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Sri Rudram

The 16th chapter of the Krishna Yajurveda contains 66 mantras and they are known as Sri Rudram. Devotees of Shiva perform abhisheka (sacred bath) on Shivling reciting these mantras. In every mantra, Rudra devata is praised.
He is the embodiment of anger and fury. He is the controller of all vocations. People chant the Sri Rudram to pleas Him.
The mantra is chanted for obtaining auspiciousness. It is also chanted for the destruction of all enemies.

Amavasya December 2017 date and time – Amavas or No moon day in December 2017

Amavasya also referred as no moon day or new moon day in a Hindu lunar calendars is dedicated to performing Shradh and Tarpan rituals. Amavasya December 2017 date is December 18. It begins at 9:10 AM on December 17 to 11:09 AM on December 18, 2017. This is the Margashirsh Amavasya in calendars followed in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Gujarat and Maharashtra. In North India, it is the Paush Amavasya.

Amavasya Vrat is on December 17. Shradh and Snan Dan is also on December 17.

In Tamil Calendar, it is the Amavasai in Margazhi Masam. In Malayalam calendar followed in Kerala it is the Amavasi or Karuthavavu in Dhanu Masam.

In Bengal calendar it is the Amabashya in the Paush month.
This day is chosen for performing Shradh and Tarpan by many Hindu communities.
Some Hindu communities observe a partial fast on the day and only take single meal on the day.

Symbolism of ‘Agnimile’ in the opening line of Rig Veda

The Rig Veda opens with Agnimile, which means ‘I praise Agni (Lord of Fire),’ who is seated before my eyes. Agni, or fire, symbolizes the light of spiritual knowledge leading one to Truth.

Agni is nothing other than the innermost light that shines in all animate and inanimate as the Self, as inner consciousness.

Rig is derived from the root ‘Rc’ meaning ‘to praise.’ The Rig Veda is made up of hymns in praise of the Divine. The great sages of yore are said to have perceived the eternal truth, and bequeathed to posterity their apprehensions of the numinous. These sagely revelations came to be known as Vedas, of which there are four: Rig, Yajus, Sama and Atharva.
Source - My Mother, My Master By Swami Pranavamritananda Puri

Panchakanyas – Five Illustrious Women in Hindu Tradition

Panchakanyas are five ideal or illustrious women in Hindu tradition. As per classical shloka, Ahalya, Draupadi, Sita, Tara and Mandodari are the five ideal women. It is said that worshipping and chanting their names helps in overcoming all afflictions.
Ahalya, Draupadi, Sita, Tara and Mandodari are known as Panchakanyas because of their righteous conduct even in the most trying circumstances.

All that rises shall set one day – Sant Kabir

Gone is your youth, old age has come Yet you continue doing evil deed. End of your days is not far off Seek God’s shelter take heed.
All that rises shall set one day All that blooms decay What one builds shall crumble down Whoever born shall die.
Do not judge a man by his clothes Measure his knowledge The real worth of the gold you On the touch stone along gauge.
Lord Rama dwells in the heart of man Him he never explores Forgetting the God in the heart’s temple The stone idol he implores.
The lustful, the greedy, the angry man Can tone for salvation But for the liquor addicted one
There is no way to atone.
Sant Kabir

Ishaneshwar Mahadev in Ujjain – Story of Ishaneshwar Form of Shiva – 16th Shiva Temple in Ujjain

Ishaneshwar Mahadev is worshiped in Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the 84 forms of Shiva worshiped in Ujjain. Those offering prayers to Ishaneshwar Mahadev will be blessed with fame, wealth and siddhi.

The temple dedicated to Ishaneshwar Mahadev is located at the bade darwaza at Modi ki gali in Ujjain.

This form of Shiva is associated with Devas, or demigods, getting back heaven from Demon Tuhund. Ishaneshwar Mahadev is counted among the 84 Shiva Temples in Ujjain and it is the 16th temple visited during the parikarama of Shivalayas here.

Story of Ishaneshwar Mahadev form of Shiva in Ujjain Legend has it that once demon Tuhund defeated the Devas and threw them out of heaven. He captured Airavat, the white elephant of Indra, and tied him in front of his palace.

The Devas could not enter heaven and therefore they roamed on earth.

On earth, they met Sage Narada who advised them to offer prayers to a Shivling located north of Indradhumneshwar in Mahakaal Vana, present day Ujjain.

Itu Puja Worship of Sun God in Bengal

Itu Puja is the worship of Surya, or Sun God, in Agrahan month in Bengal. The word ‘Itu’ has evolved from Mitu, which is a shortened form of Mitra. Itu Puja starts on the last day of Kartik month and is observed on all Sundays of the following month Agrahan. Sunday is considered auspicious for propitiating Surya.
The puja was originally meant or the preservation of seeds of the winter crops.
The puja is performed by both married and unmarried women. Once undertaken, a woman continues with its performance until her death or until she passes it on to her daughter or daughter in law. A bowl filled with earth and a pot filled with water are kept along with other household deities during the puja.
The practitioner of the vrat eats vegetarian food on the day with no oil or turmeric.
On the day of the morning of puja, she eats only fruits and sweets offered for the puja. For lunch, she has boiled rice and vegetables and, for dinner, fried bread and a vegetable dish, along with sweets made o…

All our difficulties come from within our own mind

What truly matters in life is our ability to take wise decisions. Life very often throws up situations that test one’s skills in decision-making. Always follow Dharma while making decisions.

All our difficulties come from within our own mind.

We should train our mind for dispassionate analysis.

There is no substitute to pure and chaste devotion.

Consistency, concentration and single pointed focus are keys to success.
Showing kindness to living beings and plants is greater than rituals and practicing austerities.

Entire creation is an extension of ourselves

We are knowingly or unknowingly in the prison of material desires. The key of escape from this prison is within us. That key opens the door of spiritual liberation.

A spiritual seeker must have both inquisitiveness and an openness of mind to accept the truth.

Constant observation and restraint are two methods to bring the mind under control.

A state of existence above and beyond the limits of material experience is possible only through analysis.

Entire creation is an extension of ourselves.
Truth does not change because of our faith or lack of it.


Naikba Devi – Information About Hindu Goddess Naikba Devi

Goddess Naikba Devi, also referred as Ma Naikba, is a manifestation of Mother Goddess and is worshipped mainly in Maharashtra. She is a village deity. The main temples dedicated to the Goddess are located in Satara and Sangli District in Maharashtra.

Goddess Naikba Devi is a kind form of Goddess Shakti. She showers motherly love on her children. The murti or idol of Naikba Devi symbolizes kinds and motherly affection.

She is worshipped for peace, prosperity, protection, good agriculture, healthy children, early cure of diseases and for victory over enemies.

A main attraction of the murti is the large eyes. Her hands are in blessing posture. She is dressed like a Marathi woman.
Naikba Devi removes darkness caused by Adharma. She upholds righteousness by protecting those who practice Dharma.

How to apply Vaishnava Tilak?

The Vaishnava Tilak is known as Urdhva Pundra or Urdhva Pundram. The shape of this tilak dedicated to Lord Vishnu consists of two vertical lines with a third one in between. It is generally worn on the forehead by both men and women.

While applying the tilak one has to contemplate on Lord Vishnu.
The material used for the tilak is pure soft clay. Sandalwood paste, holy ashes, and turmeric powder are also used for tilak by people depending on the tradition to which they belong.
The lines of the pundra should be long, beautiful and attractive with a gap between the two lines that resemble the two feet of Lord Vishnu.

Story of the Origin of Comets in Hindu Tradition

Comet is a bright object in space that has a tail of gas and dust. The story of origin of comets in Hindu tradition is associated with Shiva destroying the flying cities Tripuri. Legend has it that a powerful demon named Tripuri or Tripurasura built three impregnable cities of gold, silver and iron with the blessing of Shiva. The demon became so powerful and his inflated ego knew no bounds and started attacking and tormenting humans and demi gods (devas) by flying on Tripuri.
Brahma and Vishnu failed to contain Tripurasura who was armed with several boons from Shiva. Finally, the task of annihilating the demon fell on Shiva. The flying cities could be destroyed only with a single arrow. For this the cities had to align in a straight line.
Once in a while the cities aligned in a straight line for a split of a second. Shiva was the only archer who could destroy the cities.
For this purpose, Vishnu himself turned into the fiery arrow – Vishnu Shastra.
Shiva chased the three cities thro…

Importance of Sashtang Pranam – Lying face down on earth before God in Hindu Temple

Sashtang Pranam, or Sashtanga Pranamam, is lying face down on earth and offering prayers to God in a HinduTemple. Sashtang Pranam is one among the numerous ways to wipe out the ego. By lying down before the deity, a Hindu is killing his/her ego and recognizing the Supreme Truth – there is no second only that exists.

When pride and ego are quelled, majority of our problems are solved. This helps in controlling stress and depression. Sashtang Pranam at a temple during early morning hours helps a person to have a good and fruitful day.
Sashtang Pranam is also considered as a very good form of exercise. Lying down on stomach and stretching both the arms in front and bringing them together helps in good blood circulation.
Related Story of Performing Thoppu Karanam to Ganesha

Hindu Calendar 2017 with Tithi in pdf – Download Hindu Calendar 2017 in English for free in pdf

Hindu Calendar 2017 with Tithi in pdf for free download is in English and is based on Calendars followed in North India – Jammu and Kashmir, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand. A month in this Hindu calendar begins after Purnima and ends on Purnima. All important festivals and fasting 2017 dates are marked in the calendar.

Link – Download Hindu Calendar 2017 with Tithi in pdf
The calendar is based on Purnimat system. A traditional Hindu month begins after Purnima or full moon day.

Hindu Calendar 2018

Story of Mangal Navgraha as Son of Vishnu and Bhumi Devi

There are numerous stories regarding the origin of Mangal Navagraha. One of the famous stories is that Mangal Navagraha is the son of Vishnu and Bhumi Devi.

Legend has it that demon Hiranyaksha in the form of a pig carried Bhumi (Mother Earth) to the netherworld (Patala Loka). Vishnu then took the form of Varaha Avatar and rescued Her.

When Bhumi Devi was saved from the demon, she assumed her real beautiful form. Vishnu fell in love with Her. They were later blessed with a son, Mangal.

As per Skanda Purana Mangal was born out a drop of sweat of Vishnu and was nursed by Bhumi Devi.

It must be noted here that as per Padma Purana Mangal is the son of Shiva.
Vamana Purana states that Mangal was born when Shiva killed demon Andhaka.

Silambam – Stick Fight in Tamil Nadu

Silambam is the famous stick fight practiced in Tamil Nadu. It is also known as Kuchi Vilaiyattu and Kambu Vilaiyattu. It was originally practiced with bamboo sticks; later, steel swords and shields were used.

The bamboo staff that is commonly used in this sport measures 5ft in length. Even today, students learn this art from competent teachers and display their prowess during celebrations.

Before the commencement of Silambam, the combatants pay salutations to Guru and to the four quarters.

In the sport, two persons opposing each other swirl the sticks.

In some instances, one person is surrounded by many opponents on all sides, and the attacked person in the center deals with the opponents.
Today, Silambam has become popular thanks to Tamil Movies.

On the four paths or yogas

The goal of life is self-realization. There are four paths or yogas to suit people of different temperaments. They all lead to the same goal. The four paths are Karma Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Raja Yoga and Jnana Yoga. These are not contradictions to each other, but are mutually complementary. Karma Yoga removes mala (dirt), purifies the mind and develop the hand.

Bhakti Yoga destroys Vikshepa and develops the heart.

Raja Yoga steadies the mind and makes it one-pointed.

Jnana Yoga removes the veil of ignorance, develops will and reason, and brings in knowledge of the self.
Therefore, one should practice the four yogas. You can have Jnana Yoga at the center and the other Yogas as auxiliaries, to get rapid progress in the spiritual path.

Words of Wisdom – Meena Om

True spirituality advises to let thoughts surface irrespective of being negative or positive. One should just witness them. The awareness of the truth of their existence assists in letting them go, or pass on.

Be truthful. Know where you are comfortable. Whatever you take up, there should be continuity in it; there should be no undercurrent; and no excuse.

There is only one truth -- that is Death. But until that happens live each moment to the fullest. You have it all to do justice to this moment.
Nature wants us to collaborate and co-operate. To co-operate means to work on ourselves by going inside and opening up to receive and let the forces of truth, love and light work within us to manifest divine qualities.
– Meena Om

Story of Demon Darika and Goddess Bhadrakali

Story of Demon Darika and Goddess Bhadrakali is famous in South India especially in Kerala. The story is the reason for the origin of many temples in Kerala.

Legend has it that once Asuras, or demons, were defeated by Devas and they had to retreat to the netherworld. Two Asura women then did intense penance and propitiated Brahma who gave them the boon that they would give birth to two powerful sons.

In due course of time, the women had two sons named Danavendra and Darika.

Danavendra and Darika then did intense Tapas and propitiated Brahma. They attained the boon from Brahma that men, gods or demons would not be able to kill them. They also got the boon that they would have the strength of thousand elephants.

With such invincible powers, Danavendra and Darika attacked the Devas and drew them out of heaven.

Devas asked Sage Narada to help them. Sage Narada went to Kailash and asked Shiva to intervene and wipe out Adharma being propitiated by the demons.

Shiva then opened his third ey…

Four Sacred Ponds of Puri

The four sacred ponds in Puri (the holy city in Hinduism which houses the famous Jagannath Temple) are Indradyumna, Narendra, Markandeya and Swetaganga. Indradyumna, located near Gundicha Temple, is holiest among the four.

Indradyumna pond is 396 X 485 feet in size and is named after king Indradyumna. Nilakantheshwara murti is located on the southwest bank of the pond.

Narendra pond, also known as Chandanpokhari is 834 X 873 feet in size. It has a platform housing a temple in its center. Chandan Yatra is held in the pond.

Markandeya pond is 370 X 530 feet in size. It has eight Matrika images. Two Shiva temples – Markandeshwara and Nilakanteshwara – are located on its banks.
Swetaganga is situated south of Jagannath Temple. Murtis of Svetamadhava and Matsyamadava are found on its banks.

Apsareshwar Mahadev in Ujjain – Story of Apsareshwar Form of Shiva – 17th Shiva Temple in Ujjain

Apsareshwar Mahadev is worshiped in Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the 84 forms of Shiva worshiped in Ujjain. Those offering prayers to Apsareshwar Mahadev will be blessed with the material comfort that they are seeking.

The temple dedicated to Apsareshwar Mahadev is located at Patni Bazar on the northern side of Modi ki gali in Ujjain.

This form of Shiva is associated with Apsara Rambha.

Apsareshwar Mahadev is counted among the 84 Shiva Temples in Ujjain and it is the 17th temple visited during the parikarama of Shivalayas here.

Story of Apsareshwar Mahadev form of Shiva in Ujjain Apsara Rambha was once cursed by Indra, the king of Devas. She fell on earth and was in a sad state. On earth, she met Sage Narada. He asked Rambha to offer prayers to a particular Shivling at Mahakaal Vana (Ujjain) which is famous for desire fulfillment.

Rambha performed pujas before the Shivling and she was able to please Mahadev. She got back her position in heaven and blessings of Shiva.

It is a…

Chikkanahalli Nagappa Temple in Bangalore, Karnataka

Chikkanahalli Nagappa Temple is located at Chikkanahalli near Ramanagara in Bangalore, Karnataka. This is a very popular Naga or Snake shrine in the region. The serpent temple is famous because it has a naturally formed Naga murti (idol). It is also believed that the Naga murti worshipped in the temple is growing in size.

The murti of Naga worshipped in the shrine is in sleeping position on a huge stone slab.

The temple is famous for Sarpa Dosha Nivarana. Devotees find relief to various Naga Doshas after offering prayers in the shrine.
Many people certify that they have attained peace, wealth, prosperity and good health after offering prayers in the shrine.

The one who lives a simple life is free from pain – Dadi Janki

The best way to true happiness is service to others.
When we have respect for others, we create a positive environment in which they can strengthen themselves and grow.
From trust, love begins to grow.
The one who lives a simple life is free from pain.
Free yourself from the crisis that you create through your own negativity. The crisis you create in your own mind is according to the quality of your thoughts. – Dadi Janki

Flush Out Negativity

Many of us are in the grip of negativity. This negativity is cleverly planted in us by morning newspapers, television and by people. If we are to have a fruitful life, we need to flush out negativity.
Blaming everything will not solve any problem. Change has to begin from us. Take responsibility.
Live in the present.
Stop giving importance to each and every little thing.
Be positive.
Always look forward.
Stop doing postmortem of past events.
Avoiding watching new channels and newspaper in the morning. They bring home nothing but negativity. Instead, read something that motivates you to do better.
Avoid the company of people who are always negative. Abhilash

Mahalasa Narayani – Hindu Goddess Mahalasa Narayani

Mahalasa Narayani is a manifestation of Goddess Shakti. Some people believe that she is a manifestation of the Mohini Avatar of Hindu God Vishnu. Goddess Mahalasa Narayani is worshipped mainly in Goa, parts of Gujarat, Maharashtra and Karnataka. The most important temple dedicated to the Goddess is located at Mardol (Vernem) in Goa. Legends and the information on the manifestation of Mahalasa Narayani are mentioned in the Skanda Purana.
Legend has it that the Goddess Mahalasa Narayani appeared on earth to annihilate a demon named Chandasur, who had created havoc in the region. It is said that Parashuram, the fifth incarnation of Vishnu, asked people to offer prayers to the Goddess so that she will annihilate the demon. In this form she is an incarnation of Goddess Shakti.

The Brahmanda Purana mentions that Goddess Mahalasa Narayani is a manifestation of Mohini Avatar of Vishnu. This legend connects Mahalasa Narayani with the Malhari Martand Bhairav incarnation of Shiva. It is said th…

How to do Ketu Puja? – Worship of Navgraha Ketu

Ketu is one among the Navgrahas or nine planets worshipped in Hinduism. Ketu is also an important graham in astrology and he is believed to have a tenure of seven years in a person’s horoscope. Ketu puja and worship is performed to get rid of the ill effects in one’s horoscope. Unfavorable position of Ketu in horoscope or Kundali is believed to cause skin diseases.

Ketu is worshipped along with Hindu God Shiva. The offerings that are made are oil, til, blanket, clothes and blue flowers. It is also good to donate clothes to the poor and needy.
The best time to worship Ketu is night.
The Beej mantra that is chanted while worshiping Ketu is –
Om stram streem strom saha ketave namaha

Kalababhishekam at Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple

Kalababhishekam is an important offering made by Ayyappa devotees at the SabarimalaAyyappaTemple in Kerala. It is among the one of the four most important Abhishekams performed at the temple. The puja items used in Kalabhishekam are freshly prepared Sandalwood paste and rose water or Panineer.
Lord Ayyappa is also known as Abhisheka Priya due to his fondness for Abhishekam. In the Abhishekam ritual the deity is showered with his favorite puja item.
The most popular Abhishekam at the temple is the Neyyabhishekam.

The Hindu Concept of Happiness

The best option to deal with problems is to confront them rather than avoiding them.

Disease, old age, death all these will come anyway. Be prepared to face them. If we are not prepared such issues, become an unbearable mental problem.

We are all seeking something better in life and that something is within us.

The word ‘happy’ is derived from the Icelandic word ‘happ’ meaning luck or chance. So, true happiness as per western concept is elusive or ungraspable. But in Hinduism there is no happiness, there is only bliss. It is not something to be searched and found. It is not based on luck or chance. It is to be realized. That we are bliss.

When the source of our happiness is based on an outside factor, it will end up in suffering.
When bliss is realized, we become more sociable, flexible, creative, loving and forgiving. We also get energy to tolerate and overcome life’s daily frustrations.

Story of Hanuman and Swayamprabha

The story of celestial nymph Swayamprabha took place when Hanuman and the Vanarasena (Monkey army) was searching for Sita. While searching for Sita, Hanuman and friends reached a desert. They did not find any food and water for several days. Matters got worse when some Vanaras fell down due to thirst. If they did not find water in other day many monkeys would die.
Hanuman then noticed birds with wet wings leaving a cave. Immediately, the Vanarasena ran into the cave and found a lake inside the cave. Fruit bearing trees grew in abundance on the banks of the lake. Vanaras refreshed themselves and took rest in the cave.
Hearing the commotion, a figure emerged from another area of the cave. It was the beautiful nymph Swamyaprabha. She was happy to see the Vanarasena.
Swayamprabha was cursed by Indra, the king of the Devas, to live a life of solitude for helping a nymph escape with her demon lover.
Swayamprabha did not want the Vanarasena to leave so she kept them entertained with dance, m…

Symbolism in Ankusa or Goad in the Hand of Ganesha

Ankusa (Goad) is an important weapon in the hand of Ganesha. Goad is held on the upraised right hand of Ganesh – not all artists follow this rule. So you will see Ganapati images with or without goad. Symbolically, goad assures a devotee that Ganesha will remove all the obstacles and difficulties.

Ganesha also uses the goad to pull out people who take the path of Adharma. Just as a mahout uses the goad to control the elephant, Ganesha uses it to pull people towards dharma. Symbolically, Ganesha will only bless those devotees who are on the path of Dharma. For those that follow Adharma He will create several obstacles to make them realize truth.
It is also believed that goad is used to give a hint to the devotees to understand the need to severe attachments.

Story of Vanara Mainda in Ramayana and Mahabharata

Mainda is one of the monkeys mentioned in the Ramayana and Mahabharata. The vanara was a minister of King Sugriva. He was one of the leaders who led the monkeys who went in search of Mata Sita.

In the battle in the Ramayana, he along with other Vanaras fainted. They woke up after they were sprinkled with water given by Kubera.

During the Mahabharata period, Mainda was living in a cave in Kishkinda. Sahadeva, one of the Pandavas, who led a victory campaign to South, was defeated by him.
Mainda was pleased with the courage of Sahadeva. He gave him valuable gifts and supported his campaign.

Symbolism of Snake or Naga sculptures in Hindu Temple

Naga or snake is a symbol of fertility and water in Hindu religion. Most Hindu temples have sculptures or murtis of serpents. As per Hindu scriptures, Nagas reside in Patala, the last of the seven worlds under the earth and their king is Ananta or Sesha.

Naga is a general term used in Hindu religion for quasi divine hybrid beings that guard the mineral wealth of the earth. They are represented as having a varying number of hoods. Often they are portrayed as handsome men wearing crowns, large earrings and ornaments, accompanied by beautiful women with a single cobra hoods over their heads.

In sculptures, Nagas appear as subservient to or adjuncts of important deities or as popular household guardians of rivers, tanks, well etc.

In South India, women desiring children set up votive naga stones under the trees and worship them.

Grace of God Alone Is the Source of Constant Strength – Periyava

The process of developing detachment from objects of affection – changing over from raga to vairagya – should start when we are still in the full enjoyment of our senses.

When a dispute is settled, not by the judgment of a court, but by agreement, the parties to the dispute part as friends. Similarly, we must mentally become ripe and get ourselves detached from our attachments.

For that purpose we require the grace of Ishwara. Sri Shankara Bhagavat pada, in his Shivananda Lahari prayed to Ishwara to save him with his grace or mercy without minding his disqualifications.

Let us each pray to Ishwara to bless us with His grace, for that alone will accompany the soul and be a source of constant strength.
Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswati Mahaswamiji  (20 May 1894 – 8 January 1994), or the Sage of Kanchi or Maha Periyavar, was the 68th Jagadguru of the Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham.


Navanidhi are the nine divine treasures, which are in possession of Kubera, the treasurer of Devas.

They are: Padmaraga (ruby) Mahapadma (lotus) Shankha (conch) Makara (crocodile) Kacchapa (tortoise) Mukunda (jasmine) Nanda (delight) Nila (sapphire) and Kharva (innumerable).
It is not exactly sure what these nine items symbolize. Scholars are of the view that they refer to nine precious gems or reveal the quantity of all kinds of treasures that Kubera possess.

Dhana Lakshmi – Dhanalakshmi

Dhan Lakshmi, or Dhanalakshmi, is one of the manifestations of Goddess Lakshmi and in this form she symbolizes material wealth. Although Goddess Lakshmi has numerous other attributes and symbolisms but this is most popular form of Goddess Lakshmi for majority of people in today’s world. The story of Dhana Lakshmi and the power of material wealth is closely associated with the story of Goddess Padmavati and Lord Balaji (Venkateswara).
Legend has it that once Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Vishnu had some quarrel and in anger Goddess Lakshmi left Vaikunta and came and resided on earth as Goddess Padmavati. Soon Lord Vishnu came in search of her and resided on earth as a forest dweller. Goddess Padmavati was now the daughter of a rich king. Soon Vishnu and Goddess Padmavati met. He wanted to marry her but a poor forest dweller did not have the wealth to make the daughter of a king his wife.
Finally, it is said that Lord Vishnu took loan from Kubera, the treasurer of Gods. Kubera agreed to hel…

Significance of Sankashti and Vinayaki Chaturthi - Importance of Chaturthi Fasting for Ganesha

The fourth day after new moon and fourth day after full moon in the Hindu calendar is observed as Chaturthi and is dedicated to Lord Ganesha. Most people must be aware of only the Ganesh Chaturti festival that takes place in the month of Bhadrapada (August-September). But there are two Chaturthis in a month – Sankashti and Vinayaki – and staunch Ganesha devotees observe a fast on the Chaturthi after full moon and this is considered very important.

The monthly Chaturti day which falls after full moon in which a fast (fasting) is observed is known as Sankashti Chaturthi. The fast ends on the day after moonrise. Special Ganesh pujas are done in the evening.

The monthly Chaturthi after Amavasi or new moon is known as Vinayaki Chaturthi.

When Sankashti Chaturthi falls on Tuesday, it is known as Angaraki Chatutrhi and it is considered highly auspicious.

The benefits of Chaturthi fasting include material progress, happiness and fulfillment of desires. The importance of Chaturthi vrat w…

Palakapya – Author of Hastyayurveda – The Text Deals with Health of Elephants

Palakapya is the author of well known Ayurveda text which deals with the health of elephants. Legend has it that Palakapya was the son of Sage Samagayana and a female elephant, which had accidently drunk the sage’s urine containing his semen. He is believed to be an incarnation of Dhanvantari and lived on the banks of Brahmaputra River.

Hastyayurveda Text is a comprehensive work on elephant medicine. The text is partly in prose and partly in verse. It is in the form of a dialogue between the Asga King Romapada and Palakapya. The exact date of the text is unknown.

The text is divided into four sections
Major ailmentsMinor ailmentsSurgical treatment andDetailed treatment of some topics like anatomy, physiology, seasonal changes and the frenzied behavior of elephants. The text is also known as Gajayurveda.

Story Sharmistha – Devayani and Yayati in Mahabharat

Sharmistha, daughter of Vrisha Parva, was the childhood friend of Devayani. The story of Sharmitha, Devayani (daughter of Shukracharya) and Yayati is found in the Adi Parva of the Mahabharata. It is also mentioned in the Bhagavad Purana. She is also the mother great King Puru.

Once, a quarrel broke out between Devayani and Sharmistha. It turned into a physical fight and Devayani fell into a well. King Yayati who happened to pass by pulled her out.

Devayani was extremely angry and was pacified only when Sharmistha agreed to be her servant.

Soon, Devayani was married to King Yayati. Sharmistha also went to Yayati’s palace as the servant of Devayani.

Yayati fell in love with Sharmistha. They had an affair, and she gave birth to three sons – Anu, Druhya and Puru.

When Devayani came to know about this, she was terribly annoyed and went to stay with her father. Sage Shuracharya cursed Yayati that he would lose his youth forthwith.

But the youngest son of Yayati, Puru, exchanged his youth …

Harivarasanam Song Text in Malayalam and English

Harivarasanam the most famous song dedicated to Lord Ayyappa is recited just prior to closing of the SabarimalaAyyappaTemple doors at night. Here is the Harivarasanam lyrics (text) in Malayalam and English. Harivarasanam Viswamohanam
Haridadhiswaram Aaradhyapadhukam
Arivimardhanam Nithyanarthanam
Hariharatmajam Devamashreye Saranam Ayyappa Swamy Saranam Ayyappa
Saranam Ayyappa Swamy Saranam Ayyappa Saranakirtanam Bakhtamanasam
Bharanalolupam Narthanalasam

Neyyabhishekam at Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple – Significance and symbolism of offering ghee to Lord Ayyappa

The most important offering to Lord Ayyappa at the SabarimalaAyyappaTemple is Ghee. Ayyappa loves Abhisheka and he is therefore also known as Abhishekapriyan. The most popular abhishekam is using Neyyu or ghee. Devotees bring ghee to the temple by felling it inside a coconut. This coconut is known as Neythenga or the coconut filled with ghee. This coconut is carried from home in the Irumudi kettu.

The ghee symbolizes the human soul and through the abhishekam of the ghee on Lord Ayyappa the soul merges with the Supreme Being. The jeevatma is ghee and the paramatma is Lord Ayyappa.

Once the ghee is removed from the coconut, then the coconut symbolizes Jadam or dead body. This is the reason why the coconut is then offered in the huge Aazhi or fire in front of the temple.

Temple Dedicated to Karna of Mahabharat at Netwar in Tons Valley in Uttarakhand

The unique temple dedicated to Karna, who was abandoned Kunti, mother of Pandavas He eventually allied with the Kauravas and fought against his brothers, the Pandavas. At the temple it is not warrior Karna who is worshipped but Dhanveer Karna. The great warrior was famous for his charitable nature.

Respecting the philanthropic aspect of Karna, the villagers of Netwar propagate his ideals. The village has banned giving or taking of dowry.

The Karna Temple is a rectangular wood structure with roofs lined with slates. The top of the temple has a wooden umbrella.

The wooden beams and columns are noted for the scenes from the Mahabharata and carvings of birds, animals and reptiles.

Wherever we go we must create a sense of happiness – Maha Periyavar

There is mangala or an auspicious air about happiness that is characterized by dignity and purity. One must be cheerful all the time and not keep growling at people on the slightest pretext. This in itself is extremely helpful, to radiate happiness wherever we go and exude auspiciousness. It is better than making lavish gifts and throwing money about.

To do a job with a feeling of lightness is anayasa.

To be light ourselves, creating joy wherever we go, is mangala.

We must be like a lamp spreading light and should never give cause for people to say, “Oh! He has come to find fault with everything.”

Wherever we go we must create a sense of happiness.

We must live auspiciously and make sure that there is happiness brimming over everywhere.
Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswati Mahaswamiji  (20 May 1894 – 8 January 1994), or the Sage of Kanchi or Maha Periyavar, was the 68th Jagadguru of the Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham.

Ashtabhishekam at Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple

Ashtabhishekam is offering of eight items to God in Hinduism. At Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple Ashtabhishekam is one of the important offering made by devotees. Although not as popular as Neyabhishekam, this puja and ritual is performed by thousands of Ayyappa devotees. The eight items used for Ashtabhishekam at SabarimalaTemple are: VibhutiMilk Honey Panchamrutam Tender coconut water Sandalwood or ChandanRosewater or panineerWater Lord Ayyappa is also known as Abhisheka Priyan and some of the important abhishekams at the temple are Neyyabhishekam, Ashtabhishekam, Kalabhishekam and Pushpabhishekam. Please note that Ashtabhishekam offered in Hindu Religion varies from temple to temple.

On the Pilgrimage to Sabarimala – An Article by William Dalrymple

The annual pilgrimage to the SabarimalaAyyappaTemple in Kerala attracts nearly 50 million people. The pilgrimage is also famous for the worship of Ayyappa’s Muslim warrior friend Vavar and it is this aspect of the Sabrimala Pilgrimage that William Dalrymple, historian and internationally acclaimed writer of travel books, explores.

William Dalrymple writes in Mail and Guardian Online The cult of Lord Ayyappa is notable in that it recognizes no distinctions of caste or creed. All pilgrims eat and travel together; and more remarkable still, at the small hill town of Erumeli, all the pilgrims -- the vast majority of whom are Hindu -- pray not only at the temple but also at the town's mosque. They do this in memory of the legendary assistance given to Lord Ayyappa by a Muslim warrior named Vavar. In a country that sometimes seems irreparably divided along lines of religion, this was something remarkable.  "Vavar was a good friend to Lord Ayyappa," said Sakkara Swami. "H…

Paduka Sahasram of Sri Vedanta Desika

Paduka Sahasram is a Vaishnava text and it was composed by Sri Vedanta Desika. It consists of 1000 verses on the pair of Paduka, or sandals, on which Lord Vishnu’s or his avatars feet rest.

Legend has it that the entire Paduka Sahasram was composed in one night.

It was composed by the Vaishnava Acharya in order to help his disciples, who were challenged by a rival Vishnava School called the Tenkalais. The work is said to have been composed in the third quarter of the night.

Sri Vedanta Desika composed 1000 verses and his rivals could only compose 300 verses.

Some of the important verses in the text are dedicated to the sandals of Bhagavan Sri Rama.
“Rama is the support of the entire Universe; but You, the sandals, are the support of Him.”

Purnima in December 2017 Date and Time – Full moon day or Poornima in Hindu Calendar in December 2017

Purnima, or Poornima, is the full moon day in a traditional Hindu lunar calendar. Purnima December 2017 date is December 3. The time is from 12:17 AM on December 3 to 10:09 PM on December 3. Purnima Vrat is marked on December 3. It is the last day in a month in the calendar followed in North India. The Purnima in December is the Margshirsh Poornima.

The full moon day is known as Pournami in South India.

Fasting from sunrise to sunset is observed by some Hindus on the day.
Sri Datta Jayanti is observed on December 13. Annapurna Jayanti is also observed during the period.

In 2017, Karthigai DeepamTiruvannamalai Deepam and Thrikartika will be observed on  December 3.

Purnima date and time in 2017

The Path of Self Control – Sage of Kanchi

Having told Arjuna that a Sthita Prajna is one with an unruffled mind, one who has completely overcome all desires and passions, Sri Bhagavan says to Arjuna that such a person withdraws his mind from external thoughts in order to contemplate the Atman within, which is Full and All-pervasive, in the same manner as a tortoise withdraws its limbs within its shell at the slightest sign of danger.

We desire a thing because of a feeling of incompleteness without it. But when we realise that what we ordinarily understand as "We" is nothing but the Absolute Bliss, the illusive pleasures after which the senses go lose their charm. Fire can never be quenched by giving it more fuel; the more we feed it, the more it burns. Similarly, our desires only increase by enjoyment.

At the same time, Bhagavan points out to Arjuna, and through Arjuna to all of us, that the path of self control is not strewn with roses. It comes only out of constant practice. Failure should not deter us; we shou…

Kalkaleshwar Mahadev in Ujjain – Story of Kalkaleshwar Form of Shiva – 18th Shiva Temple in Ujjain

Kalkaleshwar Mahadev is worshiped in Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the 84 forms of Shiva worshiped in Ujjain. Those offering prayers to Kalkaleshwar Mahadev will never have to face fights in life.

The temple dedicated to Kalkaleshwar Mahadev is located at Modi ki gali in Ujjain.

This form of Shiva is associated with a fight between Shiva and Goddess Parvati.

Kalkaleshwar Mahadev is counted among the 84 Shiva Temples in Ujjain and it is the 18th temple visited during the parikarama of Shivalayas here.

Story of Kalkaleshwar Mahadev form of Shiva in Ujjain Once, Lord Shiva made fun of the skin tone of Goddess Parvati. He told her that she was kali, or had dark complexion. This led to a big fight between the divine couple. The entire universe shook and there was chaos all around. All living beings prayed for peace.

Then a Shivling appeared on earth and it brought peace in the universe.

As the Shivling brought peace in the universe, the Devas called it Kalkaleshwar Mahadev.
It is…

Vajapeya Ritual

Vajapeya is an important Vedic ritual. It is one of the seven basic Soma rituals. Vajapeya is derived from ‘Vajam’ meaning cooked food and ‘peyam’ meaning drink. The ritual was first performed by Brihaspati. Later he performed it for Indira. Vajapeya Ritual can be performed by all people.

Vajapeya yajna lasts for 17 days. The number seventeen of is great importance in the ritual.

The sacred pole Yupa is set up for 17 days. The pole is decorated with 17 pieces of cloth, 17 priests conduct the ritual, the performer makes a ceremonial journey with 17 chariots and on the last day soma is offered in 17 vessels.

Even the gifts or dakshina are also given in 17 numbers.

This is also one of the rare Vedic rituals in which alcohol is prepared through fermentation. After the rituals, the alcohol is offered to Vaishyas.

The ritual is rarely performed today.

Grief over any matter is born of ignorance – Swami Tejomayananda

Do not grieve over the past, nor fear the future. Certain events just happen in life and it is up to us to accept them. Life, at every moment demands decisions and actions from us.

Grief over any matter is born of ignorance.

If we grieve over the past and worry about the future, we are not able to deal effectively with what is presently before us. Therefore, the only true choice give to us is how to deal with the present moment.
Our experiences and moods change according to the contact with the sense objects. Experiences come and go. Therefore it is of no use to complain about anything; instead we should endure all that we encounter in life bravely.
– Swami Tejomayananda
Source – Vision of the Bhagavad Gita by Swami Tejomayananda

A peaceful mind is essential for worldly and spiritual success

We are ever ready to appreciate external beauty, but have we ever thought about appreciating inner beauty.

A person who is on spiritual quest should drop thoughts from the past and worries about the future.

Inner dialogue – brutally honest talk with the self – is an important part of spiritual endeavor.

A peaceful mind is essential for worldly and spiritual success.
Anger, greed, ego, lust and attachment are our true enemies.


Oval-Shaped Shivling – Shivalinga in the shape of oval

Some Shivlings are oval shaped especially the Banalinga. God as per Hindu concept is formless and That can only be represented symbolically. Shivling in the shape of oval is one such form.

Symbolically the oval-shaped Shivling represents the universe. It is divided into two halves sky and earth.
The oval has the shape of an egg. Egg is considered the source of life in which both male and female forms are united.

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

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

Good dates for birth of baby in October 2018

October 1 – good time after 6:00 PM October 3 October 12 – good time from 10:50 AM to 5:05 PM October 17 October 18 October 19 October 23 October 24 – good time after 10:30 AM October 25 October 27 – good time after 6:40 PM October 28 October 30 – good time till 1:00 PM October 31

Tirupati Calendar 2017 – Download Tirumala Tirupati Balaji Temple Calendar 2017 of TTD Released

Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTDs) has brought out the 12-month calendar for 2017 with pictures of Sri Venkateswara. Currently there is no online version of the calendar. There is also no option for online purchase of these. The calendar was released during the Sri Vari Annual Brahmotsavam. The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) calendar is available in three varieties – Sri Venkateswara Swamy Calendar, Sri Vari and Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Calendar and Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Calendar.

It would have been nice if TTD could make these calendars available online in PDF or JPEG format.

The calendars are available for purchase at the Tirumala Tirupati Balaji Temple and at Tirumala publication places and at select TTD offices around the country.
The rate of 12 sheet calendar is Rs.75/-, Deluxe Diary Rs.100/-, Ordinary Diary Rs.75/-, SV(Big) Calendar Rs.10/-, SV & SP calendar Rs.7/- and Telugu Panchangam calendar Rs.15/- each.

You can download the calendar here for free...


Stay Calm and Cool When Others around us are Not

We live in a world that is filled with aggressive, dominating and intimidating individuals. We have to deal with such shot tempered and volatile characters in our daily life. So we need to stay calm and cool when others around us are not.

We must be able to identify such people quickly. We should keep a note of their aggressive character.

Always maintain our composure and do not give into provocations. You can chant ‘Om’ in mind to keep yourself cool or any mantra you prefer.

Try to empathize with the person. See the person as a disabled who needs emotional help. So be a good listener. Do not digest what the person says. Just hear and forget.

When we have learned that the person is aggressive and not good to us, do not waste our time for such a person.
Make sure that even if you have to answer back it is limited to the issue and does not get personal.

Galava Maharshi

Galava Maharishi was a great saint and grammarian mentioned in the Markandeya Purana. The name of Galava Maharshi is also found in the list of teachers in Shukla Yajurveda. His name is also mentioned by Panini.

As per Markandeya Purana, once Galava Maharshi was oppressed by a demon. Ritadvaja, son of King Satrujita, came to the help of Galava. The demon was very powerful and could not be easily overpowered.

Sage Galava then gifted Ritadvaja a divine horse, which was presented to him by the Devas. Riding on the horse, the prince defeated the demon.
Please note that there are several personalities in Hindu Puranas with the name Galava – one is a disciple of Sage Vishwamitra (Mahabharata Udyoga Parva); another is a son of Sage Vishwamitra; another is a yogacharya and a minister of King Brahmadatta of Panchala.

Pasha Weapon in Hindu Religion – Pasa or Noose as Weapon

In Hindu religion, Pasha is the noose with two or three ropes. It is triangular in shape, embellished with balls of lead. Agni Purana describes eleven ways of skillfully using Pasha.

As per the Purana, it can be used turning back, advancing forward, using it lightly and also extraordinarily quickly and rendering asunder.

As per Agni Purana, cotton thread, munja grass, leather or sinews of animals were used to make the noose.

It could be thirty cubits long and folded up in three rings. It was held on the left side, then taken to the right and whirled over the head.
SourceEncyclopedia of Hinduism Volume XI published by Indian Heritage Research Foundation.

Only Way to Purify the Mind Is To Think Pure Thoughts – Swami Smaranananda

The only way to purify the mind is to think pure thoughts.

If there is a genuine quest, answers can be got from your mind itself.

To aim to be desireless is not dangerous. In this mortal world, all things are fraught with fear; only dispassion and renunciation, leads to fearlessness.

If you can free your mind from desires and negative thoughts, it is possible to solve all problems.

If you get rid of pleasures, the mind would become free from pain. A person who is free from pleasure or pain will be calm and serene under all circumstances.
Get rid of attachment; then you need not fear rejection by anything or anybody.
– Swami Smaranananda

Symbolism of Equilateral Triangle in Hinduism

Equilateral Triangle is part of various chakras and yantras in Hinduism. It is also widely used in Tantric rituals. An equilateral triangle represents the unattainable. It is the symbol of the divine – which can only be realized by a devotee who has shed ignorance.
An inverted equilateral triangle represents Shakti.
An upward pointing equilateral triangle represents Shiva.
Creation depends on the union of the two .

Asmarohanam Ceremony during Hindu Marriage

Asmarohanam Ceremony during Hindu Marriage takes place at the house of the groom. The groom calls his wife Mahishi, or queen, and asks her treat all his relatives equally. He prays to his family deity to give him and his long life, wealth, progeny and happiness.

Next the groom performs the Asmarohanam Ceremony. The bridegroom gently raises the foot of the bride, places it on the stone used for grinding spices, and says may you be as strong as this stone.
After this the married couples look at the Arundhati star.

If man does not know himself, how can his life be lived successfully? – Swami Chidananda

When we observe mankind itself, we see vast masses of people in different parts of the globe with an improved material lot, but without corresponding satisfaction and happiness, which ought to have been the result of this external progress.

If man is to truly improve and advance, he must do so on all levels and in all spheres of life and activity. Man’s possessions have been increased, but not his joy of living.

The imbalance between outward advancements and the basic degeneracy undergone by the human individual is the root-cause of the unhappy state in which humanity finds itself today, fraught with fear, uncertainty and with a sense of insecurity.

People do not want to think of the present. Either they project themselves into a future when man will perhaps have solved all his present problems, or they think wistfully of the past when things seem to have been better. This is due to the basic error that the entire power of man’s mind, his perceptions and his senses have been totally …

Story of Uttanka in the Mahabharata

Uttanka was the most intelligent and obedient student of Sage Vedamuni. He followed Dharma and this earned him the blessings of his Guru who blessed him with the knowledge and wisdom to become an authority on all scriptures.

When Uttanaka’s education was complete, he asked his Guru to have his Guru Dakshina. The Guru asked him to pay him what his wife wants.

Uttanka asked his Guru’s wife as to what she wanted as Guru Dakshina.

The wife said that she would be observing a fast known as Punyaka. She wanted the divine earrings that belonged to King Paushya’s queen to complete the fast. The fasting date is in three days time.

Uttanka immediately left to accomplish the mission. On the way to the palace, he met Indra, atop a bull. Indra made him eat a bit of bullock’s dung for his welfare.

King Paushya was happy to welcome Uttanka. When Uttanka told about his mission, the king asked him to talk directly to the queen.

The queen was ready to help Uttanka and gave him the earrings. But the qu…

Virgal – Memorial Stone in Hinduism

Virgal in Hinduism is a memorial built to honor a hero who dies while protecting a village, cattle, or saving the honor of a woman. The memorials are known as hero stones and are found in different parts of the country especially in Karnataka.

The custom of erecting Virgal is believed to have begun in the 4th century AD and it continued until the 19th century AD. The maximum Virgal were erected between 13th and 16th century AD.
There are generally bands of carvings on the Virgal, of which the lowest one depicts the hero fighting with the raiders, and the next one shows him going to heaven. At the top is carved a Shivlinga. The fallen hero assumes divine status and is worshipped.

Each human being stands for the divine – Swami Vivekananda

Vedanta lays down that each man should be treated not as what he manifests, but as what he stands for. Each human being stands for the divine, and therefore, every teacher should be helpful, not by condemning man, but by helping him to call forth, the divinity that is within him.

It also teaches that all the vast mass of energy that we see displayed in society and in every plane of action is really from inside out; and therefore what is called inspiration by other sects, the Vedantist begs the liberty to call the expiration of man.

At the same time, it does not quarrel with other sects; the Vedanta has no quarrel with those who do not understand this divinity of man.
Consciously or unconsciously, every man is trying to unfold that divinity. Man is like an infinite spring, coiled up in a small box, and that spring is trying to unfold itself; and all the social phenomena that we see are the result of this trying to unfold.
– Swami Vivekananda

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

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

Good dates for birth of baby in September 2018

September 3 September 4 September 6 September 10 September 11 September 12 September 15 September 20 September 21 September 22 September 25 September 26 September 27 good till 8:25 PM

Panchachara – Five Codes of Conduct in Virashaivism or Lingayat Sect

Panchachara are the five codes of conduct in Virashaivism or Lingayat Sect. They are:

Lingachara – daily worship of Shivling as the only God.

Sadachara – leading moral and virtuous life.

Shivachara – all people are to be treated as the devotees of Shiva.

Bhrtyachara – humility towards Shiva and his devotees.

Ganachara – good conduct of gana or group. No devotee can bear the use of abusive language against the master and ill treatment of men and animals. The obligation is to promote the welfare of everyone and thereby develop Lingayat sect.

Basvanna is considered to be the founder of Lingayatism or Lingayat Sect or Veerashaivism. The sect brought about sweeping social changes in Karnataka and surrounding regions around 900 years ago.

The very process of control breeds disorder – Jiddu Krishnamurti

As long as the ‘me’ survives in any form, very subtly or grossly, there must be violence.
If you have this extraordinary thing (meditation) going in your life, then it is everything; then you become the teacher, the disciple, the neighbor, the beauty of the cloud – you are all that, and that is love.
The very process of control breeds disorder; just as the opposite – lack of control – also breed disorder.
The religious mind is a light to itself. Its light is not lit by another – the candle that is lit by another can be put out very quickly.  – Jiddu Krishnamurti

Nagachandreshwar Mahadev in Ujjain – Story of Nagachandreshwar Form of Shiva – 19th Shiva Temple in Ujjain

Nagachandreshwar Mahadev is worshiped in Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the 84 forms of Shiva worshiped in Ujjain. Those offering prayers to Nagachandreshwar Mahadev will find redemption to the harshest of sins.

The temple dedicated to Nagachandreshwar Mahadev is located at Nagnath ki gali at Patni Bazar in Ujjain.

This form of Shiva is associated with Sage Narada and Devas.

Nagachandreshwar Mahadev is counted among the 84 Shiva Temples in Ujjain and it is the 19th temple visited during the parikarama of Shivalayas here.

Story of Nagachandreshwar Mahadev form of Shiva in Ujjain
Legend has it that Indra, the king of Devas, wanted to know about the holiest spot on earth. He inquired about it to Sage Narada. The sage without any hesitation told Indra that the holiest spot on earth is Mahakaal Vana (present day Ujjain) where Shiva resides as Mahakaleshwar.

All the devas immediately departed for Mahakaal Vana on their vehicles. But they could not find a spot on Mahakaal Vana to lan…

Ganesha at Juna Chintaman Temple in Indore Hears Prayers through Mobile

Juna Chintaman Temple located at Passpas Nagar in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, hears prayers of devotees through mobile. A mobile phone is placed near the murti of Ganesha in the temple. When a devotee calls, the priest attends the call and keeps the mobile near the ear of Ganesha. Devotees believe that Ganesha hears their prayers and provides solutions. The shrine receives several hundred calls a day.

Before the advent of mobile, devotees used to write letters to Ganesha at Juna Chintaman Temple.
Method of prayer change with times but the essence remains the same.

Sashti Viratham Date in December 2017 – Monthly Fasting for Hindu God Muruga in December 2017

Sashti Viratham is a monthly fasting dedicated to Hindu God Muruga and is mainly observed in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Singapore, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and South Africa. Sashti Viratham December 2017 date is December 24. Sashti fasting falls on the sixth day after Amavasi (no moon) in a traditional Hindu lunar calendar.
Shasti Fasting is considered highly auspicious and many Muruga devotees observe a 24-hour fast, most ake a single meal on the day.
Muruga is also known as Skanda, Shanmugha and Subramanian. In North India, Lord Muruga is known as Kartik or Kartikeya.
Related How to observe Sashti Fasting?

The ever turbulent mind can be curbed by constant practice and by dispassion – Bhagavad Gita

The mind is turbulent, strong and obstinate. It is hard to control as the wind. But it can be curbed by constant practice and by dispassion.

He who does the work which is his duty to do, but seeks no gain from work, no reward, that man is a sanyasi and a yogi.

For the sage who wishes to attain to yoga, action is said to be the means, for the same sage, when he has attained to yoga, serenity is said to be the means.

When a man is not attached to sense objects or to actions and has renounced all egoistic purposes, then he is said to be enthroned in Yoga.
Self is the only friend of the self, the self alone is the enemy of the self.
– Bhagavad Gita