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If you fear falling down then it is impossible to taste success

Stop giving undue importance to things, which are not under your control. To achieve success focus on those things that are in your control.

Key to success is to know your strengths and weakness and giving up excuses.

No one can become successful overnight. Success is the result of continuous hard work and perseverance.

If you fear falling down then it is impossible to taste success.
It is ok to say no when your priorities are in danger.

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Hindu Calendar Today – September 30, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good - Auspicious Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Saturday, September 30, 2017 – Shukla Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waxing phase of moon till 11:01 PM on September 30.Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day during the waxing phase of moon on the entire day on October 1 and till 12:12 AM on October 2.All time based on India Standard Time.
How is September 30, 2017, as per Hindu Panchang? – It is an auspicious and good day. Nakshatra – Uttara Shada or Uthiradam Nakshatra till 5:03 PM on September 30. Then onward it is Shravan or Thiruonam or Sravana Nakshatram till 6:56 PM on October 1.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Uttara Shada or Uthiradam Nakshatram till 6:15 PM on September 30. Then onward it is Shravan or Thiruonam or Sravana Nakshatram till 8:10 PM on October 1.
Rashi or Moon Sign …

Origin of Dasa Mahavidyas

Dasa Mahavidyas are the ten manifestations of Mother Goddess Shakti. The names of the Dasa Mahavidyas and the story of their appearance on earth vary in some scriptures. This particular story of the origin of Dasa Mahavidyas is from Shiva Puran.

A demon named Durgama had become powerful and invincible with boons He obtained from Brahma. There was utter chaos in the universe. Devas, Saints and all living beings were suffering under the Adharmic rule of Durgama.
Devas then approached Goddess Shakti for a solution. She promised to help them and restore Dharma.
Demon Durgama who came to know about the intention of Goddess Shakti, immediately assembled a huge army of demons and proceeded towards Devalok (heaven).
Goddess Shakti appeared before the army of demons.
To fight the army of demons 10 different manifestations appeared from Mother Goddess Shakti – Kali, Tara, Chinnmastika, Shodashi, Bhuvaneshwari, Tripurbhairavi, Dhoomavati, Baglamukhi, Matangi and Kamala.
Goddess Shakti along wit…

Story of Goddess Kali Standing on Shiva

Goddess Kali standing on Shiva is a popular image in Hindu tradition. The popular story states that after defeating Mahishasura and other demons, Goddess Kali was still outraged at the Adharma on earth. She continued destroying everything before her. All living beings were foreseeing eternal doom. To escape from the wrath of Goddess Kali they approached Shiva.
To stop Goddess Kali from destroying the cosmos, Shiva went into the battlefield and lied down motionless among the corpses of demons.
Goddess Kali moved across the corpses destroying and cutting them into pieces, suddenly she found herself standing on top of a beautiful male body. For a moment she stood still and then she looked down at the body and saw it was Shiva, her husband.
When she realized she was touching her husband with her feet, Goddess Kali stretched out her tongue in shame and the destruction came to an end.
Shiva then pacified the Goddess and danced with her. Together they started creation again and made the wo…

Why People Distribute Apta Tree Leaves on Dussehra and Vijayadasami day?

In North and Western parts of India people distribute leaves of Apta, or Apati, tree leaves on Dussehra and Vijayadasami day. In this ritual, Apta tree leaves symbolically represents gold or sona. People present Apta tree leaves to friends, relatives and neighbors and wish happy Dasara. There is an interesting story on why Apati tree leaves are presented on Dussehra.

The English name of it is bidi-leaf tree.

Scientific name is  Bauhinia Racemosa

Medicinal use:
Fresh paste of the bark is used to cure swellings. Bark extract helps in curing indigestion. Leaf paste is used to cure headache by applying on forehead. Fresh flower bud is used to cure cough.Drink prepared using dried leaves is used to cure diarrhea, internal bleeding, and hemorrhages. In Hinduism - symbol of gold, peace, prosperity and good health. Offer to friends, neighbors and relatives as sign of prosperity. Worshipped for good health and wealth.
Names in Indian Languages
Hindi: kathmauli / jhinjheriMarathi: apta, sona,Malayal…

Sharad Purnima 2018 date - Significance of Sharad Purnima

Observed on the full moon day in the Hindu month of Ashwin (September – October), Sharad Purnima is of great significance to Krishna Devotees. Sharad Purnima 2018 date is October 24 as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar – India Standard Time. Sri Krishna, Radha, and Gopis of Vrindavan performed Ras Lila on the Sharad Poonam day. Yet another importance of the day is that moon is closesest to earth on the day.
Significance of Sharad Purnima There is also a close connection between the moon and the Sharad Purnima day – the moon is believed to be close to the earth on the day and it is believed that moon’s rays contain nourishing elements. People believe that as the moon is nearest to the earth on the day and as moon’s rays has several curative properties it will be helpful to human beings. So people spend the evening under moonlight.

Chandra, the moon god, is associated with herbs and medicine in Hinduism.
Ras Lila and Bhakti  The showering of Bhakti Raas on the Sharad Purnima night b…

Know your truth and do not mock another person’s truth

The way in which Supreme Truth is understood differs from person to person. This diversity should be respected. When it is not respected, we have problems in the human world.

A group that has a similar idea of Supreme Truth are blind followers. They have not realized the Supreme Truth. They are being directed by an individual who has a selfish motive.

Supreme Truth is never at wrong but it is followers who are wrong.

Importance should be given to one’s personal truth – a person has to do the search and arrive at conclusion on what the person wants to believe.

Once a person starts believing in a particular Truth that he/she has discovered, he/she should not mock, or criticize another person’s truth.

A healthy human relationship is only possible when the different truths are respected.

There is nothing absolutely right or wrong. In this eternal universe, our lifespan is limited to 100 years. We can never know all that is there in the universe. But we can constantly keep expanding ou…

Hindu Calendar Today – September 29, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good - Auspicious Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Friday, September 29, 2017 – Shukla Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day during the waxing phase of moon till 9:23 PM on September 29.Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waxing phase of moon till 11:01 PM on September 30.All time based on India Standard Time.
How is September 29, 2017, as per Hindu Panchang? – An average day. Nakshatra – Purva Shada or Pooradam Nakshatra till 2:48 PM on September 29. Then onward it is Uttara Shada or Uthiradam Nakshatram till 5:03 PM on September 30.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Purva Shada or Pooradam Nakshatram till 3:48 PM on September 29. Then onward it is Uttara Shada or Uthiradam Nakshatram till 6:15 PM on September 30.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Dhanu Rashi till 9:21 PM on Sept 29. Then onward it is Makar Rash…

Goddess Durga Rides Lion or Tiger – Which is the Vahana of Goddess Durga?

Many people have doubt as to Goddess Durga rides a lion or tiger. Frankly, lion or tiger should be of no matter to a devotee. It is not the animal that matters but the symbolism. Lion is mentioned as the vahana or vehicle in the Devi Mahatmya – the story of Goddess Durga is based on it. But Devi Mahatmya was composed during the sixth century AD. Goddess Durga was worshipped for several hundred years before the composition of the scripture.
History The lion first appeared along with Goddess Durga during the late Kushan Period (2nd Century BC to 3rd century AD).

Lion is the king of animals and Goddess Durga is the primordial Goddess. She is the all-powerful and her mount had to be of similar qualities. Thus, lion was chosen.

The forest tribes of Bharat who worshipped Goddess Durga from time immemorial associated her with tiger.

Large relief panels began to appear from the 5th century AD in which Goddess Durga is depicted along with lion.

Calendars with image of Goddess Durga that were w…

Mahanavami 2018 – Navratri - Durga Puja Navami 2018 - Ninth Day Puja

Maha Navami is observed on the ninth day of the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) of Ashwin month. Maha Navami 2018 date is October 18. It is the ninth and the final day of nine-day Navratri Festival. Mahanavami is also the penultimate day of Durga Puja. Navami 2018 date during Chaitra/Vasant Navratri (March - April) is March 25.
Story of Navami It is believed that Goddess Durga killed Demon Mahishasura on the day.

The rituals associated with Navratri Maha Navami vary from region to region.

In South India, Maha Navami is observed as Ayudha Puja. All books, utensils and tools are kept for puja. People do not touch them. They are taken after puja on the Vijayadashami day.

The Sandhi Puja which is observed on the conjunction of Ashtami and Navami overlaps into the Mahanavami puja day. This ritual is very popular in North and Eastern parts of India.

In some regions, Kumari Puja is performed on the day.

A unique ritual on the day is the Vijaya ceremony. People embrace each other and forg…

Sindoor Khela and Kolakuli during Durga Puja Visarjan

Sindoor Khela and Kolakuli are two important aspects of Durga Puja visarjan – bidding farewell to Goddess Durga.

In the ceremony called Sindoor Khela, married women bid adieu to Goddess Durga, after draping her in new clothes and offering sweets to her. The women then play with vermillion. The term Sindoor Khela comes from the playing with vermillion.

After bidding farewell to Maa Durga, the women hug and console each other in Kolakuli.
For the ritual, women wear traditional Bengali saree, sakha pola (the typical red and white bangles that Bengali married women wear) in both hands, and a large red bindi on the forehead.

Education is the kindling of knowledge

Education is the kindling of knowledge. It is the journey from the known to the unknown. It encompasses all the spheres of life and all aspects of one’s personality, external and internal. To educate oneself is to equip oneself to face the struggles of life and the vagaries of the world. And so, every attempt at education should have the balance of external expertise and inner poise. The pull of the manifest world should be withstood by the anchor of the inner self.

An education that focuses only on the external would invariably lead to a discontented personality and a disturbed society.

Without an anchoring in a plane of one’s personality that is unaffected by the mundane realities of the world, the slightest tremor in one’s happy world would shatter one’s very being.

While it is undoubtedly necessary to educate oneself in the art of creating, acquiring, and developing, human experience of millennia is testimony to the fact that the wisdom of refrain, relinquishment, and silence h…

Hindu Calendar Today – September 28, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good - Auspicious Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Thursday, September 28, 2017 – Shukla Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day during the waxing phase of moon till 7:27 PM on September 28.Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day during the waxing phase of moon till 9:23 PM on September 29.All time based on India Standard Time.
How is September 28, 2017, as per Hindu Panchang? – A good date after 8:25 AM. Nakshatra – Mool or Moolam Nakshatra till 12:17 PM on September 28. Then onward it is Purva Shada or Pooradam Nakshatram till 2:48 PM on September 29.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Mool or Moolam Nakshatram till 12:57 PM on September 28. Then onward it is Purva Shada or Pooradam Nakshatram till 3:48 PM on September 29.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Dhanu Rashi till 9:21 PM on Sept 29.
In western parts of India (Mahar…

Manas Puja Vidhi of Goddess Durga – No Rituals Worshipping Durga in the Mind

Manas Puja of Goddess Durga means worshipping Durga in the mind. She is given a place in the heart of the devotee. The devotee then meditates on Her. Puja Vishi and all rituals that you wish to do are performed in imagination.

This is considered by many people as the finest form of Durga worship. There is a close contact with the Goddess in Manas Puja. There is no intermediator.

How to do Manas Puja? After taking bath, sit in Padmasana posture in a quiet place. It is now time to quieten the mind by shutting out all forms of thoughts. Then start to meditate on the Goddess. Close the eyes and think of Goddess sitting on the lotus of your heart.

Once you realize the presence of Mother Goddess, converse with Her mentally. Next if you wish, you can make your offerings, perform rituals and pujas mentally. Some devotees hum the mool mantra of Goddess Durga.

The mantra is Aum Hreem Shreem.

The puja ends when you are content. You then engage in daily chorus but with a firm conviction that M…

Weapons Held By Durga in Her Ten Arms

Durga with 10-arms is a very popular form of Goddess Durga. This form is widely seen during Durga Puja and Navratri. Here is a list of 10 weapons held by Durga in her 10 arms.

TridentDiscusScimitar (Kharga)SnakeConchMaceBow/arrowHookLotusThunderbolt The overall image of Goddess Durga annihilating demon Mahishasura does not change. But sometimes instead of a human head, the demon is depicted as having a buffalo head.

Majority of times two hands of Goddess Durga will be in blessing posture. Then two weapons are not depicted.

It must be noted that there is no rule regarding the number of arms. It depends on the artist who is making the murti. The hands are in even in numbers.

Earlier on the same topic Symbolism of the Weapons in the Hands of Goddess Durga

Dhunuchi Dance at Durga Puja and During Visarjan

Dhunuchi Dance is a ritualistic dance performed during Durga Puja, Kali Puja and Jagadhatri Puja. It is an important part of Navami and Durga Visarjan rituals. The dance is performed by both men and women.

The main dancer carries a lamp with smoldering incense. The dance is accompanied by chanting of mantras and traditional musical instruments. The dance usually happens after the nightfall in sacred places, Durga Puja pandals and in ancestral homes that perform Durga Puja. Dhunuchi – The Earthen Container The dance form takes its name from the earthen container with a handle (or a long base) and an open top, which the dancer holds. The earthen container is known as Dhunuchi. It is filled with aromatic resins and coconut fiber. It is then burned to produce a fragrant smoke.

The smoke creates patterns in air based on the movements of the dancer. A Frenzied Dance The dance is performed in front of Goddess Durga and Goddess Kali.

This is a frenzied dance. The dance is well animated with…

Story – Child, who are you

Madhavaselva, king of Madhavapuri, had once gone to the forest for hunting. He lost his way and was hungry and to his luck, he came across a saint.

The rishi asked him: ‘Child, who are you?

The king replied: ‘Sir, I am the king of this country.’ The rishi replied: ‘Son, I only asked who you are. I did not ask your relation with your country. Further, “king” denotes a position. If the king of another country conquers your country, your position of the king would go away. Hence, please tell me who you really are.’’

The king’s hunger increased and he asked the rishi: ‘Sir, I am hungry. Please give me something to eat.’

The rishi asked again: ‘You did not answer my question! First, you said that you are the king. Now, you say that you are hungry. In truth, who are you?’

He told the rishi: ‘Sir, first let me appease my hunger. Then I would give you a reply.’

The food was served but the king then received information of enemy soldiers marching towards his kingdom. He decided to proceed imm…

Hindu Calendar Today – September 27, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good - Auspicious Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 – Shukla Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waxing phase of moon till 5:22 PM on September 27.Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day during the waxing phase of moon till 7:27 PM on September 28.All time based on India Standard Time.
How is September 27, 2017, as per Hindu Panchang? – Not a good date. Nakshatra – Jyeshta or Kettai or Triketta Nakshatra till 9:40 AM on September 27. Then onward it is Mool or Moolam Nakshatram till 12:17 PM on September 28.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Jyeshta or Kettai or Triketta Nakshatram till 9:58 AM on September 27. Then onward it is Mool or Moolam Nakshatram till 12:57 PM on September 28.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Vrischika Rashi till 9:40 AM on September 27. Then onward it i…

Sendha Namak – Salt Used During Hindu Vrat and Fasting – Health Benefits

Sendha Namak is known as rock salt in English and it can be recognized from the pinkish color. This salt is used during all Hindu vrat and fasting especially Navratri and Ekadashi. Health Benefits of Sendha Namak
Sendha namak is less salty.It is effective in curing arthritis.It is the purest form of salt, as it does not contain chemicals and pollutants.As per Ayurveda, it is effective against the three doshas – pitta, kabha and vata.It does not contain iodine.Rich in minerals like iron, zinc, copper, and magnesium.It helps in overcoming indigestion.Insect bite wounds heal quickly when Sendha namak is rubbed over it.Rinsing water mixed with Sendha namak helps in the fast healing of mouth ulcers.It has property to flush out toxins from the body.It helps in proper circulation of blood. Sendha Namak and Weight Loss There is a popular belief that Sendha Namak helps in weight loss. This is based on two facts:
It has the capacity to burn fat cells.It curbs food carving. How To Use Sendha Nama…

Kangra Devi Mandir – Nagarkot Dham – Kot Kangra in Himachal Pradesh

Kangra Devi, also known as Brajeshwari Devi, is a powerful deity worshipped in Kangra, Himachal Pradesh. The shrine is also referred as Nagarkot Dham – Kot Kangra The shrine is located in the Nagarkot area of Kangra town and therefore the deity is known as Nagarkot ki Rani. The temple is around 1.5 km from Bus Station and around 4 km from Kangra Railway Station. Kangra Devi one of 51 Shaktipeetahs Kangra Devi is a Shaktipeetah. It is believed that the left breast of Goddess Sati fell here after Lord Vishnu cut the body of the Goddess into 51 pieces with his Sudarshana Chakra. Shiva was roaming in the universe with the body of Goddess Sati and this led to havoc and imbalance in the universe. The places where body parts of Sati fell came to be known as Shaktipeetahs. There are 51 such temples in the world. Butter – Makhan on the Pindi The pindi of Mother Goddess worshipped here is covered in butter. It is believed that Mother Goddess Durga applied Makhan on the wounds on her body. The …

Wish Fulfillment Mantra from Ramcharitmanas

Numerous mantras help in wish fulfillment. The one from the Ramcharitmanas is considered highly beneficial. The mantra should be chanted 108 times. Before chanting the mantra it is highly beneficial to read the Hanuman Chalisa.

The mala used for chanting the mantra should be made of Tulsi Beads and it should contain 108 beads. The mantra should be chanted daily.

Wish Fulfillment Mantra कवनसोकाजकठिनजगमाही। जोनहींहोइताततुमपाहीं॥

Do Puja of This Shivling for Begetting Children

Shiva is Bholenath and he blesses his devotees easily and fulfills their desires. Those couples and people wishing to have children can do the following puja for desire fulfillment. Doing puja of a particular type of Shivling helps in begetting children.

The puja should be done Monday in the morning and during Pradosh period – just after sunset.

The Shivling to which puja should be offered should be made of Parad or mercury.
Offering water to Parad Shivling helps in all difficulties associated with having children.

Great things happen from the inside

If an egg is broken by an outside force, life ends. If broken by an inside force, then life begins. Great things happen from the inside.
A beautiful saying – universal truth – core of Hindu Teaching

I actually wanted to end this post with the above quote as it explains everything but I cannot because short articles are considered thin content by search engines. 

We always complain about problems and obstacles in life. Patience, empathy, earnestness, and single-mind focus can blow away even the biggest problems in life.
Sandgrouse — pointy-tailed relatives of pigeons — live in some of the most parched environments on earth in Africa. To satisfy the thirst of newly hatched chicks, male sandgrouse bring water back to the nest by carrying it in their feathers. They travel nearly 200 kilometers daily to get water for the young ones. They have to overcome the intense heat and predators. Sometimes it is even difficult to find a water hole. But still they succeed in getting water to the young …

Hindu Calendar Today – September 26, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good - Auspicious Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 – Shukla Paksha Sashti Tithi or the sixth day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Sashti Tithi or the sixth day during the waxing phase of moon till 3:19 PM on September 26.Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waxing phase of moon till 5:22 PM on September 27.All time based on India Standard Time.
How is September 26, 2017, as per Hindu Panchang? – It is not a good date. Nakshatra – Anuradha or Anusham or Anizham Nakshatra till 7:06 AM on September 26. Then onward it is Jyeshta or Kettai or Triketta Nakshatram till 9:40 AM on September 27.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Anuradha or Anusham or Anizham Nakshatram till 7:03 AM on September 26. Then onward it is Jyeshta or Kettai or Triketta Nakshatram till 9:58 AM on September 27.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Vrischika Rashi till 9:40 AM on S…

Symbolic Meaning of Things and Weapons Held by Goddess Durga

Goddess Durga can be depicted with 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 16 or 18 arms. Each of her arms holds auspicious things and weapons. Her hands will show a particular mudra. Here are the symbolic meaning of things and weapons held by Goddess Durga. Shankh or Conch – It symbolizes the sound Aum. The first sound that appeared which led to creation. Bow and Arrow – It represents single-minded focus.Vajra or Lightening – It symbolizes unparalleled energy and strength.Lotus – Success can be only achieved through nonattachment.Sudarshana Chakra – Invokes fear in the mind of those who follow Adharma.Sword – Symbolically represents sharp knowledge, which can cut asunder any form of ignorance.Abhaya Mudra – It gives confidence to a devotee to remove all forms of fear and to move ahead – Mother Durga is always with you. As per some interpretation, lion represents couragered color of the dress of Durga represents passion,abhya mudra represents forgiveness and blessing,gada or club represents loyalty,sword…

Ashta Shakti – Eight Goddess Forms Worshipped During Durga Puja

Ashta Shakti, eight shaktis, are the various forms of Goddess Durga worshipped during Durga Puja.

The Ashta Shaktis are BrahmaniMaheshwariKoumariVaishnabiAindriJoggobarahiNarshinghiChandrika Brahmani is calm like Lord Brahma. Maheshwari is powerful like Shiva. Koumari is pure as a virgin. Vaishnabi has the power of Vishnu. Oindri or Aindri is the master of senses.  Joggobarahi has the power of Varahi avatar of Vishnu. Naroshinghi is the female version of Narasimha. Chandrika is a fighter like Chandi who annihilated demon Chamunda.

Kitchen in a Hindu Home – Remember These Things While Cooking to Get Blessing of Goddess Annapurna and Lakshmi

As per Hindu religious belief, Goddess Annapurna, the goddess of food, and Goddess Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, resides together in the kitchen.
Remember These Things While Cooking to Get Blessing of Goddess Annapurna and Lakshmi The kitchen should never face the main road or main gate of the house.
Milk should not boil over. It is believed that this will result in misunderstanding among family members. Some Hindu communities believe that it will cause mental illness in the family. It is also believed that boiling over of milk and spreading in kitchen results in financial damage and fights with relatives.
(Please note that in South India, milk is deliberately allowed to boil over when the first cooking is done in a new home – this is considered auspicious and a sign of bounty.)
Chapatti, poori and other similar items should be made only on rolling board (chakala). The best rolling board is one made from stone. If the board has legs then there should be three legs. Roti should not …

Bhagavad Gita Chapter II Verse 64

A disciplined person, moving among objects with the senses under control and free from attraction and aversion, gains in tranquility. (Bhagavad Gita Chapter II Verse 64)

The senses are extrovert by nature. They ramble in fields external. Those objects that are pleasing to them are hugged while those others that are displeasing are shunned. A closer study reveals that these senses are themselves instruments in the hands of the mind. As goaded on by the mind they indulge in attraction and aversion.
He is a yogi who has conquered the mind. He makes it revel in Atman. If it ever goes outward, it does so being untainted by attraction and aversion. There is purity as well as innocence in its contacting the external objects, with the result that the tranquility of the mind is not disturbed. On the other hand, calmness and clarity increase. It is a form of Samadhi for the mind to be fixed in purity and calmness while making benign use of the senses.

Source - The Bhagavad Gita by Swami Chidbha…

Hindu Calendar Today – September 25, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good - Auspicious Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Monday, September 25, 2017 – Shukla Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waxing phase of moon till 1:26 PM on September 25.Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Sashti Tithi or the sixth day during the waxing phase of moon till 3:19 PM on September 26.All time based on India Standard Time.
How is September 25, 2017, as per Hindu Panchang? – Good and auspicious time on the entire day. Nakshatra – Vishaka or Vishakam Nakshatra till 4:44 AM on September 25. Then onward it is Anuradha or Anusham or Anizham Nakshatram till 7:06 AM on September 26.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Vishaka or Vishakam Nakshatram till 4:26 AM on September 25. Then onward it is Anuradha or Anusham or Anizham Nakshatram till 7:03 AM on September 26.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Vrischika Rashi till 9:40 AM on …

Madikeri Dasara in Coorg – Kodagu in Karnataka – Mariamma Karaga festival

Madikeri Dasara festival is dedicated to Goddess Mariamma. There are four important temples dedicated to Mariamma in Coorg – Kodagu town in Karnataka. The origin of Madikeri Dasara dates back to the reign of Haaleri Kings. The current form of the Karaga Festival is more than 120 years old. Madikeri Dasara 2018 is from October 10 to October 18. Four Goddesses of Madikeri Dasara ·Kote Mariyamma ·Kunduru Motte Chowti Mariyamma ·Dandina Maariyamma ·Kanchi Kaamakshi Amma
Each of the Mariamma has a unique Karaga dance. Karaga dance is a itualistic folk dance dedicated to Mariyamma. It begins on the first day of Navratri.






Karaga is also the term used to refer to the murti of Goddess carried on the head by the temple priest. Highlights of Karaga Festival The priest who takes Karaga dresses in a yellow color dress.The head is shaved and he holds a knife and a wooden stickKaraga is made using flowersThe Karagas of the four Mariyamma temples has special pujas.Each Karaga performs the dance in their r…

Bastar Dussehra 2017

Unlike in other regions of India, Dasara in Bastar has nothing to do with victory of Rama over Ravana. The Dusshera festival in Bastar in Chhattisgarh is associated with Goddess Danteshwari, the main goddess of the tribals of the region. Bastar Dussehra is on September 30. The rituals are spread over nearly two months. The important rituals are held for a fortnight from September 21 (Mahalaya Amavasya).
Bastar Dussehra Trivia75-day Tribal festivalMain worship dedicated to nature and Devi Danteshwari - the presiding deity of Bastar.Observed from the 13th centuryThousands of tribals from surrounding villages and jungles gather here to pay homage to Devi DanteshwariThe murti of Goddess is taken out of the ancient Danteshwari temple and then taken around the city in an elaborate procession. Important Rituals - Pujas and WorshipKalash Sthapana,Pata Jatra (worship of wood), Lighting Jyoti KalashaDeri Gadhai (posting of the pillars)Kachan Gaadi (throne installation for Devi Kachan), Nisha J…

Be a person seeking truth do not attach oneself to any ism

Be a person seeking truth do not attach oneself to any ism.

Well have to find our own way, teachers only give hints.

Keep an open mind to make the most of this journey called life.

The best teachings are those that inspire us to have a good relationship with all living beings.
It is ok to slow down, pause and refresh. We often do not enjoy the labor of our fruits when we are always rushing madly. 

Abhilash
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Hindu Calendar Today – September 24, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good - Auspicious Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Sunday, September 24, 2017 – Shukla Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waxing phase of moon till 11:52 AM on September 24.Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waxing phase of moon till 1:26 PM on September 25.All time based on India Standard Time.
How is September 24, 2017, as per Hindu Panchang? – It is not a good date. Nakshatra – Swati or Chothi Nakshatra till 2:46 AM on September 24. Then onward it is Vishaka or Vishakam Nakshatram till 4:44 AM on September 25.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Swati or Chothi Nakshatram till 2:16 AM on September 24. Then onward it is Vishaka or Vishakam Nakshatram till 4:26 AM on September 25.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Tula Rashi till 10:15 PM on September 24. Then onward it is Vrischika Rashi …