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Bhai Phota 2019 – Importance and Reason of Bhai Phonta Festival

Bhai Phonta is a festival dedicated to the brother-sister relationship and is similar to the Bhai Dooj festival observed in North India. Bhai Phota 2019 date is October 29. Fota, or Phonta, refers to the sandalwood paste that is applied on the forehead of brothers by sisters on the day. Sisters pray for the wellbeing and safety of brothers and this is the main reason. It is an important festival in many regions in eastern parts of India.
Where and When Bhai Phota is observed in the Kartik month in Bengali calendar and the day coincides with the Bhai Dooj festival in other parts of the country.
How is it Observed? The sisters fast from the morning of Bhai Phonta and the fasting ends when she applies the sandalwood paste tika on the forehead of brothers. She also ties a holy thread on the wrist of the brothers. Brothers in return promise to protect her and present her with gifts.
Favorite dishes of brothers are prepared on the day by sisters. A small puja and ritual is performed while…

Pratihareshwar Mahadev in Ujjain – Story of Pratihareshwar Form of Shiva – 20th Shiva Temple in Ujjain

Pratihareshwar Mahadev is worshiped in Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the 84 forms of Shiva worshiped in Ujjain. Those offering prayers to Pratihareshwar Mahadev will become wealthy.

The temple dedicated to Pratihareshwar Mahadev is located near the eastern door of Nagachandreshwar at Patni Bazar in Ujjain.

This form of Shiva is associated with Nandi.

Pratihareshwar Mahadev is counted among the 84 Shiva Temples in Ujjain and it is the 20th temple visited during the parikarama of Shivalayas here.

Story of Pratihareshwar Mahadev form of Shiva in Ujjain
After their marriage, Shiva and Goddess Parvati resided at the Mandiranchal Mountain. Nandi was asked to guard the entrance and not to let anyone inside.

The lovemaking of the divine couple continued for years. Devas were worried that the child that will result from the copulation will destroy the world.

So they decided to approach Shiva and find a solution.

When the Devas reached the Mandiranchal Mountain, Nandi did not let the…

Nutan Varsh 2019 – Hindu New Year's Day in Gujarat in 2019

Nutan Varsh 2019 is the first day of Hindu Vikram Year 2076 and is the New Year day in Gujarat. Nutan Varsh 2019 date is October 28. It is also the first day of the financial New Year in North India. It is observed on the Kartik Sud 1 or first day of Kartik Month as per traditional Gujarati calendar.

Nutan Varsh 2019 which commences on October 28 is also referred as Vikram Samvatsar and Hindu New Year.

Hindu Vikram Calendar was started in 57 BC by Emperor Vikramaditya as a commemoration of his victory upon the Shaks. This victory took place at Ujjain, one among the four places associated with Kumbh Mela. This Hindu calendar is also known as Vikram Samvat and begins with the Month Kartik.

Nutan Varsh is also popularly known as Bestu Varsh.

It must be noted that Annakut and Govardhan Puja are also observed on the day.

Another important ritual observed on the day is Bali Padyami in south and western parts of India.

Annakut 2019 date - Importance and Reason For Observing Annakut Utsav in Gujarat

Annakut is observed mainly in Gujarat and Rajasthan after Diwali and on this day huge food offerings are made to Sri Krishna. Annakut is also observed as the New Year’s Day in Gujarat and is of great importance to many Hindu communities. Annakut 2019 date is October 28. The reason for observing the ritual is associated with Sri Krishna.
How is it Observed The name Annakut is derived from the huge amount of food offerings on the day made to Sri Krishna. It used to take the form of a mountain. Thus the day also got the name – Annakut – 'Anna' meaning food and 'kut', mountain.
Offering sumptuous food to the favorite deity is the most important ritual on the day. People also wish each other for a peaceful and happy year. Gujarati Vikram New Year is also observed on the day.
It is said that Veda Vyas once revealed to Yudhishtira that one who remains peaceful and happy on Kartik Shud 1 (first day of Shukla Paksha or waxing phase of moon) will experience the same throughout …

Diwali Padwa 2019 - Spiritual Significance of Diwali Padwa in Maharashtra

Diwali Padwa is the fourth day of Diwali observed in Maharashtra and western parts of India. Diwali Padwa 2019 date is October 28. It is observed on Kartik Shukla Paksha Pratipada or the first day during the waxing phase of moon in Kartik month as per traditional Marathi lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra and is of great spiritual significance. The day is considered highly auspicious. Vikram Samvat New Year begins on the day. Special pujas are offered to Ganesha on the day.Balipratipada is observed in western parts of India. King Bali began to rule Bhukok on this day. The day is usually spared for visiting relatives and friends. Many shops and business establishments remain closed on the day.
Other rituals that are observed on Deepavali Padwa include Abhyanga Snan, Govardhan puja and Annakut.

Make the right choice without fear and sentiments

Make the right choice without fear and sentiments. Our choices decide the course of our life. Bad choices make life a bumpy ride.

If our happiness is dependent on another human being then we end up with unhappiness, sadness, frustration, depression, hopelessness, anger, etc.

It is good to help others but it is foolishness to expect others to return the favor.

Our success depends largely on our conviction.

We worry about future. Why do we believe that only bad things will happen in future? Good things too will happen in future. Good or bad when it comes we will face it. Why waste our present for future.

Roop Chaturdashi 2019 date - Importance of Roop Chaudash

Roop Chaturdashi, also known as Rup Chaudas, is observed a day before Diwali in North India. The day is also observed as Narak Chaturdashi and Kali Chaudas. Roop Chaturdashi 2019 date is October 26. The day is observed differently in different regions.
How to observe Roop Chaturdashi? - What is done on Roop Chaudas?For some communities, it is the day for the traditional oil bath and importance is given to the maintenance of the body and therefore the day is also known as Soundarya Siddhi Divas. Yamraj, the god of death, and Chitragupt is also worshipped on Roop Chaturdashi day.After the sighting the moon on Roop Chaturdashi day, people take bath after applying oil and other traditional health products. Special powder of gram flour (Uptan) and other herbs are applied on the body.Clean dress is worn after the Roop Chaturdashi day bath and special prayers and pujas dedicated to Lord Yama is performed. People pray for the removal of the fear of narak (hell). It is believed that prayers o…

Tough Time Will Pass

Rough weather does not last for a long period. Similarly, tough time in life will pass soon.

True friendship and relation is in being with people in their ups and downs.

Develop the art of listening because everyone wants to share their feelings and emotions.

When we are overpowered by guilt, we lose our confidence and find fault without ourselves. The only solution here is stop repeating the mistake and if possible try to rectify it.
Have faith, everything will pass and will be okay. Such a simple sentence can give ray of hope to the depressed.

Diwali in Tamil Nadu in 2019 - Deepavali 2019 in Tamil Calendar

Deepavali and Lakshmi Puja are one of the most important Hindu festivals in Tamil Nadu. Diwali in 2019 in Tamil Nadu is on October 27 as per Tamil Calendar. Lakshmi Puja will be held on October 27. Narak Chturdashi is observed as Diwali in Tamil Nadu.
In Tamil Nadu and generally in South India, Deepavali is celebrated to commemorate the killing of the demon Narakasura by Lord Krishna.

In Kerala, Deepavali is a low-key affair and some people consider it as the return of Lord Ram from exile.

There may be difference in date and myth but the central theme that good wins over evil, remains the same.

In North India, Diwali commemorates the return of Lord Ram along with Sita and Lakshman from his 14 years of exile after killing Ravana.

Complete Diwali Calendar in 2019

Sateri Devi – Information about Mother Goddess Sateri Devi

Sateri Devi is a form of Mother Goddess Shakti worshipped in Goa and Maharashtra. She is Grama Devata or village deity. She is also the patron Goddess of many communities. There is no proper authentic information regarding her origin but she is a deity who protects people from evil forces.

Sateri Devi is worshipped in murti form. She is depicted either in standing or sitting position.

Sometimes devotees only get to view her head. She is depicted with two or four arms. She holds various weapons.

Festivals associated with her vary from region to region. Numerous different types of rituals are dedicated to her.

In some regions there is a palkhi dedicated to her.
She is worshipped for early cure from diseases, for good rains and farm yield, for defeating enemies and for fulfillment of desires.

Vaital Temple at Bhubaneswar in Odisha – Tantric Temple

Vaital Temple is an 8th century AD shrine located around a kilometer northwest of the world famous Lingaraj Temple at Bhubaneswar in Odisha. A tantric temple, it is dedicated to Goddess Chamunda. The shrine is noted for its erotic sculptures and is also a classic example of Kalinga architecture.

The main murti of Goddess Chamunda is depicted as sitting on a dead body, flanked by an owl and a jackal. She has an emaciated body with sunken eyes and sunken belly. The entire look and form of the deity is ferocious.

The temple is rectangular and has a vault roof that looks like an upturned boat. The fifteen niches of the shrine hold various types of images.

A four-faced lingam adorns the front entrance.
An exquisitely carved image of the Sun God flanked by Usha and Pratyusha symbolizing the dawn is installed on its outer eastern face. Aruna is also found pulling the chariot of the sun.

Yamadeepdaan Pooja Importance | Yamadeep Date in 2019 | Yama Deepam During Diwali

Yamadeepdaan, also known as Yama Deepam, Yam Deep Puja and Yam Deep Daan, is the first day of Diwali celebrations in North India and Gujarat. It is also known as Dhanteras. Diyas (lamps) are lit all night and these lamps are dedicated to Yam or Yamraj, the god of death.Yam Deep Puja 2019 is October 25. In some regions, lamps are lit for the ancestors and floated down a river or pond on the day.

Story of Yamadeepdaan Pooja Legend has it that a 16-year-old son of King Hima was destined to die on the fourth day of his marriage due to a snake bite. A girl agreed to marry the unlucky prince knowing his ill fate.

The young bride was confident of her spiritual wealth and decided to save the prince. On the fourth night, after their marriage, she refused to let him sleep.

She collected all her jewellery, ornaments, and also the gold and silver coins in the palace and placed them in a heap at the entrance of door. Then she lit innumerable Diyas (lamps) all over the palace. To keep her husban…

Diwali Trivia

Diwali, also known as Deepavali, is the most widely recognized Hindu festival and in 2018 it will be celebrated globally on November 6. In Tamil Nadu and South India, it will be on November 8.

Diwali is a shortened version of the Sanskrit term ‘Deepavali’, which means ‘a row of lamps’.

Diwali is known as the ‘Festival of Lights’ - it refers to the rows of earthen lamps celebrants place around their homes.

Diwali light symbolizes the victory of knowledge over ignorance, and goodness over evil. It further represents an awareness of God in our lives.

The popular legend in Hinduism associated with Diwali marks the day when Lord Rama returned from a forced exile after defeating Ravana, the ultimate force of evil, in His time.

In South India, Diwali is also believed to be the day when Lord Krishna annihilated Demon Narakasura and restored Dharma.

In addition to Hindus, Sikhs celebrate Diwali in commemoration of the release of the Sixth Guru, Hargobind, from captivity by the Mughal Empe…

Gujarati Calendar 2017 Online – Download Traditional Calendar of Gujarat 2017 - Vikram Samvat 2073 – 2074

This Gujarati Calendar 2017 followed in Gujarat in India is provided for free by BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha. The 2017 Gujarati Calendar contains important festivals in Gujarat and uses Gujarati language to mention tithi, fasting, festival details and Sud and Vad Paksha in a traditional Gujarati Month. This Gujarat calendar of 2017 is not in pdf format. But you can save the webpage and use it. You can also save and download to outlook.
Please note that this calendar is as per Gujarat VikramSamvat 2073 – 2074.
You can download it here at the official website of BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha.

Devi Patan Mandir Tulsipur near Balrampur – Ma Devi Patan Temple

Devi Patan Mandir is a popular Shaktipeetha, located at Tulsipur near Balrampur, in Uttar Pradesh. Ma Devi Patan Temple was established by Yogi Gorakshanathji and was renovated by King Vikramaditya. This very ancient shrine is on the banks of Siriya River. The temple is very popular with Hindus in Nepal.

As per historical evidences, whenever Muslim invaders tried to ransack the temple they met with death. Honeybees killed Meer Samar sent by Aurangzeb for destroying the shrine.

It is widely believed that it is at this spot Mata Sita prayed to Mother Earth to take her back. Mother Earth split up and took her in here.

The main deity worshipped in the temple is known as Pateshwari and the place is Devi Patan. She is also known as Ma Pataleshwar.

Legend has it that the Patambervastra of Ma Jagadamba fell here, so the word Patan was added with Devi, derived from Devi Sati’s Pat-paat-vastra. The legend is associated with the self-immolation of Goddess Sati at Daksha yajna.

Legend has it th…

Pictures of Traditional Rangoli Designs for Diwali and Lakshmi Puja

Rangoli patterns are an essential part of Lakshmi Puja during Diwali celebrations. These unique designs are known as ‘Kolam’ in Tamil Nadu. Today, colorful Rangolis are more preferred. Rangoli designs are drawn mainly to invite Goddess Lakshmi into the house. The two feet drawn along with the Rangoli designs symbolizes Godddess Lakshmi.

Six petaled lotuses, pointed starts, hexagons are some of the patterns widely drawn during Diwali. In some areas, especially in North India, different types of colors are widely used in the Rangoli patterns. In South India, generally the designs are kept white in color. At night, Diwali diyas are lit on the Rangoli designs.

Story of Kakasura in the Ramayana

Bhagvan Sri Ram, Mata Sita and Lakshman were residing in the Chitrakuta Mountain during their exile period in the Ramayana. Kakasura, son of Indra, in the form a crow was flying over the Chitrakuta and noticed the divine couple.

Sri Ram was lying on the lap of Mata Sita and sleeping. Kakasura came in the form crow and scratched Mata Sita. The painful cry of Sita woke up Sri Ram.

Bhagavan Sri Ram immediately realized that the crow was Kakasura. He took up a sharp blade of grass, infused into it the spell of Brahma and directed it at the crow.

Fearing for his life, Kakasura flew all over the world. But the divine arrow followed him.

Trimurtis, Devas and Saints could not save Kakasura. Finally, Kakasura took refuge at the feet of Sri Ram.

Bhagvan Sri Ram said that the Brahmastra could never become futile so the arrow will hit the right eye of Kakasura. Accordingly, the arrow struck the right of eye of Kakasura.

Urdhva Pundram – Lord Vishnu Tilak Shape

Urdhva Pundram is the name given by Vaishnava devotees to the shape of tilak worn by them. Urdhva Pundram is worn daily by Lord Vishnu devotees. It is a perpendicular religious mark on the forehead of a Vaishnava devotee.

As per Puranas, Urdhva Pundram should be applied only after a person has had his bath, and wearing clean clothes.

No ritual, prayer or worship can be fruitful unless one applies tilak. The material used for Urdhva Pundram is pure soft clay, sanctified by utterances of mantras.
Sandalwood paste, holy ashes, and turmeric powder are also used for tilak by people depending on the tradition to which they belong.

Rama Ekadashi

Rama Ekadasi is observed during the waning phase of moon in Kartik month (October – November). In 2018, the date of Rama Ekadashi is November 4. The smarta tradition will be observing it on Nov 3. The importance of this Ekadasi was narrated to Yudhishtira by Lord Krishna and is recorded in the Brahmavaivarta Purana. Ekadashi is an important day dedicated to Lord Vishnu in a Hindu lunar month and it occurs twice in a month. Devotees fast on the day and it is believed to absolve sins committed.

It is said that once a weak prince observed Rama Ekadasi fast after his marriage. The wife of the prince used to observe the Ekadashi from her childhood and the prince was emulating his wife. But the weak prince could not survive the fast and he died at night.

But his determination to observe the Ekadasi was rewarded and he became the king of temporary kingdom in heaven. The prince realized that with just observing a single Ekadasi he was able to attain this temporary kingdom and by bringing his…

Vaishvanara Agni

Vaishvanara is one of the names of Agni, the fire god in Hinduism. There are Rig Vedic mantras (IX. 66) dedicated to Vaishvanara Agni.

Vaishvanara Agni has various forms and lives in three abodes. He is described as having red tongues, seven faces, a huge mouth, red neck, tawny eyes, bright hair and golden seed. He is the dispeller of darkness.

He destroys demons and hostile powers, possesses excellent qualities and transcendental powers.
Vedas also state that fire by the name of Vaishvanara resides in the stomach of each being; this is combined with the life force (prana) causing the activity of digestion and assimilation of food.

Vajra Deha – Human Body as Strong as Diamond

Vajra Deha is an unusual type of yogic achievement mentioned in the Yogasutra. Vajra deha is a human body, which has attained the strength of a diamond.

The human body is made out of Panchabhutas or five elements. When the earth element responsible of hardness attains special dominance, the body can attain the hardness of a diamond.

The belief is that such a body becomes so strong that no weapon made of any metal can harm it.

Sage Dadhici is believed to have attained such a body by the power of his penance.
It is also believed that in Ayurveda there are specific medicines that can give a person Vajra Deha.

Convert your stumbling block into a stepping one – Swami Rama Tirtha

Vedanta says that your relations and connections ought to be an aid to you and not an obstacle. Everything you meet in this world should be a stepping stone instead of a stumbling block. Convert your stepping stone into a stepping one.

People are ambitious because they cannot go against the all possessing nature of the soul or true self.

… he owns nothing, but on his face you find the bloom of happiness, and you find his muscles so strong and his arms so well built. He goes about in such a happy, cheerful, jolly mood, humming tunes of joy.

The more you get, the more you become greedy, niggardly and less happy. Happiness lies not in accumulation of wealth but in content only.
– Swami Rama Tirtha

Kukkuteshwar Mahadev in Ujjain – Story of Kukkuteshwar Form of Shiva – 21st Shiva Temple in Ujjain

Kukkuteshwar Mahadev is worshiped in Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the 84 forms of Shiva worshiped in Ujjain. Those offering prayers to Kukkuteshwar Mahadev will get sins of their ancestors absolved.

The temple dedicated to Kukkuteshwar Mahadev is located on the Gandhavati Ghat on the banks of Shipra River in Ujjain.

This form of Shiva is associated with a king who used to take the form of a cock at night.

Kukkuteshwar Mahadev is counted among the 84 Shiva Temples in Ujjain and it is the 21st temple visited during the parikarama of Shivalayas here.

Story of Kukkuteshwar Mahadev form of Shiva in Ujjain

There lived a king named Kroushik. He was very popular with his subjects due to his efficient rule. But the king used to get transformed into a cock at night. The queen was therefore unhappy.

She consulted a saint who told her that the king was suffering from a curse of his previous birth.

To get rid of the curse, the king was asked to offer prayers at Mahakaal Vana (Ujjain).  …

Upa Puranas – About Hindu Scriptures Upapuranas

Upa Puranas occupy a very important place among Hindu scriptures. There are about eighteen or even more Upapuranas or minor Puranas. They are equally important as the major puranas but some scholars treat them with lesser importance.

Majority of the Upapuranas appeared several centuries after the Mahapuranas or eighteen major Puranas. But there are some minor puranas whose antiquity is as same as the major puranas like Narasimha, Nandi, Samba and Aditya Puranas.

Most of the Upa Puranas are treated as less important because they are taken as subsections of major puranas.

The eighteen Upapuranas are Santakumara, Narasimha, Skanda,Sivadharma, Ascharya, Naradiya, Kapila, Vamana, Asunas, Brahmanda, Varuna, Kalika, Maheshwara, Samba, Saura, Parasara, Maricha and Bhargava.

The contents of the minor puranas are generally the same as those of the major Puranas.

Be our master do not let situations overwhelm us

When we are in a hurry, we are inviting trouble.

Focusing on what we do not have only brings unhappiness.

We cannot control as to what will happen the next moment but we can develop an attitude that will withstand any storm.

Be our master do not let situations overwhelm us.

The world wants too many things from us but the greatest accomplishment is in focusing on what we really want.
Always focus on the toughest job first.

How Sage Vyasa got the name Krishna Dwaipayan Vyasa?

The original name of Sage Vyasa, the author of Mahabharata, is Krishna Dwaipayan Vyasa. The word Vyasa means split, differentiates, or describe and he gets this name after He divided the Vedas in four: Rik, Yajus, Saman, and Atharva. But the actual name of the sage is Krishna Dwaipayan.
He was born of Satyavati, a fisher woman, and the wandering sage Parashara, who was the grandson of Sage Vasistha. Satyavati later married Shantanu.
Vyasa's complexion was dark and therefore he was referred as Krishna and the couple had the child on one the islands (dwipa) of YamunaRiver. That is how he got the name Krishna Dwaipayan. The island was covered by Badara (Indian jujube) trees, so he was also known as Badarayana.
You may also like to read The Story of the divine Birth of Veda Vyasa

Story of Origin of Apsaras

Apsaras are stunningly beautiful celestial damsels. They are the dancers and singers of heaven. The story of the origin of Apsaras is mentioned in the Puranas and they appeared during the Samudra Manthana – Churning of Ocean.

Urvashi, Rambha, Tilottama, Kratusthala, Punjikasthala, Menaka, Sahajanya, Pramlocha, Anumlocha, Chritachi, Vishvachi, and Purvachiti are among the prominent Apsaras.
Churning of the Kshira Sagara, the celestial MilkyOcean, was performed by Devas and Demons to acquire Amrita (Nectar of immortality). Devas and Asuras faced numerous difficulties and they were solved by Vishnu and Shiva.
Finally, churning proved successful and one after the other numerous things appeared. Apsaras were the seventh to appear from the churning. They then became the dancers and singers in the court of Devas.
Related Treasures that appeared during Samudra Manthana Samudra Manthan and Goddess Lakshmi Symbolism in the Churning of Ocean or Samudra Manthan 

Bliss is always with us but unfortunately we never realize it

Obsession is a mental disorder. It causes only discomfort.
Instead of worrying over little things go out and have fun.
It is true we failed a couple of times. Now try with a happier and positive frame of mind. We will not fail.
The journey for peace and happiness is often undertaken in the wrong direction. The right direction for this journey is to the inside not outside.  
Bliss is always with us but unfortunately, we never realize it. Abhilash

Story of Krishna and Snake Swallowing Nanda Gopa

Nanda, or Nandagopa, was the foster father of Bhagavan Sri Krishna. There is an incident mentioned in the Puranas in which Nanda Gopa is rescued by Sri Krishna from the mouth of a snake.

One day the Gopas headed by their chief Nanda performed Maheswara Puja in a nearby forest. They then decided to spend the night on the banks of Kalindi River. They were singing bhajans and keeping vigil.

Suddenly a python emerged from the forest and began swallowing Nandagopa. The python started swallowing Nanda by the foot.

The Gopas tried hard to loosen the grip of python on Nandagopa. However, they could not.

Bhagavan Sri Krishna reached the spot and gave the python a kick. It suddenly transformed into a deva, celestial being.

The Deva was known as Sudarshana. He was converted into a python due to a curse by Sage Angiras.

The Deva (demigod) had disturbed the Tapas of Sage Angiras and therefore he was cursed. The sage had told the deva that he will be relieved of the curse the day Lord Krishna to…

Vettakkorumakan Temple at Nilambur in Kerala

Vettakkorumakan Temple at Nilambur in Kerala is dedicated to son of Shiva (Kirata murti) and Goddess Parvati. The shrine is located on the banks of Chaliyar River and is near the Nilambur Bus Stand.

The main deity worshipped in the shrine is Vettakkorumakan. He is also referred to as Lord Sashta or Shasthavu.

The subsidiary deities in the shrine are Ganapati, Goddess Bhagavati and Nagas.

Nilambur Vettakkorumakan Temple is a classic example of Kerala Style Architecture.
The shrine is famous for the six-day festival called the Nilambur Pattu Utsavam which is held in Dhanu Masam (December – January).

Nilambur Vettakkorumakan Temple Pooja and Darshan Time

Morning Darshan - 5:00 AM to 9:00 AM
Evening Pooja Time - 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Hindu Concept – What Happens After Death

Hindu philosophy does not accept the scientific concept that death is the cessation of the individual. It proclaims that the soul with its innate spark of divinity continues or may continue its onward journey even after the demise of one’s physical body. The soul is thought to be wrapped in layers of karma or samskara (impressions of past actions) which continue to accumulate or diminish as we pass from one birth to another.

The soul in itself is pure, sublime, and without any attribute. It wears these diverse garbs (of samskara) which makes each one of us look different, act in a different manner and experience different destinies. The cycles of births compel the individual soul to travel through different paths in each birth. Thus, with each rebirth, it accumulates or works on varied experiences, both good and bad.

The eternal urge of the soul is to attain the supreme liberation and it tries to evolve from the lower to the higher states of consciousness, just as a student is promo…

Dhara in Hindu Snake Temples

Dhara is the pouring of Abhisheka water from Hindu snake temples on the body of the person suffering in life due to the anger of Nagas. The dhara is performed with water, milk, or tender coconut water. First dhara is offered to Nagaraja and Nagayakshi.

Those suffering from the wrath of nagas will be seated in front of the temple and the holy water or tirtha from the shrine will be poured on the person’s body. It is believed that the process cures bad luck and illnesses.

The offering will help in removing dullness, diseases and bad luck.
This ritual is widely performed in Naga Temples in Kerala.

Maihar Devi Temple – Satna Maihar Temple

Maihar Devi Temple is located atop Trikut mountain at Maihar in Satna. The deity worshipped in temple is known as Maihar Devi or Maa Sharada Devi. The shrine is also known as Ma Sarada Devi Mandir. The temple is located about 5 km from Maihar railway station.
Legend has it that when Shiva was carrying the body of Sati around the world and Vishnu used his Sudarshana Chakra to cut the body of Sati, the right breast of Goddess Sati fell at Maihar.
The popular belief is that Goddess Maihar is mother to her devotees. She blesses her devotees with knowledge and strength. Devotees that strive for self realization and salvation, or Moksha, never return without fulfilling them.
Maihar Devi Temple was built around 500 AD. One has to climb 1063 steps to reach the temple which atop the Trikoota Mountain. Ropeway facility is also available now.

Goddess Purnagiri – Maa Purnagiri

Goddess Purnagiri is a manifestation of Mother Goddess Shakti. She is associated with Tantra. As per Hevajra Tantra, Purnagiri is one of the important Peetahs and Mother Goddess is worshipped here as Goddess Purneshwari.

Legend has it that Lord Shiva was carrying the body of his dead wife Sati around the world. There seemed to be no end to Shiva’s anger and grief. This led to an imbalance in the universe. Finally, Lord Vishnu decided to decimate the body of Sati with his Sudhrashana Chakra. He cut the body of Sati into 51 pieces. Her arms and leg fell at Purnagiri and she came to be known as Goddess Purnagiri.
Maa Purnagiri is worshiped for peace, prosperity, protection, good agriculture, healthy children, early cure of diseases and for victory over enemies.

Hingula Temple at Gopal Prasada Gada in Angul District in Orissa

Hingula Temple is dedicated to Mother Goddess Hingula also known as Hinglaj Mata, or Hingulei or Hingulaksi. The shrine is located at the Gopal Prasada Gada village in Angul District in Odisha. There is also an equally important murti (idol) of Lord Jagannath in the temple.

It is believed that Goddess Hingula arrived with King Nala and King Gajapati at Gopal Prasada Gada – they were on their way to Puri. Mother Goddess decided to stay at Gopal Prasada Gada.

Goddess Hingula has no other form except fire and she is linked with the Agni Kona (South East direction). For worship, there are murtis of Goddess is in various sizes in the shrine. There is also the utsava murti which is carried around during festivals.

The most important ritual and festival in the shrine is held on the Bishnu Damank Chaturdashi, which falls on the fourteenth day of the bright phase on the moon in the month of Chaitra (March – April).
Numerous festivals are organized through the year at the shrine. Food offering…

On Three Kinds of Ananda – Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa

It is a joy to merge the mind in the Indivisible Brahman through contemplation. And it is a joy to keep the mind on the Lila, the Relative, without dissolving it in the Absolute.

There are three kinds of Ananda, joy: the joy of worldly enjoyment, the joy of worship, and the joy of Brahman.

The joy of worldly enjoyment is the joy of ‘woman and gold’, which people always enjoy.

The joy of worship one enjoys while chanting the name and glories of God.

And the joy of Brahman is the joy of God-vision. After experiencing the joy of God-vision the rishis of olden times went beyond all rules and conventions.

That is why one should cultivate a taste for God’s name. Any name will do – Durga, Krishna, or Siva. Then if, through the chanting of the name, one’s attachment to God grows day by day, and joy fills the soul, one has nothing to fear. The delirium will certainly disappear; the grace of God will certainly descend.
Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa

Aghamarshana Suktam – Importance

Aghamarshana Suktam is from the Rig Veda and it is believed that chanting this mantra will relieve one of all impurities and usher in light. Agham means all that impurities that keep truth out and Marshanam means to destroy or to alleviate. Aghamarshana Suktam is the 190th sooktam in the 10th mandala of Rig Veda. This sooktam was composed by Aghamarshana Rishi.

Aghamarshana Suktam is not a mantra that performs miracles or clears sins in a second. It is a mantra that helps a person to understand his true nature.
This mantra is chanted during evening prayers.
Some people chant the Suktam before taking bath as they believe it washes away sins. This belief is because Aghamarshana Suktam is dedicated to Varuna, the Lord of the waters. A Quote from Aghamarshana Suktam
That Supreme Light which projected Itself as the universe like a soaked seed which sprouts – I am that Supreme Light. I am that supreme light of Brahman which shines as the inmost essence of all that exists. In reality I am th…

Story of the Birth of Sri Rama

Story of birth of Bhagavan Sri Rama on earth begins with King Dasaratha of Ayodhya deciding to perform Ashvamedha Yaga to have children. The decision is welcomed by the sages and they all proceeded to make the necessary arrangements of the yaga. Sumantra, the charioteer, then reminds King Dasaratha of something he has heard from elders and tells him that Sage Rishyashringa should preside over the yajna.

Sumantra then requests King Dasaratha to discuss the matter with Sage Vasishtha and others. The sages were too happy to have Rishyashringa preside over the Ashvamedha Yaga.

When the Ashvamedha yaga was drawing to a close, King Dasaratha requests Rishyashringa to perform Putrakama yajna to beget a son. When the yajna was drawing to a close, a divine form appeared on the yajna fire and handed over a golden bowl with ‘payasa’ (sweet) to King Dasaratha.

The king distributed the sweet to his three queens and a year later they gave birth to four sons – Lord Ram, Lakshman, Bharatha and Shatr…

Bhai Dooj at Ratangarh Mata Ka Mandir and Kunwar Maharaj Temple

The Bhai Dooj festival falling after Diwali is highly auspicious at the Ratangarh Mata Ka Mandir and Kunwar Maharaj Temple in Datia in Madhya Pradesh. The twin shrines are around 60 km from Datia and Gwalior. In 2018, Bhai dooj is on November 9.

Kunwar Maharaj is believed to be the brother of Ratangarh Mata.

Ratangarh Mata Shrine is dedicated to Goddess Durga and is located deep inside forest on the banks of Sindh River. Kunwar Maharaj Temple is around 5 km from Ratangarh Mandir.
It is believed that those offering prayers in the shrine will get relief from poisoning.

Bhagavad Gita – Chapter Five Verse 7 – 8 – 9 – 10

One who works in devotion, who is a pure soul, and who controls his mind and senses is dear to everyone, and everyone is dear to him. Though always working, such a man is never entangled. (Bhagavad Gita, 5.7)

A person in the divine consciousness, although engaged in seeing, hearing, touching, smelling, eating, moving about, sleeping and breathing, always knows within himself that he actually does nothing at all. Because while speaking, evacuating, receiving, or opening or closing his eyes, he always knows that only the material senses are engaged with their objects and that he is aloof from them. (Bhagavad Gita, 5.8-9)
One who performs his duty without attachment, surrendering the results unto the Supreme Lord, is unaffected by sinful action, as the lotus leaf is untouched by water. (Bhagavad Gita, 5.10)

Bhagavad Gita – Chapter Five Verse 7 – 8  – 9 – 10

Ballal Vinayak Form of Ganesha

Ballal Vinayak is the form of Ganesh worshipped at Pali in Maharashtra, which is one among the Ashta Vianayaka Temples in Maharashtra. The name Ballal Vinayak is the result of a boon given by Ganesha to child Ballala whose unwavering devotion resulted in Ganesh appearing to rescue him. Ganesha promised Ballal that from then onwards his name will be taken before him. The murti worshipped is also known as Ballalesvara Vinayak and Ballala Vinayaka.

Ballal Vinayak represents strength.
Legend has it that young Ballala was an ardent devotee of Ganesha. He and his friends used to worship Ganesha. Once Ballal and friends went to forest and worshiped a huge stone murti of Ganesh.
The parents of other children complained to Ballal’s father that his son was making their children lazy by always worshiping Ganesha deep in forest.
Fed up with constant complaints, Ballal’s father went to forest and found Ballal and his friends in deep meditation. Seeing Ballal’s father approaching all the children ra…

Annamurti – Manifestation of Hindu God Vishnu Associated with Food

Annamurti is a manifestation of Hindu God Vishnu and is associated with food. This form of Vishnu is similar to the Annapurna incarnation of Goddess Shakti (Maa Parvati). In this manifestation, Vishnu is the god of kitchen and food.

Annamurti form of Vishnu has two arms. On hand holds a ball of rice and another hand holds payasam (sweet or kheer prepared using rice, sugar and milk).
Murti (idol) of Annamurti is found in the famous Srirangam Temple in Tamil Nadu in India.
At Srirangam, he is the presiding deity of the kitchen in the temple.

Urvashi Apsara in Hindu Religion - Story of Apsara Urvashi

Urvashi is a celebrated apsara in the court of Indra, the king of Devas. Legend has it that she was created from thigh of Narayana. Uru means thigh and hence the name Urvashi. She was created to rival the beauty of other damsels in Indra’s court like Menaka, Rambha and Tilottama.

Indra, the king of the Devas, according to his innate character thought that Nara Narayana wanted to overthrow him and rule over the heaven. So he sent Apsaras (nymphs) to disturb the two saints with sexual passion. Seeing the Apsaras, Narayana placed a flower in his thigh and immediately sprung from it a voluptuous nymph whose charms far excelled those nymphs sent by Indra. Since this beautiful nymph came out of the thigh she was called Urvashi.

Due to a curse, Urvashi had to live on earth and here she married King Pururavas. (you can read the story here)
Another famous story associated with Urvashi is her desire to make love to Arjuna, the third of the Pandava brothers in the Mahabharata. (you can read the…

Sri Ram Lamp – Lithophane Votive Light of Srirama from Lladro

Sri Ram lithophane is a molded artwork in thin very translucent porcelain that can only be seen clearly when back lit with a light source. It is an ideal Srirama lamp for offering prayers in puja rooms and for meditation. Lladro, a Spanish firm noted for high quality porcelain figurines – Hindu religion related figurines include various forms of Ganesha, Goddess Lakshmi, Ram Darbar and Shiva.

Sri Rama – lithophane votive light from Lladro is priced at Rs 6,000 /-
The size of the lamp is 12 X 9 cm.

Lladro signature stores are there in New Delhi, Gurgaon, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Bangalore. It is also available in famous jewelry shops and boutiques.

Purnima November 2017 Time and Date – Full Moon Day in Hindu calendar in November 2017

Purnima is the full moon day in a traditional Hindu calendar and fast is observed on the day. In November 2017, the date of Purnima is November 4. The Purnima fasting is marked on November 3. The time is from 12:58 PM on November 3 to 11:14 AM on November 4. The Purnima in November 2017 is the Kartik Purnima in most regions. 
Tripurari Purnima is observed on the day.
Tulsi Puja final day rituals end on the day.
Dev Diwali is observed on the day in many regions.
Bhishma Panchak Vrat ends on Kartik Purnima day
Panchuka ends in Orissa
Some of the other rituals that are observed on November 4 Purnima day areare AkashdeepKarikeshwar Puja in OrissaKapal Mochan MelaRash YatraKartik Swami Darshan in Maharashtra

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

Vadakkumnathan Temple in Thrissur – Information about Shiva Temple in Thrissur

Vadakkumnathan Temple is located in the heart of Thrissur town in Kerala. This popular shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva is the witness to the world famous Thrissur Pooram. The main Shivling worshipped in the temple is not visible as it is under a mount of ghee. Shivratri is one of the most important festivals observed here.

Shivling at Vadakkumnathan Temple Shiva worshipped here is the Kiratha Murti – one who had a fight with Arjuna before blessing him with divine weapons. It is believed that Kiratha Murti had an injury during the fight with Arjuna. Therefore, abhishekam with ghee was performed for centuries.

The main Shivling worshipped here is covered by 5 meter high and 7 meter wide mount of ghee. The miracle here is that the ghee has not melted or gone bad even after several hundred years of Abhisheka.

Mother Goddess Parvati is worshipped in the shrine and she faces east.

A large sculpture of Nandi is also found in the temple complex.

Bhgavan Sri Rama and Shankaranarayana are worshi…

Turtle Sculpture between the Shivling and Nandi in Shiva Temples

In Shiva temples, Nandi – the bull – always faces the Shivling in the Sanctum Sanctorum. In most temples, between the Shivling and Nandi a sculpture of Turtle is also found. Some scholars are of the view that this turtle is Akupara – as per Hindu tradition the universe rests on the back of Akupara, the turtle.

Another view point is that, the turtle represents the Kurma Avatar of Vishnu.

Symbolically, the turtle reminds us for the need to withdraw the senses from the materialistic world to realize the Supreme Truth – the Brahman in the form of Shivling.

Popular Hindu Symbols

Karketeshwar Mahadev in Ujjain – Story of Karketeshwar Form of Shiva – 22nd Shiva Temple in Ujjain

Karketeshwar Mahadev is worshiped in Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the 84 forms of Shiva worshiped in Ujjain. Those offering prayers to Karketeshwar Mahadev will be able to enjoy all sorts of pleasure on earth.

The temple dedicated to Karketeshwar Mahadev is located at Khatikwada in Ujjain.

This form of Shiva is associated with a king whose previous birth was that of a crab.

Karketeshwar Mahadev is counted among the 84 Shiva Temples in Ujjain and it is the 22nd temple visited during the parikarama of Shivalayas here.

Story of Karketeshwar Mahadev form of Shiva in Ujjain
Once there lived a famous king named Dharmamurti. He even helped Indra in defeating demons. One day the king wanted to know why he is able to achieve so much fame in this birth. He put the question before Sage Vasishta.

Sage Vasishta then narrated the story of his previous births. In his previous birth, King Dharmamurti was a crab. He had to take this birth due to the sins he had committed during earlier birth…

Rules of Karva Chauth Fasting

Karva Chauth Fasting is observed from sunrise to sighting of the moon on the fourth day of the Krishna Paksha of Kartik Month as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India. Here are the important rules regarding Karva Chauth fasting.
Unmarried women are not supposed to observe Karva Chauth.
Women who are pregnant, working or are under treatment for any sort of medical problems should not observe complete fast. They should opt for partial fast.
The fast begins early morning with sunrise.
After self purification, one should prepare a thali (large plate) – in it one should keep a small pot filled with water, in a mud pot one should keep few wheat grains, in a small vessel one should keep sugar, and finally a token amount of money.
One should then offer prayers to Ganesha with roli, rice and jaggery.
Using the roli one should create a swastika symbol on the Karva and one should also keep 13 bindi on the karva. The person observing the fast should also stick a bindi on the for…

Sorimuthu Ayyanar Temple at Papanasam in Tamil Nadu – Karaiyar Sorimuthu Ayyanar Kovil

Sorimuthu Ayyanar Temple is located between Papanasam and Karaiyar Dam in Ambasamudram Taluk in Tirunelveli District in Tamil Nadu. The main deity worshipped in the shrine is Mahalinga Swamy and Dharma Sastha (Ayyappa). Sorimuthu Ayyanar Kovil nestles on the banks of Thamirabarani River and the presiding deity is the Kuladevata, or family deity, of several families in the region.

The temple is associated with Lord Ayyappa. It is believed that Ayyappa came here to learn martial arts as a young lad. Therefore this is one of the first temples dedicated to Ayyappa. Ayyappa devotees offer prayers here before undertaking vratam and journey to the Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple.

The murti of Ayyappa has his left leg bent and the right handing down. Sapta Kanyakas (seven maidens) are worshipped in the main sanctum sanctorum along with Dharma Shasta.

Ayyanar is worshipped along with his wives Poorna and Pushkala. The other deities worshipped in the shrine are Vinayaka, Nandi, Bhairava, Sangili Bho…

Theerthodbhava at Talacauvery in Kodagu – Emergence of Holy Water from Brahmakundike Source of Kaveri River in Coorg

Theerthodbhava is a unique annual spectacle that happens on the foothills of Brahmagiri Hills at Talakaveri in Coorg (Kodagu) in Karnataka. Annually holy water gushes from Brahmakundike, a small concave shape hole, on the Brahmagiri Hills at Talakaveri in Kodagu. Brahmakundike is the source of KaveriRiver. Theerthodbhava 2019 date is October 18.
Devotees can take holy dip in a pond that is located at Brahmakundike. The holy event also marks the beginning of the month long Kaveri Jatra. Thousands of devotees tonsure their head and take holy dip in the pond.
As part of the Kaveri Jatra, people perform holy dip at Triveni Sangama, confluence of the three rivers — Cauvery, Kannike and Sujyoti — and offer prayers at the Bhagandeshwara temple.
Thousands of people reach Talacauvery to take a dip at the pond near Brahmakundike.
Talacauvery is located around 8 km from Bhagamandala town.

Maturity means taking responsibility for our actions

A mature person will never pull another person down for narrow motives and selfish reasons.

Maturity means taking responsibility for our actions.

Qualities of a mature person are willingness to learn, being flexible, change and adapt and readiness to accept differences and viewpoints of others.

A mature person knows when to keep quiet during an argument.

Maturity means we do not indulge in comparison – we are at peace with what we are.

Maturity is accepting people as they are.

Finally, the true quality of mature person is that he does not look for happiness outside.


Hinduism Founder - Why Hinduism Has No Founder?

Hinduism believes in the concept of Brahman – the Supreme Being which is present in all animate and inanimate objects. Therefore it is not founded by any human being or prophet. It is also not an organized religion and therefor it has no founder.

Hinduism is based on universal truth and it applies in humans, animals and non-living everywhere. This universal truth was realized by the great Rishis or seers. Perhaps by a single Rishi or by several Rishis in several places. The Rishis were not confined to any age or place.
What they realized was that there is nothing outside the creator - in simple terms the creator is present in everything. The numerous gods and goddesses in Hinduism are representation of that eternal truth.
The great lineage of the Rishis continues and I and you all are part of it. But we need to realize it.

Interestingly, the word 'Hinduism’ does not appear anywhere in Hindu scriptures. The true name for Hinduism is ‘Sanatana Dharma’ and Sanatana means ‘eternal…

Keep it simple – key to success and happiness in life

Do not complicate matters. Keep it simple – key to success and happiness in life.

Those of us who are having a complex lifestyle will find peace, joy and bliss if we can shed complexity and adapt simplicity.

To make life complex is easy. Simplicity is a tough challenge in the beginning. But if we can make it a habit; then our life will become heavenly.

Simplifying life means not to stop working. It simply means knowing what we really want. Having only what which is essential for us.
Focus on the basics. Focus on the present. Reduce to noise in the head. Control desire. Life will automatically become simple.

Sukai Devi – Information about Mother Goddess Sukai Devi

Sukai Devi is a form of Mother Goddess Shakti worshipped in Maharashtra. She is Grama Devata or village deity. She is also the patron Goddess of many communities. There is no proper authentic information regarding her origin but she is a deity who protects people from adharma.

Sukai Devi is worshipped in murti form. She is depicted either in standing or sitting position.

Sometimes devotees only get to view her head. She is depicted with two or four arms. She holds various weapons.

Festivals associated with her vary from region to region. Numerous different types of rituals are dedicated to her.

In some regions there is a palkhi dedicated to her.
She is worshipped for early cure from diseases, for good rains and farm yield, for defeating enemies and for fulfillment of desires.

Budhi Thakurani Temple at Angul in Odisha

Budhi Thakurani Temple nestles on the side of Sunasagad hill in Angul town in Odisha. The murti of Ma Budhi Thakurani worshipped in the temple is very old. Angul Budhi Thakurani Temple is located at Mishrapada area of the town and is around 4 km from Angul Railway Station. Angul Stadium is near the shrine.

The murti or idol of Goddess Budhi Thakurani worshipped in the temple is in the shape of a pillar and is made of black granite stone. The murti is lavishly decorated with flowers, garlands, crown and ornaments. Only the face of the murti is visible to devotees.
The Goddess is associated with tribal worship.

The main offering to the deity is vermilion.

The temple is also associated with tantric worship.

People from far and nearby places arrive daily to offer puja and worship here. It is believed that after having darshan of Budhi Thakurani people have their desires fulfilled. She is also worshipped for good harvest, early cure from diseases, healthy children, victory over enemies an…


Brahmastra was a deadly arrow obtained after propitiating Lord Brahma. There was no defense against Brahmastra. The person who had discharged the arrow can call it back. It could only be stopped by Brahmadanda – a stick created by Brahma.

Brahmastra never misses it mark and it can only be used once in a day.

It is invoked by a mantra that is bestowed upon the user when Brahma blesses him with the arrow. The mantra is used to call upon the weapon when required.

The weapon can be used against an individual or against an entire army.

The arrow causes severe environmental damage. The land becomes barren and living beings cannot survive in such a land. There will be no rainfall. Those residing in the area become infertile.

Brahmastra was used in the Ramayana. Bhagavan Ram used it to annihilate Ravana.
Another famous usage of Brahmastra was when it was used by Arjuna and Aswathama against each other. Arjuna called his weapon back. But Aswathama directed it against the unborn grandchild of…

Agroha Mahakumbh of Agarwal Community - Agroha Mela

Agroha Mahakumbh, also known as Agroha Mela, is annually held on the Sharad Purnima day (full moon day in October) and is associated with the Agrawal Community. Agroha Mahakumbh 2019 date is October 13. The Kumbh Mela is held at Agroha which is around 20 km northwest of Hisar in Haryana in India.
Agrawal Community congregate here during the occasion.  An Agrasen Temple is located here. Another sacred spot here is the Shakti Sarovar with a sculpture of Samudra Manthan (churning of ocean) in the middle of it.
Satsangs are held on the day at Agroha.

Himavad Gopalaswamy Temple in Karnataka – Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta

Himavad Gopalaswamy Temple is located at Gundlupet Taluk, Chamarajanagar District of Karnataka. The temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna. At Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta, Bhagavan Sri Krishna is worshipped along with his wives Rukmini and Sathyabhama. The shrine is located around 22 km from Gundlupet and 92 km from Ooty.

Legend has it that the divine wedding of Shiva and Parvati was to take place at Kashi. All the divine powers were to attend the wedding. This would result in the tilting of the balance of earth.
Brahma asked Sage Agastya to go to South India to counter the weight. He carried the water from Ganga in his Kamandalu.

When Sage Agastya reached South India, he rested on the Sahyadri Mountains. Here he offered prayers to Lord Krishna to help in saving the Earth. Sri Krishna appeared before the sage. Sage Agastya asked Lord Krishna to come and reside at the Kanakachala Mountain. Bhagavan readily agreed.

Sage Agastya then consecrated the murti of Sri Krishna and thus saved the ea…

We should have a vision of life in its totality – Swami Tejomayananda

We should have a vision of life in its totality. And in the light of that vision, all problems can be resolved easily. Whatever challenges we meet within life be it illness, emotional trauma, financial hardship, and so on, our response will vary according to our level of inner maturity and our vision of life.

Take ill health, for instance, one who has faith and inner maturity tends to be more accepting and will consider the illness as a temporary situation and suffer much less. While a person who lacks faith and who has a narrower view of life will be more fearful and suffer greatly at only the hint of a disease.

Once we know the art of clear and logical thinking, it becomes easier to deal with various situations that we encounter in life.

– Swami Tejomayananda
Source Vision of the Bhagavad Gita by Swami Tejomayananda

Book – Philosophers Crystal by Marcin Dolecki

The book titled ‘Philosophers Crystal’ – The Treacherous Terrain of Tassatarius is a fiction written by Marcin Dolecki – philosopher, chemist and historian of chemistry (PhD) and lives in Poland. The fiction is of interest to Hindus because it is a time traveling journey and the main characters in the novel interact with Adi Shankaracharya.

About the novel by the author Twenty-year-old Philip lives alone in an authoritarian country, his parents arrested arrested after the imperial police find a secret notebook in their apartment. Then one evening Philip meets an uncommon girl, her name Julia, possibly on the run from the police, or sent to him as a secret agent by the state. Despite his concerns, he offers to put her up for the night. In the morning a mysterious person knocks on his door and advises him to escape immediately. This is how the couple’s strange, paradoxical and hazardous journey begins, leading Philip and Julia in a quest through time to the collapsing Roman empire, the…