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Tandula Akshata – Unbroken Rice Grain Used in Hindu Religious Rituals

Akshata means unbroken. Only unbroken rice grain should be used in rituals and pujas and associated with Hindu religion. Tandula Akshata is unbroken rice mixed with turmeric powder or vermilion. In some regions, ghee made from cow’s milk is mixed with the unbroken rice.

Tandula Akshata is used for worship of gods especially during rituals, pujas and festivals.

Offering the unbroken rice is equal to offering clothes and ornaments to the deity.

It is also used during auspicious functions and also for blessing married couples.
The practice of Tandula Akshata is Vedic origin and symbolically suggests the indispensability of food.

Why Narmada River is known as Surasa?

Surasa is one among the numerous names of Narmada River. This holy river in Hinduism is known as Surasa because her waters destroy sin and pollution. Rasa means water.

Legend has it that once the sweat of Lord Shiva started gathering in a pond and it flowed down to earth to form Narmada River.
Another story says that River Narmada and River Sone were created from two teardrops of Lord Brahma, which fell on earth.

Why Narmada River is known as Reva?

Reva or Rewa is one among the numerous names of Narmada River. This holy river in Hinduism is known as Reva because of her swift flow. It is the speed of the river that got her the name Reva.
There are numerous stories regarding the origin of Narmada River in Hindu scriptures. She is considered to be the daughter of Lord Shiva. It is believed that once while Shiva was meditating in the Amarkantaka Peak, Narmada spontaneously appeared from his body. Her sight evoked tenderness (narma) in Shiva and thus she was called Narmada.

Best Sleeping Position as Per Hindu Teachings

Our elders used to warn us not to sleep with our head towards north and west. Here is the best sleeping position as per Hindu teachings. As per Hinduism, the best position to sleep is with our heads towards east and south. Never sleep with head towards North.

When we sleep with our head towards the East, the magnetic force or energy of the sun (Surya) enters through the head and leaves through the feet. Thus, we have a cool head and warm feet. We will have a sound sleep and will wake up fresh in the morning.

The opposite phenomenon happens when we sleep with our head towards West; it results in hot head and warm feet. We wake up irritated, with headache and heaviness.

When we sleep with our head towards the South, the unlike poles of the human body attract each other. Similar the unlike poles of the earth also attract each other. This does not cause any friction or contention. We will sleep well and will feel rested.

We should never sleep with our head towards North because the like …

Tritiya Tithi Meaning and Importance

Tritiya tithi is the third day during a fortnight in Hindu calendar. The meaning of Tritiya is three or third. When the tithi falls during the shukla paksha or waxing phase of moon it is of great importance to Goddess Parvati. Worship associated with her are observed on the day.

Gauri Tritiya and various Teej including Kajari Teej and Hartalika Teej are observed on Tritiya Tithi.
Another important date observed on the day is the famous Akshaya Tritiya.

Panchami Tithi in 2018

Panchami is the fifth day during a fortnight in Hindu calendar. Here are the Panchami dates in 2018. Special pujas are held in some shrines on the day. The day is dedicated to Mother Goddess in Goa and western parts of India. She is also worshipped on the day in many other regions.

Panchami Tithi in 2018

January 6
January 22

February 5
February 20

March 6
March 22

April 5
April 20

May 5
May 19

June 3
June 18

July 3
July 17

August 2
August 15
August 31

September 14
September 30

October 13
October 29

November 12
November 27

December 12
December 27

Naikba Yatra at Shigaon in Walwa Taluka in Sangli District in Maharashtra

Shigaon Naikba Yatra is organized in Chaitra month. It is the annual festival and fair held at Naikba Temple at Shigaon in Walwa Taluka of Sangli district, Maharashtra. Shigaon Naikba Yatra 2018 date is March 24.

Naikba Mandir is dedicated to Mother Goddess Shakti.  Naikba Devi, an incarnation of Goddess Shakti, is worshipped mainly in Maharashtra.

Rituals associated with Goddess Durga are performed during the yatra.

The shrine is decorated for the occasion with lamps, lights, leaves, flowers etc for the occasion. Food donation is also held during the period.
Naikba Yatra at Shigaon is observed on Chaitra Shukla Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waxing phase of moon Chaitra month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Serndhapoomangalam Kailasanathar Temple in Thoothukudi – Ninth Nava Kailasam Temple at Serntha Poomangalam

Serndhapoomangalam Kailasanathar Temple is one of the Nava Kailasam Temples and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is located at Serntha Poomangalam in Thoothukudi District, Tamil Nadu. This temple is associated with Shukra, among the Navgrahas. The shrine is around 53 km from Thoothukudi Town – 3 km ahead of Attur.

This is the ninth among the nine Nava Kailasam temples.

The shrine is located on the banks of Thamiraparani River.

Shiva is worshipped here as Kailasanathar. Mother Goddess Shakti is worshipped as Azhagia Ponnammai.  Nandi murti faces the main Shivling.

Subsidiary deities include Ganesha, Chokkanathar, Bhairava, Goddess Menakshi, Navgrahas, and Muruga. There are also murtis of Samaya Kuravar Naalvar and 63 Nayanmars and Saptha Kannimars.

Another Special feature here is the Nava Lingams – nine lingas.

Rare Kubera Worship in Temple Murti of Kubera on an elephant can be seen Vimana above the sanctum sanctorum with his two consorts – Sanganidhi and Padmanidhi.  Kubera is worship…

Bengali Calendar 2017 - 2018 in Bangala – Download Bengal Calendar 2017 - Calendar for Bengali Year 1424

Bengali Calendar 2017 - 2018 is in Bangala language follows the tithi and months followed in Bengal. The 2017 calendar contains important festivals in West Bengal and uses English, Bangala script and numbers. It is for the Bengali Year 1424. The months and weeks are also written in English and Bangala language. The calendar of 2018 - 18 is in html format. You download as image and can also print it. Currently the calendar is available upto April 2018.

You can view Bengali Calendar here at blazonart (you can download it)

You can view the Bengali Calendar 2017 - 2018 here in Bengali. (html format)

You can also download here at gupta press panjika (this is in pdf format not yet updated)

Triprayar Shiva Yogini Amma Teachings and Quotes

Try not to see the faults of others or deal about it.

Try to associate in all ways with God and thus become God Himself.

Try to curb and root out the numerous faults of yours that everyday crop up within yourself and also try to identify yourself with one and all in the Universe.

Form is only the first step of ascent on the spiritual path; aim at the formless, you have to go beyond forms to the formless, it is Brahma-Vidya that you should aspire for.
If you perceive the errors in others your mind will be disturbed. Without purification of your inner instruments, it is impossible to reach the goal.

That which you seek to know you can definitely know.

O dear ones endeavor to know the atman – the self, it is not enough if you are merely convinced that you are the Self. Without the elimination of the latent tendencies, vasanas, the spiritual state cannot be fixed upon. In the unstable substance of the mind, peace definitely cannot stay.

When the mind is restrained, humility and patience wi…