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Shivratri in Shravan Month

Krishna Paksha Chaturdashi of each month is observed by Shiva devotees as Shivaratri. This falls a day or two before Amavasi or new moon day. Shravan Shivratri 2018 date is August 10 as per traditional Hindi Calendar followed in North India. The Krishna Paksha Chaturdashi day in Shravan or Sawan month is of great importance. Millions of people visit Shiva shrines on the day in North India and special Gangajal Abhishekam is performed. 

The popular Mahashivratri is observed on Krishna Paksha Chaturdashi in February or March. Staunch Shiva devotees observe it on all months in a year and it is known as Masa Shivaratri.

In Shravana month all days are dedicated to Shiva and the important days to Shiva like Masa Shivratri and Mondays are even more auspicious. Special pujas are held in famous temples like Kashi Vishwanath and DeogharBadrinathDham.

People make offering of Gangajal, bilva leaves, honey and milk. Shivling in the temples are continuously bathed in Gangajal. Kanwarias in large nu…

Ekadashi August 2017 dates – Monthly Fasting for Hindu God Vishnu in August 2017

Ekadashi, or Ekadasi Vrat, is observed on the eleventh day of a fortnight in a Hindu lunar calendar. The date (s) of Ekadashi in August 2017 – August 3 and August 18. The day is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and many devotees undertake Upvaas or fasting on the day. There are two Ekadashis in a lunar month.
The Ekadashi Vrat on August 3, 2017 is known as Putrada Ekadasi in some region. In some regions it is the Pavitra Ekadasi.

The Ekadasi on August 18 is known as Aja Ekadasi. In some regions it is referred as Jaya Ekadasi.

The preparation for Ekadashi fasting begins on the Dasami day – the day before Ekadasi. On the Ekadasi day, devotees observe complete fast. The day is meant for hearing religious discourses and performing pujas.
There are also devotees who do not observe total fast. They avoid grains especially rice and consume fruits, nuts and milk.
The fasting comes to an end on the Dwadashi day with the consuming of food cooked in one’s house.
More on Ekadasi fasting can be found in 

Gujarati Shravan Maas 2018 – Sawan Month in Traditional Hindu Gujarat Calendar in 2018

Shravan Maas is the tenth month in a traditional Hindu Gujarati calendar followed in Gujarat. Shravan Maas 2018 is from August 12 to September 9. The auspicious days in the month include Pavitra Baras, Raksha Bandhan, Nag Pancham, Randhan Chath and Sri Krishna Janmashtami. Special pujas and rituals are observed on the Mondays in the month and this is known as Shravani Somvar.

Ekadasi Fasting Dates in Sawan Maas Putrada Ekadasi – August 3 Aja Ekadasi – August 18
Shravan Maas Sud Padavo and Vad Padavo – Shukla Paksha and Krishna Paksha Shravan Gujarati calendar 2018 Sud Padvo (Waxing phase of moon) is from August 12, 2018 to August 26.  Shravan Maas 2018 Vad Padvo Paksha (Waning phase of moon) is from August 27 to September 9, 2018.

Purnima in Gujarati Shravan month Shravan Purnima or Full moon day is on August 26, 2018. The Purnima begins at 3:16 PM on August 25 and ends at 5:26 PM on August 26. Raksha Bandhan ise observed on August 26. Rik Shravani is also on the day.

Amas in Gujarati Sh…

When the heart is pure, we attain bliss on earth

There is no substitute to the wisdom gained through life experiences.

When we show appreciation for simple things, we experience the true meaning of life.

When in doubt be truthful and honest. It will show the way out.

When the heart is pure, we attain bliss on earth.

If you are different it is wonderful, one of the greatest aspects of nature is diversity.

You cannot teach or install confidence; it is acquired through life experiences.

Anger causes nothing but destruction.

Abhilash www.hindu-blog.com

Rotak Vrat in Shravan Month

Rotak Vrat is observed during the Shukla Paksha of Shravan month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in North India. Someshwar form of Shiva is worshipped during the vrat.

Information regarding this vrat is found in the Narad Puran.

Those observing the vrat wake up early morning, take bath, and perform puja to Shiva by making clay Shivling. Only vegetarian food is eaten on the day. White colored Prasad is prepared and offered in the evening.

The fast is observed for three months on all Mondays during Shukla paksha or waxing phase of moon.
It is believed that on successful completion of the vrat, a devotee will be blessed with knowledge, health and wealth.

Dashama Vrat 2018 date - Importance of Goddess Dashama Vrata in Gujarat in Shravan Month

Dashama Vrat is dedicated to Goddess Dashama and is observed from the first day of Shravan month as per traditional calendar followed in Gujarat. Dashama Vrat 2018 begins on August 12 and ends on August 20. It is a 10-day vrat. Devotees also refer to the festival as ‘Dashama na Naurta’ – Navratri of the Goddess. The ritual is observed for prosperity and good fortune.
There are several temples dedicated to Dashama where devotees perform several rituals during the 10-days. 
Devotees who are facing an adversity ('dasha' in Gujarati) and want to appease Goddess Dashama to overcome it observe the 10-day vrat.
Goddess Dashama is widely worshipped in rural Gujarat and in cities by the lower socio-economic groups.
How to Observe Dashama Vrat? During Dashama Vrat devotees, observe partial fast and install her murti in their homes or public pandals. The murti is immersed in a river on the last day of the 10-day vrat. The Goddess is offered wheat and betel leaves on all days.
At the end…

Salem Kottai Perumal in Tamil Nadu – Kottai Perumal Kovil at Salem

Salem Kottai Perumal is located at Kottai in Salem in Tamil Nadu. This is ancient shrine and the temple is famous as Kottai Perumal Kovil. Legend has it that Goddess Lakshmi took birth here as the daughter of Bhrigu Rishi and Lord Vishnu appeared here as Alagirinathar and married her.


Story of Salem Kottai Perumal Legend has it that Goddess Lakshmi who witnessed the incident of Sage Bhrigu kicking the chest of Vishnu could not tolerate the behavior of Sage Bhrigu and she was even more annoyed with Vishnu for letting the sage go scot free.

Budh Puja – Budha Pujan in Shravan Month in Maharashtra

Budh Puja is dedicated to Budh or Mercury – one of the Navgrahas. Budha Pujan is performed on Wednesday or Budhwar. In Shravan Month in Maharashtra, Budh Puja is performed on all Wednesdays.

Budha Puja is considered highly beneficial for students and is believed to help in intellectual powers. The puja is also performed to help in attaining children by couples.
Shravan is one of the holiest months in a traditional Hindu calendar and numerous rituals and pujas are held in the month.
Special pujas dedicated to Lord Shiva are held on Mondays. Mangala Gowri Puja is held on Tuesday s and Brihaspati Puja is held on Thursday.

Have faith in others but not blind faith

Have faith in others but not blind faith.

Humbleness is an important step in successfulness.

Control over oneself is the only control we need.

See things as they are. Avoid giving our personal color to them. We will have a positive mindset if we do so.

A truthful person has nothing to fear.

Single minded focus on destination is essential for success.

Accept mistakes, learn from them and progress.

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Story – The Marriage of Nala and Damayanti

Nala Damayanti is a romantic tale in the epic Mahabharata. Damayanti was the princesses of Vidarbha. She learns of the handsome and righteous Nala, ruler of Nishada, from a swan sent by Nala.

Father of Damayanti, King Bhima announces her Swayamwara – the marriage function in which she will choose her husband among the assembled princes.

Nala sets out for the Swayamwara. On his way, Indra, Agni, Varuna and Yama confront him. Each of them wanted to marry Damayanti and urges Nala to ask her to choose one amongst them.

Nala obliges but Damayanti rejects the suggestion.

The disappointed Devas takes the form of Nala and reaches the Swayamwara venue.

However, Damayanti is able to identify the real Nala and choose him.
Evil spirits Kali and Dwapara too wished to attend the Swayamvara. But they were late and they felt disappointed. They decided to wreak vengeance on Nala. Kali enters the body of Nala, and makes him play a game of dice with his evil brother Pushkara. Nala loses the game and bo…

Gudiya Festival

Gudiya Festival is mainly observed in Shravan month mainly in rural areas in Uttar Pradesh. Gudiya festival 2018 date is August 15. On the same day Nag Panchami festival is also organized.
As part of the Gudiya Festival, children beat up cloth-made dolls. But this practice has been stopped as it indirectly cultivated violence against women. Today in many regions, baby dolls are kept on swings and people swing it.  Women sing folk songs and apply mehndi on hands.

People also indulge in kite flying (patang baazi) on this day.

Goddess Sri Lakshmi Llladro Idol – Porcelain figurine from Lladro – Goddess Lakshmi Murti

Goddess Sri Lakshmi Idol is from the world famous Spanish Company, Lladro, noted for high quality porcelain figurines. Lladro during the past couple of years had released idols or murtis of various Hindu gods. Goddess Sri Lakshmi is part of the series. Sri Lakshmi murti shows the goddess in sitting posture and blessing devotees. She has four arms and she holds lotus in two hands. The price of the murti is Rs 90,000/-.


Lladro figurines are noted for its beauty, detailing and no compromise in materials used.

Real success lies in helping everybody rise higher – Swami Tejomayananda

Success is not about becoming richer, wealthier and more knowledgeable while keeping everybody else ignorant and poor. Real success lies in helping everybody rise higher and higher.

When we speak of victory, there should be prosperity, continuous development and growth and abiding values. Only that kind of victory is true, meaningful victory.

In victory, there must be prosperity and wealth as well as continuous growth – no stagnation. There must be backed by abiding values. Many times, after wealth has been acquired, people forget the value of hard work. That is why a poor person works very hard and becomes rich, while his son, who has readymade wealth, does not understand the value of hard work and slowly loses everything.
If we have firm policies in life, that alone will take us to prosperity and victory. We may win in the short run, but without honesty or values, it will soon disappear.
– Swami Tejomayananda

Varah Avatar in Vishnu Purana

There are two versions of Varah Avatar, one is in Vishnu Purana (Part I. Chapter 4), and other in Srimad Bhagavata (Part III, Chapter 13). They differ in details.

The account in Sri Vishnu Purana was provided by Sage Parasara in reply to a query by his pupil Maitreya.

The context in Vishnu Purana is creation at the beginning of the present Sweta Varaha Kalpa.

As per the account in Vishnu Purana, Narayana woke up from His deep sleep at the end of the previous Kalpa called Padma Kalpa. He surveyed His surroundings and He found that there was only water, water everywhere, the earth being visible nowhere. The earth was swallowed up by the swirling waters around it.

Narayana then saw a lone lotus leaf floating in the water indicating that its support, the earth, was beneath it.

To retrieve earth and restore it to its former position, Bhagavan Srihari Vishnu took the form of a boar, which is suitable for diving fearlessly into the slushy and slimy waters of the ocean.

Related Varaha Avatar S…

Clay Sculptures Associated With Wish Fulfillment at Shree Sadashiva Rudra Temple at Ujire in Karnataka

Shree Sadashiva Rudra Temple at Ujire in Karnataka is a famous Shiva Temple. What makes the temple unique is the offerings made here by devotees. A clay sculpture associated with the wish is offered to the deity before and after wish fulfillment. The clay offerings symbolize the never ending materialistic desires of human beings.

For example if a person want to get a job then he/she offers clay sculptures of chair and table, for curing eye ailments sculpture of an eye is offered, for begetting children it is cradle, those wishing a car offer the sculpture of a car etc. One can see a whole lot of different mud sculptures the temple.

The sheer number of clay sculptures in the temple gives an indication of the desire fulfillment that had taken place after offering prayers here.

The offerings are usually made on Mondays along with a coconut and kilogram of rice.

All the offerings are placed in a circular shaped pile near the temple.
The shrine is located at Surya and is around 6 km from …

Someshwar Puja in Shravan Month

Someshwar Puja is observed during the Shukla Paksha of Shravan month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in North India. Someshwar form of Shiva is worshipped during the puja. Information regarding this puja is found in the Narad Puran. Some devotees observe a vrat on the occasion.

The puja and vrat is associated with Shiva rescuing moon (Chandra or som) and giving refuge to him in his matted locks.

Those observing the vrat wake up early morning, take bath, and perform puja to Shiva by making clay Shivling. Only vegetarian food is eaten on the day. White colored Prasad is prepared and offered in the evening.

The fast is observed for three months on all Mondays during Shukla paksha or waxing phase of moon.
It is believed that on successful completion of the vrat, a devotee will be blessed with knowledge, health and wealth.

Story – How King Bali Became Powerful?

King Bali, or Mahabali, was the grandson of Prahlada, an ardent devotee of Vishnu who had the darshan of Narasimha Avatar. Prahlada trained his grandson in all the arts of warfare and taught him the Vedas.

King Bali conquered all the kingdoms on earth and attained the title of Chakravarti.

Although an asura, King Bali was an ardent devotee of Vishnu. He performed intense austerities and attained the status of Indra, the king of devas.

During a war between Asuras and Devas, the army led by Indra, the king of Devas, defeated King Bali.

Later, King Bali with the help of his guru Shukracharya performed a yajna.

From the sacrificial fire came a golden chariot, a horse of the same color as that of Indra and bright banner with lion as a symbol on it.

Pleased with the yajna, Lord Brahma appeared before Bali and presented him with a divine bow and powerful arrows. He also gave him a divine conch.

King Bali now became powerful and had enough strength to conquer the three worlds –  Pathala, Bhu…

Pancha Kanchukas

Pancha Kanchukas are the five outer coverings or sheaths of consciousness in Kashmir Shaiva Philosophy. The five Kanchukas are:

Kala Vidya Raga Kaala and Niyati.
The background on which the pancha kanchukas remain steadily abiding is maya, the deluding aspect of Shiva, who is pure consciousness in essence. When maya is counted under the Kanchukas, the number becomes six – Sat Kanchukas.

Bonalu 2018 dates – Mahankali Bonalu Jatara 2018 in Hyderabad and Secunderabad in Telangana

Bonalu Festival observed in Hyderabad and Secunderabad in Telangana in India is dedicated to Mother Goddess (Shakti) and is observed in the month of Ashada (July – August). It must be noted that on the Sundays in Ashada month (June – July) temples in Telangana. Bonalu Jatra 2018 dates are July 15, July 22, July 29, and August 5. Bonalu 2017 date at the UjjainiMahankaliTemple is July 29 and the Rangam is on July 30.

Lal Darwaja, Akkanna Madanna, Bangaru Maisamma, Bhagyalakshmi temple are some of the important temples where the offering is made.

The festival starts with a procession of Rottela Jathara from Langerhouz center to Golconda Sri Jagadamba Mahankali temple on the first Sunday of Ashada month. 

The festival concludes with a huge procession from Matheswari temple of Lal Darwaja in Old City

Bonalu means on ‘food’ and women in large numbers offer food to Mahankali. Bonalu Jatara is a month long affair and includes colorful processions and community feasts.

Bonalu is mainly held at…

A Prayer to Who is One Eternal Pure and Changeless

I prostrate myself before that Sat Guru, the Brahman Who is Bliss; Who is giver of Supreme Happiness; Who is the Absolute; Who is the form of Knowledge; Who is beyond the Pairs of Opposites; Who is vast like Ether; Who is attainable through assertions like “Tat Tvam Asi,” Who is One, Eternal, Pure and Changeless; Who is the witness of all the states of the Mind, Who transcends Modifications; Who is devoid of the three modes of Prakriti

Guru Peyarchi 2016 date and time – Guru Peyarachi or Transition of Jupiter in Tamil Astrology in 2016

Guru Peyarchi is associated with horoscope and astrology especially in Tamil Nadu and is the transition of planet Guru or Jupiter. Guru Peyrachi 2016 date is August 11 as per majority of astrologers.  On the Peyarachi day, Guru or Jupiter will transit to Kanya Rashi and will remain there for next 12 months. This Transition is an important astrological event. Guru will remain in Simha Rashi till .
Guru, or Jupiter, is considered a highly favorable graha or planet in Hindu astrology and it is believed to bring luck and prosperity.
Those people with weak position of Jupiter in their horoscope might face some hard times.
This transition is based on the movement of the moon.

Story of the origin of Cure for Snake Bite in Hindu Tradition

Story of origin of cure for snake bite in Hindu tradition is found in the Adi Parva (Chapter 20) of Mahabharata. Lord Brahma taught Sage Kashyapa the cure of snake poison.

Nagas or snakes were born to Kadru, one of the wives of Sage Kashyapa.

Once, Kadru asked her naga children to hand down like hair from the tail of Uccaissravas, the horse of Indra. So that she could win the bet, she had with Vinita, another wife of Sage Kashyapa.

Some of the nagas refused to do so. Kadru became angry and cursed them that they would be burnt alive at Janamejaya’s snake sacrifice.

After the curse, the snakes became dangerously venomous.
Other living beings faced innumerable problems due to this imbalance in nature. To overcome the problem, Brahma taught Sage Kashyapa the art of curing snake bite to protect other creatures that might be bitten by the snakes.

Rajarani Temple at Bhubaneswar in Odisha

Rajarani Temple is a unique 11th century shrine at Bhubaneswar in Orissa. There is no murti (idol) in the temple. It is situated midway between the famous Lingaraj Temple and the Brahmeshwar Temple. The temple is famous for its sculpted figures and the successive tiers of projections rising to form its 18 meter tower.


The term Rajarani is derived from the very fine grained yellowish sandstone, called ‘Rajarania’ in common parlance.

The temple shows strong Shaiva association. The temple contains scenes of linga worship and Shiva’s marriage with goddess Parvati. There are Shaiva doorkeepers too in the shrine.

A major attraction of this temple is the carvings of the eight dikpalas (temple guards).

The structure of the temple comprises of porch, side-niches, dikpalas, navgraha slabs and plenty of miniature spires. There are also erotic sculptures.
Some scholars are of the view that the shrine is built on a Sri Chakra of a Manjusri architectural style and the very temple is the abode and …

Ignorance is giving importance to something which is not important – Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Surrendering to the Lord, you can achieve the fully blossomed state of consciousness.

You will find that it is love that rules the world. The center core of the existence rules this whole universe. Just like the sun is the center of the solar system and rules all the planets, love is the core of your life. Love is beyond your changing body, changing thoughts, and changing feelings. It is the very center, core, of your existence, which is very subtle and delicate. It can be called lover or anything else. That consciousness, the core of existence is responsible for this whole creation. There lies the Lordship.

Love is in-built in creation. This is how the creation is functioning.
When your consciousness is filled with ignorance, then there is restlessness. There is unhappiness and suffering. Misery is due to ignorance. Ignorance is giving importance to something which is not important; that which is not worthy of that importance – thinking that something that is changing to be permane…

Kavar Mela in Shravan Month in Uttarakhand

Kavar Mela is observed in the Shravan Month (July – August) in UttarakhandState in India. The Kavar Mela 2018 at Haridwar is from July 28. Shiva devotees carry holy water from the Gangotri glacier and take it to the Shiva temple in Garh Mukteshwar or Neelkanth. Devout Hindus who carry the holy Ganga Water to the ShivaTemple is known as Kavar.

In 2018, Shravan month in North India begins on July 28 and ends on August 26.

Some Kavars also carry the holy water from the GangesRiver to Shiva temple in their respective village. They are popularly known as Kanwaris and they travel from their homes in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and other places in North India to Haridwar, Rishikesh, Gaumukh and to the origin of River Ganga in Uttarakhand.

The water is carried in pot or bottle and is tied on the two ends of a bamboo pole and is never kept on the ground.

It must be noted that thousands of people travel in the Shravan month to collect Ganga Water and this results in unruly scenes on …

Kanthadeshwar Mahadev in Ujjain – Story of Kanthadeshwar Form of Shiva – 34th Shiva Temple in Ujjain

Kanthadeshwar Mahadev is worshiped in Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the 84 forms of Shiva worshiped in Ujjain. It is believed that those worshipping Kanthadeshwar form of Shiva will have long life.

The temple dedicated to Kanthadeshwar Mahadev is located near Siddhanath in Ujjain.

This form of Shiva is associated with Rishi Pandav and his son Harshvardhan.

Kanthadeshwar Mahadev is counted among the 84 Shiva Temples in Ujjain and it is the 34th temple visited during the parikarama of Shivalayas here.

Story of Kanthadeshwar Mahadev form of Shiva in Ujjain There lived a Rishi named Pandav. He performed intense austerities and secured the boon from Shiva that he will have an intelligent and dutiful child.

In due course of time, Rishi Pandav had a son named Harshvardhan.

During the yajno pavit ceremony of the son, the other Rishis present did not bless him with long life as the child was destined to die soon.

Rishi Pandav was in tears. Seeing the tragic condition of his father, y…

Parasara Gita

Parasara Gita is a text attributed to Sage Parasara, father of Sage Veda Vyasa. This text stresses on the importance of dharma as the means to moksha – escape from the cycle of birth and death.

Parasara Gita states that in order to practice dharma, the mind must be pure and duly strengthened and steadied by association with everything that is good and noble, like good people and good thoughts, surroundings etc.

The text is believed to have been composed around 5th century BC.

Related Story of the birth of Sage Parasara

There are always rich mines of healthy ideas lying broadcast throughout life’s fields – Swami Chinmayananda

What we regularly encourage and consistently cultivate in our mind – this determines our character formation, and ultimately, our destiny. Evidently, an intelligent choice of thought changes the character pattern in us – placing, thus, the entire destiny of our life in our own hands.

We must keep our mind constantly open to all helpful suggestions. There are always rich mines of healthy ideas lying broadcast throughout life’s fields; only we ignore them, refusing to explore them fully.

We must, as the most important thing, discover in ourselves an expectant, helpful, unselfish attitude towards the world of beings and happenings around us. On all occasions let us bring into full play our stronger, more vigorous and most uplifting traits which we have within us today. When consciously brought into continuous play they grow, and such a positive nature, when asserted persistently and lived, adds to our mental resources and reserves.
Confidence in oneself, quietness within, serenity in t…

Shravan Shiva Puja – Sawan Mahina Shiv Pooja

Shravan month (July – August) is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is the fifth month in the traditional Hindi Hindu calendar followed in North India. Also known as Sawan Mahina, devout Hindus travel to GangaRiver from their homes to collect holy Gangajal (water from Ganga) and bathe the Shivling in their homes and villages with the water. People who travel to collect the Gangajal are known as Kanwaris and journey is known as Kanwar Yatra.
Mondays (Somwar) in Shravan month is dedicated to the worship of Lord Shiva. People observe different types of Vrat on the day.
The month is of great significance at the Deoghar Baba Baidyanath Dham in Jharkhand. Special pujas using Gangajal brought by devotees is performed in the temple in Sawan month.
Mangala Gowri Puja is observed on the Tuesdays in Shravan month.
The Masa Shivratri (Monthly Shivratri) in Shravan month is considered highly auspicious and is marked by special pujas and rituals.

Alwarpet Hanuman Temple in Chennai, Tamil Nadu

Veera Anjaneya Swami Temple located at Alwarpet in Chennai in Tamil Nadu is a popular shrine dedicated to Hanuman. The shrine is popularly known as Luz Anjaneya Temple and is one of the oldest Hanuman Temples in Chennai. Offering Vada Malai on New Years’ day (January 1) is an important ritual here.

It is believed that Shettys who ran away from Mysore to escape Muslim persecution established the Alwarpet Hanuman Temple around 350 years ago.

The murti of Hanuman faces west and is depicted as walking towards southern direction. His eyes are adorned with earrings. The two-armed murti holds mace in the left hand and the right hand is in Abhaya Mudra. The eyes of the murti have a bright color. He wears armlets known as keuura, bangles known as kankana and anklet known as Thandai. The long tail of the murti is raised above the head and is pointing towards South.

The sanctum sanctorum also has an utsava murti or procession idol of Hanuman. A Panchaloha Venugopla Swamy too is found in the san…

Sankashti Chaturthi August 2017 Date – Ganesha Sankashta Chaturti August 2017

Sankashti Chaturthi, or Ganesha Sankashta Chaturti, is dedicated to Hindu God Ganesha. Apart from fasting, special pujas are performed on the day. Sankashti Chaturti August 2017 date is August 11 – Moonrise or Chandrodaya time is 9:40 PM. Sankata Nivarani Chaturti, which is observed for removing problems in life, is observed on the fourth day of the Krishna Paksha (waning phase of moon) in a traditional Hindu lunar calendar. Sankashti Chaturthi fasting is considered to be highly auspicious by Lord Ganesha devotees.

Sankata Nivarani Chaturti fasting begins at sunrise and ends after evening puja or after the sighting of the moon. Ganesh Temples conduct special pujas on the day.
Popular belief is that observing Sankashta Chaturthi will help in alleviating problems and it will bring prosperity, happiness and fulfillment of desires. The holiness of Sankashti Chaturthi Vrata was explained by Sri Krishna to Yudhishtira, the eldest of the Pandavas. 
It is found in the Narasimha Purana and Bha…

Always do what we love doing

Always do what we love doing. The job we are doing should satisfy us first. If we are not happy doing the job, then at some point of time we will be depressed and frustrated. Doing something just for money will soon attract trouble.

Try to be best at what we are doing. When we are an authority in our field, we cannot be easily replaced.

Avoid friendship of negative people and of people who are narrow-minded. Such people are always followers. They never have any independent decisions. They always move with the crowd.

It is true we cannot do everything all alone. But that does not mean when we get an opportunity to lead we should put our hands down. Grab opportunities with confidence.

We may climb up the ladder but always remember the ladder needs a ground to stand. Be aware about what is happing in the lower level. Remain in constant touch with those below you.
Do not sit and rest after achieving a goal. Set new goals and work towards it. We should not become stagnant. We should alway…

Alwarpet Anjaneyar Temple Darshan Timings – Opening Closing and Pooja Time at Alwarpet Hanuman Temple in Chennai

Alwarpet Anjaneyar Temple is one of the oldest Hanuman Temples in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Below is the Alwarpet Hanuman Temple timings in detail. Please note that there will be changes in the opening and closing time of the temple during important rituals and festival. The darshan time will be extended on special occasions.

Alwarpet Hanuman Temple Darshan Timings:

Morning - 5:00 AM to 12:00 PM Evening – 4:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Special pujas are offered on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

Nanganallur Anjaneyar Height – The Size of Chennai Nanganallur Hanuman Idol

The hanuman temple located at Nanganallur in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, is famous for a huge Hanuman idol. The temple is famous for the size of the Anjaneyar murti. The height of Nanganallur Anjaneyar is 32 feet.


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Health Comes First

Never take health for granted. Most of us ignore health during young days when we are in search of wealth and fame. Young days disappear soon and the aches and pain set in. As we make financial savings for future, we should also concentrate on our health for future. What is the use of the hard-earned wealth if it is only spend on hospital bills?

Body is the vehicle that carries us forward. Only it can take us to our destination.

Instead of concentrating on the external beautification of the body, we should concentrate on having good health.

Human birth is the only opportunity to escape from the cycle of birth and death. The human body plays a crucial part in attaining moksha.
Good and proper food, good exercise and keeping the senses under control are needed for healthy journey while on earth.

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Baradeva – God worshipped by Gondas in India

Baradeva is worshipped by Gondas who live in the plains along the Ganga and Son Rivers in North India. Baradeva is believed to live in the date palm tree. He is worshiped along with date palm tree or khajura. He is also known as Haladiadeva. The deity is quite similar to Lord Shiva.

The newlywed couple brings haldi (turmeric) rice from the bride’s house. It is believed that Baradeva of the bride’s family also comes with the haldi. Therefore, he is known as Haladiadeva.

Bali or sacrifice is offered to the deity when a marriage takes place. The sacrificed object is later consumed as Prasad.

A popular legend has it that once a person of the Gonda community went to the riverbank to cut grass for his horses. He saw a snake over cow dung on the riverbank. A khanjana (bird) was sitting on the hood of the snake facing northeast.

The man informed about what he saw to the royal priest. After consulting scriptures, the priest told the man that he would become an emperor.

The king of the region …

Banashankari Temple near Badami in Karnataka

Banashankari Temple is located at Cholachagudd which is around 5 km from Badami in Bagalkot District in Karnataka. This famous pilgrim center in North Karnataka is located on the banks of Malaprabha River. Mother Goddess Shakti worshipped here is known as Vanashankari, Shakambari, Vanadevi, Saraswati, Mahakali and Mahalakshmi. She is worshipped as forest goddess and is also family deity or kuldevata of many families in Karnataka, Telangana and Maharashtra.


The murti of Mother Goddess worshipped in the temple is that of her riding a lion. goddess has eight arms and holds a trident, hourglass drum, skull cup, bell, Scriptures sword and shield. Two hands are in blessing giving posture.
The shrine is located inside Tilakaaranya forest. There are total five ponds around the shrine.

Legend has it that Sage Agastya performed penance at the spot where the current temple is located.

The temple was built by early Chalukyas around 681 AD. Additions to the temple were made by later Chalukyas and…

Quotes from Sri Ramana Paravidyopanishad

Becoming keenly aware that worldly life is full of misery, because it is infested with desire and fear, one should approach a Guru, a sage who is free from those bad forces, and after doing reverence to his holy feet should question him about how to become free.
The sage will give out in reply the supreme secret, confirmed by the [uniform] experience of all sages: ‘If you know yourself, there is no suffering for you. If you suffer [it only means that] you do not know yourself.’
Since you have no suffering in deep sleep, this suffering is only falsely ascribed to your Self. Realize the truth of yourself by the resolve to know it, and thereafter remain in your own true nature, which is bliss.
In the Heart there dwells the reality that is pure consciousness, the real Self. To be in the Heart, with the mind quiescent, is knowledge [awareness] of it, and also the state of deliverance. Sri Ramana Paravidyopanishad

Sukaramukham Hell – Reserved for Bad Rulers and Authorities

Details regarding Hells in Hinduism are found in the Puranas especially the Garuda Purana. Sukaramukham Hell is mainly used to punish kings, rulers and people who hold authority. In the Sukaramukham Hell, people are bound with ropes by attendants of Yama and beaten to pulp until they faint. After they recover their senses, the beating is repeated.

Those who try to escape are bound and pushed again into the hell.

This concept of heaven and hell in Hindu tradition is based on Puranas. Such stories and incidents in Puranas are meant to keep human beings disciplined on earth.

Upanishads state that hell and heaven are on earth and lucky are those who realize the true self and attain bliss here. 
Vedas do not have the concept of hell.

Bhitargaon Temple near Kanpur

Located at Bhitargaon around 50 km from Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh, Bhitargaon Temple is a 5th century AD Hindu shrine. The shrine is one of the earliest terracotta structures and is entirely built using brick. The main sanctum sanctorum is no longer in use. The temple is famous for its terracotta sculptures.

The present day structure is largely a reconstruction. The top quarter portion of the present day Shikhara is incomplete as there is no unanimity as to how the ancient structure looked like. The original structure collapsed in a lightning in 1878.

The temple is famous for its terracotta figures especially that of Shiva-Gajari, Ganesha, Shiva-Parvati, Vishnu annihilating Madhu-Kaitaba, Durga killing Shubha – Nishumbha, Krishna Balarama, Varaha, Vishnu, Gaja Lakshmi, Ganga and Yamuna.

The spire, though damaged shows a stepped pyramidal design and staggered ornamentation with crescent topped niches depicting Krishna Lila scenes, Ravana begging alms from sita and Nara Narayana.
Other f…

Purnima August 2017 Time and Date – Full Moon Day in August 2017

Purnima is the full moon day in a traditional Hindu calendar and fast and holy bath is performed on the day. In August 2017, the date of Purnima is August 7. The Purnima fasting is marked on August 7. The time of Purnima tithi is from 10:28 PM on August 6 to 11:40 PM on August 7. The Purnima in August 2017 is the Shravan Purnima in most regions.

Some Hindu communities observe fast on Purnima day. Special pujas and rituals are performed in many temples.

The day is also the last day in the Shravan month in the traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India.

Auspicious days include
Raksha Bandhan is observed on August 7.
Amarnath Yatra ends on August 7.
Nariyali Purnima in Maharashtra on August 7.
Upakarma - August 7

Inner and outer are mere terms, and not ultimate reality – Vedanta Kesari

To get rid of bondage, one has to begin from where one is — and slowly turn one’s time, space, and other causes into means to purify the mind and reach the inner divinity. In classical metaphors used in explaining Vedanta, it is illustrated by way of saying, ‘break the space enclosed by a pot and merge it with the larger space.’ Inner and outer are mere terms, and not ultimate reality.

Slowing down does not mean promoting inactivity and inefficiency but, paradoxically, slowing down helps one achieve greater and truer happiness. This simply means making space in our crowded lives, space to think over what is right and wrong, and learning to examine our lives in the perspective of the ultimate goal of life.

One must find time for introspection and self-study which are vital to check if one is going in the right direction. It may look difficult, even impossible, at first but a careful and honest review of one’s life and activity would reveal that there are certain things we can do witho…

Veera Lakshmi

Veera Lakshmi is one of the Ashta Lakshmis in Hindu tradition. This form of Goddess Lakshmi provides us courage to overcome difficulties in life. The paintings of Veera Lakshmi depict her having eight arms. She holds weapons like bow, arrow, chakra and trident.

This form of Goddess Laxmi is worshipped before battles and campaigns.

She is also referred as goddess of power or goddess of courage.
Veera Lakshmi is worshipped as part of Ashta Lakshmi. There are no separate known shrines dedicated exclusively to this form.

Thoughts on the use of Symbols in Upanishad to Realize Ultimate Truth

Sri K. Srinivasan in a lecture delves into the world of symbols used in Upanishads to realize the ultimate Truth. The Hindu reports  The Upanishads reflect the collective thought of realised sages who have meditated on the inexhaustible and abstract nature of the Supreme Brahman. It is said that when the Vedas tried to describe the Brahman, word and thought raced ahead to accomplish this task. But both of them came back baffled by the ineffable Brahman. Even so, scriptures show in many places that though the nature of Brahman cannot be defined, it does not imply that Brahman has no essential nature of its own. Scriptures use many symbols to discuss the subtleties of spiritual experience and the hence the same scripture may appeal to a variety of people in many ways.  These symbols represent or serve as external links to reach out to the ultimate truth that belongs to the realm of the infinite. This gives rise to different approaches, perspectives and interpretations of the symbolism —…

Contentment is the greatest wealth – Mahabharata

Health is the greatest gain.

Contentment is the greatest wealth.

Faith is the best friend.

Nirvana is the highest happiness.

O desire, I know where your roots lie. You are born of thought, I shall not think of you, and you will cease to exist, along with your roots.
Pride, malice, slander, crookedness, and incapacity to her other people’s good, are vices, that are to be seen in persons of uncleansed soul under the domination of covetousness.
– Mahabharata

Meena Rashi August – Meena Rasi Predictions – Pisces Zodiac in August

Meena Rashi, or Pisces Horoscope, born people will get energy and enthusiasm to achieve success in August 2016. Good and auspicious dates in August 2016 for Meena Rasi, or Pisces Zodiac, are August 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 21, 22, 25, 26 and August 31. The predictions are based on moon sign.

Career related matters will see positive changes. Good month for those looking for new job. Help from colleagues and partners. Construction related will be struck. Gains from stock and speculation. Business people will have a good month. Your social stature will improve. Luck in lottery and games. Marriage as per desire will be fixed. Students will have a good month. Health will be fine. Unwanted friendship and traveling with strangers will cause hardship. Sportspersons and artists will have a good month.

Bharata in Ramayana – Bharat – Son of Dasaratha and Younger Brother of Sri Ram

In the Ramayana, Bharata, or Bharat, is the younger brother of Sri Ram and Son of Dasaratha. He symbolizes nobility, selflessness and devotion. When his mother, Kaikeyi, wanted him to be the king of Ayodhya instead of Sri Ram; he refused and rebuked his mother.

Bharata performed the last rites of his father who had died of shock at Sri Ram’s departure to the forest.

He declined to wear the crown and decided to go to the forest and bring back Sri Ram. When he reached the forest, Sri Ram declined to return and asked Bharata to rule Ayodhya in his place.

Bharata accepted Sri Ram’s advice. He placed Sri Ram’s sandals on the throne and ruled on behalf of Sri Ram. He built a thatched hut for himself away from the city and lived and austere life similar to that of Sri Rama’s in the forest.

Bharata is eulogized in almost all literary works based on the Ramayana. He symbolizes nobility, selflessness and devotion.
He married Mandavi, cousin sister of Mata Sita.

Kumbh Rashi August – Kumbha Rasi Predictions – Aquarius Zodiac in August

Kumbh Rashi, or Aquarius Horoscope, born people will hear happy news in August 2016. Good and auspicious dates in August 2016 for Kumbha Rasi, or Aquarius Zodiac, are August 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21, 24, 29, 30 and August 31. The predictions are based on moon sign.

Good month to make career decisions. Positive response in job related matters. Lack of understanding among colleagues might cause damage. Some financial trouble especially those caused by vehicles. Gains from earlier investments. Family reunion. You will meet old friends or relatives. Business people and self employed will face competition. Delay in marriage related matters. Misunderstandings will be cleared. Travels will be hectic. Health will be fine.

Makar Rashi August – Makar Rasi Predictions – Capricorn Zodiac in August

Makar Rashi, or Capricorn Horoscope, born people need to be cautious in all dealings in August 2016. Good and auspicious dates in August 2016 for Makara Rasi, or Capricorn Zodiac, are August 1, 2, 3, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 16, 17, 18, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29 and August 30. The predictions are based on moon sign.

Avoid taking responsibility of others at workplace. A tough month for those looking for new job. Avoid unwanted fights and talks as it might turn ugly. Financially a stagnant period. Money expected will not reach you in time. Loans will be delayed. Business people will see progress. Difficulties in the family. Damage due to laziness. Personal loss of a dear one. Health will be fine. Damage to property or house due to natural causes. Marriage decisions will be made. Travels will be successful.

Dhanu Rashi August – Dhanu Rasi Predictions – Sagittarius Zodiac in August

Dhanu Rashi, or Sagittarius Horoscope, need to patient and cautious in August 2016. Good and auspicious dates in August 2016 for Dhanu Rasi, or Sagittarius Zodiac, are August 1, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27 and August 28. The predictions are based on moon sign.

Avoid gossips and unwanted talks at workplace. Your enemies will be active. You will show interest in religious matters. You will get ancestral wealth. Help from various quarters. Decision regarding pending financial matters. Legal matters will be settled in your favor. Lost valuables will be found. Positive decision in marriage related matters. Health will be fine. Travels will be successful. Students will have a good month. Some tiff in marital life.

Vrischika Rashi August – Vrischik Rasi Predictions – Scorpio Zodiac in August

Vrischika Rashi, or Scorpio Horoscope, born people will see profit in August 2016. Good and auspicious dates in August 2016 for Vrischika Rasi, or Scorpio Zodiac, are August 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 26 and August 30. The predictions are based on moon sign.

You will see career progress through friends or well wishers. New job for those looking. You will overcome enemies. Trouble due to children. Improvement in financial status. Second income in the family. Loans will be approved. You will be recognized for your talent. Interest in spiritual matters. Some of you will ancestral wealth. Delay in marriage related matters. Travels will be hectic. Health will be fine. Students will have a stagnant period.

Tula Rashi August – Tula Rasi Predictions – Libra Zodiac in August

Tula Rashi, or Libra Horoscope, born people will plan or make new beginnings in August 2016. Good and auspicious dates in August 2016 for Tula Rasi, or Libra Zodiac, are August 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 21, 23, 24, 29, 30 and August 31. The predictions are based on moon sign.

Good month if you are looking to make a job change. Those looking for new job will get positive results. Avoid too many plans. Financial damage in the form of theft. Loans will be approved. Damage due to vehicle. Business people will have a good month. Lack of understanding among family members. Sudden health issues. You will be able to defeat your enemies. Marriage will be decided for some. Travels will be successful. Students will have a good month.

Characteristics of an Avadhuta Yogi as per Gorakhnath

The characteristics of an Avadhuta Yogi are mentioned in the Chapter 6 of Siddha Siddhanta Paddhati by Gorakhnath. Here are the qualities of an Avadhuta:

He is well versed in the discipline of Yoga.

What he speaks is the revealed word.

Whatever place he visits becomes a tirtha (place of pilgrimage).

Though he undergoes phases of tyaga (abandonment) and bhoga (enjoyment), he is indifferent to both.
An Avadhuta is the follower of the divine path and nothing surpasses his divinity.

Renunciation alone leads to fearlessness – Bhartrihari in Vairagyashatakam

In enjoyment, there is fear of illness. In social position, there is the fear of losing reputation In wealth, there is fear of kings (fear of losing wealth) In fame, there is fear of humiliation. In strength, there is fear of enemies. In beauty, there is fear of old age. In scholarship, there is the fear of disputants. In virtue, there is fear of the wicked. In life, there is the fear of death. Indeed, everything in this world is accompanied by fear. Renunciation alone leads to fearlessness.

Indreshwar Mahadev in Ujjain – Story of Indreshwar Form of Shiva – 35th Shiva Temple in Ujjain

Indreshwar Mahadev is worshiped in Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the 84 forms of Shiva worshiped in Ujjain. It is believed that those worshipping Indreshwar form of Shiva will get redemption from sin.

The temple dedicated to Indreshwar Mahadev is located at Anantapeth in Ujjain.

This form of Shiva is associated with Indra, the king of Devas, defeating Vritasur and regaining his celestial world.

Indreshwar Mahadev is counted among the 84 Shiva Temples in Ujjain and it is the 35th temple visited during the parikarama of Shiavalayas here.

Story of Indreshwar Mahadev form of Shiva in Ujjain There was a pious prince named Kushdwaj. He was the son of Prajapati Twashta. One day for some reason, Indra, the king of Devas, killed Kushdwaj. An angry Prajapati Twashta, removed a strand of hair and threw it into fire. From it appeared Vritasur, who defeated Indra and made him a prisoner. Vritasura now ruled heaven.

Brihaspati, the guru of Devas, secured the release of Indra.

Indra asked h…

Giridurga – Hill Fort

Giridurga is one of the categories of forts. It finds mention in Arthasashtra, Manusmriti, Mahabharata and Vastushastras. As per Arthasasthra, Giridurga is to be located atop a hill or in the caverns of a hill. Majority of Giridurgas had Hindu temples and sacred places associated with saints.

Giridurga was the strongest defensive measure in the ancient world as its location makes it naturally inaccessible.

In the ancient world, the kingdom of Chandelas was defended by eight hill forts of which Kainjar was the strongest.

Kingdoms in the Sahyadri and Aravali ranges had erected a number of hill forts. Hill forts can be seen today in Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.

It was nearly impossible to win a hill fort through assault. They were usually annexed through bribery or sieges.
Giridurga of ancient India were of different shapes – square, circular or rectangular. They had parapets and watchtowers. They also had outside obstructions like knee-breakers, mounds of earth, pits, dit…

Those who follow patterns never truly make use of the human birth

Living a life based on bad past experience is killing all forms of opportunity in the present and future.

Those who follow patterns never truly make use of the human birth. They never reach the destination.

When we follow set patterns, we will have similar relationships and we repeat the same thing day in and day out. Then one fine morning we realize we have wasted our life by following the pattern.
Lucky are those who at least realize it.

Change is stressful but its rewards are immense. Know our goal and be wise when we move out of the pattern.
Do not make changes just for the sake of changing. Do not follow because everyone is. Do only that we really love. Do that which makes us happy and content.

Abhilash
www.hindu-blog.com

Being true to oneself is crucial in spirituality and worldly success

Being true to oneself is crucial in spirituality and worldly success.

We are honest when it is convenient for us.

Humility and honesty go together. When we are humble, we will be honest. When we are honest, we will be humble.

Lies and deception only opens the doors of anxiety, fear and failure.

Excuses are in reality postponing certain things that need our urgent attention. It is mainly due to laziness and fear.

We can never arrive at the place of true contentment if we continue to run and hide from reality.

www.hindu-blog.com Abhilash

Ramayana Masam 2017 in Kerala – Karkidakam Month in Kerala

Ramayana Masam in Kerala is observed in the Malayalam month Karkidakam (July – August). In 2017, the Ramayana Masam begins on July 17 and ends on August 16. On all days in the month, the Epic Ramayana is read in traditional Hindu homes and in temples dedicated to Vishnu. The reading of the Ramayan begins on the first day of the month and is completely read by last day of the month.

The famous Malayalam Version of the Ramayana titled Adhyatma Ramayanam Kilippattu written by Thunchath Ezhuthachan is the one recited in the month.
Read more about Ramayana Masam
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Kroda Narasimha Swamy – About Kroda Narasimha form of Lord Vishnu

Kroda Narasimha Swamy is one of the lesser known murtis of Narasimha Avatar of Vishnu. This is a fierce form of Narasimha with the face of a wild boar. Therefore, this form is also referred as Krodakara Narasimha Swamy or Varaha Narasimha Swamy.

This Narasimha murti is in standing posture with two arms. He seen lifting a demon by his horns.

Kroda Narasimha Swamy is worshipped for attaining peace and prosperity. He is also worshipped by those seeking moksha or liberation.  This form is offered prayers to overcome fears and enemies.

The murti is worshipped mainly in temples in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Karnataka.

The most important Kroda Narasimha temple s is located in Upper Ahobilam.

Nanganallur Anjaneyar Temple Darshan Timings – Opening Closing and Pooja Time at Nanganallur Hanuman Temple in Chennai

Nanganallur Hanuman Temple is famous for a huge Hanuman murti in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Below is the Nanganallur Anjaneyar Temple timings in detail. Please note that there will be changes in the opening and closing time of the temple during important rituals and festival. The darshan time will be extended on special occasions.

Nanganallur Anjaneyar Temple Darshan Timings: Morning - 5:00 AM to 12:00 PM Evening – 4:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Special pujas are offered on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

Largest and Tallest Snake Idol in the World – Huge Naga or Serpent Murti

The largest and tallest man-made Snake Idol (Naga or Serpent Murti) is located at the Mukti Naga Temple at Ramohalli near Bangalore in Karnataka. This Naga murti is 16 feet tall including the pedestal on which it stands.
Mukti Naga Temple, also known as Mukthi Naga Kshetra, is a famous shrine dedicated to Lord Subrahmanya and Nagas.


One is never too great or too big to ask for forgiveness – Dada J P Vaswani

When you have the will to live for your ideals, to live your passions, the warmth of your faith, confidence and conviction will melt even the most stubborn blocks of insecurity and uncertainty.

One is never too great or too big to ask for forgiveness.

When you make a mistake, admit it. Learn to say “you were right, I was wrong” or “this was my fault” or “I made a mistake”. It may seem very difficult at first, but once it is said you will feel good and considerably lighter.
The world, as we have it today, is created by a few undaunted dreamers, who never gave up on their visions despite trying conditions.
– Dada J P Vaswani

Story of Draupadi Making Fun of Duryodhana in Indraprastha

Story of Draupadi making fun of Duryodhana in Indraprastha is an important incident in the Mahabharata. Indraprastha is the magical palace of the Pandavas. It was built by Maya. All the kings were invited for the coronation of Yudhishtira. Duryodhana went around the city and he was filled with envy.

As Duryodhana was admiring the palace and staring at its roof, he fell into a pond. Draupadi who happened to notice this laughed at Duryodhana and made the comment – blind son of blind parents.
Duryodhana did not take the insult lightly. He swore that he would one day avenge the insult.

Related
Story – How Drona and Drupada Became Enemies in the Mahabharata?

Kalika Vrata – Fasting Associated with Goddess Kali

Kalika Vrata is a fasting associated with Goddess Kali. Kalika is also one among the numerous names of Goddess Kali. This vrat and chanting of the name of Goddess Kali together is known as Kalika Vrata.

The vrat is observed in the Ashwin Month (October – November).

The main rituals are observed on the eighth day during the Shukla Paksha or waxing phase of moon in Ashwin month. This is also the eighth day of the Navratri Vrat.

A devotee must worship the form of Kali with eighteen hands.

In Kalika Vrat, Goddess is worshipped along with her weapons.

Apart from fasting from sunrise to next day before sunrise, a devotee also should stay awake throughout the night on Ashtami day.

Red color flowers are offered to Goddess Kali.

Devotees undertaking the fasting can consume water, fruits and other vrat foods. Salt is avoided. Puja is performed at night.

Fasting is only kept on Ashtami day but puja is performed from Ashtami day up to Diwali Amavasya.

Inner Wisdom – B K Jayanti

We are unaware of the tremendous energy that we have within our own beings.

We allow our mind to be distracted by all the things that are outside us. We don’t generally acknowledge that the soul itself is the creator of its own thoughts, its own feelings and even its own personality.

Our life is usually based on a series of reactions to everything that is happening to us from the external world of stimuli.

Through a very simple practice of turning your mind inward and being able to direct your thoughts, you become able to become your own creator and discover the knowledge within you.

In meditation, you become aware that your soul is a separate entity from the physical body – you become aware of it as a point of light. This enables you to change the image you have of yourself, and have the awareness of your eternal image. The more you do this, the more you will find that your whole life is filled with light and peace. These characteristics of the soul then start to express themselv…

Toli Ekadasi 2018 date - Importance-Rituals and What to Do

Toli Ekadasi is the name given to the Ekadashi observed during the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) in Ashada or Ashara Masam (June – July) in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and by Telugu speaking community around the world. In 2018, Toli Ekadashi date in Telugu calendar is July 23. This Ekadashi is also known as Deva Shayani Ekadasi or Hari Sayani Ekadashi and the Chatur Mas Vrat (four holy months in Hinduism) begins from the day. The night time of Devas begins on this day and it believed that Lord Vishnu goes to sleep from the day.

The day is of great significance to the farming community as they begin to sow seeds after the first rains on Toli Ekadasi day.

A lavish feast is organized on the day. Feeding of poor people and children on the day earns the blessings of Srihari Vishnu.

The day is of great significance in Vaishnava temples. Various rituals and pujas are performed for the welfare of the universe and living beings.

Charity performed on the day is considered holy and meritori…