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How to Celebrate Holi?

Get natural colors in powdered or watery form and throw it on friends, relatives, and passersby on the Holi festival day. Because this is what Lord Krishna did? Sri Krishna ran around the villages in Vrindavan, Gokul and Barsana playing Holi. He used pichkaris to splash colors on Gopis and Gopas.

Although there are a couple of myths associated with Holi, it is the one associated with Krishna that is the most famous. Of course, Holika Dahan (Holi bonfire) is associated with the unwavering Vishnu devotion of young Prahalad.
In Mathura and Vrindavan, Holi celebrations start well in advance like the Lathmar Holi. There are numerous other Holi related celebrations in the villages in and around Mathura and Vrindavan.
The celebrations at homes begin three days before the full moon or the Holika Dahan day.
Special saris called Dandia is made for married daughters during Holi. Children are also presented with new clothes.
Arrival of Holi festival in homes: Three days (12th day of waxing o…

Holi Thoughts by Swami Sivananda

All great Hindu festivals have religious, social and hygienic elements in them. Holi is no exception. Every season has a festival of its own. Holi is the great spring festival of India. Being an agricultural country, India's two big festivals come during the harvest time when the barns and granaries of our farmers are full and they have reason to enjoy the fruits of their hard labor. The harvest season is a festive season all over the world.
Man wants relaxation and change after hard work. He needs to be cheered when he is depressed on account of work and anxieties. Festivals like Holi supply him with the real food and tonic to restore his cheer and peace of mind.
The religious element in the Holi festival consists of worship of Sri Krishna. In West Bengal and Orissa it is also called the Dol Yatra. The word dol literally means ‘a swing’ An image of Sri Krishna as a babe is placed in a little swing-cradle and decorated with flowers and painted with colored powders. The pure, inno…

Story of Samjna, Wife of Surya - the Sun God

Samjna is the wife of Surya, the sun god in Hinduism. She was the daughter of Vishwakarma, the divine architect. However, Samjna was unhappy with her married life due to the unbearable heat of Surya. She hid in the wilderness disguised as a mare to avoid Surya’s intense brilliance. When she left, she disguised her handmaiden Chhaya in her place.
Soon Surya discovered his wife’s secret and transformed himself into a stallion to have intercourse with her.
Samjna in the form of mare turned her face to him; he breathed upon her and she conceived through her nose.
From their union came the horse-headed Ashwins, as well as the god of death Yama and his sister Yami.

Samjna agreed to return to Surya, but first she had Vishwakarma, her father, trim away some of Surya’s rays to diminish his brightness.

Sun Rays Fall Directly on the Murti Worshipped at Sri Veda Narayanaswami Temple near Tirupati

Every year on 25th, 26th and 27th of March, the sun's rays fall on the main murti worshipped at the Sri Veda Narayanaswami Temple at Nagalapuram near Tirupati between 1800 hrs and 1815 hrs. On the first day, the rays fall on the feet, on the second - on the chest and on the third on the forehead. The temple is located on the Chennai – Tirupati Highway and is around 81 km from Chennai and 70 km from Tirupati. The shrine is dedicated to the Matsya Avatar Murti of Vishnu.

Legend has it that Surya, sun god, pays his respects to Lord Vishnu by shedding his rays on Him and warming Vedanarayana Swami who had to fight a long battle with Somakasura in the cold waters of the ocean to retrieve the Vedas.
Architectural Wonder
This holy event has been happening in spite of the fact that the distance between first prakaram and the sanctum sanctorum is more than 600 yards and has many structures in between. It is yet another example of the architectural wonder of ancient Hindu world. The …

Lakshmi Jayanti 2018 date

Lakshmi Jayanti is dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi and it is believed that she appeared on this day. Lakshmi Jayanti 2018 date is March 1. This particular Jayanti observance is limited to few communities in South India. It is observed on the Phalgun Purnima day - full moon day in Falgun Month.

The popular belief is that Goddess Lakshmi appeared during the Samundra Manthan – churning of ocean.
Goddess Lakshmi is associated with prosperity, wealth and cleanliness. The cleanliness aspect is quite often ignored. When the mind is clean of jealousy, ego, hatred and anger, Goddess Lakshmi makes such minds her abode. Prosperity and peace automatically arrives when the mind is clean.

Bhagavad Gita Chapter 5 Teachings

They whose budhi and mind are wholly merged in That, who remain rooted in the Supreme, and have finally become one with Him, they go whence there is no return, their sins dispelled by wisdom.

Sages look with an equal eye on a Brahmin, adorned with learning and humility, or a person who follows Adharma, or a cow, or an elephant and even on a dog.

With buddhi firm and not bewildered, abiding in God, the knower of Brahman neither rejoices on obtaining what is pleasant nor sorrows on obtaining what is painful.

Unattached to external contacts and finding joy in the Atman, the yoga yukta, who is in union with God, enjoys bliss imperishable.

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