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Raksha Bandhan Muhurat – Good Time to Tie Rakhi on Raksha Bandhan Day

Some devout Hindus tie the Rakhi on Raksha Bandhan day in 2018 after looking Muhurat or auspicious time. But this is not followed by majority of the people. Raksha Bandhan Muhurat or good time according to some Panchangs and Hindu calendar is from 6:30 AM to 4:55 PM on August 26, Sunday. (Indian Standard Time). It is believed by some people that the period is highly auspicious and beneficial.

6:30 AM to 4:55 PM on August 26, Sunday is considered highly auspicious.

Please note that the concept of auspicious time is not followed by majority of people and they tie the Rakhi in the morning or when brothers and sisters meet.

You may also like to read How to arrange Rakshabandhan Rakhi Plate? The Reason for celebrating Raksha Bandhan

Number of Strokes of Temple Bells in Hinduism

Rules for the number of strokes of bells in Hindu temples and homes are well established. In Hinduism, one stroke of bell indicates moksha or salvation.

Two strokes suggest enjoyment.

Three strokes suggest achievement of desires.

When incense is offered, lamps are waved, and food is offered, there must be two strokes.

If lamp alone is waved there must be only one stroke.
Three strokes are required during the propitiation of gods and goddesses.

Onam Pookalam 2015 Prize Winners

Onam Pookalam 2015 photos published in various newspapers and other websites – first and second prize winners. Talk about Onam in Kerala and one of the first images that come to mind is that of the flower bed or floral (designs) arrangements known as Pookalam or Athapookalam. Onam Pookalam 2015 designs are given below. The traditional Onapookalam usually consists of ten rings indicating the ten day ritual during the ten day celebrations of Onam which begins on Atham and ends on Thiru Onam in the month of Chingam (August – September). 

These above images are from an Athapookalam competition held in Kerala 2015. The first three were prize winners.
Related Onam Pookalam 2014

For Success in Job Interview Worship Ganesha - Prayers and Mantras

In spite of hard work quiet often we are not able to get the desired job. Success eludes us in job interview due to bad luck. As per Hinduism, offer prayers to Ganesha while preparing for the interview and while going to give a test or interview. Break a coconut before Ganesha and take his blessings before any important event in life.

Ganesha provides intelligence, awareness, consciousness and luck.

He has control over all the navgrahas as he is a combined form of all grahas. Therefore, any trouble related to bad positioning of planets or grahas in horoscope will be removed. He also alleviates bad luck and negative energy.

When Ganesha is worshipped, you get the blessing of all deities.

Above all, he is Vigneshwara, the one who removes all forms of difficulties.

Therefore, for success in interview and jobs one should offer prayers to Ganesha.

Prayers and Offerings to Ganesha for Success in Job Interview Offer sweet made of moong dal like Moong ladoo to Ganesha.Offer durva grass.Wear Ga…

Symbolism of Broom in Hinduism - Dos and Don'ts While Using Broom in Hindu Home

A broom is a symbol of Goddess Lakshmi in Hindu Tradition. Goddess Lakshmi is associated with cleanliness. It is believed that she resides only in places that are neat and clean. Dirty places invite Alakshmi who brings trouble, insecurity, debt, anger and creates financial loss. Dos and don'ts while using broom in Hindu home is given below in detail
Symbolically the broom is also used to clear ego, greed, avarice, and anger from the mind. When ego, greed, and anger are kept out, a man prospers.
The popular belief is that Brooms should be kept in a place not frequented by people. It should be taken out only for cleaning.
It is also considered inauspicious to stamp on a broom.

It is believed that the broom removes dirt, which is the home of Alakshmi, who ushers in poverty.

Broom has the power to remove all forms of negative energy from a house.
Dos and don'ts while using a broom in Hindu home:
One should not stamp on the broom.Broom should not be kept in the kitchen, as it will b…

Meaning of the term Bhagat

Bhagat is a Punjabi word and is the equivalent of the Sanskrit term Bhakta – a devotee. The bhagat never questions the will of the Lord (Sri Guru Granth Sahib, Asa M3). He is a man of faith and remains unperturbed by pleasure of pain and life. The path of devotion is sharper than the double-edged sword.

In Sanskrit, the term ‘bhakta’ is derived from the root ‘bhaj’ and it means to serve, honor, love, revere, to share. In religion, bhakta is one who has fervent devotion to the ishta devata (personal deity) like Sant Tukram for Vithal; Meera Bhai for Sri Krishna; Bhakta Ramdas for Bhagavan Sri Ram.

In Kali Yuga, Bhakti is superior to all forms of worship – Narada Bhakti Sutra.

The concept of Bhakti can be traced to the Vedas especially the Upanishads. There we get to read about self-surrender. Bhagavad and the Srimad Bhagavad Purana takes the concept to common people.

The concept of Bhakti was popularized during the earlier centuries of the first millennium by Alwars and Nayanmars in …

Strange And Confused Ideas About Liberation – Parama Karuna Devi

Many people have strange and confused ideas about liberation (moksha). They tend to believe that moksha is some kind of ticket for a journey from a particular place (the material world) to another particular place (the spiritual world), that can be won in a lottery, purchased or received as a gift, or through bribery.

This idea mostly comes from the abrahamic concept of salvation (a word that is sometimes incorrectly used to translate the Sanskrit term ‘moksha’, in which allegiance to a particular religious affiliation gives the immediate and automatic right to go to heaven even to the most unevolved and gross materialist.

But such an idea is very foolish, and those who entertain it are in the terrible danger of wasting the valuable opportunity of the human birth, because they will refuse to make any effort in personal development, believing that they are already ‘saved.’

The true facts are very different. As Bhagavad Gita (8.6) clearly explains, at the time of death we will only be …

Dhanu Rashi Navratri Mantra

Chanting of the Dhanu Rashi Navratri Mantra helps, Dhanu Rashi born person to attain wealth, prosperity, property, job and desire fulfillments. The mantra should be chanted after taking bath in the morning. You should sit in your pooja room or in a quiet place and chant the mantra.

The mantra is ऊॅंसर्वसिद्धिनमः The mantra should be chanted 21 times.
Chanting of the mantra also helps in overcoming your enemies.

Hindu Festivals in September 2017 – Hindu Vrat – Fasting – Rituals in September 2017

Dates of important festivals and fasting associated with Hinduism in September 2017 – based on major Hindu calendars and Panchang used in India. The festivals, Vrats and ritual days are based on Indian Standard Time (IST).

September 2 – Ekadasi Fasting September 3 – Vaman Dwadasi September 3 – Pradosh Vrat September 4 – Thiruonam in Kerala September 5 – Anant Chaturdasi – Ganesh Visarjan September 5 – Purnima Vrat September 6 – Purnima – full moon day September 6 – Pitru Paksha Shradh fortnight begins September 7 - Ashwin month begins in calendars followed in North India September 9 – Sankashti Chaturthi Vrat September 10 – Bharani Shradh September 11 - Kapila Sashti September 13 – Kalashtami September 13 - Mahalakshmi Vrat Ends September 13 - Jivitputrika Vrat September 14 – Avidhava Navami September 16 – Ekadasi Fasting September 17 – Pradosh Vrat September 17 – Vishwakarma Puja September 17 – Purattasi month begins in Tamil Calendar September 17 – Kanni Masam begins in Malayalam C…

Position of Dining Room in a Hindu Home as per Vastu Shastra

As per Vastu Shastra, the position of the dining room in a Hindu home should be near the kitchen. The dining room should be in the north or west side of the house.

Other important tips
The face of the person eating food in the dining room should not face south. Dining table should therefore be arranged in such a manner. Earlier Hindus used to eat sitting on the ground. The concept of dining table is not associated with Hindu culture. Sitting on the ground in padmasana is considered good for health.Plates, dishes, cups and other small utensils should be kept on the northeast side of the dining room.Big vessels should be kept in the south or east side.Neat and clean plates should be used to eat food.Plates and other utensils that are broken, or have scratch, should not be used to eat food.One should avoid talking while eating food. Negative talks and intense arguments should not take place while eating food.Food should not be wasted and one should only take that much food that one can e…

Greatness and Benefits of Chanting Om Namo Naranaya of Lord Vishnu

Om Namo Naranaya - ॐनमोनारायणाय - is the Ashtakashar (अष्टाक्षर) mantra dedicated to Lord Vishnu and the greatness, glory and benefits of chanting the mantra is found in the Narasimha Puran. 
Benefits of Chanting Om Namo Naranaya
A devotee who chants the mantra daily will be blessed with PeaceProsperityHappinessStabilityLiberationA devotee who follows Dharma and chants the mantra daily will always have the protection of Vishnu.Observing a vrat and chanting the mantra on Thursday is considered highly meritorious.

Enathur Adi Shankaracharya – 120-feet Statue of Adi Shankara

Enathur is located around 4 km from Kanchipuram in Tamil Nadu. This small town is famous for the SCSVMV University (Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi Viswa Mahavidyalaya). The 120-feet statue of Adi Shankaracharya is located inside the University. This is the biggest statue of Adi Shankara in the world.

The statue of Adi Shankaracharya is located in front of the International Library in the SCSVMV University. The library is famous for palm-leaf manuscripts and rare manuscripts from various parts of India.
You can take a virtual tour of the 120-feet Statue of AdiShankara here at the official website of the university. 

Narada Learns a Lesson on True Devotee – Story

Once upon a time conceit entered into the heart of Narada and he thought there was no greater devotee than himself. Reading his heart, the Lord said, “Narada go to such and such a place; there is a great Bhakta; cultivate his acquaintance; he is my true devotee.

Narada went and found a peasant who rose early in the morning, spoke the name of Hari (god) once, and taking his plough went out and tilled the ground the whole day. At night before going to bed he uttered the name of Hari once more.

Narada said to himself” “How can this rustic be a lover of God? I see him busy in worldly duties and no sign of a pious man about him.”

So the sage went back to the Lord and told Him what he thought of his new acquaintance.

But the Lord said, “Narada, take this cup of oil and go round the city and come back with it, but take care that you do not spill a single drop of it.”

Narada did as he was told, and on his return, he was asked by the Lord how many times he had remembered Him in his circuit of…

Gaja Lakshmi Mantra to Attain Wealth

Gaja Lakshmi form of Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped for attaining wealth and prosperity. There is a popular belief that chanting the mantra for 16 days will help in alleviating poverty. This Gaja Lakshmi mantra should be chanted for 16 days in the morning and evening.

Gaja Lakshmi Mantra
ॐश्रींह्रींक्लींगजलक्ष्म्यैनमः॥ Om Shreem Hreem Kleem Gajalakshmaye Namah

Rules of Chanting the Gaja Lakshmi Mantra 
The mantra should be chanted for 16 days.House should be kept neat and clean.All junks should be removed from the house.A painting or photo of Gaja Lakshmi should be installed in the puja room.On one of the 16-days, you should donate food - perform Annadanam.A sapling of a fruit bearing tree should be planted and taken care of.During any four days of the 16-day chanting, prasad using wheat should be prepared.Related Goddess Lakshmi Food Offering - Which Food Should Be Offered to Goddess Lakshmi as Bhog or Prasad?

Goddess Vanashankari – About Hindu Goddess Vanasankari

Goddess Vanashankari is an incarnation of Mother Goddess Shakti. It is in this form she nourishes all living beings. She is popularly worshiped in the northern districts of Karnataka and southern parts of Maharashtra. She is essentially a forest Goddess.

In the Devi Mahatmya, it is mentioned that Goddess Shakti appeared as Vanashankari after a period of hundred years of drought. All the plants had died and there was nothing to eat. Vanashankari brought forth from her body fruits, flowers, vegetables and herbs to suffice the hunger of the people.

The form of Vanashankari is described in detail in Durga Saptashati. Vanasankari is blue in color. Her eyes are like lotus flower. She is depicted with numerous arms – one arm is shown as carrying a lotus with bees circling it. The other hands carry bow, arrows, flowers, roots, and vegetables. Her vehicle is a lion.

The most popular festival dedicated to Goddess Vanashankari is held from Paush Shukla Paksha Ashtami to Paush Purnima.
The most…

Vaikunta Perumal Temple in Kanchipuram – Second Tier Opens only on Ekadasi – Third Tier Opens only on Vaikunta Ekadasi

Vaikunta Perumal Temple is located near the world famous Kailashnatha Temple in Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu. The shrine is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The temple has three tiers. The second tier is open only twice in a month during the Ekadasi tithi (11th day during the fortnight) and the third tier is only open on the Vaikunta Ekadasi (December – January – the Ekadasi during the waxing phase of moon in Tamil Margazhi month.)

The temple is one among the 108 Divya Deshams and is also known as Thiru Parameswara Vinnagaram. Lord Vishnu is worshipped here as Vaikunthanathan or Sri Paramapadanathan and Mother Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped as Vaikunthavalli.

Believed to be the first of the Divya Desam temples in Kanchipuram.

Vishnu in Standing – Sitting and Reclining Posture The first tier of the shrine is open on all days. The sanctum sanctorum here houses a standing murti of Lord Vishnu

The second tier, which is open only on Ekadasi, houses the murti of Vishnu in sitting posture.

The third tier…

On the Love of Radha and Krishna – its symbolic meaning by Swami Chinmayananda

The love of Radha and Krishna is symbolic of the eternal love affair between the devoted mortal and the Divine…Radha’s yearning for union with her beloved Krishna is the soul’s longing for spiritual awakening. Every human being is constantly seeking a share of peace and happiness, and since one does not know the real source of these, one seeks them in the midst of sense objects. But when, in devotion, one comes to turn one’s entire attention towards the higher and the nobler, one experiences the Immortal, the Infinite – as intimately as one experienced the world and its changes before. Sri Krishna says in the Bhagavad Purana: “The mind that constantly contemplates the sense objects irresistibly comes to revel in their finite joys, and the mind that learns to constantly remember Me comes to dissolve into Me and revel in Me.” Radha represents this state of devotion and consequent merging with the Lord. Swami Chinmayananda Today is Radha Ashtami, the birthday of Radha.

Thoughts from Aitareya Upanishad

It cannot be reached by the organs of knowledge, neither by the organs of action, nor by mind; it cannot be controlled by anything; it is not seen; it is not intellectually ascertained; it is not indicated by any word. He is the hearer, thinker, seer, speaker and knower. He is the in-dweller of all the beings.’ – that is the Supreme Truth

Rishi Vamadeva - that in his mother’s womb itself he came to know the Truth, the Reality, by overcoming the iron citadels which were as though guarding him but obstructing him; he released himself by transcending these matter envelopments like an eagle. It was thus, he became the all-knowing and immortal.

The Aitareya Upanishad starts by saying that in the beginning nothing existed except the Atman, and it finally makes the statement that nothing here exists without Brahman the pure Consciousness. Thus it is Brahman which existed before creation and which supports and sustains the created universe and continues to exist when the universe is withdraw…

Raudreya – Why Hanuman is known as Raudreya?

Raudreya is one among the numerous names of Lord Hanuman. There are numerous stories in Hindu tradition, which narrates the birth of Hanuman. Some stories are of the view that Hanuman is son of Shiva, some claim he is an avatar or incarnation of Shiva, some say he is amsha or manifestation of Shiva. Raudreya is used to refer to Hanuman when his birth is associated with Shiva.

Legend has it that Vishnu took the form of Mohini to distribute the Amrut, or elixir of life, that the Devas and Asuras received after the Samudra Manthan or Churning of ocean. Asuras and Devas started a fight over who will have the Amrut first. Mohini appeared to distribute the Amrut peacefully.

Shiva who happened to know about the beauty of Mohini wanted to see it. Shiva was enamoured by the beauty of Mohini. Scintillating nature and the beauty of Mohini made Shiva spill his semen. The semen spilled was collected by Rishis in a leaf and deposited in the womb of Anjana – who was meditating on Shiva for a son. T…

Bilva Tree and Shivling for Desire Fulfillment – Secret Worship

Bilva Tree is highly auspicious and it is associated with Lord Shiva. The holy tree is worshipped by Shiva devotees. If you are looking for means for desire fulfillment, then there is a secret worship involving Bilva Tree and Shivling.
On Monday, a devotee should place a black Shivling made of stone under a Bilva Tree and then offer prayers to Shiva.
The devotee should then chant ‘Om Namah Shivaya’ 108 times. He should then offer water to the Shivling.
The Shivling should then be taken home. The puja should be performed for 7 consecutive Mondays. On the final Monday, after puja, the Shivling should be dropped in a river or pond.
The devotee should then plant a sapling (small tree) and take care of it. Fruit bearing tree like mango, pomegranate, awala or neem is highly auspicious.

How many Shivling can be worshipped in home?

Temple Ponds in Kerala – Importance and Interesting Facts About Kerala Temple Ponds

Almost all the temples in Kerala have a pond. These ponds never dry and were perennial source of water. Our ancestors were capable of detecting the right water channels below earth. Here are some interesting temples ponds in Kerala. There was a temple pond in Kerala built by Perumthachan – to a person viewing the pond appeared in different shape from each corner.

Temple ponds were meant for devotees to take bath, wash their face, hands and feet.

Devotees entered the temple only after washing their hands and feet. Each temple pond has a belief and history attached to it.

Some temple ponds like the one at Ambalappuzha Sri Krishna Swamy Temple is attached to the temple that it gives a great view to the temple from a distance.

The temple pond in Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple is known as Bhasma Kulam.

The temple pond of the famous Padmanabha Swamy Temple in Trivandrum is known as Padmatheertham.

The pond at Cherthala Thiruvizha Mahadeva Temple is known as Thavala Chelakulam – means silent fr…

Thrikkakara Appan – The Clay Pyramid Structure Used During Onam

A clay pyramid structure with four faces and a flat top used during Onam celebrations symbolizes Thrikkakara Appan or Thrikakkarappan. This unique structure represents Vamana, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. For some people, the pyramid represents both King Maveli and Vishnu. It is also referred as Onathappan. Thrikkakarappan is the presiding deity in the famous Thrikakkara temple in Ernakulam District of Kerala and is closely associated with the Onam myth.

It is believed that Vamana had sent Mahabhali to Patalam at Trikkakara. The place where the holy feet (Trikkal) of Vishnu touched came to be known as Trikkalkara. This later became Thrikkakara.

According to Onam Story and popular belief, Lord Vishnu in his Vamana Avatar unjustly pushed King Mahabali into the netherworld or pathalam. But Lord Vishnu granted King Bali the boon to visit his subjects once in a year. It is also believed that King Bali got ‘Vishnu sayujyam’ or reached the Vaikuntha. Due to this both King Mahabali and Lord…

Symbolism in Mouse or Mooshika as the Vahana or Vehicle of Lord Ganesha

A rat, referred as Mooshika or Moonjoor, is the Vahana or vehicle of Lord Ganesha. Each deity in the Hindu pantheon as a Vahanam and it carries a symbolic meaning. When a person thinks logically, it is impossible for a mouse to carry Lord Ganesha. But Hinduism depicts a mouse as the vehicle of Lord Ganesha. The mouse is a symbol and contains a hidden truth.

The mouse is a symbol of greed – mice have the tendency to eat whatever it sees, it also has the habit of biting anything and making it not usable. Lord Ganesha controls this aspect in one’s character.
Thus the symbolism of mouse as vehicle of Ganesha teaches us that we should only bite into what we need to suffice our hunger. We should not destroy food.

Again we should not go around peeping into other people’s life. Simply going around and passing comments and creating confusion is not a good habit. This habit of human beings is like that of the rat which simply bites on anything that it sees.
Another symbolism indicates that th…

Always be true to one’s self and one’s feelings

Be what you are. Do not pretend to be someone that you are not.

Happiness will elude you if you pretend to be someone that you are not.

Avoid pretending for short-term gains.

If you start a relationship by pretending, then soon there will be huge problems in that relationship.

Trying new things and expressing oneself is good. But it should not be at the cost of one’s individuality.

Borrowing styles from people and following it blindly will only make us a laughing stock.
Always be true to one’s self and one’s feelings.
Abhilash Rajendran

A peaceful mind is essential for worldly and spiritual success 

Lolark Kund Varanasi – Lolark Chhath

Lolark Kund is a holy pond located near the Asi-Ganga River confluence in Varanasi. Surya, Sun God in Hinduism, descended to earth and bathed in the holy pond. Lolark Kund 2019 date is September 4. Thousands of childless couples take a holy dip in the pond on the day, which is also known as Lolark Chhath.

Key information about Lolark Kund and Lolark Chhath in Varanasi: The most important holy dip in the pond takes place on Bhadrapad Shukla Paksha Sashti (the sixth day during the waxing or bright phase of moon in Bhadrapad month).The holy dip in the pond begins on Sashti (or Chhath) during Shukla Paksha in Bhadrapad month and continues for 16 days.The popular belief is that bathing in the pond helps in curing infertility. Thousands of childless couples attend the ritual every year.Lolark Kund means ‘the pond of the trembling sun’.When the holy dip is undertaken by sons and daughters, the virtue of it reaches the dead ancestors.Holy dip here during the period also helps in finding relief…

Avoid multitasking, focus on one thing at a time

Whenever you are stressed, under pressure or in anger, take deep breaths this helps. It is one of the most effective technique to calm down and relax.

Music helps in mitigating pain. It is also effective to overcome stress and tension. It benefits physical and mental health in numerous ways.

An easy way to overcome anger and tension is to get up and walk. This short walk changes the mood and ushers in new ideas to face challenges.

Avoid multitasking, focus on one thing at a time.
Looking for perfection in every aspect of life will only causes hardships, unwanted pressure and tension. There is nothing wrong in being imperfect. It is not possible to do a flawless work all the time.
Abhilash Rajendran

Nepali Teej - Teej 2019 in Nepal - Teej Vrat Dates in 2019 as per Nepali Calendar

Teej vrat is an important Hindu ritual observed by Hindu women. Teej in Nepal is observed on the third day after the new moon in the Hindu month of Bhadra or Bhadrapada. In 2019, the Teej festival in Nepal begin on August 31. Teej fasting day is September 1. The last day of Teej (September 4, 2019) is observed as Rishi Panchami. It is dedicated to Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva and is observed for three consecutive days. This Teej is widely known as Hartalika Teej in India. 
A fast is observed on the Teej day by married and unmarried women. There is a belief that those unmarried women who observe fast on this day will get good husbands. Married women undertake fasting for a happy and prosperous married life. The importance of this fast is mentioned in several Puranas and it is also said that Hindu women observe Teej to commemorate the intense austerity observed by Goddess Parvati to get Lord Shiva as husband.

In Nepal, Teej is also the period when married women visit their parents. …

Thoughts on Ganesh Chaturthi by Hindu Blog

Forget all rituals and symbolisms associated with Ganesh Chaturthi. What is Ganesha to us? When we stand with our eyes closed before Ganpati – He is the only hope, the only way to happiness, the only way to success, only way to bliss and only way to Moksha and self-realization.

The unimaginable, the indefinable, Supreme Truth takes a form and arrives at the home of his devotees. His arrival brings positive optimism. He instills confidence in us to face daily challenges. He makes us realize that all that was here, is here and will be here is Him. Not even a single atom moves without his knowledge.
Those who want worldly success He blesses them with that. Those who want self-realization; He removes all obstacles and guides them in the path of Moksha. It is for us to decide what we want eternal bliss or perishable joy.
With this annual arrival, Ganesha breaks the man-made distance between man and God. He arrives to teach us equality and peaceful coexistence and above all coexistence of …

Food Offering to Goddess Kali – Which Food Should Be Offered to Kali Maa as Bhog or Prasad?

Goddess Kali is the fierce form of Mother Goddess. She is violent and brutal but at the same time she blesses and protects her devotees. Which Food Should Be Offered to Goddess Kali as Bhog or Prasad for her constant blessing? Each Hindu God and Goddesses like a particular kind of food. Devotees offer that particular food as Bhog, or Prasad, to get the blessing of the deity.

The food offering to Goddess Kali should be prepared using rice. She also accepts red color foods. Kheer made using rice, sabzi (made of vegetables) and rice and red color sweets are her favorite. Sabzi made using melon is her favorite. Making garland of lemon is her favorite.

The best day to make the food offering to Goddess Durga is Amavasi (no moon day), Tuesday, Friday or Saturday.

The food should be offered during morning or evening puja and should be taken back when the puja is completed. It should be then distributed as Prasad among family members, relatives, friends, and neighbors.

It is believed that th…

Hinduism – A Great University of Religions

Hinduism, as the ancients conceived it, was a great University of Religions, where they studied Nature in a scientific and systematic form, founded their schemes of Philosophy on its essential laws, reared their systems of Religion on both, and applied them to the use of the average man in his work-a-day life.

Subject - Science of Life They believed that there was a Science of Life, that there was on Law made manifest in many forms, governing the universe; and so, by extending the truths of the Known to the Unknown, they constructed their theories of this and the other world – comprehending all that the human mind can understand or imagine.

The Students in the University And he who entered the portals of this great University and studied the Law of Life in a systematic and scientific manner, was a Hindu. All truth arises from doubt; we ask questions when we think; and all knowledge is born when, not knowing, we wish to know.

We begin with denial or doubt, and end with conviction o trut…

Sam Shravani

Sam Shravani is observed on the third day of the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) of Bhadrapad month. Sam Shravani 2019 date is September 1. On this day, Samvedi Brahmins change their sacred thread known as Janoi or Yajnopavita. This particular name for the ritual is more popular in Gujarat.
It must be noted that there are Brahmins who follow Rig Veda or Yajur Veda or Sama Veda or Atharva Veda. And depending on which Veda they are following, they have a special day for changing the sacred thread. This ritual is more popular with South Indian Brahmins and is known as Upakarma. Those that follow Yajur Veda change the thread on Shravan Purnima day and those that follow Rig Veda on the day before Shravan Purnima.
Those who follow the Sama Veda perform the ritual on the third day of the Shukla Paksha of Bhadrapad Month. This ritual is popular with Brahmin community in South and Western parts of India.
The ritual involves chanting of sacred mantras. Saints affiliated to certain sects a…

Lakshmi Narasimha Temple at Karol Bagh in New Delhi

Lakshmi Narasimha Temple at Karol Bagh in New Delhi is a shrine dedicated to the Narasimha Avatar of Lord Vishnu. The temple is managed by the famous Ahobila Math. The shrine is located on the Guru Ravidas Marg in Karol Bagh.

The sanctum sanctorum of the temple has a beautiful murti of Lakshmi Narasimha.
The small temple complex has a separate shrine dedicated to Ashta Lakshmi – it is found in the prakara of the temple complex.

There is also a separate small shrine dedicated to Lord Vishnu.

The other deities worshipped in the temple are Sudarshan Chakra, Garuda and Hanuman.
The small beautiful temple is a replica of the South Indian Temple architectural style. The area is dominated by South Indians.

Two Saints and a Drowning Young Woman – Story on the Nature of the Mind

The story of the two saints and a drowning young woman is found in the Puranas. It illustrates the nature of the mind. Two young saints were taught by their Guru not to look or touch a woman. They were one day sitting on the banks of Ganga and discussing Vedanta.

Drowning Young Woman

A young woman who was passing through the banks got scared of a snake and fell in the river. She did not know how to swim and she was on the point of drowning.

Of the two saints, one jumped into the river to rescue the drowning young woman as he thought it was his fundamental duty to save her life.

The other saint was contemplating on the words of Guru.

The Girl is Rescued

The saint that jumped into the river rescued the young woman, brought her to the shore, and revived her using the mouth-to-mouth resuscitation technique.

The other monk remained indifferent and was shocked by his friend’s action as he considered it to be against the principles of sainthood.

Soon the young woman regained consciousness; s…

Determination to be unattached Remains Unsuccessful

Every day we renew our determination to be unattached. We cast our eyes back and look at the past objects of our love and attachment, and feel how every one of them made us miserable.

We went down into the depths of despondency because of our “love”!

We found ourselves mere slaves in the hands of others, we were dragged down and down! And we make a fresh determination: “Henceforth, I will be master of myself; henceforth, I will have control over myself.”

But the time comes, and the same story once more! Again the soul is caught and cannot get out. The bird is in a net, struggling and fluttering. This is our life.’ But the time comes, and the same story once more! Again the soul is caught and cannot get out. The bird is in a net, struggling and fluttering. This is our life. Why do we end up trapped in this way? Though painfully aware of our pitiable condition, why do we not do what we know we ought to do? Why are we so tolerant of our weaknesses? Why can we not say ‘NO’ once and f…

Videos on How to Make Ganesha Idols at Home – Make Clay Ganapati Idols by Hand

By making clay Ganesh idols for Vinayaka Chaturthi, or Ganesha Puja, at home with one’s own hand we are giving form to the formless Brahman. It does not matter if the Ganapati idols are crude or not beautiful. This form of devotion is unparalleled and there is not substitute to it. Here are few Videos on how to make Ganesha idols at home.
Making Ganesh Idol Using Only Clay with Hand

Making Ganesha Idol Using Mould

Making of Clay Ganesh Idols by Potters

Making Ganesh Idols From Paper Mache

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Total Solar Eclipse on August 21, 2017 – Hindus and Hindu Temples in USA

The Total Solar Eclipse that crosses the USA on August 21, 2017 is of great importance to Hindus and Hindu Temples in USA. Moon’s shadow makes landfall in Oregon at 10:17 PDT and speeds across the United States to leave the coast of South Carolina at 14:48 EDT (You can find the complete detail of the eclipse in the USA on August 21 here on the official page of NASA).

Note - This eclipse is not visible in India.

Hindus and Total Solar Eclipse There is no restriction in seeing the eclipse through proper means. However, direct viewing of the sun with the naked eye during the eclipse is prohibited.All Hindu Temples remain closed.Fasting 12 hours before the eclipse.Holy bath in sacred rivers, lakes, ponds, and seas during the eclipse.Food is strictly not taken during the eclipse period.Pregnant women are advised to stay indoors. This is to avoid harmful rays.Chanting of Mantras Hindu Temples Remain Closed During Solar Eclipse All Hindu Temples remain closed during the Total Solar Eclipse (Su…

River Mandakini in Hindu Scriptures

River Mandakini is mentioned in Hindu Scriptures like the Puranas and the epics. The Puranas refer to it as rivulet flowing in the divine abode of Kubera – the God of wealth. The waters of it help in curing various diseases and it is associated with pleasure.

Mandakini Rivulet is filled with lotuses.
It is believed that beautiful women in the waters of the rivulet to keep their beauty intact.

Success Mantra for Students – Hindu Mantras of Success in Exams and Interviews

Those students that are undertaking final exams, interviews and other competitive examinations should chant this mantra to achieve success. This particular secret Hindu mantra is sure to help you in attaining success. Success Mantra for Students:

रामायरामभद्रायरामचंद्रायवेधसे रघुनाथायनाथायसीताया: पतयेनम: Ramaya Rambhadraya Ramachandraya Vedase Raghunathaya Nathaya Sitaya Pataye Namah

How and when to chant the mantra?
The mantra should be chanted just before sunrise early in the morning and just after sunset.Take bath before chanting the mantra.The mantra should be chanted 3 times.Meditate on Bhagavan Sri Ram and Mata Sita for five minutes after chanting the mantra.No alcohol and other intoxicating things like cigarettes etc should be completely avoided.
Benefits of the mantra
This mantra helps in improving the concentration.It brings luck.It improves memory power.Sharpens the intellect.Removes all negative energies and ushers in positive thoughts.
What this Mantra Will Not Do?
It is not a su…

Negativity will follow us but we can decide how we want to face it

The way we view the world largely depends on our thoughts, actions and attitude. When we are sensitive to our surroundings, we will notice sympathy and hope around. When we have anger and hatred in us, we will only see negativity all around.

It is true that there are many negative things happening around sadly we only get to hear about them through newspaper, internet and mobiles. But there are many positive things too happening in the world but we do not get to hear them because they do not have readership and TRP.

There will be negative things in life always but we can decide how we want to look at them. Certain things that we hear, see and read will cause a deep sense of frustration, aversion and unfathomable anger. But we need to remain peaceful and make sure that such things do not happen in our area.

We will be regularly challenged by pessimists and by depressing incidents. By now, we are well aware that negativity does not help us in anyway. It only pushes us down. It only …

Worship Lakshmi Narayana not Lakshmi Alone

In Kali Yuga, wealth is everything for many people. So Goddess Lakshmi is widely worshipped, as she is the Goddess of wealth and prosperity. But Goddess Lakshmi is Chanchala – volatile and unstable. She does not reside in a place for long period. If we want to have constant blessings of the Goddess then we need to worship her along with Narayana.

Worship Lakshmi Narayana not Lakshmi Alone.

Narayana, Lord Vishnu, is the embodiment of virtues. Wealth without values is like being on a boat with a hole in the middle of sea. Virtues, values ad inner goodness is what keeps our lifeboat steady in the rough sea of life.

Lakshmi feels lonely when Narayana is not around and is sure to leave and go in search of her consort.

But if a person follows Dharma, then Narayana is always present with him. He himself has told in the Bhagavad Gita that he takes numerous avatars to protect those that follow the Dharma.

The problem of Kali Yuga is that we try to imprison Goddess Lakshmi forcibly through …


Archavatara is the murti (consecrated image or idol) that is worshipped in a temple. The term is mainly associated with Lord Vishnu. It is one of the five forms of Vishnu. The rest are Para (the highest); Vyuha (emanation), vibavavatara (manifestation) and antaryamin (inner controller).

As per the Archavatara concept, Vishnu lives in this mundane world to redeem the suffering of humanity.
Vaikhanasa and Pancharatra Agamas extol the greatness of the Archavatara.

Chant This Prayer for Peace and Prosperity While Praying In Hindu Tradition

Sanatana Dharma believes in peaceful coexistence of all living beings. It teaches us to prosper and flourish by helping each other. There is a popular saying in Hindu scriptures  'करभलाहोभला’ – do good and reap good. This is the reason why many prayers in Hinduism not just focus on individual prosperity but the good of the entire universe.

If you are looking for prosperity in life, then chant this prayer as it asks almighty for the good of all living beings. Bhagavan can never ignore such a prayer.

The Prayer:

सर्वेभवन्तुसुखिन: सर्वेसंतुनिरामया:। सर्वेभद्राणिपश्यंतुमाकश्चिद्दु:खभाग्भवेत्।।

Om Sarve Bhavantu Sukhinah
Sarve Santu Nir-Aamayaah |
Sarve Bhadraanni Pashyantu
Maa Kashcid-Duhkha-Bhaag-Bhavet |
Om Shaantih Shaantih Shaantih ||

Om , May All become Happy.
May All be Free from Illness.
May All See what is Auspicious
May no one Suffer due to Bad Luck, Fear and Poverty.
Om Peace, Peace, Peace.
The prayer also echoes the basic concept of Sanatana Dharma – all animate and …

It is wrong notion that when one becomes religious he neglects his family duties – Swami Vireswarananda

As regards japa, the more you do the better. But then, there is no use repeating the mantra mechanically a large number of times. Instead, if you repeat it devotedly and with great fervour a limited number of times, it is better. Devotion and fervour is what is important and not the number. There is no limit for japa. The more japa you make the quicker will be your spiritual progress.
Try to repeat the mantra always mentally – all the 24 hours, even in the midst of your work. You many forget to do so but as soon as you remember, begin repeating and you will slowly get into the habit of repeating it always.
It is a wrong notion which people hold that when one becomes religious he neglects his family duties. On the other hand he will do it more efficiently than before because his love for God will make him love His children – the family members – and he will serve them all the more ardently with greater love than before as he will see God in them. If one neglects family duties it means…

Archaka in Hindu Temples

Archaka is the priest performing ritual services in a Hindu Temple. The term is widely used in the South India especially in temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu in Tamil Nadu. The ritual services performed by an archaka include bathing of the deity, worshipping of the deity with flowers and other rituals as prescribed in the Vaishnava Agamas.
As per Vaishnava tradition, on special occasions the God of the temple communicates his wish or confers his blessings and favors on the devotees through the priests.

Cook These Foods on Each Day of a Week to Get Peace and Prosperity in Life

On each day of a week, you can cook a particular food item to get peace and prosperity in life. Cooking these foods means you are invoking the deity of the day and seeking his blessings.
Monday – White color food like kheer or any item made using milk.Tuesday – Red color food – especially made of masoor dal or beetroot or rajma.Wednesday – Green color food – plenty of options… any green leaf curry.Thursday – Yellow color food – Chana dal ki curry (chickpea) or any preparation using besan (chickpea flour).Friday – Food made using brown or white rice or chashni (sugar syrup)Saturday – Urad dal (black gram) or preparation made using sesame oil (Til ka tel)Sunday – Food made using Rajma (red kidney beans) or Sooji or Rawa. You can also cook orange color food on the day.

Indreshwar Temple at Indore in Madhya Pradesh

Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Indreshwar Temple is a beautifully carved stone temple at Indore in Madhya Pradesh. It is located on the ‘sangam’ (confluence) of Khan and Saraswati rivers in Juni Indore.

The city of Indore derived its name from this ancient temple.

The shrine was constructed by the Holkars and it is associated with luck and prosperity.

The deity is also known as Sangamnath.

Shiva is worshipped here in the form of a Shivling.
Indreshwar Mahadev is one who is the ruler of Indriyas or the senses.

Qualities of the Guru from Hindu Scriptures

By mind alone, is this to be achieved. There is no multiplicity here. Whoever perceives anything like multiplicity here, goes from death to death. (Katha Upanishad, II-I-11)

The seeker of the essence of the self, endowed with all of the means, should go unto the feet of a knowledgeable teacher, by which he can be liberated from his bondage. (Vivekachoodamani 33-34).

He who has attained if from the teacher alone knows it. (Chandogya Upanishad 6.14.2)

Science learned from the sage is prized.   (Chandogya Upanishad 4.9.3)

To know that Brahman as the Self, that fully qualified seeker of liberation should collect firewood and take refuge of the one who has listened to the Vedas and who is established only Brahman. (Mundaka Upanishad 1.2.12).

He who plays in the self, he who is happy in the self, he is the foremost among the knowers of Brahman. (Mundaka Upanishad 3.1.4).
A teacher should be well versed in the scriptures, without sin, with zero desires, a foremost knower of Brahman, should …