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Paran or Parana – Ceremonial Break of Fasting or Vrat in Hindu Religion

Paran or Parana is the act, or vidhi, of breaking a fast, or vrat, by eating or drinking in Hindu religion. It is performed after the completion of the fast. Paran is only allowed after the successful completion of the fasting.

Paran is performed after prayers are offered to Ganesha and the deity to whom the fast was dedicated. Some people break the fast by just drinking after.
Some offer fruits or sweet as Prasad to the deity and it is then consumed to break the fast.

Popular Hindu Symbols

The universally accepted symbol of Hinduism is Om or Aum. This highly revered symbol is not just a mere visible symbol that represents Hindu religion. Om is the primordial sound and comprises of three independent sounds A, U, M. The sound ‘A’ represents the beginning (Adimatwa), ‘U’ represents progress (Utkarsha) and ‘M’ represents limit or dissolution (Miti). In nutshell, OM represents the Supreme Power responsible for creation, development and dissolution.

Ramtirth Mandir at Jagannathpur in Chaibasa

Ramtirth Mandir is located on the banks of Baitrani River at Jagannathpur, around 65 km from Chaibasa in Jharkhand. The temple is spread over 3 acres of land and is on the outskirts of Jagannathpur Village in Deogan Block. Rameerth Mandir is dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Legend has it that Bhagavan Sri Ram visited the place during his exile period in the Ramayana. The Shivling worshipped in the temple is believed to have been installed by Bhagavan Sri Ram.

The Shivling worshipped in the main temple is very old. Murtis of Ganesha, Goddess Parvati and Nandi is nearby.

On the opposite side of the main mandir, there are murtis of Sri Ram, Mata Sita and Lakshman.

Other murtis worshipped in the temple are that of Radha Krishna, Jagannath, Balbhadra and Subhadra.

From one of the banks of Baitrani River, one has to climb around 100 steps to reach the temple. The most important festival observed here are Shivratri, Ram Navami and Jagannath Yatra. The Shravan month attracts thousands of devotees.

Swami Bhaskarananda – Wise Words

According to Vedanta, love of God is identical with love of the Ultimate Truth. In the scriptures of Vedanta, God has been mentioned as Satyasya Satyam—the Truth of all truths.

Bhagavad Gita, the famous scripture of Hinduism, tells us how the emotion expressed as love of sense objects, if obstructed, can successively become transformed into anger, delusion and confused thinking, thus causing great harm to the individual’s mind.

According to Sri Ramakrishna, the emotion or thought of lustfulness cannot be suppressed, repressed, or annihilated with the thought of hatred toward the opposite sex. We have to learn the art of transforming lustfulness into love of God.

According to the ancient teachings of Vedanta, Divinity is equally present everywhere, but it is not equally manifest in all places. Manifesting our inherent Divinity in the fullest measure is called experiencing God. The only way to transcend suffering in this world is to experience this Divinity. And Divinity can be experi…