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Brothers of Ravana - Who are the brothers of Ravan in Ramayana?

Who were the brothers of Ravana in the epic Ramayana? Ravana had two brothers in the Ramayan. They were both powerful. One brother always slept but was known for his immense strength. Another brother was a devotee of Vishnu.

The two brothers of Ravana are: Kumbhakarna and Vibhishana.

Kumbhakarna was killed in the battle.

After Ravana’s death, Vibhishana became the king of Lanka.
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Symbolism in the Several Heads of Hindu Gods and Goddesses

Symbolism plays an important role in Hindu religion. We find Hindu gods and goddesses having several head sometimes two, three, four or five.

Multiplicity of heads denotes presence of their concurrent abilities.



Three heads symbolizes presence of three gunas – sattva, rajas and tamas

It also symbolizes shaktis or powers like iccha (will), jnana (consciousness) and kriya (action). Four heads symbolizes the four Vedas.

It also symbolically indicates that the deity guards four directions.

Five heads symbolizes the panchabhootas or the five elements.

Five heads also symbolizes creation, expansion, withdrawal, concealing and preservation until the next cycle of creation.

It must be also noted that with the development of society new sects and cults appeared. Such cults and sects were blind followers. To show that their deity is more powerful, they started adding extra heads.
Multiple heads are also an attempt to capture the core teaching of Sanatana Dharma in a form – birth, sustenance…

Sarngapani – About Hindu God Sarngapani

Sarngapani is one among the numerous names of Lord Vishnu. This name is more popular in South India. There are Hindu temples in Tamil Nadu dedicated to Sarngapani.

Why Lord Vishnu is known as Sarngapani?
Vishnu is known as Sarngapani because he holds the bow Sarnga. The bow was created by Vishwakarma. Another version has it that he appeared along with a deer named Saranga.

A popular temple dedicated to Sarngapani form of Vishnu is located at Kumbakonam in Tamil Nadu.



Legend has it that Vishnu appeared as Sarngapani before Hema Rashi. The sage had performed intense austerities on the banks of a pond named Pottamarai.

It is said that Vishnu appeared on a chariot drawn by elephants and horses.
A correction from a reader of the blog on the article: - it is really valuable
Regarding the information 'given in today's blog, 'Sarangapani', it is 'Sarngapani' and not 'Sarangapani'. 'Sarnga' is bow in Samskrta, whereas "Saranga' is deer. Sarngapan…

Which God is Worshipped on Wednesday?

In Hindu religion, each day of a week is dedicated to a particular God. So, which God is worshipped on Wednesday? The is dedicated to planet Mercury (Budh). It is believed highly meritorious to worship Lord Vittal, an incarnation of Krishna, on Wednesday.

Hindu God Budh is one among the Navgrahas and is an important graha in the Hindu Vedic Astrology. Budha, or Mercury, is associated with wisdom and is believed to provide devotees with the correct discretionary power.
You can offer worship in a temple with Navgrahas to get the blessings of Budha.

Lord Vittal is widely worshipped in Maharashtra and Karnataka.

You may also like to read Budhvar Vrat Katha How to observe Wednesday fasting or Budhvar Vrat?

Panpoli Murugan Temple near Tenkasi in Tirunelveli District in Tamil Nadu

Panpoli Murugan Temple is located at Panpoli Village near Tenkasi in Tirunelveli District, Tamil Nadu. The shrine nestles atop a hill and one has to climb 625 steps to reach the shrine.

Legend has it that in the beginning only Vel – the lance of Muruga was worshipped in the temple. The temple priest once had a dream. In the dream, Muruga asked him to retrieve a Muruga murti (idol) from a nearby anthill and install it in the temple. The priest informed the king about this dream. The murti was discovered and installed in the temple.


The hill atop which the shrine is located is also known as Trikoodamalai.

One climbs the hill after offering prayers to Vallabha Vinayaka murti at the foothill. Two padukas also can be seen here. As one climb the 625 steps one can see another shrine of Vinayaka and one dedicated to Idumban.

The sacred spring near the temple atop the hill is known as Ashta Padmakulam (also known as Poonjunai.

Murits of Sapta Kannikas can be seen near the spring atop the hil…

God is seen when the mind is tranquil – Sri Ramakrishna

God is seen when the mind is tranquil.

Standing by the bank of a pond thickly overspread with scum and weeds, you will say that there is no water in it. If you desire to see the water, remove the scum from the surface of the pond. With eyes covered with the film of Maya you complain that you cannot see God. If you wish to see Him, remove the film of Maya from your eyes.

God cannot be seen so long as there is the slightest taint of desire; therefore have thy small desires satisfied, and renounce the big desires by right reasoning and discrimination.

It is the nature of the lamp to give light. With its help, some may cook food, some may forge a deed, and the third may read the word of God. So with the help of the Lord’s name some try to attain salvation, others try to serve their evil purposes and so on. His holy name, however, remains unaffected.
– Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa 

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Hinduism Facts That They Do not Tell You

This article explores many Hinduism facts that is conveniently overlooked by many popular websites and articles. They don’t tell you the real facts – they are more interested in the number of Hindus (third largest religion); they are interested in the countries where Hinduism is followed (India, Nepal, Fiji, Guyana..) and the caste system.

Oldest Living Religion

Hinduism is the oldest living religion in the world. It has no name – a name that comes closest to defining the religion is Sanatana Dharma. Hindu religion is perhaps the only evolving religion in the world.

The name Hinduism was coined by the British during the 1800s.
…who really knows? Who will here proclaim it? Whence was it produced? Whence is this creation? The gods came afterwards, with the creation of this universe.
Who then knows when it has arisen?
When this creation has arise – perhaps it formed itself, or perhaps it did not – the one who looks down on it, in the highest heaven, only he knows – or perhaps he does no…

Dundeshwar Mahadev in Ujjain – Story of Dundeshwar Form of Shiva – 3rd Shiva Temple in Ujjain

Dundeshwar Mahadev is worshiped in Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the 84 forms of Shiva worshiped in Ujjain. Those offering prayers to Dundeshwar Mahadev will get all their sins washed and they will also attain heaven.

The temple dedicated to Dundeshwar Mahadev is located at Ram Siddhi (Ramghat) on the banks of Shipra River.

This form of Shiva is associated with Shiva Gana Dundu.

Dundeshwar Mahadev is counted among the 84 Shiva Temples in Ujjain and it is the 3rd temple visited during the parikrama of Shivalayas here.

Story of Dundeshwar Mahadev form of Shiva in Ujjain

One day Shiva Gana Dundu visited heaven. Here he happened to see Apsara Rambha. He got playful and threw flowers on her. Indira, the king of heaven, happened to witness this and cursed him to be born on earth.

After his birth on earth, Dundu performed intense austerities in the Mahendra Mountain.

One day he heard a voice from the sky. It directed him to go to  Mahakaal Vana (present day Ujjain) and perform Tapas…

Rakhi 2017 - Good Time

Rakhi is a very popular ritual in Hindu Religion and celebrates brother-sister relationship. Rakhi 2017 date is August 7. On this day, the sister ties ‘Rakhi’ on her brother and who pledge to protect her from any danger. Rakhi Festival, also known as Raksha Bandhan, is observed on the full moon day (Purnima) in Shravan month. The good time to tie rakhi on the day is from 11:07 AM to 1:50 PM on August 7.

‘Raksha’ means protection, and ‘Bandhan’ here means to tie. On Raksha Bandhan, sisters tie Rakhi, a bracelet made of thread of different colors, on their brothers' wrist. When a girl or woman ties a Rakhi around the hand of a boy or man it means he will protect her from all dangers.

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Amavasya in March 2017 date and time – Amavas or No Moon Day in Hindu Calendar and Panchang in March 2017

Amavasi, also known as Amavasya or Amavas, is the no moon day in a month in a traditional Hindu lunar calendar. Amavasya March 2017 date is March 28. Amavasya Time is from 10:45 AM on March 27 to 8:27 AM on March 28, 2017.  As per traditional North Indian calendar it is the Amavasya in Chaitra month. In other regions it is the Phalgun Amavasi.

The March 28 Amavasya marks the end of Vikram Samvant 2073 in North India. It also marks the end of Shaka Era 1938 in other regions.

Durmukhinama Samavatsara ends in calendars followed in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Karnataka. March 28 is also is observed as Gudi Padwa. Ugadi, Chaitra Shukladi and Nav Varsh Samvant will be observed on March 29.

Amavasi is the darkest day in a traditional Hindu month and is considered both auspicious and inauspicious by different Hindu communities.
There are many Hindus who undertake a fast on Amavasi. Some devotees only take a single meal on the day.

South Africa Hindu Calendar 2017 in pdf – Based on Standard Time Hindu Panchang 2017 followed in South Africa

South Africa Hindu Calendar 2017 in pdf is presented by mypanchang. It contains all the important festivals, auspicious time etc as per Hindu Panchang 2017 for cities in South Africa like Durban, Johannesburg, Pretoria, and Cape Town. The calendar is based on local time followed in South Africa.
Link – South Africa Hindu Calendar 2017 in pdf

Samudra Yoga in Hindu Astrology

Samudra Yoga is a position indicated by the combination of certain planets in a horoscope in Hindu astrology. A person having Samudra Yoga will be rich, powerful and famous.

In a horoscope, if all the seven planets are positioned in the kendra houses with difference of one rashi such a combination constitutes Samudra Yoga. In the yoga, the seven planets would be in the houses 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12. Rahu and Ketu are avoided in calculating Samudra Yoga.

If all the natural benefices are in the Kendra houses (1st, 4th, 7th and 10th) with two planets, conducive of each other, being in the lagna, this combination turns into Samdura Yoga.
The presence of the yoga promises over-lordship.

The Story of Worshipping White Elephant Along With Goddess Lakshmi

Elephant is worshipped along with Goddess Lakshmi in many regions and the goddess is also known as Gaja Lakshmi. Two white elephants are also depicted along with the image of Goddess Lakshmi and the animal is also believed to be the Vahana (vehicle) of the Goddess. The popular belief is that worshipping Gaja or elephant will help in attainment of wealth and prosperity. There is an interesting story which connects the worship of Goddess Lakshmi and elephant.

Long ago a king had two wives. The first wife had many children and the second wife had only a single son. The first wife and her children once made a huge white elephant of clay and worshiped it along with Goddess Lakshmi. The second wife was unable to perform the worship as she did not want her son to make a huge clay idol of the elephant all alone.
But the son noticed that his mother was sad and when he found out the reason for her sadness, he decided to alleviate it. The son prayed to Lord Indra and asked for his white elepha…

Britain Hindu Calendar 2017 in pdf – Based on Standard Time Hindu Panchang 2017 followed in United Kingdom

Britain Hindu Calendar 2017 in pdf is presented by mypanchang. It contains all the important festivals, auspicious time etc as per Hindu Panchang 2017 for the United Kingdom. The calendar is based on time in Eastern Standard Time followed in cities like London, Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool and Edinburgh in U K. It must be noted that the vrat, festival dates in India and England might be different many times. So if you are residing in United Kingdom and are keen to follow the local time then the calendar will be of great help.
Link – United Kingdom Hindu Calendar 2017 in pdf

New York – Toronto Hindu Calendar 2017 in pdf – Based on Eastern Standard Time Hindu Panchang 2017 followed in United States

New York – Toronto Hindu Calendar 2017 in pdf is presented by mypanchang. It contains all the important festivals, auspicious time etc as per Hindu Panchang 2017 for the Eastern coast of United States. The calendar is based on time in Eastern Standard Time followed in cities like Atlanta, Detroit, Lansing MI, Boston, Toronto CA, Washington DC, Miami, FL in United States and Canada. It must be noted that the vrat, festival dates in India and United States might be different many times. So if you are residing in United States or Canada and are keen to follow the local time then the calendar will be of great help.
Link – New York – Toronto Hindu Calendar 2017 inpdf

Anger exposes our weaknesses and imperfections

Self-control differentiates a human being from a wild animal.

Anger is the most disastrous thing in the world. The destruction it causes is immense.

Many tense situations can be diffused and amicably settled through peaceful talks.

If he desires, man can control anger, lust, hatred and greed. However, unfortunately he has become a slave of anger, lust and greed.

We become true human beings when we rule over our feelings, emotions, senses and the mind.

Anger is like a wildfire. It keeps spreading.
Our weaknesses and imperfections are exposed in anger.

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Nanda Vrata – Nanda Vrat Dedicated to Shiva – How To Observe?

Nanda Vrata is dedicated to Shiva and it is believed that Goddess Sati observed this vrat to get Shiva as her husband. It is observed during Phalgun Shukla Paksha Saptami as per some scholars. In 2019, it is on March 13. Some scholars are of the view that the Vrat is also observed during Ashwin Shukla Paksha Ashtami (eighth day during the waxing phase of moon in Ashwin month). Detail procedure on how to observe the Nanda Vrat is given below.
It is said that the Vrat can be observed on the Shukla Paksha Saptami – seventh day during the waxing phase of moon in any Hindu month – especially in Phalgun, Chaitra, Ashada and Shravan.
The Vrat is observed for getting good husband or wife. It is exclusively performed to get the desired person as husband or wife or the person whom you love. Goddess Sati performed it to get Shiva as Her husband as She only wanted Him as Her husband.
The procedure of Nanda Vrat is simple…
It involves fasting from sunrise to next day morning sunrise.
One has to pu…

Pradosh Vrat March 2017 dates – Monthly Shiva Pradosha Vrat Fasting in March 2017

Pradosh, also referred as Pradosha Vrata and Shiva Pradosh, is an auspicious day dedicated to Lord Shiva. March 2017 Pradosh dates are March 10 (Friday) and March 25 (Saturday). Pradosh occurs twice in a Hindu month – on the 13th day during the waning and waxing phase of the moon.

Fasting on the day is from early morning to the Pradosh period which is in the evening from 1.5 hours before sunset and 1 hour after sunset.
Some Shiva devotees only fast during the Pradosh falling during the waning phase of moon.

The strictness of the fast depends on the devotee. The fast is broken in the evening after prayers. The puja and worship is done in the evening.

Most devotees make it a point to be present at a Shiva temple during this period.

You may also like to read How to observe Pradosh Vrat?

For happiness in life have interesting and positive thoughts

For happiness in life, have interesting and positive thoughts.

Pleasure is like a bubble. Spiritual bliss is eternal. Choice is ours.

Only that happiness stays with us, which springs from our inward thoughts, emotions and ideas.

Life truly is living in the moment. But often we realize this very late.

We dream of a day when everything will be fine and settled. But that day is today.
Be honest and have faith in your abilities. Things will fall in line soon.

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Abhilash

Story of Shivling at Mahakaleshwar Temple

The Shivling at Mahakaleshwar Temple in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh, India, is the third among the twelve Jyotirlingas. There is an interesting story, which explains about the origin of the Shivling worshipped in the Mahakaleshwar Temple. The story is mentioned in the Shiva Purana.

Legend has it that a powerful demon live on Ratnamal Mountain in Ujjain. The demon caused havoc in the city of Avanti – former name of Ujjain. There was a pious man in the city who was an ardent devotee of Shiva.

The demon killed the pious man by setting him afire.

Killing of his devotee angered Lord Shiva. Shiva appeared at Avanti, opened his third eye, and burnt the demon and his entire army to ashes.

A Shivling appeared on the spot where Lord Shiva opened his third eye and killed the demon.
People built the shrine of Mahakaleshwar on the spot.

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At Shri Mankameshwar Mandir in Agra – Shivratri Puja Ends with Holi

Shri Mankameshwar Mandir in Agra is dedicated to Lord Shiva. A unique feature of the temple is that five pujas are offered instead of the regular four pujas and the fifth Shivratri night puja is Holi. Lord Shiva plays with colors. Shri Mankameshwar Temple is located at Mantola, Agra, Uttar 
Pradesh.



Shivratri in the temple is famous for –

Abhishek throughout night Shringar Shiva appears in the form of groom. Marriage festival of Shiva.

The five pujas dedicated to Shiva here are: The first puja is in which Shiva comes out as the groom. In second puja, Shiva the groom appears at the doorsteps of Himavan, father of Goddess Parvati. Third Puja – Shiva show his ferocious form to Mina, mother of Goddess Parvati. Fourth puja – Shiva appears as the handsome groom with ornaments made of diamonds. Fifth Puja – Shiva returns after marrying Goddess Parvati. Devotees celebrate it like holi by playing with colors.
It is believed that having darshan of Shiva at Mankameshwar Mandir in Agra will help i…

Kal Bhairav Mantra in Hindi

Kal Bhairav is the fierce manifestation of Shiva. Below is the Kal Bhairav Mantra in Hindi. It is believed that those who follow Dharma and have unwavering devotion will have their wishes fulfilled immediately by Kal Bhairav.

The best day to chant the mantra is Sunday. It should be chanted 108 times.

Kal Bhairav Mantra in Hindi
॥ऊंभ्रंकालभैरवायफ़ट॥
।।ॐहंषंनंगंकंसंखंमहाकालभैरवायनम:।।
|| ॐभयहरणंचभैरव: ||
शत्रुबाधानिवारणहेतु -
ऊंह्रींबटुकायआपदुद्धारणायकुरूकुरूबटुकायह्रीं।
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Lightning Strikes on the Shivling in this Shiva Temple at Kullu in Himachal Pradesh

Lightning strikes on the Shivling worshipped at the Bijli Mahadev Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva at Kullu in Himachal Pradesh, shattering it into pieces. The priest of the temple then applies freshly collected butter from the village with reverence and sincerity and sticks the pieces of Shivling together. The butter loses its melting point and the stone becomes one.
Bijli Mahadev Temple, at an altitude of 2460 meter, is located around 14 Km to the south-east of Kullu and a three Km trek from Mansari village.


It is said that the Shivling worshipped at Bijli Mahadev Mandir gets damaged due to lightning every year in Shravan month – the temple priests then gathers the broken pieces and puts them together using butter. Therefore the name Bijli Mahadev Temple – Bijli means lightning.
A local legend has it that the Shivling at the temple captures the powerful energies from the atmosphere and keeps the world safe.
Every year lightening breaks the Shivling that is worshipped in the temple i…

Sand Sculpture of Lord Shiva and Shivling on Vamsadhara Riverbank during Shivratri

Tarani Prasad Mishra made a sand sculpture of Lord Shiva and Shivling at Vamsadhara riverbank during Shivratri. The place is near to Srimukhalingam, Jalumuru mandal of Srikakulam district, Andhra Pradesh.

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Quotes and Teachings on Shivling from Puranas

The distinctive sign through which it is possible to recognize the nature of someone is called a Linga (Shivling) (Shiva Purana 1.16.106)

Shiva is signless (sexless), without color, taste, or smell, beyond word and touch, without quality, changeless, motionless. (Linga Purana 1.3.2-3) Basic nature is thus called the linga. The owner of the linga is supreme divinity. (Linga Purana 1.17.5)
It is not the Linga itself which is worshipped but the owner of the linga, the Progenitor, the Purusha. The linga leads to the Supreme Man, to Shiva, whose symbol it is.


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Seven Earth like Planets Discovered – Saptarishis in Hindu Religion

Seven earth-size exoplanets were discovered by NASA scientists. As per scientists, some or all of which could harbor water and possibly life. Now there is a concept of Saptarishis in Hinduism – they are seven divine beings who reside in the sky. In Hindu religion, they are the mind born sons of Brahma and creation is carried out through them. Those are not seven earth like planets but far superior than earth.


The cycle of creation and destruction goes on, and at each new beginning the saptrarishis appear from the Supreme Truth (Vishnu or Shiva or Devi) to continue the process of creation.
If you are a follower of Hinduism, or a person having keen interest in the religion, you might be aware that Hinduism strongly believes that there are far more superior beings outside in the universe than the human beings are.

Scriptures of Hinduism are full of hints of inferior and superior beings out in the universe.

There are millions and millions of life forms out there in the vast universe.

Chana Dal and Jaggery Offering to Vishnu

Certain Hindu communities offer Chana Dal and Jaggery to Lord Vishnu. It is considered highly meritorious to make the offering.

It is believed that offering Chana Dal and Jaggery helps in overcoming all forms of financial difficulties. It also helps in overcoming other difficulties.
Chana Dal is slight yellow in color and so is jaggery in some regions. Making yellow color offerings to Lord Vishnu helps in desire fulfillment.

Ghee Lamp Wicks – Number of Wicks While Lighting Ghee Lamp in Hindu Puja

Number of Wicks While Lighting Ghee Lamp in Hindu Puja various from region to region. There are numerous theories regarding the number of wicks. Traditionally and widely accepted ghee lamp wicks are 1 or 2 or 5 or 7.

One wick indicates good health; Two wicks indicate prosperity; Five wicks indicate auspiciousness and peace and Seven wicks indicate success.

Saptarishis in Hinduism

Saptarishis are the seven great seers in Hinduism. They are believed to have existed even before the Vedic period. They are divine beings and they are stars. They reside in the sky. The saptarishis are – Brhaspati, Kashyapa, Gautama, Atri, Vishwamitra, Jamadagni and Vasishta.

Saptarishis are seven in number and are possessed of seven virtues. They are all long-lived and composers of Vedic mantras or hymns possessed of divine powers and transcendent vision and senior in merits, learning and age. They are credited with an intuitive or direct perception of Dharma or the divine law. (Vayu Purana)


Sri Krishna mentions about them in the Mahabharata and they were born of His will.

All these Seven Seers are Prajapatis, possessing uncommon spiritual glow and wisdom. Being creators of beings, they are known as the Seven Brahmas. (Mahabharata, Shanti Parva)

Ursa Major constellation or Great Bear constellation is known as Saptarishi in Hinduism.

Saptarishis live for a Kalpa or day of Brahma – i…

Ghantakarna – Story of Ghantakarna

Ghantakarna was created by Lord Shiva to help Goddess Bhadrakali overcome smallpox. He had the power to lick smallpox out a person’s body. The demon wore bells in his ears hence the name Ghantakarna.

Ghantakarna wrongly believed that Lord Vishnu was his enemy. Here therefore put bells (ghanta) in his ears (karnas) to not to hear the name Vishnu. However, Shiva revealed to Ghantakarna that all manifestations are the essence of the Suprme.

He then became a devotee of Vishnu and chanted the name of the Lord to attain salvation.

Ghantakarna is believed to have met Sri Krishna at Badaryasrama and here he witnessed the Vishwaroopa. After this incident, Ghantakarna attained moksha and entered Vaikunta.
Some Vaishnava temples have the image of Ghantakarna. In the sculptures, he has eighteen hands. He is offered prayers for cure of diseases.

Ekadashi March 2017 dates – Monthly Fasting Dedicated to Hindu God Vishnu in March 2017

Ekadashi fasting is observed on the eleventh day of a fortnight in a traditional Hindu lunar calendar. Ekadashi March 2017 dates are March 8 and March 24, 2017. The fasting is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Fasting on Ekadasi is considered highly meritorious, especially for redemption of sin, and is observed by millions of Hindus.

March 8, 2017 Ekadasi is known as Amalaki Ekadashi. It is also known as Rangbari Ekadasi as it is associated with Holi festival. Numerous rituals associated with Holi Festival begin on the day in North India.

March 8, 2017 –  Thirunavaya Ekadasi in Kerala
March 8, 2017 – Pankoddhar Ekadashi in Orissa March 8, 2017 – Rangbari Ekadasi during Holi

March 24, 2017 - Ekadasi - Papamochini Ekadasi

The preparation for Ekadashi Vrat begins on the Dasami day (10th day in a lunar calendar) – the day before Ekadasi.

On the Ekadashi day (11th day), devotees observe complete fast. The day is meant for hearing religious discourses, performing pujas and spending time in temples.

Jagamohana Ramayana – Odia version of Ramayana

Jagamohana Ramayana is the Odia (Oriya) version of Ramayana and it was composed by Balarama Dasa. It was composed during the 16th century in Odisha (Orissa). The text is known as Jagamohana because Balarama Dasa was inspired by Lord Jagannath of Puri to write the text. Jagamohana is one among the numerous names of lord Jagannath.

The text is also referred as Mahanataka or Daskhini Ramayana by some communities in Orissa.
It is also one of the earliest attempts to translate Sanskrit Ramayana into a regional language in India.

Which God is Worshipped in Badrinath?

Badrinath is one of the most important temples in Hindu religion. So, which Hindu God is worshipped in Badrinath? Bhagvan Vishnu is worshipped here in meditative posture. It is believed that Vishnu chose this spot to mediate as it was covered by berry plant. ‘Badri’ means berry and thus Badrinath is Lord Vishnu.
The temple is located in Uttarakhand and is part of the famous Chardham Yatra. The temple is also associated with Adi Shankaracharya.

The temple remains open from April/May to October/November.

Badrinath along with Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri are part of the Char Dham Yatra to the Himalayas.

You may also like to read Char Dham of Vishnu – four most sacred places associated with Lord Vishnu Teerthayatra – Holy Pilgrimage in Hinduism
About Badrinath Temple

Importance of the number 108 in Hinduism

What is the importance of 108 in Hinduism. Most of us might have heard about the 108 names of Lord Ganesh and Lord Shiva, and some people recite certain mantra 108 times like the Hanuman Chalisas. Numerous gods and sages in Hindu religion have 108 names. The importance of the number is also found in other religions and cultures. So what is the significance of 108? There are numerous explanations given in scriptures to this.
The Vedic system believes that 108 represent the universe or supreme.
Lord Krishna had 108 gopis, there are 108 beads in Hindu rosary, there are 108 Upanishads, there are 108 holy places associated with Lord Vishnu (Divyadesams) and Sati’s body split into 108 pieces on hearing Daksha insulting her husband Lord Shiva. The list grows as we dig into scriptures.

Apart from this the distance between the earth and the sun equals about 108 times the sun’s diameter.

Number 108 is significant mathematically also because it is based on the numbers 1,2 and 3. If we raise eac…

Ghee Lamp for Hanuman

Lighting Ghee lamp for Hanuman is considered highly meritorious in Hinduism. Ghee lamp with one wick is lighted before Hanuman for good health.

For success in life, ghee lamps with seven wicks are lighted before Hanuman.

It is considered highly meritorious to light Ghee lamp before Hanuman on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
Offering prayers to Hanuman with ghee lamp on Saturday help in overcoming all troubles associated with Shani in horoscope.

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Bhaang and Shivratri – Intoxicating Drink made during Shivratri

Bhang is an edible form of Cannabis and a drink is prepared from it during Shivratri. Bhaang is made from the leaves of Hemp and is considered the least intoxicating of the cannabis preparations in India. But is capable of giving a high for the entire day and is sold openly during Shivratri and Holi festival. The drink is made by grinding the leaves and various spices are added to it. It is also known as Cannabis Sativa, Ganga or weed or pot.

The dried plant or leaves is soaked in water and then it is cleaned and finally grounded on a stone slab to get the paste which is taken along with Badam milk or any sweet preparation.

Bhang is considered as a medical preparation in North India. Some people consider it as an auspicious plant.


Story of Shiva and Bhaang It is believed that Shiva drank Bhaang after the Samdura Manthan episode mentioned in the scriptures. Shiva had to consume the poison Halahala, to save the universe – Halahala was the poison that came out during the churning of oce…

Goddess Dhumavati – About Mahavidya Dhumavati

Goddess Dhumavati is the seventh Mahavidya among the 10 Mahavidyas and is a fearsome aspect of Goddess Shakti. Dhumavati is depicted as widow. She has a banner with a crow and sometimes carries a broom.

Goddess Dhumavati is considered as a protective deity by some Hindu communities. Tantric worshippers propitiate her for materialistic gains.

Dhumavati is associated with all things that are inauspicious. She is also constantly hungry and thirsty. She causes quarrels and has a bad temper.
She is believed to appear during cosmic dissolution. Some scholars are of the view that she is the void that is there before creation and after destruction.

Which God is known as Giridhar?

Giridhar is the name of one of Gods in Hindu religion. So which God is known as Giridhar? Giri means mountain. Giridhar is one who lifted the mountain. Yes, Giridhar is Lord Krishna.

Krishna got the name Giridhar after lifting the mountain Govardhan.

The story of Krishna lifting Govardhan Mountain is found in the Harivamsha, Srimad Bhagavad Purana and numerous other scriptures.

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Offerings to Lord Shiva

The most important offering to Lord Shiva is bilva or bel leaves (Belpatra) and clean water. Other offerings include white color flowers especially Dhatura flower.


Some other offerings to Shiva and their benefits are:

Offering uncooked rice to Shiva helps in material gains – money and wealth.

Til or Sesame helps in sin redemption.

Wheat helps in healthy children.

Jowar helps in attaining happiness and comfort.

Offering water helps in alleviating various diseases.

Offering milk helps in improvement of mental health and intelligence.

Sugarcane juice for enjoying various pleasures in life.

Water from Ganga River to attain moksha.

Honey is offered for early cure of diseases.

Ghee to overcome bad health and to have good immunity.

Jasmine flower helps in getting vehicles and beautiful or handsome partner. It is believed that those who offer jasmine lower will never have to go hungry.

Leaves of shami tree to attain moksha.

Oleander, or Kaner flower, offering helps in attaining good clothes.

Calculating the time of birth as per Hindu Astrology

Calculating the time of birth as per Hindu astrology is known as Janma Kala. Birth time is the basis for fixing the planetary positions. There are three types of recognized method of finding the time of birth. Baby coming into earth – coming of head from womb. (In some traditions it is the whole body out of the womb).Cutting of umbilical chord.Baby’s first cry. Among the three the first cry of baby is considered as the ideal choice. This is because the child starts breathing in the world and confirms the first living stage.

Bhim Agiyaras

Bhim Agiyaras is very popular Ekadasi fasting and it is performed by many Hindus without even drinking water. Bhim Agiyaras 2018 date is June 24. Bhim Agiyaras fasting is very tough and different from the usual ekadasi fasting method. Devotees do not drink water on the day. Neither do they eat anything for the entire day. The fasting is from sunrise to next day (Dwadasi) morning sunrise. This particular name for the Ekadasi is famous in Gujarat.
The popular belief is that observing Bhim Ekadasi is equal to observing all the 24 Ekadasis in a year.
Bhim Agiyaras Story Bhim Agiyaras is associated with Bhima, the second of the five Pandava brothers. There is a popular story associated with Bhim Ekadasi. Bhima was always hungry and he could not fast during Ekadasi. Therefore he wanted to find a solution to fast on Ekadasi by consuming food and he went to Sage Vyasa to find a solution Veda Vyasa advised Bhima to observe Nirjala Ekadasi falling in the Shukla Paksha of Jyeshta Month. It has t…

Mind remains agitated as long as it has unfulfilled desires – Swami Parthasarathy

The Supreme Self, the Godhead in you, is enveloped, obscured by innumerable desires. Spiritual disciplines have been prescribed from time immemorial to eliminate desires and reach the ultimate Goal.

When a person gains the knowledge of the Self, he becomes liberated from all desires.

The pursuit of happiness would not cease until you reach your original being of peace and bliss. To get yourself free from desires and gain absolute libration you must return to your original State, attain Self-Realisation.

As long as the mind contains unfulfilled desires it will remain agitated, frustrated, stressed out. Hence religion has personified desire as the devil obstructing the divinity in human beings.
Source – The Holocaust of Attachment By A. Parthasarathy

Holy Book in Hinduism

If you are looking for a single Hinduism Holy Book like the Quran or the Bible you will be disappointed. Hinduism is not a scripture based religion. It is not a religion in the conventional sense. It is a way of life. Hindu religion too has innumerable holy books. The essence of it all can be summed up in ‘Tat Tvam Asi’ – Thou Art That.


Holy Books in Hinduism are

The Vedas – Rig Veda, Yajur Veda, Sama Veda, and Atharva Veda (Teachings from Vedas)

Upanishads, which are part of the Vedas, contain the core teachings of Sanatana Dharma (Hinduism) (Teachings from Upanishads)
Bhagavad Gita, the most popular scripture in Hindu Religion. (Bhagavad Gita Lessons)

Ramayana and the Mahabharata – How to follow Dharma? – the Hindu way of life is explained in these scriptures.

Puranas – Hindu teachings narrated through stories and incidents in them. (Teachings from Puranas)

Yoga Vasishta – Conversation between Lord Ram and Sage Vasishta. (Gems of wisdom from Yoga Vasishta).

All these scriptures tog…

Surya Grahan in July 2018 in India – Suryagrahan Time – Solar Eclipse July in India

A Surya Grahan, Partial Solar Eclipse, will take place on July 13, 2018. It is not visible in India. According to NASA, the Surya Grahan is a partial solar eclipse and is visible in South Australia. The greatest eclipse will be taking place in  South Australia. The Suryagrahan will be taking place as per India time between 8:22 AM on July 13, 2018 and ends at 9:26 AM on July 13. It takes place during midnight in India. Please note that the eclipse is not visible in India.

Note - Pregnant women need not worry about the eclipse. No need of any tension. It is just another normal day. Don't believe in all hearsay and superstitions. If you still have doubts and lack of confidence then just stay at home on the day.
The following map shows the detail view of the Surya Grahan on July 13, 2018 around the world:


Surya Grahan Rituals and Fasting in Hinduism If you follow any rituals and observe fasting during this Grahan, then it should be followed.

Hindu Temples will remain closed during mor…

Four Mathas of Adi Shankaracharya

The four mathas (monasteries or mutts) established by Adi Shankaracharya in the four corners of India were meant to uphold Sanatana Dharma (Hinduism). It was also meant to propagate Vedanta. The four mathas of Adi Shankara are:

Sri Sringeri Sharada Peetam in Chikmaglur in Karnataka Jyotir Matha in the Garhwal region in Uttarakhand. Kalika Matha in Dwarka in Gujarat. Govardhana Matha in Puri in Odisha.


Sri Sringeri Sharada Peetam in Chikmaglur in Karnataka Deities worshiped here – Malahanikara Linga, Varaha, – Goddess – Sharada Holy River – Tungabhadra River Veda – Yajur Veda Sampradaya – Bhurivala Mahavakya – Aham Brahmasmi Titles followed – Saraswati, Puri, Bharati, Aranya, Tirtha, Giri, Ashrama First Acharya of Peetah – Sri Sureshwaracharya (direct disciple of Adi Shankara)

Kalika Matha in Dwarka in Gujarat Deities worshiped here – Siddheshwara – Goddess – Bhadra Kali Holy River – Gomati River Veda – Sama Veda Sampradaya – Kitavala Mahavakya –Tattvamasi Titles followed – Tirtha /As…

Anala – About Hindu God Anala

Anala is a minor deity mentioned in various Hindu scriptures especially the puranas. As a deity, Anala is associated with Agni or fire. He is also an attendant god. He had prominence during the Vedic period.

Anala is one among the eight Vasus. He answered to Indra.

He is worshipped for attaining wealth and prosperity.

Anala was also one among the seven children that Ganga threw away into the river.

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Vishnu Mantra in Hindi – Various Bhagavan Vishnu Mantras in Hindi

Below are various Vishnu mantra in Hindi language. You should read the Bhagavan Vishnu mantras on Purnima and Ekadasi. It can also be chanted during daily prayers.

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मूकंकरोतिवाचालंपंगुलंघयतेगिरिम्।यत्कृपातंहम्वन्देपरमानन्दंमाधवम्।।

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शान्ताकारंभुजगशयनंपद्मनाभंसुरेशंविश्वाधारंमगगनसदृशंमेधवर्णंशुभांगम्। लक्ष्मीकान्तंकमलनयनंयोगिभिध्र्यानगम्यंवन्देविष्णुंभवभयहरंसर्वलोकैकनाथम्।।

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शशंकचक्रंकिरीटकुंडलंसपीतवस्त्रंसरसिरूहेक्षणं। सहस्त्राक्षवक्षस्थलकौस्तुभश्रियंनमामिविष्णुंशिरसाचतुर्भुजम्।।

Crocodile at the Ananthapura Lake Temple in Kasargod in Kerala

Ananthapura Lake Temple in Kasargod in Kerala is the only lake temple in Kerala and it is equally famous for a crocodile in the temple pond. The temple is located in the middle of a pond and the sanctum sanctorum of temple is reachable only by a bridge. The crocodile named ‘Babia’ lives in the pond.


There is only a single crocodile in the lake. Elders in the region state that it is the third crocodile in the temple pond.
When one crocodile dies, another one appears magically in the lake.

There is no river or pond nearby where there is a crocodile population.

How the crocodile came to the pond? From where the new one appears, remains a mystery.

The crocodile survives on the rice provided by the temple. It is harmless to human beings.

Some people are of the view that the crocodile is here to remind people about Gajendra Moksha.


Ananthapura Lake Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It is the moolasthanam (original abode) of Ananthapadmanabha, the deity of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple in T…

Force can never be neutralized by force - Sri M

The mind has to be conditioned in childhood itself. After conditioning our mind, nothing adverse will happen when we come to the field of spirituality.
One must live in the worldly life, then only we can say we have become truly matured. No use running away.
After all our duties and responsibilities are carried out, our children carry these responsibilities forward. At that stage, comes Sanyasa. No use running away from life before that stage.
When the mind has ceased to move, when it returns to its original state of absolute stillness, then, something takes place, which we may call the ‘understanding of the reality’.
It is not because of religion that we have strife but because we have forgotten the essence of it. Force can never be neutralized by force. You need affection and love. - Sri M

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Only one thing has never been defiled by the tongue ofmankind, and that is Brahman itself – Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa

Hinduism Beliefs

Hinduism Beliefs - There is only one Supreme Truth called by different names. That is present in all animate and inanimate. Everything rise and fall in this Supreme Truth. There is nothing outside That. This is the core Hindu belief. Hinduism thus extols equality of not just human beings but also of plants and animals. All are forms of That.

Hinduism gives the freedom to an individual to define the Supreme Truth. Thus, Hinduism has numerous gods and goddesses. A person might use any form to understand the Supreme Truth. New forms will be used in future. So there is no end to forms through which Supreme Truth can be understood.

Happiness is not outside but it is within. This is one of the most important teachings of Hinduism. All we have to remove the veil of ignorance and realize the Light within. That same light is present in all animate and inanimate.

Human beings suffer due to ignorance. Ignorance in the form of attachment, desire, anger, ego etc. When there is clear understandin…