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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 Mount

Diwali in Tamil Nadu in 2023 - Deepavali 2023 in Tamil Calendar

Deepavali and Lakshmi Puja are one of the most important Hindu festivals in Tamil Nadu. Diwali in 2023 in Tamil Nadu is on November 12 as per Tamil Calendar. Lakshmi Puja will be held on November 12. 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.

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.

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. Le

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.

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.

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 Maha

Upapuranas List – About Hindu Scriptures Upa Puranas

Upapuranas occupy a very important place among Hindu scriptures. There are about eighteen or even more Upa Puranas or minor Puranas. They are equally important as the major puranas but some scholars treat them with lesser importance. The list of eighteen Upapuranas are: Santakumara,  Narasimha,  Skanda,  Sivadharma,  Ascharya,  Naradiya,  Kapila,  Vamana,  Asunas,  Brahmanda, Varuna,  Kalika,  Maheshwara,  Samba,  Saura,  Parasara,  Maricha  Bhargava. 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 contents of the minor puranas are generally the same as those of the major Puranas. Upapuranas are broadly classified into two main groups - Saura and Vaishnava

How Sage Vyasa Got The Name Krishna Dwaipayana Vyasa?

The original name of Sage Vyasa, the author of Mahabharata, is Krishna Dwaipayana 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 Yamuna River . 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.

Story Of Origin Of Apsaras In Hindu Religion

Apsaras are stunningly beautiful celestial damsels. They are the dancers and singers of heaven. The story of the origin of Apsaras in Hindu religion is mentioned in the Puranas and they appeared during the Samudra Manthan – Churning of Ocean. Urvashi, Rambha, Tilottama, Kratusthala, Punjikasthala, Menaka, Sahajanya, Pramlocha, Anumlocha, Chritachi, Vishwachi, and Purvachiti are among the prominent Apsaras. Churning of the Ksheera Sagara, the celestial Milky Ocean , 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.

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 Sastha 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

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. F

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 suktam 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

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 2023, Bhai dooj is on November 15. 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) Kusum Sarovar in Mathura, Uttar Pradesh 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

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.

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. 

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 Shank

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. Related 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 committe

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 als

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

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 Kaveri River . Theerthodbhava 2022 date is October 17. Time is at 3:52 PM on 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.

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

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, victo

Brahmastra In Hindu Religion - Importance - Story

Brahmastra was a deadly arrow obtained after propitiating Brahma Dev. 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 Ashwathama against each other. Arjuna called his weapon back. But Ashwathama directed it against the un

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 2023 date is October 28. 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 t

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 em

Different Color Tilak in Hinduism – Importance and significance of different Color Tilaks

Tilak is an essential symbol in Hinduism and it is worn on the forehead by Hindu devotees. Tilak comes in various different colors. Here are the importance and significance of different color tilaks. Black – bestows peace Red – makes one attractive Yellow – bestows prosperity White – moksha or liberation  from cycle of birth and death. Black chandan or tilak we get from devi temples. Red from Shakti shrines. Yellow from shrines dedicated to Vishnu and his avatars especially Lord Krishna. White is the sacred ash from Shiva temples.

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Srirangam Temple is one of the important temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu in the world and is located at Srirangam, Tamil Nadu. Below is the Srirangam Ranganathaswamy 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. The shrine will be closed during Grahan or Eclipse Srirangam Temple Darshan Timings Morning – 6:00 AM to 7:15 AM 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM After noon - 1:15 PM to 6:00 PM Evening – 6:40 PM to 9:00 PM Detail Puja and Darshan Time Viswaroopa seva 06:00 to 07:15 Pooja time – ( No Darshan) 07:15 to 09:00 All people darshan 09:00 to 12:00 Pooja time – ( No Darshan) 12:00 to 13:15 All people darshan Timings 13:15 to 18.00 Pooja time – ( No Darshan) 18.00 to 18:45

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Karmanghat Anjaneya Swamy Temple is dedicated to Lord Hanuman and is located at Karmanghat in Saroornagar in Telangana in India. Karmanghat Hanuman Temple was built in 1143 AD by the then Kakatiya king Sri Prataparudra. Karmanghat Hanuman Temple exact location is Sagar Ring Road in Hyderabad. Legend has it that King Sri Prataparudra discovered the murti of Hanuman worshipped in the temple during a hunting expedition. Whiling hunting, the king heard someone chanting Rama Rama. He looked around and soon discovered that the chant was emanating from a murti of Hanuman. That night he had a dream in which Hanuman asked him to build a temple at the sight. Another legend has it that Mughal Ruler Aurangazeb had ordered the temple to be destroyed. But his soldiers could not go near the temple. Aurangazeb himself arrived to destroy the Hanuman temple. When he reached the spot he heard a roaring voice, which said, Mandir todna hai to, pehle tum karo man ghat – If you want to destro

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Naada Habba, the 10-day festival of Dussehra, is one of the most popular festivals in Karnataka, especially in the Mysore region. In 2023, Naada Habba begins on October 15 and ends on October 24. Dasara celebration in Karnataka is more than six hundred years old and traces its origin to the Vijayanagara kingdom (1336 AD -1565 AD). In Karnataka, the origin of Naada Habba is mainly associated with the slaying of the demon Mahishasura by Chamundeswari, an aspect of Durga worshipped in this region. The highlight of the 10-day festival is a procession on Vijayadasami day (final day) which symbolizes the victory of good over evil. The important pujas, ceremonies and rituals associated with Dasara in Mysore is observed in Amba Vilas Palace by the Wodeyars, the erstwhile rulers of the region. The head of the Wodeyar family conducts all the religious rituals associated with Dasara on all ten days. He appears in royal robes and holds a durbar at the Amba Vilas Palace and he

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Meghnadeshwar Mahadev is worshiped in Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the 84 forms of Shiva worshiped in Ujjain. Those offering prayers to Meghnadeshwar Mahadev will reach Rudralok – an abode of Shiva. The temple dedicated to Meghnadeshwar Mahadev is located at Chhota Sharafa (near Narsingh Temple) in Ujjain. This form of Shiva is associated with the rains. Meghnadeshwar Mahadev is counted among the 84 Shiva Temples in Ujjain and it is the 23rd temple visited during the parikarama of Shivalayas here. Story of Meghnadeshwar Mahadev form of Shiva in Ujjain Once there was a severe drought on earth. There was no water and food to be found. Living beings started killing and eating each other. Devas then reached Mahakaal Vana (present day Ujjain) and offered prayers to a Shivling. Soon rain clouds appeared on the sky. There was rain for several days. It washed away the sins of the people and their rulers. Vegetation appeared again. Devas were happy and sang

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Lladro  is a world famous Spanish Company noted for high quality porcelain figurines. Lladro during the past couple of years released murtis of various gods in Hinduism. Now as part of the Lladro 2016 collections, Shivling has been released. Shivalingam Idol is priced at Rupees 110,000. Shivling has the base, Gauripatta, and it is decorated with flowers. A snake forms a canopy for the Shivling. Lladro figurines are noted for its beauty, detailing and no compromise in materials used.

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Kumari Puja is the worship of young virgin girls which is performed during Chaitra Navratri, Sharan Navaratri (September – October) and Durga Puja. The ritual is also known as Kumarika Pujan and is of great importance to some Hindu Communities in North India . Some people perform the ritual on all nine days and some only the Durga Ashtami and the Mahanavami day. Here is a simple explanation on how to perform Kumari Puja? A young kumari girl is invited to the home during Navratri. Some people invite a young girl on all nine days. Some people perform the Kumarika Puja only on the Ashtami or Navami day. In rare cases some people invite nine young girls on any one of the days during Navratri. The young girl is the representative of Goddess Shakti. The young girl is invited a mat or stool is given to sit. Then her feet are washed – this is known as padya puja. While performing the ritual one symbolically considers the young girl as Goddess Shakti. Then she is offered a sump

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Subahu is a demon who obstructed the yajnas, or sacrifices, of Sages in the Ramayana. Subahu, Maricha and other demons constantly disturbed and desecrated the yajnas of sages in the forest. Bhagavan Sri Ram annihilated the demon. In the Ramayana, King Dasharatha of Ayodhya reluctantly sends his sons Rama and Lakshmana to protect a yajna of Sage Vishwamitra. The sage had come to Ayodhya and personally requested to king to send his two sons. On the way to the hermitage, Sri Ram annihilated demoness Tataka. Sage Vishwamitra reached his ashrama and began the yajna at the appointed time with Rama and Lakshmana guarding the ashrama. On the sixth day, Subahu, his brother Maricha and his friends appeared in the sky. They created terrifying noise and started pouring blood into the yajna pit. They threw meat all over the place. Rama and Lakshmana took on the demons. Maricha could not face the brothers for long period and he fled towards the sea. Subahu kept fighting the br

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Traditional pujas have given way to Pandal pujas – it is no longer Goddess Durga that attracts people to public Durga puja festivities but the huge decorations, innovative themes and cultural programs with Bollywood touch. The net result is that the cost of Durga Puja festivities today for popular Durga Puja pandals are counted in millions – a century ago the same public celebrations cost only a few hundred rupees. Ananya Sengupta writes in Telegraph India about Kashmere Gate Puja Pandal in New Delhi which has displayed the bill of the Durga Puja expenses in 1910 in the Pandal in the year 2009. It’s the original bill of expenses from the first puja, held in 1910. The old, yellow sheet of paper, torn at the edges, has been laminated and pinned to a board for everyone to see. It tells you that the four families and local railway workers who started the puja spent just Rs 825. Today, it won’t buy the sugar for the bhog. This year the puja, which draws an average

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Aparajita Puja is performed on the last day of the Durga Puja . It is observed on the Dasami day in the Ashwin month. Aparajita Puja 2023 date is October 24. The puja is performed before bidding farewell to Goddess Durga. After the puja, the murti of Goddess Durga is taken to a river or lake or sea and immersed. Aparajita Puja rituals are performed by priests. As the name indicates the rituals glorify the invincible nature of the Mother Goddess. It is also a sort of thanksgiving to her for her victory over Adharma.  

Lord Shiva Murti – Porcelain Figurine from Lladro – Shiva Idol from Lladro

Lladro  is a world famous Spanish Company noted for high quality porcelain figurines. Lladro during the past couple of years released murtis of various gods in Hinduism. Now as part of the Lladro 2016 collections, Lord Shiva idol has been released. Lord Shiva Murti price has not been revealed. The murti is depicted with four arms and in the padamasana posture. Lladro figurines are noted for its beauty, detailing and no compromise in materials used. You may also like to read Shiva as Nataraja from Lladro Limited Edition New Ganesha Idols from Lladro – Dancing, Mridangam, Bansuri and Veena Ganesha

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Navapatrika, or Navpatrika, are the leaves of nine plants used during Durga Puja rituals in Bengal, Orissa and other parts of Eastern India . ‘Nava’ means nine and ‘Patrika’ means plants in Sanskrit and this is installed in the Durga Puja pandal on the Maha Saptami day. The nine plants (Nabapatrika) are wrapped in a white or red sari and symbolically represent Durga. Nine plants represent nine forms of Durga - Mother Nature. Most people who are not aware of Durga puja rituals might have noticed banana leaf or plantain being carried to nearby river and pujas performed on Maha Saptami. The plantain and eight other plants are wrapped in the white sari and this is the Navpatrika. This is part of the Ghata sthapana ceremony . The nine plants that are used include plantain (Banana), Kachvi or Kacci or Kachu, Turmeric, Barley, wood apple (Bilva), pomegranate, Asoka, manaka or Mana and rice paddy or Dhanya. Banana with stem and leaves or plantain symbolically represents Br

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Anjan Dham, also known as Anjani Mandir, is a temple dedicated to Anjani or Anjana, mother of Hanuman. The murti or idol of Anjani worshipped in the temple is of Mother Anjani sitting with Bal Hanuman in her lap. The temple is located on the banks of Khatwa River amid the hills of Netarhat. As per the legend in the area, Hanuman was born to Anjana, a female Vanara or monkey, and Kesari, a male monkey, in Anjana Giri mountains. Ma Anjana was an apsara who was born on earth due to a curse. Ma Anjani did tapasya at Anjan Dham to get back her lost status. She then gave birth to Hanuman. The main murti of Anjani worshipped in the shrine is 3 ft tall. On the left side of Ma Anjani is the statue of Radha Krishna. On the right side of Ma are the murtis of Ram, Sita and Lakshman. The Shivling worshipped in the shrine is known as Chakradhari Linga. There are two caves near the shrine known as Chandgupha and Kundari Bodagupha. The caves constantly emit fragrance of scented agarbat

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In Tamil culture, nine nights of Navratri are dedicated to Goddesses Durga, Lakshmi, and Saraswati. In Tamil Nadu, the festival of Navratri is famous for the Kolu doll arrangements. Women arrange Golu dolls in homes on decorated steps made from wood. Navarathri 2023 begins on October 15 and ends on October 24. Vijayadashami or Dasara is on October 24. Navratri is observed in the Tamil month Purattasi. Special Navratri pujas and rituals are performed for Goddess Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati. The first three days are dedicated to Durga, the next three to Lakshmi and the final three days to Goddess Saraswati. Saraswati Puja on the last three days is of great importance to many Hindu communities. A kalash symbolizing the Goddesses is prepared and worshipped during the Navratri period. People avoid non-vegetarian food during the period and some people also perform Navratri fasting on certain days. A partial fast is also observed during the period. But for m

Navratri Food – Best of Navratri Vrat Recipes

Food offered in the form of Prasad to ‘Mother Goddess’ is an essential part of Navaratri festival. Those people who observe Navratri Vrat (fasting) also prepare traditional Navratri dishes which are first offered to Goddess and then shared by family members, neighbors and friends. There is no dearth for Navratri recipes on the internet. Here are a few websites with good Navratri Vrat recipes – emphasis is given to blogs written by mothers and females who have prepared the dishes and then written about it. Please note that the selection is not based on any criteria. If you have a blog and Navratri recipes included please do let us know so that we can include it in this list. Makhane Aur Beej Ki Mithai This is a simple home made sweet and this is by Bhawna. You can find the recipe here at her blog . Chickpea Sundal This is a simple home made food offered as Naivedya (Prasad) and this is also by Bhawna. This recipe can be found here . Peanut L