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Shukra Ast 2018 – Shukra Astha months in 2018 in Hindu Calendar

Shukra Ast is a specific period in Hindu calendars. During this period no auspicious ceremonies are held in North India. Shukra Astha 2018 time and date is given below:
Shukra Ast is from November 30, 2017 to February 19, 2018. Marriages are not performed during the period. Thus you will not find Marriage dates and other auspicious function dates in December 2017, January 2018 and till February 19, 2018.


The total number of days in a Shukra Ast are 73 to 74 days. Roughly two months and a fortnight.

In 2018 there is also Shukra Ast from Shukra Ast is from October 25 to October 30.

This inauspicious period is followed in majority of calendars in India.

Life does not always serve tasty dishes - Hindu Blog Quotes and Quips

Life does not always serve tasty dishes. Sometimes it is too salty, too hot, too spicy, too cold, pungent and sometimes even not worth consuming. But then occasionally life do throw up delicious and tasty dishes. Think positive. Be positive. Happiness can be served at anytime. If not served by others we can cook them too.

By trying to please others, we are never going to be happy. Always be honest about our feelings.

Your ideas, interests and passion are not bad or worthless, just because majority does not believe in them. Never give up your likes because people will laugh at you.

Hold on to your principles and believes.



A common ground can never be reached if both the parties lose temper.
If you cannot control your anger, them simply walk away and return later.

Happiness means a peaceful mind and we can achieve this only when we have got rid of hatred, discrimination and violence. Not just on physical level but also on mental level.

Face an adversary or enemy. Take appropriate meas…

Banashankari Navratri

Banashankari Navratri is nine-day festival, puja and rituals dedicated to Goddess Banashankari in the Kannada month of Paush in Karnataka. Banashankari Navratri 2019 - 2020 dates – Navaratri begins on January 4  and ends on January 10, 2020. Goddess Banashankari is an incarnation of Goddess Parvati and is also known as Vanashankari or Shakambari or Banadevi.

Banadashtami, or Banada Ashtami, which falls during Banashankari Navratri is the most auspicious day during the nine-day period. Banadashtami 2018 date is December 26.


Fairs and festivals are held during this period in Banashankari temples. A major fair is held at BadamiBanashankariDeviTemple during this period and it begins on Banadashtami day.

Legend has it that Goddess Banashankari Devi killed a demon called Durgamasur at the present day Badami in Bagalkot in Karnataka. This story is found in Skanda Purana.

Banashankari is also equated with Ma Shakambari Devi who is believed to have produced vegetables and nourished the human …

Auspicious stars for travel as per Hinduism - Nakshatra Ideal For Travelling as per Hindu Astrology

Not all Nakshatra are ideal for traveling as per Hindu astrology. Out of the 27 Nakshatras in Hinduism only 9 are good for traveling. Auspicious stars for travel as per Hindu astrology texts are:

Ashwini or Ashwathy Mrigasira – Makayiram Punarvasu – Punirtham Pushya – Pooyam Hasta – Atham Anuradha – Anusham or Anizham Shravan – Thiruonam Dhanishta – Avittam Revathi


Things to Remember Before Traveling Before traveling one should take the blessing of Kula Devata, ancestors (pitr) and of the personal deity that you worship.

Next take the blessing of elders in the family.

Take some sweet before leaving the house the best option is curd mixed with sugar or honey or jaggery.

Never say I am going while leaving. Always say I will return back soon.

Never leave the house in anger or when you are in emotional distress. Wait till your mind is normal.

Never leave a place by cursing the place or people residing in it.

When traveling in the South direction take the blessings of Hanuman. This is bec…

Auspicious stars for childbirth as per Hindu Astrology - Nakshatra Good for Child Birth

All stars are good for childbirth. But there are some stars that are regarded more auspicious as per Hindu astrology. Nakshatra good for child birth are:

Ashwini – Ashwathy Rohini Mrigashira – Makayiram Punarvasu – Punirtham Pushya – Pooyam Uttara Phalguni – Uthram Hasta – Atham – Hastam Chitra - Chithira Swati – Chothi Anuradha – Anusham or Anizham Uttarashada – Uthrittathi Shravan – Thiruvonam or Sravanam Dhanishta - Avittam Shatabhisha – Chathayam Uttarabhadrapada – Uthrittathi Revathi



We must always remember that birth and death are something which we humans cannot predict. Being born in an auspicious birth star does not mean there will be progress and happiness in life.

This depends on our vasanas - if we are able to control our senses and work towards self realization then there will be peace and happiness in life.

Bhagavan Sri Ram was born on earth and he had to undergo numerous sufferings. All human beings will have to face the consequences of their ignorance.

Birt…

Why neem tree and its leaves are associated with Hindu Goddess?

Neem tree and its leaves are associated with various Hindu Goddess especially Durga, Kali, Karumariamman, Mariamman and other manifestations of Mother Goddess Shakti. Neem leaves are widely used in the worship, puja, festivals and rituals associated with Hindu Goddesses especially in South India. So Why is neem tree and it leaves associated with Goddess Shakti.

The popular belief is that Mother Goddess resides in Neem tree and its leaves have the power to cure diseases and drive away all evils.



There are stories in rural South India that indicate that Mother Goddess residing in neem tree stopped Yama, the god of death, from taking away the life of human beings devoted to her.

Neem tree is widely found in the front or within the vicinity of many Shakti Temples in South India.
Neem leaves are also used to cure Chicken pox and other skin diseases.

Neem is used by Hindus to  treat inflammation, infections, skin diseases and for dental care. The Neem leaves, flowers, seeds, roots, bark an…

Jagannath Temple at Angul in Odisha – Angul Saila Srikshetra

Saila Srikshetra is the popular name of Jagannath Temple at Angul in Odisha. It is a modern temple and is constructed on the lines of the famous Puri Jagannath Temple. The shrine is located atop the Sunasagad hill.


Three wooden murtis similar to the ones worshipped in Puri is offered pujas in the sanctum sanctorum. All the rituals followed in Puri are also held here.
Earlier there were three smaller murtis of Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subadhra in the Madan Mohan Temple here. People then wished to have a shrine dedicated to Jagannath. The shrine was completed and opened to devotees in 2002 AD.

People in large numbers visit the temple especially during special occasions like the Rath Yatra, Sankranti and Pana Sankranti.

Bhagavad Gita – Raja Vidya Guhya Yoga Teachings

Raja Vidya Guhya Yoga is the title of the ninth chapter of the Bhagavad Gita

Shri Krishna uses this chapter to impart further lessons on the infinite nature of Ishwara and the finite nature of maya. He begins the chapter by asserting that the knowledge of Bhagavan’s infinite nature will result in liberation.
He addresses Arjuna as Anasooya in the chapter, which means without fault, doubt or prejudice, indicating that those who have begun the process of purification of their minds through karma yoga and devoted meditation will understand this knowledge completely.
Raja Vidya Guhya Yoga Teachings 
All beings have root in Me, but I am not rooted in them.
As the mighty wind, moving everywhere, ever dwells in the akasha (space), even so, all beings rest in Me.
At the close of a kalpa, all beings return into My nature and at the beginning of the next kalpa, I send them forth.


Hopes, deeds and knowledge vain of those who fail to realize my higher nature as the sovereign Lord of all beings. F…

Tulsi Manas Mandir in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh – Varanasi Tulsi Manas Temple

Varanasi Tulsi Manas Temple is located on Durgakund road in Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh and is near the famous Durga Temple. The temple is noted for its art and architecture and essentially is a shrine that celebrates Ramcharitamanas of Goswami Tulsidas . The main murti worshipped in the temple is the Ram Parivar – Ram, Laxman, Mata Sita and Hanuman.

The shrine is located in a serene and tranquil environment.

Tulsidas making Chandan paste at the famous ghat of Chitrakoot is shown in the shrine using moving puppets.


Every wall, ceiling, pillars and each and every nook and corner of the shrine narrates the story of Ramayan through pictures, paintings and sculptures.

The verses of Ramacharitmanas are written on the walls of the shrine.

Other mutis worshipped in the temple are that of Satyaranayan, Ma Annapurna and Kashi Vishwanath.

One entering the main gate, there is a statue of Goswami Tulsidas.
Jhulan Utsav in Shravan month is an important ritual here. A month long fair is organized…

Bhagavad Gita – Akshara Parabrahma Yoga

Akshara Parabrahma Yoga is the chapter eight of the Srimad Bhagavad Gita

The title of the Discourse : 'Kshara' means that which perishes. 'Akshara' means that which does not perish, the Imperishable. Since the Discourse deals with the Imperishable Brahman it is entitled 'Akshara Parabrahma Yoga.' 

The indestructible, the Supreme, is Brahman. The creative force that brings beings into existence is called ‘karma’.

He who meditates on me at the time of death is absorbed into me.

The thoughts at the time of death determine the character of the next birth.

Always think of Lord Krishna and do your work. When the mind and understanding is concentrated on Krishna, one reaches the feet of Lord.
All worlds come and go. Beings in such world continuously pass through the cycle of birth and death. But he who attains me never takes another birth.


If the mind is turned to the Yoga of Practice, and dropping thoughts of other things engaged in constant dhyana, O Partha, the Yo…

Goddess Banashankari – About Hindu Goddess Banashankari Devi

Goddess Banashankari is an incarnation of Mother Goddess Shakti. It is in this form she nourishes all living beings. Banashankari Devi is popularly worshiped in the northern districts of Karnataka and southern parts of Maharashtra. She is essentially a forest Goddess in Hindu religion.

In the Devi Mahatmya it is mentioned that Goddess Shakti appeared as Banashankari after a period of hundred years of drought. All the plants had died and there was nothing to eat. Banashankari brought forth from her body fruits, flowers, vegetables and herbs to suffice the hunger of the people.

The form of Banashankari is described in detail in Durga Saptashati. Banashankari is blue in color. Her eyes are like lotus flower. She is depicted with numerous arms – one arm is shown as carrying a lotus with bees circling it. The other hands carry bow, arrows, flowers, roots, and vegetables.



The most popular festival dedicated to Goddess Banashankari is held from Paush Shukla Paksha Ashtami to Paush Purnima.

Guru Ast 2018 – Guru Astha months in 2018 in Hindu Calendar

Guru asta is a specific period in Hindu calendars. During this period no auspicious ceremonies are held in North India. Guru Astha 2018 time and date is given below:

Guru Ast is from November 12, 2018 to December 10, 2018. Marriages are not performed during the period. Thus you will not find Marriage dates and other auspicious function dates in November 2018
The total number of days in a Guru Asta are 28 days. Roughly a month.


Punswan Samskar is performed by the wife or the would-be mother of a child; it is not related to her. The Samskar is related to the conceived child. So, in this Samskar, Guru Asta, Shukra Aasta, Mal-maas, and other Yogas (celestial combinations) are not considered. It can be performed on any auspicious day.

Thiruvairanikulam Temple Opening Date in 2019 - 2020 Date - Thiruvairanikulam temple Nadathurappu Mahotsavam 2020

Thiruvairanikulam Temple near Aluva in Kerala is dedicated to Lord Shiva. But the temple is famous for a shrine of Goddess Parvati which is open only for 12 days in a year. Thiruvairanikulam Temple opening date in 2019 - 2020 is January 10. Thiruvairanikulam temple Nadathurappu Mahotsavam or festival ends in 2020 on January 21.

Goddess Parvati shrine is open for 12 days from Thiruvathira Nakshatra in Dhanu Masam as per Malayalam Calendar followed in Kerala.

Legend has it that Goddess Parvati used to cook food for Lord Shiva in the temple kitchen. No one was allowed to enter the temple during the period. A group of Brahmins wanted to find out the secret and ventured into the temple at not designated time.

For breaking the rule, Goddess Parvati left the temple in anger.

The Brahmins asked for her mercy and performed intense austerities. She later relented and agreed to make her presence felt in the sanctum sanctorum for 12 days.
Today, the 12-day period attracts thousands of devotees…

Nelluvai Dhanwanthari Temple Contact Details with Number

Nelluvai Dhanwanthari Temple is located at Nelluvaya in Thrissur District in Kerala. The shrine is around 21 km from Thrissur town. Nelluvai Dhanwanthari Temple contact details with telephone numbers are given below.

The Devaswom Officer Nelluvai Dhanwanthari Temple, Nelluvai (P.O), Erumapetty (Via), Thrissur - 680584 Ph : 04885-264269
E-mail : admin@nelluvaidhanwantharitemple.org


The murti worshipped in the temple was installed by Ashwini Devas (physicians of Devas) and the same murti was worshipped during Dwapara Yuga by Sri Vasudeva. It is believed that the temple is more than 5000 years old.


Bhagavan Dhanwanthari is a manifestation of Lord Vishnu. He emerged from the ocean during Paalaazhi Mdhanam (churning out the milky ocean), with the four hands, carrying, the divine Shankh (Conch), Sudarshna Chakra Amrit (Nectar), and Jalookham (Leech), respectively. Leach is used in Ayurvedic therapy to suck out bad blood to cure certain diseases.


In the western entrance of the temple, there…

Raghunath Temple at Devprayag in Uttarakhand – Devprayag Raghunathji Mandir

Raghunath Temple at Devprayag in Uttarakhand is dedicated to Bhagavan Sri Ram. Raghunathji Mandir enshrines a six feet Shaligram murti of Bhagavan Sri Ram. Legend has it that Lord Ram did penance here to atone for the killing of Ravana.

Adi Vishweshwar Mahadev is the name of the Shivling established by Lord Ram here. It is located directly underneath the courtyard of the main temple complex.

The main temple complex is atop a small mount and one has to climb several steps to reach it. Pillars support the mandap and the silver mounted gateway that leads to the sanctum sanctorum. There is a murti of Garuda in front of the temple.



The main festivals observed in the temple are Ramnavami and Sri Krishna Janmashtami. A small murti of Bhagavan Ram is brought out during the occasion.

The subsidiary shrines in the temple are dedicated to Annapurna Mata, Hanuman and Shankaracharya.

The life story of Rama and Krishna are featured on the walls of the temple.

Calendar in Hindi 2017 – Download Hindi Language Calendar 2017 for free - Hindi Calendar 2017

The Hindi calendar 2017 is provided by the website ashram. It has marked all the important festivals and tithi in the Hindi language. The 2017 Hindi calendar is not in pdf format but in picture format. You can save it each month for your personal use.
You can find Hindi language calendar 2017 here at the official website of Ashram.

Story of Shukracharya and Jayanti, daughter of Indra

There is a story in the Puranas which state that Jayanti, the daughter of Indra, became wife of Shukracharya for 10 years. Shukracharya was the priest and teacher of Asuras or demons. Once Devas defeated the Asuras. To acquire more powers, Shukracharya performed intense austerities to please Shiva.

When the penance of Shukracharya became severe, Indra was worried and wanted to break it. Indra thought that Guru Shukra would acquire new powers, which will make Asuras powerful.

Indra asked his daughter Jayanti to become the servant of Shukra and to break his penance somehow or other.

Jayanti did not like her father’s intention; but she also did not want to disobey her father so she followed his orders.

She went to Kailasa, became the attendant of Shukra, and stayed with him. She served him without any complaints. She maintained her chastity and did not disturb the Guru in anyway.

She spoke only words, which would be pleasing and helpful to him.

This continued for several years. Lord Sh…

Nelluvai Dhanwanthari Temple Timings – Nelluvaya Temple Pooja Timings with Opening – Closing and Darshan Time

Nelluvai Dhanwanthari Temple is located at Nelluvaya in Thrissur District in Kerala. The shrine is around 21 km from Thrissur town. Nelluvai Dhanwanthari Temple Timings with detail opening and closing time is given below. Please note that the pooja and darshan time will extended or curtailed during important rituals. The shrine will remain closed during Grahanam or Eclipse.

Nelluvai Dhanwanthari Temple Timings

Morning Darshan and Puja Time 5:00 AM - Temple opens
6:00 AM – Usha pooja
8:00 AM - Pandeeradi pooja
10:30 AM - Uchapooja

Temple will be closed from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Evening Darshan and Puja Time 5:00 PM - Temple opens for evening poojas
6:00 PM - Deeparadhana
7:30 PM - Athazha Pooja
8:00 PM - Temple closes

Andal Neerattu Utsavam – A Festival Dedicated to Andal in Dhanurmasam at Tirupati Balaji Temple

Andal Neerattu Utsavam is a unique festival dedicated to Goddess Andal, or Goda Devi, in Dhanurmasam at the famous Tirupati Balaji Temple. The festival begins seven days before the Bhogi festival in Dhanurmasam. In 2020, Andal Neerattu Utsavam begins on January 6, 2018.

On all days during the period (starting from January 6), Andal is performed special pujas in the morning at the Sri Govindarajaswami Temple. After the puja, Andal is taken out on a palanquin procession from Sri Govindarajaswami Temple. She moves through the mada streets and settles down at the Neeratta mandapam at Ramachandra Teertham.

At the Neeratta Mandapam, Abhishekam, Nivedanam, Saattumora and Asthanam are conducted as per customs to Godadevi. She remains there till evening. Later the deity is being adorned with flowers and carried back in a palanquin to Sri Govindarajaswami temple.

The Neerattu Utsavam is being performed for seven days.
On the eighth day i.e. on the Bhogi day, Andal along with Lord Krishna, asce…

Kadammanitta Padayani – Kadammanitta Devi Temple Patayani Festival

The ten-day long Patayani festival observed in Kadammanitta Devi Temple attracts thousands of Padayani enthusiasts. The festival is organized annually from the first of Medam month to the 10th of Malayalam Medam month. Kadammanitta Devi Temple Patayani Festival 2017 date is April 14 to 23. Valiya Padayani is observed on Medam 8 and in 2017 it is on April 21.


Kanijramala Kolam and Oorali Padayani are the main attractions here.
Padayani, also referred as Padeni, is performed in honor of Goddess Bhadrakali in important Devi Temples in Central Kerala.
Kadammanitta Devi Temple is located around 5 km from Pathanamthitta.

Khatu Shyam Mandir in Jharia at Dhanbad, Bihar – Dhanbad Khatu Shyam Temple

Khatu Shyam Mandir is located at Jharia and in Dhanbad and the shrine is dedicated to Khatu Shyam, also known as Barbareek, is the grandson of Bhima in the Mahabharata. He willingly gave his head in charity to Lord Krishna before the Mahabharata war. Dhanbad Khatu Shyam Temple is maintained by the Marwari community and is one of the important temples dedicated to the deity outside Rajasthan.
The main murti of Khatu Shyam worshiped in the temple is north facing and it sits on a silver throne. Shringar of the murti is performed using an 11-meter long cloth.

The sanctum sanctorum is 8 by 10 feet and the height of the dome is 30 feet. The sanctum sanctorum also has a silver horse, the vehicle of Khatu Shyam.

108 types of bhoga are offered to the murti. Ekadasi and Dwadasi in the Phalgun month are considered highly meritorious. Dasami nishan yatra – spiritual journey using flags is held on Phalgun Dasami. These flags are then offered to the deity.

The temple, puja and decoration of the mu…

Bhagavad Gita – Karma Vairagya Yoga Teachings

He who is devoted to the path of action and is pure in soul, who is master of his self and has conquered the senses, who realizes the Self as the Self in all beings, though acting,he is not touched by taint of action.

The man who is united with the Divine, the knower of Truth, thinks, “I do nothing at all.” For in seeing, hearing, touching, smelling, eating, moving, sleeping, breathing, speaking, giving, seizing, opening and closing the eyes, he holds that only the senses move among the objects of the senses.

He who acts, abandoning attachment, surrendering all actions to God, is untouched by sin, even as a lotus leaf by water.
The yogis abandoning attachment, perform action only for the purification of their souls.
Bhagavad Gita – Karma Vairagya Yoga 

Singapore Hindu Calendar 2017 in pdf – Based on Time in Singapore Hindu Panchang 2017

Singapore Hindu Calendar 2017 in pdf is presented by mypanchang. It contains all the important festivals, auspicious time etc as per Hindu Panchang 2017. The calendar is based on time in Singapore. It must be noted that the vrat, festival dates in India and Singapore might be different many times. So if you are residing in Singapore and are keen to follow the local time then the calendar will be of great help.

Link – Singapore Hindu Calendar 2017 in pdf

Seattle – California Hindu Calendar 2017 in pdf – Based on Pacific Standard Time Hindu Panchang 2017 followed in United States

Seattle – California Hindu Calendar 2017 in pdf is presented by mypanchang. It contains all the important festivals, auspicious time etc as per Hindu Panchang 2017. The calendar is based on time in Pacific Standard Time followed in cities like Seattle, Portland, Vancouver, Oregon and California in United States and Canada. It must be noted that the vrat, festival dates in India and United States might be different many times. So if you are residing in United States or Canada and are keen to follow the local time then the calendar will be of great help.
Link – Seattle – California Hindu Calendar 2017 in pdf

Lokpaleshwar Mahadev in Ujjain – Story of Lokpaleshwar Form of Shiva – 12th Shiva Temple in Ujjain

Lokpaleshwar Mahadev  is worshiped in Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the 84 forms of Shiva worshiped in Ujjain. Those offering prayers to Lokpaleshwar will defeat enemies.

The temple dedicated to Lokpaleshwar Mahadev is located at Harsiddhi complex in Ujjain.

This form of Shiva is associated with victory over the demon army of Hiranyakashipu.

Lokpaleshwar Mahadev is counted among the 84 Shiva Temples in Ujjain and it is the 12th temple visited during the parikrama of Shivalayas here.

Story of Lokpaleshwar Mahadev form of Shiva in Ujjain Legend has it that the demon army of Hiranyakashipu destroyed all the ashrams. They filled yajna kund with blood and meat. There was no place for people to pray.

Saints and Devas approached Vishnu to find a solution.

Vishnu asked them to go to Mahakaal Vana (present day Ujjain) and offer prayers to Shiva there.

Saints and Devas made a Shivling here and did intense penance and prayers. A huge fireball appeared from the Shivling and it destroyed …

Thanga Angi Procession to Sabarimala - Puja with Thanka Anki at Ayyappa Temple on Mandala Pooja

Thanga Angi procession is the journey carrying the ornaments that is worn by Lord Ayyappa on the Mandala Pooja day at the SabarimalaAyyappaTemple. The deeparadhana (evening prayer) performed with Thanga Anki is held on the 40th day, the penultimate day before the culmination of the 41-day Mandala Pooja. The procession starts from the AranmulaSreeParthasarathyTemple four days prior to the Mandala Pooja day.

Thanga Angi means the Golden Attire – the Golden Attire of Lord Ayyappa, weighs 450 Sovereigns of gold. It was offered to Lord Ayyappa by Sri Chithira Thirunal, erstwhile Maharaja of Travancore, in 1973.

The Tanga Angi is carried to the SabarimalaAyyappaTemple in a specially-decorated vehicle. During the 100 km journey, the procession is welcomed by thousands of devotees and halts at several temples on its way and opportunity to darshan is provided to devotees. The AranmulaSreeParthasarathyTemple is around 100 km away from SabarimalaAyyappaTemple.

Mahasaya Dyodhi Mandir in Bhagalpur, Bihar – Bhagalpur Mahasaya Dyodhi Temple

Mahasaya Dyodhi Temple at Bhagalpur in Bihar is dedicated to Batuk Bhairavanath. The mandir is spread over 51 acres of land. The main murti worshipped in the temple is made out of crystal.

Legend has it that the murti of Bhatuk Bhairavnath was hidden under the mud base of a pond. The estate in which the temple stands belonged to Raja Amarnath Ghosh. Rani Padmavati, wife of Raja Amarnath, had a dream in which Bhairav came to her dream and told the exact location of the murti.

During the excavation of the murti, nose of it was damage. The damaged area was filled with silver. The temple has Rajasthani style of architecture.
There were rumors that Batuk Bhairavanath murti was disappearing at night. Devotees then tied the murti with iron chains. It can be still seen in the temple.

Bhagavad Gita – Dhyana Yoga Teachings

He who does the work that is his duty to do, without looking for rewards or the fruits of this work – that man, O Arjuna, is the perfect mystic.

A person who has truly renounced is he who worships through his work, who renounces the desires of work, but still does his duty.

The soul of the man who lives under self-control and is at peace is centered on itself. It responds in the same way to pleasure and pain, heat and cold, glory and shame.

He is the Yogi, the mystic who is satisfied with light and truth, who dwells in transcendence and submits his senses, seeing dirt, rock and gold all as the same, all as one. And he carries this with him, treating equally his comrades, friends, acquaintances, strangers, lovers, enemies and kinsmen – loving all of them whether they are evil or good.

Bhagavad Gita - Dhyana Yoga

Sabarimala Mandala Puja 2018 date – Last Day of 41-day Mandalakala Pooja at Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple

The Mandala Puja observed in the Malayalam month Dhanu marks the end of 41-day pilgrimage or the Mandala Kalam at SabarimalaAyyappaTemple. Sabarimala Mandala Puja 2018 date is December 27. The SabarimalaAyyappaTemple which opens in mid-November remains continuously open for 41 days till the Mandala Puja.


After the Mandala Pooja, the temple closes for a brief period of two to three days and reopens for Makaravilakku festival, which is observed on January 14, 2019.

The Sabarimala Mandala Kalam begins in mid-November – on the first day of Malayalam month Vrishchikam. The 41 days conclude during the last week of December – in the Malayalam month Dhanu. The puja on last day is known as Mandala Puja and it is held in the evening.

The puja is held by adorning the Thanka Anki (golden attire) which is brought in a procession from the famous AranmulaSreeParthasarathyTemple.

Nelluvai Dhanwanthari Temple Offerings

The important offerings at the famous Nelluvai Dhanwanthari Temple near Thrissur in Kerala include Malar, Appam and Panchaarappayasam.

There are mainly three poojas in Nelluvai Temple.

The pooja procedures start with Abhishekam in the early morning followed by Usha pooja, Pantheeradi Pooja and Uchcha pooja. There are Deepaaraadhana and Aththaazhappooja in the evening every day.

Malar and Appam are commonly used as Nivedyam in the morning and evening sessions respectively. The mostly liked Nivedyam by the Dhanvanthari Moorthy is Panchaarappayasam. The other main Vazhipaadu to the Dhanvanthari Moorthy include Chandanam Chaarththal, Venna Chaarththal, etc.
The most important Vazhipaadu in this temple is Mukkudi. This Mukkudi is received as Prasadam after the morning pooja only. If the Mukkudi Prasadam is taken inside with full devotion, there will be complete relief to the abdominal and gastric diseases.

Alathiyoor Hanuman Temple Timings – Alathiyur Hanuman Temple – Opening and Closing – Pooja and Darshan Timings

Alathiyoor Hanuman Temple is located at Alathiyur in Malappuram District in Kerala. The shrine is around 6 km from Tirur on the Road to Ponnani. Alathiyoor Hanuman Temple Timings with detail opening and closing time is given below. Please note that the pooja and darshan time will extended or curtailed during important rituals. The shrine will remain closed during Grahanam or Eclipse.

Alathiyoor Hanuman Temple Timings

Morning Darshan and Puja Time 5:00 AM to 10:00 AM Evening Darshan and Puja Time 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Triprangode Siva Temple Timings – Triprangode Shiva Temple - Opening and Closing Time - Pooja and Darshan Timings

Triprangode Siva Temple is located at Triprangode in Malappuram District in Kerala. The shrine is around 8 km from Tirur Railway Station. Triprangode Siva Temple Timings with detail opening and closing time is given below. Please note that the pooja and darshan time will extended or curtailed during important rituals. The shrine will remain closed during Grahanam or Eclipse.

Triprangode Siva Temple Timings

Morning Darshan and Puja Time 4:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Evening Darshan and Puja Time 4:30 PM to 8:00 PM

Suroopa Dwadashi – Surupa Dwadasi 2019 date

Surupa Dwadasi, or Suroopa Dwadashi, is observed during the 12th day of the waning phase of moon (Krishna Paksha) in Paush Month as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India. Suroopa Dwadashi 2019 date is December 23. It is believed that Satyabhama, wife of Sri Krishna, got relieved from the curse that made her look ugly by observing the Surupa Dwadashi.

Women of certain Hindu communities observe a fast on the day. Those observing the fast collect fresh cow dung in a pot. In the evening Srihari Vishnu is worshipped along with the pot.

Patience is the sign of true knowledge

A true renunciate is one who can practice the quality of patience in the midst of pressing situations.

Patience is the sign of true knowledge.

Life is never a smooth flow. There will be difficulties. Patiently facing the difficulties of life and using the twist and turns in life to learn and evolve is the true character of a spiritually inclined person.

There is an opportunity and a valuable lesson in every difficult situation.
Peace stands on the two pillars of patience and wisdom.

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Abhilash

Guru Moodam 2018 – Guru Moudhya 2018 – When is Guru Moudyami in 2018

Guru Moodam, or Guru Moudhya, is a specific period in Hindu calendars. During this period no auspicious ceremonies are held. Guru Moudhya 2018 time and date is given below: It is also known as Guru Moudyami.

Guru Moodam is from November 16, 2018 to December 15, 2018. Marriages are not performed during the period. Thus you will not find Marriage dates and other auspicious function dates in November.
The total number of days in a Guru Moodam are 28 days. Roughly a month.

Swami Ram Charan Maharaj Jayanti – Janma Diwas or Birth Anniversary

Swami Ram Charan Maharaj was a great saint in the Bhakti tradition in Hinduism and his teachings inspired millions of people. Swami Ram Charan Maharaj Jayanti 2020 date is February 8. This is the birth anniversary or Janma Diwas of the great saint.

Ram Snehi Sampradaya was founded by the Guru to promote his teachings.

Swami Ram Charan Maharaj was a great teacher who dispelled darkness by ushering in the light of knowledge. Hundreds of people participate in the various spiritual programs organized on the day.

Various spiritual programs, charity events and prayer meetings are held in many places in Madhya Pradesh and in northern parts of Maharashtra.

Swami Ram Charan Maharaj Jayanti is annually observed on Magh Shukla Paksha Chaturdashi Tithi – fourteenth day during the waxing phase of moon in Magh month as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in Madhya Pradesh.

Devnarayan Jayanti

Shri Devnarayan is an ancient Gurjar warrior who is believed to be an incarnation of Bhagavan Vishnu. He is worshipped in parts of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. Devnarayan Jayanti 2020 date is February 1. This is the birth anniversary of Shri Devnarayan.

Devnarayan fought against the injustices committed against his family and followers.


His birth anniversary is annually observed on Magh Shukla Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waxing phase of moon in Magh month.

Guru Gokuldas Maharaj Birth Anniversary – Jayanti and Janmotsav of Guru Gokuldas Maharaj

Guru Gokuldas Maharaj was a great saint in the Bhakti tradition in Hinduism and his teachings inspired millions of people. Shri Guru Gokuldas Maharaj Birth Anniversary 2020 date is January 3. This is the Jayanti and Janmotsav of the great saint.

Guru Gokuldas Maharaj was a great teacher who dispelled darkness by ushering in the light of knowledge. Hundreds of people participate in the various spiritual programs organized on the day.

Various spiritual programs, charity events and prayer meetings are held in many places in Madhya Pradesh and in northern parts of Maharashtra.
Guru Gokuldas Maharaj Birth Anniversary is annually observed on Paush Shukla Paksha Ashtami Tithi – eighth ay during the waxing phase of moon in Paush month as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in Madhya Pradesh.

Chicago – Dallas – Austin Hindu Calendar 2017 in pdf – Based on Central Standard Time Hindu Panchang 2017 followed in United States

Chicago – Dallas – Austin Hindu Calendar 2017 in pdf is presented by mypanchang. It contains all the important festivals, auspicious time etc as per Hindu Panchang 2017. The calendar is based on time in Pacific Standard Time followed in cities like Chicago, Iowa, Austin, Houston, Dallas, Oklahoma, Minneapolis and Omaha in United States. It must be noted that the vrat, festival dates in India and United States might be different many times. So if you are residing in United States and are keen to follow the local time then the calendar will be of great help.
Link – Chicago – Dallas – Austin Hindu Calendar 2017 in pdf

Moderation in all activities of life results in spiritual success

Attachment to the body and not attached to the Supreme truth inside the body is the tragedy of our times.

Detachment of the body does not mean we should walk around shabbily. Body is the temple and the supreme truth resides in it. We should take care of our body by keeping it clean and healthy. The problem starts when we only decorate the temple and ignore the ‘murti’ (idol) in it.

We should understand what our genuine needs and then completely shut out overindulgence.

All our activities should be performed after looking within. Mere appeasement will only cause our downfall.
Moderation in all activities of life results in spiritual success.

Abhilash
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Shirkai Devi – Information About Hindu Goddess Shirkai Devi

Goddess Shirkai Devi, also referred as Ma Shirkai, 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 Kolhapur and neighboring districts in Maharashtra.


Goddess Shirkai Devi is a fierce form of Goddess Shakti. The murti of Goddess has eight arms and is depicted as killing a buffalo demon. She depicts the characteristics of Durga, Kali and Chamunda.
She is worshipped for peace, prosperity, protection, good agriculture, healthy children, early cure of diseases and for victory over enemies.

Shirkai Devi removes darkness caused by Adharma. She upholds righteousness by protecting those who practice Dharma.

Lobhi Thakurani Temple at Garh Santry near Angul – Lovi Thakurani Temple

Lobhi Thakurani Temple, also known as Lovi Thakurani Temple, is located at Garh Santry, a village 17 km off Angul town in Odisha. The Goddess blesses children with long life and prosperity. The name of the goddess ‘Lobhi’ means greediness. People say that this greediness is positive and is associated with greediness of devotion, offerings and to sacrifice egoism.

Legend has it that the Goddess was originally worshipped by demon king Ravana. After Rama killed Ravana, the Goddess followed Bhagavan Sri Ram to Ayodhya and on the way she settled at Garh Santry.

The main ritual associated with the temple is observed on Kartik Purnima, the full moon day in Kartik month, which falls in November. The main offering during the festival is the tonsuring of hair. The festival is known as Lobhi Thakurani Yatra.
The shrine is small but beautiful. It is decorated with paintings and sculptors of various manifestations of mother Goddess Shakti.

Solah Shringar in Hinduism

Solah Shringar is the sixteen symbols of love and fertility worn by married Hindu women. It is an important aspect of Hinduism. Symbolically it suggests that Devi resides in female body.

The Solah Shringar are Red dot on forehead (bindi)Mangalsutra (sacred marriage thread)Turmeric pasteFragrant flowersPerfumesBetel leaves chewedBlack beauty spot on the faceKohl for eyesMehandi on the handRed dye on the feetBrightly colored sari or dressJewelry on the hair (hairpins, tiara etc)Jewelry like nose ring, necklaces and earringsJewelry on the waist (Cummerbund)Jewelry on arms, finger and handsJewelry on feet

Gopi Talav in Dwarka

Gopi Talav is located on the way from Dwarka to Bet Dwarka in Gujarat. It is a pond and associated with Bhagavan Sri Krishna. The popular belief is that Gopis of Vrindavan met Sri Krishna for the last time here. It is also believed that they merged in the pond and attained moksha.

The mud in Gopi Talav is yellow in color and is known as Gopi Chandan.

Gopi Chandan is worn as chandan on the forehead by some Hindu devotees.
Another attraction on the banks of the pond is the Mahaprabhuji Bethak.

Bharavi Thoughts

Those who wish well towards their friends disdain to please them with words which are not true.

The friendship of the bad is like the shade of some precipitous bank with crumbling sides, which, falling buries him who is beneath.

As drops of bitter medicine, though minute, may have a salutary force, so words, though few and painful, uttered seasonably, may rouse the prostrate energies of those who meet misfortune with despondency.
Be patient, if thou wouldst thy ends accomplish; for like patience is there no appliance effective of success, producing certainly abundant fruit of actions, never damped by failure, conquering all impediments.
Bharavi

Malaysia Hindu Calendar 2017 in pdf – Based on Time in Malaysia Hindu Panchang 2017

Malaysia Hindu Calendar 2017 in pdf is presented by mypanchang. It contains all the important festivals, auspicious time etc as per Hindu Panchang 2017. The calendar is based on time in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It must be noted that the vrat, festival dates in India and Malaysia might be different many times. So if you are residing in Malaysia and are keen to follow the local time then the calendar will be of great help.
Link – Malaysia Hindu Calendar 2017 in pdf

New Zealand Hindu Calendar 2017 in pdf – Based on Time in New Zealand Hindu Panchang 2017

New Zealand Hindu Calendar 2017 in pdf is presented by mypanchang. It contains all the important festivals, auspicious time etc as per Hindu Panchang 2017. The calendar is based on time in Auckland, New Zealand. It must be noted that the vrat, festival dates in India and New Zealand might be different many times. So if you are residing in New Zealand and are keen to follow the local time then the calendar will be of great help.

Please note that the calendar is purnimat – that is a Hindu month in this calendar starts after Purnima. This calendar is followed in North India.

But the festival and vrat dates are applicable in all regions.
Link – New Zealand Hindu Calendar 2017 in pdf

Story of Shiva as Mrgavyadha

Story of Shiva as Mrgavyadha is found in the 65th chapter of Brahmanda Purana. Shiva took the disguise of Mrgavyadha, or deer hunter, to test the devotion of Parshurama.

Parashuram once did intense penance in a deep forest to please Shiva and learn archery from him.

Shiva decided to test his devotion and appeared in the form of a deer hunter.

As Mrgavyadha, Shiva attempted to entice Parashuram and deviate from his mission. But all attempts were unsuccessful.
Shiva then showed his true form and blessed him. He also gave instruction in archery and gifted him the bow Pinaka.

Pariyanampetta Pooram

Pariyanampatta Temple or Kavu is located in Palakkad District in Kerala. The annual pooram festival is observed here in Malayalam month Kumbham. Pariyanampetta Pooram 2017 date is February 19. The festival begins on February 13, 2017.

The major attraction of the seven-day festival is the Kalamezhuthu Pattu. In the ritual images of Mother Goddess are drawn on floor using natural colors.

Traditional Kerala art forms like Kathakali and Chakiarkoothu are staged during the festival days.

At night, the folk art form Tholpavakoothu (shadow puppetry) is performed. 
A procession of around 21 elephants is taken out on the final day of the Pooram and it is also marked by the display of folk arts like Kaalavela (bull effigy spectacle) and Kuthira Vela (horse effigy spectacle) and others like Poothanum Thirayum.

Kaliadeh Palace in Ujjain – Sun Temple in Ujjain

Kaliadeh Palace is located on an island in Shipra River in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh. As per Skanda Purana, there was a temple dedicated to Surya, or Sun God, on the island. But it was destroyed by invaders who came from west. Kaliadeh Palace is situated around 8 km from Ujjain Railway Station.


Remains of the old temple are scattered on the island. The temple was later converted into a palace.
The central dome of the palace is a beautiful example of Persian architecture.

The palace was broken down during the 18th century by treasure hunters and thugs. It was restored by Madhav Rao Scindia in 1920.
Currently the Sun Temple is located at the center of the palace.

Real control over the mind comes with the realization that everything is Vasudeva – Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswati Mahaswamiji

A fasting man or a man suffering from fever is not attracted by sweet music of delicious food. His mind is not tempted. This does not mean that these desires have completely disappeared from his mind. When the fast is broken or when the fever subsides, the mind is again tempted by these attractions. This shows that the desires remain latent like embers under ashes.

It follows that by merely fasting or observing other forms of penance, one cannot master the sense organs and control the mind. It may appear as if these had been mastered; but at the first trial of strength, the mind will succumb to temptations.

Therefore, it is that Bhagavan has emphasized more than once in the Bhagavad Gita that anyone desiring to acquire true knowledge and understand the Swaroopa of the Paramatma must surrender himself to Him.

Fasting and other forms of discipline create a proper atmosphere for self-control; but complete self-control can be acquired only through grace of God.
Real control over the …

Fiji Hindu Calendar 2017 in pdf – Based on Time in Fiji Hindu Panchang 2017

Fiji Hindu Calendar 2017 in pdf is presented by mypanchang. It contains all the important festivals, auspicious time etc as per Hindu Panchang 2017. The calendar is based on time in Fiji. It must be noted that the vrat, festival dates in India and Fiji might be different many times. So if you are residing in Fiji and are keen to follow the local time then the calendar will be of great help. Please note that the calendar is purnimat – that is a Hindu month in this calendar starts after Purnima. This calendar is followed in North India.

But the festival and vrat dates are applicable in all regions.
Link – Fiji Hindu Calendar 2017 in pdf

Oriya Calendar 2017 in PDF format – Download Odiya Panji - Orissa Calendar 2017

This Oriya Calendar 2017 is provided by Kohinoor press and is published by the website nuaodisha. You can download the Odiya Panji for free. The calendar contains important festivals in Orissa and uses Oriya script for numbers. The months and weeks are also written in Odia or Oriya language. The calendar of 2017 is in jpeg format but you can convert it into pdf format.
You can visit the nuaodisha website and download it here – Oriya Calendar 2017

Story of Bhanumati and Sahadeva in the Mahabharata

Story of Bhanumati and Sahadeva is found in the Vishnu Parva of Harivamsa, Mahabharata. She was the daughter of Bhanu, a leader of the Yadavas. Once, Yadavas went to attend the wine festival at Pindaraka. During the festival, a demon named Nikumbha carried away Bhanumati.

Bhanumati was once cursed by Sage Durvasa. She had disrespected the sage and it invited the wrath of the short-tempered Durvasa Rishi. He cursed her that she will be kidnapped by a demon.

When Bhanumati asked for forgiveness, Durvasa consoled her by assuring her that she will be rescued and married by Sahadeva, one of the Pandavas.
True to this, Bhanumati was rescued by Sahadeva. He later married her at the presence of Sri Krishna and Sage Narada.

Othera Padayani – Othera Puthukulangara Devi Temple Patayani Festival

The ten-day long Patayani festival observed in Othera Puthukulangara Devi Temple attracts thousands of Padayani enthusiasts. The festival is organized annually from the Thiruvathira Nakshatra in Kumbham month to Thiruvathira in Meena month. Puthukulangara Devi Temple Patayani Festival 2017 date is March 7 to April 3.

The patayani performed for the first 18 days are known as Choottu Padayani.

The main attraction during the Padayani is the Chattathekkolam. 1001 areca nut leaves are used in this Kolam and it is carried around the temple.

Padayani, also referred as Padeni, is performed in honor of Goddess Bhadrakali in important Devi Temples in Central Kerala.
Othera Puthukulangara Devi Temple is located around 5 km from Chengannur.

Nartana Seva in the worship of Vishnu

Nartana Seva is an important part of worship of Vishnu for some Vaishnava sects. In the Nartana Seva, all members form a circle and dance. It is performed during pujas and at the end of Jagarana during Ekadasi fasting.

While dancing devotees carry a plate of tulsi leaves which was earlier offered to the Lord. In some places, people dance with a pot of Tulsi plant.
The dancing with Tuli leaves or plant is known as Harivanaseva.

Swami Premeshananda – Words of Wisdom

Whatever I think, the same thought arises in my intellect and directs the mind in that direction. For great many eons, we have directed our intellect towards eating, sleeping, etc. So it has become habituated to go that way. If for several years we turn it again towards what is good, it would run towards that. It is itself insentient. It would go as it is directed.

One can dominate over body and mind if one wills so. If the mind has to be saved from lust and anger, then one must take refuge in God.
Rice is boiling in a pot. From above we see the rice is hot. This is because fire has heating power. Here the heating power of fire is ‘chit’ and the hotness of the rice is ‘chetana’.
Swami Premeshananda 

Kameshwar Mahadev in Ujjain – Story of Mann Kamneshwar Form of Shiva – 13th Shiva Temple in Ujjain

Kameshwar Mahadev, or Mann Kamneshwar, is worshiped in Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the 84 forms of Shiva worshiped in Ujjain. Those offering prayers to Man Kamneshwar will be blessed with prosperity.
The temple dedicated to Kameshwar Mahadev is located at Gandhavati ghat on the bank of Shipra River in Ujjain.
This form of Shiva is associated with God Kamdev.
Kameshwar Mahadev is counted among the 84 Shiva Temples in Ujjain and it is the 13th temple visited during the parikarama of Shivalayas here.
Story of Kameshwar Mahadev form of Shiva in Ujjain After the death of Sati at Daksha Yajna, Lord Shiva entered into deep and intense meditation in the Himalayas. He was no longer interested in the world.
Demons took advantage of the situation and got the boon that only a son of Shiva would annihilate them.
Devas were in deep trouble because of this. Devas and saints took refuge at the feet of Brahma who told that the only solution for this problem was to bring back Lord Shiva to t…

Gajalakshmi Lamp Stamp by India Post

India Post, the official postal agency of India, has released a stamp on the world famous Gajalakshmi Lamp. The beautiful stamp was released in 2016 as part of Indian Metal Crafts series. The stamp is in the denomination of Rupees 25 and is available in all GPOs.


Gajalakshmi Lamp with two parrots on the rim of a bowl is an important puja item in homes and temples. On the lamp, there are two women attendants on each side of the seated goddess, as well as two elephants with their front legs on her lotus pedestal. There is a flame arch above the goddess. It is a hanging lamp.

Knowing how to think is more important than knowing what to think – Swami Tejomayananda

A narrow vision is divisive. A broad vision is expansive. But the supreme vision is all-inclusive.

Life is a series of experiences and at every moment we are required to make a choice. Most of us are not always certain which is the right action to take and therefore there is a conflict.

Sometimes we decide on an action, but when it comes time to carry it out, we begin to doubt. This inner conflict of how to make the right choice in every situation is common to all. An in order to resolve it, we need to be able to think clearly. For those who have clarity of thought life is simple and uncomplicated. Thus the most important thing is to learn the art of right thinking.
Knowing how to think is more important than knowing what to think.
– Swami Tejomayananda

Kanya Sankranti

Kanya Sankranti marks the beginning of the Sun’s transition from Kanya to Tula (Virgo to Sagittarius). There are 12 Sankranthis in a Hindu Solar Calendar and Simha Sankranti is the fifth in one cycle. It is an auspicious day for many communities in Orissa and South India. In 2019, the date of Simha Sankranti is September 17. Time is at 3:43 AM on September 18.
‘San’ means plenty and good and ‘Kranti’ means radical change and Sankranthi means plenty of good change.

Deal with rejection with a positive frame of mind

Rejection in relationship, rejected in interview, rejected by loved ones…so what? I am not the only one who has faced such a situation in life. Deal with rejection with a positive frame of mind.

First and foremost we should not allow rejection to overhaul us especially our future.

Rejection is a temporary phase of life. It will soon pass. Learn from it and move ahead in life.

Quite often rejection is a wakeup call. It can help us in making an honest evaluation of ourselves.

Change your focus – learn something new, go on a journey – this will help in forgetting the rejection.
Meditation is a good method to overcome the stress and tension created by rejection.

Abhilash
www.hindu-blog.com

Avoid making mountains of out of a molehill

Making mistakes is not a sin but not learning from the mistake is surely a sin.

Analyze criticism. If the intention was only to hurt, ignore it. However, if the criticism was constructive, then welcome it wholeheartedly.

Life does not end with a failure. Single pointed focus and hard work will eventually bring you success.

Avoid making mountains of out of a molehill.

Keep occupied always. Fear of failure sets in when our mind revolves around the same problem. Discussing problems with near and dear ones can help in alienating negative thoughts. It can also usher in new developments.

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Abhilash

Malayalam Calendar 2017 – Download Kerala Calendar 2017 in PDF format for free

Malayalam Calendar 2017 in pdf for download is provided by the Deepika Newspaper, Janmabhumi and Kerala Kaumudi in Kerala. Mathurbhumi used to provide calendar for free but they have stopped it. Malayala Manorama too does not provide the 2017 calendar online for free. The 2017 Malayalam calendar contains important festivals in Kerala and uses Malayalam language to mention Nakshatram and festival details.

You can visit the newspaper website and download it here - pdf calendar Deepika 2017.

You can download Kerala Kaumudi Calendar 2017 in PDF formatfor here at the website of the newspaper.
You can download Janmabhumi Calendar 2017 in PDFformat for here at the website of the newspaper.

Janai Malai Devi – Information about Mother Goddess Janai Malai Devi

Janai Malai Devi is a form of Mother Goddess Shakti worshipped in Goa and Maharashtra especially in Satara District. 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.

Janai Malai 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.

Kandariya Mahadeva Temple in Madhya Pradesh – Khajuraho Kandariya Mahadev

Kandariya Mahadeva Temple is the largest and loftiest temples among the shrines at Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh. This Shiva temple, built during the 10th century, measures 30.5 meters in length and 20 meters in width excluding the platform.

Facing the east, the temple consists of porch, hall, large hall, oriel windows, vestibule and sanctum enclosed by ambulatory.

The shrine is famous for its sculptures they depict an animated array of gods and goddesses, couples, heavenly damsels, mythical animals and serpents. The lofty base of the temple has numerous and elegantly ornamented moldings, which include two rows of processional friezes teeming with elephants and horses, warriors and hunters, acrobats and musicians, dancers and devotees and erotic sculptures.

Great ideas are conceived only by alert minds – Swami Chinmayananda

Daily prayer and meditation are all wonderful therapeutic agencies in building up peace and happiness within an individual.
A mind held at concentration brings into view the deeper thoughts that were till then hidden from it due to its own fluctuations.
The joyous expansion of mind experienced in prayer, and the hushed silence and restful inner dynamism experienced in meditation are the sculptors that fashion our character and conduct.
Great ideas are conceived only by alert minds held steady in meditative pose, in unbroken concentration and dynamic vigil. – Swami Chinmayananda

Story of King Janashruti and Cart Puller Raikva in the Chandogya Upanishad

Story of King Janashruti and cart puller Raikva is found in fourth chapter of Chandogya Upanishad. King Janashruti had attained luminous spiritual power by offering food to people. He built dharmasalas and eateries in all villages and towns in his country to ensure that no one slept without food.

One day the king was resting on the terrace of his palace. Two swans happened to be flying over the palace. One swan warned the other swan not to go near the king and disturb him, as his spiritual power will destroy it.

The other swan retorted by saying that the king is not as great as you think as there is a cart puller named Raikva in whom all virtue and wisdom resided. He is the greatest.

King Janashruti overheard the conversation and was curious to meet cart puller Raikva. After long search, the king was able to locate Raikva. The king made several offers to entice Raikva to make him his disciple. But the king was unsuccessful. The king then threatened the cart puller but it also had no …

Dwipushkar Yoga December 2017

Dwipushkar Yoga is a good muhurat as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India. There is no Dwipushkar Yog December 2017. Detail time is given below. The day is ideal for buying car, signing paper for new home etc as it is believed investments made during the period doubles. Dwipushkar Yoga happens when there is a rare combination of lunar day (tithi), day and Nakshatra or birth star.

Dwipushkar Yog December 2017
There is no Dwipushkar Yog in December 2017

Five Situations That Arise In the Wake of Obstacles on the Path of Yoga

Five situations that arise in the wake of the obstacles on the path of Yoga are mentioned by Sage Patanjali in the Yogasutra. They are: PainMental dejection due to frustration and of desireTrembling of the bodyForcible inspirationsForcible expirations. To overcome all these five situations, Sage Patanjali has recommended the practice of pinpointedness.

Story of Badrinath and Goddess Lakshmi

Badrinath is one among the several names of Lord Vishnu and it is associated with the Badari Tree (Ber, Jujube, Indian plum). The story as to how Vishnu got the name Badrinath is associated with Goddess Lakshmi. At Badrinath Temple in Uttarakhand, Bhagvan Srihari Vishnu is doing penance. It is said that once Sage Narada rebuked Vishnu for indulging in world pleasures. The Lord then decided to do penance at Badrinath. Thus at BadrinathTemple, Bhagvan Vishnu is worshiped in the meditation posture.

On seeing Vishnu doing penance in open harsh conditions in the Himalayas, Goddess Lakshmi took the form of a Badari Tree and gave protection from the adverse weather.

After this divine incident, the place got the name Badrinath and Vishnu the name Badari Narayan.
The murti of Vishnu worshipped is carved out of Shaligramam stone. Badari Narayan is seen under the Badari tree, flanked by Kuber and Garuda, Sage Narada, Narayan and Nar.

Poush Month 2019 – 2020 in North Indian Hindu Calendar – Paush Mahina 2020

Poush Mahina is the tenth month in a traditional Hindi calendar followed in North India. Paush Month 2019 - 2020 begins on December 12, 2019 and ends on January 10, 2020. This calendar is followed mainly in Uttar Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Jharkhand, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Haryana, Bihar, Orissa, Chhattisgarh and other North Indian states. A month in these regions is calculated from the day after Purnima or full moon to the next Purnima. The current year in the Hindi Calendar is Saka 2076.

Note - It must be noted that Poush month in calendars followed in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Karnataka begins on December 27, 2019 and ends on January 24, 2020.
Chaturthi Vrat or Sankashti Ganesh Chaturthi in Poush Month 2019 is on December 15, Sunday. The Chandrodaya or Moonrise time as per North Indian calendars is 8:18 PM.

Poush Month 2019 - 2020 Krishna and Shukla Paksha
Poush Month Krishna Paksha (waning phase of moon) is f…