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Ekadashi August 2017 dates – Monthly Fasting for Hindu God Vishnu in August 2017

Ekadashi, or Ekadasi Vrat, is observed on the eleventh day of a fortnight in a Hindu lunar calendar. The date (s) of Ekadashi in August 2017 – August 3 and August 18. The day is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and many devotees undertake Upvaas or fasting on the day. There are two Ekadashis in a lunar month.
The Ekadashi Vrat on August 3, 2017 is known as Putrada Ekadasi in some region. In some regions it is the Pavitra Ekadasi.

The Ekadasi on August 18 is known as Aja Ekadasi. In some regions it is referred as Jaya Ekadasi.

The preparation for Ekadashi fasting begins on the Dasami day – the day before Ekadasi. On the Ekadasi day, devotees observe complete fast. The day is meant for hearing religious discourses and performing pujas.
There are also devotees who do not observe total fast. They avoid grains especially rice and consume fruits, nuts and milk.
The fasting comes to an end on the Dwadashi day with the consuming of food cooked in one’s house.
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Shravan Maas 2019 in Gujarat – Sawan Month in Traditional Hindu Gujarati Calendar in 2019

Shravan Maas is the tenth month in a traditional Hindu Gujarati calendar followed in Gujarat. Shravan Maas 2019 is from August 1 to August 30. The auspicious days in the month include Pavitra Baras, Raksha Bandhan, Nag Pancham, Randhan Chath and Sri Krishna Janmashtami. Special pujas and rituals are observed on the Mondays in the month and this is known as Shravani Somvar.

Ekadasi Fasting Dates in Sawan Maas Putrada Ekadasi – August 11 Aja Ekadasi –  August 26 Shravan Maas Sud Padvo and Vad Padvo – Shukla Paksha and Krishna Paksha Shravan Gujarati calendar 2019 Sud Padvo (Waxing phase of moon) is from August 2 to August 15.  Shravan Maas 2019 Vad Padvo Paksha (Waning phase of moon) is from August 16 to August 30.

Purnima in Gujarati Shravan month 2019 Shravan Purnima or Full moon day is on August 15, 2019.
The Purnima begins at 3:45 PM on August 14 and ends at 5:59 PM on August 15.
Raksha Bandhan is observed on August 15.

Amas in Gujarati Shravan month 2019 Sawan Amas or No moon day is …

When the heart is pure, we attain bliss on earth

There is no substitute to the wisdom gained through life experiences.

When we show appreciation for simple things, we experience the true meaning of life.

When in doubt be truthful and honest. It will show the way out.

When the heart is pure, we attain bliss on earth.

If you are different it is wonderful, one of the greatest aspects of nature is diversity.

You cannot teach or install confidence; it is acquired through life experiences.

Anger causes nothing but destruction.


Rotak Vrat in Shravan Month

Rotak Vrat is observed during the Shukla Paksha of Shravan month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in North India. Someshwar form of Shiva is worshipped during the vrat.

Information regarding this vrat is found in the Narad Puran.

Those observing the vrat wake up early morning, take bath, and perform puja to Shiva by making clay Shivling. Only vegetarian food is eaten on the day. White colored Prasad is prepared and offered in the evening.

The fast is observed for three months on all Mondays during Shukla paksha or waxing phase of moon.
It is believed that on successful completion of the vrat, a devotee will be blessed with knowledge, health and wealth.

Salem Kottai Perumal in Tamil Nadu – Kottai Perumal Kovil at Salem

Salem Kottai Perumal is located at Kottai in Salem in Tamil Nadu. This is ancient shrine and the temple is famous as Kottai Perumal Kovil. Legend has it that Goddess Lakshmi took birth here as the daughter of Bhrigu Rishi and Lord Vishnu appeared here as Alagirinathar and married her.

Story of Salem Kottai Perumal Legend has it that Goddess Lakshmi who witnessed the incident of Sage Bhrigu kicking the chest of Vishnu could not tolerate the behavior of Sage Bhrigu and she was even more annoyed with Vishnu for letting the sage go scot free.

Have faith in others but not blind faith

Have faith in others but not blind faith.

Humbleness is an important step in successfulness.

Control over oneself is the only control we need.

See things as they are. Avoid giving our personal color to them. We will have a positive mindset if we do so.

A truthful person has nothing to fear.

Single minded focus on destination is essential for success.

Accept mistakes, learn from them and progress.      

Story – The Marriage of Nala and Damayanti

Nala Damayanti is a romantic tale in the epic Mahabharata. Damayanti was the princesses of Vidarbha. She learns of the handsome and righteous Nala, ruler of Nishada, from a swan sent by Nala.

Father of Damayanti, King Bhima announces her Swayamwara – the marriage function in which she will choose her husband among the assembled princes.

Nala sets out for the Swayamwara. On his way, Indra, Agni, Varuna and Yama confront him. Each of them wanted to marry Damayanti and urges Nala to ask her to choose one amongst them.

Nala obliges but Damayanti rejects the suggestion.

The disappointed Devas takes the form of Nala and reaches the Swayamwara venue.

However, Damayanti is able to identify the real Nala and choose him.
Evil spirits Kali and Dwapara too wished to attend the Swayamvara. But they were late and they felt disappointed. They decided to wreak vengeance on Nala. Kali enters the body of Nala, and makes him play a game of dice with his evil brother Pushkara. Nala loses the game and bo…

Goddess Sri Lakshmi Llladro Idol – Porcelain figurine from Lladro – Goddess Lakshmi Murti

Goddess Sri Lakshmi Idol is from the world famous Spanish Company, Lladro, noted for high quality porcelain figurines. Lladro during the past couple of years had released idols or murtis of various Hindu gods. Goddess Sri Lakshmi is part of the series. Sri Lakshmi murti shows the goddess in sitting posture and blessing devotees. She has four arms and she holds lotus in two hands. The price of the murti is Rs 90,000/-.

Lladro figurines are noted for its beauty, detailing and no compromise in materials used.

Real success lies in helping everybody rise higher – Swami Tejomayananda

Success is not about becoming richer, wealthier and more knowledgeable while keeping everybody else ignorant and poor. Real success lies in helping everybody rise higher and higher.

When we speak of victory, there should be prosperity, continuous development and growth and abiding values. Only that kind of victory is true, meaningful victory.

In victory, there must be prosperity and wealth as well as continuous growth – no stagnation. There must be backed by abiding values. Many times, after wealth has been acquired, people forget the value of hard work. That is why a poor person works very hard and becomes rich, while his son, who has readymade wealth, does not understand the value of hard work and slowly loses everything.
If we have firm policies in life, that alone will take us to prosperity and victory. We may win in the short run, but without honesty or values, it will soon disappear.
– Swami Tejomayananda

Clay Sculptures Associated With Wish Fulfillment at Shree Sadashiva Rudra Temple at Ujire in Karnataka

Shree Sadashiva Rudra Temple at Ujire in Karnataka is a famous Shiva Temple. What makes the temple unique is the offerings made here by devotees. A clay sculpture associated with the wish is offered to the deity before and after wish fulfillment. The clay offerings symbolize the never ending materialistic desires of human beings.

For example if a person want to get a job then he/she offers clay sculptures of chair and table, for curing eye ailments sculpture of an eye is offered, for begetting children it is cradle, those wishing a car offer the sculpture of a car etc. One can see a whole lot of different mud sculptures the temple.

The sheer number of clay sculptures in the temple gives an indication of the desire fulfillment that had taken place after offering prayers here.

The offerings are usually made on Mondays along with a coconut and kilogram of rice.

All the offerings are placed in a circular shaped pile near the temple.
The shrine is located at Surya and is around 6 km from …

Someshwar Puja in Shravan Month

Someshwar Puja is observed during the Shukla Paksha of Shravan month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in North India. Someshwar form of Shiva is worshipped during the puja. Information regarding this puja is found in the Narad Puran. Some devotees observe a vrat on the occasion.

The puja and vrat is associated with Shiva rescuing moon (Chandra or som) and giving refuge to him in his matted locks.

Those observing the vrat wake up early morning, take bath, and perform puja to Shiva by making clay Shivling. Only vegetarian food is eaten on the day. White colored Prasad is prepared and offered in the evening.

The fast is observed for three months on all Mondays during Shukla paksha or waxing phase of moon.
It is believed that on successful completion of the vrat, a devotee will be blessed with knowledge, health and wealth.

Pancha Kanchukas

Pancha Kanchukas are the five outer coverings or sheaths of consciousness in Kashmir Shaiva Philosophy. The five Kanchukas are:

Kala Vidya Raga Kaala and Niyati.
The background on which the pancha kanchukas remain steadily abiding is maya, the deluding aspect of Shiva, who is pure consciousness in essence. When maya is counted under the Kanchukas, the number becomes six – Sat Kanchukas.

A Prayer to Who is One Eternal Pure and Changeless

I prostrate myself before that Sat Guru, the Brahman Who is Bliss; Who is giver of Supreme Happiness; Who is the Absolute; Who is the form of Knowledge; Who is beyond the Pairs of Opposites; Who is vast like Ether; Who is attainable through assertions like “Tat Tvam Asi,” Who is One, Eternal, Pure and Changeless; Who is the witness of all the states of the Mind, Who transcends Modifications; Who is devoid of the three modes of Prakriti

Story of the origin of Cure for Snake Bite in Hindu Tradition

Story of origin of cure for snake bite in Hindu tradition is found in the Adi Parva (Chapter 20) of Mahabharata. Lord Brahma taught Sage Kashyapa the cure of snake poison.

Nagas or snakes were born to Kadru, one of the wives of Sage Kashyapa.

Once, Kadru asked her naga children to hand down like hair from the tail of Uccaissravas, the horse of Indra. So that she could win the bet, she had with Vinita, another wife of Sage Kashyapa.

Some of the nagas refused to do so. Kadru became angry and cursed them that they would be burnt alive at Janamejaya’s snake sacrifice.

After the curse, the snakes became dangerously venomous.
Other living beings faced innumerable problems due to this imbalance in nature. To overcome the problem, Brahma taught Sage Kashyapa the art of curing snake bite to protect other creatures that might be bitten by the snakes.

Rajarani Temple at Bhubaneswar in Odisha

Rajarani Temple is a unique 11th century shrine at Bhubaneswar in Orissa. There is no murti (idol) in the temple. It is situated midway between the famous Lingaraj Temple and the Brahmeshwar Temple. The temple is famous for its sculpted figures and the successive tiers of projections rising to form its 18 meter tower.

The term Rajarani is derived from the very fine grained yellowish sandstone, called ‘Rajarania’ in common parlance.

The temple shows strong Shaiva association. The temple contains scenes of linga worship and Shiva’s marriage with goddess Parvati. There are Shaiva doorkeepers too in the shrine.

A major attraction of this temple is the carvings of the eight dikpalas (temple guards).

The structure of the temple comprises of porch, side-niches, dikpalas, navgraha slabs and plenty of miniature spires. There are also erotic sculptures.
Some scholars are of the view that the shrine is built on a Sri Chakra of a Manjusri architectural style and the very temple is the abode and …

Kavar Mela in Shravan Month in Uttarakhand

Kavar Mela is observed in the Shravan Month (July – August) in UttarakhandState in India. The Kavar Mela 2019 at Haridwar is from July 17. Shiva devotees carry holy water from the Gangotri glacier and take it to the Shiva temple in Garhmukteshwar or Neelkanth. Devout Hindus who carry the holy Ganga Water to the ShivaTemple is known as Kavar.

In 2018, Shravan month in North India begins on July 28 and ends on August 26.

Some Kavars also carry the holy water from the GangesRiver to Shiva temple in their respective village. They are popularly known as Kanwaris and they travel from their homes in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and other places in North India to Haridwar, Rishikesh, Gaumukh and to the origin of River Ganga in Uttarakhand.

The water is carried in pot or bottle and is tied on the two ends of a bamboo pole and is never kept on the ground.

It must be noted that thousands of people travel in the Shravan month to collect Ganga Water and this results in unruly scenes on …

Kanthadeshwar Mahadev in Ujjain – Story of Kanthadeshwar Form of Shiva – 34th Shiva Temple in Ujjain

Kanthadeshwar 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 Kanthadeshwar form of Shiva will have long life.

The temple dedicated to Kanthadeshwar Mahadev is located near Siddhanath in Ujjain.

This form of Shiva is associated with Rishi Pandav and his son Harshvardhan.

Kanthadeshwar Mahadev is counted among the 84 Shiva Temples in Ujjain and it is the 34th temple visited during the parikarama of Shivalayas here.

Story of Kanthadeshwar Mahadev form of Shiva in Ujjain There lived a Rishi named Pandav. He performed intense austerities and secured the boon from Shiva that he will have an intelligent and dutiful child.

In due course of time, Rishi Pandav had a son named Harshvardhan.

During the yajno pavit ceremony of the son, the other Rishis present did not bless him with long life as the child was destined to die soon.

Rishi Pandav was in tears. Seeing the tragic condition of his father, y…

Parasara Gita

Parasara Gita is a text attributed to Sage Parasara, father of Sage Veda Vyasa. This text stresses on the importance of dharma as the means to moksha – escape from the cycle of birth and death.

Parasara Gita states that in order to practice dharma, the mind must be pure and duly strengthened and steadied by association with everything that is good and noble, like good people and good thoughts, surroundings etc.

The text is believed to have been composed around 5th century BC.

Related Story of the birth of Sage Parasara

There are always rich mines of healthy ideas lying broadcast throughout life’s fields – Swami Chinmayananda

What we regularly encourage and consistently cultivate in our mind – this determines our character formation, and ultimately, our destiny. Evidently, an intelligent choice of thought changes the character pattern in us – placing, thus, the entire destiny of our life in our own hands.

We must keep our mind constantly open to all helpful suggestions. There are always rich mines of healthy ideas lying broadcast throughout life’s fields; only we ignore them, refusing to explore them fully.

We must, as the most important thing, discover in ourselves an expectant, helpful, unselfish attitude towards the world of beings and happenings around us. On all occasions let us bring into full play our stronger, more vigorous and most uplifting traits which we have within us today. When consciously brought into continuous play they grow, and such a positive nature, when asserted persistently and lived, adds to our mental resources and reserves.
Confidence in oneself, quietness within, serenity in t…

Shravan Shiva Puja – Sawan Mahina Shiv Pooja

Shravan month (July – August) is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is the fifth month in the traditional Hindi Hindu calendar followed in North India. Also known as Sawan Mahina, devout Hindus travel to GangaRiver from their homes to collect holy Gangajal (water from Ganga) and bathe the Shivling in their homes and villages with the water. People who travel to collect the Gangajal are known as Kanwaris and journey is known as Kanwar Yatra.
Mondays (Somwar) in Shravan month is dedicated to the worship of Lord Shiva. People observe different types of Vrat on the day.
The month is of great significance at the Deoghar Baba Baidyanath Dham in Jharkhand. Special pujas using Gangajal brought by devotees is performed in the temple in Sawan month.
Mangala Gowri Puja is observed on the Tuesdays in Shravan month.
The Masa Shivratri (Monthly Shivratri) in Shravan month is considered highly auspicious and is marked by special pujas and rituals.

Alwarpet Hanuman Temple in Chennai, Tamil Nadu

Veera Anjaneya Swami Temple located at Alwarpet in Chennai in Tamil Nadu is a popular shrine dedicated to Hanuman. The shrine is popularly known as Luz Anjaneya Temple and is one of the oldest Hanuman Temples in Chennai. Offering Vada Malai on New Years’ day (January 1) is an important ritual here.

It is believed that Shettys who ran away from Mysore to escape Muslim persecution established the Alwarpet Hanuman Temple around 350 years ago.

The murti of Hanuman faces west and is depicted as walking towards southern direction. His eyes are adorned with earrings. The two-armed murti holds mace in the left hand and the right hand is in Abhaya Mudra. The eyes of the murti have a bright color. He wears armlets known as keuura, bangles known as kankana and anklet known as Thandai. The long tail of the murti is raised above the head and is pointing towards South.

The sanctum sanctorum also has an utsava murti or procession idol of Hanuman. A Panchaloha Venugopla Swamy too is found in the san…

Sankashti Chaturthi August 2017 Date – Ganesha Sankashta Chaturti August 2017

Sankashti Chaturthi, or Ganesha Sankashta Chaturti, is dedicated to Hindu God Ganesha. Apart from fasting, special pujas are performed on the day. Sankashti Chaturti August 2017 date is August 11 – Moonrise or Chandrodaya time is 9:40 PM. Sankata Nivarani Chaturti, which is observed for removing problems in life, is observed on the fourth day of the Krishna Paksha (waning phase of moon) in a traditional Hindu lunar calendar. Sankashti Chaturthi fasting is considered to be highly auspicious by Lord Ganesha devotees.

Sankata Nivarani Chaturti fasting begins at sunrise and ends after evening puja or after the sighting of the moon. Ganesh Temples conduct special pujas on the day.
Popular belief is that observing Sankashta Chaturthi will help in alleviating problems and it will bring prosperity, happiness and fulfillment of desires. The holiness of Sankashti Chaturthi Vrata was explained by Sri Krishna to Yudhishtira, the eldest of the Pandavas. 
It is found in the Narasimha Purana and Bha…

Always do what we love doing

Always do what we love doing. The job we are doing should satisfy us first. If we are not happy doing the job, then at some point of time we will be depressed and frustrated. Doing something just for money will soon attract trouble.

Try to be best at what we are doing. When we are an authority in our field, we cannot be easily replaced.

Avoid friendship of negative people and of people who are narrow-minded. Such people are always followers. They never have any independent decisions. They always move with the crowd.

It is true we cannot do everything all alone. But that does not mean when we get an opportunity to lead we should put our hands down. Grab opportunities with confidence.

We may climb up the ladder but always remember the ladder needs a ground to stand. Be aware about what is happing in the lower level. Remain in constant touch with those below you.
Do not sit and rest after achieving a goal. Set new goals and work towards it. We should not become stagnant. We should alway…

Alwarpet Anjaneyar Temple Darshan Timings – Opening Closing and Pooja Time at Alwarpet Hanuman Temple in Chennai

Alwarpet Anjaneyar Temple is one of the oldest Hanuman Temples in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Below is the Alwarpet Hanuman Temple timings in detail. Please note that there will be changes in the opening and closing time of the temple during important rituals and festival. The darshan time will be extended on special occasions.

Alwarpet Hanuman Temple Darshan Timings:

Morning - 5:00 AM to 12:00 PM Evening – 4:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Special pujas are offered on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

Nanganallur Anjaneyar Height – The Size of Chennai Nanganallur Hanuman Idol

The hanuman temple located at Nanganallur in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, is famous for a huge Hanuman idol. The temple is famous for the size of the Anjaneyar murti. The height of Nanganallur Anjaneyar is 32 feet.

Top 5 Tallest Hanuman Murtis (Idols or Statues) in theWorld

Health Comes First

Never take health for granted. Most of us ignore health during young days when we are in search of wealth and fame. Young days disappear soon and the aches and pain set in. As we make financial savings for future, we should also concentrate on our health for future. What is the use of the hard-earned wealth if it is only spend on hospital bills?

Body is the vehicle that carries us forward. Only it can take us to our destination.

Instead of concentrating on the external beautification of the body, we should concentrate on having good health.

Human birth is the only opportunity to escape from the cycle of birth and death. The human body plays a crucial part in attaining moksha.
Good and proper food, good exercise and keeping the senses under control are needed for healthy journey while on earth.

Baradeva – God worshipped by Gondas in India

Baradeva is worshipped by Gondas who live in the plains along the Ganga and Son Rivers in North India. Baradeva is believed to live in the date palm tree. He is worshiped along with date palm tree or khajura. He is also known as Haladiadeva. The deity is quite similar to Lord Shiva.

The newlywed couple brings haldi (turmeric) rice from the bride’s house. It is believed that Baradeva of the bride’s family also comes with the haldi. Therefore, he is known as Haladiadeva.

Bali or sacrifice is offered to the deity when a marriage takes place. The sacrificed object is later consumed as Prasad.

A popular legend has it that once a person of the Gonda community went to the riverbank to cut grass for his horses. He saw a snake over cow dung on the riverbank. A khanjana (bird) was sitting on the hood of the snake facing northeast.

The man informed about what he saw to the royal priest. After consulting scriptures, the priest told the man that he would become an emperor.

The king of the region …

Banashankari Temple near Badami in Karnataka

Banashankari Temple is located at Cholachagudd which is around 5 km from Badami in Bagalkot District in Karnataka. This famous pilgrim center in North Karnataka is located on the banks of Malaprabha River. Mother Goddess Shakti worshipped here is known as Vanashankari, Shakambari, Vanadevi, Saraswati, Mahakali and Mahalakshmi. She is worshipped as forest goddess and is also family deity or kuldevata of many families in Karnataka, Telangana and Maharashtra.

The murti of Mother Goddess worshipped in the temple is that of her riding a lion. goddess has eight arms and holds a trident, hourglass drum, skull cup, bell, Scriptures sword and shield. Two hands are in blessing giving posture.
The shrine is located inside Tilakaaranya forest. There are total five ponds around the shrine.

Legend has it that Sage Agastya performed penance at the spot where the current temple is located.

The temple was built by early Chalukyas around 681 AD. Additions to the temple were made by later Chalukyas and…

Quotes from Sri Ramana Paravidyopanishad

Becoming keenly aware that worldly life is full of misery, because it is infested with desire and fear, one should approach a Guru, a sage who is free from those bad forces, and after doing reverence to his holy feet should question him about how to become free.
The sage will give out in reply the supreme secret, confirmed by the [uniform] experience of all sages: ‘If you know yourself, there is no suffering for you. If you suffer [it only means that] you do not know yourself.’
Since you have no suffering in deep sleep, this suffering is only falsely ascribed to your Self. Realize the truth of yourself by the resolve to know it, and thereafter remain in your own true nature, which is bliss.
In the Heart there dwells the reality that is pure consciousness, the real Self. To be in the Heart, with the mind quiescent, is knowledge [awareness] of it, and also the state of deliverance. Sri Ramana Paravidyopanishad

Sukaramukham Hell – Reserved for Bad Rulers and Authorities

Details regarding Hells in Hinduism are found in the Puranas especially the Garuda Purana. Sukaramukham Hell is mainly used to punish kings, rulers and people who hold authority. In the Sukaramukham Hell, people are bound with ropes by attendants of Yama and beaten to pulp until they faint. After they recover their senses, the beating is repeated.

Those who try to escape are bound and pushed again into the hell.

This concept of heaven and hell in Hindu tradition is based on Puranas. Such stories and incidents in Puranas are meant to keep human beings disciplined on earth.

Upanishads state that hell and heaven are on earth and lucky are those who realize the true self and attain bliss here. 
Vedas do not have the concept of hell.

Bhitargaon Temple near Kanpur

Located at Bhitargaon around 50 km from Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh, Bhitargaon Temple is a 5th century AD Hindu shrine. The shrine is one of the earliest terracotta structures and is entirely built using brick. The main sanctum sanctorum is no longer in use. The temple is famous for its terracotta sculptures.

The present day structure is largely a reconstruction. The top quarter portion of the present day Shikhara is incomplete as there is no unanimity as to how the ancient structure looked like. The original structure collapsed in a lightning in 1878.

The temple is famous for its terracotta figures especially that of Shiva-Gajari, Ganesha, Shiva-Parvati, Vishnu annihilating Madhu-Kaitaba, Durga killing Shubha – Nishumbha, Krishna Balarama, Varaha, Vishnu, Gaja Lakshmi, Ganga and Yamuna.

The spire, though damaged shows a stepped pyramidal design and staggered ornamentation with crescent topped niches depicting Krishna Lila scenes, Ravana begging alms from sita and Nara Narayana.
Other f…

Purnima August 2017 Time and Date – Full Moon Day in August 2017

Purnima is the full moon day in a traditional Hindu calendar and fast and holy bath is performed on the day. In August 2017, the date of Purnima is August 7. The Purnima fasting is marked on August 7. The time of Purnima tithi is from 10:28 PM on August 6 to 11:40 PM on August 7. The Purnima in August 2017 is the Shravan Purnima in most regions.

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 Shravan month in the traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India.

Auspicious days include
Raksha Bandhan is observed on August 7.
Amarnath Yatra ends on August 7.
Nariyali Purnima in Maharashtra on August 7.
Upakarma - August 7

Inner and outer are mere terms, and not ultimate reality – Vedanta Kesari

To get rid of bondage, one has to begin from where one is — and slowly turn one’s time, space, and other causes into means to purify the mind and reach the inner divinity. In classical metaphors used in explaining Vedanta, it is illustrated by way of saying, ‘break the space enclosed by a pot and merge it with the larger space.’ Inner and outer are mere terms, and not ultimate reality.

Slowing down does not mean promoting inactivity and inefficiency but, paradoxically, slowing down helps one achieve greater and truer happiness. This simply means making space in our crowded lives, space to think over what is right and wrong, and learning to examine our lives in the perspective of the ultimate goal of life.

One must find time for introspection and self-study which are vital to check if one is going in the right direction. It may look difficult, even impossible, at first but a careful and honest review of one’s life and activity would reveal that there are certain things we can do witho…

Veera Lakshmi

Veera Lakshmi is one of the Ashta Lakshmis in Hindu tradition. This form of Goddess Lakshmi provides us courage to overcome difficulties in life. The paintings of Veera Lakshmi depict her having eight arms. She holds weapons like bow, arrow, chakra and trident.

This form of Goddess Laxmi is worshipped before battles and campaigns.

She is also referred as goddess of power or goddess of courage.
Veera Lakshmi is worshipped as part of Ashta Lakshmi. There are no separate known shrines dedicated exclusively to this form.

Thoughts on the use of Symbols in Upanishad to Realize Ultimate Truth

Sri K. Srinivasan in a lecture delves into the world of symbols used in Upanishads to realize the ultimate Truth. The Hindu reports  The Upanishads reflect the collective thought of realised sages who have meditated on the inexhaustible and abstract nature of the Supreme Brahman. It is said that when the Vedas tried to describe the Brahman, word and thought raced ahead to accomplish this task. But both of them came back baffled by the ineffable Brahman. Even so, scriptures show in many places that though the nature of Brahman cannot be defined, it does not imply that Brahman has no essential nature of its own. Scriptures use many symbols to discuss the subtleties of spiritual experience and the hence the same scripture may appeal to a variety of people in many ways.  These symbols represent or serve as external links to reach out to the ultimate truth that belongs to the realm of the infinite. This gives rise to different approaches, perspectives and interpretations of the symbolism —…

Bharata in Ramayana – Bharat – Son of Dasaratha and Younger Brother of Sri Ram

In the Ramayana, Bharata, or Bharat, is the younger brother of Sri Ram and Son of Dasaratha. He symbolizes nobility, selflessness and devotion. When his mother, Kaikeyi, wanted him to be the king of Ayodhya instead of Sri Ram; he refused and rebuked his mother.

Bharata performed the last rites of his father who had died of shock at Sri Ram’s departure to the forest.

He declined to wear the crown and decided to go to the forest and bring back Sri Ram. When he reached the forest, Sri Ram declined to return and asked Bharata to rule Ayodhya in his place.

Bharata accepted Sri Ram’s advice. He placed Sri Ram’s sandals on the throne and ruled on behalf of Sri Ram. He built a thatched hut for himself away from the city and lived and austere life similar to that of Sri Rama’s in the forest.

Bharata is eulogized in almost all literary works based on the Ramayana. He symbolizes nobility, selflessness and devotion.
He married Mandavi, cousin sister of Mata Sita.

Characteristics of an Avadhuta Yogi as per Gorakhnath

The characteristics of an Avadhuta Yogi are mentioned in the Chapter 6 of Siddha Siddhanta Paddhati by Gorakhnath. Here are the qualities of an Avadhuta:

He is well versed in the discipline of Yoga.

What he speaks is the revealed word.

Whatever place he visits becomes a tirtha (place of pilgrimage).

Though he undergoes phases of tyaga (abandonment) and bhoga (enjoyment), he is indifferent to both.
An Avadhuta is the follower of the divine path and nothing surpasses his divinity.

Indreshwar Mahadev in Ujjain – Story of Indreshwar Form of Shiva – 35th Shiva Temple in Ujjain

Indreshwar 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 Indreshwar form of Shiva will get redemption from sin.

The temple dedicated to Indreshwar Mahadev is located at Anantapeth in Ujjain.

This form of Shiva is associated with Indra, the king of Devas, defeating Vritasur and regaining his celestial world.

Indreshwar Mahadev is counted among the 84 Shiva Temples in Ujjain and it is the 35th temple visited during the parikarama of Shiavalayas here.

Story of Indreshwar Mahadev form of Shiva in Ujjain There was a pious prince named Kushdwaj. He was the son of Prajapati Twashta. One day for some reason, Indra, the king of Devas, killed Kushdwaj. An angry Prajapati Twashta, removed a strand of hair and threw it into fire. From it appeared Vritasur, who defeated Indra and made him a prisoner. Vritasura now ruled heaven.

Brihaspati, the guru of Devas, secured the release of Indra.

Indra asked h…

Giridurga – Hill Fort

Giridurga is one of the categories of forts. It finds mention in Arthasashtra, Manusmriti, Mahabharata and Vastushastras. As per Arthasasthra, Giridurga is to be located atop a hill or in the caverns of a hill. Majority of Giridurgas had Hindu temples and sacred places associated with saints.

Giridurga was the strongest defensive measure in the ancient world as its location makes it naturally inaccessible.

In the ancient world, the kingdom of Chandelas was defended by eight hill forts of which Kainjar was the strongest.

Kingdoms in the Sahyadri and Aravali ranges had erected a number of hill forts. Hill forts can be seen today in Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.

It was nearly impossible to win a hill fort through assault. They were usually annexed through bribery or sieges.
Giridurga of ancient India were of different shapes – square, circular or rectangular. They had parapets and watchtowers. They also had outside obstructions like knee-breakers, mounds of earth, pits, dit…

Those who follow patterns never truly make use of the human birth

Living a life based on bad past experience is killing all forms of opportunity in the present and future.

Those who follow patterns never truly make use of the human birth. They never reach the destination.

When we follow set patterns, we will have similar relationships and we repeat the same thing day in and day out. Then one fine morning we realize we have wasted our life by following the pattern.
Lucky are those who at least realize it.

Change is stressful but its rewards are immense. Know our goal and be wise when we move out of the pattern.
Do not make changes just for the sake of changing. Do not follow because everyone is. Do only that we really love. Do that which makes us happy and content.


Being true to oneself is crucial in spirituality and worldly success

Being true to oneself is crucial in spirituality and worldly success.

We are honest when it is convenient for us.

Humility and honesty go together. When we are humble, we will be honest. When we are honest, we will be humble.

Lies and deception only opens the doors of anxiety, fear and failure.

Excuses are in reality postponing certain things that need our urgent attention. It is mainly due to laziness and fear.

We can never arrive at the place of true contentment if we continue to run and hide from reality. Abhilash

Kroda Narasimha Swamy – About Kroda Narasimha form of Lord Vishnu

Kroda Narasimha Swamy is one of the lesser known murtis of Narasimha Avatar of Vishnu. This is a fierce form of Narasimha with the face of a wild boar. Therefore, this form is also referred as Krodakara Narasimha Swamy or Varaha Narasimha Swamy.

This Narasimha murti is in standing posture with two arms. He seen lifting a demon by his horns.

Kroda Narasimha Swamy is worshipped for attaining peace and prosperity. He is also worshipped by those seeking moksha or liberation.  This form is offered prayers to overcome fears and enemies.

The murti is worshipped mainly in temples in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Karnataka.

The most important Kroda Narasimha temple s is located in Upper Ahobilam.

Nanganallur Anjaneyar Temple Darshan Timings – Opening Closing and Pooja Time at Nanganallur Hanuman Temple in Chennai

Nanganallur Hanuman Temple is famous for a huge Hanuman murti in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Below is the Nanganallur Anjaneyar Temple timings in detail. Please note that there will be changes in the opening and closing time of the temple during important rituals and festival. The darshan time will be extended on special occasions.

Nanganallur Anjaneyar Temple Darshan Timings: Morning - 5:00 AM to 12:00 PM Evening – 4:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Special pujas are offered on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

Largest and Tallest Snake Idol in the World – Huge Naga or Serpent Murti

The largest and tallest man-made Snake Idol (Naga or Serpent Murti) is located at the Mukti Naga Temple at Ramohalli near Bangalore in Karnataka. This Naga murti is 16 feet tall including the pedestal on which it stands.
Mukti Naga Temple, also known as Mukthi Naga Kshetra, is a famous shrine dedicated to Lord Subrahmanya and Nagas.

Story of Draupadi Making Fun of Duryodhana in Indraprastha

Story of Draupadi making fun of Duryodhana in Indraprastha is an important incident in the Mahabharata. Indraprastha is the magical palace of the Pandavas. It was built by Maya. All the kings were invited for the coronation of Yudhishtira. Duryodhana went around the city and he was filled with envy.

As Duryodhana was admiring the palace and staring at its roof, he fell into a pond. Draupadi who happened to notice this laughed at Duryodhana and made the comment – blind son of blind parents.
Duryodhana did not take the insult lightly. He swore that he would one day avenge the insult.

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

Kalika Vrata – Fasting Associated with Goddess Kali

Kalika Vrata is a fasting associated with Goddess Kali. Kalika is also one among the numerous names of Goddess Kali. This vrat and chanting of the name of Goddess Kali together is known as Kalika Vrata.

The vrat is observed in the Ashwin Month (October – November).

The main rituals are observed on the eighth day during the Shukla Paksha or waxing phase of moon in Ashwin month. This is also the eighth day of the Navratri Vrat.

A devotee must worship the form of Kali with eighteen hands.

In Kalika Vrat, Goddess is worshipped along with her weapons.

Apart from fasting from sunrise to next day before sunrise, a devotee also should stay awake throughout the night on Ashtami day.

Red color flowers are offered to Goddess Kali.

Devotees undertaking the fasting can consume water, fruits and other vrat foods. Salt is avoided. Puja is performed at night.

Fasting is only kept on Ashtami day but puja is performed from Ashtami day up to Diwali Amavasya.

Inner Wisdom – B K Jayanti

We are unaware of the tremendous energy that we have within our own beings.

We allow our mind to be distracted by all the things that are outside us. We don’t generally acknowledge that the soul itself is the creator of its own thoughts, its own feelings and even its own personality.

Our life is usually based on a series of reactions to everything that is happening to us from the external world of stimuli.

Through a very simple practice of turning your mind inward and being able to direct your thoughts, you become able to become your own creator and discover the knowledge within you.

In meditation, you become aware that your soul is a separate entity from the physical body – you become aware of it as a point of light. This enables you to change the image you have of yourself, and have the awareness of your eternal image. The more you do this, the more you will find that your whole life is filled with light and peace. These characteristics of the soul then start to express themselv…

Story of Hiranyakashipu

Hiranyakashipu was the demon who was killed by the Narasimha Avatar of Bhagavan Vishnu. The story of Hiranyakashipu begins with Sage Sanaka cursing the doorkeepers of Vishnu, Jaya and Vijaya. The doorkeepers once did not give entry to Sage Sanaka to Vaikunta, the abode of Vishnu. Jaya was born as demon Hiranyaksha and Vijaya was born as demon Hiranyakashipu as a result of the curse.

Vishnu appeared as Varaha to annihilate Hiranyaksha.

To avenge the death of his brother, Hiranyakashipu undertook severe penance and secured several boons from Lord Brahma. The most important boon was that he could not be killed by man or beast, or by a weapon, during day or night, on the earth or in the sky, inside a house or outside.

After receiving the boon, he conquered the three worlds and prevented all forms of Vishnu worship including utterance of the name of Vishnu.

But his youngest son Prahlada had heard about the story of Vishnu when he was in the womb of Kayadhu.

Hiranyakashipu tried all meth…

Padmanabha Tirtha – A Direct Disciple of Madhvacharya

Padmanabha Tirtha who lived during the 14th century was a direct disciple of Madhvacharya. Before he became an ascetic, he was known as Sobhana Bhatta. He met Madhvacharya when the great saint was returning from Badari to Udupi. Here Sobhana Bhatta entered into a debate with acharya but he was defeated.
Sobhana Bhatta was convinced by the validity of Madhvacharya’s philosophy and he became an ardent disciple of Madhvacharya and took Sanyasa.
Padmanabha Tirtha was a great scholar and was well-versed in Vedas, epics and Puranas. He wrote commentaries on Madhvacharya’s works. A total of 15 works are credited to him this includes commentary on Madhavacharya’s ten prakarnas, Brahamasutra Bhasya, Gita Bhasya etc. His independent work Sannyayaratnavali is very famous.
As he was the foremost disciple of Madhvacharya, he was made his first successor. He was head of Madhva Matha for seven years.
His Samadhi is located at Navabrindavan near Hampi in Karnataka.

Never think that you have learned enough and now can stop – Dadi Janki

I need to be aware of how much damage is caused by negative thoughts. Negative, wasteful thinking over a long period of time will put me right back into the gutter.

The task of a student of spirituality is to change situations through thoughts. I must change myself first, then I can change the world.

There is benefit for you in every situation. If, that is, you know how to look for it. The idea behind steady spiritual progress is to see every circumstance and situation (particularly those that challenge you) as a tailor-made lesson in your personal plan for self-development.
Never think that you have learned enough and now can stop. You should love it when people try to correct you or give you advice. It keeps you alert and gives you plenty of opportunity to put your truth into practice. It is a sign of great danger to be unable to accept criticism and instead use your understanding to criticize others. Realize deeply the significance of every moment, and your spiritual progress will…

The Hugging Saint – Symbolism in the Hugs and Kisses of Mata Amritanandamayi Devi

Meeting with the hugging saint, Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, is referred as ‘Darshan.’ There is deep symbolism attached to the hugs and kisses. Darshan refers to Mata’s motherly embrace.

Mata herself spoke about the darshan

“Amma’s hugs and kisses should not be considered ordinary. When Amma embraces or kisses someone, it is a process of purification and inner healing. Amma is transmitting a part of her pure, vital energy into her children. It also allows them to experience, true unconditional love. When Amma holds someone, it can help to awaken the dormant spiritual energy within them, which will eventually take them to the ultimate goal of Self Realization.
Source – Secret Of Inner Peace By Swami Ramakrishnananda Puri, Amma, Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi

Sense of Separateness Is an Illusion Created By Ignorance – Swami Sivananda

The sense of separateness is a colossal fetter. Kill this sense of separateness through Brahma Bhavana, by developing Advaitic unity of consciousness and by means of selfless service. This sense of separateness is an illusion created by ignorance or Maya.

He who ignores his own pleasures and comforts and tries to help others always is really an advanced student in the path of spirituality. He carries the master-key to unlock the realms of spiritual bliss.

You must be able to think quickly and act promptly with unerring precision and profound concentration in times of emergencies. You must take care to see that you are not rash and impetuous. You must be cool and collected.

Balance of mind brings about real lasting happiness to a disciplined man. It is not a commodity which can be purchased on the market. It is indeed a rare gift which can only be attained by protracted selfless service with Atma Bhavana, equal vision, controlled Indriyas and self-restraint, by developing virtues such…

Shiva Represents Which among Five Elements in Panchayatana form of Worship

Panchayatana form of worship introduced by Adi Shankaracharya has assigned one element to one of the five deities in Hinduism. Shiva is the embodiment of Pirthvi Mahabhuta (earth) among the five elements. The five elements are ether/space, air, fire, water and earth. The five deities in Panchayatana form of worship are Vishnu, Mother Goddess, Ganesha, Surya and Shiva.

In this concept, the five deities are worshipped in the form of sacred stones found in five holy rivers.
Shiva, the embodiment of Prithvi Mahabhuta, is worshipped in the form of Banalinga found in Narmada River in Madhya Pradesh.

Aravindalochanar Temple at Tolaivilimangalam in Thoothukudi in Tamil Nadu – Ninth Nava Tirupati Temple Associated with Navgraha Ketu

Aravindalochanar Temple, also known as Thirutholaivillimangalam Aravinda Losanar Temple or Erattai Tirupati, is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It is one of the Nava Tirupati Temples and one among 108 Divya Desams. This is the ninth Nava Tirupathi Temple and is associated with Navagraha Ketu. The shrine is located 10 km east of Sri Vaikuntam.
The place is mentioned by Nammalvar and is known as Erattai Tirupati because there are two temples located here.
Story of Aravindalochanar Temple Legend has it that Lord Vishnu gave darshan to Saint Suprabar here at Thirutholaivillimangalam. The saint used to worship Lord Vishnu daily with lotus flowers. Srihari Vishnu appeared adorned with Lotus flowers hence the name Aravindalochanar.
Lord Vishnu is worshipped here as Aravindalochanar. The murti faces east and is in standing posture. Urchavar is known as Senthamaraikannan
Consort of Vishnu worshipped here is Karunthadakanni Thaayar.
The shrine is located on the banks of Thamiraparani River.
The sacr…

Sashti Viratham August 2017 date – Muruga Shasti Fasting in August 2017

Shasti Fasting in August 2017 in based on calendars followed in South India. Sashti Viratham is a monthly fasting dedicated to Hindu god Muruga (known as Kartik in North and western parts of India). Sashti Viratham August 2017 date is August 27. It is observed on the sixth day during the Shukla Paksha or bright phase of moon as per a traditional Hindu calendar. Special pujas and rituals are also held on the day in Muruga Temples.
There are two Sashti fasting dates in a month one each during the waxing phase of moon and another during the waning phase of moon. Most devotees fast during the Sashti falling during waxing phase of moon.
Fasting on Sashti is considered highly beneficial and some devotees observe a complete fast for 24 hours.
Muruga, also known as Shanmukha and Subramanian, is widely worshipped in South India, Singapore, Malaysia and Sri Lanka especially by Tamilians. In North India, Lord Muruga is known as Kartik or Kartikeya.
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Conquest of mind leads to the attainment of everything – Yoga Vasishta

The mind is terrible (ghoram) in the waking state, gentle (santam) in the dream state, dull (mudham) in deep sleep and dead when not in any of these three states.

Just as the powder of the kataka seed, after precipitating the dirt in water, becomes merged in the water, so also the mind (after removing all impressions) itself becomes merged (in the Self ).

The mind is samsara; the mind is also said to be bondage; the body is activated by the mind just as a tree is shaken by the wind.

The only god to be conquered is the mind. Its conquest leads to the attainment of everything. Without its conquest all other efforts are fruitless.

To be unperturbed is the foundation of blessedness (Sri). One attains liberation by it. To human beings even the conquest of the three worlds, without the conquest of the mind, is as insignificant as a blade of grass.
– Yoga Vasishta 

Focus on what we want in life and cut out rest

Challenges and obstacles are part of life. Many meekly surrender before overwhelming obstacles and give excuses like fate etc. Not succumbing to these challenges and obstacles is what will make us stand apart.

Only solution to overcome failure is perseverance.

It is not strength that matters but the will to transcend defeat.

Life is never a journey through a straight smooth road. There are many ups and downs on the road of life. Many stop before they reach their destination. We can reach our true destination, if we refuse to stop and endure the difficulties.

Focus on what we want in life and cut out rest. Abhilash

Story of the Previous Birth of Sage Narada

During one Kalpa (a day of Brahma), there lived a handsome Gandharva with a melodious voice. Once he was in an inebriated state and entered the assembly of Devas who were performing rituals. Instead of singing glories of God he sang amorous songs detailing the beauty of celestial women and lovemaking.

The angry Devas cursed him to be born on earth. This was at the fag end of a Kalpa and it was Kali Yuga on earth.

On earth, he was born in the house of a servant. When the boy was five years old, a group of saints came to his town. He got the opportunity to be with them. This close association with the sages at the young age developed in him devotion for God.

From that day, he roamed around singing the glories of God. Later he sat in meditation and did intense penance. Pleased with his devotion, Lord Vishnu blessed him that in the next cycle of creation, or kalpa, he will be born as the son of Brahma.
Thus in the present Kalpa, Sage Narada was born as the son of Brahma. He roams around …

Devapiran Temple at Tolaivilimangalam in Thoothukudi in Tamil Nadu – Eighth Nava Tirupati Temple Associated with Navgraha Raghu

Devapiran Temple, also known as Thirutholaivillimangalam Sri Srinivasan Temple or Erattai Tirupati, is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It is one of the Nava Tirupati Temples and one among 108 Divya Desams. This is the eighth Nava Tirupathi Temple and is associated with Navagraha Raghu or Rahu. The shrine is located 10 km east of Sri Vaikuntam.

The place is mentioned by Nammalvar and is known as Erattai Tirupati because there are two temples located here.

Lord Vishnu is worshipped here as Srinivasan. The murti faces east and is in standing posture. Urchavar is known as Devapiran.

Consorts of Vishnu worshipped here are Alarmelmanga Thayaar and Padmavati Thayaar.

Story of Devapiran Temple  Legend has it that Lord Vishnu gave darshan to Indra, Varuna and Vayu here at Thirutholaivillimangalam.

The shrine is located on the banks of Thamiraparani River.

The sacred water body in the temple is known as Varuna Theertham.

The shrine is believed to be more than 2000 years old.

Those having problems in…

Words to Think Over – Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa

As water when congealed becomes ice, so the visible form of the almighty is the condensed manifestation of the all pervading formless Brahman. It may be called in fact, Sat-chit-ananda solidified. As ice is part and parcel of water, remains in water and afterwards melts in it; so the Personal god is part and parcel of the Impersonal. He rises from the impersonal, remains there, and ultimately merges into it and disappears.

God is formless and God is with form too, and He is that which transcends both form and formlessness. He alone can say what else He is.

How can the finite grasp the Infinite? Like a figure of salt trying to fathom the depths of the ocean. In doing so the salt doll is dissolved into the sea and lost. Similarly the jiva, in trying to measure God, loses his individual egoism and becomes one with him.
– Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa

Story of Karthigai Nakshatra and Muruga – Krittika and Lord Kartikeya

Karthigai, Krittika, or Kartika is the third of the 27 birth stars of the lunar zodiac. The story of Muruga or Kartikeya is closely associated with Krittika.
Legend has it that when Muruga, the commander in chief and son of Shiva, was born, the Devas deputed six mothers called Krittikas to breast-feed him. As per Mahabharata, after having fed Muruga, the mothers entered into the sphere of stars and hence this group of stars is called Krittika or Karthigai.
Muruga gets the name Kartikeya from his these six mothers.
As per some Puranas, Krittika is also the daughter of Daksha Prajapati.
Story of Birth of Muruga

Perungulam Mayakoothar Temple at Perungulam in Thoothukudi in Tamil Nadu – Seventh Nava Tirupati Temple Associated with Shani or Saturn

Perungulam Mayakoothar Temple, also known as Sri Venkatavanan temple or Mayakoothan Perumal Koil, is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is located at Perungulam in Thoothukudi in Tamil Nadu. It is one of the Nava Tirupati Temples and one among 108 Divya Desams. This is the seventh Nava Tirupathi Temple and is associated with Saturn (Navagraha Shani). Perungulam Mayakoothar Temple is around 8 km from Srivaikuntam.

There is no separate Navgraha Shani 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. Moolavar is known as Venkatavanan and Srinivasan. Urchavar is known as Mayakoothar or Mayakoothan.

A unique aspect here is that a separate Garuda murti is worshipped in the sanctum sanctorum.

Consorts of Vishnu worshipped here are Alarmelmanga Thayar, Kulandaivalli Thayar (also known as Kamala Valli).
The sacred temple pond is known as Perungula Teertham.

Those having problems in life due to the ba…

Yamaduta – Messengers of Yama at the Time of Death in Hindu Religion - Yamadutas

Yamadutas are messengers of Yama, the god of death in Hindu religion. It is believed that they arrive at the time of death of an individual on earth. Yamaduta follow orders and directions of Yama. They arrive to convey messages of Yama to mortals and to take them to his kingdom based on their deeds on earth.

When the time of an individual ends on earth, Yama sends one of his messengers to earth to take the individual to Yamaloka.

Details about Yamadutas, especially their features and weapons are mentioned in the Padma Purana.

Yamadutas are depicted with a rope and mace or club. Their faces are deformed. They have long teeth and their faces are like burning charcoal. They have huge figures. Their eyes burn like fire.
Crow is also referred as Yamaduta as it carries the food offered by relatives to dead ancestors.

Makaranetunkuzhaikkadar Temple at Thenthiruperai in Thoothukudi in Tamil Nadu – Sixth Nava Tirupati Temple Associated with Navgraha Shukra

Makaranetunkuzhaikkaadar Temple, also known as Nigaril Mugilvannan or Makara Nedun Kuzhaikathan, is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is located at Thenthiruperai in Thoothukudi in Tamil Nadu. It is one of the Nava Tirupati Temples and one among 108 Divya Desams. This is the sixth Nava Tirupathi Temple and is associated with Navagraha Shukra. The shrine is located 12 km from Srivaikuntam.

Story of Makaranetunkuzhaikkadar Temple Legend has it that once Goddess Lakshmi was upset that Lord Vishnu was spending too much time with Bhudevi. She complained to Sage Durvasa. Bhudevi did penance on the banks of Thamiraparani River at Thenthiruperai and here she found two fish shaped earrings. She offered it to Lord Vishnu and when he wore them he came to be known as  Makara Nedun Kuzhaikathan.

Another legend has it that Varuna performed penance here for insulting Guru or Brihaspati. Due to this Varuna had lost his weapons and power to create rains. Lord Vishnu gave darshan to Varuna here on Panguni P…

Amavasya August 2017 Date and Time – No Moon Day in Hindu Calendar in August 2017

Amavasya is the no moon day in a month in a traditional Hindu lunar calendar. In August 2017, Amavasya date is Monday, August 21. Time – Amavas begins at 2:10 AM on August 21 and ends at 11:59 PM on August 21, 2016. The Amavasya Vrat is on August 21. Snan, dhan, Shradh and Tarpan are performed on August 21. The Amavasya is known as Somvati Amavasya as it falls on Monday.

Pola, Pithori and Kushgrahini Amavasya are on August 21.
As per traditional North Indian calendar the August 21 Amavasya is of the Bhadrapad month. In other regions it is the Shravan Amavasya.
Amavasya is the darkest day in a traditional Hindu month and is considered both auspicious and inauspicious by different Hindu communities.
There are many Hindus who undertake a fast on Amavasi. Some devotees only take a single meal on the day.
Shravan month ends in traditional calendars followed in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka on August 21.

Shriphal in Hindu Pujas and Rituals

Coconut is known as Shriphal in Hindu pujas and rituals. Coconut is considered pure and auspicious. It is also regarded as symbolic of Ganesha. In some regions banana is also considered as Shriphal. Before any auspicious function or inauguration or even before using a car, a coconut is broken and offered.

Coconut is also offered as dakshina to priest, guru and elders.

Coconut is Shriphal because it has three eyes and the water and kernel in it is pure and untouched or polluted. So it is an ideal offering.
Another reason for choosing coconut as shriphal is because it is available 365 days and is not seasonal.

Alwarthirunagari Temple in Thoothukudi in Tamil Nadu – Fifth Nava Tirupati Temple Associated with Guru or Jupiter

Alwarthirunagari Temple, also known as Athinatha Alwar Temple, or Alwarthirunagari Permual Temple, is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It is one of the Nava Tirupati Temples and one among 108 Divya Desams. This is the fifth Nava Tirupathi Temple and is associated with Jupiter (Navagraha Guru or Brihaspati).

The place is mentioned in the Brahmananda Purana and it is believed to be the birthplace of Nammalvar.

Lord Vishnu is worshipped here as Aathinathan or Aathipiran. The Swamyabhu murti of Vishnu faces east and is in standing posture. The feet of the murti are buried under earth.

Goddess Lakshmi and Bhudevi are worshipped here as Aathinathanayaki and Thirukkurukornayaki. The shrine is located on the banks of Thamiraparani River.

The sacred water body in the temple is known as Brahma Theertham.

The sacred tree associated with the shrine is Tamarind Tree.

Those having problems in life due to the bad positioning of Brishaspati or Guru in their life will get relief after offering prayers here…