana is also considered highly auspicious, as it is one fruit that is offered to all Hindu deities on all days.

To Realize One’s Self in the All-Pervading God is the Essence of Goodness - Rabindranath Tagore

To be truly united in knowledge, love and service with all beings, and to realize one’s self in the all-pervading God is the essence of goodness.

When a man’s life rescued from distractions find unity in the soul, then the consciousness of the infinite becomes at once direct and natural to it as the light is to the flame. All the conflicts and contradictions of life are reconciled; knowledge, love and action harmonize; pleasure and pain become one in beauty,… it is only the soul, the one in man which by its very nature can overcome all limits, and finds its affinity with the Supreme One.

Evil cannot altogether arrest the course of life…for evil has to pass on, it has to grow into good; it cannot stand to give battle to All.
It is through the heightening of our consciousness into love and extending it all over the world, that we can attain Brahma-vihara, communion with this infinite joy.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Sundararaja Perumal – About God Soundararaja Perumal

Sundararaja Perumal is a form of Lord Vishnu and is worshipped in Vaishnava Temples in Tamil Nadu. As Soundararaja Perumal, Lord Vishnu is the handsome groom. Usually in this form, he marries Goddess Lakshmi, Bhudevi, Sridevi, or Andal.


Perumal simply means ‘god’. Sundaraja means the most handsome.
The divine beauty of Vishnu in this form is beyond comparison.

In Sundararaja Perumal temples, the most important festival is the wedding of Lord Vishnu with his consort.
The murti of Sundararaja Perumal is usually four armed. He is kind and benevolent. Two hands will be blessing posture. The other two hands usually hold conch, lotus or chakra.

Hutashana Yog in Hindu Astrology - Hutashani Tithi

Hutashana Yog in Hindu astrology is considered bad. Auspicious activities are avoided in this yog. The yoga is the result of a combination of certain days and tithi.

Following are the Hutasahan Yog Tithis

Monday – Sashti (sixth day of fortnight) Tuesday – Saptami (seventh day of a fortnight) Wednesday – Ashtami (eighth day of a fortnight) Thursday – Navami (ninth day of a fortnight) Friday – Dasami (tenth day of a fortnight) Saturday – Ekadasi (ninth day of a fortnight) Sunday – Dwadashi (12th day of fortnight)

All forms of travels should be discarded when Hutashana Yog is present.

Silence creates an inner sweetness – Swami Sukhabodhananda

Worry is absence of silence. Worry is like a rocking chair that keeps you busy and leads you nowhere.

If one learns the art of being in peace with ‘what is,’ then one experiences silence.

Silence creates an inner sweetness, an inner freshness. You feel specious inside. In this state, you start living from moment to moment. The bitterness of the past and the anxiety of the future just disappear into the divine present.

One of the greatest paradoxes of life is happiness is within but we never delve ‘within’ and continue to be beggars of happiness.
Existence unfolds the truth that joy is within and without effort, it exists.
 – Swami Sukhabodhananda

Rohini Nakshatra – Information – Importance of Rohini Birth Star

Rohini Nakshatra is the fourth birth star in Hindu astrology. The importance of birth star stems from the fact that Sri Krishna was born under this star in the month of Shravan.

The star has a longitude of 40 degrees and 01 seconds to 53 degrees and 20 seconds and it has the shape of a car. The nakshatra is entirely in Vrishabha Rashi.

The presiding deity of Rohini Nakshatram is Brahma. The ruling planet of the birth star is moon. A person born under this star will begin his life with a moon period.

Rohini is known as upward looking star and is considered good for planting. Rohini is auspicious for naming, commencement of learning, thread ceremony, marriage and other auspicious functions.

Rohini Nakshatra is considered not good for entering a house for dwelling purpose.

Generally, a person born under this star will be handsome, capable, rich, clever and religious. The person might suffer from eye diseases.

There is also a belief among some communities that this star is not good for …

Jhoola Mahotsav in Mathura and Vrindavan

Jhoola Mahotsav is a 13-day long festival observed from Shravan Shukla Paksha Tritiya to Purnima in Mathura, Vrindavan and the entire Braj Mandal. The festival is also of great importance at the famous Dwarkadheesh Temple in Mathura.

During Jhoola Mahotsav the murtis of Radha and Krishna are swing on a palna made of gold and silver.

The ritual is performed in temples, mutts and sacred places associated with Lord Krishna in the Brajmandal.

Melodious songs are sung during the occasion.
Various types of Prasad are made and distributed among devotees.

Purnima July 2017 date and time – Full moon day or Poornima in July 2017

Purnima is the full moon day in a traditional Hindu calendar and fast is observed on the day. In July 2017, the date of Purnima is July 9. The time is from 7:31 AM on July 8 to 9:36 AM on July 9. The purnima fasting is marked on July 8. The Purnima in July 2017 is the Ashada Purnima in most regions.

Guru Purnima and Vyasa Puja are observed on July 9.

Some Hindu communities observe fast on Purnima day. Special pujas and rituals are performed in many temples.

The day is also the last day in the Ashada month in the traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India.

Story of Rukmi in the Mahabharata

Story of Rukmi is found in the Mahabharata. Rukmi was the son of Bhishmaka, King of Vidarbha, and brother of Rukmini (wife of Krishna). He performed intense austerities and attained Brahmastra (powerful arrow) from Parashurama and other Divyastras from Sage Druma. However, Rukmi was rude and arrogant and even his father could not control him.

Rukmi wanted Rukmini to marry Shishupala, king of Chedi. But Rukmini was in love with Krishna. Sri Krishna carried her away from temple on the day of her marriage.

Rukmi and his army chased Krishna but were defeated.

Feeling utterly humiliated, Rukmi did not return to Kundinapura, the capital of Vidarbha. He founded a new township named Bhojakata and it later became the capital of Vidarbha.

Rukmi then did intense penance and pleased Shiva who blessed him with Mahendra weapon. With this weapon, he expanded his kingdom.

His relationship with Sri Krishna became cordial in later years. Subhagi, daughter of Rukmi, married Pradyumna, son of Sri Krishn…

Hemakuta Temple – Group Temples on Hemakuta Hill in Hampi

Hemakuta Hill at Hampi consists of some of the earliest temples built by the Vijayanagara rulers. The hill is dotted with many smaller temples. The shrines do not exhibit any great architectural features.

All the temples at Hemakuta hill have three peaks, three vestibules a common navaranga mandapa and an entrance porch.


The temples are built of granite. A band of floral designs are found in the temple. Navaranga has devakosas (niches for gods), which are now empty but once contained images of gods and goddesses which were destroyed by Muslim invaders.
The sanctums of the temple are too empty.

The most striking aspect of the temples are its shikhara, which belongs to Kadamba-Nagara style with stepped pyramidal variety.
Majority of the temple in Hemakuta hills belongs to Hindu God Shiva. There are many rock-cut lingas. There are also shrines dedicated to Prasanna Virupaksha and Prasanna Anjaneya.

Shiveshwar Mahadev in Ujjain – Story of Shiveshwar Form of Shiva – 37th Shiva Temple in Ujjain

Shiveshwar Mahadev is worshiped in Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the 84 forms of Shiva worshiped in Ujjain. It is believed that those worshipping Shiveshwar form of Shiva will help in getting redemption and attaining moksha.

The temple dedicated to Shiveshwar Mahadev is located in the Ram Janardan temple complex. This form of Shiva is associated with King Ripujaya.

Shiveshwar Mahadev is counted among the 84 Shiva Temples in Ujjain and it is the 37th temple visited during the parikarama of Shiavalayas here.

Story of Shiveshwar Mahadev form of Shiva in Ujjain

There once lived a good king named Ripujaya. He was an ardent devotee of Vishnu. But he neglected Shiva. One day Shiva asked a Gana to go to Ujjain and perform prayers to a Shivling there.

The Gana there went in the form of a priest and started worshipping the Shivling. People began going to the priest as they god their problems solved. Childless couples were blessed with children, desires were fulfilled and diseases were …

Baba Kapileshwar Mandir at Pandra Village near Nirsa in Dhanbad, Jharkhand – Nirsa Shiva Temple

Baba Kapileshwar Mandir is an ancient temple dedicated to Shiva at Pandra Village near Nirsa in Dhanbad, Jharkhand. The temple is around 30 km from Dhanbad. It is believed that Pandavas visit the place during their exile period in the Mahabharata.

The popular belief is that Yudhishtira, the eldest of the Pandavas, installed the Shivling worshipped in the shrine.

Other murtis in the temple include that of Goddess Parvati, Baba Baneshwar, Baba Bhuvaneshwar, Tarkeshwar and Manikeshwar.

It is believed that the various murtis worshiped in the temple were installed by Kunti, Draupadi and the Pandavas.

The most important festival at Baba Kapileshwar Mandir is Shivratri. On the day, Bharat, or wedding procession, of Shiva goes nearby Kalinger Temple dedicated to Goddess Durga.
For wish fulfillment, devotees observe complete fasting and end it only when they sense approval of the deity.

Kabir plays in the open spaces that have no boundaries – Sant Kabir

Serve the Lord with attributes; contemplate the Lord without attributes. Our goal is to reach the State beyond attributes and no attributes.

Infidels are those who kill the innocent and steal.

Diamonds are not found in heaps. The fragrant sandalwood trees do not grow in rows. Lions do not move in herds. The spiritual man has no followers.

The life where there are no stirrings of love is comparable to a cremation ground. Just as the bellows of a blacksmith have a process of breathing in and breathing out, but with no vitality.
Everyone has gone upto their limits and boundaries no one has crossed over the frontiers. Kabir plays in the open spaces that have no boundaries.
– Sant Kabir

What Happens After Death in Hinduism?

There is no death in Hinduism. This is because all animate and inanimate is Supreme Truth (God). It is neither born nor does it die. There is only transformation of the body.

Look at waves, each wave gets a form for few seconds and then again merges with the ocean. The ocean and the wave are one. Similarly, God and living being are one. Waves keeps forming and merging in ocean. Living beings are born and merge in the Supreme Truth.

When we realize that we are a wave in the large ocean, all fear will disappear.

Move through the world detached. Forget results, work without fear.
And when the moment comes, drop everything, loosen and merge in the Ocean.

Abhilash
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Pradosh Vrat July 2017 Dates – Shiva Pradosha Fasting Dates in July 2017

Pradosh Vrat is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is observed on the 13th day of a lunar fortnight in a traditional Hindu calendar. In July 2017, Pradosh Vrat dates are July 6 and July 31. The fasting on the day begins at sunrise and ends at the Pradosha or twilight period.

The Pradosh Vrat Falling on July 13 is Som Pradosh - highly auspicious as it is on Monday, the day dedicated to Shiva.

Some Shiva devotees only fast during the Pradosh falling during the waning phase of moon.

The strictness of the fast depends on the devotee. The fast is broken in the evening after prayers. The puja and worship is done in the evening.

The Pradosh period is in the evening from 1.5 hours before sunset and 1 hour after sunset. Most devotees make it a point to be present at a Shiva temple during this period.

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Fear and Faith

If our faith is based on fear; then we are always looking for miracles in life. For miracles to happen there should be an external force (God). So God is ultimately based on fear.

Fear of failure, fear of diseases, fear of death, fear of accidents… there is no end to fears. Each time we have a fear we pray to God to overcome it.

This understanding of the God is not correct.

Fear is the result of ignorance. The right method to overcome it is through knowledge.

Fear of darkness should be overcome through the light of knowledge.

The right knowledge is understanding that all fears arise from the thought of another. But there is no another. There is only One. All attachments and desires are the result of ignorance.
The day we realize there is only Supreme Truth we will understand that faith is not based on fear.

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Story of Apsara Rambha and Ravana

Rambha is one of the most beautiful divine apsaras (damsels) in the court of Indra. There are numerous stories associated with Apsara Rambha. As per a story in the Ramayana, Rambha was the reason for a curse on Ravana due to which he could not touch Mata Sita.

Rambha was betrothed to Nalakubera, son of Vaishravana (Kuber). Vaishravana was the brother of demon king Ravana.

One day Rambha was on her way to meet Nalakubera.

Ravana happened to see her and tried to lure her into satisfying his lust.

She told him that she was going to Nalakubera, who was son of his brother and this made her his daughter-in-law.

Ravana was not ready to listen to Rambha and forcefully violated her.

A dishonored, Rambha went to Nalakubera and told him about Ravana violating her.
Nalakubera cursed Ravana that he would die if he sought to violate the chastity of another woman against her will.

Ekadashi July 2017 date – Monthly Fasting for Vishnu in July 2017

Dedicated to Hindu God Vishnu, Ekadashi Vrat is observed on the eleventh day of a fortnight in a Hindu lunar calendar. Ekadashi dates in July 2017 – July 4 and July 20. On Ekadasi, Fasting from sunrise to next day morning sunrise is generally observed by many Hindus. Some observe the fast from the start time of Ekadasi Tithi and break the fast at the beginning of Dwadasi Tithi.


The Ekadashi Vrat on July 4, 2017 is known as Devshayani Ekadashi. The popular belief is that the night time of the Devas begins on this day. Chaturmasa Vrata also begins from the day. This Ekadasi is also known as Hari Prabodini Ekadasi. The famous Pandarpur Yatra is observed on the day.

The July 4, 2017 Ekadasi is known as Toli Ekadashi in South India.
The famous Ashadi Ekadasi in Pandarpur is held on July 4, 2017

The July 19, 2017 Ekadasi is known as Kamika Ekadasi. This fasting is also referred as Kamda Ekadasi in some regions. In North India and in some parts of eastern India, the Ekadasi is referred as Jay…

Shukra Niti – About Sukraniti Text

Shukra Niti is a text credited to Shukracharya. It is basically a text on morals. Sukraniti also provides lot of information on ancient Hindu culture, sociology and political science.

It is an abridged form of several earlier nitishastras. There is no single opinion regarding the date of composition or origin of the text.

The entire treatise consists of five chapters and it has 2,567 verses.

The first chapter deals with duties and functions of princes.
The second chapter deals with duties of crown prince and other officials. The third chapter narrates the general rules of morality to be observed by kings and his men. The fourth chapter is the longest one and it has several subsections and deals with majority of the aspects of a kingdom. The fifth chapter is miscellaneous in nature.

The non-political part of the book deals with architecture, sculpture, painting, manners and morals, arts, literature and economics.

Supreme Truth cannot be defined in words – Bhagavad Gita Chapter II

Know that all-pervading self is eternally existent. Nobody can destroy it. But the body through which this eternal, indestructible, spirit express is perishable. So why don’t you fight? One who thinks that the Spirit kills or that the Spirit is killed is a fool.

The spirit does not kill, nor can it ever be killed. It knows neither birth nor death. It cannot come to exist or cease to exist.

It is unborn, eternal, changeless and ancient. It is not slain when the body is slain. When one knows the self to be indestructible, eternal and changeless, tell me, Arjuna, who kills whom?
Just as we discard old clothes and put on new ones, the embodies casts off its useless body taking a new one. Weapons do not injure the Self. Fire does not burn It. Water does not drench it. Wind does not dry it. Thus the self cannot be affected by anything. It, at all times, remains as ever-lasting, all pervading, stable, immovable and ancient. It cannot be perceived by the naked eye. It cannot be defined in wo…

Abar Mata – Information About Hindu Goddess Ma Abar

Goddess Abar Mata, also referred as Ma Abar, is a manifestation of Mother Goddess and is worshipped mainly in certain parts of Madhya Pradesh. She is a village deity. The main temples dedicated to the Goddess are located in Chhatarpur and neighboring districts in Madhya pradesh.

Goddess Abar Mata is a fierce form of Goddess Shakti. The murti of Goddess has four or eight arms. She depicts the characteristics of Durga, Kali and Chamunda. She rides on her vehicle which is a tiger or lion.

She is worshipped for peace, prosperity, protection, good agriculture, healthy children, early cure of diseases and for victory over enemies.
Abar Mata removes darkness caused by Adharma. She upholds righteousness by protecting those who practice Dharma.

Aswathy Nakshatra in Tamil

Aswathy is the first birth star among 27 Nakshatram in Hindu Jyothisha or astrology. In Tamil  Jyothisham, Aswathy occurs is Mesha Rashi.

Aswathy Nakshatra is known as Ashwini in Tamil.

The term Aswathy or Ashwathy is used in Malayalm. In most regions, the Nakshatra is known as Ashwini. In Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, the Nakshatra is also known as Ashwini.

Aswathy Nakshatra Tree – Which is the tree associated with Ashwathy birth star Born People in Malayalam?

There are trees associated with each 27 nakshatrams or birth stars. Aswathy Nakshatra also has a particular tree dedicated to it. People born on each nakshatra should worship the particular tree. The tree associated and worshipped by Ashwathy Nakshatra Born People is strychnine tree or snake wood. In Malayalam it is known as Chamram or Kanjiram.

Strychnine tree is the English name and the scientific name is strychnos nux-vomica.



The Hindi name of the Aswathy Nakshatra Tree is Kuchala The Telugu name is Mushidi The Malayalam name is Chamram or Kanjiram Tamil Name is Etti or Kagodi Kannada name is Hemmushti or Ittangi In Marathi it is known as Kajra. Bengali name is Kuchila 
Aswathy Nakshatra born people should plant the Strychnine tree. Water it. They should also protect the tree.

Gopal Mandir in Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh – About Ujjain Gopal Temple

Gopal Mandir is located in the middle of the big market square in Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh. Bayajibai Shinde, the queen of Maharajah Daulat Rao Shinde, constructed the Gopal Temple in 1833 AD. The shrine is dedicated to the Gopal Krishna form of Hindu God Krishna.


The main murti of Bhagavan Sri Krishna in the sanctum sanctorum is two feet tall and is made out of silver.  The garbha griha, or sanctum sanctorum, is inlaid with marble. Consorts of Sri Krishna are worshipped here.
Shiva, Goddess Parvati and Garuda are also worshipped in the temple complex. There is also a murti of Maharani Baija Bai in the mandir.

Gopal Mandir is a beautiful example of Maratha architecture. Surrounded by high walls, the shrine has a lofty and ornate gateway with bangaldar roof.
The silver-plated doors of the inner sanctum of Gopal Temple originally belonged to Somnath Temple in Gujarat. Mahmud of Ghazni vandalized and looted Somnath Mandir in 1026 AD and took the silver doors to Afghanistan. Afghan inva…

How Jackfruit Came to Have Spikes? Story from Mahabharata

An interesting story as to how jackfruits came to have spikes is found in the Mahabharata. The folktale begins with Bhima pretending to have fever. He requested Draupadi to massage his legs. Bhima then took large jackfruits and covered it with clothes.

Draupadi massaged the jackfruits thinking it to be the firm limbs of Bhima.

When Draupadi saw the other Pandavas laughing, she removed the clothes and discovered the jackfruits.
An embarrassed Draupadi in anger cursed the jackfruits to have spikes. Thus, jackfruits were no longer smooth.

Thakurani Yatra at Ganjam District in Orissa – Visit of Budhi Thakurani

Thakurani Yatra is annually held in Ganjam District in Orissa. It is the visit of Goddess Budhi Thakurani to Berhampur and Chatrapur. Thakurani Yatra is held once in two years at Berhampur. When the yatra is held at Berhampur it is not held at Chatrapur.
People from both the towns invite the Goddess worshipped in Buddhi Thakurani temple to their towns. She is the daughter of one of the important household in the town and her visit is marked by numerous rituals, fairs and festivals.
A temporary temple is raised to accommodate the Devi.
The visit lasts for a month. Chants of shlokas, mantras, conchs, beating of bells, firecrackers and dancing set the tone for the month long festivity.
Nowadays, the festival is famous for people adorning numerous costumes of characters from Hindu scriptures and other characters from day-to-day life.

Goddess Shubhoconi – Goddess of Auspicious Beginning in Eastern Parts of India

Shubosuconi means good beginnings. Goddess Shubhoconi is local deity worshipped in Bengal, parts of Assam, Orissa and Jharkhand. Puja of her brings good luck and prosperity. Women perform the rituals and puja associated with Goddess Shubhoconi.

Goddess is mainly worshipped when daughter returns to her maternal home for first time after marriage. It is also performed for the wellbeing of pregnant women.

The puja is offered to a metal pot with picture of duck drawn on its sides.

A popular story associated with the worship of Goddess Shubhoconi – involves a boy, his mother, a king and a duck.

It is said that the boy once stole a lame duck. The duck belonged to the king. The mother of the boy chided her son for stealing the duck.

Next day the king’s soldiers found about the robbery and imprisoned the son.

The mother did not know what to do. She fell unconscious and she had a dream. In the dream, an old woman told her to perform puja to Goddess Shubhoconi.

She woke up and did the puja as…

Sriman and Srimat – Spiritual Importance and Symbolism

You might have come across the term Sriman and Srimat. The reference Sri-vaishnavism and Sriman Naryana are very common especially in Vaishnava theology. The term has deep spiritual importance and symbolism.

‘Sri’ in all these term is Goddess Lakshmi, the eternal consort of Vishnu.


She is inseparable from Narayana. Thus, she is omnipotent and omnipresent.
The dvaya mantra in Vaishnavism has two lines both of which have sriman as the first word.

The suffix man or mat indicates the state of eternal union of Sri and Narayana.

By first invoking Sri, the Divine Mother, a seeker seeks her help in connecting with the Lord.
When self realization happens we will realize that there is no second. There is nothing outside. Mother and Father are one.

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Love is a Ladder to the Supreme – Swami Sivananda

Free thyself from egoism and attachment.

Discipline thy minds and senses through detachment.

Identify not with the body, which is  illusory.

Have a balance of mind in pleasure and misery.

Service purifies the heart and the soul.

Service leads to Knowledge.
Love all, embrace all, be kind to all; ove unites, love elevates, love knows no fall, love leads, love purifies, love, begets love, love is a ladder to the Supreme; therefore do love.
– Swami Sivananda

Kusumeshwar Mahadev in Ujjain – Story of Kusumeshwar Form of Shiva – 38th Shiva Temple in Ujjain

Kusumeshwar Mahadev is worshiped in Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the 84 forms of Shiva worshiped in Ujjain. It is believed that those worshipping Kusumeshwar form of Shiva will never be afflicted by sins.

The temple dedicated to Kusumeshwar Mahadev is located in the Ram Janardan temple complex. This form of Shiva is associated with Ganesha and Goddess Parvati.

Kusumeshwar Mahadev is counted among the 84 Shiva Temples in Ujjain and it is the 38th temple visited during the parikarama of Shiavalayas here.

Story of Kusumeshwar Mahadev form of Shiva in Ujjain

Story of Kusumeshwar Mahadev is associated with Ganesha playing with flowers. One day when Shiva and Goddess Parvati visited Ujjain, Ganesha started playing with the children there. All children started showering flowers on Ganesha. Ganesha then offered the flowers to a Shivling at Mahakaal Vana (present day Ujjain)
Pleased with this devotion, Shiva told Goddess Parvati that the Shivling made by Ganesha would be known as Kus…

Tambula in Hindu Rituals

Tambula is an auspicious item used in Hindu rituals. It is known as betel leaf or pan. Devotees offer it to Hindu gods and goddesses in temples, sacred places and in homes.

It is an important item while performing 16-step puja to various deities.

It symbolizes auspiciousness, prosperity and fertility.

In some regions, Tambula, along with betel nut and a coin are given to elders and there blessings are taken before auspicious functions like marriage etc.

In eastern parts of India, Tambula is used to welcome the groom and bride.
It is also used as a mouth freshener. It also helps in the digestion of food.

Desire is at the root of all actions, good or evil – Chinmayananda

Among men, it is he whose mind is ever fixed on Brahman; the best and noblest.

Anger is nothing but an attachment for an object, when express towards an obstacle between ourselves and the object of our attachment.

Wherever there is the concept of the ‘other,’ there is fear, restlessness, agitation, worry, anxiety, each following the other.

Desire is at the root of all actions, good or evil.
Act efficiently whenever you work. The results of action depend upon the very quality of action.
– Chinmayananda

Tula Rashi July 2016 – Tula Rasi Predictions – Libra Zodiac in July 2016

Tula Rashi, or Libra Horoscope, born people will see increase in stature in July 2016.  Good and auspicious dates in July 2016 for Tula Rasi, or Libra Zodiac, are July 6, 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, 27 and July 28. The predictions are based on moon sign.

New position and added responsibility for some. You will be recognized for your talent. Financially it is a good period. You might get into controversy or scandals. New beginnings. Loans will be approved. Business people will have a good month. Lethargy.
Health will improve. You will show progress in many areas. Marriage related matters will reach a conclusion. Travels will be successful. New romantic relationships. Students will have a good month. Bad dreams.

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

Kanya Rashi, or Virgo Horoscope, born people will see increase in expenditure in July 2016. Good and auspicious dates in July 2016 for Kanya Rasi, or Virgo Zodiac, are July 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 25 and July 31. The predictions are based on moon sign.

Thoughts and worries related to family. Children or siblings will cause trouble. You will not be happy with the current state of your relationships. Financially it is not a great period with some unexpected expenditure. Good month for those looking for new job. You will perform well in exams and interviews. Lack of profit in business. Sudden reversal in career matters. Opportunity for abroad travel. Father, or father figure, might face health issues Students will have a good month. Marriage will be decided. Travels will be successful.
Health will be fine.

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

Simha Rashi, or Leo horoscope, born people will have an extremely busy month in July 2016. Good and auspicious dates in July 2016 for Simha Rashi, or Leo Zodiac, are July 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 13, 14, 20, 21, 22, 23, 29, 30 and July 31. Predictions based on moon sign.

Extra family or workplace responsibility. You will not be able to keep your word in this month. Progress. Happiness due to children. Chance of theft or loss of valuables. Health troubles especially those related to stomach. Financially it is a good period. Fights in family related to property or relationships. Business people will face partnership related problems. You need to be careful about what you eat in this month. Marriage related matters would see positive progress. Travels will be hectic. Students will have good month. Desire fulfillment in romance related matters.

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

Karka Rashi, or Cancer Horoscope, born people might see damage to house or property in July 2016. Good and auspicious dates in July 2016 for Kark Rasi, or Cancer Zodiac, are July 1, 2, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 18, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28, 29 and July 30. The predictions are based on moon sign.

Unexpected expenditures. Trouble in financial matters. Difference of opinion at home and in workplace. Damage to your assets due to bad weather. Business people will have a stagnant period. Legal or government related troubles for some. Sudden death of a relative or friend will be a setback. You will be rewarded for your talent and hard work. Good marriage proposals. Chance of accidents during travels. Health will be fine. Students will have a favorable month. Trouble in romance related matters.

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

Mithuna Rashi, or Gemini Horoscope, born people will implement new thoughts and ideas in July 2016. Good and auspicious dates in July 2016 for Mithun Rasi, or Gemini Zodiac, are July 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28 and July 31. The predictions are based on moon sign.

You will be able to find a good job through your intelligent ways. Good month for self employed, researchers and business people. Negative thoughts will invite trouble. Bad friendship will result in scandal and embarrassments. Lack of profit from earlier investment. You will restart pending or stopped works. Financially it is a stagnant period. Lack of success in interviews. Marriage plans might face sudden problems. Health will be fine. Trouble due to vehicles. Travels will be successful. Students might face some problems.

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

Vrishabha Rashi, or Taurus Horoscope, born people will undergo tense situations in July 2016 due to unwanted thoughts. Good and auspicious dates in July 2016 for Rishabh Rasi, or Taurus Zodiac, are July 1, 2, 6, 7, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 25, 29 and July 30. Predictions based on Moon sign.

Lack of mental strength. Fear of future and other such thoughts will cause worries. Good month for those looking for new jobs. Will not be happy with the financial situations. You will get help from various quarters. Chance of accidents from vehicle or fire. You will be honored or recognized for your talent and hard work. Some of you might face medical conditions related to blood. Not a good month with regard to health matters. Marriage plans will be delayed. Travels will be hectic. Trouble in romantic related matters. Students will have a good month.

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

Mesha Rashi, or Aries Horoscope, born people will face health troubles in July 2016. Good and auspicious dates in July 2016 for Mesha Rasi, or Aries Zodiac, are July 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28 and July 31. The prediction is based on Moon sign.

Some of you will achieve success in various fields. Good period for those looking for new job. Success in interviews and tests. Business will see progress. Gains from property. Unexpected expenditure. Vacations will be planned. Opportunity to travel to distant places. Family members will be helpful. Good month in matters related to romance and relationship. Serious health troubles for some. Marriage will be decided for some in this month. Students will have a favorable month.