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Shri Symbol in Hinduism - Meaning of Sri

Shri is the sacred sound of cosmic auspiciousness and abundance in Hindu religion. Written as Sri or Shree or Sree or Shri, it stands for abundance, auspiciousness, affluence, grace, wealth, light, luster, splendor, beauty, loveliness and authority. The symbol has been used since Vedic times. Holiness is attached to the word when written or spoken. It is also added before a name to show respect.
After the symbol ‘Aum’ (ॐ) and Swastika, Shri is the most popular symbol used in Hinduism. Sri is also the sacred symbol of Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth and prosperity. The symbol is therefore written atop of ledgers and documents.
If 'OM' is spiritual, Shri is both spiritual and materialistic.
Sri is used to address gods in Hindu pantheon, elders, teachers, holy men and any individual. When addressing individuals, ‘Shriman’ is used to address male members and Shrimati is used address female members in a society. In South India, mainly Shri is used to address both male and fema…

Four Goals in life in Hinduism – Dharma – Artha – Kama – Moksha

According to Hindu religion, man has four goals in life. Various Hindu scriptures define the four goals as Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha. The four goals can be achieved only through Atma Jana (Self realization). Hindus believe that equal importance has to be given to the four goals.
Dharma is bit tricky to define as there is no exact English definition to it. It can be loosely termed as a righteous way of living or social obligations. Perhaps the best definition of Dharma was given by Swami Chinmayananda – a ‘the Law of Being’ meaning, ‘that which makes a thing or being what it is.’
Artha can be defined as economic, social and political achievements – making of money or generating wealth.
Kama can be defined as pleasurable pursuits including sexual and other enjoyments which are momentary. Fulfillment of desires.
Moksha is spiritual liberation. Brahman realization.
For a balanced human life one has to give importance to the four goals. Giving too much importance to one particular goa…

Bhagavad Gita in Bengali in pdf - Download for Free

Srimad Bhagavad Gita in Bengali in PDF format for free is provided by Swami Shri Adgadanad Ji’s of Yatharth Geeta. This downloadable Bengali Bhagwad Geeta is strictly for personal use. You can only download the eighteen chapters in Bangala separately and not as a single book.

The Bhagavad Gita is in PDF format and you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer.

You can download the Bhagawad Gita in Bangala from this link – Bengali Bhagavad Gita.

If the above file is not working then you can use this direct Google drive link to download the Gita in Bengali.

True prayer is a communion with the Supreme Truth

True prayer is a communion with the Supreme Truth. Asking something to God is not prayer, it is an extension of our ignorance.

Prayer has nothing to do with words or mantras or chants. The best prayer is the silent prayer. Lucky are those who during the silent prayer merge in the Supreme Truth. It might be for a few seconds but that small experience is unexplainable. It puts us on the path of self realization.

We shed duality in prayer and merge in the Supreme Truth. It is like dew drop merging in the vast ocean. All our worries and pain disappear.
Prayer is not something that you do in a fixed time. We can pray anytime. Even while working we can pray. Pray is constantly remaining in awareness that we are not individual rain drops but part of the great ocean.

Abhilash
www.hindu-blog.com

Konchiravila Devi Temple Festival

Konchiravila Devi Temple is located at Konchiravila in Thiruvananthapuram District. The shrine is located around 1 km from Attukal Temple. The utsavam or annual festival is observed in Malayalam Kumbham month. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy. Konchiravila Devi Temple Festival 2016 beginning date is March 3.

The highlight of the festival is caparisoned elephants, melam and fireworks.

Several unique rituals and pujas are performed during the festival period.

Traditional performing arts, music, songs and other cultural activities are held during the period.
The festival ends with arattu on the final day.

Peringottukara Somasekhara Temple Annual Festival

Peringottukara Somasekhara Temple is located in Thrissur District and is around 5 km from Triprayar. The annual festival in the shrine is observed in Malayalam Kumbham month. The weeklong festival attracts scores of devotees. Peringottukara Somasekhara Temple Annual Festival 2017 date is February 17.

During the festival period, the temple is traditionally decorated with plantain, coconut leaves, flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights.

Melam, caparisoned elephants, fireworks are part of the festivities. Traditional performing arts, music and dance are staged during the period.

Various unique offerings are made at the shrine during the period. As it is a Bhagavathy Temple, the rituals observed here are distinctive.
The festival ends with Arattu. The utsava murti of the deity is taken out of the shrine for ritual bathing on the final day. Caparisoned elephants and melam are part of the ritual.

The festival is annually observed on Chothi Nakshatram in Kumbham Month as per traditio…

Pandalam Kurampala Puthenkavil Bhagavathy Temple Padayani festival and Adavi Ritual

Kurampala Puthenkavil Bhagavathy Temple is located at Pandalam in Kerala. The 13-day annual Padayani festival is observed in Malayalam Kumbham month. Chooral Adavi ritual is held on the 9th day of the festival. In 2016, Adavi ritual will be held on February 26.

Chooral Adavi symbolically represents Narabali ritual or human sacrifice.

In the ritual, devotees roll on the ground in front of the temple with thorny canes wrapped around their bodies.
Naayattu Padyani, Kalam Kolam and Bhairavi Kolam are part of the padayani festival here.

Story of Lilasuka

Lilasuka also known as Bilvamangala or Vilvamangala is the author of Krishnakarnamrita, a popular poem on Sri Krishna. There is a popular romantic story associated with Lilasuka.

Lilasuka was in love with a beautiful courtesan named Chintamani. He was so infatuated with her that one day he crossed a flooded river on a stormy rainy night. He crossed the river on a corpse that was floating on the river. He mistook the corpse for a drifting piece of wood.

He then climbed the walls of the house of Chintamani by means of a snake, which he mistook for a creeper.

Lilasuka was brought to his senses by Chintamani, who said that such mad devotion was worthy of a higher object.
He then took the life of an ascetic and completed the Krishnakarnamrita.

Aruvippuram Shiva Temple Festival

Aruvippuram Shiva Temple is located at Aruvippuram in Trivandrum District in Kerala. The annual festival in the temple is observed in Malayalam Kumbham month. The shrine is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Aruvippuram Shiva Temple festival 2016 beginning date is February 27. Arattu is observed on March 7, 2016.

The highlight of the festival is caparisoned elephants, melam and fireworks.

Several unique rituals and pujas are performed during the festival period.

Traditional performing arts, music, songs and other cultural activities are held during the period.
The festival ends with arattu on the final day.

Benisagar in Jharkhand – Hindu Worship and Temples at Benisagar

Benisagar is located on the Orissa – Jharkhand border and is around 85 km from Chaibasa. It is an Archeological Survey of India notified site and excavation works are still going on. There is no proper temple structure. Hanuman, Mata Basuri (manifestation of Goddess Durga), Ganesh and Shivling are worshipped here.

Maa Basuri is depicted as killing Demon Mahishasura.

The most important festival observed here is Shivratri.

There is no prayer in the evening here.

Fruits and sweets like laddoo are offered as Bhoga here.

A huge shivling in rectangular yonipitha, murtis of Agni, Durga, Bhairava, Yamuna and Lakulisha have been found in the site.
It is now believed that from 5th century to 12th century the area was important center of Shiva worship. Tantric traditions flourished here.

Words of Wisdom – B K Shivani of Brahma Kumaris

What is beneficial for our soul will automatically be beneficial for society, for society is just the collective consciousness of all people put together. If all of us choose anger, then very soon our society will become a very violent society. Similarly, if we choose peace, soon, we will have a peaceful society.

When I see something wrong, I can either take right action or I can shout about it and do nothing or I can be angry and put it right as well. I always have three option to do something. Would you rather get angry, create turbulent energy and then sort things out? That would result in depleting my own energy, too. The best way would be to take proactive steps – I accept that something is wrong and take the responsibility to do something about it – and I do it. That would be a proactive contribution towards creating a transformation that will bring about a permanent change.
People around me may not always be doing the right thing, but it is up to me how I am going to face it.

Brahmaputra River in Hinduism

As per Hinduism, BrahmaputraRiver is a unique river as it is one of the rare holy rivers in India that is worshipped as a God and has a male name. Majority of the holy rivers in Hindu Religion are worshipped as Goddesses and has a female name like Ganga, Yamuna, Saraswati, Kaveri etc. 
Brahmaputra is called the son of Brahma and has its source near the LakeManasarovar in MountKailash. The legend associated with Brahmaputra is found in the Hindu Holy Scripture, Kalika Purana.
Legend has it that Brahmaputra was the result of Lord Brahma’s desire to give birth to a son who will help humanity. For this he chose Amogha a pious woman. After the child was born he was placed near KailashMountain. Suddenly the child transformed into a huge body of water for the benefit of humans, saints and Devas (Demi Gods). A river that started to flow from the large water body was named as Brahmaputra.

Krishna and Kaliya Naag – Story of Sri Krishna and Kaliya Mardan

Story of Krishna and Kaliya naag is one of the most popular incidents during Sri Krishna’s childhood. Kaliya was a five-headed snake who made Yamuna River his abode and poisoned its waters killing animals and other living beings. The story of Krishna defeating the serpent is known as Kaliya Mardan.


Kaliya and his attendants took refuge in a deep pool in Yamuna to escape from Garuda, who is the sworn enemy of Snakes.
Kaliya poisoned everything in the surrounding of Yamuna River. Vapours and bubbles in the river killed even birds that flew over the region.

Seeing the terrible situation, Sri Krishna dived into the toxic waters. He moved fast towards the deep pool and a battle ensued between serpent attendants of Kaliya. Sri Krishna easily overpowered them and then the real battle began between Krishna and five-headed Kaliya.

Krishna overpowered the powerful Kaliya and emerged from the river dancing atop the middle head of Kaliya. The dancing left the mark of Krishna’s feet on the head o…

What is Paksha in a Hindu Calendar?

A paksha is the moon’s fortnight – lunar fortnight. Two pakshas make a month – Shukla Paksha and Krishna Paksha. The fortnight during which the moon is waxing is called Shukla or Shuddha or the bright phase of moon. This begins with the end of Amavasya (No moon day) and lasts up to the end of Pournami (Purnima or full moon day).
The fortnight during which the moon is waning is called Krishna or Bahula. This lasts from the end of Poornima (full moon) to end of Amavasi (No moon).
Each chandramana maas or lunar month consists of both the pakshas (halves), Shukla paksha (Bright half) and Krishna Paksha (Dark half).
A month in the calendars followed in North India begins with the Krishna Paksha – after the full moon or Purnima.
A month in traditional calendars followed in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka begins with the Shukla Paksha – after Amavasi or no moon.

Book – Hinduism: Beyond Rituals, Customs and Traditions

Book titled ‘Hinduism: beyond rituals, customs and traditions’ is written by Promod Puri. As the title indicates, the book explores the world of Hindu rituals, customs and traditions. From the Press Release of the book 
 Why are there so many gods and goddesses in Hinduism? Why worship an idol? Is going to temple mandatory in the faith? What impact does the caste system have on Hindu society? Why do some rituals make perfect sense while others are so vague? What are the secular and diverse characters in Hinduism? What physics principles constitute the sound of Om? What is karma and its role in our day to day lives?  These and more subjects are eloquently dealt with in the just released book titled "Hinduism: beyond rituals, customs and traditions" by Vancouver-based writer Promod Puri.  The 130-page book on Hinduism written in a concise and clear manner is an easy reading of all aspects of Hinduism for every level of reader. Also, it is for those whose knowledge of the fait…

Be as you are – Ramana Maharishi

There is neither creation nor destruction, neither destiny nor free will, neither path or achievement. This is the final truth.

Be as you are.

Reality must be always real. It is not with forms and names. That which underlies these is the reality. It underlies limitations, being itself limitless. It is not bound. It underlies unrealities, itself being real. Reality is that which is. It is as it is. It transcends speech. It is beyond expressions ‘existence, non-existence’ etc.

You are awareness. Awareness is another name for you. Since you are awareness there is no need to attain or cultivate it. All that you have to do is to give up being aware of other things, that is of the not-Self. If one gives up being aware of them then pure awareness alone remains, and that is the Self. Ramana Maharishi

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Kiriti – Why Arjuna in the Mahabharat is also known as Kiriti?

Kiriti is one among the ten names of Arjuna in the Mahabharata. Arjuna narrates the meaning of his names to Uttara, son of Virata. Kaurava army had stolen the cows of Virata. To get them back, the son of Virata went to battlefield with Arjuna, who was disguised as Brihannada, as his charioteer.
On seeing the Kuru army, the prince is frightened and attempts to escape from the battleground. Brihannada stops him and reveals that he is Arjuna and he will fight against the Kauravas.
But the prince is not ready to believe Brihannada. He then wants to know the various names of Arjuna. To convince the frightened prince, Arjuna narrates all his ten names and how he got them.
Arjuna in the Mahabharat is known as Kiriti because he fiercely fought and defeated the Danavas. Impressed with his valor, Indra gave him a diadem, as radiant as the sun. He is known as Kiriti because he wears the ornamental jeweled headdress signifying sovereignty.
This incident is mentioned in the Go – Grahana Parva in …

About Mangal in Hinduism – Mangal or Mars

Mangal, or Mars, is the third among the nine plants in Hindu astrology and is depicted as having a red-complexioned body and four arms. Hindus believe that Mangal helps in solving financial problems and removes poverty. He is also believed to help in curing disease related to skin and eyes. 
He is also believed to help a devotee from the bad activities of enemies.
In Vedic astrology, Mangal is known as Angaraka or fire. Thus Mangal is adorned with red color clothes and is offered red flowers. Tuesday or Mangalwar is chosen to propitiate Mangal.
The vehicle or Vahana of Mangal is Bhed or Sheep. Of his four hands, two hands are in Abhaya Mudra and Var Mudra. Other two hands hold trishul (trident) and gada (Mace).
In a person’s horoscope, Mangal stays for seven years. He is also the lord of Mesha Rashi (Aries) and Vrischika Rashi (Scorpio).

Kapileshwar Jiu Temple at Kokpara in Jharkhand

Kapileshwar Jiu Temple, believed to be more than 2400 years old, is located on National Highway 33 at Kokpara in Jharkhand. The temple is of great importance from historical and religious point of view.

The present temple structure built in 1955 is a simple one. The original temple, which is located below the present shrine, was of 20feet width and was destroyed by Kala Pahad.

Legend has it that cows used to shed all their milk at a particular spot in the region. When the place was dug up the Shivling was revealed.

The Shivling that is worshipped in the temple is 3 feet by 3.5 feet. A nandi faces the Shivling. There is a six feet high murti of Goddess Durga in the shrine. Hanuman, Ganesha, Kartikeya, Lakshmi and Saraswati are visible on the side panels of the huge murti.

Shivratri is the most important festival here and Shravan month attracts thousands of devotees who arrive to offer water to the Shivling.

Mondays and Poda Ashtami are important dates here.
Hundreds of people partic…

Kangazha Mahadeva Temple Festival

Kangazha Mahadeva Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and it is located around 20 km from Changanassery in Kottayam District in Kerala. The annual festival or utsavam is observed in Malayalam Kumbham month. Kangazha Mahadeva Temple annual festival 2016 beginning date is March 3. The festival coincides with the Shivratri festival.

The temple is traditionally decorated with plantain, coconut leaves, flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights.

Melam, traditional Kerala temple music with five instruments, are performed as part of the festival. Traditional performing arts, music and dance are staged during the period. Another highlight is the colorful processions.

Various unique offerings are made at the shrine during the period.

The festival ends with Arattu. The utsava murti of the deity is taken out of the shrine for ritual bathing on the final day. Caparisoned elephants and melam are part of the ritual.

Symbolism in the Murti or idol of Goddess Ganga – Significance of Iconographic representation of Goddess Ganga

Iconographic representations of Goddess Ganga vary from region to region. Local traditions depict Murti, or idol, of Goddess Ganga based on their local beliefs. In Hindu Temples, river Goddess Ganga is depicted as a young maiden. She holds an overflowing pot of water. She travels on an aquatic animal known as Makara – similar to crocodile. Symbolically, this murti conveys the idea of abundance and fertility, which nourishes the living beings.
In some images Goddess Ganga is also represented as a mermaid wearing a crown and bearing on her forhead markings of sacred ash. In this form She is associated with Shiva.


In some images she is depicted as a beautiful woman with the lower half of the body being flowing water. This symbolizes her cleansing and purifying attributes.
Her popular emblems are water pot, flying whist and lotus.
Her Vahana or Vehicle is Makara – a hybrid aquatic animal – it has the body of a crocodile, tail of a fish with feathery fronds, depicting vegetation. Sometime…

Kaushika Purana – Information about Kaushik Puranam

Kaushika Purana is a minor Purana or Upapurana. Kaushik Puranam is not mentioned in any of the Mahapuranas. The reference of the text is found in the Dharmashastras.

Kaushika Purana is named after Kaushika – Sage Vishwamitra. The name Kaushika as Sage Vishwamitra was the descendant of Kusha.

The legends and stories of Chandal devotees are narrated in this Purana through the dialogues between Bhumi and Varaha.

The text is not currently available in printed form and even the manuscripts are not traceable.
As per New Catalogus Catalogrum of Madras University, a Telugu version of the purana was published in 1904 in Chennai.

Uthralikavu Pooram 2019 date – Sri Ruthira Mahakalikavu Temple Pooram Festival

Uthralikavu Pooram is the annual festival observed in Sri Ruthira Mahakalikavu Temple in Thrissur District in Kerala. The famous pooram festival in the shrine is observed in Kumbham month. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Kali. Uthralikavu Pooram 2019 date is February 18. The temple is located at Paruthipra near Vadakkancherry.

The highlight of the festival is caparisoned elephants, melam and fireworks.

Several unique rituals and pujas are performed during the festival period.

Traditional performing arts, music, songs and other cultural activities are held during the period.
The festival ends with arattu on the final day.

The festival is observed on Pooyam Nakshatram day in Makaram month.

Story of Chandesa – an ardent devotee of Shiva who became a Gana

Story of Chandesa, an ardent devotee of Shiva, who became a Gana is a popular legend from South India. Shiva blessing Chandesa is popular sculpture at the Gangaikonda Cholapuram temple in Tamil Nadu.
Young Vicharasarman lived with his father, Yajnadatta, and mother, Kasyapagotra, in SeynalurVillage on the banks of ManniRiver in Chola country. One day Young Vicharasarman witnessed a cowherd brutally beating a cow. Incensed at the behavior, the young boy took upon himself the duty of tending the cows of the village.
From that day the cows became happy and began to yield more milk than before. Vicharasarman seeing that the extra milk was wasted collected it and offered it to Shivling made of sand.
The cowherd who had lost his job due to Young Vicharasarman complained about him wasting milk on sand mounds to villagers.
At first the villagers did not bother about the complaint as they were receiving their regular quota of milk from their cows.
One day Yajnadatta decided to investigate the…

Telangana Solar Eclipse Time on March 9, 2016 – Surya Grahan time in Hyderabad on March 9, 2016

The Solar Eclipse taking place in India on March 9, 2016 will be a partial eclipse in all places in Telangana. The Surya Grahan will be visible in Hyderabad, Secunderabad, Warangal, Nizamabad, Khammam and other towns from 5:07 AM to 6:50 AM on March 9, 2016 – as per Indian standard time.

The grahan takes place during the early morning hours.

Detail Timing of Partial Solar Eclipse in Telangana Eclipse begins 5:07 AM on March 9, 2016 early morning Mid Eclipse is at 6:40 AM Eclipse ends at 6:50 AM

Madhya Pradesh Solar Eclipse Time on March 9, 2016 – Surya Grahan time in Bhopal, Indore, Jabalpur, Ujjain, Gwalior on March 9, 2016

The Solar Eclipse taking place in India on March 9, 2016 will be a partial eclipse in all places in Madhya Pradesh. The Surya Grahan will be visible in Bhopal, Indore, Jabalpur, Ujjain, Gwalior and other towns from 5:07 AM to 6:50 AM on March 9, 2016 – as per Indian standard time. The grahan takes place during the early morning hours.

Detail Timing of Partial Solar Eclipse in Madhya Pradesh

Eclipse begins 5:07 AM on March 9, 2016 early morning Mid Eclipse is at 6:40 AM Eclipse ends at 6:50 AM

Chhattisgarh Solar Eclipse Time on March 9, 2016 – Surya Grahan time in Ranchi on March 9, 2016

The Solar Eclipse taking place in India on March 9, 2016 will be a partial eclipse in all places in Chhattisgarh. The Surya Grahan will be visible in Raipur, Bhilai, Raigarh and other towns from 5:07 AM to 6:50 AM on March 9, 2016 – as per Indian standard time.

The grahan takes place during the early morning hours.

Detail Timing of Partial Solar Eclipse in Chhattisgarh Eclipse begins 5:07 AM on March 9, 2016 early morning Mid Eclipse is at 6:40 AM Eclipse ends at 6:50 AM

Natural Holi Colors Using Temple Flowers by Avacayam – Society for Child Development

Avacayam collects used flowers from bulk users like temples and hotels and converts it to consumer products that are deeply embedded in our culture like Holi color, Rangoli, Agarbati while employing people with disability along the entire supply chain. Avacayam program is a skill development and income generating program for persons with disability and a movement of environment conservation. Our mission is to support people with disability improve their income.


For this to happen in a sustained manner and to slowly work towards ending this inequality Avacayam require your involvement and support. Each time you buy the products made by the 4869 persons with disability working in 6 states of India, you help in ending the grinding cycle of poverty.
Temple Flower Colors: Rs 60 per 100 grams.

Colors available: Red, Pink, Yellow, Orange, Green and Blue

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Shivam Manas Society for Child development, D-13, Kamla Nagar, Delhi-110007
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Sarangpur Hanuman Temple near Nizamabad in Telangana

Sarangpur Hanuman Temple is located near Nizamabad in Telangana. The shrine is dedicated to Hanuman, the greatest devotee of Bhagavan Sri Ram. Sarangpur Hanuman temple is around 8 km from Nizamabad.
Samarta Ramadas, Guru of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, laid the foundation stone of the shrine.



The Hanuman Temple is spread over a total of 1400 acres land and the temple is situated atop a rocky hill.
The murti of Hanuman is carved out of a large rock atop the hill. The shrine is built around the murti of Hanuman.

Adasa Temple – Adasa Ganapati Mandir near Nagpur

AdasaTemple is located at AdasaVillage, which is around 43 km northwest of Nagpur on Saoner- Kalmeshwar road in Maharashtra. The shrine is dedicated to Ganesha and is popularly known as Adasa Ganapati Mandir. It is one of the one of the eight Ashta-Vinayaks in Vidarbha.
The main murti of Ganesh worshipped in the temple is 12 feet tall and 7 feet wide. It is a swayambhu murti or one which appeared on its own.

The temple is spread over 10 hectares of land and there are nearly 20 temples in the AdasaTemple property.
The temple is located on an open ground with breath taking views.



Nearby atop a hill is a popular temple dedicated to Shiva – it has three swayambhu shivlings.

The temple attracts thousands of devotees during Ganesh Jayanti, Ganesh Chaturthi and Angarak Sankashti Chaturthi Vrat.

Special pujas and rituals are held in the temple. Adasa Ganapati is a wish fulfilling Ganesha.

Rajasthan Solar Eclipse Time on March 9, 2016 – Surya Grahan time in Jaipur – Jodhpur on March 9, 2016

The Solar Eclipse taking place in India on March 9, 2016 will be a partial eclipse in all places in Rajasthan. The Surya Grahan will be visible in Jaipur, Jodhpur, Ajmer, Jaisalmer, Sikar, Sirohi, Pali, Banswara, Baran, Barmer, Bikaner and other towns from 5:07 AM to 6:50 AM on March 9, 2016 – as per Indian standard time.

The grahan takes place during the early morning hours.

Detail Timing of Partial Solar Eclipse in Rajasthan Eclipse begins 5:07 AM on March 9, 2016 early morning Mid Eclipse is at 6:40 AM Eclipse ends at 6:50 AM

Uttar Pradesh Solar Eclipse Time on March 9, 2016 – Surya Grahan time Grahan time in Lucknow - Allahabad on March 9, 2016

The Solar Eclipse taking place in India on March 9, 2016 will be a partial eclipse in all places in Uttar Pradesh. The Surya Grahan will be visible in Lucknow, Varanasi, Kanpur, Noida, Allahabadand other towns from 5:07 AM to 6:50 AM on March 9, 2016 – as per Indian standard time.

The grahan takes place during the early morning hours.

Detail Timing of Partial Solar Eclipse in Uttar Pradesh

Eclipse begins 5:07 AM on March 9, 2016 early morning Mid Eclipse is at 6:40 AM Eclipse ends at 6:50 AM

Significance of Thaipusam

Thaipusam, like most Hindu festivals, celebrates the victory of good over evil. It is believed that Goddess Parvati gave the ‘Vel’ (lance) to Lord Muruga on the Thaipusam day to vanquish the Asura (demon) army. Thaipusam is observed on the Pusam star in the Tamil month of ‘Thai’ (January – February).

Lord Muruga, son of Lord Shiva and Parvati, is also known as Skanda and Subrahamaniyan. He defeated Tarakasuran and other demons using the ‘vel.’ This is why most images of Lord Muruga have him carrying the powerful ‘vel.’
Thaipusam is mainly celebrated in the Tamil speaking world. In India, it is celebrated in the Southern State of Tamil Nadu and in parts of Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. Thaipusam celebration at the BatuCaves in Malaysia has become world famous. It is also celebrated with much fervor in Singapore.
Devotees carry Kavadi to Murugan temples on this day. Nowadays, Thaipusam celebrations garner international attraction for the body piercing with vel (lance) by devot…

Aluva Shiva Temple – Aluva Manappuram Shiva Temple in Kerala

A unique shrine located on the banks of Periyar River in Kerala, Aluva Shiva Temple is one of the 108 Shiva Temples in Kerala. The Swayambu Shivling worshipped here is not enshrined in a sanctum sanctorum. There is only a temporary structure. Aluva Manappuram Shiva Temple is located around 18 from Ernakulam North Railway Station.


It is believed that there used to be a temple located here which was built by Lord Parashuram. This shrine was destroyed by a flood. Later Vilwamangalam Swamiyar built a temple which was also destroyed by a flood. After this, it was decided that it is divine wish that there should be no shrine built here.
In certain years, the entire temporary shrine gets submerged in water. This is known as natural Arattu – bathing of the deity.


The naturally formed Shivling worshipped here is small and faces east. There is also a murti of Nandi in front of the Shrine.

The main festival observed in the shrine is the Aluva Sivarathri.
It is considered highly meritorious to …

Old Grudges Spoil the Present

Present is what matters. The old baggage of past we carry is a burden and it stinks and pollutes our present.

Flowers evolve into tasty fruits. People who have done bad to us in the past might have changed now. Avoid typecasting. People change with time.

The habit of keeping old grudges in mind affects our mental and physical health. We also knowingly or unknowingly pass it to our children and next generation in the family.
When we constantly discuss our bad past and bitterness, children get influenced by them and ignore the present. Such children keep grudges in mind and get alienated.

Bihar Solar Eclipse Time on March 9, 2016 – Surya Grahan time in Patna on March 9, 2016

The Solar Eclipse taking place in India on March 9, 2016 will be a partial eclipse in all places in Bihar. The Surya Grahan will be visible in Patna, Gaya, Bhagalpur, Muzaffarpur, Purnia, Darbhanga and other towns from 5:07 AM to 6:50 AM on March 9, 2016 – as per Indian standard time.

The grahan takes place during the early morning hours.

Detail Timing of Partial Solar Eclipse in Bihar Eclipse begins 5:07 AM on March 9, 2016 early morning Mid Eclipse is at 6:40 AM Eclipse ends at 6:50 AM

Four Types of Diamonds in Hinduism and their Benefits

In Hindu religion, diamonds are classified in four types. As per Hinduism each type of diamond is unique and they have different benefits.
First type is known as Colorless diamond – it gave power, friends, riches and good luck.
The second type is known as Brown or Champagne diamond – it prevented old age.
The third type is known as Kodali flower diamond – it brought success.


The fourth type is known as the diamond with the sheen of a polished blade – it brought all types of good fortune.
Red and yellow diamonds did not fall into the above category and were known as royal gems.

Ravivar Vrat: Sunday Fasting Dedicated to Hindu God Surya

Ravivar, or Sunday, is dedicated to Lord Surya or Suryanarayana. Upvaas or fasting on the day is dedicated to the Sun God. Red is the color of the day. The vrat is observed for overcoming troubles related to skin. It is also observed for getting blessings in new ventures.

Those people who undertake fast on the day only eat food once that too before sunset. Salt, oil and fried food items are avoided.
Red color flowers are offered while praying. Red color sandalwood paste is applied as tilak on forehead.
Extra care is given on cleanliness of the body and surrounding.
It is believed that Ravivar Vrat will help in fulfilling desires. People with skin diseases observe the Vrat to get relief.
Many devotees also give alms on the day.
Related Hindu Fasts on Each day of a Week How to observe Ravivar Vrat?

Jharkhand Solar Eclipse Time on March 9, 2016 – Surya Grahan time in Ranchi on March 9, 2016

The Solar Eclipse taking place in India on March 9, 2016 will be a partial eclipse in all places in Jharkhand. The Surya Grahan will be visible in Ranchi, Jamshedpur, Dhanbad, Bokar, Deoghar, Giridih and other towns from 5:07 AM to 6:50 AM on March 9, 2016 – as per Indian standard time. The grahan takes place during the early morning hours.

Detail Timing of Partial Solar Eclipse in Jharkhand

Eclipse begins 5:07 AM on March 9, 2016 early morning Mid Eclipse is at 6:40 AM Eclipse ends at 6:50 AM

Batu Caves Thaipusam in 2017 in Malaysia - Thai Pusam in Malaysia in 2017

BatuCaves is one of the holiest places associated with Hindus in Malaysia. The biggest of the caves here houses a temple dedicated to Lord Muruga or Karthikeya or Subrahmaniya, the general of the Devas and the eldest son of Lord Shiva. Thaipusam 2017 date at BatuCaves is 2017 date is February 9, Thursday. The most important festival at BatuCaves is the Thaipusam festival in January which attracts nearly a million visitors from Malaysia, India, Singapore and other parts of the world.
One of the Sanskrit words for cave is ‘guha’ and one of the names of Lord Muruga is also Guha since he likes to live in caves. As one approach the foot of the cave one can see a towering statue of Lord Muruga holding a ‘Vel.’ There are numerous small shrines at the foot of the hill. One has to climb 272 steps to reach the Lord Muruga shrine in the cave. BatuCaves is around 15 km north of Kuala Lumpur.
The cave is dominated by stalactites and stalagmites and water drips from the roof. ThereSubrahmanya S…

Kashipuradishwari form of Goddess Parvati

In Kashipuradishwari form, Goddess Parvati rules the city of Kashi or Varanasi or Benaras along with her husband Shiva. Kashipuradishwari means the Queen of Kashi.
Goddess Parvati is worshipped in Kashi as Goddess Annapurna. She is the giver of food. She nourishes all living beings. Even Shiva stands before her with a bowl asking for food.
The name Kashipuradishwari is mentioned in the Sri Sri Annapurna Stotram.

Death Anniversary of Mannam – Mannathu Padmanabhan

Mannathu Padmanabhan (January 2, 1878 - February 25, 1970) was a freedom fighter, social reformer and founder of NSS (Nair Services Society). Death Anniversary of Mannam is annually observed on February 25. In 2018, it is the 48th birth anniversary of Mannathu Padmanabha Pillai. To uplift the status of the Nair community in Kerala, he established Nair Service Society in 1914. He revived the Karayogams, village societies, which led to more unity among the Nair community.

He fought for social equality by opening his family temple to irrespective of caste. He fought against untouchablity by participating in the famous Vaikom Satyagraha and Guruvayur Temple entry.

He was one of the architects of the famous Vimochana Samaram, which led to the ouster of the first communist ministry in Kerala in 1959.
He helped in founding numerous colleges and schools across the state.

Parippally Kodimoottil Sri Bhadra Kali Temple Annual Festival and Pongala

Kodimoottil Sri Bhadra Kali Temple is located at Parippally in Kollam District in Kerala. The annual festival or Utsavam in the temple is observed in Malayalam Kumbham month. The temple festival attracts hundreds of devotees. Parippally Kodimoottil Sri Bhadra Kali Temple Utsavam or Festival 2016 beginning date is February 26. Pongala is on February 26. The festival is famous for Paripally Gajamela (parading of nearly 50 elephants) it will be held on March 5, 2017.

Various unique offerings are made at the shrine during the period. Pongala ritual comprises of preparing ‘prasad’ for the deity outside the shrine. Women cook rice and jaggery in earthen pots and they offer it to the Goddess. They also cook different type of sweet dishes with rice powder and jaggery. Coconut tree fronds are used to cook the ‘prasad.’

The temple is traditionally decorated with plantain, coconut leaves, flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights for the occasion.

Traditional performing arts, music and danc…

Sankalp Siddhi Ganesh Pran Prathishta Mahotsava at Goregaon Mumbai

Sankalp Siddhi Ganesh Pran Prathishta Mahotsava is observed in Magh month. The festival is observed at Sankalp Siddhivinayak Ganesh Mandir at Goregaon Mumbai. The festival attracts scores of devotees. Sankalp Siddhi Ganesh Pran Prathishta Mahotsava 2019 date is February 23.

The festival is sort of idol installation anniversary.

The temple is decorated with lights, lamps, flowers and leaves.

Special pujas and rituals are held on the day.
Sankalp Siddhi Ganesh Pran Prathishta Mahotsava is held on Magh Krishna Paksha Chaturthi tithi or the fourth day during the waning phase of moon in Magh month.

Veer Savarkar Punyadin – Death Anniversary of Veer Savarkar

Vinayak Damodar Savarkar (1883-1966) is an inspirational force for millions of Indians. He was luminous visionary, a supreme patriot and a great social reformer. His punyadin or death anniversary is observed on February 26. In 2019, it is the 53rd death anniversary of Veer Savarkar.

Veer Savarkar was born on May 28, 1883, in the village of Bhagpur near Nasik. At a very early age he lost both his parents. Ganesh (Babarao), his elder brother, was a strong source of influence in his life.

He formed a couple of organizations to fight against the British. He was arrested for fighting against the British Government India and also for his books especially “The Indian War of Independence 1857.”

Veer Savarkar was sentenced to jail in the Andamans. He was later transferred to Ratnagiri jail. The book ‘Hindutva’ was written in Ratnagiri jail.
In 1937 Savarkar was made the president of the Hindu Mahasabha.

He wrote 19 books on various topics mostly related to Indian Independence and on the unit…

Gujarat Solar Eclipse Time on March 9, 2016 – Surya Grahan time in Gujarat on March 9, 2016

The Solar Eclipse taking place in India on March 9, 2016 will be a partial eclipse in all places in Gujarat. The Surya Grahan will be visible in Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara, Rajkot, Gandhinagar and other towns in Gujarat – time is from 5:07 AM to 6:50 AM  on March 9, 2016 – as per Indian standard time.

The grahan takes place during the morning hours.

Detail Timing of Partial Solar Eclipse in Gujarat

Eclipse begins 5:07 AM on March 9, 2016 early morning Mid Eclipse is at 6:40 AM Eclipse ends at 6:50 AM

Punjab Solar Eclipse Time on March 9, 2016 – Surya Grahan time in Punjab on March 9, 2016

The Solar Eclipse taking place in India on March 9, 2016 will be a partial eclipse in all places in Punjab. The Surya Grahan will be visible in Amritsar, Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Patiala, Bathinda and other towns in Punjab – time is from 5:07 AM to 6:50 AM  on March 9, 2016 – as per Indian standard time.

The grahan takes place during the morning hours.

Detail Timing of Partial Solar Eclipse in Punjab

Eclipse begins 5:07 AM on March 9, 2016 early morning Mid Eclipse is at 6:40 AM Eclipse ends at 6:50 AM

Srivari Seva – A Volunteer Program at Tirumala Tirupati Balaji Temple

Srivari Seva is a highly successful volunteer program at Tirumala Tirupati Balaji Temple. In the volunteer program, pilgrims visiting Tirupati Temple get an opportunity to do service in the various departments of the temple to help in the smooth flow of pilgrims and their needs.

Nearly 500,000 devotees have participated in the Srivari Seva so far.

Participants can do the work of their choice.
They can help in manning the queue lines both inside and outside the temple.Help the staff in the kitchen and at the Nithya Annadanam complex.Assist staff at the free tonsuring area.Assist in stringing flowers required for the temple.They can also assist in the laddu selling counters.Devotees are also allowed to help in departments like vigilance, health, medical, bookstalls and garden.Some devotees also get opportunity to work at the Parakamani center where the hundi offerings are sorted. In return for their service, all Srivari volunteers get darshan of Venkateswara once a day.

Himachal Pradesh Solar Eclipse Time on March 9, 2016 – Surya Grahan time in Himachal Pradesh on March 9, 2016

The Solar Eclipse taking place in India on March 9, 2016 will be a partial eclipse in all places in Himachal Pradesh. The Surya Grahan will be visible in Shimla, Kangra, Chamba, Kullu, Manali and other towns in Himachal Pradesh - time is from 5:07 AM to 6:50 AM  on March 9, 2016 – as per Indian standard time.

The grahan takes place during the early morning hours.

Detail Timing of Partial Solar Eclipse in Himachal Pradesh

Eclipse begins 5:07 AM on March 9, 2016 early morning Mid Eclipse is at 6:40 AM Eclipse ends at 6:50 AM

Haryana Solar Eclipse Time on March 9, 2016 – Surya Grahan time in Haryana on March 9, 2016

The Solar Eclipse taking place in India on March 9, 2016 will be a partial eclipse in all places in Haryana. The Surya Grahan will be visible in Faridabad, Gurgaon, Panipat, Ambala, Rohtak, Hisar, Yamunanagar and other towns in Haryana - time is from 5:07 AM to 6:50 AM  on March 9, 2016 – as per Indian standard time.

The grahan takes place during the early morning hours.

Detail Timing of Partial Solar Eclipse in Haryana

Eclipse begins 5:07 AM on March 9, 2016 early morning Mid Eclipse is at 6:40 AM Eclipse ends at 6:50 AM

Chandigarh Solar Eclipse Time on March 9, 2016 – Surya Grahan time in Chandigarh on March 9, 2016

The Solar Eclipse taking place in India on March 9, 2016 will be a partial eclipse in all places in Chandigarh. The Surya Grahan will be visible in Chandigarh - time is from 5:07 AM to 6:50 AM  on March 9, 2016 – as per Indian standard time.

The grahan takes place during the early morning hours.

Detail Timing of Partial Solar Eclipse in Chandigarh

Eclipse begins 5:07 AM on March 9, 2016 early morning Mid Eclipse is at 6:40 AM Eclipse ends at 6:50 AM

Story of Thaipusam - The Different Stories in Hinduism related to Thaipusam Festival

There are numerous stories associated with Thaipusam. But the most important story is that of Goddess Parvati presenting ‘Vel’ to muruga to eliminate demon Tharakasura. Vel behind celebrating Thaipusam Sages were fed up with the troubles created by demon Tarakasuran and his lieutenants. They complained to Shiva and he instructed Muruga to help them. Shiva gave him eleven weapons and Mother Parvati presented the most powerful ‘Vel.’ Muruga killed all the demons including Tharakasuran on Pusam star in the month of Thai with the Vel. Thaipusam is celebrated to commemorate this victory of good over evil.
Kavadi and Thaipusam Another legend about Thaipusam is associated with the Kavadi. It involves Muruga testing the determination of Idumban, the student of Sage Agasthya. Curse on Muruga and Thaipusam Another story revolves around Lord Muruga eavesdropping into the conversation between Lord Shiva and Parvati. Lord Shiva was rendering an important mantra to Parvati and Lord Muruga listened t…

Why Prayag is Holy in Hinduism – Spiritual and Religious Importance of Prayag or Allahabad

Prayag, or Allahabad, in Uttar Pradesh is one of the holiest places in Hinduism. Religious importance of Prayag stems from the fact that it is the confluence of Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswatri Rivers – Triveni Sangam. In Hindu religion, there  arenumerous other spiritual importance to the place.

Prayag means ‘place of sacrifice’. Legend has it that Brahma performed Ashwamedha Yajna here to celebrate the recovery of Vedas from Demon Hayagriva by Lord Vishnu.

Prayag is also said to be the navel of earth.

After the Samudra Manthan, or churning of ocean, when the Amrit, or elixir of life, was carried around the earth, few drops fell at Prayag and there for Kumbha Mela is organized here once in twelve years.

As per Hindu scriptures, Prayag will be the only place to survive after the Mahapralaya, the great deluge, which will end one cycle of creation.
Due to these and several other reasons, Prayag is known as Tirtha Raja or the King among Tirthas.

Ardh Kumbh Mela 2016 – Haridwar Kumbh Fair and Festival in 2016

Kumbh Mela is the sacred holy pilgrimage in Hinduism. Kumbh Mela takes place once in 12 years at four holy locations in India – Allahabad, Nasik, Ujjain and Haridwar. Ardh Kumbh Mela 2016 will be taking place at Haridwar in Uttarakhand. In 2016, Ardh Kumbh Mela began on January 15. The important bathing dates are spread over a period of four months. The last important bathing date is on April 22, 2016.

Ardh Kumbh Mela, or Half-Kumbh Mela, takes place in these four locations during the sixth year of the twelve-year cycle.

Important Bathing Dates during Haridwar Ardh Kumbh Mela 2016

January 15, 2016 – Makarsankranti February 8, 2016 – Mauni Amavasi – Surya Grahan Snan February 12 – Basant Panchami February 22 – Magh Purnima March 7 – Mahashivaratri Shahi Snan April 7 – Chaitra Amavasi – Shahi Snan April 8 – Navasamvatarambh Snan – Hindu New Year April 14, 2016 – Mesha Sankranti Shahi Snan Parv – most important April 15 – Ramnavami Snan April 22, 2016 – Chaitra Purnima Snan/ Vaishnav Akh…

Kera Mata Temple near Chakradharpur in Jhardhand – Kera Ma Mandir

Kera Mata Temple is located on the banks of Brahmini River in Kera Village and is around 10 km from Chakradharpur in Jharkhand. Believed to have been built around 300 years ago, the shrine is dedicated to Ma Bhagavati (Goddess Shakti) and was established by the King of Kera. She is also known as Sadarupani.

The black murti of Maa Kera is 7 inches in height and is made of Ashtadhatu. She wears a silver crown and has a chattri made of silver above her head.

There is nothing noteworthy about the architecture of the temple. A pillar in front of the shrine is noted for a four-headed lion.

Sculptures and painting adorn the walls of the shrine. They narrate the story of the various incarnation of Mother Goddess.
The most important fair and festival in the temple is organized during Chaitra Shukla Paksha (March/April. Other important festivals are Navratri and Durga Puja.

Quotes from Vishnu Purana on the Purity of River Ganga

The offenses of any man who bathes in Ganga River are immediately expiated and unprecedented virtue is engendered.

Its waters, offered by children to their ancestors in faith for three years, yield to the latter rarely attainable gratification.

People who offer sacrifice in Ganga to the Lord of Sacrifice, Purushottama, obtain whatever they desire, either here or in heaven.

Saints who are purified from all sins by bathing in its waters and whose minds are intent on Keshava, acquire thereby final liberation.

This sacred stream, heard of, desire, seen, touched, bathed in, or hymned, day by day, sanctifies all beings, and those who, even at a distance of a hundred leagues, exclaim ‘Ganga, Ganga’ atone for the sins committed during three previous lives. Vishnu Purana 2.8

Goddess Vigneshwari Devi

Goddess Vigneshwari Devi is a form of Goddess Shakti worshipped in South India. This form is quite similar to Ganesha. This form of Goddess Shakti is also known as Ganeshwari, Sri Vanja Kalpalata Maha Ganapati and Ganeshini. Those people facing delay in marriage, marital problems and diseases find solutions and cure after praying to Vigneshwari Devi.

Goddess Vigneshwari Devi has four hands – one in blessing posture, another in boon giving posture. The other two hands hold noose and conch.

There are not many exclusive temples dedicated to Goddess Vigneshwari.

Apam Napat – About Vedic God Apam Napat – Equated with Hindu God Agni

Apam Napat is a deity mentioned in the Rig Veda. In Vedic text Apam Napat dwell in waters, emanating brilliance and is surrounded by water in the form of young maidens who purify him. He should be propitiated before drawing water. He is sometimes equated with Hindu God Agni.
He is golden in form and appearance and is always shining.
He travels on steeds. His movement is compared to the swiftness of thoughts. His food is ghee.
Rig Veda X, 30, 3-4  Verse dedicated to Apam Napat –  Adhvaryus, go to the waters, to the ocean! Sacrifice to Apam Napat with the offering! My he give you today the well purified water…
Thou shinest without fuel amidst the waters, thou whom the priests revere in sacrifices, Apam Napat, give the sweet waters by which Indra is strengthened for heroism.
Apam Napat, then, is the essence and the custodian of the force that the essence represents. The brilliance with which he glows, a pure divine radiation, illumines those that honor him.
Due to his self shining nature w…

Kozhimamparambu Pooram - Cheruthuruthy Kozhimamparambu Bhagavathy temple festival

Kozhimamparambu Pooram is the annual festival observed in Cheruthuruthy Kozhimamparambu Bhagavathy temple in Thrissur District in Kerala. The famous pooram festival in the shrine is observed in Kumbham month. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy. Kozhimamparambu Pooram 2016 date is February 27.

The highlight of the festival is caparisoned elephants, melam and fireworks.

Several unique rituals and pujas are performed during the festival period.

Traditional performing arts, music, songs and other cultural activities are held during the period.
The festival ends with arattu on the final day.

Ettumanoor Temple – Information about Ettumanoor Mahadeva Temple

Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Ettumanoor Mahadeva Temple is a very popular shrine in Kerala, South India. The origin of the temple is traced to the Ramayana period. It is believed that the murti worshipped in the shrine was installed by Khara. Ettumanoor Temple is located around 13 km from Kottayam town. Ettumanoor Railway Station is an important stop on the Kottayam – Ernakulam Railway line.



Bhagavan Shiva is worshipped here in Aghoramurti form. Another belief is that Shiva is here in the Samharamurti form of Sharaba (read more about Sharaba form of Shiva). Daily there are five pujas. On Shivratri day there are 18 pujas.
The subsidiary deities worshipped in the temple are Ganesha (inside the main sanctum), Mother Goddess Shakti, Dakshinamurti, Sastha and Yakshi. Bhagavan Vishnu is worshipped outside the main shrine.

The main srikovil is circular in shape. The three-foot Shivling faces west. A golden form of Shiva in human form is placed in front of the main Shivling after morning puja. T…

Vaikom Mahadeva Temple near Kottayam in Kerala

VaikomMahadevaTemple is one of the oldest Hindu temples in Kerala and was also the ground zero of the famous Temple Entry Proclamation in Kerala before independence. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the Madevar temple and Vaikom are mentioned in the Bhargava Purana and Sanalkumara Samhita. 
Legend has it that Vyaghrapada Maharshi got darshan of Shiva here. The name of the place is shortened version of Saint Vyaghrapada.

Three forms of  Vaikkathappan

Shiva gives darshan to his devotees here in three forms In the morning as DakshinamurtiIn the noon as Kiratha MurtiIn the evening, he is the Lord of Kailash who is seated in a happy mood with his family – Goddess Parvati, Ganesha and Kartik.Sacred Bhasma at Vaikom Mahadeva Temple 

The most important Prasad at the temple is bhasma or ashes. It is taken from the kitchen in the temple. It is believed that Lord Shiva comes here in disguise and cooks food. Devotees believe that the bhasma has power to cure poison related problems, wounds and hysteria. Th…

Why Ganga is Known as Jahnvi?

Jahnvi is one among the numerous names of Ganga River. Here is the reason shy Ganga is known as Jahnvi. King Bhagirath performed intense tapas to bring Ganga down on earth to wash away the sins of his forefathers.
Finally, Bhagirath succeeded in bringing Ganga down from heaven to earth. Ganga followed the footsteps of Bhagirath. He led her down the mountains into the plains. 
The feisty Ganga continued to flow with a powerful current and she flooded the hermitage of Sage Jahnu - present day Ajgaivinath Temple at Sultanganj in Bhagalpur in Bihar.
The sacred fire was extinguished and all the items of the ashram were destroyed.
Sage Jahnu became furious. He chanted a mantra and sipped some water from Ganga.
This resulted in the disappearance of Ganga.
A worried King Bhagirath explained to the sage about the need for Ganga to flow on earth.
Sage Jahnu was moved by the plight of King Bhagirath and he allowed the river to flow from his left ear.
After this incident, Ganga was known as Jahn…